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Misc…things not covered by any other Category…and if you don’t put a tag

More changes to the Tax bill that was supposed to be done….

Probably will more changes….

We haven’t heard from Senator’s Corker, Collins, Flake and Murkowski and Cruz probaly won’t the guy to sink things on his own…But he hasn’t said yes….

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on last-minute changes to their sweeping tax measure to win over GOP holdouts — although it’s unclear whether it’ll be enough for a pair of Senate Republicans to come on board.

The negotiators have agreed to expand the child tax credit at the behest of Sen. Marco Rubio, who announced on Thursday that he would be a “no” unless the credit was made more generous. The refundable portion of the child tax credit was increased from $1,100 to $1,400, according to a senior Senate GOP aide.

News of the changes leaked out as a joint panel of lawmakers from both chambers began signing the legislative text they intend to be the final version of tax reform. They plan to release that text publicly at the end of the day on Friday.

Still, Rubio and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who also wants a bigger child tax credit, said they’d yet to see the details.

“We have not seen bill text, and until we see if the percentage of the refundable credit is significantly higher, then our position remains the same,” a spokesperson for Rubio’s office said in an email….

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Disney to buy 21st Century Fox Entertainment Group…

The Big ….Get BIGGER….

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Disney is buying a huge chunk of 21st Century Fox in a deal that promises to reshape the media industry and help the entertainment giant fend off digital rivals such as Netflix.

The $52.4 billion deal will combine two of the biggest players in Hollywood.

The sale represents a remarkable turn in the career of octogenarian mogul Rupert Murdoch, who is cashing out after building a major media empire. For its part, Disney (DIS) is adding even more prime entertainment assets to an already swollen portfolio as it battles upstart streaming services that have undercut the traditional cable subscription model.

In addition to 21st Century Fox’s movie studio and regional sports networks, Disney is buying cable channels FX and National Geographic. Disney will also get Fox’s stakes in Hulu and European pay-TV provider Sky (SKYAY).

Prior to the deal closing, 21st Century Fox (FOX) will separate the Fox broadcasting network, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, and some national sports networks into a new company that will be spun off to its shareholders. The remaining properties would ideally in the coming years merge with News Corp., from which they split in 2013….

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Donald Trump Still prefers Putin….

The Washington Post does an intriguing in-depth piece on President Donald Trump and his continual dysfunctional relationship with his intelligence community….

This has been going on from BEFORE Trump was elected….

The guy is locked into a ‘want’ to get in bed with the Russian President Putin….

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The piece points to the efforts that Trump National Security staff goes to everyday to NOT brief the American President on anything negative about the Russian President and his actions against the American political system…

The staff found out early on that including the ‘real’ on Putin actions would turn their prime intel briefing client defensive and annoyed at them and the information ….

One wonders how America can deal with aggressive actions against it’s political organizations when its leader cannot acknowledge that threat …

This dog wonders WHY is this so….

And I do NOT believe this is about Trump trying to get over the election view that Russia helped him beat Hillary Clinton….

I hope that Robert Mueller can give the REAL answer to this….

Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject the evidence that Russia waged an assault on a pillar of American democracy and supported his run for the White House.

The result is without obvious parallel in U.S. history, a situation in which the personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat. The repercussions radiate across the government.

Rather than search for ways to deter Kremlin attacks or safeguard U.S. elections, Trump has waged his own campaign to discredit the case that Russia poses any threat and he has resisted or attempted to roll back efforts to hold Moscow to account.

His administration has moved to undo at least some of the sanctions the previous administration imposed on Russia for its election interference, exploring the return of two Russian compounds in the United States that President Barack Obama had seized — the measure that had most galled Moscow. Months later, when Congress moved to impose additional penalties on Moscow, Trump opposed the measures fiercely.

Trump has never convened a Cabinet-level meeting on Russian interference or what to do about it, administration officials said. Although the issue has been discussed at lower levels at the National Security Council, one former high-ranking Trump administration official said there is an unspoken understanding within the NSC that to raise the matter is to acknowledge its validity, which the president would see as an affront.

Trump’s stance on the election is part of a broader entanglement with Moscow that has defined the first year of his presidency. He continues to pursue an elusive bond with Putin, which he sees as critical to dealing with North Korea, Iran and other issues. “Having Russia in a friendly posture,” he said last month, “is an asset to the world and an asset to our country.”

His position has alienated close American allies and often undercut members of his Cabinet — all against the backdrop of a criminal probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin…

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A Majority of American’s think Trump should step down or be impeached…Poll

The poll was done  PublicPolicyPoilling (PPP) ….

The outfit is considered Democratic leaning….

Ok…

With THAT out of the way?

It’s not hard to understand the numbers…..

Donald Trump’s average disapproval has been steadily dropping in the last few weeks….

Two nights ago his gut, Roy Moore lost to a Democart in the  Red (Republican) state of ALABAMA….

Trump’s past sexual misconduct actions are back on the front pages of newspapers and news channels….

The Republicans are forging forward on a tax bill that is unpopular to a large amount of Americans who will probably see their taxes go up…..

The same group of law makers are also hell bent on knocking millions of Americans off healthcare coverage and cutting their socal safety net benefits….

Oh, and the guy keeps talking like he wants to get invcleved in World War III with North Korea?

Add to ALL of this farmers who are scared he’s gonna wipe out their export makerts and of course the BIG ONE!….

He’s increasingly being shown as a President who tried to stop an investiagtion of WTF he’s been trying so hard to get in bed with the Russian President who it appear had a massive effort to penetrate this countries upper government….

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The poll says voters would take Obama back by a 56/39% margin….

PPP’s newest national poll finds that a majority of voters think Donald Trump should resign from the Presidency because of the allegations of sexual harassment against him. 53% think Trump should step down to just 42% who think he should remain in office. 53% of voters believe the women who have accused Trump of harassment, to 31% who think they aren’t telling the truth….

In general Trump voters seem relatively unconcerned with his behavior toward women. Just 45% say they would disapprove of Trump sexually harassing women while 22% actually say they would approve of him doing so, and 32% express no opinion either way. Trump voters are also somewhat skeptical of the ‘Me Too’ movement, giving it just a 37/33 favorability rating, compared to 74/10 among Clinton voters. Overall voters agree with Time Magazine’s decision to give the ‘Me Too’ movement its Person of the Year award 51/35, but there is predictable disagreement on that too with Clinton voters saying 82/6 they support the honorees and Trump voters saying 75/15 it instead should have been Trump.

The reaction of Trump voters to the recent charges against Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort is…fire Robert Mueller and hate the FBI. 56% of them think Mueller should be fired to only 17% who are opposed to such a move. 53% say they disapprove of the job the FBI is doing, to just 24% who approve…

One thing that’s not helping the GOP is the tax bill- only 29% of voters support it to 49% who are opposed. And by a 23 point margin voters say they’re less likely to vote for a member of Congress next year who supports it- 49% say support for the tax bill makes them less likely to vote for someone, to only 26% who consider it a positive.

And the more tuned in to the tax debate voters are, the worse it gets for Republicans. Among those who say they’ve heard ‘a lot’ about the tax plan 62% oppose it, and that group of voters gives Democrats a 63-33 advantage on the generic House ballot. Only 26% of voters think the middle class and small businesses will be the primary beneficiary of the bill, with 61% thinking it will be the wealthy and large corporations….

-Only 38% of voters think he’s honest, to 57% who say he’s not. 55% flat out call him a liar, to only 39% who disagree with that characterization.

-62% of voters still want to see his tax returns, to 31% who say it isn’t necessary.

-51% of voters believe Trump is mentally unbalanced, to 44% who say they think he’s mentally stable.

-Just 37% of voters think he’s delivered on his core campaign promise to ‘Make America Great Again,’ while 57% say he hasn’t.

-For the first time we find a majority of voters- 51%- support impeaching Trump to 42% who are opposed….

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The ‘Alt-Right’ and its Parallel Internet….

I know nothing about this….

But the New York Times does….

In recent months, as sites like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have cracked down on hate speech and barred several high-profile conservative users, the alt-right made a declaration of technological independence from Silicon Valley. Hard-right activists vowed to createtheir own versions of these digital services, on which all views would be welcome, no matter how crude or incendiary.

More than a dozen “alt-tech” companies have now emerged, each promising a refuge from political correctness and censorship. There is Gab, a kind of alt-Twitter social network that began last year, whose early adopters included prominent figures like Milo Yiannopoulos and Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website. There is WrongThink (alt-Facebook), PewTube (alt-YouTube), Voat (alt-Reddit), Infogalactic (alt-Wikipedia) and GoyFundMe (alt-Kickstarter). There is even WASP.love, a dating site for white nationalists and others “wishing to preserve their heritage.”

Recently, I spent several days testing a number of these alt-tech services. I created accounts, explored their features and interfaces, and interviewed users of each site about their experiences. (With my wife’s permission, I even created a WASP.love profile and advertised myself as a New York journalist looking to interview lovelorn white supremacists. Oddly, I got no takers.)

What I found on these sites was more pitiful than fear-inspiring. Sure, some alt-tech platforms were filled with upsetting examples of Nazi imagery and bigoted garbage. But most were ghost towns, with few active users and no obvious supervision. As technology products, many are second- or third-rate, with long load times, broken links and frequent error messages. A few had been taken offline altogether….

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) comes under attack from Trump for comments about his past sexual misconduct….

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The Senator from New York led the call against Democratic Senator  All Franken to resign for stuff he says he might have done and stuff he doesn’t remember …..

We ALL have seen a listing and video’s of misconduct that Donald Trump has done a boasted about…

Gillibrand has mentioned that Trump should be held to the same standard as Franken and should step down….and several of his accusers had a presser yesterday to bring the issue back ….

That after the Trump sexual miscount thing went away with his election win….

Trump has as usual, gone after anyone,  Gillibrand this time,  for going after him…

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is not backing down from her efforts to hold President Trump accountable for the accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

After Trump tweeted calling the senator names and suggesting that Gillibrand was once willing to “do anything” for campaign contributions from him, Gillibrand responded with a simple message: “You cannot silence me.”

Gillibrand has become a prominent force in combatting sexual harassment and assault in Washington in recent weeks. She, along with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), introduced legislation last month that would overhaul the way Congress handles sexual harassment complaints. She was the first to call on her colleague, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), to resign after weeks of mounting allegations against him. On Monday, she called on Trump to resign the same day three of his accusers came forward to shed new light on their claims of sexual misconduct against the President….

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Fifty-Plus Female Democratic Lawmakers Urge Investigation Into Trump Allegations

More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers on Monday asked leaders in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to open an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump.

In a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings of Maryland, 59 lawmakers from the Democratic Women’s Working Group (DWWG) said the president’s own comments “appear to back up the allegations.”

“At least 17 women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct,” the letter reads. “Natasha Stoynoff recounted how the President pushed her against a wall and forced his tongue down her throat. Jill Harth described how the President attempted to get up her dress. Kristin Anderson detailed how the President touched her genitals through her underwear….

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Donald Trump’s sexual misconduct acusser’s to hold presser and demand Congressional probe…

Following in the footsteps of the resignations of 3 US Congressmen so far….

Several of the woman who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct are demanding a public review of his behavior….

While this topic was front and center during last years Presidential campaign?…It has gone away…A full blown media event is sure to put this back on page 1 of media outlets….

via twitter…

NEW: Women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual harassment and assault will speak at a news conference, hosted by , Monday at 10:30 a.m. ET. The women are calling for an investigation by Congress of sexual misconduct by the president.

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Small pipe bomb goes of by Port Auth Bus Term in NYC…Minor injuries…Suspect caught ..

A small pipe bomb went off near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday, and the suspect was immediately taken into custody, police sources said.

The blast happened in an underground subway passage just 200 feet from the terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., the sources said.

Port Authority cops immediately arrested the suspect, who was injured in the explosion. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive, sources said.

Four people in total were wounded at the scene, the FDNY confirmed, all of whom have non-life-threatening injuries. …

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with cheers…

The latest movie about the ‘Force’ and Luke Skywalker appears to be every much of a hit the other movies in the series has been…

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It’s World  Premier was in Hollywood on Dec. 9 th before a crowd of 2,200 in Hollywood …The release date for the movie is Friday Dec. 15…..

Luke Skywalker is back to Star Wars in triumphant style.

Mark Hamill was the featured attraction at the world premiere for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Saturday night, the last star to be introduced to the stage of the Shrine Auditorium by writer-director Rian Johnson.

Also from the premiere: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Raves dominate in first Twitter reactions

Hamill hammed with his entrance, popping his collar in front of the wildly cheering crowd of 2,200, before swanning to his spot onstage with fellow actors Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro and John Boyega.

More: Love for Leia (and Carrie Fisher) could push ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to a $200M opening

This was even before the theater lights dropped to see Hamill performing Luke Skywalker’s dramatic and full return to the beloved sci-fi franchise. Hamill briefly appeared at the end of 2015’s The Force Awakens.

Formal reviews for The Last Jedi have been embargoed before the Dec.15 opening. But the film received wild applause and exclamation from audience members in key moments, including the first time the robed Skywalker appeared onscreen…..

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Barack Obama warns of Nazism in a “complacent” democracy….

Any wonder were he was pointing to

Former President Obama warns what happens when democracies become “complacent” in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago on Tuesday. Obama made a comparison to the rise of Nazi Germany if you do not “tend to [the] garden of democracy.

“I do think because we’ve been so wealthy and so successful that we get complacent and assume that thing continues the way they have been, just automatically. And they don’t. You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we’ve seen societies where that happens,” the former president said in Q&A remarks that were captured on video and posted on Facebook.

He then warned that led to the deaths of 60 million people.

“Now, presumably, there was a ballroom here in Vienna in the late 1920s or ’30s that looked and seemed as if it, filled with the music and art and literature that was emerging, would continue into perpetuity. And then 60 million people died. An entire world was plunged into chaos. So you got to pay attention and vote,” Obama said….

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Air Force will downsize its Compass Call a/c from C-130 to G-550’s

The Gulfstream 550 type jamming aircraft is already inn service for other countries…With mintairation and better software the footprint of the mission air craft is smaller and less costly in people and hardware…

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After much back-and-forth on which defense company could make the Air Force‘s next jamming plane, the service — as predicted — has decided to let L3 Technologies choose the plane.

“The Air Force awarded a contract to L3 for the Compass Call re-host program,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Thursday.

“After their analysis and sharing that with the program office, L3 has decided to use the Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft as the new platform,” Stefanek said in a statement. “This new Compass Call platform is being referred to as EC-X,” she said.

Stefanek said there is no cost value associated at this time because the contract award is an undefinitized contract action. The UCA is a type of contract in which bottom-line terms or prices have not been agreed upon before performance is begun.

The EC-X will replace the Air Force’s aging fleet of EC-130Hs, modified C-130s made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that carry electronic jamming equipment designed to thwart an adversary’s command-and-control communications. Lockheed, however, only makes the airframes while L-3 Communications, now L3 Technologies, is the sole aircraft integration and depot maintenance contractor, while BAE Systems secures the mission equipment.

The latest decision follows months of turbulence between defense companies vying to build the next aircraft….

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The Navy is also switching to the G-550 for its NP-3DBill Board’ upgrade and the same air frame is being looked at to replace the old B-707 US Air Force JSTAR ground combat surviance  a/c….

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Democratic working group to suggest changes, including for superdelegates, for 2020 Presidential nomination process…

No….

The group, which included Bernie Sanders people, have not suggested getting rid of superdelegate’s….

That same group IS working to allow someone like Sanders, who is NOT a Democrat, to be able to walking and take the nomination…

A Democratic Party working group will meet in Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow to finalize a formal list of recommended reforms for the party.

By then end of this weekend the group called the “unity commission,” which has been meeting for a year around the country, plans to have voted on and submitted a final document to all Democratic National Committee members.

Sources close to the commission who have seen working drafts of its current report tell ABC News the panel plans to recommend dramatic cuts to the individual voting power of superdelegates and new rules around caucuses and primaries to improve access for voters and recordkeeping.

The unity commission was created during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and tasked with devising a plan to limit the party’s total number of superdelegate votes by two-thirds.

Superdelegates are elected officials and party leaders who, in the past, have been free to support any candidate for the presidential nomination in contrast to pledged delegates who support candidates based on local popular vote results in each state’s primary or caucus.

After Democrats’ surprise and devastating loss in the presidential election last year, the commission’s work took on a new, broader purpose to analyze the party’s shortcomings and missteps as a whole…

While members of the working group have agreed the process has been collegial, most say it is just the first step to recovering and rebuilding their party…..

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Eliminating most unbound superdelegates + highly proportional delegate allocation + potentially huge Democratic field = high probability of a brokered convention.

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You just got the latest iPhone?…Well….Apple is set to release another round of new one’s next year…

I’ll keep my iPhone 8 , which is rated BETTER than the iPhone X right now Thank You……

And another thing ?

The comopany needs to slow down and get its software down pat before running new phone out every few months…

Apple will release three iPhones in 2018, including two OLED models and one LCD model that could feature a metal back like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, reports Nikkei.

Citing a source “privy to the company’s product designs,” Nikkei says the LCD model will feature a 6.1-inch display, while the two OLED models will measure in at 5.8 inches and either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.


The LCD model with a metal back will “come in several colors,” much like existing aluminum iPhones, and the body for the device could be manufactured by Casetek, a Pegatron subsidiary.

Nikkei‘s information is in line with previous details shared by KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often has accurate insight into Apple’s plans, though there is some variance in size predictions for the three devices.

Kuo believes Apple will introduce three iPhones in 2018: an OLED model that measures in at 5.8 inches like the current iPhone X, an OLED model that measures in at 6.5 inches that will serve as a sort of “iPhone X Plus,” and a 6.1-inch model that features an LCD display…..

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Al Franken ain’t REALLY sorry with stepping down…

I don’t blame the guy for feeling that his party threw HIM undet the bus….

That against the feeling that Republicans aren’t doing the same for their people in the same situation…

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Said Franken:
“I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota.”
The message of all this is clear as day: I didn’t do anything really wrong. The people who say I did are wrong or don’t remember it right. And it’s ridiculous that people like Trump and Moore are in the White House and might be in the Senate, respectively, while I am being forced out.
Franken got support in that view from an unlikely source on Thursday: Former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer. “Franken should not have resigned. His fate should have been left 2 the people of MN. Moore, who had sexual contact w a 14-yr old, should drop out. Conyers, who hit on his employees, should have resigned. Franken is a creep who acted inappropriatly, but his facts are different,” tweeted Fleischer shortly after Franken’s resignation announcement.
The second part of Franken’s conclusion will have a lot of Democratic heads nodding. Why is Franken resigning for allegations of groping and unwanted kissing while Trump is in office after more than a dozen women accused him during the campaign of sexual harassment? Why is Franken resigning when Roy Moore, who faces multiple allegations of pursuing relationships with teenagers as young as 14 when he was in his 30s, is looking more and more like a winner in next Tuesday’s special election?
Those are fair questions. The simple reason is because Franken gave in to the pressure to step aside while Trump and Moore just kept saying they didn’t do anything wrong and had no plans to leave their respective races. And the political willpower didn’t exist in Alabama or the country to get rid of them…..
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California Fire crews fight to protect Ojai as Thomas fire explodes to 90,000 acres

…from the LA Times….

Thomas fire: Thousands of acres burn in Ventura County

Crews battling a massive wildfire that has caused tens of thousands of Ventura County residents to flee are bracing themselves for a day of heavy winds Thursday, when forecasters predict fire-stoking gusts of up to 80 mph.

By Wednesday evening, the Thomas fire had scorched about 90,000 acres and carved a path of destruction that stretches more than 10 miles from Santa Paula to the Pacific Ocean. The blaze was 5% contained, mostly along the southeast flank in the Santa Paula area. Forecasters say strong Santa Ana winds, coupled with low humidity, could offer “a recipe for explosive fire growth.”

“We stand a good chance of a challenging night and day tomorrow,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Tim Chavez said, adding that there’s potential for fire growth on the northwest side and a high probability of spot fires. “It’s going to be a difficult night and day.”….

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NFL Head Roger Goodell gets his contract extension…

So much for the Cowboys owner Jerry Jones crying in the media…

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The NFL’s compensation committee — of which the Patriots’ Robert Kraft is one of six members — sent a memo to all 32 owners on Wednesday advising them “that a binding contract extension has been signed by the Commissioner and by [Falcons owner] Arthur Blank, on behalf of the League entities.”

Blank is the chairman of the compensation committee, and Wednesday’s announcement all but seals a victory in a power struggle with Jones, who had a nasty back-and-forth with Blank and threatened a lawsuit against the NFL if it went ahead with its contract with Goodell.

Jones was displeased with Goodell’s compensation package, which per multiple reports will be $200 million over five years, based mostly on incentives. But the compensation committee has reminded Jones repeatedly that the NFL owners voted, 32-0, in May to give the committee the power to execute an extension with Goodell….

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