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Comedians Sued for Pranking TV Station

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:31:30 -0400

The owners of a Wisconsin TV station filed a federal lawsuit against a pair of comedians pretending to be a "strongman duo" on its morning show, accusing them of defrauding the TV station, and misusing airtime to advertise their own brand. Atlanta-based Gray Television, which owns WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisc., is suing The Found Footage Festival founders Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher -- both from New York -- for using fake names and materials to fraudulently convince WEAU to book their appearance on "Hello Wisconsin," according to the complaint.(image)

Moderate Republicans Oppose New Trumpcare Bill

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:33:42 -0400

President Donald Trump inched closer to his elusive goal of transforming the health care system Wednesday as hard-line House conservatives -- once the chief opponents of the GOP plan -- embraced a new proposal to replace Obamacare. Senior House Republican sources said they still didn't have the votes for passage Wednesday evening. But GOP leaders felt bullish enough about their progress that they began considering a vote as early as this week. Nothing is scheduled. However, Republicans on Wednesday -- through an obscure House rule for another piece of legislation -- gave themselves same-day authority to fast-track any bill at the last minute, through Saturday.(image)

Democracy Dies in Dumbness

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:33:04 -0400

Tom Nichols, USA Today: Not surprisingly, [Donald] Trump is at this point the most unpopular new president in the history of modern polling. What is bewildering is that at the same time, 96% of Trump voters say they have no regrets about their choice. How can this be? Is it just partisanship, with Americans so divided that they will simply cheer on their own team and stay loyal beyond all rational thought? The wide disagreement among Americans on the president's performance, however, is more than partisanship. It is a matter of political literacy. The fact of the matter is that too many Trump supporters do not hold the president responsible for his mistakes or erratic behavior because they are incapable of recognizing them as mistakes. They lack the foundational knowledge and basic political engagement required to know the difference between facts and errors, or even between truth and lies.(image)

GOP Senator: Leaving NAFTA 'Disastrously Bad'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:28:03 -0400

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Wednesday warned the Trump administration against abandoning the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "Scrapping NAFTA would be a disastrously bad idea," he said in a statement. "It would hurt American families at the check-out, and it would cripple American producers in the field and the office. ... Yes, there are places where our agreements could be modernized but here's the bottom line: trade lowers prices for American consumers and it expands markets for American goods. Risking trade wars is reckless, not wise."(image)

Live: NFL Draft

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:50:00 -0400

"You've studied the mocks. You know who has the most draft capital. You've researched the trade scenarios, decided which teams want quarterbacks and wondered who would be dumb/brilliant enough to draft a running back in the first round. So I'll say/scream/shout: It's time for some answers! As the hours before the start of the 2017 NFL draft in Philadelphia melt into minutes, let's fire off predictions for Round 1." -- Kevin Seifert, ESPN(image)

In TED Talk, Pope Asks Powerful to 'Act Humbly'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:41:51 -0400

Pope Francis has made a surprise TED talk, beamed from the Vatican to Vancouver, calling for leaders to act with humility and tenderness. The first pontifical TED talk, which lasted 18 minutes, featured Francis dispensing advice to politicians and leaders of big business, as well as talking about his own background as the son of migrants. ... In his encounters with the old, sick, migrants and prisoners, he says: "I often find myself wondering, 'Why them and not me?'" Coming from a family of Italian migrants who made a new home in Argentina, "I could have very well ended up among today's 'discarded' people," he says.(image)

Russian Spy Trawler Hits Freighter, Sinks

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:30:57 -0400

A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sunk in the Black Sea Thursday after colliding with a freighter near the Turkish coast. The Russian Defense Ministry said the collision occurred about 25 miles northwest of the Bosphorus Strait and left a hole in the hull of the Liman. The ministry statement, carried by Russian news agencies, said none of the crew members was hurt. ... Russia has goaded the Trump administration this year with a couple spy ship voyages along the U.S. East Coast -- coming within just 17 miles of land at one point.(image)

Blood-Thinner Xarelto Faces 18,000 Lawsuits

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:32:31 -0400

Joseph Boudreaux says taking Johnson & Johnson's blood-thinning drug Xarelto was one of the biggest mistakes of his life. While Xarelto was supposed to help cut his stroke risk, Boudreaux says it instead caused internal bleeding that required a week-long hospital stay in the intensive-care unit, several blood transfusions and multiple heart procedures. "I don't want anybody else to suffer like I have from that drug," the part-time security guard says. Starting Monday, Boudreaux will get a chance to have jurors hold J&J and Bayer, which jointly developed Xarelto, responsible for the treatment's potentially fatal side effects as his case in New Orleans becomes the first lawsuit targeting the medicine to go to trial.(image)

The Obvious Reason Chaffetz is Quitting Congress

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:33:09 -0400

Kevin Drum, Mother Jones: Ever since Jason Chaffetz announced he would be leaving Congress, people have been trying to figure out what's going on. Why would he do that? But it doesn't seem like much of a mystery to me. Chaffetz is a very ambitious guy. Like everyone else, he assumed Hillary Clinton would win the election and provide him with endless fodder for high-profile investigations from his perch as chairman of the Oversight Committee. ... Then Trump won. Suddenly the Oversight Committee was all but shut down. There would be no investigations.(image)

Trump Met Matt Drudge in Oval Office

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:17:57 -0400

President Trump met with conservative media personality Matt Drudge in the Oval Office, Politico reported Thursday. Drudge also speaks regularly with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law. Earlier this month, Drudge said on Michael Savage's radio show that he believes Republicans in Congress are undermining Trump. "I suspect there's a sabotage," he said. "Do you know Obama had the stimulus package on his desk before Inauguration Day? What did this Congress give this great man? Nothing."(image)

Banned Yak Meat Smuggled in Sweaters

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:42:01 -0400

Federal U.S. Customs Agents recently seized more than 300 pounds of banned yak meat that was smuggled to Kennedy Airport in sweaters, shawls and pants, officials said Wednesday. Certain banned dung pods and seeds were also sent in the shipment, which came from Nepal, officials said. ... While yak meat isn't illegal in the U.S., it is not allowed from certain countries where foot-and-mouth disease and other infectious cattle viruses are prevalent, such as Nepal.(image)

Trump Spent 5 Minutes at Meeting About North Korea

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:32:23 -0400

The White House says President Donald Trump did not attend the entire meeting with senators who gathered to discuss the crisis in North Korea. An administration official says Trump attended only the first five minutes of the meeting. He delivered opening remarks before handing it over to his national security team. ... The meeting lasted about one hour and discussed various financial and military options available for pressuring North Korea to end its nuclear program.(image)

Trump Backs Off Plan to Terminate NAFTA

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:44:55 -0400

President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico Wednesday he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact which he railed against as a candidate and as recently as last week declared was harmful to US workers. In a description of Trump's phone calls to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Enrique Peña Nieto, the White House said Trump "agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries." ... "It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation," Trump said in a written statement that accompanied the readout of his phone calls.(image)

FCC Chair Unveils Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:31:00 -0400

The attempt to roll back net neutrality has officially begun. Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, laid out plans Wednesday to limit the agency's oversight of Internet service providers, potentially weakening enforcement of net neutrality. The net neutrality rules, approved by the FCC in 2015, are intended to keep the Internet open and fair. The rules prevent Internet providers from playing favorites by deliberately speeding up or slowing down traffic from specific websites and apps. As part of the 2015 process, the FCC voted to assert more regulatory control over Internet providers by reclassifying them as common carriers, similar to telephone services. Pai has now issued a proposal to repeal that reclassification, called Title II, raising alarms among net neutrality advocates and throughout the tech industry.(image)

Pope Rents Private Beach for the Disabled

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:30:02 -0400

Pope Francis is paying a year's rent for a private beach near Rome so a charity can help people with disabilities enjoy the sea and sun, according to the group that manages the program. The group Work of Love has rented a portion of the Little Madonna beach since 2012 and outfitted it with boardwalks, ramps and water vehicles to provide access to people in wheelchairs and those with other issues that make a day at the beach difficult. Monseigneur Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, told CNN that Francis gave the charity an undisclosed sum to "support the project that helps disabled youth and in particular to cover the cost of the annual rent for the beach known as the Little Madonna."(image)