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  • Twitter Sends Users Creepy ‘Big Brother’ Email Regarding Secret ‘Russian Influence’ Online

    01/19/2018 7:12:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/19/18 | Cristina Laila
    On Friday, Twitter sent out an email to Twitter users regarding the so-called ‘Russian influence campaigns’ that took place on the social media platform during the 2016 presidential election. The subject line of the email from Twitter read, “Information Regarding Russian Influence Campaigns on Twitter”. The Gateway Pundit’s Associate Editor Cristina Laila received this email from Twitter on Friday.The email informed users that Twitter is actively working to understand ‘Russian-linked activities’ on the platform that took place during the 2016 presidential election. Twitter claims they have identified and suspended a ‘number of accounts that were potentially connected to propaganda efforts...
  • President Trump's First Year

    01/19/2018 3:03:58 PM PST · by upchuck · 4 replies
    Gringrich Productions via email | Jan 19, 2018 | Newt Gringrich
    January 20 is the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. I have known nine presidents, beginning with President Richard Nixon. Of those nine presidents, the only one who was as effective as President Trump in his first year was President Ronald Reagan. That judgment may surprise a lot of people because the opposition in the news media and among the left-wing “resistance” has been so strong and one-sided that they have consistently misrepresented and maligned President Trump and his administration. This effort has produced a distorted, minimized view of what has been accomplished by this remarkably energetic and controversial Commander...
  • U.S. Could Become World's Biggest Oil Producer in 2018

    01/19/2018 12:17:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | January 19, 2018 | Ivana Kottasová
    The United States could soon be pumping more oil than any country on earth.The International Energy Agency said Friday that "explosive" increases in U.S. oil output would push the country ahead of Saudi Arabia this year and put it in a position to challenge top producer Russia. "This year promises to be a record-setting one for the U.S.," the IEA said. "Relentless growth should see the U.S. hit historic highs." That could be enough, it said, for U.S. production to "rival" that of Russia, which has partnered with Saudi Arabia on efforts to keep oil prices high by throttling output...
  • Roaring Economy: Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Level in 45 Years, GOP Polling Rebounds

    01/19/2018 11:31:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2018 | Guy Benson
    If you're a Republican Trump supporter, the last few months have offered little in the way of positive polling news.  The last few days, however, have offered several glimmers of hope, all of which are linked to the robust economy.  We've been covering the drumbeat of upbeat economic news -- from low unemployment, to widespread optimism, to strong growth, to a booming stock market.  Here's a new piece of the larger puzzle, via the Washington Examiner: New applications for unemployment insurance benefits plunged by 41,000 to 220,000 in the second week of 2018, the Labor Department reported Thursday, the lowest level...
  • REPORT: New England Faces A Future Of ‘Rolling Blackouts’ As Power Plants Close

    01/19/2018 9:37:15 AM PST · by markomalley · 63 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/19/18 | Michael Bastasch
    New England is facing an energy future of “rolling blackouts and controlled outages” by 2025 as more power plants close down and pipeline capacity continues to lag behind.The new report by the New England’s grid operator comes after the region suffered through a frigid start to the new year that pushed up prices and strained energy supplies. It could be just a taste of the region’s future.“Taken together, the study results suggest that New England could be headed for significant levels of emergency actions, particularly during major fuel or resource outages,” ISO New England found in a new study,“Harder to...
  • Charting a New Course for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    01/19/2018 9:27:10 AM PST · by b4its2late · 15 replies
    RealClearPolicy.com ^ | January 17, 2018 | By Mike Hunter
    Last month, Richard Cordray stepped down from his post as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB now has the opportunity to move in a new direction — one that respects constitutional limits, promotes a healthy and well-functioning financial system, and thereby benefits consumers. The CFPB was established on two false premises: first that there were no consumer financial protections in place prior to the Dodd-Frank Act; second, that the CFPB was necessary to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. Both assumptions deserve more careful examination. The reality is that federal consumer protection...
  • Permanent Water Rationing Coming to California

    01/19/2018 9:08:25 AM PST · by Wuli · 53 replies
    California Policy Center ^ | January 17, 2018 | Edward Ring
    Have you experienced water faucets that spray tiny jets of water onto your hands? You know, those eight tiny jets of water, each about 1.0 millimeter in diameter, that are emitted with so much pressure that the paltry quantity of water bounces off your skin before you can get it wet enough to apply soap, and makes rinsing the soap off nearly impossible? You can find these water faucets in airports and other public places, where they constitute a minor annoyance. But wait. Thanks to California’s state legislature, they’re on their way into your home.
  • NFL now seeking racial identification of reporters covering Super Bowl

    01/19/2018 7:50:48 AM PST · by smartyaz · 41 replies
    Awful Announcing ^ | 1/18/18 | Ken Fang
    For this year’s game, the league asked the FBI to perform security checks on all credentialed personnel, including members of the media, (NFL spokesman Brian) McCarthy said. The NFL’s security department, which controls the composition of the application form, attempted to make the press credentialing process “consistent with checks that are done for others who receive a working credential,” which includes requesting racial information. The FBI has said that while providing racial information is helpful to conducting security checks, it has not been, and was not intended to be, a required field on the application form. According to the WaPo,...
  • Hate Paperwork? Medicaid Recipients Will Be Drowning in It

    01/19/2018 7:14:15 AM PST · by spintreebob · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1-18-18 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    Kentucky’s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will fail. Washington State ..Instead of requiring people to establish eligibility annually, began requiring them to do so twice a year, and added some paperwork. It worked: Enrollment in the health insurance program fell by more than 40,000 children in a year. Louisiana wanted to maximize the number of eligible children who signed up for coverage, so officials simplified the sign-up process. It also worked: Enrollment surged, and the number of administrative cancellations fell by 20 percentage points. In 2006,...
  • Free movement vote could result in ‘Swiss Brexit’ [from bilateral agreements with EU]

    01/19/2018 6:36:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 17 January 2018 10:27 CET+01:00
    Switzerland may not be in the European Union, but it could nevertheless face its own “Brexit” if the Swiss people were to vote against the free movement of people. That’s the conclusion of commentators following the launch of the SVP’s new popular initiative, which wants to ask the Swiss public to decide, once and for all, if they wish to maintain the country’s current relationship with the EU or go their own way. The initiative “For limited immigration” proposes that Switzerland manage its immigration policy unilaterally. If accepted at referendum, the Swiss government would have one year to put an...
  • NY and CA Democrats should be worried about real estate values

    01/19/2018 1:51:48 AM PST · by jmclemore · 19 replies
    Wealthy exodus to escape new tax rules worries California Democrats By Adam Ashton aashton@sacbee.com January 18, 2018 12:33 PM Updated 10 hours 36 minutes ago The Republican-backed federal tax bill flipped the tables on a never-ending question for California politicians: Will high taxes lead the state’s wealthiest residents to flee the Golden State for the comparable tax havens of Florida, Nevada and Texas? Republicans reliably raise that alarm when Democrats advocate for tax increases, like the 2012 and 2016 ballot initiatives that levied a new income tax on very high-earning residents. But now, with the federal tax bill cutting off...
  • Jobless claims drop to lowest level in nearly 45 years!

    01/18/2018 8:55:02 PM PST · by caww · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan.18, 2018 | Joseph Lawler
    New applications for unemployment insurance benefits plunged by 41,000 to 220,000 in the second week of 2018, the Labor Department reported Thursday, the lowest level in nearly 45 years. The report easily beat forecasters expectations for new jobless claims to drift down to around 250,000. The Trump administration and congressional Republicans have stated that they want to maintain a high level of job creation not only decrease unemployment, but also boost the labor force participation rate by encouraging people who have retired or quit the workforce to seek out jobs.
  • Sundance: Robert Redford Calls #MeToo and Time's Up Movements "A Tipping Point"

    01/18/2018 8:36:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/18/2018 | Gregg Kilday
    As this year's event gets underway, it has adopted a new code of conduct that applies to all the festgoers. As the 2018 Sundance Film Festival got underway Thursday in Park City, Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford hailed the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up initiative that are forcing Hollywood, both in the mainstream and indie film worlds, to confront gender inequality and sexual harassment. “It’s kind of a tipping point,” he said. “It’s changing the order of things so that women will have a stronger voice. They didn’t have it before. Too much control by the male dominance. Now...
  • Good Samaritan final decision made night before announcement [Dayton Oh]

    01/18/2018 3:43:24 PM PST · by buckalfa · 1 replies
    WHIOTV7 ^ | January 18, 2018 | Kaitlin Schroeder
    Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton will close by the end of 2018. Premier Health announced on Wednesday that the hospital, based on the northwest side of Dayton, will shut down by the end of 2018. The health network — the largest private employer in the region — said the closure is “part of Premier Health’s new strategic plan.” Here’s what we know about the closure now: MAKING A DECISION: Mary Garman, chief operating officer at Good Sam, said there were several options that were looked at before the decision was made to close the Dayton hospital. She said company executives...
  • ‘We will prosecute’ employers who help immigration sweeps, California AG says

    01/18/2018 3:15:43 PM PST · by Mariner · 97 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 18th, 2018 | By Angela Hart
    The state’s top cop issued a warning to California employers Thursday that businesses face legal repercussions, including fines up to $10,000, if they assist federal immigration authorities with a potential widespread immigration crackdown. “It’s important, given these rumors that are out there, to let people know – more specifically today, employers – that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office,” state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference. “We will prosecute those who violate...
  • Amazon's $5 billion new HQ will be in one of these cities

    01/18/2018 2:56:07 PM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 50 replies
    Scope News ^ | 1.18.18 | Chris Agee
    After fielding hundreds of pitches from cities across the U.S., Amazon has whittled the list of prospective homes for its second headquarters down to a relatively short 20. According to a statement this week by the online retail giant, the $5 billion project known as HQ2 will be located in one of the following regions:
  • 2 Tennessee Republicans introduce medical marijuana bill

    01/18/2018 2:11:19 PM PST · by JP1201 · 24 replies
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Tennessee, but only in oil-based products.</p> <p>Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville and Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby announced the bill's filing Thursday amid wide support for medical marijuana in state polls.</p>
  • TransCanada: Keystone XL pipeline construction will start next year

    01/18/2018 12:47:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Canadian energy giant TransCanada said Thursday it’s prepared to move ahead with the long-awaited Keystone XL oil pipeline and plans to start construction next year, laying to rest rumors that it would abandon the project in the wake of regulatory setbacks in Nebraska. In a statement, the company said it’s beginning to work with Nebraska landowners to secure necessary easements to allow the pipeline to go forward. “Over the past 12 months, the Keystone XL project has achieved several milestones that move us significantly closer to constructing this critical energy infrastructure for North America,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president...
  • Watch "Energy Dominance needs NAFTA" at the Heritage Foundation

    01/18/2018 10:25:34 AM PST · by brownwill6767 · 5 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 1/16/18 | Heritage Foundation
    You can watch and listen to the discussion by clicking the URL-LINK in the post. Opportunities abound for negotiating a better NAFTA. As the Trump Administration pushes for modernization, one commonsense policy area that should be preserved and improved is energy.
  • L’Oreal’s New Hair Product Campaign Features Woman In Hijab (but... you can't see their hair)

    01/18/2018 10:09:05 AM PST · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    The DC ^ | 1-18-2018 | Amber Athey
    L’Oreal, one of the largest beauty supply companies in the world, will feature a woman wearing a hijab in its latest ad campaign.Blogger and model Amena Khan, who will be featured in L’Oreal Paris’s campaign, argued that hair products should still be marketed to people who choose not to show their hair in public.“You have to wonder — why is it presumed that women that don’t show their hair don’t look after it?” Khan asked in an interview with Vogue.L'Oreal, one of the largest beauty supply companies in the world, will feature a woman wearing a hijab in its latest...