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Feb172018

TRANSPORTATION/MISCELLANEOUS (Air Travel): Washington, D.C., airports?: "Having three airports in Washington is great. Until you to the wrong one." .... 

***Washington, D.C., airports?

* Washington Post (Steve Hendrix):  "Having three airports in Washington is great. Until you go to the wrong one." - From the WP:

Amid the usual queries at the information counter at Reagan National Airport — Where’s the bathroom? Where’s the Cinnabon? Where’s my gate? — Leanne Omland gets a version of this whopper about once a day: Where’s my airport? It often falls to Omland to break the bad news to someone who has stumbled into the dark side of having three major airports serving one city: 1) You are at the wrong one. 2) You are in for the taxi ride of your life. “Their faces just fall,” said Omland, a Travelers Aid manager at National. “It happens every single day.”

Having a super-abundance of airports is considered a big-city perk in Washington, as in New York, London and other major hubs. But with greater choice comes a greater chance that you will find yourself at, say, National Airport while your flight is boarding at one of the other two, Washington Dulles International or Baltimore-Washington International Marshall.

It happens to all kinds of customers, according to the airport helpers, travel agents and taxi drivers who bear daily witness to these travel apocalypses — from hardcore business travelers with so many departures they lose track, to neophyte fliers for whom “the airport” is just the airport.

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Online search engines are making the confusion worse .................

 

Saturday
Feb172018

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, immigration policy, DACA legislation?: Report/analysis, "Inside the Senate's ugly immigration breakdown" ....

***President Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, immigration policy, DACA legislation?

* POLITICO (Burgess Everett, Elana Schor):  "Inside the Senate's ugly immigration breakdown" - "The failure of a months-long effort to help dreamers is the latest display of legislative ineptitude." - From POLITICO:

If the Senate was ever going to pass a bill to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation, it needed James Lankford. A conservative senator from Oklahoma with a youthful visage, Lankford had been working since September to help so-called Dreamers. The 49-year-old Lankford dutifully attended bipartisan meetings, cobbling together ideas and trying to enlist support for a bipartisan deal. But when the group showed him the latest draft of their plan Tuesday night, Lankford was stunned. It was far from what he had expected. “I looked through the outlines of the proposal and realized: ’This is nothing close to what we’ve talked about,’” Lankford said.

On Thursday, Lankford voted against the last-gasp proposal from Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.). So did North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, another critical Republican vote on immigration. And they were joined by a trio of GOP senators who backed the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate in 2013 and were seen as gettable this time: Bob Corker of Tennessee, Dean Heller of Nevada and Orrin Hatch of Utah.

The Senate’s spectacular failure to address the plight of the most sympathetic batch of immigrants in the country illegally — a group that President Donald Trump once declared he had “great love” for — was the latest display of legislative ineptitude in the upper chamber. This account, detailing the demise of the months-long immigration push, is based on interviews with more than a dozen senators and aides who’ve worked on the issue since Trump announced last fall he was rescinding the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ..................

 

Saturday
Feb172018

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, various reports: "Trump shifts meaning of 'Drain the Swamp' from ethics to anything he objects to"; "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Under Investigation by FCC's Inspector General"; "Pruitt's security threat? A passenger shouting, 'You're f---king up the environment'"; "VA secretary's chief of staff tells colleagues she intends to retire" ....

***Donald Trump presidency, various reports....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Trump shifts meaning of 'Drain the Swamp' from ethics to anything he objects to

* San Francisco Chronicle (The Wrap):  "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Under Investigation by FCC's Inspector General" - "New rules that benefit Sinclair Broadcasting put Pai under the microscope."

* POLITICO:  "Pruitt's security threat? A passenger shouting, 'You're f---ing up the environment'"

* Washington Post:  "VA secretary's chief of staff tells colleagues she intends to retire"

Saturday
Feb172018

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, proposed budget cuts: "Trump wants to cut America's safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care"; commentary (Eugene Robinson), "Trump tells a lot of little lies: This is the big one"; editorials, "Donald Trump's Nasty Budget': "Donald Trump Raids the Pantry of Poor Americans" ....

***President Donald Trump, proposed budget cuts....

* Washington Post:  "Trump wants to cut America's safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care"

* Washington Post (Op-Ed: Eugene Robinson):  "Trump tells a lot of little lies: This is the big one"

* New York Times (editorial):  "Donald Trump's Nasty Budget"

* New York Times (editorial):  "Donald Trump Raids the Pantry of Poor Americans"

Saturday
Feb172018

SACRAMENTO: California gubernatorial election, Amanda Renteria candidacy: "Amanda Renteria for Governor? A Candidacy Generating More Questions than Answers"; also, "Newsom calls suggestion of voter suppression from Villaraigosa camp 'sad' and 'desperate'" ....