Posts by Mary Chastain  (Page 2)
 

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

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Posted by    Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:45pm 2/17/2017 at 12:45pm

The Senate has confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA with 52 yes votes and 46 no votes.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was the only Republican to vote no. Pruitt received two Democrat yes votes: Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota and Joe Manchin from West Virginia.

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Florida Man Planned to Blow up Target Stores to Lower Stock

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Posted by    Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:30am 2/17/2017 at 11:30am

A Florida man faces federal charges because he wanted to blow up Target stores along the east coast in an attempt to lower stock prices. I am not kidding.

Federal authorities have charged Mark Charles Barnett, 48, “with possession or a possession of a destructive device affecting commerce by a previously convicted...

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Tillerson Meets With Russian Counterpart as Mattis Says No to Russia

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Posted by    Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:00pm 2/16/2017 at 6:00pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a trip to Germany. Tillerson said the U.S. will only “work with Russia when mutual cooperation is beneficial.” He promised to put American interests first, though, if the two countries “do not see eye to eye.”

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Aetna CEO: Obamacare “is in a Death Spiral”

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Posted by    Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:30pm 2/16/2017 at 4:30pm

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini continues his criticism of Obamacare as more health insurance agencies quit Obamacare or decide to scale back even more. The law has caused premiums to climb while healthy individuals opt out of the program altogether.

Because of this, Bertolini

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Trump Chooses Former NLRB Member Alexander Acosta for Labor

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Posted by    Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 1:00pm 2/16/2017 at 1:00pm

President Donald Trump has picked former National Labor Relations Board member Alexander Acosta for his Secretary of Labor.

Trump had to choose another nominee after fast food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew on Wednesday following controversies that surrounded him, which included hiring an illegal immigrant for a housekeeper and accusations of...

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North Carolina Deputy Shows Off Moves in a Dance Off

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:30pm 2/15/2017 at 6:30pm

I love watching these videos! They never get old. Someone posted a video of a North Carolina cop showing off his dance moves when a boy named Jason challenged him to a dance-off. From Fox 13:

“They got onto the topic of...

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Susan Collins Will Vote No on Scott Pruitt as EPA Director

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:00pm 2/15/2017 at 6:00pm

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has told Maine Public Radio that she will vote against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. She acknowledged his accomplishments, but the two of them have too many different views when it comes to the EPA:

“Specifically, I have significant concerns that Mr. Pruitt has...

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FLASHBACK: George H.W. Bush Reads Love Letters to Barbara

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 5:00pm 2/15/2017 at 5:00pm

I noticed President George H.W. Bush trending on Facebook and immediately thought the worst. Instead, he is trending because news outlets have circulated him reading his old love letters to his wife of 72 years Barbara. Why not keep sharing it? These two are the definition of RELATIONSHIP GOALS. They fell...

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Dems seek party salvation in redistricting and loosening voting laws

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 4:30pm 2/15/2017 at 4:30pm

Oh, Democrats. Why can’t you look in the mirror and just admit your problem? The Democrats suffered a massive blow when President Donald Trump crushed Hillary Clinton in the presidential Electoral College race. But Democrats also suffered in Congress and at the state level.

To fix that, the party wants to fight...

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Andrew Puzder Has Withdrawn From Labor Secretary Nomination

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 3:01pm 2/15/2017 at 3:01pm

The Associated Press has reported that Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as Labor Secretary nominee. He has released this statement:

“After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” he said in the statement.

“I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to...

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Kim Jong Un Ordered Killing of Brother: South Korea Spy Chief

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1:30pm 2/15/2017 at 1:30pm

South Korea’s spy chief claims that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered the assassination of his half-brother. Kim Jong Nam died after two women attacked him at a Malaysian airport. From The Wall Street Journal:

“The longstanding order has been executed,” said Lee Cheol-woo, who heads the​ South Korean​legislature’s intelligence committee,...

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Mattis Assures NATO That U.S. Stands Behind Its Allies

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11:30am 2/15/2017 at 11:30am

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has told America’s NATO allies that President Donald Trump’s administration stands behind its allies. However, he also reiterated that other members must step up in costs:

“It’s a fair demand that all who benefit from the best defense in the world carry their proportionate share of the...

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Kim Jong Un’s Half-Brother Reportedly Killed in Malaysia

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 11:30am 2/14/2017 at 11:30am

Well, this is interesting. Someone killed North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un’s older half-brother Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia on Monday. From South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency:

Cable TV broadcaster TV Chosun reported that Kim was killed at an airport in Malaysia after being attacked by two unidentified female agents with “poisoned...

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Four GOP Senators Deny CNN Report They Decided to Vote Against Puzder for Labor

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:00am 2/14/2017 at 7:00am

I came across this CNN article that Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder faced many hurdles before his Thursday confirmation hearing because four GOP senators decided to withhold their support. The fast food executive will face the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Thursday.

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National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns

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Posted by    Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:43pm 2/13/2017 at 11:43pm

President Donald Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn has resigned after he came under fire over his contacts with Russian officials.

The resignation comes after the Justice Department announced that officials had “warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the...

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Senate Confirms Mnuchin for Treasury

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Posted by    Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:00pm 2/13/2017 at 7:00pm

The Senate has confirmed Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary for President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

As expected, all Republicans voted for Mnuchin. It was expected to go down party lines, but West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin voted yes as well. The vote ended 53-47.

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Jerry Sandusky’s Son Arrested on Child Porn, Child Sex Assault

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Posted by    Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:00pm 2/13/2017 at 6:00pm

Authorities have arrested Jeffrey Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, and charged him with child porn and child sexual assault. The elder Sandusky remains in prison for sexually abusing children for years. From The New York Post:

WTAJ reported that Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, was arraigned Monday in...

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