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  • Plans for Ohio's Only New Coal Plant Are Scrapped

    05/20/2018 4:23:45 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 13 replies
    WKSU ^ | May 17, 2018 | Andy Chow
    After years in limbo, a plan to construct a new coal plant has been scrapped. That leaves Ohio without any proposals for new coal-power generation. Environmental groups see this as a critical turning point.Since the early 2000s, the Lima energy plant has been on again and off again. But now the company behind the project is officially bowing out. Neil Waggoner with the Beyond Coal campaign says it’s clear coal is near its end. “We see there are no coal plants under consideration to be built. The current coal plants that are already in the state are struggling to be...
  • CBS News Nation Tracker poll: Americans give Trump credit for good economy, mixed reviews on N.K.

    05/20/2018 3:19:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 20, 2018, 10:30 AM | Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Kabir Khanna
    Nearly 2 in 3 Americans think the nation’s economy is in good shape, and most of them believe President’s Trump’s policies are at least somewhat responsible for that. More Republicans rate the economy positively than do Democrats. As Congressional primaries continue and Americans look ahead six months to their midterm votes, Mr. Trump looks like a positive factor among Republicans, 7 in 10 of whom say they’d prefer a candidate he backs — but the president’s influence is limited to his own party. More Independents say they’re less likely to support a candidate backed by Mr. Trump. Meanwhile on the...
  • Palestinian president hospitalized with fever

    05/20/2018 2:51:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2018 3:22 PM | Ian Deitch
    President Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalized with fever Sunday just days after undergoing surgery on his ear, an official said. The 83-year-old Abbas has endured a series of recent health scares which have revived anxiety over who will succeed him. A senior Abbas aide, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with protocol, said the Palestinian leader was diagnosed with a fever on Sunday. Abbas had an ear operation last week, and returned to the hospital late Saturday for a follow-up. Saed Sarahneh, of Istishari Arab hospital, said late Sunday that “all tests are normal and his condition is reassuring.” He...
  • NYU Abu Dhabi blocks journalists from filming John Kerry

    05/20/2018 2:36:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2018 3:54 PM | Jon Gambrell
    Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned that “true civil discourse” is under threat around the world while speaking to graduates at NYU Abu Dhabi, an event that the school blocked journalists from filming. While obliquely criticizing President Donald Trump, Kerry did not mention the 2015 Iran nuclear deal he secured with other world powers, an accord of which Trump now has pulled America out. […] While never naming Trump, Kerry began his remarks by saying: “Given what’s going on today, I’m glad to be invited anywhere, folks.” He quickly added that the U.S. “needs to build...
  • FYI: English isn't the official language of the United States

    05/20/2018 1:55:26 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 66 replies
    MSN/CNN ^ | 5/20/2018 | Harmeet Kaur
    Aaron Schlossberg, a lawyer in New York, was caught on camera berating staff members of a restaurant for speaking Spanish with customers. A lot of multilingual countries promote an official language, but the United States has never done so with English. In fact, the US has no official language. "The Founding Fathers didn't see a need to declare one," Dr. Wayne Wright, a professor of language and literacy at Purdue University, told CNN. "English was pretty much the dominant language of the United States at the time and they didn't want to offend their fellow Americans who helped fight for...
  • Al Sharpton: royal wedding proves ‘white male supremacy is on its last breath.’ But then, Trump

    05/20/2018 12:56:34 PM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | 5/20/2018 | Tom Tillison
    Leading the way was race hustler Al Sharpton, the MSNBC host who carved out a very comfortable living for himself shaking down corporations. Speaking at a rally Saturday put on by his National Action Network, Sharpton took the lovely union of two people in love to say the royal wedding is proof that white male supremacy is coming to an end, the New York Daily News reported.
  • Democrats Reach a Tipping Point on Israel

    05/20/2018 12:16:58 PM PDT · by pabianice · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/20/18 | Tobin
    While the Trump administration backed Israel’s right to defend its border with as much force as necessary, most Democrats didn’t agree. Many responded as the Obama administration would have been expected to, denouncing the supposedly “disproportionate” tactics of the Israel Defense Forces but also noting the role of the Hamas terrorist group, which rules Gaza, in fomenting the violence. Representative Joseph Kennedy III, a rising star in the party who gave the official Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this year, provided a good example of this two-faced approach when he managed to cram criticism of...
  • Unveiled Insult

    05/20/2018 12:12:21 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 3 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 19 May, 2018 | Baron Bodissey
    Last month a “French” Muslima’s treatment by the police prompted the onset of riots, carbecues, and other traditional forms of Muslim civil disobedience. It seems that Nimouna Hambili ran afoul of France’s no-burka law, and reacted strongly against being detained by police for refusing to remove her niqab. Ms. Hambili has just been convicted and sentenced to six months in prison, of which she will actually serve half. That’s a significant sentence — harsher than those imposed on immigrant child-rapists in Germany or Sweden.
  • Pelosi: “The Holy Month of Ramadan is a Sacred Time of Devotion and Contemplation’

    05/20/2018 12:08:56 PM PDT · by PROCON · 51 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 16, 2018 | CNSNews.com Staff
    (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) issued a statement on Tuesday in observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan. “Ramadan offers all Americans an opportunity to honor the remarkable contributions that Muslim Americans make to our nation,” she said. “In every corner of the country, this beautiful heritage enriches our nation and reminds us all that in diversity there is strength.” Here is the full text of Pelosi’s statement: “The Holy month of Ramadan is a sacred time of devotion and contemplation for Muslims in America and around the world. This month, families will join together to honor...
  • What the left's anti-Second Amendment crusade is really about

    05/20/2018 9:14:46 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 20 May, 2018 | Andrew Wheelwright
    This discusses a reaction to the gun control debate. I am convinced that the left's war on the Second Amendment has nothing to do with public safety (even if some of their foot soldiers believe it individually, and even though the argument is renewed frequently, especially but not exclusively if a gun is used in a crime). The leaders, however, know that if fundamental transformation becomes complete, and their brand of communism is finally installed in America, allowing their totalitarian impulses to be released, it will require the installation of the usual leftist police state to maintain their power and...
  • Hungary’s unique solution to the Soros strategy

    05/20/2018 7:57:17 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 3 replies
    Free West Media ^ | May 13, 2018 | no attribution
    The main ruse of all Soros-funded NGOs is constant litigation. Today, most illegal immigrants enter countries in the EU legally but overstay or violate whatever visa they may have obtained. When the illegals get detained waiting for a deportation trial, lawyers employed by NGOs funded by billionaire George Soros, have unlimited funds to plead for their release. *snip* When a migrant is caught inside Hungary, he is instantly transferred to the transit zone, through one of the gates. This act is not deportation, but detention as the migrant is still in Hungary. Lawyers from these NGOs can do nothing to...
  • To Understand Israel, Listen To Its Pop Music

    05/20/2018 2:07:04 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    The Globe And Mail ^ | 05/11/18 | Matti Friedman
    MATTI FRIEDMAN What I find most remarkable, having lived here for the past 23 years, is Israel’s bewildering and fast-moving society, the complexities of which are usually overlooked by observers. The question of what “Israeli” means in 2018, and how that’s changing and why, are particularly important ones at this anniversary. One good way to answer is to listen to pop music. But the singer in a shiny white gown who belted out a cover for a national TV audience was Sarit Hadad, one of Israel’s biggest pop stars and the queen of a genre called “Mizrahi,” or “eastern.” In...
  • Father of Texas Shooter to Greek Antenna News: My Son Isn’t a Criminal, He’s a Victim

    05/19/2018 11:16:18 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 91 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | May 19, 2018 | Gregory Pappas
    In a sometimes-surreal interview with Greek television news channel Antenna, Antonios Pagourtzis, the father of the accused school shooter in Texas said that his son wasn’t a criminal, but a victim. His comment came during a telephone interview that the network broadcast on their newscast in Greece. Pagourtzis denied any responsibility in his son’s murderous rampage that killed ten people in a Texas school, criticizing people who said that there was blood on his guns. “The guns were clean,” Pagourtzis said in the interview, adding that he as hurt that a lot of the negative press about him was coming...
  • The Inspector General's Report Will Expose the MSM as Treasonous

    05/19/2018 7:49:58 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 57 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 18 May, 2018 | Roger L Simon
    One of the more notable differences between Watergate and the metastasizing scandals involving the FBI, our intelligence agencies, and the Obama administration -- subjects of the soon-to-be-released inspector general's report -- is that the media exposed Watergate. They aided and abetted the current transgressions. By providing a willing and virtually unquestioned repository for every anonymous leaker (as long as he or she was on the "right" side) in Washington and beyond, the press has evolved from being part of the solution to being a major part of the problem. Gone are the days of the true "whistle-blower." Here are the...
  • Exchange Student, Substitute Teachers Among Those Killed In Texas School Shooting

    05/19/2018 7:46:15 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    SANTA FE, Texas (CBS) — An exchange student and two substitute teachers were among the 10 people killed during the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Galveston County, Texas. Ten people were also injured Friday in what Texas Governor Greg Abbott described as “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”CBS News reports the suspected shooter has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. Pagourtzis has been booked into the Galveston County jail and is being held without bond on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer. Additional...
  • ‘I Don’t Drink Enough’: Celtics Legend Bill Russell Recovering [TR]

    05/19/2018 7:18:47 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    CBS BOSTON ^ | 19 MAY 2018 | CBS BOSTON
    BOSTON (CBS) – Celtics legend Bill Russell was rushed to a Washington state hospital Friday night after a scare he says resulted in him not drinking enough water. TMZ first reported that Russell was taken by ambulance from his Seattle-area home. His condition was not known at the time. But a short time later, Russell himself tweeted that he was on his way home from the hospital.
  • Google Removes 'Don't Be Evil' Clause From Its Code of Conduct

    05/19/2018 5:56:50 PM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 18, 2018 | Kate Conger
    Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show. “Don’t be evil” has been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct since 2000. When Google was reorganized under a new parent company, Alphabet, in 2015, Alphabet assumed a slightly adjusted version of the motto, “do the right thing.” However, Google retained its original “don’t be evil” language until the past several weeks. The...
  • New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

    05/19/2018 2:41:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2018 2:20 PM | Joseph Pisani
    Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafés or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything. The new policy comes five weeks after two black men who hadn’t bought anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Company executives have said its previous policies were loose and ambiguous, leaving decisions on whether people could sit in its stores or use the restroom up to store managers. […] The company said anyone can use its cafés, patios or restrooms without buying anything, but it noted workers should still call the police if someone is...
  • Pregnant woman and service dog punched in airplane scuffle in Orlando

    05/19/2018 12:57:51 PM PDT · by upchuck · 107 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 18, 2018 | Bianca Padró Ocasio
    59-year-old man punched a deaf pregnant woman and her service dog inside a Frontier jet upon landing in Orlando on Friday, Orlando Police said. According to a police report, Timothy Manley was travelling from Colorado Springs, Colo., along with his wife Petrini Manley, 56, and Joshua Manley, 27, all from Gainesville. Petrini Manley complained of being allergic to dogs as the plane descended and was being taxied to the gate at the Orlando International Airport. The service animal, a Great Dane, woke up and Timothy Manley told police the dog “took up more space than [he] felt it deserved.” Timothy...
  • A Gospel Choir Just Sang "Stand By Me" at the Royal Wedding and It Was Beautiful

    05/19/2018 6:22:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 172 replies
    Cosmopolitan ^ | 05/19/2018 | Sarah Weldon
    In one of the more beautiful moments of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding, guests were treated to a performance of "Stand By Me" by Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir. The song was performed following Bishop Michael Bruce Curry's address at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. Watch and cry and sing along and watch and cry again: CBS This Morning ✔ @CBSThisMorning WATCH: "Stand By Me" performed by Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir. #StandByMe ✨#RoyalWedding #RoyalThisMorning #HarryandMeghan http://CBSNews.com/Royals 7:35 AM - May 19, 2018 While everyone has 100% danced to the song at every wedding reception they've...