The Senate unanimously confirmed on Thursday John Raymond Lausch Jr. to be the next top federal prosecutor in Chicago — a city President Donald Trump has singled out for blistering criticism because of its struggles to curb violent crime. Lausch, 47, will officially become the new U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois when Trump signs his commission. The president is traveling in Asia, so it is not known when he will sign the paperwork — a formality at this point.
While most Americans are gathering around the television for their annual binge of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, the left has been busy trashing the outlet for a too-white holiday lineup. The assault on the popular holiday tradition started this month with Salon.com’s report. The article is entitled “A super white Christmas: The Hallmark Channel gives us TV’s most homogeneous view of the holiday; Hallmark’s white Christmas tales have hooked holiday viewers while leaving minority actors out in the cold”: Unless you’re a holiday die-hard or a regular Hallmark viewer you may be wondering why this matters.
The passage of tax reform and the booming economy, sweeping transformations in Middle East policy, and regulatory reform that is unleashing vast potential bottled up the last 8 years and more are all signs that President Trump is not the ogre feared by a large faction of the conservative intellectual establishment. The famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) special issue of National Review, “Against Trump,” stands as a unique instance of the conservative movement’s intellectual elite turning against the champion of the GOP’s base. With almost a year in office for Trump, some of those who partook of the
President Trump says a new national security strategy, prepared under his direction, has already re-established U.S. leadership in the world and renewed confidence in American at home and abroad. “I am proud to report that the entire world has heard the news and has already seen the signs. America is coming back and America is coming back strong,” Trump said his in remarks unveiling the congressionally-mandated document outlining his guiding principles behind U.S. foreign policy.
Over 700 employees at the Environmental Protection Agency have quit or taken early retirement during the Trump administration so far, bringing the agency close to employment levels not seen since Reagan. ThinkProgress, whose senior editor is scared of his plumber who he fears may have voted for Trump, is warning that the exodus will lead to "dirtier air" and "dirtier water." "Since Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the top job at the agency in March, more than 700 employees have either retired, taken voluntary buyouts, or quit, signaling the second-highest exodus of employees from the agency in nearly a
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) suggested Thursday that Americans need to have more babies or risk a collapse of popular entitlements like Medicare and Social Security. “This is going to be the new economic challenge for America: people. Baby boomers are retiring — I did my part, but we need to have higher birth rates in this country,” Ryan, a father of three, told reporters as he riffed on how Republicans will tackle entitlement and welfare reform in 2018. “Baby boomers are retiring and we have fewer people following them in the workforce.
On July 26, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report “Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported”. The report indicates that for fiscal year 2015 the Army failed to provide adequate support for $6.5 trillion in journal voucher adjustments. According to the GAO´s Comptroller General, "Journal vouchers are summary-level accounting adjustments made when balances between systems cannot be reconciled. Often these journal vouchers are unsupported, meaning they lack supporting documentation to justify the adjustment or are not tied to specific accounting transactions…. For an auditor, journal vouchers are a red flag for transactions not
A federal appeals court in Chicago narrowly overturned a ruling Friday that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the “Making a Murderer” series from prison, though one dissenting judge called the case “a profound miscarriage of justice.” The full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed Brendan Dassey’s claims that investigators tricked him into confessing that he took part in raping and killing photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after telling detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach.
Amid the talk of draining swamps, restoring political might to blue-collar America and turning off the spigot of taxpayer cash that showers Washington, a familiar battle cry is ricocheting through this city: Move the bureaucrats out. It has the ring of a Trumpian fantasy. Dislodge arms of the federal government from Washington and reattach them in faraway places, spreading the wealth generated by these well-paid agency workforces and forcing senior bureaucrats to face the people they affect.
It’s not unusual for Oreo cookies to come in odd flavors anymore. Some days it seems like we’ve seen it all, from waffles and syrup to cookie butter to hot cocoa. Then there were Swedish Fish, popping candies, and Peeps flavors. Oh and don’t forget peanut butter and jelly. So when Oreo released a “Mystery” cookie earlier this year, there were just as many guesses as to what it couldn’t be as there were to what it could. As it turns out, our taste buds here at Food & Wine cracked the case. Oreo’s newest flavor is Fruity Pebbles.
Volunteers have criticised the Red Cross charity after receiving a communication telling them to remove crucifixes from the walls of their branches as the organisation looks to become more secular. The Belgian branches of the international aid organisation received an email from the Provincial Committee of the Red Cross in Liège to remove all crucifixes. André Rouffart, president of the Red Cross in Verviers, said: “We were asked to respect the principles of the Red Cross”, and not to distinguish between race or religious belief 7sur7 reports.
An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by a Fort Walton Beach, Florida, police officer on Nov. 24. A liquor store employee found the animal next to a broken and empty bottle of bourbon. "A worker there found the opossum up on a shelf next to a cracked open bottle of liquor with nothing in it," said Michelle Pettis, a technician at the refuge. "She definitely wasn´t fully acting normal."
NBC News may think that it’s solved its problem by firing “Today” host Matt Lauer before the publication of explosive exposes into his chronic sexual harassment there. If there’s real justice, the network’s troubles have only just begun — because the termination came years too late, after multiple complaints by female staffers. And then, by all accounts, NBC feigned surprise. Early Wednesday, the news division’s chairman, Andy Lack, called the dismissal the swift result of “the first complaint about (Lauer’s) behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News.” Staff has split wide headline, corrected source.
Everyone suspected the sketchy Steele Dossier was what corrupt FBI and DOJ officials used to get the October 2016 FISA warrant against Trump. FBI and DOJ officials refuse to answer that question publicly. Despite a hundred different ways congressional investigators have asked the question, and despite numerous on-camera questions to FBI and DOJ officials about the 2016 FISA process, no-one had definitively confirmed the Christopher Steele ‘Russian Dossier’ was the underlying evidence for the 2016 FISA application to gain wiretaps and electronic surveillance upon presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Marie Harf: "The strategy that has led to a virtual defeat of ISIS in the caliphate...is largely a strategy that was laid out during the #Obama administration by military commanders." #TheFive https://t.co/2xXlJT1NBy pic.twitter.com/XU6yAqDQV9 — Fox News (@FoxNews) December 28, 2017Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” former Obama State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the “strategy” that led ISIS’s defeat was “laid out during the Obama administration by military commanders.” She added, “President Trump has loosened the rules of engagement. He has allowed the military to use more bombs for example and so I think that has helped. But for me, the
Two would-be thieves were found dead Friday inside a Detroit public lighting facility after they were electrocuted by 24,000 volts. Officials said the pair was found at a substation of the Detroit Public Lighting Department on the city´s east side around 6.50am on Friday. The thieves were attempting to steal copper wire when one of the men came in contact with a 24,000-volt transformer and transferred the current along to the other, reported WDIV. Police said the bodies were badly burned and that the current was so strong that they bodies were fused together
Roseanne Barr threatened to retire after a Twitter feud on Friday.The comedienne - who is scheduled to return to ABC this March with her sitcom reboot - called it quits after a series of tweets involving varying political views.´i won´t be censored or silence chided or corrected and continue to work. I retire right now. I´ve had enough. bye!,´ read one of her tweets that have since been deleted according to USA Today. (Photo) She followed up with this tweet: ´do not expect to hear anything more from me. Its a waste of time to oppose fascists here. bye!´ And
Washington — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.Exactly how much Mr. Papadopoulos said that night at the Kensington Wine Rooms with the Australian, Alexander Downer, is unclear. But two months
The most important lesson from Judge Roy Moore´s U.S. Senate loss to Doug Jones in Alabama is that the reliable red state is dead. (snip) There are no more reliably red states. I believed this before Alabama; if the red state wasn´t dead before Alabama, it was on life support. There are only blue and pur-blue states. The mostly coastal blue states are unequivocally majority-Democrat. What, then, turns a pur-blue state red? The answer is so simple that it´s often overlooked: turnout, turnout, turnout
The Trump administration announced on Friday it will not be sending military aid totaling $255 million to Pakistan. The monetary aid was denied to the Pakistan government in response to its ineffective action against terrorists and militants on its soil. The Hindustan Times reported: The Trump administration on Friday announced the United States will deny Pakistan military aid amounting to $255 million as it expects Islamabad to take decisive action “against terrorists and militants on its soil”. “The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in FY 2016 in Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time,”
(New York) The Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner has died, after a week in hospital following a heart attack. She was 27. Garner was the daughter of Eric Garner, a man who died in a police chokehold in New York in 2014. Among tributes, Senator Bernie Sanders said that although Garner “didn’t ask to be an activist, she responded to the personal tragedy of seeing her father die … by becoming a leading proponent for criminal justice reform and for an end to police brutality”. Announcing Garner’s death in New York on Saturday morning, the Rev Al Sharpton said she was “a warrior to the end” and said “her heart was
My big fat shoplifting spree. Actress Lainie Kazan, who played Maria Portokalos in the 2002 film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," was reportedly a known shoplifter in the supermarket where she was arrested on Christmas Eve, TMZ reports. Kazan, 77, was arrested after she walked out of Gelson´s supermarket in San Fernando Valley on Dec. 24with $180 of unpaid groceries, according to reports. Employees of the store told TMZ that Kazan would often pull the same trick by filling up her basket, walking toward the checkout line and then make a quick exit as other shoppers were leaving the store.
At least five emails determined to be classified were found among 2,800 documents stored on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, whose then-wife Huma Abedin was deputy chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The State Department released hundreds of pages of materials Friday afternoon, including a total of eight pages classified at the ´confidential level,´ the third most sensitive level the U.S. government uses. The emails date from 2010, 2011 and 2012 and concern discussions with Middle East leaders including some from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Large portions, including entire pages,
Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera and his wife have moved into their new $2.8 million mansion in Ohio. The host has officially ditched his native New York City and is now settling down in his wife Erica Levy´s hometown in Cleveland. According to the listing on Zillow, the stately mansion sits on ´one of the truly iconic estates in Shaker Heights´. (Snip) According to Variety, Rivera and his wife had sold three of their residences located in Edgewater, New Jersey, by the end of 2016. Their new Ohio home was purchased this past summer and around the same time, they sold their apartment
Attendees at the Valero Alamo Bowl booed the Stanford University Band during its halftime performance after the bandsmen mocked the border wall, Whataburger, and all things Texan. The performance came during the California university’s bowl game versus Texas Christian University (TCU). TCU responded by defeating the Stanford Cardinals. The Stanford marching band, known for satirical halftime performances, poked fun at Texan’s state pride, the border wall proposed by President Donald Trump, horned frogs (the TCU mascot), and Whataburger (the iconic Texas hamburger chain), KSAT reported. Audience members booed