When it comes to jobs growth, legal protections for organized labor may be something of a curse particularly when there is a union election. That’s bad news for any company with a union that also wants an influx of cash to help grow. Here’s how it plays out. “We find that union election victories are associated with increased bankruptcy costs, which lead to declines in bond values,” according to a research report published earlier this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research. “Unions further depress bondholders´ recovery values as they are assigned seats on unsecured creditors´ committees,” the paper continues. In other words, the
New York — An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it. “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations” is scheduled to come out in April, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Friday. The publisher quietly signed up the book in February, without any formal announcement. In July, McCain disclosed he had been diagnosed with brain cancer and last month he said the prognosis was “very poor.” McCain, 81, was re-elected to a sixth term in the Senate in 2016. “This memoir will be about what matters most to him,
President Donald Trump called three Republican senators this week and expressed support for their 2018 re-election bids, aligning with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the senator´s intra-party feud with Steve Bannon. Trump dialed GOP Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, according to five people familiar with the calls. He promised to help the three senators against any insurgent challengers, one of these people said, and said he hoped they would be reelected. The calls are expected to eventually be followed by formal endorsements, GOP senators said. Wicker, Barrasso and Fischer declined
While visiting Hillsdale College this week, I was unexpectedly bequeathed a gift. When I arrived at the house where I am staying I discovered on the buffet table in the kitchen a small collection of books on military history, grand strategy, and World War II. Among them was the bound galley of Victor Davis Hanson´s The Second World Wars, published Tuesday by Basic Books. Having heard advance praise for the book, I picked up the hefty galley. I have not put it down since. Most surveys of the global conflagration between September 1939 and September 1945 are chronological. They begin
Virtually every chance House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has had to dispel her reputation as a delusional, establishment hack completely out-of-touch with reality, she always finds some way to reveal that she really is a delusional, establishment hack completely out-of-touch with reality. Her latest guffaw occurred during her appearance on Friday´s The View where she denied America is in a culture war and that Democrats have division in their ranks. First topic of conversation was the despicable non-controversy cooked up by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson alleging that Trump treated a Gold Star widow disrespectfully over the phone; Pelosi called Wilson a
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team running the Russia collusion probe are being accused by fellow attorneys of employing aggressive and questionable tactics in past cases, potentially putting a dent in his straight-shooter image. As the investigation heats up and key players like former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer are interviewed by investigators, several attorneys with experience in federal cases spoke out with their concerns this week. Harvey Silverglate, a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts, wrote an opinion piece accusing Mueller of once trying to entrap him when Mueller was acting U.S.
On the same day, October 4, that the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed three employees of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to testify in the Trump dossier investigation, the committee also subpoenaed TD Bank for Fusion´s bank records. Now, according to a source familiar with the situation, Fusion has asked a U.S. District Court in Washington DC judge to prevent the bank from complying with the subpoena. The move comes just days after two of those three Fusion employees asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination rather than answer questions about the dossier. A third subpoenaed Fusion employee, founder Glenn
Eight of 10 African Americans believe that the Black Lives Matter movement is effective but feel it could have even greater impact if it wasn´t so splintered and instead led by a national spokesman like former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, according to a new survey. (Snip) A key finding was the call for a national leader, with Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers field commander, credited with starting the take a knee movement in sports, leading pack. "Kaepernick´s popularity is not surprising in light of the fact that President Trump´s criticism of the ‘Take A Knee´ protests that he started
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said he was “stunned” by White House chief of staff John Kelly’s remarks about Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida, suggesting that the former general was a product of a racist upbringing. “They have more in common then John Kelly realizes,” O’Donnell said at the beginning of his show on MSNBC Thursday. “They were both born in segregated cities. They both went to segregated schools.” Wilson went to school during forced, legal segregation in Florida, and Kelly grew up in Boston, where his school was segregated “by custom and practice” during the 1950s, O’Donnell said. “John
The NFL´s declining TV ratings, blamed by some on the national anthem controversy, could soon take a financial toll on the broadcasters that have spent tens of billions dollars for the right to air pro football, investment analysts say. Through the first five weeks of the season, ratings for the Sunday night game on 21st Century Fox´s (FOXA) Fox Sports have slumped 7 percent from a year ago. NFL viewership at CBS (CBS), the parent company of CBSNews.com, has plunged 17 percent for Sunday match-ups and 8 percent on Thursday. The audience for NBC´s "Sunday Night Football" game broadcast has
Hillary Clinton didn´t win the presidency, but she´s in line for something almost as interesting -- the crown of "Wonder Woman." The Women´s Media Center, co-founded by feminist Gloria Steinem, told us that it is giving the latest Democratic presidential candidate its first "Wonder Woman Award" for her "extraordinary accomplishments" and public service. (Snip) "Like Wonder Woman, she seems to have superhuman strength, resilience, and courage," said the group in a reference to the famous comic and TV character. "Hillary Clinton´s actions have inspired and protected women and men on every continent," said Steinem. "She has battled negative forces and helped
The upcoming issue of ´Playboy´ will feature a transgender model as the Playmate of the month - the first time this has ever occurred inside the pages of the men´s magazine. It was revealed this week that Ines Rau had landed a spot in the magazine´s much-coveted centerfold, with the beauty of French-North African descent earning the title of November 2017 Playmate of the Month. She is seen in the iconic bunny ears and a white angora sweater in one image and wearing nothing but a G-string as she poses with a string of lights wrapped around her bare breasts in another
For a state so enamored with passing laws, California can seem awfully lawless sometimes. Our progressive Legislature and elected leaders have decided to make political and litigious war on the duly elected president of the United States. The Resistance is here!Truth is, Donald Trump has driven them all a bit batty. Our legislators have become so unmoored that even Gov. Jerry Brown -- who just the other week signed the self-destructive “sanctuary state” law -- had to step in and veto legislation requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns. Brown said that as politically appealing as such a law
Hillary Clinton’s former campaign spokesman called retired Gen. John Kelly “odious” on Thursday after the White House chief of staff and Gold Star father spoke about President Trump’s decision to call the families of four soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month. “Don’t be distracted by the uniform,” Brian Fallon, a CNN contributor and past communications director for Clinton’s campaign, wrote on Twitter following Kelly’s remarks. (Snip) “Kelly isn’t just an enabler of Trump. He’s a believer in him. That makes him as odious as the rest,” wrote Fallon, who is also an adviser to the Democratic political action committee,
Gold star widow Natasha De Alencar released the audio of a phone conversation she had with President Donald Trump in April about the death of her husband who was killed in Afghanistan. “I am so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a horrible thing, except that he’s an unbelievable hero,” Trump told her in the call about her husband Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, which The Washington Post released.
MSNBC daytime anchor Stephanie Ruhle brought her mother on set to deliver a lecture and some encouragement to President Trump. Ruhle said on her show Thursday it´s "take-your-parents-to-work day" and introduced her mother, Louise Ruhle, as one of the "suburban, white women" who voted for Trump, sending him to the White House. "What´s your message to him?" Ruhle asked her mother. "I did vote for you," her mother said into the camera. "I´m disappointed in the job you´re doing. I know you didn´t prepare. You aren´t ready for all the things that come down your way. But, please, work a little bit
A transgender woman found guilty of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a bathroom could face 70 years in jail. Michelle Martinez - known as Miguel before identifying as a female - was convicted of first and second degree sexual abuse of a minor on Wednesday. The young girl had told police that Martinez - from Casper, Wyoming - took her to a bathroom before touching her breasts and genitalia. She then penetrated the girl. The victim told her mother about the ordeal with Martinez, who was a family friend. She started to cry as she told police that ´it
A little-known adviser on the Trump campaign is a “person of interest” in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign. North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate panel, told BuzzFeed that George Papadopoulos, a short-lived member of the campaign’s foreign policy team, is “definitely a person of interest” in the committee’s probe. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the Democratic vice chairman of the committee, echoed Burr’s statement, saying that the committee hopes to interview Papadopoulos, who was an adviser to Ben Carson’s campaign before joining the Trump team last March. The Daily Caller
Former President George W. Bush emerged from retirement on Thursday to stage a broad attack on President Donald Trump and the movement that supports him. Without mentioning Trump by name, Bush accused him of “casual cruelty” in political discourse, of distorting nationalism into “nativism,” and of emboldening bigotry and white supremacy. He called for a renewed commitment to American global leadership and domestic citizenship. It was a call to national unity — against Trump and his supporters, who were reduced to labels and caricatures: “protectionism,” “isolationist sentiments,” and the like. “Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples
One thing that’s been an absolute staple of Fox News’ programming during the Age of Trump has been a heavy criticism of the mainstream media’s coverage. With the president spending much of his time complaining about “fake news” in response to reporting he doesn’t like, the network’s opinion hosts and commentators have parroted POTUS’s attacks and devoted segments to hammering other outlets. In an interview with the Associated Press this week, Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace put his colleagues on blast over their penchant for discrediting the press. As he puts it, whenever these media attacks are uttered on
A man has been shot 100 yards from mosque during Friday prayers. Gunshots panicked worshipers at the Jamia Abu Hanifa Mosque in Bradford at 2pm today. Witnesses said three men in balaclavas pulled up in a car and shot a man who has been taken to hospital with a minor leg wound. One man praying in the mosque told the Bradford Telegraph: ´I saw lots of police and a man laying on the floor who had been shot. We heard the gunshot while we were inside praying. ´There was an ambulance and about five police vehicles including two riot vans on the scene´.
The number of people who could have provided BuzzFeed News with a copy of the infamous Trump dossier is vanishingly small. Only a few people had access to the full document, which consists of 17 memos dated between June 20, 2016 and Dec. 13. (Snip) “I gave it to no one except for the director of the FBI. I don’t know why you’re digging this up now,” McCain said during a testy exchange with The Daily Caller on Wednesday. McCain was asked whether he was BuzzFeed’s source after the Republican’s office declined to answer direct questions on the matter. Only
TAMPA — The third victim in a string of killings in Seminole Heights was a 20-year-old man shot dead after he got off the No. 9 bus, interim Police Chief Brian Dugan said Friday. Anthony Naiboa, a graduate of Middleton High School, got off at the wrong bus stop after work and was walking north on 15th Street to another bus stop when he was shot, Dugan said. Officers on patrol in the area heard the shots and rushed to the area, but by then the shooter was gone. Naiboa died at North 15th and Conover streets, about 100 yards
Ticket prices to see Vice President Mike Pence have dropped by almost 50 percent due to a lack of demand. Pence will be headlining a Republican Party fundraiser on October 26 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center where the lowest-priced tickets originally cost $275. However, although the event was announced weeks in advance, the group struggled to sell tickets, reported The Denver Post. So now it´s lowering the cheapest ticket to $150, a 45 percent discount. A couple can attend with a two-for-one deal at the original $275 price, down from $525. In an email written on Wednesday, Colorado Republican