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Help Pass National Animal Cruelty Bill!

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10.29.19On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act. A companion bill has now been introduced in the Senate for consideration.


          

SEAT lanzará en 2020 la primera moto eléctrica de su historia: la eScooter concept

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SEAT lanzará en 2020 la primera moto eléctrica de su historia: la eScooter concept

SEAT ha comenzado a mover ficha de una manera activa de cara a un futuro en el que las ciudades cada vez tendrán menos coches. Primero anunció un acuerdo de colaboración con Silence para comercializar el modelo S01. Ahora este acuerdo se ha ampliado con el anuncio de un modelo propio de moto eléctrica de SEAT.

Será una motocicleta comercializada oficialmente bajo la marca de la compañía con la intención de reforzar su posición como una marca cada vez más al servicio de la movilidad y no tanto como una firma de coches.

El 19 de noviembre conoceremos la primera moto eléctrica de SEAT

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En un comunicado oficial, SEAT ha sido tajante al revelar que en 2020 tendrán en las calles su primera moto eléctrica. Será un scooter equivalente a una motorización de gasolina de 125 cc, por lo que no será necesario el carnet de moto para conducirla, bastará con el carnet B con tres años de experiencia.

Bajo la denominación de SEAT eScooter concept, la compañía española mostrará su siguiente paso en la estrategia de movilidad urbana con un enfoque sostenible. Esta pequeña moto de la que sólo ha trascendido un render de la parte trasera posiblemente compartirá la mecánica de la Silence S01.

Es decir, pese a ser un desarrollo independiente en cuanto a términos estéticos, a nivel mecánico no debería haber grandes diferencias con el motor de 11 kW (15 CV) integrado en la rueda trasera y alimentado por una batería de iones de litio extraible con una batería de 5,5 kWh de iones de litio ensamblada por la propia Silence y dotada de tecnología propia. La autonomía mínima es de 100 km.

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SEAT ha sido una de las primeras marcas en implicarse con una visión de los desplazamientos urbanos menos centrados en los coches. La casa de Martorell lanzó su patinete eléctrico eXS KickScooter y posteriormente le siguió el acuerdo con Silence para vender las Silence S01. Han pasado solo unas semanas y SEAT ya se está consolidando como un poderoso aliado de la movilidad con la comercialización en 2020 de su primera moto eléctrica.

La presentación del modelo tendrá lugar el próximo 19 de noviembre en el Smart City Expo World Congress de Barcelona. El precio de la Silence S01 es de 6.250 euros, así que tendremos que estar atentos para ver dónde se coloca la eScooter de SEAT.

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Impeachment hearings going public next week with U.S. diplomats set to testify

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WASHINGTON — Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday. In a preview of what is to come, lawmakers leading the probe released […]
          

China Abandons Plans to Outlaw Crypto Mining; Is That Bullish for Bitcoin?

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In recent weeks, China seems to have taken a new approach with regards to crypto and blockchain technologies. The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress in China confirmed that it has already passed a new crypto law. That new law passed on October 26 aims at regulating…
          

National Director of Governmental Affairs - National Congress of Black Canadians - Toronto, ON

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The National Director of Governmental Affairs in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Provincial Directors will be responsible for promoting…
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Tulsi Gabbard qualifies for November presidential debate, defying predictions

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Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has qualified for the November presidential debate, defying predictions that her performance last month in Westerville, Ohio, would mark the last time she would be on the national debate stage.


          

A terrible Tuesday for Donald Trump

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—It was Donald Trump who publicly tied Kentucky’s state election to himself. At an election-eve rally in Lexington on Monday, he appeared beside Matt Bevin, the Republican incumbent governor. “You’re sending a message to the rest of the country,” he said. A moment later, gesturing to the media, he said, “If you lose they’re going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. This was the greatest. You can’t let that happen to me.

They let that happen to him.

Not that it was even the worst thing that happened to him on Tuesday. There was arguably tougher news for Trump from another election state, and much worse out of his impeachment battle, but his plea to Kentucky made what happened there stand out.

When the results came in, it appeared — pending a likely recount — that Democratic candidate Andy Beshear had won the governor’s office by a few thousand votes in the heart of Trump country, a southern state the president won by 30 points in 2016.

Bevin — who would not concede the razor-thin race even though the Democrats declared victory — had tried to tie his campaign to the mutual support between himself and Trump, and campaigned against the federal impeachment efforts. It appears that wasn’t enough.

It’s debatable how much national significance can be read into the result. Bevin’s health care policies, fights with teachers and personal prickliness had made him deeply unpopular in some quarters, and Republicans won all the other major offices in the state. Trump is expected to win Kentucky in the 2020 election, but Tuesday’s results may say something about the size of his coattails, and the limits of what he can or cannot deliver for his allies.

The same day, also in the south, Virginia completed its gradual transformation into a southern Democratic stronghold. A state that was once reliably Republican red — and slowly became “purple” through the Obama years as its suburban demographics changed — is now definitely Democratic blue. Democrats won both houses of the state legislature and every major state office. They now control the Virginia government, and will be in charge when the state’s electoral boundaries are redrawn in 2021. Gun control and passing the Equal Rights Amendment may be on the order paper.

While Virginia’s race might have been more about demographics than Trump himself, his team cannot consider it good news.

But both of those electoral blows may have seemed minor compared to the hole Trump’s hand-picked ambassador to the European Union tore open in the president’s defence in the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

Earlier Tuesday, it was revealed that Gordon Sondland had filed an amendment to his earlier testimony to a Congressional committee. In it, Sondland now acknowledges that he believed a quid pro quo was being sought in negotiations with Ukraine — that military aid would only flow from the U.S. if Ukraine announced investigations that could benefit Trump politically. Not only did he believe that was the case, his updated testimony said, but he had directly expressed that belief to an aide to the Ukrainian president.

It was quite a reversal by Sondland, who had previously testified that he had no knowledge of a quid pro quo in the matter. It also makes Trump’s argument that there were no conditions attached to the military aid, and that the Ukrainians didn’t even know it was being held up — just that much harder to sustain.

No doubt he will continue to make it. In a statement Tuesday, Trump’s spokesperson maintained that there was no source cited for Sondland’s understanding of the arrangement, and that “The President has done nothing wrong.”

It was just one day in an evolving political landscape, but from Virginia to Kentucky to the hearing rooms of Washington, it was a pretty terrible Tuesday for the president.

Not the “worst defeat in the history of the world,” maybe, but an unusually bad day for a presidency that’s becoming increasingly accustomed to bad days.

Edward Keenan is the Star's Washington Bureau chief. He covers U.S. politics and current affairs. Reach him via email: ekeenan@thestar.ca


          

Who Does Your Representative Work For?

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TOTUS has always been pushing the “loyalty” issue. 45 has valued loyalty above honesty and truth. The political “establishment” has embraced this to further their own ends. This is similar to the oft-stated “Nero fiddles while Rome burns”. Nero (metaphorically) being the Congressional TOTUS backers. Since TOTUS’ election, the GOP largely has supported him to […]
          

Seat to launch electric scooter as urban mobility vehicle

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Seat bike Spanish car firm will expand urban vehicle range with new eScooter alongside Renault Twizy-rivalling Minimo

Seat will launch a new electric Scooter later this month, as part of the Spanish firm's attempts to become a leader in 'urban mobility solutions' to tackle congestion in large cities.

The eScooter, which is being developed in collaboration with Barcelona-based motorcycle maker Silence, will join the upcoming Minimo and the eXS Kickscooter in the company’s new  urban transport line-up.

While Seat has not given performance details, it says the eScooter features a 100% electric powertrain equivalent to a 125cc petrol bike. It will be presented at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona later this month.

In recent years, an increasing number of car companies have started targeting solutions for crowded cities. Earlier this year, Seat announced that it would spearhead efforts in the segment within the Volkswagen Group.

Last year the brand piloted a fleet of prototype car sharing vehicles, modelled on its upcoming Seat eMii, which users could rent through a mobile app, and a forerunner to its eScooter, the Segway-based eXS.

In 2021, Seat will introduce a new small electric city car. The Minimo develops the concept of the Renault Twizy and fronts the firm’s increasing emphasis on small and environmentally-friendly transport alternatives.

Seat boss Luca de Meo said that “the constant growth of large cities makes achieving efficient mobility one of the main challenges to overcome."

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Al via le celebrazioni per i 50 anni del Segretariato per la Giustizia sociale e l’Ecologia

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Per celebrare i 50 anni del Segretariato per la giustizia sociale e l’ecologia (SJES), oltre 200 partecipanti da tutto il […]

L'articolo Al via le celebrazioni per i 50 anni del Segretariato per la Giustizia sociale e l’Ecologia sembra essere il primo su Centro Astalli.


          

Cellfina – riduzione della cellulite.

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Cellfina – riduzione della cellulite. Il prof. Antonino Araco sarà presente in qualità di relatore internazionale al congresso MCA Live di Montecarlo. Nei giorni 8-9 Novembre, parlerà di Cellfina, la nuova tecnica di riduzione della cellulite. La sua relazione “Prospective non-randomized observational study of female subjects treated with a FDA-cleared tissue stabilized-guided subcision (TS-GS) system for cellulite” sarà...

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Trump impeachment hearings to go public next week

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Congressional Democrats have announced the first public hearings next week in an inquiry that may se..

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Promulgação da reforma da previdência fica para a próxima semana

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We’re polarized and fragmented at the same time. Trump likes that.

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WASHINGTON — Why would President Trump’s hard-core defenders think that the best way to defend a floundering leader is to hurl repulsive dual loyalty charges at a decorated Army combat veteran who feels an obligation to tell the truth to Congress? Why would British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gamble on forcing an election in Britain […]

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New anti-human trafficking alliance launches

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By many accounts, the issue of young girls being trafficked as sex slaves between Mexico and the U.S. is a serious and growing problem. A new group of concerned citizens from both nations is seeking Congressional and public support for their effort to raise awareness. Watch the Full Measure video investigation “Saved in America,” about […]
          

Biden Lobbied Congress as VP on Behalf of Brother’s Close Associate

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Former vice president Joe Biden's younger brother Frank said the 2020 frontrunner intervened on behalf of an oil heiress and lobbyist to advance animal cruelty legislation, according to recently unearthed videotaped remarks.

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New Bill Would Require Schools to Monitor Social Media

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newly introduced federal bill seeks to heighten security at American schools by encouraging districts to adopt social media monitoring programs.

The controversial practice, which uses algorithms to crawl and index public profiles of popular sites like Twitter and Facebook, has grown in popularity over the last several years, as administrators look to new and emergent technologies to heighten school safety — and potentially head off the next mass shooting.  

Now the Restoring, Enhancing, Securing, and Promoting Our Nation's Safety Efforts Act or RESPONSE Act, introduced by Texas Sen. John Cornyn, advocates for numerous policies aimed at increasing school security, including a "Children's Internet Protection" amendment that encourages districts to invest in programs that detect "online activities of minors who are at risk of committing self-harm or extreme violence against others." Under the bill, almost all federally funded schools would be required to install software of this kind.

The bill comes at a time when schools are already investing more heavily in this technology. Earlier this year, a review by the Brennan Center for Justice of self-reported procurement orders from schools across the country showed that the number of school districts purchasing such software rose from just 6 in 2013 to 63 in 2018. 

Companies like Geo Listening, Varsity Monitor and Snaptrends have all made a name for themselves by offering school administrators the ability to monitor and potentially police signs of violent thoughts and behavior, as well as offensive behavior and language. The net cast can often be wide, like one recently deployed in Juneau, Alaska, that scans for all "mentions of violence, self-harm, drug use, sexual content and cyberbullying" in students' school email accounts. 

The relative affordability of these programs — with a median annual expense of $8,417 — makes them appealing additions to district security systems. 

These businesses take slightly different approaches, depending on their specific security focus. Geo Listening, for instance, is marketed as a straightforward monitoring system that sends administrators daily reports with screenshots of flagged content from the monitored sites. These reports will include the poster's name, the time and location of the posting, and a short commentary of why the post was flagged. Posts are typically "flagged for negative content ... counter to the school code of conduct, evidencing violent threats to other students or the school, cyberbullying, or self-harm," according to a recent study in which the company was profiled.  

Varsity Monitor, meanwhile, is geared specifically toward surveilling student athletes at major universities, for the purposes of making sure the students are compliant with ethics codes. Schools pay upward of $7,000 a year to track "obscenities, offensive commentary or words like 'free,' which could indicate that a player has accepted a gift in violation of N.C.A.A. rules," according to the New York Times

However, while there is a growing demand for these services, researchers are largely split on whether these programs actually prevent violence.  

"Aside from anecdotes promoted by the companies that sell this software, there is no proof that these surveillance tools work," the Brennan Center report concludes, also critiquing the software's propensity for error, and the kinds of misinterpretation that can take place when machines sift through the slang-saturated conversations of teenagers. 

When paired with other forms of surveillance, the software has concerned critics for its broad reach and lack of public oversight.

The Aspen Institute, for instance, recently released a brief report on data collection at school systems in Florida, where the state's Department of Education recently launched a controversial Schools Safety Portal (FSSP). The portal mandates that state schools collect large amounts of student data — a process that is augmented by the deployment of social media monitoring programs.  

The report argues that "preventing school shootings through data is fraught with ethical and technical risks, including a lack of data quality and the potential for biases across multiple levels of predictive algorithms." The report doesn't outright indict the practice itself, arguing instead that policies should be developed to increase process transparency and accountability, while deploying experts to ensure data quality.

The RESPONSE Act has seen significant support among a constellation of mental health and law enforcement organizations. In October, the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary where it is awaiting further review. 


          

State Contracts Mount for Aurigo’s Capital Project Software

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With its population and federal deficit both steadily growing, the United States is lagging on infrastructure maintenance. In its most recent “report card” assessment in 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. infrastructure an overall grade of D+. The assessment found that in order to improve this grade and maintain global competitiveness, Congress and the states would have to invest $206 billion a year more than they currently do, and failure to do so could cost the U.S. GDP up to $3.9 trillion by 2025.

One of the largest software providers for capital program management, Aurigo, based in Austin, Texas, has been working behind the scenes to help governments chip away at this problem by guiding them through major projects from planning to completion and maintenance, making them more viable and less risky. And it has a lot of practice.

Founded in 2003, Aurigo launched at a time when mobile technologies like personal digital assistants and palm devices were starting to allow for the digitization of paper inspections. The company has since transitioned through various mobile-first strategies to its current cloud SaaS model, expanding from a single on-premises product, for project inspections and management, to 17 offered subscriptions.

Talking to Government Technology last week, CEO Balaji Sreenivasan called Aurigo the “best-kept secret in capital program management software,” but the scale of its business tells a different story. The company has had a busy year, contracting with the city of Houston Public Works Department in October to manage $2.7 billion in planned capital projects in 2019. The company also picked up several contracts in recent months with state departments of transportation: Nevada in February, Iowa in April and Montana in May; along with local government contracts with San Bernardino County, Calif., in July and the city of Durham, N.C., in September.

“People wouldn’t use our software to build a mall or a store, but they would use our software to build an entire state highway network, or an airport, or urban infrastructure in cities or counties,” Sreenivasan said. “Anything that’s very, very large-dollar, capital-intensive assets that are publicly funded would be delivered using our software, and we manage the entire lifecycle of that.”

Sreenivasan said the company employs close to 360 people to serve about 160 agency customers, most of which are large state departments of transportation, cities, counties or water authorities. He said Aurigo’s software has been used to plan and deliver close to $300 billion worth of capital programs to date.

The sheer logistics and regulations involved with projects of that scale are key to the company’s value proposition. Sreenivasan pointed out that regulations for reporting how money is spent, and if projects meet certain standards with respect to civil rights and minorities, have gotten increasingly stringent in recent years. Handling this without software can be a “nightmare,” he said, and doing it wrong can cause massive delays.

Sreenivasan said the breadth of what their software does also distinguishes it from competitors. He likened project management tools from Smartsheet, Procore and Microsoft Project to “very intelligent spreadsheets,” for helping contractors of small orders to collaborate and manage their tasks. But he said they won’t help a government plan and fiscally constrain a five-year capital infrastructure budget and generate reports for the governor’s office, build forecasts of when entire capital programs will get delivered, handle project-level accounting, and track whether the funding meets civil rights goals.

This is usually not feasible, Aurigo said, because data sets across different phases of construction tend to live in different silos, from planning to design to project management and maintenance. But Aurigo’s platform puts them in one place.

“The whole world is driving toward an integrated data (delivery) model, where data can flow seamlessly from one phase to the other. What we have done at Aurigo is to try and address that for almost all of the phases,” he said. “For phases that we don’t, we have (integration) hooks ... into ESRI systems, ERP systems, et cetera, so the goal is to have all of your construction data from planning through inspection in one single spot, or an integrated platform.”

This ability to interface with other systems has helped make Aurigo’s software an integral part of infrastructure planning by the city of Lincoln, Neb. But it took time to get there.

Tim Pratt, IT manager for Lincoln Transportation and Utilities, said the city had been using SiteManager, a product of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, when it made the switch to Masterworks, Aurigo's flagship product, in 2006. The city was in the middle of its biggest public works project ever, the Antelope Valley project, and Pratt said the conversion required considerable work from Aurigo, but the result has been fruitful. More recently, he said Masterworks has been able to integrate with other software his department uses such as Accela’s permitting program, an asset management program, and OnBase, an enterprise content management system by Hyland Software.

“We use that software (Masterworks) basically to manage our construction contracts … When we go to pay on these contracts, the pay estimates are generated out of Masterworks. Simply put, let’s say it’s a paving project, and you find out you need to put a water main in. It’s not going to let you pay for it, because it’s not in the project, until you do a change order,” he said. “Masterworks gives us great control on spending. Our construction observers and project managers get frustrated from time to time, but we make sure they don’t overpay.”

Pratt estimated the city spends between $120 million and $200 million a year on projects, and they track all of it through Masterworks. He said the process is a far cry from what he saw in the department in 1999, when everything was done on spreadsheets, under a dozen project managers who all had their own way of doing things.

“It’s kind of the core of what we do,” he said.

For some government customers, the catch is that Masterworks can cost as much as millions of dollars per year in software subscription fees. Aurigo aimed to address this earlier this year with a new SaaS, Essentials, that pares Masterworks down to fundamental construction management tools and a subscription price starting at $15,000. Sreenivasan doesn’t anticipate business declining any time soon.

“Infrastructure is one of the biggest growth areas in this country at this stage, regardless of what the federal government does with it,” he said. “We’re going to be building America for a while. Using technology and the latest cloud software is imperative for this country to get built the right way.”

Editor's note: A quote from Sreenivasan regarding integrations has been trimmed to correct technical language.


          

USCCB pro-life chairman urges Congress to support Dignity for Aborted Children Act (USCCB)

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"On multiple occasions in recent years, our national attention has been briefly drawn to the disturbing reality of abortion doctors keeping fetal remains," Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City (KS...
          

Moulton to host public meeting at Ipswich Town Hall

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WHAT: Congressman Seth Moulton, D-Salem, representing the Sixth District, which includes Ipswich and other local communities, including most of Essex County, will host a town-hall-style meetingWHEN: Monday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.WHERE: Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St., IpswichABOUT: Take the opportunity to ask Moulton questions or speak on an issue.KEY QUOTE: “I try to have town halls about once a month because they give me the chance to bring our region’s [...]
          

He ran for the us house of representatives

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He ran for the u.s house of representatives in 2012, winning the republican primary for ohio’s 9th congressional district but lost to democratic marcy kaptur by a landslide. This type of gas boiler uses the mains water pressure to power hot water across the property this hot water is used in both your central heating system and is available from hot water outlets like showers and taps the water is heated by the boiler when it is needed, meaning that hot water is available.
          

Proposta dos municípios não tem chance no Congresso, diz professor da FGV

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Governo propôs a extinção dos municípios com menos de 5 mil habitantes e com arrecadação própria menor que 10% da receita total
          

Derrick Beetso (JD’ 10) Lunch Bingo – Recording

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Guest speaker and ILP alum, Derrick Beetso (JD ’10) gave an interactive and fun presentation on October 30, 2019. NCAI’s General Counsel Beetso discussed the history of the National Congress of American Indians and its role in helping shape federal … Continue reading
          

Trump impeachment: Public hearings start next week

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BBC — Democrats announce public hearings next week in an inquiry that may seek to remove President Donald Trump from office. Until now, lawmakers from three key Congress committees have heard witnesses behind closed doors. Also: Police in Mexico have arrested three men in connection with an attack on a US Mormon convoy which killed nine people, and why staff at a zoo in Japan are dressing up as penguins.
          

‘Black Voices for Trump’ is Launching This Friday in Atlanta

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President Donald Trump plans to use Atlanta as a launching pad to kick off his new coalition, "Black Voices for Trump," at the Georgia World Congress Center.
          

We Are All Palestinians

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. . . and some in Congress are beginning to see the light. By Philip Giraldi November 5, 2019 WE  ARE  ALL  PALESTINIANS A PALESTINIAN WOMAN being bullied by Israeli settlers in her own land  In spite of the fact that Israeli snipers continue to shoot scores of unarmed protesting Gazans every Friday with virtually […]

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Erdoğan likely to push Trump to reverse ‘double whammy’

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Erdoğan likely to push Trump to reverse ‘double whammy’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly shown the ability to influence and manipulate U.S. President Donald Trump, though two resolutions passed by the U.S. House on Tuesday highlight the Turkish leader’s lesser influence among U.S. lawmakers. 

After a December 2018 phone call between the two presidents, Trump announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Syria. The move was soon reversed, but it shocked Washington’s foreign policy establishment and led to the resignations of two key U.S. officials, Defense Secretary James Mattis and counter-Islamic State (ISIS) envoy Brett McGurk. 

After the two met during the June G-20 summit in Japan, Trump told reporters that he appreciated Turkey’s position on its purchase of Russian S-400 air defence missiles. In the months since he has refrained from applying the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act against Turkey, which its deal with Russia should have triggered. 

Last month, following another phone talk with Erdoğan, Trump again announced U.S. troops would be leaving Syria, allowing Turkey to go forward with its long-planned offensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliate People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has led an insurgency in Turkey since 1984 and is labelled a terrorist group by the United States and European Union, as well as Turkey. 

“Erdoğan has learned to manipulate Trump and Erdoğan has been able to influence Donald Trump’s personal talking points,” said Aaron Stein, director of the Middle East programme at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. 

Stein said Turkish officials identified Trump as their preferred U.S. presidential candidate back in October 2016. “I thought Donald Trump would be an Islamophobe that would work against Turkish interests,” he said. 

“But the Turks rightly concluded that Trump was corruptible and not very smart, and therefore he was manipulable - he could be a transactional partner that would work toward Turkey’s interests,” Stein added. “It took three years, but they ultimately got it.”

The two leaders are set to meet in Washington on Nov. 13, and observers expect Erdoğan to seek to reverse or neutralise two House resolutions passed this week, which the New York Times described as a rebuke to Trump and one analyst described as a “double whammy” against Turkey.  

The first resolution marks an official recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The House move, which came on the anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Turkey, is not unprecedented. In 1975 and in 1984, the House also adopted resolutions acknowledging the Armenian Genocide. And in April 1981, President Ronald Reagan issued a Presidential Proclamation on the matter. 

The second House resolution, which like the first must be approved by the Senate to become binding, calls for sanctioning Erdoğan and other Turkish officials involved in the Syria offensive, as well as Turkish banks linked to the defence sector, and penalising Turkey for its purchase of Russian S-400 missiles.

Russian officials told Turkey on Tuesday that Syrian and Russian forces had successfully cleared the YPG from a strip of land along Turkey’s border, as per last week’s agreement between Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that joint Russian-Turkish patrols could begin.

Stein said he expected Russia would soon integrate the YPG into the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which would raise security issues for Turkey and give Assad and Putin some leverage over Erdoğan. 

Turkey’s offensive in northeast Syria has thus far displaced some 180,000 people, and many, including former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, have described Turkish actions there as ethnic cleansing, in part because Erdoğan has repeatedly expressed his desire to settle mostly Syrian Arab refugees in the area, much of which has had a Kurdish majority in recent decades. 

“Erdoğan has said he wants to move 2 million people into these areas. I think that would be tantamount to ethnic re-engineering,” said Stein.

Stein does not foresee Ankara being able to implement that plan, nor does he see a coherent Turkish approach in northeast Syria, but rather the significant influence of Russia. Reports this week have said Turkey is also considering buying Russian Su-35 fighter jets. Also this week, Pentagon officials said Turkey’s S-400s are expected to be operational by the end of the year. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has cautioned U.S. officials to think carefully before sanctioning Turkey and pushing Ankara further toward Russia. In the Washington Post last week, Ilhan Omar, a member of the House of Representatives, also argued against sanctioning Turkey, saying that while Turkey’s Syria offensive had been a disaster, sanctions tend to be incoherent and counter-productive. 

“I don’t understand the point of collapsing Turkey’s economy or even threatening to do it for an invasion of Syria,” said Stein, though he did understand punishing Turkey for its S-400 purchase. 

“Turkey has met the threshold for CAATSA sanctions,” said Stein, pointing out that Ankara even aired live video of the arrival of the S-400s, “rubbing the nose of the Americans in the faeces of this deal”.

There have been reports that Trump is negotiating with Turkish officials behind the scenes in an effort to secure the purchase of U.S.-made Patriot missiles to replace the S-400s. Still, most U.S. officials would prefer not to sanction Turkey. 

“People don’t want to alienate a NATO ally,” said Stein, who said it was possible Turkey would buy Patriots at next month’s summit. 

“But a negotiation entails a give and take on both sides, and Turkey never gives, it only takes,” said Stein, who thinks Turkish officials do not realise how few defenders they have left in the White House. 

“Erdoğan played his cards right,” Stein added. “He got another face-to-face meeting with Trump where he can present his case, and when he gets a meeting with Trump, Trump usually capitulates to his point of view.”


          

Turkey says Armenian genocide bill 'an insult', summons U.S. envoy

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Turkey slammed a U.S. decision recognising the mass killing of Armenians early last century as genocide and summoned the country's ambassador.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan  said the resolution, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by 405 votes to 11 on Tuesday, was devoid of any truth. It was approved on the anniversary of the formation of the Turkish republic.

“We see such an accusation as the greatest insult made to our nation," Erdoğan said in a speech to his party deputies in parliament. “A country whose history is filled with stains of genocide, slavery and exploitation has no right to say something or to lecture Turkey.”

Turkey and the United States have been embroiled in a political dispute over a Turkish military incursion into northern Syria that began in early October. U.S. President Donald Trump paved the way for the operation by withdrawing troops from the border region, sparking criticism in Congress that he had abandoned the Kurds. Ankara says Kurdish forces that it has been battling in Syria are terrorists allied with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an autonomy-seeking armed group in Turkey.

Most scholars recognise that genocide was committed by the Ottoman Empire from 1915. An estimated 1.5 million Armenians died. Turkey denies that such a slaughter took place and has lobbied governments and parliaments around the world to refrain from recognising the events as genocide.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry demanded an explanation from Ambassador David Satterfield during a meeting on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the resolution amounted to "revenge" for Turkey's military operation.

Earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. House also voted 403 to 16 to impose economic sanctions on Turkey for the Syria incursion. Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) militants there have been staunch allies of the United States in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS).

“If we ignore history, then we are destined to witness the mistakes of the past be repeated,” Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, said before Tuesday’s vote. “Recent attacks by the Turkish military against the Kurdish people are a stark reminder of the danger in our own time.”

“If only Turkey had taken the lead to address sadness that haunts Armenians to this day over 1915. If only Turkey had taken the lead to address Kurdish grievances and abuses they suffered regardless of the militants of the mountains. If only Turkey had stayed out of Syria,” Ziya Meral, senior resident fellow at the U.K.-based Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, said in comments on Twitter.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry also criticised the House resolution envisaging economic sanctions on the country.

The bill “is incompatible with the spirit of our NATO Alliance,” the ministry said in a separate statement. “It also contradicts with the agreement reached on Syria with the U.S. Administration on 17 October,” it said in reference to an agreement on a cessation of hostilities in northern Syria reached with the White House two weeks ago.

U.S. officials have failed to discern the difference between a NATO ally and terrorists and “should understand that they cannot achieve anything with the threats of unilateral sanctions”, it said.

The sanctions bill envisages freezing the assets of senior Turkish political and military leaders and blocking their travel to the United States. It would prohibit arms transfers to Turkey if the weapons could be used in Syria, mandates an investigation of Erdoğan’s personal wealth and would impose punishment on state-run Turkish bank Halkbank.

Erdoğan said the resolution was aimed at targeting him, his family and his ministers directly, adding that he strongly rejected it.

The bill faces potential obstacles in the Senate, where leading Republicans have called for a delay in order to give time for the Trump administration to find a diplomatic solution with Turkey.


          

11/3/2019: Deaths And Obituaries: Elijah Cummings

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Legalizing dance one CONGRESS at a time

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Dance Informa caught up with Denna Thomsen and Zak Ryan Schlegel of CONGRESS, an exceptional salon-style collective that serves as a platform for cross-genre dance artists. Read on to hear about the intimate environment they’ve created that values open discussion, audience expansion and strengthening the dance community at large. How did you come up with […]

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Trump polls below Bill Clinton but holds party together on impeachment vote

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NBC's Carrie Dann compares Congress' latest vote formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Trump to that involving President Clinton. Whereas dozens of House Dems broke party ranks in the nineties, zero GOP members abandoned Trump today. Interesting enough, Clinton held a higher approval rating than Trump currently does. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
          

Argument analysis: Justices examine structure and purpose of puzzling immigration statute

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Argument analysis: Justices examine structure and purpose of puzzling immigration statuteOn Monday morning, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Barton v. Barr, a case that requires the justices to decipher the stop-time rule, an oddly worded provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Congress embedded this rule within the statute governing cancellation of removal, an important form of relief for noncitizens in removal proceedings. […]

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This whole idea that Trump can’t ask for an investigation is flawed. He is the Head of the Executive. That means he’s Head of the Dept of Justice. There’s an Anti Corruption Treaty between US and Ukraine WHICH WAS PASSED BY CONGRESS. It’s already Law. He already has the right to do it. Besides Biden was an add on. ( they started investigating Biden five months before he announced his candidacy anyway) He really wants to know about Crowdstrike and Ukrainian collusion with the DNC and the Clintons- don’t we all! Btw the Whistleblowers Lawyer tweeted in Jan 2017 that there will be a Coup and they will go for impeachment.. All this drama is moot anyway as McConnell has said the Senate will vote it down. No Republican voted for this ‘inquiry’ and they were joined by two Democrats in voting no. Still, it’s good click bait for DPF Lol
          

Google & YouTube Censor Tulsi Gabbard, Too

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It turns out that not just conservatives can expect censorship of their content and advertisements by dominant search and web advertisement service Google, and by the equally powerful video site it owns, YouTube.

It turns out also that if you are a Democrat who fails to fully adhere to the orthodox progressive agenda, then you too will find your Internet voice muted.

Such is the case with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who also is a 2020 presidential candidate.

The congresswoman from Hawaii, an Iraq War veteran who still serves as a Major in the Army National Guard, has sued Google for $50 million over the suspension of her campaign account during the first presidential debate, while she became a hot topic for Internet searches. That her account went missing is not disputed; however, Google claims it was not due to bias against Gabbard, but instead was caused by its … Read More ➡

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President Trump and the Question of Anchor Babies: Can He Solve the Problem Via Executive Order?

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"It was always told to me that you needed a Constitutional amendment.  Guess what?  You don't.  Number one, you don't need that.  Number two, you can definitely do it with an act of Congress.  But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."  —President Donald Trump, explaining that it is constitutional for the president to clarify the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment with an executive order, for enforcement purposes The Anchor Baby Debate Resurfaces Last year, President Trump explained in an interview with Axios that the ending of birthright citizenship can be accomplished "just with an executive order."  The issue is coming...
          

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Agartala: When ruling BJP and it’s tribal ally IPFT have been in loggerhead over taking the lead in Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) election, barely ahead of four months, opposition congress held dialogue with it’s old partner, another tribal-based party, the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) to fight against BJP. The Tripura Pradesh […]
          

CAB, NRC will subvert multi-ethnic NE society: Cong

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Agartala: The NRC and the CAB would destabilise the multi-ethnic, mixed-religion and multilingual society existing for decades in northeast India, said senior AICC leaders who are now touring the region to gather opinions of people and party leaders on the National Register of Citizens and Citizenship Amendment Bill. The All India Congress Committee delegation led […]
          

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Trump impeachment: Public hearings start next week

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Democrats announce public hearings next week in an inquiry that may seek to remove President Donald Trump from office. Until now, lawmakers from three key Congress committees have heard witnesses behind closed doors. Also: Police in Mexico have arrested three men in connection with an attack on a US Mormon convoy which killed nine people, and why staff at a zoo in Japan are dressing up as penguins.
          

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The Man Who Popularized The 'Deep State' Doesn't Like The Way It's Used

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Mike Lofgren is the very definition of a civil servant. He was a congressional staffer for 28 years, with most of that time spent crunching numbers on the Senate and House budget committees.

He's moderate and mild-mannered, saying, "I was on the Republican side my whole career. I wasn't a culture wars Republican, basically a fiscal conservative in the manner of say, [President Dwight] Eisenhower."

Lofgren was turned off by the Tea Party Republicans who came into Congress in 2011, and decided it was time to quit. Three years later, Lofgren wrote an essay called, "Anatomy of the Deep State."

The essay is not partisan. Lofgren criticizes both parties, along with the national security community, Wall Street and Silicon Valley. And he takes pains to point out that he's not a conspiracy theorist.

His basic point is that big institutions, inside and outside of government, are so entrenched it's hard to bring any real change. Political options are limited.

"This is not to say it's the worst of all worlds," Lofgren said. "You sort of get a choice between Coke and New Coke."

His idea first gained traction among progressives who felt Republicans were pursuing a scorched-earth policy to thwart President Barack Obama.

In fact, Lofgren wrote his essay for the website of liberal commentator Bill Moyers, and also appeared on the PBS program he hosted.

The state of 'deep state'

Lofgren expanded his essay into a 2016 book called: The Deep State: The Fall Of The Constitution And The Rise Of A Shadow Government. The book got some favorable reviews, but didn't set the publishing world on fire.

Then President Trump took office.

"Unelected, deep state operatives who defy the voters, to push their own secret agendas, are truly a threat to democracy itself," Trump said at a rally last year, one of the many times he's invoked the term.

For the president and his supporters, deep state is shorthand for Democratic-leaning bureaucrats who want to undermine Trump.

Breitbart began extensive coverage to "deep state" stories around the time Trump entered office, and others have followed. In a search of TV transcripts, the term "deep state" appeared only 64 times in 2016, the year Lofgren published his book.

In 2017, it shot up to nearly 2,300 mentions, and surged to nearly 5,000 hits last year, many of them on Fox News.

And it's rarely, if ever, used the way Mike Lofgren intended.

"It's like I released this species into the wild and what it did, or maybe it's a Frankenstein, and what it does is not within my control," he said.

The idea of a conspiratorial deep state goes back centuries. Some trace it to ancient Rome. In recent decades, it has been used to describe countries such as Turkey and Pakistan, where the security forces were seen as dictating orders to elected governments.

Le Carre novel

Lofgren says he first encountered the term in a spy novel A Delicate Truth by John le Carre, who describes the hidden power brokers at work in Great Britain.

Now it pops up everywhere.

"Thank God for the deep state," said John McLaughlin, the former deputy director of the CIA. He spoke ironically, drawing laughs when he made the remark at a recent panel discussion at George Mason University.

But he was making a serious point as he spoke about government officials testifying before congressional committees at the impeachment inquiry.

"Everyone here has seen this progression of diplomats, and intelligence officers and White House people trooping up to Capitol Hill right now, and saying, 'These are people who are doing their duty,'" McLaughlin said.

When we caught up with McLaughlin a few days later, he said he had received some blowback for those comments. Then he went on to say:

"I think it's a silly idea. There is no 'deep state.' What people think of as the 'deep state' is just the American civil service, social security, the people who fix the roads, health and human services, Medicare."

Mike Lofgren, now retired at age 66, used to be one of those people when he was a Republican congressional staffer. Today, he says he's turned his back on the Republican Party.

"I am an independent who will not vote Republican until they demonstrate to me that they've purged Trumpism and that they're a sane party," he said.

Rachel Treisman is an intern on NPR's National Desk.

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READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine

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House investigators have released the deposition by William Taylor, who runs the U.S. diplomatic mission in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

Taylor, a career foreign policy specialist in the State Department, has been a central witness in the Ukraine affair. He described the intent by President Trump, as described by another diplomat, to put Ukraine's president "in a public box" committing to investigations that Trump thought might help him in the 2020 elections.

The expectation about those concessions was tied to engagement with Trump and continued assistance from the U.S. for Ukraine. Taylor told members of Congress that he objected to that policy and voiced his concerns with then-national security adviser John Bolton and in writing in a cable to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Read Taylor's testimony here.

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Ambassador: Giuliani, Acting In Trump's Interest, Tried To Cast Biden In 'Bad Light'

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William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, told congressional investigators that President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was orchestrating an international pressure campaign on Ukraine, was acting in the president's interests and trying to cast former Vice President Joe Biden "in a bad light," according to a transcript of Taylor's testimony released Wednesday.

"I think the origin of the idea to get President [Volodymyr] Zelenskiy to say out loud he's going to investigate Burisma and 2016 election, I think the originator, the person who came up with that was Mr. Giuliani," Taylor said, referencing Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that Biden's son Hunter sat on the board of.

New Jersey Democrat Tom Malinowski followed up, asking Taylor, "And he [Giuliani] was representing whose interests in — "

"President Trump," Taylor replied.

Wednesday was third straight day that congressional investigators released full depositions of key players in the Ukraine affair, which has led to the impeachment inquiry into Trump. At issue is whether the president sought a quid pro quo from his Ukrainian counterpart in the now infamous July 25 call: the release of military aid in exchange for an investigation into the Bidens. The president insists his call with Zelenskiy was "perfect."

But as Taylor said during his deposition: "That was my clear understanding, that security assistance money would not come until the president [of Ukraine] committed to pursue the investigation."

When Taylor testified Oct. 22, he opened the window wide into the pressure campaign, according to his opening statement.

Taylor testified that he "became increasingly concerned" that "irregular, informal channels" were running contrary to U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine.

The U.S. was withholding military aid that had been allocated by Congress to Ukraine, which was fighting Russian troops in the eastern part of the country.

Taylor and others have testified that it became clear that Trump, through this irregular channel led by Giuliani, was withholding the funds to get Ukraine to investigate conspiracy theories about the 2016 presidential election and the Bidens.

Later in his full testimony, Taylor said he believed Trump and Giuliani wanted Burisma looked into in order to cast Biden "in a bad light" and for the benefit of Trump's re-election.

"[A]s I understood the reason for investigating Burisma was to cast Vice President Biden in a bad light," Taylor said.

Rep. Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York, followed up to be clear: "To cast Vice President Biden in a bad light?"

"Right," Taylor replied.

"And the political campaign would be what political campaign?" Maloney asked of Taylor's reference to Burisma being beneficial to a campaign.

"A political campaign for the reelection of President Trump," Taylor said.

Taylor expressed his disapproval at the time, according to text messages that have been released as part of the investigation.

"I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign," he wrote to Gordon Sondland, Trump's ambassador to the European Union.

As a result of Taylor's — and others' — testimony, Sondland amended his original deposition to acknowledge that he had, in fact, told an aide to Ukraine's president that it was unlikely Ukraine would receive the aid unless its leader made a public statement that the country was looking into the conspiracy theories.

According to former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker's testimony, released Tuesday, Giuliani, who was seen as speaking for the president, insisted that any public statement to fight corruption include the two investigations. If not, Giuliani said, according to the testimony, it would show Ukraine was not serious.

Taylor's October testimony appeared to rock some Democratic members of the committees who questioned him.

Andy Levin, a freshman Democrat from Michigan, called Taylor's closed-door testimony his "most disturbing" day serving in Congress.

Taylor has been a U.S. diplomat for decades and was first appointed ambassador to Ukraine by Republican President George W. Bush.

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In The 1920s, 1 In 3 Eligible Men In Dallas Were KKK Members

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In the beginning of the 20th century, the Ku Klux Klan ruled much of Dallas — one in three men in the city were members of the white supremacist group.

It was a dark period of the KKK dominating civic life — and a chapter that the city of Dallas has never fully examined, says Michael Phillips, a historian at Collin College outside Dallas and author of “White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001.”

The KKK gained control of the city in the 1920s after a Dallas dentist, Hiram Wesley Evans, overthrew the founder of what was known as the “Second Klan,” he says.

“The KKK ran Dallas, and it became the epicenter of the movement,” Phillips says.

Dallas rising as the center of the KKK movement was bound to happen, Phillips says.

At the time, Texas was a state beset by an “extraordinary level of racist violence,” he says.

“Between the 1880s and the 1930s, there were at least 349 African Americans lynched in Texas,” he says. “It was the third-highest number in the entire union, and it’s only behind Georgia and Mississippi in those years. So there’s an atmosphere there anyway.”

Interview Highlights

On how Dallas newspapers tried to take on the KKK

“Well, we have to be clear on the motives, though, because the Dallas Morning News institutionally is very proud of its opposition to the Klan. And, you know, the press would cover floggings that took place, but what the Morning News was worried about was not racism. The Morning News in one editorial said, ‘White supremacy is not imperiled.’ They were worried about the lawlessness of the Klan and how that would affect the bottom line for Dallas business-wise. And also, they were worried about what they saw as a potential radicalism. And that’s one of the crazy things about the Morning News’ view of the Klan.

“What happened was when the Klan started, the first people they would recruit are people in the upper echelon — economic elites, business elites, etc. — and they’d work their way down because it was a pyramid scheme. People would get a percentage of membership fees. As they began to get to the working class, that’s when the Morning News was alarmed, and in fact, the Morning News tried to portray the Klan, which is a far-right organization, as potentially a left-wing organization. And they said, ‘Word on the streets is the Klan is red. The Klan is communist,’ which is an absurdity.”

On the Dallas Morning News being more concerned with social order than racism

“Racism was not a concern. They made it very clear in their editorial pages what they were worried about is social order. And one of the themes in Dallas history is this terror of not just African Americans, but also of the white working class and the ability to control this. And this will come out decades later when Dallas schools are ordered desegregated in 1961. They put together — and the Morning News is involved in this effort and the other major media outlets — this propaganda film. They hire Walter Cronkite from CBS News to narrate it. And the premise of the film is we know we have all these troublemakers out in the working class, and we know who you are and we’ll come after you if you cause trouble when the schools are desegregated. Actually, Dallas schools desegregated peacefully in 1961, but there was this panic that this working class can’t be controlled.

“And this is a time, the 1920s, 1930s, Dallas is industrializing. It’s a banking center. And you actually have union activism at a level most people don’t associate with the South. There was a Ford plant. We have a garment workers’ strike in the 1930s in Dallas. And so the Dallas Morning News, which was a voice of elites, was more worried about disorder from the people of working class origins. They conditionally accepted the Jewish community in Dallas. They conditionally accepted people who they saw as marginally white. They were not worried about oppression of black people at all because Dallas was a very highly segregated city and its police department was filled with Klansmen. And when Dallas police officers shot African Americans, they were not concerned with that. They were more concerned about social order and how they would affect outside investment.”

On the KKK fighting for anti-immigrant policies in Dallas

“It’s a good thing The Dallas Morning News opposed the KKK. I don’t think anyone would argue with that at all. But I think the motive may not be as pure, and in fact, it had to do with class politics as well as with racial politics. And the Morning News was definitely the voice of the real estate developers, the bankers, the oil money, etc. Also, the Klan was an anti-immigrant organization. And at that point in Texas — and of course, people in Dallas are heavily invested still in the cotton production industry — Texas had lobbied successfully the U.S. Congress to give an exemption when they passed this really strict anti-immigration bill in 1924, the Johnson-Reed Act. There was an exemption for Mexican immigration because they were using Mexicans and Mexican Americans as cheap sources of labor in the fields. That would be another motive because the Klan just wanted to shut the border completely. That created a threat to the economic interests of the big landowners in Texas. So it’s complicated.

“I think the picture you have an obvious set of villains, the Klan, but the heroes are more complicated in their motives than I think the way Dallas remembers it. And that’s the thing is Dallas is hostile to remembrance of history. White people in Texas are afraid they are going to pay a price for their oppression. What Sigmund Freud would have called projection. This explains, for instance, why police often respond violently to unarmed African Americans in the state. And I think there’s a great deal of denial still. Dallas is a laboratory of forgetfulness. And I think that lack of knowledge of Dallas’s very troubled racial past has made it blind to the circumstances, the number of shootings we have in this city still of unarmed black and brown people and the underlying economic injustice that shapes a city that still frames the racial tensions we have here.”


Cassady Rosenblum produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Samantha Raphelson adapted it for the web. 

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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Court Of Appeal Sacks Ekiti APC Senator

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The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal on Wednesday nullified the election of Senator Dayo Adeyeye. Adeyeye, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is chairman of the Senate committee on Media and Publicity. The Court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared Senator (Mrs) Biodun Olujimi and the candidate of the ...

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As Balch Tries to Rehab, Documentary Highlights Alleged “Legacy of Pure Evil”

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On Friday, Brian Rell, who served as Congressman Robert Aderholt’s chief of staff for over a decade, jumped over to Balch & Bingham to rehabilitate their operations in Washington, D.C. Due in part to our efforts to educate the public and corporate leaders, Balch has lost 17 of 18 major D.C. lobbying clients and millions … Continue reading As Balch Tries to Rehab, Documentary Highlights Alleged “Legacy of Pure Evil”
          

Enabled by $$ & gerrymandering, Bucky's little dictators get bolder

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3:40 p.n. update: GOP State Sen. fires Ag secretary, because it can.

A year ago Thursday I called Wisconsin's GOP legislative leaders "little dictators" as they put their secretly-crafted power-grabbing bills on a fast-track to the defeated Walker's veto-free signature.

Their Machiavellian, rule-changing mission? 


Stripping traditional authority from the duly-elected Democratic Gov, Tony Evers and AG Josh Kaul - - and keeping Wisconsin a one-party safe haven for:


Big business and the corporate donor class;


Special interests;


Fecal pollution;


Self-serving and unsustainable Foxconning;


* GOP 'principles' like voter suppression, rock-bottom minimum wages, dangerous, road-builder-friendly highway expansion instead of transit ;


* And, above all, Donald Trump's re-election.

Scott Walker says he will chair Trump's Wisconsin re-election campaign
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Fitzgerald aligns with Trump when announcing Congressional bid
The Journal Sentinel today updates this out-in-this-open putrid partisanship: 
Wisconsin Senate to reject Gov. Tony Evers' ag secretary and try to limit his vetoes
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WI GOP Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald can ride his hostility towards Democratic office-holders to a Congressional win and closer proximity to a) key funders, and b) Congressional and lobbying power-brokers like Mitch McConnell who spent years boxing-in Barack Obama with a repetitive strategy of "no" and related partisan hackery.



          

NCS Delegation Visits Capitol Hill

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The National Center for Simulation sent a delegation to Washington, DC this week to meet with Congressional representatives and staffs.  The group consisted of newly appointed President & CEO George Cheros, along with NCS Board Chair Brian Holmes (Quantum 3D), NCS Board Member and Past Chair Angela Alban (Simetri), NCS Board Member USN Capt (Riet) […]

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CNN: Under shroud of secrecy US weapons arrive in Yemen despite Congressional outrage

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The awkward camera angle is meant to hide the fact that the owner of the phone is filming, but there is no mistaking the outlines of the heavy cargo being deposited on the dock in the Yemeni port of Aden last week. The distinctive shape of the US-made Oshkosh armored vehicle stands out in the
          

After a year, it’s time for Congress to act on trade pact

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Vice President Mike Pence came to Kenosha County last week to push Congress to vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which was signed in November 2018. It’s President Donald Trump’s plan to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement with a renegotiated trade pact. And it will help Wisconsin, Pence said over and over ...
          

Breakfast links: Arlington all in on pedestrian streets

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Say goodbye to skywalks

The Arlington County Board unanimously agreed to allow the creation of car-free streets under its master plan. There are already plans to convert some streets in Rosslyn to make the Metro more accessible. (UrbanTurf)

And the gondola goes to ... Exxon

The Exxon station near the Key Bridge has been identified as the ideal station location for the Georgetown-Rosslyn gondola. The full feasibility study for the gondola will be released in a few weeks. (UrbanTurf)

The Capitol says capital

With WMATA anticipating another big budget shortfall, Congress has warned that they’ll decrease their $150 million contribution if WMATA dips into it to cover short-term needs again. The annual federal funding is intended only for preventative maintenance and capital improvements. (Post)

How to save Baltimore’s alley houses

Baltimore wants save its historic alley houses, but has trouble getting developers to invest in the small, narrow properties from the 1800s. So in one neighborhood, the city fixed up the houses themselves. (Next City)

Two tough crashes in Maryland

A cyclist died after a driver struck him as he crossed Little Falls Parkway on the Capital Crescent Trail. (WTOP) … Police are looking for the driver who struck and severely injured a pedestrian in Rockville on Sunday. (Post)

Mapping discrimination and architecture

These maps from across the US show where housing discrimination happened through the practice of redlining. (NatGeo) … Here’s a guide to all the brutalist architecture in DC. (DCist)

Airbnb touts its benefits

Airbnb is pushing hard to convince DC regulators that the service is distinct from hotels. A new report touts how the company has increased tourism and economic investment in neighborhoods across DC. (City Paper)

A piece of old Washington

The Rockefeller Mansion near Rock Creek Park is a rare display of old money still left in DC. A road exclusively for the 16-acre estate actually cuts across Rock Creek Park. (Architect of the Capital)

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Ceremonial end to N. Federal project held Wednesday a.m.

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(Riverton, Wyo.) – The ceremonial ribbon has been cut but there’s still a few things left to do on the nearly $14-million two year-long Federal Boulevard reconstruction project in Riverton. A hearty group of elected officials, the leadership of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, a representative from Wyoming’s congressional delegation, contractors and city officials gathered on a chilly and windy morning to celebrate the completion of the project at Reach Park. With a strong northwest wind blowing, and the temperature below freezing, after introductory remarks the bright orange ribbon was stretched across the southbound lanes of North Federal and Mayor […]

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Trump's personal lawyer Giuliani hires his own attorneys

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Rudy Giuliani, a personal lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump and a central figure in a congressional impeachment inquiry, has hired lawyers to represent him as prosecutors examine his interactions with two men arrested on campaign finance charges.

          

Colombia defence minister resigns amid pressure over bombing casualties

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Colombian Defence Minister Guillermo Botero said on Wednesday he would resign in the midst of mounting political pressure over alleged extrajudicial killings and the threat that Congress could force him out.

          

'Straight up lied': Prosecutors say adviser Stone fibbed to protect Trump

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Prosecutors pulled back the curtain on Roger Stone's private dealings with President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign on Wednesday, portraying the president's longtime adviser as a liar who misled Congress about his outreach efforts to the WikiLeaks website to protect Trump from looking bad.

          

U.S. diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

          

NSA to Congress: Our spy programs don’t work, aren’t used, or have gone wrong – now can you permanently reauthorize them?

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Senators: Um, no.

The NSA was unable to give a single example of how one of its most controversial spying programs has been useful in the fight against terrorism in a Congressional hearing on Wednesday morning.…


          

White House expects two new hires to bolster Trump impeachment defense - official

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The White House is expected to recruit two advisers to take a more aggressive posture in defending President Donald Trump in the congressional impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

          

Donald Trump's son tweets alleged name of whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry

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Donald Trump's son tweets alleged name of whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiryDonald Trump’s son has tweeted the name of the alleged whistleblower whose complaint about the US president’s behaviour towards Ukraine kick-started the impeachment inquiry. For days now conservative websites have been publishing stories claiming to have discovered the identity of the CIA officer who filed a complaint about Mr Trump’s behaviour.  Amid a backdrop of growing partisan attacks on the whistleblower’s credibility, the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, posted one such story that named the individual and questioned their motives. After an immediate backlash, Donald Jr doubled down on his action, writing on Twitter: “I love the outrage about me tweeting an article about the ‘alleged’ whistleblower.” The Telegraph has not independently verified the identity of the whistleblower, who has asked to remain anonymous, and is not publishing the name. The move comes on the back of a chorus of vitriol from Mr Trump and his supporters directed at the whistleblower, including demands for the person to be named and allegations about their links to Democrats.   The whistleblower, who comes from the intelligence community, filed a detailed complaint alleging that Mr Trump had pressured Ukraine to launch an investigation into Joe Biden, the former US vice president who could be the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election. Many of the details in the complaint, which has since been made public, have been corroborated by other witnesses in the impeachment inquiry that followed, including that Mr Trump requested a Biden investigation while on the phone to the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.  Whistleblowers are granted protections in America through a number of overlapping laws, some of which attempt to protect the individual from retribution for coming forward with information. The Inspector General Act of 1978, for example, bars a government watchdog who receives a complaint from disclosing the identity of that person without consent, unless it is deemed "unavoidable". The law appears not to bind others, such as the US president or his allies, from outing the whistleblower if the identity is discovered. In a statement issued after Mr Trump Jr's tweet, the whistleblower's attorneys warned that "identifying any suspected name for the whistleblower will place that individual and their family at risk of serious harm". The statement by Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid said that "publication or promotion of a name shows the desperation to deflect from the substance of the whistleblower complaint. It will not relieve the President of the need to address the substantive allegations, all of which have been substantially proven to be true." Profile | Donald Trump Jr The article that Donald Jr tweeted was published by Breitbart, the Right-wing news website. Donald Jr tweeted the headline, which included the name of the alleged whistleblower, as well as a link. Attacks on the whistleblower have been led by the President himself, who has demanded the right to know who his accuser is and repeatedly questioned the individual’s motives. Mr Trump tweeted on Monday: "There is no whistleblower. There is someone with an agenda against Donald Trump.” Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, went a step further on Monday as he stood alongside Mr Trump on stage at a rally and threatened to expose the individual. "We also now know the name of the whistleblower... I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name,” Mr Paul said to cheering Trump supporters. Side by side: Donald Trump and Rand Paul Credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg Numerous Republican senators distanced themselves from Mr Paul's call, arguing that the whistleblower’s request to remain anonymous should be respected. It came as the impeachment inquiry – only the fourth to ever be launched against a US president – approached a new phase as public hearings were announced. Next Wednesday testimony will be given by William Taylor, the chargé d'affaires at America’s Ukraine embassy who said that US aid was held back to secure a Biden investigation, and George Kent, a senior State Department official. The following Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted after a push to get rid of her from Trump allies, will give her account of what happened. About | Impeachment All three figures have given evidence behind closed doors that is unhelpful to Mr Trump’s attempt to wave away the scandal by insisting nothing untoward took place. The inquiry, which was launched in September, entering into a public phase provides a political challenge for Mr Trump’s Republican defenders. Thus far they have largely rallied around criticising the process which the Democrats have followed in pushing their inquiry rather than defending the president’s behaviour. With the facts laid out on live television before an audience of US voters it will be harder for Republican congressmen not to address what they think about how Mr Trump acted. Mr Trump has admitting that he pushed for an investigation into Mr Biden, but argued that it was important to have alleged corruption looked into. Mr Biden has always denied any wrongdoing.



          

"Our democracy is not in peril—we do not live in a democracy. The image of our democracy is in peril...."

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“Our democracy is not in peril—we do not live in a democracy. The image of our democracy is in peril. The deep state—the generals, bankers, corporatists, lobbyists, intelligence chiefs, government bureaucrats and technocrats—is intent on salvaging the brand. It is hard to trumpet yourself as the world’s guardian of freedom and liberty with Donald Trump blathering on incoherently about himself, inciting racist violence, insulting our traditional allies along with the courts, the press and Congress, tweeting misspelled inanities and impulsively denouncing or sabotaging bipartisan domestic and foreign policy. But Trump’s most unforgivable sin in the eyes of the deep state is his criticism of the empire’s endless wars, even though he lacks the intellectual and organizational skills to oversee a disengagement.”

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Trump Has a Growing Suburban Voter Problem

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The suburban revolt against President Donald Trump’s Republican Party is growing.

And if nothing else, the GOP’s struggle across the South on Tuesday revealed Republicans don’t have a plan to fix it.

In Kentucky, Trump and his allies went all in to rescue embattled Gov. Matt Bevin, who wrapped himself in the president’s image in his pugnacious campaign. In Virginia, Republicans under siege by Democratic challengers ran away from Trump, downplaying their support for his policies and encouraging him to stay away.

In the end, neither strategy was a sure winner.

Bevin’s race remained too close to call on Wednesday, locked in a virtual dead heat with Democrat Andy Beshear in a state Trump won by nearly 30 percentage points in 2016. The GOP in Virginia lost control of both houses of the legislature for the first time in a generation.

Democratic state victories: Clear signs GOP is losing suburban turf

It’s difficult to draw sweeping conclusions from state elections, each with their own unique quirks and personalities. But there’s little doubt Tuesday’s outcome is a warning to Republicans across the nation a year out from the 2020 election and a year after the 2018 midterms: The suburbs are still moving in the wrong direction.

“Republican support in the suburbs has basically collapsed under Trump,” Republican strategist Alex Conant said. “Somehow, we need to find a way to regain our suburban support over the next year.”

The stakes are undoubtedly high. While neither Virginia nor Kentucky is likely to be a critical battleground in the presidential race next year, Tuesday’s results confirm a pattern repeated across critical swing states— outside of Philadelphia, Detroit, and Charlotte, N.C. They’re also sure to rattle Republican members of Congress searching for a path to victory through rapidly shifting territory.

Lower-profile elections claimed by Democrats

To be sure, Republicans demonstrated their firm grip on rural areas, and turnout for both sides appeared to be healthy for off-year elections. Notably, Kentucky’s voters elected Republicans to a handful of other statewide offices. In Mississippi, another Trump stronghold, Republicans kept their hold on the governor’s office, as Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves defeated well-funded Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.

But the GOP’s challenge was laid bare in lower-profile elections across the nation on Tuesday.

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House vote on Pelosi drug pricing plan slips to December

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The House will not vote on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) signature plan to lower drug prices until December as the timeline for taking up the bill slips again. A senior Democratic aide said Wednesday that the Congressional Budget Office...
          

BJP coercing opposition to gain RS majority: Cong

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BJP coercing opposition to gain RS majority: Cong

Guwahati: Launching an attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, here on Wednesday, said the ruling party was using a trident of ED, CBI and IT to win majority in the Upper House of Parliament. “The BJP is using the trishul of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), …

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HC asks K’taka to reconsider ban on Tipu festival

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HC asks K’taka to reconsider ban on Tipu festival

Bengaluru: In a setback to the ruling BJP, the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to reconsider its July 30 decision to cancel celebrations of the controversial 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary on November 10. “We direct the state government to reconsider its July 30 decision and take appropriate …

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A U.S. diplomat texted Ukraine a script for their president to say about the Biden investigation

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A U.S. diplomat texted Ukraine a script for their president to say about the Biden investigationMore revelations pertaining to the congressional impeachment inquiry flowed Tuesday after House committees released two more transcripts of testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker, the former special representative to Ukraine.Volker also supplied text messages to House investigators, which included an exchange he had with Andrey Yermak, one of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's top aides. In the message, Volker sent Yermak what was more or less a script of what Washington wanted Zelensky to publicly announce about Kyiv's investigations into both the gas company Burisma -- where former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter once served on the board -- for corruption and Ukrainian politicians for interfering in U.S. politics and the 2016 presidential election.Volker's message says nothing about military aid being withheld in exchange for launching investigations and, therefore, doesn't bring to light any specific quid pro quo, but it does highlight the Trump administration's commitment to convincing Kyiv to get the probe going. > WOW: Kurt Volker TEXTED to a top Ukrainian official the script they wanted Zelensky to read to announce the Burisma (i.e. Biden)/2016 election investigaitons. > > The latest:https://t.co/g9bkSdlarw > > The text: pic.twitter.com/GpQPSiBrDw> > -- Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 5, 2019



          

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I don't know where you live but, in the United States, no pay change for Congress can go into effect until after the next Congressional term begins. That's laid out in the Twenty-Seventh Amendment.

By law, very few people employed by the US Government earn more than the President does, and his (or her) salary creates the scale for most employees. The few employees who earn more are those in fields where the average salary is very high already (coaches at the Division I service academies and some surgeons in the VA). So, if we want the lower-level employees to earn enough to make government service appealing compared to private-sector employment, the pay at the top end has to go up too.

Lastly, the US federal government has one of the better "CEO" to bottom level employee pay ratio's in the country. Since the President is paid $400,000/year and the minimum hourly wage for a federal employee is $10.35/hour, assuming full-time employment for that bottom end employee, the ratio between them is only about 18.6. When you look at the wages of some CEO's compared to their least paid employees, it's easy to see those ratios get into the hundreds.


          

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Oshiomhole sponsored attack on Obaseki, Akiolu – Edo Dep Gov

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The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Hon Philip Shaibu said Saturday’s attack on the convoy of Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu at Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s residence was masterminded by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress. Oshiomhole drew the first blood accusing Shuaib of causing the attack. The […]

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Election Day: In some states, a test of 2020 voter enthusiasm

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Gubernatorial and legislative elections in four states Tuesday will test voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble.Results in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia won't necessarily predict whether Trump will be reelected or which party will control Congress after the general election next fall. But partisans of all stripes invariably will use these odd-year [...]
          

Roger Stone's 'payload is still coming' email went to Erik Prince, prosecutors say

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On the opening day of Roger Stone's trial for allegedly lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation, one mystery appeared to be solved by prosecutors.

          

Re: How Parisa Dehghani-Tafti Could Shape Arlington’s Legal Landscape

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The Constitution does not grant Congress the right to put a time limit on a proposed amendment, nor does it provide for reversing a ratification. If Virginia passed it, it would probably end up at the Supreme Court to decide whether or not it should take effect.


          

Rand Paul thwarts Senate Democrats' attempt at unanimous resolution on whistleblower

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Senate Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to pass a unanimous resolution Wednesday to recognize the role of Congress and the executive branch in protecting whistleblowers, days after Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky called for the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry to be named publicly.

          

Re: How Parisa Dehghani-Tafti Could Shape Arlington’s Legal Landscape

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How hard is it to say yes to this?

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.


          

HTNG and HFTP Developing HITEC 2020 Asia, Expanding the Hospitality Technology Event

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Two associations are partnering to provide a respected education program to the Asian hospitality industry

BANGKOK (September 18, 2019) – Two leading associations who work to advance and educate on hospitality technology are partnering to expand to Asia the popular Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), with plans to premiere next year. Recently joining resources for HITEC Europe 2020, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are continuing their collaboration by adding a fourth HITEC to the 2020 roster.

HFTP has produced the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) in North America since 1972, and in 2017 expanded the brand with two additional boutique events in Europe and Dubai which bring together thought leaders, practitioners and vendors to cover hospitality technology trends and practices. Since then, the European show has been building annually and earlier this month HFTP and HTNG announced a new partnership to help elevate the program and broaden its audience for 2020. Taking advantage of the momentum from their collaboration and HTNG’s decade-long presence in the Asia-Pacific region, HFTP and HTNG will continue to work together to establish this new event in Asia. Details will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Upcoming events include: HFTP’s HITEC Dubai on November 12-13, 2019 at Festival Arena in Festival City Dubai in Dubai, UAE; HTNG’s European Conference on November 18-20, 2019 at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco; HFTP and HTNG’s HITEC Europe on April 21-23, 2020 at the Palau de Congressos in Palma, Mallorca, Spain; HTNG’s Hospitality Tech Summit on 13 February, 2020 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam; and HFTP’s HITEC San Antonio on June 15-17, 2020 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas USA.

For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other international activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.

For more information about HTNG, please visit www.htng.org or contact the HTNG Events Department at events@htng.org.

 

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About HFTP

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry’s pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world’s only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com®.

For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit. Follow HFTP/HITEC on HFTP Connect, Facebook (@HFTPGlobal; @HITECconference), LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP),  Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube for the latest news.

About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

 

The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

 

Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's  Board of Governors, consisting of 22 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsible for over 3 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit www.htng.org.

 

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Ayanna Pressley Breaks With the “Squad” to Endorse Warren for President

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In a break from the rest of the progressive freshmen congresswomen known as “the Squad,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) has endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president. Calling the election “a fight for the very soul of our nation,” Pressley announced her support for the Massachusetts senator in a video Wednesday. Big structural change can’t wait. […]
          

Farmers and Ranchers Need USMCA

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Farmers and ranchers are anxiously awaiting the news that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is on its way to Congress for a vote of ratification, and that Congress will get it done quickly.
          

Where's Amit Shah, asks Congress as Delhi Police personnel take to streets - Janta Ka Reporter

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Where's Amit Shah, asks Congress as Delhi Police personnel take to streets...
          

U.S. diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

          

White House expects two new hires to bolster Trump impeachment defense: official

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The White House is expected to recruit two advisers to take a more aggressive posture in defending President Donald Trump in the congressional impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

          

'Straight up lied': Prosecutors say adviser Stone fibbed to protect Trump

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Prosecutors pulled back the curtain on Roger Stone's private dealings with President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign on Wednesday, portraying the president's longtime adviser as a liar who misled Congress about his outreach efforts to the WikiLeaks website to protect Trump from looking bad.

          

Brazil lawmakers water down Bolsonaro's bill to ease gun controls

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SAO PAULO: Lawmakers in Brazil have watered down pro-gun President Jair Bolsonaro's proposal that would have allowed ordinary people to carry weapons in public. The lower house of Congress voted late Tuesday in favour of giving hunters, sports shooters and collectors easier access to weapons. But ...
          

Effort in US Congress to rein in China on Hong Kong protests faces obstacles

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WASHINGTON: A push in the US Congress for legislation to support anti government protests in Hong Kong and pressure China to refrain from a violent crackdown faces an array of obstacles, raising questions about the prospect it will ever become law. The fate of the legislation could depend in part ...
          

From Washington's fight to the front lines in Ukraine

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Ukraine's war had all but been forgotten by the outside world, until America's political crisis catapulted it into the headlines again. Now Ukrainians fear increasing polarization in Congress amid the impeachment inquiry could hurt them.
          

The Common Law History of Section 230 with Brent Skorup (Ep. 208)

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The Common Law History of Section 230 with Brent Skorup (Ep. 208)

 

Bio

Brent Skorup (@bskorup) is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research areas include transportation technology, telecommunications, aviation, and wireless policy.

He serves on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee and on the Texas DOT’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Task Force. He is also a member of the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project.

The White House, the FCC, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and a dissenting opinion at the Illinois Supreme Court have cited his research. In addition to economics and law journal publication, he has authored pieces for National Affairs, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Air Traffic Management magazine, Regulation magazine, and elsewhere. He’s appeared as a TV and radio interview guest for news outlets like C-SPAN, NPR, CBS News, ABC News, and CNBC Asia.

Brent has a BA in economics from Wheaton College and a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law, where he was articles editor for the Civil Rights Law Journal. He was a legal clerk at the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and at the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before joining Mercatus, he was the Director of Research at the Information Economy Project, a law and economics university research center.

Resources

 

Mercatus Center

 

The Erosion of Publisher Liability in American Law by Brent Skorup and Jennifer Huddleston (Mercatus Center, 2019)

 

News Roundup

 

Zuckerberg, Facebook under mounting pressure over political ads

 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to meet with civil rights leaders this week after his company has maintained its policy to leave up political ads containing false statements by politicians. The company has applied the policy unevenly, first allowing Donald Trump to maliciously post an ad with false information about Joe Biden; then leaving up an Elizabeth Warren ad containing false information designed to illustrate the absurdity of Facebook’s ad policy.  During a hearing, Zuckerberg also admitted to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that if she were to place a false political ad, that the company would probably leave it up. 

 

But Facebook is inexplicably removing false ads placed by Political  Action Committees. One notable example is an ad placed the Really Online Lefty League – ROLL – a Political Action Committee co-founded by Adriel Hampton – which falsely claimed that Lindsey Graham supports the New Green Deal. Hampton, an experienced marketing and political strategist, responded by filing to run for governor of California. Then gubernatorial candidate Hampton posted a false political ad and Facebook took it down, saying his campaign wasn’t legit—that it was just a ploy to place a false ad to see what Facebook would do. Even though Hampton says he fully expects to win the governorship, Facebook hasn’t reinstated the ad.

 

It’s a mess.

 

Top officials from the NAACP, National Urban League, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights are scheduled to meet with Zuckerberg this week to express their concerns with Facebook’s political ad policy, which the company now says has been extended to the UK.

 

Facebook sued for age, gender bias in financial services ads

 

A plaintiff in San Francisco filed a potential class action federal lawsuit last week claiming that Facebook discriminates against users based on age and gender in determining who can see financial services ads.  The lawsuit comes 7-months after Facebook agreed to tailor its platform to avoid discrimination on the basis of age, gender and zip code for job, credit, and housing ads.

 

US launches Tik Tok investigation

 

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has launched a national security investigation into Tik Tok, which is owned by the Chinese firm Bytedance. A bipartisan cohort of lawmakers including Democrat Chuck Schumer, Republican Marco Rubio, and Tennessee Democratic Congressman Bart Gordon have all expressed concern about how the Chinese government uses TikTok’s data. TikTok’s growth has been outpacing the growth of incumbent social media companies in the U.S.

 

 

Snowden: Facebook as untrustworthy as the NSA

 

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is exiled in Russia for blowing the lid off the National Security Agency’s mass data collection practices six years ago, told ReCode’s Kara Swisher last week that Facebook is as untrustworthy as the NSA when it comes to privacy. But he didn’t limit his remarks to Facebook. He said that all tech companies are looking to exploit our personal data no matter the consequences. He also said that, on the surface, users may appear not to be concerned about how big tech companies handle their data but that, in reality, users are very concerned but feel powerless.

 

Five people shot and killed at Airbnb rental

 

Five people were shot and killed at an Airbnb rental Northern California during a Halloween party on Thursday. The rental listing on Airbnb prohibited parties and the renter claimed it was renting the space for family members who were suffering from smoke inhalation from the fires in the Los Angeles area. A witness reported to Buzzfeed that the shooting occurred with apparently no provocation. Airbnb has banned the renter from the platform.

 

China launches 5G network

 

Chinese officials announced last week that it would roll out 5G to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou 2 months ahead of schedule. The country also announced plans to roll out 5G to over 50 cities by the end of this year. While U.S. telecom companies have begun their 5G roll-out, it’s largely been rolled out on higher frequency bands than the 5G service that’s being rolled out in China. The lower frequency bands that China’s using cover a larger surface area, while the higher frequency bands U.S. companies are using are more powerful but cover less ground.

 

Corey Booker introduces bill to ban facial recognition in public housing

 

Senator Corey Booker has introduced a bill to ban facial recognition in public housing. The Senator cites the disproportionate impact that facial recognition technology threatens to have on the nation’s most vulnerable communities. The No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act targets public housing that receives funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Apple pledges $2.5 billion for California affordable housing

 

Apple announced that it will invest $2.5 billion to address California’s affordable housing shortage. Some of those funds will be applied statewide. Others will be allocated for projects in the Bay Area. Three hundred million dollars will go towards affordable housing on Apple-owned property.

 

Following Katie Hill’s resignation, Democrats push for revenge porn law

 

Thirty-five democrats in Congress sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee to pass a federal revenge porn law that would criminalize the nonconsensual posting of sexually explicit images online. The letter followed Congresswoman Katie Hill’s resignation from Congress after someone posted nude images depicting her and others as well as accusations that she was having inappropriate relations with campaign and congressional staffers. Hill blames her husband, whom she is in the process of divorcing, for posting the photos.

 

 

MIT president acknowledges discrimination against minorities and women on campus

 

Finally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology president Rafael Reif acknowledged last week that women and people of color often face exclusion and belittlement on campus and that it’s something the university is trying to improve. The development follows revelations of Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to the university.


          

The “must” country that rarely delivers

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For all the “must” talk in which those in government indulge, very little actually gets actioned. If there have been intentions to make it easier for small business to flourish, then they seem to fall into the category of rhetoric only. I learnt only this week of a new product line that the manufacturer has introduced into some 105 countries over that last five years, and who has stated that SA has been the most difficult, bureaucratic and plainly obstructive of all, as though the intention is to prevent the business from proceeding. And it is one which would enable the self-owned business or entrepreneur to develop and grow with little investment other than time, hard work and focus.

 

We are all tired of reading the usual “speeches” by officials at the interminable conferences and congresses about what we “must” do. Most of it is simply common sense that does not need a Minister to harp on about as though it were new rocket science level discovery. “We must improve our science and maths at schools” stuff as though it was news to us. All interminable talk, little action.

 

Now there are the new entry requirements for potential immigrants and tourists. Ministerial prerogative finds it acceptable to defy the objections from the airline industry, employers seeking specialized skills, tourists and business in general. The vulnerable falling Rand and investment rating downgrades do not encourage foreign skills currently on Dollar, Euro and Pound rates seeking a Rand equivalent in SA to get accepted. It’s too high for local industry.

 

The “reality” dashboard shown last month continues to see the pointers moving further into the red. Is it believable that the policy makers can be so disconnected from the reality of an economy in crisis? The “cleva people” as defined by Zuma are noticeably and more audibly astonished and frustrated by the lack of concern and action. Do they really think that the NDP is going to save the country? Please, Mr Minister of Finance, do answer the question we have been asking for the last 3 years: from whence cometh the R840 billion to do the 18 SIPs projects (in three years - your own claim) and where will the required skilled engineering resources, placed in the right structures at the right time, come from? You will also need to rescue Eskom first.

 

Shortly, a presentation on the most recent exercise on scarce engineering skills will be presented at Ministerial level. It has taken note of years of ineffective action and will make some radical proposals to get skills development moving properly. The SAIMechE input made it evident that candidate phase training needs to be taken seriously by both employers and the SETAs with the SAIMechE providing a facilitating role to enable the collective participation by Candidate, Employer, Mentor and Supervisor focusing on the criteria of the outcomes by which the programme is assessed. Those industries that are the likely participants in the SIPS/NDP will be asked to identify the resource needs at a job specification (not generic) level so that training in those disciplines can be actioned.

 

I would like to ask one question of the Minister of Higher Education. Do the subsidies that are paid to universities for the students in the Faculties of Engineering and the Built Environment get used fully for that purpose, or are they diverted to other “non-engineering” causes?


          

Peru Dissolves its Congress, Setting Up a Fight for the Political Future

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It's Called Extortion

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No need for fancy Latin.
WASHINGTON — A critical witness in the impeachment inquiry offered Congress substantial new testimony this week, revealing that he told a top Ukrainian official that the country likely would not receive American military aid unless it publicly committed to investigations President Trump wanted.

The disclosure from Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, in four new pages of sworn testimony released on Tuesday, confirmed his involvement in essentially laying out a quid pro quo to Ukraine that he had previously not acknowledged.

          

The Heartland and the Delta

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Now we’re not just located in the Delta, but we’re also in the Heartland. Congress in 2000 created the Delta Regional Authority, the agency whose mission is to help improve...

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A history of hats in the House

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In the early days of the House, some congresspeople thought hats had no place atop the heads of representatives debating the great issues of the day. Hats, they argued, weren’t dignified.
          

Pelosi Throws the Haymaker Punch That Will Cost Democrats the White House and Congress in 2020

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Ever since Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi uttered into existence the “official impeachment inquiry” on Sept. 24, 2019, Republicans had been demanding the full House vote on a resolution specifically authorizing impeachment, as the House had done in the impeachments of former Presidents Nixon, Clinton and Johnson, and establishing transparent and fair rules for…

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AG: Sexual harassment policy is for legislation

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Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said the sexual harassment policy he announced at a media conference on the Darryl Smith issue was for the establishment of legislation. He was speaking with Newsday after the meeting of the Special Select Committee on the Evidence (Amendment) Bill 2019 yesterday.

Al-Rawi mentioned the policy at a media conference on Friday at which he spoke about the committee report on Smith who had been accused of sexual harassment by a former aide.

Former head of the public service Reginald Dumas, in a Newsday interview, said he was confused by the announcement of a policy, as Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus had laid a policy in Parliament, and he stressed the need for enforceable legislation.

Al-Rawi, in response, said he could understand the cautious statement by Dumas and perhaps the policy was unclear because he had dealt with the issue in a very cursory way at the press conference. He noted there is the policy announced by the Labour Minister but this policy laid in Parliament “wider articulating policy and there are several subset matters that can happen.”

Al-Rawi reported he had set up team to treat with direct legislative improvements in this area. “It’s that policy that I’m talking about.”

He said for many years Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Congress of the People leader Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan
had been talking about the need for sexual harassment legislation, which was not surprising with the allegations of against former UNC minister Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh for “housing favours” and also allegations against former MP Delmon Baker.

Al-Rawi said Persad-Bissessar as head of Cabinet and Seepersad-Bachan as public administration minister did nothing about sexual harassment legislation. He stressed that it is a genuine issue. He said he had already brought law that would partly treat with the issue – the whistle-blower legislation.

“I understand that there may be some enquiry about the specifics of what I am doing. My intention is to make recommendations to the Cabinet, with urgency, as to what legislative prescriptions can be considered in this.”

He said there are multiple opportunities including: the Equal Opportunities Commission and tribunal; to deal with the issue as a stand-alone law in the industrial relations context; or treat with it in the civil law. He also questioned how it would be balanced against against freedom of information and “set-up cases.”

He added there is also a gender bias, as men are as capable of being sexually harassed as women. “So it’s not an easy situation to manage. It’s perhaps why Mrs Persad-Bissessar did nothing about it. And Mrs Seepersad-Bachan did nothing about it.”

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Congress-NCP meets governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, demands farm relief - Times of India

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Jeff Sessions to announce bid for his old Senate seat despite likely Trump backlash

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Jeff Sessions is saddling up for a rocky congressional race.

The former attorney general will announce a bid for his old Senate seat on Thursday despite knowing he will likely come under renewed fire from President Trump and his congressional allies, according to several Republican sources.

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[원서] M. Rami Reddy, Mark D. Erion - Free Energy Calculations in Rational Drug Design-Springer (2010)

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FREE ENERGY CALCULATIONS IN RATIONAL DRUG DESIGN
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M. Rami Reddy
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Mark D. Erion
Metabasis Therapeutic, Inc. San Diego, California

Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers
New York, Boston, Dordrecht, London, Moscow

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ISBN: 0-306-46676-7 ⓒ2001 Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 233 Spring Street, New York, N.Y 10013 http://www.wkap.nl/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 A C.I.P. record for this book is available from the Library

FREE ENERGY CALCULATIONS IN RATIONAL DRUG DESIGN
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M. Rami Reddy
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Mark D. Erion
Metabasis Therapeutic, Inc. San Diego, California

Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers
New York, Boston, Dordrecht, London, Moscow

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US urged to invest more in AI as ex-Google CEO warns of China's progress in facial recognition technology

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US government funding in artificial intelligence has fallen short and the country needs to invest in research, train an AI-ready workforce and apply the technology to national security missions, a government-commissioned panel led by Google’s former CEO said in an interim report on Monday.The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), created by Congress last year, raised concerns about the progress China has made in this area. It also said the US government still faces…
          

TikTok declined to testify at a US congressional hearing on risks to American consumers

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TikTok, the short-video app owned by China’s ByteDance, declined to testify at a congressional hearing slated for Tuesday scheduled by Republican Senator Josh Hawley to discuss its business and risks to American consumers.Hawley had invited TikTok and Apple to testify at the hearing. Apple, too, declined to participate, leading Hawley to question in a tweet whether the two companies have “something to hide”. Hawley didn’t immediately respond to a comment inquiry sent via his website.“We…
          

James Comey says impeachment will show whether Republicans obey their oath of office in new op-ed

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In an op-ed for The Washington Post this Wednesday, former FBI Director James Comey declared that members of Congress will “soon have to reconcile President Trump’s behavior with their oaths of office.” “The Constitution’s command that officeholders commit to ‘support this Constitution’ was so obvious that the Founders considered leaving it out,” Comey writes. “But […]
          

Trump hit with another loss in legal battle over his financial records — this time from a judge he appointed

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A federal judge has signaled that he will allow House Democrats to move forward with a lawsuit that seeks to obtain President Trump’s tax returns, according to a new report from Bloomberg. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, who was appointed by Trump in 2017, said this Wednesday that “Congress has been subpoenaing for a long […]
          

Impeachment transcript reveals Trump’s EU ambassador ordered State Dept. not to monitor Ukraine call

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The U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland tried to make sure there was no record of President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former diplomat told congressional investigators. In testimony released on Wednesday, former United States Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor said that Sondland had plotted behind the scenes to […]
          

U.S. diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

          

White House expects two new hires to bolster Trump impeachment defense: official

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The White House is expected to recruit two advisers to take a more aggressive posture in defending President Donald Trump in the congressional impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

          

'Straight up lied': Prosecutors say adviser Stone fibbed to protect Trump

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Prosecutors pulled back the curtain on Roger Stone's private dealings with President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign on Wednesday, portraying the president's longtime adviser as a liar who misled Congress about his outreach efforts to the WikiLeaks website to protect Trump from looking bad.

          

Organic 2030: a Biolife riflettori puntati sulla produzione biologica

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La seconda edizione del congresso è in calendario il prossimo 22 novembre a Fiera Bolzano. Si parlerà del settore lattiero biologico, con un confronto tra Italia, Austria e Germania

Organic 2030: a Biolife riflettori puntati sulla produzione biologica

          

CONGRESSO DO SISTEMA DO SAÚDE PORTUGÈS

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2011 Marzo
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24 e 25 Março 2011. PORTO Hospital de São João
O Congresso procurará inovar nos formatos privilegiando a interactividade e as sessões com carácter de trabalho. Distribuídas pelos dois dias, terá inúmeras sessões de dimensão variável, incluindo sessões plenárias, para acolher os mais de mil participantes, a exemplo das edições anteriores. Existirão eventos e exposições temáticas.
As sessões serão limitadas a 1h30 de duração, com forte foco na interactividade, com intervenções curtas, dinâmicas e multimédia, motivando o debate.

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Reflections on the Work of Reuben Wu

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photo-eye Gallery Reflections on the Work of Reuben Wu Jamey Stillings
Photographers view the work of other artists using photographic processes through a unique and illuminating lens. This week, using his keen visual literacy and skilled eye, photo-eye Gallery Artist Jamey Stillings reflects on the work of Reuben Wu, currently on view at photo-eye Gallery.
 by Jamey Stillings 

Reuben Wu, AE 1144, 15 x 20 inches, Archival pigment print, edition of 10, $950

If you have yet to spend time with the photographs of Reuben Wu, please do so soon.

Photographers are both blessed and cursed when we encounter the work of fellow artists. By one measure, our visual acuity is refined and deep, having assimilated a vast aesthetic and historical lexicon of photographs throughout our lives – imagery that contextualizes new work we experience. But by another measure, this visual literacy interferes with our ability to observe new work on its terms with focus, curiosity, and naiveté. Instead of simple observation, we can easily be distracted by the technical.

Fortunately, Reuben Wu’s work manifests a visual sensitivity and finesse, which fuses with a refined aesthetic sensibility and technical mastery of his tools. Thus, we are freed to quietly be in the presence of each photograph appreciating it on its terms.


Wu’s work AE 1144, from the series, Aeroglyphs, places us in a different space than many of his other images. Instead of geometric light forms interacting with pristine, seemingly untouched natural landscapes, we encounter a scene that bears the unmistakable marks of human activity. The eerily glowing turquoise waters of the irregular canal, or ditch, are at once seductive and troubling. If we were to enter these waters, would they provide comfort and relaxation, or toxicity? Details along the water’s edge reveal information that, in theory, should help us discern scale, but these forms dissolve into a blackness where our ability to know what is geological or human-formed is masked. The twilight sky, with its panoply of colors and quiet drama, is inviting. Are we looking only at desert clouds or also the dissipating contrails of evening flights? While contemporary in the print’s vibrancy and hues, the surreal tones of water and sky, out-of-balance with how they would be seen in situ, evoke the mystery of Magritte.


Installation view of AE1144 and XT1768 in Aeroglyphs & Other Nocturnes at photo-eye Gallery 


Upon this scene, perhaps fully pre-visualized by the artist, but never experienced as a single moment, Wu scribes three central vertical parallel lines with the light of his drone. As with all light painting, these lines never exist in space to be seen by the naked eye. Instead, the open sensor, which replaces the sheet of film, collects the sum of his temporal activity. Thus, the landscape becomes a set or stage in which a performance occurs, but the results of this ephemeral series of events become apparent only in the finished image. While traditional land art leaves permanent or semi-permanent marks in the landscape, Wu’s art cannot be experienced except in the photograph.

Reuben Wu’s photographic vision – quiet, serene, contemplative, meditative, and formal – adds a valuable perspective to our collective photographic lexicon. Make the time to savor it.

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Jamey Stillings
image: Zubin Stillings

Jamey Stillings is a Santa Fe based photographic artist represented by photo-eye Gallery, whose multi-decade career spans documentary, fine art, and commissioned projects. His work is exhibited internationally and held in the collections of the United States Library of Congress, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Nevada Museum of Art. With this book The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar (Steidl, 2015), Stillings won the International Photography Awards Professional Book Photographer of the Year, 2016.
The focus of Stillings’ project work is a long-term aerial project, Changing Perspectives: Renewable Energy & the Shifting Human Landscape, documenting renewable energy development around the world. His forthcoming book, ATACAMA: Renewable Energy and Mining the High Desert of Chile, will also be published by Steidl.



All prices listed were current at the time this post was published.

For more information, and to purchase artworks, please contact photo-eye Gallery Staff at:
(505) 988-5152 x 202 or gallery@photoeye.com






          

Rahul takes dig at PM Modi over unemployment

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NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of..

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Huge Victories in Virginia!

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Last night the people of Virginia led the way and voted for clean water, climate action and the environment, and voted against the Trump Administration’s anti-science agenda.

Through the support of Clean Water voters like you, Clean Water candidates Dan Helmer, Hala Ayala and Wendy Gooditis won their elections to the House of Delegates. This is a huge win for the environment, our water and our communities!

Dan Helmer -- State House District 40

VA_Elections_Dan Helmer.pngThrough the support of voters like you, Clean Water candidate Dan Helmer won as the next Delegate of Virginia’s District 40 with 53.3% of the vote.

Dan will:

  • Fight to protect Virginia’s coasts from drilling for oil and natural gas.

  • Support and patron legislation that moves Virginia into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, guiding Virginia into the transition to renewable energy.

  • Invest in public transit, and in turn reduce carbon emissions, by restoring Metro funding, expanding the Virginia Railway Express to Prince William County, and building more and higher quality bus stops around Fairfax.

Hala Ayala -- State House District 51

VA_Elections_Hala Ayala.pngClean Water candidate Hala Ayala rewon her seat as the Delegate of Virginia’s District 51 with 54.6% of the vote.

Hala will:

  • Fight to hold electric monopolies accountable when they pollute the Commonwealth’s water.

  • Introduce cleaner alternatives to burning fossil fuels to power the electricity grid in Virginia. 

  • Work to address inequities in how climate change affects communities with low income residents and people of color.

Wendy Gooditis -- State House District 10

VA_Elections_Wendy Gooditis.pngClean Water candidate Wendy Gooditis rewon her seat as Delegate of Virginia’s District 10 with 52.4% of the vote.

Wendy will:

  • Fight to reduce the amount of political clout that utility companies have in Virginia. 

  • Support ways in which Virginia can limit usage of single use plastics in an equitable way.

  • Work to encourage more investment in renewable energies, such as solar.

Elections matter - long-term wins for the environment begin at the ballot box. We will carry this momentum to engage Virginians to stop shortsighted and dangerous attacks on our water and health and mobilize even more voters in 2020 to support common sense legislation elect leaders to Congress who will join with us to protect clean water, health, and communities.


          

Maailma suurim mobiiliettevõtjate ühendus GSMA tunnustas Eesti valitsust auhinnaga

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Barcelonas toimuval mobiilitehnoloogia suursündmusel Mobile World Congress’il pärjati Eesti valitsus Government Excellence’i auhinnaga, mille võttis vastu ettevõtlus- ja infotehnoloogiaminister Urve Palo. Rahvusvaheline mobiiliettevõtjate ühendus GSMA tunnustas täna Eesti riiki eduka töö eest ettevõtjasõbraliku ärikeskkonna loomisel, mis soodustab innovatsiooni ja investeerimiskindlust telekommunikatsioonisektoris. Samuti hinnati kõrgelt Eesti eesistumise ajal välja arendatud Euroopa Liidu 5G võrgu arendamise teekaarti. Korraldajate sõnul võib GSMA jagatavaid auhindu võrrelda telekommunikatsioonisektori Oscaritega. Ettevõtlus- ja infotehnoloogiaminister Urve Palo sõnul on rahvusvahelise telekommunikatsioonisektori tunnustus Eesti riigi jaoks innustav. „Pidevalt ühenduses olemine on muutunud nii loomulikuks, et märkame selle mõju alles siis, kui mõni asi ei toimi korralikult või internetiühendus on aeglane,“ kommenteeris Palo. Enam kui 100 000 külastajat ja 2300 väljapanekut võõrustava Mobile World Congressi teemaks on sel aastal tulevikutehnoloogiad, mis ühendavad inimesi ja seadmeid ühte võrgustikku. „Rohkemate seadmete internetti lülitamine seab mobiilivõrkudele samuti kõrgemad nõudmised. Seetõttu on Euroopa jaoks praegu üks olulisemaid eesmärke saada 5G võrgu turu rahvusvaheliseks liidriks,“ sõnas Palo. Minister rõhutas, et Eesti töö võrguühenduste arendamisel ei ole kaugeltki lõppenud.  „Lisaks meie eesistumise ajal välja töötatud 5G Euroopa teekaardile oleme loomas põhjalikku 5G võrgu arendamise plaani ka Eesti jaoks. Samuti jätkame tööd viimase miili projektiga, et viia kiire ja kaasaegne internetiühendus nendesse kodudesse Eestis, kus seda täna ei ole.“ Minister lisas, et viimase miili algatuse kõrval on järgmise aasta lõpuks valmimas kogu Eestit kattev lairiba baasvõrk. Lairiba baasvõrk on üheks kvaliteetse mobiilsideühenduse toimimise eelduseks. Eesti IKT-sektori ettevõtted osalevad maailma suurimal mobiilitehnoloogia messil juba kuuendat korda Ettevõtluse Arendamise Sihtasutuse toel. Eesti ühisstendil on esindatud kolmteist ettevõtet - Fortumo, Mobi Lab, Ecofleet Eesti, SK ID Solutions, CartoDB Estonia, Malwarebytes Estonia, Mooncascade, Bamboo Group ning sel aastal esimest korda Sevana, NEXD, FOB Solutions, Mobi Solutions ja Messente Communications. Eraldiseisva boksiga on Eesti ettevõtetest esindatud veebireklaamilahendusi arendav Adcash. Eesti ühisstendi külastab ka ettevõtlus- ja infotehnoloogiaminister Urve Palo. Mobile World Congress on maailma suurimaid IKT-sektori messe, mis toob järjekindlalt kokku maailma edukamate operaatorite, ettevõtete, tootjate ja kaubamärkide juhid ja visionäärid. Suurmess algas 26. veebruaril ja kestab 1. märtsini Hispaanias Barcelonas. Eesti ettevõtete osalemist messil toetab Ettevõtluse Arendamise Sihtasutus Euroopa Regionaalarengu Fondist. Rohkem infot Eesti riigile antud Government Excellence auhinnast: https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/conference-programmes/global-mobile-awards-2018/2018-categories/#GovernmentExcellenceAward
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Roger Stone lied because ‘truth looked bad’ for Trump: prosecutors

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Prosecutors in the trial of Roger Stone told jurors Wednesday that the longtime Donald Trump confidant repeatedly lied to Congress “because the truth looked bad” ...
          

Kaks Eesti projekti valiti 40 maailma parima e-teenuse hulka

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Täna valis World Summit Awardi (WSA) rahvusvaheline žürii 40 maailma parima e-teenuse hulka Eestist pärit elektroonilise piirijärjekorra haldamise süsteemi GoSwifti ja rahvusvaheliste maksete ja valuutavahetuse teenust pakkuva TransferWise'i. Võitjaid autasustatakse oktoobris Sri Lankal toimuval WSA Global Congressil. *GoSwift on elektrooniline piirijärjekorra haldamise süsteem, mis võimaldab mootorsõidukite juhtidel füüsiliselt järjekorras seismise asemel oodata oma piirijärjekorda virtuaalselt ning see on täna kasutusel Eestis, Venemaal ja Leedus.TransferWise pakub ainulaadset odavat ja kiiret rahvusvaheliste maksete ja valuutavahetuse teenust, millele ei rakendata suuri ülekandetasusid. Selleks kasutatakse crowdsourcing põhimõtet. Teenus valiti ka Eesti parimaks e-teenuseks aastal 2013.Žürii Eesti esindaja Mihkel Tikk tõi välja, et konkursil osalevate projektide tase on tõusnud iga korraga. „Maailmas luukase iga päev häid e-lahendusi, mida nii kasutajamugavuse kui ka tehnilise külje poolest teistele eeskujuks seada. WSA žürii töö aitab selliseid rakendusi põhjalikumalt analüüsida ja parimaid lahendusi kõlavalt esile tuua. Eesti esindajana oleksin muidugi lootnud tipus rohkem meie lahendusi näha – järgmistel aastatel soovitaksin siinsetel WSA konkursil osalejatel muuhulgas esitusmaterjalid paremini läbi mõelda ja löövamalt teostada,“ lisas Tikk. Sel nädalal valisid Tallinnas ÜRO egiidi all rahvusvahelised tippspetsialistid välja 40 maailma parimat e-teenust. 461 e-teenuse seas kandideeris parima tiitlile kokku seitse Eesti projekti ja teenust: e-piirijärjekorra süsteem GoSwift, ProgeTiiger, TipTheAuthors.com, veebimäng Ennemuistne, Eesti Ekspressi digiväljaanne, TransferWise ning lairibavõrk EstWin. Eesti teenused on ka varasematel aastatel konkursil edukalt osalenud ning suurima tunnustuse on saanud majandusaasta aruannete elektroonilise esitamise keskkond, mille WSA tunnistas viimase kümne aasta maailma parimaks e-riigi lahenduseks. World Summit Award (WSA) konkurss toimub iga kahe aasta tagant ning e-lahendusi hinnatakse kaheksas kategoorias: e-valitsemine, e-õpe ja teadus, e-meelelahutus, e-kultuur ja turism, e-meedia, e-äri, e-kaasamine, e-tervis ja keskkond. Lõpliku nimekirja 40 parima e-lahendusega avaldatakse World Summit Awardi kodulehel algava nädala jooksul. WSA delegatsiooni kutsus Eestisse Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium ning žürii kohtumine sai teoks Riigi Infosüsteemi Ameti, Eesti Infotehnoloogia ja Telekommunikatsiooni Liidu ning Registrite ja Infosüsteemide Keskuse koostöös. Üritus toimus EL struktuurifondide programmi "Infoühiskonna teadlikkuse tõstmine" raames ja Euroopa Regionaalarengu Fondi rahastusel.* Pressiteade täiendatud 22.10, lisatud info võitja samuti 40 projekti hulka valitud TrasferWise'i kohta.
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Eestis valitakse maailma parimaid e-teenuseid

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Sel nädalal valivad Tallinnas ÜRO egiidi all ligi 20 rahvusvahelist tippspetsialisti välja 40 maailma parimat e-teenust, mis osalevad oktoobris Sri Lankal toimuval WSA Global Congressi lõppvõistlusel. Ligi 500 parima tiitlile kandideeriva projekti hulgas on ka seitse Eesti projekti.Majandus ja Kommunikatsiooniministeeriumi IKT-asekantsler Taavi Kotka ütles kohtumisel žürii liikmetega, et Eesti infoühiskonna üheks edu aluseks on ID-kaart ja mobiil-ID. „Digiallkirja kasutamine säästab juba täna Eestis ühe aasta jooksul inimese kohta hinnanguliselt terve töönädala,“ ütles Kotka. Samuti rõhutas Kotka e-teenuste rahvusvahelise toimimise olulisust ning tõi näiteks Soome ID-kaardi, millega on Eestis registreeritud juba üle 1000 ettevõtte. Hannes Astok E-riigi akadeemiast tõi oma ettekandes välja, et Eesti infotehnoloogiline edu pole saanud võimalikuks üksnes tänu tehnilistele vahenditele, vaid eeskätt inimeste, ettevõtete ja valitsuse valmisolekule minna muutustega kaasa. Ettekannete järel toimusid kohtumised Eesti IT-ettevõtete ning WSA ekspertide vahel eesmärgiga tutvustada siin loodud ambitsioonikaid e-lahendusi nii WSA võrgustikule kui ÜRO infoühiskonna töögrupile laiemalt.Rahvusvahelisel konkursil osalevad e-teenused võivad olla väga erinevat tüüpi, näiteks infoteenused ja portaalid, dokumentide ja taotluste menetlusteenused, e-demokraatia teenused (hääletamine, valimine jms), iseteeninduskeskkonnad jmt. World Summit Award konkursil on 8 kategooriat: e-valitsemine, e-õpe ja teadus, e-meelelahutus, e-kultuur ja turism, e-meedia, e-äri, e-kaasamine, e-tervis ja keskkond. Käesoleval aastal on konkursile esitatud seitse Eesti projekti ja teenust: E-piirijärjekorra süsteem GoSwift, ProgeTiiger, TipTheAuthors.com, veebimäng Ennemuistne, Eesti Ekspressi digiväljaanne, TransferWise ning Lairibavõrk EstWin.  Eesti teenused on ka varasematel aastatel konkursil edukalt osalenud ning suurima tunnustuse on saanud majandusaasta aruannete elektroonilise esitamise keskkond, mille WSA tunnistas viimase kümne aasta maailma parimaks e-riigi lahenduseks.28.–31. augustil 2013 koguneb Tallinnas e-teenuste konkursi World Summit Award (WSA) rahvusvaheline žürii. WSA delegatsiooni kutsus Eestisse Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium ning žürii kohtumine saab teoks Riigi Infosüsteemi Ameti, Eesti Infotehnoloogia ja Telekommunikatsiooni Liidu ning Registrite ja Infosüsteemide Keskuse koostöös.Üritus toimub EL struktuurifondide programmi "Infoühiskonna teadlikkuse tõstmine" raames ja Euroopa Regionaalarengu Fondi rahastusel.
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Prosecutors say Trump associate Roger Stone lied to investigators

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Prosecutors in the trial of longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone told jurors Wednesday they will prove that Stone lied multiple times before congressional committees.

Stone is accused of lying to lawmakers about his attempts to communicate with the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, tampering...


          

Congress has passed a bill expanding the animal cruelty law, making certain types a federal crime

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Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony.

The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of so-called "animal crushing" videos illegal. The new bill would make the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime.

The Senate unanimously passed...


          

Impeachment investigators release transcript of top diplomat to Ukraine: 'Security assistance money would not come until the president committed to pursue the investigation’

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House Democrats on Wednesday released the transcript of a closed-door interview of a key State Department witness who recounted to Congress his "clear understanding" that military aid was withheld from Ukraine in exchange for a pledge by the country to investigate Democrats for President Donald...


          

Two Wisconsin elections this spring could be test run for presidential race in 2020

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President Donald Trump’s road to re-election a year from now runs through Wisconsin, but both sides will get chances months earlier to measure where their operations, and voters, stand in the hotly contested state.

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Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky Won’t Seek Re-Election In 2020

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Longtime northwest Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky announced Wednesday he would not seek re-election in 2020, after 35 years in office.
          

Cordillerans urged to pursue real autonomy

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The quest for Cordillera Autonomy should be pushed by the people from the region, a National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) official said.

Thirty-three years since the creation of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) by former President Corazon Aquino on 1987, the quest for autonomy should come within the people of Cordillera, NCIP commissioner for Ilocos Region and Cordillera Gaspar Cayat said.

“While it is true that president, our leaders support struggle it should come from the within, come from the mass, it should not come by dictation by other national leaders for us to have an autonomous government it should be our desire for self-determination. If they will support well and good but they should feel the pressure from within the people of Cordillera,” Cayat added.

During the celebration of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), he cited Section 14 of the law mandating their office to aid the congressman and the different IP groups in CAR to push for autonomy in the Cordillera.

He added prior to the creation of the CAR, Executive Order 220 also created temporary bodies; the Cordillera Executive Board, Cordillera Regional Assembly, Cordillera Bodong Administration to help prepare the region to autonomy.

“The foundation of autonomy are the four bundles of rights - Rights to Ancestral Domains and lands, Self-governance and empowerment, Social justice and human rights and Cultural integrity,” he added.

Ibaloy elder Peter Cosalan added the Cordilleras are still fighting for autonomy.

“The Cordilleras which is dominantly IP region has been declared as an autonomous region according to constitution, except we in the Cordilleras have not yet accepted the charter which defines our procedures and governmental procedures,” Cosalan said adding basic powers of autonomy is the right to legislate over ancestral domain.

Cordillera region is composed of six provinces namely Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province including Baguio City.

Another draft by regional elders creating Cordillera Autonomous is being pushed after two previous organic acts were rejected.

The 1986 Philippine Constitution allows for the establishment of two autonomous regions in the Philippines, the Muslim Mindanao and in the Cordilleras.

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'Straight up lied': Prosecutors say adviser Stone fibbed to protect Trump

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'Straight up lied': Prosecutors say adviser Stone fibbed to protect TrumpProsecutors pulled back the curtain on Roger Stone's private dealings with President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign on Wednesday, portraying the president's longtime adviser as a liar who misled Congress about his outreach efforts to the WikiLeaks website to protect Trump from looking bad. Prosecution and defense lawyers delivered opening statements to the 12-member jury in federal court in Washington, painting dramatically different portraits of the 67-year-old Republican political operative who has been a friend and ally of Trump for four decades. Stone "straight up lied" to Congress, prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky told the jury, which was selected earlier in the day.



          

Key Donald Trump impeachment witness changes testimony over Ukraine 'quid pro quo'

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Key Donald Trump impeachment witness changes testimony over Ukraine 'quid pro quo'A key witness in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry has reversed his evidence, indicating he did believe there was a quid pro quo in which US military aid would be denied to Ukraine unless it publicly launched a corruption investigation into Joe Biden. Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, had initially denied any knowledge of a link between the $391 million in aid and Mr Trump's request that Ukraine launch an inquiry into his political rival. But in a revised statement Mr Sondland said: "In the absence of any credible explanation for the suspension of aid, I presumed that the aid suspension had become linked to the proposed anti-corruption statement." Mr Sondland said that, after "refreshing my recollection," he remembered telling a senior Ukrainian official on September 1 that the aid would "likely" be stopped unless there was an investigation into Mr Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Donald Trump has called the impeachment inquiry a Democrat "witch hunt" Credit: AFP His private testimony, and the amended statement, were released by the Democrat-led committee pursuing the impeachment inquiry. The impeachment inquiry is primarily focused on a July 25 conversation between Mr Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy Mr Trump froze the US military assistance to Ukraine shortly before speaking to Mr Zelenskiy, prompting accusations from Democrats that he had misused taxpayer money destined for a vulnerable US ally for personal political gain. Mr Sondland detailed how at one point Mr Trump nearly hung up on him when he asked whether the White House was withholding the aid in return for an inquiry into Mr Biden. He said Mr Trump told him: "I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelenskiy to do the right thing." Mr Sondland said Mr Trump was in a "bad mood". He added: "I wouldn't say he hung up me, but it was almost like he hung up on me." The diplomat said on September 1 he discussed the matter with Andriy Yermak, an adviser to Mr Zelenskiy. Mr Sondland said: “I said that resumption of the US aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti- corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks." Where now? | Next steps in the impeachment inquiry He said he believed the plan was "ill-advised" but he did not know "when, why or by whom the aid was suspended." Mr Sondland was asked by the committee if he thought the idea was illegal. He said: "I'm not a lawyer, but I assume so." When asked a second time he said it would be "improper" and added: "I don’t know the law exactly. It doesn’t sound good." Congressional Democrats also released testimony from Kurt Volker, the former US special envoy to Ukraine He said Mr Trump had told him to "talk to Rudy" - his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani - about Ukraine matters. Mr Volker said the president told him: "They are all corrupt, they are all terrible people. I don't want to spend any time with that." Mr Trump has denied wrongdoing and accused Democrats of unfairly targeting him in hope of reversing his surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election. A White House spokeswoman said: "Ambassador Sondland said he 'presumed' there was a link to the [military] aid - but cannot identify any solid source for that assumption." She said there was "even less evidence for this illegitimate impeachment sham than previously thought."



          

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Jharkhand election dates announced, between Nov 30 and Dec 20

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Assembly elections in Jharkhand are scheduled to be held in five phases between November 30 and December 20. The Election Commission will announce the result on December 23. Congress will be going with alliance Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and BJP with All Jharkhand Students Union to defend the Raghubar Das government. The elections will be […]
          

Congressional Briefing: Christian Leaders in Support of H.R. 2407

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Join U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and Christian faith leaders on the International Day of the Child as they advocate for the rights of Palestinian children who are detained, prosecuted and incarcerated by the Israeli military in the West Bank.


          

U.S. diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

          

White House expects two new hires to bolster Trump impeachment defense - official

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The White House is expected to recruit two advisers to take a more aggressive posture in defending President Donald Trump in the congressional impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

          

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom database lists religious prisoners across globe

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The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is calling attention to millions of "religious prisoners" being held and persecuted around the world — and the commissioners hope a new, congressionally mandated database will help.

Beginning in October, the commission began listing publicly persons held in captivity for their faith such ...

          

Field Medical Director, Medical Affairs

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The Field Medical Director, CAR T Lymphoma/CLL/MM US medical affairs, will be instrumental in supporting the execution and implementation of CAR T site medical strategy. He/she will be located at the Seattle (or Summit) headquarters and will have field-focused responsibilities (75%). This individual will represent US Medical Affairs as therapeutic area expert (PAN-CAR T) and provide clinical/scientific leadership and support for CAR T compounds in various stages of clinical development, as well as, approved products. He/she will take responsibility to lead the development of documentation and tools for the assessment of medical criteria for CAR T program site onboarding process through to certification and assist in the implementation of the operational components for the field medical team, including training in collaboration with the scientific directors and disease leads. This individual’s responsibilities will include strategic and tactical planning of medical affairs CAR T program site support and the point of contact for internal site launch experience. He/she will need to have the capability to travel and provide on-site support for designated CAR T sites as needed in collaboration with the medical field team. He/she will represent US Medical Affairs as needed, serving as a therapeutic area expert in PAN-CAR T products. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following: Primary medical director point of contact for field medical team (MSL) and CAR T sites within designated region. Ensure positive first CAR T clinical experience for each product at individual sites. Ensure sites continue to meet certification criteria after initial certification. Point of contact for escalated calls from HCPs treating patients with Celgene CAR T products that come thru the 24hr/7day call center or medical unsolicited requests. Assist the field medical team (MSL) and cross-functional partners during CAR T program site qualification and certification process. In collaboration with the MSL national director, ensure all CAR T sites have medical support. Assist and lead post-launch CART site support and strategy in collaboration with the field medical team (MSL). Point of contact for clinical issues related to non-conforming products and assist with strategies related to non-conforming products ( including protocols). Collaborate in the development of training materials for sites and medical field team and provide training for both external and internal stakeholders including REMS. Lead and support various Medical Affairs cross-functional working groups with priority to activities related to CAR T site qualification, verification and post-launch CAR T site support. Responsible for refining strategies and identify best practices for optimal medical support for CAR T programs. Understand and develop site points of pain problem lists with clinical relevance. Develop tools to assist sites in ease and quality of care to patients. Work with EMR support/clinical pathways. In collaboration with the disease leads, drive the strategy and execution of “train-the-trainer” project. Collaborate with Medical Affairs launch leads to define, guide and execute CAR T strategies and tactics with appropriate use of resources. Support CAR T medical affairs studies (e.g. registries, protocols). Provide therapy area medical and scientific expertise to clinical study teams and key stakeholders. Represent the US Medical Affairs as a therapeutic expert at ad boards and steering committee. Represent Celgene at professional meetings, congresses, and local symposia. In collaboration with field medical team (MSL), lead and execute on external KOL engagement plan. Cultivate and nurture strong collaborations, relationships and support with Investigators, Academic partners and KOL’s. Provide high quality clinical input and review of the following but not limited to: CAR T strategy plans, abstracts, posters, slides, manuscripts, educational materials, steering committee and advisory board meeting objectives, Medical information letters, and Commercial Brand plans. The ideal candidate will have the following mix of professional and personal characteristics: MD, preferable with clinical, research and/or industry experience in cellular therapy and Hematology/Oncology. A minimum of 5-7 years academic/industry experience strongly preferred. Expertise in cellular therapy/hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and/or hematological malignancies is a strong plus. Demonstrate clinical management knowledge and skills. Excellent analytical skills and solid experience in translating medical/clinical information into medical affairs strategies. Proficiency in critical data review and interpretation. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentations to large groups, facilitation of interactive discussions, and 1:1 discussions with thought leaders. Demonstrated customer focus orientation and credibility with customers. Knowledge/application of data sources, reports and tools for the creation of solid plans. Regular travel will be required ( approx. 75%). Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and problem solving skills.
          

This Too Shall Pass: One Last “Boo!”

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by Elinor Jones

Hello! Raise your hand if you’re ready to read the news while you can because print media is a dying industry! ...Um, hello? You ready? Okay, I don’t actually know what you’re doing, because this is a newspaper and I’m not watching you read it (OR AM I?), so I’m going to assume you’re all enthusiastically flailing your arms around like that one Kermit gif and that you desperately want to read about current-ish events that has been spiced up with my peppery commentary. Please, by all means, do allow me to throw down:


I Like Baseball Now!

I know everybody already knows about Trump getting booed at game five of the World Series last week, but I want to talk about it more because it was beautiful. Motherfucker got BOOED! Because everybody HATES! HIM! LOL. The DC home team, the Nationals, went on the win the World Series. I know baseball fans are notoriously superstitious so I can only assume that Nationals fans will now ceremoniously boo Trump ahead of every game from here on out. Forget your stupid popcorn and peanuts, this might be the tradition that gets me into baseball.


The Internet: Bad, Really Bad, and the Worst

Twitter and Facebook have been locked in a terrible game to see which can do the most harm to our mental health and national conscience, but last week Twitter moved into the least-bad position. First, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about the harm Facebook unleashes on democracy and got his ass 100 percent handed all the way back to him by many members of Congress, including millennial socialist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who pretty much got Zuck to admit that he’s gonna keep cashing all the checks—misinformation and malice be damned. Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced (in a tweet! Predictable.) that Twitter would not be running any political ads whatsoever anymore because they recognized it was too hard for users to differentiate between content they want and paid content that’s getting forcibly mashed into their brains. Twitter’s CFO went on to say “This decision was based on principle, not money.” Principles over money? On the internet? Sounds very fake news, but okay.

In another corner of the internet, principles lost handily to money: Gawker descendent sports-adjacent blog Deadspin was bought out by some tech bros a few months ago, who promptly missed the whole point of the site by demanding that writers “stick to sports” and then wantonly demolished staff morale to the point that every single writer and editor resigned en masse last week. Some of the best and smartest and silliest writers came from the Gawker universe; Deadspin was a holdout from a 2009-era internet that meant so much to so many of us, and it was destroyed because the jocks can’t stand that the nerds got cool. I really pity any writer who’s about to be looking for a job when so many of those extremely talented writers are pounding the same pavement! (This will be funny when you get to the end; keep going.)


In Local News

Oregon’s only GOP congressman, Greg Walden, announced that he will not seek reelection next year. He said he will be “seeking new challenges,” which is politician-speak for “becoming a lobbyist and getting richer than God [evil laugh].” I’m from Hood River, where Walden lives, and hereby call upon my former classmates who still live there to mercilessly bully him at Rosauers or the Ranch or wherever else he shows his face because he was one of the chief hacks of trying to overturn Obamacare and stood grinning like a cartoon villain behind Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, and the NRA loves him so we don’t like him. Bye, Greg! Enjoy being retired! (I.e. being harassed! [EVIL LAUGH.])

Locally, but also in big cities like New York, city leaders have a real bee in their bonnets about folks not paying their fare to use mass transit, and instead of just making it free, they’re spending buttloads of money to put up cameras, hire fare inspectors, and turn trains and buses into mobile police states. All this for God’s green TWO DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS! So what? Who cares?! Here in Portland, TriMet announced that it’s hiring nine new fare inspectors. Allow me to flex some elementary school-level math: Let’s say each of those inspectors is making a low-ish starting wage for a government-adjacent employee of $45,000. Multiply that by nine and it’s $405,000 for one year. TriMet could have bought full, unlimited passes for 12 whole months for 1,205 low-income residents instead of paying nine narcs to harass people of color and anyone who looks poor. Now I will make this about me: I live on one end of one bus route from my office, but it’s somehow cheaper for me to gas, insure, and drive my Honda to and from work than it would be to take the bus, which I’d rather do. And if the city would prefer that I play my Sudoku while operating a motor vehicle rather than sitting on a bus, rubbing shoulders with friends I haven’t met yet, that’s on them.


Celebrity Skin

Did you know I’ve written this column for over one year and I’ve never once mentioned a Kardashian or Kanye? It’s true! I wanted to see if I could do it, and I can. A person can only yell about so many things with their time on earth, and plenty of people are already yelling about them, so I opted to focus my energy elsewhere. Not to suggest they’re not newsworthy, or that I don’t know what’s on their social media feeds most hours of most days, but some people are only firmly lodged in our national interest because we keep letting them stay there, and I wanted to make one little space that didn’t add to that. Just wanted to be sure you noticed. Which brings us to....


The LAST Last Word

I’m always sad when a column comes to an end, but I’m especially sad this time because this is my last column. :( I’ve had such a wonderful time sharing my 100 percent correct opinions with all of you and challenging myself to explain things with real words where in normal life I’d just use a series of chirps and emojis. Thank you, all of you (even the jerk who said I was about as funny as Gallagher, who is a SUCCESSFUL AND TIMELESS COMEDIAN so THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENT, JERK) for reading, and if you want to stay in touch, I’m still grinding on Twitter @elinorjoneser and on the ’gram @elinorjo. Okay, smell ya later! <3 Joneser: OUT.

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Mayor Wheeler Parts with $16,000 in Campaign Donations from Trump Lackey Gordon Sondland

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Last month, Portland hotelier/millionaire/Trump lackey Gordon Sondland lied to impeachment inquiry investigators, claiming that—despite being savvy enough to have purchased a key position in the Trump administration—he just couldn't remember major facts about his involvement in the scandal surrounding Trump and Ukraine. In addition to blaming that foggy ol' memory of his, Sondland also claimed he "didn’t know why" aid to Ukraine was held up.

Yesterday, Sondland's memory miraculously recovered, with the ambassador releasing a four-page sworn statement that, as the New York Times summarizes, "directly contradicted his testimony to investigators last month."

Hours later, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced he'd be returning roughly $16,000 that Sondland had donated to several of Wheeler's election campaigns.

"The Mayor made it clear that he wanted to give Ambassador Sondland the opportunity to explain his involvement in the Ukrainian scandal," Jennifer Arguinzoni, the manager for Wheeler's re-election campaign, said in a press release. "Especially in light of the acknowledgment of a quid pro quo and the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, it has become clear that Sondland's actions are potentially counter to the law."

As the Mercury's Alex Zielinski wrote two weeks ago, Sondland's influence over Portland politics has been evident for years. "Arguably Portland’s most powerful Republican, Sondland’s impact is everywhere: in Portland's swankiest galas, its most upscale hotels, its trendiest bars, and its politics," wrote Zielinski. "Campaign filings show that since 2010, Sondland and his associated LLCs have dumped a total of $16,500 into Mayor Ted Wheeler’s campaign fund. Sondland's wife and business partner, Katherine Durant, has added $6,500 to Wheeler's campaign coffers."

Sondland has given to others, too, including a total of $1,500 to City Commissioner Nick Fish (who told the Mercury he hasn’t spoken with Sondland since 2013) and $22,500 to the failed 2018 gubernatorial campaign of Knute Buehler.

"Wheeler is the first elected official of either party to announce a redirection of funds from Sondland," notes Wheeler Deputy Campaign Manager Amy Rathfelder.

The funds will be split among a number of beneficiaries, including Transition Projects, Basic Rights Oregon, Portland Parks Foundation, Portland United Against Hate, immigrant rights organization CAUSA, DePaul Treatment Centers, environmental advocacy group SOLVE, and Portland Audubon. The largest chunk of cash, $4,000, will go to "organizational partners of the grassroots ImpeachNow.org coalition," a coalition working to... well, impeach now.

While Wheeler has repeatedly and publicly clashed with Trump, he and his administration have been less transparent about his stance on Sondland's involvement in the impeachment scandal—possibly because, according to former Gov. Ted Kulongoski, it was at Sondland's urging that Kulongoski appointed then-county commissioner Wheeler as Oregon's state treasurer in 2010.

Others have been more forthcoming in their condemnation of Sondland. Following Sondland's initial testimony to impeachment inquiry investigators in October, Rep. Earl Blumenauer called for a boycott of Sondland's businesses in Portland. Even earlier in October, shortly after Sondland's role in the Ukraine scandal was revealed, Portland activist Sarah Iannarone—who's running against Wheeler in the 2020 election—called on Wheeler to return Sondland's donations. The next day, Wheeler spokesperson Timothy Becker told the Mercury that Sondland is "an integral part of our business community," adding, "The Mayor would hope and expect that Mr. Sondland would testify truthfully before Congress, when he is called to do so."

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States With the Most Unsheltered Homeless People

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Based on the latest estimates from the U.S. government, there were 552,830 people experiencing homelessness across the United States in January 2018, essentially unchanged from the same time last year.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development delivers to Congress annual estimates of homelessness across the nation. The estimates show a great deal of […]
          

Keep Your Promise: Senators, Do Not Cut My Military Spouses Retirement Benefits

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It's like it was yesterday when I became an engaged to a Soldier.  We had the discussion almost immediately.  Does he reenlist or does he get out?  He had been in 8 years at that time.  I said, "I could stay in Illinois, you'll deploy in a year and when you get back you can get out.  I'll keep my 70K a year job and you can get out and go to school on your GI Bill."  He reminded me of the other option.  I give up my career, he stays in and get his 20 year retirement.   I said, "If I give up my high paying job, you better be in for 20 because I make more than you in pay and can make more than your retirement if I stay where I am."  He loved his country and his job.  We decided to live the military life.

Why am I am talking about all this?  Although what I share with you is our personal finances, it is crucial to understand that the recent retirement budget cuts suggested and promoted by Paul Ryan are interfering with my families financial future.  One ,that for the past 6 years, we have been planning for.  We aren't looking for a handout as Paul Ryan has implied.



Paul Ryan says after 20 years go out and get another job.  My husband MOS/Job is not transferable to the civilian world.  Most Servicemembers do not have a job that translate to the civilian world.  He will be going back to college.  He will be starting over.  He will be jumping back into the workforce at 45.   So while others his age have hit their stride, he will be starting new with all the other 22-24 year old freshly out of college.

In 2009 my husband reenlisted for 6 years.  With 14 years, this year he reenlisted Indefinitely.  He promised his country he would serve 20 years.  Just yesterday Congress voted to change that contract.  What he thought he'd be getting when he signed, will be reduced.  Congress has asked that every Servicemember, that serves 20 years or more,to give 88k+ to help with the budget crisis.

"I live on Fort Bragg.   As I sit on my couch and look out at my circle, there are 4 military families living in it that, with this suggested budget, will be losing over $352,000.  I ask every civilian to look out their windows.  How much our your neighbors losing over these budget cuts? Money they planned to be in their future."

Paul Ryan, would have you think the everyone who enlists just magically gets this retirement.  He forgets it takes hard work, dedication, and sacrifice.   These families have endured multiple deployments.  Their spouses have moved multiple times sacrificing jobs they love.  I myself will be moving next year to San Antonio, Texas.  When we move, I will have to leave a job I love at American Airlines.

If your thought is, it's your choice, you signed up for this, you are right.  When my husband reenlisted indefinitely this year, he signed thinking he would get his retirement benefits and so did I.  Now Congress just voted to take 88K+ of it away.

This budget will get voted on by Senators next week.  Please write them and tell them not to pass this budget until the military retirement cuts are removed.

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR SENATORS' EMAIL ADDRESS.  EACH STATE HAS 2! GET TO WRITING!

I leave you with a video of his reenlistment.  Listen to the promise he makes his country.  I'm just asking our country keep their promise to him.

If it doesn't appear below, click this link to watch --> https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201394004506724&l=7383437416449943206















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    Medical Sales Professional - Springfield, MO

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    Job Description
    Eisai is a human health care (hhc) pharmaceutical organization that seeks to discover and develop innovative therapies that can help satisfy unmet medical needs and contribute to the health and well-being of people worldwide. Our hhc mission means that we regard patients and their families as the most important participants in the health care process and we are dedicated to helping improve their lives.
    Eisai is a fully integrated pharmaceutical business that operates in two global business groups: oncology and neurology (dementia-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases). Eisai employees personify our values of integrity, respect, professionalism, quality, and teamwork. We strive to provide benefits to patients and their families well beyond the development of important new treatments. Whether it is developing good medicines or doing good deeds, Eisai fosters an environment in which employees truly care about the outcome.
    Because Eisai is an established and healthy company, we believe that we can offer employees broad job scope, more responsibilities and the potential for career-enhancing development.

    Job Summary
    The Medical Sales Professional (MSP) is responsible for growing, managing, developing, and representing Lemborexant in their respected territory. The MSP is the territory business owner responsible for creating strategies and executing tactics to generate product utilization that consistently achieve sales goals while conveying Eisai s human health care mission (hhc). The Medical Sales Professional will be required to be an expert on all aspects of the insomnia, our product, and the competitive landscape, including coverage and reimbursement. They will build and develop professional relationships with appropriate HCPs and other healthcare professionals and office staff, and be expected to work cross-functionally while adhering to all of Eisai s ethics and compliance standards.

    Essential Functions
    1. Achieve sales goals and drive appropriate utilization of assigned products through effective use of the Challenger Sales model, creating and maintaining an effective plan, and precise execution of sales and brand strategies; including effective and compliant utilization of available resources (i.e. approved sales aids and materials, educational lunches, speaker programs).
    2. Collaborate with the Eisai team, including other field-based and home office personnel teams to proactively develop strategies that address customer needs, local market dynamics and trends, and support brand and corporate objectives within assigned geography. Includes participating in initiatives to support sales success as assigned (e.g. participate in industry related congresses, local and regional meetings and medical conferences).
    3. Develop deep knowledge of insomnia industry, local and regional market trends, disease state, product, and competitor knowledge. Leverage expertise and knowledge to anticipate and effectively manage business opportunities and challenges with HCPs in assigned geography (75-80% of targets will be General Practitioners and Family Medicine.)
    4. Ensure individual compliance with Eisai policies and procedures.

    Job Qualifications
    Requirements
    Bachelor s degree required
    2 or more years of pharmaceutical sales experience, strongly preferred
    A minimum of 3 years of business-to-business sales experience, required
    Strong business acumen
    Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong business relationships. Proven ability to network and build strong relationships with customers
    Valid US driver s license and a driving record in compliance with company standards
    Ability to safely and successfully operate a motor vehicle is required
    Must successfully complete all company training programs and pass the company certification process, as well as all customer mandated and vendor credentialing requirements.
    Strong verbal and written communication skills
    Strong negotiating skills
    Effective consultative selling skills
    When necessary, travel overnight including within territory and to conferences, training and sales meetings.

    Eisai is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. The Company also strives for a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. It is Eisai s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination in employment and not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of any protected status, including, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, ancestry, creed, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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    Inspectors General Are Alerting Congress to Abuses Throughout the Government, from the Pentagon to ICE

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    Republican Greg Walden has repesented Oregon's 2nd Congressional Distrct in the US House of Representatives since 1999. His seat has been considered one of the safest in Congress. A week ago, Walden announced he would not run again in 2020. This surprise announcement has many observers of Oregon politics scratching their heads.
              

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    Legislative Analyst, Compliance

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    The Compliance Department is comprised of licensed attorneys and several legal assistants. The primary purpose of this department is to detect, prevent and remediate problems that might occur within the Company s operations. The Company s compliance professionals work closely with the business and the attorneys in the Corporate Legal Department to make certain that the Company is operating in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. Employment in the Compliance Department will expose team members to all aspects of the Company s business which will help guide career growth both within and outside the department. About this Position: The purpose of the Legislative Analyst, Compliance position is to work with the Compliance Department to identify, research, and monitor legislation, policy, and public affairs that may impact Credit Acceptance Corporation. Outcomes & Activities: Identify, monitor, and track current legislative activities (e.g., pending and enacted legislation and hearings) in Congress and state governments that may impact the Company Research and analyze legislation, hearings, Congressional transcripts, press releases, and other state government and Congressional documents and activities of interest Maintain a legislative tracking database. This includes: Drafting and regularly circulating reports which identify, summarize, and analyze pending and enacted legislation of potential interest to the Company Performing trend analyses Assessing the likelihood that pending legislation will be enacted Assist Company attorneys and business leaders to determine what actions the Company must take to timely comply with legislation, if enacted, and track same Understand all aspects of the business, business strategy and objectives, sales, marketing and operations to ensure government relations initiatives are aligned with Company priorities Support other compliance-related activities as needed Requirements: Four-year degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in Public or Business Administration, Political Science, Statistics, Economics, or closely related field A minimum of 1 year hill, campaign, non-profit or trade association policy experience Proficiency and previous experience with Microsoft products, including Word and Excel, and legislative tracking software (such as FiscalNote or SharePoint) Attendance as required by department Work onsite at the assigned Credit Acceptance location Knowledge & Skills: Possesses strong analytical skills Exceptional planning, communication (both verbal and written), time management, organizational and follow-through skills with a strong sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment Demonstrated ability to prepare and present information in a clear and concise fashion and formulate recommendations Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects at a time, prioritize duties, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team Excellent writing, proofreading, and oral communication skills Strong attention to detail Company Values: To be successful in this role, Team Members need to demonstrate the characteristics of PRIDE (our Company core values) in their work: Positive: Maintain a positive attitude by focusing on solutions and promoting a collaborative and enjoyable environment. Respectful: Value teamwork, share successes, appreciates others and communicates in a way that promotes trust. Insightful: Make timely well considered decisions, create innovative solutions and continuously learn. Direct: Communicate clearly and objectively; don t be afraid of difficult conversations. Raise concerns through the proper channels. Earnest: Be honest, sincere and consistent. Work hard and pursue our goals together relentlessly. Targeted Compensation: $61,998- $72,331 INDCS Required degrees must have been earned at institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent. Credit Acceptance is an equal opportunity employer.
              

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Apologizes And Unblocks Critic Who Sued Her

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    Right after Donald Trump lost the case against him for blocking people on Twitter, we noted that Dov Hikind, a critic of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a similar lawsuit against her for blocking him. Again -- because it's important to repeat -- the court rulings in the Trump case made it clear that politicians who used Twitter for part of their job representing the public could not block people, as that's a violation of the 1st Amendment. The specific criteria laid out by the courts were that (1) if you're a public official, and (2) using social media (3) for official purposes (4) to create a space of open dialogue, then you cannot block people from following you based on the views they express.

    It appeared that the @AOC account met all of the criteria, and therefore should not be able to block critics for expressing their dislike of her stances or policies. Ocasio-Cortez, on her part, stood by her right to block people by claiming that she only blocked 20 people, none were constituents, and that they were only blocked for harassment which, she argued, was "not a viewpoint" (i.e., this wasn't viewpoint discrimination). Either way, just as the Hikind case was about to go to trial, Ocasio-Cortez has settled the case, admitted she was wrong to block Hikind and apologized:

    “Mr. Hikind has a First Amendment right to express his views and should not be blocked for them,” the Queens-Bronx congresswoman said. “In retrospect, it was wrong and improper and does not reflect the values I cherish. I sincerely apologize for blocking Mr. Hikind.”

    The Knight 1st Amendment Institute, which had brought the lawsuit against Trump and had sent Ocasio-Cortez a letter arguing that she was incorrect to block people with her account, announced that they were happy with this result. According to their Senior Staff Attorney, Katie Fallow:

    “We applaud Rep. Ocasio-Cortez for recognizing that she was wrong to block critics from her Twitter account. As the courts have affirmed, when public officials use their social media accounts to carry out official duties, they create a public forum and can’t prevent people from participating simply because they don’t like what they’re saying. We hope that other public officials who are blocking critics from their social media accounts take Ocasio-Cortez’s lead.”

    That said, while this case was settled and Ocasio-Cortez admitted to being wrong, she still seems to be standing by the idea that she can block some users:

    “I reserve the right to block users who engage in actual harassment or exploit my personal/campaign account, @AOC, for commercial or other improper purposes,” she said.

    There might be cases where it would not be a 1st Amendment violation to block users, but the details would matter quite a bit -- and the argument that harassment, by itself, would constitute a reason for blocking seems iffy, at best. Same with "exploit[ing]" her account "for commercial or other improper purposes." It will be interesting to see if other such cases are brought, or if the @AOC account choose to block others in the future.



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    Devin Nunes Demands Satirical Internet Cow Stop Making Fun Of Him... Or Else

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    Rep. Devin Nunes remains super angry about a satirical internet cow. Earlier this year, we wrote about his lawsuit against the satirical cow on Twitter (and against Twitter itself) as well as a bunch of other lawsuits Nunes has been filing against critics in the intervening months. The cases appear to be fairly obvious SLAPP lawsuits; that is lawsuits that are designed solely to silence critics, rather than based on any legitimate legal basis. As we've noted, the venues in which Nunes has focused his lawsuits (mostly Virginia, and now Iowa) have either weak or non-existent anti-SLAPP laws. Tragically, the original case, against two satirical Twitter accounts, including one called "Devin Nunes' Cow" (a satirical reference to Nunes' oft-repeated claim of being a California dairy farmer, even as his family farm has uprooted itself to Iowa) was not thrown out by the judge on jurisdictional grounds, allowing the case to move forward.

    According to the Fresno Bee, however, even as that lawsuit is ongoing, Nunes' lawyer in the case has sent a threatening demand letter to Andrew Janz, a lawyer and state prosecutor who ran against Nunes in the last election and lost (much more narrowly than many people seemed to expect). The full letter is truly a piece of work, demanding Janz make the @DevinCow account stop making fun of Devin Nunes and issue an apology.

    I only wish I was joking. The letter is amazing in so many ways, starting from the opening lines:

    I represent Devin G. Nunes.

    I write again – this time to address a matter of grave import and enormous consequence.

    A matter of grave import and enormous consequence?!? Do tell! Oh, it's the fact that a thin-skinned public official can't take pretty modest mockery:

    As you well know, for over two years, Mr. Nunes has been maliciously harassed, stalked, bullied online, threatened and egregiously defamed on Twitter by the user or users who post day and night, through the anonymous Twitter account, @DevinCow. [https://twitter.com/DevinCow].

    I mean, how could anyone think this letter was a good idea?

    The letter then notes that a PAC connected to Janz appeared to be helping to raise legal defense funds for whoever is behind the @DevinCow account. If true, that wouldn't violate any laws, but Nunes and his lawyer imply that something terrible is happening here.

    Based upon the evidence I have reviewed, it appears that you or an agent or agents acting at your direction is coordinating, instigating, aiding and abetting the user or users of the @DevinCow Twitter account in the malicious harassment, cyberbullying, stalking and defamation of Mr. Nunes.

    Malicious harassment, cyberbullying, stalking and defamation? Get over yourself Nunes. What happened to supporting free speech and the 1st Amendment? A satirical cow mocking you is none of the above. It is not harassment. It is not cyberbullying. It is not stalking. And it is most definitely not defamation. It's satire. It's the mocking of public officials, which is something we've celebrated in this country basically since the very beginning. It's also all entirely protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. You know? The document that Devin Nunes has sworn to protect?

    Now come the demands to Janz. Because he's apparently helping to organize the legal funding to protect whoever is behind the @DevinCow account from this obvious SLAPP suit, Nunes' lawyer is now making patently ridiculous demands:

    Demand is hereby made upon you as follows:

    1. Immediately cause the user or users of @DevinCow to cease and desist from publishing any further false or defamatory statements of and concerning Mr. Nunes;

    2. Immediately cause the @DevinCow Twitter account to retract all harassing, disparaging, false and defamatory tweets and retweets of and concerning Mr. Nunes, and apologize for the harm done to Mr. Nunes and his family;

    3. Within one (1) business day of retraction and public apology, cause the termination of the @DevinCow Twitter account.

    It also notes to Janz that he should reveal who is behind the account:

    As a Deputy District Attorney, it would be egregious and irresponsible for you to continue to keep secret from the public the identity of @DevinCow.

    You are legally, ethically and morally responsible to act now.

    This is all, of course, utter nonsense. And this is all strategically bizarre. Who could possibly think that getting this freaked out by a satirical account could ever possibly lead to anything good? It appears to show Devin Nunes is scared of fairly mild criticism and mockery. And the idea that such a ridiculous letter would have any good results, other than leading to even more mockery of Nunes for his thin-skinned freak out, and raising serious questions about Nunes' own fitness for office. If you can't take a bit of criticism from satirical constituents, maybe you don't belong in public office.

    Also, even if this is all performative, all it's really served to do is get a lot more people paying attention to the satirical cow. Before the lawsuit, the account had about 1,200 followers. It now has over 630k -- which is pretty close to Nunes himself (there was a point in which the cow surpassed Nunes himself, but both have increased their follower counts quite a bit since then. Either way, encouraging over 600,000 users to follow an account designed solely to make fun of you, and then continuing to throw a legal temper tantrum over the account is not a good look for a sitting Congress member.

    In the meantime, it certainly doesn't look like the DevinCow account has any interest in backing down or apologizing:

    In the meantime, Nunes continues to be wrong about Twitter as well. In a recent interview he spouted a bunch of nonsense about the case:

    He claims he had no choice but to sue. That's wrong. He could have not sued, for instance. He could have ignored the mockery. Or he could have responded to it. He could have shown why they were wrong if they were. There are many options short of suing -- especially for a Congressman who once introduced a bill to stop frivolous lawsuits. He says he's "been slandered and defamed" which is also just wrong. Slander is spoken defamation. If there was defamation (and there wasn't) it would be libel, not slander. But even more to the point, he's arguing that Twitter is negligent and that's why he's suing Twitter as well. Why negligent? Because something something bots. No, really.

    "Twitter's case, it's even worse because they're negligent to the fact. I mean, they're allowing these bot farms, both large and small bot farms, and they allowed it to go on, knowing that the people behind it are operatives."

    First off, even if that's true, so what? How is that "negligence"? How is that against the law? The interviewer even seems a bit surprised by this and asks if there "evidence to that effect" and Nunes doesn't actually say that there's evidence, but seems to suggest that Twitter protecting the anonymity (a 1st Amendment right, by the way) of its users is proof of negligence.

    "We know they're operatives. Twitter knows they're operatives. And they refuse to give us the people behind it.... And they've had six months to come clean and shut all this down and tell us who are these political actors that they're hiding from the public? And from their investors? I think people will want to know why did you knowingly hide what, one we believe is a smaller political operation and one we believe is a much larger political operation. And Twitter knows the names of them and they oughta come clean and give them to us. And that's why we're in court. And so, they're proving our case for us. [Chuckles] I mean, this is like the definition of negligence, what Twitter and their high priced lawyers have been doing over the last six months."

    Spoiler alert: what Twitter and their high-priced lawyers have been doing over the last six months is certainly not negligence. Protecting the 1st Amendment protected anonymity of your users, who include some satirical accounts mocking a thin-skinned Congressman, seems like good practice in protecting free speech and the all-American tradition of being able to speak up and criticize our elected officials.



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    Medical Sales Professional - Spartanburg, SC

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    Job Description
    Eisai is a human health care (hhc) pharmaceutical organization that seeks to discover and develop innovative therapies that can help satisfy unmet medical needs and contribute to the health and well-being of people worldwide. Our hhc mission means that we regard patients and their families as the most important participants in the health care process and we are dedicated to helping improve their lives.
    Eisai is a fully integrated pharmaceutical business that operates in two global business groups: oncology and neurology (dementia-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases). Eisai employees personify our values of integrity, respect, professionalism, quality, and teamwork. We strive to provide benefits to patients and their families well beyond the development of important new treatments. Whether it is developing good medicines or doing good deeds, Eisai fosters an environment in which employees truly care about the outcome.
    Because Eisai is an established and healthy company, we believe that we can offer employees broad job scope, more responsibilities and the potential for career-enhancing development.

    Job Summary
    The Medical Sales Professional (MSP) is responsible for growing, managing, developing, and representing Lemborexant in their respected territory. The MSP is the territory business owner responsible for creating strategies and executing tactics to generate product utilization that consistently achieve sales goals while conveying Eisai s human health care mission (hhc). The Medical Sales Professional will be required to be an expert on all aspects of the insomnia, our product, and the competitive landscape, including coverage and reimbursement. They will build and develop professional relationships with appropriate HCPs and other healthcare professionals and office staff, and be expected to work cross-functionally while adhering to all of Eisai s ethics and compliance standards.

    Essential Functions
    1. Achieve sales goals and drive appropriate utilization of assigned products through effective use of the Challenger Sales model, creating and maintaining an effective plan, and precise execution of sales and brand strategies; including effective and compliant utilization of available resources (i.e. approved sales aids and materials, educational lunches, speaker programs).
    2. Collaborate with the Eisai team, including other field-based and home office personnel teams to proactively develop strategies that address customer needs, local market dynamics and trends, and support brand and corporate objectives within assigned geography. Includes participating in initiatives to support sales success as assigned (e.g. participate in industry related congresses, local and regional meetings and medical conferences).
    3. Develop deep knowledge of insomnia industry, local and regional market trends, disease state, product, and competitor knowledge. Leverage expertise and knowledge to anticipate and effectively manage business opportunities and challenges with HCPs in assigned geography (75-80% of targets will be General Practitioners and Family Medicine.)
    4. Ensure individual compliance with Eisai policies and procedures.

    Job Qualifications
    Requirements
    Bachelor s degree required
    2 or more years of pharmaceutical sales experience, strongly preferred
    A minimum of 3 years of business-to-business sales experience, required
    Strong business acumen
    Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong business relationships. Proven ability to network and build strong relationships with customers
    Valid US driver s license and a driving record in compliance with company standards
    Ability to safely and successfully operate a motor vehicle is required
    Must successfully complete all company training programs and pass the company certification process, as well as all customer mandated and vendor credentialing requirements.
    Strong verbal and written communication skills
    Strong negotiating skills
    Effective consultative selling skills
    When necessary, travel overnight including within territory and to conferences, training and sales meetings.

    Eisai is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. The Company also strives for a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. It is Eisai s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination in employment and not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of any protected status, including, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, ancestry, creed, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

    Eisai is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority / Female / Disability / Vet
              

    See Palestine

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    Israel banned Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from witnessing the impact of US policy on the lives of Israelis and Palestinians. Check out our new website to experience what Israel wanted to hide from the Congresswomen.
              

    Security Cooperation Subject Matter Expert

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    Job DescriptionThe Counter Terrorism/Counter-Violent Security Cooperation expert is a Subject Matter Expert with the geopolitical and cultural expertise necessary to conduct research, analysis, and assessments to assist in synchronization of the command's operations, planning, military strategy, and policy development..and.nbsp; A Top Secret clearance with SCI eligibility is required..and.nbsp; Primary place of duty will be at Government offices in Stuttgart, Germany, with travel required on an as-needed basis.Resposibilities:.and.nbsp;Conduct research, analyses, and provide recommendations to plan joint SOF operations, Irregular Warfare (IW) operations (to include UW and Resistance operations), Counterterrorism (CT), and Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) from the spectrum of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Security Cooperation (SC) authorities..and.nbsp;Provide research, analyses, and recommendation to operational planning, SC planning, military strategy and policy development, requirements and resourcing planning, strategic engagement planning, kinetic and non-kinetic targeting, joint fires, Alternative Compensatory Control Measure (ACCM) coordination, security management, the Defense Readiness Reporting System (DRRS), and the Joint Training Information Management System (JTIMS)..and.nbsp;Research, analyses, and recommendations shall directly result in thorough and effective strategic and operational analysis for development and incorporation into SOCEUR planning documents that support the GCP-R, GCP-V, FCP-CWMD, the EUCOM Combatant Commander's Campaign Plan (CCP), EUCOM Theater Campaign Order (TCO), SOCEUR SSCCP, SOCEUR Supporting Theater Campaign Order (SSTCO), SOCEUR Operations Plans (OPLAN), SOCEUR Concept Plans (CONPLAN), periodic Foreign Military Training reports, Annual SC program reports to Congress, the EUCOM Counterterrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP),.and.nbsp; Strategic Engagement plans and supporting Strategic Engagement Playbook, SOCEUR Joint Targeting Cycle, ACCM access indoctrination documents and verification tracking documents, daily Security Cooperation coordination and reports, periodic readiness and training assessments, exercise training objectives, and the annual Joint Mission Essential Tasks List (JMETL) review.NOTE: Position is located in Stuttgart, Germany.and.nbsp;.and.nbsp;.and.nbsp;.and.nbsp;.and.nbsp;.and.nbsp;.and.nbsp; Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply..and.nbsp; Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply..and.nbsp; Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information
              

    Comment on ABC News Doing Damage Control Over Leaked Video by guilty cleric

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    Everyone has the right to free speech under the constitution. That is why we can have all the ignorant slanderous comments on this web site every day. The constitution protects the free press. If you disagree with the position of any network or website or other news source, you have the right to ignore that distributor, and go to another for more information, or because the anchor there is good looking. That is why the United States voters have the free right to vote for anyone they want. That is why there are numerous parties on the ballot, not just the two that believe they know all the answers and should run the country. The most offensive part of these arguments between the parties about what is fair or truthful and what is not; is that it is completely condescending to the people of the US. It assumes that we can't wade through all of the current nonsense and make a decision for ourselves; just like we do when buying a TV. I am sure that the people at Sony would want all of us to only consider and purchase their TVs, rather than LG. But we can make our own decision. We can review the information and make a decision for ourselves about TVs or about Political candidates. And all you have to do is review the elections since the 50's, and see that the voters do not hold to one party or position. The voters look at the positions and views of the people running and make their own decision on who to vote for. If they didn't, we wouldn't have different Presidents, from different parties, regularly; and different parties holding different houses of Congress frequently. Give the voters credit for being intelligent enough to make their own decisions. We have been doing so for over 200 years and this is still the greatest country in the world.
              

    Medical Sales Professional - Norfolk, VA

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    Job Description
    Eisai is a human health care (hhc) pharmaceutical organization that seeks to discover and develop innovative therapies that can help satisfy unmet medical needs and contribute to the health and well-being of people worldwide. Our hhc mission means that we regard patients and their families as the most important participants in the health care process and we are dedicated to helping improve their lives.
    Eisai is a fully integrated pharmaceutical business that operates in two global business groups: oncology and neurology (dementia-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases). Eisai employees personify our values of integrity, respect, professionalism, quality, and teamwork. We strive to provide benefits to patients and their families well beyond the development of important new treatments. Whether it is developing good medicines or doing good deeds, Eisai fosters an environment in which employees truly care about the outcome.
    Because Eisai is an established and healthy company, we believe that we can offer employees broad job scope, more responsibilities and the potential for career-enhancing development.

    Job Summary
    The Medical Sales Professional (MSP) is responsible for growing, managing, developing, and representing Lemborexant in their respected territory. The MSP is the territory business owner responsible for creating strategies and executing tactics to generate product utilization that consistently achieve sales goals while conveying Eisai s human health care mission (hhc). The Medical Sales Professional will be required to be an expert on all aspects of the insomnia, our product, and the competitive landscape, including coverage and reimbursement. They will build and develop professional relationships with appropriate HCPs and other healthcare professionals and office staff, and be expected to work cross-functionally while adhering to all of Eisai s ethics and compliance standards.

    Essential Functions
    1. Achieve sales goals and drive appropriate utilization of assigned products through effective use of the Challenger Sales model, creating and maintaining an effective plan, and precise execution of sales and brand strategies; including effective and compliant utilization of available resources (i.e. approved sales aids and materials, educational lunches, speaker programs).
    2. Collaborate with the Eisai team, including other field-based and home office personnel teams to proactively develop strategies that address customer needs, local market dynamics and trends, and support brand and corporate objectives within assigned geography. Includes participating in initiatives to support sales success as assigned (e.g. participate in industry related congresses, local and regional meetings and medical conferences).
    3. Develop deep knowledge of insomnia industry, local and regional market trends, disease state, product, and competitor knowledge. Leverage expertise and knowledge to anticipate and effectively manage business opportunities and challenges with HCPs in assigned geography (75-80% of targets will be General Practitioners and Family Medicine.)
    4. Ensure individual compliance with Eisai policies and procedures.

    Job Qualifications
    Requirements
    Bachelor s degree required
    2 or more years of pharmaceutical sales experience, strongly preferred
    A minimum of 3 years of business-to-business sales experience, required
    Strong business acumen
    Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong business relationships. Proven ability to network and build strong relationships with customers
    Valid US driver s license and a driving record in compliance with company standards
    Ability to safely and successfully operate a motor vehicle is required
    Must successfully complete all company training programs and pass the company certification process, as well as all customer mandated and vendor credentialing requirements.
    Strong verbal and written communication skills
    Strong negotiating skills
    Effective consultative selling skills
    When necessary, travel overnight including within territory and to conferences, training and sales meetings.

    Eisai is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. The Company also strives for a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. It is Eisai s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination in employment and not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of any protected status, including, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, ancestry, creed, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

    Eisai is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority / Female / Disability / Vet
              

    Medical Sales Professional - Chesterfield, MO

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    Job Description
    Eisai is a human health care (hhc) pharmaceutical organization that seeks to discover and develop innovative therapies that can help satisfy unmet medical needs and contribute to the health and well-being of people worldwide. Our hhc mission means that we regard patients and their families as the most important participants in the health care process and we are dedicated to helping improve their lives.
    Eisai is a fully integrated pharmaceutical business that operates in two global business groups: oncology and neurology (dementia-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases). Eisai employees personify our values of integrity, respect, professionalism, quality, and teamwork. We strive to provide benefits to patients and their families well beyond the development of important new treatments. Whether it is developing good medicines or doing good deeds, Eisai fosters an environment in which employees truly care about the outcome.
    Because Eisai is an established and healthy company, we believe that we can offer employees broad job scope, more responsibilities and the potential for career-enhancing development.

    Job Summary
    The Medical Sales Professional (MSP) is responsible for growing, managing, developing, and representing Lemborexant in their respected territory. The MSP is the territory business owner responsible for creating strategies and executing tactics to generate product utilization that consistently achieve sales goals while conveying Eisai s human health care mission (hhc). The Medical Sales Professional will be required to be an expert on all aspects of the insomnia, our product, and the competitive landscape, including coverage and reimbursement. They will build and develop professional relationships with appropriate HCPs and other healthcare professionals and office staff, and be expected to work cross-functionally while adhering to all of Eisai s ethics and compliance standards.

    Essential Functions
    1. Achieve sales goals and drive appropriate utilization of assigned products through effective use of the Challenger Sales model, creating and maintaining an effective plan, and precise execution of sales and brand strategies; including effective and compliant utilization of available resources (i.e. approved sales aids and materials, educational lunches, speaker programs).
    2. Collaborate with the Eisai team, including other field-based and home office personnel teams to proactively develop strategies that address customer needs, local market dynamics and trends, and support brand and corporate objectives within assigned geography. Includes participating in initiatives to support sales success as assigned (e.g. participate in industry related congresses, local and regional meetings and medical conferences).
    3. Develop deep knowledge of insomnia industry, local and regional market trends, disease state, product, and competitor knowledge. Leverage expertise and knowledge to anticipate and effectively manage business opportunities and challenges with HCPs in assigned geography. (75-80% of targets will be General Practitioners and Family Medicine.)
    4. Ensure individual compliance with Eisai policies and procedures.

    Job Qualifications
    Requirements
    Bachelor s degree required
    2 or more years of pharmaceutical sales experience, strongly preferred
    A minimum of 3 years of business-to-business sales experience, required
    Strong business acumen
    Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong business relationships. Proven ability to network and build strong relationships with customers
    Valid US driver s license and a driving record in compliance with company standards
    Ability to safely and successfully operate a motor vehicle is required
    Must successfully complete all company training programs and pass the company certification process, as well as all customer mandated and vendor credentialing requirements.
    Strong verbal and written communication skills
    Strong negotiating skills
    Effective consultative selling skills
    When necessary, travel overnight including within territory and to conferences, training and sales meetings.

    Eisai is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. The Company also strives for a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. It is Eisai s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination in employment and not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of any protected status, including, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, ancestry, creed, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

    Eisai is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority / Female / Disability / Vet
              

    ContraFect to Present at the World Anti-Microbial Resistance Congress 2019

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    today announced that Cara Cassino, MD, ContraFect’s Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Research & Development was invited to discuss the exebacase superiority design trial at the ...
              

    Events Specialist

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    WHAT YOU"---LL DOManage National and International events : scientific congresses and in-house events such as Study clubs, Masterclass and Webinars;Draw up sponsorship contracts for exhibition booths, speaker slots, workshops and conferences/symposiums;Coordinate event logistics for employees, speakers and guests (invitation, catering, travel, hotels, registration, equipment, promotional material, etc.), manage customer inquiries and troubleshoot on the day of the event;Handle exhibition booths (concept, design, call for bids, orders, marketing materials shipping);Research, manage and coordinate suppliers, negotiate prices and monitor budget;Make sure that insurance, legal, health and safety obligations are followed;Liaise with sales and marketing teams to publicize and promote the event on digital platforms : social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram), corporate website, mail banners, etc" -Produce post-event evaluation and propose ideas to improve provided services and event quality;Monitor competitors and create opportunities;WHAT YOU"---LL NEEDBS in Event coordination, communication or a related field;5-9 years relevant working experience in event management;Experience in planning, organizing and being able to anticipate any inconvenience that might occur;Up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in event organization;Excellent presentation skills;Strong interpersonal and written communication skills;Ability to travel on occasion;Rigor, ability to anticipate, proactive, organized, team spirit, negociations and influencing skills, drive for results and solutions;Demonstrate creativity and innovative thinking in event management;Other languages are appreciated;BONUS POINTS IFExperience in a fast paced environment;Experience abroad;Experience in digital start up;WHAT YOU"---LL EXPERIENCEAmazing offices;Evolving in a hyper growth environment;Daily chat with collaborators coming +27 different countries;ABOUT DENTAL MONITORING:It"---s an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission that our increasingly diverse team is dedicated to achieving.Dental Monitoring is built around the idea of providing Dental Professionals with a way to remotely monitor their patients"--- treatments, more accurately and regardless of their geographic location, thanks to our easy to use and unique AI driven device.Dental Monitoring is the world"---s first SaaS application designed to remote monitoring of dental treatment. Our AI is able to detect more than 170 clinical situations from intra-oral pictures taken by the patient, with a customizable platform to automatically deliver messages to patients and instructions to the practice team.In a nutshell, Dental Monitoring is revolutionizing the way Dental health care is provided, and has already convinced thousands of doctors around the world.After having just closed a 45M----- - funding backed by UK based VC Vitruvian Partners, Dental Monitoring is on the path to accelerate its international development, so many exciting challenges lie ahead. Guided by our core values, we"---ll meet these challenges creatively and with the support of our global Dental Professionals community. Join us !Discover DM: -
              

    The Impeachment Follies

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    For your edification, a few thoughts about the impeachment process from emeritus Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz. As you know, Dershowitz is one of the few liberals and progressives who have not lost their minds over Trump. He has consistently demonstrated integrity, in calling them as he see them… and as the law requires.

    In a recent essay he remarks that the founders of the American republic did not want impeachment to become a partisan political event, a way for one party to punish or to hobble a president from another party. 

    Hamilton warned of the “greatest danger” that the decision to move forward with impeachment will “be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties than the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” He worried that the tools of impeachment would be wielded by the “most cunning or most numerous factions” and lack the “requisite neutrality toward those whose conduct would be the subject of scrutiny.”

    He continues:

    Impeachment is an extraordinary tool to be used only when the constitutional criteria are met. These criteria are limited and include only “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Hamilton described these as being “of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated political, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”

    Hamilton distinctly distinguished between the nature of the constitutional crimes, denoting them as political, while insisting that the process for impeachment and removal must remain scrupulously neutral and nonpartisan among members of Congress.

    And yet, Congressional Democrats do not care about anything but their fanatical will to destroy Trump. They are conducting a dishonest secretive probe, one that will lead to a partisan vote to impeach. They must know that the senate will never vote to remove... so they are engaging in a grand theatrical performance, largely because the idiots in their caucus do not know how to do anything but to create drama:

    It is far more likely that, no matter how extensive the investigation is and regardless of what it uncovers, nearly all House Democrats will vote for impeachment and nearly all House Republicans will vote against it. Such a partisan vote would deny constitutional legitimacy to impeachment. 

    Strangely, the Democratic Party wants to remove the duly elected president in the name of democracy. The House of Representatives is the only body that truly reflects the will of the majority. And yet, James Madison did not want the nation to be a democracy. He specifically argued that the nation should be a republic, where the will of the majority of the people should be checked and balanced by other branches of government. 

    After all, the Framers explicitly rejected maladministration as a ground for impeachment and removal. James Madison, the father of our Constitution, argued that such open criteria would give Congress far too much power to remove a duly elected president. It would, he feared, turn our republic into a democracy in which the chief executive served at the pleasure of the parliament and could be removed by a simple vote of no confidence.

    Of course, if Democrats say that no one is above the law, they should, Dershowitz argued, apply the same rule to themselves.

    How many times have we heard from Democrats that “no one is above the law” in reference to President Trump? That is true, but neither is Congress above the law. It cannot substitute its own criteria for those mandated by the Constitution. The House vote may have been necessary to establish procedures. But the partisanship strongly suggests that what Hamilton regarded as the greatest danger may be on the horizon, namely a vote to impeach a duly elected president based not on “real demonstrations of innocence or guilt” but rather on “comparative strength of parties.”

    And yet, it’s about more than the comparative strength of parties. When you start hearing Democrats talk about patriotism and their love for the constitution, you have to ask yourself when they started caring about patriotism and the constitution.

    In truth, the impeachment follies continues an effort begun at the FBI and the Justice Department, continued by National Security Council holdovers, first, to ensure that Trump not be elected, and second to overthrow the president. In the past it would have been called sedition. They are not just motivated by their hatred of Trump. They are pushing their case because they love Obama more than they care about the constitution or the rule of law. 

    Their idolatrous worship of the last president, their horror at seeing his legacy discarded, has caused them to lose all perspective. They and their satraps in the media declared Obama to be the Messiah. Anyone who refuses to accept him as the Messiah belongs to what medieval inquisitors called the unconverted.

    They refused to believe that Obama had done anything wrong, that his policies might not have been very good. So deep is their love for Obama that they will do anything, defy any precedent, ignore any tradition, in order to get Trump. And to restore the Obama legacy, what with its dismissal of patriotism and its disregard for of America’s political tradition.

              

    The Katie Hill Saga, Last Chapter

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    Is Maureen Dowd becoming conservative? Has she broken with social constructivist morality to pivot back toward traditional rules?

    For some it will be a horrifying turn. For others it will restore their faith in humanity. The notion that you cannot make up your own rules, even if you get all of your friends to sign on to them… seems not to have penetrated the skulls of our millennial generation.

    You see, millennials believe that right and wrong are social constructions. If you do something that other people might have seen as wrong, then you can make it right by persuading everyone to think that it was really right. I admit, persuading is a bit bland here. If you want everyone to think that there is nothing wrong or even risky with sending out naked pictures of yourself, then you can solve the problem by blinding everyone—figuratively speaking.

    Those unhappy few who resist the brainwashing or who refuse to comply with the new social constructivist morality must be denounced and voted off the island.

    As for our moral world, it resembles nothing but the world of Hans Christian Anderson’s story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”  As you know well, the Emperor has been persuaded by a couple of swindlers that anyone who does not agree that he, wearing nothing, is decked out in imperial finery is morally degenerate, and disloyal. Being a good subject means accepting that reality is what the emperor thinks it is.

    Evidently, the sham is exposed when a boy shouts out the truth. He is not speaking truth to power as much as he is defying an commonly accepted illusion. He is expressing an opinion that is unacceptable in proper social circles. In the story, the emperor continues on his way. In reality, Rep. Katie Hill was forced to resign from Congress.

    In her column today Dowd offers a dialogue between her boomer self and a millennial Times staff member. When faced with the notion that all moral truth is relative, merely a function of what you can get people to believe, Dowd demurs. Despite what the millennial generation has been brainwashed into believing, we have not yet repealed human nature.

    Exposing your nakedness to the public, risking having your nakedness exposed to the public, is still shameful. Because shame is a universal emotional sanction against exhibiting your private parts in public. That is why they are called private.

    Allow Dowd her say:

    I get that young people are digital natives, even cyborgs. But I had to offer a riposte to Shawn that, while society can be reshaped, human nature is immutable. What I learned from studying Shakespeare is that the primary colors of emotions carry through the centuries.

    There will always be vengeful exes and envious allies and ruthless opponents and double-crossing friends. Whether the messages are being carried by pigeons or pixels, you have to protect yourself — and your data. Don’t let our shiny new tools blind you to the fact that some horrible truths about humanity never change.

    And don’t leave yourself vulnerable by giving people the ammunition — or the nudes — to strip you of your dreams.

    OK, millennials?

    The highly estimable Whoopi Goldberg made the same point and received gales of derision. But, truth is truth. Anyone who sends such pictures over the internet, or who memorializes his or her romps in photos, is running a risk. The same applies to any woman who takes what has been called the walk of shame. If she walking down the street or across the quad on Sunday morning dressed for a party, her shame does not merely arise from the fact that a lot of people will judge her ill, but from the fact that she knows that she is showing the world that she does not respect herself.

    One notes, and one underscores, that we do not care what she was doing the night before. And we do not really care about what Katie Hill was doing with her girlfriend, her boyfriend and her husband. We care when it is flashed in our faces. We care about the indiscretion more than we care about the parties.

    As for the Katie Hill saga, here is Dowd’s take. The Shawn in question is Shawn McCreesh:

    Shawn OK-Boomered me Friday on the topic of Katie Hill, the 32-year-old freshman California congresswoman who is openly bisexual and ran what Vice dubbed “the most millennial campaign ever.” Her promising career flamed out in a scandal that was both age-old and very millennial, in that it featured revenge porn, a throuple, sexual fluidity and dirty bong water.

    Hill was a blast of fresh air on the Hill. And it is amazing that, after two centuries of men treating the political landscape here as a droit du seigneur playground, that the one ensnared in an ethics investigation about the new rules enacted last year on sexual harassment — barring lawmakers from having sexual relationships with staffers — is a woman.

    Hill pointed the finger at her “abusive” loser husband, Kenny Heslep, who has been unemployed for the past five years, implying that he leaked the pictures and texts to Hill’s foes. Not since Linda Tripp has there been such a creepy betrayal in politics.

    Being as the moral default for the millennial generation is to blame the double standard, it is worth noting the number of men whose Congressional careers have been aborted by sexual improprieties. You can read the list in The Daily Caller.

    In the world of eternal socio-sexual verities, we also note that Hill was betrayed by her husband. Apparently, he had no problem engaging in threesomes with Hill and her comely female assistant, but he drew the line against sharing her with a man. We can tamp down our outrage by seeing this in more Darwinian terms. If a throuple contains two women and one man, there is never any doubt about who the father is. If the throuple contains two men and one woman, there is always doubt. As Dowd suggests, the millennial generation has not yet managed to repeal human nature.

    As for the other eternal verities, the one that no one seems inclined to notice, Hill’s vengeful husband had been thoroughly emasculated—in the social sense, not in the sexual sense—and had been reduced to a house husband, a man who had no place in the world of work, that is, the world of men, but was told by his wife to stay at home and do the laundry.

    One understands that the woke millennial generation has decided that gender roles are merely a social construction. Apparently, Hill’s husband did not think so. Having other men see him as a wuss must have worn him down. He decided that revenge was sweet, and that he would destroy the career that had been used to destroy his own career aspirations.

    Of course, millennials do not approve. So what. And they point out that they have all taken and distributed pornographic pictures of themselves. Dowd quotes Shawn:

    He pointed to a viral text going around this past month as evidence that most young people have at least one picture on their phones that they don’t want to get out. The first line of the text refers to Instagram and pops up on the recipient’s phone with the most horrifying words known to the millennial mind: “Why is there a nude on your story??” Once the text is opened, it turns out to be a prank. Nonetheless, Shawn said, it caused a lot of spilled coffees and near car crashes among his friends.

    He said that iPhones and social media have so reshaped culture that older people would have to accept the new and sometimes naked reality.

    The notion that older people must accept these youthful aberrations must have a long history. It is like bluffing when your cards are exposed.

    One also notes that Dowd first-names her interlocutor… perhaps because we usually first name women more often than we do men.

    Anyway, McCreesh has offered an absurd thought, one that has defined the moral character of the millennial generation. They are like the ostrich who has stuck his head in the sand and who thinks that it makes him invisible. They know that they are making moral errors. They know that their moral errors might very well haunt them forever. And yet, they believe that they can obviate the pain by taking over everyone’s minds, by making it more reprehensible to say that the emperor is naked. 

    Why give up an illusion, especially an illusion that will expose you as a shameless dupe when you can just shoot the boy who declares that the emperor is naked. Not literally, of course. But, you must shut him up and shut him down. Dissenting opinions are no longer welcome because they might force millennials to face their moral derelictions. 

    Perhaps this tells us why the younger generations are so happy to shut up dissenting opinions and why they believe that mind control will save their honor. They are going to have a very rude awakening.

              

    America's Empty Headed Philosopher Kings

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    If the nation were not riveted to President Trump, and if President Trump did not have to spend half his time dodging and deflecting incoming verbal attack missiles, we might have been paying attention to our philosopher kings, our intellectual and political elites, people who have been running the country... into the ground. By their lights Trump can do no right. By logical extension, they can do no wrong.

    Victor Davis Hanson calls them our nomenklatura. (via Maggie’s Farm) They are a guardian class of philosopher kings who have taken control of the government and who will brook no dissent. You might think that they are running on fumes, but it would be more accurate, Hanson suggests, that they are running on credentials.

    In that he is echoing a thought often expressed by David Foster of the Chicago Boyz blog, namely that America’s ruling class is defined by credentials, not by achievement or merit. Besides, in a world where diversity has overtaken merit, these credentials are no longer signs of real worth.

    Hanson trots out the usual suspects and exposes a gang that cannot think straight. For all of the vitriol routinely tossed at Donald Trump, Americans intellectual leaders has failed to notice that their heroes have feet of clay.

    You recall, Hanson reminds us, that serious psychiatrists have accused Trump of being mentally ill. And yet, how often does Joe Biden resemble a man who is suffering some level of dementia. One might even say the same about the hapless and helpless Robert Mueller, a man whose Congressional testimony showed that he was not in charge of much of anything.

    As for Biden, Hanson remarks what we all know:

    At times, former Vice President Joe Biden is unaware of which town, indeed which state, he is in. He slurs his words often. Biden strings together unconnected thoughts that result in utter incoherence—not alleviated by his near shouting emphatics or fits of pique at reporters.

    Sometimes, Biden forgets names, and referents, and appears befuddled generally. His biography is mythical. He cannot address Ukraine and the role of his son, Hunter Biden, because, after all, what would a truthful person say? That the vice president of the United States allowed his wastrel son to become a multimillionaire by leveraging his father’s office with foreign corrupt governments? 

    And yet, media enablers continue to claim that Biden merely makes gaffes. If Trump had done as much, they would have been crying out for involuntary commitment... even though they oppose involuntary commitment.

    As for Hillary Clinton, she refuses to accept that she lost an election and has descended to trafficking conspiracy theories… the kind that would normally label you paranoid. Of course, she and her minions have been accusing Trump of having done what she and her minions were actually doing. When it comes to corruption, to emoluments, no one beats the Clintons:

    And all this from Hillary Clinton, who inaugurated the 2009 disastrous Russian appeasement scheme known as “reset” by pushing a red plastic Jacuzzi button in Geneva, and who was instrumental in green-lighting North American uranium sales to Russian interests, which interests through third parties had donated to her foundation and indirectly paid Russians to interfere in the 2016 election to destroy her opponent?

    And the sainted Mitt Romney, a man whose good moral character does not include loyalty, refused to take the gloves off when running against Barack Obama. Now he has made himself a Republican scold, a party of one.

    But after the implosion of the once impressive 2016 Republican primary field, Romney assumed the mantle of senior establishment Trump foe. If he played by the Marquess of Queensberry Rules with Barack Obama, he certainly did not with Donald Trump, blasting him frequently as a fraud, con, dishonest, a bully, and greedy—clueless that instead Trump served as some sort of sharp planer that ripped off the thin, shiny mahogany veneer pasted over our particle-board establishment.

    And, let’s not forget:

    Romney seems to have entered Hillary/Biden fantasyland by admitting to being a “lurker” on social media—one who adopts an anonymous and secret Twitter account (in Romney’s case under the nom de guerre “Pierre Delecto”), to channel and encourage nice stories about himself, and to attack vicariously those who do not share his views or self-admiration.

    And, we can examine the records of former Obama administration officials James Clapper and John Brennan. Somehow or other the great minds of the media have not figured out that these holier-than-thou warriors are really trying to stay out of jail.

    As it happens, no one much cares about holding them to account:

    Before Trump, both John Brennan and James Clapper, respectively CIA director and director of national intelligence, lied under oath to Congress—and paid nothing for doing so. Or rather their past prevarications became good CV items for the new fake news industry. From them, we respectively once learned that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was largely secular and that jihad was a mostly a non-violent expression of personal growth and discovery. In their world, drones never hit bystanders, the intelligence agencies never spy on Americans, and the two of them never lied under oath. Both leveraged their past service and security clearances into lucrative cable TV analyst contracts—and often editorialized about ongoing investigations in which they were either knee-deep or of which they later became targets.

    How did we go wrong? Hanson offers this explanation:

    We have confused credentials with merit—as we learned when Hollywood stars and rich people tried to bribe and buy their mostly lackadaisical children into named schools, eager for the cattle brand BAs and without a care whether their offspring would be well educated. 

    Graduating from today’s Yale or Harvard law school is not necessarily a sign of achievement, much less legal expertise. Mostly, entrance into heralded schools is a reminder of past good prep school grades and test scores winning admittance—or using some sort of old-boy, networking, athletic, or affirmative action pull.

    Being a “senior” official at some alphabet government agency also means little any more outside of the nomenklatura. Academia, the media, and entertainment industries are likewise supposedly meritocratic without being based on demonstrable worth. Otherwise, why would college graduates know so little, the media so often report fantasies as truth, and Hollywood focus on poor remakes? Take all the signature brand names that the Baby Boomers inherited from prior generations—Harvard, Yale, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, the Oscars, the NFL, the NBA, the FBI, the CIA, the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, and a host of others. And then ask whether they enhanced or diminished such inheritances?

    A country over $22 trillion in debt, with an open border, an existential conflict with China, and a West in cultural and demographic decline, for two years was told falsely that Donald Trump supposedly knew of a meeting in advance at Trump Tower, that James Comey would supposedly testify that he never told Trump he was not under investigation, and that Trump would soon be indicted, resign, or impeached. The amount of elite energy spent replaying the embarrassing progressive 2016 loss and trying to abort the Trump presidency before the 2020 election, remember, was the product of our best and brightest, the top echelon of our law enforcement and intelligence communities, and our most esteemed political and media elite.

    They are defending their turf, their territories, their reputations and their livelihood. The one thing that they can never accept is that the curtain will be drawn back, revealing them to be impostors. They will never forgive Donald Trump for refusing to pay them proper obeisance.

              

    Vantaggi economici, finanziari e sociali per le smart city

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    ESI ThoughtLab ha presentato in anteprima i risultati preliminari della sua ricerca "Smart City Research Initiative 2019,  Building a Hyperconnected City". Lo studio  ha preso in esame  100 città metropolitane  in tutto il mondo ed ha  scoperto che la maggior parte di queste  città  ha ottenuto molti vantaggi economici,  finanziari, e  sociali grazie agli investimenti  nelle tecnologie smart. Sono però aumentati anche i cyber-rischi quando tali tecnologie non sono gestite in modo adeguato.

    Secondo lo studio, il 38% delle città che hanno implementato soluzioni di mobilità intelligente, hanno avuto un riscontro positivo dagli utenti e nel 32%  delle città, grazie ai miglioramenti nei tempi e nelle modalità di consegna delle merci, sono migliorati i tempi di produttività per le imprese. Nel 45% delle città che hanno implementato iniziative ambientali ed energetiche intelligenti  si stanno riscontrando miglioramenti per la salute dei cittadini, il 44% sta  riducendo l'inquinamento e il 43%  sta  stabilizzando i  prezzi dell'energia.   

    La velocità del  cambiamento  tecnologico  è stata rapida. Wifi, IoT, Cloud, Mobile  sono  ormai  tecnologie pervasive in tutte le città smart, utilizzate da più di 9 cittadini su 10. Altre promettenti tecnologie che stanno diventando di uso comune  sono:  biometria  (83%  delle città), Intelligenza Artificiale (82%) e Blockchain (66%). Mentre robot e droni, 5G, realtà aumentata e elaborazione distribuita sono promettenti nuove tecnologie promettenti, ma ancora nelle prime fasi di utilizzo. 

    L'uso di queste tecnologie sta trasformando l'ecosistema urbano portando: nuove  opportunità di business, miglioramento  della salute pubblica, riduzione del crimine, incremento della produttività. Inoltre questa trasformazione sta comportando vantaggi economici e finanziari che vanno oltre il recupero degli investimenti, procurando rendimenti tangibili soprattutto nel settore della mobilità e trasporti, energia, gestione dell'acqua, ambiente e rifiuti e pubblica sicurezza.

    Ma l'uso di tecnologie smart espone le città a maggiori rischi informatici. Oltre la metà delle città analizzate ha dichiarato di  non essere ben preparata per affrontare gli attacchi informatici. Le  maggiori vulnerabilità dichiarate si riferiscono ai sistemi  finanziari e di pagamento (54%  delle città), alle telecomunicazioni (51%), alla mobilità e ai trasporti (40%). Per far fronte all'aumento dei rischi informatici, l'82% delle città  prevede di aumentare di importi significativi il proprio budget per la sicurezza informatica il prossimo anno.

    Lo studio si  basa su un  rigoroso sondaggio di benchmarking  condotto  durante l'estate del 2019  da  ESI ThoughtLab e un gruppo intersettoriale di sponsor, tra cui Deloitte, Oracle,  Stantec , Pennoni ,  Eaton Lighting,  NTT Group, Nokia, Cognizant,  Visa e Microsoft . Il campione consisteva  di 100  città di diversa tipologia in  tutto il mondo  impegnate in  iniziative di smart city.

    Lo studio completo  sarà presentato nel mese di novembre  allo Smart City Expo World Congress di Barcellona.

    Fonte: https://econsultsolutions.com

     

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    Ambassador amends testimony, acknowledges quid-pro-quo message

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    Congressman Veasey (TX-33) Statement on House Resolution on Next Steps in Impeachment Inquiry

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    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a resolution that establishes procedures for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump:

    "It is clear that Donald Trump endangered our national security and undermined our democracy when he continually asked various foreign governments to interfere with our elections. Last month, I joined my colleagues to hold Donald Trump accountable for this abuse of power when we opened an official impeachment inquiry—and today, I continued to hold him accountable by providing a clear path forward for the ongoing impeachment inquiry by voting on this resolution."


              

    Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) Leads Charge To Strengthen Workforce Development Programs for Women

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    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Marc Veasey built upon his staunch support for women’s rights by introducing the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Amendment Act—a piece of legislation that would urge more support of women in apprenticeship programs.

    “Women comprise nearly half of the United States workforce but only account for 7% of all apprenticeship participation,” said Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33). “This legislation will increase diversity in our American workforce by addressing barriers that keep women from participating in apprenticeship programs and modernize the WANTO program to reflect our economy’s need for skilled employees.”

    “Working class Americans are the backbone to a strong economy, but—for too long—women have been severely underrepresented in apprenticeship programs. By alleviating the barriers women face, we can further strengthen our economy and ensure middle class families have the economic security they deserve,” said bill co-lead Congressman Boyle (PA-02). Guaranteeing that women receive equal access to economic opportunities is a key pillar of Democrats’ agenda for women and families, and a core of our effort to deliver bigger paychecks and greater opportunities to all hard-working Americans. I’m proud to introduce this bill to support more women in apprenticeship programs.”

    The legislation will modernize the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) program to reflect our economy’s growing need for technically skilled employees and support the employment of women in these fields in occupations where they were traditionally underrepresented, like manufacturing and the building trades, by providing technical assistance to employers and labor unions.

    Specifically, The WANTO Amendment Act will expand the program beyond the 6 grants it issues each year to at least one grant awarded in each state and territory. Grantees will also be able to use the funds to help pay for transportation and childcare costs which are two issues identified as barriers women face in participating in apprenticeships.

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    ALDE Party Congress – a first time delegate’s thoughts

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    In the shadow of the ancient Athenian acropolis where Aristotle and Socrates once lectured on ideas that would go on to change the world, Hans van Baalen, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) launched the organisations 40th congress under the banners “mission is possible” and “liberal renaissance”. His audience […]
              

    What Cryptocurrency Guidance?

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    Prosecutors in Roger Stone trial will call Steve Bannon to testify

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    Swamp Thing Flakes Slime Color

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    Parakeet Color Changing Slime Pigment Powder

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    Election Day Hijinks, Obama Robocalls, Who's on Ballot, Election Watch Parties

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    Jim Hood is the Democratic candidate for Mississippi governor; Delbert Hosemann is the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor; Jennifer Riley Collins is the Democratic nominee for attorney general; Lynn Fitch is the Republican nominee for attorney general. Photos by Ashton Pittman and Imani Khayyam

    Mississippi voters headed to the polls starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday to vote for top State and regional offices, including the election for governor. Polls will remain open until 7 p.m., when election workers will begin tallying up the vote. Mississippians must bring a State-approved form of photo ID to vote, such as a driver's license or student ID.

    More information on voter ID is available on the secretary of state's website. A sample ballot for Hinds County voters is available here.

    The secretary of state's office spent much of the morning correcting misinformation. Some voters received letters from an organization called the Center for Voter Information, which gave "neighborhoods a 'grade' based upon voters' alleged previous vote history according to party affiliation."

    Mississippi does not register by party, though.

    "Correspondence like this is intimidating and misleading and ultimately deters voters from going to the polls to cast a ballot," Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who is running as the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, said in a statement Tuesday morning.

    Also on Tuesday morning, the Hinds County Facebook page initially sent out a message encouraging voters to "VOTE IN THE MISSISSIPPI GENERAL ELECTION TODAY, NOVEMBER 11TH." That message was up for over an hour before Hinds County replaced it with today's correct date: Nov. 5.

    The cover of the current Jackson Free Press also gave the wrong election date due to a typo no one caught before the issue went to print. We have sent out notices in social media correcting the error. A small graphic on the cover said, "Vote on Tuesday, November 8," rather than Nov. 5, although a full-page add on page 5 listed the correct date. We apologize for missing the mistake.

    Last-Minute Endorsements, Last-Minute Fearmongering

    In the Mississippi governor's race, Republicans last night began circulating a recording of a robocall former President Barack Obama made, urging Democrats to vote for their nominee, Jim Hood, even as others claimed on social media that it was fake.

    "At the 11th hour Jim Hood had Barack Obama endorse him for Governor of Mississippi," current Republican Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted Monday night. "Now we finally know what he really believes. Vote Republican tomorrow and end this once and for all."

    While Bryant and other Republicans sought to portray the Obama endorsement as a scandal, they have openly touted President Donald J. Trump's support for Reeves—despite the fact that Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry, is implicated in multiple federal and state criminal investigations, and that numerous of his former aides from his time on the campaign trail and in the White House are under investigation, in prison, or awaiting sentencing.

    Democratic sources confirmed to Jackson Free Press editor Donna Ladd last night that the robocall was real. On Tuesday morning, Barack Obama Communications Director Katie Hill also confirmed to the Jackson Free Press that the voice on the robocall is indeed the former president's.

    Going after Democrats by emphasizing their ties to people of color is not a new tactic in Mississippi politics—or in this election. During both his Republican primary against Republican opponent Bill Waller and the general election against Hood, Reeves sent out mailers showing his opponents near images of national figures like U.S. House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and U.S. House Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

    During Reeves' first race for Mississippi treasurer in 2003, Democrats accused the GOP of helping him beat a more qualified opponent by sending mailers out to white voters that included a photo of the Democratic candidate, Gary Anderson, who is African American.

    On Tuesday morning, Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris tweeted out a last-minute endorsement for Democratic nominee for Mississippi Attorney General Jennifer Riley Collins.

    "@JenniferforAG is a proven public servant and civil rights lawyer; she has the lived experience Mississippi families desperately need to move the state forward. Mississippians, you have a chance to make history today," Harris tweeted.

    Concerns About Jim Crow-Era Election System

    If she won, Collins would be not only the first African American elected to statewide office since the late 1800s, but the first African American woman ever elected to a statewide office in Mississippi.

    Mississippi's Jim Crow-era election system for statewide offices could prove troublesome for Democrats, though. Under it, Democrats must win not only a majority of the vote, but a majority of Mississippi House Districts. If they do not, the GOP-dominated Mississippi House would select the next governor.

    A federal judge declined to block the law ahead of the election. While some polls show Hood with a narrow lead over Reeves in the governor's race, plaintiffs in that court case told the judge that a Democratic candidate might have to win 55% of the vote in order to win the election under the current system because of the way House districts are distributed.

    When Mississippi first adopted the 1890 Constitution that implemented this system, one of its framers, then House Rep. James K. Vardamn, explicitly said that the purpose of the new constitution was to curtail black voting power.

    "There is no use to equivocate or lie about the matter. Mississippi's constitutional convention was held for no other purpose than to eliminate the n——r from politics; not the ignorant—but the n-——," admitted Vardaman, who later became governor and then a U.S. senator.

    That provision last came into play in 1999, when Democrat Ronnie Musgrove won a majority of votes but not a majority of House districts. The Democratic majority House voted to make him governor. If a Democrat in a statewide race but not a majority of House districts, that could potentially throw the issue back to the federal courts, who would then have to decide whether or not the system is constitutional.

    Aside from Collins, Democrats are running three other African Americans at the top of statewide tickets, with former Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree running for secretary of state; former Bolton, Miss., Alderwoman Addie Lee Green running for treasurer; and businessman Robert Amos running for insurance commissioner.

    Watch Parties

    In the race for governor, Hood is holding an election night watch party in Jackson at The King Edward Hotel's 2nd floor ballroom at 235 W. Capitol St. starting at 7 p.m.

    The Mississippi Republican Party is holding an election-night watch party for Reeves and all other GOP statewide candidates beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jackson at The Westin Hotel on 407 South Congress St.

    A full list of candidates for statewide and regional office is below.

    Governor

    Jim Hood (D)

    "Putting Mississippi families first."

    Age: 57

    Hometown: Houston, Miss.

    Occupation: Current attorney general

    Website: Hoodforgovernor.com

    FB/Twitter: @Hoodforgovernor

    Tate Reeves (R)

    "Keep Mississippi strong."

    Age: 45

    Hometown: Florence, Miss.

    Occupation: Current lieutenant governor

    Website: www.tatereeves.com

    FB/Twitter: @tatereeves

    Lieutenant Governor

    Delbert Hosemann (R)

    "Streamlining state government to operate from the citizen up, not bureaucracy down."

    Age: 72

    Hometown: Vicksburg, Miss.

    Occupation: Current Secretary of State

    Website: delberthosemann.com

    FB/Twitter: @DelbertHosemann

    Jay Hughes (D)

    "It's all about education."

    Age: 56

    Hometown: Houston, Texas

    Occupation: Representative, Mississippi House

    Website: jayformississippi.com

    FB/Twitter: @Jay4Mississippi

    Attorney General

    Jennifer Riley Collins (D)

    "I support smart reforms that ensure we prioritize people over prison." (JFP questionnaire)

    Age: 53

    Hometown: Meridian, Miss.

    Occupation: Army colonel; civil rights attorney; former ACLU-Mississippi director

    Website: jenniferforag.com

    FB/Twitter: @jenniferforag

    Lynn Fitch (R)

    "A solution-driven conservative with a unique skill set in law, finance, administration and policy" (website)

    Age: 57

    Occupation: Current Mississippi Treasurer

    Website: www.lynnfitchforms.com

    FB/Twitter: @LynnFitchforMS

    Secretary of State

    Michael Watson (R)

    "I look forward to bringing my conservative record of consistent success in the Legislature to the Secretary of State's office." (website)

    Age: 41

    Hometown: Pascagoula

    Occupation: Mississippi senator

    Website: michaelwatson.ms

    FB/Twitter: @MichaelWatsonMS

    Johnny DuPree (D)

    "It's not enough to dream of a better tomorrow. One must also work towards that better tomorrow." (website)

    Age: 65

    Hometown: Hattiesburg, Miss.

    Occupation: Former Hattiesburg mayor

    Website: johnnydupree.com

    FB/Twitter: @johnnyldupree

    Treasurer

    Addie Lee Green (D)

    Hometown: Raymond, Miss.

    Occupation: Former Bolton 
 alderwoman

    Website: www.addieleegreen.com/

    FB/Twitter: @AddieGreenJMS

    Dave McRae (R)

    "Outsider. Conservative. Businessman." (Twitter)

    Age: 38

    Hometown: Ridgeland

    Occupation: Attorney; managing partner at McRae Investments

    Website: davidmcrae.org

    FB/Twitter: @DavidMcRaeMS

    Insurance Commissioner

    Robert Amos (D)

    "I am running for insurance commissioner for all families in Mississippi regardless of political affiliation, race, sexual affiliation or religion." (Meridian Star)

    Age: 46

    Hometown: Jackson

    Occupation: College professor; business owner

    Mike Chaney (R)

    "Government big enough to give you anything you want is big enough to take away everything you've got." (Neshoba County Fair)

    "The aim is to create the highest degree of economic security, quality of life and public safety for citizens at the lowest possible cost." (website)

    Age: 75

    Hometown: Tupelo, Miss.

    Occupation: Current insurance commissioner

    FB/Twitter: @electmikechaney

    Agriculture Commissioner

    Andy Gipson (R)

    "We will make sure the future of Mississippi agriculture will remain strong."

    Age: 42

    Hometown: Brandon, Miss.

    Occupation: Current agriculture commissioner; pastor

    Website: andygipson.com

    FB/Twitter: @CommAndyGipson

    Rickey Cole (D)

    "Change our food system for the better."

    Age: 53

    Hometown: Laurel, Miss.

    Occupation: Former Mississippi Democratic Party chairman; farmer

    Website: cole4foodcommissioner.com

    FB/Twitter: @RickeyCole

    Jackson Metro

    Public Service Commission (Central District)

    Brent Bailey (R)

    De'Keither Stamps (D)

    Transportation Commissioner (Central District)

    Butch Lee (R)

    Willie Simmons (D)

    Mississippi Senate District 22

    Hayes Dent (R)

    Joseph Thomas (D)

    House District 56

    Philip Gunn (R)

    Vicki Slater (D)

    House District 64

    Bill Denny (R)

    Shanda Yates (D)

    House District 68

    Jon Pond (R)

    Zakiya Summers (D)

    House District 73

    Jill Ford (R)

    Gale Walsh Massey (D)

    Follow State Reporter Ashton Pittman on Twitter @ashtonpittman. Send tips to ashton@jacksonfreepress.com. Read more about statewide elections at jacksonfreepress.com/2019elections.


              

    Číně vždycky vládl císař. Dnes se mu říká prezident ČLR

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    The Man Who Popularized The 'Deep State' Doesn't Like The Way It's Used

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    Meet Mike Lofgren, a long-time congressional staffer who describes himself as a political independent. He says the current discourse has turned his notion of a 'deep state' into a 'Frankenstein.'
              

    Data Show Social Security Expansion Shouldn’t Be Presidential Priority

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    Congressional Democrats are ready to back the presidential candidates’ promises, with near-unanimous House Democrat support for legislation to expand Social Security.
              

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    Il senso del lavoro nella Bibbia - IV Congresso MLAC e Festa dell'Adesione

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    "Benedici Signore il lavoro delle nostre mani" è il titolo dell'incontro che l'Azione Cattolica della Diocesi di Adria - Rovigo promuoverà Sabato 7 Dicembre 2019, alle ore 15.45, presso la Sala Flumina all'interno del Museo dei Grandi Fiumi di Rovigo. Questo momento di riflessione sarà guidato da don Andrea Varliero (biblista e parroco) e suor Francesca Fiorese (Direttrice dell'Ufficio della Pastorale Sociale e del Lavoro di Padova) che, partendo da alcuni testi della Bibbia, accompagneranno i partecipanti a riscoprire il senso del lavoro e a capire come metterlo in pratica nella vita odierna, sia per le persone per cui il lavoro occupa la maggior parte della propria giornata, sia per le persone che sono in ricerca o che vivono un momento di difficoltà per la perdita dell'occupazione. Questo momento di riflessione, che ha ottenuto il patrocinio dell'Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Rovigo, si svolgerà in occasione della Festa Diocesana dell'Adesione dell'Azione Cattolica e del IV Congresso Diocesano del Movimento Lavoratori di Azione Cattolica. A seguire, per chi lo desidera, sarà possibile fermarsi alla Santa Messa delle ore 18.30 durante la quale gli aderenti rinnoveranno, come Maria, il loro impegno a servizio della Chiesa.

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    Mallikarjun Kharge dropped from NMML society

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    New Dehli : The government has reconstituted the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society removing Congressmen Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh and Karan Singh as its members and inducting television journalist Rajat Sharma, adman Prasoon Joshi and Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta among others. According to an order issued on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi […]
              

    The History of LGBT Radio (Part 1)

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    The program The Gay '90s aired on 1420 WHK-AM in Cleveland, OH starting in 1993 and lasting over 6 years. Clevelandhistorical.org goes as far as to call it "The nation’s first gay and lesbian talk radio show."  It was certainly one of the earliest, but probably not the very first. But some of the nuance here may be ontological.

    One of the most famous homosexual authors of all time is William Burroughs, who famously said “I have never been gay a day in my life." But host Buck Harris opened the program with the following words “Good evening Cleveland… Welcome to The Gay 90s, the voice of Northeast Ohio’s gay and lesbian community. It is the intent of this show to provide programming that represents the diversity of our gay and lesbian community..." This was a LGBT focused radio program. There was no ambiguity.

    The name was a pun. The Gay Nineties is an nostalgic term which refers to the decade of the 1890s, though popularized only retroactively in the 1920s. (The modern usage of the word gay shows up around the same time in a work by Gertrude Stein.) The book Queer Airwaves: The Story of Gay and Lesbian Broadcasting by Phylis W. Johnson and Michael C. Keith had only a little to say about the The Gay '90s.
    "In March 1993 another commercial outlet began to experiment with gay talk. Cleveland's talk radio WHK-FM initially aired The Gay '90s on Friday nights, 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM, but soon moved it to Monday nights to reach more young people. Despite the shows success with listeners and advertisers, Program Director Paul Cox believed that syndication was not in it's near future. Cox didn't think America was ready for a gay talk show, adding that "it would take a lot of GMs and PDs with a hell of a lot of courage" to syndicate a gay talk show in the United States."
    Mr. Keith also mentioned the program in his book Radio Cultures: The Sound Medium in American Life but sadly the call sign is typoed in the one line reference of my 2008 printing as WHF. The program aired on Friday nights, starting at 9:00 PM. The two-hour show later moved to Mondays. Buck Harris had a background in public health policy, not broadcasting. In 1984 he was appointed by Cleveland Governor Dick Celeste as a Gay Health Consultant to the Department of Health. As he set up AIDS programs in the state, he did radio and TV interviews which elevated his public profile, and also gave him the experience he would later need for his own show. He certainly had the voice for it. More here and here.

    Harris did some fill in at WHK-AM and liked it so much that he offered to buy airtime and get his own advertisers. When the show debuted on March 26th, 1993 the radio station was greeted with a bomb threat. The threat was taken seriously, after the broadcast, police escorted Harris and station staff to their vehicles. There was no bomb, though Harris continued to get death threats. The radio program continued uninterrupted for another 6 years. Except for in 1995, when the show was pre-empted twice when the Cleveland Indians made the World Series. Subsequently Harris moved the show to 1300 WERE-AM. More here.

    The final program was on July 11th, 1999. The program had hosted Congressmen, Grammy Award winners, singers, songwriters, artists, civil rights activists, and radio call in talk like no program ever before. I think what distinguishes the show the most is what a commercial success it was. Buck said in a 1996 interview that he didn't make money on the program. But The Gay 90s proved that the potential was there. The show was one bold syndication away from national success. Buck Harris died in September of 2018 from complications of lung cancer. He was 70 years old.
              

    Evening Circulation Specialist

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    Job Details Company Overview Position Summary Information Basic Function Responsible for providing library circulation services to students, faculty, staff, and community patrons. Duties and Responsibilities Responsible for providing circulation services in-person, by telephone, and by email to library patrons; assisting patrons in locating and using research materials and course reserves, and providing basic technology assistance and instruction to patrons. Performs circulation desk transactions; loans, returns, and hold requests. Shelves library materials, shelf reads for accuracy, and shifts collections when needed. Minimum Qualifications Associate's degree or the equivalent combination of experience and/or training. Customer service experience Basic computer skills Preferred Qualifications Working knowledge of integrated library systems including Alma, Library of Congress Classification, and Microsoft Office suite. Experience in a community college and/or academic library. Experience providing circulation services. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Ability to work evenings 4pm-8pm Monday-Thursday with additional hours as needed. Knowledge of library procedures. Ability to navigate library systems: Library of Congress Classification system, online library cataloging system, and subscription databases. Ability to navigate content management systems. Ability to communicate effectively and work independently. Ability to interact effectively with diverse populations. Relevant library and/or appropriate customer service experience. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite and general computer and printing troubleshooting. Operation of a State Vehicle No Posting Detail Information Open Date 10/10/2019 Close Date 10/24/2019 Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicants Background Check Statement The selected candidate's offer is contingent upon the successful completion of an extensive criminal background investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of education, credit checks (relevant to employment), and other checks requested by the VCCS and NOVA such as I-9 and E-Verify requirements. Additionally, selected candidates may be required to complete the Commonwealth's Statement of Economic Interest. Additional Information Recommended skills Communication Computer Literacy Customer Service Background Checks Training Instructions
              

    Could a revived ‘theology of hope’ restore faith in hopeless times?

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    By Martin E. Marty / Religion News Service

    Recently, I’ve been pursuing instances of “hope,” which, one would think, are usual and non-rare. But if you pay even marginal attention to media, politics, arts and, yes, religion, you may have noticed the near disappearance or, one hopes, merely the eclipse of “hope” in our culture of prevalent hopelessness.

    Where do we hear or sense the presence of hope in displays or discourse or common activities? Our calling is to track a subject like this in religion, where one might least expect the decline of “hope.”

    Following the Apostle Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, Christian texts locate “hope” with “faith” and “love” as the three “abiding” phenomena which attract and measure all adherents. Compare the texts of various religions: Begin with Judaism, as notable rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes about “How the Jews Invented Hope” in his book Future Tense: Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Century. Those who read it will learn what is distinctive in Judaism’s understandings of hope.

    Similarly, the Quran is rich in dealing with hope, in realistic contexts, as the article “Hope and Despair in the Qur’an,” on the popular website Why Islam?, suggests. And one can find similar-yet-distinct instances of “hopeful” thought in Buddhism as well as in other religions and faith communities around the globe.

    The topic of “whatever happened to hope in religions” is of special interest in Western cultures, where it plays a key role in the many variations of Christianity. The stress on hope shifts with changing events in Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Protestantism, and it depends significantly on the political and cultural context in which Christians find themselves, and the tone and accent changes with these ups and downs.

    Accent on “hope” is most emphatic in times and places where it is most needed, sought after and welcomed: in times of droughts, wars, economic or political stress, to name a few. Needless to say, the presence or absence of talented prophets, poets, philosophers and theologians also plays a major role.

    Those who have read the prophets and the apostles of the Jewish and Christian faiths are aware of this. In the midst of ancient anti-hope cultural trends, Isaiah and Jeremiah and the threatened authors of the Gospels left latter-day believers with classical and enduring witnesses to the positive power of hope.

    In Protestantism, the most concentrated attention to what was called “hope theology” in previous decades and a “theology of hope” more recently appeared in cultures whose Christian faith was sourced beyond old Christendom in the middle of the 20th century, which occurred predominantly in Europe and the U.S. When the World Council of Churches was young, its Second Assembly — which met in Evanston, Illinois, in 1954 — was devoted to “Christ the Hope of the World,” as societies and cultures were dealing with the memory and very real experience of hopelessness in the aftermath of World War II.

    Not long after the Assembly, Jürgen Moltmann published the best-known individual work on the subject — his Theology of Hope. The German professor soon had company, in his fellow countryman Wolfhart Pannenberg and the American superstar Harvey Cox, who saw fresh hope in the secular order. Should there in fact be a recovery of “theologies of hope” — for which some hope again — it will likely be the case that Moltmann and related texts will be revisited and their themes updated.

    What is abundantly clear from those texts is that this hope had little to nothing to do with “optimism,” though there was plenty of that going around in those years. (Doggerel helped spell the difference: “The optimist fell ten stories. As he passed each window bar, he shouted in to his comrades, ‘It’s all right so far.’”) Instead, in the episode in which the “theology of hope” prospered, the accent was not on the immediate or, for that matter, on the longer past, but, instead, on the future.

    Similarly, this vision of hope did not lead to passivity. Moltmann led others to stress that the theology of hope invites believers to take part in “worldly” activity. The hope theme is consistent in the ethic and preaching of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as in many agents of proclamation and action in feminist, Latin American and black theologies.

    Those who profess hope and act upon it are aware that they cannot count on the same cultural support by majorities or large minorities that they could in decades past. But most do not spend their time indulging in nostalgia for “the good old days” or in cultural regression. They want to resurrect hope in word and action, in a world of nihilism, chaos and passivism.

    Most of them know that they profit from the witness of the proclaimers of hope through many centuries. At their best, proclaimers of hope urge again that fellow believers are to be impatient with the world as it is and active as participants in helping introduce, welcome and bring about a new reality.

    The most quoted biblical passage on this theme by the “hoping” theologians was and remains Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

    It shouldn’t be a surprise that this theology is heavy on eschatology, a vision of the “end” when suffering has been overcome. Yet we past-minded historians had to relearn to rely on the promises of God to act in the future. “Hopers” in many faiths draw on significant precedents in their respective traditions to cultivate hope among their faithful, and for the “hope” theologians in Christianity, the accent on the future has led them to make much of Jesus Christ, the “resurrected one.”

    “Hope” also reappears, against all cultural odds, as a significant theme in many versions of Roman Catholic thought and activity. In 2018, the Second International Congress of the European Society for Moral Philosophy chose as its theme “Is Hope Morally Good?” And in an interview on the subject, the president of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family, Josef Seifert, helped update Catholic thought on the theme of hope.

    Seifert offered that “the human, moral, and ideological destructive forces at work in the European Union — aimed at constructing what some have called a ‘false Europe,’” were developing an “empty façade of European peace and happiness,’’ and that “cheap and superficial ideologies” were replacing true hope.

    He quoted philosopher Gabriel Marcel: “Hope (is) the stuff of which the soul of Europe is made.”

    May it be that we all take a chance on learning more about how the “good stuff” of hope in every faith and place might be ensouled, enhanced and put to work. Here’s hoping …


              

    “Shocked. Shocked!” (meme)

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    "Shocked. Shocked!“ is a popular meme for when something is not shocking. The popular film Casablanca (1942) featured actor Claude Rains as Captain Louis Renault, who was forced by the Nazis to close down Rick’s cafe (where he had been gambling). Rick asked him why it was being shut down: Renault: Everybody is to leave here immediately! This cafe is closed until further notice. Clear the room, at once! Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds? Renault: I am shocked- shocked- to find that gambling is going on in here! Croupier: [hands Renault money] Your winnings, sir. Renault: [to croupier] Oh, thank you very much. [announcing to the room] Everybody out at once! The “shocked, shocked” expression began to be used in popular culture in the 1970s and 1980s. It was printed in the Boston (MA) Evening Globe in 1971 and the New York (NY) Times in 1974. “Shocked, shocked” has been used in politics, such as after finding that a politician is corrupt. Wikiquote: Casablanca (film) Casablanca is a 1942 film about an American expatriate owner of an upscale club and gambling den in the Moroccan city of Casablanca who meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. Directed by Michael Curtiz.  Written by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch, based on the play Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. (...) Strasser: [after Laszlo leads the band in playing the French national anthem] You see what I mean? If Laszlo’s presence in a cafe can inspire this unfortunate demonstration, what more will his presence in Casablanca bring on? I advise that this place be shut up at once. Renault: But everybody’s having such a good time. Strasser: Yes, much too good a time. The place is to be closed. Renault: But I’ve no excuse to close it! Strasser: Find one. [Strasser leaves, ending the conversation; Renault walks into the middle of the room and blows his whistle] Renault: Everybody is to leave here immediately! This cafe is closed until further notice. Clear the room, at once! Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds? Renault: I am shocked- shocked- to find that gambling is going on in here! Croupier: [hands Renault money] Your winnings, sir. Renault: [to croupier] Oh, thank you very much. [announcing to the room] Everybody out at once! Newspapers.com 4 May 1971, Boston (MA) Evening Globe, “The Nation: D.C. police play it cool” by Martin Nolan, pg. 20, col. 6: The scene was reminiscent of “Casablanca” wherein Claude Rains, the corrupt Vichy prefect of police, suddenly closes down Humphrey Bogart’s American cafe. “I’m shocked, shocked to find out that there’s gambling going on here,” he says as he pockets his evening’s winnings. Newspapers.com 2 January 1974, Lowell (MA) Sun, “Hollywood-on-the-Potomac” by Russell Baker (New York Times), pg. 11, col. 2: It was a scene in “Casablanca”. The Nazi colonel (Conrad Veidt) is in a fury about the un-Nazi way of life in Rick’s (Humphrey Bogart’s) saloon. Summoning the police chief (Claude Rains) from Bogart’s illicit gambling table, where Rains is always allowed to win, Veidt orders Rains to shut the place. On what grounds? asks Bogart. Rains replies that he is shocked—shocked!—to learn that there is gambling going on. Newspapers.com 10 February 1974, Sunday Call-Chronicle (Allentown, PA), pg. B-14, col. 1: Observer: You’ll Be Shocked—Shocked!—by Washington By RUSSELL BAKER Newspapers.com 29 March 1974, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, “Same old morality: Watergate hasn’t changed politics” by Saul Friedman, pg. 15-A, col. 2: Some political declarations these days remind one of that scene in “Casablanca” when the inspector is looking for an excuse to close down Nick’s place. As he pockets his roulette winnings he exclaims: “I’m shocked, shocked to learn that gambling is permitted here.” Newspapers.com 29 April 1983, Daily News (New York, NY), “Let ‘em teach school” by Harrison Rainie, pg. 32, col. 1: Bok wins this year’s Inspector Louis Renault Prize. Renault, it will be remembered, is the slick French prefect in “Casablanca” who, on the command of his German overseers, orders Rick’s speakeasy closed because he is “shocked, shocked to find there is gambling going on here.” At that moment, a croupier sidles up to him and hands him his winnings. Newspapers.com 23 October 1985, The Record (Hackensack, NJ), “What did we expect?” (editorial), pg. A-14, col. 1: It also beings to mind the famous scene in “Casablanca,” in which Inspector Renault, played by Claude Rains, orders Rick’s place closed because he is “shocked—shocked!—to find that gambling is going on in here.” Whereupon the croupier hands him his winnings and the good inspector walks out. Newspapers.com 20 January 1987, Statesman-Journal (Salem, OR), “Life resembles vintage films” by Ron Blankenbaker, pg. 7A, col. 1: It was like a scene out of the 1940s classic, Casablanca, the one in which the Vichy police inspector, played by Claude Raines, walks into Humphrey Bogart’s casino and, as he collects his winnings, says: “I’m shocked. Shocked to find there’s gambling going on here.” Newspapers.com 11 January 1988, The Record (Hackensack, NJ), “You talk poor and hide your money” by Peter Yerkes, pg. B-11, col. 2-3: You remember the scene. Claude Rains, the French police inspector who likes to wager a few francs at Rick’s cafe, is ordered by the Germans to close the place down. he’s got no choice, so he stages a magnificent display of outrage. “Rick, I’m shocked. There’s gambling going on here,” he declares. Then he pockets the proceeds of his latest round at the roulette table. YouTube Casablanca gambling? I’m shocked! Mar 18, 2010 lesatseaside Classic Casablanca scene Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds? Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! [a croupier hands Renault a pile of money] Croupier: Your winnings, sir. Captain Renault:  Oh, thank you very much. Captain Renault: Everybody out at once! Observer (New York, NY) Captain Renault in Casablanca: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! By Politicker Staff • 09/28/05 1:05pm Jon Corzine’s latest problem is published reports that he has made more than $5 million in donations or loans to black churches in New Jersey since he became a candidate for the United States Senate in 1999. Twitter Jim Parsons @JPWP Like Captain Renault in Casablanca, Congress is “shocked, shocked to discover this is going on” in the back room http://tinyurl.com/5l8ndw 2:23 PM · Aug 12, 2008·Twitter Web Client Urban Dictionary Shocked-shocked A sarcastic way to express shock at a revelation that is actually not shocking because everybody knew it already. Used with a healthy dose of irony, the phrase was first uttered in the film Casablanca. Wall street was shocked-shocked to learn that Goldman Sachs was scamming investors on a massive scale. #not shocked#no kidding?#seriously#dude?#fake shock#fake surprise by tvsteve April 29, 2010 HuffPost Victoria Saker Woeste, Contributor Research Professor ‘I’m Shocked, SHOCKED, to Find That Gambling Is Going on Here’ 04/02/2015 01:18 pm ET Updated Jun 01, 2015 Amid the uproar over Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), its supporters declare that they never anticipated the critical outcry that has greeted the law’s passage.  In statements that echo the incredulity of the French prefect of police in the movie Casablanca, they have professed themselves shocked to discover that anyone could object to the idea of giving religious believers added protection from an overbearing government that is apparently dangerously oppressive and hostile to religious practitioners. Deadspin Sepp Blatter Shocked, Shocked To Find That Bribery Is Going On In Here Barry Petchesky 5/27/15 2:35PM In a statement released just now, FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants you to know that he’s just as concerned as you are about corruption in his organization. Twitter Andrew Elliott McBurney @aemcburney Everyone: The “I’m shocked, shocked! to find that gambling is going on in here” meme is actually the most used meme in reaction to revelations of wrongdoing from the Trump campaign. Me:(Casablanca GIF is shown.—ed.) 11:03 PM · Jan 17, 2019 from San Antonio, TX·Twitter for Android
              

    Election Day: In some states, a test of 2020 voter enthusiasm

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    Gubernatorial and legislative elections in four states Tuesday will test voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble.Results in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia won't necessarily predict whether Trump will be reelected or which party will control Congress after the general election next fall. But partisans of all stripes invariably will use these odd-year [...]
              

    Guedes diz não haver pontos inegociáveis no pacote econômico apresentado pelo governo

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    Foto: Reprodução/Globo News O ministro da Economia, Paulo Guedes, disse nesta quarta-feira (6) que não há pontos inegociáveis no pacote de medidas econômicas enviado pelo governo ao Congresso. Guedes participou de um café da manhã na residência oficial do presidente … Continua
              

    Indicted Giuliani Associate Parnas Will Comply With Impeachment Probe

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    Lev Parnas, an indicted Ukrainian-American businessman who has emerged as a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into U.S. Donald Trump, has apparently changed his mind and is ready to cooperate with a congressional investigators, his lawyer told AP and Reuters on November 4.
              

    Comment on Reading Log: October 2019 by Rinaldo Darke

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    HI, David I read "The Library Book" back in June along with the LATimes book club. It was, as you say, a real winner. October's Best "Under Enemy Colors" and "A Battle Won" by Sean Thomas Russell Iron Men and Wooden Ships historical sea novels in the manner of Horatio Hornblower. These were very well done - 4 stars "Bloody Genius" by John Sandford Twelfth in the Virgil Flowers series about a Minnesota cop - 4 stars "Broken Glass" by Alexander Hartung A German "rogue cop" story newly translated and published here in the U.S. - also 4 stars. "The Pot Thief Who Studied Edward Abbey" by Michael J. Orenduff about an Albuquerque pot-hunter and -maker who became a pot thief when Congress decided the ancient artifacts should all stay buried. Also an amateur sleuth when one of his students at the University of New Mexico is murdered. 4 stars.
              

    Distance from Congressional Rd to Kawit

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    Distance from Congressional Rd to Kawit

    Distance of 47 Km travelled in 1 day(s)

    Day's Itinerary: Congressional Rd » Kawit
    Day's Distance: 47
    Day's Time: 62

              

    Proposta proíbe subir salário mínimo acima da inflação por 2 anos em crises

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    O salário mínimo ficará dois anos sem reajustes acima da inflação, caso o Congresso Nacional dê o sinal verde para a chamada PEC emergencial apresentada nesta terça-feira, 5, pelo governo. A medida pretende acionar gatilhos de ajuste de curto prazo para equilibrar as contas públicas.
    A informação é do “Estadão Conteúdo”.Até o início deste ano, a política de valorização do salário mínimo previa reajuste pela inflação mais o crescimento do PIB de dois anos antes, o que garantia ganhos reais ao piso nacional. Hoje, o salário mínimo está em R$ 998.
    A lei que criou a política, porém, perdeu eficácia e até agora não há nenhum substituto. A proposta orçamentária para o ano que vem já prevê reajuste do salário mínimo apenas pela variação da inflação, chegando a R$ 1.039.
    Ainda de acordo com o “Estadão”, a PEC emergencial proposta pelo governo prevê o acionamento imediato dos gatilhos de ajuste previstos na regra do teto de gastos, que limita o avanço das despesas à inflação. Uma delas é justamente a vedação de reajuste real ao salário mínimo. As medidas ficam vigentes por dois anos.

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    Nova proposta de Bolsonaro pode acabar com 49 municípios do RN

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    A proposta de emenda à Constituição que trata do novo pacto federativo, apresentada ao Congresso Nacional nesta terça-feira, 5, pelo presidente Jair Bolsonaro, pode extinguir pelo menos 49 dos 167 municípios no Rio Grande do Norte.
    O projeto prevê a absorção por municípios vizinhos de cidades que tenham menos de 5 mil habitantes e receita própria inferior a 10% da receita total.Hoje, o estado potiguar soma 49 municípios com menos de 5 mil habitantes. Porém, segundo levantamento feito pela Federação das Indústrias do Rio de Janeiro (Firjan) no ano passado, apenas dez deles possuem receita própria inferior a 10% da receita total. A justificativa do governo é de que essa medida promoverá o fortalecimento da federação e maior autonomia para gestão de recursos.
    De acordo com o secretário especial de Fazenda, Waldery Rodrigues, 1.254 municípios atendem às duas condições (poucos habitantes e baixa arrecadação). A incorporação valerá a partir de 2026, e caberá a uma lei complementar definir qual município vizinho absorverá a prefeitura deficitária.
    A PEC também estende as regras da execução do Orçamento federal aos estados e municípios. A regra de ouro (teto de endividamento público) e o teto de gastos seriam estendidos aos governos locais.
    Com as mudanças no pacto federativo, poderão ser transferidos a estados e municípios de R$ 400 bilhões a R$ 500 bilhões nos próximos 15 anos. A informação foi dada pelo ministro da Economia, Paulo Guedes, que acompanhou o presidente Jair Bolsonaro ao Congresso Nacional para a entrega de um pacote com três propostas de emenda à Constituição (PEC) que tratam de reformas econômicas que atingem os governos locais, incluindo o novo pacto federativo.

    LISTA DOS MUNICÍPIOS AFETADOS NO RIO GRANDE DO NORTE:
    Coronel João Pessoa 4 908
    Ouro Branco 4 812
    Serrinha dos Pintos 4 784
    Almino Afonso 4 761
    Lajes Pintadas 4 755
    São José do Seridó 4 602
    Messias Targino 4 568
    Rodolfo Fernandes 4 472
    São Bento do Trairi 4 401
    Senador Georgino Avelino 4 395
    Olho-d’Água do Borges 4 272
    Paraná 4 232
    Riacho do Santana 4 209
    São Francisco do Oeste 4 200
    Venha-Ver 4 149
    Frutuoso Gomes 4 095
    Tibau 4 071
    Barcelona 4 002
    Major Sales 3 978
    Lucrécia 3 966
    Jundiá 3 873
    Pilões 3 806
    Paraú 3 787
    Caiçara do Rio do Vento 3 652
    Ruy Barbosa 3 608
    São Fernando 3 573
    Riacho da Cruz 3 543
    Pedra Grande 3 275
    Triunfo Potiguar 3 259
    Água Nova 3 230
    Rafael Godeiro 3 194
    Vila Flor 3 146
    Passagem 3 075
    Fernando Pedroza 3 039
    Francisco Dantas 2 836
    Severiano Melo 2 799
    São Bento do Norte 2 778
    Lagoa de Velhos 2 731
    Galinhos 2 726
    Santana do Seridó 2 670
    João Dias 2 655
    Jardim de Angicos 2 617
    Taboleiro Grande 2 545
    Pedra Preta 2 478
    Timbaúba dos Batistas 2 407
    Bodó 2 250
    Ipueira 2 228
    Monte das Gameleiras 2 127
    Viçosa 1 712

    Fonte: Robson Pires

              

    Blog Post: Решение резидента «Сколково» NFWare названо «Прорывом года»

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    Компания NFWare, резидент Фонда «Сколково», победила в категории «Инновация - Прорыв года 2019» главной премии в области сетевых технологий NetworkTransformation Awards. Церемония награждения ежегодно проходит в рамках конференции SDN NFV World Congress в Гааге (Нидерланды). В жюри Network Transformation Awards входят ведущие аналитики и представители операторов связи – эксперты в области Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) и автоматизации сетей. Судьи оценивали решения, основываясь на нескольких критериях: влияние инновации на отрасль и успех компании, уникальность новой технологии и значимость вклада номинанта в развитие сетей нового поколения на глобальном уровне. Награды в других категориях получили компании Intel, ZTE, AT&T, Verizon. Александр Бриткин, CEO и соучредитель компании NFWare: «Технология NFWareпозволяет операторам создавать быстрые и гибкие сети, что является важным шагом преобразования сетей на пути к 5G и появлению новых ресурсоемких технологий. Наши инновации зарекомендовали себя в сетях множества операторов по всему миру. Награда “Прорыв года” – это высокая оценка нашего вклада в развитие сетей нового поколения». NFWare разработала инновационную технологию обработки большого количества сетевого трафика на высоких скоростях в виртуализированном окружении и при эффективном использовании серверных мощностей. Решения реализованы на основе концепции NFV. В октябре 2019 выдающуюся производительность NFWare на уровне 230 гигабит в секунду подтвердил Европейский центр передовых сетевых испытаний (European Advanced Networking Test Center), известный своей независимой и объективной оценкой сетевых технологий. Михаил Стюгин, старший проектный менеджер Кластера информационнх технологий Фонда «Сколково»: «Компания NFWare уже пять лет является участником проекта “Сколково”, демонстрируя уверенный рост и технологическое преимущество на рынке. При этом компания демонстрирует также и широкую функциональность решений, что вполне заслужено отмечено наградой “Прорыв года”». Ключевыми продуктами NFWare являются Virtual CGNAT и Virtual Load Balancer. Благодаря высокой производительности, решениям требуется крайне малое количество серверных ресурсов даже при больших объемах трафика, что значительно сокращает затраты на сетевые сервисы. Способность продуктов к масштабированию дает провайдерам возможность гибко планировать ресурсы и не переплачивать за неиспользуемые мощности. Решения NFWare доказали свою эффективность и надежность на проектах с операторами связи в России, США, Европе и Азиатско-Тихоокеанском регионе. Клиентами компании являются Тинькофф Мобайл и Mail.Ru Group. Справочная информация NFWare – разработчик высокопроизводительного сетевого программного обеспечение для операторов связи и интернет-компаний на основе технологии виртуализации сетевых сервисов (NFV). Компания основана в 2014 году, и с 2015 года заключила ряд коммерческих контрактов с российскими и европейскими компаниями. В 2015 и 2017 годах NFWare привлекла инвестиции в общей сумме более $3M от фондов Sistema_VC, Maxfield Capital, Almaz Capital и Telefonica. Ранее получила грант от фонда «Сколково» на 5 миллионов рублей. Офисы NFWare расположены в России, США и Испании. Сайт: www.nfware.com Контакты для СМИ:Александра ЯрцеваДиректор по маркетингу NFWareE-mail: ayartseva@nfware.comТел.: +7 909 965-00-01 Фонд «Сколково» – некоммерческая организация, созданная по инициативе президента РФ в сентябре 2010 года. Цель Фонда - создание экосистемы, благоприятной для развития предпринимательства и исследований в областях: энергоэффективность и энергосбережение, ядерные, космические, биомедицинские, стратегические компьютерные технологии и программное обеспечение. На Фонд возложены функции управления Инновационным центром «Сколково», деятельность которого регулируется специальным законом, предоставляющим особые экономические условия стартапам, прошедшим специальную внешнюю технологическую экспертизу (сейчас их более 1900). В 2018 году выручка компаний-участников «Сколково» составила 91,9 млрд рублей, совокупная выручка за 9 лет существования проекта достигла 301,1 млрд рублей. В стартапах работает 33 тыс. человек. Запатентовано более 1300 разработок и технологических решений. Важной частью экосистемы «Сколково» является исследовательский университет – Сколковский институт науки и технологий (Сколтех), созданный и функционирующий при поддержке Массачусетского технологического института. Строительство инфраструктуры ИЦ «Сколково» за счет федерального бюджета завершено (построены Технопарк, Университет, Гимназия, дорожная и инженерная инфраструктура). Введено в эксплуатацию более 600 тыс. кв. м. объектов. В ближайшие 3 года эта цифра удвоится. Сайт: www.sk.ru Telegram: @oi_press Контакты для СМИ:Александра БарщевскаяФонд «Сколково»Пресс-секретарьE-mail: ab@sk.ru
              

    Lev Parnas Could Be the Star Witness Who Takes Trump Down

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    The Ukrainian-American fraudster is now willing to tell Congress what he knows, and he's in a position to know about a dazzling amount of criminal activity.
              

    (USA-FL-Boynton Beach) Group X Instructor - Boynton Beach

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    **LOCATION** 1175 N Congress Avenue Boynton Beach FL 33426 At 24 Hour Fitness we are committed to our mission of helping people—team members and members alike—to become the best version of themselves. We’ve changed the landscape of the fitness industry and pioneered the concept that fitness can be accessible, affordable and a way of life for everyone. We’re looking for committed and dedicated individuals to help grow our business, so that we can share the promise of 24 Hour Fitness with more people. **Description** **:** The Group X Instructor (GXI) leads members through group exercise activities. The Group X Instructor educates participants about useful and safe exercises, assists them in achieving exercise goals and creates a fun workout environment for all populations pursuant to the 24 Hour Fitness Standards of Excellence. Instructor leads members through group exercise activities in a classroom setting. **Essential Duties & Responsibilities** **:** + Technical Duties + Educates members on safe techniques and guidelines + Greet all members and orients new participants + Instructs class to the ability level of the students participating + Monitor participants through perceived rate of exertion + Works with participants to achieve fitness goals + Encourages new participants and orients them to class + Utilize schedule source for personal class scheduling and class substitution + Comply with all of 24 Hour Fitness company policies and procedures + Administrative Duties + Instructs group exercise classes according to schedule and according to company standards + Starts and finishes class on time as scheduled + Stores all equipment neatly and appropriately + Documents equipment problems in club maintenance log and reports problem to Service Manager + Attends instructor trainings and supervisor’s meetings + Promotion + Participates in all GX department events, club events and company events **Qualifications** **:** + Prior six months experience in taking group exercise activities is preferred + Ability to deal with a diversity of individuals + Ability to communicate with people of all age groups + Strong Communication skills + Knowledge of safe exercise technique and principles + Ability to effectively demonstrate all skills being taught to participants + Possess the ability to follow directions + Maintains a professional attitude toward responsibilities, fellow instructors, club staff and members. + Be punctual and exhibit a positive attitude + Project a professional image through dress, behavior and attitude + Must be outgoing, energetic and able to perform in front of an audience **Certifications / Educational Requirements** + Current Group Exercise approved certification is preferred + Additional training in specialty formats may be required **Physical Requirements** **:** + Lifting of light weights, jumping, squatting, walking, hopping, kicking _This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant._ **FUNCTIONAL GROUP** Group X **FULL-TIME** Part-time
              

    Prosecutors: Stone lied because ‘truth looked bad’ for Trump

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors in the trial of Roger Stone told jurors Wednesday that the longtime Donald Trump confidant repeatedly lied to Congress “because the...
              

    Celebrating Victory With Our Clients

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    Congratulations to 4 of our clients who celebrated victories on Tuesday - Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Pat Roberts, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Congressman-elect John Moolenaar!
              

    Huawei P10. Характеристики и отзывы владельцев

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    P10  - новый флагман Huawei, представленный на выставке Mobile World Congress в конце февраля 2017 года. Эта модель имеет две разновидности, технические характеристики каждой из которых мы рассмотрим ниже. Характеристики Huawei P10 64Gb Экран 5,1 дюйма разрешением 1920x1080 пикселей, операционная система Android 7.0, 64 гб постоянной и 4 гб оперативной памяти, поддержка двух сим-карт, слот для второй сим-карты совмещен со слотом для карты памяти. Батарея 3200 мА⋅ч. Восьмиядерный процессор Kirin…

              

    Administration, Clerical: Administrative Coordinator - Thousand Oaks, California

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    Description The US Repatha Brand team at Amgen is looking for a dynamic and highly organized administrative professional to join our Thousand Oaks, California location. The role of the Administrative Coordinator (AC) will be primarily responsible for supporting an Executive Director, multiple Directors and other staff in a variety of administrative support activities. Key_Responsibilities * Manage Executive Director s calendar * Prepare and process expense reports * Coordinate and make travel arrangements * Plan and execute logistics for meetings of various sizes including scheduling, organizing meeting rooms, catering, receiving visitors, and A/V equipment needs * Manage team budget, including monthly tracking and coordination of updates * Assist directors with candidate scheduling as well as on/off boarding of staff * Manage the administrative aspects of relationships with agencies and vendors * Work with the Amgen compliance team to process sponsorships and memberships * Manage registrations for conferences, congresses and events * Assist with the preparation of presentations and meeting agendas * Serve as back-up for other Administrative Coordinators in the team if they are unavailable * Assist with special projects Basic_Qualifications Associates degree & 2 years of Administrative experience OR High school diploma/GED & 4 years of Administrative experience Preferred_Qualifications * Bachelor s degree * 5+ years of experience in an administrative support role supporting large teams at different levels * Experience and proficiency with current Amgen technologies and platforms * Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills * Strong working knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel * Exceptional at managing complex calendars * Experience with large and small event planning and coordination * Strong working knowledge and experience in arranging multi-destination travel (domestic and international) * Ability to liaise with cross-functional team members and effectively communicate with internal and external business partners * Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment * Discretion in dealing with proprietary information * Ability to prioritize projects of greater urgency and importance * Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written * Excellent organizational and time-management skills * Strong attention to detail and ability to follow-up with directors as needed to complete assignments in a timely manner * Helpful, can-do attitude with a solution-oriented approach * Excellent time management skills * Skilled at remaining calm under pressure Join Us If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen. Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses. As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients. Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.. ()
              

    Values Voter Summit Interview With Congressman John Hostettler - Foundations Of Freedom Thursday

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    "ACA 2.0 Jr.": Senator Baldwin reintroduces bill to enhance subsidies for young enrollees

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    About a year and a half ago, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a bill which would cut down on ACA premiums considerably for younger enrollees by beefing up the subsidy formula for the so-called "Young Invincible" population: Adults between 18 - 34 years old. Last week, she re-introduced the bill along with U.S. Representative Don McEachin (D-VA).

    While the bill, titled the "Advancing Youth Enrollment Act", wouldn't have nearly as much impact on premiums or enrollment as the more expansive ACA 2.0 bills I've been promoting (H.R. 1868 & 1884 in the House; S.1213 in the Senate), anything which reduces premiums for more people without reducing patient protections or coverage standards is always a good thing in my book, so I'm happy to give Baldwin's bill another shout-out:

    The Advancing Youth Enrollment Act lowers health care costs while maintaining critical ACA protections

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) today reintroduced legislation that provides a better deal for young Americans by improving health coverage affordability while maintaining Affordable Care Act protections and access to essential services. With the Advancing Youth Enrollment Act, nearly 5 million uninsured young adults could be eligible to receive additional financial support to help reduce their monthly health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

    ...The Advancing Youth Enrollment Act would increase the value of premium tax credits for young adults ages 18 to 35 years old, which would result in more financial support to help them afford quality health coverage. Importantly, this protects older adults and those with pre-existing conditions from facing higher costs or seeing their current tax credits reduced. Under the Advancing Youth Enrollment Act, a young person enrolled through the marketplace would see their cost for a silver plan go down by about $55 a month, or about $650 a year. They’d pay $98 a month for a silver plan instead of about $153 a month. In addition, no one would lose coverage for having a pre-existing condition, nor would they have to forfeit essential health benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act to make their policies more affordable.

    Here's the details on the bill:

    Introduced in the Senate by Senator Tammy Baldwin and in the House of Representatives by Congressman Donald McEachin, the Advancing Youth Enrollment Act (AYE) is that solution. The AYE Act would enhance tax credits for people ages 18-34, bringing costs down for the average young marketplace shopper in an effort to close the affordability gap, get more young people covered, and by doing so, create a healthier and more sustainable risk pool in the individual market.

    Advancing Youth Enrollment Act The AYE Act would reduce the maximum percent of income that young people would have to pay toward premiums by 2.5 percentage points up to age 30, followed by a .5 percentage point less reduction each year for ages 31- 34. This change would make coverage more affordable for young people, by:

    • Creating real affordability by increasing premium tax credits for the young adult population
    • Tying tax credit increases to local insurance market premiums to ensure that financial assistance reflects the true cost of coverage in their area
    • Allowing young people to afford plans that meet their health care needs, rather than pushing them into “catastrophic” or junk insurance plans that don't cover essential benefits, such as mental health care, that young people use most often or protections for people with pre-existing conditions
    • Protecting all consumers from junk plans that often target “young and healthy” consumers
    • Improving the individual market’s risk pool, bringing down costs for everyone

    Remember, under the ACA, subsidies for enrollees earning 100-400% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) are based on comparing the unsubsidized monthly premium for the benchmark Silver plan against their household income. If the benchmark premium is higher than a certain percent of their income, anything over that income threshold is the amount of their subsidy.

    As a simple example, let's suppose the benchmark premium for a single 30-year old is $600/month. That's $7,200/year. Let's further say that they earn $30,000/year, or 240% FPL.

    $7,200/year is 24% of their income. Based on the current ACA subsidy formula, at 240% FPL, they're limited to around 7.93% of their income having to be paid, or $2,379/year. Right now, this young adult would pay $198/month for a Silver plan after receiving $402/month in subsidies.

    Under Baldwin's proposed bill, a 30-year old would have thier premium cap reduced by 2.5 percentage points, to 5.43% of income. That's just $1,69/year or $136/month, boosting their subsidies by $62/month. From 31 - 34 years old that 2.5 point reduction would drop off a half a point at a time, like so:

    There's a bit more to it than this--It's my understanding that the reduction would also apply to the rest of the household to some degree in cases where there are older members as well--but you get the idea.

    The other benefit, of course, besides reducing costs for younger enrollees, is that this would draw in more sorely-needed "Young Invincible" enrollees into the ACA individual market risk pool, improving it substantially and thus reducing the unsubsidized premium levels accordingly as well. This, in turn, would also reduce premiums for unsubsidized enrollees while simultaneously also reducing the amount of subsidies which need to be paid out.

    In other words, while this reduction might appear to cost, say, another $5 billion per year in federal spending, the ripple effect on the risk pool would drop that down significantly to, say, $3 billion/year or whatever.

    Anyway, this bill obviously has zero chance of passing the Senate as long as Mitch McConnell is the Senate Majority Leader, but it's a great idea whether combined with the more robust ACA 2.0 bills or not, so I fully endorse it.

    Speaking of which, this is a first: At the very end of the press release you might notice a familiar "organization" listed as formally endorsing the bill!

    ...Support for the legislation includes Young Invincibles, Shriver Center on Poverty Law, MomsRising, Community Catalyst, ACA Consumer Advocacy, Out2Enroll, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Texas, the Hemophilia Federation of America, Black Women's Health Imperative, National Council of Jewish Women, Center for Public Policy Priorities, and ACASignups.net.

    The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Angus King (I-ME).


              

    Revenge of the #RiskCorridorMassacre: Feds may have to pay out $12B...and 2020 enrollees could get a chunk of that thanks to the ACA's MLR rule

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    Like Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain, I can't seem to quit playing around with the jaw-dropping possibilities which could impact future Medical Loss Ratio rebate payments in response to the ghosts of Open Enrollment Periods past.

    Back in June, I reported that the Supreme Court of the United States had agreed to take up the long-simmering (4 years!) Risk Corridor Massacre class action lawsuit:

    On Monday, along with posting their decisions on several important federal cases, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that, much to the surprise of many healthcare wonks, they will take up the long-gestating (and presumed dead) Risk Corridor Massacre lawsuit:

    Big news: SCOTUS is taking up the ACA risk corridors case. GOP's decision to stymie that program arguably did the most damage to the ACA marketplaces. https://t.co/VeMRcd5MYn

    — Bob Herman (@bobjherman) June 24, 2019

    As previously noted, the various Risk Corridor lawsuits had originally been assumed to be slam dunk cases: The United States Federal Government contractually and legally owed several hundred health insurance carriers billions of dollars via the ACA's "Risk Corridor" stabilization program, which was supposed to be active for the first 3 years of the ACA exchanges, from 2014 - 2016.

    Again, here's the short version:

    • For the first 3 years of the ACA, it included several "training wheel" programs designed to smooth out the rocky transition period.
    • One of these was called "Risk Corridors", in which insurance carriers which did unusually better than expected were required to pay a portion of their profits into a central fund...
    • ...while carriers which did unusually worse than expected were promised partial reimbursement via that same fund.
    • If the amount put in was greater than the amount paid out, the government would keep the difference.
    • If the amount owed was greater than the amount brought in, the federal goverment was supposed to pay the difference.

    In the middle of the very first Open Enrollment Period, however, Congressional Republicans insisted that the rules of the Risk Corridor program be changed in such a way that if there was a shortfall in the fund, the "losing" insurance carriers would have to eat their losses no matter what...which is exactly what happened to the tune of over $12 billion over the course of 2014, 2015 & 2016.

    Along with some other factors, led to financial ruin for nearly 20 smaller startup carriers, most of which didn't have the cash reserves to help them weather the Risk Corridor storm. I wrote obituary blog entries for yet another victim of the Risk Corridor Massacre weekly between August and November 2015...in a few cases, two of them went bankrupt the same day.

    OK, so if SCOTUS rules in favor of the carriers (and they absolutely should...regardless of what you think of health insurance companies, the fact remains that they are contractually owed this money by the U.S. Government), most of the carriers will get paid what they were originally owed, and whatever firms now own the assets of the carriers which went belly-up will finally get a return on their investment. Big deal for the rest of us, right?

    Well, yes...except that there's more to the story, and it involves, once again, the beauty which is the ACA's Medical Loss Ratio rule.

    Again, under the Affordable Care ACt, insurance carriers on the individual market are required to spend at least 80 of their premium revenue on actual medical claims. If they spend less than 80% over a rolling three-year period average, they have to pay back the difference to the policyholders.

    I wrote about this extensively in my big MLR Rebate Project a few months ago, which analyzed not only the record-breaking actual 2018 MLR payments ($770 million nationally) which went out in September, but also made projections as to the potential 2019 MLR rebates which will go out a year from now. My conclusion was that the 2019 payments (going out in 2020) could end up being double this years' due to the overpricing for the 2017 & 2018 plan years being fully baked in (potentially up to $1.7 billion total).

    I then noted that due to the judgments in a different federal class action lawsuit regarding CSR reimbursement payments (not to be confused with the Risk Corridor payment case), 2020 MLR rebates could potentially be as much as quadruple this years...potentially hitting over $3 billion.

    That brings me to today's update from Christen Linke Young regarding the Supreme Court taking up the Risk Corridor case:

    Earlier this year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Moda Health Plan, Inc. v U.S., a case about the Affordable Care Act’s risk corridors program. Dozens of insurance companies are arguing that they are owed $12 billion in risk corridor payments associated with their participation in the early years of Obamacare. The Court will hear arguments in the case on December 10 and likely make a decision this spring. The Court’s decision will have a one-time effect on the bottom line of many insurers. But how the Court resolves this backward-looking dispute about a now-expired program will not meaningfully change how the Affordable Care Act or health insurance markets operate in the future.

    Aside from details on the timing of the SCOTUS arguments and decision, Young's article is mostly a more detailed overview of the history of Risk Corridors, how they were changed, how it impacted the carriers and how the lawsuit is playing out. She also, however, includes two important footnotes...especially the second one:

    [1] Some insurers have sold the right to collect their risk corridors debt to other parties.

    [2] It is worth considering how payment of risk corridors funds in 2020 would affect insurer revenue for purposes of the ACA’s medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements. The law requires individual market insurers to spend 80% of the revenue they receive on medical expenses and pay rebates to consumers if they do not. Under current regulations, risk corridors payments are considered revenue in the year in which they are received. If the risk corridors program had operated on the statutory schedule, those payments would have been received in the same time period in which insurers were incurring significant losses on high health care claims, so MLR rebates would generally not have been triggered. Today, however, insurers would receive a bolus of risk corridors payments at a time when they are already profitable, and some may be operating close to the 80% MLR threshold. This could incent some insurers with specific patterns of prior year revenue and costs to offer somewhat lower premiums to avoid having to pay MLR rebates.

    In other words, having an "extra" $100 million (or whatever) counted as 2020 revenue would cause the carrier's 2020 MLR to drop several points, so they're more likely to lower their 2021 premiums to boost that years' MLR back up a few points to cancel it out for the 3-year rolling average formula.

    However...that won't change anything for the payments going out in 2021, which would include the averages from 2018, 2019 and 2020.

    I think you can see where I'm going with this: If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, and if they order the federal government to pay out the years-past-due Risk Corridor funds, and if the money has to be counted as part of their 2020 revenue, that will likely mean a whopping $12 billion windfall being dumped into the laps of several hundred insurance carriers around the country all in one shot.

    If all of that happens, then any carrier which is hovering around the 80% threshold (or already below it) would have to pay out a large chunk of it...or potentially even all of it...back to the policyholders.

    Again, none of this is guaranteed. SCOTUS might shoot down the lawsuit, in which case nothing changes. They might rule for the plaintiffs but include some unusual rules about how the risk corridor payments are made or accounted for. Who knows?

    CMS could change the rules regarding when/how it counts as revenue, so a lot of options.

    — Christen Linke Young (@clinkeyoung) November 4, 2019

    OK, let's take another look at the amounts actually owed to the carriers. Around $1.3 billion of it is owed to the small group market, which isn't really relevant here...I mean yes, it's a lot of money, and yes, this could mean some small bonuses to employees of small businesses, but the small group MLR rebates hasn't been nearly as volatile as the individual market over the past six years, so it's the individual market column you should be focusing on:

    I've bold-faced the five highest dollar amounts. For the individual market it's BCBS Texas; BCBS Illinois; BCBS North Carolina; Highmark (Pennsylvania); and Humana (Georgia)

    I noted earlier that a good twenty or so carriers have actually gone bankrupt...including Health Republic of NY. I assume their risk corridor payment would go to pay back the creditors. A few others have merged with or been acquired by other carriers; I have no idea how that will be handled.

    Not only is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas owed more risk corridor money than any other carrier, it's not even close--they're owed over $1 billion, nearly twice as much as BCBS Illinois ($571 million). Nearly all of that consists of the $982 million BCBSTX is owed for their Individual Market business.

    I don't know how many Indy market enrollees BCBSTX will have in 2020, but as of last year I have that number down as 390,000 Texans.

    Let's take another look at BCBSTX (HCSC)'s actual MLR data:

    • 2016: $2,28 billion in claims against $2.45 billion in revenue = 93.2% MLR
    • 2017: $1.79 billion in claims against $2.47 billion in revenue = 72.3% MLR
    • 2018: $1.79 billion in claims against $2.68 billion in revenue = 66.9% MLR

    This resulted in a 3-year average of 77.2%. They had to pay out $75 million to 382,000 enrollees, averaging $196 apiece.

    For 2019, BCBSTX reduced their average premiums by 6.5%. Assuming identical enrollment and a 5% medical trend for the year, I'm projecting (very roughly) perhaps $1.88 billion in claims against $2.50 billion in revenue. If so, that'd mean a 75.2% MLR for 2019...which in turn would mean a 71.4% 3-yr MLR. BCBSTX would have to pay back over $216 million to their policyholders, averaging $566 apiece.

    For 2020, BCBSTX is reducing rates another 2.0%. Let's assume identical enrollment and a further 5% medical trend. If so, that would mean $1.97 billion in claims on $2.45 billion in revenue, pushing them back up to 80.6% MLR. The 3-year rolling average for 2020 would be around 73.9%...they'd have to pay back $149 million in 2021.

    Now what happens if you drop an additional $983 million on top of their 2020 revenue?

    Suddenly their 2020 MLR plummets to just 57.4%. The three-year average for 2020 is now just 65.5%...they'd have to pay back (wait for it)...$498 million in 2021 alone.

    Divided among around 380,000 enrollees, that would average around $1,300 apiece. Furthermore, that's only one year...that 57.4% MLR will be factored into the equation for 2021 and 2022 as well.

    But wait, there's more!

    Guys, it gets even weirder! Some of the issuers who could get big RC receivables are barely even in there individual market anymore. So the enormous rebates could be getting paid out to a TINY number of residual enrollees.

    — Christen Linke Young (@clinkeyoung) June 25, 2019

    Wait…so that means if they had, say, 30,000 #ACA enrollees in 2014-2016 owed a total of $3 million, but only 300 are enrolled today, those 300 people get $10,000 apiece? Good grief.

    It's important to note that even if everything plays out this way, it doesn't mean that all $12 billion will be paid out. For one thing, the individual market portion is only $10.9 billion of the total; the odds are a far smaller portion of the other $1.3 billion on the small group market would end up being paid out no matter what. For another, even this year (with record-breaking MLR rebates), of the 2,700 total carriers nationally, only 207 had to pay out any MLR rebates in any market, and only 67 owed MLR rebates on the individual market. That's still 3.7 million people who received rebates this year (even if some checks were only for $20 or so), however.

    ...or SCOTUS could shoot down the case entirely.

    The possibilities are endless.


              

    It's this simple: ALL the Dems' plans EXPAND healthcare coverage for millions; Trump's strips it away from millions.

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    Back in late June, right after the first Democratic Primary Candidate Presidential Debate, I posted an analysis & table to break out exactly where each of the then-20 (!) candidates stood when it comes to the Next Big Thing in U.S. healthcare policy. I posted a couple of updates as the summer and early fall progressed.

    At the time, my main point was that regardless of their official campaign rhetoric, the truth was that nearly all of the candidates were open to multiple paths towards expanding healthcare coverage...both in terms of the number of people covered, the scope of that coverage and the cost of coverage to the enrollees, with a greater portion of the total cost being borne by the federal government.

    This, of course, is a vast contrast to what the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans have been pushing for, which amounts to the exact opposite: Fewer people being covered, by less comprehensive care, with fewer protections, and with less (or ideally none) of the costs being borne by the federal (or state) government.

    It's now early November, a few more have dropped out, and while there's still officially over a dozen candidates running, the likely field has now been narrowed (in my view) down to six:

    • Former VP Joe Biden
    • Sen. Elizabeth Warren
    • Sen. Bernie Sanders
    • Mayor Pete Buttigieg
    • Sen. Kamala Harris
    • Sen. Amy Klobuchar

    I suppose you could also throw in Sen. Cory Booker and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro if you were really pushing it, and if either of them has an amazing last-minute comeback I'll be happy to update this post again (I like both of them). And no, I'm not including Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang or Tom Steyer. Again, if one of them manages to surge, fine; I'll eat crow and deal with it at that time.

    With this in mind, I've decided to repost a "clean" version of this analysis instead of adding another messy update to the old one, so here goes:

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    With all the fuss & bother being made over whether Democratic Presidential candidates support or don't support eliminating private insurance in favor of a universal, fully-mandatory "Medicare for All" single-payer healthcare system, I decided to attempt to put together a comprehensive table listing which healthcare expansion/overhaul bills each of the candidates actually support or oppose.

    This may sound like a simple question: Senators Sanders (obviously), Warren and Harris are all cosponsors of Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" bill, S.1129, right?

    Well, it's more complicated than that. Most of the Senators (and some of the House members) running have actually cosponsored other significant healthcare expansion bills as well as "pure" Medicare for All...and many have made public statements indicating that they'd likely also be open to some of the other bills on the table (or some variant thereof). Harris has formally split from her prior support of Bernie's bill and is now proposing a hybrid variant which would allow for a "Private Option" in the form of beefed-up Medicare Advantage plans with much tighter regulations (similar to my preferred bill, "Medicare for America")...but she still calls her plan "Medicare for All", confusing the issue further.

    Meanwhile, Biden & Buttigieg can't officially "cosponsor" any bills since they aren't in the House or Senate, so I had to go with their official plans as laid out on their campaign websites. Klobuchar has cosponsored several bills; her campaign site doesn't specify any one particular bill but the description of it is very similar to several of them as well as being similar to Biden & Buttigieg's proposals.

    Since my earlier version of this analysis, I've simplified not only the list of candidates but also the types of plans--I've cut them down from eight specific bills/plans on the table down to four types of plans, each of which may include more than one specific bill. I've done my best to clarify which candidates either officially support, officially oppose or are open to supporting each. I've also thrown in my own preferred route forward for the heck of it.

    There are technically fourteen different specific bills referenced, although in several cases they're basically just the House and Senate versions of essentially the same bill. These break out into four main categories:

    ACA 2.0:

    ACA 2.0 with a Public Option:

    Universal Coverage WITH a Private Option:

    Universal Coverage with NO Private Option:

    Here's my methodology:

    • The blue fields are the candidates' officially-declared healthcare policy proposals, regardless of any other bills or plans they might be co-sponsors of/etc.
    • The green fields are bills/plans each candidate is a formal co-sponsor of or which they've indicated that they generally support.
    • The yellow fields are bills/plans each candidate might grudgingly support if it becomes clear that this is the bill which is going to come across their desk to sign.
    • The red fields are bills/plans which the candidate has either expressly rejected or now says they oppose (even as a stop-gap) if they used to support it.

    For instance:

    • Elizabeth Warren is also a cosponsor of Sen. Schatz's "State Public Option Act" as well as being the lead sponsor of CHIPA which she just re-introduced this spring...yet she's avoided talkinga about either of them for a good six months now.
    • Sen. Harris also cosponsored both of those bills as well as Sen. Sanders' Medicare for All bill...but she recently split with him on his bill, introducing her own variant which would include a longer transition period and allow for privately-administered Medicare Advantage plans to continue, and so on.

    My larger point is that all of the bills listed below are good, and they'd all represent a significant improvement to existing law.

    The irony of this is that WHATEVER the Big Healthcare Overhaul Bill ends up being (and remember, all of this assumes a blue trifecta, with Democrats retaking the White House and Senate while retaining control of the House), it’s NOT going to end up looking exactly like ANY of the current plans on the table anyway.

    Again, I may be a strong proponent of Medicare for America, but I still recognize that even if that becomes the basis for the final bill, there would no doubt be some changes made before it gets passed by the House, Senate and signed into law by whichever candidate below ends up winning...and that's fine.

    Meanwhile, here's Donald Trump's "healthcare plan":

    • That's it. That's his plan.

    (Yes, technically speaking, the House GOP's "Republican Study Committee" recently came out with their own "replacement plan" for the ACA if it's struck down...but it's basically just the same warmed-over glop they tried to push a couple of years ago in the form of the "Graham-Cassidy" bill, which amounts to a mish-mash of terrible ideas like "block grants", "high risk pools" and the like. Otherwise, that's it.)


              

    2019 ESMO Award for Immuno-Oncology goes to Thomas Gajewski

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    The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has selected Prof. Thomas Gajewski to receive the 2019 ESMO Award for Immuno-Oncology. The award is given in recognition of his groundbreaking work elucidating why some patients are resistant to immunotherapy and how to restore the anti-cancer immune response.
    The award will be presented during this year’s ESMO Immuno-Oncology Congress in Geneva, Switzerland (11-14 December 2019). 
    Gajewski is Abbvie Foundation Professor of Cancer Immunotherapy in the Ben May Department for Cancer Research and Professor of Pathology and Medicine at the University of Chicago, where he has worked for more than two decades furthering understanding of fundamental aspects of anti-tumour immunity and translating this into new treatment strategies.

    Immunotherapy represents a huge breakthrough for many cancer patients, effectively ‘taking the brakes’ off the body’s immune system so that T cells can detect and attack tumour cells. But some patients don’t respond to immunotherapy and Gajewski focussed on finding out why. To do this he explored the tumour microenvironment – the immune cells, stroma, and the tumour cells themselves – to tease out how this influences tumour responses to the immune system.

    “Many of us have been doing research in the field of cancer immunotherapy for over 20 years, and it is amazing to see the progress that is currently benefiting so many patients. It is humbling to be recognised as perhaps representative of this group, and especially by my European colleagues,” said Gajewski.

    Looking to the future, Gajewski said, “Our view is that the clinical benefit of checkpoint blockade immunotherapy will hit a plateau, so understanding mechanisms of resistance or failure of the current approaches is necessary to expand efficacy further.” He concluded, “Studying secondary mechanisms of resistance is already leading to new pathways and candidate targets.”
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    Gajewski’s research group found that patients whose T cells recognise tumour cells have what they called a ‘hot’ or ‘T cell inflamed’ tumour microenvironment. These T cells are suppressed but can fight cancer cells if supported by immunotherapies. In contrast, other patients have ‘cold’ tumours that lack T cells, making them unresponsive to immunotherapy. The next step was to find out how to give T cells access to these ‘cold’ tumour cells.
    The group identified a protein complex called STING (STimulator of INterferon Genes) that reacts to DNA that is damaged or has drifted outside the cell nucleus. This helps to alert the immune system that something is wrong, recruiting T cells into the area. The discovery led to the development of STING agonists that proved remarkably effective in laboratory models of cancer and clinical trials of STING agonists are now underway.

    Gajweski and co-researchers also found that ‘cold’ tumour cells cloak themselves from T cells by expressing active beta-catenin, an intracellular messenger (4,5). This prevents the entry of dendritic cells, frontline soldiers in the immune system that help to recruit T cells to the tumour site. The group is now using this understanding to develop new therapeutic approaches.

    A further major breakthrough was the finding that the presence of certain types of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut flora, the microorganisms colonising the intestines, can improve the response to immunotherapy. The presence of these bacteria appeared to increase T-cell infiltration into the tumour environment, switching the tumour cells from ‘cold’ to ‘hot’ and boosting the response to immunotherapy in patients being treated for advanced melanoma.
      

              

    11/12/2019 - Congressional Medal Honor Recipient Bennie Adkins

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    SEAT will break into the motorcycle market with a fully electric eScooter

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    The SEAT eScooter concept will be presented next 19th November at the Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress The company will sell its own 100% electric motorcycle equivalent to a 125 cc model...
              

    Rand Paul: ‘Subpoena Whistleblower, He May Be Involved In Corrupt Ukraine Dealings’ [Video]

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    Rand Paul: ‘Subpoena Whistleblower, He May Be Involved In Corrupt Ukraine Dealings’ (ZeroHedge)  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has called on Congressional Republicans to subpoena the anti-Trump whistleblower, suggesting he may be involved in corrupt business dealings [...]
              

    Trump reportedly wanted AG Barr to hold a press conference defending the president's call with Ukraine. Barr said no.

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    • Attorney General William Barr reportedly declined a request by President Donald Trump to hold a press conference stating that his boss did not break any laws during his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 
    • Sources told The Washington Post that Trump made the request in September, around the time that the White House released a summary of the call, in which Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
    • The call was the subject of an anonymous whistleblower complaint filed in August that has since sparked the House to open up an impeachment inquiry. 
    • Trump advisers told The Post that Trump has recently mentioned Barr's refusal to make a televised statement on the matter and wishes he would have done so.
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    Attorney General William Barr reportedly declined a request by President Donald Trump to hold a press conference defending Trump's incendiary call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which spurred the House to open up an impeachment inquiry. 

    Sources told The Washington Post that Trump made the request in September, around the time that the White House released a summary of the July 25 call.

    The call was the subject of an anonymous whistleblower complaint filed in August that accused Trump of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 US election," in particular, asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden to aid Trump politically.

    When the memo of the call was released, a Justice Department spokeswoman told The Post that officials had investigated the call, along with the whistleblower complaint, to see if laws had been broken and determined that "no further action was warranted."

    During that time, the request from Trump that Barr hold a press conference on the matter was relayed to other White House officials before making its way to the Justice Department, according to The Post, though Barr ultimately declined the request from his boss. It is unclear how the request was delivered and why Barr declined.

    Trump advisers told The Post that Trump has recently mentioned Barr's refusal to make a televised statement on the matter and wishes he would have done so. 

    Despite their differences in opinion, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told The Post that Trump and Barr remain on good terms: "The President has nothing but respect for AG Barr and greatly appreciates the work he's done on behalf of the country — and no amount of shady sources with clear intent to divide, smear, and slander will change that." 

    The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

    In the days leading up to the July 25 call, Trump ordered his administration to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. Among other things, House investigators are working to determine whether there was quid pro quo arrangement, in which Trump would release the aid money to Ukraine in exchange for political investigations.

    The White House has vowed it will not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, which was formalized last week with a vote in the House. Over a dozen witnesses have been interviewed in the inquiry so far.

    Trump maintains that the call was "perfect" and has tweeted that people should "read the transcript," referring to the summary of the call. Last week, Trump told conservative outlet the Washington Examiner that he wanted to read aloud the summary of his call during a "fireside chat on live television."

    "This is over a phone call that is a good call," Trump told the outlet. "At some point, I'm going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it. When you read it, it's a straight call."

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    Lindsey Graham's latest defense of Trump is that his policy is too 'incoherent' to do a quid pro quo with Ukraine

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    • GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday suggested that President Donald Trump's policy toward Ukraine is so "incoherent" that he's "incapable" of engaging in a quid pro quo in his dealings with the country. 
    • "What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward Ukraine: It was incoherent. It depends on who you talk to; they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo," Graham told reporters on Wednesday.
    • Graham has shifted in his defense of the president several times as the impeachment inquiry has ramped up. 
    • In September, Graham said evidence of a quid pro quo involving the president and Ukraine did "not exist."
    • After evidence emerged that a quid pro quo did occur in Trump's relations with Ukraine, Graham on Tuesday refused to look at it.
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    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham continues to find novel ways of defending President Donald Trump as the impeachment inquiry ramps up.

    Graham's latest defense of Trump is that his policy toward Ukraine is so "incoherent" that he's "incapable" of orchestrating a quid pro quo in his relations with the country.

    "What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward Ukraine: It was incoherent. It depends on who you talk to; they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo," Graham told reporters on Wednesday.

    The South Carolina senator on Tuesday said he refused to read transcripts from the testimony of current and former diplomats that were released by House investigators.

    One of the diplomats — US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland — in revised testimony corroborated the existence of an explicit quid pro quo involving frozen US military aid to Ukraine and Trump's desire for certain investigations, including an inquiry into former Vice President Joe Biden.  

    Graham on Tuesday dismissed Sondland's reversal, telling a CBS News reporter: "I've written this whole process off ... I think this is a bunch of BS."

    The senator had previously said there was no evidence of a quid pro quo involving the president. 

    On Wednesday, Graham continued to criticize the impeachment-inquiry process, which is being led by House Democrats, as he offered his new defense of Trump. 

     

    "I find the whole process to be a sham, and I'm not going to legitimize it," Graham said on Wednesday, going on to call the whole process a "crock."

    Graham added: "This whole theory of impeachment, the process is illegitimate, is outside the norm, this substance I find unpersuasive."

    The Republican senator, who's the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also echoed controversial calls from Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and his colleague Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky for the name of the whistleblower who filed the complaint that sparked the inquiry to be publicly released. 

    "Yes, it should be made public," Graham said, according to CNN. "The whistleblower's claims cannot be used as a basis for criminal accusations, cannot be used the basis for impeachment based on anonymity."

    Graham, who was one of Trump's sharpest critics during the 2016 campaign season, has developed a reputation as one of the president's closest allies in Congress. He rarely goes against Trump, though he did briefly break from this trend last month to excoriate the president's decision to abandon US-allied Kurdish forces in Syria.

    Lindsey Graham said a month ago there was no evidence of a quid pro quo. Now he's refusing to look at the evidence that shows there was.

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    Trump-world is still determined to out the Ukraine whistleblower, but it’s too late for it to matter

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    • President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress continue to focus on outing the whistleblower who filed a complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry.
    • Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the alleged name of the whistleblower on Wednesday, and Sen. Rand Paul has said he will "probably" say the name publicly.
    • But the whistleblower's identity is not relevant. The impeachment inquiry has gathered evidence that corroborates the whistleblower complaint and goes well beyond it.
    • If Trump and other Republicans' hope is that they'll discredit the allegations against the president by revealing the whistleblower as a partisan actor, of which there's no evidence, they're too late.
    • "The whistleblower is not the story and the whistleblower's background is no longer relevant. All that matters is the full and complete record outlining the president's actions," a legal expert told Insider.
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    President Donald Trump and his GOP allies have relentlessly sought to unmask the anonymous US intelligence official behind the whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry, despite the fact that it's irrelevant at this point.

    Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the alleged name of the whistleblower on Wednesday, and was excoriated by the whistleblower's legal representation as a consequence.

    GOP Sen. Rand Paul last Thursday shared an article via Twitter with unconfirmed details about who the whistleblower is and called for the whistleblower to be subpoenaed to testify under oath about "Hunter Biden and corruption."

    Paul hasn't stopped in these efforts in the days since, and alongside Trump at a campaign rally in Kentucky on Monday called on the media to print the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower. On Tuesday, Paul told reporters he would "probably" out the whistleblower himself.

    "I'm more than willing to and I probably will at some point," Paul said. "There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name."

    But naming anyone as the whistleblower, whether true or not, could place that person in serious danger. And the public disclosure of the whistleblower's identity would not undermine the mounting slew of damning evidence against the president.

    The whistleblower complaint has been corroborated by multiple witnesses in testimony to House lawmakers, and some of its details have been publicly confirmed by the president even as he's referred to the complaint as "fictitious." 

    The House took a historic step last Thursday in passing a resolution that formalized the impeachment inquiry and signaled the process will begin to transition into a more public phase. Republicans have for weeks complained about the process and the closed-door interviews with witnesses, and they're now gradually shifting into focusing more on the whistleblower's identity as they struggle to defend the president against the substance of the inquiry

    But if Trump and other Republicans' hope is that they'll discredit the allegations against the president by revealing the whistleblower as a partisan actor — they're too late.

    'The reality is that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant'

    President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    With the trove of information that's been gathered as the Ukraine scandal has gained speed, the impeachment inquiry has gone well beyond the complaint that catalyzed it. At this point, the whistleblower's part in this escalating political drama has largely been played out. 

    As the whistleblower's lawyers — Andrew P. Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid — put it in an op-ed for The Washington Post last week: "As each allegation in the complaint is substantiated by new witnesses, the president and his supporters remain fanatically devoted to bringing our client into the spotlight. But the reality is that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant."

    Bakaj and Zaid added that much of what's been disclosed since the complaint was released in late September "actually exceeds the whistleblower's knowledge of what transpired at the time the complaint was submitted." The attorneys said their client has "no additional information" and therefore there's "no justification for exposing their identity and all the risks that would follow."

    Bakaj and Zaid reiterated they've notified both the House and Senate intelligence committees that the whistleblower is willing to answer questions in writing and under oath.

    The evidence against Trump is damning, but Republicans aren't done defending him

    The whistleblower complaint centers around a July 25 phone call in which Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in relation to the latter's work for a Ukrainian natural gas company. There's no evidence of illegal activity on the part of either Biden.

    Trump and his allies have dismissed the complaint as hearsay, given it was based off second-hand information. But a memo willingly released by the White House confirms that Trump pressured Zelensky in this way, and Trump has publicly admitted it. And a top national security aide who was on the July 25 call, Iraq War veteran Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, testified to House lawmakers that he was so alarmed by what transpired he repeatedly expressed concern with his superiors.

    Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council, center, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, to appear before a House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Oversight and Reform joint interview with the transcript to be part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Additionally, multiple witnesses have provided testimony to House lawmakers that's corroborated the existence of some form of a quid pro quo involving roughly $400 million in military aid in Trump's efforts to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. These witnesses include current and former members of the Trump administration, as well as decorated US military veterans and career diplomats.

    Evidence of a quid pro quo has also come via a trove of text messages provided to the House by Trump's former special envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and public statements from acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney (though he later walked back on those remarks). 

    But none of these factors have stopped Republicans from speculating about the identity of the whistleblower and pushing for public testimony.

    Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a close ally of Trump, last Tuesday indicated that he has questions about the whistleblower's motives. Jordan told reporters: "It's tough to determine someone's credibility if you can't put them under oath and ask them questions."

    The same day, Trump once again tweeted: "Where's The Whistleblower?" The president has repeatedly tweeted about this, and on Monday demanded that the the whistleblower be "brought forward to testify."

    Trump, who never did an in-person interview as part of the Russia investigation and only submitted written answers, also rejected the offer for written testimony from the whistleblower. 

    'The whistleblower is not the story'

    Bradley P. Moss, a national security lawyer and partner at Zaid's law firm, on Friday told Insider these efforts from Republicans are an "irresponsible political deflection" and "beneath the dignity of the offices these lawmakers hold."

    Moss added: "The whistleblower is not the story and the whistleblower's background is no longer relevant. All that matters is the full and complete record outlining the president's actions, and specifically whether that conduct merits invocation of the constitutional remedy of impeachment or not."

    Congressional Democrats have also raised alarm and slammed Republicans for seeking to out the whistleblower. 

    Last week, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell told reporters: "We have a long-standing concern that the president and his allies in Congress aren't interested in the underlying act but are interested in risking the life of the whistleblower."

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    Transcript of Bill Taylor's testimony underscores extreme lengths Trump went to in urging Ukraine to investigate Bidens

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    • House investigators released the transcript of the testimony of acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor on Wednesday.
    • Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran and career diplomat with a distinguished record of service, provided one of the most damning testimonies against President Donald Trump.
    • The US diplomat testified that it was made clear to him there was an explicit quid pro quo involving about $400 million in military aid to Ukraine and a request from Trump for certain investigations. 
    • "That was my clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until the President [of Ukraine] committed to pursue the investigation," Taylor said.
    • The career diplomat testified that freezing the aid was harmful to US national security, adding it was Rudy Giuliani's idea to have Ukraine's president publicly commit to an investigation into the Bidens.
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    The transcript of the testimony of the top US diplomat to Ukraine, Ambassador Bill Taylor, was released by House investigators leading the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. 

    Upon the release of the document, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff tweeted: "Ambassador Taylor's testimony reveals how, through a shadow foreign policy channel, Trump withheld military assistance and a White House meeting from Ukraine until Ukrainian officials agreed to announce investigations to help Trump politically."

    Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran and career diplomat with a distinguished record of service, provided one of the most damning testimonies against President Donald Trump yet.

    His testimony corroborated many of the allegations in the whistleblower complaint from a US intelligence official that sparked the impeachment inquiry and also described an explicit quid pro quo involving about $400 million of US military aid to Ukraine.

    Taylor testified that Trump wanted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly announce the opening of an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as an inquiry into a conspiracy theory linked to the 2016 election. He said it was made clear to him that Trump made the release of the military aid contingent on such a public declaration from Zelensky. 

    Here is an exchange between Schiff and Taylor, in which he said his "clear understanding" was that the military assistance would not come until Zelensky "committed to pursue the investigation" into the Bidens:

    SCHIFF: And when you say that, this was the first time I heard that the security assistance not just the White House meeting was conditioned on the investigation, when you talk about conditioned, did you mean that if they didn't do this, the investigations, they weren't going to get that, the meeting and the military assistance?

    TAYLOR: That was my clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until the President committed to pursue the investigation.

    SCHIFF: So if they don't do this, they are not going to get that was your understanding

    TAYLOR: Yes, sir.

    SCHIFF: Are you aware that quid pro quo literally means this for that?

    TAYLOR: I am.

    Taylor testified it was Giuliani's idea to have Ukraine's president publicly announce an investigation into the Bidens

    Taylor said he believed Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was behind the idea to get Zelensky to publicly announce an inquiry into the Bidens and Hunter Biden's work for a Ukrainian natural-gas company, Burisma Holdings, as well as a probe into the 2016 election.

    "I think the origin of the idea to get President Zelensky to say out loud he's going to investigate Burisma and 2016 election, I think the originator, the person who came up with that was Mr. Giuliani," Taylor said, going on to say Giuliani was representing Trump's interests in doing so. 

    Taylor, at another point, indicated that a meeting Zelensky desired with Trump was also conditioned on whether the Ukrainian leader would launch the investigations. 

    Trump had put the congressionally approved military aid on hold several days before a July 25 phone call with Zelensky, in which he urged his Ukrainian counterpart to open investigations into the Bidens and conspiratorial allegations Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. 

    The career diplomat testified that freezing the aid was harmful to US national security and that freezing security assistance to Kyiv, Ukraine, could embolden Russia to be even more aggressive toward Ukraine. 

    Taylor's testimony also undercut earlier testimony from Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, and inspired him to offer revised testimony that corroborated the existence of a quid pro quo involving the military aid. The transcript of Sondland's testimony was released on Tuesday.

    Taylor is set to testify in the first open or public hearing of the impeachment inquiry next Wednesday. 

    SEE ALSO: The defense secretary is reportedly begging Trump not to pardon accused and convicted war criminals

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    Leaked emails show how Facebook wielded its control over user data to hobble rivals like YouTube, Twitter, and Amazon (FB)

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    • Facebook employees regularly discussed how to make special exceptions to the company's policies on data-sharing in order to hobble its competitors like Youtube, Amazon, Twitter, and Pinterest, leaked documents show.
    • Thousands of pages of confidential emails, messages, and documents from inside Facebook were made public Tuesday, shining unprecedented light on how the tech giant operates.
    • Facebook had set general policies on how other apps could access data like peoples' emails and friends lists. But internal emails show Facebook employees wanted to restrict competitors' data access, even when those use cases were already approved.
    • The leaked documents surfaced at a time when Facebook's current and past behavior is under intense scrutiny amid antitrust investigations and accusations it engaged in anti-competitive conduct.
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    High-ranking Facebook employees strategized about how to use Facebook's vast control of user data in order to hobble specific companies it viewed as threats, according to internal messages that leaked Wednesday.

    User data is a valuable currency for tech companies and sits at the heart of Facebook's business model. While it does not sell user data, Facebook shares some user data with other apps when people connect their Facebook account to those apps — for instance, apps that let users log in with Facebook can typically see users' email addresses and friends lists, allowing them to connect with their Facebook friends on the third-party app.

    But on multiple occasions in the early 2010s, Facebook employees discussed plans to selectively restrict access to that valuable data for apps making competing products, like Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest, and YouTube — even in cases when those apps had already been approved to access Facebook user data.

    Reached for comment by Business Insider, a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement: "These old documents have been taken out of context by someone with an agenda against Facebook, and have been distributed publicly with a total disregard for US law."

    The leaked messages show how Facebook explored selectively blacklisting certain apps, using its dominance in the sphere of social media to stymie competitors' growth. This practice was the subject of an NBC News report published in April 2019, and the newly-leaked messages provide more details.

    In one leaked email from June 2013, Facebook employee Jackie Chang describes a decision to restrict Amazon's access to Facebook user data because Amazon's wishlist was seen as a competitor to the Facebook Gifts app.

    "Platform will be pushing a functional change ... which will limit Amazon's ability to read friend data (including birthdays) to only friends connected to that App. This should significantly stymie Amazon's ability to grow the gifting app beyond users immediately connected," Chang wrote.

    Another leaked exchange from October 2011 shows high-ranking employees planning to blacklist Twitter from seeing users' friends lists, a measure that Facebook already enacted for YouTube. The conversation took place at a time when Facebook was aware it had leverage over Twitter, according to Computer Weekly — Twitter links represented 1% of outbound traffic on Facebook, while Facebook links made up 33% of outbound traffic on Twitter. 

    "Can you check to make sure we restrict the Twitter API to block out friend lists?" one employee wrote.

    "Youtube is not allowed to see users that don't already use the app, so a friend list would be returned, but it would be only friends that are already Youtube users. This was never enabled for Twitter," another employee responded.

    Users' privacy appears to be an afterthought in these exchanges, but Facebook employees regularly referred to user trust as the public-facing reason the company would give for restricting what data it shares. In one instance, Facebook decided to increase the data it shared with Apple due to a special agreement, and an employee worried that people would be skeptical of Facebook's messaging on user trust.

    "My concern is around the perception that we can't hold our story together. We're going all-in on the user trust message as our reasoning for doing the v4 shakeup and it'd be sad [journalists] clearly pointed out that there was an easy and obvious workaround on iOS," the employee wrote.

    Facebook is the subject of a sweeping antitrust investigation based on allegations that it engaged in anti-competitive conduct

    SEE ALSO: Facebook fought to keep a trove of thousands of explosive internal documents and emails secret. They were just published online in full.

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    Muslim women and refugees won historic victories across the US in Tuesday's elections

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    The 2018 midterm elections saw voters elect a record number of women to the House of Representatives, with a number of individual candidates achieving historic firsts with their victories.

    That trend continued in many ways on Tuesday, as women and minorities — including Muslim women and refugees — won historic victories in state and local elections across the country. 

    These victories come after a summer in which President Donald Trump repeatedly attacked women of color serving in Congress, including those who won historic victories last year. Trump's rhetoric toward Muslims and on racial issues has long been controversial and even ventured into outright racism.

    • Democrat Ghazala Hashmi became the first Muslim woman elected to the Virginia state Senate. She unseated Virginia state Sen. Glen Sturtevant. 
    • Democrat Abrar Omeish, 24, joined Hashmi as one of the first Muslim women to hold elected office in Virginia's history by winning her race for one of three vacant seats on the Fairfax County School Board. She's also the youngest woman in the state's history to hold elected office. 
    • Virginia's General Assembly also now has the highest number of women in the history of the state. Women will hold 41 out of 140 seats in Virginia's state legislature. 
    • Nadia Mohamad, 23, became the first Muslim woman and first Somali-American elected to the city council in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She fled conflict in Somalia as a young girl. 
    • Democrat Safiya Khalid, 23, who came to the US as a refugee from Somalia, became the first Somali-American elected to the Lewiston City Council in Lewistown, Maine. 
    • Democrat Chol Majok became the first refugee elected to public office in Syracuse, New York. Majok, 34, ran unchallenged to win Syracuse's 3rd District Common Council seat.
    • Voters in Boston ushered in a historic level of diversity on Tuesday. Boston's city council will have a female majority for the first time in its history (eight out of 13 members), and more minorities than ever (seven out of thirteen members). 
    • Monique Owens became the first black person ever to be elected mayor of Eastpointe, Michigan.
    • Republican Daniel Cameron became the first black person to be elected as attorney general of Kentucky. He's a former legal counsel for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  

    SEE ALSO: Diversity wins: All the people who made history in the 2018 midterm elections

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    Congress fields Paudel from Kaski

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    After a series of meetings over the past four days, the main opposition Nepali Congress on Wednesday finalised candidates for the upcoming by-elections slated for November 30.

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    Alam to depose before court today as well

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    Rautahat District Court could not complete recording statement of suspended lawmaker of Nepali Congress Mohammad Aftab Alam on the second day as well.

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    Smart City Expo World Congress 2019: ein leuchtendes Vorbild für Nachhaltigkeit und Inklusivität

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    Der Smart City Expo World Congress (http://www.smartcityexpo.com/) (SCEWC), die f internationale Veranstaltung zu St intelligente Stadt, die von Fira de Barcelona organisiert wird, f St Ausgabe 2019, die vom 19. bis zum 21. November stattfindet, wird der SCEWC zwei Initiativen zur Vermeidung von ...
              

    As vaping-linked illness cases exceed 1,800, medical groups are calling for action

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    A coalition of medical groups are calling on Congress and the Trump administration to more closely regulate tobacco and e-cigarette companies as the number of cases of a vaping-linked lung illness exceeds 1,800.
              

    Serviço de Liturgia abre inscrições para o 52º Congresso Eucarístico Internacional

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    Serviço de Liturgia abre inscrições para o 52º Congresso Eucarístico Internacional Nov 6, 2019 | Em destaque
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    O conteúdo Serviço de Liturgia abre inscrições para o 52º Congresso Eucarístico Internacional aparece primeiro em Azores Today.


              

    No talks between RSS chief, Uddhav Thackeray yet: Sena leader Raut

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    There have been no talks yet between RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on government formation in Maharashtra, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Thursday. Talking to reporters ahead of the meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs with Thackeray, Raut said legislators of his party and the opposition Congress and NCP "would not cross sides".
              

    Mangaluru : Congress assures water tariff review, forming ward panels

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    Mangaluru : Heeding the growing demand for formation of ward committees and area sabhas as mandated by the high court and by local and civic groups, the Congress included it in its manifesto for the forthcoming Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) polls that was released by former chief minister Siddaramaiah, here on Wednesday. The manifesto also […]
              

    Roger Stone, Trump friend and alleged tie to WikiLeaks, faces trial in Washington

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    The president's adviser is facing charges that he allegedly lied to Congress and obstructed an official proceeding. Stone has pleaded not guilty and said he has done nothing wrong.
              

    Administration insiders who waved a red flag in the Ukraine affair

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    It was an intelligence community whistleblower who brought the matter to the attention of Congress. But insiders also recorded objections about what took place within the administration.
              

    Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Trevor Noah watch Trump's 'no quid pro quo' defense crumble

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    Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Trevor Noah watch Trump's 'no quid pro quo' defense crumble"I don't want to get out over my skis here, but I'm beginning to think this Donald Trump fellow might get impeached," Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday's Late Show. "The Democrats keep releasing these transcripts, and the evidence is pretty damning -- in that it's exactly what we already knew."Tuesday's transcript drop had a bonus feature: updated testimony from Gordon Sondland, President Trump's ambassador to the European Union. "Sondland's original testimony was pretty good for Trump," Colbert said -- so good, in fact, Trump tweeted Sondland's "no quid pro quo" assertion."Well, today, Sondland 'amended' his testimony -- much the same way that Sherman 'amended' Atlanta," Colbert said. "And it turns out, yes quid pro quo." Testimony from other witnesses "refreshed" Sondland's "recollection about certain conversations," he read. "Specifically, Sondland now recalls that he told a top Ukrainian official that the country likely would not receive American military aid -- that had been appropriated by Congress -- unless it publicly committed to the investigations President Trump wanted. That is game, set, match," Colbert said, continuing to say Sondland added to Trump's woes by acknowledging he "assumed" Trump pushing Ukraine to investigate Biden was "illegal.""Wow, so this guy's just revising the testimony he gave under oath?" Trevor Noah marveled at The Daily Show. "We can't even edit our tweets, but this guy's walking into Congress, just like, 'Oh, you said quid pro quo? I thought you said squid pro quo.'" Honestly, "I feel bad for Sondland, because he was the first to testify," Noah said. "And he probably thought everyone else was gonna have his back and also say there was not quid pro quo, but then instead everyone snitched on him."Sondland's revised memory is "a major plot twist in this ongoing quid pro quo show today," Jimmy Kimmel agreed on Kimmel Live. "Gee, I wonder what jogged his memory? Maybe he started taking those Omega 3 supplements or something? They say those are very effective against perjury. So it turns out it was a quid pro quo, which we already knew but now know -- which means our president might not be telling the truth. I know, I'm disappointed in him, too." Watch below.



              

    Karan Singh questions revamp of Nehru museum office-bearers

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    New Delhi, Nov 7: After the government removed Congress leaders from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Society (NLLMS), veteran leader Karan Singh described the move as strange and questioned the intent behind it.
              

    Portland Development Corporation Board Meeting

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    Will Guillermo Botero make history and become Colombia’s first-ever minister sacked by Congress?

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    Unless President Ivan Duque fires him first, Defense Minister Guillermo Botero may become Colombia’s first ever minister to be removed from office. Following Tuesday’s shocking debate in which center-right Senator…

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    GPO has digitized more than 1,300 historical Congressional Hearings dating back to 1958

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    “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has digitized more than 1,300 historical Congressional Hearings dating back to 1958 and made them available on govinfo, GPO’s one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. Through these digitization efforts, the public can access records of Congressional Hearings for free. These include the transcripts from meetings or sessions of […]
              

    Case 17708 (Closed) and Dr. Leon Davidson, January 9, 1958

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    Background The following document is found within the CIA archives of UFO files. For decades since its first release, portions of the memorandum was redacted. On January 24, 2019, The Black Vault filed a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) request to have the record reviewed for possible further release. On August 7, 2019, the CIA released the letter and revealed that Dr. Leon Davidson was communicating with CIA agents about a “space message and its transmitter,” but was never told they were from the CIA. Dr. Leon Davidson was a chemical engineer and scientist, one of the team that developed the atomic bomb. He devoted much of his free time to the study of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). He convinced a Congressional committee to force the Air Force to permit him to publish and distribute, in its entirety, the Air Force’s Project Blue Book Special Report No. 14, the primary source book on the Air Force’s findings related to UFOs. Document Archive The below document is side by side with the original release by the CIA. Each are captioned to differentiate between the two. Click on either page for a larger version. FOIA Response Letter CIA Crest Database The following is the information available on this document from the CIA’s CREST database, as of October 29, 2019. The information is likely not going to change.

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    FBI Files: American Politicians, Aides, and Appointees

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    It comes as no surprise, as celebrities and gangsters were being watched — so were the politicians.  The following is a list of released records. Document Archive Acheson, Dean [587 Pages, 143MB] – Dean Gooderham Acheson (April 11, 1893 – October 12, 1971) was an American statesman and lawyer. As United States Secretary of State in the administration of President Harry S. Truman from 1949 to 1953, he played a central role in defining American foreign policy during the Cold War. Acheson helped design the Marshall Plan and was a key player in the development of the Truman Doctrine and creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Agnew, Spiro [1,454 Pages, 65.05MB] – Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-1996) was a Maryland politician and U.S. vice president from 1968 to 1973. He resigned as vice president and later pleaded no contest to tax evasion charges pursued by the IRS; the FBI investigated him for bribery, but he was not prosecuted on that charge. This release consists of FBI records concerning the bribery investigation as well as threats made against Agnew. It ranges between 1969 and 1986 (mostly between 1969 and 1973). Anderson, Wendell [13 Pages, 1.8MB] – Wendell Richard “Wendy” Anderson (February 1, 1933 – July 17, 2016) was an American politician and the 33rd governor of Minnesota, serving from January 4, 1971, to December 29, 1976. In late 1976, he resigned as governor in order to be appointed to the U.S. Senate after Senator Walter Mondale was elected Vice President of the United States. Anderson served in the Senate from December 30, 1976, to December 29, 1978 (after losing the 1978 Senate election to Rudy Boschwitz, he resigned a few days before the end of his term to give Boschwitz seniority). Although the FBI said that files were destroyed relating to Anderson, I did dig up some that were at the National Archives. Bell, George Tillson [115 Pages, 56.5MB] – George T. Bell (January 21, 1913 – March 4, 1973) was a former special assistant to President Richard Nixon. He wrote the Nixon’s Enemies List compiled by Charles Colson. Before joining the President’s staff, Bell worked for General Electric and was later President of Geonautics, Inc., an engineering research company. When questioned about Nixon’s infamous “enemies list,” Colson told the House Subcommittee Investigating the Watergate scandal that the “late George Bell” was responsible for the master list of Nixon political opponents. Bell died in Washington, D.C. following a long illness. Black, Hugo – [ File #1 | File #2 ] – Hugo Black was a U. S. Senator from 1927 until 1937. He was appointed an Associate Supreme Court Justice in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Shortly before his death in 1971, he resigned from the Supreme Court. The FBI records reflect several threats against Justice Black, as well as cordial correspondence between him and FBI Director Hoover and numerous newspaper articles. Bodman, Samuel [399 Pages, 14MB] – Samuel Wright Bodman III (November 26, 1938 – September 7, 2018) was an American politician, who was the 11th United States Secretary of Energy serving during the George W. Bush administration from 2005 to 2009. He was also at different times the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and the Deputy Secretary of Commerce. In December 2004, Bodman was nominated to replace Spencer Abraham as the Energy Secretary and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on January 31, 2005. During his tenure, he oversaw the security problems at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a budget in excess of $23 billion and over 100,000 federal and contractor employees. Boggs, Sr., Thomas Hale [399 Pages, 23.9MB] – Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. (February 15, 1914 – presumably October 16, 1972 but not declared dead until January 3, 1973) was an American Democratic politician and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the House majority leader and a member of the Warren Commission. In 1972, while he was still majority leader, the twin engine airplane in which Boggs was traveling disappeared over a remote section of Alaska. The airplane presumably crashed and was never found. Congressman Nick Begich, of Alaska, was also presumed killed in the same accident. Brady, James [19 Pages, 9.5MB] – James Scott “Jim” Brady (August 29, 1940 – August 4, 2014) was an assistant to the U.S. President and White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan. After nearly being killed and becoming permanently disabled as a result of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981, Brady became an ardent supporter of gun control. On August 8, 2014, Brady’s death was ruled a homicide, 33 years after the gunshot wound he received in 1981. The FBI does admit Brady has a file, but it was either lost or destroyed, and they could not come up with material. The documents listed here is the entire FOIA Case File to show the behind the scenes communications at the FBI attempting to locate the records. Brown, Pat [495 Pages, 33.5MB] FBI Vault Release – Note: PDF File has bookmarks that differentiate the different releases by the FBI. Brown, Pat [74 Pages, 33.5MB] FBI Release #2 (Not on The Vault) – Edmund Gerald “Pat” Brown Sr. (April 21, 1905 – February 16, 1996) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 32nd Governor of California from 1959 to 1967. Born in San Francisco, Brown had an early interest in speaking and politics; he earned a law degree in 1927, and subsequently began legal practice. As district attorney for San Francisco, he was elected Attorney General of California in 1950 before becoming the state’s governor in 1959. As governor, Brown embarked on massive projects building important infrastructure and redefined the state’s higher education system. While running twice for President in 1960 and 1964, finishing second and first in the primaries, respectively, he was never a serious contender in the national conventions. While losing his bid for a third term in 1966 to future President Ronald Reagan, his legacy earns him regard as the builder of modern California. His son Edmund G. “Jerry”...

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    Buy iressa australia belly, cheap iressa online 24h talk

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    Cheapest iressa order pharmacy, price of generic iressa If you are looking for a trusted and high quality pharmacy, look not further! It is all you need! Iressa - CLICK TO CONTINUE Become one of our premium clients who enjoy all our privileges and save huge money At least four posters fromQuraysh, an Islamic State propaganda mouthpiece, have encouraged supporters to 'ignite fires' as part of its jihad to target the Western world. At her cabin in the woods of Washington, Heidi Gustafson iressa is creating a many-colored library of one of mankinds first pigments. For the 3rd hour of TODAY, Craig Melvin leads a conversation between Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, and Rhonda Ezell, a member of the National Rifle Association and the founder of Chicago Guns Matter. Watch as they discuss gun control, red flag laws, the Second Amendment and more. Recruitment agency Michael Page has compiled a list of median pay scales from a range of sectors. 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    Appeal Court Nullifies Senator Adeyeye’s Election, Declares PDP Winner.

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    The Court of Appeal has sacked spokesman of the Nigerian Senate, Adedayo Adeyeye, as the lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial district in the upper chamber of legislature. Adeyeye, a former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Details later Whatsapp

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    Youths Are Africa’s Greatest Asset Is Not Oil – Peter Obi.

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      The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential poll, Peter Obi says that African’s greatest assets is not oil but  its youth dominated population. Obi said this during a panel discussion at the ongoing African Economic Congress (AEC) in Abuja on Tuesday. The theme of the maiden congress is “Building […]

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    One Big Lava Lamp

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                   1960's Lava Lamp (credit, file photo) I was invited into a Nashville recording studio once while a good friend was recording a project with some of finest bluegrass and acoustic musicians in the City. It was great fun. Decked out around the soundboard, sofas, and recording gear were Lava Lamps , the novelty toy popular in the 1960's, which bubbled away in various technicolors. Perhaps they provided the musicians a bit of relaxation and humor during the long sessions. A natural 'lava lamp' has been photographed deep within the Atlantic Ocean. The Landsat 8 camera captured an image of the Atlantic Gulf stream approximately 300 miles east of South Carolina in infrared. The Gulf Stream is a portion of the global ocean 'conveyor belt' that moves water and heat from the tropics towards the poles. Like the toy lamps that cycle heated oils and wax, ocean current moves water upwards at varying temperatures. High resolution infrared instruments allowed the differentiation of water temperatures in the wider ocean patterns. In the Landsat image, temperatures range from 64-70F (18-21C) with coolest temperatures in purple and warmest in white. Ben Franklin is credited with discovering the Gulf Stream and included it on maps in his day. He knew the current was a big deal but he didn't know how big it actually was, influencing continents and climates on both sides of the Atlantic.       Ben Franklin Map (credit: Library of Congress)                    Atlantic Gulf stream (credit: NASA) As one of our earliest scientists and inventors, Ben would have loved a Lava Lamp on his desk. WHB
              

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    Tim Walberg, Border Patrol

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    Congressman Tim Walberg Michigan's 7th congressional district.

     

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    «Интеллектуальный карьер» награжден статуэткой Всемирного конгресса IOTS

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    Проект «Интеллектуальный карьер» ВИСТ Групп (входит в ГК "Цифра") получил награду на Всемирном конгрессе IOTS в Барселоне. Дочерняя компания ВИСТ Групп, VIST Robotics, с фокусом на R&D в области искусственного интеллекта и автономной техники, является резидентом IT-кластера «Сколково». 

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    Проект «Интеллектуальный карьер» представляет собой систему управления технологическими процессами на открытых горных работах в полностью автономном режиме. Для этого используется беспилотный грузовой транспорт и технология высокоточной спутниковой навигации. Роботизированные грузовые автомобили создаются в сотрудничестве с «БелАЗ», «КамАЗ» и другими производителями грузовых машин и техники для горных работ. Технология, которая уже используется в компании СУЭК, одном из крупнейших в мире производителей угля, предполагает перевод всего оборудования (экскаваторов, самосвалов, погрузчиков, буровых станков и железнодорожного транспорта) в автономный режим или в режим дистанционного управления.

    IOT Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC) - первое глобальное мероприятие для промышленных решений интернета вещей. Целью IOTSWC является реализация базовой идеи IoT в производстве, здравоохранении, энергетике и коммунальных услугах, транспорте и логистике.


              

    PM Modi, Amit Shah using trishul of CBI, ED and I-T to attack opponents: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh

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    Parlous state of economy: P Chidambaram on why Congress supported RCEP in 2012 but not in 2019

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    Parlous state of economy: Chidambaram on why Congress supported RCEP in 2012 but not in 2019
              

    Our MLAs don't want BJP CM in Maharashtra, says Congress leader

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    Our MLAs don't want BJP CM in Maharashtra, says Congress leader
              

    Shiv Sena accuses ally BJP of poaching MLAs, Congress says must save Maharashtra

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    Shiv Sena accuses ally BJP of poaching MLAs, Congress says must save Maharashtra
              

    App developers had access to more Facebook Group data than intended. Election security and disinformation. DarkUniverse described. Millions lost to business email compromise.

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    Facebook closes a hole in Group data access. US authorities seek to reassure Congress and the public concerning the security of election infrastructure. Disinformation remains a challenge, however, as the US prepares for the 2020 elections. Criminals catch Potomac fever as they use politicians’ names and likenesses as an aid to distributing malware. Kaspersky outlines the now-shuttered DarkUniverse campaign. And Nikkei America loses millions to a BEC scam. Justin Harvey from Accenture on automated incident response. Carole Theriault speaks with Kristen Coulson from Tripwire on protecting the IoT.

    For links to all of today's stories check our our CyberWire daily news brief:

    https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2019/November/CyberWire_2019_11_06.html 

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    Mayor Walsh should be looking over his shoulder

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    The election of a new crop of women to the Boston City Council could be a dangerous harbinger for Mayor Martin Walsh, a white male chief executive whose constituents are more willing to pull the lever for diversity. Walsh faces re-election in 2021. His potential opponents include  Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell, and one congressional […]
              

    House to hold hearing on Mississippi chicken plant raids

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three months after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, a congressional committee plans a hearing into the raids and their effects.

    The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, led by Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, will hold the hearing Thursday in Jackson.

    Thompson says he still wants answers as to why U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement launched the raids without making sure children wouldn't be left without parents, even temporarily. Thompson says dozens of children went home without parents that day, although many parents were among the more than 300 people who were released within 24 hours following their initial arrest.

    Hundreds of people remain in custody, with dozens facing federal criminal charges. Many are already pleading guilty.


              

    Options Agency Director- Santa Fe, NM

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    Job DescriptionPOSITION SUMMARY: This position directs the operations of the agency and ensures that all home care support services are delivered in a safe, efficient and effective manner, in accordance with established quality standards, and applicable state and federal regulations. This position also participates in the agency''s business development efforts to expand its client base and promote revenue growth. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: * Direct the overall operations of the agency and provide direction and guidance to the agency staff in scheduling and performing home care support client services. * Oversee the development and execution of client care plans and ensure that all services are performed in an efficient and effective manner, in accordance with established quality standards, Company policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal regulations. Intervene, as necessary, to resolve problems and ensure that all client service requirements are met. * Manage the agency''s daily activities and administrative functions, including client/employee scheduling, personnel management, payroll processing, billing preparation and records maintenance. * Direct and participate in the recruitment, orientation, training and retention of agency staff. Coordinate the design and implementation of staff education programs. Ensure the agency''s compliance with the Company''s human resources policies and practices, as well as all related regulatory requirements. * Participate in the development and implementation of the agency''s objectives, strategies and initiatives for census/revenue growth and business development with the execution of related sales and marketing plans. * Develop and maintain relationships with state and county referral agencies to promote the agency''s programs and services and expand its client base. Participate in national and regional home care industry organizations to follow trends and developments and identify potential business opportunities. * Participate in the preparation of the agency''s annual budget. Monitor the agency''s performance against established revenue, expense and profitability targets. Implement appropriate corrective actions to address problem areas and/or negative trends. * Participate locally in the Company advocacy program to educate and favorably influence legislators and other elected officials in Congress and state government to the benefits of in-home care services, reimbursement rates and program funding. * Maintain a high degree of confidentiality at all times due to access to sensitive information * Maintain regular, predictable, consistent attendance and is flexible to meet the needs of the agency. * Follow all Medicare, Medicaid, and HIPAA regulations and requirements. * Abide by all regulations, policies, procedures and standards. * Performs other duties as assigned. POSITION REQUIREMENTS & COMPETENCIES: * Bachelor''s Degree in Business, Social Services, Public Administration, or a related field of study * Five to seven years of experience in health care, including at least five years of supervisory/management experience * Experience in home health care and/or home and community based services in a large, multi-site organization is preferred * Demonstrated ability to drive census/revenue growth and sales/develop business * Computer proficiency -- MS Office -- Word, Excel, Outlook * P&L experience and the ability to develop and manage an agency budget * Strong communication, teambuilding and interpersonal skills Addus provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.by Jobble
              

    House to hold hearing on Mississippi chicken plant raids

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three months after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, a congressional committee plans a hearing into the raids and their effects. The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, led by Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, will hold the hearing Thursday in Jackson. […]
              

    The Latest Polls Are Worrying Me

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    Steve Hochstadt is a professor of history emeritus at Illinois College, who blogs for HNN and LAProgressive, and writes about Jewish refugees in Shanghai.

     

     

    A NYT article on Monday by Nate Silver, the guru of understanding polls, frightened me: he said that Trump could win in 2020. The main evidence is a poll showing Trump running neck-and-neck with the leading Democrats in certain arbitrarily selected “key” states, every race very close. I have been relying for my sanity on Trump’s approval rating in many polls, which is down near 40%. How could he beat anybody? Maybe I need to revise my understanding of approval. Perhaps enough people disapprove of Trump, but are willing to vote for him.

     

    I don’t think that polls a year ahead of time mean much about what will happen, especially if they are close. There are other polls, though, which cause me more anxiety about the state of our nation. Whether Trump wins next year or not, the views of the minority of Americans who populate his “base” are troubling.

     

    In the most recent head-to-head polls, white working-class respondents preferred Trump by 25%, just the same percentage as they preferred him in 2016 against Clinton. College-educated whites gave the nod to Democrats, but only by 6 - 10%. Those Americans, who are as a whole less interested in real political information, still like Trump, after all he has done. A large minority of those who have been trained to understand that information still pick Trump.

     

    Some aspects of the general approval polls offer more and maybe more unpleasant information. The tracking of Trump’s approval ratings by the Washington Post and ABC News during his whole presidency shows both remarkable stability and, maybe, the beginning of a serious downturn in the wake of impeachment, as his approval among Republicans dropped to 74%. There will be lots more points on this graph, so little weight should be put on this point. More notable is the lack of change among his most fervent supporters, those who “strongly approve of him”, which has stayed between 60% and 70%.

     

    Those squishy approval polls are now being directed at the state level to help predict the 2020 decision in the Electoral College. It’s possible to be heartened by the latest poll, just before impeachment began. More approve of him than disapprove in only 17 states, mostly states in the South or next to it. More disapprove than approve in all the states that the NYT article isolated as “key”. One year ago, his approval ratings were positive in 24 states.

     

    Fox News reported that their two polls this October showed that more people want Trump to be impeached and removed than oppose it, 50% to 41%. But here’s the scary part. Among those who oppose impeachment, 57% say new evidence cannot change their minds. That adds up to about one quarter of those surveyed. They probably all belong in the category of those who think the whole impeachment inquiry is “bogus”, 39%.

     

    Recent polls show that Republicans who are regular viewers of FOX News are much more likely to be hard-core Trump supporters. Over half of Republicans who support the president and watch Fox News say there is “virtually nothing he could do to make them stop supporting him.” A different poll two years ago shows the same thing. In August 2017, 61% who approved of Trump said they couldn’t think of anything he could do that would make them disapprove of his job as President.

     

    For me, the scariest segment of the American electorate has been identified by some political scientists as “chaos-seekers”. They are so disaffected from our political system, that they want to undermine it, even destroy it. They use social media to share outlandish stories, such as the “Pizzagate” rumor, the false story about Obama’s birth, and Alex Jones’ lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting being faked. They don’t necessarily believe them to be true. “For the core group, hostile political rumors are simply a tool to create havoc.” The political scientists conducted thousands of interviews, and found a significant minority of people who agreed with statements like the following. “I fantasize about a natural disaster wiping out most of humanity such that a small group of people can start all over.” “I think society should be burned to the ground.” Sometimes I just feel like destroying beautiful things.” These people tended to be Trump supporters.

     

    A study from 2018 found that Trump supporters tended to “take a belligerent, combative approach toward people they find threatening.” The kind of authoritarianism that Trump’s most fervent supporters embody is “the wish to support a strong and determined authority who will 'crush evil and take us back to our true path.’” The Guardian recently listed 52 Trump supporters who carried out or threatened acts of violence since his campaign began. Since Congressman Adam Schiff became the leader of the House impeachment inquiry, he has been subject to violent threats on social media, often approvingly quoting Trump’s comments about him.

     

    A video portraying Trump shooting his critics inside a church was played at a conference for his supporters at Trump’s National Doral Miami resort in early October. The pastor who gave the benediction at the 2016 Republican National Convention told the crowd there, “We’ve come to declare war!” Conference-goers roared back: “War! War!”

     

    Trump himself uses careful language to encourage violent supporters and threaten wider violence against his opponents. In an interview in March, he said, “I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump—I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough—until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

     

    Are we near that point now? What if Trump loses the election?

     

    Today, the only important polls will be taken, the elections in Virginia, Kentucky, and Mississippi. They will provide hints about 2020. Then we have only 12 months left to worry.


              

    Rep. Katie Hill Stepped Down But Her Story has More Than One Side

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    In last year’s midterm elections, a record 36 new women were elected to the House of Representatives, leading many analysts to declare it the “Year of the Woman.” One of these 36 was Katie Hill, who won a seat in California’s long Republican-held 25th Congressional District, including the cities of Simi Valley and Santa Clarita....
              

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    Medical Sales Professional - Flint, MI

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    Job Description
    Eisai is a human health care (hhc) pharmaceutical organization that seeks to discover and develop innovative therapies that can help satisfy unmet medical needs and contribute to the health and well-being of people worldwide. Our hhc mission means that we regard patients and their families as the most important participants in the health care process and we are dedicated to helping improve their lives.
    Eisai is a fully integrated pharmaceutical business that operates in two global business groups: oncology and neurology (dementia-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases). Eisai employees personify our values of integrity, respect, professionalism, quality, and teamwork. We strive to provide benefits to patients and their families well beyond the development of important new treatments. Whether it is developing good medicines or doing good deeds, Eisai fosters an environment in which employees truly care about the outcome.
    Because Eisai is an established and healthy company, we believe that we can offer employees broad job scope, more responsibilities and the potential for career-enhancing development.

    Job Summary
    The Medical Sales Professional (MSP) is responsible for growing, managing, developing, and representing Lemborexant in their respected territory. The MSP is the territory business owner responsible for creating strategies and executing tactics to generate product utilization that consistently achieve sales goals while conveying Eisai s human health care mission (hhc). The Medical Sales Professional will be required to be an expert on all aspects of the insomnia, our product, and the competitive landscape, including coverage and reimbursement. They will build and develop professional relationships with appropriate HCPs and other healthcare professionals and office staff, and be expected to work cross-functionally while adhering to all of Eisai s ethics and compliance standards.

    Essential Functions
    1. Achieve sales goals and drive appropriate utilization of assigned products through effective use of the Challenger Sales model, creating and maintaining an effective plan, and precise execution of sales and brand strategies; including effective and compliant utilization of available resources (i.e. approved sales aids and materials, educational lunches, speaker programs).
    2. Collaborate with the Eisai team, including other field-based and home office personnel teams to proactively develop strategies that address customer needs, local market dynamics and trends, and support brand and corporate objectives within assigned geography. Includes participating in initiatives to support sales success as assigned (e.g. participate in industry related congresses, local and regional meetings and medical conferences).
    3. Develop deep knowledge of insomnia industry, local and regional market trends, disease state, product, and competitor knowledge. Leverage expertise and knowledge to anticipate and effectively manage business opportunities and challenges with HCPs in assigned geography (75-80% of targets will be General Practitioners and Family Medicine.)
    4. Ensure individual compliance with Eisai policies and procedures.

    Job Qualifications
    Requirements
    Bachelor s degree required
    2 or more years of pharmaceutical sales experience, strongly preferred
    A minimum of 3 years of business-to-business sales experience, required
    Strong business acumen
    Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong business relationships. Proven ability to network and build strong relationships with customers
    Valid US driver s license and a driving record in compliance with company standards
    Ability to safely and successfully operate a motor vehicle is required
    Must successfully complete all company training programs and pass the company certification process, as well as all customer mandated and vendor credentialing requirements.
    Strong verbal and written communication skills
    Strong negotiating skills
    Effective consultative selling skills
    When necessary, travel overnight including within territory and to conferences, training and sales meetings.

    Eisai is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. The Company also strives for a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. It is Eisai s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination in employment and not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of any protected status, including, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, ancestry, creed, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

    Eisai is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority / Female / Disability / Vet
              

    Pelatihan Pemodelan Distribusi Spesies menggunakan MaxEnt untuk Konservasi Primata Indonesia

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    Oleh : Luhur Septiadi
    Jurusan Biologi, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim, Malang, Indonesia, 
    email : luhur.septiadi@gmail.com

    Sebagai agenda lanjutan dari Simposium dan Kongres Primata pada 18-20 September 2019 lalu, maka dilaksanakan Workshop MaxEnt sebagai upaya konservasi Primata di Indonesia. Kegiatan ini diselenggarakan bekerjasama dengan Jurusan Kehutanan Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang. Kegiatan ini dilaksanakan mulai dari 25-26 Oktober 2019 dan diikuti oleh sebanyak 25 peserta yang telah diseleksi sebelumnya,  dari berbagai macam universitas, komunitas, praktisi BKSDA, NGO, dan berbagai macam instansi lain dari Jawa dan ada juga beberapa peneliti dari Kalimantan.

    Kegiatan ini eksklusif dilaksanakan di Malang, dalam upaya meningkatkan  kapasitas peneliti muda dan juga berjejaring dengan pegiat konservasi primata dan satwaliar khususnya yang ada di Jawa Timur. Acara ini diisi dengan pengenalan teori pada hari pertama sekaligus praktik pemodelan distribusi yang dilaksanakan pada hari berikutnya. Agenda pertama diisi oleh Iwan Kurniawan dari  Javan Langur Center- Aspinall Foundation Indonesia Program, yang menjelaskan terkait pengetahuan dasar mengenai primata di Indonesia, pola perdagangan primata di Jawa, perlakuan dalam konservasi primata, proses rehabilitasi primata, sekaligus upaya konservasi yang sejauh ini telah dilakukan khususnya di wilayah Jawa Timur diantaranya di Coban Talun dan Pantai Kondang Merak. Dari pemaparannya, upaya konservasi primata khususnya di Jawa Timur memerlukan perhatian yang lebih.

    Agenda selanjutnya diisi oleh Salmah Widyastuti, Mahasiswi Program Magister Biologi Institut Pertanian Bogor, yang menjelaskan terkait Pengantar Model Distribusi Spesies menggunakan MaxEnt. Melalui penelitiannya tentang model kesesuian habitat Owa Jawa di daerah Jawa Tengah, dapat diketahui bahwa habitat dari Owa Jawa telah terfragmentasi, berdasarkan variabel lingkungannya berupa hutan alami, ketinggian, jarak ke wilayah produksi, dan temperatur. Dari sini, peserta dapat memahami cara kerja dan penggunaan MaxEnt untuk konservasi primata, yang kemudian akan dilanjutkan keesokan harinya untuk praktiknya dalam aplikasi secara langsung.
    Foto Bersama peserta Workshop MaxEnt di Ruang Sidang Jurusan Kehutanan, UMM 2019

    Keesokan harinya, agenda pelatihan MaxEnt dipandu langsung oleh Swiss Winasis dari Burungnesia. Peserta dibimbing secara intensif, dalam pengoperasian platform penganalisis spasial seperti ArcGIS dan MaxEnt. Dari praktiknya secara langsung, diketahui bahwa penggunaan MaxEnt akan lebih efektif apabila yang dimodelkan distribusinya merupakan spesies spesifik, memiliki preferensi habitat tertentu, dan dalam skala yang lebih luas.

    foto bersama perserta pelatihan di hari ke-2

    Pemodelan distribusi habitat dari suatu spesies spesifik khususnya primata sangatlah diperlukan dewasa ini, mengingat konversi lahan dan deforestasi di pulau Jawa yang kian hari kian meningkat. Keberadaan satwa-satwa primata di Indonesia sangatlah penting untuk di lestarikan, dan diharapkan peserta workshop kali ini dapat menerapkan ilmu yang didapatkan, untuk diterapkan ke lingkungan dan bidang ilmunya masing-masing. Dengan adanya kegiatan ini diharapkan upaya konservasi Primata di Indonesia juga semakin mendapatkan prioritas dan perhatian lebih di seluruh lapisan dan elemen masyarakat.

    Acara Workshop MaxEnt – Post Congress Training Program, Indonesia Primate Symposium & Congress 2019, dengan tema “Pemodelan Distribusi Spesies & Aplikasinya dalam Konservasi Primata Indonesia”, terselenggara berkat dukungan dari banyak pihak diantaranya Jurusan Kehutanan Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Perhimpunan Ahli dan Pemerhati Primata Indonesia (PERHAPPI), Kongress PrimataIndonesia, ARCUS Foundation, dan SwaraOwa.

    Informasi mengenai rangkuman dalam cara dan penggunaan terkait teknis dalam analisis MaxEnt, dapat diunduh pada link dibawah ini.



              

    If “quid pro quo” is illegal, then EVERY member of Congress belongs behind bars

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    by: JD Heyes (Natural News) Americans are being sold another lie about President Donald Trump – https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/if-quid-pro-quo-is-illegal-then-every-member-of-congress-belongs-behind-bars/
              

    Her Story: Emma Mashinini

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    SAfm — Emma Mashinini (21 August 1929 – 10 July 2017[1]) was a South African trade unionist and political leader. Living in Johannesburg, her family was forcibly displaced several times during her childhood. She started working at age 14 and soon became a union organiser at her garment factory. She became active with the African National Congress (ANC) in 1956. Mashinini served for 12 years on the executive board of the National Union of Clothing Workers (NUCW) and founded the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) in 1975. She was arrested and detained without charges for six months in 1981–82. Guest : Mamhood Fadal - Chairperson of The Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC)
              

    PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MAMA WINNIE NOMZAMO MANDELA

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    SAfm — Winnie Madikizela-Mandela OLS MP (born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela; 26 September 1936 – 2 April 2018 , also known as Winnie Mandela, was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, and the second wife of Nelson Mandela. She served as a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 2003,and from 2009 until her death,[4] and was a deputy minister of arts and culture from 1994 to 1996. A member of the African National Congress (ANC) political party, she served on the ANC's National Executive Committee and headed its Women's League. Madikizela-Mandela was known to her supporters as the "Mother of the Nation". Guest: Ntombizikhona Valela – PhD History Student AT WITS , Writer and Historian .Her research interest is in intellectual history and legacy of Winnie Mandela Mandela.
              

    Senior Logistics Manager

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    Title: Senior Logistics Manager WHO WE ARE KBR is a global government services organization delivering full life cycle professional and technical services from over 60 U.S. and 40 international locations. Our core capabilities include logistics, engineering, science, cyber, intelligence and security services. WHAT TO EXPECT When you become part of the KBR team, your career opportunities are endless. We offer challenging assignments on some of the world's largest and most complex projects where our customers have come to value us, because they know, We Deliver! ABOUT THIS POSITION KBR requires a Senior Logistics Manager, located in the Dayton, OH, area to support F-35A Fleet Management Office (FMO) planning and execution activities. The F-35A FMO is responsible for the sustainment of a growing fleet of F-35A aircraft fielded at operating locations around the globe. Mission areas include integrated logistics, engineering support, post-production upgrades, supply chain management, support equipment sustainment, readiness and cost reduction initiatives management and business operations. This candidate will support and advise the Chief of the F-35A FMO at Wright-Patterson AFB. The candidate must work well with a widely-dispersed team and be assertive in capturing key inputs and data to incorporate into various products on a daily basis. The candidate must also have excellent communication skills (written, verbal and active listening). Proficiency with developing presentations (PowerPoint) and written documents for executive-level review and consumption is a must. The candidate must be comfortable working in a very dynamic, fluid environment and enjoy problem solving. Familiarity with DoD 5000.02 acquisition policies and processes, a plus, but not required. Likewise, familiarity with DoD and international military protocols, customs and courtesies, is a plus, but not required. Duties include but are not limited to: - Using Microsoft Office suite of applications/tools to develop and publish products for senior executive review, coordination and approval - Establishing timelines for both quick-turn and longer-term projects and tracking progress through completion - Planning/executing special events, as well as hosting Distinguished Visitors, to include members of Congress, as well as senior ranking US and foreign military officers/equivalents - Drafting correspondence on behalf of SES/GO-equivalent for wide distribution to key mission stakeholders at tactical and strategic levels - Prepping senior leader(s) for meetings and engagements, ensuring all relevant information is conveyed and understood to support discussions and decision-making - Planning/executing initiatives and special projects in order to realize the Chief of the F-35A FMO vision for the organization and mission Travel: Occasional travel required (15-20%) to Arlington, VA, Fort Worth, TX, and other F-35 operating locations may be required. Local candidates only, relocation package not available. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS : - Bachelor's degree and minimum 10 years of Logistics sustainment experience. - DoD Clearance Requirement: Secret - Self-starter with excellent writing and communication skills is a must. - USAF AFMC Program Office experience. - Candidates with AFLCMC experience highly desirable. - Familiarity with DoD 5000.02 acquisition policies and/or mission transition or centralization projects is ideal, but not required. The Senior Logistics Manager must demonstrate comprehensive experience/knowledge of: - Working with geographically-dispersed teams to produce documents and presentations for senior executive and stakeholder consumption - Engaging with customers at both working and senior levels - Developing and executing project/program plans from tasking through completion using common IT tools and practices - Professional writing skills, to include Staff Summary Sheets (SSS). The Candidate must display practical and demonstrated program management skills with emphasis on communication and stakeholder engagement with the following required skills: - Problem solving - Critical and Creative Thinking - Multi-Tasking - Clear and well organized communication, especially writing - Plan development and execution - Candidate must possess strong computer skills and must be proficient with Microsoft Office Applications ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: - Experience working in the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center or other DoD organization is highly desired - Programmatic experience in Aviation Support Equipment acquisition and sustainment - Previous involvement with 5th Generation Aircraft maintenance and sustainment - Level II DAWIA certification in Program Management and/or PMP certification is desired, but not required INCLUDES: Competitive health, wellness & lifestyle benefits Inclusive, flexible and supportive company culture Ongoing training and development opportunities LEARN MORE ABOUT KBR: ************************************** KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies across the asset and program lifecycle within the Government Solutions and Energy sectors. KBR employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide (including our joint ventures), with customers in more than 80 countries, and operations in 40 countries, across three synergistic global businesses: Government Solutions , serving government customers globally, including capabilities that cover the full lifecycle of defense, space, aviation and other government programs and missions from research and development, through systems engineering, test and evaluation, program management, to operations, maintenance, and field logistics Technology Solutions , featuring proprietary technology, equipment, catalysts, digital solutions and related technical services for the monetization of hydrocarbons, including refining, petrochemicals, ammonia and specialty chemicals, as well as inorganics Energy Solutions , including onshore oil and gas; LNG (liquefaction and regasification)/GTL; oil refining; petrochemicals; chemicals; fertilizers; differentiated EPC; maintenance services (Brown & Root Industrial Services); offshore oil and gas (shallow-water, deep-water, subsea); floating solutions (FPU, FPSO, FLNG & FSRU); program management and consulting services KBR is proud to work with its customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, integrated EPC delivery and long term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results. At KBR, We Deliver .
              

    Medical Sales Professional - Bloomington, IN

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    Job Description
    Eisai is a human health care (hhc) pharmaceutical organization that seeks to discover and develop innovative therapies that can help satisfy unmet medical needs and contribute to the health and well-being of people worldwide. Our hhc mission means that we regard patients and their families as the most important participants in the health care process and we are dedicated to helping improve their lives.
    Eisai is a fully integrated pharmaceutical business that operates in two global business groups: oncology and neurology (dementia-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases). Eisai employees personify our values of integrity, respect, professionalism, quality, and teamwork. We strive to provide benefits to patients and their families well beyond the development of important new treatments. Whether it is developing good medicines or doing good deeds, Eisai fosters an environment in which employees truly care about the outcome.
    Because Eisai is an established and healthy company, we believe that we can offer employees broad job scope, more responsibilities and the potential for career-enhancing development.

    Job Summary
    The Medical Sales Professional (MSP) is responsible for growing, managing, developing, and representing Lemborexant in their respected territory. The MSP is the territory business owner responsible for creating strategies and executing tactics to generate product utilization that consistently achieve sales goals while conveying Eisai s human health care mission (hhc). The Medical Sales Professional will be required to be an expert on all aspects of the insomnia, our product, and the competitive landscape, including coverage and reimbursement. They will build and develop professional relationships with appropriate HCPs and other healthcare professionals and office staff, and be expected to work cross-functionally while adhering to all of Eisai s ethics and compliance standards.

    Essential Functions
    1. Achieve sales goals and drive appropriate utilization of assigned products through effective use of the Challenger Sales model, creating and maintaining an effective plan, and precise execution of sales and brand strategies; including effective and compliant utilization of available resources (i.e. approved sales aids and materials, educational lunches, speaker programs).
    2. Collaborate with the Eisai team, including other field-based and home office personnel teams to proactively develop strategies that address customer needs, local market dynamics and trends, and support brand and corporate objectives within assigned geography. Includes participating in initiatives to support sales success as assigned (e.g. participate in industry related congresses, local and regional meetings and medical conferences).
    3. Develop deep knowledge of insomnia industry, local and regional market trends, disease state, product, and competitor knowledge. Leverage expertise and knowledge to anticipate and effectively manage business opportunities and challenges with HCPs in assigned geography (75-80% of targets will be General Practitioners and Family Medicine.)
    4. Ensure individual compliance with Eisai policies and procedures.

    Job Qualifications
    Requirements
    Bachelor s degree required
    2 or more years of pharmaceutical sales experience, strongly preferred
    A minimum of 3 years of business-to-business sales experience, required
    Strong business acumen
    Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong business relationships. Proven ability to network and build strong relationships with customers
    Valid US driver s license and a driving record in compliance with company standards
    Ability to safely and successfully operate a motor vehicle is required
    Must successfully complete all company training programs and pass the company certification process, as well as all customer mandated and vendor credentialing requirements.
    Strong verbal and written communication skills
    Strong negotiating skills
    Effective consultative selling skills
    When necessary, travel overnight including within territory and to conferences, training and sales meetings.

    Eisai is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. The Company also strives for a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. It is Eisai s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination in employment and not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of any protected status, including, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, ancestry, creed, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

    Eisai is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority / Female / Disability / Vet
              

    Comment on Roger Koopman strikes again by listen

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    How can anyone possibly argue with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Damn, she knows her facts!
              

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    Assemblea Ance 2019: la svolta verso il futuro

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    La svolta verso il futuro: questo il titolo dell’Assemblea Ance 2019 che si è tenuta pochi giorni fa al Palazzo dei Congressi di Roma. Il Presidente Gabriele Buia nel corso della sua relazione, di fronte a una platea gremita di esponenti del mondo politico, economico e imprenditori del sistema Ance, venuti da tutta Italia, ha […]

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    Geometri: connessi al futuro, progettiamo il domani

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    Il 45° Congresso Nazionale – che si terrà a Bologna, dal 28 al 30 novembre 2019 – sarà una discussione sul futuro del lavoro, sulle opportunità offerte dalle trasformazioni digitali, sul ruolo che la Categoria potrà svolgere in un contesto economico-sociale e demografico inedito e a tratti indefinito. Un momento di collaborazione tra tutti i […]

    L'articolo Geometri: connessi al futuro, progettiamo il domani proviene da Unione Geometri.


              

    The Week in Aerospace: Boeing on the stand

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    Image sourced from pixabay.com Santa Lucia remains a frail project as it learns to stand like a baby deer on ice. Meanwhile, one of the country’s biggest airlines speaks out after a long period of laying dormant. Boeing 737 Max remains frozen, as the US congress holds hearings to sniff out any Pinocchio’s. The aviation [...]
              

    House to hold hearing on Mississippi chicken plant raids

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three months after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, a congressional committee plans a hearing into the raids and their effects. The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, led by Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, will hold the hearing Thursday in Jackson. […]
              

    3rd-party bid? Gabbard’s denials don’t ease Democrats’ fears

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    Tulsi Gabbard keeps making her fellow Democrats nervous. The Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News. She wrote for the conservative-leaning editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal. She denounced Hillary Clinton as the “personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.” And […]
              

    Rep. Dane Eagle confirms US Congressional run for Francis Rooney’s seat

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    Rep. Dane Eagle announced Wednesday he is running for Francis Rooney’s U.S Congressional District 19 seat.
              

    Rooney to emphasize SWFL environment in last year as congressman

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    Now that Congressman Francis Rooney is retiring, many want to know if he will support President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. The representative said it is a long time away.
              

    Oyo Gov. Makinde has not fulfilled promises he made to me – Lanlehin cries out

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    The candidate for g”vernor of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 general elections in the state of Oyo, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, has said that Governor Seyi Makinde has not yet fulfilled any of the promises made to him in the agreement of the gentleman they reached. Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Lanlehin of ADC, […]

    The post Oyo Gov. Makinde has not fulfilled promises he made to me – Lanlehin cries out appeared first on Gist Ok - Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers.


              

    Cinque Stelle, ennesima fumata grigia per il capogruppo alla Camera e nuove critiche alla leadership di Di Maio

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    Per Silvestri 95 voti, 83 per Crippa. Ne servivano 109 per l'elezione. Di Maio aveva chiesto una soluzione. Ed esce il decalogo del dissidente Trizzino che chiede un congresso. Morra: "Ragionare sulla nostra identità non è sovversivo"


              

    BCPS Chapter of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project Attends the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference

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    Monday, October 21, 2019
    The Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project chapter traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2019 Congressional Black Caucus (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), September 12–15.
              

    Labor Needs To Embrace Social Justice Unionism

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    Proponents of the “rank-and-file strategy” (RFS) emphasize the need to lay the foundations of a revitalized labor movement through rank-and-file workers—as opposed to union staff or leadership. As Laura Gabby notes, this idea has a long history: In the 1970s, for instance, thousands of leftists (myself included) of both working-class origin and otherwise entered the workforce to build a real working-class Left and rebuild organized labor.

    Though this rank-and-file emphasis is more of an orientation than a full strategy, it is good in that it encourages people on the Left to engage as rank and filers—to enter into the working class as coworkers rather than staff. The idea is not, as Andrew Dobbyn argues, elitist; instead, it suggests fellow workers have something to teach, rather than simply being vessels for knowledge from leftists.

    But the current discussion has certain important blind spots. First, the mostly white socialists discussing the RFS often fail to recognize that leftist formations composed mostly or entirely of people of color have historically been instrumental in developing and leading efforts to retool the labor movement. The direction and character of these formations has frequently differed from that of white-led formations.

    Peter Shapiro presents one example in his Jacobin article, “On the Clock and Off,” drawing on his work with the League of Revolutionary Struggle. He writes about the Mexican immigrant women who emerged as rank-and-file leaders in the 1985–87 frozen food strike in Watsonville, Calif. They were not part of their union’s progressive reform caucus, the Teamsters for a Democratic Union, nor would they have been considered part of any conventional “militant minority”—which is why, Shapiro writes, “some strike supporters on the Left viewed them skeptically.” But these women established their own informal infrastructure, bound together through the solidarity of not just working together but the shared experience of racial and gender oppression, and propelled the strike to victory.

    More broadly, proponents of the rank-and-file strategy must look beyond the clear, identifiable base of organic leaders and leftists and assess the forces within any workplace, including conservatives and pragmatists. As Fernando Gapasin and I write in our book, Solidarity Divided, to defeat the conservative elements, the Left must pull the center along. Advocates of a “militant minority” can be skeptical of such alliances, but this is a mistake.

    William Z. Foster, a brilliant trade unionist who led the Communist Party USA, advocated a militant minority strategy but later adjusted his approach to pursue a “Left-Center Alliance,” recognizing that, even in the militant 1930s, the Left was not sufficiently powerful to act alone. Workers will not necessarily agree with the total program of a leftist, so it is unlikely that leftists will be organizing workers around an exclusively left-wing program. To the extent to which we ignore the center we cede territory to conservative forces that will build their own alliances to crush the Left.

    Leftists in the labor movement must also look beyond the narrow objectives of trade unionism as we know it, centered on making gains within the workplace. In fact, the Left needs an alternative framework, a “social justice unionism,” with objectives focused on the larger working class—which includes, for instance, what Stephen Lerner and others refer to as “bargaining for the common good.” Here, the union takes issues of the larger community to the bargaining table. Unions, too, might provide active support to or establish shared agendas with other worker or progressive community organizations.

    Lastly, rebuilding the labor movement requires recognition that labor, as Andrew points out, is not only trade unions. The rise of so-called alt-labor, such as worker centers and domestic worker organizations, is part of this rebuilding. Leftists play a major role in this sector, which is disproportionately workers of color. Unions can and should provide direct material assistance to this organizing; the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, for instance, has worked to ally with informal economy workers.

    A Left without a working class base is not a Left, but a collection of advocates for change. Our mission is to rebuild that base, transforming the Left and the labor movement together.

    For alternate perspectives on the rank-and-file strategy, see "Want To Build the Labor Movement? Get a Job at a Union Workplace."and "90% of Workers Aren't in a Union. Labor's Future Depends on Them."


              

    Policing and Disciplining Equity Town Hall

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    Friday, January 13, 2017
    The Policing and Disciplining Equity Town Hall provides a forum to discuss the social justice initiative with students, local leaders in the community and special guest Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
              

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    Wednesday News: Durham bullish on affordable housing

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    MAYOR STEVE SCHEWEL AND $95 MILLION HOUSING BOND FAVORED BY SUPERMAJORITY: Durham Mayor Steve Schewel easily won election to a second term Tuesday, and voters also overwhelmingly approved the city issuing $95 million in bonds to help create more affordable housing. With all precincts reporting, Schewel outdistanced Sylvester Williams, a minister making his fourth run for Durham mayor, by an 83 to 16 percent margin, according to unofficial results. Affordable housing was one of Schewel's top priorities in the campaign, and the bond referendum was approved by a 76 to 24 percent margin. City Council members Jillian Johnson, Charlie Reece and Javiera Caballero all won re-election in a six-person race for three at-large council seats.
    https://www.wral.com/durham-affordable-housing-bonds-pass-mayor-re-elected/18746416/

    SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION DOESN'T WANT GRANT PUSHED BY FORMER MOORE AIDE: State lawmakers gave the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association $500,000 last year to help find ways to keep better tabs on sex offenders, such as tracking their cars and where they work. It was money neither the association nor the State Bureau of Investigation, which manages the statewide sex offender registry, had asked for. The money’s inclusion in the state budget was driven by an influential lobbyist for a software company seeking the state’s sex offender tracking business. The state gave the money as a one-time expense, but the bidders for the business gave proposals that would require a recurring stream of money. Those bidders included Permitium, whose parent company ScribSoft Holdings hired lobbyist Andy Munn, a former top aide to House Speaker Tim Moore. Munn persuaded Rep. Allen McNeill, a former chief deputy for Randolph County’s sheriff’s office, to add the $500,000 allotment to the budget.
    https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article236912928.html

    CHAR-MECK ARTS BOND VOTED DOWN AT THE POLLS: The Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council President said it was obvious early on that the tax hike was in trouble. "When we saw the early voting results come in we were hopeful that when we saw some precincts come in we'd see stronger results," said R. Jeep Bryant. By 10 p.m., advocates for the tax referendum conceded defeat after the gap grew to more than 10,000 votes. If passed the sales tax would have jumped from its current 7.25% to 7.5%. The Mecklenburg County government website said the proposed tax hike would have been divided between cultural and educational programs: 45% for arts and culture, 34% for county parks and greenways, 16% for education and 5% for arts and culture/parks for the towns. Those who opposed the tax hike said too much money would go to teachers and the arts while taking away from other needs, such as affordable housing.
    https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/politics/mecklenburg-charlotte-sales-tax-parks-arts-education/275-...

    DEMOCRATS FLIP BOTH HOUSES OF VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE: Republicans awoke Wednesday to a stark new political reality in Virginia after losing majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, a sweeping defeat that solidifies Democratic control over the state capital for the first time in a generation. Depleted by President Trump’s floundering approval rating in Virginia, the Republicans’ defeat was a new low for a party that has not won a statewide race since Bob McDonnell became governor in 2009. “If you didn’t see this coming, you’ve been living under a rock,” said Dan Scandling, who was chief of staff to former congressman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia). “Virginia has been trending this way for years. Being so close to Washington — and add in the anti-Trump phenomenon — it was only a matter of time.” With Democrats already controlling the governor's mansion, the state’s two U.S. Senate seats, and a majority of its congressional seats, Republicans are bracing for policy changes in Richmond and the specter of Democrats redrawing legislative districts after the 2020 Census that could undermine GOP incumbents from the state house to Congress.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/republicans-wake-to-a-blue-virginia/2019/11/0...

    SONDLAND FESSES UP ON EARLIER TESTIMONY; UKRAINE QUID-PRO-QUO DID HAPPEN: A crucial witness in the impeachment inquiry reversed himself this week and acknowledged to investigators that he had told a top Ukrainian official that the country would most likely have to give President Trump what he wanted — a public pledge for investigations — in order to unlock military aid. The disclosure from Gordon D. Sondland, an ally of Mr. Trump who is the United States ambassador to the European Union, confirmed his role in laying out a quid pro quo to Ukraine that conditioned the release of security assistance from the United States on the country’s willingness to say it was investigating former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats. That admission, included in a four-page sworn statement released on Tuesday, directly contradicted his testimony to investigators last month, when he said he “never” thought there was any precondition on the aid. Mr. Sondland’s disclosure appeared intended to insulate him from accusations that he intentionally misled Congress during his earlier testimony, in which he frequently said he could not recall key details and events under scrutiny by impeachment investigators.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/us/politics/impeachment-trump.html?fallback=false&recId=19599354&...

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    Tuesday news: Be sure you vote today

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    Back to gerrymandering. Lawmakers back to begin new Congress map (AP reports) -- Legislators are already starting the process of redrawing the state's current congressional map after state judges last week blocked its use because they said there was evidence of likely excessive partisan bias in those districts. The following are members of the committee: Sen. Ralph Hise (co-chair), Sen. Warren Daniel, Sen. Chuck Edwards, Sen. Paul Newton, Sen. Jim Perry, Sen. Dan Blue, Sen. Ben Clark, Sen. Toby Fitch; Rep. David Lewis (co-chair), Rep. Destin Hall (co-chair), Rep. Elmer Floyd, Rep. Ed Goodwin, Rep. Pricey Harrison, Rep. Kelly Hastings, Rep. Robert Reives, Rep. John Torbett, Rep. Harry Warren, and Rep. Shelly Willingham.

    Most of the Hofeller files are no longer protected by court confidentiality (N.C. Policy Watch reports) -- Tens of thousands of documents from the late, renowned GOP mapmaker Tom Hofeller are no longer considered confidential by a court in Wake County. Digital files related to Hofeller’s redistricting work in North Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, Missouri, Nassau County (New York), Nueces County (Texas) and Galveston County (Texas) are no longer subject to a protective order,

    Pipeline interview transcripts released ahead of Friday hearing -- Officials at DEQ tell the legislature's private investigators they didn't feel pressure to shade Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit decisions.

    State courts can’t get involved in ICE detentions, Mecklenburg sheriff says -- In the past, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have detained or even deported people they shouldn’t have, including U.S. citizens. The N.C. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could stop such people from going to stte courts for help in the future.

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    @IOTSWC IoT Solutions World Congress muestra el camino hacia una conectividad más inteligente y segura

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    Satisfacción al cierre de la quinta edición del IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) por la calidad de los contactos comerciales realizados, así como por el elevado nivel de las ponencias presentadas basadas en casos reales. Los 16.000 visitantes ...
              

    Public Affairs Specialist (Social Media Specialist)

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    * Duties * Help Duties Summary WHAT IS THE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND LIASION (C&L) DIVISION? The Communications & Liaison Division (C&L) touches every aspect of the IRS mission through its information-sharing activities, including communicating with IRS employees, taxpayers, tax professionals, partner groups, social and traditional media as well as Congress and state and local agencies. C&L works closely with business units across the IRS. See "Other Information" for Locations. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities WHAT DOES A PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST DO? As a Public Affairs Specialist you will be responsible for managing and developing all aspects of broad- based communication. In this position you will serve as an advisor and technical authority by providing guidance and expertise to employees and successfully leverage strategic communications expertise and leadership skills in helping employees understand and accept the business goals and objectives. As_a_Public_Affairs_Specialist_You_Will * Recommend policies, programs, services, and procedures governing the dissemination of information to internal stakeholders (executives, managers, employees). * Advise on and recommend specific communications events and activities designed to meet challenges of diverse internal and external audiences with varying levels of information requirements and interests. * Develop effective communication programs that support the organization's goals. * Work on all phases of communications plan execution including delivery, measurement, reporting, and results. * Develop content designed to achieve organization-wide and department- level business goals. * Establish and maintain effective working relationships with communications counterparts.Assist in the development of plans by considering such items as specific topics or aspects to emphasize the most effective media to use in communicating with intended audiences. * WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at **************** Travel Required Not required Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 12 * Job family (Series) * 1035 Public Affairs * Requirements * Help Requirements Conditions of Employment * Refer to Other Information. * Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying. * Must be a U.S. Citizen or National. * IRS Employees with Career/Career Conditional Appointments * Qualifications * You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-9 LEVEL: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience that demonstrated knowledge of written and oral communication techniques and methods to assist in providing guidance and oversight on assigned communication programs; Knowledge and skill to plan, gather and verify and edit digital photography and create and develop computer graphics/desktop publishing; Analytical methods to evaluate data and make appropriate recommendations and interpersonal relation skills sufficient for establishing and maintain effective working relationships. OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree in any field of study. OR Two (2) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education in any field of study. OR LL.B. or J.D, if related. OR A combination of qualifying graduate education and experience as described above. For Grades 5 through 11: You may also qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions. * The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis. * To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume. * In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable: You must have been at the GS-7 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement). Education
              

    Evidence documentary, can't be tampered with, Chidambaram tells HC

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    Since the beginning, the probe agency's case was never that the Congress leader tried to influence witnesses, but suddenly in October, when he was in ...
              

    SC refuses to pass order on Congress plea on Yediyurappa's video&thinsp

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    A bench led by justice NV Ramana told senior counsel Kapil Sibal to wait for the court’s judgement. india Updated: Nov 06, 2019 02:11 IST HT Corresp...
              

    SEAT entra nel mercato delle due ruote con uno scooter

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    SEAT rafforza la scommessa per la mobilità urbana ed entra nel mercato delle moto con il SEAT eScooter concept. La casa di Barcellona renderà disponibile il proprio scooter 100% elettrico, equivalente a un 125cc, nel 2020. La presentazione ufficiale avrà luogo il prossimo 19 novembre a Barcellona, in occasione dello Smart City Expo World Congress.
              

    Turkey’s green light in Syria now flashing yellow

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    The initial rise in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s popularity that greeted Turkey’s success in securing a green light from Donald Trump to attack the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria quickly transformed into cautious negotiations with other actors in Syria. 

    Faced with economic sanctions that Turkey, and his political position, could not endure, Erdoğan agreed to a pause in the assault on the People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces to allow them to withdraw from the 32 km safety zone along the Syrian border with Turkey.

    Subsequently, Erdoğan had to accommodate his ambitions to the agenda of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and by extension, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s goal to re-establish his control of the entire country.   And we can expect Iran to assist Assad in that and encourage a reconciliation of the YPG/SDF with Assad’s regime.  And though promised to depart, U.S. forces remains in northeast Syria with a mandate to secure potentially lucrative oil fields.

    Military operations are expensive, and though the use of irregular militias reduces the casualties Turkey might face, the financial burden is not eased much by their use.  At the same time, foreign investors are still holding back on investing in Turkey, seen by many as less financially stable following the incursion into northern Syria than before.  The Turkish people overwhelmingly support Erdoğan’s efforts against the YPG, but the political gains may be fleeting if the economy does not show signs of improvement soon.  Also, by claiming success against the YPG, Erdoğan opens himself to a call from his opponents to focus on domestic economic issues now that he’s handled the terrorist abroad.

    Economic growth will be hard to come by, in part due to the threat of sanctions.  Even if the U.S. Congress does not proceed with sanctions, either because the Senate under Mitch McConnell’s leadership won’t vote on sanctions or because President Trump blocks their implementation, the potential for sanctions will make foreign investors and domestic business hesitant to undertake new projects.  Business investors like predictability, and in U.S.-Turkey relations, that is in short supply.

    There are other concerns as well.  The lopsided vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on an Armenian Genocide resolution, 405-11, shows that Turkey, or at least Erdoğan, has few friends remaining in the U.S. Congress.  The apparent lack of coordination with Turkey in tracking down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, even though he was only 5 kilometres from the Turkish border, raises doubts about the degree to which the U.S. and Turkish militaries trust each other.  Among policy makers, some suspect, without evidence, that Turkey was at least aware of Baghdadi’s location, if not actively protecting him, much like suspicions some U.S. officials had about Pakistani military intelligence personnel protecting Osama bin Laden given his location near Pakistan’s military academy.  Such suspicions, speculation without evidence or merit, are corrosive in the relations between two nations. 

    In response to the Baghdadi raid, Erdoğan recently hinted that Turkey could pursue terrorists in foreign countries and assassinate them, as the Americans did.  This ignores the fact that Erdoğan alone names those opponents as terrorists while Baghdadi was labelled a terrorist by every nation in the world.  To suggest that hunting down a vile murderer is akin to sending assassination squads after political opponents living abroad may play well with his most ardent supporters, but no reasonable person sees them as comparable in any way.  Any such, action undertaken in the U.S. would be destructive to what remains of positive U.S.-Turkish relations.

    Turkey’s burgeoning partnership with Russia also calls for caution.  Turkey may engage in joint patrols with Russian forces in some border areas, but the anti-Assad militia fighters it uses as ground forces have already clashed with regime forces. 

    Assad’s forces would certainly like to eliminate the opposition fighters that Turkey is using, and they for their part would like to re-ignite their actions against the Syrian regime. So Turkey now finds itself depending on Russia to work with it to secure its southern border as it had previously worked with the U.S. to restrain the SDF/YPG.  For how long the various sides can be held back from avenging themselves on others remains to be seen.

    The YPG/PYD has already reached an accommodation of sorts with Assad’s regime. They know that plans for a semi-autonomous Kurdish enclave within northern Syria are dead, for now.  However, they to for Assad to use them as a counterweight against the anti-regime militias now supported by Turkey.  How they will operate against Turkish forces and its allied militias, as the U.S. would not allow, remains an open question.

    Overhanging all of this is President Erdoğan’s commitment to return one million or more Syrian refugees from Turkey to Syria.  But to do so, he will need the agreement or at least acquiescence of the different factions and actors in northern Syria, as well as that of the refugees themselves.  Of course, he could try to force them back into Syria, but that would only intensify the denunciations of his policies by European, Arab (excepting Qatar), and North American politicians, and further reduce willingness for their nationals to invest in Turkey.

    In sum, just as the death of Baghdadi does not solve the problem of ISIS, the green light from Trump to Erdoğan (better seen as the removal of multiple stop signs) does not signal an easy path forward for Turkey in Syria.  Without the U.S. as its partner, Turkey will increasingly enjoy the gentle and warm embrace of a partnership with Putin’s Russia.  Given all the curves in the road and the competing vehicles on the road, Erdoğan must proceed with caution to avoid a crash. 


              

    I AM ALREADY DOUBTFUL ABOUT BAKALAJ: "It will destroy effective Congressional oversight for years to come."

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    @Bakalaj...No no no sir...you are mistaken. Neonazism targeted entire human  race and didn't have intention to back down/negotiate with anyone ever(at any time whatsoever) in respect to any issues concerning its domination of the world. 

    Its goal was and is concentrated on everything non white(incl. on at least of 90% of what they suggest us today as white to get their idea going) on this planet(incl. and specially yellow race which represents the biggest threat to white European Aryan man). Hitler when started would also want world to see him for duration of years to come...it was too late even so !!!

    What happens if witness loses protection case vs what should be immediate arrest of Trump and his sons for here seen, you can only imagine...witch hunt on entire American population is what will take place. A BIRTH OF BIG NEONAZI GERMANY IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN. Not only would American people have no right to open their mouths any longer, but Trump would get to pick on and kill people publicly by naming shaming them via twitter or whatever...state of terror.


    Second - Why does WHISTLE-BLOWER WHO IS FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HAS TO HAVE LAWYER on the first place !!??????? 

    HE IS A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE AND ITS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR WHOM HE WORKS FOR....ITS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT(even for non federal employees) THAT SUPPOSED TO ENSURE HIS WELL BEING AND ANONYMITY. HE SHOULD BE IN POLICE PROTECTION 24/7.

    In my eyes, whistle blower or either his lawyer are in total agreement with Trump. Its a play and not real deal used to intimidate entire US population to commence above stated.

    I see this as yet another "art of the deal scam" from scammer con artist, rapist, pedophile, hater...word is about Donald Trump ladies and gentleman. Please wake up before it gets too late.

              

    Prosecutors: Roger Stone Lied To Investigators

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    In the criminal trial of longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday they will prove he lied multiple times before congressional committees.
              

    Shoukry meets US congressmen ahead of GERD mediation meeting in Washington

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    The minister reviewed with Kushner Egyptian efforts since 2014 to reach a fair agreement on GERD to achieve the interests of the three countries

    The post Shoukry meets US congressmen ahead of GERD mediation meeting in Washington appeared first on Daily News Egypt.


              

    WhatsApp spyware row: ‘Modi government caught snooping,’ alleges Congress, urges SC to take action - Scroll.in

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    Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the government has lost the right to lead our democracy after the snooping scandal.
              

    After Katie Hill’s resignation, more women lawmakers flee politics due to harassment

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    A new report shows that 18 female members of U.K. Parliament will not run for reelection.

    Last week, U.S. Congresswoman Katie Hill’s resignation speech detailed the abuse that drove her out of office. “I am leaving because of the thousands of vile threatening emails, calls and texts that made me fear for my life and the lives of the people that I care about.” She feared the “hundreds more photos and text messages that they would release bit by bit until they broke me down to nothing.”

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    Even Facebook’s Libra can’t escape the fintech establishment

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    Despite Facebook’s reach, IMD professor Howard Yu and research fellow Jialu Shan break down how its Libra digital currency is no match for legacy financial institutions.

    It’s hard to believe regulators can learn faster than entrepreneurs, but they do. Back when Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April 2018, Senator Orrin Hatch (a Republican from Utah) interrogated Facebook’s business model by asking him “why users don’t pay for your service,” to which a smiling Zuckerberg replied, “Senator, we run ads.” Eighteen months later, on October 23, 2019, Zuckerberg faced another congressional grilling, this time over his proposed digital currency, Libra.

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    SEAT entra en el mercado de las motos con una scooter 100% eléctrica

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      El próximo 19 de noviembre y con motivo del Smart City Expo World Congress de Barcelona, SEAT presentará el eScooter concept, una motocicleta 100% eléctrica equivalente a una de 125 cc que la compañía española comercializará en 2020, tanto para clientes particulares como para servicios compartidos. El nuevo eScooter concept formará parte de la […]
              

    ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says

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    Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry's lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome.


              

    Would This Tiny U.S. Warship Be the First to Fight Iran in a War?

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    David Axe

    Security, Middle East

    By U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class William F. Gowdy. - This Image was released by the United States Navy with the ID 030321-N-0000G-006 (next).This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is

    How might they fare?

    Key point: These ships are small, but can go into vital coastal waterways that most other ships would run aground in.

    If the United States and Iran go to war in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy’s smallest warships could be the first to see combat.

    The Navy’s 13 Cyclone-class patrol boats -- also known as “PCs” for “patrol, coastal” -- each displace just 330 tons of water. An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, by contrast, displaces more than 9,000 tons of water. A standard crew aboard a Cyclone includes just 28 officers and sailors.

    Ten Cyclones, operating from a base in Bahrain, comprise America’s naval vanguard in the Persian Gulf. They are the only U.S. warships that permanently operate off the Iranian coast. Other, larger vessels periodically deploy to the region.

    The Cyclones are not widely known. Even the Navy in the past has failed to appreciate the 180-foot-long vessels, despite the extreme danger they could encounter during wartime. Congress in 2015 struck the Cyclones from the official tally of around 280 “battle force ships” that the Navy expects to play a major role in a large-scale conflict.

    Each packing two 25-millimeter cannons plus machine guns, grenade-launchers and two quadruple mounts for short-range Griffin anti-ship missiles, the Cyclones arguably are the most heavily-armed American warships relative to their size.

    Since acquiring the patrol boats in the mid-1990s until recently, the Navy struggled to find a place for the diminutive vessels in a fleet dominated by much larger, ocean-going aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers. The patrol boats lack the range and seakeeping to deploy on their own, so the fleet must hire heavy-lift vessels to haul the tiny warships across oceans.

    The Cyclones spent a decade in a kind of planning limbo. But then in 2003, the United States invaded Iraq. The patrol boats suddenly found their calling.

    The waters of the Persian Gulf around Iraq’s sole oil terminal, where tanker ships hook up to load the precious crude, are too shallow for destroyers and cruisers. So to protect the strategic oil facility, the Navy deployed Cyclones.

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    Democrats Unveil Star Witness Deposition

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    Chuck Ross

    Politics, America

    Acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor arrives on Capitol Hill before a closed-door hearing with members of Congress in Washington, U.S., October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

    Is it as damning as they think?

    House Democrats on Wednesday released a transcript of a deposition from Bill Taylor, the U.S. diplomat who Democrats consider one of their top witnesses in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

    In his Oct. 22 deposition, Taylor testified at length about his work with two other diplomats, EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, and former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker, as part of an overall effort to improve relations between the U.S. and Ukraine.

    Democrats announced prior to the release that Taylor is one of three witnesses scheduled to testify next week in the first wave of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. Taylor will testify next Wednesday, along with George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs.

    Democrats highlighted several excerpts from Taylor’s testimony that they believe supports their push to impeach Trump.

    One of those is an exchange that Taylor had with Rep. Adam Schiff, in which the diplomat said that he developed a “clear understanding” that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was contingent on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly committing to opening an investigation into potential Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, as well as into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy firm linked to Hunter Biden.

    Democrats have alleged that Trump abused his office by offering Zelensky with a quid pro quo involving the investigations.

    Several witnesses, including Taylor, have testified that they suspected that a quid pro quo was on the table. But so far, none have testified that that they heard directly from Trump that military aid was contingent on the investigations.

    Taylor made it clear in the deposition that his suspicions about a possible quid pro quo were based on information in an Aug. 28 news report in Politico, as well as a second-hand summary of a conversation that Sondland had on Sept. 1 with a top adviser to Zelensky.

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    Gulak Should Have Been In Jail Now- Okorocha

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    The immediate past governor of Imo State , Senator Rochas Okorocha, has denied the allegation levelled against him by Ahmed Gulak that he ( Okorocha) offered him $2 m bribe when he came to Imo State in 2018 to organise the All Progressives Congress governorship primary . Okorocha in a statement on Monday by his …
              

    Exposing the scope of the politicization of all deep state agencies.

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    Volker and Sondland Testimony Released – And Elise Stefanik, Once Again, On the Right Trail…


    The transcripts of the closed-door deposition of Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland were released today by the Lawfare impeachment organizers and Adam Schiff.   Both pdf’s are below; however, first it is worth reestablishing a bigger, more important, context.
    In the fall of 2016, long before the term “spygate” reached the lexicon of political followers, CTH research discovered the background use and weaponization of the intelligence apparatus.  This was before the November 2016 election. We didn’t exactly know who was involved, but we outlined what appeared to be a coordinated effort amid the intelligence community, current and former officials, politicians (both parties), and media.
    Immediately after the November election, when CTH noted NSA Director Mike Rogers unscheduled visit to Trump Tower & the immediate moving of the Trump transition team, our review took on a more narrowed focus.  It was at that point when CTH outlined a simplistic 30,000 ft. explanation ‘black hat’ and ‘white hat‘ ops. [I regret those terms]
    In the year that followed, CTH was blasted for outlining what appeared to be a planned, organized, and very concerted effort within a network of DC interests, to conduct spy and surveillance operations against candidate Trump, president-elect Trump and President Trump. We were labeled conspiracy theorists by both sides of the political spectrum.
    We outlined how the Evelyn Farkas’ inadvertent admissions on MSNBC spoke to a coordinated effort that no-one was paying attention to.  However, it wasn’t until March 20th, 2017, when James Comey testified before the HPSCI and took an unanticipated series of questions from then freshman representative Elise Stefanik, and CTH outlined the specifics behind the admissions made by the FBI Director, that people started to realize what we had been saying for the past six months was indeed structurally evident.
    By the end of 2017, people started to see clarity amid a picture we had been painting for over a year.  By mid-spring 2018 admissions within the apparatus of government, and released documents from Devin Nunes solidified the evidence.
    Yes, there was political surveillance; yes, there was political spying; yes, there actually was an intelligence operation to remove President Trump being coordinated with involvement by a group within the IC, politicians, DC operatives (Fusion-GPS) and a network of specific media.
    All of the aligned interests; and specifically all of the granular activity throughout 2018 – including activity within the DOJ and FBI under the Trump administration; which encompassed the Weissmann-Mueller effort; were working on a cover-program where defeating republicans in the 2018 mid-term election was part of a plan to: (a) protect their interests; (b) defend themselves from discovery of prior activity; and (c) hopefully continue the endeavor.  The election loss of the House was not accidental or organic political activity, it was purposeful.  [Uniparty GOP reps retiring was purposeful; ballot harvesting was purposeful; nothing was happenstance.]
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    North Carolina Sanctuary Cities Freed 500 Criminal Illegal Aliens This Year


    More than 500 criminal illegal aliens were released back onto the streets of North Carolina this fiscal year by sanctuary cities, according to federal immigration officials.

    Newly released data by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency reveals the degree to which sanctuary cities and counties in North Carolina are protecting criminal illegal aliens from arrest and deportation.
    “Across North Carolina, local authorities refused to honor more than 500 detainers for foreign nationals during Fiscal Year 2019,” ICE officials wrote in a statement. “All of these detainer refusals are of persons criminally arrested by a law enforcement agency for a criminal offense beyond their violation of federal immigration law.”
    As Breitbart News reported, up to 80 percent of criminal illegal aliens freed back into American communities by sanctuary jurisdictions go on to commit more crimes, an ICE official confirmed in congressional testimony.
    “When aliens walk out the front of the jail that could have been handed over to [ICE] for removal proceedings, they have the opportunity to commit additional crimes,” ICE official Timothy Robbins said. “What we’ve seen, and depending on the report you look at, anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of those who have committed crimes will re-offend.”

              

    Media corruption

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    Big night in Manhattan

    There is nothing like a night out in New York City.
    President Donald Trump received a roaring applause from a Manhattan crowd as he entered Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night to watch UFC 244. The 45th president of the United States arrived at the legendary venue at approximately 9:00 p.m. along with his family and high-ranking members of Congress.
    According to the New York Post, although a small group of protestors gathered outside and some fans booed Trump as he walked into the arena, "there were twice as many fans happy to see the commander in chief." A video posted by MMA fighter Tara LaRosa appears to confirm this, as it shows fans mostly cheering Trump as he walked in to watch the sporting event.

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    Capital do Equador quer se projetar como Smart City global

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    Em Quito, capital do Equador, realizou-se de 29 a 30 de outubro de 2019, o Congresso Internacional Smart City. Na ocasião, o Vice-Ministro de Turismo, Mariano Proaño, apresentou o Metroférico de Quito, o projeto de...
              

    Arquidiocese de Olinda e Recife pronta para sediar Congresso Eucarístico Nacional

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    O evento terá por tema: "Pão em todas as mesas" e lema: "Repartiam o Pão com alegria e não havia necessitados entre eles".
              

    Dancing Queen: 1956

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    August 1956. "Teenagers at a dance party in Southampton, N.Y." Medium format negative from photos for the Look magazine assignment "Young Have New Ideas: They Like to Dress Up." Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Collection. View full size.

              

    A verdade sobre o saneamento básico e como resolver o problema

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    Lemos as críticas ao projeto de lei de saneamento básico em discussão no Congresso que Léo Heller, relator especial da ONU para os direitos humanos à água e ao esgotamento sanitário, fez em entrevista para esta Folha na segunda-feira, 28 de outubro.  Leia mais (11/07/2019 - 02h00)
              

    Crises and forms of populism in South Africa: A study of the African National Congress and Inkatha

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    Saloojee, Anver ProQuest Dissertations and Theses 01 Jan 1991

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    Wow. An Honorable (Former) Republican Congressman

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    Democrats Win Control of Virginia Legislature and Claim Narrow Victory in Kentucky Governor’s Race

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    Democrats won complete control of the Virginia government for the first time in more than two decades Tuesday and claimed a narrow victory in Kentucky’s governor race, as Republicans captured the governor’s mansion in Mississippi. In winning majorities in both chambers of the Virginia legislature, Democrats have cleared the way for Governor Ralph S. Northam to push for progressive measures that have been blocked by Republicans in the past, including raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, tightening access to guns and passing a state-level Equal Rights Amendment that would grant civil rights protections to women and the LGBTQ community, paving the way for a federal ERA. Democrats’ victories in Virginia suggest the commonwealth is moving away from its swing-state status and trending more solidly blue. Republicans have not won a statewide political office in Virginia since 2009, but held onto power in the state legislature partly because of past districting that a court deemed a racial gerrymander. The court ordered districts be redrawn ahead of the 2019 election, which helped Democrats flip the House of Delegates as well as the state Senate. Now that they’re in control, Democrats will help determine congressional and legislative district lines in the […]

              

    Federal Appeals Court Blocks Trump Administration Contraceptive Rule

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    The Trump administration issued a ruling to block the enactment of a Trump administration policy that would allow employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide birth control coverage in their insurance plans. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has recently joined the Third Circuit in blocking this policy. The Ninth Circuit said in a 2-1 ruling that the birth control opt out rule, “contradicts congressional intent that all women have access to appropriate preventative care.” And responding to the religious freedom argument used by the Trump administration to enact this policy, Judge J Clifford Wallace emphasized that the law “does not entitle organizations to control their employees’ relationships with third parties that are willing and obligated to provide contraceptive care.” Also, the Religious Freedom Restoration act, “allows exemptions from federal requirement that substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion but does not extend to moral objections,” Wallace added. The court’s decision currently blocks the federal government from enforcing the policy in fourteen states: California, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Washington, Minnesota, Connecticut, North Carolina, Vermont, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia. The American Civil Liberties Union Lawyer, […]

              

    New op-ed in Los Angeles Times cites research by Giovanni Peri

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    WND's Cashill Is A Seth Rich Conspiracy Dead-Ender

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    The right-wing conspiracy theories about murdered Democratic Seth Rich secretly leaking DNC emails are so discredited that even WorldNetDaily stopped pursuing the story (not that it will ever admit it lied to its readers about this, of course).

    WND columnist Jack Cashill, however, loves promoting discredited conspiracy theories. Thus, it was inevitable that he would still be promoting Seth Rich conspiracies. In his Oct. 30 WND column, Cashill remains a conspiray dead-ender:

    Twelve days after Rich's death, WikiLeaks began releasing emails swiped from the DNC. Although mainstream journalists did their best to deny Rich was involved with those emails, WikiLeaks honcho Julian Assange kept making suppression difficult.

    Four weeks after the shooting, Assange said on Dutch TV, "Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks. There's a 27-year-old, works for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington."

    When the show host insisted it was a robbery, Assange corrected him, adding, "I'm suggesting that our sources take risks."

    [...]

    If he were providing Assange data, the Russians had no reason to kill him; and if someone "had it out for Democrats," there were a lot fatter targets than Rich.

    Cashill misleadingly invoked Robert Muller as part of his conspiracy theory:

    Unlike the media, Robert Mueller thought Seth Rich worth discussing. The Mueller report quoted Assange at length about his insinuation that Rich was a source.

    "According to media reports," Mueller's people wrote, "Assange told a U.S. congressman that the DNC hack was an 'inside job,' and purported to have 'physical proof' that Russians did not give materials to Assange."

    Given his importance to the investigation, Mueller's crew should have interviewed Assange first. They did not interview him at all. Can't let that "alternative theory" go bouncing around when the fake ones do just fine.

    Cashill curiously omits the part of the Mueller report that concluded Assange knew Rich wasn't his source for the DNC emails and simply claimed he was in order to obscure the fact he did indeed get them from the Russians.

    Once a conspiracy theorist, always a conspiracy theorist. Cashill doesn't care about the facts if they interfere with his conspiratorial narrataives.


              

    The Noite recebe os ilusionistas Henry Vargas e Klauss Durães nesta quarta

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    Crédito: Gabriel Cardoso/SBT

    Nesta quarta-feira, 06 de novembro, os ilusionistas Henry Vargas e Klauss Durães se apresentam no The Noite. Com apresentações pelo mundo e donos do recorde mundial de levitação em local público, eles comentam seu trabalho de unir tecnologia e ilusionismo. “Nada de coelho, pombo, gravata borboleta. A ideia é levar às pessoas novas experiências”, afirma Klauss. “Nosso maior desafio nos últimos anos têm sido trazer tecnologias desruptivas para dentro do ilusionismo. Realidade aumentada, 3D, hologramas”, completa Henry.

    Questionados sobre a diferença entre mágica e ilusionismo, esclarecem: “é a mesma coisa de seis ou meia dúzia. Foi uma distinção histórica que os mágicos criaram para sair das ruas e ir aos grandes cabarés”. Entre um número e outro, eles contam que se conheceram em congressos de ilusionismo e Klauss explica: “é como se fosse um clã realmente de mágicos, não é uma maçonaria, mas é uma reunião de mágicos que trocam segredos”. Eles também falam sobre outros mágicos, como Mister M e David Copperfield, além de fazerem uma apresentação no palco da atração.

    O The Noite com Danilo Gentili vai ao ar de segunda a sexta-feira no SBT.

              

    The process has to be started now to get the people who won't come in on the congressional hearing

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    The process is long but the judgement is al ready in. The people who didn't comply with the House subpoenas have broke the law and this should be approached both by the house as a criminal investigation and in civil court which judgement once made and still not complied to will then have both...
              

    Are the GOP and Trump down to one explanation?

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    It seems that the last attempt by the GOP and Trump to say Trump did nothing wrong is gone. There is now no question there was not only quid pro quo, but that the Ukraine government knew that the money budgeted by Congress was not forth coming until they announced an investigation into Biden and...
              

    Tempers flare at town hall meeting with Congressman Tim Walberg

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    JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS)– Congressman Tim Walberg of the 7th District, held a town hall meeting today, but tensions were high when certain topics got brought up. Border security, health care and impeaching President Donald Trump are just a few of the topics. There was one question that really sparked the controversy: “Where do you […]
              

    Global Thought Leaders Converge On UAE Capital To Outline Future Solutions To Real And Present Security Risks

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    A powerful congress of senior sector leaders, policymakers and advisors has convened at the inaugural World Security Forum in Abu Dhabi to discuss regional security risks and explore the strategic skills and techniques to tackle…Continue Reading
              

    Confira a programação da Rádio Justiça para esta quinta-feira (7)

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    Revista Justiça
    Entre os temas abordados nesta edição estão o artigo 514 do CPC, que trata do cumprimento da sentença, o pacote de medidas apresentadas pelo Governo Federal ao Congresso na área econômica, que pode mudar o Pacto Federativo, e os últimos acordos celebrados pela Justiça do Trabalho. O programa comenta também um levantamento recente do Banco Mundial que aponta o Brasil em queda no ranking de facilidade para fazer negócios e a pauta da sessão do TSE desta quinta-feira, que será transmitida pela Rádio Justiça a partir das 9h30. Quinta-feira, às 8h.

    A Hora do Maestro
    O maestro Cláudio Cohen faz um passeio pelas grandes obras musicais escritas em todos os tempos e traz o melhor da música clássica dos grandes compositores em interpretações especiais. No programa desta quinta-feira, obras de Georges Bizet. Quinta-feira, às 13h e às 21h.

    Defenda seus Direitos
    O tema dessa edição é Direito do Trabalho e Direito Previdenciário, com discussões sobre acumulação de benefícios, regras do trabalho temporário e adicional de insalubridade. Quinta-feira, às 20h.

    Rádio Justiça
    A Rádio Justiça é sintonizada em 104,7 FM no Distrito Federal e pode ser ouvida pelo site www.radiojustica.jus.br. Acompanhe a programação e siga a Rádio Justiça pelo Twitter no endereço http://twitter.com/radiojustica.

     


              

    Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), meets with Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandrokovic at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

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    The post Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), meets with Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandrokovic at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing appeared first on SaveDelete.


              

    True Crime with Kelly Pope and Bill Kresse | Whistleblowing causes man to move to the Netherlands, Jarrod Shanahan shares his insight into the New York Prison system and attorney Michael Dorf on his book about Illinois Congressman Sid Yates

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    Tonight on WGN Radio’s Nightside it’s a night of True Crime with Kelly Richmond Pope and Bill “Professor Fraud” Kresse.  Guest Jarrod Shanahan joins us to share his insight into the New York Prison system alongside attorney Michael Dorf.  Then, we dive into the story of Craig who blew the whistle on some evil underlying of a Boston area Rehabilitation center and how his life was flipped upside down.
              

    Elie Honig on impeachment inquiry, Dr. Mary Anne Franks on California Representative Katie Hill’s revenge porn scandal, Daniel Blinka on cruise ship tragedy and much more

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    CNN legal analyst, former New Jersey and federal prosecutor, and Lowenstein Sandler Special Counsel Elie Honig joins Rich and Tina to discuss the latest developments in the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. University of Miami School of Law professor and Cyber Civil Rights Initiative President, Legislative & Tech Policy Director Dr. Mary Anne Franks discusses Congresswoman Katie Hill’s resignation in the wake of a scandal involving revenge porn and current legislation on this important issue. Marquette University Law School professor Daniel Blinka discusses the latest legal developments involving the toddler death on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. In the Legal Grab Bag, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin editor Marc Karlinksy and McDermott Will & Emery associate Dr. Amy Mahan join Rich and Tina to discuss breaking legal news, including Alexa and an alleged Florida murder, celebrity climate change arrests, Elon Musk’s deposition, MLB Umpire Joe West’s defamation lawsuit and much more.
              

    Re: 35 Reasons Why You Should Move Away From California

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    Democrats would like for Americans to believe that the past 3 years have been awful because of Trump’s policies and corruption. Unfortunately, the only thing awful about the past 3 years is the corruption and endless series of coup attempts within the Democratic Party. The Democrats are correct about one thing, when they say we will not recognize America if Trump is re-elected, as many things will look very different if Trump can stop the Marxist plot to destroy America and reverse the incredible damage that has taken place within the ranks of our government. Recently, it has become very clear that preventing President Trump from winning in 2020 is not the only reason for the impeachment and removal of Trump, it now appears to be an attempt to cover-up the pay-to-play for private gain that has become so widespread in the Democratic and Republican ranks.

    New Report Reveals the Depth and Despotism of Congress' Legalized "Pay to Play"

    Corruption Factory - https://www.thenewamerican....


              

    How ‘Congressman-1’ Got Pulled Into Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine Scheme

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    The weird story of former Texas Rep. Pete Sessions' involvement in the Trump scandal.
              

    Neal, Wyden, Lewis, Booker Request GAO Study on Opportunity Zone Program

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    WASHINGTON, DC – Following numerous media reports of possible wrongdoing by senior administration officials in implementing the Opportunity Zone program, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis (D-GA), and Senator Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) have requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) study the program to review its effectiveness in spurring investment in low-income areas compared to other federal incentives, zone designations and program compliance. In their request to GAO, the lawmakers wrote, “Given the breadth of the Opportunity Zone incentive, the lack of reporting requirements under current law, as well as the high levels of reported interest from taxpayers, we believe it is critical that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) assist Congress in evaluating the incentive and monitoring its implementation and outcomes.”   Full text of the letter follows:  The Honorable Gene L. Dodaro Comptroller General of the United States United States Government Accountability Office 441 G Street, NW Washington, D.C.  20002 Dear Comptroller Dodaro: The “Opportunity Zone” provisions of Public Law 115-97 allow investors to reduce and defer taxes on capital gains by reinvesting those gains in “qualified opportunity funds,” which invest in opportunity zones.  In addition, for investments in qualified opportunity funds held ten years or more, gain on the investment is exempt from tax.  More than 8,700 census tracts were designated as Opportunity Zones out of approximately 42,000 eligible tracts, and an estimated one in ten Americans now live in one of these designated areas.   Given the breadth of the Opportunity Zone incentive, the lack of reporting requirements under current law, as well as the high levels of reported interest from taxpayers, we believe it is critical that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) assist Congress in evaluating the incentive and monitoring its implementation and outcomes.  To this end, we request that GAO provide a report that:  Describes the Opportunity Zone tax incentive and compare its features to that of other federal initiatives aimed at spurring investments in low-income and distressed areas, including but not limited to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and the New Markets Tax Credit.  Provides an analysis of census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones and compare the characteristics of designated tracts to that of eligible tracts that were not designated.  Additionally, please identify any Opportunity Zones that do not meet the statutory criteria and explain how and why they were designated. Evaluates the implementation of the Opportunity Zone incentive by the Department of Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including the development and implementation of regulations, the adjustment of tax return schedules and instructions, and the collection of data from these returns and schedules. Evaluates and makes recommendations regarding the controls the IRS has in place, such as audit procedures, to ensure taxpayers, funds, and businesses will be in compliance with the Opportunity Zone provisions and relevant Treasury regulations.  Evaluates and makes recommendations regarding Treasury’s readiness and ability to report on the outcomes and effectiveness of the Opportunity Zone incentive. In addition, when sufficient data become available, we are requesting that GAO provide a subsequent report that: Describes the key characteristics of Opportunity Zone investments, including geographic locations, number of investors, amount of investments, industries, and types of assets in which investments were made. Describes the effect of the Opportunity Zone provisions on federal and state tax receipts. Determines the effect of such investments on economic development, business location decisions, employment and job creation, housing, and other conditions affecting residents in Opportunity Zones.  In addition, please examine whether the incentive had effects on census tracts that were not designated as Opportunity Zones. Compares the outcomes of the Opportunity Zone incentive to other federal initiatives aimed at spurring investments in low-income and distressed areas. ###  
              

    Neal CODEL to Canada Concludes

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    WASHINGTON, DC – This afternoon, the Congressional Delegation led by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) concluded its trip to Canada. The members of the delegation had productive meetings in Ottawa on how a new agreement can effectively improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).   During meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, Chairman Neal shared that significant progress is being achieved through discussions with the Trump Administration, and emphasized his hope that ultimately USMCA will garner strong bipartisan backing in the United States as well as broad-based support in Canada and Mexico.    “I appreciate the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Minister Freeland,” said Chairman Neal. “I particularly stressed the importance of meaningful enforcement mechanisms that ensure the protection of workers in all three nations and of our shared environment. I’m pleased that our neighbors to the north also have a strong desire for an agreement that benefits our economies while also lifting up our people.”   The House Democratic Working Group on NAFTA 2.0 has made substantial progress with USTR Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and his staff. Democrats now seek to resolve the remaining critical questions, which include those regarding worker protections and labor-specific enforcement mechanisms.          ###
              

    Chairman Neal Leads Delegation to Canada

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    WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) is leading a Congressional Delegation to Ottawa, Canada. While in Canada on Wednesday, members will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. Chairman Neal intends to raise issues related to how the United States, Canada, and Mexico can work together to ensure that a truly improved NAFTA will serve the interests of North American workers, our shared environment, the health of our people, and the competitiveness of our economies. The trip comes shortly after Chairman Neal had similar discussions with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City in October, and as the House Democratic Working Group on NAFTA 2.0 continues to engage in productive discussions with the U.S. Trade Representative regarding the inclusion of Democrats’ priorities in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.   Members of the Congressional Delegation are: Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) Representative Drew Ferguson (R-GA) Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA)          ###
              

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    Congressional Black Caucus: 'Warriors without a war plan'

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    LGBTQ Equality Act Will Ruin Women Sports in the USA

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    NEWS PROVIDED BY 4 Winds Christian Athletics March 19, 2019 MADISON, Wis., March 19, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- On March 13, 2019, Nancy Pelosi proudly introduced the Equality Act which will be voted on during this session of Congress. Sexual orientation and gender identity would be protected under federal civil rights laws. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed to protect African-Americans. The Equality Act of 2019 would protect individuals who practice the sin of homosexuality. Source: 4 Winds Christian Athletics
              

    La Fiavet Lazio al Congresso per approfondire le aspettative della categoria

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    Dal 9 al 12 novembre, a bordo di una nave Grimaldi Lines, il Congresso dell’Associazione delle Imprese del Turismo per discutere e approfondire i temi fondamentali della categoria, fare il punto, tracciare le azioni contro l’abusivismo dilagante e indicare le soluzioni
              

    U.S. diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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    Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

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    U.S. Congress, White House mull stop-gap funding bill to avoid government shutdowns

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    The U.S. Congress and the White House are discussing legislation to keep U.S. government agencies operating beyond Nov. 21 when existing funding expires, with an eye toward avoiding shutdowns as Democrats could be moving to impeach President Donald Trump, lawmakers and a White House official said on Tuesday.

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    11/6 Through the 1950’s: Thevenow-Bartell; Branch, Nealon Inked; HBD Candy Man, Tommy & Bob

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    Tommy Sheehan 1925 - Photo Library of Congress
    • 1877 - 3B Tommy Sheehan was born in Sacramento (some sources say his BD is on the 5th, c’est la vie). Tommy played for Pittsburgh from 1906-07 and hit .255. He also spent a year with the New York Giants and Brooklyn Superbas before and after his Bucco stint. He did get to play a lot of ball near home, though - he earned his daily bread with 11 years of minor league ball at Sacramento, Portland, Tacoma, Oakland and Stockton. A word of caution - make sure to keep your Sheehan’s straight - this one is not to be confused with Tommy Sheehan, pitcher from the mid-20s who tossed for the Bucs from 1925-26. 
    • 1905 - The Pirates signed a hot shot prospect, San Francisco Seals 1B Jim (aka Joe, his middle name) Nealon, for a reported $6,500 in a heated bidding battle with the Cincinnati Reds (the New York Highlanders, Boston Americans, St. Louis Browns and Chicago Cubs were also on his scent). Manager Fred Clarke spent a week by the Bay working on Nealon and his father, with the Reds rep arriving a little late on the scene. Signing Nealon allowed the Pirates to include 1B Dave Brain as part of a package to the Boston Beaneaters to add Vic Willis to their staff a month later without losing any offensive muscle. Joe led the NL in RBI in 1906, but reported to camp in 1907 overweight and with a bad hand, the result of a fracture suffered in the off-season. He also fell out of favor with management; as a son of wealth, they felt he didn’t have his focus on baseball but on business. Nealon retired after the season - the Pirates were already auditioning replacements - and returned to the coast, playing in the California State League. He died of typhoid fever at the age of 25 in 1910. 
    • 1925 - OF Bob Addis was born in Mineral Springs, Ohio. He closed out a four-year MLB career with Pittsburgh, going 0-for-3 with a pair of whiffs and one pinch-running assignment. Bob finished his pro career that season with Toronto of the International League. Addis was later the baseball coach and AD at Euclid (Ohio) HS, and was inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1975. 
    • 1930 - SS Dick Bartell was traded by the Pirates to the Philadelphia Phillies for SS Tommy Thevenow and P Claude Willoughby. Defensive whiz Thevenow spent six seasons with the Bucs and hit .251 while Willoughby went 0-2 for Pittsburgh in his final MLB season. Bartell played 14 more seasons, made a couple of All-Star teams and ended up with a .281 lifetime BA. But the seemingly one-sided swap of SS’s worked out OK - Thevenow hurt his leg in 1931, and in 1932 was replaced in the lineup by Hall-of-Famer Arky Vaughan. Tommy Thevenow factoid: he didn't homer in his final 3,347 at-bats, the most consecutive at bats without a home run in MLB history. 
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    • 1950 - Branch Rickey signed a five-year contract with the Pirates to become the team executive vice president/GM, replacing Roy Hamey. His son, Branch Jr., was named Pittsburgh's VP and farm system director. Branch laid the groundwork for future success by developing a productive farm system, but the Bucs put together just a 269-501 record (.349) during his tenure as GM. 
    • 1953 - LHP John Candelaria was born in New York. The Bucs selected the LaSalle Academy (Brooklyn) star in the second round of the 1972 draft. In 12 years (1975-85, 1993) with the Pirates, his line was 124-87-16/3.17, with a 1-1, 3.91 ERA slash in his four post-season starts. The Candy Man tossed a no-hitter, led the MLB in ERA once, earned an All-Star nod and won a World Series ring while a Bucco. Overall, he had a 19-year MLB career with the Pirates, California Angels, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

              

    WI GOP legislators may soon use new 'do-over' veto overriding option

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    This may be a photo of Vos and Fitzgerald practicing that do-over veto-overriding power they gratuitously awarded themselves at Rep. Jimmy Anderson's expense as they take aim Thursday at parts of Gov. Evers' budget. 

    You may remember that Evers was elected Governor a year ago. Vos, however, has been masquerading as a self-appointed shadow governor, while Fitzgerald, perhaps not entirely happy playing co-shadow governor with Vos, is seeking a promotion to the US Congress where he can be reunited with former GOP State and humanitarian Sen. Glenn Grothman.

    Your Republican Party at work.

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    Donald Trump impeachment hearings to go public

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    Congressional Democrats have announced the first public hearings next week in an inquiry that may seek to remove President Donald Trump from office. Three state…
              

    Nana Aba Anamoah hits back at NDC

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    ACA Medicaid Expansion Drove Large Drop in Uncompensated Care

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    Health coverage gains continued to drive down uncompensated care costs through 2016, according to the latest data from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. Such costs have fallen significantly since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions took effect, as we’ve reported.


              

    ACA Medicaid Expansion Drove Large Drop in Uncompensated Care

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    Health coverage gains continued to drive down uncompensated care costs through 2016, according to the latest data from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. Such costs have fallen significantly since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions took effect, as we’ve reported.


              

    News Wrap: Mexico still looking for gunmen who killed 9 Americans

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    In our news wrap Wednesday, authorities in northern Mexico are still hunting for the drug cartel gunmen who killed nine Americans, including six children, in a brutal ambush on Monday. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador insisted the attacks would not go unpunished. Also, federal prosecutors accused Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of the president, of repeatedly lying to Congress.
              

    With workforce in mind, bipartisan bill proposes incentives for cybersecurity education, and more

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    The HACKED Act is actually about making sure people don’t get hacked. The bipartisan bill — with the full title “The Harvesting American Cybersecurity Knowledge through Education Act” — was introduced Tuesday by four senators who say it would boost cybersecurity education and expand workforce training. The legislation comes as the Trump administration, Congress and industry have all taken steps to boost the cybersecurity workforce through training, recruitment and retention. “America is facing serious cyberthreats every day in today’s increasingly connected world, yet there is a serious shortage of workers needed to confront this urgent challenge,” Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., one of the cosponsors and the Commerce Committee’s ranking member, said in a statement. “The bipartisan HACKED Act of 2019 would help address this by training cybersecurity educators and skilling American workers to do these jobs, as well as increasing coordination on these issues throughout the government.” The bill includes proposals to incentivize recruitment of […]

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    Griffith announces grants: Floyd County, Independence, Chilhowie

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    Congressman Morgan Griffith issued the following statement after USDA Rural Development awarded a $60,000 grant to Floyd County Economic Development Authority to recapitalize a revolving loan fund supporting small and emerging businesses.

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    Elaine Luria hosts Town Hall in Cape Charles on Nov. 9

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    Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) has announced details about her upcoming Eastern Shore town hall meeting in Cape Charles.

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    Bribery Allegation: Oshiomhole Blames PDP — Felixizu Digital Media

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    Oshiomhole The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for sponsoring lies against him and further called for a stop to the bribery allegation against him, and threatening to take legal actions if it is not stopped. The statement read: “The attention of the National […] via Bribery Allegation: Oshiomhole Blames PDP — Felixizu Digital Media
              

    JUST IN! Adams Oshiomhole Finally Reaveals What DSS Asked Him [DETAILS INSIDE] — Basehitz Media

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    The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has given an insight into why he was quizzed by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). TheCable on Friday reported that he was en route to Nigeria after visiting his indisposed wife, Iara, in the US, and subsequently meeting Bola Tinubu, APC […] via JUST IN! Adams Oshiomhole Finally Reaveals What DSS Asked …
              

    How Shehu Sani’s Senatorial Ticket Was ‘Sold For $2M’ To Oshiomhole — Kaduna Telescope

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    Godswill Akpabio Kidnapped Me, Sir Ekere Slams Akpabio, His Son, Over Reign of Terror in Akwa Ibom — Mega Times

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    Mega Times, Texas. By Enyieting Etim The father of the standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom, Sir Gabriel Ekere, who was kidnapped on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, came down hard on the last administration in which his son, Nsima, was a top government official for the reign of terror in the […] via Godswill Akpabio Kidnapped Me, Sir Ekere Slams Akpabio, His …
              

    Are Bill Taylor’s notebooks Trump’s Nixon tapes? (Dana Milbank, WaPo)

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    During Watergate, at age 16 in 1973, I was glued to the televisions in the English and History Resource Center at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, N.J. and the faculty lounge at the Camden County College in Blackwood, N.J. Today's students should be equally enthused and enjoy the hearings of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, commencing November 13, 2019.

    I never worked for the Snake Department, as it has become. But I fondly remember being threatened by a lobbyist by multinational corporation, BECHTEL, who said, "if you write that article, you'll never work for the State Department." I replied, "ma'am, I don't want to work for the State Department. The article was published and helped slam the door on coal slurry pipelines, defeated by 2-1 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    As a 17.5 year old Georgetown undergraduate, I heard Ralph Nader speak on August 28, 1974 (Feast of St. Augustine), volunteered to work for Senator Ted Kennedy the next day, and worked for EMK and then Senators Gary W. Hart (D-Colo.) and James R. Sasser (D-Tenn.)

    My experience was all on the Senate side. Once upon a time, my college roommate, Edward Francis McElwain, ventured over to the House side of the Capitol, as political tourists, if not theorists (the word that autocorrect just suggested to me, thank you!). We observed House members wearing leisure suits. Not up to Senate Standards.

    I don't pretend to understand the U.S. House of Representatives. The late Howard Henry Baker, Jr. (R-Tenn.), once quipped that there were two things in life that he did not understand -- "the Middle East and the House of Representatives."

    But from what I've seen so far, the House Intelligence Committee and House Judiciary Committees are doing an excellent job.

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    President Trump greets visitors as he walks to board Marine One on Oct. 25. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
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    He also kept the encrypted WhatsApp messages he exchanged with Gordon Sondland, Kurt Volker, Rudy Giuliani and others at the center of the scandal. Together, they paint a near-comprehensive picture of the Ukraine imbroglio, from the ouster of the former ambassador to the attempts to condition U.S. aid and a presidential meeting on an announcement by the Ukrainian president that his country would investigate Joe Biden’s son and the Democrats.
    Trump administration officials have refused to turn over documents to the impeachment inquiry. They have persuaded a dozen top officials to defy subpoenas for their testimony. But they couldn’t do anything about Bill Taylor’s notes. His scribbles and texts provided the road map that congressional investigators used to confirm Taylor’s account with other central participants. 
    As the deposition transcript reveals, Taylor’s notes show that White House officials knew well in advance of the president’s now-infamous call with Ukraine’s president that their actions could be problematic. Taylor recounted how Sondland, before a June call with the Ukrainian president, got the State Department not to allow stenographers on the call, as was typical. “In response to his request, they said, ‘we won’t monitor and . . . we certainly won’t transcribe because we’re going to sign off.’ ”You won’t hear anybody say, “read the transcript!” for that one.
    Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, also rescheduled the call time but didn’t tell diplomats who were supposed to be on the line, Taylor testified, because Giuliani’s “irregular channel didn’t have a respect for or an interest in having the normal staff participate.”
    Taylor described the July 18 video conference when a disembodied voice of a budget official said U.S. aid to Ukraine had been suspended and “the directive had come from the president.” It became his “clear understanding,” Taylor testified, that unless the Ukrainian president pursued Trump’s politically motivated investigations, he wouldn’t get the military aid or a presidential audience.
    Taylor recalled that Ukrainian officials “were just desperate” upon learning the aid was held up. He said the Ukrainians understood they were being presented with a “condition” — that is, a quid pro quo — for a meeting with Trump. He recalled the ire of national security adviser John Bolton and others when they realized what Giuliani’s crew was doing.Taylor is a credible witness by virtue of his résumé: West Point. Infantry officer with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. A diplomat under every administration since Ronald Reagan’s. He didn’t want the job when Trump officials recruited him: “I was concerned that there was . . . a snake pit in Kyiv and a snake pit here.”
    But he’s also effective because he wrestles the snakes with skill. From the first moments of his deposition, Republicans interrupted with procedural complaints — “This whole hearing is out of order,” proclaimed Rep. Chip Roy (R-Tex.) — then tried to probe him on Burisma, the Ukrainian firm that Hunter Biden advised.
    Wasn’t Burisma “a shady organization”?
    “I don’t want to say more than I know.”
    Was Biden “tapped for the board because his dad was the vice president”?
    “I’m here as a fact witness.”

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) wanted him to agree that Ukrainians “in almost all cases” supported Democrats and provided “dirt” for Hillary Clinton.
    “When you say ‘Ukrainians,’ that paints a broad brush,” he replied.
    He further explained that while it is acceptable for the United States to ask for help from Ukraine on possible violations of U.S. law, it’s “improper” to pressure another country to investigate violations of its own law — and extraordinary to insist that they investigate a specific company.
    But that is what Trump did with Giuliani’s shadow — and shadowy — operation. They tried to conceal what they were doing in advance, cover it up later and stiff-arm the congressional investigation. But it’s all right there, in Bill Taylor’s little notebooks.

              

    Pouty Public Works Director DEMOTED BY City of St. Augustine (SAR)

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    No matter how City Manager JOHN PATRICK REGAN tries to spin it, he's just demoted his old friend, MICHAEL G. CULLUM, P.E.

    CULLUM is the man who on January 31, 2019 asked me to "step outside" when I publicly questioned the purchase of 91-93 Coquina Avenue, a/k/a "FREEMAN's FOLLY," a putative flood control expenditure about which he lied to Mayor Nancy Shaver and Commissioners.

    CULLUM never apologized.

    City Manager JOHN PATRICK REGAN, P.E. then had the effrontery to tell me that I needed to "reset my relationship" with CULLUM.

    Looks like REGAN's  the one who has "reset [his] relationship" with CULLUM, removing him from a Director's chair.

    CULLUM, REGAN and FREEMAN all recently skated on state ethics charges. 

    CULLUM's response, printed in the St. Augustine Record on October 31, 2019, was to retaliate by publicly disparaging the complainant, Susan W. Rathbone, for filing a "frivolous" complaint.  I asked the City to produce any documents supporting his view.  None were produced.  

    CULLUM's pay has been reduced be nearly $25,000 annually.

    His new title is "Chief Resiliency Officer."

    Perhaps it will come with a "charisma bypass," ethics classes and customer service training.  

    CULLUM has two engineering degrees from UF.  Only about 5% of U.S. engineers have Master's degrees.

    CULLUM has ability, but lacks ethics and candor.

    He also seems to lack social skills -- not an uncommon trait among engineers, in my experience.  

    Footnote: When I was in Houston, appearing before a USDOL Administrative Law Judge, trying the first environmental whistleblower case  ever tried against that NASA Johnson Space Center, learned Martin Marietta lawyers tried to portray the problem as my engineer client's alleged lack of social graces, rather than Martin Marietta's retaliation for whistleblowing about  a too-high touch temperatures on a devilishly clever but potentially dangerous biomedical engineering device used in the Space Shuttle for drying astronaut blood samples.

    So I questioned my client's supervisor, an engineer who has immigrated from Turkey, whose four-syllable Turkish surname the ethnocentric, hopelessly provincial Baker & Botts defense lawyer refused to try to pronounce.  

    I pronounced the supervisor's name correctly, first time, every time, repeatedly, and built a rapport. 

    Then I got his candid one-word admission about the reputation of engineers for social skills.

    I said, "Dr. Yalcinkaya, from your earliest days in engineering school in Turkey until your studies in America until now, have you ever heard a term used to describe engineers?"

    He did not even answer "yes" or "no."

    Instead, he said firmly, quickly and without any sign of  hesitation,"Nerds!"

    I thanked Dr. Yalcinkaya profusely.  I had no further questions and I sat down.











    City puts focus on resiliency

    Former St. Augustine Public Works Director Mike Cullum has been named the city’s chief resiliency officer. He’ll oversee special projects related to sea level rise and flooding. The city’s former Mobility Program Manager Reuben Franklin Jr. is now the city’s public works director. [PETER WILLOTT/THE RECORD]

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    The city of St. Augustine has shifted a few key leadership roles, including creating a chief resiliency officer to focus on sea level rise and flooding issues.

    Mike Cullum, who had been the public works director, is now the chief resiliency officer.

    The problems associated with sea level rise and flooding have gotten more attention from government officials at the state level, with Julia Nesheiwat becoming the state’s first chief resilience officer.

    The city of St. Augustine also has been investing resources in strengthening infrastructure against flooding and planning for sea level rise.

    City Manager John Regan said he realized within the past couple of months that the city needed to create a different position to focus on the issue.

    “It really needed its own independent person in charge of it,” he said.

    Cullum, who will report to Regan, will lead major efforts on flood reduction, such as flood improvements focused on Lake Maria Sanchez and at 91 and 93 Coquina Avenue.

    “Also, he’s working on long-term legislative strategies to create funding for bigger solutions to sea level rise though Congress and the state of Florida,” Regan said.

    Cullum said that he’ll work with city departments to make projects more resistant to flooding.


    Cullum worked for the St. Johns River Water Management District for more than 20 years and at one point was the lead technical person on sea level rise for the district, he said.

    He became public works director in 2018.

    Mayor Tracy Upchurch said he thinks creating the role is a positive step and will give the city a point person to work on these issues.

    “It illustrates how seriously the city takes this,” he said.

    Upchurch recently attended a summit of Florida mayors in Washington, D.C., hosted by the American Flood Coalition, an event that focused on sea level rise.

    Alec Bogdanoff, Florida resilience manager for the American Flood Coalition, named some other local governments that have a resiliency officer or something similar, such as Miami and Palm Beach County.

    “The reality is that sea level rise is something that touches across many departments in municipalities, so identifying a chief resiliency officer allows them to have a point person who coordinates across all facets of the city,” Bogdanoff said.


    The department changes have also meant salary changes, though there’s been no overall budget increase for the city, Regan said.

    Culllum’s pay has been reduced from $112,250 to $87,500 a year along with the role change, said Donna Hayes, the city’s human resources manager.

    Reuben Franklin Jr., the former mobility program manager, is the new public works director.

    Over the past couple of years, Franklin has set up a work plan that can be spread among engineers in public works, and the city doesn’t plan to hire another mobility manager, Regan said.

    “The past two years Reuben has done a really good job of getting organized,” Regan said.

    Franklin said mobility will still be a major focus for the city. One of the top projects underway is a redesign of King Street.

    Franklin’s salary is increasing from $91,559 to $95,000.


    The city is also splitting off its utility work from Public Works and creating a Utility Department. Public Works will cover street and ground maintenance, and mobility and parking operations, according to the city.

    Todd Grant, former deputy public works director, is now the Utility Department director. His salary is increasing from $86,284 to $95,000.

    The city plans to create an engineering manager position that can be filled from within existing ranks instead of having a deputy public works director.

    “Every so often you have to adjust the organization hierarchy (to support what you’re doing),” Regan said.



              

    Letter: Shaver provides hard-earned perspectives to Upchurch. (HCN)

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    Expecting one foot of sea level rise in ten years has major implications for St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and St. Johns County.  We are not prepared.  Our officials are mostly dull Republican climate change deniers.  As Sir Winston Spencer Churchill said, "The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.”

    From Historic City News blog:



    Letter: Shaver provides hard-earned perspectives to Upchurch

    Historic City News obtained a copy of a recent email sent by Mayor Nancy Shaver to St Augustine Mayor Tracy Upchurch upon their return from the American Flood Coalition Summit in Washington, DC.  Mayor Shaver, who was elected, and twice re-elected by citizens who respected her ability to address tough problems, spent much of her energy on what she sees as one of the greatest dangers to the city, its business owners, property owners, and residents — sea level rise.
    This is the complete text of the e-mail:
    Tracy-
    It was so good to spend time with you at the American Flood Coalition Summit and get to know you better. As you continue to lead the City through this challenge, you will find this group to be a valuable and credible resource. As I said, I will continue to engage in this issue when I return to St. Augustine and plan to be helpful.
    Rather than share tomes of details—here are a few hard-earned perspectives which I hope are useful to you.
    Sea level rise working assumption:
    Although there are many ways to think about the coming rising waters, the conservative approach is not to “go low” especially when we are fortunate enough to have a robust study from 2016, “Coastal Vulnerability Assessment: City of Saint Augustine, Florida”.  You mentioned that the studies are a bit opaque and I agree.
    Here’s a cheat sheet on two vital areas:
    1.   How much will our seas rise and when?
    To be conservatively using the NOAA high model we need to prepare for 1 foot of rise by 2030, a scant 10 years away, and 2-2.5 feet by 2040-50.
    The Dewberry maps in the study include a range of sea level rise depictions. They need to be enlarged like the one I gave you (Lucy is your resource for printing) and can drill down to each neighborhood.
    The Union of Concerned Scientists used the same model and has partnered with Zillow to show the impact on real estate. The data is now distributing to consumers and the realtors.  (https://www.ucsusa.org/about/news/25-million-homes-threatened-high-tide-flooding)
    I encourage you to spend time with section four (beginning page 20) of “Coastal Vulnerability”. It makes clear that time is not on our side with this challenge.
    The “tipping point” is 2-2.5 feet for our roads, bridges, water and wastewater—and in many ways more essential- our architectural icons including Flagler College.
    Note: The FEMA unfunded request for temporary hurricane protection is not a solution for our low lying (1.5 feet) wastewater plant.
    2.   How do we move forward effectively?
    We are behind, and we didn’t need to be.
    At the Summit, Del Ray Beach had a clear crisp story and a dollar ask.  We have the “Coast Assessment” and a retained engineering firm, but I was not able to move that vital effort forward. I hope you can.
    We should at least be on a par with Del Ray Beach.
    Another hard-won insight.
    The Army Corp ”solution” -not likely.
    First, the Corp models deeply understates sea level rise so represent high risk if used as a benchmark. AFC can confirm that in detail for you. Their timelines for any work are extended, adding additional risk.
    This is well known by staff.
    Regan, Cullum and I met twice with the Corp. In the first meeting the “Back Bay Study” cost and the multi-year timeline were described. We determined that neither were realistic. We then met with the Corp head in Jacksonville. We were advised to engage a private firm and that Corp assistance was unlikely. We were referrers to some credible private firms. It appears that staff did not take that advice.
    On another note, it was an embarrassment in front of Congressman Rutherford (with whom I have met twice on the issue) to hear Cullum refer to “historical property value” when that value is not considered by the Corp as we were informed earlier.
    Next steps?
    The first step, as I mentioned is to be on par with Del Ray Beach, and have a credible cost estimate for adaptation.
    The City could also consider naming a Chief Resiliency Officer reporting directly to the Commission. This would mirror the State structure. In my travels I came across some impressive people who might serve well.
    One more item:
    I had mentioned “adaptation action areas.” My recollection is that it is a “three floods you’re out” mechanism that allows for the buyout of homes that are flooded. It has been used in Jacksonville and Hollywood as I recall and may be useful in our flood prone area. I found this link which may be useful. https://southeastfloridaclimatecompact.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/final-report-aaa.pdf
    As you continue your work on this challenge, I would consider Alec Bogdanon from AFC as an honest broker and a solid resource.  Alec is a meteorologist educated at either MIT or Harvard, and clearly his mother is a well-respected lobbyist as you saw. Professor Bonder and others at Flagler College are versed in the issue and were helpful to me.
    I’d suggest you print a copy of the “Coastal Vulnerability Assessment”; it is my bible. Of course, it goes without saying that I will continue to be a voice on this issue and happy to be a resource for you (after my next medical journey).
    My very best and good luck,
    Nancy

              

    DEMOCRACY UNDER SIEGE: The urgency of preserving and protecting voting rights in St. Augustine, Florida

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    Who should pick St. Augustine's Mayor? 
    You? 
    Or them?


    Some St. Augustine Commissioners, developers, want to divest you of your vested voting rights to vote for Mayor.

    St. Augustine burghers demand to rig the rules against citizens. First they wanted to allow nonresident business owners to vote (illegal). Now they want an end to electing Mayors. The Establishment demands to prevent St. Augustine from ever again electing a reformer quite like Nancy Shaver, ending the threat to the livelihood of those who look to government as a cash register, or "an annex to their own affairs," as FDR put it.  

    In response, I've asked USDOJ Civil Rights Division to investigate St. Augustine City Commission's October 28 move toward eliminating cherished rights to vote for Mayor, 

    Beware "a small group of selfish [people] who would clip the wings of the American eagle in order to feather their own nests." So said Franklin Roosevelt in his "Four Freedoms" speech in 1941. 


    In a democracy, one needs damn good reason to wall off voting, or any of our system's "checks and balances." 

    "Good fences make good neighbors," as Robert Frost put it:  
    "Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
    What I was walling in or walling out."


    There is NO principled reason for walling out vested rights to vote for St. Augustine Mayor,

    As Mayor, Nancy Shaver served as the accessible conscience of our community, presiding at meetings, representing the City, and serving as a "bulwark against oppression," as Justice Wiliam Rehnquist said about jury trials. 

    Since the 1980s, St. Augustine voters voted, twice, to elect our Mayors.  There's no need to insult or second-guess voters with a third ballot.  

    St. Augustine residents first elected their Mayor in 1812 under the landmark Spanish Constitution.  Voting rights for Mayor were later deleted  and Commissioners rotated as Mayor by vote of Commissioners in the bad 'ole days, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called St. Augustine :the most lawless city in America in 1964.   Long trains of abuses by successive City Managers include dumping a landfill in a lake, polluting our saltwater marsh, seeking to develop buildings on top of old garbage dumps, racist annexations diluting minority voting strength; First Amendment violations harassing artists, musicians and journalists -- all dutifully reported for decades in Folio.

    Lessons learned: After four (white, male) Commissioners deposed Ramelle Petroglu, the City's first woman mayor, in 1985, residents voted -- twice -- to amend their Charter to protect their ri