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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...
  • Berkeley Liberal on the Right: "...White supremacists and/or fools"

    04/29/2017 11:46:00 PM PDT · by kvanbrunt2 · 4 replies
    BasedinLA ^ | Published on Apr 19, 2017 | BasedinLA
    not sure how to post youtube stuff but this is good discussion. basedinla was the berkeley riots
  • Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to White House in 'friendly' call

    04/29/2017 10:32:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    France24 ^ | April 30, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    US President Donald Trump on Saturday invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to Washington in a "friendly" call in which the leaders discussed the "threat" of North Korea, the White House said. The announcement comes amid rising tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs following its latest test-fire, as well international criticism of Duterte's drug crackdown that has claimed thousands of lives. "It was a very friendly conversation, in which the two leaders discussed the concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding regional security, including the threat posed by North Korea," the statement said. The leaders also...
  • 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...
  • President Trump: In my first 100 days, I kept my promise to Americans

    04/29/2017 9:21:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29 at 6:00 PM | By Donald J. Trump
    People cheer as President Trump walks out to speak during a campaign rally in Nashville on March 15. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) One hundred days ago, I took the oath of office and made a pledge: We are not merely going to transfer political power from one party to another, but instead are going to transfer that power from Washington, D.C., and give it back to the people.In the past 100 days, I have kept that promise — and more.Issue by issue, department by department, we are giving the people their country back. After decades of a shrinking middle...
  • 9 U.S. highway tunnel projects: Insights into what we might get if I-81 is a tunnel

    04/29/2017 8:12:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | April 26, 2017 | Charley Hannagan
    Syracuse, N.Y. --There's not a lot tunnel building going on in the United States. Four highway tunnels have been completed over the last 10 years in the U.S. Four more tunnel projects are under construction or in design. And one long discussed project that would have tunneled underneath a national forest in California was dropped. Could be a tunnel in Syracuse's future for Interstate 81? After a tunnel was initially rejected, a tunnel or depressed highway is back on the table as an option to replace Interstate 81's 1.4 mile section of raised highway in Syracuse. The DOT at first...
  • Trump vows 'warm, working relationship' with Duterte in phone call (Philippine president)

    04/29/2017 7:58:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Rappler ^ | April 30, 2017
    MANILA, Philippines – US President Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to Philipppine-US ties and a "warm, working relationship" with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a phone call Saturday, April 29. Trump, who is marking his 100th day in office Saturday, called Duterte after the conclusion of the 30th ASEAN Summit, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Sunday, April 30. "The ambit of the conversation between the two leaders includes the expression of commitment of US President Trump to the PH-US alliance and his interest in developing a warm, working relationship with President Duterte," Abella said. Trump also said "he looks forward"...
  • 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...
  • Cash offered after drones disrupt flights in China

    04/29/2017 6:48:13 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | April 27,2017 | Chris Baraniuk
    Chinese drone maker DJI is offering up to one million yuan (£112,000) for information about drones that disrupted scores of flights at a Chinese airport. On four days this month - 14, 17, 18 and 21 - drones were blamed for stranding thousands of passengers at Chengdu Shuangliu International. Chinese reports said they caused 60 flight interruptions on 21 April alone. The bounty was a sign that the firm was taking the potential impact on its reputation seriously, suggested Prof David Dunn at the University of Birmingham. "Clearly they're concerned about their brand image, given how much they dominate the...
  • Part IV 2016 Prescient DC Lobbyists Talk Trump: “the end of life as we know it here"

    04/29/2017 6:07:32 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 18 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 29, 2017 | Sundance
    DC machine operator, Jack Burkman, who was contemplating the unthinkable prior to the unthinkable becoming a reality: Seismic panic has ensued on K Street as lobbying firms brace for a reality of a possible Donald Trump presidency and what that might mean for them and their futures. Prominent D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman said today that he started assembling a delegation of lobbyists and lobbying firms to meet with the New York billionaire and begin building a bridge to the Trump organization. “Trump is a Washington outsider. We need the outreach now or Trump will bring in a whole new team...
  • 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...
  • The kids suing Donald Trump are marching to the White House

    04/29/2017 5:53:02 PM PDT · by Innovative · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | Apr. 29, 2017 | John D. Sutter
    Martinez is one of 21 young people taking Trump and members of his administration to federal court over inaction on global warming. On Saturday, several of these "climate kid' plaintiffs -- the youngest is 9 -- will walk alongside the chanting and sign-pumping adults at the March for Climate, Jobs and Justice in Washington. That demonstration is a call for a clean energy revolution, and it's expected to draw thousands. Perhaps fittingly, local forecasts call for potentially record-setting temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Demonstrators plan to converge on the White House.
  • North Korea Threatens Israel: ‘Merciless, Thousand-Fold Punishment’

    04/29/2017 4:52:42 PM PDT · by davikkm · 38 replies
    breitbart ^ | BREITBART JERUSALEM
    The Jerusalem Post reports: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman hurt the “dignity of the supreme leadership” of North Korea, state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday. The comment was in reaction to Israeli remarks on how the Jewish State is affected by North Korean tension with the United States. … “The reckless remarks of the Israeli defense minister are sordid and wicked behavior and grave challenge to the DPRK [North Korea],” the North Korean statement read.
  • Russia Blinks Lavrov Says: Russia Ready To Cooperate with U.S. on Syria

    04/29/2017 4:22:23 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 42 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 29, 2017 | Sundance
    Oh noes, how is the U.S. media going to find a way to spin this? It was only a matter of time. President Trump and Secretary Tillerson played out the global strategy perfectly. By assembling international allies in a coalition of influence, specifically by pulling China into a close relationship with President Trump, Russia has been cast into a brutally diminished role. Secretary Tillerson’s exceptionally well received visit to the U.N. Security Council yesterday appears to have been the final straw. The international diplomacy of President Trump, Vice-President Pence, Secretary T-Rex and even Ambassador Nikki Haley has been incredibly well...
  • 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...
  • Trump begins second 100 days held hostage by Republican Congress

    04/29/2017 2:23:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 29, 2017 | David M. Drucker
    President Trump begins his second 100 days with major campaign promises held hostage by a stubborn Republican Congress even as GOP voters show faith in his leadership. The repeal of Obamacare was on life support after legislation pushed by the White House was shelved Friday for a second time in weeks amid Republican opposition in the House. The logjam denied the president a key legislative victory in his first 100 days. The prospects for tax reform were equally uncertain after Republicans two days earlier announced opposition to critical elements of Trump's blueprint. The president was even denied money for construction...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Shreveport VA Director Fired From Position Over Misconduct

    04/29/2017 2:18:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 04/29/2017 | Jonah Bennett
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has fired Toby Mathew from the position of Shreveport VA medical center director after transferring him to another facility in a non-supervisory role. Aaron Robison, an attorney at the VA’s Office of General Counsel, stated that Mathew was removed from his position on April 13 “based on charges related to general misconduct, and failure to follow policy and provide effective oversight of the Center’s credentialing and privileging program,” ... This man displays ALL the signs and symptoms of someone suffering from extreme, malignant narcissism ... Shea Wilkes, a well-known whistleblower at the Shreveport VA,...
  • Social justice in Cuba? No racism? #FakeNewsCuba

    04/29/2017 1:17:51 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 9 replies
    orlandosentinel.com ^ | 4-24-2017 | Javier Garcia-Bengochea
    There is social justice in Cuba. Nope. The dictatorship has institutionalized an apartheid between foreigners and Communist Party elites — Cuba's 1 percent — and "ordinary" Cubans. How? Through two currencies, a valuable one for the former and a worthless one for the latter, who are mostly black and brown.
  • Susan Rice’s Revealing Twitter Account

    04/29/2017 12:59:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    American Spectator, the ^ | 28 April 2017 | George Neumayr
    It is clear from it that she is still proud of spying on Trump. ___ Susan Rice’s Twitter account is one of many windows on her partisanship. Even in the midst of an investigation into her political espionage, she can’t resist a few feverish re-tweets. The most remarkable one came on Thursday. It was a re-tweet of a reckless column by E.J. Dionne that seeks to revive, sans evidence, the fable of Trump-Russia collusion in last year’s election. It is clear from this re-tweet that Rice remains proud of the Obama administration’s spying on Trump and his aides. Notice that...
  • It Will Take An Ax, Not A Scalpel, To Control Federal Spending

    04/29/2017 11:55:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Inestor's Business Daily ^ | April 27, 2017 | Adam Brandon (Freedomworks)
    The federal government once again hit the debt ceiling. The ceiling limits the amount of money the federal government can borrow — a number that was set at $20.1 trillion. Although the issue should have been dealt with in 2015, then-Speaker John Boehner capitulated to President Obama and postponed the debt limit until March 16, 2017. Since then, the federal debt has grown by $1,414,397,000,000 — more than one trillion in less than two years. President Trump promised during his campaign to bring back American prosperity and make Washington work for everyone — not just for the small group of...