November 23, 2016

Mexican company offers to build Donald Trump's border wall

Not only is Mexico going to pay for a "big, beautiful" border wall (says Donald Trump), but a Mexican company already is offering to help build it.

According to a report by Reuters news agency, one of Mexico's biggest construction firms has said it would provide cement and construction ...

Source: stories: Politics

China's Ctrip is buying flight search company SkyScanner for $1.74 billion

skyscanner Skyscanner, the Scotland-based flight search company, has been acquired by Chinese online travel giant Ctrip for £1.4 billion, or approximately $1.74 billion. Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Trump Expected to Pick Ross for Commerce Job, Person Says

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate investor Wilbur Ross, who became a billionaire by acquiring and restructuring troubled companies, as secretary of commerce, according to a person familiar with the transition planning.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Donald Trump taps Nikki Haley, Betsy DeVos for Cabinet posts amid diversity complaints

President-elect Donald Trump picked two women — one an Indian-American — for Cabinet-level appointments Wednesday, answering critics who complained about the preponderance of white men in the running for prominent roles in the administration.

Mr. Trump announced he would nominate South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for U.S. ambassador to the ...

Source: stories: Politics

Donald Trump's realigned Republican Party leaves #NeverTrump establishment behind

The "Never Trump" movement has gone to ground, digging in for a long political winter while the man they vehemently opposed takes control of what was once their Republican Party.

Even as Mitt Romney ponders a job in Donald Trump's administration and the Bush family made congratulatory calls to the ...

Source: stories: Politics

The Early Release Of Federal Drug Crime Felons Is Likely To End In The Trump Administration

'We absolutely hope and expect that the aggressive clemency program presently underway will end when President-Elect Trump takes office'

Via: The Daily Caller

Democrats Struggle to Scrutinize Trump Business Conflicts

Two weeks after Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, Democratic leaders in Congress are already finding out just how limited their powers are to hold him accountable for potential conflicts of interest.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Kansas killing, abduction suspect living in US illegally

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Dallas woman accused of killing a Wichita mother and taking her baby was in the country illegally when she was released from a Kansas jail this summer before immigration officials had a chance to request she be held, law enforcement authorities said Wednesday.

The U.S. ...

Source: stories: Politics

EXCLUSIVE: WaPo Goes After Steve Bannon And His Salaries, Withholds Some Key Facts

'Steve 'Turn on Hate' Bannon'

Via: The Daily Caller

Chef Danny Bowien Spices Up Thanksgiving

On "With All Due Respect," Danny Bowien, founding chef at Mission Chinese Food, shows John Heilemann and Eddie Glaude how to hammer leftover turkey with a lot of spice. (Source: Bloomberg)

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Mitt Romney wrong Trump secretary of state, foreign policy analysts say

Some Donald Trump supporters are warning that naming Mitt Romney as secretary of state will antagonize much of the president-elect's base.

The base thinks Mr. Romney represents an interventionist foreign policy that Mr. Trump rejected repeatedly during the campaign.

Mr. Romney "would be a terrible choice," said former Texas Republican ...

Source: stories: Politics

Naval Commanding Officer Abruptly Resigns, Walks Off Ship

She resigned Monday and no one knows why

Via: The Daily Caller

Care/of takes on the vitamin industry with customized nutrition packs

Craig Elbert and Akash Shah There's no end to the bottles, packs and pills of various nutritional supplements out there, but vitamin startup Care/of plans to stand out by tailoring to your specific needs the vitamins you pop. The startup joins a growing number of others in tech hoping to cash in on the lucrative vitamin industry. Elysium offers pills they say will boost longevity; Ritual makes vitamins for… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Trump Says His Thanksgiving Prayer Is for Nation to Heal Rifts

President-elect Donald Trump urged Americans to put the divisive political campaign behind them and rally together to build a thriving nation.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Inside the Beltway: Reagan's mac and cheese

The Thanksgiving table rules the day, as do thoughts of glorious leftovers and comfort food in general. Let us retreat 33 years in the past and consider "President Reagan's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese," a simple little recipe shared by "Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Washington, D.C., Wife of the President" in a ...

Source: stories: Politics

Trump's Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame To Get Presidential Protection

That's intense...

Via: The Daily Caller

Republican governors' victories come with burdens, Trump questions

ORLANDO, Fla. | When 25 Republican governors and five Republican governors-elect showed up for their association's annual meeting last week, it should have been one of the proudest moments in the party's history.

After public belittlement by some in his own party, Donald Trump pulled off a decisive win. Instead ...

Source: stories: Politics

Archeologists: We Found Where The Pilgrims Lived On The First Thanksgiving

'Archeology helps support the historical record'

Via: The Daily Caller

Obama Pardons His Final Thanksgiving Turkey

With two of his nephews by his side, President Obama performed one of his least favorite presidential duties for the last time on Wednesday at the White House. He pardoned a Thanksgiving turkey named Tot. A "vice-turkey" named Tater was also present, just in case Tot was unable to form his duties. The two turkeys will now head to their new home in "Gobbler's Rest" at Virginia Tech. (Source: Bloomberg)

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Democrats Prepare to Enjoy the Holidays

(John Hinderaker) Those Democrats sure know how to have a good time. While the rest of us are looking forward to family reunions and delicious turkey dinners, the Democratic Party is coaching its faithful on how to win political arguments. This is from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a "Guide to Thanksgiving With Your Republican Relatives." Click to enlarge: It isn't worth the trouble to fact-check this whole mass of talking points,

Source: Power LinePower Line

Foes file lawsuit challenging voter-approved ethics measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A group of Republican lawmakers and others are going to court to block a government ethics overhaul just approved by voters this month.

Their lawsuit filed in state court Wednesday challenges the constitutionality of the ballot measure that took effect last week.

Foes of the measure ...

Source: stories: Politics

League Of Women Voters: Voter ID Laws Rigged Election For Trump

'We also need to say it out loud: This election was rigged'

Via: The Daily Caller

Facebook is unlikely to succeed in China, even if it compromises on free speech

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, April 4, 2013. Zuckerberg says the company is not building a phone or an operating system. Rather, Facebook is introducing a new experience for Android phones. The idea behind the new Home service is to bring content right to you, rather than require people to check apps on the device. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Facebook may have laid some of the early groundwork for a potential entry into China, but the U.S. social network's chances of making a dent in the world's most populous country are remote. Read More

Source: TechCrunch

U.S. Boosts Refiners' 2017 Biofuel Quotas to Record Levels

The Obama administration is forcing refiners to use a record amount of biofuel next year, delivering a victory to Midwest farmers at the expense of oil companies that say they are struggling with the program's costs.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Various officials call for creating immigrant sanctuaries

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - Various state and local officials in Vermont are calling for establishing sanctuaries for immigrants living the country unlawfully that could help protect them from deportation once Republican Donald Trump assumes the presidency.

Winooski adopted a resolution on Monday pledging not to enforce federal immigration ...

Source: stories: Politics

Judge To Leave Bench After Telling New Citizens They Must Accept Trump

'If you do not like that, you need to go to another country'

Via: The Daily Caller

Sony gives Bose a run for its money with the MDR-1000X

img_0060 Sony makes no bones about going after Bose. In fact, when the company first showed off its product in the lead up to IFA this summer, it said as much, acknowledging that the QuietComfort line is largely considered the gold standard for noise-cancelling travel headphones. It's a bit like getting the old board together and deciding you're going to make a better soft drink than… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Trump Taps DeVos to Lead Education Department

President-elect Donald Trump tapped one of the nation's top charter school advocates, Republican philanthropist Betsy DeVos, to lead the Department of Education on Wednesday.

DeVos is the chairman of the American Federation for Children, the nation's largest school choice advocacy group. The federation has worked at the state and local level to advance the expansion of charter schools and other education reforms. She and her husband, entrepreneur Dick DeVos, created the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter high school in Grand Rapids, in 2011.

The post Trump Taps DeVos to Lead Education Department appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Source: Washington Free Beacon

US resumes deportation flights to Haiti

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government is resuming deportation flights to Haiti following a brief suspension after Hurricane Matthew.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says in a statement Wednesday that more than 200 Haitian nationals have been deported in recent weeks.

Johnson says that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement "plans ...

Source: stories: Politics

Oops: BlackHair Mag Features White Woman On Cover, Freaks Out

'I would deeply and sincerely like to apologize'

Via: The Daily Caller

Phone Makers Asked to Modify Devices to Cut Driver Distraction

U.S. safety officials called on smartphone makers to add features that would keep motorists from using functions linked to a surge in deaths due to distracted driving, a proposal that drew immediate opposition from the electronics industry.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Liberals Are Losing Their Minds

(Steven Hayward) A couple days ago I wandered into the Berkeley Bowl Market, which is where upscale hippiedom of Berkeley shops for its fair-trade kale and such. Oh, my! The experience does not disappoint. The people watching was even better than the Whole Foods in Boulder, which was the size of a Home Depot. One of these days I'll take a hidden video camera for some candid shots. Maybe I'll wear a

Source: Power LinePower Line

Number of illegal immigrants in detention surges 20 percent as DHS vows to deport Haitians

Homeland Security is holding some 41,000 illegal immigrants in detention right now, the department said Wednesday, as agents struggle to get control of a new surge across the border — including a wave of Haitian migrants that is testing the limits of immigration policy.

Usually the government only contracts for ...

Source: stories: Politics

The SaaS Co. closes €800K seed funding to develop AI-driven sales assistant

LISA The SaaS Co., a startup that helps Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies with B2B sales, has raised €800,000 in seed funding, money it plans to use to further develop its AI-driven sales assistant. Backing the round are various unnamed angel investors, along with the European Union via a €300,000 grant. Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Trump stance on illegal immigration may aid private prisons

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump's promise to deport millions of immigrants in the country illegally and his selection of tough-on-crime Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general could mean big money for the private prison industry.

Some analysts believe the prison population could climb under the Trump administration, ...

Source: stories: Politics

German online wealth management platform Cashboard scores €3M Series A

Four men in jeans and jacket Cashboard, an online wealth management startup based in Berlin, has closed €3 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Digital Space Ventures, with participation from existing investors Redalpine Capital, Earlybird, and 500 Startups. Other previous backers include Makers, and ProSiebenSat.1. Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Blue pills in Blue House: S. Korea leader explains Viagra

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Little blue pills in the Blue House?

South Korea President Park Geun-hye's office on Wednesday confirmed revelations by an opposition lawmaker that it purchased about 360 erectile dysfunction Viagra pills and the generic version of the drug in December.

While the report has created a ...

Source: stories: Politics

Agricool harvests $4.3 million to grow fruits and vegetables in containers

agricool French startup Agricool has raised $4.3 million (€4 million) from newly-launched VC firm Daphni as well as Parrot founder Henri Seydoux and Captain Train (acquired by Trainline) co-founder Jean-Daniel Guyot. Agricool's product is quite unusual as the company wants to grow strawberries and later other fruits and vegetables inside shipping containers. With many people moving to… Read More

Source: TechCrunch