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  • Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after ‘reality show’ drama

    03/23/2018 3:44:07 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown — but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a mini-panic with a last-minute veto threat. The episode further eroded the already damaged credibility of both the president and a White House staff that had assured the nation he was onboard. Trump said he was “very disappointed” in the package, in part because it did not fully pay for his planned border wall with Mexico and did not extend protection from deportation to some 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants...
  • President Donald J. Trump is Unveiling an America First National Space Strategy

    03/23/2018 3:41:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    White House ^ | March 23, 2018 | Pres. D.J. Trump
    Our travels beyond the Earth propel scientific discoveries that improve our lives in countless ways here, right here, at home: powering vast new industry, spurring incredible new technology, and providing the space security we need to protect the American people. -- President Donald J. Trump AMERICA FIRST AMONG THE STARS: President Trump’s National Space Strategy works within his broader national security policy by putting America’s interests first. The Trump administration’s National Space Strategy prioritizes American interests first and foremost, ensuring a strategy that will make America strong, competitive, and great. The new strategy emphasizes dynamic and cooperative interplay between the...
  • Rodney Dangerfield's best one liners

    03/23/2018 3:33:48 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 02-09-2018 | Rodney Dangerfield
    24 minutes of the late great Rodney Dangerfield.
  • Judge to determine if explicit personal videos should be recalled in Twin Peaks case (Waco)

    03/23/2018 3:29:59 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    Wacotrib ^ | 3/23/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for former Twin Peaks shootout defendant Cody Ledbetter asked a judge on Friday to order the McLennan County District Attorney's Office to recall sexually explicit photos and videos of Ledbetter and his wife that the DA's office distributed to 177 Twin Peaks defendants as part of the discovery process. The DA's office dismissed the criminal case against Ledbetter, a 28-year-old diesel mechanic from Waco with no criminal record, last week, four days before a jury panel was to report to fill out questionnaires and ahead of his April 2 trial date. While Ledbetter said he was relieved to...
  • Under Trump, Elizabeth Warren Suddenly Discovers the Downside of Unaccountable.....

    03/23/2018 3:29:56 PM PDT · by yoe · 1 replies
    Reason ^ | March 21, 2018 | A. Barton Hinkle
    ... Federal AgenciesIf Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren had taken a page out of Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas' book, she might not be in the pickle she is today. Warren (is spitting mad) at Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director who does double duty heading up an agency whose creation Warren championed: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB's previous director was an ideological ally of Warren. Since Mulvaney took over, Warren has ripped the agency's decisions. Warren (said) Mulvaney is giving "the middle finger" to consumers, and she (railed at) Mulvaney's indifferent response to the 10...
  • Pennsylvania school wants to arm students with rocks to protect them against active shooters

    03/23/2018 3:27:31 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 19 replies ^ | March 23, 2018 | Caleb Parke
    Schools nationwide are debating President Trump’s call to arm teachers and security guards with guns – while one Pennsylvania school is getting attention for its last line of defense. Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel made headlines recently after testifying to lawmakers at the state capitol that his students could be armed with rocks in case of an active shooter lockdown.
  • A smoking gun? Senator Weinberg denies confiscation quote

    03/23/2018 3:26:15 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 3 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger blog ^ | May 10, 2013 | Paul Mulshine
    I received a link to the above video from several gun-rights advocates, including Scott Bach of the New Jersey Association of Rifle and Pistolc Clubs (see press release here). It's a recording of the end of a Thursday meeting of the state Senate Budget Committee at which several gun-control bills were considered. The first voice is that of Chairman Paul Sarlo. After he wraps up the meeting, it sounds like someone says "We needed a bill to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate." As to just who that someone is, it's difficult to tell. It could be anyone who was near the head...
  • re: Trump signing omnibus bill -- is this correct/accurate?

    03/23/2018 3:25:37 PM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 13 replies
    self | NewJerseyJoe
    Hello all. I saw this (below) on the intertubes ... can any of you masters of DC intrigue tell us whether or not this is accurate? I am pasting it exactly as I found it. ============= It’s not an official ‘Federal Budget’. It’s an Omnibus bill…not a Budget…He outsmarted them again…Congress basically screwed themselves by not passing a Budget… Per the Constitution…the President must adhere to a Budget set forth by Congress and direct the expenditures as provided therein. This is another one of those big Porkulus Bills, like they gave Obama for 8 years. This is not a Budget.....
  • Squeezing stress balls not as effective as punching someone in the face, finds study

    03/23/2018 3:23:34 PM PDT · by savedbygrace · 4 replies
    News Thump ^ | 19 February 2015 | Davywavy
    Sitting quietly and squeezing a foam rubber ball is not as effective a method of relieving stress as just smacking someone in the gob, a new study has found. Stress balls are often found in high-pressure office environments to help staff work off unwanted nervous energy caused by irritating co-workers – but evidence suggests they’re even less effective than homeopathy. “My boss is a pernickity little Hitler and I’ve been trying to burn off my rage and frustration at him by squeezing a squeaky penguin I got from a trade show years ago,” said sales executive Caroline Hutchins. “No matter...
  • Ronald Reagan State of the Union (on Budgets and Deficits, 1988)

    03/23/2018 3:19:34 PM PDT · by Hostage · 2 replies
    Joint Session before Congress ^ | January 25, 1988 | Ronald Reagan
    And let's begin by discussing how to maintain economic growth by controlling and eventually eliminating the problem of Federal deficits. We have had a balanced budget only eight times in the last 57 years. For the first time in 14 years, the Federal Government spent less in real terms last year than the year before. We took $73 billion off last year's deficit compared to the year before. The deficit itself has moved from 6.3 percent of the gross national product to only 3.4 percent. And perhaps the most important sign of progress has been the change in our view...
  • Does the Universe Care About Stephen Hawking?

    Famed scientist Stephen Hawking died earlier this week at the age of 76. He is largely regarded as one of the most important physicists in history. Of course, the tributes came pouring in. While most commemorated his genius and determination to transcend the debilitating effects of ALS, others attempted more nuanced commentary. Like USA Today which took Hawking’s death as opportunity to remind us of the physicist’s view that “Heaven is a fairy story.” Hawking, who died at 76, spoke candidly in a 2011 Guardian interview about what he believes happens when people die. He told the Guardian that while...
  • The biggest spending bill loser: President Trump

    03/23/2018 3:10:04 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 116 replies
    NBC ^ | March 23 2018 | Jonathan Allen
    President Donald Trump lost — bigly — when Congress voted for a $1.3 trillion spending bill that repudiates many of his top policy goals and much of his rhetoric. He didn't get the money he wanted for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico or a provision cutting off federal funds for "sanctuary cities." Lawmakers not only ignored his fiscal 2018 budget's elimination of scores of federal programs, they increased spending for many of those on his target list. And Congress provided seed cash for a New York-New Jersey tunnel project that Trump tried to kill.
  • FedGov Shutdown. So What? (Vanity)

    03/23/2018 3:08:32 PM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 12 replies
    Self ^ | March 23, 2018 | A Navy Vet
    Now that President Trump didn't veto this monster spending bill, I believe it was more about the threat of Fedgov shutdown than the immediacy to re-build our military. He would be the target because of the MSM hating Trump, while those media outlets being a blatant supporter of all things Democrat/Liberal and even Socialism.
  • Lessons for Today from Reagan’s 1982 Deficit Reduction Compromise

    03/23/2018 3:05:07 PM PDT · by detective · 1 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 25, 2011 | Mike Brownfield
    Want some perspective on the debt ceiling negotiations and calls for tax increases in exchange for spending cuts? You might want to consider a cautionary tale dating back to 1982 when President Ronald Reagan agreed to a deficit-reduction compromise—and a result he didn’t bargain for. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, who served under President Reagan, and Heritage Action for America’s Michael Needham write in today’s USA Today of the agreement Reagan struck in 1982 in hopes of tackling high deficits. He agreed to a modest increase in business taxes (which he didn’t like) in exchange for spending cuts (which...
  • Kathy Griffin to attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    03/23/2018 2:55:42 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 29 replies
    NY Post Page Six ^ | March 23, 2018 | Chris Perez
  • By standing up to China, President Trump Protecting America Technology Against Piracy

    03/23/2018 2:51:58 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/23/18 | Judi McLeod
    Trump's global trade war with China is one that aims to achieve something no other president has attempted: the protection of American technology against pirating by China The world’s second-largest economy has responded to President Donald Trump’s controversial trade tariffs, according to this morning’s blaring news headlines. “China’s commerce ministry proposed a list of 128 U.S. products as potential retaliation targets, according to a statement on its website posted Friday morning.” (CNBC, March 22, 2018) Notice the words used to describe China: “The world’s second-largest economy”.
  • Michigan Kindergartener Was Sodomized and Photographed Nude by Classmates: Lawsuit

    03/23/2018 2:48:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    daily beast ^ | Mar 23, 2018 | Tatyana Bellamy-Walker
    A family is suing a Michigan school district after a group of kindergarteners allegedly sodomized their child and recorded the assault on an iPad. The federal lawsuit, filed this week against the Grandville School District, claims that nearly four years ago, the district failed to intervene when five-year-old “Jimmy Doe” of Century Park Learning Center in Wyoming, Michigan was taken to the “mudroom” and was forcibly touched, sodomized, and photographed by classmates. The lawsuit specifically names the victim's kindergarten teacher Hillary Hubert, former Grandville School district superintendent Ron Caniff, current superintendent Roger Bearup, assistant superintendent Scott Merkel, and the school’s...
  • Trump Signing the Omnibus Bill a Snake Bite in the Butt

    03/23/2018 2:47:36 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/23/18 | Judi McLeod
    You owe it to your country, Sir, to pick them up, dust them off, and ready them for the coming new battle. Unfortunately, Round 2 has already slipped away from ‘Making America Great Again’ to ‘Saving America Again’ It was, as a caller told Rush Limbaugh today, a snake bite in the butt, President Trump. Your suddenly changing course and signing the outrageous Omnibus Bill, that is. Up to now, you’ve done a good job remaining loyal to the things you promised some 63 million people who voted for you. Now many of them will say you are a politician...

    03/23/2018 2:46:33 PM PDT · by A Cyrenian · 32 replies
    After today's fiasco, changes are needed. United States cannot afford this nonsense.There's too much waste and greed for things to continue as is.Congress has shown time and time again that it's out of control.This country needs to clean up it's act and either give the sitting President the power of a line item veto. Or send the government addicts home after 2 terms.What do you think? Also, end federal government pensions now!
  • Trump orders DOJ to issue rule banning bump stocks

    03/23/2018 2:39:34 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/23/18 | John Bowden
    President Trump on Friday announced that the Department of Justice would issue a new rule banning bump stocks. In a tweet, Trump announced that he was directing DOJ to reverse a 2010 decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) that classified bump stocks as firearm parts so the devices could be banned under current laws that prohibit owning fully automatic weapons. Trump blamed the legalization of bump stocks on the Obama administration. "Obama Administration legalized bump stocks. BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a...