“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell. From RfDesk
Get caught up, see what you missed, be informed. Scroll down for Saturday and Sunday’s News, Headlines, commentary and some interesting articles.
Friday: SACRAMENTO – “Today Assemblyman Travis Allen’s (R-Huntington Beach) called for the resignation of UC President Janet Napolitano after a scathing State Auditor’s report revealed gross mismanagement and a hidden reserve fund at the California’s University system.” more here. Assemblyman Travis Allen Calls for Resignation of UC President Janet Napolitano in Light of Auditor’s Findings, Secret Slush Fund
Friday: SACRAMENTO – “Today, Assemblyman Travis Allen introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 80 demanding that the Regents of the University of California reverse the January tuition hike in the wake of UC President Janet Napolitano’s secret slush fund scandal.” More here. Assemblyman Travis Allen Introduces ACR 80 Directing UC Regents to Reverse Tuition Hikes in Wake of Scandal
Travis Allen Says NO to Jerry Brown’s New Gas Tax.
Jerry Brown and the California Democrats just passed SB 1, the largest gas tax increase in California’s history, WITHOUT the approval of California’s voters. As of November 1st, 2017 EVERY gallon of gas will cost 12 cents more, diesel will cost 20 cents more, and car registration fees will go up as much as $175 for EVERY California driver. Facebook post here. Travis Allen
Attorney General Becerra needs to put politics aside and do the right thing for the people of California. Gandhi said it best, “Truth never damages a cause that is just.”Attorney General Becerra, open this investigation. More here. California gas tax hike prompts fierce backlash from the right
In other News:
April 29 (UPI) — “A Texas businesswoman detained and convicted of spying charges in China while on a business trip was deported back to the United States.
Phan Phan-Gillis, also known as Sandy, arrived in Los Angeles in good health late Friday night, according to her husband Jeff Gillis.” More here. China deports Houston woman convicted on spying charges
April 29 (UPI) — “Anti-austerity protests in several large Brazilian cities ended in violence early Saturday as protesters clashed with police and setting buses ablaze over proposed measures that would change labor laws.”
“Brazilian labor unions called a nationwide strike on Friday to protest a proposed pension change that would set the minimum retirement age at 65 for men and 62 for women. Private-sector workers are currently able to retire at a much younger age, depending on individual circumstances. It was the first such demonstration in two decades.” More here. Brazilian anti-austerity protests end in violence
April 29 (UPI) — “U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Friday to “devastate” the MS-13 street gang, which has been blamed for a string of homicides in New York.
Sessions, in a speech on Long Island with local police commissioners and sheriffs, said a crackdown on illegal immigration will help combat the gang, which has ties to El Salvador. He said the threat is similar to those by the Colombian cartels and the mafia. Long Island officials said the gang is responsible for 15 deaths in Suffolk County since early 2016, the most violent spat of killings linked on Long Island to MS-13 since the early 1990s.” More here. U.S. attorney general vows to ‘devastate’ MS-13 street gang
In Other News:
“I think that newspapers and news agencies need to be more responsible with how they report the news,” Priebus said Sunday, referring to what he said are articles with “no basis or fact.”
Any change to libel laws would likely require a constitutional amendment, as they vary by state and there are no federal libel laws.” More here. Trump chief of staff: ‘We’ve looked at’ changing libel laws
“President Donald Trump has been asked about the failure of several North Korean missile tests recently and why those launches keep blowing up.
Trump tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” television show on Sunday that he’d “rather not discuss it. But perhaps they’re just not very good missiles. But eventually, he’ll have good missiles.”
Trump also told the show he’s not going to talk about U.S. military options with North Korea because “we shouldn’t be announcing all our moves. It is a chess game. I just don’t want people to know what my thinking is. So eventually, he will have a better delivery system. And if that happens, we can’t allow it to happen.” more here. The Latest: Trump: We can’t let NKorea build better missiles
“The Trump administration’s push to overhaul tax laws might soon target a loophole used by some financial managers to lower their tax rates, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on Sunday.
President Donald Trump campaigned before the Nov. 8 election to eliminate the so-called “carried interest” loophole, which is used by many financial managers to lower tax obligations. But a rough outline for a major tax overhaul released last week failed to mention the loophole.
Priebus, however, hinted that carried-interest could be on the chopping block and warned against analysts taking the view that financial managers would keep on benefiting from it.” More here. Trump could target ‘carried interest’ tax loophole: official
“How did we reach the place where nobody knows what the “law of the land” is until the Supreme Court rules? How did the Supreme Court acquire so much blatantly unconstitutional and immoral power? The answer is easy: the Court stole it.” More here. We’re down to one branch of government