Archive for February 2nd, 2017

It’s the Constitution, Stupid…

on February 2, 2017, 9:42 AM / in News

Our Founders and Constitution prescribed that the specific role of Supreme Court justices was, and remains, to uphold Rule of Law. “[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their, own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would […]

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Repeal of Obamacare Will Restore True Focus of  Medicine: The Patient

Repeal of Obamacare Will Restore True Focus of Medicine: The Patient

on February 2, 2017, 9:07 AM / in Opinion

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom: Too Much Focus on 20 Million Not Likely to Lose Coverage from Repeal and Not Enough on How the ACA Is Harming 320 Million Americans ST. PAUL, Minn.—President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have a laundry list of policy changes they committed to in their first 100 days in office. Among them is […]

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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch: An “Originalist”

Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch: An “Originalist”

on February 2, 2017, 8:58 AM / in National News, Opinion

Written by  Steve Byas   Calling 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch a man whose “qualifications are beyond dispute” with “an extraordinary résumé as good as it gets,” President Donald Trump announced Gorsuch as his pick Tuesday night to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch (shown) promised that, if confirmed, he would be […]

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Trump opens National Prayer Breakfast with talk about TV ratings

on February 2, 2017, 8:53 AM / in National News

President Trump on Thursday addressed the National Prayer Breakfast, opening his remarks by talking about TV ratings. Trump noted his “tremendous success” as star of reality show “Celebrity Apprentice,” as well as the show’s drop in ratings since he left. “We know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tubes. It’s been a total disaster” since the […]

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Border tax sets off lobbying frenzy

Border tax sets off lobbying frenzy

on February 2, 2017, 8:51 AM / in National News

Businesses are lobbying furiously to shape a proposal from House Republicans that would levy a tax on goods imported to the United States. The idea, known as border adjustment, is part of the “Better Way” plan that House Republicans released ahead of the November elections. Now that Donald Trump is president, Republicans are using that blueprint as the starting point […]

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What is going on in Washington today

What is going on in Washington today

on February 2, 2017, 8:49 AM / in National News

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: Vote on the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to be director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, 10 a.m. Senate Budget Committee: Vote on the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, 11 a.m. President Trump meets with Senate […]

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US businesses added 246K jobs in January

US businesses added 246K jobs in January

on February 2, 2017, 8:47 AM / in National News

U.S. business boosted hiring in January to the highest level since June, a new jobs survey showed on Wednesday. Companies added 246,000 jobs last month, a big jump from the 151,000 in December, with increases in hiring across construction, manufacturing and mining, according to payroll processor ADP. Jobs gains in December were 2,000 fewer than initially reported. “2017 got off […]

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Boy Scouts embrace ‘gender rebellion’: Critics blast policy welcoming transgender ‘boys’

Boy Scouts embrace ‘gender rebellion’: Critics blast policy welcoming transgender ‘boys’

on February 2, 2017, 8:44 AM / in National News

By Peter LaBarbera (LifeSiteNews) – The Boy Scouts of America continues its “progressive,” pro-LGBT, secular transformation, announcing January 30 that it will now admit “transgender” members – i.e., girls who adopt a “gender identity” as males. This latest pro-LGBT shift in the nation’s oldest boys organization comes after the BSA first allowed openly homosexual boys to become Scouts, in 2013, and […]

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Dems in bind over Trump court pick

on February 2, 2017, 8:39 AM / in National News

BY ALEXANDER BOLTON Senate Republicans voiced confidence Wednesday that they will have the votes to confirm President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, as Democrats appeared divided over how to handle the pick. Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) in a floor speech indicated that he has serious concerns about Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin […]

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Does Bob Corker have a problem with Jesus?

Does Bob Corker have a problem with Jesus?

on February 2, 2017, 8:36 AM / in Opinion, State News

W.W.J.D.? By Rocky Top Politics Regular readers of Rocky Top are well aware that we have a wee bit of a problem with the junior senator from Tennessee.  His financial dealings are suspect, his conduct in office has been the focus of at least two ethics complaints and maybe a couple of other ongoing investigations.  His relationship with Wells Fargo […]

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Fed leaves interest rates unchanged

on February 2, 2017, 8:30 AM / in National News

Federal Reserve policy makers left interest rates unchanged, as expected, at the end of a two-day meeting on Wednesday. The meeting was the Federal Open Markets Committee’s first since President Trump’s inauguration. The Fed raised its target benchmark rate by a quarter point in December, just the second increase in more than a decade. Analysts have said the Fed is […]

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UC Berkeley cancels speech by Breitbart provocateur after violent protest

UC Berkeley cancels speech by Breitbart provocateur after violent protest

on February 2, 2017, 8:28 AM / in National News, State News

University of California, Berkeley administrators called off a speech by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a British writer for Breitbart News, after a violent protest broke out in a campus plaza. About 1,500 people had gathered peacefully outside the student union where Yiannopoulos was supposed to speak two hours later. A small group then smashed some windows, and started a bonfire […]

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Republicans suspend rules to push 2 Trump nominees through committee

Republicans suspend rules to push 2 Trump nominees through committee

on February 2, 2017, 8:25 AM / in National News

Senate Republicans suspended committee rules to sidestep a Democratic delaying tactic and advance the nominations of Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of health and human services. Democrats boycotted the hearings to prevent a vote, which requires at least one member of both parties to be present. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) […]

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DeVos confirmation in doubt after two Republicans withhold support

on February 2, 2017, 8:23 AM / in National News

Republican left of center Senators. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said Wednesday that they would vote against the confirmation of billionaire school-voucher advocate Betsy DeVos as education secretary, leaving Democrats one defection short of rejecting DeVos, if they all vote against her, as expected. Republicans praise DeVos as a committed reformer dedicated to improving education in […]

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Tillerson confirmed as secretary of state

on February 2, 2017, 8:20 AM / in National News

Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson was sworn in as secretary of state on Wednesday after the Senate confirmed him in a 56-to-43 vote, the strongest opposition to a secretary of state nominee in U.S. history. The longtime oil executive faced opposition from Democrats and several influential Republicans, including Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Marco Rubio, over his ties to […]

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Trump tells Republicans to ‘go nuclear’ if Democrats filibuster Gorsuch

Trump tells Republicans to ‘go nuclear’ if Democrats filibuster Gorsuch

on February 2, 2017, 8:19 AM / in National News

President Trump on Wednesday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “go nuclear” if Democrats follow through on a threat to use a filibuster to block the confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. The message referred to changing Senate rules so Gorsuch’s confirmation vote could proceed with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes needed to […]

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TRUMP SECRETLY LEAVES WHITE HOUSE TO ATTEND ARRIVAL OF REMAINS OF NAVY SEAL WILLIAM OWENS, WHO DIED AT YEMEN DURING AL QAEDA RAID

TRUMP SECRETLY LEAVES WHITE HOUSE TO ATTEND ARRIVAL OF REMAINS OF NAVY SEAL WILLIAM OWENS, WHO DIED AT YEMEN DURING AL QAEDA RAID

on February 2, 2017, 8:16 AM / in National News

Special thanks to Richard for sending this….. WOW! President Trump and First Daughter Ivanka left White House secretly to pay respect to remains  of deceased  Navy Seal Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owen. The president is a part of every fallen service member’s memorial — surviving relatives are handed a folded flag “on behalf of the President of the United States of America” — but […]

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Hopson questions constitutionality of school voucher bill

Hopson questions constitutionality of school voucher bill

on February 2, 2017, 7:34 AM / in State News

By  Jennifer Pignolet , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said constitutional  questions could arise with new school voucher legislation filed this week  directed exclusively at his students. “Obviously any time there’s legislation filed that only affects one place, there could be some constitutional issues with it, but I think it’s really too early to […]

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Church vows to fight city’s plans to take property for road project

Church vows to fight city’s plans to take property for road project

on February 2, 2017, 7:10 AM / in State News

TRAFFIC BEFORE GOD! BRISTOL, Tenn. — If Bristol Tennessee leaders and Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church can’t come to an agreement over a small piece of property needed for a road project, the city may take it through eminent domain. And Pastor Barbara Doyle and other church members aren’t happy about it. The 148-square-foot plot is at the corner of […]

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Tennessee lawmakers trade ideas on how to fund transportation improvements

Tennessee lawmakers trade ideas on how to fund transportation improvements

on February 2, 2017, 7:02 AM / in State News

by Andy Sher  /  Chattanooga Times Free Press NASHVILLE — Two top House Republican leaders on Wednesday countered Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed gas tax increases with an alternative plan that calls for diverting money from the state’s existing 7 percent sales tax base to fund needed road improvements. “A quarter percent of one percent of those funds [we] would simply […]

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