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Archive for June 14th, 2017


Labor Cuts At Liberal Media Outlets, Hundreds Being Let Go

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Major media outlets, including the Huffington Post, The New York Times, NBC, Vocativ, Newsweek and Time Inc., initiated major layoffs of their labor forces Tuesday and Wednesday.   TheNYT and Newsweek have been whispering about mass layoffs for the past year, while HuffPost and Time made their cuts just this week. The move will put hundreds of journalists and media staff out of work while helping digital media continue its rise as the primary source of news and information.
Time announced that it will be laying off about 300 employees through a series of buyouts and layoffs. The move will eliminate 4 percent of its workforce as it looks to cut costs in the midst of lagging sales.   HuffPost is offering its terminated workers a collectively bargained severance of two months’ salary, plus a week of pay for each year of service. Employees will also retain their benefits, including health insurance.   CNN commentator Frida Ghitis took to Twitter to comment on the severance packages, spelling out the math of how much severance someone would receive for 10 years of work.  @mlcalderone Math: If you worked there 10 years of your life, severance is 18 weeks, little more than 4 months.
Many are describing the firings as “corporate-wide layoffs” that were triggered as a result of Verizon purchasing Yahoo, HuffPost’s parent company. However, these aren’t the first news media companies to trim their staffs. Newsweek’s Margarita Noriega tweeted the companies that have begun downsizing the past few months.
Advertisers are increasingly choosing to go with digital media, abandoning hard copy publications in droves.     Michael Calderone tweeted out a statement detailing the firings and how HuffPost will handle them. Employees will continue to meet with management as part of “an ongoing process of labor-management discussions.”
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List of GOP lawmakers at the congressional baseball game practice

 WEBMASTER:  This shooter had one goal in mind; to reduce the number of Republicans in the House, based on a question asked of Rep. Desantis in the parking lot; an individual came up and ask him who was on the field Rep or Dems, , Rep. Desantis responded Rep, he said the individual then walk away toward the field. Moments later the gunman opened fire on the field as he walked around the fence.


Shooter identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill.

  • Two police officers and two or three congressional staff members were among the wounded
  • Alexandria Police say they responded to the scene within 3 minutes; “otherwise it would have been a massacre,” Sen. Rand Paul says
  • Alexandria police tweeted: “Suspect is in custody and not a threat.”
  • The lawmakers were practising for the annual congressional ballgame scheduled to be played on Thursday at Nationals Park, home of Major League Baseball team the Washington Nationals.
  • Alexandria police said the FBI was taking over the investigation into the shooting, which began shortly after 07:00 (11:00 GMT) on Wednesday morning at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.


House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was wounded on Wednesday morning in a shooting at a GOP practice for the congressional baseball game.
A number of GOP aides, lawmakers and senators were present at the shooting.
Here is a list of the GOP lawmakers who we know were on the scene. Some lawmakers were at the practice but left before the shooting.

This list will be updated as information comes in.

Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)
Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Rep. Mo BrooksMO BROOKSList of GOP lawmakers at the congressional baseball game practiceGiffords: My heart is with victims of shooting at GOP baseball practiceGOP rep recounts using belt as tourniquet at baseball practice shootingMORE (Ala.)
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (Ohio)
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (Tenn.)
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.)
Rep. Mo BrooksMO BROOKSList of GOP lawmakers at the congressional baseball game practiceGiffords: My heart is with victims of shooting at GOP baseball practiceGOP rep recounts using belt as tourniquet at baseball practice shootingMORE (Ala.)
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (Ohio)
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (Tenn.)
Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.)
Rep. Mike Bishop (Mich.)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (S.C.)
Rep. Joe Barton (Texas)
Rep. Roger WilliamsROGER WILLIAMSTrump Jr. appears to link lawmaker shooting to controversial ‘Julius Caesar’ productionList of GOP lawmakers at the congressional baseball game practiceAide to Texas Rep. among those shot at baseball practiceMORE (Texas)
Rep. Mark Walker (N.C.)
Rep. Tom Rooney (Fla.)
Rep. Rodney Davis (Ill.)
Rep. Bill Johnson (Ohio)
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (Ga.)
Rep. John Moolenaar (Mich.)
Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.)
Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas)
Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas)






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