Category Archives: News

Germany: Merkel aide gives parties three weeks to find way out of crisis

Source: US News & World Report

“Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-hand man, Peter Altmaier, appealed to political parties on Tuesday to decide in the next three weeks whether they can form a stable government and drag Germany out of a political impasse. The collapse of talks between Merkel’s conservative bloc, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens has thrown Germany into political uncertainty and raised the prospect of new elections. It has also cast some doubt over whether Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader after 12 years in office, will serve a fourth term after her conservatives won the most seats in a Sept. 24 election.” (11/21/17)

Federal judge rules Trump’s sanctuary city order unconstitutional

Source: CNN

“A federal judge has permanently blocked US President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with US immigration authorities. US District Court Judge William Orrick issued the ruling on Monday in lawsuits brought by two California counties, San Francisco and Santa Clara. Orrick said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.” (11/21/17)

FCC expected to announce plans to ax corporate welfare for Big Data (aka “Net Neutrality”) this week

Source: The Week

“The Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission is expected to announce its plans to begin dismantling of the Obama-era net neutrality rules this week, with an official rollback anticipated following a mid-December meeting, The Wall Street Journal reports. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai vowed last winter that he would take ‘a weed whacker’ to the regulations. Pai argues that the rules — which prevent internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T from tinkering with the speed of certain websites and applications — are preventing innovation in the industry.” (11/20/17)

Report: One Border Patrol thug killed, one injured when victims defend themselves with rocks

Source: Fox News

“Illegal immigrants [sic] reportedly assaulted two U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks, killing one and seriously injuring another Sunday near the southern border with Mexico. Details around the attack remained murky Monday, however, an FBI spokesperson said Rogelio Martinez and his partner were not shot and a National Border Patrol Council official told KTSM the assailants were ‘undocumented immigrants’ who used likely used rocks to bash the agents.” (11/20/17)

Alabama news outlet responds to Roy Moore lawsuit threat: Bring it on

Source: The Daily Dot

“The publisher of an Alabama news outlet denied a cease-and-desist from Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore for making ‘false reports’ about his various inappropriate sexual misconduct [sic]. The publisher, said that it stands by its reporting and, in a letter back to the candidate’s lawyer, says it believes any litigation would ‘reveal other important information’ about Moore. Last week lawyers for Moore sent the cease-and-desist, claiming that it had published ‘careless reporting’ that ‘adversely affected’ Moore, his wife Kayla Moore, and the Foundation for Moral Law. Moore’s lawyers set a deadline of five days for the news outlet to retract stories the newspaper had published about Moore. Moore has been accused of several inappropriate relationships with women—including an attempted rape of a 16-year-old and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old, among others. Moore has denied what the women have said.” (11/20/17)

Trump says US will designate North Korea as just like the US


Source: CNBC

“President Donald Trump on Monday said the U.S. is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. The designation ‘should have happened a long time ago,’ the president said in remarks made at the start of a Cabinet meeting, citing the regime’s nuclear weapons program, acts of international terrorism, and the death of 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier. The designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on the regime. Trump said that the Treasury Department would be announcing an additional sanction on North Korea tomorrow.” (11/20/17)

Yellen to step down from Federal Reserve board

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Janet Yellen on Monday submitted her resignation from the Federal Reserve board to President Donald Trump, announcing that she will leave the board when her successor is sworn in as Fed chairman. In a letter to the president, Yellen said she would ‘do my utmost’ to make sure that there is a smooth transition to Jerome Powell, who was tapped by Trump on Nov. 2 to become the next Fed leader after the president decided not to offer Yellen a second term. Yellen’s decision gives Trump in his first year in office the chance to fill five positions on the Fed’s seven-member board, in addition to picking Powell to be the next Fed chairman. Board member Lael Brainard will be the only Fed board member not nominated by Trump, meaning his selections will have tremendous influence in setting the country’s future monetary policy.” (11/20/17)

Dershowitz: Mueller “going well beyond his authority as prosecutor”

Source: Fox News

“Alan Dershowitz warned that the special counsel appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia is turning constitutional actions into crimes. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is ‘going well beyond his authority as a prosecutor,’ the Harvard law professor emeritus and lifelong Democrat told ‘Outnumbered Overtime’ on Monday. Mueller has requested documents from the Justice Department regarding the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia probe. He is scheduled to interview several White House officials.” (11/20/17)

Elephant advocates sue Trump administration on trophy hunting

Source: Raw Story

“Conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Monday over a plan to allow hunters to bring home elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe, following changing statements about the possible move by President Donald Trump’s administration. The lawsuit in federal court in Washington was the latest move in a saga that began last week when a trophy hunting group said at a conference in Africa that the White House was ready to overturn a rule banning the import of elephant trophies, sparking a surge of criticism from wildlife advocates. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement that their lawsuit intended to resolve ‘contradictory announcements’ by the Republican administration about trophy imports of the at-risk species.” (11/20/17)

Trump regime will sue to block AT&T purchase of Time Warner

Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Department of Justice will file a lawsuit later on Monday to block AT&T Inc’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. The legal challenge was expected after AT&T rejected a demand by the Justice Department earlier this month to divest its DirecTV unit or Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting (which contains news network CNN) in order to win antitrust approval. AT&T’s chief executive said then that he would defend the deal in court to win approval if necessary. The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier struck a deal in October 2016 to buy Time Warner, which also owns the premium channel HBO and movie studio Warner Bros, in order to compete with emerging technology companies by bundling video entertainment on its mobile service.” (11/20/17)