September 20, 2019

GDP grows above-forecast 2.6 percent as business spending picks up

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From Newsmax The U.S. economy cooled by less than expected last quarter as business investment picked up, suggesting growth could be stronger for longer as the Federal Reserve takes a patient approach to interest rates. The 2.6 percent annualized rate of gains in gross domestic product from October to December compared with the 2.2 percent […]

US Police: ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett used ‘racism’ to promote career

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From Newsmax Actor Jussie Smollett claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary on the hip-hop TV drama “Empire,” Chicago’s police chief said on Thursday. Smollett, a 36-year-old black, openly gay actor, has been arrested after he was charged with lying to police in connection […]

US: Roger Stone’s wife details ‘terrifying morning’

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By Brian Freeman From newsmax Roger Stone’s wife Nydia sent out an email over the weekend describing the pre-dawn raid on their house in Ft. Lauderdale last month in which her husband was arrested, calling it “the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced.” The email was also a fundraising letter urging the public to […]

US S&P: Economy lost at least $6 billion to shutdown

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From Newsmax The U.S. economy lost at least $6 billion during the partial shutdown of the federal government due to lost productivity from furloughed workers and economic activity lost to outside business, S&P Global Ratings said on Friday. President Donald Trump agreed on Friday to end the 35-day partial shutdown, the longest in history, without […]

Report: Ex-FBI lawyer admits role in FISA warrant for Trump aide

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By Jeffrey Rodack From Newsmax James Baker, a former top FBI lawyer, said he was involved in the warrant application for surveillance of Donald Trump campaign aide Carter Page, Fox News is reporting. Baker made the acknowledgment and confirmed other “unusual steps” in the FBI probe in 2016, during closed door congressional testimony, according to the news network. […]

More coal-fired power plants were retired during Trump’s first 2 years than all of Obama’s first term, report says

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By Scott DiSavino, Reuters From Business Insider More US coal-fired power plants were shut in President Donald Trump’s first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama’s first term, despite the Republican’s efforts to prop up the industry to keep a campaign promise to coal-mining states. In total, more than 23,400 megawatts (MW) […]

US: Rod Rosenstein to leave DOJ after Barr confirmation

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By Jeffrey Rodack From Newsmax Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Department of Justice in the coming weeks, according to reports. ABC News attributed the information to unnamed “multiple sources” in a report posted Wednesday. It also said that Rosenstein has notified President Donald Trump of his intentions. His departure is planned to […]

Ocasio-Cortez: Being morally correct more important than precise accuracy

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By Brian Freeman From Newsmax Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said those who attack her for misstatements she’s made are “missing the forest for the trees” and are “more concerned with being accurate on facts than being morally right.” In a “60 Minutes” interview aired on CBS Sunday, the progressive New York Democrat was asked about critics who have mocked […]

Climate scientists are roasting Trump over his response to his own administration’s climate-change report

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By Sarah Gray From Business Insider Climate scientists are responding to President Donald Trump’s comments on the fourth National Climate Assessment — a publicly reviewed, congressionally mandated climate assessmentput together by 13 government agencies and a team of 300 experts. On Monday, Trump was asked by reporters about the assessment — specifically the economic impact […]

Trump says Brexit deal could mean U.K. can’t trade with U.S.

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From Newsmax President Donald Trump said U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement could jeopardize the country’s ability to trade with the U.S. “Right now as the deal stands she may not — they may not be able to trade with the U.S. and I don’t think they want that at all, that would be […]