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Article titleHouse leaders postpone vote on their health-care plan

Source: The Washington Post

House leaders postpone vote on their health-care plan

By Mike DeBonis, Juliet Eilperin and David Weigel March 23 at 3:37 PM

House leaders postponed a vote Thursday on their plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system, as they struggled to meet demands of conservative lawmakers who said they could not support the bill.

Earlier Thursday, conservative House Republicans had rebuffed an offer by President Trump on Thursday to strip a key set of mandates from the nation’s current health-care law, raising doubts about whether House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) had the votes.

Trump met at the White House with the most conservative House Republicans, hoping to close a deal that would help ensure passage of the party’s health-care plan by shifting it even further to the right. But the session ended with no clear resolution, and some lawmakers said they needed more concessions before they would back the bill.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), asked whether the White House had made its final negotiating offer, said that if that’s the case, “They’re not going to pass the bill.”

Talks continued, however, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he still anticipated a vote on the measure by day’s end. Asked whether there was an alternative plan to the current bill, Spicer replied: “No. it’s going to pass. So that’s it.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-health-care-plan-hangs-in-balance-as-house-leaders-push-for-thursday-floor-vote/2017/03/23/6e8bf05a-0fbd-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html?utm_term=.a29690a26cc0

Breitbart and Infowars under investigation for ties to Russia: report

Source: The Raw Story

Breitbart and Infowars under investigation for ties to Russia: report

20 MAR 2017 AT 22:18 ET

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump's presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.

Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as "bots," to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.

The bots' end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. Some of the stories were false or mixed fact and fiction, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence last year's elections.

Investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia's operatives. Their participation, however, wasn't necessary for the bots to amplify their news through Twitter and Facebook.

The investigation of the bot-engineered traffic, which appears to be in its early stages, is being driven by the FBI's Counterintelligence Division, whose inquiries rarely result in criminal charges and whose main task has been to reconstruct the nature of the Kremlin's cyberattack and determine ways to prevent another.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/breitbart-and-infowars-under-investigation-for-ties-to-russia-report/

Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims

Source: Los Angeles Times

Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims

Stephen Battaglio

Contact Reporter

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely amid the controversy over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama.

Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status Monday. Napolitano was conspicuously missing from the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — an event in which he typically would have played a significant role. He has not been on the air since Thursday.

People familiar with the situation who could speak only on the condition of anonymity said Napolitano is not expected to be on Fox News Channel any time in the near future. Napolitano was not available for comment.

On March 4, President Trump first tweeted the accusation that Obama ordered his “‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory.”

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-napolitano-fox-news-20170320-story.html

Trump just told the Pennsylvania AG that anti-Semitic threats may be false flag operations

Source: The Raw Story

Trump just told the Pennsylvania AG that anti-Semitic threats may be false flag operations
28 FEB 2017 AT 14:20 ET

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro came away baffled after President Donald Trump told him in a meeting that some of the anti-Semitic threats to Jewish Community Centers might be false flag operations.

As reported by BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner, the president told Shapiro that while he was horrified by reports of threats against Jewish institutions, he also said that “sometimes it’s the reverse,” where the threat was made simply “to make others look bad.”

Reporter Anna Orso notes that, during his chat with reporters, “Shapiro stopped short of saying Trump thinks his supporters are being framed for bomb threats,” although the Pennsylvania attorney general “seems to think that’s what he meant.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/trump-just-told-the-pennsylvania-ag-that-anti-semitic-threats-may-be-false-flag-operations/

Someone has been grabbing their ankles for Alex Jones.

Trump Creeps Out America By Trying To Kiss A Little Girl Who Didn’t Want To Be Kissed

Source: PoliticusUSA

Trump Creeps Out America By Trying To Kiss A Little Girl Who Didn’t Want To Be Kissed[/b[

By Jason Easley on Mon, Oct 17th, 2016 at 10:51 pm

Donald Trump thought it would be a great idea to change his image by kissing a young African-American girl on stage during his rally in Wisconsin. The result was creepy on every level imaginable.


Donald Trump thought it would be a great idea to change his image by kissing a young African-American girl on stage during his rally in Wisconsin. The result was creepy on every level imaginable.

Clearly, the young lady wanted nothing to do with this stranger kissing her.

However, the scene gets truly creepy when you realize that he tried to kiss a child on the mouth. Trump has repeatedly made sexual comments about underage girls, so it is not a good idea in any way, shape or form to have Trump out in public giving little girls unwanted kisses on the mouth.

The whole scene was off-putting and confirmed the image of Donald Trump underage girl oogling, creepy sexual predator, who should never be allowed within 500 feet of a public school.

Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/17/trump-creeps-america-kiss-girl-kissed.html

Cheeto cooties...

The CEO of Wells Fargo is out

Source: Business Insider

The CEO of Wells Fargo is out

Matt Turner and Bob Bryan

John Stumpf, the chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo is retiring effective immediately.

Stumpf has recently come under fire for a scandal in which 2 million credit and debit card accounts were opened by bank employees without the knowledge of customers.

His successor, Tim Sloan, is chief operating officer of the firm and has been with the bank for over 25 years. Sloan has primarily worked in commercial real estate lending during his time at the bank, and had only taken the position as COO in November.

The bank also appointed Stephen Sanger as non-executive chairman, splitting the CEO and chairman role. Elizabeth Duke has been named vice chair.

Stumpf resigns just two weeks after lawmakers, most notably Senator Elizabeth Warren, called for the CEO's resignation. Lawmakers also pushed for a split of the chairman and CEO roles.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/wells-fargo-ceo-john-stumpf-out-2016-10

Tied With Clinton In Utah!...

Source: Desert News Utah

Poll: Trump falls into tie with Clinton among Utah voters

By Dennis [email protected]
Published: Oct. 11, 2016 11:25 p.m.
Updated: 8 hours ago

SALT LAKE CITY — Republican Donald Trump appears to have, in his earlier words, "a tremendous problem in Utah" as a new poll shows him slipping into a dead heat with Democrat Hillary Clinton since crude comments he made about women surfaced last weekend.

And along with the billionaire businessman's sudden fall, independent candidate and BYU graduate Evan McMullin surged into a statistical tie with the two major party presidential nominees, according to survey conducted Monday and Tuesday by Salt Lake City-based Y2 Analytics.

"A third-party candidate could win Utah as Utahns settle on one," said Quin Monson, Y2 Analytics founding partner.

McMullin may well have caught lightning in a bottle.

The poll shows Clinton and Trump tied at 26 percent, McMullin with 22 percent and Libertarian Gary Johnson getting 14 percent if the election were held today. Y2 Analytics surveyed 500 likely Utah voters over landlines and cellphones Oct. 10-11 The poll has a plus or minus 4.4 percent margin of error.

Read more: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865664606/Poll-Trump-falls-into-tie-with-Clinton-among-Utah-voters.html?pg=all


Source: Newsweek


Arizona Senator John McCain has withdrawn his support for Donald Trump and will write in a "good conservative Republican" at the polls next month.

McCain, a former presidential candidate, is perhaps the highest profile elected official to flee Trump, who has said he will not withdraw from the race for president despite increasing calls to do so from across the political spectrum after audio tapes emerged Friday showing Trump making demeaning comments about women.

"I have wanted to support the candidate our party nominated. He was not my choice, but as a past nominee, I thought it important I respect the fact that Donald Trump won a majority of the delegates by the rules our party set. I thought I owed his supporters that deference," McCain told Politico.

"But Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy. (Wife) Cindy, with her strong background in human rights and respect for women, fully agrees with me in this."

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/mccain-pulls-support-wont-vote-trump-507892


Source: The Huffington Post

There Are Transcripts Of Trump’s Unaired Moments On ‘The Apprentice.’ We Got One.
The Republican nominee was hypercritical of one up-and-coming singer’s skin.

Top Democratic operatives have offered to pay millions of dollars for unaired footage of Donald Trump on the set of “The Apprentice,” hoping to unearth another unscripted moment like the one that surfaced Friday from 2005, when Trump said he would grab women “by the pussy.”

But it’s not just videos they should be looking for. “The Apprentice,” executive produced by Mark Burnett, had a transcript service. And on some occasions, transcribers captured moments that didn’t end up on air, according to multiple sources involved in the show.

It’s not clear how many transcripts exist. Sources say that some transcribers occasionally stuck to what they felt would end up in the program, while others took notes of what was said, regardless of whether it would air.

Those at “The Apprentice” have been intensely guarded about both the transcripts and the unaired footage. Burnett is reportedly a Trump supporter who has threatened to sue employees who leak material in violation of their nondisclosure agreements.

Yet The Huffington Post was able to obtain and authenticate one transcript of an episode from the show’s ninth season. The material isn’t as jaw-dropping as Trump’s 2005 hot mic moment, but it does further illustrate the Republican presidential nominee’s obsession with women’s looks ― a trait that has drawn even more scrutiny since Trump’s boasts that his fame allowed him to grope women have become public. (Trump has denied doing this.)

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-apprentice-transcript_us_57fbc511e4b0e655eab65823



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