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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Former Vice President Joe Biden late Friday night said he regretted not running for the presidency, predicting if he had secured the Democratic nomination he could have won against Donald Trump.

"I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won," he said. "Maybe not, I don't know."

"Do I regret not being president? Yes," Biden said. "I was the best qualified." Read more

A restaurant owner who came to the U.S. from Mexico 19 years ago is scheduled to be deported to Mexico Friday, weeks after a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials landed him in detention.

Roberto Beristain, a father of four, is the owner of Eddie's Steak Shed in Granger, Indiana, where he lived with his wife Helen and their American-born children, CBS affiliate WSBT reports.

Helen Beristain told local media she voted for President Trump and supported his immigration policy directing federal law enforcement to step up deportation of undocumented immigrants.

However, Helen Beristain didn't believe that policy should apply to someone like her husband, who owns a business, pays taxes and stays out of trouble with the law.

A Hawaii lawmaker who says she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Trump resigned Wednesday from the Republican Party.

Rep. Beth Fukumoto said members of the GOP refused to oppose racism and sexism including a suggestion by Mr. Trump to create a Muslim registry during his campaign.

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Alabama has been trying on the nickname "New Detroit." Its burgeoning auto parts industry employs 26,000 workers, who last year earned $1.3 billion in wages. Georgia and Mississippi have similar, though smaller, auto parts sectors. This factory growth, after the long, painful demise of the region's textile industry, would seem to be just the kind of manufacturing renaissance President Donald Trump and his supporters are looking for. Read more

The U.S. military acknowledged for the first time Saturday that it launched an airstrike against the Islamic State last week in the densely packed Iraqi city of Mosul where residents say more than 100 people were killed.

"An initial review of strike data ... indicates that, at the request of the Iraqi security forces, the Coalition struck ISIS fighters and equipment, March 17, in west Mosul at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties," the task force leading the coalition said in a statement. Read more

Brian Tashman reports at Right Wing Watch:

Yesterday, Pat Robertson kicked off "The 700 Club" by declaring that the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, "is going to pass" and "they're going to give Trump a victory."

"It's going to go through the Senate, and we're all going to rejoice that we're going to pay less on health care," he said, despite the fact that if enacted, most people would see their premiums skyrocket. Read more

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A man had to take his pants off while shopping at the Puyallup Costco Thursday after his cell phone caught fire.

"There was so much smoke. And there were two or three people who had a fire extinguisher. They were trying to help him," said witness Everett Tyrrell.

Tyrrell tells KOMO News he was shopping when he noticed all the smoke. He went around the corner and spotted a shopper without his pants. Read more

President Obama's senior aide Ronald Klain tells Dahlia Lithwick why it's time for the Dems to take a stand.

Would a filibuster of Gorsuch be a smart move for Democrats? As a conservative and self-described originalist, his appointment to the seat formerly held by Justice Antonin Scalia would not shift the balance of the court.

Therefore, some argue, the filibuster should be preserved for a future Trump nominee -- one who might replace one of the court's liberals, such as 84-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg or 78-year-old Stephen Breyer.

Proponents of a Gorsuch filibuster point out that McConnell is no less likely to violate longstanding norms the next time around and that Democrats must push back against the majority leader's extraordinary refusal to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland. Read more

Friday, March 24, 2017

I keep getting richer!!

President Trump today met with Charter CEO Tom Rutledge, where both put on a bit of a show -- implying that the President's policies were responsible for the creation of 20,000 jobs and $25 billion in investment at the cable giant. At the press event held at the White House Oval Office, Rutledge and Trump were joined by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, where the opening of a opening of a South Texas call center by Charter was the centerpiece of the show.

"We're embracing a new economic model -- the American model," proclaimed Trump at the event. "We're going to massively eliminate job-killing regulations. That has started already, big league. Reduce government burdens and lower taxes that are crushing American business and workers all over this country." Read more

Identity politics used to be about three major categories: workers and unionization, anti-war protests and civil rights marches against racist Jim Crow laws. These were the three objectives of the many nationwide demonstrations. That ended when these movements got co-opted into the Democratic Party. Their reappearance in Bernie Sanders' campaign in fact threatens to tear the Democratic coalition apart.

In contrast to Sanders' attempt to convince diverse groups that they had a common denominator in needing jobs with decent pay and to achieve that by opposing Wall Street's replacing the government as central planner. The Democrats depict every identity constituency as being victimized by every other, setting themselves at each other's heels. Clinton strategist John Podesta encouraged Blacks to accuse Sanders supporters of distracting attention from racism.

Fascism is the result of the failure of the left to provide an alternative. Read more

On Friday, the GOP lawmaker abruptly canceled an open hearing scheduled for next Tuesday, at which former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former CIA Director John Brennan were all set to testify.

Nunes explained that the hearing would be postponed, so as to allow FBI director James Comey and NSA director Mike Rogers to address the committee in closed session.

Schiff believes Nunes's true motive is to spare the president a bad news cycle. And he isn't afraid to say so.

Adam Schiff ✔ @RepAdamSchiff

BREAKING: Chairman just cancelled open Intelligence Committee hearing with Clapper, Brennan and Yates in attempt to choke off public info.
11:16 AM - 24 Mar 2017 Read more

Cancer is caused by mistakes in DNA, and a new study finds that in most cancer cases, these mistakes are completely random; they're not due to heredity or environmental factors, but rather the result of random errors.

The mistakes, or mutations, cause cancer to happen because even a tiny error in DNA can make cells multiply out of control, the study said. Scientists had thought these mutations resulted mainly from two things: Either the mutation was inherited, or it was caused by outside factors that can damage DNA, such as cigarette smoke or ultraviolet radiation, the researchers wrote.

But a third cause -- random mistakes -- actually accounts for two-thirds of these mutations, said the new study, published today (March 23) in the journal Science. Read more

National Geographic News: Scientists have discovered that there is a "very real risk" that the holiest site in Christianity may collapse if nothing is done to shore up its unstable foundations.

A scientific team from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), which has just completed the restoration of what is traditionally believed to be the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem, warns that additional work is needed to prevent the shrine and surrounding complex from experiencing significant structural failure.

"When it fails, the failure will not be a slow process, but catastrophic," says Antonia Moropoulou, NTUA's chief scientific supervisor. Read more

A Dallas evangelist told his followers that an "anointed cake" baked by "hookers" turned a gay man straight.

The evangelist, Lance Wallnau, bills himself as a Christian consultant whose website says he helped get President Donald Trump elected with his book God's Chaos Candidate.

Wallnau has made a career out of his pronouncements, which have earned him more than 200,000 Facebook followers.

One of Wallnau's most recent claims came about when he live-streamed a video on Periscope in which he asked viewers for their prayer requests. One person asked for deliverance for her "homosexual" son.

(CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the "great importance" of ties between his country and France as he met French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen at the Kremlin on Friday, Russian state-run news agency Tass reported.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that Russia was not seeking to influence the upcoming French election but had the right to communicate with French politicians.
Russia had no intention of "interfering in anyone's internal business or electoral processes," Peskov said.

In turn, Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front party, criticized European Union sanctions against Russia, calling them "unfair and silly," Tass reported.

The only French presidential candidate to meet with Putin, Le Pen is one of the front-runners in the French election. The first round of voting will be held April 23. Read more

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