|Keith Rush - Biography|
Keith began his broadcasting career on Febuary 16, 1952 at the age of 20 left New Orleans for full time position, KLOU in Lake Charles, Louisiana... Keith is considered by many as the "Father of Talk Radio" in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1st "Honorary" member of LSU statewide Alumni Association in history of LSU. Received many awards, but most proud of Freedom's Foundation Award 1972 for fight against "Filth" in radio and television. Representatives came to New Orleans Louisiana to make the presentation. During period 1953 - 1956 (still broadcasting) booked acts on the Louisiana Hayride, such as George Jones, Johnny Cash, The Browns and brought Elvis Presley to New Orleans (1954) for 1st apperance ever. (Lost Money) 1957 - 1959 United States Army 4th Infantry Division Fort Lewis Washington, 2 years active duty.
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Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence For Leaking Army Documents
President Obama commuted the vast majority of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning's 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents, the White House announced Tuesday. The White House said that Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening. Obama is also pardoning 64 people, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information. Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Her sentence is now set to expire May 17. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Obama slapped America is the face on the way out - Trump should not meet with him.
Masculinity'? Dude, Now America's Universities Are Turning Men Into Women
Universities across the fruited plain are trying to convince men to grow lady parts. And that’s a problem, America. Campus Reform recently reported on efforts to provide “safe spaces” to fight back against what the academic world calls, “toxic masculinity.” Click here for a free subscription to Todd’s newsletter: a must-read for conservatives. Instead of a country full of manly men, our universities want a nation full of Pajama Boys. Oregon State University is hosting a “health masculinities conference.” Students will “engage in collective imagining to construct new futures for masculinities, unrestricted by power, privilege, and oppression.” Fox News
Nominee Questions US Funding Of UN
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be UN ambassador, will question whether the US's funding of the world body is worth it in her opening testimony Wednesday at her Senate confirmation hearing. Haley is expected to rap the UN for its treatment of Israel and indicate that she thinks the US should reconsider its contribution of 22% of the annual budget. "Are we getting what we pay for?" she asks in a copy of her opening statement obtained by CNN. In an opening statement that details her background at length, Haley focuses on only one international issue: Israel. She said a December UN Security Council resolution that calls on Israel to stop settlement construction in Palestinian areas "damaging" and a reflection of the UN's "long-history of anti-Israel bias." That resolution passed when the US abstained from voting. CNN
VOA VIEW: The UN should be changed by having all Muslim countries ousted.
Trump Tweets About John Lewis Again, Says He's Boycotted Prior Inaugurations
Donald Trump said Rep. John Lewis is "wrong" to suggest that the President-elect's inauguration is the first he will boycott such an event, citing the Georgia congressman also protested the first inauguration of George W. Bush. "John Lewis said about my inauguration, 'It will be the first one that I've missed.' WRONG (or lie)! He boycotted Bush 43 also because he thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in....he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president.' Sound familiar," the President-elect wrote in two consecutive tweets on Tuesday. CNN
Potential Victims In Sex Abuse Case, 248 Clubs Impacted
Police say the number of clubs impacted by British soccer's sprawling child sex abuse scandal has climbed to 248, with 184 suspects and 526 potential victims. The National Police Chiefs' Council says 97 percent of the victims are male, with an age range from 4 to 20. The updated figures, which cover amateur and professional soccer, come two months after former professionals started to reveal historic abuse. Philadelphia Inquirer
Rages Over Obama’s Surprise Manning Commutation
President Obama commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning Tuesday in an 11th-hour surprise, allowing the convicted leaker of US Army secrets to leave prison nearly three decades early. The move came just three days before he hands Donald Trump the keys to the Oval Office. Manning, a transgender ex-Army intelligence analyst formerly known as Bradley Manning, is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified government and military documents to the website WikiLeaks. NY Post
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Large Earthquakes Hit Central Italy In An Hour
A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and has been buried under more than a meter (three feet) of snow in recent days. There were no immediate reports of casualties but tremors were felt as far away as Rome, where the subway was closed as a precaution and parents were asked to pick up their children from schools. The first tremor, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, hit the region north of Amatrice at about 10:25 a.m. (0925 GMT), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A second quake with a magnitude of 5.7 hit the same area about 50 minutes later, and 10 minutes later a third was measured at magnitude 5.3. Aftershocks continued to rock the area. Philadelphia Inquirer
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To Trump: Don’t ‘Get Along’ With Clinton-Filled Federal Bureaucracies
When asked whether President-elect Donald Trump should try to get along with the “intelligence community” and other federal agencies, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said no, he should “overhaul” them because they are filled with Hillary Clinton supporters who have “contempt” for Trump. “When we’re told that Trump needs to get along with these bureaucracies, my first answer is no,” Gingrich said at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. “I want him to change the bureaucracies, not get along with them.” CNS News
Secretary Nominee On Climate Change: ‘I Don’t Believe It’s A Hoax’
Interior Secretary Nominee Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday that climate change is not a hoax, that climate is changing and “man is an influence.” “Man is an influence. I think where there’s debate on it is what that influence is, what can we do about it, and as the Department of the Interior, I will inherit, if confirmed, the USGS. We have great scientists there. I’m not a climate scientist expert, but I can tell you I will become a lot more familiar with it, and it’ll be based on objective science. I don’t believe it’s a hoax,” said Zinke responding to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) about whether climate change is a hoax. CNS News
Planned Parenthood Asks Judge To Block Medicaid Funding Cut
The leaders of Texas Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge on Tuesday to block the state's bid to halt Medicaid funding for the healthcare group, which has long been targeted by Republicans for providing abortions. Planned Parenthood has said the threatened funding cut, by terminating Planned Parenthood's enrollment in the state-funded healthcare system for the poor, could affect nearly 11,000 patients across Texas. It is seeking an injunction from Judge Sam Sparks in federal court in Austin to stop the cutoff, the latest twist in a protracted legal and political fight. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Planned Parenthood must go on their own.
General Motors Reaffirm Jobs Long Planned, Trump Says Thanks
Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) and General Motors Co (GM.N) on Tuesday became the latest companies to win praise from President-elect Donald Trump for adding U.S. jobs and investment, even though much of their plans were previously announced. Wal-Mart will add 10,000 jobs this year while GM announced $1 billion in investment that would create 1,500 U.S. jobs. Trump, who takes office on Friday, has repeatedly singled out and criticized U.S. companies across industries for not doing more to keep jobs in the United States and has put pressure on them to hire more U.S. workers. Reuters
Top Politician Wants Tighter Parliament Order Rules
Poland's most influential politician says rules must be changed in parliament to ensure order and discipline in case opposition lawmakers stage further protests and obstruction. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the ruling conservative Law and Justice party, was referring to blockade of the speakers' podium by the opposition that disrupted a parliament session in December and to four weeks of subsequent sit-in. The opposition eventually suspended the protest. But Kaczynski said they were trying to overturn the government and broke parliamentary regulations. He says steps are needed if the Civic Platform and Modern parties hold more protests in the future. Tampa Tribune
May Ban Smoking At Beach, Parks And Playgrounds
Hollywood would become the first city in South Florida to outlaw smoking on the beach under a proposal being considered Wednesday, officials say. The ban, if approved by commissioners, would also apply to Hollywood parks, fields and playgrounds – even though Florida law says only state legislators can ban smoking in public places. "We know all about that," said Commissioner Dick Blattner, who is pushing for the ban to help eliminate the dangers of second-hand smoke. "Sarasota has done it for a long time and the state has never come after them. We're willing to take the chance." Sun Sentinel
Burned During Protest Outside Trump Hotel In D.C.
A man was transported to a hospital Tuesday night after suffering burns while setting a fire outside the Trump International Hotel, authorities said. Around 9:20 p.m. ET the man received serious but non-life threatening burns during a protest outside the hotel, D.C. Fire officials said. It was unclear whether the man was trying to set himself on fire, or what his motivation was, although some Twitter users said the man was trying to harm himself. USA Today
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Accuser Summer Zervos Files Defamation Suit Against President-Elect
A woman who previously accused Donald Trump of unwanted sexual advances has filed a defamation lawsuit against the president elect — just three days before Trump's presidential inauguration. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the "The Apprentice," said in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred in Los Angeles on Tuesday that she filed the lawsuit over allegedly false statements Trump made in response to her accusation. The suit, filed Tuesday morning, claims Trump knew his statements about Zervos and his other accusers would subject them to "threats of violence, economic harm and reputational damage." MSNBC
Are Recycling Their Old News To Avoid Being Blasted In A Trump Tweet
It's a "first strike" approach to jobs. Companies eager to avoid becoming the target of the next attack by President-elect Donald Trump are preemptively — or retroactively — announcing U.S. job creation plans. "When automakers such as Toyota announced their new strategies in response to the so-called Trump risk, the industry was nervous and asked 'Who's next?'" Kim Jin-woo, an analyst at Korea Investment & Securities Co. told Bloomberg after Hyundai-Kia announced it would invest $3.1 billion in the U.S. over the next five years. The risk is that Trump will include your name in a negative tweet, spawning a PR crisis and a stock price ding. MSNBC
House Taunts Putin, Trump Over Allegations Of Undermining President-Elect
President Obama’s spokesman needled Russian President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday, saying Mr. Putin was using the new administration’s “talking points” to accuse the Obama team of undermining Mr. Trump. “It sounds like he got his copy of the talking points,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “It certainly sounds a lot like what the incoming administration’s team is saying.” Mr. Putin said the Obama administration was trying to undermine the legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s election by spreading falsehoods about Russia helping him by hacking Democratic records. Washington Times
Pays $24 Million To Settle Secret Service Discrimination Case
The federal government has agreed to pay $24 million to settle a long-running discrimination case brought by a group of African-American Secret Service agents who alleged that they were systematically denied promotion to the agency’s highest ranks. The settlement, announced late Tuesday, effectively ends a 16-year legal battle which exposed early rifts in an agency that more recently was plagued with security breaches and agent misconduct. “I am pleased that we are able to finally put this chapter of Secret Service history behind us,’’ Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said. “Had the matter gone to trial, it would have required that we re-live things long past, just at a time when the Secret Service is on the mend.’’ USA Today
Sense Of Uncertainty In Georgia As Trump Era Arrives
The Donald Trump era begins this week when the New York businessman goes from private citizen to the nation’s president without ever holding elected office. And what that means for Georgia remains hazy at best. What does his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “essentially simultaneously” mean for Georgia’s health policy? Will vast rewrites of tax policy upend the playing field? Will Trump follow through on his vow for a massive investment in new infrastructure? That’s just a glimpse of the tremendous amount of uncertainty ahead, and already state leaders are calling for caution. Gov. Nathan Deal urged lawmakers not to take “giant leaps” on health care policy before Trump’s administration figures out its plan. And state Rep. Atlanta Journal
Military: Troops Have 'Full Control' Of Eastern Mosul
Iraq's military says government troops are now in "full control" of eastern Mosul after routing Islamic State militants from that part of the northern Iraqi city. Army Lt. Gen. Talib Shaghati, who commands the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces, says the success of the Iraqi forces is "unprecedented." The advance — more than three months since the operation to free Mosul started in October — comes following Iraqi troops' push over the past days in the last IS-held neighborhoods in Mosul's east, closing in on the Tigris River that roughly divides the city. Houston Chronicle
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Court Affirms Limits On Inauguration Day Protests
A federal appeals court on Tuesday shot down protesters’ challenge of regulations that allow Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration Committee first dibs on the location of bleachers reserved for ticket holders at Friday’s inaugural parade. As a result of the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the inauguration committee can keep set-aside bleacher seats in place at both Freedom Plaza and in front of the Trump International Hotel — prominent locations along the parade route where protesters had sought to demonstrate Friday. Washington Times
Watchdog: U.S. Government Spending "Unsustainable"
U.S. government spending is increasingly outstripping its revenue, which will eventually cause the federal debt to soar and harm the U.S. economy. This baleful assessment, issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Tuesday, comes as the incoming Trump administration plans large increases in infrastructure and military spending, along with big tax cuts for corporations and individuals. While the GAO report’s findings are hardly new, the timing of the release as a new Congress and presidency get under way puts the issue back in the spotlight. CBS
Repealing ACA Without Replacing Could Mean 32 Million Would Lose Insurance
A Republican-sponsored repeal of Obamacare without a replacement plan would leave 32 million people uninsured by 2026, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted in an estimate released Tuesday. CBO evaluated what would happen if Congress enacts a reconciliation bill similar to one from 2015 that would eliminate Obamacare’s mandate penalties and subsidies while leaving the insurance market reforms in place. If a replacement plan isn’t implemented following the dismantling of the law, CBO estimates that 18 million people would become uninsured in the first year, and premiums would rise by 20 to 25 percent for individual policies purchased through marketplaces or directly from insurers. CBS
Speech Is Trump's Time To Rise To The Moment
Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment. But bucking tradition, or ignoring it altogether, is what got Donald Trump to his inaugural moment. When Trump stands on the west front of the Capitol on Friday and delivers his inaugural address, all sides will be waiting to see whether he comes bearing a unifying message for a divided nation or decides to play up his persona as a disrupter of the established order.
How Trump tends to that balancing act, in both style and content, will be a telling launch for his presidency. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Trump will surprise all.
H.W. Bush Hospitalized ForShortness Of Breath
Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well to treatments, his spokesman said Wednesday. The 41st president was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday, spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email to The Associated Press. "Doctors and everyone are very pleased, and we hope to have him out soon," McGrath said. Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV that Bush is expected to go home in a couple of days. Charlotte Observer
Stylist To Marla Maples: No Free Services In Exchange For Inauguration
Though Donald Trump and his family project an image of boundless wealth, a Washington-based hairstylist says the president-elect's second wife tried to get out of paying her to style her tresses and those of her 23-year-old daughter, Tiffany Trump, for Inauguration Day. Freelance stylist Tricia Kelly says she was contacted by a longtime client with ties to the Trumps about a job coifing Marla Maples and the younger Trump daughter for the big event. Kelly expressed her interest and she explained her rates - a $150 fee to travel in addition to the cost of her services - but Maples, through her assistant, balked. "I was told they had a $300 budget for both of them for hair and makeup," Kelly says. Charlotte Observer
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Won't Find Trump's Face On Shepard Fairey's Inauguration Posters
Shepard Fairey is perhaps most well-known for his Obama poster that became ubiquitous with Obama’s 2008 campaign. The poster began with a run of just 350 prints, but soon spread across the country with its message that embodied the ethos of the times – “HOPE.” For this week’s upcoming inauguration, the street artist has once again designed a series of posters. The catch? Trump’s face won’t appear on any of them. In lieu of the president-elect’s famous blond bouffant, Shepard Fairey’s latest street art campaign, called “We the People,” will showcase the marginalized groups that were targeted during Trump’s campaign. Where the Obama poster carried the message, “Hope,” Fairey’s inauguration posters read, “We the People are Greater than Fear.” SF Gate
Trump Waits In His Tower, Accessible Yet Isolated
Exactly one week after becoming president-elect, Donald Trump stepped outside his namesake fortress here for the first time. He ventured just five blocks, to dinner at the 21 Club — a dark-mahogany-and-red-leather-banquette throwback, where model airplanes and sports memorabilia hang from the ceiling and jackets are de rigueur for men. The vintage haunt, where Trump dined with family members, feels like home. The waiters know his preferred table (No. 14, where Frank Sinatra and Richard Nixon once ate) and his regular order (the $36 burger, well done, with fries). So it has been for the president-elect, who has retreated to one comfortable, familiar refuge after another — his anhattan tower, his white leather-upholstered Boeing jet, his lush golf courses, his opulent beachside castle. Trump is a man isolated, increasingly cosseted away from the voters who lifted him to his seemingly improbable victory. He favors his own people and his own places, creating the veneer of accessibility — his tweets reach millions and he still answers his cellphone — while placing himself in almost entirely habitual settings. Kansas City Star
VOA VIEW: Trump will be lonely - he lost freedom.
Palm Beach Learns To Love Trump, Once A Scorned Outsider
The genteel people of Palm Beach, home to the old-money fortunes of captains-of-industry scions, once ridiculed even their wealthy Kennedy neighbors — with their Irish Catholicism, Hollywood paparazzi and family scandals — as contemptible nouveau riche. Then came Donald Trump. Immediately branded by the notoriously insular locals as a vulgar arriviste, he acquired the late cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post’s landmark Mar-a-Lago estate — and the desirable social standing it bestowed — in 1985, only to spend the following three decades suing the town over and over again when it got in his way. The squabbles between Trump and the Palm Beach establishment became the stuff of tabloid legend. My, how times have changed. Or at least, Trump’s place in the world has. Miami Herald
Would Require Teaching Of California Students About Russian Interference
Unwilling to wait for history to become, well, history, a Marin County legislator wants to make sure state schools teach students about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, requiring the topic in history classes. Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, said he is introducing a bill to require the State Board of Education to develop curriculum to ensure “all California students will learn how the Russian government conspired to influence the United States Presidential Election to elect Donald Trump,” according to his office. “The work of 17 intelligence agencies including the FBI and CIA confirmed Russian interference in our election,” he said. “This is a threat to our democracy and must be treated with appropriate significance in American history.” SF Gate
To Enter Office As Most Unpopular President In At Least 40 Years, Poll
Donald Trump enters office as the most unpopular of at least the last seven newly elected presidents, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds, with ratings for handling the transition that are also vastly below those of his predecessors. Forty percent of Americans in the national survey approve of the way Trump has handled the transition, half as many as the 80 percent who approved of Barack Obama’s preparations to take office. Trump also trails far behind George W. Bush (72 percent transition approval), Bill Clinton (81 percent) and George H.W. Bush (82 percent) on this measure. ABC
VOA VIEW: Most don't believe the liberal polls.
Holliday Says She Received Death Threats For Agreeing To Perform For Trump
Jennifer Holliday held back tears as she opened up about the backlash she faced for initially agreeing to perform at Donald Trump's inaugural festivities. "I haven't done anything to be called names," the Tony-winning star of Broadway's "Dreamgirls" said Tuesday on ABC's "The View." Holliday said she was called the "N-word" and received death threats. "I woke up, and there was, like, this whole thing of terrible tweets and things on my Instagram, and I was like, 'Oh, Lord, what did I do?'" she recalled after it was announced that she was to be among the performers at the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration. She later pulled out of the event. "I live a pretty reclusive life," she told "The View" co-hosts. "You're not on the radio, and then one morning you wake up, and everyone hates you." ABC
Takes Aim At King Dollar And It Threatens U.S. Equities
The S&P 500 has a friend and a foe in King Dollar. The greenback is the only major currency whose current strength has coincided with rallies in its domestic equity market, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., underscoring the risk for stocks if the dollar's poor start to the year gathers more steam. “Recently, the dollar is alone as a major risk-on currency, gauged by looking at the rolling correlation of S&P 500 and USD,” writes a team led by Ian Wright. This phenomenon is all down to President-elect Donald Trump, the analysts say, who recently said that the greenback is too strong. Enthusiasm about the prospects for a U.S. expansion under the new administration have fueled a rise in real rates, buoying the dollar, while these heightened growth expectations have also supported equities. Bloomberg
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Trump Could Actually Boost Merkel’s Election Pitch
Angela Merkel’s advisers see a chance that Donald Trump’s swipes against the chancellor could work in her favor as she seeks a fourth term as German leader. While Trump’s approach is raising concern in the Berlin chancellery, the U.S. president-elect may inadvertently help her in the election this fall, according to two people with knowledge of Merkel’s thinking. Trump’s brand of politics, including his habit of lashing out without considering the consequences, could serve as a negative example of populism, said one of the people. Both asked not to be named because the deliberations are not public. Bloomberg
Say Trump Would Have Won Regardless Of Russian Hacking
A poll released Monday suggests 58 percent of Americans believe Donald Trump would have won the U.S. presidential election regardless of Russia's alleged interference. If the allegations by the U.S. intelligence community are proven true, about 65 percent of Americans said the interference would be a crisis or major problem for the United States. About 56 percent of Americans said the United States should work to improve relations with Russia instead of taking a hard-line stance through economic and diplomatic means. The CNN/ORC telephone survey was conducted from Thursday to Sunday on a random national sample of 1,000 adults and has a margin of sampling error of 3 percent. UPI News
VOA VIEW: It shows that most Americans are not dumb as the liberal media would like the to be.
Judge OKs Plan For Caesars’ Unit To Exit $18 Billion Bankruptcy
A federal judge gave the thumbs-up Tuesday to a plan to reorganize a subsidiary of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp., clearing the way for the operating unit to exit bankruptcy two years after filing for Chapter 11 protection with $18 billion in debt. The approval from U.S. District Judge Benjamin Goldgar in Chicago is a "major milestone," said Mark Frissora, CEO of the Las Vegas-based parent company. The subsidiary, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc., would emerge later this year with the separation of its U.S. property assets from its gambling operations. Reorganization would also enable it to lighten its massive debt burden by $10 billion. "The new Caesars will be a stronger company," Frissora added in a statement issued shortly after the ruling. Las Vegas Sun
Young Americans Fear They Will Be Worse Off Post-Trump
As Donald Trump approaches his inauguration, young Americans have a deeply pessimistic view about his incoming administration, with young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans particularly concerned about what's to come in the next four years. That's according to a new GenForward poll of Americans aged 18 to 30, which found that the country's young adults are more likely to expect they'll be worse off at the end of Trump's first term than better off. Such young Americans are also far more likely to think Trump will divide the country than unite it, by a 60 percent to 19 percent margin. Fifty-two percent of young whites, 72 percent of Latinos, 66 percent of Asian-Americans and 70 percent of blacks think Trump's presidency will lead to a more divided nation. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Young Americans are being misdirected by liberals.
Promises Big Investment In Infrastructure
Vice President-elect Mike Pence is pledging to a group of mayors that the Trump administration will make a serious investment in infrastructure. Speaking Tuesday to a meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors, Pence said President-elect Donald Trump told him to pass on that "we're going to do an infrastructure bill and it's going to be big." Trump, who consistently lamented the state of American bridges, roads and airports on the campaign trail, has promised to invest $1 trillion in transportation and infrastructure spending, though he has provided few details. UPI News
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