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La Russie ne coopérera pas avec les États-Unis sur la question du pétrole syrien

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Le vice-ministre russe des Affaires étrangères a fait savoir que la Russie n’avait pas l’intention de coopérer avec Washington sur la question du pétrole syrien. Donald Trump a en effet récemment approuvé le déploiement illégal de troupes pour «défendre» les gisements de pétrole syriens.
          

Erdogan affirme que la Turquie a arrêté la femme d'al-Baghdadi

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirme que les forces de sécurité turques ont arrêté la femme d'Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi, ainsi que le beau-frère de l'ancien chef du groupe terroriste Daech* dont la mort avait été annoncée par Donald Trump le 27 octobre.
          

Les USA auraient déçu leurs partenaires en Asie avec leur délégation pour les sommets de Bangkok

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Les dirigeants de l’Association des nations de l’Asie du Sud-Est (ASEAN) n’ont sans doute pas pardonné à Donald Trump d’avoir négligé leur invitation, le Président états-unien n’ayant pas participé personnellement au sommet de l’ASEAN ni au sommet de l’Asie orientale à Bangkok. Un analyste chinois a commenté la situation pour Sputnik.
          

Deux nouvelles bases militaires US seraient en construction en Syrie dans une zone riche en pétrole

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Les États-Unis ont procédé à la construction de deux bases militaires dans le gouvernorat de Deir ez-Zor, riche en pétrole, informe Anadolu qui se réfère à ses sources. Cette annonce intervient après la déclaration de Donald Trump sur l’intention de Washington de garder le contrôle du pétrole en Syrie.
          

La France «regrette» l'officialisation par les États-Unis de leur sortie de l'accord de Paris

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Les Etats-Unis de Donald Trump ont notifié les Nations unies de leur intention de se retirer de l’accord de Paris sur le climat. La France a déclaré mardi 5 novembre «regretter» cette décision.
          

Top US diplomat observed clear Trump-Ukraine quid pro quo, testimony reveals

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US officials said Trump would not ‘sign a check’ for military aid without investigation into Joe Biden, Bill Taylor tells inquiry

For a second time in two days, newly released testimony in the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump has produced a firsthand account of US officials negotiating a quid pro quo in Ukraine in which military aid would be used to pay for a political hit against Joe Biden, the president’s potential 2020 adversary.

Related: Trump-Ukraine scandal: Taylor transcript details direct quid pro quo via irregular channels – live

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VIRAL: Trump asegura que construirá muro en Colorado

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Durante una rueda de prensa del presidente de los Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, el mandatario advirtió que construiría un muro en Colorado para impedir que los mexicanos ingresaran al país.

Aunque lo dijo muy seguro de su decisión, éste confundió a varios ya que Colorado no se encuentra pegado con la frontera, por lo que bloquearía el acceso a territorio de su país.

Luego de transmitir el fragmento por medio de CNN, el presentador no pudo contener su risa y además, realizó la inteligente pregunta: ¿quién pagará por él?, a lo que respondie

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Cameroon's war on anglophones is self-defeating

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Sometimes Donald Trump gets it right. In February he cut off US military aid to the central African country of Cameroon because of its appalling human rights record (and didn't even offer to restore it if the Cameroon government dug up dirt on his political opponents at home). Last Friday he acted again, dropping Cameroon from a pact that promotes trade between sub-Saharan African countries and...
          

Michelle Malkin: 3 cheers for refugee reduction

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Rochester Post-Bulletin - Over the weekend, President Donald Trump approved a new annual refugee cap of 18,000, the lowest since the U.S. program began in 1980. The reduction follows news that America took
          

Report: Democrats Choreographing Release of Secret Ukraine Impeachment Testimony So Media Can Help Make Case Against Trump

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NBC News White House Correspondent Geoff Bennett reported Monday night on the plan by House Democrats to choreograph the release of secret Ukraine impeachment testimony transcripts so that the media can make the case against President Trump to the American people. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill about […]
          

Tom Arnold Back-Up Twitter Account Suspended After TGP Report on Violent Threat Against ‘Narcs’

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Trump hating actor Tom Arnold’s back-up Twitter account was taken down by Twitter Monday for violating posting rules following a TGP report on a violent threat posted to the account against people who filed complaints about Arnold’s blue check mark Twitter account that resulted in that account being locked under temporary suspension last week. The back-up account in the […]
          

FOX NEWS SHOCK POLL: Hillary Clinton Beats Trump (If She Runs)… BTW: FOX Had Hillary Up 4 Pts. on Election Day

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Source: Gateway Pundit With less that a year to go until Election Day 2020 (well, one day less than a year), a new poll from the conservative cable channel Fox News shows Hillary Clinton running ahead of President Trump. One problem: the 2016 loser on the Democratic ticket isn’t even in the race. The Fox poll, […]
          

NBC News Asks Voters About Impeachment, Doesn’t Go As Planned

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Source: Ryan Saavedra NBC News approached voters in early voting states — Minnesota, New Hampshire, and South Carolina — and asked them about Democrats’ attempt to impeach President Donald Trump with less than a year before the 2020 election. “People out there don’t talk about impeachment a lot at any events,” National Review Editor Rich Lowry […]
          

Trump’s son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

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  Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump’s son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government. Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a […]
          

As Trump Resists Climate Action, Many States Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

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A day after the Trump administration announced its formal withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, more than 11,000 scientists declared a climate emergency. On Tuesday, the journal BioScience published an article from the Alliance of World Scientists excoriating world governments for inaction on climate change. “Despite 40 years of global climate negotiations, with few exceptions, […]
          

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 […]
          

Trump invites ASEAN leaders to ‘special summit’ in US

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  US President Donald Trump has invited ASEAN leaders to a “special summit” in the United States next year, after skipping the ongoing meet in Bangkok. Robert O’Brien, the White House national security adviser, read a message from Trump at a US-ASEAN meeting on Monday (Nov 4) on the sidelines of the summit of the […]

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The Impeachment Transcripts Say Republicans Have to Choose Between Trump and Democracy

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The GOP’s Ukraine denials threaten American politics even more than Trump’s crimes do.
          

The Orthodox Nationalist: Trump Impeachment Fraud – TON 110619

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Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson pulls apart the Democrats impeachment farce in this week’s episode.

The present impeachment of Donald Trump is the most bizarre development in American political history. Even if everything the Regime says he did is true, he's still done nothing wrong. At least with Clinton, it was based on perjury, an actual crime. Here, there's not even a claim of wrongdoing.

Foreign aid always comes with strings attached. This is only an attempt to destroy Trump's presidency since they have nothing to put against him in 2020.

In this broadcast, I explain the purpose of impeachment and the related notion of the “Nobility Clause” of the Constitution. The same ruling class that seeks to destroy Trump is exactly what the “Nobility Clause” exists to prevent. In 1800, only five percent of Americans could vote. This is proper because only that number has the time, freedom, literacy and independence to formulate an opinion not created by those with power.

In his letter to Thomas Jefferson, John Adams said:

“When I consider the weakness, the folly, the pride, the vanity, the selfishness, the artifice, the low craft and mean cunning, the want of principle, the avarice, the unbounded ambition, the unfair cruelty of the majority of those (in all nations) who are allowed an aristocratical influence, and, on the other hand the stupidity with which the more numerous multitude not only become their dupes, but even love to be taken by their tricks, I feel a stronger disposition to weep at their destiny, than to laugh at their folly.”

Mass society and mass democracy is just a façade for oligarchy. Madison in Federalist 57 says that a debased population will not even understand what liberty is or how it's preserved. The American republic was an aristocratic confederation, not a “democracy” and certainly not an “empire.” Donald Trump, despite all his errors and foibles, is today subject to a coup d'etat that might just blow up in their faces.

Presented by Matt Johnson


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Erkek Arkadaşım Bir Feminist Trump ta sahneleniyor

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Gonca Vuslateri ve Fırat Tanış'ın rol aldığı 'Erkek Arkadaşım Bir Feminist' oyunu, 7 Kasım Perşembe günü saat 20.30'da Trump Kültür ve Gösteri Merkezi'nde sahnelenecek.
          

UNCTAD paper suggests trade war may have benefited India's exports

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United Nations: India sent $755 million more in exports to the US during the first half of this year as a result of the trade war waged by President Donald Trump against China, according to the trade arm of the UN.

Trade diversion effects for India were smaller compared some other countries, "but still substantial", a research paper from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said.

The paper on trade and trade diversion effects of US tariffs on China that was released in Geneva on Tuesday said, "US tariffs on China are economically hurting both countries. The tariffs have resulted in a strong decline in US imports from China. US losses are largely related to higher prices for consumers."

But it is also helping other countries like India that are not directly involved in the trade war as the US increased imports from them by about $21 billion in the first six months of the year

Taiwan and Mexico were the biggest beneficiaries.

The paper said that the office machinery and communication equipment sectors were hit the hardest for China, with a total reduction of US imports worth about $15 billion for the first half of 2019.

India was able to capture only $18 million in the office machinery component of the sector, but none in the communication equipment part during this period, according to UNCTAD.

India made the most gains in the chemical sector, about $243 million; electrical machinery, $83 million, and other machinery, $68 million, it said.

Vietnam, with its emphasis on export-oriented growth, presents a contrast to India showing that it was able to benefit much more from the trade diversification.

Its exports rose by $2.6 billion, with electrical machinery accounting tor $400 million and communication equipment $1.1 billion, according to UNCTAD.

Washingtons's tariffs caused a 25 per cent export loss for China "inflicting a $35 billion blow to Chinese exports in the US market for tariffed goods in the first half of 2019," the paper said.

But it added that Chinese firms being able to retain 75 per cent of their exports despite the higher tariffs showed their competitiveness.

Last year, US and China initially raised tariffs on about $50 billion worth of each other's goods and Washington later hit Beijing with an additional 10 per cent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.

In June, the US increased the tariffs to 25 per cent.

China has also increased tariffs on US products, mainly hitting the agriculture sector from which Trump draws a significant part of his support.

India, however, has also been a victim of the trade wars of Trump, who has called India the "king of tariffs."

In June, the US removed the General Scheme of Preferences benefits for India. The Trump administration has made several trade and related demands of India, such as removing restrictions on e-commerce, storage of consumer data, and imports of milk products from cattle given cannibalised feed, and Trump's pet cause, reducing import duties on Harley Davidson motorcycles.

The two countries are negotiating a trade deal.

Arul Louis can be contacted at arul.l@ians.in


          

Trump to appeal NY tax case ruling to Supreme Court

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Washington: A US federal appeals court has ruled the accounting firm that works for President Donald Trump must release his tax returns to New York state authorities investigating him, but an attorney said the decision would be appealed to the Supreme Court.

"The decision of the 2nd Circuit will be taken to the Supreme Court," Jay Sekulow, an attorney for the President, said in a statement on Monday.

"The issue raised in this case goes to the heart of our Republic. The constitutional issues are significant."

On October 7, a federal judge in New York rejected a lawsuit filed by Trump in an attempt to avoid having to turn over his tax returns after the Manhattan District Attorney's Office sought to obtain the documents as part of an investigation into hush money payments made during the 2016 campaign, reports Efe news.

Trump's attorneys argued that the tax returns did not have to be released, citing presidential immunity.

The three-judge appeals panel, however, ruled on Monday that prosecutors had requested the tax returns and other documents from Mazars USA and not the President, and ordered the accounting firm to comply with a subpoena issued by the District Attorney's office.

"We hold, however, that any presidential immunity from state criminal process does not extend to investigative steps like the grand jury subpoena at issue here," the ruling written by the panel's chief judge, Robert Katzmann, said.

Trump contends that the investigation by the District Attorney's office is politically motivated and has fought efforts by prosecutors to obtain his tax returns.

Mazars USA, for its part, said it would comply with the appeals court's ruling.

"Mazars USA will respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations... We believe strongly in the ethical and professional rules and regulations that govern our industry, our work and our client interactions.

"As a matter of firm policy and professional rules, we do not comment on the work we conduct for our clients," the accounting firm said in a statement.

While the Constitution does not require heads of state to release their tax returns, Trump is the first President since Gerald Ford (1974-1977) who has not made his tax return public each year.


          

Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki Defends Wearing ‘MAGA’ Hat: ‘Everybody Makes Everything Political’ (VIDEO)

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Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki is now defending his decision to pull out a red “Make America Great Again” hat during his team’s visit at the White House. It all went down on Monday when President Donald Trump called Suzuki up to speak, which had him pull out the cap and make the crowd go wild […]
          

Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki Whips Out MAGA Hat, Gets Big Hug From Donald Trump (VIDEO)

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Kurt Suzuki was very excited to meet Donald Trump. The Washington Nationals catcher came up to the podium and quickly whipped out a “Make America Great Again” hat to support Trump, to which the President gave him a huge hug. “What a job he did. I didn’t know that was going to happen.” First baseman […]
          

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


          

Donald Trump is now a Florida man.

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The child who gets angry at not being picked for the team takes his ball and goes home.MA Donald Trump Becomes Resident of Florida, Says He Did It Because New York Leaders Treated Him ‘Very Badly’ “I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state,” Trump tweets J. […]
          

Kentucky governor race

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Trump is literally an un-indicted co-conspirator in the conviction of his fixer/lawyer Cohen. It attests to the incompetency of the Democrats that purely for political currency they don't repeat that every time they are on tv or give an interview. Respect to the Republicans, they'd have already had impeachment conviction vote by now if the roles were reversed. And rightfully so.
          

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A man in a t-shirt printed GOD GUNS TRUMP appeared today on TV , I believe in Kentucky. He then explained why he adores Trump. Any further comment would be superflous.
          

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I wonder if Trump knows that Schiff is not the president.
          

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"He is a proven liar, leaker & freak who is really the one who should be impeached!" Trump tweeted. " Talking about himself in a moment of enlightenment , one would think. But not, Shiff is now his "proven liar".
          

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Trump threatening to withhold federal money to help fight the fires in California purely because he and the governor don't get along politically is not even shocking anymore. I recall Obama offered any help then Republican governor, presidential candidate and Trump supporter Christie wanted. That's class. Obama always had class even if you disagreed with him politically. Bush was always kind even in the face of name calling from Dems. Class. But this? Withholding money may cost lives. It speaks to who Trump is.
          

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American Jews have been moving more and more into hardcore right wing politics. Alan Dershowitz has been on Fox News pretty much trying to apply for a job in the Trump administration. Stephen Miller, Trump's immigration adviser is the grandson of a death camp survivor and is the one who advocated putting kids in cages. The term Neo-Cons are made up in part of Jews (Paul Wolfowitz, Elliot Abrams, Richard Perle, Charles Krauthammer, etc.). And Jewish conservatives are growing. Unlike pre 60s, Jews are now seen for the most part as 'White Americans', so many have taken on the politics as a result. Many groujps have made that change. The Irish were called 'The Irish Race' for most of the 1800s and were not seen as 'white' as we know it but are now. Same with Sicilians. But now have been 'mainstreamed'. Anyway, the south, the last real stronghold of anti-semitic mindset has been changing since the fundamentalists there have been the biggest supporter of Israel. Primarily to fulfill the prophecies of the book of Revelation (which doesn't end well for Jews ironically).
          

Au Maroc, Ivanka Trump en soutien des héritières soulaliyates

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Une semaine après l’annonce, par la Maison Blanche, de la visite de Ivanka Trump au Maroc pour promouvoir le développement économique des femmes, celle-ci s’est exprimée sur son compte Twitter à propos de cette visite qui débute ce mercredi.
          

BREAKING: NY Federal Judge Strikes Down ‘Conscience Rule' Protecting Clinicians Who Object to Abortions

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A federal judge in New York on Wednesday struck down the Trump administration’s “conscience rule” that protects individual clinicians and health care entities who object to providing abortions and other medical procedures on moral and religious grounds.
          

Cyclist Fired for Flipping Off Trump Motorcade Wins Election in Virginia

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Remember the cyclist that was fired from her job after a photo went viral of her giving President Trump’s motorcade the middle finger in 2017? Last night, she won an election in Virginia.
          

Noah, Norton Slam Trump as 'Racist Landlord from New York Who's Destroying the World'

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On Tuesday, Daily Show host Trevor Noah sat down with actor/director Edward Norton to talk about his new movie "Motherless Brooklyn." When discussing the plot of the film, Noah argued that "although the story's set in the 50s, it feels very much applicable to what life is like today." While he stressed that he did not want to "spoil anything" for his audience, Noah decided to inform them that "this is basically a story about a racist landlord from New York who's destroying the world." Seeming to agree with Noah's implicit yet obvious comparison of the movie character to President Trump, Norton highlighted how "he's played by Alec Baldwin," who has made a career out of mercilessly mocking the President on Saturday Night Live. Norton could not resist taking shots at Trump either, claiming "there's no wigs involved, no small hands" while denying that the antagonist in the movie was "based on our insane clown President."
          

McConnell Doesn't Expect Senate to Remove Trump From Office

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CNN Blames Trump for Causing Illegal Immigration Crisis

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Fox News Touts Trump Success Cutting Illegal Border Crossings

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Burn! Donald Trump Jr. Says 'Mitt Romney is My Favorite Democrat'

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"Who is your favorite Democrat?" Gayle King asked Trump Jr. "Go ahead."
          

NBC Finds Impeachment Only Strengthens Trump Base

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In a rare example of the liberal media actually bothering to talk to supporters of President Trump, on Tuesday, NBC’s Today show devoted a full report to examining the strength of Trump’s base one year out from the 2020 election. The segment specifically found the impeachment push by Democrats only made the President’s voters “support him now more than ever.”
          

NBC Worries ‘Overconfident’ Dems ‘Distracted By Impeachment’

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On Tuesday, one year out from the 2020 presidential election, NBC’s Today show fretted over polls showing some of the Democratic frontrunners struggling to defeat President Trump in several key battleground states. The discussion focused on concerns that Democrats were “overconfident” about their electoral chances and even “distracted by all the impeachment” efforts against Trump.
          

Trump: It's Time to 'Wage War' Against Mexican Drug Cartels Accused Of Killing At Least 9 Americans

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President Donald Trump said the time has come to "wage war" against Mexican drug cartels, vowing to "wipe them off the face of the Earth" after at least nine Americans, including several children and infants, were reportedly killed Monday in a cartel ambush in Mexico near the Arizona border.
          

Trump Rallies Kentucky Against 'Radical Democrats' Who Want to 'Destroy' Traditional Values

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Trump, Cuomo, Spar Over New York’s Bail Reform Law

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Trump, Cuomo, Spar Over New York’s Bail Reform Law

President Donald Trump isn’t a fan of New York’s new bail reform law, which will curtail the number of people jailed while awaiting trial.

The president tweeted Tuesday that New York’s Democratic governor and mayor “are letting out 900 Criminals, some hardened & bad onto the sidewalks of our rapidly declining” city.

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Trump To Kick Off NYC Veterans Day Parade, Offer Tribute

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Trump To Kick Off NYC Veterans Day Parade, Offer Tribute

President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to kick off the New York City Veterans Day Parade next week.

United War Veterans Council Chairman Douglas McGowan and the White House said on Wednesday that Trump will offer a tribute to veterans at the opening ceremony of Monday’s 100th annual parade.

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De ser despedida por hacer una peineta a Trump a ganar unas elecciones locales en Virginia

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A finales de octubre de 2017, Juli Briskman fue fotografiada haciendo la peineta a la caravana de vehículos del presidente Trump cerca de un campo de golf propiedad del presidente de EE.UU. La imagen, que dio la vuelta al mundo, desembocó en el despido de la mujer. Briskman, que trabajaba para «Akima LLC», una firma dedicada al turismo contratada por el gobierno, relató al «Huffington Post» que sus jefes calificaron el gesto que hizo de «obsceno», violando además las normas de la empresa relativas a las redes sociales. La mujer objetó que no había tomado la foto «en horas de trabajo» y que tampoco había citado a la empresa al subir la imagen a sus perfiles personales en Facebook y Twitter. Aún así fue despedida. Dos años después, Briskman ha ganado las elecciones locales por un puesto en la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Loudoun (Virginia, EE.UU.). La mujer de 52 años, que se postuló por el partido demócrata, derrotó a la candidata republicana Suzanne Volpe. «Por lo visto, el distrito de Briskman incluye cierto campo de golf propiedad de cierto presidente. ¿No es eso una dulce justicia?», ha expresado en Twitter. It’s Election Day! Make sure to get out to vote today! Thanks to all our volunteers and supporters who have worked so hard, let’s win it! #LOCO2019 pic.twitter.com/dbxZGLMmwd— Juli Briskman (@julibriskman) November 5, 2019 Tras su despido, un grupo de opositores a Trump recaudó más de 57.000 dólares para Briskman, que es madre soltera y tiene dos hijos adolescentes. La mujer aseguró que esa peineta «fue la única forma que tuve de transmitirle el mensaje que quería darle».
          

«Ahora sí me acuerdo»: Un aliado de Trump le da la espalda en el «impeachment»

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«Ahora sí recuerdo hablar con el señor Yermak y decirle que la ayuda de Estados Unidos sólo se enviaría a Ucrania después de que Ucrania publicara un comunicado en contra de la corrupción del que hemos hablado durante meses». De ese modo, con un insólito comunicado enviado al Capitolio, el embajador de EE.UU. ante la Unión Europea, Gordon Sondland, se desdijo ayer de un testimonio suyo a puerta cerrada el 3 de octubre en las vistas donde se decide el «impeachment» (recusación) de Donald Trump. Andrei Yermak, de quien habla, es un asesor de la presidencia ucraniana encargado de negociaciones con Washington. Sondland, que no es diplomático de carrera sino empresario hotelero, fue elegido para el cargo en julio de 2018 y según todos los otros testigos que han pasado por el Capitolio tuvo un papel central en las presiones al gobierno de Ucrania para que investigara al demócrata Joe Biden por unos viejos negocios de su hijo en ese país europeo. Sondland testificó el 3 de octubre que en esas gestiones no hubo «quid pro quo», es decir, que no se supeditaron 400 millones de dólares (360 millones de euros) de ayudas militares a que el gobierno ucraniano de Volodimir Zelensky dijera abiertamente que investigaría a la familia de Biden, que ha liderado las encuestas de las primarias demócratas en meses recientes. El problema para el embajador Sondland es que todos los demás testigos han testificado lo contrario, especialmente el embajador en funciones a Ucrania, William Taylor, y el especialista en Rusia y Ucrania en el Consejo de Seguridad Nacional, Tim Morrison. Ambos dijeron que sí se supeditó esa ayuda, necesaria para un país como Ucrania invadido y hostigado por Rusia, a una investigación que los demócratas creen que obedece a intereses políticos de cara a la campaña de 2020. Ese es la razón misma de la investigación del «impeachment», después de que un denunciante anónimo revelara esas presiones, que quedaron patentes durante una conversación entre Trump y Zelensky, el presidente ucraniano, el 25 de julio. Según dice el embajador Sondland en su nuevo testimonio modificado, enviado en una carta, «dos testimonios recientes me han refrescado la memoria sobre algunas conversaciones». Las declaraciones en el Capitolio se efectúan sobre juramento, y mentir puede conllevar una denuncia por perjurio, o falso juramento.
          

Critics Doubt Barr Can Restore Stability To The Justice Department

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Warning signs for Donald Trump as suburban voters abandon Republicans in statewide elections

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Donald Trump approves mission to return US troops to Syria to 'secure oil'

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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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After impeachment inquiry vote, Lesko, Stanton face longshot recall efforts

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The moves toward impeachment of President Trump are having political ripples here in Arizona.
          

Turkse president Erdogan ontmoet op 13 november VS-collega Trump in Washington

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De Turkse president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ontmoet op 13 november wel degelijk zijn Amerikaanse collega Donald Trump in Washington, zo heeft het Turkse presidentschap woensdag meegedeeld.


          

Impeachmentonderzoek tegen Trump: openbare hoorzittingen starten volgende week met ondervraging van diplomaten

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Vanaf volgende week woensdag (13 november) zullen in het impeachmentonderzoek tegen de Amerikaanse president Donald Trump getuigen aan de tand worden gevoeld tijdens openbare zittingen. In eerste instantie zullen diplomaten worden gehoord, zo melden de Democratische parlementsleden die bij de procedure betrokken zijn.


          

Comment on What’s Behind the Fed’s Bailout of the Repo Market? by Glenn Hautly

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All The current “bail out” of the “ENTERPRISES” (GSE, MBS and F&F) is costing taxpayers billions of dollars per day. Quote: 9/30/2019: FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY, director “The Enterprises are leveraged nearly 1,000-to-one, ensuring they would fail during an economic downturn – exposing taxpayers once again”. In response to this issue President Trump stated: “Fannie & Freddie should not be the responsibility of the Treasury Department”. Trump will be forced to end the bail-out and “sell” F&F to private financial institutions. Private institutions will not be making or buying long term mortgages given current economic realities: FALL This a repetition of 1933; (see page 3). The current economic slowdown and capital markets crisis is the “handwriting on the wall”. “Thursday (October 24, 2019), the Federal Reserve announced that they will nearly double the repo liquidity (Quantitative Easing; printing money) to $120 billion daily.” (This amounts to $2.4 trillion per month); from: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4299413-feds-not-qe-playing?ifp=0
          

Donald Trump just added one of his old co-conspirators to his impeachment defense team

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Donald Trump tries to pull a fast one on Mitch McConnell

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Donald Trump just decided he wants to get booed in New York City again

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Donald Trump is unraveling in real time

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GOP Senators face their comeuppance as Donald Trump goes down in flames

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Donald Trump has berserk meltdown after his Republican candidate loses in Kentucky

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Donald Trump campaign goes completely off the deep end after disaster in Kentucky

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Donald Trump just got his butt kicked in Virginia AND Kentucky

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Donald Trump just got his ass handed to him in Kentucky

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Donald Trump has berserk meltdown about his former New York City home

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Is this another Trump quid pro quo?

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Donald Trump doesn’t know what’s about to hit him

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Rudy Giuliani’s henchman Lev Parnas just made his move – and Donald Trump is going to hate it

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Donald Trump Jr says US President can't be racist as he let him spend time with Michael Jackson

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“If he’s a racist, he’s sure not very good at it”

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Donald Trump Jr has suggested that his father cannot be racist as he allowed him to spend time with Michael Jackson as a child. The US President’s eldest son writes about Trump’s friendship with the late pop star in his new book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us. Read More: Trump […]

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Democrats’ Surprising “Blue Crunch” Election Night Shows Major GOP Erosion in Some Key States

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Tuesday night’s 2019 elections left Democrats elated and hopeful — and Republicans realizing they have a lot of work to do in 2020. It seemingly answered (for now) whether Democrats pressing for Donald Trump’s impeachment are hurting their party (they aren’t), whether Trump is such a Teflon politico that him saying win this for the […]

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Trump-Nixon (Mike Peters Guest Cartoon)

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OF RELATED INTEREST: —Schiff: Trump betrayed America. Soon the public will hear from patriots who defended it. —The scope of Trump’s corruption is mind-boggling. New developments show how. —America once led anti-corruption fight. Now self-dealing Trump is kleptocrats’ role model. Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his […]

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TRUMP THREATENS TO END FEDERAL AID TO CALIFORNIA TO FIGHT WILDFIRES—AFTER OFFERING RUSSIA HELP TO STOP WILDFIRES IN SIBERIA

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Critics accuse President of putting partisan politics above saving lives and aiding disaster victims By Miriam Raftery (San Diego) – Days after California Governor Gavin Newsom praised the federal government for its rapid response to catastrophic wildfires and power outages affecting millions of our state’s residents, President Donald Trump on Sunday threatened to cut off […]

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Barrage sur le Nil: Trump assure que les discussions se passent "bien"

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Barrage sur le Nil: Trump assure que les discussions se passent "bien" Admin FCE 06 nov. 2019 - 20:50

Le président américain Donald Trump a affirmé mercredi avoir mené des discussions productives avec des représentants de l'Egypte, du Soudan et de l'Ethiopie concernant un projet d'immense barrage sur le Nil Bleu qui suscite des tensions entre les trois pays.

Le Caire craint que la construction du grand barrage de la Renaissance (GERD), entamée en 2012 par l'Ethiopie, n'entraîne une réduction du débit du Nil Bleu, fleuve dont l'Egypte dépend à 90% pour son approvisionnement en eau.

Les discussions entre ces deux pays et le Soudan, par lequel passe aussi le fleuve, sont bloquées depuis neuf ans.

"Je viens d'avoir une rencontre avec des haut-représentants de l'Egypte, de l'Ethiopie et du Soudan pour aider à résoudre la dispute ancienne concernant le barrage éthiopien de la Renaissance, l'un des plus grands au monde, qui est en train d'être construit", a tweeté M. Trump.

"La rencontre s'est bien passée et les discussions vont se poursuivre durant la journée!", a-t-il ajouté, sans autres précisions.

L'Ethiopie a annoncé que le gigantesque barrage de quatre milliards de dollars devrait commencer à produire de l'électricité d'ici fin 2020 et serait complètement opérationnel d'ici 2022.

L'Egypte cherche à obtenir une médiation internationale sur le GERD, censé devenir la plus grande centrale hydroélectrique d'Afrique avec une production de 6.000 mégawatts.

Le Caire demande un minimum annuel garanti de 40 milliards de m3 --ce à quoi l'Ethiopie n'a pas donné son accord-- et évoque un "droit historique" sur le fleuve, garanti par une série de traités.

Le Nil Bleu, qui prend sa source en Ethiopie, rejoint le Nil Blanc à Khartoum pour former le Nil qui traverse le Soudan et l'Egypte avant de se jeter dans la Méditerranée.

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Quote of the Day on Trump Leaving New York

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Our quote of the day refers to Donald Trump leaving New York to take up residence in Florida. A tweet by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: New York, New York. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere… Trump can’t. — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) November 2, 2019

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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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Democrats’ Impeachment Plan Formally Endorsed by Divided House

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Republicans have been demanding Democrats hold a vote on the impeachment plan, and now the Democrats have. No Republicans voted for it.Two Democrats voted against it. But the machinery into probing and possibly removing President Donald Trump (unlikely to happen due to the GOP-dominated Senate) is now more-than-ever in motion. The Washington Post: A divided […]

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Trick or Trump (Cartoon)

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This impeachment process is totally infair to Rupublicans!

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WASHINGTON — The extremely stable genius picked up his cellphone at 7:32 a.m. Wednesday. Republicans “are starting to go after the Substance even more than the very infair Process,” President Trump typed. “Rupublicans, go with Substance and close it out!” The misspelled missive caused laffter and merrymint. But you know what’s funnier? Trump sent this […]

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Prosecutors: Trump advisor Stone 'straight up lied'

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The prosecution in the trial of Roger Stone on Wednesday painted President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser as a liar in a criminal case stemming from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe that detailed Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Tamara Lindstrom reports.

          

Pan para hoy. de Cristina López

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Publicado en EL DIARIO DE HOY, 4 noviembre 2019


Hay un dicho común que se usa normalmente con el fin de describir situaciones en las que se sobre-estiman los beneficios del corto plazo por encima de los costos de largo plazo, y es el de: “pan para hoy y hambre para mañana”. Y aplica perfectamente para el reciente anuncio de la administración del presidente Bukele en conjunto con el gobierno estadounidense de que los inmigrantes salvadoreños que cuentan actualmente con la protección del TPS que les permite residir y trabajar en Estados Unidos de manera temporal, pueden seguir gozando de esa protección por más o menos un año más.
Por lo menos hubo transparencia en el reconocimiento que este respiro para la angustia e incertidumbre que acechaba a los salvadoreños bajo el TPS es producto de un “quid pro quo” con la administración gringa más anti-inmigrante que ha tenido los Estados Unidos en las últimas décadas. Estamos claros que la paz mental del presente tiene como precio la angustia del futuro, puesto que la administración de Trump continúa fija en su decisión de ponerle fin al programa del todo, sin intención alguna en establecer avenidas para convertir la protección temporal en residencia permanente.
Parte del canje fue el compromiso adquirido de apoyar la política anti-inmigrante de Trump, no sólo recibiendo a aquellos individuos en búsqueda de asilo que el gobierno de Estados Unidos se niega a acomodar, sino también ejecutando las tácticas de la temida fuerza fronteriza de la agencia federal para la protección de fronteras y aduanas, mejor conocida por sus siglas ICE. Los métodos y operaciones de ICE han sido criticados por violar los derechos humanos de inmigrantes detenidos, irrespetar los principios básicos del debido proceso, y abusar del uso de la fuerza en múltiples ocasiones. Se les critica sobre todo por hacer uso indiscriminado de la deportación, sobre todo cuando la dirigen en contra de inmigrantes sin récord alguno de criminalidad y con más apego al territorio estadounidense que a sus tierras de origen. Cabe preguntarse hasta qué punto aliarse con el gobierno de Trump para proteger a Estados Unidos de la inmigración indocumentada implicará hacer uso de la fuerza en contra de los propios compatriotas, el equivalente al pastor recibiendo entrenamiento por parte del lobo.
Y a pesar de todos los “peros” que pueden presentarse como críticas al altísimo precio que quizás muchos pagarán en el largo plazo por este respiro en el presente para unos pocos, el respiro es real. Beneficia de manera inmediata las vidas de salvadoreños trabajadores que hasta ahora, debido a la probada incompetencia de la administración de Sánchez Cerén y su aparente incapacidad de abogar por los nuestros en el plano internacional, solo habían contado con el apoyo de organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Este pan para hoy bien podrá ser hambre para mañana… pero no deja de ser pan en un momento crítico.
Ojalá exista una estrategia detrás de esta negociación desequilibrada que busque avenidas legales hacia la residencia permanente en los Estados Unidos para los compatriotas que se la han ganado a base de trabajo duro y contribuciones sociales a las comunidades de las que ya son parte en Estados Unidos. Ojalá que detrás del corto placismo, exista un compromiso serio de usar este respiro temporal para crear las condiciones en el país que dejen de obligar al desplazamiento y a la migración a tantos salvadoreños. Ojalá que el sentimiento anti-inmigrante que domina en Estados Unidos sea solamente producto de las fiebres políticas del presente. Por el momento, solo queda tener fe y usar este año de respiro para luchar por más.
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Trump spotlights confirmation of 150-plus federal judges

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Report: Jeff Sessions to announce Alabama Senate bid for old seat

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The former attorney general whose relationship with Trump soured over his recusal from Mueller's Russia probe is expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Doug Jones.
       

          

Most disapprove of Democrats’ handling of Trump impeachment effort

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The vast majority of those who responded to the latest unscientific poll at SharylAttkisson.com are not happy with the Democrats’ handling of the Trump impeachment effort to date. Ninety-eight percent (98%) said they disapprove. Only 2% said they approve. Do you approve of the Democrats’ handling of Trump impeachment effort to date? 2% Yes 98% […]
          

BEASTMODE: Voter Would Have to Know Why Trump Shot Someone on Fifth Avenue

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A Donald Trump supporter dryly told CNN's Alisyn Camerota she might still support the president if he shot someone on Fifth Avenue.

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Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan, ABD ziyareti kararını verdi

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Trump administration plan allows Delta water managers to kill off winter-run Chinook salmon

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Eight-hundred pages into the text of a lengthy new report, federal biologists have quietly granted government water managers permission to nearly exterminate an endangered run of Sacramento River salmon so they can send more water south from the river’s delta to farmers in the arid San Joaquin Valley.

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Top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor threatened to quit over 'nightmare' Trump demand, transcript shows

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Previously disclosed text messages show William B. Taylor Jr. navigating the interests of Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, outside the normal State Department processes.


          

Newsletter: That quid pro quo

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World News (Nov 6, 2019 EDN): UK’s National Health Service To Deny Treatment To “Racists” And “Sexists” – Watch: Chinese Social Credit Score Publicly Shames ‘Bad Citizen’ For Jaywalking – “The Greatest Fool”: China May Invest Up To $10 Billion In Aramco IPO – US Constructing Two New Bases In Syria’s Oil-Rich Region – Trump OKs Wider Syria Oil Mission, Raising Legal Questions – US ‘pullout’ from Syria looking more like permanent occupation with 800 troops reporte

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AND NOW… UK's National Health Service To Deny Treatment To "Racists" And "Sexists" https://t.co/VzWyvJgRLV — zerohedge (@zerohedge) November 6, 2019 A National Health Service trust in the UK has announced that it will deny treatment to patients it deems are ‘racists’ or ‘sexists’. First it was social media, then it was bank accounts & mortgages. ... Read more
          

Roger Stone Is in Big Trouble

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Impeachment-Anhörungen in den USA - Regierung Trump blockiert Zeugenaussagen im Kongress

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October 9, 2019, Washington, DC, United States of America: U.S President Donald Trump, left, listens to Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought, before signing Executive Orders on Transparency in Federal Guidance and Enforcement during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House October 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Credit Image: © Shealah Craighead via ZUMA Wire | (Planet Pix via ZUMA Wire)Alle vier geladenen Zeugen, die Donald Trump in einem Amtsenthebungsverfahren belasten könnten, sind am Montag nicht vor dem US-Kongress erschienen. Nach Informationen der "Washington Post" soll der US-Präsident angeordnet haben, ihre Zeugenaussagen zu blockieren.

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Phish podcast ‘Long May They Run’ Travels to Trump Campaign Rallies with Katy Tur, the Northeast Kingdom and Times Square in the ’70s

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The latest episode of the C13Originals Long May They Run podcast is titled “Back Woods and Front Woods.” This is the second-to-last episode of the season and it explores the cultural and political environment of Burlington, Vermont in which Phish came of age. Season one of the series, which is hosted by Relix editor-in-chief Dean […]

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[ Politics ] Open Question : What do you think will happen to America if Trump wins again in 2020?

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Democrats’ conundrum: Change our system or elect a president

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Dump Trump and bring sanity back to the White House

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Judge vacates Trump admin’s anti-LGBT ‘conscience rule’ for health workers

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But challenge fails on argument measure violated the Establishment Clause

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McConnell, Trump joined for 2020, despite Kentucky setback

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Their man in Kentucky may be losing, but President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aren't letting Gov. Matt Bevin's election fortunes alter their own pact to win the state together in 2020.
          

Trump Has TEMPORARILY Saved America From Total Destruction

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by Dave Hodges TheCommonSenseShow.com Wednesday, November 6, 2019 President Trump has lived to his reputation as the master of the art of the deal. He has lessened the threat posed on our southern borders by a so-called Red Dawn force. Domestically, the President continues to negate the communist agenda set forth by Obama and the […]
          

Trump i pełzający zamach stanu...

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Obserwując dzisiejsze zmagania wśród elit politycznych US można powiedzieć, że Trump jest granatem rzuconym w dotychczasowy wypracowany porządek globalnych  sił i układów, dlatego wiele dłoni chciałoby go jak najszybciej pochwycić i odrzucić tak szybko i daleko jak tylko się da!Trybun Trump wykazując niesmak wobec upachnionego politycznego szamba, zdecydował się naruszyć interesy elit globalnego supermocarstwa, dlatego dziś jest pod stałym ogniem globalistów dzień i noc. Zachciało mu się odbudowania suwerenności Ameryki, powrotu do respektowania jej tradycyjnych wartości, granic, wolności, praw, rodziny i szacunku do swoistego patriotyzmu. Przez to narusza dotychczasowy międzynarodowy biznesowy i polityczny układ sił stworzony przez swoich poprzedników (np. polityka wobec Chin), jak również nie dążąc do wojny (Iran, Rosja, Korea Płn.) zagraża również dobrze prosperujacemu amerykańskiemu sektorowi zbrojeniowemu. Zagraża lukratywnym amerykańskim  interesom wzbogacającym potężne korporacje, narażając się rozpasanym lobbystom jak i powiązanej z nimi wynarodowionej biurokracji.  Trump zapragnął wyprząc Amerykę z już rozpędzonego na podbój świata globalistycznego zaprzęgu, dlatego naraził się biurokracji Deep State i siłom globalnego socjalizmu. Nikt nie wie jak skończy się ten nierówny pojedynek Dawida Trumpa z Sorosem Goliatem. Na naszych oczach globalistyczni lewacy przygotowują stos (impeachment) na którym z uśmiechem i satysfakcją chcieliby spalić szanse Trumpa na drugą prezydencką kadencję. Jednak dla zamachowców Trump (nawet bez własnego politycznego zaplecza) opierający się na pragnieniach zwykłych Amerykanów, nie jest i nie będzie łatwym orzechem do zgryzienia. Czas pokaże, że niejeden polityk w tym procesie straci własne zęby…     Speaker Nancy Pelosi, dziewczynka z zapałkami...W Ameryce wrze, magnateria i mandarini starego imperium skupieni w tłustym i skostniałym Deep State, wspomagani przez kompleks militarno-przemysłowy, przed którym przyszłe pokolenia już w latach 50-tych ubiegłego wieku ostrzegał prezydent Dwight Eisenhower dzielnie stawia opór trybunowi Trumpowi, który wchodzi w rolę Kemala Ataturka i poniekąd Putina. Ci panowie również podjęli się trudnego zadania odbudowy zagrożonego imperium w nowych niesprzyjających warunkach. Jest zrozumiałym, że dzisiejsi bankowi włodarze świata chcą przemienić zastany, stary świat państw narodowych, lokalnych systemów wartości, religii i kultur w ociekający słodką nadzieją i krwawą praktyką totalitarny Nowy Wspaniały Świat. Staremu rozkwitającemu  od tysięcy lat światu grozi już rozpędzony Nowy Światowy Porządek, który montuje swoje uderzeniowe sotnie z rozmaitych mniejszości posługując się socjalizmem, rasizmem, ateizmem, genderyzmem i anarchizmem.Jedną z głównych zasad i praw tego świata obok cykliczności zjawisk jest przemijanie. Słowem “nic nie może wiecznie trwać” jak śpiewała wspaniała Anna Jantar, co również odnosi się do kolejnych historycznych imperiów. Według popularnego w Polsce amerykańskiego politologa (George Friedman, “Następne 100 lat”) każdy naród wyposażony jest jakby w swoje geny, swój blue print, zapis kodu szkieletu swoich charakterystycznych tendencji i historycznych predyspozycji. Pochód Ameryki na drodze do osiągnięcia statusu światowego hegemona związany jest z pomaganiem mocarstwom będącym w potrzebie, co jest dość intratnym biznesem. Tak było w I jak i w II wojnie światowej, kiedy wchodzącej w ostatnim stadium rozgrywającej się wojny  Ameryce pozwalało zdobyć niekwestionowaną pozycję lidera, szczególnie po wygraniu “zimnej” wojny z Sowietami. Amerykańskie korporacje wykorzystywały żołnierskie buty do wchodzenia na najbardziej zyskowne rynki tego świata, w ten sposób jednak nabijając sobie kiesę rozprzestrzeniały nowoczesne technologie co pozytywnie wpływało na wydobycie setek milionów ludzi z ubóstwa (Chiny, Indie). Jednak w ten sposób chodowały sobie konkurencję z którą dziś muszą walczyć o utrzymanie swojej dominującej pozycji. Jednocześnie poprzez silne związki elit biznesowych z obsługującymi je biurokratami z Deep State, powoli zapomniano o interesach Państwa i obywateli, którym powinno przecież  służyć. Kupieni przez globalistycznych bankierów biurokraci zaczęli reprezentować ideologię Nowego Porządku Światowego, często ze szkodą dla interesu swoich wyborców. Od czasu do czasu używając siły militarnej Ameryki, nie dlatego aby bronić jej żywotnych interesów, ale żeby przyspieszać kolejne etapy w urzeczywistnianiu nowej wizji świata, czasem wprost ze szkodą dla Ameryki. Z historii wiemy, że rewolucja jest ladacznicą, rozhuśtaną emocjonalnie dziwką, gotową na radykalne zmiany, zupełnie nie zainteresowaną w utrzymaniu starego porządku rzeczy.  Witamy wśród dylematów i zmagań dzisiejszej Ameryki...Panując w sferze politycznej, władając wypasem medialnym  wobec wyborców, używając tłustych kotów z wielkich korporacji i wpływając na nie przez antagonizowanie sponsorowanej anarchizującej lewicy, panując i rewolucyjnie uzbrajając system edukacji, ośrodki kierownicze NWO były na kursie i na ścieżce. Wtedy jak z kapelusza magika pojawił się Trump. Biznesmen, showman, gwiazda telewizyjna ze skomplikowanym i urozmaiconym życiem osobistym i rodzinnym, były członek Partii Demokratycznej, Partii Reform (Ross Perot) i wreszcie Republikanin. Biznesmen od dawna zaprzyjaźniony z nowojorskimi Żydami dziś zbliżony (córka Ivanka przeszła na judaizm) z sektą Chabad Lubawicz (o wielkich wpływach w Rosji, na Ukrainie i w Polsce). Trump uchodzi za najbardziej pro żydowskiego prezydenta US, w Izraelu nazywany nawet  “królem żydowskim”. Człowiek dobrze znający polityków, ich skorumpowany świat, człowiek odważny, owładnięty potrzebą sukcesu i wyposażony w mega ego. Po niespodziewanym znokautowaniu tradycyjnych pretendentów do prezydentury z ramienia Partii Republikańskiej, praktycznie wszystkich zaskoczył wygrywając z mocno osadzoną w systemie Hillary Clinton. Przypomnijmy, że zwycięstwo Trumpa oznaczało początek rozgałęzionych wariantów spisku elit gdyż pokonane w procesie wyborczym nigdy nie uznały jego zwycięstwa i natychmiast przystąpiły do kreowania kolejnych pułapek, mających na celu skompromitowanie Trumpa i pozbawienia go prezydentury. Co interesujące wśród “never-Trumpers” znaleźli się też związani z klanem Bushów neocons (byli trockiści zwolennicy ciągłych interwencji na Bliskim Wschodzie na rzecz Izraela), obawiali się oni Trumpa gdyż krytykował generalnie te niepotrzebne wojny (kasa, krew) i zapowiadał ich zakończenie.  Jednak atakowany Trump szybko znalazł sojuszników wśród amerykańskich syjonistów (tak Żydów, jak i wpływowych protestantów) co przełożyło się na kontrowersyjne przeniesienie ambasady US z Tel Awiwu do Jerozolimy, oraz uznania suwerenności Izraela nad okupowanymi syryjskimi Wzgórzami Golan. Przypomnijmy, że amerykańscy Żydzi w swojej większości (ok.70%) głosowali na Hillary Clinton (rywalkę Trumpa), są wyznania lewicowego i nie popierają dyskryminacyjnej polityki Izraela wobec Palestyńczyków. Trump próbuje zakończyć całe lata trwające wojny, chce zabezpieczenia południowej granicy z Meksykiem (integralność, suwerenność państwa), próbuje zachęcić amerykański kapitał do powrotu z Chin i innych krajów i produkcji w US, obcina jak może biurokratyczne regulacje dławiące biznes, właśnie dlatego naraża się globalistom. Oni tak ciężko pracowali nad osiągnięciem swoich celów, nie to , aby jakiś zwariowany spadochroniarz broniący idei państwa narodowego im to wszystko teraz zepsuł! Dlatego bolszewicka czujność i przekonanie o wdrażaniu jedynej sprawiedliwej, nowoczesnej i najlepszej wizji nowego świata nie pozwala im tolerować takie próby zawracania kursu historii przez jakiegoś amatora ciemnogrodu.Mamy pewne podobieństwo do sytuacji polskiej, kiedy jakiekolwiek patriotyczne reformy nawet nieśmiałe próby “polonizacji” sądów, próba przywrócenia prawd historycznych i pozamiatania po zdechłym imperium sowieckim, którego cuchnące aktywa przejęli amerykańscy globaliści (Soros plus) z ich młodszymi braćmi z Berlina i Brukseli powoduje inspirowanie anarchizującej tłuszczy i jej “zeuropeizowanych” liderów poupychanych przez brukselko-berlińskich globalistów w rozmaitych lewackich partyjkach i biznesach aborcyjnych,  gender, czy innych sotniach postępu.Naturalnie, że w związku z powyższym Trump jest w poważnych kłopotach i walczy w ciągłym okrążeniu jednak pod ręką ma też poważne atuty. W ciągu jego prawie 3 letniej kadencji gospodarka ma się naprawdę dobrze mimo, że Trump podejmuje się dość ryzykownych reform na kierunku chińskim, aby liderów chińskiej dyktatury komunistycznej zmusić do proporcjonalnej wymiany, na równych warunkach. Problem w tym, że Trump tu naraża się ważnym rodzinom i korporacjom amerykańskim przez całe dekady czerpiącym ogromne dochody z aktywności na kierunku chińskim. Jednak dla Trumpa najważniejszym tu jest przyszłość amerykańskiej mocarstwowej pozycji, stąd jego prośba do amerykańskich biznesów i korporacji o opuszczenie Chin i przeniesienie produkcji i technologii do US, bądź innych państw. Jak wiemy dotychczasowy oszałamiający roczny wzrost chińskiej gospodarki ulega już spowolnieniu, choć jest ciągle wysoki. Ciągle atakowany i dekoncentrowany Trump ma się czym pochwalić. W ciągu niespełna 3 lat przybyło ok. 6,5 mln nowych miejsc pracy (w tym 500 tys. w wytwórczości), przeciętnie 161 tys. nowych miejsc pracy miesięcznie w 2019 r! Stopa bezrobocia jest najniższa od 50 lat i wynosi 3,5%, wzrost płac przeciętnie ok. 3%. Giełda; DOW poszedł w górę 15,6% (w tym roku), NASDAQ 24%, S&P500 20,6%. Od początku kadencji Trumpa DOW poszybował 47,1%, NASDAQ 58,7%, S&P500 41,3%. Więc wszyscy powinni bić mu brawo, a jednak pamiętajmy, że co unosi się w górę, będzie również spadać…Oczywiście nie wszystkie drogi Trumpa wyściełane są różami, szczególnie od kiedy w Kongresie (zatwierdzającym budżet i wydatki) większość zdobyli Demokraci. Wiadomo, że polityka to scena brudnej przepychanki. Kiedy więc Trump chciał więcej pieniędzy na modernizację armii, Demokraci zażądali podobnej podwyżki na swoje postępowe cele. W konsekwencji federalny deficyt budżetowy  na rok 2019 osiągnął $984 mld, czyli był aż 26% wyższy od poprzedniego z 2018 r. Co prawda rząd z tytułu ceł uzyskał $71 mld, aż 70% więcej niż w 2018 r. jednak ogromnie wzrosły wydatki na obronność i opiekę medyczną. Wpływy z podatków osiągnęły o 4% więcej (w porównaniu do roku ubiegłego) i wyniosły $3,4 bln (po miejscowemu 3,4 trylion), jednak deficyt skoczył aż 8% do $4,4 bln.  Dla ciekawych podam, że podatki od korporacji wynosiły $230 mld (wzrosły o 12%), a podatki od indywidualnych podatników wynosiły $1,7 bln (wzrost o 2%). Zwykle w okresie prosperity deficyt zmniejsza się, ale zaproponowane przez Trumpa cięcia w wydatkach nie znalazły zrozumienia w demokratycznym Kongresie. Trzeba przypomnieć, że Trump dwa lata temu przeprowadził reformę upraszczającą strukturę podatkową, w konsekwencji zmniejszającą podatki o $1,5 bln  argumentując, że pobudzi w ten sposób ekonomię, ograniczy bezrobocie i wydatki na pomoc społeczną i zwiększy wpływy właśnie z podatków...  Cały czas Demokraci są w ataku, totalnej opozycji przyświeca idea impeachmentu. Wielki Inkwizytor demokrata z Kalifornii Adam Schiff (ustosunkowany, jego siostra była żoną syna Sorosa) łżąc jak bura suka przy pomocy speaker Nancy Pelosi (demokratka z San Francisco, jedna z najbogatszych kobiet w Kongresie) usiłują uwikłać Trumpa w “mataczenie” i utrudnianie prac kilku komisji kongresowych, które pilnie poszukują materiałów, dowodów obciążających Prezydenta. Pierwszy atak nie wypalił, po dwuletnim poszukiwaniu przez specjalnego prokuratora Muellera  dowodów na “Russian collusion”, czyli rzekomą współpracę Trumpa z Putinem przeciwko Hillary Clinton w ostatniej kampanii prezydenckiej, choć to przecież sztab Hillary współpracował z Brytyjczykami i Rosjanami przeciwko Trumpowi (słynne “Steele dossier”). Wymyślono następne “mataczenie” tym razem zarzuca się Trumpowi, że naciskał nowo wybranego prezydenta Ukrainy  Żeleńskiego (podczas rozmowy gratulacyjnej) na wszczęcie antykorupcyjnego postępowania wobec przeciwnika Trumpa w nadchodzących prezydenckich wyborach, literalnie Joe Bidena i jego syna Huntera.  W 2014 r. wiceprezydent Joe Biden odpowiadał w administracji Obamy za ukraiński odcinek. Wtedy jego syn Hunter otrzymał lukratywną posadę w ukraińskiej firmie gazowej Burisma Holdings od biznesmena o imieniu Mykola Zlochevsky (były minister zasobów naturalnych). Zatrudnienie Huntera miało dać firmie osłonę przed antykorupcyjnymi podejrzeniami ukraińskiej prokuratury. Każdego miesiąca młody Biden  nie mający zielonego pojęcia o ukraińskim gazie otrzymywał od $60,000 do $80,000. Na światło dzienne wyszło nagranie Joe Bidena w którym chwalił się, że kiedy firmie Burisma zagrażał prokurator , Joe zadzwonił do prezydenta Ukrainy i poinformował go, że jeśli w ciągu 6 godzin (klasyczne ultimatum!) nie wyrzuci tego prokuratora to Biden wstrzyma amerykańską pomoc dla Ukrainy w wysokości $1 mld ! Oczywiście naiwny prokurator wylądował na bruku! Właśnie teraz Demokraci próbują wkręcić Trumpa w grzechy Bidena, oskarżając go o wykorzystywanie urzędu do wywierania nacisku na prezydenta Ukrainy, w celu wznowienia śledztwa przeciwko konkurentowi do prezydentury. Trump przed rozmową wiedząc o szalejącej tam korupcji wstrzymał również ok. $400 mln pomocy dla Ukrainy, ale rzekomo Ukraińcy o tym nawet nie wiedzieli. W Kongresie Demokraci wreszcie zdecydowali się przegłosować rozpoczęcie prac nad impeachmentem (dotąd robili to pół oficjalnie) czego dokonali posiadając większość, bez udziału Republikanów. Trzeba przypomnieć, że cała rozróba zaczęła się od doniesienia 33 letniego “whistleblower” (Eric Ciaramella), zaniepokojonego i oburzonego postępowaniem Trumpa w czasie rozmowy z prezydentem Żeleńskim. Okazuje się, że 33 latek jest stronniczym demokratą i nie miał dostępu do toczącej się rozmowy prezydentów, a jedynie poznał relację, jednego z przysłuchujących się członków National Security Council. Ten sam “donosiciel” jakiś czas temu stracił pracę w NSC przy prezydencie z powodu podejrzenia, że dokonywał nielegalnych przecieków do mediów i obecnie pracuje w centrali CIA. Również okazało się, że wcześniej pracował jako analityk CIA na odcinku ukraińskim dla Bidena i zagożałego przeciwnika Trumpa, byłego szefa CIA (za Obamy) Johna Brennana. Jego informatorem odnośnie rozmowy prezydentów był ppłk Alexander Vindman (kiedy miał 3 lata przybył do US z rodzicami z sowieckiej Ukrainy), dekorowany weteran i członek NSC w Białym Domu, który było nie było doniósł na prezydenta totalnej opozycji. Sprawa może mieć drugie dno, gdyż Vindman  wcześniej odbywał rozmowy z politykami z Ukrainy podobno radząc im jak mają postępować z Trumpem. Na każdą próbę krytyki Vindmana Demokraci stają za nim murem wyliczając jego kombatanckie zasługi, co stoi w sprzeczności z ich dotychczasowym stosunkiem do służby wojskowej i braku szacunku do weteranów (np. sprawa gen. Michaela Flynna). Mając potrzebną większość w izbie niższej (Reprezentantów) Kongresu Demokraci mogą na podstawie nawet mało przekonywujących dowodów przegłosować impeachment Prezydenta i przesłać dalej do Senatu, który mając republikańską większość (do skazania prezydenta potrzebne jest ⅔ Senatu, czyli przynajmniej 67 głosów) może kongresowe artykuły impeachmentu po prostu odrzucić. Więc cała gra Demokratów raczej obliczona jest na obniżenie popularności Trumpa i osłabienie jego wizerunku w nadchodzących prezydenckich wyborach. Przy stałym nagłaśnianiu w posiadanych mainstreamowych mediach rozmaitych oskarżeń, ustawicznym rzucaniu błotem w Trumpa, Demokraci liczą na wywołanie złych skojarzeń i zwiększaniu szans  ich kandydata w wyborach prezydenckich. Aż 93% Demokratów popiera dalsze prace nad impeachmentem, wśród niezależnych wyborców poparcie wynosi 58% i wśród Republikanów ok 10%. Na dziś 46% ankietowanych pozytywnie ocenia prezydenta Trumpa, a 56% negatywnie (Rasmussen Reports), czyli mimo ciągłej negatywnej kampanii nie ma tu większych zmian.  Pewien problem jest z kobietami, 56% popiera impeachment, wobec tylko 42% mężczyzn. Trzeba przypomnieć, że już w dniu inauguracji Trumpa 20 stycznia 2016 r. “The New York Times” zamieścił tekst: “The Campaign to impeach President Trump Has Begun”. Do akcji przystąpił establishment imperium aktywizując Demokratów, media,  FBI, CIA i republikańskich Never Trumpers, wtedy na scenę wszedł Trump zewsząd otoczony ludźmi czyhającymi na każde jego potknięcie.Nie chcę cytować politycznych prognostyków od procentów, wszak oni byli w błędzie aż do ostatniej godziny przed zwycięstwem Trumpa w 2016 r. Uogólniając, w ogólnokrajowych sondażach Trump przegrywa z wszystkimi liderami demokratów, którzy kandydują na prezydenta, weźmy tylko jednego: Biden 51%, Trump 39%. Jednak jest to ocena na rok przed wyborami i jeszcze wiele może się wydarzyć, coś co może podnieść, lub zniszczyć szanse Trumpa. Ta grupa liderów peletonu u Demokratów (Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren (słynna Pocahontas, ulubienica Sorosa), Bernie Sanders (komuch, wnuczek Ziemi Beskidzkiej, nawet okazało się, że ma serce, ostatnio miał zawał), czy Kamala Harris, nie będą w stanie zwyciężyć z Trumpem, nie mają charyzmy, czy porywającego tłumy magnetyzmu. Dlatego wśród Demokratów pojawiają się nawet propozycje, aby jednak wystawić sprawdzoną 71 letnią Hillary Clinton, czy nawet miliardera, byłego burmistrza NYC Michaela Bloomberga. Czy szanse utrzymania prezydentury przez Trumpa rzeczywiście maleją? Tak jak w poprzednich wyborach Hillary Clinton nokautowała Trumpa w krajowych sondażach i rzeczywiście wygrała “popular vote”. Jednak w amerykańskim republikańskim  systemie o wyborze prezydenta nie decyduje (jak w demokracji) ogólna ilość głosów w kraju, ale głosowanie stanowych elektorów. Dlatego podobnie jak w ostatnich wyborach, podobnie i 2020 r. trzeba obserwować tak zwane wahające się stany, których elektorzy  zdecydowali o zwycięstwie Trumpa. Są to stany: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Arizona. Na dzień dzisiejszy 43% wyborców w tych stanach chce impeachmentu Trumpa, ale aż 53% tego sobie nie życzy. Więc na razie Trump jest jeszcze bezpieczny, możemy tak powiedzieć szczególnie jak oglądamy nieprzebrane tłumy entuzjastycznych zwolenników Trumpa na jego wiecach.Przewodniczący Kongresowego Republikańskiego Komitetu Narodowego Tom Emmer wysłał list do swoich członków w którym ostrzega przed trudną walką wydaną zwolennikom Trumpa przez 3-ch miliarderów i zarazem radykalnych lewaków, którymi są: George Soros, Michael Bloomberg i  Tom Steyer (wszyscy są Żydami, ostatni po ojcu, obecnie episcopalian). Ci globalistyczni lewacy zarzucają wyborców setkami milionów dolarów tworząc ostrą anty republikańską propagandę.W sumie w tej toczącej się na naszych oczach walce wszyscy jesteśmy na ringu, albowiem walka toczy się między totalitarnym socjalistycznym globalizmem przed którym ostrzegał nas już George Orwell, a szansą Narodów na utrzymanie swoich tradycji, kultur, religii i wolności. Prawda jest taka, że ta walka wchodzi w krytyczną fazę, jeśli prześpimy, nie zachowamy się odpowiedzialnie  i nie staniemy w obronie naszych ideałów to wkrótce pozostaną nam już tylko walki odwrotowe... Jacek K. Matysiak                                                                                                                                                  Kalifornia, 2019/11/06 
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A confiança das empresas se desintegrou?

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A queda na confiança começou no fim do ano passado, quando ficou claro que Trump estava falando sério sobre lançar uma guerra comercial com a China
          

Sondland Changes Testimony To Confirm Quid Pro Quo Claims

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In a dramatic reversal, U.S. diplomat Gordon Sondland revised his testimony to confirm President Trump directed him to link American aid to Ukraine to a quid pro quo so that they investigate 2020 rival Vice President Biden. What do you think?

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U.S. Gives Formal Notice Of Exit From Paris Accords

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In a major blow to the Paris Climate Agreement, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. will formally depart from the accord in the next year, although this can be quickly reversed by subsequent administrations. What do you think?

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Impeachment-zittingen Trump worden openbaar

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De hoorzittingen in het impeachment-onderzoek, voor mogelijke afzetting van de Amerikaanse president Donald Trump, zijn vanaf volgende week openbaar. Dat hebben de Democratische congresleden die het onderzoek leiden woensdag gezegd.
          

Impeachment-zitting Trump worden openbaar

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De hoorzittingen in het impeachment-onderzoek, voor mogelijke afzetting van de Amerikaanse president Donald Trump, zijn vanaf volgende week openbaar. Dat hebben de Democratische congresleden die het onderzoek leiden woensdag gezegd.
          

海外トイメーカー より「アメリカ合衆国大統領 ドナルド・トランプ(2020ver.) 1/6アクションフィギュア」発売決定

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 アクションフィギュア ■海外トイメーカー より「第45代アメリカ合衆国大統領 ドナルド・トランプ(2020ver.) 1/6アクションフィギュア」発売決定 日本でも近日予約開始? DONALD TRUMP 2020 メ […]
          

DEMOCOMMIES BACKED BY RUSSIA STEALING THE GOVERNOR ELECTION IN KENTUCKY!

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HEY NOW! If the Democommies can charge without evidence that Russia stole the 2016 election for Trump, then I can make the same baseless charge against the Democommies of Kentucky! Okay...maybe the Dems didn't have foreign aid in stealing this election, but they do have a track record in stealing local elections - especially at the city and county level - in addition to stuffing the ballot boxes all across the USA for Hillary Clinton in 2016 to tune of over 2,000,000 illegal alien votes, which is well documented. ---RONBO
Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin refused to concede late Tuesday in Kentucky's gubernatorial race, citing unspecified "irregularities" -- potentially kickstarting weeks of uncertainty as the closely-watched contest with national implications remains too close to call.
The history-making evening also saw Republicans decisively hold onto the governorship in Mississippi despite a fierce Democratic challenge, while electing Kentucky’s first black attorney general. Democrats, meanwhile, took complete control over the Virginia statehouse for the first time in 26 years.
On Monday, Trump had called on an "angry majority" of voters to boost the relatively unpopular Bevin in Kentucky, in a nod to Richard Nixon's "silent majority" and Ronald Reagan's "moral majority." But with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bevin was behind Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear by 5,333 votes out of more than 1.4 million counted, 49.2 percent to 48.8 percent. Libertarian candidate John Hicks received 2 percent.
The Associated Press said it could not declare a winner, owing to the tight margin. The Democratic National Committee and Beshear's campaign, however, claimed victory.
"My expectation is that he [Bevin] will honor the election that was held tonight," Beshear said in a speech to supporters. "That he will help us make this transition. And I'll tell you what, we will be ready for that first day in office, and I look forward to it."


          

"ALL THE DEMS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WITH IMPEACHMENT IS TO AWAKEN THE SLEEPING GIANT OF AMERICAN NATIONALISM!"

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In one of my previous articles, written a year after the 2016 election, I suggested that Trump was headed for a full-blown bankruptcy of his political opponents.  This was referring not only to the financial, but also to the political, legal, and moral bankruptcy of the Democratic Socialist Party and its organs of mass disinformation.
But who could have foreseen that the route the Democrats would take would be in the form of self-destruction?
On Halloween, the full House of Representatives finally voted to legalize the impeachment investigation, which was unlawfully conducted by the Schiff-Nadler-Pelosi trio.  By a majority vote, the House approved the rules for an impeachment inquiry.  (Oddly enough, Speaker Pelosi also voted, although traditionally, the speaker of the House does not vote unless such vote is absolutely necessary).  This was a logical step, as it is known that the Democrats never concealed their intentions — the course of impeachment was announced by the Democrats only 19 minutes after Trump took the oath.

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TRUMP DECLARES WAR ON VIOLENT MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS (DOES THIS MEAN U.S. MILITARY WILL INVADE MEXICO?)

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TRUMP IMPEACHMENT WILL DOA AT THE SENATE (IF IT GETS THAT FAR)

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PRESIDENT TRUMP IS QANON!

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HERO SENATOR TO OUT WHISTLE-LEAKER-TRAITOR-SPY ERIC CIARAMELLA

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HERO RAND PAUL Says He Will “Probably” Publicly Disclose the Name of Anti-Trump CIA Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella (VIDEO)



          

President Trump vs The Deep State Shakedown

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Gav Trump fingret och förlorade jobbet – blir lokalpolitiker i Virginia

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För två år sedan sparkades hon från jobbet efter att ha visat fingret åt president Trump när han var på väg hem från…
          

MSM/[CB] Go All Out To Stop Trump From Cutting Rates Again, It Will Fail

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Nytt vittnesmål visar hur Trump försökte pressa Ukraina

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Nya vittnesmål pekar på att USA:s president Donald Trump använde sig av utpressningsliknande metoder för att förmå…
          

Efter morden: Trump erbjuder Mexiko hjälp att ”utplåna kartellerna”

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USA:s president Donald Trump erbjuder nu Mexiko hjälp i kampen mot narkotikakartellerna.
          

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.
          

Parkland & Trump Bashing : Qui est derrière ? & jusqu’où ? [2]

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| États-Unis / Deep State | Questions à Jacques Borde | Une nouvelle tuerie de masse (sic, mass shooting en V.O) a vu les media de par le monde se déchaîner contre Donald J. Trump. & lui seul, est-il important de préciser. Ce alors que le FBI a, encore une fois, donné la preuve de …
          

Parkland & Trump Bashing : Qui est derrière ? & jusqu’où ? [1]

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| États-Unis / Deep State | Questions à Jacques Borde | Une nouvelle tuerie de masse (sic, mass shooting en V.O) a vu les media de par le monde se déchaîner contre Donald J. Trump. & lui seul, est-il important de préciser. Ce alors que le FBI a, encore une fois, donné la preuve de …
          

What to Expect from BoE as Currencies Fall on Trade Worries

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All of the major currencies traded lower today on reports that the first part (phase one) US-China trade deal could be delayed to December. After years of back and forth, no one is surprised that there are more setbacks. When President Trump made the initial announcement, the lack of written agreement or details should have been […]

The post What to Expect from BoE as Currencies Fall on Trade Worries appeared first on Wealth365 News.


          

Comforter-in-chief Vs Démocrates & Alt-left !

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| États-Unis | Géostratégie | Questions à Jacques Borde | Tout a une fin : même les rêves les plus indécents des gauches américaines. Le(s) drame(s) de Charlottesville ont, un temps, semblé sceller le sort politique du président américain, Donald J. Trump. Outre que c’était là oublier que Teflon Trump avait le cuir tanné & de …
          

‘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.
          

Dems Score Big Victories in 2019 Election As Civil Rights Groups Prepare Black Voters For 2020

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The Trump effect has spurred civil rights organizations to become even more vigilant in seeking a range of strategies to protect the franchise of African Americans.
          

The US Has Officially Gone Insane

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by Finian Cunningham Strategic Culture October 29, 2019 Ezra Pound said it long ago . . . Finian Cunningham says it today. The low-ball mudslinging and pantomime palaver among America’s political class is like a theater of absurd. Any form of vilification is now acceptable. President Trump and his Twitter rants may have helped set […]

The post The US Has Officially Gone Insane appeared first on Darkmoon.


          

He Died Like a Dog: Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Killed in US Raid

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By PEPE ESCOBAR 28 October 2019 Trump exults:  “He died like a dog!” “He died like a dog.” President Trump could not have scripted a better one-liner. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, fake caliph, ISIS leader, the most wanted man on the planet, was “brought to justice” under Trump’s watch. The dead dog caliph is now positioned […]

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Pence Aide Will Testify If Subpoenaed

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“An aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Jennifer Williams, will show up for testimony on Thursday if she receives a subpoena,” CNN reports. “Williams was on the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymr Zelensky. Williams was concerned about what she heard on the call but there is no indication Williams raised […]
          

Suburban Backlash Against the GOP Is Growing

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Ron Brownstein: “The shift of metro areas away from the Republican Party under President Donald Trump rumbled on in yesterday’s elections, threatening the fundamental calculation of his 2020 reelection plan.” “Amid all the various local factors that shaped GOP losses—from Kentucky to Virginia, from suburban Philadelphia to Wichita, Kansas—the clearest pattern was a continuing erosion […]
          

Giuliani Confirms Trump Acted In His Personal Interest

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 George Conway — husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — tweeted that a post from Rudy Giuliani confirmed that President Trump had committed an impeachable offense regarding his dealings with Ukraine, The Hill reports. Conway wrote that Giuliani’s assertion that his business in Ukraine was conducted “solely as a defense attorney to defend my […]
          

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 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.


          

Fund Fight Against Wildfires That Put Lives at Risk

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Wildfires are destroying thousands of acres of land and putting lives at risk while Donald Trump argues about who is at fault. No amount of political in-fighting justifies playing games with people's lives. Tell the President that his only job is to ensure the safety of Americans, and that he needs to give California the funding they need to fight the wildfires.
          

11/3/2019: Letters: Capitalism is the real culprit

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Sir — Conor Skehan’s latest wheeze of blaming social media for all our ills is most probably nothing other than just another lame attempt to distract (Why we should blame social media for Brexit and Trump train wrecks, October Sunday...
          

11/3/2019: Life Lessons: The real royal scandal no one is talking about

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THERE are a lot of very important things going on on the world stage right now (Brexit and an impending British general election, the almost unwatchable reality TV show that is the Trump presidency, the ongoing sh*tstorm in Syria, and big scary issues...
          

Would Trump’s Stonewallers Have to Take the Fifth?

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Would Trump’s Stonewallers Have to Take the Fifth? It could be that nothing is really lost by the Trump blocked testimony of the Stonewallers.  They were so close to the blackmail or bribery or collusion or extortion or unjustified firings … Continue reading
          

11/7/2019: The Views: Trump trying to end America’s endless wars

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Let us stipulate that Donald Trump is dishonest. Yet history is nothing if not a tale overflowing with irony. Despite his massive shortcomings, Trump appears intent on recalibrating America’s role in the world. Aligning US policy with actually existing...
          

Xi zeroes in on Trump trade deal as China acts to steady markets

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President Xi Jinping stressed China’s commitment to the global trading order as his trade negotiators wrangle with the US over rolling back punitive tariffs ahead of a phase one deal. As Xi spoke in Shanghai, the nation’s central bank acted in Beijing to stem a sell-off in the debt market. The People’s Bank of China […]
          

Trump'a bir şok daha!

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ABD Başkanı Donald Trump'ın 1990'larda kendisine tecavüz ettiğini iddia eden gazeteci-yazar Jean Carroll'dan flaş bir hamle geldi. 75 yaşındaki yazar geçtiğimiz aylarda gündeme gelen iddiaları "yalan" diyerek yorumlayan Trump hakkında tazminat davası açtı.
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Trump mercek altına alındı!

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Amerikan New York Times gazetesi, ABD Başkanı Trump'ın Twitter hesabını mercek altına aldı.
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All politics is local? Not with Trump in office.

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NBC's Mark Murray dissects former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill's famous comment that "all politics is local." In the Trump era, that statement no longer holds—just look at the latest campaign ads in state-wide races. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
          

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
          

A Eulogy for Beto 2018 & 2020, financial disasters in politics, is Quid Pro Quo the right goal?

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We review the magical and calamitous ride of Beto O'Rourke from 2018 to his exit from the presidential race. Donald Jr. unmasks the whistleblower while selling books. What does Kentucky going blue mean for Trump and Mitch? Is Quid Pro Quo the right goal for Dems? Andrew Heaton joins the show to talk the rise and fall of Betomania and we make some guesses on his future and FINALLY we break down the biggest financial disasters in 2016.


          

Comment on President Trump laments the removal of iPhone’s Home button by applecynic

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Are they Democratic facts? They are facts. Even Trump now admits to tit for tat.
          

Comment on After President Trump laments loss of iPhone Home button, former Apple designer responds by applecynic

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No skin off your nose now is there? I might want to print a Nobel Laureate's past Ph.D. thesis....
          

Here’s Something We’d Like To See Eddie Rispone Say On Tonight’s Big Stage In Monroe

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As our readers know, tonight President Trump will touch down in Monroe to hold a big rally for Eddie Rispone’s gubernatorial campaign, and it should be a great night for Republicans in Louisiana. Ralph Abraham, who has been somewhat quiet since finishing third in the race – that’s not a criticism, as Abraham dutifully endorsed […]

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Trump insiste en la construcción de un muro

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El presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, argumentó este miércoles que la masacre de nueve miembros de una comunidad mormona en el norte de México demuestra que él tiene razón en la necesidad de construir un muro en la frontera común. «Cuando ves lo que está pasando del otro lado de la frontera, la gente está empezando […]

La entrada Trump insiste en la construcción de un muro se publicó primero en Teleamazonas.


          

‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’ is a haunted play about religious conservatives

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Critics are hailing it as a theatrical Trump explainer, but playwright Will Arbery understands the problem preceded him.
          

Zarif: Iran’s response to economic terrorism contrary to what Trump ‘was led to believe’ 

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TEHRAN - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late on Tuesday that Iran’s response to the United States’ strategy of “economic terrorism” and “blackmail” is quite contrary to what President Donald Trump “was led to believe”.
          

Tr*mp Jr says his dad isn't a racist: Would a racist 'let his son ... hang out with Michael Jackson'

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After dumb fuck Tr*mp jr called out Hunter Biden for nepotism. tr*mp junior spews out more stupid shit, "all the things my father has been called, particularly a 'racist,' it sure sounds odd that he’d let his son vacation with a black man or hang out with Michael Jackson, doesn’t it?".

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Comment on Trump’s Ambassador and donor confirms quid pro quo by All_on_Red

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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
          

Comment on Trump’s Ambassador and donor confirms quid pro quo by theoldbloke

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So Trump gets impeached and fired. Bingo, new world recession.!!!!! New guy lets China walk all over USA to stop trade war. North Korea, goes back to its old habits. AND US Troops start going on overseas duty The borders are opened for anyone to go to America. Has anyone really thought thru the impact of what might happen if Trump is impeached. So my guess is that the Senate will huff and puff but not impeach. The House will drag out the impeachment thing in an attempt to smear Trump (ie a PR exercise) to help whoever the democratic candidate is.
          

Comment on Trump’s Ambassador and donor confirms quid pro quo by All_on_Red

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Actually your link quotes Sondland as saying this: ‘. “I said that resumption of the US aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anticorruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks.” Big stretch from wanting Ukraine to confirm its cleaning up its act on corruption to this conclusion ‘including allegations concerning a gas company with ties to the former vice-president Joe Biden’s son Hunter.’ Also from your link; ‘Ambassador Sondland squarely states that he ‘did not know, (and still does not know) when, why or by whom the aid was suspended’. He also said he ‘presumed’ there was a link to the aid – but cannot identify any solid source for that assumption.” She added: “By contrast, Volker’s testimony confirms there could not have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians did not know about the military aid hold at the time. No amount of salacious media-biased headlines, which are clearly designed to influence the narrative, change the fact that the President has done nothing wrong.‘ Also in Volkers Testimony he said he got told by Sondland that he (Sondland)got a text from Trump saying ‘no quid pro quo’ to be discussed.
          

Comment on Trump’s Ambassador and donor confirms quid pro quo by In Vino Veritas

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David, having any combination of being bombastic, blustery and telling lies does not a personality disorder make. Otherwise you could line up a few NZ MP's with the same assertion. Trump may be narcissistic, which I am told can be considered a personality disorder, but how bad a disorder can that be considered to be? There have been umpteen dozen powerful people around the world that can be characterised thus. But only one that "stole" and election from the US left and US media's chosen one (who gives Trump a run for his money on the lying front, and has had corruption accusations leveled at her for the last 30 years). And he has copped it in spades because of this.
          

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...
          

McConnell Brags He and Trump Are 'Changing the Federal Courts Forever' With Extreme Right-Wing Judges

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Trade War’s Tariffs Costing Minnesota-Owned Manufacturers Profits, Business

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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.
          

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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Mormon Family Mourns Their Dead In Mexico, Calls For U.S. To Rein In Its Guns

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Several members of the extended family of Mormons whose relatives were attacked in northern Mexico on Monday are speaking out, saying it's time to reject gang violence. As family members prepare to bury the nine victims killed in that attack, they also say both the U.S. and Mexico should be part of the solution.

President Trump has extended his condolences to relatives of victims — three mothers and six children, all U.S. citizens — on Tuesday. But it was Trump's offer to help by sending the U.S. military into Mexico that drew a response from both the family and Mexico's government.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador quickly rebuffed Trump's offer, saying his government will seek justice in the case. And on Wednesday, López Obrador's top security official went further, saying the U.S. could help — by stopping the flow of high-powered weapons into Mexico.

"This is a grave problem we have in the country, the smuggling of arms, particularly from the U.S.," Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said in an update on the case Wednesday morning. Of the flow of weapons from the U.S., he added, "it's what has allowed the criminal groups to increase their firepower."

Alex LeBaron, one of the slain family members' relatives, used Twitter to relay a more direct response to Trump.

"Want to help?" LeBaron asked in a tweet addressed to the president. "Focus on lowering Drug Consumption in U.S. Want to help some more? Stop the ATF and Gun Law loopholes from systematically injecting high powered assault weapons to Mexico. "

He added, "Please help."

Last year, Mexico reported a record 33,341 intentional homicides — a 15% increase over the previous year. In 2019, criminal organizations have continued to operate with seeming impunity — including an incident last month when security forces retreated from a massive gunbattle that broke out when authorities tried to arrest a son of the imprisoned kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.

For years, many Mexican politicians have believed, as NPR's Jason Beaubien reported in 2010, that Mexico's incredibly violent drug war is "fueled by U.S. demand for narcotics, fought with weapons from U.S. gun shops, and funded by U.S. cash that flows freely across the border."

When the U.S. performed its own tally of illegal guns that were seized in Mexico, the Government Accountability Office reported that more than 73,000 weapons seized in Mexico from 2009 to 2014 were traced back to the U.S. About half of those were long guns. But officials on both sides of the border also said they were seeing unfinished gun parts — which aren't covered by the U.S. Gun Control Act — leaving the U.S. for Mexico, where they can easily be assembled into finished weapons.

"We're joined by a hip on this. This is a problem for both countries," another family member, Daniel LeBaron, says in an interview with KJZZ's Fronteras Desk. Acknowledging the cartel violence that claims thousands of lives each year, LeBaron adds, "Maybe now with the face of Americans being murdered, it brings it closer to home that this is a serious problem."

Mexican officials say they're still trying to determine whether the group was targeted or whether they were the victims of mistaken identity. The large Mormon community lives in an area just south of Arizona where rival cartels are currently at war, fighting to secure smuggling routes close to the U.S. border. But citing the intensity of the attack, relatives say the criminals intentionally killed carloads of women and children.

Lenzo Widmar, whose cousin Rhonita Maria Miller was killed along with four of her children, tells Mexican media outlet Milenio, "We are a family of more than 5,000 members in our communities and our roots are already very planted here in Mexico."

"We have no plans to leave," he adds.

Another relative, anti-violence activist Julián LeBarón, tells Milenio that he doesn't care whether the U.S. or Mexico lead the inquiry into the killings, as long as justice is served.

The shocking attack is putting new pressure on the nonconfrontational policies of López Obrador, who has often insisted that social changes, not violence, will win the drug war. He's now defending that strategy, which he has often summed up in short phrases, from "Hugs, not bullets" to "We can't fight fire with fire."

However, the official response to the killings turns out, relatives say they're not leaving the community they call home.

"We are coming together as a community to deal with it. We've been here for five generations. Most of us have blood from both places. And we're no we're going anywhere," Daniel LeBaron tells Fronteras. "We're going to fight this. We're going to stand up to whatever we have to stand up to."

Discussing the thousands of innocent people who are affected by cartel violence annually in Mexico, Daniel LeBaron says the killings are fueled by "fundamentally flawed policies" in both the U.S. and Mexico.

The women and children were attacked Monday morning as they drove three SUVs between the states of Sonora and Chihuahua. In one spot, authorities found a burned-out Chevrolet Tahoe with five bodies and multiple bullet holes. Farther down the road, they found two Chevy Suburbans with more bodies. In what the family calls a small miracle, several children survived the assault, including a 7-month-old girl.

Several details about the attack have changed as the authorities investigate. For example, after initial reports that the three women had been driving in a small convoy when they were attacked, federal officials said Wednesday that the first vehicle was fired upon more than an hour before the other two.

News of the attack has been steadily relayed on Facebook by Jhon LeBaron, whose aunt, Dawna Ray Langford, died along with two of her children. His postings and updates have included heartbreaking photos of the children who died and scenes from the sites on the road where the attacks took place.

"The response I got from this posting was truly quite overwhelming," Jhon LeBaron said Wednesday, thanking those who helped get the word out about his family's horrible loss.

"My brain is in a fog. And as a family we're working thru this," he said. "Justice must be served for this horrendous crime. My family is in the process of planning funerals for these beautiful souls."

The victims are part of the extended LeBaron family, members of which have lived in northern Mexico for decades since splitting off from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following its move away from polygamy. That rift began in 1890; this week, the Utah-based church said that while it mourns those who were killed or hurt in Sonora, it doesn't consider the victims to be members of the church.

In religious terms, the best way to refer to the victims and their relatives is as independent Mormons, says Cristina Rosetti, a scholar of Mormon fundamentalism, in an interview with member station KUER in Utah.

The attack unfolded near the town of Bavispe, close to the family's La Mora ranch. In a visit to that area late Tuesday, Mexico Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard called the brutal attack "an atrocity that cannot be allowed."

Of the Mormons who live in that area, Ebrard said they are a binational community that is "very respectable and beloved in Mexico."

He added, "They are part of our people."

NPR's Carrie Kahn contributed to this report.

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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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'We're All Struggling': Writer Saeed Jones Reflects On Identity And Acceptance

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As a black gay kid growing up in Texas in the 1990s, poet Saeed Jones remembers getting negative messages about his identity from every aspect of his life. It was around the time of Matthew Shepard's murder in Wyoming, and Jones felt alone and unsafe.

"I was seeing these cautionary tales connected to identity," he says. "It was so clear that it was perilous to be a black gay boy in America."

And yet he couldn't be any other way: "Being gay isn't a choice, just like being black isn't a choice," Jones says. "I don't stop. I do not give up. I do not take America's 'no' to my identity for an answer."

In his new coming-of-age memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives, Jones reflects on his struggle to embrace his identity. The "we" in the title is intentional; he hopes the book will spark a conversation among a cross section of readers.

"We're all struggling," he says. "I want you to experience what's going on in my book and think about it in relation to your own life, whether that's because you're like, 'Oh this is totally different!' Or because you're like, 'Hmm. This is really familiar.' I think that's a useful way of thinking about memoir."


Interview Highlights

On his first sexual encounter with a man, hooking up in a library bathroom and trying to kiss and being refused

He was like, "Oh, absolutely not." And so I felt embarrassed and I think the only thing more painful than not getting what you want is almost getting it and then being shamed right at the last minute. ...

I was deeply ashamed. I thought I had messed up. But I think really he admitted he couldn't go there. He was working through some things, and so he was ashamed of what he was feeling or not feeling. I think that's something that, whether people are in the closet or not, they continue to struggle with, being vulnerable and true intimacy. I think it's possible to have sex with someone and not be intimate with them, and that's kind of what it looks like sometimes.

On equating sex with death because of AIDS

I think this is true for my generation. I'm 33 years old. I was born in 1985 and I would say until, frankly, the last two or three years — with the introduction of PrEP/Truvada — for most gay men, a defining aspect of our sexual experiences has been an awareness of not just STIs (STDs that we all need to be aware of and thoughtful about), but, "Am I going to get HIV/AIDS?" Which is no longer a death sentence, as I understood it at the time. But certainly, that is a lifelong condition that's going to require treatment and support. There is a heaviness to that. There is a deep sense of foreboding that I think often turns into shame with time, because it feels like you're risking punishment.

On coming out to his mom by making a joke

I'd gotten a little memento from my speech team to celebrate the year or whatever, and everyone had a little motto, and my motto was like, "Not even his clothes are in the closet anymore," which I thought was very funny. And so I was talking to her about it and she was like, "What does that mean?" And I was like, "My clothes aren't in the closet anymore. Like I'm not in the closet anymore." She didn't find it funny. She was confused and she had a lot of follow-up questions. And that's how I ended up coming out to her. ...

I'm such a Sagittarius. I am a practical joker, like, I love to laugh, but I felt like I had messed up. This was actually really significant to her. And that I'd been cracking jokes on a moment that I had been waiting for years, right? And so I felt really bad, but then she called me back and was like, "Hey, I forgot to say, I love you, and you seem happy and that's all that matters, you know?" And that meant the world to me. It was really important for me to see that.

On how he "erased" himself in order to have a good relationship with his mother

We laughed a lot. We could talk about literally anything except my being gay, which began to feel more and more like a void. But you know, we talked about the news, and we would laugh, and she was so proud of how I was doing in school and as a student and in speech. ... It's this weird dynamic where you're struggling and you end up prioritizing the other person's feelings over your own, and I did it because I loved her. I did it because I felt like I was causing her pain by trying to talk about this, but she was still my mom. I needed to have her wisdom in terms of love and relationships, and I didn't get it, and really struggled as a result.

On knowing he was a writer from an early age

It was the thing that I could always count on to get praised [for] in school. ... Middle school was when I started really going for it, like asking for extra credit, and like taking risks and doing more. Then also in literature discussions about short stories and fiction or whatever, it all made so much sense to me. I remember learning the narrative arc in maybe the eighth grade — resolution and climax — and it just made sense. I was like, "Oh, duh! Duh." And I literally never heard it before ... but kind of like with queerness, it felt like I was being given language to explain something I already understood. I just get it. It's just in me.

On why he moved to Columbus, Ohio after Trump became president

Honestly, America's depressing, right? If you're paying attention in any substantive capacity, America is really stressful and anxiety-inducing and depressing. And I now understand that as an adult, and it's not [my] fault. And then Trump became president, and truth is, on Inauguration Day, January 2017, I had a total breakdown. I had an absolute breakdown. I knew it was coming because I took a personal day, so I was home so I already knew on some level. But I remember watching Barack Obama and Michelle Obama walking to the helicopter, and I absolutely fell apart. I could not stop crying, and I opened the knife drawer in my kitchen. I was looking at those knives and I started saying, "I can't go back. I can't go back. Please don't make me go back." And the "back" was the months after my mom passed away. It was the worst, the most raw I had ever felt, and I'm glad that I talked to a friend and I started therapy and that helped tremendously.

But, you know, the last few years working in media [at BuzzFeed], it's required so much of all of us, really, and certainly people [for whom] this is our job to talk about these issues: We can't just turn off our phones and stop reading the news, unfortunately. That's a high demand. And I was starting to feel really threadbare on an ongoing basis. And so I knew I wanted to change. And so I wanted to leave New York and I wanted to leave media in the way I was working in it, to go back to the basics.

Roberta Shorrock and Seth Kelley produced and edited the audio of this interview. Bridget Bentz and Molly Seavy-Nesper adapted it for the Web.

Copyright 2019 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.

          

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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Trump on Judicial Milestone 11/6

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Het knettergekke getwitter van Trump: Bijna 6.000 keer viel hij iets of iemand aan

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Treasuries Regain Ground Following Recent Weakness

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After moving sharply lower over the three previous sessions, treasuries regained some ground during trading on Wednesday.

Bond prices initially moved higher and saw some further upside as the day progressed. Subsequently, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, slid 5.2 basis points to 1.814 percent.

Bargain hunting contributed to the early strength among treasuries, with the ten-year yield pulling back off its highest closing level in nearly two months.

Treasuries saw further upside after a report from Reuters said a meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could be delayed until December.

A senior Trump administration official told Reuters discussions continue over terms of phase one of the trade deal and a venue for a meeting between Trump and Xi.

Sites in Europe and Asia have been suggested for the meeting, with Sweden and Switzerland among the possibilities, while Trump's suggestion of Iowa appears to have been ruled out, the official said.

The official said China's latest push for more tariff rollbacks was not expected to derail progress toward an interim deal but noted that it was still possible an agreement would not be reached.

Treasuries remained firmly positive after the Treasury Department revealed this month's auction of $27 billion worth of ten-year notes attracted above average demand.

The ten-year note auction drew a high yield of 1.809 percent and a bid-to-cover ratio of 2.49, while the ten previous ten-year note auctions had an average bid-to-cover ratio of 2.42.

The bid-to-cover ratio is a measure of demand that indicates the amount of bids for each dollar worth of securities being sold.

Looking ahead, the Treasury is due to announce the results of its auction of $19 billion worth of thirty-year bonds on Thursday.

A report on weekly jobless claims may also attract attention on Thursday, although traders are likely to remain focus on any news regarding a trade deal.


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Gold Futures Rebound, Settle Notably Higher

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Gold prices moved higher on Wednesday, rebounding from recent losses, as the dollar weakened a bit and equities stayed largely subdued.

Reports about the U.S. and China considering rolling back some tariffs, as they aim to finalize a partial trade deal, helped trigger some interest in the yellow metal.

The dollar index weakened to a low of 97.78 earlier in the day, and despite having recovered to 97.96 by mid afternoon, was still trailing its previous closing level.

Gold futures for December ended up $9.40, or about 0.6%, at $1,493.10 an ounce.

Gold futures for December had declined by about 1.8% on Tuesday.

Silver futures for December ended up $0.030, at $17.598 an ounce, while Copper futures for December settled at $2.6650 per pound, down $0.0355 from previous close.

In economic news, preliminary data from the Labor Department showed labor productivity in the U.S. unexpectedly edged lower in the third quarter, dipping by 0.3%, after spiking by an upwardly revised 2.5% in the second quarter.

The drop came as a surprise to economists, who had expected productivity to climb by 0.9% compared to the 2.3% jump originally reported for the previous month.

Meanwhile, the Labor Department said unit labor costs soared by 3.6% in the third quarter after surging up by a downwardly revised 2.4% in the second quarter.

Economists had expected unit labor costs to jump by 2.2% compared to the 2.6% spike originally reported for the previous month.

In trade news, the U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are widely expected to sign phase one of the agreement sometime this month.

The two sides are working to narrow their differences enough to sign a "phase one" trade deal that could allow the U.S. to scrap tariffs on about $156 billion worth of Chinese imports currently set to take effect on December 15.

According to reports, both countries are looking for a location to sign the so-called phase one trade deal that would thaw tensions between the two economic powerhouses.


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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.



          

Trump Holds Talks with Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan

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The three are in Washington on an invitation from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss a giant hydropower dam project on Ethiopia's Blue Nile

          

Alabama SGA 'disruptive behavior' warning for Trump visit had no 'political context'

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama's Student Government Association is warning students they could lose their block seating for the rest of the season if they "engage in disruptive behavior" during the LSU game.

Jason Rothfarb, the SGA's vice president of student affairs, sent out a letter citing the increased security at ...

          

Why Trump tariffs haven’t revitalized American steelmakers

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50 Years Of 'Sesame Street:' Show Addresses Addiction With New Muppet

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Georgia is among the top 11 states when it comes to most prescription opioid overdose deaths . President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in 2017. Earlier this year, state agencies received $10.3 million in federal funding to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction and overdose. While federal funding could make a dent in adult dependency, Sesame Street aims to support children affected by parental addiction.
          

11. “Trump - maailman paras diilintekijä”

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Trump White House cranks religion to 11 as impeachment looms

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Nixon asked people to pray for him and ended with “God bless America” to remind the nation that he was religious and therefore moral, and thus either innocent or deserving of forgiveness. Trump is doing the same with his gaggle...

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Pro-Trump preachers on message against impeachment probe

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Evangelical leaders who met privately and prayed with President Donald Trump in the White House Oct. 29 are using bully pulpits to portray Democrats’ impeachment efforts as an attack on conservative values.

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American Exporters, Not Just Importers, Are Hurting From The Trump Trade Wars

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Trump confirma reunión con Ergodan para la próxima semana tras "una buena llamada telefónica"

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Impeaching Trump to Shut Down the Government

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The object of impeachment against Trump is to ensure that nothing gets done between now and 2021. How do you measure the true cost of impeaching the president? It is certainly not ………………..

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How Putin Outfoxed Trump, Pence and Erdogan

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by Malcolm Lowe November 6, 2019 President Donald Trump claimed the entire credit for this outcome. But in reality it was the culmination of a scheme that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been planning since at least January 2019.

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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.

          

Giuliani floats new explanation for pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden

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Giuliani floats new explanation for pressuring Ukraine to investigate BidenTrump's personal lawyer said on Wednesday that he pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden to defend President Trump "against false charges."



          

'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.

          

Giuliani lawyers up as impeachment probe deepens

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Giuliani lawyers up as impeachment probe deepensRudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, announced Wednesday he’d obtained new legal representation as part of the House impeachment inquiry and amid federal scrutiny of his business dealings in Ukraine. Giuliani’s decision to hire new lawyers came even as he maintains he did nothing illegal in his efforts to pressure Ukrainian officials to open investigations that could have benefited Trump politically. “The investigation I conducted concerning 2016 Ukrainian collusion and corruption, was done solely as a defense attorney to defend my client against false charges, that kept changing as one after another were disproven.” Giuliani said in a series of tweets.



          

Macron warns of 'profound shift' in Iran deal as new report finds Tehran is dominant power in Middle East

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Macron warns of 'profound shift' in Iran deal as new report finds Tehran is dominant power in Middle EastIran’s breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement by enriching uranium at an underground facility “marks a profound shift” which could signal the ultimate collapse of the deal, Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.  The French president, who has worked vigorously to save the nuclear deal since Donald Trump withdrew the US last year, said he was deeply alarmed Iran’s decision to resume enrichment at Fordow, a nuclear facility carved into a mountain. “I think that for the first time, Iran has decided in an explicit and blunt manner to leave the JCPOA agreement, which marks a profound shift,” Mr Macron said during a visit to China.  His comments mark the gloomiest public assessment yet by a European leader about the chances of salvaging the agreement after the US withdrawal and as Iran continues to escalate its breaches of the deal.  Meanwhile, a new report claims Iran has become the dominant power when it comes to fighting wars in the Middle East as a result of the “networks of influence” it has built throughout the region. Mr Macron spoke shortly after Iran began injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges at Fordow, a facility that Iran hid from the world until 2009 and which Western and Israeli officials have long feared could be used for developing a nuclear weapon.  Iran tensions | Read more The 2015 nuclear agreement forbids any uranium enrichment at Fordow and Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president acknowledged the sensitivity of the site when he announced the move earlier this week.  Mr Rouhani insisted that the move was reversible and said Iran would return to full compliance with the agreement if European countries found a way around US sanctions to deliver the economic benefits Iran was promised in 2015.    The reopening of Fordow comes days after Iran announced it was deploying advanced new centrifuges that can enrich uranium faster. But neither move brings Iran significantly closer to obtaining a nuclear weapon. A weapon would require uranium enriched at 90 per cent, whereas Iran is currently enriching at around 5 per cent.  Iran insists it has no intention of developing a nuclear weapon. The latest breaches have nonetheless alarmed European states and Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, repeated his warning this week it would take military action to stop Iran getting a bomb.  “This is not only for our security and our future; it’s for the future of the Middle East and the world,” he said.  Amid the growing tensions, it emerged that Iran briefly detained an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector last week and seized her travel documents, the first such encounter since the nuclear deal.  Q&A; | The 2015 Iran nuclear deal Iran confirmed it had stopped the inspector from entering its Natanz nuclear site out of suspicion she was carrying “suspicious material”.   Iran is believed to have begun secretly constructing the Fordow facility in the early 2000s but it was only known to the world when Barack Obama exposed it in 2009 and accused Iran of covertly working on a weapons programme.  The base is around 80 metres underground, making it difficult to destroy with an airstrike, and is protected by anti-aircraft batteries. Israel came close to bombing the site in 2011 but ultimately decided not to move ahead.  The network of alliances Iran has built with terror groups such as Hizbollah in Lebanon, as well a pro-Iranian Shia militias in Iraq, mean the balance of power in the Middle East is now in Iran’s favour, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank. At a glance | Key players in Tehran Iran’s ability, moreover, to fight and win wars in the Middle East without resorting to conventional military forces has been allowed to develop because there has been no effective international response to Iran’s activities in the region. According to the IISS’s latest report, “Iran’s Networks of Influence in the Middle East” which is published on Thursday, while the US and its allies still retain military superiority over Iran in terms of conventional forces, Tehran has proved to be more effective in waging war in what it calls the “Grey Zone” of conflict. This means Iran is able to avoid risking a traditional “state-on-state” confrontations, which it would be likely to lose. Instead, by building what the report calls “networks of influence” with proxies throughout the region, Tehran has succeeded in gaining a distinct advantage over rivals in the region, such as Saudi Arabia. “Iran is fighting and winning wars ‘fought amongst the people’, not wars between states,” the report concludes.



          

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.



          

Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday and the two leaders reconfirmed they will meet in Washington on Nov. 13 at Trump's invitation, Turkish officials said.

          

Exclusive: U.S.-China trade deal signing could be delayed to December; London a possible venue - source

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A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign a long-awaited interim trade deal could be delayed until December as discussions continue over terms and venue, a senior official of the Trump administration told Reuters on Wednesday.

          

The defense secretary begged Trump not to pardon accused and convicted war criminals

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The defense secretary begged Trump not to pardon accused and convicted war criminalsTrump has been tweeting about intervening in the war crimes cases of a Navy SEAL, an accused Green Beret, and a convicted Army lieutenant.



          

Factbox: U.S. diplomats take starring role in Trump impeachment hearings

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The U.S. officials who will testify next week at public hearings in the House of Representatives impeachment probe against President Donald Trump include the current top diplomat in Ukraine, the previous ambassador there and a diplomat who has spent much of his career fighting corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere.

          

"Trump isn’t bringing troops home, and saying that he has “resisted military action” is a strange way..."

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“Trump isn’t bringing troops home, and saying that he has “resisted military action” is a strange way to describe someone who has twice ordered the illegal bombing of Syria and has driven the U.S. to the brink of war with Iran. The headline refers to Trump’s “opposition to endless wars,” but the article eventually acknowledges that the president’s “opposition” has proven to be entirely rhetorical. The record shows that Trump has sent more troops to other countries, and that has included escalating the U.S. role in ongoing wars. Trump can be said to have “resisted” military action only in the sense that he was moments away from launching an unnecessary attack on Iran that he then just as suddenly canceled. The president has repeatedly threatened to start new wars, he has greatly intensified U.S. drone strikes around the world, and to date he has not brought home any troops deployed abroad. Relaxed rules of engagement in the wars he has escalated have also meant a spike in civilian casualties.”

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"The outcome of the election was less a display of woman-hating than a symptom of a serious..."

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“The outcome of the election was less a display of woman-hating than a symptom of a serious structural problem. The electoral college, an institution intended to preserve slave owners’ power and property, still upholds white supremacy by disproportionately representing sparsely populated rural white states such as Wyoming and Idaho, places where conservatism reigns and solidarity among citizens is perhaps undermined by living too far from their neighbors. Hatred of Hillary Clinton could indeed have an ugly, misogynist tinge, as when MAGA hat wearers chanted “Lock her up” at Trump rallies. But it’s dubious to insist that misogyny was the decisive factor in shaping voting patterns when the candidate who won the popular vote—a far better measure of how people feel than the number of electors—was a woman.”

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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...."

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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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Donald Trump – Al-Baghdadi govor VS Barack Obama – Bin Laden govor

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Donald Trump Al Baghdadi govor VS Barack Obama Bin Laden govorJimmy Kimmel je naredil enega izmed boljših “mash-upov”, ko je v isti posnetek združil govor Trumpa ob odstranitvi Al-Baghdadija in govor Obame, ko so odstranili Bin Ladna. Barack Obama je imel takrat govor dolg devet minut in pol, Donald Trump pa je klobasal 48 minut. Trije strelski pohodi v ZDA (El Paso, Daytona, Chicago) v …
          

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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Read more: https://fortune.com/2019/11/06/suburban-voters-trump-losing-election-results-2019/


          

Donald Trump Jr. Slammed For Outing Alleged Whistleblower, As Major News Outlets Decline To Publish Name

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Donald Trump Jr. Slammed For Outing Alleged Whistleblower, As Major News Outlets Decline To Publish NameThe whistleblower’s lawyer said that revealing their identity could put them in serious danger.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelsandler/2019/11/06/donald-trump-jr-slammed-for-outing-alleged-whistleblower-as-major-news-outlets-decline-to-publish-name/


          

Fact Checking Trump’s California Wildfire Tweets

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President Donald Trump is scorching the facts about California’s wildfires.

The president in recent tweets blamed California and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom for the fires because of state forest management practices and said California’s fires were too expensive and worse than in other states. In fact, the fires were not raging mostly in forests. The bulk of California’s forests are also federally managed, and other parts of the U.S. are burning even more.

Four university professors who study fires and the environment faulted the president’s Sunday tweets to varying degrees.

TRUMP: “Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing—and then he (Newsom) comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more. Get your act together Governor. You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states.”

THE FACTS: Not true. There are far fewer acres burned in California than other places, like Alaska.

So far this year, slightly more than 266,000 acres (108,000 hectares) of California have burned in more than 7,700 fires. That’s fewer than in recent years for California, but the fires command attention because they are close to people.

While Alaska has had only 700 fires, it has lost 2.57 million acres (1.04 million hectares) to wildfires this year, more than nine times as much as California, according to statistics from the National Interagency Fire Center.

The Great Basin, Southern, and Southwestern regions have all had more than 440,000 acres (180,000 hectares) burned this year, far more than California.

“Fire is increasing everywhere because of climate change, but the impacts on people are more directly observable in California because of its population and wealth,” said LeRoy Westerling, a fire expert at the University of California, Merced.

California did have the most acres burned in 2018, but Montana and Nevada had more acres burned in 2017 and Oklahoma had the most acreage burned in 2016, while Alaska and Washington had more in 2015, according to fire center statistics.

TRUMP: “The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first day we met he must ‘clean’ his forest floors, regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him. Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers.”

THE FACTS:

Read more: https://fortune.com/2019/11/06/trump-tweet-about-california-wildfires-fact-checking/


          

Ancaman Pemakzulan pada Peringatan Tiga Tahun Sejak Terpilihnya Donald Trump - November 07, 2019

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8 November 2019, menandai ulang tahun ketiga pemilihan Donald Trump di 2016 sebagai presiden Amerika Serikat ke-45. Di tahun ini ia menghadapi ancaman paling buruk pada masa kepresidenannya: penyelidikan pemakzulan yang dipimpin oleh Demokrat, di tengah semakin panasnya perisapan Pemilu 2020.
          

Amerikansk familj mördad i Mexiko – Trump manar till "krig"

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Democrats set stage for Watergate-style TV hearings

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The trio of witnesses called to testify next week in the first public impeachment hearings are some of the biggest names and most significant players in the Democrats' sprawling six-week probe into allegations President Trump pressured a foreign...
          

Why Did All of Biden’s Children Marry Jews?

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Hunter and Joe Biden In this respect, Trump and Biden are very similar. In addition to the motivations mentioned in this article, there is also the motivation of diluting the bloodline of what is left of White elite families so they will identify with the new Jewish elite instead of with their own people. JOE […]
          

O femeie il implora pe Trump sa-l gratieze pe ucigasul fiicei si nepoatei sale: "Cred ca executarea le va murdari numele"/ VIDEO

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O femeie din SUA i-a solicitat marti presedintelui american Donald Trump sa-l gratieze pe ucigasul fiicei si nepoatei sale, acesta urmand sa fie primul condamnat la moarte executat la nivel federal dupa 16 ani, informeaza AFP.

          

Nationals Visit Donald Trump, White House After 2019 World Series Win

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The Washington Nationals visited President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series title...
          

162 CCNT “Internet of Brains & Papal PR” - 10.30.2019

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In this episode, Trump claims military robot, Epstein duh, Pope makes mysterious PR move to cover of mysterious allegations, human hive mind brains actually happening, and more companies on the cutting edge.

 


          

Scientists around the world declare ‘climate emergency’

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The declaration, based on analysis of more than 40 years of publicly available data, came as Donald Trump officially left the Paris Climate Accord and Boris Johnson failed to honour Parliament’s own ‘Climate Emergency’ vote.

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Stephen Hegh: Methamphetamine – where are we now?

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The 2019 Residential Tenancies Amendment Act (RTAA) moved things forward… a bit.

Landlords can now access the property to test for meth contamination. But the elephant in the room remains: what is the acceptable maximum level of meth presence at a rental property? Standards New Zealand says it is 1.5µg/100cm2, Sir Peter Gluckman says 15µg/100cm2, The Residential Tenancies Act is silent, and Tenancy Services says 'both [Standards NZ] and [Gluckman] can be used as guidance to assist landlords and tenants.' 

In addition to securing access for landlords, the RTAA also allows for eventual regulations specifying a maximum acceptable level for meth contamination, processes for testing and decontamination to be developed. For the time being, there is no legally binding acceptable maximum to be found in statutes. 

Sir Peter Gluckman's opinion of 15 µg/100cm2 being the highest safe level of meth presence could very well come unstuck once the government carries out the necessary studies to determine a statutory acceptable maximum.

So, does the Gluckman opinion trump the New Zealand Standard? It would appear so if you are in front of the Tenancy Tribunal which has so far considered anything below the Gluckman maximum as safe (i.e. not damaged). The 'not damaged' descriptor is an important one. Even if it can be proven that the contamination happened during the tenancy, the tenant will not be liable for the insurance excess because a <15µg/100cm2 contamination is not considered 'damage' to the rental property. 

But most landlords I deal with are just as concerned about their legal obligations as they are about the state of their properties. Meth is meth. Oftentimes when it is found on the property, the amount is just moot. What if, in the case of a less than 15µg/100cm2 contamination, the landlord elects to decontaminate anyway? On top of most certainly having to do it at his own cost, he will be bound by the terms of his insurance policy which may mandate the maximum acceptable level to be 1.5µg/100cm2. Professional decontamination companies will also take the level down to below 1.5µg/100cm2 as is required of them. 

What if the government in establishing the statutory acceptable maximum finds safe to be less than 15µg/100cm2? Say 10µg/100cm2 or 1.5µg/100cm2? What then would happen to those landlords who had relied on Gluckman in good faith? The answer would have massive implications. On the flip side, if the safe level ends up being more than 15µg/100cm2 then I don't imagine insurance companies would be happy about that!

It’s best we find out fast though it doesn't look like there is much of an appetite to get to the bottom of this. 

Regardless, using the level of 15µg/100cms without scientific research is almost certainly going to be a problem for the government.

In the meantime, best practice is to keep using a “clean in, clean out” testing policy with your rental properties. This will keep your insurance company happy and will help to keep ‘meth heads’ out of your properties.

This is particularly important because there has never been so much methamphetamine being used in New Zealand. It will end up in our houses and potentially in our tenants – impacting their lives. The meth price war and increasing supply is being fuelled by criminals who have been deported back to New Zealand. Forming up along the Aussie gang lines, they are looking to take territory and make money out the meth trade. Increased competition is causing prices to drop and making meth even more accessible, which is very sad.

I have five clients this week with contamination in their rental properties, all over 20µg/100cm2.

While it appears that it was their guests or sublet rooms that may have had caused the contamination, at the end of the day, who knows?

So, buckle up, put a testing policy in place, keep your insurance up to date and informed, and know who is living in YOUR house.

 

Making Houses Homes

 

 

This is a sponsored blog article by Stephen Hegh of NZ Healthy Homes. Sponsored articles are a way for APIA members to share their views and advertise their services. These articles do not necessarily reflect the views and position of the APIA. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephen Hegh 

In addition to being the managing director of Professional Testing Services Ltd and NZ Healthy Homes, Stephen Hegh has also been a long time APIA member and property investor. Stephen holds the following qualifications/accreditations: NZQA Methamphetamine 30892,30893,30894, BOHS IP402 Asbestos Survey and HomeFit Assessor NZGBC

 

  

 


          

Mỹ chính thức từ bỏ Hiệp định Khí hậu : Nỗ lực quốc tế có nguy cơ đổ vỡ ?

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Ngày 04/11/2019, chính quyền Trump chính thức thông báo rút khỏi Hiệp định Khí hậu Paris. Việc quốc gia phát thải thứ hai thế giới rút khỏi Hiệp định hạn chế khí thải gây hiệu ứng nhà kính gây rất nhiều lo ngại.
          

Comment on ‘People are tired of bad news’ – Cognetti Promises Change as Mayor of Scranton by lamestream r

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If voters are tired of bad news, maybe it will be a landslide for President Trump in 2020! The Democrats and Media have been non stop with fake news on Trump!
          

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Comment on Cyclist Who Flipped off Trump Motorcade Wins Local Office in Virginia by Denpachii

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Meh on her winning an office, but... Not too sure on the details of her being fired for flipping the bird, but isn't the picture a little hard to use as an identifier for her, She is in marketing, how many customers does she deal with face to face, anyway? I understand she is suing the former employer, good luck with that, though if they just rolled their eyes and said be careful, let it go, that company would not be in the news now as someone you wouldn't want to work for. Win or loose, they are going to get a poop storm of bad publicity.
          

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Just what we need, another activist elected to politics!
          

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The irony of this Statement! Isn't this true for President Trump too?
          

First lady Melania Trump greeted by protesters in visit to Boston #Hospital to see 'cuddling' program

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BOSTON — First lady Melania Trump visited a Boston hospital Wednesday that uses cuddling to help infants born dependent on drugs or alcohol, as protesters carrying mocking signs demonstrated outside ...
          

Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan: “Trump ile verimli bir telefon görüşmesi gerçekleştirdik”

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Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, "ABD Başkanı Donald Trump ile ikili ilişkilerimizi ve bölgemizdeki meseleleri ele aldığımız verimli bir telefon görüşmesi...


          

Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan: “ABD Başkanı Donald Trump ile ikili ilişkilerimizi ve bölgemizdeki meseleleri ele aldığımız verimli bir telefon görüşmesi gerçekleştirdik.”

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Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan: "ABD Başkanı Donald Trump ile ikili ilişkilerimizi ve bölgemizdeki meseleleri ele aldığımız verimli bir telefon görüşmesi gerçekleştirdik."


          

Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan, ABD Başkanı Trump ile telefonda görüştü

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Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan, ABD Başkanı Trump ile telefonda görüştü

Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ABD Başkanı Donald Trump ile telefonda görüşmesi gerçekleştirdi.


          

Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ABD Başkanı Donald Trump ile telefonda görüştü. İki lider Trump’ın daveti üzerine 13 Kasım’da Washington’da görüşeceklerini teyit etti.

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Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ABD Başkanı Donald Trump ile telefonda görüştü. İki lider Trump’ın daveti üzerine 13 Kasım’da Washington’da görüşeceklerini teyit etti.

Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ABD Başkanı Donald Trump ile telefonda görüştü.


          

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



          

The Trump impeachment is all about an allegation of quid pro quo. But what does that mean?

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The Trump impeachment is all about an allegation of quid pro quo.  But what does that mean?Quid pro quo. It's hard to say and a bit confusing to understand, but it's the phrase at the center of a contentious impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.



          

Trump ‘approves expanded military mission’ to secure Syria’s oil fields

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Trump ‘approves expanded military mission’ to secure Syria’s oil fieldsDonald Trump has reportedly approved an expanded US military mission to secure an expanse of oil fields across eastern Syria.The US president’s actions raise a number of legal questions about whether American troops can launch attacks against Syrian, Russian or other forces if they threaten the oil.



          

Re: Re: Kill the Database

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It might be worth it if everyone says their name is Donald Trump and they live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


          

Premières auditions publiques au Congrès le 13 novembre: les explications de Richard Latendresse

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Les premières auditions publiques de témoins dans l'enquête en vue de destituer Donald Trump démarreront la semaine prochaine avec des diplomates.
          

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 [...]
          

Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage

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Facing damaging testimony from senior diplomats that President Donald Trump sought to condition the release of US military aid to Ukraine on the opening of investigations into his political rivals, Republicans are struggling to find a unified defense as they shift their ever-changing arguments about why the President's actions are not impeachable.

          

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

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You are an angry, bitter little man. As your hero Trump would say: Sad!


          

The latest on the Trump impeachment inquiry

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The impeachment inquiry into President Trump continues in the House. Follow here for the latest news.

          

Trump administration separated an additional 1,500 migrant families at the US-Mexico border

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The Trump administration separated more families along the US-Mexico border than was previously disclosed, according to a court document filed Wednesday.

          

Oklahoma lawmakers want to designate a portion of Route 66 as 'President Donald J. Trump Highway'

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Two state senators in Oklahoma introduced a bill Tuesday calling for a section of Route 66 to be designated as "President Donald J. Trump Highway."

          

AMLO confirma que Trump ofreció ayuda para enfrentar delincuencia en México

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El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmó que Donald Trump ofreció ayuda para enfrentar a la delincuencia organizada en México.  El mandatario dijo que su homólogo estadounidense manifestó que estaría pendiente de cualquier llamado de nuestro país en ese sentido.   “Yo le agradecí y le volví a decir lo mismo: primero, que le agradezco su interés, y que sea respetuoso de […]
          

New Tech, New Ideas and Hundreds of Decision Makers at 2019 HT-NEXT

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CHICAGO (March 27, 2019) - More than 400 tech professionals from across the country and across all hospitality tiers will attend 2019 HT-NEXT, the premier hospitality event on April 8-11 in New Orleans.

HT-NEXT is a joint event produced by HTNG and Hospitality Technology. The combined event allows attendees to see the latest technologies, attend HTNG workgroups and participate in cutting-edge educational sessions. The 2019 event is focusing on "Authentic Innovation" to help companies discover new solutions that will make a real difference in customer engagement, satisfaction and loyalty.

Keynote speakers include Duncan Wardle, former VP, innovation & creativity, The Walt Disney Co., and Gregory Forbes, director of above wing operations for Delta Airlines. The HTNG TechOvation Award and the Hotel Visionary Awards will be presented at this year's event, allowing participants an inside view on the industry's most exciting innovators and best new solutions.

Participating companies include:

  • 5thGenWireless
  • AccorHotels
  • Active Networks LLC
  • AEG Worldwide
  • Aerohive Networks
  • Agilysys, Inc.
  • Ajontech LLC
  • ALICE
  • Allbridge
  • Amadeus
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Angie Hospitality
  • Aprilli
  • Arris
  • Aruba Networks
  • Aspen Skiing Company
  • Assa Abloy Hospitality
  • AT&T
  • Atrium Hospitality
  • Auvik Networks Inc.
  • b4checkin
  • Beekeeper
  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • BHC Resorts
  • Bittel Americas
  • Blueport, Inc.
  • Blueprint RF
  • BluIP
  • Brookfield Properties
  • Canyon Ranch
  • CBRS Alliance
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Choice Hotels International
  • Cloud5 Communications
  • Coast Hotels
  • Cognizant
  • Convergent Services
  • CoralTree Hospitality
  • Cornell Center for Hospitality Research
  • Corning
  • Cox Business/Hospitality Network
  • CTF Development, Inc.
  • D2HTC LLC
  • DANNI Enterprises
  • Data Travel, LLC
  • DataArt
  • Datatrend Technologies
  • Deep Blue Communications
  • Delaware North
  • Diamond Resorts International
  • Dielectric Security
  • Dish Business
  • Drake University
  • Dream Hotel Group
  • Duetto
  • DuVoice Corp
  • Edge Communications
  • El San Juan Hotel
  • Eleven
  • Emeril's Homebase
  • Enchantment Group
  • ENG Infotech
  • Epitiro Holdings, Inc.
  • Evans Hotels
  • ExteNet Systems
  • Fairmont Hotels
  • Firmdale Hotels
  • Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
  • FreedomPay
  • G6 Hospitality.com
  • Gemalto
  • GlobalReach Technology Inc.
  • Go Moment
  • Gregg Hopkins & Associates
  • GuestTek
  • HÄFELE
  • Hard Rock International
  • HCL
  • HEI Hotels & Resorts
  • Hersha Hospitality Management
  • Highgate
  • Hilton
  • Hospitality Technology Consulting
  • Hospitality Technology Network
  • Hospitality WiFi
  • HotSpot International
  • HRS Hospitality and Retail Systems
  • Hughes Systique (HSC)
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • id8&innov8
  • IHG
  • IHL Group
  • Info-Tech Research Group
  • Infor
  • Ingenico Group
  • InnSpire
  • INTELITY
  • INTEREL
  • J2 Hospitality Solutions
  • JMA Wireless
  • Kalahari Resorts
  • Kokua Hospitality
  • Koridor
  • Larco Hospitality
  • Legrand
  • LG Electronics
  • Loews Hotels
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Marcus Hotels & Resorts
  • Marketing Science Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Marriott International
  • MCOMS
  • Meadowood Napa Valley
  • MEGA International
  • Melia Hotels International
  • Merchant Link
  • Michael Raiser Associates, Inc.
  • Mitel
  • MMI Hospitality
  • Mobvoi US
  • Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
  • Montage Hotels & Resorts
  • Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
  • NEC
  • Nomadix Inc.
  • Nonius
  • NTT Data, Inc.
  • Nuvola
  • OccasionGenius
  • Omni Hotels
  • OpenTravel Alliance
  • OpenTable
  • Oracle Hospitality
  • Penn State University
  • PhoneSuite
  • Pinnacle Communications
  • PlanA PR
  • Platinum Management Services, LLC
  • Posera
  • POST Integrations, Inc.
  • Professional Accounting Solutions, Inc.
  • protel hotelsoftware GmbH
  • PSAV
  • PureHD
  • PwC
  • Quore
  • Qypsys
  • Radisson Hotel Group
  • Raymond Management Company
  • Red Planet Hotels
  • Red Roof
  • ResortSuite
  • RLH Corporation
  • ROAR For Good
  • RockCheetah
  • Ruckus Networks
  • S3 Advisors, LLC
  • Safety NetAccess, Inc.
  • Sage Hospitality
  • Salto Systems
  • Samsung
  • Sertifi
  • Seven Rooms
  • Single Digits
  • SkyDog Partners
  • Sonesta International Hotels
  • SONIFI Solutions
  • STR
  • Swire Hotels
  • Tech Mahindra
  • Telus
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • The Culinary Academy
  • The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre
  • The Marcus Corporation
  • Toedt, Dr. Selk & Coll. GmbH
  • TraknProtect
  • Trump Hotels
  • Trustwave
  • Turf Valley Resort
  • Uniguest
  • VENZA
  • Verizon
  • Viceroy Hotel Group
  • Vision Technologies, Inc.
  • Volara
  • WAV, Inc.
  • Wayfare Ventures
  • Weatwell, Inc.
  • Weber's Restaurant and Hotel
  • Westin Bonaventure Hotel
  • White Lodging Services Corporation
  • Willard Solutions International
  • Wireless Inside, LLC
  • World Cinema, Inc.
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Zebra Technologies
  • Zoox Smart Data

*As of March 26, 2019

This is an event for qualified hospitality professionals in: hotels, restaurants, student housing, assisted living, timeshares, vacation rentals, casinos, theme parks, cruise lines and event venues. Conference attendance is also open to sponsors, industry consultants and HTNG members who are technology solution providers.

For more information, visit www.HT-NEXT.com.

 

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About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to uniting the world’s hospitality companies and technology innovators to solve industry challenges. 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. For more information, visit http://www.htng.org.

About Hospitality Technology 

Hospitality Technology (HT) is the only publication dedicated to covering the role of information technology in improving business performance for hotel and restaurant operators. The Hospitality Technology portfolio includes: a print publication that publishes eight times annually and reaches more than 16,000 hospitality industry executives, three networking and educational events (MURTEC, HT-NEXT and MURTEC Executive Summit), a comprehensive website, e-newsletters, web seminars, and several exclusive annual reports and studies. Visit Hospitality Technology online at http://www.hospitalitytech.comHospitality Technology is published by Chicago-based EnsembleIQ.

About EnsembleIQ 

EnsembleIQ is the leading business intelligence platform serving the retail, consumer goods, health care, food service; pharmacy and hospitality industries focused on helping customers solve big problems and inspiring bold ideas. EnsembleIQ operates an integrated network of media brands across all retail sectors and leverages its scale to inform, connect and provide actionable marketplace intelligence to help clients achieve growth. Visit http://www.ensembleiq.com.

EnsembleIQ is a portfolio company of RFE Investment Partners, a private equity investor with more than 30 years of experience investing in growth companies in partnership with strong management teams. Visit http://www.rfeip.com.

 

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Masacre en México: quiénes son los LeBarón, la familia mormona asesinada

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Familia masacrada en MéxicoFamilia LeBarón

Al menos nueve miembros de una familia mormona estadounidense asentada en el norte de México murieron tras ser atacados en una "emboscada", el más reciente episodio de la violencia asociada al crimen organizado, al que el presidente Donald Trump ofreció ayudar a combatir si el Gobierno mexicano lo solicita.

 

Seis niños, incluyendo bebés, y tres mujeres de la familia LeBarón -en su mayoría con doble nacionalidad- fallecieron el lunes en un camino entre los estados norteños Sonora y Chihuahua, fronterizos con Estados Unidos, dijeron familiares y autoridades.


Las víctimas vivían en La Mora, un asentamiento al norte de México fundado hace décadas en Sonora como una rama de La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días. La Mora está a unos 110 kilómetros al sur de Douglas, Arizona.


"Murieron cuatro niños, dos niñas y tres señoras (...) yo encontré los cuerpos y a una bebé viva", dijo el lunes por la noche a Reuters Julián LeBarón, un activista cuyo hermano fue asesinado en 2010, y familiar de los fallecidos el lunes.

 

LeBarón habló vía telefónica tras concluir un operativo en una zona serrana entre ambos estados, donde participaron efectivos de seguridad y enardecidos pobladores que salieron con palos y armas en busca de varias personas que fueron reportadas inicialmente como desaparecidas tras el ataque.

Masacre en México, restos de auto de la familia, REUTERSRestos del auto donde se trasladaba la familia, REUTERS

Un video publicado en redes sociales mostró los restos carbonizados y humeantes de un vehículo plagado de agujeros de bala que aparentemente transportaba a parte de las víctimas cuando ocurrió el ataque.

 

El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador y el secretario de Seguridad, Alfonso Durazo, confirmaron el martes en conferencia de prensa las cifras de fallecidos y dijeron que había además seis menores lesionados.

 

Agregaron que se estaban investigando las causas del ataque, y que no se descartaba que hayan sido confundidos por grupos criminales que se disputan el control de la región.

 

"No se saben las causas, si fue una confusión, si fue una agresión directa; todo es hipotético", dijo el mandatario quien también calificó el hecho como una emboscada.

Masacre en México, restos de auto de la familia, REUTERS

El año pasado un grupo de productores agrícolas de Chihuahua irrumpió en un rancho de los LeBarón en protesta porque no tenían agua para consumo humano mientras la comunidad mormona, dijeron, tenían varios pozos ilegales y estaba sobre explotando el manto acuífero.
La Fiscalía de Sonora dijo el martes que las familias se desplazaban en tres vehículos hacia Chihuahua, con destino final Estados Unidos, cuando fueron emboscados "por un grupo de gente armada", en la comunidad La Mora, del municipio serrano de Bavispe.


El primer vehículo era conducido por Rhonita Miller LeBarón, que se encontraba acompañada por cuatro de sus hijos: un par de gemelos de seis meses y dos niños de ocho y 10 años. El auto sufrió una avería en un neumático por lo que el segundo vehículo regresó a Bavispe para traer otro auto, pero al acercarse al lugar a donde habían dejado a Rhonita y a sus hijos, observaron grandes nubes de humo.


Las autoridades hallaron un vehículo incinerado con cinco cuerpos calcinados, que se presume corresponden a una mujer y cuatro hijos; otro a 18 kilómetros con una mujer y dos menores sin vida y, finalmente, a dos kilómetros de la línea divisoria entre Sonora y Chihuahua, otro auto y a quince metros de él, el cuerpo sin vida de otra mujer.


          

Masacre en México: asesinan a nueve miembros de una familia estadounidense

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Una familia murió calcinada en México, Foto: Twitter @irvingpinedaNueve miembros de una familia mormona murieron tras ser atacados en una "emboscada"

Al menos nueve miembros de una familia mormona estadounidense asentada en el norte de México murieron tras ser atacados en una "emboscada", el más reciente episodio de la violencia asociada al crimen organizado, al que el presidente Donald Trump ofreció ayudar a combatir si el Gobierno mexicano lo solicita.

 

Seis niños, incluyendo bebés, y tres mujeres de la familia LeBarón fueron asesinados el lunes en un camino entre los estados norteños Sonora y Chihuahua, fronterizos con Estados Unidos, dijeron familiares y autoridades.

 

"Murieron cuatro niños, dos niñas y tres señoras (...) yo encontré los cuerpos y a una bebé viva", dijo Julián LeBarón, un activista cuyo hermano fue asesinado en 2010, y familiar de los fallecidos el lunes.

 

LeBarón habló vía telefónica tras concluir un operativo en una zona serrana entre ambos estados, donde participaron efectivos de seguridad y enardecidos pobladores que salieron con palos y armas en busca de varias personas que fueron reportadas inicialmente como desaparecidas tras el ataque.

 

Un video publicado en redes sociales mostró los restos carbonizados y humeantes de un vehículo plagado de agujeros de bala que aparentemente transportaba a parte de las víctimas cuando ocurrió el ataque.

 

El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador y el secretario de Seguridad, Alfonso Durazo, confirmaron el martes en conferencia de prensa las cifras de fallecidos y dijeron que había además seis menores lesionados.

 

Agregaron que se estaban investigando las causas del ataque, y que no se descartaba que hayan sido confundidos por grupos criminales que se disputan el control de la región.

 

"No se saben las causas, si fue una confusión, si fue una agresión directa; todo es hipotético", dijo el mandatario quien también calificó el hecho como una emboscada.

 

El año pasado un grupo de productores agrícolas de Chihuahua irrumpió en un rancho de los LeBarón en protesta porque no tenían agua para consumo humano mientras la comunidad mormona, dijeron, tenían varios pozos ilegales y estaba sobre explotando el manto acuífero.

 

Mientras se desarrollaba la conferencia de prensa, Trump lamentó la muerte de la familia estadounidense. "Quedaron atrapados entre dos viciosos carteles de la droga, que se dispararon el uno al otro", dijo, y ofreció ayuda a su colega mexicano.

 

"Si México necesita o solicita ayuda para limpiar estos (...) monstruos, Estados Unidos está listo, dispuesto y es capaz de involucrarse y hacer el trabajo de manera rápida y eficaz", dijo el presidente estadounidense en su cuenta de Twitter.

 

"El gran nuevo presidente de México ha hecho de esto un gran tema, ¡pero los carteles se han vuelto tan grandes y poderosos que a veces necesitas un ejército para derrotar a un ejército", agregó Trump, quien ha puesto presión a México para que frene la migración de indocumentados bajo la amenaza de imponer aranceles.

 

La Fiscalía de Sonora dijo el martes que las familias se desplazaban en tres vehículos hacia Chihuahua, con destino final Estados Unidos, cuando fueron emboscados "por un grupo de gente armada", en la comunidad La Mora, del municipio serrano de Bavispe.

 

Las autoridades hallaron un vehículo incinerado con cinco cuerpos calcinados, que se presume corresponden a una mujer y cuatro hijos; otro a 18 kilómetros con una mujer y dos menores sin vida y, finalmente, a dos kilómetros de la línea divisoria entre Sonora y Chihuahua, otro auto y a quince metros de él, el cuerpo sin vida de otra mujer.

 

López Obrador agregó que terminando la conferencia llamaría a Trump, de quien dijo no ha sido irrespetuoso ni "injerencista", y agradeció su oferta de colaborar, pero subrayó que en cualquier caso México debe actuar con independencia, respetando la Constitución y la soberanía nacional.

 

México ha sido golpeado por una ola de violencia en las últimas semanas. Uno de los más cruentos fue un tiroteo durante varias horas en Culiacán el mes pasado, que obligó al gobierno a liberar a uno de los hijos del narcotraficante Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, líder del Cartel de Sinaloa.

 

López Obrador reiteró que su gobierno no va a combatir la violencia con más violencia, pese a que su estrategia de seguridad ha sido duramente criticada debido a que el país está reportando cifras históricas de homicidios dolosos. 


          

China encamina la mayor alianza económica de libre comercio del mundo sin EE.UU.

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Los lideres del ASEAN en la primera sesión de la cumbre en Bangkok, REUTERSCumbre de ASEAN en Bankgok, REUTERS

La cumbre de la Asociación de Naciones del Sudeste Asiático se lleva a cabo en Bangkok y se produce sin la presencia de Donald Trump que había sido especialmente invitado y con el régimen chino ocupando todo el espacio y camino a coronar en este foro la alianza económica de libre comercio más grande del mundo.

 

La ASEAN, un bloque defensor del liberalismo económico y que ha sido crítico de las políticas proteccionistas aplicadas por Estados Unidos, abrió el encuentro con la celebración de la sesión plenaria de los países miembros, a la que las sesiones con China y una delegación de bajo perfil despachada por EE.UU. Beijing, en cambio, envió a su primer ministro Li Keqiang a una cita en la que apuesta cuotas de enorme influencia.

 

El largo enfrentamiento comercial entre estas dos potencias mundiales y sus efectos sobre la economía global es uno los temas centrales de la cumbre. El ciclo de crecimiento planetario se ralentizó debido a ese enfrentamiento según dictaminó el Fondo Monetario Internacional y el Banco Mundial. El ministro filipino de Comercio, Ramón López, reconoció a la prensa que las medidas aplicadas por Washington y Beijing "afectan de manera negativa al crecimiento económico" de su país y el resto de las naciones.

 

El plato fuerte del foro de Bangkok y al que hay que prestar especial atención es la tercera ronda de negociaciones de líderes de la Asociación Económica Integral Regional (RCEP) donde se marcha a concretar la firma de un megatratado de libre comercio que aunaría a más de un tercio de la economía mundial. La República Popular ha venido ocupando foros alrededor del mundo reclamando la liberación del intercambio comercial y repudiando el proteccionismo de Washington.

 

China es el integrante más poderoso y principal impulsor del RCEP, que también incluye a Australia, Corea del Sur, Japón, India, Nueva Zelanda. A ellos se unan los diez miembros de la ASEAN, formada por Birmania, Brunéi, Camboya, Filipinas, Indonesia, Laos, Malasia, Singapur, Tailandia y Vietnam. El ministro filipino precisó que 15 de las naciones han mostrado su completa conformidad al pacto negociado, pero que todavía "esperan a un país". No lo dijo pero se refería a la India que ha tenido suspicacias respecto a la influencia creciente de China.

 

La importancia de ese convenio lo dan los números. El RCEP, cuyas negociaciones se iniciaron de manera formal en la ASEAN de 2012 celebrada en Camboya, engloba una población de 3.400 millones de personas -el 47 % de la población mundial- y un Producto Interior Bruto de 22,6 billones de dólares, superior a EE.UU. y el 32,2 % del PIB mundial. También aglutina el 29 % del comercio mundial y el 32,5 % de la inversión mundial.

 

A pesar de los grandes datos que presenta el megatratado, las negociaciones han sido lentas y complicadas y desde hace ya cinco años las dirigentes políticos de las naciones implicadas aseguran reiteradamente estar cerca de alcanzar un acuerdo, para al final postergarlo al año siguiente.

 

Entre los obstáculos que han impedido el avance, se encuentran precisamente los temores de Nueva Delhi a que el RCEP acabe dañando la manufactura local e India se vea inundada por productos fabricados en China. Beijing sugirió a fin de avanzar con el acuerdo dejar que India se asocie en una etapa posterior del RCEP.

 

La ausencia de Trump en una cumbre de este significado, no sorprendió a los analistas. El presidente norteamericano, en una de sus primeras gestiones tras llegar a la Casa Blanca, anuló la participación de EE.UU. en un acuerdo tras-pacífico que impulsó el ex presidente Barack Obama. Esa iniciativa pretendía aislar comercialmente a China. Un dato del desdén de la Casa Blanca, es que en la delegación que envió a Bangkok figura el ministro de Comercio Wilbur Ross pero también su asesor de seguridad nacional Robert O´Brien. La decisión de Trump de bajar el perfil de esta cumbre, liberó al gigante asiático para aumentar su influencia en la región e insistir en asumirse como el adalid del libre comercio arrebatando esa bandera a Washington.

 

Además de los asuntos económicos, la agenda de la cumbre también incluye asuntos de seguridad, sanidad, desarrollo de la región o medidas destinadas a combatir la contaminación y la lucha contra cambio climático, entre otros temas.

 


          

Mike Pence’s Office Pushed to Reroute Foreign Aid to Favored Christian Groups

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This story originally appeared on ProPublica. Last November, a top Trump appointee at the U.S. Agency for International Development wrote a candid email to colleagues about pressure from the White House to reroute Middle East aid to religious minorities, particularly Christian groups. “Sometimes this decision will be made for us by the White House (see… Iraq! […]
          

Pam Bondi Dives Into the Swamp

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Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general and more recently a lobbyist at a firm with extensive ties to President Donald Trump, will join the White House communications staff temporarily to help with messaging during the ongoing impeachment inquiry, according to reports Wednesday. Talk about a revolving door. In September 2013, the Donald J. Trump […]
          

Stone Trial Opens With Information Indicating Donald Trump May Have Lied to Robert Mueller

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Roger Stone is on trial, and the proceedings are bad news for President Donald Trump, with federal prosecutors citing evidence that suggests Trump might have lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And that sort of lying can be a crime. The trial kicked off on Wednesday at a federal courthouse in Washington, DC, with a […]
          

Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s “Conscience Rule” to Deny Health Care on Religious Grounds

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The Trump administration’s “conscience rule,” which would have allowed health care providers to refuse to offer services such as abortions, contraceptive care, and vaccinations that they disagree with on religious or moral grounds, was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge on Wednesday.  The rule, which was set to go into effect later this month, was voided […]
          

Elizabeth Jean Caroll poursuit Donald Trump pour diffamation

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Lundi 4 novembre, la journaliste et éditorialiste Elizabeth Jean Caroll a déposé une plainte à l’encontre du président américain Donald Trump au motif de diffamation. La célèbre éditorialiste du magazine Elle a déposé cette plainte auprès d’un tribunal de l’État de New York. Cette procédure fait suite aux accusations publiques qu’elle a formulées au mois […]

L’article Elizabeth Jean Caroll poursuit Donald Trump pour diffamation est apparu en premier sur Juriguide.


          

Elections in Four States Offer Tests 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.


          

Erdoğan Trump ile telefonda görüştü, ABD'ye gidiyor

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ABD Başkanı Donald Trump ile yaptığı telefon görüşmesinin ardından Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan'ın 13 Kasım'da ABD'ye gideceği açıklandı.
          

Trump ofrece ayuda militar para librar la “guerra” contra el narcotráfico

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Kommentarer till Kurragömma och Tittut av G

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<b>May 16, 2019</b>: Pamela Anderson calls out Trump in rant about social media bullies: 'A horrible example of self restraint' "...she didn’t vote for Trump in 2016. She has said she voted for Jill Stein after Bernie Sanders was no longer in the race." https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/pamela-anderson-calls-out-trump-in-rant-about-social-media-bullies-a-horrible-example-of-self-restraint-142630345.html Gillar hon fortfarande vänstern... "Pamela Anderson anklagas för rasism – står på sig Ett stort antal användare valde då att anklaga den före detta Baywatch-stjärnan för "rasism" och "kulturell appropriering". Det senare är ett relativt nytt vänsterbegrepp som går ut på att det är rasism om vita människor anammar icke-vitas kulturer. Anderson länkade sedan till en artikel som handlar om att begreppet kulturell appropriering är "ologiskt". https://www.friatider.se/pamela-anderson-anklagas-f-r-rasism-st-r-p-sig https://www.etonline.com/pamela-anderson-responds-to-accusations-of-racism-over-halloween-costume-135638 https://www.lawliberty.org/2019/02/26/cultural-appropriation/
          

Comment on ‘Whistleblower’ Attorney Warns Rand Paul: You and Trump Will Be Responsible for Any Harm If You Publicize Name by Sighted In And Ready.

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Comment on ‘Whistleblower’ Attorney Warns Rand Paul: You and Trump Will Be Responsible for Any Harm If You Publicize Name by IndigoRed

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Eric Ciaramella. As I've been saying for several days, the whistleblower/ leaker/ spy is Eric Ciaramella. Just this past hour, the Washington Examiner and FOX News have named Eric Ciaramella as the WLS. He's outed now. Every one should know his name.
          

Hijo de Trump reveló supuesto nombre por el que se desató impeachment

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Factbox: How the SEC is making life easier for corporate America

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Under the Trump administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken more than two dozen measures - including trimming rules - that make life easier for corporate America, according to a Reuters analysis of SEC announcements and interviews with more than a dozen lawyers, academics and advocacy groups.

          

Exclusive: U.S.-China trade deal signing could be delayed to December; London a possible venue - source

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A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign a long-awaited interim trade deal could be delayed until December as discussions continue over terms and venue, a senior official of the Trump administration told Reuters on Wednesday.

          

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.

          

Woman who went viral for flipping off Trump motorcade wins election

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The female cyclist, Juli Briskman, who lost her job after she flipped off President Donald Trump's motorcade in 2017 unseated the Republican incumbent in a local election in Northern Virginia.

          

'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.

          

Lawmakers release impeachment testimony of top Ukraine diplomat

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The House committees leading the impeachment probe of Republican President Donald Trump released a transcript on Wednesday of the deposition of Ambassador William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.

          

Factbox: U.S. diplomats take starring role in Trump impeachment hearings

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The U.S. officials who will testify next week at public hearings in the House of Representatives impeachment probe against President Donald Trump include the current top diplomat in Ukraine, the previous ambassador there and a diplomat who has spent much of his career fighting corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere.

          

Factbox: Why does Rick Perry's name keep coming up in Trump impeachment probe?

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who has built a reputation as one of President Donald Trump's longest-serving and most scandal-free Cabinet members, has emerged as a source of interest in the Trump impeachment probe. Perry last month said he would step down from his post on Dec. 1.

          

Judge urges House to negotiate with Trump in tax return fight

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A U.S. judge on Wednesday told lawyers for the House of Representatives that it should try to reach a compromise with the Trump administration over access to the president's tax returns, saying the two branches of government are required to at least attempt to make a deal.

          

As damning testimonies mount, GOP members shift arguments about why Trump's actions regarding a quid pro quo with Ukraine are not impeachable

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Facing damaging testimony from senior diplomats that President Donald Trump sought to condition the release of US military aid to Ukraine on the opening of investigations into his political rivals, Republicans are struggling to find a unified defense as they shift their ever-changing arguments about why the President's actions are not impeachable.

          

New Iowa poll shows Warren, Biden and Sanders are in a tight race

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Trump races to avoid a second electoral debacle in Louisiana

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Health Insurance Requirement

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On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Federal District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the government from implementing President Donald Trump’s October proclamation requiring immigrants to show proof of health insurance. The order would have taken effect on November 3, 2019, and would require immigrants to prove that they are covered by [...]

          

Trump says talks on controversial Nile dam 'went well'

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Nov 6) said he had hosted successful talks in the White House with representatives of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on a controversial dam being built on the Nile. Trump was mediating in a dispute over Ethiopia's construction of the huge dam which ...
          

Top Trump ally admits tying Ukraine aid to Biden investigation

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A top ally of President Donald Trump admitted he told a Ukraine official that military aid was contingent on Kiev investigating Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden, testimony released Tuesday showed.
          

La ciclista que fue despedida por hacer la peineta a Trump gana las elecciones en Virginia

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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.


          

That was the year that was

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As we come to the end of another year, we must reflect on its having been a bad year in many respects.

The engineering profession has seen unparalleled demise of jobs across the board. Mass retrenchments under section 189 rules have effected most of the large employers. The radical decline in new projects is evident. It has demonstrated the impact that our mining industry’s demise has had on the whole downstream industry.

We are stuck in a hiatus of no growth, unclear policies and government more concerned with political agendas than real demonstrable action to get the economy moving. The protests affecting higher education are a major worry as the effects on education and graduation of students is having a significant impact on professions. We now wait to see what the outcome of the review by the ratings agencies will be.

Employment has taken a knock and disposable income as well. The emergence of entrepreneurial activities is being suppressed by lack of funding for SMEs at a time when we need this to drive new business.

Raw materials

It does however appear that commodities are showing promise again which we hope will ramp up the projects in mining and processing. Can manufacturing get a leg up from this as it limps along at ever decreasing outputs?

I do believe that a Trump government will see some positive effects on the demand for materials for the projected infrastructure programme in the USA which should have a role for our raw materials. This is what we should have been doing with the NDP which has been stillborn since 2012 and only now getting some attention to address our infrastructure needs.

It shows how rapidly the economic recession has transformed the country. I reflect back on as recently as 2014 when the profession was actively deliberating and planning the solutions for the scarce skills agenda. That has terminated as we now contemplate how to get our existing skills employed.

Backlog

The registration of Engineers, Technologist and Technicians has overcome the backlog and extended waiting times at ECSA. We now need to concentrate on developing our Mentor force using the material in the PDP. This will form a major part of SAIMechE training in 2017.

Funding for the PDP programme is now available from the SETAS. There are plans to develop an online webinar based support programme on the PDP which should, in particular, facilitate the requirements of trainees who are located remotely.

This being the last edition for 2016, may I take the opportunity of wishing all members a restful December and a prosperous new year.


          

Employment bloodbath

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If we thought the 2008 crisis was bad, it appears that 2016 is going to be worse. The metrics are scary. In summary, the normal net flow of resources is from the candidate market to the employer. The net current flow is the reverse of this with noticeable movement from the mining, EPCM, EPC, consultants, manufactures and many contractors and suppliers of goods and services. Official projections of GDP growth for this year now hover between 0,1 and 0,5%. It is evident that the bleeding is getting worse.

When one contemplates the growth rate targeted in the National Development Plan in 2012, it was to be 5% pa for the next few years -10 to 50 times the current rate! Much good was work done then by various groups to estimate the scarce skills that we would need to find to provide a basis for a development strategy. This motivated the implementation of training and mentoring models for new local feedstock and the seeking of specialists to supplement many of the specific roles. I however harboured deep suspicions that, ignoring the impact of the global recession here, SA would not get into implementing the NDP in any effective form and I have been proved right. It was naïve to have expected anything else from the ANC government. Action has never followed the reams of plans that have been hatched at great cost, only to lie fallow in the offices of incompetent bureaucracy. Now we have no money to invest. Much goes to bloated public service salaries and over inflated tender awards (corruption). The NDP would have at least triggered some velocity of money, confidence and employment.

This a time when many will take a hard look at the essentials of retirement planning or even, if that has been activated, the many strategies that have failed to keep up with the realities of changing demographics. How many of those early policies taken out at the time one started working are now worthless as a result of inflation and the influences of the broker who persuaded you it was in your interest to change to another policy more likely to broker advantage? Or with the trends of life, when work opportunities were abundant, one could shift jobs, get better remuneration, live it up more but fail to save or build an investment that actually grew in real terms? Retirement is in a crisis. Most funds are classic Ponzi schemes: new entrants needed to pay for those at the top end or the fund fails. Do we have enough young entrants for this structure?

How has the employed class been affected by the structure of the financial, and in particular, the fiat based central banking systems that have indulged in the promotion of debt based credit? This mechanism starts to explain the evident shift in political behavior: the emergence of the middle and lower-paid class in moving to the right, effectively giving the middle finger to the establishment: the rapid rise of what I believe will be called the Trump and Sanders movements in the USA in which Trump had the most primary phase votes in American history after he, as a new entrant to the field, defeated 16 of the established Washington politicians; and the Brexit action in Europe giving notice to the EU Commission that is unaccountable to the taxpayers and indulges in a command performance. It’s the gatvol syndrome at work.

The protests in SA are a similar notice by the electorate: they are fed up with watching the wealth rise to the political elites and big business at the expense of their own livelihoods. Mayors of poorly run municipalities earning R2 million-plus annual salaries (and no doubt some attractive kickbacks as well) is a blatantly overpaid politically motivated item. What qualifications do they have to oversee the expected built environment functions of the Councils? Unqualified cadres are employed in engineering roles, and the infrastructure collapses.

Engineering resources will always be needed to build the country. Perhaps we need an “Engineering Party” to make the right noises in Parliament. Until some real changes occur to the Mines and Minerals, Act, the Labour and BEE Acts for starters, SA is not going to grow to meet any semblance of wealth generation.

However, with the world of work changing so rapidly, the entrepreneur and small businesses are going to have to be supported with a reduced regulatory system. Economic freedom, but not the EFF way.

We have so much engineering talent in the retired age group that has the experience to train and mentor young entrants to the profession. With employment in reverse, it isn’t happening.


          

Do we have a Trump card?

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I have been watching with interest the nomination process that is happening in the USA particularly with the Republican Party bun fight for their nominee. The debates are prolific with typical political innuendo and the desire to try to convince the public to accept each partys’ policies or attempts to have any. A rather grey bunch of the inevitable professional political candidates all seeking to make a living off the taxpayer by being elected to a nice paid position without ever really having to get any action to meet the word.

One exception has emerged in the person of Donald Trump. This has caused a great deal of anxiety in the ranks of the republicans and it seems Democratic Party as well. A number of reasons have caught the voters notice; he is not a politician being sponsored and influenced by election funding from future lobbyists and superPACs, he is self-funding his campaign, he has proven he is a successful businessman, he employs thousands of people including legal status Hispanics, and he is the only candidate who has raised the matter of illegal immigrants and bringing jobs back to the USA.   He has adopted a campaign message stated as “Make America Great Again”. What is striking is that his policies do not align with the traditional republican mandates. He is clearly showing the value of leadership and how desperate the people are for it. He is creating a movement.

The press has displayed its traditional biases but are finding it a challenge to have to accept his domination in the poll results so far. As Trump keeps pointing out in his speeches, the USA has a debt load of nineteen trillion dollars and growing as its trading partners keep having trade deals loaded in their favour. This seems to have missed the notice of all the other candidates. 

What if any message does this have on SA? It is not a trivial indication that the voters are fed up with political inaction and ineptitude. The real concern voters have is lack of jobs. Not too different from our situation. What is striking is that in the recent ANC’s national gathering to review progress and future action, the economy and jobs did not even get onto the 7 item “action” list. 

Daily we watch SA business shrinking into losses, projecting an uncertain future and now retrenching the skilled resources (largely engineering) that formed a major part of the scarce skills lists published (again) following the tabling of the stillborn National Development Plan. The most obvious question is how does SA handle the collapse of the resources and commodities bubble? It really did not effectively participate in the commodities boom since 2008, hamstrung by policy uncertainty, labour strikes and power shortages, so there was little if any funding stored away for the present rainy day. Where is a replacement strategy?

If one follows the logic outlined in RW Johnson’s recent book on “Can South Africa survive?”, it is going to require a very concerted and effective policy and strategy change to get us out of the declining trend which may inevitably go the way of Greece, and possibly going cap in hand to the IMF.

Does SA have a Trump who can get up and take a bold stance against our over politically mandated economy and lead SA out of our mess and into a promised land?


          

Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage - CNN

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  1. Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage  CNN
  2. First open hearings set in Trump impeachment inquiry  Fox News
  3. Ukraine envoy had ‘clear understanding’ on quid pro quo, but no firsthand knowledge of Trump plans: transcript  Fox News
  4. Opinion: Impeachment testimony is giving Trump a quid pro quo defense  Los Angeles Times
  5. Public impeachment hearings may be a game changer  The Washington Post
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

Lindsey Graham Compares Trump Presidency to Christmas - Newsweek

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  1. Lindsey Graham Compares Trump Presidency to Christmas  Newsweek
  2. Graham on Trump impeachment: Other than this, they've got a good case  Fox News
  3. Graham on 'B.S.' impeachment inquiry: Testimony won't change his mind, because he won't read it  AOL
  4. Graham: Trump administration 'incapable of forming a quid pro quo,' Ukraine policy 'incoherent'  CNN
  5. Lindsey Graham is in the middle of Trump’s whirlwind  POLITICO
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Kentucky’s Republican governor Matt Bevin lost reelection, but is asking to recanvass results - Vox.com

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  1. Kentucky’s Republican governor Matt Bevin lost reelection, but is asking to recanvass results  Vox.com
  2. Trump's Kentucky prediction the day before the close election for governor  CNN
  3. Trump is in trouble. Tuesday’s elections are proof.  The Washington Post
  4. The Kentucky Governor’s Race Was an Anomaly  The New York Times
  5. What the Kentucky governor's race results say about progress, according to a Kentuckian  NBC News
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Mormon Family Mourns Their Dead In Mexico, Calls For U.S. To Rein In Its Guns - NPR

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  1. Mormon Family Mourns Their Dead In Mexico, Calls For U.S. To Rein In Its Guns  NPR
  2. Family tied to victims in Mexico ambush had "a few run-ins" with drug cartels  CBS This Morning
  3. Mexican cartel massacre: Suspect with 2 hostages, assault rifles, bulletproof SUV arrested in border town  Fox News
  4. What Trump Didn’t Say About the Massacre in Mexico  The New York Times
  5. Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: The cartelization of Mexico  Fox News
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Donald Trump continues campaign rally tour for Louisiana GOP candidate Eddie Rispone - USA TODAY

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  1. Donald Trump continues campaign rally tour for Louisiana GOP candidate Eddie Rispone  USA TODAY
  2. Trump, at Louisiana rally, hits 'disgraceful' whistleblower's attorney who tweeted of 'coup' in 2017  Fox News
  3. Watch live: Trump holds rally in Louisiana | TheHill  The Hill
  4. Louisiana governor race heads into the gutter as Democrats invoke David Duke's name  Washington Examiner
  5. Donald Trump to rally for GOP gubernatorial candidate in Louisiana after elections in Kentucky, Mississippi  USA TODAY
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Riddle Me This, Biden-Man

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Why did they not have this epiphany when your best friend was president?


          

tipnronnie

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It isn't just Trump who has brain worms.


          

In The Old Times

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In very general terms I'd sympathize slightly with the "look forward" desire of our elites, except for the fact that Trump KEEPS DOING CRIMES. Like he's doing crimes RIGHT NOW.
          

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.

          

11/6/2019: BUITENLAND/INMEMORIAM.BE: Trump dumpt klimaatakkoord

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De VS stappen officieel uit het klimaatakoord van Parijs, als enige land ter wereld. Maar is het akkoord daarmee echt definitief de Amerikanen kwijt? En vallen de doelstellingen nog te halen, als een van de grootste vervuilers niet meer meedoet? Wat...
          

Most Arkansans support background check for gun sales; Trump approval rating rises

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The economy remains the top issue among Arkansans, with support for anti-abortion laws and the death penalty waning, according to the 2019 The Arkansas Poll which was published Wednesday (Nov....

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Years Before Complaint, Whistleblower’s Lawyer Vowed to ‘Get Rid’ of Trump

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The credibility of the partisan push to oust President Donald Trump and undo the 2016 election took another major hit as the apparent motives of prominent anti-Trump lawyer Mark Zaid were found in a pair of tweets from 2017. Zaid is an attorney representing the whistleblower who filed a complaint about the president’s July phone…

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The Numbers Are In – The Trump Economy Still Soars

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Democrats sure do enjoy raining on the parade that is the Trump economy. Joe Biden, who somehow remains the Democratic frontrunner, recently accused President Trump of “squandering” the Obama economy in recent years. Squandering what, exactly? Under the Obama administration, America’s unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent — the highest figure since the early 1980s. Employers struggled to…

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Latest Poll Shows Statistical 3-Way Tie Atop the Race for the Democratic Nomination: Biden, Warren, Sanders Deadlocked

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A new poll reveals the race to take on President Donald Trump as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee could be tightening. The result of a Monmouth University poll conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3 show that former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren both have 23 percent support among 345 registered…

The post Latest Poll Shows Statistical 3-Way Tie Atop the Race for the Democratic Nomination: Biden, Warren, Sanders Deadlocked appeared first on The Western Journal.


          

Sondland’s Own Words Prove Quid Pro Quo Confirmation Is 100% Fake News

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Multiple media outlets pointed to a supplemental written testimony provided by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland as part of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry as the highly sought after “quid pro quo” smoking gun that proves President Donald Trump demanded political dirt in exchange for sending Ukraine military aid. It does not. But…

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Dark Money Liberal Group Begins $75 Million Campaign To Defeat Trump

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A liberal organization has announced the start of its $75 million campaign to try to defeat President Donald Trump in swing states in 2020. The 501(c)(4) dark money group, Acronym, launched the “Four is Enough” campaign to focus on battleground states: Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to The New York Times. Florida…

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Opinion: Democrats Once Again Sic the Deep State on Trump

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The Deep State continues its march to undermine President Donald Trump. On Oct. 21, 2019, fourteen Democrat senators urged the Justice Department, FBI, SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission to investigate the Trump administration. The senators allege “suspicious trading in our futures and equities markets” by White House officials. Their source for those allegations? The…

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Massacre of 9 Americans Confirms It’s Time for Trump To Act on Mexico

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In 1916, Mexican military commander Pancho Villa led a group of armed men on a cross-border raid of Columbus, New Mexico. The attack left 19 Americans dead and many of the town’s buildings razed. The very next day, then-President Woodrow Wilson and his advisers decided action must be taken, and a military expedition into Mexico…

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Poll Shows Solid Majority Expects Trump To Be Re-Elected in 2020

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This is news the news media will hate. Even after three years of non-stop attacks by the mainstream news outlets, pop culture divas and late-night comics, most Americans still expect President Donald Trump to win re-election next year, according to a poll released Wednesday. That group includes 85 percent of Republicans, which is no surprise,…

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Don Jr. Defies Democrats, Identifies Alleged Whistleblower

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Donald Trump Jr. sent shock waves through the media landscape Wednesday morning by posting the name of the alleged whistleblower who first brought attention to a July phone call between his father, President Donald Trump, and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Responding to a piece by Breitbart titled “Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Worked Closely With Anti-Trump…

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Sean Hannity Rails Against His Own Network’s Polls: ‘Really Wrong’

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Fox News host Sean Hannity has added his voice to those attacking recent Fox News polling that showed President Donald Trump on the wrong end of public opinion. On Sunday, Fox News released a poll that showed Trump unable to defeat any top Democratic presidential candidate. Former Vice President Joe Biden had the largest margin…

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Trump-Sohn gibt Namen von Whistleblower bekannt

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Donald Trump junior tweetete die Identität des mutmasslichen Informanten, der die Ukraine-Affäre um US-Präsident Donald Trump ins Rollen brachte.
          

Donald Trump Jr. Slammed For Outing Alleged Whistleblower, As Major #News Outlets Decline To Publish Name

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impeachment whistleblower. "Are they going to pretend that his name hasn’t been in the public domain for weeks now?" he said. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Topline: Some right-wing news outlets and ...
          

Donald Trump & Allies Call For Media To Unmask Ukraine Whistleblower, But #News Outlets Aren’t Biting

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At a rally with President Donald Trump on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called on media outlets to “do your job and print his name.” That is, the identity of the whistleblower, or the source of the ...
          

Piden a EU bajar consumo de drogas y cruce de armas

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La alcaldesa de Reynosa, Maki Esther Ortiz, pide a Donald Trump bajar consumo de drogas y armas en EU para combatir el crimen organizado.
          

Trump approves of vow of silence

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Trumps approves of vow of silence
          

Smugglers saw through The Great Wall of Trump in minutes

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Smugglers saw through The Great Wall of Trump in minutes
          

Any sports event where Trump won’t get booed?

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Any sports event where Trump won't get booed?
          

Melania Trump visits Boston hospital to tout child cuddling program, gets met by protesters

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Employees at a Boston hospital raised hell Wednesday afternoon, carrying signs and expressing their disapproval of the Trump White House during a visit from the first lady, who parachuted into the Bay State to tout a child-cuddling program.

First Lady Melania Trump visited Boston Medical Center...


          

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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Eleições estaduais nos EUA. Democratas marcam pontos contra Trump

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Os democratas norte-americanos garantiram vitórias importantes em varias eleições estaduais e locais. Conquistaram eleitorado que tinha votado em Donald Trump - resultados que podem agora influenciar as presidenciais de 2020.
          

How AI and human rights have been dragged into the US-China tech war, threatening wider split

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When Trump administration officials announced on October 7 that they were banning some of China’s most feted artificial intelligence and surveillance companies from buying US technology, the move caught Chinese policymakers off guard.Back in May, the Commerce Department cited national security concerns when it barred Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from buying US technology.In its latest move, the Trump administration banned eight companies, including China’s AI national champions…
          

Trump gave Barr a pass on doing ‘no quid pro quo’ presser because he needs anti-Russia probe wrapped up: Ex-presidential adviser

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One of the curious facts about Attorney General William Barr’s reported refusal to hold a press conference proclaiming the president’s innocence is the fact that Barr remained in Trump’s good graces despite that. Trump has fired a number of high-ranking officials he perceived as disloyal to him, from FBI Director James Comey to Barr’s predecessor […]
          

Gordon Sondland donated $1 million to Trump — but Lindsey Graham thinks he may be in cahoots with Democrats

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Gordon Sondland is President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union. He had no diplomatic experience, but received his position after donating $1 million to Trump’s inauguration. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks that Sondland may be in cahoots with Democrats. Graham was interviewed by Fox News personality Martha MacCallum, who played a clip of Rep. […]
          

Bill Barr is keeping his ‘distance’ from Ukraine because he is ‘frustrated with Giuliani’: Reporter

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On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey discussed his new bombshell that President Donald Trump ordered Attorney General William Barr to old a press conference exonerating him of wrongdoing on Ukraine — and Barr refusing. Per Dawsey, one reason Barr and the DOJ were unwilling to go out on […]
          

Trump wanted Bill Barr to hold a news conference saying he wasn’t a crook — but the AG said no

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Not even Attorney General Bill Barr would go along with President Donald Trump’s plan to tell the nation he had been vindicated of seeking foreign election interference from Ukraine according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post. “President Trump wanted Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference declaring the commander […]
          

WATCH LIVE: President Donald Trump campaign rally in Monroe, Louisiana after electoral losses

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President Donald Trump is slated to appear in Monroe, Louisiana ahead of another election night in the state. Trump similarly went to Kentucky the day before the election, where he failed to garner enough votes to keep Gov. Matt Bevin in office. Trump hopes to give a boost to Republican businessman Eddie Rispone who is […]
          

Bill Barr’s DOJ argues in court that ‘Trump lied to Mueller’: MSNBC chief legal correspondent

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The Department of Justice’s trial of longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone features evidence the president lied to special counsel Robert Mueller. “Extraordinary development inside a courtroom in Washington today featuring opening arguments in the trial of Roger Stone,” MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber reported Wednesday. “Prosecutors with the Trump Justice Department’s laying out […]
          

Alex Jones being ‘a little dumb and a lot crazy’ will make it hard to jail him for outing juror: ex-prosecutor

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Trump supporter and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Wednesday threated to out a juror in the trial of Roger Stone, who used to work for Jones’ InfoWars website. Moments ago, Alex Jones again vowed to release the name of a potential juror in the Roger Stone trial, calling the potential juror a "minion" of the […]
          

CNN’s Jim Acosta lays out damning record of how Trump’s allies have changed their story on Ukraine

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On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta walked through how dramatically President Donald Trump and his allies have changed their story on the Ukraine scandal as new facts have emerged. “The White House is bracing for the upcoming public hearings in the inquiry, and getting more nervous about […]
          

‘Trump has cheated since he was 20 years old’: Biographer warns the pattern will continue in 2020 race

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At the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is the issue of the administration seeking foreign election interference to essentially “cheat” in the 2020 presidential election. Trump biographer Tim O’Brien, who wrote the 2005 book TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald, told MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Wednesday to expect the […]
          

Jeff Sessions expected to announce he’s running for the Alabama Senate again

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CNN’s Jeff Zeleny is reporting that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce that he’s running for the U.S. Senate Thursday. Sessions resigned from the Senate to join President Donald Trump’s team. He and Trump ultimately had a very public falling out as Sessions recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Sessions […]
          

Former DA Pam Bondi, who was suspected of pay-to-play, lands White House job to assist in Trump impeachment defense

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Former Florida Republican District Attorney Pam Bondi, who suffered from questionable ethical choices while in office, will join the White House in a taxpayer-funded role to create messaging to defend President Donald Trump against all-but-certain charges of impeachment. Bondi “will be tasked with assisting on communications and strategy and other special projects,” The Wall Street […]
          

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 […]
          

WATCH: Trump complains federal judges have given him ‘many, many bad nights’

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President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that decisions by federal judges have been keeping him up at night. Repeatedly, judges have blocked Trump’s policies for violating the U.S. constitution. Trump argued in a Wednesday speech that “highly political rulings inflict painful damage on our security, society, and economy and impose unworkable edicts on businesses, workers, […]
          

Despite low approval rating and impeachment inquiry, poll shows majority of voters believe Trump could win in 2020

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The belief that Trump could win in 2020 is making voters across the political spectrum “very motivated” to go to the polls, according to a new survey. Despite President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings and successful election results Tuesday for Democratic lawmakers across the country, a new poll finds most Americans are far from convinced that the president will […]
          

White House reporter explains why Bill Taylor could be very damaging to Trump – and nearly impossible for the GOP to discredit

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During a segment on MSNBC this Wednesday, host Chris Jansing started out by recounting top US diplomat Bill Taylor’s biography, which includes being a “West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran … non-partisan diplomat…” “This is going to be a very interesting set of testimony to watch,” Jansing said. “Because if the Republicans decide that the way to go […]
          

Fox News defies Trump and orders on-air personalities not to reveal the White House whistleblower: report

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President Donald Trump has put his allies in a difficult position with his insistence on outing the White House whistleblower. “The Whistleblower got it sooo wrong that HE must come forward,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “Reveal the Whistleblower and end the Impeachment Hoax!” Donald Trump, Jr. followed his father’s stance — and faced significant backlash […]
          

BeBest photo-op goes awry as Melania Trump faces protest from hospital staff for fostering ‘hatred and division’

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First lady Melania Trump was protested on Wednesday during a photo-op in Boston. “Melania Trump’s visit Wednesday to a Boston hospital, was met with something the first lady doesn’t normally encounter on her solo trips: dozens of protesters,” CNN reports. “As Trump’s motorcade pulled into Boston Medical Center, located in the city’s South End, protesters […]
          

Factbox: How the SEC is making life easier for corporate America

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Under the Trump administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken more than two dozen measures - including trimming rules - that make life easier for corporate America, according to a Reuters analysis of SEC announcements and interviews with more than a dozen lawyers, academics and advocacy groups.

          

Exclusive: U.S.-China trade deal signing could be delayed to December; London a possible venue - source

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A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign a long-awaited interim trade deal could be delayed until December as discussions continue over terms and venue, a senior official of the Trump administration told Reuters on Wednesday.

          

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.

          

Lawmakers release impeachment testimony of top Ukraine diplomat

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The House committees leading the impeachment probe of Republican President Donald Trump released a transcript on Wednesday of the deposition of Ambassador William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.

          

Factbox: U.S. diplomats take starring role in Trump impeachment hearings

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The U.S. officials who will testify next week at public hearings in the House of Representatives impeachment probe against President Donald Trump include the current top diplomat in Ukraine, the previous ambassador there and a diplomat who has spent much of his career fighting corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere.

          

Factbox: Why does Rick Perry's name keep coming up in Trump impeachment probe?

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who has built a reputation as one of President Donald Trump's longest-serving and most scandal-free Cabinet members, has emerged as a source of interest in the Trump impeachment probe. Perry last month said he would step down from his post on Dec. 1.

          

Judge urges House to negotiate with Trump in tax return fight

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A U.S. judge on Wednesday told lawyers for the House of Representatives that it should try to reach a compromise with the Trump administration over access to the president's tax returns, saying the two branches of government are required to at least attempt to make a deal.

          

She Flipped Off Trump. She Also Just Flipped an Election

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Juli Briskman was fired for giving President Trump the middle finger. Now, the former government contractor is an elected official herself. Briskman was fired in late 2017 after flipping the president's motorcade the bird in Sterling, Va., while riding her bike, with her employer saying she'd violated its social media...
          

Trump’s spiritual adviser to God: Please deliver Trump from the ‘sorcery and witchcraft’ of Democrats

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President Trump’s spiritual adviser and newly-minted member of his administration, Paul White, is joining other evangelical and religious right figures in a prayer effort to get President Trump reelected in 2020. White posted an audio message on the One Voice Prayer Movement’s website this Tuesday, where she prayed against the demonic forces, namely the House […]
          

Old woman drops cringy pro-Trump rap during church service: ‘No collusion, the ultimate conclusion!’

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In a live video posted to his Facebook page this Friday, pro-Trump pastor and Christian “activist” Lance Wallnau attended an unknown prayer service at an unknown location, where an unknown woman grabbed the mic and belted out a “prophetic” rap “for our president.” According to Wallnau, the ensemble on the stage was a “prophetic orchestra.” […]
          

Dems See Election Wins In Virginia As Good Sign For 2020

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam promised Wednesday to ride a wave of voter dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump to turn the Old Dominion into a state where gun laws are stricter, the environment is cleaner and cities have greater leeway to take down Confederate statues. The Democratic governor pledged swift action on […]
          

Trump spotlights confirmation of 150-plus federal judges

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He noted that the average age of his nominees is less than 50, ensuring he'll have fingerprints on many important legal decisions for decades.
        

          

Report: Jeff Sessions to announce Alabama Senate bid for old seat

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The former attorney general whose relationship with Trump soured over his recusal from Mueller's Russia probe is expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Doug Jones.
        

          

Hay Políticas Migratorias que Rayan en el Terrorismo

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Maribel Hastings y David Torres Al ver a Donald Trump autocongratularse por el operativo que resultó en la eliminación del líder del Estado Islámico (ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, y referirse a los horrores perpetrados por el extremista y sus seguidores, es inevitable pensar que el terror también se manifiesta de otras formas motivadas por medio […]
          

There Are Immigration Policies That Border on Terrorism

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Maribel Hastings y David Torres   Upon seeing Donald Trump congratulate himself for the operation that resulted in the elimination of the Islamic State (ISIS) leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and referring to the horrors perpetrated by this extremist and his followers, it is inevitable to realize that terror also manifests itself in other forms motivated […]
          

'We're All Struggling': Writer Saeed Jones Reflects On Identity And Acceptance

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Saeed Jones has served as BuzzFeed's LGBT editor and culture editor, and is the author of Prelude to Bruise.
Saeed Jones has served as BuzzFeed's LGBT editor and culture editor, and is the author of Prelude to Bruise.
Courtesy of Saeed Jones

As a black gay kid growing up in Texas in the 1990s, poet Saeed Jones remembers getting negative messages about his identity from every aspect of his life. It was around the time of Matthew Shepard's murder in Wyoming, and Jones felt alone and unsafe.

"I was seeing these cautionary tales connected to identity," he says. "It was so clear that it was perilous to be a black gay boy in America."

And yet he couldn't be any other way: "Being gay isn't a choice, just like being black isn't a choice," Jones says. "I don't stop. I do not give up. I do not take America's 'no' to my identity for an answer."

In his new coming-of-age memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives, Jones reflects on his struggle to embrace his identity. The "we" in the title is intentional; he hopes the book will spark a conversation among a cross section of readers.

"We're all struggling," he says. "I want you to experience what's going on in my book and think about it in relation to your own life, whether that's because you're like, 'Oh this is totally different!' Or because you're like, 'Hmm. This is really familiar.' I think that's a useful way of thinking about memoir."


Interview Highlights

On his first sexual encounter with a man, hooking up in a library bathroom and trying to kiss and being refused

He was like, "Oh, absolutely not." And so I felt embarrassed and I think the only thing more painful than not getting what you want is almost getting it and then being shamed right at the last minute. ...

I was deeply ashamed. I thought I had messed up. But I think really he admitted he couldn't go there. He was working through some things, and so he was ashamed of what he was feeling or not feeling. I think that's something that, whether people are in the closet or not, they continue to struggle with, being vulnerable and true intimacy. I think it's possible to have sex with someone and not be intimate with them, and that's kind of what it looks like sometimes.

On equating sex with death because of AIDS

I think this is true for my generation. I'm 33 years old. I was born in 1985 and I would say until, frankly, the last two or three years — with the introduction of PrEP/Truvada — for most gay men, a defining aspect of our sexual experiences has been an awareness of not just STIs (STDs that we all need to be aware of and thoughtful about), but, "Am I going to get HIV/AIDS?" Which is no longer a death sentence, as I understood it at the time. But certainly, that is a lifelong condition that's going to require treatment and support. There is a heaviness to that. There is a deep sense of foreboding that I think often turns into shame with time, because it feels like you're risking punishment.

On coming out to his mom by making a joke

I'd gotten a little memento from my speech team to celebrate the year or whatever, and everyone had a little motto, and my motto was like, "Not even his clothes are in the closet anymore," which I thought was very funny. And so I was talking to her about it and she was like, "What does that mean?" And I was like, "My clothes aren't in the closet anymore. Like I'm not in the closet anymore." She didn't find it funny. She was confused and she had a lot of follow-up questions. And that's how I ended up coming out to her. ...

I'm such a Sagittarius. I am a practical joker, like, I love to laugh, but I felt like I had messed up. This was actually really significant to her. And that I'd been cracking jokes on a moment that I had been waiting for years, right? And so I felt really bad, but then she called me back and was like, "Hey, I forgot to say, I love you, and you seem happy and that's all that matters, you know?" And that meant the world to me. It was really important for me to see that.

On how he "erased" himself in order to have a good relationship with his mother

We laughed a lot. We could talk about literally anything except my being gay, which began to feel more and more like a void. But you know, we talked about the news, and we would laugh, and she was so proud of how I was doing in school and as a student and in speech. ... It's this weird dynamic where you're struggling and you end up prioritizing the other person's feelings over your own, and I did it because I loved her. I did it because I felt like I was causing her pain by trying to talk about this, but she was still my mom. I needed to have her wisdom in terms of love and relationships, and I didn't get it, and really struggled as a result.

On knowing he was a writer from an early age

It was the thing that I could always count on to get praised [for] in school. ... Middle school was when I started really going for it, like asking for extra credit, and like taking risks and doing more. Then also in literature discussions about short stories and fiction or whatever, it all made so much sense to me. I remember learning the narrative arc in maybe the eighth grade — resolution and climax — and it just made sense. I was like, "Oh, duh! Duh." And I literally never heard it before ... but kind of like with queerness, it felt like I was being given language to explain something I already understood. I just get it. It's just in me.

On why he moved to Columbus, Ohio after Trump became president

Honestly, America's depressing, right? If you're paying attention in any substantive capacity, America is really stressful and anxiety-inducing and depressing. And I now understand that as an adult, and it's not [my] fault. And then Trump became president, and truth is, on Inauguration Day, January 2017, I had a total breakdown. I had an absolute breakdown. I knew it was coming because I took a personal day, so I was home so I already knew on some level. But I remember watching Barack Obama and Michelle Obama walking to the helicopter, and I absolutely fell apart. I could not stop crying, and I opened the knife drawer in my kitchen. I was looking at those knives and I started saying, "I can't go back. I can't go back. Please don't make me go back." And the "back" was the months after my mom passed away. It was the worst, the most raw I had ever felt, and I'm glad that I talked to a friend and I started therapy and that helped tremendously.

But, you know, the last few years working in media [at BuzzFeed], it's required so much of all of us, really, and certainly people [for whom] this is our job to talk about these issues: We can't just turn off our phones and stop reading the news, unfortunately. That's a high demand. And I was starting to feel really threadbare on an ongoing basis. And so I knew I wanted to change. And so I wanted to leave New York and I wanted to leave media in the way I was working in it, to go back to the basics.

Roberta Shorrock and Seth Kelley produced and edited the audio of this interview. Bridget Bentz and Molly Seavy-Nesper adapted it for the Web.

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Trump körül szorul a hurok Ukrajnában - és nemcsak ott

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Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse by John Lithgow M4B

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#Alabama SGA warns groups: Protest Trump during LSU #Game, risk losing reserved seating

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The Student Government Association at the University of Alabama is warning groups that protesting President Trump during the Tide’s Saturday game vs. LSU could result in loss of reserved seating for ...
          

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.


          

Woman who flipped off Trump motorcade wins election

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The female cyclist, Juli Briskman, who lost her job after she flipped off President Donald Trump's motorcade in 2017 unseated the Republican incumbent in a local election in Northern Virginia.

          

Hear GOP defenses against quid pro quo

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CNN's Erin Burnett previews the public testimony that could soon come in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and looks at how some of the President's key allies are positioning their defense.

          

Sources: Defense Secretary Mark Esper to urge Trump not to intervene in war crime cases

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CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

          

Diplomat who tied Trump to quid pro quo to testify publicly next week

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CNN's Alex Marquardt reports.

          

Graham claims Trump admin 'incapable of forming quid pro quo'

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry while also issuing a rebuke, and potentially a new talking point, that the Trump administration was too inept to carry out a quid pro quo in regard to Ukraine foreign policy.

          

'Putting ego and politics’ before ‘black bodies’: #Chicago native blasts city leaders who snubbed Trump

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Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell blasted the Democratic leadership of his native Chicago amid new reports that the city's' police superintendent is set to announce his retirement. Last month ...
          

Trump blames Mormon family massacre in Mexico on drug cartels

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The US President Donald Trump has blamed the killing of at least nine American citizens from a Mormon family in Mexico on drug cartels.
          

Trump impeachment inquiry releases transcripts of two key witnesses

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The Democrat-led impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has today released the transcripts of two key witnesses who gave evidence in closed-door hearings. The inquiry centres on a phone call Mr Trump made in June.
          

US House of Reps approves next step in impeachment process

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The effort to impeach the US President Donald Trump has taken another step forward, with the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voting to approve the rules for the next stage.
          

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” ...
          

First lady visits cuddling program for babies born on drugs, draws flak from protesters over Trump’s immigration crackdown

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First lady Melania Trump visited a Boston hospital Wednesday that uses cuddling to help infants born dependent on drugs or alcohol.The first lady met with ...
          

Rebuke for Trump in races seen as barometers for 2020 election

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Democrats celebrated big election wins in two U.S. states seen as a test of President Donald Trump’s strength ahead of the 2020 elections, while Republicans ...
          

Judge rejects Trump moral-objection rule for health care, abortion denial

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A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new rule, not yet in effect, that allowed health care providers to refuse participation in abortions and ...
          

Republicans mull adding Trump defender GOP Rep. Jim Jordan to impeachment panel

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U.S. Republicans may add a leading ally of President Donald Trump to the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan, to strengthen their defenses as the ...
          

Trump tax return case teed up to hinge on Chief Justice John Roberts

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Fighting to keep his tax returns secret, President Donald Trump will soon ask the Supreme Court to grant him “temporary absolute immunity” from any criminal ...
          

U.S. impeachment probe to enter high-stakes phase with public hearings next week

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‘Rojava’da ki Özgürlükçü ve Demokrat Ortam Tehdit Altında, Ancak Rojava Kazanacak’

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‘Rojava’da ki Özgürlükçü ve Demokrat Ortam Tehdit Altında, Ancak Rojava Kazanacak’

 

Dünyaca tanınmış, toplumsal olaylar karşında sesiz kalmayan,Türkiye’nin Kuzey-doğu Suriye’ye yönelik “harekatı” karşında “savaşı durdurun” imza kampanyasına katılan  Akademisyenlerden Noam Chomsky, Michael Löwy ve Janet  Biehl, Yeni Yaşam gazetesinden Yadigar Aygün-Hüseyin Kalkan’ın  sorularını yanıtlıyor.

Noam Chomsky “Türkiye’nin ağırlıklı olarak Kürt bölgelerine harekatı büyük bir savaş suçu. Önceki aşamalarda ciddi vahşet ve etnik temizlik vardı, şimdi de Trump’ın utanç verici ihanetinden sonra ‘uzunca olan bu ihanetler listesine bir yenisini eklercesine’ daha da genişledi. Rojava’daki mükemmel başarılar ciddi anlamda tehdit altında. Türkiye’nin de dahil olduğu, bu suç girişimine karşı güçlü bir uluslararası bir protesto olmalı" diyor.

Yeni Yaşam gazetesinden Yadigar Aygün-Hüseyin Kalkan’ın yazısı şöyle;

 TSK’nin tüm dünya tarafından katliamcı, hırsız ve haydut olarak tanımlanan ÖSO ile birlikte Kuzey ve Doğu Suriye’ye 9 Ekim’de başlattığı saldırı, farklı kutuplardaki hemen her ülkenin tepkisini çektiği gibi dünyanın dört bir yanında halklar, saldırganlığa son verilmesi için eylemlerini sürdürüyor. Dünya çapındaki düşünür, filozof ve entelektüeller de 2011’den bu yana özgür bir modelin inşa edildiği Kuzey ve Doğu Suriye etrafında kenetlenmiş durumda. Saldırıların başlamasının hemen ardından Meksika’dan Fransa’ya, Hindistan’dan İzlanda’ya 21 ülkeden 200’den fazla akademisyen, yazar, düşünür, onlarca grup, kurum ve kolektif, imza kampanyası başlatmıştı.

Rojava ile dayanışma mesajının da yer aldığı metne aralarında Noam Chomsky, David Harvey, Etienne Balibar, Vittorio Sergi gibi akademisyenler ile Janet Biehl ve Raul Zibechi gibi düşünürler de imza atmıştı. Bu kampanyanın imzacılarından Noam Chomsky, Michael Löwy ile Janet Biehl, gazetemiz Yeni Yaşam’ın sorularını yanıtladı. Amerikalı Janet Biehl, 2006 yılında yaşama veda eden siyasi teorisyen Murray Bookchin’nin son 19 yılını birlikte geçirdiği yol arkadaşı. ‘Ekoloji ya da Felaket: Murray Bookchin’nin Yaşamı’ adlı kitabın yazarı da olan Biehl, Rojava’ya bizzat gitmiş ve üzerinde çalışmalar yapmış bir isim. Birleşik Devletler vatandaşı olarak, hala Trump’ın 9 Ekim’deki ABD güçlerini aniden geri çekme kararının verdiği dehşet ve şok içerisinde olduğunu dile getiren Biehl, Demokratik Suriye Güçleri’ne (DSG) bağlı Kürt, Arap ve Süryani savaşçıların 2014’ten bu yana ABD öncülüğündeki koalisyon ile birlikte cesurca ve kahramanca savaşıp IŞİD halifeliğine son verdiğine değindi. “Bu, her iki tarafın da faydalandığı ve kesinlikle bundan gurur duyduğum harikulade bir ittifaktı” ifadelerini kullanan Biehl, Birleşik Devletler’in, Ortadoğu’da bundan daha iyi bir ittifak kuramayacağını kaydetti.

‘Trump diktatörlük istiyor’

Trump’ın geri çekilme kararını değerlendiren Biehl, şöyle dedi: “Ve şimdi onlara ihanet etmek mi? Tamamen mantık, etik ve insanlığı reddediyor. Bu absürt ve bir canavarın barbarca davranışı. Eğer açıklamak gerekirse, gerçek şu ki Trump bir diktatör olmak istiyor, diktatör olmaya hayran ve kendi arzularına teslim olmaktan zevk alıyor. Bunun sonucu olarak hiç zorluk yaşamadan Erdoğan’ın uzun süredir arzuladığı barışçıl ve demokratik Kuzey-Doğu Suriye işgaline izin verdi. Kendi tabiriyle ‘sert aşk’. Bunun birçok sonucu oldu: Barışçıl ve demokratik özerk Kuzey-Doğu Suriye altüst oldu. Kürtler ve Hristiyanlar katledildiler ve soykırıma maruz kaldılar. Yüzbinlercesi kaçtı. Zorbaların egemenliği güçlendi.”

Gözlemlerini anlattı

Bu yılın ilkbaharında bir film yapmak üzere Kuzey ve Doğu Suriye’ye gidip 1 ay zaman geçirdiğini aktaran Biehl, izlenimleri hakkında şöyle dedi: “Orada olağanüstü insanlarla tanıştım. Lütfen bana onlardan birazcık söz etmeme izin verin, hikayeleri onların neler kaybettiğini gösteriyor. Kamışlo’da, Rovaja Üniversitesi’nin yöneticisiyle tanıştım ve kendisi orada 4 yıllık programlar kurmuştu. Türkiye’nin tehditlerine bakmaksızın 4 yıl boyunca gençleri eğitmek için oldukça özgüvenliydi. Yine Kamışlo’da tüm Suriyeliler için hazırlanan yeni anayasa görüşmeleri sürerken, kadın haklarını güvenceye almak için çalışan Kongreya Star üyesi kadınla tanıştım. Tal Tamir’e yakın bir köyde, Afrin’den gelen ve oradan gelmiş mültecilerle tanıştım. Şimdi Hristiyan Süryanilerle yaşıyorlar. Kürtler ve Süryaniler birlikte evlerini ve barışçıl ve sevgi dolu bir ortak yaşam yeni yaşam inşa ediyorlar. Derik’te sıradaki projelerine hazırlanan Rojava Film Komünü üyeleriyle tanıştım. Rakka’da Arap Kadın Akademisi’nin üyeleriyle tanıştım. Orada kadınların erkeklerle aynı olduklarını ve demokratik eş yaşama ortakça katılabileceklerini öğreniyorlardı. Bunu yapmak için oldukça çeviktirler. Şarkı söyleyip dans ediyorlardı.”

‘Ülkemden utanç duyuyorum’

Biehl, bu bölgede kadınların nasıl bir dönüşüm geçirdiğini ve yine halklar arasındaki ilişkinin nasıl olduğunu da değerlendirdi: “Haseke’de Afrin gazisi olan YPJ’li kadınlarla tanıştım. Yakın zamanda savaşmak zorunda kalacaklarını biliyorlardı. Biri ‘Korkmuyoruz, çünkü biz YPJ’yiz’ demişti. Gittiğim her yerde insanlar kadın devrimine desteklerini açıklıyorlardı. Özellikle kadınlar IŞİD’e karşı mücadelelerinde savaşçı yeteneklerini kanıtladıktan sonra. Ayrıca Kobane Üniversitesi’nde Kürtçe dersine katıldım. Eğitimci dil devrimini anlatıyordu. Fırat vadisinde bir köyde Arap vatandaşların demokratik sistemi övdüğü bir köy komünü toplantısına katıldım. Daha sonra bu Arap yurttaşlar bana IŞİD yönetiminin altında yaşamanın korkunçluğunu anlattı. Ve ardından Kürtlerle bir olup köyü IŞİD’den kurtardıklarını anlattılar. Bana söyledikleri: Kürtler ve Araplar arasında fark yoktur. Ein Issa’da insanların refahını ve özgürlüğünü ‘garantilemeye’ adamış özyönetim üyeleriyle tanıştım. Bu planların, duyguların, beklentilerin tamamı olmasa da büyük bir çoğunluğu şimdi tehdit altında. Şimdi Rojava’nın kaderi için gözyaşı döküyorum, özellikle de benimle şahsen deneyimlerini paylaşan o kibar olağanüstü insanlar için ağlıyorum. Zor zamanlar ve zor seçimler onları bekliyor. Ülkemin onlara ihanet etmesinden dolayı utanç duyuyorum. Bu insan hakları ve demokrasi değeri açısında Birleşik Devletler için kalıcı bir leke.”

‘Tiranlara karşı mücadele’

Kuzey Suriye ile dayanışmak için herkesin elinden geleni yapması çağrısında bulunan Biehl, “İnsanlar, hükümetlerine uçuşa yasaklı bölgeyi destekleme çağrısında bulunabilirler. Böylelikle DSG savaşçılarının Türkiye destekli güçlere karşı bir şansları olabilir. Hükümetlere DSG’ye askeri ve insani yardım desteği çağrısında bulunabilirler. İnsanlar, acımasız savaş koşulları altında tıbbi yardım sağlanması için Heyva Sor a Kurdistane bağışta bulunabilirler. İnsanlar Kuzeydoğu Suriye’deki Kürtler, Araplar ve Asurilerle kendi amaçları ve kurumlarını yaşatmaları için dayanışmalarını açıklayabilirler. Demokratik ülkelerde yaşayan tüm insanlar kendi ülkelerinin demokratik özelliklerini güçlendirme zorundalar. Erdoğan, Putin, Esad ve İran ve ‘diğerleri’ne daha ileri bir tahribat yaratmalarına izin verilmemek zorunda. Sözde demokratik ülkelerde yaşayan insanlar bile ülkelerinde hüküm süren tiranlıklara karşı özgürlükçü hareketleri desteklemek zorundalar. Bu noktada, dünya, ‘birçok kez kullanılan ve daha sonra ihanet edilen’ Kürt halkına adalet sağlamak zorunda. Kürt otonomisi, yönetimi, kendi kendini yönetmesi bir gün gerçek olmak zorunda” diye ekledi.

‘Rojava tehdit altında’

Yaşamı boyunca dünyanın dört bir yanındaki mazlum halklara destek sunan Amerikan dilbilimci, filozof, mantıkçı, siyasî eleştirmen, tarihçi ve yazar Noam Chomsky, gazetemize verdiği demeçte TSK-ÖSO saldırganlığının vahametine vurgu yaptı. Chomsky’nin mesajı şöyle: “Türkiye’nin ağırlıklı olarak Kürt bölgelerine saldırısı büyük bir savaş suçu. Önceki aşamalarda ciddi vahşet ve etnik temizlik vardı, şimdi de Trump’ın utanç verici ihanetinden sonra ‘uzunca olan bu ihanetler listesine bir yenisini eklercesine’ daha da genişledi. Rojava’daki mükemmel başarılar ciddi anlamda tehdit altında. Türkiye’nin de dahil olduğu, bu suç girişimine karşı güçlü bir uluslararası bir protesto olmalı.”

‘Rojava’yla dayanışmak zorundayız’

Brezilyalı filozof, Marksist sosyolog Michael Löwy, Rojava’nın tüm ulusların ve dinlerin birlikte yaşayabileceği, demokratik, özgürlükçü, ekolojik ve feminist toplumun eşsiz bir deneyimi olduğunun altını çizdi. Löwy, “Dini politik güçlere ve hoşgörüsüz gerici tiranlıklara taban tabana zıt, insanlığın ve dayanışmanın mükemmel bir örneği. Trump’ın izniyle ve Erdoğan, köktenci çetelerin yardımıyla Rojava’yı yok etmeye çalışıyor. Bu sadece Kürtlere karşı değil demokrasi ve insan haklarına karşı bir suç. Ve bu hepimizi ilgilendiriyor. Kürt güçler ve müttefikleri bizim uluslararası desteğimizi hak ediyorlar. Biz Avrupa’da, ABD’de, Latin Amerika’da, Asya ve Afrika’da her yerde suç teşkil eden Türkiye işgaline karşı Rojava’yla dayanışmak zorundayız. Demokratik Rojava kazanacak” dedi.


          

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Dr. Stephen Hahn formally nominated to be next FDA commissioner

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The Trump administration on Tuesday formally nominated Dr. Stephen Hahn to be the next commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, sending his nomination to the US Senate.

While the Senate considers Hahn's nomination, Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, is to lead the FDA.

The previous acting commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Ned Sharpless, will return to his role as the director of the National Cancer Institute, HHS said last week. By law, Sharpless was only allowed to serve a total of 210 days under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. His tenure ended at 5 p.m. ET Friday. Sharpless took the role of acting commissioner after former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb resigned from the agency in March.

Hahn is a well-known radiation oncology expert and is the current chief medical executive of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he has been a professor of radiation oncology since January 2015.

Asked to describe himself when he was appointed to the leadership position at MD Anderson, Hahn used one word: "Energetic."

If confirmed by the Senate, the 59-year-old will run an agency that employs more than 17,000 people and has a $5.7 billion budget.

The agency protects public health by regulating much more than the food and drugs mentioned in the department's name. The FDA regulates medical devices, tobacco, alcohol, veterinary products, vaccines, blood, microwave ovens, nail polish and much more.

The American Association for Cancer Research on Friday applauded the nomination of Hahn in a news release.

"I have seen firsthand Dr. Hahn's extraordinary dedication and commitment to cancer patients, and the AACR is extremely confident that he will be an outstanding leader for the FDA," Dr. Margaret Foti, chief executive officer of the AACR, said in a statement Friday.

"Dr. Hahn, who is board certified in both radiation and medical oncology, is esteemed for the breadth and depth of his scientific knowledge and expertise, and he has consistently advocated for a drug review process at the FDA that is both science-directed and patient-focused," Foti said.

Hahn has been a member of the AACR since 1999.

At MD Anderson, Hahn manages a $5.2 billion operating budget, 20,300 employees, 7,000 trainees and more than 3,000 volunteers, according to the hospital.

MD Anderson is one of the world's largest cancer centers. It is ranked No. 1 in the United States for cancer care, according to the U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" survey. It cared for more than 141,000 patients in 2018.

CNN's Matt Hoye contributed to this report.

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Yang supports 'Medicare for All' label, would keep private insurance

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Businessman Andrew Yang said he supports "Medicare for All" but would keep the option of private insurance, in stark contrast to Sen. Bernie Sanders' original "Medicare for All" plan that essentially eliminates private insurers.

The Democratic presidential candidate said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that his version of Medicare for All could "exist to complement the current existing private insurance market," and that his campaign would unveil a "more detailed roll-out of the full plan in the days to come."

Yang's campaign website currently lists Medicare for All as one of his three main policies, but does not outline in detail how he would implement his health care plan if elected president.

Medicare for All, which has been spearheaded by Sanders, has emerged as a key fault line for 2020 Democratic candidates. Though it has become a catchphrase among Democrats — several candidates who are senators signed on to the bill as cosponsors — there is no universal agreement on how best to overhaul the American health care system.

"If you look at it, what does it say? Medicare for All, which means that you have a Medicare program that everyone can be enrolled in. It does not say Medicare for All, and all private insurance is hereby illegal," Yang said.

Sanders' Medicare for All bill, in contrast to Yang's vision, would essentially eliminate private insurers.

"So you're adopting the label, but not the bill," Bash said.

"That's correct," Yang responded.

Sanders' Medicare for All plan does not ban private insurers, but it leaves them only a tiny slice of the market to cover. Under Medicare for All, insurers could not cover services that would be included in the government-run plan, which would offer very comprehensive benefits, including doctors' visits, emergency care, hospitalization, mental health, maternity, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, vision, dental and hearing aids. Carriers could still sell policies that covered non-medically necessary procedures, such as cosmetic surgery.

Yang's goal, he said, is to "demonstrate to the American people that private insurance is not what you need" and that the Medicare plan is "superior to your current insurance." He would do that, he said, "without pulling the rug out from under you and saying that the insurance no longer exists."

He condemned the private insurance business model, saying it is "ratcheting up prices, year after year" and hurting families and businesses. But, he said, a majority of Americans are content with many aspects of their current coverage. "You can't completely upend an existing system that tens of millions of Americans rely upon, in my view," he said.

Proponents of Medicare for All want to create a single, government-run health insurance program. Yang echoed other Democratic candidates and said he regards health care as a basic human right, and that under his plan every American would have coverage.

Yang also delved into the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump that is dividing Washington and the country.

He said it was discouraging that no Republicans voted in support of the resolution formalizing proceedings last week. He said the lack of Republican support in the House suggested the Republican-controlled Senate would not vote to convict Trump.

Yang said there is a chance impeachment hurts the Democratic nominee for president. He noted senators who are 2020 candidates would have to return to Washington, DC, if there was a trial in the Senate, and that it would take the focus away from the campaign.

"Wouldn't be bad for you though," Bash said.

"I would be right here in Iowa, or New Hampshire, or South Carolina, or Nevada, or someplace else campaigning. It's true," Yang said, with a laugh.

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President Trump nominates Stephen Hahn as new FDA commissioner

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President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Dr. Stephen Hahn to be the next head of the US Food and Drug Administration.

The acting commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Ned Sharpless, will return to his role as the director of the National Cancer Institute, according to a press release from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

By law, Sharpless was only allowed to serve a total of 210 days under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. His tenure ended Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

Hahn is a well-known radiation oncology expert and is the current chief medical executive of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where has been a professor of radiation oncology since January 2015.

Asked to describe himself when he was appointed to the leadership position at MD Anderson, Hahn used one word: "Energetic."

The 59-year-old will need that energy to run an agency that employs more than 17,000 people and has a $5.7 billion budget.

The agency protects public health by regulating much more than the food and drugs mentioned in the department's name. The FDA regulates medical devices, tobacco, alcohol, veterinary products, vaccines, blood, microwave ovens, nail polish and much more.

Helping run the daily operations of MD Anderson, Hahn currently manages a $5.2 billion operating budget, 20,300 employees, 7,000 trainees and more than 3,000 volunteers, according to the hospital.

MD Anderson is one of the world's largest cancer centers. It is ranked No. 1 in the United States for cancer care, according to the U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" survey.

It cares for more than 141,000 patients in 2018. It is known as a leading cancer research center, earning the most number of grants from the National Cancer Institute, according to the center. Its staff even includes a 2018 Nobel Prize winner.

At MD Anderson, Hahn had a good reputation for turning its budget around. The center faced serious financial losses in 2016, according to the Houston Chronicle. The paper said when Hahn noticed the problem, he "laid out a slide presentation to top officials that showed the elite Houston hospital was on track to lose up to $450 million in the new fiscal year without swift and decisive action."

"We were in a financial crisis, if you will, and that we had to move in a certain direction," Hahn told the Cancer Letter in 2017 in an extensive interview about that time in his work. He oversaw the largest layoffs in the cancer center history, but the center moved back into solid financial territory.

Money challenges weren't the only test of Hahn's leadership. This year, when MD Anderson received notification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that it could become ineligible for reimbursements after investigations found violations with its labs, Hahn publicly promised to fix the problems and took responsibility. MD Anderson explained that corrective action is ongoing, according to a letter MD Anderson sent CMS.

Hahn was first brought to MD Anderson in 2015 to run its radiation oncology division and was appointed chief medical executive in June 2018.

Before his work in Texas, Hahn was chairman of radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 2005 to 2014. As vice chairman for research, he led the expansion of the department's research base, which regularly ranked first or second for NIH funding, according to the school.

In 2009, Hahn testified on Capitol Hill, taking responsibility for a doctor who worked for him who had botched the prostate cancer care of dozens of military veterans, according to Hahn's testimony. He asked the doctor to resign and created a new system to prevent future mistakes.

As a clinician, Hahn specialized in treating lung and genitourinary cancers. He is listed as an author on more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and other publications that focus on topics including proton therapy, radiotherapy and cost-effective treatments.

In the early 1990s, Hahn worked in Santa Rosa, California, as a medical and radiation oncologist, and took a leadership role early in his career as chief resident of internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He worked from 1993-1995 in Bethesda, Maryland, as chief of the National Cancer Institute's prostate cancer clinic.

Hahn graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from Rice University in 1980. He went to medical school in Philadelphia at Temple University, graduating in 1984.

The same year he graduated, Hahn married Lota Leigh Morning at the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, according to the local paper at the time. Hahn told MD Anderson that the worst advice he was ever given was to "never get married."

"If I'd listened to that advice, I'd have missed spending my life with my best friend," he told MD Anderson.

The couple have four children and a rescue dog.

Their online presence shows a love of wine and travel to Italy. He told MD Anderson that he gets up at 4 a.m. every day to read and work out, and if he wasn't a doctor, he'd be running a vineyard.

Hahn has been a Republican donor, according to Federal Election Commission records. Unlike some other FDA leaders, Hahn has received very little money from the medical device and drug industries. According to CMS' Open Payments database, Hahn received $1,021.40 in lodging and travel money from a radiation oncology device company in 2017 — much less than others in his field, according to the report.

To get the top FDA job, Hahn will have to be approved by the Senate. He would inherit an agency that since March has been going through an agency-wide reorganization.

Sharpless has been the acting FDA commissioner since April and had the backing to become the agency's permanent head by dozens of medical associations and past FDA commissioners who sent letters to the White House advocating on his behalf in September.

The agency is managing a vaping crisis that has killed at least 37 people nationwide and has raised real concerns about the safety and regulation of e-cigarettes. The country's opioid crisis has 1.7 million Americans struggling with addiction and there were more than 70,200 overdose deaths in 2017, according to the CDC. There are also challenges involving delays in drug approvals, as well as problems with the manufacturing safety of drugs.

On Friday, medical associations praised Hahn for his work.

"For several years, I served with Dr. Hahn on a National Cancer Institute study section, and I always found him to be an extremely thoughtful and science-oriented grant reviewer," said American Association for Cancer Research President-elect Dr. Antoni Ribas, in a statement. Ribas is a professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. "He has always put the interests of patients first, by embracing the importance of regulatory science to truly inform and improve the way new cancer medicines are evaluated for safety and efficacy."

"We welcome the nomination of a permanent FDA commissioner at a time when the agency's role to protect and promote public health is only growing in importance," said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown in a statement. "Should Dr. Hahn be confirmed, we look forward to working with him to aggressively advance public health priorities in areas including tobacco control, nutrition, drug and device development and review and more."

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that President Donald Trump has not yet nominated Dr. Stephen Hahn. It has also been updated to include the correct U.S. News & World Report ranking.

CNN's Amanda Sealy contributed to this report.

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Prosecutors say Trump associate Roger Stone lied to investigators

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House investigators released the first transcripts Monday from the closed-door impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump, providing new details about events at the center of the inquiry.

In hundreds of pages, Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Michael McKinley,...


          

Former Ukraine envoy lays out White House campaign to oust her as first Trump impeachment inquiry transcripts released

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It started with a warning to watch her back, that people were "looking to hurt" her. From there, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House investigators, it escalated into a chilling campaign to fire her as President Donald Trump and his allies angled in Eastern Europe for...


          

Trump impeachment inquiry transcripts: Read the closed-door interviews with Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley

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The House panels leading the Trump impeachment inquiry released testimony from former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley, a former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Read the transcripts below.

Marie Yovanovitch testimony transcript Michael McKinley...
          

Trump impeachment inquiry: White House lawyer defies subpoena to appear before House investigators

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The lead lawyer for the National Security Council defied a subpoena Monday to appear before House impeachment investigators, as did other White House witnesses, following President Donald Trump's orders not to cooperate with the probe.

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Trump, who refused to provide anything but written answers in Russia probe, says whistleblower’s written answers ‘not acceptable’

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The whistleblower who raised alarms about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine and touched off the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans, the person's lawyer says.

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The week ahead in the Trump impeachment inquiry: Democrats seek John Bolton’s testimony, prepare to release transcripts

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For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine whether President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family and...


          

Trump blasts California governor’s forest management, though last week’s big fires didn’t start in forests

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The big fires that hit Southern California last week burned expensive Los Angeles homes, swept through lush agricultural land, closed the 405 Freeway and threatened a presidential library.

But they did not burn through large swaths of forests.

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Judge blocks Trump rule that would have required immigrants to prove they will have health insurance before getting visas

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A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas.

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Trump revokes Obama-era EO on contractors’ right-of-refusal rules

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President and CEO of the Professional Services Council David Berteau joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for what services contractors are thinking.
          

Stone Trial Links Trump More Closely to 2016 Effort to Obtain Stolen Emails

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Newly revealed calls between President Trump and Roger Stone dovetailed with key developments in the theft of Democratic emails, prosecutors said.
          

Don’t Let Trump Make You Numb to What’s Unacceptable

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What Trump Didn’t Say About the Massacre in Mexico

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Trump administration schedules lease sale for Arctic Alaska lands

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The Trump administration said on Tuesday it will be auctioning off nearly 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) of land in Arctic Alaska for oil development next month, and it is promising much more territory will be open to development in the future.

          

'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."



          

Migrants live in fear at Mexico-US border as violence flares

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Migrants live in fear at Mexico-US border as violence flaresA Salvadoran woman seeking asylum in the United States spends her days holed up in her cousin's cramped slum house just across the border in Mexico — too scared to leave after receiving a savage beating from two men three weeks ago while she was strolling home from a convenience store. The assault came after she spent four months in captivity in Mexico, kidnapped into prostitution during her journey toward the U.S. The woman, 31, is among 55,000 migrants who have been returned to Mexico by the Trump administration to wait for their cases to wind through backlogged immigration courts.



          

Donald Trump Hawked Donald Trump Jr.’s New Book And It Didn’t Go So Well

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E. Jean Carroll, Who Says Trump Raped Her, Sues Him For Defamation

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The advice columnist says his attempts to denigrate her have caused emotional stress and career consequences.
          

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.

          

Hassan Rouhani, Iranian president, announces another break from nuclear deal

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Iran uranium enrichment doubled on embassy takeover anniversary

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U.S.-Iran tensions escalated Monday as Tehran announced a doubling of its uranium enrichment activities in a calculated breach of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and the Trump administration leveled a slate of fresh sanctions targeting an inner circle of officials around Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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United States Withdraws From Paris Agreement

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The 16 Best Ways to Make a Difference in Portland this Week: November 7-20

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Resistance events for the week of November 7-20 by Emilly Prado

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Friends of the IPRC Benefit Show with Amenta Abioto, Brown Calculus, and DJ Cuica
This fundraiser invites musicians to share a stage in support of the Independent Publishing Resource Center. While the IPRC may be known as a place for writers and printmakers to produce art, it’s also a place for musicians to create flyers, merch, and more. Happy hour tickets include one drink, admission to the main show, and a special set by guitarist Marisa Anderson. (Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum, 6:30 pm, $15-25)

We Are the Resilient Launch Event
This immersive fashion show is a collaboration between No End of Designs’ Palani BearGhost, neo-contemporary Navajo artist Randy Barton, and muralist/painter Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith. Catch fly designs, performances by the House of Ada, Chanti Darling, and DJ VNPRT, and food by Mixteca Catering. (Desert Island Studios, 645 N Tillamook, 6:30 pm, $10)


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8

We Are What We Eat: A Food & Race Workshop
What do food and race have to do with each other? Everything! Learn about the systemic inequities built into the food system, issues of food access and representation, and action plans for building community and enacting change at this training hosted by Resolutions Northwest. Eating consciously with regards to organic and locally-sourced foods is a great first step, but this workshop encourages attendees to dive in even deeper. (Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster, 9 am, FREE for BIPOC; $160 for white participants)


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9

Sisters of the Road 40th Anniversary Fundraiser
Celebrate four decades of radical hospitality from Sisters of the Road at this vegetarian feast. What started as a café to feed Portland’s houseless community has flourished to include award-winning work covering policy advocacy, research, the publication of a book, and more. Special guests include Darcelle XV, co-founder Genny Nelson, and more. Be there or consider sponsoring a ticket! (Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6 N Tillamook, 5 pm, $100)


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Defend DACA, #HomeisHere Rally
The future of DACA, and its 700,000 recipients, is in danger—again. As the Trump administration threatens to cease the program, the National Immigration Law Center and activists across the country are rallying in support of fellow community members. Today, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments on the proposed termination. Show your support by showing up and listening to stories from undocumented Oregonians. (Terry D. Schrunk Plaza, 364 SW Madison, 10:30 am, FREE)

Monthly Keaton Otis Vigil
Remember the life of Keaton Otis—a young Black Portlander who was killed by police in May 2012. This monthly vigil was started by Otis’ father who passed away in 2013 and continues to be hosted by community members. NE 6th and NE Halsey, 6 pm, FREE

Pizza for Nonprofits: Fundraiser for Write Around Portland
Go ahead and treat yourself to some tasty ’za in support of Write Around Portland. Fifteen percent of all deliveries, dine-ins, and to-go orders from Hotlips Pizza’s Hawthorne location will be donated to the community-centric literary non-profit. (Hotlips Pizza, 2211 SE Hawthorne, 4 pm)


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Ray Warren Symposium Keynote
In the words of late, great Whitney Houston, “I believe the children are our future.” And the children know a future is only guaranteed if radical action is taken on a climate change front. If you can’t attend every session at the 16th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies, make sure you’re at the keynote address where Isra Hirsi and Feliquan Charlemagne, directors of US Youth Climate Strike, will present “It’s Our Future: Reimagining Environmental Justice.” Open to all. (Lewis and Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill, 7 pm, FREE)


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Free Community Self Defense at Q Center
Learn the basics of self-defense at this bimonthly workshop geared toward the LGBTQ+ community. Wear comfy clothing without zippers, metal, or any other items that may scratch. Email questions to page [at] pdxqcenter [dot] org. (Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, 6:30 pm, FREE)


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

All our Trials : A Book Talk with Emily Thuma
What does it look like to serve justice outside of the criminal legal system for survivors of sexual and domestic violence? It’s a topic that Emily Thuma, assistant professor at University of Washington, Tacoma, explores, retraces, and researches in her book, All Our Trials. This community conversation will feature artist and organizer claire barrera of El Programa Hispano Católico and others. Books available for purchase. Dismantle Change Build Center, 14 NE Killingsworth, 6 pm, FREE

Bingo-Vore hosted by Herbivore and Northwest Veg
This monthly Friday night Bingo-Vore raises money for Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary and PNW 250 Pig Rescue over games of bingo and delicious vegan snacks. Win prizes, drink beer and/or kombucha, and down some nachos. Cover includes three bingo games. (Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont, 7 pm, $10)

Paint your Pet Night
Honor your furry family members by painting their gorgeous mug at this wine- and snack-fueled evening in support of Project POOCH. Since 1993, Project POOCH has paired shelter dogs with incarcerated youth to provide the love, socialization, and care they need to thrive for successful adoption. Reserve your spot and send your pet’s pic to Susi at wildwoods1 [at] comcast [dot] net. Hip Hound, 610 NW 23rd, 7 pm, $56


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Women in Prison Conference
The Oregon Justice Resource Center hosts its annual conference on women in prison, and this year’s programming emphasizes justice for survivors of domestic violence. Hear from women incarcerated at CCCF, attend panels about different forms of reform, and more. Free for formerly incarcerated people. (Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, Sat Nov 16 & Sun Nov 17, 8:30 am, $45-65)


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Tender Table: Shilo George, Daela Muñoz, Michelle Week
Hear stories from three community members at the latest iteration of Tender Table—a storytelling platform for BIPOC women, trans, and nonbinary people speaking on the “sweet, savory, sour, and bitter relationships to food and its connections to identity, memory, and community.” If that wasn’t amazing enough, all presenters prepare Costco-sized samples to accompany their pieces. (Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th, noon, $5-15 suggested donation)


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Screening: Call Her Ganda
Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, was 26 years old when she was killed by Joseph Pemberton, a 19-year-old cis male member of the Marine Corps. In this heart-wrenching documentary, filmmaker PJ Raval recounts Laude’s story and the painful journey her family undergoes in seeking justice while fusing in history of US imperial rule in the Philippines. Join People Organizing for Philippine Solidarity for this screening. Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th, 7 pm, FREE

Portland Clean Energy Community Fund Program Introduction
The Centennial Community Association is hosting a community conversation with Lenny Dee, founder of 350PDX and a co-founder of the Portland Clean Energy Fund initiative. Learn how the ballot measure passed in November 2018 (Measure 26-201) will impact and benefit East Portland, and about the 2020 grant process. The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark, 6:30 pm, FREE


A Personal Note
It is with a heavy heart that I announce this will be the last activism and community calendar in the Mercury’s print edition. When I pitched this column, formerly known as “From Slacktivism to Activism,” in February 2017, Donald Trump had just been sworn into office. Folks were riled up to take action and get (further) involved in our community. Almost three years in, it’s time to leave the nest. Please keep staying involved and keep in touch. And if you have an event and want to get the word out, please send it to calendar@portlandmercury.com.

In Solidarity,
Emilly Prado

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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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Good Morning, News: Supremes to Rule on Trump's Criminality, Sondland Flips on Trump, and Dems Win Big!

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Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today.

Democrat Andy Beshear of Kentucky upsets crybaby Republican Matt Bevin. WAHHH! WAHHH! WAHHHH!
Democrat Andy Beshear of Kentucky upsets crybaby Republican Matt Bevin. WAHHH! WAHHH! WAHHHH! John Sommers II / Getty

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Your smile, your style is so fly. I can't deny I got a crush on you. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

Let's start with some good news for Democrats and BAD NEWS for Trump: For the first time in decades Virginia's state government flipped blue in last night's election, paving the way for minimum wage raises and tightening gun laws. Meanwhile in Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear squeaked out a victory in the gubernatorial race, beating Gov. Matt Bevin who is such a fucking Republican crybaby, he's refusing to concede. YA LOST, SON! Go cry in Trump's lap.

In other good election news: "Woman who gave Trump the finger elected in Virginia."

In case you missed it, yesterday Portland hotelier/Trump crony Gordon Sondland, sensing that he was going to get caught in his lies, reversed his position and now says that there was a "quid pro quo" deal (read: bribery and extortion) between Trump and Ukraine. This blows a huge hole in the GOP's defense that everyone who has testified against the president is a "never Trumper"—hey, the dude gave Trump millions! (Be sure to watch the video below of Sondland returning home to Portland late last night and receiving an "unwelcome home" party from protesters. SO GOOD. Boycott his hotels.)

House impeachment investigators have called on White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify on Trump's quid pro quo—since... you know... Mulvaney was most likely involved and publicly called it a quid pro quo. He's not gonna testify—we all know this, right?

Here's your "desperate, panicky Republicans" headline of the day: "Senate Republicans consider including Bidens in Trump impeachment trial."

I can't believe it's come to this, but here we are: In a few days Trump will be asking the Supreme Court to rule on whether or not he's completely immune to criminal investigation while in office. In normal times it would be a laughable question, but with this Supreme Court? The shit could hit the fan with this one. And the aftermath will not be pretty.

Meanwhile, in DRAKE news:

A 25-year-old member of the New Zealand Parliament got off a great "OK Boomer" retort when a boomer tried to heckle her climate change speech.

IN LOCAL NEWS: Portland's own Trump conspirator Gordon Sondland arrived back in town last night, and received quite the welcome from protesters. (This is great—needed more "boos.")

Apparently Mayor Ted Wheeler has finally heard enough and is donating $16,000 of Gordon Sondland's past campaign contributions to charity. I guess because he couldn't tell Sondland was clearly lying the first time around?

In Portland election news, you voted "yes" on ballots that will continue to pay our teachers,
as well as protect the environment, our drinking water, and parks. See more from our Alex Zielinski.

The city is planning on hosting public information meetings to brief Portlanders on their negotiation process with the Portland Police union, because they neglected to last time AND IT DID NOT GO SO WELL. Our Alex Zielinski has the details.

Hey! Who wants to watch some great DIY porn seated next to strangers? YOU DO. Tickets for HUMP! 2019 are right here and it kicks off this Friday, November 8! Trust me, you won't regret it.

Now let's gaze skyward at the WEATHER: Expect a sunnier, less foggy day with a high of 58.

And finally, MOOD.

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Barnicle: The “destruction” of the State Department

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Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Mika Brzezinski, Elise Jordan, John Heilemann and Mike Barnicle about the “destruction” of the Department of State in the era of President Donald Trump, after transcripts revealed that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House investigators that she felt shocked and threatened when she learned what President Trump had said about her on a July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president. “It’s hard to believe, but there might be a larger story than the threats to Ambassador Yovanovitch—and it would be the slow destruction of the State Department as evidenced [...]
          

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The Morning Joe panel discusses the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals’ trip to the White House to celebrate their victory with President Donald Trump and whether star pitcher Stephen Strasburg will rejoin the team after opting out of the final four years of his contract, three days after being chosen MVP of the World Series. Hear what Willie Geist, Claire McCaskill and Mike Barnicle predict Strasburg’s next move will be.
          

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MONROE - President Trump held a rally in north Louisiana Wednesday night ahead of the runoff election between Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger Eddie Rispone.&nbsp;

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President Trump making another stop in La. next week ahead of runoff

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President Trump making another stop in La. next week ahead of runoff

BOSSIER CITY - President Donald Trump in making yet another stop in Louisiana next week to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone.

Representative Mike Johnson said on Facebook Wednesday the president will be stopping at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City on Nov. 14.&nbsp;

Trump is also making a stop in Monroe Wednesday night to push for the Republican candidate.&nbsp;

The runoff election between Rispone and Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards will take place Saturday, Nov. 16.


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Trump turns his campaign focus to Louisiana governor's race

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - President Donald Trump is turning his attention to the nation's last gubernatorial race of 2019, seeking to drive Louisiana's Democratic governor from office.
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The president is traveling Wednesday night to the northeastern Louisiana city of Monroe. There, he'll rally supporters to cast their ballots for Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, bidding to keep Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards from a second term.
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Early voting ends Saturday in the Nov. 16 election.
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An endorsement video circulated by the state GOP shows Trump describing Rispone as "a fantastic man" and Edwards as "a disaster."
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Edwards downplays Trump's efforts as Washington-style partisanship.
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Republicans want to reclaim the governorship in a Deep South state where they believe Edwards' 2015 victory was a fluke. Democrats believe securing an Edwards win could demonstrate competitiveness in the region.

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Factbox: How the SEC is making life easier for corporate America

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Under the Trump administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken more than two dozen measures - including trimming rules - that make life easier for corporate America, according to a Reuters analysis of SEC announcements and interviews with more than a dozen lawyers, academics and advocacy groups.

          

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A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign a long-awaited interim trade deal could be delayed until December as discussions continue over terms and venue, a senior official of the Trump administration told Reuters on Wednesday.

          

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ObamaCare enrollment reaches 177,000 in first two days of enrollment period

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More than 177,000 people signed up for ObamaCare plans during the first two days of open enrollment, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Trump administration. Nov. 1 marked the first day of ...
          

Impeachment: 3 takeaways from William Taylor’s full Ukraine testimony - Vox.com

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Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying the president broke no laws in call with Ukrainian leader - The Washington Post

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WASHINGTON • In a significant revision to his earlier testimony before House impeachment investigators, U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland now says he told a Ukrainian official that security assistance to the country would only...
          

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China presses U.S. to drop more tariffs

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Senators, Who Will Be Sitting in Judgment if  Trump Goes on Trial, Line Up for Campaign Cash

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An Appeals Court Says Manhattan DA's Can Get Returns Held by Trump's Accountants; Case Goes to Supreme Court Next

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Trump Unconcerned as Beijing Pursues Its Claims to the Resource-Rich South China Sea

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Following the 'Roy Cohn Playbook,' He Will Delay, Lie, Destroy Evidence, Attack Patriots ... Anything to Save Himself

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U.S. President Donald Trump struck a defiant note on Wednesday at a rally in Louisiana a day after Democrats clinched victories in a raft of local elections that cast a shadow over his 2020 re-election hopes.

          

365 Harms: The Trump Administration’s Record on People of Color

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Time and time again, the Trump administration’s policies and practices have negatively affected communities of color across the United States.

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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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Beshear Starts Transition, Bevin Seeks Recanvass

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Democrat Andy Beshear turned his focus toward transitioning into the Kentucky governor's office as Republican incumbent Matt Bevin asked for a recanvass of vote totals, one day after election results showed Bevin trailing by several thousand votes. Beshear, the state's attorney general, said he's confident in the election outcome, saying any review would show he won the hard-fought campaign. "Whatever process that the governor chooses to go down, it's not going to change this overall number of votes," Beshear said at a news conference. "We are going to take the steps to move forward to make sure that we are ready ... on the day that we're inaugurated." With 100% of precincts reporting, Beshear led by a little over 5,000 votes out of more than 1.4 million counted, or a margin of less than 0.4 percentage points. That's inside the margin that would trigger a recount in most states, and it's AP policy not to call races that could go to a recount. Although there is no mandatory recount law in Kentucky, the AP is applying that same standard here. Beshear told reporters Wednesday that he has not heard from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who has not conceded. Beshear said the hard-fought campaign ended Tuesday night and that it's time to move forward with a smooth transition. He appointed his top deputy in the attorney general's office, J. Michael Brown, to lead his transition team. He said the budget he submits to lawmakers early next year will focus on education, health care and infrastructure. Bevin's campaign announced Wednesday afternoon it is asking for a recanvass of vote totals. Speaking to supporters Tuesday night, Bevin called it a "close, close race" and said he wasn't conceding "by any stretch." "We want the process to be followed, and there is a process," he said. Beshear countered Wednesday that the margin "isn't terribly close." Kentucky inaugurates its governors in the December following an election. Beshear the son of Kentucky's last Democratic governor, Steve Beshear named his top deputy in the attorney general's office, J. Michael Brown, to lead his transition team. Beshear said the budget proposal he submits to lawmakers in early 2020 will reflect his priorities on public education, health care and infrastructure. He promised a quick follow-through on some key campaign pledges. Those include appointing new members to the Kentucky Board of Education, rescinding Bevin's proposed work-related requirements for some Medicaid recipients and restoring voting rights for more than 140,000 nonviolent felons who completed their sentences. Kentucky has no mandatory recount law. Bevin may request that counties recanvass their results not a recount, but rather a check of the vote count to ensure the results were added correctly. Bevin would need a court's approval for a recount. "The margin is large enough to not have a reasonable expectation that it can be closed with anything outstanding," Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' office said in a statement. "The process laid out by the law will be followed and all candidates do have a recourse to review or challenge their results." Grimes, a Democrat, has overseen 20-plus recanvasses during her two terms as secretary of state, her office said. The results never changed significantly enough to flip the outcome of a race, it said. Bevin won the 2015 GOP primary for governor by just 83 votes. A recanvass confirmed that margin. He noted wryly Tuesday night: "Would it be a Bevin race if it wasn't a squeaker?" But the gap is much larger this time. Bevin hinted there might be "irregularities" to look into but didn't offer specifics. His campaign didn't respond to an email seeking an explanation. Asked about Bevin's remark, Beshear said: "I don't know what information he's working off of." While Bevin wasn't throwing in the towel, some prominent Kentucky Republicans conceded that Beshear won. Republican strategist Scott Jennings referred to Beshear as Kentucky's next governor, wishing him "godspeed" and saying he "ran a good race" in a social media post. Also on social media, GOP state Rep. Jason Nemes said: "Governor-elect Beshear is entitled to the democratic legitimacy that comes with loser's consent. So let's go through the process honorably and expeditiously and give it to him." The final hours of campaigning were dominated by Bevin's endorsement from President Donald Trump at an election eve rally in Lexington, Kentucky. Trump had loomed large in the race as Bevin stressed his alliance with the Republican president in TV ads, tweets and speeches. Trump carried Kentucky by a landslide in 2016 and remains popular there. The president took center stage in the campaign with an election eve rally to energize his supporters for his fellow Republican. But the combative Bevin struggled to overcome some self-inflicted wounds, highlighted by a running feud with teachers who opposed his efforts to revamp the state's woefully underfunded public pension systems. Bevin lagged well behind the vote totals for the rest of the GOP slate for statewide offices. Republican candidates swept Kentucky's races for attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer and agriculture commissioner. Trump took credit Wednesday for the near sweep, tweeting, "Our big Kentucky Rally on Monday night had a massive impact on all of the races. He claimed that Bevin "picked up at least 15 points in last days, but perhaps not enough (Fake News will blame Trump!)." Beshear dominated urban areas in Louisville and Lexington and won some traditionally Republican suburban counties in the state's northernmost tip, just south of Cincinnati, to offset Bevin's strength in rural areas. Beshear also made inroads in eastern Kentucky, winning several counties in a region where Trump is highly popular. Beshear maintained his focus throughout the race on "kitchen table" issues like health care and education to blunt Bevin's efforts to hitch himself to Trump and nationalize the race.
          

Donald Trump – Al-Baghdadi govor VS Barack Obama – Bin Laden govor

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Donald Trump Al Baghdadi govor VS Barack Obama Bin Laden govorJimmy Kimmel je naredil enega izmed boljših “mash-upov”, ko je v isti posnetek združil govor Trumpa ob odstranitvi Al-Baghdadija in govor Obame, ko so odstranili Bin Ladna. Barack Obama je imel takrat govor dolg devet minut in pol, Donald Trump pa je klobasal 48 minut. Trije strelski pohodi v ZDA (El Paso, Daytona, Chicago) v …
          

'SNL' jabs Trump supporters as Alec Baldwin returns | USA TODAY

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‘SNL’ jabs Trump supporters at rally as Alec Baldwin returns, Chance hosts “Saturday Night Live” spoofed a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico as Alec Baldwin reprised his role as the president. Chance the Rapper hosted and performed. » Subscribe to USA TODAY: http://bit.ly/1xa3XAh » Watch more on this and other topics from USA TODAY: …

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Comment on ABC News Doing Damage Control Over Leaked Video by Sir William

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Every day something else comes out about the main stream media not reporting on the news, but picking and choosing, slanting and omitting, shading and outright lying. Just last week it was CNN exposed as a hyper partisan network, ignoring any other news in their quest to tell the world how bad President Trump is. It shouldn't be any surprise that ABC (as did NBC) spiked the bombshell story of Jeffrey Epstein. That the Royal Family pressured ABC is a bombshell story in and of itself. Where would we be without alternative media sources nowadays ???
          

In their own words …

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Huffington Post Eric Trump Complains, Without Irony, That ‘Facts Don’t Matter’ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/eric-trump-facts-dont-matter-donald-trump_n_5dc273a2e4b0f5dcf8fd47c3 Just to prove how inaccurate/corrupted the media is; this is exactly how the Huffington Post twists and manipulates what people say. What the post headlines claims Trump said: … Continue reading
          

Five takeaways from Trump's Monroe rally on impeachment, China and election

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President Donald Trump hit a wide range of topics during his rally in Monroe on Wednesday night.
      

          

Donald Trump rallies in Monroe for Eddie Rispone in Louisiana governor's race

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President Donald Trump at a rally in Monroe urged people to vote for Eddie Rispone in the Louisiana governor's race and oust Gov. John Bel Edwards.
      

          

President Donald Trump coming back to Louisiana next Thursday

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President Donald Trump will headline a Shreveport-Bossier City rally to support Louisiana governor's candidate Eddie Rispone.
      

          

Check out the crowd at the Trump rally at Monroe Civic Center

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The Civic Center hosted an overflow crowd for President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
      

          

Check out the crowd at the Monroe Civic Center for Trump rally

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Get a look at the crowd inside the Monroe Civic Center ahead of President Donald Trump's speech.
      

          

WATCH: President Trump lands in Monroe

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Watch as President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One ahead of his rally at the Monroe Civic Center
      

          

President Donald Trump isn't picking sides in LSU football game against Alabama

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President Trump said he won't declare a favorite when he attends the LSU versus Alabama football game Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
      

          

Thousands gather at Monroe Civic Center to welcome Trump for rally

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More than 40,000 people requested tickets for Donald Trump's rally in Louisiana, and the Monroe venue holds approximately 10,000.
      

          

Watch live: Donald Trump rallies for Eddie Rispone in Monroe, Louisiana

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President Donald Trump will be in Monroe tonight to headline a rally for Republican governor's candidate Eddie Rispone against incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
      

          

PHOTOS: People wait outside Monroe Civic Center for Donald Trump rally

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People gather outside the Monroe Civic Center as they wait to get in to hear President Donald Trump at the rally Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
      

          

Kurt Suzuki and Trump share a titanic moment during Nationals' White House visit

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President Trump honored the World Series champion Nationals at the White House on Monday, though more than a half-dozen players skipped the visit.


          

“Senior Officials Believed Pence Would Support Use Of 25th Amendment”

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“The much-anticipated book ‘A Warning,’ reportedly written by an unnamed senior White House official, claims that high-level White House aides were certain that Vice President Mike Pence would support the use of the 25th Amendment to have President Donald Trump removed from office because of mental incapacity.” (NOTE: The author of this book is the […]
          

Usa, perché Trump ha perso  il Kentucky, sua roccaforte Eletta la ciclista anti Donald

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Usa, perché Trump ha perso  il Kentucky, sua roccaforte Eletta la ciclista anti Donald

Brutte notizie per il presidente anche dalla Virginia. La campagna dei vincitori condotta su sanità, ore di lavoro, salari: è la strada per battere Donald?


          

The Yes-Men have taken over the Trump administration

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The debate on President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in his first two years in office revolved around the question of what mattered more: the policy or the tweets. Trump-administration officials, sympathetic conservatives, and a significant number of foreign government officials argued that the policy pursued by the administration was sound even though the president had…
       

          

Leo Varadkar gifted Trump €15 picture book of Ireland during his visit to Clare as pressie ...

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Or maybe a colouring book next time.” The token gift was just one of three gestures given to the Presidential couple on behalf of the Irish people.


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The View from Riyhadh

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Surely, the story is monumentally important. It’s so important that our news media have largely ignored it. 

Happily, Karen Elliott House has traveled to Saudi Arabia to witness the cultural transformation taking place in the kingdom. We recall the bright eyed New York Times columnists who camped out in Tahrir Square to welcome democracy to Egypt—how did that one work out?—so we ought at least to give passing mention to the one place where Islam is being modernized, rapidly.

Considering how many of the world’s problems derive from the fact that one of its major religions has failed to modernize, we ought to pay some attention to what is happening in Saudi Arabia. Surely, we prefer the course taken by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to that proposed by the reactionary forces running the Islamic Republic of Iran.

And yes, I know, Jamal Khashoggi was most likely murdered by people who are very close to the crown prince. Unfortunately, we do not choose our allies on the basis of a moral purity test. How does it happen that everyone is up in arms about Khashoggi and no one cares about the thousands of people who have been executed in Iran for crimes like…homosexual behavior.

As for life on the ground, House offers this sense of the public mood:

During a three-week visit, the public delight is visible everywhere from the capital city to remote rural provinces like Jizan in the south and Tabuk in the north. Teenage Saudi girls scream hysterically at a performance here by the Korean boy band BTS. Young Saudi women with bared faces run a 5K through city streets clad only in short-sleeved T-shirts and tight leggings. Groups of young men and women relax together in Starbucks. Hotels are no longer permitted to ask Saudi couples for proof of marriage at check-in. All this change and more in a society where until very recently women, uniformly clad in floor-length abayas, couldn’t exercise, drive or appear in public with men other than close relatives.

House believes that the nation is anticipating the day when it will no longer be able to rely on oil revenue. She suggests that it is modernizing in order to attract tourism and investments, but I suspect that there is a larger and more profound reason. The crown prince, whatever his faults, has correctly decided that Islam needs to be part of the modern world. It cannot stand apart and watch other cultures surpass it.

House continues:

This most puritanical of Islamic societies is increasingly mirroring Western mores as the government seeks to attract foreign tourists and investors whose money is needed to diversify the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy.

The regime no longer worries about the erosion of the kingdom’s distinctive culture. Its view is that in a world of ubiquitous social media all cultures are destined to blend and it is no longer feasible, let alone desirable, for Saudi Arabia to shut itself off from inexorable global trends.

As it happens, the kingdom does not allow dissenting opinions. It does not have first amendment rights to free speech and free expression. Naturally, this offends us to the marrow. And yet, do you believe that change would have been possible if the religious police had been allowed to constitute a countervailing faction:

There is no doubt that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 34, effective ruler of the kingdom, has decided to press ahead full speed with economic and social change (the former much tougher than the latter). Nothing will deter him. The crown prince, those close to him say, is absolutely convinced his reforms are essential and urgent. So in his view, debate is pointless. There is no possibility of reversing course—and no apparent concern about a conservative backlash. The once-powerful religious authorities have been reduced to mouthpieces for the regime and are widely ignored by the public. Even immediate foreign threats are more distraction than deterrent to Crown Prince Mohammed’s domestic agenda.

To be clear, such rapid change is difficult to impose, even when one can exercise authoritarian control over the culture. Attitudes and social habits change more slowly:

The government is spending billions on bringing entertainment—wrestling, tennis, car racing, expensive restaurants, musical performers—to the kingdom to jump-start tourism. Joining a Saudi family for dinner, I am driven by golf cart through a park to the restaurant by a young Saudi woman with a bare face, cropped hair and no abaya. Such dress or employment for a Saudi woman was unthinkable even a few months ago. “I feel out of place in my own country,” says one Saudi woman in shock at seeing a Lebanese singer entering a Riyadh hotel in a sleeveless midthigh dress. Such “indecency,” unlike dissent, runs no risk these days.

Given its neighborhood the Saudi government requires American assistance. It needs a reliable ally in Washington, especially since Western European nations want to align themselves with Iran. Some say that we should completely withdraw from the region, but we are also part of the world oil market. It’s nice to be self-sufficient energy wise, but what happens if our vendors, suppliers and customers run out of fuel.

Meantime, the Saudi government is putting maximum pressure on the U.S. to provide additional military support to the regime. Failure to stand visibly with Saudi Arabia, say officials here, could encourage Iran to strike again and lead to higher oil prices for the U.S. and world-wide. Or the Saudis could opt to price oil in a currency other than the dollar, with severe ramifications for the U.S. and the global economy.

Crown Prince Mohammed is said to have been livid about the slow U.S. reaction but mollified by the Trump administration’s recent decision to dispatch 2,000 additional American troops to Saudi Arabia along with two Patriot missile batteries and a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or Thaad. The American buildup looks intended to deter future Iranian aggression, but whether the Trump administration would engage or duck is anyone’s guess given the lack of a formal U.S.-Saudi mutual-security treaty. The Saudis are understandably nervous after President Obama failed to enforce his “red line” in Syria and President Trump made no response to Iran’s downing of an American drone in June or its attack on Aramco six weeks ago.

The Trump administration seems to have come to this understanding. If it does not support the Saudi reform effort, the chances for backsliding will increase exponentially.


          

New York: A City of Herbivores

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We understand why President Trump has changed his permanent residence from New York to Florida. It isn’t just the tax situation, though that certainly played a part. It must have a great deal to do with security. If you cannot walk the streets of the city without fearing an assault, if you fear for the safety of your wife and young son, it’s time to pull up roots. Even if you are not assaulted, you will be subjected to sneers, nasty looks, insulting remarks and other forms of raw prejudice. In the end, it’s about the appallingly bad manners of New Yorkers. 

It might be about the diversity. With a multitude of cultures you get a cacophonous multitude of manners. So you never know how or what to do to signal your membership in a group. 

Then again, perhaps it’s about food? Perhaps it’s about New Yorkers’ expressed preferences for Thanksgiving dinner. Over at the New York Post columnist Lauren Steussy explains that the last straw for her was a poll showing that New Yorkers favorite Thanksgiving food was… salad.

A city of herbivores… how pathetic can you get?

Steussy writes:

President Donald Trump had the right idea, getting out of this wasteland.

But it’s not the political leaders, or the high rent, or the dysfunctional MTA, or the summer trash vapors or winter slush that have me headed straight for the Lincoln Tunnel like a bat out of hell.

It’s the fact that New Yorkers’ preferred Thanksgiving dish is a heaping, fibrous, cold pile of salad.

A new House Method survey of Google searches broken down by state has revealed this dark truth. It found that salad, more than any other savory dish, is the most popular Thanksgiving meal among New Yorkers — not turkey, not mashed potatoes, not the yams with the marshmallows toasted on top, not even Brussels sprouts, which, admittedly, are salad-adjacent, but certainly not some disastrous bowl of arugula tossed with pathetic vinaigrette.

Vegans and vegetarians unite against the upcoming holocaust of turkeys. They are soon going to have a Save the Turkeys event. They will occupy turkey farms to stop the slaughter. And they will sit down to their Thanksgiving feast and demonstrate how virtuous they are by munching on the radicchio. 

They seem not to have noticed that turkeys are a renewable food source.
          

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.”

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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.

          

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.

          

Obama and Trump Fighting Terrorism

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Piers Morgan is not the only commentator who compared the different reactions to the assassination of Osama bin Laden with the suicide of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Yet, his comments were succinct, and to the point.

When bin Laden died the world rejoiced. All Americans rejoiced. When Baghdadi died Democrats and their media enablers fell over themselves to denounce Donald Trump. America’s divisions have rarely been as stark.

You might say that Trump is the more divisive figure, but Republicans afforded President Obama a degree of respect that Obama’s supporters have never offered to President Trump.

Morgan begins:

I was in New York on the night President Barack Obama announced Navy SEALs had killed Osama bin Laden.

Obama was intensely disliked by Republicans at the time, but partisan rivalry was set aside for a moment of true, unified joy at the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist.

People of all political leanings took to the streets to chant ‘USA! USA!’ as they celebrated the wicked Al Qaeda leader’s grisly demise in a Pakistan shoot-out.

It didn’t matter how you voted, what mattered was that the man who masterminded 9/11 had finally been made to pay for his despicable crimes.

It was a great day for America, and for the world.

As though we need the reminder— though we probably do— Morgan offers a list of the horrors committed by Baghdadi.

For five years, after declaring Islamic State as a worldwide caliphate, Baghdadi presided over one of the most brutal, evil periods of unconscionable terrorist activity in modern history.

His followers burned victims alive in cages or slowly drowned them. They threw gay people off rooftops, and beheaded others on videos they then broadcast online.

They executed 13 teenage boys in Iraq with machine guns because they were watching a football match on TV.

They shot, suicide-bombed and massacred any rival Shia Muslims they could find in a relentless frenzied attempt to ethnically cleanse them off the face of the planet.

They murdered anyone who tried to leave their caliphate, or those they deemed ‘ineffective in battle’.

They kidnapped thousands of women, especially Kurds or Yazidis, and either sold them as sex slaves or forced them to marry ISIS fighters and be their sex slaves. Many were tortured, or killed themselves to escape the torment.

They trafficked human organs they ripped from living captives and hostages, including children.

They used brainwashed kids as young as six to be front line shields.

It was not limited to the Middle East:

As Baghdadi’s terrible tentacles spread ever further around the world, fueled by constant ISIS propaganda on the internet, the scale and ferocity of attacks against civilians worsened.

In January 2015, ISIS terrorists armed with assault rifles stormed the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people.

A few months later, ISIS carried out coordinated attacks in the same city at a football stadium, cafes and the Bataclan concert hall – killing 130 people and wounding 350.

In 2016, ISIS claimed responsibility when a man in a large truck drove through a crowd in Nice, France on Bastille Day, murdering 84 and injuring 330.

A year later, an ISIS-inspired suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 predominantly young girls and wounding another 59.

All of this was conducted on Baghdadi’s watch.

He was the boss, the driving force, the brains behind the barbarism.

So yesterday was a truly great day for America and the world.

As it happened, much of it was conducted on Barack Obama's watch. About that people have very little to say.

And yet, the American left seems incapable of anything but the most partisan warfare:

Last night was a time for America to put aside its insanely vicious partisan feuding and just celebrate the demise of the worst person on Planet Earth.

That’s not, as some of his enemies would have you believe, Donald Trump.

It was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

His death is a massive boost for American in its war on terror.

It cuts the head off ISIS at the precise moment its entire existence is teetering on the brink of collapse.

It’s no exaggeration to say this might hasten the end of ISIS altogether, though we can certainly expect some form of reprisal attacks in the wake of Baghdadi’s death as the few remaining ISIS fighters desperately try to rally support.

So regardless of your view of Trump, and I’ve been as critical of him in recent weeks as anyone, this was a moment to praise him for taking the bold, courageous decision to order a dangerous mission that successfully took out the leader of ISIS.

And then there were the fans at the World Series game in Washington. These fans stood up to boo the president of the United States. Most likely they were government employees and lobbyists, people who live off the government. One assumes that they were Democrats and fervid Obama supporters.

As noted here yesterday Morgan calls them out for their manifestly unpatriotic gesture:

Yes, I know Trump’s encourages his own supporters to do this to Hillary Clinton at all his base rallies.

But just because he’s wrong to do that, which he is, it doesn’t make it right to do it to him on such an important day.

In fact, it makes it unpatriotic and shameful.

When bin Laden was killed, the images of Americans coming together in joy went round the world and were a powerful symbol of unity.

Today, the only images people will see are of Americans booing their president for helping to kill the leader of ISIS.

Yes, it was a bad look for Trump.

But it’s a far worse look for America.

Trump has also been denounced for not showing sufficient respect to the dead terrorist. Compare his remarks with the Obama presidency’s dealing with Osama bin Laden’s remains. That administration gave to bin Laden the full dignity of an Islamic burial:

Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed... The deceased's body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased's body slid into the sea.

Whereas Trump declared that al-Baghdadi had died whimpering and cowering like a dog, Obama showed respect toward the world’s leading terrorist. For those who believe that Islamist terrorism is an aberration, not a true part of the religion of peace, the Obama administration was saying otherwise. Don't you think that the gesture of respect showed the world that terrorists deserve our respect?

As was his wont Obama was also showing a cowardly and submissive reverence for Islam, even for Islamist terrorists. Apparently, Obama was terrified that if he said or did anything to offend Muslim sensibilities he would be inciting terrorism. Islamists considered him weak and cowardly… and invitation to act with impunity. On his watch ISIS metastasized, largely unimpeded. 

          

Turning Trump's Victory into Defeat

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In a better world the news would have emphasized the fact that the United States had murdered the leader of the Islamic State, the world’s most important terrorist, a mass murderer and torturer. And yet, to do so would have required the media and the Obamaphile left to praise President Trump. And we can’t have that.

It has been a thoroughly astonishing spectacle. From Saturday Night Live running a skit showing how Trump was coddling ISIS at the precise moment that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was blowing himself and three of his children up to the Washington Post being incapable of writing a correct headline.

The Post, the paper of record in Washington D. C. first headlined the story by calling al-Baghdadi a “terrorist in chief.” Then, someone decided that that would give Trump too much credit, so it changed the description to “an austere religious scholar.” Considering that the man was responsible for mass murder, mayhem, gang rape and sex trafficking, it seemed a bit too weak, even for the Post. It immediately provoked an outcry from Post readers. The paper changed the headline to “extremist leader.”

At the least, it does not inspire confidence in their journalism.

And then, at the World Series game last night in Washington, President Trump was roundly booed by Nationals fans. Obviously, these fans live in a deep blue city. Even the Washington suburbs are deeply blue… meaning that they are inhabited by government employees, thus, the kind of people that Trump has been attacking and that have, truth be told, been attacking Trump.

It is a pathetic spectacle, not a sign of patriotism. When you boo the president you boo the presidency. And it does not spell patriotism.

So, leftist politicians and media mavens started spinning as fast as they could. They said it was no big deal. ISIS is not defeated. Trump’s press conference was largely inferior to that of Obama when Osama bin Laden was killed. Trump lied about al Baghdadi’s whimpering. And besides, the credit all belongs to Barack Obama, who began the fight against the Islamic State.

You need to wonder how people are stupid enough to believe any of this, but apparently they are. Otherwise why would anyone overlook the obvious fact that the Islamic State was part of the Obama legacy?

Before Obama there was no caliphate. During the Obama years a caliphate grew and became more powerful. Its ability to show itself powerful in the face of the weak Obama policy attracted adherents from around the world. When Obama left office there was still a functioning caliphate. President Trump defeated the caliphate, captured large numbers of ISIS fighters, and ultimately, as of yesterday, eliminated the organization’s chief.

If you put that together and decide that Obama deserves credit for the death of al-Baghdadi you should go back on your meds.

And yet, James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence said this on CNN:

What is going to be interesting is to the extent to which this negatively affects ISIS or does it galvanize ISIS, the remnants of ISIS, which still survives as an ideology and has franchises in other places besides Syria.

Since Trump might be credited with launching the raid, we are now told that ISIS is really an idea, that it exists elsewhere and that the death of its leader will embolden it. Was this what they said when the Obama administration killed bin Laden?

Or else, read Matt Stieb, in New York Magazine. He first needs to attack Trump, with mockery and ridicule:

The president, who appears to relish violet rhetoric, personal boasting, the defeat of his enemies, and the simplicity of a good vs. evil narrative, announced on Sunday morning that U.S. special forces had killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in northwestern Syria on Saturday. With such a natural lining up of his interests, Trump turned the event into a spectacle, even promoting the press conference on Twitter the night before.

Anytime President Trump speaks for 48 minutes straight, you can expect some pretty unhinged remarks; on Sunday, things started to get weird just 90 seconds in, when Trump described the ISIS leader “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” to the back of a tunnel in his compound, where he detonated a suicide vest as he was surrounded by three of his children. The president, who did little to hide his enjoyment in the moment, said that “it was just like a movie.”

For those who have no faith in CNN, I will add that a commentator on that network, someone whose name escapes me, explained that Trump had done a great job detailing the raid to the public. The unnamed commentator thanked Trump for describing what happened so well that he and journalists would not need to spend weeks figuring itout for themselves.

Anyway, Stieb seems vaguely offended that Trump was dehumanizing al-Baghdadi:

Trump aim seemed to be dehumanizing al-Baghdadi, the terrorist responsible for the Yazidi genocide, systemized sex slavery within ISIS-controlled territory, and the deaths of thousands in the region. “He was a gutless animal,” Trump said, later adding that “he died in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.” He employed one of his frequent, if incoherent, jabs at al-Baghdadi, claiming that he “died like a dog.” In a bizarre piece of symmetry, as Trump degraded the terrorist, he elevated a military canine involved in the raid: “Our K-9, as they call it — I call it a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog — was injured and brought back, but we had no soldier injured … We had nobody even hurt. That’s why the dog was so great.”

Tell me that that is not one of the most bizarre paragraphs you have ever had the misfortune to read. Stieb seems to suggest that there is something wrong with dehumanizing a mass murderer, a genocidal maniac, an inveterate homophobe and promoter of gang rapes and sex trafficking. Does he not understand that the propaganda war against ISIS is best advanced by showing its leader to be a sniveling coward? Apparently not.

The raid was named in honor of one Kayla Mueller, a young American woman who was captured by ISIS and who was raped repeatedly by al-Baghdadi himself for months on end… before being killed by an American missile. (via Maggie's Farm) Mueller’s parents did not have as many reservations as the American leftist media.

And then Thomas Friedman, in a column praising Trump, tries to argue that Obama got it right, that ISIS was produced by the Bush administration—you know, after Obama abandoned Iraq and Syria. And then, he dives into the moral equivalence trap and compares al-Baghdadi to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi:

Trump has never met a dictator he did not like. He is blind to the fact that the next al-Baghdadi is being incubated today in some prison in Egypt, where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, whom Trump once actually called “my favorite dictator,’’ is not only rounding up violent Jihadists but liberal nonviolent journalists, activists and politicians. Their only crime is that they want to have a say in their country’s future and help to create an environment where they can realize their full potential — so they will not have to look for dignity, power, a job or a girl’s hand from extremist groups like ISIS.

True enough, el Sissi has been cracking down on dissent. You will recall that Egyptian dissidents are most often members of the Muslim Brotherhood or other terrorist organizations.  These have done their best to produce mayhem in the country. The Brotherhood is the godfather of Islamist terrorist organizations. If you know the difference between the Brothers and supposedly liberal journalists I will agree that we should distinguish the one from the other.

We might add that when a Brotherhood leader named Mohamed Morsi won the presidency of Egypt—before being overthrown by a coup lead by el-Sissi— the first  foreign leader to bless his victory with her presence was no less than America’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. 

No one likes to mention it, but Brotherhood voter outreach contained active support for female genital mutilation. Before the election it was sending mobile infirmary vans into the poor neighborhoods of Cairo, the better to allow families to have their daughters mutilated without needing to undergo the indignity of having to go to a clinic or hospital.

Friedman neglects this point. He argues that pro-Iran militias and Syria conspired to help Trump to eliminate al-Baghdadi because they wanted to rid their nation of Sunni influence. He might have added that Sunni Turkey contributed too.

Friedman is sorely offended by the Trump administration’s wish to protect the oil wells, instead of protecting what he called “islands of decency.” A noble thought, offered by a man of surpassing virtue. And yet, where was he when Obama was selling out to Iran and to Islamist terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas? Was the Iran nuclear deal a way to foster decency? And where was Friedman and where was the Obama administration when the Iranian regime was shooting protesters in the streets during the Green revolution of 2009?

          

Journalists as Storm Troopers

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Once upon a time real Nazis roamed through Europe. When they first took power they were supported by a group called the SA, the Storm Troopers led by Ernst Rohm. Among the tactics practiced by the SA was public harassment of Jewish citizens. They added to that, beatings on the street, boycotts of Jewish businesses, efforts to ensure that Jews could not find employment. And that was just for a start.

Doesn’t that sound familiar? Today’s Democratic Party and their enablers in the mainstream media treat Trump supporters and other Republicans the way the SA treated Jews. Rep. Maxine Waters led the parade of Democrats calling for systematic harassment of Trump cabinet members. And the hapless and hopeless Jennifer Rubin, blogging for the Washington Post, called for all Republicans to be incinerated. Perhaps Rubin is not smart enough to know that the other word for such a bonfire is Holocaust, meaning burnt sacrifice, but she has still showered herself with ignominy.

Now, we read that two of the main honchos on CNN, in their effort to promote their brand by stoking the impeachment narrative, are encouraging their reporters to harass Republican senators… the better to see the impeached president convicted.


CNN’s political director urged the news team to get “in their faces” of all Republican senators on a daily basis, both at work and at home, about President Trump’s Ukraine phone call, according to undercover audio.

Project Veritas posted an audio snippet last week as part of its #ExposeCNN investigation on the network’s morning “rundown call” featuring CNN Worldwide CEO Jeffrey Zucker and political director David Chalian discussing how to “brand” Republicans.

“I think we have to be in their faces of all 53 Republican senators on as much of a daily basis as possible, whether they’re at home or on the hill, asking each one of them, is it okay for the President of the United States to apply pressure to a foreign country in hopes of getting a domestic political opponent investigated?” said Mr. Chalian on the audio.

Don’t give them any peace. Harass them at work. Harass them at home. These people have turned into the fascists they think they are fighting. It’s a sad commentary on the current state of the media. It is not going to end well.

          

The Democrats' Clown Posse of Candidates

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If you have not had your quota of Andrew Sullivan today—see previous post— I bring you his views of the field of Democratic presidential candidates. Naturally, Sullivan loathes Donald Trump, with every fiber of his being. How could he not. Yet, he still provides some compelling portraits of the rogues’ gallery or clown posse of today’s Democrats.

Without further ado and without commentary, we begin with Joe Biden:

Joe Biden’s strength in the polls remains impressive, but his candidacy is crippled. In the last debate, he was easily the worst performer: confused, addled, over-briefed, and clearly past his expiration date as a pol. Close your eyes and he sounds exactly like Abraham Simpson. His crowds are anemic, his speeches lame, his self-defense as Trump lunged biliously at him and his family a case study in ineffectiveness.

And Bernie Sanders:

Sanders has had a heart attack. He came back swinging in the debate and looks fine. But come on — he’s had a heart attack at the age of 78. What happens if he has another one at any point before the election? Why should a party risk that? He’s also an actual socialist, and he hasn’t entertained — let alone engaged with — a new idea in decades. That’s appealing to millennial Marxists who have no memory of the 1970s, but Jeremy Corbyn was also a superstar with the youngsters a while back.

Elizabeth Warren:

Warren is surging, but she is, I fear — yes, I’ll say it — unelectable. I may be wrong, but by pledging to rip everyone off their current private health insurance, it certainly seems like she has thrown away the core advantage of her side — health security. By floating the notion in the CNN forum that her future Secretary of Education would have to be approved by a transgender 9-year-old boy, she’s placing herself firmly inside a cultural revolution most Americans are deeply uncomfortable with.

 She’s a supercilious, smug, know-it-all Massachusetts liberal who reveals contempt for the deplorables the way Clinton did last time. The “first woman of color” to get hired as a professor at Harvard Law School is the stuff that GOP dreams are made on. That any suspicion of the viability of her candidacy will be ascribed entirely to misogyny will only help Trump, the way it did in 2016.

Cory Booker:

Booker lacks a connection with anyone, and still seems to be campaigning for a Rhodes Scholarship. On paper, he’s perfect. In reality, he comes off as an earnest cyborg from outer space.

Kamala Harris:

Harris has revealed herself as a feckless, authoritarian, lying opportunist who treats the Constitution as cavalierly as Trump, but without his excuse of total ignorance. Tulsi is despised by too many Dems to have a hope (I can’t quite figure out the reason for their hatred, but it’s a fact).

Amy Klobuchar:

Klobuchar is a ball of nerves and insecurity who seems to shrink upon exposure.

Pete Buttigieg:

Buttigieg is easily the best debater, and most appealing to independents and a few wavering Republicans, but the big question still hangs over his candidacy: Will more culturally conservative minority voters — not to mention white working-class ones — show up for a gay man in the numbers that Democrats need? The cause for concern is real.

Beto O’Rourke:

O’Rourke is a woke, moronic bigot, who believes we live in a white-supremacist country, and would happily remove tax exemptions from most traditional churches, synagogues, and mosques, because they still believe in the literal teachings of the Bible or the Koran. Of all the candidates, he’s the only one I actively loathe.

Julian Castro:

Castro is an open-borders globalist panderer dedicated to the vital cause of free abortions for transgender male illegal immigrants. All of them have staked out “left Twitter” positions on immigration, race, and “social justice” that make Obama seem like Steve Bannon in comparison.

And, Sullivan’s favorite, Andrew Yang:

The only true bright spot is Andrew Yang — fresh, real, future-oriented, sane, offering actual analyses of automation, trade, and technology that distinguish him from the crowd.… He’s a fascinating character to me. When he’s asked a question, his nearly expressionless, wrinkle-free face, which seems to spring directly from his chest, seems about to offer some canned pabulum, and then almost always responds with a flawless, thoughtful, and entirely relevant, even insightful answer. I’m rooting for him (and Pete), but I’m not delusional.

Now that he has found nearly all of them seriously lacking, Sullivan says that he finds all of them better than the orange man currently occupying the White House. As for his prediction for the outcome. Elizabeth Warren will win the nomination and be beaten badly in the general election:

Don’t get me wrong. I’ll vote for anyone, including Warren or Sanders or even the vacuous “Beto” to defeat Trump. We proud human scum will not be distracted from the central task at hand. But let’s be honest: This is a field that has largely wilted upon inspection. For what it’s worth, I suspect Warren will win the nomination and dutifully lose the election just like Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry, and the second Clinton. She has that quintessential perfume of smug, well-meaning, mediocre doom that Democrats simply cannot resist.

 On that I confess that I agree with him.

          

Konflikte: Trump und Erdogan bestätigen Treffen im Weißen Haus

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Diplomats' texts lay out Trump Ukraine scheme in stark detail

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Discovery process produces new details in Trump defamation lawsuit

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New details continue to emerge in Summer Zervos' defamation suit against Donald Trump.
          

As support for impeachment grows, Trump claims access to unseen polls

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On farming, Trump doesn't think Obama was socialistic enough

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Trump impeachment inquiry invites witness from Pence's office

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Judges not buying DOJ rule barring indictment of a president

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Ukraine aimed to please Trump in earlier dealings for aid

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Previous Trump, Ukraine transactions mirrored later quid pro quo

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Rachel Maddow looks at new reporting in the New York Times that suggests that there was an earlier, successful quid pro quo between Donald Trump and Ukraine...
          

Indicted Giuliani associate will testify for impeachment inquiry

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Following sexual assault allegation, Carroll files suit against Trump

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After E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of sexual assault, he accused her of being a "liar" who isn't his "type." Now, she's suing him.
          

Despite crisis, Trump threatens to pull federal aid for California

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Trump concedes that people can cut through his 'impenetrable' wall

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Trump takes aim at war hero on his own White House team

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Fate of Trump's abettors may not be aligned with impeachment

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Trump may have worked a previous Ukraine quid pro quo: WaPo

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Impeachment inquiry moves closer to Trump's inner circle

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Flynn play for Trump sympathy not well suited to fact-based court

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Trump now a Florida resident, still facing NY criminal probe

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Schiff: Impeachment inquiry doing the work Barr shirked

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Schiff: Expect impeachment inquiry transcripts release next week

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The steps Team Trump will take to avoid 'confusing the president'

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Según China, terminó hegemonía mundial de EU

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Luego del cierre del día de ayer de la Bolsa de Shanghai, con el lanzamiento triunfal de los Contratos a Futuro de Petróleo en Petro Yuanes, en respuesta contundente a las sanciones arancelarias de Donald Trump a sus exportaciones, en cadena nacional y con proyección global, la portavoz de la cancillería de la República Popular China, Hua Chun Ying declaró lo siguiente: “Altos cargos de EU afirman que ‘la era de la rendición comercial de su país ha llegado a su fin, pero es su intimidación económica global y su hegemonía lo que ha terminado”.
          

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."


          

Fox News: Hillary Beats Trump!

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4 November 2019 – today’s press releases

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11/6/19: Republicans destroyed in state elections, panic time

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--On the Show:

--Peter Pomerantsev, Soviet born journalist and author of "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia," and more recently, "This is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality," joins David to discuss state propaganda, Russia, and much more. Get the book: https://amzn.to/2Cgr7As

--Republicans get crushed in yesterdays statewide elections, including in Kentucky, Virginia, in Mike Pence's hometown, and in a number of other places, a possible preview of the 2020 election

--Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland confirms the quid pro quo of Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine in absolutely devastating testimony under oath

--This week's Hatriot Mail

--62% of Trumpists say there is absolutely nothing Donald Trump would do that would get them to reconsider their support for him, confirming the futility of trying to win elections by convincing Trump voters

--Donald Trump is crushing Elizabeth Warren in some key battleground states, but losing to both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, according to a new New York Times poll

--New polling data showing that Donald Trump loses almost every demographic other than white voters who lack a college education illuminates exactly why Republicans are against tuition-free college

--Voicemail caller wonders about the self-inflicted ignorance of many Americans

--On the Bonus Show: Republican charged with distribution fake ballots, the 4-day work week test, Krispy Kreme strikes deal with college kid, much more...

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Revés electoral para Trump en dos elecciones estatales vistas como un test de cara a la cita de 2020

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Los demócratas celebran su victoria en las elecciones estatales claves en Kentucky y Virginia, consideradas como un test de cara a las presidenciales estadounidenses de 2020, mientras los republicanos se contentan con mantener la Gobernación de Misisipi, tradicional bastión conservador. Un revés para Donald Trump.


          

Mississippi Democratic Party Needs to Overhaul Strategies, Outreach, Diversity

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Best-selling author Angie Thomas, a Jackson native, is leaving Mississippi because she cannot stand to live among the toxic politics that hurts so many people. Photo by Anissa Photography.

Prominent novelist Angie Thomas is planning to leave Mississippi due to the toxic politics here, which was on prominent display in last night’s election outcome. The wildly successful graduate of Belhaven College grew up in Georgetown in Jackson and travels frequently to Atlanta, Los Angeles and beyond. Her first novel became a popular feature film, and now her second adapted film is in production. She told me in a recent Let’s Talk Jackson podcast that she is turning her career attention toward the film world as well as writing books.

But, as of now, Angie doesn’t plan to make films in her native Mississippi, even as she is investing in her old neighborhood, fixing up playgrounds and working to inspire kids, much as her hero Nipsey Hussle did in L.A., as she explained in our podcast and a recent cover story by JFP Culture Writer Aliyah Veal.

“I once considered putting my production company in Mississippi, filming projects in Mississippi,” Angie tweeted last night. “But I also realize the money from those projects would benefit politicians who don't see me as an equal. Money talks, and mine walks.”

The Real Root of Mississippi ‘Brain Drain’

Many of the same politicians who won statewide offices last night by pandering to Donald Trump love to talk about stopping Mississippi brain drain, of course. There's even a "Mississippi Brain Drain Commission" with an ugly website. But it’s always about anything but reversing hatefulness and intolerance of anyone not just like those in power.

Angie wasn’t the only one tweeting about this last night: Smart Mississippians crowded into my mentions to say they don’t think they can stay in the state much longer, while the election outcome discouraged many ex-pats who want to return home.

I and my staff have worked mightily to convince young people to stay in the state and use their energy and resources for progress here since I returned 18 years ago and then started this paper. It’s extremely common for me to be out in public—the last time at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum a couple weeks ago—and a young professional I don’t know walks up to me to tell me that they were uncertain about moving to Jackson for a job or whatever, but picked up the Jackson Free Press while visiting and realized that the state has people who don’t fit the hateful stereotype. This has happened hundreds of times since the Jackson Free Press launched in 2002.

It’s getting hard to ask Mississippians to stay or return now, though. Just the tweets last night showed that their pain is real. A former Mississippi Youth Media Project student I worked with—a brilliant young white woman who attended Murrah High School and now goes to college out of state—tweeted last night that while she loves Mississippi, she doesn’t like it. As much as she was engaged here in trying to lift up the capital city and its public schools, while helping educate others about the state's racist history, I’m not going to hold my breath that she will return to live, perhaps ever.

She is following the path I and so many others chose: Get out before the state killed me with its sexism, racism I’m supposed to share, and cruelty to the less fortunate.

This is especially true for bright young minds because so much of the legislation out of the GOP supermajority is designed to hurt them, especially if they are young people of color, women, an immigrant or LGBTQ. And the state’s leaders disparage them at every turn for thinking differently. If we disagree at all, we are a horrific “liberal” or “socialist” monster—labels that Republicans here hurl around to mean anybody who isn’t a lapdog for Donald Trump or, frankly, someone who believes in true diversity at all tables and race and gender equity in our society.

Free, critical thinking is unacceptable. As Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted yesterday, "Here in Mississippi we are conservatives" ... except we're all not conservatives, and it's our state, too. This language is designed to run off those who don't agree, taking their votes and potential with them, and too often works.

The Problem with Mississippi Democrats

Then there is the Democratic Party in the state—which, truth be told, has been the real culprit, over all, since I returned in 2002. Compare what just happened in Kentucky as I tweeted last night—a state with 87% white population turned blue. Here, the state with the highest proportion of African Americans in the U.S. at around 38% got redder.

Republicans counter now that the Kentucky incumbent wasn't liked there; well, no one actually likes Tate Reeves here, either, it seems, so that doesn't explain it.

I’ve talked about this for years now—a timid, closed groupthink infects the Mississippi Democratic Party from the top, especially among the white men who traditionally control, fund and strategize for it. Certainly, many of them are well-meaning from a macro level; they talk a lot about education funding, which is vitally important but clearly cannot alone carry this party to victory in pretty much any election. Some burn through a lot of often-quiet funding for good causes—trying to change the Mississippi flag, funding fights for public-education laws—but often won’t put themselves out in front of the issues to take the direct hits and model what it looks like to weather them.

Many Democratic leaders here are afraid of offending white conservative voters to a ridiculous fault. I guess they really believe that voters they would lose by actually supporting women’s rights or learning to speak intelligently about racism to black people are the very ones who would turn around and vote for them if they shoot enough guns in TV ads. It’s theater of the absurd, not to mention funny math.

That ship has sailed, gentlemen. This Democratic race to oblivion found the bottom last night.

Ignore, Belittle Women at Your Peril, Dem Men

But here’s the thing: Women can help you right the ship, Dems, just as they are doing in other states, as last night’s results around the U.S., especially white suburbs, showed. You’re going to have to listen to women and invite us to all the tables, though, even as we start creating more forums of our own that are going to challenge all of you, regardless of party.

If there is anything I learned from visits and conversation with so many women over the last year while I recovered from breast cancer is that we’re all fed up, if we’re not the obedient ones already in cahoots with Pat Robertson or the Family Research Council. Starting with the desire to allow a mother to die rather than having an abortion, the state’s leadership is not on women’s side. Any woman.

Women are also talking to each other about the direct slights from men in power, including in the Democratic Party. While I’m not a partisan type by nature (I actually hate the concept of political parties), I have women friends who work with the party in various ways. Most talk about the sexism they encounter when trying to bring new ideas to the table. They are ignored, patted on the head, treated like they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Last night I texted one of my black women friends who volunteers with the party as the writing on the Mississippi wall became clear. She has a brilliant strategic mind and understands politics and what motivates voters backward and forward.

“We coulda told em,” I wrote.

“They wouldn’t listen to me,” she responded. “I don’t know what I’m taking about.”

But she does know. No matter. When it comes to legislation or campaigns targeted to “rural whites” to the exclusion of others, Dem leaders here expect women, African Americans and other people of color to suck it up and vote for the party, even though it keeps losing.

A major moment in this campaign cycle was when the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, Jay Hughes, voted for the anti-abortion “heartbeat bill” last session—in the very state where women came together in a grassroots campaign like we've never seen here before or since to defeat the personhood amendment at the polls in 2011. I later saw male strategists trying to take full credit, of course, but it was the bottom-up momentum by women meeting in living rooms that made the difference. My paper ran many columns by women from different backgrounds and political beliefs coming out against personhood that went viral in the state. Women came together like we must do more often.

Like the ads he ran for over a year on a conservative anti-women and racist blog here—the blogger calls women "sluts" and says breast implants should explode and ranks "hottest" young women reporters—Hughes’ reasoning on the heartbeat bill this year was absurd. It was something about making sure white Democrats wouldn’t become extinct. Then last night he took in fewer voters than attorney general candidate Jennifer Riley Collins, a black Democrat the party virtually ignored.

I criticized Hughes' vote rather mildly on Twitter after his heartbeat vote, and got hit with a barrage of personal insults from a sock-puppet account. Apparently, my criticism of his heartbeat bill meant I had a "secret crush" on Hughes.

"Mouth off Yall" tweeted: "It's just been amusing to watch the girl crush that @DonnerKay has had on @Jay4Mississippi over the last year." (Earlier, I had criticized Democrat Hughes for advertising on the misogynistic blog.) He went on: "It's like he dumped her or something. Maybe she's been paid off by the Russians to attack him on everything he does. Just calling balls & strikes here."

My criticism of Hughes couldn't be because I'm a woman, have a degree in political science and a master's in journalism, have watched and commented on politics in Mississippi for years, or because I'm a woman with intelligent opinions. No, it was a "crush." And this one is mild compared to insults I've gotten from Democratic men here with their real names attached. One even lunged at me in a bar one night due to my mayoral endorsement.

This, sadly, is not uncommon for women here. I’ve been called every name for speaking out loud about politics, especially if it is not in lockstep with Democratic leadership logic, which it pretty much never is. Too many men in our state care more about being told they're wrong than actually getting it right.

Many women tell me they are afraid to speak up because they see how men talk to me when I do. They fear losing jobs and opportunities or public smears. Let that sink in.

Sucking It Up for the Party Won’t Work

What I and many other women have been saying for years is now flashing in neon: sucking it up for the party won’t work. What the Dems in Mississippi must do is start today—not in three-and-a-half years—to pack away their defensiveness and create a new kind of welcoming party that doesn’t pander to racists and misogynists. Just go ahead and let the GOP own that. I don’t mean a hard shift to the Bernie Sanders left. I mean the kind of collaboration that can result when more not-white men are invited in, asked for feedback and listened to respectfully. If there’s anything the Mississippi Democratic Party needs right now, it is to put hats firmly in hand, get out into our communities and really listen to people. All of them. The time for timidity and fragility is past.

What must come first is a welcoming attitude to the Democratic tent if that party is to survive here. And, yes, allow a Stacey Abrams into Mississippi to help get out the vote, as well as engage prominent African Americans right here in the state. I mean, look at the mailers and TV ads—Republicans are going to associate Dems, and even reasonable Republicans, with people like Sanders and AOC anyway and call the candidate “socialist” or such no matter what you actually believe. So at least try to get another 50,000 votes out of forming real multiracial coalitions.

Angie Thomas was still tweeting this morning about her decision to leave and take her money with her, even as she still plans to invest back into her community here. “I have plans to create jobs, affordable housing, and recreation. I’m already putting things into place. And I don’t have to live there to do it. What are YOU doing besides Tweeting?” she told people who were complaining about her decision to leave.

She also retweeted @kaykaypolitiks who supported her decision as a way to explain how hard the toxic politics are on black Mississippians not considered welcome here by Republicans. “These elections take a toll on black bodies... creatively, mentally, spiritually, physically etc. I say go where you can be well, @angiecthomas. Much love," @kaykaypolitiks wrote.

I then asked Angie this morning if any Democratic leaders had reached out to her to help them connect to her fan base in the state—kind of an obvious ask for a party that so desperately needs to grow its voter base. The brilliant best-selling author’s answer, sadly, did not surprise me.

“Lol nope. They’re scared to even follow me on social media,” Angie answered.

That just says it all. It's time to wake up, Democrats, to the potential and new voters all around you in Mississippi. Clearly, the alternative is a loser’s game.

But there’s hope in such a dramatic loss for actual Democratic change here to rise from the ashes; the excuses are over. I saw a tweet today from a white male Democrat I’ve tangled with after past elections over the need to hire new strategists in the state who understand the faulty logic of pandering for the same white conservative voters. In our last engagement, he was condescending and dismissive to me.

This morning, he tweeted a mea culpa to his followers: “All is not lost, but things will go SO. MUCH. SLOWER. if white men in this party, including myself, do not directly advocate for more diverse leadership.”

Exactly. Women have been saying that here for a long, long time. It's well past time for men to start listening.

Donna Ladd is the editor-in-chief and CEO of the Jackson Free Press. Follow her on Twitter at @donnerkay and read her blog at donnaladd.com.


          

GOP Runs Mississippi Gamut, But Signs of Hope for Dems, Medicaid Expansion

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves delivers his victory speech after winning the Mississippi governor's seat.

JACKSON—With his Southern Baptist pastor standing beside him at the King Edward Hotel in Jackson, Democrat Jim Hood conceded defeat in the race for Mississippi governor, reiterating his religiously inspired campaign theme of fighting for “the least of these” in policy areas like health care and education.

Nearby at the Westin, though, Republican Gov.-elect Tate Reeves seemed to soften his position on expanding Medicaid—which he has long opposed—as he celebrated his win on Tuesday night alongside a slate of fellow GOP victors.

“We’re going to work with the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House on every issue that’s out there. We have every intention of working with them to ensure that we get good things done for the people of Mississippi,” said the the governor-elect, when Jackson Free Press reporter Seyma Bayram asked him if he would work with Lt. Gov.-elect Delbert Hosemann on expansion.

Expansion would open the program up to around 300,000 more Mississippians in working households that make too much for traditional Medicaid but not enough for federal subsidies or to pay for private insurance. On the campaign trail and during his time as lieutenant governor, Reeves outright rejected the idea, saying he was “against Obamacare expansion,” as he called it, referring to the fact that it is part of the former president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

Lt. Gov.-elect Hosemann Supports Medicaid Expansion

In January, Hosemann, a more moderate Republican, will replace Reeves as lieutenant governor, a position that includes executive powers and whose holder also serves as president of the Mississippi Senate. In that role, Hosemann will have the power to appoint committee chairs and to decide which legislation is prioritized—and which legislation dies.

Hosemann, who is currently the secretary of state, cruised to victory on Tuesday night with 60% of the vote against Democratic opponent Jay Hughes, an Oxford-area state representative. In his race, Reeves beat Hood by a narrower 52-to-47 percent margin.

On the campaign trail, Hosemann called for Medicaid expansion, saying the State should accept over $1 billion from the federal government each year that would pay for it. Declaring victory Tuesday night, Hosemann vowed to go to work on an agenda that includes not only addressing the state’s rural health-care crisis, but public education, roads and bridges.

“I am proud of the positive, issue-driven campaign we ran, and I am so grateful to voters for instilling their confidence in me. We have real challenges in Mississippi, and our team has concrete plans to address them,” Hosemann said.

“We will not let our foot off the gas and we will not let you down. Now, the real work to make Mississippi an even better place for our children and grandchildren begins.”

Watson Wins, Wants Citizenship Checks for Voting

Mississippi Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, will take over for Hosemann as secretary of state when the men assume their new roles in January. Among other things, the secretary of state oversees the state’s campaign-finance system, election processes, and trains local-level poll workers.

Watson, who rose in Mississippi politics as a Tea Party conservative, has vowed to implement a system to check Mississippians’ citizenship status when they register to vote, though he has not provided evidence that non-citizen voting or voter registration is a problem in the State.

Watson also told the Jackson Free Press in August that he wants to make it easier for residents to search campaign-finance filings. He also said he would like to see more frequent filings during the legislative session so that Mississippians can see if donors might be influencing lawmakers’ votes.

Reeves Sent Email to Mississippi Teachers, Promising Raise

In a press release Tuesday night, the Republican Governors Association congratulated Reeves, praising him as an “innovative, vibrant leader with an unparalleled understanding of the issues that are important to Mississippians and a bold agenda to move the state forward.”

But during the 10-month course of his campaign, Reeves only unveiled two policy proposals: A plan to spend $100 million on technical and career programs in high schools and community colleges and a plan for a $4,300 teacher-pay raise.

Reeves hastily announced the teacher-pay raise plan in October, as his campaign feared he was losing public-education supporters to Democrat Jim Hood, whom the Mississippi Association of Educators had endorsed. During the legislative session in the spring, Reeves killed a $4,000 teacher-pay raise, arguing that the State could afford no more than $1,500.

On Monday, teachers around the State received an email from Reeves, though, promising to support them.

“Over the past several years, Mississippi has made incredible strides in education. … During my tenure as Lieutenant Governor, we were able to increase pay for teachers several times, but never as often or as much as I would have liked,” he wrote in an email sent to teachers’ public email addresses.

“In fact, I believe no teacher in Mississippi makes what he or she is worth. We had to make tough decisions, but those decisions have put Mississippi in a financial position to pay our teachers significantly more than what they are receiving today.”

Hosemann has already committed to raising teacher pay as a candidate. At the Neshoba County Fair, he also called for universal pre-K to ensure that all children across the state start off on the same foot.

Fitch is First Woman to be Attorney General

Tuesday night was the first time since 1876 that Republicans swept all eight statewide offices in Mississippi.

Republican State Treasurer Lynn Fitch will become the new attorney general, taking over from Democrat Hood, who had held the office since 2003 until he decided to run for governor this year. Fitch is the first woman to hold the position.

She will have to decide whether or not to further investigate and possibly bring charges against Reeves, who prompted an investigation after his office pressured the Mississippi Department of Transportation to pursue a frontage-road project that would connect his private community to a nearby shopping mall. Because he was Reeves' opponent, Hood left charging decisions up to the next attorney general.

Fitch beat former ACLU Executive Director Jennifer Riley Collins, an African American woman who, despite running on a progressive slate of issues contrary to the conventional wisdom in Mississippi, managed the second best showing of the night among statewide Democrats, drawing more votes than any Democratic candidate not named Jim Hood.

African Americans make up 38% of the population in Mississippi, the highest percentage in any state in the U.S., but all eight of those new leaders are white. Mississippi has not elected a black statewide official since Reconstruction. Democrats nominated black candidates in the races for attorney general, secretary of state, insurance commissioner, and treasurer.

Conceding to Reeves, Hood said he was grateful for the time he had been able to serve the State.

“The Lord has allowed me to serve people in the state of Mississippi for 24 years, and it’s been a good run. I guess it was not his will that we continue on as governor,” said Hood, the last Democrat still holding statewide office.

Hood blamed the loss on “partisanship,” WCBI reported.

“The people in my area up there that I’ve known for years, they decided that partisanship was more important than friendship,” Hood said. “I don’t know what the results of it are, I just know we had an opportunity to really do some things with the kids, our young people, and hopefully Governor Reeves will do some of those things.”

Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn retained his seat, beating Democrat Vicki Slater 2-to-1 in the House District 56 race.

Pockets of Hope for Democrats

There were pockets of hope for Democrats, though.

In House District 68, which is part of Hinds, Democrat Zakiya Summers will be the new representative after winning 75% of the vote. Her party already controls that seat.

Democrats also flipped the Republican-held Mississippi Senate District 22, which had to be redrawn after a federal judge ruled earlier this year that it amounted to a racial gerrymander that disenfranchised black voters. Joseph, who is African American, previously held the seat before redistricting. He defeated Republican Hayes Dent 52-to-48.

With 100% of precincts reporting, millennial Democrat Shanda Yates beat Republican incumbent Bill Denny in the Mississippi House 64 election, which includes parts of Hinds County.

The Trump Factor, More or Less

On Tuesday night, the head of the national Republican Party, Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, attempted to give President Donald Trump credit for Reeves’ victory.

“Reeves was down double-digit, but @realDonaldTrump came in big with his endorsement and rally, putting him over the top. A huge win for the President and our Party,” McDaniel tweeted.

True enough, Reeves spent much of the campaign focused, not on issues, but on getting out the message that he is a supporter of the Republican president, and that his opponents—Republican Bill Waller in the Republican runoff and Hood in the general—were not. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence did pay last-minute visits to the State to help pull Reeves over the finish line.

But no public or known private polls ever showed Reeves down by more than single digits. Throughout the year, polls showed a tight race. During his rally with Reeves in Tupelo, Trump said it was “embarrassing” that the race was so close.

Last year, Trump also paid visits to Mississippi to help Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith win a tough race against Democrat Mike Espy. Like Reeves, Hyde-Smith narrowly won, but Espy outperformed Democrats in other recent U.S. Senate races, netting 46% of the vote—about what Hood won on Tuesday night.

Espy, who was at Hood's watch party on Tuesday night, is preparing for a rematch against Hyde-Smith when her seat is up again in 2020.

Follow State Reporter Ashton Pittman on Twitter @ashtonpittman. Send tips to ashton@jacksonfreepress.com. City Reporter Seyma Bayram and Investigative Fellow Nick Judin contributed to this report. Read more election coverage at jacksonfreepress.com/2019elections.


          

Republican Lt. Gov. Reeves wins Mississippi governor's race

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves delivers his victory speech after winning the Mississippi governor's seat at the Westin Hotel in downtown Jackson, Miss., on Nov. 5, 2019. Reeves defeated his Democratic opponent Jim Hood, winning 52.32% of the vote.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Republicans are keeping their hold on the governorship in Mississippi, despite facing the best-funded Democrat to run for the position in more than a decade.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two candidates who ran low-budget campaigns.

Reeves will succeed Gov. Phil Bryant, who is limited by state law to two terms.

"I want to be the governor for all Mississippians and I'm going to work hard every day to do that," Reeves told The Associated Press after his victory.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both traveled to Mississippi in recent days to campaign for Reeves, who is completing his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as the elected state treasurer.

"President Trump's rally and endorsement in Mississippi undoubtedly had an impact and helped Governor-elect Tate Reeves nail down his victory," Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. "Governor Reeves will be a tremendous conservative leader for Mississippians in fighting for freedom and keeping taxes low."

Trump also congratulated Reeves, tweeting: "Great going Tate!"

Reeves, 45, campaigned on keeping taxes low and limiting government regulation of businesses. He also said that a vote for Hood is akin to a vote for "liberal" national Democrats, including U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Hood, 57, is finishing his fourth term as attorney general. For three of those terms, he has been the only Democrat holding statewide office in Mississippi.

Hood was district attorney before winning statewide office, and he told supporters at a party late Tuesday that "the good Lord" has allowed him to serve the people of Mississippi. "I guess it was not his will that we continue on as governor," Hood said.

Hood's high-profile gubernatorial race came four years after the party's nominee was Robert Gray, a long-haul truck driver who didn't vote for himself in the primary, raised little money and lost the general election by a wide margin.

Hood this year campaigned on improving schools and highways and on expanding Medicaid to the working poor. Expansion is an option under the federal health overhaul signed into law in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama. Mississippi is among the 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid, a decision that Hood said has cost the state $1 billion a year in federal money.

Hood did not invite national Democratic figures to the state to campaign for him in person, but Obama recorded a call that went to some Mississippi residents Monday, urging people to vote for Hood.

Republicans have been governor in Mississippi for 24 of the last 28 years. The last Democratic governor, Ronnie Musgrove, lost in 2003 as he sought a second term.


          

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.


          

Xi, Macron unite on climate after US withdraws from Paris pact

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Wednesday that the Paris climate pact was “irreversible”, showing a united front after Washington formally withdrew from the accord this week. Major powers expressed regret and concern after President Donald Trump went ahead with the pullout from the Paris accord despite mounting evidence of … Continued

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Trump calls for ‘war’ on cartels after Mormons murdered in Mexico

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President Donald Trump offered Tuesday to help Mexico hunt the killers of nine Mormon women and children shot dead in a lawless border area, and said the United States stood ready to back its southern neighbor in a “war” on drug cartels. Gunmen ambushed the members of the LeBaron family — a large clan of … Continued

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Do The ‘Do Nothing Democrats’ Live Up To Their President Trump-Given Nickname?

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House Democrats will soon hold their first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. They accuse President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukraine for his own political gain. The president calls them "Do-Nothing Democrats,” but is that true?
          

Mormon Family Mourns Their Dead In Mexico, Calls For U.S. To Rein In Its Guns

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A relative of the three women and six children who were killed tells President Trump to stop U.S. "loopholes from systematically injecting high powered assault weapons to Mexico."
          

An Administration of Vile Racist Scum

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There is no bottom. Trump rejects Native American Heritage Month, proclaims November “National American History and Founders Month.” https://t.co/ZnBGIaUcXj — Simon Moya-Smith (@SimonMoyaSmith) November 5, 2019 For an administration pretty committed to genocide, this makes sense in terms of stating their priorities. Last week, President Trump declared November as “National American History and Founders Month,” […]
          

The image of Nats players cozying up to Trump was jarring for many fans

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The scrappy underdog Washington Nationals, at one point 19-31 and now improbable World Series champions, paraded down Constitution Avenue as approximately 750,000 fans showered the team with affection. When Nats fans weren't screaming “FIGHT FINISHED”, they were rhythmically interlacing their fingers to the team's unlikely anthem, Baby Shark, for the millionth time. Beaming smiles and cheers were everywhere as manager Davey Martinez spoke of “bumpy roads leading to beautiful places”; the longest tenured National Ryan Zimmerman teared up as he thanked DC, and pinch hitter Brian Dozier took off his shirt and preened around the stage to the Latin pop hit, Calma.
          

Alabama warns student groups not to engage in 'disruptive behavior' during Trump visit

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The University of Alabama's Student Government Association sent out a letter to student groups warning of consequences if any organizations “engage in disruptive behavior” during Saturday's game between LSU and Alabama — a game that is slated to be attended by President Donald Trump. A copy of the letter has been circulating on social media and is from vice president of student affairs Jason Rothfarb, according to Al.com. The letter warns its recipients that those who engage “disruptive behavior” will be “removed from block seating instantly for the remainder of the season.
          

Lit Hub Daily: November 6, 2019

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Ok billionaire: Rebecca Solnit on the unfounded self-importance (and self-pity!) of the richest of the rich. | Lit Hub Before wokeness, there was sleep: on stillness as a form of dissent, from Vietnam die-ins to Black Lives Matter to the occupying of public parks. | Lit Hub In Trump Nation, a dress rehearsal for a civil war: […]
          

Trump Nation: Dress Rehearsal for a Civil War

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This was a front page of USA Today about three years ago: That lead story lives online under a different headline, one that foregrounds the USA Today/Suffolk University poll’s principal finding: Clinton builds lead in divided nation worried about Election Day violence. That lead was “formidable,” the paper reported, nearly ten points over Trump. But […]
          

Trump A Journal About The Things I Hate About Trump

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‘Erkek Arkadaşım Bir Feminist’ Trump’ta sahneleniyor

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Gonca Vuslateri ve Fırat Tanış’ın rol aldığı ‘Erkek Arkadaşım Bir Feminist’ oyunu, 7 Kasım Perşembe günü saat 20.30’da Trump Kültür ve Gösteri Merkezi’nde sahnelenecek.
          

First lady visits Boston to see cuddling program for babies born on drugs

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BOSTON — First lady Melania Trump visited a Boston hospital Wednesday that uses cuddling to help infants born dependent on drugs or alcohol.The first lady met with caregivers and administrators at Boston Medical Center and told them she's "very focused" on their pioneering work with babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome."I hope today's visit helps shine a light on programs like yours," she said.The hospital developed the cuddling program to nurture babies [...]
          

Prof. Dr. TOLGA YARMAN, ABD’NİN AYIPLARINI YÜZÜNE VURUYOR​​​​​​​

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‘TRUMP BİLMELİDİR: BURASI TÜRKİYEDİR! TUNUS DEĞİLDİR, IRAK DEĞİLDİR, LİBYA DEĞİLDİR, MISIR DEĞİLDİR, MUZ CUMHURİYETİ HİÇ DEĞİLDİR…’
          

In an Attempted Bashing of the Trump Administration, the “Washington Post” Inadvertently Reaffirms the Jewish History of Jerusalem

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Last Friday, the Washington Post published a column by Ishaan Tharoor—a dedicated Israel hater—titled “The Trump Administration’s Obsession with an Ancient Persian Emperor.” The column took as its prime example a tweet sent by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo marking the day in 539 BCE when “Cyrus the Great entered Babylon and freed the Jewish people from captivity” and declaring that the U.S. “stands with the Iranian people who are blocked by the [current] regime from celebrating [Cyrus’s] legacy.” While admitting that this “famous event in history” is documented by “sources including biblical Scripture,” Tharoor made sure to point out that Cyrus “presided over massacres and pillage.” He then went on connect the Trump administration’s invocations of the Persian monarch to its affection for lawless despots as well as the eschatology of a radical fringe of evangelical Christianity. Rivkah Fishman-Duker responds:
Pompeo’s tweet was [in part] aimed at the tremendous popular response that the ancient king of Persia still evokes among Iranians, which stands diametrically opposed to the ideology of the Islamic Republic of Iran. [Tharoor’s] reference to excesses in battle is an attempt to discredit his standing as “proto-national hero.” Evangelicals, [for their part], have their own ways of interpreting the Bible. They are not “obsessed” with anyone except for Jesus of Nazareth. All leaders like to compare themselves to previous significant figures whom they admire. There are countless examples. Didn’t Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey declare at the anti-Brett Kavanaugh hearings last year, “I am Spartacus!”? If Harry Truman, [of whom Tharoor makes no mention], and Donald Trump choose to think of themselves as Cyrus, the comparison is historically flawed but well-intentioned, and I would not pay too much attention to it. For those who wish to vilify Israel, anything that can be invoked against Israel is useful for the cause. . . . Oddly enough, [though, Tharoor’s column] reminds the world that the Temple was in Jerusalem, the capital of Judah, and acknowledges the Jewish presence there long before Islam and the Palestinians. This runs counter to the mendacious Palestinian narrative that claims that the Jews are not the indigenous people but usurpers who lack a historical claim to the land.

          

Oklahoma lawmakers file bill to create Donald Trump highway

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Two Republican state senators have written a bill to rename a portion of the world-renowned Route 66 highway in northeastern Oklahoma the President Donald J. Trump Highway.

Sens. Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow and Marty Quinn of Claremore announced Tuesday their plans to introduce the bill.

The bill would rename a roughly 13-mile stretch of Route 66 from the town of Miami extending north and east through the town of Commerce to Industrial Parkway in Ottawa County.

The lawmakers say the bill will direct that no taxpayer money be used to pay for signage. Instead, they say the Senate and House authors and co-authors will be required to provide the money needed for the cost of the signs.

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Why Donald Trump hates your dog

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новости 112 Your furry beloved can’t elevate or enrich him
          

Lead SOC Analyst

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About Better.com: We're one of the fastest growing homeownership companies in America. Why? Because we're making homeownership simpler, faster - and most importantly, more accessible for all Americans. By combining smarter technology with a desire to not just change one piece of the journey but the entire makeup of what it's like to buy and own a home in this country, we're building things that don't exist yet. Better.com by the numbers: We fund $375 million in home loans per month We've funded more than $4 billion in loans since our inception in 2016 We're 964 on Inc.'s 2019 "5000 Fastest-Growing Companies" We've secured over $254 million from our investors to date and counting We continue to outpace the industry at every turn. Our backers have helped build some of the most transformative tech and finance companies in history. Kleiner Perkins, Goldman Sachs, IA Ventures, Ally Bank, American Express, Citigroup, Activant Capital, and others have all invested in our vision of redefining the entire homebuying journey. A Better opportunity: Better.com is looking for a Lead Security Operations Center Analyst to lead the protection of our systems and data. The Lead SOC Analyst will be responsible for helping build out a fully functional SOC and implementing policies and procedures to ensure the security and integrity of our systems and data, providing operational oversight and complete life cycle management of cyber threats. You will: Maintain a relationship with an external 24/7 SOC (MSSP) Build, Manage, and Lead an in house SOC team Respond, Investigate, Contain and Remediate security events utilizing a variety of security tools including EDR, IDS/IDP, Firewalls and SIEM software Lead and participate in technical after action reports and briefings on security events and potential threats with all relevant internal parties. Collaborate with networking, application engineering and security engineering teams to investigate incidents and provide proactive recommendations on preventing future incidents. Help craft and implement a vulnerability management program that includes proactive remediation, monthly testing and reporting Participate and support 3rd party security audits, penetration tests and other security assessments Recommend, and apply best practices for addressing ongoing threats Partner with security engineers to configure and manage security tools to ensure low levels of false positives and rapid response times Participate and lead our CSIRT team About you: 6 or more years of experience in cyber security, specifically in network and web application security 2 or more years of experience in a senior SOC Analyst role or Lead position Thorough understanding of security assessment methodologies such as OWASP and CVE Thorough understanding of network protocols and routing Understanding of packet analysis and forensic tooling Experience working with third party MSSPs a plus Knowledge of firewall policies, IDS/IDPs, EDRs and other security tools Experience with security tooling and monitoring within the AWS landscape Python and Bash desired but not required Experience specifically with Palo Alto, Crowd Strike, Darktrace and Insight software (Rapid7) desired but not required (Fundamentals and experience trump tool-specific knowledge) Ability to be a part of an on-call rotation Security Certifications a plus but not required Familiarity of regulations, guidelines and certifications (eg FFIEC, NY DFS, PCI, and SOC2) a plus but not required Things we value: Curiosity. Why? How? Repeat. Nerdiness. Financial news and trends are fascinating. Seriously. Relentlessness. No one here gives up. We try. We fail. We try again. Passion. If you don't get excited about homeownership, mortgages, and real estate, it simply won't work. Smarts: book and street. We have to use all the tools at our disposal to build Better. Empathy and Compassion. You understand that people's biggest dreams are in your hands. Communication. Can you ask for help or put your hand up when you don't understand? Building. Doing. Making. Yes, we have to do a lot of thinking and talking to figure this stuff out, but you can't wait to leave the conversation and build it.
          

Macron et Xi font front commun face à Trump sur le climat

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Emmanuel Macron et Xi Jinping ont réaffirmé mercredi à Pékin leur "ferme soutien" à l'accord de Paris sur le climat, affichant leur unité face aux États-Unis de Donald Trump, qui viennent d'officialiser leur retrait.
          

Les États-Unis officialisent leur sortie de l’accord de Paris sur le climat

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La lettre était attendue depuis 2017 mais ne pouvait être envoyée pour des raisons juridiques jusqu'à lundi: les Etats-Unis de Donald Trump ont notifié les Nations unies de leur intention de se retirer de l'accord de Paris sur le climat, confirmant le déni climatique américain.
          

Climat: réactions consternées après l’annonce américaine sur le retrait de l’accord de Paris

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Les Etats-Unis de Donald Trump ont officialisé leur intention de se retirer de l'accord de Paris sur le climat, suscitant aussitôt des réactions consternées de la part de la Chine, de la France et de la Russie.
          

Responding to the Hong Kong protests

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By Mike Poteet

A controversial tweet

In early October, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted a simple image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” This tweet, which would seem innocuous to many in the United States, drew immediate and sustained backlash from both Chinese officials and businesses due to the complicated, contentious relationship between China and Hong Kong, a semiautonomous territory that, unlike mainland China, operates as a limited democracy with a capitalist economy.

According to the Associated Press, the Chinese consulate in Houston expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the team following Morey’s tweet; and both Chinese state television and Tencent, a streaming media company with whom the NBA recently signed a $1.5 billion deal, announced they wouldn’t show Rockets games.

Yet the protests that have taken place in Hong Kong this summer and fall hold far more significance than the relationship between the NBA and China. That they should have any impact at all on something as far afield as pro sports only underscores their significance and the serious political crisis they represent. 

Months of protest

According to a New York Times article from last June, the protests initially arose in opposition to a bill considered by Hong Kong’s legislative body, the Legislative Council. The bill would have allowed the territory to extradite criminal suspects to jurisdictions with which it has no formal extradition treaty, including mainland China.

Observers warned that the Chinese government could use the bill to exert increased pressure on Hong Kong. “If enacted, this law would extend the ability of the Mainland authorities to target critics, human rights activists, journalist[s], NGO workers and anyone else in Hong Kong, much in the same way they do at home,” stated Man-Kei Tam, director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

On June 9, more than a million people marched in opposition to the bill — nearly one of every seven Hong Kongers and the biggest public protest Hong Kong had seen since the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement of 2014. A New York Times video shows that police used tear gas against protesters on June 12, along with pepper spray, rubber bullets and batons, after a small number of protesters threw objects at them. Anger over the police response inspired even larger protests on June 16, when as many as two million people came together in the largest protest in Hong Kong’s history.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointed chief executive, withdrew the extradition bill in early September, but the withdrawal wasn’t enough to bring protests to an end. One commonly heard chant — “Five demands, not one less” — refers to the protesters’ aims. The first was the withdrawal of the extradition bill; the others include (1) no more descriptions of the protests as “riots,” (2) unconditional release and amnesty for arrested protesters, (3) independent inquiry into police behavior, and (4) full and genuine democracy.

Throughout the summer and into autumn, protests continued and were increasingly marked by violent confrontations between demonstrators and police. On October 1 — a holiday that marked the 70th anniversary of the Communist state founded in 1949 — police shot a protester with live ammunition for the first time.

CNBC reported that on October 4, Lam invoked emergency powers and banned face masks at all public gatherings, claiming the move would deter violence because demonstrators cannot conceal their identities. (Many protesters wear masks and respirators to guard against tear gas.) The ban provoked a fresh wave of fiery protests. Lam’s critics worry what further actions might follow and how those actions might weaken Hong Kong’s special status, which they believe China has been steadily eroding. 

Mixed U.S. responses

In mid-October, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. It would require the State Department to certify every year “whether Hong Kong remains sufficiently autonomous from Beijing [China] to justify its unique treatment,” as quoted in The Washington Post. This unique treatment includes exemptions from tariffs and other U.S. laws that apply to all other Chinese exports. If the bill clears the Senate, where it has bipartisan support, it would need President Trump’s signature to become law.

Publicly, Trump hasn’t spoken much about the protests, but the Financial Times reports that he promised Chinese president Xi Jinping that the United States would “tone down criticism of Beijing’s approach” in order to revive trade talks. However, at the United Nations in September, Trump called on China to honor its commitment to “protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic ways of life,” adding, “We are all counting on President Xi as a great leader,” as quoted in Vox.

Some American businesses find themselves caught between democratic ideals and the pursuit of profit. The NBA, for instance, forced Daryl Morey to apologize for his tweet, then issued its own apology while simultaneously trying to defend free speech, a response that pleased neither Chinese officials nor many US observers. Meanwhile, Apple pulled a map app from its digital store that protesters had been using to track police movement, and shoe company Vans pulled the top vote-getter in a sneaker design competition because the design depicted the protests. 

Christian response

“The Chinese Communist Party may be the greatest existential threat to the Hong Kong church,” notes Christianity Today. Nevertheless, about 900,000 Hong Kongers (almost 12%) are Christian, and Christians enjoy more freedom in Hong Kong than believers in mainland China.

Several church organizations in Hong Kong expressed concern about the extradition bill while calling for restraint and peace from protesters. According to a United Methodist News Service article, the ecumenical Hong Kong Christian Council issued a statement urging the reopening of now-closed public spaces for peaceful demonstration, restraint from using force on the part of police, and dialogue and “rational discussion” between the government and protesters.

Many Christians in Hong Kong have joined the protests themselves. In late August, the first large-scale rally specifically for Christians drew thousands. Its motto was “Salt and light, for justice we walk together.” Attendees formed part of a human chain stretching for more than 21 miles and sang the hymn “Sing Alleluia to the Lord,” which quickly became an unofficial “anthem” for the Hong Kong protests — partly because religious gatherings are exempt from Hong Kong legislation regulating public assemblies.

For believers who choose to participate in the protests, taking to the streets to defend their civil liberties and advocate for greater freedom is an expression of how they understand the gospel. Andrea Wong, an 18-year-old protester, told The New York Times, “I am very certain that Jesus would not have stayed home enjoying the air-conditioning. He would have been out here helping people and marching.”


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“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 or