Praising Utahns' "can-do pioneering spirit" and calling out federal dysfunction, Mitt Romney launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate in a brief video Friday. "Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in Washington," the 2012 Republican presidential nominee says in the 2-minute clip. Romney said he decided to run for Senate to help bring Utah's values and lessons to Washington. read more
The Media Stopped Reporting The Russia Collusion Story Because They Helped Create It The press has played an active role in the Trump-Russia collusion story since its inception. It helped birth it. Half the country wants to know why the press won't cover the growing scandal now implicating the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice, and threatening to reach the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and perhaps even the Obama White House. read more
The White House on Monday unveiled President Donald Trump's long-awaited infrastructure plan that aims to rehabilitate the nation's roads, bridges, tunnels, and more. The plan will include $200 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years, and it aims to raise up to $1.5 trillion total by incentivizing investment from state and local governments as well as private firms. Here's a breakdown of how that would be spent: $100 billion would be used as direct grants to local governments to help trigger investment. $50 billion would go to projects in rural areas in the form of block grants. $20 billion to large projects that can "lift the American spirit." $30 billion for miscellaneous existing infrastructure programs. The funding proposal is a departure from typical spending on infrastructure, as the federal government usually covers a bulk of the cost. The Trump plan would see local governments taking on 80% or more of the funding burden. read more
We're defenseless against Russian sabotage in the midterm elections. - Actual WaPo headline; NOT Fake Newz On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats was the latest to testify to Russia's threat to our democracy and our unpreparedness. The Post reports: Appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said that Russia will continue using propaganda, false personas and social media to undermine the upcoming elections. "There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts" to disrupt the 2016 presidential campaign "as a success," and it "views the 2018 midterm elections" as another opportunity to conduct an attack, said Coats, testifying at the committee's annual worldwide threats hearing. read more
Family and friends of a male escort found dead in the West Hollywood home of a high-powered Democratic Party donor last year continue to press for answers -- in a case that has eluded the national media spotlight on incidents of sexual misconduct and racial injustice. Gemmel Moore, 26, was discovered by police on July 27 inside the apartment of Ed Buck, 63. Buck is a well-known Democratic contributor, and has given more than $500,000 to an array of Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and a variety of state and local organizations in California. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office initially ruled the death an accidental methamphetamine overdose. But the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office Homicide Bureau on Aug. 14 announced they would investigate if there is any criminal culpability, after Moore's family and friends disputed the initial finding.