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          Schumer: Judge Kavanaugh Has Argued The State Can Detain A Young Girl To Prevent Her From Having Abortion       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calls for the Senate put a stop to the nomination of Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who Schumer says will "strip women's reproductive rights," undermine the Affordable Care Act, and curb environmental regulations. "Judge Kavanaugh's own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms," Schumer said. "He wouldn't have been approved by the Federalist Society if Leonard Leo weren't certain that he'd repeal Roe v. Wade." "Judge Kavanaugh has argued that the Trump administration could keep a young girl in federal custody to prevent her from obtaining constitutionally protected health care. And he has argued that employers should be able to deny their employees access to affordable contraceptive coverage. If Judge Kavanaugh feels that way about contraceptive rights, imagine how he feels on a woman's right to choose." SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: Now, Madam President, last night, President Trump selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. In selecting Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail -- nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights and freedoms and strike down health care protections for millions of Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions. He's put at risk civil rights, labor rights, environmental rights, and LGBTQ rights. How do we know? Because President Trump repeatedly promised to nominate justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, and who will undermine our health care laws. This didn't come out of the clear blue. President Trump promised it. Here's what he said: he would only pick "pro-life" judges who would "automatically" reverse Roe v. Wade. President Trump actually went so far as to say that women should be "punished" for their health care choices. President Trump also said quote his "judicial appointments would do the right thing, unlike Judge Roberts on health care." That is President Trump's litmus test, and it couldn't be clearer. And during the campaign, President Trump commissioned a list of 25 people who would meet that litmus test, that were vetted and approved by two organizations that represent the hard-right: the Federalist Society -- led by a man named Leonard Leo, whose goal in life has been to overturn Roe v. Wade -- and the Heritage Foundation, whose goal is to strike down health care law because they don't want the government to help people out when they have pre-existing conditions, or other health care needs. Here's what Edward Whelan, a prominent conservative activist, said about Leonard Leo, the man who put together the list that Trump promised to pick from: "no one has been more dedicated to the enterprise of building a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade than the Federalist Society's Leonard Leo." If anyone believes that Judge Kavanaugh or anyone else on the list would uphold Roe v. Wade, then I have a bridge to sell them. Leonard Leo's goal in life is to repeal Roe. He comes up with the list, do you think he put any slackers, in his opinion, on that list? No. Judge Kavanaugh got the nomination, not because he'll be an impartial judge on behalf of all Americans, but because he passed President Trump's litmus tests: repeal women's freedom for their reproductive rights, and repeal people's health care, including the protections for pre-existing conditions. If Judge Kavanaugh was to be confirmed, women's reproductive rights would be in the hands of five men on the Supreme Court. That's not what the women -- or the men -- of America want. Judge Kavanaugh's own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms, and that he would welcome challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Judge Kavanaugh has argued that the Supreme Court should question the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. He openly criticized the Supreme Court when they upheld the law. He's no neutral arbiter, he's already made up his mind, and he wouldn't have been approved by the Heritage Foundation if they weren't certain that he'd repeal the ACA. He wouldn't have been approved by the Federalist Society if Leonard Leo weren't certain that he'd repeal Roe v. Wade. Judge Kavanaugh has argued that the Trump administration could keep a young girl in federal custody to prevent her from obtaining constitutionally protected health care. And he has argued that employers should be able to deny their employees access to affordable contraceptive coverage. If Judge Kavanaugh feels that way about contraceptive rights, imagine how he feels on a woman's right to choose. And I'd make one other point about Judge Kavanaugh: he's a deeply, deeply conservative justice, way out of the mainstream. He has written troubling decisions rejecting something ninety percent of Americans want: common-sense gun laws. He has undone environmental protections, he's challenged them, and our Clean Air and Clean Water Acts would be at risk. He would make it far more difficult for regulations to exist to enforce those laws. And here's the most amazing thing: he has gone so far as to say that a president doesn't need to follow the law if he "deems" it unconstitutional. Folks, here we have a president, President Trump, who cares less about rule of law, less about the restraints that every other president has felt put in place by the Constitution and the norms that have blessed this great country for 200 years, and we're going to put someone on the bench that says 'if this president, President Trump, deems some law unconstitutional he doesn't have to follow it? How many Americans think that the president would be judicious and limited in doing that? It's not the president I've seen over the past year and a half, oh no. An analysis by Professor Lee Epstein of Washington University of St. Louis found that Judge Kavanaugh would be the second-most conservative Justice on the Court -- to the right of Judge Gorsuch, second only to Justice Thomas, and this is the most conservative court we've had in eighty, ninety years, since the thirties at the very minimum. To those who say that President Trump has made a moderate selection from the judicial mainstream in the form of Judge Kavanaugh -- think again, and look at his record. He is a deeply conservative jurist. And his judicial philosophy appears to spring from his history. Judge Kavanaugh was embedded in the partisan fights of the past few decades: the notorious Starr report, the Florida recount, President Bush's secrecy and privilege claims once in office, and ideological judicial nomination fights throughout the Bush Era. The hard-right has had a goal. They can't achieve their philosophy through the elected two branches of government, try as they might: the Congress, the president. But if they get control of the one non-elected branch, the judiciary, they can turn the clock back in America decades, maybe centuries. That has been their goal, and Judge Kavanaugh when he worked in the White House helped them achieve that goal. Judge Kavanaugh's background as a partisan political operative seems exactly like the kind of man President Trump would want on the Supreme Court if legal issues from the Mueller probe arise: deferential to a fault to executive authority, and with a long track record of partisan politics. Judge Kavanaugh's long track record of partisan politics comes with a long paper trail. The Senate must now be able to have access and time to adequately review all documents, e-mails, and other paperwork associated with Judge Kavanaugh before the process moves forward. Judge Kavanaugh's papers may be critical to helping the American people understand the kind of jurist that Judge Kavanaugh would be on the Supreme Court. And if that makes us take a little more time, so be it. As the president himself has said, this is one of the most consequential nominations we have had in a generation. To get the full record before any of us vote is absolutely necessary, important, essential, and fair. Judge Kavanaugh's papers may give the Senate the best and only chance of understanding Judge Kavanaugh's personal views because there's no doubt he will be schooled, as his most recent predecessor was, to reveal as little about his philosophy and personal views in his confirmation hearing. No doubt he will employ practiced evasions that have become a farcical tradition of the nomination process: "I will respect precedent"; "I will follow settled law and strive to uphold stare decisis"; "Gee Senator, I cannot comment lest I bias myself on a future case." Well, we have seen what happened when now-Justice Roberts, now-Justice Gorsuch, and now-Justice Alito had said that. Once they got on the bench, they overturned precedent with alacrity to achieve their political goals. Probably the worst: Citizens United, where Chief Justice Roberts undid close to a century of tradition, and allowed wealthy people to send millions of dollars, undisclosed, into our politics, making the swamp so much worse. And most recently, Justice Gorsuch, Justice Roberts, and the rest dramatically overturning precedent in the Janus case, on a whim. As the dissent noted, they just pulled a theory out of the hat, a First Amendment ruling that the First Amendment prohibited unions from organizing. My oh my, how can anyone believe that Judge Kavanaugh will stick to precedent when Justice Roberts, Justice Gorsuch, and Justice Alito ignore precedent, and make their own political rulings regularly. So we need to review the record: Judge Kavanaugh's written history, where the best clues to his jurisprudence may lie. It is no less than the standard my Republican colleagues demanded of Justice Kagan during her confirmation process. They asked for her entire records, a hundred seventy thousand documents were sent here. We need those documents, now more than ever because this new justice will be so pivotal in determining the future of our nation for so long. Madam President, the Senate has come together on a bipartisan basis to protect women's reproductive rights and to protect health care for millions of Americans before -- including those with preexisting conditions. We need to do it again. I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, and I hope a bipartisan majority will ultimately do the same. This nomination could alter the balance of the court in favor of powerful special interests and against working families for a generation. The pro-hard-right business Heritage Foundation wants only nominees that will side with the big boys against the average person, and in Judge Kavanaugh they've gotten someone who will do just that. We cannot let that happen. If the Senate blocks this nomination, it will lead to a more independent, moderate selection that both parties could support.
          Diamond and Silk: Maxine Waters a "Domestic Terrorist"       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Diamond and Silk told FOX News' Jesse Watters Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is a "domestic terrorist" and the "gift that keeps on giving." Diamond agreed with President Trump's assessment that Waters'is a "low IQ individual." She called it "very low." "Maxine Waters and her rhetoric is like the gift that keeps on giving to the Republican Party, so we want her to keep talking," Diamond said on Watters' Saturday night show. JESSE WATTERS: Joining me now with their thoughts, Diamond and Silk, wow, that, ladies was one of the best performances I have seen the President deliver in a while. Do you think Pocahontas is going to take the test? DIAMOND, VIDEO BLOGGER: She should come clean. This President had us rolling about Pocahontas, Elizabeth Warren should come clean about her heritage and she should also come clean about what's going on down there at the border. She should come clean and instead of blaming President Trump, she needs to also come clean and let everybody know how they were being hypocrites. How she was being hypocritical because she did not protest against Obama and his administration when he had children locked up in cages. WATTERS: That's true. I don't mean to disparage her when I call her Pocahontas. I'm just mimicking the President a little bit, having a little fun and she brought that controversy on herself and she could easily put it to rest, but something tells me I don't think she's going to take the test. I don't know why. I want to ask you, guys, another question about the President's performance at that Montana rally. Check out what he said about your friend, who I know you guys are tracking down somewhere, Maxine Waters. Roll it. (VIDEO CLIP STARTS) TRUMP: I said it the other day, yes, she is a low IQ individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. I mean, honestly, she is somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe. "He will be impeached. I will impeach him." Even the Democrats are saying, "How are you saying that?" They don't want to use that word because it gets the Republicans out to vote. They say stay away from that word. Especially she has done nothing wrong, it helps us also, right? (VIDEO CLIP ENDS) WATTERS: Maxine is in a bit of a beef with some of the top Democrats. Chuck Schumer told her to pipe down with all the crazy talk about rushing people at restaurants, and now a bunch of black Democrats are saying, "Hey, leave Maxine alone, Crying Chuck," it's just a little civil war over there on the Democratic side. What do you guys think? DIAMOND: Oh, yes, it is and the President is right. Maxine Waters' IQ is very low. Anytime a Congresswoman go around and she - we look at her as a domestic terrorist. She is telling Americans to attack other Americans. It's a problem. But you know what? Maxine Waters and her rhetoric is like the gift that keeps on giving to the Republican Party, so we want her to keep talking. SILK, VIDEO BLOGGER: That's right. DIAMOND: Because she represents the party of divisiveness. WATTERS: That is true. She does help Republicans a lot. I wouldn't go so far as to call her a domestic terrorist. That might be a little over the line
          Redes sociais adotam medidas para combater fake news nas eleições      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Redes sociais adotam medidas para combater fake news nas eleições
A ascensão das chamadas notícias falsas (fake news, no termo em inglês) a um objeto de preocupação em todo o mundo colocou no centro da discussão o papel de redes sociais como Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter e WhatsApp. Se por um lado é reconhecido que o fenômeno da desinformação é antigo, por outro lado é consenso entre pesquisadores, autoridades e empresas que a diferença no cenário atual de divulgação de conteúdos falsos está no alcance e na velocidade permitidos pelo compartilhamento de mensagens nesses ambientes. Para tentar diminuir os questionamentos e o dano à imagem, diversas redes sociais vêm anunciando medidas para tentar combater a circulação das notícias falsas.

As redes sociais são terreno fértil para a difusão de notícias falsas por diferentes motivos. Alguns criadores desses conteúdos buscam divulgar uma ideia ou atacar uma pessoa, partido ou instituição. Outros têm motivação econômica, uma vez que a grande circulação de uma publicação gera interações, o que pode se traduzir em dinheiro a partir da lógica de veiculação de anúncios nessas plataformas. Foi o caso, por exemplo, de jovens da Macedônia que criaram perfis para difundir notícias falsas nas eleições dos Estados Unidos em 2016 como fonte de renda.

Essas possibilidades geraram intensos questionamentos. Nos Estados Unidos, o Facebook virou objeto de investigação do Congresso sobre uma possível influência de organizações russas nas eleições de 2016. O presidente da empresa, Mark Zuckerberg, teve de ir ao Congresso prestar explicações também sobre o escândalo de vazamento de dados de 87 milhões de usuários envolvendo a empresa de marketing eleitoral Cambridge Analytica. A companhia foi questionada ainda por autoridades de outros países, inclusive brasileiras, sobre o caso.

Na Índia, o WhatsApp, aplicativo de propriedade do Facebook, virou assunto de preocupação nacional nas últimas semanas depois de uma série de assassinatos e linchamentos a partir de informações falsas divulgadas na rede social.

O Google sofreu críticas por apresentar nos resultados de busca informações falsas, tanto sobre as eleições dos EUA quanto sobre fatos históricos, como o Holocausto.

Rede social mais criticada, o Facebook inicialmente rebateu as acusações relativas ao papel nas eleições dos EUA, mas depois do pleito passou a anunciar um conjunto de medidas para reduzir a circulação dessas mensagens na sua plataforma. A principal delas foi a realização de um acordo com agências de checagem para averiguar a veracidade de publicações. No Brasil, a parceria envolve as agências Lupa, Aos Fatos e France Press. “Esse mecanismo permitiu cortar em até 80% a distribuição orgânica de notícias consideradas falsas por agências de verificação parceiras nos Estados Unidos, onde a ferramenta já está funcionando há algum tempo”, relatou a empresa em nota divulgada em 10 de maio.

          Brett Kavanaugh begins Congress tour, selling himself for Supreme Court      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, mapped out strategy with Republican leaders Tuesday, launching a fierce confirmation battle that could remake the court for decades and roil the midterm elections in the meantime.

Kavanaugh, a favorite of the GOP establishment, first...


          Comment on News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early July 2018 by Nancy Witt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I am so glad that my first husband and I came to San Diego from South Bend where I had my first job after college. We wanted to come to CA but didn't want San Francisco cuz I don't like that weather. I love warm weather, and sure enough got picked up with some help from my then Congressman. I did 34 yrs. with SocSec and enjoyed 3 offices in SD Co. There was a rally right off in Ocean Bch, but can't remember what it was about but Frank Gormlie led it. We rented the front of a duplex on Greene St.; The 2 families in the back were Filipino as their fathers were in the military. I tutored the 5 yr. old in English. Next door was a retired Portuguese fisherman and his wife would always call about our car being parked in front of our house even though they had a garage. After 2 yrs. there, we bought a house on Santa Cruz Av. which had much parking available. The neighbors next door above us (on a hill) were a Portuguese family, and the father was captain of a fishing boat, and it was good money; the family then moved to La Jolla, and his Portuguese sister and wife moved from Portugal. They didn't know much English, but were very nice neighbors, and I tutored the 2 kids. One of the paperboys was Portuguese,and his father was an accountant but he wanted to make more money by fishing, so he went on a fishing trip but could not swim. The fishermen gather at night and play cards, etc. and sadly, he drowned on his way to a nearby boat. Then the paperboy's mother died of cancer. So sad. Anyway, a lot has happened in 48 yrs.
          We know what you did last session: E-discovery made easy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It’s no secret that the most valuable information is always the most well-hidden—either by unfortunate chance or by design. Luckily, Adam Candeub, professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law and director of the Intellectual Property, Information, and Communications Law Program, and his team of law students led by Christina Micakovic have finished designing the FCC explorer, the latest breakthrough in e-discovery. This program, inspired by Relativity, facilitates searches of documents contained in the Federal Communications Commission database. The need for this program arose when Candeub (pictured) found that litigation associates spend too much of their valuable time poring over the FCC’s vast database, hoping to find some trace of the quickest ex parte meeting between a lobbyist and a congressman. Too often these mandatory notes are made in a PDF or otherwise unsearchable format on the agency’s database. This is where the FCC Explorer…
          Apoio a PSDB racha possíveis aliados      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Por Raphael Di Cunto | Valor Econômico

BRASÍLIA - Com dificuldade para atrair os partidos do Centrão para sua aliança, o pré-candidato do PSDB à Presidência, Geraldo Alckmin, tem rebatido que já está apalavrado com outras quatro legendas, o que lhe daria, de partida, 20% do tempo de propaganda eleitoral na TV e rádio. Dirigentes e parlamentares de PPS, PTB, PSD e PV, contudo, afirmam que, com a estagnação do tucano nas pesquisas e alta rejeição, essas composições não são tão certas.

No PPS, Alckmin tem apoio do presidente nacional, Roberto Freire, e do deputado federal Arnaldo Jardim (SP), um de seus ex-secretários no governo paulista, mas vários setores resistem à aliança e buscam alternativas. As mais citadas são repetir a coligação com Marina Silva (Rede) ou apoiar Alvaro Dias (Podemos).

Em março, Freire tentou aprovar no congresso nacional do partido um "indicativo" de apoio a Alckmin, mas essa sinalização acabou convertida apenas na autorização para "abertura do diálogo" com o presidenciável, segundo relatos de três deputados federais. Em 2010, o PPS rompeu com o PSDB para apoiar o ex-governador de Pernambuco Eduardo Campos (PSB), que morreu durante a campanha eleitoral e tinha Marina de vice.

Líder do PPS na Câmara dos Deputados, Alex Manente (SP) diz que Alckmin tem o "maior grupo de apoio organizado" dentro do partido, mas que não há favoritismo. "O que o diretório aprovou foi indicativo de discussão com ele, mas existem resistências que precisam ser superadas", afirmou. Já Freire rebate que o congresso aprovou, sim, a indicação de apoio. "Se tem alguém que não concorda com isso, é direito dele, que venha defender na convenção. Mas o PPS tem um indicativo", disse.

No PV, o presidente da legenda, José Luiz Penna, que foi secretário de Alckmin, defende que o ideal é a união das forças "do campo democrático" para evitar que os "extremos", os candidatos do PT e o deputado Jair Bolsonaro (PSL-RJ), disputem entre si o segundo turno. Mas há resistências de alguns diretórios estaduais e o foco da sigla, nesse momento, são as candidaturas para deputado federal para superar a cláusula de desempenho, que, se não for ultrapassada, deixará o partido sem recursos do fundo partidário a partir de 2019.

Penna espera a união desse campo, nos quais coloca como candidatos Alckmin, com quem tem conversas "pessoais", Alvaro Dias e Marina, mas diz que uma hipótese é não apoiar ninguém nacionalmente. "Se nosso ideal estratégico é candidatura de deputado federal, não havendo sinal forte de união nesse campo, vamos abrir para as regionais do partido apoiarem quem quiserem, naturalmente limitando o Bolsonaro fora", disse Penna.

Líder do PV na Câmara, a deputada Leandre Dal Ponte (PR) afirmou que vê mais qualidades no presidenciável do Podemos, que foi três vezes governador do seu Estado. "Ainda vamos discutir com o diretório nacional o que fazer, mas o Paraná não quer aderir à campanha do Alckmin", disse. Outro citado como entrave à composição com o PSDB é o ex-ministro de Meio Ambiente e deputado Sarney Filho (MA), que, regionalmente, preferiria a aliança com o PT do ex-presidente Lula, o que o parlamentar negou por meio de sua assessoria.

Presidente do PTB, Roberto Jefferson defende o apoio a Alckmin, mas há vários setores que questionam a aliança pelo fraco desempenho nas pesquisas. Líder da sigla na Câmara, o deputado Jovair Arantes (GO) elogia o tucano, dizendo que é um cidadão muito preparado, mas evita cravar a coligação nacional. "Quando conversamos, dois meses atrás, o Roberto faz menção [ao apoio], mas ficou por aí, vários integrantes da executiva pediram que ele aguardasse um pouco mais", afirmou.

O partido mais encaminhado dos quatro é o PSD. Presidente licenciado da sigla, o ministro das Comunicações, Gilberto Kassab, acertou-se com o ex-governador após anos de desavenças políticas e tem costurado regionalmente a aliança com o PSDB. Num dos maiores Estados, o Rio de Janeiro, o palanque de Alckmin pode ser o do PSD, com a candidatura do deputado Índio da Costa ao governo.

          New comment on Item for Geeklist "Washington, DC Virtual Flea Market"       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

by Eric Engelmann

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If you don't get another offer, I'll buy this if you can deliver to the Tysons convention (http://congressofgamers) any time August 17-19.
          Barry Goldwater Jr. and NGC Agree to Signature Label Deal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Barry Goldwater Jr., a member of the US House of Representatives from California for 14 years, has agreed to individually hand-sign certification labels exclusively for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®). Goldwater is the son of former US Senator and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. Serving alongside his father in Congress, Goldwater earned a reputation as a […]

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          The overproduction of truth: passion, competition, and integrity in modern science      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The way science is done has changed radically in recent years. Scientific research and institutions, which have long been characterized by passion, dedication and reliability, have increasingly less capacity for more ethical pursuits, and are pressed by hard market laws. From the vocation of a few, science has become the profession of many ― possibly too many. These trends come with consequences and risks, such as the rise in fraud, plagiarism, and in particular the sheer volume of scientific publications, often of little relevance. The solution? A slow approach with more emphasis on quality rather than quantity that will help us to rediscover the essential role of the responsible scientist. This work is a critical review and assessment of present-day policies and behavior in scientific production and publication. It touches on the tumultuous growth of scientific journals, in parallel with the growth of self-declared scientists over the world. The author's own reflections and experiences help us to understand the mechanisms of contemporary science. Along with personal reminiscences of times past, the author investigates the loopholes and hoaxes of pretend journals and nonexistent congresses, so common today in the scientific arena. The book also discusses the problems of bibliometric indices, which have resulted in large part from the above distortions of scientific life.
          Carson City Mint Commemorative Coin Program Legislation Introduced      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Carson City Mint 150th Anniversary On June 26, 2018, U.S. Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV2) introduced a bill to Congress authorizing the United States Mint to produce commemorative coins honoring the 150th anniversary of the Carson City Mint. The Carson City Mint 150th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act of 2018 (H.R. […]

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          Temer libera R$ 5,8 bi a congressistas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A menos de seis meses para o fim de seu mandato, Michel Temer acelerou a liberação de verba do Orçamento indicada por parlamentares. Foram R$ 5,8 bilhões pagos em emendas individuais até a primeira...

Blog de política Brasil. Os amigos do Presidente Lula

          Михаил Царев: «Сегодня общество продвинулось и стало еще труднее, потому что неравенство стало неофициальным»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Михаил Царев, исполнительный директор EastOne, своими решениями и сотворчеством с коллегами развивает завод «Инетрпайп», телеканалы СТБ, ICTV, «Новый», банк «Кредит Днепр» и другие бизнесы. Возглавляют четыре из пяти вышеупомянутых бизнесов мужчины. Однако Михаил стал спикером HeForShe Congress. Почему? Ответы...

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          «У Норвегії бути нарівні з жінками нормально. А у Туреччині чоловіки — привілейований клас»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Чи може доросла людина змінити погляди на життя, потрапивши в інше середовище? Звісно, що так. Про це під час HeForShe Congress говорив Дмитро Різниченко, голова ГО «Новий вогонь», публіцист, блогер, учасник збройного конфлікту на сході України, екс-ультраправий. Почувши його промову, колеги-журналісти...

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          Wed 8 AM | Key Conservation Fund Threatened. Again.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There's a certain regularity to some stories emerging from Washington, like the program that will soon expire if Congress does not renew it. So it is once again with the Land and Water Conservation Fund , LWCF. It runs out at the end of September without Congressional intervention, and there may just be some additional concern about the mood on conservation in the current Congress. The Wilderness Society is watching events unfold, as is University of Idaho professor Adam Sowards .
          Comment on The Continental Congress Adopts the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776 by Robert Yee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Reverend John Knox Witherspoon (1722-1794) signed the Declaration of Independence and was a first cousin 9X removed from Linda M. Neil in our family tree.
          Comment on The Continental Congress Adopts the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776 by Cindy White      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
How do I find any ancestor who might have been involved with the CONTINENTAL congress?
          Comment on The Continental Congress Adopts the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776 by John Jones      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I can’t even sign on fold3 and have contacted fold3 before and no one has contacted me to even try to help. It will be canceled when it expires next year
          Comment on The Continental Congress Adopts the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776 by Kliff Shinn      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          US Financing Prolonged Poverty, Misery, Disease and Death Through International Banks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

“Foreign Operations” appropriation bills now working their way through Congress supposedly provide funding to “advance U.S. diplomatic priorities overseas,” “increase global security,” and continue “life-saving global health and humanitarian assistance programs for the world’s most vulnerable populations.”


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          The Pot Industry is Overwhelmingly White, and One Congresswoman Wants to Change That      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rep. Barbara Lee of California has crafted a resolution to help open up the marijuana industry to people of color. Sometimes, all it takes is a poorly named weed strain to illuminate a real problem. Just this week, Shanita Penny, the president of the board of directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association, was contacted by a black woman who was shocked that a marijuana dispensary in Maryland is selling a strain called "Strange Fruit"…

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Mayors from six U.S. cities in states with legal marijuana said Monday they have formed a coalition to push for federal marijuana policy reform just days after President Donald Trump expressed support for bipartisan congressional legislation to ease the federal ban on pot. Mayors from Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and West Sacramento — all in marijuana-friendly states — sponsored a resolution at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston that…

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Marijuana industry titans will gather in New Brunswick next week to discuss how to market cannabis in a competitive legal marketplace, and other issues raised by the dawn of government-run weed. The World Cannabis Congress will host 450 industry leaders starting Sunday evening in Saint John. Topping their agenda is the branding challenge: Health Canada is requiring marijuana packages to be a single, uniform colour without images or graphics other than the logo and a…

          How the EPA and the Pentagon Downplayed a Growing Toxic Threat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The chemicals once seemed near magical, able to repel water, oil and stains.

By the 1970s, DuPont and 3M had used them to develop Teflon and Scotchgard, and they slipped into an array of everyday products, from gum wrappers to sofas to frying pans to carpets. Known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, they were a boon to the military, too, which used them in foam that snuffed out explosive oil and fuel fires.

It’s long been known that, in certain concentrations, the compounds could be dangerous if they got into water or if people breathed dust or ate food that contained them. Tests showed they accumulated in the blood of chemical factory workers and residents living nearby, and studies linked some of the chemicals to cancers and birth defects.

Now two new analyses of drinking water data and the science used to analyze it make clear the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense have downplayed the public threat posed by these chemicals. Far more people have likely been exposed to dangerous levels of them than has previously been reported because contamination from them is more widespread than has ever been officially acknowledged.

Moreover, ProPublica has found, the government’s understatement of the threat appears to be no accident.

The EPA and the Department of Defense calibrated water tests to exclude some harmful levels of contamination and only register especially high concentrations of chemicals, according to the vice president of one testing company. Several prominent scientists told ProPublica the DOD chose to use tests that would identify only a handful of chemicals rather than more advanced tests that the agencies’ own scientists had helped develop which could potentially identify the presence of hundreds of additional compounds.

The first analysis, contained in an EPA contractor’s PowerPoint presentation, shows that one chemical — the PFAS most understood to cause harm — is 24 times more prevalent in public drinking water than the EPA has reported. Based on this, the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization whose scientists have studied PFAS pollution, has estimated that as many as 110 million Americans are now at risk of being exposed to PFAS chemicals.

In the second analysis, ProPublica compared how the military checks for and measures PFAS-related contamination to what’s identified by more advanced tests. We found that the military relied on tests which are not capable of detecting all the PFAS chemicals it believed to be present. Even then, it underreported its results, sharing only a small part if its data. We also found that the military’s own research programs had retested several of those defense sites using more advanced testing technology and identified significantly more pollution than what the military reported to Congress.

Even before the troubling new information about PFAS chemicals emerged, the government had acknowledged problems relating to them were spreading. Past EPA water testing, however incomplete, identified drinking water contamination across 33 states that Harvard researchers estimated affected some 6 million people. The military suspected drinking water at more than 660 U.S. defense sites where firefighting foam was used could be contaminated; earlier this year, it announced it had confirmed contamination in 36 drinking water systems and in 90 groundwater sites on or near its facilities.

The new analyses suggest these findings likely represent just a fraction of the true number of people and drinking water systems affected.

In written responses to questions, the EPA did not directly address whether it had understated contamination from PFAS chemicals. The agency said it had confidence in its current testing procedures and had set detection limits at appropriate levels. It also stated that it is taking steps towards regulating some PFAS compounds and registering them as “hazardous substances,” a classification that triggers additional oversight under waste and pollution laws.

The agency will “take concrete actions to ensure PFAS is thoroughly addressed and all Americans have access to clean and safe drinking water,” then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who recently resigned, said in the written statement to ProPublica in May.

The Department of Defense also responded to questions in writing, defending its testing methods as the best available and calling it difficult to fully assess risks from PFAS because the EPA has not regulated these chemicals. A DOD spokeswoman said the Pentagon’s research group has a program underway aimed at enhancing the test methods and detecting more PFAS compounds, but suggested that no alternatives were ready for use. She did not answer questions about why the agency reported contamination levels for only two chemicals to Congress when it would have had data on many more, stating only that the Pentagon “is committed to protecting human health and the environment.”

Environmental experts aren’t convinced.

“Widespread contamination may be harming the health of millions or even tens of millions of Americans and the government is intentionally covering up some of the evidence,” said Erik Olson, a senior director for health, food and agriculture initiatives at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in an interview. The EPA and Defense Department “have done all they can to sort of drag their feet and avoid meaningful regulatory action in making significant investment in cleanups.”

In May, a Politico report revealed that the EPA and the White House, along with the Defense Department, had pressured a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to withhold a health study expected to warn that people exposed to PFAS chemicals face greater health risks than were previously understood. That report was quietly released in mid-June and, indeed, estimated safe levels of exposure are seven to 10 times smaller than what the EPA has said.

Such a determination could spur stricter limits on exposure than the EPA appears to have considered. Paired with an emerging realization that testing by the EPA and DOD hasn’t captured the true extent of contamination, the government could be forced to reconceive its approach to these compounds, said David Sedlak, the director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, who helped develop one of the most advanced commercial tests for PFAS substances.

“Not talking about it isn’t going to make the problem go away,” Sedlak said. “And because these compounds are forever — they aren’t going to degrade on their own — eventually there is going to be a day of reckoning.”


The PFAS compounds might not exist if weren’t for a lab accident in 1938, when a frozen block of refrigerant turned into an extraordinarily slippery white, waxy mass. A decade later DuPont was manufacturing it as Teflon. 3M developed its own version, the molecularly similar PFOA in 1954, when a chemist inadvertently spilled a mixture of chemicals on her shoe and found the stain was impervious to soap or water. They called it Scotchgard.

These products work, in part, because the chemicals they contain are made up of some of the strongest and most resilient molecular bonds in existence, thanks to a unique structure that keeps them from breaking down. There are thousands of variations, all characterized by extremely strong daisy chains of carbon and fluorine molecules and differentiated mostly by the length of their “tails” — the string of carbon molecules that can be anywhere from two to 14 units long.

In the mid-1970s, with the use of the chemicals proliferating, Dupont and 3M began privately testing the blood of their plant workers and others. The companies had grown increasingly concerned about the toxicity of PFAS compounds, learning that they “bio-accumulate” in food and people and that they could cause harm. But it wasn’t until 2000, when 3M pulled Scotchgard from the market, that the EPA began to investigate PFAS’s potential damage to human health and the environment, and soon after, that the blood tests became public.

At first, the EPA took steps that suggested it would quickly get to the bottom of the problem. Citing the spread of contaminants in water supplies in Minnesota and Ohio, in 2002 the agency launched a “priority review” of some PFAS compounds. It wrote then that exposure can “result in a variety of effects including developmental/reproductive toxicity, liver toxicity and cancer.”

By 2003, the EPA launched its first draft risk assessment for PFOA, typically a substantial step towards establishing strict regulatory standards that limit a chemical’s use and mandate its cleanup. When the draft was released in early 2005, it said that while the epidemiological evidence remained inconclusive, rats tested with PFOA were more likely to develop liver and pancreatic cancers, and there were worrisome signs that workers in plants that manufactured PFOA had a higher risk of dying of prostate cancer.

The EPA also asked industries to voluntarily phase out PFOA-related products, including the firefighting foam, by 2015.

The question was then — and remains today — how much exposure to PFAS chemicals would make people seriously ill?

In 2009, the agency attempted an answer, issuing “provisional” voluntary guidelines for safe levels of the chemicals in drinking water. This meant that for the first time, the government offered a precise, scientific measure for how much of the compounds was too much. But it didn’t mandate those limits, or create a regulation enforceable by law. And even those limits — it would later become clear — proved too loose.

Meanwhile, other instances of water contamination — in Minnesota and Alabama — heightened concerns. One study of 60,000 residents in West Virginia and Ohio exposed to high levels of PFOS and PFOA from a DuPont manufacturing plant and an Army airfield showed they had high rates of thyroid malfunction, testicular and kidney cancers and preeclampsia. The study was completed as part of a roughly $107 million settlement of a lawsuit against DuPont. Studies on animals also linked the chemicals to structural birth defects and dramatic changes in hormone levels.

In 2013, with concern rising over the ubiquity of PFAS compounds, the EPA decided it would test for some of the chemicals in public drinking water systems. The agency regulates chemicals under the Safe Drinking Water Act and adds new substances to the list based on tests showing they’re widespread enough to pose a national threat. Listing a chemical for such testing is often a step toward creating enforceable regulations for it.

At the same time, the agency began to reconsider the health advisory limit it had established in 2009. In 2016, the agency announced a dramatically lower limit for how much PFAS exposure was safe for people, suggesting a threshold less than one-eighth the amount it had once assured would cause no harm. Under the new guidelines, no more than 70 parts per trillion of the chemicals, less than the size of a single drop in an Olympic pool, were deemed safe.

Yet even this standard remains voluntary and unenforceable. Until there’s a true limit on the concentration of PFAS compounds allowable in drinking water, soil and groundwater — and the classification of PFAS as a hazardous substance — the EPA can’t hold water utilities, companies or other polluters to account. It also can’t compel the Department of Defense to adhere to the standard or clean up contamination.

There is increasing evidence that PFAS contamination is more widespread on and around military bases than previously thought.

The Department of Defense launched a full-scale review of contamination in drinking water systems at its facilities in 2016, despite the lack of clear regulatory limits from the EPA.

This spring the Pentagon reported to Congress that 564 of the 2,445 off-base public and private drinking water systems that it had tested contained PFOS or PFOA above the EPA’s advisory limits. It also announced that groundwater at 90 out of 410 military bases where it tested contained dangerous levels of these two chemicals. A staggering 61 percent of groundwater wells tested exceeded the EPA’s threshold for safety, according to the presentation Maureen Sullivan, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment, safety and occupational health, gave to Congress in March. Attending to the problem, several news outlets have reported, would cost the Pentagon at least $2 billion.

In presenting its liabilities to Congress, the Defense Department took an important step in wrestling with a troublesome issue, much as the EPA had in undertaking national data collection.

But both agencies have quite deliberately chosen not to use the most advanced tools or to collect the most comprehensive data on contamination, researchers say.


To identify PFAS compounds in drinking water, the EPA uses a lab test called “Method 537,” which separates microscopic molecules so they can be more easily seen. It’s not the most sophisticated test available, but scientists have used it enough to give them — and regulators — extraordinary confidence in its results. This is the test the EPA chose in 2013, when it directed its labs across the country to test water samples to evaluate emerging PFAS chemical contaminants to help determine whether they should be regulated.

But even though the Method 537 test can detect 14 PFAS compounds, the EPA only asked for data on six of them. The EPA said this was to allow for testing of non-PFAS pollutants, since the agency is only allowed to target a certain number of emerging contaminants in each round of tests.

The agency also set detection thresholds for the six PFAS compounds included as much as 16 times higher than what the test was sensitive enough to detect — so high that only the most extreme cases of contamination were reflected in the federal drinking water dataset.

Indeed, according to a recent presentation by Andrew Eaton, vice president of Eurofins Eaton Analytical, the largest drinking water test lab in the country, which handled testing of more than 10,000 samples from 1,100 public water systems — about 30 percent of the EPA’s water samples overall — vast amounts of detected contamination was ignored by design.

Through its federal water quality reporting, the EPA has said publicly that PFOA was detected in just 1 percent of water samples across the nation. But when Eaton recently went back and reanalyzed the data the EPA didn’t want, he found PFOA was in nearly 24 percent of the samples his company tested.

Another chemical, PFBS, is considered a sentinel because in situations where it is a component of contamination also containing PFAS and PFOA, it travels further and faster in water and shows up months or years ahead in places where PFOA or PFOS are ultimately detected. The EPA has reported that PFBS was found in less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all its water samples — not even one in 100. Eaton’s re-analysis detected the sentinel chemical in nearly one out of eight of samples.

“It basically says the plume is on its way, that’s the leading indicator… PFOS and PFOA is likely on the way to your house,” said Jennifer Field, a professor of environmental and molecular toxicology at Oregon State University. Field is a leading expert on test methods for PFAS compounds. The Department of Defense helps fund her research. “If you are on the hydrological flow path it’s a matter of time and distance.”

The EPA defended its detection limits, saying its testing protocol is designed to yield consistent, reliable results even if labs conducting the tests are less sophisticated.

But the government is far from certain that lower levels of PFAS compounds than those that count as contamination by the EPA’s definition aren’t health threats. The EPA has repeatedly lowered how much exposure to PFAS compounds it considers acceptable. And when the CDC finally released its health analysis for PFAS compounds in June, it called for limits of one compound to be 10 times lower than the EPA’s current threshold, and another to be seven times lower. Such a standard would be more in line with some states, which already have tougher limits in place. New Jersey, for example, has set its exposure limit for PFOA at roughly one-fifth of what the EPA prescribes.

The EPA’s testing protocol — which only certifies the 537 test, with its limitations — also hasn’t kept up with fast-evolving science around PFAS chemicals. Researchers have identified new forms of the chemicals and, potentially, new dangers from these variants.

In 2016, Field and several other researchers — as part of a Defense Department research program examining water samples from 15 defense sites where firefighting foam was used (researchers declined to name them) — identified 40 new families of PFAS chemicals, consisting of some 240 compounds they’d never seen before.

“You’re starting to get this idea that more complex chemistry was used at these sites than was picked up in the tests, and that’s kind of the punchline,” said Field, of the firefighting foam sites in particular. “There is more mass down there, there are more species and in higher concentrations than what you see.”

Method 537, as a rule, is not capable of detecting these additional compounds. Yet when the Pentagon launched its own water testing program at U.S. bases in 2016, it chose to use the EPA’s outdated testing process, even though a test capable of detecting the presence of dozens of additional PFAS compounds was available. That test, called the Top Assay, was even developed with Defense Department support.

Instead, the Defense Department relied exclusively on the 537 test and then, when it reported its findings to Congress this past March, it offered only the results for PFOS and PFOA and not the other 12 compounds the test process identifies, because that’s what Congress had asked for. Indeed, according to one memorandum from the Department of the Navy, the armed services were explicitly instructed to withhold their extra data — at least for the time being — because it was “not being used to make decisions.”

“If you were going to spend $200 million testing DoD sites across the country, wouldn’t you want to test for all of the chemicals you know you used?” asked Jane Williams, executive director of California Communities Against Toxics, who has been active on chemical cleanup issues at Defense sites.

“It’s almost like a deliberate thing, where you’re going to tell people their water is safe to drink, and you know that you have a gap in your testing and you know that you haven’t found all of the chemicals in the water.”

Scientists are only now beginning to understand the importance of the information the government is choosing to leave out. Field has found, for example, not only that there are more variations of PFAS compounds, but that some degrade over time into PFOS or PFOA, or, like PFBS, travel faster in the environment, making them predictors for other contaminants soon to come.

Many of the variants with shorter “tails” — or shorter chains of molecules than the test methods can detect — “are likely to break through systems designed to capture” them, Field and others wrote in a 2017 paper published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. They are also more likely to elude the water treatment methods the EPA and the Department of Defense are using to clean water identified as contaminated.

The consequence of these systemic blind spots is that “by the time you see PFOS and PFOA you may have been drinking other things for a longer period of time,” Field said.

When Field retested water samples at several U.S. defense sites using the most advanced testing available, she found that many of these obscure additional chemicals were nearly uniformly present — and in huge numbers. At one site, for example, where PFOS was detected at 78,000 parts per trillion, another obscure PFAS compound was present at nearly three times that concentration.

Based on Eaton’s higher-resolution detection rates, scientists at the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization that researches the dangers of PFAS compounds, have generated new estimates of contamination linked to the chemicals.

They now think more than 110 million people have been exposed to the compounds through their drinking water, more than five times as many as the group had previously estimated.

The EPA “has really underplayed the extent of contamination,” said David Andrews, a senior scientist at EWG. “The scope of the problem seems to be expanding.”


          Open Call: International Consultation on the Urban Design of Zhongshan Cuiheng Science City      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Registration Deadline: Jul 31, 2018; Submission Deadline: Jul 31, 2018

The planning and construction of Zhongshan Cuiheng Science City is an important measure of Zhongshan City to study and implement Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and the guiding principles of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), put into practice the guiding principles from General Secretary Xi Jinping's major speeches, follow the strategic plan of the 4th Plenary Session of the 12th Guangdong Provincial CPC Committee, vigorously integrate into the new regional development pattern of "One Core, One Belt, One Zone" constructing by Guangdong Province, and strive to construct a strong point for integration and development between the east and west banks of the Pearl River, the hub city of the coastal economic belt, and an important pole of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.

Zhongshan Cuiheng Science City, located in the south of Zhongshan Cuiheng New District and the geographical center of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, is the new engine for Zhongshan to implement the "Three Orientations" placed on the city by Guangdong Provincial Party Committee, promote quality economic development, build a modern economic system, and break new ground in opening up. As an important development platform of Zhongshan, the Science City will be an example for implementing the five development concepts: innovation, coordination, green development, opening up, and sharing, and be built with efforts into the leading area for innovation-driven development, the demonstration area for integrated development between both banks of the Pearl River, an important platform of the sci-tech innovation center of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, and the new international and modern urban center.

In order to give full play to the strategic value of Zhongshan Cuiheng Science City and accelerate its development and construction, International Consultation on the Urban Design of Zhongshan Cuiheng Science City is being organized by the Management Committee of Zhongshan Cuiheng New District with an aim to collect forward-looking and innovative urban design concepts and spatial plans at home and abroad. Through comprehensive planning research and systematic design, it is going to build for Zhongshanan an urban new center by internationally advanced standard as well as with beautiful space, a development demonstration area where technological innovation functions are concentrated and diversified cooperation and exchanges are carried out, and meanwhile, to provide framework design guidelines for follow-up planning and construction so as to guide its high-level planning and high-standard construction.

The urban design scope of this International Consultation is as well the scope of Zhongshan Cuiheng Science City, and is located in the south of Cuiheng New District. It extends to Cuiheng Express in the north, the Pearl River Estuary in the east, the south boundary of the starting area of Cuiheng New District in the south, and Damao Watercourse in the west, covering a total area of 18.27 km2 (within which the land area is about 13 km2).

The research scope of this International Consultation shall be appropriately expanded on the background of the regional development such as Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, etc., and its planning & design shall be carried out in combination with relevant major projects of surrounding areas.

Open consultation is adopted to highlight the open, scientific and practical natures of international consultation. It will be divided into two stages, namely, "the Stage of Pre-qualification and Conceptual Proposal" and "the Stage of Official Design". A jury panel consisting of invited experts will carry out review at each stage. At the stage of pre-qualification and conceptual proposal, six (6) design firms (and two[2] alternatives) will be selected and issued the Invitation to Formulate the Design Scheme. At the stage of official design, the jury panel of experts will vote the top three (3) schemes (in order) by open ballots. The corresponding bonus (tax included) of each place is as follows:

1st Prize: RMB Five Million Yuan (¥5,000,000.00 Yuan);

2nd Prize: RMB Three Million Yuan (¥3,000,000.00 Yuan);

3rd Prize: RMB Two Million (¥2,000,000.00 Yuan);

4th Prize to 6th Prize: RMB One Million Yuan (¥1,000,000.00 Yuan).

This International Consultation is open to global registration, while domestic urban planning qualifications of PRC are not required. Design firms with research experience in urban planning and design of waterfront or coastal cities, or with design competence and rich practical experience in integrated urban space design are welcomed to register independently or in the form of consortium.

Design firms who are interested in this International Consultation can visit the website of ABBS Architecture Forum (http://www.abbs.com.cn,"Bidding Announcement"), or the website of Shenzhen Urban Design Center (http://www.szdesigncenter.org "Demands"), to download its Working Rule and Design Brief for the specific requirements, and register for it by submitting the application documents and conceptual proposal before 17:00, July 31, 2018 (Beijing Time).

Registration Enquiry:

Ms. Lai  Tel: +86 755 8290 9299/Mob: +86 135 3067 0439

Enquiry Email: cuiheng2018@qq.com

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          Top #5Actions of the Past Week: July 6, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

We are SO INSPIRED by the hundreds of thousands (yes! HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS) of people who rallied last weekend all over the country in support of immigrant children and families! Your voices are making a difference! We have already defeated two very bad immigration bills in the last few weeks because Congress heard the outraged voices of people like you!

This week we're continuing to speak out about immigration, and demanding Wells Fargo stop financing private prison corporations that are profiting off the pain and separation of families. We're also sharing important actions around gun safety and early learning.  

As always, please read, share, and flex those parent powers before enjoying your weekend. Thank you for all you do!  

1. Tell Wells Fargo - Stop Financing Pain For Corporate Gain! 

BACKGROUND: Let’s use our power as consumers to cut off the corporate money behind Trump’s unconscionable immigration policies! Private prison companies are not only making huge profits from the incarceration and detention of immigrants, they are also a huge political force in lobbying for the legislation and policies that criminalize immigrants and communities of color in the U.S. But private prisons are not the only ones making money here. Two of the private prison industry leaders, CoreCivic and GEO Group, depend on debt financing from Wells Fargo and other banks to conduct their day-to-day business operations, finance new facilities, and acquire smaller companies. This is a big deal. An analysis of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings over the past 10 years, shows that Wells Fargo has played a leading role in financing these debts. As consumers, we have the power to stop this!  *Join us to tell Wells Fargo to STOP financing CoreCivic and GEO Group, private prison corporations that are profiting off the pain and separation of families. 

 

2. Stop the Opening of New Floodgates for Gun Sales! 

BACKGROUND: The NRA and gun manufacturers want guns everywhere, for everyone, not just here in the United States, but around the world. They are pushing hard for a rule change that would move the handling of export licenses of semiautomatic assault weapons and other powerful firearms from the U.S. State Department (focused on safeguarding our nation) to the U.S. Commerce Department (focused on promoting American business). This transfer of authority would open new floodgates for arms sales internationally, with serious implications for our national security. *Submit a comment now to the State Department and the Commerce Department through the link above. You can write in something like: “I oppose this rule change that would switch the regulations of firearms export from the U.S. State Department to the U.S. Commerce Department.” The public comment period for this rule change ends on July 9.

3. Speak Out: Imprisoning Kids With Parents is Still Imprisoning Kids!

BACKGROUND: President Trump’s June 20th Executive Action did not end the zero tolerance policy, and did not stop the continued detention of children--rather it allows for the detention of children with their parents, while also speeding up the process for deporting immigrant families applying for asylum. It is well-documented that family incarceration has serious negative consequences for the mental and physical health of children and families. Research has consistently shown that even a short amount of time in detention is harmful for children, compounding on trauma they have already experienced in their home country and on their journey. Children deserve to be with their families outside of cages and they deserve to have their rights protected! Get the latest information on how to stop family separation and detention on the MomsRising blog

 

4. Tell Congress: Families Need Affordable, High-Quality Child Care for All!

BACKGROUND: This week the New York Times released a new poll that is absolutely no surprise to us--one of the top reasons young adults aren't having children is the high cost of childcare. This is NOT good. The lack of steady population growth can negatively impact our economy with a declining workforce. Thankfully, a real solution to the childcare crisis is already here! The Child Care for Working Families Act if passed would help comprehensively address the struggles our families are facing every day to find high-quality, affordable childcare. Urge your representatives in Washington, D.C. to co-sponsor and support the Child Care for Working Families Act to expand access to affordable, high-quality early learning for all our children!

 

5. Share your #FamiliesBelongTogether Photo 

We are so awed and inspired by the amazing mobilizations against family separation and detention that took place across the country this past week. And we'd love to see your photos! Please take a moment to share your #FamiliesBelongTogether snapshots on social media (using that hashtag), and we'll be sure to give them some love! And check out photos on our Facebook page from events across the country. THANK YOU for helping us make some noise that cannot be ignored!  
 

Thank you for all you do, and #KeepMarching! 


          Dreams to reality?: Right to Dream, FC Nordsjælland and female football migration from Ghana to Denmark      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dreams to reality? Right to Dream, FC Nordsjælland and female football migration from Ghana to Denmark

Agergaard, S. & Darby, P. 2018 Book of Abstracts, 23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, ECSS, 4-7 July 2018, Dublin, Ireland. European College of Sport Science, s. 588

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport/konference proceedingKonferenceabstrakt i proceedingForskningpeer review

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelBook of Abstracts, 23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, ECSS, 4-7 July 2018, Dublin, Ireland
ForlagEuropean College of Sport Science
Publikationsdato2018
Sider588
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-9818414-1-1
StatusUdgivet - 2018
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa
Begivenhed23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, ECSS - Dublin, Irland
Varighed: 4 jul. 20187 jul. 2018

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          The Unmasking Antifa Bill Introduced by Congress Puts Antifa in Same Category with Their Democrat Cousins in the KKK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Unmasking Antifa bill was introduced by the House Judiciary Committee today as an amendment to the the Civil Rights law that carries a 15-year prison sentence. The law puts Antifa into the same category as their Democrat cousins in the KKK. The great irony about a law designed to unmask antifa is that of […]

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          "There is enormous hypocrisy surrounding the pious veneration of the Constitution and “the rule..."      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“There is enormous hypocrisy surrounding the pious veneration of the Constitution and “the rule of law.” The Constitution, like the Bible, is infinitely flexible and is used to serve the political needs of the moment. When the country was in economic crisis and turmoil in the Thirties and capitalism needed to be saved from the anger of the poor and hungry and unemployed, the Supreme Court was willing to stretch to infinity the constitutional right of Congress to regulate interstate commerce. It decided that the national government, desperate to regulate farm production, could tell a family farmer what to grow on his tiny piece of land.”

- Howard Zinn
          Important Messages from Raices Texas and Congressman Joaquin Castro: Restoring Oversight for Members of Congress Act       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

FROM @RAICESTEXAS, READ THEIR PINNED TWEET ON TWITTER CLOSELY:

"We're in D.C. with a $20m check to pay bail bonds for over 2,000 mothers still detained. More than 1 million people donated over $20m and their message is clear: reunite the families. Trump says he's a deal-maker, here's his chance to cut a deal.
Congressman Joaquin Castro
I also just made a contribution to Congressman Joaquin Castro and urge others to do so, as well, as he is exhibiting powerful leadership. Congressman @JoaquinCastrotx is calling for a special master to take over the reunification process if the government fails to meet today's deadline. You can see his press conference from this morning on Twitter. Today, he also "introduced the Restoring Oversight for Members of Congress Act with @RonWyden which would allow Members of Congress immediate access to federal facilities including those under contract or lease.




          Poll: Who Is The Worst Politician In America? #MidtermMadness Round 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Vote on the biggest loser in Congress.
          Kavanaugh Begins Congress Tour, Selling Himself for Court      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, mapped out strategy with Republican leaders Tuesday, launching a fierce confirmation battle that could remake the court for decades and roil the midterm elections in the meantime. Kavanaugh, a favorite of the GOP establishment, first huddled with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He […]
          Life After Roe v. Wade: Here’s What a Post-Roe America Would Look Like      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Overturning Roe v. Wade would most definitely give individual states the right to outlaw abortion at the state level.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts hit the nail on the head last night when—after learning that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be President Donald Trump’s second nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court—she asserted, in an e-mail, “Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh was chosen because conservatives are confident that he would overturn Roe v. Wade.” Bingo.

There are many right-to-privacy Supreme Court decisions that the Christian Right would love to see overturned, from 1965’s Griswold v. Connecticut (which struck down a Connecticut law forbidding the sale or use of contraceptives among married couples) to 2003’s Lawrence v. Texas (which declared a Texas sodomy law unconstitutional and was a major victory for gay rights). And with Kavanaugh likely to be confirmed by U.S. Senate, it is quite possible that the High Court will overturn Roe v. Wade—the landmark Supreme Court ruling of 1973 that, in effect, legalized abortion nationwide.   

The end of Roe v. Wade would not automatically mean the end of legal abortion throughout the United States; in order for the Christian Right to achieve that goal, the overturning of Roe v. Wade would have to be followed by both houses of Congress—the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives—passing a nationwide abortion ban and President Trump signing it into law. Such a federal law would be needed to outlaw abortion in all 50 states, and as it stands now, some states have laws that explicitly protect abortion rights at the state level. Overturning Roe v. Wade would not invalidate those pro-choice state laws.

However, overturning Roe v. Wade would most definitely give individual states the right to outlaw abortion at the state level. And Kavanaugh, a severe social conservative with a “strict constructionist” view of jurisprudence, would likely argue—along with Clarence Thomas, Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch and other social conservatives on the High Court—that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided because it was a violation of states’ rights and that individual states should be able to decide whether they do or don’t want legal abortion.

So post-Roe v. Wade, it’s entirely possible that one would see abortion outlawed at the state level in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas and Utah while remaining legal in New Jersey, California, Oregon, Massachusetts and Vermont. Some Republican-dominated states, including Louisiana and the Dakotas, have “trigger laws” that would automatically ban abortion statewide if Roe v. Wade were overturned. 

The Center for Reproductive Rights has published, on its website, an informative page called “What If Roe Fell?”—which offers a state-by-state analysis of where abortion likely would and wouldn’t be legal if Roe v. Wade were overturned. The Center breaks all 50 states down into three categories: a high risk of abortion being outlawed at the state level post-Roe, a low risk or a medium risk. And some of the swing states in presidential races—such as Pennsylvania and Colorado—fall into the medium risk category.

According to the Center’s post-Roe scenario, legal abortion “appears safe” in 20 states, is likely to be “banned outright” in 22 and faces a medium risk in the others. The end of Roe would likely make abortion a major litmus test for politicians at the state level, and given that the majority of Americans are pro-choice, it isn’t hard to imagine a lot of Republicans being voted out of office in swing states when horror stories over botched back-alley abortions started coming out of Texas, Kansas and Mississippi and voters blamed the GOP.

Pennsylvania, for example, could become a major abortion rights battleground in a post-Roe scenario. Philadelphia is a very Democrat-dominated city—Philly hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Bernard Samuel left office in January 1952, and Republicans are seldom elected to Philly’s city council—and Pittsburgh is very Democratic as well. But the center of Pennsylvania (where Trump benefitted from a high voter turnout in 2016) has a lot more Republicans, and if enough Republicans in Pennsylvania’s state legislature voted to outlaw abortion post-Roe, it’s quite possible that women living in Philly would be seeking abortions in New Jersey.  

Or, if abortion were outlawed in Arizona post-Roe but remained legal in California and Nevada, women living in Phoenix or Tucson might be seeking legal abortions in San Diego or Las Vegas—that is, if they had the funds to travel long distances. Low-income women would be hit especially hard by the end of Roe v. Wade, as they would have less money to travel from anti-choice states to pro-choice states. In many Latin American countries where abortion is illegal, it is poorer women who typically die from dangerous back-alley abortions—not unlike the U.S. before Roe v. Wade—while more affluent Mexican, Salvadoran or Guatemalan women seeking abortions can afford the airfare to Havana, Cuba, where abortion is legal.

Post-Roe, pro-choice activists—from Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the National Organization for Women (NOW) to Emily’s List—could do a lot of recruiting at the state level. The end of Roe v. Wade, if it comes about, could seriously galvanize pro-choice voters in individual states, especially if Kavanaugh and other social conservatives on the Supreme Court overturned Griswold v. Connecticut as well and allowed individual states to outlaw birth control.  

According to the Pew Research Center, almost seven in ten Americans—69%, to be exact—remain pro-choice and oppose overturning Roe v. Wade. But public opinion matters little to today’s overtly authoritarian Republican Party, which is why President Trump has shown so little humility despite the fact that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Authoritarians govern by force or coercion, not consensus. And if Roe v. Wade is overturned despite being broadly popular, abortion rights activists will need to be as vocal and proactive as possible at the state level. 

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Drug treatment and recovery groups are lining up against the measure, which strips drug patients of crucial privacy protections.

A bill ostensibly intending to reduce opioid overdoses passed the House last month, but rather than cheering it on, drug treatment and recovery advocates are lining up to block it in the Senate. That's because instead of being aimed at reducing overdoses, the bill is actually a means of removing patient privacy protections from some of the most vulnerable people with opioid problems, including people using methadone-assisted therapy to control their addictions.

And that, advocates say, is likely to increase—not decrease—opioid overdoses by pushing users away from drug treatment out of fear the information they reveal could be used against them. The fear is real: Unlike other medical conditions, drug addiction leaves patients open to criminal prosecution, as well as stigmatization and other negative social consequences if their status as drug treatment or maintenance patients is revealed.

This bill, H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, would remove drug treatment patients' ability to control the disclosure of information to health plans, health care providers, and other entities, leaving them with only the lesser privacy protections afforded to all patients under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.

"The confidentiality law is often the only shield between an individual in recovery and the many forms of discrimination that could irreparably damage their lives and future," said Paul Samuels, president and director of the Legal Action Center. "Unfortunately, there is a very real danger of serious negative consequences for people whose history of substance use disorder is disclosed without their explicit consent."

The Legal Action Center is spearheading the effort to block this bill with the Campaign to Protect Patients' Privacy Rights, which counts more than a hundred organizations, including the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, AIDS United, Community Catalyst, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Facing Addiction, Harm Reduction Coalition, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery, and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

The current patient privacy protections, known as 42 C.F.R. Part 2 ("Part 2"), were established more than 40 years ago to ensure that people with a substance use disorder (SUD) are not made more vulnerable to discriminatory practices and legal consequences as a result of seeking treatment. The rules prevent treatment providers from disclosing information about a patient’s substance use treatment without patient consent in most circumstances. The bill’s plan to replace Part 2’s confidentiality requirements with HIPAA’s more relaxed standards would not sufficiently protect people seeking and receiving SUD treatment and could expose patients to great harm, the advocates charge.

"They should call this the Taking Away Protections Act," said Jocelyn Woods, head of the National Alliance for Medication-Assisted Recovery. "People will be afraid to go into treatment. I'm getting emails from people who want to leave treatment before this happens. If I were going into a program and they can't tell me my information will be safe, I would think about turning around and walking out," she told the Independent Media Institute.

"Many of us would not have gone to treatment or accepted services if we thought that our information would have been shared with other entities without our permission. We would not have put our careers, reputation or families at risk of stigma and discrimination if we were not assured that information about our substance use disorder was safe and would only be shared with our consent," added Patty McCarthy Metcalf, executive director of Faces and Voices of Recovery.

The push for the bill is being led by health information software companies and behavioral health providers, such as Hazelden and the Betty Ford Center, and it prioritizes convenience over patient privacy.

"This is because the behavioral health people see complying with the privacy requirements as a pain in the ass," said Woods. "They're going to have to fix their computer systems to block out any treatment program licensed by the federal government—not just methadone programs—and they don't want to do that. One of the software companies, Netsmart, complained that they don't want to mess with their programming," she said.

"We need Part 2," Woods continued. "It keeps police out of the program. Without it, police can walk right in. They already sit outside methadone clinics and bust people for DUI on the way out. If this passes, they will walk right in. If the police see anyone they think has a warrant or committed a crime, they're gone.”

While the bill has made its way through the House, advocates are hopeful it will stall in the Senate.  

"The House pushed this through because they wanted to look like they were doing something and because the behavioral health people were pushing for it," Woods said, "but my sense is that it's moving slowly in the Senate. We have this crazy president, and there's immigration, and the congressional break, and then campaign season. My hope is we can push this past the elections and a blue wave in November will give us a fighting chance."

But the campaign isn't taking any chances and is mobilized to fight on the Hill in the next few months to block the bill. As Mark Parrino, president of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, warned: "In the midst of the worst opioid epidemic in our nation’s history, we cannot afford to have patients fearful of seeking treatment because they do not have faith that their confidentiality will be protected."

 

 

 

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Facebook's reputation has been battered by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but Facebook's business is humming. One big reason: Instagram. 

The photo-sharing app is turning into an increasingly important money-maker for Facebook.

According to the estimates of  Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak, Instagram will account for 36% of Facebook total ad revenue growth in the second quarter. In a research note published on Tuesday, Nowak reckons that ads on Instagram will bring in $3.8 billion in revenue in Q2, and as much as $4.5 billion in Q4. 

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The ad load slowdown within Facebook is very deliberate; the company is wary of turning consumers off by barraging them with too many ads. Luckily, Facebook has Instagram and its relatively un-monetized fields of content to pick up the slack. 

 

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And whatever reputational damage Facebook's brand may be suffering, Instagram is more popular than ever with consumers.  The service recently crossed the 1 billion user milestone, and Morgan Stanley notes that the app's active user growth "inflected" in Q2, as Instagram added 750,000 users per day. 

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"We believe the Street is still underestimating FB's ability to grow even as ad load slows," Nowak writes. 

Facebook doesn't (yet) break out financial results for Instagram, so it's tough to know precisely how big of a contributor it is. But we'll get a sense about how it's doing by assessing the results of Facebook's overall business when it reports its Q2 earnings on July 25. 

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A vape pen startup that's taking over America is speeding toward its ambitious goal of raising $1.2 billion.

The company, called Juul Labs, announced the benchmark last week as part of a financing round which valued the company at $15 billion.

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Local initiatives like San Francisco's recent ban on flavored tobacco could put additional pressure on the company, which has advertised sweet and fruity flavors as a key part of its appeal.

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JUUL In Hand Female Denim Jacket copyJuuls are especially popular among American teens, who post viral selfies and videos showing friends pulling drags from the discreet, USB-stick-like devices in class. Scientists and public health experts have sounded the alarm on the practice, known as "Juuling," saying the e-cigs pose a major health concern to young people.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is currently looking into Juul's marketing practices to determine whether the company previously advertised to young people, who cannot legally use the devices until age 18.

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The FDA could also decide to review the safety of Juul vape pens and other similar brands, which could put a major hold on the devices until they are cleared as safe.

Because of an existing rule, several e-cig manufacturers are not required to apply to the FDA for review until the summer of 2022. But many members of Congress have publicly pushed the agency to change this practice and look into regulating the devices, citing their popularity among young people.

In a recent letter to the FDA, congress member Frank Pallone (D-New Jersey) wrote, "The availability of Juul and e-cigarettes to youth is extremely troubling."

Ashley Gould, Juul's chief administrative officer, told Business Insider in March that the soaring interest in the device among youth runs counter to Juul's mission.

"Juul is a company that was started by smokers with an objective to switch smokers to non-combustible products," Gould said, adding that the company is vehemently opposed to anyone under 18 using their products — and even has a number of campaigns aimed at addressing and curbing underage use.

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In June, the city of San Francisco — long known for its progressive ballot measures like the plastic bag ban — passed an initiative banning flavored tobacco products that includes Juul flavor packs (known as Juul Pods). The current flavor line-up includes options like "Cool Cucumber" and "Creme Brulee."

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As of July 1, 2018, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts legalized the distribution of marijuana for recreational and other non-medical uses and, based on public reports, the Cannabis Control Commission is now reviewing applications for licenses to grow and sell marijuana products. 

Marijuana distribution, however, remains illegal; it is specifically prohibited by federal law.  Because I have a constitutional obligation to enforce the laws passed by Congress, I will not effectively immunize the residents of the Commonwealth from federal marijuana enforcement.  My office’s resources, however, are primarily focused on combatting the opioid epidemic that claims thousands of lives in the Commonwealth each year. 

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Flynn’s previously reported conflicts were already damning: He lied to investigators about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office. He and his firm failed to register as foreign agents doing work that, Flynn’s attorney later admitted, “could be construed to have principally benefited the republic of Turkey.” Part of that work included an effort to smear — and possibly kidnap, though Flynn’s lawyer has denied that — Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused of orchestrating the failed 2016 coup against him.

Flynn reportedly put on hold a plan to arm Kurdish forces in the fight against the Islamic State — a move beneficial to the Turkish government — 10 days before before Trump took office, when no one knew Flynn was working as an agent of the Turkish government. He also reportedly promoted a plan to build nuclear power plants across the Middle East in a June 2015 trip he failed to disclose.

Bloomberg on Monday reported on conflicts related to Iranian-born businessman Bijan Kian, who was a close business partner of Flynn’s until recently. Flynn’s relationship with Kian goes back to 2008, according to Bloomberg’s report. TPM has previously reported on the pair’s connection via the Nowruz Commission, which promotes and celebrates the Persian New Year. The commission also listed former CIA director Jim Woolsey as an ambassador.

In 2013, when Flynn was leading the Defense Intelligence Agency, Kian got Woolsey to set up a meeting between him and Flynn to promote his computer chip company, per the report. Afterward, Flynn tasked the DIA’s chief scientist to “help the chip maker pass military certification standards,” Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources Kian briefed.

After President Barack Obama fired Flynn in 2014, according to Bloomberg, Kian brought Flynn onto the board of his company, GreenZone Systems Inc. In 2015, GreenZone won a $1.1 million contract from the Defense Department’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, which works with the DIA (but does not report to it, as Bloomberg noted).

Later that year, on a previously-reported trip to Saudi Arabia where Flynn promoted nuclear reactors, he also attempted to sell Kian’s computer chip, according to Bloomberg. Flynn then lied about the trip on federal disclosure forms, according to the report.

A year after that trip, according to Bloomberg, Kian met with staffers from the House Homeland Security Committee in late 2016 to once again promote GreenZone products. He then changed topics suddenly, according to the report, and “abruptly ushered in another group with an entirely separate and unexpected agenda” — the demonization of Gulen, the Muslim cleric.

Finally, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources who worked on the 2016 presidential transition, that Kian and Flynn worked on a proposal to create an intelligence force of private contractors that would report directly to the national security adviser, circumventing the CIA. According to the report, Flynn was fired in February 2017 before he could “shepherd those plans into action.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee and perhaps the legislator most attentive to Flynn’s various business dealings and ethics violations, told Bloomberg News that the newly reported conflicts indicate “that General Flynn’s use of public positions for profit was far more wide-ranging than previously known.”

“We have been raising red flags and requesting documents about these issues for the past year,” Cummings told Bloomberg. “But the White House continues to stonewall us, and Republicans in Congress continue to wall off the White House from serious oversight.”

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Partisan speculation about how a Supreme Court nominee will rule is routine, but it appears that President Trump’s choice for SCOTUS could mark the end of efforts to end gerrymandering of congressional districts via the federal court system. The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy struck a blow for the prospects of redistricting reform, as he […]
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          Pentecostal church leaders clash with NCCK over Ruto’s 2022 bid      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nairobi,KENYA:Leaders of the Kenya National Congress of Pentecostal churches have clashed with NCCK secretary general Canon Karanja over his utterances regarding deputy president William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid. In a media briefing in Nairobi led by the congress’s president Dr Stanley Michael Michuki said that the utterances were a serious breach of protocol that would injure the trust Kenyans have in church and the clergy. “We would like to state that the congress supports the initiative by the head of state and the deputy president to unite the nation.”Dr Michuki said “We noted with great concern the utterances made by Cannon Karanja the secretary general of NCCK on the political future of the deputy president of Kenya “He added Karanja reportedly said that there is no guarantee that  Ruto will be the presidential flag bearer come 2022. Dr Michuki indicated that their congress strongly disassociates itself from Karanja’s utterances which they indicated that  do not represent the stand  the clergy’s stand . He pointed that such utterances might bring disunity among Kenyans. “We are taken back by reckless and casual manner in which the secretary general of NCCK inserted his own personal beliefs and opinion into official council business .This kind of commentary is divisive and unhealthy.”He indicated The congress warned that there is need for NCCK to take decisive action against Karanja to ensure that the council redeems itself in the eyes of the nation as well as to ensure that there is no repeat of such kind of utterances from the clergy. They also urged the government  to fast track its fight against corruption to make sure that those mentioned in Various scams are brought to book.
          Democrats' Senate dream slips away      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

To win the Senate, Democrats need to keep all 10 seats they're defending in states that President Trump won in 2016 — plus pick up two more seats.

Why it matters: That's not happening. A new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll of key states shows Dems would lose three of those red-state seats while picking up two GOP seats — still short of the majority.

*Incumbent. Data: Survey Monkey poll of 12,677 registered voters from June 11 to July 2; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Why it matters: It's looking nearly impossible for Democrats to take back the Senate. So the stakes are even higher for them to win the House if they're going to have any kind of congressional check on President Trump.

The state of play: The polls shows three Democratic senators are poised to lose their seats to Republicans — Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Bill Nelson in Florida and Joe Donnelly in Indiana.

  • Be smart... Democrats would pick up seats in Arizona and Nevada, while Republicans keep their seat in Tennessee.

Democratic bright spots: Sens. Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Jon Tester in Montana were losing by double digits to a generic GOP candidate last time we polled these states in February. They're now leading by double digits.

Our data includes an expected range under six different scenarios that measure potential turnout, giving a more complete picture of each race.

  • Even under the most optimistic scenarios for Democrats across all 13 states, they would still lose the same seats by a range of one percentage point to 14 percentage points.
  • Under Republicans' most bullish forecast, they would actually pick up six seats, the four mentioned above plus Ohio and Missouri.

The bottom line: Democrats face long odds to take back the Senate.

Go deeper: How the Senate races look with multiple voter assumptions.


          Comment on US Murdoch muppet Hannity’s stupid attack on Ocasio-Cortez by petrel41      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Deputy DA Michael Selyem on Rep. Maxine Waters: “Being a loud-mouth c--- in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this b---- by now.” Sign our petition: Fire him. NOW. Dear Linda, I’ve worked in politics for a little while now. And working with Black and POC candidates, I’m no stranger to comments (and even entire campaigns) dripping with racism and hate. But even with my experience, sometimes the sheer vileness of their words surprises me. A public official in San Bernardino County, Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem, just went after Congresswoman Maxine Waters for her vocal resistance to Trump: “Being a loud-mouth c--- in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this b---- by now.” I hardly have the words. This is a racist, disgusting, and hateful attack on one of the most visible Black leaders in America. We cannot let this stand -- we have to send a message that racism is unacceptable, particularly in those who serve the public. That’s why we’ve put together a petition standing with Congresswoman Waters: sign now to tell San Bernardino County to fire their racist Deputy DA. Thanks for speaking up, Quentin James Paid for by The Collective; not authorized by any candidate or any candidate's committee. The Collective 2101 L St NW Suite 800 Washington DC 20037 United States
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Join us to discuss the President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee-Brett Cavanaugh, the World Cup 2018, the International efforts to rescue the young soccer players in Thailand, Wimbledon, the EPA Secretary’s departure, NFL players union files grievance challenging national anthem policy, the effects of Congresswoman Maxine Water’s words, President Trump is on his way to Europe-what does that mean for us?, and more at 7:15pm, EST
          Comer to Hold Asian Carp Briefing July 27 in Eddyville      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

capital hill 300 WASHINGTON, D.C. (7/10/18) — Congressman James Comer will hold an oversight and government reform committee field briefing 2 p.m. Friday, July 27 in Eddyville.

The hearing will address the growing problem of Asian carp in Kentucky’s waters and examine the federal response to this invasive species. This public event will feature testimony from witnesses representing the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, local fishing and tourism industries, and federal agencies involved in Asian carp programs and initiatives.

“Over the past several months, I have become increasingly concerned about the threat posed by Asian carp to the local ...


          3 Northern Governors, 30 Senators, 70 Reps’ Members On The Verge To Dump APC For PDP      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

3 Northern Governors, 30 Senators, 70 Reps’ Members On The Verge To Dump APC For PDP There are strong indications that about three governors in Northern Nigeria elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are heading to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) any moment from now. NOW TRENDING: PDP, R-APC, 37 Others […]

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          Closing Thought–10Jul18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Since 2010 I have been leery of the Tea Party and especially their so-called caucus in Congress, the Freedom Caucus……ever noticed the more extremist the group the more patriotic their names are? Any way one of their “leaders’ is Rep. Jordan of Ohio and he is having his problems with the time before his Congressional … Continue reading Closing Thought–10Jul18
          Drama as Buhari’s minister, Ngige begs electorate to vote for Fayose on Saturday (VIDEO)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There was a mild drama during the grand finale of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship rally in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Tuesday, as the Minister of Labour and Employment,...
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          A batalha (que não houve) sobre o HC de Lula      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Eventos críticos como os ocorridos nesse domingo, dia 8 de julho de 2018, são cruciais para revelar o nível de politização a que a grande mídia brasileira chegou. Em períodos de polarização política, como este que atravessamos desde 2013, eventos críticos tendem a gerar controvérsia, palavra que significa literalmente oposição de versões, isto é, diferentes pontos de vista. O evento de domingo foi um caso exemplar. Perante a dissonância interpretativa, como se comportou a grande mídia? Vejamos aqui dois exemplos bastante significativos que não pertencem ao rol de meios examinados pelas análises do Manchetômetro.

Matéria na Band News no dia 9 de manhã comentando a batalha jurídica em torno da liberação de Lula que se travou no dia anterior. O âncora descreve o ocorrido, de maneira a dar entender que o presidente do TRF-4, Flores, terminou com a “confusão”. Daí ele parte para ouvir opiniões de especialistas. Primeiro fala um jurista que diz que o desembargador plantonista Rogério Favretto não pode reverter decisão da própria corte e que somente o STJ poderia decidir sobre um habeas corpus para Lula. Em seguida, outro jurista declara o contrário – que o plantonista pode sim decidir dessa maneira, mas que ele não pode estar movido por motivo ideológico, como estava Favretto. Aí a Band News abre seus microfones para ninguém menos que Janaína Paschoal, que com seu estilo já bem conhecido, desanca a decisão de Favretto. Por fim, volta o âncora dizendo que a defesa de Lula não aceitou a decisão do presidente do TRF-4, que cancela o ato de Favretto.

É difícil conceber cobertura mais enviesada. Nenhum dos agentes que defendeu a soltura do petista foi ouvido pela reportagem da Band News, juristas com posição favorável ao habeas corpus tampouco. Um dos juristas entrevistados, o que desqualifica o procedimento de aprovação do habeas corpus por Favretto, atuou como promotor da Lava Jato. O outro desqualifica Favretto, acusando-o de ideológico, um argumento bastante estranho pois se generalizado, desqualificaria boa parte dos juízes brasileiros, inclusive vários ministros do STF. Não bastasse essas duas fontes bastante desequilibradas para um lado da controvérsia, a Band News conclama o auxílio luxuoso de Janaína Paschoal, cujas credenciais e modus operandi dispensam comentários, mas que vale anotar, tem posição extremamente parcial na controvérsia, como era de se esperar.

Perante esse estado de coisas, cabe a pergunta: onde está o outro lado? A resposta é simples: ele aparece muito brevemente quando os advogados de Lula são nomeados, mas não ouvidos, e só. Advogados são parte; eles têm o dever profissional de defender seus clientes. Portanto, não contam como opiniões advindas da sociedade usadas para exemplificar as posições em torno de um evento. Vamos ao outro exemplo. 

Enquanto se desenrolavam os acontecimentos, no período da tarde, o UOL, portal noticioso de propriedade do grupo empresarial da Folha de S. Paulo, estampava no topo do site foto do ex-presidente Lula com chamadas para cinco matérias. A foto em si continha a legenda “Relator não solta Lula”. As outras três matérias cujas chamadas estão ali são impressionantes. A primeira tem o seguinte título: “Para Moro, juiz é incompetente”. O texto dá a palavra a Moro para desqualificar a decisão do desembargador Favretto. Em seguida, vem reportagem em que a palavra é dada a membros do MPF envolvidos na Lava Jato, que fazem o mesmo. A próxima matéria tem a seguinte chamada: “Marun: Lula não pode ser candidato”. O entrevistado agora é o ministro da Secretaria de Governo, Carlos Marun, que já havia dado declaração idêntica quando da decisão do TRF4 de rejeitar os embargos de declaração do ex-presidente, em março deste ano.

Por fim, o UOL coloca a chamada para a matéria intitulada “Políticos comentam a decisão”. A estrutura do texto é bastante simples. Ela consiste em uma lista alternada de políticos, uns a favor e outros contrários ao habeas corpus de Lula. Há uma exceção, contudo, ao rol de políticos elencados na matéria: o líder do MBL Kim Kataguiri. Todos ali têm ou tiveram mandato, menos ele.

Temos aqui mais um exemplo de viés pronunciado, acompanhado de silenciamento de vozes discordantes. É preciso entender a estratégia de apresentação da opinião adotada por essas mídias para ter uma real compreensão do grau de politização de sua cobertura.

A Band News optou por uma estratégia mais simples. Separou opinião douta, de supostos especialistas, de opinião interessada, no caso a dos advogados de Lula. Para compor o primeiro time escalou um ex-integrante da Lava Jato, Janaína Paschoal, e outro jurista com opinião também contrária ao habeas corpus. Em suma, falta total de pluralidade no âmbito da opinião douta, apesar de haver uma multidão de juristas de opinião diversa. Os advogados de Lula são as únicas partes nomeadas. Assim, a cena dramática composta é de agentes partidários em contenda contra agentes técnicos, cuja opinião desinteressada é consensualmente contrária aos interesses partidários.

No UOL a estratégia é um pouco mais complexa, mas nem por isso mais sofisticada. Assim como na matéria da Band News, temos uma narrativa dos fatos supostamente isenta que então é qualificada por opiniões. O UOL também utiliza o recurso da opinião douta. Para esse papel escalam Sergio Moro e os procuradores da Lava-Jato. Tal escolha é no mínimo temerária, dado que a suposta falta de isenção desses operadores do direito é matéria da própria contestação ora em trânsito no TRF4. Assim, no que toca os eventos de domingo, Moro e os promotores lavajateiros são também parte interessada e não operadores isentos do sistema de justiça. Não bastasse tal escolha enviesada, a editoria do Portal publica a opinião requentada de Carlos Marun, político envolvido na articulação que retirou a presidente do PT do poder. A matéria com o ping pong entre políticos contra e a favor pretende claramente dar um verniz de pluralidade à cobertura do UOL. Mas tal verniz mal esconde o viés, dada a maneira tendenciosa com que a opinião douta foi representada e o privilégio dado a Marun entre os políticos.

Mostrando-se fiel a suas práticas jornalísticas, o UOL amanheceu na segunda-feira, dia 9 de julho, com um layout diferente para a cobertura do “caso Lula”. Ao lado de foto do ex-presidente há uma chamada em letras garrafais para entrevista com o advogado e ex-ministro do STF Carlos Velloso, na qual este qualifica a decisão de Favretto como estranha e teratológica. Em seguida, defende a posição de Sérgio Moro com as seguintes palavras: “O juiz é juiz 24 horas por dia. É assim mesmo que se portam os juízes vocacionados. É possível verificar que Sergio Moro é um juiz vocacionado. Ele procedeu muito bem”.

Mais uma vez, selecionamos um evento crítico, controverso, e verificamos a prática da expressão da pluralidade de opiniões na cobertura jornalísticas de grandes mídias brasileiras. Dessa vez os casos foram a Band News e o portal UOL. Os resultados, ainda que não surpreendentes, são alarmantes para aqueles que testemunham o esfacelamento das instituições da democracia brasileira.

E pensar que ainda há aqueles polemistas de plantão, sempre sequiosos para publicar suas opiniões isentas em veículos da grande imprensa, que se exasperam ao ouvirem essa mesma imprensa receber a alcunha de PIG por parte de seus críticos. Ora, difícil conceber caraterização mais sintética, bem-humorada e verdadeira. A única dúvida que me resta é se há ainda espaço para qualquer humor perante a calamidade que assistimos.

João Feres Júnior - Professor de Ciência Política do IESP-UERJ, o antigo IUPERJ. Coordenador do Grupo de Estudos Multidisciplinares da Ação Afirmativa (GEMAA) e do Laboratório de Estudos da Mídia e Esfera Pública (LEMEP), que abriga o site Manchetômetro (http://www.manchetometro.com.br) e o boletim semanal Congresso em Notas (http://congressoemnotas.tumblr.com)
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GUWAHATI, July 10 - With the proposal for a grand alliance of Opposition groups under serious consideration at the national level for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress party believes that the contours of any such prospective combination would depend on the political nuances and factors prevalent in each State.
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"O Supremo de hoje, que breve será presidido por Dias Toffoli – imaginem só! – junta o que de pior é pensado pela “esquerda do Direito” com os produtos cada vez mais numerosos da magistratura militante, a escancarado serviço de suas causas ideológicas. Como regra, estão do lado do bandido e contra a sociedade". Artigo de Percival Puggina:


Cada vez que, em viagem, passo pelo guichê da PF, saúdo o agente que ali está com a exclamação: “Polícia Federal, orgulho nacional!”. Digo o que penso para expressar reconhecimento e falo alto para ser ouvido. Recolho o sorriso do policial e manifestações de aprovação ao redor. É o mesmo conceito que tenho dos procuradores de justiça da operação Lava Jato, do juiz Sérgio Moro, do TRF4 (com a exceção que recentemente se expôs aos holofotes) e do STJ.

Já o STF... Ele é institucionalmente tão necessário que, durante anos, o levei a sério. Os indicados, afinal, atendiam às exigências de caráter e cultura jurídica. Eu respeitava aquele poder do Estado mesmo quando as ações penais contra inquilinos das penthouses do poder hibernavam, e veraneavam, e voltavam a hibernar entre ácaros e fungos nas suas empoeiradas prateleiras. Era um poder lento, muito lento, mas honorável. E assim foi até o advento do petismo, cujo legado acabou com a credibilidade e a dignidade do poder. O Supremo de hoje, que breve será presidido por Dias Toffoli – imaginem só! – junta o que de pior é pensado pela “esquerda do Direito” com os produtos cada vez mais numerosos da magistratura militante, a escancarado serviço de suas causas ideológicas. Como regra, estão do lado do bandido e contra a sociedade.

Se não, vejamos. Em poucos meses, a Lava Jato desmontou o esquema de corrupção organizado em torno dos negócios da Petrobras. Os inequívocos crimes começaram a ser confessados, valores foram devolvidos, as quadrilhas se desfizeram em delações e foi o que se viu. A sociedade exultou. E o STF? Aparelhado pelo PT, num crescendo de manifestações individuais que evoluiu para decisões colegiadas, passou a inibir a eficiência da operação e a proteger os bandidos. Marco Aurélio Mello (o primo de Fernando Collor) foi o primeiro a denunciar os “julgamentos de cambulhada”. Depois vieram as restrições às algemas e às conduções coercitivas, os fatiamentos dos inquéritos, as críticas às colaborações premiadas, as tentativas de restaurar a impunidade eterna com o fim da prisão após condenação em segunda instância e, por fim, as inacreditáveis solturas de cambulhada.

Para assegurar a renovação dos mandatos dos quadrilheiros do Congresso Nacional, nada melhor do que impedir o financiamento privado das campanhas eleitorais. Assim, mediante decisão que atropelou o poder legislativo, o STF, em nome da “ética”, preparou o caminho por onde bilhões de reais, em recursos públicos, chegarão aos corruptos para usarem de modo privado, antagonizando os anseios nacionais por renovação nos parlamentos.

Temos um STF desafinado, a proteger a bandidagem endinheirada enquanto a sociedade se exaspera em vão, impotente, vendo esvair-se a possibilidade de higienizar a cena política do país. Os grandes bandidos brasileiros estão bem cuidados, aconchegados e acarinhados no colo da deusa Têmis. E nós?

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O presidente do Congresso Nacional, senador Eunício Oliveira (MDB), incluiu na pauta de votações e aprovou no plenário do Senado, nesta terça-feira (10), uma mensagem autorizando o Governo do Ceará a contratar empréstimo destinado a financiar, parcialmente, o Programa de Modernização da Gestão Fiscal do Estado – o Profisco II. O valor é de até... Ver artigo

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We’re one day into the Brett Kavanaugh Wars, and the process is already exhausted. Most senators pre-emptively sorted into their partisan camps with little sign they’re susceptible to persuasion. If the nomination process is going to last for months, they will be tedious months, and there’s little chance that it will conclude with good news for Democrats.

With an effective 50 to 49 majority—Arizona Sen. John McCain is out indefinitely—Democrats would need just one Republican to flip in order to sink the nomination, if they can keep their own caucus unanimous in opposition. I could not identify that Republican, or any Republican even toying with the idea of being that Republican, on Tuesday. Senate Republicans were nearly all enthusiastic about Kavanaugh and eager to make fun Democrats for spinning their wheels trying to develop silver bullets to kill Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, a Judiciary Committee member who told reporters on Monday evening that he wouldn’t be a “rubber stamp” for the president’s pick, said Tuesday that if it were up to him he would start confirmation hearings “next week,” and called all Democratic accusations against Kavanaugh “ridiculous.” The thing Kennedy wants to know, from his powerful perch as one who gets to publicly question Kavanaugh, is whether “he had a crummy first job.”

“I’d feel better if he spent an August on a hot roof laying plywood,” Kennedy told reporters.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, whom many seem to forget is a staunch conservative when he’s not criticizing the president’s tone, also loves Kavanaugh, regardless of whether he spent formative teenage summers on hot roofs. Nor is he swayed by any of the tranches of criticism Democrats are currently road-testing on Kavanaugh. Policy arguments, like how Kavanaugh might unravel Obamacare or further restrict access to abortion, won’t dissuade Flake. But Kavanaugh is also facing criticism for a 2009 law review article in which he argued that Congress should enact a law shielding presidents from a “time-consuming and distracting” criminal or civil prosecution while in office. (Kavanaugh admits that this was not his opinion in the 1990s, when he investigated the Clinton administration as part of the Kenneth Starr probe.)

If that argument was going to persuade any Republican, it would likely be Flake, who said in May that the presidency has been “debased” by a president who has “only a passing familiarity with how the Constitution works.”

So, how bothered is Flake by Kavanaugh’s belief in just leaving presidents alone?

“Frankly that was back when Obama was president, so if somebody’s trying to draw a line between him being easy on Trump, that’s not there,” Flake said. “He’s a strong pick.” Kennedy, on the same topic, told reporters that it’s not “fair to criticize a thinking person for thinking.”

“I mean, I don’t want somebody who’s never had an original thought in his life,” he said.

What about Maine Sen. Susan Collins? The occasional Republican swing vote has been entertaining the largest swarms of reporters on the Senate subway platform since the height of the health care debate last summer. While she insists that she’s still working through her position, and wants to meet with Kavanaugh to get a better sense of his “judicial philosophy,” she didn’t express any concerns at all about him on Tuesday.

Collins noted that she voted for both Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, “even though I don’t share the same political philosophy with them, but I found them well-qualified to serve on the court,” and said that she made a “similar” decision with Justices John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch. If being viewed in Collins’ eyes as “well-qualified to serve on the court” is the key to her vote, then, Kavanaugh’s in good shape.

“When you look at the credentials that Judge Kavanaugh brings to the job, it’ll be very difficult for anyone to argue that he’s not qualified for the job,” Collins said.

Collins also swatted away Democrats’ charge that Kavanaugh would unravel protections in the Affordable Care Act. She noted that in one case on the ACA that Kavanaugh adjudicated, he was “criticized by conservatives as not going far enough.” She also took a subtle swipe at Democrats’ recent emphasis on the effect Kavanaugh would have on health care, which has been the party’s strongest and most unifying issue ahead of the midterms.

“I’ve noticed that they seem to have switched from a focus on Roe to health care in an attempt, I assume, to unify their caucus,” she said.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer denied in his weekly press conference that Democrats had made such a calculation, and said that they were focusing on all sorts of issues. This came after he said in his opening remarks that a Justice Kavanaugh would be the “dagger through the heart” of Americans’ health care protections, and that health care was “at the top of the list” of their concerns. He did, however, also cite the two other main lines of attack in this nascent three-pronged focus: Roe and Kavanaugh’s views on criminal investigations against a president.

Most Senate Democrats have already signaled their opposition. Even ones that are occasionally squishy, like Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, have said that any selection from President Trump’s list of potential nominees isn’t what they’re looking for. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, one of the few Democrats who voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the D.C. Circuit in 2006, said Monday that Kavanaugh’s record since then has concerned him. It doesn’t appear that there will be many question marks about the vote count in the Judiciary Committee, either, considering that all Democrats on the committee spoke outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning about how lousy Kavanaugh is.

Theoretically, all eyes are on a handful of Senate Democrats up for re-election in states that Trump won: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Indiana Sen. Claire McCaskill, North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, and Montana Sen. Jon Tester. All of them claim that they’re reviewing the nomination and gathering information.

Are they, though? The only information they really need to gather is whether Collins or some other Republican will defect. The other likely candidate, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, was coy with reporters on Tuesday and went on at length about it being the time for senators to do the “hard work” of vetting. If Democrats do get a defection, they’ll have Republican cover to kill the nomination on the unifying argument that they’re protecting pre-existing conditions. If the confirmation ends up being secured solely with Republican votes, then some red-state Democrats can add to the total to show off how bipartisan they are.

What would it take for the Kavanaugh nomination to be stopped? An extinction-level asteroid collision might do the trick. Barring that, some new piece of highly scandalous information would have to emerge and shift the conversation from where it is right now: predictable squabbling along partisan lines, where one side has one more vote than the other.


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To be perfectly clear on the obvious point: Brett Kavanaugh is a lovely man and presumably a good father with a lovely family. As was Neil Gorsuch before him. As was Merrick Garland who was grievously insulted by Senate Republicans and conservative legal lobbyists for nearly a year. It wasn’t personal then, and it’s not personal now when I say that Donald Trump made a mistake in picking Kavanaugh as his second nominee to the Supreme Court.

Over what I believe to be a surprisingly authentic warning from Mitch McConnell not to select Kavanaugh or Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat left by Anthony Kennedy, the president chose the guy who had the most to say about imperial presidents. This is not a surprise. Beyond the fact that Kennedy doubtless approved of Trump’s selection—Kavanaugh, like Gorsuch, clerked for Kennedy—the single greatest selling point for Kavanaugh had to have been the much-reported line from his 2009 Minnesota Law Review article, in which he wrote, “Even in the absence of congressionally conferred immunity, a serious constitutional question exists regarding whether a President can be criminally indicted and tried while in office.” A President Trump seeking justification to immunize himself from prosecution needed to look no farther than Kavanaugh’s caution in that same article that the indictment and trial of a president “would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas.”

Sold!

But the problem for Trump is that Kavanaugh has been extraordinarily transparent—perhaps too transparent—about his affinity for broad constructions of executive power. Nevertheless, the president—whose administration is currently the subject of a wide-ranging criminal investigation—somehow chose the judge who’s most likely to endorse the Trumpian view that this is all a massive witch hunt, this despite the gamble that Kavanaugh’s selection makes him look guilty. Pro tip: It makes him look guilty.

To be sure, as Jed Shugerman notes, Kavanaugh’s law-review article doesn’t promise presidential immunity so much as suggest that Congress can and should confer such immunity. Nevertheless, Kavanaugh’s lengthy and complicated record with respect to presidential investigations (ranging from his work on Vince Foster’s suicide to his zealous pursuit of Bill Clinton in the Whitewater probe) will require the review of a massive trove of documents from his time at the White House and working for Ken Starr, an endeavor that will consume huge amounts of time. And Kavanaugh’s record will include emails on so many questions connected to the Mueller probe—including issues that Trump himself has raised such as the nature of presidential obstruction and presidential immunity—that a deep dive into that record will ensure (as if it needed ensuring) that the Mueller probe stays in the headlines in the runup to the midterm elections.

In short, this means that Trump didn’t just give Senate Democrats the talking point that Kavanaugh is an all-but-certain vote to erode or end Roe v. Wade. That statement, while true, could’ve been made about any of the judges on the president’s short list. In selecting Kavanaugh, Trump has given Democrats an additional talking point: The president picked a guy he hopes will hand him a get-out-of-jail-free card.

A pair of Democratic senators have already jumped on this bandwagon, with Jeff Merkley tweeting that the pick indicates Trump “is terrified of Robert Mueller” and Cory Booker stating that he “literally selected the one person who has a pretty good written record of saying, ‘Hey, if you’re a president under investigation, I don’t think you should be allowed to be under criminal investigation.’ ”

Whether this is true or not, or even supported in Kavanaugh’s extensive record, the fact is that Senate Democrats will be able to spend the summer arguing precisely what the president doesn’t want them to argue: that the Mueller probe is ongoing, that close Trump confederates have been indicted and other indictments are coming, that many of the legal questions surrounding the Mueller investigation may end up before the Supreme Court, and that the president may have hand-picked a judge solely for the possibility that he may vote to exonerate him.

While we don’t yet have a full picture of the scope of Kavanaugh’s record about the boundaries of an imperial presidency, we do know that, as Garrett Epps put it Monday night, “Not since Warren Harding in 1921 nominated former President William Howard Taft to be chief justice has the country been presented with a high court nominee so completely shaped by the needs and mores of the executive branch as Brett Kavanaugh.”

More specifically, we know that when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in 2011, Kavanaugh wrote in dissent that if a president takes issue with an existing law, he can simply declare it unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it. “Under the Constitution,” he wrote, “the President may decline to enforce a statute that regulates private individuals when the President deems the statute unconstitutional, even if a court has held or would hold the statute constitutional.”

We also know that Kavanaugh is a staunch proponent of dismantling the administrative state, having issued multiple rulings against the EPA and a famous dissent claiming that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional. He has pushed for an extremely broad view of executive power in the name of national security. He has signaled an intent to do away with what is known as Chevron deference wherein judges defer less to federal agencies’ interpretations of their own rules.

In short, to the extent that the president looks like he went on a shopping spree for the justice who’s inclined to put his legal imprimatur on the proposition that Trump gets what Trump wants, he seems to have found what he needed. And I, for one, am exceedingly glad that we have a 12-year judicial record, in addition to years of government service, to probe for clues on whether Kavanaugh will be an independent vote or not. This is a vastly better outcome than getting someone who’s written a pile of law-review articles and has no meaningful judicial record.

Nevertheless, if Trump wanted to keep the Mueller “witch hunt” off the front pages, he may have seriously miscalculated in choosing the Supreme Court nominee who could push the glassy-eyed public into refocusing on Trump’s personal corruption, pointless cruelty, and attacks on judicial independence. Maybe that’s a winning issue for this president. I don’t think so.

Trump would have done better choosing a religious conservative and turning the midterms into a fight over the religious freedoms of Christian dissenters. The midterms, effective this week, will instead be about whether Trump’s proposed new justice thinks the president can pardon himself. As Republican get-out-the-vote messages go, it’s not a strong one.


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Republican Michael Cloud of Texas has been sworn in as the newest member of Congress, succeeding Blake Farenthold, who resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment and an ethics probe.
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THE national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Tuesday’s rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti as “a charade and yet another mockery on the party and its rejected governorship [...]

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari was in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Tuesday to attend a grand rally organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their candidate in Saturday’s governorship election in the state, [...]

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          The Trump collusion timeline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump collusion timeline

by digby




Just Security has put together a nice timeline of Trump's interactions with the Russian government since he was elected. It's quite interesting when you look at it all together. It's certainly fine to propose a fresh start with relations between the two countries. But they seemed to have a much more specific agenda from thevery beginning.

I've just excerpted the first six months after the election:

Nov. 14, 2016 — In their first official phone call, President-elect Trump and Putin agree on the “absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations” between Russia and the U.S., according to the New York Times. The two leaders agreed to meet at some point in the future and “endorse” the idea of taking efforts “to normalize relations and pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues.”

Nov. 18, 2016 — President-elect Trump names retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, stirring controversy in part because of Flynn’s ties to Russia, according to the Washington Post. In 2015, Flynn accepted payment from RT — a Russian news channel that had become a propaganda arm — to attend the station’s gala event in Moscow. Putin also attended the gala, and RT later published photos of the two dining next to each other.

Dec. 1 or 2, 2016 — Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak meets with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Trump Senior Advisor Jared Kushner in Trump Tower. The meeting is not disclosed to the public until March 2017. The White House first states that its purpose was to “establish a line of communication.” Kislyak later reports to superiors in Moscow that, in the meeting, Kushner suggested setting up a secure channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, to be hosted at the Russian embassy or consulate, according to the Washington Post.

Dec. 12, 2016 — President-elect Trump officially nominates Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, spurring controversy because of Tillerson’s close relationship with Russia. As CEO of Exxon Mobil, Tillerson had engaged in joint ventures with Rosneft, a state-backed Russian oil company, and had received the Order of Friendship from Russia in 2013, according to the New York Times.

Dec. 13, 2016 — Senior Trump Advisor Jared Kushner meets with Sergey Gorkov, then-chairman of Russia’s government-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB) and a close ally of Putin, at Russian Ambassador Kislyak’s request. The bank was placed on the sanctions list following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. In June 2017, the Washington Post reports that VEB says the meeting was conducted in relation to Kushner’s family real estate business. However, the Trump White House later maintains it was a diplomatic meeting in which Kushner was acting in his role as soon-to-be presidential adviser. Kushner testifies on July 24, 2017 to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees that Kislyak had recommended the meeting because Gorkov “had a direct relationship with” Putin. Kushner said they discussed the general poor state of US-Russian relations but that they didn’t touch on any specific policies nor on Obama-era sanctions against Russia. “At no time was there any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind.”

Dec. 29, 2016 — Shortly after the White House notifies Russia of sanctions that the Obama administration will impose for election interference, Michael Flynn speaks with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. During the phone call, Flynn discusses the sanctions. According to several current and former officials who read transcripts of the call, Flynn told Kislyak that Russia should not overreact to impending sanctions for election interference because the Trump administration would be in a position to revisit the sanctions and change policy toward Russia, according to the Washington Post. Nearly one year later, Flynn pleads guilty to lying to investigators regarding his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Dec. 29, 2016 — Within four hours of the Obama White House’s announced sanctions against Russia for election interference, Trump issues a written statement in response saying, “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.”

Dec. 30, 2016 — Following Russia’s surprise turnaround decision not to respond to the U.S. sanctions in-kind, Trump tweets: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Putin’s decision came as a surprise in part because Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had earlier said in televised remarks, “Of course, we cannot leave these sanctions unanswered … Reciprocity is the law of diplomacy and international relations.”

Jan. 3-4, 2017 — In a series of tweets, Trump disparages the intelligence from U.S. agencies scheduled to brief him on their findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Jan. 6, 2017 – May 9, 2017 — Jan. 6 is the date then-FBI Director James Comey helped brief Trump on Russian election interference, and May 9 was his final day as FBI Director. In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey is asked (by Senator Joe Manchin) whether Trump showed “any concern or interest or curiosity about what the Russians were doing.” Comey responds that he does not recall any conversations with Trump about Russian election interference during the former FBI Director’s time in office. Comey is also asked (by Senator Martin Heinrich), “Did the President in any of those interactions that you’ve shared with us today ask you what you should be doing or what our government should be doing — or the intelligence community — to protect America against Russian interference in our election system?” Comey says he does not recall any conversation like that–“never.”

Jan. 6-7, 2017 — After the briefing by intelligence officials, Trump acknowledgesthat the Russian government may have been involved in the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers, but says it didn’t affect the outcome of the election because Russia didn’t gain access to voting systems, and says he wants to improve relations with Russia.

Jan. 11, 2017 — George Nader, a Lebanese-American fixer and advisor to the United Arab Emirates, convenes a secret meeting in the Seychelles at the “behest” of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed, according to the New York Times. The meeting is between Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a Trump supporter (and brother of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s then-nominee to be secretary of education), and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian wealth fund manager with ties to President Putin. The apparent purpose of the meeting is to test Russia’s commitment to Iran and to set up a communication channel between President-elect Trump and Moscow, according to the Washington Post.

Prince testifies before Congress in November that the meeting with Dmitriev was a “chance-encounter,” and that he traveled to the Seychelles to pursue a “business opportunity” with potential customers from the UAE, who had suggested that he meet with a Russian businessman staying at the same hotel, Vox reports. However, according to reporting by ABC News and the Washington Post, Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has new evidence and a cooperating witness in Nader, who is allegedly testifying that the meeting was preplanned to set up communications between the Trump transition team and Moscow so that they could “discuss future relations between the countries.” The New York Times also reports that Kirill Dmitriev had met Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci at the 2017 Davos forum, after which Scaramucci criticized the Obama administration sanctions on Russia with a TASS reporter.

Jan. 11, 2017 — At a news conference, Trump says, “I think it was Russia” that hacked the 2016 U.S. election, but then diminishes its significance, adding, “But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.” He draws comparisons to other incidents of hacking, and suggests that the DNC left itself open to hacking and deserves some blame. Trump also says, “Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it,” according to CNN.

Post-Jan. 20, 2017 — In the “early weeks” of the administration, top Trump administration officials task State Department staff “with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions,” until their efforts are blocked by State Department officials and members of Congress, according to reporting by Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News.

Jan. 20-early Feb., 2017 — National Security Advisor Michael Flynn advocates for closer military communication with Russia to fight ISIS. According to several current and former Pentagon sources cited by the Daily Beast, Flynn suggests that a military communications channel originally established to prevent in-air collisions be expanded for other purposes that could have approached “outright cooperation” with Russia. Both the Pentagon and Centcom oppose Flynn’s idea.

Jan. 26-Feb. 13, 2017 — Acting Attorney General Sally Yates meets personally with White House Counsel Don McGahn about National Security Advisor Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak in December 2016. Yates warns the White House Counsel that Flynn’s statement that he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian Ambassador is untrue and that in her view Flynn is accordingly vulnerable to being blackmailed by Russia. Yates is fired on January 30 for refusing to enforce the immigration ban. (ABC News). It is not until February 13 that Flynn is asked to resign, following a Washington Post story revealing the meeting with Yates and the White House Counsel. (New York Times) (Washington Post)

Feb. 6, 2017 — In a Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump says he respects Putin and dismisses the host’s characterization of the Russian president as a “killer.” “There are a lot of killers,” Trump says. “Do you think our country is so innocent?

Feb. 14, 2017 — The New York Times reports that Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treatysigned by President Ronald Reagan and his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev. In congressional testimony, Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff states, “We believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed it in order to pose a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility.” The administration does not issue a public statement rebuking Russia. When Trump is asked about the violation in a February 24 interview with Reuters, he says, “To me, it’s a big deal,” and adds that he “would bring it up” with Putin “if and when we meet.” The State Department reiterated the alleged violation in its April 2017 report and in December 2017, released a strategy to counter the alleged violations, according to the Arms Control Association.

March 21, 2017 — The State Department announces that Secretary Rex Tillerson will not attend his intended first NATO meeting in Brussels on April 5-6, and will instead stay in the U.S. to join Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. During the same announcement, the State Department notes that Tillerson will travel to Russia in April, drawing criticism that the administration is prioritizing Russia over historical allies and the NATO alliance, according to Reuters. Subsequently, the State Department offers new dates to reschedule the NATO meeting, and Tillerson attends.

March 31, 2017 — Tillerson meets with NATO leaders in Brussels. In his remarks, Tillerson reiterates the frequent U.S. exhortation over the years that allies increase their defense spending, but seems to take it a step further, saying: “As President Trump has made clear, it is no longer sustainable for the U.S. to maintain a disproportionate share of NATO’s defense expenditures.”

April 2-27, 2017 — In an interview on April 2, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says: “Certainly I think Russia was involved in the U.S. election.” On April 5, Haley criticizes Russia for obstructing UN action on Syria and for supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Haley says Russia made an “unconscionable choice” by opposing a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons, and rhetorically asks “how many more children have to die before Russia cares?”

However, during a working lunch on April 24 with UN Security Council ambassadors including Haley, Trump jests, “Now, does everybody like Nikki? Because if you don’t … she can easily be replaced,” according to the Washington Post. Further, on April 27, Secretary of State Tillerson sends UN Ambassador Haley an email instructing her that, from then on, her comments should be “re-cleared with Washington if they are substantively different from the building blocks, or if they are on a high-profile issue,” according to the New York Times.

April 6, 2017 — In response to a reported chemical attack perpetrated by the Assad regime, the Trump administration launches a military attack on a Syrian-government airfield near Homs from which the chemical weapons attack reportedly was launched, according to NBC News. In an interview with Fox News, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster suggests Russia may have known about the chemical attacks in advance saying: “I think what we should do is ask Russia, how could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?”

April 23, 2017 — In an Associated Press interview, Trump expresses strong support for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in upcoming French elections; Le Pen is supported by Putin and promises to remove France from the EU, a long-term goal for Putin. Le Pen had also visited Trump Tower in January, according to AP and Politico.

May 10, 2017 — Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak and says the U.S. would no longer require Russia to unfreeze the construction of an American consulate in St. Petersburgbefore considering handing back seized Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York as part of the Obama sanctions for election interference. The statement represented a reversal of the position staked out two days prior by Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon, the Washington Post reports.

May 10, 2017 — During an Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak, Trump tells the Russian officials that he had fired the “nut job” FBI director (James Comey) who was investigating Russian election interference, according to the New York Times. Trump also says he had faced “great pressure” because of Russia, which had now been relieved. Additionally, Trump discloses highly classified information to the Russian officials. The intelligence was provided by Israel, which had not authorized the U.S. to share it, according to the Washington Post. The intelligence centered on Syrian extremist bomb-making plans, and was obtained in part through highly classified cyber operations, the disclosure of which “infuriated” Israeli officials, according to the New York Times. Israel subsequently changes its intelligence sharing protocols with the United States. No U.S. press are allowed into the Oval Office meeting, but Trump does allow TASS, the Russian state-owned agency, according to the Washington Post. Trump does not disclose to the press that Kislyak attended the meeting until TASS publishes photographs showing him in the room; the White House releasefollowing the meeting only mentions Lavrov. In a later interview, National Security Advisor McMaster refuses to confirm that Russian interference was discussed, even when asked directly about it.

May 10, 2017 — Following the meeting with Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov tells TASS: “At present, our dialogue is not as politicized as it used to be during Obama’s presidency. The Trump administration, including the President himself and the Secretary of State, are people of action who are willing to negotiate.”

May 25 – 26, 2017 — Arriving in Europe with Trump, top White House economic advisor Gary Cohn tells reporters that the U.S. is “looking at” the future of sanctions on Russia. When pressed on what the current U.S. position is, he says: “Right now we don’t have a position.” The following day, Cohn counters that statement, saying the U.S. will not ease sanctions on Russia and, “if anything, we would probably look to get tougher.”

May 25, 2017 — In Europe, Trump chastises NATO leaders for their “chronic underpayments” to the alliance and fails to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Article 5 – the collective defense clause of the NATO agreement – promising only to “never forsake the friends that stood by our side” in the wake of Sept. 11 (a statement later labelled by the administration as an affirmation of Article 5). According to Politico, several Trump advisors, including National Security Advisor McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, are surprised by the omission, having endeavored to include language supporting Article 5 in Trump’s remarks prior to the summit. Additionally, National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton says Russia was not discussed in a larger meeting between American and European officials, but that he could not speak for a meeting involving just Trump, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Tusk later says he is “not 100 percent sure” he and Trump share a “common position, common opinion, about Russia,” according to the New York Times.

May 26, 2017 — At a political rally the day after the Brussels meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says: “The times in which we could rely fully on others — they are somewhat over. This is what I experienced in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” implying that Europe could no longer rely on a close alliance with the U.S.

May 30, 2017 — In a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is asked about Trump’s reaction to Angela Merkel’s comments implying Europe could no longer rely on the U.S. He responds that Europe, “working in friendship with the U.S., the U.K., Russia, and other partners,” is precisely “what the President called for.” (May 30 press briefing). Trump reacts to Merkel’s comments on Twitter: “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.”

          Ex-candidate facing threats over tweet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The woman who failed to unseat Denver's longtime congresswoman said she's now getting threats from around the country after she posted a single tweet against racism and white supremacy.


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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Michael Cloud of Texas has been sworn in as the newest member of Congress, succeeding Blake Farenthold, who resigned amid...
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North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman is asking the FBI to step in and assist with investigating the still unsolved slaying of a Humboldt State University sophomore.

“The tragic death of 19-year-old David Josiah Lawson on April 15, 2017, has been devastating to this rural community in my congressional district,” read the letter Huffman sent FBI Director Christopher Wray last month. “With a small police department, Arcata needs experienced homicide investigators to help solve this case. … The case has become particularly divisive in the community, and tensions are likely to persist or grow the longer the case goes unsolved.”

According to Huffman’s office, the FBI has yet to reply to the request.

Arcata police arrested a McKinleyville man, Kyle Zoellner, at the scene of the off-campus party where Lawson was fatally stabbed but saw Zoellner released after a judge found insufficient evidence to hold him to stand trial on a murder charge. In April, Lawson’s mother, Charmaine Lawson, file a claim for damages against the city, alleging police botched the investigation into her son’s killing. Zoellner, meanwhile, has filed a lawsuit against the city alleging police falsified reports and denied him medical attention in the case.

Back in April, then Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman abruptly resigned as the year anniversary of Lawson’s death loomed. His resignation came less than 24 hours after that of Tom Parker, a retired FBI agent who’d been brought in to consult on the investigation. Parker told the Journal he stepped away from volunteering his time to aid in the probe because he felt the department wasn’t heeding his recommendations, was withholding information from him and being dishonest with him about the investigation. City Manager Karen Diemer didn’t dispute that detectives were withholding information from Parker but said there was a lack of trust in the consultant after a breach of confidential information.

Huffman notes in his letter that the case has racial overtones, as Zoellner is white, Lawson was black and “prior to the altercation, some in Mr. Zoellner’s party were reported to have used racial slurs.”

APD, the congressman writes, has been “stressed” by a lack of resources in the case and asks that Wray “consider providing the Arcata Police Department with experienced homicide detectives and other resources to help resolve the David Josiah Lawson case.”

Interim Arcata Police Chief…
          Comment on You'll Hate This Post On Brett Kavanaugh And Free Speech by Kevin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
<blockquote>The discussion has been framed such that any communication they allow is to be treated as "their speech"… though only for the purpose of rejecting Net Neutrality. It would be interesting to tell them: "ok, you can rely on free speech arguments, but only if you accept complete responsibility for any content going through your network". Including any criminal activity that one of their customer is involved in through Internet. It's totally stupid to handle this any other way.</blockquote> I agree this is a Good Idea, but it would require amending the Communications Decency Act in a very surgical way, and I do not trust Congress to do that correctly.
          Comment on You'll Hate This Post On Brett Kavanaugh And Free Speech by jdgalt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
<i>In DKT Int'l, Inc. v. U.S. Agency for Int'l Dev., 477 F.3d 758, 764 (D.C. Cir. 2007), he agreed that the government could fund only those NGOs that adopted a message of anti-sex-trafficking on the grounds that the government could fund the message it chose.</i> I see this as a seriously anti-First-Amendment position. The flaw here is that "the government" is not an individual, but an institution with the power to use force to fund itself. Thus, anything government "says", it is saying with money other people are forced to give, and thus each one of those people has the First Amendment right to veto that action. The same goes if the "speaker" is a union and the funds are union dues. Besides, funding NGOs (or state or local governments, for that matter) and then imposing conditions on the recipients of that funding is not among Congress's enumerated powers, and thus is not a legitimate power of the federal government. Trump should be appointing justices who will overturn <i>Wickard v. Filburn</i> and its follow-ons, not centralizers who will make it worse.
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After standing by their racist nominee in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District for weeks, the NRCC finally withdrew its backing from Republican Seth Grossman after Media Matters unearthed social media posts in which Grossman favorably linked to hate-filled essays on white supremacist sites. One typically unsubtle passage from a piece that Grossman highlighted:

However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.

While Grossman squirmed when Media Matters asked him for comment, he'd never made any attempt to hide his views. Last month, shortly after he unexpectedly won the GOP primary, audio emerged from an April candidate forum in which he'd declared, "The whole idea of diversity is a bunch of crap and un-American," calling the concept "an excuse by Democrats, communists, and socialists, basically, to say that we're not all created equal."

Soon thereafter, we learned what he believes about Islam ("a cancer"), Kwanzaa ("a phony holiday invented in 1960's by black racists"), and George Soros (akin to Leon Trotsky, who was an "International Communist—and a Jew"), thanks to a series of other online writings uncovered by CNN.

It's never just one isolated comment with guys like this, but the NRCC waited until maximum embarrassment had set in to cut ties, even though the committee was unlikely to ever devote real resources to Grossman, a heavy underdog against Democrat Jeff Van Drew. It's nevertheless a remarkable turn of events: The GOP has now triaged a seat it's held for decades—and one that Trump won!—because it couldn't avoid nominating a white supremacist. It won't be the last time.


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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s looming retirement and all but certain replacement with partisan Republican extremist Brett Kavanaugh will likely soon see the court deal a monumental blow to the fight against widespread GOP gerrymandering, but there’s one critical way progressives can fight to protect democracy: electing Democratic governors. Legislatures around the country are themselves heavily gerrymandered, making it hard for Democrats to reclaim important majorities. But many governors have the power of the veto pen or can make key appointments to commissions or courts that impact redistricting and can thereby curtail Republican excesses.

The map shown at the top of this post (click here for a larger version) looks at every state where the outcome of upcoming gubernatorial elections could make a real difference in the redistricting landscape over the next decade. The races will help determine whether Democrats have the power to force fairer maps or whether the GOP will continue to enjoy a massively distorted advantage for years to come. Because Republicans drew five times as many congressional districts following the 2010 census, they were able to win the House in 2012 despite losing the nationwide popular vote, and this lopsided redistricting power would continue if Democrats don’t make gains by 2020.

The good news for Democrats is that Republicans are defending far more turf in important states. What’s more, almost all of these states are holding their key gubernatorial elections in 2018, and Donald Trump's unpopularity could see Democrats make major gains in the November midterms.


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Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 4:59:29 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

FL-Sen: The GOP group America Next has debuted an ad that attacks Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for supposedly voting to raise taxes and adding to the national debt.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:04:11 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

WI-Sen: Wisconsin Next PAC, which is funded by billionaire megadonor Diane Hendricks, has put $438,000 behind an ad attacking businessman Kevin Nicholson in the GOP primary against state Sen. Leah Vukmir. The spot uses footage of him speaking at the 2000 Democratic National Convention to argue he's an unreliable conservative.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:11:10 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

AK-Gov: The Democratic firm Harstad Strategic Research has polled Alaska's gubernatorial race on behalf of the state AFL-CIO, which isn't officially backing a candidate yet. Their survey finds likely GOP nominee Mike Dunleavy with a 32-28 lead over independent Gov. Bill Walker, while former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich takes 18. Their survey finds likely GOP nominee Mike Dunleavy with a 32 percent plurality while independent Gov. Bill Walker and former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich are tied for second at 28 percent apiece. However, if either of Walker or Begich were to drop out, the race looks very different. In a two-way matchup, they have Begich up 50-41 over Dunleavy, while Walker leads him by 49-40.

The pollster also tested the Aug. 21 Republican primary, where they find Dunleavy with a 43-17 advantage over former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:22:58 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

CT-Gov: Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst has debuted his first TV ad ahead of the Aug. 14 Republican primary. He boasts of balancing the budget in Trumbull and calls for eliminating pensions for legislators and political appointees.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:34:09 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

GA-Gov: Secretary of State Brian Kemp has finally unloaded on Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle with a TV ad in the GOP primary runoff that makes use of a damning secret recording where Cagle admitted to supporting what he called a bad law solely because it deterred a super PAC from spending millions to support another candidate. Kemp says "if that's no criminal, it should be."

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:43:26 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

AL-02: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has gone up with a TV ad attacking former Rep. Bobby Bright in the GOP primary runoff over his Democratic past, noting he backed Nancy Pelosi for speaker. They tout Rep. Martha Roby as a Trump-supporting conservative.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:47:08 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

IL-12: The DCCC has added $319,000 to its October ad reservation on behalf of Democratic nominee Brendan Kelly in the race against GOP Rep. Mike Bost.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 6:01:07 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

KS-03: Women Vote, which is affiliated with EMILY's List, is putting $387,000 behind a two-week TV ad buy on behalf of attorney Sharice Davids ahead of the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. The ad calls her a fighter as Davids, who is also a mixed martial arts fighter, is shown practicing with a punching bag. The narrator notes her background as the daughter of a single mother Army veteran, while they highlight how Davids went from community college to getting a law degree from Cornell. They close by calling her a progressive who will take on Trump and the NRA.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 6:09:01 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

MI-11: Democrat Haley Stevens, who was the former chief of staff to President Obama's Auto Task Force, has released her first TV ad ahead of the Aug. 7 primary. She touts how the auto rescue saved over 200,000 jobs and says she's running for Congress to get more people covered under Obamacare and stop Trump from sabotaging it.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Tim Greimel has also launched his first Democratic primary ad. The spot emphasizes how Greimel stood up to Trump and Michigan Republicans by fighting for Medicaid expansion, a higher minimum wage, and women's reproductive health care.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 6:30:44 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

Governors, Redistricting: With Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court is about to take a major step backward in the battle against Republican gerrymandering, but Stephen Wolf details in a new post how Democrats can fight back by winning gubernatorial elections. This map shows which states hold gubernatorial elections that matter for 2020s redistricting, and the the 10 biggest battlegrounds this year are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 7:06:26 PM +00:00 · David Nir

CA-25, MN-02, NJ-03: Last week, the League of Conservation Voters and the Environmental Defense Fund released a June poll from Global Strategy Group of 2,000 voters across 20 Republican-held congressional districts and found Democrats with a 44-40 lead on the generic ballot in these seats. As part of that survey, GSG also polled extra respondents in five districts in order to have a sufficiently large sample size to analyze the individual head-to-head matchups in those races, and now they've published the data from three of those contests.

In California's 25th District, GSG gives GOP Rep. Steve Knight a 45-40 lead on Democrat Katie Hill while Donald Trump is underwater with a 43-49 favorability rating. This is the first poll we've seen here in many months, and therefore the first we've seen since Hill won the second slot in June's top-two primary.

Over on the other side of the country in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, GSG has Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in a 42-all tie with his Democratic opponent, Andy Kim, with Trump even more unpopular at 43-52. Those numbers are even better than the 48-44 MacArthur advantage that Kim's own internal from early June found.

Finally, in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, GSG for some reason didn't test Democrat Angie Craig by name against freshman GOP Rep. Jason Lewis, even though Craig is the only Democrat on the August primary ballot. Instead, they have Lewis up 43-42 over an unnamed "Democratic candidate," while Trump's favorables stand at a negative 41-54.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 7:41:26 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

2Q Fundraising:

ND-Sen: Heidi Heitkamp (D-inc): $1.9 million raised, $5.2 million cash-on-hand

NV-Sen: Dean Heller (R-inc): $2.4 million raised, $5.85 million cash-on-hand

OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D-inc): $3.7 million raised, $11.1 million cash on hand

PA-Sen: Bob Casey (D-inc): $2.2 million raised, $9.8 million cash-on-hand

TX-Sen: Ted Cruz (R-inc): $4 million raised, $10 million cash-on-hand

WI-Sen: Kevin Nicholson (R): $1 million raised

CT-Gov: Joe Ganim (D): $736,000 raised cycle-to-date, $60,000 self-funded, $316,000 cash-on-hand

TN-Gov: Craig Fitzhugh (D): $75,000 raised, $200,000 self-loaned

CA-10: Josh Harder (D): $1.25 million raised

CA-25: Katie Hill (D): $1.3 million raised

CT-05: Mary Glassman (D): $380,000 raised

FL-15: Julio Gonzalez (R): $225,000 raised

FL-18: Brian Mast (R-inc): $1 million raised, $2 million cash-on-hand; Lauren Baer (D): $500,000 raised, $1 million cash-on-hand

IA-01: Abby Finkenauer (D): $765,000 raised

IL-06: Peter Roskam (R-inc): $944,000 raised, $2.3 million cash-on-hand

ME-02: Jared Golden (D) $560,000 raised

NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D): $660,00 raised, $1.4 million cash-on-hand

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 7:47:56 PM +00:00 · David Nir

NJ-02: After standing by their racist nominee in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District for weeks, the NRCC finally withdrew its backing from Republican Seth Grossman after Media Matters unearthed social media posts in which Grossman favorably linked to hate-filled essays on white supremacist sites. One typically unsubtle passage from a piece that Grossman highlighted:

However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.

While Grossman squirmed when Media Matters asked him for comment, he'd never made any attempt to hide his views. Last month, shortly after he unexpectedly won the GOP primary, audio emerged from an April candidate forum in which he'd declared, "The whole idea of diversity is a bunch of crap and un-American," calling the concept "an excuse by Democrats, communists, and socialists, basically, to say that we're not all created equal."

Soon thereafter, we learned what he believes about Islam ("a cancer"), Kwanzaa ("a phony holiday invented in 1960's by black racists"), and George Soros (akin to Leon Trotsky, who was an "International Communist—and a Jew"), thanks to a series of other online writings uncovered by CNN.

It's never just one isolated comment with guys like this, but the NRCC waited until maximum embarrassment had set in to cut ties, even though the committee was unlikely to ever devote real resources to Grossman. It's nevertheless a remarkable turn of events: The GOP has now triaged a seat it's held for decades—and one that Trump won!—because it couldn't avoid nominating a white supremacist. It won't be the last time.


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Washington PostOne of the likeliest Democratic pickups in the country just got much more likely. A Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey was found to have made offensive comments about black and Hispanic people, and as soon as those comments came to light …GOP campaign arm pulls support of candidate who spoke against diversityCNN […]
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"Currency War, Then Trade War - 
Is Shooting War Next?"

"My thesis is that currency wars are followed by trade wars and then finally shooting wars among major powers.This happened in the 1930s and it seems to be happening again.

Currency wars begin in a condition of too much debt and not enough growth. Countries steal growth from their trading partners by cheapening their currencies to promote exports and import inflation. The present currency war started in January 2010. The problem with currency wars is that all advantage is temporary and is quickly erased by retaliation. Trading partners retaliate with their own devaluations. Currency cross-rates end up back where they started, with costs imposed due to the uncertainties.

Not only is the world not better off but it is worse off because of the costs and uncertainty resulting from the currency manipulations. Eventually, the world wakes up to this reality and moves to the trade war stage. Once countries realize that currency wars don’t work, they turn quickly to trade wars through tariffs and other trade barriers. The problem is that trade wars don’t work either, for the same reason currency wars don’t work - retaliation or tit-for-tat tariffs soon puts everyone back where they started.

The new trade war started in January 2018 with the announcement of tariffs, and those tariffs actually began to take effect last week. Just because trade wars have started does not mean the currency wars are over. Not at all. The currency wars and trade wars continue side by side. In fact, they are related.

If the U.S. puts tariffs on China, which we have, then China can fight back two ways. The first is to impose their own tariffs on U.S. exports, which they have. The second is to cheapen their currency to offset the impact of the tariffs. If the U.S. imposes a 25% tariff on China but China cheapens its currency by 25%, then everyone is back where they started in terms of the costs of Chinese goods to U.S. consumers.

This would be a potentially devastating development for markets. A shock yuan maxi-devaluation will be the shot heard round the world as it was in August and December 2015 (both times, U.S. stocks fell over 10% in a matter of weeks). There are individual winners and losers from the currency and trade wars, but the global economy as a whole is definitely a loser. This new trade war will get ugly fast and the world economy will be collateral damage. I believe it will get much worse before it is resolved.

We should look for slower growth and possibly a recession as the trade and currency wars play out. Let’s hope that history does not repeat and that we don’t end up in a Third World War, as the currency/trade wars of the 1930s helped lead to WWII. Below, I show you three crucial weapons Trump has at his disposal in the trade war with China. The globalists are panicking, but as you’ll see, there’s little they - or Congress - can do to stop him. Read on."

"Trump’s Devastating Trade War Weapons"
By Jim Rickards

"The news last week was dominated by breathless headlines about the new trade war between the U.S. and China. But this trade war has been brewing for years and came as no surprise to readers of my newsletter, Project Prophesy. In fact, the new trade war is simply a continuation of the currency wars that began in 2010.

I’ve warned for over a year that President Trump’s threats of tariffs should be taken seriously, while most of Wall Street discounted Trump’s talk as mere bluster. Now the trade wars are here as we expected, and they will get much worse before they are resolved.

The most powerful analytic frame today for understanding political and macroeconomic developments is the sequence from currency wars to trade wars and then ultimately shooting wars. Currency wars arise in a condition of too much debt and too little growth. Economic powers try to steal growth from their trading partners by devaluing their currencies to promote exports and import inflation. This can work in the short run, but the benefits are strictly temporary because trading partners retaliate by devaluing their own currencies. The tit-for-tat devaluations leave everyone worse off because of the uncertainty and transaction costs imposed.

Once it becomes clear that currency wars are a failure, nations resort to trade wars. These begin with tariffs imposed by one nation on another to protect domestic industry and reduce trade deficits. As with currency wars, the problem is retaliation. Victims of tariffs impose their own tariffs and the world is worse off.

We’ve seen this pattern before in the 1920s and 1930s. It began with currency wars (1921–1936), then trade wars (1930–1939) and finally a shooting war in the Second World War that began in Asia in 1936, spread to Europe in 1939 and subsumed the U.S. in 1941. The present currency war began in 2010. The new trade war began in 2018. Let’s hope a new shooting war or even a third world war does not follow in sequence.

Trump is like a five-star general in the currency and trade wars. It’s important to understand his weapons and tactics. Trump likes to threaten to get results but often does not follow through on his threats. Recently he threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the World Trade Organization (WTO), the primary multilateral body for settling trade disputes and a successor to one of the original Bretton Woods institutions (along with the IMF and World Bank) established in 1944. But Trump’s threat to withdraw from the WTO will not be carried out. It’s in the bluff category, strictly for show.

The fact is Trump is turning trade policy upside down without withdrawing from WTO by using other tools at his disposal. There has always been an exemption from the application of WTO rules where national security is involved. It's just that past presidents have never used the authority because they are globalists (Republicans and Democrats). Trump’s method is to weaponize national security considerations in the context of trade disputes. The U.S. has always had ways to stop trade flows and restrict direct foreign investment based on national security considerations.

Trump’s three main "weapons," mostly unknown to everyday Americans, are IEEPA, CFIUS and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. IEEPA stands for the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Enacted in 1977, it allows the President to regulate commerce after declaring a national emergency. He can declare this emergency “to deal with any unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”

CFIUS stands for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. It began under President Ford in 1975. CFIUS gives the Executive Branch power to monitor the impact of foreign investment in the United States, and determine if it jeopardizes national security. It can block acquisitions of U.S. firms by Chinese companies, for example.

Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 is the “nuclear option” when it comes to trade wars. I don’t want to get too deeply in the weeds here, but Section 301 gives the president broad authority to impose sanctions and penalties. It gives the president a free hand to impose billions of dollars of damages if not more on China.

So Trump has the best of both worlds. He can threaten the WTO, but doesn't actually have to withdraw because he can get everything he wants anyway using IEEPA, CFIUS and Section 301. The globalists are freaking out but can't stop him.

Unlike previous globalist presidents, Trump is a nationalist. And he's using these powers like crazy to push his agenda. The Congress can't stop him because all of these weapons are statutory; they were already passed by Congress in the 1970s and 1980s. These statutes delegate expansive powers to the president. What's new is not the law but the way the law is being used.
During the Weimar Republic hyperinflation in 1922–23, paper money became worthless and was swept down sewers (left) or fed into furnaces as fuel (right). The currency wars continued with French devaluation (1925), U.K. devaluation (1931) and U.S. devaluation (1933). When the currency wars failed to produce growth, the trade wars erupted with the Smoot-Hawley tariffs (1930) and similar tariffs from U.S. trading partners. After currency wars and trade wars failed came shooting wars in Asia (1936) and Europe (1939). The same pattern is repeating today with a new currency war (2010) and trade war (2018).

There is legislation pending in Congress right now to amend CFIUS. The name of the bill is the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, or FIRRMA. This amendment to CFIUS will give CFIUS greatly expanded powers to stop Chinese takeovers of U.S. crown jewels in technology, telecommunications and the defense sector. This new law shuts the Chinese (and anyone else Trump doesn't like) out of the market to acquire U.S. tech and defense stocks. Once you remove the biggest buyers from the market, prices will plunge to "re-price" to the new reality.

With the trade wars and pending legislation in mind, what are my predictive analytic models telling us about the prospects for a stock market crash in the tech and defense sectors? Right now my analytical tools are telling me that FIRRMA is close to a sure thing to become law, but Wall Street is underestimating the impact of this on takeover activity and stock prices to tech and defense companies. FIRRMA has been attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2019 (starting Oct. 1, 2018). However, Congress will be in recess most of the time after July 26 for vacations and midterm election campaigning.

NDAA is "must pass" legislation. This means Congress has to pass this before the end of September unless they enact a continuing resolution. I estimate two possible outside dates for this to become law and go to the president for signature: Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 (with no continuing resolution), or Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 (end of this session of Congress).

Of course, markets won’t wait until then to react. Sooner than later, Wall Street will see this coming and start to discount the impact. FIRRMA has bipartisan support from liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans. It's as close to a "sure thing" in D.C. legislation as you can get.

China will not take this lying down. They are fighting back in the trade wars using currency war weapons and will also retaliate directly by restricting U.S. investment in China’s technology, another blow to global tech stock prices."
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July 12, 1993: A US attack force of 17 Cobra helicopter gunships and Blackhawk helicopters struck a neighborhood in the center of the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Firing 16 missiles and more than 2,000 rounds of 20-millimeter cannon fire, the fleet of warplanes laid waste to a building which housed large numbers of civilians. Somalis reported 73 dead and more than 200 wounded in the attack. Many of the victims were women and children. Crowds of enraged Somalis responded to this unprovoked sneak attack by setting upon Western journalists, killing four of them. This became the near-exclusive focus of media coverage, ignoring the bloodbath that triggered the popular anger. US military spokesmen presented the attacks as pinpoint strikes that had hit their targets, killing “only” 13 Somalis. This soon proved to a lie. Both the International Red Cross and journalists verified the Somali reports of scores killed and hundreds wounded, simply by checking with local hospitals in the Somali capital. US officials justified the slaughter by claiming that the target was a compound serving as “command and control center” for Mohammed Farah Aidid, the leader of the United Somali Congress, which has demanded an end to the US-United Nations occupation of Somalia. A Pentagon spokesman in Washington described the raid as part of a US effort to “trim General Aidid down to size.” The US military rampage also had the effect of virtually halting the relief operations to feed starving Somalis, which were the ostensible pretext for the US intervention in the first place. Hundreds of tons of food rotted in warehouses around the city, while relief workers fled to avoid the violence. The chaos in Somalia was exacerbated by a falling out among the imperialist powers participating in the intervention. The Italian government, the former colonial power in the country, threatened to withdraw its 2,600 troops, the second largest component, after the UN demanded the removal of General Bruno Loi, the Italian commander, over his alleged refusal to follow US orders. After the scale of the July 12 attack became clear, the Italian government called for a suspension of all combat operations by the “peacekeeping” forces deployed in Somalia. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/09/twih-j09.html#top
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<blockquote>Axios has obtained a leaked draft of a Trump administration bill — ordered by the president himself — that would declare America’s abandonment of fundamental World Trade Organization rules. <strong>Why it matters:</strong> The draft legislation is stunning. The bill essentially provides Trump a license to raise U.S. tariffs at will, without congressional consent and international rules be damned. <strong>The details:</strong> The bill, titled the "United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act," would give Trump unilateral power to ignore the two most basic principles of the WTO and negotiate one-on-one with any country: 1. The "Most Favored Nation" (MFN) principle that countries can't set different tariff rates for different countries outside of free trade agreements; 2. "Bound tariff rates" — the tariff ceilings that each WTO country has already agreed to in previous negotiations. <strong>"It would be the equivalent of walking away from the WTO</strong> and our commitments there without us actually notifying our withdrawal," said a source familiar with the bill. ▪ "The good news is Congress would never give this authority to the president," the source added, describing the bill as "insane." ▪ "It's not implementable at the border," given it would create potentially tens of thousands of new tariff rates on products. "And it would completely remove us from the set of global trade rules."</blockquote> <a href="https://www.axios.com/trump-trade-war-leaked-bill-world-trade-organization-united-states-d51278d2-0516-4def-a4d3-ed676f4e0f83.html" rel="nofollow">Link</a>. No one except Trump and his unquestioning supporters will like the smell of this FART.
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Автор: Dimitriy
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Примечания и Дополнения: « 30:22 ».

Сенатор от республиканской партии Джон Кеннеди (John Kennedy), в составе неофициальной делегации Конгресса США, посетил Россию и по возвращению, по итогам, сделал ряд характерных замечаний, в ответ на которые Дмитрий Сергеевич, пресс-секретарь президента, сказал:
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"Конечно, трудно понять подобные слова, я не знаю, в каком контексте они были сказаны. Сенатор, действительно, был здесь, имел возможность посмотреть на нашу страну, пообщаться с нашим руководством. Мы не носим розовых очков и прекрасно отдаем себе отчет в том, насколько американский политический истеблишмент находится: а) в плену стереотипов и б) под страшнейшим внутренним русофобским давлением. Мы это прекрасно понимаем", — заявил Песков журналистам в ответ на просьбу прокомментировать высказывание сенатора.
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Дмитрий Сергеевич неправ. Нет в причинах высказывания сенатора ни русофобии ни стереотипов. В основе мотива реакции сенатор лежит совсем иная, куда более глубокая и фундаментальная причина. Для начала, приведём точный текст статьи ("GOP senator warns against trusting Putin ‘mafia’" "Associated Press", 10.07.2018.) содержащей высказывания Джона Кеннеди:
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“There is no political philosophy in Russia. It’s sort of like saying, what’s the political philosophy of the mafia,” Kennedy told reporters Monday on Capitol Hill.
“Their philosophy is money and power. That’s the philosophy of Putin. He rules with an iron hand. He’s a dictator,” Kennedy said. He noted there’s “no free press” in Russia and said there’s a vast gap in wealth between the elites and ordinary Russians. He said the Russian people “deserve better.”
The senator said he had no problem with Trump meeting privately with Putin, but said he doesn’t expect a diplomatic breakthrough.
“You can’t trust Putin,” Kennedy said. “I think the best we can do is try to contain him.”
The senators were in Russia as part of a congressional visit headed by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Appropriations Committee. The trip came ahead of a summit between Trump and Putin in Helsinki.
The senators met with legislative leaders of Russia’s legislative body, but Kennedy said the most difficult session was with Lavrov. The meeting, Kennedy said, got off to a rocky start when the senator addressed him as ambassador rather than the expected title.
“We didn’t call each other an ‘ignorant slut’ or anything, but we exchanged words,” the senator said.
Kennedy said the senators confronted the Russians about election interference in 2016. Kennedy said the senators warned the Russians if they interfere in the November election, Congress “will hit you with sanctions even harder than what we have right now.”
He said the Russian response was to deny that they interfered in the election. “Deny, deny, deny,” he said.
“I thought it was important for us to look them in the eye and say, ‘Hey, we know what you’re doing,’” Kennedy said.
Kennedy’s takeaway from the meeting was that “what Russia wants is what Mr. Putin wants. And what Mr. Putin wants is status.”
“It’s really like dealing with the mafia.”
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Механизм.

Для наглядности используем «Модель №3»

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Рисунок № 3 (3). «Модель №3»
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Выразим полное кратко, воспользовавшись форматом тезисов.

Тезис №1.
Россия и США представители Систем с разными преобладаниями: Россия - ИСО>ЕСО, США - ЕСО>ИСО.
Для ИСО>ЕСО России этап №1 преобладает над этапом №2, т.е. Распределение и Потребление господствуют над Производством и Управлением.
Для ЕСО>ИСО США всё наоборот. №2 над №1. Производство и Управление главней Распределения и Потребления.
В России немного управленцев и те, что есть весьма специфичны, они более чиновники нежели управленцы, зато в России много чиновников.
В США, напротив, по сравнению с Россией, немного чиновников и те, что есть весьма оригинальны, они более управленцы нежели чиновники, зато в США много управленцев.

Тезис №2.
Между Управлением и Распределением, традиционно, от Природы, сволочные отношения. Переложим эту специфику на Цикл преобразования Опыта и получим:
Управление Распределению - мы даём Вам такие команды, а Вы, превратив наши Формы в Ваши нормы, плодите такие законы, от которых ненавистному нам Потреблению становится так тошно, что оно ябедничая своему Производству, превращает свои Образы в его Принципы, делая нашу, и без того непростую жизнь, окончательно скверной;
Распределение Управлению - Вы даёте нам такие команды, которые совершенно не соответствуя его Принципам и их Образам, постоянно ставят нас в дурацкое положение, когда мы, формализуя Ваши Формы в наши Нормы, получаем обозлённую реакцию противного Вам Потребления, трансформируемую презираемым нами Производством в неслыханные Принципы.

Тезис №3.
Когда Политик ЕСО>ИСО, полагающий себя ответственным за Чиновника ЕСО>ИСО, "знакомится с родителями" Политика ИСО>ЕСО, Чиновниками ИСО>ЕСО, он:
- видит пред собой Чиновников ИСО>ЕСО у которых крайне скромно политическое начало и нескромно начало потребительское, т.е. слишком мало Форм Поведения и слишком много Образов Жизни;
- замечает, что Производят много меньше, а Распределяют много больше, сперва Распределяя, потом Производя;
- понимает, что выдающиеся, как ему кажется, задачи, которые генерирует представляемое им Управление, непостижимым ему Образом, конкурируют с решениями ненавистного ему местного Потребления, хронически ему в том проигрывая.

Замечание.
Криминал есть антипод Управления проживающий в Потреблении, т.е. любое и всякое Управление из Криминала выходит и туда же приходит, подобно, любой и всякий Криминал выходит из Управления и в Управление возвращается. Одного без другого не бывает. Болезненно брезгливое отношение Политиков ЕСО>ИСО к Криминалу по мотивам Управления, проистекает из Природы Профессионализма, когда Профессионал не желая терять свою квалификацию, будучи изменяемым Продуктами своего труда, полагает должным изменения непрофессионалов оплачивающих Профессионалу возможность поддержания им своего "статус-кво" в любой ситуации.


Тезис №4.
Политик Джон Кеннеди, посетив Россию:
- увидел Чиновников, которые не хотят и не могут оценивать "замечательные Решения" Управления США, "преступно" сравнивая их с Задачами Потребления России;
- осознал, что Чиновник России, более Чиновник-Потребитель, нежели Чиновник -Управленец, не столько воющий с ненавистными Политикам США Потребителями России, сколь с ними сотрудничающий;
- позавидовал положению "глупца едящего хлеб до сыта", Чиновнику России, по тому, что по Природе ЕСО>ИСО, Производство США, так позволить ему, себя вести, не может.

Тезис №5.
Отдельного места заслуживает пассаж Джона Кеннеди о "русском народе", который он "видел в гробу" и которому, будь его воля, он обеспечил бы короткую жизнь и долгую смерть.
"Вишенкой на торте" можно считать пассаж о "хулигане" Лаврове, "преступно" допускающим в формальный язык дипломатии живые фрагменты Образов Жизни, столь ненавистные её мёртвым Формам Поведения.

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С пониманием и соответствующими ожиданиями, Dimitriy.


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          Pregnant women say they've been shackled, denied adequate care, miscarried in immigration detention      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Pregnant women in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention say in interviews and written affidavits that they have been “shackled around the stomach” and denied adequate medical care, some testifying that they were “ignored when they were obviously miscarrying,” according to Buzzfeed. “Those descriptions were backed by interviews with five legal aid workers, four medical workers, and two advocates who work with ICE detainees.”

One woman, identified only as “E” out of safety concerns, said she was four months pregnant when she began bleeding and called for help. “An official arrived,” she said, “and they said it was not a hospital and they weren’t doctors. They wouldn’t look after me. I realized I was losing my son. It was his life that I was bleeding out. I was staining everything. I spent about eight days just lying down. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t do anything. I started crying and crying and crying.”

E miscarried, and “about a week after speaking with BuzzFeed News, E gave up her fight for asylum, accepted voluntary departure, and was deported back to El Salvador.” Another woman held in Texas said she was given an X-ray, “despite this being against the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendations. ‘I saw on the machine that [it said] pregnant women should not have an X-ray,’ she wrote.”

Women are also saying they’re being shackled while being transferred, despite it being “prohibited by ICE and CBP’s most recent standards-of-care policies as well as by a congressional directive.Dr. Anjani Kolahi of the Physicians for Reproductive Health called the allegations “’absolutely medical negligence. Overall [detaining pregnant women] is a cruel, inhumane practice. It’s creating all sorts of unnecessary risk for the women’ and their children, she said.”

“Pregnant women I spoke with in ICE custody often didn't get appropriate nourishment, medical care, or prenatal vitamins,” tweeted Cristina Costantini earlier this year about other pregnant women that have been detained. “Some were even shackled during childbirth, denied breast pumps, and not allowed to hold their babies.”

The allegations come just months after the Trump administration ended a policy that generally, but not always, released pregnant women from detention. But advocates said they began to notice more pregnant women were being detained even before the change was announced, saying “that they first began to notice an increase in pregnant detainees last summer.”  Luis Guerra of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) said that “it was a real shock to us at first, but then we just started seeing it more and more.” 

According to ICE data “from Dec. 14, 2017, to April 7, 2018, there have been a total of 590 pregnant women booked into custody,” with about 35 in custody as of April. “My soul aches,” E said, “that there are many pregnant women coming who could lose their babies like I did and that they will do nothing to help them.”


          The day after nominating a SCOTUS justice, Trump gives the finger to the rule of law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Tuesday morning, immediately after his farce of Supreme Court nomination, Donald Trump issued his latest "fuck you" to the rule of law. He issued a pardon to the child-abusing serial arsonists Dwight and Steven Hammond.  

The Oregon ranchers were convicted of—and pleaded guilty to—arson on federal lands. They were prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon, federal prosecutors. Part of the Department of Justice. Because the arsons were federal offenses. One of the fires was started to cover up poaching on federal lands! They hunted illegally then tried to cover up the evidence by setting it on fire! Another fire was set intentionally when they knew there were Bureau of Land Management fire fighters in the area that they were endangering.

They tried to kill firefighters. And Trump just pardoned them.

By federal law, enacted by Congress, arson on federal land carries a five-year minimum sentence. Why? As  Acting U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said at the time of sentencing,  "Congress sought to ensure that anyone who maliciously damages United States' property by fire will serve at least 5 years in prison. These sentences are intended to be long enough to deter those like the Hammonds who disregard the law and place fire fighters and others in jeopardy."

And Trump just pardoned them. Hours after naming a would-be justice to the Supreme Court.

It’s not enough that Trump himself is under federal investigation for conspiring with the Russians in the 2016 election. It’s not enough that he’s flouting the Constitution on a weekly basis by enriching himself. Now this. Trump showed long ago that he's not fit to make any nominations, but this total disregard to the rule of law, this total pandering to the worst of white supremacist, nationalist, hate-fueled base, should be the final straw for the Senate.

NONE of his judiciary nominees should be confirmed, particularly not a Supreme Court justice. And every one of those already confirmed should be impeached.


          Trump admin will reunite only half of separated migrant kids under age 5 by court deadline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trump administration will fail to meet Judge Dana Sabraw’s deadline today, July 10, ordering the reunification of 102 separated migrant children under age five with their parents. Instead, the government expects to reunite only around half, 54. “The parents are currently in ICE custody,” reports Vox’s Dara Lind, “the children will be reunited with them there, and then, the government says, the parent and child will likely be released from custody together.”

That means another half will continue to remain separated from their parents, according to Department of Justice attorney Sarah Fabian, “including nine children whose parent was already deported, nine whose parent was released into the U.S. and 12 whose parent is in criminal custody. One child’s status is unknown because the government lacks information about the parent, Fabian said.” But even some of those numbers could be questionable, with Think Progress reporting that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is saying they know “of as many as 12 parents who have been deported.”

The administration can’t even say for sure how many migrant kids it has kidnapped from parents in recent weeks in the first place, estimating 3,000, while “a senior HHS official could not answer [Congress member Pramila] Jayapal‘s question about the number of separated children whose parents cannot yet be identified by the US government,” CNN reported.

This has been a self-created humanitarian crisis, and now the ACLU, which initially sued the administration over family separation and has assisted other asylum seekers in reuniting with their separated kids, has had to step in to assist this incompetent administration with reunification, adding they believe there are at least ten other kids under five who weren’t included in the list provided by the administration. As of last weekend, the administration had reunited only two kids with families.


          Soybeans were America's top agricultural export in 2017—Trump's ensuring they won't be anymore      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is clearly freaking out over Donald Trump’s trade war with China based on their latest press statement and rightfully so. China is the chief export market for America's soybean farmers, which were also the top U.S. agricultural export in 2017 at $21.6 billion (more than double the dollar amount of the second closest ag export, corn). 

As Iowa soybean farmer and ASA president John Heisdorffer noted, the 25 percent tariffs Trump has now imposed on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods will be a disaster for soybean famers. 

“The math is simple,” Heisdorffer said, “You tax soybean exports at 25 percent, and you have serious damage to U.S. farmers.” 

The farmers seemed to be hoping against hope Trump would manage to avoid this head-to-head escalation with China. But with the face-off commencing last Friday, soybean crops will be hit hard. In 2017, China imported 31 percent of U.S. soybean production. It's a market that's expected to balloon over the coming years and one that U.S. soybean farmers will likely be cut out of.

The ASA statement is practically desperate in its devastation.

When the possibility of tariffs first arose, ASA asked President Trump to consider other policies for reducing the U.S. trade deficit with China. Then ASA organized a fly-in to urge Congress to encourage the Administration to rethink the tariffs. Finally, in a last-ditch social media effort earlier this week, individual soybean farmers who will be directly affected by the trade conflict attached their photographs to statements appealing directly to the President and his advisors.

Eight of the top ten soybean export states voted for Trump in 2016.


          Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh argues that presidents can't be indicted, sued, or even investigated      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Every Supreme Court nominee considered by Donald Trump was a genuine, Federalist Society approved ultraconservative. Every one of them could be counted on to uphold the right of big business while tearing away women's rights, voting rights, gay rights, labor rights, and basically just rights. If it wasn't included, word for word, in a document that was written before the steam engine, repeating rifle, and the corporation were invented ... it's out of here. 

But something had to give Brett Kavanaugh the edge. There had to be something that made this member of the DC court a favorite with Trump, even though the most rabid members of his base favored someone else. Just what could it be?

Having seen first-hand how complex and difficult that job is, I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible. The country wants the President to be “one of us” who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share. But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office.

That’s from an article that Kavanaugh authored in 2008 for the Minnesota Law Review. Just what burdens should be “excused” for sitting presidents? Indictments for one thing. Civil suits for another. Kavanaugh believes that presidents should be free from being sued while in office—a position he, rather inconveniently, did not hold while working for Ken Starr. To be fair, Kavanaugh calls on Congress to make this clear through legislation. It’s not certain how he would rule if such a suit against Trump should wander his way … but we’ll likely get to find out.

Kavanaugh’s defense of the idea that the executive—along with military leaders—should be freed from the threat of criminal indictment, comes with a statement that might be particularly pleasing to Trump that “no Attorney General or special counsel will have the necessary credibility to avoid the inevitable charges that he is politically motivated.” Kavanaugh’s position is that the president’s role is so important, that even preparing for a criminal investigation is too much.  And confronting the idea that this would put the president “above the law,” Kavanaugh’s defense: “... it is not ultimately a persuasive criticism of these suggestions. The point is not to put the President above the law or to eliminate checks on the President, but simply to defer litigation and investigations until the President is out of office.”

So, Kavanaugh wouldn’t excuse the president from justice forever, just allow him to do as he pleases for years. Someone might want to read the would-be Supreme Court justice, that little saying about “justice delayed.”


          Abbreviated pundit roundup: A president under investigation selects his SCOTUS nominee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

We begin today’s roundup with Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society, and Norman L. Eisen, chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, who write about Judge Kavanaugh’s extreme views on presidential liability and power:

In a 2009 law review article, Judge Kavanaugh argued that a sitting president should be able to defer civil suits and criminal prosecutions until after he leaves office and should be excused from having to answer depositions or questions during his term. He went so far as to advocate that Congress “consider a law exempting a president — while in office — from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel.” 

It is hard to imagine that these extreme views weren’t part of Judge Kavanaugh’s appeal to President Trump, a man who is a defendant in several civil suits and the subject of at least one criminal investigation. According to media reports, the White House has looked at the judge’s views on indicting a sitting president.

Nor are these mere academic musings. During his service on the appellate court, Judge Kavanaugh has written opinions reflecting an expansive view of presidential power, and on several occasions he has expressed concern about executive branch agencies that are insulated from direct control by the president.

Here’s John Nichols at The Nation:

This combination of facts—a president who is under scrutiny choosing a Supreme Court nominee who he certainly knows is disinclined toward holding presidents to account—is not merely unsettling. Without an absolute and unequivocal commitment to recuse from any deliberations involving Trump’s alleged wrongdoing, which no one expects Kavanaugh to make, this nomination cannot possibly be seen by Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives, as a credible choice to serve on the Supreme Court.

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination must be understood as the product of a corrupt process that is, by its nature, disqualifying.


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          Trump pardons the Hammonds– extremist ranchers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump pardoned Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son Steve. The pair were jailed for arson and were the inspiration for the take-over of Malheur NWR by the Bundy mob.

Trump’s pardon was based on lobbying by Oregon Congressman Greg Walden who characterized the Hammonds as “responsible ranchers” and portrayed them as victims of [...]

          A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas, July 10, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On today’s show: President Trump nominates Brett Cavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. Sheila breaks down New York Times article: “A Liberal’s Case for Brett Cavanaugh” by a self-proclaimed liberal Yale Law School professor, who calls Trump’s choice “superb”. Guest: Congressman Jeff Fortenberry discusses his recent trip to the Holy Land. The way to peace, and the role of Christians […]

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          A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas, July 9, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On today’s show: Special Guest: President Trump will announce the next replacement candidate for the United States Supreme Court.    Brett Cavanaugh is the leading candidate. Catholicism in the spotlight again – with reference to possible impact on abortion law. Can Congress apply a “litmus test” to future candidates to support their pet rulings? Roe […]

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          University of Toronto Scarborough gets $3-million Tamil studies pledge      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tamil Chair Inc.'s Dr. Vijay Janakiraman (left), University of Toronto Scarborough Principal Bruce Kidd and the Canadian Tamil Congress's Sivan Ilangko sign a memorandum of understanding in June, to raise $3 million for a chair in Tamil Studies on the campus.

University of Toronto Scarborough is on its way to getting a permanent Tamil studies program after a $3-million pledge from the Canadian Tamil Congress and a U.S.-based group.


          Texas lawmaker is newest member of House      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Michael Cloud of Texas has been sworn in as the newest member of Congress, succeeding Blake Farenthold, who resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment and an ethics probe. Cloud has worked as a communications consultant and served as a Republican county chairman. He’ll represent a district anchored in conservative Corpus Christi. […]
          House Republicans’ unhelpful stumble with Seth Grossman in New Jersey – Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington PostOne of the likeliest Democratic pickups in the country just got much more likely. A Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey was found to have made offensive comments about black and Hispanic people, and as soon as those comments came to light …GOP campaign arm pulls support of candidate who spoke against diversityCNN […]
          No expense spared      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In reply to Pittsburgh P.O.: 1904:

"Architects found that the soil was too soft to support the original building plan, so the plans were altered and a request for more funds was put before the United States Congress. Materials were shipped in from all over the United States, including marble and slate from Vermont, Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as mahogany from Africa."

To design a structure as ornate and expensive as this, and then to go back and ask for *more* money, requires a certain level of chutzpah.


          Bahrain warned to hold fair elections by U.S. lawmakers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The tiny and sometimes troubled Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, must allow its electorate to "express themselves peacefully" during an election in the wake of pro-democracy uprisings, heads of a bipartisan congressional human rights commission have warned.

"With upcoming elections in Bahrain later ...

          Congresso de leitura acontece até sexta-feira na Unicamp      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Congresso de leitura acontece até sexta-feira na Unicamp gabriela ter, 07/10/2018 - 16:40

Os eventos acontecem no Centro de Convenções, na Casa do Lago e na Faculdade de Educação


          Five Questions with Ryan Reft, Historian, Manuscript Division      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
One of the great things about my job is that the work changes on a daily basis. At the risk of over-simplifying: I oversee Manuscript Division collections that relate to domestic policy, which includes congressional papers, certain cabinet officials, non-government organizations, journalists, Supreme Court Justices and Federal Court Judges, and our LGBTQ collections.
          Don’t Be Carried Away By Fayose’s Stomach Infrastructure, PMB Tells Ekiti Electorate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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As Oshiomhole, Tinubu, Others Storm Ekiti To Rally Support For Fayemi President Muhammad Buhari on Tuesday led top echelon of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) including governors to a mega rally for its Ekiti state governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, urging the electorate to shun stomach infrastructure being offered by […]

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          Ekiti Guber: PDP Claims APC Used “Rented Crowd” In Mega Rally      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described yesterday’s mega rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State as a charade and mockery of the party and its governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi. PDP also claimed that the Ekiti people refused to attend the rally, leading to APC’s resort to renting crowd from neigbouring […]

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          Oyo NLC Pickets MTN Offices      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Oyo State chapter yesterday sealed off offices belonging to telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria Limited across Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The state NLC chairman, Comrade Waheed Olojede, executives and some members of the union marched to seal the offices for their alleged anti -labour policies which include their refusal to […]

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          Sarah Rice nominated for Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sarah Rice, a rising junior at West Stokes High School of King was nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 29 through July 1. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose […]
          Wallace’s Family Foundation Gave Away Millions, But Not One Penny for His Own District      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Wallace’s Family Foundation Gave Away Millions, But Not One Penny for His Own District

Scott Wallace's family foundation steered millions to anti-Israel, environmental, left-wing groupsScott Wallace

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A wealthy Democratic congressional candidate's family foundation that was criticized for giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-Israel groups has not given money to any organizations or charities located in the district he's seeking to represent, according to a review of his fund's tax forms.
Scott Wallace is running against Republican incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania's first congressional district. Wallace is the grandson of former vice president Henry Wallace and inherited a fortune after his grandfather's company sold for billions in the 1990s.
Members of the Wallace family established the Wallace Global Fund, a progressive foundation, as a means to "promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the natural systems upon which all life demands." The fund hands out millions in grants each year and reported nearly $150 million in assets on its most recent tax forms. Wallace led the group along with his wife from the early 2000s until shortly before announcing his candidacy.
The Forward reported in May that the Wallace Global Fund had given $300,000 to a number of groups that promote the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel, which may cause some awkwardness for his campaign as he is seeking to capture a seat in one of the most Jewish districts in the United States. The Republican Jewish Coalition poured $530,000 in an ad campaign to hit Wallace over the donations to the groups.
Wallace has maintained that the grants to the anti-Israel groups were made by another member of the fund and that he is "unequivocally pro-Israel, pro-peace, and pro-democracy." However, the fund had no more than five officers, directors, trustees, and foundation managers during the time the money was disbursed to the groups, with most of those individuals being Wallace and his family members, according to the fund's Form 990s.
Despite the Wallace Global Fund handing out millions in grants overall and disbursing hundreds of thousands to anti-Israel groups, it has given no money to organizations or charities located in the district Wallace is seeking to capture a seat, according to a review of the fund's tax forms going back eight years. Wallace, who was born in Bucks County, Pa., lived in Maryland and South Africa while running the fund before moving back to Pennsylvania to run for Congress.
The nearest place the fund disbursed money is the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a far-left environmental group. At one point the group listed its address as a P.O. Box in Chambersburg, Pa. and then at a P.O. Box in Mercersburg, Pa., both hours outside the district.
The Wallace Global Fund has provided millions in donations to far-left groups such as environmental groups 350 org, Greenpeace, and ClientEarth. In addition to progressive organizations, the fund has also gives money to groups that work on issues such as ending female genital mutilation.
The fund also reports contributions to liberal "fiscal sponsor" organizations such as the Tides Foundation and New Venture Fund, entities where hundreds of millions of dollars in "dark money" flow through them before being passed to other liberal groups.
Wallace's campaign did not return a request for comment by press time.

          Judge puts blame on Trump, Congress for immigration crisis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
LOS ANGELES — The Trump administration's failed attempt to detain migrant families together indefinitely ran into a formidable obstacle in a judge whose upbringing was shaped as the daughter of immigrants and who previously rejected requests to
          Congress thumbs down simultaneous polls plan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the YSR Congress, which met the law commission over the issue of simultaneous polls to parliament and state assemblies, yesterday supported the idea with certain riders.
          News Roundup (July 10, 2018)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
1. SAGE Publishing Renews with Atypon, Signing 5-Year Online Journal Delivery Contract 2. FOSTER Announces New Open Science Training Courses are Available 3. CBO Provides Cost Estimate for S. 3027 “Modernizing Congressional Reporting Act” of 2018 4. Congress Asks Google, Apple About Smartphone Data Collection (via EPIC) 5. The National Library of Poland Selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo […]
          Ekiti 2018: Why I want to rule Ekiti again – Fayemi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dr Kayode Fayemi, All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Saturday election in Ekiti, on Tuesday said he wanted to rule the state again to
          Just in: Fayose allegedly attempts to stop Buhari's visit to Ekiti, reportedly shuts down transportation, orders commercial vehicles off roads      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A high-profile member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti, Ojudu Babafemi, has reported that Governor Fayose has allegedly opposed President Muhammadu Buhari's visit
          Ted Lieu says championing illegals is the route to free food      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Makes you wonder what other free stuff the crazy congressman from California might take.
          Emotions high as Kavanaugh begins fight for confirmation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON — Conservative Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh plunged into his confirmation battle Tuesday, meeting face-to-face with Senate leaders in what promises to be an intense debate over abortion rights, presidential power and other legal disputes that could reshape the court and roil this fall's elections.

Kavanaugh is a favorite of the GOP legal establishment, and his arrival as President Donald Trump's nominee was greeted on Capitol Hill with praise from Republicans and skepticism from Democrats. There were also pledges of open minds by key senators whose votes will most likely determine the outcome.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called Kavanagh "one of the most thoughtful jurists" in the country but warned of an onslaught of "fear mongering" from liberal groups trying to derail the nomination. He said it was clear that many Democrats "didn't care who the nominee was at all. Whoever President Trump put up they were opposed to."

Chuck Schumer, the Senate's Democratic leader, said his party's lawmakers did indeed care who the nominee was — and what his views were on such thorny issues as abortion and Trump himself.

Trump "did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail — nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights," the New York senator said.

He also argued that the president chose the man he thought would best protect him from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Kavanaugh has written about a need to free the executive branch from intrusive criminal investigations.

"Not only did Mr. Kavanaugh say that a president should not be subpoenaed, he said a president shouldn't be investigated," Schumer said.

The confirmation marathon is expected to drag on for months, and no date has yet been set for hearings. GOP leaders, with a slim majority in the Senate, are anxious to have Kavanaugh in place for the start of the court's session in October — and before the November congressional elections.

But that may be a tall order. His confirmation is complicated by an unusually long record as an appellate judge and as a George W. Bush administration official — and also his role as part of the Kenneth Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Kavanaugh, just 53, could serve on the high court for decades.

As he arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday, he huddled with McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen. Jon Kyl. He also met with Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which will determine whether to recommend him to the full Senate.

McConnell, who has been influential in shaping Trump's remaking of the judiciary, said, "What we'd like to see is a few open minds about this extraordinary talent."

Grassley said a speedy confirmation wasn't necessarily the goal. The vetting process, he said, is "going to be thorough and going to be done right." Pence told reporters that Kavanaugh was a "good man."

Republicans have little margin of error for the final vote unless a few Democrats can be brought onboard. McConnell has a 51-49 Senate majority, narrowed further by the absence of ailing Sen. John McCain of Arizona. But they hope to gain support from a handful of Democrats who are up for re-election in states where Trump is popular.

So far, Democrats are uniting behind a strategy to turn the confirmation fight into a referendum on conservatives' efforts to undo abortion access, chip away at health care protections under the Affordable Care Act and protect Trump from Mueller.

Senators will be seeking access to Kavanaugh's writings and correspondence, reams of documents that will take weeks to compile and even longer to review, giving opponents ample opportunity to wage a political battle. Protesters have filled the steps of the Supreme Court in recent days.

By fall, the nomination may turn on a handful of senators who will be under enormous pressure ahead of the midterm elections.

The Democrats are trying to pressure two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The two have supported access to abortion services, and activists have already begun sending wire coat hangers, as a symbol of an era when abortion was illegal, to Collins' office.

She said that with Kavanaugh's credentials, "it's very difficult for anyone to tell me that he's not qualified for the job." But she added that other issues also would come into play for her, including "judicial temperament" and "judicial philosophy."

Murkowski said, "We've got some due diligence that we've got to do."

At the same time, Republicans are urging a half dozen Democratic senators, largely those who are up for re-election in Trump-won states, to back the president's choice.

Among their targets are Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as Doug Jones of Alabama, who is not up for re-election but represents a conservative state in the Deep South.

Kavanaugh in the past has made statements about respecting precedent that could help in winning over senators, particularly Murkowski and Collins.

In his 2006 confirmation hearing to become a federal judge, he said, "I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully" because it's "binding precedent" that has been "reaffirmed many times."

Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right.

A product of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Like Trump's first nominee last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of" Obamacare."

Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time."

"Brett Kavanaugh has gotten rave reviews — rave reviews — actually, from both sides," Trump said Tuesday, a stark mischaracterization of Democrats' comments, as he left the White House for a weeklong overseas trip. "And I think it's going to be a beautiful thing to watch over the next month."

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Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Matthew Daly, Laurie Kellman, Catherine Lucey, Mark Sherman, Zeke Miller and Alan Fram contributed to this report.

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          Comment on Parkinson Says Kavanaugh Imperils Rights and Rule of Law; Rounds, Thune Shrug by bearcreekbat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If Kavanaugh is honest, then the good news is that he apparently doesn't contend that the Constitution currently protects lawless Presidents like Trump. Although he contends that such presidential immunites might be good public policy, he has been reported to have written that such Presidential immunities require statutory changes from Congress, which he apparently concedes is not yet the law. The eternal optimist in me makes me hopeful that Trump just might be getting a "wish sandwich" from Kavanaugh on that issue, notwithstanding Russian bots and their current #WalkAway posts.
          Banking Giant Standard Chartered Takes Stand Against Mine Waste Dumping      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Standard Chartered has announced a full prohibition of financial services for clients practicing marine and riverine mine waste dumping. Standard Chartered adopted their policy shortly after the launch of the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, joining Citigroup, which has also confirmed that it will no longer finance submarine mine waste disposal.

“We have long held the view that marine or riverine tailings disposal is not good industry practice, and we are proud to add it to our prohibited activities list,” said Amit Puri, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Standard Chartered.

“We applaud Standard Chartered for taking a leadership role in ending ocean mine waste dumping. It’s dirty, unnecessary and wrong,” said Ellen Moore of Earthworks, a nonprofit organization which is coordinating the campaign. “Banks and financial institutions must actively take steps to ensure that they are not bankrolling the destruction of our oceans. I hope other banks follow the example set by Standard Chartered and Citigroup.”

The Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, which includes 40 groups in 17 countries, is calling on financial institutions to divest from any project or company that employs aqueous tailings disposal.

Mining companies dump 220 million tonnes of mine waste directly into oceans, rivers and lakes every year: more waste than the United States puts into its landfills. While the outdated practice has been phased out in many parts of the world, new mining proposals in Papua New Guinea and Norway signal ocean mine waste dumping is being ramped up, not phased out.

By drawing a clear line in the sand against aqueous mine waste dumping, Citi and Standard Chartered are joining a growing movement of governments, companies, mine-impacted communities, and civil society organizations calling for an end to the practice. 

At the 2016 conference of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 51 of the 53 participating countries voted in favor of an international ban on ocean mine waste dumping and to develop a plan to stop ongoing dumping due to the irreparable destruction and degradation of marine environments.

The Ditch Ocean Dumping coalition includes Earthworks, Friends of the Earth Norway, Bismarck Ramu Group, MiningWatch Canada, and many others. More information is available at http://earthworksaction.org/campaigns/ditch-ocean-dumping

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          Congressional bill would lower age limit for truck drivers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Colorado has as much to gain as anywhere from a bill pending in Congress that would lower the minimum age for interstate driving of big-rig
          Criminalizing Dissent: “Unmasking Antifa” Bill Introduced      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

By BRRN Social Media Team

In a move to expand the atmosphere of repression against the left, a bill specifically targeting anti-fascist or “Antifa” protesters was introduced to the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives in June. Titled the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” the bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Daniel Donovan of New York (@RepDanDonovan) and calls for fines and prison up to 15 years for anyone who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person” while wearing a mask or disguise. Police and law enforcement are, of course, exempted.

“Mass surveillance provides the state with opportunities for unprecedented repression. This bill clearly attempts to eradicate blind spots in the state’s vision so that anonymous resistance is impossible,” says Mark Bray, author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” and a member of Black Rose / Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation.

“I think it is worth addressing because it seems to be a way to prepare for the next J20-style repression to actually work,” noted Bray referring to the now-failed charges against more than 200 protesters arrested during President Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017. The charges were ultimately dismissed for lack of evidence and misconduct by the prosecution but was seen by many as an effort to criminalize dissent by the Trump administration.


For more on Anti-Fascism we recommend “Interview: Antifa Means No Free Speech for Fascism” with Mark Bray. For more on anarchism generally we recommend listening to Mark Bray’s interview on Revolutionary Left Radio.

 

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          Agripino vota a favor de projeto que autoriza retorno de até 470 mil empresas ao Simples Nacional      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Um dos principais defensores das micro e pequenas empresas no Congresso Nacional, o senador José Agripino (RN) comemorou a aprovação, nesta terça-feira (10), por unanimidade, do projeto de lei que permite o retorno, ao Simples Nacional, de micro e pequenas empresas que foram excluídas do regime em janeiro deste ano por causa de dívidas tributárias. “Essa […]
          Transparency report: Updating our report for the second half of 2017      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The laws related to government requests for user data are changing fast: from passage of the CLOUD Act by the US Congress to the US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Carpenter v. United States. In this environment, Dropbox is more committed than ever to protecting user privacy. As part of that commitment, today we’ve updated our Transparency Report today to uphold this promise, and provide insight about the government requests Dropbox has received since our last reporting period.
          Dems have four congressional candidates willing to criticize Israel — and ‘reap political rewards’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Israel issue is heating up in American politics, with ABC News publishing a report that progressive Democrats are increasingly willing to criticize Israel and may "reap political rewards" by doing so. Those progressives include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY, Scott Wallace in PA, Leslie Cockburn in VA, and Ilhan Omar running for Keith Ellison's seat in MN.
          Comment on Open Borders Left dominates Episcopal Church meeting by Barbara Griffith      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Here Pres. Trump is trying to force the money out of congress to go ahead with the wall there are ISIS terrorists just over our border with Mexico living in all of the South American countries they have been there since the 80's building their Mosques an taking over the population. From what I understand they make regular trips to the US escorted by drug cartels which fly them into a small town airports along the New Mexico border. The wall that is being built will cover the part of the border that the drug cartels had been using at least they won't be able to just walk over like they used to do. The border patrol will also be watching that section to keep all of the crooks out. I don't know how much of the wall is up at this time but that section is going up.
          Following racial controversy, GOP gives up on NJ candidate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
One GOP candidate's history on racial issues became so controversial that the National Republican Congressional Committee un-endorsed him.
          Bill Cassidy with Laura Ingraham on #Obamacare, #Immigration @BillCassidy @ingrahamangle      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Laura Ingraham hosted Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Cassidy said the only way President Obama can be denied money toward defunding his planned executive action, both chambers of the Congress need to do so which would happen after the lame duck...
          Video: #Obama Press Conference On Midterm Elections, November 5, 2014      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Obama's press conference after the GOP takeover of Congress in the 2014 elections.
          Analysis: Clergy Laity Congress of Tragicomedy?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos Another Clergy Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the 44th in a row, has gone into  history, taking with it all that was said and done, especially at the July 5, plenary session, which I think, using the term “tragicomedy” to describe it, is an [...]
          Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s Message at the Opening of the 44th Clergy-Laity Congress      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Source: The National Herald By TNH Staff BOSTON – His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew released a video message at the Opening of the 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress. The full statement follows: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew At the Opening of the 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress Of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (Boston, MA July 2, 2018) Your [...]
          Pimenta denuncia consórcio Globo-Moro-TRF-4      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

O deputado federal Paulo Pimenta (PT-RS) afirmou que o recente imbróglio legal envolvendo Lula mostra a parcialidade da operação Lava Jato e que o juiz Sérgio Moro ordenou que a Polícia Federal não cumprisse a ordem de soltura do ex-presidente.

No manhã de domingo (8), o desembargador do Tribunal Regional Federal da 4ª Região (TRF4) Rogério Favreto determinou que Lula deveria sair da cadeia ao acatar habeas corpus apresentado pelos deputados petistas Wadih Damous (RJ), Paulo Teixeira (SP) e Paulo Pimenta.

Moro reagiu e publicou despacho ao meio dia afirmando que o desembargador, que atuava como plantonista, não teria "competência" para deliberar sobre a detenção de Lula. A continuidade do ex-presidente na prisão foi sacramentada por decisão do presidente do (TRF4), Thompson Flores.

Em entrevista à Sputnik Brasil, Pimenta diz que houve obstrução de Justiça da Polícia Federal (PF) no caso:

"Quando chega o alvará de soltura às 8:30 da manhã, na superintendência da Polícia Federal, o encarregado deveria simplesmente cumprir o que foi determinado pela Justiça. A Polícia Federal, ao invés de cumprir, passa a ligar para juízes, desembargadores, procuradores e superiores pedindo orientações sobre como proceder para que a decisão não fosse cumprida. Por volta das 10 horas da manhã os agentes, sem nenhuma cerimônia, nos informaram que em contato telefônico com o juiz Sérgio Moro, que estava de férias em Portugal, foram orientados para que não cumprissem a decisão. Nós só fomos ter uma manifestação formal mais de 2 horas depois, quando chega o primeiro documento do Moro. Ou seja, durante toda a manhã houve um crime de obstrução da Justiça."

O congressista do PT ressaltou que acredita que existe uma "consórcio jurídico, midiático e político" para tirar Lula das eleições presidenciais e que não considera normal que exista uma "militância" de membros do Judiciário.

"Isso mostra como a Lava Jato atua como uma organização", diz Pimenta.



O deputado também afirmou que pretende denunciar ao Conselho Nacional de Justiça (CNJ) "todos os agentes públicos que atuaram de maneira criminosa nesse processo".

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          Former Congressional GOP Staffer Ron Bonjean On President Trump’s Nomination: “I Really Feel Like The Rollout They Did Last Night Was Flawlessly Executed”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy has set the stage for a bruising confirmation battle, as Senate Democrats and liberal groups vowed to resist what could be a dramatic and long-lasting rightward shift on the Supreme Court. Ron Bonjean, former congressional GOP staffer who worked on last year's high court confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justices.  On what the next days and weeks look like: This has been a lot of fun to watch now the second time around. because I really feel like the rollout they did last night was flawlessly executed. I was really impressed with it. I was really impressed with the narrative they established of him of his judicial background as well as being a solid family man. I thought that was super helpful.  The race is on to define who Judge Kavanaugh is.  (1:22) On how hostile it gets in closed door meetings: You know, whats really interesting with this whole thing it's sort of a slow burn. right now Judge Kavanaugh will be meeting with top Republicans in order to get sort of just get friendly interviews and to also get him used to that flow of how this is gonna go and the next step will obviously be to meet with Democrats. And with Justice Gorsuch clearly he met with a lot of them, but I will say that with Kamala Harris it's pretty interesting because we had a tough time scheduling with several Democrats at first who kind of just didn't have the time to meet with us. (4:21) On if Democrats should delay this or get it over with: Voter intensity is strong with Republicans on this issue. It would be very wise for Democrats to get this out of the way as fast as they could make it. Make their points and get it out of way. The more they drag this out, it's gonna be hard for them to do, but the more this drags out the worse this gets. (7:00) On if he thinks this will easily have Republican support: I think that when Donald Trump narrowed it down to the four nominees and one of them was viewed more as a lightning rod, regarding her pro-life stance, so to speak, and the concerns by Senator Collins and Murkowski regarding the issue of Roe v. Wade and then the response we've seen all seen the video of Kavanaugh being interviewed for his Court of Appeals position by Chuck Shumer.  I think all of that has helped with these moderate senators. It feels a lot less extreme than what they could of had. (8:38) Watch below:  
          Marun diz que MPs da intervenção no Rio são prioridade no Congresso      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

O ministro da Secretaria de Governo, Carlos Marun, disse hoje (10) que a prioridade do governo no Congresso Nacional, antes do recesso parlamentar, é a aprovação das medidas provisórias (MPs) 825, que destina crédito extraordinário de R$ 1,2 bilhão para custear as ações da intervenção federal no estado do Rio de Janeiro, e 826, que cria cargos e funções para o Gabinete da Intervenção no Rio.

O ministro da Secretaria de Governo da Presidência da República, Carlos Marun, fala à imprensa, no Palácio do Planalto
“Nosso desejo é que elas [MPs] sejam aprovadas antes do recesso pelo menos na Câmara", diz o ministro Carlos Marun (Valter Campanato/Arquivo/Agência Brasil)

“Nosso desejo é que elas sejam aprovadas antes do recesso pelo menos na Câmara dos Deputados”, afirmou o ministro.

Marun também disse que os destaques da votação do projeto que autoriza a privatização das distribuidoras da Eletrobras são de interesse do Palácio do Planalto. “Esse projeto já foi aprovado, mas ainda faltam alguns destaques para que vá ao Senado.”

No último dia 4, o plenário da Câmara aprovou por 203 votos favoráveis, 123 contrários e três abstenções, o texto-base do projeto de lei que viabiliza a privatização de seis distribuidoras de energia elétrica da Eletrobras na Região Norte.

Ainda no Congresso, a aprovação da Lei de Diretrizes Orçamentárias (LDO) para 2019 é prioritária para o governo, acrescentou Marun. A LDO pode ser votada ainda nesta semana.


          Distrato imobiliário só deve voltar à pauta em agosto, diz Eunício      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

O presidente do Senado, Eunício Oliveira (MDB-CE), disse hoje (10) que não pretende pautar para votação a proposta que estabelece regras para a desistência da compra de imóveis na planta, o chamado distrato. A medida foi rejeitada nesta terça-feira na Comissão de Assuntos Econômicos (CAE) do Senado, mas ainda assim poderia ser apreciada pelos senadores no plenário da Casa.

O presidente do Senado, Eunício Oliveira, fala à imprensa sobre a pauta de votação da Casa.
O senador Eunício Oliveira diz que é preciso haver entendimento para que a proposta do distrato imobiliário possa ser votada no começo de agosto (Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Arquivo/Agência Brasil)

“Acho que tem que se buscar um entendimento. Não dá para pautar pura e simplesmente o projeto que foi derrotado na CAE por falta de entendimento na questão. Então, nós podemos fazer o entendimento e, no começo de agosto, votar essa matéria”, argumentou o parlamentar.

Atualmente, não há uma lei que regulamente os distratos e, muitas vezes, os casos de desistência vão parar na Justiça. Diante da ausência de regulação, as pessoas que não têm condição financeira de ir à Justiça acabam sem receber de volta os valores que já foram pagos. Mas, para a maioria dos senadores da CAE, o projeto que foi rejeitado hoje não resolveria o problema de insegurança jurídica e prejudicaria mutuários.

Esforço concentrado

O senador disse ainda que tem trabalhado com o presidente da Câmara dos Deputados, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), para definir uma agenda de votações para o segundo semestre deste ano, em virtude do calendário eleitoral. Deputados e senadores acordaram em votar a Lei de Diretrizes Orçamentárias (LDO) nesta quarta-feira (11) e, em seguida, entram em recesso parlamentar até o dia 1º de agosto. 

“Nós estamos fazendo um calendário também já para o mês de agosto, para termos, pelo menos após as convenções [partidárias - que definem os candidatos a cada cargo eletivo], duas semanas de mutirão de trabalho. Em setembro, nós estamos verificando quais as semanas que vamos ter em relação ao trabalho. O Congresso não vai parar”, afirmou Eunício. 

Votações

Entre as pautas prioritárias do Congresso Nacional, está o projeto que prevê o fornecimento de medicamentos pelo Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) para tratamento de doenças raras, negligenciadas ou sem alternativas terapêuticas. O PLC 56/2016, estabelece a Política Nacional para Doenças Raras no SUS e reconhece o direito de acesso dos pacientes diagnosticados com doenças raras aos cuidados adequados, o que inclui a entrega de “medicamentos órfãos” (aqueles destinados ao diagnóstico, prevenção e tratamento de doença rara).

Eunício disse que há várias matérias, como as que tratam de nomeação de embaixadores e acordos internacionais, e algumas que não são polêmicas e podem ser votadas. Com isso, se ganharia tempo e se votaria o máximo de matérias que tenham consenso entre os líderes, explicou o senador. 

Ele destacou também a MP que regula as atividades dos agentes comunitários de saúde e de combate às endemias. Editada em abril deste ano, a medida tem validade até 31 de agosto e aguarda votação da Câmara para concluir sua tramitação. 

“Se chegar aqui uma medida provisória, entendo eu como uma medida do bem, que confirma a data-base dos agentes de saúde e aumento do seu piso de R$ 1.040 para R$ 1.240. Se ela chegar aqui até amanhã, eu vou abrir sessão [do plenário] e votar essa medida provisória”, afirmou. “Não podemos mais onerar os prefeitos, mas não podemos deixar de atender aquilo que já foi votado no Congresso Nacional, como o piso mínimo da categoria dos agentes de saúde – que são anjos sem asas”, concluiu. 


          7/11/2018: NEWS: MIKE POMPEO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Michael R Pompeo is the 70th American Secretary of State. Mr Pompeo was sworn in on April 26, after Rex Tillerson’s tenure ended on March 13. Mr Pompeo’s background includes Congress, the military, intelligence, the law and the private...
          Em caráter de urgência, Congresso aprova PL de proteção de dados pessoais      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Projeto segue agora para sanção do presidente da República; PL define regras específicas de proteção à privacidade e prevê multas em caso de vazamento de dados
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          I’m Still Member of APC , Benue Gov., Ortom Says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom said on Tuesday the insinuating that he was about dumping the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was out of the way, adding he was still a member of the party. Insinuations have been rife that the Governor was set to defect from the APC because […]
          gamescom congress lässt erneut Politiker "battlen"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mit der Wahlkampfarena 2017 setzte die gamescom neue Maßstäbe für die politische Beteiligung der Messe. Nach diesem Erfolg wird das Konzept nun weitergeführt. Der diesjährige gamescom congress wird mit einem "Debatt(l)eRoyale" eröffnet, bei dem Politiker von CDU, SPD, FDP, Die Linke und Bündnis 90/Die Grünen über digitalpolitische Themen diskutieren.
          Comment on Knicks Morning News (2018.07.10) by Stratomatic "Porzingis, Ntilikina, Knox & Robinson are going to lead us to the promised land      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
@129 If we are finally going to start ridding the country of corruption and law breaking among those in power (draining the swamp as Trump would call it) then we should probably be jailing a good portion of the intelligence community, some of the mainstream media, half of congress and the Senate, a lot of the leadership on Wall St, half the central bankers in the world, a bunch of power brokers in Hollywood, Trump and so on. The Clintons should get hung, a deadly injection, and the electric chair twice just to make sure they are dead. :-) But that's not what's happening. Many of those that have been in power (from from both parties) see Trump as a threat. The unified goal is to destroy him so they can go back to business as usual being the disgusting human beings they are raping and pillaging the world, starting wars to protect or increase profits, taking bribes, lying, and advancing their own political agendas no matter what the people want and what the cost to the average working stiff who doesn't even know what's in his own best interests. People sort of sense this all. They want it ALL cleaned up.
          What Brett Kavanaugh on Supreme Court Could Mean for Climate Change      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has a history of opposing regulations Congress didn’t explicitly authorize. That could be a problem for greenhouse gas policies.

In his dozen years on the federal appeals court that hears the most disputes over government regulatory power, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has compiled an extensive record of skepticism toward the government's powers to act on climate change.

In particular, while Kavanaugh has repeatedly voiced the belief that global warming is a serious problem, he has challenged the argument that Congress has given the Environmental Protection Agency authority to do something about it.

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Five months after the October deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger, the government added the African nation and its neighbors to the list of countries where service members receive … Click to Continue »
          Congress has no plan to end immigrant child separation, says guidance needed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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The S.C. business community is sounding alarm bells over President Donald Trump’s trade policies as Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation try to ease frayed nerves. But the stakes are … Click to Continue »
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Failed Republican efforts on immigration reform could jeopardize support within the party for President Donald Trump's wall funding — and Trump has threatened to shut down the government if he … Click to Continue »
          Congressman Jeff Denham denied entry to ICE facility      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rep. Jeff Denham denied entry to ICE facility in Pleasant Hill, California, a San Francisco suburb. A guard said employees inside had been instructed to not answer the door or speak to Denham. … Click to Continue »
          Trump High Court Pick Kavanaugh May Face Contentious Cases Soon      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee may not have to wait too long for controversial cases if he is confirmed to the job, with disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading toward the justices soon. Republicans are hoping Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative U.S. appeals court judge selected on Monday by Trump to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, will be confirmed by the Senate before the next Supreme Court term opens in October. There are no blockbusters among the 38 cases already on the docket for the justices, but they could add disputes on controversial issues being appealed from lower courts. Abortion Legal battles are developing over state laws restricting abortion including one in Arkansas that effectively bans medication-induced abortions. The justices in May opted not to intervene in a case challenging that law, waiting instead for lower courts to rule, but it could return to them in the future. Other abortion-related cases could reach the court within two years. These involve laws banning abortions at early stages of pregnancies, including Iowa's prohibition after a fetal heartbeat is detected. There is litigation arising from plans by certain states including Louisiana and Kansas to stop reimbursements under the Medicaid insurance program for the poor for Planned Parenthood, a national abortion provider. There also are challenges to state laws imposing difficult-to-meet regulations on abortion providers such as having formal ties, called admitting privileges, at a local hospital. Kavanaugh's judicial record on abortion is thin, although last year he was on a panel of judges that issued an order preventing a 17-year-old illegal immigrant detained in Texas by U.S. authorities from immediately obtaining an abortion. Gay Rights Another issue expected to return to the court is whether certain types of businesses can refuse service to gay couples because of religious objections to same-sex marriage. The high court in June sided, on narrow legal grounds, with a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for two men because of his Christian beliefs, but sidestepped the larger question of whether to allow broad religious-based exemptions to anti-discrimination laws. That issue could be back before the justices as soon as the court's next term in a case involving a Washington state Christian florist who similarly spurned a gay couple. Kennedy, who wrote the baker ruling, cast decisive votes backing gay rights four times, most notably in 2015 when the court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. It is not known how Kavanaugh would vote on those issues as he has not been involved in any gay rights cases during his 12 years as a judge. Transgender People in the Military Trump's bid to ban transgender people from the military has been challenged in lower courts. That issue could make its way to the Supreme Court. After lower courts blocked Trump's ban last year, he announced in March he would endorse Defense Secretary James Mattis' plan to restrict the military service of transgender people who have a condition called gender dysphoria. Trump's administration has asked courts to allow that policy to go into effect, but so far to no avail. Sharon McGowan, a lawyer with gay rights group Lambda Legal, said she saw no evidence Kavanaugh would be any less conservative on gay and transgender rights than Trump's other appointee to the court, Neil Gorsuch. Immigration On immigration, litigation is continuing over Trump's plan to rescind a program created under Democratic former President Barack Obama that protected from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. Lower courts blocked Trump's plan to scrap the program. Congress has failed to agree on a plan to replace it. Gerrymandering Kavanaugh could have to deal with cases involving a practice called partisan gerrymandering in which state legislators redraw electoral maps to try to cement their own party in power. In June, the justices avoided a broad ruling on whether partisan gerrymandering violates the constitutional rights of voters and whether federal judges can intervene to rectify it. Democrats have said Republican gerrymandering has helped Trump's party keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives and various state legislatures. Kennedy previously kept his conservative colleagues from closing the door to litigation in federal court challenging partisan gerrymandering. The partisan gerrymandering case most likely to return to the Supreme Court involves claims that Republican legislators in North Carolina manipulated the boundaries of the state's 13 U.S. House districts to ensure lopsided wins for the party. Attorney Paul Smith of the Campaign Legal Center, which represents the North Carolina plaintiffs, said they had been focused on trying to convince Kennedy to rule in their favor, and now will try to convince Chief Justice John Roberts, seen as the next-most-moderate of the conservative justices. Smith viewed Kavanaugh as likely voting with the court's most conservative justices to reject gerrymandering challenges.
          Nerdy Capitalist Wannabe to Romantic Crusading Radical      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The original plain Jane Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. ———————————- Evita Peron II. Thomas Lifson (who is a smart guy) observes that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in the June 26th Democratic Primary for the nomination to the Congressional seat for New York’s 14th District was not really some magical fairy tale triumph of a poor girl from the Bronx […]
          Judge puts blame on Trump, Congress for immigration crisis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration's effort to detain migrant families together for long terms collided with a formidable obstacle in a Los Angeles judge.
          4ème Congrès du Parti RAMAT : Soutient à IBK pour sa réélection      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sous le président du parti Abdoulaye Macko a eu lieu le 8 et 9 juillet 2018, au Carrefour des Jeunes de Bamako, les travaux du quatrième Congrès du Rassemblement Malien Pour le Travail (RAMAT) parti RAHMA en langue Arabe. A l’occasion, les congressistes ont déterminé la position du parti part...
          Toadcast #114 - The South by Southcast      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Another stunt podcast for you, this was recorded on Sunday night after and afternoon of beer and Margaritas on South Congress in Austin - probably the most enjoyable day of the whole festival for me actually, and one which involved no more music than walking past the queue for an Alejandro Escovedo show.

What it did involve, however, was breakfast tacos, a splendid Mexican tat shop, a Western supply shop full of incredibly cool cowboy boots and shirts and so on, and then an afternoon sitting in the sun and shooting the breeze with Peej, Vic, Alex from Fatcat and Ben from Instinctive Raccoon.  Oh, and repeatedly having people spill beer on my jeans, there was that as well.

Anyhow, in the evening we were joined by Stuart from the Scottish Arts Council (who does a highly passable impersonation of Groundskeeper Willie from the Simpsons) and recorded this rather messy podcast before, erm... going bowling with Broken Social Scene and We Were Promised Jetpacks, sort of.  Actually, that's rather an exaggeration.  We went to a fantastically cool bowling alley place to eat, and then those two bands, who seem to have become friends, wandered in, ate something, said hello and then proceeded to spend the rest of the evening bowling.  I wouldn't recognise Broken Social Scene of course, but apparently that's who they were, and it did lend the evening a slightly surreal tinge.

Toadcast #114 - The South by Southcast

01. We Were Promised Jetpacks - It's Thunder and it's Lightning (02.53)
02. The Entrance Band - Grim Reaper Blues (11.33)
03. Shearwater - Black Eyes (20.49)
04. Broken Social Scene - Let's Get Out of Here (Live at Radio Aligre) (24.17)
05. Hudson Mohawke - Fuse (33.59)
06. Midlake - Young Bride (41.31)
07. The Real Heroes - Baby Must've Known (46.07)
08. Plants & Animals - Jacques (56.19)
09. Dan Mangan - Robots (63.09)
10. Gay Witch Abortion - Down With Giants (73.07)


           Kejriwal misleading people: Opposition      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The State BJP and Congress took on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing him of misleading citizens on alleged issues related to drinking water in
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New-found bonhomie between Congress and AINRC has triggered rumours
          Hope Hicks is looking for a job in the Big Apple      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hicks resigned after a grilling from Congress as part of the Russia probe.
          Funeral set for nephew of Jim Jordan, killed in auto accident      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

URBANA, Ohio — Funeral services will be held Saturday in Urbana for Eli Stickley, 21, the nephew of Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan. Stickley was killed July 5 when his Nissan pickup left the roadway on Interstate 74 in Henry County, Illinois, according to state police. The vehicle overcorrected and rolled across the roadway, coming […]

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          Will Tacoma Officials Stand Up to the Private Prison Company Detaining Immigrants in Their Backyard?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Activists say the City of Tacoma should revoke GEO Group's business license. by Heidi Groover

After protests, new fences now surround part of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
After protests, new fences now surround part of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. NWDC RESISTANCE

Last week, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards was one of dozens of mayors to call on the federal government to reunite immigrant families separated at the border. In a statement, Woodards said Tacoma "remains a welcoming city that is committed to providing immigrant and refugee communities with equitable access to city services."

"I vow," she said, "that I will continue to fight for the health, safety, and success of immigrants and refugees."

Now, immigration activists are asking Woodards to match those words with action by opposing Tacoma’s privately run immigrant detention center.

Northwest Detention Center Resistance will deliver a petition to the mayor and Tacoma City Council today at 5 pm asking the city to revoke the business license of the GEO Group. The private company operates the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), which holds around 1,500 immigrant detainees.

“If they don’t want to be seen as part of Trump’s police, the city should revoke the business license immediately,” said Maru Mora Villalpando, an organizer with NWDC Resistance.

The NWDC has been at the epicenter of local immigration advocates’ fights for years. Detainees there have launched hunger strikes over guards' treatment of detainees, the lack of contact visits with family members, and the food in the detention center. In recent months, women who were separated from their children at the border were transferred from a federal prison in SeaTac to the NWDC in Tacoma.

Last year, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued GEO Group over its practice of paying detainees $1 a day or less for work inside the detention center. GEO Group attempted to have the case dismissed, and in April a federal judge rejected that motion. The case is currently set for a trial in January 2019.

GEO Group is also a player in local Congressional races. As the Seattle Times recently reported, Washington Senator Patty Murray was one of two Senate Democrats who received the most campaign donations from the private prison industry, including GEO Group. (Montana Senator John Tester received the same amount.)

According to Tacoma city records, GEO Group currently has two business licenses, one to operate the detention center and another for its “in-house transportation division” that transports detainees.

Today's action will mark the second time activists with NWDC Resistance have urged the City of Tacoma to revoke GEO Group’s business license. Mora Villalpando said city officials did not respond last year when activists made a similar demand.

New outrage about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should make the city more willing to act, Mora Villalpando said. The city council has several new members, and the city this year created a Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

Neither the mayor nor any member of the Tacoma City Council responded to a request for comment from The Stranger. (I’ll update this post if I hear back.)

Under the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, thousands of immigrants have been separated from their children at the border and detained. Some of those detainees were transferred to federal prisons, including the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.

There, mothers who were separated from their children have told stories of fleeing violence in their home countries and receiving little information about where their children are now. Some of those detainees were later transferred from the prison in SeaTac to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Three women separated from their children and transferred to Washington prisons are now suing the federal government.

As protests against ICE have swept the country in recent weeks, people have gathered outside both the prison in SeaTac and the NWDC in Tacoma to protest.

In Tacoma, some protesters camped overnight beside railroad tracks near the detention center. Late last month, Tacoma Police arrested 10 people at the site. Additional fencing now blocks access to the train tracks.

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          Despondent And Tattered      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There is no letup in the desperation of the members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). But don 39;t they need sympathy when the party is in such shambles and needs a difficult-to-come-by salvation? Even if they do, we nonetheless have to remind them about the importance of being moderate in the moments of desperation under the prevailing c ...
          Congress wants answers from Google and Apple following the recent Gmail privacy debacle      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Earlier this month, news broke that Gmail and other services allowed third-party developers to read your private messages. While most app developers likely used algorithms to scan through your emails, a handful permitted actual employees to view them as well.

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Hicks resigned after a grilling from Congress as part of the Russia probe.
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Dcument Of Guided And Review Congress Organizes Answer Key
          Questions are being raised about Facebook's decision to give a Russian internet company temporary special access to its user data (FB)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Facebook acknowledged that it gave Mail.Ru special access to user data after 2015, when it officially ended the system that allowed third-party apps to access user data.
  • Mail.Ru was among dozens of companies that were granted special temporary access to Facebook user data.
  • Mail.Ru has ties to the Kremlin, according to news reports.


Facebook is facing fresh scrutiny over its data-sharing practices following the publication of reports highlighting how a Russian internet giant with ties to the Russian government gained access to user data. 

On Tuesday, CNN and Wired published reports exploring how Mail.Ru built apps that were able to access Facebook user data after the social network locked down its platform in 2015. Facebook recently disclosed in written testimony to US Congress that Mail.Ru had built apps that integrated with its platform — and that it was one of a select group of app makers that was given an extension beyond the formal 2015 cut-off date.

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          WHEN POLITICS TRUMPS ECONOMICS / PROJECT SYNDICATE      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When Politics Trumps Economics

Stephen S. Roach




NEW HAVEN – With each passing day, it becomes increasingly evident that US President Donald Trump’s administration cares less about economics and more about the aggressive exercise of political power. This is obviously a source of enormous frustration for those of us who practice the art and science of economics. But by now, the verdict is self-evident: Trump and his team continue to flaunt virtually every principle of conventional economics.

Trade policy is an obvious and essential case in point. Showing no appreciation of the time-honored linkage between trade deficits and macroeconomic saving-investment imbalances, the president continues to fixate on bilateral solutions to a multilateral problem – in effect, blaming China for America’s merchandise trade deficits with 102 countries. Similarly, his refusal to sign the recent G7 communiqué was couched in the claim that the US is like a “piggy bank that everybody is robbing” through unfair trading practices. But piggy banks are for saving, and in the first quarter of this year, America’s net domestic saving rate was just 1.5% of national income. Not much to rob there!

The same can be said of fiscal policy. Trump’s deficit-busting tax cuts and increases in government spending make no sense for an economy nearing a business-cycle peak and with an unemployment rate of 3.8%. Moreover, the feedback loop through the saving channel only exacerbates the very trade problems that Trump claims to be solving. With the Congressional Budget Office projecting that federal budget deficits will average 4.2% of GDP from now until 2023, domestic saving will come under further pressure, fueling increased demand for surplus saving from abroad and even bigger trade deficits in order to fill the void. Yet Trump now ups the ante on tariffs – in effect, biting the very hand that feeds the US economy.

So what Trump is doing is not about economics – or at least not about economics as most academics, political leaders, and citizens know it. Sure, Trump has been quick to draw on some fringe mutations of economics – say, Arthur Laffer’s infamous back-of-a-napkin supply-side musings – but none that have withstood the test of time and rigorous empirical validation.

But why single out economics? The same complaint could be made about Trump’s views on climate change, immigration, foreign policy, or even gun control. It’s power politics over fact-based policymaking.

This should not be all that surprising. Trump’s battle with China merely underscores his eagerness – transparent from the start – to use economics as a foil in his pitch to “Make America Great Again.” Contrary to his bluster over unfair trade deficits, China’s real challenge to the United States is less about economics and more about the race for technological and military supremacy.

Indeed, the pendulum of geopolitical leadership is now in motion. China’s massive pan-Asian infrastructure plan, the Belt and Road Initiative, together with its muscular behavior in the South China Sea, pose far greater threats to American hegemony than does one bilateral piece of a much larger multilateral trade deficit. At the same time, China’s recent efforts to build the institutions of an alternative financial architecture – spearheaded by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New (BRICS) Development Bank – stand in sharp contrast to an increasingly inward-looking US.

Much has been written about the historical trajectory of great powers and the military conflicts that often arise during their rise and fall. This is where economics eventually comes back into play. Geostrategic power and economic power are joined at the hip. As Yale historian Paul Kennedy has long stressed, a condition of “imperial overreach” arises when the projection of military power outstrips a country’s shaky economic foundations.

It has been 30 years since Kennedy warned that the US, with its excessive defense spending, was increasingly vulnerable to such overreach. But then the would-be heirs to the US faded: The Soviet Union collapsed, Japan’s economic miracle imploded, and Germany became entangled in reunification and European integration. An unthreatened America plodded on.

China, of course, was barely on the radar screen back then. Moreover, in 1988 the US had a net domestic saving rate of 5.6% of national income – only slightly below the 6.3% average of the final three decades of the twentieth century, but nearly four times the current rate. Back then, the US was spending $270 billion on defense – less than half the $700 billion authorized in the current budget, which now outstrips the combined military outlays of China, Russia, the United Kingdom, India, France, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Germany.

Meanwhile China has ascended. Back in 1988, its per capita GDP was just 4% of the US level (in purchasing-power-parity terms). This year, that ratio is close to 30% – nearly an eightfold increase in just three decades.

Can power politics offset the increasingly tenuous fundamentals of a saving-short US economy that continues to account for a disproportionate share of global military spending? Can power politics contain the rise of China and neutralize its commitment to pan-regional integration and globalization?

The Trump administration seems to believe that America has reached a propitious moment in the economic cycle to play the power game. Yet its strategy will succeed only if China capitulates on the core principles of the growth strategy that frames President Xi Jinping’s great power aspirations: indigenous innovation, technological and military supremacy, and pan-regional leadership.

Like Trump, Xi does not do capitulation. Unlike Trump, Xi understands the linkage between economic and geostrategic power. Trump claims that trade wars are easy to win. Not only is he at risk of underestimating his adversary, but he may be even more at risk of over-estimating America’s strength. The trade war may well be an early skirmish in a much tougher battle, during which economics will ultimately trump Trump.


Stephen S. Roach, former Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm's chief economist, is a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and a senior lecturer at Yale's School of Management. He is the author of Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China.
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          The Inauthentic Flip-Flopping of Bernie Sanders      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.

"Open borders? No, that's a Koch brothers proposal," Bernie Sanders snapped. "You're doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don't think there's any country in the world that believes in that."

"What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy,” he continued. "You know what youth unemployment is in the United States of America today? If you're a white high school graduate, it's 33 percent, Hispanic 36 percent, African American 51 percent. You think we should open the borders and bring in a lot of low-wage workers, or do you think maybe we should try to get jobs for those kids?"

That was three years ago. 

Bernie’s final surrender came after dodging a question on CNN about abolishing ICE. After the backlash, he went even further, issuing a statement urging that we "abolish the cruel, dysfunctional immigration system we have today”. Open borders had gone from a right-wing position to a Bernie position.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie's rare successful socialist candidate, had already told Al Jazeera that, "We should grant people a safe and documented right of passage". 

"Republicans try all these scare tactics. And they go ‘Oh, open borders.’ Because they’re trying to incite fear," she added.

Bernie’s immigration flip flop didn’t actually take three years. 

After the backlash from the open borders interview, he adopted contemporary leftist positions. His platform was full of boilerplate language about Republican "anti-immigrant and xenophobic hysteria", mass amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens and ending the "militarization" of the border.

That was the new position of the candidate who once told MSNBC, “I don't think there is any candidate for president -- none -- who thinks that we should open up the borders.” The platform appears on the same Bernie site where an old article dubs open borders a “trendy libertarian idea” and calls for improving the economies of other countries so that their immigrants don’t come to America.

Even people who don’t like Bernie Sanders think that he honestly believes what he says. His views, they imagine, are so extreme that he might be wrong, but he must be authentic. But Bernie’s actual record reveals a pattern of cowardly flip-flopping in response to political pressure from the left.

Bernie 2.0, the formerly poor politician who has earned over $1 million for two years running, is a very different political animal than the crusty old socialist that Obama’s old lefty allies dug up in Vermont. 

The left’s favorite Senator owes his seat to the NRA.  He voted against the Brady Bill and was listed as the only non-Republican among the 25 top recipients of money from gun-rights groups.  Hillary Clinton quickly zeroed in on gun control as Bernie’s weakness. And his response to her was praised by the NRA. And then, as usual, the flip-following followed the leftist backlash in the media and on social media.

After telling the New York Daily News that firearms manufacturers shouldn’t face lawsuits from victims of crimes committed with firearms, he flipped his answer completely around at the debate. It only took a few weeks for Bernie to go from, "No, I don't" to "They have a right to sue, and I support them."

These days Bernie is hanging out with David Hogg and blaming a “three letter word” for gun violence. 

“It’s the NRA,” Sanders recently sneered. “And it’s Trump and the Republicans who don’t have the guts to stand up to these people and that’s pretty pathetic."

But it’s Bernie who is too pathetically gutless to stand up to the bullying of his own political radicals.

In 2014, Bernie Sanders got into a shouting match at a town hall over his condemnation of Hamas. Two years later, he falsely claimed that Israel had killed 10,000 innocent people in Gaza. These days his public statements on the subject are often little better than Hamas propaganda. 

Bernie 2.0 was shaped by a series of confrontations with key Democrat constituencies that sliced away whatever was authentic about him and left him one step closer to being a generic Democrat. 

Black Lives Matter activists harassed Bernie Sanders until he adopted their platform. So did illegal alien activists. He sparred with the Human Rights Campaign, the leading gay rights lobby, and Planned Parenthood. Each confrontation followed a familiar pattern, a surly response from the Sanders campaign, followed by a quiet capitulation and a loud affirmation.

After running against an inauthentic politician with a wet finger in the wind, Bernie took on all her traits. 

But Bernie is very different than Hillary. While Hillary Clinton was her own woman, Bernie is a puppet. Revolution Messaging plucked him out of obscurity because they couldn’t get Elizabeth Warren. Lefty consultants frozen out by the Clinton campaign and book publishers made millions off Bernie. 

Bernie also cashed in. He’s up to three homes and has joined the 1 percent. His wife and stepkids have their own cozy arrangements. Officially he’s the leader of a movement. The reality is he’s a brand. 

The inept Vermont socialist isn’t actually leading a movement. He’s just the face of one.

That movement, whose key figures are people like Keith Ellison and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have little in common with who Bernie was. The old socialist had tapped into traditional lefty strains in New England politics. His movement is top heavy with urban diversocrats like Ben Jealous and Stacey Abrams.  It hasn’t tapped into anything except the radicalization and narrow identity politics of the Democrats.

Bernie Inc. helped mainstream the use of socialism. But despite the tingly feeling that saying, “Socialism” gave the left, its pitch isn’t all that more socialist than the Democrats already are. Buying minority votes with freebies has been the elevator pitch of the Democrats since LBJ. Free college isn’t some radical new idea. It’s a failed plan by Jerry Brown’s dad from back when Bernie was a deadbeat.

Despite the socialist moniker, Bernie hasn’t pushed anything too radical for the lefty billionaire Pelosi donors who actually run the party. His movement isn’t trying to replicate Bernie. Instead it made him over in its image and is propping him up, Weekend at Bernie’s style, as the figurehead for a movement built on trendy lefty identity politics causes that its namesake has trouble keeping up to date on.

The same candidate who dismissed identity politics has come to be defined by them. His economic message is funneled through the usual victim groups and the medium has become the message. Bernie, an old white leftist, is the awkward public face of a movement that puts forward minority leftists for political office, even as its base remains as white as Bernie’s hair. 

Bernie Inc. bets on the ethnic and racial nationalism of local constituencies with the big wins coming from harnessing the Latino and African-American votes that eluded Bernie during the primaries. That’s why Bernie is now for open borders, drug dealers, Hamas and gun control. Bernie’s old socialism has been streamlined to match the safe identity politics of the Democrat multicultural coalition.

The media’s sudden love affair with Cortez is also a warning that the Bernie Sanders brand is shaky. Even Revolution Messaging, the original wizards behind the curtain, only took him because they couldn’t find anyone better. And Bernie has been careful to remain surrounded by even less charismatic figures.

Bernie Inc. is a typical leftist organization, militantly loud, internally poisonous, virtue signaling its altruism while really being motivated by conventional greed, clumsily mismanaged and yet aspiring to absolute power. Its figurehead is angry and erratic. A fraud who has sold his soul for ego and cash.

Bernie will never have his revolution. He’s flip-flopped so many times that even he can’t keep track of his compromises and betrayals. And the one thing that everyone thinks is true about him is a lie.

He’s not authentic and doesn’t stick to his beliefs. Instead he traded them for a seat in the 1 percent.

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Referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Congressional election victory last month, Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said in a radio interview last week that the 28-year-old rising star from the Democratic Socialists of America represents "the future of our party." There is no other way to interpret this except as a direct admission that Democrats see socialism itself as the future of America, which will come as no surprise to anyone on the right.

Democrats love to dream about the future. The past is a tragic span of class oppression and the present is the workers’ revolution in progress, but the future is where it’s at. Like the proletariat heroes on Communist propaganda posters, leftists are fond of gazing off into the distance at a glorious Shangri-La on the horizon. What they tend to downplay is the genocidal totalitarianism necessary to pave the way for that new dawn – but hey, you can’t make the ideal omelet without breaking a few million eggs.

The future as conceived by the left is always a utopian vision in which inconvenient human nature has been hammered (and sickled) into compliance and in which equality of outcome – except for the political elites at the top – is brutally enforced. It’s worth reminding ourselves here that the word “utopia,” coined in the 16th century by Sir Thomas More for his political satire of the same name, was a play on Greek words meaning “no place” – for that is where utopia is to be found. That is why the left insists on ruthlessly engineering reality and human nature in order to mold them to fit the dream – or else. And that is why the left always begins by declaring “We’re on the right side of history” and ends by blithely proclaiming, “We’ll get it right next time.” In between, the utopians leave behind a wasteland, an archipelago of gulags, and untold numbers of murdered victims and crushed spirits.

Let’s look at a few ways in which the left envisions America’s future. Consider, for example, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s slogan that “the future is female.” Writing off half the population as irrelevant seems like an odd way to win voters, and most women in America reject the label “feminist” as well, but there is a certain pussy hat-wearing element among the left which fantasizes that if women ran the world, there would be peace on earth and good will toward men overnight. As Donald Trump bluntly told Hillary in a presidential debate: “Wrong.” The future will never be just female because it can never be just female. Sorry Hillary, but men aren’t going away nor moving to the back of the bus. We’re all in this together.

And yet some on the left consider even Hillary’s vision of the future to be not radical and illogical enough. The so-called “intersectional” feminists declare, as one headline put it, that “The Future is Not Female - It is Two-Spirit, Trans and Non-Binary.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news to them, but the narcissistic, gender-blending fantasies of naïve millennials have no future at all beyond the safe spaces of academe. They will quickly learn that the real world has no patience for preferred-pronoun petulance.

Another example. The leftist site HuffPost tweeted recently about Desmond is Amazing, a 10-year-old drag queen (yes, you read that right) who calls himself an LGBT advocate. “As Pride month comes to a close, Desmond Is Amazing, the ten-year-old drag kid from New York, is proof that the future is queer,” crowed HuffPost. Sorry, but a single manipulated child is hardly evidence that the future is queer, whatever that even means. It should be clear to anyone upon a moment’s reflection that if the future is queer, then the future is a dead end in a single generation.

In response to this, clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, author of the bestselling 12 Rules for Life and certainly the most popular public intellectual since Joseph “Follow your bliss” Campbell in the 1980s, tweeted, “In what moral universe is it acceptable to encourage a 10 yr old boy to dress like an adult male mimicking a sexualized adult female, use that as a ticket to fame and then claim it as virtue?”

The leftist moral universe, that’s which one. It is the topsy-turvy (im)moral realm in which everything perverse and criminal is celebrated, while normal (yes, normal) traditional values are deemed evil and oppressive. Jordan Peterson is not even a conservative, or so he claims, and yet he clearly recognizes that the left’s vampiric embrace of this child is not celebration but exploitation. Sorry, HuffPost virtue-signalers, but the future is not going to be queer.

As always, the leftists are wrong: the future will belong to neither socialists, nor just females, nor any identity-politics splinter group, because that future spells division and decay and doom. Of course, the left will keep trying, keep failing, and ultimately the future will be conservative.

Why is conservatism the future? The answer is simple: conservatism works. It offers not a utopian promise but a future grounded in reality and built upon the best that humanity has expressed and achieved. It is a future that protects the independence and freedom of all equally, not one which enforces equality of outcome and keeps everyone in thrall to mediocrity and to spiritual, as well as economic, impoverishment. Conservatism as a political, economic, and social worldview works because freedom works.

As Donald Trump’s provocative presidency continues to expose the hateful radicalism at the heart of the Democrat party, it becomes undeniable what the Marxists want: the tearing down of everything. They want the abolishment of ICE and borders, of law and order, of private property, of free speech, of the Constitution, of the family unit, of traditional values, of Western civilization itself. The future they envision demands the eradication of it all. As evidenced by the #WalkAway trend on social media, more and more Democrats and Independents are being driven toward the common sense of conservatism by this lunacy.

To many, the perfect future the left promises is a lie as seductive as Satan himself. But peel away the promises and what the left really offers is hate and annihilation, without a real-world plan for building anything upon the ruins. Conservatism offers a workable future for you, every one of us individually, not the same colorless dead end for everyone in the collective. And that is why conservatism is the future, and progressivism has none.

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America’s largest communications union, the 700,000-member Communications Workers of America (CWA), has joined an activist coalition called Freedom from Facebook that seeks to break up the monopolistic social media giant.

So far the groups supporting the Freedom From Facebook coalition are predominantly left-wing. Among them are MoveOn.org and Public Citizen. Facebook has about 2 billion users worldwide.

But the ideological makeup of the FFF coalition could change in a heartbeat if Facebook continues down its intolerant, authoritarian path. That’s because conservatives have long been abused by Facebook and this ill treatment has only intensified since the election of President Donald Trump. Conservatives are getting wise to being used and taken advantage of and they don’t like it.

The Left claims to have only the purest motives for wanting to take action against Facebook.

“We should all be deeply concerned by Facebook’s power over our lives and democracy,” said Brian Thorn of CWA, the newest member of the Freedom From Facebook coalition. 

Facebook’s workers are not represented by CWA, but the union does represent more than 100,000 employees at AT&T Inc. Facebook’s contracted shuttle drivers and cafeteria workers reportedly belong to labor unions.

The Left views Facebook and other social media companies as cash cows. They want to recruit their employees as dues-paying labor union members. Probably no more than a handful of left-wing activists actually believe FFF’s “Facebook is a threat to democracy” rhetoric.

Facebook is now in the process of negotiating favorable regulations with Congress and regulators. As Bloomberg News reports:

Facebook disclosed July 2 that it’s cooperating with probes by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on how political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information from as many as 87 million of the site’s users without their consent. The FTC, the Department of Justice and some state regulators were already probing the matter, which prompted Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress in April. Facebook also faces calls for regulation from many lawmakers and the public over the privacy issue, Russian efforts to manipulate the 2016 presidential election and the spread of false information on the platform.

CWA is demanding action. For the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to leave Facebook’s monopoly intact and fail to impose stronger privacy protection rules “would be unfair to the American people, our privacy, and our democracy,” Thorn told Bloomberg News.

With algorithm changes, Facebook can – and does – destroy right-leaning media outlets and websites at will.

Early this year a Facebook algorithm change crushed engagement rates on conservative groups’ pages. The change killed off the Facebook-driven websites Rare.us and LittleThings and is strangling other sites.

Facebook killed Right Wing News, a website run by Townhall contributor John Hawkins.

“Social media IS the new public square,” Hawkins writes. “It’s the place you go when you want to reach out and find an audience,” except that “Facebook has for all intents and purposes announced that it’s killing off pages. So much for having a conservative voice there.”

A study by Western Journal found the algorithm change gave 25 left-leaning media organizations a 1.86 percent bump in Facebook traffic, while 25 right-leaning media outfits averaged a 13.71 percent drop.

These figures matter because record numbers of Americans now get their news from Facebook.

“Nearly half of all U.S. adults (45%) get news from Facebook,” a Pew Research Center study reports. “The share of U.S. adults who get news through Facebook is much higher than the share who get news through YouTube (18%), Twitter (11%), Instagram (7%), Snapchat (5%), LinkedIn (5%) and other platforms.”

Facebook only backed off of Trump boosters Diamond and Silk after its “shadow-banning”—covertly blocking or limiting the reach—of the popular page of Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson received national attention during a congressional hearing.

Diamond and Silk lamented that Facebook allows “appalling” things – “videos of people getting shot, killed, and beat up… they even show pictures of our President decapitated.”

Although all the women do is talk on camera, Facebook flagged their page as “unsafe to the community,” without elaborating. Grilled by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in that case “our team made an enforcement error and we have already gotten in touch with them to reverse it.”

Despite this encouraging reversal, Facebook continues to enable Muslim terrorists. Facebook has been named in a handful of lawsuits by survivors of recent terrorist attacks, for providing material support to groups such as Islamic State by failing to take down the pages of terrorist organizations. Facebook is also a safe place for Antifa, the self-styled “anti-fascist” terrorists who assault Trump supporters and shut down conservative and Republican events.

In 2016, former Facebook employees spilled the beans about the social media company’s censorship practices and promotion of fake news.

As summarized by Bre Payton of the Federalist:

The topics aren’t selected by an auto-generated algorithm, but by young, Ivy League-educated journalists called “news curators.” These individuals were instructed to adhere to the company’s biased guidelines and enabled to let their own agendas run amok. These individuals revealed they were instructed to blackball conservative publications like The Blaze and Breitbart.

… news curators were instructed to ignore certain news topics or events altogether, and told to place items on the list that Facebook users weren’t actually talking about enough to make the topics trend.

Whenever a conservative outlet would break a story, the news curators would wait until another “more neutral” news outlet had picked it up before placing it on the list of trending topics. News events were excluded from the list unless more traditional news outlets, such as CNN or BBC, picked it up first.

Facebook also deliberately suppressed legitimate news stories on topics such as Obama IRS official Lois Lerner’s targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups.

Now it seems anti-Americanism is built into Facebook’s algorithms: Facebook flagged the Declaration of Independence as hate speech last week apparently because the foundational document made unflattering observations about King George III. Facebook claimed the flagging was inadvertent and reversed the block.

“It looks like we made a mistake and removed something you posted on Facebook that didn’t go against our Community Standards,” Facebook wrote in an email to the media outlet that made the original post. “We want to apologize and let you know that we’ve restored your content and removed any blocks on your account related to this incorrect action.”

Those who pay attention to Facebook’s censorship know better.

The idea of America itself goes against leftist Facebook’s beloved community standards. No wonder the Declaration of Independence set off alarm bells.

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Dwight Hammond e seu filho Steve foram condenados em 2012 por terem iniciados incêndios não autorizados em território federal em 2001 e 2006. Casa Branca alegou que as provas contra os dois eram contraditórias. Presidente Donald Trump durante uma reunião com os membros republicanos do Congresso sobre a imigração na Sala do Gabinete da Casa Branca, nesta quarta (20) Evan Vucci/AP O presidente dos Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, concedeu nesta terça-feira (10) perdão a dois fazendeiros do estado de Oregon, condenados em 2012 por terem iniciados incêndios não autorizados em território federal em 2001 e 2006. Segundo a Casa Branca, Dwight Hammond, 76 anos, e seu filho Steve, de 49 anos, receberam indulto presidencial porque as provas contra os dois no julgamento do caso eram "contraditórias". Dwight foi inicialmente condenado a três meses de prisão e seu filho a apenas um. Os dois cumpriram as penas, mas um tribunal de apelações revisou a decisão de primeira instância e ampliou o tempo de reclusão de ambos para quatro anos, considerando que as leis federais punem o crime cometidos por eles com até cinco anos. Os Hammond defenderam na época que tinham iniciado o incêndio em sua própria fazenda para evitar a expansão de plantas invasoras, mas a versão apresentada pelo então governo do presidente Barack Obama era bastante diferente: eles se dedicavam à caça e atividades ilegais. O fogo era para apagar provas. Para o governo Trump, os representantes da Casa Branca na época de Obama apresentaram um recurso "excessivamente apaixonado" que gerou a condenação dos Hammond a cinco anos de prisão. A condenação dos fazendeiros provocou o surgimento de milícias armas, que alegavam defender os princípios constitucionais americanos diante da "tirania do governo". Eles também ocuparam em protesto em edifício federal em um parque natural do Oregon em 2016. A manifestação durou cerca de 40 dias. Dwight cumpriu três anos de prisão. Já Steven passou cerca de quatro anos preso. Além disso, os dois pagaram US$ 400 mil ao governo dos EUA em um processo civil. "Os Hammond são homens dedicados à família, contribuintes respeitados em sua comunidade local e contam com um amplo apoio de seus vizinhos, da polícia local e dos fazendeiros de todo o oeste", disse a Casa Branca no anúncio do indulto.
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Juiz indicado por Donald Trump deve assumir cadeira de Anthony Kennedy, que vai se aposentar. A nomeação não mudará a divisão ideológica do tribunal, que já tem maioria conservadora, mas pode incliná-lo para a direita. Donald Trump aplaude o juiz Brett Kavanaugh ao indicá-lo para vaga na Suprema Corte dos Estados Unidos. Kavanaugh foi à cerimônia acompanhado da mulher e das duas filhas Alex Brandon/AP O juiz indicado pelo presidente americano Donald Trump a uma vaga na Suprema Corte pode consolidar um viés conservador no tribunal. Caso o nome seja aprovado pelo Senado dos Estados Unidos, Brett Kavanaugh, de 53 anos, poderá mudar a posição da Corte em casos como aborto e casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo. Católico, Kavanaugh se formou na Universidade de Yale e ficou conhecido por manter uma interpretação originalista da legislação – ou seja, decide de acordo com o que está disposto "na letra da lei". Análise: Um juiz conveniente para Trump Trump indica novo juiz e reforça tendência conservadora na Suprema Corte americana Quando seu nome foi anunciado por Trump na Casa Branca, na noite desta segunda-feira (9), Kavanaugh entrou no Salão Leste acompanhado da mulher e das duas filhas, com quem vive em Maryland. Aos políticos presentes, ele se descreveu como "humilde" e "profundamente honrado pelo convite" ao fazer um breve discurso. "Minha filosofia jurídica é direta. Um juiz deve ser independente e deve interpretar as leis, não fazer as leis. Um juiz deve interpretar os estatutos tal como estão escritos. E um juiz deve interpretar a Constituição tal como está escrita, informado pela história, tradição e precedente." No anúncio do nome, Trump disse que seu escolhido é "considerado o juiz dos juízes, um verdadeiro líder entre seus pares". "Ele é um jurista brilhante, com um estilo de escrita claro e eficaz, universalmente considerado como uma das mentes jurídicas mais refinadas do nosso tempo." Kavanaugh vinha atuando como juiz em tribunais de apelações dos Estados Unidos, no Distrito de Columbia, desde 2006, sendo autor de mais de 300 opiniões, incluindo 11 que foram confirmadas pela Suprema Corte. Antes de se tornar juiz, ele trabalhou como advogado da Casa Branca para o presidente George W. Bush. Polêmicas O juiz irritou ambientalistas ao rejeitar regulações sobre emissão de gases estufa na época do governo Barack Obama no Distrito de Columbia, onde fica a capital Washington. Ele também se tornou célebre por ser contra a recontagem dos votos na Flórida nas eleições de 2000, quando George W. Bush venceu Al Gore na disputa presidencial. A votação se notabilizou justamente porque a vitória do republicano naquele estado, por uma pequena margem, garantiu que Bush governasse o país nos quatro anos seguintes. Kavanaugh também esteve à frente do relatório do pedido de impeachment de Bill Clinton, em 1998. Ele argumentava, à época, que o então presidente deveria ser afastado do cargo por ter mentido sobre o escândalo sexual com Monica Lewinsky. Mudanças na Corte Kavanaugh deve assumir a cadeira de Anthony Kennedy, que vai se aposentar. A indicação não mudará a divisão ideológica de um tribunal que já tem uma maioria conservadora de 5 a 4, mas pode incliná-lo para a direita. Em algumas ocasiões Kennedy se uniu a seus colegas liberais em decisões cruciais sobre questões sociais polarizadoras, como os direitos ao aborto e dos gays – uma prática que seu substituto pode não seguir. Kennedy foi indicado pelo republicano Ronald Reagan depois que o Senado recusou seu nome preferido, Robert Bork, numa batalha histórica. No tribunal liberal então liderado por William Brennan, era visto como um voto conservador. Na corte encabeçada por John Roberts, que emergiu da presidência George W. Bush, foi em diversos casos um voto pendular e decisivo. Desde 2010, Kennedy votou com a maioria em 92% dos casos, Em 2016, Kennedy votou com a maioria liberal pela derrubada de leis que procuravam restringir o direito ao aborto no Texas. Neste ano, reviu sua posição tradicional contra políticas de ação afirmativa num caso envolvendo a Universidade do Texas. Mas apoiou o veto do governo Trump à entrada no país de viajantes de países específicos (quase todos de maioria muçulmana) e o direito de confeiteiros não fornecerem o bolo de casamento a um casal homossexual. Veja quem são os atuais juízes da Suprema Corte americana: Primeira fila, da esquerda para a direita: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts., Clarence Thomas e Stephen Breyer. Na fila de trás: Elena Kagan, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor e Neil Gorsuch Suprema Corte dos EUA John Roberts No tribunal desde setembro de 2005, Roberts nasceu em Nova York e foi criado em Indiana, Frequentou um internato na adolescência, mas também passou verões trabalhando em uma siderúrgica. Depois de cogitar se tornar um historiador em Harvard, foi para a faculdade de direito e passou a trabalhar para um juiz. Passou muitos anos como advogado no governo Reagan e depois trabalhou num escritório privado, servindo como um dos vários conselheiros legais de George W. Bush no caso da recontagem presidencial da Flórida. Conservador, Roberts é o terceiro mais novo presidente da Suprema Corte, confirmado aos 50 anos de idade. O mandato do ano passado viu mais da metade de seus casos decididos por unanimidade, algo que muitos observadores da corte citam como o resultado do desejo de Roberts de promover acordos entre os magistrados através de decisões mais restritas. Ele também relatou, de maneira notável, a votação de 5 a 4 que derrubou um grande desafio à lei de saúde do presidente Barack Obama, o Obamacare. Ele dá sinais de não querer grandes oscilações, exceto em áreas que ele sente muito fortemente, como o papel do governo em questões raciais, a relação de financiamento de campanha para a liberdade de expressão e a estrutura da Constituição. Ele também se noabilizou ao procurar manter o decoro no banco durante os argumentos orais. Elena Kagan Juíza da Suprema Corte desde agosto de 2010, cresceu em Nova York e é de origem judaica. Depois da faculdade de direito em Harvard, ela trabalhou com o juiz Thurgood Marshall e foi a primeira reitora da Harvard Law School. Também foi brevemente procuradora-geral dos Estados Unidos, ou seja, a principal representante do governo federal na Suprema Corte dos EUA, antes de ser nomeada pelo então presidente Barack Obama para a Suprema Corte. Kagan é a primeira integrante da casa em décadas a não ter servido anteriormente como juiza. Ela faz parte da “ala esquerda” da corte, mas foi relatora de muitas decisões recentes unânimes ou quase unânimes. Sua escrita é muitas vezes fácil para um leigo entender, sem sacrificar a análise jurídica, e ela é uma questionadora agressiva durante as sustentações orais. Sonia Sotomayor Juíza na suprema corte desde agosto de 2009, ela nasceu de pais porto-riquenhos no Bronx. Como estudante da Universidade de Princeton, ela lutou pela admissão de mais professores e alunos latinos naquela universidade. Foi promotora em Nova York e mais tarde foi nomeada para o Segundo Tribunal de Apelações. Sotomayor tem sido uma das juízas em maior evidência dentre os colegas da corte. Seu livro de memórias aparece na lista de best-sellers do New York Times e ela até apareceu duas vezes no programa Vila Sésamo. Ao discordar de uma decisão por 5 a 3 num caso envolvendo a proibição de políticas de ação afirmativa, Sotomayor argumentou diretamente contra os juízes conservadores sobre como o tribunal deveria tratar os desafios às leis raciais. "A raça importa. A raça é importante em parte devido à longa história das minorias raciais" tendo negado o acesso ao processo político, disse, na ocasião. Samuel Alito Membro da Suprema Corte desde janeiro de 2006, Alito cresceu em Nova Jersey em uma família de imigrantes italianos. Enquanto estava na Universidade de Princeton, participou de grupos conservadores e libertários, bem como no Corpo de Treinamento de Oficiais de Reserva do Exército. Depois de fazer a faculdade de direito de Yale, foi promotor em Nova Jersey e serviu na administração Reagan, no Departamento de Justiça, inclusive como assistente do advogado-geral, onde chegou a debater perante a Suprema Corte. Segundo informações da BBC, o presidente George H W Bush nomeou-o para o Terceiro Tribunal de Apelações em 1990, onde permaneceu até sua indicação para a Suprema Corte. Alito é conservador e nem sempre é falante em sustentações orais, mas suas perguntas são nítidas, com o objetivo de separar a lógica de um argumento. Tem sido apontado como "pró-governo" em casos criminais, e mostrou menos disposição do que seus colegas conservadores para proteger a liberdade de expressão nos casos em que ela é preconceituosa ou incitadora de ódio. Alito votou com a maioria num caso trabalhista em que o tribunal decidiu que sindicatos não poderiam cobrar honorários de trabalhadores de saúde em Illinois que não quisessem se filiar, apesar de estarem cobertos por acordos coletivos. "Se aceitássemos o argumento de Illinois", aprovaríamos uma violação sem precedentes do princípio fundamental de que, exceto talvez nas mais raras circunstâncias, nenhuma pessoa neste país pode ser compelida a subsidiar a fala de um terceiro que ele ou ela não deseja apoiar”. Stephen Breyer Na Suprema Corte desde agosto de 1994, cresceu em San Francisco com um pai advogado e uma mãe militante política ativa, e é considerado da ala mais liberal do tribunal. Frequentou a Universidade de Stanford e depois a escola de direito de Harvard. Depois de trabalhar com o juiz Arthur Goldberg, ele entrou para o governo, trabalhando como advogado em vários cargos no Congresso, inclusive como promotor especial assistente na investigação do caso Watergate. Passou um longo período de tempo no Primeiro Circuito da Corte de Apelações e foi considerado para uma indicação ao Supremo Tribunal em 1991, mas não chegou a ser indicado naquele ano. O então presidente Bill Clinton apontou Breyer em 1994. Breyer acredita que o tribunal precisa considerar a história das leis, a opinião do Congresso e as conseqüências de suas decisões. Ele formula questões hipotéticas na tentativa de aproximar as opiniões dos demais membros do tribunal. Foi o que fez por exemplo ao relatar uma decisão que resultou em 9 votos a 0 num caso sobre o poder do presidente de nomear juízes e outras autoridades durante os recessos do Senado. Conservadores e liberais concordaram em votar contra o presidente, mesmo não concordando com todos os detalhes. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Outra nova-iorquina, ela é juíza da Suprema Corte desde 1993. Estudou em Cornell, Columbia e Harvard. De perfil mais liberal, como advogada e professora, se concentrou na área do direito das mulheres, começando o primeiro jornal de direito focado no tema e atuando em seis casos a respeito perante a Suprema Corte. Foi confirmada para o tribunal federal de apelações do Distrito de Columbia em 1980 e, 13 anos depois, foi nomeada pelo presidente Bill Clinton para a Suprema Corte. Clarence Thomas Juiz da Suprema Corte desde outubro de 1991, nasceu em uma pequena cidade na Geórgia e esteve num seminário por algum tempo, estundando em seguida no Holy Cross College e na escola de direito de Yale. Trabalhou no governo de Missouri e em Washington antes de ser nomeado presidente da Comissão de Oportunidades Iguais de Trabalho, uma agência que responde a reivindicações de discriminação no local de trabalho. Depois de uma audiência de confirmação contundente, na qual uma ex-funcionária o acusou de assédio sexual, Thomas foi aprovado para a Suprema Corte, com apenas 43 anos. Apesar da origem afro-americana, este conservador é considerado um “desconfiado” das políticas de ação afirmativa. Neil Gorsuch Membro da Suprema Corte desde abril de 2017, quando tinha apenas 49 anos, este nativo do Colorado estudou em Harvard e Oxford. Antes, foi indicado ao 10º Circuito de Apelações dos EUA em 2006 pelo então presidente George W. Bush. Iniciou sua carreira trabalhando com os juízes da Suprema Corte Byron White e Anthony Kennedy, e também atuou num escritório privado em Washington por uma década, além de servir como assistente adjunto da Procuradoria Geral no Departamento de Justiça sob o governo Bush. Gorsuch sucedeu o falecido juiz da Suprema Corte Antonin Scalia e é considerado pelos conservadores como alguém que tem uma interpretação igualmente estrita da lei. Em seu primeiro ano na corte, ele consolidou a vantagem conservadora de 5 a 4, e isso foi visto em uma série de decisões sobre questões como o veto à entrada de imigrantes de Trump, taxas sindicais e o chamado “gerrymandering”, a manipulação de distritos eleitorais para favorecer determinado partido, como nota a rede BBC.
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Governo dos EUA queria modificar determinação de décadas que prevê limite de 20 dias para que crianças sejam detidas. Crianças imigrantes, muitas das quais separadas de seus pais sob a política de 'tolerância zero' são abrigadas em tendas instaladas em Tornillo, no Texas, perto da fronteira com o México Mike Blake/Reuters Uma juíza federal rejeitou o pedido do governo Donald Trump para que fosse modificado um acordo de décadas que limita a duração e as condições para as quais as autoridades do país podem deter crianças imigrantes. O pedido foi feito à juíza distrital americana Dolly Gee, de Los Angeles, e sugeria que o Acordo de Flores, feito em 1997, passasse por mudanças para que o governo tenha máxima flexibilidade para deter as famílias não apenas até o fim do processo criminal, mas também até o encerramento dos processos de asilo. O acordo estabelece um limite de 20 dias para a detenção das crianças junto com seus pais. Em 20 de junho, o presidente Donald Trump cedeu à pressão e assinou uma ordem para evitar a separação das famílias imigrantes que cruzarem a fronteira do México, mas disse que manterá a "tolerância zero" em sua política de imigração. Trump assina ordem para suspender separação de famílias de imigrantes O governo argumenta que foi obrigado a separar as mais de 2 mil crianças de seus pais devido à regra imposta pelo acordo – a ideia é retirar o limite para garantir que os filhos continuem com os pais mesmo no momento de detenção, sem deixar de aplicar as medidas contra as famílias de imigrantes ilegais. A juíza, no entanto, chamou o pedido de "tentativa cínica" do governo "de transferir a responsabilidade para o Judiciário por mais de 20 anos de indecisão do Congresso e ações mal-intencionadas do Executivo que levaram ao atual impasse". "Independente disso, o que é certo é que as crianças que são beneficiárias do Acordo de Flores e que estão agora sob custódia são irrepreensíveis. Elas estão sujeitas às decisões tomadas por adultos sobre quem não têm controle", completou. Até o início da noite desta segunda-feira, os porta-vozes do Departamento de Justiça do país não haviam divulgado uma resposta oficial. Repercussão negativa Trump desistiu de separar famílias imigrantes depois de sofrer intensa pressão dos mais diferentes setores: líderes religiosos, políticos e internacionais condenaram a postura de seu governo, que fez com que mais de 2.300 menores de idades fossem separados de suas famílias em cinco semanas. "Não me agradou a visão de famílias sendo separadas", disse o presidente. A ordem também dará prioridade às famílias no que diz respeito aos procedimentos de imigração. Antes da política de "tolerância zero", as famílias que chegavam na fronteira sem autorização e que alegavam medo de voltar para a casa eram autorizadas a entrar em território americano e pedir refúgio. Durante o processo de solicitação de refúgio o imigrante podia ou não ser detido, dependendo de uma série de fatores, inclusive a disponibilidade de vaga nos centros de detenção. Também eram realizadas audiências na fronteira, e a família toda poderia ser deportada, em vez de ficar detida nos EUA. Até o momento, ao serem separadas de seus pais, as crianças eram designadas pelo governo como "crianças imigrantes desacompanhadas" e, por isso, levadas para abrigos sob custódia do governo, sem saber para onde seus pais foram. Imagens repetidas à exaustão pela imprensa americana mostraram crianças dentro de grades, dormindo em colchões no chão com cobertores de alumínio, o que ajudou a fazer pressão sobre Trump. A política do governo americano estabelece que imigrantes ilegais adultos tenham que responder a processos criminais. Com isso, os menores de idade que chegavam junto com seus pais eram separados e levados a abrigos sob custódia do governo.
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Entenda o que está em jogo e veja quem são os atuais membros do tribunal. Novo membro pode mudar posição da Corte em temas como aborto e casamento gay. Donald Trump cumprimenta o juiz Brett Kavanaugh, novo integrante da Suprema Corte dos Estados Unidos Reuters/Jim Bourg O presidente dos Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, indicou o conservador Brett Kavanaugh para ocupar uma cadeira na Suprema Corte do país. O anúncio foi feito na noite desta segunda-feira (9), na Casa Branca, em Washington. O nome de Kavanaugh ainda depende de aprovação do Senado dos Estados Unidos. Kavanaugh, 53 anos, era juiz da Corte de Apelações do Distrito de Columbia. O indicado vai ocupar a vaga deixada por Anthony Kennedy, que vai se aposentar. No anúncio, Trump elogiou a "impecável qualificação" de Kavanaugh, a quem chamou de "um jurista brilhante", para o cargo. "Não há ninguém nos Estados Unidos mais qualificado e que mereça mais do que Kavanaugh", disse Trump. Kavanaugh agradeceu Trump pela confiança e discursou acompanhado da mulher e das filhas. "Um juiz deve interpretar a lei, e não escrevê-la", disse, em discurso. Próximos passos A escolha de Trump ainda não coloca Kavanaugh na cadeira antes ocupada por Kennedy. O novo juiz da Suprema Corte terá ainda uma dura batalha no Senado dos Estados Unidos para garantir a aprovação. Isso porque Trump detém uma minúscula maioria no Senado: são 51 senadores Republicanos - do partido do presidente - contra 49 senadores democratas. Poucos minutos depois da nomeação de Kavanaugh, o senador Chuck Schumer, líder da minoria democrata, anunciou que vai lutar para barrar o juiz indicado. "Vou me opor [à nomeação] com tudo que eu puder", disse Schumer, acrescentando que "os direitos reprodutivos da mulher estarão nas mãos de cinco homens na Suprema Corte". A aprovação ou rejeição de Kavanaugh deve ser decidida no Senado nos próximos dias. Quem é Brett Kavanaugh? O indicado por Trump manteve a tendência do presidente em selecionar nomes conservadores à Suprema Corte. Católico, Kavanaugh se formou na Universidade de Yale e ficou conhecido por manter uma interpretação originalista da legislação - ou seja, decide de acordo com o que está disposto "na letra da lei". Kavanaugh irritou ambientalistas ao rejeitar regulações sobre emissão de gases estufa na época do governo Barack Obama no Distrito de Columbia, onde fica a capital Washington. Ele também se tornou célebre por ser contra a recontagem dos votos na Flórida nas eleições de 2000, quando George W. Bush venceu Al Gore na disputa presidencial. A votação se notabilizou justamente porque a vitória do republicano naquele estado, por uma pequena margem, garantiu que Bush governasse o país nos quatro anos seguintes. Kavanaugh também esteve à frente do relatório do pedido de impeachment de Bill Clinton, em 1998. Ele argumentava, à época, que o então presidente deveria ser afastado do cargo por ter mentido sobre o escândalo sexual com Monica Lewinsky. Consolidação conservadora A aposentadoria do juiz Anthony Kennedy deu a Donald Trump a oportunidade de consolidar um viés conservador na Suprema Corte. Como aponta o colunista do G1 Helio Gurovitz, a indicação de um juiz de perfil mais conservador que Kennedy poderá mudar a posição da Corte em casos críticos em que ele votou com a metade liberal, que incluem: casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo pena de morte e prisão em solitária ação afirmativa leis ambientais aborto Kennedy foi indicado pelo republicano Ronald Reagan depois que o Senado recusou seu nome preferido, Robert Bork, numa batalha histórica. Seu perfil ideológico sempre foi difícil de classificar. No tribunal liberal então liderado por William Brennan, era visto como um voto conservador. Na corte encabeçada por John Roberts, que emergiu da presidência George W. Bush, foi em diversos casos um voto pendular e decisivo. Desde 2010, Kennedy votou com a maioria em 92% dos casos (76% nos decididos por um voto) – embora sua média tenha caído para 84% no último ano, atrás de Roberts, com 87%. Aborto e homossexualidade Em 2016, Kennedy votou com a maioria liberal pela derrubada de leis que procuravam restringir o direito ao aborto no Texas. Neste ano, reviu sua posição tradicional contra políticas de ação afirmativa num caso envolvendo a Universidade do Texas. Mas apoiou o veto do governo Trump à entrada no país de viajantes de países específicos (quase todos de maioria muçulmana) e o direito de confeiteiros não fornecerem o bolo de casamento a um casal homossexual. Uma nova tentativa estadual de legislar a respeito do aborto poderia ter mais sucesso com um juiz conservador. Punições duras aos criminosos, como as solitárias (que hoje abrigam algo como 100 mil americanos), teriam chance de apoio num tribunal sem Kennedy. Embora contra as solitárias, ele sempre foi um voto confiável nas decisões favoráveis à pena de morte. Sua posição a favor do casamento gay decidiu dois casos históricos, de 2013 e 2015. “A esperança deles é não estar condenados a viver na solidão, excluídos de uma das instituições mais antigas da civilização. Pedem por dignidade igual aos olhos da lei”, escreveu. “A Constituição lhes garante tal direito.” Mesmo com um novo juiz mais conservador, é improvável que essa conquista dos homossexuais esteja ameaçada. Meio ambiente e porte de armas Na legislação ambiental, Kennedy foi voto decisivo num caso sobre a poluição dos rios e noutro que obrigou o governo a determinar se emissões de gases causadores do efeito estufa oferecem risco à saúde ou ao clima. Há pouca chance de que um juiz indicado por Trump não seja mais simpático às indústrias poluidoras, de petróleo ou carvão. Em 14 dos 17 casos recentes em que seu voto definiu o resultado, Kennedy ficou com a maioria conservadora. Além de apoiar os confeiteiros e o veto aos viajantes, aprovou o redesenho de distritos eleitorais texanos, ainda que por critérios interpretados como raciais. Votou também pelo direito individual ao porte de armas, pelo enfraquecimento das limitações à identificação dos eleitores (impondo uma restrição indireta ao voto de negros e latinos) e contra qualquer limite ao financiamento privado de campanhas eleitorais, em nome do direito à liberdade de expressão. Nenhuma dessas decisões mudaria com um novo juiz de perfil conservador. Veja quem são os atuais juízes da Suprema Corte americana: Primeira fila, da esquerda para a direita: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts., Clarence Thomas e Stephen Breyer. Na fila de trás: Elena Kagan, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor e Neil Gorsuch Suprema Corte dos EUA Anthony Kennedy Na Suprema Corte desde fevereiro de 1988, californiano de uma família de juristas, frequentou a Universidade de Stanford e a London School of Economics antes de assumir o escritório de seu pai. Após trabalhar com o então governador da Califórnia, Ronald Reagan, foi indicado, aos 39 anos, como o mais jovem juiz num tribunal de apelação federal no país na época. Inicialmente preterido para uma nomeação do Supremo Tribunal, Reagan o indicou novamente para ele depois que seu primeiro candidato, Robert Bork, foi rejeitado pelo Senado. Como informa a rede britânica BBC, Kennedy, que agora se aposenta, foi várias vezes o voto decisivo da Suprema Corte, dando o voto de 5 a 4, e votou com a esquerda em algumas ocasiões, como no caso do casamento gay. O princípio de Kennedy para muitas dessas decisões foi se as leis permitem a "dignidade". Kennedy considerou o Ato de Defesa do Casamento (Doma), uma lei que proíbe o reconhecimento de casamentos entre pessoas do mesmo sexo, inconstitucional, apontando que seu “objetivo principal é impor a desigualdade” e “diz aos casais [homossexuais] e a todo o mundo que seus casamentos válidos são indignos do reconhecimento federal (...) E isso humilha dezenas de milhares de pessoas e de crianças sendo criadas por casais do mesmo sexo". John Roberts No tribunal desde setembro de 2005, Roberts nasceu em Nova York e foi criado em Indiana, Frequentou um internato na adolescência, mas também passou verões trabalhando em uma siderúrgica. Depois de cogitar se tornar um historiador em Harvard, foi para a faculdade de direito e passou a trabalhar para um juiz. Passou muitos anos como advogado no governo Reagan e depois trabalhou num escritório privado, servindo como um dos vários conselheiros legais de George W. Bush no caso da recontagem presidencial da Flórida. Conservador, Roberts é o terceiro mais novo presidente da Suprema Corte, confirmado aos 50 anos de idade. O mandato do ano passado viu mais da metade de seus casos decididos por unanimidade, algo que muitos observadores da corte citam como o resultado do desejo de Roberts de promover acordos entre os magistrados através de decisões mais restritas. Ele também relatou, de maneira notável, a votação de 5 a 4 que derrubou um grande desafio à lei de saúde do presidente Barack Obama, o Obamacare. Ele dá sinais de não querer grandes oscilações, exceto em áreas que ele sente muito fortemente, como o papel do governo em questões raciais, a relação de financiamento de campanha para a liberdade de expressão e a estrutura da Constituição. Ele também se noabilizou ao procurar manter o decoro no banco durante os argumentos orais. Elena Kagan Juíza da Suprema Corte desde agosto de 2010, cresceu em Nova York e é de origem judaica. Depois da faculdade de direito em Harvard, ela trabalhou com o juiz Thurgood Marshall e foi a primeira reitora da Harvard Law School. Também foi brevemente procuradora-geral dos Estados Unidos, ou seja, a principal representante do governo federal na Suprema Corte dos EUA, antes de ser nomeada pelo então presidente Barack Obama para a Suprema Corte. Kagan é a primeira integrante da casa em décadas a não ter servido anteriormente como juiza. Ela faz parte da “ala esquerda” da corte, mas foi relatora de muitas decisões recentes unânimes ou quase unânimes. Sua escrita é muitas vezes fácil para um leigo entender, sem sacrificar a análise jurídica, e ela é uma questionadora agressiva durante as sustentações orais. Sonia Sotomayor Juíza na suprema corte desde agosto de 2009, ela nasceu de pais porto-riquenhos no Bronx. Como estudante da Universidade de Princeton, ela lutou pela admissão de mais professores e alunos latinos naquela universidade. Foi promotora em Nova York e mais tarde foi nomeada para o Segundo Tribunal de Apelações. Sotomayor tem sido uma das juízas em maior evidência dentre os colegas da corte. Seu livro de memórias aparece na lista de best-sellers do New York Times e ela até apareceu duas vezes no programa Vila Sésamo Ao discordar de uma decisão por 5 a 3 num caso envolvendo a proibição de políticas de ação afirmativa, Sotomayor argumentou diretamente contra os juízes conservadores sobre como o tribunal deveria tratar os desafios às leis raciais. "A raça importa. A raça é importante em parte devido à longa história das minorias raciais" tendo negado o acesso ao processo político, disse, na ocasião. Samuel Alito Membro da Suprema Corte desde janeiro de 2006, Alito cresceu em Nova Jersey em uma família de imigrantes italianos. Enquanto estava na Universidade de Princeton, participou de grupos conservadores e libertários, bem como no Corpo de Treinamento de Oficiais de Reserva do Exército. Depois de fazer a faculdade de direito de Yale, foi promotor em Nova Jersey e serviu na administração Reagan, no Departamento de Justiça, inclusive como assistente do advogado-geral, onde chegou a debater perante a Suprema Corte. Segundo informações da BBC, o presidente George H W Bush nomeou-o para o Terceiro Tribunal de Apelações em 1990, onde permaneceu até sua indicação para a Suprema Corte. Alito é conservador e nem sempre é falante em sustentações orais, mas suas perguntas são nítidas, com o objetivo de separar a lógica de um argumento. Tem sido apontado como "pró-governo" em casos criminais, e mostrou menos disposição do que seus colegas conservadores para proteger a liberdade de expressão nos casos em que ela é preconceituosa ou incitadora de ódio. Alito votou com a maioria num caso trabalhista em que o tribunal decidiu que sindicatos não poderiam cobrar honorários de trabalhadores de saúde em Illinois que não quisessem se filiar, apesar de estarem cobertos por acordos coletivos. "Se aceitássemos o argumento de Illinois", aprovaríamos uma violação sem precedentes do princípio fundamental de que, exceto talvez nas mais raras circunstâncias, nenhuma pessoa neste país pode ser compelida a subsidiar a fala de um terceiro que ele ou ela não deseja apoiar”. Stephen Breyer Na Suprema Corte desde agosto de 1994, cresceu em San Francisco com um pai advogado e uma mãe militante política ativa, e é considerado da ala mais liberal do tribunal. Frequentou a Universidade de Stanford e depois a escola de direito de Harvard. Depois de trabalhar com o juiz Arthur Goldberg, ele entrou para o governo, trabalhando como advogado em vários cargos no Congresso, inclusive como promotor especial assistente na investigação do caso Watergate. Passou um longo período de tempo no Primeiro Circuito da Corte de Apelações e foi considerado para uma indicação ao Supremo Tribunal em 1991, mas não chegou a ser indicado naquele ano. O então presidente Bill Clinton apontou Breyer em 1994. Breyer acredita que o tribunal precisa considerar a história das leis, a opinião do Congresso e as conseqüências de suas decisões. Ele formula questões hipotéticas na tentativa de aproximar as opiniões dos demais membros do tribunal. Foi o que fez por exemplo ao relatar uma decisão que resultou em 9 votos a 0 num caso sobre o poder do presidente de nomear juízes e outras autoridades durante os recessos do Senado. Conservadores e liberais concordaram em votar contra o presidente, mesmo não concordando com todos os detalhes. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Outra nova-iorquina, ela é juíza da Suprema Corte desde 1993. Estudou em Cornell, Columbia e Harvard. De perfil mais liberal, como advogada e professora, se concentrou na área do direito das mulheres, começando o primeiro jornal de direito focado no tema e atuando em seis casos a respeito perante a Suprema Corte. Foi confirmada para o tribunal federal de apelações do Distrito de Columbia em 1980 e, 13 anos depois, foi nomeada pelo presidente Bill Clinton para a Suprema Corte. Clarence Thomas Juiz da Suprema Corte desde outubro de 1991, nasceu em uma pequena cidade na Geórgia e esteve num seminário por algum tempo, estundando em seguida no Holy Cross College e na escola de direito de Yale. Trabalhou no governo de Missouri e em Washington antes de ser nomeado presidente da Comissão de Oportunidades Iguais de Trabalho, uma agência que responde a reivindicações de discriminação no local de trabalho. Depois de uma audiência de confirmação contundente, na qual uma ex-funcionária o acusou de assédio sexual, Thomas foi aprovado para a Suprema Corte, com apenas 43 anos. Apesar da origem afro-americana, este conservador é considerado um “desconfiado” das políticas de ação afirmativa. Neil Gorsuch Membro da Suprema Corte desde abril de 2017, quando tinha apenas 49 anos, este nativo do Colorado estudou em Harvard e Oxford. Antes, foi indicado ao 10º Circuito de Apelações dos EUA em 2006 pelo então presidente George W. Bush. Iniciou sua carreira trabalhando com os juízes da Suprema Corte Byron White e Anthony Kennedy, e também atuou num escritório privado em Washington por uma década, além de servir como assistente adjunto da Procuradoria Geral no Departamento de Justiça sob o governo Bush. Gorsuch sucedeu o falecido juiz da Suprema Corte Antonin Scalia e é considerado pelos conservadores como alguém que tem uma interpretação igualmente estrita da lei. Em seu primeiro ano na corte, ele consolidou a vantagem conservadora de 5 a 4, e isso foi visto em uma série de decisões sobre questões como o veto à entrada de imigrantes de Trump, taxas sindicais e o chamado “gerrymandering”, a manipulação de distritos eleitorais para favorecer determinado partido, como nota a rede BBC.
          (유치제안서)UIA국제건축가연맹 총회      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[학사] [경영 관광경영...] 벡스코와 부산의 미래 전략 산업으로서의 발전 방안[레포트자료]컨벤션산업의 현황과 과제로마의 스포츠교육사[두바이 분석] 아랍에미리트연방의 도시국가 두바이(Dubai) 전체적 분석생활속의마케팅 (기말고사 9~15주차 분량)국제NGO 연구 10. Concept & Motivation 20. Congress Feasibility 30. Venue Feasibility 40. Financial Feasibility 50. Support Feasibility 60. Risk Management 70. Promotion 80. Bidding Process Feasibility 90. Conclusion XXIV UIA World Congress : Seoul 2011 북한의 개성공단 (현대 건설) 청계천 보수공사 서울 숲 개장 Hi Seoul 정책 방향 : 친환경적 서울 SAPC 서울 공연 예술 센터 건립 노들섬 오페라: 동북아시아 문화 허브 도시 포름 알데히드에 따른 새집 증후군 발생 아토피 피부질환 호흡 곤란 발생 친환경 건축 자재의 필요성 요구 강남 아파트 등 대도시 주변의 사태 악화 친환경 문화 공간의 도시의 학술 연구로 문제 해결 방안 모색 협회 이미지 제고 및 도시의 이미지 개선 접근성의 용이 쇼핑 롱의 많다 경제 자유도 1위 국가 외국 투자율이 높다 관세가 없는 자유 무역항 복잡한 도시 교통의 혼잡화 공해오염 자연환경의 부제 건축간의 기술력 차이가 크다 중국과의 지리적 기능적 관문 범주강삼각주지역권으로 인한 홍콩의 경제적 파급효과 단순한 세제 건전한 규제 및 정치적 안정 UIA 위원회가 없다 중국의 홍콩에 대한 정책전 변화 싱가포르와의 경쟁 1. 참가자들이 안전하고 편안하게 진행할 수 있는 행사분위기 마련 2. 발생 가능한 사고에 대한 철저한 예방 및 발생에 따른 신속한 대처 3. 9`11 테러 이후 안전과 위기 관리에 대한 관심 증폭 [건축학]저탄소 녹색건축의 정책방향건축가 및 사상의 칼럼[관광학개론,관광,] 관광학개론 정리 - 관광통역안내사 시험 대비[서양사] ☆세계문화유산의 이해☆독일어권문화기행 기말고사청주대 독일어권문화기행 기말자료청주대 독일어권문화기행 9주차-15주차 기말고사 완벽준비 s급족보아시아와 한국의 MICE산업[도시브랜드의 가치를 높이는 가로경관 개선 및 공적공간 계획 연구] 도시브랜드의 가치를 높이는 가로경관 개선 및 공적공간 계획 연구기출응용유럽연합 정기 간행물 12가지 단원 설명 한글요약[공무원시험] 법원직(헌법&민법) 모의고사 문제&답안(8월31일자)[유통관리사시험] 유통관리사2급모의고사및2006년~2008년2차시험및핵심요약[정보사회와 뉴미디어] 포털사이트 뉴스제공의 역기능과 순기능 및 대안 조회수:1167회
           German Parliament Report: U.S. Presence in Syria Is Illegal       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          Trump administration cuts grants that help consumers get ACA coverage      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Tuesday that it is ending most grants for grassroots organizations that assist Americans signing up for Affordable Care Act insurance.

Last summer, aid was reduced by 41 percent to $36.8 million, and this new reduction lowers the amount of money going to these groups, called navigators, to $10 million for the enrollment period starting in November. The Trump administration is now urging navigators to also steer people toward health plans that work around ACA's consumer protections. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called these non-ACA plans "junk" that let insurance companies "deny care on a whim and charge whatever they want," which is "nothing but a scam."

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the grants are ineffective because the federal insurance exchange "has grown in visibility" and "become more familiar to Americans seeking health insurance." Since lawmakers haven't been able to pass any legislation to dismantle the law, this is seen by many as another move by the Trump administration to weaken the Affordable Care Act. "They're just strangling the program," Catherine Edwards, executive director of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging, told The Washington Post. "They couldn't kill the program in Congress, so they are cutting the money."


          Saving APC from imminent disaster      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

For long, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been on the brink of implosion. Signs that all was not well in the party were everywhere, with complaints coming from different quarters. The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was placed on trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over allegations of false declaration of assets […]

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          President Trump Pardons Hammonds      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
His action makes right a heartless judicial excess - in keeping with the purpose of clemency For Immediate Release Date: July 10, 2018 Contact: Tanner Hanson Tanner.Hanson@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today,  Members of the Congressional Western Caucus including Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04), House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01), House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (OR-02), Chief Rules Officer Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Western Caucus Member Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) issued statements following the announcement of President Trump's decision to issue full pardons for Dwight and Steven Hammond of Oregon:  Congressman Gosar stated, “Besides being a commendable application of the...
          Here’s The Inspector General Report On Imran Awan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Department of Justice found “no evidence” that former Democratic IT aide Imran Awan violated cybersecurity laws, prosecutors said Thursday, but the House of Representatives’ internal watchdog reported that the Pakistani native made “unauthorized access” to congressional servers. Prosecutors said police interviewed approximately 40 witnesses, reviewed relevant communications and examined a number of related devices, but couldn’t find anything they could charge Imran with regarding cybersecurity. Details of the investigation were included in a plea deal with Imran surrounding unrelated bank fraud. But a pair of presentations by House Inspector General Theresa Grafenstine detail a number of rules Imran and...
          Video Explainer: Understand Why Trump Wants to Merge the Education & Labor Departments in 100 Seconds      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Here’s a breakdown of the Trump administration’s plan, which was presented to Congress in late June and would combine the two agencies into what would be called the Department of Education and the Workforce. It would require congressional approval, which may be unlikely anytime soon, given pushback from Democrats, a sharply divided Senate, and election […]
          House Committee Subpoenas Former FBI Attorney Who Sent Anti-Trump Texts      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Two congressional committees have subpoenaed a former FBI attorney who exchanged anti-Trump text messages to appear for a closed-door deposition on Wednesday. The House Judiciary... Read More

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          Congresso deve deixar para 2019 projetos de interesse do governo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Projetos prontos para votação no Congresso criam despesa de R$ 48 bilhões      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Câmara conclui votação de projeto que permite venda de distribuidoras da Eletrobras      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

77871784_BSB - Brasília - Brasil - 10-07-2018- - PA - Sessão da Câmara dos Deputados - Plenário.jpgBRASÍLIA — A Câmara dos Deputados concluiu a votação do projeto de lei que facilita a privatização de seis distribuidoras de energia da Eletrobras que operam no Norte e Nordeste do país. A proposta será, agora, analisada pelo Senado. O texto principal foi aprovado na semana passada e faltava concluir a análise dos destaques (posssíveis alterações na proposta).

Altamente endividadas e com problemas operacionais, as seis distribuidoras da Eletrobras atuam em Alagoas, Acre, Amazonas, Roraima, Rondônia e Piauí. O projeto viabiliza a privatização ao reduzir incertezas sobre os passivos das empresas.

Apesar da aprovação do texto-base, ainda há dúvidas sobre o leilão, diante da decisão do ministro do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF) Ricardo Lewandowski que proibiu a privatização de estatais e subsidiárias sem aval do Congresso. O ministro também suspendeu o leilão da distribuidora que opera em Alagoas, a pedido do governo do estado.

A Eletrobras tenta privatizar as empresas desde 2016. O leilão está previsto para o dia 26 e, se as distribuidoras não forem privatizadas até o fim do ano, elas serão liquidadas. O papel do projeto é resolver pendências jurídicas que podem afastar investidores do leilão e proporcionar atratividade para as empresas, que estão entre as de pior desempenho do país, segundo a Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (Aneel).

TARIFA SOCIAL

Os deputados incluíram no projeto um artigo que garante gratuidade de tarifa de energia elétrica a famílias de baixa renda até o consumo mensal de 70 kilowatt/hora (kWh). O custo será bancado pelos demais consumidores de energia, por meio da conta de luz.

Atualmente, há um sistema de descontos. O consumidor de baixa renda cadastrado tem desconto de 65% no consumo registrado de até 30 kWh/mês; de 40% na faixa de 31 kWh até 100 kWh/mês; e de 10% na faixa de 101 kWh até 220 kWh/mês.

A inclusão da tarifa social gerou polêmica no plenário. O presidente da Câmara dos Deputados, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), questionou os parlamentares sobre o custo da medida.

— Quem vai pagar a conta, deputado Aleluia? — questionou Maia ao autor da proposta, deputado José Carlos Aleluia (DEM-BA). — Eu preciso que alguém me informe qual o impacto no orçamento do governo. Se alguém deixará de pagar a conta, outra pessoa vai pagar.

O relator da proposta, deputado Julio Lopes (PP-RJ), disse que não haverá impacto.

— A própria Aneel (Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica) concordou que não haveria qualquer acréscimo de despesa porque o consumo de todos será monitorado. Hoje, os quatro níveis da tarifa social de energia não são monitorados disse Lopes.


          Urgent: Tax cuts for the rich      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

US citizens: Tell Congress to block the second round of tax cuts for the rich.

          How to Cover the President       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Washington Post keeps a running tally of the president’s lies although they haven’t been all that thorough. For example, checking every statement  of “material fact” he makes at a rally is something new for them.

We’re doing something new: analyzing every factual claim from President Trump’s campaign rally in Montana on Thursday.

According to The Fact Checker’s database, the president had made 3,251 false or misleading claims at the end of May, and his average daily rate was climbing.

This side of Trump really comes alive during campaign rallies, so we wanted to do the math and find out whether the president speaks more fictions or facts in front of his crowds.

We focused only on Trump’s statements of material fact at the Montana rally, avoiding trivialities and opinions. We didn’t double-count statements when the president repeated himself.

According to our analysis, the truth took a beating in Montana. From a grand total of 98 factual statements we identified, 76 percent were false, misleading or unsupported by evidence.

Here’s a breakdown: 45 false or mostly false statements, 25 misleading statements and four unsupported claims. We also counted 24 accurate or mostly accurate statements. False or mostly false statements alone accounted for 46 percent of all claims.

No doubt the president would respond that the fact checkers at the Washington Post are biased purveyors of “fake news.” But that’s another lie. It’s actually a relatively simple thing to check whether an ostensibly true statement has any basis in fact, whether it’s partially true but highly misleading, or it’s largely supportable by the available record and other evidence. This could be as simple as verifying which party controlled Congress in 1998 or as complicated as checking the average annual size of the trade deficit we’re running with the European Union. To give but one example from Trump’s Montana rally, he claimed that he carried the state by forty-four points but a simple Google search will verify that he won 55.6% to 35.4%, or with a 20.2% advantage. That’s less than half the margin he claimed for himself. There’s really no need to tell a lie like that but Trump lies even when the truth would suit him better.  With him, deceit is habitual and self-aggrandizement is a compulsion.

The bigfoot corporate media takes a lot of abuse for how they cover Trump, particularly the wall-to-wall coverage they tend to give to his rallies. The fact that he uses this exposure to deceive and gaslight the public is the primary reason why people object to this. The solution is not to simply ignore what the president of the United States is saying. Everything the president says or does is news and must be reported. But, everything a president says also needs to be fact-checked.

With this president, whose every utterance has no better than a fifty percent chance of being true, it’s imperative that he be fact-checked in real time. If that’s not possible, then his speeches and rallies should not be aired in real time.  They should be recorded and fact-checked. And if it’s felt necessary to air his statements on television at all, every misleading statement should be flagged and viewers should be provided a link where they can go to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of his assertions.

That’s how you can responsibly educate the public without aiding and abetting the president’s efforts to deceive.

Discuss


          National Cleanup Workshop      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
  
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Rep. Fleischmann, DOE Officials Join List of National Cleanup Workshop Speakers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, and several DOE officials join the list of confirmed speakers for the 2018 National Cleanup Workshop to be held Sept. 11-13 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. 
    The DOE officials newly confirmed to speak at the workshop include:
  •  Melissa Burnison, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs; 
  • Edward McGinnis, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy;
  • Mark Gilbertson, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regulatory and Policy Affairs;
  • Ken Picha, EM Acting Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations.
    EM Assistant Secretary Anne White, senior DOE officials, industry executives, and state and local representatives will participate in this year’s workshop. A complete list of confirmed participants is available here
   Early-bird registration for general attendees is open through July 20, 2018. Registration deadlines for the early-bird rate do not apply to DOE-approved attendees.
    The National Cleanup Workshop is hosted by the Energy Communities Alliance, and cooperating organizations include EM and the Energy Facility Contractors Group
    The workshop will bring together senior DOE executives and site officials, industry executives and other stakeholders to discuss EM’s progress on the cleanup of the environmental legacy of the nation’s Manhattan Project and Cold War nuclear weapons program. 
    For more information on the workshop, click here.

          S. Carolina business leaders seek Congress' help on tariffs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Carolina's business community is calling on the state's congressional delegation to help educate the Trump administration about effects its trade policies could have on the state's economy. In a … Click to Continue »
          Unpacked: Repeal of Open Internet Rule enables monopoly networks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
by Tom Wheeler, Brookings *Internet services will likely not jump on this quickly and begin to extract the advantages of this repeal, but they will begin to discriminate in subtle way *There is a pending court appeal that challenges the FCC’s ability to repeal Net Neutrality *The Congressional Review Act, which has already passed the […]
          Comment on Much Ado About Blogging by Martin Smith      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In one sense, Roe v Wade has been bad for good governance. Instead of becoming the law of the land, it became the battle line in a never-ending war, a permanent mole that required the women's rights movement to consume its resources whacking the mole continuously to defend Roe v Wade. So too have political battles over science become bad for good governance. The lengthy vaccination schedule for infants recommended by the CDC just plain inspires doubt when it is questioned in light of reports of infant deaths after this or that vaccination, and then a whole anti-vaccination movement starts. Fossil fuel interests sponsor people who know how to speak and write effectively about a few errors that made their way into an IPCC report, and then why do climate scientists refuse to release their email correspondence with each other? The Merchants of Doubt have won, up to this point. I have newly come to the conclusion that fighting the whack-a-mole wars not only can't work, but it actually works FOR the anti-good governance side. The "hockey stick" has been replicated over and over again; it is scientifically correct. The sea ice and the ice sheets and the glaciers are melting; the sea level is rising. That all this is happening and at such high rates is explained by AGW and nothing else. And yet, right now, the political battle is lost. Scott Pruitt was forced out, not by his astonishingly anti-science beliefs and behavior, but because of his silly scandals that he could have easily avoided. And yet the guy who replaces him is even more anti-science and pro-fossil fuels, if that's possible. We are losing the Republic. But last week, when Trump had his day of misogyny (no need to review all that), I wrote to my friends asking if that was the beginning of the end of the nightmare. Would it further motivate the women's rights movement? I didn't get a lot of agreement. Trump really can say and do anything and get away with it. Even Mueller's report won't tip Congress into action. We are losing the Republic. But now it seems clear that Roe v Wade will be overturned, and this will galvanize the women's rights movement into action. Overturning Roe v Wade won't make abortion illegal, but it will allow states to make it illegal, and the estimate I've seen says about half the states will move that way. A few have already passed laws that make abortion illegal immediately upon the end of Roe v Wade. We are already seeing many more women running for state offices and for Congress and Senate seats, and there have been some notable victories. The Equal Rights Amendment lost in the states, not at the federal level. The women's rights movement is the key to saving the Republic now, by taking control of state governments and ending gerrymandering laws. Then women will take back seats in Congress and the Senate. It will be about women's rights at first, but it will bring governance based on science back as well.
          International Congress on Porphyrins and Porphyrias 2019      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
L’ International Congress on Porphyrins and Porphyrias se tiendra à Milan du 8 au 11 septembre 2019. Toutes les informations sont disponibles sur le site officiel accessible en suivant ce lien.
          GOP Lawmaker Seeks to Make First-Time Illegal Border Crossing a Felony with New Legislation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A Tennessee Republican congresswoman wants anyone trying to enter the United States illegally to face serious legal consequences, and has drafted a bill to accomplish that goal. U.S. Rep. Diane Black said the time has come to move first-time illegal border crossing from a misdemeanor to a felony, The Hill reported. “The significance of that is not…
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Chris Hopper, wow, you got some whine yourself there. But you are right.
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by Bob Lynch

Well, Monday was certainly a big day for all the straight, white, Christian, men in this country and there is no doubt that Mother allowed Mike Pence an extra ‘Nilla Wafer before his 8:30 bedtime. But for the rest of us it was an existential crisis.

I don’t mean that in the sense of the word that most pseudo intellectuals commonly associate with Sartre or Kierkegaard. I mean it in the literal sense in that it could means a potential end of existence for anyone that doesn’t check the aforementioned boxes.

This is no longer a game or a joke or hyperbole folks. Eventually they are coming for You and the shameless hoax of a Justice, that was only added to a long since cultivated list of judges from the despicable Heritage Foundation and various evangelical groups that have been positioning for this very moment since the day after Roe v Wade was decided, was added and nominated for precisely one reason.

He has been outspoken about the fact that a sitting president cannot be indicted at the obvious point in our country’s history where a sitting president absolutely needs to be indicted. Despite what noted condoner of sexual assault Jim Jordan, outright Nazi/whackjob Steve King, and DUI enthusiast Matt Gaetz will tell you about the Deep State, the real Deep State is every single member in the last 40 years of the GOP who sold their souls to make this moment happen and looked the other way...

To say this is a national disgrace is an actual disgrace to the word disgrace. This is a threat to the very fabric of American Democracy, every level of civil rights, and basic human decency.

We are now faced with a situation where we have a complicit Congress, a rubber stamp Senate and a Supreme Court that has now not only decided that the president can do whatever the fuck he wants under the guise of national security, but he also cannot be held accountable for any criminal liability. Even Erdoğan-- who just appointed his son-in-law finance minister-- had a tougher road to authoritarianism.

This is how democracy dies. Right out in the open. Nobody gives a shit about the Constitution anymore in the GOP. They are just handing out lifetime achievement awards to the corporate and Evangelical donors they have been beholden to ever since Nixon came up with the Southern Strategy.

But this time, they are gonna take us all down with them and not only do they not care, that’s the plan. Women’s rights? Bye. Gay rights? Ciao. Civil rights? Gone. Pre-existing condition? You’re on your own. Hablas Español? Adios. Environmental Regulations? Gutted. Assault Weapons as a fundamental “God Given” right? You betcha.

Look up Kavanaugh’s record and then ask me again why I’m still up at 5:30 in the morning on a Monday night and then editing it Tuesday morning watching Kavanaugh walk up the steps with Mike Pence and I’m about to puke.

There is no longer an outside chance that Trump just declares himself dictator or president for life, Congress goes along, and a Kavanaugh featured court decides it is ok for national security reasons. Who is gonna stop it? John Roberts? Samuel Alito who famously tried to deny that Citizen’s United wasn’t going to lead us to the exact position we’re in? Susan Collins? Chuck Fucking Schumer? Wake up people.

This is not Civil War, this is Infinity War. Half of us might be gone before this thing is over.

So much damage has already been done and the next stage will be exponentially worse. I say that only because I want people to be realistic, not disheartened.

No matter who you are or where you live, someone you know and someone you love will have their life permanently altered by this decision even if you don’t realize it. Democracy is a team sport.

There is only one option to even possibly put a stop to any of this, let alone roll it back. You have to vote Blue in every single race for any nominee for the House. People like Ted Lieu can actually make a difference if given a real chance to get into leadership positions. Meanwhile the GOP is wasting his time still talking about Hillary’s emails. Do not save your strength for the next battle. This is the ONLY battle.

Oh and also, the government of Thailand is rescuing children, that don’t even know how to swim, from underwater caves, and we don’t know where 3,000 kids are???

If we don’t win this one, no one should ever be proud to be an American ever again. Let’s just fold up the tents and go home. Change the name, declare bankruptcy. Wait, isn’t that exactly what Putin wanted in the first place??

I’m going to watch the France World Cup game. At least those people still give a damn.




          Why Are Young Billionaires So Boring?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Early in Warren Buffett’s life, his father failed to get hired at the family grocery store during the Great Depression. Without a job, and without any money after a run on the banks, the family of four ran up a tab of grocery bills at the store to put food on the table, and even then, his mother sometimes skipped meals. Leila Buffett, beset by stress and with a mind likely impacted by linotype fumes she inhaled as a child, would often berate her two small children.
From this nadir, the family gradually achieved more secure financial footing. His father started a stock brokerage and eventually went on to become a four-term congressman. Young Warren started showing an aptitude for numbers. He became obsessed with timing everything, calculating odds, even tallying the frequency of the letters that appeared in the bible most frequently, according to The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. By age 15 he managed to earn thousands working his local paper route. The rest, as they say, is history.
Warren Buffett
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
On Friday, the legendary investor, 87, was surpassed in wealth by 34-year-old Mark Zuckerberg. The gap was closed in part by Facebook’s surging stock—up 15 percent this year so far—and in part by Buffett’s large charitable cash outflows. Today, the three richest people in the world, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Zuckerberg, have all made their fortunes in tech.
Compared to Buffett and many of his contemporaries, Zuckerberg’s childhood was more banal. He grew up in Dobbs Ferry, a small middle-class suburb of New York, the son of a dentist and a psychiatrist. He started using his father’s computer at a young age, and showed an early facility for programming, before graduating from an elite prep school.
Mark Zuckerberg in 2007.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
Zuckerberg’s story is typical of the slate of newly minted technology billionaires in the ranks of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. And there are a lot of them. With 64 technology businessmen and women on Bloomberg's list, which tracks the world’s 500 richest people, the industry has produced more billionaires than any other (unless you count inheritances—there’s a lot of inherited wealth on the list, too). This year alone, tech has created 11 new billionaires.
But there's something missing from the foundational stories of this new group of self-made men (yes, they’re mostly men). Where earlier generations' formative experiences revolved around paper routes and pathos, today's prototypical founding story involves an upper-middle-class childhood, early access to a computer, and an elite education—even if that education was abandoned. Before he famously walked out of Harvard University, Zuckerberg created an instant messaging system for his dad's dental practice at age 12. At 15, Twitter's Jack Dorsey was dazzling his bosses during a programming internship. And Uber's Travis Kalanick was writing code by middle school.
Jack Dorsey
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
The self-made man has always played a profound role in the American imagination. Horatio Alger wrote stories of plucky, lower-class strivers who made their way in the world by dint of honesty and hard work. Hollywood has fetishized the underdog since movies were invented. And for years, the business world offered real stories too.
But the modern rise of the Harvard dropout (or New York University in Dorsey's case, or UCLA in Kalanick's case), complicates that story. Today's founders are long on brilliance, but short on hardship. It's difficult, after all, to become a computer prodigy without a computer. That dollop of privilege speaks to a larger trend in the American economy: For millions of low-income people, it's getting harder to build something from nothing. In order to drop out of Harvard, first you have to get in.
Buffett, with a father who was a politician and investor, often jokes that despite the family’s temporary bout with poverty, he won the “ovarian lottery.” He would eventually attend Columbia Business School and study with renowned investor Benjamin Graham. But for many leaders of Buffett’s generation, dorm rooms weren’t a part of the origin story. Consider Bruton Smith, who until he stepped down as CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. in 2015 at age 88, was one of the oldest serving public company leaders. Smith grew up on a farm, never went to college, and once took a shotgun to a construction site to settle a labor dispute. Oil baron Harold Hamm, born in 1945 as the youngest of 13 children of Oklahoma sharecroppers, drilled his first oil well at age 25 (it eventually paid for college).  And then there's recently deceased casino and movie magnate Kirk Kerkorian, born in 1917, who faked documentation of a high school graduation in order to join the military as a pilot.
In some ways, it's great to live in the age of the nerd. And it’s tough to mourn the decline of Wall Street-style corporate machismo. But a poor kid growing up today may find it much harder to emulate the life path of someone like Zuckerberg, who coded an instant messaging system before hitting puberty, than that of even Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who grew up in Brooklyn housing projects and at one point served concessions at Yankee Stadium to earn extra money.
Statistically as well as anecdotally, true American rags-to-riches stories are getting rarer. Class mobility, as defined by the percentage of children who earn more than their parents, has been in a state of mostly uninterrupted decline since the 1940s. Economist Raj Chetty found that only about half of the children born in 1980 have surpassed their parents’ income. In 1940, that number exceeded 90 percent.
Of course, most successful entrepreneurs have earnings that vastly outstrip their parents’. In fact, they outstrip the earnings of nearly every human in history. In by-now-familiar statistics, the rate of income growth at the top levels of earning in the U.S. have far outpaced growth at the bottom segments (in the 1980s, it was the other way around, according to research by Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman). Last year Oxfam International found that more than 80 percent of earnings went to the top 1 percent of the world population.  
That so many of today’s new billionaires mostly come comfortable backgrounds is emblematic of a broader concentrating of wealth in the U.S. According to recent Federal Reserve data, the median family's net worth had not recovered its pre-recession value by 2016, while the top 10 percent gained double digits since 2007.
Of course, you can still find evidence of rough patches and plenty of hard work in the early childhoods of today's wealthiest tech luminaries. Elon Musk, 47, an immigrant from South Africa, came from wealth, but was bullied as a kid before moving to Canada alone at just 17, where he enrolled in Queens University and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, before eventually dropping out of a Stanford University PhD program. Jeff Bezos, 54, was born when his mother was 16 years old, and was adopted by her second husband, a Cuban immigrant and an engineer. And Sergey Brin, 44, came to the U.S. as a six-year-old, when his parents traded the anti-Semitic backdrop of Moscow academia for a new life in the U.S.
But even these founders, who all had at least one parent with a science background, stand in contrast to an earlier era. According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, the second-oldest self-made American billionaire is Amway’s Richard DeVos, born in 1926. DeVos was a boy when his father lost his job as an electrician during the Great Depression, and the family moved in with his grandparents. He remembered stuffing a baseball with fabric and tying it together because he and his friends couldn’t afford a new one. As a sophomore, he was labeled “not college material,” sent to trade school, and had to work to pay his way back into the local Christian high school.
Ted Lerner, who at 92 is the oldest self-made man on the Bloomberg index, is the son of a clothing salesman from Palestine. He grew up in an immigrant community in Washington, and recalled to a local paper, “I remember chickens being plucked and koshered on Georgia Avenue.” Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, 84, now a controversial figure in U.S. politics, grew up in a working-class Boston neighborhood as the son of a taxi driver. Eli Broad, born in 1933, is the son of a Lithuanian house painter, went on to become the only man to found two Fortune 500 companies in two different industries: housing and financial services.
It is, of course, not the fault of tech's young luminaries that the economy has shifted toward technological skills. Even as it's boosted Americans’ standard of living, the rapid pace of innovation has made education an increasingly important factor in determining income, a trend that in turn has exacerbated rising inequality. Overall educational attainment in the U.S. is rising, but nearly 70 percent of the adult population has still never graduated from college. That's even though higher education has increasingly become a prerequisite for white-collar work. The college wage premium, or what bachelor’s degree holders make compared to high school graduates, has skyrocketed since the 1970s and now hovers at about 50 percent, near-record levels.
The so-called "digital divide" between rich and poor households, has reinforced the gap between haves and have-nots. Despite the pervasiveness of personal computing, poor kids today are less likely to have access to the programs that could help them develop early coding genius. According to Pew Research Center data, 87 percent of households with an income of $75,000 or higher use broadband at home. But for households making less than $30,000, it's only 45 percent.
That inequality of opportunity is rising is hardly a matter of debate. What's still unclear, though, is the eventual result. Besides barring the path for talented people of limited means, a widening chasm between the rich and everyone else also presents political problems. Witness mounting anger at tech companies in cities like San Francisco and Seattle. The Seattle city council voted to levy a punitive per-worker tax on Amazon and other large employers in response to the area's growing homelessness problem. Seattle officials relented, but tensions still simmer beneath the surface nationwide, threatening to boil over in unpredictable ways.
And unlike yesterday's titans, the newest of generation billionaires don’t have histories likely to assuage popular resentment. The three youngest self-made billionaires on Bloomberg's index are all Facebook cofounders. Their story is legend: After Zuckerberg's auspicious beginnings in Dobbs Ferry, he created a hotness-ranking tool called Facemash before he and his friends dropped out to found Thefacebook.com. Just above them on the list in age is Sean Parker, now 38, who took up programming early and interned for future Zynga CEO Mark Pincus while he was still in high school.
This is not a lamentation of the comfortable childhoods of corporate leaders. In some ways, the American myth of the up-from-nothing elite was always mostly imagined. The likelihood that a child today will rise from the lowest to the highest quintile of earnings, is less than 10 percent. That’s low compared to other rich countries, according to Chetty’s data, but it’s not much changed since the 1970s.
The American Dream has always been a story we told ourselves, bolstered by the hardscrabble tales of men who rose from nothing to become magnates. Today, Zuckerberg is a moral leader—a family man, and a donor to noble causes. But those looking to follow in his footsteps will cast an eye back to his early days: To the comfortable Westchester upbringing, the fencing club captainship at an elite prep school, the insouciant Harvard days, and to Facemash. American youth may aspire to climb the same ladder. They’re likely to find it’s missing some rungs.  
— With assistance by Tom Metcalf

Source: Bloomberg
          Fayose Loses Senator Rasaki, Rep Member, Chief Whip To APC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Outgoing Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose’s plan to instal his deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka as his successor may have been dealt a big blow as several key members of his party switched support to the All Progressives Congress.

President Muhammadu Buhari received the defectors today at the grand finale of the governorship campaign of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives Congress, APC gubernatorial candidate in Saturday’s election. The mega rally took place at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the two federal lawmakers were among the defectors, along with the chief whip of the state house of assembly. There were indications dropped by the new APC faithful, that many assembly members may also be getting ready to abandon the PDP, ahead of the crucial 14 July election.

Among the defectors was Sen. Fatimat Raji Rasaki, representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District. She is the wife of a former military governor of Lagos. Mr. Olamide Oni, House of Representatives representing Efon/Ijero/Ekiti West Federal Constituency also dumped PDP.

Senator Rasaki represents the largest constituency in the state, the same area where Fayemi picked his running mate, an old political war-horse Chief Bisi Egbeyemi.

Political pundits said if the Ekiti central senatorial constituency vote for Fayemi, the election will be lost by the PDP candidate, Olusola Eleka.

The switching of allegiances by the PDP legislators was one of the highlights of the today’s rally and it was seen as a big deal as the APC national leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, telling Senator Rasaki repeatedly: ‘God Bless You’, ‘God Bless you’, when they met before President Buhari arrived.

The Chief Whip of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Sunday Akinniyi and the Commissioner for Justice and attorney-general under Fayose administration, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi also switched allegiances to APC at the event.

Ajayi was also Fayose’s attorney-general in his truncated first term, 2003-2006.

NAN reports that the National Chairman of APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomole, was also on hand to receive the defectors. He assured them of equal treatment in the party.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Senator Rasaki, said they had to dump the PDP because of the selfishness of Governor Fayose in the state.

According to her, the PDP in the state has been monopolised by a single individual, who would not allow justice and fairplay in the day-to day running of the affairs of the party.

Former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye was the first to jump out of the Fayose PDP boat, after a controversial primary election, the outcome of which the lawyer-journalist said was predetermined in favour of Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has taken over the premises of MTN to protest the alleged ill-treatment of MTN on her staffers in MTN Etta Agbor office, Calabar and other offices in cross Cross River State.
KDBlog can authoritatively reveal that the picketing of MTN stations (offices) is nationwide.

















          60 Churches Bombed or Burned: Kachin Christians Facing Genocide in Burma      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Northwood Church founder Pastor Bob Roberts worries if the US Congress doesn't act soon, ethnic Kachin Christians in Burma may face the same plight as the Rohingya. He believes prayer and action can make the difference in saving them.
          Skepticality #087 - A Skeptic for Congress? - Interview: Dr. Hal Bidlack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With less than thirty days left until (U.S.) Election Day 2008, Skepticality checks in with noted skeptic Lt. Colonel Hal Bidlack (U.S. Air Force, Retired) — the Democratic Party's 5th Congressional District candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Swoopy talks with Hal about the challenging and expensive process of seeking public office in the United States, and how the recent upset of financial markets is shaping this election season. Hal also explains how his study of the U.S. Constitution and experience as the nation's premier Alexander Hamilton scholar lends valuable insight even in 2008.
          Skepticality #046 - TAM Audio: Adam Savage, Lori Lipman Brown and Benjamin Radford      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On this week's Skepticality, we continue our coverage of The Amazing Meeting 5. Derek and Swoopy talk with some of their favorite Real Skeptical Heroes including author and CSICOP spokesman Benjamin Radford, Mythbuster Adam Savage and the first Congressional lobbyist for non-theists and director of the Secular Coalition for America, Lori Lipman Brown.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Several former Ohio State University wrestlers are backing U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan in a dispute over what the congressman knew about alleged sexual abuse of wrestlers while coaching at the school.

The statements from 15 individuals released by a Virginia public relations firm Tuesday include comments from wrestlers who say they knew nothing of the allegations and those who acknowledge possible issues with the doctor at the focus of an investigation.

All back Jordan's assertion he knew nothing of the alleged abuse when he was an assistant coach.

Some ex-wrestlers say they were groped by team doctor Richard Strauss and that Jordan knew about the alleged abuse when he was an assistant coach.

Jordan, a Republican, is a potential contender for House speaker.


          Federal judge denies Trump administration request to detain immigrant children      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A California federal judge on Monday rejected the Trump administration's efforts to detain immigrant families for long terms, calling it a "cynical attempt" to undo a longstanding court settlement. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said the federal government had failed to present new evidence to support revising a court order that limits detaining children who crossed the border illegally for extended periods.

The Department of Justice asked Gee to alter a 1997 settlement, which provides the framework for how to handle detained immigrant children, so it could detain families together for longer periods.

The ruling came the same day the government acknowledged it would not meet the Tuesday deadline set by a San Diego federal judge who ordered detained children under 5 to be reunited with their families.

Justice Department lawyer Sarah Fabian said 54 of the 100 or so infants and toddlers covered by the order would be reunited on time. She said the delay for others was due to a variety of reasons, including that the parents of some of the youngsters had already been deported.

The Trump administration said Gee's previous rulings had made family detention unlikely and provided an incentive for a surge of immigrants to bring children across the border illegally with the expectation they wouldn't be locked up.

Gee called the administration's request "a cynical attempt" to shift responsibility to the court "for over 20 years of Congressional inaction and ill-considered executive action that have led to the current stalemate."

Three years ago, Gee rejected a similar effort by the Obama administration. She ruled at the time that immigrant children generally can't be held longer than 20 days.

More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents by U.S. immigration authorities at the border with Mexico this spring before President Donald Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an international outcry.

The application to change the Flores agreement -- named for an El Salvador immigrant who was 15 when the case was brought in 1985 -- was "procedurally improper and wholly without merit," said Gee, who was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama.

The Department of Justice was reviewing Monday's ruling and did not say if it would appeal.

"We disagree with the court's ruling declining to amend the Flores Agreement to recognize the current crisis of families making the dangerous and unlawful journey across our southern border," spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement.

Families can be detained together if their parents waive their right to release children to the custody of a family member.

Attorney Peter Schey, who represents detained children in the settlement, said President Donald Trump had falsely claimed the settlement required the separation of families.

"Sifting through the government's false narrative, the court clearly found that the Flores settlement has never resulted in the separation of families," Schey said. "President Trump needs to take responsibility for his own misguided policies."

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, a nominee of Republican President George W. Bush, set a July 26 deadline to reunite all the children separated from their parents.

The government had claimed in its filings that Sabraw's ruling trumped the Flores agreement. Gee rejected that argument on several grounds, saying the U.S. was relying on a "tortured interpretation" of the deal.

As CBS News correspondent Mireya Villareal reported, the government admitted in federal court on Monday that it would not be able to meet the Tuesday deadline to reunite all kids under 5 years old who were separated from their parents at the border.

"The government is planning on reuniting at most 59 of the 102 kids that they have identified for under 5-years-old," said Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union suing the government on behalf of migrant families.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says at least 44 kids will remain in their custody past the deadline. The parents for nine children have been deported and haven't been found. Twelve parents are facing criminal charges and nine have been released and have been lost track of. HHS says they are carefully vetting parents to protect children's safety.


          Report to Congress on Navy Columbia-Class Submarine Program      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The following is the June 29, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Columbia Class (Ohio Replacement) Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN-826) Program: Background and Issues for Congress. From the report: The Columbia (SSBN-826) class program, previously known as the Ohio replacement program (ORP) or SSBN(X) program, is a program to design and build a new class […]
          Benefitting big agribusinesses at the expense of family farms.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Whowrites better editorials than Investors Business Daily? Their latest is about cheese.
A Mountain Of Surplus Cheese, Brought To You By The Federal Government
Subsidies: According to the federal government, almost 1.4 billion pounds of surplus cheese now sit in refrigerated warehouses around the country. Yet dairy production is climbing. What gives?

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The amount of surplus cheese is growing fast — up 6% in just the past year.

According to news accounts, the reason is that dairy production is climbing, while dairy consumption is falling. Data from the Department of Agriculture show that between 2008 and 2017, milk production in the U.S. climbed 13%.

Over those same years, however, consumption has sagged — with per capita milk consumption down 14%, USDA data show.

The surplus milk gets stored as cheese. If formed into one giant wheel, the current 1.39-billion-pound cheese surplus would be about as big as the U.S. Capitol Building.

Two years ago, the Obama administration effectively bailed out the industry, when it bought up $20 million worth — 11 million pounds — of cheese, which it then used for food assistance programs. But the stockpile has grown 16% since then.

If all this sounds odd, it is.

In what other industry would you find producers continuing to ramp up production while demand slides, and then stuffing the growing pile of surplus into warehouses, hoping the federal government will buy some of it?

What makes the dairy industry different is decades of government efforts to "support" dairy farmers with various subsidy schemes. The 2014 farm bill did away with old federal price support programs, but replaced them with heavily subsidized insurance that essentially guarantees margins for those who sign up. This year, the dairy industry successfully lobbied Congress to expand this subsidy program.

Distorting the Market
By interfering with pricing signals, the effect of these subsidies has been to encourage production, almost regardless of market demand. It's a problem not just with the dairy industry, but with other agricultural products on the receiving end of government largesse.

Each year, in fact, taxpayers fork over more than $20 billion to subsidize corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, rice, dairy and a few other commodities. Critics of these subsidies say that not only do these programs distort the market, but they tend to benefit big agribusinesses at the expense of family farms.

The 2014 bill was supposed to include provisions to prevent dairy overproduction, but clearly it hasn't worked as intended.

Dairy farmers say they need these programs to survive. We doubt that. Like every other industry, they'd learn to adapt to market changes.

In the meantime, ask yourself this question: Why should taxpayers hand over their hard-earned money to protect other people's jobs in a declining industry?

          Judge Kavanaugh, Diversity, Elect legislators who will stop the administrative state from trying to rule over us, Pedophiles want to be included in the LGBT community.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Andrew spends the first half of the show talking about Judge Kavanaugh. Jenna Ellis is a guest and she approves of the pick, as does Andrew.

Andrew does "d" for diversity as this week's entry in the Leftese dictionary. Diverse people must not be diverse in their thoughts, beliefs, or opinions. In Leftese, that's what diversity means, being the same!

Andrew's next guest is Matthew Peterson from the Claremont Institute. Judge Kavanaugh has opined that unelected administrative bodies ruling over us is not in the Constitution! Peterson explains that the administrative state has more and more usurped power that should be the prerogative of the legislative branch. They are difficult to fire, so they are not being controlled by the executive. Congress is not doing a good job of controlling them, as we see in the Obama DOJ and FBI scandals.

The progressive era, when Woodrow Wilson was president, said the Constitution was outdated. "We need people who are rational experts who we can put in charge and they are going to make things go smoothly. Over the last century that expert class has been put into place to rule over us and objectively solve our problems! We need to elect legislators who understand the problem, and hold these agencies accountable!

Pedophiles want to be included in the LGBT community. They are rebranding themselves as MATS, minor attracted persons! So now it would be LGBTM. Andrew says the M would stand for monsters. It is not your identity. It is a compulsion, something you want to do.




          Women's suffrage      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gail Heriot writes at Instapundit,
ON THIS DAY IN 1890, WYOMING BECAME A STATE: There’s an interesting backstory here: The Wyoming Territory’s constitution had been the first to guarantee women the right to vote. But when Wyoming initially applied for statehood, this created controversy. Fearing that women in long-established states would be emboldened by Wyoming’s example, some Members of Congress initially insisted that Wyoming withdraw women’s right to vote. But the Wyoming legislature stood its ground and cabled back to Congressional leaders, “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.”

Congress eventually relented, and before the turn of the century, there were four women’s suffrage states–Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho.

          Comment on Brett Kavanaugh Once Argued That a Sitting President Should Be Above the Law by 001836246      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Kavanaugh law review article recommends that Congress consider a law deferring any civil or criminal against a sitting president until after he leaves office. However, Congress has passed no such law, even with full awareness that a UNANIMOUS Supreme Court ruled that, presidential duties notwithstanding, Bill Clinton had to defend a civil suit brought by Paula Jones in Arkansas for conduct prior to Clinton&apos;s assuming the presidency. Because Congress has not acted, how do we suppose the Court might now ignore its recent unanimous precedent and hold Trump immune from prosecution? On a side note, I&apos;m always amazed by how far the comments on articles wander so far off the topic at hand. John Nichols is making one specific point. Commenters should stick to that, not use the forum as an excuse to ramble about whatever might be on their heads. That&apos;s what Facebook and Twitter are for. Sheesh.
          Comment on Brett Kavanaugh Once Argued That a Sitting President Should Be Above the Law by 004080354      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kavanaugh argues that the only way to remove a president from office should be impeachment and conviction for high crimes and misdemeanors. This means that only Congress can indict a sitting president. All other citizens can be indicted by the justice system. When the Watergate tapes produced the smoking gun, Tricky Dick was not indicted by the justice system, he was about to be impeached by Congress. To spare the country a divisive trial before the Senate, senior Republicans went to Tricky Dick and told him he had to resign for the good of the country. Tricky Dick did put the good of the country above his ego and resigned. Once Nixon was out of office, he could have been indicted, but Gerald Ford pardoned him. But Donald Trump is an ego-maniac. Should senior Republicans go to him and suggest he resign to spare the country a divisive trial before the Senate, the Donald would simply show them his middle finger. This is the problem with Kananaugh&apos;s argument. If impeachment and conviction of high crimes and misdemeanors is the only way to get rid of an ego-maniacal president, then we are stuck with Trump because being an ego-maniac is not a crime. The Parliamentary system is better because it has the vote of no confidence. If you have seen the movie "Darkest Hour," you know that Neville Chamberlain&apos;s government fell by a vote of no confidence. New elections produced Churchill because he rallied the British people to fight the Nazis to the bitter end. Chamberlain wanted to seek an armistice with Adolph. This was extremely stupid (but it was not a crime) because Hitler had already snookered Chamberlain at Munich in 1938. Only a fool would think he could get Hitler to honor an armistice agreement since he didn&apos;t honor his agreement with Chamberlain at Munich. Had the Brits had our system of government where you can only get rid of a president through impeachment and conviction for crimes, the world would be very different today.
          Comment on Barbara Lee Would Make an Excellent Leader of House Democrats by 004780276      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
He was the first member of congress to speak of the torture/war crimes. all the others kept a low profile. The honorable Richard Lugar impugned his patriotism. an aside: Doug Jones who spent $22m to beat Roy Moore ($6m) and the probable weak fight against nominee Kavanaugh.. https://www.yahoo.com/news/doug-jones-says-open-voting-183551165.html?.tsrc=jtc_news_index&soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma
          Comment on Why Congress Should Not Honor One of the Most Notorious Doping Cheats of All Time by 600317887      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As Patrick Lawrence says, he reads the NYT to find out what he&apos;s supposed to think happened. This whole thing reminds me of their coverage of Wen Ho Lee. There, however, an American judge listening to the evidence slapped the government around and freed Mr. Lee and the NYT was forced to publish an apology. Unfortunately, smearing Russia is a great source for click bait and they are unlikely to retract any of the crap they&apos;ve published in the last couple of years. This is a brilliant piece but it doesn&apos;t take the next step and point out how incredibly spot on the US Constitution is. We should try following it for a change. The constitution requires that the accused be given a fair and open trial (not to mention speedy) where the accused can confront his accusers, see the evidence presented against him, and present his own evidence in his defense. We violate this all the time (the state secrets ploy which does not exist in the constitution is one way) and the typical result of this sort of railroading is the innocent get screwed. Just ask Wen Ho Lee. Or these Russian athletes.
          Comment on Why Congress Should Not Honor One of the Most Notorious Doping Cheats of All Time by 007179500      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kudos! This is a brilliant review of a huge international sports and geopolitical scandal based on biased and politicized reporting.
          Comment on Legislative History Reveals FATCA Had Nothing To Do With Collecting Tax Revenue From U.S. Persons With Foreign Accounts Evading Taxes (Part I) by Gary K. Heald, Jr.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I wanted to provide you some hard-evidence that Congress knew FATCA would not lead to any meaningful amount of tax revenue collected. https://www.jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=3649 In the report JCTX-5-10 (February 23rd, 2010), the JCT estimated that between 2010 and 2020 HIRE would result in a $12.958B tax expenditure, while FATCA would realize only $8.714B in tax revenue. Assuming my calculations are correct, at the end of the ten-year period (which will come in a year-and-a-half from now) FATCA should be unable to fund HIRE resulting in a $4.244B deficit.
          Comment on Legislative History Reveals FATCA Had Nothing To Do With Collecting Tax Revenue From U.S. Persons With Foreign Accounts Evading Taxes (Part I) by Gary K. Heald, Jr.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
My initial response to Robert's July 10th, 2018 9:06AM comment. That’s an important question. I am going to restate it, to be sure I understand it correctly. You asked me whether it’s possible that Congress could have been under the impression FATCA would lead to significant tax collections. The answer is yes, but then that would make them either ignorant or indifferent to the JCT report. As I mention, Congress claimed that the FISC was annually short $150B in tax revenue due to offshore tax evasion by U.S. persons. That was the foundation that the House and Senate used to pass their preliminary versions of HIRE. The 2008 and 2009 hearing estimates were based on two case studies: LGT and UBS. Those two case studies were based on anecdotal evidence including extremely large foreign banks, which do not properly represent the offshore tax gap. This was made clear by the JCT’s report issued prior to enactment, where the number was effectively reduced from $150B lost annually, to $870M lost annually. That’s less than one-half of one-percent of what Congress originally estimated FATCA was going to generate in tax revenue. One possibility is that Congress believed that $870M annual tax revenue was, in fact, a significant amount of tax collections. The JCTs final FATCA tax revenue estimate was for $8.7B over ten-years. So, it is possible that Congress reasonably believed FATCA would bring in $870M. But then, the issue is that FATCA was supposed to pay for HIRE. HIRE was a one-year $15B tax expenditure package to create jobs. Given the new estimate, roughly half of HIRE would be paid for. It would take 10-years to pay for one-half of the one-year expenditure. This also does not take into account the additional costs borne by the IRS to implement FATCA, or the additional implementation money they keep asking for (in 2017 alone, the IRS requested over a half-a-billion in additional implementation funding). If Congress read the report and ran the numbers, FATCA wasn’t going to collect any meaningful amount of tax revenue. They asked their committee (the JCT), and the JCT told them as much. The estimate was a 10-year estimate. HIRE was law in 2010, and the JCT estimate was from 2010. It’s now half-way through 2018, and as you point out, there’s still no money (and there’s time on the estimate clock remaining). Congress serves as America’s fact-finders charged with discerning whether evidence is relevant, probative of some material fact, reasonable, unreasonable or if further clarification should be sought on a matter. The introduction of the new JCT estimate should have shocked their conscience by calling into question the reasonableness of the foundation upon which FATCA was premised.
          Comment on Legislative History Reveals FATCA Had Nothing To Do With Collecting Tax Revenue From U.S. Persons With Foreign Accounts Evading Taxes (Part I) by Robert      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gary, I agree that FATCA does not lead to any significant tax collections. Although it is possible that Congress acted under the impression it would. If, as you state, tax collection was not the underlying rationale, what was the purpose of FATCA, and can you share proof thereof?
          Questions are being raised about Facebook's decision to give a Russian internet company temporary special access to its user data (FB)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Facebook acknowledged that it gave Mail.Ru special access to user data after 2015, when it officially ended the system that allowed third-party apps to access user data.
  • Mail.Ru was among dozens of companies that were granted special temporary access to Facebook user data.
  • Mail.Ru has ties to the Kremlin, according to news reports.


Facebook is facing fresh scrutiny over its data-sharing practices following the publication of reports highlighting how a Russian internet giant with ties to the Russian government gained access to user data. 

On Tuesday, CNN and Wired published reports exploring how Mail.Ru built apps that were able to access Facebook user data after the social network locked down its platform in 2015. Facebook recently disclosed in written testimony to US Congress that Mail.Ru had built apps that integrated with its platform — and that it was one of a select group of app makers that was given an extension beyond the formal 2015 cut-off date.

According to CNN and Wired, Mail.Ru was granted an extra two weeks of access to this user data. Facebook did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

Mail.Ru's parent company was founded by Alisher Usmanov, a Russian businessman with links to the Kremlin. As such, Mail.Ru's activity on the platform has raised some eyebrows, and prompted calls for more information: The Russian government infamously used Facebook to sow disinformation and propaganda during the 2016 US presidential election.

What's more, a former Mail.Ru CEO and Chairman, Yuri Milner, invested $200 million for a 2% stake Facebook in 2009 through his firm Digital Sky Technologies, and another few hundred million dollars in the following years. Milner, who stepped down as Mail.Ru Chairman in 2012, has since sold its stake in Facebook, CNN reported.

In a statement given to CNN, Democratic senator Mark Warner called for more information: "In the last 6 months we've learned that Facebook had few controls in place to control the collection and use of user data by third parties.

"Now we learn that the largest technology company in Russia, whose executives boast close ties to Vladimir Putin, had potentially hundreds of apps integrated with Facebook, collecting user data. If this is accurate, we need to determine what user information was shared with mail.ru and what may have been done with the captured data."

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  • Morgan Stanley analysts think Wall Street is still underestimating how much Facebook can grow.
  • In a research note, analysts at the investment bank set the stock a new price target of $215.
  • It's an abrupt turnaround from just a few months ago, when Facebook's share price was getting pummeled in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And it may be largely due to Instagram.

 

Facebook's reputation has be