Author: Mary S Papenfuss

Calexit Founder Bails On California Succession Bid And Sets Up Home In Russia

THE HUFFINGTON POST The push for California secession just suffered a major setback. The colorful co-founder of the “Calexit” movement revealed that he’s withdrawing his petition for a California nationhood ballot and setting up home permanently in Russia. Louis Marinelli published a lengthy farewell statement on the website of the Yes California Independence Campaign announcing his move Monday. “I do not wish to live under the American flag,” he wrote. “I do not wish to live under the American political system or within the American economic system.” The succession campaign started before President Donald Trump’s election, though Yes California co-founder Marcus Ruiz Evans...

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Report: Paul Manafort Now Advising Chinese Billionaire On Trump Infrastructure Contracts

THE HUFFINGTON POST Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is now advising a Chinese billionaire on how to get a piece of the business if the president successfully launches a $1 trillion U.S. infrastructure plan, the Financial Times reports. The man booted out of his U.S. campaign slot over close ties to Russian interests reportedly met last week with Yan Jiehe, the founder of China’s Pacific Construction Group. Yan told the Financial Times in advance that the two men planned to discuss how the Chinese billionaire could profit from Trump’s prospective program to use federal funds to launch infrastructure projects....

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Trump Adding Former Lobbyists To Swamp, Giving Them Ethics Waivers

THE HUFFINGTON POST Far from fulfilling his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, President Donald Trump appears to be filling it with former lobbyists and consultants. The president has relaxed ethics regulations, eliminating a requirement barring lobbyists from joining agencies that they lobbied up to two years prior. Trump does require that former lobbyists not work on specific issues linked to a past client. But it appears that regulation is not always followed. The New York Times and ProPublica have highlighted some especially worrisome hires in the executive branch, including White House energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, a former oil...

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Trump On Fast Track To Outspend Obama’s Entire Travel Tab In A Single Year

THE HUFFINGTON POST After racking up an estimated $22 million travel tab in less than three months, Donald Trump is well on his way to spending more in a single year than Barack Obama spent on travel during all eight years of his presidency. Trump has spent 21 days of his 80-day presidency at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, at an estimated cost of $21.6 million in travel and security expenses, CNN reported. In contrast, Obama spent a total of just under $97 million during his entire presidency, according to costs estimated by Judicial Watch. At Trump’s current pace,...

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Donald Trump’s New York Modeling Agency To Shut Down

THE HUFFINGTON POST The president of the United States is getting out of the modeling business: Trump Models is closing down. Revenues at the New York-based modeling agency were expected to take another hit with the defection this month of a key manager who was taking several models to start up a new operation, The Washington Post reported. It’s the most recent loss of management and models that began last year as Trump’s presidential campaign heated up. President Donald Trump has an 85 percent stake in the business launched by the Trump Organization in 1999, according to his personal financial disclosure filings released last year. He...

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Syria Protest Turns Violent in Florida As Hundreds Hit The Streets In U.S. Cities

THE HUFFINGTON POST A Florida protest turned violent Friday as activists gathered in Jacksonville, New York, Philadelphia, Newark, Chicago, Detroit, Boston and other cities to demonstrate against the U.S. attack on Syria. Six people among as many as 200 protesters were arrested in Jacksonville when different factions — those supporting Donald Trump and demonstrators opposed to the military action — turned “riotous” and attacked one another and police in downtown Hemming Plaza, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, First Coast News reported.  There was also some tension in Detroit, where more than 30 people protesting the missile strike turned out...

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Pussy Hats Making Way For Resistor Beanies In Science March

THE HUFFINGTON POST Vivid pink, magenta, rouge, even purple “pussy hats” were a huge hit at the massive Women’s March on Washington in January. Now scientists are designing their own brand of “resistor” beanies for the upcoming March for Science on Earth Day. Two friends, screenwriter Krista Suh and architect Jayna Zweiman, designed a “pussy power hat” pattern that was so simple, any amateur knitter could make it for themselves or other marchers.  San Francisco Bay Area researcher and knitter Heidi Arjes has followed that up with designs for a turquoise resistor hat for scientists, and she’s posted the pattern for free...

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Hundreds of Angry Protesters Slam Nunes In California

THE HUFFINGTON POST Some 300 hooting, jeering protesters hit the streets to angrily confront House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on a visit back to his district in California’s central valley. “Get out of bed with Trump” and “We need a guard dog, not a lap dog” read signs and chanted protesters Friday. Some played the Russian national anthem. It was Nunes’ first trip back to his district since his committee’s investigation into Russian interference into the presidential election — and any links to Donald Trump’s aides — has stalled amid acrimony over Nunes’ handling of the probe and his...

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