Singapore-based Broadcom said Wednesday it was abandoning efforts to take over US smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm, two days after its bid was blocked by President Donald Trump over national security concerns. “Although we are disappointed with this outcome, Broadcom will comply” with the order blocking its effort to buy Qualcomm, it said in a statement. Broadcom said… (more…)

Broadcom withdraws Qualcomm offer after Trump blocks bid

Singapore-based Broadcom said Wednesday it was abandoning efforts to take over US smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm, two days after its bid was blocked by President Donald Trump over national security concerns. “Although we are disappointed with this outcome, Broadcom will comply” with the order blocking its effort to buy Qualcomm, it said in a statement. Broadcom said… Read more

Tillerson’s Firing Worries Some Africa Experts

The State Department had billed Secretary Rex Tillerson’s first diplomatic trip to Africa as a mission to reaffirm U.S. collaboration with the continent on counterterrorism, development and good governance. Tillerson’s abrupt dismissal Tuesday, just hours after returning from his weeklong tour of five countries, raises questions about the strength of any commitments he made there, several… Read more

Eminem redirects rage from Donald Trump to NRA: ‘They love their guns more than our children’

Aging rapper Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers, has a new target of disdain: the National Rifle Association. The entertainer who served two years probation for carrying a concealed weapon – and who settled a civil lawsuit out of court after he was accused of pistol-whipping a man in June 2000 – says the NRA is responsible for… Read more

Trump notches worst deficit since Great Recession

The federal fiscal picture took a giant step backward in February, notching a one-month deficit of more than $200 billion – the sort of numbers posted during the worst days of the Obama administration. Treasury Department numbers released Monday showed the government spent $370.9 billion last month, but collected just $155.6 billion in revenue, leaving a… Read more

Oscars’ TV audience dropped � maybe to an all-time low, early ratings show

LOS ANGELES — The early ratings for ABC’s telecast of the 90th Oscars are down from last year and may be an all-time audience low. The broadcast, which lasted nearly four hours, averaged a 18.9 rating in the 56 overnight markets measured by Nielsen. That was down 16 percent from last year’s comparable figure, a 22.4… Read more

‘America’s Pastor’: Evangelist Billy Graham dead at 99

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Billy Graham, the dynamic Charlotte-born evangelist whose pioneering talent for combining old-time religion and modern media brought him a worldwide flock and greater fame than any other religious figure in American history, died Wednesday. Growing up on a dairy farm near what is now Park Road Shopping Center, Graham’s first idea of heaven… Read more

Students to Boycott Schools Until Congress Acts on Guns

In response to Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida, high school students and teachers across the country are planning walkouts this spring to push Congress to act on guns. On Twitter, students used the hashtags #NationalSchoolWalkout, #April20 and #April20Walkout to plan mass boycotts on the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, as… Read more

Jared Kushner Company Investors Subpoenaed, Report Says

U.S. tax authorities have reportedly subpoenaed investors and lenders in real estate projects managed by the family of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. Related: Jared Kushner’s Debt Soared By Millions Since Entering White House, Ivanka Trump Financial Disclosure Reveals The Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice issued the subpoenas in the last year and… Read more

Paul Ryan Deletes Tweet After Backlash

Social media users are blasting Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Twitter after he boasted about the GOP tax bill by sharing a story of a Pennsylvania teacher seeing a pay increase of a little over a dollar a week. “A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised… Read more

‘Jared Kushner Act’ Would Ban Unpaid Rent Arrests

Jared Kushner’s name could rise to a new level of infamy. A Maryland lawmaker has introduced the “Jared Kushner Act,” a bill that would bar judges in the state from issuing civil arrest warrants for tenants being sued for less than $5,000 in unpaid rent, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday. The bill named comes five months… Read more

Murphy reverses Christie’s move to let more people carry guns in N.J.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced his administration is reversing a move made by his predecessor, Chris Christie, that made it easier for New Jerseyans to obtain a permit to carry a gun. “New Jersey cannot and must not become part of the race to the bottom that we’re seeing across the country,” Murphy, a Democrat,… Read more

Christie, now an ex-governor, sent to the back of the line at Newark airport

The late Gov. Brendan Byrne used to joke that he knew he was no longer governor when he “would jump in the back seat of a car and it wouldn’t move.” On Thursday, it was former Gov. Chris Christie’s chance to learn that similar rules apply for air travel. Two days after leaving office, the now-former… Read more

Trump Has Sold Millions In Real Estate To Secret Buyers

Even after taking office, President Donald Trump sold more than $35 million worth of real estate last year to secretive buyers. Trump sold 41 luxury condo units in Las Vegas last year to people who used limited liability companies (LLCs), which allow them to hide their identities, a USA Today review found. The president can withdraw… Read more

Michael Wolff, ‘Fire and Fury’ author, admits: Not all in Trump book true

Well, well, well, turns out even Michael Wolff, author of the “Fire and Fury” book that has sparked such national discussion about the Donald Trump White House, admits that not everything he wrote is true. In his prologue, Wolff writes, as Business Insider noted: “Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White… Read more

Why are huge numbers of Americans preparing for doomsday?

FORT WORTH, Texas — It’s always good advice to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. And Americans apparently are embracing the sentiment behind that old saying — big time. Two-thirds of Americans (65.5 percent) have stockpiled materials to survive a natural or political disaster. That’s among the findings of a survey released last… Read more

Meryl Streep says scrutiny over her Weinstein silence should be turned on Melania Trump

Actress Meryl Streep says curiosity over her silence regarding disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein should be directed at other women: First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump. The New York Times interviewed actor Tom Hanks and Ms. Streep for their upcoming movie “The Post,” but the conversation soon turned to Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandals and the… Read more

Trump economy: False predictions from the left

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Since the day Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen by some 35 percent, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs in history. Some $6 trillion of wealth has been created for Americans – which is very good news for the 55… Read more

The Billion-Dollar Loophole

The idea seems like the perfect marriage of environmentalism and capitalism: Landowners give up their right to develop a piece of property, and in exchange they receive a special tax deduction. Nature is preserved and everybody benefits. That’s traditionally how what are known as “conservation easements” worked. In California’s Napa Valley, for example, a former biology… Read more

Why justice is more important than the rule of law

By Klaus Mladek, Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College. Special Counsel Robert Mueller. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File The 2017 Stress in America survey has confirmed it: Americans are officially freaking out. The survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, reports that what keeps many Americans up at night is genuine political anxiety.… Read more

White House Most Corrupt Governmental Institution: Poll

In the year since Donald Trump was elected president on a promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington’s corruption, Americans have become more, not less, convinced that Washington is corrupt, and that the White House is the most corrupt institution in U.S. government. A new public opinion poll conducted over the last two months found that… Read more

Some Republicans—Still—Think Obama Was Born in Kenya

If you thought birtherism was over, you thought wrong. Survey results released by YouGov Friday show that 51 percent of Republicans said they think former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, compared to just 14 percent of Democrats. Perhaps unsurprisingly, respondents who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election were especially convinced of Obama’s… Read more

U.N. Official Shocked at Poverty In Rural Alabama

A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world. “I think it’s very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I’d have… Read more

Is Donald Trump Ending American Democracy?

Disagreement between Republicans and Democrats on the Trump administration’s tax policy is a given. But President Donald Trump’s attacks on the pillars of U.S. democracy is something every American should fight, says Brian Klass, an academic who studies authoritarian regimes. “I don’t mind that people agree or disagree on tax policy, health care, foreign affairs,” Klass,… Read more

Under Trump, Rich People Run to Florida to Dodge Taxes

The Republican tax plan has America’s one percent worried about facing steeper levies on their income, and fat cats in the Northeast may have found a solution: Flee to Florida. The Sunshine State, which has no state income tax and business-friendly revenue codes, is eager to take them. The Miami Downtown Development Authority is throwing a… Read more

Three People Own Half the US, While One In Five Has Nil

This article first appeared on Jeff Bezos recently became the richest person on earth. Bezos, head of the online retail behemoth Amazon, saw his wealth jump by $10 billion in just the past month to now more than $90 billion. That’s a stunning leap. But what’s truly stunning is that Bezos and the next two… Read more

Overseas students turning away from US universities

Report points to uncertainty and competition as China stays top WASHINGTON – Universities are becoming less attractive to overseas students, according to a report released on Monday, adding to the financial woes of many less prestigious schools. The annual report by the Institute of International Education showed that newly enrolled international students in 2016 dropped by… Read more

Trump’s Ability to Go Nuclear Has Congress Scared

It would take just five minutes from the time President Donald Trump ordered the launch of nuclear weapons—perhaps after being provoked by the latest insult from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—for them to be fired. That alarming scenario involving a president who has shown a thin skin and a propensity for rash decisions has prompted… Read more

U.S. Risks ‘Coup’ Over Mueller, Republicans Warn

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign assisted Russia in its effort to interfere in the 2016 election amounts to an attempt to overthrow the government, Republicans have argued. “We are at risk of a coup d’etat in this country if we allow an unaccountable person, with no oversight, to undermine the duly-elected… Read more

Jared Kushner linked to man named in ‘Paradise Papers’

One of Russia’s leading tech financiers, an associate of White House aide Jared Kushner, funneled Kremlin investments to Facebook and Twitter, according to the so-called “Paradise Papers” leak of millions of sensitive documents exposing the murky world of offshore tax havens. The revelation adds fresh fuel to congressional probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential… Read more

US, Chinese firms sign $9bn in deals during Trump visit

US and Chinese companies signed nearly 20 deals worth a total $9 billion on Wednesday at the start of President Donald Trump’s state visit to Beijing. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang oversaw a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People but they did not immediately give details about… Read more

Trump Panics On Twitter Ahead Of Mueller Indictment

The indictments are coming — and the president seems to be panicking. President Donald Trump on Sunday accused Democrats and federal investigators of conspiring against his agenda as the clock ticked on the first indictment from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which is expected Monday. Trump, in his first tweets about Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe since news broke… Read more

Twitter’s Stock Rose After Q3 Statement, Off-Boarding Advertising Announcement

Just hours after Twitter saw more than a 10 percent bump in its stock price Thursday morning the company announced a new policy on Russian advertising on the social media platform. The announcement comes after investigations the company has been conducting around 2016 Presidential Election interference on the site. Twitter’s stock jumped after the company released… Read more

ICE Seeks 5 More Detention Centers As Arrests Increase

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is eyeing locations for five new detention centers near four major cities that could house thousands of detainees, at a time when immigration arrests are up. In a post to the federal contracting website, ICE and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, requested information to identify “multiple… Read more

Trump administration to offer 76M acres for offshore drilling, largest lease sale in U.S. history

The Trump administration is putting more than 76 million acres of federal water up for lease in the largest offshore drilling initiative in American history. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the massive lease sale, slated for March 2018, on Tuesday morning, and said the move is a key component of the administration’s effort to tap U.S.… Read more

White Nationalists Pose Threat to America, Say Troops

White nationalists like those that marched in Charlottesville in August pose a greater danger to America’s national security than conflicts in which the U.S. is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, say U.S. troops. In a new poll of 1,131 active-duty soldiers conducted by The Military Times after the August “Unite the Right” rally… Read more

Trump’s inaction on climate change carries a big price tag, federal report finds

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s reluctance to confront climate change threatens to create a massive burden on taxpayers, as a lack of planning by federal agencies leaves the government ill-equipped to deal with the fallout from rising temperatures, according to independent congressional investigators. The report released Tuesday from the Government Accountability Office presents a bleak picture… Read more

Hustler publisher offers $10 million for dirt on Trump

Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered $10 million Sunday for dirt to help remove from office US President Donald Trump, in a full page ad in the Washington Post. “I do not expect any of Trump’s billionaire cronies to rat him out, but I am confident that there are many people in the know for whom… Read more

NFL player says he will “be done with football” if required to stand for national anthem

As much as the higher-ups in the NFL want it to go away, it doesn’t look like the issue of players standing or kneeling during the national anthem will go away anytime soon. In fact, one player feels so strong about what his protest stands for that he’d be willing to leave the league. Tennessee Titans’… Read more

Las Vegas Casinos Lobbied For Insurance

Federal officials, gaming operators and security experts were repeatedly warned about Las Vegas casinos’ vulnerability to a mass shooting in the years leading up to Sunday’s massacre, according to documents reviewed by International Business Times. A major insurance company mapped out the potential for such a disaster; a terrorist-linked publication cited Las Vegas as a likely… Read more

Gun Stock Shares Skyrocket After Las Vegas Shooting

Another mass shooting and another surger for gun stock prices — a typical pattern for American investors. In the hours after the worst mass shooting in American history in Las Vegas Sunday, shares of American Outdoor Brands, formerly Smith & Wesson, jumped 3.41 percent to $15.77 by just after noon Monday, while Sturm Ruger rose 2.9… Read more

AIG stripped of ‘too big to fail’ label by US regulators

Insurer AIG will no longer face the stricter federal oversight of a “too big to fail” institution following a vote Friday by a panel of top US financial regulators. The Financial Stability Oversight Council voted 6-3 to strip AIG of the designation that its failure could “pose a threat to US financial stability,” according to a… Read more

Trump is dangerous, mental health experts claim in a new book. Are they right?

When pundits and political opponents warn that President Trump “is not mentally equipped” for the office he holds, that he might have “a psychiatric condition unfolding,” or that he could simply be “crazy,” it has little more credibility than the small hands/small [other anatomy] pseudo-medical assertion that the nation was treated to during the Republican primaries… Read more

Trump Says He Won’t Waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump has made it clear his administration isn’t planning to allow any additional outside aid to get into Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, the president cited business interests as the reason for refusing calls from lawmakers and activists to allow international organizations and governments to… Read more

Venezuela Prepares for War With U.S.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro called on his nation’s military leaders Tuesday to prepare for war against the U.S. days after the Trump administration banned Venezuelan officials from entering the nation. “We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace,” said Maduro,… Read more

Trump, Congress have best chance in 30 years to reform the tax code

The following editorial appeared in The Dallas Morning News on Thursday, Sept. 21: ——— It’s been more than 30 years since the United States tax code saw any reform. There is an opportunity for Congress to do that now. We hope they do and in a way that is fair to all taxpayers. The 1986 Tax… Read more

Jane Goodall: Trump Is Like an Aggressive Chimp

Primatologist Jane Goodall has made her name studying chimpanzees for over half a century. So, if anyone can deduce a distinct correlation between a brash chimp and the egoistic hubris of, say, the president of the United States, it’s Goodall. Pre-election, last October, Goodall made a comparison between then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and the primates she… Read more

Study: Unfunded Debt 15 Times Higher in Democratic-Run States

The nation’s Democratic-controlled states have unfunded debt that is 15 times greater than the burden on taxpayers in states under total Republican control, according to a study released Tuesday. The nonprofit group Truth in Accounting published “Financial State of the States,” which analyzes the public finances of all 50 states. The group found that state governments… Read more

Trump Blocks Chinese Takeover of US Computer Chip Company

President Donald Trump has blocked the acquisition of a U.S. computer chip manufacturer by a Chinese company, calling it a threat to national security. The Chinese-owned Canyon Bridge Fund has sought to take over Oregon-based Lattice Semiconductor Corp. The U.S. Treasury Department, acting under Trump’s orders, said Wednesday it is prohibiting the deal. It says the… Read more

GOP, Trump Aides Wary of Mueller Probe: Report Robert Mueller is “going for the kill”

Republicans with close links to the White House increasingly believe that special counsel Robert Mueller is “going for the kill” in his investigation into links between President Donald Trump and Russia, according to a report from Axios Tuesday. Members of the GOP are said to have come to that stark conclusion based on Mueller’s hiring of… Read more

National debt tops $20 trillion for first time

The federal government racked up $318 billion in new debt Friday, putting it over the $20 trillion mark for the first time in U.S. history, according to new Treasury Department numbers. The total outstanding federal public debt now stands at $20.162 trillion. The spike came after Congress on Friday approved a new debt holiday, allowing the… Read more

YouTubers Ethan and Hila Klein win fair-use lawsuit

Popular YouTubers Ethan and Hila Klein won a lawsuit filed by another YouTuber they parodied, potentially setting a legal precedent for the right to fair use in video criticisms. The Kleins, who work under the name h3h3Productions, were sued for copyright infringement and misrepresentations in their counter-takedown notice in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act… Read more

Illinois law protects consumers who post negative reviews online

CHICAGO — Consumers who post negative reviews on websites like Yelp have new protections under Illinois law. A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Bruce Rauner prohibits businesses from including or enforcing non-disparagement clauses in contracts for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services. Such so-called “gag” clauses are meant to dissuade… Read more

Swing State Voters Grow Impatient for Manufacturing Jobs

Voters in three key swing states that President Donald Trump flipped from blue to red last year are growing impatient for him to deliver on his promise to reverse a long slide in manufacturing jobs. On the campaign trail, Trump often promised that manufacturing jobs would come “pouring back” into the United States. But a Marist… Read more

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

By Nadia Rubaii, Co-Director, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Binghamton University, State University of New York and Max Pensky, Co-Director, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York. Protesters with opposing views face off at a ‘Free Speech’… Read more

US business economists fret over Trump policy agenda

US business economists worry about the prospects for President Donald Trump’s policy agenda, and the potential damage to the economy from his trade and immigration policies, according to a survey released on Monday. The survey findings add to Trump’s accelerating alienation with the business community. CEOs fled his advisory councils last week to distance themselves from… Read more

Is Trump Mentally Ill? A Democrat Lawmaker Thinks so

Hurling accusations of mental illness at opponents is nothing new in politics. But on Friday, Representative Zoe Lofgren went a step further, tabling a resolution for President Donald Trump to undergo a medical and psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is fit to hold office. The San Jose Democrat said in Congress that the results of… Read more

Understanding what ‘Whistleblower RICO’ is

WASHINGTON, August 290, 2017 – People always say that we need to do more to protect whistleblowers from retaliation but the laws which protect whistleblowers from retaliation are toothless. For this reason, I have come up with the whistleblower RICO, a law which will impose criminal penalties and jail time for anyone who engages against a… Read more

Trump makes false claims about US nuclear arsenal

WASHINGTON — Hours after warning North Korea that it will meet “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if its leader, Kim Jong Un, continued to provoke the United States, President Donald Trump said the U.S. nuclear arsenal is “stronger than ever before.” “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our… Read more

Has Big Pharma Made America A Country of Drug Addicts?

Our country’s crippling opioid epidemic has an entire nation searching for answers. Who is fueling the worsening opioid crisis, and what can be done? Just last week, President Trump convened a major briefing on this very question. Recently, an unlikely force emerged in response to these questions. Shareholders of McKesson Corporation, the country’s largest prescription drug… Read more

How AI Could Turn Social Media Into Stock Market Gold

Can robots trawl social media for stock market insights? Subjective chatter analysis is a tricky business. But the entrepreneurs behind the New York startup Accern believe using artificial intelligence to analyze Twitter and Tumblr can turn stock investments into a lot more money. It’s not Accern’s focus on AI that makes it unique. According to Mckinsey… Read more

The Health Insurance Industry Has A Candidate For Governor

As health insurance premiums inexorably rise and Democratic voters increasingly warm to the idea of government-sponsored health care, private insurers have funneled big money to political groups, helping ward off state single-payer proposals. Now in one of the highest-profile races of 2018, the industry appears to be taking the next step: running one of its own… Read more

Time for the US and China to rethink perspectives on jobs and technology

Robots attract visitors at an industry expo in Beijing. CHEN XIAOGEN / FOR CHINA DAILY Technology and jobs, whither goest thou? Whether in China or the United States, it is time to pause and assess the very real impact of technology’s advances on those who will lose their jobs today as the so-called “jobs of tomorrow”… Read more

Dow Jones Closes Above 22,000 — a 6th-straight Record High

The Dow Jones Industrial Average set a sixth-straight record Wednesday, closing above 22,000 for the first time, but experts point out that whatever goes up must always come down. The Dow closed up a fraction at 22,016. Healthy earnings reports from computer technology giant Apple, the world’s largest publicly traded company, and airplane manufacturer Boeing were… Read more

Cal State will no longer require placement exams and remedial classes for freshmen

LOS ANGELES — California State plans to drop placement exams in math and English as well as the noncredit remedial courses that more than 25,000 freshmen have been required to take each fall — a radical move away from the way public universities traditionally support students who come to college less prepared than their peers. In… Read more

Fire Hannity Effort Intensifies

Efforts to get Fox News to fire commentator Sean Hannity have intensified in recent days, amid allegations that the network collaborated with the White House in promulgating a conspiracy theory that sought to cast blame on Democratic operatives for the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, who was killed while walking home from… Read more

Al Gore’s Nashville estate expends 21 times more energy a year than typical U.S. home, study says

Former Vice President Al Gore’s 10,070-square-foot estate near Nashville, Tennessee, expended more than 21 times more energy than the average U.S. household over the past year, according to a new report. A report by the National Center for Public Policy Research – self-described as a nonpartisan, independent conservative think tank – said that according to data… Read more

Many US scientists answer France’s call to come ‘make our planet great again’

The rap on Washington and the Trump administration these days is that nothing is getting done. Well, tell that to anyone concerned about the climate crisis. Sure, most of President Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives have gone nowhere in Congress. But Trump is delivering big time on his promises to gut the federal government’s efforts to fight… Read more

Trump Hates Leaks, Some Federal Whistleblowers Love Him

Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci’s meltdown Wednesday night over the surreptitious release of his public financial disclosure form was hardly the first time the Trump White House has gone ballistic about “leakers.” President Trump himself has set the tone, repeatedly complaining publicly and privately about White House leaks to the press, threatening to punish them with unspecified… Read more

Details Emerge Of Ivanka, Jared Kushner Assets

New financial disclosure documents were released Friday evening that revealed the business holdings and investments from first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to President Trump. Kushner’s disclosure document is an update from his first government ethics filing released four months ago. It reveals 77 new assets that… Read more

Trump Son-in-Law Expected on Capitol Hill for Russia Testimony

The probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election crosses into new territory this week as congressional committees seek information from two of Donald Trump’s family members, including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is expected to make the first of two appearances on Capitol Hill Monday. A man often seen but rarely heard, Kushner is… Read more

Donald Trump just made a smart foreign policy decision, but the media won’t tell you about it honestly because Russia

“Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels, a move sought by Moscow,” read the headline late Wednesday at the Washington Post. The Post reported, “President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according… Read more

First bicycle tax in nation leaves bike-crazy Oregon riders deflated

In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state legislature’s approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200… Read more

Joan Walsh slams Ivanka Trump’s ‘girlie’ G-20 attire: ‘Not a dress that’s made for work’

MSNBC political analyst and self-described liberal feminist Joan Walsh slammed Ivanka Trump’s dress choice when she briefly sat in for President Trump at the G-20 summit in Germany, suggesting that the “incredibly ornamental” pink dress signaled the unserious role women will play in the Trump administration. Ms. Trump, an unpaid adviser to her father, caused backlash… Read more

US.Consumers Looking Forward To Paying With Facial Recognition, Voice Control

Cash is getting less attention and people are looking forward to paying companies with mobile apps and other technologies instead, according to a new survey by online invoicing and payment firm Viewpost, which surveyed 1,000 U.S consumers for its analysis. Read: PayPal Invests In LendUp, Startup Offering Loans To People Banks Deem Too Risky More than… Read more

CNN’s Kirsten Powers: ‘People do not have a right to stay anonymous’

CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers declared Thursday that private citizens do not have a “right” to remain anonymous so they can spew “racist, misogynist, homophobic garbage.” Ms. Powers fired off a series of tweets Thursday defending her network’s decision to threaten to expose the anonymous Reddit user behind the now-famous President Trump-CNN wrestling meme. “People do… Read more

Impeachment of Donald Trump clamor by left is a fantasy

Do you remember “Iraqgate”? If so, you’re probably among the few. For the rest of us, Iraqgate was the media term for an investigation into whether U.S. agricultural loans and technology were funneled to Saddam Hussein to purchase weapons (eventually used against U.S. troops) and whether George H.W. Bush and his administration tried to cover it… Read more

There is HOPE… More People Trust CNN Than Trump, Poll Shows

Donald Trump may not be winning hearts and minds in his ongoing war with the media, with a recent poll showing more people trust CNN than the president. Trump openly despises CNN and often refers to the network-and many others-as ‘fake news,’ but the majority of people questioned in a poll by Survey Monkey trust information… Read more

Delaware Lawmakers Say Blockchain Can Manage Stock Records

Delaware legislators passed a historic bill that explicitly legalizes the right to track stocks on a blockchain, according to Coindesk. This new amendment is a part of a broader series of legal updates for capital markets, clarifying different types of corporate records on blockchain networks. Coindesk reports that legal experts expect Delaware governor John Carney will… Read more

DOJ’s Corporate Crime Watchdog Resigns, Slamming Trump’s Conduct

One of the Justice Department’s top corporate crime watchdogs has resigned, declaring that she cannot enforce ethics laws against companies while, she asserts, her own bosses in the Trump administration have been engaging in conduct that she said she would never tolerate in corporations. Hui Chen — a former Pfizer and Microsoft lawyer who also was… Read more

?MSNBC, ?CNN, ?Fox News Make Millions ?Off President

Throughout his campaign and first six months of his administration, President Donald Trump has waged a war with the mainstream press such as CNN, The New York Times and many other outlets. He’s called them biased, “failing” or outright liars, and in almost any other world it would seem such an attack from the president could… Read more

Texas man buys a billboard to deliver a Texas-sized message about Donald Trump and the media

Billboard seen in Texas! — Cari Kelemen (@KelemenCari) June 22, 2017 A man from Boerne, Texas bought a billboard to announce his “breakup” with ABC News over its Russia coverage and to proudly declare “The Russians didn’t elect Donald Trump. I did.” In full, the billboard reads: ABC News: I grew up with you. We… Read more

Jeff Bezos Just $5 Billion Away From Being World’s Richest

Bill Gates, the richest person in the world, may soon lose the top spot in the list of billionaires. Jeff Bezos, the founder of is merely $5 billion away from becoming the richest person. After Amazon announced it was buying Whole Foods, the surge in Amazon stock added $1.8 billion to his net worth, taking… Read more

Tech Titans Gather at White House to Modernize Government

A slew of high tech heavyweights, some of whom have criticized President Donald Trump’s policies, huddled at the White House Monday as the administration kicked off its “technology week.” The chief executive officers of companies ranging from Amazon (the world’s largest internet company by revenue) to cloud computing giant VMware, held meetings with White House and… Read more

Trump Owes Millions To Banks Lobbying The Government

Financial disclosure documents released Friday by the Office of Government Ethics shed new light on President Trump’s finances, even as he refuses to release his tax returns. The documents show that Trump owes hundreds of millions of dollars to major financial institutions — some with business before Trump’s administration. According to section 8 of the disclosure… Read more

Trump’s Businesses Have A History Of Money-Laundering Charges

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller, appointed to lead the probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is reportedly examining whether or not President Donald Trump’s associates violated money laundering laws. That scrutiny is hardly unfamiliar to Trump, as his business empire has been repeatedly sanctioned for violating those statutes. He even at one point… Read more

Number Of Foreign Travelers Coming To US Declines By 16%, Study Says

So what has been the impact of President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric and his administration’s latest controversies on foreign travelers? If we go by a recent study, we will find there has been a decline in the number of foreign travelers visiting the U.S. in the recent months. Amid the current administration’s shakeups and debates over… Read more

House votes along party lines to repeal key Dodd-Frank financial reforms

WASHINGTON — The House voted along party lines Thursday to repeal many of the stricter regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis, taking the first step in a long-held Republican desire to roll back landmark rules they complain are hurting banks, restricting consumer credit and slowing economic growth. The legislation, which faces major hurdles in the… Read more

Will Trump and the FCC heal or worsen America’s digital divide?

Will Trump and the FCC heal or worsen America’s digital divide? By Gregory Porumbescu, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University Newark . Some Americans have fast internet, but many still lag behind – especially in rural areas. BlueRingMedia via Many of the Trump administration’s spending priorities seem to be dramatically different […]

US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Deal Disappoints Many Businesses

President Donald Trump is moving the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, signed by nearly 200 other nations. Trump said Thursday that the Paris agreement hurts U.S. economic growth, costs millions of American jobs and puts U.S. firms at a disadvantage. However, his decision contrasted with the views of hundreds of American business leaders… Read more

Interior Secretary Orders More Alaskan Oil Drilling

With all eyes on President Trump’s announcement to (likely) withdrawal from the Paris Climate accord, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has signed an order to “jump start Alaskan energy”—meaning, in this case, to drill for more oil. The order pertains to two places: the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A), the largest block of federally managed land… Read more

A Drug Quintupled in Price. Now, Drug Industry Players Are Feuding Over the Windfall.

This article is a collaboration between ProPublica and The New York Times. A company that manages prescription drug plans for tens of millions of Americans has sued a tiny drug maker that makes an emergency treatment for heroin and painkiller overdoses, increasing the tension between the companies that make drugs and those that decide whether they… Read more

Ohio Sues Drug Makers it Accuses of Fueling Opioid Crisis

The U.S. state of Ohio filed a lawsuit Wednesday against five prescription drug manufacturers, saying they used deceptive practices that fueled an opioid addiction epidemic. “These drug manufacturers led prescribers to believe that opioids were not addictive, that addiction was an easy thing to overcome, or that addiction could actually be treated by taking even more… Read more

A Few Foreign Firms Are Winning Major Bids For American Infrastructure Projects

President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, titled “A New Foundation For American Greatness,” includes plans to follow through on his campaign promise to boost spending on infrastructure substantially. But it also likely will serve as a foundation for some foreign greatness as well, given the prominent roles of just a handful of overseas multinationals in… Read more

Jenice Armstrong: Griffin’s photo of Trump was offensive, tasteless

Regardless of what you think of President Trump’s politics, Kathy Griffin’s crazy-for-clicks stunt is just plain wrong. It’s offensive. It’s horrific. It’s morbid. It’s grotesque. What part of that wacky, out-of-touch brain of hers would make Griffin think that posing with a fake head of the president covered in mock blood was OK? The president’s son… Read more

How Donald Trump Is Ruining America’s Reputation Around The World

U.S. News and World Report recently published its annual “Best Countries” ranking, based on how thousands of people around the world perceive other nations. Switzerland topped the 80-country ranking, followed by Canada and the United Kingdom. One big surprise was that the United States fell three spots, from fourth to seventh. The U.S. received poor marks… Read more

Special forces are getting a stealth motorcycle that’s silent and deadly

Here comes the dirt bike, beware of the dirt bike. The Silent Hawk can also run on jet fuel. Logos Technologies A dirt bike is a tool for getting a person to a place they shouldn’t be. Lightweight, made for rough terrain, and fast, motorcycles allow special forces to slip through woods, navigate narrow canyons, sneak… Read more

Here’s N.J. lawmaker’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana after Christie leaves

TRENTON — A state lawmaker introduced legislation on Monday that would legalize marijuana in New Jersey, saying he was laying the groundwork to pass a new law almost as soon as Gov. Chris Christie leaves office. Sen. Nicholas Scutari’s bill would make New Jersey one of a small but growing number of states where marijuana is… Read more

How Does Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Make Money?

How Does Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Make Money? This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) is a truly massive operation with a $400 billion market cap. At its core, Berkshire Hathaway is an insurer that throws off a lot of cash. And while we’re big fans of the […]

Mnuchin Says G-7 Nations More Comfortable With New US Economic Approach

Mnuchin Says G-7 Nations More Comfortable With New US Economic Approach U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday after meeting with officials from the world’s other industrialized democracies that he thought they were more at ease with Donald Trump’s economic policies. “People are more comfortable today, now that they’ve had the opportunity to spend time […]