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Thursday, January 19, 2017

In his campaign for president, Donald Trump tapped into the viral anger over H-1B use. The outsourcing of high-skill jobs is a "tremendous threat," he said. Disney workers who trained visa-holding replacements spoke at some of his rallies.

But soon after the election, President-elect Trump assembled a 16-member team of CEO-level executives to advise him on job creation, including many from firms that send jobs overseas and have advocated for an H-1B cap increase. Read more

A Republican political operative and his family had hoped he would avoid prison after admitting to his role in a cash-for-endorsement scandal -- and they lashed out after he was sentenced to 15 months.

Former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to violating federal election law and obstruction of justice after he made the surprising leap from backing Michele Bachmann for president to supporting Ron Paul just days ahead of the 2012 caucus.

Sorenson's attorney was surprised by the prison term, since the former lawmaker had cooperated with federal prosecutors, testified before a grand jury and agreed to plead guilty to accepting $73,000 in exchange for his endorsement.

Prosecutors had recommended two years of probation and community service, but Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt imposed the prison term instead, saying Sorenson's crimes were "the definition of political corruption." Read more

The media is raising concerns about a drone bombing at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Friday.

On Thursday's Today show, a report indicated that U.S. Secret Service has put in place several anti-drone efforts out of concern that an ISIS-inspired "flying IED" will smash into the crowd, or worse.

The report quoted an official from a drone countermeasure firm saying that the Inauguration "is not something I would feel safe at.

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Trump says he was in Trump Tower on November 7, a day after Romney's loss, when it came to him, but he had used it already in December 2011.

Donald Trump said in an interview published in The Washington Post Wednesday that he came up with the slogan "Make America Great Again" a day after the 2012 election. This is a plausible story, given his reaction to the election to a second term of Barack Obama.

According to Trump, he was in Trump Tower on November 7, a day after Mitt Romney's loss, when, as WaPo's Karen Tumulty writes, he decided "his own moment was at hand." And he started writing down phrases he could use to frame his campaign.

"Make America Great Again," popped into his head.

"I said, ‘That is so good.' I wrote it down," Trump recalled in an interview. "I went to my lawyers. I have a lot of lawyers in-house. We have many lawyers. I have got guys that handle this stuff. I said, ‘See if you can have this registered and trademarked.' " Read more

A Republican legislative aide in Maryland who was behind a fake news site that accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of election-rigging was fired Wednesday.

Del. David E. Vogt III (R-Frederick) said he terminated Cameron Harris "on the spot" after learning that he was the ­mastermind behind Christian­TimesNewspaper.com and its fabricated Sept. 30 article, which reported that there were tens of thousands of "fraudulent Clinton votes found" in an Ohio ­warehouse. Read more

Less than 48 hours before President Barack Obama leaves office, CNN will air an intimate tribute told through the workdays and accounts of key White House staff members.

President-elect Donald Trump is now just hours away from being in a position to make America great again. But when pressed on how "greatness" can be "measured and sensed" by The Washington Post, Trump responded with a new vision for America: more military parades.

"Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country," Trump said. "And we're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military.

"That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we're going to be showing our military," he added. Read more

Trump's pick for HHS secretary admitted he, not an independent financial adviser, chose to buy stock in a biotech firm.

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, admitted on Wednesday that he decided to buy stock in an Australian biotech firm after receiving information from Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a board member of that company.

Price's admission that he personally chose to purchase stock in Innate Immunotherapeutics contradicts the Trump transition team's defense of another questionable stock trade Price made. The transition team had previously said Price held a broker-operated account with Morgan Stanley and did not direct his stock trades. Read more

Has this ever happen to you? Or is it just a European thing... for now? Read more

Balenciaga Showed a Fall 2017 Bernie Sanders–Inspired Menswear Collection.

As history has proven, fashion serves as a mirror for what's happening around us -- and judging by Balenciaga's Fall 2017 menswear collection, the brand's creative director, Demna Gvasalia, either thinks Bernie Sanders got robbed or considers him a kindred, youth-mobilizing spirit.

On Wednesday the Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential hopeful -- or rather, his campaign signage -- served as the inspiration for the French luxury brand's runway show in Paris.

Notorious for using designs for Balenciaga and his own label, streetwear favorite Vetements, to comment on various aspects of culture, from fetishism to mass consumerism, Gvasalia didn't pass up the opportunity to make a case for the political climate that could have been. Only days away from Donald Trump's inauguration and the subsequent national Women's March, Read more

A remarkably large number of people seem to think that imposing tariffs on imports into the United States would be a good idea. That number, unfortunately, including the President-elect, Donald Trump.

However, we do have an American industry which is protected by exactly such trade tariffs, the sugar one. And we even know what the effects of those sugar tariffs are--they make all Americans poorer.

So, if that is true then what is the effect of the more general tariffs Donald Trump and others want going to be? Well, obviously, they're going to make everyone poorer, aren't they?

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In Madrid, Spain, a life size statue of Donald Trump during an unveiling ceremony at a waxwork museum was assaulted by a topless activist from the feminist group Femen. The woman, who had the words "Grab Back" and "Grab Patriarchy by the Balls" painted on her body, reportedly pushed past security ropes and placed her hand on the statue's crotch.

Museum staff spent several minutes trying to grope restrain the woman before eventually bundling her out through a back door. Read more

Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines -- will join the Hall.

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - After a giant mix-up, a missing hunter was located safely. He was in the Limestone County Jail.

The Limestone County Sheriff's Department told WHNT News 19 that 50-year-old Randy Keith Holt was arrested for public intoxication just after 2 p.m. on Monday.

Officials said that family members were unaware that Holt had been arrested and reported him missing.

Once officers were made aware of the missing man's last name, they located him and called off the search.

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DeVos refused to promise that she would not privatize or strip funding from the public schools she would oversee if confirmed.

Asked bluntly by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington whether she would commit to keeping funding for public schools intact, DeVos dodged the question.

"I look forward, if confirmed, to working with you to talk about how we address the needs of all parents and all students," she said. "We acknowledge today that not all schools are working for the students that are assigned to them, and I'm hopeful that we can work together to find common ground and ways that we can solve those issues and empower parents to make choices on behalf of their children that are right for them."

"I take that as not be willing to commit to not privatizing public schools or cutting money from education," Murray replied.

"I guess I wouldn't characterize it in that way," DeVos said. Read more

When President-elect Donald Trump replaces Barack Obama on January 20, the Democratic Party will find itself more removed from power than at almost any point since the party's creation. Read more

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