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Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 4/10/19

Trump Thinks He Has 'Won' The Mueller Report

Donald Trump hasn't seen or read the Mueller report. But that won't stop him from claiming he 'won' it.

Maxine Waters Has The Gavel (Not 'Gravel')

Maxine Waters refused to allow Steve Mnuchin to turn the Committee on Ways and Means into the Committee on Whines and Moans.

Should Mnuchin Stay Or Should He Go?

Steve Mnuchin and Maxine Waters go toe to toe over... gravel?

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 11, 2019, 04:07 AM (3 replies)

Your Car's Key Fob May Have Hidden Features

Here's what these extras are and how you can find and use them

Today’s new cars pack in more high-tech electronic features than ever before, and that includes in the key fob. The device has gone far beyond simply locking or unlocking doors, starting a car remotely, or making chirping sounds to help you find your car in a parking lot. Some have so many features built in that owners may not even be aware of them all.

“Manufacturers are tasking key fobs with a multitude of functions that make the car—and the key fob—more useful than ever,” says Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “These features can be fantastic if the owner understands the sequence of key-fob button pushes to access them, but they can also be frustrating or even harmful if these features are triggered accidentally.”

Here are a few examples of hidden key-fob features, some of which could be on the device for your car.

Lower All Windows Instantly: One of the more common hidden functions on many of today’s key fobs is the ability to roll down all the windows and open the sunroof at the same time by pressing a single button. It's handy, and it helps cool off the car on a hot summer day. It's not often labeled on the fob, though, so the owner needs to know the button sequence.

On most cars that have the feature, it’s accomplished by pressing the unlock button on the key fob once, then pressing it again (within 10 seconds) and holding it down until all the windows are opened.

Much More: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/your-cars-key-fob-may-have-hidden-features/

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 11, 2019, 03:29 AM (1 replies)

Trump signs executive orders seeking to speed up oil and gas projects

CROSBY, Tex. — President Trump signed a pair of executive orders on Wednesday seeking to make it easier for firms to build oil and gas pipelines and harder for state agencies to intervene, a move that drew immediate backlash from some state officials and environmental activists.

“Too often, badly needed energy infrastructure is being held back by special-interest groups, entrenched bureaucracies and radical activists,” Trump said during a visit to a union training center for operating engineers 25 miles outside of Houston. “The two executive orders that I’ll be signing in just a moment will fix this, dramatically accelerating energy infrastructure approvals.”

The executive action seeks to rein in states’ power by changing the implementation instructions, known as guidance, that are issued by federal agencies, according to one of the orders.

That order also requires the Transportation Department to change its rules to allow the shipment of liquefied natural gas by rail and tanker truck. And it seeks to limit shareholder ballot initiatives designed to alter companies’ policies on environmental and social issues. Trump’s order requires the Labor Department to examine whether retirement funds that pursue those investment strategies are meeting their responsibility to maximize returns.

A second order, focused on cross-border energy projects, would clarify that the president is solely responsible for approving or denying pipelines and other infrastructure that cross international boundaries. The secretary of state has previously played that role.

Critics said the president’s orders on pipelines would trample on authority delegated to the states under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and other congressional legislation. That authority has been upheld twice by the Supreme Court. Trump’s move would benefit, among other companies, Energy Transfer, whose chief executive, Kelcy Warren, was a major contributor to Trump’s campaign.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-to-issue-executive-orders-seeking-to-speed-up-oil-and-gas-projects/2019/04/09/4949e74e-5ae2-11e9-9625-01d48d50ef75_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.89925ffd7e71

The Keystone Steele City pumping station, to which the Keystone XL pipeline is slated to connect, is seen in Nebraska. President Trump plans to issue a pair of executive orders on Wednesday to make it easier for firms to build oil and gas pipelines and harder for state agencies to intervene. (Nati Harnik/AP/file)

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 11, 2019, 03:14 AM (0 replies)

Trump wants to end $7,500 electric car tax credits, members of Congress move to stop him

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has proposed ending tax credits to encourage the purchase of electric cars but a bipartisan group in Congress moved Wednesday to stop him.

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., as well as Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, instead proposed legislation that would expand the credits.

"Today's legislation is something we can do now to reduce emissions and combat carbon pollution," said Stabenow, who has long pushed to protect the tax credits intended to encourage people to purchase vehicles powered by electricity or hydrogen fuel cells. "Our bill will (also) help create American jobs."

Under the current regulations, consumers purchasing eligible electric-powered vehicles can receive a tax credit of up to $7,500. The Trump administration has said getting rid of that credit could allow the U.S. Treasury to bring in another $2.5 billion.

Eliminating or changing the credits, however, would take an act of Congress, and the program has enjoyed bipartisan support in the past. In the current proposal, rather than eliminating the credit it would expand it, raising the limit at which it currently begins to phase out.

More: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/04/10/electric-car-tax-credit-2019-federal/3422657002/

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 11, 2019, 03:00 AM (3 replies)

Ford recalls 327K pickups again to fix engine heater cables

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is recalling 327,000 F-Series pickup trucks in North America for a second time to fix problems with engine block heater cables that can cause fires.

In December the company recalled 874,000 trucks because water and contaminants can get into the cables and cause corrosion. That can cause electrical shorts and fires.

About 327,000 owners took trucks to dealers for the fix, but an inspection may have inadvertently damaged the cables. Now dealers will disable the cables for all recalled trucks by cutting the prongs that go into electrical outlets. All owners will get new cables when parts are available. Ford is working with parts suppliers to get the cables as soon as possible, spokeswoman Monique Brentley said, but the date for the new cables to become available is unknown.

"We are advising people not to use their engine block heater cable," Brentley said Wednesday.

The recall covers F-150s from 2015 through 2019, as well as Super Duty trucks from 2017 through 2019. The fire risk only exists when the cables are plugged in.

Ford says it knows of one fire in the U.S. and two in Canada in trucks that could be related to the problem. Those trucks had the recall inspections done, the company said.

More: http://www.newswest9.com/2019/04/10/ford-recalls-k-pickups-again-fix-engine-heater-cables/

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 11, 2019, 02:31 AM (5 replies)

Stephen Colbert: Guest Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5) - Full Extended Interview

Stephen's extended interview with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that was too long for TV.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 11, 2019, 12:00 AM (19 replies)

Seth Meyers - Trump Listens to Stephen Miller and Lou Dobbs on Immigration: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump telling government officials to ignore the law when it comes to immigration.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Apr 10, 2019, 11:21 PM (1 replies)

Seth Meyers: Attorney General William Barr Testifies Before the House Appropriations Committee - 4/9

Ya Burnt: Massages, Marie Kondo

Seth sizzles through a list of topics and fires sick burns at some deserving subjects, like natural peanut butter.

Fred Judges a Book by Its Cover: Hard Road by J.B. Turner

Fred Armisen guesses the plot of J.B. Turner's Hard Road using only the book's cover.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Apr 10, 2019, 11:11 PM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: An American Tourist Kidnapped in Uganda

“That could’ve been me!” is the secret ingredient to any American news story.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Apr 10, 2019, 10:59 PM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: So Much News, So Little Time: Bernie's Rich, Maxine DGAF & a Black Hole Finds Fame

Bernie Sanders comes clean about his millionaire status, scientists unveil the first photo of a black hole, and Maxine Waters and Steve Mnuchin square off in a tense congressional hearing.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Apr 10, 2019, 10:53 PM (2 replies)
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