Alabama Heads To The Polls In A Vote Seen As A Referendum On Values
(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — Facing voters at last after the year’s most bitter U.S. campaign, Alabama Republican Roy Moore cast himself Monday as the victim of a national barrage of unjust allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers. Rival Doug Jones, hoping to become the state’s first Democratic senator in two decades, declared their race was Alabama’s referendum on “who we are and what we’re going to tell our daughters.” Allegations aside, President Donald...
Your Smartphone Is The Latest Excuse For Low Inflation
Here’s the latest bizarre excuse for low inflation: Holiday shoppers with smartphones can retrieve instant price comparisons that make bargain hunting easier—and the Federal Reserve’s job tougher….Most Fed policy makers agree they should keep gradually raising short-term rates in the months ahead to prevent the buoyant U.S. economy from overheating. But some are hesitant because […]
Another Look At Donald Trump’S Job Approval Rating
Via Gallup, here’s the latest look at approval levels of Donald Trump and three other recent presidents¹ during their first year in office: It’s worth noting that Trump’s decline is pretty normal. On average, the other three presidents declined from 58.7 percent approval to 50 percent approval by this time in their first term. That’s […]
Congresswoman: Roy Moore Poses ‘Threat To The Safety’ Of Teenage Pages At The Senate
Embattled Alabama judge and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore , who is accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with minors, is a threat to teenagers who work as pages in the Senate, a congresswoman said. The warning was issued a day ahead of Alabama’s special election by Democrat Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, who wrote to the office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper — the administrative body that oversees the Senate, according to the Washington Post . In her letter, Gwen Moore...
Kentucky Lawmaker Who Once Compared President Obama To A Monkey Accused Of Sexual Assault
A Kentucky lawmaker who attracted national attention last year when he compared President Barack Obama and his wife to monkeys has been accused of sexual assault. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting quotes Maranda Richmond as saying she has asked Louisville police to reopen an investigation of Dan Johnson. Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016 — after he posted the Facebook remarks about the Obamas. He didn’t respond to a voicemail Monday. Richmond says...
Donald Trump Said He Doesn’T Watch Cable News. His Tweets Show He Does
President Trump took to Twitter Monday to again tell the country he doesn’t watch a lot of TV. But his tweets on everything from the morning news to various anchors show that he is a serious student of cable news. In interviews, tweets and cable appearances over the years, Trump has shown that he watches a lot of CNN, MSNBC and Fox news programming. After a New York Times report that Trump watches four hours of TV, he denied , tweeting: “Another false story, this time in the...
50 World Leaders Will Discuss Climate Change In Paris. Donald Trump Wasn’T Invited
Foreign policy experts on both sides of the aisle predicted that President Trump’s decision to take the U.S. out of the world’s most significant agreement to fight climate change would leave the U.S. isolated on the issue. Now they have one of their first examples of that argument. Less than a year since Trump announced withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, a group of 50 world leaders — ranging from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to British Prime Minister Theresa...
The White House Previewed Roy Moore’S Next Argument About Sexual Misconduct Allegations
The White House put forward a key argument for ignoring claims of sexual misconduct against President Trump that could soon be echoed by Roy Moore if he wins his Senate race in Alabama. The argument boils down to this: Elections are a trial. If you win, the allegations were false. Several times in the daily briefing Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders talked about a “process” for determining whether allegations of sexual misconduct were correct. “The...
These Are The Democratic Lawmakers Calling On Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct
After several high-profile men have resigned due to claims of sexual misconduct, some Democratic lawmakers are suggesting that President Trump should follow suit. In the wake of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, “Today” show host Matt Lauer and Democratic Sen. Al Franken losing their jobs over misconduct allegations, a couple of high-profile Democratic senators suggested that the president should do the same. “President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and...
Jimmy Kimmel Donated More Than $5,000 To Roy Moore’S Opponent Doug Jones
Jimmy Kimmel has spoken openly about his opposition to Roy Moore’s election to the Senate, even going so far as to engage in a Twitter war with the Republican candidate. But as reported by NY Daily News , the late night host has also put his money where his mouth is. According to paperwork submitted to the Federal Election Commission, Kimmel has donated a total of $5,400 to Moore’s Democratic opponent in the Alabama special election, Doug Jones. The feud between Kimmel and...
Ireland is famous for its donkeys, though for reasons not entirely clear to me. We didn’t see many donkeys on our travels around Kerry, but we did see a few on a farm a few miles north of where we stayed. Mostly they just stood around and looked at us, but as you can see, […]
Europe Doesn’T Like The Republican Tax Bill
It’s not just Americans who are getting screwed by the Republican tax bill: Europe’s five largest economies on Monday warned the U.S. its planned corporate tax reform could breach world trade rules and violate double-taxation treaties the U.S. has signed….“It is important that the U.S. government’s rights over domestic tax policy be exercised in a […]
White House Says Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against President Trump ‘Took Place Long Before’ 2016 Election
The White House again denied allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump, as three of his accusers called for Congress to investigate his past behavior. Speaking at the daily press briefing, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump has denied the women’s allegations, that any incidents took place a long time ago and that voters settled the discussion when they picked Trump in the 2016 election. “[President Trump] thinks it’s a good thing that women are...
The Grad Student Tuition Fee Waiver, Explained
One of the provisions of the Republican tax bill would force graduate students to pay taxes on waived tuition fees. So if annual tuition is, say, $50,000, and that cost is waived, the student would have to pay taxes on $50,000 of income. Jeremy Berg, the editor-in-chief of Science, is perplexed: It is not clear […]
Pentagon Will Allow Transgender People To Enlist Despite President Trump’S Opposition
(WASHINGTON) —The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump’s demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of...
Pentagon Obeys Court Order, Will Allow Transgender Enlistments
Wut? BREAKING: Pentagon says it will allow transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite Trump’s opposition. — The Associated Press (@AP) December 11, 2017 I wonder what I’m missing here? I’m all for this, of course, but doesn’t the commander-in-chief get to set rules like this? Did Trump tweet about it […]
The Missing Treasury Analysis Of The Republican Tax Plan Has Finally Been Released
Good news! Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has promised repeatedly that the Republican tax plan would pay for itself and that he has hundreds of analysts “working around the clock on running scenarios for us.” Naysayers scoffed, wondering where this analysis was. Well scoff no more. He released it today. Here’s the first page: Wait. Did […]
President Trump Brags He Was A Top Student At Wharton. Here’S What It Said About His Tax Bill
President Trump likes to brag that he graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, so its take on his tax reform bill might sting a little. In an analysis of the tax reform bill which passed the Senate, the Ivy League business school found that it would increase the national debt by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, while boosting the economy only a small amount in the short term. “Penn Wharton Budget Model’s dynamic analysis projects that The Senate Tax Cuts...
3 Female Accusers Call For Congress To Investigate President Trump For Sexual Harassment
Three women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct detailed their allegations at a press conference Monday and demanded a congressional investigation to hold him accountable. Samantha Holvey, Rachel Crooks and Jessica Leeds all appeared at a press conference Monday with Robert Greenwald, the founder of Brave New Films. Before the press conference began, Brave New Films showed a video the company had produced showing testimonials from 16 women who have alleged President Trump had...
‘It Hurt.’ 3 Women Who Accused Trump Of Sexual Harassment Want Their Stories Heard Anew
Samantha Holvey, who said last year that Donald Trump personally “inspected” her before the Miss USA pageant a decade earlier, said it was “heartbreaking” when the business mogul was elected President of the United States despite facing several allegations of sexual harassment. But now, she says: “The environment’s different. Let’s try again.” Holvey appeared Monday morning on Megyn Kelly Today with Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks, two other...