Editor’s note: It has been our great privilege to publish dozens of articles over the years by Jeffrey Bell, and it was with great sadness that we learned of his death over the weekend. You can read a tribute to Jeff by his colleague Rich Danker elsewhere on this page (as well as other tributes,
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Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images by Sean Moran12 Feb 20180 12 Feb, 201812 Feb, 2018 MetLife announced on Monday they will institute a $15 minimum wage as well as invest $10 million in their workers due to tax reform. MetLife Chairman, President and CEO Steven A. Kandarian said: As a result of tax reform, we are making a significant investment
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President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday revived its support for construction of a new FBI headquarters, saying it planned to ask Congress in 2018 for the remaining $2.175 billion needed to help pay for it. The funding request, tucked inside the president’s larger $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, would help cover the cost to tear down
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Thomas Brunell has withdrawn his name from consideration to take over the top operational job at the U.S. Census Bureau following pushback over concerns he lacked government experience, Mother Jones reports. Brunell was also a Republican, and would have been the first political government official hired as deputy director of the bureau. The job, according
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Private equity funds raising tens of billions of dollars to repair — and perhaps own — U.S. roads, bridges, airports and power lines now have a target list. The White House on Monday released a 53-page proposal outlining President Donald Trump’s plan to stimulate investment in U.S. infrastructure. Along with possibilities such as expanding the
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Scroll down for next story In this latest micro episode, the Substandard takes on the Olympics. How do the hosts feel about ice dancing? Vic is mildly interested in the winter games. JVL can’t get enough. Sonny hates them. This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to the Substandard on iTunes, Google Play, or on
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With its Season 7 debut, the cloak-and-dagger cable series Homeland veered full force into its plot line depicting an American president who is a fascist, paranoid, autocratic, and un-American criminal. But, despite the obvious liberal theme, producers insist they aren’t portraying a fictionalized Donald Trump. The February 11 premiere episode picked up where Season 6
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Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said Monday on CNN’s “New Day” that Democrats won’t release their memo due to national security concerns, noting that Republicans decided to release their memo “over the objections of the Department of Justice and FBI.” After host Chris Cuomo pointed out “an apparent double standard” in the memos, one written by House
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President Donald Trump has been very generous over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Monday, but she’d rather begin the immigration reform discussions with no amnesty at all. “I believe the president has been more than generous,” the Tennessee Republican told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” co-host Bill Hemmer. “I’m
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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., blasted President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, calling it a “broken promise” to rebuild America’s aging roads, bridges, railways and airports, The Washington Times is reporting. “It is a plan for wealthy investors who only care about wasting taxpayer dollars to fund their privatization schemes,” said Wyden, the top Democrat
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President Donald Trump has set down a clear marker on immigration, and a freewheeling debate such as was going on in the Senate on Monday likely would not produce anything that meets all his demands, according to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has helped Trump develop his plan. “The president set down a
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Fifty-five percent of likely voters would rather have a partial government shutdown until Congress can agree to either cut spending or keep it the same, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey released on Monday. Just 31 percent would rather avoid a partial shutdown by authorizing more spending, while 14 percent
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An older online myth resurfaced this week, claiming that Malboro was set to release marijuana cigarettes in four states. The first thing readers should notice from the article by Urhealthguide (besides the ridiculous name of the publication) is that the release date of the marijuana cigs is set for November 1, 2015, while the article
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Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., on Monday urged the Trump administration to take action to combat the rising cost of prescription drugs.  “We write to urge you to make good on your promise and make fixing the problem of high drug prices a top priority for you and your administration,” the senators
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Over a dozen Jewish organizations are calling on the White House to fire senior policy adviser Stephen Miller over his “extreme viewpoints and advocacy of racist policies.” In an open letter organized by the National Council of Jewish Women, the groups urge White House chief of staff John Kelly to dismiss Miller from his position in
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An Iranian drone flying into Israeli airspace Saturday triggered a mushrooming crisis involving retaliatory strikes and counterstrikes in Syria. After its provocative violation of Israeli airspace, the drone was destroyed by an Israeli helicopter, and Israel responded with airstrikes on an Iranian command-and-control trailer from which the drone was launched from a base in Syria.
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The state of New York has filed a lawsuit against The Weinstein Company for “egregious” civil rights violations that include “vicious and exploitative mistreatment of company employees,” the attorney general’s office said. “The suit, filed today in New York County Supreme Court, includes new and extensive allegations about longtime company CEO Harvey Weinstein’s vicious and exploitative
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