Saturday notes 03-03-18
John Kelly: ‘I have absolutely nothing to even consider resigning over’
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly insisted to reporters Friday there’s nothing to make him think about resigning, amid recent questions over his handling of the Rob Porter domestic abuse allegations.
Florida senators vote not to stop sales of AR-15s
Florida lawmakers on Saturday nixed a proposal that would have placed a moratorium on the sale of AR-15s, the type of firearm used in the deadly school shooting in Parkland on Valentine’s Day.
Georgia governor signs bill nixing Delta tax break after NRA split
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday signed into law a tax bill that fellow Republicans used to punish Atlanta-based Delta in retaliation for the airline’s decision to sever ties with the National Rifle Association.
Top NASCAR Venue Sticking With NRA Amid Business Outcry
The home of one of NASCAR’s marquee races is standing firm with the National Rifle Association as more than a dozen companies cut ties with the organization in the wake of the Florida school shooting.
China’s Holdings of U.S. Debt Down 10%
Chinese holdings of U.S. Treasury securities are 10.0 percent below their peak level which was attained in November 2013, according to data published by the U.S. Treasury.
DOJ takes new look at ex-Navy sailor’s request for presidential pardon
The Department of Justice is taking a new look at a former U.S. Navy sailor’s request for a pardon following his release from jail for taking photos of classified areas inside a nuclear submarine, his attorney said.
Navy Buys Lasers to ‘Dazzle’ Drones, Take Out Small Boats
The Navy has awarded an initial $150 million contract to Lockheed Martin to develop shipboard lasers that can “dazzle” enemy drone swarms and take out small boats.
USDA: 35,891 Retailers Engaged in Food Stamp Fraud
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a report estimating that 35,891 food retailers around the country engaged in food stamp fraud, illegally “trafficking” more than $1 billion in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits annually over the three-year period from 2012 through 2014.
A California Judge May Have Just Sunk All Those Climate Lawsuits Against Energy Companies
A California district court ruled Wednesday that two lawsuits to hold energy companies responsible for weather affected by climate change are more appropriate for federal court.
It’s Time For Parkland’s Sheriff Israel To Go
On the afternoon of Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old man walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and murdered seventeen people and injured fourteen more.
U.S. to overtake Russia as world’s biggest oil producer
Oil: The U.S. will overtake Russia to become the world’s largest oil producer by 2023, according to the International Energy Agency, reflecting Trump administration policies such as approving major oil pipelines, opening up areas to drilling and regulation reform.