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 championedSaudi-styleSharia 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.
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.
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.
The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been asked to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia investigation, according to a letter signed by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) posted by the WikiLeaks Twitter account...
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.
Earlier, a number of Silicon Valley companies, including Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify, decided to ban Infowars’ accounts and its founder Alex Jones for posting hateful content. Jones himself claims that he is a victim of a "purge" by the tech companies.
ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties will hold their first protest demonstration against alleged rigging in the July 25 general elections outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) here on Wednesday.
The decision to hold the protest had been made by the newly formed 11-party grand opposition alliance named ‘Pakistan Alliance for Free and Fair Elections’ at a multi-party conference held in Islamabad on Friday.
Besides the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the opposition alliance comprises Awami National Party (ANP), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), National Party (NP) and Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA).
PPP says Bilawal, Zardari will not take part in demonstration
Talking to Dawn on Tuesday, PML-N’s Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that party president Shahbaz Sharif would also participate in the protest demonstration, besides other heads of the opposition parties.
The PML-N senator said that ANP president Asfandyar Wali Khan, QWP chief Aftab Sherpao, MMA chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PkMAP president Mehmood Khan Achakzai had confirmed their participation in the protest. He said that NP president Hasil Bizenjo had already informed them that due to an important party engagement, he would not be able to come to Islamabad to take part in the protest.
When contacted, PPP vice president Sherry Rehman said all the top leaders of her party would be present in the protest. She, however, said that PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and co-chairman Asif Zardari would not participate in the protest.
Sources in the opposition said that the parties had asked all their elected members and ticket-holders to reach Islamabad to participate in the demonstration. They said that the workers had not been asked to attend the Wednesday’s event and they would soon be given a call for such protests across the country.
The opposition alliance has also given a call for holding protests outside the offices of the provincial election commissions on Thursday.
The opposition leaders have also decided to lodge a strong protest inside and outside parliament during the first sitting of the National Assembly. They have a plan to hold a public meeting in Islamabad soon after Eidul Azha.
The opposition parties plan to organise a “national conference on rigging” in which not only political parties but members from civil society, lawyers and journalists would also be invited.
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A month ago, the US Senate Committee on Energy and Trade sent a letter to Google and Apple. The goal of the agency was to find out whether the company was collecting audio data from users without permission. A few weeks later, Apple responded to the Committee’s request. Apple can not and does not control the […]
Was kann Julian Assange zur Aufklärung der Russlandaffäre beitragen? Ein Ausschuss des US-Senats will das durch eine Aussage des WikiLeaks-Gründers herausfinden. Unter Umständen ist Assange dazu bereit.
Warning of continuing threats to U.S. interests across cyberspace, House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul on Wednesday again urged the Senate to pass legislation intended to rename and reorganize the Department of Homeland Security's primary cyber protection wing.
The proposal, which the House passed in December, would streamline DHS's ...
Zehntausende Menschen haben sich am Mittwoch auf den Strassen um das argentinische Parlament versammelt, um für oder gegen die Legalisierung der Abtreibung zu demonstrieren. Im Senat begann am Mittwoch die Abstimmung über ein Gesetz zur Legalisierung der Abtreibung.
In my most recent post, I recapped what Georgetown University’s Sabrina Corlette, who is also a former Senate health policy aide, told us on an AHCJ webcast about association health plans. This post looks at the second part of the webinar, about short term limited duration plans. Both are options expanded by the Trump administration […]
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The special election for Ohio's 12th district is too close to call. Despite Republican state senator Troy Balderson’s declaration of victory, there are still thousands of provisional and absentee ballots that need to be counted.
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Tom Cotton is nothing if not opportunistic. Suppose Donald Trump was otherwise occupied by early retirement, jailing, something.
He's helping his party in the mid-term, he said. No doubt. His PAC's rake of corporate money is being used to help Russian-colluding 2nd District Rep. French Hill beat Democratic challenger Clarke Tucker. Cotton predicted continuing GOP majorities in House and Senate, perhaps an expansion in the Senate.
E' quasi braccio di ferro tra Governo e sindaci sulla vicenda del bando periferie, stoppato dal decreto Milleproroghe per due anni, che relegherebbe alle amministrazioni comunali la gestione di pagamenti già definiti.
La norma, varata dal governo Renzi e completata a dicembre scorso da Gentiloni, prevede convenzioni per opere da realizzare in ben 96 tra città e aree metropolitane, da estendere ad altre 120 realtà urbane. Un reticolo fitto di progetti, per i quali sono in ballo quasi 4 miliardi di euro, di cui 2,1 statali e quasi altrettanti provenienti da fondi regionali e investimenti.
Ma il M5S frena e in una nota diffusa da Genova fa sapere che con l'emendamento al Milleproproghe in realtà è stato liberato "1 miliardo per gli investimenti dei comuni, invertendo la rotta rispetto ai disastri del Pd". Quindi, aggiungono i pentastellati, "non verranno a mancare in alcun modo i fondi destinati alle periferie relativi ai progetti locali che non hanno ancora i presupposti per poter essere approvati. Sono somme che comunque non verrebbero spese alla luce della sentenza della Consulta 74 del 2018, che ha rilevato l'illegittimità della gestione centralistica del Fondo previsto peraltro per meno di 100 Comuni".
In ogni caso contro il paventato stop si è subito ribellata l'Anci, l'Associazione che racchiude pressoché la totalità dei comuni italiani, che ha ventilato l'uso delle maniere forti: "le amministrazioni hanno già avviato attività di progettazione quando non anche le gare; quei 96 sindaci potrebbero diffidare la presidenza del Consiglio ad adempiere a quanto deciso e sottoscritto dal governo", ha annunciato il presidente Antonio Decaro. Duro anche l'ex premier Gentiloni, secondo il quale "l'ossessione di smontare le decisioni dei governi precedenti ora prende di mira le periferie. Togliere i soldi alle città per ripicca politica sarebbe una follia, una delle tante". Giudizio aspro anche dai sindaci delle grandi città. Tra questi Gianni de Magistris, primo cittadino di Napoli, alle prese tra l'altro con l'assegnazione di nuovi alloggi per chi dovrà lasciare le Vele e per la gara per l'abbattimento della prima di esse. "Non ci fermeremo, andremo avanti con la massima determinazione - ha spiegato - e questa è l'indicazione che ho dato agli uffici comunali. Si continuano a finanziare armi e opere pubbliche mentre si tolgono soldi alle periferie, ai territori e a chi ne ha più bisogno". Clemente Mastella, già ministro e attuale sindaco di Benevento, parla di "indecenza costituzionale" e chiede ai 100 primi cittadini, "tutti fregati con le popolazioni che rappresentano, a chiedere l'intervento del Capo dello Stato". "Solo per quanto riguarda la città di Bologna - fa sapere il sindaco Virginio Merola - ci sono progetti per 18 milioni di euro messi in cantiere grazie a questi finanziamenti stanziati dagli ultimi Governi di centrosinistra". Anche Anci Toscana si mobilita: un appello è stato firmato dal presidente e sindaco di Prato Matteo Biffoni e dai vicepresidenti Filippo Nogarin, sindaco di Livorno e Alessandro Ghinelli sindaco di Arezzo.
In ballo anche le Regioni: la presidente dell'Umbria, Catiuscia Marini, ricorda "che il progetto del governo Gentiloni di investire risorse per la riqualificazione delle aree urbane degradate è stata una iniziativa che come Regione Umbria abbiamo sostenuto con forza perché grazie ad essa sono state messe a disposizione di Perugia e Terni risorse molto importanti".
Stizzito Nicola Zingaretti, governatore del Lazio, che promette: "non resteremo in silenzio ad assistere a questa vergogna".
A denti stretti, infine, il dem Dario Nardella, sindaco di Firenze, ha ammesso oggi che il Pd al Senato ha votato a favore dell'emendamento al decreto Milleproroghe sul piano periferie.
"Non me lo spiego - ha affermato - ma spero che daranno una motivazione". E, come già accennato ieri dal presidente dell'Anci come atto di contrapposizione, il primo cittadino di Firenze ha inviato una lettera alla Presidenza del Consiglio in cui intima all'esecutivo ad erogare il 20% dell'anticipo dei fonti previsti dal bando periferie. "Siamo pronti a una guerra senza mai fermarci, perché questi soldi sono stati già impegnati e appaltati, e la metà addirittura contrattualizzati", ha avvertito il sindaco toscano.
"Siamo stati una nazione di emigranti, anche in Europa siamo andati stranieri nel mondo cercando lavoro" e bisogna ricordarlo "quando vediamo arrivare in Europa i migranti della nostra travagliata epoca". Lo sottolinea il ministro degli Esteri Enzo Moavero Milanesi in un messaggio rivolto agli italiani all'estero, in occasione della giornata del sacrificio del lavoro italiano nel mondo nel giorno del 62mo anniversario della tragedia di Marcinelle.
Sono stati tanti gli italiani "che lasciarono le terre natie cercando all'estero un futuro migliore per éè e per i propri figli, spesso affrontando viaggi incerti e pericolosi, condizioni impervie di vita" ricorda il ministro.
"Siamo stati, fino ai primi anni sessanta del ventesimo secolo, appena ieri, una nazione di emigranti nel mondo - sottolinea ancora Moavero - Partivamo, sovente con grandi disagi, alla volta di quegli stessi Stati europei (Belgio, Francia, Germania e altri) nei quali adesso possiamo andare a lavorare: cittadini dell'Unione Europea, fra altri cittadini della medesima Unione Europea, con analoghi diritti e doveri".
Lega contro Moavero: "Manca di rispetto agli italiani". "Paragonare gli italiani che sono emigrati nel mondo, a cui nessuno regalava niente né pagava pranzi e cene in albergo, ai clandestini che arrivano oggi in Italia è poco rispettoso della verità, della storia e del buon senso". E' la replica alle parole del ministro degli Esteri che la Lega affida ai capigruppo a Camera e Senato, Riccardo Molinari e Massimiliano Romeo.
President Obama called U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) a personal friend who was willing to work in a bipartisan manner to fight wasteful spending and cut down on earmarks. In a statement released by the White House on Friday , Obama noted that he and Coburn were both elected to the Senate in 2004 and quickly became friends after their wives struck up a conversation. Obama said the people of Oklahoma have been "well-served by this 'country doctor from Muskogee' over the past nine years."
Oklahomas five members of the U.S. House of Representatives each voted for a resolution to temporarily fund the federal government while delaying implementation of the federal health care act. Republicans Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, James Lankford , Markwayne Mullin and Jim Bridenstine each voted for the proposal that passed the House on a 231-192 vote late Saturday. The government is on the verge of a partial shutdown Tuesday and congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to keep using an otherwise routine government funding bill to try to attack what they call Obamacare . Democrats oppose the health care delay and a provision to repeal a medical device tax that helps finance the 2010 health care overhaul. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a Democrat says the proposal will die in his chamber. _______________________________________ KGOU produces journalism in the public interest, essential to an informed electorate. Help support informative, in-depth journalism with a donation online , or
[Premium Times] Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday addressed journalists and other members of the public on the siege laid on the National Assembly by officers of the State Security Services in Tuesday.
The Democratic Party’s leftwing 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...
By: Ryan Velez Attacking the media has been a hallmark of Donald Trump’s presidency and something that his base clearly enjoys, even if it makes many other people unnerved. Newsone reports that one person who has had enough of Trump’s attacks is New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who called it “moral vandalism” and slamming the […]
Just as Argentina looked poised for a shot at economic recovery, a corruption scandal is roiling the embattled country.
More than a dozen former government officials and business executives were arrested after police raids last week in a case involving illegal payments for favors including public-works contracts that took place over a decade under President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
The century bond, which marks debts due in 2117, fell to a record low Wednesday. Its yields, which move opposite of prices, rose to as high as 9.37%. They have jumped by about 38 basis points since the end of July, when the corruption allegations came to light.
The Argentine peso also fell to a two-week low. It was trading down as much as 1% to 27.6710 against the dollar around 2 p.m. ET. Argentina's central bank, which has been struggling to effectively combat 30% inflation, had a day earlier held its key interest rate unchanged at 40%.
Last Wednesday, Buenos Aires-based newspaper La Nacion published the notebooks of a former driver in the Fernandez administration that detailed how he transported roughly $160 million in bribe payments from construction companies to government officials from 2005 until 2015.
Fernandez, who was president during much of that period, has been indicted in the case but enjoys immunity from prosecution as an Argentine senator. Prosecutors on Tuesday questioned President Mauricio Macri's cousin, who is a construction executive.
Argentina scored the largest bailout in IMF history earlier this year after its currency hit an all-time low. The $50 billion loan, which is part of a three-year standby program, was extended in attempt to rein in soaring twin deficits in the country and to stabilize the peso.
Moody's rating agency called the scandal "credit negative for Argentine corporations."
Last night, salt-of-the-earth country bumpkin and *squints at notes* Yale Law School graduate Josh Hawley won his Republican primary, setting him in place to take on incumbent U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) in what the national press has predicted will be one of the most hotly contested races in the November mid-terms.
Hawley, who as Missouri's attorney general has confoundingly decided the best way to connect with the good people of the state's rural areas is to start banning swimming holes and advertisements for alcohol discounts, wasted no time once the results were in, immediately and aggressively challenging McCaskill to debate .... on the back of a flatbed truck.
Hawley's challenge was just the latest in a series of similar attacks on McCaskill, wherein for months the former has repeatedly accused the latter of being afraid to debate.…
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 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?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 Timesreports 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 toldThe 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 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
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 PROGRAM # 8398 12:00 PM PT Beto vs. Cruz. The Texas Senate race between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democrat challenger Betto O’Rourke is in a virtual tie. This development has raised many eyebrows, since for the past three decades Texas has been a reliably Republican state. Cruz is seeking reelection for […]
After Ireland voted to legalize abortion in May, will Argentina, another traditionally Catholic country, do the same?
The country’s senators will make the decision Wednesday, amid fiercely polarized campaigns on both sides of the hot-button issue.
The bill was passed by Congress’ lower house in June by the narrowest of margins, but it is widely expected to fall short of the votes needed to pass in the Senate — 37 of the 72 senators have made it known they will say no.
If the measure does fail, lawmakers must wait a year to resubmit the legislation.
As the lawmakers settled in for what was expected to be a marathon session that could stretch past midnight, demonstrators on both sides rallied outside Congress.
Abortion rights supporters wore green scarves while anti-abortion activists donned baby blue. A partition was set up to keep them separated.
Scores of buses have brought people into Buenos Aires from other parts of Argentina, city hall said.
Despite the negative projections and strong opposition from the highly influential Catholic Church in the homeland of Pope Francis, abortion rights proponents are not giving up hope.
“We’re doing everything so that the initiative passes. We have faith in the street movement,” leading campaigner Julia Martino told AFP.
“We believe many senators will show their support when the vote happens.”
Currently, abortion is allowed in Argentina in only three cases, similar to most of Latin America: rape, a threat to the mother's life or if the fetus is disabled.
If passed, the bill would legalize abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and see Argentina join Uruguay and Cuba as the only countries in Latin America to fully decriminalize abortion.
It’s also legal in Mexico City. Only in the Central American trio of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua does it remain totally banned.
With the tide seemingly flowing against legalization, abortion rights groups tried to amend the bill to reduce from 14 to 12 weeks the period in which it would be permitted, but that move failed.
What activists can count on, though, is huge support from citizens.
Question of rights
Demonstrations were held in Buenos Aires, with other rallies taking place around the world in front of Argentine diplomatic missions.
One abortion rights protester in Buenos Aires, 20-year-old Celeste Villalba, said keeping abortions illegal would not prevent them from happening.
“This debate is whether it should be legal or done in secret. It’s not about being in favor of abortion or not,” she said.
She said she feared that “social machismo and a patriarchal and retrograde Church” would block adoption of the bill in the Senate.
Various charities estimate that 500,000 illegal, secret abortions are carried out every year in Argentina, resulting in around 100 deaths.
But opponents of abortion are not lacking support and held their own demonstrations.
Priests and nuns have been joined by rabbis, imams and members of other Christian churches to oppose the bill.
One of them, Federico Berruete, a 35-year-old priest, joined anti-abortion demonstrators holding up slogans reading “Life starts at conception.”
“There is a big display of faith, a lot of people have turned out for a more humane country. Children about to be born need to be defended,” he said.
In mid-June, the lower house voted in favor by just 129 to 125 thanks in part to the nonetheless anti-abortion President Mauricio Macri’s insistence in pushing the bill through the legislature.
The conservative president released a letter Wednesday welcoming the debate and saying this is about more than legalizing abortion or not.
“As a society, it presents a peaceful scenario to promote and carry out change,” the president wrote.
Senator Norma Durango from the Justice Party said she would work “until the last minute so that this becomes law,” warning that those who vote against the bill would be “responsible for continuing deaths.”
The Catholic Church has appointed a bishop, Alberto Bochatey, to handle dialogue with Congress on the issue.
Last month, Bochatey, 62, told AFP that “you cannot make a law to justify the elimination of human life,” but said the Church was against locking up those who carried out illegal abortions.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As wildfires ravage the U.S. West, Republican Mitt Romney has called for more logging and a high-tech early detection system, though the plan was met with some skepticism. Romney, a U.S. Senate candidate in Utah, said in an essay that more logging would thin out forests and clear out dead […]
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.
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.
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.
"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."
Senate President, Bukola Saraki,
has failed to comment on allegations that he compromised Lawal Daura, erstwhile
Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), who was sacked
Leon Dănăilă este unul dintre cei mai mari neurochirurgi din România, are zeci de ani de experiență, a făcut aproape 30.000 de operații și, cu toate acestea, spune că este cel mai sărac medic din lume. În cei 85 de ani, Leon Dănăilă a trecut prin toate, a fost sărac, el spune chiar cerșetor”, a ajuns […]
Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party has emerged victorious in the certificate forgery case instituted against him. An Osun State High Court presided over by Justice David Oladimeji, has dismissed the suit seeking to stop Senator Ademola Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 22 election, according […]
Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday he delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin's government, but the senator and the White House offered different characterizations of the message.
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...
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.
Preşedintele Senatului, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, liderul ALDE, a declarat că în calitate de "simplu cetăţean" simte "un inconfort major" faţă de faptul că România este reprezentată în SUA de fostul şef al SRI George Maior ca ambasador, având Citește mai departe...
I knew that D.C. was corrupt, but I was unaware just how bad it actually is. Elect someone new to Congress or the Senate? They can't represent the people who elected them because they have no power. That is in the hands of the Power Elite, and through them the staffers and the lobbyists. And if they don't toe the line, the RNC and DNC will do everything in their power to make sure that they don't get re-elected. We don't have a Representative Republic, we have descended to an Oligarchy. Watch all four parts of The Swamp. If that doesn't piss you off, nothing will. And note that the only members of Congress that agreed to be part of this documentary series are Republican House members - no Democrats, no Senators.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, traveled to the site of the ongoing Alliant Energy wind project, the Upland Prairie Wind Farm, on Monday to accept the American Wind Energy Association’s U.S. Wind Champion Award. The senator was joined by Alliant Energy officials, AWEA officials, and local and state elected officials at the Upland Prairie Wind Farm’s turbine No. 1, located southeast of Everly to accept the award. The Upland Prairie Wind Farm is comprised of 121 wind turbines, 73 of which are located in northwest Clay County. The project is expected to be fully completed in early 2019.
Headlines for August 08, 2018; Do Historic Victories & Tight Races in Primaries Mean Dems Could Retake Senate & House in November?; Madison, Wisconsin "Shaken" by Shooting at Community Radio Station WORT-FM; Meet Debbie Africa: First MOVE 9 Member to Be Freed in 40 Years & Now Reunited with Her Son, Mike
I have said it before, and I am confident to say it again that PDP is dead and rotten in Nigeria. A brand new PDP is now being nurtured and admired under the leadership of an energetic, amiable and vibrant Watson Duke in the West Indies Island of Tobago. Anyone can google Watson Duke to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of my claim.
The nonprofit FarmFresh Rhode Island will use a $4.6 million federal grant to help low-income New Englanders buy more fresh fruits and vegetables. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded FarmFresh the funding to expand nutrition incentives for New Englanders in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program, formerly known as food stamps. Nutrition incentives give shoppers tokens, coupons or other credits for using their SNAP benefits to buy from local farmers markets, farm stands and small groceries. FarmFresh said it plans to use the federal funding to expand incentives in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed said the incentives will help boost the state’s agricultural economy and encourage healthier eating habits. Access to healthy foods, studies show, is key to reducing rates of obesity, diabetes and related health problems.
IF THATS YOUR WISH OR PRAYER, YOU COMFORT D. HAVE HIT THE ROCK WITH YOUR PAROCHIAL UNDERSTANDING. YOUR PDP CAN NEVER RULE THIS COUNTRY AGAIN GIVEN THE PDPigs IMMEDIATE PAST RECORDS. HOW MUCH WAS YOUR SHARE IN THE 16yrs LOOTING SPREE. IF SUCH A HOMONGOUS HAVOC PAPETRATED AGAINST YOUR NATION BY THE PDPigs IS NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU TO ABANDON THEM THEN YOU TOO MUST BE INCORRIGIBLY CORRUPT BOTH MORALY AND ETHICALLY. YOUR WORPED MIND IS IN NEED OF SOME MORALIZATION AND PATRIOTIZATION TO CLEANS YOU OF PDPigs' STENCH. 16yrs OF PDPigs CORRUPTION POISON UNLEASHED ON THE PEOPLE HAS CORRUPTED EVEN THE HOLIEST OF HOLIES TO THE EXTENT THAT VICES HAVE NOW BECOME VIRTUES TO BE PROUD OF.
See who is talking! Tell Nigerians how you got the money to own over 100 choice houses in Nigeria, alone. Someone even said the other day that half of Lagos State's wealth belongs to you. If this is true, then be prepared to go to jail or forfeit those properties in 2019. (APC is going to lose in the general elections.) The same EFCC that your party is using to harass and intimidate opposition party members will be used to harass and intimidate you too. What goes around comes around. It is just a matter of time.
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.
PMNEWS, it is a pity that you people have not changed from your old ways of biased reporting. This was one reason why many people stopped reading your newspaper in 2015 before the elections. Some of us decided to remain hoping that there would be a change of attitude.
If you don't know, what Saraki had today at the National Assembly was a World Press Conference and that was the only national event that took place today. Saraki acted like the president of Nigeria today and he gave a good account of himself. He did what the presidency should have done today. It was refreshing to watch the number three man fielding questions from journalists, a thing the number one and two citizens could not do in three years. He seized the moment and utilised it effectively. But your partisan newspaper didn't see all of that but concentrated on the nonevent Uyo. Silly!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91XPH_6pL_0 A deceptively simple hashtag has climbed to the top of Twitter's trending lists across Argentina: #EsHoy , or "It's Today." The phrase, imbued as it is with fervent expectation, may seem puzzling to outsiders — but inside the country, the meaning is crystal clear. "Today" is the long-awaited day that Argentine senators gather to debate deeply divisive legislation that would legalize abortion for pregnancies up to 14 weeks. Nearly two months after lawmakers in the country's lower house of Congress approved the bill by a slim margin, senators will decide whether to send the bill on to President Mauricio Macri — who, despite his personal misgivings, has said he would sign it into law. The move would significantly ease the country's abortion laws, which allow the procedure only in cases of rape and risks to the mother's health, and would make Argentina the most populous country in Latin America to legalize abortion. The bill's backers argue that
It’s been nearly three years since the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility sprung a massive leak, sickening many, evacuating thousands, and forcing a shutdown of the Los Angeles region’s primary reserve for natural gas to keep homes warm in winter and supply regional power plants at times of peak grid demand.
This week, facility owner Southern California Gas announced that the costs of containing, repairing and maintaining the underground storage site have ballooned to more than $1 billion, even as they long-term future of the site, reopened at limited capacity last summer against the protests of Los Angeles County and angry residents, remains very much in doubt.
SoCalGas, a unit of Sempra energy, officially broke the $1.014 billion mark for Aliso Canyon costs in its quarterly earnings filing this week. The estimate is up 6.3 percent from $954 million in the previous quarter, and almost all of it ($987 million) has been largely recovered or is likely to be recovered through insurance, the company stated.
Of the total, about 55 percent was for temporary relocation of the people forced to evacuate their homes during the leak. However, SoCalGas also warned that the estimates could “rise significantly” due to still-pending lawsuits and potential fines.
On Wednesday, SoCalGas announced its $119.5 million settlement with state, county and local governments, pledging to repay their costs associated with the response effort, as well as establish a program with the California Air Resources Board to mitigate the methane emissions from the leak, and fund local environmental benefit projects to be run by government parties, not the company itself.
The settlement did not, however, include some of the residents of the Porter Ranch neighborhood, who are vowing to continue their legal battle to close down the Aliso Canyon site. Los Angeles County, which is a party to this week’s settlement, has also opposed the CPUC’s decision to allow SoCalGas to conduct a study into whether or not facility could be kept open for the long term.
Last July, the California Public Utilities Commission determined that Aliso Canyon could start to operate again at limited capacity of about 24.6 billion cubic feet, or about 28 percent of its pre-leak maximum capacity. But under Senate Bill 380, a law passed in 2016, the CPUC and the utility must operate the facility only as an “asset of last resort” after other options for dealing with energy shortfalls have been exhausted.
SB 380 also requires the CPUC to study the long-term effectiveness of closing down Aliso Canyon entirely versus keeping it open. Last July, soon after the CPUC allowed Aliso Canyon to reopen, California Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Energy Commission (CEC) put forward a plan to study how Aliso Canyon could be shut down completely within the next 10 years.
According to SoCalGas, Aliso Canyon serves more than 11 million customers and provides fuel to 17 natural gas-fired power plants with about 10,000 megawatts of generating capacity. It’s also much closer to some of Southern California’s most heavily populated regions — a critical factor for a pipeline system that can only move gas at about 20 to 30 miles per hour. While it takes only one to two hours for Aliso Canyon-stored gas to reach key Los Angeles area power plants, for example, it would take about 10 hours to supply those plants from terminals at the Arizona border, according to SoCalGas.
Aliso Canyon’s closure in January 2016 led to fears that Southern California could be faced with energy shortages during both cold winter months, when natural gas for heating is in high demand, and during hot summer months, when air conditioning drives natural gas-fired electricity demand to peak levels. A joint state agency study in April 2016 warned of the risk of multi-day blackouts without a wide range of energy efficiency, solar power, demand response, energy storage, and other distributed energy resources to take its place.
The threat drove the CPUC to fast-track utility deployments of DERs in record time, starting with the 2016 procurement of nearly 100 megawatts of energy storage from Tesla, Greensmith Energy and AES Energy Storage, including what is currently the country’s biggest battery — the 30-megawatt/120-megawatt-hour Escondido system that AES built for San Diego Gas & Electric.
A law passed in 2017, SB 801, requires LADWP and SCE to procure additional energy storage — 100 megawatts and 20 megawatts, respectively — to meet reliability needs for Aliso Canyon.
Southern California Edison, which contracted for most of the energy storage above, also turned to Nest to enable 50 megawatts of smart thermostat-enabled peak load reduction, tapping about 50,000 of its existing customers in the region with utility incentives to reduce air conditioning loads in summer months.
SoCalGas has also turned to Nest and Ecobee for an unusual wintertime demand response program, aimed at lowering natural gas consumption for heating, which saw its first test in December 2017. While uptake has been “minimal” thus far, the utility and its partners are seeking to increase participation for the coming winter, according to a March letter from the CPUC that outlined how utilities have been tapping those alternatives before tapping Aliso Canyon’s limited reserves over the winter.
The CPUC’s letter noted that utilities SCE and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) have also been working to re-dispatch power generation needs to plants outside the LA basin in an attempt to reduce demand on the regional natural gas supply system. The CPUC even issued a temporary moratorium on new commercial and industrial customer interconnections in parts of Los Angeles County reliant on Aliso Canyon service in December, although it lifted it in March.
But with state grid operator CAISO facing the need for emergency demand reduction to meet late-summer electricity peaks, and the possibility of a colder-than-expected winter putting more stress on next year’s natural gas demands, it’s likely that Aliso Canyon may be called upon again in the near future — even as agencies look at ways it could be replaced in the long run.
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
Updated at 7:29 p.m. ET In making his "closing argument" for tax legislation expected to get a vote in Congress next week, President Trump announced that the changes would take effect early next year. "We're going to make our tax system work for you again," Trump said, with several families standing near him whose stories he told in his address. "We're going to make our economy work for you again. And we are going to make the American dream, and that's the real dream, that will be the dream that you want for your children and your grandchildren once again. But we need your help to get Congress across that finish line." This came just after an announcement that House and Senate GOP lawmakers have agreed on a final tax package. The details of the agreement are still being finalized, but Republicans plan to permanently cut rates for businesses and drop taxes for individuals for eight years. Negotiators have agreed to cut the tax rate for the highest-earning individuals from 39.6 to 37
Updated Dec. 2 at 11:57 a.m. ET The Senate narrowly approved a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul early Saturday morning following a day of procedural delays and frustration. The legislation, which would cut the top corporate tax rate to 20 percent and lower taxes for most individuals, narrowly passed in a vote of 51-49. Tennessee Republican Bob Corker was the only Republican to vote against the legislation, joining every Democrat and both independents in opposing the sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws. Passage of the tax bill is a significant victory for Republicans who have struggled to fulfill many key legislative promises. "It was a fantastic evening last night," President Trump said Saturday morning, according to a pool report. "Now we go onto conference, and something beautiful is going to come out of that mixer," he also said, "People are going to be very, very happy. They're going to get tremendous, tremendous tax cuts and tax relief, and that's what this country needs." The
Updated 3:30 p.m. ET With their health care bill facing a perilous path, Senate Republican leaders have decided to push off a vote until after Congress returns from next week's July Fourth recess, GOP aides confirm to NPR's Susan Davis. "We're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday at a press conference on Capitol Hill. Despite the delay, McConnell confirmed that Republican senators were heading to the White House to meet with President Trump later in the afternoon to continue work on the issue. If three Republicans oppose the bill, it cannot pass. The GOP holds 52 seats, with Vice President Pence as a potential tiebreaker. The delay was announced with at least five Republicans indicating they were against bringing the bill to the floor this week. "Several of them want more time," McConnell said. "We have a number of different discussions going on, that have been going on for six weeks. They continue.
Updated at 7:28 p.m. ET Former FBI director James Comey may have done more damage to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday than even President Trump, whom Comey publicly accused of waving him off part of the Russia investigation. Comey said he expected Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation weeks before he did because of reasons that are classified. That does not comport with Sessions rationale when he announced his recusal in early March. Sessions has been the subject of scrutiny over his failure to disclose meetings with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 campaign, which Sessions has defended as routine — part of his duties as a U.S. senator. In his opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, released on Wednesday, Comey detailed a private conversation with President Trump in the Oval Office shortly after National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign, in which Comey recalls the president saying, "I hope you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ceCaFCG2j8 Fired FBI Director James Comey may tell the Senate Intelligence Committee next week that President Trump suggested he ease off at least part of the FBI's Russia investigation. But a month ago, he said this to the Senate Judiciary Committee: "I'm talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It's not happened in my experience." Why did Comey say he has never been asked to stop an investigation for political reasons after that conversation with Trump? Some writers on the Internet, particularly Comey critics, have a couple of simple explanations — the memos are fake or he perjured himself in front of Congress. But there's more context. Here is the full exchange from the Judiciary Committee hearing, when Comey was being questioned by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii. HIRONO: So if the attorney general or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific
For the second time in as many days, a Senate committee's GOP leadership has bypassed a boycott by Democrats to advance President Trump's Cabinet nominees. The Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee boycotted the second meeting in a row to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. Committee rules say that two members of the minority party must be present for a vote, but chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., suspended the rules so Pruitt's nomination could pass the committee with only Republican votes, and he passed 11-0. Pruitt will still need to be confirmed by the full Senate, which appears likely. A Democratic aide from the EPW committee says they recognize that the move is "allowable under Senate rules" even if it's unprecedented for the committee. Upon reconvening the committee, Barrasso said: "It is disappointing that they chose that course of action. We will not allow it to obstruct." Hearings on Trump's nominee to run the Office of
Updated 1:15 p.m. ET A day after Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes to advance the nominations for President Trump's nominees to lead the departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services, the panel's Republicans met in a surprise meeting Wednesday morning and voted to suspend committee rules to vote on those nominees without Democrats present. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Finance Committee called the Democrats' boycott "the most pathetic thing." Opening the meeting, Hatch said, "We took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues." Democrats consider the move in violation of longstanding rules on the finance committee, which require one member of each party present. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, posted a photo of empty seats in the committee room and said the Democrats were standing with people "hurt by the abusive practices of Mnuchin's bank." Democrats boycotted yesterday, saying
Updated at 1:50 p.m. ET. Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted planned votes on Tuesday morning to advance the nominations of two Trump Cabinet nominees. The committee was to begin voting at 10 a.m. on the nominations of Georgia Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin. Committee rules require that at least one member of each party be present for a vote to proceed. If and when the committee does vote, their confirmations would still need the approval of the full Senate. In a press briefing Tuesday afternoon, White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the Democrats' actions "outrageous." "It's unfortunate Senate Democrats remain so out of touch with the message that the American people sent this past November," Spicer told reporters. "The people want change; President Trump is delivering that change." Price has been under a cloud of controversy for weeks over questions about whether he properly
Here's an amazing stat: In the last 14 contested Republican primaries where President Donald Trump has endorsed a candidate, his pick has won -- or is leading -- all 14 times. That's remarkable. (Hat tip to WaPo's James Hohmann for doing the math!) And it speaks to the fact that despite Trump's weak numbers among the general populace, he remains a massively powerful force within the GOP -- someone who can make and break candidacies with a single tweet. Take Tuesday night. Trump endorsed John James in Michigan's Republican Senate primary, Bill Schuette in the Michigan governor's race and Kris...
he Senate Leadership Fund super PAC ripped Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D.) as "no longer dealing from a full deck" on Wednesday in its latest attack on the 75-year-old lawmaker as out of touch and confused. The group, which boosts Senate Republicans, highlighted a Tampa Bay Times article pointing out Nelson criticized his 2018 opponent, Gov. Rick Scott (R.), for lobbying the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 to delay a new set of stricter water standards. The catch: Nelson wrote the EPA before Scott did to make a near-identical request:
MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates are battling in the last days of their campaign over which one is the biggest supporter of President Donald Trump. Their campaigns, in turn, expect that question to be a factor in who wins the GOP nomination Aug. 14 and will go on to face Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin this fall. “I think what both of them are trying to say is, I’m really, really for Donald Trump now,” said University of […]
Updated Dec. 1, 9:05 a.m.: The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve the 21st Century Cures Act, a sprawling bill to fund medical research and revamp how drugs and medical devices are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The bill passed on a vote of 392-26. The Senate could vote on the bill early next week. It has garnered support from a wide variety of advocacy groups, industry lobbyists and the Obama administration . One notable dissident is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who said her colleagues have "let Big Pharma hijack the Cures bill." Legislation to bolster medical research and revamp the way new drugs and medical devices are approved is on the fast track through a Congress that has had little success to celebrate this year. The House could vote Wednesday on a vast bill that stretches nearly a thousand pages and holds changes large and small for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Analysts are still
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
RT.com 8 Aug, 2018 US Senator Rand Paul has said he delivered a letter from US President Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin’s administration. Moscow says that it will consider it in the near future. “I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration,” the senator from Kentucky wrote on […]
Intelligence officials have warned for months that Russia will seek to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, just as it did in 2016. On Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida offered up perhaps the most startling example yet of these efforts: that Russian operatives had gained access to the state’s election systems. “They have […]
A little-noticed Senate bill would give Donald Trump blanket permission to launch wars in violation of the Constitution, says John Kiriakou. By John KiriakouSpecial to Consortium News Have you ever heard of Senate Joint Resolution 59 (S.J.Res. 59)? Neither had I. A friend of mine saw a blurb about it on an obscure national security […]
Senator Mark Warner’s (D-VA) office has drawn up a proposal for the US government to become much more involved in the Internet and particularly social media. They tell us for our own good they must protect us from “disinformation” and be able to determine the identity of each social media account as well as the […]
Remember last week when we told you that there was some jibba-jabba about the possibility of Brazil sliding back into being a military dictatorship? According to Reuters, far-right leaning presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, has named a retired general as his running mate in the nation’s upcoming elections. Here’s the shit-and-giggle part: the general in question is Antonio Hamilton Mourão. He’s the same fella that told the media that there was a possibility of there being a military coup if the Brazilian government didn’t get its shit together.
Bolsonaro, running as a candidate for the small Social Liberty Party (PSL), has pegged much of his candidacy on controversial remarks, whether defending of the past military dictatorship or suggesting acts of violence against homosexuals.
In an interview last year with Reuters, the candidate for the Social Liberty Party (PSL) played down Mourão’s remarks.
“It was just a warning. Nobody wants to seize power that way,” Bolsonaro said. “Maybe we could have a military man winning in 2018, but through elections.”
Bolsonaro had struggled to find a running mate as other parties tried to distance themselves from his controversial comments. Other proposed vice presidential candidates - including another general, an astronaut and a sitting senator - ultimately fell through.
Encouraging acts of violence against homosexuals and propping up the deeds of a past dictatorship. I can’t imagine why Bolsonaro was having problems finding a running mate.
Unfortunately, as we’ve learned over the past few years, having no moral compass or compassion for minorities won’t stop a dangerous bully or a dictator from coming to power during an election year.
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Julian Assange rozważa wystąpienie przed komisją amerykańskiego Senatu ds. wywiadu, która zajmuje się sprawą ingerencji Rosji w wyborach w USA w 2016 r. – poinformował w środę demaskatorski portal WikiLeaks, założony przez Assange’a. Profil WikiLeaks na Twitterze opublikował list senackiej komisji wzywający Assange’a do złożenia zeznań. Dokument – który jak wskazuje portal Sky News – […]
Mam ogromne wątpliwości, czy to powinna być część polskiego systemu prawnego; nie widzę potrzeby tak fundamentalnego ograniczania dostępu do PE; mocno skłaniam się w kierunku zablokowania tej propozycji – mówi w wywiadzie dla „DGP” o noweli ordynacji wyborczej do PE prezydent Andrzej Duda. 27 lipca Senat przyjął bez poprawek nowelizację Kodeksu wyborczego dot. ordynacji do […]
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit NOEL KING, HOST: Last night, the Senate approved the omnibus spending bill. It didn't clear the Senate until after midnight, and it appears it may not last long. This morning, President Trump said on Twitter that he's considering vetoing the bill. NPR's Tamara Keith is with us now from the White House. Hey, Tam. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Good morning. KING: So do you think the president is really going to veto this bill? KEITH: I have no idea. And, you know, if you had asked me - oh, I don't know - six hours ago, I would've said absolutely the president is going to sign the bill because his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said exactly that in a briefing. He said, let's cut to the chase. Is the president going to sign the bill - yes. Why - because it funds his priorities. The vice president yesterday, in a speech in New Hampshire, touted the bill as the president keeping promises - a bill full of spending on things that President Trump promised to
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91XPH_6pL_0 A deceptively simple hashtag has climbed to the top of Twitter's trending lists across Argentina: #EsHoy , or "It's Today." The phrase, imbued as it is with fervent expectation, may seem puzzling to outsiders — but inside the country, the meaning is crystal clear. "Today" is the long-awaited day that Argentine senators gather to debate deeply divisive legislation that would legalize abortion for pregnancies up to 14 weeks. Nearly two months after lawmakers in the country's lower house of Congress approved the bill by a slim margin, senators will decide whether to send the bill on to President Mauricio Macri — who, despite his personal misgivings, has said he would sign it into law. The move would significantly ease the country's abortion laws, which allow the procedure only in cases of rape and risks to the mother's health, and would make Argentina the most populous country in Latin America to legalize abortion. The bill's backers argue that
ensorship has become such a normal part of daily American life that most people either don’t pay attention to it or don’t care. But it’s taken on a life of its own, and it’s beginning to spin out of control. We must take back our constitutional right to freedom of speech and our civil liberties.
Many Americans laughed this week when Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube suspended the accounts of Alex Jones and InfoWars. Jones is well-known for his bombastic, conspiracy-laden, often offensive views on just about everything from the Sandy Hook massacre (no children were killed; they were all “crisis actors”) to the United Nations (it’s a hostile foreign power that maintains a secret army and will launch a war to install a one-world government) to so-called “chemtrails” and space aliens. (In the interest of transparency, I have appeared three times on InfoWars’ The Real News with David Knight. David is a mainstream Libertarian and a great supporter of whistleblowers.)
But the decision to ban Jones was not funny at all. You don’t have to agree with a single thing the man says to believe that he has the same fundamental right to freedom of speech that you and I have. When news of the ban broke on August 6, I was surprised at how few of my friends objected to it. Indeed, many gloated over it. I felt exactly the opposite. I was infuriated. And the next day, on August 7, Twitter permanently banned my friend Peter Van Buren from the site.
Van Buren is a renowned State Department whistleblower and 24-year Foreign Service veteran who also led a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq. He has written extensively about waste, fraud, and abuse at the State Department, and he published a well-received memoir in 2012 entitled, “We Meant Well: How I Helped to Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.” As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton tried mightily to fire Van Buren for that memoir, even though the State Department’s publications review staff approved its release. She tried to confiscate his pension. Only after a lawsuit on his behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Government Accountability Project was he allowed to retire and to keep his pension.
Twitter, however, doesn’t have to answer to anybody. It’s a private company and it can do what it wants. Last week, Van Buren got involved in an acrimonious exchange about government lying with mainstream journalist Jonathan Katz, a freelancer who writes primarily for The New York Times, Politico, and Slate. Katz apparently reported Van Buren to Twitter, which quickly banned him for life, saying he had “harassed, intimidated, or used fear to silence” Katz. No such thing ever took place. Because of the permanent nature of the ban, every one of Van Buren’s tweets from the past seven years has been deleted.
Twitter’s action turns out to not have been limited to Alex Jones and a buddy of mine. The company went on yesterday to suspend the accounts of Scott Horton, a prominent radio host, director of Antiwar.com, and great friend of whistleblowers; and Dan McAdams, a highly-respected former congressional staff member and executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. I know both of these men well and I would stake my reputation on their decency, honesty, and integrity. Twitter suspended them because they came to Van Buren’s aid.
There’s an even worse result from Twitter’s actions. InfoWars this week had promoted a petitionasking President Trump to pardon Julian Assange. In just 48 hours, the petition was signed by nearly 40,000 people. It was all but killed when removed from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
There’s a very serious issue at play here. Put aside your feelings about Alex Jones, about crisis actors, and about chemtrails. This is an issue of free speech. It’s an issue of corporate censorship. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other tech mega-companies are telling us that they get to decide what we see and don’t see. They get to decide what we say and don’t say.
I won’t live like that. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), a group of retired intelligence officers, diplomats, military officers, and FBI agents, is writing a letter to Twitter’s leadership to protest these heavy-handed, anti-democratic actions. I’m proud to be a member of VIPS and I think that our collective voice will be heard. But VIPS can’t do it alone. Twitter and the others must be called to account. I, for one, don’t want to live like a North Korean, an Iranian, or even an Israeli or a Brit, where my government or a company tells me what to think or to say. I will boycott Twitter and speak out against it everywhere until it remedies these egregious attacks on civil liberties.
John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer and a former senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. John became the sixth whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act - a law designed to punish spies. He served 23 months in prison as a result of his attempts to oppose the Bush administration's torture program.
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."
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a bigger threat than Russia, GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Geoff Diehl insisted yesterday, saying his Democratic rival is the one pushing communist notions.
“Russia is not the old Soviet Union,” Diehl said during yesterday’s Boston Herald Radio’s GOP Senate primary debate. “To me, the bigger threat is someone like Elizabeth Warren.”
The debate — the first face-to-face event between the three GOP candidates for Senate — was moderated by Herald columnists Joe Battenfeld and Hillary Chabot. Diehl, a state representative and front-runner in the race, faced former Romney cabinet member Beth Lindstrom and businessman John Kingston.
“Elizabeth Warren is a bigger threat than Russia?” Battenfeld said, pressing Diehl on his statement. Diehl doubled down.
“Elizabeth Warren is a big problem,” Diehl said. “She wants to get our — what you heard her recently on CNBC that she wants to tax us anywhere between 50 percent and 90 percent. She seems to be the new communist regime here in the United States, with the progressive movement to make government so big. Whether it’s taking over health care or free education, all of that coming at a price tag, with health care at $32.6 trillion. That doubles our $34 trillion federal budget.”
Kingston pushed back, saying, “We have to be careful with our false equivalency … the Russians aren’t our friends — they just flat aren’t.”
Diehl then tried to walk back his remarks, saying he was being “facetious” about Warren.
When asked about the comments and others throughout the debate framing Warren as an extremist, the senator’s campaign spokeswoman Gabrielle Farrell told the Herald, “Massachusetts Republicans will decide among themselves who will run for U.S. Senate. Senator Warren is focused on her work fighting for the people of Massachusetts and standing up for working families against powerful corporate interests.”
Meanwhile, Lindstrom came out swinging in the debate, suggesting front-runner Diehl is unelectable in deep-blue Massachusetts because of his full-throated support for Trump.
“You will have a tough time if you are a blind loyalist like Geoff is,” said the centrist Lindstrom, though she said she is ready to vote to re-elect Trump. “He cannot unseat her.”
Diehl shot back that his long-standing support for Trump could benefit Massachusetts citizens by giving the state stronger pull than it would have otherwise.
“That gives me a seat at the table that Massachusetts doesn’t have,” Diehl said.
Massachusetts political strategists say whoever receives the GOP nod in the Sept. 4 primary will have a very difficult time taking on Warren.
“I don’t think any of the Republican candidates have a shot at winning this,” political observer Todd Domke told the Herald.
“This state is so anti-Trump. … That’s what it’ll come down to: are you pro-Trump or anti-Trump? And Trump will help make it that binary of a choice.”
BOSTON, MA. - August 7: From left, Joe Battenfeld, of the Boston Herald, candidates for U.S. Senate, Geoff Diehl, Beth Lindstrom, John Kingston and Hillary Chabot, of the Boston Herald are seen in the studios of Boston Herald Radio during a debate, on August 7, 2018. (Staff photo By Mark Garfinkel/Boston Herald)
Gallery: GOP candidates for U.S. Senate debate on Boston Herald Radio
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.”
We are now at the point where U.S. senators are having to file their own Freedom of Information Act requests to try to get records that the Trump Administration is refusing to let them see and their Republican colleagues are refusing to press for:
IÃ¢ÂÂm filing a Freedom of Information Act request with my Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee in an attempt to obtain crucial documents our Republican colleagues refuse to request from Judge KavanaughÃ¢ÂÂs formative time at the White House.
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 theKansas 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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Oxford Study Finds Conservatives Are ‘Right To Be Skeptical’ of Scientists
An initial note: The leading author in the paper mentioned below is Nathan Cofnas, not Confas. It is of course an unusual name so confusion is understood. It is a Lithuanian Jewish name.
I have read the original academic journal article and rather admire the way Nathan has minimized his upsetting of applecarts. Most social psychological research is utter bilge but Nathan quotes a lot of it with a straight face. He establishes his point about biased scientists even while not criticizing a lot of biased science.
So his paper is a very scholarly and thorough discussion of three areas where the positions of the scientific establishment are unreasonably liberal. And he doesn't even mention global warming! Conservatives have long been acutely aware of the liberal bias in academe but Cofnas gives detailed chapter and verse coverage of how that affects scientific findings.
I myself worked for ten years in a sociology department of a highly rated Australian university and rapidly became aware that all of the other teaching staff were Marxists of one stripe or another -- so it was clear from that that conservative ideas would not get fair consideration, if they were considered at all.
Cofnas mentions the difficulty that conservatives have in getting results of their research published in the academic journals. I experienced that and had to go to great lengths to overcome it. I overcame it by doing much higher quality work than Leftist authors were presenting -- which was not actually that hard.
By that I am referring to the virtually universal practice among psychologists of carrying out their research using either white rats or available groups of freshman students. Such studies are no more than childish games. To arrive at any sort of generalizable conclusion, you have to base your research on a representative sample of the population you wish to discuss. Normal psychological research, however, does nor use representative samples of anything. They do not even attempt to use representative samples of freshman students! Yet such totally useless research results are routinely presented as if they were generalizable to all humanity! That is just about as far away from real science as you can get. It's about as authoritative as medieval theology.
So I used that to my advantage. I did my research using real random samples of specifiable populations. I went out and doorknocked, for instance -- something that would give almost any leftist academic the horrors. So when my papers came up for evaluation, editors and referees would have looked absurd even to themselves if they rejected the only bit of generalizable research that they had ever seen. Even then, however, if I questioned liberal dogma too sharply or sweepingly, my papers were rejected. Like Cofnas I had to stick to a careful consideration of just a few detailed points.
So conservatives do well to be skeptical of conclusions from liberal social scientists. Their conclusions are not only biased, they are in general just rubbish by normal scientific standards, and blatant rubbish at that.
Wisely, Cofnas did not extend his critique to global warming. But that allegedly "scientific" theory was obviously wrong from its first formulation in the 80s. The theory is that the worldwide expansion of industrialization after WWII led to a great increase in atmospheric CO2 and that that rise in turn caused a rise in the global temperature.
And they were half right. CO2 levels did shoot up steadily in that timeframe. But here is the catch: Temperature levels did not. They plateaued. Over a 30 year period from 1945 to 1975 there was no rise in the global temperature. Temperatures just bobbed up and down around a static average. Temperatures at the end of the period were essentially the same as at the beginning. It would be hard to think of a clearer disproof of the temperature effects of CO2. When Warmists are confronted by that fact they mumble something about "special factors". Special factors that exactly cancelled out rising CO2 effects for 30 years?
Conservatives have long been skeptical of certain scientific claims, especially in regard to the science behind man-made global warming.
However, a study by the University of Oxford suggests that there may be a reason for that. In fact, they go as far as to say that conservatives have a “right” to be skeptical of scientists.
The study “Does activism in the Social Sciences Explain Conservatives’ Distrust of Scientists?” was led by Professor of Biology for the University of Oxford Nathan Confas and was first published online back in 2017. However, the study was brought to light again when it was republished this month in the recent issue of the American Sociologist.
While conservatives’ distrust in scientists has increasingly decreased every year since 1974, there has been little understanding as to why.
The research hits the well-repeated claim that conservatives often dismiss scientific claims because they contradict their religious beliefs. There are some who believe that conservatives throw out these scientific claims because, as Confas and his team note, it “threatens their worldview.”
However, Confas told Campus Reform that this was a “misguided approach.” Additionally, he said that “liberals and conservatives are equally likely to discredit science if it conflicts with their world-view.”
Confas proposed that the reason so many conservatives are skeptical is that there is an increase of liberalism within the scientific community.
He cited a recent study to prove his point. The study surveyed 479 sociology professors, and only 4 percent identified as conservative or libertarian. Compare this with the 86 percent who identify themselves as liberal or left-radical.
Additionally, Confas suggests that goal of sociology “involves reorganizing society to fight inequality, oppression, poverty, hierarchy, and the like. Its ideological orientation arose out of … civil rights, feminism, Marxism, and other progressive movements.”
But it’s not just the area of sociology where this bias is creeping in. UNT professor George Yancy published a piece titled, “Yes Academic Bias is a Problem and We Need to Address It.”
“Given the reality that academics are much more politically progressive and irreligious than the general population, one should be concerned about the potential of liberal and secular bias,” he wrote. “Those like myself are also concerned about academic bias simply because such bias can lead to bad science.”
It’s this “bias” that leads to “bad science” that is concerning to Confas. He told Campus Reform, “Taking the easy route isn’t something that I or my coauthors are tempted to do. We want to do our part to help correct the science.”
He added, “Conservatives are right to be skeptical. Take any politicized issue that is connected to some disagreement about scientific fact. I do not believe there is a single case in the last couple decades where a major scientific organization took a position that went against the platform of the Democratic Party.”
Flashback: Trump Stops Motorcade After Seeing Firefighters in Full Turnouts
President Donald Trump has made respect for the men and women who serve our communities a top priority for his administration. Whether it’s police or firefighters, he’s been conspicuously generous with his praise.
That translates into plenty of speeches and tweets, but also real-world displays like this one from Bethpage, New York.
According to BizPac Review, the incident took place in May as the president was leaving a forum on illegal immigration. (Long Island has seen a wave of violence from the MS-13 gang. The president spent part of the meeting paying tribute to families who had lost loved ones to the violence.)
That’s not what got everyone talking, however. What has created a buzz was a bunch of firemen standing to salute the president in their full turnouts — fire helmets, jackets, boots, the whole nine yards.
And, as it turned out, the president was more than willing to salute them by stopping his motorcade. The video shows several vehicles go by as the firemen are saluting. Then, as the presidential limo came by, it stopped.
A few individuals emerged from the limo, after which the very familiar figure of President Trump could be seen getting out.
Cheers greeted the president as he walked over to the group. He eventually signalled the men to come over and the two sides greeted each other warmly.
“Thank you, thank you,” Trump said as he shook the hands of the firemen.
“That’s awesome!” one of the firefighters could be heard saying. And, indeed, you can’t say they didn’t get the experience of a lifetime.
YouTube users seemed to agree. “Best president ever!” one wrote. “President Trump…..a man for the people. He loves America and he loves her people,” another wrote.
Keep in mind that full firefighter turnout gear isn’t exactly a) light or b) cool. May isn’t the coolest month in New York, either. For these guys to be out in the street with their full gear on says a lot about how they feel about the president.
Then again, the president has said a lot about how he feels about them. Just this past weekend, Trump told an Ohio rally audience that his administration is “standing up for the heroes who protect our country.”
If these firemen are any indication, that relationship is definitely reciprocal.
Elizabeth Warren under fire after ripping U.S. criminal-justice system at Netroots Nation
She's just solid evil
Republican Senate hopeful Beth Lindstrom called Monday on Sen. Elizabeth Warren to apologize for denouncing the U.S. criminal-justice system as “racist … front to back.”
“Sen. Warren needs to apologize to every police officer, judge, corrections department employee, probation worker and the many other honest and decent people in our criminal justice system who have been smeared by her alienating and careless rhetoric,” Ms. Lindstrom said in a statement.
She referred to Ms. Warren’s comments Friday at Netroots Nation, an annual left-wing gathering, where the Democratic senator appeared as part of a session at Dillard University in New Orleans.
“Let’s just start with the hard truth about our criminal justice system,” Ms. Warren said. “It’s racist. It is. And when I say our system, I mean all the way. I mean front to back. We’re talking about the front end on what you declare to be illegal; on how you enforce it, on who gets arrested.”
Those taking umbrage at the Democratic senator’s blast included the right-leaning Boston Herald editorial board, which asked, “Is there any hard-working American who Elizabeth Warren has not condemned?”
“The United States is a terrible place. At least that appeared to be the theme of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ominous chat at a historically black college on Friday,” said the Herald op-ed headlined, “Liz Warren keeps playing blame game.”
Ms. Lindstrom, one of three Republicans seeking the party’s nomination in the Sept. 4 primary, accused Ms. Warren of smearing those who work in the justice system to boost her chances for a possible presidential run in 2020.
“Words like this are polarizing and divisive: completely used for personal political gain for 2020, without regard for how they sound to the many good people in Massachusetts and around the country who are punishing criminals, keeping us safe and administering justice,” Ms. Lindstrom said.
Others pointed out that until recently, the Justice Department was headed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who succeeded Eric Holder during the Obama administration. Both are black.
A compromise that might be needed for immigration reform
Rejection of House Republicans’ “compromise” immigration bill on June 27 by a lopsided 121-301 margin may be exactly what is needed to end the decades long immigration reform gridlock, if more-moderate House conservatives learn the right lesson from the bill’s failure.
The compromise bill was intended to attract support from these more moderate Republicans after a more restrictionist bill proposed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), was defeated 193-231 the previous week. Neither of the bills received a single Democratic vote.
In truth the votes, rather than serious attempts to fix immigration policy, were just political theater in advance of this Fall’s midterm elections. Everyone involved knew that neither bill would attract the necessary Democratic support needed to pass the Senate.
Because Goodlatte’s bill, which would have created legal protection for fewer immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and more severely restricted future legal immigration, received greater support, there is danger that Republicans will believe that more restrictive immigration bills may have more of a chance of passing in the future.
Although President Trump ultimately supported the compromise bill, he had previously tweeted that “Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November” and that “We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”
That’s exactly the wrong lesson. Republicans are so deeply divided on this issue that even if they gain seats in both houses of Congress, immigration reform would still require bipartisan support to become law. To get bipartisan support they’ll have to forgo the votes of those members of Congress who want to decrease legal immigration. Both recent proposals alienated Democrats with changes that would have decreased future legal immigration through existing family reunification visas.
Though you might not know it from the angry rhetoric, U.S. public opinion has been becoming more favorable, not less, on immigration in recent years. According the Gallup Poll that asks “Should Immigration Be Kept at Its Present Level, Increased, or Decreased?” 39 percent of respondents said immigration should be kept at current levels. While 29 percent said immigration levels should decrease, that number was down from 38 percent two years ago. Similarly, the 28 percent that said immigration should increase was up from 21 percent two years ago. Opinions have trended in these directions for decades and two years of President Trump’s rhetoric hasn’t changed this. As the opinions of voters continue their trend in this direction, politicians will ultimately follow.
Any immigration reform bill that stands a chance of becoming law, with the current Congress or in the foreseeable future, will need to be less restrictive than the ones the Republicans just proposed. That’s a good thing, not just for immigrants, but for native born Americans as well.
Economists who study immigration do not find the negative consequences that many people imagine. Immigration raises the income, on average, of the native born. Immigrants create about as many jobs as they take and they don’t depress wages of the vast majority of Americans.
Passable immigration reform today would likely trade funding for a border wall for a legal pathway to citizenship for immigrants brought to the United States illegally when they were children. Law and order Republicans could claim that they were securing the border and they could defend themselves against charges of “amnesty.” Since this reform only applies to people brought here as children, they could point out that when children break most other laws in the United States they are held to a lesser standard than adults and that this is no different.
Democrats would be wise to sign on to such deal too. Net migration from Mexico has been negative since the Great Recession. So, while symbolic, the wall would do little to change immigration numbers.
Such a reform would still leave 11 to 12 million immigrants, most of whom contribute to our overall prosperity, in the United States illegally. But no politically viable proposal is possible for them at the moment. Hopefully, if voters’ opinions continue to move in the direction they have been moving, even this may be possible in the future.
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The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has said that it's unfortunate that Senate minority leader Senator Godswill Apkabio chose to walk against the tide to endanger his fine political career.
Prince Secondus said that he finds it very strange that anybody would go into a sinking ship at a time every other person is finding their way out of it.
A statement from the National Chairman's media office signed by the media adviser, Ike Abonyi said that whatever caused Akpabio's action must have been for self preservation and not borne out of any rational strategic political decision.
The National Chairman said that Senator Akpabio's decision does not enjoy the blessing of the people of Akwa Ibom whose mandate he enjoyed for eight years as state governor and nearly four years now as a senator.
" I cannot fathom any reason why on earth Senator Akpabio should work against the tide, moving at opposite direction to a place every reasonable persons are escaping from.
"He deserves our pity because whatever would make somebody to chose bad for good is clearly one that he should be prayed for for salvation especially given the fact that wolves are waiting for his arrival to devour him.
"How on earth can anybody who has his eyes wide open be seen walking into danger knowingly.
Prince Secondus lashed out at the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, for arm twisting and intimidating people into their drowning boat ostensibly to ruin and disintegrate the person involved.
He called on the people of Akwa Ibom to be wise and know when to turn their back from a leader directing them to danger.
" I urge you to remain focused and continue to give support to your hard working governor His Excellency Emmanuel Udom as he remains unrelenting in the delivering of democracy to the people.
The National Chairman said that Nigerians have long turned their back on the APC after it became manifest that it has nothing good to offer.
He said that the mission to save our democracy and rescue our country is already on track and no amount of coercion and threat will change what God has already endorsed.
Finally, Prince Secondus declared that the PDP rescue train has since left the station and picking democrats along for the 2019 final destination as he urged remaining democrats still in APC to make haste and join the winning team in a rebranded and repositioned political platform.
SENATOR Godswill Akpabio says Akwa Ibom State now belongs to the All Progressive Congress, (APC).
Mr Akpabio stated this on Wednesday when he officially defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.
“I want you to know that from today Akwa Ibom is now an APC state,” the lawmaker who is a former governor of the state said.
He said his defection to the APC is for the interest of the state.
“I am in APC to link the state to the centre,” Akpabio added.
The former governor who recently resigned from his seat as the Senate Minority Leader is a first timer at the upper legislative chamber.
Akpabio defected with his supporters who included lawmakers of the state assembly, some of the recently sacked commissioners of the state and various chieftains of the PDP in the state.
The occasion took place at the Ikot Ekpene Township stadium where mammoth crowd gathered to witness the event.
Present to witness his defection were the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole; the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha; national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu among others.
The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will meet with all the party’s presidential aspirants to discuss the possibility of agreeing on a consensus candidate for the 2019 elections.
Chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, disclosed this at a news conference in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Jibrin also insisted that those who participated in laying siege to the National Assembly on Tuesday must not be allowed to go free.
While advising the presidential aspirant of the PDP to go about their campaigns with decorum and avoid rumours that could scuttle their chances of becoming president, Walid said the BoT was making every effort to bring the aspirants together to discuss.
“Efforts are on ground by BoT to bring all the PDP presidential aspirants together to consider how best they should accept one of them to stand, realising that despite their number, only one person will emerge as a candidate during the primaries and also only one person will emerge as the President of Nigeria” he said.
Jibrin added however, that if the aspirants cannot agree on a consensus candidate, the party will have no choice than to conduct primaries.
He also stressed the need for the party to allow more room for defectors as this, according to him, “will continue to boost the ego of the party”.
“While we do this we will also consider the role played by our old and hardworking existing members who supported the party almost to the point of death.
“No decampee should be pushed away for now. We shall apply conflict management
resolution methodology to enable us remain stronger.
“We must at all cost use sacrifice. In the light of the above, PDP shall never condone campaign of columny against us by the APC as more of their members continue to decamp to PDP and… I assure them that they are all qualified but only one of them will become the President of Nigeria” he said.
He said the BoT will try its best to carry out its function by remaining the conscience of the party always.
Jibrin said: “We have men and women of honour in the BoT that will never sell their conscience ensuring that the best will come out of the presidential aspirant without fear and favour.
“I urge all organs of the party to partner with BoT in this respect. I call on all members of PDP to remain calm and resolute by remaining unshaken with the belief that PDP will take over government at the federal and states with majority of our members in National Assembly and state assemblies”.
Commenting on the siege on the National Assembly by the Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday, Jibrin said such undemocratic practice will not move the country forward.
He described the action of the DSS as condemnable and called for appropriate action against the perpetrators. He commended Vice President Yemi Osibanjo for taking the decision to do away with the DSS Director General and promising to investigate the incident.
Jibrin said the defection of Senate President Bukola Saraki, governors Aminu Tambuwal, Samuel Ortom, Abdulfatai Ahmed, Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso and several other members of the National Assembly to the PDP, with many more on their way out of the APC, should be seen as an act of democracy.
“They should therefore never be condemned but praise them for their boldness for taking a decision on behalf of their numerous supporters.
“The purported resignation of our Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, is also act of democracy.
“Therefore considering the recent action taken by Vice President Osibanjo, the PDP is happy to donate Akpabio to APC through him with great pleasure, as we have many PDP senators to do that job which has been upgraded to majority leader.
“On behalf of the BoT, we wish Akpabio bye-bye and safe journey advising him to learn from history, especially from those that left us and are now returning enmass.”
BUKOLA Saraki, Senate President, has been accused of master-minding Tuesday’s siege laid at the National Assembly.
The accusation is coming from the All Progressive Congress (APC). Mr Saraki had recently dumped the APC for the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
State Security Service (SSS) operatives prevented lawmakers from accessing the parliament for several hours on Tuesday morning.
Following widespread media attention and outrage from Nigerians, as well as attempts by furious lawmakers to break into the premises, the security agents ultimately allowed access to the National Assembly. But the access was only granted to serving lawmakers. All other members of staff at the National Assembly, as well as journalists and other independent observers were denied entry.
The siege lasted until late afternoon when SSS operatives stood down after receiving reports that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo did not authorise the deployment and had fired the director-general of the secret police, Lawal Daura, as a consequence.
Since his defection, there have been several calls to Saraki urging him to relinquish his seat at the Nigerian Senate or face impeachment.
The ruling party who had earlier condemned the seige laid at the parliament have now backtracked, accusing Saraki of plotting the drama at the legislative arm of government yesterday.
In a statement titled: “How Security Operatives Stopped Saraki’s Plan to Foment Violence over Impeachment,” the APC said the Senate President it has “uncovered the sinister plot hatched by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki to foment violence in the legislative chamber all in a bid to stop his impeachment.”
The party’s new position dispatched Wednesday morning was signed by the acting spokesman of the party, Yekini Nabena.
Mr Nabena said the party’s intelligence report uncovered and noted the following:
“We are now aware that the timely intervention of the security operatives forestalled the planned violence which could have led to possible deaths, injuries and destruction of property in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
“Why did the Senate President mobilise thugs to the National Assembly who almost lynched Hon. E.J. Agbonayinma, the only APC federal lawmaker present but for the timely intervention of security operatives.
“Why did the Senate President reconvene the National Assembly? Ostensibly as a pre-emptive move to frustrate federal lawmakers move to impeach him.
“Is it not curious that only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) federal lawmakers were present in their numbers-some as early as 7am, while the majority APC federal lawmakers were elsewhere holding a caucus meeting on the state of the nation.
“We call on security agencies and relevant bodies to as a matter of urgency probe these findings and take all necessary and legitimate action to stop these illegalities which pose a direct and ominous threat to our democracy.
“As espoused in our earlier statement, whilst our contention with the leadership of the National Assembly as currently constituted is a matter of public record, we still believe that the legislature as an independent arm of government must be allowed free reign for vibrant contestation of ideas and values amongst its members within the context of their constitutional mandate and for the benefit of the Nigerian people.
“Finally, we reiterate our call for the Senate President to resign from the position immediately as he no longer has the moral and legitimate ground to occupy that position as a member of the minority PDP. Going by the popular axiom, the majority will have their way, but the minority will have their say.”
Timi Frank, the immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the party’s National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomohle, deceived President Muhammadu Buhari to depart for London after promising him (Buhari) that he (Oshiomhole) will remove the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, within 10 days.
Frank was reacting to yesterday’s invasion of the National Assembly by men of the Department for State Service, DSS.
The former APC chieftain berated Oshiomhole for denying allegedly having anything to do with blockage of the National Assembly and the attempt to impeach Saraki.
Part of Frank’s statement said, “Why is Oshiomhole lying when every Nigerian knows that he is the one out to foist a new leadership on the Senate at all cost even when he knows that the APC lawmakers lack the two-third constitutionally stipulated number of Senators to legally remove Saraki and Ekweremadu?
“Nigerians must not be deceived, Oshiomhole is a dictator. He does not like anything democratic. He only mouths democracy when he has something to gain but when his interest is at stake like it is right now, he is usually forced to show the dictatorial stuff he is made of.
“Besides, having deceived President Buhari to leave for London and give him 10 days to remove Saraki, he is now quick to wash his hands off the dirty plot now that he seems to have failed to deliver on his evil promises.
“Thankfully, a friend just sent me a Whatsapp photo of Buhari purportedly watching Oshiomhole’s instigated malfeasance at the National Assembly gate. If that photograph is true, I want Buhari to know that he has been deceived by Oshiomhole. Nigerians want the rule of law and due process to be followed in order to deepen our democracy not crude tactics now being employed by Oshiomhole.
“Besides, any resort to self-help will never fly with Nigerians because they know the price those who fought for democracy in the country had had to pay to bring us to where we are today.
“Once again I call on Nigerians and members of the international community who are now rightly horrified by this coup against democracy in Nigeria to hold Oshiomhole responsible for any breakdown of law and order capable of truncating democracy in the country,” he stated.
Frank also urged Nigerians not to accord the statement credited to the Acting President, Yemi Osibanjo purportedly condemning the invasion of the National Assembly with any modicum of believability.
“They are acting a script. They want to frustrate the National Assembly and by extension destroy democracy for selfish reasons,” he said.
Shock, anger and disbelief are still in the air in Akwa Ibom following Senator Godswill Akpabio’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is set to be formalized on Thursday.
[b]Meanwhile, key stakeholders in the state have reportedly abandoned Senator Akpabio as he moves to the APC.
The former Senate Minority Leader was until his decampment and the drama surrounding it, the political leader of Akwa Ibom State, an active participant since 1999 and a Godfather to several political enthusiasts in his state.
His surprising move to APC has created a political reshuffle in Akwa Ibom state by draining his primary cult following and stripping him of his leadership status as state leaders, stakeholders and his former loyalists believe he has betrayed them and bowed to external pressure from the Presidency.
Akpabio’s defection has altered the political balance of Akwa Ibom but surely not to his favor. His predecessor and current political enemy, former Akwa Ibom Governor Victor Obong Attah currently holds the APC state structure in Akwa Ibom, a structure that was cemented when Udoma Bob Ekarika, Ubong Attah’s son in law was sworn in as the State Party Chairman in May 2018[/b].
The former gubernatorial flag bearer of the party Umana Okon Umana who served as former Finance Commissioner under Ubong Attah and as Secretary to the State Government to Akpabio for 6 years was his most widely speculated successor before Akpabio sacked him and Brought the present Governor(Udom Emmanuel) to replace him as SSG. Umana and Akpabio fell out and Umana contested for the office under the APC and currently has a strong alliance with Victor Ubong Attah.
Another enemy Akpabio faces is Nsima Ekere whom Akpabio picked to become his deputy Governor in 2011 before the duo fell out. With only 17 months and two days in office, Mr. Ekere has had the shortest tenure as deputy governor in Nigeria’s history.
Nsima still went ahead to purchase the PDP nomination in 2014 and contest the primaries which he lost to Emmanuel Udom, the chosen one of Akpabio. Nsima struck a Truce with Umana Umana in 2015.
Political analysts wonder if Godswill Akpabio, a man who loves to lead, will superintend over Victor Ubong Attah, Nsima Ekere, Umana Umana and Udoma Bob Ekarila as leader?
To prove that his defection to the APC was not welcome by the State Chapter, only two commissioners from Governor Udom’s cabinet met him at the airport on his arrival into Uyo as other commissioners continue meetings with the State Governor to keep the oil rich state on track.
One of the two commissioners who decamped with him is his own brother Ibanga Akpabio, Commissioner for Labour and Power who Emmanuel Udom appointed to appease his former power hungry boss.
Most of the few decampees are from Akpabio’s Ikot Ekpene federal constituency consisting of three Local Governments. Another from his senatorial zone is Honorable Emmanuel Ekon who is embroiled in personal battles and has lost grip of PDP stakeholders in his constituency. There have also been concerns that for a man who built a political career by making enemies instead of friends in his home state, the impact of Akpabio’s defection will be rarely felt.
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Former Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has officially decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Akpabio was welcomed to the ruling party on Wednesday at a rally organised for him by the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the APC. Among Senators in attendance were: Abdullahi Yahaya, […]
The Senate President Bukola Saraki is currently in a closed-door meeting with a former Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida at his Minna hilltop residence, Niger State. This is coming hours after the Senate President concluded a World Press Conference in Abuja. It was gathered that the senate president arrived at Minna airport around 4:00 […]
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki Wednesday declared that his occupation of the office of the presidency of the Senate was not ceded to him by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, but through an election by senators. He made the declaration while briefing newsmen across the world over the siege to the National Assembly by […]
Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap together with American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Executive Vice President Julie Anna Potts welcomed Farmfest attendees Wednesday to the free pancake breakfast. Farm Bureau served over 1,000 people in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center. In addition, the Minnesota FFA officer team provided greetings to the crowd, and the Redwood County 4-H Purple Ribbon Booster Club assisted with serving this morning’s breakfast.
As part of Farm Bureau Day at Farmfest, Amber Glaeser, MFBF Public Policy director, was on the “Minnesota Water Resources…Public Concern and Landowner Implications” panel. Glaeser shared that water quality and quantity are a Focus Area of MFBF. She discussed Farm Bureau’s efforts around replacing the Waters of the U.S. rule, discussed the nitrogen management rule and shared information around the good conservation efforts that farmers are already doing.
On Monday, MFBF President Kevin Paap was on the agricultural leader panel asking questions to the “U.S. Senate Candidate’s Forum on Agriculture and Rural Issues.” President Paap’s questions focused on trade, affordable and available health care, and financial and emotional stress in agriculture.
MFBF is working with Farmers for Free Trade and collecting signatures on a banner to voice support for trade. Farm Bureau believes a healthy trade economy is imperative to Minnesota farmers and ranchers. Make your voices heard by participating in this campaign. Stop by and sign the banner while at Farmfest.
Farm Town Strong Campaign
Free medicine disposal kits are being distributed at the MFBF booth. These medicine deactivation kits were provided through a grant to the MFB Foundation received by the Addiction Policy Leadership Action Network (APLAN), which is a partnership between the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Addiction Policy Forum (APF) and other groups working to combat the opioid epidemic.
The pouches are meant to provide an easy and effective way for rural residents to deactivate and dispose of unused prescriptions at home before they can be diverted to abuse. Resources to address the opioid epidemic can be found at farmtownstrong.com.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation and the Lyon County Farm Bureau are serving pork chops on a stick throughout the duration of the show on the north central side at the end of Sixth Street. This fundraiser raises funds for agriculture and safety education, agricultural leadership development and agricultural research programs.
Agriculture Scavenger Hunt
The Agriculture Scavenger Hunt offers hands on education for children and their families on agriculture. To take part stop by the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) booth (#007) at the North end of the show grounds to receive directions on how to participate while at Farmfest. When completed, stop back at the MFB booth for a prize.
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Services (FBFS) Regional Financial Consultant Chad Lea presented a Farm Succession Planning Session on Tuesday. For more information contact your local FBFS agent.
Attendees to the FBFS tent can learn more about the advantages of having an on-site SuperCheck® and talk to an agent about our new Replacement Cost coverage for farm machinery. Register for a chance to win a 4-Wheeler and grab a bag of popcorn.
To learn more about Farmfest, visit ideaggroup.com/farmfest or call 800-827-8007. Farmfest, located on the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, is the largest farm show in Minnesota and is produced by IDEAg Group LLC, a division of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation is among the nearly 500 companies displaying at this year’s Farmfest which runs through August 3 at the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, Minnesota. The event is produced by IDEAg, a division of American Farm Bureau Federation.
Minnesota Farm Bureau is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.
Senator Akpabio Formally Dumps PDP For APC At Mega Rally Held In Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State The former Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has officially decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Coward Called Godswill Akpabio The senator was welcomed to the ruling party […]
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President Donald Trump’s emphatic last-minute support of Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson appeared to pay dividends Tuesday, with nearly complete results showing Balderson leading Democrat Danny O’Connor. Balderson, currently a state senator, claimed the win Tuesday night, Fox News reported. So did Trump. “When I decided to go to Ohio for Troy Balderson, he was down…
Russian operatives have penetrated some of Florida's election systems and could delete registered voters ahead of the November elections if the systems are not adequately protected, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.
This week on the political roundup , Ken Sikkema , senior policy fellow with Public Sector Consultants and former Republican majority leader in the state Senate, and Vicki Barnett , former mayor of Farmington Hills and former Democratic legislator, joined Stateside to discuss their takeaways from the first Republican gubernatorial debate and a forum that brought Republican and Democratic candidates together in East Lansing.
US Senate Intellligence Committee has a bunch of lefty criminals biased against Truth. Bob Menendez, give me a break. Dianne Feinstein, harboring a Chinese spy in her office. And on and on...
I.M.O., Seth Rich leaked those emails for which he risked his life; and lost.
A Buffalo Center nursing home where an elderly woman died earlier this year, allegedly from abuse and neglect, is being fined more than $77,000. Calling it “heartbreaking,” Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley demanded more information about [...]
The Democrats need to retake control of the Senate if they are to have a chance of preventing Trump from transforming the Supreme Court into a right-wing bulwark. Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect analyzes the political battles in key states—and the factors that may weaken Brett Kavanaugh in his confirmation hearings.
The Age of Trump, despite the opportunities it brings to investigative journalism, is hardly a “golden age”, John Nichols argues: cutbacks and layoffs have crippled the nation’s news media—not just in covering the White House, but state and local government as well. The New York Daily News provides a vivid example of the crisis.
Also: The Democrats need to retake control of the Senate if they are to have a chance of preventing Trump from transforming the Supreme Court into a right-wing bulwark. Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect analyzes the political battles in key states—and the factors that may weaken Brett Kavanaugh in his confirmation hearings.
Plus: Trump has done something genuinely new as president: he specializes in creating uncertainty. Nomi Prins will talk about the economic consequences for us, and for our future.
Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, holds extreme views that don't represent the majority of people in this country. He would also certainly advance Trump and Pence's agenda of punishment and shame on abortion, immigration, and workers' rights. Here's what we know about Judge Kavanaugh:
Trump said his short list of potential nominees would only include people who would gut Roe v. Wade;
He ruled in favor of the Trump Administration's attempts to block Jane Doe, a young immigrant woman, from getting an abortion;
He has voted to allow a boss' religious beliefs to override an individual's right to insurance coverage of birth control;
He argued in favor of a claim that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional; and
In employment discrimination cases, he has sided against employees and in favor of companies time and time again.
Now is the time for everyone to speak out and show up. It will take every one of us — advocates, organizers, service providers, artists, clinics, abortion funds, and more, to fight for the future our communities need to thrive.
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Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government. According to Reuters, the senator and the White House have provided different reports on the contents of the letter though. While Paul said the letter offered U.S. cooperation in various areas, the White House said it was a letter of introduction for Paul, who was visiting Moscow.
Maryland’s senators are asking Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to review the transaction between a venture fund with Russian ties and a company deeply involved in Maryland’s election infrastructure. Matt Yurus reports.
Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to President Vladimir Putin. This comes after Trump was highly criticized for not standing up to Putin at the Helsinki summit. According to Reuters, Trump is proposing cooperation, wanting to ease tensions between the U.S. and Russia. Yet U.S. intelligence found that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. But Trump continues to deny such meddling and believes Putin over his own intelligence agencies.
If we are going to make this political, then blame President Van Buren in 1840. Can’t trust those Whigs....That is when the first school shootIng happened..... or even President Harrison in 1891 for not doing enough to protect the lives in Liberty, MIssissippi when a mass school shooting wounded 14.
Complaining about a President/political party on FlaglerLive doesn’t change anything. If you want to make a difference, vote. Contact your Congressman or Senator... even if you can’t stand them. Write letters, call their offices. That is a start. But this goes beyond Obama , Trump or whomever the person in power that you think was great or not great in the day.
Estate all'insegna della buona musica, di ambientalismo, di politica con Festambiente, il festival nazionale di Legambiente, giunto alla trentesima edizione, dal 10 al 19 agosto a Rispescia (Grosseto), alle porte del Parco regionale della Maremma. Una vera cittadella ecologica di tre ettari dove riscoprire, per 10 giorni, il rispetto per l’ambiente tra concerti musicali, proiezioni cinematografiche, spazi per bambini, spettacoli teatrali e sana alimentazione. Dieci giorni in cui il cibo biologico e di qualità sarà il vero protagonista con degustazioni di prodotti tipici, mostre mercato, ristorazione bio e tradizionale e un padiglione interamente dedicato al cibo italiano e alla dieta mediterranea. Tra le altre tematiche principali l’economia circolare, i parchi e la conservazione della natura, la mobilità sostenibile, l’innovazione tecnologica, le energie rinnovabili e l’ecoturismo, la lotta all'ecomafia.
«Trent’anni rappresentano senza dubbio un traguardo di grande rilievo– ha spiegato Angelo Gentili, coordinatore nazionale di Festambiente – Da quando siamo partiti con la prima edizione parlavamo di ecologia, biologico, raccolta differenziata e c’erano pochi esempi di buone pratiche e poca era la consapevolezza delle persone. Oggi, seppur con un pianeta in grave pericolo, un popolo sempre più vasto sostiene l’ambientalismo e moltissime sono le buone pratiche positive da valorizzare. La scommessa che anche quest’anno vogliamo fare è convincere attraverso la nostra cittadella ecologica e solidale i decisori politici dell’importanza dell’ecologia, non come fiore all’occhiello, ma come asse portante. Per questo coinvolgeremo i visitatori di Festambiente che diventeranno veri e propri protagonisti di questo grande obiettivo raggiunto: un festival a emissioni zero, che racconta in modo evidente come le nostre utopie siano possibili. Più che negli altri anni inoltre celebreremo la Maremma, la nostra splendida terra che da trent’anni ospita festambiente, ponendo l’accento sulle eccellenze enogastronomiche, l’artigianato, la musica di band e cantautori locali e tutte e premiando i comuni che si sono distinti per le buone pratiche di ecologia e ambientalismo».
«30 'anni di attività sono un traguardo che in pochi possono vantare, soprattutto con risultati sempre più prestigiosi. Di questo rendiamo merito a Legambiente che ha creduto in una sfida tanto ambiziosa – dicono il sindaco Antonfrancesco Vivarelli Colonna e il vice sindaco e assessore al Turismo, Luca Agresti -. Una sfida che il Comune di Grosseto anche quest’anno ha voluto sostenere e condividere. Consapevoli dell’importanza dei temi trattati, della encomiabile opera di sensibilizzazione al rispetto dell’ambiente, del paesaggio e di uno stile di vita salutare e di qualità. Un’opera che vede Grosseto e il suo territorio al centro dell’attenzione nazionale, portando nel nostro territorio personaggi e momenti di riflessione di grande attualità e spessore. Allo stesso tempo questa dieci giorni di manifestazione è un modo per aggregare tante persone che possono trovare qui occasioni diverse di intrattenimento e svago nella bellissima natura della Maremma».
Festambiente festeggia 30 anni con un manifesto firmato da Milo Manara, uno dei più grandi illustratori italiani, la cui collaborazione con Legambiente risale agli anni Novanta. L’appuntamento con la trentesima edizione rappresenta un momento molto importante per il futuro del festival.Quella che sta per iniziare sarà un’edizione speciale sia per l’importante traguardo raggiunto che per il fatto che, nonostante le numerose difficoltà con cui l’Associazione ha dovuto fare i conti negli ultimi anni, Festambiente ha continuato a rappresentare un punto di riferimento in tutto il panorama nazionale. Trent’anni non sono un traguardo, ma un trampolino di lancio, per questo è stata attivata anche una campagna di crowdfunding, per continuare, anche attraverso piccole donazioni dal basso, a coinvolgere moltissime persone attraverso le storie dell’ambientalismo, all’unico scopo di spingere i decisori politici a realizzare una società più vera, solidale, equa e sostenibile. Per sostenere festambiente https://www.festambiente.it/crowdfunding/
Festambiente, inoltre, ha attivato una collaborazione con SmartLogo, una start-up creata da tre giovani ingegneri per realizzare un sistema che permetta la condivisione di contenuti online aggiornabili, attraverso diversi canali offline, valorizzando l’immagine del logo e fidelizzando l’utente finale. Su tutti i materiali cartacei targati Festambiente, inquadrando il logo ufficiale si avrà la possibilità di visualizzare contenuti online come il programma completo e la mappa del festival.
Incontri e conferenze
Taglio del nastro affidato, il 10 agosto, a Stefano Ciafani presidente nazionale Legambiente. Sabato 11 agosto sarà la volta di Don Luigi Ciotti presidente di Libera, nella giornata della consegna Premio nazionale Ambiente e Legalità 2018, a magistrati, rappresentanti delle Forze dell’ordine, giornalisti e cittadini. Nei dieci giorni della festa saranno presenti, tra gli altri, Gianpaolo Vallardi Copresidente Commissione Agricoltura del Senato, Alessandra Pesce Sottosegretario di Stato al Ministero delle politiche agricole e alimentari, Matteo Maria Zuppi, Arcivescovo di Bologna. Rossella Muroni Commissione Ambiente della Camera, Mario LoliniVicepresidente Commissione Agricoltura alla Camera, Simona Bonafè Europarlamentare, Giorgio Zampetti Direttore nazionale Legambiente, Federica Fratoniassessore all’Ambiente Regione Toscana.
Concerti e spettacoli
Si comincia venerdì 10 agosto con la Bandabardò, sabato 11 agosto Mario Biondi, domenica 12 agosto Stadio, lunedì 13 agosto Piero Pelù e i Bandidos, martedì 14 agosto Modena City Ramblers, mercoledì 15 agosto Cristiano De André, con “De André canta De André”, giovedì 16 agosto Goran Bregović e la Wedding Funeral Band, venerdì 17 agosto Roberto Vecchioni, sabato 18 Premiata Forneria Marconi e domenica 19 Alborosie. La maggior parte dei concerti dei singoli cantanti rappresentano date uniche in Toscana, un’esclusiva targata Festambiente per i festeggiare i suoi 30 anni. Musica da gustare, da ballare, da ascoltare.
Calcheranno il palco del festival ecologico più atteso dell’estate anche alcune delle più importanti band del panorama grossetano, come I matti delle giuncaie (14 agosto) e Quartiere Coffe (19 agosto), Band di punta dell’hard-folk e della musica reggae, con moltissimi concerti all’attivo in Italia e all’estero, che suoneranno rispettivamente in supporto ai Modena City Ramblers e Alborosie, per due live pieni di energia e good vibrations.
La musica non si esaurisce al termine del concerto, ma continua fino a tarda notte, nell’area concerti con Dj set sotto le stelle (The Killer e Gallara Vinyl Dj set 13 agosto, Madsoundsystem 16 agosto e Ricca Soljah Dj 19 agosto) e nella Piazza Economia Civile con spettacoli dal vivo di band e cantautori locali ( We Love Surf 14 agosto, LeSigarette 15 agosto, entrambi a cura di Tudemùn concerti e Paolo Ronconi – un cantautore maremmano 17 agosto).
Tra le novità 2018 il Padiglione del Cibo italiano e della Dieta mediterranea. Nato per festeggiare il Trentennale ma anche l’Anno nazionale del Cibo italiano indetto dai Ministeri delle Politiche Agricole, Alimentari e Forestali, dei Beni Culturali e del Turismo, il Padiglione del Cibo italiano e della Dieta mediterraneasarà un nuovo spazio nel panorama del festival, dedicato al cibo italiano come patrimonio culturale e identità nazionale, in cui si uniscono tradizione e innovazione. Sarà presente nell’area espositiva di Festambiente e conterrà il meglio dell’agroalimentare italiano, con un focus sulle eccellenze enogastronomiche della Maremma e un’attenzione ai prodotti, tradizionali, tipici e biologici legati ai territori delle nostre Regioni. Tante le degustazioni, gli show cooking e le presentazioni di libri e progetti in programma. I trent’anni di Festambiente si rivelano così un’ulteriore occasione per valorizzare la biodiversità del patrimonio enogastronomico italiano che lo rende unico al mondo.
Un’altra novità nel panorama del festival è La piazza degli artigiani, uno spazio dedicato all’artigianato -dall’agroalimentare al manifatturiero artistico - per raccontare l’Italia del Saper fare e degli antichi mestieri. Un luogo dove valorizzare maestrie e territori perché promuovere e sostenere l’artigianato significa tenere in vita le tradizioni locali e saperle connettere in un circuito virtuoso, capace di creare economie di comunità. La piazza degli artigiani è realizzata grazie al contributo di ARTEX - Centro per l'Artigianato Artistico e Tradizionale della Toscana che opera per la tutela, l'innovazione e lo sviluppo delle produzioni artistiche e tradizionali e la collaborazione di CNA Grosseto e Confartigianato Imprese Grosseto.
Tra i padiglioni del festival anche quello dedicato all’economia circolare, una grande area espositiva interamente dedicata alle esperienze più innovative e significative di economia circolare e utilizzo di materie seconde. Un modo concreto e interattivo per presentare ai visitatori le possibilità di chiudere il ciclo dei rifiuti e ridurre fortemente l’utilizzo della plastica.
E ancora il Padiglione Natur&Turismi, un’area espositiva dedicata al sistema delle aree protette italiane e alle amministrazioni più all’avanguardia dal punto di vista del turismo sostenibile. Ogni giorno appuntamenti enogastronomici e presentazioni di progetti ed esperienze virtuose di tutela ambientale presenti nei parchi italiani. Tante anche lev presentazioni di libri come Itinerario Maremmano di Dario Castriota (13 agosto) e Itinerari del Sacro – Guida ai percorsi e cammini religiosi nel Comune di Castiglione della Pescaia (18 agosto). Per tutta la durata del festival, inoltre, nell’area bambini si svolgerà RaccontaParchi, un appuntamento all’insegna delle leggende e delle tradizioni e GustaParchi, una merenda all’insegna del cibo di qualità.
Festambiente per lo sport
Quest’anno Festambiente si arricchisce di un nuovo spazio per lo sport con un campo in gomma riciclata Tyrefield per il basket 3x3, disciplina che debutterà anche alle prossime Olimpiadi di Tokyo 2020. Grazie ad Ecopneus, il principale responsabile della gestione dei Pneumatici Fuori Uso in Italia, è stato infatti realizzato un campo Tyrefield di 180mq impiegando ben 4.000 Kg di gomma riciclata, come il peso di 450.000 pneumatici da autovettura. Il Tyrefield per il basket va così ad aggiungersi alle tante altre installazioni realizzate negli anni da Ecopneus per gli spazi di Festambiente: dalle aree relax per le famiglie all’insonorizzazione dell’Auditorium, dal campo da calcio alle piste ciclabili, fino all’area giochi inclusiva del Parco TuttinGioco, costruito per far giocare tutti i bambini rispettando la differenza delle prestazioni in base alle potenzialità dei piccoli. Tutti i giorni, sia nel nuovo Ecocampo da Basket, sia nello storico Ecocampo Sport attività per i bambini di calcio, basket, football, rubgy, yoga danza e scuola di circo. A questi si aggiunge Il circuito cross per bici: un breve percorso all'aperto, gestito e curato da Legambiente e Fiab Grossetociclabile, dove i bambini da 6 a 10 anni possono divertirsi in sicurezza imparando i primi rudimenti di educazione stradale grazie alla segnaletica presente sul piccolo tracciato in terra battuta. L’Ecopiscina che, grazie alla collaborazione con Uisp e Terramare, darà modo ai bambini di fare canoa, sup, nuoto e immersioni.
Si chiama Città dei Bambini ed è lo spazio ricreativo, all’interno della festa, dove tutto è a misura di bimbo. Dal Bim Bum Bar, alle aree dedicate a giochi e laboratori didattico educativi per i più piccoli. Dai grandi box dove sono coltivate la piante da orto al boschetto del gusto dove vengono effettuati laboratori sull’alimentazione. E ancora GustaParchi e RaccontaParchi per conoscere e assaporare le tradizioni delle aree protette italiane e il laboratorio delle idee dove giocando si affrontano tematiche come il ciclo dell’acqua, la raccolta differenziata e le energie rinnovabili.
ScienzAmbiente – festival dei ragazzi
Laboratori, giochi, esperimenti, formule chimiche, scavi archeologici e osservazione degli insetti s’intrecciano con il calendario di Festambiente: è questo Scienzambiente, il festival nel festival dedicato alla scienza, alla storia, alla tecnologia e all’archeologia che anche quest’anno Legambiente dedica ai ragazzi dai 6 ai 14 anni (ricordiamo l’entrata gratuita alla festafino a 14 anni). Ogni giorno in programma laboratori di archeologia sperimentale, di falegnameria, immersioni nel meraviglioso mondo delle api, il torneo di scacchi, l’osservazione del Sole e del cielo stellato, gli scienziati investigatori Csi, e l’estrazione del dna dalla frutta. Sarà dato molto spazio anche all’innovazione tecnologica legata all’ambiente, con la presenza di numerose start-up italiane impegnate nell’economia circolare, azzeramento delle emissioni di CO2 e contrasto dei cambiamenti climatici
Si può scegliere tra il Ristorante vegetariano più grande d'Italia, con ricette bio e a km zero, o il ristorante Peccati di gola, enoteca e tipicheria immersa in un suggestivo uliveto secolare. Oppure gli hamburger del chiosco Il Maremmano, con carne biologica di vacca maremmana. E in più i 4 bar, tra cui il Naturale, per una breve sosta all'insegna di gelati bio, succhi e frullati freschi. Festambiente è anche un’occasione per poter partecipare a degustazioni guidate di prodotti tipici e locali. All’Officina dei Sapori, si organizzano ogni sera degustazioni guidate in uno spazio dedicato alla promozione e valorizzazione delle eccellenze agroalimentari provenienti da tutta Italia. Alla Bottega del Gusto è possibile compiere un vero e proprioitinerario delgusto dedicato all'agroalimentare di qualità con un particolare focus sul prodotto biologico, tradizionale e tipico. Nel Padiglione del Cibo italiano e in quello dedicato al Turismo sostenibile, infine, non mancheranno percorsi di cucina e laboratori del gusto che insegneranno a conoscere le prelibatezze culinarie del patrimonio nazionale. Anche i più piccoli potranno imparare mangiando, a loro infatti Festambiente dedica uno spazio giornaliero di laboratori del gusto nella Città dei Bambini.
Presentazioni di libri
Ricco anche il programma delle presentazioni dei libri, con ben 15 volumi presentati nei vari spazi della festa. Tra i libri che saranno presentati c’è Il mio primo grande libro sugli Pterosauri, di Francesco Barberini, aspirante ornitologo di 11 anni, che a marzo 2018 ha ricevuto l’attestato d’onore di Alfiere della Repubblica per meriti scientifici e divulgativi. Quelli dedicati alla natura e al turismo come Dormire e mangiare nell’orto. Guida all’ospitalità rurale e al buon cibo contadino in Italia, di Roberto Brioschi e Umberto Di Maria o Appennino atto d’amore. La montagna a cui tutti apparteniamo di Paolo Piacentini. Ci saranno poi le novità presentate da autori molto conosciuti in Maremma: Adius – l’ultima telefonata, di Alessandro Angeli, oppure Facciamo Tardi, di Roberta Lepri. E grandi titoli del panorama italiano come Siate ribelli, praticate gentilezza, di Saverio Tommasi reporter di Fanpage.it, la testata giornalistica online più seguita in Italia o Nonne con le ali – Nonni con le ali, di Arianna Papini, vincitrice del Premio Andersen, come migliore illustratore 2018.
Cinema e teatro civile
Alle 21,00 spazio al Clorofilla, il festival di cinema di Legambiente, con documentari e corti a tema ambientale e sociale proiettati in anteprima regionale. Tra i lavori in programma Resina, di R. Carbonera, un film realizzato in un set interamente ecosostenibile. The Harvest di A. Paco Mariani, un docu-musical che, per la prima volta, unisce il linguaggio del documentario alle coreografie delle danze punjabi, raccontando l'umiliazione dei lavoratori sfruttati dai datori di lavoro e dai caporali. Ilsistema latte di A. Pichler che descrive la follia della produzione alimentare industriale. A Festambiente le proiezioni si aspettano in un uliveto utilizzato al naturale senza allestimenti scenici. Ogni sera, alle 19.15 un vero e proprio “viaggio al termine del giorno” accompagnerà gli spettatori tra reading e presentazioni di libri. Tra gli ospiti Pino Marino, autore e compositore per molti interpreti della canzone italiana, nonché autore, regista e interprete di diversi spettacoli teatrali/musicali, inConcertacolo, il Coro delle Donne di Magliano in “Donne che cantano le donne” e Bianciardi2022 presenta il reading “Razza di bastardi! Poeti e altri meticci”
Come ogni anno sarà presente lo Spazio Benessere, un angolo, situato ai margini della manifestazione, dedicato alla salute e al relax di corpo e mente, dove provare massaggi e terapie naturali con una piccola offerta che andrà al Progetto rugiada in favore dei bambini di Chernobyl. Inoltre per ridurre l’impatto ambientale Tutto il materiale organico ricavato dai dieci giorni di Festambiente verrà trasformato in compost che sarà utilizzato per favorire la ripresa di aree verdi colpite dagli incendi dello scorso anno nel comune di Grosseto e Castiglione della Pescaia. All’interno del festival si differenziano i rifiuti raggiungendo il 90% della raccolta differenziata e si adottano buone pratiche sia per il risparmio energetico sia per quello idrico. Festambiente è da sempre, inoltre, un chiaro esempio di economia circolare con il costante utilizzo di materie seconde (plastica, legno e pneumatici riciclati) per l’allestimento e l’arredamento dei suoi spazi. Le stoviglie dei ristoranti e dei bar sono in materiale biodegradabile, il festival è plastic free e l’acqua viene servita solo in brocche di vetro. Tutto nell'ottica del rispetto dell'ambiente che ci circonda, per condividere e ribadire l'importanza di uno stile di vita sostenibile e consapevole.
Ingresso 8 euro prima delle 20,00 e 12 euro dopo le 20. I bambini sotto i 14 anni entrano gratis. Per sconti, promozioni, abbonamenti e programma completo consultare www.festambiente.it.
Carly Simon performing one of her all time great songs "Let The River Run" (she won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the Grammy for that one).
I'm tired. A tip for tonight. My granddaughter loves cookies. All kinds. I can never make enough. But kids also love . . . baked bread. If your kid can handle the carbs, consider baking some bread -- even if you don't mix the dough yourself.
Anyway, we had fun making our bread (from scratch) but I am worn out and still have a kitchen to clean. Stream Carly's song. I always love that song. It always gives me a burst of energy.
Monday, August 6, 2018. Where's the accountability?
Iraq held elections months ago but has still not formed a government. REUTERS states, "Iraq’s election commission ignored an anti-corruption body’s warnings about the credibility of electronic vote-counting machines used in May’s parliamentary election, according to investigators and a document seen by Reuters."
Wait! The voting machines might not be secure? If only someone could have seen that coming, if only someone . . .
Oh, wait. We did. We pointed this out repeatedly from the moment the Iraqi government announced its intent to use electronic voting machines. The last time we noted it was in the April 24th snapshot:
Yesterday, REUTERS noted, "A new electronic system will deliver the results of Iraq’s upcoming national election within hours of polls closing, the country’s chief electoral officer said, a marked improvement from previous years when it took weeks to announce the outcome."
This is only an improvement if the vote is secure. That means that the voting is protected and verifiable. The Iraqi people should be sure that they own the machines, that there is a paper ballot trail should recounts need to take place and that the machines are inspected to ensure security. Without taking these and other measures, the machines can be hacked -- just as easily as any other machine can be. The only real benefit is quick results but quick results mean nothing if the results are questionable.
That second paragraph above is me speaking, not REUTERS. A point I raise because my many fans in the media felt the need to tell me -- as they so often do -- that I was blowing my "credibility" (didn't realize I had any with them) by talking about "nonsense" like that. Electronic machines, didn't I understand, were secure. Blah blah blah. Anyone want to go public on that? I'll gladly reprint your e-mail in full as you call me a fool for raising concerns about voting machines.
Which is not to say that REUTERS and others were not concerned about voting issues. For example, in the April 24th REUTERS report linked to above, they express concern over . . . voter i.d. cards. Not over the security of voting machines.
The time to raise concerns about voting machines was before they were used. Apparently, raising valid concerns risks one's "credibility." So, instead, the corporate media was silent about potential risks in the lead up to the election and now, months after the election, they want to slam Iraq?
Excuse me, what could have given the idea that these machines were safe? Western coverage of the intended use of these machines which repeatedly treated the machines as a hallelujah and sang repeated hosannas to the machines in filed report after filed report.
You can think America's invasion of Iraq was unjust while ALSO thinking Putin's meddling in America's elections was unjust.
But to that's impossible for Glenn Greenwald to comprehend.
Pé Resists added,
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We're going to spend the morning pretending that the US media didn't play a vital role in spreading the lies that led to the worst political crime of this generation: the invasion & destruction of Iraq? Or the worst crime of the prior generation: Vietnam? Or multiple other wars?
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Putin's meddling in America's elections was unjust?
I do love the liars. Pe Resists is full of crap as so many are -- either due to an addiction to lying or to their own stupidity. There is no proof that Vladimir Putin meddled in America's elections.
There is the reality that the US has repeatedly meddled in Iraq's elections. Most infamously, in 2010, the US government overturned the election results in Iraq via The Erbil Agreement which gave loser Nouri al-Maliki a second term -- in opposition to what the voters wanted.When Pe Resists wants to address that, he can get off his damn high horse.
So can Senator Amy Kobluchar who's usually a bit smarter than the Senate Penises -- Senators Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, and Chris Van Hollen. But all joined together to declare at the end of last month to denounce interference in US elections. Yet all the dicks were members of the US Senate (or, in Van Hollen's case, the US House of Representatives) when Iraq's 2010 election was violated by the US government -- led by then-President Barack Obama.
In other words, Amy, Chuck, Dianne, Dick and Chrissy aren't just dicks, they're hypocrites.
It matters only when it comes to them. When it someone else's elections, they don't give a damn. The term is "hypocrite" and that is what they are.
And the interference in Iraq's elections never ends.
Mikhan Hasso, a member of the KDP Leadership Council, said that @brett_mcgurk has asked for postponement of the elections based on the request of the PUK and Gorran Movement, McGurk believes elections would create "more division" and affects Iraqi government formation.
Liputan6.com, General Santos - Belum lama ini, ada sebuah foto yang membuat heboh dunia maya. Foto tersebut memperlihatkan pemandangan langit indah di General Santos, Filipina.
Lantas, apa yang membuatnya viral? Yang membuat foto itu banyak diperbincangkan warganet ternyata adalah objek yang ‘bersembunyi’ di balik langit.
Menurut yang dilansir Mirror, Kamis (9/8/2018), objek yang ada di balik langit berbentuk kumpulan cahaya ultraviolet yang memperlihatkan lingkaran besar.
Banyak yang beranggapan itu merupakan objek luar angkasa seperti UFO, tetapi tak sedikit pula yang menilai objek ini hanyalah trik ilusi semata.
Menurut asumsi Scott C Waring, pakar objek luar angkasa dari UFO Sightings Daily. Menurutnya, objek tersebut memang benar-benar UFO.
“UFO ini bersembunyi di balik langit selama matahari terbenam untuk beberapa menit,” kata Waring.
Lain lagi dengan penulis UFO Investigations Manual, Nigel Watson. Ia berpandangan, objek itu hanyalah efek warna pelangi yang menciptakan lingkaran besar di balik langit.
“Fenomena ini sangat jarang terjadi dan apa yang dikatakan Waring itu tidak benar. Ini adalah efek Halo (lingkaran cahaya) yang murni terjadi dan sekilas memang berbentuk objek raksasa. Jadi tidak ada yang perlu diperdebatkan,” kata Watson.
Pentagon Diam-Diam Gelontorkan Rp 270 Miliar demi Selidiki UFO
Terlepas dari penampakan UFO di atas, Markas Departemen Pertahanan Amerika Serikat (AS), Pentagon, baru-baru ini diketahui secara diam-diam telah menjalankan program terbarunya untuk 'memburu' objek ekstraterestrial misterius seperti UFO (Unidentified Flying Objects).
Kabarnya, mereka mengeluarkan dana besar senilai US$ 20 juta atau setara dengan Rp 270 miliar untuk menginvestigasi hal tersebut.
Sayang, detail dari program tersebut tidak bisa dikulik lebih lanjut mengingat Pentagon menutup rapat soal informasi ini.
Menurut yang dilansir BBC, cuma segelintir pejabat AS yang tahu akan program tersebut. Dan ternyata, program telah berjalan sejak 2007 hingga 2012!
Pentagon juga dikabarkan menyimpan sejumlah dokumen yang berisi soal informasi keberadaan pesawat misterius dengan kecepatan super dan juga beberapa penampakan objek misterius di angkasa.
Program rahasia Pentagon ini awalnya digagas oleh senator Partai Demokrat AS, Harry Reid yang sempat menjabat ketua Senat. Pada akhirnya, ia membenarkan program tersebut memang benar-benar ia cetus.
"Saya tidak menyesal bahwa saya yang mencetuskan program ini. Setidaknya saya telah melakukan sesuatu yang belum pernah dilakukan orang lain," ujar Reid.
Ilmuwan Tak Setuju
Walau program tersebut sudah berakhir, beberapa pejabat mengaku mereka masih tetap tertarik untuk menyelidiki penampakan objek misterius di angkasa.
Namun hal tersebut dipandang skeptis oleh beberapa ilmuwan. Mereka berdalih, kejadian-kejadian aneh yang mungkin saja tertangkap mata belum bisa menjadi bukti utuh kehidupan makhluk ekstraterestrial.
Salah seorang staf Kongres AS juga berujar program penyelidikan UFO ini diciptakan untuk mengawasi perkembangan teknologi negara saingan AS.
"Mungkin saja ini disebabkan oleh Tiongkok dan Rusia yang mencoba melakukan sesuatu, dengan mengembangkan teknologi canggih yang malah mengancam AS," ujar staf yang enggan disebutkan namanya ini.
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The US Senate Intelligence Committee has requested that persecuted WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange testify before committee staff. The committee is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
In a letter delivered to Assange at his residence in the Ecuadorian embassy ...
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Florida's Democratic senator said Wednesday that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems ahead of this year's midterms, but state officials said they have no information to support the claim.
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Tom Cotton is nothing if not opportunistic. Suppose Donald Trump was otherwise occupied by early retirement, jailing, something.
He's helping his party in the mid-term, he said. No doubt. His PAC's rake of corporate money is being used to help Russian-colluding 2nd District Rep. French Hill beat Democratic challenger Clarke Tucker. Cotton predicted continuing GOP majorities in House and Senate, perhaps an expansion in the Senate.
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Planned Parenthood Action Fund, along with the National Women’s Law Center, Center for American Progress Action Fund and other groups will unveil a new ad campaign on Wednesday, with the express purpose of shifting the debate away from the politics of the Kavanaugh nomination and on to personal stories about people who could be affected by his position on the Supreme Court.
Titled “#DearSenators,” the campaign will include a new website that will feature patient stories, letters that constituents have sent to senators and other interactive tools. In addition, Planned Parenthood is beginning a six-figure ad buy that features testimonials from women about access to health care and the importance of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion and is seen as being threatened should Kavanaugh be confirmed to the Supreme Court. The television ads will be primarily targeted to Alaska and Maine, while the digital ones will be across the country.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election wants to talk to a potential blockbuster witness: Julian Assange.
Assange, the driving force behind WikiLeaks, remains in Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has lived since seeking asylum in June 2012 following a now-dropped rape investigation in Sweden. His presence in the embassy means that the Senate’s requested interview is packed with geopolitical and legal complications—like much about WikiLeaks circa 2018.
WikiLeaks tweeted Wednesday morning that the Senate panel, in an August 1 letter, sought an interview. The Senate Intelligence Committee declined comment.
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Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday addressed journalists and other members of the public on the siege laid on the National Assembly by officers of the State Security Services on Tuesday.
He rejected calls to step down after defecting from the ruling APC.
Below is the full text of what Mr Saraki said. STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT A WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018.
1. It is a matter of record that yesterday, lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly were prevented from entering the National Assembly Complex by heavily armed security agents of the Department of State Services (DSS). All entries to the Complex were blocked. The National Assembly, the seat of democracy in Nigeria, was under lockdown. Senators and Members of the House of Representatives were prevented from gaining access.
2. The ensuring standoff was a show of shame that played itself out over several hours in full view of the country. In no circumstances should this have happened. And we as a nation reaped the bitter fruits instantaneously, as evident in media images relayed around the world, images that shame us as a democratic nation. The siege was also an act of cowardice by those seeking to carry out an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate in flagrant disregard of the law. People who seek control at all costs, by whatever means, never minding the injury to democratic norms.
3. I have to say that this is not about me – Abubakar Bukola Saraki as an individual. It is not about Ike Ekweremadu, nor is it about Yakubu Dogara. I am speaking for my colleagues when I say that this is about the soul of Nigeria, what we represent as a country, and our standing in the comity of nations. This is a country where so much is expected of us, so many rungs of the ladder that we are supposed to have ascended as a nation. Instead we are wallowing in impunity and illegal show of force, all of which retard our progress.
4. This is most disheartening. I don’t get any joy in saying: I said so. I don’t. However, some of you may recall that about two years ago, I stated that there was a government within this government, to a purpose that was not in the interest of what the people voted for. I said it then, and now we are beginning to see the manifestations of that government within a government. It beats one’s imagination how the head of an agency could have authorized the brazen assault on the legislature that we saw yesterday. Despite the threat to our lives, we shall continue to fight impunity and injustice in this country.
5. Happily, by the actions that Nigerians took yesterday, they demonstrated our strong resolve as a nation not to give ground to oppression. The legislature, more than any other institution in this country, more than any other arm of government, represents the will of the people. We are elected by the people, and an assault on the legislature is an assault on the people of Nigeria. The forcible shutdown of the legislature was an unconscionable assault on a national institution, and thanks to all your efforts, the aggressors have been put to shame.
6. The resistance mounted by staff of the National Assembly, my colleagues in both chambers and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who refused to leave the entrance of this Complex until the siege was broken, strengthens my faith in the people of this country. The rain fell, the sun rose, but Nigerians stood their ground in defence of democracy. With the strength of will demonstrated by everyone against unwarranted and unconstitutional militaristic might, the siege could not stand.
7. By this, we have shown that Nigerians can resist government within government in whatever guise, and this is humbling for me. Those who sought to attack the National Assembly under my leadership for their selfish ends have only affirmed my belief in this country. They attempted to execute an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate without the backing of the law, but they faltered. I am confident that, together, we shall always defeat acts of unconstitutionality. The rule of law shall always prevail.
8. I want to thank Nigerians, Senators, Members of the House of Representatives and National Assembly Staff, for standing up to be counted for democracy during yesterday’s siege. I thank the thousands who monitored the situation on radio, television and social media, voicing their outrage at the siege, thereby sending a clear message to those that hatched the plot that the Nigerian public would not buy this act of gangsterism using instruments of state such as the DSS.
9. I also thank the international community – particularly the European Union – and the international press, for their prompt reactions to the invasion of the National Assembly. CSOs and Socio-cultural groups were emphatic in their statements during the crisis, and we very much appreciate their vigilance.
10. Among the many that come up for special mention, I believe that Honourable Boma Goodhead, a member of the House of Representatives, stands out. She looked a masked security operative in the eye and dared him to shoot. She let it be known that Nigerians would not stand for the barricade at the National Assembly, that we would not be cowed. It was another pointer to what is possible in this country when women take their place in leadership.
11. I applaud all who kicked against the atrocity and who stood firm until sanity prevailed. I am proud of how everyone conducted themselves in what was no doubt a tense standoff. The principled stance and defiant reactions to the ugly incident, proved crucial to the failure of the plot. This is what we have been saying about the power of the people. The role of the people in defending democracy is paramount.
12. I thank the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for his handling of the situation we were all confronted with yesterday. His decisive action went a long way towards restoring confidence. It sent a powerful message – that the DSS cannot be recklessly deployed against institutions of our democracy. The path of leadership is not by party, and we must commend it wherever it is found. Mr. Acting President did the right thing. However, the damage control so far does not address the question of how this atrocity happened in the first place.
13. This is an incident concerning which we have it on good authority that it has been in the planning for months, and yet it was allowed to happen. How is it that such an atrocity was not prevented? How is it that the masterminds were not deterred? Very serious questions remain that can only be answered by a full investigation. We call for an investigation, and we demand that all perpetrators are brought to book. We owe it to ourselves to ensure that such a situation never occurs again. Many agencies have abused their powers and acted outside the ambit of the law on occasion. Where abuses occur, similar actions must be taken immediately and full investigation instituted.
14. I must say that when we fought for Change, we could not have envisaged a scenario such as unfolded yesterday – an atmosphere where people cannot tolerate dissent, or mere differences of opinion as to the future of our dear country. This is not the Change we fought for. We did not fight for instruments of state to be used to oppress Nigerians and their lawmakers. I know that I, certainly, did not fight just so the legislature could be undermined and subjected to this onslaught.
15. There are many lessons to be drawn from the ugly incident we all witnessed yesterday. For one, government must ensure that security agencies remain neutral and act in line with the position of the constitution as well as their enabling laws. Heads of Agencies should be accountable, and those who step out of line must be held responsible for their actions. Enough with impunity. Enough with the reckless and senseless deployment of militaristic force. Enough.
16. In this dark cloud, we can see the silver lining, and that silver lining is the commitment of Nigerians to defending their hard-won democracy. I am more than encouraged by the strength, the determination and the resolve of ordinary Nigerians to see to it that democracy survives and thrives in this country. I am also strengthened by the determination of the media to report and analyse the truth as they see it.
17. I want to reassure Nigerians that, on our part, we remain committed to working for a country governed by the rule of law. Our desire is to have a society where there will be equity and justice, not oppression. We stand committed to doing our utmost as lawmakers to ensure that the responsibility and functionality of governance are met. Although we are on annual break, we are daily reviewing the situation and are alive to the responsibility to take action as necessary. Unfortunately, yesterday’s shutdown prevented us from meeting with INEC, as scheduled, to address funding concerns. We will continue to look into the matter. In the spirit of that, we also appeal to Mr. President to sign the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill which has been sent for his assent.
18. I remain confident in the support of my colleagues and their focus on the job at hand, which is to serve the Nigerian people. My confidence is unshaken. I remain committed to the success of the historic 8th National Assembly, and to the continued progress of our country.
Former Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has denied that he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Congress (APC), in order to escape being probed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Akpabio, while speaking at a rally which held in his senatorial district on Wednesday, insisted that the EFCC did not find anything on him.
“I have never been charged to court… The EFCC did not find anything on me,” the former Akwa Ibom governor said.
Present at the event were: National Leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
Senators in attendance included: Abdullahi Yahaya, Abdullahi Gumel from Jigawa State, Muhammed Sani from Niger State, Gbenga Ashafa from Lagos State and Former Governor Nasarawa Governor, Abdullahi Adamu.
Others were: Senators Abubakar Kyari from Borno State, Babajide Omoworare from Osun State, Magnus Abe from Rivers, Mao Ohabunwa from Edo and Nelson Efiong from Akwa Ibom.
Senate President Bukola Saraki visited the Minna, capital of Niger state, residence of former military President Ibrahim Babangida on Wednesday to hold a private meeting with the elder statesman.
He met with IBB shortly after he gave a hint of nursing a presidential ambition.
During the question and answer session at a press conference on the blockade of the national assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), Saraki was asked if he would be vying for the highest office in the land and he did not deny having such ambition.
He, however, said at the moment, he wanted to talk about democracy, adding that he would answer the question on another day.
“We are here today about the democracy of this country, and that is what is important to me and to all of us that are here,” he said.
“I think when the time is right I will talk on your issue but today, we are talking about democracy in Nigeria, to defend the rule of law.”
The meeting with the former military ruler was ongoing as of the time this report was filed.
According to NAN, Saraki landed at Minna International Airport around 4:10pm and drove straight to the hilltop home of the former maximum ruler.
It was not clear whether Saraki came to discuss his presidential ambition with Babangida.
Strong indications have emerged today that the National Assembly will reconvene next week to consider and pass the proposed budget for the 2019 elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The National Assembly will call off the break to consider the letter of President Muhammadu Buhari on the proposed sum of N164 billion to be provided for through virement or supplementary of the 2018 budget as well as look into the not less than N242 billion that would be required for the conduct of 2019 general elections.
The decision to reconvene was arrived at after a closed door meeting between the Principal officers of the National Assembly and the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and other officials of the Commission.
The meeting was presided over by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, with the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara in attendance.
Though principal officers of the All Progressives Congress, APC were not at the meeting, that of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP attended the meeting at room 301, Senate Wing.
It was dance galore as Adams Oshionhole, the Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), and party leader Ahmed Tinubu, joined others to formally receive defecting ex-senate minority leader Godswill Akpabio.
Akpabio and his wife, Ekaette, and others senators displayed their dancing prowess to the melodious music, “Shekem’’.
Oshiomhole described the event as the reception for “an uncommon defector and a man of honour’’.
He described Akpabio as a symbol of unity who would lead Akwa Ibom to join Edo as APC states in South South in 2019.
He explained that opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has deceived the people for 16 years and Nigerians were no longer ready for party.
The chairman of APC said that Senator President Bukola Saraki could not emulate Akpabio by relinquishing his seat.
“Senator Akpabio has demonstrated what the people of South South stand for by quitting the seat of senate minority leader.
“It is the turn of Saraki to vacate his seat as President of the senate.’’
Oshiomhole, said Akpabio was joining APC to solidify his position as the former minority leader of the senate.
Akpabio, he said, has demonstrated that he meant good for the people of South South.
He urged the people to appreciate Akpabio for his role as a builder.
“I feel extremely proud of Akpabio and humble also with the kind of crowd that I have seen in Ikot Ekpene today.
“I am happy I came he today to see the bond that exist between Akpabio and the people of Akwa Ibom and I deeply appreciate this,’’ Oshiomhole said.
Ahamad Lawan, senate majority leader, says the defection of Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has “swallowed” the recent defections from the ruling party.
He said the former governor of Akwa Ibom state is an “uncommon senator” who enjoys support all over the country.
Lawan spoke at the APC rally organised in Akwa Ibom on Wednesday to receive Akpabio into the ruling party.
The ruling party recently lost 14 of its senators including Senate President Bukola Saraki to the PDP.
But Lawan said Akpabio’s defection to the APC is one bigger than that of those senators.
“Senator Akpabio’s defection has swallowed all the others. It is one that is equal to more than 14 others,” he said.
“This uncommon senator is a nationalist who believes in a united Nigeria; in a stable Nigeria and in the administration of Muhammadu Buhari. He believes that Nigerians should support this very good and noble cause.
“From this moment, this our member is a full-blooded APC caucus member; but he has always been. He has always been a patriotic Nigerian.”
He added that as a minority leader, Akpabio offered constructive criticism while in the PDP.
According to him, “I used to refer to him as the minority leader, I never call him opposition leader because he has always been considerate as minority leader, as someone who should be opposing government.
“He has always considered the national interest first. And therefore, what he did was meaningful opposition to what we do in this country. He is always conscious of the fact that we need stability and unity.”
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; and the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, who led over 30 senators; among other leaders of APC are at the Township Stadium in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State to receive defecting Senator Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.
Akpabio arrived at the stadium, in company with his wife, at 2:20 p.m., while other leaders of the party arrived later.
The leaders of APC were welcomed by a mammoth crowd, who patiently waited from as early as 7 a.m., for the event slated for 10 a.m., but kicked off over four hours behind schedule.
Against the backdrop of several moves by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to change Principal Officers of the Senate, Senate Chairman on Public Accounts, Senator Matthew Urhoghide has insisted that it would be difficult to effect such a change unless they were able to muster 2/3 of the lawmakers which is 73.
Senator Urhoghide, who spoke to Vanguard in an interview in Benin, explained that the “only way to remove Saraki from that seat, everybody must get it clear, is that the Senators must gather 2/3 of this number, 73″.
"Senators will only vote against him but off course, they do not have the number, even in PDP, APC does not have the number, whether they are 53, whether they are 58, whether they are 60 they cannot remove him, whether we are 58 in PDP, whether they are 60 we cannot remove him .
” Saraki can only be removed when there is cooperation between these two parties. They can never get these numbers. So if you open the door, you break into the Chambers and you carry the maze. you cannot swear yourself in, it is illegal.
“We too have to vote for you even if we come back and they say, OK, the first one you did three years ago you were Senate President, now step down, start reelection, and we take that decision to say, OK, we want to start reelection we will still reelect him.
“APC Senators will vote for Saraki to return, this time and mark it, he will not have nothing less than 80 Senators voting for him, he will get over 2/3 but he needs simple majority to become Senate President.
” So once he gets 55 he is already Senate President because half of 109 is 54.5, so if he gets 55 he will win, we in PDP, we have the number we will vote for him and we will vote for Ekweremadu too he will still return”
He said that those who invaded the National Assembly were coming to the Chambers to remove Saraki.
He said, “Let not people deceive themselves, if you take a gun, go to his seat and kill him, the country will slide into chaos.
"if you carry him and break him, throw him in front of the chair and put another person, the country will slide into chaos because there is a procedure.
“I believe this whole thing has to be peacefully settled, ask me how you think this thing will be resolved?. The only way it will be resolved is one, that is why we say it is a development of our democratic process and the democratic institutions.
"They are now beginning to free themselves of the stranglehold of the Executive, it is an arm of government and the Principle of Separation of Powers says one cannot interfere with the other.
"Saraki has done three years and they should just wait for the other one year to finish, let him finish, if you do not like him, if they conducted election again from Kwara and he comes again to contest, put somebody against him, if he gets the number you will vote him out so they should be patient. Let this matter be resolved the way it is, using peace”.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers of the National Assembly are currently meeting with the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The meeting is taking place at the Senate wing.
Recall that the emergency meeting was to hold yesterday but the siege on the national assembly inhibited it.
The meeting is to essentially to deliberate on the request of approval of funds for the 2019 general elections.
It is no longer news that Godswill Akpabio will be defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). What has remained unclear, however, is why the former governor of Akwa Ibom state is leaving the PDP – a party he held sway as one of its key figures: a former governor and a senate minority leader.
The opposition party has alleged that the APC used the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to cow him into joining them. There have also been arguments about politicians being “converted to saints” the moment they join the ruling party.
But the federal government has come out to deny the claim. Lai Mohammed, minister of information, said the APC will not provide cover for anyone involved in any crime.
Beyond the minister’s denial, however, why is Akpabio’s case generating ripples? What crimes is he accused of and why are their concerns he will be “born again” the moment he joins the APC?
AKPABIO’S RUNNING BATTLE WITH THE EFCC
The senator’s battle with the anti-graft agency began on October 16, 2015 when he was first invited for questioning over an alleged N108 billion fraud.
The invitation followed a petition written to the commission by Leo Ekpenyong, a lawyer and activist. Ekpeyong accused the former governor of “devising a means of enriching himself at the expense of the state” while in office.
He alleged that the looting was done in connivance with two top government officials of the state –Etekamba Umoren, former government house permanent secretary, and Udo Isobara, former accountant-general of the state.
Key allegations Ekpenyong raised in the petition were:
Fraudulent withdrawal of N18 billion from the state’s share of the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocation above in a surreptitious manner to conceal their dishonest intention.
Spending of over N50 billion state funds by the former governor during the 2015 election
Withdrawal of N18 billion from the state’s coffers “under the guise of special services, reception of very important guests and sundry items.”
Illegal acquisition of luxury including a multi-billion naira mansion at Plot 5, Ikogosi Spring Close, off Katsina-Ala Crescent, Maitama-Abuja; a multi-billion naira mansion at Plot 28 Colorado Close, Maitama, Abuja; 22 Probyn Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; Plot 23 Olusegun Aina Street, Parkview, Lagos and a multi-billion naira 25-storey building at Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
N1.4 billion as gift to a bank in the sums of N566, 883,728.66; N441,808,081.90; and N392, 631,943.37.
THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO THE RESCUE?
The commission, at the time, said its efforts to interrogate state officials fingered in the alleged fraud were bring frustrated by the state government. Apart from the lack of response to letters seeking information, the state government officials invited for questioning were said to have refused cooperating with the commission.
For instance, it was reported that the EFCC had on one occasion written to the secretary to the state government, asking that some officials of the civil service be released for questioning over the matter.
The state attorney-general, in return, went to court seeking, among other things, the interpretation of the powers of the EFCC regarding the probe “with a view to stalling investigation”.
AKPABIO, HOWEVER, DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS
The senator had accused “disgruntled persons” of being behind his ordeal. According to him, the petitions against him were politically motivated.
He had said: “I just want to urge all my people in Akwa Ibom state who probably were disturbed to know that such monies were not missing from the coffers of the state, that is the simple truth. And if we had such additional sums as he (the petitioner) mentioned it, we would have done more for the state.”
The senator was admitted on bail during his fist time in EFCC custody in 2015 but returned barely 24 hours later and the investigations continued. He was grilled for hours and subsequently released while he insisted he had “nothing to hide.”
Since then, not much has been heard regarding the investigation, except for unconfirmed reports such as the seizure of a school said to be belonging to Unoma, the senator’s wife and linked to the alleged fraud.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, neither responded to calls or text message sent to him as at the time of filing this report.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday refused to comment on his rumored 2019 presidential ambition.
When asked if he would contest next year’s presidential election during a world press conference he called in Abuja to address Tuesday’s siege to the National Assembly, he responded that he would speak on the said ambition when the time is right.
According to him, matters threatening Nigeria’s democracy was of utmost importance at the moment.
Saraki said, “We are here today about the issue of democracy of this country; that is why we’re here.
“That is more important to me and to all of us who are here — not to those who are seeking any kind of platform. I think when the time is right, I will talk on the issue.
“Today, we’re talking about democracy in Nigeria, to ensure the rule of law, to defend those who are oppressed.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki is currently addressing a World Press Conference.
Saraki had led Principal Officers of the National Assembly to the conference.
He condemned the siege laid by the security operatives of the Department of State Services on the National Assembly on Wednesday, saying it’s “an assault on democracy.”
He said, “It is a matter of record that yesterday, lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly were prevented from entering the National Assembly Complex by heavily armed security agents of the Department of State Services (DSS). All entries to the Complex were blocked.”
“The National Assembly, the seat of democracy in Nigeria, was under lockdown. Senators and Members of the House of Representatives were prevented from gaining access.”
“The ensuing standoff was a show of shame that played itself out over several hours in full view of the country.
“In no circumstances should this have happened. And we as a nation reaped the bitter fruits instantaneously, as evident in media images relayed around the world, images that shame us as a democratic nation.
“The siege was also an act of cowardice by those seeking to carry out an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate in flagrant disregard of the law.”
He commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for rising up to the occasion.
Continuing, Saraki said, “People who seek control at all costs, by whatever means, never minding the injury to democratic norms. I have to say that this is not about me – Abubakar Bukola Saraki — as an individual. It is not about Ike Ekweremadu, nor is it about Yakubu Dogara.
“I am speaking for my colleagues when I say that this is about the soul of Nigeria, what we represent as a country, and our standing in the comity of nations. This is a country where so much is expected of us.
“So many rungs of the ladder that we are supposed to have ascended as a nation. Instead we are wallowing in impunity and illegal show of force, all of which retard our progress. This is most disheartening. I don’t get any joy in saying ‘I said so.’ I don’t.”
“However, some of you may recall that about two years ago, I stated that there was a government within this government, to a purpose that was not in the interest of what the people voted for.
“I said it then, and now we are beginning to see the manifestations of that government within a government.
“It beats one’s imagination how the head of an agency could have authorised the brazen assault on the legislature that we saw yesterday.”
“Despite the threat to our lives, we shall continue to fight impunity and injustice in this country. Happily, by the actions that Nigerians took yesterday, they demonstrated our strong resolve as a nation not to give ground to oppression.
“The legislature, more than any other institution in this country, more than any other arm of govt. represents the will of the people. We are elected by the people, & an assault on the legislature is an assault on the people of Nigeria.”
“The forcible shutdown of the legislature was an unconscionable assault on a national institution, and thanks to all your efforts, the aggressors have been put to shame.
“The resistance mounted by staff of the National Assembly, my colleagues in both chambers and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who refused to leave the entrance of this Complex until the siege was broken, strengthens my faith in the people of this country.
“The rain fell, the sun rose, but Nigerians stood their ground in defence of democracy. With the strength of will demonstrated by everyone against unwarranted and unconstitutional militaristic might, the siege could not stand.
“By this, we have shown that Nigerians can resist government within government in whatever guise, and this is humbling for me.
“Those who sought to attack the National Assembly under my leadership for their selfish ends have only affirmed my belief in this country.
“They attempted to execute an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate without the backing of the law, but they faltered.
“I am confident that, together, we shall always defeat acts of unconstitutionality.
“The rule of law shall always prevail.
“I thank the thousands who monitored the situation on radio, television and social media, voicing their outrage at the siege, thereby sending a clear message to those that hatched the plot that the Nigerian public would not buy this act of gangsterism using instruments of state such as the DSS.
“I also thank the international community, particularly the European Union and the international press, for their prompt reactions to the invasion of the National Assembly.
“CSOs and Socio-cultural groups were emphatic in their statements during the crisis, and we very much appreciate their vigilance. Among the many that come up for special mention, I believe that Honourable Boma Goodhead, a member of the House of Representatives, stands out.
“She looked a masked security operative in the eye and dared him to shoot. She let it be known that Nigerians would not stand for the barricade at the National Assembly, that we would not be cowed.
“It was another pointer to what is possible in this country when women take their place in leadership.
“I applaud all who kicked against the atrocity and who stood firm until sanity prevailed.
“I am proud of how everyone conducted themselves in what was no doubt a tense standoff.
“The principled stance and defiant reactions to the ugly incident proved crucial to the failure of the plot.
“This is what we have been saying about the power of the people. The role of the people in defending democracy is paramount.
“I thank the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for his handling of the situation we were all confronted with yesterday. His decisive action went a long way towards restoring confidence.
“It sent a powerful message – that the DSS cannot be recklessly deployed against institutions of our democracy.”
The plot was like that of a movie, leaving trained security and intelligence officials confused. At the end of it, Lawal Daura, then head of one of Nigeria’s foremost security agencies was whisked away while his well trained security aides waited for him.
Multiple sources at the Nigerian Presidency revealed how Mr Daura, former Director-General of State Security Service, (SSS), was sacked and arrested on the orders of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday.
Mr Daura was sacked after masked SSS operatives laid siege to the National Assembly complex preventing lawmakers and civil servants from gaining access into the building.
The siege was only lifted about an hour after Mr Daura’s sack. OSINBAJO OUTRAGED
Sources at the presidential villa said Mr Osinbajo, who has been in charge since President Muhammadu Buhari proceeded on a 10 day vacation to the UK, was outraged by the actions of the SSS.
“When the siege began, the acting president quickly went to action and was able to gather preliminary information of what was going on after which he invited some of the security chiefs concerned for a briefing,” one of the sources said.
He said those invited include the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the former DG, Mr Daura.
The source also said the acting president was briefed earlier by National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno.
“When Lawal Daura came in, the acting president asked him who cleared him to order operatives to lay siege on the National Assembly; and his response was ‘shocking’.
“He simply said it’s within his powers and that he is only answerable to the President and Commander-in-Chief who appointed him,” the source said.
The source also said unknown to Mr Daura, the acting president had already spoken to Mr Buhari after initial reports indicated that Mr Daura “was in play with President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.”
After his response, Mr Osinbajo told his media aide, Laolu Akande, to immediately issue a statement announcing the sack of Mr Daura.
“The acting president also asked the National Security Adviser to hand over the sacked DG to the police for further investigation,” he said. DAURA ARRESTED
Another source at the Villa , who witnessed the drama that followed the directive from Mr Osinbajo, said as soon as his arrest was ordered, the Aide De Camp (ADC) to Mr Osinbajo was seen rushing to the ceremonial gate, where the Mobile Police Force office is located.
“The ADC returned to the VP wing with some mobile police officers in a rush and asked that a vehicle should be brought immediately to the rear area for (Daura’s) evacuation.
“We thought the VP, who is the only one whose convoy uses that place, was about to go out and there was a need for additional vehicle. An SUV was ‘scrambled’ but the ADC said they should bring a tinted Hilux van,” he said.
Meanwhile, the source said Mr Daura ‘s convoy and personal security were waiting for him, like they normally do, at the administration gate (a separate one from the ceremonial gate) not knowing what was going on inside.
“All of them thought the DG was still meeting with the acting president until the convoy was asked to return to headquarters empty,” he said.
Another source, a former director in the SSS who worked with Mr Daura, said he (Daura) is currently being detained at the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), in Abuja.
“The fact that he was handed over to SARS and not detained in a guest house (for high profile suspects) should give you an indication of how the government is handling this matter. He is now considered a suspected serious criminal,” he said.
He also said a combined team of both the police and SSS “would have begun interrogating Mr Daura by now.”
It can be recalled that on Tuesday, Mr Daura’s security details returned to the SSS headquarters without their principal.
A senior official at the SSS said the security details, after waiting for Mr Daura to come out from the meeting with the vice president, simply received an order from a director at the agency that they return to the agency’s headquarters.
By then, an acting Director-General had been named for the SSS.
Matthew Seiyefa, was until his appointment the director in charge of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), an institution established in 2005 as the cardinal training institution for the SSS.
Newly Acting Director General, State Security Service, (SSS) Mr Seiyefa Mathew after his meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (7/08/18). 04270/7/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN Pic 35 Newly Acting Director General, Department of State Services, (DSS) Mr Seiyefa Mathew after his meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (7/08/18). 04271/7/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN Mr. Seiyefa was the most senior official at the SSS after Mr Daura. He briefly met with Mr Osinbajo on Tuesday.
The acting DG, an indigene of Bayelsa State, was director of operations between 2007 and 2010 when Afakriya Gadzama ran the agency.
With about 34 years experience, Mr. Seiyefa served in different other capacities, including being state director in Osun, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos States.
He is also a member of the National Institute, having studied at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru.
Insiders at the SSS said he is close to retirement, and was indeed billed to proceed on terminal leave later this month.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki Wednesday declared that his occupation of the office of the presidency of the Senate was not ceded to him by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, but through an election by senators.
He made the declaration while briefing newsmen across the world over the siege to the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS.
His reaction followed the persistent calls by the ruling party for him to relinquish his official position as Senate President given the fact that he recently defected the APC to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Responding to this demand, he said, “I was not made the Senate President solely by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, but through my contest and victory in the election of the Senate presidency conducted by the upper chamber.
“It was a mandate by all the lawmakers from different political platforms.
“The position by the rule of the parliament is not a preserve of any political party even not on whether or not the party in majority. But the collective majority of individual members of the parliament across party lines.”
Saraki, however, maintained that his emergence and occupation of the office was by the extant rule and his removal as being plotted by some disaffected members must also come through the same rule.
An aviation policy bill that includes a meal-and-rest-break provision pertaining to truckers is among the measures awaiting debate when the U.S. Senate returns from a shortened summer break on Aug. 15, according to the chamber’s Republican leadership.
The rouble slid towards its lowest level in nearly two years on Wednesday and investors sold off bonds and stocks after the Kommersant daily published what it said was the full text of a draft U.S. law detailing possible penalties against Russia. Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced the draft legislation last week, the latest […]
I sent this letter to Senator Rand Paul recently, on the unconstitutionality of AUMFs:
"Thank you for your introduction of an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to repeal war authority "granted" by Congress to the Executive branch in the AUMFs of 2001 and 2002. I contend that such AUMFs are not within the federal powers granted in the US Constitution.
"The founders gave the federal government no power to wage war, only to “repel invasions” and “suppress insurrections,” a very deliberate and wise arrangement. They well knew that such powers would be abused, saw no gain in war far away, and saw the wealth of nations wasted in aristocratic power-grabs, the curse of Europe.
"The problem, as the founders knew well by the warnings of Aristotle, is that demagogues become tyrants over democracy by creating foreign enemies to demand domestic power and accuse their moral superiors of disloyalty.
"They can do this now because economic concentrations control mass media and elections. The founders provided no protection of US government from economic power because it was not concentrated then. The emerging middle class failed to add these protections as economic powers grew.
"Only the treaty can bring authority to wage war apart from invasion. The NATO treaty was soon abused to cause aggressive foreign wars, and has been used for little else since 1989. The US must change the NATO treaty to prohibit foreign wars for anything other than mutual defense, with no grey area.
"Meanwhile the Legislative branch should block the executive from engaging in wars without public consent. The Judicial branch should block Congress from passing unconstitutional AUMFs.
"If your legal team feels that this case might be successful, I will make the case in the Court of Federal Claims."
But we can forget the COFC case: they decided to deny nearly all jurisdiction in 2002, using a fraudulent misquote, because of course Congress could never have meant to relinquish sovereign immunity by the Tucker Act of 1877 that created that court!
If Julian Assange accepts the Senate’s request to testify it may provide evidence that would upend allegations that Russia hacked the DNC, putting to rest two years of Russiagate hysteria, journalist Patrick Henningsen told RT. According to Henningsen, executive editor of 21st Century Wire, the WikiLeaks founder should “absolutely” agree to speak with the US Senate Intelligence […]
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s warm relationship with and advocacy for Communist China go back decades and involve millions, if not billions, of dollars.
“I sometimes say that in my last life maybe I was Chinese.”—Sen. Dianne Feinstein
As media, intelligence agency, and political scrutiny of foreign meddling is seemingly at its apex, a story with big national security implications involving a high-ranking senator with access to America’s most sensitive intelligence information has been hiding in plain sight.
The story involves China and the senior U.S. senator from California, and former chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Democrat Dianne Feinstein. It was buried eight paragraphs into a recent Politico exposé on foreign efforts to infiltrate Silicon Valley, as a passing example of political espionage:
Former intelligence officials…[said] Chinese intelligence once recruited a staff member at a California office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and the source reported back to China about local politics. (A spokesperson for Feinstein said the office doesn’t comment on personnel matters or investigations, but noted that no Feinstein staffer in California has ever had a security clearance.)
Later comes additional detail:
According to four former intelligence officials, in the 2000s, a staffer in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s San Francisco field office was reporting back to the MSS [China’s Ministry of State Security, its intelligence and security apparatus]. While this person, who was a liaison to the local Chinese community, was fired, charges were never filed against him. (One former official reasoned this was because the staffer was providing political intelligence and not classified information—making prosecution far more difficult.) The suspected informant was ‘run’ by officials based at China’s San Francisco Consulate, said another former intelligence official. The spy’s handler ‘probably got an award back in China’ for his work, noted this former official, dryly.
This anecdote provides significantly more questions than answers. For starters: Who was the spy? For how long was the spy under surveillance? What information about “local politics” was the spy passing back to China? Just how close was the spy to the senator? Did law enforcement officials sweep vehicles and other areas for listening devices? Was there an investigation into whether others in the senator’s circle may have been...Read More HERE
Russian operatives have penetrated some of Florida's election systems and could delete registered voters ahead of the November elections if the systems are not adequately protected, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.
Etterretningskomiteen i det amerikanske senatet har bedt Wikileaks-grunnlegger Julian Assange om å vitne om russisk innblanding i presidentvalget i 2016. Det skriver Wikileaks på Twitter der de viser frem et brev fra komiteen.
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) made a shocking revelation to the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday. According to Reuters, Sen. Nelson said Russian operatives have penetrated some of Florida’s election systems. As such, they could delete registered voters ahead of the November elections. They have ...
Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday avoided journalists after holding a private meeting with the former Military President Ibrahim Babangida at his hilltop mansion in Minna, Niger state. PoliticsNGR gathered that Sen. Saraki arrived IBB’s residence at about 4.10p.m.and left at 5.50 p.m. for Minna international Airport, shunning journalists who wanted to interview him. Saraki […]
Sen. Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), has alleged that some members of the National Assembly were planning to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari. But he warned the plotters to drop their sinister move because it is not “possible for a lizard to wrestle an antelope’’. Tinubu spoke on Wednesday at […]
Senate President Bukola Saraki says he is not desperate to stay in office. However, a condition has to be met: his removal must be by two-thirds majority of the upper chamber. Saraki said this on Wednesday while addressing a ‘World press Conference’ on Tuesday’s siege to the National Assembly by the Department of State Services […]
Pro-bitcoin U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen has lost his Republican primary bid to challenge incumbent Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill in the upcoming mid-term election. Petersen, who accepted the largest single bitcoin donation in federal electio...
Après l'Irlande en mai, un autre pays catholique et conservateur se dotera-t-il du droit à l'avortement? Les sénateurs d'Argentine vont probablement rejeter le projet de loi, après son adoption par les députés.Dans un pays où l?Église exerce une ...
Russian operatives have penetrated some of Florida's election systems and could delete registered voters ahead of the November elections if the systems are not adequately protected, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.
Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle” during her show’s monologue, host Laura Ingraham questioned the motives of tech companies, including Facebook and Apple, banning Alex Jones and Infowars from its platforms. Ingraham argued the focus shouldn’t be on what was banned but the idea that the public’s freedom to make these choices on their own was being infringed upon. Partial transcript as follows: INGRAHAM: Remember what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the Senate hearing back in April? (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) MARK ZUCKERBERG, CEO, FACEBOOK: There’s certain content that clearly, we do not allow. Hate speech, terrorist content, nudity, anything that makes people feel unsafe in the community. From that perspective, that’s what we generally try to refer to what we do as a platform for all ideas. (END VIDEO CLIP) INGRAHAM: A platform for all ideas. Really? Over the past few months, Facebook and other tech giants have given us ample reasons to doubt that proclamation. The latest example started early yesterday morning when Apple pulled several podcasts associated with the controversial and incendiary Alex Jones. Facebook followed suit, unpublishing four of Jones’ pages, claiming that the videos on those pages violated that hate speech policy. Hours later YouTube
De Amerikaanse Democratische senator Bill Nelson van Florida zegt dat Russische hackers enkele verkiezingssystemen in Florida zijn binnengedrongen. Zij zouden kiezers voorafgaand aan de verkiezingen in november kunnen verwijderen als de systemen niet voldoende worden beschermd.
Congress has passed H.R. 6147, the "Interior, Environment, Financial Services and General Government, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2019," which is the second FY 2019 "Minibus." On July 19, the House passed the bill by a 217-199 vote. On August 1, the Senate passed the bill by a 92-6 vote. The bill funds the Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, HUD, among several independent agencies.
UPDATE: A final vote has yet to be cast on Argentina’s legislation to legalize abortion. This story has been revised. Members of the Argentina Senate are voting Wednesday on legislation that would legalize abortions on unborn babies up to 14 weeks of age and older in some circumstances. Approved by Congress’ lower house on June […]
I agree Henry. I am not promoting democracy. Just pointing out that what they are calling democracy is not what they think it is.
We are not a democracy. Nor should we be.
As for koyote...
Why is your granddaughter in a public indoctrination center?
And how was i saying it is ok to shit on you and others?
Jones is a scumbag. And yes he has a right to be. If that hurts you, redress your grievance.
I opt for self governance. The bill of rights must be for everyone. Even the ones we despise.
..."websites such as the Drudge Report, Breitbart, Steve Quayle, Natural News, SHTFPlan, Zero Hedge, ANP and others have been taken off line." You mean that joo owned "conservative" Trump cheerleading Breitbart, that Steve Quayle freak site, Nat. News the guy hyping civil war not to long ago, etc... These sites are mentioned to give the illusion that they are sources that will provide you with the problem and it's solutions. If they are not heralding your Bill of Rights due process, common law courts, grand juries, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th Articles of the peoples Bill of Rights as having an injunction placed there upon as a result of the war powers act, the national defence authorization act sections 1021 & 1022, & the trading with the enemies act they are part of the problem. I know several of these sites also encourage voting in these fraudulent selections which is to align and consent oneself as well as those that will not commit treason against their fellow Americans who also posses their Bill of Rights.
Another "conservative" site calling for civil war. It's in the air apparently. Which side are you going to choose? The commies or the Trump coalition of which neither will have our Bill of Rights. Don't fall for this civil war talk, call it out every time. Would you rather have the commies on top in the end or Trumps coalition traitors on top? For me, I'll have neither or any other collective denier of our common law Bill of Rights. Who ever joins either of the war parties are traitors!
“So should suddenly and without warning you wake up one morning and find out that websites such as the Drudge Report, Breitbart, Steve Quayle, Natural News, SHTFPlan, Zero Hedge, ANP and others have been taken off line, you'll know it's already far too late for freedom and truth to ever be revealed and you'll have absolute proof that America has completely fallen to tyranny. ” http://allnewspipeline.com/With_The_Purge_Having_Begun_Is_Civil_War_Next.php
The Northern Mariana Islands could be the first US territory to legalize weed, a North Dakota legalization initiative looks like it will probably make the ballot, Colombia's new president vows to resort to old prohibitionist drug war policies, and more.
Marijuana Legalization Bill Passes Northern Mariana Islands House. The Northern Marianas Islands House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a marijuana legalization bill, House Bill 20-178, on an 18-1-1 vote. The bill legalizes the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, but also for adult use. People can possess up to an ounce and grow a limited number of plants, and the bill creates a regime for legal, regulated, and taxed production and sales. It now goes before the territory's Senate. If it passes, the Northern Marianas would be the first US territory to legalize marijuana.
Congressional Bar on DC Regulated Sales Leading to Distribution Arrest Surge, Report Finds. More than 900 people were arrested for marijuana offenses in the nation's capital last year, a jump of 37% over 2016 figures, according to new data from the DC Metro Police. Pot arrests bottomed out at 323 in 2015, the first full year of legalization. Prior to legalization, the vast majority of arrests were for possession, but since then, distribution and possession with intent to distribute account for the majority of pot arrests. Analysts pointed to the congressional bar against the District allowing legal, regulated sales as being behind both the overall jump in arrests and the increasing percentage of sales and possession with intent arrests.
Colombia's New President Takes Office, Vows Drug Crackdown. Ivan Duque, a conservative ally of former President Alvaro Uribe, was installed as president Tuesday. He immediately pointed to the expansion of coca production, corruption, and the violence of drug trafficking groups as problems he will address. "The time has come for us to unite to confront all illegalities," including drug trafficking and production, he said. "We will be effective in the eradication and substitution of illegal crops, accompanied by productive opportunities" for farmers and a crackdown on drug traffickers, Duque promised. "Building peace, Colombians, means to defeat the drug cartels," he said.
The second-highest ranking member of the Florida Senate pledged a legislative review of a state law that has allowed injured undocumented workers to be arrested and potentially deported rather than paid workers' compensation benefits. "Legitimate injuries shouldn't be denied just because the person was an undocumented immigrant," said Republican Sen. Anitere Flores, the president pro tempore of the state Senate and chairwoman of the Banking and Insurance Committee. "One needs to balance the going after fraudulent claims," she said, "with not overcompensating and then denying claims to those individuals who have actually been injured." Flores spoke in response to a recent NPR and ProPublica investigation and a subsequent statement by the nation's largest insurance fraud group, which called on Florida lawmakers to change the law. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud said employers and insurance companies are applying the law in ways that place "the credibility of combating real fraud at
Russian operatives have penetrated some of
Florida's election systems and could delete registered voters
ahead of the November elections if the systems are not
adequately protected, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson told the
Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.
Julian Assange has been asked to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia investigation, according to a letter signed by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) posted by the official WikiLeaks Twitter account. The letter, delivered to Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, reads in part "As part of the inquiry, the Committee requests that you make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan Committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location."
Trump must be getting really nervous about what Special Counsel Robert Mueller is about to announce, because on the same day that Russian assets plunged after the text of the proposed "crushing sanctions" contemplated by the Senate was leaked, sending the ruble, Russian stocks and bond plunging, moments ago the Trump administration announced it was hitting Russia with new sanctions punishing Putin's government for the March 4 nerve-agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the U.K.
Harold Meyerson, editor of The American Prospect, sent out this commentary on New York’s gubernatorial race. Control of New York’s State Senate hangs in the balance in this election, as well as several seats in Congress. By putting his name on the Independence Party line. Cuomo aids former members of the so-called IDC (the independent […]
Former Michigan legislator Rashida Tlaib on Wednesday won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for a House seat, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, has previously said that her decision to run was prompted by increasing attacks against American-Muslims and immigrants since US President Donald Trump was elected to office. Tlaib's win means she will be the third Muslim to serve in the US House of Representatives this year, alongside Democratic Represenatives Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana.
Lyin’ Ted Cruz asks Donald Trump for help to beat Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the tight Texas senate race where the two men are running neck-and-neck in the latest polls. This should have been a very safe seat for Cruz to win re-election. It’s not but by all means, trot out Donald Trump. He has the […]
By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director On Tuesday, voters in five states (Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington, and a special election in Ohio) went to the polls to determine the Republican and Democratic nominees for House, Senate, and/or gubernatorial races for the November 6, 2018 general election. The special election in Ohio’s 12th
In a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai, a group of 14 senators urged the agency to adopt “important consumer safeguards” in the wake of the ACA International v. FCC decision.... By: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Since her father’s inauguration, Ivanka Trump has
campaigned for federal paid family leave. A few weeks ago, Ivanka
was instrumental in organizing a Senate hearing to discuss her
government-supported paid family leave proposal. The
“Economic Security for New Parents Act” relies on Social Security to front parental
benefits and was introduced in the Senate recently.
Previously, Ivanka tweeted her support for the proposal and
argued, “Only 15% of American workers have access to Paid
Family Leave, and of those, only 6% are low-income
That is alarming if true, but abundant data paint a different
picture. The private market at-large is voluntarily providing paid
family leave to millions of workers, and the market is on-trend to
provide paid family leave to millions more in coming years.
For example, the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program
Participation and the National Survey of Working Mothers found more than 60 percent of employed mothers
have access to paid leave following the birth of a child. These
figures are about four-fold the amount of paid leave Ivanka claimed
parents are receiving today.
The private market
at-large is voluntarily providing paid family leave to millions of
workers, and the market is on-trend to provide paid family leave to
millions more in coming years.
SIPP data show that access to paid leave use has grown
substantially between 1961 and 2008, without government
intervention. The share of first-time mothers that report using
paid leave and/or disability grew from 16 to 61 percent over 50
The only state that implemented a paid leave program during the
surveyed period was California, during the last year of the survey.
The vast majority of increases in the paid leave provision occurred
before California’s policy could have any impact. This suggests the
private market is responsive to employee demands after all.
Meanwhile, over the same time period, working mothers’
commitment to work grew naturally. The share of first-time mothers
quitting jobs declined significantly in previous decades, from over
60 percent in 1961 to just over 20 percent in 2008.
There is reason to think private paid leave continued growing
following the Census Bureau’s last survey. For example, in the last
three years, 100 name-brand companies created or expanded paid family leave policies.
Since late 2017 alone, companies such as Walmart, Walgreens, Home
Depot, Target, Starbucks, Amazon, FedEx and McDonald’s created or
expanded paid leave programs that apply to low-wage and hourly
Although data and news stories demonstrate that the private
market continues to improve its paid leave offerings, policymakers
still want to intervene with a government-provided option.
Advocates seem to think government-supported leave can be provided
to American workers, leave utilization will increase and nothing
else will change. That scenario is unlikely, since individuals
change their behavior in the face of new incentives.
In the simplest case, it’s likely government-supported leave
will rearrange worker compensation without necessarily making
workers better off. For example, the average worker currently is
provided about 70 percent of his or her compensation in wages and
an additional 30 percent in benefits (including paid leave and
legally required benefits like Social Security), according to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Under paid leave laws, including the Democrats’ FAMILY Act,
which funds a federal benefit via new employee and employer payroll
taxes, a higher proportion of employee compensation would go toward
employee benefits, and a smaller proportion of employee
compensation would be wages. This would likely make some groups,
such as higher-income working mothers, better off, while leaving
other demographic groups slightly worse off.
But employers may not be able to fully offset the cost of
government-supported leave simply by rearranging employee
compensation. In this case, businesses may respond by reducing
their dependency on workers who could potentially be more costly.
This would mean hiring fewer (likely) leave-takers, promoting fewer
leave-takers to important management roles, or further reducing
leave-takers’ wages to cover the costs of their absences. The vast
majority of leave-takers are female, even when leave is available
to men and women, so wage and employment effects are likely to
This makes government-supported leave different from privately
provided leave. In the case of privately provided leave, employers
proactively decide they can afford the costs associated with
leave-taking. As a result, firms that voluntarily provide paid
leave have limited incentive to discriminate against women or
penalize workers. Paid leave is part of their business model.
Perhaps, the biggest issue the All Progressives Congress (APC) has to deal with is what is now known in the media as ‘the Gale of Defections’ in which some members of the National and State Houses of Assemblies, Governors, Local Government chairmen, Councillors, an ambassador, the National spokesman and local party chieftains abandoned its ship and headed to the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Senator Chuck Grassley goes to the WSJ to call out the emptiness of Senator Schumer's demand to see Brett Kavanaugh's documents from his time as staff secretary to President George W. Bush. Schumer has announced that he has no intention of voting for Kavanaugh, so why does he need to see the documents if his mind is already made up?
Presumably, Mr. Schumer announced that he would oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination before he read the judge’s 307 written opinions and the many other opinions he joined. Certainly, it was before he reviewed the more than 17,000 pages Judge Kavanaugh provided to the committee in response to our bipartisan questionnaire and an estimated one million pages of documents the committee has requested from the Bush White House, where Judge Kavanaugh once worked.
It stands to reason that Senator Schumer wasn’t too concerned about Judge Kavanaugh’s record before he announced his opposition. Why is it so important to Senator Schumer now?
Democratic leaders are demanding access to every page from every email and every paper record from every one of the hundreds of White House aides who came and went during the entire eight years of President Bush’s time in office. This includes records that merely mention Judge Kavanaugh’s name and records he’s never seen. That is not reasonable. As I have made clear, I will not put taxpayers on the hook for a fishing expedition.
These documents include those from Judge Kavanaugh’s time as White House staff secretary, a post that manages the paper flow into and out of the Oval Office. They are both the least relevant documents to the nomination and the most sensitive to the executive branch, two considerations that have guided previous review processes. They’re extremely sensitive because they contain policy advice that went directly to President Bush, and the policy directives that came directly from him, on the full range of presidential responsibilities, including national security.
The staff secretary is an important position, but it’s decidedly less revealing of Judge Kavanaugh’s legal thinking than his 12 years as a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and his legal service in the White House Counsel’s Office and the Office of Independent Counsel—roles in which he acted as a lawyer. The staff secretary documents consist largely of materials Judge Kavanaugh didn’t write. They were prepared by policy advisers across the executive branch. The materials are also saturated with irrelevant documents—including miscellaneous news clippings, the daily schedule, and even the White House lunch menu....
So recent complaints from Mr. Schumer and other Democrats about the scope of records requests ring hollow, especially coming from senators who have already declared their opposition to Judge Kavanaugh and initially refused even to meet with him....
The next time you hear complaints about the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vetting process—the most extensive and transparent in history—remember Mr. Schumer’s pledge to oppose Judge Kavanaugh with everything he’s got. How much more do Democratic leaders need to know when they’re already voting no?
Exactly. I'm glad that Grassley is signaling that he's not going to fall for these stalling tactics.
David French writes in the NYT about the banning of Alex Jones by Apple, Facebook and YouTube. As French and anyone with a moral sense acknowledges, Alex Jones is a loathsome person. But there is another method for tackling his disgusting statements - slander and libel laws rather than having private companies deciding suddenly that his language is too objectionable for their platforms.
Let me start by making a few things abundantly clear. First, Alex Jones is a loathsome conspiracy theorist who generates loathsome content. Second, there is no First Amendment violation when a private company chooses to boot anyone off a private platform. Third, it seems reasonably clear that Mr. Jones’s content isn’t just morally repugnant, it’s also legally problematic. He makes wild, false claims that may well cross the line into libel and slander.
Right now, Mr. Jones is defending lawsuits filed by multiple Sandy Hook Elementary families accusing him of making intentionally false factual statements. Most appallingly, he has insisted that these grieving families were faking their pain: “I’ve looked at it and undoubtedly there’s a cover-up, there’s actors, they’re manipulating, they’ve been caught lying and they were preplanning before it and rolled out with it.”
So on Monday, when Apple, Facebook and YouTube acted — in seemingly coordinated fashion — to remove the vast bulk of Mr. Jones’s content from their sites, there’s no cause for worry, right? After all, this was an act of necessary public hygiene. A terrible human being who has no regard for truth or decency is finally getting what he deserves.
The problem is the subjectivity of the sites' decisions.
Rather than applying objective standards that resonate with American law and American traditions of respect for free speech and the marketplace of ideas, the companies applied subjective standards that are subject to considerable abuse. Apple said it “does not tolerate hate speech.” Facebook accused Mr. Jones of violating policies against “glorifying violence” or using “dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants.” YouTube accused Mr. Jones of violating policies against “hate speech and harassment.”
These policies sound good on first reading, but they are extraordinarily vague. We live in times when the slightest deviation from the latest and ever-changing social justice style guide is deemed bigoted and, yes, “dehumanizing.” We live in a world where the Southern Poverty Law Center, a formerly respected civil-rights organization, abuses its past trust to label a host of mainstream organizations (including my former employer, the Alliance Defending Freedom) and individuals as “hate groups,” “white nationalists” or “anti-Muslim extremists,” based sometimes on disagreements about theology or sexual morality or sometimes on outright misreadings and misrepresentations of an individual’s beliefs and views.
Exhibit A of how wrong the center has been: In June, it paid Maajid Nawaz $3.375 million for labeling him an “anti-Muslim extremist.” This is rich, considered Mr. Nawaz is a former Islamist turned Muslim reformer.
Yet Big Tech still listens to the Southern Poverty Law Center and takes action to punish its targets. Amazon recently booted Alliance Defending Freedom from its AmazonSmile charity program because of the center’s designation....
One doesn’t even have to look to Big Tech to see the almost infinite malleability of the “hate speech” label. In the name of stopping hate speech, university mobs have turned their ire not just against alt-right figures like Milo Yiannopoulos and Richard Spencer, but also against the most mainstream of conservative voices, like Ben Shapiro and Heather Mac Donald.
Dissenting progressives aren’t spared, either. Just ask Evergreen State College’s Bret Weinstein, who was hounded out of a job after refusing to participate in a “day of absence” protest in which white students and faculty members were supposed to leave campus for the day to give students and faculty members of color exclusive access to the college.
Rather than having these private companies decide on their own what is objectionable to them with vague definitions of hate speech, it would be better, French argues to make their decisions based on the legal definitions of libel and slander.
To be sure, this would tie their hands more: Unlike “hate speech,” libel and slander have legal meanings. There is a long history of using libel and slander laws to protect especially private figures from false claims. It’s properly more difficult to use those laws to punish allegations directed at public figures, but even then there are limits on intentionally false factual claims.
It’s a high bar. But it’s a bar that respects the marketplace of ideas, avoids the politically charged battle over ever-shifting norms in language and culture and provides protection for aggrieved parties. Nor do tech companies have to wait for sometimes yearslong legal processes to work themselves out. They can use their greater degree of freedom to conduct their own investigations. Those investigations would rightly be based on concrete legal standards, not wholly subjective measures of offensiveness.
Private corporations can ban whoever they like. But if companies like Facebook are eager to navigate speech controversies in good faith, they would do well to learn from the centuries of legal developments in American law. When creating a true marketplace of ideas, why not let the First Amendment be your guide?
Sounds like a much more reasonable standard than something as amorphous and subjective as "hate speech."
Ben Shapiro, who has been a target of personal attacks from Jones and thinks Jones is a vile person, also criticizes the decision by these companies to ban him. But, as Shapiro argues, the Left won't stop with Alex Jones.
But I’m far more concerned with social-media arbiters suddenly deciding that vague “hate speech” standards ought to govern our common spaces than I am with the daily dose of detritus distributed by this delirious dunce. Social-media giants had a choice here. If they wanted Jones gone, they could simply have defined a standard limit on the number of debunked conspiracy theories one could peddle on the site before being banned, or they could have created a standard prohibiting public threats.
Instead, they chose the most politically correct way of booting Jones: They claimed he’d violated undefined standards regarding “hate.” That’s why so many on the right are rushing to Jones’s defense — not because they like Jones or anything he stands for, but because the Left is happy to apply double standards under the rubric of “anti-hate measures.”
To see how, we only need to examine the last week of news. Sarah Jeong, the newest member of the New York Times editorial board, has tweeted dozens of times, in racist fashion, about white people. The Left defended Jeong, not on the grounds that the New York Times ought to ignore social-media mobbing, but on the grounds that people of color can’t be racist. Were Jeong white, the Left dutifully explained, she would justifiably be fired; but since she is an Asian-American graduate of Berkeley and Harvard Law School, she’s a victim of the white patriarchy, and thus fully entitled to use racist slurs to target those with less melanin in their skin. “Hate speech,” it seems, only runs one way.
And it only applies to particular viewpoints, too. Suggest that Caitlyn Jenner is a man, and you might be violating crucial social-media “hate speech” taboos; suggest that the Jews are bloodsucking demons, as Louis Farrakhan does, and the leaders of the Women’s March will still hobnob with you.
Is it any wonder, then, that conservatives don’t trust social-media hall monitors to apply their alleged rules with equal vigilance? It’s demonstrative of the echo chamber that is Silicon Valley that rather than going after Jones on some semblance of an objective standard, they went directly for the buzzwords that will be most popular among those who love Sarah Jeong.
Unfortunately, the informal implementation of left-wing “hate speech” standards will likely be only a precursor to far more devastating culture wars to come. That’s because the Left does not operate in good faith. People of rational mind agree that Jones is a never-ending font of silly garbage. But the Left won’t leave it at Jones, which is why the social-media giants didn’t craft an objective standard to apply.
Robby Soave also weighs in to argue that the issue isn't free speech, - after all, these are private companies - but the "incoherence of 'hate speech.'"
Facebook doesn't actually need a reason to ban people from its platform. It can take virtually any action it thinks will improve the user experience. It could ban all conservatives tomorrow if it so desired.
Facebook did give a reason for banning Jones, though, and it's a fairly weak and ill-defined one. "As a result of reports we received, last week, we removed four videos on four Facebook Pages for violating our hate speech and bullying policies," the company explained. The problem was not that Jones was lying, or engaged in libel, or spreading fake news. The problem was hate speech. But we don't know which statements he made were deemed hateful, or why. We don't know if Jones is being singled out, or if anyone who said the things he said would be banned. We don't know if a statement has to be targeted at a particular person to count as bullying, or whether generic trutherism could fit the bill.
I'm saying this for a third time so that I'm not misunderstood: Facebook can define hate speech however it wants. I am criticizing the lack of clarity in its definition, not because I think the government should intervene, but because I am a user of Facebook who worries that a stronger anti-bullying policy will be difficult to apply evenly.
Jones has been engaged in the same shtick for years. I can't imagine that no one had ever complained about him before. So why now? What is so hateful or bullying about his speech that wasn't apparent last week? What prompted the clearly coordinated campaign to remove him from so many major publishing platforms?
Soave quotes what he wrote in response to Zuckerberg's comments that Holocaust deniers should not be banned from Facebook.
In our modern political discourse, Facebook plays a role very much akin to the public square: a massive one, involving the entire world. The arguments for letting nearly all voices—even deeply evil ones, provided they do not organize direct violence or harassment—be heard on this platform are the same arguments for not taking the European route on hate speech: Policing hate on a very large scale is quite difficult given the frequently subjective nature of offense; we risk de-platforming legitimate viewpoints that are unpopular but deserve to be heard; and ultimately, silencing hate is not the same thing as squelching it.
The story of what has happened with Alex Jones is a good trial of whether or not people believe anymore in the famous quote that Voltaire, apparently, never said, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Such an attitude has long been the classical liberal attitude toward freedom of speech. Sadly, it no longer is. Just about everyone can agree that Alex Jones is truly loathsome. Let him rant his ugliness. Let the courts proceed with the suit by the Sandy Hook parents. At least, if they're going to ban him, don't do it because of some ill-defined "hate speech." Do it because he has made reckless statements about the killings at Sandy Hook that have led to harassment of grieving parents by his rabid viewers. What is more important is the precedent that has been set and where it goes from here.
For an example of how those on the Left will band together to try to ban speech of which they disapprove, witness the recent story about how journalists pressured the Newseum, the museum devoted to freedom of the press, to stop selling T-shirts that say "Fake News." Their objection was that this was legitimizing Trump's attacks on the press. As Tunku Varadarajan points out, they were missing the history of the phrase which first arose by Trump's opponents to characterize how Trump and his supporters manipulated the news. Several months later Trump started using the phrase and was able to turn the tables on those criticizing him. But the media critics of Trump ignored that history and pressured the Newseum to stop selling the shirts.
This sweeping mea culpa leads one to wonder how well the folks at the Newseum know their history. “Fake news” isn’t Mr. Trump’s own coinage. He first tweeted the phrase on Dec. 10, 2016, several months after his media detractors had used it as a barb against him. The modern paternity of the phrase, in other words, lies with the people who wanted to kill off the T-shirt.
But its first recorded use predates the Trump presidency by some distance. On June 7, 1890, the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune headlined a story thus: “Secretary Brunnel declares that fake news about his people is being telegraphed over the country.”
That said, the main objection to the Newseum’s decision isn’t pedantic. It has misunderstood completely the semiotics of the T-shirt. Who takes a T-shirt’s text literally? Wearers put them on for all sorts of reasons, frequently in pursuit of irony. Donning a T-shirt that blares “Fake News” on its front can just as easily be a subversion of the idea—a slap at Mr. Trump—as an endorsement of it.
You’d think the guardians of journalism would get that—even as they strong-arm a museum dedicated to free speech to pull a T-shirt whose message they dislike.
At the time, she claimed such questions were relevant because at least one judge had been accused of sexual harassment. The judge in question was Alex Kozinski – on the 9th Circuit – while the first judge Hirono asked these questions to was nominated to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Not that the difference matters, but it’s basically like someone from Facebook asking if you ever embezzled money because someone from Twitter was accused of doing so. Same industry, different companies, and using one incident to justify asking inappropriate questions....
Hirono in January asked Judge Kurt Engelhardt two questions about his sexual history designed to look like perjury if someone in the future accused him. Engelhardt was confirmed to the 5th Circuit despite Hirono’s questions, and has thus far not been accused of sexual misconduct.
During his senate hearing, Hirono asked Engelhardt the following:
Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?
As Woehrle and attorney Scott Greenfield have pointed out, this is an incredibly leading question that has two unrelated parts.
“This question deliberately lumps together two very different things,” Woehrle wrote. “A request to your spouse for sexual favors is not illegal, even if your spouse says he doesn’t want sex; by contrast, assault of a sexual nature certainly is illegal, and should preclude anyone who commits it from ever being a judge.”
But as anyone with commonsense would know, there is no way to know something is unwanted until you ask.
“Defenders of Senator Hirono’s questions say they are appropriate because she is asking about unwelcome sexual advances, and sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances,” Woehrle wrote. “But that is as illogical as saying that because Aristotle is a man, all men are Aristotle. To be sexual harassment, sexual advances or other behavior must be ‘unwelcome.’ But that does not mean that all, or even most, unwelcome behavior is sexual harassment.”
Woehrle points out that courts have up held that to be sexual harassment in the legal sense, the unwelcome conduct “must be ‘severe or pervasive’ enough to create a hostile environment for a ‘reasonable person,’ based on their sex, and be ‘objectively offensive,’ not just subjectively unwelcome.”
Kamala Harris, who is all set to run for president in 2020, is fully embracing identity politics. She just doesn't want to call it that. But she's happy to advocate that Democrats should be choosing more women of color. And, by happy coincidence, she is a woman of color. Isn't that a wonderful coincidence?
“I have a problem, guys, with that phrase, ‘identity politics,’” Harris told the audience. “Because let’s be clear, when people say that, it’s a pejorative. That phrase is used to divide, and it is used to distract. Its purpose is to minimize and marginalize issues that impact all of us. It is used to try and shut us up.”
The left have become experts at flipping reality on its head, blaming others for the very behavior they project.
Harris launched into the discussion on identity politics after noting the Democrats “shouldn’t just be thanking women of color for electing progressive leaders in 2018, we should be electing women of color as those leaders.”
The California lawmaker declared Democrats “won’t be shut up, and we won’t be silenced” on issues like playing the race card, abortion and advocating for illegal immigrants.
“And let’s be clear these issues that they’re trying to diminish and demean are the very issues that will define our identity as Americans,” she concluded.
Who knew that our identity as Americans meant supporting abortion and illegal immigration?
A Santa Barbara city councilman inadvertently let slip the primary purpose of progressivism in 21st century America.
The city recently criminalized the use of plastic straws. Speaking to that issue, Councilman Jesse Dominguez said, “Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.”
Got that? "We" are smarter than you and know what's best for you better than you do.
The comment sparked an immediate backlash from people who read the quote in Noozhawk and other local media, wondering “did he really say that?” Yes, he did, and on Tuesday, Dominguez apologized for the comment. “I just wanted to apologize,” Dominguez said at the beginning of the meeting. “A few weeks ago I made a string of words in a rhetorical fashion about regulation and they were not taken as rhetorical and that’s my fault so I want to apologize.”
Now, we do have to admit that the good councilman has a point about Santa Barbara citizens lacking common sense. He’s on the city council, after all. Sort of an inversion of the great rhetorical question both Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan liked to ask: “Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?”
But “string of words”? I know of a new editorial board member at the New York Times who will buy that, but otherwise I think everyone can understand exactly what the councilman believes. That “string of words” combines into a noose for individual liberty. And common sense. Here’s to hoping the voters of Santa Barbara recover their common sense and pull the string on Dominguez (and his “words”) at the next election, along with the other five knuckleheads who voted for the plastic straw ban.
Maybe he can address exactly which aspects of our lives he doesn't believe the government should regulate.
Tamara Berens explains how anti-Semitism is a chosen strategy of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party's leadership. It's been clear for a while now that Corbyn has a history of hanging with anti-Semites and participating in anti-Israel activities. But Corbyn isn't apologizing or resigning as most politicians would have to do if even half of what has been made public about Corbyn's history had come to light. And other leaders of Labour with similarly ugly histories are remaining in leadership. It's clear that this is now a choice and that says a lot about the state of British politics.
erate action to sow discord with both the Jewish community and moderate Labour MPs. The Labour National Executive chose not to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism used by the British government, Metropolitan Police, and many other institutions around the globe. They opted instead to omit examples of antisemitism relating to Israel from their definition, including guidance that calling the creation of Israel a racist endeavor is an antisemitic claim. After reacting to the Jewish community’s longstanding pleas for change with empty promises, the adoption of the IHRA definition in full was a prime opportunity for the Labour party to achieve an easy win. The choice to reject it should be seen as nothing less than a deliberate snub of British Jewry.
As well as snubbing the Jewish community, Jeremy Corbyn appears to be actively seeking the silencing of his internal political opponents. Margaret Hodge, a veteran Jewish Labour MP, recently publicly confronted Corbyn about his attitude towards antisemitism, accusing him of being a “racist and anti-Semite.” Ian Austin MP, supporter of the parliamentary Labour Friends of Israel group, also stood up for his values and made his disagreement with Corbyn’s rejection of the IHRA definition known. They are now both under formal investigations by the party and were sent letters threatening "disciplinary action."These investigations seem to be moving suspiciously more swiftly than those initiated by the party against Corbyn allies Ken Livingstone and Naz Shah.
Finally, an old video recently resurfaced of Jeremy Corbyn linking a terror attack in Egypt to “the hand of Israel.” The 2012 interview on Iranian-owned Press TV saw him pedal anti-Israel conspiracy theories in a discussion of a bombing where 16 Egyptian policemen were killed in the Sinai desert. His comments from 2012 were defended last week by a Labour party spokesperson, who asserted that his “speculation” had been factually based on previous Israeli actions in Egypt.
So why would he be doing all this? It could be that he's just an unreconstructed anti-Semite but it seems more like he's chosen this as a political strategy that he thinks will help Labour. It's also clear that Corbyn likes hanging with the sort of company that anti-Semitism puts him into.
Anti-Zionism—and by extension, giving credence to antisemites—is fundamental to the worldview Corbyn has cultivated on his journey to political stardom. For most of his political career, Corbyn was a fringe socialist politician and supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Assad, the Iranian Ayatollahs and Maduro’s Venezuela. After becoming Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn toned down some of this support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he has consistently maintained his support for anti-Zionist causes. What’s undoubtable is that throughout his career, his ultimate goal has remained the same; rejecting Western values and embracing the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a strategic bid to normalize and implement socialism in the UK.
Politically, Corbyn’s strategy is working: According to a recent YouGov poll, 61 percent of the party believes Corbyn is handling accusations of antisemitism well. And 80 percent of the party deems him a good leader overall. The events of the past few weeks indicate that the Labour leadership has been able to build on their apparent success to formally distance themselves from the overwhelmingly Zionist British-Jewish community. This perhaps became most apparent last Friday, when Jeremy Corbyn published another article in The Guardian disregarding his part in normalizing antisemitism in the party. The piece came out at 5pm, when the majority of Jews in the country were busy preparing for the Sabbath.
The reality is that support from the Jewish community is no longer an indispensable part of the Labour party. In fact, Corbyn’s foreign policy—a large aspect of his political differences to Blair’s Labour—rests on weakening UK-Israel relations. Corbyn has constructed a successful strategy for claiming the Labour party as his own socialist vehicle for disruption of the Western liberal order. Labeling recent events a “scandal” greatly underestimates the strategic nature of his leadership.
If you live in Washington D.C., as my daughters do, and already hate the Metro, now there is an additional reason to be contemptuous of how the Metro is being run.
All of the new 7000 Series rail cars on Washington D.C.’s Metrorail subway system must undergo repairs to replace the cars’ wiring, a new report says.
According to a review conducted by Metro’s Quality Assurance, Internal Compliance & Oversight office, the wire crimping on the cars was not correctly completed. The flawed wiring has and has been a factor in issues with the rail cars and can lead to major delays.
As a result, all of the 548 new rail cars currently in service must undergo repairs that are likely to take a full year to complete. The review determined that Metro did not demand Kawasaki, who was manufacturing the rail cars, to conduct relevant quality checks.
More delays - oh, joy. How can the leaders of Metro not demand quality checks?
I lived in D.C. when the Metro system was built and first opened. At the time, I was so very impressed at its design and how it operated. It was so clean compared to other cities' older systems. It's still clean, but it seems to have slow-downs and gets shut down on some routes way too often.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Senate debated a bill Wednesday that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in the homeland of Pope Francis, setting up a vote that could…
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Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) told the Tampa Bay Times today that Russian operatives have "penetrated" Florida election systems. "They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about," Nelson said. The remarks reportedly caused a stir among the state's election officials, who are busy preparing for midterm elections in November. Because despite today's statements and ongoing concerns over election security, state leaders don't appear to be keeping election officials in the loop. "There has been no current communication with anyone about any breach or problem," Okaloosa Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux told the Tampa Bay Times.
Kevin Cramer, surrounded by family and supporters, accepts the ND Republican endorsement for the US Senate Saturday at the ND Republican convention. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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An Army review concludes that commanders did nothing wrong when they kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they came back from Iraq or Afghanistan – even though all of those troops had been diagnosed with mental health problems or brain injuries. The Army's report, ordered by Secretary Eric Fanning , seeks to reassure members of Congress that it's treating wounded soldiers fairly. But senators and military specialists say the report troubles them. "I don't think the Army understands the scope of this problem," says Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. "And I don't think they've conveyed the seriousness to get it right." The Army's report is "unbelievable," says psychiatrist Judith Broder. "It's just bizarre." Broder was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Obama for organizing the Soldiers Project, a network of hundreds of psychotherapists and others who help troops and their families. NPR asked Fanning for an interview, but he declined and sent a statement:
The acting secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, promises to conduct a "thorough, multidisciplinary review" to determine whether thousands of combat soldiers with mental health problems or traumatic brain injuries have been unfairly kicked out of the Army for misconduct. His promise — in a letter to members of the U.S. Senate dated Nov. 30 but released Thursday — comes after NPR and Colorado Public Radio reported that commanders have dismissed more than 22,000 troubled combat troops since 2009 instead of helping them. The week after our story ran, a dozen U.S. senators wrote a letter to the Army demanding a full investigation. The written response from Fanning declares: "The decision to separate a Soldier from the Army for any reason is not an easy one. ... I appreciate the concerns you raised in your letter and take them very seriously." Fanning says the Army will assemble "a team of senior Army leaders," including its inspector general as the senators requested. "We will follow up
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: At a Senate hearing this morning, the secretary of the Army, John McHugh, talked about the Fort Hood shooting and the shooter, Ivan Lopez. He did have two deployments, including one four-month, approximately four-month deployment to Iraq as a truck driver. His records show no wounds, no involvement - direct involvement in combat. NPR's Daniel Zwerdling has been trying to uncover more of Ivan Lopez's past, and he joins me now. And, Danny, it sounds like this is not a case of a soldier's mental health problems being linked to service in Iraq. DANIEL ZWERDLING, BYLINE: Robert, I think it's way too early to say that. Military officials have been saying that to reporters all day long. And the implication seems to be that Lopez's mental health troubles had nothing to do with his service in the Army or the war. As you know, military officials have been very sensitive about this issue because their own studies have shown that large
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Senator Bill Nelson: Russia has breached Florida state election systems By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida’s Democratic senator said Wednesday that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state’s election systems ahead of this year’s midterms, but state officials said they have no information to support the claim. “They have already penetrated certain... Read more »
Primary night in Missouri and Kansas has come and gone, but certainly left lots to talk about in it's wake. We dived into the evening's results on both sides of the state line. When it came to Kansas , we spoke with the Democratic primary winners and analyzed why others did not fare so well. We let you know when you might expect to get the final result on the Jeff Colyer-Kris Kobach contest. Then, we looked at what voters' decisions could mean for the makeup of the Kansas House of Representatives. In Missouri , Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Josh Hawley are now officially competing against each other for a United States Senate seat after their primary night wins. We asked what that contest will look like as they make the run up to November's election. We also took a look at the results of two ballot issues and what the respective implications are for Kansas City, Missouri, landlords and Missouri labor unions. Kansas Sen Laura Kelly , Democratic candidate for Kansas governor
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: The husband and wife shooters who killed 14 people and wounded 21 others last week in San Bernardino, Calif., were radical extremists even before they began courting one another. That is according to FBI director James Comey, who spoke yesterday before a Senate panel. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) JAMES COMEY: They were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and then married and lived together in the United States. GREENE: Now, officials are also investigating whether one of the shooters had previously plotted a different attack on U.S. soil. Let's talk about all this with NPR counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston, who's on the line. Dina, good morning. DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, BYLINE: Good morning. GREENE: Let's start with that last part, if we can - a possible earlier plot involving one of the San Bernardino killers. What exactly happened? TEMPLE-RASTON: Well, the FBI's been
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Michigan’s Underdog Senate Primary Winner John James Offers A Bright Future For Voters And Republicans
Ignoring the Michigan race as an easy win for an incumbent Democrat is a mistake, with several factors making this a contest to watch.By Margot Clevelandhttp://thefederalist.com/2018/08/08/michigans-underdog-senate-primary-winner-john-james-offers-bright-future-voters-republicans/
Political newcomer John James won Michigan’s Tuesday Republican senatorial primary. The previous underdog finished with a solid 9 percent victory over opponent Sandy Pensler, thanks in part to a late-July endorsement from Donald Trump. Trump also recorded a telephone pitch for James that went out to Republican voters the day before they headed to the polls.
James, who suffers from sparse name recognition, will face Democrat Debbie Stabenow when voters head to the polls in November. Prior to the primary, Stabenow held a nearly 20-point lead in a hypothetical head-to-head contest between the Democrat senator and the political novice, leading national pundits to write off the contest.
RealClearPolitics, for instance, sees the seat staying in Democratic hands because of Republicans’ failure to “come up with a solid challenger.” Even with the increasing focus on the 2018 midterm elections—which will determine control of the Senate for the remainder of President Trump’s first term—Michigan’s Senate battle remains but a blip in the national coverage.
Ignoring the Michigan race, however, is a mistake, with several factors making this a contest to watch. First, beltway observers ignore James’ appeal. Salena Zito, whose on-the-ground, back-roads reporting of election 2018 proved prescient, captured this reality in her profile of the senatorial candidate, “John James Could Be the Future Republicans Have Been Waiting for.”
James is a young, accomplished, determined, devout black man, the kind of new conservative that the Grand Old Party needs to shake up next year’s midterm election cycle. He is at once full of energy, grace, command, and passion.
When this young man tells you he is running on conviction, everything about him tells you he is not a poser. He says: “I am called to a life of service. I want to serve my country and my community and my state. When I would come back from Iraq on leave during the great recession, the economic and societal devastation I saw here in my own state floored me.’”
The Democratic challenger for Colorado’s Third Congressional District seat, Gail Schwartz, met with about 30 supporters Wednesday in Cortez. Schwartz, a former state senator from Crested Butte, said a key way she differs from incumbent Scott Tipton of Cortez is regarding public-lands management. She said federal public lands should remain with the United States government rather than being transferred to the states. Schwartz said sportspersons are supporting her because she doesn’t want to “sell off” the lands.
The Philippines’ investment grade credit rating will be at risk if the current draft of a proposed federal government is approved, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd warned lawmakers on Wednesday. At the continuation of a Development Budget Coordination Committee briefing at the Senate, Dominguez said framers of the draft federal constitution did consider how the national debt [...]
While some members of the Hollywood ruling class flirted with backing ex-LA Los Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor during the primaries, there was no doubt that this Democratic town was going to line up behind Gavin Newsom once the current Lt. Governor secured the party's nomination in early June.
So, it's no real surprise that next week will find Universal Pictures Chair Donna Langley joining the usual deep pocketed suspects for a pricey fundraiser for the ex-San…