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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


          Lettera di Trump per Putin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Republican candidates cling on in US vote      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Republic candidates endorsed by President Donald Trump are locked in tight battles in elections Ohio and Kansas but Democrats are encouraged by the results. Reported by SBS 2 hours ago.
          Pentagon is moving toward establishing Trump’s Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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          North Korea Exceeding Commitment to Trump in Launch Site Dismantlement      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Satellite footage appears to show that North Korea is dismantling a satellite launch pad at the Sohae Launching Station in a move that would go beyond the country’s agreement with the US to completely denuclearize.
          Trump Lawyers Reject Broad Interview with Special Counsel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Attorneys for US President Donald Trump said their client would not be sitting for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators for their probe into alleged collusion between the president's campaign team and Russia under the terms of the interview Mueller suggested.
          'Censorship': Donald Trump Jr Slams US Senator Backing Ban on Alex Jones      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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.
          Comment on The Injustice of Highway Pollution by NoiseAnnoys24      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Well, I for one am very surprised to find out that Trump doesn't really care for poor people's health. It's almost like a big old businessman, who's never shown interest for anyone (that he can't grope) outside of his immediate circle, may have just lied to a bunch of poor folk, as he thought (knew) that they were gullible! Shocked, completely shocked!
          Chinese exports accelerate even as Trump escalates trade war      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China's exports surged more than expected in July despite U.S. duties and its closely watched surplus with the United States remained near record highs, as the world's two major economic powers ramped up a bitter dispute that some fear could derail global growth. David Pollard reports.

          Late Night Video: CNN’s Don Lemon rips Trump over personal attack on him and LeBron James      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CNN’s Don Lemon responds to President Donald Trump’s personal attack on himself and NBA star LeBron James, saying “referring to African-Americans as dumb is one of the oldest canards of racism in this country.”
          Indicted Rep. Collins was early loyalist to Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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

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          Only Around Half Of 'Tender Age' Children Will Be Reunited With Parents By Deadline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The U.S. government says it needs more time to reunite about 100 of the youngest migrant children it separated from their parents at the southern border. These are the so-called tender-age children under the age of 5. They were taken to youth shelters across the country while their parents were detained. Only about half of them will be reunited by tomorrow's court-imposed deadline. John Burnett is on the line with us from Austin. Hi, John. JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: Hey, Ari. SHAPIRO: So a federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to reunify these families by tomorrow. The government says it won't happen. What's the latest? BURNETT: Well, a Justice Department lawyer, Sarah Fabian, said the government would be able to reunify at least 54 of these 100 very small kids by tomorrow's deadline and maybe as many as 59. What's slowing them down is they haven't been able to find some of the parents. Some have already been
          The U.S. Has A Long, Troubled History Of Detaining Families Together      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Now that President Trump can no longer separate migrant families apprehended at the border, his administration is preparing to lock them up as a unit. The Defense Department is under orders to confine up to 12,000 immigrant parents with their children on military bases, as a way to deter future illegal immigration. Two installations in Texas plan to start putting up temporary housing after July Fourth. Family confinement has a troubled, litigious history in the United States, and legal advocates for immigrants are preparing for a major battle ahead. Inside a ramshackle ranch house in the inhospitable brush country of South Texas, a group of volunteers has been fighting family detention. The recent moves by the Trump administration to expand the confinement of undocumented families seeking asylum could make their 12-hour days even longer. "Tarantulas, we have rattlesnakes, we have scorpions," says Katy Murdza, advocacy coordinator for the CARA Family Detention Project , describing the
          'These Are Not Kids Kept In Cages': Inside A Texas Shelter For Immigrant Youth      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated June 15 at 12:50 p.m. ET This is the largest government-contracted migrant youth shelter in the country: Casa Padre, a former Walmart supercenter converted into living, recreational and dining quarters for nearly 1,500 immigrant boys. Shelter managers took reporters on a tour of the facility in Brownsville, Texas, on Wednesday, amid criticism over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has led to separating migrant families who crossed the border illegally. "We want to show you that these are not kids kept in cages," said Alexia Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the Texas nonprofit Southwest Key that operates the shelter. "We provide them excellent care." A network of about 100 migrant youth shelters are now 95 percent full. Casa Padre, which houses boys ages 10 to 17, has room for just 28 more children. The federal government is looking for additional places to put the surge of migrants, mostly from Central America, coming across the border seeking asylum. And
          Inside The Trial Of 3 Guatemalan Mothers Separated From Their Children      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three young Guatemalan women went on trial this week at the red-rock federal courthouse in Alpine, Texas. It's about 70 miles from the spot in the border town of Presidio where they waded across the Rio Grande three weeks ago, with their eight- and nine-year-old sons in tow. One of the women, Emilia Figueroa, testified during the trial that she believed if she brought her boy with her, the two of them would be released to live in the United States until their immigration court date. But, to their horror, the opposite occurred. Agents booked the Guatemalan mothers for unlawful entry and took their children away — to a shelter in New York City. Chris Carlin, the public defender handling their cases, said in an interview that he thinks this is all part of the Trump administration's mean-spirited plan to deter more unauthorized immigrants from coming. "The only thing that makes sense to me is to make it far more onerous to reconnect the adult with the child," Carlin said. "Why else would
          What Happens When Parents And Children Are Separated At The U.S.-Mexico Border      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: In the last few weeks, the Trump administration has been doubling down on its official policy of separating some parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border. As these cases become more common, we wanted a better understanding of what happens to families in these situations. Denise Gilman represents a mother currently separated from her 4-year-old and 10-year-old sons. They illegally crossed into the U.S. Gilman is the director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. Welcome to the program. DENISE GILMAN: Thank you. CORNISH: So let's start at the beginning. Your client is from El Salvador. Who is she? And how did she come to make the decision to come to the U.S.? GILMAN: So Jessica (ph) decided that she had to come to the United States for safety for herself and her two young boys when she was receiving very grave threats from the MS-13 gang and, in fact, had been beaten up by gang members who
          What #HeyJohnKelly Reveals About America's Immigrant Past      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
White House chief of staff John Kelly struck a nerve when he told NPR that many undocumented immigrants who come to the U.S. don't assimilate well because they are rural, lack education and don't speak English. Within hours of the interview last week, the Internet and cable news lit up. Conservatives who applaud President Trump's immigration clampdown gave Kelly kudos; immigrant advocates branded it a racist rant. In some ways, Kelly's statements contrasted with the inflammatory rhetoric of President Trump, who is under fire this week for calling some people who illegally cross into the U.S. "animals." Trump later clarified he was talking about members of the dangerous MS-13 gang. During the interview in his West Wing office last week, Kelly struck a different tone at first. "The vast majority of the people that move illegally into the United States are not bad people," he said. "They're not criminals. They're not MS-13." Then Kelly took a turn, reflecting the views of his boss, who
          As Border Crossings Tick Up, Migrants Bring Children, Take More Dangerous Routes       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The number of immigrants illegally crossing the southern border plummeted when Donald Trump took office. But the number is again on the rise. In response, the president plans to deploy up to 4,000 National Guard troops. In West Texas, immigrant shelters are overflowing with recent arrivals and some migrants are trying more dangerous routes to evade capture. The intake room at Annunciation House, an immigrant shelter in downtown El Paso, is packed these days. Parents and squirming children sit with their travel bags. They are the aggravations of Donald Trump. Thirteen-year-old Leslie Morán, with a ponytail and a Minnie Mouse shirt, says she and her father, Daniel, left Honduras because there was so much crime, and she couldn't attend school anymore. "They threaten you and rob you," she says. "We came here so I'd have a new opportunity to study." Her journey north, and thousands like it, have bedeviled the Trump administration, just as they did President Obama. New figures show a mini
          Immigration Advocates Warn ICE Is Retaliating For Activism      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Activists across the country say they are being targeted by federal immigration authorities for speaking out at protests and accusing the government of heavy-handed tactics. The Trump administration has warned that anyone in the country illegally could be arrested and deported under tough new enforcement rules. And federal officials deny allegations of retaliation. But the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups say they have documented two dozen cases of immigrant activists and volunteers who say they have been arrested or face fines for their work. They say many of the activists who are undocumented don't have criminal records and only came to the attention of Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of their activism. See the list of the 20+ immigration activists arrested here . "We're always at the marches and giving interviews, without fear of what could happen," says Zully Palacios Rodriguez, one of the activists caught by ICE. "So to go against us is a way to
          Immigrant Advocates Claim ICE Is Targeting And Deporting Them For Speaking Out      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit SARAH MCCAMMON, HOST: The Trump administration has warned that anyone in the country illegally could be arrested, but immigrant activists across the country say federal immigration agents are targeting them and deporting them for speaking out against the agency's heavy-handed tactics. As NPR's John Burnett reports, federal lawsuits have identified 16 undocumented immigrant leaders who've been arrested nationwide, including six organizers in a pro-immigrant group in Vermont. JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: A cold and lonely protest in the far reaches of New England, a dozen demonstrators stand amid piles of dirty snow outside of a health clinic in Richford, Vt., not far from the Canada border. They're upset that the Border Patrol arrested an undocumented dairy worker here right after he got his teeth cleaned. An unsmiling young woman in a pink knit cap steps forward. ZULLY PALACIOS: (Speaking Spanish). BURNETT: Her name is Zully Palacios. She's 24, from Peru
          Estas son las cinco 'celebrities' a las que daríamos la estrella de Trump en el Paseo de la Fama      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Tras la decisión del ayuntamiento de West Hollywood de retirar la estrella de Donald Trump, esta es nuestra propuesta de personalidades por las que se podría sustituir tan noble galardón.


          Deadspin Why Your Team Sucks 2018: San Francisco 49ers | Splinter Trump Has Reportedly Handed Over C      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Deadspin Why Your Team Sucks 2018: San Francisco 49ers | Splinter Trump Has Reportedly Handed Over Control of the VA to His Rich Mar-a-Lago Cronies | The Root Enough With the Shit, Green Party. The Coming Midterms Are Too Important for Your Shenanigans | The A.V. Club This Star

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          Midterm Elections Update: Market Not Too Worried About Trump Fatigue      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Investors brace for gridlock after mid-terms. But most say Trump's existing economic policies good for at least two more years.
          What Trump doesn’t understand about trade and tariffs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

What Trump doesn’t understand about trade and tariffsYahoo Finance columnist Rick Newman takes issue with the president’s economic prescriptions on trade.



          Donald Trump Tweeted 'Red Wave!' — And Twitter Users Brought The Snark      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Apparently, Trump doesn't care that the color red is associated with Soviet Russia.
          Iran rejects talks with US over 'erratic policies'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Tehran, Aug 9 (IANS) Iran has again ruled out any negotiation with the US, accusing it of pursuing "erratic policies" in dealing with the Islamic republic.

"The Americans have never acted with sincerity, and President Donald Trump's move and remarks to invite Iran for talks were merely a propaganda stunt," the state TV quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Wednesday after the cabinet meeting, Xinhua reported.

"The main reason behind this is that Trump does not care about either the Iranian people or international obligations," he added.

The US president has taken a hostile approach toward the Iranian nation by reimposing sanctions, Zarif noted.

"We had two years of intensive negotiations with the Americans and the Iran nuclear agreement was the result of these talks, but the Trump administration withdrew from it," he said

"How can the United States be trusted?" the Iranian minister warned.

Last month, Trump announced his readiness for an "unconditional" meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani over the existing issues between the two countries.

However, Trump on Monday signed an executive order re-imposing sanctions on Iran to exert "maximum economic pressure" on the Islamic republic.

--IANS

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          ‘Short-term’ plans can now be renewed for years      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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 […]

          'Stunning': Voting Rights Villain and Trump Sidekick Kris Kobach Refuses to Recuse Himself From Overseeing Recount of His Own Election      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Julia Conley, staff writer
Once tasked with overseeing the integrity of the United States' electoral system after spending much of his political career creating obstacles for Americans who want to vote, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Wednesday refused to recuse himself from a recount effort in a race he himself ran in.

          99-Year-Old Nuremberg Prosecutor Calls Trump's Detention of Children a 'Crime Against Humanity'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
The last surviving prosecutor at the Nazi Nuremberg trials just offered harsh criticism for the Trump administration's family separation crisis resulting from its cruel immigration policies, calling it "a crime against humanity."

          Trump Lawyers Say President Willing to Talk to Mueller...So Long as He Doesn't Ask About Obstruction of Justice      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jake Johnson, staff writer
President Donald Trump's lawyers have reportedly sent Special Counsel Robert Mueller a "counter-offer" regarding the scope of a possible sit-down interview as part of the ongoing Russia probe, and they apparently made one key demand: Absolutely no questions about whether Trump has obstructed justice.

          Continuing 'War on California' and Planet, Trump Makes First Move to Reopen State's Public Lands to Fracking      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jessica Corbett, staff writer
The Trump administration on Wednesday took the first step toward lifting a five-year moratorium on leasing federal lands in California to oil companies in a move that conservationists warn could open up more than a million acres to fracking.
Anti-fracking demonstrators

          The Shadow Rulers of the VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Isaac Arnsdorf
Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping the Trump administration's veterans policies.
President Donald Trump

          Debunking Trump's Racist Myth, Study Shows Immigrants Boosting US Healthcare, Not Draining It      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jake Johnson, staff writer
With the Trump administration reportedly close to unveiling a xenophobic proposal that portrays immigrants as leeches who exploit government healthcare programs at tremendous cost to U.S. taxpayers, a new study published on Wednesday shows that—contrary to the White House's narrative—immigrants effectively subsidize the care of native-born Americans by paying more into the healthcare system than they receive in treatment.

          Several CEOs who very publicly resigned from Trump's "advisory councils" over Trump's failure to condemn the Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesvile, are, one year later, headed to Bedminister, for a cozy private dinner with Trump at his golf club [Followup]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Followup [link] [30 comments]

          Trump is a University of Alabama fan [Creepy]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Creepy [link] [128 comments]

          Paul Ryan (R-etiring) says we're better off not knowing what President Trump wanted to do [Scary]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Scary [link] [99 comments]

          Lawyers defending former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort stake their client's freedom on the theory that a man who has had multiple affairs is not to be trusted [Ironic]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ironic [link] [98 comments]

          Once again, the Green Party proves they are worse than Trump supporters [Followup]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Followup [link] [298 comments]

          Trump tweets "5 for 5". Subby assumes you farkers have plenty of thoughts as to what he's referring to [Stupid]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Stupid [link] [158 comments]

          Thanks to the Democratic split deepening because of the fracture between the far left and establishment liberals, Trump could pull off yet another election surprise for the midterms [Obvious]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Obvious [link] [139 comments]

          GOP Representative Chris Collins arrested by the FBI for securities fraud. Trump probably shouldn't have used a monkey paw to wish for a distraction from the Manafort trial [News]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          GOP barely wins House seat it last won by over 30 points. Trump immediately congratulates the victor, himself, of such a huge win [Facepalm]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Facepalm [link] [221 comments]

          Chrysler's New CEO Has Dinner Date With Trump With Trade on Menu      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Chrysler's New CEO Has Dinner Date With Trump With Trade on MenuFiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has won tweets of praise from President Trump for its decision to shift pickup production from Mexico to Michigan. Now new Chief Executive Officer Mike Manley must try to parlay that goodwill into a change in the president’s trade policy. Manley, thrust into the CEO post two weeks ago with the unexpected death of Sergio Marchionne, joins more than a dozen other top executives meeting Trump today as the president shapes his economic message going into the midterms.



          U.S. finalises next China tariff list targeting $16 billion in imports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

U.S. finalises next China tariff list targeting $16 billion in importsThe United States will begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese goods on Aug. 23, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Tuesday as it published a final tariff list targeting 279 imported product lines. The action is the latest by U.S. President Donald Trump to put pressure on China to negotiate trade concessions after imposing tariffs on $34 billion in goods last month. China has vowed to retaliate to an equal degree.



          Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit may still be on the cards      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump may be on the cards, despite the rogue nation failing to meet its agreed-upon denuclearisation commitments. North Korean media says it strongly believes the summit could take place later this year, and possibly prior to the mid-term elections in November.
          Report: Former Trump aide Omarosa secretly recorded the president      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Newman wrote a book on her time in the administration, which is set to be released later this month

          U.S. Military Aid To Egypt Gives A 'Green Light' To Repression, Say Rights Advocates      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration's recent decision to release $195 million in military aid to Egypt, frozen last year over rights concerns, has left rights experts stunned and deeply worried.
          Deep State and MSM Will Fight to the Death Against Trump – Paul...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Deep State and MSM Will Fight to the Death Against Trump – Paul Craig Roberts


          Comment on New York Times Lies about Trump Lies by thingadonta      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I think the descent into media activism is probably about money-sensationalism sells. Groupish behaviour appeals. But then you could ask why it wasn’t like this before? Probably -media regulations and standards , and those who set them-changed. Not really sure how to solve it, but the media doesn’t seem to be what it was.
           Những chuyến “vi hành” của nhà lãnh đạo Triều Tiên Kim Jong-un       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gần đây, sau cuộc họp thượng đỉnh với Tổng thống Hàn Quốc Moon Jae-in (tháng Tư) và Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump (tháng Sáu), Nhà lãnh đạo Triều Tiên Kim Jong-un dành nhiều thời gian hơn vào các hoạt động thị sát, kiểm tra, đôn đốc các cơ sở sản xuất, từ nông nghiệp đến công nghiệp, nhằm phát triển kinh tế trong nước.Loạt hình ảnh về ông Kim Jong-un cũng được KCNA, hãng thông tấn chính thức của Triều Tiên, phát hành rộng rãi hơn với đa dạng các hoạt động, từ thăm cơ sở nghiên cứu nông nghiệp công nghệ cao, nhà máy sản xuất mỹ phẩm đến cơ sở sản xuất và sửa chữa xe bus.Các...
          Comment on Refugee contractors putting the squeeze on Potus, you need to squeeze back by Barbara Griffith      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I have already sent President Trump the information about what these contractors are being paid for dumping these refugees on towns an small cities on the taxpayers to support. I suggested he not take anyone but the Christian's or a few other refugees that are being persecuted. I hope he pays attention to what I said.
          #offensive - kerm1t.mp4      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          #offensive - mister.penguino      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Điểm Tin Thứ Năm 09.08.2018 (hậu 10/6/18 và ANM)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Tom Cotton is running for re-election. Duh.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said today that he's running for re-election in 2020. Just remember, state law was changed in 2015 so that Cotton could run for re-election and run for president in 2020 if opportunity knocked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


          Oklahoma Congressmen Face Tense Town Halls In Home Districts      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation are back in their districts through April 21, and many are meeting with constituents for the first time since the election of President Donald Trump. Rep. Tom Cole, R-OK4, held a town hall meeting Wednesday in Chickasha. The event was slightly tense, with many of the town hall’s 70 attendees urging Cole to take stronger stances against President Trump on issues like climate change and mental health services. “I came because I wanted to hear what he [Congressman Cole] had to say and because I have a few things that concern me,” said Judith Blake, a Norman resident. Cole spent more than two-and-a-half hours at the town hall, updating constituents on events in Washington. “We [are] here to answer your question or see what we can do to help,” Cole said, encouraging those with more personal questions to talk to him after the event. Cole’s town hall took place the day after Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-OK1, drew what the Tulsa World described as a
          8/9/2018: Companies: Pursuit Of Profit: Ivanka Trump Thanks ‘Mentor & Inspiration’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ivanka Trump has said that Indra Nooyi has been her mentor and inspiration as she expressed her gratitude for the outgoing PepsiCo chief's passionate engagement on various social issues. “The great @IndraNooyi is stepping down as PepsiCo CEO, after 12...
          8/8/2018: FRONT PAGE: Colombia’s      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
new, proTrump president took office, promising a more aggressive approach to the illegal drug trade.
          8/8/2018: FRONT PAGE: JUST ‘SO MANY LIES’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ALEXANDRIA, VA .• In blistering questioning, a defence lawyer accused the protege of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of being immersed in “so many lies,” he can’t remember them all, as he tried to undermine the credibility of the...
          8/8/2018: FRONT PAGE: CANADA, U.S. DIFFER ON SAUDI RELATIONS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON, D.C. • When Donald Trump became U.S. president, his first foreign trip was not to Canada, Mexico or anywhere in Europe, his closest neighbours and allies. It was to Saudi Arabia for a lavish state welcome that left Trump literally...
          8/8/2018: ECONOMY & BUSINESS: ACLU suit challenges administration’s new asylum rules      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fresh from a legal victory that forced the Trump administration to reunite families it had separated at the border, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a new lawsuit Tuesday that says the government is unfairly blocking thousands of migrants from...
          8/8/2018: POWER POST: How to make sense of the president’s tweets about California’s wildfires      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Between tweets about immigration and the economy, President Trump finally weighed in on the devastating wildfires ravaging California this summer. But Trump did not have a word for the residents who lost their homes or firefighters who lost their...
          8/8/2018: WEDNESDAY OPINION: The GOP’s elephant in the room      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Movement conservatives, including those who were initially leery of a Donald Trump presidency, are finding much to celebrate these days. The president is advancing their causes on many fronts: cutting taxes, remaking the judiciary, rolling back...
          8/8/2018: WORLD: Trading with Iran fuels U.S. threats      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT • Donald Trump has threatened to stop doing business with any country that trades with Iran as a war of words over his new sanctions escalates. The U.S. president claimed Tuesday that his hard-line stance on the regime was adopted to...
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President Trump might be golfing at his New Jersey resort, but back at home, he had some caroling visitors. Rosie O’Donnell, the actress and TV personality who has publicly traded barbs with the commander in chief, joined a bunch of Broadway musicians...
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Don Lemon on Monday night clapped back at President Trump after the commander in chief called him and NBA great LeBron James stupid. In a lengthy rebuke on his “CNN Tonight” program, the anchor accused Trump of being a racist. As our colleague Avi...
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TORONTO • Soup, soda and beer makers can’t seem to put a lid on the effects of the recent aluminum tariffs. The 10-per-cent fees that were slapped on imports of the metal by U.S. President Donald Trump in early July are making cans more expensive and...
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After the arrest of GOP Rep. Chris Collins, the first sitting Congressman to endorse then-candidate Donald Trump, on charges of insider trading, CNN's Jake Tapper takes a look at other Trump allies who have run afoul of the law.

          What does 'religious freedom' really mean to Trump?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force, reportedly to shield religious groups from discrimination. If that were really its purpose -- and it was deployed to protect Muslims who desire to travel to the United States, for example -- I'd be all for it. But members of the Trump administration have long sought to expand the role of religion in public life, and their interpretation of religious freedom actually compromises religious liberty.

          Trump administration to impose fresh sanctions on Russia after determining Kremlin used nerve agent in Salisbury attack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Trump administration to impose fresh sanctions on Russia after determining Kremlin used nerve agent in Salisbury attackThe US government has said it will impose fresh sanctions on Russia after determining it used a nerve agent in the attack against a former Russian spy in Salisbury. The State Department said the sanctions will be imposed on Moscow because it used a chemical weapon in violation of international law in the attack on former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33.



          Kansas Democrats smell opening in close GOP governor's race      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Kansas Democrats smell opening in close GOP governor's raceTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Out-of-power Kansas Democrats smelled opportunity Wednesday in the tight, unsettled GOP primary race for governor between Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a close political ally of President Donald Trump and a conservative lightning rod who alienates even some Republicans.



          Trump warns countries against doing business with Iran      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Trump warns countries against doing business with IranUS President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that sanctions reimposed on Iran were the "most biting ever" as he warned other countries from doing business with Tehran. "The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.



          Did Trump’s Comments On LeBron James Spark Other Black Athletes To Act?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By: Ryan Velez LeBron James may have one of the most fulfilling moments of his life by opening a school in his hometown in Akron, but in the eyes of the general public, Donald Trump overshadowed things with a mean-spirited tweet targeted towards both his intelligence and his career as opposed to Michael Jordan. However, […]

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          How Would New U.S. Auto Tariffs Impact Hyundai and Kia?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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

 

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


          Chinese exports accelerate even as Trump escalates trade war      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China's exports surged more than expected in July despite U.S. duties and its closely watched surplus with the United States remained near record highs, as the world's two major economic powers ramped up a bitter dispute that some fear could derail global growth. David Pollard reports.

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

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

Here's the scoreboard:

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

S&P 500: 2,861.20 +2.75 (+0.096%)

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

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

And a look at the upcoming economic calendar:

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          Dear @Alyssa_Milano: Perhaps Try Reducing Your Media Kool-Aid Intake      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
  What does Trump Derangement Syndrome look like? A popular actress who is convinced that the only explanation for third-party votes in a special congressional election is Russian meddling. What causes this kind of dangerous paranoid lunacy? A constant diet of one-sided partisan media. It’s likely that Ms. Milano never watches any “news” except CNN […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get a load of this

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

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

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

This leads me to a question.

Is Chris Collins an idiot?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Members of Congress should not trade stocks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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          A goat herd is helping Trump pay tens of thousands of dollars less in property taxes on his New Jersey properties      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • A goat herd is helping President Donald Trump pay thousands of dollars less in property taxes on his New Jersey properties, thanks to a state law designed to benefit farmers.
  • The Wall Street Journal estimated in 2016 that Trump paid less than $1,000 a year in property taxes on land that would typically require roughly $80,000. 

President Donald Trump is able to pay tens of thousands of dollars less in property taxes on his New Jersey golf courses because of a goat herd, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Citing public records, The Journal reported in 2016 that Trump had been able to save thousands of dollars in property taxes on his two properties in Bedminster — where he is this week for a "working vacation" — and Colts Neck. Because the properties have a goat herd, as well as hay farming and woodcutting, New Jersey law permits them to receive a farmland tax break.

Therefore, Trump pays reduced property taxes on the parts of his golf courses dedicated to farming, the report says.

Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster maintains 113 acres of hay farming and eight goats, and the property in Colts Neck has 40 acres of hay production and trees, The Journal reported, citing tax-break applications reviewed in 2016 during the presidential campaign.

The Journal estimated that Trump paid less than $1,000 a year in property taxes on land that would typically require roughly $80,000.

The farmland-assessment program Trump is benefitting from was added to the New Jersey Constitution in 1963 to prevent overdevelopment in the already crowded Garden State, the report says.

The tax break is both popular and controversial in New Jersey, a state that has some of the highest property taxes in the country and is trying to maintain a semblance of its agricultural history as its population density continues to rise.

At the time of the Journal report, Trump's New Jersey properties, both of which are in wealthy areas of the state known for their horse farms, had last been approved for farmland assessments in 2015.

It's not the first time Trump has received a tax break for one of his properties. Trump famously received massive tax breaks from New York City on some of his most notable real-estate projects, including Trump Tower and The Grand Hyatt.

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          Following Trump, government uses California wildfires as excuse to attack endangered species protections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Just two days after President Trump issued an utterly uninformed tweet about the causes of the California wildfires, his ulterior motives began to come into focus.

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          Trump can't even criticize California without looking foolish      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

To the editor: If there ever was a single action that President Trump could take to demonstrate his unfitness for office, it’s his nonsensical tweeting about California sending water to the Pacific Ocean instead of using it to fight fires.

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          The US never banned asbestos. Now Trump may assist its comeback      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Asbestos is indisputably a carcinogen. But the US has never fully banned it, unlike more than 60 other countries. Instead, the US opted to restrict…
          Trump backer Collins committed insider trading at the White House picnic, says DOJ      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Chris Collins, the Republican upstate New York Congressman, surrendered himself to FBI agents this morning, alongside his son and the father of his son’s fiancee.…
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The Trump administration looks to cut the Iranian economy from a key source of revenue. Analysts say past sanctions weren't totally able to do that.

          The Fact Is Nothing Is Going to Done About Climate Change Until It Kills Lots of White People      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The average white person only wakes up when it's: "time to die." by Charles Mudede


This is the world we live in, and those in power know this world very well. What is between climate change and meaningful human action is simply white American lives. As long as they are not directly threatened, we can continue business as usual. Cars can burn fossil fuels with total abandon, fires can burn huge portions of US states, houses can fall into the sea. But if white lives are not lost, we can pretty much not change a damn thing about this society. Climate denial has nothing but this as its firm and dependable political support. It is indeed the central platform of the US's dominant political party, the GOP. And many middle-class whites are aware of this fact in the back of their minds. It is their price for what soul singer D'Angelo called a slice of the "devil's pie."

And there is plenty to go around.

Indeed, we can expect that, as climate change worsens, the government will spend more on white lives for no other purpose than to maintain the current economic order, which is largely structured to grow, endlessly, the profits of energy corporations. The market capitalization for just the gas and oil sector alone is over $1 trillion. They have the money. They have the data. They have huge political influence. And I'm going to say it like it is: In the light of this influence, Trump appears as no accident of history. It's not a miracle that the racist somehow seems to never sink no matter what he says or does. You can always walk on water if the future of climate change non-action is the recognition and defense of white American lives.

We only have to see last year's hurricane season to find evidence for this claim. Examine the government's responses to destruction in Texas and Florida and to that in Puerto Rico. It's day and night. No one even talks about Texas and Florida anymore. Puerto Rico, which only got most of its power back this week (just in time for the next hurricane season), is still in the news because it lost, according to report from Harvard University, "at least 4,645." This was more than 70 times the official count of 64. But that high number still means nothing to most white people. It could easily be 400 times or 800 times or 1600 times that, and still the fortress of climate change denial would be safe from terrified whites. Those lives on that island are black and brown. They do not matter. Politically, the average white person only wakes up when it's: "time to die."

At the beginning of the 21st century, we see the final expansion of American racism, which had its roots in the justification of robbing labor from black Africans. American socialism, which became politically potent after the crash of 1929 (entered the mainstream as the New Deal), was kept in check by this racism (political compromises to Southern Democrats). The GOP's rise in the 1980s was made possible by this racism. And now, at the global stage, as the planet faces a devastation whose scale will be apocalyptic, we find any attempt to address it is again checked by American racism.

This post and its reasoning dubs this passage in Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me:

The Earth is not our creation. It has no respect for us. It has no use for us. And its vengeance is not the fire in the cities but the fire in the sky. Something more fierce than Marcus Garvey is riding on the whirlwind. Something more awful than all our African ancestors is rising with the seas. The two phenomena are known to each other. It was the cotton that passed through our chained hands that inaugurated this age. It is the flight from us that sent them sprawling into the subdivided woods. And the methods of transport through these new subdivisions, across the sprawl, is the automobile, the noose around the neck of the earth, and ultimately, the Dreamers themselves.

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          As the Blue Wave Builds, Trump "Thought Leaders" Turn Against QAnon Conspiracy Theory. Why???      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Blabbermouth Podcast Episode 161 by The Stranger

Episode 161 talks about Tuesdays primary and special election results, a conservative fight over QAnon, and the must-see movie Dark Money.
Episode 161 talks about Tuesday's primary and special election results, a conservative fight over QAnon, and the must-see movie Dark Money. Scott Olson / Getty Images

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The “blue wave” came through Blabbermouth's home state on Tuesday, and Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about what happened — including some drama Rich got into with local Republicans trying to pull an “enemy of the people” move on his right to report.

They also talk about the Ohio special election, in which there’s a virtual tie between the Democrat and Republican candidates in a district that Republicans would normally win easily. That’s great news for wave-trackers, but: Did the Green Party candidate in this special Ohio election spoil the Dem’s chances of turning a virtual tie into an outright win? Dan has some thoughts.

After that, Katie Herzog explains what QAnon is and why Republican “thought leaders” are trying to keep Trump’s base from believing the conspiracy theory.

Finally, Dan offers a tribute to Charlotte Rae and Eli talks about a new, must-see documentary called Dark Money. Plus...


          As the Blue Wave Builds, Trump "Thought Leaders" Turn Against QAnon Conspiracy Theory. Why???      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Blabbermouth Podcast Episode 161 by The Stranger
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The “blue wave” came through Blabbermouth's home state on Tuesday, and Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about what happened — including some drama Rich got into with local Republicans trying to pull an “enemy of the people” move on his right to report.

They also talk about the Ohio special election, in which there’s a virtual tie between the Democrat and Republican candidates in a district that Republicans would normally win easily. That’s great news for wave-trackers, but: Did the Green Party candidate in this special Ohio election spoil the Dem’s chances of turning a virtual tie into an outright win? Dan has some thoughts.

After that, Katie Herzog explains what QAnon is and why Republican “thought leaders” are trying to keep Trump’s base from believing the conspiracy theory.

Finally, Dan offers a tribute to Charlotte Rae and Eli talks about a new, must-see documentary called Dark Money.

Plus, as always the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

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          Finally, People Are Talking About Climate Change. But Is It Too Late?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
by Katie Herzog

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Something strange is happening in America right now: People are talking about climate change.

Before The Stranger saved and then quickly crushed my body, mind, and spirit, I worked for Grist, the Seattle-based online magazine with a focus on climate change. (Apropos of nothing, Grist unceremoniously booted me and four out of five of the staff writers a few days after Donald Trump took office, but I'm not bitter. Really. The office was always freezing and it's going to get creamed when the earthquake comes.) While I was at Grist, what I noticed through writing about climate change five days a week, was that no one gave a shit. We had a dedicated audience of 6 to 10 commentors (everyone's favorite was a gay man in New York who primarily used the comment section to hit on a very cute young intern named Sam), but for the most part, people just didn't care. Nothing makes someone's eyes glaze over faster than the word's "climate change."

It's kind of wild how little people are paying attention: climate change is leading to huge increases in human suffering as parts of the world dry up and others flood, burn, and blister. The repercussions of this man-made phenomenon are genuinely terrifying, and not just for tree-huggers and nature-lovers. There's some evidence, for instance, that the conflict in Syria was in part sparked by climate change-connected drought and subsequent food shortages, which then led to the migrant crisis currently embroiling Europe... which, in turn, led to a resurgence of white nationalism and xenophobia in places like Italy, France, and the UK. Climate change touches everything, and yet, we really don't talk about it much. Broadcast news organizations ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox had a combined total of 50 minutes of climate change coverage in 2016. That's less than the Jolie-Pitt breakup. The world is burning, and we're over here freaking out about celebrity divorce.

In recent weeks, however, there's been a noticeable uptick in climate change news, inspired, I'm guessing, by the catastrophic wildfires currently burning through California. Climate change is easy to ignore until a wildfire threatens to destroy your neighborhood. Here's how Google has tracked in the term over the past 30 days.

In the midst of these disasters, NPR has been discussing climate change every day, and the networks and cable changes have at least mentioned the words. Even Jimmy Kimmel talked about it on his show Tuesday night, with a message that was designed to reach the heart of one Donald J. Trump:

But will an uptick in coverage have any affect on public policy? And is there still time to correct this collision course? According to a report released this week by a international team of climate scientists, we're reaching the "too-little-too-late" stage of ecological collapse. The paper portrays a potential future of dead forests, rapid sea level rise, and storms that make Sandy, Maria, and Katrina look minor if we don't transition to a carbon-neutral economy yesterday. It does not look good.

The media immediately jumped on the study, issuing dire headlines about the end of mankind, but the paper's author took issue with this sort of coverage. She pointed out on Twitter that people probably weren't reading the study if their takeaway from it was that it's too late. The truth, according to the researchers, is that it's not too late—at least, if we actually take action on fossil fuels now, not later. Of course, Donald Trump is the kind of man who thinks wind turbines are ugly and diesel exhaust smells like money, so under this administration and with Republicans in control of Congress, the hope of any sort of progressive action on climate change is smaller than none. Still, there's an election coming in a mere 90 days. If we're going to get leaders in office who are willing to help up save ourselves, now may very well be our last chance to do it. There's no excuse this time; each and everyone of us who is concerned about the fate of the planet—and our species—must vote.

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          Mayor Durkan Is Hell-Bent on Killing the Center City Connector      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
by David Cole

Future corridor of the Center City Connector. For Mayor Durkan, no lie is too big in order to stop the project.
Future corridor of the Center City Connector. For Mayor Durkan, no lie is too big in order to stop the project. DAVID COLE

This past spring I compared Mayor Durkan’s decision to “pause” the Center City Connector with a similar idiotic decision by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley in 2013.

Upon due reflection, I owe the mayor an apology—Mayor Cranley, that is. Jenny Durkan has proven herself to be far more dishonest and conniving than John Cranley could ever hope to be.

John Cranley, to his credit, at least made his intentions clear about what he planned to do to the city’s under-construction streetcar project if he were to be elected as mayor. He vowed to kill the project, and when he got elected, he did his best to do so. It was only a groundswell of grassroots activism that flipped two members of city council to a veto-proof supermajority in favor of completing the project. But for all of John Cranley’s faults, which are many, at least we knew what we were in store for.

Jenny Durkan, by contrast, is a master of Seattle-style passive-aggression. Her own campaign page—conveniently taken offline since I linked to it in my last column about the streetcar—touted the Center City Connector’s benefits. At campaign forums, she made sure to follow her consultants’ advice and at least pretend to be in favor of public transit and bike lanes.

Her actions as mayor to date, though, show where her true feelings about public transit lie, and it’s not a pretty picture.

When Durkan first paused the Center City Connector, she commissioned a study (with a six-figure price tag, no less) to determine why the project was supposedly running over-budget. That report, which was to have been made public no later than June 19th, still hasn’t yet been released to the public.

I can guess at its findings.

The cost increases are most likely due to scope creep—that’s when the city decides to build a streetcar and a dozen other city agencies use that as an excuse to add to the project their own new utility lines, street lights, and anything else that’s been sitting on their wish list for a while—and the fact that literally every construction project in the nation is facing rising costs due to labor shortages, Trump’s trade wars, and a construction boom. Contractors and their subcontractors are in a position to name their price because they have people breaking down their doors to build stuff. My colleagues and I are dealing with these issues on our own projects; it certainly isn’t limited to transit projects.

And the study most likely concludes that, despite these cost increases, canceling the project at this stage will cost nearly as much as finishing it—and cancelling it will also cause long-term damage to the city’s credibility when applying for federal grants for future transit projects. In other words, kiss light rail to Ballard and West Seattle goodbye.

It is any wonder Durkan doesn’t want the study released to the public? If my educated guesses are correct, the study makes Durkan look stupid for pausing the project. And I'm pretty confident that I'm on the right track here—because if the study said the streetcar was a boondoggle that should never be built, Durkan would be shouting its findings from the top of the Space Needle and hand-delivering the study itself to every household in Seattle.

Instead Durkan went with Underhanded Plan B: Put out a press release saying the ten new streetcars the city just ordered are too big to fit the tracks and the maintenance barn. “We just need to find a media outlet credulous enough to report our press release verbatim without doing any independent fact-checking,” an aide probably said.

Seattle Times: “Hold my beer.”

Local transit advocates and bloggers jumped upon the Seattle Times story like flies on a pile of shit, digging up the technical specifications online and pointing out that the differences between the new streetcars and current ones are negligible.

Let’s take the track gauge, for example. Standard Gauge is 4 feet, 8 ½ inches (1435mm) between the inside faces of the rails, and it’s been that way since the British invented railroads during the Industrial Revolution. That’s why it’s called Standard Gauge. With only a small handful of exceptions, every transit system, every streetcar, every commuter railroad, and every freight railroad in the United States—and throughout much of the world—uses Standard Gauge tracks.

This isn’t rocket surgery. Durkan claiming the new streetcars are of a different track gauge is like the salesman at Home Depot claiming the electric appliances sold at Lowe’s don't run on the kind of electricity in your home's electrical outlets.

The Seattle Times eventually updated its story to reflect the technical specifications, but the damage had already been done. Fox News, ever eager to paint liberal Seattle as a bunch of incompetents, as on the story within minutes. (Ironically, it was Durkan herself who was made to look like the idiot.) As they say, a lie gets around the world before the truth can get its pants on.

As it turns out, Durkan had simply been following the script of another Cincinnati sage, one who took place long before Mayor Cranley ever assumed office. Back in the 1920s, Cincinnati was building a subway system. But inflation and materials shortages were causing costs to skyrocket, and a new administration took charge in City Hall. Before long, stories were leaked to gullible newspapers that the curves in the tunnels were too tight for the subway trains. Those stories live on as urban legend in Cincinnati today, but in reality, the tunnels were built to the exact same specifications as what is now the MBTA Red Line in Boston. But the lies worked, and two miles of tunnels and uncompleted four station shells now sit abandoned under Central Parkway just north of downtown.

The new mayor of the time, Murray Seasongood, is still looked upon as a “reformer” even as the Cincinnati area chokes on car exhaust. With Seattle now copying so many of Cincinnati’s past mistakes, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Jerry Springer become our next mayor. But then, maybe he’d be an improvement over Durkan.

Seattle's Center City Connector has been through years of planning, design, public hearings, and Seattle Process. City Council has voted to approve it. Promises have been made, and federal grants have been approved. For Durkan to kill the project now, via a deceitful end run around all that public input, is so dictatorial a move that Trump himself would approve. (Memo to Mayor Durkan: Nobody gives a flying fuck how many photo ops you take with refugees on the Mexican border so long as you're acting like a Trump surrogate here at home.)

If Mayor Durkan doesn’t want her mayoralty to be looked upon as an unfortunate mistake in Seattle’s history, she needs to resume construction on the Center City Connector post-haste. And if she won’t do it, a veto-proof majority of City Council needs to step in and provide the leadership that Durkan is apparently incapable of.

You can and should sign the petition demanding that the city build the Center City Connector now.

David Cole is an architect in Seattle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOLY FUCK, LISA BROWN

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

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

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

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

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

HOLY FUCK, CAROLYN LONG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOLY FUCK, SARAH SMITH

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

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

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

HOLY FUCK, HOLY IS LOSING IN THE 6TH LD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A CLOSE #WALEG RACE IN WEST SEATTLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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          Slog AM: Washington Farmers Sweat New Chinese Tariffs, Man with Fake Charities Sued by Bob Ferguson, What's Up with Canada and Saudi Arabia?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Amazon capitalizes on convenience, Rep. Collins indicted, election night by Nathalie Graham

Saudi Arabia puts Canada on blast for its human rights violations... wait.
Saudi Arabia puts Canada on blast for its human rights violations... wait. studio-laska / Getty Images

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


He did that:


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

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


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

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

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

Now, what you're eating for breakfast today:

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

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

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Lissa C.

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

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DeeDee

A crazy good breakfast for Ken.

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

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Rudolpho E

Did you make this, Jim???

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

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Jim

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

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Harry

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

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

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          Just Following Orders: Overdue Oversight and Unanswered Questions on Family Separations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nearly three months after the Trump administration’s family separation policy began and over one month after a public outcry led to its end, Congress finally held its first hearing on the subject on July 31. It was a necessary step, but not nearly enough.
          Unbowed by Russia questions, Trump Jr. becomes GOP star      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — The president has been privately fretting over his eldest son's legal exposure in the special counsel's investigation. But Donald Trump Jr. isn't letting any scrutiny slow him down.Speculation about whether Trump Jr. co
          $15K in Utica ?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
   You can spend up to $15,000 for the best seat at Monday's Utica fundraiser for Rep. Claudia Tenney, who is widely considered in trouble against Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi in the Mohawk Valley/Southern Tier district.
     Ms. Tenney looks like she is struggling as she is always angling to get on FOX to be interviewed...Mr. Brindisi seems more relaxed and while he has had to tack left to raise  money, his record has been more moderate including opposition to the SAFE Act.
      Mr. Trump ran well in this district, but this one is a heavy lift.
          Trump officials open door to fracking in California      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration is starting the process of opening up large swaths of land in California to hydraulic fracturing.In a notice issued to the Federal Register Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said it intends to analyze...
          Samantha Bee: 'I Crossed A Line' In Using Expletive To Describe Ivanka Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 9:20 a.m. ET Comedian Samantha Bee has apologized for a vulgar epithet she used to describe the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, saying she "crossed a line" earlier this week on an episode of her TBS show. Bee, a former correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart , made the comment on the Wednesday edition of her Full Frontal with Samantha Bee . In a segment on how the government lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children who had entered the U.S. as unaccompanied minors, Bee lashed out at Ivanka Trump for posting a picture of her and her son on Twitter. "You know, Ivanka, that's a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, 'Do something about your dad's immigration practices, you feckless c***," she said, using a vulgar term for the female anatomy. "Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing stop it," Bee said. The remark elicited condemnation from the White House. Press secretary Sarah Sanders weighed
          China Retaliates With New Tariffs, Hunkering Down for Long Fight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Beijing warned it would match the Trump administration step for step should it move ahead with new tariffs on Chinese imports, as trade data showed the country is shoring up its economy for a long trade conflict with the U.S.

          Trump’s Shaky ’5-for-5′ Is Really ’4 For Sure’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Candidates supported by Donald Trump had tentatively victorious nights on Tuesday. The Democrat in OH-12 apparently won’t concede, but the 1,700-vote margin held by Republican Troy Balderson is overwhelmingly unlikely to go the other way with the remaining provisional ballots. The Kansas governor’s primary race, on the other hand, really is too close to call. [...]
          New York Times to Pass 4 Million Subscribers ‘Soon’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The New York Times, the most prestigious newspaper in the United States, announced Wednesday that it expects to “soon” cross the threshold of four million subscribers, even if growth is slowing. The company added 109,000 new digital-only subscriptions in the second quarter. As a result, the newspaper ended the quarter with a 2.89 million digital-only subscriptions and 3.8 million subscriptions as a whole, including readers who receive only the print edition. Trump's win a boost for Times Since late 2016, when Donald Trump shocked the US establishment by winning the US presidency, the Times has enjoyed a period of rapid growth, acquiring around one million new subscribers. “We’ll soon pass three million digital-only subscribers and four million total subscribers,” Mark Thompson, president and chief executive officer, told a conference call with investors, on Wednesday. But the market has seen digital subscription growth slow, with a net gain of 139,000 readers in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 157,000 new digital-only subscriptions in the last quarter of 2017. Thompson countered that the net additions were “still much higher” than typically achieved in the second quarter since the launch of the pay model. Another reason, he said, for the slowdown was the Times’ decision to reduce marketing spent on Facebook due to a dispute with the social network which is currently in the process of being resolved. Subscription numbers are up Subscription income accounted for 62.8 percent of revenue in the second quarter, compared to 50.5 percent five years ago, an increase that has partially offset a decline in advertising income, the company said. Subscription revenue was up 4.2 percent year-on-year, while advertising revenue was down 9.9 percent. Second-quarter digital advertising revenue decreased 7.5 percent, while total revenue increased to $414.6 million, a growth of 4.2 percent year-on-year. Net profit was $23.6 million, up 51 percent mainly due to a lower outlay on severance costs compared to the same quarter in 2017.
          Terms of Trump-Mueller Interview Still Being Negotiated       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fifteen months since special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to head the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump are still negotiating over what questions investigators can ask the president. News reports Wednesday quoted the president's lawyers as saying they are trying to narrow the scope of Mueller's questions by declining to allow the president to answer questions about possible obstruction of justice. In an interview with CNN, Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers on the case, said the team is sending a new letter today with a counteroffer. Giuliani declined to describe the counteroffer. The Washington Post reports Giuliani, a former New York mayor who joined the Trump legal team in April this year, said the letter will largely reject a presidential interview that would include questions about possible obstruction of justice, particularly in regard to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Mueller has been seeking to interview the president for months. Trump has repeatedly urged his legal team to allow him to be interviewed, believing it will give him the opportunity to clear his name. Trump's lawyers have advised him against it, citing the fear of a "perjury trap." One of the defenses often invoked by Giuliani and other members of Trump's legal team in regard to whether Trump is obstructing justice by firing Comey is Article II of the U.S. Constitution. The provision gives the president executive authority to appoint and dismiss members of his administration. In May 2017 Trump fired Comey, who was leading the Russia investigation. The day after the firing, Trump said that Russia was on his mind when he made the decision. Interview scope unclear The president's lawyers had previously offered the special counsel written answers to obstruction questions and insisted on limiting the interview to matters before Trump's presidential inauguration. Of particular interest to Mueller is the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between the president's son Donald Trump Jr., several top campaign aides, and a Russian lawyer with connections to the Kremlin. Last weekend, Trump tweeted that the meeting's purpose was to "get information on an opponent," i.e. former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He claimed that such a meeting was "totally legal" and "done all the time in politics." Trump's tweets are at odds with his own statements about the encounter, as well as with Trump Jr.'s statement in July 2017, saying the meeting had been mostly about issues related to Americans adopting Russian children. Last month, Trump declared on Twitter that "collusion is not a crime," as he continued his attacks on Mueller's investigation. Mueller is examining Trump's tweets and public statements to determine whether he made them with the intention to deceive investigators. Subpoena? If Mueller and the Trump legal team fail to reach an agreement on the interview, Mueller could resort to issuing a subpoena to the president. In an interview with ABC on Sunday, Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, said a subpoena would spark a legal battle that could go all the way to the Supreme Court. In May 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump," as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation." The investigation has led to the indictments of several members of Trump's circle, including former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, as well as 12 Russian intelligence agents. Trump has repeatedly called the Russia probe a "witch hunt."
          China, Germany Defend Iran Business Ties as US Sanctions Grip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signaled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalize businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. “China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction,” the Chinese foreign ministry said. “China’s commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions,” it added in a faxed statement to Reuters. “China’s lawful rights should be protected.” The German government said U.S. sanctions against Iran that have an extra-territorial effect violate international law, and Germany expects Washington to consider European interests when coming up with such sanctions. The reimposition of U.S. sanctions followed Trump’s decision earlier this year to pull out of a 2015 deal to lift the punitive measures in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program designed to prevent it from building an atomic bomb. Iran’s highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said meanwhile the country had nothing to be concerned about, a report on his official website said in an apparent reference to the imposition of the U.S. sanctions “With regard to our situation do not be worried at all. Nobody can do anything,” Khamenei said recently, the website reported. “There is no doubt about this.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in a meeting with North Korea’s foreign minister, said that America could not be trusted, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. “Today, America is identified as an unreliable and untrustworthy country in the world which does not adhere to any of its obligations,” Rouhani said. Tuesday’s sanctions target Iran’s purchases of U.S. dollars, metals trading, coal, industrial software and the auto sector. Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.” Europeans withdraw European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to respect the deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out. But that has proved difficult: European companies have quit Iran, arguing that they cannot risk their U.S. business. Among those that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France’s oil major Total, its big carmakers PSA and Renault, and their German rival Daimler. Danish engineering company Haldor Topsoe, one of the world’s leading industrial catalyst producers, said on Wednesday it would cut around 200 jobs from its workforce of 2,700 due to the new U.S sanctions on Iran, which made it very hard for its customers there to finance new projects. The chief executive of reinsurance group Munich Re said it may abandon its Iran business under pressure from the United States, but described the operation as very small. Turkey, however, said it would continue to buy natural gas from Iran. “Simplistic idea” In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by an Iranian newspaper as saying that a U.S. plan to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero would not succeed. U.S. officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to pressure countries to stop buying oil from Iran in a bid to force Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programs and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq. “If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds they should also know its consequences,” Zarif told the Iran newspaper. “They can’t think that Iran won’t export oil and others will export.” Rouhani hinted last month that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, if the U.S. attempted to stop the Islamic Republic’s oil exports. Trump responded by noting that Iran could face serious consequences if it threatened the United States. “The Americans have assembled a war room against Iran,” Zarif said. “We can’t get drawn into a confrontation with America by falling into this war room trap and playing on a battlefield.” Iran has dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on the 2015 deal to lift sanctions. In a speech hours before the sanctions were due to take effect on Tuesday, Rouhani rejected negotiations as long as Washington was no longer complying with the deal. “If you stab someone with a knife and then you say you want talks, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
          Pakistan, Russia Sign Rare Military Cooperation Pact       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Pakistan has wrapped up a groundbreaking contract with Russia that would, for the first time, open doors for Russian military training of Pakistani army officers. The rare deal comes amid deteriorating relations between Islamabad and the United States, which has resulted in the halt of all military exchange programs with Pakistan and left a void that Moscow has stepped in to fill. The security training agreement concluded Tuesday at the end of the two-day inaugural meeting of the Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee (JMCC), said a Pakistan Defense Ministry statement. Pakistani Defense Secretary Zamir ul Hassan Shah and visiting Russian Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Alexander Fomin led their respective delegations at the talks in Rawalpindi, where the army is headquartered. "The two sides also held in-depth discussions on avenues of future cooperation. At the end, both countries signed the Contract on Admission of Service Members of Pakistan in the RF [Russian Federation's] Training Institutes," said the ministry statement. The Islamabad-Moscow security partnership has strengthened and expanded since late 2014, when the two former rivals signed their defense cooperation agreement. Russia sold four Mi-35M combat helicopters to Pakistan under the deal, and both countries have since held two rounds of counterterrorism military drills on each other's soil. Navies of the two countries also recently participated in joint antidrug exercises in the Arabian Sea. The latest naval collaboration took place last week in St. Petersburg, where a Pakistani warship participated in the major Russian Navy Day parade. "It was a very important event for us. Actually, illustration of this importance is that this parade was taken by the commander-in-chief of Russian armed forces, President Mr. Putin," Russian ambassador to Pakistan, Alexey Dedov, said last week. "This cooperation is developing into many directions. So, there is quite a wide spectrum. And, of course, this is a reflection of our approach to the relations with Pakistan, which to our country has their own independent value for us." Pakistan-U.S. ties Pakistan's relations with the U.S., meanwhile, have deteriorated since President Donald Trump took office and blamed Islamabad in his South Asia strategy for harboring terrorists and not doing enough to stop insurgent attacks in neighboring Afghanistan. Trump suspended all military assistance to Pakistan in January until it takes decisive action against militants on its soil. Pakistani leaders have rejected terrorism and other charges, saying they stem from U.S. security failures in Afghanistan. They also say that halting decades-old military diplomacy will fuel misunderstandings between the two countries. "Training at Russian military institutes would bring about a major shift in the world view of top [Pakistan] military officers," noted Baqir Sajjad, an Islamabad-based journalist and defense analyst. "Until now, the brightest officers poised for leadership positions were trained in U.S." Pakistan's Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan vowed Wednesday that his would-be government will work to improve relations with the U.S. "Pakistan and the United States have witnessed many ups and downs in their relationship, which were the outcome of a trust deficit between the two countries," Khan told acting American ambassador to Islamabad, John Hoover, who called the Pakistani leader to congratulate him on his election victory. An official statement issued after the meeting said the prime minister-in-waiting said his government will engage with the U.S. to make the relationship more balanced and trustworthy. Khan called on the U.S. and the region in general to work collectively to find a political settlement to Afghanistan. He also emphasized the "revitalization of diplomatic ties between the two countries and stressed the need to transform it for the benefit of both Pakistan and the United States." Countering terrorism While American leaders are skeptical and critical of Pakistan's counterterrorism efforts, Russian leaders praise Islamabad for eliminating terrorism from Pakistani soil. "It [Pakistan] is a very, very important party, not only in the regional stability, the stability worldwide. It's our very valuable partner of tackling such challenges and threats as terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, etc. Our countries face similar challenges and threats to national security," said Russian ambassador Dedov, while speaking at a seminar in Islamabad. Russia is determined, he said, to give "practical assistance" to strengthen Pakistan's counterterrorism efforts. Russia and Pakistan both have openly expressed concerns over the emergence of Islamic State's Afghan branch, known as ISK-P, in "ungoverned spaces" of the war-shattered country. Former Pakistani army general Yasin Malik said Afghanistan remains at the center of growing cooperation with Russia. "This [Afghanistan] is a common denominator for both of us. And the presence of IS is a threat to both the Russian Federation and to Pakistan. Very serious efforts are there to jointly meet the challenge of IS in Afghanistan. I think that will be the hallmark of cooperation in security and military between Russia and Pakistan," Malik noted. Aiding the Taliban? There are also growing allegations that Moscow and Islamabad — under the pretext of fighting IS — are providing covert military support to the Taliban. Russia and Pakistan insist their ties with the Taliban are meant solely to encourage the insurgents to engage in peace talks with the Afghan government to help end the conflict and deter terrorists from using the country for international terrorism. Dedov noted that last month, the chief of Russia's external intelligence agency also visited Pakistan to participate in a four-nation meeting, with Chinese and Iranian spymasters in attendance. The rare meeting, officials said, focused on the buildup of IS in turmoil-hit Afghanistan. The Russian ambassador credited improved relations with Pakistan to regular exchanges of high-level civilian and military delegations between Pakistani and Russia. He noted that the volume of bilateral trade has increased by 82 percent in the first five months of 2018 and stood at $450 million. Moscow also is working to help Pakistan build an 1,100-kilometer gas pipeline linking Karachi to Lahore. Dedov, while delivering last week's lecture at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), did not rule out nuclear cooperation with Pakistan for peaceful purposes, saying, "We do not see obstacles in this matter."
          Gates, Star Witness Against Manafort, Concludes Testimony      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) —Paul Manafort's protégé wrapped up his testimony Wednesday after implicating the former Trump campaign chair...
          So kommentiert Deutschland: Tesla - "Was Donald Trump kann, bringt auch Elon Musk fertig"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tesla-Chef Elon Musk hat heute mit der Ankündigung per Twitter überrascht, den Elektroauto-Pionier für 420 Dollar je Aktie von der Börse nehmen zu wollen, und katapultierte die Aktie damit nach oben. Verschiedene Medien spekulieren nun darüber, was Musk mit seinem Tweet bewirken wollte.
          Trump administration to impose new sanctions on Russia for attempted assassination of ex-Russian spy - USA TODAY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Trump administration to impose new sanctions on Russia for attempted assassination of ex-Russian spy
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WASHINGTON – Under pressure from Congress, the Trump administration said Wednesday it would impose new sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia Skripal.
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          Guerra comercial: medios estatales chinos acusaron a Donald Trump por "extorsión"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Estados Unidos y China se aplicaron aranceles sobre productos por valor de 34.000 millones de dólares en julio. Además, la Casa Blanca implementará tarifas adicionales sobre bienes del gigante asiático por valor de 16.000 millones de dólares
          Donald Trump detalló sus condiciones para negociar otro acuerdo "contra las actividades malignas del régimen" de Irán      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Después de firmar la reactivación de las sanciones económicas contra Teherán, el presidente estadounidense resaltó los temas que tendría que abarcar una nueva negociación
          Donald Trump reconoció que su hijo se reunió con una abogada rusa en 2016 durante la campaña electoral      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Según el presidente de los Estados Unidos, él mismo ignoraba el encuentro en el que se buscaba información sobre Hillary Clinton. Además señaló que es algo "totalmente legal" y que "se hace todo el tiempo en política"
          Donald Trump firmó el decreto que restablece las sanciones económicas sobre el régimen de Irán      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Las medidas comenzarán a regir en la medianoche del martes y afectarán a las exportaciones iraníes y el uso del dólar para sus transacciones internacionales. Llegan casi tres meses después de que el presidente anunciara el retiro de su país del acuerdo nuclear firmado en 2015
          California strikes back against Trump over vehicle air pollution rules - Sacramento Bee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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California strikes back against Trump over vehicle air pollution rules
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California struck back at the Trump administration over air pollution Tuesday, unveiling a proposal that would force automakers to comply with the state's strict standards for tailpipe emissions even as the federal government moves to weaken the rules.
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          U.S. Restores Economic Sanctions On Iran      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Now that the Trump administration has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, it is reimposing sanctions that had been lifted under the deal starting at midnight. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: The sanctions being snapped back now make it harder for Iran to trade in gold and precious metals, graphite, aluminum and steel. The U.S. is also trying to block the Iranian government from acquiring U.S. dollar banknotes and is hitting the automotive and airline industries. Those are relatively small compared to the sanctions on Iran's oil and shipping sectors that go back into force on November 5. Trump's national security adviser John Bolton told Fox News that the U.S. is determined to pressure Iran to change its behavior. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) JOHN BOLTON: The pressure on the Iranian economy is significant. The value of its currency is going through the floor. We've seen public reporting of massive
          Fundraise or 'look for a job,' Republicans warn after close election races      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As Republican candidates backed by President Donald Trump clung to small leads in closely watched races in Ohio and Kansas on Wednesday, nervousness grew in Republican circles about their ability to continue extending millions of dollars in aid to candidates in November's Congressional elections.

          Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin's government      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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.

          Star witness testimony ends under attack by ex-Trump aide Manafort's lawyer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Star government witness Rick Gates ended three days of testimony on Wednesday after admitting he lied, stole money and cheated on his wife, as lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort attacked his character.

          IRS agent testifies that Manafort had $16.5 million in unreported income      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A U.S. Internal Revenue Service agent testified on Wednesday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is on trial on tax and bank fraud charges, had $16.5 million in unreported taxable business income between 2010 and 2014.

          Comment on The Problem of Induction & Video Games by DH      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Such is the nature of science - as I learned it, anyway. Observation comes first, then prediction, then control. All of this tempered by the acceptance that everything might be different tomorrow. The missing ingredient to your examples is that in science, anyway, the assumptions are made within a set of stable unchanged variables. Fire, for example, could very easily burn today but not tomorrow if somehow tomorrow's environment were to be oxygen-deprived. The prediction that Clinton would win in 2016 was really nothing more than wishful thinking - right-leaning pollsters predicted a Trump victory. From a scientific point of view, there are simply too many uncontrolled variables to make any kind of reasonable inductive prediction in that situation. Then again, there's also the argument that says that "doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity". Maybe that's true for politicians, but back in the old days when I sold life insurance and mutual funds, doing the same thing every day was the mantra - make 100 phone calls, send out 1000 direct mail pieces, etc., etc. In some of my classes, we spend a fair amount of time discussing what's really real in terms of image making. When a student wants to create an image that is "Photorealistic", I will point out that "Photorealism" is not "Realism-realism", as it is either restricted by or enhanced by technology. Modern cameras, for example, cannot capture as broad a "dynamic range" as the human eye "Dynamic range is the ability to simultaneously expose correctly for dark and light areas. You can walk into a room with sun streaming in through the windows and see the whole thing - but a photograph would either overexpose the windows or underexpose the interior. There have been some pretty good developments in High Dynamic Range photography - but the interesting phenomenon there is that when it was first introduced, viewers thought it looked somehow "wrong". It looks more like what you see with your eyes, but not like what you understand a photograph to look like. But, just to be ornery, I'll then ask them what's more real - what you capture in a photograph, or what you see with your own eyes ...? Despite the technical limitations/enhancements of photography, I would argue that photographs are more quantifiably real - after all, every pixel contains a hard set of three numbers representing values in RGB - it can be reproduced exactly the same an infinite amount of times. On the other hand, how can I possibly know that what you call "Red" is the same as what I perceive? So the question becomes, "What's more real? Photorealism, or "realism-realism"? At least photorealism is quantifiable, the other is probably a completely undefinable concept. I don't think we can truly say what "real" is except to say that it does exist in some form. We poor humans can only slog around and deal with what we see, no matter how wrong that might be. In CG and image-making, "realism" is relative. For example, if I am making CGI props or environments for a film, I must absolutely adapt my understanding of realism to the language or context of the film. Standing alone, either the film or the CG elements can look perfectly real - but when composited together if they don't use the same language of light and color and focus - and even the color space and chemistry of the film, something will be off and the illusion of realism will fall apart. Today's render-engines are mostly physically based - meaning that the reflective and refractive qualities, the light absorption and sub-surface scatter of physical materials are calculable and can be represented with an extremely high degree of accuracy - and made even more physically correct by applying similar physical calculations to light - incident energy, reflective energy, wave energy, secondary & tertiary diffuse bounces ... Ironically, traditional cinematographers work very hard to overcome "realism" and go to great lengths to stylize their work for aesthetic and narrative purposes - but all that is completely transparent to the average viewer who <i>wants</i> to be taken in by the fantasy, and suspend his disbelief completely. But - I digress.
          Reactie op De Pax Judeïca in overdrive.. door Arend Zeevat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Beste Hyper. Wat er met Alex Jones gebeurd is ook deel van het grotere plaatje. Ik ben absoluut geen fan van hem en het is al lang gebleken dat hij met zijn polariserende schreeuwerigheid deel uit uit maakt van de gecontroleerde oppositie. Heb je hem ooit te keer horen gaan tegen het door de talmudische Joden beheerste Israël, of tegen de bankierselite. In mijn beleving zijn Trump en Alex Jones twee lakens van hetzelfde pak en zijn ze gericht op het emotioneel manipuleren van mensen om de grotere agenda te helpen bevorderen. In 2009 werd Argusoog op een nogal intimiderende manier benaderd door het Meldpunt Internet Discriminatie (MIND https://www.mindnederland.nl/over-mind/) naar aanleiding van het ook in dit artikel benoemde voor Argusoog geschreven artikel 'Wie zijn de werkelijk uitverkorenen.' Op niet mis te verstane wijze werd de redactie van Argusoog meegedeeld dat zij moeite hadden met een passage in dat artikel, waarin ik refereerde aan de door dr. Harrel Rhome weergegeven feiten en die moest verwijderen. Ik heb die passage toen aangepast zonder daarbij geweld te doen aan de essentie ervan. In de aangepaste versie van het artikel heb ik ook duidelijk aangegeven dat ik die aanpassing onder druk van het MIND heb moeten vormgeven. Van niemand kwam daar toen een reactie op. Alex Jones heeft met zijn grote roeptoeter zich in de picture geplaatst en wordt nu tot zwijgen gebracht. Waarom pas nu? Welke werkelijk rol speelt hij, gezien zijn gecontroleerd oppositie zijn in dit geheel? Het lijkt me beter om daar de aandacht op te focussen dan je opnieuw mee te laten nemen in een emotioneel manipulerende psy-op!
          Following Trump, government uses California wildfires as excuse to attack endangered species protections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Just two days after President Trump issued an utterly uninformed tweet about the causes of the California wildfires, his ulterior motives began to come into focus.

That happened through an order issued Wednesday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to the National Marine Fisheries Service and its...


          Trump can't even criticize California without looking foolish      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

To the editor: If there ever was a single action that President Trump could take to demonstrate his unfitness for office, it’s his nonsensical tweeting about California sending water to the Pacific Ocean instead of using it to fight fires.

Like an autocrat, Trump refuses to tolerate anyone who...


          Omarosa secretly recorded Donald Trump conversations: Report      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The former contestant on "The Apprentice" who followed President Trump to the White House also reportedly recorded her conversations with him.

According to a report Wednesday in the Daily Beast, Omarosa Manigault-Newman not only used her smartphone to record secretly her conversations with Mr. Trump, but has been ...

          President Trump casts himself as deciding factor in GOP election wins      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump said he's the magic touch for struggling Republican candidates after his picks won a series of victories Tuesday.

Trump-backed candidates claimed victory in a high-stakes special congressional election in Ohio and in a trio of other primaries. And Kris Kobach, a controversial Trump ally in Kansas, leads by ...

          Following Trump, government uses California wildfires as excuse to attack endangered species protections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Just two days after President Trump issued an utterly uninformed tweet about the causes of the California wildfires, his ulterior motives began to come into focus.

That happened through an order issued Wednesday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to the National Marine Fisheries Service and its...


          US says Russia behind nerve attack in UK, to impose sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was applied to his home's front door. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it had been determined that Russia "has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law, or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals." She said sanctions would take effect on or around Aug. 22. The news came as Republican US Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday he had delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposing cooperation. The sanctions would be structured in two tranches, with the biggest impact from the initial sanctions expected to come from a ban on granting licenses to export sensitive national security goods to Russia, NBC reported, quoting a...
          El Pentágono apoya la idea de Trump de crear la sexta rama de las Fuerzas armadas, la espacial      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Por RT El secretario de Defensa de EE.UU., James Mattis, ha calificado el cosmos de “zona de guerra en desarrollo” y avanzó el pronto nacimiento de un comando de combate. El secretario de Defensa de EE.UU., James Mattis, asegura que el Pentágono está de acuerdo con el presidente Donald Trump en que el espacio puede […]
          Who Gets a New 20% Tax Break? The Treasury Dept. Speaks, and Trump May Save      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Spa owners and authors appear eligible for the new break for professionals, along with some of President Trump’s real estate entities. Doctors, however, are out of luck.
          Nativismo trumpista y las Américas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Una y otra vez durante la campaña de las elecciones de 2016 en debates en CNN, contrapartes republicanas y trumpistas aseguraron que el candidato Donald Trump no era “antiinmigrante” sino “antiinmigración ilegal”. Ahora sabemos que no es así.
          Here’s what Boston Beer's founder said to Trump over dinner      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Boston Beer (NYSE: SAM) founder Jim Koch was one of 13 corporate executives who dined with President Donald Trump on Tuesday night at his New Jersey golf resort. And Koch used the opportunity to thank Trump for a tax cut that he said would help the company compete with foreign brewers. Koch's unscripted comments were delivered during a dinner meeting with Trump and 12 other executives to discuss the economy. Other attendees included Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith,…

          Study shows companies should avoid discussing Trump: 'Roughly 70% of the country will be upset or won't care'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Companies that discuss President Donald Trump – either positively or negatively – are far more likely to win backlash for their brands than find support from customers.
          Washington confirme taxer 50 milliards de dollars de produits chinois      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
L'administration Trump a tenu ses promesses dans l'escalade du conflit commercial qui l'oppose à la Chine en confirmant mardi des droits de douane supplémentaires de 25% sur un total de 50 milliards de dollars de produits chinois, effectifs à partir ...
          Fundraise or 'look for a job,' Republicans warn after close election races      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As Republican candidates backed by President Donald Trump clung to small leads in closely watched races in Ohio and Kansas on Wednesday, nervousness grew in Republican circles about their ability to continue extending millions of dollars in aid to candidates in November's Congressional elections.

          »Kære Ivanka:« Stjerner bag Instagram-kampagne rettet mod præsidentens datter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kampagnen opfordrer Ivanka Trump til sikre, at separerede migrantfamilier bliver genforenet.
          South Carolina TV maker laying off most workers, blaming Trump tariffs, as Volvo, BMW plants also see risk      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – President Donald Trump’s tariffs against China are causing a South Carolina television maker to lay off nearly all of its employees because of the sudden increase in the price of components for its products. Element TV Company will let 126 workers go, most of them on Oct. 5, leaving behind a […]

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          Following Trump, government uses California wildfires as excuse to attack endangered species protections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Just two days after President Trump issued an utterly uninformed tweet about the causes of the California wildfires, his ulterior motives began to come into focus.

That happened through an order issued Wednesday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to the National Marine Fisheries Service and its...


          Trump can't even criticize California without looking foolish      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

To the editor: If there ever was a single action that President Trump could take to demonstrate his unfitness for office, it’s his nonsensical tweeting about California sending water to the Pacific Ocean instead of using it to fight fires.

Like an autocrat, Trump refuses to tolerate anyone who...


          Trump lawyers reject interview terms sought by special counsel in Russia probe      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump's legal team has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller's conditions for an interview with their client, saying they consider questioning the president about possible...
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          Kris Kobach: From Trumpian apprentice to Kansas governor?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kris Kobach, the conservative candidate from Kansas, has helped Mr Trump shape his immigration views.
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The following review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link in the right side bar. 9 Rules of Engagementby Harris Faulkner brings to the forefront the lessons she learned growing up in a military family, which can be applied today. She pays homage to the military ideals that shaped her, showing how everyone can benefit from their wisdom. Her father, a decorated career officer, a lieutenant colonel, served three tours of duty in Vietnam and raised his children with the values and ideals of the US military. The 9 rules include “Trusting your own potential, Overcoming the odds, Recruiting our own Special Forces, Dealing with your demons, Staying ready, Wearing camouflage, and Unleashing the power of integrity.” The Emmy award-winning news anchor of Outnumbered Overtimewith Harris Faulknerand co-host of the talk show Outnumbered uses the skills she emphasizes in the chapter, “Staying Ready.” Anyone who has ever watched these shows quickly realizes that she asks the formative questions, never allowing a guest to spin false narratives. “I try not to have people talk past each other and to do the one thing we all need to do, listen. As a host, I try to give people an opportunity to speak. Yet, I watch to see if they try to filibuster, a sign to me that they are losing the argument. I enjoy hearing all sides of a conversation and think that viewers can also learn from it. I want to do the work of the viewer so that they don’t have to figure out what the truth actually is. I ask questions to illuminate where people are coming from and to get to the truth. It is less about who is right and more of what is right.” The chapter, “Recruiting Your Special Forces,” shows the importance of being surrounded by supporters. “I married my best friend. Today, people are dividing, firing, separating based on politics. Instead, we should ‘fire’ someone if they do not show support for your dreams and victories. In your personal life as you strive for your goals the inner circle must be tight and we should never tolerate someone who does not have our back.” In speaking with Faulkner, it became obvious that she values integrity in a person. “The military integrity and credo gives us that clutch. I understand how difficult some things can be. But those serving know when things fall apart military brats show their resilience. For a little background, in the book I refer to it as an enduring term standing for Born Raised And Transferred. I think it is the military saying thank you to us kids for having grit too. When one member of a family joins the military, the whole family bears the weight of the service. We sacrifice time with that parent while they are deployed; we move wherever our loved one is needed; we uproot our lives; we leave our friends behind; and we start all over again with a supportive and positive attitude because it helps our loved one do his or her job effectively and return home to us safely. I want families to get more credit for helping America as much as the person serving. It is total family service. I always tease people, if you come up against a military offspring, you better come forward with a lot of integrity and intuitiveness, because we do not give up easily.” This is a bi-partisan book that has a great quote about another form of integrity, showing an understanding for those who do not agree with you. General Jack Keane’s book quote on how Americans can use the military perspective is very powerful, especially in today’s culture. “We are racially, religiously, culturally, economically, and geographically diverse, but for us to be effective, we have to build strong unit cohesion…Every single member of the team has to submit to something larger than self. That’s the military’s key to success. Despite all the differences that we may have, the only way we can succeed as a military organization is to be bound to each other. Our concern for each other has to trump our concern for ourselves.” It would be nice if politicians put this quote up in their office where they must stare at it each and every day. Faulkner noted, “One chamber can pass three hundred bills and the other chamber is so politically constipated they can’t work through them. In our lives, we can win by working together. A person’s integrity is measured by how you treat others. Besides the military, I would also put First Responders, and those defending us on the North and South Border, in this category of those with integrity.” The “Camouflage” chapter has a personal anecdote. She speaks of how she watched her dad polish his black boots. “It is more than just a fashion statement. If you are in the Navy you need a blue set of clothes. You are not going to fight in the desert with anything but a sandy uniform. I do the color wheel for the women on “Outnumbered,” because I want people to look at the screen and see each of those women as dynamic, strong, smart, quick, and an individual.” She is very grateful to her dad for allowing her life to be molded by those in the military, “people who served this nation for the greater cause. My dad is loving, has a sense of humor, and is a fabulous storyteller. My dad would sit someone down and no matter what the circumstance he would start with a story. He would bring me to the Pentagon where I met fabulous leaders. My mom used to tell me because of my dad the bar is high. As a child of an officer we are expected to be positive components of our community and to give our lives meaning and purpose....

          NEWS: Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die) tells bigot Trump supporters “My band doesn’t need you. Nobody does.”!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A few days ago, the final ever date of Vans Warped Tour wrapped up in Florida, and Buffalo's own Every Time I Die did everything in their power to try and be the band to play the festival's final ever note of music. Read More
          Election - Todd Starnes: What is it going to take to get you to the polls in November?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Democrats recently won some special elections and state races in districts candidate Donald Trump won in 2016, leading some to believe there's going to be a so-called blue wave...
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          Solidarity against a fascist attack in London      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmarks bookshop in London
Bookmarks bookshop in London

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

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

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

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

We will not allow their hate to spread unopposed.

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


          Sales Associate - CALVIN KLEIN - Calvin Klein - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          IRS agent testifies that Manafort had $16.5M US in unreported income      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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A U.S. Internal Revenue Service agent testified on Wednesday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is on trial on tax and bank fraud charges, had $16.5 million in unreported taxable business income between 2010 and 2014.


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NEW YORK — A late gain for U.S. stocks slipped away Wednesday as a four-day winning streak ended. Energy companies sank along with the price of oil.

The price of crude oil fell more than 3 percent Wednesday. Big dividend payers and industrial companies slipped. Gains for Microsoft, Facebook and Alphabet helped technology companies finish higher. Banks and health care companies also rose.

The U.S. and China both announced new tariffs: later this month each country will put a 25 percent tax on $16 billion in goods imported from the other. Both countries placed tariffs on $34 billion in imports earlier this month, and they have threatened much larger tariffs to come.

But investors have been focusing on rising company earnings instead. Karyn Cavanaugh, senior markets strategist at Voya Investment Management, said U.S. companies are expecting bigger profits in spite of the tariffs.

"That speaks to me a lot louder than a lot of negative headlines," she said. "Companies have gotten very good at minimizing their costs and being very efficient with what they have."

The S&P 500 index dipped 0.75 points to 2,857.70. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 45.16 points, or 0.2 percent, to 25,583.75. The Nasdaq composite rose 4.66 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,888.33. The Russell 2000 index of smaller stocks lost 1.42 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,686.88.

The Trump administration plans to tax Chinese industrial products such as steam turbines and iron girders starting Aug. 23. China's government said it will put tariffs on U.S. goods including cars, crude oil and scrap metal starting on the same date.

Oil futures fell sharply. U.S. crude oil lost 3.2 percent to $66.94 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the standard for international oil prices, fell 3.2 percent to $72.28 a barrel in London.

Exxon Mobil lost 0.7 percent to $80.73 and Chevron dipped 1 percent to $123.88.

Snap, which runs the Snapchat video app, fell 6.8 percent to $12.23 after it said daily users fell during the second quarter. It's the latest technology company to have its stock drop after announcing discouraging user totals, joining Facebook, Twitter and Netflix.

Match Group, the parent of online dating companies including Match.com and OKCupid, bucked that trend. Its stock jumped 17.3 percent to $45.60 after Match reported big gains in subscribers, especially for Tinder. Its adjusted profit and revenue beat Wall Street projections.

Drugstore and pharmacy benefits manager CVS raised its annual profit forecast and rose 4.2 percent to $68.17. CVS said prescriptions sales grew, although it took a loss after it wrote down the value of its Omnicare pharmacy services business by almost $4 billion.

In April, construction equipment company Caterpillar said it doubted it would top its first-quarter profit for the rest of this year. Investors were concerned that that might hold true for the rest of corporate America, but so far it hasn't.

A month ago analysts expected the companies of the S&P 500 to earn $160.32 per share in 2018. That's risen by almost a dollar, to $161.29 a share. Their estimates for 2019 have risen by a bit more than a dollar, to $177.52 a share from $176.38.

Twinkie maker Hostess Brands plunged 17.6 percent to $11.49 after it said its results were hurt by cuts in promotional support and inventory from a major retailer and higher costs, including for transportation.

Pizza maker Papa John's fell 5.2 percent to $38.94 after it said North American sales fell again. The company also cut its forecasts for the year. Papa John's is in a public spat it with founder John Schnatter, who was ousted as chairman in July after a report he used a racial slur in a conference call.

Domino's, a rival pizza delivery company, climbed 3.4 percent to $286.92.

Walt Disney fell 2.2 percent to $113.98 after the entertainment company's profit and revenue fell short of analysts' estimates.

Cars.com and Avis Budget Group both sank after cutting their sales forecasts. Rental car company Avis skidded 15.2 percent to $32.85 while Cars.com, an online auto marketplace, dipped 2.6 percent to $27.29.

Struggling rival Hertz jumped 24 percent Tuesday after a better-than-expected quarterly report. Hertz fell 7.3 percent to $18.11 Wednesday.

Bond prices turned higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.96 percent from 2.97 percent.

In other commodities trading, wholesale gasoline fell 4 percent to $2.02 gallon. Heating oil lost 2.5 percent to $2.12 a gallon. Natural gas rose 1.8 percent to $2.95 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,221 an ounce. Silver gained 0.4 percent to $15.43 an ounce. Copper remained at $2.75 a pound.

The dollar fell to 110.96 yen from 111.43. The euro inched up to $1.1619 from $1.1594.

The German DAX fell 0.1 percent and France's CAC 40 lost 0.4 percent. In Britain, the FTSE 100 index rose 0.8 percent.

Japan's Nikkei 225 index gave up early gains and closed 0.1 percent lower. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 0.4 percent while South Korea's Kospi edged 0.1 percent higher.

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AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAP His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/marley%20jay

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          Sinclair, Tribune in talks to overcome regulatory hurdles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

NEW YORK — The Sinclair broadcasting company says it's in talks with Tribune Media on how to overcome regulatory hurdles to its $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune's 42 TV stations.

The deadline for either party to walk away from the deal is midnight on Wednesday.

Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley said Wednesday morning that the companies are working to find approaches that are best for the company, employees and shareholders. He made the comments as Sinclair reported quarterly financial results.

In July, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai raised concerns about the deal and ordered a hearing. Although Sinclair has proposed selling some stations to address potential antitrust concerns, Pai said Sinclair might still be able to operate the stations "in practice, even if not in name."

At the time, one potential buyer was the Cunningham Group, which has ties to Sinclair's founding family. Sinclair has said it will no longer sell two stations to Cunningham and will instead seek FCC permission to sell them to another unrelated party.

Sinclair and its proposed deal for Tribune received widespread attention after news reports in April showed dozens of Sinclair news anchors reading an identical script expressing concern about "one-sided news stories plaguing the country." At the time, President Donald Trump tweeted his support of the company. Sinclair defended the effort as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.

With 192, Sinclair is one of the nation's largest owners of TV stations. Tribune's 42 stations include KTLA in Los Angeles and WPIX in New York.

If the companies remain in talks, they will face a lengthy hearing process with the FCC. In the past, just the prospect of that has dissuaded companies from continuing with merger plans. The last deal an FCC hearing blocked was a 2002 merger of satellite TV companies DirecTV and Echostar.

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          Ivanka Trump Tours Illinois College’s Welder Training Center      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ivanka Trump toured the welding facility at a southwestern Illinois community college as she promoted the importance of continued worker training.
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          N. Korea's top diplomat visits Iran hours after Trump sanctions kick in      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE LONDON — Kim Jong Un’s top diplomat held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Wednesday, just a day after President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho […]

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          Repolitiser la question climatique      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canicule quand tu nous tiens...Nous enchaînions les années les plus chaudes, depuis 2015, et maintenant nous allons en ajouter une : 2018. Un millésime qui faute d'un peu d'eau ne fait guère grossir les graines de raisins en ces temps où, à la vigne, la véraison se signale mais surtout qui, à nos yeux, marque un moment dans l'accélération de phénomènes, à l'échelle planétaire. Ne demandez pas aux Suédois s'ils croient ou non au réchauffement climatique: ils le vivent et leurs réactions sont plus qu'inquiètes. Ils ont vu les incendies courir le long du pays et voient fondre leur plus haut sommet glaciaire dans le cercle arctique. L'un de leurs plus éminents météorologues affirme que "la chaleur extrême est cent fois plus fréquente aujourd'hui qu'elle ne l'était dans les années 1950, 1960 et 1970. Et, pendant ce temps-là, la Californie brûle et un certain Donald Trump ordonne que l'on reconsidère à la hausse les consommations autorisées de carburant pour doper l'industrie automobile américaine... Nous sommes donc bien loin de l'accord de Paris et, d'ailleurs, le ministre Nicolas Hulot regrettait dans une manière de bilan contesté que la France ait émis trop de gaz à effet de serre en 2017. D'un peu partout montent des cris d'alarme, le plus souvent sur le mode désespéré: c'est foutu, l'humanité est entrée dans sa phase inarrêtable d'extinction.
          Giuliani: New Offer To Mueller May Be 'Last, Best Chance' For Trump Interview      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 4:10 p.m. ET The counteroffer submitted by President Trump to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller may be the "last, best chance" Mueller has to secure Trump's testimony, lawyer Rudy Giuliani told NPR on Wednesday. That doesn't mean it's the White House's final offer or negotiations are closed, Giuliani said — but "if they said yes, we'd do it." The back-and-forth has been going on for months. Trump has talked publicly about wanting to answer questions. But his lawyers would rather he not — and at the very least, they would like to limit the scope of what he is asked. "I don't think he'd do it over our disagreement, but I don't know," Giuliani said. The former New York City mayor did say he has the sense that the negotiations between his team and Mueller's are "kind of near the end" and that they could wind up before Sept. 1. Giuliani said he believes Mueller's office is sensitive about the precedent of 2016 in which then-FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump has
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An NBC News investigation found that President Trump’s political allies and foreign governments have spent substantial amounts of money at the Trump International Hotel.
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According to a senior State Department official, the sanctions are likely to cut off millions of dollars in exports of sensitive national security equipment to Russia.
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Every morning, JoHanna Symons quietly rides her sorrel Quarter Horse through dusty pens packed with young cattle at her ranch in Madras, Ore. She's looking for the ones that cough or are injured so she can doctor them. But when it comes to international trade wars, Symons and her husband, Jeremy, are at the mercy of bigger forces. "I feel like some of us little guys," Symons says, "our hands are just tied." Just in time for that Fourth of July burger, tariffs are hitting U.S. beef exports this week. And tariffs mean lots of prime cuts could get dumped back on the domestic market, lowering prices. Symons, and other ranchers across the West, are bracing to lose money — but many still proudly support President Donald Trump. Symons breeds cattle and raises them on a 4,500 feedlot . People call it "Gate-to-plate." She and her husband also butcher the cattle and even deliver to restaurants. As a Republican and a business owner, Symons likes Donald Trump and was happy he won. Then the trade
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The prices of headphones, speakers, high-tech lighting and internet service could all go up if the U.S. trade war with China continues.  The Trump administration’s hit list of Chinese products facing import taxes includes key components used in gadgets that

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          The Point: How Donald Trump just keeps winning      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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.

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American corporate titans used a collegial dinner with President Donald Trump on Tuesday to press him on to ease immigration restrictions, according to multiple attendees.

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A Michigan Democrat poised to become the first Muslim woman in Congress says that the election of President Donald Trump could be a reason for the historic number of women running for office across the country.

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The US will impose sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law following the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the UK earlier this year, the State Department announced Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump will attend a series of Republican fundraisers over the next week -- including Wednesday night -- and is predicting a coming "red wave" in the midterms and steps up his travel on behalf of GOP candidates.

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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced Wednesday that he delivered a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin from US President Donald Trump.

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Caitlyn Jenner said she's been lobbying lawmakers for weeks and called for legislation to reverse President Donald Trump and allow transgender people to serve in the military.

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The White House is being spruced up while President Donald Trump spends a working vacation in New Jersey this week.

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A column by Calgary Herald opinion writer Licia Corbella on governing by Tweet is sparking conversation and debate. Corbella writes: Perhaps the belligerence and bullying on Twitter that takes place almost hourly by U.S. President Donald Trump is rubbing off on the likes of Trudeau and Freeland. If so, that should stop. If the question is to […]
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El concejo de West Hollywood pidió que se retire la estrella del Paseo de la Fama, del actual presidente estadounidense Donald Trump. Esta petición fue aprobada el lunes por unanimidad, solicitando a la Cámara de Comercio y la ciudad de Los Ángeles que esta estrella sea eliminada por malos tratamientos por parte del presidente hacia […]

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          Una reñida elección en Ohio apunta a retos de Trump y los republicanos en noviembre      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
En un distrito donde el presidente ganó por 11 puntos, el candidato que apoyó no puede aún cantar victoria
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Mogherini anima a los europeos a seguir trabajando con Teherán. Trump amenaza a todos los países que hagan negocios con el Estado persa
          Trump Supports Improving Background Checks, But Will That Mean Action?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET President Trump is facing calls to act in the wake of the latest mass shooting, which killed 17 people Wednesday at a high school in Florida, and the White House is not ignoring them. The president will participate in a pair of listening sessions on school safety this week, and on Monday morning the White House said he supports efforts to improve the federal background check system, something Congress has expressed broad support for without acting on after past shootings. The cyclical aftermath of the nation's mass shooting has repeated itself several times during Trump's year-old presidency, including with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history when 59 people were killed on the Las Vegas strip last October, and when 26 people were killed at a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November. In both instances, Democrats called for a major push for gun control, and even some Republicans said modest changes to the nation's gun laws might be in
          Who Will Carry The Blame For The Shutdown? Maybe No One      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
While a lot of furious negotiation has been going on behind the scenes on Capitol Hill to end a partial government shutdown, to voters and cable news viewers it may look like most of the work in Washington is going into pointing fingers. As the countdown to shutdown hit zero, an official White House statement called Democrats "obstructionist losers." Democrats pointed to President Trump's inconsistent statements on immigration to say he's an unreliable negotiating partner. But even if voters side with one party or the other, neither side may fear any lasting political damage. Republicans' approval ratings tanked after they were blamed for engineering the last government shutdown in 2013. A little more than a year later, voters delivered the GOP a Senate majority. And in the Trump era, the news cycle has only accelerated, giving crises a shorter and shorter half-life. Still, President Trump was tweeting before dawn on Saturday. "Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants
          Trump Celebrates Legislative Win After Congress Passes $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut Bill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHs4WiaKDFc Updated on Dec. 22 on 12:02 p.m. ET Congressional Republicans delivered on their first major legislative accomplishment of the Trump era on Wednesday, when the House voted 224-201 to pass a $1.5 trillion tax package. The bill cuts individual rates for eight years and slashes the top corporate tax rate to 21 percent permanently. Trump signed the bill into law on Friday, hailing the legislation as "a bill for the middle class and a bill for jobs," adding that he was "very honored by it." In an event on the White House lawn Wednesday afternoon, the president, Vice President Pence and lawmakers celebrated and thanked each other for their work on the bill's passage. "I promised the American people a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas. With final passage of this legislation, that is exactly what they are getting," Trump said in a written statement earlier in the day. "I would like to thank the members of Congress who supported this historic bill,
          Trump Gives Final Tax Pitch As GOP Lawmakers Reach A Deal On A Bill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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
          Senate Republicans Pass Massive Tax Overhaul       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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
          Trump Designating North Korea As A State Sponsor Of Terrorism       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 4:12 p.m. ET The Trump administration is putting North Korea back on the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism . President Trump says the move "supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate this murderous regime." President Trump told reporters on Monday that the Treasury Department will officially announce additional sanctions and penalties on the North Korean regime on Tuesday. President Trump says this should have happened years ago. In fact, North Korea was on the list until 2008, when the Bush administration took it off, in an ultimately failed bid to salvage a denuclearization deal. Trump's move won praise from members of Congress, who supported legislation that paved the way for North Korea's return to the blacklist. "Over the past year alone, Kim Jong Un and his regime brazenly assassinated his brother with a chemical weapon and brutally tortured Otto Warmbier, leading directly to his tragic death," writes House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman
          Republican Health Care Bill Falls Short, Dealing Blow To Trump Agenda      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Senate GOP Leaders Push Off Health Care Vote Until After July 4th      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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.
          Vice President Pence Hires Outside Lawyer To Deal With Russia Inquiries      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 6:37 p.m. ET Less than a month after President Trump hired an outside lawyer to deal with inquiries related to the Russia investigations, Vice President Pence has followed suit. Pence's office confirms he has hired Richard Cullen, who served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia during the term of George H.W. Bush and later worked on George W. Bush's legal team during the 2000 Florida recount. An aide tells NPR that the decision to hire an outside lawyer has been under consideration for weeks, and Pence decided to go forward with it earlier this week. The vice president's communications director, Jarrod Agen, said in a statement, "I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel. "The Vice President is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the President's agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter," he added. Pence has not come under any
          Comey Testimony Raises New Questions About Jeff Sessions And Russia       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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
          Did James Comey Lie About Interference In The Russia Investigation?       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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
          Amid Rumors Of Staff Shake-Up, White House Communications Director Resigns       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET White House communications director Michael Dubke has resigned. Dubke offered his resignation on May 18, prior to President Trump's overseas trip to the Middle East and Europe. He is still working at the White House and has not set a departure date yet. Dubke, 47, had been a behind-the-scenes player who helped manage the White House communications strategy, including the aftermath of President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Before joining the White House in February, he had been a Republican strategist and founder of Crossroads Media. In a statement, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus thanked Dubke for his service. "We appreciate Mike and are very grateful for his service to President Trump and our country," Priebus said, adding Dubke "offered to remain on board until a transition is concluded." Dubke's resignation could be the forerunner of a larger staff shake-up in the administration. Reports have circulated that Trump may bring in trusted
          House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz Will Not Seek Re-Election      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced that he will not run for re-election in 2018 and will not seek any public office next year. Chaffetz wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday morning, "I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector." As oversight chairman, Chaffetz led investigations into the Secret Service and Planned Parenthood in recent years. He has faced pressure from protesters in his home district and federal watchdogs for not pursuing investigations into the Trump administration more forcefully. Chaffetz told NPR's Morning Edition in February that his committee was concerned with possible mishandling of classified information when Trump was apparently briefed on a North Korean missile test at
          Rubio To NPR: No Witch Hunt On Russia, But No Cover-Up Either      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A handful of top Republicans are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from a federal investigation into whether Russia interfered with last year's presidential election, as top Democrats call on Sessions to resign. The demands come after reports that Sessions spoke to Russia's ambassador twice last year , while Sessions was working as a top adviser and surrogate for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The news was first reported by The Washington Post and has since been confirmed by NPR's Carrie Johnson. Sessions said during his confirmation hearings that he had no contact with Russian officials as he worked with Trump's campaign. Amid the calls for recusal and resignation, many leading Republicans are urging caution. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican who has been highly suspicious of possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, told NPR's Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition, "I'm not interested in being part of a witch hunt, but I also will not be part of a
          Senate Republicans Defy Democrats' Boycott To Advance Trump Nominees       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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
          Senate Democrats Block Committee Votes On 2 Trump Nominees      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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
          As U.S. Confronts Russia, Trump's Admiration Of Putin Is Consistent      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaVWRetR4jg President-elect Donald Trump is unabashedly praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, a day after outgoing President Obama issued tough sanctions against the country in response to alleged cyberattacks intended to influence the U.S. elections. In a tweet Friday afternoon, Trump responded to Putin's decision not to expel U.S. diplomats from Russia in kind after Obama ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country — admiring the Russian leader's strategic approach over President Obama, which is the theme of Trump's ongoing praise of Putin. Earlier Friday, Putin instead signaled he would wait to decide how to move forward until Trump takes office, giving him someone in the Oval Office who has been much friendlier and quite generous with his praise — a stark break from decades of U.S. foreign policy. The Russian Embassy in the U.S. also retweeted Trump's post, which he pinned to his Twitter timeline so it would remain at the top. Trump also
          How Donald Trump just keeps winning      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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...
          Artist erects 20-foot-tall pro-Trump installation on Staten Island front lawn      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A conservative artist is making headlines in New York for a 20-foot-tall pro-Trump installation on one of his client’s lawns. Scott LoBaido erected the installation depicting a muscular President Trump resting over a star-spangled “2020” sign in Staten Island. LoBaido, who first captured national attention in 2016 after he constructed a 12-foot-tall "T” inspired by Trump, which someone later set on fire, said the owner of the lawn won’t be taking chances with the new installation. "He put up security cameras all around the house. We have a fence here. And everybody in the neighborhood is on watch," LoBaido told...
          Results point to real contest: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown nearly tied in primary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There’s no doubt now. The race for Congress in Eastern Washington is for real. Out of more than 120,000 votes counted, Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers had a lead of a little more than 500 votes in Tuesday’s primary over Democrat Lisa Brown. The contest, between the high-ranking congressional Republican and a Democrat with years of experience in state political leadership, has drawn national interest and big spending as the parties vie for support in the first midterm election since President Donald Trump took office. Buoyed by the down-ticket performance of other Democrats, a beaming Brown took the stage...
          1899 - Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison w/ Bruce Western      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison'.

On today's show: Kris Kobach says voter fraud is a nationwide issue despite weak evidence, insists no proof is ever enough for liberals. An overview of the latest election results. "Right to work" goes down in Missouri.

Bruce Western joins us to discuss his book, 'Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison.' For this book, Western followed 122 formerly incarcerated people for one year after they were released from prison to see how they re-integrated into society, with a focus on employment and family relationships. He found most had been exposed to trauma and had high rates of mental and physical health problems. The factors for "recidivism" and the role played by addiction. The effect of social policy (or lack thereof) around healthcare, housing, and economic inequality.

On the fun half: "Working Girl": feminist classic or ode to capitalist patriarchy? Why you should vote for Bernie-endorsed candidate Randy Bryce in WI. Louie Gohmert lament that Americans want entitlements more than Space Force, blames Obama for privatizing NASA. Dyana in WA shares her experience with the for-profit carceral state. Chicago police use truck full of sneakers as "bait" for teen troublemakers. Fox News contributor asks how Trump could not tell a lie in interview with Mueller. Jessie Jane Duff says America needs to suffocate Iran. John Bolton wants to put "maximum pressure" on Iranian government via sanctions. A Jamaican caller on the damage Alex Jones does to black youth. NY Congressman Chris Collins indicted on insider trading charges.

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          Prosecutors drop major charges against E.Clanton who assaulted Trump supporters. No jail time.[abrv]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
California Prosecutors drop major charges against murderous Antifa bike lock terrorist Eric Clanton who assaulted Trump supporters with a deadly weapon. Given probation. No jail time.
          Trump administration to hit Russia with new sanctions for Skripal poisoning      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration is hitting Russia with new sanctions punishing President Vladimir Putin's government for using a chemical weapon against an ex-spy in Britain, U.S. officials told NBC News Wednesday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on a determination that Russia violated international law by poisoning the former spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in March, officials said, a decision that was announced Wednesday afternoon by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. Although the U.S. joined European countries in publicly blaming Moscow within days of the attack, the Trump administration had never issued the formal determination that triggers automatic sanctions...
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          Vukmir, Nicholson spar over loyalty to President Trump ahead of Aug. 14 primary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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 […]
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MILWAUKEE — Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt is set to speak out Wednesday, Aug. 8 “to counter the false attacks made against the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office regarding the agency’s immigration policy,” a statement from the MCSO says. Voces de la Frontera officials in a recent news release said candidate for sheriff Earnell Lucas “has committed to not collaborate with President Trump in the separation of Milwaukee immigrant families.” Voces officials said in the release according to recently released federal […]
          First Lady Melania Trump Underwent Medical Procedure To Treat Kidney Condition      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The first lady underwent a medical procedure today to treat what her office calls a benign kidney condition. Her office says it went well and there were no complications. She's expected to remain at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington, D.C., for the rest of the week. The White House released few other details. NPR's Richard Harris joins us now to talk about the procedure and why it's often used. Hi, Richard. RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: Hey, Ari. SHAPIRO: The first lady's office said she underwent an embolization in her kidney. What is that exactly? HARRIS: Embolization is used to block the blood supply to an artery. It's a standard procedure. And what doctors do is they insert a small tube called a catheter usually in a blood vessel in the groin and thread it up into the kidney in this case. Once it's in place, doctors put something up the tube to block the blood flow. It might be gel particles, or it
          Trump Releases Medical Information In Doctor's Letter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Doctors for both Hillary Clinton and now Donald Trump say the candidates are physically fit to serve as president. Today the Trump campaign released a doctor's note saying Trump is in excellent health. Trump also went on the popular and controversial "Dr. Oz Show" to talk about his health. NPR's Richard Harris has the details. RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: The health of candidates always comes up during elections for understandable reasons. This year - no surprise - the matter has become nasty. Trump and his surrogates, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, had been raising doubts about Hillary Clinton's health through rumor and innuendo. When Clinton came down with pneumonia a week ago, she didn't mention it until she was visibly weak. Yesterday her doctor released a two-page letter detailing Clinton's health history, saying the candidate is recovering. Indeed she was back on the campaign trail today. Also today, Trump's
          Dave Rubin handling peaceful liberal protestors      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dave Rubin, a gay jewish democrat mind you was giving a talk on 'Freedom of Speech' when verbally attacked by far left nonsense. I'm a moderate and can't stand extremes of either kind. But hearing the lady in the crowd attack this man who was being rational makes me understand why Trump won the vote. Balance is key my friends....
          Omarosa Reportedly Recorded Trump Secretly and She's Playing the Tapes For People      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Daily Beast reported on Wednesday that the rumors which have circulated for months about former Apprentice contestant and Tromp confidante Omarosa Manigault - that she recorded conversations with President Donald Trump without his knowledge - are true. And what's more, that she's played the audio for people. The Daily Beast spoke directly with an unidentified person who said they heard some of the audio: One person confirmed to The Daily Beast they had heard at least one of her recordings featuring President Trump. Multiple sources familiar with the so-called "Omarosa tapes" described the recorded conversations between Trump and Manigault as anodyne, everyday chatter, but said they did appear to feature Trump's voice, either over the phone or in-person.
          WTF!??! TRUMP ADMIN IMPOSING NEW SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA FOR NERVE AGENT ATTACK?!?! FAKE NEWS!!! THEY'RE COVERING UP!!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I'm seriously drained of what to say anymore...this literally broke after I posted up my video about Trump, asbestos and the EPA and Russia asbestos!! wake up damn it!!! and awwww the Ebola hoax breaking in Congo just AS ISRAEL IS RACIST AS SHIT AGAINST AFRICANS!!! I SHOW YOU ALL OF THIS IN REAL TIME WHILE RECORDING, HOW CAN ANYONE NOT SEE THE TRUTH AND HOW IT REPEATS ITSELF LIKE THIS??
          CNN’s Jim Acosta Has Emerged as a Polarizing Figure Inside and Outside of Media Circles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"The last thing Donald Trump – or the press, or the public – needs is another convenient villain in the performative arena of the long-running reality show that is his administration."
          The Rand-Trump alliance bursts into view      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Enemies on the 2016 campaign trail, the Kentucky senator and the iconoclastic president have developed a quiet Washington friendship.
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Administraţia Donald Trump a stabilit că Rusia este responsabilă de atacul neurotoxic comis &icirc;n martie &icirc;n Marea Britanie viz&acirc;ndu-l pe fostul agent secret rus Serghei Skripal, transmite Departamentul de Stat american, anunţ&acirc;nd că
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          Ni a Estanislao ni a su hijo Keidin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Los niños que fueron separados de sus padres, siguiendo las instrucciones de Donald Trump para combatir la inmigración ilegal, regresan a casa
          SUA considera Rusia responsabila pentru atacul neurotoxic din Marea Britanie si vor impune sanctiuni      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Administratia Donald Trump a stabilit ca Rusia este responsabila de atacul neurotoxic comis in martie in Marea Britanie vizandu-l pe fostul agent secret rus Serghei Skripal, transmite Departamentul de Stat american, anuntand ca Washingtonul va impune sanctiuni.
          Gov. Dayton Requests Federal Help For Storm Damage      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is requesting federal help for Minnesota communities hit hard by severe storms and flooding between June 15 and July 12. Dayton has sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a disaster declaration. That would mean the Federal Emergency Management Agen...
          With Race Too Close to Call, Trump Celebrates Victory in Ohio       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Trump Admin Illegally Deporting Women Who Fled Unimaginable Violence, ACLU Says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The ACLU is suing the government on behalf of asylum-seekers who were told they did not have “credible fear” of returning home.
          The Last Major TV Factory in the U.S. Is Shutting Down Because of President Trump’s Tariffs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Carolina's governor is calling on Trump to exempt parts used by the plant
          Sen. Rand Paul Delivers Letter from President Trump for Putin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Paul has been visiting Russia with a delegation for several days
          Results from elections in the Midwest should worry Republicans       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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

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

          Time For Donald Trump To Release His Tax Returns      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In a midst of Tuesday’s election return news, Chris Hayes had a conversation with former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks & “Above a Law” law blogger Elie Mystal about all a alleged & admitted tax evasion going on in Trump world: CHRIS HAYES: Jill, I was thinking about this idea of “a fish rots from a […]
          New ad: Firing Mueller would make President Trump look ‘impotent’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A group called a Swamp Accountability Project has launched a new ad which is aimed at an audience of one: President Trump. a ad is titled “Weak” & a whole point is to suggest that firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be a sign of weakness & a betrayal of a President’s promise to drain […]
          CNN Trump Voter Panel Blows Out When GOP County Chair Admits He Resigned After Helsinki Summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This morning, fireworks erupted on Part 2 of CNN’s “Pulse of a People” after one member admitted he resigned as a Republican county chairman from Ohio over Trump’s horrible Helsinki Summit & anoar said North Korea had already denuclearized. Host Alisyn Camerota played a second half of her interview with Trump voters, some of whom […]
          Trump’s approval rating with African-Americans hits record high      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump’s Drunk Newsproval rating with African-Americans now st&s at 21% but to read a latest polling results released by a NAACP, you’d think Trump was a most racist human being to walk a face of a earth. It’s air narrative & ay are sticking to it, even if it means twisting poll results to […]
          Audience Surprises Hallie Jackson; Cheers As GOP Arrest Announced      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A live MSNBC audience cheered on Wednesday when host Hallie Jackson announced that Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) had been arrested for insider trading. During her MSNBC morning show, Jackson reported to her audience in Somerville, New Jersey that a first sitting U.S. congressman to endorse an-c&idate Donald Trump had turned himself in on charges of […]
          8/8/2018: News: Trump: US won’t deal with any of Iran’s trade partners      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DONALD Trump has threatened to cut trading links with any countries that do business with Iran. He also wrote on Twitter that the US had re-imposed sanctions on Iran because he seeks ‘world peace’. It came after the first set of sanctions – which had...
          Нели Огнянова: Тръмп и контролът върху вниманието: препратки към Постман      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Нели Огнянова

По въпроса за приноса на медиите към политическите избори на гражданите и – в последна сметка – за отговорността на аудиторията.

Предупредени сме:

Ние нормализирахме медиите, които нормализираха Доналд Тръмп

Дистопията на Оруел не успя да се осъществи, но дистопията  на Хъксли успява: ние сме погребани под невежество, маскирано като информация; объркани от развлечение, маскирано  като новини; разсеяни от замайващо шествие от лъжи и гняв и отблъскващи противоречия; привлечени от лошото поведение и корупцията, които биха унищожили други администрации. Изгубихме контрола над нашето внимание, ако не над нашето правителство.

Хаосът от информация, гняв, конфликти, идентичност, постановки и любопитни подробности, които характеризират управлението на Тръмп, характеризират и медийната среда, която го създаде. Можеше ли Тръмп да спечели първичните избори и президентството, ако не беше се появявал в новините на кабелните телевизии, без митингите, предавани на живо по телевизията и без да управлява медийното отразяване с комфорта на своя Twitter акаунт?

Да  смяташ, че технологията е неутрална и  да предположиш, че технологията винаги е приятел на културата,  е чисто и просто глупост, предупреждава Постман. 

Тръмп управлява непохватно, но контролира общественото внимание майсторски. Той показва ежедневно как може да се удави истината в море от ирелевантност.

Препратки към Постман в  Amusing ourselves to Trump, Vox, 6 август 2018. На тази страница има и връзка към The Ezra Klein Show.

Eто и самото произведение на Постман, за което става дума  –  за  което и Зейнеп Тюфекчи напомня тази седмица.


 

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          Following Trump, government uses California wildfires as excuse to attack endangered species protections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Just two days after President Trump issued an utterly uninformed tweet about the causes of the California wildfires, his ulterior motives began to come into focus.

That happened through an order issued Wednesday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to the National Marine Fisheries Service and its...


          Trump loyalist charged for Aussie stock trade      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
REPUBLICAN congressman Chris Collins, one of the first US politicians to declare support for Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, was indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of securities fraud regarding an insider-trading scheme involving an Australian biotech company.
          Defence tries to discredit star witness      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
PAUL Manafort’s protege has wrapped up his testimony after implicating the former Trump campaign chairman and himself in financial crimes and also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility.
          Giuliani: New Offer To Mueller May Be 'Last, Best Chance' For Trump Interview      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 4:10 p.m. ET The counteroffer submitted by President Trump to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller may be the "last, best chance" Mueller has to secure Trump's testimony, lawyer Rudy Giuliani told NPR on Wednesday. That doesn't mean it's the White House's final offer or...

          Trump Honors Melania Before Powerful Business Leaders — Sends Audience To Their Feet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
'Thank you, honey'
          Sam Adams Founder Chugs Beer, Tells Trump What ‘Pissed’ Him Off — Room Roars With Laughter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
'At least I brought the beer'
          TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME: Old Wine In A New Bottle      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Literally hundreds of Internet and social media platforms dedicated to Trump-related anxiety and fear
          Where They Burn Books, They Will Soon Burn People      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Dave Hodges TheCommonSenseShow.com August 8th, 2018 Fact: President Trump is sitting in the White House, today, largely because of the Independent Media. Fact: President Trump just thumbed his nose to one of his biggest supporters, Alex Jones, when he refused to use the power of the President to reign in the illegal behaviors of […]
          ‘World is a complicated place’: US Senator Rand Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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 […]
          Washington Post Continues to Peddle Fake News Russian Conspiracies… Will Facebook Ever Flag Its Hogwash?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
You know the answer to that one Jim Hoft Russia-Insider.com August 8, 2018 The Washington Post continues to push BS conspiracy theories that Russia helped President Trump win the 2016 election. There is no proof to back up this conspiracy, that was originally pushed by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration, back in 2016. There […]
          First congressman to endorse Trump for president indicted      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Former Congresswoman Donna Edwards, MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann, The Daily Beast political editor Sam Stein, and former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt on the charges of insider trading brought against Congressman Chris Collins of New York
          Kasich: 'National media' inspired more people to vote than Trump appearance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) comments on the effectiveness of Trump's visit to OH-12 to campaign for the GOP candidate, Troy Balderson.
          Like father, like son: Trump Jr. defiant about Russia probe      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — If Donald Trump Jr. is worried, he sure doesn’t show it. His father, the president, is reported to be fretting about his eldest son’s entanglement in the Russia investigation. And Don Jr.’s role in the special counsel’s probe continues to throw off headlines. But the 40-year-old son is hardly ducking his head. [&hellip
          Narrow margin in Ohio race is warning sign of anti-Trump midterm wave      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Chuck breaks down the results from Tuesday's elections and why the close results in OH-12 should be a warning sign for Republicans this November.
          Trump’s legal team responds to Mueller interview request      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Wednesday they have responded to the latest interview proposal from special counsel Robert Mueller, part of a months-long negotiation process over whether and how investigators can question the president on possible obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation. The two sides have gone back and forth [&hellip
          Like father, like son: Trump Jr. defiant about Russia probe      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — If Donald Trump Jr. is worried, he sure doesn’t show it. His father, the president, is reported to be fretting about his eldest son’s entanglement in the Russia investigation. And Don Jr.’s role in the special counsel’s probe continues to throw off headlines. But the 40-year-old son is hardly ducking his head. [&hellip
          El nuevo trabajo de Begoña Gómez en el Instituto de Empresa y otras cuatro noticias económicas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
1. El Instituto de Empresa ficha a la esposa de Pedro Sánchez, Begoña Gómez. El Instituto de Empresa (IE) ha informado este miércoles en un comunicado sobre la incorporación de Begoña Gómez, esposa del presidente del Gobierno Pedro Sánchez, a su staff. En concreto, dirigirá el nuevo centro del IE África cuyo fin es la promoción del emprendimiento, la innovación, el liderazgo ejecutivo y el desarrollo de proyectos de acción social en el continente africano. 2. El número de pasajeros del avión se dispara un 8% en junio, mientras los usuarios del AVE crecen un 1,7%. El número de viajeros que ha optado por viajar en avión para desplazarse por el interior del país ha aumentado un 8% en junio respecto al mismo mes de 2017, mientras que los que eligieron los trenes AVE subieron un 1,7%, según datos del Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE). 3. Trump anuncia más aranceles, mientras China apenas se inmuta y expande su comercio exterior un 8,6%. Casualidad o no en este tira y afloja entre las dos grandes potencias como Estados Unidos y China, el primero ha dado un paso más en la guerra comercial que mantienen ambos e impondrá aranceles del 25%a productos procedentes de China por valor de 16.000 millones de dólares, a partir del próximo 23 de agosto. 4. Presentan una plataforma para reclamar de forma colectiva a Ryanair. La plataforma En-colectivo, impulsada por QualityNova Consultores, ha anunciado su intención de presentar una reclamación conjunta contra la compañía aérea Ryanair por los perjuicios que la huelga de su tripulación de cabina ocasionó a más de 100.000 viajeros en España. 5. Musk sorprende a Wall Street con la posible retirada de Tesla, que se desboca en Bolsa. Las acciones de la compañía automovilística Tesla han cerrado este martes con una subida del 11% después de que el fudador y CEO, Elon Musk, anunciara en una serie de publicaciones en Twitter su intención de retirar a la empresa de la bolsa. Aunque la jornada bursátil empezó con cierta normalidad, Musk ha desconcertado a los inversores alrededor del mediodía cuando dijo en la red social que estaba «considerando privatizar Tesla a 420 dólares (la acción). Financiación asegurada».
          EE.UU. y China se enzarzan con nuevos aranceles de 16.000 millones      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Como en una partida de ajedrez estival, las dos mayores potencias mundiales ensayan sus movimientos frente al tablero del sistema comercial mundial. El primer movimiento lo dio la Administración Trump, que anunció el martes por la noche nuevos aranceles del 25% a una lista de 279 productos chinos por valor de 16.000 millones de dólares. Esto supone el segundo tramo de la batería de gravámenes adoptados por Washington contra Pekín. Tras este movimiento, fue China la que ayer por la tarde anunció «en paralelo» un arancel del 25% a productos norteamericanos en la misma fecha y por valor de 16.000 millones de dólares. Las tablas tienen efectos dispares. La medida de Estados Unidos afecta, sobre todo, a bienes de la industria química, petrolera y motriz y tendrá consecuencias sobre 279 productos. Desde Pekín la réplica afectará a 333 productos que aluden a destilados del petróleo, automóviles y equipos médicos. Pekín esgrimió que aprobaba esta medida «para salvaguardar sus derechos e intereses legítimos y el sistema multilateral de comercio», como detalló el Departamento de Comercio chino. Estas barreras arancelarias han completado el paquete inicial de 50.000 millones de dólares anunciados por el Gobierno de EE.UU. y que entró en vigor parcialmente a comienzos de julio. Ese primer tramo tuvo en su punto de mira un total de 1.300 productos chinos, entre los que figuraban aparatos tecnológicos de las industrias aeroespacial y robótica, a los que también se aplicó aranceles del 25 % hasta alcanzar los 34.000 millones de dólares, aclaró el comunicado del Departamento de Comercio. Pekín entonces respondió con una primera oleada de tarifas a bienes estadounidenses por el mismo valor, sobre todo agrícolas y, en concreto, soja, mientras que Trump reaccionó con un arancel del 10% a 200.000 millones de euros. Ello llevó a Pekín a denunciar a EE.UU. ante la OMC. Precisamente ayer se conoció el primer impacto de estas medidas sobre el sector exterior chino. Las exportaciones de la potencia asiática crecieron un 8,6% hasta julio en variación interanual a los 2,1 billones de euros, por lo que el país refuerza su posición ante un recrudecimiento de la guerra comercial. Efector bursátil De hecho, solo en el mes las ventas al exterior crecieron un 6%, si bien las dirigidas a Estados Unidos renquearon un 2,5% frente a junio. EE.UU. absorbe el 13,7% de las exportaciones chinas y la UE, un 14,6% del total. Al mismo tiempo, las importaciones también subieron, un 11,%. Eso sí, el superávit comercial de China con Estados Unidos se redujo escuetamente desde los 28,97 millones de dólares, nivel récord que marcó en junio, hasta los 28,09 billones. En cuanto a las bolsas asiáticas, Hong Kong reaccionó subiendo un 0,39% mientras que el CSI 300 de China perdió un 1,61% y Tokio cedió un 0,08%. La bolsa americana reaccionaron en la apertura con resultados planos, mientras que las bolsas asiáticas, Hong Kong reaccionó subiendo un 0,39% mientras que el CSI 300 de China perdió un 1,61% y Tokio cedió un 0,08%. El crecimiento de España pierde impulso según la OCDE El ritmo de crecimiento de la economía española comienza a ofrecer síntomas de fatiga, según ha advertido la OCDE, en línea con las perspectivas de desaceleración detectadas para el resto de las principales economías de la zona euro, así como para el conjunto de países del club de países desarrollados. El índice compuesto de indicadores líderes (CLI), ha descendido a 99,52 puntos en junio desde los 99,64 del mes anterior en el caso de España. En el conjunto de la Eurozona, se deterioró a 99,9 puntos desde los 100 del mes anterior, mientras que en toda la OCDE el dato se situó en 99,8 puntos desde los 99,9 de mayo, lo que implica «desaceleración del crecimiento». Solo EE.UU. y Japón escapan el debilitamiento generalizado del club de los países ricos.
          Trump Administration Will Allow More Toxic Asbestos Into Our Daily Lives      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trump administration is working on a new rule that would allow even more toxic, cancer-causing asbestos to be used in manufacturing in the United States. This is a move that will absolutely result in American workers and consumers dying, there’s no question about that. But it’ll save corporations money, and that’s all that matters. […]

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          Paul Ryan Claims He’s Saved America From Multiple Trump Tragedies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

According to a new interview with the outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Trump has been pushing this country further into the abyss behind closed doors and only Paul Ryan himself has been able to save us all. This is Ryan’s attempt to rewrite his horrid legacy before he retires, but it isn’t anything […]

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          Almost Half Of Republicans Want To Give Trump Power To Shut Down Media Outlets      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

According to new polling data, an astounding 43% of Republicans say that they would like for Donald Trump to have the power to shut down media outlets. They overwhelmingly believe that the press only covers Trump in the negative, and they seem to agree with his statement that the press is our enemy. But Democrats […]

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          New Sanctions Kick In: Trump Declares (Trade) War On Iran...And EU! (Liberty Report)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As promised, a new and sweeping round of US sanctions against Iran will kick in today. Though the EU has sworn to do its best to protect European companies from US sanctions, there is little doubt the Europeans can resist US demands. What's next?



Part of Trump's agenda is to cause a rebalancing of international trade and the withdrawal of US troops around the world. His actions here antagonise Europe and will help him to focus on US domestic reconstruction. Iran could be simply a tool to help the Trump agenda.

Related:

MAJOR: China Ditches U.S Oil, Turns To Iran In Defiance Of Sanctions

China Rejects U.S. Request to Cut Iran Oil Imports

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 9th, 2018.]
          Judicial Watch: Clinton Operative Christopher Steele Used RUSSIAN INTEL for Trump Dossier      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Judicial Watch announced the FBI turned over 70 pages of heavily redacted records about Christopher Steele, the former British spy, hired with Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee funds, who authored the infamous Dossier targeting President Trump during last year’s presidential campaign. The documents show that Steele was cut off as a “Confidential Human Source” (CHS) after he disclosed his relationship with the FBI to a third party. The documents show at least 11 FBI payments to Steele in 2016 and document that he was admonished for unknown reasons in February, 2016.

The documents were turned over in response to Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for records of communications and payments between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and his private firm, Orbis Business Intelligence (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-00916)).



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 9th, 2018.]
          The Last Major TV Factory in the U.S. Is Shutting Down Because of President Trump’s Tariffs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Carolina's governor is calling on Trump to exempt parts used by the plant
          The Truth About the 2008 Financial Meltdown and How it Contributed to Trump’s Rise       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

What is the truth behind the 2008 Financial Collapse, why was no one prosecuted and how did Obama’s not prosecuting the “banksters” and strengthening Glass Steagal lead to Trump in the White House? Economist Bill Black joins us bring clarity to this mystery.





[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 8th, 2018.]
          “If Trump doesn’t bust up Big Tech monopolies, they’ll bust him up”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A warning for the president Paul Joseph WatsonPrisonPlanet.comAugust 8, 2018 Rebel Media founder unveils the real consequences of the Infowars purge. SUBSCRIBE on YouTube: Follow on Twitter: Follow @PrisonPlanet Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paul.j.watson.71 ********************* Paul Joseph Watson is the editor at large of Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. This article was posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 5:07 […]

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          This Russian Pop Star is Using Mueller’s Investigation to Promote His Upcoming US Tour      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On Wednesday morning, Emin Agalarov, the Russian pop singer involved with setting up June 2016’s Trump Tower meeting, joked about special counsel Robert Mueller’s reported interest in interviewing him. “I suppose any publicity is good publicity, but guys there’s a limit,” he wrote on Instagram, adding a plug for his upcoming 2019 USA tour, with appearances […]
          Giving Trump Carte Blanche for War – Consortiumnews      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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 […]

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          Comment on Photos From The Trip by James T Canuck      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At what point do the right-wing scratch their collective dome's and consider it odd that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a villain in Trump's orbit? Seems being a tax-evader, money-launderer, embezzler, Russian gangster, spy or stock market inside-trader is mere camouflage in Trumplandia. Even the most stalwart of Herd Trump can't ignore the fact that Trump is a magnet for scallywags, they are as but moths to his dim bulb. Drain the swamp...my bollocks... From my vantage point, Trump brought the swamp with him and tends it like a twee garden. There aren't enough hours in the day to list the disgraced and discarded "best people" Trump shrewdly hand-picked to MAGA (Make America Get Attorneys.) No doubt, there's no way Trump is responsible for the festival of scoundrels he himself hand-picked, he's as pure as driven snow, and we're all insane for seeing the truth of our eyes. The stupidity has reached full saturation. One would have be morally bankrupt or irredeemably simple to see Trump as anything more than a political adventurer and a chancre on the scrotum of American political life. In my opinion, the price for any boon Trump may stumble across, inadvertently, and share with the American people, is too high. Some of my dearest friends are American, and I'm not un-fond of the society in general, (minus the gun-slingers, bigots and religiously disabled,) So I'm not taking a poke at the whole kit and caboodle, but folks...WTF? Trump and his Trumpettes have to go, salvage what's left of your sanity and see the clown off the property...post haste. LL&P
          #4 El déficit de EE. UU. creció un 20% en 2017, en parte por la bajada de impuestos de Trump (eng)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Envidiosos que sois unos envidiosos, con los aranceles que ha impuesto eso lo recupera antes de la próxima guerra.

» autor: Alaalbar


          Following Trump, government uses California wildfires as excuse to attack endangered species protections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Just two days after President Trump issued an utterly uninformed tweet about the causes of the California wildfires, his ulterior motives began to come into focus.

That happened through an order issued Wednesday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to the National Marine Fisheries Service and its...


          Trump: Media Is 'So Unfair' To 'Your Favorite President'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump on Wednesday again went after the media. President Trump on Wednesday took to Twitter and again slammed the media. 'The Republicans have now won 8 out of 9 House Seats, yet if you listen to the Fake News Media you would think we are being clobbered. Why can't they play it straight, so unfair to the Republican Party and in particular, your favorite President!' Trump wrote. This is not the first time he has referred to himself as 'your favorite president.' 'Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of and perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!' Trump tweeted last month. And in a tweet last November, he wrote: 'We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!'
          Justice Department Makes An Argument Over President's Twitter Page      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump was recently sued for blocking a people who followed him on Twitter. Trump was found to have violated the US Constitution by blocking Twitter users from his account. According to Business Insider, the Justice Department thinks the President is allowed to block anyone. The Justice Department appealed the ruling, calling it 'fundamentally misconceived.' The DOJ argued Trump's account belongs to him 'in his personal capacity.
          Justice Department Argues Trump Can Block Whoever He Wants on Twitter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Justice Department is arguing that President Trump can block anyone he wants on Twitter.
          President Trump and Sen. Chuck Schumer get into Twitter feud over Russia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump went after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Twitter, and Schumer fired right back. CBSN's Reena Ninan and Tony Dokoupil have details on the political spat.
          Throw Junior under the Bus      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


"This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”
 
As tweeted by the First Twit
 


Trump admits collusion. In the next breath he says, "Collusion is not a crime".
 
FUN FACT: Conspiring with agents of a hostile foreign government to subvert the results of a national election is, indeed, a crime. In fact, it's a felony. It's days such as this that make the times in which we live so delightfully and deliciously weird. Can I get a witness, sisters and brothers?
 
You've got to hand it to those Trump men. "Stable geniuses" they're not - and we'll just leave it at that.
 
What the hell is going on here? Why on earth would the Donald stupidly go on Twitter and admit that, yes, his "wonderful son" Donald Jr. did, in fact, meet with operatives of the Putin government inside of Trump Tower in June of 2016 in order to obtain intelligence ("dirt") on Hillary Clinton, but that it was merely politics as usual and that everybody does it. Nothing to see here, folks! Break it up, the show's over! Everybody just move along!
 
Why would he do something that completely reckless? I have a theory if you want to hear it. I believe that - very possibly - Team Trump has a plant deep inside the Mueller probe. Bob Mueller and Company have probably unearthed incontrovertible evidence to the fact that the meeting in question was more than collusion; it was a conspiracy of the naughtiest sort. What Trump is trying to do here is come out ahead of Mueller's final report. That way, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be able to announce to the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE inside Press Briefing Room:
 
"But the president made that announcement weeks ago. And don't you remember what he also said? Collusion is not a crime!"
 
That, in my opinion, is what is happening. Stay tuned.

If I'm smart enough to figure this out, you can bet the farm that Robert Mueller is, too. MEMO TO THE PREZ: You have the right to remain silent. Just a suggestion.

And speaking of Sarah Sanders, I am light years past the point of feeling any contempt for her; in fact, I feel sorry for the poor gal. At a White House Correspondents dinner not long ago, a "comedian" got up on the podium and made some very regrettable remarks about her looks. It wasn't funny. It was cruel. My sympathy for her is also mired in the fact that she took this gig with the obvious hope that it would lead to bigger and brighter things in her future. She apparently didn't know what she was getting herself into. I never thought I would live to see the dawning of the day where Ron Ziegler, Nixon's hapless press secretary, would end up looking like Edward R. Murrow. When given the chance to say that the press is not "the enemy" she just couldn't bring herself to do it. No national media outlet will be willing to go within a thousand feet of her when she eventually steps out into the private sector - except possibly the Breitbart crowd. The fact of the matter is, when this nightmare is finally over, Sarah will be in about as much demand as Josef Goebbels would have been had he not ended it all in der fuehrer's bunker in May of 1945. Strange days indeed.
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Poor Junior is obviously in it deep. The kindest thing that is being said of the Trump Boys these days is that they were all too stupid to even understand that they were committing felonies. That is actually a valid argument. What other explanation could there possibly be for Donald Trump to admit to Lester Holt - in front of a nationwide television audience of several million people - that he obstructed justice by firing James Comey early in his administration?

We've got to finally wake up and face some serious facts here, kids: the president of the United States just isn't intelligent enough to tackle the job. In spite of everything, it's almost pathetic when you take into consideration that a full forty percent of the American people are naïve enough to still be supporting the guy. That's pretty amusing when you get right down to it, don'cha think?

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

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His Final Battle
by Joseph Lelyveld

I read this one in two days. It involves the final year in the life of Franklin Roosevelt and the herculean effort he made to defeat Hitler and the axis while his life was ebbing away.

From Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Donald Fucking Trump. America has fallen pretty far.

AFTERTHOUGHT:

Wayne LaPierre says the NRA is nearly bankrupt. Be sure to send him your "thoughts and prayers".

          How to Improve the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On June 28, California enacted the Consumer Privacy Act (A.B. 375), a well-intentioned but flawed new law that seeks to protect the data privacy of technology users and others by imposing new rules on companies that gather, use, and share personal data. There's a lot to like about the Act, but there is substantial room for improvement. Most significantly:

  • The Act allows businesses to charge a higher price to users who exercise their privacy rights.
  • The Act does not provide users the power to bring violators to court, with the exception of a narrow set of businesses if there are data breaches.
  • For data collection, the Act does not require user consent.
  • For data sale, while the Act does require user consent, adults have only opt-out rights, and not more-protective opt-in rights.
  • The Act’s right-to-know should be more granular, extending not just to general categories of sources and recipients of personal data, but also to the specific sources and recipients. Also, the right-to-know should be tailored to avoid news gathering.

The law goes into effect in January 2020, which means privacy advocates have 18 months to strengthen it—and to stave off regulated companies' attempts to weaken it.

Background to the Act

For many years, a growing number of technology users have objected to the myriad ways that companies harvest and monetize their personal data, and users have called on companies and legislators to do a better job at protecting their data privacy. EFF has long supported data privacy protections as well.

In March 2018, the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. The public learned that private data was harvested from more than 50 million Facebook users, without their knowledge and consent, and that the Trump presidential campaign used this private data to target political advertisements. Demand for better data privacy rules increased significantly.

In May 2018, supporters of a California ballot initiative on data privacy filed more than 600,000 signatures in support of presenting the initiative to voters, nearly twice the number of signatures required to do so. But ballot initiatives are an imperfect way to make public policy on a complex subject like data privacy. Before enactment, it can be difficult for stakeholders to help improve an initiative’s content. And after enactment, an initiative can be difficult to amend.

California legislators hoped to do better, but now they faced a deadline. June 28 was the last day the initiative’s sponsor could remove it from the ballot, and the sponsor told the legislature that he would do so only if they passed data privacy legislation first. Legislators rushed to meet this deadline, but that rush meant privacy advocates didn’t have much chance to weigh in before it was passed.

The Basics of the CCPA

The CCPA creates four basic rights for California consumers: 

  • A right to know what personal information a business has about them, and where (by category) that personal information came from or was sent. See Sections 100, 110, 115. See also Section 140(c) (defining “business”), and Section 140(o) (defining “personal information”).
  • A right to delete personal information that a business collected from them. See Section 105. While the right-to-know extends to all information a business collected about a consumer, the right-to-delete extends to just the information a business collected from them.
  • A right to opt-out of sale of personal information about them. See Section 120. See also Section 140(t) (defining “sale”).
  • A right to receive equal service and pricing from a business, even if they exercise their privacy rights under the Act, but with significant exceptions. See Section 125.

The Act also creates a limited right for consumers to sue businesses for data security breaches, based on California’s existing data breach notification law. See Section 150. Most of the Act’s enforcement punch, however, rests with the California Attorney General (AG), who can file civil actions against violations of the Act. See Section 155. The AG is also responsible for promulgating regulations to flesh out or update the CCPA framework. See Section 185.

As we explained above, the CCPA was put together quickly, and with many important terms undefined or not clearly defined. As a result, these rights in some cases look better than they really are. Fortunately, the new CCPA is generally understood to be a work in progress. Legislators, privacy advocates, and regulated companies will all be seeking substantive revisions before the law goes into effect. The rest of this post focuses on EFF's suggestions.

Opt-in Consent to Collection

Many online services gather personal data from technology users, without their knowledge or consent, both when users visit their websites, and, by means of tracking tools, when users visit other websites. Many online services monetize this personal data by using it to sell targeted advertising. New legislation could require these online services to obtain the users’ opt-in consent to collect personal data, particularly where that collection is not necessary to provide the service.

The CCPA does not require online services to obtain opt-in consent before collecting personal data from users. Nor does it provide users an opportunity to opt-out of collection. The law does require notice, at or before the point of collection, of the categories of collected data, and the purposes of collection. See Section 100(b). But when it comes to users’ autonomy to make their own decisions about the privacy of their data, while notice is a start, consent is much better. The legislature should amend the Act to require it.

Some limits are in order. For example, opt-in consent might not be required for a service to perform actions the user themselves have requested (though clear notice should be required). Also, any new regulations should explore ways to avoid the “consent fatigue” that can be caused by a high volume of opt-in consent requests.

“Right to Know” About Data Gathering and Sharing

Technology users should have an affirmative “right to know” what personal data companies have gathered about them, where the companies got it, and with whom the companies shared it, subject to some limits to ensure that the right to know does not impinge on other rights.

The CCPA creates a right to know, empowering “consumers” to obtain the following information from “businesses”:

  • The categories of personal information collected. See Sections 100(a), 110a)(1), 110(c)(1), 115(a)(1).
  • The categories of sources of the personal information. See Sections 110(a)(2), 110(c)(2).
  • The purposes for collecting the personal information. See Sections 110(a)(3), 110(c)(3).
  • The categories of third parties with whom businesses shares personal information. See Sections 110(a)(4).
  • The categories of personal information sold. See Sections 115(a)(2), 115(c)(1).

The Act defines a “consumer” as any natural person who resides in California. See Section 140(g). The Act defines a “business” as a for-profit legal entity with: (i) annual gross revenue of $25 million; (ii) annual receipt or disclosure of the personal information of 50,000 consumers, households, or devices; or (iii) receipt of 50% or more of its annual revenue from selling personal information. See Section 140(c).

The Act’s right-to-know would be more effective if it was more granular. It allows people to learn just the “categories” of sources and recipients of their personal data. People should be able to learn the specific sources and recipients.

Moreover, the Act’s right-to-know should be tailored to avoid impacting news gathering, which is protected by the First Amendment, when undertaken by professional reporters and lay members of the public alike. For example, if a newspaper tracked visitors to its online edition, the visitors’ right-to-know could cover that tracked information, but should not also extend to a reporters’ investigative file.

Data Portability

Users generally should have a legal right to data portability, that is, to obtain a copy of the data they provided to an online service. People might use this data in myriad ways, including self-publishing their own content, better understanding their service provider, or taking their data to a rival service.

The CCPA advances data portability. Consumers may obtain from businesses the “specific pieces” of personal information collected about them. See Sections 100(a), 110(c)(5). Moreover, the Act provides that if “provided electronically, the information shall be in a portable and, to the extent technically feasible, in a readily useable format that allows the consumer to transmit their information to another entity.” See Section 100(d).

It will be important to ensure that “technical infeasibility” does not become an exception that swallows the rule.

Also, it may be appropriate to address scenarios where multiple users’ data is entangled. For example, suppose Alice posts a photo of herself on social media, under a privacy setting that allows only certain people to see the photo, and Bob (one of those people) posts a comment on the photo. If Bob seeks to obtain a copy of the data he provided to that social media, he should get his comment, but not automatically Alice’s photo.

Consent to Data Sharing

As discussed above, EFF supports properly tailored legislation that requires companies to get opt-in consent before collecting a user’s personal data. Opt-in consent should also be required before a company shares that data with a third party. The more broadly that personal data is disseminated, the greater the risk of theft by malicious hackers, misuse by company employees, and expanded uses by company managers. Technology users should have the power to control their personal data by deciding when it may be transferred from one entity to another.

The CCPA addresses sale of personal data. It defines “sale” to include any data transfer “for monetary or other valuable consideration.” See Section 140(t). Adults have a right to opt-out of sales. See Sections 120(a), 120(c). To facilitate such opt-outs, businesses must provide a “do not sell my personal information” link on their homepages. See Section 135(a)(1). Minors have a right to be free from sales absent their opt-in consent. See Sections 120(c), 120(d). Also, if a third party buys a user’s personal data from a company that acquired it from the user, the third party cannot re-sell that personal data, unless they notify the user and give them an opportunity to opt-out. See Section 115(d).

However, the Act’s provisions on consent to data sharing are incomplete. First, all users—adults as well as minors—should be free from data sales and re-sales without their opt-in consent. While opt-out consent is good, opt-in consent is a better way to promote user autonomy to make their own decisions about their data privacy.

Second, the opt-in consent rules should apply to data transfers that do not yield (in the Act’s words) “valuable consideration.” For example, a company may find it to be in its business interests to give user data away for free. The user should be able to say “no” to such a transfer. Under the current Act, they cannot do so. By contrast, the original ballot initiative defined “sale” to include sharing data with other businesses for free.

Notably, the Act empowers the California Attorney General to issue regulations to ensure that the Act’s various notices and information are provided “in a manner that may be easily understood by the average consumer.” See Section 185(a)(6). We hope these regulations will address the risk of “consent fatigue” that can result from opt-in requests.

Deletion

The CCPA provides that a consumer may compel a business to “delete” personal information that the business collected from the consumer. See Section 105(a).

The Act provides several exceptions. Two bear emphasis. First, a business need not delete a consumer’s personal information if the business needs it to “exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise his or her right of free speech, or exercise another right provided for by law.” See Section 105(d)(4). Second, a business may keep personal information “to enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with the expectations of the consumer based on the consumer’s relationship with the business.” See Section 105(d)(7).  Confusingly, another exception uses similar language, and it’s unclear how these interact. See Section 105(d)(9) (“Otherwise use the consumer’s personal information, internally, in a lawful manner that is compatible with the context in which the consumer provided the information”).

Deletion is a particularly tricky aspect of data privacy, given the potential countervailing First Amendment rights at issue. For example, suppose that Alice and Bob use the same social media service, that Alice posts a photo of herself, that Bob re-posts it with a caption criticizing what Alice is doing in the photo, and that Alice becomes embarrassed by the photo. A statute empowering Alice to compel the service to delete all copies of the photo might intrude on Bob’s First Amendment interest in continuing to re-post the photo. EFF is working with privacy and speech advocates to find ways to make sure the CCPA ultimately strikes the right balance.

But EFF will strongly oppose any provision empowering users to compel third-party services (including search engines) to de-list public information about them. Laws outside the United States that do this are often called the “right to be forgotten.” EFF opposes such laws, because they violate the rights to free speech and to gather information. Many of us may be embarrassed by accurate published reports about us. But it does not follow that we should be able to force other people to forget these reports. Technology users should be free to seek out and locate information they find relevant.

Non-discrimination

The CCPA provides that if a user exercises one of the foregoing statutory data privacy rights (i.e., denial of consent to sell, right to know, data portability, or deletion), then a business may not discriminate against the user by denying service, charging a higher price, or providing lower quality. See Section 125(a)(1). This is a critical provision. Without it, businesses could effectively gut the law by discriminating against users that exercise their rights.

Unfortunately, the Act contains a broad exemption that threatens to swallow the non-discrimination rule. Specifically, a business may offer “incentives” to a user to collect and sell their data, including “payments.” See Section 125(b)(1). For example, if a service costs money, and a user of this service refuses to consent to collection and sale of their data, then the service may charge them more than it charges users that do consent. This will discourage users from exercising their privacy rights. Also, it will lead to unequal classes of privacy “haves” and “have nots,” depending upon the income of the user. EFF urges the California legislature to repeal this exemption from the non-discrimination rule.

This problem is not solved by the Act’s forbidding financial incentives that are “unjust, unreasonable, coercive, or usurious.” See Section 125(b)(4). This will not stop companies from charging more from users who exercise their privacy rights.

The Act also allows price and quality differences that are “reasonably related” or “directly related” to “the value provided to the consumer by the consumer’s data.” See Sections 125(a)(2), 125(b)(1). These exemptions from the non-discrimination rule are unclear and potentially far-reaching, and need clarification and limitation.

Empowering Users to Enforce the Law

One of the most powerful ways to ensure enforcement of a privacy law is to empower users to take violators to court. This is often called a “private cause of action.” Government agencies may fail to enforce privacy laws, for any number of reasons, including lack of resources, competing priorities, or regulatory capture. When a business violates the statutory privacy rights of a user, the user should have the power to decide for themselves whether to enforce the law. Many privacy statutes allow this, including federal laws on wiretaps, stored electronic communications, video rentals, driver’s licenses, and cable subscriptions.

Unfortunately, the private right of action in the CCPA is woefully inadequate. It may only be brought to remedy certain data breaches. See Section 150(a)(1). The Act does not empower users to sue businesses that sell their data without consent, that refuse to comply with right-to-know requests, and that refuse to comply with data portability requests. EFF urges the California legislature to expand the Act’s private cause of action to cover violations of these privacy rights, too.

The Act empowers the California Attorney General to bring suit against a business that violates any provision of the Act. See Section 155(a). As just explained, this is not enough.

Waivers

Too often, users effectively lose their new rights when they “agree” to fine print in unilateral form contracts with large businesses that have far greater bargaining power. Users may unwittingly waive their privacy rights, or find themselves stuck with mandatory arbitration of their privacy rights (as opposed to their day in an independent court).

So we are very pleased that the CCPA expressly provides that contract provisions are void if they purport to waive or limit a user’s privacy rights and enforcement remedies under the Act. See Section 192. This is an important provision that could be a model for other states as well.

Rule Making

The CCPA empowers the California Attorney General to adopt regulations, after it solicits broad public participation. See Section 185. These regulations will address, among other things, new categories of “personal information,” new categories of “unique identifiers” of users, new exceptions to comply with state and federal law, and the clarity of notices.

EFF will participate in this regulatory process, to help ensure that new regulations strengthen data privacy without undue burden, particularly for nonprofits and open-source projects.

Next Steps

The CCPA is just a start. Between now and the Act’s effective date in January 2020, much work remains to be done. The Act itself makes important findings about the high stakes:

The proliferation of personal information has limited Californians’ ability to properly protect and safeguard their privacy. It is almost impossible to apply for a job, raise a child, drive a car, or make an appointment without sharing personal information. . . . Many businesses collect personal information from California consumers. They may know where a consumer lives and how many children a consumer has, how fast a consumer drives, a consumer’s personality, sleep habits, biometric and health information, financial information, precise geolocation information, and social networks, to name a few categories. . . . People desire privacy and more control over their information.

EFF looks forward to advocating for improvements to the Act in the months and years to come.


          Fact Check of the Day: Do Trump’s Endorsed Candidates Always Win?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump claimed that Senate and House candidates he endorses will always win. But four candidates he has backed have lost their races.
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President Trump and his chaotic, controversy-laden tenure are at least partly responsible for creating a toxic political climate for the Republican candidates he is trying to save.
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#2 Sí, Trump quebró el país y Lisa tiene que arreglarlo:

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          Omarosa secretly taped Donald Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Lordy, there are MORE tapes! The Daily Beast is reporting that professional reality show villain Omarosa Manigault-Newman secretly taped Donald Trump during her time in the Oval Office as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison. Her new book "UNHINGED: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House" comes out next week.
Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell The Daily Beast that Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the infamous former Apprentice star who followed Trump to the White House, secretly recorded conversations with the president—conversations she has since leveraged while shopping her forthcoming “tell-all” book, bluntly titled UNHINGED. For months, it has been rumored that Manigault had clandestinely recorded on her smartphone “tapes” of unspecified private discussions she had in the West Wing. Audio actually does exist, and even stars Manigault’s former boss.
Good thing Trump only picks the best, most loyal and trustworthy people. Omarosa Secretly Recorded Trump—And Played the Audio for People, Sources Say [Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng, Maxwell Tani/Daily Beast] [Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images]
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#1 La de los Simpson?

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The Trump administration's recent decision to release $195 million in military aid to Egypt has left rights experts stunned and deeply worried. A year ago, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suspended that sum because Egypt's human rights record didn't meet the standards imposed by Congress. Since that time, the space for civic freedoms in Egypt has shrunk, researchers say. Egypt's security forces have continued to lock up groups labeled dissidents or terrorists, and courts have handed down mass death sentences in cases widely criticized as politically motivated. The U.S. aid reversal comes in support of a regime that researchers say is even more authoritarian than ousted ruler Hosni Mubarak. "This sends all of the wrong signals to the Egyptian generals that the rhetoric about human rights is merely lip service," says Mohamed Soltan, a U.S. citizen who spent almost two years as a political prisoner in Egypt until he was released in 2015. "It is a green light to carry on with the
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Luego tendrá que venir Lisa a arreglarlo.

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          Ivanka Trump tours Illinois college's welder training center      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
GODFREY, Ill. — Ivanka Trump toured the welding facility at a southwestern Illinois community college as she promoted the importance of continued worker training.The daughter of President Donald Trump traveled Wednesday to Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, which opened a $4.5 million training center in 2016 with 30 welding stations.The Belleville News-Democrat reports Trump said during a roundtable discussion with business leaders and students that a new [...]
          First Lady Melania Trump Underwent Medical Procedure To Treat Kidney Condition      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The first lady underwent a medical procedure today to treat what her office calls a benign kidney condition. Her office says it went well and there were no complications. She's expected to remain at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington, D.C., for the rest of the week. The White House released few other details. NPR's Richard Harris joins us now to talk about the procedure and why it's often used. Hi, Richard. RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: Hey, Ari. SHAPIRO: The first lady's office said she underwent an embolization in her kidney. What is that exactly? HARRIS: Embolization is used to block the blood supply to an artery. It's a standard procedure. And what doctors do is they insert a small tube called a catheter usually in a blood vessel in the groin and thread it up into the kidney in this case. Once it's in place, doctors put something up the tube to block the blood flow. It might be gel particles, or it
          Comment on Will the Trump Administration Attack Iran? by euhuguenin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
No, Iran is not going to haul off and attack Israel, either in Syria or Israel proper. It's government in Tehran is many things, but stupid is not one of them. What Israel is attempting to do is create a false flag, to be blamed on Iran, as the justification for attacking it, and bringing it the US in on its side, militarily. And unfortunately, Netanyahu's ventrilloquist dummy, here in the US, AKA President Trump, has just made it very painfully clear this morning, that the US's withdrawal from the P5+1, and the sanctions which will ensue, are the US government's prelude to a war against Iran. Just because something isn't the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is no guarantee that it will not do it, and President Trump's speech about the US withdrawing from the P5+1 deal, is no exception to this very dark reality. He is making claims about Iran's actions and capacities which bear absolutely no basis in reality. The IAEA, which is staffed by amazinglingly bright people, has looked at the suspected facility, and said that there is no "there" there. And if that is what the IAEA is telling the world, I would very much tend to believe them. What Netanyahu and Trump are doing is tantamount to calling members of the IAEA, in their inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, idiots and liers, and members of this organization is neither. With a potential corruption indictment hanging over his head, Netanyahu is going to want to jump start this war as quickly as possible, which is most probably the reason President Trump made the decert announcement today, rather than wait until this coming Saturday, 12 May, which was the actual deadline. Look for this war to generate the revival of the draft in this country, and this time, the US military will be coming after both our young women, as well as our young men. And here is how I see the forces lining up; China, Russia, and Iran on one side, with the US; NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other. There is no way that this will be allowed to stay regional; my sense is, it will go global in a heartbeat. Memo to Israeli Defense Minister Ya'alon: the American people have gotten extraordinarily tired of the demands, bullying, and blackmail the American government has received from the fully nuclear armed, viciously apartheid, theocracy which is what Israel has become in the 21st century. And we have one word for you: enough!! We will provide you no more American military to get slaughtered or maimed for life in the process of "neutralizing" all your alleged existential threats in the Middle East. And of course, as we both know, that includes all of your neighbors in the region. And on top of that, sir, we would appreciate it greatly if the US government immediately pull all financial and military aid from your country immediately, as all this aid is completely illegal under the Symington Amendment. We the people would like to see this accomplished and immediately, sir. The days of the host/parasite relationship between the Us government and that of Israel may well be coming to a very abrupt halt, and it is damn well about time, sir!!!
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Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET The counteroffer submitted by President Trump to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller may be the "last, best chance" Mueller has to secure Trump's testimony, lawyer Rudy Giuliani told NPR on Wednesday. That doesn't mean it's the White House's final offer or negotiations are closed, Giuliani said — but "if they said yes, we'd do it." The back-and-forth has been going on for months. Trump has talked publicly about wanting to answer questions. But his lawyers would rather he not — and at the very least they would like to limit the scope of what he is asked. "I don't think he'd do it over our disagreement, but I don't know," Giuliani said. The former New York City mayor did say he has the sense that the negotiations between his team and Mueller's are "kind of near the end" and that they could wind up before Sept. 1. Giuliani said he believes Mueller's office is sensitive about the precedent of 2016 in which then-FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump has
          First State Dinner: A Chance For Melania Trump To Put Her Stamp On The White House      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fifteen months into the Trump presidency, the first state dinner, in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron, will be a big moment for first lady Melania Trump, who has kept a lower profile than many of her predecessors. "It's much more than just a dinner," said Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies and a forthcoming book about vice presidents. When it comes to state dinners, every choice from the china to the shape of the tables and the number of guests makes a statement that reflects the tastes of the first family, and especially the first lady. And a whole lot of people are watching. C-SPAN even provides live special coverage of some dinners. "Laura Bush said she wasn't nervous before her own wedding but she was nervous before the first state dinner with the Mexican president," said Brower. "I think it's a lot of pressure." Bush wrote about the preparations in her book Spoken From The Heart, making the comparison to her
          Trump's Rhetoric Doesn't Necessarily Match His Administration's Actions in Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The strikes on Syria over the weekend fit a pattern for a president who goes public with his instincts before policies have been finalized. Ultimately the U.S. conducted three targeted, narrow strikes on Syrian facilities connected to the regime's chemical weapons program. NPR's Tamara Keith reports it seemed short of what Trump had threatened. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: As images of dead and suffering children emerged from Syria a little more than a week ago, President Trump tweeted, President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing animal Assad - big price to pay. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: This is about humanity. We're talking about humanity, and it can't be allowed to happen. KEITH: He echoed that sentiment in remarks in the Cabinet Room, saying if it's Syria or Iran or Russia or all of them together... (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) TRUMP: It's going to be very tough, very tough.
          Why Special Counsel Mueller Might Be Interested In Trump's 'Access Hollywood' Tape      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: The infamous "Access Hollywood" video is again in the news. Multiple outlets are reporting that FBI agents were looking for evidence related to the video on Monday when they raided the office of President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. NPR's Tamara Keith explores why the video might be of interest to investigators. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: It was Friday, October 7, 2016, late in the afternoon when The Washington Post broke the story. There was a video shot by the entertainment news show "Access Hollywood" in 2005 and never before released with then-reality TV star Donald Trump using vulgar language to describe his treatment of women. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. BILLY BUSH: Whatever you want. TRUMP: Grab them by the [expletive]. BUSH: (Laughter). TRUMP: You can do anything. KEITH: That video was an existential crisis moment for
          Trump Denounces FBI Raid On His Attorney And Alleged Chemical Attack In Syria       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: President Trump is lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller after an FBI raid on his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Here's what's happening. Cohen's lawyer said in a statement that the raid was based at least in part on a referral from the special counsel. It's not clear exactly what investigators may be after or whether this may be related to the Russia probe. Here's what Trump had to say tonight about the development. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It's a disgrace. It's frankly a real disgrace. It's a - an attack on our country in a true sense. It's an attack on what we all stand for. So when I saw this and when I heard it - I heard it like you did - I said, that is really now in a whole new level of unfairness. KELLY: NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins us now. Hey there. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hi. KELLY: Hi. We can hear President Trump is clearly really upset about this -
          Trump Says He Didn't Know His Lawyer Paid Adult Film Star $130,000      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: President Trump for the first time has answered questions about Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and director who claims to have had an affair with him more than a decade ago. This came in a rare exchange with reporters on Air Force One, where Trump also weighed in on the fate of embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. All right, NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith is here to catch us up on this. Hello there. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hello. KELLY: What exactly did Trump have to say about Stormy Daniels? KEITH: So he did not weigh in on whether the affair existed or not. KELLY: OK. KEITH: That is something that his spokespeople have denied in the past as well as his lawyer Michael Cohen. He was asked about a $130,000 payment that Michael Cohen, his fixer and attorney, made to her, made to Stormy Daniels, on the eve of the election. And Trump said that he didn't know about it. And he didn't know where the money
          Trump Under Investigation By Special Counsel But Not As A Criminal Target      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Special counsel Robert Mueller notified President Trump's lawyers last month that the president is being investigated as part of the Russia probe, but a source familiar with the situation says they were told Trump was not a criminal target at that time. The source declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter but did confirm the details first reported by the The Washington Post . There have been ongoing discussions between Trump's lawyers and Mueller's team about the president sitting for an interview as part of the investigation. Trump has said he wants to speak with Mueller. Asked on March 22 whether he still wanted to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump said: "Yes. I would like to." John Dowd, the lawyer who had been leading Trump's legal team until he resigned late last month, reportedly was at odds with the president and others on the legal team about whether it was a good idea for Trump to sit for an interview with Mueller. Dowd was against
          Trump Meets With Baltic States Amid Heightened Tensions With Russia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: President Trump has praised Vladimir Putin and his leadership style. Today he will host the leaders of three countries who think otherwise. Trump will meet the leaders of Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania today at the White House - all countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union, and all countries particularly worried about Russia. They'll be looking for signs from President Trump that he will hold the line on Russian aggression in the region. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith is with us now. Hey, Tam. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Good morning. MARTIN: This meeting is coming at an interesting moment in U.S.-Russian relations, right? How's that going to play into this? KEITH: It will definitely play into it. U.S.-Russia relations are in a challenged place as a result of, well, a number of things, including Russian election interference in the U.S., the new sanctions put in place by the U.S. in response to
          Trump Under Oath: Sometimes Combative, Often Boastful, Usually Lacking Details      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb_eElqoV-Y In June 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump raised his right hand and swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. On the verge of becoming the Republican nominee for president, Trump sat for a videotaped deposition, a familiar experience for a businessman who had sued or been sued thousands of times . "I imagine you've had your deposition taken a number of times?" asked lawyer Deborah Baum, who led the questioning. "I have, yes," Trump answered. Records of President Trump's past depositions show a familiar pattern of boasting, sometimes battling opponents and giving little deference to factual details — pitfalls that could all come into play in various legal cases before too long. Trump says he "would like to" testify in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. And he may have to sit for depositions in cases involving women he allegedly had sexual contact with more than a decade ago, whether he wants to or
          U.S. Expelling Russian Intelligence Officers, Closing Consulate In Seattle      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: The Trump administration has announced that it is expelling dozens of Russian intelligence agents from this country. It said the expulsions were in response to the poison attack on a former British spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom. A senior administration official said this move was in solidarity with NATO allies. Now, by expelling these agents, the unnamed officials said it would reduce Russia's ability to subvert Western institutions. Let's talk about this with NPR's White House correspondent Tamara Keith, who's been listening to officials describe all of this. Tam, good morning. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Good morning. GREENE: Tell me more about these expulsions. And also, it sounds like the Trump administration is closing the Russian Consulate in Seattle. These are significant moves. KEITH: That's correct. So they've ordered the expulsion of a total of 60 Russian intelligence officers. About a dozen of them are tasked
          Trump Threatens Veto Of Spending Bill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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
          Lead Lawyer On Trump's Team Handling Special Counsel Russia Probe Resigns      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET John Dowd, the veteran attorney leading President Trump's outside legal team, has tendered his resignation, marking a shakeup just as Trump had turned his Twitter ire on special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation. Dowd declined to explain why he was leaving the team that is helping the president deal with the Russia investigation. But a source familiar with Dowd's thinking says he was tired and frustrated, in a draining job with not enough resources and with a client who was not taking his advice. When reached by phone all Dowd would say is, "I love the president and wish him well." Trump's legal team is in the midst of ongoing discussions with Mueller over a possible interview with President Trump. Dowd recently described them as "productive and constructive." Speaking at a White House event Thursday after news of the resignation broke, the president told reporters he would like to speak to investigators as part of the Mueller probe. Over the weekend,
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AILSA CHANG, HOST: President Trump's legal team is growing by one. The move comes as Trump, more directly, goes after special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the president is simply expressing his frustration through tweets - even as the White House and Trump's outside lawyers say they are cooperating fully with the probe. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith has this look at what Trump's legal team has been saying. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: The newest member of President Trump's outside legal team, Joe DiGenova, is a former federal prosecutor and well-known Washington lawyer. But it's more likely that his appearances on Fox News criticizing the Russia investigation are what landed him the gig. This was DiGenova on Fox in January. (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT") JOE DIGENOVA: There was a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and - if she didn't win the
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Updated on March 29 at 4:50 p.m. ET With his decision to replace VA Secretary David Shulkin, President Trump is once again setting records for turnover. No elected first-term president in the past 100 years has had this much Cabinet turnover this early in his presidency. And since the establishment of the secretary of Veterans Affairs as a Cabinet position in 1989, Shulkin has served the shortest of any secretary, with the exception of those who came on board to serve out the tail end of a president's term. Trump's willingness to say "you're fired" (or to have someone else say it) to so many people, so early in his administration, is just another way Trump is unlike those who have come before him. In addition to his Cabinet, the churn in top-level staff in the Trump White House is also off the charts . "There will always be change, and I think you want to see change," Trump said on March 15, not quite tamping down the latest rumors of possible Cabinet departures. "And I want to also
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The White House is trying to tamp down speculation that another staff shakeup is in the works. In a week that saw Secretary of State Rex Tillerson fired by tweet, there is renewed speculation that national security adviser H.R. McMaster or other members of the Cabinet may be on their way out. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins me now from the White House. Hi, Tam. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hey, Ari. SHAPIRO: Let's start with McMaster. What is the latest on his status? KEITH: So NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman reports that McMaster will likely leave, although there is no timetable on when that might happen. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders last night tweeted out that she had spoken with the president when a story emerged in The Washington Post saying that Trump had decided that he was going to remove McMaster. And Trump told her that that was not accurate, that he has no intention of making a change
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on 19 Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. The U.S. Treasury Department announced the sanctions this morning. This moves comes the same day that the Trump administration issued a joint statement with France, Germany and the U.K. condemning Russia for what has been described as a chemical weapons attack on a former spy on British soil. A senior national security official briefed reporters this morning on the sanctions, including NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith, who joins us now. Hi, Tam. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hi. MARTIN: Who exactly is being targeted with these sanctions? KEITH: Well, it's - this is interesting. These are many of the same people and organizations that were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller - or were indicted as part of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election. In terms of the
          Stormy Daniels Offers To Pay Back 'Hush Money' To Speak About Alleged Trump Affair      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and director who alleges she had a sexual relationship with President Trump more than a decade ago and was paid $130,000 not to talk about it, is offering to give the money back to speak freely. In a letter, her attorney, Michael Avenatti, says Daniels "will pay $130,000 to President Trump by wire transfer, to an account designated by the president" by this Friday. Trump has never admitted knowledge of the payment to Daniels, which was made by his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen in the waning days of the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump, through Cohen and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has denied that there was an affair, which by Daniels' telling took place in 2006 and 2007 when Trump was married and his son Barron was a baby. "They should accept this proposal. It's more than fair," said Avenatti in an interview with NPR. "She'll return the money and she'll be free to speak, and in turn the president can
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: It has never happened before - a sitting American president meeting with a leader of North Korea. That could change now. President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to open up a dialogue with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about ending the North's nuclear program. South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, made the announcement at the White House yesterday. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) CHUNG EUI-YONG: Along with President Trump, we are optimistic about continuing a diplomatic process to test the possibility of a peaceful resolution. MARTIN: It's going to be quite the test. Let's talk about this with NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith. Hey, Tam. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hey. MARTIN: So just yesterday, the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was talking about diplomacy with North Korea as an unlikely possibility in the short term. But today he had something new to say about the president's
          President Trump Denies Claims Of An Affair With Adult Film Actress      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: This week, the accusation that President Trump had an affair more than a decade ago with an adult film actress became the subject of a lawsuit. The actress known as Stormy Daniels is suing the president so she can tell her story. The White House denies there was an affair but seemed to confirm that the president is party to an effort to keep her quiet. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith is here to help us sort through all this. Hi, Tam. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hi. SHAPIRO: OK, you are holding some paper in your hand that I understand is a copy of a temporary restraining order against Stormy Daniels. Tell us about this. KEITH: Yeah. So to understand this restraining order you need to know that in late October of 2016, right before the election, Stormy Daniels signed a confidential settlement agreement where in exchange for $130,000 she agreed to remain silent about her alleged affair with Donald Trump. This was all arranged
          8/9/2018: Opinion | Letters: Trump’s admission      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
After months of lies and denials, Donald Trump finally admits his son met with Russian agents to obtain preelection dirt on Hillary Clinton, but was unsuccessful in doing so as ‘‘it went nowhere". It will be debated whether this action was...
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The Trump administration's recent decision to release $195 million in military aid to Egypt has left rights experts stunned and deeply worried. A year ago, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suspended that sum because Egypt's human rights record didn't meet the standards imposed by Congress. Since that time, the space for civic freedoms in Egypt has shrunk, researchers say. Egypt's security forces have continued to lock up groups labeled dissidents or terrorists, and courts have handed down mass death sentences in cases widely criticized as politically motivated. The U.S. aid reversal comes in support of a regime that researchers say is even more authoritarian than ousted ruler Hosni Mubarak. "This sends all of the wrong signals to the Egyptian generals that the rhetoric about human rights is merely lip service," says Mohamed Soltan, a U.S. citizen who spent almost two years as a political prisoner in Egypt until he was released in 2015. "It is a green light to carry on with the
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In blistering and aggressive questioning aimed at undermining the credibility of the government’s star witness, a defence lawyer accused the protege of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of being immersed in ‘‘so many lies’’ he can’t remember...
          Giuliani: New Offer To Mueller May Be 'Last, Best Chance' For Trump Interview      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 4:10 p.m. ET The counteroffer submitted by President Trump to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller may be the "last, best chance" Mueller has to secure Trump's testimony, lawyer Rudy Giuliani told NPR on Wednesday. That doesn't mean it's the White House's final offer or negotiations are closed, Giuliani said — but "if they said yes, we'd do it." The back-and-forth has been going on for months. Trump has talked publicly about wanting to answer questions. But his lawyers would rather he not — and at the very least, they would like to limit the scope of what he is asked. "I don't think he'd do it over our disagreement, but I don't know," Giuliani said. The former New York City mayor did say he has the sense that the negotiations between his team and Mueller's are "kind of near the end" and that they could wind up before Sept. 1. Giuliani said he believes Mueller's office is sensitive about the precedent of 2016 in which then-FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump has
          8/9/2018: World: Both Democrats, Trump optimistic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Two high-stakes elections that tested President Donald Trump’s clout and the Democrats’ momentum cost both parties millions of dollars and are too close to call. Trump claimed victory in one race, nevertheless. In Ohio, the president took credit for...
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Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Seventy Five Although you could consider this to be a more “subdued” installment, since Donald Trump was just slightly “quieter” last week, there’s a whole lotta love that Jon and Rob deliver in show  #75.  Amongst this week’s topics, a somewhat crestfallen Rob opines on the Madison […]
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Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Seventy Four The world keeps spinning crazily – Jon and Rob have their work cut out for them.  From one moment to the next, there’s no lull in the conversation as this week the boys discuss Trump walking back the Russia statement; the anti-climactic baseball All-Star […]
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          John Kiriakou, When Twitter Decides Who Speaks (or Not)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

John Kiriakou

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.

          UPDATE 4-Star witness testimony ends under attack by ex-Trump aide Manafort's lawyer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Star government witness Rick Gates ended three days of testimony on Wednesday after admitting he lied, stole money and cheated on his wife, as lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort attacked his character.

          IRS agent testifies that Manafort had $16.5 mln in unreported income      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A U.S. Internal Revenue Service agent testified on Wednesday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is on trial on tax and bank fraud charges, had $16.5 million in unreported taxable business income between 2010 and 2014.

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The Trump administration moved on Wednesday to shrink a government agency tasked with identifying looming financial risks, notifying around 40 staff members they would be laid off, according to a person familiar with the changes.

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El presidente de Estados Unidos cree que el alza de la divisa puede afectar la "ventaja competitiva" de su país.
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Attorneys general in 19 states urged a federal court Monday to force the Trump administration to help facilitate abortions for illegal immigrant minors. CNS News reports the state attorneys general argued to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that all women on U.S. soil have a “constitutionally-protected right” to abortion. Signing onto […]
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The Pentagon plans to create a new military command responsible for war fighting in space, but opposition in Congress could block a more ambitious “space force,” a new military service that President Trump has endorsed repeatedly in tweets and campaign rallies.

The outcome of the bureaucratic reshuffling...


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WASHINGTON — Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Wednesday they have responded to the latest interview proposal from special counsel Robert Mueller, part of a months-long negotiation process over whether and how investigators can question the president on possible obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, waves to people during White House Sports and Fitness Day on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Giuliani, says special counsel Robert Mueller should finish the Russia investigation “without further delay” as the president’s legal team responded to the latest interview request. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump made his preference clear for Kobach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The field was set in two Senate contests.

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

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

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

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

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Troy Balderson, Republican candidate for Ohio's 12th Congressional District, greets a crowd of supporters during an election night party Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Newark, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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

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

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

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

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Abdul El-Sayed, Democratic candidate for Michigan governor, visits his Detroit field office to thank all of the volunteers for their hard work on the campaign Tuesday, Aug.7, 2018, in Detroit. (ClarenceTabb Jr./Detroit News via AP)
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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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          Following Trump, government uses California wildfires as excuse to attack endangered species protections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Just two days after President Trump issued an utterly uninformed tweet about the causes of the California wildfires, his ulterior motives began to come into focus.

That happened through an order issued Wednesday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to the National Marine Fisheries Service and its...


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Trump yönetimindeki ABD’nin İran’la nükleer anlaşmadan çekilmesinin ardından ilan edilen yaptırım programının uygulanmasına dün itibariyle başlandı.ABD Başkanı Trump bu dönemi Twitter üzerinden yaptığı açıklamayla şöyle duyurdu: “Bunlar şu ana kadar uygulanmış olan en sert yaptır...
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Haksız ve hukuksuz biçimde, “Ben yaptım oldu” mantığıyla hareket eden, AB ülkelerinin bile karşı çıktığı, İran’a karşı tek başına ekonomik ambargo uygulamaya başlayan ABD’nin akılsız tüccar kafalı Başkanı Trump’un hali Mesnevi’de anlatılan fare ile devenin hikayesine benziyor.Vid...
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Former Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison, Omarosa Manigault-Newman has been making hay of her time with our white supremacist in chief Donald Trump. She has a new book coming out called UNHINGED and the ex-Trump confidant is letting all kinds of juicy information leak out. The Daily Beast is reporting that sources have told them that Omarosa “secretly recorded conversations with the president.” These conversations have been heard by a few people, in part say the sources, because Omarosa used them as part of her push to sell the book to publishers.

One person confirmed to The Daily Beast they had heard at least one of her recordings featuring President Trump. Multiple sources familiar with the so-called “Omarosa tapes” described the recorded conversations between Trump and Manigault as anodyne, everyday chatter, but said they did appear to feature Trump’s voice, either over the phone or in-person.

There’s always a tweet from arguably the dumbest most powerful person in American history.

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Omarosa Manigault-Newman is a gross person; and like Donald Trump, she’s a self absorbed awful liar of a person. But audio tapes are audio tapes; and I’m sure these two have nothing but nice things to say about the world around them. Omarosa will be making appearances on NBC’s Today show as well as Meet the Press on Sunday.


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

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

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

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

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


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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:

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In subsequent tweets Sen. Blumenthal notes that this is both a "last resort" and "unprecedented." It's also unsurprising, at this point: The Kavanaugh nomination has raised a host of issues relating to his "new" opinion that Republican presidents cannot be criminally investigated to his useful rulings for Donald Trump's own business.

Brett Kavanaugh, now nominated to the Supreme Court by a president whose key campaign members are under investigation for possible conspiracy with a Russian espionage effort against the United States, was elevated from a partisan position investigating Republican conspiracy theories under Ken Starr to a lawyer and staff secretary within the George W. Bush White House. He participated during White House efforts to claim legal justification for the torture of war prisoners; Trump-allied Republicans have been attempting to block the release of those key records by, among other tactics, putting Kavanaugh's own then-deputy in charge of determining which to produce and which not to.


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The Trump administration said Wednesday it would impose new sanctions on Russia after the State Department determined it violated international law by poisoning an ex-spy living in Britain in March.

The official determination from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came after the GOP chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ed Royce, chastised the Trump administration a couple weeks ago for dragging its feet on a decision about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer, and his daughter Yulia. Both nearly died after they were exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok.

“Your compliance with the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 is critical to showing Putin that we are serious about challenging his deadly acts," Royce wrote Donald Trump on July 26, giving him a deadline of August 9 for issuing a final determination, which automatically triggers sanctions. Pompeo complied just under the wire. 

The sanctions include two waves, with the initial round limiting financing and certain exports, such as those pertaining to national security items like electronic devices and components. Some sanctions already existed on national security-related exports, but they had still been allowed on a case-by-case basis. NBC News writes:

A second, more painful round kicks in three months later unless Russia provides "reliable assurances" it won't use chemical weapons in the future and agrees to "on-site inspections" by the U.N. — conditions unlikely to be met. The second round of sanctions could include downgrading diplomatic relations, suspending state airline Aeroflot's ability to fly to the U.S, and cutting off nearly all exports and imports.

Administration officials has been scrambling to combat the perception that Trump is under the thumb of Russian President Vladimir Putin following Trump's subservience to him during their joint press conference in Helsinki several weeks ago. They will surely tout this as an instance of Trump being "tough" on Russia. 

Just remember that it took the threat of actual oversight from a House Committee before they finally made a determination, which came after the statutory deadline had already came and gone. They were supposed to make that determination within 60 days of the original request from Congress, which came on March 15.

  


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

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

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

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


          Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin's government      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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.

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           Reactiva EE.UU. sanciones económicas y financieras contra Irán       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Este martes entró en vigor el embargo del gobierno estadounidense sobre Irán, que incluye el bloqueo a las transacciones financieras, a las importaciones de materias primas y el acceso al dólar estadounidense. De igual forma, la Administración Trump tomó medidas que impiden que se hagan negocios con las industrias claves iraníes, como el sector automotor y la aviación comercial, así como las alfombras. Estados Unidos aplicará el próximo 4 de noviembre la segunda ronda de sanciones contra Irán, la cual será de mayor impacto, afectando al sector petrolero, gasífero y al Banco Central iraní. teleSUR. https://videos.telesurtv.net/video/734177/reactiva-eeuu-sanciones-economicas-y-financieras-contra-iran/

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           Ohio jako zdvižený prst Trumpovi. Republikán svádí těžký souboj s demokratem o místo v Kongresu       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
V doplňovacích volbách do Sněmovny reprezentantů v americkém státě Ohio vede o necelé procento republikánský kandidát Troy Balderson nad demokratem Dannym O´Connorem. Oblast byla od 80. let baštou republikánů, těsný výsledek tak může být varováním pro prezidenta Donalda Trumpa. Už v listopadu proběhnou volby do Kongresu a Trump potřebuje vítězství republikánů k prosazení svého programu.
          43% of Republicans Want to Give Trump the Power to Shut Down Media      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Economistas de JPMorgan están empezando a considerar la idea de que el Presidente Trump podría actuar sobre su preferencia del dólar débil.
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An IRS agent revealed that Paul Manafort had at least $16 million in unreported taxable business income over four years while testifying during the former Trump campaign chairman’s trial for tax and bank fraud on Wednesday. IRS agent Michael Welch said in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia that Manafort received $15.5 million from Ukraine which...
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          Trump predicts ‘Red Wave’ in November midterm elections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump boasted that he was “5 for 5″ in Tuesday’s elections” — despite the fact that two races were still too close to call — and crowed that his backing of House and Senate candidates would result in a “Red Wave” in the November midterms. “As long as I campaign and/or support Senate and...
          Trump says he wants to talk to Mueller. Well, it's Mueller time. - USA TODAY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Trump said in May: 'Nobody wants to speak more than me.' Now Giuliani says Trump 'still hasn't made a decision.' Enough already: Our view. Gty 1008248350 A Clj Usa Va. Protest in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images).

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          Rand Paul says he gave Putin a letter from Trump seeking cooperation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that he delivered a letter from President Trump to Vladimir Putin proposing cooperation between the US and Russia. Trump wants to ease tensions between the former Cold War foes and has been solicitous of the Russian strongman despite the US intelligence community’s unanimous conclusion that the Kremlin meddled in...
          Ohio and Kansas Races Too Close to Call; Trump Claims Win      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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.
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Two high-stakes elections that tested President Donald Trump’s clout and cost both parties millions of dollars were too close to call early Wednesday. Trump claimed victory in one nevertheless and proclaimed himself ‘5 for 5′ on...
          NBA 2K19 se vend avec des séquences in-game      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Enfin 2K nous montre son jeu en mouvement. Pour son 20ème anniversaire, la série des NBA 2K se paye le luxe d’afficher LeBron James sur sa couverture. En ce moment on parle du monsieur pour son arrivée historique chez les Lakers, mais aussi parce qu’il fait lui aussi passer Donald Trump pour... [...]
          Trump administration faces lawsuit over pesticides in wildlife refuges      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Conservationists on Wednesday notified the Trump administration that they would sue over its reversal of a 2014 decision prohibiting bee-killing pesticides and genetically modified crops on U.S. wildlife refuges.

          Fundraise or 'look for a job,' Republicans warn after close election races      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As Republican candidates backed by President Donald Trump clung to small leads in closely watched races in Ohio and Kansas on Wednesday, nervousness grew in Republican circles about their ability to continue extending millions of dollars in aid to candidates in November's Congressional elections.

          Meet the rising socialists challenging the Trump presidency      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Democratic establishment says sticking to the centre is the best way to win over Trump supporters.
          Trump administration using US economy as bargaining chip against China. Good or Bad?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Manafort’s Lawyers Get Personal As Rick Gates’s Testimony Wraps Up      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Rick Gates Pleads Guilty In Mueller Russia Probe
Prosecutors expect to rest their case against Paul Manafort on Friday.
          Why Trump Goes Out of His Way to Incriminate Himself      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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He doesn’t mind demonstrating that he broke the law, because he doesn’t believe the law is legitimate or as powerful as he is.
          Did Trump Save Protégé Kris Kobach in Kansas?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Republican presidential elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster Township, N.J.
It could be a while before we know whether Kansas’s quintessential Trumpist has won the GOP gubernatorial nod, giving Dems fresh hope for November.
          Do Obamacare’s Left-Wing Critics Actually Understand It?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
People protest Trump administration policies that threaten the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, near the Wilshire Federal Building on January 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
A Jacobin editor defends the Republican Party against the charge of wanting to take poor people’s insurance away.
          Primary Results: Kris Kobach Holds Narrowest of Leads in Kansas Governor Race      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach Attends His Primary Night Gathering In Topeka
Two races featuring candidates backed by Trump ended with a question mark on Tuesday. Expect recounts in Kansas and Ohio.
          ACLU Sues Jeff Sessions Over Ending Asylum for Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Attorney Gen. Sessions And Deputy Attn. Gen. Rosenstein Speak On Religious Freedom At Justice Dept. Religious Liberty Summit
After a previous suit resulted in an order to reunite migrant families, the ACLU is taking aim at the Trump administration’s new limits on asylum.
          Drama grips final moments of Rick Gates' testimony in Manafort trial, as lawyer poses surprise question      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rick Gates has finished three days' worth of dramatic testimony in federal court against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort -- but not before defense lawyers caused a stir by pressing him for details on his past infidelity.
          China buys soybeans from Russia to replace US suppliers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China and Russia are helping each other to counter Trump trade war.
           US senator presents letter from Trump for Putin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says visiting US Senator Rand Paul has handed over a letter from President Donald Trump to the Russian leader
          Jack Dorsey called Hannity to explain Twitter’s info wars      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Twitter has come under scrutiny for being one of the few major digital platforms that has decided not to ban or seriously restrict the content of Alex Jones this week. On Tuesday evening, CEO Jack Dorsey called Fox News’s Sean Hannity to elaborate on the service’s policies and defend the company’s moves on Hannity’s radio show.

“This is definitely not easy but we’re trying to approach this with a very simple goal which is, How do we earn more trust,” Dorsey said. “We rely on a bunch of signals. We’ll certainly miss things and we’re certainly going to make mistakes along the way… We’re getting better and better, step by step.”

He explained: “We do believe in the power of free expression, but we also need to balance that with the fact that bad-faith actors intentionally try to silence other voices.”

You can listen to their conversation here:

Dorsey also took to Twitter Tuesday to explain and defend his decision to keep Alex Jones’ Twitter account alive. “We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does,” he wrote. “And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.”

Dorsey acknowledged to Hannity that Twitter had not done a “good job” on its suspension policy or on communicating the company’s guidelines or principles. “There’s a lot of nuance to this,” he told Hannity. “We have a lot of specific work to do there.”

Twitter also came under fire last month from Republicans and President Trump for the alleged de-emphasizing of conservative accounts, or “shadow banning.” Twitter does limit the visibility in search results for particular accounts it finds to be abusive, but has repeatedly denied doing so based on political beliefs.

“We do not shadow ban according to political ideology or viewpoint or content, period,” Dorsey told Hannity. “Every model that we have on the network is really looking for behaviors on the network.”


          Iran ambassador: Trump's sanctions violate UN security council resolution      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Iran ambassador: Trump's sanctions violate UN security council resolutionGholamali Khoshroo speaks during a security council meeting after a vote on the Iran resolution at the UN headquarters in New York on 20 July 2015. The US is making history not just by violating a United Nations security council resolution it voted for three years ago, but also by penalising countries who stick to the same unanimous resolution, the Iranian ambassador to the UN has claimed. Gholamali Khoshroo argues in a commentary published by the Guardian on Wednesday that by abrogating a multilateral 2015 nuclear deal and imposing new sanctions on foreign companies doing business with Iran, the Trump administration is also reneging on UNSC resolution 2231.



          The key election takeaways: a Democratic surge and big wins for women      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache