As Bethany McLean, who rose to fame more than a decade ago by helping break the story of Enron’s collapse, writes in her latest book, Shaky Ground, neither President George W. Bush nor President Barack Obama ever figured out what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the multi-trillion-dollar mortgage behemoths that make a mockery of our free-market economy.
Think about that – we’ve had one tie (Iowa) and one landslide Sanders win (New Hampshire) and she’s ahead by 350 delegates. Superdelegates can’t give Hillary the nomination if she keeps losing by landslides. But if it’s reasonably close, she could overcome the gap. According to the Associated Press, Democrats have 4,763 delegates in all; to win the nomination, you need 2,382. About fifteen percent – 712 -of all of the delegates are “superdelegates.”
iPads and iPod Touches, too
Getting out the vote is critical.
Republicans Have the Advantage on Voter Enthusiasm
Revisiting Iowa and New Hampshire, and projecting where voter turnout goes from here.
For this we can thank the invasive zebra Mussel.
Obama tries to cut Great Lakes budget: Why Congress objects
The discovery of Asian carp DNA in samples of Great Lakes water stoked fears that the highly invasive fish was moving into new territory. Whether a stray fish was carried by a hungry bird or it made a surprising, 10-foot leap over the electric fence designed to keep it out, the discovery led to the launch of a federal initiative in 2010 to restore the Great Lakes ecology.
“It’s really important that we stress that this isn’t just an environment program that we want so we can fish and go to the beach, this is really important to our economy,” Tim Eder, the executive director of the Michigan-based conservation organization, the Great Lakes Commission, says in a phone interview. “This is who we are as a region.”
The subpoena also asked for records related to Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide who for six months in 2012 was employed simultaneously by the State Department, the foundation, Clinton’s personal office, and a private consulting firm with ties to the Clintons.
The General Services Administration signed a contract to install solar panels on more than a dozen federal buildings in Washington, D.C., including the Ronald Reagan building, at an estimated cost of $150,000 per year.
The contract, which was awarded to WGL Energy Systems, is a result of an Obama administration initiative that seeks to increase the amount of solar energy used across the government.
“The Capital Solar Challenge initiative was launched in 2014 by the White House to identify opportunities to deploy solar renewable energy at federal agencies, departments, military installations and subsidized complexes across the national capital region,” a press release announcing the contract said.
“According to the terms of the Capital Solar Challenge contract, WGL Energy Systems will own, design, install and operate multiple solar facilities under a power purchase agreement that runs for 10 years with an option to renew for an additional 10 years,” WGL Energy Systems said. “The project will be developed, engineered and constructed in partnership with Inman Solar.”
Hillary Clinton’s top national security and foreign policy staffer Jake Sullivan was one of the authors of messages that appeared on several Hillary Clinton email chains recently labeled “top secret” by the State Department, according to multiple intelligence sources who have seen the correspondence.
Sullivan, then deputy chief of staff to the secretary of state, is now senior policy adviser to the 2016 Democratic front-runner. Sullivan’s lawyer Beth Wilkinson did not respond to a request for comment.
Sullivan both initiated email conversations and also forwarded along messages with sensitive information, and he sometimes added additional content on the email chains in question, according to the sources. Those chains are now maintained at the highest classification level for national security information, though the campaign has long maintained they were not marked.
… Blocking the core of the president’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions is a crushing blow to Obama’s legacy, his global leadership on climate change and most importantly, a rebuke to his abuse of power.
The Clean Power Plan forced states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Under the regulation states were required to meet individual emissions reduction targets that would result in total U.S. emissions of 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
A coalition of almost 30 states, companies and trade groups asked the Court to halt implementation of the Clean Power Plan because the EPA was forcing the states, without congressional approval, to reconstruct the way electricity is generated at great cost and uncertainty to the reliability of power production.
The Court’s decision is extremely important because it stopped Obama’s arrogant abuse of power that twisted the Clean Air Act to meet the president’s political agenda.
– See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/02/the-consequences-of-the-supreme-courts-epa-smackdown#sthash.ZwN4Ychr.MfLsdQOm.dpuf
Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin said Thursday morning that everything that could possibly go wrong for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is going wrong for her following a crushing defeat in the New Hampshire primary and reported turmoil between her and her staff.
“Unless the Chinese pull something out of the bag or PDVSA [Venezuela’s state oil company] exercises a voluntary bond swap it’s happening,” said Brian Dean, a partner at ACG Analytics.
“There’s going to be a default in my view unless there’s some kind of political disruption … They can sell assets but I don’t know what they have left.”
The “default” calls have gotten especially loud over the last week.
The Australian federal science agency responsible for climate change research is shifting its focus, asserting that climate change is proven and so needs no more research. Does this make sense, and is it a sign of things to come?