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TRUMP THREATENS SUBSIDY CUTS FOR GM AFTER LAYOFF ANNOUNCEMENT

Trump noted that GM was bailed out by U.S. taxpayers in Dec. 2008 during the Great Recession and referenced the company’s extensive manufacturing network throughout the world, including China.

The president expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision to reporters Monday saying, “I spoke to her [Barra], and I stressed the fact that I am not happy with what she did.”


Heart-wrenching photos show General Motors workers wiping away tears after company laid off more than 14,000 people without warning, just before the holidays

Heart-wrenching photos show General Motors workers wiping tears away after the company laid more than 14,000 people off without warning and just before the holidays. 

In a massive restructuring, the auto giant announced Monday that it will cut 15 per cent of its workforce to save $6billion and adapt to ‘changing market conditions’.

‘You’re going right into Christmas. You’re looking for celebration and that’s not there now,’ on GM worker told Today. 

Another employee said through tears: ‘I’m just kind of hurting right now.’


Roadside bomb kills three U.S. troops near Afghan city of Ghazni

Members of the U.S. military carry a transfer case covered with an American flag during a dignified transfer for Sgt. Leandro Jasso on Nov. 27 in Dover, Del. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

KABUL — Three U.S. service members were killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb detonated next to their vehicle in the embattled province of Ghazni, U.S. military officials said. 

Three other U.S. service members were wounded along with a U.S. military contractor, they added. The survivors were evacuated from the area and are receiving medical attention. The names of the dead and the injured were not immediately released.


New Hampshire family, farm being terrorized as part of ‘vicious shakedown,’ FBI says

The Rickety Ranch in Hollis, N.H.
The Rickety Ranch in Hollis, N.H. has been the target of attacks for over two years, according to federal officials. (FBI)

The FBI said in in a news release the family that owns the Rickety Ranch in Hollis, N.H. has sustained thousands of dollars in damage to vehicles and a barn after receiving multiple extortion letters in an attempt to collect $250,000.

“The vicious shakedown of this family and the use of violence to intimidate them will not be tolerated,” said Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division. “We’re asking anyone with information about who is terrorizing them to come forward and share that information with us so we can put a stop to it and bring whoever is responsible to justice.”

In the letters sent to the family, the mysterious sender offered to spare them from harm and “claimed to be capable of settling their ongoing disputes with the Town of Hollis, New Hampshire.”


2 premature babies with bacterial infection die at NJ hospital

The Health Department is investigating the A. baumannii outbreak at University Hospital in Newark and said Tuesday that the infants had confirmed cases of the bacteria.

They died last week and were not identified.

A third infant with the bacteria was previously reported to have died.


Passer-by rescues boy after SUV skids into Indianapolis pond

In this Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, photo provided by the Indianapolis Fire Department, a mother, left, and her two daughters stand on top of their SUV after it slid from an icy bridge into the frigid water of a retention pond before fire department personnel rescued them in Indianapolis. A 4-year-old boy in the vehicle was rescued earlier by a passer-by. (Rita Reith/Indianapolis Fire Department via AP)

The vehicle was one of two that drove into the pond Monday evening. Roads were icy after a wintry Midwest storm .

The fire department says the boy’s mother reported the SUV hit ice before plummeting down an embankment. The unidentified good Samaritan swam to the SUV and carried the small boy to medics before leaving.


Michigan farm donates nearly 600 Christmas trees to military families

A tree farm in Michigan is spreading holiday cheer by sending nearly 600 Christmas trees to military families in a state hundreds of miles away.

Volunteers took to the Wahmhoff Farm Nursery in Gobles, Mi., Monday to load pine and fir trees onto trucks, which are slated to transport the trees to families at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Fox 17 reported.


Some professional fundraisers have pocketed up to 59% of people’s charitable donations

Professional fundraisers in New York kept almost one-third of the $1.1 billion given last year to nonprofits during 964 fundraising campaigns that used professionals to raise money, according to the New York State Attorney General’s office. The 31% retention rate on these types of fundraising campaigns is down from a 34.5% in 2015.

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office said paid fundraisers kept an even larger slice of the pie. For 700 fundraising campaigns last year, 59% of the $281 million raised stayed with professional solicitors. That’s up from the 53% average retained by paid solicitors in campaigns reported to Massachusetts authorities in 2016.


EX-PRIEST WHO ADMITTED RAPING AN ALTAR BOY STARTS TRIAL FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST TWO OTHERS

Former priest Ronald Paquin
Former priest Ronald Paquin is led from Haverhill District Court by Haverhill and Essex County police officers after being arraigned on a charge of rape and abuse of a child May 8, 2002 in Haverhill, MA. (Photo by Christina Caturano/Getty Images)

Ronald Paquin faces 31 charges related to the his alleged sexual assaults against two boys between 1985 and 1988 when they were 14 and younger in Kennebunkport, Maine. Paquin was defrocked in 2004 after pleading guilty in 2002 to repeatedly raping an altar boy in between 1989 and 1992 and was imprisoned until 2015.

Though the alleged assaults happened over 30 years ago, the plaintiffs were able to bring charges against Paquin because Maine has no statute of limitations on sexual crimes committed against minors younger than 16.

Assistant District Attorney Justina McGettigan said in court that Paquin befriended both plaintiffs when they were altar boys, following a similar pattern, and not only took them on trips but also gave them alcohol. Court documents state that one of the plaintiffs was “substantially impaired” with drugs during one incident of alleged sexual assault.


Bashing Melania Trump for White House Christmas decorations latest sign of media hypocrisy, critics say

Mainstream media outlets such as The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, HuffPost, San Francisco Chronicle and Vice all mocked the decorations, often masking their disdain by focusing on the backlash of trolls on social media.

First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the White House’s Christmas décor on Monday and – for the second year in a row – she is being attacked, mocked and even vilified for the people’s house’s holiday furnishings, which many critics feel is a sign of widespread hypocrisy.

Even House Beautiful, a lifestyle magazine geared towards interior decorators, launched a full-blown attack on the decorations with a feature headlined, “So, The 2018 White House Christmas Theme Is Apparently ‘The Shining.’”

Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence, along with wives of some cabinet secretaries, visited the organization’s headquarters in Washington.


First Lady Melania Trump Visits Red Cross to Assemble Kits for Troops

First lady Melania Trump,
First lady Melania Trump, waves as she is acknowledged by, from left, Gail McGovern, President of the American Red Cross, Karen Pence, and Koby Langley, Senior Vice President of the American Red Cross at the Red Cross in Washington, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump spoke at the headquarters, telling the crowd after receiving a standing ovation that volunteering for the Red Cross was a “sincere opportunity for us to honor and thank our troops.”

Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence, along with wives of some cabinet secretaries, visited the organization’s headquarters in Washington.

Trump spoke at the headquarters, telling the crowd after receiving a standing ovation that volunteering for the Red Cross was a “sincere opportunity for us to honor and thank our troops.”

“These comfort kits are one small way we can say thank you,” she said.

She also asked for prayers for the troops, noting how three American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Three others were wounded, along with an American contractor.


Wedding photographer arrested after having sex with guest, urinating on a tree while on the job

Katie Mehta, 26,
Katie Mehta, 26,(Parker County Sheriff’s Dept.)

Katie Mehta, 26, who goes by the name Max McIntyre for her business and swimsuit modeling career, was documenting a wedding at Parker Manor in Weatherford when the incident occurred.

Mehta was reportedly having sex with a man from the wedding. When the officer advised her to leave, she went over to a tree and “began to urinate,” according to the report.


Top House Committee Reviewing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Testimony For False Statements

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

A top House committee that oversees the U.S. telecommunications industry is now reviewing whether Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lied to Congress during a hearing about Twitter’s controversial history of arbitrarily censoring content published by the site, an aide for the House Energy and Commerce committee told The Federalist.

“The committee is aware of Twitter’s actions and is currently reviewing Mr. Dorsey’s testimony,” the aide said after Twitter suddenly banned Jesse Kelly, a Marine combat veteran, writer, and popular radio talk show host, without explanation.


TWELVE INDIVIDUALS CHARGED IN EXTENSIVE HEALTH CARE FRAUD CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD MEDICAID HOME CARE PROGRAM

According to the Indictment, between January 2011 and April 2017, home health care companies owned and operated by the conspirators received more than $87,000,000 in Medicaid payments. During that time, all 12 of the defendants, along with other individuals, participated in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to defraud the Pennsylvania Medicaid program which resulted in the payment of millions of dollars in illegal Medicaid payments.

The Indictment sets forth dozens of fraudulent acts by the defendants, including making false claims for services that were never provided, creating fake employees, improperly using consumers’ personal identifying information, and falsifying documentation during state audits of the companies.

In some instances, the Indictment alleges that the defendants were actually working at other jobs or living out of the area. In other instances, Medicaid claims were submitted for services for consumers who were actually hospitalized, incarcerated, or deceased.


Trump triumphant in lawsuit against his DC hotel

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon dismissed the lawsuit brought last year by Cork Wine Bar on Monday. Co-owners Khalid Pitts, who has described himself as an advocate for liberal values, and Diane Gross, argued that by hosting foreign dignitaries and by personally appearing at his hotel, Trump was unfairly attracting customers who would otherwise consider their establishment.

Leon, however, said that a ruling in favor of the bar would be “condemning a wide swath of legitimate business conduct” and that using the White House to promote a family business didn’t violate Washington’s common law ban on unfair competition.

“I would be foreclosing all manner of prominent people — from pop singers to celebrity chefs to professional athletes — from taking equity in the companies they promote. Indeed, I would be reading the ‘unfair’ right out of ‘unfair’ competition. This I cannot do!” he said.

Immigration:


Trump Puts African-Americans Before Illegal Caravan Aliens at Biloxi Election Rally

Illegal immigration has to be stopped because it hurts employment opportunities for African-American workers, U.S. President Donald Trump said at a campaign rally on Nov. 26 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

President Trump told thousands of voters who came to support the Mississippi Senate runoff campaign of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) that illegal aliens, including those who join the caravans” between Mexico and the United States, are putting American workers at a disadvantage.

“Illegal immigration is also deeply unfair to American workers, including African-American workers. People do not realize what happens,” Trump said.


Border agents routinely used tear gas during Obama administration, DHS data shows

According to DHS data obtained by Fox News, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has used 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, commonly known as tear gas, 126 times since 2010.

During the Obama administration, tear gas was used on the border 26 times in 2012, 27 times in 2013, 15 times in 2014, eight times in 2015, and three times in 2016. That compares to 18 times in 2017 and 29 times in 2018 during the Trump administration.


Poll: Seven in 10 Mexicans Have ‘Negative’ View of Caravan

PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images

NBC News on Monday evening reported the results of Sunday’s El Universal survey that found that a majority of Mexicans also support blocking migrants “from entering the country without legal documents” and another 55 percent support “tougher measures on future caravans.”

In addition, a majority of Mexicans (52%) also oppose President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s measure to provide work visas to the migrants. Lopez Obrador will take office on December 1.

DHS: 170 FAKE FAMILIES SEPARATED AT THE BORDER IN JUST UNDER 6 MONTHS

According to data from DHS, there has been a 110 percent increase in male adults showing up at the border with children. Further, DHS separated 507 illegal immigrants between April 19 and September 30 because they fraudulently claimed they were part of a family unit.

170 family units were separated because DHS found no familial relation — 139 of the people in those fake families were children. Eighty-seven family units were separated because a person posing as a child turned out to be 18 years or older.


BORDER PATROL ISSUES STARK WARNING TO WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO CHOOSE TO JOIN MOB

“If women and children choose to insert themselves into a violent crowd…there are going to be unintended consequences,” Scott declared, noting that Border Patrol agents would not hesitate to defend themselves.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton explained to reporters that the mob was “almost exclusively male,” a point that was emphasized by Scott. Scott and Houlton sought to combat media portraits of some women and children who were affected by the gas.

Ami Horowitz: The Truth Behind the Caravan

Ami Horowitz journeys to Mexico to find out the real reason why there is a caravan of migrants on its way to the United States’ border with its southern neighbor.

Politics:


Freshman Dems demand more power from Pelosi

A group of newly elected House Democrats are banding together to leverage more power in the next Congress, crafting a letter that calls for greater representation on powerful committees and in midlevel-leadership posts as well as frequent meetings with leadership.

In a letter drafted by Michigan Rep.-elect Elissa Slotkin that‘s being circulated among the incoming freshman class, the new members call on Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leaders to give them slots on the influential Appropriations, Rules, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Financial Services panels.

The letter, obtained by POLITICO, also requests monthly meetings with leadership to “ensure that the legislative priorities of our constituents are heard.”


Democrat Cox extends lead in California US House contest over Republican Rep. Valadao

Democrat T.J. Cox pulled ahead of Republican U.S. Rep. David Valadao following an updated vote count Monday in one of the last House race to be decided the election season.

Cox, who had trailed since election night, pulled ahead by 438 votes in the 21st Congressional District that cuts through four counties in the state’s interior farm belt.

The Associated Press had declared the three-term lawmaker, Valadao, the winner but votes that have been counted since Nov. 6 steadily narrowed the race, and the AP retracted its race call after Cox took the lead.


Trump considering former Senate candidate John James for UN ambassador, source says

Former Michigan Senate candidate John James
Former Michigan Senate candidate John James is under consideration for the post of U.N. ambassador.

President Trump is considering former Michigan Senate candidate John James to replace outgoing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to Fox News.

James, who lost his bid to unseat Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., this month, was in D.C. last week to meet and interview with Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser John Bolton, the source said.

Bloomberg News first reported that James, a businessman and Iraq War veteran, was under consideration for the post.

FULL MEASURE: November 25, 2018 – Rich in Congress

President Harry Truman once said “No young man should go into politics if he wants to get rich.” Maybe that was true once upon a time. Today, lots of people get rich in public service. In this week’s cover story, we investigate some wealthy members of Congress— past and present. Some are self-made. For others— their road to riches is paved with controversy.

World News:


Russia shrugs off Western pressure over Black Sea incident with Ukraine

A Russian Federal Security Service officer escorts a detained Ukrainian sailor to a courthouse in Simferopol, Crimea, on Nov. 27. (AFP/Getty Images)

MOSCOW — Russia shrugged off Western condemnation of its capture of three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews, moving ahead Tuesday with court proceedings against some of the 24 detained sailors.

The United States and the European Union have appealed to both Russia and Ukraine to exercise restraint after Sunday’s maritime clash in the narrow Kerch Strait between mainland Russia and Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.


Macron Slams ‘Thugs’ Protesting Against His Green Agenda, Offers No Concessions

“We must hear the protests of social alarm,” Macron said but added that France should not give up on its “responsibilities” saying, “there is also an environmental alarm.”

Macron said he wouldn’t be forced into changing his policies by the widespread protests he said were led by “thugs”.

“We have to get out of fossil fuels — in 30 years we have to go from a France where 75 per cent of the energy is of fossil origin, to a France in 2050 where the production of energy will be carbon-free,” he said claiming that every ten minutes on average a French resident dies of pollution-related issues.


38-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WITH AUTISM WAS EUTHANIZED IN BELGIUM. AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING IMPROPER POISONING

Doctors who euthanized Belgian woman Tine Nys in 2010 will face an investigation and have been referred to the Court of Assize in Ghent, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. It is the first criminal investigation into a euthanasia case since Belgium legalized aid-in-dying in 2002.

Belgium allows doctors to euthanize persons with psychiatric ailments if they prove they face “unbearable and untreatable” suffering, according to the AP. The Netherlands also allows euthanasia for those “experiencing unbearable suffering with no prospect of improvement.” It permits patients as young as 12 years old to request euthanasia with the consent of a parent or guardian.

Nys’s family filed a criminal complaint in 2017, alleging Tine’s euthanasia was granted too easily, according to the AP.


Life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark will sail to Israel, says Dutch carpenter who built it

Johan Huibers’ Noah’s Ark
Johan Huibers’ Noah’s Ark cost him close to $5 million to complete. (Ark of Noah)

Ark builder extraordinaire Johan Huibers plans to sail his “copy of God’s ship” to Israel – all 2,500-ton of the life-sized replica.

One major hurdle to overcome first, though, is that the Dutch carpenter’s vessel has no motor, so he’ll need to rent tugboats to sail it.

However, tugboats don’t come cheap and will cost the businessman, who made a fortune constructing storage spaces, more than $1.3 million to hire for the journey.

Commentary/Opinion:


How Twitter’s Biased Bans Echo China’s Social Control System

On Sunday, Jesse Kelly, a conservative writer who voiced concern about creeping social media censorship in the wake of Jones’ banning in August, had his account permanently terminated without apparent reason.

Last week, Twitter also permanently banned feminist writer Meghan Murphy for tweets insufficiently obedient to transgender language conventions. The latter incident highlighted a recent change in Twitter’s terms of service regarding “Hateful conduct” to now include “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”

Referring to transgender people by either their biological sex or their name prior to becoming transgender is now grounds for a ban, grouped in with “non-consensual slurs, epithets, racist and sexist tropes, or other content that degrades someone.”

It may sound absurd to compare Twitter bans to a Chinese surveillance dragnet. If that were where things began and ended, it would be.

But as more and more of the tools we use in daily life—whether payment processing, social media, or even Uber—move online, the question of what it takes to be banned only becomes more relevant.


What Kind Of Speech Will Ultimately Be Acceptable On Twitter?

The company’s ban on “targeted” misgendering and deadnaming could be enforced narrowly so as to weed out truly bad actors, people using the platform to purposefully harass and bully transgender individuals. Instead, Twitter seems to be more interested in snuffing out mainstream criticisms of transgender ideology.

Per her own account, feminist Meghan Murphy claims to have been suspended last week for tweeting “Women aren’t men,” and “How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?”

To meet the progressive left’s standards, there is absolutely no middle ground between a safe space for marginalized communities and a space for serious debate. Twitter is choosing the former.

To satisfy progressive standards on issues beyond the cause of transgenderism, the social media publisher will ultimately have to purge almost all conservative speech.

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2 replies »

  1. Let’s try that again:
    Thanks for your compilation of news articles. If anyone runs across information on GM, how is it that:
    1. GM gets bailouts several years ago from the US taxpayer?
    2. GM follows by opening plants in Mexico nd China?
    3. Now GM lays off about 15K?

    How do they get away with this?

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  2. Thanks for your compilation of news articles. If anyone runs across information on GM, how is it that GM gets bailouts several years ago from the US taxpayerGM follows by opening plants in Mexico nd ChinaNow GM lays off about 15K How do they get away with this?

    Liked by 1 person

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