A very large percentage of the American public (including myself), remain irate at the complete lack of any justice served with regard to finance criminals in the aftermath of the economic collapse of 2008/09. When it comes to greedy, unethical behavior in the wake of that tragic period, Steve Mnuchin is in a class of his own. To appoint such a toxic financial oligarch to Treasury Secretary is a serious slap in the face to all American citizens.
The House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday giving Congress the power to kill so-called "midnight rules", months of recently enacted Obama administration regulations with just one vote, as Republicans charged ahead on their campaign to strip down federal regulations.
In an unexpected move, Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday reshuffled his cabinet by naming a new economy czar to oversee the OPEC country's decaying socialist system and a new oil minister to face the economic difficulties caused by low oil prices.
Clashes broke out outside a Tel Aviv court after an Israeli soldier who executed a Palestinian assailant was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday in one of the most polarizing cases in Israel's history.
The smooth transition appears to be getting bumpier. Following president-elect Trump's earlier tweet on the "Obamacare disaster," President Obama delivered a mandate to Democrats on Wednesday: "Don't rescue" Republicans on Obamacare. With his legacy in tatters, CNN reports Obama also floated this idea: Start referring to the GOP's new plan as "Trumpcare."
In a surprising move on Tuesday the Russian destroyer Admiral Tributs and sea tanker Boris Butomato arrived in the Philippines to conduct military training exercises in what the Russian media described as "an unprecedented navy-to-navy contact between the two nations."
"It will be an orderly transition to something better...using executive authority to ensure it’s an orderly transition. We’re working now on a series of executive orders that will enable that orderly transition to take place even as Congress appropriately debates replacements for ObamaCare" said VP-elect Mike Pence.
Ahead of his confirmation as Donald Trump's proposed secretary of state, Exxon Mobil and the company's former chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson, have agreed to sever all ties to comply with conflict-of-interest requirements. As part of the separation, Tillerson will receive more than 2 million deferred XOM shares worth about $182 million. It is unclear if he will pay any taxes on the transaction.
A newly leaked memo from the Department of Homeland Security suggests that the Trump administration plans to hit the ground running on the construction of that U.S.-Mexico border wall when they move into the White House later this month. Overturning Obama's immigration-related executive orders, expanding aerial surveillance programs and building more detention facilities also seems to be high on the administration's priority list.
The dark, infamous days of American lynch-mob rule and burning witches at stakes are back as never before. But not in backwater enclaves of benighted bigotry. Oh no, the modern lynch mobs are running amok in Washington’s seat of government, across prime TV and on the editorial pages of its supposed finest newspapers.
Migrants and asylum seekers at a refugee center in Cona near Venice, Italy set fires inside the facility and blocked the gates, forcing social workers to barricade themselves inside their offices, after a protest broke out over living conditions following the death of a young woman.