Author: George J. Pilibosian

Do-Nothing Mitch McConnell Won’t Admit Trump’s Criticism of Judge Curiel is Racist, Says America Needs Trump

Getty Images Mitch McConnell: Top Priority, Make Obama a One Term President Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sums it up. The man who makes his living from the government by doing nothing at a base salary of $193,400/year, and thinks business in America is not doing well because too many Americans feel “they’re doing too good with food stamps, Social Security and all the rest,” says Donald Trump is the answer to America’s problems. Watch the full interview from Meet the Press, Sunday, June 5, 2016. Mitch McConnell On Supreme Court Showdown (Full Interview) | Meet The Press | NBC News...

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Sen. Bob Corker says he’ll advise Donald Trump on foreign policy – KTVB.com

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has offered to help Donald Trump develop a foreign policy platform, making him one of the few senators to publicly embrace Trump as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. The Tennessee Republican said Trump called him last week and he and Trump’s campaign staff have talked since then, most recently on Thursday night. “I think he is well-aware now that he has to move into a period of really laying out more substantial policies and certainly as he evolves, to the extent we can be helpful and flesh those out, we are more than glad to do so,” Corker said in a Thursday interview. Top Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, have been slow to accept Trump as their party’s nominee over concerns about his shifting positions on key issues, his past support of Democrats, and his frequently offensive rhetoric. But Corker said Republican voters clearly prefer Trump, so he stands ready to assist him in the general election. Corker did not endorse in the crowded GOP presidential primary and repeatedly refused to comment on the race as it developed, except to say he would support the nominee. That changed last week when Corker surprisingly volunteered his assessment of Trump’s first formal foreign policy speech, delivered when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were still in the race. At...

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Yearbook Mislabels Muslim Girl as ISIS – Daily Beast

A California high-school yearbook misidentified a hijab-wearing student as having the name ‘Isis’—and she says the mix-up is no honest mistake. A yearbook titled “Our Story” got an F in conveying the story of a Muslim student at Los Osos High School. Instead, it mislabeled her photo and gave her a new name: Isis. Bayan Zehlif, a junior at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, posted a photo of the yearbook page on Twitter Friday evening. “I guess I’m Isis in the yearbook…” she wrote. Beneath her smiling face on the page, there was a simple caption: “Isis Phillips, 11th.” “I am extremely saddened, disgusted, hurt and embarrassed that the Los Osos High School yearbook was able to get away with this,” Zehlif elaborated on Facebook. “The school reached out to me and had the audacity to say that this was a typo. I beg to differ, let’s be real.” School principal Susan Petrocelli said a student named Isis Phillips used to attend the school, but no longer does, the Islamic Monthly reported. “If there is a student that has responsibly and intentionally committed this, we will take the appropriate action that is necessary,” she said. The yearbook staff for Los Osos’s “Our Story” apologized on Twitter, calling the incident a mistake. “We are extremely sorry for what occurred in the Yearbook. it is our duty to represent...

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Managing Saudi’s new energy mega-ministry may bring challenges – Business Insider

Thomson ReutersKhalid A. Al-Falih (L) and Ali al-Naimi attend a news conference at the opening ceremony of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah By Angus McDowall , Rania El Gamal and Reem Shamseddine RIYADH (Reuters) – Managing Saudi Arabia’s new energy mega-ministry, set to oversee over half the economy and designed to cut through a tangled bureaucracy to make government more coherent and efficient, will be a formidable challenge. The new Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Ministry, under Khalid al-Falih, already chairman of state oil company Saudi Aramco, will handle oil and gas extraction, power generation and distribution, mining and industrial development. The changes were announced on Saturday as part of a major reshuffle by King Salman aimed at making the Vision 2030 economic reform program easier to implement by ending decades of miscommunication and turf war between government departments. But in creating a ministry to oversee sectors that account for 53 percent of the kingdom’s economic output, the vision’s architect, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is entrusting a huge part of his sweeping reforms to Falih’s hands. How the new minister will juggle a host of responsibilities, and whether he can enact massive change across this broad swathe of the economy while integrating once rival departments, is already fodder for avid speculation in Saudi energy circles. “In order for the restructuring to...

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‘A wall of fire and heat’: Maine fire chief arrested for starting 42-acre blaze – Washington Post

It took more than 100 firefighters to fight back the flames that consumed more than 40 acres of grass and marsh in Maine last month. Now officials say it was one of their own who started it. Authorities arrested Old Orchard Beach Fire Chief Ricky Plummer. (Cumberland County, Maine via AP) Around 2 a.m. Saturday, authorities took Old Orchard Beach Fire Chief Ricky Plummer into custody on an arson charge in connection to the April 15 fire, the Associated Press reported. His arrest comes just one day after roughly a dozen investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Maine Forest Service seized computers at Plummer’s fire station and in his official vehicle. The mid-April blaze tore through 42 acres at the Jones Creek Marsh in the southern Maine coastal town of about 8,600, where Plummer worked. At the time, he described the fire to the Portland Press Herald, noting that its flames came within 100 feet of a nearby condominium complex. “Flames were 20 to 30 feet high, just a wall of fire and heat,” he said then. The assembled firefighters put out the four-alarm fire with no damage to the complex and no injuries, the paper reported. “It could have been a lot worse. It could have burned this condominium down,” Plummer said. Town Manager Larry Mead told town councilors about the arrest on Saturday morning, with some officials expressing surprise, according to the Press Herald. “We are still trying to wrap our heads around it it now,” Joe Thorton, council vice chairman, told the paper. Plummer,...

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Trump’s nomination could spark fight over party platform – The Hill

PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Nash, Getty Images Donald Trump’s position at the top of the GOP ticket could spark a major fight over the direction of the party’s platform. Trump has staked out issues that contradict with the party’s general philosophy—on abortion, trade, taxes and campaign finance to name a few—a reality that could prompt a battle at the convention if Team Trump and convention delegates come to a head. “The platform committee will be where the action is at,” said former Republican National Committee aide Doug Heye. “The platform committee will be where the action is at,” said former Republican National Committee aide Doug Heye. “The membership of the platform committee tends to be pretty conservative,” he added, noting that the potential conflict over the party platform would be the manifestation of the “existential crisis and operational chaos that Republicans face” now that Trump is the de-facto nominee. Part of the heat could stem from a critical mass of delegates loyal to Trumps main primary rival Ted Cruz, who had strong success winning delegate loyalties while hoping for a contested convention. While those delegates won’t have a chance to sweep in and hand Cruz the nomination since Cruz dropped out after losing Tuesday’s Indiana primary, the staunch conservatives that his team helped put on the floor will still be carrying his torch. “We still want Cruz delegates to go...

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