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The President accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general to dismiss FBI Director Jam

Source: ABC's Jonathan Karl via Twitter

The President accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general to dismiss FBI Director James Comey.

Read more: https://twitter.com/jonkarl/status/862060307153395720

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue May 9, 2017, 04:47 PM (21 replies)

GRAND JURY #3 Underway!!


Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue May 9, 2017, 04:40 PM (5 replies)

Democratic Senators call for probe into Icahns biofuel credit dealings

Source: Reuters

Eight Democratic Senators on Tuesday asked U.S. regulators to launch an investigation into billionaire Carl Icahn’s activities in the U.S. biofuels blending credit market, saying the activist investor may have violated securities trading laws since becoming an adviser to President Donald Trump.

“We are writing to request that your agencies investigate whether Carl Icahn violated insider trading laws, anti-market manipulation laws, or any other relevant laws based on his recent actions in the market for renewable fuel credits,” the senators said in a letter to the heads of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, was signed by Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and five others. The letter acts as a request, and the agencies are not required to act upon it.

Icahn became an unpaid adviser to Trump on regulation shortly after November's presidential election. In February Icahn proposed a change to the U.S. biofuels program that would ease the regulatory burden on oil refining companies - including CVR Energy Inc (CVI.N), in which he owns a majority stake.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biofuels-icahn-idUSKBN18522R
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue May 9, 2017, 12:38 PM (8 replies)

Claude Taylor: Flynn not rogue


Clarity begins to emerge with each piece of evidence, logical observation.

Of course, three Twitter feeds to watch: Claude Taylor, Louise Mensch,
and Olga Lautman NYC
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue May 9, 2017, 08:14 AM (30 replies)

What's wrong with dying?

What has your mortality done for you lately?
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon May 8, 2017, 07:35 PM (3 replies)

How Europe Went to War in 1914. Tans Lecture Maastricht University

I watch a lot of lectures on openculture.com but stumbled on this one on Youtube.
It is well worth an investment in time, the Professor is an Australian academic. He
lectures for an hour, then fields questions, what a great mind!
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon May 8, 2017, 05:15 AM (1 replies)

I tweeted a photo of the Trump rally crowd and then things got crazy

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

The boast from President Trump was bold, brash -- and dubious.

On stage in Harrisburg last Saturday, he told a throng of supporters that the fire marshal had “a lot of people standing outside” and that “we really maxed out. We broke the all-time record for this arena.”

Except staring us in the face, in the upper reaches of the New Holland Large Arena at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex were rows of empty seats.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/capitolinq/Trump-Harrisburg-Pennsylvania-rally-crowd-count-Twitter-tweet-Tamari.html

The biggest, the greatest, the most ... except, not quite.

Seriously demented.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri May 5, 2017, 04:56 PM (20 replies)

Trump administration to review dozens of U.S. national monuments

Source: Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them - part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining and other development.

The move comes as Trump seeks to reverse a slew of environmental protections ushered in by former President Barack Obama that he said were hobbling economic growth - an agenda that is cheering industry but enraging conservationists.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Tuesday Trump's executive order would require him to conduct the review of around 30 national monuments and recommend which designations should be lifted or resized over the coming months. He said he would seek feedback from Congressional delegations, governors and local stakeholders before making his recommendations.

"I am not going to predispose what the outcome is going to be," Zinke said. Rescinding or altering a national monument designation would be new ground for the government, he said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-interior-monuments-idUSKBN17S03N

Trump will upset anything and everything he encounters.
This is about control and dominance.
Politically dictatorship is at the roots.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Apr 26, 2017, 04:32 AM (20 replies)

Wikipedia founder aims to 'fix the news' with collaborative website

Source: Reuters

The new platform, called Wikitribune, will be free to access and carry no advertising, instead relying on its readers to fund it, while the accuracy of news reports will be easily verifiable as source material will be published, Wales said.

"The news is broken, but we've figured out how to fix it," he said in a promotional video posted on the website's homepage.

The online proliferation of fake news, some of it generated for profit and some for political ends, became a major topic of angst and debate in many developed countries during last year's U.S. presidential election.

Wales argued in his video that because people expected to get news for free on the Internet, news sites were reliant on advertising money, which created strong incentives to generate so-called "clickbait", catchy headlines to attract viewers.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-media-wikitribune-idUSKBN17R11K

The political middle, common sense, Americans, are asserting themselves in
many ways. There is no downside to reality, logic, science, middle-of-the-road
thinking. In fact it's what civilizations rely on.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Apr 25, 2017, 06:07 AM (31 replies)

Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing

Source: Reuters

Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea, senior Senate aides said on Monday.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said.

While top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved.

U.S. officials have expressed mounting concern over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-usa-senate-idUSKBN17Q1LR

This development sounds ominous. When was the last time all 100 Senators were summoned
to the White House? Did they do it for the financial crisis in September 2008? I don't recall it.

This sounds to me as much like sharing the blame as informing in a timely manner.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon Apr 24, 2017, 12:11 PM (42 replies)
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