Author Archive | Christian Britschgi

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Who Wants a Big Gas Tax Hike?

Christian Delbert/Dreamstime.comAs the Trump administration prepares its plan on how to deliver the $1 trillion infrastructure investment that it keeps promising, some voices are calling for a steep hike in the federal gas tax. On Thursday the Chamber of Commerce unveiled its set of infrastructure policy priorities. It included a whopping 140 percent increase in […]

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DOJ Will Retry Menendez for Corruption, “Progress” But No Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown, and Trump’s Travel Ban Heads to the Supreme Court Again: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Jan. 19, 2018 4:30 pm Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/NewscomThe Justice Department has announced its intention to retry Sen. Bob Menendez (D – N.J.) for corruption. The senator’s last trial ended in a mistrial in November. A meeting between Sen. Chuck Schumer (D – N.Y.) and President Trump intended to avoid a government shutdown ended […]

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Tennessee Deputy Who Suffered Panic Attack After Firing At Unarmed Man Had Track Record of Lying and Incompetence at Previous Police Department

Screenshot via Knoxville News-TribuneHow unqualified does an aspiring deputy have to be before the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department won’t hire him? In October Reason covered the story of Justin M. Johnson, a deputy in Sevier County, Tennessee, whose bodycam caught him firing wildly and without warning at an unarmed man who had been filming him. […]

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Bannon Subpoenaed By Muller, CFPB Backs Away From Payday Lending Rule, and Trump Admin. Appeals DACA Decision to Supreme Court: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Jan. 16, 2018 4:30 pm Jeff Malet Photography/NewscomFormer Brietbart News chief and advisor to President Trump Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will “reconsider” its controversial payday lending rules. Trump will appeal a 9th Circuit ruling blocking […]

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‘Swatting’ Suspect Charged With Manslaughter, Steve Mnuchin Promises Hard Look at Bitcoin, and Trump Waives Sanctions on Iran: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Jan. 12, 2018 4:30 pm Ron Sachs/SIPA/NewscomL.A. ‘swatting’ suspect charged with manslaughter. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wants to sure bad people aren’t doing bad things with Bitcoin. Trump’s lawyer arranged for hush money to be paid to a porn star who allegedly had a sexual encounter with the President in 2006, according to the […]

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House GOP Mulls Return of Earmarks, Trump Promises Immigration “Bill of Love”, and a Canadian Pub Offers Women a ‘Wage Gap’ Discount: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Jan. 9, 2018 4:30 pm KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/NewscomHouse mulls a return to the dark days of earmarks. FBI supposedly had a source within the Trump network claims Fusion GPS founder Glenn R. Simpson in Congressional testimony. Trump says a DACA fix should be a “bill of love.” New York lawmaker accused of stealing $55,000 in […]

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Trump Tells Salvadoran Immigrants to GTFO

The Trump administration has revoked Temporary Protected Status for thousands of Salvadorans currently living in the United States. The immigrants now have until mid-2019 to make legal arrangements to stay in the United States; failing that, they must either return to El Salvador or endure life as an illegal immigrant. About 186,000 people received the […]

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Will 2020 Be Oprah vs. Trump?

Carlos Amaya/Sipa USA/NewscomThe next presidential election is almost three years away, and yet it appears the race already has its frontrunner: Oprah Winfrey. Center-left Twitter, where endless optimism about government in general mixes with apoplectic rage and fear about the government we currently have, is suddenly swooning over the idea, with numerous media personalities and […]

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Republicans Get the Ball Rolling on Infrastructure, Feds Investigate the Clinton Foundation, and White Nationalists Push Back at Attempts to Honor Black Confederates: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Jan. 5, 2018 4:30 pm The White House/Sipa USA/NewscomPresident Trump and Republican Congressional leadership set to hash out a long awaited infrastructure plan at Camp David retreat this weekend. The federal government is actively engaged in an investigation of alleged corruption at the Clinton Foundation, reports CNN. VR headset makers don’t like that their […]

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‘Nigerian Prince’ Arrested in Louisiana, Orrin Hatch Retires, and ‘Monster Storm’ Threatens East Coast: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Jan. 2, 2018 4:30 pm MIKE THEILER/UPI/Newscom”Nigerian prince” arrested in Louisiana. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is retiring, paving the way for a possible Mitt Romney Senate run. Air Traffic Control reform advocate Rep. Bill Schuster (R-Penn.) is retiring from Congress. Israel threatens African migrants with deportation or imprisonment. “Monster storm” prepares to hit East […]

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