May 24, 2017 3:03 PM
Cheech & Chong Sat. July 22 @ Emerald Queen Casino
Gladys Knight Thu. July 20th @ The Tualip Amphitheatre
Tim McGraw Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017, Sat. May 27th @ Tacoma Dome ***
Brad Paisley Brad Paisley: Weekend Warrior World Tour 2017 Fri. June 30th @ White River Amphitheatre
Joe Rogan Joe Rogan - Strange Times 2017 Tour, Fri. Aug. 04 @ Paramount Theatre
George Clinton George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Fri. July 28th @ Neptune Theatre
Def Leppard Fri. Jun. 09 @ White River Amphitheatre - ***
The Moody Blues - The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed - 50th Anniversary Tour Sunday, June 11th @ Chateau Ste Michelle Winery - ***
Seattle Storm NBA BASKETBALL WOMEN's Seattle Storm vs Indiana Fever Sun. May 28th @ Key Arena ***
Seattle Sounders FC - Seattle Sounders FC vs Portland Timbers Sat. May 27th @ Century Link Field ***
*** Events that are coming up within 10 days.
May 24, 2017 2:31 PM
Pop singer Ariana Grande has suspended her upcoming tour dates after a deadly suicide bombing killed 22 at her concert in Manchester, England. She cancelled performances in London that were scheduled for this week, as well as all shows through June 5. The rest of the tour is being suspended "until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost," her management team said.
May 24, 2017 2:15 PM
The Republican health care plan that passed the House earlier this month would leave 23 million more Americans without health insurance over the next decade than the current law and would reduce the deficit by $119 billion, according to an analysis released by the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday.
The findings are similar to a CBO score of an earlier version of the bill spiked by Republican leaders earlier this year due to lack of support.
House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act three weeks ago without a new analysis from the nonpartisan office, but a CBO analysis of an earlier version of the legislation found the new law would result in leaving 24 million more Americans without health insurance within a decade.
But significant changes were made to the original bill to help push it through the House. Notable among them was a provision that would allow states to opt-out of mandatory coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
No Democrats voted for the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and they slammed their Republican counterparts for voting on the legislation before the analysis was completed.
The plan faces an uncertain future in the Senate, with members on both sides of the aisle warning major changes need to be made to the House version of the legislation before the Senate can vote.
May 22, 2017 4:22 PM
Michael Flynn had been ordered by the Senate Intelligence Committee to hand over emails and other records related to any dealings with Russians as part of that panel’s investigation into Russian election meddling. His decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right puts him at risk of being held in contempt of Congress, which can also result in a criminal charge.
Mr. Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, did not respond to a request for comment.
The controversies surrounding the Trump White House’s ties to Russia have overshadowed the early months of the new administration, and Mr. Flynn has been at the center of the maelstrom. He is under scrutiny both by congressional committees and by federal law enforcement agencies for his ties to Russia and his business dealings with Turkey.
In February, Mr. Trump asked James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director, to end the FBI investigation into Flynn , a request some legal experts have said amounts to obstruction of justice.
Lawmakers had previously asserted that Mr. Flynn had failed to disclose the income he had received for the Moscow trip to obtain security clearance to work in the White House, but the letter released on Monday shows he had misled investigators during a previous attempt to renew his clearance, months before Mr. Trump won election.
Mr. Cummings quoted directly from the Pentagon report detailing his clearance process. The Pentagon document itself, a “Report of Investigation” from March 2016, was not included with his letter sent to Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who is the chairman of the oversight committee.
As Mr. Flynn’s legal problems have accumulated, White House officials have tried to distance themselves from him. They have also tried to shift blame, pointing out that it was during the Obama administration that his security clearance was renewed. Mr. Flynn, a former three-star general, ran the Defense Intelligence Agency from mid-2012 until 2014.
The House committee has asked the White House to turn over all documents used by Mr. Trump’s transition team to vet Mr. Flynn before naming him national security adviser, as well as any communications among Mr. Trump’s top aides about Mr. Flynn’s contacts with foreign officials.
The White House has thus far refused the request. Mr. Cummings has been pushing Mr. Chaffetz to issue a subpoena demanding the documents.
Previous documents released by the oversight committee revealed that Mr. Flynn was paid more than $65,000 by companies linked to Russia in 2015. In addition to RT, Mr. Flynn received $11,250 from a Russian cargo airline, Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which had been implicated in a bribery scheme involving Russian officials at the United Nations. In October 2015, he was paid another $11,250 by Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, the American branch of a Russian cybersecurity firm.
Retired generals are ordinarily allowed to keep a clearance as a courtesy, but they also must report all income from foreign sources to the Pentagon. Possessing a security clearance opens up potentially lucrative jobs with government contractors, who prize the contacts and insider knowledge of retired generals.
“While we recognize General Flynn’s constitutional right to invoke the Fifth Amendment, we are disappointed he has chosen to disregard the committee’s subpoena request for documents relevant and necessary to our investigation,” they said in a joint statement. “We will vigorously pursue General Flynn’s testimony and his production of any and all pertinent materials pursuant to the committee’s authorities.”
May 10, 2017 5:20 PM
President Donald Trump is taking aim at African-American students and jeopardizing the future of historically black colleges and universities.
Construction for Black colleges, Trump argues, could be unconstitutional because it’s racially biased. Without new buildings for state-of-the-art technology, the outlook for Black colleges becomes even more challenging.
I’m discouraged, but not surprised. Trump’s promises regarding the education of Black students are questionable at best. The president can’t be trusted with his rhetoric. He makes bold promises one day, then reneges on his commitments a day later.
Promises for funding Black colleges are no different.
In February, when Trump invited 60 Black college presidents to the White House for a meeting about funding HBCU’s, the session was abruptly cut short by a much-publicized photo-op with Trump in the Oval Office.
“The president and I admire the contributions of historically Black colleges and universities,” Vice President Mike Pence told Black college presidents. Pence said the Trump administration is committed to ensuring that HBCU’s “get the credit and attention they deserve.”
More deception. More smoke-and-mirrors.
Last week, Trump undercut a 25-year-old program that helps finance construction projects for historically Black colleges and universities.
Trump signed a $1 trillion proposed budget where he mentioned The Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program Account as one example of programs that “allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender.”
The United Negro College Fund said it’s “puzzled” by Trump’s characterization of the provision.
Cheryl Smith, senior vice president of public policy and government affairs at the UNCF, told Politico the program Trump used as an example isn’t based on race but on “mission, accreditation status and the year the institution was established.”
Trump’s signing statement was also criticized by Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Trump’s statement is not only misinformed factually, it is not grounded in any serious constitutional analysis,” their joint statement said. “For a President who pledged to reach out to African-Americans and other minorities, this statement is stunningly careless and divisive. We urge him to reconsider immediately.”
I am not puzzled by the president’s thinking, I see Trump’s move as another systematic attempt to dismantle years of progress by African-Americans. Trump, his advisors, and his Cabinet of mostly white men have no connection to America’s Black experience and they don’t care about the social, economic, health and educational challenges facing Black Americans.
Many civil rights activists were correctly skeptical when the Black college presidents met with Trump at the White House in February.
In fact, Morehouse College President John Wilson Jr. described the meeting with White House aides as “troubling.”
Wilson and other Black college presidents were hoping that Trump would set aside additional funding for historically Black colleges. Instead of a substantive meeting, some said, the presidents were lured into the Oval Office for a hastily arranged photo-op with Trump.
“In general, the meetings were a troubling beginning to what must be a productive relationship,” Wilson said in a statement to the school’s students.
I don’t believe Trump wants a productive relationship with Black college presidents. He has already signaled that he intends to challenge the progress of Black colleges by claiming unconstitutional racial preferences – a longtime and predictable Republican strategy to undermine the achievements of African-Americans.
What do you think?