31 января, 23:03

Florida Congressman Drafts Bill To ‘Completely Abolish’ The EPA

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has drafted a bill to “completely abolish” the Environmental Protection Agency, according to an email obtained by The Huffington Post.   The freshman congressman sent the email on Tuesday morning to lawmakers who might co-sponsor the legislation, which would shutter the EPA by the end of next year. “Our small businesses cannot afford to cover the costs associated with compliance, too often leading to closed doors and unemployed Americans,” Gaetz wrote. “It is time to take back our legislative power from the EPA and abolish it permanently.” The move comes a day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring agencies to eliminate two regulations for every one they propose. Trump won a surprise election victory partly on a pledge to boost the U.S. economy by slashing federal rules for businesses, particularly environmental restrictions. He then named Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a fossil fuel ally who spent much of his recent career suing the EPA, to lead the agency. Last week, the EPA froze its grant programs and issued a gag order instructing its workers not to communicate on official social media accounts or with reporters, as HuffPost previously reported. As it is, Trump could end up gutting the EPA’s budget, cutting $513 million from grants to states and Native American tribes, $193 million from climate programs and $109 million from a category labeled “environment programs and management,” according to a report published last week by the new political news site Axios.   For Gaetz, that wouldn’t go far enough. In his email to lawmakers, he cited a statistic from the American Action Forum, a conservative policy group launched in 2010 by Republican heavyweights, stating that “it would take more than 94,200 employees working full-time to complete one year of EPA paperwork.” “Today, the American people are drowning in rules and regulations promulgated by unelected bureaucrats,” Gaetz said, “and the Environmental Protection Agency has become an extraordinary offender.” Gaetz has a history of opposing environmental regulations. He began fighting to repeal a requirement that all gasoline in Florida contain ethanol when he first took office as a Florida state lawmaker in 2010. When his bill finally passed in 2013, he called it “one more mandate off the books.” Pruitt similarly waged war against biofuels and the EPA’s renewable fuel standard, but dodged questions about his record during his Senate confirmation hearing this month. Gaetz and Pruitt also share a shady past on campaign finance. Gaetz stepped down from two leadership PACs he led three months before the groups donated all their money to his congressional campaign. Two election fundraising groups linked to Pruitt spent lavishly on trips to Hawaii and New Orleans, but channeled a small fraction of their money to other political campaign, as HuffPost reported.  “As conservatives, we must understand that states and local communities are best positioned to responsibly regulate the environmental assets within their jurisdictions,” Gaetz said. “This legislation abolishes the EPA effective December 31, 2018, to allow our state and local government partners to implement responsible policies in the interim.” “I ask for your support in eliminating this abusive and costly agency,” he added, noting that the deadline to co-sponsor was Feb. 3 at noon. President Richard Nixon created the EPA in 1970 by executive order. It’s unclear how much support Gaetz’s bill could garner in the House, and it would require companion legislation in the Senate to seriously threaten the agency’s future.   Dan McFaul, a spokesman for Gaetz, did not respond to an email requesting comment. CORRECTION: A previous version of this article inverted the terms of Trump’s executive order and misstated that one cut would be required for every two regulations. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=57e878d9e4b0e80b1ba2bdc7,57a4e1aee4b056bad2158236,5886825be4b0e3a7356b575f,584856f1e4b0b9feb0dab14f,587d4aa2e4b03549ebc02152 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

31 января, 19:27

Don't Fall For Donald Trump's Latest Ploy. He Is No LGBTQ Hero.

The LGBTQ community held its collective breath on Monday after sources close to The White House ― perhaps even in The White House ― claimed that President Donald Trump was scheduled to sign an executive order sometime this week that would severely limit or revoke a collection of rights currently held by LGBTQ Americans. An unverified account that claims to be overseen by members of the president’s staff who have “gone rogue” to leak information about the administration tweeted the following on Monday: Rumors are true. Expect by end of the week. https://t.co/Mx89ZaY4ND— Rogue POTUS Staff (@RoguePOTUSStaff) January 30, 2017 Confirmed, @joshrogin . Nuances are being hammered out. Still small chance it may be abandoned, to avoid more bad press. But unlikely. https://t.co/fpnus5u9Mq— Rogue POTUS Staff (@RoguePOTUSStaff) January 30, 2017 No one knew exactly what the order would entail, but most believed that it would revoke President Barack Obama’s 2014 directive that prohibited discrimination against federal employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Others, as LGBTQNation reported, believed it would allow “federally funded adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ parents” and “allow federal employees to refuse to serve people based on the belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that gender is an immutable characteristic set at birth, which would impact a broad range of federal benefits.” Early Tuesday morning, in the midst of our latest national crisis, The White House quietly sent out a press release stating that Obama’s 2014 directive would stand and assuring LGBTQ Americans that President Trump “is determined to protect the rights of all Americans”: President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression. The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump. Go ahead and breathe the tiniest sigh of relief that you aren’t being stripped of your civil rights just 11 days after Trump came to power (phew!) but don’t be fooled into thinking this is some kind of bold or inclusive move by the president. And don’t celebrate being permitted to keep the rights we’ve spent years fighting to secure. Would you thank your boyfriend for not cheating on you ― even though he easily could have? Of course not. We shouldn’t be awarding Trump points for managing to not act like an asshole. As Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said on Twitter, “claiming ally status for not overturning the progress of your predecessor is a rather low bar.” The ACLU put it even more bluntly: “If Donald Trump is serious about being an ally to the LGBT community, it starts with abandoning an agenda driven by fear and prejudice.” What’s more, Trump’s decision to not do something bigoted is not proof that he won’t ultimately do the dead wrong thing some time next week or next month or the month after that. Let’s not forget that members of his administration, like Vice President Mike Pence, and would-be members, like Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, hold vehemently anti-queer records. Let’s not forget that Trump himself is against marriage equality and supported North Carolina’s move to enforce its transphobic House Bill 2. Not exactly encouraging, is it? Even less encouraging are the 400 virulently anti-LGBTQ religious leaders Trump met with last summer and the rumor of a “religious freedom” law on the horizon that would allow legal discrimination against queer people. Do not let Trump or his administration convince you that the crumb they flicked in our direction on Tuesday morning offers any kind of meaningful commitment to the LGBTQ community ― especially as we watch what he is currently doing to our Muslim and immigrant friends and as we consider the threats that women, people of color and many other minority groups in this country face. Do not take their bait. Do not become a pawn in their plot to pit one group of oppressed people against another or forget that our oppressions intersect. We’re smarter than that, we’re better than that and we’re all in this together. Donald Trump is not an LGBTQ hero. Championing freedom and equality involves more than waving a rainbow flag and correctly stringing together the letters L-G-B-T-Q during a campaign speech.  We dodged a bullet this morning, but the gun is still loaded and pointed at our heads. Keep screaming. Keep fighting. Keep showing up to protests. Be loud. Be angry. Be righteous. Keep calling your representatives and keep telling them if they won’t help take back this country and protect every last one of us, they’ll lose their jobs. Stay vigilant. Stay focused. And no matter what President Trump tells you or what kind of symbolic token of affection he tosses your way, do not, for one brief second, believe you are safe. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

31 января, 19:27

Don't Fall For Donald Trump's Latest Ploy. He Is No LGBTQ Hero.

The LGBTQ community held its collective breath on Monday after sources close to The White House ― perhaps even in The White House ― claimed that President Donald Trump was scheduled to sign an executive order sometime this week that would severely limit or revoke a collection of rights currently held by LGBTQ Americans. An unverified account that claims to be overseen by members of the president’s staff who have “gone rogue” to leak information about the administration tweeted the following on Monday: Rumors are true. Expect by end of the week. https://t.co/Mx89ZaY4ND— Rogue POTUS Staff (@RoguePOTUSStaff) January 30, 2017 Confirmed, @joshrogin . Nuances are being hammered out. Still small chance it may be abandoned, to avoid more bad press. But unlikely. https://t.co/fpnus5u9Mq— Rogue POTUS Staff (@RoguePOTUSStaff) January 30, 2017 No one knew exactly what the order would entail, but most believed that it would revoke President Barack Obama’s 2014 directive that prohibited discrimination against federal employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Others, as LGBTQNation reported, believed it would allow “federally funded adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ parents” and “allow federal employees to refuse to serve people based on the belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that gender is an immutable characteristic set at birth, which would impact a broad range of federal benefits.” Early Tuesday morning, in the midst of our latest national crisis, The White House quietly sent out a press release stating that Obama’s 2014 directive would stand and assuring LGBTQ Americans that President Trump “is determined to protect the rights of all Americans”: President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression. The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump. Go ahead and breathe the tiniest sigh of relief that you aren’t being stripped of your civil rights just 11 days after Trump came to power (phew!) but don’t be fooled into thinking this is some kind of bold or inclusive move by the president. And don’t celebrate being permitted to keep the rights we’ve spent years fighting to secure. Would you thank your boyfriend for not cheating on you ― even though he easily could have? Of course not. We shouldn’t be awarding Trump points for managing to not act like an asshole. As Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said on Twitter, “claiming ally status for not overturning the progress of your predecessor is a rather low bar.” The ACLU put it even more bluntly: “If Donald Trump is serious about being an ally to the LGBT community, it starts with abandoning an agenda driven by fear and prejudice.” What’s more, Trump’s decision to not do something bigoted is not proof that he won’t ultimately do the dead wrong thing some time next week or next month or the month after that. Let’s not forget that members of his administration, like Vice President Mike Pence, and would-be members, like Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, hold vehemently anti-queer records. Let’s not forget that Trump himself is against marriage equality and supported North Carolina’s move to enforce its transphobic House Bill 2. Not exactly encouraging, is it? Even less encouraging are the 400 virulently anti-LGBTQ religious leaders Trump met with last summer and the rumor of a “religious freedom” law on the horizon that would allow legal discrimination against queer people. Do not let Trump or his administration convince you that the crumb they flicked in our direction on Tuesday morning offers any kind of meaningful commitment to the LGBTQ community ― especially as we watch what he is currently doing to our Muslim and immigrant friends and as we consider the threats that women, people of color and many other minority groups in this country face. Do not take their bait. Do not become a pawn in their plot to pit one group of oppressed people against another or forget that our oppressions intersect. We’re smarter than that, we’re better than that and we’re all in this together. Donald Trump is not an LGBTQ hero. Championing freedom and equality involves more than waving a rainbow flag and correctly stringing together the letters L-G-B-T-Q during a campaign speech.  We dodged a bullet this morning, but the gun is still loaded and pointed at our heads. Keep screaming. Keep fighting. Keep showing up to protests. Be loud. Be angry. Be righteous. Keep calling your representatives and keep telling them if they won’t help take back this country and protect every last one of us, they’ll lose their jobs. Stay vigilant. Stay focused. And no matter what President Trump tells you or what kind of symbolic token of affection he tosses your way, do not, for one brief second, believe you are safe. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

31 января, 01:02

Trump rattles statehouse order

In Democratic and Republican state capitals, the new president is becoming a central organizing principle.

30 января, 20:24

Donald Trump's Latest Argument For His Immigration 'Ban' Is Bunk

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Monday defended the swiftness of his executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. ― which wreaked havoc at airports across the nation over the weekend ― as a move that was necessary to keep Americans safe. If the “ban,” as Trump called it, took effect a week after he signed it, potential terrorists would receive advance notice and thus infiltrate the country via its refugee resettlement or tourist visa programs. If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the "bad" would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad "dudes" out there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017 That argument isn’t based in reality, however. People abroad can’t just “rush” into the U.S. The screening process for refugees takes 18 to 24 months, on average. The process for obtaining other types of visas also takes weeks at the very least. “The idea that someone can come into the country in a week or a month doesn’t make any sense,” said Denyse Sabagh, an attorney who leads the immigration practice at Duane Morris in Washington. The waiting period for a student, tourist or work visa varies by country. No one from the seven Muslim-majority countries on Trump’s travel ban list ― Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen ― can enter the country without a background check. Even before Trump signed the order, people from those countries who applied to enter the U.S. were subject to “administrative processing,” a mysterious process Sabagh likened to a “black hole.” “A lot of those cases will sit and sit and sit, and they won’t be cleared for weeks, months or years,” she added. The Trump administration, for all its criticism of refugee vetting, has given little indication of how it thinks the already lengthy process should be done differently. The current system is a multistep process that involves the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the FBI, the Department of Defense and other security agencies. Most refugees first go through screening with the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, which refers a small portion of them to the United States. The U.S. government then collects its own information on them, including through in-person interviews and fingerprints. The government compares its findings with the U.N. files and information on what was happening on the ground in their country to see whether the person is being truthful and consistent. For example, if someone gives varying dates for when they left their home, or claims a terrorist attack happened at a time when it did not. Government officials then check refugees’ information through multiple databases. Syrian refugees go through additional screening measures, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Many Republicans cite FBI Director James Comey’s comments as a reason for rejecting Syrian refugees, claiming he said vetting them was impossible. In fact, he said that screening was continually improving, even though “there is no risk-free process.” Only a tiny fraction of refugees worldwide are approved for resettlement at all, and they cannot specifically demand to go to the United States versus being sent elsewhere. Most of those welcomed to the U.S. in the 2016 fiscal year were women or children. There is little national security benefit to Trump’s order on immigration, according to an analysis by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington. Between 1975 and 2015, foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen killed exactly zero Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, it found. Moreover, the likelihood of an American being killed in a terrorist attack caused by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion per year, according to the study. Trump’s order could actually hurt national security. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned over the weekend that the “executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.” Jihadi groups celebrated the order on Sunday, hailing Trump as “the best caller to Islam.” Trump administration officials also suggested over the weekend that the immigration order was needed immediately to avert unspecified threats. During a call with reporters Sunday night, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly dodged questions about the nature of the threat. “Did you have information that something like that would happen?” asked a reporter for The New York Times. “Would you wait until you do?” Spicer responded. “The answer is we act now to protect the future.” How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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30 января, 15:34

Only Glass-Steagall Can Save the U.S. from Another Epic Crash — Pam Martens

Only Glass-Steagall Can Save the U.S. from Another Epic Crash Pam Martens Allowing the largest Wall Street banks to brazenly loot the public is now the official policy of Congress. Following the worst financial crash since the Great Depression in 2008, Congress and the Obama administration engaged in the greatest legislative hoax in history in… The post Only Glass-Steagall Can Save the U.S. from Another Epic Crash — Pam Martens appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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30 января, 15:32

Самый мощный Dodge Challenger получит "демонические" шины

Компания Dodge продолжает интриговать своей предстоящей премьерой – в апреле на выставке в Нью-Йорке марка представит самый что ни на есть хардкорный вариант своего культового масл-кара. В очередной порции предварительной информации – сведения о покрышках и кузове.

28 января, 14:05

Do Deficits Still Matter to Republicans?

Party leaders are embarking on an expensive legislative agenda—and they might wait to pay the bill.

28 января, 02:09

How Trump's attack on Mexico could hurt border security

Mexico has stepped up its cooperation—a lot. What happens when the president says it's shirking?

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28 января, 00:28

FAST GETAWAY: Cameras catch crooks stealing $75,000 Dodge Charger Hellcat. It will presumably be …

FAST GETAWAY: Cameras catch crooks stealing $75,000 Dodge Charger Hellcat. It will presumably be chopped up, and had been purchased by a presumably very sad customer just the day before.

27 января, 21:35

Chuck Schumer To Vote Against Rex Tillerson For Secretary Of State

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday that he plans to vote against former Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state.  “I will oppose his nomination, and I encourage the full Senate to do the same,” Schumer said in a statement released shortly before President Donald Trump was scheduled to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin about sanctions imposed after Russia invaded Ukraine.  “Mr. Tillerson’s refusal to back new sanctions on Russia, and his refusal to even pledge to fully defend the current sanctions regime is unacceptable but not surprising given his closeness to Vladimir Putin and the depth of Exxon’s investment in Russia,” the Senate minority leader said. Schumer said the oil magnate’s record on climate change and his refusal to break with Trump on a possible registry of Muslims would inflame already tense relationships with other countries.  “Just one week into his administration, President Trump is turning our foreign policy into shambles,” Schumer said. “His nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, a man who will not lift a finger to fight climate change and will not rule out a Muslim registry would make it even worse.”  Under Tillerson, Exxon Mobil shifted its public messaging to acknowledge that the climate is changing, but continued to fund groups that undermine the overwhelming scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels is the chief cause. Tillerson publicly backed a national tax on carbon as early as 2007. Yet the company lobbied against two bills that would have established carbon taxes in Massachusetts as recently as last year, when Tillerson was still chief executive. During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Tillerson brazenly refused to answer questions about how much Exxon Mobil knew about climate change decades ago. Trump ― who has called global warming “a hoax” and stacked his Cabinet with fossil fuel allies ― has already erased climate change from the White House website, signed executive orders to build controversial oil pipelines and made moves to muzzle and gut the Environmental Protection Agency.  Trump plans to impose dramatic restrictions on immigration and refugee admission and temporarily reject travelers from from seven Muslim-majority countries, according to a draft version of a White House executive order. Tillerson said at his hearing that he doesn’t support a blanket ban on Muslims entering the U.S., but dodged questions about a registry, a proposal that critics say echoes early Nazi Germany policies on Jews. Friday, coincidentally, marks Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Schumer’s vote is unlikely to derail Tillerson’s confirmation. He narrowly won approval from the Senate committee that hosted his hearing when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) voted for him, despite having grilled him aggressively at the hearing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved on Tuesday to set a procedural vote to confirm Tillerson in the full Senate by the end of next week.  But Schumer is under intense pressure to beef up his resistance to the Trump administration. Progressive protesters have gathered outside his offices in Washington and New York in recent weeks, demanding he muster something that resembles to the scorched-earth opposition Republicans led to obstruct former President Barack Obama. Schumer, however, has so far cast his ballot to approve all three Trump nominees that have come up for a vote. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

27 января, 19:10

Ignoring The Constituency: Alexander Plows Over Tennesseans In Continued DeVos Endorsement

Calling all Offices“I’m sorry, but this mailbox is full. Please try your call again.” I think I’ve heard that message more this past week than I have my entire life. Like hundreds of thousands of other concerned citizens, I’ve been calling my Senators to oppose Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. I honestly can’t fathom why they would even consider her for the job after watching her confirmation hearing. It was like watching that kid in class who’d forgotten today was the day for their end of term presentation. She dodged questions, had no knowledge of basic educational policy, and zero clue about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and how it’s implemented. Her ignorance, and lack of preparation aside, there are even more reasons why DeVos isn’t the right choice for this position — here are 5 More Reasons — chief among them is money. Pay-to-PlayThe billion-dollar-DeVos-family, along with Betsy, have not only directly contributed to Senators that are on the vetting committee, but they also have donated to PACS that supply campaign funds to HELP committee Senators. In a post by Mother Crusader, it’s very easy to see how money has influenced the HELP committee’s decisions regarding DeVos. What’s even more amazing is, it’s all public knowledge! As Mother Crusader herself says, even, “somewhat limited Nancy Drew type sleuthing” can follow the money. This information is vital to me as my own Senator, LaMar Alexander, is Chair of the HELP committee and has also received money from the DeVos’ bank vault. So, I’ve called him nonstop, written him a letter, Tweeted him, and commented on his Facebook post about DeVos. And I’m not alone. Hello, Senator. Can you hear us now? According to East Tennessee’s NBC affiliate, WBIR, tens of thousands of Tennesseans are flooding their Senators’ offices opposing DeVos—Tennesseans of all political persuasions. So you’d think the decision would be easy for Alexander, right? She’s unqualified. Check. She has unethical financial ties to to many members of the HELP committee. Check. Most of his constituency, both Democrat and Republican, opposes her. Check. If Alexander does his job, as we’ve counted on him to do, then he has no choice but to oppose DeVos. However, if his Tweets and Facebook posts are any indication, he still supports her. (Click the links and read some of the comments he’s ignoring. I triple-dog dare you.)Bottom Line? If he votes her in, contrary to the wishes of the Tennesseans he represents, we will continue to keep his mailbox full and eventually vote him out in 2020. Maybe he’ll hear us then. Give him a CallIf you also feel strongly about DeVos as Secretary of Education, then I encourage you to call Alexander’s office yourself, especially if you live in Tennessee. Together we can keep the pressure on Lamar Alexander as the scheduled Betsy DeVos vote on Tuesday, January 31st draws near. (If you are left on hold more than 30 seconds, hang-up so the lines aren't tied up.) U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121​ Local Senate offices: Chattanooga (423) 752-5337 Jackson        (731) 664-0289 Knoxville       (865) 545-4253 Memphis       (901) 544-4224 Nashville       (615) 736-5129 Tri-cities        (423) 325-6240 This is what Democracy looks like. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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27 января, 00:35

10 Popular Muscle Cars That Are Actually Terrible

Nothing is romanticized in the automotive world quite like the classic '60s-era muscle car. Here are 10 muscle cars that would be awful to drive today.

26 января, 19:50

GOP Leaders Say U.S. Will Pay Billions For Border Wall, But Insist They're Fiscal Conservatives

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); PHILADELPHIA ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that Congress will pay $12 billion to $15 billion for a border wall upfront, dodging questions about whether they will offset the cost with spending cuts.  The estimate comes one day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for the construction of a wall along the approximately 2,000-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico. It remains unclear what the wall would actually look like, or if it would simply expand upon fencing that is already on the southwestern border. “We intend to address the wall issue ourselves, and the president can deal with his relations with other countries,” McConnell told reporters at the GOP’s annual retreat.  Journalists asked the Republican leaders three times if Congress would offset the cost of the wall, but they would not provide a direct answer.  Once the White House sends over a supplemental ― a request for additional money to build the wall ― “[Congress] will process that supplemental before the end of the current fiscal year expires,” Ryan said, meaning Republicans plan to push it through by the end of September.  Despite his admission that Congress would foot the bill for the wall upfront, Ryan insisted that Republicans are still fiscal conservatives at their core and would “find the fiscal space” to pay for projects like the wall in their spring budget.   But finding space in a budget is just a loose promise to find an offset to pay for the wall. It doesn’t actually pass a spending cut. The GOP about-face on government spending has arrived right on schedule, and shouldn’t come as a surprise. During the George W. Bush era, for example, the GOP ran up the tab with two massive tax breaks, two wars, and the Medicare Part D expansion. During Barack Obama’s presidency, Ryan and McConnell carefully cultivated an image of responsible fiscal conservatism, demanding that any government spending be “offset” with cuts elsewhere in the budget. Not so this time. Here’s a list of things Republicans opposed funding without offsets during Obama’s presidency. They include relief efforts for some of the biggest natural disasters in recent years: - $9.7 billion in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief - $8 billion for 9/11 first responders bill - $1.9 billion to fight the Zika virus - $1.1 billion to fight the opioid epidemic - $765 million for the water emergency in Flint, Michigan - $6.4 billion for the extension of unemployment insurance - $10 billion for the creation of an infrastructure bank. On Wednesday, Ryan told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren that taxpayers would initially pay for the construction of a “physical barrier” along the border, adding that “there are a lot of different ways of getting Mexico to contribute to doing this.” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says otherwise.  The actual cost of the wall is also up for debate. The $12 to $15 billion range provided by Republicans is well below other estimates. The MIT Technology Review, for example, predicted it could cost at least $27 to $40 billion when factoring in labor, materials and the wall’s height. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

26 января, 18:33

GOP leaders won't say how border wall will be paid for

PHILADELPHIA — Republican leaders are vowing to pass a spending bill to build President Donald Trump’s border wall. What they won’t say is how they plan to cover the costs.House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said Thursday that Congress will pass a supplemental bill before Sept. 30 that would fund a wall building project, which will cost about $12 billion to $15 billion, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. But Ryan dodged a question about whether Congress would raise taxes or cut spending to pay for such an endeavor.“We’re going to wait and see from the administration what the supplemental looks like. I’m not going to get ahead of a policy and a bill that has not been written yet. But the point is we’re going to finance the Secure Fence Act,” Ryan said, referring to a 2006 bill.Promising that the fence will be paid for with taxpayer dollars could complicate things on Capitol Hill, where coming up with several billion dollars is no small task. Republicans could raise revenues, cut spending or require the U.S. Treasury to borrow money for the costs — a move that would increase the deficit. Later on Thursday, Ryan would not commit that this Congress would keep the deficit from growing, though he said items like infrastructure improvements would be paid for. “We are fiscal conservatives,” he said. “We have to get our fiscal house in order to prevent a debt crisis in the future.”Trump clearly wants to get going soon, saying Thursday that if Mexico ultimately doesn’t refund the U.S. for building a border wall “it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting” with the Mexican government. With that urgent directive coming from the new president, Republicans are promising to pass a bill funding the border wall even if they have no guidance on what exactly Trump wants in the legislation.“The last administration frustrated the deployment of the fence," Ryan said. "This administration is doing the opposite. They’re facilitating the deployment of the fence. We agree with this. We voted for this in 2006, along with plenty of people like our friend Chuck Schumer,” the Senate minority leader.Republicans will need at least eight Senate Democrats to come together and help pay for the wall — and Schumer (D-N.Y.) indicated earlier this month that he could oppose such legislation. Republicans think the 10 Senate Democrats up for reelection in Trump states could help fund the wall, but it’s going to be a heavy lift regardless.Seung Min Kim contributed to this report.

26 января, 15:48

Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) Q4 Earnings Miss Estimates, Fall Y/Y

Fiat Chrysler's earnings decreased to ???0.353 (38 cents) per share in the fourth quarter of 2016, down about 49% from the year-ago quarter, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 39 cents.

26 января, 11:12

Roger Federer beats Stan Wawrinka in five sets to reach Australian Open final – live!

Australian Open semi-final updates from Melbourne ParkVenus Williams’ fairytale continues as she books final with SerenaAnd feel free to email Jacob or tweet him @JacobSteinberg 11.52am GMT Federer is asked about the possibility of meeting Rafael Nadal in the final for the first time in six years. “It’s real now. I can actually talking about playing a finals for the first time. I’ve been dodging that bullet for the last couple of days. But this is the last one. I’ll leave it all out here in Australia and if I can’t walk for another five months, that’s ok. Rafa is the biggest challenge. This court allows me to be offensive. I’m probably his number one fan. We’ve had some epic battles over the years. It would be unreal to play here. I don’t think both of us though we were going to be here potentially playing in the final because I went to open his academy in Mallorca with him a few months back and I told him ‘I wish we could do a charity match or something’, but I was on one leg and he had the wrist injury and we were playing some mini tennis with some juniors and we were like ‘it’s the best we can do right now’. A few months later, we are maybe going to be in the finals. It’s a very special tournament for us already.” 11.48am GMT Federer is asked about the possibility of playing Grigor Dimitrov in the final. “He’s got a very complete game. He can mix it up very well. It’s either going to be him ... or Rafa. Talking about Grigor, I like his game. A lot of players come out and watch him. I didn’t think he was going to be this consistent in this tournament.” Continue reading...

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26 января, 04:10

Mexican official widens tax-dodge complaint against Trump

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican official widened a tax evasion complaint against U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the same day the new American leader signed a decree to speed up construction of a border wall between the two countries.

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26 января, 03:22

Frustrated Republicans press McConnell to kill the filibuster

At a GOP retreat, tensions mount between the hurried House and plodding Senate.

25 января, 23:31

London Bankers May Dodge One-Way Trip to Frankfurt

London bankers may have a way out of a no-return ticket to the continent: befriending their counterparts on the other side of the English Channel. UK-based capital markets practitioners could