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Ford workers to get bonuses up to $9,000

Updated 12:32 p.m. EST Jan. 26, 2017

It's another banner year for Ford (F) workers, who should expect to receive up to $9,000 on average in profit-sharing checks thanks to a near record profit for the automaker.

The size of the check is expected to be the second-largest in the history of the Dearborn manufacturer.


Fiat Chrysler hourly workers to get $5,500 bonus checks after 2017 profit + $2,000

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday said U.S. hourly workers would get profit-sharing checks averaging $5,500 after the company's profit nearly doubled in 2017.

The checks reflect another bonanza year for the U.S. auto industry. While industry sales were down slightly, they still topped 17 million, just off the record.

This is in addition to the $2,000 Trump tax cut bonus...

INVESTING IN AMERICA: President Trump Speaks To World Leaders in Davos VIDEO

Doubt few on this forum will take the time away from the perpetual "spitball match" but well worth the watch... He knows how to command a meeting.

This is what I voted for!

Top HUD official apologizes to journalist April Ryan after calling her 'Miss Piggy'

by Diana Stancy Correll | Jan 24, 2018, 11:32 PM Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Email this article

Lynne Patton, a top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, extended an apology to journalist April Ryan after calling her “Miss Piggy” and a “bankrupt blogger” on Twitter.

“I hear #Miss Piggys still on a rampage. Gee, I must’ve struck a nerve, @AprilRyan! #BankruptBlogger,” Patton, a longtime ally of the Trump family, said in a now-deleted tweet.

Patton, who heads a HUD regional office, later apologized to Ryan on both her personal and HUD Twitter accounts.

“Tonight, I made an inexcusable comment on my personal Twitter account that I deeply regret & deleted on my own volition,” Patton said on her HUD account. “I sincerely apologize to @AprilDRyan. I also wish to apologize to my staff at @HUDNY_NJ, @SecretaryCarson & the #Trump family who deserved better leadership.”


You decide...

FBI "Secret Society" Fix Is In: ABC Claims It Was A Joke

The full 'secret society' text between FBI agents: Was it meant in jest?

By MIKE LEVINE Jan 24, 2018, 8:16 PM ET

For the past 24 hours, a number of Republican lawmakers have been suggesting that a months-old text message between two FBI officials reveals a "secret society" of federal law enforcement officials clandestinely plotting against President Donald Trump.

Lawmakers have refused to publicly release the full text message, sent the day after Trump won the 2016 presidential election. But ABC News has obtained a copy of the one message that Republicans appear to be citing, and it's unclear if the message's reference to a “secret society” may have been made in jest.

"Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society," FBI lawyer Lisa Page wrote to senior FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was working on the FBI’s probe of Russian meddling in the presidential election and would later join Page for a brief period on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team.

That text stands alone in the series of messages obtained by ABC News – with no apparent tie to other messages sent before or after it.


The FBI 'Secret Society' Republicans And Fox News Are Fuming About Appears To Be A Scheduling Joke

Montana Fights Back Against FCC, New Executive Order Requires ISPs To Obey Net Neutrality

Montana Governor encourages other states to follow, will share details of the order with all other states interested

By William Gayde on Jan 24, 2018, 8:03 AM 13 comments

This week, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order which requires internet service providers to follow the principals of net neutrality if they wish to receive state contracts and funding. This makes Montana the first state to enact official legislation directly opposing the Federal Communication Commission's massively unpopular decision to repeal net neutrality regulations.

Many states and their respective attorneys general have previously released statements or voiced their disapproval of the FCC's decision, but Bullock wanted to actually do something concrete about it. He also released the following statement to go along with the executive order:

"There has been a lot of talk around the country about how to respond to the recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality rules, which keep the internet free and open. It’s time to actually do something about it The State of Montana is one of the biggest consumers of internet services in our state. Today we’re making our choice clear: we want net neutrality."

The new executive order specifically requires ISPs to not block web content, throttle web content, or create internet fast lanes if they wish to receive state contracts. These were all illegal under the Obama-era rulings but the FCC, Republicans, and industry executives felt they were too strict and were harming the internet. The official FCC repeal prohibited states from enacting their own net neutrality laws but Montana and many other states are eager to challenge this.



President Trump defended his attacks of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, denying that it amounts to obstruction and saying he was merely “fight back.”

“There’s been no collusion whatsoever,” Trump told reporters in an impromptu press conference on Wednesday. “There’s no obstruction whatsoever. And I’m looking forward to it.”

Trump also mocked critics who have accused him of obstructing the Russia probe by attacking the investigations and referring to them as a “witch hunt."
“You fight back, oh, it’s obstruction,” Trump mockingly told reporters.

Trump also told reporters that he plans to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller in two to three weeks, but said his lawyers are working out the specifics.


US Mounts Its Moral High Horse To Spin Yet Another Convenient Chemical Attack

Published time: 24 Jan, 2018 13:27
Edited time: 24 Jan, 2018 20:34

The latest spat between Washington and Moscow over how reports of chemical weapon attacks in Syria should be investigated seems to be just an episode in which US political necessities trump transparency in policy-making.

On Monday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blamed Russia for a suspected chlorine gas attack in a Damascus neighborhood. The incident was reported by anti-Damascus groups, which said the Syrian Army had attacked civilians. Tillerson used the reports to showcase Russia’s supposed bad behavior in Syria, and said “whoever conducted the attacks, Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims.”

US chemical blame-game: Well-timed PR stunt or trick to justify military presence in Syria?

The word “whoever” stands for “whichever actors in league with the President Bashar Assad regime,” since, according to Washington’s apparent reasoning, the only plausible scenario is that bad regime guys attacked innocent civilians, because why not? Alternatives, ranging from false flag operation to accidental release of the gas, which is not a chemical weapon in itself and is used in many civilian applications, were absent from Tillerson’s rhetorical exercise. This was not surprising, considering that he was speaking at an event dedicated to circumventing Russia’s veto at the UN Security Council in assigning blame for chemical attacks in Syria on Damascus.

Tillerson’s message was quite clear: since Moscow supports Damascus, whatever happens in the territory that the Syrian government claims to control is Moscow’s fault. Of course, by the same logic, US hands are covered in the blood of whoever was killed by the weapons, which the US supplied to rebels forces and which ended up in jihadist hands. But it is doubtful that Tillerson would ever publicly acknowledge responsibility for those deaths or many others that can be traced back to US foreign policy.


It is beyond laughable that Syria would use chemical weapons when it has no need to use such weapons...

German Leader Merkel Says The Current World Order Is Under Threat

•Merkel said the answer to the world's problems was to see multilateral solutions instead of a "unilateral, protectionist course" of action.
•Merkel is just the latest leader at Davos to criticize a protectionist and isolationist stance towards the world's problems.

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German leader Angela Merkel said that multilateralism was under threat and said that protectionism is not the answer to the world's problems.

"Frankly speaking, the country I have the honor to represent and where I am chancellor has difficulties. And polarization is something that we see in our country as well, which we haven't had for decades," Merkel said.

She attributed increasing populism and polarization to both the euro zone crisis and migration crisis seen in Europe over the last few years following an influx of refugees, but said Germany would not shrink from the world stage.

"Germany wishes to be a country that lends its contribution in the future to solve the problems of the world together, we think that shutting ourselves off and isolating ourselves will not lead us into a good future. Protectionism is not the proper answer," she said.

Merkel is just the latest leader at Davos to criticize a protectionist and isolationist stance towards the world's problems. Such comments appear to be directed towards President Donald Trump who has adopted an "America First" stance in his foreign and economic policies.

'Not learned the lessons from history'

In contrast, Merkel said the answer to the world's problems was to see multilateral solutions instead of a "unilateral, protectionist course" of action.


NFL Establishes Owner-Player Committee On Social Justice


The NFL has established a player-owner committee focusing on social and racial justice initiatives that Commissioner Roger Goodell cautions is just a start, with lots of work ahead.

Goodell credited "unprecedented dialogue" for helping players and owners get to the point of Tuesday's announcement. He said the committee will focus on education, economic development, community and police relations and the criminal justice system.

"We feel that we are going to make significant progress as we have more meetings, as we get more focused on our efforts, it's going to actually come to life," Goodell said. "And frankly, we will get better as the days go by."

The league also said Tuesday it is beginning a "Let's Listen Together" campaign that includes digital content and commercials highlighting player-led work on equality issues. That platform will include social media support and letters from players and owners.

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