Under Pressure from Fox News, Obama to Stop Making Stocks Plummet | The New Yorker


One day after the Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity blamed him for the historic plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, former President Barack Obama agreed to stop making stocks tumble.

Source: Under Pressure from Fox News, Obama to Stop Making Stocks Plummet | The New Yorker

Military Refuses to Participate in Trump’s Parade, Citing Bone Spurs | The New Yorker


Harland Dorrinson, a Pentagon spokesman, said that, within an hour of Trump’s request, more than a hundred thousand military personnel complained that they were suffering from acute cases of bone spurs that would make marching in such a parade a painful ordeal.

“Regrettably, however, we have no choice but to issue thousands of deferments.”

Source: Military Refuses to Participate in Trump’s Parade, Citing Bone Spurs | The New Yorker

Forget the Nunes memo — where’s the transparency with Trump’s personal finances? | TheHill


Last week’s flap over the Nunes memo has brought to light something interesting. I refer to the Republicans apparently newfound interest in “transparency” on the part of public officials.

This has me thinking that it’s time to request more transparency on something else — Trump’s personal finances, which have more national security significance even than the Nunes memo.

.. what if Trump isn’t the “independently wealthy” business marvel he claims to be?

What if he’s actually bankrupt?

What if his net worth is zero or, worse yet, less than zero?

What if he owes more than he owns?

Source: Forget the Nunes memo — where’s the transparency with Trump’s personal finances? | TheHill

Key U.S. Democrat suggests contempt proceedings for Bannon


The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday the panel should begin contempt proceedings if Steve Bannon, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, continues to refuse to testify in an investigation of Russia and the 2016 presidential election.

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff said the House of Representatives committee’s subpoena remained in effect and Bannon’s interview has been rescheduled for next week.

Source: Key U.S. Democrat suggests contempt proceedings for Bannon

Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri | TheHill


Voters in Jefferson County appeared to choose Mike Revis, a 27-year old Democrat, to fill a seat left vacant when the incumbent quit to run for county executive. With all 10 precincts within the district reporting, Revis led Republican David Linton by 108 votes, or about 3 percentage points.

If Revis’s lead holds, it would mark a significant swing from 2016, when Trump won the district by a 61 percent to 33 percent margin.

Source: Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri | TheHill

Abortion fights loom in states | TheHill


Both sides of the abortion rights debate are preparing for a busy year of fights over when and how abortions may be performed in states across the country — and both sides are developing a long-term strategy that could involve a new challenge to Roe v. Wade.

While it is still early in the year, several measures seeking to limit abortion rights have already advanced in Republican-dominated states.

Source: Abortion fights loom in states | TheHill

Pentagon planning grand military parade for Trump | TheHill


Trump repeatedly has expressed an interest in holding a display of America’s military might and upped his calls for a parade after witnessing the Bastille Day celebrations on a trip to France last summer.

“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” one military official told the Post on the condition of anonymity.

“This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”

Source: Pentagon planning grand military parade for Trump | TheHill

Pressure builds on Trump to release Dem countermemo | TheHill


President Trump is under mounting pressure to allow the release of a Democratic rebuttal to a GOP memo that alleges bias in the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation.

Trump has until Friday to block the publication of the 10-page document, which right now remains classified. The White House has played coy about whether Trump will allow it to become public.

Source: Pressure builds on Trump to release Dem countermemo | TheHill

A smarter approach to cloud | FCW


Now cloud-based services are playing a key role in IT modernization efforts, which increases the pressure on agencies to move their activities from data centers to the cloud.

The way forward is not always clear, however, and regardless of which flavor of cloud they choose, agencies still face significant challenges related to acquisition models, governance and cost savings.

Source: A smarter approach to cloud — FCW

U.S. solar industry lost nearly 10,000 jobs in 2017


It was the first time employment has contracted in the fast-growing industry since the non-profit research firm The Solar Foundation began tracking solar jobs in 2010.

Nationwide, solar employment fell 3.8 percent to 250,271 jobs in 2017 from a high of 260,077 in 2016. A drop in both utility-scale and residential solar installations, as well as industry jitters about tariffs on imported solar panels, were to blame for the decline, the report said.

Employment in the solar industry far outpaces that of the coal, wind and nuclear energy industries, the report said, citing federal jobs data.

Source: U.S. solar industry lost nearly 10,000 jobs in 2017