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“We are leading by example and encouraging American businesses across the country to expand job opportunities for our incredible, talented, and highly educated military spouses,” POTUS said at the signing ceremony. “America owes a debt of gratitude to our military spouses.”
“We can never repay you for that but we can and we will give you the opportunities you deserve,” he continued. “Today we take one of many important actions to ensure that you are free to pursue your careers, support your families, and continue serving this nation that we all love so much.”
Three American prisoners held in North Korea have been released and are en route to the U.S. after a surprise diplomatic mission by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Trump announced Wednesday.
Pompeo is returning with the Americans, said to be in “good health,” after a brief visit to Pyongyang. Trump said he plans to greet them at Andrews Air Force Base when they arrive outside Washington.
The protest came as Iranian officials, including parliament speaker Ali Larijani and President Hassan Rouhani, said Wednesday they hoped European leaders will work with them to preserve the deal between Tehran and world powers — without the U.S. — but stressed that the nation could now decide to resume its nuclear program.
As the New York Times was bashing Mike Pompeo for being missing in action while President Trump tore up the Iran nuclear deal, it turned out the secretary of state was busy rescuing three Americans who have been held captive in North Korea.
In an apparent jab at the administration, The Times’ headline said, “At a Key Moment, Trump’s Top Diplomat Is Again Thousands of Miles Away.”
Record tax receipts will lead to the largest-ever monthly budget surplus for the federal government, congressional analysts said in a new report, as Americans hand over more money to Washington.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the April surplus will total $218 billion, breaking the prior record of nearly $190 billion notched in April 2001.
Greater-than-expected tax receipts drove the surplus, CBO said, noting the record $515 billion in receipts for the month was as much as $40 billion more than the agency estimated about a month ago.
The agency chalked up the difference to greater payments of individual income taxes in April, when tax returns and certain taxpayers’ quarterly estimated payments are due. The reasons for higher payments were twofold, CBO said.
The USDA data reveals that the number of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plunged from 41,374,348 in December 2017 to 40,032,131 in February 2018—a decrease of 1,342,217.
Food stamp enrollment has dropped by more than half-a-million for the second month in a row in fiscal year (FY) 2018; last month’s data showed that 608,039 discontinued their participation in SNAP.
A group of seven pro-DACA House Republicans on Wednesday started a process to go over the head of the House Republican leadership and force debates and votes later this year on a series of bills related to immigration and the Obama-era program affecting young illegal immigrants.
The Republican brass, and many rank-and-file GOPers, are reluctant to descend into a debate about immigration just before the midterm elections in November. But this process could very well trigger that.
Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida; Jeff Denham and David Valadao of California; Will Hurd of Texas; and Mia Love of Utah initiated a “discharge petition” on the floor on Wednesday.
If 218 members sign the petition, the House will be forced to consider a set of four immigration bills on the floor. It’s likely that most, if not all, 193 House Democrats will sign on, meaning just 25 Republicans are needed to initiate this rare maneuver.
On Friday, AFT Michigan initiated an emergency motion for a Temporary Restraining Order against Project Veritas to halt the release of an investigative report. This was their second failed attempt to deny First Amendment rights to the investigative journalism organization. Project Veritas founder and president James O’Keefe said, upon hearing the news:
Project Veritas has released undercover footage and documents obtained from the American Federation of Teachers Michigan affiliate office in Lake City, which reveals that the union protected a teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct with a seven- or eight-year-old girl arose.
The now former teacher was never charged or arrested and denied the accusations against him, and did not lose his teaching certificate. Undercover footage of AFT Union Representative, Johnny Mickles, reveals how AFT and the Lake City Michigan school district defended the alleged child molesting teacher.
Redacted documents from the AFT office, which are available on projectveritas.com, corroborate the events.
What does a pregnant woman who wants to keep her baby hear when she calls Planned Parenthood seeking prenatal services?
Michael Avenatti, porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, released a seven-page dossier on Tuesday containing a list of payments purportedly made to Michael Cohen, the lawyer for President Donald Trump.
But there is one problem with the document: two of the allegedly “fraudulent” payments were made to men named Michael Cohen who have no affiliation with Trump.
Investigators said the motorist – who was arrested early Wednesday at his residence – had pulled over to the center median just west of the tunnel while awaiting assistance for a flat tire around 2:15 a.m.
According to the CHP, a Caltrans tow truck driver arrived and talked to the motorist, and tried to get him to move his vehicle from the center median to the right-hand shoulder.
Byers said Said had a knife when officers encountered her. Byers said an altercation occurred at that point, which resulted in officers firing at the woman, wounding her.
During that altercation, several attempts were used to de-escalate the encounter, including a Taser and a foam exact impact round, in order to get Said to drop the knife, to no avail.
Three bikers were indicted on murder charges Wednesday stemming from the 2015 shooting outside a restaurant in Texas that left nine dead — the deadliest biker shooting in U.S. history.
The indictment by McLennan County prosecutors marks the first murder charges in the Waco, Texas case and comes just eight days before the statute of limitations runs out. More than 20 other bikers were re-indicted on new charges, ranging from rioting to tampering with evidence.
One week after the century-old Boy Scouts of America announced it was changing its nameand its mission to accept girls at all levels of scouting, its single biggest participant announced Tuesday that it was cutting ties to the Scouts.
And taking one-fifth of the Scouts membership with it.
From bans on plastic bags to preventing the sale of foie gras, California has enacted plenty of new rules within the past few years in hopes of improving both the environment and quality of life.
Despite these efforts, the Golden State has somehow still ranked dead last – behind New Jersey and Indiana – among U.S. states in quality of life, according to a study by U.S. News.
The fact that a group can openly identify itself as the “kink community” is a testimony to the damage done to our culture by things like the novel, “50 Shades of Grey.”
There is so much mental and spiritual risk when even touching this subject that I am not going to venture into detail about it. Even serial killer Ted Bundy warned of the dangers of BDSM pornography shortly before his execution.