Raw Data: Gasoline Prices Over The Past Quarter Century
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‘Off The Table.’ Chuck Schumer Has Rescinded His Offer To Fund Trump’S Border Wall
(WASHINGTON) — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump’s long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push a deal to protect 700,000 or more so-called Dreamer immigrants from deportation. Schumer had made the offer last Friday in a last-ditch effort to head off a government shutdown , then came scalding criticism from his party’s liberal activist base that Democrats had given up too...
21st Century Gerrymandering Is Finally Getting A Close Look
Yesterday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared the state’s congressional districts unconstitutional because they had been so badly gerrymandered. The result of the 2016 election bears out how effective the gerrymander was: Republicans won 54 percent of the congressional vote but received 72 percent of the congressional seats (13 out of 18). Conventional wisdom says that […]
Jerome Powell Confirmed By Senate As Federal Reserve Chair
(WASHINGTON) — The Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve beginning next month. Senators voted 85-12 to confirm Powell to lead the nation’s central bank, a post that is considered the most powerful economic position in government. Powell will succeed Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the Fed, when her term ends Feb. 3. Trump decided against offering Yellen a second four-year term as chair despite...
Remember that photo of the yellow house in Ballina, the one with the picture of a window painted on the front? I promised to eventually show you closeups of the painted window, along with another one in Ballina, and today’s the day. The one on the left is from the yellow house. The one on […]
Congressman Pat Meehan Says He Did Not Sexually Harass Aide, Just Considered Her A ‘Soul Mate’
(HARRISBURG, Pa.) — A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania who settled a former aide’s sexual harassment complaint with taxpayer money says he developed a deep affection for her but never harassed her or pursued a romantic relationship. Rep. Pat Meehan told The Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that he intends to run for re-election in his suburban Philadelphia district. The four-term Republican also told the Inquirer that he once told the woman that he saw her as a “soul...
Tammy Duckworth Announces She’S Pregnant. It Will Make Her The First Senator To Give Birth In Office
Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth announced her pregnancy on Tuesday, which will make her the first member of Senate to give birth while in office. The 49-year-old will deliver her second daughter this spring, her office said. Her first daughter, Abigail, is 3 years old. “Bryan and I are thrilled that our family is getting a little bit bigger, and Abigail is ecstatic to welcome her baby sister home this spring,” Duckworth said in a statement. She thanked the hospitals at Northwestern...
Donald Trump Once Claimed He Doesn’T Need Daily Briefings. Here’S How He Gets Them Now
The director of the CIA spoke at length Tuesday about how President Donald Trump receives his regular intelligence briefings, a topic of some debate among the Administration’s critics. During Trump’s first year in office, it’s been reported that the president receives his intelligence briefings “impatiently,” prefers strong visuals to subtle nuances and becomes so upset about information about Russian meddling that briefers tend to skip over it. That’s led...
Stormygate Continues To Move Forward, Inches At A Time
Stormygate continues to amble along. By now everyone agrees that evangelical Christians and other Trump supporters couldn’t care less that Donald Trump had a lengthy affair with a porn star shortly after his wife had a baby. I mean, Melania was probably gross looking, right? What was the guy supposed to do? But there’s still […]
A Brief Observation About Our President
Roughly speaking, there are three institutions that can investigate a president: The press The opposition party in Congress The FBI and the Justice Department Donald Trump has declared war on all three. Coincidence?
4 Keys To Rebuilding Our Roads And Airports The Right Way
Now that they have passed and signed tax reform , the Trump Administration will likely propose, and Congress will then deliberate on, a national infrastructure program . The problem we face is plain: According to the American Society of Civil Engineers , some 9% of the nation’s bridges — over 56,000 in total — are structurally deficient. On the most busily traveled section of passenger rail, the average age of backlogged infrastructure repair projects is 111 years old. Our...
New Poll Suggests People Are Pretty Satisfied With Work
There’s a new NPR/Marist poll out today titled “Picture of Work in the United States.” It’s got a zillion questions about various aspects of work that I mostly didn’t find especially enlightening,¹ but there was one question that caught my eye. They asked respondents whether they feel their employer values their work. Here are the […]
Quote Of The Day: Always Remember Your Twitter Password!
From Hawaii Governor David Ige, explaining why it took him so long to tell everyone that the missile alert a couple of weeks ago was a mistake: I have to confess that I don’t know my Twitter account log-ons and the passwords, so certainly that’s one of the changes that I’ve made. I suppose that’s […]
Donald Trump Won The Shutdown By Shutting Up
One lesson from the latest government shutdown should scare Democrats: Donald Trump won by keeping quiet. For critics on the left, Trump’s tendency to fire off early-morning tweets on the controversy of the day is a big argument for the case that he does not have the right temperament to be President. Polls back that up. A Quinnipiac survey from last September showed that 69% of Americans want Trump to stop tweeting. No subset of voters — broken down by party, gender education, age or...
Jeff Sessions Interviewed As Part Of Robert Mueller’S Russia Investigation
Robert Mueller’s team interviewed Attorney General Sessions last week as part of its investigation , the Justice Department confirmed to TIME. Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said the special counsel’s office had interviewed Sessions in a story first reported by the New York Times . He was questioned for “several hours,” the Times reports, in the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and whether President Donald Trump has obstructed...
Indian Prime Minister Slams Protectionism In Davos Speech After President Trump Raises Tariffs
(DAVOS, Switzerland) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Tuesday against a new wave of protectionism, saying that trade barriers pose a danger to the world on par with climate change and extremist attacks. Modi delivered the message in a speech just hours after the U.S. government of President Donald Trump approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. “Forces of protectionism are raising their heads against...
There’S No Such Thing As Populist Conservative Economic Policy
Over at National Review, Peter Spiliakos writes that Sen. Tom Cotton’s sterling hardline performance in the immigration standoff has strengthened his chance of being president someday: He was the most effective Trump surrogate and has earned the “fighter” reputation that Cruz wanted so desperately. He needs a broader populist economic policy to go along with […]
Christopher Wray Is Finally Fed Up With Trump’S War Against The FBI
The Republican obsession with FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is too bizarre to bother trying to explain. The nickel version is that he’s literally done nothing wrong, but details are here if you really want to torture yourself. The end result of this jihad, however, has been an increasing drumbeat to fire McCabe even though […]
Trump Slashes Jobs In Solar Industry
America first, bitches: The Trump administration announced Monday that it would impose hefty tariffs on the cheap, imported panels that have driven the rapid expansion of solar power in the United States, a move that industry groups warned would slow the spread of renewable energy and cost thousands of jobs….Companies that install solar panels will […]
Donald Trump Has Signed A Bill Reopening The U.S. Government After Its Brief Shutdown
The White House says President Donald Trump has signed a bill reopening the government, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. The shutdown took effect Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the president’s inauguration, but the White House maintains that Trump came out the winner in the GOP’s standoff with Democrats. The White House argues Democrats “caved” after Trump refused to...
We Are All Just Overclocked Chimpanzees
Having spent the weekend arguing about whose “fault” the government shutdown was, we have moved on. The government is back up and running and we’re now obsessed with who “won.” So who did win? Beats me. On the one hand, Democrats caved by agreeing to yet another continuing resolution that doesn’t restore DACA. On the […]