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Phil Gramm: “It Was an Outrage” That “Exploited” AT&T CEO Got Only $75 Million at Retirement

Phil Gramm, a former three-term Republican senator from Texas who once ran the Senate Banking Committee, told the House Financial Services Committee yesterday that “it was an outrage” that his friend Edward Whitacre, the CEO of AT&T, only got “$75 million” when he retired in 2007.

“If there’s ever been an exploited worker” it was Whitacre, said Gramm, testifying on the fifth anniversary of passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. Gramm appeared genuinely aggrieved by Whitacre’s shabby treatment and literally pounded the table while speaking.


Valerie Plame Calls Out Hypocrisy Over Response To Iran Nuclear Deal

(HuffPo) "When President Ronald Reagan negotiated some significant arms reduction deals with the then-Soviet Union, he was considered a real hero, someone who was advocating for peace," Plame told host Alyona Minkovski. "Now when we have President Obama leading the administration push to have this deal go through Congress, he's labeled with the Chamberlain 'giving in' label."


Duckworth Holds Early Lead for Illinois Senate

(Political Wire) A new Public Policy Polling survey in Illinois finds Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) leading Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in the U.S. Senate race, 42% to 36%. “There’s more bad news for Kirk: His approval rating has dropped to 25%.”


TRUMP To Breast Feeding Mom “You’re disgusting”

(NYT) Donald J. Trump seemed irritated. He had been grilled for two hours in a lawsuit over a failed Florida real estate project, and he told the lawyer that her questions were “very stupid.”

When the lawyer, Elizabeth Beck, asked for a medical break, Mr. Trump and his lawyers objected, demanding that the deposition continue. Ms. Beck said it was urgent — she needed to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter, and she took the pump out to make her point.


Donald Trump Is Crushing Everyone In New Hampshire

(Business Insider) Real-estate magnate Donald Trump has opened up a 2-to-1 lead over his closest competition in the key, first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, according to a new poll from Monmouth University released Tuesday. Trump grabs 24% of the vote, compared with 12% for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Newcomer and Ohio Gov. John Kasich has already jumped into a third-place tie with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 7%.


Donald Trump Would ‘Love’ Sarah Palin In His Cabinet: ‘She’s a Special Person’

(Mediaite) Donald Trump would “love” to have Sarah Palin as part of his White House administration. The Republican presidential candidate and celebrity plutocrat appeared Monday on The Palin Update, an actual all-Sarah Palin radio show that exists on something called the Mama Grizzly Radio Network (we kid you not).

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Dem leader Pelosi backs $15 minimum wage

(The Hill) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday endorsed a $15 minimum wage, joining a growing chorus of liberals on and off Capitol Hill pushing to more than double the current $7.25 rate.


White People With Confederate Flags Crash Black Child's Birthday Party

(TPM) A group of white passengers in trucks with waving Confederate flags reportedly interrupted a black child's birthday party in Douglasville, Georgia on Saturday, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

A woman shared videos on Facebook that shows seven trucks leaving her property, where they were parked. The birthday party was taking place at a residence near the field of the woman who shared the video, according to The Atlanta Constitution.


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Union: Selling A&P stores may create jobs

13 min ago - Hoa Nguyen As lawyers appeared in federal court for A&P's bankruptcy case, representatives of the supermarket, union and at least one prospective buyer visited stores across New York and New Jersey this week. The meet-and-greet visits with Acme Mar ... (Lohud)

BREAKING: White House considers extradition of Cecil lion killer Walter Palmer

16 min ago - The White House is to review a public petition to extradite Walter Palmer, who killed Cecil the lion, paving the way for the American dentist to be sent back to Africa to face charges. The petition has exceeded 100,000 signatures and US government o ... (Express)

Here's a congressman who can actually understand Iran nuclear deal

30 min ago - For weeks now, Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., has been studying the Iran nuclear deal. Unlike every other lawmaker, Foster is the only one in Congress who can actually understand the highly technical agreement and check it out for himself. “Unfortunately ... (Chicago Sun-Times)

Saudi Arabia Asks NY Judge to Drop It From Sept. 11 Lawsuit

30 min ago - NEW YORK (AP) -- An attorney for Saudi Arabia says that nation had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks and should be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits brought by victims' families. Attorney Michael Kellogg made the argument Thursday during a ... (Associated Press)

U.S. economy expands at 2.3% in second quarter, picking up speed

31 min ago - Wonkblog By Chico Harlan July 30 at 8:30 AM The U.S. economy picked up speed between April and June after a winter crawl, new government data showed Thursday, helped by a boost in consumer spending that returned the nation to its pace of solid but ... (Washington Post)

On 50th Anniversary Of Medicare, Sen. Bernie Sanders Calls For Medicare-For-All

50 min ago - July 30, 2015 • 0 Comments Addressing a rally outside the Capitol to mark the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that he will introduce legislation to provide Medicare-for-all health insurance. “We need to exp ... (NJ TODAY)

U.S. officials can't find the dentist who killed Cecil the lion

57 min ago - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to talk to Walter Palmer. But it can't find him. Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed the famed Zimbabwean lion Cecil earlier this month, has fallen off the radar since Tuesday, when reports first surface ... (Washington Post)

California Beats Water Conservation Goal Despite Hottest June Ever

1 hr ago - Jul 30 2015, 2:51 pm ET SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Water use fell by 27 percent in June, passing the conservation target set by Gov. Jerry Brown during the drought, regulators said Thursday. Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board ... (NBC News, Associated Press)

Congress Passes 3-Month Highway, Transit Aid Patch

1 hr ago - Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed a sweeping, long-term transportation bi ... (ABC News)

New allegations of racial profiling by San Jose cops

1 hr ago - SAN JOSE -- The police department here is facing new allegations of racial profiling, this time in a federal lawsuit filed by a black couple who claim that an officer pulled a gun on them and their young children for no reason as they pulled up in fr ... (San Jose Mercury News)

Jobless Claims in U.S. Climbed Last Week From Four-Decade Low

1 hr ago - July 30, 2015 — 8:30 AM EDT Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after reaching a four-decade low, consistent with a stronger labor market. Jobless claims increased by 12,000 to 267,000 in the period ended July 25, from 255,00 ... (Bloomberg)

Venezuela Seizes Nestle, Polar Warehouse as Food Shortages Mount

2 hrs ago - Venezuelan soldiers seized a food distribution center rented by companies including Nestle SA, PepsiCo. Inc and Empresas Polar in Caracas as the government looks to boost support ahead of elections. The companies were given 60 days to remove equipm ... (Bloomberg)

German spy leaks journalists charged with treason

3 hrs ago - In Germany the maximum punishment is 15 years in prison, though severe cases could carry a life sentence. A spokesman for the German attorney general confirmed to the BBC that Mr Beckedahl and Mr Meister had been charged on suspicion of treason. ... ... (BBC)

In confession to historian, George McGovern revealed he had a secret child

3 hrs ago - Morning Mix By Justin Wm. Moyer July 30 at 4:00 AM An academic with a forthcoming biography of 1972 Democratic presidential candidate and former senator George McGovern has confirmed that the South Dakotan fathered a child before he was married. .. ... (Washington Post)

Busted: Video shows Georgia cop slammed elderly black -- and lied

3 hrs ago - A former Georgia police officer was indicted this week after cell phone video showed that he lied to justify force against a 69-year-old black man who was moving into his new home. While responding to a suspected burglary call on May 2 with at least ... (Raw Story)

Jerusalem Gay Pride: Six stabbed 'by ultra-Orthodox Jew'

3 hrs ago - Police have arrested a man after six people were wounded in a stabbing at the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem. A police spokesperson told the BBC that the suspect was the same man who stabbed four people at the parade in 2005. Yishai Schlissel, an ul ... (BBC)

Sandra Bland's arrest, death take stage at Texas Capitol

3 hrs ago - The arrest and death of Sandra Bland are bringing top state officials to the Texas Capitol to testify about jail standards and police officer protocols. The Texas House Committee on County Affairs is now taking a new look at jail procedures and inte ... (Chicago Tribune)

Number on Reunion Island debris corresponds to Boeing 777 component

4 hrs ago - Saint-Denis, Reunion Island (CNN)Boeing investigators are confident debris found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean comes from a 777 aircraft, according to a source close to the investigation. Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which went missing in ... (CNN)

IMF cannot join Greek rescue, board told

4 hrs ago - The International Monetary Fund's board has been told Athens' high debt levels and poor record of implementing reforms disqualify Greece from a third IMF bailout of the country, raising new questions over whether the institution will join the EU's la ... (CNBC)

Confederate flags placed at MLK center, church in Atlanta; police, feds investigate

4 hrs ago - ATLANTA – Federal authorities and police are investigating after Confederate battle flags were found around the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. The Rev. Shannon Jones of Ebeneze ... (Fox News)

Greenpeace US Activists Stop Shell Vessel As It Attempts To Leave Port for the Arctic

5 hrs ago - The next big step in the fight to save the Arctic is happening right now. Add to story or collectionShare on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on LinkedIn Share by email 26 Greenpeace climbers have put themselves between Shell and the Ar ... (Greenpeace.org)

Maine House Speaker, Mark Eves, to file suit against LePage

5 hrs ago - Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves will file a civil lawsuit Thursday against Gov. Paul LePage, alleging that the governor used taxpayer money and the power of his office to prevent his hiring at a private school in Fairfield. The lawsuit, to be fil ... (Portland Press Herald)

Hillary Clinton Losing Strength in New National Polling

6 hrs ago - Six weeks after setting her candidacy into high gear, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers are continuing to fall, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Across nearly every key metric, from trustworthin ... (Time)

Editor who oversaw Rolling Stone’s U-Va. rape story to step down

6 hrs ago - By Paul Farhi July 30 at 12:14 AM  The editor who oversaw Rolling Stone magazine’s erroneous story about a fraternity gang rape at the University of Virginia will leave the magazine, more than eight months after the story was published. W ... (Washington Post)

Planned Parenthood shuts down website after second hack

6 hrs ago - Planned Parenthood shut down its website Wednesday after it was hit by a second cyberattack within one week. Officials confirmed Wednesday evening that the group was hit by a “denial of service attack” — a tactic that sends massive amounts of traffi ... (the Hill)

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

6 hrs ago - The Taliban have appointed a successor to Mullah Omar, their leader who was reported dead by the Afghan government on Wednesday, the BBC has been told. Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Mullah Omar's deputy, will replace him, sources close to the Taliban leade ... (BBC)

California crews hold ground against blaze that jumped line

6 hrs ago - NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling the toughest of several wildfires burning across the state held their ground, keeping a blaze east of California's Napa Valley from jumping any more containment lines, fire officials said. The fire, which has burne ... (AP)

Keystone pipeline’s fate to be decided during Obama’s term

7 hrs ago - AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 30 JUL 2015 AT 08:40 ET President Barack Obama plans to decide before leaving office whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would send Canadian crude oil to US refineries. Eric Schultz, a White House ... (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE)

Boeing's largest union calls McNerney job threat 'unacceptable'

7 hrs ago - GARY CAMERON The president of Boeing Co's (BA.N) largest union called "unacceptable" a threat by Boeing Chairman Jim McNerney to move jobs due to the uncertain future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a sign of discord between the plane maker and its ... (Reuters)

Trump Dominates Fellow GOPers, But Trails Democrats In New Poll

7 hrs ago - Donald Trump dominated the Republican presidential field in yet another poll on Thursday, but his favorability was the lowest of any candidate and he lost all three match-ups with Democrats tested by Quinnipiac University in a poll released on Thursd ... (TPM)