NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: A fire truck sits outside of a Brooklyn fire house on November 19, 2010 in in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced widespread budget cuts and layoffs due to the city`s budget deficit of 3.3 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011.With a city workforce that totals 300,000, the mayor plans to eliminate 10,000 jobs in the next 18 months through a combination of layoffs and attrition. Other possible cuts include the closing of some fire department companies at night, layoffs of employees at public libraries in Brooklyn and more than 6,000 teaching jobs. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2010 Getty Images
After suspecting something was rotten in the village of East Rockaway (with the help of some GPS reports), officials hired a private eye to follow their fire chief. As it turns out, Steven Torborg, who resigned from his post on March 22, was using his official vehicle for sexy off-roading in the local woods, where the investigator eventually found Torborg and a Levittown resident “in various stages of undress.” The fire chief has claimed that the allegations are “inaccurate and incomplete,” but we’re pretty sure that Smokey the Bear’s heart is breaking on several levels rightnow.
Obamacare is still doing alright, despite everything
Nearly three years into President Trump’s aggressive efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, prices for the most popular type of health insurance plan offered through the health law’s federal marketplace will actually drop next year, and the number of insurers offering plans will go up.
Administration officials credited Mr. Trump with the resiliency of the law even as they echoed his contempt for it.
Jimmy Carter suffers a fall for the second time in weeks
Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering from a fractured pelvis after falling at his Georgia home, The Carter Center announced Tuesday.
“Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had a fall yesterday evening at his home in Plains, Ga,” The Carter Center tweeted. “He has been admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for observation and treatment of a minor pelvic fracture. He is in good spirits and is looking forward to recovering at home.”
Carter became the oldest living former president earlier this year and turned 95 this month.
So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!
The military feels it needs contingency plans in case the president continues behaving erratically
The Pentagon recently began drawing up plans for an abrupt withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in case President Donald Trump surprises military leaders by ordering an immediate drawdown as he did in Syria, three current and former defense officials said.
The contingency planning is ongoing, the officials said, and includes the possibility that Trump orders all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan within weeks. Officials cautioned, however, that the planning is a precaution and there is currently no directive from the White House to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.
On second thought, maybe the unhinged hour-long rant wasn’t the right move here
President Trump lashed out against the impeachment process during a raucous Cabinet meeting Monday, turning the White House gathering into a Trump-run war room as he continues to unnerve many of his Republican allies by insisting on a personal and largely uncoordinated response to his mounting challenges.
In extemporaneous remarks that lasted more than an hour, Trump railed against what he called a “phony investigation” of his dealings with Ukraine and blasted the “phony emoluments clause” of the Constitution, which played a role in forcing him to scrap plans to host a global summit at his private golf club in Florida. And as Cabinet secretaries looked on, Trump called on Republicans to “get tougher” before making a stream of false allegations about several of his predecessors, from George Washington to Barack Obama.
Behind the scenes, Trump’s erratic and bombastic behavior is causing growing alarm among Republican lawmakers, donors and advisers who have called for a more disciplined impeachment response from the White House.
One of the more blatant straight-up lies from today
Trump repeated his lie that Kim Jong Un wouldn’t take Obama phone calls, saying he asked Obama if he tried to call, and Obama said no, but: “Actually, he tried, 11 times. But the man on the other side, the gentleman on the other side, did not take his call. Lack of respect.”
Angry over the U.S. withdrawal, residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city hurled potatoes at departing American military vehicles as they drove by on Monday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said U.S. troops will stay in eastern Syria to protect Kurdish-held oil fields for at least the coming weeks and he was discussing options to keep them there.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic at a convoy of armored vehicles flying American flags passing down an avenue in the northeastern city of Qamishli, according to video by the Kurdish news agency.
The video showed people pelting the vehicles with potatoes and shouting, “No America,” and “America liar,” in English.
$260 million is not a lot of money for drug companies
The three major drug distributors and an opioid manufacturer have reached a settlement worth $260 million to avoid the landmark first federal opioid trial that was set to begin here Monday.
Judge Dan A. Polster of the Northern District of Ohio announced from the bench this morning that the deal was struck around 1 a.m.
People familiar with the discussions said a settlement to resolve thousands of other cases brought by local governments and states could be announced later in the day by state attorneys general, but Judge Polster only confirmed the settlement of this first landmark trial.