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U.S. Department of Transportation Sponsors Capitol Christmas Tree During Journey Across the United States

Highlights critical role of commercial trucks during holiday season and reminds public to share the road safely

Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

POSTED NOVEMBER 08, 2019 7:28 PM
U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes $74 Million in Cost Savings By Reducing Burdensome Rules on the Commercial Buses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has published a proposed rule to reduce regulatory costs by $74 million per year by removing an information collection burden for commercial buses, without adversely impacting safety on the nation’s roadways.

“This proposal is a commonsense way to reduce unnecessary burdensome regulatory costs while ensuring the highest level of safety on our roads,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. 

Updated: Monday, November 4, 2019

POSTED NOVEMBER 04, 2019 2:02 PM
FMCSA Declares Ohio Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Ohio-licensed commercial driver Gregory Alan Barnhart to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.  Barnhart was served the federal order on October 28, 2019.

Updated: Friday, November 1, 2019

POSTED NOVEMBER 01, 2019 1:52 PM
US Department of Transportation Offers New Resource to Help Military Reservists and Servicemembers Find Jobs in the Trucking Industry

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has published a new job opportunities website to help 18-20-year-olds who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) find and apply for jobs with interstate trucking companies.   

Updated: Monday, October 28, 2019

POSTED OCTOBER 28, 2019 1:09 PM
FMCSA Opens Registration for Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that registration is now open for the Congressionally-mandated Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.  Commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, employers, medical review officers, and substance abuse professionals can now visit https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov and register to create a secure online user account.

Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

POSTED OCTOBER 01, 2019 1:11 PM
U.S. Department of Transportation Awards Over $77 Million in Grants to Improve Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has awarded $77.3 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety.

“Safety is the Department’s top priority and these grants will further assist state and local officials in their efforts to prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

FMCSA today announced:

Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.  

“This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits on driving time,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Updated: Friday, August 23, 2019

POSTED AUGUST 14, 2019 11:44 AM
Department of Transportation Revises Bus Lease and Interchange Regulations and Reduces Regulatory Costs by Over $8 Million Annually

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule that revises the agency’s regulations governing the lease and interchange of commercial buses, which is estimated to save over $8 million in regulatory costs, without reducing safety.

FMCSA’s final rule includes the following provisions:

  • Revises the definition of lease to exclude carriers with FMCSA-issued operating authority that grant the use of their vehicles to each other;
  • Removes the May 27, 2015, final rule’s marking requirements and reinstates the previous vehicle marking requirements with slight modifications;
  • Revises the provision allowing a delay in the completion of a lease during certain emergencies; and
  • Removes the requirement that motor carriers chartered for a trip who lease a CMV from another carrier to provide the transportation must notify the tour operator or group of passengers about the lease and the lessor.
Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019

POSTED AUGUST 12, 2019 2:50 PM
FMCSA Declares Missouri Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Missouri-licensed truck driver Bruce Andrew Pollard to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.  Pollard was served the federal order on August 2, 2019.

Updated: Thursday, August 8, 2019

POSTED AUGUST 08, 2019 4:40 PM
U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Permanent Crash Preventability Determination Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today proposed a permanent crash preventability determination program to gain additional data to recognize possible safety risks on our nation’s roads. 

Updated: Monday, August 5, 2019

POSTED JULY 31, 2019 2:08 PM

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SEO: Give Your Company a Fighting Chance
While the challenge of ensuring that your trucking website is search engine optimized can feel daunting, getting your hands around SEO basics may be easier than you think.

POSTED DECEMBER 09, 2019 10:00 AM
Celadon Files for Bankruptcy, Shuts Down
Celadon Group Inc. is filing for bankruptcy and shutting down immediately amid falling freight rates and the effects of penalties levied by the U.S. Department of Justice for settlement of securities fraud charges brought against prior management.

POSTED DECEMBER 09, 2019 9:30 AM
Steel Rules for Cars Stall Progress on USMCA Agreement
The rules governing the use of steel and aluminum in cars have emerged as the latest obstacle to completing a revised NAFTA deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada in time for congressional approval by year’s end.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 1:30 PM
Some Fleets Reluctant to Add Driver-Facing Cameras
The use of onboard video technology is increasing in the trucking industry, but many fleets remain reluctant to add driver-facing cameras due to concerns over privacy and driver recruitment and retention.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 12:45 PM
The Dawn of Electric Trucks
The introduction of electric-powered commercial trucks continued to gain momentum in 2019 with more investment, more prototypes unveiled and more deployments in real-world freight operations.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 12:00 PM
Analysis of Onboard Video Can Yield Operational Insights
The video and data captured by onboard cameras are enabling fleets to identify operational goals and measure progress.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 11:45 AM
Self-Driving Trucks and Presidential Politics
The introduction of self-driving truck prototypes over the past five years has fueled an ongoing conversation about how this emerging technology will change the freight transportation industry in the decades ahead.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 11:30 AM
Driver Training, Monitoring Could Help Ensure Safe Testing, Deployment of Automated Trucks
Self-driving truck developers are putting a growing number of test vehicles on the road to refine their automated driving systems and pave the way for the commercial introduction of this technology.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 11:30 AM
Trucking Scores a Win in Rhode Island Tolls Case
An appeals court has determined that the trucking industry’s lawsuit against Rhode Island’s trucks-only tolling system is valid and can proceed in federal court.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 11:15 AM
A Witness in the Cab
The use of onboard video systems in the trucking industry has expanded considerably in the past five years, with fleets installing cameras on their vehicles to reduce liability, exonerate drivers, cut insurance costs and enable customized driver coaching.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 11:15 AM

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GOP lawmaker says 'out-of-the-box strategy' could give Trump an 'advantage' in impeachment hearings 

GOP lawmaker says 'out-of-the-box strategy' could give Trump an 'advantage' in impeachment hearings Rep. Matt Gaetz said it would play to the “president’s advantage” to have his top administration officials testify in the upcoming impeachment hearings. 

POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2019 12:28 PM

Jeff Bezos says employee activists are wrong and Silicon Valley firms should feel comfortable doing business with the US military

Jeff Bezos says employee activists are wrong and Silicon Valley firms should feel comfortable doing business with the US militaryBezos said it was the responsibility of management to push back against employee outrage toward military contracts.

POSTED DECEMBER 09, 2019 5:52 AM

Screams and goodbyes as scores die in devastating India factory fire

Screams and goodbyes as scores die in devastating India factory fireAt least 43 people were killed Sunday in a devastating fire that ripped through a bag factory in the congested old quarter of the Indian capital New Delhi, with survivors describing the screams of workers trapped inside. The blaze was the worst in Delhi since 59 movie-goers died in a cinema in 1997. The cause of the blaze is not yet known, but the city's poor planning and lax enforcement of building and safety codes have often been blamed for such deadly incidents.

POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2019 3:56 PM

Decade will pass without U.S. falling into a recession

Decade will pass without U.S. falling into a recessionIn every decade since the period immediately before the Civil War, the U.S. economy has always fallen into recession. The American economy is likely to defy that trend for the first time in nearly 170 years as it enters the 2020s.

POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2019 2:13 PM

FBI Treating Pensacola Navy Shooting as Terrorism

FBI Treating Pensacola Navy Shooting as TerrorismThe FBI said Sunday that it is treating the mass shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola as an act of terrorism so it can amass more resources to investigate whether the Saudi gunman was spurred by an “ideology.”Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas said authorities have not yet pinpointed shooter Mohammed Alshamrani’s motive for Friday’s ambush, which killed three and wounded eight.“I can tell you that we are looking very hard at uncovering his motive and I would ask for patience so we can get this right,” Rojas said at an afternoon press briefing.“As we speak, members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and Counterterrorism Division are working tirelessly to discern any possible ideology that may have been a factor in this attack.”Pensacola Air Base Shooter Screened Mass Shooting Videos at Dinner Party Before Attack: OfficialRojas said that investigators are sure there was only one gunman. But they are still trying to answer a key question: “Did he act alone or was he part of a larger network?”Alshamrani, 21, was a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was part of an aviation training program at the Navy base.Using a legally purchased Glock 9mm handgun, he opened fire early Friday in a classroom, killing three aviation students: Airman Mohammed Sameh Hathaim, 19, Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21. Eight others, including two deputies, were wounded in a gunfight with Alshamrani, who was shot dead.There have been reports that Alshamrani screened mass shooting videos for fellow Saudi trainees at a dinner party before the attack, that he and other students visited New York City recently, and that some of the Saudi students were videotaping as the shooting took place.Rojas declined to comment on all those reports.She said several Saudi students who were close to Alshamrani have been restricted to base by their commanding officer and are cooperating with investigators. No other arrests have been made.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2019 1:00 PM

Russia plans to set up Arctic air defence 'dome' with S-400 missiles

Russia plans to set up Arctic air defence 'dome' with S-400 missilesRussia plans to establish an air defence "dome" across its polar region by arming all of its Northern Fleet's Arctic divisions with S-400 missile batteries, a Russian naval commander said on Monday. Russia has been stepping up its military presence in the Arctic, building new infrastructure and overhauling its ports as it vies for dominance in a region with huge untapped mineral wealth amid warmer climate cycles. In May, Washington accused Russia of aggressive behaviour in the polar region and said China's actions must be watched closely.

POSTED DECEMBER 09, 2019 8:57 AM

Lebanese-born donor of Hitler items welcomed in Israel

Lebanese-born donor of Hitler items welcomed in IsraelIsraeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday welcomed a Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul who purchased Nazi memorabilia at a German auction and is donating the items to Israel. Chatila, a Lebanese Christian who has lived in Switzerland for decades, paid some 600,000 euros ($660,000) for the items at the Munich auction last month, intending to destroy them after reading of Jewish groups’ objections to the sale. Among the items he bought were Adolf Hitler’s top hat, a silver-plated edition of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and a typewriter used by the dictator’s secretary.

POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2019 10:27 AM

Sexism Isn’t Why Warren Is Falling

Sexism Isn’t Why Warren Is FallingIn early October, Elizabeth Warren hit her stride. Her stock in the Democratic primary had been climbing steadily since midsummer, and as Joe Biden continued to lag, the Massachusetts senator became the first presidential hopeful to overtake him as front-runner in the RealClearPolitics polling average.She’s been in free fall ever since.Warren now sits at just 14.8 percent in the RCP average, in third place behind Bernie Sanders, with about half the support Biden has. The former vice president has lost a step or two (or several) since his time as Obama’s right-hand man, but it’s looking less and less likely that Warren will be the Democrat to supplant him as the party’s favorite heading into 2020’s early primaries.For media observers who have been pulling for Warren from the start of her campaign, there can be only one plausible explanation for her fall from grace: sexism.On November 10, after Biden attacked Warren’s Medicare for All plan and her campaign shot back, saying the former vice president was using GOP talking points against her, Biden released a statement saying Warren’s response was reflective of an “angry unyielding viewpoint.” Warren’s defenders have latched on to the phrase as evidence that Biden — along with voters who have declined to back Warren — is guilty of sexism.“The Sexism Is Getting Sneakier” was the headline of one article in the Atlantic on the subject, in which the author mused:> Anger, rendered as a criticism . . . is a targeted missile, seeking the spaces in the American mind that still assume there is something unseemly about an angry woman. It is attempting to tap into the dark and ugly history in which the anger displayed by a woman is assumed to compromise her—to render her unattractive precisely because the anger makes her uncontrollable.The Washington Post’s analysis of the incident ran under the headline “Is Elizabeth Warren ‘angry’ and antagonistic? Or are rivals dabbling in gendered criticism?” The authors suggested that charges against Warren “get at something far beyond her policy positions, and into one of the most fraught areas for a female candidate: Is she likable?”The New York Times report noted that “by calling Warren’s approach ‘condescending,’ ‘angry’ and elitist, Biden and his allies are making a risky case against a female candidate.” An opinion article in Essence magazine put it much more bluntly: “Only Sexist Men Take Issue with Elizabeth Warren’s Justified Anger.”Though Warren brushed off questions about Biden’s use of “angry,” she seems more than willing to use rhetoric about sexism to her advantage. When Kamala Harris exited the race in early December, Warren’s campaign took the occasion to send a fundraising email reading, “Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand — two women senators who, together, won more than 11.5 million votes in their last elections — have been forced out of this race, while billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg have been allowed to buy their way in.”It turns out that Warren supporters were laying the groundwork to defend her with an argument about pervasive sexism even before her rise and fall. “‘A Woman, Just Not That Woman’: How Sexism Plays Out on the Trail” was the headline of a Times piece in February. “Reluctance to support female candidates is apparent in the language that voters frequently use to describe men and women running for office; in the qualities that voters say they seek; and in the perceived flaws that voters say they are willing or unwilling to overlook in candidates,” the author asserted.“Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton and the sexist hypocrisy of the ‘likability’ media narrative. Here we go again” was the contribution from an NBC News opinion article, which claimed that only female candidates are subjected to criticism of their appearance and tone. In September, a Democratic strategist said that supporting Sanders over Warren is “showing your sexism.”But if sexism really were to blame, why would Warren have spent several months as the race’s second front-runner, in close contention with Biden? What few on the left appear to have considered is the possibility that Warren’s policy positions and recent blunders bear the most responsibility for her declining popularity.Over the last several months, Warren has stumbled — and not because voters discovered she’s a woman.There was this report puncturing her narrative about having faced pregnancy discrimination. There was her false response to a question about whether her children had ever attended private school. And there was her repeated refusal, during the last debate before her Medicare for All rollout, to say whether her plan would raise taxes on the middle class, along with her subsequent falsehood that it would not.But the best explanation for Warren’s decline is her Medicare for All plan itself, and her drop in the polls is clearly correlated with its rollout. As recently as October 22, Warren trailed Biden in the RCP average by about four points. The week following her Medicare for All debut, she had dropped nearly ten points behind him. By mid November, she had fallen into third place behind Sanders, and she hasn’t recovered her second-place standing since.Finally, if sexism were responsible for the bulk of Warren’s woes, the polling data would make little sense. In the most recent Quinnipiac poll, for example, 23 percent of women said they preferred Biden, while 16 percent favored Warren. A recent poll from The Hill/HarrisX found a similar situation: Thirty-three percent of female respondents chose Biden, 16 percent chose Sanders, and only 10 percent chose Warren.To claim that Warren’s collapse is the result of sexism, her defenders would have to excuse her obvious missteps and insist that women fail to embrace female candidates due to “internalized misogyny.” And, of course, they’re all too happy to do just that.

POSTED DECEMBER 09, 2019 6:30 AM

Marijuana Allegations Brings Call for Probe Into Serb President

Marijuana Allegations Brings Call for Probe Into Serb President(Bloomberg) -- A top aide of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic requested an investigation into his boss and his brother in a bid to clear them from opposition-led allegations that they’re linked to an illegal marijuana farm.Opposition parties are struggling to make a dent in the dominant position of Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party as the Balkan state heads into general elections next spring. His opponents have led sporadic street rallies over the last year to protest against what they say is an autocratic style of governing that stifles media freedom and opens deals to businessmen allies.The new allegations follow last month’s seizure of almost 4 tons of greenhouse-cultivated marijuana at an organic farm near the capital. Police arrested the owner, who had sought state subsidies for growing non-psychoactive hemp. While there’s no clear evidence that he got financial support, activists accused Vucic and his brother of protecting the farmer.“There can be only one truth,” Milos Vucevic, the vice president of Vucic’s party, told reporters in Belgrade Monday after filing a request to prosecutors. The aim is to knock down “heinous lies and slander and to establish if those who made the accusations actually lied,” he said.Opinion polls show Vucic, who started his political career serving under late strongman Slobodan Milosevic, is by far the country’s most popular politician. Opposition parties say that he has unfairly used his position to harness state media to amplify his messages and marginalize his rivals.“The whole point is to show who’s lying,” Vucic told private Pink TV on Sunday. “You just have to stop that and show people what what kind of liars these people are.”To contact the reporter on this story: Misha Savic in Belgrade at msavic2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Irina Vilcu at isavu@bloomberg.net, Michael Winfrey, Andrea DudikFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

POSTED DECEMBER 09, 2019 6:48 AM

Millions Dead: You Won't Believe the True Horror of the Korean War

Millions Dead: You Won't Believe the True Horror of the Korean WarToo often the conflict, and the people who fought it, are forgotten.

POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 11:30 PM

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