Former WH staffer: Obama still Dem. Party leader

April 22, 2017

(CNN)Though recent vacation photos show Barack Obama basking in the warm sun of retirement, while jet-skiing away any political worries, his former staffer alludes to a second act. Currently the chief operating officer of Vice Media, Mastromonaco served as Obama’s White House deputy chief of staff for operations from 2011 through 2014. However, her ties to the nation’s 44th President go back much further, as she first worked for Obama during his days as an Illinois state senator. …


‘Diablo 3’s Necromancer class introduces the best companion ever: The Flesh Golem

April 17, 2017

The upcoming Necromancer class is so metal. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls‘ will soon debut a new Necromancer class and two brand new zones, and they are everything that Diablo 3 should always have been. This new content, that’s currently only available in a closed beta, will release as two sets of DLC at an unannounced date. There’ll be two free new zones within act II of the game, and a paid “Rise of the Necromancer” pack that includes the new playable Necromancer …


Why lobbyists like Manafort don’t want to register as foreign agents

April 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Paul Manafort is expected to retroactively file as a foreign agent after failing to disclose his prior work for a foreign government. It won’t be the first time that it is done less than eagerly. Lobbyists representing foreign governments are required to disclose their work in extensive detail to the Department of Justice thanks to the Foreign Agents Registration act (FARA). The registrations ask lobbyists about the services they plan to provide for foreign principals, …


LGBT employees protected from workplace discrimination, appeals court rules

April 5, 2017

(CNN)The Civil Rights act prohibits workplace discrimination against LGBT employees, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The ruling is a victory for Kimberly Hively, who sued Ivy Tech Community College, arguing that the school violated Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964 when it denied her employment. “Any discomfort, disapproval, or job decision based on the fact that the complainant — woman or man — dresses differently, speaks differently, or dates or marries a …


Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and the Mao factor

April 4, 2017

… “They have the same kind of concepts like ‘overturning society,’ the same kind of idea of ‘you can’t have construction without destruction.’” Both men also view politics as something extremely personal, yearning to be respected while having little idea how to act respectfully, Schell added. “I think Trump, like Mao, has a kind of very visceral antipathy or antagonism toward people who don’t agree with him or cannot be bullied,” he said. …


McCain: No comparison between Trump and Reagan

April 2, 2017

… resolution is on the table By assaulting a foundational principle of American democracy, McCain said, Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election was an act more destructive than if the US had been attacked through conventional warfare. “It’s one thing to destroy a building with a bomb or inflict damage, but if you destroy the fundamentals of a free and open society, which is what democracy is all about, you inflict incredibly heavier damage,” he said. The …


Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris faces fury at home-state town hall

April 1, 2017

Wye Mills, Maryland (CNN)Maryland GOP Rep. Andy Harris was pilloried at a town-hall-style meeting in his district on Friday, facing an onslaught from a crowd eager to express their disapproval and frustration. Harris, a three-term congressman and a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, faced taunts and jeers from members of the crowd at Chesapeake College over a wide range of issues including the Affordable Care act, border security and funding for Planned Parenthood — all …


The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… own weight — with a shove from the West — and, by the early 1990s, the Russian state was depleted. The global superpower had begun to look (and act) like a gangster state. One with an uncomfortably large nuclear weapons cache. Enter Vladimir Putin. On December 31, 1999, the former KGB officer assumed power after the president, Boris Yeltsin, resigned. Putin has since claimed 21st century Russia as his own. His desire to restore Moscow to the head of the international order has never …


#TBT: Margaret Chase Smith and her ‘place in the sun’

March 31, 2017

… in her daily work, Smith fought for women in the military. She was the driving force behind the Women’s Armed Services Integration act, which, when signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1948, granted women serving in the military regular status. What can perhaps be called Smith’s brightest moment in the national spotlight came in 1950, when Smith spoke out on the Senate floor against anti-Communist Sen. Joseph McCarthy in her “Declaration of Conscience” speech. …


GOP, to govern you need to make friends with Democrats

March 29, 2017

(CNN)This was far more than a routine legislative flub. It is a warning to congressional Republicans and the Trump White House. The embarrassing collapse of the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care act makes clear the limits of the GOP’s unwise, unworkable insistence on shutting Democrats out of lawmaking. The refusal to move any piece of legislation forward without Democratic votes will bedevil Ryan and Trump as they attempt to rewrite the tax codes, immigration …


Schumer’s warning about Gorsuch is dead wrong

March 20, 2017

(CNN)Senator Chuck Schumer is warning his colleagues about Neil Gorsuch in advance of the judge’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week. Schumer told reporters that Gorsuch “may act like a neutral, calm judge, but his record and his career clearly show he harbors a right wing, pro-corporate, special interest agenda.” “He enacted it time and time again on the 10th Circuit, and if given the chance I have no doubt he would do it again on the Supreme Court. He …


Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… should be glad. The opposition have ganged up on them several times this term already – should they have to bow to “the will of parliament” all the time, they would have had to repeal the football act, ban fracking, give Highlands and Islands its own board and accept that they are “failing teachers, parents and pupils”. Party politics There are still some party-political elements amid this grand constitutional row. In particular, it has cast the SNP and the …


Trump promises ‘negotiation’ on controversial health care bill

March 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump promised Wednesday that the increasingly contentious Obamacare replacement bill would be open to “negotiation,” and that his trademark deal-making could help save the legislation. The American Health Care act, crafted by the House GOP but backed by the White House, is in dire political shape as a growing number of hardline and moderate Republicans vow to oppose it. Trump said at a campaign rally in Nashville, Tennessee, that the steadfast …


A CBO report that conservatives can get behind

March 14, 2017

(CNN)The Congressional Budget Office has released its estimate of House Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, and it highlights the tricky balance that President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and other supporters of the proposed American Health Care act have to strike. JUST WATCHED Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Stay up to date on the latest opinion, analysis and conversations through social media. Join us at Facebook/CNNOpinion and follow us …


GOP lawmaker: Obamacare replacement ‘not in a form that I approve of’

March 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)California Rep. Darrell Issa faced an often critical crowd at his town hall meeting Saturday over his position on repealing the Affordable Care act. The California Republican declined to say how he’d vote on the Republican plan to repeal the law, unveiled earlier this week, but acknowledged that the plan needs fixing. Asked by a woman attending the meeting in Oceanside, California, how he would vote on the GOP legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, President …


Amazon isn’t solely to blame for wreckage in the retail industry

March 11, 2017

… bland can be a death sentence. Success is now less about what’s on the shelves and more about the act of shopping itself, retail pundits say Is there a chance you’ll discover something new? Do you see a distinct and consistent vibe? Are you actually having fun? “The problem is that companies still think that the products that they carry matter. Consumers know that they can get a power drill…at any one of a hundred places. The products dont matter,” Witcher said. …