Bannon to appear before U.S.-Russia grand jury — The GH Post

Former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in the special counsel investigation into alleged ties between United States President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, reported U.S. media on Tuesday. Reports indicate that ex-White House strategist Mr. Bannon, who appears to have recently fallen out of favor with the […]

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CNN: The least racist person in the world doesn’t talk about being the least racist person in the world — Aesthetic Nomad

The least racist person in the world doesn’t talk about being the least racist person in the world.

Imagine a friend of yours came to town for the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. He stayed with you at your home and over the course of watching football, going out to eat and just loafing around, he said the following things:

  • “And I know more about wedges than any human being that’s ever lived, but I’ll let you know.”
  • “I was always the best at what I did, I was the — I was, you know, I went to the — I went to the Wharton School of Finance, did well.”
  • “I created maybe the greatest brand.”

via CNN: The least racist person in the world doesn’t talk about being the least racist person in the world — Aesthetic Nomad

WSJ: Trump Lawyer Paid Louisiana Native and Adult-Film Star Stormy Daniels $130K for Silence — The Bayou Brief

 

Daniels once considered challenging David Vitter for the U.S. Senate.

aniels to keep her silent over a sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006.

According to an explosive report by The Wall Street Journal, only a month before the 2016 election, Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, paid $130,000 to Louisiana native and adult-film star Stormy Daniels to keep her silent over a sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006.

“Michael Cohen, who spent nearly a decade as a top attorney at the Trump Organization, arranged payment to the woman, Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016 after her lawyer negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Mr. Cohen, these people said,” the paper reported. “Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, has privately alleged the encounter with Mr. Trump took place after they met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, these people said. Mr. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005.”

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Trump says his ‘nuclear button’ is bigger than North Korea’s — New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

My nuclear button is bigger — and better — than your nuclear button. That’s the message from President Donald Trump to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Trump is tweeting in response to Kim’s declaration earlier this week that he has a button for nuclear weapons on his table and the entire U.S. mainland is now…

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America’s Opioid Epidemic Is Costing Hundreds of Billions of Dollars — TIME

(WASHINGTON) — The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The council said a…

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Trump Blasts Marshawn Lynch for His ‘Great Disrespect’ — LifeZette

President Donald Trump ripped football player Marshawn Lynch in a tweet Monday morning for standing while the Mexican national anthem was played before a game while sitting in protest as the U.S. national anthem was played. Lynch, a running back for the Oakland Raiders, participated in a game Sunday against the New England Patriots that […]

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In historic win, Delco Dems take council seats Updated: NOVEMBER 7, 2017 — 10:50 PM EST

Pushing the message that a vote for them was a vote against President Trump, Delaware County Democrats out-polled Republicans in a County Council election for the first time in history, winning both seats up for grabs in an ultra-tight race.

Democrats had planted signs throughout the county that read, “Vote Nov 7th Against Trump” and “Vote Nov 7th: Bring Sanity Back.”

With all but a few precincts reporting, Republicans conceded that incumbent David White and John Perfetti, a retired district judge, had been defeated by Democrats Brian Zidek, a medical reinsurance executive, and tech entrepreneur Kevin Madden. Republicans still control County Council with three of the five seats.

White and Perfetti ran as “commonsense local Republicans” who would keep taxes down.

 

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/delaware-county-pa-council-election-result-2017-democrats-20171107.html

Sheriff Tells CBS News: Investigators Believe Texas Church Shooting Suspect Turned Gun On Himself — CBS Denver

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The sheriff tells CBS News that investigators believe suspect in Texas church shooting suffered self-inflicted gunshot wound. A gunman dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a small South Texas church, killing 26 people in an attack that claimed tight-knit neighbors and multiple family members ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old.

Once the shooting started Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a town of about 400 people, there was likely “no way” for congregants to escape, said Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. Officials said about 20 others were wounded.

via Sheriff Tells CBS News: Investigators Believe Texas Church Shooting Suspect Turned Gun On Himself — CBS Denver

House GOP Whip says bill’s tax increases won’t actually increase taxes — ThinkProgress

After promising that every American would receive a tax cut under their tax reform proposal, Republican leaders are struggling to explain away the fact that their own analysis reveals that on average, families earning between $20,000 and $40,000 a year from 2023 onward will see a tax increase. On Monday, Fox News host Sandra Smith asked House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-TX) about the apparent contradiction. He responded by pretending the tax increases did not exist, since people would no longer have to do the things that provided them with tax credits. “If you look at every different income range, you’re gonna see everybody in those income ranges get a tax cut. What one person does versus another, as the Speaker said, we’re closing a lot of special interest loopholes. That doesn’t mean somebody will no longer be able to pay less in taxes, it means they just don’t have to alter their behavior. They are gonna be paying less in taxes because every rate will go down and we simplify the code.” Watch: But these “special interest loopholes” are not for behaviors that Americans are reluctantly taking just to save money. They are for basic, often mandatory things, like paying state and local taxes, paying medical expenses, and paying interest on student loans. The notion that tax increases won’t affect people because everyone’s income range gets a rate cut simply pretends that these increases won’t happen for thousands of families, as if they could simply opt out of those costs. Scalise then changed the subject to highlight that the simplified tax code — without all of the deductions that people have long relied on — will enable most Americans to complete their taxes on a postcard — a time saver that would come as little consolation to a family paying thousands more in taxes under the plan.

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