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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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Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

2 min ago - By STEVEN DuBOIS and DAN JOLING PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a tense standoff ended with kayakers ... (AP)

Iran city hits suffocating heat index of 154 degrees, near world record

29 min ago - Wherever you live or happen to travel to, never complain about the heat and humidity again. In the city of Bandar Mahshahr (population of about 110,000 as of 2010), the air felt like a searing 154 degrees (67.8 Celsius) today, factoring in the humid ... (Washington Post)

Cecil hunter Walter Palmer 'wanted to kill an elephant after killing the lion'

1 hr ago - 9:00PM BST 30 Jul 2015 Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who shot dead Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, asked to kill a massive elephant after shooting the protected animal – but was unable to find one sufficiently large enough, his guide has exclusi ... (UK Telegraph)

Russia Working To Modernize Air Defence Missiles Intended For Iran, Kremlin Aide Says

1 hr ago - By: The Associated Press Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015 at 12:14 PM | Comments: 0 MOSCOW - A Kremlin official says that Russia is working to upgrade air defence missiles intended for Iran. Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential adviser for arms trade, said Thurs ... (Associated Press)

3 UVa graduates sue Rolling Stone over retracted rape story

1 hr ago - RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author Wednesd ... (AP)

Fox News Employees In ‘Total Confusion,’ 'Making It Up As They Go Along' As GOP Debate Approaches

1 hr ago - There is “total confusion” among high-level Fox News employees with regards to the approaching GOP primary debate on Aug. 6. According to The Loudest Voice in the Room author Gabriel Sherman, the unprecedented role that the right-leaning TV network i ... (The Raw Story 30 JUL 2015 AT 12:36 ET)

Revised AP history standards will push 'American exceptionalism'

1 hr ago - The board that oversees advanced placement courses for US high school students has revised its US history standards to include a section on “American exceptionalism” after significant backlash from culture conservatives who said the exam wasn’t patri ... (The Guardian)

Ebola disrupts Liberia birth records, poses trafficking threat-UN

1 hr ago - LONDON, July 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West Africa's Ebola epidemic has disrupted birth registrations in Liberia, leaving hundreds of thousands of children without citizenship and in danger of being trafficked or illegally adopted, the U.N. c ... (Reuters)

U.S. Government To Lion-Killing Dentist: Hey, Can You Give Us A Call?

1 hr ago - Hey, Walter Palmer, the Obama administration wants to talk to you. The severed head of Cecil the lion has now been located in Zimbabwe and turned over to officials there. However, the Minnesota dentist said to be responsible for Cecil's killing is ... (Huffington Post)

Federal Reserve Denies Credit Union for Cannabis

1 hr ago - Banking regulators just said no to a financial institution that aims to be the first to serve the expanding marijuana industry in Colorado. The Fourth Corner Credit Union in Denver applied in November to the Federal Reserve for a “master account,” w ... (New York Times)

Maryland governor orders Baltimore's scandal-plagued jail shut

1 hr ago - BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore's scandal-plagued jail will be shut down immediately, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said on Thursday, calling the pre-Civil War site and its gang-related corruption "a disgrace." Hogan said leaking roofs, flooding, in ... (Yahoo! News / Reuters)

Ohio officer charged with murder pleads not guilty, released on bond

1 hr ago - CINCINNATI (Reuters) - A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate was released from jail on bond hours after an initial court appearanc ... (Yahoo! News / Reuters)

Burger King wanted Tim (Hortons) HQ in U.K. for tax reasons

1 hr ago - While preparing its bid for Tim Hortons Inc. last year, Burger King Worldwide Inc. initially wanted to set up the new parent company of Canada’s iconic supplier of double-doubles and maple-glazed doughnuts across the Atlantic in Britain, to avoid tax ... (The Globe and Mail)

Valero's second-quarter profit soars with high gas prices

2 hrs ago - California's sky-high gasoline prices translated into a big second-quarter profit for refiner Valero Energy Corp. The San Antonio company said operating income from its two California refineries soared to $295 million for the quarter that ended June ... (Los Angeles Times)

Jury awards $47.8 million in NYC crane collapse civil case

2 hrs ago - NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jury on Thursday awarded $47.8 million to the families of two men killed in 2008 when a construction crane collapsed. The jury ordered James Lomma, the owner of the crane, and his companies to pay $32 million to the f ... (AP)

Bill Passed By Senate Panel Would Open More Of Arctic For Crude Oil Exploration

3 hrs ago - A Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, ch ... (OPB)

Lesbian model and her wife are pregnant by SAME man at the same time

3 hrs ago - A lesbian couple are due to give birth weeks apart after getting pregnant by the same man. Stephanie and Randa Armstrong had considered IVF on the NHS but decided they wanted their children to be genetically related. Instead they found a donor onli ... (UK Mirror)

Court Upholds NLRB Union-Organizing Rule

3 hrs ago - Move is blow to several business trade groups that sued to block it By MELANIE TROTTMAN A federal-district court has upheld a National Labor Relations Board rule that is expected to speed union-organizing elections, a blow to several business trade ... (WSJ)

National Satanic Temple Rep Jex Blackmore Says Satan Is Not Real

3 hrs ago - Rex Blackmore, the national spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, which claims to have made up to 700 people sign over their souls to Satan at an event in Detroit, Michigan — billed the "largest public satanic ceremony in history" where a one-ton bron ... (Christain Post)

Clinton asks union group to 'be my partner' in White House bid

4 hrs ago - BY MEGAN CASSELLA Hillary Clinton on Thursday asked the country's largest labor union federation, the AFL-CIO, "to be my partner" as she seeks the Democratic nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election. After meeting with union leaders, Clin ... (Reuters)

Putin Agents Blamed for Spy Murder That Imperiled London

5 hrs ago - The finger of blame for the murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko “points unwaveringly” at two agents working for President Vladimir Putin, a lawyer for London police said at an inquiry into the killing. Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun are ... (Bloomberg News)

China, Russia To Hold Military Drills In Sea of Japan

5 hrs ago - BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Russia will hold joint naval and air defense drills in the Sea of Japan, China said on Thursday, the latest exercises between the two countries which could concern Japan, involved in a marine dispute with China to the so ... (Reuters)

Trump Says He Would 'Get Along Very Well' With Putin

5 hrs ago - Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said he is confident he would "get along very well with Vladimir Putin," despite the contentious relationship the Russian president has had with the United States in recent years. "I think I would get ... (NBC)

Union rally protests Allegheny Technologies' contract offer

5 hrs ago - By Len Boselovic Several hundred members of the United Steelworkers union and other unions marched on Allegheny Technologies headquarters today, demanding a fair contract for about 2,450 of the specialty metal producer’s workers who have been workin ... (Post-Gazette)

Lawyers for N.J., Exxon defend controversial pollution settlement in court

5 hrs ago - Lawyers for N.J., Exxon defend controversial pollution settlement in court July 30, 2015, 9:09 AM Last updated: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 5:09 PM By JAMES M. O'NEILL Staff Writer | The Record Lawyers for Exxon Mobil and the Christie admin ... (The (Bergen) Record)

Federal government denies disaster Baltimore riot aid again

6 hrs ago - The federal government has denied an appeal from the state over disaster aid, leaving in place an earlier decision denying millions of dollars to help pay for costs associated with rioting that broke out after the death of Freddie Gray. A letter fro ... (Baltimore Sun)

Union: Selling A&P stores may create jobs

7 hrs 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

7 hrs 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)

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

7 hrs 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

7 hrs 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)