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Trump Teams Memo Hints at Broad Shake-Up of U.S. Energy Policy

Source: Bloomberg Newsm

Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump are developing plans to reshape Energy Department programs, help keep aging nuclear plants online and identify staff who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama’s climate agenda.

The transition team has asked the agency to list employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon metrics, used to estimate and justify the climate benefits of new rules. The advisers are also seeking information on agency loan programs, research activities and the basis for its statistics, according to a five-page internal document circulated by the Energy Department on Wednesday. The document lays out 65 questions from the Trump transition team, sources within the agency said.

On the campaign trail, Trump promised to eliminate government waste, rescind "job-killing" regulations and cancel the Paris climate accord in which nearly 200 countries pledged to slash greenhouse gas emissions. Trump, though, hasn’t detailed specific plans for federal agencies. The document obtained by Bloomberg offers clues on where his administration may be headed on energy policy, based on the nature of questions involving the agency’s research agenda, nuclear program and national labs.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-09/trump-team-s-memo-hints-at-broad-shake-up-of-u-s-energy-policy
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 11:43 AM (21 replies)

An ethical double standard for Trump?

Republicans are deeply concerned about ethics in government and the vast potential for corruption stemming from conflicts of interest. We know this because of the acute worries they expressed over how these issues could have cast a shadow over a Hillary Clinton presidency.

“If Hillary Clinton wins this election and they don’t shut down the Clinton Foundation and come clean with all of its past activities, then there’s no telling the kind of corruption that you might see out of the Clinton White House,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt.

Presumably Cotton will take the lead in advising Donald Trump to “shut down” his business activities and “come clean” on what came before. Surely Cotton wants to be consistent.

The same must be true of Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chair whom Trump tapped as his chief of staff. “When that 3 a.m. phone call comes, Americans deserve to have a president on the line who is not compromised by foreign donations,” Priebus said earnestly in a statement on Aug. 18.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Nov 28, 2016, 10:21 AM (6 replies)

NEO MAGAZIN ROYALE vom 3. November 2016 - English Version

This video is great if you like political satire.


- NEO MAGAZIN ROYALE vom 3. November 2016 - English Version
Jan Boehmerman and Ralf Kabelka took a plane over the pond into the wild wild west to see how the contestants for presidency are doing and how they want to make america great again.
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Fri Nov 4, 2016, 12:09 PM (0 replies)

American Bar Association to publish controversial report on Trump being a ‘libel bully’

Source: Washington Post

The American Bar Association earlier this week told the Erik Wemple Blog that it had sought a correction from the New York Times after it reported that the association “refused” to publish a thorough report by First Amendment lawyer Susan Seager on Donald Trump’s history of filing libel suits and losing them.

“We did not refuse to publish it,” ABA spokeswoman Carol Stevens told the Erik Wemple Blog. Instead, the association merely made some “suggested” edits to calm some of the piece’s more “inflammatory” moments, said Stevens. Protestations notwithstanding, the story stuck. “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah even not-joked about it: “Take a second to absorb this: A group of lawyers won’t publish a report on how Trump often sues because they’re afraid he might sue them. You do realize I cannot make a joke about that, because that would be the joke that I would make.”

Well, whatever: The ABA is now going to run the piece in its “Communications Lawyer” publication, where it was headed before this imbroglio materialized. A statement addresses this issue:

The policy of the American Bar Association gives its entities the right to publish their newsletters without Association permission. In accordance with that policy, next week the ABA Forum on Communications Law will publish a newsletter article on presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and his frequent use of speech-related lawsuits. In the past week, there has been inaccurate media coverage of this matter.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2016/10/28/american-bar-association-to-publish-controversial-report-on-trump-being-a-libel-bully/?utm_term=.802f60a35600
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Fri Oct 28, 2016, 07:37 PM (1 replies)

Best Carbonara Ever! - Cooking in the Forest

This is too cool - had to post it here.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Oct 18, 2016, 08:10 AM (0 replies)

Ben Carson Interview Goes From Nuts to Nuclear

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Fri Oct 14, 2016, 01:28 PM (6 replies)

Times: Inside Donald Trump’s Total Meltdown

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu Oct 13, 2016, 10:27 AM (1 replies)

Ana Marie Cox’s Emotional Reaction To Latest Trump Sexual Assault Allegations

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu Oct 13, 2016, 09:27 AM (3 replies)

Roy Blunt is `fighting for his political life’

Source: Kansas City Star

Larry Sabato and his University of Virginia Center for Politics has moved Missouri’s Senate race from “leans Republican” to “tossup.”

The center’s analysis:

Our one other change comes in the Senate, where Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) is fighting for his political life. Both Democrats and Republicans now view this race as a Toss-up, and we’re moving it from Leans Republican to reflect that consensus.

Missouri was once a major presidential bellwether state, voting for the winning candidate all but one time from 1904 to 2004. But over the last decade, the state has drifted away from the national average and become more Republican at the presidential level, to the point where in 2012 it had its biggest Republican lean relative to the nation since the Civil War.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article107220642.html

Please oh please oh please!
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Oct 10, 2016, 07:17 PM (12 replies)
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