Archive for February 17th, 2017

Florida Navy Veteran Beaten For Trying To Save Turtle

Florida Navy Veteran Beaten For Trying To Save Turtle

on February 17, 2017, 7:37 AM / in State News

By John Walsh   /   International Business Times Three suspects were arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida, Tuesday for allegedly beating a disabled veteran who attempted to stop them from torturing a turtle. Garry Blough, a disabled Gulf War Navy veteran, told local reporters he acted after his wife and toddler went to get the mail and told him they had […]

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Once Again Republicans lie about their intent: House Republicans reveal outline for ObamaCare replacement

Once Again Republicans lie about their intent: House Republicans reveal outline for ObamaCare replacement

on February 17, 2017, 7:25 AM / in National News

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and two House committee chairmen on Thursday unveiled the outline of the House Republican plan to replace ObamaCare. The plan includes tax credits for buying insurance, which would increase with a person’s age but do not change based on income, and incentives for people to open savings accounts to pay for medical expenses. The outline […]

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Samsung chief arrested over presidential corruption scandal

Samsung chief arrested over presidential corruption scandal

on February 17, 2017, 7:23 AM / in International News

Acting Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong was arrested early Friday on bribery charges in connection with the influence peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea’s president, Park Geun-hye. A court last month rejected prosecutors’ request to arrest Lee, but this time prosecutors presented new information and a judge said the court acknowledged “the cause and necessity of the […]

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Flynn reportedly told FBI he didn’t discuss sanctions with Russian ambassador

on February 17, 2017, 7:20 AM / in International News, National News

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn last month denied to FBI agents that he had discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to Washington, contrary to what intelligence agencies learned in , current and former U.S. officials told The Washington Post. Lying to the FBI is a felony, so Flynn’s claims in the Jan. 24 interview could expose him to legal […]

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Tillerson makes global diplomatic debut at G-20 meeting

Tillerson makes global diplomatic debut at G-20 meeting

on February 17, 2017, 7:17 AM / in International News, National News

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Thursday in his first foreign trip since becoming Washington’s top diplomat. Tillerson, making his debut at a meeting of diplomats from the Group of 20 major world economies in Bonn, Germany, said his talk with Lavrov touched many topics but focused on the ongoing violence in eastern […]

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ISIS claims responsibility for attack at Pakistan shrine

ISIS claims responsibility for attack at Pakistan shrine

on February 17, 2017, 7:15 AM / in International News

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 75 people at a shrine in Pakistan on Thursday. Another 200 people were injured. The blast in the main hall of the shrine of the revered 13th-century Muslim Sufi philosopher Lal Shahbaz Qalandar was the deadliest in the country in two years. ISIS, a Sunni Muslim extremist […]

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A Rutherford County School Board member with a history of railing against vouchers used public money to travel to Washington, D.C., to warn a U.S. senator about Betsy DeVos.

A Rutherford County School Board member with a history of railing against vouchers used public money to travel to Washington, D.C., to warn a U.S. senator about Betsy DeVos.

on February 17, 2017, 7:08 AM / in State News

A Rutherford County School Board member with a history of railing against vouchers used public money to travel to Washington, D.C., to warn a U.S. senator about Betsy DeVos. The trip was late last month, according to records Tennessee Watchdog obtained through a request for Aaron Holladay’s travel expenses. The trip came about a week before the U.S. Senate confirmed […]

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Robert Harward Turns Down Offer to Become President Trump’s National Security Adviser

Robert Harward Turns Down Offer to Become President Trump’s National Security Adviser

on February 17, 2017, 6:54 AM / in National News

Retired Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward has turned down an offer to become President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, a White House official said on Thursday. “It’s purely a personal issue,” Harward told The Associated Press on Thursday evening. “I’m in a unique position finally after being in the military for 40 years to enjoy some personal time.” White House […]

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The Deep State Targets Trump

The Deep State Targets Trump

on February 17, 2017, 6:48 AM / in Opinion

When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, “If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and rightful repository of our liberties. Yet it was this regime, the deep state, […]

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IRS Won’t Make Taxpayers Say If They Met ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate

IRS Won’t Make Taxpayers Say If They Met ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate

on February 17, 2017, 6:46 AM / in National News, Opinion

Written by  Michael Tennant President Donald Trump’s day-one executive order directing federal agencies to reduce ObamaCare’s burdens on Americans is already paying dividends. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has decided that it will not require taxpayers to indicate on their income-tax returns whether or not they complied with the individual mandate the previous year. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires […]

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Forget Flynn; Logan Act Could Ensnare Top Establishment Insiders

Forget Flynn; Logan Act Could Ensnare Top Establishment Insiders

on February 17, 2017, 6:41 AM / in National News, Opinion

Globalists and establishment types, watch out. The establishment media-driven brouhaha over Trump’s national security advisor Lt. General Michael Flynn, who just resigned amid the controversy, has resurrected talk of an obscure U.S. law known as the Logan Act. Passed more than 200 years ago, the federal statute makes it a crime for Americans to seek to influence the policies of […]

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BREAKING: U.S. House votes to overturn Obama regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood

BREAKING: U.S. House votes to overturn Obama regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood

on February 17, 2017, 6:38 AM / in National News

By Claire Chretien   WASHINGTON, D.C.,  (LifeSiteNews) – The  U.S. House of Representatives voted 230 to 188 today to overturn former President Obama’s “eleventh hour” HHS rule forcing states to give Title X money to organizations that commit abortions. Title X money comes from the government to fund “family planning services,” but technically not abortion. Before he left office, Obama pushed through an […]

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What we are Reading on the Web

What we are Reading on the Web

on February 17, 2017, 6:35 AM / in National News

Bloomberg profiles Gordon Johnson, one of the most “hated” analysts among solar companies due to his record as a bearish contrarian toward solar. National Public Radio examines wind power in the South, which just saw its first large-scale commercial wind farm come online in North Carolina. Flint, Mich., city officials will soon resume shutting off residents’ drinking water for unpaid bills, Grand Rapids, Mich., […]

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TRUMP KILLS THE STREAM PROTECTION RULE

on February 17, 2017, 6:28 AM / in National News

Trump signed a resolution on Thursday ending an Obama-era coal mining rule that industry groups said would kill jobs in the sector. The resolution blocks the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule, a regulation to protect waterways from coal mining waste that officials finalized in December. At the signing, Trump called the regulation “another terrible job killing rule” and […]

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DEMOCRATS PLAN ALL-NIGHT CRY BABY PROTEST

DEMOCRATS PLAN ALL-NIGHT CRY BABY PROTEST

on February 17, 2017, 6:26 AM / in National News

Two red-state Democrats said Thursday that they will support Pruitt’s nomination: Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Both come from energy producing states and face potentially difficult reelection contests next year. But most Democrats have telegraphed their opposition to Pruitt, and they said that they plan to hold the floor overnight to oppose him. “That’s the plan,” Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said on […]

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SENATE SET TO VOTE ON PRUITT

SENATE SET TO VOTE ON PRUITT

on February 17, 2017, 6:23 AM / in National News

The Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most Democrats have vowed to oppose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s selection to lead the agency, raising questions about his past work against the EPA, his close ties to the fossil fuel industry and his position on the science behind climate change. […]

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Trump gets his conservative budget guru

on February 17, 2017, 6:20 AM / in National News

While the Trump administration is mounting a do-over on Labor Secretary, the president can now work with his brand new director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mick Mulvaney, the South Carolinian who most recently served as one of the more conservative Republicans in the House, was narrowly confirmed by the Senate Thursday morning by a vote of 51-49. Now in […]

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Consumer bureau wins new day in court

Consumer bureau wins new day in court

on February 17, 2017, 6:19 AM / in National News

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lives to fight another legal day, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed to rehear a case challenging the agency’s structure and powers. The decision for the entire court to rehear the case vacates a ruling made by a three-judge panel that previously found the agency’s structure unconstitutional. And […]

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Labor not picking a fresh fight (yet)

on February 17, 2017, 6:17 AM / in National News

After unions mobilized to help scuttle Puzder’s nomination, there aren’t any signs yet that they will similarly go to the mat against Acosta. Instead, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said labor plans to review Acosta’s record, while noting that just about anyone would be preferable to Puzder in their eyes. “Working people changed the game on this nomination. Unlike Andy Puzder, […]

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Trump names his backup plan for Labor Secretary

Trump names his backup plan for Labor Secretary

on February 17, 2017, 6:16 AM / in National News

The purported purpose of Thursday’s wild press conference with the president was to name a new nominee to head up the Labor Department. And before a torrent of questions, Trump did just that, tapping Alexander Acosta as his pick. Acosta is a former member of the National Labor Relations Board and current dean of Florida International University’s law school. Acosta replaces Andrew […]

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