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  • Anthem-Cigna merger blocked despite ties to White House

    04/30/2017 1:07:10 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | 28 April 2017 12:11pm | Josh Kosman
    Anthem’s efforts to buy Cigna were dealt a potentially fatal blow Friday despite the health insurance giant’s deep connections to the White House. A US appeals court blocked health insurer Anthem’s bid to merge with rival Cigna on Friday, upholding a lower court’s decision that the $54 billion deal should not be allowed because it would lead to higher prices for healthcare...
  • People are furiously canceling their New York Times subscriptions after an op-ed disputing ...

    04/29/2017 10:16:19 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 29, 2017 | Sonam Sheth
    Complete Headline: People are furiously canceling their New York Times subscriptions after an op-ed disputing climate change was published The New York Times' decision to publish a debut op-ed column by the newly-hired Bret Stephens, a notable denier of anthropogenic climate change, has sparked an uproar from the paper's subscribers, who are furious that the Times decided to publish a column that is contrary to much of the modern-day scientific consensus on the dangers of global warming. [Snip] "We live in a world in which data convey authority. But authority has a way of descending to certitude, and certitude begets...
  • A look inside Elon Musk's futuristic LA traffic-beating tunnel system

    04/29/2017 10:12:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    ABC 7 Eyewitness News ^ | April 28, 2017 | Coleen Sullivan
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- He's conquered the streets with electric cars, and he's leading the commercial race to space, but that's not enough for Elon Musk. Billionaire Musk spoke at a TED Talks conference and gave the first glimpse of the traffic-beating underground tunnels he hopes to create. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO plans to build the network of tunnels with his latest venture, The Boring Company. Construction was well underway at the Hawthorne-based business on Friday. AIR7 HD was overhead as crews worked on the early designs of a tunnel-digging machine with The Boring Company logo. Here's how it...
  • John Kasich New Book: Trump Won Election Because America in Spiritual Decline

    04/29/2017 8:03:35 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 77 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 29 Apr 2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich claimed in his new book that the reason President Trump won the election was because America is in a moral decline. In Two Paths: America Divided or United, Kasich blamed Trump’s electoral win on groups ranging from the media to dishonest politicians, but he also said one of the main reasons Trump won was because of the spiritual decline in America. “I happen to believe that you can’t guide an entire society without a shared religious foundation,” Kasich wrote. “I saw Trump’s reckless entreaties as a weakening of our shared American values — even more so,...
  • Milo Yiannopoulos announces $12M in funds for new media company

    04/29/2017 7:57:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/29/2017 | Brook Seipel
    Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos announced Friday that he has secured $12 million in funding to start a media company. Yiannopoulos said in a Facebook post that he has secured the funding from undisclosed investors and has hired a "seasoned media executive" to manage a 30-person team based in Miami. The new company will be titled MILO, Inc. and will manage his books, tours, merchandise, as well as TV and radio "opportunities." The alt-right figure said his media company would be aimed at "the destruction of political correctness and the progressive left." "This isn't some vanity nameplate on a personal blog....
  • New conservative news network in the works to challenge Fox News? (Roger Ailes is involved?)

    04/29/2017 7:45:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/29/2017 | AllahPundit
    But … we’ve already got One America News.The reason this is getting so much hype today is because the words “Roger Ailes” are swirling around the rumors. A well-placed source close to the proposal tells Mediaite that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left. The source, who is engaged in the talks, says a meeting is planned for today with two prominent high-powered television executives, some underperforming conservative networks and people who have an interest and the ability to fund...
  • Suit: Wells Fargo targeted ‘undocumented immigrants’ for accounts

    04/29/2017 7:27:55 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 27 April 2017 | Thomas Lee
    Wells Fargo branches across the country deliberately targeted “undocumented immigrants” to open savings and checking accounts in order to meet aggressive sales goals, according to court documents. In sworn declarations obtained by Burlingame plaintiff’s attorney Joseph Cotchett, former employees describe a scheme in which Spanish-speaking colleagues would visit places they knew were frequented by immigrants (including construction sites and a 7-Eleven), drive them to a branch and persuade them to open an account. Some employees would give the immigrants $10 apiece to start an account. The events described in the declaration go back a decade. “The conduct we have come...
  • Fully Compliant in Bringing Down VW: What Ultimate Good did the Volkswagen Whistleblower do?

    04/29/2017 7:19:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 04/27/2017 | Eric Peters
    Late last week, it was revealed who squealed. The guy responsible for making it impossible for any of us to buy a diesel-powered Volkswagen henceforth — and a lot more — is Stuart Johnson, the former head of VW’s Engineering and Environmental Office in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He was outed in a book written about the VW “cheating” business by New York Times reporter Jack Ewing. Johnson, of course, is about to get everything short of a ticker-tape parade. A bust of him will likely be cast and placed in the Hall of Mirrors — or whatever the equivalent is...
  • GOP may try to require that people have a job to get Medicaid

    04/29/2017 6:04:34 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 23 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/25/2017 | Abby Goodnough
    Nancy Godinez ... lost her job... her unemployment checks had run out and her job search had proved fruitless. One thing she still had was health insurance... But unless she finds a new job, Godinez, 55, could be at risk of losing her insurance, too. ... Republican governors hoping to impose a work requirement on Medicaid recipients... believe that extending Medicaid to millions of low-income adults without disabilities... gave them an incentive not to work. ...Medicaid has grown to ... 74 million people... work requirements and changes in how it is paid for, could make Medicaid much more limited, with...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ AIM HIGH ~ 30 April 2017

    04/29/2017 5:00:41 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 37 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            AIM HIGH A college professor prepared a final exam for his students. The test questions were divided into three categories, and the students were instructed to choose questions from only one of the categories. The first category of questions was the hardest and worth fifty points. The second, which was easier, was worth forty points. The third, the simplest, was worth thirty points. Upon completion of the test, students who had chosen the hardest fifty-point questions were given As. The students who had chosen the forty-point questions received Bs. Those who had settled for the...
  • Here's how tech companies are living up to their promises to create jobs in Trump's America

    04/29/2017 3:13:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 29, 2017 | Deirdre Bosa
    • IBM, Amazon, SoftBank, and Alibaba all made high-profile pledges to create U.S. jobs • Progress has been mixed, with Amazon hiring the most so far. The first few weeks of Donald Trump's presidency were flooded with jobs announcements with a common theme: bringing jobs back to America. Now, 100 days into the Trump administration, where are those jobs? What positions have been filled and which companies have followed up with real hiring? While some companies were eager to provide big, tweetable numbers a few months ago, progress has been a little slower. For example: IBM. Shortly after the election...
  • Fox News 2.0s? Roger Ailes explores new TV opportunities... Milo gets $12M to build media company

    04/29/2017 12:52:32 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 70 replies
    DailyMail online ^ | 4/29/17 | Forrest Hanson
    As Rupert Murdoch's sons allegedly try to reform Fox News in a more liberal light, both Milo Yiannopoulos and Roger Ailes are exploring new entertainment opportunities to appeal to the conservative and 'new right' demographics. Yiannopoulos, who was not affiliated with Fox News, has a $12m investment deal to start a touring company for speakers such as himself, according to Vanity Fair. [snip] Separately, a source told Mediaite that 'high-powered television executives' are plotting a new conservative news network because Fox is allegedly becoming too left of center... The channel could be ready for airwaves in 10 months, the source...
  • Rep. Weber at U.S. Capitol: 'Father, We Have Trampled' on 'Holy Matrimony' and 'Called It an ...

    04/29/2017 11:55:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 27, 2017 | Michael W. Chapman
    Full title: Rep. Weber at U.S. Capitol: 'Father, We Have Trampled' on 'Holy Matrimony' and 'Called It an Alternative Lifestyle' During a lengthy prayer event in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, House Representative Randy Weber (R-Texas) begged God to forgive lawmakers and judges for taking the Bible out of the classroom, for "trampling" on "holy matrimony" with same-sex "marriages," and for "killing the most innocent amongst us" and "calling it a choice."
  • How Ann Coulter wowed GOP faithful in Modesto. Why police were left smiling.

    04/29/2017 11:53:43 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 28, 2017 | Kevin Valiness
    Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s Friday evening speech at Modesto Centre Plaza drew hundreds of GOP faithful as well as dozens of demonstrators who lined the sidewalk and lawn outside the downtown convention center to show their support and disgust for Coulter. The demonstrators appeared evenly split into two camps. The protest — which appeared to reach about 100 people at its peak — also brought out the news media, with TV stations from Sacramento, San Francisco and Fox News sending crews. There also were lots of Modesto officers in the crowd and nearby on horseback, motorcycles and bicycles. Police Chief...
  • Like ACA, Georgia navigators face uncertain future

    04/29/2017 11:17:09 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    Georgia Health News ^ | 4/27/2017 | Jim Lichtenwalter
    Harold Weber is what’s known as a navigator. He has been helping people choose the right health insurance plan since 2013, when the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Working out of the Athens Neighborhood Health Center, he estimates that he has steered about 1,400 people through the complexities of the federal health insurance exchange for Georgia. Today, as congressional Republicans look to repeal the 2010 health care law and replace with it a different plan, Weber and other navigators wonder if they’ll have jobs a year from now. Weber advises all comers at a federally qualified health center (FQHC),...
  • Call to service Buena senior receives West Point Military Academy appointment

    04/29/2017 10:33:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Kay Phillips, For the Herald/Review
    SIERRA VISTA – At 18 years old, Buena High School senior Adrian Garlant is living his dream. The Buena High School senior recently received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Garlant says he’s been dreaming of attending West Point Military Academy since the sixth grade. His mother Elizabeth Clark remembers the day he announced his plan. “They must have had career day or something, because he came in the door and said, ‘Mom, I’m going to West Point when I grow up’,” Clark recalls. “I said, ‘Do you know how hard that is?’” Clark...
  • Moms Demand Action Goes Toe-to-Toe With the NRA(BARF ALERT!)

    04/29/2017 9:37:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    newsweel.com ^ | 4/28/2017 | shannon watts
    As Atlanta prepares for leaders from the National Rifle Association (NRA) to descend on the city for its annual meeting, volunteers for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are also arriving from across the country. For the fourth year in a row, moms, women, gun violence survivors, elected leaders and everyday Americans will show up and speak out as a counterweight to the nation’s largest gun lobby. While NRA leaders deliver a desolate message of fear and paranoia to convention-goers, Moms Demand Action wants leaders in corporate boardrooms, in statehouses, in Congress and in the White House to...
  • Public School Principal Berates Christian Student; Calls the Bible a “Work of Fiction” and says

    04/29/2017 9:26:32 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 115 replies
    constitution.com ^ | April 28, 2017 | Onan Coca
    Zach Ruff is an assistant principal in Downington, Pennsylvania and he really doesn’t like people who are pro-life, or Christian. Like, not at all. On Wednesday, one of Ruff’s students, 16-year old Conner Haines, decided to express his opinion that abortion was wrong on the PUBLIC sidewalk that runs in front of his High School. Conner was joined by his 19-year old sister and the two held pro-life signs while telling passers-by that abortion was a murder but that they could find forgiveness in Jesus. Soon after they began their completely legal demonstration, Ruff appeared and the situation immediately grew...
  • Bill O’Reilly, Fox News, and the pornification of conservative media

    04/29/2017 9:17:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 28, 2017 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    April 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The dismissal of Bill O’Reilly from Fox News over allegations of sexual harassment doesn’t look good, especially coming as it does on the heels of the similarly dishonorable departure of former Fox CEO Roger Ailes. Could O’Reilly be the innocent victim of an ideological witch hunt? Did his head fall under the guillotine merely to further plans to transform Fox into another globalist, left-leaning CNN, as some have suggested? Perhaps. But somehow that theory seems too convenient. If there is any such liberal conspiracy (and maybe there is), it’s more likely that its leaders...
  • Liberal

    04/29/2017 7:55:22 AM PDT · by kindred · 18 replies
    http://www.conservapedia.com ^ | unknown | Editorial
    A liberal is someone who craves an increase in government spending, power, and control, such as ObamaCare. Liberals also support the censorship and denial of Christianity. Liberals who are a part of the secular left prefer the atheist religion over the Christian faith, as atheism has no objective morality to hinder their big government plans. Increasingly, liberals side with the homosexual agenda, including homosexual "marriage". Liberals favor a welfare state where people receive endless entitlements without working. The liberal ideology has degenerated into economically unsound views and intolerant ideology. All liberals support, in knee-jerk fashion, the opposite of conservative principles,...