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Delusional Democrats in the Congressional Black Caucus have reportedly renewed their ill-conceived efforts to force white Americans to pay for the sins of some of their ancestors.
Specifically, Michigan Rep. John Conyers and his fellow CBC members have “re-introduced legislation that would set up a commission to consider whether reparations should be paid to black Americans for slavery,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Conyers has reportedly been proposing the bill every year for at least two decades. As noted by the Examiner, the bill would also consider the prospect of the federal government issuing a formal apology for the “racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans.”
This despite the fact that slavery was outlawed over 150 years ago and not every white American’s ancestors partook in the hideous trade — or were even in the country at the time.
Moreover, according to The Root magazine, known for its usually unapologetically pro-black stance on the issues, even some free black Americans “bought and sold other black people, and did so at least since 1654, continuing to do so right through the Civil War.”
And even one of the most leftist papers in existence, The New York Times, admitted two years ago that were a reparations bill passed into law, payments would “have to come from taxpayers, who have no culpability for those past crimes and little, if any, of the benefit.”
Unless the government were to use only the funds of white taxpayers, which would be inherently racist, reparations would therefore be funded by Americans of all races, including black Americans.
The bill was to all intents and purposes economically unfeasible, historically inaccurate and a royal waste of time — one likely rooted in animosity as well as ignorance.
Over 150 years have passed since America’s darkest days, and within that time frame, the nation has become one of the most tolerant countries on Earth, as reported three years ago by The Washington Post:
As bad as slavery was — and there’s no arguing that it was a horrific national sin — the time has long since come to let the issue go. That would certainly be better than flogging a dead horse — one that ought to be long buried in this day and age.
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Rep. Tom MacArthur on Tuesday resigned as chair of the Tuesday Group — moderate Republicans — over fallout from the healthcare legislation that bore his name, The Hill reported.
House Republicans passed the MacArthur amendment of the American Health Care Act, crafted by the New Jersey Republican along with the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows.
Moderate Republicans were not thrilled. Come Tuesday, MacArthur had had enough.
“While some embraced my efforts as co-chairman, others have bristled. Clearly, our group is divided. Many in the Tuesday Group are eager to live up to our ideal of being problem-solvers, while others seem unwilling to compromise. The recent healthcare debate was illustrative,” The Hill quoted MacArthur on Tuesday.
“It’s clear that some in the Tuesday Group have different objectives and a different sense of governing than I do,” MacArthur said.
Source: newsmax – Tuesday Group Chairman MacArthur Resigns Over Healthcare Fallout
A single-payer healthcare system in California would cost approximately $400 billion annually, according to a legislative analysis released ahead of the proposal’s hearing in a key fiscal committee, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.
Questions about the cost have been up to now one of the largest and most important unanswered questions about the plan to overhaul the state’s healthcare coverage.
The bill would get rid of health insurance companies, include coverage for those in the country illegally and have no out-of-pocket costs for residents, the Washington Examiner reported.
The analysis found that although the price tag is $400 billion per year, the new costs would be less, in the range of between $50 billion and $100 billion annually.
This is so because some $200 billion of existing funds would be repurposed to go towards the new system and projections estimate that universal healthcare would also reduce spending by employers and employees statewide, according to the Times.
The extra funds needed for the system could be raised by a new 15 percent payroll tax on employers, the analysis proposed.
But for that to happen, two-thirds of California’s Assembly and Senate must approve it. However, even if the bill was signed into law in the state, President Donald Trump would also have to approve the waivers, because Medicare and Medicaid would be expected to pay for about half the program.
The Examiner pointed out that attempts by other states at a single-payer system have failed because of concerns about costs, such as in Colorado and Vermont.
Source: newsmax – California’s Single-Payer Healthcare Would Cost 0 Billion
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said Tuesday, in response to the attack in Manchester, U.K. Monday night, that Muslims must do more to fight against radical terrorists.
Moderate Muslims “have to step up to the plate and clean up their own religion, which has been perverted by this radical Islamist terror,” McCaul said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” pointing to President Donald Trump’s Sunday speech in which he urged Middle Eastern countries to wipe out “Islamic extremism” in the region and framing it as a “battle between good and evil,” rather than between Islam and the West.
“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive them out,” Trump said. “Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this Earth.”
The president addressed the attack on Tuesday, calling the perpetrators “losers” while in Bethlehem, according to CNN.
“So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are,” he said. “They’re losers, and we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers, just remember that.”
McCaul said that despite Trump’s attempts to build bridges between Muslims, Christians and Jews, that “This ideology’s way too strong. And we’re going to see more of these attacks in the future.”
A new report compares Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to that of Nazi Germany’s dating back to World War II.
The Daily Beast outlines its case by listing several reasons that it believes draw comparisons between Abe and Adolf Hitler. Among those are:
Abe will replace Japan’s Democratic Constitution instituted after the war with one that takes pages from Nazi Germany’s.
Abe’s party will pass a surveillance bill this week that the Daily Beast says could punish people for speaking out against the government. A similar policy was in place from 1925-1945 during Japan’s imperial days.
Abe has brought what the Daily Beast reports were racists into his administration.
Abe’s Cabinet ministers support bringing the “Imperial Rescript on Education” back to classrooms across the country, which was used as a reason to deploy kamikaze pilots during World War II.
“The administration has demonstrated repeatedly its inclination to be more like the Nazis, at least in certain respects,” The Daily Beast’s Jake Adelstein and Mari Yamamoto wrote. “In fact, sometimes the party manifesto seems like one big throwback to those imperialist days when the superior Yamato race, descendants of the gods, ruled over Asia and used lesser Asian men for slave labor, and the women for pleasuring the soldiers.”
Japan’s new Constitution would, in part, grant the federal government the power to institute a state of emergency. That, the Beast reports, would allow Abe’s administration to circumvent certain laws and avoid having to receive Parliament approval to take certain actions.
Critics of the aforementioned surveillance bill claim it will give Japan’s government too much power.
“Abe and the [ruling Liberal Democratic Party] want to dramatically change the balance between protecting individual rights and police powers,” said Lawrence Repeta, an expert on Japan’s legal system.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Source: newsmax – The Daily Beast Compares Japan PM Abe to Hitler
Target Corp. has reached an $18.5 million settlement over a massive data breach that occurred before Christmas in 2013, New York’s attorney general announced Tuesday.
The agreement involving 47 states and the District of Columbia is the largest multistate data breach settlement to date, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office said. The settlement, which stipulates some security measures the retailer must adhere to, resolves the states’ probe into the breach.
Target spokeswoman Jenna Reck said in a statement that the company has been working with state authorities for several years to address claims related to the breach.
“We’re pleased to bring this issue to a resolution for everyone involved,” she said.
Target had announced the breach on Dec. 19, 2013, saying it had occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 of that year. It affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and exposed contact information for more than 60 million customers.
The breach forced Target to overhaul its security system and the company offered free credit reports for potentially affected shoppers. Target’s sales, profit and stock price all suffered months after the disclosure as shoppers were nervous about their security of their credit cards. The breach also contributed to the departure of Target’s then-CEO, chairman and president Gregg Steinhafel, who resigned in May 2014.
An investigation by the states found that in November 2013, scammers got access to Target’s server through credentials stolen from a third-party vendor. They used those credentials to take advantage of holes in Target’s systems, accessing a customer service database and installing malware that was used to capture data, including full customer names, telephone numbers, email and mailing addresses, credit card numbers, expiration dates and encrypted debit PINs.
The settlement requires Target to maintain appropriate encryption policies and take other security steps. Reck said the costs of the settlement are already reflected in the reserves that Target has previously disclosed.
Source: newsmax – NY Attorney General: .5 Million Settlement With Target
The U.S. government has filed a civil lawsuit accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of using software to bypass emission controls in diesel vehicles, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday.
The U.S. Justice Department suit is a procedural step that may ramp up pressure on Fiat Chrysler. The suit could ultimately help lead to a settlement, as in an earlier probe of rival Volkswagen AG that will cost VW up to $25 billion, but which affected a much larger number of vehicles.
VW admitted to intentionally cheating while Fiat Chrysler denies wrongdoing. It did not immediately comment on Tuesday.
Fiat Chrysler shares fell 3 percent in the minutes after Reuters’ report of the suit and were last down 2.4 percent at $10.50 in midday U.S. trading.
The lawsuit says the Italian-American automaker placed undeclared “defeat devices,” or auxiliary emissions controls, in 2014-2016 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles.
In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California accused Fiat Chrysler of illegally using undisclosed software to allow excess diesel emissions in 104,000 U.S. 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks.
EPA said in January the maximum fine is about $4.6 billion.
Fiat Chrysler said on Friday it plans to update software that it expects will resolve the concerns of U.S. regulators about excess emissions in those vehicles.
The January notice was the result of regulators’ investigation of rival Volkswagen’s excess emissions, which prompted the government to review emissions from all other passenger diesel vehicles.
Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to installing secret software allowing its cars to emit up to 40 times legally-allowed pollution levels.
In total, VW has agreed to spend up to $25 billion in the United States to address claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers and offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting U.S. vehicles.
Fiat Chrysler has applied for certification to sell 2017 diesel models from U.S. and California regulators and said it was in talks to win approval for a software update to address regulators’ concerns about emissions in vehicles on the road.
The software update would begin rolling out once the EPA and California Air Resources Board approved it, Fiat Chrysler said Friday. The company said it does not anticipate any impact on performance or fuel efficiency.
Reuters reported on May 17 that the Justice Department was preparing to file a civil lawsuit against the automaker.
A federal judge in California set a Wednesday hearing on a series of lawsuits filed by owners of vehicles and some dealers against Fiat Chrysler.
A “defeat device” is any motor vehicle hardware, software, or design that interferes with or disables emissions controls under real-world driving conditions, even if the vehicle passes formal emissions testing.
Automakers around the world are facing diesel scrutiny.
German prosecutors searched Daimler AG sites on Tuesday as part of a fraud probe related to false advertising and the possible manipulation of exhaust-gas after-treatment in diesel cars, the German carmaker said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the German automaker dropped plans to seek U.S. approval to sell 2017 Mercedes-Benz diesel models.
Source: newsmax – Justice Department Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Pollution Controls
John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s losing presidential campaign, is notorious for his hot temper. When he blows his fuse, people in Washington say he turns into his Evil Twin Skippy.
Skippy surfaced the other day.
In an interview with Politico, he dumped all over Donald Trump. He called the president “absolutely crazy,” and “incapable of doing his job.”
Trump, he said, is worse than Nixon. “Nixon, for all his flaws…was serious.”
Skippy is like most Democrats. They can’t stand the idea that Donald Trump is in the White House. It drives them crazy and warps their judgment.
When Skippy sounded off the other day, it reminded us that the Democrats have an alter ego, too— their Evil Twin Dippy.
Dippy doesn’t act like a serious political party. Dippy doesn’t have an idea in its head.
The only thing Dippy has going for itself is the hope that Trump will be impeached.
But for that to happen, Dippy has to take back control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.
According to the Constitution, the House initiates impeachment proceedings.
That’s what’s motivating Dippy these day.
Until then, Dippy will continue banging on Trump, coming up with conspiracy theories, obstructing Trump’s political agenda, and acting in an asinine and harebrained way.
Source: newsmax – Ed Klein: The Democrats’ Evil Twin
Despite President Donald Trump’s glowing praise of Saudi Arabia during his visit there over the weekend, only 9 percent of likely U.S. voters say the Saudi government has been aggressive enough in its efforts to fight radical Islamic terrorism, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released on Tuesday.
Seventy percent of those polled said the Saudis have not been aggressive enough in combating radical Islamic terrorism, which is up from 63 percent two years ago. Twenty-one percent said they are not sure.
Other results from the survey include:
- Only 21 percent of likely U.S. voters view the country as an ally of the United States That compares to 17 percent who considered Riyadh an ally in January 2016 and 26 percent in January 2015.
- Eleven percent of likely U.S. voters consider the Saudis an enemy, which is down from the 29 percent of Americans who felt that way six years ago. Fifty-nine percent say the Saudis are somewhere in between an enemy and an ally.
- Even among those who consider Saudi Arabia an ally, only 18 percent said they are doing enough to fight radical Islam.
In a breakdown among parties, 77 percent of Republicans say Riyadh is not aggressive enough in combatting Islamic terrorism, while 65 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of unaffiliates say the same thing.
Eighty percent of those polled consider radical Islam a serious threat to the United States.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on May 21-22. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
Source: newsmax – Poll: Most Say Saudis Not Tough Enough in Fight Against Islamic Terror