Archive for August 29th, 2018

Puerto Rico study finds Hurricane Maria killed 2,975

Puerto Rico study finds Hurricane Maria killed 2,975

on August 29, 2018, 8:56 AM / in National News

Hurricane Maria killed an estimated 2,975 people in Puerto Rico, 46 times more than initial official estimates, according to an independent analysis commissioned by the island’s governor and released Tuesday. Soon after the September 2017 storm, the U.S. Caribbean territory’s government said it had directly caused just 64 deaths. Outside reports that included deaths caused by resulting power outages and […]

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Political Low Grounds

Political Low Grounds

on August 29, 2018, 8:53 AM / in Bedtime Stories

Art by A.F. Branco

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Cause Celebre

on August 29, 2018, 8:51 AM / in History, People

Good morning. It’s Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Fifty-five years ago today, an impressive collection of Hollywood stars made their way back to Los Angeles. These A-listers had come to the nation’s capital in support of civil rights. At the March on Washington, some had performed songs, others had given interviews, and all had listened to Martin Luther King Jr. and […]

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Photo-Based Body Shop Estimates are a Joke: A Consumer’s Perspective

Photo-Based Body Shop Estimates are a Joke: A Consumer’s Perspective

on August 29, 2018, 8:46 AM / in National News, Opinion

By Josh Cable, SENIOR EDITOR  |    Body Shop Business It’s ironic that in nearly 30 years of driving, I’d never been in a collision – until I started writing for BodyShop Business. The irony wasn’t lost on me when a pickup truck rear-ended my car a few months ago. Although I was rattled, I wasn’t upset. I looked at the big picture: […]

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Federal district judge strikes down provisions of Trump’s civil service executive orders

Federal district judge strikes down provisions of Trump’s civil service executive orders

on August 29, 2018, 8:35 AM / in National News

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, an Obama appointee, struck down several provisions of President Trump’s civil service executive orders in a ruling issued on Saturday. The stricken provisions included components of the executive orders that Judge Jackson said conflict with the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, such as limitations […]

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Federal court strikes down North Carolina district map as unconstitutional partisan gerrymander

on August 29, 2018, 8:34 AM / in National News, State News

A three-judge panel of a federal district court ruled on Monday that North Carolina’s congressional district map constituted an illegal partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans. The court ruled two-to-one on the matter, with Judges James Wynn (an Obama appointee) and Earl Britt (a Carter appointee) forming the majority. Wynn penned the majority opinion. Judge William Osteen (a George W. Bush appointee) […]

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Ron DeSantis wins Republican nomination for Florida governor

on August 29, 2018, 8:33 AM / in State News

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) defeated state agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam (R) and six other candidates to win the Republican nomination for governor of Florida. With 53 percent of precincts reporting, DeSantis had received 55.8 percent of the vote to Putnam’s 37.4 percent. Throughout his campaign, DeSantis pointed supporters to his endorsement from President Trump (R) as well as his record […]

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Andrew Gillum wins Florida gubernatorial Democratic primary

on August 29, 2018, 8:32 AM / in State News

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination for the Florida governor’s race, despite trailing former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine in most polls prior to election day. Gillum won more than 34 percent of the vote to Graham’s 31.4 percent and Levine’s 20.3 percent. On the campaign trail, Gillum emphasized his progressive platform, […]

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Pedophile Preacher Left in Pile on Floor After Victim’s Dad Catches Him in Courtroom

on August 29, 2018, 8:25 AM / in State News

BY CILLIAN ZEAL  |  CT A convicted pedophile from Oregon is making national news after the  father of one of his victims punched the youth pastor who molested his child. “Three-and-a-half years’ worth of emotions stirred in Kevin Patrick Smith,” CNN reported. “The 45-year-old said he was sitting in the Medford, Oregon, federal courthouse on Wednesday for the sentencing hearing for Donald Courtney […]

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South Dakota asks Trump administration to approve work requirements for parents, caretakers on Medicaid

on August 29, 2018, 8:20 AM / in National News, State News

South Dakota health officials are asking the Trump administration to approve a program that would impose work requirements on some Medicaid recipients who are parents or caretakers. Under the proposal, parents aged 19 to 59 and other caretakers on Medicaid who live in South Dakota’s two most populous counties would have to work at least 80 hours a month, take […]

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Trump broadens attack on Silicon Valley companies

Trump broadens attack on Silicon Valley companies

on August 29, 2018, 8:18 AM / in National News

President Trump escalated a brewing battle with various technology companies on Tuesday, issuing a warning to Facebook and Twitter after blasting Google earlier in the day. “Google and Twitter and Facebook, they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory,” Trump cautioned during an event at the White House. “If you look at what is going on with Twitter and if […]

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EPA TELLS SCOTUS NOT TO TAKE UP CASE OVER OBAMA RULE

EPA TELLS SCOTUS NOT TO TAKE UP CASE OVER OBAMA RULE

on August 29, 2018, 8:16 AM / in National News

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t want the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a court ruling that overturned the agency’s limits on certain Earth-warming chemicals used in air conditioners. Trump administration attorneys told the high court in a Tuesday brief that the EPA is no longer pursuing the type of regulation that the lower appeals court overturned, so the […]

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Atlas Mugged: Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Nationalize Corporations

Atlas Mugged: Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Nationalize Corporations

on August 29, 2018, 8:12 AM / in National News, Opinion

By Jeffrey Harding Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged depicts a world where freedom and free markets are crushed by not-so-well-meaning politicians and bureaucrats. The story is a blueprint for the creation of a command economy where prices, wages, and production are dictated by bureaucratic apparatchiks. Like all regimes seeking autocratic power, the outcome, as she chillingly reveals, is cronyism, corruption, economic depression, and […]

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Is the U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement a Stealth NAFTA?

on August 29, 2018, 8:09 AM / in International News, National News

As President Trump opened his telephone conversation with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto from the Oval Office on Monday morning, he said concerning the trade deal being discussed, “They used to call it NAFTA — we’re going to call it the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement, and we’ll get rid of the name NAFTA. It has a bad connotation because the United States […]

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DNC INVESTIGATION OF KEITH ELLISON’S ALLEGED DOMESTIC ABUSE?

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DNC INVESTIGATION OF KEITH ELLISON’S ALLEGED DOMESTIC ABUSE?

on August 29, 2018, 7:39 AM / in National News, State News

By Peter Hasson | Daily Caller It’s been two weeks since the DNC announced it was “reviewing” domestic abuse allegations against deputy DNC chair Keith Ellison. The DNC still has no details on its investigation of the allegations and chairman Tom Perez recently passed the buck to the state party when asked about the DNC’s handling of the Ellison accusations. Prominent […]

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Sexually transmitted diseases set new record in U.S.

Sexually transmitted diseases set new record in U.S.

on August 29, 2018, 7:25 AM / in National News

Special Thanks to Dr. Ray Bohlin Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017, surpassing the record set in 2016 by more than 200,000, scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. The biggest culprit appears to be the declining use of condoms as drugs for HIV prevention become […]

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Under NAFTA: $2.8 Billion U.S.-Mexico Trade Surplus Became $70.9B Deficit

Under NAFTA: $2.8 Billion U.S.-Mexico Trade Surplus Became $70.9B Deficit

on August 29, 2018, 6:41 AM / in International News, National News

By Terence P. Jeffrey  |  (CNSNews.com) Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that President Bill Clinton signed in Dec. 8, 1993, the annual U.S. merchandise trade balance with Mexico has fallen from a surplus of approximately $2.8 billion to a deficit of approximately $70.9 billion, according to data published by the U.S. Census Bureau. NAFTA–which created what the Congressional Research Service calls a […]

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Top Student Loan Official Resigns

on August 29, 2018, 6:37 AM / in National News

Sour Grapes still persist The AP reports: The government’s top official overseeing the $1.5 trillion student loan market resigned in protest on Monday, citing what he says is the White House’s open hostility toward protecting the nation’s millions of student loan borrowers. “Seth Frotman will be stepping down as student loan ombudsman at the end of the week, according to […]

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State Ballot Measure Monthly: August 2018

on August 29, 2018, 6:24 AM / in State News

One hundred fifty-four (154) statewide ballot measures had been certified for the 2018 ballot, in 36 states. In the last month, 30 new statewide measures were certified to go before voters in 2018, and six measures were removed from the ballot through being withdrawn by proponents or through a court ruling. This resulted in a net increase of 24 in […]

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Arizona Governor Ducey Wants to Appease Trump With McCain Successor

on August 29, 2018, 6:20 AM / in Opinion

By Jim E  |   Political Insider The death of Senator John McCain over the weekend has begotten a whirlwind of rumor over who will be his replacement. Under current law, Governor Doug Ducey has the power to appoint a successor. Yesterday, the big scuttlebutt was that Cindy McCain, widow of the deceased senator, was high in the running to replace McCain. […]

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