Archive for May 15th, 2017

Synar’s Spirit

Synar’s Spirit

on May 15, 2017, 8:31 AM / in History, People

Good morning, it’s Monday, May 15, 2017. Ten years ago today, in otherwise routine testimony before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand made a telling rhetorical gesture: He gave credit to a former member of Congress for taking the lead on his issue. The lawmaker Wigand singled out was Mike Synar of Oklahoma, who died […]

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Kara McCullough, Miss District of Columbia, crowned Miss USA

Kara McCullough, Miss District of Columbia, crowned Miss USA

on May 15, 2017, 8:22 AM / in National News

Kara McCullough, representing the District of Columbia, was crowned Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night, giving Washington, D.C., its second straight win in the pageant after Deshauna Barber’s win last year. McCullough, 25, is a chemist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During the questions part of the competition, McCullough was asked whether affordable health care is […]

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Yankees retire Jeter’s No. 2

Yankees retire Jeter’s No. 2

on May 15, 2017, 8:18 AM / in Baseball

The New York Yankees retired Derek Jeter’s jersey — No. 2 — on Sunday, honoring the team’s longest-tenured captain for a 20-year career filled with records. “There isn’t a person or player I would trade places with that’s playing now or ever,” Jeter said during a ceremony before the Yankees-Astros game. “And the reason why I say that is because […]

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Schumer calls for independent counsel before new FBI director is confirmed

Schumer calls for independent counsel before new FBI director is confirmed

on May 15, 2017, 8:13 AM / in National News

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that the Senate should block President Trump’s nominee to be the next FBI director unless the Department of Justice appoints a special counsel to investigate Russia’s attempts to meddle in last year’s presidential election, and any possible collusion between Moscow and Trump associates. “There are a lot of Democrats who feel that […]

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New cases of ransomware problems reported Today

New cases of ransomware problems reported Today

on May 15, 2017, 8:11 AM / in International News

Thousands of new cases from the global ransomware cyberattack were reported Monday in Asia, although there were no immediate reports of major breakdowns. Security experts had warned of fresh fallout from Friday’s attack when people returned to work on Monday and restart their computers. Many workers, especially in Asia, had already left their offices on Friday when software tools stolen […]

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Second appeals court to review travel ban

Second appeals court to review travel ban

on May 15, 2017, 8:09 AM / in National News

A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments Monday on President Trump’s revised temporary travel ban affecting travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. The hearing before a three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be the second appellate court review of the policy. The 9th Circuit will be examining a Hawaii judge’s ruling blocking parts of Trump’s March order, […]

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Merkel’s conservative party wins upset in key state election

Merkel’s conservative party wins upset in key state election

on May 15, 2017, 8:08 AM / in International News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party unexpectedly won elections in the country’s most populous state on Sunday in voting seen as a bellwether for national parliamentary elections in September. Merkel’s Christian Democrats got nearly 33 percent of the ballots cast, while the center-left Social Democrats led by Martin Schulz, who is challenging Merkel in her bid for a fourth term, […]

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Maury County budget director fired

on May 15, 2017, 8:05 AM / in State News

By MIKE CHRISTEN /  The Daily Herald  The Maury County Budget Committee last week fired budget director Theresa Weber, who walked out the doors of the Tom Primm Commission Meeting room when the questions about the quality of her work were raised. With about a month and a half before the deadline to file the 2017-2018 county budget, the decision […]

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Politico lists Corker, Fleischmann as having potential conflicts in stock trades

Politico lists Corker, Fleischmann as having potential conflicts in stock trades

on May 15, 2017, 7:58 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Tom Humphrey   /  The Tennessee Journal Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, both Chattanooga Republicans, are highlighted by Politico in a listing congressmen whose stock trading raises a question of conflicting interests with their lawmaking activity. The article, bearing the headline “Reckless stock trading leaves Congress rife with conflicts,” reports that Political found “28 House members and six […]

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North Korea claims successful launch of nuclear warhead-capable missile

on May 15, 2017, 7:47 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

By Thomas Lifson  /   American Thinker Tick…tick…tick… North Korea is a step closer to having an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear attack on American cities, a weapon it may well use, or sell to Iran, a nation that sees Armageddon as a religious destiny it should hasten.  North Korea now claims it has successfully launched a […]

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Kentucky court rules Christian printer doesn’t have to make gay pride T-shirts

Kentucky court rules Christian printer doesn’t have to make gay pride T-shirts

on May 15, 2017, 7:43 AM / in National News, State News

By Rick Moran  /  American Thinker It’s a small victory for religious freedom but at this point, any win is welcome. An appellate court in Kentucky has ruled that a Christian print shop owner can refuse service to a gay rights organization whoi wanted him to supply “gay pride” T-shirts. In this case, the court accepted the argument that the owner […]

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Powers Boothe, Emmy-Winning Character Actor, Dies at 68

Powers Boothe, Emmy-Winning Character Actor, Dies at 68

on May 15, 2017, 7:38 AM / in People

Sharon Waxman Powers Boothe, an Emmy-winning character actor whose credits included “Nashville,” “The Avengers” and “Deadwood,” died Sunday at age 68. In a statement, the actor’s longtime publicist Karen Samfillipo told TheWrap: Powers died in his sleep this morning of natural causes. There will be a private service held in Texas where he was from. A memorial celebration in his […]

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Mayor condemns torch-bearing protesters defending Confederate statue

Mayor condemns torch-bearing protesters defending Confederate statue

on May 15, 2017, 7:35 AM / in State News

The mayor of Charlottesville, Va., condemned Saturday night’s demonstration by a large group of torch-bearing white nationalists who were protesting the removal of statues honoring Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. “This event involving torches at night in Lee Park was either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that […]

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Tom Brokaw takes NBC anchor to school over real journalism and destroys liberal narrative on Comey

Tom Brokaw takes NBC anchor to school over real journalism and destroys liberal narrative on Comey

on May 15, 2017, 7:22 AM / in National News, Opinion

By Chris Enloe  /  The Blaze Veteran NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, who for years hosted “NBC Nightly News,” chided the mainstream media last week during a discussing over President Donald Trump choosing to fire James Comey as director of the FBI. Critics argue that Trump fired Comey in order to hide an alleged connection to Russia, arguing that Trump was unable […]

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Census: Blacks abandoned Hillary, women shrugged

Census: Blacks abandoned Hillary, women shrugged

on May 15, 2017, 7:12 AM / in National News

by Paul Bedard  /  Washington Examiner Black voters, who in record numbers turned out to support former President Obama’s reelection in 2012, didn’t repeat for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, recording their biggest-ever turnout drop off last year, according to a new analysis of Census data. What’s more, despite being the first female nominee and her focus on women’s issues, slightly […]

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Woman dies saving life of her daughter

Woman dies saving life of her daughter

on May 15, 2017, 7:02 AM / in People

A woman died on Mother’s Day after saving her daughter’s life by pushing her out of path of an oncoming car. Diane Aluska, a mother of three, saw a car reversing fast towards them and managed to get her 16-year-old daughter Jenna out of the way. “There is no doubt she saved her daughter’s life,” Suffolk County police Detective Sergeant […]

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Family gets kicked off of a JetBlue flight for a birthday cake

Family gets kicked off of a JetBlue flight for a birthday cake

on May 15, 2017, 6:58 AM / in National News

By Brian Koerber  /  Mashable Footage of a family getting kicked off of a JetBlue flight over the placement of a birthday cake surfaced on Saturday. Minta and Cameron Burke were heading to Las Vegas from JFK Airport in New York on Flight 611 on May 3 to celebrate Minta’s 40th birthday with their children when an incident between the […]

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Local officials discuss additional tax dollar theft by attempting to explaining the benefits of gas tax hike

Local officials discuss additional tax dollar theft by attempting to explaining the benefits of gas tax hike

on May 15, 2017, 6:24 AM / in Local News

By Omer Yusuf , USA TODAY NETWORK The recent gas tax increase approved by the legislature may provide vital funding to road projects across Madison County, local officials say. The passing of the IMPROVE Act ultimately will provide vital funding for one of Jackson’s biggest transportation projects – a “true” bypass around the current U.S. Highway 45 Bypass. said about […]

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Taxpayer-funded industrial park in Sumner County might uproot families

Taxpayer-funded industrial park in Sumner County might uproot families

on May 15, 2017, 6:03 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler  /   Tennessee Watchdog Bureau Chief’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about efforts to build a new industrial park in Sumner County, possibly with taxpayer money. Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt hoped last year to use taxpayer money to buy land for a new industrial park. But the county already has such a […]

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May 15th in History

May 15th in History

on May 15, 2017, 6:00 AM / in History

May 15 is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 230 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Aoi Matsuri (Kyoto) Christian feast day: Achillius of Larissa Athanasius of Alexandria (Coptic Church) Dymphna Hallvard Vebjørnsson (Norway) Hilary of Galeata Isidore the Laborer, celebrated with festivals in various countries, the […]

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