*U.S. Ends Reliance On Foreign Oil For First Time In 75 Years:
While the U.S. has been a net oil importer since 1949, over the final week of November, U.S. net imports of crude oil and petroleum products fell to minus 211,000 barrels per day (bpd) — which means America exported more than it imported, according to data fromU.S. Energy Information and Administration.
Oil production has been booming in the U.S. as the shale revolution swept the nation. America is now the world’s largest producer of petroleum, passingRussia and Saudi Arabia. As the U.S. oil boom spread, the power of OPECwas reduced and gas prices in the U.S. have dropped from the $4+ highs under former President Barack Obama.
Net imports peaked in 2005, topping 14 million bpd, but in the last few months, the U.S. has imported an average of 2 million bpd. U.S. production has more than doubled since 2012 because of the new technologies for extracting oil.
*Several Brands of Dog Food Recalled Over Toxic Levels of Vitamin D:
FDA scientists found that samples of the recalled brands contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D, an essential nutrient that, when too much is ingested, can lead to vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst and urination, as well as kidney failure, weight loss and death in dogs.
The brands affected by the recall as of Monday includedNutrisca, Natural Life Pet Products, Sunshine Mills, ANF, Lidl, Kroger, ELM Pet Products and Ahold Delhaize. All of them were sold nationwide, according to FDA officials.
Of course, this is all happening at an Ivy League college:Princeton University.
One of the school’s all-male a cappella groups, the Princeton Tigertones, will no longer perform its popular rendition of “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid after the complaints. During their performance, the group invites a woman from the audience to join them as they sing and “playfully dance with her for a bit,” according to Inside Higher Ed. As the song reaches a close, the group invites a male audience member, pretend to groom him, and then put the two together, asking that they kiss, as the song suggests. The random couple complies, “sometimes on with a peck on the cheek, sometimes briefly on the lips,” Inside Higher Ed reported.
The entire scene is harmless and done in good fun, which of course does not sit well with the modern outrage crowd.
*Census Bureau: South Gains From ‘Internal Migration’ in U.S.; West, Midwest and Northeast Lose:
When “movers from abroad” were added to the equation, the West and Midwest ended up having positive net migration, but the Northeast was still in the negative.
At the same time, a record low 10.1 percent of Americanresidents moved from one place to another in the last year, according to new data released by the Census Bureau.
Lindsey Graham: ‘Zero Chance’ Khashoggi’s Death ‘Happened in Such an Organized Fashion Without the Crown Prince’:
Speaking to reporters after a CIA briefing on Tuesday, Graham said there was “zero chance” that Khashoggi’s death “happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince.”
“Open source reports show that he had been focusing on Mr. Khashoggi for a very long time. It is zero chance, zero that this happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince,” the senator said.
Furthermore, Graham also criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis’ assessment that there was “no direct link” connecting the crown prince to Khashoggi’s murder.
The senator said if the secretaries worked for a Democraticadministration he would have accused them of “being in the pocket of Saudi Arabia,” but instead he chooses to believe they’re just “being good soldiers” and using “technical” language in their statement.
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The 43-year-old Ortiz is now teasing a potential rematch withChael Sonnen, who he originally defeated in just 2 minutes with a rear-naked choke back in January of 2017.
“[Chael Sonnen], so you want me to kick your a** again?” Ortiz stated on Twitter, “This time I’m not going to choke you out. I’m going to beat you down. Or are you just infatuated by the way I live?”
Although his fight on November 24th was expected to be a sellout when walk-ups were included, ticket sales were less than expected, and pay-per-view buys were around 40,000. If a rematch between Ortiz and Sonnen was to take place, it would most likely happen in the Bellator promotion.
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The gains are finally being widely shared, even by the least skilled. As Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute recently noted, the median usual weekly earnings for workers who didn’t complete high school shot up by 6.5 percent over the past year. Thanks mostly to government transfer programs, incomes for the bottom fifth of society have increased by about 80 percent over the past four decades.
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About 60 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country. Researchers with the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index interviewed 160,000 adults in 2017 to ask about their financial security, social relationships, sense of purpose and connectedness to community. Last year turned out to be the worst year for well-being of any since the study began 10 years ago.
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