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  • PM Narendra Modi conveys to US India's unease over likely H-1B curbs

    02/21/2017 9:14:26 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | TNN
    HIGHLIGHTS o The PM referred to the role of skilled Indian talent in enriching the US economy and society o He urged developing a reflective, balanced and far-sighted perspective on movement of skilled professionals o As of now, Indian professionals are granted a large number of visas to stay in US for 6 years NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: PM Narendra Modi has urged the US to take a "reflective, balanced and far-sighted" perspective on the movement of skilled professionals, indicating India's discomfort with the Trump administration's intent to curb H-1B visas. The PM raised the issue during his interaction with US Congress...
  • Why Corporate America Has Conniptions about Trump’s H-1B Visa Reform

    02/19/2017 1:35:05 PM PST · by Tours · 49 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 2/6/2017 | Wolf Richter
    “This is now standard practice in the technology industry.” US tech companies, and other companies with large IT departments, are having conniptions about President Trump’s immigration policies, particularly the leaked draft of an executive order that includes references to reforming the H-1B visa program for foreign tech workers. In light of the 85,000 foreign tech workers allowed to be brought into the US annually under the H-1B visa program – a limit tech companies have been clamoring to raise – here’s a stunning forecast by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to...
  • Solution to Trump’s H1B visa restrictions is to shift from outsourcing towards ‘nearshoring’

    02/14/2017 6:10:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Sociable ^ | February 14, 2017 | Alejandro Vasquez, VP of Business Development at PSL Software in Colombia.
    For decades, H1B visas have been one of the cornerstones of the traditional IT outsourcing business model. In many ways, the possibility of legally sending workers to the US has allowed Indian firms to offer an enticing service: the client gets to work face to face with less expensive engineers that are authorized to temporarily work in the US, yet can also leverage a much larger team of offshore talent that is orchestrated by the on-site, visa-holding resources. The proposition is hard to beat: not only is it inexpensive, but the model can help solve time-zone issues thanks to a...
  • Fear of Crackdown on H-1B Program Causes Rift Between Silicon Valley, Indian Tech Firms

    02/09/2017 1:07:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Feb. 9, 2017 1:25 p.m. ET | By Laura Meckler and Laura Stevens
    The Trump administration has the visa program for skilled workers in its crosshairs ****************************************************************WASHINGTON—Silicon Valley technology firms, worried about their ability to bring foreign workers to the U.S. under President Donald Trump, are distancing themselves from Indian outsourcing firms, which are heavy users of the same visa program that U.S. tech firms rely on.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WOR AM,February 9,2017

    02/09/2017 8:55:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 66 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 9, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Apple, Facebook, Google, Uber, and Others File Legal Brief to Oppose President’s Immigration Order

    02/06/2017 8:49:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | Feb 6, 2017 | By Rafia Shaikh
    The country’s biggest tech companies filed a legal brief late Sunday in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opposing President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration – also known as the immigration ban. Apple, Google, Facebook, and over 90 other companies have filed this amicus brief. Tech firms legally fight against President’s immigration ban “Ninety-seven companies, from Apple Inc. to Zynga Inc., filed an impassioned legal brief condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, stepping up the industry’s growing opposition to the policy,” Bloomberg reported on Monday. Last week, reports had indicated that the industry was considering to send a joint...
  • Trump Is Right: Silicon Valley Is Using H-1B Visas To Pay Low Wages To Immigrants

    02/05/2017 7:31:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 02/05/2017 | Norm Matloff
    On the heels on its controversial immigration ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration has drafted a new executive order that could actually mean higher wages for both foreign workers and Americans working in Silicon Valley. The Silicon Valley companies, of course, will not be happy if it goes into effect. The order aims to overhaul and limit work visas, notably the H-1B visa program. Tech companies rely on these to bring in foreign talent. Their lobbyists claim there is a “talent shortage” among Americans and thus that the industry needs more of such work visas. This is patently...
  • H1B Indians over a barrel?

    02/04/2017 7:55:34 PM PST · by HiTech RedNeck · 30 replies
    My beady brain | Feb 4, 2017 | HTRN
    Dear FReepublicans, I thought I remembered some time back when I heard about a racket that some H1B heavy contracting firms were carrying out. They would mistreat their (typically India Indian) workers and they would not dare complain because if they did, they'd be fired on some bizarre pretext and back to India they would have to go. Does anyone have any sources about this they can point me to? I think I may be looking at a situation where this is happening. Now yes, I know they took our jerbs, etc. So many may not care. But I have...
  • Looking inward on H1-B

    02/02/2017 1:45:39 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Thursday, February 2, 2017 | Editorial
    LOOKING INWARD ON H1-B Indian IT firms must ramp up salary structures The odd thing about the H1-B reform Bill introduced in the US House of Representatives is the person who introduced it. Zoe Lofgren is the Democratic Party Congresswoman representing California's 19th Congressional District, an area that covers most of the city of San Jose. As any visitor to the city can testify, it is not a white-majority constituency. Indeed, a majority of the population in the area is of Hispanic origin, but almost a quarter of the population is Asian. For the most part, those are Indians particularly...
  • Three bills and a Trump executive order train their gun sights on the H1B visa

    02/02/2017 5:39:03 PM PST · by AU72 · 55 replies
    ZD Net ^ | February 2, 2017 | Rajiv Rao
    While America's political future is steeped in uncertainty, there is no questioning what the US political establishment wants to do with the controversial H1B visa for highly-skilled workers. Three legislative bills and a soon-to-be-expected executive order may look like overkill but growing momentum against the H1B gives the impression, at first glance, that the visa program in its present form is living on borrowed time. Especially noticeable about these efforts is the fact that they transcend party lines. see also Will Donald Trump's first 100 days as president include a cybercrisis? Will Donald Trump's first 100 days as president include...
  • Tech Companies Throwing in with Progressive Left to rid the world of Trump

    02/01/2017 8:30:11 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/1/17 | Judi McLeod
    Lost to the tech world is that some the 63 million people who voted for Trump see his immigration ban as an attempt to keep America safe WARNING:The Internet world’s top tech companies have thrown in with the progressive left in trying to drag the President Donald Trump administration into the life-sucking quicksand of their cesspool. While Hollywood and entertainment celebrities hold public attention with their daily rants and screams of outrage, the battle to rid the world of Trump and turn it back to the absolute control of the progressive left has opened the way for a new battle...
  • Trump poised to overhaul H-1B visas relied on by Silicon Valley tech

    01/31/2017 6:12:57 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 68 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | January 30, 2017 | Marisa Kendall
    Still smarting over President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban, Silicon Valley now is bracing for his next likely target — H-1B visas that supply local tech companies with thousands of skilled foreign workers.
  • H-1B Visa Bill Introduced In US, Minimum Pay More Than Doubled

    01/31/2017 12:00:03 PM PST · by bryan999 · 53 replies
    Washington: A legislation has been introduced in the US House of Representatives which among other things calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to $130,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India. The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 introduced by California Congressman Zoe Lofgren prioritises market based allocation of visas to those companies willing to pay 200 per cent of a wage calculated by survey, eliminates the category of lowest pay, and raises the salary level at which H-1B dependent employer...
  • Obama Gave Foreign 'Students' 180,000 U.S. Jobs

    01/28/2017 5:39:25 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/27/17 | By Paul Bedard
    A pro-immigrant program was expanded under President Obama that paid U.S. firms $2.7 billion to hire 180,000 foreign "students," jobs that likely otherwise would have gone to Americans, according to a new report. The so-called "Optional Practical Training" was supposedly set up for foreign students but actually included no training and put college graduates in the high-paying jobs for three years. The Center for Immigration Studies, which on Friday urged President Trump to stop the program, estimated that the jobs paid $60,000, suggesting a total of $11 billion in annual wages lost to American workers, over $32 billion over three...
  • Zuckerberg takes on Trump over immigration [Barf]

    01/28/2017 10:14:26 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 39 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Press Trust of India
    America is a nation of immigrants and should be proud of it, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said as he criticised US President Donald Trump's decision to severely limit immigrants and refugees from certain Muslim-majority countries. "Like many of you, I'm concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. "We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat ... We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That's who we...
  • Tech Mahindra to hire more local people in US, says CEO CP Gurnani (India on the Trump train?)

    01/18/2017 3:54:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Financial Express ^ | January 18, 2017 | Staff
    Tech Mahindra will continue to invest in hiring more and more local people in the US as part of its efforts to augment competitiveness across locations, CEO CP Gurnani told a TV news channel on Wednesday. “Tech Mahindra is very conscious that not only the US, but the world is about localisation now,” Gurnani said in an interview to ET Now on the sidelines of the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos. “Local skills have to be upgraded so that the products continue to be getting delivered,” he said. He was responding to queries on concerns about the US President-elect...
  • Trump effect? Bill targeting H1B visas reintroduced in US Congress ($100K minimum salary)

    01/05/2017 1:07:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Live Mint ^ | January 5, 2017 | Lalit K. Jha, The Press Trust of India
    A bill backing key changes in the H1-B programme that allows skilled workers from countries like India to fill high-tech jobs in the US has been re-introduced in the US Congress by two lawmakers who claim that it will help crack down on the work visa abuse. The ‘Protect and Grow American Jobs Act’ makes important changes to the eligibility requirements for H1-B Visa exemptions was re-introduced on Wednesday by Republican Darrell Issa and Scott Peters—both from California. The bill among other things increase the minimum salary of H-1B visa to $100,000 per annum and eliminate the masters degree exemption....
  • To Thrive Under President Trump, Silicon Valley Must Get Real on Immigration

    12/15/2016 11:56:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/15/2016 | Jeremy Carl
    As leading Silicon Valley CEOs meet with Donald Trump in New York, they are undoubtedly apprehensive. The Valley waged all-out war against Trump during the campaign, with 140 Valley leaders denouncing Trump and with Clinton receiving a staggering 60 times more Silicon Valley money than Trump did. By many measures, the Valley was the most Democratic territory in the country. The primary (though not sole) driver of Silicon Valley’s distaste for Trump was his immigration policy. Legendary software engineer and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, someone who has supported both Democrats and Republicans, captured the Valley consensus: “The Valley wouldn’t be...
  • Speaker Ryan Retreats on H-2B Visa Outsourcing Program

    12/07/2016 12:31:19 PM PST · by conservativepoet · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/7/2016 | Neil Munro
    GOP leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have quietly ended an unpopular 2015 program to annually outsource another 198,000 blue-collar jobs to lower-paid foreign workers.
  • Critical reform (policy, politically) on immigration from Day One: Freeze corrupt H1B and L1 visas

    11/28/2016 1:25:25 PM PST · by Javeth · 33 replies
    I was having a conversation on the weekend with a politically mixed crowd, and an interesting conclusion emerged: 1. EVERYBODY in the room--Republican, Democrat, Independent-- hated the H1B and L1 guest worker (cheap labor) visa programs and agreed that they've become incredibly corrupt and abused by the likes of Disney, Facebook, the Chamber of Commerce and other crony capitalists and politicians, and had to go. Even many of the Dems, some of whom (gag) had voted for Hillary, harshly criticized Obama for his negligence on H1B enforcement and were so fed up that they'd vote for Trump in 2020 if...
  • Businesses brace for Trump decision on H-1B visas in wake of Sessions pick

    11/25/2016 9:09:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | November 25, 2016 | Adam Shaw
    President-elect Donald Trump’s policies on illegal immigration, particularly on the border wall and cracking down on sanctuary cities, were at the center of his election campaign. Now, advocates of immigration restriction are hoping for reform to H-1B visas that they say are hurting American workers. The H-1B is a temporary, non-immigrant visa, currently capped at 85,000 visas a year, that allows employers to hire skilled, specialty workers on a temporary basis -- particularly scientists, engineers, or computer programmers. However, critics say that the system is rife with abuse, and is no longer a limited short-term program to help employers with...
  • Silicon Valley makes nice with Trump

    11/20/2016 3:15:59 AM PST · by quesney · 41 replies
    I for one give him my most open mind and wish him great success in his service to the country," Bezos tweeted, two days after the election. In August, prominent venture capitalist Chris Sacca knocked “Trump's erratic behavior, repeatedly demonstrated ignorance of economics, and reckless statements." Sacca now says he's willing to give Trump a chance. “We in the tech community are open to helping President Elect Trump in any way he needs to help those Americans who need it most,” Sacca wrote in an email to The Hill. “We are hopeful he will immediately reach out to the tech...
  • American Worker Forced to Train Foreign Replacement Reveals How Hillary Clinton Betrayed Him

    10/15/2016 11:51:04 AM PDT · by traumer · 3 replies
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, American tech worker Mike Emmons detailed the untold story of his personal experience with the office of then-Senator Hillary Clinton and revealed how she abandoned American workers in favor of fulfilling the desires of corporate donors and foreign special interests. A Hillary Clinton administration “would not be government of, or for, the people, but would, instead, be government against the people,” Emmons warned. Emmons, who was one of the nation’s first whistleblowers to expose the displacement of American workers by foreign nationals brought in on guest worker visas, is one of thousands of...
  • Hillary Clinton Touts H-1B White-Collar Outsourcing Program

    10/08/2016 2:56:59 PM PDT · by AU72 · 9 replies
    Above Top Secret Forum ^ | October 8, 2016 | Above Top Secret
    WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Touts H-1B White-Collar Outsourcing Program Hillary Clinton repeatedly touted the H-1B white-collar outsourcing program while meeting behind closed doors with technology companies, Wall Street firms and banks during 2013 and 2014, according to a collection of her comments released by unknown hackers. “The only point I would make for the tech community is on the H1B visas, I support them. When I was a Senator from New York I supported them,” she told a meeting hosted by a software company in August 2014, according to a document apparently prepared by her campaign team.
  • Senator from Punjab’: How Hillary Clinton Masterminded a Global Scheme to Replace American Workers

    09/21/2016 5:42:59 AM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Sep 2016 | Julia Hahn
    Hillary Clinton co-founded the Senate India Caucus, which anti-offshoring advocates say champions “issues important to India, including outsourcing and H-1B and L-1 visas.” •Clinton in 2005: “I am delighted to be the Senator from Punjab as well as from New York.” •Clinton has called for nearly doubling the controversial H-1B guest worker program—suggesting that American workers lack the skills to fill American jobs. She has also defended the cheap labor practices of an Indian outsourcing firm, to which the Clinton Foundation has financial ties: “We are not against all outsourcing; we are not in favor of putting up fences,” she...
  • McDonalds Hires Foreign H-1Bs, Fires 70 American Accounting Staff

    09/20/2016 8:44:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 37 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 18 September 2016 | Neil Munro
    I can't copy from Breitbart for some reason. Their site is so buggy. If someone can post an excerpt I'd be grateful.
  • I am on H1B and Medicaid

    09/19/2016 3:27:11 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 21 replies
    Just Answer Immigration Layer ^ | 2014 | Judith Lawyer and customer
    I am on HB visa and using Medicaid benefits for 12 months. I intend to marry a US citizen and I understand that she will be responsible for paying back the medical services I used. Would it help if my get off the program now before we get married...my wrong-doing? Also does my use of Medicaid prevent my adjustment of status from H1B to green card? Expert Judith answers: The law requires you to be paid at least the prevailing wage. How do you qualify for the means tested benefits?
  • McDonalds Hires Foreign H-1Bs, Fires 70 American Accounting Staff

    09/19/2016 1:26:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/18/16 | Neil Munro
    An iconic American company, McDonald’s, has quietly outsourced the jobs of 70 white-collar professionals in Ohio to foreign H-1B workers. The H-1Bs outsourcing in the nation’s heartland showcases the growing corporate effort to use foreign H-1B workers to cut workforces of American white-collar professionals, and it comes after companies have used waves of legal and illegal migrants to slash blue-collar jobs and wages in Ohio and around the country. Also, the 70 Ohio jobs that McDonalds outsourced to lower wage foreign graduates are not Silicon Valley technology and software jobs — they’re white-collar accounting jobs performed by graduates from mainstream...
  • Dell-EMC to Lay Off 2,000 – 3,000 US Workers after Requesting 5,000 H-1B Visas

    09/09/2016 11:43:16 AM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 114 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 9 September 2016 | Wolf Richter
    The ink was barely dry on Dell’s acquisition of EMC, the largest technology deal ever, valued at $67 billion when it was announced in October last year – and already the layoff rumors are oozing from the woodwork.snip But Dell needs to save some money, one way or the other. Dell’s corporate credit rating is at the upper end of junk. It’s loaded to the gills with debt, stemming from when it was taken private. Now the EMC deal has piled new debt on the company, including $20 billion of bonds it sold in May, followed by a $5-billion leveraged...
  • Sanders dealt trade defeat at Democrat platform meeting (Hillary Delegates Stop Anti-TPP)

    07/09/2016 1:38:16 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 9, 2016 | Jeff Weiner
    Bernie Sanders supporters lost a debate over international trade that divided Democrats during a meeting in Orlando on Saturday to draft their party platform. Sanders supporters had hoped the party's official position statement for 2016 would include language explicitly rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while backers of Hillary Clinton, the presumptive nominee, argued for softer language. Both presidential candidates oppose the controversial trade agreement, but it was championed by President Barack Obama, leaving the party in an awkward position.
  • Boston Globe Accidentally Reports That Raising the Minimum Wage Kills Jobs

    07/06/2016 5:19:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 6, 2016 | Tom Knighton
    Many Americans are campaigning for a raise in the minimum wage. Even more Americans are struggling just to find jobs at any wage.Yup -- those two news items are related.While trying to present a case for the Massachusetts state legislature to approve a program that provides summer jobs to teens at non-profits and government agencies, an editorial at the Boston Globe accidentally explained why artificially imposed minimum wages kill job opportunities.I don’t think the Globe even realized it, either: The program provides money for YouthWorks, which pays the wages of 4,400 low-income teens in eligible cities who work for nonprofits...
  • Over 60K IT Jobs In India Could Go In Next Five Years: Report

    07/06/2016 12:43:00 AM PDT · by Cronos · 25 replies
    NDTV ^ | 5 July 2016 | NDTV
    India's $150 billion IT industry is one of the biggest employment generators, accounting for around 3.5 million white collared jobs in the country. However, the IT industry is experiencing tectonic shifts amid rising competition and increasing trend of automation. A report from US research firm HfS Research says that automation has put to risk 6.4 lakh low-skilled jobs - or nearly one in five jobs - in India's IT and BPO sector in next five years. At biggest risks are more routine or repetitive tasks in the IT sector. Automation is already making its presence felt in the Indian IT...
  • Trump VP search enters home stretch as pick likely next week

    07/05/2016 9:51:49 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 75 replies
    CNN ^ | July 5, 2016 | Eric Bradner and Jim Acosta
    Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's much anticipated vice presidential pick is expected to be announced next week, a Trump adviser told CNN Tuesday... Does Trump want to double the bombast by picking a brash straight-talker who mirrors his own style, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich? Does he prefer someone whose Washington experience and message discipline would counter his freelancing, like Indiana Gov. Mike Pence? Or does he want to elevate a rising star, like Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst or Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton? Pence and his wife Karen met with Trump at his New Jersey...
  • Millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump. Here's why

    07/04/2016 10:00:24 PM PDT · by vannrox · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 8 March 2016 04.12 GMT | Thomas Frank
    Let us now address the greatest American mystery at the moment: what motivates the supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump? I call it a “mystery” because the working-class white people who make up the bulk of Trump’s fan base show up in amazing numbers for the candidate, filling stadiums and airport hangars, but their views, by and large, do not appear in our prestige newspapers. On their opinion pages, these publications take care to represent demographic categories of nearly every kind, but “blue-collar” is one they persistently overlook. The views of working-class people are so foreign to that universe...
  • Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric rattles the campaign message of Clinton and unions

    07/04/2016 5:20:52 PM PDT · by Mariner · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 4th, 2016 | By David Nakamura and David Weigel
    PHILADELPHIA — Three dozen union workers gathered outside city hall here on Thursday to rally against the global free-trade deals they believe have harmed Americans like them. Their candidate was Katie McGinty, the Democrats’ nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania. But their spiritual leader was Republican Donald Trump. “He recognized there’s some problems we need to solve,” said McGinty, who is challenging Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R), a free-trade advocate. “One, we have to stop bad trade agreements. . . . And two, we have to take the Chinese on when they manipulate their currency and dump goods in our markets.” Just two...
  • Sen. Joni Ernst makes one list as a possible VP for Donald Trump

    04/30/2016 8:11:49 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 164 replies
    KYIV.com ^ | 30 Apr 2016
    The Washington Post published an article listing five candidates likely to be considered to be Trump's vice president. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa is on that list. Ernst is Iowa's first female U.S. Senator. Ernst was not well known When she ran for the senate seat vacated by the retiring Tom Harkin. KWWL-TV caught up with Ernst and asked if she would consider serving as Donald Trump's vice president. "I would say, 'did my mother pay you to say that?', Ernst said. "But, no. I would have to consider it, but I love what I do in the United...
  • The 5 people most likely to be Donald Trump’s vice president

    04/29/2016 12:55:57 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 195 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/29 | Chris Cilliza
    Which begs the question: Who is he going to pick as his vice presidential nominee? The short answer: No one knows. Trump relishes being unpredictable so trying to game out how this most unconventional of politicians will make his mind up is a bit of a guessing game. Add to that the fact that Trump's inner circle remains, largely, devoid of establishment types and you quickly get into a situation where the people talking don't know much and the people who do know aren't talking.
  • VP vetting? Trump meets with Sen. Joni Ernst

    Donald Trump on Monday spent part of his July 4th with Sen. Joni Ernst -- fueling speculation that the Iowa freshman senator could be on the short list of his vice presidential picks. Ernst told Fox News they had a "good conversation," adding, "I will continue to share my insights with Donald about the need to strengthen our economy, keep our nation safe, and ensure America is always a strong, stabilizing force around the globe." Earlier, Trump tweeted, "I look forward to meeting (Ernst) today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!"
  • Ernst on Trump's VP list, sources say

    07/04/2016 8:46:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 7/3/2016 | Jamie Gangel, Jim Acosta and Sara Murray,
    Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is among the candidates being considered to become Donald Trump's running mate, a source with knowledge of Trump's vice presidential selection process tells CNN. Another source close to the process confirmed the information. It's not clear whether the freshman Republican senator and tea party star has received paperwork from the campaign or is just being scrutinized through the wealth of publicly accessible information about her. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are also being considered, the source said. A senior Trump campaign adviser confirmed Pence is being...
  • Trump Tweets Fuel VP Speculation, Cites Joni Ernst, Mike Pence, Tom Cotton

    07/04/2016 9:27:24 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 115 replies
    CNN ^ | July 4, 2016
    Donald Trump announced he would meet with Sen. Joni Ernst on Monday, one of several recent names dropped on his Twitter feed that are fueling speculation over his highly-anticipated vice presidential selection. "I look forward to meeting @joniernst today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!" Trump tweeted early Monday. Ernst's name appeared in reports on VP shortlists over the weekend, and a senior Trump adviser confirmed to CNN that Ernst is being considered. Trump also doled out some conspicuous praise for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who have also...
  • Gingrich wins Western straw poll for Trump running mate

    07/04/2016 2:20:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won Sunday’s Republican vice presidential straw poll of attendees at the Western Conservative Summit. Mr. Gingrich, who took 194 votes, for 20 percent of the 985 votes cast, was followed by Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, who spoke Saturday at the three-day conference and took 148 votes, or 15 percent. Rounding out the top five were three former Republican presidential candidates: ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas....
  • Rand Paul defends immigrants who come to US legally

    06/30/2016 7:18:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    At a Goodwill Industries of Kentucky roundtable meeting on Friday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul would not say whether presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments about a Latino judge's ethnicity help efforts to expand the GOP. (SNIP) That there wasn't enough sort of rural white voters for the Republican Party to get bigger. I thought we had to get more diverse."
  • Paul Ryan on Donald Trump and trade: We're not so different

    06/30/2016 6:52:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Reena Flores
    House Speaker Paul Ryan sought to present a united front with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on trade issues, despite their differing perspectives on international trade deals. "He wants to get good trade agreements," Ryan told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an interview Wednesday. "So do I." Ryan's remarks come shortly after Trump sharply criticized trade agreements in a speech at a western Pennsylvania Rust Belt town earlier this week, blaming globalization for having "wiped out totally, totally our middle class." Trump further called the landmark Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal that involves a "death blow for American...
  • 19-year-old [Brit] charged after allegedly trying to assassinate Donald Trump

    06/20/2016 5:13:54 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 32 replies
    AOL ^ | June 20, 2016
    A 19-year-old arrested at a Donald Trump rally said he wanted to kill the presidential candidate. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested Michael Sandford on Saturday at Trump's rally at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. Police say Sandford started chatting with one of their officers at the event and claimed he wanted to get Trump's autograph. But instead, Sandford tried to take the officer's gun, and officers quickly took him into custody.
  • Wall Street Journal Warns: ‘Bad Sign’ Trump Is Following Jeff Sessions’ Lead

    01/28/2016 12:41:23 PM PST · by pgkdan · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/28/16 | Julia Hahn
    Today the editors of Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal slammed GOP frontrunner Donald Trump for his opposition to the publication's long-standing support for open border trade and immigration policies. The Wall Street Journal, like Murdoch, is decidedly open borders. In 1984, the WSJ editorial board wrote, "If Washington still wants to 'do something' about immigration, we propose a five-word constitutional amendment: There shall be open borders." "Republicans should look closely before they leap," the Journal warns voters. The Journal points specifically to Mr. Trump's recent hiring of Stephen Miller, the brain trust of populist thought leader Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)80%....
  • Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal : ‘Bad Sign’ Trump Is Following Jeff Sessions’ Lead

    01/28/2016 10:50:12 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | JAN. 28, 2016 | by JULIA HAHN
    Today the editors of Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal slammed GOP frontrunner Donald Trump for his opposition to the publication’s long-standing support for open border trade and immigration policies. The Wall Street Journal, like Murdoch, is decidedly open borders. In 1984, the WSJ editorial board wrote, “If Washington still wants to ‘do something’ about immigration, we propose a five-word constitutional amendment: There shall be open borders The WSJ editors suggest that they would much prefer Trump work with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)56% and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)44% than Jeff Sessions. The editors write that if Trump were to “work closely...
  • BOOM! Establishment Congressman Loses Primary To Pro-Trump Challenger

    06/18/2016 9:22:30 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 35 replies
    dcwhispers.com ^ | June 18, 2016
    It’s the very thing the GOP Establishment fears most – loss of control. This week, an example of that diminished control reverberated throughout D.C. as challenger Scott Taylor, who is a former Navy SEAL and current Virginia State Representative, defeated longtime Republican Congressman Randy Forbes. Taylor supported Donald Trump and Trump’s America-first economic platform. Randy Forbes did not. Virginia voters just fired Randy Forbes. Taylor hosted a Virginia Trump rally as far back as September, and has since repeated his plan to support the New York billionaire in his upcoming presidential battle against Hillary Clinton. .. Reports indicate a stunned...
  • Scott Taylor beats Randy Forbes to claim nomination in second district

    06/18/2016 4:15:29 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    WTKR ^ | June 14, 2016
    State Delegate Scott Taylor defeated Rep. Randy Forbes in the Republican primary race for the second congressional district on Tuesday. With nearly 53% of the vote Taylor won more than 21,000 votes. Randy Forbes won about 41% of the vote. Pat Cardwell, a local attorney, registered about 7% of the vote. Taylor said enough voters believed in his message that Washington is broken and that he will bring a fresh start. "People trust us to go do something about it," Taylor said. "That's extremely humbling and it's not a responsibility that I take lightly." What may also have helped is...
  • Virginia voters bag another gop establishment tool! (vanity)

    06/14/2016 4:50:08 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 63 replies
    Virginia Department of Elections | 6-14-16 | RKBA Democrat
    Second Congressional District in Virginia. Tidewater area for the Virginia challenged. 135 of 180 precincts reporting: Pat Cardwell 2213 votes 6.83% J. Randy Forbes 13165 40.61% Scott W. Taylor 17,039 52.56% Scott Taylor is in the House of Delegates, former SEAL and all around good troop. This is a relatively safe gop district, so he'll likely win the general. Randy Forbes is a carpetbagger from western tidewater, 4th district. He doesn't live in the 2nd. His 4th district was redrawn and is now leaning rat. The incumbent in the 2nd decided to retire to let Forbes run for the seat....
  • Obamatrade cost GOP congressman his job

    06/18/2016 4:41:11 PM PDT · by ak267 · 13 replies
    wnd ^ | 6-17-2016 | Curtis Ellis
    The populist uprising against phony “free trade” and Republicans who love it has taken its first scalp. Rep. Randy Forbes, GOP establishment stalwart and longtime Obamatrade supporter from Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, will soon be unemployed. Voters rejected him in favor of his primary opponent Scott Taylor, who stridently opposed Obamatrade.