Articles by: Bob Adelmann

Trump’s Strange Reversal on Ex-Im Bank: Names One Opposed to It to Run It?

Trump’s Strange Reversal on Ex-Im Bank: Names One Opposed to It to Run It?

on April 18, 2017, 6:00 AM / in National News, Opinion

When Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) learned on Friday that President Trump intended to resuscitate the Export-Import Bank by naming two people to its board (it has been limping along with just three out of five board members present), he nailed it, tweeting, “ExIm corporate welfare bank is the symbol of D.C. cronyism. It steals from taxpayers to subsidize big corporations. […]

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Do Trump’s Flip Flops Reflect Lack of Constitutional Understanding?

Do Trump’s Flip Flops Reflect Lack of Constitutional Understanding?

on April 18, 2017, 6:00 AM / in National News, Opinion

The mainstream media have rejoiced because they perceive that President Donald Trump has abandoned policies and changed long-held positions that they have considered anathema. Politico said the president has “demonstrated an incredible willingness to bend his past positions, or abandon them entirely. Sometimes he offers an explanation; sometimes not.” CNN called them “stunning U-turns on key issues” reflecting “extraordinary political […]

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AG Sessions Requests Delay in Implementing Baltimore PD’s Consent Decree

AG Sessions Requests Delay in Implementing Baltimore PD’s Consent Decree

on April 6, 2017, 8:31 AM / in National News, Opinion

Eight days before the end of the Obama administration, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the final approval of an agreement allowing the Department of Justice to meddle in the affairs of the Baltimore Police Department. It only required approval from a judge for the agreement to become cemented into place. Trump’s new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, asked the judge, U.S. […]

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Trump’s “Blueprint” Budget Is a Policy Statement; Real Budget to Follow

Trump’s “Blueprint” Budget Is a Policy Statement; Real Budget to Follow

on March 18, 2017, 6:37 AM / in National News, Opinion

President Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) unveiled “America First — A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” on Thursday, noting that the president’s actual budget will be released in May. President Trump and his OMB Director Mick Mulvaney joined in outlining the “blueprint” without disclosing hard numbers, revenue projections, or even an economic outlook to back […]

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Dakota Access Final Tally: 750 Arrested, 24,000 Tons of Trash Left, and $1 Million Cleanup Bill

Dakota Access Final Tally: 750 Arrested, 24,000 Tons of Trash Left, and $1 Million Cleanup Bill

on March 3, 2017, 7:38 AM / in National News

So much for “environmentalists” really caring about the environment. The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) said on Tuesday that a Florida-based clean-up company it hired to clear trash, waste, and debris from the Oceti Sakowin camp protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline has already run up a bill of $1 million after hauling away from the site 24,000 tons […]

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Good, Bad News From IRS: Audits Down Again; New Treasury Secretary Wants Larger Budget

Good, Bad News From IRS: Audits Down Again; New Treasury Secretary Wants Larger Budget

on February 24, 2017, 6:56 AM / in National News, Opinion

Seven years ago the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audited one out of every 90 individual income tax returns. Last year it was one out of every 119. This year it is expected to be just one out of every 143. And for those who don’t include a Schedule C or other special (i.e., tax shelter, farm income) forms, the audit […]

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Clintons Shutter Global Initiative as Donations Dry Up

Clintons Shutter Global Initiative as Donations Dry Up

on January 18, 2017, 6:35 AM / in International News, National News

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) filed a WARN — Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification — with New York State’s Department of Labor on Thursday, announcing that, effective April 15, 2017, it would be closing its doors and laying off 22 employees. The CGI’s stated reason: “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.” Following the election, foreign governments that had been regular […]

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Trump Names Son-in-law as Advisor; Media Raises Nepotism Issues

Trump Names Son-in-law as Advisor; Media Raises Nepotism Issues

on January 11, 2017, 9:01 AM / in National News, Opinion

President-elect Donald Trump named his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior advisor in his administration on Monday: Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration. He has been incredibly successful in both business and politics. He will be an […]

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Charles Rangel, 23-term N.Y. Democrat, Finally Packs It In

Charles Rangel, 23-term N.Y. Democrat, Finally Packs It In

on December 31, 2016, 7:49 AM / in National News, Opinion

In one of his last interviews with reporters, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said it was finally time, after 46 years, to leave Washington: “I did not ever think about leaving. I have mixed feelings. But the way the political races have turned out, I can’t wait to get out of here,” he declared. Those tracking his dismal political performance over […]

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Trump Names ExxonMobil Chief Rex Tillerson Secretary of State

Trump Names ExxonMobil Chief Rex Tillerson Secretary of State

on December 14, 2016, 7:41 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

On Tuesday President-elect Donald Trump namedExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (shown on left) to the top spot in his Cabinet, secretary of state, calling him “among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world.” Trump had high praise for Tillerson’s accomplishments, stating: Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and […]

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Dallas to Declare Bankruptcy?

Dallas to Declare Bankruptcy?

on November 22, 2016, 7:03 AM / in Opinion, State News

The New York Times just reported that the Dallas police and firefighters pension plan is $7 billion short of meeting its obligations and needs an immediate bailout of $1 billion just to stay afloat. The problem is that Dallas’ annual budget is $3 billion. Three years ago Dallas wasn’t on anyone’s “watch” list. Barron’s worst 10 cities included Charleston, West […]

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Baltimore City Council Likely to Pass Anti-replica Gun Bill

Baltimore City Council Likely to Pass Anti-replica Gun Bill

on November 19, 2016, 7:28 AM / in Opinion, State News

When Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young explained why he was going to vote for an ordinance banning possession of replica guns, one could smell the whiff of anti-gun paranoia: It’s something that we should do for the safety of our children. We’re getting stores robbed with replicas. We’ve got people running around with these things and they almost […]

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Tax Foundation Rates Tax Plans of Trump and Clinton: Trump’s Plan Wins

Tax Foundation Rates Tax Plans of Trump and Clinton: Trump’s Plan Wins

on October 21, 2016, 8:34 AM / in National News, Opinion

Analysis by the Tax Foundation of all that is currently known about the tax plans proposed by presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton concludes that, if enacted, Clinton’s plan would expand government at the expense of a shrinking economy. On the other hand, Trump’s plan would grow the economy, shrink government’s revenues, raise wages, and expand employment. But it’s […]

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Superior Court Judge Slaps Down Lawsuit Brought Against Remington Arms

Superior Court Judge Slaps Down Lawsuit Brought Against Remington Arms

on October 16, 2016, 6:48 AM / in National News

On Friday Fairfield (Connecticut) District Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis dismissed the lawsuit filed in January 2015 by families of victims murdered by Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, three years earlier. They hoped to use a legal loophole involving “negligent entrustment” as a way to get around Congress’s intent to protect the gun […]

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Social Security to Announce Tiny Increase in Benefits for Next Year

Social Security to Announce Tiny Increase in Benefits for Next Year

on October 13, 2016, 8:23 AM / in National News, Opinion

Next Tuesday the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will announce Social Security’s COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for 2017. It is widely anticipated to be between nothing and $3 a month for the average beneficiary. But Medicare premiums (retirees are often expected to pay a monthly fee for coverage) for seniors receiving Social Security retirement benefits are expected to jump […]

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Gun Background Check Denials Not Prosecuted, Appeals Not Processed

Gun Background Check Denials Not Prosecuted, Appeals Not Processed

on October 11, 2016, 6:00 AM / in National News, Opinion

The audit released last month of how well the FBI is handling background check denials by the Inspector General’s Office in the Justice Department was designed to “focus on how the DOJ handles” denials. What it revealed was unsettling: “We found that the number of NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] denial prosecutions has dropped substantially since 2002, when […]

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Trump Expands List of Potential Nominees to Supreme Court

Trump Expands List of Potential Nominees to Supreme Court

on September 27, 2016, 7:30 AM / in National News, Opinion

In what could turn out to be a shrewd political move, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trumpexpanded his list of potential Supreme Court nominees on Friday. The timing, just before the first debate on Monday night, couldn’t be better. It sets the tone and part of the conversation of that debate and puts his opponent, Democrat contender Hillary Clinton, on the […]

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New ATF Head Wants Computerized Database of All Gun Purchases

New ATF Head Wants Computerized Database of All Gun Purchases

on August 2, 2016, 7:27 AM / in National News, Opinion

Deputy Director Thomas Brandon (shown on right), head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) appeared on CBS’s Sunday Morning television show, complaining that his agency is “a small agency with a big job” and that he really needs more agents and more money to do that job. What he would really like, however, is a computerized […]

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Undercover Video Confirms Hillary’s Strategy to Ban All Firearms

Undercover Video Confirms Hillary’s Strategy to Ban All Firearms

on July 27, 2016, 8:38 AM / in National News, Opinion

The first 57 seconds of James O’Keefe’s latest undercover video interview, of a Clinton delegate from California, confirms what many have long suspected: Hillary Clinton’s real goal of complete and total confiscation of all firearms from every American citizen is being hidden behind benign and persuasive phrases such as “common sense gun control” and “protect our families,” etc. It also […]

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Study by Black Harvard Economist Refutes Black Lives Matter’s Claim

Study by Black Harvard Economist Refutes Black Lives Matter’s Claim

on July 13, 2016, 10:17 AM / in National News, Opinion

When the conclusions were made public — that there is no proof that police officers are more likely to shoot blacks than whites in lethal-force confrontations — neither the author, black Harvard economics professor Roland Fryer, nor the New York Times could believe them. Fryer, the youngest African-American to receive tenure at Harvard and the first one to receive a […]

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