Darkness settles in. The soft colors of morning quickly dampen and shadows sharpen. As you look up, the sun transforms into a black hole, winter constellations appear, and the seldom-seen corona — that ghostly halo of light that wraps around the sun´s surface — becomes visible. The temperature plummets causing birds to grow quiet, farm animals to shuffle to their barns, and crickets to begin their nightly tune. (Snip) On August 21, 2017, that shadow will sweep across North America as millions revel in a total solar eclipse. It´s the first one to grace the continental United States since 1979 and the first to run from sea
Comments: Something to prepare for and see later this summer. Prepare for the local soothsayers to decry that the "end is near." (It´s on a Monday...workday).
Let me guess: Because it will get them some grant money? Because it will prove the case for anthropogenic global catastrophe (pick one). Because they get a free university paid vacation to the Shawnee National Forest?
Sorry, Shannon - I was in Hawaii during the 1991 eclipse. Similar hype preceded that one, too. The day arrived, the sun came up, it got dark, and then sunny again. Nothing more. Local television reporters waited breathlessly at the zoo to report on the anticipated confusion among the animals - nothing. I did witness some bizarre behavior, though, from a fried-out chick on the beach in tears, describing how primal it all was.
President Trump touted his policies to help women in the workforce Wednesday, just a day after Hillary Clinton slammed his administration for its lack of high-ranking appointments for women. “My Cabinet is full of really incredible women leaders,” Mr. Trump said at a White House event on empowering women. “I’m so proud that the White House and our administration is filled with so many women of such incredible talent.” He pointed to Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, as well as Seema Verma,
Homeland Security added dozens of jurisdictions to its latest name-and-shame list of sanctuary cities, released Wednesday, including Baltimore, where the police commissioner has said officers would not work with federal agents to enforce immigration laws. (Snip) Since the first report was issued last week, ICE has had some jurisdictions question their listing. ICE said if jurisdictions show they’ve changed their policies, they can be dropped from the list. At the same time, residents or activists are reporting their own localities to ICE as sanctuaries. As those reports come in, the list will likely continue to change — and grow.
Washington - President Donald Trump´s administration has informed Congress of its plan to restart the congressional review period for the sale of 19 Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft to Bahrain, along with 23 engines and other related equipment, a congressional source said on Wednesday. Congress was originally notified of the sale in September 2016 by former President Barack Obama´s administration, but it was pulled back because of human rights concerns. The Trump administration has separated the human rights issues from the transfer, the source said.
The company owned by the family of US President Donald Trump´s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has ended talks with a Chinese firm over a major redevelopment project in New York City. Kushner Companies says it and Anbang Insurance Group have "mutually agreed to end talks" over 666 Fifth Avenue, US media report. The potential deal had raised questions about a conflict of interest. Mr Kushner plays an influential role at the White House. The potential $4bn (£3.2bn) investment deal would have netted Kushner Companies more than $400m, Bloomberg had earlier reported. Some real estate experts were said to have
Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK´s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks "the moment for the country to come together". It follows June´s referendum which resulted in a vote to leave the EU. (Snip) She will promise to "represent every person in the whole United Kingdom" during the negotiations - including EU nationals, whose status after Brexit has yet to be settled.
Two leading House and Senate committees are examining the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Russia’s possible links to Trump campaign associates and the country’s alleged interference with the 2016 presidential election. (Snip) The House Intelligence Committee, headed by Rep. Devin Nunes, R- Calif., is looking into how classified documents containing foreign surveillance transcripts with references to Trump’s transition team were illegally disclosed to the media. The committee’s probe began Jan. 25. The leaks could have come from the FBI, a source close to the investigation notes, because that agency requested
(Video) President Donald Trump´s staff is following the commander in chief´s lead and will skip next month´s White House Correspondents´ Dinner, the organization announced Tuesday. "The White House informed the White House Correspondents´ Association this evening that White House staff will not be attending this year´s White House Correspondents´ Dinner out of ´solidarity´ with President Trump, who has previously announced that he would skip the event," WHCA president Jeff Mason wrote in a letter to members. Mason wrote that the "WHCA board regrets this decision very much.
Washington - Ivanka Trump revealed Tuesday she´s going back to school. Speaking to middle school students at an event encouraging young women to pursue STEM education, Trump said she and her 5-year-old daughter will take a coding class together this summer. "As a mom, I am trying to do my part, as well. My daughter, Arabella, and I are enrolling in a coding class this summer," Trump said at Smithsonian´s National Air and Space Museum. "We´re excited to learn this incredibly important new language together. Coding truly is the language of the future. " (Tweets) The first daughter made her first formal on-camera
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Russia may have committed an “act of war” by meddling in the US presidential election. “There’s not any argument at this stage that somehow the election of President Trump was not legitimate, but there’s no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government — his organization — to interfere in major ways with our basic, fundamental democratic processes,” said Cheney, speaking Monday in New Delhi, India, at the Economic Times Global Business Summit. “In some quarters, that would be considered an act of war,” he added.
Limassol, Cyprus - A bank in Cyprus investigated accounts associated with President Donald Trump´s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for possible money-laundering, two banking sources with direct knowledge of his businesses here told NBC News. Manafort — whose ties to a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin are under scrutiny — was associated with at least 15 bank accounts and 10 companies on Cyprus, dating back to 2007, the sources said. At least one of those companies was used to receive millions of dollars from a billionaire Putin ally, according to court documents. Banking sources said some
Washington - The House voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers. The Federal Communications Commission rule was designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers share information. But critics said the rule would have added costs, stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among Internet companies. The House voted 215-205 to reject the rule, and sent the legislation to President Donald Trump
President Trump moved Tuesday to unravel a host of energy regulations imposed by his predecessor, targeting in particular the Obama administration’s signature program that was intended to curb carbon emissions – but blasted by Republicans for hurting the already-struggling coal industry.With a sweeping executive order signed at EPA headquarters, Trump initiated an immediate review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. Surrounded by coal miners, the president described that plan as a “crushing attack” on workers and vowed to nix “job-killing regulations.”
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
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
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
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
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
Well, put this in the ‘going-back-to-timelines-sometimes-pays-dividends’ column. For the past 72 hours we have been assembling the Obama Surveillance Story timeline from October 1st 2016 through March 22nd 2017. [The project is ongoing] As a result, last night (Tuesday) we highlighted a March 2nd, 2017 revelation of Obama’s former Deputy of Defense Evelyn Farkas appearance on MSNBC that no-one was paying attention to. –SEE HERE– Thanks to social and non-traditional media, today (Wednesday) Ms. Farkas has finally caught the attention of MSM and DC politicians. (Snip) Time and again the old research axiom rings true. Stick with the timelines. If you get stuck,
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