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          A Gubernatorial Candidate’s Disturbing Ties To Linda Sarsour      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On August 7, Michigan’s citizens will be going to their polling booths to vote in gubernatorial primaries. Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley are vying for the GOP ticket. Democratic candidates have whittled to three; former state Senate leader Gretchen Whitmer, business executive Shri Thanedar and former state health official Abdul El-Sayed.

When he first threw his hat in for contention, El-Sayed, who is Muslim and whose father is Egyptian, was a dark horse who trailed both the front runner Whitmer as well as Thanedar. However, as reported by the left-wing Intercept, at least one recent poll has him now surpassing Thanedar and within striking distance of Whitmer (other polls still have him lagging).

This should be a source of concern for centrist Democrats, those who cherish free-enterprise as well as those who value the continuation of the strong alliance between Israel and U.S. When it comes to El-Sayed, two age-old adages come to mind; “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and “A man can be judged by the company he keeps.”

On paper, El-Sayed has an impressive resume – he’s a doctor, Rhodes Scholar, and former director of the Detroit Health Department – and appears qualified for the job. But there’s more to being a state’s top executive than impressive credentials. Looking beyond the cover, El-Sayed is a member of the regressive hard Left and has Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez squarely in his corner.  In fact, the Democratic Socialist duo has been actively campaigning on his behalf.

But it gets worse, much worse. El-Sayed also maintains close ties to the foul-mouthed racist Linda Sarsour and that says a lot about what kind of person El-Sayed is. El-Sayed is a sly fellow and has been careful to steer clear of the Arab-Israeli dispute so as not to overtly alienate an important constituency. In at least one instance, El-Sayed punted when asked an unsolicited question on the Mideast; “I’m running for governor of Michigan,” he answered.

But his association with Sarsour should raise alarm bells. Sarsour is an anti-Semite to her core and is on record making a number of disparaging comments about the “Jewish media,” Zionism and Israel. She infamously tweeted that there is “nothing creepier than Zionism,” and absurdly asserted that Zionism and feminism are incompatible. Yet Sarsour, in a number of twitter posts, ironically championed Saudi-style Sharia law, which subjugates women and imposes on them institutional second class citizenship. 

Sarsour, who touts herself to be a leading women’s rights activist, is in actuality, anything but. She infamously lashed out at two leading female critics and noted on social media that she “wish[ed]…to take their vaginas away.” One of the victims of Sarsour’s invective was herself a victim of female genital mutilation. Sarsour later scrubbed the vulgar tweet as well as others in an attempt to rehabilitate her image but her obscenities continued unabated.

Last year, Sarsour voiced support for Assata Shakur, a murderer who killed a New Jersey state trooper in a 1973 shootout. That asinine support prompted pushback and criticism from CNN’s Jake Tapper. The thinned-skinned Sarsour then bizarrely accused Tapper of being a member of the “alt-right.”

Sarsour’s unhinged demeanor showed no signs of let-up. On November 29, 2017 Sarsour blamed the “Jewish media” for fostering negative views about her. But perhaps most disconcerting is her unabashed support for the unrepentant Judeophobe, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

There was a time when any association with Farrakhan, even among Democrats, would be the death knell of any political career beyond the confines of garbage collector. In 2005 for example, a smiling Barack Obama was photographed with Farrakhan but the photo was deep-sixed and never saw the light of day until two years after the completion of his two terms. But the Democratic Party of today, with the Jeremy Corbyn-like influence of the Democratic Socialists, has been transformed into a vastly different party, one in which antisemitism has been mainstreamed. 

Aspiring Democratic politicians like El-Sayed no longer shy away from toxic bigots like Sarsour. Sadly, they embrace them. On August 7, Michigan’s Democratic primary voters will have a chance to reject this malign influence and partly reverse the Democratic Party’s noxious trajectory.      


          CA Court Gets Tougher On Anti-Jewish Campus Hate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Los Angeles city prosecutor Spencer Hart, who is reviewing the belligerent shutdown of a Students Supporting Israel panel at the University of California-Los Angeles on May 17, 2018, has requested additional investigative materials from the UCLA Police, according to a prosecution source. The request on Case 18-1206 was transmitted to UCLA campus Detective Selby Arsena, who assembled the original investigative package submitted to Los Angeles Pacific Branch prosecutors in mid-July.

The request was seen as an indication that LA prosecutors are taking the case seriously and undertaking a thorough review. No timeline for a decision could be identified, prosecution sources say, because prosecutor Hart, who is second in command at the Pacific Branch, not only handles his own substantial caseload but as the assistant supervising attorney, he also oversees the caseloads of other prosecutors. However, since a one-year statute of limitations applies, investigative sources envision a decision on the prosecution by year’s end.

In the now well-known case, Students Supporting Israel gathered in a UCLA function room on May 17, 2018, for a panel discussion titled Indigenous Peoples Unite. Disrupters—suddenly and loudly—stormed into the room mid-session. One person tore down the students’ flag, demonstratively pulled away a desk placard, and cursed threateningly close to the face of a panelist. With bullhorns, whistles staged dancing, and slogan shouting, the event was shut down. The disruption and nose-to-nose intimidation of the students attending the SSI event was documented in a video, beginning at minute 41. 

After media revelations about UCLA’s initial inaction, two Jewish groups stepped up—the Louis D. Brandeis Center, headed by constitutional attorney Alyza Lewin, and the StandWithUs Saidoff Legal Department, headed by attorney Yael Lerman. The Washington-based Brandeis Center flew its attorney, Aviva Vogelstein, to LA. Together, Lerman and Vogelstein personally escorted numerous students as well as one member of the community into the UCLA police department, where they all filed formal complaints. These resulted in a formal referral of the incident to city prosecutors. 

The failure of UCLA to act swiftly and transparently has been viewed by the larger Jewish and pro-Israel community as symptomatic of academic administrations across the nation that has allowed anti-Jewish and anti-Israel agitation to flourish and escalate to violence. 

UCLA spokesman Tad Tamberg repeatedly declined to respond to questions, and his office has also instructed the UCLA police to not respond to questions by this reporter. 

More than a few have compared the intensifying intimidation on campus to something approaching Brownshirt tactics in 1932, just before Hitler came to power. Nazi storm troopers would violently break up Jewish and anti-fascist meetings. 

In an August 2, 2018 letter to prosecutor Hart, the Coalition for Jewish Values, representing some 1,000 conservative and orthodox rabbis, urged prosecution of the UCLA disrupters citing verisimilitude to the “Nazi Party in Germany and its Sturmabteilung (SA), the stormtroopers or brownshirts.” 

Facing university inaction across the nation, Jewish and pro-Israel groups have turned to the criminal code. Several organizations are preparing students and community members on other campuses to call 911 to initiate police investigations for referral to prosecutors. 

Headlines were recently made at Stanford University when third-year student and former student senator Hamzeh Daoud, hired as a dorm residential advisor, issued the following Facebook warning: “I'm gonna physically fight Zionists on campus next year if someone comes at me with their ‘Israel is democracy bullshit’ : ) and after I abolish your ass I’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethnosupremacist settler-colonial state.” In a Twitter post, Daoud reportedly wrote, "fuck your liberal Zionist ass. fuck your Jewish state … Israel is a state that needs to be dismantled. Any other opinion is complicity." 

The Brandeis Center has been at the vanguard of the criminal referrals at UCLA and was quick to spring into action. Writing to Stanford president August Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Brandeis president Alyza Lewin insisted the threat was “so severe as to potentially violate … Title 11.5 of the California Penal Code, §422, ‘Punishment for threats’ [which] states: Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out … shall be punished by imprisonment … not to exceed one year.”

Likewise, the ZOA demanded, “Daoud’s actions be reported to law enforcement for possible criminal prosecution.”

The Israel Group, headed by Jack Saltzberg, went further and directly petitioned Santa Clara District Attorney Jeffrey F. Rosen to commence prosecution under the same 422 penal code statute known as the “Threat Law,” and to add a second count under 422.55, California’s “Hate Crime” statute. “Mr. Daoud’s threat is exacerbated by his being employed by Stanford on the campus as a Residential Assistant,” Saltzberg wrote. In an interview, Saltzberg said his group was bypassing the police and going directly to prosecutors because Stanford students “are not willing to file a complaint. Most are afraid to even go on record using their name regarding their thoughts.” The Israel Group has located just one student who “may be willing to file a complaint,” but the individual is still “undecided.” 

On July 31, 2018, the Pennsylvania law firm of Marcus & Auerbach wrote to Stanford on behalf of a student “client [who] wishes to remain anonymous out of concern for his/her physical safety.” The firm demanded Stanford take action against Daoud.

Other organizations, such as StandWithUs, are already arranging for students at various campuses who have been intimidated to walk into police stations and file complaints. 

Seeking a national “911 on campus” strategy against intimidation, the Brandeis Center is now assembling a catalog of relevant criminal statutes in all fifty states, to be itemized in a handy guide to be distributed to students nationwide. 

As students prepare for the fall, many organizations have decided to draw a line in the sand at the May 17 UCLA incident.

Edwin Black is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of IBM and the Holocaust and Financing the Flames.  


          The 'Greatest Generation' vs Pelosi's 'Delusional Generation'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, America's leaders took responsibility for defending the country's borders and destroying its enemies once they realized - quickly- the existential threat posed by the Axis Powers.  This fearless leadership and commitment  to protecting the American people came to define, in part,  those preserving during that period as  “The Greatest Generation.”  

In just 44 months, America and its allies planned,  built, and then rushed into battle,  fleets of new airplanes, fighter aircraft, and bombers.  And in just 44 months, fleets of ships were launched.  Nuclear weapons were, for the first time devised, created, tested and successfully deployed. 

But America's leaders today, with few exceptions, would hardly qualify for any title except, perhaps, the most delusional or most corrupt generation.

Nancy Pelosi and her political cohorts provide ample evidence of just how far our nation has fallen.  

On September 11, 2001, nineteen alien terrorists inflicted more casualties on the United States than did the entire Japanese fleet on, the day that as President Roosevelt declared, would “live in infamy.”

Those 19 hijacker-terrorists turned passenger airliners into de facto cruise missiles -  creating horrors and carnage that will be forever etched in the minds and hearts of those who lived through those attacks on our nation.

On July 27, 2018, Nancy Pelosi uttered jaw-dropping description of the terror attacks of 9/11 as the “9/11 incident.

How could anyone of sound mind and possessing a firm grip on reality, describe the worst terror attack ever committed on U.S. soil as a merely “incident?”

Pelosi then went on to chastise the Republicans for failing to support border security claiming that the Democrats were far more committed to securing our borders and following the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

The harsh reality is that the globalist leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties have repeatedly and steadfastly refused to secure America’s borders and indeed enforce our immigration laws effectively.  There is ample evidence that the leaders of both parties have refused to adequately address the multitude of failures and vulnerabilities of the immigration system.

The leadership of both parties is determined to ram a massive DACA amnesty down our throats even though the 9/11 Commission identified immigration fraud as the critical method of entry and embedding of terrorists.

I addressed this concern in my article, DACA Solution Must Heed 9/11 Commission Findings.

Now the Trump administration is contemplating shutting down the government, to protect America and Americans by finally getting the funds to construct a border wall.

However, first and foremost, let us not forget, that the “leaders” of the Democratic Party have led demonstrations demanding that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) be disbanded and that interior enforcement of the immigration laws is terminated.

Let us not forget Pelosi herself has outrageously repeatedly accused ICE agents of terrorizing immigrant communities.

Just months ago, on February 28, 2018, Nancy posted the following press release on her official Congressional website. The title of her press release was, Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration ICE Raids Targeting the San Francisco Bay Area:

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration conducted sweeping raids across Northern California that resulted in the arrest of more than 150 men and women, at least half of whom did not have a criminal record:

“The Trump Administration’s raids were a shocking abuse of law enforcement power.  Again, the White House has reached into our communities to detain scores of hard-working, law-abiding immigrants indiscriminately.

“Fully half of those swept up in the ICE raids have no criminal record.  This raid was intended solely to terrorize innocent immigrant families and instill fear in the hearts of our communities – not to keep Americans safe.  Parents will now be torn from their children, and spouses ripped away from their loved ones.

“The Administration continues to brazenly target the cities that refuse to bow to its blatantly bigoted anti-immigrant and mass deportation agenda.  The people of the San Francisco Bay Area will continue to oppose these cowardly attacks, and we will remain open to the patriotic immigrants who are the constant reinvigoration of America.”

Worksite investigations are an element of the interior enforcement of our immigration laws, an aspect, I might add, that the 9/11 Commission directly addressed.

In point of fact, the day before a terrorist carries out a terror attack he/she is likely hiding in plain sight at work.

Consider my recent article: Congressional Hearing: Iranian Sleeper Cells Threaten U.S.

Work-site investigations are primarily conducted to liberate jobs stolen by illegal aliens that American and lawful immigrant workers desperately need so they can support themselves and their families.

Sleeper agents are so named because they maintain a shallow profile and seek to avoid calling attention to themselves.  While they may violate our immigration laws, they are fastidiously careful never to get arrested.  They quietly wait for the day they are called to action.

The official report, 9/11 and  Terrorist Travel referenced interior enforcement of our immigration laws repeatedly,  Consider this example:

Thus, abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It would remain mostly unknown since no agency of the United States government analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 9/11. This lack of attention meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore, deadly terrorist operations were missed.
The aliens arrested during these field investigations that Pelosi railed against, were not taken into custody to “terrorize immigrant communities” but to seek the removal (deportation) of aliens who violate our nation’s borders and violate our laws.  This is also done to deter other aspiring illegal aliens, from around the world, from coming to the United States illegally or with the intention of violating the terms of their lawful admission into the United States. 

I can also tell you that when I was an INS agent, I located numerous alien fugitives during routine worksite investigations.  These aliens had committed serious crimes, including murder and rape.

In one particularly memorable case, I encountered a citizen of Belize working in a glass factory in Brooklyn, New York.  He had no ID but claimed that he had become a naturalized citizen.

The owner of the factory swore that the guy was the most trustworthy employee he had ever hired.  He told me that he even trusted him to open the factory in the morning and close it at night if he was away from the factory and he frequently had dinner at the owner’s home with his wife and kids.

Long story short, when no records were found to corroborate his claims about being a naturalized citizen, my colleagues and I took him into custody.

It turned out that he lied about his identity and circumstances.  He was indeed from Belize; however, he had never become a naturalized citizen.

He had, however, been previously deported from the U.S. after he completed his prison sentence following his conviction for manslaughter.

He had re-entered the U.S. illegally, had been located, arrested by INS agents and prosecuted for that unlawful reentry.  He subsequently escaped from a federal correctional facility and ultimately found work in that factory where we saw him.  He was a fugitive.

His boss nearly went into cardiac arrest when he learned of these extraordinary circumstances concerning his “most trusted employee!”

Meanwhile, Pelosi defamed courageous federal agents and used inflammatory language in accusing ICE agents of staging “cowardly attacks” on “law-abiding” and “patriotic immigrants.”  

It would appear she was attempting to incite violence against ICE agents.  Should any agent be attacked, perhaps they or their families should consider suing Pelosi personally for inciting hostility by abusing her authority as a leader of the United States House of Representatives.

Law enforcement officers are indeed made accountable, why shouldn’t our elected “representatives” also be made responsible?

Furthermore, contrary to Pelosi’s lies, aliens who violate our immigration laws are, by definition, not law-abiding!

The ICE agents who took the immigration law violators into custody did not do so not out of bigotry or hatred, but because of the oaths, they made when they entered on duty with the federal government to uphold the Constitution and enforce our nation’s laws.

Our immigration laws have nothing to do with race, religion or ethnicity.  

Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182 enumerates the categories of aliens excluded.  Among these classes:  aliens with dangerous communicable, diseases, convicted felons, human rights violators, war criminals, terrorists, spies, and other usual suspects.

The term patriotic has been defined, in part as “having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one's country.”

How on earth is an individual who violates the sovereign borders of a country in which he/she is not a citizen demonstrating patriotism?

Perhaps the issue of patriotism should be reviewed in examining the conduct of Ms. Pelosi, whose words and exhortations undermine the dangerous and vital work of America’s immigration law enforcement officers.  We should, therefore, ask if her conduct is a demonstration of patriotism or, more appropriately, of treason.

Motorists who drive erratically are likely to be pulled over by police officers to make sure that they are not operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs and also to make sure that they possess valid driver’s licenses.

Pelosi’s rhetoric and evident detachment from reality cause me to wonder if when she made that statement was suffering the effects of psychedelic drugs or had too much to drink.  

Other possibilities include that she is senile or suffers from an abject inability to discern reality from a fantasy world she has created within the realm that lies between her ears.

Or perhaps,  she knows what she must say to get campaign contributions from her globalist campaign contributors.

Drunk drivers are said to be driving under the influence (DUI).  Perhaps Ms. Pelosi is guilty of GUI (Governing Under the Influence).

I provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission.  As an INS agent, I investigated and arrested many international terrorists.  About three years ago I wrote an extensive article, The 9/11 Commission Report, and Immigration: An Assessment, Fourteen Years after the Attacks.

Pelosi and her colleagues should be required to read it along with, the 9/11 Commission Report and 9/11 and Terrorist Travel.


          Labour-Style Anti-Semitism Takes over the Democratic Party      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In 2010, Britain’s current Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, hosted an event which facilitated a tour for a shadowy group called the “International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.” The entire event was predicated on Holocaust revisionism, and revolting comparisons between Israel and the Nazis. During the course of the event, one of the speakers likened Israel’s defensive measures in the Gaza Strip to the Nazi treatment of Jews in the Holocaust. Such outrageous comparisons amount to nothing short of Holocaust denial, yet Corbyn, who was a relatively obscure member of parliament at the time, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the rancid speaker.

Eight years later, Corbyn, who is facing increasing criticism for failing to address mounting anti-Semitism within his party, apologized. “I apologize for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused,” he said. Corbyn’s faux expression of contrition, eight years after the fact, is a case of too little, too late. 

Corbyn, who likes to pal around with terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, is an anti-Semite to his core and his Labour Party has taken its cues from him. In the last week alone, there were at least three reported incidents of overt anti-Semitism from Labour officials with close ties to Corbyn. 

Damien Enticott, a lawmaker in Bognor Regis, a town on England’s southern coast and a member of the Labour Party shared a Facebook post accusing Jews of drinking blood and engaging in pedophilia. He initially denied sharing the post but then acknowledged doing so due to “frustration at seeing unarmed civilians being shot by Israeli soldiers.”

At a Labour Party meeting, Peter Willsman, a senior party member was recorded telling committee members that allegations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party were orchestrated by “Jewish Trump fanatics,” who manipulated and “falsif[ied] social media very easily.”

Mary Bain Lockhart, a councilwoman for the Scottish Labour Party intimated in a Facebook post that Jewish UK media publications were working with Israel’s Mossad intelligence arm to undermine Labour. She went on to accuse Israel of being a “racist state.”

No doubt the conspiracy-prone, terrorist sympathizing Corbyn agreed with these sentiments, and judging by past Labour Party member transgressions, there will likely be little repercussion. Conversely, Jewish Labour Party officials who have spoken out against anti-Semitism within their Party, now face disciplinary action. Such is the Kafkaesque state of affairs in the UK’s Labour Party.

Across the Atlantic there are ominous signs that Labour style anti-Semitism is seeping into and infecting the Democratic Party. There was a time when an appearance with the rabidly anti-Semitic Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan would be the death knell for anyone seeking political office beyond the local level. But today, the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, is a man who has openly associated with Farrakhan. Ellison now claims to reject Farrakhan but strangely, keeps having fortuitous encounters with him and his supporters. Ellison also entertained numerous anti-Semitic calumnies including a claim, regurgitated with banal regularity by right and left-wing anti-Semites, that Israel controls U.S. foreign policies. Even the left-wing Anti-Defamation League noted that Ellison’s comments evoke “the specter of age-old stereotypes about Jewish control of our government.” But these and other comments and actions by Ellison did not prevent him from nearing the top of the Democratic Party and that speaks volumes about the toxic trajectory of the Party.

The rise of so called “Democratic Socialism” of the type championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) should be cause for concern for centrist democrats. The Democratic Socialist platform calls for the abolishment of ICE, borders, prisons and profits. They advocate single payer healthcare, tuition-free college and slashing the defense budget while raising taxes to levels associated with dysfunctional socialist countries. With respect to foreign policy matters, Democratic Socialists favor cutting military ties to Israel and advocate for the so-called Palestinian “Right of Return,” a euphemism for flooding Israel with millions of hostile Palestinians thereby diluting Israel of its Jewish majority, which would effectively spell the destruction of Israel. In fact, Sanders recently hinted his support for such a diabolical scheme.

Sanders himself is pandering to Linda Sarsour, a self-described “social media expert” and “Women’s March” organizer. Sarsour is a toxic individual whose unhinged anti-Semitic views rival those of her British Labour cohorts across the Atlantic. She has also spoken fondly of Farrakhan.  Yet this has not deterred prominent Democrats, including possible presidential candidates, from pandering to her. Last year, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) showered her with praise and refused to backtrack even when confronted with incontrovertible evidence of Sarsour’s vile Judeophobia. To further ingratiate herself with Sarsour and her anti-Israel allies, Gillibrand withdrew her support for an anti-BDS bill that enjoyed wide bipartisan support.

The unexpected meteoric rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat 10-term Queens Rep. Joe Crowley, should also raise alarm bells. The self-described Democratic Socialist, who in an interview acknowledged knowing little about Israel, nevertheless criticized the Jewish State for undertaking defensive measures to protect itself from terror attacks emanating from Gaza. Soon after, Ocasio-Cortez gravitated toward the rancid Sarsour. The two were featured speakers at the 16th Annual Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA) held on July 29, 2018 and were seen pictured together.

Democrats, who have been quick to accuse President Donald Trump of doing little to address anti-Semitism, have themselves deliberately stymied efforts, spearheaded by Trump, to combat Judeophobia. For months, Democrats held up the Trump’s nomination of Kenneth Marcus as assistant secretary of education for civil rights; this despite the fact that Marcus’ appointment garnered the endorsement of some 60 prominent civil and human rights groups, including the left-leaning ADL. 

Marcus, who headed the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and served under past administrations was also a tireless fighter against anti-Semitism and spoke out against the malign influence and tactics employed by pernicious student groups, like Students for Justice in Palestine, whose sole aim is to attack and delegitimize Israel and its supporters. Often, these groups employ tactics that create hostile environments for Jewish students and deny their basic right to assemble and engage in free speech.

Ultimately, Marcus was confirmed by the Senate but without a single Democratic vote. That speaks volumes about the Democratic Party and the toxic path it has chosen for itself. We are witnessing the final death pangs of the Democratic Party as we once remembered it and the extinction of the socially progressive, pro-free enterprise, pro-Israel, centrist Democrat.


          'We shall not fail!' — The US Navy's new submarine fleet commander vows to take on Russia and China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As the new commander of US Submarine Forces took the reins Friday, he stressed that America will continue to dominate beneath the waves.

Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard relieved Vice Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo as head of US Submarine Forces and Allied Submarine Command Friday at a ceremony aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Washington, according to a Navy release.

"The mission of our Submarine Force today is clear," Richard said. "We are back in a world in the midst of major power competition. In that competition our strength undersea is a key advantage that we have. That will not change on my watch. With so much at stake, we cannot let up and must execute our mission with a continued sense of urgency."


          US hits Russia with sanctions over UK nerve agent attack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington says it will impose fresh sanctions on Russia after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain. Reported by SBS 26 minutes ago.
          (USA-Washington) MBI Outside Sales Representative      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MBI Outside Sales Representative Tracking Code 2834-224 Job Description An MBI Outside Sales Representative aggressively grows sales and promotes the Service Partners brand and acts as a business representative for all distribution channels. Manages MBI accounts and provides customer service to Service Partners clients. + Responsible for contacting regular and prospective customers to sell MBI related products + Promote MBI sales growth and business opportunities for all Service Partners customers + Recommend products to customers, based on customers needs and interests + Answer customer questions about products, prices, availability, product uses, and credit terms + Consult with clients after sales or contract signings to resolve problems and to provide ongoing support + Identify prospective customers by using business directories, following leads from existing clients, participating in organizations and clubs, and attending trade shows and conferences at budgeted levels + Work with inside sales representatives, production personnel, customer service, credit and delivery departments to estimate or quote prices, credit or contract terms, warranties, and delivery dates + Monitor market conditions, product innovations, and competitors products, prices, and sales + Perform administrative duties, such as preparing sales budgets and reports, keeping sales records, and filing expense account reports + Reflect Service Partners' business values in all business interactions Required Skills + Acceptable Department of Motor Vehicle record + Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products + Sense of urgency and self-motivation; ability to work independently + Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines + Proven success in a sales territory + Computer literacy with ability to learn new computer software programs + Excellent written and oral communication skills + Attention to detail with strong organizational skills + Excellent customer service skills WORK ENVIRONMENT: + Varies from inside offices to outdoors at job sites Required Experience + Three to five (3-5) years experience in outside sales + Building industry knowledge preferred + Experience working with distributors and developers preferred TopBuild Corp is an equal opportunity employer. EOE Protected Veterans/Disability Job Location Washington, D.C./Virginia Territory, Virginia, United States Company Location Service Partners LLC -Duluth 8030 (8030) Department 803097 - SP Corp MBI-O/S Sales Position Type Full-Time/Regular Union Status Non-Union
          (USA-WA-Vancouver) Exterior Stone/Gutter Outside Sales Representative      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Exterior Stone/Gutter Outside Sales Representative Tracking Code 1771-224 Job Description An Outside Sales Representative aggressively grows sales and promotes the Service Partners brand and acts as a business representative for all distribution channels. Manages accounts and provides customer service to Service Partners clients. + Responsible for contacting regular and prospective customers to sell products + Promote sales growth and business opportunities for all Service Partners customers + Recommend products to customers, based on customers needs and interests + Answer customer questions about products, prices, availability, product uses, and credit terms + Consult with clients after sales or contract signings to resolve problems and to provide ongoing support + Identify prospective customers by using business directories, following leads from existing clients, participating in organizations and clubs, and attending trade shows and conferences at budgeted levels + Work with inside sales representatives, production personnel, customer service, credit and delivery departments to estimate or quote prices, credit or contract terms, warranties, and delivery dates + Monitor market conditions, product innovations, and competitors products, prices, and sales + Perform administrative duties, such as preparing sales budgets and reports, keeping sales records, and filing expense account reports + Reflect Service Partners'' business values in all business interactions Required Skills + Acceptable Department of Motor Vehicle record + Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products + Read, write and understand the English language + Sense of urgency and self-motivation; ability to work independently + Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines + Proven success in a sales territory + Computer literacy with ability to learn new computer software programs + Excellent written and oral communication skills + Attention to detail with strong organizational skills + Excellent customer service skills + Building industry knowledge preferred + Experience working with distributors and developers preferred WORK ENVIRONMENT: + Varies from inside offices to outdoors at job sites Required Experience + High School Diploma + Three to five (3-5) years experience in outside sales TopBuild Corp is an equal opportunity employer. EOE Protected Veterans/Disability Job Location Vancouver, Washington, United States Company Location SP Oregon - Vancouver 2200 (2200) Department 220097 - SP Oregon - Vanc/O/S Sales Position Type Full-Time/Regular Union Status Non-Union
          Pentagon is moving toward establishing Trump’s Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is moving toward fulfilling President Donald Trump’s request to establish a Space Force, in what would be the first new branch of the military in more than 70 years.

In a speech at the Pentagon Thursday at 11:15 a.m., Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to lay out the administration’s plan. The Pentagon is also expected to release a Congressionally-mandated report on the issue.

But the calls for a separate military branch have been met with strong reluctance in some parts of the Pentagon amid concerns that it doesn’t need the burdens of a new bureaucracy. The move could significantly reorganize the military and potentially strip the Air Force of some of its key responsibilities.

Last year, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that he opposed “the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions.”

On Tuesday, however, Mattis said that military leaders “are in complete alignment with the president’s concern about protecting our assets in space to contribute to our security to our economy and we’re going to have to address it as other countries show a capability to attack those assets.”

Congressional approval would be needed to stand up an entirely new military branch. A Space Force, dedicated to space the way the Navy is to the sea, would be the first new military service since the Air Force was created in 1947. But Mattis said that creating a new combatant command for space, such as one that governs the Pentagon’s Special Operations “is certainly one thing that we can establish.”

He added that the plan for how best to implement it was still ongoing: “I don’t have all the final answers yet. We’re still putting it together.”

Defense One, a news outlet focused on the military, recently reported that the combatant command would be led by a four-star general and there would also be an agency focused on buying satellites, citing a draft copy of a report due to Congress soon.

For years, the Pentagon has been warning about how space has become a contested domain of war-just like the land, air and sea. And it has become increasingly concerned that its assets in space are vulnerable to attack.

Military leaders have said repeatedly that modern warfare depends on space. The Pentagon and intelligence community has a host of sensitive satellites that perform all sorts of vital national security tasks, such as missile warning, precision-guided munitions, military communications, intelligence. But how best to protect those assets-and deter other potential adversaries from attacking them-has touched off an intense debate in Washington.

Last year, some members of Congress proposed creating a “Space Corps” inside the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corps is part of the Navy Department. Senior Pentagon officials opposed the measure, and the plan was shelved.

Trump’s Space Force plan would go even further, creating a new branch, with both a new member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a political appointee serving as a service secretary.

During a speech in June, Trump directed the “to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces.” And he said that “we are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force-separate but equal.”

Military officials are concerned about the threats posed by China and Russia in particular. In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile. Then a few years later it fired another missile, this time into the deeper orbit where the Pentagon parks its most sensitive satellites.

That made it clear to the Pentagon that space, long seen as a peaceful domain, was a place where wars could be fought and won.

“There’s not a mission today that we do in the military that doesn’t in some way depend upon space,” Air Force Sec. Heather Wilson said an event last month at The Washington Post. “But we built that architecture in space at a time when it was benign. We built the glass houses before the invention of stones. So now, we have to adjust and make sure that we can defend what we do in space and deter anyone from challenging us there.”

But the plan to create an entirely new branch of the service has rankled some in the Pentagon, who say it is unnecessary, and that the Air Force has for years looked after the nation’s interests in orbit.

Earlier this year, Gen John Hyten, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, said that rather than going through the difficulty of new organizational constructs, “I believe the leadership we have now can execute the missions that we need to.”

Since then, the White House has continued to press forward for a Space Force, giving the issue momentum and the weight of the executive branch.

“We have the direction from the president, and we’re underway,” Mattis said Tuesday.


          Integrated Solutions Manager - Avnet - Washington, MA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Avnet will accommodate employee religious dress standards and grooming practices that do not result in undue hardship for the Company....
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          Billionaire Trader Seeks $80 Million for David Hockney Painting - Bloomberg      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          (USA-WA-Puyallup) Manager in Training      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Manager in Training Tracking Code 2780-224 Job Description Managers in Training (MITs) will train under high performing managers for a period of 12 to 24 months, learning how to lead the execution of our business growth strategy to support financial, sales, and operational priorities. Under mentorship, they optimize division business performance through people, process and financial leadership excellence. This is a day-to-day operations role based onsite at a local branch, reporting to a Branch Manager. Some travel is required. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS This position will undergo training in the following areas: + Warehouse – includes forklift certification, inventory management, routing delivery trucks, and performing cycle counts + Administrative – includes reviewing logs and records for accuracy/compliance and creating a wide variety of sales and inventory reports + Team Management – includes building an effective team, interviewing, managing productivity, and customer service + Safety – includes performing safety inspections & checks, conducting safety meetings, and creating a safety culture Required Skills + Excellent analytical and problem solving skills. + Strong attention to detail, demonstrated integrity and professionalism. + Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Required Experience + Some college or two years of relevant work experience in construction management/distribution services + Must be prepared to obtain appropriate licenses and trade qualifiers for the state in which they will be employed + Must be willing to travel as needed throughout the duration of the MIT program. Once the MIT has successfully completed training, they should expect to be relocated to a new location as dictated by business needs. TopBuild Corp is an equal opportunity employer. EOE Protected Veterans/Disability Job Location Puyallup, Washington, United States Company Location SP Northwest LLC - R-Factor 2001 (2001) Department 200120 - NW R-Factor-Puyallup-Fin/Admin Position Type Full-Time/Regular Union Status Non-Union
          Drug Arrest and Concealed Carry Violation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On 08-03-2018, The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit arrested Kenneth Earl Spain, 44 years of age, of 208 Spain Drive in Washington
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          «Он боится только одного»: в США представили план повала режима Путина      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Соединенным Штатам следует ввести такие санкции против РФ, которые станут катастрофическими для экономики страны и заставят россиян массово выйти на акции протеста. Как передает replyua.net со ссылкой на «Обозреватель», об этом написал в своей статье для Washington Post написал бывший заместитель главы ЦРУ и офицер американской разведки Майкл Морелл. Он уверен, что хозяин Кремля Владимир Путин в наибольшей степени боится именно такого развития событий.
          (USA-WA-Marysville) CMV Driver      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CMV Driver Tracking Code 3794-224 Job Description The CMV Driver is responsible for the operating a vehicle (10,001-26,000 lbs) and delivering and unloading finished product, parts and materials to customer locations. This may include customer''s place of business, homeowner''s residence or a jobsite. KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: + Responsible for the delivery of products to customers, contractors, and job sites throughout the location's geographic region + Inspect tractor and trailers for any safety or operational defects at the start of each shift and notify supervisor of any mechanical deficiencies or breakdowns + Ensure proper oil and water fluid levels and check brakes and lights and related equipment for proper operation using maintenance and safety checklist and emergency equipment is in good working order + Hook and unhook trailers for unloading or transport purposes, including the dismantling and reassembly of air lines and crank gears + Ensure truck is properly loaded and load secured; truck is in operational condition and product is delivered without any damage sustained + Must accurately complete the corresponding paperwork of delivery and return to the office + Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations + Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles + Drive trucks to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes to document weights and to comply with state regulations + Inventory and inspect goods to be moved to determine quantities and conditions + Adhere to safety policies and procedures related to all facets of job TopBuild Corp. is an equal opportunity employer. EOE Protected Veterans/Disability. Required Skills + Valid Driver's license based on specific location of commercial vehicle and requirements + Attention to detail with strong organizational skills + Excellent customer service skills + Proper driver certification issued by the Motor Vehicle Department in the state of operation + Acceptable Department of Motor Vehicle record + Ability to drive local and long haul (2-4 days out) + Knowledge of operations, safety, and inspection procedures of commercial motor vehicle + Read, write and understand the English language + Read and navigate by map or navigation software + Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines + Attention to detail with strong organizational skills + Excellent customer service skills PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: + Ability to lift 100 pounds on a routine basis + Prolonged standing and repetitive motions, bending, stooping, pushing and pulling + Hand dexterity and strength + Overtime may be required, including some weekends WORK ENVIRONMENT: + Sixty (60%) percent of all work activities are performed inside the cab of the commercial vehicle. The remainder of work activities is performed outdoors and in a warehouse setting Required Experience + Minimum of 1 year verifiable commercial driving experience + High school diploma or equivalent with transport equipment or warehouse experience Job Location Marysville, Washington, United States Company Location SP Northwest dba R-Factor LLC 2000 (2000) Department 200050 - NW R-Factor-Marysville-Truck D Position Type Full-Time/Regular Union Status Non-Union
          OSHA announces availability of $10.5 million in Susan Harwood training grants      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington — OSHA has made available $10.5 million in grants to improve worker safety and health as part of its Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, according to a notice published in the Aug. 3 Federal Register.
          FRA issues advisory on potential rail pitting, cracking caused by electric welding      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington — The Federal Railroad Administration has published a safety advisory on potential damage to train rails caused by pressure electric welding.
          New CSB ‘Safety Digest’: The importance of contractor selection, oversight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington — Noting that it “has conducted several investigations where insufficient safety requirements for contractor selection and oversight were found to be causal to the incident,” the Chemical Safety Board has published a new “Safety Digest” highlighting the issue.
          (USA-WA-Marysville) CDL Driver      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CDL Driver Tracking Code 3793-224 Job Description The CDL Driver is responsible for the delivery and unloading of finished product, parts and materials to customer locations. This may include customer''s place of business, homeowner''s residence or a jobsite. KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: + Responsible for the delivery of products to customers, contractors, and job sites throughout the location''s geographic region + Inspect tractor and trailers for any safety or operational defects at the start of each shift and notify supervisor of any mechanical deficiencies or breakdowns + Ensure proper oil and water fluid levels and check brakes and lights and related equipment for proper operation using maintenance and safety checklist and emergency equipment is in good working order + Hook and unhook trailers for unloading or transport purposes, including the dismantling and reassembly of air lines and crank gears + Ensure truck is properly loaded and load secured; truck is in operational condition and product is delivered without any damage sustained + Must accurately complete the corresponding paperwork of delivery and return to the office + Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations. + Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles + Drive trucks to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes to document weights and to comply with state regulations. + Inventory and inspect goods to be moved to determine quantities and conditions + Adhere to safety policies and procedures related to all facets of job TopBuild Corp. is an equal opportunity employer. EOE Protected Veterans/Disability. Required Skills ESSENTIAL ABILITIES: + Ability to drive local and long haul (2-4 days out) + Knowledge of operations, safety, and inspection procedures of three axle tractor and trailer units + Read, write and understand the English language + Read and navigate by map or navigation software + Able to maneuver a large bobtail truck and/or tractor trailer combination + Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines + Attention to detail with strong organizational skills + Excellent customer service skills PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: + Ability to lift 100 pounds on a routine basis + Prolonged standing and repetitive motions, bending, stooping, pushing and pulling + Hand dexterity and strength + Overtime may be required, including some weekends WORK ENVIRONMENT: Sixty (60%) percent of all work activities are performed inside the cab of the commercial vehicle. The remainder of work activities is performed outdoors. Required Experience + Valid Driver's license for State of employment; Valid Class "A" or Class "B" drivers license based on specific location of commercial vehicles and requirements + Minimum of 1 year verifiable commercial driving experience + Acceptable Department of Motor Vehicle record + Ability to meet state and federal transportation, and medical and requirements to operate a three axle vehicle Job Location Marysville, Washington, United States Company Location SP Northwest dba R-Factor LLC 2000 (2000) Department 200050 - NW R-Factor-Marysville-Truck D Position Type Full-Time/Regular Union Status Non-Union
          Pakistan defends its economic partnership with China amid US criticism       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Pakistan on Wednesday defended its economic partnership with China, amid fears that the terms of opaque multi-billion dollar investments by Beijing could be exacerbating Islamabad's economic woes as it considers a fresh Internation Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout.

“We have noted recent media reports questioning the viability of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), claiming that it would create an unbearable debt burden for Pakistan,” the government said in a statement issued to the media.

“Such media reports are often one-sided, distort facts, and are based on irresponsible statements by individuals who either have no understanding of CPEC or are driven by ulterior motives,” the statement continued.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an ambitious plan by Beijing to build infrastructure in Pakistan, mainly energy and transport, connecting the western Chinese region of Xinjiang with the Arabian Sea.

It is part of China's massive “Belt and Road” initiative seeking to revive ancient trade routes through a massive rail and maritime network via $1 trillion in investments across Asia and Europe.

But the opaqueness of the CPEC terms has led to concerns as Pakistan faces a looming balance-of-payments crisis, with analysts saying it will need to take urgent action, potentially seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“It is because of the favourable financing arrangements that Pakistan opted for Chinese investment under CPEC,” said the statement issued by the caretaker administration.

“China stepped forward to support Pakistan's development at a time when foreign investment had dried up, and economic activity was being crippled by energy shortages and infrastructure gaps,” it said, calling CPEC a “win-win”.

Chinese energy companies have “raised funds from Chinese banks and investors”, and these do not constitute any debt obligation on Pakistan, the statement said.

“CPEC projects are financed through a composite financing package comprising long-term government-to-government concessional and preferential loans, as well as grants from the government of China. Repayments on these loans would not commence in the immediate future,” it added.

The details come after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced concerns in July over any IMF bailout being used to repay Islamabad's debts to China, with whom Washington is engaged in a trade war.

On Tuesday Pakistan's likely future finance minister Asad Umar announced that the decision on a possible IMF loan would be taken by “the end of September”.

“There is a general perception that we have picked up very expensive loans from the Chinese. I personally don't think so,” he told reporters in Islamabad.

“They are like most commercial loans,” he said, denouncing the “lack of transparency” by the previous government on the subject.

China's financial largesse, in the form of the Belt and Road project, has raised concerns over the vulnerability of poorer nations to such massive debt.

Last year Sri Lanka was forced to hand over majority control of its Hambantota port to China after being unable to repay its loans.


          (USA-WA-Kent) CDL Class A Driver      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CDL Class A Driver Tracking Code 3322-224 Job Description The CDL Driver is responsible for the delivery and unloading of finished product, parts and materials to customer locations. This may include customer''s place of business, homeowner''s residence or a jobsite.KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: + Responsible for the delivery of products to customers, contractors, and job sites throughout the location''s geographic region + Inspect tractor and trailers for any safety or operational defects at the start of each shift and notify supervisor of any mechanical deficiencies or breakdowns + Ensure proper oil and water fluid levels and check brakes and lights and related equipment for proper operation using maintenance and safety checklist and emergency equipment is in good working order + Hook and unhook trailers for unloading or transport purposes, including the dismantling and reassembly of air lines and crank gears + Ensure truck is properly loaded and load secured; truck is in operational condition and product is delivered without any damage sustained + Must accurately complete the corresponding paperwork of delivery and return to the office + Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations. + Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles + Drive trucks to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes to document weights and to comply with state regulations. + Inventory and inspect goods to be moved to determine quantities and conditions + Adhere to safety policies and procedures related to all facets of job TopBuild Corp. is an equal opportunity employer. EOE Protected Veterans/Disability. Required Skills ESSENTIAL ABILITIES: + Ability to drive local and long haul (2-4 days out) + Knowledge of operations, safety, and inspection procedures of three axle tractor and trailer units + Read, write and understand the English language + Read and navigate by map or navigation software + Able to maneuver a large bobtail truck and/or tractor trailer combination + Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines + Attention to detail with strong organizational skills + Excellent customer service skills PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: + Ability to lift 100 pounds on a routine basis + Prolonged standing and repetitive motions, bending, stooping, pushing and pulling + Hand dexterity and strength + Overtime may be required, including some weekends WORK ENVIRONMENT: Sixty (60%) percent of all work activities are performed inside the cab of the commercial vehicle. The remainder of work activities is performed outdoors. Required Experience + Valid Driver's license for State of employment; Valid Class "A" or Class "B" drivers license based on specific location of commercial vehicles and requirements + Minimum of 1 year verifiable commercial driving experience + Acceptable Department of Motor Vehicle record + Ability to meet state and federal transportation, and medical and requirements to operate a three axle vehicle Job Location Kent, Washington, United States Company Location SP Northwest dba APEC 2500 (2500) Department 250050 - NW APEC Tumwater-Truck Dri Position Type Full-Time/Regular Union Status Non-Union
          NASA Invests in Concepts for a Vibrant Future Commercial Space Economy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In an ongoing effort to foster commercial activity in space, NASA has selected 13 companies to study the future of commercial human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit, including long-range opportunities for the International Space Station. The studies...


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Rocked by Scandals, the Vatican Should Cancel the Pro-Homosexual World Meeting of Families . . .claims of innocence are not going to be enough any longer, nor the protections of the old-boy networks.  Take the case of Kevin Cardinal Farrell, one-time auxiliary bishop of Washington D.C., who claims, implausibly, not to have known anything irregular […]
          Gullion Fork Road Repairs, George Washington & Jefferson NFs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Awardee: VanReenen Trucking LLC, 966 Old Schoolhouse Lane , Asbury, WV 24916 US Awarded $75,848.70 on 2018/07/03 Contact: Sherry D Helmick, Purchasing Agent, Phone 540-265-5112, Fax 540-265-5109, Email shelmick@fs.fed.us
          Young Catholics release open letter on McCarrick, call for investigation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington D.C., Aug 8, 2018 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- A group of young Catholic writers, intellectuals, and activists released an open letter Aug. 8 calling for an independent investigation into the alleged crimes of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The letter also calls Catholic leaders to recommit themselves to the Church’s teaching on sexuality.

The letter was published Wednesday on the website of First Things.

Matthew Schmitz, senior editor at First Things and a signatory of the letter, told CNA that it was written by a “diverse group of Catholics from a whole host of backgrounds.”

The letter’s signatories said their letter was written in part to respond to a Vatican request that young people offer reports on their faith and the role of the Church in their lives, in advance of an upcoming Church synod on young people and vocations. 

The letter noted the the signatories were all children in the decades before the public sexual abuse scandals of 2002, and that they are now faithful adult Catholics.

“We ask you to agree to a thorough, independent investigation into claims of abuse by Archbishop McCarrick, both of minors and of adults. We want to know who in the hierarchy knew about his crimes, when they knew it, and what they did in response. This is the least that would be expected of any secular organization; it should not be more than we can expect from the Church,” the letter said.

In June, the Archdiocese of New York deemed an allegation that McCarrick serially sexually abused a minor to be “credible and substantiated.”

Since that initial allegation became public, additional accusations have surfaced concerning McCarrick’s alleged misconduct with adult seminarians, including confirmation of two out-of-court settlements reached with adult-aged accusers by dioceses previously led by McCarrick. Pope Francis accepted Archbishop McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals July 28.

Schmitz told CNA that the letter was a call for transparency and accountability by the hierarchy.

“We'd like to see light come in. We want an investigation. We want a new attitude on the part of the bishops.”

Such an investigation would be carried out by people not directly connected to McCarrick, and would report to both the Vatican as well as the Catholic faithful, Schmitz said.

Schmitz said the letter addresses a problem that goes beyond the McCarrick allegations. The signatories called for renewed emphasis on the Church’s teachings on sexuality and chastity, as well as “acts of public penance and reparation” by bishops to begin to restore trust among the Catholic faithful.

“I think over the last 50 years in our culture, with the sexual revolution, there's been a sense that the Church needs to broadly accommodate itself to sexual sins,” said Schmitz.

“McCarrick, I think, shows one of the possible outcomes of that accommodation.”

Schmitz warned of a slippery slope if the Church were to change or ignore her teachings on sexuality, bringing up the example of St. Peter Damian, an eleventh-century Benedicte monk, who confronted sexual sins in his own community. The saint recognized that sexual sins compound on another, explained Schmitz, suggesting there exists such a possibility in the contemporary Church.

"I don't think that this crisis would have happened had the Catholic community not succumbed to various sins and made compromises with the flesh," he said.

The letter emphasized this point: “As Catholics, we believe that the Church’s teaching on human nature and sexuality is life-giving and leads to holiness. We believe that just as there is no room for adultery in marriages, so there is no room for adultery against the Bride of Christ. We need bishops to make clear that any act of sexual abuse or clerical unchastity degrades the priesthood and gravely harms the Church.”

Schmitz also cited the recent accusations of widespread sexual abuse and misconduct in Honduras’ national seminary, as well as claims from former seminarians in the United States.

He said that there is a prevailing attitude among bishops to mitigate or dismiss the severity of abuse against adult men, and that this also must change, and that the laity have a duty to make their objections to this behavior known. 

"I think the laity should make itself heard and let the bishops know that it is an act of abuse for a bishop to molest the seminarians,” said Schmitz.

“Even if any of these acts were perfectly consensual, they are contrary to the Church's teaching and so profoundly scandalize the faithful."

The letter expressed gratitude for “the way good priests and bishops lay down their lives for us day after day. They say the Mass, absolve us from sin, celebrate our weddings, and baptize our children. Through their preaching, teaching, and writing, they remind us that Jesus Christ has conquered evil once and for all. Their daily sacrifices give us blessings of infinite worth. For all of this, we are profoundly thankful.”

However, Schmitz said an investigation should consider those clerics who have been negligent in uncovering sexual sins among the clergy, along with those who know about misconduct and failed to act. An investigation is needed to ensure a focus on individual responsibility, said Schmitz, and it should not simply result collective statements of fault and regret, as that would dilute the failings of those most responsible.

It is not acceptable for a bishop to plead ignorance, he said, as they are part of the Church hierarchy and must be accountable.

"A shepherd is supposed to protect his sheep, and if the wolves come and attack them, he can't simply say, 'well, I was asleep.'"


          OTR Dry Van Truck Driving Job in Yakima, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
OTR Dry Van Truck Driving Job – Yakima, Washington Company Solo Truck Drivers Needed – NEW First-Year Bonus, Paid Vacation, Great Benefits, and More!  About Celadon Celadon is committed to getting back to its roots by doing what it does best for […]
          Driver - Team Truck Driver - Class A CDL - Schneider - Wyoming      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Live within Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington. Team truck drivers are among the highest compensated in Schneider's fleet.... $75,000 a year
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          No easy answers on best heart check-up for young athletes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) - What kind of heart check-up do young athletes need to make the team? A large study of teenage soccer players in England found in-depth screening didn't detect signs of trouble in some athletes who later died - yet allowed others at risk to get treated and back ...

          Indicted Rep. Collins was early loyalist to Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) - New York Rep. Chris Collins was one of the first House members to back Donald Trump for president in 2016 and quickly became a ubiquitous surrogate for the future president on cable television. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced indictments of the Buffalo-area congressman, his son and a ...

          (USA-NH-Claremont) Part-Time Merchandiser      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Are you looking for a company with flexible scheduling to demonstrate your merchandising, customer service and organizational skills? Lawrence Merchandising has a great opportunity for you! Lawrence Merchandising Services (LMS) is a visual merchandising company that services many of the nation’s top retailers and brands. We are always seeking Part time Merchandisers to support our growing client base! What will I be doing? As a Part time Merchandiser, you will help ensure client satisfaction by: + Signing up to be a contact for us when merchandising services are available in retailers near your home. Check in daily to opt-in on projects as they come available in your area. The amount of projects available depends on your location. Some locations have continuous weekly projects, others will vary. Servicing your local retail stores by completing projects in a timely manner, and always delivering quality. + Project tasks vary, but could include stocking, implementing plan-o-grams, visual merchandising, resets, product cut-ins, audits, and developing strong relationships with store personnel. + Watch this brief video for more information about the Merchandiser position. Is LMS for you? + LMS has ongoing nationwide weekly and monthly services and many additional projects available on a first come, first served basis. This position includes variable hours, depending on the territory you are assigned to and the needs of the business. + There may be time periods where projects are not available. This completely depends on your territory. + You will be expected to be flexible to the needs of our business, as we continually strive to meet and exceed the needs of our clients. Perks + FLEXIBILITY! The position is truly flexible! No evenings and weekends are required. + GAIN RETAIL EXPERIENCE! Build a career in Merchandising by gaining retail experience. + INDEPENDENCE! Work independently but have access to a helpful and responsive LMS team. + At LMS you are not an independent contractor, you are a W2 employee and receive all associated benefits such as Employee referral bonus program, and 401(k) to those who qualify. Requirements + Merchandising and/or retail experience preferred + Ability to stand with varied movement for up to 5 hours at a time, ability to regularly lift up to 5 pounds (and up to 20 pounds on rare occasions), fine motor control (hand movements), speech, hearing, sight, ability to read documents with small font sizes, manual dexterity; with or without reasonable accommodation + Access to internet, printer, and camera phone (digital camera acceptable) + Access to a PC or Mac that runs Internet Explorer 11 or later, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome + Access to Adobe Acrobat Reader (or ability to download) + Preferred: Some projects require access to a smartphone or tablet to participate in the services. How to Apply + Fill out an application by clicking the “Apply for this job online” button to be considered further What is a Retail Merchandiser? For answers to this question, please visit http://www.lmsvc.com/careers/working-as-a-merchandiser.html. Lawrence Merchandising Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer Posting Title: Part-Time Merchandiser Street: 220 Washington St ID: 2018-37093
          (USA-CO-THORNTON) Part-Time Merchandiser      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Are you looking for a company with flexible scheduling to demonstrate your merchandising, customer service and organizational skills? Lawrence Merchandising has a great opportunity for you! Lawrence Merchandising Services (LMS) is a visual merchandising company that services many of the nation’s top retailers and brands. We are always seeking Part time Merchandisers to support our growing client base! What will I be doing? As a Part time Merchandiser, you will help ensure client satisfaction by: + Signing up to be a contact for us when merchandising services are available in retailers near your home. Check in daily to opt-in on projects as they come available in your area. The amount of projects available depends on your location. Some locations have continuous weekly projects, others will vary. Servicing your local retail stores by completing projects in a timely manner, and always delivering quality. + Project tasks vary, but could include stocking, implementing plan-o-grams, visual merchandising, resets, product cut-ins, audits, and developing strong relationships with store personnel. + Watch this brief video for more information about the Merchandiser position. Is LMS for you? + LMS has ongoing nationwide weekly and monthly services and many additional projects available on a first come, first served basis. This position includes variable hours, depending on the territory you are assigned to and the needs of the business. + There may be time periods where projects are not available. This completely depends on your territory. + You will be expected to be flexible to the needs of our business, as we continually strive to meet and exceed the needs of our clients. Perks + FLEXIBILITY! The position is truly flexible! No evenings and weekends are required. + GAIN RETAIL EXPERIENCE! Build a career in Merchandising by gaining retail experience. + INDEPENDENCE! Work independently but have access to a helpful and responsive LMS team. + At LMS you are not an independent contractor, you are a W2 employee and receive all associated benefits such as Employee referral bonus program, and 401(k) to those who qualify. Requirements + Merchandising and/or retail experience preferred + Ability to stand with varied movement for up to 5 hours at a time, ability to regularly lift up to 5 pounds (and up to 20 pounds on rare occasions), fine motor control (hand movements), speech, hearing, sight, ability to read documents with small font sizes, manual dexterity; with or without reasonable accommodation + Access to internet, printer, and camera phone (digital camera acceptable) + Access to a PC or Mac that runs Internet Explorer 11 or later, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome + Access to Adobe Acrobat Reader (or ability to download) + Preferred: Some projects require access to a smartphone or tablet to participate in the services. How to Apply + Fill out an application by clicking the “Apply for this job online” button to be considered further What is a Retail Merchandiser? For answers to this question, please visit http://www.lmsvc.com/careers/working-as-a-merchandiser.html. Lawrence Merchandising Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer Posting Title: Part-Time Merchandiser Street: 16395 WASHINGTON ST ID: 2018-37057
          Director Account Management - Cambia Health - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Overview As the Director of Account Management in our Washington state market, you will be responsible for renewals across a wide geography. You will lead the...
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          BioOne announces nonprofit platform partnership with SPIE      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
August 8, 2018 – Washington, DC – BioOne (about.BioOne.org), the nonprofit publisher of more than 200 journals from 150 scientific societies and independent presses, today has announced the forthcoming launch of a new website for its content aggregation, BioOne Complete. …
          U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia for nerve agent attack in UK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.

          Anoka Hennepin ISD 11: Theatre / Dance Teacher      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Anoka Hennepin ISD 11: JobID:3242  Position Type:  Licensed - Theatre/Dance/Theatre/Dance TeacherDate Posted:  6/26/2018Location:  Anoka Middle School - Washington Campus   Anoka, MN
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Trump: Sanctions reinstated against Iran for 'WORLD PEACE'WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sanctions that kicked in early Tuesday against Iran are meant to pressure Tehran's government into retreating from its support for international terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile and nuclear-related programs, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said.



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Fall internships

Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife welcomes applicants to intern with the Center for Conservation Innovation this fall! Applicants are encouraged to apply by August 15 (extended deadline) for best consideration. The internship is unpaid, but we encourage students to seek funding or course credit opportunities through their schools or outside sources.


The internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate, or post-graduate student to work with CCI and other Defenders staff at the interface of science and national conservation policy. In this position, the intern may help collect and analyze large spatial and non-spatial datasets, create published reports, scientific articles, web applications, and maps related to the conservation of species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Skill development will vary with the specific project, but the intern will generally have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of how the ESA is implemented in practice and experience in programming, conservation data and policy science, statistical analyses, GIS, remote sensing, scientific writing and creating interactive data
visualizations.

Two internship tracks are available:

Policy and species conservation status – This track will involve projects that focus on ESA regulations and their effectiveness in recovering threatened and endangered species. The intern will learn to assess and analyze ESA documents (e.g., species listings, species status assessments, species 5-year reviews, biological opinions), evaluate species biological needs and conservation status, conduct statistical analyses and create online tools for visualizing data. Projects will aim to measure policy effectiveness and develop recommendations to improve species conservation.

Geospatial analysis and conservation tool development – This track will involve projects that focus on technical advances to creating, analyzing, and presenting spatial conservation data. The intern will learn and refine their geospatial and programming skills by assisting with the development of new approaches, algorithms and tools to quantify and map the status and distribution of species and their habitats. Projects aim to measure and evaluate policy effectiveness and compliance in conserving species and their habitat on-the-ground.

For more details:
https://defenders.org/jobs/center-conservation-innovation-intern

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Solar Energy Industries Association

SEIA is hiring five interns for the fall semester. All are paid and based in DC. This is a great opportunity for students interested in politics, energy, associations, or sustainability.


The Solar Energy Industries Association <https://www.seia.org/about>, is offering 5 internships for the upcoming fall semester. All positions are based in Washington, DC.
 

Business Development <https://www.seia.org/business-development-intern>
Research <https://www.seia.org/research-internship>
External Affairs <https://www.seia.org/external-affairs-internship>
Events and Marketing <https://www.seia.org/events-and-marketing-internship>
Government Affairs <https://www.seia.org/government-affairs-internship>
          Aug. 8, 2018 — A black mark for the WNBA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Yesterday, on the front of the basketball/hockey arena in your nation’s capital, an 8-by-11 sheet of paper was duct-taped to one of the front doors that were laminated with images of one of the main tenants of the building. Overshadowed by images of members of the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals were the words printed on […]
          Leach re-signs with Stingrays      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals and American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, … Continue reading Leach re-signs with Stingrays

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          ** Couples Community Managenment ** - Washington, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Couples Team: Property Manager / Maintenance Manager - Manufactured Home Community

Reports to: Regional Manager

 

Community Manager (Manufactured Home Communities) Duties: • Manage inventory, marketing and advertising plans • Collect all rent and loan monies to meet company delinquency rate • Maximize Community occupancy and leased home income • Professionally resolve resident complaints and concerns • Provide hands-on leadership and management to Sales and Service Team • Recruit, train and develop Staff • Create and maintain a positive Community environment including resident activities • Communicate and manage policies and procedures • Create and ensure a safe work environment • Protect and maintain Company assets • Control expenses • Maintain professional behavior which does not interfere with the individual’s work, the work of another Team Member, or the quality of life for Community Residents • Additional duties as assigned by Supervisor • Duties subject to change, as deemed appropriate by Management Required Skills: • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Must be self-motivated, independent and able to work with minimal supervision • Strong leadership and decision making skills • Demonstrated ability to motivate and manage staff performance • Computer Skills including Microsoft Office software products

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We operate a small 7-bedroom B&B and three Airbnb properties in Washington. We are located just over a mile to downtown, Washington DC-thus, we get a lot of business travelers and tourists from all over the world. Ideally, we would like to find two people or someone with extensive experience in managing. We are also willing to train the right person or couple. A strong work ethic and positive attitude are a must!

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          Juan Ramón Jiménez: el poeta que cantaba desde el otro costado      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
La palabra que abre y cierra el siglo XX es la de Juan Ramón Jiménez. Llega a Madrid en 1900 y publica sus primeros libros de versos ese mismo año. Traba amistades literarias y deslumbra y se deja deslumbrar y atormentar a partes iguales por la gran ciudad. Hasta 1912 sus versos flamean desde la pura emoción y es entonces cuando se produce el gran cambio en su vida, que inaugura biográfica y literariamente su boda con Zenobia Camprubí y la publicación del «Diario de un poeta recién casado». Entonces su obra profundiza en la reflexión y su voz ahonda el espacio de una obra en marcha que, como tantas, sufre una interrupción traumática con el estallido de la Guerra Civil. La portada por el Premio Nobel de Juan Ramón Jiménez, en 1956 - ABC El exilio comienza en Cuba, donde recibe la noticia de la muerte de un sobrino suyo en el frente de Teruel. Continúa en Estados Unidos, primero en Florida –donde nacerán los «Romances de Coral Gables»– y luego en Washington –«Una colina meridiana»– y Maryland –«Estío», «Eternidades», «Antolojía poética»–. En Estados Unidos es hospitalizado repetidamente porque padece fuertes depresiones nerviosas que le acompañarán intermitentemente hasta el final. En una de sus etapas de mejor salud viaja a Argentina y Uruguay, donde le reciben multitudes. Para mitigar la depresión, la pareja viaja a Puerto Rico, donde un clima benigno y el reencuentro con el idioma español pueden ser una influencia positiva. Juan Ramón comienza a escribir libros fundamentales de su obra de madurez, publica «Animal de fondo» como avance de «Dios deseado y deseante». Su obra evoluciona rápidamente. De hecho la mayor parte de su tiempo en Puerto Rico, el poeta planifica y ordena sus obras completas mientras escribe los que tal vez son sus mejores poemas, aunque esta parte fundamental de su obra no se conocerá durante décadas. En 1956 Zenobia recae gravemente por el cáncer que sufría y ya no es posible una intervención quirúrgica. Juan Ramón recibe la noticia de que ha ganado el premio Nobel tres días antes de la muerte de su esposa. Sin Zenobia se encierra durante meses y solo sale para acudir a la Sala Zenobia donde se guarda todo su archivo, a ordenar los libros de modo que pueda editarse su obra completa. Muere a finales de mayo de 1958, lejos de finalizar sus planes. Deja un océano de papeles, poemas inéditos y proyectos escritos para su obra. Galería de imágenes Vea la galería completa (10 imágenes) Hasta 1999 no comenzará la publicación ordenada de su obra final. «Lírica de una Atlántida» fue el hito que permitió, al concluir el siglo XX, valorar en su justa medida la inmensidad de la obra de Juan Ramón, el poeta que, desde la orilla americana de nuestra lengua sentía que latía su tristeza «en el otro costado». Tal vez es el mejor poeta del siglo de la Edad de Plata.
          A los booktubers del PSOE se les olvida la paridad      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El último Plan de Fomento de la Lectura del Gobierno dura un minuto y medio: es lo que tardan en recomendar sus libros de verano siete miembros de la Ejecutiva del PSOE en un vídeo sin ningún tipo de vocación cinematográfica que estrenaron ayer. Aunque no son «millennials», ni han utilizado YouTube, se autodefinen como «booktubers», un término que la RAE todavía no recoge en su Diccionario (¿continúa la guerra entre Ejecutivo y la Academia que comenzó con el lenguaje inclusivo de la Constitución?). Abre el telón la vicepresidenta Carmen Calvo, que quizá ha descartado «El Quijote» por poco igualitario (o por denso), y prefiere los «Ensayos sobre el bien y el mal» de Amelia Valcárcel para descansar en agosto. ¿Responderá el libro a si está bien o está mal que de las once recomendaciones socialistas solo cuatro sean obras de mujeres? No lo sabemos, pues en el vídeo apenas se recitan los títulos de los libros a modo de lista de la compra. Prolifera la novela negra como entretenimiento. No hay, en cambio, ni un solo poemario en esta lista, en la que seguro que no ha intervenido Luis García Montero, flamante director del Cervantes. Patxi López, secretario de Política Federal, opta por «Total Khéops», del francés Jean-Claude Izzo, e Iratxe López e Ibán García del Blanco ofrecen títulos de Lorenzo Silva: «Lejos del corazón» y «El alquimista impaciente», respectivamente. Iratxe también recomienda a su autora favorita, Isabel Allende, con «La suma de los días», e Ibán añade «Limónov», de Emmanuel Carrère. La excentricidad se la lleva en la mochila Cristina Narbona, portavoz socialista en el Senado, con «Otra manera de vivir», de Jane Goodall. «Es una especialista en primates», comenta. También es famosa por copiar de Wikipedia sin citar, como reveló hace unos años el «Washington Post». Narbona recomienda además «La carne», de Rosa Montero. Dice que espera tener tiempo para leer los dos libros. Se nos quedaban en el tintero la prescripciones de Ander Gil (dos novelas históricas: «Memorias de Adriano» y «Capitán de mar y guerra») y Adriana Lastra («Las virtudes cotidianas», de Michael Ignatieff, y «El fuego invisible», de Javier Sierra) para completar esta lista heterogénea que no termina aquí. Según promete la web del PSOE, a partir de hoy, y de forma diaria, «un miembro de la dirección socialista desvelará cuál es su libro elegido».
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U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia for nerve agent attack in UKBy Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain. A senior State Department official said it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the day. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was applied to his home's front door.



          Fall Skripal: USA verhängen neue Russland-Sanktionen wegen Giftanschlag      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Im Fall um den vergifteten früheren russischen Doppelagenten Sergej Skripal haben die USA weitere Sanktionen gegen Russland angekündigt. Das teilte das Außenministerium in Washington mit.
          Wegen Giftgasanschlag: USA verhängen neue Sanktionen gegen Russland      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Wegen des Giftgasanschlags verhängen die USA neue Russland-Sanktionen. Das geht aus Regierungsangaben in Washington hervor.
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fooling around on amazon with my daughter - she found 3 movies to put in amazon library - and i saw 1 i wanted.

'the good mother.'

this was a wonderful movie based on amazing book by sue miller.

diane keaton should have won another oscar for this 1.  she is amazing as anna.  the basics are she and her husband divorce.  they have a daughter.  anna's raising her daughter and working.  she ends up having a boyfriend (liam neeson) and that ticks the ex-husband off. 

the daughter ends up in a custody battle - i'm providing as few spoilers as possible.

it's a really good movie.  leonard nimoy directed it.

i think 'shoot the moon' is probably diane's most amazing performance ever.  but 'the good mother' is probably close.   diane's a great comedy actor but she can deliver in a drama and has repeatedly.  she's just an all around strong actress. 

she's made some films that will stand the test of time.  those include the 1s with woody allen, the godfather movies, 'something's got to give,' 'reds,' 'shoot the moon,' 'looking for mr. goodbar,' '1st wives club' and many more.  and let's name the woody classics - 'sleeper,' 'love & death,' 'annie hall,' 'manhattan' and 'manhattan murder mystery.'

she really is something amazing.

oh, and she just co-starred in the summer's biggest comedy: 'book club.'



let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'


Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

We're going to start with something non-Iraq at all (we'll also be ending with something non-Iraq).  I know Illeana Douglas and have known her for years.  As Rebecca noted last month, I first heard of Leslie Moonves' assault of Illeana years ago.  At THIRD this week, we did "Unlike Alyssa Milano, we'll stand with Illeana Douglas."  (Ann offered "Alyssa Milano reveals she doesn't give a damn about women" last night.)

Alyssa Milano is not who she claims or self-presents as.  Rose McGowan rightly called her a lie.  Though Corey Feldman was sympathetic to her, he publicly mocked her -- rightly so -- when she claimed she never had any idea that he or Corey Haim had been molested as children.  She knew.  She claims she never knew that Brad Kern was abusive to women on the set of CHARMED -- where she was a producer.  Everyone else knew.  There were complaints.  Repeated complaints.  She took a producer's credit (and pay) and it was her job to provide a safe work environment.  She failed.  To TIME magazine and others, she has presented herself as the head of #MeToo (after stealing the phrase from African-American  woman Tarana Burke -- one of her many cultural appropriations).  Yet though she Tweets over and over daily, she's still not Tweeted about Illeana or any of the other women who spoke out in Ronan Farrow's NEW YORKER piece.


Not one Tweet.  CAA is the reason I'm not part of #MeToo.  CAA pimped out women constantly.  There's a foreign actress who appeared in several hit films and was used by CAA before and after.  They pimped her out.  She remains destroyed today.  (If she chooses to tell her story publicly, I will support her.  Currently, she's still in therapy attempting to deal with what they put her through.)  Alyssa's married to CAA's David Bugliari and Alyssa's a "CAA speaker" that you can 'book.'

Alyssa's silence backs up everything many of us have long said.  She's is not a friend to women, she is stilted actress determined to self-promote, desperate for a career.  She is not about empowering women.  She's is about co-opting anything she can.

As for CBS, Leslie is part of a long pattern there that began with William Paley and the hell he put his wife (Babe Paley through) -- one affair after another, while he stopped having sex with her early in their marriage, his refusal to allow her to raise their children or even hug them in front of him.  He was pure filth and set the tone all those years ago.  CBS has always been hostile to women.  Most networks would be thrilled to have a hit show but CBS has always only been thrilled to have a hit show if it starred men.  Whether we're talking DESIGNING WOMEN, CAGNEY & LACEY, CYBILL, THE NANNY or the now returning MURPHY BROWN, CBS repeatedly undercuts and undermines their programs with female leads, undercutting them, pushing them through one time change after another, etc., etc.  At THIRD, Ava and I have long documented the institutional sexism at CBS and we've done it for a reason.

Leslie is guilty and if I were Julie Chen, sleeping with my married boss and then lucky enough to get him to leave his wife for me, I guess I'd rush forward to defend him too.  I mean, what career would Julie have if she hadn't slept with Leslie?  None at all.  I could go on and on here.

The point is Illeana told the truth and has been telling it to a number of us over the years.  And CBS has made clear that they do not take harassment seriously by allowing Moonves to remain on the job while he is under investigation.  He should be put on administrative leave.  Anything less goes to CBS not taking the issue seriously.  He is accused of harassment and attempted rape.  These are serious charges.  If you take them seriously, you put him on administrative leave until the investigation is over.  Otherwise?  You're saying work safety and the right of women to be safe at work does not matter.

Grasp that fake ass Alyssa is not just refusing to stand up for Illeana, she's refusing to stand up for women who may encounter Leslie.  He needs to be removed during the investigation.


Meanwhile, protests continue in Iraq.

Why?  Each year, Iraq rakes in billion from oil sales.  And the World Bank estimates the current population of Iraq to be 37.2 million.

With that kind of money coming in and that small of a population, meeting the needs of the people should be easy.

But it hasn't been.  The World Bank notes, for example, "The poverty rate increased from 19.8 percent in 2012 to an estimated 22.5 percent in 2014."  How does that happen?  Government corruption.  Politicians and officials stealing the public's money.

And it leaves nothing for the people.  Hence the video below.


Another video of Iraqi children eating from the garbage.


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Live Right: The Protests Pockets of are ongoing throughout cities in the south of the country, perhaps not as large as in recent weeks, but will the same demands of electricity, potable water and employment. looks at the situation. 🇮🇶💪🏼


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The corruption has enriched many.  Nouri al-Maliki's son, for example, has some really swank living spaces in England and some really sporty cars.  That's nice for a man who's never really worked in his life.  But that's awful for the Iraqi people.

The Iraqi people are protesting to save their lives.  They are risking their lives with these ongoing protests and 14 have already died.


The excessive violence and cruelty used by the Iraqi security forces ended the lives of 14 demonstrators in 10 days of ongoing protests calling for economic and service improvements," the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said."




They are demanding basic rights including access to electricity and potable water, including jobs.

These protests are now a month old and it's amazing how many of the Twitter 'social justice warriors' have ignored these protests.

Why do they have to protest?

Among other things because the US government destroyed Iraq with the (ongoing) war.  The US still bombs Iraq.  Monday, the US Defense Dept announced:



Strikes in Iraq
There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq yesterday.
On Aug. 4 near Dulab, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement against ISIS targets, destroying two ISIS tunnels.
On Aug. 3 near Wadi Ashai, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement against an ISIS tactical unit.
There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Aug. 2.
On Aug. 1 near Wadi Ashai, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets, destroying two ISIS-held buildings and three ISIS supply caches.
On July 31 near Wadi Ashai and Wadi Zagatoon, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets, destroying an ISIS-held building.

On 30 July 30 near Wadi Ashai, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement against ISIS targets. The strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

The US government turned Iraq into a land of widows and orphans.  And it compounded the problems by 'selecting' Iraq's prime ministers.  Yesterday, we went over Nouri al-Maliki and Barack Obama, then-US president, selected Hayder al-Abadi to replace him in 2014.  (After Nouri's actions led to the rise of ISIS in Iraq.)


Supporting Abadi "was the easy way for the US to try to protect the gains it has made in Iraq over the last four years without having to do the substantial groundwork that would have been required to build up a range of political alternatives"
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           Bất ngờ “ai thắng – ai thua” từ việc Mỹ trừng phạt Iran       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bất chấp các biện pháp trấn an của EU, các công ty lớn của châu Âu đang rục rịch rời khỏi Iran, để lại khoảng trống cho những “kẻ thắng cuộc” bất ngờ. Liên minh châu Âu (EU) đang vật lộn để giúp các công ty của khối vượt qua những khó khăn vì các biện pháp trừng phạt kinh tế mà Mỹ áp đặt đối với Iran song các doanh nghiệp lớn của EU dường như sẽ khó có thể tránh khỏi việc “va chạm” với Washington. Và “kẻ thắng cuộc” bất ngờ từ các biện pháp trừng phạt này lại không phải là Mỹ, càng không phải EU hay Iran.Ngoại trưởng Iran Javad Zarif (trái) và người...
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The CEB Tower has opened in Arlington, Virginia. It is the tallest building inside the Beltway, with a view of all of Washington, D.C.          

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Washington D.C., 08 Ago. 18 (ACI Prensa).- En medio del debate público sobre qué se puede hacer para proteger a los niños del abuso sexual, los estudios vienen demostrando que una estructura familiar inestable puede ser un factor de riesgo.

Al observar las tendencias generales sobre el abuso infantil, el Dr. William Bradford Wilcox, director del National Marriage Project de la Universidad de Virginia (Estados Unidos), dijo a CNA –agencia en inglés del Grupo ACI– que los estudios muestran que los niños que provienen de hogares inestables con padres solteros son más propensos a ser abusados, especialmente por alguien cercano a ellos.

“El drama y caos familiar son caldo de cultivo para el abuso. Los niños que están expuestos a la inestabilidad tienen más probabilidades de estar expuestos a adultos con los que no tienen relación de parentesco, especialmente varones adultos sin relación de parentesco”, dijo Wilcox.

Los niños en situaciones familiares caóticas también tienen más probabilidades de estar angustiados emocionalmente, una vulnerabilidad de la que los abusadores adultos probablemente se aprovechen, dijo Wilcox.

Un estudio federal publicado en 2011 mostró que los niños que viven con su madre biológica y su novio -sin relación de parentesco con el menor- tenían 11 veces más probabilidades de ser abusados ​​sexual, física o emocionalmente y seis veces más probabilidades de ser niños desatendidos en comparación a los que viven con sus padres biológicos casados.

“En otras palabras, uno de los lugares más peligrosos para que un niño en Estados Unidos se encuentre, es un hogar que incluye un novio varón sin relación de parentesco, especialmente cuando ese novio se queda solo para cuidar de un niño”, escribió Wilcox cuando el estudio fue lanzado en 2011.

El estudio también mostró que, incluso si los niños vivían con sus padres biológicos, pero que no estaban casados, tenían cuatro veces más probabilidades de ser abusados ​​y eran tres veces más propensos a ser desatendidos.

Esta información fue reportada en el Cuarto Informe de Incidencia Nacional de Abuso y Negligencia de Menores (NIS-4) al Congreso, que examinó casos de abuso infantil entre 2004 y 2009.

Los datos corroboraron información de estudios previos, varios de los cuales demostraron que los niños que viven con adultos solteros son más propensos a sufrir abuso y abandono, incluido un estudio de 2002 que encontró que más del 15% de los niños que viven en hogares de convivientes experimentaron problemas emocionales graves como depresión, comparado con solo el 3.5% que vivía con sus padres biológicos casados.

Otro estudio de 2005 descubrió que los niños que vivían con los novios de su madre tenían 45 veces más probabilidades de morir que los niños que vivían con sus padres biológicos casados.

“Los datos muestran que el matrimonio a menudo es una fuerza segura y estabilizadora en las vidas de los niños y puede ayudar a aislarlos de otros problemas”, dijo Wilcox.

“Sabemos que los niños tienen más probabilidades de prosperar en una rutina estable con cuidadores estables y también sabemos que los niños que experimentan mucha inestabilidad familiar son más propensos a ser víctimas de adultos abusadores”, añadió.

Desde el estudio de 2011, los casos de cohabitación han aumentado mientras que los casos a de abuso infantil escala nacional en realidad han disminuido, dijo Wilcox.

Sin embargo, agregó, que el riesgo relativo de abuso infantil dentro de las familias donde no hay un matrimonio “sigue siendo alto”.

Según un informe de 2018 del Centro de Investigación de Delitos contra los Niños de la Universidad de New Hampshire, los casos de abuso físico y sexual contra los niños han disminuido constantemente desde los años 90.

Actualmente, los casos de abuso físico se informan a tasas de alrededor de 30 por cada diez mil, mientras que los casos de abuso sexual se informan a tasas de alrededor de 25 o menos por cada diez mil.

Esta es una información optimista, dijo Wilcox, porque muestra que se han logrado avances en cuanto a conocer, informar y prevenir casos de abuso sexual.  

“Diría que a pesar de que las tendencias generales se mueven en la dirección correcta, todavía es cierto que los niños que están expuestos a más inestabilidad y caos familiar tienen más probabilidades de ser sometidos a abusos”, concluyó el experto.

Traducido y adaptado por Diego López Marina. Publicada originalmente en CNA.








          Empoisonnement au Novitchok: Washington annonce des sanctions contre la Russie (Romandie)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Les Etats-Unis ont annoncé mercredi leur intention d'imposer de nouvelles sanctions économiques à la Russie, après avoir déterminé que Moscou était derrière l'attaque à l'agent Novitchok au Royaume-Uni. Après l'empoisonnement début mars...
          This salted dark chocolate fudge is a simple way to satisfy your Rocky Road craving      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By Becky Krystal The Washington Post 

I take as much joy in eating a square of excellent chocolate as the next chocolate lover.

That being said, I'm never going to turn down a dessert made with chocolate.

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          Where to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in Savannah, Georgia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By Alexandra Marvar Special To The Washington Post

In Savannah, Georgia, the ghosts of the Civil War hang thick in the air. The gnarled arms of live oaks arc over rows of historical homes full of heirlooms.

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          How to make a good jam without the hassle of canning      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By Becky Krystal The Washington Post

It took me an embarrassing number of years to overcome my (unreasonable) paranoia about making jam that would somehow give my friends and family botulism.

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          Điểm Tin Thứ Năm 09.08.2018 (hậu 10/6/18 và ANM)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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  • VNTB - Dự án đặc khu: Cần bỏ hẳn chứ không chỉ hoãn (VNTB) - Nguyễn Tường Thụy (VNTB) Khi Dự Luật đặc khu được đưa ra kỳ họp thứ 5 để thông qua, người ta mới sững sờ và tìm hiểu mới biết, dự án luật này đã được ráo riết chuẩn bị từ nhiều năm trước đó. Không có gì mới. Chương trình kỳ họp thứ 26 của UB Thường vụ Quốc hội không còn nội dung cho ý kiến về Dự Luật đặc khu như đã lên trước đó. Lý do của việc này là dự án luật đang được cân nhắc lại, trên cơ sở lắng nghe ý kiến của nhân dân - theo Tổng Thư ký Quốc hội Nguyễn Hạnh Phúc. Ông Phúc cho rằng cũng chưa vội vã lắm vì còn 2 tháng nữa kỳ họp thứ 6 của Quốc hội mới diễn ra.
  • Vì sao Tổng thống Trump quyết ‘ăn thua đủ’ với Trung Quốc về thương mại? (BoxitVN) - Mỹ Khánh - Ngày 6/7, Mỹ và Trung Quốc chính thức bước vào cuộc chiến thương mại “lớn nhất lịch sử”, theo cách gọi của Trung Quốc. Washington và Bắc Kinh đồng thời tăng thuế 25% lên các mặt hàng nhập khẩu của đối phương trị giá 34 tỷ USD. Đây là một phần trong gói áp thuế 50 tỷ USD mà Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump đã đe dọa ngày 15/6. Gói thuế 14 tỷ USD nữa sẽ được Mỹ xem xét công bố trong 2 tuần tới. Chính quyền Trump cũng cảnh báo sẽ ...
  • Mỹ lo ngại khả năng nước lớn ép nước nhỏ trong đàm phán Biển Đông (RFI) - Vào lúc ASEAN và Trung Quốc loan báo thúc đẩy đàm phán về Bộ Quy Tắc Ứng Xử trên Biển Đông, Hoa Kỳ, qua lời quan chức ngoại giao phụ trách Hiệp Hội các nước Đông Nam Á hôm 07/08/2018, đã nhấn mạnh là cần phải tránh việc nước lớn gây áp lực trên nước nhỏ trong cuộc thương thuyết. Washington cũng cho rằng bộ quy tắc ứng xử đang đàm phán phải chú ý đến các mối quan ngại của các quốc gia bên ngoài Biển Đông.
  • Việt Nam chưa mua vũ khí ‘khủng’ của Mỹ? (VOA) - Một nhà nghiên cứu kỳ cựu nhận định rằng Việt Nam có thể không mua ngay các loại vũ khí “khủng” của Mỹ, ít ngày sau khi quan chức ngoại giao Hoa Kỳ xác nhận với VOA tiếng Việt rằng Hà Nội có các hợp đồng mua các thiết bị quân sự với quốc gia cựu thù trị giá tới gần 100 triệu đôla.
  • Việt Nam phải ngụy trang khi sang Mỹ mua vũ khí? (VOA) - Vào tháng Tám năm 2017, đài VOA dẫn lại một phát hiện độc đáo trong bài viết có tựa đề “Quan chức Việt Nam đòi Mỹ ‘lại quả’ từ các hợp đồng mua vũ khí”. ‘Lại quả’ là một từ lóng thuộc về dân làm ăn khuất tất, chạy chọt và hối lộ ở miền Bắc Việt Nam.
  • Vụ bắt cóc Trịnh Xuân Thanh trở thành chuyện lớn tại châu Âu (RFI) - Kinh tế Iran dưới sức ép của Donald Trump, thương mại Pháp thâm thủng nghiêm trọng, một người thợ làm vườn ở California làm run rẩy tập đoàn hóa chất đa quốc gia Monsanto là những tựa lớn của báo chí Pháp hôm nay bên cạnh hồ sơ « Trịnh Xuân Thanh bị Hà Nội đánh thuốc mê và bắt cóc », chiếm một phần ba trang quốc tế của Le Monde.
  • VNTB - Cái bắt tay đầy 'tham nhũng' giữa Hà nội và Slovakia (VNTB) - Ánh Liên (VNTB) Điều buồn cười trong mối quan hệ giữa Slovakia và Hà nội không nằm ở việc cựu Bộ trưởng Nội Vụ Slovakia chối phăng việc tiếp tay cho bên kia, hay thậm chí là chính trường Slovakia rối loạn vì vụ bắt cóc táo tợn Hà Nội. Mà những sự thể có phần rắc rối ngày hôm nay đáng lẽ phải được ngăn chặn từ 4 năm trước, qua sự cảnh báo thông tin của fanpage Corruption Slovakia embassy in Hanoi (Tham nhũng ở Đại sứ quán Slovakia tại Hà nội) - fanpage chỉ có 30 lượt thích.
  • Ai đang cản trở EVFTA? (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Anh Tuấn - Như trong bài viết, tác giả đã nêu rất rõ rằng, hiệp định EVFTA không những ích nước lợi dân Việt Nam nói chung, mà còn có lợi ích thiết thực cho chính họ (nhóm đương quyền hiện nay). Rõ ràng họ cũng đang rất “máu” kí được Hiệp định để hòng thoát khỏi tình trạng mong manh dường như sắp đổ vỡ về tài chính – kinh tế vốn đe dọa đến cái ghế của họ từng ngày. Thế nhưng…, như mang một cố tật tâm lý giống ...
  • Tuyên bố của nhóm "lão mà chưa an" về Luật Đặc khu (VNTB) - Chính phủ Việt Nam đã trình dự thảo “Luật Đơn vị hành chính - kinh tế đặc biệt Vân Đồn, Bắc Vân Phong, Phú Quốc” (Luật Đặc khu) để Quốc Hội thảo luận và thông qua trong kỳ họp thứ V, Quốc hội khoá XIV, từ ngày 21-5-2018 đến 15-6-2018. Do sự phản đối mạnh mẽ của nhân dân, ngày 11-6-2018 Quốc hội đã quyết định lùi thời gian xem xét thông qua dự án luật này sang kỳ họp thứ VI, dự kiến vào tháng 10-2018.
  • Khủng hoảng Đồng Tâm: chìa khóa giải quyết đang nằm trong tay ai? (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Đăng Quang - Cuộc khủng hoảng Đồng Tâm vẫn đang bế tắc. Người dân đã 2 lần gửi TÂM THƯ đến HNTƯ7 và Kỳ họp lần 5 QH vừa qua, nhưng không có ai trả lời họ. Mới đây, cụ Lê Đình Kình, người được coi là thủ lĩnh của người dân Đồng Tâm, với danh nghĩa người bị hại trong biến cố Đồng Tâm, đã gửi tới Ủy ban Tư pháp Quốc hội và bà Lê Thị Nga, Chủ nhiệm Ủy ban này một “Thư công dân gửi ĐBQH”. Thư ...
  • Trả lời thẳng: tại sao dày đặc cảng biển, khu kinh tế nhưng miền Trung… vẫn chưa giàu? (BoxitVN) - Trúc Giang - Theo thông cáo mới nhất từ Văn phòng Quốc hội, dự án luật Đơn vị hành chính – kinh tế đặc biệt (còn gọi là Luật Đặc khu) chưa được Ủy ban Thường vụ Quốc hội xem xét vào kỳ họp tháng 8 này. Thiếu sức mạnh của “hậu phương công nghiệp”? Thay vì hưởng ứng lời tuyên bố đầy phấn khích của bà chủ tịch Quốc hội “Một đồng rót vào đặc khu để hút về hàng chục, hàng trăm đồng”, thì cần trả lời câu hỏi rất quen ...
  • Đi tìm nguyên nhân đưa đến thảm họa tuyển sinh (BoxitVN) - Trần Đình Thu - Dù xảy ra thảm họa tuyển sinh kinh hoàng nhưng hiện nay do ông Bộ trưởng Nhạ vẫn khăng khăng phương án Bộ ông ấy làm là đúng, nên cộng đồng mạng cần có những bài phân tích để vạch ra cái sai lầm của Bộ ông ấy, để ông bớt ngủ gục trong Quốc hội đi. Và đây là một bài như thế. Nhắc lại một chút. Trước 2015, học trò Việt có 2 kỳ thi rất vất vả, nên đến năm 2015, nhu cầu thực tiễn đòi hỏi ...
  • Sức mạnh mềm của Trung Quốc ở Việt Nm ra sao? (RFA) - Các nhà lãnh đạo Việt Nam khi đi chữa bệnh ở nước ngoài thì họ không sang Trung Quốc nữa. Người cuối cùng làm việc đó là ông Lê Đức Anh nguyên Chủ tịch nước, năm nay đã 97 tuổi.
  • Phiếu tín nhiệm – sự phức tạp của đẳng thức xã hội (BoxitVN) - Tô Văn Trường - “Vì quy chế lấy phiếu tín nhiệm hiện nay chưa được đầu tư xây dựng phù hợp vẫn còn mang tính dân chủ hình thức nên việc lấy phiếu tín nhiệm đại biểu ở Quốc hội đến bây giờ vẫn không thể được như mong muốn của cử tri vì cách làm như kiểu của Quốc hội ta giống như một người ban ngày “ăn chay” song  tối lại “ngủ mặn”! Và, nếu có việc các đại biểu được tự do bỏ phiếu kín thì kết quả đó ...
  • ‘Đánh’ mãi như thế làm sao đỡ? (VOA) - “Bí mật quốc phòng”, “an ninh quốc gia” giúp Thượng tướng Phương Minh Hòa (cựu Tư lệnh Quân chủng Phòng không – Không quân),  Trung tướng Nguyễn Văn Thanh (cựu Chính ủy Quân chủng Phòng không – Không quân) chỉ bị cảnh cáo...
  • Việt Nam cách chức, giáng quân hàm tướng công an (RFA) - Thủ tướng Việt Nam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc vào ngày 8/8 đã ký quyết định cách chức thứ trưởng đối với hai tướng công an Trần Việt Tân và Bùi Văn Thành, đồng thời đề nghị giáng quân hàm hai tướng này.
  • Mỹ sẽ đánh thuế thêm 16 tỷ đô la hàng Trung Quốc (VOA) - Mỹ sẽ bắt đầu đánh thuế lên thêm 16 tỷ đô la hàng hóa nhập khẩu của Trung Quốc kể từ ngày 23/8, văn phòng của đại diện thương mại Mỹ cho biết hôm 7/8 khi họ công bố danh sách chung quyết các mặt hàng bị đánh thuế.
  • Trung Quốc sẽ áp thêm thuế lên 16 tỉ đôla hàng của Mỹ (VOA) - Trung Quốc sẽ áp thuế quan bổ sung 25 phần trăm lên 16 tỉ đôla giá trị hàng hóa nhập khẩu của Mỹ từ nhiên liệu và các sản phẩm thép cho tới xe hơi và thiết bị y tế, Bộ Thương mại Trung Quốc cho biết, trong khi hai nền kinh tế lớn nhất thế giới leo thang tranh chấp thương mại.
  • Vì sao Trung Quốc liên tục bức hiếp Đài Loan? (RFI) - Theo tiến sĩ Trương Trí Trình (Chih Cheng Chang) trên The Diplomat, Trung Quốc chèn ép Đài Loan liên tục không chỉ vì không ưa đảng Dân Tiến của bà Thái Anh Văn, mà đây là chủ trương nằm trong chiến lược lâu dài của Bắc Kinh.
  • Xuất khẩu TQ tăng tốc dù Trump leo thang chiến tranh thương mại (VOA) - Xuất khẩu của Trung Quốc tăng mạnh hơn dự kiến trong tháng 7 bất chấp thuế nhập khẩu của Mỹ và thặng dư thương mại được theo dõi sát của nước này với Mỹ vẫn ở mức cao kỉ lục, trong khi hai cường quốc kinh tế lớn của thế giới leo thang tranh chấp thương mại.
  • Website của BBC bị chặn ở Trung Quốc (BBC) - Khi website bị chặn, BBC kêu gọi chính phủ Trung Quốc tuân thủ Tuyên bố Nhân quyền của Liên Hợp Quốc về quyền cá nhân tự do biểu đạt và tiếp nhận thông tin.
  • Vụ 1MDB : Cựu thủ tướng Malaysia tiếp tục bị truy tố (RFI) - Cựu thủ tướng Malaysia Najib Razak tiếp tục bị truy tố trong một vụ án khác, cũng liên quan đến quỹ đầu tư 1MDB. Ông Najib Razak đối mặt với ba cáo buộc tham nhũng mới, và có nguy cơ bị phạt tổng cộng 45 năm tù.
  • Cựu Tổng thống Philippines kêu gọi đề phòng Trung Quốc (VOA) - Hành động của Trung Quốc bồi đắp đảo và quân sự hóa các thực thể trên Biển Đông một lần nữa đã gây chia rẽ sâu sắc thể chế chính trị ở Philippines vốn đang cố gắng tìm kiếm một lập trường tối ưu được đồng thuận để bảo vệ các lợi ích chủ quyền và chiến lược của đất nước.
  • Bầu bổ sung: Đảng Cộng Hòa Mỹ thắng sít sao ở Ohio, điềm xấu cho TT Trump (RFI) - Cuộc bỏ phiếu bầu bổ sung một dân biểu tại Ohio, ngày hôm qua, 07/08/2018, được coi là một trắc nghiệm đối với uy tín của tổng thống Trump. Ứng cử viên đảng Cộng Hòa tuyên bố thắng cử với 50,2% phiếu, tại một khu vực bầu cử vốn được coi là lãnh địa của đảng Cộng Hòa từ hơn 30 năm nay. Theo giới quan sát, nếu xu thế này tái diễn phe Cộng Hòa có thể sẽ mất đa số tại Hạ Viện sau cuộc bầu cử giữa kỳ vào tháng 11/2018.
  • Mỹ trừng phạt Iran: Đức cảnh báo gia tăng bất ổn tại Trung Đông (RFI) - Hôm nay, 08/08/2018, một ngày sau khi Washington tái áp đặt các trừng phạt kinh tế đối với Iran, nhằm ngăn chặn tham vọng mở rộng ảnh hưởng của Teheran tại Trung Đông, ngoại trưởng Đức lên tiếng cảnh báo, quyết định của Mỹ có thể có tác dụng ngược, khiến tình hình khu vực này thêm trầm trọng hơn.
  • Ả Rập Xê Út làm căng với bên ngoài để ổn định bên trong ? (RFI) - Thái độ cứng rắn bất ngờ của chính quyền Ả Rập Xê Út với Canada trong những ngày qua đã làm cho không ít nhà quan sát ngạc nhiên. Thế nhưng động thái gây căng thẳng này của chế độ Ryad dưới quyền điều hành của thái tử Mohammed ben Salmane được cho là nhắm vào đối nội, tăng cường uy tín trong nước của thái tử vào lúc nhân vật này đang cho tiến hành những biện pháp cải tổ đầy rủi ro vì đụng chạm tới thành phần bảo thủ còn rất mạnh ở vương quốc này.
  • Cựu giám đốc tranh cử của Donald Trump bị dồn vào chân tường (RFI) - Hôm qua, thứ Ba 07/08/2018, là ngày thứ hai mà ông Paul Manafort - nguyên giám đốc chương trình tranh cử tổng thống 2016 của Donald Trump - phải đối mặt với người cựu cộng sự thân tín Rick Gates, được coi là một nhân chứng quyết định trong vụ án rửa tiền và trốn thuế đang diễn ra. Cựu giám đốc tranh cử của tổng thống Trump bị cáo buộc trốn hàng triệu đô la thuế, với khoản tiền mà công ty tư vấn của ông nhận được từ chính quyền của cựu tổng thống Ukraina Viktor Ianoukovitch thân Nga trước đây.
  • Cháy rừng trên quy mô chưa từng thấy ở châu Âu và Hoa Kỳ (RFI) - Thời tiết khô nóng hiện nay đã gây ra các đám cháy lớn tại nhiều nơi ở châu Âu, mà nghiêm trọng nhất là ở Bồ Đào Nha, cũng như tại bang California Hoa Kỳ, huy động hàng ngàn lính cứu hỏa, nhưng cho đến hôm nay, 08/08/2018, vẫn chưa khống chế nổi.
  • Chứng rụng tóc (VOA) - Tại sao chúng ta bị rụng tóc? Khắc phục bằng cách nào? Mời quý vị cùng tìm hiểu với bác sĩ Nguyễn Ý Đức.

          Alvin Toffler Investigated by FBI for Communist Activities According to Newly Released Files      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Alvin Toffler, who died in 2016, will be remembered for his many contributions to the work of futurism. Toffler was a prolific writer, most notably the author of the 1970 best-selling book Future Shock, and a man who became friends with important figures across the political spectrum in Washington DC, including Newt…

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          Trump per Israele sta elaborando il "Piano del secolo"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Donald Trump ne è convinto: il suo sarà il "piano del secolo". Quello che lascerà il segno nella Storia, ciò￲ che non sono riusciti a fare, nonostante le dichiarate ambizioni, coloro - Repubblicani e Democratici - che negli ultimi cinquant'anni lo hanno preceduto alla Casa Bianca. Il "piano del secolo", ovvero come riuscire a realizzare la pace in Terrasanta, tra Israeliani e Palestinesi. A darne conto è un documentato report di Amir Tibon e Amos Harel, firme di punta del quotidiano di Tel Aviv Haaretz. I due giornalisti israeliani, hanno ascoltato diverse fonti interne ed esterne all'amministrazione Usa (Harel è corrispondente di Haaretz da Washington), e il quadro che ne viene fuori è di grande interesse. Che questo piano sia in fase di "avanzata gestazione, siamo ormai ai dettagli", lo confermano ad HuffPost sia fonti israeliane a Gerusalemme che fonti palestinesi a Ramallah. "Alla lettura del piano, l'Olp (Organizzazione per la liberazione della Palestina, ndr) sarà infelice su alcune parti e soddisfatta su altri, e così sarà anche per Israeliani, che saranno contenti per alcune pagine del documento mentre altre saranno scomode", spiega un alto funzionario dell'amministrazione Usa.

Il "piano del secolo" si discosta dai tanti che lo hanno preceduto perché, spiega ad Haaretz la fonte americana, non si limita a riproporre formule vecchie che avrebbero dovuto risolvere le "questioni fondamentali" del conflitto, come i confini, la sicurezza, Gerusalemme. Enunciazioni di principio che, nella visione dello staff mediorientale di The Donald, non hanno mai fatto veramente i conti con la realtà, e per questo sono sistematicamente falliti. Il team di pace di Trump vuole che il piano affronti tali questioni, ma anche di offrire una vasta gamma di idee pragmatiche che, secondo le parole del funzionario di alto livello, "miglioreranno la vita di entrambe le parti". Gran parte del piano si concentrerà sul rafforzamento dell'economia palestinese e dei suoi legami con Israele. Diverse fonti al di fuori dell'amministrazione che hanno parlato con Haaretz nelle ultime settimane hanno confermato che la Casa Bianca sta attualmente "limando" un documento alquanto ponderoso, "molto più lungo di alcuni piani precedenti di questo tipo", secondo una fonte diplomatica coinvolta nella stesura. discussioni. Il piano dell'amministrazione Trump comincia a prendere forma a metà del 2017, quando Jason Greeenblatt, l'inviato speciale di The Donald per il processo di pace , fa il suo primo viaggio nella regione. Le fonti che sono state in contatto con Greenblatt durante questo periodo hanno detto ad Haaretz che il principale obiettivo del suo primo viaggio era lo stretto allineamento degli interessi tra Israele e il mondo arabo, che a suo avviso rappresentava una rara opportunità per una svolta nei negoziati. E' questo un punto nodale del "piano Trump": coinvolgere i Paesi arabi che, nel quadro regionale, hanno interessi strategici convergenti con Israele.

Una fonte governativa israeliana li elenca ad HuffPost: Arabia Saudita, Qatar, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Egitto, Giordania. Paesi del fronte sunnita che, con Israele, condividono la necessità di arginare la penetrazione iraniana in Medio Oriente, contrastando l'affermarsi della mezzaluna rossa sciita sulla direttrice Baghdad, Damasco, Beirut. E Gaza. A questo è particolarmente interessato l'erede al trono saudita, il giovane (33 anni) e 'ambizioso principe Mohammad bin Salman Al-Sa'ud, fautore dell'avvicinamento, in funzione anti-iraniana, di Riyad a Tel Aviv: per il futuro sovrano, e attuale Primo vice primo ministro e ministro della Difesa saudita, togliere ai suoi nemici regionali la "carta palestinese" sarebbe un risultato rilevante, da far pesare nella definizione dei nuovi equilibri regionali. "E' ovvio che la regione è cambiata rispetto a pochi anni fa", dice ad Haaretz un funzionario dell'amministrazione Usa . "Il mondo arabo e Israele hanno molti interessi e obiettivi comuni, così come minacce comuni nelle attività destabilizzanti dell'Iran nella regione". Greenblatt, insieme al consigliere e genero del presidente, Jared Kushner, e all'ambasciatore americano in Israele, David Friedman, si è concentrato sul tentativo di utilizzare questi interessi comuni per far progredire il piano. Fonti esterne all'amministrazione coinvolte nelle discussioni sul piano hanno affermato al quotidiano di Tel Aviv che il gruppo mediorientale di Trump ritiene che il piano in fase di completamento potrebbe essere il primo a ricevere una risposta positiva sia da Israele che dai principali Paesi arabi, indipendentemente dalla posizione palestinese.

Il cuore di questo piano, rivelano le fonti, sarà in Cisgiordania e a Gaza. L'amministrazione Usa sta cercando di promuovere progetti economici nel Sinai settentrionale che potrebbero migliorare la situazione, sempre più degradata, nella Striscia. Nell'immediato, l'obiettivo principale di Washington è vedere l'Autorità nazionale palestinese ripristinare il proprio controllo sull'enclave costiera, da undici anni in mano ad Hamas. L'obiettivo principale dell'amministrazione a Gaza è di vedere l'Autorità Palestinese ripristinare il controllo sull'enclave costiera. A questo fine, nella visione statunitense, saranno decisivi i finanziamenti delle petromonarchie del Golfo per la ricostruzione di Gaza. L'amministrazione Usa ha provato lo scorso anno a promuovere una serie di iniziative minori che potrebbero creare uno slancio positivo per il processo di pace e mostrare segni di progresso sul terreno. Alcune di queste iniziative sono riuscite - ad esempio, un accordo idrico congiunto israelo-palestinese firmato l'estate scorsa - ma altri sono falliti a causa di ostacoli politici a Gerusalemme e Ramallah. Ad esempio, il ministero della Difesa israeliano aveva proposto un piano l'anno scorso, fortemente sostenuto dai vertici militari, per ingrandire la città palestinese di Qalqilya, situata nella West Bank, a ridosso di Gerusalemme.

Il piano di Qalqilya avrebbe permesso alla municipalità palestinese di costruire nuove case per migliaia di residenti. Il piano è stato respinto dal governo israeliano a causa delle pressioni esercitate dal partito di destra Habayit Hayehudi e da alcuni membri della Knesset del Likud. Ma la Casa Bianca quel progetto non lo ha accantonato ma, al contrario, lo ha inserito nel "piano del secolo". E, come risulta ad HuffPost, Qalqilya potrebbe diventare la capitale di uno Stato palestinese. "Vorremmo che il piano parlasse da solo - confida una fonte dell'amministrazione Usa ad Haaretz - la gente capirà che dopo l'accordo staranno tutti meglio che senza: crediamo che le persone coinvolte siano interessate al loro futuro e al futuro dei loro figli. Questo piano darà molte più opportunità a tutti in futuro rispetto alla situazione che hanno ora".

Una situazione apocalittica. Gaza sta morendo. L'ultimo, documentato grido d'allarme, è stato lanciato da Oxfam. L'assedio sta privando una popolazione di 1,900milioni di abitanti, il 56% al di sotto dei 18 anni, del bene più vitale: l'acqua. A oltre due anni dal sanguinoso conflitto che nel 2014 distrusse buona parte del sistema idrico e fognario di Gaza, il sistema straordinario disegnato dalla comunità internazionale per la ricostruzione post-bellica (il cosiddetto Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism-Grm) non riesce ancora a rispondere ai bisogni dei quasi 2 milioni di abitanti della Striscia "intrappolati" in una delle zone pi densamente popolate del mondo. Una situazione drammatica, rimarca il report di Oxfam, aggravata degli effetti del decennale blocco di Israele sulla Striscia, di cui le prime vittime sono oltre 1,9 milioni di persone che devono sopravvivere con uno scarsissimo accesso all'acqua e una situazione igienico-sanitaria in continuo peggioramento. Basti pensare che il 95% della popolazione - anche solo per bere e cucinare - dipende dall'acqua marina desalinizzata fornita dalle autocisterne private, semplicemente perché l'acqua fornita dalla rete idrica municipale (che presenta oltre 40% di perdite) non è potabile o perché oltre 40mila abitanti non sono allacciati alla rete. A questo si aggiunge un sistema fognario del tutto inadeguato con oltre un terzo delle famiglie che non è connesso al sistema delle acque reflue. Una situazione di carenza idrica di cui fanno le spese soprattutto donne e bambini, che in molti casi sono costretti a lavarsi, bere e cucinare con acqua contaminata e si trovano esposti così al rischio di diarrea, vomito e disidratazione.

Le Nazioni Unite annunciano che entro il 2020 sar¢ praticamente impossibile vivere a Gaza per la mancanza di energia elettrica, il più alto tasso di disoccupazione al mondo e l'impossibilità per la popolazione di accedere anche a beni essenziali come cibo e, per l'appunto, acqua pulita. Hamas sa bene di non poter reggere questa situazione. Così pure l'Anp di Abu Mazen. E in questa chiave, di forte pressione sulla dirigenza palestinese, va letta la decisione americana di tagliare i finanziamenti all'Unrwa, l'Agenzia delle Nazioni Unite per i rifugiati palestinesi. A Ramallah gridano allo "strangolamento" della popolazione civile, all'"ennesima, vergognosa punizione collettiva", ma fuori dall'ufficialità, dall'entourage di Abu Mazen emerge l'interpretazione politica: Trump vuole "imporre" la sua pace. Il "piano del secolo" permetterebbe alla popolazione di Gaza di tornare a respirare. Il che significa anche agire su Israele per porre fine ad un embargo pluridecennale. Ed è questo uno dei punti del "piano Trump" che potrebbe essere indigesto per la destra oltranzista israeliana. D'altro canto, The Donald ad oggi ha molto dato all'amico Netanyahu, a cominciare dallo spostamento dell'ambasciata Usa da Tel Aviv a Gerusalemme, e poco riavuto indietro. Ora sembra giunto il momento dell'incasso. Per entrare nella Storia.


          Oklahoma Congressmen Face Tense Town Halls In Home Districts      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation are back in their districts through April 21, and many are meeting with constituents for the first time since the election of President Donald Trump. Rep. Tom Cole, R-OK4, held a town hall meeting Wednesday in Chickasha. The event was slightly tense, with many of the town hall’s 70 attendees urging Cole to take stronger stances against President Trump on issues like climate change and mental health services. “I came because I wanted to hear what he [Congressman Cole] had to say and because I have a few things that concern me,” said Judith Blake, a Norman resident. Cole spent more than two-and-a-half hours at the town hall, updating constituents on events in Washington. “We [are] here to answer your question or see what we can do to help,” Cole said, encouraging those with more personal questions to talk to him after the event. Cole’s town hall took place the day after Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-OK1, drew what the Tulsa World described as a
          Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation Reflects On Murrah Bombing Anniversary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Oklahoma's longest-serving Congressman led the state's delegation on the House floor in Washington Thursday to reflect on the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing as the 20th anniversary approaches. U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas was a freshman lawmaker representing Oklahoma's now-defunct Sixth Congressional District that included downtown Oklahoma City.
          Comment on Native Sun, Purple Star wines find home near Red Mountain by Community not Competion – Site Title      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[…] an everyday occurrence to watch as our talented Enologist Megan Davis works alongside winemaker Kyle Johnson as they turn grapes from the best growers in Washington state into the next vintage cuvee’.  […]
          8/9/2018: Around The World: China to Impose Additional 25% Tariffs on $16 Billion of US Goods      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Beijing: China confirmed that it wil l impose 2 5% additional tariffs on $16 billion worth of imports from the US from August 23, matching an earlier move from Washington in another ratchet higher for the trade war between the two nations. The US...
          8/8/2018: NEWS: U.S., Turkish officials to discuss American’s detention      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Senior U.S. and Turkish officials will meet in Washington on Wednesday to try to resolve a dispute over Turkey’s ongoing detention of a U.S. pastor, an issue that has become the primary irritant in increasingly tense relations between the two. Pastor...
          8/8/2018: NEWS: HAPPENING TODAY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
9:30 a.m. The U.S. Institute of Peace holds a discussion titled “Pakistan Elections: What Now?” in Washington. Participants include a State Department official, professors and former Pakistani officials. Visit washingtonpost.com/world for details. 10...
          8/8/2018: NEWS: Washington Post iPad app      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We bring you a richly designed reading experience — a replica of the printed newspaper, along with a 14-day archive, more than 40 comic strips, all Post blogs and real-time social media. The app gives you video, photo galleries, new search...
          U.S. District Court Grants Judicial Watch Motion to File Amicus Curiae Brief for the Unsealing of IRS Officials Lerner, Paz Depositions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hearing set for Thursday, August 9 (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Western Division) issued an order granting a Judicial Watch motion to file an amicus curiae brief that asks the court to unseal the depositions of former IRS officials Lois Lerner and...

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          Germany: Muslim migrant plotted to explode ricin bomb packed with shrapnel, targeting “unbelievers” - Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.jihadwatch.org/about-robert

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (Regnery Publishing) and The Truth About Muhammad (Regnery Publishing). His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe FederalistThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.
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https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/08/germany-muslim-migrant-plotted-to-explode-ricin-bomb-packed-with-shrapnel-targeting-unbelievers

Germany: Muslim migrant plotted to explode ricin bomb packed with shrapnel, targeting “unbelievers”

Danke, Merkel!
“Tunisian Migrant Planned Biological Weapon Attack Against ‘Unbelievers’ in Germany,” by Victoria Friedman, Breitbart, August 4, 2018:
Tunisian migrant Sief Allah H., 29, planned a deadline ricin terror attack against “unbelievers”, according to German prosecutors.
“He wanted to explode a ricin bomb packed with shrapnel in a busy indoor place” targeting “unbelievers”, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said, in what is believed to be Germany’s first biological weapons terror plot.
Authorities revealed further details about the Islamist plot on Friday, after the Tunisian migrant was arrested following a raid on his apartment in the Chorweiler district of the west German city of Cologne on June 12th.
The suspect was charged with possession of weapons of war, “planning a serious act of violence against the state”, and of membership with a terrorist organisation, according to Deutsche Welle
Police conducted the raid in early June and found “toxic substances” which turned out to be the highly dangerous ricin which is used in the manufacture of biological weapons.
Sief’s wife — a Muslim convert 13 years his senior identified as Yasmin H. — was also arrested in late July.
It is alleged that 42-year-old Yasmin H., a German national, had arranged a trip for her husband to Poland to buy explosive materials. Officials claim she then had allowed him to use her online accounts to order ingredients and components for the bomb, including thousands of “castor seeds [used to make ricin] and an electric coffee grinder”, in May….

          8/8/2018: FRONT PAGE: CANADA, U.S. DIFFER ON SAUDI RELATIONS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON, D.C. • When Donald Trump became U.S. president, his first foreign trip was not to Canada, Mexico or anywhere in Europe, his closest neighbours and allies. It was to Saudi Arabia for a lavish state welcome that left Trump literally...
          8/8/2018: WORLD: Trading with Iran fuels U.S. threats      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT • Donald Trump has threatened to stop doing business with any country that trades with Iran as a war of words over his new sanctions escalates. The U.S. president claimed Tuesday that his hard-line stance on the regime was adopted to...
          8/8/2018: WEDNESDAY OPINION: China’s bumpy Belt way      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In this age of uncertainty, few things are as sure as the inevitable rise of China. We hear about it everywhere we turn. How orderly and efficient China’s government is compared with the Washington clown show. How its airports gleam and its bullet...
          8/8/2018: WEDNESDAY OPINION: Get ready for this nightmare scenario      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Two of the biggest stories in Washington right now are on track to collide in spectacular fashion. And it’s not clear that the political world is taking this possibility seriously enough, let alone prepared to deal with the fallout for our political...
          8/8/2018: METRO: What is the world’s most popular white wine?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Hint: The answer is in today’s Food section.) EARN 5 POINTS: Find the answer, and then go to washingtonpost.com/postpoints, Quizzes to enter the correct response.
          Novi udar na Rusiju zbog napada nervnim otrovom u Britaniji      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Napad nervnim otrovom (Foto: AFP)Washington je u srijedu objavio da će uvesti nove sankcije Rusiji nakon što je utvrdio da je Moskva upotrijebila nervni otrov protiv bivšeg ruskog tajnog agenta i njegove kćeri u Velikoj Britaniji.
          8/8/2018: SPORTS: Split feels a bit like a loss      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The first test: Did you check the late Phillies score before you grabbed your coffee? We’re getting there, Washington. It’s not yet mid-August, but a real-life pennant race could well await. Such a circumstance can make the mind start to race with...
          8/8/2018: SPORTS: After Rodriguez heroics, Scherzer’s strong start spoiled      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Before the Washington Nationals handed the ball to Max Scherzer, the bona fide ace they pay to pitch big games, in Tuesday’s nightcap against the Atlanta Braves, they gave it to someone they never envisioned shouldering substantial responsibility this...
          8/8/2018: WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS: Capitals get their fill with Cup      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Over the past six weeks, the Stanley Cup has traveled from Washington to Russia and the Czech Republic, throughout Canada and the Midwestern United States. The trophy is headed back to Europe this week, where Capitals players Lars Eller, Andre...
          8/8/2018: WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS: Blackhawks legend Mikita dies at age 78      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
When Stan Mikita got back together with the Chicago Blackhawks, it was clear how much the reconciliation meant to the Hall of Fame forward. He became a team ambassador and then got a bronze statue outside United Center. He was a regular at home games,...
          8/8/2018: WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS: United trades for Lithuanian defender      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With the transfer and trade deadline a day away, D.C. United on Tuesday addressed defensive depth issues by trading for an outside back while remaining locked in negotiations with a Danish club in an attempt to reacquire stalwart goalkeeper Bill...
          8/8/2018: WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS: Newspaper sues writer for Twitter account      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Roanoke Times spells it out right in its handbook: Employees who have been issued “Companyowned information assets, keys or other access items must return them to the Company upon termination of employment,” according to a lawsuit filing this week...
          8/8/2018: SPORTS: Stanley Cup has quite the palate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

During the past six weeks, the Stanley Cup has travelled from Washington to Russia and the Czech Republic, throughout Canada and the midwestern United States. The trophy is headed back to Europe this week, where Capitals players Lars Eller, Andre...
          8/8/2018: REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP: Mystics get a new home for playoffs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Washington Mystics’ home playoff games will be played at George Washington’s Smith Center, the team announced Tuesday, because of an ongoing renovation to Capital One Arena that will last through this month and into September. The Mystics (18-11)...
          8/8/2018: REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP: Washington clinches postseason berth      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Elena Delle Donne scored a team-high 30 points, and Kristi Toliver added 25 as the Washington Mystics clinched a WNBA playoff berth by holding off the Phoenix Mercury, 103-98, on Tuesday night in Phoenix. Delle Donne made 10 of 14 shots and all eight...
          Camp notes: QBs still even; Washington impressing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Quarterback battle won't likely be settled soon; meantime, a freshman running back is turning heads in practice, while the Blackshirts are making strides, too.
          How Would New U.S. Auto Tariffs Impact Hyundai and Kia?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trump Administration is once again considering using Section 232 to impose tariffs on imported goods based on a threat to national security. The President originally used this provision to add tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and his administration is now considering whether to allow tariffs on auto imports as well.

 

To learn more about Section 232 and how it would impact not only car manufacturers, but also local dealers, and even the American consumer, Korean Kontext host Jenna Gibson sat down with representatives from Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia. David Kim, Vice President of Government Affairs at Hyundai Motor Company’s Washington Office, and Christopher Wenk, Vice Oresident of Government Affairs at Kia Motors Corportation’s Washington Office, discussed the background of 232, how it would impact their operations in the United States, and why it could ha [...]


          Stocks go nowhere as US-China trade war drags energy lower      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Stocks were mixed Wednesday despite a recent wave of upbeat corporate earnings as a new round of tariffs between the US and China dragged energy companies lower. The dollar and Treasury yields fell. 

Here's the scoreboard:

Dow Jones industrial average25,583.55 −45.36 (-0.18%)

S&P 500: 2,861.20 +2.75 (+0.096%)

Nasdaq Composite 7,888.33 +4.66 (+0.06%)

  1. Another $16 billion worth of US exports to China — including oil products and cars — will be subject to a 25% tax. After the Trump administration followed through with a 25% tariff on an additional $16 billion of Chinese goods, Beijing retaliated in kind. The latest tariffs, which bring the running total of targeted goods to $50 billion for both China and the US, are set to take effect August 23.
  2. Washington rolled out punitive sanctions against Moscow for the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. The measures came amid pressure from Congress and months after the UK issued sanctions penalizing the Kremlin for the poisoning, which took place on British soil.
  3. Saudi Arabia's central bank ordered its fund managers to dump Canadian bonds, stocks and cash. The move came after Canada's foreign ministry criticized Saudi Arabia for its arrests of prominent human-rights activists and called for their release. Saudi Arabia's state airline is also set to suspend flights to and from Toronto Pearson International beginning next week. 
  4. Earnings season rolls on. 21st Century Fox and Roku report after the bell — follow Business Insider here for live updates. 

And a look at the upcoming economic calendar:

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          Indicted Rep. Chris Collins shows why members of Congress should not trade stocks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Rep. Chris Collins, a prominent backer of President Donald Trump in Congress, has been indicted on allegations of insider trading, along with his son and his son's fiancée's father.
  • Collins is on the board of an Australian pharmaceutical company. The US Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that he tipped his son about a failed clinical trial and that the son and associates saved $750,000 by trading on the tip.
  • This is a really stupid thing to allegedly have done.
  • Why are members of Congress even allowed to trade stocks or sit on corporate boards? So they can pull this nonsense and get indicted? 

Every time I read a criminal complaint about insider trading, my first thought is: How did they possibly think they were going to get away with this?

Of course, when there is a criminal complaint, that often means you are well on your way to not getting away with it.

Perhaps insider traders seem like morons who should have known what was coming to them because what we see in the news are cases with charges, which are the dumbest, most obvious cases of insider trading. There may be a lot of situations where criminals are being slightly more careful and getting away with it.

Or maybe not! The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority would like you to know it has algorithms to detect this sort of thing. I certainly recommend against insider trading, careless or otherwise.

Anyway: Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican who gave President Donald Trump his first congressional endorsement, has been indicted on allegations of insider trading in a case with an extremely obvious, how-were-you-dumb-enough-to-try-this fact pattern.

Get a load of this

Here's what's laid out in complaints from the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (Collins has pleaded not guilty):

  • Collins sits on the board of Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biopharmaceutical company in which he is also the largest shareholder.
  • On June 22, 2017, Collins learned that Innate's main drug had failed clinical trials, a grave outcome for Innate's financial condition.
  • Literally seconds after learning this news, Collins contacted his son, Cameron, who at the time owned 2% of Innate.
  • Over the following four days, Cameron Collins and several other associates of the Collinses proceeded to liquidate their positions in Innate before the public announcement of the drug failure on June 26, after which the stock fell 92%. They saved approximately $750,000 by selling before the announcement.
  • Innate is not an especially large company. As a result, per the SEC: "The sales by Cameron Collins, his girlfriend, and her parents, including Stephen Zarsky, made up more than 53% of the stock's trading volume [on June 23] and exceeded Innate's 15-day average trading volume by more than 1,454%."

Perhaps it is sometimes possible to trade on insider information and have those trades go unnoticed amid a sea of non-insider trades. But if the nonpublic information you're trading on is likely to tank the stock price by more than 90%, and your trades are going to make up about 15 times the stock's typical daily trading volume, and your close associate sits on the company's board of directors, it is probably not best to assume your trades will get lost in the shuffle.

This leads me to a question.

Is Chris Collins an idiot?

If the purpose of the seven calls in six minutes between Collins and his son that came immediately after Collins learned about the clinical-trial failure was, as alleged, to tip his son so he and other associates of theirs could sell, why would Collins have thought he would get away with that?

Was it because the trading wasn't on his own account and he thought the SEC wouldn't be able to draw a link between him and [checks notes] his son — even though Collins was already the focus of a congressional ethics investigation related to Innate?

Was it because he thought he and his son could just talk the FBI into the idea that the sales were unrelated to the clinical-trial news? Oops, now Collins and his associates have also been indicted on allegations they lied to the FBI.

Collins' public defense against these charges has focused on a fact prosecutors do not dispute: Even as his associates were selling, he did not liquidate his own, much larger stake in Innate. That might seem like a tiny bit of prudence in a sea of recklessness — among other matters, Collins would have had to publicly disclose the dates and amounts of his sales under rules pertaining specifically to members of Congress.

But as the SEC complaint says, it's possible Collins didn't sell because he literally couldn't. Unlike his son, he had not completed paperwork to transfer his stock to the US, where one could trade it on the over-the-counter market. His stock was stuck in Australia, where trading of Innate on the Australian Securities Exchange had been halted — because of the impending announcement of the clinical-trial failure.

OpenSecrets estimated, based on disclosure forms, that Collins' net worth was nearly $70 million as of 2015. I realize $750,000 is kind of a lot of money even if you have $70 million, but is it really worth risking the destruction of your career and, you know, prison in order to help your friends save that kind of money?

I wouldn't think so. But I do have a theory: One might develop an unhealthy attitude toward law-breaking and risk if one had previous success in enriching oneself through such an attitude.

Members of Congress should not trade stocks

Last January, I wrote that members of Congress should not trade stocks. I meant that as a policy proposal — that members of Congress should be prohibited from trading stocks — but the Collins incident provides a reason to take it also as investing advice.

As the liberal-leaning group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has pointed out, at least five sitting Republican members of the House bought stock in Innate in 2017. We don't know exactly why they bought shares in an obscure Australian pharmaceutical company, though former Rep. Tom Price, who went on to become Trump's secretary of health and human services, said he did so after learning about the company from Collins.

Those members' investments have presumably performed quite poorly, as they did not have Price's luck of needing to divest themselves of Innate shares to take a Cabinet position. (There is no cause, in Wednesday's complaints or elsewhere, to believe Collins tipped any of his colleagues that Innate's stock was about to plummet in June 2017.)

Collins' links to Innate Immunotherapeutics had drawn negative attention before because of Collins' role overseeing drug companies as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. But even favorable legislative action is not enough to make a pharmaceutical company valuable if its main drug doesn't work.

So maybe we can now say that a rule forcing members of Congress not to engage in individual stock trading wouldn't just be in the public interest — it may even be for those members' own good, helping them stay out of junky pharmaceutical stocks their colleagues give them "hot tips" about, and helping them stay out of prison.

And I can add another proposal: Members of Congress shouldn't be allowed to serve on the boards of publicly traded companies. The SEC is seeking to apply this rule to Collins specifically, on insider-trading grounds, but a blanket ban would prevent some conflicts of interest and also some embarrassing scandals like this one.

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Based on retired police detective Ron Stallworth’s 2014 memoir Black Klansman, director Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman stars John David Washington (son of Denzel Washington) as the first Black cop on the Colorado Springs police department in the early 1970s.

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by Lester Black

Originally published on May 23, 2018.

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Imagine this: The next time you buy pot, you get to shake hands with the person who grew it. You can ask the actual farmer if they used pesticides, or which strain is especially good right now, or which one is best for sleeping and which is best for fucking.

If you live in Seattle or anywhere in Washington, this is of course completely illegal. Our state's weed laws put a big fat wall between customers and farmers, barring producers from opening stores or directly selling their goods in farmers markets. That disconnects customers from the people who grow their weed and puts small businesses at a serious disadvantage.


          What You Need to Know About Last Night's Primary Election Results in Washington State      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It was a good night for Democrats in Washington State. by Heidi Groover

He quoted a Stranger article even after his party tried to refuse The Stranger entry to the election night party.
He quoted a Stranger article even after his party tried to refuse The Stranger entry to their election night event. the stranger

It was a big night for Democrats across Washington, though at least one race remains too close to call. Here are a few takeaways from Tuesday’s primary election:

WE CAN’T SAY FOR SURE WHO’LL FACE DINO ROSSI IN THE 8TH

The only thing we really know for sure about the race in Washington’s 8th District is that Republican Dino Rossi will be one of the two candidates heading into the general election in November.

Rossi pulled in 43 percent of the vote. If you add the other Republican and Republican-ish candidates, that brings his total to just shy of 48. Collectively, the Democrats pulled in 50 percent of the votes. (Side note: who were the 949 people that voted for Tom Cramer? Show yourselves in the comments.) Rossi didn’t crack 50, and that’s not bad news for the Democrats.

“I think you’ve seen the ceiling for Rossi,” says Washington State Democratic Party Chair, Tina Podlodowski. “The Dems collectively have more than 50 percent of the votes. I’m feeling pretty happy.”

That said, there are still thousands of votes left to be counted in this district, and so some of this math might change.

For now, pediatrician Kim Schrier is leading attorney Jason Rittereiser by 1,369 votes. She sounds hopeful in her statements last night, he sounds grateful and pumped to still be in the running. We’ll see how it plays out over the next few days. But in general, it seems like this toss-up race is going to stay a toss-up. RICH SMITH

HOLY FUCK, LISA BROWN

Eastern Washington is going to see one of the state’s most exciting races this fall and it could knock Cathy McMorris Rodgers—the fourth highest-ranking Republican in the U.S. House—out of office.

Democrat Lisa Brown, who previously worked as a state legislator and chancellor of Washington State University Spokane, was neck-and-neck with McMorris Rodgers in the first returns. McMorris Rodgers has about 47.5 percent of the vote. Brown has about 47 percent. They are separated by just 525 votes. The two will face off in November and the race is sure to attract national attention and money between now and then.

“Looks to me like over 50 percent of people in the district are ready for a change,” Brown told The Stranger over the phone Tuesday night. Brown said her campaign has attracted more than 1,000 volunteers and 10,000 donors. “They feel Congress has become completely dysfunctional with Congressional gridlock and dark money.” Brown says her campaign plans to focus on turning out college students this fall.

While Tuesday’s results are big for Democrats, Caleb Heimlich, chairman of the state Republican Party, tried to play them off Tuesday night. If you combine McMorris Rodgers’ support with the other, lesser known Republicans in the race, Republicans together took just over 50 percent of the vote, Heimlich said Tuesday at the party headquarters in Bellevue.

The response from Tina Podlodowski, chair of the Washington State Democrats, goes back to those college kids Brown is counting on. The 5th District includes private and public colleges that span the political spectrum, including Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University, Whitman College, and Gonzaga University. “That’s where Caleb Heimlich’s math didn’t add up,” Podlodowski said. “The electorate gets a lot younger in November when 60,000 college students flood in.” HEIDI GROOVER

HOLY FUCK, CAROLYN LONG

Carolyn Long’s internal polls were kinda right! The first-time Democratic candidate trails four-term incumbent Jamie Herrera Beutler by 4.5 points in the race for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, 36.6 to 41.

The two other candidates running as Democrats—Justice Democrat Dorothy Gasque and David McDevitt—pulled in 4.6 points and 8.1 points, respectively. If you add their votes to Long’s total, she’d be sitting at 49.3 percent. If you do the same math for Beutler, she edges Long out with 49.7 percent. That’s pretty close for a race that the non-partisan Cook Political Report scored as “likely Republican,” and for a district that Trump won by 8 points.

“Forty percent is a pathetic showing for an incumbent,” says Washington State Democratic Party chair Tina Podlodowski, refusing to round up for Herrera Beutler.

“Beutler should be worried,” says Long’s spokesperson. “Long feels great and we are looking forward to the next stage of this election.”

But Washington GOP Chair Caleb Heimlich sees the race differently. “If you go back to the 2016 primaries she added 6 points to her total from her August total to her November total. So I think we’re going to be in good shape,” he said.

If Herrera Beutler starts spending her considerable pile of money on attack ads and other media, we’ll know she’s concerned. But until then one thing’s for sure: we got us a race down there in Southwest Washington. RICH SMITH

Sarah Smith at her election night party. Will she make it through the primary?
Sarah Smith at her election night party. Will she make it through the primary? The Stranger

HOLY FUCK, SARAH SMITH

But not in the same way! Sarah Smith is no Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and it showed in her numbers Tuesday night.

In the first drop of ballots, it's not even clear Sarah Smith made it through the primary to face 11-term incumbent Democrat Adam Smith. As it stands, Republican Doug Basler is in second place with about 26.6 percent of the vote. Adam Smith is out front with 50.3 and Sarah Smith trails with 23.15.

Fewer than 3,000 votes separate Sarah Smith from Basler and there are more ballots to be counted, so it's not over. "This is all completely expected by our campaign,” Smith told supporters in a video message Tuesday night. “We totally knew it was going to play out this way." But it's not the showing Sarah Smith needed to prove voters in the district are as tired of Adam Smith as she is. HEIDI GROOVER

HOLY FUCK, HOLY IS LOSING IN THE 6TH LD

Democrat Jessa Lewis appears to be winning her race against anti-gay Republican Jeff Holy to represent the Spokane area in the State Senate. That’s no thanks to SEIU 1199, who tossed Holy 500 bucks in the primary for his support of nurses getting breaks at work. Hey, union, guess what? Jessa Lewis is pro nurses-getting-breaks, too! She’s also pro-choice, pro-worker, and pro-universal healthcare. Unlike Jeff Holy! Jesus!

And Holy’s not the only Republican incumbent who’s losing. The Seattle Times reports at least 11 Republican House members are behind their Democratic challengers.

While Democrats have for the past few years held only slim majorities in Olympia, the state Democratic Party vowed this year to fight for seats long held by Republicans. In these first results from Tuesday’s primary, that strategy appears to be paying off.

The party is now “running in every race in every place,” said Washington State Democrats Chair Tina Podlodowski. “We’re also talking about two things quite a bit: jobs and healthcare… We should find a way to get universal healthcare covered—I think we have an opportunity to do that in Washington State with a serious Democratic majority.”

Several Democrats, mostly those running in safe Democratic seats, have promised to champion single payer healthcare next session.

Meanwhile, Democrats could also be competitive in several state senate races where the seats are currently held by Republicans but those Republicans won less than 50 percent of the vote. In Federal Way's 30th District, Republican Senator Mark Miloscia currently has 48.4 percent. Democrat Claire Wilson will make it through the primary to face Miloscia. In the 42nd District, including Ferndale north of Bellingham, Republican state Senator Doug Ericksen—who flirted with joining the Trump Administration—currently has 45.8 percent of the vote.

One last note here: Voters in the Tacoma area appear to be booting out incumbent state Representative David Sawyer, a Democrat who faces allegations of inappropriate behavior toward young women in Olympia. Eight women told The News Tribune, The Olympian, and the Northwest News Network that Sawyer repeatedly or inappropriately texted them or made comments about their bodies or clothing. Sawyer described his actions as friendly and denied that his behavior was inappropriate. In June, the legislature released the findings of an investigation by an outside lawyer who found Sawyer acted inappropriately and used state resources on personal business. Progressive organizations and the women who accused Sawyer of inappropriate behavior have called on him not to seek reelection. In Tuesday night’s returns, Sawyer was trailing in third place behind Democrat Melanie Morgan and Republican Terry Harder. If those results hold, he won’t make it to the general election. RICH SMITH AND HEIDI GROOVER

Joe Nguyen, who himself didnt even think hed be in first place Tuesday night.
Joe Nguyen, who himself didn't even think he'd be in first place Tuesday night. The Stranger

A CLOSE #WALEG RACE IN WEST SEATTLE

The only real legislative contest in Seattle proper this year is this open state senate seat in the 34th District, which covers West Seattle. Democrats Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen will make it through the primary and they are ridiculously close.

Nguyen leads by just 199 votes. That sets up a close contest for the next few months—and one that could get expensive. In the primary alone, Braddock raised about $88,900 to Nguyen’s $41,200.

Braddock is deputy chief of staff for King County Executive Dow Constantine. She is also on the board of Westside Baby, a nonprofit that serves low-income mothers. Nguyen is a Microsoft manager who is on the board of a housing nonprofit.

While the two agree broadly on progressive causes like a capital gains tax, Braddock will likely be cast as the establishment candidate. In her 2015 race for city council, she received support from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. In an interview with the Stranger Election Control Board, she was skeptical of Seattle’s recently passed (then abandoned) head tax on large businesses. Nguyen supported the tax.

Even Nguyen seemed surprised by Tuesday’s results. “I thought we were going to get second place but what?” he said. “We are not fucking around.” HEIDI GROOVER

Read more coverage of all of Tuesday's results here.

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Amazon capitalizes on convenience, Rep. Collins indicted, election night by Nathalie Graham

Saudi Arabia puts Canada on blast for its human rights violations... wait.
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China’s retaliatory tariffs are no good for Washington farmers: The farmers are anxious. More than $480 million worth of Washington agricultural exports are impacted by Chinese tariffs, reports KING 5. China struck back against Trump’s latest tariffs. It slapped $16 million of tariffs on American goods.

New Yorker sued by WA AG for fake charities: This guy, a New York stockbroker, is heavily involved with organized crime. He’s being sued by Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson for setting up six fake charities. He’s allegedly done this same thing in eight other states. He hasn’t been charged criminally in Washington State, reports the Seattle Times.

What the fuck is going on between Canada and Saudi Arabia? Good question, glad you asked. The two are in some sort of a human-rights tiff. Canada’s ambassador rebuked Saudi Arabia for arresting human-rights and women’s-rights activists. Saudi Arabia clapped back immediately and expelled the ambassador, giving him 24 hours to get his ugly, yella, no-good keister off its property. Then, Saudi Arabia announced it was canceling all flights to and from Toronto. Now it’s barring all of its citizens from receiving treatment in Canadian hospitals. Saudi Arabia has put Canada’s human-rights policies on blast. Meanwhile, they executed a man by crucifixion today. The worst part? The United States says it’s caught in the middle of this quarrel between its two allies. Doesn’t seem like too hard of a choice here, America.

Durkan loves the Showbox too! But will she act? She’s sending representatives to talk with a real-estate developer about the future of the venue today. She’s not ready to support Council Member Kshama Sawant’s legislation to expand the Pike Place Historic District to cover the Showbox. This extension would include other businesses other than the Showbox, such as a restaurant and a strip club.

Attack the fire from the air: Washington firefighting crews are finding quick successes by utilizing aircraft. According to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, there have been 830 fires so far on the land it oversees. A typical fire season averages 817 fires, according to KING 5. Crews have been knocking out these fires with their “Huey Helicopters, along with eight single-engine Fire Boss aircraft.”

BREAKING: We’re all too familiar with how initial reports like these play out.


Election night breakdown: What do you mean you weren’t keeping up with SECB all night? Yeah, there’s a lot to read, but we had a lot to say. The short list: We got banned from the GOP election night party (but then got let in), Dino Rossi won, Joey Gibson lost, the Washington version of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t manage to make it through to the next round, and we had to listen to Coldplay on our Uber ride home. There’s probably more. Why don’t you take the morning and catch up?

Election nights outside Washington: It’s still too close to call in the Kansas Republican Primary — a mere 191 votes separate the candidates. This is why voting matters! The Ohio special election is also too close to call. The Republican candidate, Troy Balderson, had a lead of 1,754 votes as of this morning but there are still more than 3,000 ballots yet to be counted. It’s heated!

The Seattle Times write-up about the Automated Fingerprint Identification System levy omits one small detail: That it isn’t just about fingerprint identification. Nah, sorry, voters ignorantly (an assumption) voted to give the Seattle Police Department facial recognition technology. Everything will be fine, right? The police having a database full of our scanned faces can’t possibly be bad… can it?

Don’t get my hopes up, National Weather Service: I am currently sweating in a Capitol Hill Starbucks. It isn’t even 6:30 a.m. yet. Someone was already arrested in here this morning. That’s not about the heat, but it’s been a day already. The good news is that there’s apparently a significant cool down on the way. Maybe even light showers? I won’t believe it until I see it.


But... it's not the end of the week yet, is it? Beat the hump day slump, beat the heat.


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Amazon continues to thrive off our thirst for convenience: It’s steadily introducing drive-up grocery pick-up at Whole Foods locations. So far, it’s only available in Sacramento, California, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. It’s also only available to Prime Now members, but you could’ve guessed that. Additionally, only Prime Now members will be saved in the Rapture.

New York Republican charged with insider trading: Representative Chris Collins, an outspoken Trump supporter, is having a rough day. Looks like there may be another seat open for the blue wave to scoop up.


Everyone bands together to ban Alex Jones — except Twitter: Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, says Alex Jones, notorious conspiracy theorist and flagrant asshole, hasn’t violated Twitter’s rules. YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and Apple have already banned Jones. This just confirms that Twitter truly is the cesspool we love to hate and cannot bear to stop using.

Maryland man goes to take driving test, forgets about all the drug-dealing paraphernalia in the car: The man, 22, was just trying to get his driver’s license. Nerves must’ve gotten to him — trust me, they got to me like two times during the, uh, two driver’s tests I took — because he forgot about the pound of marijuana in the car. He also forgot about the loaded Glock and the $15,000 in drug-related money. He didn’t get his license. He did get arrested, though.

Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: The Trap Kitchen Cookout Tour: Compton 2 Tha 206 (a pop-up lauded by the likes of Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg), the opening of That Summer, which reveals footage of Edith and Edie Beale not shown in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, and The Phantom of the Opera, which Christopher Frizzelle calls "fog-machine technology’s greatest achievement."

Now, what you're eating for breakfast today:

For Lissa: A blueberry scone with raspberry jam and a side of cherries.

The Bunny Mug proves it is my truest friend. Lissa writes: "The Bunny Mug extends its congratulations to you as you join the Stranger for realz!"

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From DeeDee: "I call these Cheater Deviled Eggs: boiled eggs with a dab of aioli on the top. Slice of deli turkey and some grapes on the side. Creamer with some coffee mixed in to drink."

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A crazy good breakfast for Ken.

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Rudolpho rewarded himself with this after his bike ride to work. You're living your best life, Rudolpho.

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Did you make this, Jim???

"English muffin, peppered Spam, red bell pepper and onions, fried egg with harissa spice, cheddar cheese, avocado."

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Harry sent me a picture of his breakfast and then quickly realized it contained sensitive work information. He pivoted and sent me this as a follow-up. It takes a keen eye to see what he's having for breakfast this morning.

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My 13-year-old brother is fueling up before his Junior Lifeguards practice this morning and football practice this afternoon.

That chocolate milk means hes bulking up. Hes trying to be the hot one in the family.
That chocolate milk means he's bulking up. He's trying to be the hot one in the family. Lisa G.

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Acco rding to U.S. census data, New Hampshire has the second-oldest population in terms of median age. Over the past month and a half, 10 New Hampshire towns have been accepted into the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities. As part of the network, these towns are making a commitment to making their communities more age-friendly. The eight areas the AARP focuses on for these communities are outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services. George Cleveland, Executive Director of the Gibson Center for Senior Services in Conway, led the effort for towns in the Mount Washington Valley to join the network. He says the biggest challenges for seniors in his community are housing and transportation. “Some people's idea of what is so-called affordable housing will be way out of anybody's reach forever. In the rural parts of
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — CIM Group has acquired Trellis House, a newly constructed, 319-unit apartment community located at 907 Barry Place N.W. in Washington, D.C., for an undisclosed price. Gateway Investment Partners and RISE: A Real Estate Co., completed construction on the six-story community earlier this year, according to local media reports. The LEED-certified building includes […]
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Fifteen months since special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to head the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump are still negotiating over what questions investigators can ask the president. News reports Wednesday quoted the president's lawyers as saying they are trying to narrow the scope of Mueller's questions by declining to allow the president to answer questions about possible obstruction of justice. In an interview with CNN, Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers on the case, said the team is sending a new letter today with a counteroffer. Giuliani declined to describe the counteroffer. The Washington Post reports Giuliani, a former New York mayor who joined the Trump legal team in April this year, said the letter will largely reject a presidential interview that would include questions about possible obstruction of justice, particularly in regard to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Mueller has been seeking to interview the president for months. Trump has repeatedly urged his legal team to allow him to be interviewed, believing it will give him the opportunity to clear his name. Trump's lawyers have advised him against it, citing the fear of a "perjury trap." One of the defenses often invoked by Giuliani and other members of Trump's legal team in regard to whether Trump is obstructing justice by firing Comey is Article II of the U.S. Constitution. The provision gives the president executive authority to appoint and dismiss members of his administration. In May 2017 Trump fired Comey, who was leading the Russia investigation. The day after the firing, Trump said that Russia was on his mind when he made the decision. Interview scope unclear The president's lawyers had previously offered the special counsel written answers to obstruction questions and insisted on limiting the interview to matters before Trump's presidential inauguration. Of particular interest to Mueller is the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between the president's son Donald Trump Jr., several top campaign aides, and a Russian lawyer with connections to the Kremlin. Last weekend, Trump tweeted that the meeting's purpose was to "get information on an opponent," i.e. former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He claimed that such a meeting was "totally legal" and "done all the time in politics." Trump's tweets are at odds with his own statements about the encounter, as well as with Trump Jr.'s statement in July 2017, saying the meeting had been mostly about issues related to Americans adopting Russian children. Last month, Trump declared on Twitter that "collusion is not a crime," as he continued his attacks on Mueller's investigation. Mueller is examining Trump's tweets and public statements to determine whether he made them with the intention to deceive investigators. Subpoena? If Mueller and the Trump legal team fail to reach an agreement on the interview, Mueller could resort to issuing a subpoena to the president. In an interview with ABC on Sunday, Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, said a subpoena would spark a legal battle that could go all the way to the Supreme Court. In May 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump," as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation." The investigation has led to the indictments of several members of Trump's circle, including former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, as well as 12 Russian intelligence agents. Trump has repeatedly called the Russia probe a "witch hunt."
          China, Germany Defend Iran Business Ties as US Sanctions Grip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signaled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalize businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. “China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction,” the Chinese foreign ministry said. “China’s commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions,” it added in a faxed statement to Reuters. “China’s lawful rights should be protected.” The German government said U.S. sanctions against Iran that have an extra-territorial effect violate international law, and Germany expects Washington to consider European interests when coming up with such sanctions. The reimposition of U.S. sanctions followed Trump’s decision earlier this year to pull out of a 2015 deal to lift the punitive measures in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program designed to prevent it from building an atomic bomb. Iran’s highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said meanwhile the country had nothing to be concerned about, a report on his official website said in an apparent reference to the imposition of the U.S. sanctions “With regard to our situation do not be worried at all. Nobody can do anything,” Khamenei said recently, the website reported. “There is no doubt about this.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in a meeting with North Korea’s foreign minister, said that America could not be trusted, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. “Today, America is identified as an unreliable and untrustworthy country in the world which does not adhere to any of its obligations,” Rouhani said. Tuesday’s sanctions target Iran’s purchases of U.S. dollars, metals trading, coal, industrial software and the auto sector. Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.” Europeans withdraw European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to respect the deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out. But that has proved difficult: European companies have quit Iran, arguing that they cannot risk their U.S. business. Among those that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France’s oil major Total, its big carmakers PSA and Renault, and their German rival Daimler. Danish engineering company Haldor Topsoe, one of the world’s leading industrial catalyst producers, said on Wednesday it would cut around 200 jobs from its workforce of 2,700 due to the new U.S sanctions on Iran, which made it very hard for its customers there to finance new projects. The chief executive of reinsurance group Munich Re said it may abandon its Iran business under pressure from the United States, but described the operation as very small. Turkey, however, said it would continue to buy natural gas from Iran. “Simplistic idea” In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by an Iranian newspaper as saying that a U.S. plan to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero would not succeed. U.S. officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to pressure countries to stop buying oil from Iran in a bid to force Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programs and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq. “If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds they should also know its consequences,” Zarif told the Iran newspaper. “They can’t think that Iran won’t export oil and others will export.” Rouhani hinted last month that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, if the U.S. attempted to stop the Islamic Republic’s oil exports. Trump responded by noting that Iran could face serious consequences if it threatened the United States. “The Americans have assembled a war room against Iran,” Zarif said. “We can’t get drawn into a confrontation with America by falling into this war room trap and playing on a battlefield.” Iran has dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on the 2015 deal to lift sanctions. In a speech hours before the sanctions were due to take effect on Tuesday, Rouhani rejected negotiations as long as Washington was no longer complying with the deal. “If you stab someone with a knife and then you say you want talks, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
          Republicans promote fear, not tax cuts, in key elections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in many midterm election battlegrounds across the country are trying to maintain their congressional majorities by stoking certain voters’ anxieties about liberal Democrats and their policies. It’s a striking turn for a party that just eight months ago was hailing a sweeping tax overhaul as a generational achievement. They promised then […]
          Democrats: Silence All Opposition      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
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The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism. -- Karl Marx
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Freedom of Speech was among the rights enumerated in the First Amendment, revealing how important to the Founding Fathers that particular Natural Right truly was (is).  The goal was to protect political and religious speech, and the liberal left in today's America is working to silence that right in the public square, and on the internet.

From safe spaces to political correctness, the younger generation has gotten to the point that they don't even know what freedom of speech is, anymore.

The younger generation is the generation that is tasked with securing liberty, or allowing it to die, during America's next era, yet they've been convinced that the liberty we have is somehow a part of an offensive and racist scheme to destroy equality.

The next generation is deeply invested in the internet, and social media, and the liberal left Democrats of the 21st Century know it.  From their point of view, the way to finish the indoctrination of the younger generation, and to ultimately silence any opposition to liberal leftism, is on the internet battlefield and in the minds of the youth. 

In the war for the minds of the younger generation, and ultimately control over America's future, people like conservative warrior Alex Jones have been shut down.  In the case of Jones, his content is being deleted on a number of social media outlets, be it Apple, Facebook, and others.

Across the Atlantic, Tommy Robinson, who uses social media to expose the Islamization of Britain, was arrested for daring to film on social media a courthouse during a Muslim rape-gang trial.  His life was in placed in mortal danger by the authorities when he was put into a prison facility filled with Muslims (71% Muslim majority).  Now that he is free, INSTAGRAM has decided to ban Tommy Robinson for daring to tell the truth.

Candidate Elizabeth Heng is a Republican Candidate in the central California 16th Congressional District.  Her parents escaped the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, and to show the terror of communism and her parent's harrowing story, Heng made a video about the whole thing.  When she wanted to use the video for her candidate advertisement, FACEBOOK blocked it.

Black Conservative Candace Owens has been targeted, revealing that the left's targeting is not so much about targeting so-called racists and hate speech as they say, but that they are actually targeting conservatives, no matter who they are.  In short, if you disagree with them, no matter who you are, you will become a targeted individual.

Facebook wishes to double down on their assault against anyone who holds an opinion that opposes the authoritarian collectivist views of the Democrat Party, so they have gone so far as to ask Congress to change the rules in place for journalists.  This would allow Facebook to become a safe haven for journalists, and for them to be able to do things that would not be allowed by law otherwise in terms of information gathering, and using Facebook's algorithms.

Conservatives and Republicans are not the only ones seen as a danger to the leftist's agenda.  TWITTER has suspended a number of Libertarian Accounts, as well.  The fact is, if you are not 100% in agreement with the liberal left's agenda, you are an enemy and must be silenced, be it in the public square, or online.  This is why the U.S. Senate Democrats are, right now, as I am writing this, circulating plans for the federalization (government takeover ) of the internet.  The liberal left believes all opposition must be silenced at all costs.  The ends justify the means.  They say it's for the "Survival of our democracy", and that they must ban sites to ensure that salvation.  What they mean is that if they don't ban any and every website and form of speech that opposes them, the coup in place designed to takeover America would be in jeopardy - and they just can't have that.

For the sake of the Marxist Revolution in America, free Speech is the enemy and must be quelled, so FACEBOOK, APPLE, and GOOGLE are all getting out of the free speech business.

Their enemies must be silenced in the name of hate.  Anyone who stands in the way must be purged.  Alex Jones is only the beginning.  InfoWars is but one domino.  More shutdowns are on their way.

"First, we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia, then we will encircle the United States which will be the last bastion of capitalism. We will not have to attack. It will fall like an overripe fruit into our hands. " -- Vladimir Lenin, Soviet Revolutionary

"We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism." -- Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Leader - 1960

While the final quote I would like to offer has actually never been proven to actually be a quote by George Orwell, but it is often attributed to him, I do believe it is appropriate as the final word in this article: "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

          Rollback of vehicle-emission standards threatens the health of vulnerable Washington residents      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Incredibly, the EPA now proposes to weaken emission standards and protections, and stifle innovation.
           US Secretary of State sees 'Belt and Road' creating 'strategic dependency'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo accused China of trying to create "strategic dependency" through its global Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, reports Bloomberg News.Speaking to the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Mr Pompeo said the US believes in "strategic partnerships, not strategic dependency," a criticism of China's cheap financing for infrastructure projects in its Belt and Road scheme."With American companies, citizens around the world know that what you see is what you get: honest contracts, honest terms and no need for off-the-books nonsense," Mr Pompeo said. "We will help them keep their people free from coercion or great power domination."Mr Pompeo said the US is working to build "higher-standard" bilateral trade deals, though many Asia analysts and even House Speaker Paul Ryan say the US decision is a mistake.While we work with our partners to craft better and higher-standard bilateral trade agreements, our companies are continuing to advance US economic interests by growing their presence in the region," he said.Mr Pompeo is also seeking to ensure that countries remain committed to maintaining economic sanctions against North Korea.

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          Trump administration to impose new sanctions on Russia for attempted assassination of ex-Russian spy - USA TODAY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Trump administration to impose new sanctions on Russia for attempted assassination of ex-Russian spy
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WASHINGTON – Under pressure from Congress, the Trump administration said Wednesday it would impose new sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia Skripal.
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BEIJING/BERLIN (Reuters) - China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump's warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States.
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Congo's president won't run again in long-delayed election
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KINSHASA, Congo — Congo's president is not running again in December's long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in office and positioning one of Africa's most turbulent nations for ...
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          We Are Paying For The Russian Invasion Of Georgia Ten Years Ago: I Was There - Forbes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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We Are Paying For The Russian Invasion Of Georgia Ten Years Ago: I Was There
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Ten years ago almost to the day, in a tin-can of a car with two impromptu pals, I found myself bouncing along a rutted muddy track across tilled earth toward Russian lines. The Kremlin had just invaded Georgia. They occupied the town of Gori, Stalin's ...
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          Tent revival brings the Word to the willing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By WILLIAM PAINE william.paine@southwesttimes.com For the past several weeks, at around 7 in the evening, the vacant lot at the corner of Washington and 5th street has come alive with the sounds of praise and worship accompanied by impassioned readings from the Good Book. This is the fifth week in a row that pastor Charlie […]
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          Washington County Considering Health ‘Warning Signs’ for Gun Stores and Gun Ranges      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Breitbart – by AWR Hawkins King County, Washington, is considering the institution of a requirement that gun stores and gun ranges post signs on their premises warning of the health risks associated with firearm ownership and/or usage. The signs are … Continue reading

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          U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia for nerve agent attack in UK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.

          Britain welcomes U.S. sanctions for Russia over Skripal poisoning      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Britain on Wednesday welcomed Washington's decision to impose fresh sanctions on Russia after the United States determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain.

          Estados Unidos impuso nuevas sanciones a Rusia por su responsabilidad en el envenenamiento del ex espía Sergei Skripal en Reino Unido      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Estados Unidos impone nuevas sanciones a Rusia por el ataque químico en Reino Unido Washington prohibirá la exportación de material sensible de seguridad tras acusar formalmente a Moscú de usar un agente nervioso contra el exespía Skripal Estados Unidos anunció este miércoles la imposición de sanciones a Rusia tras determinar que el Gobierno ruso es […]
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Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., a prestigious, AV Rated personal injury law firm located in Washington, D.C., is seeking a litigation attorney.
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          No progress reported in U.S.-Turkish talks on detained American minister      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

U.S. and visiting Turkish officials held a second day of talks at the State Department on Wednesday to discuss U.S. demands for the release of an American minister who has been detained by Turkey for nearly two years, but no progress was reported.

Washington long has demanded the release of Andrew...


          Affaire Skripal : Washington annonce des sanctions économiques contre la Russie      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Le département d'État américain a confirmé mercredi que Moscou avait organisé l'empoisonnement au Novichok de l'ancien espion russe, Sergueï Skripal, et de sa fille Ioulia, début mars.
          U.S. to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States will impose sanctions on Russia for its use of a nerve agent in an attempt to kill a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

The State Department says Wednesday the sanctions will be imposed on Russia because it used a chemical weapon ...

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Grocery Outlet is the nation’s largest extreme value grocery store with more than independently operated stores in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. The chain just opened its third location in San Francisco, independently owned and operated by Raymond Ng,

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          VCP Site Manager/Hydrogeologist/Initial Investigator (Hydrogeologist 3) - State of Washington Dept. of Ecology - Lacey, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          US says Russia behind nerve attack in UK, to impose sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was applied to his home's front door. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it had been determined that Russia "has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law, or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals." She said sanctions would take effect on or around Aug. 22. The news came as Republican US Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday he had delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposing cooperation. The sanctions would be structured in two tranches, with the biggest impact from the initial sanctions expected to come from a ban on granting licenses to export sensitive national security goods to Russia, NBC reported, quoting a...
          China, Germany defend Iran business ties as US sanctions grip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump's warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signalled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalise businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. "China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction," the Chinese foreign ministry said. "China's commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions," it added in a faxed statement to Reuters. "China's lawful rights should be protected." The German government said US sanctions against Iran that have an extra-territorial effect violate international law, and Germany expects Washington to consider European interests when coming up with such sanctions. The reimposition of US sanctions followed Trump's decision earlier this year to pull out of a 2015 deal to lift the punitive measures in return for curbs on...
          Ex-espion empoisonné – Washington annonce des sanctions contre la Russie dans l’affaire Skripal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Les Etats-Unis ont établi que la Russie avait fait usage d’un agent innervant contre l’ex-agent double Sergueï Skripal et sa fille. Ils ont décidé d’imposer des sanctions contre ce pays pour son rôle dans cette affaire. Ces sanctions entreront en vigueur autour du 22 août, a annoncé mercredi la porte-parole du département d’Etat américain, Heather […]

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          NPS approves counter-demonstration permit for Aug. 12 in D.C.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The National Park Service says it has approved a permit request for a counter-demonstration that will take place on Sunday in Washington, D.C.
          Pompeo, Shoukry discuss US-Egypt ties, Syria, Libya, Mideast peace efforts      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (KUNA) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met at the State Department, department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Wednesday. They discussed "the strong US-Egypt partnership, US military assi
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          Beloved Baby Eaglet In D.C. Euthanized After Suffering West Nile Disease      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Valor was one of two young eaglets in a nest at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The tree is monitored 24/7 by a popular webcam. He fell from the nest late last month, and died on Tuesday.
          Ukraine wants to have the army of Nazi zombies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What consequences will follow the introduction of Nazi and Bandera-style greetings in the Ukrainian army? Why does Ukrainian President Poroshenko want to nazify Ukraine? Petro Poroshenko ordered to draft a bill that would replace army greetings from Soviet-style "Greetings,  comrades!" to Bandera-style "Glory to Ukraine!" and "Glory to heroes!"The bill is to be approved by the Ukrainian parliament, which currently remains in recess. The parliament is to reconvene on September 4. Nevertheless, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the new greetings would be used during the military parade on Independence Day in Kiev on August 24. This suggests that Ukraine lives under the rule of certain individuals, rather than law. The aforementioned Bandera-style greeting used by Ukrainian nationalists - "Glory to Ukraine!" -originates from "Heil Hitler!"("Glory to Hitler!") and "Sieg Heil!" ("Glory to Victory!") exclamations that Nazi soldiers used during WWII.  The "Glory to Ukraine!" exclamation was officially introduced at the II Congress of the OUN* party in Krakow in April 1941.Of course, Ukrainian trolls try to find other roots for their Nazi greeting, Christian and even pre-Christian ones. Yet, Ukrainian soldiers will subconsciously associate the new army greetings with the "deeds" of Ukrainian SS divisions "Galicia" and "Nachtigall."The crimes of Ukrainian nationalists were legally proved and established at relevant litigations that also established their direct connection with Nazis. People in the whole world are familiar with the photo showing a fascist aiming his gun at a naked woman, who tries to cover her child with her body. The man in the picture, who is executing the woman and her child, wears a uniform of SS soldier, but he is not a German. He is a native of Western Ukraine. He had served in Galicia division, and had taken part in the work of punitive troops since 1943. Poroshenko consistently pursues the policy to nazify Ukraine. The main message of this policy is as follows: it was not the Soviet Army, but the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian insurgent army (Bandera supporters, UPA*) that liberated Ukraine from Nazism. How do common Ukrainians react to this?Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk said: "If shouting "Glory to Ukraine!" could bring back peace to Ukraine, if it could raise people's salaries and pensions, I would be shouting it 24/7." It appears that the Germans used to have the same feelings when Hitler came to power. We would like to hope that Ukraine does not become a prosperous country owing to a Nazi administration. Here is what another person wrote on Facebook: "If you refuse to say "Glory to heroes" in response to "Glory to Ukraine" or if you do not know how to respond to this exclamation, just pretend that you are deaf, or they'll shoot you, at least in your feet." Needless to say that the international community will not show any reaction to Ukraine's decision to change army greetings from Soviet to Nazi ones. In Germany, however, it is considered criminal to say Nazi greetings. In Poland, Ukrainian Bandera-style exclamation is punishable by imprisonment. Yet, Brussels was OK with the anti-Russian Ukrainian slogan "Moskalyaku na gilyaku!" which literally translates as "Muscovites - on guillotines!" The main principle of the European establishment today is as follows: the worse for Russia, the better. At the same time, Ukraine is striving with its fascist values to Europe. Who knows, maybe it will become a member of the European Union someday. Ukrainian nationalists also use an anti-Jewish slogan - "Yude - get'!" ("Jews out!"), but Mr. Poroshenko enjoys respect in Israel. As for the "stronghold of democracy," the United States, Washington shows strong resistance to the adoption of the anti-Nazi resolution that Russia and tens of other countries promote at the United Nations Organization. Ottawa and Kiev support Washington in this. After the Holocaust, Washington's position on the topic should look wild and unacceptable for Israel, but Israel will never say goodbye to an annual aid of three billion dollars. Psychiatrist and psychologist Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru that Ukraine's key national idea is the idea of nationalism. "It unites a fairly large group of people who are ready for extreme actions. Nationalism in Ukraine promotes ideas of chauvinism, fascism and anti-Semitism," the expert told Pravda.Ru.The first platform, where a national ideology should be realized, is a younger generation (kindergartens and schools). The next platform is the army. "If people have to go to kill other people, they should be ideologically zombified, because they should not think about anything else," Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.According to the psychologist, Ukraine did not have to reinvent the wheel - the country recreated the experience of Dr. Goebbels by inciting nationalist sentiments and making people believe in the superiority of their country over other nations. "In the army, this greeting, which soldiers repeat throughout the day, becomes visceral. It requires no emotional coloring, and it zombifies people. They stop to reflect on the subject and take it for granted," Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. *OUN-UPA - terrorist organizations banned in RussiaLyuba LulkoPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
          DASKAA to mark climax of USA anti-Russian hysteria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
US Congress currently considers a new document, the essence of which is to put even more pressure on the Russian Federation. The document, inter alia, highlights the need to find the assets of Russian President Putin and declare Russia an accomplice of international terrorism.The document titled "Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018" or DASKAA, proposes reducing all existing anti-Russian sanctions to a common denominator. Also, according to the bill, Washington will create a special department to oversee the actions of the United States of America on sanctions against Russia.The senators who supported the bill want the Russian Federation to return the Crimea to Ukraine and refuse to sponsor military operations in the Donbass. Representatives of the US government also urge Moscow to stop supporting separatists of Georgia and Moldova. In addition, US authorities want Russia to stop its participation in military operations in Syria, withdraw from the alliance with pro-government forces of the country and no longer support the regime of Bashar Assad.
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Jeff Bezos will have a lot to say in Greater Washington come mid-September. Maybe Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) will have announced its HQ2 decision by then, maybe not. But its CEO, also the founder of Blue Origin, will certainly be in town, making the rounds. The Air Force Association announced Wednesday that Bezos will keynote the 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference scheduled for Sept. 17-19 at National Harbor. That speech will follow the billionaire’s Sept. 13 address to The Economic Club…

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Eliminato al primo turno per mano di Donald Young a Washington, Stan Wawrinka (ATP 195) è riuscito a evitare la stessa sorte alla Rogers Cup di Toronto, superando in rimonta l’australiano Nick Kyrgios (17). Partito decisamente con il piede sbagliato, il 33enne vodese ha perso rapidamente il primo set con il punteggio di 6-1. Buona […]
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Washington says it will impose fresh sanctions on Russia after determining Moscow used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in the UK.


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L'administration Trump a tenu ses promesses dans l'escalade du conflit commercial qui l'oppose à la Chine en confirmant mardi des droits de douane supplémentaires de 25% sur un total de 50 milliards de dollars de produits chinois, effectifs à partir ...
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          CFP: 2019 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: Washington, DC (April 17-20, 2019)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Call for Papers: 2019 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: Washington, DC (April 17-20, 2019)

Submission Deadline: 10/1/18

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held on Wednesday April 17 through Saturday April 20, 2019 at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests. 
The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:
– Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
– Biography and film
– Biography and criminal justice
– Television programs about biography
– Biography and urban legends
– Biography and folklore
– Biography and literature
– Scholarly Biography
– Controversial Biography
– Psychoanalysis and Biography
– Historical Biography
– Political Biography
– Autobiography
Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The deadline is October 1, 2018.
Proposals may be submitted on the conference website.

Please direct any queries to the Biographies Area chair:
Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
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susie.skarl@unlv.edu OR susieskarl@gmail.com


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U.S. and visiting Turkish officials held a second day of talks at the State Department on Wednesday to discuss U.S. demands for the release of an American minister who has been detained by Turkey for nearly two years, but no progress was reported.

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Democrats are celebrating early returns in three congressional races in Washington state's primary election.
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The following review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link in the right side bar. The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washingtonby Charles Rosenberg is a great Fourth of July novel. Anyone who feels a sense of patriotism will want to read this gripping story about America’s General George Washington. The suspense ratchets up as readers wonder what will happen to one of America’s greatest heroes. This thought-provoking alternative history book takes place in the midst of the American Revolution. An English plot to kidnap General George Washington, brings him overseas to England, and puts him on trial as a traitor. But some like British Prime Minister Frederick North want to use him as a bargaining chip to put an end to a very costly war. British special agent Colonel Jeremiah Black, an officer of the King’s Guard, is assigned the task of landing on a deserted beach in late November 1780. Aided by “Loyalist” Americans he is able to sprint Washington aboard the HMS Peregrine. Upon their arrival, Washington is imprisoned in the Tower of London to await trial on charges of high treason. An interesting controversy explored, are the US colonies in rebellion and therefore subject to charges of treason, or are they a separate country; thus, Washington should be treated as a prisoner of war? “I found out these were actual arguments at the time. Washington would argue he was a prisoner of war, and that under the laws of war, he must be released at the end of hostilities or exchanged for another prisoner. The debate: were the colonists a legitimate authority or rebels, as the King proclaimed in 1775, in a state of rebellion? Although, there were actually exchanges of prisoners. In 1781 Henry Laurens was swapped for the British General Lord Cornwallis who was famous for losing the Battle of Yorktown. I think given the chance George III would have wanted Washington executed.” Although Washington is more of a secondary character, throughout the novel his presence looms significantly. Key characters include the American ambassador, Ethan Abbott, sent to negotiate Washington’s release, the British Prime Minister Lord North, and the defense attorney chosen to defend Washington, Abraham Hobhouse, an American-born barrister with an English wife. An added highlight has all the characters’ debating key issues of the time. Rosenberg does this with a great writing style where readers do not feel as if they are being hit over the head with a history lesson. Rosenberg noted, “He is definitely not the protagonist of the novel, but is more of a topic in it. I realized that the first third of the book, where the planning and capture of the General happens, would have him not commenting at all. For the second part, where he is on the ship, he is a prisoner, who is basically helpless. This means that he would not have a lot to say. Because various people would have objected and commented that Washington would not have thought that or done this. I tried to present him as his contemporaries described him. There were not a lot of personal writings since Martha Washington burned his letters after he died. This made it hard to get a lot of material. However, I did read his speeches and hope that I came close to the way he would have said things when I did quote him.” This alternative history is informative and interesting, within a gripping novel. Part adventure story, part spy novel, and part courtroom drama it has many twists. This what-if plot has an intriguing storyline.

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After a 25-hour journey, the Las Vegas Aces declined to play against the Washington Aces last week, resulting in the WNBA's first forfeit.
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Brian Ward celebrates the anniversary of the formation of the American Indian Movement 50 years ago and the revitalization of resistance to U.S. settler-colonialism.

IN JULY 1968, the American Indian Movement (AIM) was founded in Minneapolis and became the organizational expression of the Red Power movement.

It was three months after Black uprisings shook cities across the country in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination, two months after the massive general strike in France, and a month before the brutal repression of anti-Vietnam war protests in Chicago outside the Democratic National Convention.

When we talk about the radicalization that happened in the 1960s and 1970s, we often forget about AIM and the Red Power movement, which were outgrowths of both centuries of resistance to settler-colonialism and the revolutionary fever of 1968.

On the 50th anniversary of founding, and in a time of renewed levels of Native resistance, it’s important to tell this story.


From Wounded Knee to “Termination”

On December 29, 1890, the 7th U.S. Cavalry killed at least 150 people — some estimate as many as 300 — at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, now located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The founding board of the American Indian Movement meets in Minneapolis. Left to right: Harold Goodsky, Charles Deegan, Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, Peggy Bellcourt, Mr. & Mrs. Barber, Rita Rogers (seated), George Mitchell, Mrs. Mellessy and daughter.
The founding board of the American Indian Movement meets in Minneapolis. Left to right: Harold Goodsky, Charles Deegan, Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, Peggy Bellcourt, Mr. & Mrs. Barber, Rita Rogers (seated), George Mitchell, Mrs. Mellessy and daughter. (American Indian Movement Interpretive Center | Facebook)

Many historians and Natives saw Wounded Knee as the turning point after a long fight against relentless U.S. capitalist expansion westward. The massacre is often cited as marking the end of the Indian Wars and the start of a full assimilation policy that would last until the 1970s.

But while Wounded Knee was a historic atrocity, the passage of the Dawes Act of 1887 marked the start of disastrous policy of forced assimilation. It systematically reduced the land held by Natives in the West, and attempted to integrate them into American capitalism by undoing any notion of collective ownership and “giving” 160 acres to each head of household.

One of the law’s most important provisions was that the surplus land was made available for settlers, railroads, corporations and national parks.

This time saw the forerunner of Donald Trump’s border policy of separating immigrant children from their families. Many Native children were ripped from their homes and sent to Indian boarding schools, which aimed to rid the children of their language and culture and teach them a trade to make them useful cogs in the U.S. economy.

Eventually, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” government was pressured to pass the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, which ended the Dawes Act and finally gave back some level of sovereignty to Indians by officially “creating” tribal government that were elected by the tribe. Tribal constitutions, however, had to be approved by the federal government and the constitutions could not contain any form of traditional governance.


The Conditions that Gave Rise to Red Power

By the 1950s, many American Indians lived either on extremely impoverished Indian reservations or within urban centers that were often referred to as Red Ghettos.

Natives had always come to cities for work, but this migration started to dramatically increase in 1953, when Congress passed House Concurrent Resolution 108, which called for the end of reservations and federal services and protections “as rapidly as possible.”

The policy of “termination,” as it was known, was aimed at total assimilation — and allowing the U.S. government to eliminate any type of land claim or treaty rights and finally end its “Indian Problem.”

Officials chose Native nations that they considered to be the most “advanced,” eliminated their reservations and federal relationship to Washington, and handed over jurisdiction to the state. The idea of nation-to-nation relationship and treaty rights would be abolished.

The Menominee Nation in northern Wisconsin was the first tribe to be terminated. It fell under the authority of the state, as though it were simply a county without any national identity. Menominee land became easier to sell and privatize so the county could maintain a tax base.

After the policy was implemented, the Menominee were devastated. If the federal government had its way, termination was going to be imposed on every other Native nation within the United States.

As part of the termination policy, one-way bus tickets were given to Natives to leave their reservations with the promise of good jobs, resulting in a influx of Natives into cities like Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco.

From 1960 to 1970, the percentage of Natives living in urban areas nearly doubled — from 28 to 44 percent. Today, 78 percent of Natives live off reservations and 72 percent live in cities or suburban areas.

This was the Indian version of the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North 100 years ago, except in this case, it was official government policy.

For the U.S. government, termination turned out to be a double-edged sword. It weakened Native communities, but also brought thousands of Indians together in cities, creating a pan-Indianism that hadn’t existed at least since Tecumseh’s efforts in the early 1800s to build multination resistance to Western expansion.

In cities and on reservations, American Indians faced racial profiling from the police and were one of the most disproportionately represented groups in prison. In 1968, at the time of AIM’s founding, Indians were about 10 percent of the population of Minneapolis and 70 percent of the city’s jail population.

Many of the founders of AIM first met while they were in prison. Clyde Bellecourt and Eddie Benton Banai were Ojibwe inmates in 1962 at Minnesota Stillwater Prison and started reading about the civil rights movement and the Black Panthers.

Their first taste of organizing was an education program with 47 Native prisoners. As Bellecourt recounts in Peter Matthiessen’s In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, “I guess we had the first real Indian Studies Program in the country.”

Many Indians in urban centers also started to fight for health care rights, which were guaranteed to many Natives in treaty rights. At the time, you couldn’t find an Indian Health Services outside a reservation.


The Birth of the American Indian Movement

As more and more Indians became radicalized by termination, unemployment and police violence, many took inspiration from the Black Power movement to develop their own Red Power.

In July 1968 in Minneapolis, Eddie Benton Banai, Clyde Bellecourt, George Mitchell and Dennis Banks founded what they first called the “Concerned Indian Americans.” Quickly recognizing the acronym problem, they renamed themselves the American Indian Movement.

The group’s original aim was fighting police violence in the Native neighborhood of Franklin. In their book Like a Hurricane, Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Allen Warrior describe the group’s original activities:

One of the first projects of the new group was the AIM Patrol. AIM raised money to equip cars with two-way radios, cameras and tape recorders so they could monitor arrests by the police department. When the AIM Patrol heard police dispatched to certain bars or street corners, officers would be met by Indians in red jackets carefully observing their actions. AIM also became expert at providing attorneys for those arrested. It was a tactic similar to Black Panther campaigns to monitor police in Oakland, California and other cities.

AIM’s political program was murky at first, but it evolved and developed through action and organizing into calling for self-determination and liberation.

AIM chapters started springing up everywhere in the country. The organization was growing at a rapid rate. Despite this, however, it faced the issue of disconnect from reservation people. Founded mainly by Minneapolis Ojibwe people (whose homelands are close to Lake Superior in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan), AIM was an urban pan-Indian that didn’t have roots on reservations.

That changed dramatically in February 1972 after the murder of a Lakota man named Raymond Yellow Thunder in Gordon, Nebraska.

Gordon was a small town near the Pine Ridge Reservation. As in many reservation border towns, relations between Indian and white people were extremely strained. It wasn’t uncommon to hear people use the R-word and talk about the difference between “good” Indians and “bad” Indians.

That was the atmosphere in which Raymond Yellow Thunder was beaten to death by Melvin and Leslie Hare — who were charged only with assault and battery and released without bail. Yellow Thunder’s family in Pine Ridge sought assistance from both the tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), but heard nothing.

That’s when the family turned to AIM, which brought caravan after caravan to Gordon alongside the Oglala Lakota people. AIM demanded justice for the murder of Yellow Thunder. Russell Means, who was Oglala Lakota, but grew up in the Bay Area, helped bridge the gap between AIM and the Lakota people in Pine Ridge.

This unexpected response by Indians inspired people all around the country and forced Gordon authoroies to impose higher charges and convict the Hare brothers.

Gordon was a turning point for AIM, which became a trusted organization to traditionals on Pine Ridge and around the country. AIM’s success no doubt frightened the government because it had shown the ability to bring together people who had been intentionally separated: urban and reservation Natives.

After its successful campaign in Gordon, AIM was emboldened and quickly put itself on the national map, bringing the issue of Indian liberation to the mainstream.

In November 1972, the group organized the Trail of Broken Treaties, in which more than 500 American Indians drove across the country to D.C. to discuss the treatment of Indigenous people with the BIA.

AIM developed a 20-point plan, including the restoration of Indians’ treaty-making authority (ended by Congress in 1871), abolition of the BIA (reminiscent of current calls to abolish ICE), and that all Indians should be governed by treaty relations. Activists kicked the BIA out and occupied the building for a few days on the eve of the 1972 presidential election.

AIM was also part of campaigns against racism in and around Indian Country in places like Rapid City, South Dakota. It called for better housing and continued its campaign against police brutality.


The Occupation of Wounded Knee

AIM’s most memorable action was the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee in early 1973. As I wrote in a 2013 article about the occupation for SW:

In the 1970s, the Pine Ridge reservation, where Wounded Knee is located, was run like a Latin American dictatorship.

The U.S. government would funnel money to Dick Wilson, the tribal council president, who oversaw the reservation with an iron fist. Supporters of the radical AIM were hunted down by the Guardians of the Olgala Nation (GOON) squad, ending in numerous gun battles. The GOON squad worked closely with the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Wilson was so unpopular that reservation residents formed the Oglala Sioux Civil Rights Organization (OSCRO) to impeach him. Petitions were filed — one even had more signatures than the number of votes Wilson got in the preceding election. Blatantly showing his corruption, Wilson personally presided over the impeachment hearing and insured that it failed to remove him.

In response, residents appealed for help to AIM, which brought 300 armed Oglala Lakota and AIM activists to Wounded Knee, took over the church and trading post, blocked all the roads, took several white hostages (who in fact were there willingly) and declared it a liberated territory.

The demands were simple: get rid of Dick Wilson and have the federal government investigate treaties. But the government was worried that Wounded Knee would become an example that others would follow. A high-ranking BIA official expressed alarm over his view that Wounded Knee had “crystallized a revolutionary movement in the United States.”

Instead, the government response was with overwhelming force, as hundreds of FBI agents, federal marshals, BIA police and Dick Wilson’s GOON squad surrounded Wounded Knee.

By the end of the occupation, two American Indians, Buddy Lamont and Frank Clearwater, were killed and several others were wounded.

As the FBI escalated its attack on AIM, the occupation became harder and harder to sustain. With no electricity, and running water and supplies dwindling, the occupation pushed people to their limits. The occupation ended on May 8. The FBI came in and disarmed and arrested 120 people. However, many people had snuck out the night before, evading arrest.


Repression and Decline

AFTER THE occupation of Wounded Knee, AIM’s prominence started to diminish as the group suffered from two tactics of government repression.

First, the FBI’s COINTELPRO program infiltrated AIM and started to create a culture of paranoia and suspicion. It later emerged that Douglass Durham, the group’s security director and often Dennis Banks’ personal bodyguard, was an FBI informant.

The government shamefully framed Leonard Peltier for the murder of two FBI agents in a 1975 shootout at Pine Ridge, even as the FBI admitted that it did not know who killed the agents and was more concerned about putting Peltier behind bars.

Peltier was up for parole in 2009, but Barack Obama refused to pardon or commute his sentence. He is still serving two life sentences.

The government’s second tactic against AIM was to force those arrested at Wounded Knee to go through long drawn out court cases that the government couldn’t win but that would fatigue and bankrupt the organization. Across the country, AIM members were brought up on minor charges, but would still have to go to court and fight tooth and nail, though the cases often got thrown out. It was meant to bankrupt the organization.

The repression compounded internal divisions and debates. AIM’s leadership was male-dominated, with members like Dennis Banks and Russell Means the group’s public face.

Members like Madonna Thunderhawk and Janet McCloud saw the need for Native women to start their own organization, and formed Women of All Red Nations in 1974 to fight for American Indian women health, against mass sterilization of women and against racist mascots and culture appropriation.

Among their many achievements, AIM and the Red Power movement overturned the termination policy — including restoring the Menominee reservation — and forced the government to pass legislation that promoted self-determination.

The movement’s legacy lives strong through Indian Country, where you will now see countless hats and shirts that say “Native Pride” or “Native and proud of it.”

However, AIM’s goal of liberation is far from being met. Natives are still being targeted by the police. According to the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Native Americans only represent 0.8 percent of the population, but are 1.9 percent of those killed by police. Indians are also disproportionately represented in prison, and treaty rights are still an important struggle.

As we see a wave of Indigenous resistance on a scale not seen since the 1970s, with the rise of Idle No More in Canada, fights against pipelines at Standing Rock and countless other locations and the #NativeLivesMatter movement, its vital for us to learn the radical history of AIM.

The best way to honor that history is to continue to resist and fight racism and discrimination while calling on the U.S. for reparations and self-determination — and to put forward a vision of socialism and Native liberation that ends the exploitation of the earth and the destruction of Indigenous land, and puts the fight against capitalism and settler-colonialism at the core of our resistance.


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On August 4, a group of far-right thugs attacked the Bookmarks socialist bookstore in London. Approximately a dozen people — some wearing “Make Britain Great Again” hats and carrying placards reading “British Bolshevik Cult,” and one in a Donald Trump mask — ransacked the store’s displays, ripping and tearing books and magazines.

One staff member told the Independent, “Books on Islamophobia were ridiculed and thrown around. They chanted about Muslims and pedophilia, and called us traitors.” The attackers also made threats to return and “show what they can do.” They were so confident that they even filmed themselves before the attack, describing their plans for the “ambush,” as one called it.

Bookmarks is the largest socialist store in Britain and the official bookseller for the Trades Union Congress. As manager Dave Gilchrist said following the attack: “This horrific attack on a radical bookshop should send shivers down the spine of anyone who knows their history. The Nazis targeted books because they knew how important radical ideas are for challenging racism and fascism. The same is true today, and that is why we have to unite and show that we won’t be intimidated.”

In the statement below, the International Socialist Organization, publisher of Socialist Worker, expresses its solidarity with Bookmarks in the face of this fascist assault.

THE INTERNATIONAL Socialist Organization condemns the August 4 attack on the Bookmarks bookshop in London and expresses our solidarity with Bookmarks, its staff and its customers.

In a period in which far right is growing both here in the U.S. and internationally, the ability of the left to come together in solidarity to challenge the politics of hate and division is key.

The attack by a group of thugs wearing “Make Britain Great Again” hats, and one in a Trump mask, took obvious inspiration from the current U.S. president and his politics of bigotry, division and violence. As the infamous photos of Nazis burning books in the 1930s remind us, attacks on left-wing books and literature have long been a feature of the far right, which sees left-wing ideas — in particular socialist ideas — as a threat to be smashed.

Bookmarks bookshop in London
Bookmarks bookshop in London

It has been discovered that at least several of those involved in the attack are members of the far-right UK Independence Party. In response, UKIP suspended three members. This disingenuous move does nothing to stop the climate of racist scapegoating, immigrant-bashing and anti-left sentiment that UKIP’s politics are built on fostering.

The far right uses the pretense of “free speech” to spread its bigoted ideas, but as the attack on Bookmarks shows, it wants to terrorize the left into silence.

We saw that here in the U.S. one year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, when the fascists tried to take the streets. Their car attack on anti-racist marchers injured a number of people and took the life of Heather Heyer. In recent days, the far right has again attempted to regroup and march — holding rallies in Portland, Oregon, and Berkeley, California, and planning for a “White Civil Rights Rally” in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of Charlottesville.

Here in the U.S., we take heart from the mass protests organized in Britain and elsewhere when Trump recently visited, and from the ongoing work in defense of migrant and refugee rights, against Islamophobia and to oppose fascists and the right. Here in the U.S., we seek to build a strong united front against fascism wherever such forces attempt to march and grow.

We will not allow their hate to spread unopposed.

We stand in solidarity with Bookmarks and with all who are fighting the threat of the far right. We are inspired by the large outpouring of solidarity with the bookstore following the attack, and support of Bookmarks’ plans for its August 11 public solidarity event.


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The Second Amendment Foundation: Another Washington state city is now being sued by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifled Association for violating the states 35-year-old preemption statute by adopting a local gun control ordinance. They filed a similar lawsuit against the City of Seattle last month.
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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Middle Georgia Regional Library system is preparing to shutdown all libraries after Tuesday night’s commission meeting. Director, Jennifer Lautzenheiser, says Saturday, August 11th, is the last day for the public to access archives at the library. Then, Wednesday, August 15th is the last day the entire Washington Memorial Library will […]

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A project to export cattle to Iran from Normandy in northern France has been halted due to the United States' renewed sanctions against Tehran, a French Senator said, as Washington's policy takes its toll on its European allies.

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          As Cracks Widen In Washington State, Government Prepares For A Landslide      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DATFoizswY Nearly 70 people live on a sliver of land wedged between Interstate 82 and Rattlesnake Ridge in central Washington state. A massive chunk of the ridge is moving, and cracking, and geologists say it will likely cause a landslide. In a depression below the cracked ridge just east of the interstate, two firefighters go door to door among mobile homes, trying to get residents to leave quickly in case a landslide destroys their homes. One of the residents, farmworker Janeth Solorio, says it's a difficult time. "We have to move and we don't have enough money," Solorio says. "And that's why I'm worried. I'm alone with my son and I'm pregnant, so it's not easy." There's an offer of five paid weeks for a hotel. Most have taken it, but they keep returning to the precarious spot for belongings and to tend animals. The quarry question At the base of the ridge is a quarry for material to make asphalt. Many people wonder if removing part of the ridge
          Prehistoric 'Kennewick Man' Was All Beefcake      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
For nearly a decade, scientists and Northwest tribes in Washington state fought bitterly over whether to bury or study the 9,500-year-old bones known as Kennewick Man. Scientists won the battle, and now, after years of careful examination, they're releasing some of their findings. For starters, Kennewick Man was buff. I mean, really beefcake. So says Doug Owsley, head of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and the man who led the study of the ancient remains. Owsley can read the bones like we might read a book. He looks for ridge lines that indicate which muscles Kennewick Man used the most, and what he was doing with them. First off? He had muscular legs like a soccer player — likely from running, trudging and hunting. "In his leg structure, he's certainly accustomed to very rapid movement, quick movement, and you can read that in those muscle ridges," says Owsley. He also likely had killer arms from throwing a tricky kind of spear. Owsley
          In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In western Michigan, there aren't enough apples to pick because bad weather decimated 85 to 90 percent of the crop. But Washington state has the opposite problem — there's an abundance of apples, but not enough pickers. This should be the happiest, busiest time of year in Washington apple orchards. But now — just as the peak of apple harvest is coming on — Broetje Orchards manager Roger Bairstow is wincing. "There are quite a few of us that aren't sleeping through the night," he says. Right now, Broetje has nearly 2,000 workers. They're out on tall aluminum ladders plucking dusty red and green apples from the trees. Music plays from the smartphones of workers, and Gala apples thud gently into the waiting bins. But Bairstow says the orchard still needs at least 200 more experienced pickers. And apples have a limited branch life. "The longer an apple stays on the tree, the worse the condition gets and the less likelihood of getting a good price on the market," Bairstow says. "So at some
          Registered Nurse (part time)-Regional Health/Newcastle RHMC-Washington Blvd - Regional Health - Newcastle, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          FREE Drive-In Movie Night at Washington State Fairgrounds – Saturday, August 18th      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 18th for a FREE Drive-In Movie Night at The Fair! They’ll be showing Peter Rabbit starting around 9 pm (just after sunset). To attend, just head to the Blue Parking Lot (Meridian St St & 10th Ave SE). Gates open at 7:30 pm and parking is on a firstView Post
          Trevor Noah in Washington, DC Oct 27, 2018 – presale code      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          DJ Who “Turned Down Wall St.” Is On a Quest to Decentralize Music Festivals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DJ Who “Turned Down Wall St.” Is On a Quest to Decentralize Music Festivals

Independent DJ Justin Blau (known on stage as 3LAU) didn’t exactly stumble into the cryptocurrency industry — to say so would misrepresent how much thought he’s put into his blockchain-based event network, Our Music Festival (OMF). But at the very least, his introduction to the space came through a touch of serendipity.

Blau became formally acquainted with blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies after a chance meeting with the Winklevoss twins at a music festival in 2014. The Winklevosses were making their own debut into the industry, as they were in the early stages of building their Gemini exchange at the time.

After hitting it off with the up-and-coming DJ, they invited Blau back to their penthouse, a welcome alternative to crashing at an  exorbitant downtown hotel, Blau admitted in an interview with Bitcoin Magazine. That night — and the blockchain-centric conversation that dominated it — had Blau hooked on the young and novel tech.

“I very quickly saw all the ways in which blockchain [technology] could disrupt the music business and all aspects of the music business — from digital music to live music to manager and artist relationships — disintermediating the entire business as a whole. And I just found myself thinking about it all the time.”

Business moguls and financial thoroughbreds as the Winklevosses are, the encounter may have felt a little like looking into a rearview mirror for Blau. Before dropping out of Washington University in St. Louis to pursue a music career — a decision encouraged by one of his finance professors — he was in line for an internship fast track to Wall Street. Instead of following in his father’s footsteps for a career in finance, he set out to ride the momentum of his early days playing frat parties and college shows across the nation, a move that earned him the title “The DJ that turned down Wall Street” from Forbes.

So in connecting with the Winklevosses, the doors of the financial industry were opened to him again — only this time, the door was to a niche and highly stigmatized five-year-old field. Still, this same door opened up the possibility to reimagine his current occupation under a new economic model.

“After I performed my first ether transfer — I paid a Dutch company at 1:00 a.m. on a Saturday night in ETH for some animation work — I was like, ‘Holy crap, this is insane! Instant transfer of value. And that’s when I really started to dive in and learn as much as I possibly could and ask myself, ‘How could I be a part of it?’”

The answer became clear in August of 2017. After consuming crypto-related literature with voracious curiosity and attending blockchain conferences, Blau began mixing with some of the space’s leading innovators and professionals with help from the Winklevosses and some of his old college friends who had made their careers in tech.

“I just had all of these people who were very powerful, making introductions for me, and that’s when I started diving in deeper,” he said.

And Blau has found his place in the industry: on stage, both as host and performer, at the world’s first blockchain-powered music festival. Coming to fruition on October 20, 2018, Our Music Festival’s first iteration will be held at the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley, with German-Russian DJ Zedd headlining, and Big Sean, Matt and Kim, and Charlotte Lawrence on the lineup, as well.

At its inception, OMF began as an effort to tokenize live music events. In essence, Blau explained, it’s goal was to decentralize the entire process, giving fans a degree of control over lineup curation and even a share of the festival’s revenue.

But as the space evolved and tokens entered the regulatory conversation, things became complicated.

“I think it’s important for any blockchain startup to be honest about the scope of the project,” Blau said in the interview. “It became really difficult to keep [to our original model], given the regulatory environment. We shifted to this utility token model, where the token represents demand for the festival as a product. And then we shifted again and asked, ‘So how do we do both?’ And that’s where we are now.”

For its inaugural year, the festival will be blockchain-related inasmuch as fans will be able to pay for tickets in crypto as well as fiat. They’ll also issue paper Ethereum wallets to all fans once they check in to the festival, a gesture in line with the educational insight Blau hopes the festival’s blockchain/crypto information booths will offer to its attendees.

Come next year, Blau hopes to integrate blockchain tech even further into the festival’s features. He wants to enable payments in OMF tokens, as well as to launch a reward system that allows fans to earn OMF by inviting friends to the festival, buying tickets early and committing data and feedback to the OMF ecosystem.

These tokens will also be used for discounts and promotions within the festival grounds, and Blau even intends to leverage them to give fans access to their favorite artists, backstage passes and VIP experiences.

In the far future, Blau wants Our Music Festival to tap into blockchain technology’s decentralized, peer-powered ethos to give fans a say in the festival’s lineup and a share of its revenue.

But to get there, Blau and his startup must reason and reckon with the industry’s technological and regulatory growing pains.  

“We have to adapt as we go and that’s the biggest challenge for any company in an evolving space. Network scalability and regulatory environment are our biggest challenges,” he stated.

From a legal standpoint, Our Music Festival cannot offer revenue sharing, lest the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sees these payouts as dividends and its OMF token deemed a security. On the scalability front, Blau believes that the Ethereum network needs to mature before the festival can fully decentralize and implement more blockchain-driven functions.

If the network fails for whatever reason and someone can’t get into the festival, it’s a huge loss for the technology as a whole.

“In year one, we’re only going to start rolling out features if we know we can execute them. Because our biggest risk is the fan experience. If the network fails for whatever reason and someone can’t get into the festival, it’s a huge loss for the technology as a whole,” Blau reasoned.

“Year one is really kinda a launch event. Year two, start building out some of the tech. Year three to year five, our primary goals are giving fans ownership and enabling fans to vote for the lineups for these events. And in the long-term, even let them create their own small events.”

Until the long-term becomes the immediate present, the festival will “gradually decentralize over time,” Blau said, espousing “a firm belief in minimum viable centralization … to bring [his] concept to the mainstream.”

Helping him in his efforts, OMF features a stacked team of both music and tech industry professionals. COO Adam Lynn serves as co-founder and president of Prime Social Group, a concert and event company responsible for 900 events, 19 festivals and 400,000 ticket sales annually. Kevin Edelson, the company’s CMO, has a history of PR work for Universal Music Group and Red Light Management, among others.

For smart contract and blockchain development, Our Music Festival leverages the work and talents of Zach LeBeau, Shreesh Tiwari and G. Thomas Esmay, the core team at SingularDTV, a blockchain studio that focuses on digital media and entertainment.

Blau hopes that in bringing tech and creative professionals together, OMF will catalyze blockchain integration into the music industry. As for Blau, he’s hoping he can serve as a guiding intermediary between both industries.

There’s a little bit of a disconnect between existing industries and blockchain startups and my goal is to be that bridge. To show the tech people and engineers what people like me need, to bring the music business a little more across the fence into the space. So that’s my personal goal — to be the bridge.

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.


          Who Will Carry The Blame For The Shutdown? Maybe No One      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
While a lot of furious negotiation has been going on behind the scenes on Capitol Hill to end a partial government shutdown, to voters and cable news viewers it may look like most of the work in Washington is going into pointing fingers. As the countdown to shutdown hit zero, an official White House statement called Democrats "obstructionist losers." Democrats pointed to President Trump's inconsistent statements on immigration to say he's an unreliable negotiating partner. But even if voters side with one party or the other, neither side may fear any lasting political damage. Republicans' approval ratings tanked after they were blamed for engineering the last government shutdown in 2013. A little more than a year later, voters delivered the GOP a Senate majority. And in the Trump era, the news cycle has only accelerated, giving crises a shorter and shorter half-life. Still, President Trump was tweeting before dawn on Saturday. "Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants
          Rubio To NPR: No Witch Hunt On Russia, But No Cover-Up Either      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A handful of top Republicans are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from a federal investigation into whether Russia interfered with last year's presidential election, as top Democrats call on Sessions to resign. The demands come after reports that Sessions spoke to Russia's ambassador twice last year , while Sessions was working as a top adviser and surrogate for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The news was first reported by The Washington Post and has since been confirmed by NPR's Carrie Johnson. Sessions said during his confirmation hearings that he had no contact with Russian officials as he worked with Trump's campaign. Amid the calls for recusal and resignation, many leading Republicans are urging caution. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican who has been highly suspicious of possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, told NPR's Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition, "I'm not interested in being part of a witch hunt, but I also will not be part of a
          Crypto-Backed Loan Provider SALT Expands to 35 US States – CoinDesk      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          CHANCE ME at GWU and merit aid      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hello, George Washington is one of my top schools and I hope to get in. But even if I managed to be accepted, I'm curious at how much merit aid/scholarships I'd be offered because I couldn't really afford it otherwise. I hope to major in either international affairs or international business, continue on to graduate school, and work in sustainability/ethics consulting. I am looking to apply to either the Women's Leadership program or the Honors program. Here are some facts about me: -I am a rising senior from South Carolina -first-generation American, my parents are Colombian, I speak Spanish fluently -Family income is about $80,000 for 3 people (in one of the more expensive parts of SC, though...) - 4.994/5 gpa - top 10% of my class -part of an early college program (I will have about 36 college credits done by the end of high school, because I took real college classes rather than AP) at the local community college, plus I am part of the college's Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, and I have on their Dean's list for 4 consecutive semesters -2 internships at the local Democratic party -required to do 50 service hours per year (though I will end up with much more than that) -art student and soon-to-be teacher's assistant in art class -attended Girls State program for American Legion -President of the Academic Team: which I revamped because past leadership was terrible -Founder and Leader of high school's recycling initiative, I was awarded a grant to do this -Red Cross Club member -I'm hoping to join National Honors Society this upcoming year< missed the deadline last school year due to a 12-page paper for a college class >.< -regular volunteer at local arts center - recipient of Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award and another award from the Jefferson Foundation I'd like some feedback in regards to my getting into GWU and getting merit aid/scholarships.Thanks so much!
          Midterm Mania No. 1: Why Democrats and Republicans should worry about the Ohio results      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Midterm Mania No. 1: Why Democrats and Republicans should worry about the Ohio resultsTuesday was primary day in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington state. This week’s marquee event was the special election to replace former GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi in Ohio’s 12th U.S. House District, encompassing the Columbus suburbs and surrounding area — and both Democrats and Republicans have reason to be encouraged and discouraged by the results.



          Republicans promote fear, not tax cuts, in key elections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a border crisis in Pennsylvania. The radical left is surging in New Jersey. And Nancy Pelosi is a threat to New York. Republican candidates in the nation’s premiere midterm battlegrounds have embraced a central message in their fight to maintain the House majority this fall — and it has little to ...

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          Results point to real contest: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown nearly tied in primary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There’s no doubt now. The race for Congress in Eastern Washington is for real. Out of more than 120,000 votes counted, Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers had a lead of a little more than 500 votes in Tuesday’s primary over Democrat Lisa Brown. The contest, between the high-ranking congressional Republican and a Democrat with years of experience in state political leadership, has drawn national interest and big spending as the parties vie for support in the first midterm election since President Donald Trump took office. Buoyed by the down-ticket performance of other Democrats, a beaming Brown took the stage...
          Judicial Watch: Court Orders DOJ to Preserve Comey Personal Email      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The DOJ] is ORDERED to take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that any records that are potentially responsive to either of the Plaintiffs’ FOIA requests located on former Director Comey’s personal e-mail account are preserved.’ ‘[T]he Court will allow [the DOJ] until September 28, 2018 to complete its review and release of any responsive, non-exempt records to Plaintiffs.’ (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that a federal court ordered the Department of Justice to preserve federal records located in the personal email accounts of fired FBI Director James Comey. Judicial Watch and Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF)...
          U.S. District Court Grants Judicial Watch Motion to File Amicus Curiae Brief for the Unsealing of...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Full title: U.S. District Court Grants Judicial Watch Motion to File Amicus Curiae Brief for the Unsealing of IRS Officials Lerner, Paz Depositions Hearing set for Thursday, August 9 (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Western Division) issued an order granting a Judicial Watch motion to file an amicus curiae brief that asks the court to unseal the depositions of former IRS officials Lois Lerner and Holly Paz. The court also granted a hearing to be held Thursday, August 9, at 1 pm ET. Both Lerner and Paz...
          Bus and Traffic Routes Changing as Convention Center Addition Moves Forward      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Seven Metro bus stops migrated from Convention Place Station to Ninth Avenue in July as construction on the Washington State Convention Center Addition broke ground in downtown. The Convention Center Addition is one of several major developments planned or in progress that will significantly impact downtown traffic over the next several years. Other projects include … Continued

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          Seattle Aquarium Connects Guests with Puget Sound’s Natural Wonders      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

DSA member the Seattle Aquarium is the ninth-largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and among the top five paid visitor attractions in the Puget Sound region. It’s easy to see why. Centrally located on Seattle’s historic waterfront – with sweeping mountain and water views – the aquarium hosts a variety of Washington and Puget … Continued

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          L' ondata arcobaleno      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SUPER EX AL PAPA: IL CARD. FARRELL DEVE LASCIARE. ED ELENCA TUTTE LE ONDE DELLA MAREA LGBT CURIALE…

                       

Cari amici e nemici di Stilum Curiae, Dopo un breve periodo di vacanza torniamo – sia pure a mezzo servizio – in attività. Lo facciamo con un articolo piuttosto esplosivo di Super Ex (Ex di Movimento per la vita, di Avvenire, e di altre cose, ma, ancora, non ex cattolico; e vista la situazione, mica è poco) sullo scandalo McCarrick, sul cardinale Farrell, e in generale sulla ondata arcobaleno che sembra sommergere la Chiesa. Un’impressione che abbiamo avuto anche noi, spesso, negli ultimi anni, e che ci fa rimpiangere la silenziosa opera di pulizia compiuta da Benedetto XVI. Ma ecco Super Ex:
Caro Tosatti,
proviamo ad imitare il quotidiano Repubblica. Potrebbe essere un buon modo per farsi leggere da Bergoglio, assiduo lettore del giornale fondato da Eugenio Scalfari.

Tempo addietro Repubblica amava porre domande, con una certa insistenza, al premier Silvio Berlusconi, anche sulla sua vita personale, non propriamente integerrima.
Le domande da porre a Bergoglio sono queste: Kevin Joseph Farrell è davvero un sacerdote meritevole della berretta cardinalizia? Siamo certi che sia la persona adatta per ricoprire il ruolo di prefetto del nuovo Dicastero per i laici, la famiglia e la vita? E’, Farrell, l’ecclesiastico più indicato per esprimersi su questioni come l’affettività, il matrimonio, la morale sessuale?
Queste domande potrebbero nascere dalla semplice constatazione che il neocardinale tanto in auge per la sua adesione entusiasta ad Amoris laetitia esprime spesso concezioni eterodosse, e contribuisce potentemente ad imprimere una svolta pro LGBT nella Chiesa cattolica.
Ma c’è molto di più. Ci sono dei fatti veri e propri, fatti angoscianti di cui i media americani discutono da giorni, che in Italia sono stati magistralmente riassunti dal giornalista cattolico Riccardo Cascioli: “Farrell è stato per sei anni vicario generale di McCarrick (il cardinale progressista colpevole di molestie omosex e pedofile, ndr) a Washington, ci ha vissuto fianco a fianco (nello stesso appartamento, per volere di McCarrik, ndr) quando i seminaristi venivano insidiati dal porporato; e lo stesso McCarrick ha lanciato Farrell nella carriera ecclesiastica. Oggi Farrell dice di non aver mai sospettato di nulla né mai nessuno gli ha riferito di lamentele o chiacchiere intorno all’arcivescovo.Viste le dimensioni dei misfatti di McCarrick e le voci che si inseguivano da anni, la versione del cardinale Farrell ha dell’incredibile. Ci sono solo due possibilità: o mente spudoratamente in quanto complice di McCarrick o è talmente fuori dalla realtà di non accorgersi di quanto accade sotto i suoi occhi. Entrambe le ipotesi sono gravissime e da sole consiglierebbero le dimissioni immediate dall’incarico in Vaticano, ma la coincidenza con l’Incontro mondiale delle Famiglie, con la svolta gay che gli si vuole dare, rende la posizione di Farrell ancora più insostenibile”.
Proviamo a parafrasare: o Farrell è un cretino (e allora perchè nominarlo cardinale ed affidargli così importanti incarichi?), oppure, al contrario, è stato nominato vescovo e raccomandato per la berretta cardinalizia da un altro cardinale, il McCarrick, criminale conclamato, per una certa comunanza, se non di vita, quantomeno di idee (è quello che pensano la gran parte degli americani,. poco convinti dalle argomentazioni di Farrell.
A pensare male, diceva qualcuno, si fa peccato, però spesso ci si prende. Ma è difficile non pensare male, quando tutti gli indizi portano sempre nello stesso punto.
Qualcuno ricorderà che circa un anno orsono, proprio all’inizio dell’estate, un monsignore di curia fu colto in flagrante durante un festino gay a base di sesso e di dorga. Era il segretario di uno dei più autorevoli cardinali pro Bergoglio, Francesco Coccopalmerio, cui era stata da poco affidata la stesura di un trattatello esplicativo del capitolo VIII di Amoris laetitia. Anche in quel caso si venne a sapere che il Coccopalmerio nulla sapeva dei gusti e delle tendenze del suo fido segretario, conosciuto e frequentato da lungi anni, e raccomandato per la nomina a vescovo!
Finita qui? No, purtroppo. Tutti gli assidui lettore di questo blog conosceranno, almeno di nome, il cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, grande elettore e consigliere di Bergoglio, a suo tempo fustigatore poco elegante e molto sommario dei cardinali firmatari dei Dubia (gente, grazie a Dio, mai coinvolta in alcun genere di scandali).
Anche lui, guarda un po’, si è scelto un vice di cui ignorava le cattive abitudini, finchè queste non sono emerse alla luce del sole. E’ di pochi giorni fa, infatti, la rinuncia di monsignor Juan Josè Pineda, vice proprio di Maradiaga presso la diocesi di Tegucigalpa. Le ragioni alla base dell’abbandono del vescovo ausiliare sono connesse a “comportamenti non appropriati”, espressione che sembra alludere ad abusi sessuali ai danni di seminaristi.
La svolta LGBT nella Chiesa, ecco una precisa domanda per Bergoglio, è guidata da ecclesiastici che hanno problemi con il VI comandamento, ed in particolare con pedofilia e omosessualità?
A costo di apparire noiosi, sarà bene mettere in fila altri tre fatterelli, giudicherà il lettore quanto interessanti.
Il primo: Bergoglio, che ha nominato Farrell al Dicastero per i laici, la famiglia e la vita, ha scelto monsignor Vincenzo Paglia come presidente della Pontificia Accademia per la Vita e gran cancelliere del Pontificio istituto Giovanni Paolo II. Paglia non è soltanto l’uomo che ha esaltato la profonda “religiosità” di Marco Pannella, ma è anche colui che, da vescovo di Terni, ha affidato all’artista gay argentino Ricardo Cinalli il compito di affrescare una Resurrezione in cui Cristo sale al cielo tirandosi dietro due reti cariche di figure umane nude o seminude, con diverse figure di omosessuali e transessuali.
Il secondo fatterello lo prendiamo di peso da Il Giornale del 25 luglio: “L’Arcivescovo di Santiago è stato incriminato dalla Procura della capitale cilena per “occultamento di prove”. Il Cardinale Ricardo Ezzati Andrello (nominato cardinale da Bergoglio nel 2012, ndr), infatti, non avrebbe segnalato alle autorità competenti gli abusi sessuali commessi da diversi parroci della sua diocesi. Il prossimo 21 agosto, il prelato dovrà comparire in tribunale per sottoporsi all’interrogatorio condotto dagli inquirenti”.
Il terzo fatterello: basta un viaggetto a Roma, nelle sedi giuste, per sentire un vociare di fondo piuttosto diffuso, che allude ad una potente lobby gay di cui farebbero parte molti personaggi del cerchio magico scelto da Bergoglio, compresi monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, e, dite udite, o stesso segretario personale del pontefice, monsignor Fabian Pedacchio!
Potrebbero anche essere voci infondate, rilanciate da siti non propriamente benevoli con l’attuale corso vaticano
su questo link
anche questo 
questo pure
infine questo 
 ma il dubbio rimane: la svolta pro LGBT nella chiesa sembra senza dubbio provenire non tanto da una conversione teologica, piuttosto difficile da sostenere alla luce della dottrina, quanto da vite molto ambigue di prelati che hanno fatto tanta carriera, come McCarrick, nonostante i reati commessi, o, come Farrell, grazie a raccomandazioni e protezioni che rendono innegabilmente sospetto chi ne ha goduto.
Non rimane che chiedere di nuovo a Bergoglio: Kevin Joseph Farrell è davvero un sacerdote meritevole della berretta cardinalizia? Siamo certi che sia la persona adatta per ricoprire il ruolo di prefetto del nuovo Dicastero per i laici, la famiglia e la vita? E’, Farrell, l’ecclesiastico più indicato per esprimersi su questioni come l’affettività, il matrimonio, la morale sessuale?

Marco Tosatti
http://www.marcotosatti.com/2018/08/07/super-ex-al-papa-il-card-farrell-deve-lasciare-ed-elenca-tutte-le-onde-della-marea-lgbt-curiale/

          ALGUNOS DATOS SOBRE LO QUE OCURRE EN NICARAGUA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   






Todas las imágenes sobre los sucesos en Nicaragua, transmitidas desde el 18 de abril por los medios hegemónicos, viralizadas en las redes, se abstienen de mostrar la otra cara, la de los ataques con armas a los locales públicos, los saqueos, los militantes sandinistas quemados vivos en plena calle, la vejación a jóvenes.

Nicaragua es rehén de una realidad falseada y ficticia que mueve el terrorismo mediático de esta guerra de cuarta generación, al ritmo de las redes sociales, donde la realidad virtual se impone sobre la realidad real, donde, incluso, la masa de gente que de forma autoconvocada, genuina y respetuosa de la paz se moviliza por la democracia es convertida en carne de cañón, en ‘daño colateral’ para lograr el objetivo final: salir del gobierno constitucional, cueste lo que cueste.

Nadie dice que los ‘manifestantes pacíficos’ atacaron, quemaron, saquearon, destruyeron la oficialista Nueva Radio Ya, la Caja Rural Nacional (Caruna), cooperativa que ha administrado los fondos ALBA para proyectos sociales en beneficio de miles de familias, y el edificio del Ministerio de Economía Familiar.

La internacional capitalista existe, la moviliza el movimiento libertario de extrema derecha y, obviamente , está muy bien financiada: funciona a través de un inmenso conglomerado de fundaciones, institutos, ONGs, centros  y sociedades , unidos entre sí por Todas las imágenes sobre los sucesos en Nicaragua, transmitidas desde el 18 de abril por los medios hegemónicos, viralizadas en las redes, se abstienen de mostrar la otra cara, la de los ataques con armas a los locales públicos, los saqueos, los militantes sandinistas quemados vivos en plena calle, la vejación a jóvenes.

Nicaragua es rehén de una realidad falseada y ficticia que mueve el terrorismo mediático de esta guerra de cuarta generación, al ritmo de las redes sociales, donde la realidad virtual se impone sobre la realidad real, donde, incluso, la masa de gente que de forma autoconvocada, genuina y respetuosa de la paz se moviliza por la democracia es convertida en carne de cañón, en ‘daño colateral’ para lograr el objetivo final: salir del gobierno constitucional, cueste lo que cueste.

Nadie dice que los ‘manifestantes pacíficos’ atacaron, quemaron, saquearon, destruyeron la oficialista Nueva Radio Ya, la Caja Rural Nacional (Caruna), cooperativa que ha administrado los fondos ALBA para proyectos sociales en beneficio de miles de familias, y el edificio del Ministerio de Economía Familiar.

Las investigaciones del periodista estadounidense Max Blumenthal y del catedrático venezolano Álvaro Verzi Rangel, pusieron al descubierto el rol de entidades como la Usaid, Freedom House, y la NEDen el financiamiento de ONG’s nicaragüenses, que llamaron al derrocamiento de Ortega. La Usaidaportó 5,2 millones de dólares, para “la capacitación de la sociedad civil y las organizaciones de medios de comunicación”.

 En junio, los dirigentes del M19, el grupo estudiantil que comenzó las protestas antigubernamentales viajaron a Washington, financiados por Freedom House, donde se reunieron con la ultraderecha parlamentaria estadounidense. Félix Madariaga, uno de los líderes del M19, está al frente del Instituto de Estudios Estratégicos y Políticas Públicas, recibió 260,000 dólares de la NED. Otra fundaciones como “Hagamos Democracia”, de Luciano García, recibió 525,000 dólares de la NED desde 2014.

 Lo de Nicaragua es una demostración más del poder del terror mediático de los medios hegemónicos trasnacionales y cartelizados y de su capacidad de imponer imaginarios colectivos en la región. Y, también, de una agencia propia de los medios alternativos (al mensaje hegemónico), preocupados permanentemente por seguir reactivamente la agenda del enemigo y creer que la resistencia es la denunciología, sin informar sobre lo que realmente pasa.

 Nicaragua, junto a Venezuela, Cuba y Bolivia, se ha convertido en una piedra en el zapato de los proyectos “panamericanistas” de Estados Unidos y sus repetidores, y hoy usan todos los argumentos para aniquilarla. No es la primera vez, tampoco. Tras la revolución sandinista, llegó la guerra del escándalo Irán-Contras, la agresión desde Honduras, el bloqueo de los puertos, las sanciones económicas, el intento de rendir por muerte o por hambre al pueblo.

En el encuentro habanero del Foro de Sao Paulo, el segundo secretario del Partido Comunista Cubano, José Ramón Machado Ventura, señaló que con respecto a Nicaragua, la posición cubana es categórica: en la medida en que Estados Unidos trata de manipular asuntos internos que solo los nicaragüenses deben resolver sin injerencia externa alguna, nuestro Partido ha dado, da y dará toda la solidaridad que demande el Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional para posibilitar el retorno de la paz al país”.

(Párrafos seleccionados del trabajo "Nicaragüita" de Aram Aharonian, periodista y comunicólogo uruguayo. Mágister en Integración. Fundador de Telesur. Preside la Fundación para la Integración Latinoamericana (FILA) y dirige el Centro Latinoamericano de Análisis Estratégico (CLAE, www.estrategia.la)

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El CEILER, la Embajadade Nicaragua, la Confederación Nacional de la Construcción y  el Sindicato de la  Construcción, excavadores-alcantarilleros, te invitan al acto "Juan Vargas Puebla, el internacionalista, estaría hoy con Nicaragua".

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(Zonebourse.com) WASHINGTON - Le gouvernement américain finalise une seconde tranche de produits importés de Chine d'un montant total de 16 milliards de dollars sur lesquels seront appliqués des droits de douane de 25%, ont annoncé hier les services du représentant américain au Commerce (USTR),...
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          First Lady Melania Trump Underwent Medical Procedure To Treat Kidney Condition      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The first lady underwent a medical procedure today to treat what her office calls a benign kidney condition. Her office says it went well and there were no complications. She's expected to remain at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington, D.C., for the rest of the week. The White House released few other details. NPR's Richard Harris joins us now to talk about the procedure and why it's often used. Hi, Richard. RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: Hey, Ari. SHAPIRO: The first lady's office said she underwent an embolization in her kidney. What is that exactly? HARRIS: Embolization is used to block the blood supply to an artery. It's a standard procedure. And what doctors do is they insert a small tube called a catheter usually in a blood vessel in the groin and thread it up into the kidney in this case. Once it's in place, doctors put something up the tube to block the blood flow. It might be gel particles, or it
          Jeff Bezos adds a keynote address to his September agenda in Greater Washington      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jeff Bezos will have a lot to say in Greater Washington come mid-September. Maybe Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) will have announced its HQ2 decision by then, maybe not. But its CEO, also the founder of Blue Origin, will certainly be in town, making the rounds. The Air Force Association announced Wednesday that Bezos will keynote the 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference scheduled for Sept. 17-19 at National Harbor. That speech will follow the billionaire’s Sept. 13 address to The Economic Club…

          The Rand-Trump alliance bursts into view      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Enemies on the 2016 campaign trail, the Kentucky senator and the iconoclastic president have developed a quiet Washington friendship.
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          Iran : Berlin met en garde Washington contre une déstabilisation au Moyen-Orient      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

"Un isolement de l'Iran pourrait justement favoriser la montée en puissance de forces fondamentalistes et radicales", a affirmé Heiko Maas

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          SUA considera Rusia responsabila pentru atacul neurotoxic din Marea Britanie si vor impune sanctiuni      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Administratia Donald Trump a stabilit ca Rusia este responsabila de atacul neurotoxic comis in martie in Marea Britanie vizandu-l pe fostul agent secret rus Serghei Skripal, transmite Departamentul de Stat american, anuntand ca Washingtonul va impune sanctiuni.
          Voice Field Technician - RealInterface - Washington, DC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Senior .Net Developer - Realinterface - Washington, DC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Senior .Net Developer Washington, DC Contract Position 571256 Candidates must be willing to work W2 or 1099 Direct. Corp to Corp is not allowed. This posting... $55 - $60 an hour
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          Tableau Developer - Realinterface - Washington, DC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tableau Developer Washington, DC Contract Position 572144 Candidates must be willing to work W2 or 1099 Direct. Corp to Corp is not allowed. This posting... $50 - $55 an hour
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          SAP BPC Finance Technology Consulting Manager - Realinterface - Washington, DC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          AP IPT Hybris Billing Sr. Manager - Realinterface - Washington, DC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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CyberArc Identity & Access Management Security Developer-Architect ANY MAJOR CITY Direct Hire This is not a job but fast tracking career in a very unique...
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          Results from elections in the Midwest should worry Republicans       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

VOTERS in Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan and Washington state headed to the polls on August 7th in some of the last primaries (and one special election) before mid-term elections in November that will determine which party controls the House. The most-widely watched elections were for a House representative in Ohio’s 12th district and the Republican primary for the governor’s race in Kansas. In both contests, President Donald Trump intervened at the last minute to boost a candidate. Both are still too close to call.

In Ohio Troy Balderson, a Republican state senator endorsed by Mr Trump, led Danny O’Connor, the Democratic recorder of Franklin county, by 1,754 votes. But 3,435 provisional ballots and 5,048 absentee ballots are still outstanding. State law forbids counting these ballots until August 18th. The provisional and absentee ballots could push the margin below 0.5%, which would trigger an automatic recount, but Mr Trump decided to declare victory anyway. “After my speech on Saturday night, there was a big turn for the...Continue reading

          Greenberg Traurig Adds Two International Arbitration Attorneys,...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added international arbitration and dispute resolution attorneys Tomás Leonard and Nicole Y. Silver in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. They join as...

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          Denzel Washington presenta su nueva película en España      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Por primera vez en sus 40 años de carrera el actor protagoniza una secuela. El filme elegido es...
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          No progress reported in U.S.-Turkish talks on detained American minister      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

U.S. and visiting Turkish officials held a second day of talks at the State Department on Wednesday to discuss U.S. demands for the release of an American minister who has been detained by Turkey for nearly two years, but no progress was reported.

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          The Spy Who Proved the Adage About Love and War      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
While working as a spy for the British in Washington in May 1941, Amy Elizabeth Thorpe was offered a choice: she could seduce the French ambassador, his counselor, or his aide. She chose the aide, a man named Charles Emanuel Brousse, which proved a sound decision both professionally and personally, since she ended up marrying …

          Washington Post Continues to Peddle Fake News Russian Conspiracies… Will Facebook Ever Flag Its Hogwash?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
You know the answer to that one Jim Hoft Russia-Insider.com August 8, 2018 The Washington Post continues to push BS conspiracy theories that Russia helped President Trump win the 2016 election. There is no proof to back up this conspiracy, that was originally pushed by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration, back in 2016. There […]
          Nov 15, 2018: Washington, DC, Welcome Reception for Dean James Hackney at Hotel Palomar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Come meet our new dean and catch up with fellow grads over cocktails at the Hotel Palomar!

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          Muslim Cabbie Wins Civil Case in Assault Over Religion       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A civil jury in federal court has awarded a Muslim cab driver who says a passenger berated and attacked him $350,000 in damages. The jury in Alexandria on Monday found that Ed Dahlberg assaulted Mohamed Salim in 2013 and that Dahlberg's actions were motivated by animosity toward the cabbie's religion. Salim says he was punched by Dahlberg after Dahlberg spewed a stream of epithets at Salim because of his religion. Salim recorded parts of the encounter on his phone. Dahlberg admits using bad language but denies injuring Salim. Dahlberg told The Washington Post in a phone call, "I'm ruined. I'm absolutely ruined."
          Plaintiffs in Carroll County Prayer Case to Seek Summary Judgement       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BALTIMORE (AP) - The plaintiffs in a public prayer dispute are dropping their request for a federal judge in Baltimore to reinstate his order barring the Carroll County Commissioners from opening their meetings with invocations mentioning Jesus Christ. Lawyers for the Washington-based American Humanist Association said in a filing recorded Monday that they withdrew the motion to save court time. They say they plan to file a motion for summary judgment, asking the judge to decide the matter without a full-blown trial. The U.S. District Court judge lifted the injunction May 8 after the U.S. Supreme Court approved of clergy invoking specific deities in opening prayers at government meetings. The ruling didn't specifically address Carroll County's practice of having opening prayers said by the elected commissioners themselves.
          Is the judge overstepping the Manafort trial?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Like father, like son: Trump Jr. defiant about Russia probe      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — If Donald Trump Jr. is worried, he sure doesn’t show it. His father, the president, is reported to be fretting about his eldest son’s entanglement in the Russia investigation. And Don Jr.’s role in the special counsel’s probe continues to throw off headlines. But the 40-year-old son is hardly ducking his head. [&hellip
          US to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will impose sanctions on Russia for its use of a nerve agent in an attempt to kill a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain. The State Department says Wednesday the sanctions will be imposed on Russia because it used a chemical weapon in violation of international law. [&hellip
          Trump’s legal team responds to Mueller interview request      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Wednesday they have responded to the latest interview proposal from special counsel Robert Mueller, part of a months-long negotiation process over whether and how investigators can question the president on possible obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation. The two sides have gone back and forth [&hellip
          Washington state Democrats celebrate, eye 3 GOP House seats      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Democrats in Washington state celebrated early primary returns as they sought to capture three GOP-held congressional districts, including one occupied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a top GOP House leader. In the 5th Congressional District in eastern Washington, McMorris Rodgers advanced Tuesday along with Democrat Lisa Brown. Brown is a former [&hellip
          House speaker boots indicted lawmaker from committee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he was removing an indicted congressman from the House Energy and Commerce Committee and prodded his chamber’s ethics panel to pursue “a prompt and thorough investigation” of the lawmaker. Ryan issued his statement Wednesday after federal prosecutors charged Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., with insider securities trading. [&hellip
          Republicans promote fear, not tax cuts, in key elections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in many midterm election battlegrounds across the country are trying to maintain their congressional majorities by stoking certain voters’ anxieties about liberal Democrats and their policies. It’s a striking turn for a party that just eight months ago was hailing a sweeping tax overhaul as a generational achievement. They promised then [&hellip
          Like father, like son: Trump Jr. defiant about Russia probe      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — If Donald Trump Jr. is worried, he sure doesn’t show it. His father, the president, is reported to be fretting about his eldest son’s entanglement in the Russia investigation. And Don Jr.’s role in the special counsel’s probe continues to throw off headlines. But the 40-year-old son is hardly ducking his head. [&hellip
          EE.UU. y China se enzarzan con nuevos aranceles de 16.000 millones      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Como en una partida de ajedrez estival, las dos mayores potencias mundiales ensayan sus movimientos frente al tablero del sistema comercial mundial. El primer movimiento lo dio la Administración Trump, que anunció el martes por la noche nuevos aranceles del 25% a una lista de 279 productos chinos por valor de 16.000 millones de dólares. Esto supone el segundo tramo de la batería de gravámenes adoptados por Washington contra Pekín. Tras este movimiento, fue China la que ayer por la tarde anunció «en paralelo» un arancel del 25% a productos norteamericanos en la misma fecha y por valor de 16.000 millones de dólares. Las tablas tienen efectos dispares. La medida de Estados Unidos afecta, sobre todo, a bienes de la industria química, petrolera y motriz y tendrá consecuencias sobre 279 productos. Desde Pekín la réplica afectará a 333 productos que aluden a destilados del petróleo, automóviles y equipos médicos. Pekín esgrimió que aprobaba esta medida «para salvaguardar sus derechos e intereses legítimos y el sistema multilateral de comercio», como detalló el Departamento de Comercio chino. Estas barreras arancelarias han completado el paquete inicial de 50.000 millones de dólares anunciados por el Gobierno de EE.UU. y que entró en vigor parcialmente a comienzos de julio. Ese primer tramo tuvo en su punto de mira un total de 1.300 productos chinos, entre los que figuraban aparatos tecnológicos de las industrias aeroespacial y robótica, a los que también se aplicó aranceles del 25 % hasta alcanzar los 34.000 millones de dólares, aclaró el comunicado del Departamento de Comercio. Pekín entonces respondió con una primera oleada de tarifas a bienes estadounidenses por el mismo valor, sobre todo agrícolas y, en concreto, soja, mientras que Trump reaccionó con un arancel del 10% a 200.000 millones de euros. Ello llevó a Pekín a denunciar a EE.UU. ante la OMC. Precisamente ayer se conoció el primer impacto de estas medidas sobre el sector exterior chino. Las exportaciones de la potencia asiática crecieron un 8,6% hasta julio en variación interanual a los 2,1 billones de euros, por lo que el país refuerza su posición ante un recrudecimiento de la guerra comercial. Efector bursátil De hecho, solo en el mes las ventas al exterior crecieron un 6%, si bien las dirigidas a Estados Unidos renquearon un 2,5% frente a junio. EE.UU. absorbe el 13,7% de las exportaciones chinas y la UE, un 14,6% del total. Al mismo tiempo, las importaciones también subieron, un 11,%. Eso sí, el superávit comercial de China con Estados Unidos se redujo escuetamente desde los 28,97 millones de dólares, nivel récord que marcó en junio, hasta los 28,09 billones. En cuanto a las bolsas asiáticas, Hong Kong reaccionó subiendo un 0,39% mientras que el CSI 300 de China perdió un 1,61% y Tokio cedió un 0,08%. La bolsa americana reaccionaron en la apertura con resultados planos, mientras que las bolsas asiáticas, Hong Kong reaccionó subiendo un 0,39% mientras que el CSI 300 de China perdió un 1,61% y Tokio cedió un 0,08%. El crecimiento de España pierde impulso según la OCDE El ritmo de crecimiento de la economía española comienza a ofrecer síntomas de fatiga, según ha advertido la OCDE, en línea con las perspectivas de desaceleración detectadas para el resto de las principales economías de la zona euro, así como para el conjunto de países del club de países desarrollados. El índice compuesto de indicadores líderes (CLI), ha descendido a 99,52 puntos en junio desde los 99,64 del mes anterior en el caso de España. En el conjunto de la Eurozona, se deterioró a 99,9 puntos desde los 100 del mes anterior, mientras que en toda la OCDE el dato se situó en 99,8 puntos desde los 99,9 de mayo, lo que implica «desaceleración del crecimiento». Solo EE.UU. y Japón escapan el debilitamiento generalizado del club de los países ricos.
          Affaire Skripal : les États-Unis accusent la Russie et imposent des sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington a annoncé, mercredi, son intention d’imposer d’ici 15 jours de nouvelles sanctions économiques à Moscou, après avoir déterminé son implication dans l’attaque à l’agent Novitchok, au Royaume-Uni, contre l’ex-agent Sergueï Skripal. Les États-Unis ont établi que la Russie avait fait usage d’un agent innervant contre l’ex-agent double Sergueï Skripal et sa fille, et ont […]

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          When Facebook Wants to See Your Papers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Last week, Facebook shut down dozens of pages and accounts, including some that were publicizing plans for protesting the fascist “White Civil Rights Rally” in Washington, DC, on August 11, claiming suspicions that the accounts were fronts for Russian agents meddling in US politics. One of the deleted pages, called “No Unite the Right 2 […]

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          Winemakers present an all-star lineup at this month’s Private Barrel Auction      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Held during the annual Auction of Washington Wines, this high-profile event features the best of the barrels. Reported by Seattle Times 2 hours ago.
          Rainier + IPA? New beer to hit Washington state stores      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rainier, Seattle's favorite cheap beer, is trying to muscle into another favorite beer market — hoppy brews. The iconic brand will release an IPA soon in Seattle stores. Reported by Seattle Times 4 hours ago.
          Cities Are Taxing Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber and Lyft. Is This a Good Thing?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Cities Are Taxing Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber and Lyft. Is This a Good Thing?

With ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft continuing to gain popularity and drawing attention for their impact on congestion and other urban ills, cities from Washington to São Paulo are moving to the seemingly inevitable next step: special taxes.

This is unsurprising. Recent research shows that ride-hailing services are contributing to dropping public transport rates and increased private vehicle travel on already-clogged streets.

However, new taxes and fees shouldn't just raise revenue. They can do more than that: they can make cities more livable and transport more sustainable. If ride-hailing is taxed, the mechanism and revenue should be used in carefully targeted ways that improve urban mobility overall.

Taxes on Ride-Hailing Enter the Scene

More than a handful of governments have enacted or are considering fees or taxes, that range from flat-rate fees per ride to taxing as a percent of the ride to systems that target certain types and locations of trips.

These take a variety of forms. For example, Mexico City charges 1.5 percent of ride fare; Washington, D.C., recently raised its tax from 1 to 6 percent of ride fare. Massachusetts levies a 20-cent tax on every trip. Porto Alegre has a monthly fee per licensed vehicle.

A full inventory of city measures to gain revenue from ride-hailing services is provided in a spreadsheet compiled by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

Improving Mobility for the City

While new taxes bring in new revenue, these monies aren't necessarily making it easier to get around. For example, in Rhode Island a 7 percent tax on ride-hailing sends revenue directly to the state's general fund. In Philadelphia, a 1.4 percent tax sends money mostly to schools and the remaining third to the city's parking authority. These taxes are also not high enough to change travel behavior in a meaningful way, since transport can sometimes be less sensitive to higher prices.

A tax or charge on ride-hailing—and private traffic as a whole—should improve cities' transport systems overall, as stated in the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities: "Every vehicle and mode should pay their fair share for road use, congestion, pollution, and use of curb space. The fair share shall take the operating, maintenance and social costs into account."

While ride-hailing trends are still changing, and will continue to change as technologies evolve, here are considerations for any city to contemplate in levying taxes that not only raise money but improve mobility for residents too:

1. Encourage more sustainable trips for all users. Any discussion should begin with a consideration of allvehicle traffic. People driving their own private cars continue to dominate traffic, and cause congestion, in most cities.

Places like London, Singapore and Stockholm are known for their congestion charges, but no city has yet comprehensively factored in ride-hailing.

Efforts to charge all road users are bubbling up, however. New York City flirted with a proposal to implement a congestion charging zone coupled with ride-hailing fees, but the State of New York balked and implemented only the ride-hailing fees, leaving anyone driving their own personal car into Manhattan's central business district untouched.

If cities are going ahead with taxes only on ride-hailing, they should encourage sustainable and shared travel over single-occupant rides. This means taxing ride-hailing as a percent of the fare or indexing to distance travelled, rather than a flat fee that would be the same regardless of the ride fare or distance. Most cities are already going this route.

Moreover, shared rides can be taxed at a lower rate than solo rides, or rather, solo rides could be taxed more to incentivize pooled rides. A current proposal in Washington, D.C., aims to reduce the planned tax to 1 percent for pooled rides.

<p>São Paulo has some interesting wrinkles to its ridesharing tax. Flickr/Arnaud Matar</p>

São Paulo has some interesting wrinkles to its ridesharing tax. Flickr/Arnaud Matar

2. Promote equity and access. Taxes should encourage service to transit-poor areas of the city and connectivity to transit generally. Most especially, they shouldn't hinder new mobility services where they may provide low-cost rides to residents in low-income areas or areas poorly serviced by public transport.

São Paulo, the first city to regulate ride-hailing in Brazil, applies its tax according not only to vehicle miles traveled but also equity factors such as whether a driver is a woman and whether the vehicle is accessible to the handicapped. Shared, electric/hybrid, off-peak and weekend trips are all further discounted. A next consideration of cities may be how to incentivize integration with public transit or access to poorly service areas.

3. Invest revenue in multiple modes. Revenue from ride-hailing taxes, like many existing gas taxes or subway fares, should go toward improving mobility systems. It's also important to support other modes of transport beyond the large public transit systems most commonly assumed to suffer from ride-hailing (like metro rail and buses). Improving road safety or adding bicycle lanes and pedestrian spaces are also ways to support a more holistic approach to urban transport.

Washington, DC's 6 percent tax on all ride-hail fares will fund the metro area's public transport agency, yet it is limited to public transport and not aimed at increasing cycling or walking. Fortaleza, Brazil, on the other hand, reduces its 2 percent tax on every trip to 1 percent for companies that make contributions towards urban mobility projects, such as sidewalks, bus lanes, bicycle lanes and bikeshare stations.

Ironically, a more useful guide may be London's congestion charge, which exempts for-hire vehicles such as ride-hailing services. To reduce traffic in highly-congested areas, the city charges all cars entering central London and uses the £1.7 billion ($2.2 billion) revenue to improve bus services, bicycle commuting and walking, and road safety. And recently, Transport for London is proposing expansion of its congestion charge to for-hire vehicles.

How Does Ride-Hailing Fit the Bigger Picture?

As new mobility services change cities and the way people move, today's decisions on taxes and other regulations can help shape a more sustainable mobility for all. There is more to consider, in terms of how to tax, how much to charge and where to send revenues—but taking a more holistic approach to understanding the impact of those policies is a good start.


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On weekdays, Ric Brewer lives in Seattle and works as a communications manager for a disaster-relief nonprofit. But most weekends, he heads to his five-acre spread in Quilcene, among the foothills leading to Olympic National Forest, to check on his livestock. In this temperate rain forest setting, nearly everything glows an intense green: the grass and Douglas fir and Oregon grape. It’s a good climate for his moisture-loving animals.

It doesn’t take more than weekend visits. As many a frustrated home gardener knows, snails can thrive without much loving care on our part.

Brewer is the owner of Little Gray Farms, named for his stock in trade, the common garden snail, or petit gris. It’s smaller, as the name implies, than the canned escargots that are supposedly French, though they’re more likely processed in France, not grown there. The petit gris is more tender and more palatable, American snail farmers will tell you, and requires less processing.

It’s also healthier for the planet and our bodies than most sources of farmed animal protein. A serving of 100 grams (about three and a half ounces) has only 90 calories, according to the USDA, and snails are lower in fat than salmon. They also require microscopic grazing range—Brewer uses only a half-acre of his property—and the carbon footprint is far lower than for most animals. There’s an exhaustive 2015 Italian study, published in the journal Agricultural Systems, to prove it.

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Maybe the best thing about snails as a food for Americans: Like edible weeds, common garden snails are an invasive species, found in about 20 states. Eating them is, in a way, doing a favor for the environment. In fact, Brewer got the idea for his farm after eating snails he’d foraged.

“I tasted my first one way back in high school, in 1981,” he says. His first cooking attempt with fresh snails—tossed in pasta with olive oil, oregano, and salt and pepper—was successful enough to keep him at it. “I was always kind of transfixed with them not only as a dish but as an animal.”

Snails are unusual for sure. They’re hermaphrodites who throw “love darts” (harpoon-shaped spears of calcium carbonate) at each other during their mating sessions. “They can spend about eight hours in courtship and mating,” Brewer says. “They twine around each other to match up the holes in the sides of their heads where their sex organs are.”

Another fascinating snail fact: Earlier this year, UCLA scientists wrote in the journal eNeuro that they had successfully transplanted primitive memories between snails—in a different species than the petit gris—through RNA injections. (Rather than a memory of a snow globe, think of an untrained snail suddenly acting like a trained one.)

At his farm, Brewer shelters the eggs indoors, raising the baby snails, which have shells from the start, until they’re large enough to live in an outdoor shadehouse. The structure is similar to a greenhouse, but with a woven cloth that rain and air can permeate, and perimeter fencing to thwart his snails’ escape attempts and attempts by rats and raccoons to feast on his crop. He feeds the snails organic vegetables that he grows, sharing his food with them. It takes them a year to mature fully. Then he purges them for a week by giving them only water—an important process done with clams too, which clears out their little digestive systems.

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“They will eat almost anything,” Brewer says. “I’ve seen them in the wild eating dead baby birds.” Some snail farmers go for the more elegant term of “finishing” the snails; one New York operation uses malt barley, saying it improves the flavor.

Snail farming (and eating) is common in many parts of Europe, Africa, and Australia. In the United States, though, Brewer is one of just a handful or petit-gris pioneers, and he says this tasty, environmentally friendly trend is on ice due to a government-bureaucracy nightmare.

It's this problem—and not a lack of interest from eaters—that's chiefly kept snail farming niche. The “ew” factor that turned off many Americans a few decades ago has dissipated in a more globalized culture that seeks out the newest food thrills, especially those based in traditional cuisines. (Authentic Valencian paella, for example, frequently contains snails and rabbit.) Brewer and a handful of other snail wranglers have no problem finding customers among restaurants and private chefs, even though Brewer’s snails, boiled, shelled, and frozen, sell for about $50 a pound or two dollars a snail.

For one special customer in Seattle, he delivers live snails. Tarsan i Jane, owned by Perfecte and Alia Rocher, serves paella each Sunday. Often, that’s the snail-and-rabbit version that was part of Perfecte’s childhood in Valencia.

“By keeping your roots, you maintain some kind of integrity throughout the dish,” Alia says. A few customers’ eyebrows are raised when they read the ingredients, but they all seem happy in the end.

Still, growing Little Gray Farms into Bigger Gray Farms has proved more frustrating and expensive than Brewer ever imagined.

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Because the snails are an agricultural pest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tightly controls their interstate movement. Brewer can’t ship live snails even to a state that’s already infested. And when he needs more stock, he can’t have the animals shipped to him, even though the pests are established in Washington. He can’t just forage for snails on his property because they prefer groomed gardens and tilled fields. But right now, he can’t get his hands on the snails from places such as California, perhaps the snail capital of the U.S., that would love to get rid of them.

Still, Brewer is determined to make snail farming in America a thing. He’s created the Snail Raising Association of North America, an admittedly tiny trade group, to offer snail-husbandry advice, encourage others to take up gastropod wrangling, and advocate for looser restrictions. This isn’t anything like giant fields of corn, concentrated animal feeding operations, and other large agribusinesses that are better set up to absorb the costs of federal regulatory details and lobby for and receive government support. The USDA needs to think beyond common industrialized monocrops, Brewer says, and look to the foods of the future than can be sustainably raised by microbusinesses.

“In the right areas and with the proper safeguards, snails can be responsibly raised and a good source of nutrition,” he says. The snail isn’t native to Central Europe either, yet snail raising there is a profitable business for small-scale farmers. “While technically USDA will allow snail farming, the obstacles are expensive and unduly stringent.”

To comply with the federal government’s requirements, Brewer has built a fully contained indoor building so that he can receive snails from out of state. They have to be shipped in three containers: a box within a box within a box. The new building has only one door, with a vestibule before the snail area (think a space station airlock) to prevent escapes. Homeland Security required a six-foot-high fence around the building to discourage agricultural terrorism, he says, complete with “Keep Out” signs. Meeting all the rules is costing Brewer around $25,000.

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A USDA spokesman said the agency would respond to Brewer’s critiques, but despite repeated requests, it never did. That said, snail wrangler Frederick Dargenton, owner of SoCal Escargot, sympathizes with Brewer’s problems but doesn’t share them.

Dargenton lives in California, otherwise known as garden-snail heaven. California has the temperate climate snails need, and its vast, irrigated agricultural fields, along with well-watered suburban yards, provides moisture and a feast of edibles. The snails devour citrus and avocado trees, strawberries, you name it. So Dargenton doesn’t need to breed snails; he forages them from organic farms that want these pests removed.

By foraging locally, Dargenton’s business doesn’t need to ship in triple-boxed snails. And while he sells some frozen snails outside of California, living in a state of 40 million means the French former chef—who hates the big, rubbery, tinny flavored snails found canned in supermarkets—has plenty of local customers for his live mollusks.

In contrast, Brewer’s imported snails won’t live in the wild until they are harvested for food. Once the snails arrive from distant origins, they will spend their entire lives in his new building, a little like the Hotel California. They’ll breed there, and their offspring will know no environment beyond its walls. The only way they’re allowed to leave is by dying—and being transformed from marauding mollusk to sustainably raised protein for a new generation.


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In places that love herbal liqueurs, amari are in abundant supply, but Cynar offers an artichoke-y essence uniquely its own.

Cynar (pronounced CHEE-nar) relies on its namesake plant, Cynara scolymus (also known as the globe artichoke), for its vegetal vertebrae. But for many, that’s where the spirit’s flavor-relationship with the thistle ends. Thirteen other herbs and plants round out its flavor profile, which has been confusingly compared to everything from rum raisin ice cream to a buttery blend of garden weeds. At 16.5 percent alcohol, Cynar packs neither the intensely bitter bite nor the alcoholic punch of Angostura bitters, but bartenders still frequently combine the liqueur with lighter, more uplifting liquids such as soda water, tonic, and orange juice.

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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AILSA CHANG, HOST: President Trump's legal team is growing by one. The move comes as Trump, more directly, goes after special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the president is simply expressing his frustration through tweets - even as the White House and Trump's outside lawyers say they are cooperating fully with the probe. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith has this look at what Trump's legal team has been saying. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: The newest member of President Trump's outside legal team, Joe DiGenova, is a former federal prosecutor and well-known Washington lawyer. But it's more likely that his appearances on Fox News criticizing the Russia investigation are what landed him the gig. This was DiGenova on Fox in January. (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT") JOE DIGENOVA: There was a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and - if she didn't win the
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WASHINGTON — Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Wednesday they have responded to the latest interview proposal from special counsel Robert Mueller, part of a months-long negotiation process over whether and how investigators can question the president on possible obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation.

The two sides have gone back and forth over the scope and conditions of an interview as Mueller looks to understand whether the president acted with a criminal intent to stymie the investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and Russia.

Mueller's team has put forward dozens of potential questions for the president, including about his firing of FBI Director James Comey last year and his public antagonism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation against the president's wishes.

Though he's publicly railed against the Russia investigation, including earlier this week, Trump has said he's willing to be questioned. His lawyers have been far more hesitant and have challenged the right of investigators to interview Trump about actions they say he is authorized under the Constitution to take, such as firing an FBI director.

Speaking on his radio show Wednesday, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow again expressed reservations about an interview with Mueller, saying it would set a "bad precedent to allow just unfettered questioning on that process."

"The decisions that are made here are all about the Constitution of the United States," Sekulow said.

Trump's lawyers did not detail the terms of any counteroffer they may have made and they also did not suggest that they were close to agreeing to an interview, suggesting the possibility of additional negotiations.

Sekulow said he expected Mueller's team to take time to evaluate the written response.

"These are not two paragraphs," Sekulow said. "These are well-thought-out legal positions that, as I've said multiple times, have implications not just for this president but for any presidency."

Rudy Giuliani, another lawyer for the president, said millions of pages of documents have been provided to Mueller along with testimony from dozens of witnesses.

"We're re-stating what we have been saying for months: It is time for the Office of Special Counsel to conclude its inquiry without further delay."

It is not clear what would happen if Trump's lawyers definitively reject Mueller's interview request. Mueller's team raised the prospect in March that it could subpoena the president, though this would unquestionably prompt a court fight.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1974 that President Richard Nixon could be forced to turn over recordings that had been subpoenaed.

"Ultimately this decision is the president's to make," Sekulow said on his radio show during a conversation with Guiliani. "We're going to give advice, but the president is going to make this decision."

The negotiations unfold as Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, stands trial in federal court in Virginia on financial crime charges. Manafort is one of four former Trump aides to be charged in the Mueller investigation.

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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2015, file photo, Jay Sekulow speaks at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators want to interview the President Donald Trump on whether he sought to obstruct justice by firing FBI Director James Comey and other actions. But Trump’s lawyers have tried to narrow the scope, in part by arguing that prosecutors can’t ask Trump about actions he’s taken while in office. Sekulow said in a statement that the attorneys have responded in writing to the latest offer but would not elaborate.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Two high-stakes elections that tested President Donald Trump's clout and cost both parties millions of dollars were too close to call on Wednesday. Trump claimed victory in one nevertheless and proclaimed himself '5 for 5' for Tuesday's Election Day.

In battleground Ohio, the president took credit for Republican Troy Balderson's performance, calling it "a great victory," though the congressional contest could be headed to a recount. Democrats could also celebrate their strong showing in the district that has gone Republican for decades.

"We're not stopping now," Democrat Danny O'Connor told cheering supporters Tuesday night. Whoever is eventually declared the winner in the special election will take office immediately but only until the end of the year. The two men will face off again in November for the full 2019-2020 term.

But Trump declared unconditional victory, tweeting Wednesday, "As long as I campaign and/or support Senate and House candidates (within reason), they will win!"

He claimed to have helped five GOP candidates win, including Bill Schuette for Michigan governor, John James for Michigan Senate and Josh Hawley for Missouri Senate. "5 for 5!" Trump tweeted.

Though, as in Ohio, the Kansas primary for governor was too close to call.

With election officials halting the vote count Wednesday morning, Secretary of State Kris Kobach led incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer by fewer than 200 votes. It could be several days before all absentee votes are counted.

The day's races in five states, like many before them, tested the persistence of Trump's fiery supporters and the momentum of the Democratic Party's anti-Trump resistance.

The results were helping determine the political landscape — and Trump's standing within his own party — as the GOP defends its House and Senate majorities this fall.

If Balderson holds on in Ohio, Republicans will have won eight of nine special House elections since 2016, most in Republican-leaning districts.

In Kansas, Republicans were fighting among themselves in an unusual battle for governor in which the president sided with the incumbent's challenger.

A new state law allows ballots postmarked as of Tuesday to be counted, so long as they arrive within three days of Election Day.

Kobach received a late endorsement from Trump. Colyer received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and had the backing of Kansas political legend Bob Dole.

Should the polarizing Kobach win the primary, some Republican operatives fear he could lose the governorship to Democrats this fall. The race could become further disrupted if Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman makes it onto the November ballot. He submitted petitions Monday with more than 10,000 signatures for what could become the most serious independent run for Kansas governor in decades.

Trump made his preference clear for Kobach.

"He is a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country - he will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement! Strong on Crime, Border & Military," the president tweeted on the eve of the election.

In Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, Sharice Davids became the state's first Native American and gay nominee for Congress.

The 38-year-old attorney and activist prevailed in a close six-candidate Democratic primary and will face four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder.

Davids edged labor lawyer Brent Welder, who received the endorsements and a June campaign visit from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Democrats are targeting the district, which includes the state's metropolitan Kansas City area. Hillary Clinton narrowly won it in the 2016 presidential race.

In Ohio, the script for the special election was somewhat familiar this year: An experienced Trump loyalist, Balderson, was fighting a strong challenge from O'Connor, a fresh-faced Democrat in the state's 12th congressional District, a Columbus-area suburban area held by the Republican Party for more than three decades. As voters were going to the polls, Trump said Balderson would make a "great congressman."

The winner takes the seat previously held by Pat Tiberi, a nine-term incumbent who resigned to take a job with an Ohio business group.

There were at least 3,367 provisional ballots left to be reviewed. That's enough for O'Connor to potentially pick up enough to force a recount.

The Associated Press does not declare winners in races subject to an automatic recount.

In a special election season that featured nearly a dozen congressional contests, Democrats claimed just a handful of wins, but they may have cause for optimism this fall. In virtually every special election test dating back to the spring of 2017, Democratic candidates performed significantly better than their party had in those same places two years earlier.

Trump won Ohio's 12th Congressional District, for example, by more than 11 points in 2016; on Tuesday night, Balderson and O'Connor were separated by less than 1 point.

There are 79 House races this fall considered more competitive than the Ohio district — at least looking at Trump's 2016 performance — according to data compiled by the Democrats' national campaign committee.

Despite the deadlocked race, the details of the Ohio returns suggest considerably higher Democratic enthusiasm less than 100 days before the midterms.

O'Connor's total of nearly 100,000 votes far exceeded what the Republican Tiberi's Democratic opponent got in 2014. Balderson's total — just more than 101,500 votes — was barely two-thirds of Tiberi's 2014 mark of about 150,000.

"Over the next three months, I'm going to do everything I can to keep America great again, so that when we come back here in November — get ready, we gotta come back here in November — I have earned your vote for a second time," Balderson told supporters.

It's unclear how much Trump's support helped or hurt Balderson. Described by campaign operatives as a "Whole Foods" district, the largely suburban region features a more affluent and educated voter base than the typical Trump stronghold.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a leading voice in the GOP's shrinking anti-Trump wing, once represented the district in Congress.

At times, the race centered on Trump's tax cuts as much as the candidates.

O'Connor and his Democratic allies railed against the tax plan, casting it as a giveaway for the rich that exacerbates federal deficits and threatens Medicare and Social Security. Balderson and his Republican allies have backed away from the tax plan in recent weeks, training their fire instead on top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

O'Connor's campaign spent $2.25 million on advertising compared to Balderson's $507,000, according to campaign tallies of ad spending. But the Republican campaign arm and its allied super PAC picked up the slack, spending more than $4 million between them.

In Michigan , former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib is poised to become the first Muslim woman in Congress. She won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed in November.

The field was set in two Senate contests.

In Missouri, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill claimed her party's nomination, while state Attorney General Josh Hawley will represent the GOP.

And in Michigan, Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow will take on military veteran and business executive John James, who won the GOP nomination. James would join Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina as the chamber's only black Republicans.

Trump tweeted that James is "a potential Republican star."

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Peoples reported from Washington. Associated Press writers John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas, and Angie Wang in Westerville, Ohio, contributed.

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Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach greets supporters during his primary election watch party on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, Kan. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

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Danny O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder, shakes hands with supporters during an election night watch party at the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Westerville, Ohio. O'Connor ran against Republican Troy Balderson in a special election race for Ohio's 12th District after the retirement of Pat Tiberi who served as the U.S. Representative from 2001-2018 in the reliably Republican district. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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FILE - In this May 30, 2018, file photo, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, right, answers a question from reporters as Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann, left, listens during a news conference in Topeka, Kan. Colyer and immigration hardliner Kris Kobach were virtually tied atop a seven-candidate field with nearly two-thirds of the precincts counted in the primary, late Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

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Voters cast their ballots among an array of electronic voting machines in a polling station at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Dublin, Ohio. Two-term state Sen. Troy Balderson, is fighting off a strong challenge from Democrat Danny O'Connor, a 31-year-old county official, in a congressional district held by the Republican Party for more than three decades. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Michigan U.S. Senate candidate John James gives a thumbs up after casting his ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Orchard United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills, Mich. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

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Abdul El-Sayed, Democratic candidate for Michigan governor, visits his Detroit field office to thank all of the volunteers for their hard work on the campaign Tuesday, Aug.7, 2018, in Detroit. (ClarenceTabb Jr./Detroit News via AP)
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          Unearthed video shows Trump questioned John McCain’s ‘war-hero’ status as early as 1999      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

NEW YORK—President Donald Trump’s beef with John McCain has been cooking for nearly two decades.

While mulling a long-shot White House bid in 1999, Trump went after McCain during a TV interview, questioning whether the Arizona senator was a “war hero” even though he spent more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

“He was captured,” Trump said after CBS anchor Dan Rather asked what he thought of the Republican senator, who had at the time just kicked off his first presidential run. “Does being captured make you a hero? I don’t know. I’m not sure.”

Trump — who received five draft deferments while McCain fought in Vietnam — had made a failed run for the Reform Party’s presidential nomination that year. The interview with Rather went viral on social media Tuesday after a reporter unearthed it.

The White House did not return a request for comment from The New York Daily News. A spokesman for McCain did not respond to e-mailed questions.

Trump’s 1999 remarks are remarkably similar to ones he made on multiple occasions during the 2016 campaign.

“I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said of McCain during a rally in Iowa in July 2015, claiming the longtime Republican was “not a war hero.”

The comments drew bipartisan condemnation at the time, but Trump hasn’t backed down.

Even though McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last July, Trump has repeatedly gone after the 81-year-old senator for his decisive vote last year against repealing the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. Trump delivered one such attack as recently as last week during a campaign-style rally in Florida.

The 1999 interview resurfaced hours before Trump issued a statement in honor of Purple Heart Day, which celebrates recipients of the nation’s highest military decoration — two of which have been awarded to McCain.

“This award symbolizes the timeless and noble values of patriotism, honor, and courage, which are hallmarks of our Armed Forces,” Trump said. “In every generation, the Purple Heart has been awarded to American service members in recognition of their devotion to duty and sacrifice on the battlefield.”

McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, has frequently called out Trump for his broadsides against her cancer-stricken father, calling the president “gross and pathetic.”

After Trump’s 1999 remarks resurfaced Tuesday, the younger McCain took a more subtle approach, tweeting out a news story titled, “What John McCain Went Through as a POW — for five and a half years, McCain was held captive by the North Vietnamese.”

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          Yet another top Trump official to speak at event hosted by anti-immigrant hate group      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

For the third time since April, a top Trump official is set to speak at an event hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), an innocuous sounding organization that is actually a designated anti-immigrant hate group founded by white nationalist and eugenicist John Tanton. Yup, this is and always has been an administration of white supremacists, they’re just not even bothering to try and hide it anymore. 

CIS “announced that Lee Francis Cissna,” the head of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), “would participate in its ‘Immigration Newsmaker conversation’ at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 15,” the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reports, after hosting former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director, Thomas Homan, in June, and Executive Office for Immigration Review’s director, James McHenry, in April.

But that the head of USCIS—historically a paper-pushing agency that processes things like citizenship applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals, and other documentation—will now be openly canoodling with an anti-immigrant hate group just goes to show how deeply entrenched radicals are within the Trump administration. “Cissna,” SPLC continues, “has been praised by many anti-immigrant groups,” and as USCIS head removed “a nation of immigrants” from the agency’s mission statement. Not alarming at all when, well, your job is to help continue making us a nation of immigrants.

CIS itself has been notorious for circulating garbage from anti-Semites and Holocaust-deniers, one of whom called Jewish people “truly subversive,” “manipulative,” and “evil.” Tanton himself “corresponded with Holocaust deniers, former Klan lawyers and the leading white nationalist thinkers of the era,” and once wrote a paper titled, “The Case for Passive Eugenics.” Charming, and that’s what the head of a U.S. agency is keeping company with this week. 

“It’s disgraceful that Francis Cissna would agree to put the weight of his office—and the U.S. government—behind a hate group that exists solely to vilify immigrants,” said SPLC’s Heidi Beirich. “But none of us should be surprised. It’s just one more example of the strong bond between this administration and far-right extremists who will stop at nothing to fuel rage and resentment against immigrants of color.”


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Attorney Jay Sekulow announced on Wednesday that Donald Trump’s legal team was preparing to send a reply to the latest proposal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Both Sekulow and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani had previously indicated that the latest reply from Mueller offered to drop several areas of questioning and to accept some answers in a written form. However, the proposal for an interview clearly did not please Trump, who followed its receptions with a lengthy series of tweets attacking Mueller and his team, as well as calling on Attorney General Jefferson Sessions to immediately end the investigation.

On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Rudy Giuliani had one big area of concern about any talk between Trump and the special counsel’s office: Obstruction. In explaining why he didn’t want Trump to talk about obstruction, Giuliani fell back on accusations that the special counsel’s office was fishing for perjury charges, and again said that Trump was within the powers of his office in firing James Comey. But Comey is not the only, or even the main, instance of obstruction on the part of Trump. Even those anger-tweets that Trump fired off in response to the latest Mueller offer were just another of many levels of compounded pressure Trump has placed on Sessions and others at the Justice Department in an attempt to limit, or end, the Russia investigation. From his actions regarding intelligence reports to the excuse he dictated from Air Force One, Trump has taken a number of actions that were clearly designed to impede, mislead, or derail the investigation.

Giuliani seemed to admit as much on Wednesday, when as Politico reports, Giuliani admitted that the letter they were sending to Mueller would include an offer to “allow” him to ask about obstruction. However, Giuliani also said that Trump isn’t ready to talk to Mueller. His legal team hasn’t begun “prep sessions” to help Trump through any testimony and, considering that Trump both has a notably short attention span and a profound tendency to lie even when a lie isn’t required, that prep time could be rather lengthy. Giuliani wasn’t certain that, even if Mueller took their latest offer as written, Trump would be ready for his time in front of the FBI before the midterm elections in November.

All of which would seem to suggest that earlier musing that Mueller’s team would be ready to turn in its report well before the votes were cast in the fall looks like wishful thinking. The first of two Manafort trials are underway. Sentencing of George Papadopoulos is coming up. But it’s been increasingly clear that Mueller’s team is still intent on the core questions of collusion and obstruction—and that Trump is at the center of both those questions.


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On Wednesday morning, when it became clear that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach could potentially control the whisker thin recount of his race for Kansas governor—a race in which Kobach currently holds a razor thin lead pending review and a possible recount—other Kansas officials were quick to say that Kobach would “do the right thing” and recuse himself. They said that Kobach would be “well advised to remove any appearance of impropriety” and that “fairness would dictate that Mr. Kobach personally recuse himself” and that both legal and ethical guidelines would lead Kobach to stepping back.

Which obviously proved that no other Kansan has have ever met Kris Kobach. Because the “voter fraud expert” who chaired Trump’s commission and loudly announced there were “three to five million” illegal votes out there based on zero evidence, is suddenly convinced that 191 votes is such a huge margin that there’s simply no point in even looking at it. As the Kansas City Star reports, Kobach is shocked, shocked, that his opponent would even consider such a thing.

“If the margin is less than 10 votes or something extraordinarily close, I would expect any person to call for a recount,” Kobach said. “A recount would take a significant amount of time to do a recount statewide. It also depends on what kind.”

Yeah. If the margin was just 0.003 percent, instead of an enormous 0.06 percent … then it might be worth a recount. It’s not like anyone ever overcame a 191 vote difference. Well, anyone other than Al Franken, who went to the Senate after a recount altered the vote total by 206 votes. Well, not anyone except Franken and Christine Gregoire, who took the governorship of Washington after a recount moved the vote by 262. 

In fact, while 538 points out that recounts rarely affect the outcome of elections, in the 27 statewide recounts that took place between 2000 and 2016, the average change in the outcome was 219 votes. Which is, hmm, more than Kobach’s current edge in Kansas. So yes. Maybe this recount is worth doing, even if it takes a “significant amount of time.” 


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The Professional Fighters League, a Washington DC-based mixed martial arts league, raised $28m in Series B funding. Backers included Elysian Park Ventures, SWaN Ventures, Mark Leschly, Debra Cafaro, Kevin Hart, Mark Burnett, Tony Robbins, Ted Leonsis, and Brandon Beck. Co-founded by Donn Davis, Russ Ramsey, and Mark Leschly, and led by Pete Murray, CEO, The […]

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          Laura van den Berg's Playlist for Her Novel "The Third Hotel"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Laura van den Berg's The Third Hotel is a haunting and innovative novel, easily one of my favorite books of the year.

Kirkus wrote of the book:

"Laced through with sharp insights―not just on marriage and grief, but also on the pull of travel and the dynamics of horror movies―the layers of [The Third Hotel] fit together so seamlessly they're almost Escher-esque. The line between the real and the imagined is forever blurry, and the result of all that ambiguity is both moving and unsettling. Gorgeously haunting and wholly original; a novel that rewards patience."


In her own words, here is Laura van den Berg's Book Notes music playlist for her novel The Third Hotel:



For every book, there is always a moment—or, more accurately, moments—when I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat and think, with what feels like certainty, I will never finish this project. Experience has taught me that this kind of flattening doubt is typically a prelude to the work undergoing a major and necessary transformation, that I am about to jump off a new cliff narratively speaking and I am preemptively terrified, but nevertheless those sleepless nights can be a difficult psychic space to move through.

I love music and yet my approach to listening to music when I write is pretty scattershot. Sometimes I don’t listen to any music at all. Sometimes playlists. Sometimes one song on a loop, for a kind of sensory hypnosis. I often can’t remember what exactly I listened to when I was working on a book, let alone the timeline, because when I am really highly focused I stop hearing any sound at all.

However! I do tend to remember, with a little more sharpness, the songs that pulled me through the I will never finish this project 2AM night sweats phase, six of which I’ve listed below. Why these six, you ask? In their very different ways, each of them left me feeling energized and clear-headed and motivated, nudged me a little farther down the path forward (also, I firmly believe that listening to David Bowie will help with most problems).

1. Heroes, David Bowie

2. Doves, Future Islands

3. Room on Fire, The Strokes

4. Rolled Together, The Antlers

5. Fleur de Lys, Phoenix

6. I’ll Still Destroy You, The National


Laura van den Berg and The Third Hotel links:

the author's website
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Booklist review
Kirkus review
Minneapolis Star Tribune review
New York Times review
Publishers Weekly review
Washington Post review

Harvard Magazine profile of the author
Largehearted Boy playlist by the author for Find Me
Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay by the author for The Isle of Youth
Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay by the author for What the World Will Look
Paris Review interview with the author
WBUR interview with the author
Weekend Edition interview with the author


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Trump administration to impose new sanctions on Russia for nerve agent attack in England
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The Trump administration said Wednesday it would impose extensive new sanctions against Russia, banning a wide range of exports and other measures, as punishment for its use of a nerve agent in an attempt in March to assassinate British citizen and ...
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Paul Manafort trial Day 7: Manafort took in $60 million over five years, including $31 million from Ukraine in 2012
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Paul Manafort, President Trump's onetime campaign chairman, is on trial in federal court in Alexandria on bank and tax fraud charges. Prosecutors allege that he failed to pay taxes on millions he made from his work for a Russia-friendly Ukrainian ...
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Democratic Party's liberal insurgency hits a wall in Midwest primaries
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The Democratic Party's left-wing insurgency found its limits Tuesday night, with voters favoring establishment candidates over more liberal challengers in almost every closely watched race across several states. In Michigan, former state senator ...
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Another round of retaliatory trade tariffs was announced this week - Washington first, then Beijing responding - with 25 per cent tariffs on 16 billion dollars worth of goods. How are the markets responding? Susan Schmidt, senior portfolio manager at the Dallas-based Westwood Holdings Group, explains. California's biggest wildfire on record is expected to burn for the rest of the month. To understand the why we hear from Dr William Stewart, a Forest Management specialist at the University of California Berkeley. A new play called Lies has opened in London. The audience play the parts of bankers betting on the world economy and the actors are croupiers, who guide the bankers to financial triumph - or to worldwide financial disaster. The BBC's Vincent Dowd tried his luck.
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How has the United States Government (USG) been disastrous for Puerto Rico? Let’s look at some of the history.

The USG:
·         Militarily Invaded Puerto Rico to make her its colony.
·         Forced Spain to give Puerto Rico to it as a war prize.
·         Ignored the fact that Puerto Rico had already obtained autonomy under the Autonomic Charter with Spain at the time of its invasion.
·         Installed a military government for 2 years in Puerto Rico.
·         Devaluated Puerto Rico’s currency 40%.
·         Classified Puerto Ricans as an inferior race to avoid having to extend its constitution to them. The USG legislated the non-incorporated territory for Puerto Rico. The United States (US) Supreme Court said that that means that Puerto Rico belongs to but is not a part of the US.
·         Makes laws against Puerto Ricans. A good example of this is the law that requires Puerto Rico to transport her goods only using US ships that are the most expensive in the world!
·         Forced US citizenship on Puerto Ricans to try to divert their national loyalty to the United States.
·         Lied to the United Nations in 1953 when it said that Puerto Rico had obtained self-government with the Commonwealth of  Puerto Rico to get her off its list of colonies.
·         Forced Puerto Rico to change certain parts of her so called “Constitution” for Washington to approve it.

Things have been so disastrous that more Puerto Ricans live out of  Puerto Ricans. Things has been so bad that more soldiers are recruited to the US military in Puerto Rico than in any of the 50 states of the Union. Does that mean that Puerto Ricans are more patriotic than the US citizens living in all the 50 states? No. That means that Puerto Ricans are more desperate! It has been 4 generations of US exploitation!  

Join the permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with the United Nations’ Charter and its 37 resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.

Join because, those that have caused so much disaster to Puerto Ricans don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697349163904877/


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