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Here’s what’s in store for the San Fernando Valley in 2019

Hello, Dear Reader … Welcome to the L.A. Daily News 1019 Crystal Ball … . True, there’s no ball here (and absolutely no crystal); just words on a page. But work with us here. We’re coming from a good place – 2018 – where some shoe-leather reporting and getting to know the Valley has given us a decent idea of what you should be watching for in 2019. We can’t predict everything, but we can offer some educated suggestions for what will be on the news radar in the coming year. The bottom line is the...
Tags: Business, News, Congress, California, La, Senate, White House, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, House, Homeless, Venice, Lausd, City Council, Local News


Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: What to do for the next Anti-gun President

Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama won two terms as President while attacking our Second Amendment rights. (Official White House photo) Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)-  Right now, in some ways, Second Amendment supporters should be feeling very good. We have seen two very strong pro-Second Amendment justices on the Supreme Court, making Chief Justice John Roberts – who voted to strike down the handgun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C., the swing vote. We have a pro-Second Amendment presi...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, Obama, Obama Administration, Washington, Senate, Barack Obama, Reagan, Chicago, Democrats, United States, Washington Dc, House, Bill Clinton, Gun Control, Newtown


US government shutdown veteran analyzes current crisis

Patrick Griffin worked in the White House for Democratic president Bill Clinton and participated in negotiations with Republican lawmakers during the 1995 government shutdown -- the longest in recent US history. Now a professor at American University, Griffin analyzes the current shutdown -- sparked by a dispute over funding for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall -- that has paralyzed the American government since December 22. "The reality is now nobody is paying much attention...
Tags: News, White House, US, Bill Clinton, Republican, Donald Trump, Griffin, American University, Patrick Griffin


EPA Proposes Rule Change That Would Let Power Plants Release More Toxic Pollution

The Trump administration announced on Friday a plan designed to make it easier for coal-fired power plants, after nearly a decade of restrictions, to release into the atmosphere more mercury and other pollutants linked to developmental disorders and respiratory illnesses [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. From a report: The limits on mercury, set in 2011, were the first federal standards to restrict some of the most hazardous pollutants emitted by coal plants and we...
Tags: Barack Obama, Tech, Wheeler, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Robert E Murray, Andrew Wheeler


Rubio Meekly Objects To Way White House Has ‘Handled’ Shutdown

Speaking from his home state of Florida on Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R) offered a lukewarm critique of the White House’s handling of the no-end-in-sight shutdown that’s lasted nearly a full week. “Could the White House have  handled this better?  Absolutely,” he said, speaking from Miami. “And  I wish they had.  I’m not sure it would have  prevented a shutdown, but t hese government shutdowns are  not an ideal way to function.” Rubio joins the ranks of other Republicans who have voic...
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Musicians Are Celebrating Making Barack Obama’s ‘Favorite Songs Of 2018’ List

Stars including Cardi B, Leon Bridges, Brandi Carlile and Janelle Monáe have publicly thanked the former president.
Tags: News, Barack Obama, Janelle Monae, Cardi, Brandi Carlile


Exclusive: U.S. commanders recommend letting Kurdish fighters in Syria keep weapons

Three of the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the recommendations were part of discussions on a draft plan by the U.S. military. It is unclear what the Pentagon will ultimately recommend to the White House. Discussions are still at an early stage inside the Pentagon and no decision has yet been made, the officials said.
Tags: News, White House, Syria, Pentagon


2018 Golden Dukes Winners Announced!

TPM is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Golden Dukes Awards, which honor the public figures who managed the most corruption, made the craziest comments, and carried out the most craven deeds, all in the spirit of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the father of the modern political scandal. Our fantastic and witty judges — Jason Linkins, Susie Bright, Erin Ryan, Krang Nelson and Simon Maloy — sifted through all 35 nominees in 7 categories to choose the winners. You can cli...
Tags: Google, Hbo, News, Instagram, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, White House, Virginia, Russia, Alabama, America, San Francisco, Fox, Gop


A Funny Thing Happened When Melania Trump Got Dressed Yesterday

If you thought the internet collectively lost its shit over Melania Trump wearing a pair of wheat-colored Timberland construction boots, then hold on tight. Because what she wore after her three-hour surprise visit to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq was an optical illusion – an unfortunate one.On Thursday, FLOTUS returned to the White House with her husband wearing a hip-length, forest green, belted wool coat, dark oversized sunglasses, tan flats and . . . a pair of fitted leather pants in a shade of ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Texas, White House, Iraq, Hillary Clinton, Liam Hemsworth, Houston, Zara, Trump, Melania Trump, Cardi, Al Asad Airbase, Hervé Pierre Trump, Vivienne WestwoodThis


U.S. limits on coal plant mercury emissions too costly: Trump's EPA

The Trump administration on Friday said limits on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants were unnecessary as they were too costly, sparking an outcry from environmentalists who feared the next step would be looser rules favoring the coal industry at the expense of public health. Under the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, or MATS, enacted under former President Barack Obama, coal-burning power plants were required to install expensive equipment to cut output of mercury, which can harm pr...
Tags: Science, Barack Obama, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump


Barack Obama’s Favorite Book of 2018 Was ‘Becoming.’ Here’s What Else He Liked.

The former president shared the works he found particularly thought-provoking or inspiring this year in a lengthy Facebook post.
Tags: Facebook, Music, Movies, News, Obama, Barack Obama, Barack, Books and Literature


Hoyer says House will not seat a North Carolina Republican amid questions about integrity of election

The statement came after North Carolina dissolved its elections board Friday without certifying the results of the election, leaving the fate of the seat in doubt days ahead of the start of the new Congress.
Tags: News, Nation, House, North Carolina, Hoyer, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics


Here’s how Year One of legal cannabis in California played out

Decades from now, anyone looking back at California history will note 2018 for one major change: the year recreational cannabis became legal. The sky clearly didn’t fall. Some hospitals reported upticks in marijuana-related visits, but reliable data on that issue is a couple years out. And other early reports suggest teen use is down, arrests are plummeting and accidental pet consumption is leveling off. For the marijuana industry, however, the year was a rocky one, as California struggled in th...
Tags: Utah, Politics, News, California, Marijuana, California News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Ajax, Cannabis, Canada, Soccer, Missouri, House, Food And Drug Administration


President Obama Names His Favorite Books, Movies & Songs of 2018

Photo by Pete Souza via obamawhitehouse.archive.gov On Facebook this morning, President Obama wrote: "As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Books, Music, Obama, Film, College, Montana, Barack Obama, Kendrick Lamar, Michelle Obama, Ben Rhodes, Hozier, Nelson, Jay Rock


Trump's shutdown will close Smithsonian Museums, National Zoo, and more

If the government shutdown extends beyond New Year's Day, Donald Trump's political tantrum will close the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo in Washington, DC, among many other sites important to Americans. After January 1, the museum network will be forced to close all its doors along the National Mall and at the National Zoo. The closures would go into effect on January 2, and continue until lawmakers reach a deal to fund the government. This is just one of many ways people are feeli...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Congress, Washington Dc, Smithsonian, National Mall, Interior Department, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Huffington Post, Everglades, Trump, Smithsonian Institution, St Thomas, National Zoo


Doctors say Sanders isn't telling the truth

Following the death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan migrant who had the flu, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed border agents were doing everything they can do to prevent loss of life. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen spoke with doctors who disagree.
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Doctors say Sarah Sanders isn't telling the truth

Following the death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan migrant who had the flu, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed border agents were doing everything they can do to prevent loss of life. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen spoke with doctors who disagree.
Tags: News, White House, Cnn, Stories, Elizabeth Cohen, Sarah Sanders


Why Trump Is Dragging Out the Shutdown — Even Though It’s Unpopular

By any normal political logic, the partial government shutdown should be long over by now. Polls show that more people blame President Donald Trump than congressional Democrats for the ongoing crisis, while the president’s national approval rating continues to tank. Meanwhile, Trump is no closer to securing funding for a border wall with Mexico —…
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Uncategorized, Democrats, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Trump, 2020 Elections


Tip of the Iceberg

That story out of Alabama raises an important question. Once we have figured out just the scope of what Russia was doing in the 2016 election cycle (and going forward) we need to grapple with the fact that there are lots of entities offering and already providing these services to the highest bidder. The fact that Russia’s 2016 operation was mounted by a hostile foreign government coordinating with the beneficiary campaign is a huge, central issue. But it’s not the only issue. If you’ve follow...
Tags: News, Saudi Arabia, Russia, US, Alabama, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, United States, United Arab Emirates, Gulf, Josh Marshall, The Supreme Court, Cambridge Analytica, Rick Gates, George Nader, Jamal Khashoggi


White House tells furloughed workers to exchange manual labor for their rent

Nearly 800,000 people are hurting financially because of the government shutdown, according to NBC: 420,000 federal employees must continue to work without a paycheck until the shutdown ends, and another 380,000 are simply furloughed, or sent home without pay (and will, hopefully, be reimbursed after the Trumpian mess over the ridiculous wall is sorted out). So how does the government advise these out-of-paycheck employees? The solution is simple: "Consult with your personal attorney." (Yeah, ...
Tags: Post, News, Nbc, White House, Opm, Andy Borowitz, Office of Personnel Management, Let Them Eat Cake


Channel migrant crossings: who is coming and why?

Seaborne migration to England from France has been rising steadily due to range of factorsIs there a crisis at the border?Home secretary Sajid Javid has declared the rising number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel to be a major incident. Javid has appointed a gold commander to deal with the growing crisis and asked for an urgent call with his French counterpart to discuss the issue. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, England, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Refugees, Calais, Sajid Javid, Javid


Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2018

As he does every year, President Obama shared his favorite reads of the year on Facebook, books that he found “thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved”. Among them are: Becoming by Michelle Obama. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. This year, Obama also shared his favorite movies and songs. The movie list contains some pretty interesting entries: Anni...
Tags: Facebook, Obama, Barack Obama, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jason Kottke, Michael Ondaatje, Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt, Michelle Obama Americanah, Patrick Deneen Warlight, Netflix Apple Amazon


Barack Obama releases his depressingly excellent list of the year's best pop culture

Taunting us, yet again, with memories of a world in which one of the planet’s most powerful people was not a guy who considers Fox News paired with burnt steaks slathered in ketchup “a real hot date night,” Barack Obama released his annual list of his favorite pop culture of the year today. It is, unsurprisingly, a…Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Film, Barack Obama, Burning, Fox News


How environmental policies changed in 2018 under Trump

There is no doubt that President Trump has significantly changed environmental policy since taking office that have caused a great deal of public outcry. The current administration’s decisions have affected everything from rolling back on policies enacted by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to cutting funding for different environmental and scientific programs. With so much to keep up with, here is a rundown of the Trump Administration’s environmental action in 2018 and how it ha...
Tags: Japan, Design, Obama, Obama Administration, California, China, America, Barack Obama, Cms, Nasa, Ocean, Bill Clinton, Epa, New Mexico, Clinton, Trump


Trump's EPA says limits on mercury emissions from coal plants not necessary

The Trump administration on Friday said limits on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants were not necessary as their costs outweighed the benefits, sparking an outcry among environmentalists who say the move favors the coal industry at the expense of public health. Under the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, or MATS, enacted under former President Barack Obama, coal-burning power plants have been forced to install expensive equipment to cut output of mercury, which can harm pregnant wome...
Tags: Science, Barack Obama, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump


How Donald Trump Inadvertently Made Subtweeting Great

When William Shakespeare joined Twitter in 2008, it was mostly to write about things like gardening. The owner of the @Wwm_Shakespeare account, a 40-something who would prefer to stay unnamed because of his work with a global company, would post verbatim snippets from the Bard’s plays and sonnets alongside personal photos. Occasionally, the lines would…
Tags: Twitter, News, White House, Uncategorized, Social Media, William Shakespeare, Donald Trump, Bard


Newspaper names “Trump Gays” two of 2018’s Men of the Year

The couple is being praised for their “bravery” in coming out as “gay, liberal, millionaires who nevertheless want to [make America great again]."
Tags: Politics, Lifestyle, America, Donald Trump, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Bill White, Bryan Eure, Gays For Trump, Bill White and Bryan Eure


Obama lists his favorite things of 2018

Nearly two years since he left the White House, former President Barack Obama continued his tradition of sharing his top picks for books, movies and songs from the past year Friday.
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Barack Obama, Stories


Trump threatens to seal off US-Mexico border 'entirely' if Congress does not agree funding for a wall

Donald Trump, the US president, on Friday threatened to seal off the entire US-Mexico border if Congress does not approve funding for a border wall. His comments came as the federal government shutdown entered its seventh day, with Mr Trump failing to come to a budget agreement with his Democratic opponents. The continued standoff means around a quarter of the US government will likely remain closed well into 2019, when the Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives. The shutdow...
Tags: Florida, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, US, Democrats, United States, House, House Of Representatives, Smithsonian, Fox News, Nancy Pelosi, El Salvador, Honduras


Trump EPA says limits on mercury emissions from coal plants not necessary

The Trump administration on Friday said limits on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants were no longer necessary as their costs outweighed the benefits, a move environmentalists said was favorable for the coal industry and could increase health hazards. Under the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, or MATS, enacted under former President Barack Obama, coal plants have been forced to install expensive equipment to cut output of mercury, which can harm pregnant women and put infants and chi...
Tags: Science, Barack Obama, Trump, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Trump EPA



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