Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Monday 12/05/16


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Trump Chooses Ben Carson For Housing Secretary – Breitbart
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President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Campaign 2016 rival Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Trump’s decision, announced early Monday by his transition office, comes as the real estate mogul continues a series of interviews, meetings with aides and other deliberations aimed at forming his administration.

In a statement, Trump says he’s “thrilled to nominate” Carson, saying he “has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.”

Carson has been coy about joining the new administration, saying shortly after Trump’s election victory that he wasn’t certain he’d fit into a Cabinet-style role. The discussion at that time centered on speculation that Carson might be selected to head the sprawling Department of Health and Human Services…

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President Asshat Blocks Dakota Access Pipeline, But Protesters Aren’t Leaving – CNS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won’t grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe’s water source and cultural sites.

North Dakota’s leaders criticized the decision, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple calling it a “serious mistake” that “prolongs the dangerous situation” of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during cold, wintry weather. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said it’s a “very chilling signal” for the future of infrastructure in the United States.

The four-state, $3.8 billion project is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a news release that her decision was based on the need to “explore alternate routes” for the pipeline’s crossing. Her full decision doesn’t rule out that it could cross under the reservoir or north of Bismarck.

“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Darcy said. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

The company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, released a statement Sunday night slamming the decision as politically motivated and alleging that President Obama’s administration was determined to delay the matter until he leaves office…

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Trump Widening Lead As Wisconsin Recount Rolls On – American Mirror
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So far, the multi-million dollar presidential election recount in Wisconsin is expanding Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton.

Heavy.com is adding up recount figures as they come in through spreadsheets posted to the Wisconsin Election Commission website, and the day four totals result in a net increase of 110 votes for Trump.

Clinton gained 71 votes, so Trump was up by 39 votes through day four.

The site noted that the City of Milwaukee and many counties are still tallying ballots.

The Election Commission gave several reasons for the new numbers, including ballots that were not opened, missing absentee envelopes, non-standard pens used to mark ballots, and other glitches…

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U.S. Health Care Spending Up 5.8% To $3.2 Trillion; $9,990 Per Person – CNS

The nation’s health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama’s law and by costly prescription drugs, the government said Friday.

The growth of 5.8 percent in 2015 boosted total health care spending to $3.2 trillion. That’s an average of $9,990 per person, although the vast share of that money is spent caring for the sickest patients.

Health spending grew about 2 percentage points faster than the overall economy in 2015, said the report from nonpartisan economic experts at the Department of Health and Human Services. That’s a problem because it makes it harder for government programs, employers, and individuals to afford the level of health care that Americans are used to having.

The report was disappointing news for the outgoing Obama administration, which had enjoyed a long stretch of historically low increases in health care spending, and had sought to credit its 2010 health care overhaul for taming costs. It’s a reality check for President-elect Donald Trump, who did not focus much on health care during his campaign and implied that problems could be easily fixed.

America has struggled for decades to balance health care cost, access, and quality. Obama’s law made significant strides to expand access, and the report found nearly 91 percent of U.S. residents now have coverage. But the problem of costs has re-emerged. That’s partly because people with health insurance use more medical care than the uninsured, who tend to postpone going to the doctor. Some of the newly insured turned out to be sicker than those who were already covered…

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Obama Loses Another Ally As Italian Prime Minister Resigns After Referendum Loss – Washington Times
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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, one of President Obama’s closest partners in Europe, announced his resignation Sunday after voters rejected proposed political reforms in a referendum influenced by anti-establishment attitudes also on the rise in other countries.

The vote was intended by Mr. Renzi to revise Italy’s Constitution and reduce the size of its Senate to streamline the government and consolidate the prime minister’s power. But the balloting instead became a referendum on Mr. Renzi himself, with voters expressing some of the same anti-establishment dissatisfaction that has surfaced from the United Kingdom to the U.S. this year.

Exit polls in Italy showed the referendum losing by roughly 55 percent against 41 percent in favor. The euro hit a 20-month low on the results.

“I have lost and I say it out loud,” Mr. Renzi told a news conference, adding that he would submit his resignation on Monday…

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Hillary Supporter Bashes Elferly Woman Over The Head With A Chair During ‘Election Argument’ – American Mirror

A Hillary Clinton supporter is apparently still sore over the election results, and police say he hit an elderly woman over the head with a chair during an argument about it.

Donora, Pennsylvania police say 27-year-old Matthew Pugh was having an “election argument” with a fellow resident of the Donora Towers high-rise apartment complex when he “reportedly became enraged,” the Observer-Reporter reports.

“He allegedly picked up a chair and hit the woman over the head, knocking her to the floor,” according to the paper.

The chair gashed the woman on the head and she “bled severely.” She suffered other injuries during the fall and was taken to the hospital for emergency medical treatment.

According to police, Pugh left the scene, but was apprehended a short time later.

Donora police say Pugh is a Hillary Clinton supporter and was triggered when “the woman apparently made a comment either against Clinton or in support of Trump,” Donora police Officer Keith Charlton tells the paper.

The Herald Standard newspaper identifies the victim as 69-year-old Maureen Zubrick.

“Both Zubrick and Pugh took a side on the recent presidential election,” Charlton wrote in an affidavit.

Pugh was held on “attempted homicide” charges, as well as aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned on November 30 for the alleged November 20 attack and is currently housed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $50,000 bond…

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Pathetic Loser Jill Stein Vows To Bring Pennsylvania Recount To Federal Court – Penn Live
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An attorney for Green Party candidate Jill Stein said late Saturday evening that the campaign would bring their effort to launch a Pennsylvania recount to federal court.

Earlier in the day, the recount effort appeared to be scuttled by a $1 million bond requirement handed down by the state’s Commonwealth Court. That court had scheduled a 10 a.m. hearing in the case that’s now canceled.

“Make no mistake – the Stein campaign will continue to fight for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania,” said Jonathan Abady, who’s leading Stein’s recount efforts, in a written statement. “We are committed to this fight to protect the civil and voting rights of all Americans.”

Abady said the campaign would file for emergency relief in federal court on Monday, “on constitutional grounds.”…

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Federal Government Pays $860 Million To Defense Contractors Just To Exist – Daily Caller

The U.S. Air Force is now paying $860 million dollars to United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, just so that it can keep existing.

The Air Force awarded ULA the money as a “sustainment fee.” The fee isn’t for any actual space launches but rather requires that the company will make itself available to conduct launches. In exchange for the cash, ULA will be required to maintain the capacity to launch a rocket into space and maintain the various bases and infrastructure necessary to do so. The money is expected to be spent by late September of 2017.

ULA was awarded the cash because the company is now facing stiff competition. ULA had almost cornered the market for national security-related rocket launches until last year, when SpaceX won U.S. Air Force certification for national security space missions.

“The U.S. Air Force uses two contracts to launch satellites,” Jessica Rye, a spokeswoman for ULA, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “One to build the rocket and one to launch the rocket. The EELV Launch Capability (ELC) contract launches the rocket. ELC is not a sustainment fee. It is a contract structure developed by the Air Force to allow for the flexibility needed at that time in the program history… Without ELC, most of our nation’s national security satellites would have no access to space.”

The company collects an additional $5 billion in other spending from the Air Force for rocket hardware, according to the Government Accountability Office. Additionally, ULA gets $366 million dollars for most rocket launches…

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Donald Trump, Philippines’ Duterte Speak For First Time In ‘Animated’ Phone Call – Breitbart
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President-elect Donald Trump has invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to the White house in a phone conversation Friday that one Duterte aid described as “animated.”

The call was the first one-on-one exchange between the two leaders.

While there is at press time no word on the details of the call, presidential aid Christopher Bong Go posted a photo of Duterte speaking to Trump on his Facebook page.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay confirmed that the two would be speaking “within the next few days” in a conversation on Philippine television earlier this week. He did not specify what the two leaders would discuss, only noting, “We are really harping on fundamental changes [that are worthy] so we can be able to pursue our independent foreign policy.”…

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New York City Man Who Lost His Sight Almost 20 Years Ago Regains Vision – Breitbart

A New York City man who went blind in 1997 has regained most of his sight, a phenomenon his doctors are struggling to explain.

Kevin Coughlin, 55, of Manhattan, was blinded by optic nerve disease when he was 36, CBS New York reported.

“I literally saw a very thick, impenetrable fog,” Coughlin told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

Coughlin remained blind until he started seeing shadows in August 2013.

“In August of 2013 I saw a reflection of light on my medicine cabinet mirror after not seeing anything for 16 years,” Coughlin said.

Coughlin then saw the face of Elias, a black lab who was his guide dog at the time.

“I’m seeing more and more, and Elias hasn’t had his harness on for a year and a half,” Coughlin said.

Coughlin said he used to be self-conscious walking his dog through the streets, but now, he walks his dog with confidence.

“When I walked when I was blind I had this very tentative very self conscious gait, and now I have an expansive swagger,” Coughlin said. “Just seeing all the buildings that have been put up in the last 20 years, seeing the restoration of Grand Central Station is incredible.”

Coughlin has regained 70 percent of his vision, and he says it is improving every day. He credits prayer, meditation, and a diet rich with antioxidants, such as spinach, broccoli, and red kidney beans for his regained vision, according to WPIX.

Although he is happy to have regained his sight, he said losing his sight opened his eyes to the suffering of others…

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Leverage Maneuver: Trump Talks Openly With Taiwan’s President – Conservative Treehouse
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Ok, this one strategic maneuver has just pegged my too-much-winning needle on max overdrive. Donald Trump took a congratulatory phone call from the President of Taiwan, and now the Chinese will be apoplectic.

Those of you who have been with us for a while, will note our arguments against China’s MFN (Most Favored Nation) trade status have continually fallen on deaf ears within DC. Why? Because they are political ears paid to remain necessarily deaf, while various Chinese national interests have taken influence over our legislative priorities on trade and commerce.

In short, we’ve been ripped off. Bigly. For decades.

Rule #1 in any trade deal is to fully understand who is the customer within the equation…

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Massive Voter Fraud Uncovered In Nevada – Truthfeed

Before election day, Nevada, specifically Las Vegas, was a hotbed for voter fraud, with Hillary’s camp busted committing a slew of election crimes on video.

Megan Barth, a reporter from Newsmaxtv.vegas, interviewed GOP Assembly candidate Stan Vaughn, who has hard proof of Nevada voter fraud.

Wonder if Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton will be requesting a recount?

I wouldn’t hold my breath.

From NewsmaxTV.vegas:

Today, Megan Barth interviewed Republican Assembly Candidate for District 15, Stan Vaughan, with actual proof of massive voter fraud in his Clark County district. Vaughan brought into the NEWSMAXTV Las Vegas studio and laid it out for all to see, US postal service certified returned mail from 9,200 voters in District 15. Many of the people who were listed as deceased are still on the active voter rolls today. Many of the returned mail came back with 5 people living in a vacant lot with no mail receptacle.

Edward Snowden, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and dozens of movie stars were registered to vote in District 15 according to Mr. Vaughan. Mr. Vaughan tested a sample of 200 people of the 9,200 return mail and found that 185 of those had indeed voted.

Mr. Vaughan and many others have testified that they went to the polls to vote only to be told they had voted already. They were given a provisional ballots which would only be counted if the total vote count was within 1% according to poll supervisors…

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Leftist Pervert Anthony Weiner Fined $65,000 For Campaign Finance Violations – The Hill
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Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has been fined nearly $65,000 for repeatedly violating campaign finance law in his failed 2013 bid to become mayor of New York City, according to a Thursday report.

New York’s Campaign Finance Board (CFB) voted unanimously to punish Weiner’s campaign to the tune of $64,956 for 10 different violations of campaign finance law, the New York Daily News said.

The Daily News said the CFB determined Weiner spent $1,539 on bills for two phones and dry cleaning that were actually personal expenses, resulting in a fine of $2,308.

Weiner was then dinged $22,031 for failing to demonstrate that the expenses furthered his campaign.

Weiner’s suspect spending included $26,000 to the Esler Group, $56,201 to individuals whose duties were not properly documented and $600 for buying TVs…

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Americans Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 95.1 Million: Jump By 446,000 In One Month – Zero Hedge

So much for that much anticipated rebound in the participation rate.

After it had managed to post a modest increase in the early part of the year, hitting the highest level in one year in March at 63%, the disenchantment with working has returned, and the labor force participation rate had flatlined for the next few month, ultimately dropping in November to 62.7%, just shy of its 35 year low of 62.4% hit last October.

This can be seen in the surge of Americans who are no longer in the labor force, who spiked by 446,000 in November, hitting an all time high of 95.1 million.

As a result of this the US labor force shrank by 226,000 to 159,486K, down from 159,712K a month ago, and helped the unemployment rate tumble to 4.6%, the lowest level since August 2007.

Adding the number of unemployed workers to the people not in the labor force, there are now over 102.5 million Americans who are either unemployment or no longer looking for work…

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Michigan Attorney General Sues To Stop ‘Frivolous, Expensive’ Recount – Law Newz
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Michigan State Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit to stop the recount in the state, having announced the court filing on Twitter a few minutes earlier:

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A.G. Bill Schuette
@SchuetteOnDuty

Today I am filing suit to stop @DrJillStein’s frivolous, expensive recount request.

9:45 AM – 2 Dec 2016
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A.G. Bill Schuette
@SchuetteOnDuty

Mich voters rejected @DrJillStein’s candidacy and her refusal to accept verified results poses an expensive &a risky threat to MI taxpayers.

9:50 AM – 2 Dec 2016
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The basic argument of the motion is similar to that of Trump, saying that Jill Stein is not an “aggrieved candidate” due to only getting 1% of the vote…

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