North Korean ships are reportedly heading back home from China still full of one of the few products the country has that other countries want — coal.According to Reuters, sanctions China implemented in February have gone into effect, stopping North Korea from selling its most precious export to its biggest trading partner.This is a proverbial walk of shame for North Korea.
A group of Democrats from the House and Senate have announced a new bill that would give researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funds to conduct studies on gun safety and firearms violence.Proposed by Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the bill would give $10 million annually to the CDC for the next six years.“Gun violence is ending lives and shattering families in Massachusetts and across the country,” said Markey. “Now more than ever we must study the causes of gun violence and what can be done to prevent it. No one should be afraid of more non-partisan, scientific research into this vital issue – not Republicans, not the NRA, and not President Trump.”The bill has backing from some of the top gun control organizations in the country, including Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign, and Moms Demand Action.A spokesperson for the Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown group said the bill was a long time coming.“Gun violence kills more than 90 Americans and injures hundreds more each day, and yet it remains one of the most underfunded areas of public health research,” said Everytown research director Sarah Tofe in a statement. “The legislation introduced today would appropriate necessary and long overdue funds to the CDC to reclaim their leadership when it comes to gun violence prevention research – a role that has been decimated for more than two decades thanks to a relentless campaign by gun lobby-backed legislators.”
Despite many Democrats not believing that President Donald Trump would go through with building his talked-about wall on the southern border of the United States, it now seems that the barrier is likely to be built, and sooner rather than later. But for all the heated debate about the expense of the wall, there are actually numerous budget items the government currently funds which are in many cases considerably more expensive than the wall’s projected cost. Here’s a list of ten such items that the government clearly has no trouble paying for:
Two of Congress’ biggest proponents of marijuana legalization redoubled their efforts Thursday with a package of bills to “pave the way” for federal regulation of the burgeoning pot industry. The announcement comes amid continued confusion about whether the Trump administration intends to follow through on threats to crack down on marijuana use — including in states where it is legal.The package of three bills, introduced by two Oregon Democrats, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, would provide an additional layer of security to the fledgling $7 billion marijuana industry by removing tax burdens and the threat of criminal prosecution from businesses and individuals.That threat has become more pronounced in the absence of clear statements from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has equated pot with heroin, on whether he will continue an Obama-era policy that discouraged the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states where it is legal.
A group of 13 states – 12 attorneys general and 1 Governor – have filed a brief with a federal appeals court adamantly defending President Trump’s temporary travel ban from nations harboring terrorist activity.The participants argue that the courts have infringed on the President’s Constitutional authority to defend America through such national security determinations.The filing flat-out obliterates the lie that the Executive Order is a “Muslim ban,” and states that Trump is well within his power to take such action.
One conservative group produced colorful flow charts warning millennials that a “border adjustment” tax proposed by Speaker Paul D. Ryan would raise prices on “the Jose Cuervo tequila that’s in your happy hour margarita.” Three days later, a second conservative group kicked off a lobbying campaign saying it would amount to a $1.2 trillion tax on seniors and the working poor. The next day, still another group weighed in, issuing a news release that highlighted how Latinos would be “among those hardest
This hardscrabble Wyoming city of about 30,000 people proclaims itself the “Energy Capital of the Nation” on the mayor’s blue blazer and even the parking ticket payment boxes.Nearby are some of the world’s largest open-pit mines, where dump trucks the size of houses haul out more than 40 percent of the coal produced in the U.S. The windy, wide-open landscape around Gillette also has substantial reserves of natural gas, oil and uranium.So when President Donald Trump lifted a federal coal leasing moratorium and ordered a review of greenhouse gas regulations, the announcement electrified many workers here who depend on fossil fuels for their livelihood. After years of layoffs and corporate bankruptcies, they are optimistic that jobs and a better economy will soon return.
CNN reported Monday that President Trump would announce a new slate of executive orders rolling back many of the EPA regulations that have caused the U.S. to fall behind in energy production. The Obama administration enacted the regulations in an effort to combat climate change, but even supporters of his policies admit they will do little to reduce carbon emissions. In the meantime, they are costing states money and making life more expensive for everyone.With Scott Pruitt in charge of the EPA, there’s little doubt about the administration’s approach to climate change. Trump, both as president and as a candidate, has been a fierce skeptic of the climate change agenda, and Pruitt is on the same page. Under their helm, the EPA will not disappear. It will, however, be reigned in considerably from where it was allowed to go under Obama. And that’s an important step towards getting certain sectors of the economy moving again. Business owners – hell, entire industries – have been paralyzed by the last eight years of burdensome regulations.There’s a reason the Dow Jones has skyrocketed under Trump, and it’s not because Wall Street really loves those red MAGA hats. It’s because they know he’s going to finally let the free market be the free market again.
Both of President Trump’s attempts to shut down travel to the United States from countries known for being terrorist hotspots have been blocked by the courts, but the administration isn’t waiting for those cases to be resolved to do something about the vetting process.According to cables that went out from the State Department last week to all American embassies around the world, the administration is directing consular officials to step up security, making it more difficult for travelers to procure visas.From the NY Times: The new rules generally do not apply to citizens of 38 countries — including most of Europe and longstanding allies like Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea — who can be speedily admitted into the United States under the visa waiver program. That program does not cover citizens from any country in the Middle East or Africa.
PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is one of the quintessential laughing stocks of the global society, and their latest stunt is cementing that infamy.The group, who are known for saving an extremely meager percentage of the animals that they take in while euthanizing the rest, have staged bizarre protests in the name of animal rights for decades. While animal cruelty is certainly no laughing matter, PETA’s publicity stunts are absolutely some of the most unbelievable nonsense ever to fall under the umbrella term of “activism”.Usually, PETA’s concerns lie strictly within the realm of animal rights. The more militant of the terror-backing members believe not only in absurd vegan lifestyles and the outlawing of wearable furs, but they have been widely advocating for the abolishment of pets as they believe it is an exploitation of aninmals.Now, the uber-leftist, nonsensical leadership of the downright absurd organization is embarking onto a journey of fighting subliminal racism, something that no one was asking for.