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Trump-backed Navy expansion would boost costs some $400 billion over 30 years: study

Source: Reuters

Mon Apr 24, 2017 | 5:14pm EDT

Expanding the U.S. Navy to 355 ships as recommended by military leaders and backed by President Donald Trump would cost some $400 billion more over the next 30 years than the currently planned 308-ship fleet, according to a study released on Monday.

The annual cost to build, crew and operate a 355-ship fleet would be about $102 billion, or 13 percent more than the $90 billion needed for the currently planned Navy, according to the study by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The $102 billion cost of the 355-ship fleet is 33 percent more than Congress appropriated in 2016 for the current 275-ship Navy, the CBO said. To achieve the larger force, the Navy would need $26.6 billion annually for ship construction, which is 60 percent more than the average amount that Congress has appropriated for shipbuilding in the past 30 years, the CBO study said.

The Navy's 2017 shipbuilding plan called for boosting the size of the fleet to 308 ships, which was expected to cost $21.2 billion per year to implement over 30 years.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-navy-idUSKBN17Q295

Gorka Storms Out Of Georgetown Panel After Tough Student Questions

By ALLEGRA KIRKLAND Published APRIL 24, 2017 4:48 PM

Top White House aide Sebastian Gorka abruptly departed from a Georgetown University cybersecurity conference Monday afternoon after undergraduate students subjected him to a round of tough questions.

A senior counterterrorism and cybersecurity adviser to President Donald Trump who came to government by way of Breitbart News, Gorka was invited to speak on a panel titled “News, Alternative Facts, and Propaganda: The Role of Cyber in Influence Operations.” Several attendees told TPM he appeared on the defensive from the start, using his prepared remarks to accuse journalists who use anonymous sources of engaging in fake news campaigns.

Jared Stancombe, a program manager for a global health care supplier, told TPM that his full-throated comments prompted attendees to check their mobile phones for information about his background. They found a number of articles about Gorka’s ties to the Order of Vitez, a Hungarian knightly order founded by a Nazi collaborator.

“After his tirade, which visibly made people uncomfortable, I saw people begin to pull up his bio and recent stories on his affiliations … ,” Stancombe said in an e-mail. “People began to look at each other, while the panel continued with other speakers.”


Yogurt Company Chobani Sues Alex Jones For Defamation

Source: Talking Points Memo

By KRISTIN SALAKY Published APRIL 24, 2017, 4:17 PM EDT

Chobani, of Greek yogurt fame, is suing conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones for linking the company’s founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, to an assault that happened at an apartment complex in Idaho, the Idaho Statesman reported Monday.

The lawsuit, filed in Idaho District Court, accuses Jones of publishing false information linking Ulukaya to the 2014 incident of three immigrant boys who sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl in a laundry room. Right-wing sites, including InfoWars, got ahold of the story and included false information in regards to the incident, saying that a rape had occurred and that it was actually a group of men who attacked the girl: the boys were 14, 10 and 7, according to the Idaho Statesman.

InfoWars included Ulukaya in its coverage of the incident, saying that he was importing “migrant rapists” and saying that his practices of hiring refugees brought in high crime and tuberculosis to the area. The suit accuses InfoWars of misrepresenting Chobani’s owner and Chobani’s products.

The suit also claims that Chobani and Ulukaya, who is a Turkish immigrant himself, have asked Jones to take the videos and stories down to no avail. Chobani is asking for damages in excess of $10,000, according to the suit.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/chobani-sues-alex-jones

Read the entire suit at link, above

Most Americans Want Government to Do More

April 24, 2017 By Taegan Goddard

First Read: “This is another striking finding from the NBC/WSJ poll: 57% of the public says that the government should do more to solve problems and meet the needs of Americans, versus 39% who said the government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals. That’s the highest share yearning for a more active government since the poll began asking voters about the role of government in 1995. And it’s a significant shift even since 2015, when 50% said that the government should do more while 46% complained that it was too active.”



Democrats Head to Campaign School

April 24, 2017 By Taegan Goddard

NBC News: “If an anti-Donald Trump wave is coming, House Democrats want to be ready to catch it. So they’re sending hundreds of operatives to school in a massive training operation that they say is bigger and starting earlier than anything the party has attempted before. Over 1,300 aspiring campaign managers, field directors, and finance chiefs have so far enrolled in what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is calling ‘DCCC-University.’”

“Sessions are scheduled in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, North Carolina in coming weeks, as well as online, open to anyone who applies.”



May Hires Jim Messina for U.K. Conservative Election Team

by Tim Ross

April 24, 2017, 5:26 AM EDT

President Obama’s former campaign chief starts work for Tories

Messina returns to U.K. after success on 2015 Cameron campaign

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has hired President Obama’s former deputy chief of staff Jim Messina for her election campaign, reuniting the winning team behind David Cameron’s unexpected victory two years ago.

Messina and his colleagues arrived in London on Monday to begin work on May’s bid to secure a bigger majority for her Conservative Party and a fresh mandate for her vision of Brexit, a person working on the campaign said.

His appointment brings together the key figures in the team behind Cameron’s success in 2015. May has also hired Lynton Crosby, the political strategist, Mark Textor, the pollster and Crosby’s business partner, and the digital media specialists Craig Elder and Tom Edmonds, all of whom worked for the Cameron campaign.

The premier’s sudden decision to call an election last week took party activists and lawmakers of all stripes by surprise. The political parties are now scrambling to put their candidate lists and manifestos together ahead of the election on June 8.


First 100 days: An exhaustive list of all of Trump's pro-LGBTQ 'wins'

By Alex Bollinger · Monday, April 24, 2017

When Donald Trump was running for president, he promised to “win so much” that Americans would “get tired of winning.” He promised us that we’d be saying, “Please Mr. President, I have a headache. Please, don’t win so much. This is getting terrible.”

He also held a rainbow flag once upside-down in front of some cameras, which is a great reassurance that the Republican party was ready to change its views on LGBTQ issues.

The Log Cabin Republicans‘ president Gregory Angelo said he was talking “regularly” with Trump’s transition team and Tyler Deaton of the American Unity Fund said that Republican lawmakers were “excited” to support LGBTQ rights.


Here’s a list of all our wins in Trump’s first 100 days:


I know that’s a lot of information, so here’s a bar graph:

Full article

Trump seeks 15 percent corporate tax rate, even if it swells the national debt

Source: The Washington Post

By Damian Paletta and Robert Costa April 24 at 3:58 PM

President Trump has instructed advisers to drastically cut the corporate tax rate even though doing so will expand the deficit and grow the national debt, sticking to one of his campaign pledges but shattering another.

Trump instructed advisers last week that he wants the corporate tax rate to be lowered from 35 percent to 15 percent, a senior White House official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. This is the same rate that Trump pursued during his 2016 campaign, but officials had not signaled since the election whether he would stick to the pledge.

By doing so — but not committing to measures that would offset the revenue loss — Trump is making clear he is putting a priority on cutting taxes over the national debt. It also potentially creates a tension point with House Republicans, who have spent years advancing a vision for tax restructuring of their own.

The White House decision comes at a crucial time. White House officials plan to unveil the broad principles of their tax plan Wednesday, though details of what would be in the release remained fluid Monday, another White House official said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-seeks-15-percent-corporate-tax-rate-even-if-it-swells-the-national-debt/2017/04/24/0c78a35c-2923-11e7-be51-b3fc6ff7faee_story.html?tid=pm_business_pop&utm_term=.a2470311861b

Trump To Host Breitbart, Other Conservative Outlets For Reception

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ALLEGRA KIRKLAND Published APRIL 24, 2017, 11:48 AM EDT

Far-right media outlets will get some private face time with President Donald Trump on Monday at a small reception at the White House, Politico reported.

Breitbart News, The Daily Caller, and One American News Network are among the invited guests, along with a handful of talk radio hosts and columnists whom Politico did not name.

This is the latest overture the Trump administration has made to these publications, which the White House press secretary said received short shrift during Barack Obama’s tenure.

“They were neglected the last eight years, and they’re an important medium to communicate to a massively growing number of Americans who, frankly, have grown tired of mainstream media’s coverage,” Sean Spicer told Politico, saying they hoped to connect with a “more diverse set of media outlets.”

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/breitbart-daily-caller-conservative-outlets-white-house-reception-trump

Despite Reports, Fmr Fox Guest Now Claims She Was Never Sexually Harassed by Sean Hannity

by Rachel Stockman | 8:59 am, April 24th, 2017

Debbie Schlussel, a former Fox News guest, appeared on a local radio show on Friday and recounted an incident where Sean Hannity purportedly asked her to a hotel, and when she rebuffed his advances, she claims, she was ostracized by the network star. The story has since gone viral garnering headlines like “Sean Hannity Accused of Sexually Harassing Fox News Guest” in publications like The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. Now, in an interview with LawNewz.com on Monday morning, Schlussel is denying that she was ever sexually harassed by Sean Hannity. While Schlussel stands by her description of the incident, Schlussel told us that she doesn’t believe what happened between the two amounted to sexual harassment by any legal definition.

“I would never accuse him of that. Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that,” Schlussel, an attorney herself, said. Schlussel said the interaction happened in the early 2000’s when Hannity was in Detroit taping a show.

“He tried to get me to go back to the hotel after the show after he and his executive producer Bill Shine treated me horribly,” she said on the radio program. Schlussel later clarified that it wasn’t his hotel room, but rather his hotel. She told LawNewz.com that she did go on the show following the incident, but after that was “banned from Fox News.”

“I never thought I was sexually harassed by Sean Hannity, I thought he was weird and creepy not someone I liked,” Schlussel said.

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