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Jeff Sessions confirmed to be the next attorney general

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:30
Jeff Sessions confirmed to be the next attorney general

Jeff Sessions confirmed to be the next attorney general | 08 Feb 2017 | The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama as the next attorney general, surviving a vocal push by Democrats to derail his nomination. The 52-47 vote was mostly along party lines, though one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin, joined the Republicans to back their Alabama colleague.

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Nuclear waste ready to move through Erie County

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:30
Nuclear waste ready to move through Erie County

Nuclear waste ready to move through Erie County --A federal judge has approved the Department of Energy plan to move the material on trucks. | 07 Feb 2017 | (PA) Liquid nuclear waste soon will make its way through Erie County. Tractor-trailers carrying shipments of the radioactive material will start traveling on Interstates 90 and 79 as early as Feb. 17.

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Youth gang attacks Summersault Festival crowds in Melbourne

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:30
Youth gang attacks Summersault Festival crowds in Melbourne

Festival goers in Melbourne’s west were punched and kicked, and had phones, wallets and bags stolen, as a gang of up to 40 youths terrorised an event in Melbourne’s west on Saturday night. Crowds at the Summersault Festival in Caroline Springs estimated about 30 to 40 teenagers of African descent went on a rampage through […]

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Mass evacuations after hazardous situation at Oroville Dam

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:20
Mass evacuations after hazardous situation at Oroville Dam

Officials have ordered the evacuation of areas near the damaged Oroville Dam in Northern California on Sunday, February 12, 2017, amid concerns the dam's auxiliary spillway might collapse. The spillway is overflowing water since Saturday, February 11 for the...... Read more »

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Trump, Bannon Said To Weigh Firing Mike Flynn Over Russian Phone Calls Scandal

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:20
Trump, Bannon Said To Weigh Firing Mike Flynn Over Russian Phone Calls Scandal

(ZHE) Top White House aide and policy adviser, Stephen Miller, sidestepped repeated chances during Sunday news shows to publicly defend embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn following reports that he engaged in conversations with Russian diplomat(s) about U.S. sanctions before Trump’s inauguration. The uncertainty came as Trump was dealing with North Korea’s apparent first missile launch of the year and his presidency, along with visits this week from the leaders of Israel and Canada.
Pressed repeatedly, Stephen Miller said it wasn’t up to him to say whether the president retains confidence in Flynn. “It’s not for me to tell you what’s in the president’s mind,” he said on NBC. “That’s a question for the president.”
While Trump has yet to comment on the allegations against Flynn, the White House said in an anonymous statement Friday the president had full confidence in Flynn. But officials have been mum since then amid fallout from reports that Flynn addressed U.S. sanctions against Russia in a phone call late last year. The report, which first appeared in The Washington Post, contradicted both Flynn’s previous denials, as well as those made by Vice President Mike Pence in a televised interview.
Now we know why the administration has been so quiet about the fate of Flynn. As the WSJ reports, the White House is reviewing “whether to retain Flynn amid a furor over his contacts with Russian officials before President Donald Trump took office, an administration official said Sunday.” Flynn has apologized to White House colleagues over the episode, which has created a rift with Vice President Mike Pence and diverted attention from the administration’s message to his own dealings, the official said.
“He’s apologized to everyone,” the official said of Mr. Flynn.
Still, the WSJ concedes that Trump’s views toward the matter aren’t clear. In recent days, he has privately told people the controversy surrounding Mr. Flynn is unwelcome, after he told reporters on Friday he would “look into” the disclosures.  At the same time, Trump also has said he has confidence in Mr. Flynn and wants to “keep moving forward,” a person familiar with his thinking said. Close Trump adviser Steve Bannon had dinner with Mr. Flynn over the weekend, according to another senior administration official, and Bannon’s view is to keep him in the position but “be ready” to let him go, the first administration official said.
The paper also adds that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, hadn’t yet weighed in on Flynn’s future yet as of Sunday evening.
For those who may not have followed the story, Flynn initially said that in a conversation Dec. 29 with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, he didn’t discuss sanctions imposed that day by the outgoing Obama administration, which were levied in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Flynn now concedes that he did, administration officials said, after transcripts of his phone calls show as much. He also admits he spoke with the ambassador more than once on Dec. 29, despite weeks of the Trump team’s insisting it was just one phone call, officials said.
If Flynn had promised any easing of sanctions once Mr. Trump took office, he may have violated a law that prohibits private citizens from engaging in foreign policy, legal experts have said. That would mark the first instance of a person close to Mr. Trump found to have inappropriate links to Russia, a subject U.S. officials have been investigating for months.
U.S. intelligence services routinely intercept and monitor conversations with Russian diplomats, officials have said. While the transcripts of the conversations don’t show Mr. Flynn made any sort of promise to lift the sanctions once Mr. Trump took office, they show Flynn making more general comments about relations between the two countries improving under Mr. Trump, people familiar with them said.
Flynn’s alleged lies have angered VP Mike Pence, who in television interviews vouched for Flynn, administration officials said. Pence and Flynn spoke twice on Friday, one official said quoted by the WSJ.
Reince Priebus is leading the Trump administration’s review of Flynn.
Some administration officials are hopeful Mr. Flynn would resign on his own, a person familiar with the matter said. Some people close to Mr. Trump already are speculating on possible successors, including retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who advised Mr. Trump during the campaign and who is chief of staff of the National Security Council.

Jettisoning Mr. Flynn might end one controversy, but would potentially feed perceptions of a disorganized White House, some people close to Mr. Trump said. That’s one reason the White House might be hesitant to cut ties to Mr. Flynn, they added.
Meanwhile, Democrats smell blood and want Flynn out immediately.
As pressure built on White House officials, Democrats on Sunday pressed for an independent investigation into Mr. Flynn’s conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

“Either he was lying about discussing it or he forgot,” said Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.), speaking Sunday on CNN. ”You don’t want a guy in either of those scenarios to be in that position.”
Franken has also called for an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s and the administration’s ties to Russia, citing allegations of Kremlin interference in the 2016 U.S. election and Mr. Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, as candidates have done since the 1970s. “We don’t know what [Mr. Trump] owes Russia,” Mr. Franken said. “We don’t know how many Russian oligarchs have invested in his business.” At the same time Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.), who lead the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subpanel on crime and terrorism, already have launched an investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence the U.S. election.
While the situation remains liquid, two things are certain: Trump will have a “kneejerk response” tweet momentarily, and the market will interpret this latest tremor inside the White House as even more bullish.
By Tyler Durden / Republished with permission / Zero Hedge / Report a typo

Source: Trump, Bannon Said To Weigh Firing Mike Flynn Over Russian Phone Calls Scandal

Teacher fired after writing ‘Only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter’

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:10
Teacher fired after writing ‘Only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter’

EAG NewsFebruary 10, 2017 MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – While substitute teacher David Colin was supposed to be watching students in Rutherford County Schools, he was instead posting about his hatred for Donald Trump supporters on Facebook. “The only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter,” Colin allegedly wrote at 9:29 a.m. Nov. 9. The post […]

Source: Teacher fired after writing ‘Only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter’

Trump's official inauguration poster has glaring error

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:10
Trump's official inauguration poster has glaring error

US President Donald Trump’s official inauguration portrait presented by the Library of Congress had a glaring mistake on it, it has been revealed. A number of social media users pointed out on Sunday evening that the print of the president, which was sold on the Library of Congress’s website, includes a quote from Trump — […]

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For Those Who Wait

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:10
For Those Who Wait

by Paul Tristram / February 12th, 2017 To all those who wait…for a too far away Springtime,with crippling handsof doubt and uncertainty.Tears following tearsand sighs the sizeof childhood hot air balloons.In the cold, darknessbefore Dawnwith the spectres who choruswith mind-numbing patience.Reach for the shadowbefore the light.Pull-forward with a strength,determinationand courage monumental.For hope is the killeryet, […]

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Adele says Beyonce should get her Best Album Grammy

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:00
Adele says Beyonce should get her Best Album Grammy

Adele has won the Best Album Grammy award - but says Beyonce deserved it more.

Source: Adele says Beyonce should get her Best Album Grammy

Look Again at That Dot

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 02:50
Look Again at That Dot

That love your neighbor thing? That golden rule espoused by most of the world’s religions? It’s not about only loving those who we agree with. But why is this ideal not preached by our governments, or by most in our mainstream media (which in the U.S. has been consolidated into just five huge control-our-thinking-and-consumer-habits conglomerates), […]

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Sioux tribe files legal challenge after Dakota Access Pipeline construction resumes

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 02:50
Sioux tribe files legal challenge after Dakota Access Pipeline construction resumes

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has filed a legal challenge to the resumption of construction of the final phase of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been given the green light after months of protests against the controversial project. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) resumed construction work late on Wednesday after receiving final permission from the […]

Source: Sioux tribe files legal challenge after Dakota Access Pipeline construction resumes

White House provided 'enormous' evidence of voter fraud: Trump adviser

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 02:50
White House provided 'enormous' evidence of voter fraud: Trump adviser

White House policy adviser Stephen Miller has said that the Trump administration has provided “enormous” evidence of widespread voter fraud that according to President Donald Trump cost him the popular vote during the November 8 election.   “The White House has provided enormous evidence with respect to voter fraud, with respect to people being registered […]

Source: White House provided 'enormous' evidence of voter fraud: Trump adviser

Has Adele given her Grammy to Beyonce?

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 02:00
Has Adele given her Grammy to Beyonce?

Pop star Adele appears to reject her Grammy award for best album, saying Beyonce deserves it more.

Source: Has Adele given her Grammy to Beyonce?

New Zealand whales: Authorities to move 300 carcasses

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 02:00
New Zealand whales: Authorities to move 300 carcasses

Workers cut holes in the carcasses to prevent them exploding from gas released during decomposition.

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Water flows from California dam spillway for first time in history

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 02:00
Water flows from California dam spillway for first time in history

At least 130,000 people in northern California were told to evacuate their homes after the dam was weakened by rainfall.

Source: Water flows from California dam spillway for first time in history

US airstrikes in Afghanistan may have caused deaths of at least 18 civilians, mostly women and children

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 01:50
US airstrikes in Afghanistan may have caused deaths of at least 18 civilians, mostly women and children

US airstrikes in Afghanistan may have caused deaths of at least 18 civilians, mostly women and children | 12 Feb 2017 | US airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Helmand province may have been responsible for the deaths of at least 18 civilians, mostly women and children, according to the UN and local sources. Airstrikes took place late on Thursday in Sangin district, which has been highly contested for most of the Afghan war.

Source: US airstrikes in Afghanistan may have caused deaths of at least 18 civilians, mostly women and children

Authorities issue dire warnings amid imminent California dam collapse

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 01:50
Authorities issue dire warnings amid imminent California dam collapse

Authorities issue dire warnings amid imminent California dam collapse | 12 Feb 2017 | Authorities ordered the evacuation of several northern California towns as a rapidly eroding section of a dam appeared on the verge of collapse. "Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered," the Butte County sheriff's office posted on Facebook Sunday night.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 01:40
What do you want to be when you grow up?

Helping kids find out what they want to be when they grow up is Kidzania's business - but is it using big brands too much?

Source: What do you want to be when you grow up?

CEO Secrets: Airport boss 'lives in goldfish bowl'

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 01:40
CEO Secrets: Airport boss 'lives in goldfish bowl'

Declan Collier, head of London City Airport, shares his business tips for the CEO Secrets series.

Source: CEO Secrets: Airport boss 'lives in goldfish bowl'

Japanese women on their 'angry panda' moment

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 01:40
Japanese women on their 'angry panda' moment

A heavy metal-loving panda full of rage is a new character Japanese working women can identify with.

Source: Japanese women on their 'angry panda' moment










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