Memorial Day, the day set aside to honor those who died in military service to the United States, is Monday. The practice of taking a day to honor the war dead began after the Civil War. More than 100 years later, “Decoration Day” became an official federal holiday known as Memorial Day in 1971. The day also marks the unofficial start of summer, and retailers are offering those first summer sales. Memorial Day ads Here are links to some in-store and online retail ads. (Click on the store name to see the ads and their expiration dates). Amazon.com Belk Best Buy Big Lots Home Depot J.C. Penney Kmart Kohl’s Lowes Macy's Michael's Rooms to Go Sam's Club Sears Starbucks Stein Mart Target Walmart Good deals Here are a few deals available to shoppers during the Memorial Day weekend: Amazon - Up to 70 percent off select items Best Buy - Up to 50 percent off phone cases and screen protectors Bed Bath and Beyond – 20 percent off one item in-store Columbia – 25 percent off select items Dick’s - Up to 50 percent off select outdoor equipment Gymboree - Entire store is $12.99 and under Home Depot - Up to 15 percent off grills and smokers JCPenney -- Take 40 percent off appliances Kmart – Up to 50 percent off select patio furniture, plus other deals Kohls - 12' x 30 Steel Pro Pool - $149.99 Lowe's - 30 percent off appliances Macy's – 20 percent off Memorial Day sale, plus free shipping at $49 Old Navy - Up to 50 percent off tees, shorts and active wear Pier 1 Imports - Desk chairs on sale - $44.98 Rack Room -- Buy one, get one free for sandals Sam’s Club - Night Therapy 12' Classic Green Tea memory foam full mattress and bi-fold box springs. - $299 w/free shipping Sears -- Up to 40 percent off appliances Target - Stok Drum Charcoal Grill - $99 Walmart - Costway 4 PC Patio Rattan Wicker Chair Sofa Table Set - $199.98
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the country. Here are a few quotes about patriotism and freedom. 'A hero is someone who has given his of her life to something bigger than oneself.' -- Joesph Campbell 'A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.' -- George William Curtis 'All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can't do anything about it... Then you understand the horror of war.' -- Norman Schwarzkopf 'Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.' -- Otto von Bismarck 'I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. ' -- Bob Riley 'Only the dead have seen the end of war.' -- Plato 'Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.' -- Mark Twain 'The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.' -- George McGovern 'The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.' -- Stonewall Jackson 'The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's Tree.' -- Thomas Campbell 'These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.' -- Michael N. Castle 'They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation.' -- Henry Ward Beecher
A Florida family was just trying to enjoy their day at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens when they almost got hit with a huge surprise. A bonobo in an open enclosure threw part of a cement block at Diane Steen, her children and her friends, reports First Coast News. Watch the video Steen’s friend can be heard screaming in a video that was recorded at the time of the incident. Her friend rushed to protect her son, and the group ducked down to avoid being hit. RELATED: Texas hunter shows off prized monster bullfrog that’s way more bull than frog The women were concerned that their noise was to blame for the bonobo’s actions, but zoo officials have assured them that they were not at fault. Bonobos are not aggressive animals. In fact, the zoo explains that they’re very passionate creatures.
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning died Friday at the age of 85, his family announced on social media. Bunning had suffered a stroke in October, WCPO reported. >> Read more trending news Before representing Kentucky for two decades in Congress, serving terms in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Bunning played professional baseball from 1955 to 1971. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. Sen. Rand Paul posted his condolences on Twitter.
One man is dead and two juveniles are recovering from gunshot wounds following a shooting on Jacksonville’s westside. Police were called around 1:30am Saturday to Rawhyde Trail, off Jammes Road, in reference to a shooting. Three people were taken to a local hospital. According to JSO, the adult died from his injuries. Two juveniles are expected to survive. Detectives believe the shooting took place inside a residence. No arrests have been announced at this time.
The three pronged crusade by Republicans to overhaul the Obama health law involves not only two major legislative efforts in the Congress, but also regulatory changes from the Department of Health and Human Services, as the Trump Administration has ample opportunity now to make regulatory moves that would reverse the implementation of the health law, and alter how the feds deal with health insurance coverage.
“There are 1,442 provisions in Obamacare that says the Secretary has discretion,” Speaker Paul Ryan said last week in an interview on the Sean Hannity radio show.
“Tom Price is going to use that discretion to unwind Obamacare,” the Speaker added, referring to the President’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.
There are 1,442 provisions in Obamacare that Secretary Price has the discretion to nix. After #RepealandReplace that rollback is coming.
Just a few years ago, Republicans routinely condemned the use of regulatory actions by the Obama Administration on the Affordable Care Act, arguing that those moves were not constitutional – but now, they are fully embracing that same regulatory authority, in order to tweak and roll back rules and regulations related to the health law.
“Do not underestimate the power of the HHS Secretary,” said Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the number two Republican in the U.S. House.
As for Secretary Price, he seems ready for the regulatory challenge.
“As you all well know, the previous administration used regulations to a fare-thee-well,” Price said at a White House Briefing this last week, vowing to review all the rules, regulations and guidance letters put out by HHS in the past seven years.
“We are going to go through every single one of those and make certain that if they help patients, then we need to continue them,” Price said. “If they harm patients or increase costs, then obviously they need to be addressed.”
If you dig into the legislative text of the Affordable Care Act, there are plenty of examples of where the HHS Secretary is granted power by the Congress to make regulations and otherwise shape the law.
Just search for the word “Secretary” in that law – and you’ll find it over 3,000 times, with many phrases like, “the Secretary shall establish,” or “The Secretary may develop guidelines,” and “the Secretary shall develop standards.”
There were 811 examples of “the Secretary shall” – a reminder of how much power the Congress has ceded to the Executive Branch in terms of implementing laws that are approved by the House and Senate.
Price says the calculus is simple – an existing rule or regulation on health care and health insurance either “helps patients and decreases costs, or harms patients and increases costs.”
“If it does the latter, then we need to do away it. If it does the former, then we ought to accentuate it.”
The Trump Administration now gets that opportunity in coming weeks and months.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.