Archive for January, 2017

IHRA DRAG RACING RETURNS TO ESPN; PARTNERSHIP RESUMES WITH 2017 SEASON

IHRA DRAG RACING RETURNS TO ESPN; PARTNERSHIP RESUMES WITH 2017 SEASON

on January 31, 2017, 8:45 AM / in NASCAR

IHRA Drag Racing returns to the ESPN family of networks Feb. 4 on ESPN3 ESPN3 to show more than 200 hours of IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship ESPN Presents a nine-month schedule of live-streamed IHRA Drag Racing WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After a nearly two-decade hiatus, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and ESPN have signed a multi-year agreement […]

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The 5,000 lb. elephant in the room…

The 5,000 lb. elephant in the room…

on January 31, 2017, 8:41 AM / in Opinion

By Rocky Top Politics In tonight’s speech will the Governor reveal how Pilot Oil could make millions off the gas tax increase? So far, the arguments we have heard on why the state needs a gas tax increase all ring hollow: “We need more money for roads.” Ahem, we currently have $2 billion in surplus taxes squeezed out of Tennesseans.  […]

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Most Support Temporary Ban on Newcomers from Terrorist Havens

on January 31, 2017, 8:37 AM / in National News, Opinion

While I am generally not into polls, I find it so interesting that all the local media outlets, over the weekend, were wall to wall coverage of President Trump’s Executive Order “banning Muslims”.  The local CBS corporate media outlet claims that their reporting that the “ban” is effective in “predominantly Muslim countries” does not insinuate a “Muslim ban”.  Rather like […]

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We Know it is a stretch: Some groups are concerned President Trump’s order blocking people from seven countries from entering the United States could harm healthcare

We Know it is a stretch: Some groups are concerned President Trump’s order blocking people from seven countries from entering the United States could harm healthcare

on January 31, 2017, 8:35 AM / in International News, National News

Some groups are concerned President Trump’s order blocking people from seven countries from entering the United States could harm healthcare. The order could worsen the shortage of doctors in the United States, warns the Association of American Medical Colleges. We are deeply concerned that the Jan. 27 executive order will disrupt education and research and have a damaging long-term impact […]

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IF YOU LIVE IN DC KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN: THIS NOT YOUR NORMAL KITTEN

IF YOU LIVE IN DC KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN: THIS NOT YOUR NORMAL KITTEN

on January 31, 2017, 8:32 AM / in State News

D.C. residents: Keep your eyes out for Ollie, a National Zoo bobcat that escaped from her enclosure Monday morning, the Washingtonian reports.

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TRUMP TRANSITION HEAD TELLS EPA TO PREPARE FOR CHANGE

TRUMP TRANSITION HEAD TELLS EPA TO PREPARE FOR CHANGE

on January 31, 2017, 8:29 AM / in National News

A top Trump administration official told EPA employees on Monday to prepare for changes at the agency, but he disputed media reports about the extent of those changes. “Changes will likely come, and when they do, we will work together to implement them,” Don Benton, a senior White House adviser for the EPA transition team, wrote in an internal email […]

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NO DAKOTA ACCESS TIMELINE YET

NO DAKOTA ACCESS TIMELINE YET

on January 31, 2017, 8:27 AM / in National News

A government lawyer on Monday told a federal judge the Army Corps of Engineers has no timetable for issuing the easement required to move the Dakota Access pipeline forward. Trump ordered the Army Corps last week to issue an easement allowing construction on the most controversial stretch of the 1,170-mile $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. But it’s not clear when […]

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LAWMAKERS TARGET ENERGY REGS

on January 31, 2017, 8:25 AM / in National News

Both chambers of Congress are starting the process of challenging numerous energy and environmental regulations through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The act has been used successfully only once before. But the combination of numerous rules made final in President Obama’s last months, and the GOP control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, mean many rules can […]

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SENATE MOVES TOWARD CONFIRMING TILLERSON

SENATE MOVES TOWARD CONFIRMING TILLERSON

on January 31, 2017, 8:24 AM / in National News

The Senate voted nearly along party lines Monday to move forward on considering Rex Tillerson’s nomination to be secretary of State. Tillerson made it through a cloture vote, 56-43, which kicks off up to 30 hours of debate over his confirmation. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Mark Warner (Va.), as well as Independent Sen. Angus King […]

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EX-TRUMP AIDE SAYS PARIS DEAL ‘DEFINITELY’ OUT

EX-TRUMP AIDE SAYS PARIS DEAL ‘DEFINITELY’ OUT

on January 31, 2017, 8:22 AM / in International News, National News

A former Trump administration transition aide said Trump will “definitely” pull the United States out of the Paris agreement. Myron Ebell, who led Trump’s transition efforts for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), told reporters in London on Monday that the president would stick to his campaign promises, including to stopping the country’s participation in the Paris accord. “I expect Donald […]

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ZINKE, PERRY TO GET COMMITTEE VOTES

ZINKE, PERRY TO GET COMMITTEE VOTES

on January 31, 2017, 8:20 AM / in National News

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources will vote on two Trump administration nominees on Tuesday, pushing ahead the confirmation process for President Trump’s energy and environment team. The committee will consider Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be Interior secretary and Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy. Energy Committee members held confirmation hearings for both Zinke and Perry the week […]

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The First Firestorm

The First Firestorm

on January 31, 2017, 8:15 AM / in Opinion

That hysterical reaction to the travel ban announced Friday is a portent of what is to come if President Donald Trump carries out the mandate given to him by those who elected him. The travel ban bars refugees for 120 days. From Syria, refugees are banned indefinitely. And a 90-day ban has been imposed on travel here from Iraq, Syria, […]

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Parking the Car

on January 31, 2017, 8:13 AM / in Bedtime Stories

Following the rules just a little too closely. John and Lena were sitting down to their usual morning cup of coffee, listening to the weather report coming over the radio. “There will be 3 to 5 inches of snow today, and a snow emergency has been declared,” the weather report said. “You must park your cars on the odd numbered […]

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Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Should Not Be Thomas Hardiman

on January 31, 2017, 8:10 AM / in Opinion

While we have argued against the two top choices that President Trump is on his replacement menu, we have done so with the understanding they may still be his choices. We believe we have been through with our view of Judge Bill Pryor and very possibly a little unfair with an assessment of Judge Neil Gorsuch, either would make up for […]

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Day before Trump pick, Dems talk filibuster

Day before Trump pick, Dems talk filibuster

on January 31, 2017, 7:47 AM / in National News

BY JORDAIN CARNEY AND ALEXANDER BOLTON The White House and Congress are gearing up for a fierce battle over President Trump’s pivotal nomination to the Supreme Court, which he is expected to announce Tuesday. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) turned up the temperature on Monday, circulating a petition that argues his colleagues should block any nominee from Trump given the Senate […]

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Boy Scouts to allow transgender boys to join

Boy Scouts to allow transgender boys to join

on January 31, 2017, 7:11 AM / in National News

The Circle is now complete and the destruction now final. The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it would start allowing transgender boys to join. The organization will now use the gender families put on a child’s scouting application, rather than that found on a birth certificate, to determine eligibility. The organization asked an 8-year-old New Jersey transgender boy […]

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Trump signs executive order to cut federal regulations

on January 31, 2017, 7:06 AM / in National News

President Trump signed an executive order Monday that he said would deliver on his campaign promise to slash government regulations. “We’ll be reducing [regulations] big league,” Trump said. The order calls for eliminating two old regulations for every new regulation imposed on businesses. “The American dream is back,” Trump said, “and we’re going to create an environment for small business […]

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The Ramblings of a Forgotten Man: Obama praises people protesting Trump immigration order

The Ramblings of a Forgotten Man: Obama praises people protesting Trump immigration order

on January 31, 2017, 7:03 AM / in National News

Former President Barack Obama, in a rare move for an ex-president, but standard for him though, on Monday joined a growing list of political leaders who have spoken out against President Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. Kevin Lewis, an Obama spokesman, said the former president was “heartened” by the engagement of protesters across the […]

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‘Lone wolf’ identified as Quebec mosque killing suspect

‘Lone wolf’ identified as Quebec mosque killing suspect

on January 31, 2017, 7:00 AM / in International News, National News

Quebec City police on Monday identified the suspect in the killing of six worshippers at a mosque as Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old political science student at Université Laval. He was formally charged with six counts of murder. A second man, of Moroccan descent, who was detained at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center, was determined to be a witness, not a […]

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Trump Fires Acting AG Who Refused To Enforce Refugee Order

Trump Fires Acting AG Who Refused To Enforce Refugee Order

on January 31, 2017, 6:54 AM / in National News

By KEVIN DALEY  /  The Daily Caller President Donald Trump dismissed acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday night, after she ordered government lawyers not to defend his executive order on refugees. In a brazen act of defiance that cost her the post, Yates said she could not enforce a policy that is not “wise or just.” Yates is an Obama-appointee […]

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