Sun Unleashes Monster Solar Flare, Strongest in a Decade

Early this morning (Sept. 6), the sun released two powerful solar flares — the second was the most powerful in more than a decade.

Virgin Islands Grabbing Guns Ahead Of Irma | The Daily Caller

" U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed an emergency order allowing the seizure of private guns, ammunition, explosives and property the National Guard may need to respond to Hurricane Irma."

Brandeis Bars White Men From Journalism Grant

"Journalism grants to probe social justice issues offered through Brandeis University are open only to women and journalists of color, according to a news release announcing the opportunity."

Goodbye Columbus? | Ron Radosh

"In our era of identity politics -- largely brought to us by the Left -- white ethnic groups have not received a lot of attention. This is apparently the case with Italian-Americans who are about to be denied a symbol and historic figure who has been important to them, Christopher Columbus."

Trump defends Western civilization – and media call it racist | Fox News

“In his speech in Poland on Thursday, Donald Trump referred 10 times to ‘the West’ and five times to ‘our civilization,’” Peter Beinart wrote. “His white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means. It’s important that other Americans do, too…The West is a racial and religious term.”

Police Investigating Vandalized Colorado Military Memorial | Military.com

AURORA, Colo. — Police say vandals caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the Colorado Freedom Memorial just a day before the Fourth of July. The Aurora Sentinel reports the memorial had one of its glass panels shattered. The panel carries the names of soldiers from Colorado who have died in battle.

Glock Says It's the Best Pick for MHS; Calls on Army for More Tests | Military.com

"Dorsey maintains that the Army selected Sig Sauer as the winner of the MHS competition without conducting the "heavy endurance testing" that is common in military and federal small arms competitions."

CNN's Jim Acosta To Trump: "Fake News" To Question "17 Intel Agencies" Claim; NYT Correction Proves Trump Right | Video | RealClearPolitics

" However, the "three or four" figure comes from the correction notes posted by the New York Times and Associated Press this week retracting their claim that all 17 agencies played a part. Acosta must not have read the corrections."

Leading Climate Scientist Says Debating Theories Would Be 'Un-American'

"Many scientists are now rejecting an open debate on anthropogenic global warming. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt appears ready to move forward with a “red-team, blue-team” exercise, where two groups of scientists publicly challenge each other’s evidence on manmade climate change"

Rep. Waters: 700 Billion People Are Losing Their Healthcare

" She told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that, if the Republican healthcare bill is passed, "700 billion" people will lose health access. Keep in mind that our planet has about 7.3 billion people living on it"

Can a Divided America Survive? - Victor Davis Hanson

"The two Americas watch different news. They read very different books, listen to different music and watch different television shows. Increasingly, they now live lives according to two widely different traditions."

Feinstein: Congress should probe whether Lynch provided cover for Clinton - POLITICO

Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday said Congress should look into former FBI Director James Comey’s revelation that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the nature of his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

First New Coal Mine of Trump Era Opens in Pennsylvania | Fox News Insider

President Trump lauded the opening of the nation's first new coal mine in recent memory. Corsa Coal Company will operate the mine in Somerset County, Pa. - outside of Pittsburgh. Corsa CEO George Dethlefsen said the mine will be a boon to the struggling local economy. He praised Trump's easing of regulations and encouragement for fossil fuel exploration. Dethlefsen told Leland Vittert that for the 70 positions available in the mine, 400 people applied.

Slower U.S. job creation is usually a bad thing. This time, it might be a good sign - MarketWatch

The large and aging baby boom generation has hit retirement age, and the Trump White House has tightened immigration rules, among other things. Partly as a result, the labor force is only increasing about half as fast as companies are hiring.

Weak Paris Agreement Commitments are already mostly on track to not be kept | NextBigFuture.com

"In order to meet its 2025 Paris Agreement commitment—or NDC—of reducing emissions by 26–28% below 2005 levels, the USA would have had to implement both the Clean Power Plan and the Obama Administration’s full Climate Action Plan. Current US policies, including the Clean Power Plan, would only reduce emissions to 10% below 2005 levels by 2025."

Byron York: Hillary Clinton's top 8 reasons she's not to blame for losing

" a list compiled by Fox News Thursday morning included Facebook, bad polling, low-information voters, and, of all places, Hollywood. No doubt she will elaborate on those in her book. But Wednesday's performance was the most complete statement yet on Clinton's view of the 2016 race. There are dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of reasons why she lost -- and none is named Hillary Clinton."

Single-payer healthcare plan advances in California Senate — without a way to pay its $400-billion tab - LA Times

“We don’t have the money to pay for it,” Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) said. “If we cut every single program and expense from the state budget and redirected that money to this bill, SB 562, we wouldn’t even cover half of the $400-billion price tag.”

S&P, Moody's Downgrade Illinois to Near Junk, Lowest Ever for a U.S. State - Bloomberg