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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...
  • Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit

    04/30/2017 12:54:23 AM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 April 2017 4:57pm | Andrew Osborn and Svetlanda Reiter
    MOSCOW - Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for 17 years, has not said whether he will run in presidential elections in March 2018. But the 64-year-old politician, who enjoys high popularity ratings, is widely expected to do so. Saturday's protest in the capital -- called "We're sick of him" -- was organized by the Open Russia movement...
  • 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
  • Donald Trump: Chuck Schumer ‘Leading Democrats to Doom’

    04/29/2017 10:47:20 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 29 Apr 2017
    During his speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump attacked Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), describing him as a “bad leader” who is “leading the Democrats to doom.” Discussing the opposition from Democrats to his plans to build a border wall, Trump said, “Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress have no leadership, they are rudderless.” “Senator Schumer is a bad leader. I’ve known him a long time, Senator Schumer is a bad leader, not a natural leader at all. He works hard to study leadership … Well if you have to study leadership you’ve got problems,” Trump said. “His policies are hurting...
  • 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...
  • Trump Excoriates Media, Cites MRC Study in Rally Marking First 100 Days in Office

    04/29/2017 10:31:40 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 4 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | April 29, 2017
    During a Saturday night rally packed with devoted supporters at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA, President Donald Trump spent extensive portions of his first 100 days speech torching the news media for their liberal tilt, using facts like the blockbuster April 19 Media Research Center study. Trump launched into a lengthy disassembling of liberal media outlets on the same night of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) by suggesting that “before we talk about my first 100 days which has been very exciting and very if, let's rate the media's 100 days.” Knocking the media as “a...
  • 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...
  • Bloomberg's Gun Control Rally Against NRA Fizzles In Atlanta

    04/29/2017 9:54:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | April 29, 2017 | Bob Owens
    Michale Bloomberg's purchased gun control groups Mom's Demand Action and Everytown promised to "confront" the National Rifle Association in Atlanta (GA) during the NRA's Annual Meetings and Exhibits. It was a less than impressive event. According to an officer providing security at the event, Mom's Demand and Everytown brought just 75-100 people to Woodruff Park to "confront" the NRA, at a venue 7/10ths of a mile away from the Annual Meetings. The twinned gun control groups appear to have attempted to pad their numbers by handing out tee shirts to the many homeless people inhabiting the park, though most...
  • 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...
  • Russia Blinks – Lavrov Says: Russia Ready To Cooperate with U.S. on Syria…

    04/29/2017 9:02:54 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 7 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.... (Reuters) Moscow is ready to cooperate with the United States on settling the Syrian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei...
  • 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...
  • Judge: California must allow transgender inmates' earrings

    04/29/2017 8:12:11 PM PDT · by rey · 23 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 29 Apr 2017
    SAN FRANCISCO — California prison officials must provide for free undergarments that flatten the chest of transgender inmates at women's prisons and give transgender inmates at men's prisons access to bracelets, earrings, hair brushes and hair clips, a federal judge said Friday. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar issued the order in a federal lawsuit that earlier led California to become the first state to provide taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery to an inmate. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation also agreed as part of the suit by Shiloh Quine to give transgender inmates access to certain products. Quine, 57, had...
  • Opposing groups clash, march on 82nd Avenue after parade cancellation; 3 arrested

    04/29/2017 8:11:37 PM PDT · by Tarantulas · 9 replies
    KATU Portland Oregon ^ | Saturday, April 29th 2017 | KATU.com Staff
    Portland Police officers dressed in riot gear patrolled the march, and worked to keep the opposing groups on opposite sides of the street despite several cases of "intermingling." Officers said they saw demonstrators with guns, improvised weapons, and defensive gear in the area, but no violence was reported. Police did, however, arrest one person wearing a pumpkin outfit for disorderly conduct. The person was later identified as a man named Luis Marquez. Officers say they found a collapsable baton on Marquez.
  • 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,...
  • 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"...
  • 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...