Month: November 2017

Populist Morning Report | Republicans Make Changes to Tax Bill Only 2 Days After Unveiling

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR Lebanon Prime Minister, Saad al-Hariri, is stepping down saying he fears for his life. The announcement came during a trip to Saudi Arabia using a televised address to condemn Iran and the Iranian backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. He said the current atmosphere in Lebanon is similar to the period before his father, former PM Rafik Hariri was assassinated in 2005. President Trump is preparing for a trip to Asia today. He will stop in Hawaii before going to Japan. The 12-day tour of Asian countries includes visits to S. Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philipines. Trade issues and tensions with N. Korea will be high on the agenda. Despite the truck attack that killed 8 people on Lower Manhatten, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is no question that tomorrow’s marathon will go on as planned and will be well-protected. There will be hundreds of extra police officers, bomb-sniffing dogs, and snipers on rooftops poised to shoot in case of a threat. Blockades will be in place to prevent anyone from driving onto the course. On Thursday, House Republicans unveiled a major tax overhaul and Pres. Trump nominated former investment banker, Jerome Powell to replace Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairman. The market response...

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Populist Morning Report | President Trump Begins 12 Day Trip To Asia Today

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR President Trump departs today on an 11 day trip to Asia that includes 5 different countries and 2 international summits. He will travel to S. Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The nuclear threat from N. Korea and trade are likely to be the focus. The Syrian Army, backed by Russian air support, are clearing the last ISIS fighters from Deir Ezzor. They have already taken large parts of the city. Democracy For America, a PAC that works to elect Democrats to office, says it will no longer work to turn out Virginia’s Democratic Gubernatorial nominee, Ralph Northam because of recent comments he made in regards to illegal immigration. The group calls his campaign “racist” after he said he’d be willing to sign a ban on sanctuary cities. They said his comments are “gutless and morally debased” and PAC founder, Howard Dean, says the statement is “destructive and foolish.” Heavy snow will fall across the Pacific Northwest into the Rockies today. A newsletter purporting to be from Islamic State is claiming responsibility for this weeks terror attack in NYC. They claim the suspect who killed 8 and injured 12 was an ISIS soldier. He has been accused of federal terrorism charges. A Texas law that...

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Populist Morning Report | NYC Terrorist Faces Potential Death Penalty

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR Prosecutors say 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the truck attack that killed 8 in NYC, started plotting the attack months ago and was inspired by ISIS videos and he is charged with material support of a terrorist organization and related counts. Some of his neighbors in a NJ apartment complex say he was quiet and kept to himself, would sometimes smile and wave, while others didn’t know him at all. One neighbor said he noticed a Home Depot truck parked there for a couple of days at a time, then Saipov and 2 other men would leave in it. A jury in NJ is scheduled to hear closing arguments today in the federal corruption trial of NJ US Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat, and his wealthy personal friend. Prosecutors say he accepted lavish gifts and trips from Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen in exchange for government favors. Defense attorneys say the 2 are simply close friends with no corrupt agreement; both have pled not guilty. NPR’s Senior VP for news Michael Oreskes has resigned following sexual harassment allegations. He said he was deeply sorry and “my behavior was wrong and inexcusable and I accept full responsibility.” More women have come forward alleging improper touching or...

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Populist Morning Report | NYC Terrorist Attack Leaves 8 Dead and 11 Injured

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR Authorities in NYC are investigating the yesterday’s attack on a bicycle path as an act of terrorism. 8 people were killed, several injured and the suspect has been arrested. 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov from Uzbekistan was arrested. He drove a rented truck down the path in Manhattan, striking bikers and pedestrians. When he got out, he was holding a pellet gun, paint gun, and was shot by police and is expected to recover. Argentina’s government says 5 of the victims from yesterday’s NYC terrorist attack were Argentines and a 6th victim was from Belgium. NPR News placed its Chief News Executive, Mike Oreskes, on leave on Tuesday following the emergence of past accusations of sexual harassment. An NPR employee also filed a complaint against Oreskes 2 years ago. 2 women allege that Oreskes physically harassed them in separate but similar incidents dating back nearly 2 decades. California gets a new gas tax today as prices at the pump will rise by 12 cents per gallon for regular gas and 20 cents for diesel. This is supposed to pay for road repairs and public transit in CA. The gas tax hasn’t been raised in over 20 years, but GOP lawmakers say there are billions in the state budget...

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