Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross easily won confirmation as U.S. commerce secretary on Monday, clearing President Donald Trump’s top trade official to start work on renegotiating trade relationships with China and Mexico.
The U.S. Senate voted 72-27 to confirm the 79-year-old corporate turnaround expert’s nomination, with strong support from Democrats.—More…
The Associated Press is reporting that the Trump Administration will be ending the federal government’s opposition to Texas’ photo voter identification law.
An attorney for a plaintiff organization said that the Trump administration told her that the federal government has no plan to challenge the Texas voter photo ID law, reported the AP. A representative of the Campaign Legal Center said on Monday that the plaintiffs challenging the voting law were told by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that it will be filing legal documents to drop its opposition to the law. Danielle Lang of the Washington-based group was reported to call the move an “extraordinary disappointment.”—More…
In the tiny Arizona city of Douglas, a Border Patrol surveillance camera is trained on a 10-foot-high fence with Mexico. After a few seconds, footage shows a figure appearing out of nowhere and the fence suddenly opens to allow a pickup truck through. A car follows, and they speed off into adjoining neighborhoods while the makeshift gate slams shut.
The Wild West still has a foothold here, more than 100 years after gunslingers Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday called Douglas home. Only the outlaws are cartels and traffickers.—More…
In 1996, the IRS began issuing a new type of tax identification number, the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). ITINs are assigned to U.S. taxpayers, predominately illegal aliens and their dependents, who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security number. The primary purpose of ITIN’s was to capture the previously untapped source of new federal tax revenue from undocumented workers.
I spoke to the Southern California Junior State of America, or JSA, winter congress this weekend – to a group of about 860 high-schoolers, supposedly 60 to 70 percent liberal.
I’ve never seen a better-looking group of young people: The boys wore suits and ties, and the girls wore dresses and heels. (Some wore pantsuits.)
My talk followed a liberal California state assemblyman’s speech. I was scheduled for an hour, consisting of a 25- to 45-minute speech followed by Q&A – but I was thrown out before the 25-minute mark.
All through this past presidential election, Hillary Clinton strutted up and down the public street with her little tin drum boasting how she would be ‘THE Woman’ who would break the big glass ceiling of politics by becoming the first female to sit in the Oval Office. She even went so far as to rent the massive, glass Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for that symbolic moment when she captured the electoral college. The ominous harbinger of defeat reared its ugly head when her campaign suddenly cancelled its purchase of a massive, celebratory fireworks display, (President-Elect Trump’s supporters later joked that the astute businessman scooped it up for ten cents on the dollar for his Inaugural Concert!). The election battle raged on into the night, but in the early hours of the morning of November 9th, it became apparent that her hopes were dashed. Hillary’s touted glass ceiling came crashing down around her, smashed by a woman who did not even run for president, but succeeded beyond all measure in her profession, and went mostly unreported by the liberally-biased mainstream media.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On January 29, Iran conducted its tenth ballistic missile test since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the July 2015 landmark nuclear deal.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rebuffed accusations that the launches were a violation and declared that Iran would “never depend on the permission of anyone else for their self-defense.”
They failed to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, which they said posed particular environmental hazards. They failed to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, which they say represents an adulteration of sacred Indian grounds. OK. Whether you agree with their objections to either pipeline (and I don’t), at least they offered some specific rationale for why they were opposed.
It’s not as if they’re just going to mindlessly oppose every pipeline anyone ever proposes, because that would be nothing more than knee-jerk opposition to energy-related infrastructure driven by reflexive opposition to fossil fuels. You do that, no one is going to take you seriously anymore because they’ll know you just hate oil and you’ll concoctt some sort of rationale to oppose everything that facilitates its use. Right. Good thing they’re not going to do that.
Many years and a few lifetimes ago, I received Presidential appointments to serve in the federal government. It was an experience I will never forget and I was honored to serve.
It was an eye-opening experience in how our Washington government actually works, or doesn’t work as the case may be.
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