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Mount Rainier National Park slowly reopens with temporary funding deal

Snowshoers may soon have access again to the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park as the federal government slowly returns to full operations after the partial shutdown. After the enactment of a short-term funding deal to end the  shutdown, the National Park Service said Saturday significant snow removal would take many days to restore the […]
Tags: Outdoors, News, Lifestyle, Local News, Northwest, National Park Service, Mount Rainier National Park, Nation & World Politics


Who wants to tax a millionaire? It's not a game show, but the latest Congressional and political campaign theme

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 movie The Great Gatsby. (Photo courtesy Warner Bros.) We're about to go into a tax filing season under a new tax law that, despite plan promoters' promises, gives major tax breaks to wealthier taxpayers. That law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), is also why a lot of Democrats are looking at ways to at least revise the Republican-written tax bill. The U.S. Constitution says that tax measures must originate in the House of Representat...
Tags: New York, Taxes, Obamacare, Obama, California, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Reagan, Gop, House, Leonardo Dicaprio, Warren, Medicare, Warren Buffett, University Of California Berkeley


Philosophy can make the previously unthinkable thinkable

In the mid-1990s, Joseph Overton, a researcher at the US think tank the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, proposed the idea of a 'window' of socially acceptable policies within any given domain. This came to be known as the Overton window of political possibilities. The job of think tanks, Overton proposed, was not directly to advocate particular policies, but to shift the window of possibilities so that previously unthinkable policy ideas – those shocking to the sensibilities of the time – bec...
Tags: Politics, US, Society, Policy, Innovation, Philosophy, Overton, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Joseph Overton, Global Issues, Mary Midgley, Rebecca BrownThis


UK firms plan mass exodus if May allows no-deal Brexit

Business group warns that companies are getting ready to shift operations abroadThousands of British companies have already triggered emergency plans to cope with a no-deal Brexit, with many gearing up to move operations abroad if the UK crashes out of the EU, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.Before a crucial week in parliament, in which MPs will try to wrest control from Theresa May’s government in order to delay Brexit and avoid a no-deal outcome, the BCC said it believed companie...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Bcc, British Chambers of Commerce


Trump administration to build Mexico border wall ‘with or without Democrats’, says Sarah Sanders

The White House has threatened to “move forward” with its plan to build a border along the US/Mexico border “with or without Democrats”. The statement comes after Donald Trump announced he would reopen the government without his demand for $5.7bn (£4.3bn) in border wall funding, and after democrats repeatedly rebuffed his efforts to force their hand on the issue. “In 21 days President [Trump] is moving forward building the wall with or without the Democrats,” tweeted press secretary Sarah Huck...
Tags: News, Mexico, White House, US, Donald Trump, Trump, Sarah Sanders


"This week, as a long-predicted collapse seemed to hit digital media..."

"... we saw a few of the tried-and-true ways managers use to explain to employees why they’re laying them off. BuzzFeed chose the language of corporation-as-family, with founder Jonah Peretti telling staff that making the decision was 'upsetting and disappointing.' Verizon [HuffPost and Yahoo News] went with meaningless corporate-speak. 'Today marks a strategic step toward better execution of our plans for growth and innovation into the future,' a spokesperson said... As always, journalists’ Tw...
Tags: Verizon, Law, Minneapolis, White House, Journalism, Blogging, Cnn, Jonah Peretti, Hunter Thompson, Yahoo News, Columbia Journalism Review, Ann Althouse, Alex Pareene, Alex Pareene Alex Pareene, Gawker Racket Teen


Foreign troops 'to quit Afghanistan in 18 months under draft deal,' Taliban officials say

Taliban officials said U.S. negotiators on Saturday agreed a draft peace deal stipulating the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan within 18 months of the agreement being signed. The details were given to Reuters by Taliban sources at the end of six days of talks with U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar aimed at ending the United States' longest war. While neither side released an official statement, Khalilzad tweeted later that the talks had made "significant progres...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, China, Islamic State, Qatar, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Nato, Pakistan, Al Qaeda, Donald Trump, Doha, Reuters, U S State Department


Burnout 2020

What will a presidential campaign look like in an age of burnout? We may be about to find out. Amnesty International defines burnout as a phenomenon of depleted emotional and psychological reserves—a measure they care about because of the sharp limits it can impose on activists. But of course it isn’t just the political professionals who can find themselves hitting a wall. At the same time, voters are looking more toward politicians who understand and acknowledge that burnout is a real and possi...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, White House, America, Sport, Soccer, Amnesty International, Lausd, Trump, Amnesty, Southern California News Group, Opinion columns, James Poulos, Star Democrat Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


The White House's wasted month

As President Donald Trump announced in the Rose Garden on Friday that his quixotic bid to secure more than $5 billion for a border wall would end with no money, he was met with applause from his Cabinet secretaries and senior aides.
Tags: News, White House, Stories, Donald Trump, Cabinet, Rose Garden


Inside Trump’s Weird Meeting With Clarence Thomas’ Wife

President Donald Trump took an unusual meeting for the top executive last week, according to a Saturday New York Times report. The President reportedly sat flummoxed as the hard-right activists railed against women and transgender people serving in the military, accused White House staffers of blocking their favored people from jobs and insulted congressional Republican leadership. To top it all off, the meeting was spearheaded by Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas’ wife Ginni, kno...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, White House, House, New York Times, Mitch McConnell, Republican, Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy, Clarence Thomas, Times Trump, Inside Trump, Ginni, Kate Riga




Good or Bad for Society – UK Parliament Wants Feedback on Video Games

As if requiring identification in order to access pornography wasn’t enough, the UK Parliament seem to be targeting video games as they have asked for opinions regarding whether they are helpful or harmful to society, with the overall results sure to greatly effect the UK’s gaming industry. Seeking the opinions of gamers, young people and […]
Tags: Games, Politics, UK, Censorship, Anime, UK Parliament Wants Feedback


In the eyes of some aides and advisers, the shutdown squandered one of a White House's most valuable assets — the President's attention and time

As President Donald Trump announced in the Rose Garden on Friday that his quixotic bid to secure more than $5 billion for a border wall would end with no money, he was met with applause from his Cabinet secretaries and senior aides.
Tags: News, White House, Stories, Donald Trump, Cabinet, Rose Garden


Inside the White House, aides and advisers are despondent over a wasted month

As President Donald Trump announced in the Rose Garden on Friday that his quixotic bid to secure more than $5 billion for a border wall would end with no money, he was met with applause from his Cabinet secretaries and senior aides.
Tags: White House, Cnn, Donald Trump, Cabinet, Rose Garden


Theresa May's disappearing act – cartoon

As Brexit looms ever larger, it’s goodbye prime minister and goodbye UK economy Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit


Latest discussion of fixing timing problems with expansion of good-time credit in the FIRST STEP Act

As noted in this post a couple of weeks ago, the expanded good time credits provision in the FIRST STEP Act, which many expected to be applied immediately, problematically got tucked within a section of the Act that is to become effective only when the Attorney General has created "a risk and needs assessment system" later this year.  Now the Washington Examiner has this new article, headlined Drafting error stalls inmate release under Trump plan," about the problem and efforts afoot to address ...
Tags: Law, White House, Doj, Justice Department, Turner, Trump, Washington Examiner, Sloan, American Conservative Union, Ajamu, Douglas A Berman, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Kevin Ring, David Safavian, Pat Cipollone, Veda Ajamu


Juncker warns May: permanent customs union is price for revisiting backstop

Deputy Frans Timmermans accuses Tory Brexiters of a ‘cavalier’ approach to peace Jean-Claude Juncker has told Theresa May in a private phone call that shifting her red lines in favour of a permanent customs union is the price she will need to pay for the EU revising the Irish backstop.Without a major shift in the prime minister’s position, the European commission president told May that the current terms of the withdrawal agreement were non-negotiable. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean Claude Juncker, Brexit, Juncker, Frans Timmermans, Tory Brexiters


Juncker tells May: permanent customs union is price for revisiting backstop

Frans Timmermans accuses Tory Brexiters of a ‘cavalier’ approach to EU peaceJean-Claude Juncker has told Theresa May in a private phone call that shifting her red lines in favour of a permanent customs union is the price she will need to pay for the EU revising the Irish backstop.Without a major shift in the prime minister’s position, the European commission president told May that the current terms of the withdrawal agreement were non-negotiable. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Brexit, Juncker, Frans Timmermans, Claude Juncker, Tory Brexiters


Golden State Warriors Visit Obama After Once Snubbing Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Golden State Warriors spent about an hour with former President Barack Obama. The meeting took place Thursday at Obama’s office in Washington before the defending NBA champs beat the Wizards 126-118. Players and coach Steve Kerr were reluctant to talk about it. A photo was posted on Instagram but has since been deleted. Stephen Curry said he had no idea where the idea came from. All-Star forward Kevin Durant said it was amazing, and forward Draymond Green called it a “go...
Tags: News, Obama, Washington, White House, Barack Obama, Ap, Nba, Donald Trump, Curry, Golden State Warriors, Warriors, Stephen Curry, Wizards, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Steve Kerr


Telegraph apologises and pays damages to Melania Trump

British newspaper pulls article peppered with false claims about US first lady from its siteThe Daily Telegraph has paid “substantial damages” to Melania Trump and apologised “unreservedly” to the US first lady after making a number of false claims about her life in an article.The claims were made in a story entitled The mystery of Melania, which ran on the cover of last Saturday’s Telegraph magazine, but the newspaper has now said it included a number of errors about Donald Trump’s wife which s...
Tags: Media, White House, US, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, National newspapers, Newspapers, US news, Telegraph, Donald Trump, Daily Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, Melania Trump, Melania


Predatory lender found to have swindled veterans' pensions for eight years, so Trump's CFPB fined him $1

Mark Corbett has settled with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- founded by Elizabeth Warren and then gutted by Trump appointee and awful person Mick Mulvaney, now the White House Chief of Staff -- over the complaints that he ran an illegal loan-sharking operation that swindled veterans out of their pensions for a decade. He has been fined $1. Corbett was the agent for websites that offered to trade veterans' pensions and disability benefits for cash advances; veterans would redi...
Tags: Post, News, Finance, White House, Elizabeth Warren, Military, Veterans, Trumpism, Trump, Corbett, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, David Dayen, Mick Mulvaney, Late Stage Capitalism, Mark Corbett


The Color of Your Hat

Art by Michael Ramirez The Color of Your Hat USA –-(Ammoland.com)- The Color of Your Hat. Every Fake News outlet immediately jumped to criticize the children of Covington Catholic school for wearing Make America Great Hats. But where was the same outrage when student supporters of Barack Obama wore his HOPE t-shirts??? crickets… Did you enjoy this cartoon? Sign up for Ammoland in your Inbox and get our daily cartoon and email news! You call yourself pro-gun? Prove it by joining any one or...
Tags: Guns, America, Barack Obama, Nra, Michael Ramirez, National Rifle Association NRA, Ammoland, Gun Rights News, Gun Cartoons, USA Ammoland, Citizens Committee, Hypocrites, Fake News, Covington Catholic


Overwatch Player Punished for Creating Group That Excludes Girls

An Overwatch player who contacted Blizzard’s live chat customer support was informed that his account was silenced due to creating a group name that dared to exclude girls, despite the player pointing out that similar groups already exist. The player posted their interaction with the Blizzard support employee, with the player realizing that their account […]
Tags: Games, Politics, Blizzard, Overwatch, Anime, Bans


Ireland dismisses suggestion it should quit EU and join UK

BBC’s John Humphrys criticised for putting ‘Brexit solution’ to Irish ministerIreland has dismissed the suggestion that the best solution to the Brexit impasse might be for the country to quit the EU and join the UK. Related: Leo Varadkar: Brexit has undermined Good Friday agreement Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Media, Eu, European Union, UK News, Bbc, Ireland, John Humphrys, Leo Varadkar, Brexit


U.S. EPA senior official falls short of calling climate change a crisis

Bill Wehrum, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)assistant administrator for air and radiation and previously a lobbyist for coal and oil industry interests, said at a public event in Washington that he supported a rollback of former President Barack Obama's centerpiece climate change regulation. Democrats and environmental activists have criticized the Republican administration of President Donald Trump for reversing Obama-era regulations and announcing its intention to withdraw the Unit...
Tags: Science, Obama, Washington, Barack Obama, United States, Epa, Donald Trump, U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Bill Wehrum, Wehrum


'We've Missed Out On So Much': Furloughed Workers Respond To Trump's Shutdown Announcement

Federal employees are going back to work after 35 days of unpaid furlough. They're ready to get back to work but feel bruised by the budget impasse between the White House and Congress.
Tags: News, White House


22 35 days and counting into the longest U.S. government shutdown ever finally is over

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m. Central Time, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019: Donald J. Trump has signed into a law a short-term funding bill that should get paychecks flowing again for the around 800,000 federal workers — including the 14,000 or so Internal Revenue Service employees who called in sick during the tax agency's partial closure — who were affected by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. ***** Twenty-two Thirty-five days and counting (updated Jan. 25, 2019). We now are in the mid...
Tags: Texas, Taxes, Congress, Washington, Mexico, White House, House, Ted Cruz, National Mall, Capitol Hill, Wikimedia, Donald Trump, Sam, Irs, Trump, House Senate


Dead or Alive 6 Director Criticizes Media & Talks About Boob Physics Toggle

Dead or Alive 6 director Yohei Shimbori has seemingly taken a solid stance as he has mentioned that the game has now gotten a toggle for boob physics; in addition, he has criticized the media for focusing so much on talking of the game’s sex appeal and jiggle physics instead of the actual game. A […]
Tags: Games, Politics, Interviews, Anime, Tecmo Koei, Oppai, Fighting Games, Dead or Alive, Yohei Shimbori


Trump ally Stone charged with lying about hacked emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone has been charged with lying about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid. Prosecutors allege that senior Trump campaign officials sought to leverage the stolen material into a White House win. The self-proclaimed dirty trickster, arrested by the FBI in a […]
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Ap, Fbi, Nation, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Trump, Roger Stone


Brilliant video: Wilbur Ross dubbed over Mr. Burns

Watch the video below. As a wise man once said, "God bless America!" Fixed it: Wilbur Ross dubbed over Mr. Burns pic.twitter.com/UQn8Hq6WrR— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) January 24, 2019 (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Funny, Parody, America, The Simpsons, Burns, Wilbur Ross



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