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WATCH: PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP RALLY IN DES MOINES, IA LIVE STREAM
Thursday, December 8, 2016: Live stream coverage of the Donald J Trump USA Thank You Tour Rally in Des Moines, IA at the Iowa Events Center. Coverage begins at 7:00 PM CT.
FORMER OBAMA NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SAYS TRUMP’S TAIWAN CALL ‘DIDN’T BOTHER ME’
President Obama’s former national security adviser said Monday that President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call with the president of Taiwan should not be seen as a big deal.
Offering his perspective in an interview with Fox News, retired Marine Corps General Jim Jones said, “That didn’t bother me, I think the purists are flapping their wings and saying all kinds of things. Why they can’t have a five minute conversation or whatever it was to say congratulations doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.”
“I think the Trump administration will have to find whatever the right course is, and the right things during their administration, but I wouldn’t prejudge what that would be right now,” Jones said. “He’s not the president of the United States right now, he’s the president- elect. He’s talking to a lot of people around the world and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”
Trump is the first president or president-elect to speak with a Taiwanese leader since the United States broke-off relations with Taiwan in 1979 under President Jimmy Carter, when his administration established formal relations with Beijing, marking the start of the one-China policy.”
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TRUMP SAYS CANCEL NEW AIR FORCE ONE: COSTS ‘OUT OF CONTROL’
NEW YORK (AP) — Six weeks from taking office, Donald Trump says he wants the government to cut some costs by canceling its order for a new Air Force One, the plane that carries presidents around the globe.
The government has contracted with Boeing to build two or more new planes, which would go into service around 2024. That means Trump wouldn’t fly on the new planes unless he pursued and won a second term. But the Air Force has pressed for a faster schedule, saying the current planes are becoming too expensive to repair and keep in good flying shape.
The contract for the planes was to be about $3 billion, but costs have been reported to be rising. Trump tweeted early Tuesday, “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”
Asked for comment, Boeing spokesman Todd Blecher said, “We are going to have to get back to you after we figure out what’s going on.”
Trump now uses his own plane, also a 747, but as president he would travel aboard the Air Force jet, which is equipped with special safety, defensive and communications equipment.
Later Tuesday, Trump is making the second stop of this “thank you” tour in North Carolina, less than a week after his bombastic return to rallies at an Ohio appearance that felt more like a raucous campaign stop than a traditional speech by a president-to-be.
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MATTIS SAYS HE’S ‘GRATEFUL’ TO BE NOMINATED AS DEFENSE SECRETARY
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Defense said Tuesday that he was “grateful” to be nominated as House Republicans introduced a must-pass spending bill that included language designed to expedite his confirmation.
Retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis briefly joined Trump on stage at the president-elect’s “Thank You” rally in Fayetteville, N.C.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to return to our troops, their families, the civilians at the Department of Defense,” Mattis said in brief remarks. “I know how committed they are and devoted they are to the defense of our country [and] the defense of our Constitution. And with our allies strengthened and with our country strengthened, I look forward to being the civilian leader, so long as Congress gives me the waiver and the Senate votes to consent.”
“You’re going to get that waiver,” Trump said as Mattis left the microphone. “If you don’t get that waiver, there are going to be a lot of angry people.”
Mattis retired from the military in 2013. However, since federal law requires the secretary of defense to be off active duty for at least seven years, Congress would have to approve a waiver allowing Mattis to lead the Pentagon.
Shortly before Trump took the stage, House Republicans included a proposal to expedite the waiver in legislation to keep the government funded into next spring.
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IN THE MEDIA
The real reason Angelina and Brad are getting a divorce
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt broke hearts the world over when Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 19, 2016. The couple have been together 12 years, though only married for two, and share six children. On top of that, they were the most beautiful pairing on the planet. Jolie wasn't messing around with the split, hiring celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser to rep her—the same lawyer who represented Johnny Depp in his ugly divorce from Amber Heard. This means it's serious.
What happened? Here are a few reasons why Brangelina may have fallen apart.
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Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack
Hackers stole more than 2 billion rubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank, the bank said on Friday, the latest example of an escalation of cyber attacks on financial institutions around the globe.Central bank official Artyom Sychyov discussed the losses at a briefing, saying that the hackers had attempted to steal about 5 billion rubles.
Sychyov was commenting on a central bank report released earlier in the day, that told about hackers breaking into accounts there by faking a client's credentials. The bank provided few other details in its lengthy report.
Financial regulators around the world have recently urged banks to beef up cyber security in the wake of a string of high-profile heists on banks around the world.
Fears about attacks on banks have mounted since February when unknown cyber criminals stole $81 million in funds that Bangladesh's central bank had on deposit at the New York Fed. Law enforcement agencies around the globe are hunting for the criminals who stole the money using fraudulent wire-transfer requests sent over the SWIFT bank messaging network.
Separately, Russia said on Friday that it had uncovered a plot by foreign spy agencies to sow chaos in the country's banking system via a coordinated wave of cyber attacks and fake social media reports about banks going bust.
I fooled America with fake news stories and got Trump elected
Facebook fake-news writer who “hates” Donald Trump is taking credit for sending the billionaire to the White House.Paul Horner has spread a viral slew of stupefying news hoaxes over the years, including one doozy about how a 3 million-strong contingent of Amish folks in Ohio helped propel Trump to the White House.
His tall tales spread like wildfire, and caught the attention of The Donald’s team, including son Eric and his then-campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who posted links to his reports as if they were legit.
“I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything,” Horner, 38, told the Washington Post. “His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.”
He chalked up his popularity — and believably — to P.T. Barnum’s phrase: There’s a sucker born every minute.
“Honestly, people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected,” he told the paper.
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America First through the Eyes of New Americans
By Arkadiy Fridman
Citizens Magazine, President
"Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, which one party can gain only at the expense of another."
"We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes non-work."
"The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way."
The economic prosperity of a country and its citizens’ standard of living are very
dependent on industrial and high tech power. America, Germany, Japan and South Korea
all have basically sound economies and a high standard of living because they have advanced industries with companies that include Boeing, IBM, Apple, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Krups, Sony, Toyota, Toshiba, Honda, Samsung, LG, and many more. These nations have excellent banking and insurance systems as well as stable political systems. They all compete with one another, but face serious competition from China, India and Brazil which have populations that provide cheap labor.
Given these realities, what must America do to remain the greatest country in the world?
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was an American economist, statistician, and a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is best known among scholars for his theoretical and empirical re-search, especially consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy He was an economic advisor to U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Over time, many governments practiced his restatement of a political philosophy that extolled the virtues of a free market economic system with little intervention by government. Born in Brooklyn, NY.
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Useful Idiots and the Theater of the Absurd
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in DC:
One is from New York, another is from Tennessee and the third, is from Florida. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence.
The Florida contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. 'Well,' he says, 'I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.'
The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, 'I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.'
The New York contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, '$2,700.'
The official, incredulous, says, 'You didn't even measure like the other guys!
How did you come up with such a high figure?'
The New York contractor whispers back, '$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.'
'Done!' replies the government official.
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