David Rockefeller, the U.S. banker, philanthropist, presidential adviser and heir to one of history’s most fabled fortunes, has died. At 101, he was the world’s oldest billionaire. He died Monday at his home in Pocantico Hills, New York, according to an emailed statement from Fraser P. Seitel, a family spokesman. The cause was congestive heart failure. Rockefeller was the youngest and last-surviving grandson of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller, the nation’s first billionaire. He was the only one of John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s five sons who spent his entire professional career in the corporate world, rising to chief executive
And don´t forget how much he contributed to the Bilderburger movement for a one world government. Whenever I saw him speak in an interview or whatever, he always made my skin crawl with his condescending, too-suave-by-half manner.
President Trump threw a White House party for the Senate, but most Democrats couldn’t be bothered to attend. In a sign of how difficult it could be for Mr. Trump to carry out his stated desire of working across party lines on his biggest priorities, 28 of 46 Senate Democrats snubbed an invitation to the White House on Tuesday night for a spring soiree of music and fellowship. Independent Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, a member of the Democrats’ leadership team, also was a no-show. At least 44 of the Senate’s 52 Republicans attended the East Room reception, which was
Jeff Bezos has leapt past Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett to become the world’s second-richest person. (Graph) Bezos, 53, added $1.5 billion to his fortune as Amazon.com Inc. rose $18.32 on Wednesday, the day after the e-commerce giant said it plans to buy Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com. Bezos has a net worth of $75.6 billion on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, $700 million more than Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Buffett and $1.3 billion above Ortega, the founder of Inditex S.A. and Europe’s richest person. Amazon’s founder has added $10.2 billion this year to his wealth and $7 billion since the global equities
A long-time aide to Hillary Clinton sought to map out her funeral — and Bill Clinton’s — in 2010 because “planning is best done when they are still with us,” according to an email released on Wednesday by Judicial Watch. Capricia Marshall, who was chief of protocol for the State Department when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, wrote to Huma Abedin, Doug Band and Cheryl Mills on Feb. 23, 2010, saying “everytime someone significant passes, I am flooded with requests” about the Clintons’ arrangements. “Planning is necessary and best done when they are still with us,” she wrote
Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Adam Schiff have both castigated Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his handling of the inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. They should think twice. The issue that has recently seized Nunes is of vital importance to anyone who cares about fundamental civil liberties. The trail that Nunes is following will inevitably lead back to a particularly significant leak. On Jan. 12, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reported that “according to a senior U.S. government official, (General Mike) Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec.
A veteran State Department employee took payments to spy for China over a five-year period, according to Justice Department officials. Two Chinese intelligence officers handled the employee, who had a top secret clearance, the department said. The staffer, Candace Claiborne, allegedly acknowledged that the officers were "spies," but collaborated with them in exchange for money and tried to hide her connections with them. "Claiborne used her position and her access to sensitive diplomatic data for personal profit," acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord said Wednesday. "Pursuing those who imperil our national security for personal gain will remain a key priority
The White House says it is boycotting an annual dinner celebrating the news media over the press´ ´unfair´ treatment of President Donald Trump. Aides to the president will not attend the White House Correspondents´ Association´s glitzy, black tie affair this year, WHCA announced Tuesday, in ´solidarity´ with Trump, who had already announced he will not be attending. ´The WHCA board regrets this decision very much,´ WHCA president Jeff Mason said in a statement. ´We have worked hard to build a constructive relationship with the Trump White House and believe strongly that this goal is possible even with the natural tension
(Photos) A New Braunfels church group returning from a choir retreat Wednesday afternoon was involved in a major collision near Garner State Park resulting in multiple confirmed fatalities. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Juan G. Hernandez said the bus and a Dodge dually pickup truck collided head-on at 12:23 p.m. on U.S. 83 North, just south of Ranch Road 1050. DPS said multiple people died in the accident but did not confirm exactly how many. Hernandez said the bus was carrying 14 people and there was one driver in the truck. Texas Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate
“What do we see as a key quality of an American Snowflake? Our togetherness, our acceptance of our diversity, respect for each other’s views and love of democracy and our country,” reads the American Snowflake Facebook page. The American Snowflake campaign, launching May 1 on Kickstarter, aims to unify opponents of President Trump and his agenda by providing snowflake lapel pins that correspond to different social and political issues. The pin-wearers can “stand shoulder to shoulder in defense of our country from the incoherent and sometimes outright dangerous policies” of President Trump -- or the “orange toddler,” as the campaign
President Donald Trump, who’s expressed a keen interest in fighting drug abuse in the United States, on Wednesday named New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a lieutenant in the White House’s effort to combat opioid dependence. Trump made the announcement during a “listening session” on opioid abuse at the White House, where the president heard from experts and officials close to the matter. Christie, whose place in Trump’s administration has long been the subject of speculation, will work with state and local governments and the law enforcement and medical communities in his advisory role. “We want to help those who
After much speculation, Chelsea Clinton has quashed rumors that she plans on running for public office. "I am not running for public office," Clinton told Variety during an interview published Wednesday. The former first daughter spoke with the magazine for its annual Power of Women issue. Clinton was asked about the rumors swirling around her potentially running for public office. "I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank—Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency," Clinton said. "I really find this all rather hysterical, because I´ve been asked this question a lot throughout my life,
A former top Obama administration official has acknowledged efforts by her colleagues to gather intelligence on Trump team ties to Russia before Donald Trump took office and to conceal the sources of that intelligence from the incoming administration. (Video) Evelyn Farkas, deputy assistant secretary of defense under Obama, made the disclosure while on the air with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski. “I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama
Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and the author of “Clinton Cash,” explained on Fox News Tuesday how a Russia connection to the Clinton campaign and Obama presidency is much bigger and more troubling than anything Democrats have accused Team Trump of. During his appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Schweizer alleged that Clinton campaign chair John Podesta probably violated federal law when he failed to disclose his stock holdings in a Kremlin-funded company. “In 2011, John Podesta joins the board of this very small energy company called Joule Energy based out of Massachusetts," Schweizer said. "About two months
More than 108,000 people have signed a petition urging First Lady Melania Trump to move to the White House or pay for security costs at Trump Tower herself. The Change.org petition was started after a senior White House aide indicated the president’s wife and son, Barron, will remain in New York until the school year ends. It’ll be delivered to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren if at least 150,000 people sign. (Snip) Comments beneath the Change.org petition highlighted the signers’ dissatisfaction over the first family’s use of taxpayer funds. “Living in the White House is what you
A spirited Hillary Clinton took on the Trump administration Tuesday in one of her first public speeches since she lost the presidential election, criticizing Donald Trump and his spokesman Sean Spicer on everything from health care to their treatment of women. Cracking jokes about her November defeat and her months out of the limelight since, Clinton spoke to thousands of businesswomen in San Francisco, joking there was no place she´d rather be, ´other than the White House.´ Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Clinton faulted the Republican presidential administration repeatedly, including calling its representation of women in top jobs
He maintains a dignified silence when nudged for his view of Donald Trump. But President George W. Bush apparently dropped his diplomacy at the billionaire´s inauguration. New York Magazine reports that after The Donald finished his speech, which was peppered with surprises including ´American carnage´, Bush made no effort to hide what he thought of it. ´That was some weird s***,´ he said, according to three separate sources who heard him. The uninhibited reaction is a far cry from the reluctance Bush showed to tear in to the president earlier this year during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel. He dodged the comedian´s repeated attempts to
Jeb Bush said while he believes President Trump has made some good decisions since taking office, the former Florida governor thinks Trump´s statements on Twitter are a huge distraction. "He hasn´t shifted to being president in the way that people are used to, and I think that´s the problem," Bush said in an interview with CBS Miami, taped before the House pulled a bill to repeal Obamacare. Trump´s former rival for the Republican nomination was clear that some of Trump´s statements, such as claiming President Barack Obama wiretapped him, are not productive.
Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who made national headlines in 2015 after she pretended to be black, is back in the spotlight thanks to a new memoir titled In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World. In the book, which will be released on March 28, the former Washington NAACP leader doesn’t walk back on her claims that she self-identifies as a black woman, saying that living her life as a black person made her life “infinitely better,” although it did make her feel more “distant and isolated” from white people as she started to embrace
Sen. John McCain called on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes to explain his decision to brief President Donald Trump on possible “unmasking” of Trump transition officials, suggesting that Nunes has undermined the credibility of the panel by not first communicating with fellow committee members. “I think there needs to be a lot of explaining to do,” McCain said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning." “I’ve been around for quite a while, and I’ve never heard of any such thing. Obviously, on a committee like an intelligence committee, you’ve got to have bipartisanship; otherwise, the committee loses credibility. And there’s so
Missouri State University sponsored an hour-long event last week dedicated to the various ways fringe feminist activists can misspell the word “woman.” The event, entitled “Womyn, Wymen,” was held in the taxpayer-funded school’s Multicultural Resource Center Annex, reports The Standard, Missouri State’s newspaper. Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, the executive director of Missouri State’s five-employee Multicultural Programs staff, led the event. Garcia-Pusateri kicked off by asking attendees — all of them female — to announce the gender pronouns they prefer. “We introduce our gender pronouns as a way to normalize gender identity,” she explained, according to The Standard. “It’s not always the traditional
New market data has somehow managed to make Whole Foods’ beleaguered lot look even worse. On top of reports last week that rival Albertsons was sniffing around Sprouts Farmers Market, an upstart organic grocer and wellness store whose prices are about 19 percent cheaper on average than Whole Foods, there are now some new numbers suggesting the high-end grocery chain is also still hemorrhaging shoppers. Foot traffic has dipped once again, Barclays analysts note, straight-up describing the magnitude this time as “staggering.” Technically, it’s 3 percent, which can make “staggering” seem a little far-fetched — until you consider it translates
This is stunningly interesting and hopefully will be picked up by MSM and congressional investigators. Sometimes when a person is deep inside an echo-chamber of like-minded ideologues, they might not realize what they’re saying is rather revealing to those on the outside. That’s the set up for former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas (Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense) appearing on MSNBC and admitting first hand knowledge the Obama administration spied on candidate and president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to gather “intelligence” for political use.
Less than a week after the failed attempt to repeal Obamacare, President Trump will sign an executive order that could spell the end of Obama-era environmental policy. The order will curb the enforcement of a number of climate regulations, in an effort, the Trump administration says, to prioritize American jobs above addressing climate change. According to Mark Lynas, a British author, journalist and environmental activist who focuses on climate change, the order "is intended to make coal competitive again in the US economy, by refossilizing the US power sector and demonstrably increasing carbon emissions." "This is politically symbolic, as it will show that
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would be open to step aside and not run for re-election in 2018 if a candidate like Mitt Romney were to run for his position in his stead. In an interview with National Journal, the Republican senator who has been in office since 1976 said he "might very well consider" not campaigning for another term if an "outstanding person" were to run for his position. (Snip) In February, Romney declined to rule out a run for a Senate seat in the future. "I don´t have any predictions on what I might do. I´m not going
On Tuesday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Today,” Senator Lindsey Graham criticized House Intelligence Committee Chairman Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) for conducting “sort of an Inspector Clouseau investigation here,” and putting “his objectivity in question, at the very least.” Graham said that he thinks Nunes “put his objectivity in question, at the very least.” He added that Nunes should share the information he was given that suggested improper conduct regarding the Trump transition team with others on the committee, and if he doesn’t do that, “then I think he’s lost his ability to lead.” Graham also criticized Democrats on the committee for