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President Donald Trump DECLARES National Emergency and Signs Funding Bill

Feb 15, 2019 — News on the Net

Congressional Border Deal: $5.3 Billion to Israel, Ukraine, Jordan …But Only $1.37 Billion for

Feb 15, 2019 — News on the Net

Congressional negotiators announced on Monday night they have a border wall funding agreement they believe President Trump will sign into law.

The agreement was announced by a group of lawmakers led by Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill.—More…

Governments urged to stockpile antibiotics for a future flu pandemic

Feb 15, 2019 — News on the Net

Stockpiling antibiotics to use in the event of a pandemic influenza outbreak could save billions of pounds worldwide, according to a new analysis.

In the first study to model the financial value of holding antibiotics back to use in a global flu outbreak, researchers have found that an effective drug would save the world between $3 and $4 billion (£2.3 to £3.1 billion). The official report into the 2009 swine flu epidemic found that it cost the UK alone £1.24 billion. —More…

Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

Feb 15, 2019 — News on the Net

Washington D.C., Feb 14, 2019 / 12:45 pm (CNA).- William Barr was confirmed as United States attorney general on Thursday by a 54-45 vote in the Senate.

Barr, a practicing Catholic, previously served as attorney general under President George H. W. Bush from November of 1991 until January of 1993. He has since been employed in private legal practice.—More…

Lawsuit means Chicago Obama center plan no sure thing; judge says he will rule on legal challenge in

Feb 14, 2019 — News on the Net

Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks advocacy group.

U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey is hearing arguments Thursday in Chicago on a key motion by city attorneys to toss a lawsuit by Protect Our Parks that aims to halt the Obama Presidential Center from ever being built in the selected location.—More….

McCabe says he ordered the obstruction of justice probe of President Trump

Feb 14, 2019 — News on the Net

Soon after speaking to President Trump about the firing of his boss James Comey, Andrew McCabe, who became the bureau’s acting director, began obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the president and his ties to Russia. In his first television interview since his own firing, McCabe tells 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley he wanted those inquiries to be documented and underway so they would be difficult to quash without raising scrutiny.

“I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion,” McCabe tells Pelley in the interview. “That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.”—More…

H.R. 1 Is Nothing But a Power Grab Designed to Elect Democrats

Feb 14, 2019 — News on the Net

House Resolution 1 should really be called the ‘Fill the Swamp Act.’ This crooked piece of legislation would mandate a colossal takeover of the state election process to empower big government liberals and corporate interests. So, of course, Democrats are trying to force it through.

It seems every year that passes more and more power is shifted away from the people and into the hands of a wealthy, elite few in Washington. These politicians and bureaucrats love micromanaging more and more of our everyday lives. From our roads and bridges, our firearms, our relationships with our doctors, our elementary schools, our farms and even our toilets, these freedom and federalism hating politicians cannot help themselves from interfering with Americans’ choices.—More…

Voters Oppose Democrats’ Stance on Abortion

Feb 14, 2019 — News on the Net

An overwhelming majority of Americans support congressional action to protect children born alive through failed abortions and oppose efforts to expand late-term abortions.

A new poll released by Susan B. Anthony List on Wednesday indicated that 77 percent of voters favor legislation mandating that children who survive failed abortions are given the same medical treatment as babies born prematurely. The poll, which surveyed 1,000 likely general election voters between Feb. 6-10, also found 62 percent opposed legislation allowing late-term abortions even up to the point of labor.—More…

Andrew Cuomo Pleads For a Federal Handout and President Trump Tells Him To Frack Right Off

Feb 14, 2019 — News on the Net

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a pilgrimage to the White House to beg President Trump for money. New York State has suddenly noticed a $2.3 billion deficit in its budget. The deficit is the result of a self-inflicted shotgun blast to the feet amplified by new caps on the amount of state and local taxes (called SALT) that are deductible from federal income tax.

Cuomo painfully admitted he would now need to cut the state budget as a result of the loss of wealthy residents. The top 1% of New York’s wage earners supply 46% of the income tax revenue. Target them, and some will seek out tax havens elsewhere. Cuomo, of course, looked to place the blame elsewhere.—More….

Angry Americans Demand DNC Pay Back Money Spent On Russia Collusion Investigation

Feb 14, 2019 — News on the Net

I can certainly appreciate that Americans are angry that their money was spent on this political fiasco, but good luck in getting that money unless you’re going to push for impeaching Democrats that were behind pushing the witch hunt.  Still, in less than 48 hours, nearly 100,000 people have signed a White House petition demanding the Democratic National Committee pay the $25 million it cost for criminal Robert Mueller to conduct a more than two-year investigation into Russian collusion that was premised on a phony, bought-and-paid-for Hillary Clinton dossier.

According to the petition:

The Democratic party has wasted time and the money of the American tax payer to conduct a witch hunt based on a phony dossier bought and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign. As of December 2018 the cost was 25 million dollars. The Democratic party is complicit in this attack on the tax payer. Hillary Clinton should be indicted and if convicted all assets should be seized. All remaining cost for the Russia investigation, all money used to investigate, charge, and imprison Clinton and all of her co-conspirators should be paid by the Democratic National Convention.—More…

It’s true, Trump really did start building more wall in Texas

Feb 13, 2019 — News on the Net

When President Trump said Monday at a campaign rally in El Paso that, “We’ve actually started a big, big portion of the wall today at a very important location, and it’s going to go up pretty quickly over the next nine months,” I assumed it was nonsense he was spreading in hopes that his supporters might not mob him on stage for so far failing to keep the central promise of his campaign.

He similarly said Tuesday at the White House, “We just started a big, big section [of wall] on the Rio Grande.”—More…

Stone Files Motion: Alleges Special Counsel’s Office Released Unsealed Indictment To CNN

Feb 13, 2019 — News on the Net

CNN obtained Roger Stone’s indictment from someone allegedly in the Special Counsel’s office hours before it had been unsealed by the court, thus allowing the news outlet to stage a camera crew outside his home and lie in wait until armed FBI agents arrested him, according to a motion filed by Stone’s lawyers Wednesday morning.

The evidence appears to rest on when the indictment was unsealed by the court.—More…

Manatee school first in nation to have guardians carrying long guns

Feb 13, 2019 — News on the Net

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - A school in the Tampa Bay area is the first in the country to have armed guardians carrying long guns.

Manatee School of the Arts is a charter school in Palmetto. Its board can independently hire and decide what type of weapon they want their guardians to carry.—More…

These volunteers spent 21 years comforting dying veterans, now the VA is evicting them

Feb 13, 2019 — News on the Net

The Veterans Affairs hospital in West Los Angeles is evicting a volunteer group that spent 21 years at the bedsides of dying patients who otherwise would have been alone in their final moments.

The Twilight Brigade is among several veterans service organizations that have been told by the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System they can no longer have offices or meetings on its campuses. The decision comes in the aftermath of an inspector general’s report that criticized the system’s administration for leasing land for a dog park, oil drills, baseball fields and other uses that did not clearly benefit veterans.—More…

Open Letter to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Feb 13, 2019 — News on the Net

Dear President Juncker,

“Are you quite mad?” was the reaction of one well known CEO of a European chemicals company when INEOS publicly announced recently its huge €3 billion petrochemicals expansion in Antwerp in January of this year.  The first of its kind for a generation.

Nobody but nobody in my business seriously invests in Europe.  They haven’t for a generation.  Everyone in my business does however invest in the USA, Middle East or China, or indeed, all three.  The USA is in the middle of a $200 billion spending spree on 333 new chemical plants.  China has spent that sum annually for many years, constructing its own chemical building blocks.

Europe, not so long ago the world leader in chemicals, has seen its market share in the last decade alone collapse from 30% world market share to 15%.  This is an industry that employs over 1 million people in high quality jobs in Europe and five times that in indirect jobs. Worldwide, chemicals is an immense industry, considerably bigger than the automotive sector with revenues approaching $4 trillion.—More…

Trump thanks MSNBC after report Senate panel found no evidence of Russia conspiracy

Feb 13, 2019 — News on the Net

President Trump is expressing gratitude to MSNBC for a new report that may shed light on the findings from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

NBC News reported Tuesday morning that according to both unnamed Republicans and Democrats, the Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that there is no direct evidence of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election after conducting 200 interviews over the course of two years.—MORE…


Ocasio-Cortez retracts erroneous information about Green New Deal backed by 2020 Dem candidates

Feb 12, 2019 — News on the Net

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is pushing for a debate on the substance of her Green New Deal resolution after her staff distributed an erroneous fact sheet regarding the proposal, leading to confusion over a plan supported by many of the Democratic Party’s leading candidates for president.

Ocasio-Cortez’s staff posted online and sent to reporters a list of “frequently asked questions” about the Green New Deal. Those pages included language and policies not included in the resolution itself such as providing economic security to those “unwilling to work” and ruling out nuclear power as part of the solution to the climate crisis.—More…

Senate has uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia

Feb 12, 2019 — News on the Net

WASHINGTON — After two years and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee is approaching the end of its investigation into the 2016 election, having uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to both Democrats and Republicans on the committee.

But investigators disagree along party lines when it comes to the implications of a pattern of contacts they have documented between Trump associates and Russians — contacts that occurred before, during and after Russian intelligence operatives were seeking to help Donald Trump by leaking hacked Democratic emails and attacking his opponent, Hillary Clinton, on social media.—More…

Former Trump lawyer slams Mueller probe, maintains president will be cleared: ‘Knock it off and get

Feb 12, 2019 — News on the Net

The veteran criminal defense attorney who headed President Donald Trump’s legal team during a crucial stretch of the special counsel investigation believes the entire affair will end in silence from special counsel Robert Mueller, and called the massive two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign “a terrible waste of time.”

“I don’t think there’ll be a report,” John Dowd told ABC News in a wide-ranging interview for the premiere episode of “The Investigation,” a new podcast focused on the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller. “I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than ‘We’re done.’”—More…