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          Trump says he's 'working hard' to pass prison reform bill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At a Aug. 9 roundtable discussion on prison reform, President Trump described the bipartisan First Step Act which still needs to be approved by the Senate.
          Takes on the World: Jeff Blankfort:News/Op:Yemen, Iran Sanctions, Corbyn Caves, Segment 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I begin with comment on USG and mainstream media minimizing Yemeni casualties while accepting unconfirmed Syrian death stats reported only by the Syrian Observatory on Human Rights, a one man anti-Syrian government operation run by a Syrian clothing store owner in Coventry, England, I then speak about the US re impositions of sanctions on Iran and secondary sanctions of any company or country that continues do business with Iran and the likely failure of the Europeans who oppose the sanctions to resist US threats and pressure. I note that Trump's bullying tactics reflect the way the US operates in the world and quote from a letter from Sen. Ted Cruz and 9 fellow Republican senators to the embassies of Britain, France and Germany, warning them against going against the wishes of the US Congress. I add a segment about the sanctions impact on SWIFT, the key outfit that facilitates global finance and note that its member banks have been warned that they, too, will be punished if they don't comply with US demands. I finish with a report on how the British Jewish establishment has been hounding Jeremy Corbyn over his and the Labour Party's alleged antisemitism and how, rather than stand and fight the allegations, Corbyn has caved.

          Assange 'considering' testifying before US Senate Intelligence Committee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Julian Assange and his legal team are "seriously considering" a request from the US Senate Intelligence Committee for the WikiLeaks founder to testify on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
          Argentina's Senate Rejects Historic Bill to Legalize Abortion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Argentina’s Senate has rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy

The post Argentina's Senate Rejects Historic Bill to Legalize Abortion appeared first on RocketNews | Top News Stories From Around the Globe.


          8/10/2018: World: Senate vote rejects divisive abortion bill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Argentina’s Senate has rejected a bill to legalise elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The issue has divided the homeland of Pope Francis. Lawmakers debated for more than 15 hours and voted yesterday 31 in favour to 38...
          Iowa GOP Senator Joni Ernst gets busted lying about taking millions from the NRA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

During an August 8 town hall meeting, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) claimed she doesn’t take money from the National Rifle Association — despite the group giving her more than $3 million according to a 2017 analysis. In a video posted by the Iowa chapter of March For Our Lives, an audience member ask...

The post Iowa GOP Senator Joni Ernst gets busted lying about taking millions from the NRA appeared first on Raw Story.


          Argentina Obsesses About Abortion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Argentinian Senate has rejected a proposal to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks. Boy, they do “obsess about abortion”over there, don’t they? I will go out on a limb now and state what many others think: on the balance, Pope Francis would have preferred that the law had been approved. Whilst the man […]
          Military Lending Improvement Act of 2018 Introduced in the U.S. Senate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On August 1, 2018, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) introduced S. 3334 captioned “The Military Lending Improvement Act of 2018” in the United States Senate to “expand and improve” credit protections afforded to service members by the Military Lending Act (MLA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  If this bill becomes law, it would... Continue Reading…
          Argentina defeats bill to allow killing babies in abortions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(LifeNews) Members of the Argentina Senate voted Wednesday against legislation that would legalize abortions on unborn babies up to 14 weeks of age and older in some circumstances. Senators voted 38-31 against the measure while two lawmakers abstained. Argentina currently prohibits unborn babies from being aborted except in cases of rape, severe disabilities or threats […]
          Re: Why America’s Torture-Chief Now Runs the CIA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

> The reason why America’s torture-chief now runs the CIA, is that this is the way a dictatorship has to act in order to stay in power.

To be more precise, it's how an evil empire acts. One of the things which emerged from the Church committee hearings was how four MKULTRA sub-projects involved torturing children in attempts to create mind controlled assassins with multiple personality disorder. But nobody was ever punished for these outrageous crimes. The CIA still has a secret budget, it still operates without oversight, and congress still continues to flood the unconstitutional agency with essentially-stolen cash while rampant criminality continues to increase. The CIA is secretly running the country now, through bribery, threats and blackmail... and it's been that way since they killed JFK.

Here is the tip-off that Haspel is dirty:

1) She basically told the congress that she did not want the job of director if she had to answer questions about the torture business.

2) She has no interest in flushing out the 9/11 conspirators in the CIA

http://salem-news.com/artic...
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THIS IS WHAT CONGRESS JUST RE-APPROVED WITH HASPEL'S APPOINTMENT

Mind Control: Rosetta Stone of the JFK Assassination

John Marks, a former high-level CIA employee, warned decades ago that the agency’s technology, developed in a crash, covert program by the elite of America’s psychiatric establishment, could be used not only to create "planned destructiveness" on a personal level but to terrorize entire populations targeted by the CIA. Unfortunately, Marks' classic warning went unheeded. The torture techniques developed under MKULTRA are now being used in an international system of American torture prisons as part of an official policy of torture and designed to terrorize not only individuals but entire Arab [AND AMERICAN] populations. (As Marks concisely stated in The Search For The Manchurian Candidate: “MKULTRA subprojects dealt with ways to maximize stress on whole societies”.)

http://www.winstonsmith.net...

This is what the public voted for when they vote for a president and a congress which funds the CIA.

1963: Hypnotist George Estabrooks admits creating multiple personality assassins
http://ahrp.org/1963-hypnot...

Wag the Dog: CIA spied on congress
https://stonecoldtruth.com/...

Haspel is Not the Problem. The CIA is the Problem.
http://www.ronpaulinstitute...

CIA is out of control
https://www.youtube.com/wat...
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          Argentina defeats bill to allow killing babies in abortions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(LifeNews) Members of the Argentina Senate voted Wednesday against legislation that would legalize abortions on unborn babies up to 14 weeks of age and older in some circumstances. Senators voted 38-31 against the measure while two lawmakers abstained. Argentina currently prohibits unborn babies from being aborted except in cases of rape, severe disabilities or threats […]
          Comment on Will Assange Talk to Senate Intel Committee? by Duke Jinx      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Better than a Bike Rack any Day !!
          Comment on What you want to say – 8th August 2018 by EWI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Top US Republican, on how they plan to kill the Mueller probe: <i>“The Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing and start with impeachment on Rosenstein, and then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed. So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein, it’s a matter of timing.”</i> https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/four-biggest-takeaways-from-bombshell-leaked-audio-of-devin-nunes
          Why I Dumped PDP For APC - Akpabio Speaks As He Officially Defects With Top Politicians      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio gave reasons why he joined the ruling APC as "the need to put all hands on the deck to salvage the situation in the country and not to aggravate it,” adding that “the country is at war… and everyone should put heads together.

I decided to join to emancipate the people and provide succour for the people.

“I decided to join the APC at this time because I am a nationalist. In times like this, everybody should support to bring peace to our dear nation; to stop the killings and ensure employment for our teeming youths.


“With my declaration, uncommon change has come to Akwa Ibom. We believe that Southsouth cannot stand alone on its own.

“We need to collaborate with others. I consulted. What I have done today is to take the people of the Southsouth to the centre.

“Whatever I do is in the interest of of Akwa Ibom. I want to leave a legacy in the national interest."

He also urged his former party to have what he called a reward system.

“With my exit, this is the end of PDP in Niger Delta’’.

He also urged Nigerians to believe in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Do not be afraid of President Muhammadu Buhari. If your hands are clean. Nigerians have not seen the best of Buhari; so give him the chance.’’

He spoke at a rally at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium that joining the APC would enable him have the opportunity to work with others to sweep away poverty and impunity.

He said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of today had no vision and the leadership is arrogant.

Akpabio said all hands must be on deck to salvage the situation.

“I will like to be a conspirator to conspire to bring peace to Nigeria; I will like to be a conspirator who joins hands to bring food to the table of Nigerians. I will like to be a conspirator who conspires to stop the killings in our country. I will like to be a conspirator who conspires to join hands to bring good employment to our children. I will like to be a conspirator who brings uncommon transformation to the people of Nigeria. I will like to be a conspirator who dualised road from here (Ikot Ekpene) to Aba.

“I do not want to be a conspirator who joins hands to topple government. I do not want to talk about Akwa Ibom State, because I am here on a national platform, but I will like to tell you something today. This is the moment of uncommon change. Uncommon change has come to Akwa Ibom State. Uncommon change has come to Southsouth. Uncommon change has come to Niger Delta.

“Some people are saying that they put a gun on my head. I have a young man here who wrote a lot of petitions against me to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Those petitions were sorted out and as I stand before you, I have never been charged to court, because nothing was found wanting in my covenant to Akwa Ibom people.

“The Southsouth as a minority zone cannot stand on its own. The Southsouth as the largest producer of the resources of this country should also partake in the sharing of the resources. What I have done today (yesterday) is to link the Southsouth to the centre. What I have done today (yesterday) is to link Akwa Ibom to the centre."
Akpabio also apologised to all the people he had offended, who were in the APC before he arrived, asking them to kindly forgive him, stressing that whatever he did was in the interest of the good people of Akwa Ibom state.

          Julian Assange 'Seriously Considering' Testifying Before Senate Panel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is "seriously considering" a request to testify in person before the U.S. Senate intelligence committee about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to a statement from his lawyer. Assange has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012, in part over fears that he could be extradited to the U.S. and potentially face trial over leaking massive troves of documents. On Wednesday, the WikiLeaks Twitter account posted a letter that it says was delivered to Assange via the U.S. Embassy in London. The purported document is signed by committee Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner and asks that Assange "make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan Committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location" as part of the probe. Spokespeople for Burr and Warner declined to comment on whether the document is authentic. "We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange's
           Some Kavanaugh documents from Bush White House made public       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - The first documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in George W. Bush's White House were released Thursday as the Senate...
           Some Kavanaugh documents from Bush White House made public       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - The first documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in George W. Bush's White House were released Thursday as the Senate...
           Electric vehicles inquiry to meet in SA       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Australia must embrace opportunities presented by the global shift towards electric cars, Independent Senator Tim Storer says.The senator has called for...
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Argentina
El Senado argentino rechazó el proyecto para legalizar el aborto
The New York Times
(Daniel Politi y Ernesto Londoño) Por un estrecho margen, el Senado argentino rechazó en la madrugada del jueves un proyecto de ley para legalizar el aborto, con lo que propinó un revés al movimiento popular que llevó los derechos reproductivos a la cima de la agenda legislativa del país y movilizó a grupos de mujeres en toda América Latina. Las posiciones a favor y en contra del proyecto lucharon para influir en los senadores indecisos hasta el último momento. Mientras los legisladores (...)
(en) Argentina’s Senate Rejects Bill Legalizing Abortion
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(es) La votación por el aborto en Argentina genera movilizaciones en todo el continente
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Argentina
L’Argentina dice “no” all’aborto
Vatican Insider
(Andrés Beltramo Álvarez) Dopo un lungo dibattito nazionale e una seduta-maratona nel Senato, è stata bocciata la proposta di legge che pretendeva di legalizzare l’interruzione volontaria delle gravidanze nel Paese del Papa. Una seduta-maratona, cortei giganteschi per le strade, pressioni politiche di ogni sorta e una battaglia voto a voto. La conclusione delle negoziazioni nel Senato sulla proposta di legge sull’aborto sembrava quasi un riassunto degli ultimi mesi di politica argentina. Giovedì all’alba l’organo legislativo ha bocciato (...)
(es) Argentina dice no al aborto

           Argentine Senate rejects legalizing elective abortion       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came...
          Senate Democrats Are Circulating Plans For Government Takeover Of The Internet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Identity verification to use the internet but not for voting. Via Reason: All your base are belong to us. A leaked memo circulating among Senate Democrats contains a host of bonkers authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms, purportedly as a way to get tough on Russian bots and fake news. To save American trust in […]
          Dianne Feinstein Was An Easy Mark For A Chinese Spy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
How about having a two-year investigation into Dianne Feinstein and her connections to the Chinese? Via NY Post: As vice chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has been investigating allegations of President Trump’s “collusion” with Russia. But now we learn Feinstein may be […]
          “Dalle aule parlamentari alle aule di scuola – Lezioni di Costituzione”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“Dalle aule parlamentari alle aule di scuola. Lezioni di Costituzione”. Giovedì 25 maggio nel Palazzo dell’Istruzione e venerdì 26 maggio 2017 a Palazzo Madama (Roma) le giornate conclusive del progetto didattico organizzato da Senato, Camera e MIUR MIUR – Leggi i comunicato stampa del 24 maggio 2017
          Election results as of Wednesday      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With approximately 40,000 ballots left to count, the AFIS fingerprint system that King County law enforcement relies on was passing with 56% of the vote.

The last results were released on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 6:30pm.

Sen. Maria Cantwell will face former republican state chair Susan Hutchinson in the November election. Sen. Cantwell took 55% of the vote against a field of 29 opponents.

In the 7th district congressional race, Pramila Jayapal took over 80% of the vote. The 7th district includes both Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

In the 46th legislative district which includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and northeast Seattle, all three incumbents - Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet, and Rep. Javier Valdez, who is running for the office he was appointed to - won over 80% of the vote in their races.

In the 32nd legislative district - Shoreline, Woodway, northwest Seattle, parts of Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace - Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon will meet long-time Senator Maralyn Chase in the November election.

Rep. Cindy Ryu took 71% of the vote and will be on the November ballot against Diodato (Dio) Boucsieguez.

In the contest for the open seat left by retiring Rep. Ruth Kagi, Lauren Davis, who was endorsed by Kagi, took 50% of the vote. Her two opponents, former Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts and republican Frank Deisler are running virtually neck and neck. The race for second place and a spot on the November ballot will go down to the wire.

King county reports that 28% of eligible voters turned in ballots for this election.

--Diane Hettrick



          Non passa l’aborto nell’Argentina di Papa Francesco, proteste in piazza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Non passa l’aborto nell’Argentina di Papa Francesco, proteste in piazza

Il Senato boccia la proposta di riforma. Il movimento delle donne denuncia «l’ingerenza della Chiesa»


          Conservative senator apologizes for tweet citing Liberal MP's Saudi background      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Conservative Senator Denise Batters apologized to Liberal MP Omar Alghabra Thursday for her choice of words in what some have interpreted as a racist tweet.


          ELECTION 2018: Joe Nguyen widens lead over Shannon Braddock in 2nd primary-results count      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In the just-released second count of primary-election results, Joe Nguyen has widened his lead in the no-incumbent 34th District State Senate race. On election night, he led Shannon Braddock by 199 vo ... - Source: westseattleblog.com
          ELECTION 2018: First primary results for 34th District State Senate, King County Prop 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
8:10 PM: The first vote count is in. Here’s how the no-incumbent 34th District State Senate race stands (updated with all 11 candidates, then updated again with vote counts – percentages a ... - Source: westseattleblog.com
          Is Don Jr. too daft to know he's in serious legal trouble? Sure seems like it      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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While Donald Trump is spending his treasured "executive time" sending panicked tweets skewering the Russia probe and lamenting to friends that his eldest son may be in serious legal jeopardy, Don Jr. isn't having any of it. He's off on a lark, visiting GOP strongholds across the country, spreading his special brand of ignorance, and relishing the attention of Trump's staunchest supporters. 

Never mind that he's clearly a primary focus of an ongoing investigation headed by the FBI and the Justice Department. In fact, that's probably part of the appeal that's brought him out to stump in Florida, Kansas, Montana, and West Virginia in recent months, with upcoming visits planned for Indiana, Missouri, and North Dakota. The AP writes:

“He’s one of the top draws, if not the top draw for people not named President Trump,” says Jason Miller, a top aide to the 2016 Trump campaign. [...]

And the Mueller investigation?

“I never see anybody at any of these events, nobody even brings it up,” Miller said. “The base loves him because he’s a true believer.”

Of course they don't bring it up. It's the Trump bubble—the fact-free zone where beliefs trump all and conspiracy theories flourish. As former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg notes, the investigation actually works to Don Jr.’s advantage: "He’s being persecuted."

Also, Don Jr.'s got Trump on his side, brushing off Jr.'s epic Trump Tower meeting with tweets like, “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!”

What's to worry about?


          Washington's top-two primary is highly predictive of November. For the GOP, the prediction is pain.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Your attention on Tuesday night was probably focused on the special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, or maybe statewide primaries in Kansas or Michigan. The primaries in Washington state may have been something of an afterthought; the results don’t come in until much of the nation has already gone to bed, and the only statewide race in Washington this year is an entirely uncompetitive Senate seat held by Maria Cantwell. If you haven’t taken a gander at the results, though, you probably should, if you want a more in-depth look at not just the height but the width of the building wave in November’s midterms.

Conventional wisdom has been that there’s one competitive House race in Washington, in the 8th district, a CD in the suburbs of Seattle where Democratic presidential candidates have narrowly won but where Republican Rep. Dave Reichert has proven a slippery target for many years. Reichert, however, has already retired this year (probably sensing what’s coming), and former state Sen. Dino Rossi—better known for narrowly losing three different statewide races (the governor’s race in 2004 and 2008, and the Senate race in 2010)—stepped up to succeed him. Rossi was considered the best possible GOP recruit here, if only because he won the precincts found in today’s 8th district in all three of his losing races.

Fast forward, however, to this week’s primary—keeping in mind that Washington, like California, uses a Top Two primary system where all candidates run against one another in one pool, and the two with the highest totals advance to November regardless of what party they claim to be in. As of the evening of August 8 (one other quirk of Washington elections is that they’re conducted entirely vote-by-mail, with ballots received after Election Day still counted as long as they’re postmarked by Election Day, so it’ll be at least another week until we have a full count), Rossi is at a not-very-imposing 42.71 percent of the vote.

One way to spin it is, that’s great, because he’s way ahead of his nearest competition, Democratic candidate Kim Schrier, who’s at 19.07 percent. The real way to look at it, though, is that there were two other strong Democratic candidates here close behind Schrier, and, when you add it up, the total Democratic vote in the district was 50.49 percent compared with 46.62 percent for all Republicans (with the balance going to independents or minor parties).


          It Came from the Archives: July 4 in World War I-era France      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
France

One hundred years ago, American doughboys were on the Western Front in World War I. From April 6, 1917, until the Senate passed a resolution formally ending hostilities in 1921, the U.S. was officially at war with Germany. U.S. troops, however, were only in France in significant numbers from the Spring of 1918 until Fall...

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The post It Came from the Archives: July 4 in World War I-era France appeared first on Troy Today.


          Proteste violente in Argentina. Nemultumiti ca Senatul a respins legalizarea avortului, sute de oameni au iesit la un miting in fata Parlamentului - VIDEO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Chiar la cativa metri de intrarea in Legislativ, manifestantii au incendiat pubele de gunoi, au aruncat
          Senator Heitkamp Tour’s Mary’s Place, Discusses Domestic Violence in Jamestown      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today toured Mary’s Place, a new facility to provide emergency shelter, resources, and transitional services for victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Jamestown area. Following the tour, Heitkamp sat down with group leaders and law enforcement to talk about domestic violence in Jamestown and Stutsman County. Safe Shelter Executive Director Lynne Talley says originally, she didn’t want to create an …
          Heitkamp Visits Foxtail Wind Farm      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
North Dakota U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks at the official groundbreaking on the site of the Foxtail Wind Farm in the northwestern part of Dickey County Thursday morning.
          Foxtail Wind Farm Groundbreaking      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
KULM, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) North Dakota U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp joined Xcel Energy representatives and other dignitaries for an official groundbreaking on the site of the Foxtail Wind Farm in the northwestern part of Dickey County Thursday morning. The 20,000 acre farm, which Xcel says will produce 150 megawatts from 75 turbines, was purchased by Xcel from NextEra Energy Resources earlier this year. West Fargo-based Wanzek started construction in May, with …
          Nunes: Impeach Rosentein, Risk Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Senate should “drop everything they’re doing…and start with impeachment” of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), even it risks “not getting (Brett) Kavanaugh” confirmed. Nunes is one of President Trump’s favorites for having used his chairmanship of the House Intelligence...
          Lawyer: Marty Golden Wants To Silence Safe Streets Activists — Enough!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A State Senator with a huge war chest goes after a group of lowly activists — a battle with free speech ramifications.
          Saraki A ‘Traitor,’ Unfit As Senate President – APC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed that Senate President Bukola Saraki is unfit for the exalted position, saying he is a traitor. 

The post Saraki A ‘Traitor,’ Unfit As Senate President – APC appeared first on Concise News.


          8/10/2018: World: Abortion debate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Argentina’s Senate yesterday rejected a bill to legalise elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, an issue that has divided the homeland of Pope Francis. Lawmakers voted 38-31 against the bill. Supporters from both sides braved the heavy...
          Argentina’s Senate Votes to Reject Legal Abortion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In a highly anticipated vote, Argentinian senators early Thursday rejected a bill that would have legalized abortion for pregnancies no further along than 14 weeks. The vote, which followed 16 hours of deliberation, was 38-31, with two senators abstaining. In anticipation of an announcement, enormous crowds gathered outside the Argentinian congress, where both supporters and opponents […]
          Senator fra Florida: Russerne har penetreret vores valgsystem      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Russere er angiveligt trængt så dybt ind i valgsystemet i Florida, at de meget vel kan slette registrerede vælger til det kommende amerikanske midtvejsvalg i november.
          Texas: Schools Safer With More Guns, Not Fewer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Texans’ guns are apparently safer than ever these days, with the TX Senate reportedly declining to consider gun confiscation laws such as the those...
          Why Jentezen Franklin Invited John Gray to the White House      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

One headline read, almost immediately after President Trump met with a group of Hispanic and black pastors in the White House last week: "Trump gives thumbs-up to prison sentencing reform bill at pivotal meeting." What that headline didn't reveal is the amazing amount of work it has taken to move this issue to a place where true reform is finally possible.

As is the case with any profound change in the top branches of government, it's the story behind the story that has made all of the difference. I've been honored to have been a part of a small group of Christian leaders, including Pastor Paula White, Pastor Jack Graham, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Bishop Harry Jackson and Rev. Johnnie Moore who have been working over the course of the last year in order to help advocate for this long-needed reform, and—in fact—a few of us met again immediately before the president's much-publicized meeting last week with many of the nation's most influential pastors from our minority communities.

While I celebrate the thousands upon thousands of lives that will be positively affected by these reforms, I am shocked and saddened to see the attack that some of those pastors received at the hands of thousands of their social media followers, many of which I'm sure they consider friends. And some are just vicious and outright evil.

One of those who has received vicious criticism is John Gray, a pastor I have known for over 15 years. He was a pastor at our church, and I had the honor of conducting his wedding ceremony. John went to that White House meeting at my invitation, knowing he could be one of the deciding voices on an issue that affects thousands of African-Americans nationwide and their families as well.

I invited John because I knew three things: First, I knew he was passionate about matters related to racial inequality in this country, as was the case for every pastor at that table. Second, I knew that when it came to the topic of prison reform, he was not only passionate, he was informed. And finally, I invited John knowing he is the last man to run from a fight on this topic, and that includes the highest office in the land. I knew he wouldn't be swayed by the magnitude of the moment or the trappings of the location. On all three points, I was correct. While there were powerful words spoken by the pastors in the room, John, while sitting at the president's side, spoke eloquently, competently and persuasively and made a difference.

When we were done with that meeting, the president then called a meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa; and Sens. Mike Lee, Utah; Lindsey Graham, South Carolina; Tim Scott , South Carolina; and the White House's most passionate and unrelenting advocate for prison reform, Jared Kushner. Then, immediately after, they emerged with a press conference declaring that the president had decided he was ready to move toward making these desperately needed changes a reality, and soon. You will notice that two of the senators key to this legislation are senators from the state where John Gray now resides and pastors, South Carolina.

This reform is right and smart. The number of inmates in federal prisons has swelled from 25,000 in 1980 to more than 205,000 in 2015, and taxpayer spending on federal inmates has increased from $330 million to $7.5 billion over that span, according to the Congressional Research Service. The core of the proposed prison reform agenda is to dramatically affect the lives of nonviolent offenders in both sentencing, rehabilitation services and reentry into everyday life, ultimately removing "felon" from their records, which has been a major cause of preventing returning citizens from getting the jobs they need to live and support their families.

In any other setting, people from both sides of the aisle and certainly Christians would celebrate this legislation as a victory and a major step forward in rehabilitating and restoring lives to millions of forgotten men and women. But because John sat at a table with Donald Trump, he and a few others have been vilified and maligned by the very people who otherwise would agree with everything that just happened. I'm not talking merely about a disagreement; we all have the right to disagree with one another. But when it turns to personal attacks and language that is intentionally hurtful and destructive, it is wrong. It's pure hatred, not for the cause John stood for, but for even attending the meeting.

Every single time in the Old or New Testament when God's people were brought before the rulers and judges in the land for counsel or anything else, they stood before the ruler, sometimes even with a pagan ruler. But when that moment arose where they were called upon, they responded and gave the counsel God placed in their hearts to give. Joseph, Esther, Daniel and prophet after prophet stood before kings and rulers and spoke what God told them to say, and many times, it altered the trajectory of a nation. Why would we think it any different today?

Every time I have prayed for or given counsel to a government leader, it has always been at their request, and every time I am able, I go where I am invited and speak what the Lord lays on my heart to say. It matters not if that person is a Republican or a Democrat, left or right. They are a human being just like me and they have the same Creator I do. God can move the heart of any leader, so why wouldn't I go and give them the counsel they have asked to receive? Proverbs 14:34 says, "Righteousness exalts a nation."

Our spiritual leaders represent the voice of righteousness in our culture.

I've faced serious criticism, but never like what Pastor John Gray endured last week. I admire his unwavering commitment to be a voice of righteousness, and to care more about the opinion of Jesus than the opinion of critics.

Within a few short months, I am hopeful we will see this legislation pass, and the trajectory of thousands of lives and families altered forever. I am also praying for those who would heap this kind of hatred on a man of God like John Gray, for the Bible is very clear about the consequences for leaders who raise their voices in judgment against those anointed by God.

John Gray is a leader for our time and a true man of God. I'm honored to stand with him in advance of prison reform.

Pastor Jentezen Franklin is the senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multi campus church. Each week his television program, Kingdom Connection, is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times best-selling author, Jentezen has written eight books, including his latest, Love Like You've Never Been Hurt.


          Kean Statement on Passing of Sen. Bill Schluter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean's statement on the death of former Senator Bill Schluter, who passed away on Aug. 6, 2018 at the age of 90.
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U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) sent a letter to Bank of the West President and Chief Executive Officer Nandita Bakhshi pushing back on the bank’s decision to no longer conduct business with companies engaged in the exploration and production of coal, oil and natural gas. Bank of the West, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, has 23 branches with dedicated employees who work hard to serve communities and families across Wyoming. In his letter, Barrasso condemned the San Francisco headquarter’s attack on Wyoming’s communities and businesses that depend on fossil fuels for energy security, jobs and economic growth. “This misguided and...
          SUA doreşte o discuţie cu uşile închise cu Assange, fondatorul WikiLeaks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WikiLeaks a anunţat miercuri că fondatorul său, Julian Assange, refugiat din 2012 la ambasada Ecuadorului la Londra, a primit o scrisoare din partea Comisiei pentru serviciile de informaţii a Senatului SUA în care conducerea acesteia îi solicită o discuţie cu uşile închise, în cadrul anchetei sale privind o eventuală ingerinţă rusă în campania prezidenţială americană din 2016, transmit AFP şi EFE.
          Opinion: Why The Term 'Deep State' Speaks To Conspiracy Theorists      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The citizens of democracies have always been suspicious about concentrations of unelected power. In the late days of the Roman Republic, Cicero denounced the triumvirate who had usurped the role of the Senate as the imperium in imperio , or the government within the government. Nowadays, the alleged usurpers go by more pedestrian names: the invisible government, the hidden government, the shadow government. Those names often reflect plausible concerns, sometimes about the lobbyists and business interests who shape regulations and policies, sometimes about the career civil servants who seem to care mostly about protecting their bureaucratic turf . But the allegations can also tip over into the convoluted narratives of conspiracy theory, where people are covering bulletin boards with pins and string to show how everything's secretly connected to everything else. The "deep state" story conforms to the intricate grammar of those conspiracy narratives . The term was marginal in American
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ohio students interested in attending one of the United States military academies have until Sept. 21to send their completed application packets to Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman. Brown and Portman nominate up to 10 students to each academy each year. The application process consumes a great deal of time, and applicants […]

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          Ciekawostki      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dzisiaj senat argentyński debatuje nad zatwierdzeniem ustawy zewzwalającej na aborcję, która została juz uchwalona przez izbę niższą parlamentu. Z tej okazji trochę przypomnienia historii. Regulacje prawne, którym kościół sprzeciwiał się w Argentynie – 1853: delegalizacja niewolnictwa – 1884: wprowadzenie publicznej edukacji – 1888: malzenstwa cywilne – 1947: prawa wyborcze kobiet – 1987: rozwody – 2006: […]
          Bando periferie, Carpani: 'Le marchette Pd hanno le gambe corte: occorre fare chiarezza'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

"Il sindaco Galimberti fa finta di non sapere, le marchette del Pd hanno le gambe corte: sul bando periferie occorre fare chiarezza". Sono le dichiarazioni rilasciate in una nota dal capogruppo in Consiglio Comunale Alessandro Carpani, che spiega:
"Per la cronaca: l'emendamento 13.2 al milleproroghe è stato votato all'unanimità, quindi compreso il Pd. Il bando periferie rimane in atto per i 24 progetti che hanno ricevuto un punteggio superiore a 70 punti, per tutti gli altri ci saranno ulteriori verifiche. Nel contempo, sono stati sbloccati i fondi a tutti i comuni ed enti locali virtuosi.  Il nuovo governo ha deciso,  politicamente e giuridicamente, di utilizzare le risorse stanziate per le convenzioni negli anni 2018 e 2019, non solo per alcuni enti locali, ma per tutti, al fine di consentire a chi avesse avanzi di utilizzarli immediatamente per investimenti di opere pubbliche con un criterio di premialità (hanno avanzo i comuni virtuosi) e di equità (tutti i comuni sono uguali). In ogni caso il bando periferie (tolto i 24 progetti immediatamente esecutivi) e ferme rimanendo le risorse complessivamente stanziate,
viene solo posticipato con rinnovo convenzioni e verifica progetti. Il Pd di Renzi ha promesso soldi che non poteva spendere. A dirlo è la sentenza numero 74/2018 della Corte Costituzionale di aprile, che dichiara incostituzionale il comma della finanziaria del 2016 che prevedeva fondi per la seconda parte dei comuni finanziati. Quindi, i primi 24 comuni sono stati finanziati regolarmente, quelli del secondo giro no. E’ chiaro allora che si è trattato di un’operazione spot del Pd prima delle elezioni.
Per rimediare a questa presa in giro del precedente governo e sulla base della sentenza della Corte Costituzionale, con l’emendamento votato all’unanimità dal Senato, abbiamo liberato 2 mld di euro (prima bloccati dal Pd con l’assurda austerity imposta dalla legge di bilancio). Finalmente quindi tornerà ad esserci possibilità di spesa per tutti i comuni che hanno saputo ben amministrare, non solo per quelli del bando, i quali, comunque, avranno coperture per i primi impegni presi e anche
per altre opere. Allo stesso tempo si tiene viva la graduatoria del bando periferie spostandone il finanziamento al 2020, per trovare risorse reali e spendibili e non inesistenti, con cui realizzarlo legalmente. In sintesi, il Pd locale con le sue polemiche strumentali mente, mentre quello in Parlamento, conoscendo la questione, per salvare la faccia ha votato l’emendamento.
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US senator presents letter from Trump for PutinMOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader's spokesman said Wednesday.



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There was some excellent news for progressives Tuesday night. If you think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is wonderful, you're going to love Rashida Tlaib from Detroit. And James Thompson from Wichita was the first candidate Alexandria (with Bernie) went to campaign for after her own win. His win was a landslide. In southwest Michigan, Matt Longjohn is likely to prove himself to be one of the best members of the class of '19.

I'm not a big fan of identity politics. I'm happy Rashida will serve as a positive role model for Muslim women and Palestinian-Americans-- she will be the first member of both groups to be a member of Congress-- but the reason I'm so excited about her is because she has proven herself to be an effective progressive while she served in the Michigan legislature. That said, The Atlantic ran an interesting report by Elaine Godfrey about Netroots Nation over the weekend that is based on winning in November by putting together a multiracial coalition. That's good, as long as the candidates are the best candidates, although the point was mostly about voters rather than candidates per se. Alexandria: "Our swing voter is not red to blue. It’s nonvoter to vote."
The line was met with huge applause from the audience at Netroots Nation, the annual gathering for progressive candidates, activists, and organizers. Whereas last year’s conference attendees saw a gubernatorial candidate’s speech interrupted with shouts of “Trust black women,” this year’s felt like a very intentional tribute to people of color, especially women. The conference offered more than 20 training sessions and panels specifically addressing how to reach those voters, as well as the millions of eligible Americans who aren’t registered to vote. The majority of panelists and presenters, according to Netroots organizers, were people of color.

Democrats have been grappling with key questions about coalition building since the 2016 election: Should they prioritize winning back the voters they lost to Trump? Should they attempt to woo the white voters gradually fleeing the party? Progressives this weekend said, emphatically, no. It’s a genuine attempt to remake the Democratic Party at a time when racial and class tensions are the highest they’ve been since the 1960s-- and it’s also put them on a collision course with party leaders and other Democrats.

“I think Trump’s win scared the shit out of everybody,” said Anoa Changa, a progressive activist and the host of the podcast The Way With Anoa. “I think it’s been a wake-up call for a lot of people that we have to invest. We can’t just do the traditional model where we only talk to super voters.”

That doesn’t mean ignoring whites and Trump voters, she says. Instead, “it’s rejecting the notion that our way to victory is having a centrist, moderate right-leaning strategy that feels like we could peel off Romney Republicans, versus investing in communities of color, marginalized groups, and progressive white people,” Changa said. “There is this notion that … we can’t address the issues of race, systemic oppression, because we don’t want to piss these voters off. We have to find a way to do both.”

A key voting group that progressives want to mobilize consists of the more than 4 million voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2012 but didn’t vote in 2016. More than 50 percent of them were people of color, and almost one-quarter were under the age of 30, according to data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study. “If 2016 had happened with the same voter-turnout patterns as 2012 then [Hillary] Clinton would have won,” said Brian Schaffner, a political-science professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who helped conduct the survey. “Clearly turnout can influence outcomes.”

But it’s bigger than the Obama voters. Roughly 59 percent of black Americans and 48 percent of Hispanic Americans voted in 2016, compared to 65 percent of whites. If progressives could just close this gap, they argue, Democrats would win more often. They aim to do that by mobilizing already registered voters—and by registering new ones: Roughly 30 percent of the citizen voting-age population is unregistered, and those Americans are more likely to be young people and people of color. These are the people activists call the “New American Majority.”

The Democratic Party so far has leaned into economic messaging as a way to win in 2018: After the 2016 election, they unveiled “A Better Deal” aimed at appealing to moderates and weary Trump supporters. They’ve been backing Conor Lamb–type candidates who, through their backgrounds and a focus on jobs and wages, are able to come off as more independent. In 2016, Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York told the New York Times last week, “there was a blind spot that we had as Democrats with respect to engaging with the American people around the economic anxiety that they continue to experience.”

But progressives are adamant that the only way to win in November and beyond is to be about more than economics, and that the right message-- the one that will appeal to progressive whites, as well as turning out more people of color to the polls-- invokes both race and class equally. Two Netroots trainings on developing a “Race-Class Narrative” were completely filled this weekend, with activists and organizers participating in mock-canvassing sessions in which they practiced delivering lines that contained both racial and economic messages. “The status quo has been not to talk about race, and there’s a myth out there is that if you talk about race you’ll lose,” said Causten Rodriguez-Wollerman, one of the leaders of the training and a strategist with the public-policy organization Demos. “You cannot build a multiracial coalition by being silent on race.”

Some Democrats have poked holes in this “emerging majority” strategy on logistical grounds. “I don’t think there’s a secret progressive nonvoter bloc that, if we just say the magic words, is gonna show up and, voila, fix the Democrats’ problems at the polls,” said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, the vice president for social policy and politics at Third Way, a think tank advocating for center-left ideas. Nonvoters, she said, are going to be hard to engage. “Is it easier to activate a whole bunch of people that haven’t voted in 20 years or persuade the people who are already showing up?”

To counter that, though, progressives offer up Alabama as a test case: In December, Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from the state in 25 years with the help of 96 percent of black voters. They also point to the Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, an African American woman who structured her campaign around minority empowerment and outreach in order to beat her more moderate primary opponent. To defeat the Republican Brian Kemp, Abrams is attempting to do what Obama did in 2008: build a coalition of progressive whites, but also turn out minorities to the polls at far greater numbers than usual. If Abrams can pull that off, writes Time’s Molly Ball, “the implications would be profound, not just for Georgia but for the whole region and potentially the nation.”

On Saturday, the final night of this year’s Netroots conference, a small group of young protesters from the “Black-Ass Caucus” took to the stage. “We will no longer be tokenized by so-called white allies,” one man shouted to the audience. Another protester, a young woman, criticized progressives who speak about economics and class without mentioning race. “Everything-- including class issues-- are built on race issues!” she yelled into the microphone.

“I’m a woman of color and people do not pay attention to us, even in the littlest things, but we are always the ones saving the Democratic Party,” the 27-year-old Ianthe Metzger, a staffer for the Human Rights Campaign and a Netroots attendee, told me earlier in the weekend. “Finally it feels like we have a say … It’s like finally, this is our moment.”
I'd be very happy to see Georgia elect a woman as governor, I'd be very happy to see Georgia elect an African-American as governor. I'd be happier yet to see Georgia elect an exceptionally good governor. Fortunately Stacey Abrams is all three in one. As the NY Times mentioned a couple of weeks ago, "Georgia’s captivating governor’s race between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams has taken on the dimensions of a defining moment, one that will, regardless of outcome, determine what the state represents and how it is perceived. That voters chose these two candidates reflects how Americans are embracing politicians on the basis of culture and identity, and how Georgia’s politics are catching up with its rapid demographic change: The nonwhite population has grown to 40 percent from 29 percent since 1990. But Georgia’s political middle, long the dominant force behind the state’s thriving commerce and pragmatic leadership, suddenly finds itself all but abandoned."
Ms. Abrams, 44, a brainy Yale Law graduate from Atlanta, has leveraged the prospect of becoming the country’s first female African-American governor to nationalize her campaign and its fund-raising. By contrast, Mr. Kemp, 54, is a drawling agri-businessman from Athens who has revived a populist style that has lain dormant in Georgia since the late 1960s. Both campaigns say they are committed to maximizing turnout by their most rabid supporters rather than moderating in order to broaden their appeal to centrists and independents.

Each side frames the election of the other in doomsday terms. Mr. Kemp, the Democrats fear, will take Georgia the way of North Carolina and Indiana, which were tarnished by recent legislative battles over issues like gay rights and the use of public restrooms by transgender people. Republicans warn that Ms. Abrams, who hopes to expand Medicaid health coverage for the poor and disabled, will raise taxes they have cut, reverse the state’s job growth, deplete its rainy-day surplus and threaten its superior bond ratings.

...To those in between, the chasm between Mr. Kemp, who has adopted President Trump’s language on guns and immigration, and Ms. Abrams, who supports an assault rifle ban and says her “soul rests with those seeking asylum,” feels as vast as Tallulah Gorge.

“It would be nice if we had a more moderate option,” said Kathrine DeLash, who works at a pet store in suburban Cobb County and doesn’t identify with either political party. “You don’t get that with the candidates we have right now. The people who shout the most to their own people get the most attention, and it doesn’t matter what they’re saying as long as they shout the loudest.”
The Times has it half right: Kemp is an extremist. But Abrams is not. Her policy agenda is widely popular with the American people and the only reason people call her as extreme as Kemp is because she's black. I would have expected a more discerning look from The Times in their hunt for the elusive, beloved middle. People like the policies Abram is offering even if some of them are a little tepid about electing Georgia's first woman governor and first black governor. Get over it; it's 2018, not 1875. And, luckily, the "middle" is defined by actual voters, not by the privileged members of the elite media.


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The day after Argentina's senators voted against legalizing abortion, Argentines remain deeply divided over the issue.
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Unswayed by the estimated 2 million abortion rights activists gathered outside its doors, Argentina’s conservative-leaning Senate on August 9 rejected a bill that would have made abortion legal up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. The 38-31 vote keeps Argentina in the majority of Latin American countries. I...

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          What Tuesday's Election Results Mean for the Midterms       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Elena Schneider, campaign Pro reporter for POLITICO, where she focuses on House and Senate races, talks about the results of Tuesday's primary and special elections, including in Ohio, where a special election for a House seat is still too close to call, and Michigan, Kansas and Missouri.


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The California State Auditor will review Los Angeles County’s child welfare system in the wake of the fatal torture of 10-year-old Lancaster boy, Anthony Avalos on June 21. On Wednesday, the California legislative audit committee approved a bipartisan request from Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), and Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) […]
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LAHORE : A delegation representing Overseas Pakistanis that called on the Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, at Mansoora, on Thursday expressed deep concern and grief over the rigging in the recent elections and said this had caused deep embarrassment for them. The delegation also apprised the JI chief of the problems being […]

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Mayor Jim Watson will meet with two of the main players in the LeBreton Flats redevelopment on Friday. Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Trinity executive chairman John Ruddy are scheduled to be at city hall in the morning. The Senators and Trinity are the major partners in RendezVous LeBreton Group, which has the negotiating […]
          Why the Democratic Socialists of America Won’t Stop Growing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If Salazar makes it to Albany, she will join the ranks of 42 DSA-endorsed candidates who are now or will soon be serving in offices from the Moorhead, Minn., school board to Capitol Hill (that is, if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins the general election as handily as she did her primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District). So far this year, local chapters have endorsed at least 110 candidates.

By the time this article goes to press, DSA may well have 50,000 members across 200 local groups in all 50 states—up from 6,000 members in 2015. The surge in freshly minted socialists came in three waves: First, those energized by Bernie Sanders’ primary run; second, those brought in by Donald Trump’s election and the Women’s March; and third, those inspired by 28-year-old DSA member Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory in May over incumbent—and Democratic heavyweight—Joe Crowley.

So what is DSA, exactly, and what is it doing with this growing army?

DSA’s electoral work has attracted national media attention in the wake of Ocasio-Cortez’s historic win. Yet it’s just one part of a bottom-up approach to politics that sees the ballot box and state power as tools for advancing toward a more radically democratic society. Members—most of them millennials, in small towns and big cities in every corner of the country—are engaged in everything from occupying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices to evangelizing about Medicare for All. Many reporters have tried to divine what DSA believes, be that the group’s policy prescriptions or its ideology. DSA, though—to crib from Karl Marx—isn’t looking merely to interpret the world, but to change it, campaign by campaign, door by door. What’s made DSA’s ascendance remarkable is less its analysis of capitalism than its ability to put people angry about capitalism to work.

IT’S TELLING THAT, UNLIKE MOST SOCIAList groups, DSA was formed out of a merger—not a sectarian split. In 1982, at the dawn of the Reagan era, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New America Movement (NAM) combined forces. DSOC had been founded in 1973 by socialist intellectual Michael Harrington and other members of the Socialist Party who had grown disenchanted with political irrelevance. NAM, founded in 1972 by former members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), was rooted in ’60s counterculture, the New Left and second-wave feminism. (In 1976, members of DSOC and NAM moved to Chicago to found In These Times, and for the next decade the then-newspaper reported diligently on the ins and outs of DSOC, NAM and DSA.)

The 1980s would prove a tough decade for left politics, the 1990s and 2000s even more so. DSA shed members and closed chapters around the country as a few loyalists and a steady trickle of young recruits kept the organization running.

Enter Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign and his stalwart identification as a “democratic socialist,” a surprise boon for an organization with those two words in its name. DSA’s commitment to being a pluralistic, “multi-tendency” organization also meant it was open enough to accommodate thousands of newcomers.

Democratic socialism itself has always been a heterodox term, encompassing everyone from ideological Trotskyists to New Deal Democrats. The surge of new, mostly 20-something members include anarchists, Marxist academics and— most numerously—political neophytes excited about Sanders’ message and frustrated with the Democratic establishment.

DSA isn’t keen to enforce a strict definition of “democratic socialism”—although mainstream media outlets newly hip to DSA are desperately looking for one. On its website, DSA writes:

At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end. As we are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people ...

Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism—a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.

Members I spoke with took this to mean everything from taking public goods like healthcare off the private market (along the lines of Scandinavian social democracies) to worker-ownership of the means of production. Central Iowa DSA co-chair Caroline Schoonover was among many to say that democratic socialism means “taking power from the few and giving it to the many.” All saw small-d democracy—people having a say in the decisions that affect them—as central, both in politics and workplaces, and in DSA itself.

For this story, I spoke with around two dozen DSA members from chapters around the country. The primary source of their excitement was that DSA chapters seemed to be actively working on something, not just sitting around reading Marx. Like the citizen action group Indivisible, which also exploded after the election, DSA let people shake off a feeling of helplessness about the political climate and roll up their sleeves.

DSA also offers a community. Chapters host regular beach days, parties, fundraisers and social events, like Metro D.C. DSA’s recent “No ICE Cream Social.” If Indivisible was able to connect many alienated, middle-class suburbanites jarred out of their political comfort zone, DSA has provided a home for tens of thousands of downwardly-mobile, debt-ridden millennials grappling with a system that simply isn’t working for them.

Adam Shuck and Arielle Cohen, 32 and 29, joined Pittsburgh DSA in its infancy; Shuck was among the seven people who first met at a bar in 2016 to talk about getting the chapter together. Each was energized by Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign but disillusioned by his presidency. “I thought we were going to see some kind of New Deal,” Shuck says. The frustration led him at first to join the International Socialist Organization before the Sanders campaign brought him to DSA. While a student at SUNY Purchase, Cohen grew disillusioned with the sausage-making and compromise that created the Affordable Care Act, and organized with Occupy Wall Street before moving to Pittsburgh and finding her way to DSA. Now, Shuck and Cohen co-chair the Pittsburgh chapter.

Pittsburgh DSA held its first general meeting in December 2016 with around 100 people. Now it has a dizzying number of working groups: a health justice committee campaigning for Medicare for All; reading groups tackling Marx and Engels; an anti-imperialism committee lobbying for legislation criticizing Israel’s occupation of Palestine; a socialist feminist working group exposing crisis pregnancy centers; an ecosocialist group fighting the privatization of the city’s water and sewer system; a housing rights group pushing for protections for renters; and a number of inward-facing groups handling tasks like recruitment and communications.

The chapter also brought the newly revived DSA one of its early electoral victories, rattling the local Democratic machine. In December 2017, the group threw its weight behind Summer Lee’s campaign to represent House District 34. In the May primary, with the help of DSA and groups like Our Revolution and the Sierra Club, Lee, 30, a recent law school grad, beat Paul Costa, 57, a 19-year incumbent and member of a dynastic Pittsburgh Democratic family.

Lee had experience working on school board races and on a coordinated campaign to elect Katie McGinty governor and Hillary Clinton president in the 2016 general election, and she was impressed with DSA’s electoral work on Mik Pappas’ judicial campaign. Pappas ran on a platform of ending cash bail and working to end mass incarceration, and won in a landslide, with the help of a dedicated grassroots turnout effort staffed in part by DSA members.

“They were running 20 or more canvassing shifts a week,” says Lee. “I had never seen that type of energy around magistrate elections. I realized that ideologically we aligned.” She joined DSA shortly thereafter and sought them out as her first endorsement.

It wasn’t easy. DSA’s candidate endorsement process is a microcosm of its baked-in commitment to direct democracy. For every decision, at every level, there’s deliberate space for members to duke things out, combined with a commitment to ultimately supporting the group decision rather than splitting off into rival factions. The very question of whether to engage in the electoral process—and in particular, to work within the Democratic Party—remains fraught, with many members skeptical of investing limited organizational resources into elections rather than base-building.

New York City DSA hotly debated whether to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s challenger from the left, Cynthia Nixon, after she declared herself a democratic socialist. Several dozen DSA members signed a “vote no” statement arguing that universal healthcare and rent control will be won not by electing candidates to office but by “building working-class power that holds [them] accountable,” citing the successful teachers’ strikes in Republican states. As this issue went to press, NYC-DSA chapters were voting on the endorsement.

“We have folks who distrust electoral work, and even among those that don’t, there are different ways of thinking of how to approach it,” says DSA National Director Maria Svart, 38, a former SEIU organizer. “Everybody appreciates that electoral success only comes when you have an organized base. Having all these tendencies in conversation means that everybody learns from each other.”

While the endorsement process varies from chapter to chapter, in some cases—including Lee’s—the first step is filling out a lengthy form with quest ions from each of t he chapter’s working groups. Typically, one is whether the candidate identifies as a socialist. Members weigh that alongside specific policy questions (“Do you support universal rent control? Abolishing the police?”) and a range of other concerns: How much of an impact could the chapter have on the race? How will it build the chapter’s capacity and the movement to challenge the capitalist class?

Next comes the interview process. After filling out Pittsburgh DSA’s questionnaire, Lee was interviewed by a roomful of members. The group voted to endorse both Lee and Sara Innamorato, a state representative candidate, and the two supported one another’s campaigns.

Ocasio-Cortez, in New York, jumped through even more hoops. Because her congressional district spans the Bronx and Queens DSA chapters, she had five interviews: with the electoral committees and membership of each branch, and then the citywide convention. “We put her through hell,” jokes Michael Kinnucan, a DSA member now comanaging the state Senate campaign of Julia Salazar (whom the organization endorsed alongside Ocasio-Cortez in a parallel process).

Abdullah Younus, co-chair of NYC-DSA and a member of DSA’s National Electoral Committee, explains that the extensive endorsement process isn’t just a means of vetting candidates, but of building members’ commitment to them. “It makes it a lot easier to have the same folks who write the questions come out and knock for those candidates,” he says. “They’re talking about work they’re invested in.”

SALAZAR, 28, ESTIMATES THAT SOME 800 DSA MEMbers live in and around her district, which has translated into hundreds of volunteers spreading the word about her September primary. Even in her short time with the group (she joined in late 2016), she’s seen a change in how fellow leftists relate to electoral politics. “I think part of it is people seeing the term ‘democratic socialist’ normalized in the electoral realm, through Bernie mostly, at least initially, and so seeing it as an actually viable strategy,” she told me between knocking doors.

Though she’d worked on legislative campaigns as a staff organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Salazar only recently began to think about electoral work. “It’s not something I ever thought about before—not just for myself, but in seeing leadership development in community organizing as a path toward seizing state power,” she says. “That sounds like a jump, right? But ultimately that’s the goal.”

Thanks in part to the Sanders campaign and Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset, that goal feels more within reach now than it has since the days of the Socialist Party’s Eugene Debs. Big, universal programs like a federal job guarantee or Medicare for All draw overwhelming popular support. And small, local races offer an opportunity for the grassroots to tip the balance.

Establishment candidates in Democratic-controlled cities effectively depend on low turnout. Their political consultants tend to rely more on advertising and glossy mailers, and less on actually talking to people—particularly people who don’t usually vote. Mobilizing even a few thousand new voters in that context, then, is a fairly straightforward formula for victory. When DSA member Lee Carter won a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates in November 2017, he beat his Republican opponent by 9 points—a margin of 1,850 votes.

“Our party structure protects incumbency, and relies on an ignorant electorate,” Summer Lee says, noting how much time her campaign spent educating voters about the election itself. “If everybody were voting, we’d have a completely different system.”

Depending on the city, DSA can offer a large, self-organized volunteer base to candidates who navigate its endorsement process. Pittsburgh DSA estimates that its volunteers knocked on some 70,000 doors through the course of Lee’s campaign. Turnout in Lee’s district was 14 percent higher than in others around Allegheny County and 54 percent higher than in the last midterm election.

Still, it’d be nearly impossible for DSA-endorsed candidates for higher offices to make do with only DSA’s support, and they often work alongside other organizations like Justice Democrats, Our Revolution and the Working Families Party—especially for bigger races. Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, for example, convinced OcasioCortez to run and helped staff her campaign, and she gained the backing of Black Lives Matter-Bronx and People for Bernie Sanders, among others. Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign reached 120,000 doors overall.

By being an organization that does much more than campaign for candidates, DSA hopes to upend the notoriously transactional, short-term nature of electoral work, enabling its members and elected officials to build relationships with and commitments to their communities that extend beyond election day. DSA is still figuring out how to build independent political organizations to hold the politicians it helps elect accountable. Thus far they’ve relied on their close ties with dyed-in-the-wool DSA members-turned-candidates like Lee Carter. DSA, Carter says, has “been the core of my support since I’ve been in the legislature. I still go to meetings whenever I can, and they help me get in contact with other groups.”

DSA member, Hawai’i state representative and now U.S. House candidate Kaniela Ing says he hopes that DSA remains “part of an independent Left, and does not get too caught up in electoral and legislative politics”—and that it holds politicians to account, himself included.

“I’m a movement candidate,” Ing says. “Hopefully my role is to help push whatever movements are building over the finish line. Elected officials really like to take too much credit for bills they pass that are really the result of the public waking up and forcing politicians to act.” He says he hopes to have regular check-ins with DSA should he make it to Washington.

ELECTORAL WORK ALSO FEEDS INTO DSA’S OTHER campaigns. Pittsburgh DSA’s membership swelled in the wake of Lee and Innamorato’s wins. “[Email] list building, data tracking, how to talk to people at the doors— that all helps build the muscle that can also help with canvassing for housing justice,” Shuck says.

“When we canvass an area, we’re often knocking a door many times, whether for a candidate, for Medicare for All or for housing justice,” Cohen adds. “At this point, people know us when we come to the door, and they know what DSA is.”

NYC-DSA’s Abdullah Younus sees electoral work as a training ground. He says that canvassers for the New York Health Act, legislation to create a statewide single-payer system, “got skilled on this kind of work by going through the electoral working group.”

For all the recent attention to DSA’s upstart electoral success, it’s only one part of the group’s work nationwide. Many chapters don’t engage at all with elections, or are just starting to think about whether they would like to run candidates. Michael I. Esealuka, co-chair of New Orleans DSA, says, “It would be difficult for us as a small chapter to develop the type of accountability mechanisms we need to hold people [we elect] accountable to our socialist vision.”

Prior to the victories of Carter, Lee and then OcasioCortez, DSA was perhaps best known for agitating to push Medicare for All into the national spotlight—a campaign adopted by delegates from around the country at DSA’s biennial convention in August 2017 as one of three national political priorities, alongside building electoral power and stronger and more militant unions. Forty-five chapters across 20 states held a weekend of action for Medicare for All in April, tabling at farmers’ markets, hosting public events and, as always, canvassing. On the labor front, DSA chapters in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma raised money for strike funds to support the militant teacher walkouts this spring, and the national DSA sent an email encouraging members around the country to contribute what they could.

Many individual chapters have their own priorities, reflecting local concerns and political climates. Providence DSA, for example, is campaigning for more democratic control over investor-owned electric utilities. New Orleans DSA has focused on base-building work that includes running clinics to help people deal with medical debt, coordinating with the AFL-CIO in developing young rank-and-file labor leaders, and mending broken brake lights, an excuse used by police in the traffic stops that can be “especially perilous and life-disrupting to undocumented immigrants and PoC [people of color],” as the chapter explains on Facebook.

Because there are big DSA chapters in cities with expensive housing stock—Los Angeles, Chicago and the Bay Area, for instance—the fight for affordable housing has emerged as a major priority. “Housing justice is probably the biggest issue in Los Angeles; the homelessness crisis is at a tipping point,” says Arielle Sallai, a member of DSA Los Angeles’ steering committee. DSA-LA and other California chapters are canvassing to pass Proposition 10, an initiative on the ballot in November that would loosen a statewide limit on rent control. Similarly, Chicago DSA is supporting a campaign to overturn Illinois’ rent control ban, with the back ing of A lder man and DSA member Carlos Ramirez-Rosa.

On many issues, including housing and homelessness, DSA chapters are well aware that their members often don’t look like the populations most directly affected. Although DSA does not have up-to-date member demographics, it has historically leaned white and male.

Coalition-building is one way to correct for this. “Housing work is a great chance to be part of a radical coalition and talk to as many individuals as possible,” Sallai says. DSA-LA has teamed up with local groups like the LA Tenants Union that have been working for years against gentrification.

Esealuka, a black woman, is frank about the fact that New Orleans DSA is a majority white organization in a majority black city. “It’s a problem, obviously, but it’s nothing that can’t be overcome,” she says. “It’s not like we have to write DSA off because it’s majority white and majority male. … Because we have 45,000 members [nationwide], we have so much potential to do good in this country. It’s just a matter of being more intentional about embedding ourselves into things that matter to working-class people.”

Noting the high proportion of women taking on leadership roles in her chapter, Esealuka suggests that all chapters equip members with the organizing skills to develop the leadership of women and people of color. Internally, many chapters have also created specific spaces, such as the national Afrosocialist Caucus or Socialist Feminist working groups, for DSA members who aren’t white or male to feel welcome and build community.

THOUGH SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-ILL.) INFAmously said after Ocasio-Cortez’s primary win that socialist politics can’t work in the Midwest, they’ve certainly found an audience in the heartland. Iowa, for instance, has the highest number of DSA chapters per capita of any state. Members in chapters outside of big blue coastal cities may talk about socialism a little differently than their counterparts and run different campaigns, but they agree on the basics of what they’re fighting for. Chapters in blue cities like Denver are quick to say they don’t automatically find a warm reception just because they’re talking to Democrats, and chapters in red or purple states note they don’t necessarily face open hostility. For the past two years, Central Iowa DSA has marched in the state fair parade through Des Moines, flanked by Trump floats and those from local businesses. “You get thumbs up about Medicare for All and everybody needing healthcare,” says cochair Joe Ellerbroek. “You might get a middle finger at an ICE protest every once in a while.”

After decades of socialism being nonexistent in mainstream political debates, however, most people simply are not familiar with the term itself. “I didn’t know I was a democratic socialist when I decided to run, and I didn’t know that this group existed,” says Summer Lee. “I just knew that these policies are policies that we need. When you go to black communities, we really are more inclined to socialism. We don’t always have that language in our communities, but we know that these policies are what’s needed for our communities.”

Asked how they talk about democratic socialism with voters, all seven DSA-endorsed candidates I interviewed offered some variation on the same answer: “I don’t lead with that.”

Ocasio-Cortez says she opts instead to “show people what we’re fighting for. What I talk about is Medicare for All, tuition-free public college and housing as a human right. In my interpretation of what democratic socialism is, it is the fight for a basic level of dignity that our society refuses to violate.”

Ing says, “Usually, when I talk about money in politics or the government not representing us, that transcends any left-right values. Most people see the world from bottom versus top: Are you with us, or them?”

DSA candidates running for office and DSA members knocking doors, then, articulate socialism as a common sense set of practices and beliefs: swearing off corporate donations, supporting big, universal programs that promise to redistribute society’s resources more equitably, and returning decisions to the hands of the people most directly affected. As DSA makes inroads selling the public on the virtues of democratic socialism and infiltrating the halls of power, it will also figure out what to do once it gets there.

For the moment, DSA members and candidates are making the road to a 21st-century American socialism by walking it—and knocking on a few hundred thousand doors along the way.


          A Bold Foreign Policy Platform for the New Wave of Left Lawmakers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A NEW COHORT OF PROGRESSIVES IS RUNNING FOR—AND WINNING—ELECTIONS. The stunning victory of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic congressional primary in New York is perhaps the most well-known, but she is far from alone. Most of these candidates are young, more than usual are people of color, many are women, several are Muslims, at least one is a refugee, at least one is transgender—and all are unabashedly left. Most come to electoral politics after years of activism around issues like immigration, climate and racism. They come out of a wide range of social movements and support policy demands that reflect the principles of those movements: labor rights, immigrant and refugee rights, women’s and gender rights, equal access to housing and education, environmental justice, and opposition to police violence and racial profiling. Some, though certainly not all, identify not just with the policies of socialism but with the fundamental core values and indeed the name itself, usually in the form of democratic socialism.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American woman in Detroit, just won the Democratic primary for the legendary Congressman John Conyers’ seat. Four women, two of them members of Democratic Socialists of America and all four endorsed by DSA, beat their male incumbent opponents in Pennsylvania state house primaries. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is running an insurgent campaign for Congress against a longstanding incumbent in western Massachusetts, keeping her focus on Medicare-for-All and civil rights. Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee, won endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and is running for Keith Ellison’s former congressional seat as an “intersectional feminist.” And there are more.

Many highlight their movement experience in their campaigns; they are champions of immigrant rights, healthcare, student debt organizing and the fight for $15. Intersectionality has grown stronger, as the extremism of Trump’s right-wing racist assault creates significant new gains in linking separate movements focused on racism, women’s rights, immigrant rights, climate, poverty, labor rights and more.

But mostly, we’re not seeing progressive and socialist candidates clearly link domestic issues with efforts to challenge war, militarism and the war economy. There are a few exceptions: Congressional candidate and Hawaii State Rep. Kaniela Ing speaks powerfully about U.S. colonialism in Hawaii, and Virginia State Rep. Lee J. Carter has spoken strongly against U.S. bombing of Syria, linking current attacks with the legacy of U.S. military interventions. There may be more. But those are exceptions; most of the new left candidates focus on crucial issues of justice at home.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war.

It’s not that progressive leaders don’t care about international issues, or that our movements are divided. Despite too many common assumptions, it is not political suicide for candidates or elected officials to stake out progressive anti-war, anti-militarism positions. Quite the contrary: Those positions actually have broad support within both our movements and public opinion. It’s just that it’s hard to figure out the strategies that work to connect internationally focused issues, anti-war efforts, or challenges to militarism, with the wide array of activists working on locally grounded issues. Some of those strategies seem like they should be easy—like talking about slashing the 53 cents of every discretionary federal dollar that now goes to the military as the easiest source to fund Medicare-for-all or free college education. It should be easy, but somehow it’s not: Too often, foreign policy feels remote from the urgency of domestic issues facing such crises. When our movements do figure out those strategies, candidates can easily follow suit.

Candidates coming out of our movements into elected office will need clear positions on foreign policy. Here are several core principles that should shape those positions.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war. That does not mean isolationism, but instead a strategy of diplomatic engagement rather than—not as political cover for—destructive U.S. military interventions that have so often defined the U.S. role in the world.

Looking at the political pretexts for what the U.S. empire is doing around the world today, a principled foreign policy might start by recognizing that there is no military solution to terrorism and that the global war on terror must be ended.

More broadly, the militarization of foreign policy must be reversed and diplomacy must replace military action in every venue, with professional diplomats rather than the White House’s political appointees in charge. Aspiring and elected progressive and socialist office-holders should keep in mind the distinction between the successes and failures of Obama’s foreign policy. The victories were all diplomatic: moving towards normalization with Cuba, the Paris climate accord and especially the Iran nuclear deal. Obama’s greatest failures—in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen—all occurred because the administration chose military action over robust diplomacy.

Certainly, diplomacy has been a tool in the arsenal of empires, including the United States. But when we are talking about official policies governing relations between countries, diplomacy—meaning talking, negotiating and engaging across a table—is always, always better than engaging across a battlefield.

A principled foreign policy must recognize how the war economy has distorted our society at home—and commit to reverse it. The $717 billion of the military budget is desperately needed for jobs, healthcare and education here at home—and for a diplomatic surge and humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to people of countries devastated by U.S. wars and sanctions.

A principled foreign policy must acknowledge how U.S. actions—military, economic and climate-related—have been a driving force in displacing people around the world. We therefore have an enormous moral as well as legal obligation to take the lead in providing humanitarian support and refuge for those displaced—so immigration and refugee rights are central to foreign policy.

For too long the power of the U.S. empire has dominated international relations, led to the privileging of war over diplomacy on a global scale, and created a vast—and invasive—network of 800-plus military bases around the world.

Now, overall U.S. global domination is actually shrinking, and not only because of Trump’s actions. China’s economy is rapidly catching up, and its economic clout in Africa and elsewhere eclipses that of the United States. It’s a measure of the United States’ waning power that Europe, Russia and China are resisting U.S. efforts to impose new global sanctions on Iran. But the United States is still the world’s strongest military and economic power: Its military spending vastly surpasses that of the eight next strongest countries, it is sponsoring a dangerous anti-Iran alliance between Israel and the wealthy Gulf Arab states, it remains central to NATO decision-making, and powerful forces in Washington threaten new wars in North Korea and Iran. The United States remains dangerous.

Progressives in Congress have to navigate the tricky task of rejecting American exceptionalism. That means recognizing that it is often a good thing when U.S. global military and economic efforts fail, because they are generally aimed at maintaining domination and control. Without that U.S. domination, the possibility arises of a new kind of internationalism: to prevent and solve crises that arise from current and potential wars, to promote nuclear disarmament, to come up with climate solutions and to protect refugees.

That effort is increasingly important because of the rapid rise of right-wing xenophobic authoritarians seeking and winning power. Trump is now leading and enabling an informal global grouping of such leaders, from Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Victor Orban in Hungary and others. Progressive elected officials in the United States can pose an important challenge to that authoritarian axis by building ties with their like-minded counterparts in parliaments and governments—possibilities include Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom and Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, among others. And progressive and leftist members of Congress will need to be able to work together with social movements to build public pressure for diplomatic initiatives not grounded in the interests of U.S. empire.

In addition to these broad principles, candidates and elected officials need critical analyses of current U.S. engagement around the world, as well as nuanced prescriptions for how to de-escalate militarily, and ramp up a new commitment to serious diplomacy.

GEOPOLITICAL POWER PLAYS

RUSSIA: Relations with Russia will be a major challenge for the foreseeable future. With 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons in U.S. and Russian hands, and the two powers deploying military forces on opposite sides of active battlefronts in Syria, it is crucial that relations remain open—not least to derail potential escalations and ensure the ability to stand down from any accidental clash.

Progressives and leftists in Congress will need to promote a nuanced, careful approach to Russia policy. And they will face a daunting environment in which to do so. They will have to deal with loud cries from right-wing war-mongers, mainly Republicans, and from neo-con interventionists in both parties, demanding a one-sided anti-Russia policy focused on increased sanctions and potentially even military threats. But many moderate and liberal Democrats—and much of the media—are also joining the anti-Russia crusade. Some of those liberals and moderates have likely bought into the idea of American exceptionalism, accepting as legitimate or irrelevant the long history of U.S. election meddling around the world and viewing the Russian efforts as somehow reaching a whole different level of outrageousness. Others see the anti-Russia mobilization solely in the context of undermining Trump.

But at the same time, progressive Congress members should recognize that reports of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 and 2018 elections cannot be dismissed out of hand. They should continue to demand that more of the evidence be made public, and condemn the Russian meddling that has occurred, even while recognizing that the most serious threats to our elections come from voter suppression campaignsat home more than from Moscow. And they have to make clear that Trump’s opponents cannot be allowed to turn the president’s infatuation with Vladimir Putin into the basis for a new Cold War, simply to oppose Trump.

CHINA: The broad frame of a progressive approach should be to end Washington’s provocative military and economic moves and encourage deeper levels of diplomatic engagement. This means replacing military threats with diplomacy in response to Chinese moves in the South China Sea, as well as significant cuts in the ramped-up military ties with U.S. allies in the region, such as Vietnam. Progressive and socialist members of Congress and other elected officials will no doubt be aware that the rise of China’s economic dominance across Africa, and its increasing influence in parts of Latin America, could endanger the independence of countries in those parts of the Global South. But they will also need to recognize that any U.S. response to what looks like Chinese exploitation must be grounded in humility, acknowledging the long history of U.S. colonial and neocolonial domination throughout those same regions. Efforts to compete with Chinese economic assistance by increasing Washington’s own humanitarian and development aid should mean directing all funds through the UN, rather than through USAID or the Pentagon. That will make U.S. assistance far less likely to be perceived as—and to be—an entry point for exploitation.

NATO: A progressive position on NATO flies straight into the face of the partisan component of the anti-Trump resistance—the idea that if Trump is for it, we should be against it. For a host of bad reasons that have to do with personal enrichment and personal power, Trump sometimes takes positions that large parts of the U.S. and global anti-war and solidarity movements have long supported. One of those is NATO. During the Cold War, NATO was the European military face of U.S.-dominated Western anti-Communism and anti-Sovietism. With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, peace activists from around the world called for the dissolution of NATO as an anachronistic relic whose raison d’etre was now gone.

Instead, NATO used its 50th anniversary in 1999 to rebrand itself as defending a set of amorphous, ostensibly “Western” values such as democracy, rather than having any identifiable enemy—something like a military version of the EU, with the United States on board for clout. Unable to win UN Security Council support for war in Kosovo, the United States and its allies used NATO to provide so-called authorization for a major bombing campaign—in complete violation of international law—and began a rapid expansion of the NATO alliance right up to the borders of Russia. Anti-war forces across the world continued to rally around the call “No to NATO”—a call to dissolve the alliance altogether.

But when Trump, however falsely, claims to call for an end to the alliance, or shows disdain for NATO, anti-Trump politicians and media lead the way in embracing the military alliance as if it really did represent some version of human rights and international law. It doesn’t—and progressives in elected positions need to be willing to call out NATO as a militarized Cold War relic that shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe or to mobilize against Russia or China or anyone else. It should be ended.

In fact, Trump’s claims to oppose NATO are belied by his actions. In his 2019 budget request he almost doubled the 2017 budget for the Pentagon’s “European Deterrence Initiative,” designed explicitly as a response to “threats from Russia.” There is a huge gap between Trump’s partisan base-pleasing condemnation of NATO and his administration&rdqou;s actual support for strengthening the military alliance. That contradiction should make it easier for progressive candidates and officeholders to move to cut NATO funding and reduce its power—not because Trump is against NATO but because the military alliance serves as a dangerous provocation toward war.

THE WAR ON TERROR

What George W. Bush first called “the global war on terror” is still raging almost 17 years later, though with different forms of killing and different casualty counts. Today’s reliance on airstrikes, drone attacks and a few thousand special forces has replaced the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied ground troops. And today hardly any U.S. troops are being killed, while civilian casualties are skyrocketing across the Middle East and Afghanistan. Officials from the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have repeated the mantra that “there is no military solution” in Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq or against terrorism, but their actions have belied those words. Progressive elected officials need to consistently remind the public and their counterparts that it is not possible to bomb terrorism out of existence. Bombs don’t hit “terrorism”; they hit cities, houses, wedding parties. And on those rare occasions when they hit the people actually named on the White House&rdqou;s unaccountable kill list, or “terrorist” list, the impact often creates more terrorists.

The overall progressive policy on this question means campaigning for diplomatic solutions and strategies instead of military ones. That also means joining the ongoing congressional efforts led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others  to challenge the continued reliance on the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

In general, privileging diplomatic over war strategies starts with withdrawing troops and halting the arms sales that flood the region with deadly weapons. Those weapons too often end up in the hands of killers on all sides, from bands of unaccountable militants to brutally repressive governments, with civilians paying the price. Congress members should demand an end of massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other U.S. allies carrying out brutal wars across the Middle East, and they should call for an end to the practice of arming non-state proxies who kill even more people. They should call for a U.S. arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and Israel (which presents a whole other set of arms-related challenges), while urging Russia to stop its arms sales to Syria, Iran and Pakistan. Given the power of the arms industries in the United States, arms embargoes are the most difficult—but perhaps the most important—part of ending the expanding Middle East wars.

Progressives in Congress should demand real support for UN-sponsored and other international peace initiatives, staffing whole new diplomatic approaches whose goal is political solutions rather than military victories—and taking funds out of military budgets to cover the costs. The goal should be to end these endless wars—not try to “win&rdqou; them.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE: The most important thing for candidates to know is that there has been a massive shift in public opinion in recent years. It is no longer political suicide to criticize Israel. Yes, AIPAC and the rest of the right-wing Jewish, pro-Israel lobbies remain influential and have a lot of money to throw around. (The Christian Zionist lobbies are powerful too, but there is less political difficulty for progressives to challenge them.) But there are massive shifts underway in U.S. Jewish publicopinion on the conflict, and the lobbies cannot credibly claim to speak for the Jewish community as a whole.

Outside the Jewish community, the shift is even more dramatic, and has become far more partisan: Uncritical support for Israel is now overwhelmingly a Republican position. Among Democrats, particularly young Democrats, support for Israel has fallen dramatically; among Republicans, support for Israel’s far-right government is sky-high. The shift is particularly noticeable among Democrats of color, where recognition of the parallels between Israeli oppression of Palestinians and the legacies of Jim Crow segregation in the United States and apartheid in South Africa is rising rapidly.

U.S. policy, unfortunately, has not kept up with that changing discourse. But modest gains are evident even there. When nearly 60 members of the House and Senate openly skipped Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech when he came to lobby Congress to vote against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the sky didn’t fall. The snub to the Israeli prime minister was unprecedented, but no one lost their seat because of it. Rep. Betty McCollum’s bill to protect Palestinian children from Israel’s vicious military juvenile detention system (the only one in the world) now has 29 co-sponsors, and the sky still isn’t falling. Members of Congress are responding more frequently to Israeli assaults on Gaza and the killing of protesters, often because of powerful movements among their constituents. When Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz acknowledged the divide: “While members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move, Democrats were split between those who congratulated Trump for it and those who called it a dangerous and irresponsible action.”

That creates space for candidates and newly elected officials to respond to the growing portion of their constituencies that supports Palestinian rights. Over time, they must establish a rights-based policy. That means acknowledging that the quarter-century-long U.S.-orchestrated “peace process” based on the never-serious pursuit of a solution, has failed. Instead, left and progressive political leaders can advocate for a policy that turns over real control of diplomacy to the UN, ends support for Israeli apartheid and occupation, and instead supports a policy based on international law, human rights and equality for all, without privileging Jews or discriminating against non-Jews.

To progress from cautiously urging that Israel abide by international law, to issuing a full-scale call to end or at least reduce the $3.8 billion per year that Congress sends straight to the Israeli military, might take some time. In the meantime, progressive candidates must prioritize powerful statements condemning the massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza and massive Israeli settlement expansion, demands for real accountability for Israeli violations of human rights and international law (including reducing U.S. support in response), and calls for an end to the longstanding U.S. protection that keeps Israel from being held accountable in the UN.

The right consistently accuses supporters of Palestinian rights of holding Israel to a double standard. Progressives in Congress should turn that claim around on them and insist that U.S. policy towards Israel—Washington’s closest ally in the region and the recipient of billions of dollars in military aid every year—hold Israel to exactly the same standards that we want the United States to apply to every other country: human rights, adherence to international law and equality for all.

Many supporters of the new crop of progressive candidates, and many activists in the movements they come out of, are supporters of the increasingly powerful, Palestinian-led BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, that aims to bring non-violent economic pressure to bear on Israel until it ends its violations of international law. This movement deserves credit for helping to mainstream key demands—to end the siege of Gaza and the killing of protesters, to support investigations of Israeli violations by the International Criminal Court, to oppose Israel’s new “nation-state’ law—that should all be on lawmakers’ immediate agenda.

AFGHANISTAN: More than 100,000 Afghans and 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in a U.S. war that has raged for almost 17 years. Not-Yet-President Trump called for withdrawal from Afghanistan, but within just a few months after taking office he agreed instead to send additional troops, even though earlier deployments of more than 100,000 U.S. troops (and thousands more coalition soldiers) could not win a military victory over the Taliban. Corruption in the U.S.-backed and -funded Afghan government remains sky-high, and in just the past three years, the Pentagon has lost track of how $3.1 billion of its Afghanistan funds were spent. About 15,000 US troops are still deployed, with no hope of a military victory for the United States.

Progressive members of Congress should demand a safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, acting on the long-held recognition that military force simply won’t work to bring about the political solution all sides claim to want.

Several pending bills also would reclaim the centrality of Congress’ role in authorizing war in general and in Afghanistan in particular—including ending the 2001 AUMF. Funding for humanitarian aid, refugee support, and in the future compensation and reparations for the massive destruction the U.S.-led war has wrought across the country, should all be on Congress’ agenda, understanding that such funding will almost certainly fail while U.S. troops are deployed.

IRAN: With U.S. and Iranian military forces facing each other in Syria, the potential for an unintentional escalation is sky-high. Even a truly accidental clash between a few Iranian and U.S. troops, or an Iranian anti-aircraft system mistakenly locking on to a U.S. warplane plane even if it didn’t fire, could have catastrophic consequences without immediate military-to-military and quick political echelon discussions to defuse the crisis. And with tensions very high, those ties are not routinely available. Relations became very dangerous when Trump withdrew the United States from the multi-lateral nuclear deal in May. (At that time, a strong majority of people in the United States favored the deal, and less than one in three wanted to pull out of it.)

The United States continues to escalate threats against Iran. It is sponsoring a growing regional anti-Iran alliance, with Israel and Saudi Arabia now publicly allied and pushing strongly for military action. And Trump has surrounded himself with war-mongers for his top advisers, including John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who have both supported regime change in Iran and urged military rather than diplomatic approaches to Iran.

Given all that, what progressive elected officials need to do is to keep fighting for diplomacy over war. That means challenging U.S. support for the anti-Iran alliance and opposing sanctions on Iran. It means developing direct ties with parliamentarians from the European and other signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, with the aim of collective opposition to new sanctions, re-legitimizing the nuclear deal in Washington and reestablishing diplomacy as the basis for U.S. relations with Iran.

It should also mean developing a congressional response to the weakening of international anti-nuclear norms caused by the pull-out from the Iran deal. That means not just supporting the nonproliferation goals of the Iran nuclear deal, but moving further towards real disarmament and ultimately the abolition of nuclear weapons. Progressives in and outside of Congress should make clear that nuclear nonproliferation (meaning no one else gets to have nukes) can’t work in the long run without nuclear disarmament (meaning that the existing nuclear weapons states have to give them up). That could start with a demand for full U.S. compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which calls for negotiations leading to “nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament.”

SYRIA: Progressive candidates and elected officials should support policies designed to end, not “win” the war. That means withdrawing troops, ceasing airstrikes and drone attacks, and calling for an arms embargo on all sides of the multiple proxy war. The civil war component of the multiple wars in Syria is winding down as the regime consolidates its control, but the sectarian, regional and global components of that war have not disappeared, so continuing a call for an arms embargo is still important. The first step is to permanently end the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s “arm and train” policies that have prolonged the war and empowered some of its most dangerous actors.

There will also need to be negotiations between the regional and global actors that have been waging their own wars in Syria, wars that have little to do with Syria itself, but with Syrians doing the bulk of the dying. That means support for the UN’s and other internationally-sponsored de-escalation efforts, and serious engagement with Russia towards a permanent ceasefire, as well as the arms embargo. U.S. policy should include absolute prohibitions on Washington’s regional allies—including Saudi Arabia and Turkey—sending U.S.-provided arms into Syria. And progressive supporters of diplomacy should also maintain pressure on the United States to back multi-lateral diplomatic processes organized by the UN and others—on humanitarian issues in Geneva, and political issues in Astana. Cutting the United States’ multi-billion dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Turkey and other U.S. allies involved in the Syrian wars would also lend legitimacy to U.S. efforts within those diplomatic processes to press Russia to stop providing arms to the Assad regime.

IRAQ: Congress has largely abrogated its responsibilities even as the 15-year war initiated by the United States continues. Progressive policymakers would do well to join the existing efforts to end—not replace, but cancel—the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, and reopen congressional debate, with the goal of ending funding for war in Iraq once and for all. When President Obama withdrew the last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, stating that “war in Iraq ends this month,” many assumed that the authorization ended as well. But it was never officially repealed and had no expiration date, and three years later Obama claimed that the then-12-year-old authorization justified the war against ISIS in Iraq. While Trump has relied primarily on the 2001 AUMF, the Iraq-specific authorization of 2002 remains in place and should be withdrawn. 

In the meantime, progressives in Congress should support many of the same policies for Iraq as for Syria: withdraw the troops and special forces, stop the assassination program that is the heart of Washington’s “counter-terrorism” campaign and cease sending arms. Congress should end funding to force the closure of the network of small “forward operating bases” and other U.S. military bases that may remain in U.S. hands in Iraq despite earlier agreements to turn them over to the Iraqi government. The U.S. must figure out new ways to provide financial compensation and support to the people whose country and society has been shredded by more than a dozen years of crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions bookended by two devastating wars (Desert Storm, starting in 1991, and the Iraq War, starting in 2003)—while somehow avoiding the further empowerment of corrupt and sectarian political and military leaders.

YEMEN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen reflects the most deadly front of Saudi Arabia’s competition with Iran for regional hegemony. The United States is providing indirect and direct support, including U.S. Air Force pilots providing in-air refueling so Saudi and UAE warplanes can bomb Yemen more efficiently, and Green Berets fighting alongside Saudi troops on the border, in what the New York Times called “a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.”

The U.S.-backed Saudi war against Yemen has also created what the UN has declared the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis. Congress’ first action must be to immediately end all U.S. involvement in the war. Next, Congress must reject all approvals for arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as long as they continue to bomb and blockade Yemen.

Ending these arms sales may be a serious challenge, given the power of the arms manufacturers’ lobby, Israel’s strong support of Saudi Arabia against Iran and the fact that Saudi Arabia remains the top U.S. arms customer. But recent efforts and relatively close votes in both the House and Senate, while not successful, indicate that challenging the longstanding process of providing the Saudis with whatever weapons they want may be closer to reality than anticipated. The House called the U.S. military involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen “unauthorized.” Reps. Ro Khanna, Marc Pocan and others have introduced numerous House bills in recent months aimed at reducing U.S. arms sales and involvement in the Saudi-led assault. In the Senate, a March resolution to end U.S. military involvement in the Yemen war failed by only 11 votes, a much narrower margin than anticipated. Progressive candidates and new members of Congress should support all those efforts, and move further with a call for ending the longstanding U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, especially military sales and support for the Saudi-Israeli partnership against Iran.

A QUICK GLANCE AT SOME OTHER POLICY QUESTIONS

NORTH KOREA: Progressive elected officials will need to support Trump’s diplomatic initiatives, challenging mainstream Democrats willing to abandon diplomacy because Trump supports it (however tactically or temporarily). Progressives will also need to condemn U.S. military provocations that undermine that same diplomacy, and build public and congressional support for the inter-Korean diplomatic moves already underway. That should include pushing for exemptions in the U.S.-imposed sanctions that would allow inter-Korean economic and other initiatives to go forward. Progressives in Congress can also play a major role in supporting people-to-people diplomacy with North Korea, and they can lead the way in replacing the current armistice with a peace treaty finally ending the Korean War.

AFRICA: Across the continent, there is an urgent need to reverse the militarization of foreign policy, including reducing the size, breadth of responsibilities and theater of operations of AFRICOM.  The wide-ranging but unauthorized and largely secretive special operations and other military actions across the continent violate not only international law, but U.S. domestic law as well.

LATIN AMERICA: In Latin America, there is an urgent need for a new anti-interventionist policy, not least to stop the current attempts to take advantage of serious domestic crises in Venezuela, Nicaragua and elsewhere. Progressives will need to challenge the U.S. economic and foreign policies that create refugees from Central America in particular (including the consequences of the U.S. wars of the 1980s), even while fighting to protect those migrants seeking safety in the United States as a result of those earlier policies. Regarding Mexico, Congress needs to fight for a U.S. position in trade negotiations that is not based on economic nationalism, but rather on making sure that Mexican workers and U.S. workers are both equally lifted up. Left policymakers will also have the chance to play a leading role in forging a new relationship with Mexico’s just-elected progressive President Lopez-Obrador. 

All of the areas where U.S. wars are or were underway, as well as places where U.S. economic and climate policies have helped create crises threatening people’s lives, also become areas from which migrants are forced to flee their homes. U.S. policymakers must acknowledge that U.S. policies are direct causes of the refugee crises that exist in and around the war zones and climate crisis zones of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere—and that the refugees seeking asylum in Europe, and the far fewer trying to come to the United States, are a consequence of those policies. So progressive candidates and policymakers should support massive expansion of funding for these victims of war, including humanitarian support in their home regions and acceptance of far greater numbers of refugees into the United States. They must directly challenge the xenophobic policies of the Trump administration that include the Muslim Ban, the separation of children from their families at the border and the vast reduction in refugees accepted into this country. In Congress, that might include introducing bills to cut funding for ICE or eliminate the institution altogether.

Finally, progressive candidates and elected officials will need to continue to craft policy proposals that recognize what happens when the U.S. wars come home. This requires more voices in Congress challenging the military budget because it’s used to kill people abroad and because the money is needed for jobs, health care and education at home. It means challenging Islamophobia rising across the United States because of how it threatens Muslims in the United States and because it is used to build support for wars against predominantly Muslim countries. It means exposing—on the floor of the House and beyond—the fact that the Muslim bans targeted primarily countries the United States was bombing, sanctioning or stationing soldiers in. And it means being clear that protecting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants has to include ending the wars that create refugees in the first place.

Certainly, we shouldn’t expect every progressive or even every socialist running for national office to become an instant expert on every complicated piece of U.S. foreign policy. And for those running for state and local office, there may seem to be even less urgency. But we’ve seen how the Poor People’s Campaign, with its inclusion of militarism and the war economy as one of its four central targets (along with racism, poverty and environmental destruction), has demonstrated to all of our movements the importance of—and a model for—including an anti-war focus within multi-issue state and local mobilizations. The Movement for Black Lives has created one of the strongest internationalist and anti-war platforms we’ve seen in years—including calls for cutting the military budget, supporting Palestinian rights, stopping the Global War on Terror and the so-called War on Drugs, ending the militarized U.S. interventions across Africa, and linking U.S. military and economic policies with the rise in Haitian and other—predominantly Black—immigration.

Immigrant rights activists are linking movements for sanctuary (and against ICE) with opposition to the wars that create refugees. Campaignsare underway to reject the training of U.S. police by Israeli police and military forces. Battles are being waged to get local law enforcement agencies to refuse Pentagon offers of weapons and equipment left over from U.S. wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere. These campaigns all play out at the local and state level.

So especially for those running for Congress, but really for all candidates at every political level and venue in this country, there is a clear need for a strong, principled position on at least a few key foreign policy issues. And the key to making that happen still lies with our movements.


          2016 - The Year in Rebuke (Part Two)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

JULY

With the political world holding its breath in anticipation, Hope n' Change finally endorses a Presidential candidate...


While lacking the enthusiasm evinced by many Trump supporters, Hope n' Change opines that "Donald Trump is potentially a yuuuuge disrupter at a time when our political system needs huge disruption. Our nation would be far more likely to survive his possible policy failures than even a single term of Hillary Clinton's toxic policy successes."

This belief is immediately confirmed when yet another federal agency is revealed to have been corrupted by proximity to the Clinton Machine...


After laundry-listing the many, many ways that Hillary had lied, evaded, and thoroughly compromised national security with her secret email server, FBI Director James Comey decides that no charges should be pressed because:

A) He is apparently a complete political whore
B) His family was being held at gunpoint
C) He believes that women (bless their hearts) are just too darn stupid to understand computers, national security, and laws
D) Hillary made a pact with Satan which involves fellating lepers in Hell for all eternity
E) All of the above. Which, frankly, we're pretty sure is the right answer.

Energized by this undeserved "Get Out of Jail Free" card, Hillary immediately seizes on new ways to make voters hate her...


Following a black sniper's assassination of five Dallas police officers who were providing security for a "Black Lives Matter" protest, Hillary bravely declares that the actual problem is that white people need to do a better job of listening and, bizarrely, that Wall Street needs greater transparency. Based on her strong statement, an increasing number of voters begin to suspect she's using narcotics.

Meanwhile,  GOP heads explode when Senator Ted Cruz appears at the Republican National Convention and speaks passionately about the need to defend freedom and the Constitution, but fails to endorse Trump by name for reasons no one can explain...


But July isn't done with us yet. Following a series of scandals revealing sabotage against the Bernie Sanders campaign, the DNC meets to celebrate democracy by anointing a candidate selected by unelected "superdelegates"...


AUGUST

With the wind at her back, which is helpful in keeping her upright, Hillary starts fleshing out what revolutionary policies she hopes to bring to the presidency other than the ability to pee while sitting down...

But concerns grow about the candidate's health as she is increasingly seen struggling with simple tasks like speaking without coughing up a lung, getting both eyes to point in the same direction, or telling the truth...


But undaunted and pumped full of amphetamines and opioids,  Hillary throws herself into intense preparation for the upcoming Presidential debates...


And speaking of sex escapades (which is pretty much synonymous with speaking about the Clintons) another one rears its...uh...head when Anthony Weiner, the oft-disgraced husband of Hillary's right hand woman Huma Abedin, is discovered to be emailing bonergrams to an under-aged girl...


Saying "enough is enough," Huma gives up on Weiner (not that there's anything wrong with that) and prepares to face new challenges in...

SEPTEMBER

When asked to answer yet more questions about her totally illegal scheme to evade the Freedom of Information Act and, as an unexpected bonus, give away all of our nation's secrets, Hillary is struck - apparently forcefully - with a brilliant idea...


Yes, the woman who wants to be President of the United States claims to have such substantial brain damage that she can't remember anything which happened while she was engaged in criminal activity.  Which is to say her entire adult life.

Shortly thereafter, Clinton speaks to an adoring throng of hired enthusiasts at an LGBT fundraiser and makes a statement which convinces even hardened skeptics that she has gangrenous grey matter...


"To be grossly generalistic," she grossly cackled, "you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic— you name it!"

Surprisingly, at least to Democrats, it turns out that many Americans don't appreciate being mocked, disparaged, and slandered by corrupt elites. Which is why it's (ahem) fortunate for Clinton that the public is soon distracted by a terrorist bomb blast...


29 people are hurt (and thankfully none killed) when a bomb is detonated in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Chelsea Clinton swears "it's just a coincidence" and "I'm working on an alibi."

Hoping to get her media narrative back on track, Hillary Clinton puts avuncular socialist Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail to say that he no longer despises everything Hillary stands for, and that he's come to the life-changing (and possibly life-saving) realization that she is the most honest, refreshing, and ethical politician ever born...


In fairness to Bernie, maybe he was just trying on his "shameless whore" costume to make ready for...

OCTOBER

Suddenly, the campaign is rocked by a series of well-coordinated (if loosely fact-checked) attacks on Donald Trump's finances...


The NY Times goes "front page crazy" with a story screaming that over the past few years, Donald Trump may have paid all the federal income tax he legally owed - which possibly, and only possibly, equaled "none." Not only is "Man Pays Correct Amount of Taxes" not a scandal, it's not even interesting.

What is interesting is that the story was written based on illegally obtained information which was leaked to the public. Democratic spokespeople offer high praise for the publication of illegally leaked documents, then report a weird feeling "like a crow just stepped on my grave."


In a shocking revelation that even offends serial rapist Bill Clinton, an old audiotape reveals that Donald Trump once used the word "pussy" in a conversation which did not involve cats. Even worse, a (very small) parade of women come forward, dabbing tears, to share tortured memories of being "kissed without permission" by Donald Trump, who used only Tic Tacs for breath control.

Unfortunately for Hillary, none of this is as interesting as Wikileaks' release of thousands of documents detailing the corruption of the Clinton Foundation, Hillary's "pay for play" use of the State Department to solicit bribes, and the overall sleaziness of everyone in the Democratic party.

Suddenly finding illegally obtained information which was leaked to the public abhorrent, the media and the White House blame Russian hackers because it sounds better than "our own idiocy." Joe Biden warns of draconian counter measures...


In the midst of all this, early voting begins, with record numbers of voters flooding to the polls to decide which of the two least popular candidates in American history will win...


But wait! With Halloween in the air, James Comey doesn't need to dress up as a ghost to scare the sheet out of Hillary - he simply reopens her "thing that wouldn't die" email espionage case only days before the election.

Hilariously, it turns out that in the course of investigating Anthony Weiner's underage sexting activities, the FBI has discovered thousands of Hillary's State Department emails on his personal laptop...as well as on his laptop computer.


And so the stage is set for...

NOVEMBER

Following a hostage video in which James Comey, bruised and bound, says that nothing suspicious other than Top Secret documents was found on Weiner's "spank bank" computer, Election Day arrives at last.

Left-leaning media political pundits sport Cheshire Cat grins, and Hillary Clinton's team pops champagne corks as the poll results start to come in.

Soon after which the grins fade, the champagne goes flat, and (according to trustworthy sources on the Left) Armageddon arrives...


Trump wins to the shock and disbelieving horror of liberals everywhere...


Apparently unaware of how the American voting system works, those on the Left are further devastated by the realization that while Hillary won the popular vote, it's only the critical electoral college vote that decides the Presidency...


While many anti-Americans take the news of Trump's victory badly,  perhaps the most convincing display of grief comes from Fidel Castro who actually goes to the trouble of dropping dead...


Which at long last brings us to...

DECEMBER

In the weeks following the election, it becomes clear that American voters were sick of being denigrated, disrespected, and lied to by their own government. Tired of seeing their health insurance costs skyrocket while their benefits plummeted. And unwilling to accept a stagnant economy which seemingly offered jobs only to hedge fund managers and fry cooks.

Granted, not everyone saw the election results in the same way...


When his analysis is roundly laughed at, Barack Obama goes back to his default position of claiming that the election was somehow "hacked" by evil Russians who, inexplicably, liked the idea of Donald Trump having a nuclear arsenal.

The soon-to-be ex-president declares the alleged hacking to be a grave and immediate existential threat to our nation, then takes swift action by boarding Air Force One for another extended, multi-million dollar vacation in Hawaii...


Back on the mainland, the electoral college finally meets to officially cast their votes. And once again, a dazed and broken Hillary has to settle for second place...


With only days left in the year, Americans finally breathe a sigh of relief - confident that they can enjoy the holidays without any vacationing presidents suddenly launching a vicious sneak attack on one of our closest allies. They are, of course, wrong...


With assistance (and likely direction) from the Obama administration, the U.N. passes a resolution condemning Israel, eroding that nation's legitimacy and chances for eventual peace.  It is a transparently petty and vindictive act from a petty and vindictive president bent on burning the world down if he can't be in charge.

In the final days of his wretched administration, he also admits floods of refugees and illegals into the country, grants early release to a record number of felons, and puts thousands of new regulations in place to hamper the American economy under Donald Trump.

Which is why the stroke of midnight on December 31st has never been sweeter...


Happy New Year from Stilton Jarlsberg and Hope n' Change Cartoons...which, after 8 long years, finally has actual hope for change.



          Rushing Roulette      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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After repeatedly having his ass handed to him by Vladimir Putin for the past 8 years, Barack Obama decided yesterday that it was "now or never" to finally take strong action against Russia... whether Russia had done anything wrong or not.

Which is why, in reaction to the so-called "election hacking," Obama ordered 35 Russian diplomats (described by the White House as "intelligence agents") out of the country, closed a couple of domestic Russian facilities (described by the White House as "intelligence agencies"), and promised to unleash a cyber counterattack (described by the computer literate as "fat chance").

Unfortunately, despite requests from the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Barry has failed to produce any compelling evidence that Russia was behind the Wikileaks document releases which revealed to American voters that the Democratic party, from Hillary on down, is populated by sleazy, bribe-mongering crooks, lunatics, and sex addicts. In fact, it's highly questionable whether any final intelligence analysis will even hit Obama's desk before he leaves office - making the timing of his saber-rattling highly suspect if not downright dangerous.

Mind you, Hope n' Change isn't suggesting that Russia didn't hack into the email servers of Hillary, Leon Panetta, and the DNC. Of course they did; the cyber-porch lights were left on, the cyber-front door was wide open, and there was a big cyber-sign on the porch saying "please don't steal anything while we're not home."

The secret keepers were, in the laughable words of James Comey, "extremely careless." Meaning neither Russia nor anyone else had to be extremely clever to steal documents.

But all of that being said, no evidence has been presented that it was Russia who gave damning but 100% truthful documents to Wikileaks. It could have been a mischievous high school kid or, our personal belief, a Democratic insider who wanted to save our nation from Hillary.

Which is why it's disconcerting that Obama, while still vacationing in Hawaii, has prematurely chosen retaliatory action against the only suspect who has a huge nuclear arsenal and pretty much no sense of humor.

Perhaps, before the big ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve, he just wants everyone (especially Historians) to think that after 8 simpering years in office his own balls have finally dropped.

AND ONE MORE THING...



Drink up, drive safely, and join us Monday for "2016 - the year in review!"


          FONDI AI COMUNI, SUT (M5S): “NESSUNO SCIPPO DAL MILLEPROROGHE, FINALMENTE OSSIGENO ALLE AMMINISTRAZIONI”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Il portavoce del M5S alla Camera Luca Sut risponde alle polemiche del Partito democratico pordenonese sull’emendamento approvato in Senato, anche col voto Pd: “Per i progetti di riqualificazione delle periferie non si parla di tagli, ma di rimodulazione. I primi 24 saranno finanziati, gli altri che hanno già sostenuto spese progettuali saranno rimborsati.”
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          Segal submits signature for new ‘Bread and Roses’ party      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ANNAPOLIS — Jerome Segal, who lost his Maryland U.S. Senate primary bid, has filed signatures with the state elections board to form a new political party. Segal announced he submitted 19,500 signatures this week to establish a new Bread and Roses party, which he describes as a new socialist party. The elections board has 20 ...
          Military vet tapped to seek 45th      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A seven-year Marine veteran has been tapped by the Democratic Party to run against Republican Deanna Ballard for the 45th NC Senate District seat in November. Wes Luther, 29, announced over the weekend his intention to seek the seat as the Democratic nominee, after being chosen for the race by the district’s Democratic Party. He […]
          High suspense in Brazil’s general election      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

IF BRAZILIAN politics were a telenovela, the general election in October would make for a riveting finale. A motley cast of suitors is vying for the hand of a disappointed electorate. They include an old flame, who is pressing his suit from a jail cell, a swain who has all the attributes brides normally want but is a bit of a bore, and a rascal who promises excitement and danger. Unlike the plots of past political dramas, this one is building up to an ending that is impossible to guess.

That is because this election, in which voters will choose Brazil’s president, all members of the lower house of congress and two-thirds of the 81-seat senate, plus governors and legislators in the 26 states and the capital, is different from any that has come before. The voters are more disgusted than at any time since the end of the military dictatorship in 1985. More than a quarter are undecided, an unusually high share just two months before the first round on October 7th; 31% say they might spoil their...


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The governor thanked Sweeney’s group and said he welcomes the conversation about how best to jump start the economy.

The post Senate president’s group proposes ambitious economic, fiscal reforms appeared first on NJTV News.


          08/09 Links Pt2: A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again; Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing and Linda Sarsour, Ran Jihad Camp, Allegedly Trained Children to Shoot Up Schools      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
From Ian:

A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again
The culture of suspicion against Jews circulates now in a country that had not participated in the Holocaust, , which did not have ghettos, but where today for a mixture of Thirdworldism, consistent Islamic electoral interests, anti-colonial madness out of maximum time and anti-Zionism practiced by the progressive elites, the English citizens of Jewish origin today no longer feel at ease.

The previous day there was the indictment of an imam of Copenhagen who in a sermon invited the faithful to kill the Jews. The day before there was the reconstruction of the history of the Imam of the Great Mosque in Toulouse, also guilty of having invited the faithful to get rid of the Jews.

Previously, there was a pan-European flotilla of solidarity to Hamas and Gaza which stopped in many Italian ports. Also a law in the Senate of Ireland which sanctions with prison those who import post-1967 Israeli goods.

And then the launch of hundreds of missiles on the Israeli houses in the south. And then the threats of elimination of the Jewish people coming from the spiritual father of Iran, Ali Khamenei.

And we do not stop here, since the last few weeks have seen nothing short of attacks on Jews in the cities of Germany and France.
Watchdog Group Sues US Government to Obtain Records of BDS Groups Under Obama Administration
A conservative watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense over Obama-era records pertaining to anti-Israel BDS groups.

Judicial Watch filed the FOIA lawsuit in order to obtain records from 2015 of groups affiliated with BDS movement, which lobbied “the Obama administration to adopt policies to harm companies doing business with Israel,” the group said in a statement.

The lawsuit occurred “after all three agencies failed to respond to nearly identical April 23, 2018, FOIA requests,” the organization explained.

“Americans deserve to know if the Obama-era agenda of supporting anti-Israel radicals in subverting US law is ongoing,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These entrenched bureaucrats of the Deep State clearly require lawsuits to compel observance of FOIA law.”

The lawsuit states, despite Obama signing the 2015 Trade Enforcement Act, “the Customs and Border Protection Bureau restated the West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirement rules requiring labeling of goods as being from the ‘West Bank,’ despite the fact that it is not a sovereign country,” reported Judicial Watch.

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) applauded the move by Judicial Watch.
Israeli Air Force Gets First-Ever Female Squadron Commander
The Israeli Air Force has appointed the first female squadron commander in its 70-year history.

According to Israel’s Channel Two, the commander, who for security reasons is referred to only as “G.,” will be promoted to lieutenant colonel and put charge of the 122nd Squadron, known as “Nachshon.” The squadron is composed of planes specifically geared toward intelligence gathering.

The 34-year-old G. has been active in the Air Force since 2003, and has served in several command positions, including deputy commander of the “Nachshon” Squadron itself.

G. — currently a major — said that she was “happy with the appointment,” which she called “a great privilege alongside a great responsibility.”

“The real work is ahead of me,” she added. “I’m proud to serve in the Air Force.”



Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing Kept Children in 'Filthy' Compound, Allegedly Trained Them to Shoot Up Schools
Horrifying details emerged on Wednesday in the case of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of an imam linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who was arrested in New Mexico on charges of keeping 11 starving children in a filthy compound. According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Wahhaj was training the children to carry out school shootings.

Prosecutors asked the judge to hold Wahhaj without bond for felony child abuse. He is also the subject of an extradition warrant from Georgia on charges of kidnapping his own son from the state in December. His son was not among the starving children rescued from the compound. There are fears the remains of an as-yet unidentified child found at the compound could be Wahhaj’s son.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that Wahhaj and four accomplices possessed an AR-15 rifle and four pistols with ample ammunition and were training the children to commit school shootings.

Wahhaj’s father, who was born under the name Jeffrey Kearse but now also uses the name “Siraj Wahhaj,” is an imam in New York who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He served as a character witness in the trial of mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh.”

The New York Post reported on Monday that the elder Wahhaj is currently the head of the Majid at-Taqwa mosque in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The other defendants in the compound case are the younger Siraj Wahhaj’s wife, his two sisters, and his brother-in-law.








Palestinians celebrate relative's victory in U.S. Congressional race
Sharing smiles and hugs, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first Muslim woman to join the US Congress, celebrated her election victory in the courtyard of their West Bank house on Wednesday.

The oldest of 14 children born to a family of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib is a Detroit native. Her father worked at a Ford Motor Company plant in the city, home of the US car industry, and she became the first Muslim woman elected to the state legislature.

On Tuesday, she won her district's Democratic nomination for Michigan's 13th Congressional district, encompassing parts of Detroit and surrounding suburbs and home to one of the largest Muslim and Arab-American populations in the United States.

Since no one ran in the Republican primary, Tlaib is poised to win the seat.
Nick Cohen: The old left and the new anti-Semitism
Only the handful of Jews who have stuck with the far left believe that now. There are abundent examples of Labour members endorsing racism. The supernatural Jew of Nazi Europe has been reinvented by the left. The Jew is now ‘the Zionist’: the sinister force behind 9/11, the Iraq War, the banking crisis and attacks on the beloved leader.

This sounds like fascism. The convergence between the extremes should not hide the fact that the disgrace of the British Labour party flows from distinctly left-wing sources that threaten the German and wider European left.

The first is failure to come to terms with the crimes of communism. Corbyn was a regular writer for Britain’s communist newspaper, the Morning Star. His chief adviser, the upper-class socialist Seumas Milne, defended the old GDR. The racism on the British left, in its content and tone, dates back to Stalin’s almost forgotten ‘anti-Zionist campaigns,’ at the time of the Slansky trial and ‘doctors’ plot’. I have no doubt that if Corbyn and his allies were Germans, they would be in Die Linke.

There is a second factor. After the fall of communism, the dominant section of the British far left preferred to make common cause with radical Islam or the secular Middle Eastern dictatorships of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad than to make their peace with liberal democracy. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories did them no harm for decades. In Britain, as in Germany, Jews are a tiny minority. The far larger Muslim minority is a key part of Labour’s base now. Although it is a libel to say that all British Muslims are anti-Semitic, it is a statement of fact that the Islamist groups who back Corbyn are reactionary on all questions including Judaism. In any case, because Britain never experienced communism or fascism there is little understanding here about what anti-Semitism is and how dictatorial movements from the Tsarists to Islamic State have used it to attack liberal values.

Let me end with a warning. Labour under Corbyn has avoided the collapse in support that has afflicted social democratic parties across Europe. Corbyn’s acolytes are now telling German social democrats to follow his example. Let the shameful state of the once proudly anti-fascist Labour party stand as a warning to them. They may win more votes. But they will never produce a centre-left politics worth having.
Britain’s Labor Party Is Now the Party of Anti-Semitism
Since the hard-left parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015, the UK’s Labor party has seen near-continuous anti-Semitic outbursts by its members and revelations of Corbyn’s own association with vicious Israel-haters, coupled with several ostensible attempts to set things right which proved to be shams. Most recently, the party has disciplined two MPs for complaining about anti-Semitism. Tamara Berens concludes that this is far more than a passing problem:

Many focus on the question of whether Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite himself. He may or may not be. However, his deliberate actions to reject the Jewish community’s concerns, silence his moderate Labor detractors, and pedal anti-Zionism as central to his political image show that he is more than happy to utilize anti-Semitism for political purposes.

Anti-Zionism—and by extension, giving credence to anti-Semites—is fundamental to the worldview Corbyn has cultivated on his journey to political stardom. For most of his political career, Corbyn was a fringe socialist politician and supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian ayatollahs, and the Venezuela of Nicolas Maduro [and Hugo Chavez]. After becoming Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn toned down some of this support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he has consistently maintained his support for anti-Zionist causes. What’s undoubtable is that throughout his career, his ultimate goal has remained the same: rejecting Western values and embracing the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a strategic bid to normalize and implement socialism in the UK.

Politically, Corbyn’s strategy is working: according to a recent YouGov poll, 61 percent of the party believes Corbyn is handling accusations of anti-Semitism well. And 80 percent of the party deems him a good leader overall. The events of the past few weeks indicate that the Labor leadership has been able to build on their apparent success to . . . distance themselves from the overwhelmingly Zionist British-Jewish community. This perhaps became most apparent last Friday, when Jeremy Corbyn published another article in the Guardian disregarding his part in normalizing anti-Semitism in the party. The piece came out at 5:00pm, when the majority of Jews in the country were busy preparing for the Sabbath.


Jeremy Corbyn and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories of a “Very Honoured Citizen”
In one of his bids to escape the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour party, last Friday Jeremy Corbyn offered this line in The Guardian:

Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one individual who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

Mr Corbyn should know all about 9/11 conspiracy bunkum. He has been an enthusiastic champion of Raed Salah, one of the notable peddlers.

Raed Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. It is close to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Salah visited the UK in 2011, planning to speak alongside MPs as part of his tour, including Mr Corbyn.
UK Labour MP under fire for accusing Israel of ‘genocide’ in Gaza in 2012
A senior lawmaker in the British Labour party has come under fire after a 2012 video surfaced that saw him claiming Israel was attempting to commit “genocide” against the Palestinians.

The opposition party, which has been mired in an ongoing anti-Semitism scandal, defended John McDonnell after the clip was published by the Daily Telegraph.

McDonnell is the UK’s shadow chancellor of the exchequer, having been appointed to the post in 2015 by Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been repeatedly been accused of being soft on anti-Semitism among his party members.

In the video, taken in November 2012 during a round of violence between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip known as Operation Pillar of Defense, McDonnell said: “Nobody can speak without expressing some form of solidarity with the people of Gaza … as the children are murdered and the bombs are flying from Israel.”

“I think it’s absolutely critical now that we use every platform we can to expose what’s going on, which is effectively an attempt at genocide against the Palestinians,” he charged at a far-left rally organized by the Unite the Resistance organization.
Extremist-Linked Assad Fan Lord Sheikh and His Zionist-Bashing Group
Sheikh is on the record publicly praising the controversial group the Al Muntada Trust. The group faced scrutiny after fears were raised that its funds had ended up with Boko Haram extremists. It has been linked to a series of anti-Semitic, homophobic and extremist preachers. In the video above, Lord Sheikh calls the group “marvellous”…

Then there is Lord Sheikh’s praise for the East London Mosque. Sheikh said:

“I would certainly commend the Mosque and Centre: not only do you provide a place of worship, but you provide a holistic service and more importantly the empowerment for women.”

Once again, the East London Mosque has well-known and established links to a series of misogynistic and homophobic speakers.

It gets worse. Lord Sheikh has links to the hugely controversial Interal charity, which was investigated by the Charity Commission over its links to Hamas.
Birthright co-founder: Don't criticize Israel on our nickel
Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said on Wednesday that young Jews are free to criticize Israel, but not while enjoying a free trip, JTA reported.

“If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech. But they don’t have the right to do it on our nickel,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz in an interview.

His comments came after at least two groups of American Jews visiting Israel on the 10-day trip left the tour to join leftists groups on visits to Palestinian Arabs. The walk-offs reportedly were encouraged by the leftist American-Jewish group IfNotNow.

The young Jews who walked off the trip and some others who remain on them are critical of what they say is Birthright’s failure to deal with Israel’s alleged “occupation” of Judea and Samaria. Some have complained that maps handed out to participants do not draw a proper distinction between Israel and Judea and Samaria.

Bronfman said in his interview with Haaretz that participants on Birthright can extend their trip and join any kind of group they want or travel on their own to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

“If they want to go to the West Bank or Gaza, they are certainly free to go,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz.

“What is not fair is making a big tzimmes while the trip is on. Frankly, I just don’t think that is fair to their fellow participants,” added Bronfman.
Another Jump the Shark Moment from JVP
The latest email from Jewish Voice for Peace's Deputy Directory Stefanie Fox may be a jump the shark moment for the anti-Israel group. The subject line reads "Why is the ADL training ICE in Israel?" Maybe Stefanie is secretly hoping you don't bother to read the rest of her offering. (Spoiler alert: they aren't)

Stephanie claims ICE has been learning techniques and tools from the Israeli military. She doesn't care if Peter Edge was in Israel studying cyber-security or attempting to learn from Israel's remarkable sucess at curtailing human trafficking. If it involves Israel, it must be made to be nefarious. Stefanie Fox spews typical JVP vitriole: "The real-world results of these trips have been Israeli & US officials sharing “worst practices” -- deportation and detention, shoot-to-kill policies, massive spying and surveillance -- that have become the go-to policies of agencies like ICE."

Why the hyperbole? Because 3 years ago, during the Obama administration the Deputy Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations, one man, Peter Edge joined a delegation to Israel sponsored by the ADL.
American Association of University Professors: Don’t boycott the anti-Israel academic boycotters
But if you uphold the right to boycott, you necessarily need to uphold the right to counter-boycott.

The problem with this is that AAUP upholds the right to boycott, but only on one side. Substantively it opposes both the boycott and counter-boycott, but procedurally it upholds only the right of the boycotters.

AAUP also sent a letter to Israel regarding Israel’s denial of entry to Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke, an academic boycott supporter.

Additionally, AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure sent a letter to the Israeli government in regard to the interrogation, subsequent expulsion, and apparent banning from Israel of Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke over her supporter of the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement in April. The letter urges the government of Israel to “reconsider your immigration officer’s decision and to revoke any further ban on Professor Franke’s entry for purposes of collaborative academic and scholarly work in Israel.”

Again, AAUP upholds Professor Franke’s right to boycott Israel and Israelis, but does not uphold the reverse. It does not matter that it is the Israeli government boycotting Professor Franke, since the BDS movement regularly seeks to impose government boycotts of Israel. So governmental power is used by both sides.

By turning academia into war by other means, the anti-Israel academic boycotters invited relatiatory boycotts. By affirming the rights of the boycotters to boycott Israel, but rejecting the right of Israel and supporters of Israel to counter-boycott, AAUP is not consistent or principled.
Legal action taken against first BDS motion by Latin American municipality
An organization of Chilean-Israelis has filed a legal action against the municipal council of the Chilean city of Valdivia and its mayor, which recently approved the first municipal BDS motion in Latin America. BDS refers to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel.

The Chilean Community of Israel (CCHIL) organization sent a letter on July 30 to the Chilean state comptroller arguing that the motion contravenes Chilean law, that a municipal council has no jurisdiction to take such actions and that the mayor has overstepped his legal authority by advancing and signing the motion.

In Spain, dozens of municipal authorities have adopted BDS motions against Israel prompted by the pro-Palestinian advocacy of the left-wing populist Podemos Party.

Anti-BDS activists are now concerned that this phenomenon could spread to Latin America, and the legal motion to the Chilean state comptroller is an effort to try and stop it in its tracks.

The ACOM organization in Spain has successfully sued 33 local municipal authorities out of at least 100 that approved BDS motions. It is hoped that the widespread adoption of such measures can be avoided in Chile and the broader region.

Indeed, the Valdivia municipal decree itself, passed in June, references the BDS motions in Spanish cities, saying that its own measure was following in those footsteps.
Anti-Semitism Soars on U.S. College Campuses
Anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. college campuses have continued to grow in 2018, with at least 384 recorded incidents in the first half of this year, according to a new report showing the number of genocidal expressions towards Jewish hit new highs on campuses across the United States.

A new report by released Wednesday by pro-Israel organization the AMCHA Initiative, a group that tracks anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on college campuses, shows that much of the anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses is the result of activity by anti-Israel activists who promote imagery such as swastikas and tropes calling for the destruction of the Jewish people, according to the report.

Genocidal expression, such as images and language promoting the killing of Jews and destruction of Israel, "rose dramatically" over the past years, with at least 75 percent of such incidents "involving classic anti-Semitism" and "genocidal expression," according to the report. The number of such incidents appear to have dropped slightly from 2017 to the first part of 2018, the report notes.

Most notably, according to the report, "Israel-related incidents were significantly more likely to contribute to a hostile campus," the report found.

The AMCHA report puts figures to a range of anecdotal and reported conflicts on college campuses across the United States, where anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity continues to flourish. Pro-Palestinian campus activists continue to aggressively silence those in the Jewish community and foster an unsafe environment for many Jewish students.
Christian Science Monitor Highlights Benefits of Jewish Sovereignty
One underlying message that modern mass media offers about Israel is that Jewish power and sovereignty in the land of Israel is a threat or obstacle to the welfare of people living in the Middle East. This dishonest narrative, which fits the agenda of authoritarian regimes and de-stabilizing political movements that use anti-Zionism as a unifying political agenda, infects much, if not most of the media coverage of the Jewish state. This “blame-Israel” narrative is so ubiquitous that it comes as a shock when a news outlet gets it right and portrays Israel as a force for good in the Middle East. But it does happen.

It happened in an article published on July 11, 2018 in the online edition of The Christian Science Monitor and reprised in the July 30, 2018 issue of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly.

The article, titled “Syrian war comes to Israel’s doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes,” was written by Dina Kraft. In the article, Kraft recounts how 10,000 people fleeing from Syrian Civil War have come to rely on Israel for their welfare and safety. They have gathered near Syria’s border with Israel because of the protection the Jewish state affords them under “Operation Good Neighbor.” The program provides food, fuel, medical supplies and in some instances medical treatment to people living in villages near Israel. As a result of the program, “[s]ome 5,000 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals,” Kraft reported.

These acts of kindness have changed how many Syrians view the Jewish state, the article indicates.
BBC double standards in reporting social media incitement evident again
In April of this year the BBC News website’s domestic pages reported the sentencing of a Salford man previously found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism”.

“Muslim convert Adam Wyatt, 48, admitted disseminating a terrorist publication that said “Britain must atone for its sins in Palestine” and posting on social media that jihad was an obligation for all Muslims.”

The following month the website reported the sentencing of a man from Sunderland who had previously pleaded guilty to similar offences.

“A shopkeeper who tweeted support for Islamic State (IS) and called for “death to Shias” has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Mohammed Zahir Khan, of Nora Street, Sunderland, had admitted encouraging terrorism, dissemination of a terror publication and stirring up religious hatred.”


Unsurprisingly, the BBC did not send a reporter to interview either of those men before they were sentenced. Neither did it promote the notion that they were put on trial because of their identity to millions of audience members or portray either of their cases as being about “free speech”.

However, when an Israeli-Arab woman was sentenced to five months in prison after having been convicted of incitement to violence in her poems and social media posts, the BBC News website amplified her claims of political persecution in a July 31st report titled “Dareen Tatour: Israeli Arab poet sentenced for incitement“.
Shocking documentary shows how Sweden’s ruling leftist party ‘helped’ Nazi Germany
A shocking documentary about Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party, shows how the leftist party ‘inspired and helped’ Nazi Germany.

The documentary, produced by the party’s right-wing opponent, the Sweden Democrats, was removed by YouTube yesterday in an act of censorship.

But after a backlash it is now visible again on the social media channel of broadcaster Samtiden Dokumentär.

Ironically the documentary starts with the leader of the leftist Social Democratic Party, Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven, telling how the right-wing Social Democrats historically have Nazi roots.

But now the Sweden Democrats are hitting back and have produced this documentary to tell the truth about their leftist opponents.

And it is revealing as it shows that the Swedish Social Democrats inspired Nazi Germany on the issue of Eugenics or “ethnic cleansing”.
Jewish couple in Belgium targeted with death threats
A Jewish woman living in Belgium said her family has been targeted with anti-Semitic abuse since one of their neighbors discovered they were Jews.

The woman, identified only as Nicole, 43, in an article published last month by the La Meuse regional daily about her ordeal, had been living for over two years in Marchienne-au-Pont, a suburb of Charleroi 30 miles south of Brussels, without incident, according to the report.

But this summer, the report said, she and her family have been targeted in a campaign of harassment that has featured written death threats stuffed into their mailbox and the scrawling of anti-Semitic graffiti on their front door.

“We are too afraid to leave our home since this started,” Nicole, a Chile native, was quoted as telling the newspaper. “Several people discovered we’re Jewish and ever since we’ve been getting death threats.” One letter addressed to Nicole called her a “dirty whore” and other insults.

The couple have filed several complaints with police but no suspects have been brought in.
Mayoral candidate: Questioning Holocaust isn't anti-Semitism
A self-proclaimed Holocaust revisionist is planning a run for mayor of Hilton Head, South Carolina, but says his beliefs will not impact his local anti-development platform.

Michael Santomauro, 59, filed papers to enter the race on Monday, according to the Island Packet.

Santomauro, who founded a roommate-matching service, made headlines in New York City in 2003 when subscribers to his service received a stream of emails spreading his beliefs denying historical accounts of the Holocaust.

In 2004, protesters surrounded his home and chanted “evict the Nazi.” He told the New York Post then that the Nazi label is “totally inaccurate.” He told the Island Packet this week that the protesters were “part of a domestic terrorism group.”

In 2011, Santomauro urged his child’s school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to acquire the book “Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides.” The book collects essays denying key aspects of Holocaust history, including the death toll, the accounts of survivors, the physical evidence found at death camps and the feasibility of the methods the Nazis used to carry out mass murder. Santomauro runs American operations for a publisher of e-books dedicated to Holocaust denial.
Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in video games
Computer and video games can include swastikas and other Nazi symbols, a German industry body said Thursday, after a heated debate over the “Wolfenstein” franchise in which gamers battle Third Reich forces.

The game was previously deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called “anti-constitutional” symbols, including Nazi swastikas.

Accordingly in “Wolfenstein II,” images of Adolf Hitler were doctored to remove his mustache and the swastika in the Nazi flag was replaced with a triangular symbol.

This sparked an uproar in the gaming community, prompting calls for games to be treated like films.

Because movies are deemed works of art, they are exempt from the ban, similar to material used in research, historical or scientific purposes.

Films set in the World War II-era, for instance, are allowed to be screened in Germany with Nazi symbols.
Curator of Elie Wiesel Museum Welcomes Global Outpouring of Support, as Romanian Police Arrest Vandalism Suspect
In the wake of this past weekend’s vandalism incident at the childhood home of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in Romania, there has been an outpouring of solidarity from across the globe, the curator of the museum at the site told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Alina Marincean said the incident — in which antisemitic graffiti was scrawled on the home — came as a surprise to both museum staff members and local residents in the city of Sighetu Marmatiei, located in northwestern Romania near the border with Ukraine.

“Nothing of this sort ever happened to us and we are organizing yearly public events with a great impact on the local and regional community,” she noted.

Following the discovery of the graffiti on Saturday, Marincean recalled, “I spent the whole next day responding to emails and answering calls from friends, visitors, people I know from around the world from Finland to South America, Israel and the US, people who expressed their concern and also support.”

“There were also visits at the museum from politicians and intellectuals from Romania who wanted to point out the importance of this place that keeps Elie Wiesel’s work and memory alive, as well as the memory of all those 38,000 Jews who never returned to their homes after May 1944,” she added.
Patented Israeli Laser Technology Could be Used to Fight Forest Fires Across the World
Texas, Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Canada, Greece, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK are among other areas battling massive forest fires, a phenomenon experts expect will only increase due to climate change.

It was the massive forest fires in Israel over the past several years that gave electro-optics physicist Daniel Leigh the idea of using algorithm-controlled laser beams from helicopters or trucks to zap leaves, thin branches and pine needles off treetops in the path of fire. The flames are forced downward, where they can be more easily controlled by conventional methods.

Leigh explains that leafy treetops provide a highly combustible smorgasbord for hungry forest fires. Fanned by extreme wind and weather conditions, a forest fire that rises to the treetops spreads out of control in the blink of an eye.

When Leigh shared his idea with ecologist Zvika Avni, former chief of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) Forestry Department, Avni agreed to be the ecology and the wildfire fighting specialist for Leigh’s startup, Fighting Treetop Fire (FTF).
Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel
Following Swedish pro-Hamas operatives’ failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden announced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht.

Stefan Abrahamsson today announced on Facebook that his yacht, Elida, will set sail from Sweden on Aug. 25 to Israel to show solidarity with the Jewish State and Middle East Christians.

“We want to break the silence of the severe persecution and cleansing of the Christian population that is taking place in this region,” he wrote. “As the only democracy in the Middle East amid ​​dictatorships, Israel welcomes us on this show of solidarity with human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and fundamental democratic values. In turn, we are taking a stand for the values ​​that Israel stands for.”

Abrahamsson wrote that on Aug. 24 he will organize a sendoff party at the Gothenburg marina from which his yacht, carrying about 40 activists, will set sail for Herzliya, Israel. The Elida is expected to reach Israel in October and dock there for several weeks. The sendoff will feature a discussion on “precisely these important issues,” he wrote. Lars Adaktusson, a lawmaker from Sweden in the European Parliament, is scheduled to speak at the event.
Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter wins gold at European Championships
Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s 10,000-meter run at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin Wednesday, completing the race in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds.

Israeli-Kenyan Salpeter came 9 full seconds ahead of Susan Krumins of the Netherlands, winning the gold medal. Sweden’s Meraf Bahta came third.

The 29-year-old became the first Israeli to be crowned European champion.

“I still don’t believe it,” she said afterwards. “I’m really happy. I dreamed of this, but I didn’t believe it happened.”

Salpeter will receive a grant of NIS 40,000 (some $11,000) from Israeli sports authorities for her win.

Born in Kenya, she first came to Israel in 2008, working as a caretaker at Kenya’s embassy in Tel Aviv. While running at a Herzliya park, she was noticed by running coach Moti Mizrahi, who suggested she train professionally.
2.4 million tourists came to Israel so far in 2018, ministry says
Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has announced that 2.4 million tourists have visited Israel since the beginning of 2018, a 17% increase in tourists for the same period in 2017.

Citing findings from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the ministry said in a statement that the number of tourists is 46 percent more than in 2016, almost double the number of tourists that entered during the same period that year.

According to the ministry, 293,400 tourists entered Israel during July 2018 alone, which is around eight percent more tourists than in July 2017.

Over 250,000 tourists came by air, the release said, an 8.8% increase compared to July 2017. 26,200 of them came through land crossings into Israel, a 3.1% increase compared to that month the year before. (Israel only has land border crossings with Egypt and Jordan.)

“Month after month, we are witnessing new achievements and record highs in incoming tourism,” Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin (Likud) said in a statement. “I am pleased that, in the last month, we have also seen an impressive rise in incoming tourism... the tourism industry continues to be a significant factor in making exceptional impact and contributions to the Israeli economy and workforce.”

Levin also praised the ministry’s marketing initiatives and “innovative activities… Together with the incentives for airlines and investments in infrastructure,” for contributing to the rise in tourism.
2,200-Year-Old Earring Found in Jerusalem Excavation Sheds Light on Hellenistic Period in Judea
A 2,200-year-old golden earring was discovered at the City of David’s archaeological excavation just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, shedding light on life in the city after it was conquered by the Greeks.

The rare artifact depicts a finely-crafted head of a horned animal and delicate filigree work, and is believed to date back to the second or third century BCE, a period during which the Temple was the center of Jewish life, but the region was controlled by the Greeks and a significant percentage of the Jewish populace was influenced by Greek culture and beliefs.

During the time period the earring is believed to be connected to, Judea was a semi-autonomous Hellenistic vassal first under the rule of Ptolemaic Egypt from 301 to 198 BCE, and then under the Seleucid Empire, after Antiochus III conquered Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards, Jews who were not Hellenized ultimately took part in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BCE, which is commemorated in the Hanukkah story.

According to Professor Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University, co-director of the Givati Parking Lot excavation, the find is the first earring discovered in Jerusalem from the Hellenistic period, found in an early-Hellenistic period building deep inside the dig.



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          A US Response to China's Infrastructure Construction in Africa?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CNBC posted on 2 August 2018 a story titled "Wilbur Ross and Chris Coons: China Is 'Pouring Money into Africa.' Here's How the US Can Level the Playing Field." Wilbur Ross is the US Secretary of Commerce and Chris Coons is a Democratic Senator from Delaware.

The two officials agree that the US must do more to present America's African partners with better alternatives to state-led economic models, which are promoted by countries like China, so Africa can assume its rightful place in the global economy. Consequently, they are urging passage of the "Better Utilization of Investment Leading to Development Act of 2018" that would reform and modernize government development finance by establishing the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. The new organization would consolidate the existing Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA).

While this proposal is a step in the right direction, it is important to put it in perspective. In 2017, OPIC and DCA together obligated $46 million globally to support loans and loan guarantees. The President's 2019 budget request for the proposed new consolidated corporation is $94 million. Compared to the billions of dollars that China makes available to support loans and loan guarantees, this is a rounding error. It will not level the playing field.
          Jurists Max Baer and Maureen Lally-Green Discuss Gerrymandering and Free and Fair Elections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Gerrymandering (soft “g”) is the redrawing of electoral boundaries to unfairly favor one group or political party over the other. Named for Elbridge Gerry (hard “g”) who as governor of Massachusetts came up with the idea to manipulate senatorial districts in 1812, it is a relatively common American practice. It works in two ways, known […]

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          Dianne Feinstein Was An "Easy Mark" For China's Spy: Sperry      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dianne Feinstein - vice chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a ranking member on the Senate Intel Committee, was an "easy mark" for the Chinese spy who operated within her inner-circle for two decades, reports journalist Paul Sperry in the New York Post.

A Chinese-American who doubled as both an office staffer and Feinstein’s personal driver, the agent reportedly was handled by officials based out of the People’s Republic of China’s consulate in San Francisco, which Feinstein helped set up when she was mayor of that city. He even attended consulate functions for the senator. -New York Post

According to Feinstein, the staffer was fired "immediately" after the FBI warned her five years ago that Chinese intelligence had infiltrated her office. Feinstein claims he had "no access to sensitive information" and that he was never charged with espionage. 

That said - FBI officials warned Feinstein in June of 1996, after the staffer began working for her, that the agency had detected efforts by the Chinese government to seek favor with the Senator - possibly in the form of illegal and laundered campaign contributions. Feinstein was on the East Asian and Pacific affairs subcommittee of the Foreign Relations Committee at the time. 

That warning was right on the money, notes Sperry: 

One Chinese bagman, Nanping-born John Huang, showed up at Feinstein’s San Francisco home for a fundraising dinner with a Beijing official tied to the People’s Bank of China and the Communist Party Committee. As a foreign national, the official wasn’t legally qualified to make the $50,000-a-plate donation to dine at the banquet.

After a Justice Department task force investigated widespread illegal fundraising during the 1996 Clinton re-election campaign, Feinstein returned more than $12,000 in contributions from donors associated with Huang, who was later convicted of campaign-finance fraud along with other Beijing bagmen. The DNC and the Clinton campaign had to return millions in ill-gotten cash. -New York Post

Despite the jig being up, Beijing still received an extension of its favored trade status, "thanks in part to Feinstein," who in turn embarked on a campaign to minimize China's human rights abuses - for example equating Beijing's 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre to the 1970 Kent State shootings in terms of both nations "charting the evolution of human rights in both countries over the last 20 to 30 years," that "would point out the successes and failures — both Tiananmen Square and Kent State — and make recommendations for goals for the future."

Feinstein was also key in bringing China into the World Trade Organization in 1999 - giving Beijing a permanent normal trade relations status, as well as removing Congress's mandate to review human rights abuses and weapons-proliferation records

According to Sperry, Feinstein still travels to China every year with her multi-milionaire husband, Richard C. Blum, who appears to have benefitted enormously from the relationship. 

Starting in 1996, as China was aggressively currying favor with his wife, Blum was able to take large stakes in Chinese state-run steel and food companies, and has brokered over $100 million in deals in China since then — with the help of partners who sit on the boards of Chinese military front companies like COSCO and CITIC. -New York Post

 No wonder she's one of the richest members in Congress! 


          Arjantin kürtaj yasasını reddetti      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Güney Amerika ülkesi Arjantin'de Senato, tercihe bağlı kürtajı gebeliğin 14. haftasına kadar serbest hale getiren yasa ...
          It's Not About Russia: Scholar on What's Behind US' Desire to Interview Assange      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The US Senate Intelligence Committee has requested Julian Assange testify in the case of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, has shared his view on what could be behind the US authorities' desire to interview the WikiLeaks founder.
          Kansas Senator Captures GOP Insurance Commissioner Nomination      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Vicki Schmidt, a pharmacist and Republican state senator, won her party’s nomination for Kansas insurance commissioner with a narrow primary victory over state Assistant Insurance Commissioner Clark ...
          The Constitution is a shield for civil and human rights      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(NNPA)—It’s shaping up to be a hot summer in D.C.—and for reasons having nothing to do with the weather. In a few weeks, the Senate will decide whether a D.C. Circuit Court judge named Brett Kavanaugh should be the nation’s next Supreme Court justice. And from my office window, I can already hear the battle […]
          Il Corriere:  colpo di mano balneare, maggioranza tradisce le periferie che l’hanno votata      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
  RASSEGNA STAMPA L’emendamento al Milleproroghe con il quale il Senato ha congelato fino al 2020 quasi due miliardi di euro è stato votato all’unanimità. di GOFFREDO BUCCINI – Agosto, si sa, è un mese di colpi di mano e colpi di caldo. E pare discenda da entrambe le categorie il pericoloso emendamento al Milleproroghe […]
          Novaresi (Grande Nord) La Lega tagli i fondi per Milano. Niente scuola, niente mezzi pubblici, niente parchi. Il Municipio 2 tace      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
di FULVIO NOVARESI –   Con un blitz notturno viene approvato in Senato un emendamento al Milleproroghe che congela gli investimenti previsti nelle periferie per i prossimi due anni … Il Municipio Due Milano è pesantemente coinvolto in questa situazione in quanto viene sospeso di fatto il progetto di riqualificazione del Quartiere Adriano… niente scuola !! […]
          The Radical Labor Policy That Every Democrat Should Run On      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Il vitalizio degli ex parlamentari è un diritto o un privilegio?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Il vitalizio agli ex parlamentari è un argomento centrale nel dibattito politico. Con gli articoli 69 e 122 della Costituzione, l'ordinamento italiano prevede che il vitalizio venga erogato a deputati, senatori e consiglieri regionali (in quest'ultimo caso sotto forma di meccanismi pensionistici complementari). La prima riforma delle indennità parlamentari risale al 2012 e prevede che le pensioni parlamentari vengano calcolate con il sistema contributivo. Successivamente, nel 2015, c’è stata la proposta di legge Richetti, approvata alla Camera ma non al Senato, che intendeva abolire i vitalizi ed estendere il trattamento pensionistico basato sul sistema contributivo anche agli ex parlamentari. Il 12 luglio 2018 l’Ufficio di presidenza della Camera ha approvato la delibera per il taglio dei vitalizi degli ex deputati presentata dal presidente della Camera dei deputati nella XVIII legislatura, Roberto Fico, che prevede il ricalcolo delle somme spettanti secondo il metodo contributivo. Leggi la discussione:http://proversi.it/discussioni/pro-contro/110-vitalizio-agli-ex-parlamentari www.proversi.it; Pagina Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iproversi; Profilo Twitter: https://twitter.com/iproversi; Per info: info@proversi.it; Tel. Redazione Pro\Versi: 085-83698138

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          APC: ‘Traitor’ Saraki The Worst Senate President Nigeria Has Had The ‘Misfortune’ Of Having      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The All Progressives Congress (APC) says Bukola Saraki “will go down in our country’s history as the worst Senate President Nigeria has had the misfortune to have”. It also described him as a traitor, specifically saying “a traitor will always be a traitor” and recalling how he “betrayed his father and sister (many times)”. The […]
          Why Senator Utazi should not return to Senate – PDP chieftain, Chinedu Eya      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senatorial aspirant for Enugu North District, Mr. Chinedu Eya has called on the party not to give a fresh ticket to the incumbent Senator Chukwuka Utazi. Eya spoke at the PDP zonal office, Nsukka in Enugu State, where he formally declared his intention to run for the Senatorial election in […]
          Microsoft could suspend cloud hosting for Gab      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Microsoft said Thursday that it may not continue to provide cloud hosting services for Gab, a social network favored by some on the far right, unless Gab removes two anti-Semitic posts that violate its acceptable use policies.

The big picture: Online platforms like Facebook and YouTube have faced a slew of controversies over removing users who engage in hate speech. But the hosts and service providers for individual websites and software systems can crack down, too.


The details: The posts in question come from Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi who attempted a Senate run in California, according to a screenshot of a message from Microsoft that Gab posted. Little said after Microsoft's actions came to light that he would delete the posts, but they remained up as of early Thursday evening.

  • "Microsoft received a complaint about specific posts on Gab.ai that advocate ‘ritual death by torture’ and the ‘complete eradication’ of all Jews," the company said in a statement. "After an initial review, we have concluded that this content incites violence, is not protected by the First Amendment, and violates Microsoft Azure’s acceptable use policy."
  • Gab has 48 hours from when it was notified to "remove this content or respond to Microsoft."

What they're saying: "Gab.ai is of course free to choose otherwise and work with another cloud service provider or host this content itself," the company said. "If it wishes to make that choice, we will provide it with a reasonable amount of time, in this instance longer than 48 hours, to transition its content elsewhere before its access to Azure is terminated."

The backdrop: Many digital platforms have recently banned Alex Jones' InfoWars, which has promoted conspiracy theories for years. Gab itself was started by far-right users unhappy with content moderation and user bans on Twitter and Facebook.


          Comment on Wow! Rand Paul Hand-Delivered a Letter from President Trump to President Putin of Russia by Mad Celt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Can't afford stanps? These budget cuts may be too deep. Senators are now moonlighting as postmen. Oh, well. Keeps 'em out of poolhalls and beer joints. Hope Putin at least tipped him.
          Bez legalizacije abortusa u Argentini      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Argentinski Senat odbacio je predlog zakona o legalizaciji abortusa po izboru u prvih 14 nedelja trudnoće. Članovi Senata su raspravljali više od 15 sati i glasali protiv predloga zakona sa 38 glasova prema 31. Američka agencija AP ocenjuje da bi ova odluka mogla da ima odjeka širom Latinske [...]
          Comment on Barrasso widens money lead with out-of-state backing by Thom Stines      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
No doubt there seems to be a bias here. Truth is, people are tired of the same ol', same ol' in politics, and desperate for change, any change. But change alone isn't the solution. Washington is completely messed up, our "Representatives" often completely out of touch with Constituents. The country is quite angry, bitter, and getting angrier, often misplacing the blame for that anger. People are looking for "warriors" to fix that messed up system, unaware of how disastrous our system has become. Those "warriors" however, become mere corporate puppets. Have you ever read the following: National Security and Double Government by Michael J Glennon A Republic No More by Jay Cost Both are good reads. Both, in their own ways, outline the truth of how special interests have hijacked politics and government. From Politicians to Bureaucrats, big money is buying legislation (and Executive Orders), most often in complete disregard of the rest of "the People", the average citizens of the U.S. Are you a numbers man, Sen. Burns? Have you ever thoroughly examined the BLS stats, in detail? Ignoring the highly manipulated propaganda? Look at the numbers. 95.598 MILLION Americans are still out of work, yet we're being told the economy is "booming". Yeah, booming for a few, while the rest struggle. Consider that truly staggering number - 95.598 MILLION. • There are approx 326 million people in the U.S. • Less 15-under and 65-older leaves us with approx 212 million people of working age. • Of those 212 million (not taking into account full-time parents, disabled, etc), 95.598 MILLION ARE STILL UNEMPLOYED. Yet we're told things are "great", "best economy ever". Billionaire presidents, surrounded by millionaire Congress people, getting richer quickly, telling the rest of us how great things are. And people wonder why this nation is so angry? Herr Trump is bragging about how his tax cuts have made billionaires, like the Kochs, even richer. Herr Trump brags about the "largest tax cut ever", but then passes one of the largest tax increases in history (his tariffs, which are just veiled taxes). John Barrasso has more than an estimated net worth of $7,947,007 (2016). That makes him the 14th wealthiest person in the U.S. Senate. His wealth climbed tremendously since 2014 (from $5 million to almost $8 million), in just two years. Wonder how much richer he is now? He has over $3 million invested in Vanguard, one of the "Big Three" money management firms, which is one of the largest institutional shareholders of the largest "competing" corporations in most every single industry. Vanguard, along with BlackRock and State Street own corporate America. In the S&P 500 – the benchmark index of America’s largest corporations – the situation is even more extreme. Together, these Big Three are the largest single shareholder in almost 90% of S&P 500 firms, including Apple, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, General Electric and Coca-Cola. These firms are profiting more than anyone else from special interest legislation and Executive Orders. They are among the largest shareholders of the largest "competing" hospitals, the largest "competing" insurance companies, the largest "competing" pharmaceutical companies (profiting off Obamacare), the largest private prison companies (such as Geo Group and CoreCivic, profiting off the immigration mess). The largest "competing" tech firms (whom are selling every details of our private lives and activities to the government, and their big-business allies). The list goes on and on. Our government and political systems have become wholly corrupt. This is why people are so desperate for change.
          Comment on Barrasso widens money lead with out-of-state backing by Dewey Vanderhoff      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As the political sage Mark Twain so deftly pointed out, there are "Lies, darn lies, and statistics... " If the best Barrasso can do is rake it in from only 382 bona fide Wyoming donors, that is still an embarrassingly small number in in the least populated state in the Union... one donor per 1600 residents; one per 1300 voting age resident; one donor per 800 Wyoming registered voter . Or another darn statistic...there are 265,000 people currently registered to vote in Wyoming on August 1st this year, and 177,000 of them are Republican on paper , which says Barrasso can only count on one out of every 465 to donate to his campaign. Even after all his free bedside medical PSA's on KTWO - TV and 25 years in Wyoming politics, the telegenic Barrasso should be rolling donors. Instead he chooses to go with PACs and out of state entities for the largesse. Only one in 465 registered Republicans in Wyoming made a personal donation to Senator Barrasso's campaign this cycle . Does that restore the true sense of scale and political perspective for you , Bruce ?
          Senator: Russia Has Breached Florida State Election Systems      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about, Sen. Bill Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times.
     

          Senator: Russia has breached Florida state election system      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Florida's Democratic senator said Wednesday that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems ahead of this year's midterms, but state officials said they have no information to support the claim.
          Re: Tom Cotton is running for re-election. Duh.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I was hoping instead of running again he'd start a Go Fund Me for that sex change operation he's been dreaming of since he was little. Look at his face, look at his body, look at what he says and does...there is a giant secret he's hiding, a giant secret he's running from that makes him mean and willing to do anything for money.

He should have been removed from the Senate for colluding with a Zionist group to destroy the nuclear treaty with Iran for 1 million dollars, as Dr. Evil says. Colluding with the Russians is plenty dangerous but screwing with a nuclear treaty could get millions of innocent people killed.

I hate Cotton for the pure evil he does! If American voters don't throw a wrench in the Trumpublican Party plan this November, Tom Cotton may be our next Presidi..Dictator! Do you really want to see your grandchildren incinerated?
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          Comment on I’m in tears watching this. And I wish you a November night that feels *even better* than watching this. by Bertin Lefkovic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Until I am provided with an example otherwise, I am going to continue to argue that NJ's democratic process is the most dysfunctional in the country. While I most certainly appreciate the fact that it is for the most part a Democratic state, the concentrations of Democrats and Republicans, the gerrymandering of districts on behalf of incumbents of both parties, and the lack of competitive primary elections make it very hard to call our elections democratic, fair, or free. I will take it over Texas or any number of red states, particularly those crimson red ones out west, but when you consider how little our Democrats are actually willing and able to accomplish once elected is truly frustrating. And if Menendez somehow loses to Hugin and November and costs us the Senate, it will be downright embarrassing.
          Senator Cornyn’s 2018 National Community Health Center Week letter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dear Fellow Texans: I am proud to join you in celebrating National Community Health Center Week. As a long-time supporter of community health centers and a founding member of the Senate Community Health Center Caucus, I believe in the value these centers bring to their patients and the community. Access to affordable quality care is […]

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          Comment on Senator Akpabio officially leaves PDP for APC | Watch by Smart      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Okay lets analyze the stakes for PDP in 2019: PDP needs a consensus candidate to stand a chance against Buhari. Here are the leading candidates: Atiku Abubakar is 73 years, will be 78 in 2023, meaning this is his last chance of becoming the president of Nigeria-his pursuit since SDP days in 1993. How would you explain to this kind person to forgo his ambition? Tambuwal would be leaving his governorship post, while swimming against the tides in his State, which dominantly APC to purse his presidential ambition he has been nursing 2015, and you want him to agree to this consensus nonsense? Kwakwanso who is egoist, who believes and has been singing to whoever cares, that he is the only one capable of defeating Buhari..and you want him to take anything less? Sule Lamido, who believes he is the anointed candidate of Obasanjo, who agree to cede his right to another person? PDP have gathered some useless and selfish ambitious politicians that will orchestrate their own doom. As for Moghalu, Durotoye, Sowore and co, they will make an impact but they do not have the political mileage, capaital, finances and foot soldiers to upstage PMB. It is an unfortunate reality, we would be complaining for another 4 years.
          Ruble Tumbles as US Sets Out New Sanctions on Russia - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          Sen. King says internships could lead college students to stay in Maine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The independent senator envisions a program that would boost the state's economy by helping to address the need for young workers.
          Der Tagesspiegel: Linkenpolitikerin Lompscher: Ich bleibe Senatorin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          8/10/2018: NEWS: Union cruels Senate shot      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A NORTH Queensland woman has withdrawn from the Labor senate preselection race amid claims of union bullying from the state’s southeast. Community and Public Sector Union Queensland assistant secretary Amy Smith bowed out of the preselection contest...
          Comment on THC vs. CBD: When You Should Reach For Each by Thomas J.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Thanks for this great post on thc vs cbd, I am really in love with cbd oil because it's non-psychoactive and the state government is working on legalizing cbd oil medically, even recently Wyden took to the Senate floor, accompanied by two baskets full of hemp products, to make just that point.
          Kamala Harris Becomes Democrats’ Betting Favorite for 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Oddsmakers are bullish on California Senator Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential chances. According to online betting site Oddshark, Harris has surged into […]
          Crooks of a Feather Flock Together       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Maybe your mother told you that you can judge someone’s character by the company that they keep, and I think that is at least accurate enough to serve as a basic self-defense mechanism.  Today, Donald Trump’s deputy campaign chairman, who is facing substantial jail time despite copping a plea, finished testifying in the first of two trials against Trump’s campaign chairman.  Both of them are guilty of a plethora of crimes, including conspiracy, money laundering, and bank and wire fraud. But they are hardly the only close Trump associates who are already in big trouble.

It appears facially obvious that Donald Trump Jr. lied to Congress. Trump’s personal lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen had his offices and hotel room raided and is sure to face a number of criminal charges regardless of whether or not he decides to become a cooperating witness. Felix Sater, Trump’s longtime business associate and the point man for the failed attempt to build a Moscow Trump Tower, became a cooperating witness months ago. The same is true of Michael Flynn, Trump’s first National Security Advisor. Roger Stone appears to be quickly approaching his time in the barrel, as his friend Kristin Davis (the Manhattan Madam) is scheduled to appear before a grand jury this Wednesday.

There’s a much longer list of Trump-affiliated people who have legal vulnerabilities or who have already resigned for unethical and/or scandalous behavior, but I’m just focusing on people who were very important to either Trump’s business or his political success.

On the political front, very few elected Republicans were willing to endorse Trump. The first to do so in the Senate was Jeff Sessions of Alabama. His reward was to be given the responsibility of organizing a foreign policy team for the campaign and transition and to then get his dream job of attorney general of the United States.  Unfortunately, he lied about his contacts with Russians during his confirmation hearings and has had to recuse himself from the subsequent investigation of Russia’s interference on Trump’s behalf.

The first congressperson to endorse Trump was Rep. Chris Collins of New York. He has just been indicted for insider trading.

The charges against Collins, filed in the Southern District of New York, claimed he was part of a scheme to sell off stock of biotech firm Innate Immunotherapeutics in June 2017. Collins’s son, Cameron, was also charged, as was Stephen Zarsky. The trio have been accused of engaging in sales of Innate stock after the congressman fed them information about a failed trial of a drug meant to treat multiple sclerosis.

Chris Collins, who was on Innate’s board, learned of the failed trial and “violated the duties he owed to Innate by passing material, non-public information regarding the drug trial results to his son…so that Cameron Collins could use that information to make timely trades in Innate stock and tip others,” the indictment read.

The sales, which also involved six other unnamed and uncharged co-conspirators, allowed the congressman, his son and Zarsky to avoid more than $768,000 in losses. When the failed drug trial was released to the public, Innate stock plummeted by 92 percent, according to the indictment.

People of bad character are attracted to other people of similarly bad character. With Trump, this works both ways. He flocks to people like Roy Cohn and Roger Stone, while people like Jeff Sessions and Chris Collins flock to him. The result is a collection of truly deplorable criminals.

They are getting rolled up now.

Discuss


          Blankenship challenges denial of third-party US Senate bid      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former coal executive Don Blankenship has filed a court challenge to a denial of his third-party candidacy application to run in West Virginia's U.S. Senate race.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Blankenship filed the challenge with the state Supreme Court on Thursday.

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          Argentine : le Sénat rejette la légalisation de l'avortement      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Apres avoir ete approuvee par les deputes, la proposition de loi visant a legaliser l'avortement a finalement ete rejetee par les senateurs.
          8/9/2018: News: PRO-CHOICE PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE AS ARGENTINE SENATE REJECTS BILL TO LEGALISE ABORTION      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

PROTESTERS clashed with police and threw firebombs in Buenos Aires after a bill to legalise elective abortion was rejected. The Argentine Senate debated for more than 15 hours before the vote, with 31 in favour and 38 against. Some prochoice...
          Argentina Senate rejects bill to legalize abortion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 9, 2018 / 10:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Concluding a 16-hour legislative session in the early hours of August 9, the Argentina Senate rejected a bill to legalize first-trimester abortion.

Pro-life advocates welcomed the results of the vote.

“Argentina has embraced life despite huge international pressure to give up existing legislation protecting life and freedom of conscience,” said Neydy Casillas, senior counsel for ADF International.

The vote against the bill was 38-31, with two senators abstaining and one absent.  

The legislation, which narrowly passed the House of Representatives in June, sought to allow abortion on-demand up to 14 weeks gestation, and through the ninth month of pregnancy on the grounds of rape, if doctors deem the mother’s life or health to be endangered, or if the baby receives a diagnosis of non-viability.

It would have allowed minors under 16 to get an abortion without having to inform their parents, and would have prohibited conscientious objection by healthcare institutions.

With the result, the bill is dead for this legislative year, although it could be reintroduced in a congressional debate in 2019.

The current law in Argentina prohibits abortion, except when the mother’s life or health is determined to be in danger, or in cases of rape.

Senator Silvia Elías de Pérez was one the final presenters against the abortion bill during the legislative debate.

She stressed that legalizing abortion would mean “establishing a new discrimination between those who are wanted and those who are not.”

Rather than abandoning desperate women to abortion, she said, the state should accompany those in difficult pregnancies. “To legalize abortion is really to admit plainly and simply the failure of the State.”

The senator also charged that during the months of public discussion surrounding the bill, “those of us who profess the Catholic faith have been reviled as has never before happened in Argentina.”

During the Senate debate, a Mass for Life was celebrated, with Argentinian Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli presiding. Attendees overflowed from the Buenos Aires cathedral out into the streets.

In his homily, the cardinal reiterated that “abortion will always be a tragedy” and “is far from being a solution.” He voiced prayers that the senators would “legislate for the common good, put forward the best of your experiences in order to safeguard everyone’s right to life, especially the weakest and most defenseless.”

Between 70 and 90 percent of Argentinians are estimated to be Catholic. A pro-life march in the country earlier this year drew approximately 150,000 attendees.

Despite wind and rain, thousands of Argentinians spent the evening outside the National Congress building to await the results of the vote.

When the final tally was announced, pro-life demonstrators celebrated with cheers and fireworks.

Some abortion advocates lit fires and threw rocks at police, according to local media reports. Police responded with tear gas and water cannons, and most of the clashes were quickly settled, CNN said.

Amnesty International Argentina, which supports abortion, lamented the vote, saying that the senators “lost an historic opportunity to be leaders in human rights” and announced that they will not rest “until there is legal abortion.”

However, Paul Coleman, executive director of ADF International, countered that “There is no ‘right to abortion’ under international law.”

“We applaud the Argentinian Senate for upholding the fundamental rights to life and conscience,” he said. “The people of Argentina may now continue to live in a country where both lives matter: the life of the mother and the life of the child.”

 


          Food and Drug Administration signs controversial contract with fetal tissue provider      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2018 / 07:30 am (CNA).- Legislators, pro-life groups, and ethicists have condemned a new government contract to obtain human tissue from aborted children for use in medical research and in the creation of “humanized mice.”

The Food and Drug Administration signed a $15,900 contract to acquire human fetal tissue for use on mice on July 25. The contract was signed with Advanced Bioscience Resources Inc., a California based not-for-profit. It is the eighth contract between the FDA and ABR since 2012, seven of the contracts appear to relate to the same or similar programs.

The fetal tissue used in such research is obtained from elective abortions, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.

The fetal tissue the FDA intends to purchase would be injected into mice with compromised immune systems in order to create a “chimeric animal” with an immune system like that of a human being.

ABR was mentioned in a series of videos secretly filmed by the Center for Medical Progress, released in 2015, accusing Planned Parenthood of profiting from the sale of fetal tissue obtained through abortions. At that time, Politico reported that, in one video, a former medical director for Planned Parenthood said that the abortion provider had been “using ABR for over 10 years – a really long time.”

Pro-life groups have condemned the contract. The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a statement calling the deal “unconscionable” and said that contracts with organizations like ABR makes the FDA “directly complicit in these abortions.” CMP suggested that the contracts imply that unborn children are “worth more to the U.S. Government dead than alive.”

There are numerous ethical concerns, not only with the purchase of aborted fetuses but with a lack of respect for their dignity, a Catholic ethicist told CNA.

“The FDA contract with Advance Bioscience Resources appears to be problematic on a number of different levels,” Dr. Jozef Zalot, staff ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center said Aug. 8.

“The use of fetal tissue and cells for medical research is ethically very complicated in any situation,” he explained, saying that any research conducted with these tissues is “simply wrong.”

Scientists attempting to make new discoveries through the use of aborted fetal parts are “treating the aborted persons not as ends in themselves, but as a mean to some other end,” said Zalot.

“This violates their dignity and it demonstrates a very dangerous utilitarian perspective on human life.”

Zalot also told CNA that he is concerned that the government, along with American taxpayers, could be complicit in abortion if taxpayer money used to “sustain and grow a market for the remains of aborted children.”

“This creates a serious concern for Catholics, who are effectively funding not just the research but the underlying immoral practices that provide the biological materials necessary for the research.”

The FDA released a statement defending the contract and the research, saying that the agency is “committed to ensuring that its research is conducted responsibly, conforms with all legal requirements, and meets the highest ethical standards,” and noting that this type of research is a “very small fraction” of the agency’s work.

The FDA further defended the use of aborted remains in research, saying the practice “has led to a better understanding of a number of conditions and diseases that affect millions of Americans.”

At least one member of Congress was upset with the new contract. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Co.) tweeted on Tuesday that the FDA was using federal money to create demand for aborted fetal remains, and that “Taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund this grotesque practice.”

Speaking to CNA, Congressman Lamborn said it was “unconscionable” for a government agency to contract with an organization collecting and selling tissue from aborted children.

“There is absolutely no excuse for the FDA to use federal dollars to procure ‘fresh’ fetal tissue for research. Advanced Bioscience Resources’ unethical practices of fetal tissue harvesting have been well documented in both House and Senate investigations.”

The congressman said that as a state legislator he had authored a law prohibiting the sale of fetal body parts, and had written a similar bill in the House of Representatives.

“I have voted to end taxpayer funding of this grotesque practice, and will continue fighting for the dignity of the unborn. Unborn children are worth more than the sum of their parts.”


           Florida officials want info about election hacking claims      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Florida officials want more information from the U.S. Senate supporting claims made by Sen. Bill Nelson that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems
          The Latest: Pence Appears At GOP Rally In Grand Rapids      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Vice President Mike Pence has praised Michigan Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette and Senate nominee John James at a GOP "unity rally."
          8/10/2018: World: Argentina votes against abortion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Argentine senators yesterday voted against legalising abortion in the homeland of Pope Francis, dashing the hopes of women’s rights groups after the bill was approved by the legislature’s lower house in June. The vote, with 38 against, 31 in favour...
          JUST IN: FG plotting to freeze Atiku, Wike, Saraki’s Bank Accounts (DETAILS)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has revealed that current administration was planning to freeze accounts of major opposition leaders ahead of the 2019 general elections to render the opposition party incapacitated. Frank, who raised the alarm specifically listed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola […]

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          Police Are Acquiring Surveillance Tech in Secret      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A California bill would give the public a say and require more transparency from law enforcement.

Recent stories about Amazon’s invasive face scanning surveillance technology and Cambridge Analytica’s exploitation of Facebook data have brought the impact of surveillance and data misuse to the fore. But many people don’t realize how often local law enforcement agencies acquire and use similar technologies in their own communities. A groundbreaking bill pending in California would bring this day-to-day local surveillance out of the shadows and give communities a way to fight back against surveillance systems that are disproportionately aimed at immigrants and people of color.

The bill, SB 1186, requires greater transparency and public oversight when law enforcement agencies seek to acquire surveillance technologies that collect sensitive location or other personal data. It builds on a workable model that several California localities have already enacted.

Right now, a key California legislative committee holds the power to advance the bill, which is supported by a broad coalition of California civil rights and civil liberties organizations. In this political climate, it’s a necessary tool for protecting immigrants and other vulnerable residents from surveillance systems that are readily exploitable by the federal government.

The bill requires local law enforcement to get the approval of elected local representatives before acquiring surveillance technology. Before that vote, law enforcement agencies like police departments, sheriffs, and district attorneys must propose a set of written rules that explain their plans for the technology as wells as limits on its use and collection and sharing of data. Next, residents get a chance to weigh in on these rules and the proposal at a public meeting. If a city council or board of supervisors doesn’t approve a proposal, law enforcement cannot acquire or use that technology.

As surveillance technology becomes more powerful and easily available, California needs this bill now more than ever — and hopefully other states will follow its lead. Often bankrolled by federal funds, technologies like automatic license plate readers, drones, and social media surveillance systems have invaded our communities without our knowledge or input. These technologies collect information about our whereabouts and other sensitive details about our lives, and they are frequently turned on local activists.

Warrantless surveillance not only feeds databases that can be abused, it leads to real-world harms that disproportionately affect immigrants, people of color, and Muslim-Americans. Many law enforcement agencies have used social media monitoring products advertised as tools to track activists of color. For example, San Jose police used it to spy on protesters during a visit by India’s prime minister. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department monitored the residents of Compton using high-powered aerial surveillance. San Francisco police stopped and held an elderly Black woman at gunpoint — all because an automatic license plate reader improperly identified her car as a stolen vehicle. Elsewhere, police have used that same technology to monitor mosque visitors.

Federal immigration authorities are increasingly seeking to exploit these local surveillance systems, often without local knowledge. Earlier this year, for example, news broke that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had obtained access to a database operated by a company called Vigilant, which hosts license plate location data collected by local law enforcement agencies across the United States.

The ACLU of Northern California has sued to learn more about this arrangement, and some California communities have stood up and rejected this company’s technology. However, these systems continue to prowl cities and rural areas, collecting data about immigrants while they’re driving to work, running errands, or bringing their kids to school. ICE should not be able to exploit this data to target and separate families. SB 1186 gives communities statewide a way to ensure that local law enforcement is not facilitating practices like this.

Communities such as Santa Clara County, Oakland, Davis, and Berkeley have already passed ordinances that require law enforcement agencies to be transparent about surveillance proposals, submit those proposals to a vote by elected leaders, and write strict rules for how the technologies can be used. SB 1186 — which would be the first statewide law of its kind — would ensure that all Californians can benefit from these important reforms. Community voices must be heard if surveillance proposals are on the table.

This bill is a piece of a larger movement. Localities across the country are taking part in a national campaign called Community Control Over Police Surveillance (CCOPS), a reform effort spearheaded by 17 organizations, including the ACLU, aimed at putting local residents and elected officials in charge of decisions about surveillance technology. To date, local CCOPS efforts have sprouted up in more than 20 cities, including New York and St. Louis.

After passing through the California Senate, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee will decide this bill’s fate in the next week. If you live in California, contact your state assembly representative and encourage them to support SB 1186 across the finish line.

This will not be an easy fight. Law enforcement agencies strongly oppose this bill’s transparency and oversight mechanisms. But public safety in the digital era requires that elected representatives and community members have a voice in important decisions like these.


          The Senator's Daughter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Senate Hopeful Is ‘Proud’ That Virginia Joined Confederacy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Corey Stewart, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia, praised former slave-state Virignia's secession effort in 1861 to protect slavery.

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          Julian Assange Asked To Testify In Front Of Senate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The precedent that this can set for other journalists and bloggers in the U.S. and abroad is monstrous, and a nightmarish thought. If Assange is extradited to the United States, that’s the subsequent death of Freedom of the Press.
          Parliamentary Counsel - Parliament of Canada, Senate - Ottawa, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Parliamentary Counsel assists the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel of the Senate of Canada in rendering legal services to the Senate, its committees,...
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          Assange’s Senate testimony could ‘destroy conspiracy theory that Russia hacked DNC’ – journalist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If he accepts the Senate’s request to testify, Julian Assange may provide evidence that would upend allegations that Russia hacked the DNC, putting to rest two years of Russiagate hysteria, journalist Patrick Henningsen told RT.
The WikiLeaks founder should “absolutely” agree to speak with the US Senate Intelligence Committee – but his testimony may cause problems for devout followers of Russiagate’s main tenets, according to Henningsen, executive editor of 21st Century Wire. Assange could in fact provide information to the committee that would “destroy the sort of mainline conspiracy theory that the Russians hacked the DNC servers and stole the emails and handed them to WikiLeaks. The whole Russiagate case more or less hinges on that conspiracy theory.”


           Tăriceanu, după decesul judecătorului Mustaţă: Poate că ar trebui să constituim o comisie parlamentară de anchetă      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preşedintele Senatului, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, a declarat joi că există posibilitatea constituirii unei comisii de anchetă parlamentară dacă ancheta Ministerului Justiţiei nu va face lumină în cazul decesului fostului judecător Stan Mustaţă în penitenciar, scrie Agerpres.
          Argentine Senate Rejects Bill Easing Abortion Law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BUENOS AIRES—Argentina’s Senate rejected a bill to legalize elective abortions, delivering a setback to activists in Latin America who hoped the vote would be a major step forward in loosening the region’s strict antiabortion laws.
          8/10/2018: World: Senate vote rejects divisive abortion bill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Argentina’s Senate has rejected a bill to legalise elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The issue has divided the homeland of Pope Francis. Lawmakers debated for more than 15 hours and voted yesterday 31 in favour to 38...
          [8.9 ’18 US]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
미국이 북한에 7개월 안에 핵무기를 최고 80%까지 내놓으라는 요구를 하고있다는 보도가 나온 뒤 '핵협상이 장난이냐'는 비난이 들립니다. 보수신문 워싱턴 이그제미너에는 국무장관이 협상자인 것도 잘못됐고, 트럼프 대통령의 트윗과 상관없이 지금이라도 정석 협상전략을 밟아야 한다고 주장한 칼럼을 실었습니다. AUDIO + 문재인 대통령과 김정은 위원장과의 3차 정상회담 준비와 국제올림픽 위원장의 유엔에 대한 실망, 아버지의 군인표를 돌려받은 아들들의 마음도 모든 언론이 보도합니다. President Donald Trump is greeted by Ohio state Republican Senator Troy Balderson upon arrival at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 4. PHOTO: MANDEL NGAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES 중간선거에서 공화당이 많은 의석을 추가할 것이라는 주장은 망상이고, 민주당이 하원에서 다수당이 될 증거들이 더해지고 있다고 월 스트릿 저널이 사설에서 지적했습니다. 오하이오 주의 공화당의 철옹성 지역에서 민주당 후보가 큰 성과를 거둔 뒤 오하이오 주지사는 대통령이 분열, 혼돈의 트윗을 중단해야 공화당이 표를 얻는다고 경고했습니다. 대통령의 변호사 루돌프 쥴리아니는 특별검사는 대통령에게 연방수사국장과 전 국가안보국장에 대해 물어서는 안된다고 주장합니다. 대부분이 속 없는 만두를 쪄내라는 요구로 봅니다. 자신과 아들가족이 내부거래를 한 혐의로 기소된 공화당 하원의원의 소위원회 직무를 하원의장이 중지시켰습니다. FOX의 인기진행자 로라 인그래햄이 합법이민자의 일도 일부 미국을 망치는 세력이라고 방송했습니다. '아주 틀린 말은 아니네, FOX의 사주 루퍼트 머닥도 이민자잖아?'라는 풍자적 반박이 눈에 띱니다.
          Nunes Should Resign From Congress-- And Take Cathy McMorris Rodgers With Him      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   



This morning, conservative writer Jennifer Rubin penned an OpEd, Devin Nunes, Trump's Political Stooge, Is At It Again, based on the Maddow report last night. If you missed it, watch the video above. She wrote that "The Post reports on the secretly recorded remarks of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) at a fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)":
[Nunes] appears to have moved from criticizing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to strategizing about how to blunt its impact should it imperil President Trump...

In comments captured in an audio recording aired Wednesday by The Rachel Maddow Show, Nunes laid out in stark terms the rationale for preserving the GOP majority in Congress.

“If [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions won’t unrecuse and [special counsel Robert S. Mueller III] won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger,” Nunes said… “I mean, we have to keep all these seats,” Nunes added. “We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”
Nunes also suggested the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein is just a matter of “timing,” claiming that impeachment (which has yet to be formally taken up) would impede the Senate confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. (It’s hard to tell if Nunes is offering a weak, illogical excuse for not impeaching Rosenstein or is promising that Rosenstein will get impeached if the GOP keeps its majority in the House.)

Nunes also seemed to imply that a candidate [McMorris Rodgers in this case] would be in trouble if a foreign national gave a candidate stolen information that the candidate later released. (“Well, if that’s the case, then that’s criminal.”) Like Trump, Rudy Giuliani and so many Trump spinners, Nunes seems unaware that soliciting something of value from a foreigner to be used in a campaign is illegal, whether the valuable item is stolen or not.

There is nothing illegal in Nunes’s admissions, nor do they seem particularly new. All but Trump partisans realize that Nunes is acting as the president’s political stooge, not as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. We knew he cared only about protecting Trump, not the country, when he made up the “unmasking” scandal, put out a patently misleading memo concerning the FISA warrant application to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, started demanding confidential documents relating to an ongoing investigation (of Trump and his cronies), had a role in outing a confidential intelligence source and began his crusade to smear the FBI. The admissions, however, do reveal Rodgers, a member of the House leadership, to be joined at the hip with Nunes, perfectly content to let him run amok as a partisan hack. (She at one point seems to try to bolster Nunes’s excuse that they cannot impeach Rosenstein because the Senate would have to take it up and divert attention from the Kavanaugh confirmation.)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) has played dumb when asked about Nunes’s antics. That’s for the Intel Committee. Not really aware of that. Not something I know much about. That’s preposterous. Not only do Ryan and Rodgers know exactly what Nunes is up to; they are also more than willing to let him raise money for them and to allow him to pursue his base-- pleasing partisan gamesmanship. In short, Ryan and Rodgers are weak, non-leaders who haven’t the nerve or the sense of obligation to remove Nunes from his chairmanship to protect the country’s national security interests. Without Rodgers and Ryan, we might have a responsible House Intelligence Committee chairman.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tweeted, “Under our Constitution, the duty of Congress is not to clear the President. The duty of Congress is to be a check and balance on the Executive Branch, and to pursue the facts wherever they may lead.” He added, “Devin Nunes should resign for perverting the oath he took.” True, but the very same thing could be said of Ryan and Rodgers, who indulge Nunes. None of them seems to understand the oath of office. If we want representatives to uphold their oaths and quit acting like Trump’s TV lawyers, voters will have to turn the House over to the Democrats. There is no way on Earth that Ryan, Rodgers and Nunes are ever going to put country over party.
Nunes and McMorris Rodgers seem prepared to commit treason on behalf of Trump. They should both resign. I'm not especially a fan of Andrew Janz but he would certainly make a better congressman than Nunes. And McMorris' opponent, Lisa Brown, is one of the best candidates for Congress running anywhere. She's likely to win the contest between them anyway.



          Der Tagesspiegel: Linkenpolitikerin Lompscher: Ich bleibe Senatorin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Stadtentwicklungssenatorin Katrin Lompscher (Linke) will den Streit im rot-rot-grünen Senat über die Bau- und Wohnungspolitik „konstruktiv auflösen“. Sie sei politisch verantwortlich für dieses Ressort, sagte die Senatorin dem Berliner „Tagesspiegel“ (Freitagausgabe). „Aber es ist eine gemeinsame Aufgabe.“ Sie brauche die Unterstützung der anderen Fachressorts, der Bezirke und der Koalition. Lompscher gestand ein, dass die anhaltende […]

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          neues deutschland: Rolle rückwärts – Kommentar zur gestoppten Abtreibungsliberalisierung in Argentinien      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Es ist ein herber Rückschlag für Argentiniens Frauenbewegung: Die Liberalisierung der extrem restriktiven Abtreibungsregelung bleibt aus – vorerst. Die neue Regelung, wie sie im Abgeordnetenhaus Mitte Juni eine knappe Zustimmung erfuhr, fand in der zweiten Kammer, dem Senat, eine relativ deutliche Abfuhr. Dabei wäre die Regelung »nicht mehr als ein Menschenrecht, das Argentinien seit Langem […]

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          Sgambetto al piano periferieSala rilancia: «Andiamo avanti»       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Finanziamenti speciali del governo Renzi, stop dal Senato: liberare risorse per tutti gli enti locali. Il sindaco: brutto segnale giallo-verde ai quartieri. De Pasquale (Forza Italia): scempio da chiarire
          State Senator Proposes Banning Nighttime Releases of Inmates      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Move follows death of Jessica St. Louis, who was released from Santa Rita Jail at 1:25 a.m. and found dead at Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station four hours later.
          Elections Supervisors Not Aware of Breaches Announced by Sen. Nelson      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Elections supervisors are reacting after U.S. Senator Bill Nelson announced some Florida county’s voter databases have been penetrated by Russian hackers. The Florida Association of Supervisor of Elections says it was not aware of any breaches prior to Nelson’s comments, but are not surprised that the Russians would be trying to interfere. Executive Director Ron […]
          Loan Given by Ann Scott Raises Questions About Governor’s Blind Trust      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Governor Rick Scott’s finances are coming under new scrutiny following the release of his federal financial disclosure. When Governor Rick Scott took Office he put his assets in a blind trust to ward off any speculation that his investments would influence policy decisions. Embroiled in a neck and neck race for the US Senate, Incumbent […]
          Kevin de León is aiming for an upset win for the ages in US Senate race      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The bottom line today is that Feinstein enjoys a lead of at least 22 points in recent public polling and even with a party endorsement, de León does not appear to have either the means or the money to overcome that margin.
          Opinion: Why The Term 'Deep State' Speaks To Conspiracy Theorists      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The citizens of democracies have always been suspicious about concentrations of unelected power. In the late days of the Roman Republic, Cicero denounced the triumvirate who had usurped the role of the Senate as the imperium in imperio , or the government within the government. Nowadays, the alleged usurpers go by more pedestrian names: the invisible government, the hidden government, the shadow government. Those names often reflect plausible concerns, sometimes about the lobbyists and business interests who shape regulations and policies, sometimes about the career civil servants who seem to care mostly about protecting their bureaucratic turf . But the allegations can also tip over into the convoluted narratives of conspiracy theory, where people are covering bulletin boards with pins and string to show how everything's secretly connected to everything else. The "deep state" story conforms to the intricate grammar of those conspiracy narratives . The term was marginal in American
          Anunţul lui Tăriceanu care i-a înfuriat pe români      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Un anunţ făcut joi seară de președintele Senatului, Călin Popescu Tăriceanu, a avut darul să st&acirc;rnească un val de furie şi critici &icirc;n spaţiul virtual.
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          Abortion activists vow to press fight despite Argentina loss      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Women’s groups across Latin America vowed to keep fighting for a right to abortion despite the Argentine Senate’s rejection of a bill early Thursday that would have legalized the procedure in Pope Francis’ home country. There were even expectations that the conservative government might now move to decriminalize abortions following ...

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          Doorstop with the Minister for Jobs and Innovation and the Member for Swan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

MR STEVE IRONS MP, MEMBER FOR SWAN:

Well, it’s great to be here, it’s great to be with the Prime Minister and the Minister for Science Michaelia Cash, a great colleague and we’re at Thermo King West, which is a great business in my electorate of Swan. Steve Da Rui owns the business, a great family business that employs 23 people and they’re putting on staff at the moment as well. They’re also employing apprentices, which is fantastic.

This morning we’ve been at the Kent Street High School, and we’ve been there for Science Week. We spoke to the students there and we saw the amazing work they’re doing which is going to engage them and give them the skills to get into work life after they leave school. The Prime Minister actually got involved in a couple of the experiments and had a good chat, we had a great morning out at the Science Fair.

But we’ve done a tour here today at the facility. It’s great to have the Prime Minister back in Western Australia, in Swan, particularly after he has dealt with the GST. The Coalition Government has dealt with the GST and it’s one of the landmark decisions which will help Western Australia over the next coming decades, evening out, putting a floor in to go to 75 cents.

Prime Minister welcome back to Swan.

PRIME MINISTER:

Thanks Steve.

STEVE IRONS MP:

I would now like to introduce the Prime Minister to take over. 

PRIME MINISTER:

Well thanks Steve, and thank you Steve and thanks Michaelia. Here in Western Australia we have made an enormous change to the GST.

We have delivered a fair deal for Western Australia on the GST, as we said we would. We have ensured that every state and territory is better off. So it is a deal, an arrangement that passes the test in Bunbury and Bundaberg and in Burnie, right around the country.

We have been able to do that because of the strong economy. A strong economy delivers the revenues that enable us to bring the Budget back into balance a year earlier. It enables us to spend record amounts of money on health, on education, on national security, on infrastructure, including Metronet here in Perth, as you know. It enables us to do all of that, because we’ve got the strongest jobs growth in our country's history.

Last year, 2017, the strongest jobs growth in our country's history.

GDP growing at 3.1 per cent and we are bringing down personal income tax.

Over a million Western Australians will pay less personal income tax this financial year and by 2024/25, right across the country, 94 per cent of Australians will not pay more than 32.5 cents on any extra dollar they earn. A massive personal income tax reform.

At the same time, we brought down company tax and business taxes for small and medium family-owned businesses, like Steve Da Rui’s business here. This is a good case of a business that is going to pay less tax. We have cut the tax for businesses with turnovers up to $50 million. That enables Steve to invest more in his business. That’s why he is able to hire more people, bring on apprentices. He is taking advantage of our mentoring program and I’ll ask Michaelia to talk more about that as the Minister for Jobs and Innovation. But you know, what we’re able to do, is provide the support for hardworking Australian business people like Steve and his team here.

They're investing and they are employing. That’s why we are seeing stronger economic growth. That’s why we’re seeing a fair deal for WA on the GST, we are able to afford to do that, to make sure that every state and territory is better off.

It’s why we’re able to see the strongest jobs growth in the country's history.

Do you know, we have the lowest percentage of Australians of working age on welfare in 25 years? Isn’t that great? That means more Australians than ever are in a job, are employed. So it’s a great opportunity to be here and see in this business what our support for a stronger economy delivers; new jobs, new investment, stronger revenues, more investment in the essential services.

The only way you can guarantee essential services is with strong government revenues. The only way you can have them, is with a stronger economy.

I’ll now ask Michaelia to talk about the way in which she and her portfolio are working to ensure that we get more jobs, more innovation. You know, Steve talked about the Kent Street Senior High School. What you saw there was a great example of the young scientists, geologists, technologists, computer programmers of the future, inspired by charismatic teaching, supported by our programs that are backing STEM in school. It all comes together to deliver a stronger economy.

SENATOR THE HON. MICHAELIA CASH, MINISTER FOR JOBS AND INNOVATION:

Thank you, Prime Minister. It’s always great to have you here in the west and to my good friend and colleague Steve Irons to be in your electorate today. Particularly with you Steve, the owner of Thermo King West. Ladies and gentleman, we are at a Western Australian business that is growing and is contributing to the in excess of one million jobs that have been created since we were elected to office in September 2013.

Steve you were a recipient of a $20,000 grant under our Entrepreneurs program.  What that has done is allowed Steve to have a business mentor come in every week for a year, to work with him to get the processes right for the business. In doing that, Steve is now seeing his business grow. He’s currently got 23 employees, they’re looking to take on an additional employee and they’ve already put two apprentices through their program and they’ve just taken on another two apprentices.

This is the type of business that we as a Coalition Government, the Turnbull Government, will back every step of the way.

We do that because we want to see more Australians in jobs. As I have said, in excess of a million jobs created since we were elected to office. As the Prime Minister said; 2017, record job creation figures, in excess of 400,000 jobs were created by businesses like Steve’s. Three quarters of those jobs were full-time jobs. So the policies we are putting in place, in particular our tax cuts for small and medium businesses - the premises here today were only built in the last 12 months. Steve was able to utilise the tax cut that was given to him by Malcolm Turnbull and the Turnbull Government and invest in this fantastic premise.

We will never shy away from backing businesses like Steve's. Because when we as a government back businesses like Steve, he is able to grow, prosper and create more jobs for Australians, which is what we as a Government are all about.

PRIME MINISTER:

Thanks Michaelia. Steve, come and talk to us about the way in which the Federal Government’s programs have helped you build your business.

STEVE DA RUI, CEO, THERMO KING WEST:

With the enterprise part of the business, we’ve been able to develop not only our apprentices, but also our senior technicians. We’ve been able to mentor them every week. The processes that were in place weren’t too good at the time. We’ve come back now 12 months later and it’s completely changed. We have a better structure. We’ve been able, like you said, put apprentices on and we have been able to teach them from day one the proper way of doing things.

We’ve invested in that because we know the economy is going to grow and get better in the future. That’s why we need to be ready for it when it does start to pick up. If we didn't and then all of a sudden the economy picks up and we were languishing behind, we would’ve had a problem trying to keep up with the times.

Our business has grown over the years because we focused on our customers. We made sure that we look after our customers and continue to grow with our customers and work with them on what their needs are. We also work with our staff and our team here. We help them to grow with new technology and things like that. We build these premises especially for the business, it is purpose-built, 12 months ago as you were saying. It has been a completely different outlook on one, our customer base and two, even our morale has increased significantly.

It’s been a great thing for my family business. You know, it is a family business, but this team of mine is my family too. It’s great and I want to keep improving on that, keep increasing on that and making this place even bigger and better.

PRIME MINISTER:

Fantastic, good on you Steve, great work. Well, do we have some questions?

JOURNALIST:

Is this GST package just about saving a few key seats and saving your Government at the next election?

PRIME MINISTER:

It’s ensuring that Western Australia gets a fair deal. I pointed out in 2016 that the arrangements, the way that the GST formula was working, was not fair. It didn't pass the pub test. I didn't think it passed the pub test anywhere, in Bunbury or in Bundaberg or in Burnie.

We had to work out a solution that obviously ensured, was fair everywhere. What we have is a good outcome. It ensures that every state and territory is better off.

But of course here in Western Australia between now and 2026/27, Western Australia will be $4.7 billion better off. It is a massive improvement in the public finances of Western Australia.

JOURNALIST:

There is no agreement on it yet though, in the sense that the states, do you think –

PRIME MINISTER:

No, there is. It is agreed, it’s underway. The Treasurer will continue to consult with the states but I have to say - in fact, I think I can say categorically - that I have never seen any initiative with respect to the GST that has had wider support or more unanimous support than this one.

JOURNALIST:

Emma Husar, she’s hanging around but she’s not going to recontest. You’ve had a few words to say about what she [inaudible]?

PRIME MINISTER:

Look, Bill Shorten needs to tell us, he needs to be fair dinkum and tell us what he knew and when he knew it. His claim that he knew nothing about these complaints of harassment and bullying in Emma Husar's office is just not believable.

Anthony Albanese charitably threw him under the bus again today I noticed, on Melbourne radio. It sounds like everybody in the Labor Party leadership knew about it, except for Bill Shorten, if you believe Bill Shorten. 

So he’s got to tell us exactly what he knew and when. He’s also got to explain how he as a former union member - who claims to always put the interests of the worker first, looking after workers and ensuring they’re protected in the workplace - what he did to ensure those workers were protected?

Because the allegations, the claims that have been made are very, very troubling and a turnover of 20 people in two years, in an office of four, is a lot. You would think that would be a fair signal that something was amiss.

JOURNALIST:

Do you think the decision to skip the Perth by-election has alienated voters in that seat, Liberal voters in that seat in the future?

PRIME MINISTER:

The two seats, Perth and Fremantle, are safe Labor seats. The reality is that the WA division made a decision not to contest those federal by-elections and instead focus their resources on the state by-election in Darling Range, which they won with a swing to the Liberal Party of over nine per cent.

Now that was their decision but there will be a federal election in the first half of next year and there will be a Liberal candidate in all of those seats, in every seat in Western Australia. We will be calling on Western Australians to vote for the Liberal Party because they know that they can trust my Government to deliver a fair deal on the GST and deliver the policies that will drive a stronger economy and ensure that they, their children and grandchildren have jobs.

You can't trust Bill Shorten on the GST, or anything else.

To this stage, what do the Labor members from Western Australia say about this new fair deal for Western Australia on the GST? Nothing. Bill Shorten hasn't given any indication as to whether he supports it or not.

JOURNALIST:

Prime Minister do you have full confidence in Michaelia Cash?

PRIME MINISTER:

Of course.

JOURNALIST:

Given the AFP have said that a member of her staff probably committed a criminal offence?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well I don't accept the premise of your question, but the answer is that Michaelia is doing an outstanding job and she has my full confidence.

JOURNALIST:

Has she been interviewed by the AFP?

MINISTER FOR JOBS AND INNOVATION:

As much as I’d love to answer that question, I’m unable to because the AFP have an ongoing investigation. Can we just remember, it’s 12 months ago that the allegations were first raised that Mr Shorten when he was the head of the AWU, utilised union funds, $100,000 to GetUp! and money to his own campaign. What’s actually in question here and what the AWU are actually challenging is the decision of the ROC to investigate whether or not these donations were actually authorised. That is actually what is at the heart of this. If they were, why doesn’t Bill Shorten or the AWU just produce the relevant documents?

JOURNALIST:

We were asking about the investigation by the AFP and whether they, you won’t say whether they’ve interviewed you.

MINISTER FOR JOBS AND INNOVATION:

I’ve always said I’m not under investigation. My office is not under investigation. I cant answer further questions because of the current AFP investigation.

JOURNALIST:

If you’re not under investigation that would suggest you haven’t been interviewed by the AFP.

MINISTER FOR JOBS AND INNOVATION:

That’s a summation you can make, but at the end of the day, this is about Bill Shorten and whether or not the donations made by him were actually authorized.

JOURNALIST:

Can I ask you, the founder of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation has described the grant of $444 million to such a small organisation as unthinkable?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well I noted that. But it’s the largest single investment in the health of the Great Barrier Reef. It has been widely welcomed. It went through a full Cabinet process. It was in the Budget. It was in the appropriation bills that the Parliament has passed, so it has been legislated. What it will do is ensure that we get this substantial amount of money into maintaining the health of the Reef, in particular in ensuring that you don't get sediments and various other materials washing onto the Reef from farms. And of course it puts a huge amount of money into the starfish, into eradicating the Crown of Thorns starfish.

So it has been widely welcomed. It is a very, very thorough process and it is one that I think Australians who care about the Great Barrier Reef - and I think almost all Australians do - should welcome it.

JOURNALIST:

Prime Minister, the Victorian Government today said they are going to ban Sky News from public transport networks over an interview that was never shown on public transport and was promptly apologised for. Are you concerned about censorship?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well I tell you, the Victorian Government … Look, we’re the party of free speech, right? Free speech, I think that should be the template that we look at all of these debates through. We are a democracy, we are governed by the rule of law. One of our great rights is of free speech and debate.

But I’ll tell you what the real issue the Victorian Government should be focused on; ensuring that Victorians pay less for electricity. Right now, Victoria has the second highest electricity prices in the country. Victoria should support the National Energy Guarantee, because that will deliver lower electricity prices for Victorians and everyone in the National Electricity Market. It will deliver those prices, those lower prices. That’s not based on my opinion or Josh Frydenberg's opinion, that is the judgement of the Energy Security Board. You would have heard its Chairman Kerry Schott speaking about it this morning.

The time has come to get on with it. We need certainty for businesses to invest in electricity generation in the NEM and now is the time for Daniel Andrews and his government to step up and stand up for lower electricity prices for Victorians.

Or is he going to just play politics and condemn Victorians to higher and higher electricity prices?

JOURNALIST:

Jarrod Lyle passed away last night.

PRIME MINISTER:

Steve and I will both say a little bit about that. Jarrod Lyle, a great Australian sportsman, a great golfer, but what a hero. He overcame a dreadful disease, he overcame cancer, he continued to play, he became a champion. Finally, he couldn't fight anymore. But he battled courageously right up to the end. He will be sorely missed, he is a real example of courage.

I just want to say, I think with all Australians, we mourn him, we admire him and we send our love and heartfelt sympathy to his family. Steve I know wants to add to that.

STEVE IRONS MP:

I’d just like to echo the Prime Minister's words. Jarrod Lyle embodied Australian sport and his attitude towards sport and his attitude towards fighting the disease he had. It’s great to see the Coalition Government is releasing more drugs all the time to fight cancers around Australia.

Jarrod, the tributes for him from all over Australia and all around the world and we see that DeChambeau has just donated his winnings to the Lyle family, I congratulate DeChambeau for doing that.

Part of the golfing fraternity is, they spend a lot of time raising money for charities. They embody the community spirit that goes with their sport. Jarrod has been a pillar of that type of attitude during his whole career and the whole time he has fought against his cancer. I think he should be held up as an icon of the sport and as a good Australian as well.

JOURNALIST:

Prime Minister are you comfortable with the profits that AGL have reported, given that so many Australians are struggling with electricity prices?

PRIME MINISTER:

We’re doing everything we can to ensure that the big energy retailers get their customers onto the right deals. We required them to contact their customers and tell them if they were not on the best deal on offer. Thousands of Australians have actually taken the opportunity and been able to reduce their electricity bills by hundreds of dollars, quite large amounts in many cases.

We’re doing everything we can to bring down electricity prices. In terms of the east coast states and the National Electricity Market, we have been able to already turn the corner on retail prices. They’re coming down. We have taken action on gas, it may seem as a surprise to you in Western Australia but extraordinarily - where you’ve got plenty of gas -  but on the east coast we actually had a shortage of gas because the Labor Party had allowed the export of gas from Queensland without any regard to the supply of the domestic market. I had to take very strong action, in fact raising the threat of regulating or indeed banning, licensing the exports of gas from Australia in order to get more gas into the east coast market. I have to say, the industry did respond to that. We have seen the wholesale cost of generation come down. We are starting to see retail costs come down.

But we’ll keep at it, it’s a complex business.

The National Energy Guarantee is absolutely critical, it’s a key part of it. But in addition to that, we’re also putting downward pressure on the cost of poles and wires. You will have seen recent decisions by the regulator to ensure that the people who own the poles and wires, the transmission and distribution networks, are not going to be able to charge as much for its use.

So at every level, every lever that is available to us to reduce energy prices, we are using. We will keep at it and that is our commitment.

JOURNALIST:

Given that profit announcement, do you think that the company is obliged to put some of that money into keeping Liddell open?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well we have asked the company to keep Liddell open until at least 2025, by which stage Snowy Hydro 2.0 will be in operation. But I can assure you that what we have put in place with AEMO, the Australian Energy Market Operator is the mechanism that will ensure there is dispatchable power through the National Electricity Market, including in New South Wales.

I should also add that we are very attracted to recommendation four of the ACCC, which as you know recommends the Government providing a ‘put’, effectively an offtake of last resort for the tail risk of new energy generation projects. That’s got a lot of merit and I’m sure that we will be implementing that subject to proper consultation and design.

 


          Kevin de León is aiming for an upset win for the ages in US Senate race      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The bottom line today is that Feinstein enjoys a lead of at least 22 points in recent public polling and even with a party endorsement, de León does not appear to have either the means or the money to overcome that margin.
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Il senatore a vita: “Nella legge che Lega e Cinque stelle hanno bocciato ci sono anche i loro valori. È stato un tradimento soprattutto verso loro stessi”
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          Tinubu: Some senators are plotting to impeach Buhari.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

  Tinubu: Some senators are plotting to impeach Buhari. National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, said on Wednesday some senators and members of House of Representatives are plotting to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari. Tinubu advised them to drop their plan because it is “not possible for a lizard to wrestle an antelope.” […]

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          Sep 25, 2018: Lives in Law and Public Policy at Renaissance_Park      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Welcome to the Lives in Law and Policy Speaker Series at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. We developed this series to provide opportunities for our students, alumni, and members of the Northeastern community to hear and learn from leading figures in law and policy.

Our speakers discuss their personal and professional paths, offering advice along the way. Past speakers include Distinguished Professor and former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, former U.S. Senator Mo Cowan, State Labor Secretary Joanne Goldstein, Political Strategist Michael Goldman, and many others.

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          Are Republicans Becoming As Worried About Losing the Senate As the House?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Right-wing anxiety is mounting.

The conventional wisdom among many political analysts has been that while Democrats have a good chance of retaking the House of Representatives in the November midterms, they are facing a much steeper climb in the U.S. Senate—where obtaining a majority would mean keeping every seat they presently hold while taking two seats from Republicans. But if comments that Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California recently made at a GOP fundraiser are any indication, some Republicans are growing increasingly worried about the Senate. And Nunes is not the only Republican who fears that the Senate could be in play for Democrats in November.

MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” has obtained a recording that was surreptitiously made at a GOP fundraiser in Spokane, Washington on July 30. In the recording, Nunes is asked about GOP efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein—and he replies that while he’s no fan of Rosenstein, Republicans’ top priority at the moment should be getting Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Impeaching Rosenstein, Nunes said, can wait.

Nunes is heard saying, “I’ve said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached. The question is the timing of it right before the election.” Republicans, Nunes stressed, “take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed” if they “start with impeachment on Rosenstein.”

Here’s the thing: if Nunes were truly confident that Republicans would be maintaining the Senate in the midterms, he wouldn’t have expressed such a sense of urgency about Kavanaugh. Republicans certainly had no problem waiting a year when President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the High Court, which is why Justice Neil Gorsuch (a Donald Trump appointee) is now on the High Court instead. But Nunes obviously fears that if the Senate doesn’t confirm Kavanaugh soon, they might not have a chance because Democrats could be controlling the Senate in 2019.

Republicans have been openly expressing more concern about the House than the Senate. Pro-Trump GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, for example, has predicted that Democrats will gain 40 to 50 seats in the House but won’t retake the Senate. But neocon Bill Kristol, publisher of the Weekly Standard and a vocal critic of President Trump on the right, has asserted that Democrats’ chances of regaining both the House and the Senate are “pretty good now.” And in Texas, Sen. Texas Cruz is obviously feeling nervous about a recent Texas Lyceum poll showing him ahead of Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke by only 2%—which is a statistical dead heat.

It’s no coincidence that Cruz is now asking Trump to please campaign for him in Texas: even though Republicans have a major advantage over Democrats in Texas Senate races, Cruz has said of O’Rourke’s campaign, “We are taking it deadly serious.” During 2018’s second quarter, O’Rourke raised $10.4 million, while Cruz “only” raised $4.6 million. So, as much as Cruz despised Trump in 2016, he obviously feels that he really needs his help in Texas now.

Another Senate race Republicans are concerned about—perhaps more than any other—is the one in Nevada, where recent polls have showed incumbent Republican Dean Heller and Democrat Jacky Rosen in a dead heat. Heller is considered the most vulnerable of the incumbent Republicans seeking reelection, as Nevada was a state that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016’s presidential election.

If Democrats maintained all of their current Senate seats and Rosen defeated Heller in Nevada, they would still need to pick up at least one more seat—for example, a seat in Arizona, where Republican Sen. Jeff Flake is not seeking reelection and Rep. Martha McSally has been the frontrunner in the GOP senatorial primary. In early August, a poll by OH Predictive Insights showed that in a hypothetical matchup between McSally and Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the Democrat was ahead by 4%.

So, in a scenario in which Democrats maintained all of their current Senate seats and there were victories by Rosen in Nevada and Sinema in Arizona, they would have a narrow lead in the Senate in 2019. But that assumes they don’t lose any of the seats they are defending, which is a possibility. In Missouri, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill is considered the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrat.

Nonetheless, hearing comments that Nunes made about the midterms when he didn’t know he was being recorded speak volumes and point to a growing Republican anxiety about the Senate. Everyone from former Rep. David Jolly to Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been asserting that Republicans are in trouble in the House come November—and judging from Nunes’ comments, some Republicans are very worried about the Senate as well. 


          Here Are 4 Shocking Revelations From the Secret Nunes Tape      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“If Sessions won't unrecuse & Mueller won't clear Trump we're the only ones."

“The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC has obtained a recording that was surreptitiously made at a GOP fundraiser in Spokane, Washington on July 30—one in which Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California offers a possible explanation on why GOP efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have hit a bump in the road: it might delay Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here are four of the most shocking revelations from the tape.

1. Nunes Shows Real Sense of Urgency

Far-right Republicans seemed to be quite enthusiastic about impeaching Rosenstein, but to their dismay, House Speaker Paul Ryan came out against the move. And Nunes, in the recording (which was obtained by a liberal/progressive group), indicates that he opposes impeaching Rosenstein at this point because getting Kavanaugh confirmed should be Senate Republicans’ top priority at this point. Asked about Republican plans to impeach Rosenstein, Nunes said that “it’s a bit complicated” because focusing on Rosenstein now would mean less time for Senate Republicans to focus on Kavanaugh. Nunes asserted, “Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?"  

2. Ari Melber: Nunes Admits Foreign Collusion Is a Crime.

MBNBC’s Ari Melber, tweeting on the Nunes tape, asserted that:

(1) “Nunes secretly wants another Rosenstein impeachment push — just after SCOTUS hearing,” and (2) Nunes admits foreign *collusion* on stolen e-mail *is a crime*.

3. Nunes’ Remarks Indicate That He’s Fearful Republicans Could Lose the Senate in November

In the secret tape, Nunes is heard saying that in an impeachment scenario, “The Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing” and “start with impeachment on Rosenstein—and then, take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed. So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.”

Clearly, Nunes’ remarks indicate that he’s fearful Republicans could lose the Senate to Democrats in the November midterms. 

4. Nunes Specifially Mentions Midterms

In the tape, Nunes is heard saying, “I’ve said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached. The question is the timing of it right before the election.”

When President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the seat that the late Antonin Scalia had held on the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold any confirmation hearings. But with Kavanaugh, Nunes wants confirmation hearings ASAP—which speaks volumes.


          Wall Street Journal Blows Up Trump's 'Red Wave' Fantasy — And Blames Him for Eroding Republican Support      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The president's claim is a delusion.

The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal delivered a reality check to President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, saying his claim of a “red wave” in the coming midterms could not be further from the truth.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted a simple all-caps “RED WAVE!,” on Twitter expressing his belief that the GOP will be making large gains in November.

According to the WSJ, the Republican Party is instead looking at devastating losses tied directly to the president’s unpopularity and even more unpopular policies.

“Republicans on present trend are poised in November to lose their majority in the House of Representatives and a slew of governorships,” the editorial bluntly began. “That’s the clear message from Tuesday’s election contests and a growing body of evidence. The President’s persona is trumping positive policy results among voters, and without some intervening news or a change in strategy the result is likely to be a national left turn.”

According to the editors, the GOP narrowly averted a devastating loss in an Ohio special election, and that is a warning sign that there is major trouble on the horizon for Republicans seeking to hold both houses of Congress.

“The ominous news for Republicans is that they hold about 68 House seats that are less Republican than this Ohio district. Most include stretches of suburbia that have been GOP strongholds but where many voters dislike Mr. Trump’s abrasive style and polarizing governance,” the editorial warned, noting Democrats only need to pick up 23 seats to retake the House.

According to the WSJ, the GOP’s biggest problem going into the midterms is the face of the party; President Donald J Trump.

“Tuesday’s results cast doubt on the current White House strategy to make the election a referendum on Donald J. Trump,” the piece maintained. “His omnipresence also motivates Democrats, while it may de-motivate soft Republicans and independents who dislike Mr. Trump.”

Touching on “swing voters” Republicans need to stave off losses, the Journal said Trump is driving them away.

“They aren’t impressed by Mr. Trump’s name-calling, his brawls with the media or taunts of LeBron James,” they wrote. “They don’t like the debacle of family separations driven by immigration-enforcement obsessives inside the White House.”

The Journal’s editors unsurprisingly also focused on Trump’s economy-damaging tariffs.

“Trade protectionism also doesn’t help among Republicans who work in large companies (and live in those swing districts) and are beginning to see the cost of tariffs. GOP policy successes on the economy and taxes are drowned out by the Trump cacophony,” the piece continued, before noting that the Senate is in play.

“In this political environment, even the GOP’s Senate majority isn’t safe,” the editors continued. “Only three or four GOP seats are in play, but the party could lose Nevada, Arizona, and Tennessee. Republicans need to defeat Democratic incumbents to hold the Senate, which isn’t easy in this kind of year.”

Then came the big warning.

“Our sense is that Republican voters haven’t recognized how much jeopardy the party is in,” they explained. “Many are content to listen only to their safe media spaces that repeat illusions about a ‘red wave’ and invoke 2016 when the media said Mr. Trump couldn’t win”

You can read the whole piece here (subscription required).

 


          Republicans Are Panicking over Ohio’s Special Election Results      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Democrats are energized and fielding quality candidates even in places that have not been competitive for them in recent election cycles.

Ohio’s special election to fill the seat of retiring Republican Congressman Pat Tiberi was too close to call by the morning after the election. Republican Troy Balderson’s lead was less than 1 percent ahead of his opponent, Democrat Danny O'Connor. Provisional and absentee ballots are being counted.

The results in the election, like previous special elections this cycle in the Georgia 6th Congressional District and Pennsylvania’s 18th, signal that Democrats are energized and fielding quality candidates even in places that have not been competitive for them in recent election cycles.

The story of this special election has become familiar across the country: Democrats are angry, motivated and active even in districts that have traditionally been safely Republican. Meanwhile, Republicans continue to enjoy advantages in congressional elections.

These advantages are mainly due to gerrymandering, which has been easier for Republicans because their voters are spread out across suburban and rural areas in a way that lets Republicans control more space. Those advantages have given Balderson a slight lead, but Republicans across the country may be concerned after this election.

This was supposed to be easy

In the 2010 elections, Republicans won the Ohio governor’s race and control of the state legislature. They used that power to redraw congressional districts in their favor, rendering districts like the OH-12 largely uncompetitive. President Donald Trump carried the district by 11 points in 2016.

That environment meant that Democrats faced significant barriers even with Tiberi’s retirement. And Republicans seemed to do all the right things to ensure they kept the seat. Balderson is a fine candidate. He has a resume as a reliable Republican state legislator and has played by the rules. He holds mainstream Republican positions and avoids extremist rhetoric.

He is not a Rick Saccone, the firebrand who lost to Conor Lamb in a Pennsylvania special election earlier this year. Nor is he a Roy Moore, the controversial Senate candidate who lost the special Alabama election after allegations of sexual assault and statutory rape came out.

The Republican Party, at both state and national levels, got heavily engaged in this special election. They spent a lot of money on the race, particularly in the last weeks of the campaign. Millions of dollars were spent on television ads, saturating the airwaves at a level usually reserved for presidential elections in the days leading up to the election.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both held rallies in support of Balderson, and he received endorsements from Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich. The Ohio Republican Party was as active and united as they could be.

The midterm environment

The party not in control of the White House tends to do better in midterm elections, so it should come as no surprise that Democrats in Ohio were energized. One common explanation for this is that the difficulty of turning campaign promises into real results drives down enthusiasm among voters who become disappointed by their party’s struggles.

At the same time, enthusiasm rises among voters who see the governing party’s failures as confirmation of their own beliefs. This dynamic is, of course, exacerbated by President Trump’s historic unpopularity.

There are dozens of other House seats currently held by Republicans that will be at least as vulnerable as Ohio’s 12th Congressional District in November. Many things went right for Republicans in this special election: a strong candidate, lots of advertising, and strong party unity among key actors. They probably put forth their best possible effort – yet it is still too close to call.

Will Republicans be able to devote resources to all of those other races? If not, or if those resources aren’t enough, then Democrats could make strong gains this year.


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The Hill: “The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday publicly released its first tranche of documents from Brett Kavanaugh’s work in the George W. Bush White House. The batch being released, totaling more than 5,700 pages, is part of more than 125,000 pages given to the committee last week by the George W. Bush Presidential Library. […]
          What Trump Could Learn From Al Gore on How to Handle an Election Interference Scandal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A foreign adversary trying to curry favor with a major American political party. Surreptitious and illegal efforts to influence the election in that party’s favor. A national officeholder and White House staff targeted. A resulting political furor, followed by criminal and congressional investigations. Replace Russia with China, the 2016 election with 1996, and President Donald Trump with Vice President Al Gore, and there are disturbing parallels. But unlike Trump, the Clinton-Gore White House adopted an approach of reasonable, albeit begrudging, accommodation of investigators, including Gore’s voluntary participation in an interview with federal prosecutors. It was a better legal strategy to protect Gore, and much healthier for the country, than Trump’s scorched-earth attacks on intelligence and law enforcement professionals.

As a young attorney for Gore, I responded to congressional and criminal subpoenas in the ensuing investigations. The way the Clinton-Gore operation handled the crisis helped mitigate the political damage. Even more importantly, it navigated the legal and political minefield within the framework and legitimacy of essential American institutions of law enforcement and the intelligence community, rather than targeting them with political attacks.

As details of the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting on the promise of Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton have emerged, a number of old Gore and George W. Bush staffers recall an episode from the 2000 campaign. A debate preparation binder compiled by the Bush campaign was delivered to an adviser to the Gore campaign. Instead of using stolen insider information, the Gore campaign immediately reported it to the FBI. That was the honorable path, and one that should have been apparent to Trump campaign officials when they were approached by Russians.

Another stark example of integrity occurred when Gore implored those of us on his staff to tamp down efforts by supporters to take to the streets in mass demonstrations after the Supreme Court decided the 2000 presidential election in his opponent’s favor. His deep-seated commitment to the rule of law and the peaceful transition of power—even under what we all considered outrageous circumstances—led him to understand that continuing the fight after that point could imperil the long-term health of the country.

Gore’s commitment to American institutions informed his management of fallout from an earlier controversy—apparent Chinese efforts to influence the 1996 re-election campaign of President Bill Clinton against his challenger, Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

In April of that year, as the presidential campaign was in its early stages, then–Vice President Gore attended an event at the Hsi Lai Temple in California. It later turned out that Maria Hsia, a longtime Gore fundraiser, had laundered some $60,000 in campaign donations to Democratic political entities through straw donors, including Buddhist nuns Gore had met at the temple. Gore had received support from Hsia dating back to his 1990 Senate campaign. He said that he originally understood the temple event as a Democratic National Committee occasion to reach a segment of the Asian-American community, but he later conceded it was probably finance-related. At the time, questions loomed about whether the campaign’s top leaders might have known about the illicit contributions.

Republicans pounced. They designated a fellow Tennessean, Republican Sen. Fred Thompson, to conduct a congressional investigation with the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the precursor to what is now the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Republicans also wanted then–Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint an independent counsel. Although she didn’t take that step, the Department of Justice nevertheless aggressively prosecuted the case.

The Thompson investigation, investigative reporting by news media, and ultimately a criminal investigation conducted by a Campaign Finance Task Force within the Justice Department revealed other foreign influence efforts emanating from Asia as well. The players included John Huang, a DNC official with responsibility for constituency outreach and fundraising among Asian Americans, and a fundraising entity called the Pacific Leadership Council formed by Hsia, Huang, and the wealthy Riady family of Indonesia.

Most disturbing were allegations that Chinese intelligence was orchestrating these efforts to cultivate political contacts within the Democratic Party. The Justice Department uncovered evidence that the Chinese Embassy had been used for planning illegal political contributions to the DNC. The Thompson investigation alleged that Hsia was a Chinese intelligence agent. Johnny Chung, a Democratic fundraiser, told federal investigators that China’s military intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Ji Shengde, had funneled $300,000 through Chung to support Bill Clinton’s re-election campaign.

The Chinese Embassy denied the allegations. White House spokesman Jim Kennedy responded by saying the White House had no prior knowledge of the source of Chung’s funds and declined to comment further about “allegations regarding intelligence matters.”

Justice Department prosecutors won convictions against the primary players in the illegal fundraising schemes:

• In May 1999, Yah Lin “Charlie” Trie, who had been in the Clinton orbit for some time, pleaded guilty after he was indicted for campaign finance violations and obstruction of justice related to some $600,000 in opaquely sourced political donations.

• The same month, Huang pleaded guilty to a single felony charge in return for substantial cooperation in the investigation.

• In March 2000, amid Gore’s primary battle with Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hsia was convicted of funneling more than $100,000 in illegal campaign contributions to Democratic candidates during the 1996 campaign cycle. Significantly, at her trial, prosecutors “contended [Gore] was unaware of any problems with Hsia’s activities.”

• In January 2001, James T. Riady pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to defraud the United States related to illegal campaign contributions, and LippoBank California, which Riady headed, pleaded to 86 related misdemeanor charges and agreed to pay an $8.6 million fine.

The Chinese election interference scandal came at a political cost to Gore. Republicans did their best to maximize the damage in order to hobble Gore’s anticipated presidential campaign. Republicans on the Hill leaked the transcript of Gore’s April 2000 FBI interview on the eve of the Democratic National Convention that nominated Gore for president.

But Gore’s choices about how to respond to the scandal—and when to avoid comment—mitigated those political costs. More importantly, Gore’s patriotism and common sense meant that Clinton and Gore did not go to war with federal law enforcement and the U.S. intelligence community.

The following were the hallmarks of the Clinton-Gore legal, official, and political response:

1.   Reinforce with public statements that American elections should be free of interference by foreign governments. It’s a pretty simple concept, and it places the White House firmly on the side of American democracy. For example, Senate Democrats, who criticized perceived partisan excesses of the Thompson committee Republicans, still began their minority report by affirming the importance of election integrity: “Clean and fair elections lie at the very heart of our democratic system of government, and the American people are entitled to know whether the electoral process was compromised or corrupted during the 1996 election cycle.” I can’t recall Trump or his Hill allies making a clear statement on the need for American election integrity in the face of foreign threats. To the contrary, he has denied or prevaricated at every turn, either insisting that the Russians didn’t interfere, contrary to the findings of his own intelligence agencies, or falsely asserting that the agencies found there was no effect on the outcome.

2.  Assure the public that policy was not affected by tainted Chinese political donations. In response to the campaign finance investigation, Bill Clinton spoke about the process by which policy decisions had been taken. In one case, for example, he asserted, “The decisions we made, we made because we thought they were in the best interests of the American people.” On a sensitive trip to China, in the face of Chinese denials, Gore told Chinese Prime Minister Li Peng the allegations would not affect U.S.-Chinese relations unless the accusations proved true. Even there, Gore took for granted that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence professionals, rather than the White House, would make those determinations about Chinese culpability.

3.  Allow the investigation to run its course. Unlike Trump’s repeated attacks on the Russia investigation as a “witch hunt,” Clinton told the public, “I think the investigation ought to proceed, and whatever the facts are, we’ll take appropriate action at that time.” Embedded in that statement are three important points: (a) The president is not trying to interfere with law enforcement processes; (b) he won’t prejudge the facts; and (c) if there is wrongdoing, those responsible should be held accountable.

It’s also notable that, while the White House under both Clinton and Trump responded to investigators’ requests for documents, Gore also submitted to an interview with campaign finance investigators. Gore’s interview performance and candor became the subject of debate, but there was no barrage of attacks from Gore’s team against the investigators. It remains to be seen whether Trump will follow suit with his own FBI interview.

Trump’s continued public and private efforts to interfere and impede the Russia investigation will be one of his signature legacies of damage to American democratic institutions and the rule of law. In contrast, White House responses to the Chinese influence investigation in the 1990s did not seek to delegitimize the investigation or attack the investigators.

Such a principled response can also pragmatically cauterize the White House from subsequent factual revelations. As long as evidence does not directly implicate the knowledge or conduct of the president or vice president, they don’t own it. Consider, in contrast, Trump’s refusal to embrace the intelligence community findings that Russia interfered in the election and did so to support Trump. Now Trump stands in opposition to every additional fact about Russian active measures that comes out, even though each fact basically proves what the public, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement officials already collectively know to be true. Why take on all that unnecessary liability?

4.  Minimize comment about the pending investigation. This approach—a top-line recognition that a legitimate inquiry is ongoing that would limit commentary—mitigates the additional legal problems brought on by public commentary about a pending investigation. Every criminal defense lawyer advises the client not to speak about the subject of the investigation absent some pressing justification. In contrast, Trump continues to engulf his administration in controversy as he pours gasoline on the fire with each statement. He has abandoned a time-honored approach of refusing to comment absent a few well-crafted and evidence-based responses. A principled refusal to comment also has the practical benefit of allowing the White House to move on to other topics and advance its affirmative agenda. Instead, the Trump White House criticizes its negative press coverage without acknowledging its own hand in fueling it.

The biggest problem Gore faced was that he had to walk back his initial characterization of the Buddhist temple event as “community outreach.” Once it became clear by a review of documents that there was a paper trail connecting the temple event to DNC fundraising efforts, Gore conceded it was “finance-related.” In January 1997, he told the press: “I knew it was a political event and I knew there were finance people who were going to be present,” Gore said. “And so that alone should have told me this was inappropriate, this was a mistake, don’t do this. And I take responsibility for that.” On one hand, it was a sign of Gore’s character that he wanted to correct the record based on evidence. However, it also gave fodder to press skeptics and political opponents that a story that changed once could change again.

This is another cautionary tale of investigative legal defense for political figures: It’s critical to get your arms around the facts in the face of initial pressure to comment on a potential scandalworthy event. Better to hold off those demanding an immediate account of events to give the lawyers and communications staff time to figure out what happened.

5.  Push back on political attacks or unsubstantiated allegations with evidence. Minimizing comment did not mean unilateral disarmament from political attacks. As the Republicans prepared to showcase Thompson’s hearings, the White House released documents, memoranda, and emails demonstrating that Gore was unaware of any illicit fundraising scheme in connection with his appearance at the Hsi Lai Temple. These documents chronicled the evolution of the event planning that morphed into fundraising activity but also demonstrated a lack of awareness of that change on Gore’s part. White House communications staff and lawyers appropriately walked reporters through these materials. But rather than defense by screed, it was a defense grounded in facts and the reasonable inferences they supported.

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It has been well-chronicled that the Clinton-Gore political operation and White House made mistakes and cut corners as they engaged in the arms race for campaign cash. But there was no evidence that Gore was aware of any straw-donor campaign contribution scheme by a foreign adversary, which he would never have countenanced.

I also do not mean to suggest that the Clinton-Gore White House response to scrutiny was perfect. Or that these events weren’t political, or politicized, at the time. But a responsible and effective strategy allowed law enforcement processes to run their course and minimized fallout for the White House. In the end, American institutions were preserved, Gore survived the period with limited damage, and the whole Chinese influence effort is a near-forgotten footnote of our political history.

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          Democratic Women Are Winning House Primaries in Record Numbers. Republican Women—Not So Much.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As of Tuesday’s primaries, a record number of women have secured major-party nominations for this November’s U.S. House elections. Democratic and Republican voters have nominated 185 women in House races so far, toppling the previous record of 167 nominees in 2016. And there may be even more women nominees to come, with 94 additional female House candidates running in upcoming primaries and one state runoff. (Three women in Washington are still waiting for the final results in their too-close-to-call races, too.)

That jump in absolute numbers from 167 to 185 obscures the real source of this gender shift. The previous record for Democratic women House nominees came in 2016, when there were 120. This year, there are 143. Meanwhile, just 42 Republican women have secured House nominations, the smallest cohort in a decade.

After the 2016 election, the president of the National Federation of Republican Women told me that Donald Trump ignited “excitement and enthusiasm” among conservative women, providing a “natural springboard” for them to run for office. The numbers don’t bear out that claim. In March, Politico counted 494 women running for the House and Senate; 76 percent of them were Democrats. This enthusiasm gap has also manifested at the polls. In the 2018 primaries, Democratic women running for House seats have mostly bested their male opponents. NPR reports that in open Democratic primaries with both genders represented in the candidate pool, women have won 69 percent of the time. In Republican races under the same circumstances, only 34 percent of female candidates have won.

Past research has shown that women are elected and re-elected at the same rates as men in comparable races. At the same time, a 2016 poll reported that a plurality of both Republicans and Democratic men said they’d be more likely to vote for male candidates than female ones, while Democratic women were the only group that said they prefer female candidates.

When Democratic women haven’t succeeded this year, it’s often because they’ve lost to other Democratic women. In one Pennsylvania district, six women and four men were on the Democratic ballot. A woman won that race, but five others inevitably lost.

Progress in gender equity within the Democratic Party won’t necessarily lead to a major gender shakeup in Congress. Many of the female Democratic nominees are running in heavily Republican districts they are all but certain to lose; others are running against incumbents, who enjoy a substantial statistical advantage. And though 185 seems like a lot of candidates, there are still far more men running for House seats, in part because this year saw a surge of new male candidates in addition to female ones. The New York Times reported in May that even if a female candidate won in every district where a woman was running, men would still outnumber them by almost 2-to-1 in the House. (Women currently hold 84 of 435 seats in the House, or 19.3 percent.)

Still, advocates for greater representation for women in Congress see a few heartening trends in the types of women running for office. Historically, women have waited to run until they have a ton of experience and a good chance of winning. Men have not. (In one survey, 79 percent of women said the first office they’d seek would be local, compared to 67 percent of men—and twice as many men as women said they’d pick a federal position as their first.) Thus, female candidates on the ballot have often had better qualifications than their male counterparts. This imbalance is a demonstration of women’s logical decision-making, not succumbing to imposter syndrome: Some research has shown that when comparing candidates of equal quality, men win more often than women. In other words, an excellent female candidate will only fare as well as a mediocre male one.

But this election cycle, women aren’t letting a relative lack of experience hold them back, according to analysts at the Center for American Women in Politics. That may not bode well for the 2018 midterms—in addition to the barriers they face in voter perception, inexperienced women sometimes choose to run in districts that heavily favor their opponents—but it’s a good precedent for future elections. Voters of all genders will get accustomed to seeing female first-time candidates with varying levels of experience, following their campaigns, and watching a few succeed. With role models like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a congressional candidate who’s already become a national celebrity despite having never held public office, women may stop waiting to hit traditional thresholds of readiness before filing to run—and if female candidates with low-to-average levels of experience become the norm rather than the exception, the biases in voter perception may finally begin to shift. Today’s record-breaking roster of female candidates is best interpreted as an investment in gender equity, not an immediate payout.


          Mike Pence Is Trying to Convince America That Space Force Will Be Real and Spectacular      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump floated a sixth military branch dedicated to slipping the surly bonds of Earth and touching the face in God in March, when he told Marines, “You know, I was saying it the other day, because we are doing a tremendous amount of work in space. I said maybe we need a new force. We’ll call it Space Force. And I was not really serious. Then I said what a great idea. Maybe we’ll have to do that. That could happen.”

Well, five months later, the American government, from the Pentagon to the vice president, is working to make it happen—or at least talking about making it happen. In a speech today at the Pentagon, Mike Pence said, “America will always seek peace, in space as on the Earth. But history proves that peace only comes through strength. And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength.”

The plan, Pence said Thursday, was for an operational Space Force by 2020, which would include, of course, its own band of elite operators—that’s right, space SEALs: “Just like special operations forces, a space operations force will draw men and women from across the military and will grow into their own unique and cohesive community.”

The process started in June, when Trump formally told the Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the military for space. But Space Force will remain a fantasy until Congress directs money to and provides authorization for a new branch—and the latest defense spending bill didn’t include it, with many members of the Senate Armed Services Committee opposed or skeptical of the idea.

Update, 4:01 p.m. Here are some prospective Space Force logos sent out by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale for upcoming Space Force merch.


          Is Republican Leadership Secretly Backing Devin Nunes’ Plan to Impeach Rod Rosenstein?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On Wednesday, The Rachel Maddow Show released leaked audio of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that was recorded at a private fundraiser for his Republican colleague, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The recording shows Nunes’ commitment to using the power of his office to obstruct Robert’s Mueller investigation of Donald Trump, with the congressman acknowledging his aim to protect the president from investigators to ensure the GOP remains in power.

“If [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones,” Nunes said to the crowd of Republican donors. “Which is really the danger. That’s why … we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”

These private remarks are the opposite of shocking given what Nunes has said and done in public. Since Trump took office, Nunes has publicized classified information meant to support a claim by Trump that Barack Obama had personally “tapped” his phones without revealing that his source was the White House itself; hyped and produced a memo, which Trump’s own Justice Department described as misleading, that was meant to discredit the FBI; prematurely closed the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation and reached conclusions that contradicted the findings and beliefs of the intelligence community and even some of the committee’s Republican members; campaigned to publicize classified information that intelligence officials have described as directly threatening intelligence-gathering sources and methods; and spent the last few months building a campaign to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a way Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called “cavalier.”

There is one way, though, in which Nunes’ fundraiser comments might reveal something important: They show his belief that he has the support of Republican leadership in his campaign to shield Trump. For her part, McMorris Rodgers, the chair of the House Republican Conference, seemed to indicate he is correct in that view.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, told me last week that he felt that Ryan has at least tacitly “endorsed” Nunes’ “malfeasance.” Ryan has portrayed the situation as otherwise, publicly distancing himself from the efforts to impeach Rosenstein and pressing his colleagues to back off that attempt after articles of impeachment were submitted last week.

Hardline Republicans, however, have promised that impeachment options “remain on the table.” Rosenstein has become the top target of the president’s defenders, because he has ultimate authority over the Mueller probe that Trump has so vocally and consistently declared to be a “witch hunt.” (On Thursday, he called it a “rigged witch hunt.”)

Nunes’ comments reveal that his current plan is to wait until Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate and then to return to trying to get Rosenstein impeached. Here’s the relevant portion of audio:

Audience member: “But also, on things that came up in the House on Rosenstein impeachment thing. And it appears from an outsider that the Republicans were not supported.”

Nunes: “Yeah, well, so it’s a bit complicated, right? And I say that because you have to, so we only have so many months left, right? So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up. Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time. Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice? … I’ve said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached. I mean, so, I don’t think you’re gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues. The question is the timing of it right before the election.”

McMorris Rodgers: “Also, the Senate has to start –”

Nunes: The Senate would have to start, the Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein. And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed. So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.

Nunes states that the Rosenstein impeachment is merely being delayed, not entirely tabled. McMorris Rodgers, too, seems to acknowledge that the dynamics of the Senate, which is hoping to hold hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination next month, prevent a Rosenstein impeachment from going ahead right now.

It’s unclear whether McMorris Rodgers is speaking for the House Republican leadership. It’s possible McMorris Rodgers is patronizing Nunes. It’s also possible she’s serious about giving him the chance to impeach Rosenstein. Given the persistence of Trump’s House supporters and the timing of Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation, we’ll likely have answers to these questions very soon.


          Michelle Obama Joins Voter Registration Drive for the Midterms      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is featured in a video along with celebrities Tom Hanks, Janelle Monáe, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Lin-Manuel Miranda to encourage people to register and vote. In less than 100 days, the midterm elections that will either expand President Trump’s power or greatly restrict it, will take place on November 6. There has been much talk about the likelihood of a “blue wave” that could give Democrats the gavel and investigative power in Congress over the next two years of Trump’s presidency. The underlying urgency of Michelle Obama’s message is an unspoken aspect of her new registration effort. The name of the new effort, “When We All Vote,” is also an indication that the former first lady is well aware of the fact that higher voter turnout usually leads to Democratic victories at the polls. The effort is also a challenge to registered voters to participate in elections “both big and small.” Though the effort is billed as “non-partisan,” the sense of urgency about the country’s direction under President Trump’s leadership is an unavoidable backdrop. Several live events are also expected as part of the effort between now and election day. Former President Barack Obama is expected to hit the campaign trail to assist Democrats who are looking to take back the House and Senate in 2019. On July 31, the former President announced that he is endorsing 81 Democratic candidates on the ballot this November. There is a record number of women on the ballot this year. Many of the endorsements former President Obamaread more

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          Abortion activists vow to press fight despite Argentina loss      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Argentine senators reject a bill to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, overcoming support for a surging abortion rights movement in the homeland of Pope Francis.


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          Reporter Roundtable: Looking Ahead To Next Week's Primary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Next Tuesday voters will select the major-party candidates for statewide, legislative and county offices. We're hosting a reporter roundtable looking at the candidates and issues of these races, including the gubernatorial primaries, as well as the primaries for Vermont’s U.S. House and Senate seat that are up for election this year. We're joined by Peter Hirschfeld of VPR, April McCullum of the Burlington Free Press and Xander Landen of VTDigger. Post your questions below or email us at vermontedition@vpr.net . Broadcast live on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
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Among 10 Things to Know: Moscow denounces new US sanctions; Argentine Senate rejects legalizing elective abortion; Strong aftershocks rattle Indonesian island as death toll tops 300

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          Preacher Calls for Prayer Against Witches’ “Demonic Influence” Over SCOTUS Pick      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preacher Lou Engle is very concerned about witches "making phone calls to Senators' offices" to influence their Supreme Court vote.
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          Florida officials want info about election hacking claims      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida officials want more information from the U.S. Senate supporting claims made by Sen. Bill Nelson that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state’s election systems. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter requesting the information Thursday to Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the Select Committee on Intelligence. Citing […]
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At least seven people have been arrested in Argentina for street violence after the Senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion.

          Trump tax cuts are ballooning the deficit, so get ready for the GOP attack on Medicare and Medicaid      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Get ready for Republican screeching about cutting Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security (after the midterms, of course). Because a new Congressional Budget Office estimate showing how much the deficit has increased since they passed the tax scam law signals that it's time for them to pretend the deficit matters again.

The CBO says that the federal deficit increased by 20 percent in just the first 10 months of the 2018 fiscal year. Spending outpaced revenue to the federal government by $682 billion from October 1, 2017 to the end of last month, a $116 billion increase over the same period last year. While tax revenues from individuals rose (get that? Regular people are being taxed more) corporate taxes have fallen—a lot. That, combined with the spending bill passed in March which increased budget caps on both domestic and defense spending, has resulted in the deficit hike.

So that promise from Trump and the Republicans that a corporate tax cut would stimulate so much growth that the deficit would come down isn't happening. What a shock. The CBO doesn't see a turnaround in the situation, either, estimating a $793 billion deficit by the end of this year and more than $1 trillion in 2019.

A large deficit isn't in and of itself a terrible thing. If that deficit was a result of a surge in spending in people to increase employment, provide access to health care, cut higher education expenses, or any myriad other programs that could boost private income and spending and boost the economy, that would be one thing. But this one, built on massive corporate tax cuts being plowed back into said corporations for executive bonuses and stockholder enrichment? This one is bullshit.

And that bullshit is going to be used by Republicans—again—to try to decimate all the social insurance programs, whether it's food stamps or health care. And they'll probably try to do it after the election, in the lame duck session. They've set up the 2019 budget bill with a broad reconciliation instructions that require $302 billion in mandatory program spending cuts, mandatory programs being things like Medicaid and Medicare. That reconciliation would allow the Senate to pass the bill with a simple majority, preventing a Democratic filibuster.

So the next time you hear a Republican scream about the deficit, tell them this: It's your fault, and you're not going to use it to destroy the safety net.


          Never mind that Trump's SCOTUS pick hired people of color for his clerks, he's not an ally      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Brett Kavanaugh, Russian asset Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, has been publicly auditioning for the job for years, taking every opportunity to appear as if he's a moderate living in the 21st century. But it's his writings that show his true colors.

For example, this anecdote related in a Washington Post story, when he spoke to Yale's, his alma mater, Black Law Students Association about how he was "concerned that African Americans and other minorities were being shut out of coveted clerkships with federal judges like him" and then gave his email and phone number out, encouraging the students to apply. He did hire two African American Yalies for clerks at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. One of his former clerks says "It was important to him that everyone have access."

Which looks really great on camera when related to the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee in confirmation hearings. What doesn't look so great is all the stuff Kavanaugh has done over the years as a judge, things like uphold South Carolina's voter suppression efforts. Or things that he wrote previously, like a 1999 case when he was in private practice and called a government program for Native Hawaiians a "naked racial-spoils system." Writing about that case in a newspaper column, Kavanaugh invoked Antonin Scalia on a case in racial preferences in hiring: ­"Under our Constitution there can be no such thing as either a creditor or a debtor race. . . . In the eyes of government, we are just one race here."

"That kind of statement," says Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, "really signals that he will bring an anti-civil-rights agenda to the Supreme Court and fails to recognize the current reality of being a person of color in this country and the history of discrimination." Giving talks to black law students and hiring people of color as clerks isn't indicative of "Kavanaugh's worldview" she notes, not given that he's spoken to the right-wing Federalist Society dozens of times.

Kavanaugh would tip the court on civil rights, on affirmative action, on voting rights as well as on abortion and healthcare. He's up for that pivotal seat, held by Anthony Kennedy, that has tended to swing in favor of a more just society. "He's not someone for whom you have to guess about," said Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.


          This Week in Statehouse Action: Doggo Days of Summer edition      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

It’s just that time of year.

August.

Sweltering.

It feels like the dog days of summer are in full effect, but I may be a little bit behind on this one. Or I’m not, depending on where you are while reading this—astronomical dog days occur at different times, depending on things like latitude and the position of the stars relative to the Earth and such.

The term “dog days” originates in Greek and Roman literature and actually refers to the days when the dog star, Sirius, appears to rise just before the sun. It’s a time those civilizations generally associated with catastrophe.

Which may be a fair assessment of GOP electoral prospects this fall. And it’s almost always a reasonable take on Republican antics in statehouses.

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Let’s fetch some news.

Hair Of The Dog: Kris Kobach’s fight to become the Kansas gubernatorial nominee got most of the headlines in Tuesday’s primaries, but interesting things were afoot down-ballot, too.

Six Republicans lost their state House primaries this week, and at least five of those losses were moderates who got bumped off by more conservative challengers.

Big freaking deal, it’s Kansas, after all, right?

Wrong!

The resurgence of conservative Republicans in the Kansas House presents a serious reversal of a pretty significant swing the other way in 2016, when not only did Democrats flip 13 seats in November, but 14 moderate Republicans ousted conservative incumbents while seven more won nominations for open seats in that year’s primary. The power shift away from the conservative Republicans who’d controlled the legislature was so massive that the moderates forced the conservatives to share power in the House, with a conservative Republican assuming the speakership and a moderate becoming majority leader. The moderates joined with Democrats to roll back then-Gov. Brownback’s disastrous tax cuts in 2017. It’s tough to predict what this shift back to right for Republicans means for legislative elections in November. Will the contrast against the Brownback-esque policies that resulted in a disastrous budget chasm help Democrats flip even more seats? Or is the conservative faction of the House Republicans on its way back to legislative hegemony?

(By the by, the state Senate isn’t up this year, and the Republicans there are just as divided as their House counterparts.)


          Poll: Kaine leads GOP's Stewart by 23 points in Va. Senate race      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) leads his Republican challenger by more than 20 percentage points ahead of November’s election, according to a poll from Virginia Commonwealth University.The survey, published Wednesday, shows that Kaine has a 23-...
          DCRP extends the following on behalf of Marsha for Senate:      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
From Davidson County Republican Party:

Following our primary win, we are thrilled to share our new ad featuring an enthusiastic endorsement from President Donald Trump: Get the Job Done. President Trump states "... we need Marsha Blackburn... we need Marsha in the Senate..." and our campaign needs you! 

Get The Job Done | Marsha Blackburn for US Senate
Get The Job Done | Marsha Blackburn for US Senate
 
We are asking for your help to share this ad with your friends, family, and neighbors. We need you to get everyone you know involved in the effort to send Marsha to the Senate, just as President Trump says. 

We have numerous volunteer opportunities available. Here are a few shifts we're looking to staff up for this week:

Saturday, August 11
  • Door Knocking in Davidson County
  • Shifts: 10AM and 1:30PM
Phone Banking - on going
  • Sign up for training and you can call from home or our office
Saturday, August 18
  • Door Knocking in Davidson County
  • Shifts: 10AM and 1:30PM
We can't do it alone - we need your help knocking on doors, phone banking, and spreading the word via social media that Marsha will be a committed ally of the President. 

Please be sure to follow Team Marsha on social media:
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Not sure how you can help? Please reach out! We are here to answer your questions.

Thank you for your dedication in helping to elect Marsha Blackburn as our next Senator from Tennessee! 

          NFIB, TN Business Roundtable, and TN Chamber to Host U.S. Senate Candidate Forum Aug. 15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Blackburn, Bredesen to address issues affecting employers, jobs

NASHVILLE, Aug. 9, 2018—The leading Tennessee candidates for U.S. Senate, Congressman Marsha Blackburn and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, will participate in a forum on Thursday, Aug. 15, covering a wide range of business topics.

The forum, co-hosted by NFIB, the Tennessee Business Roundtable and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, will be held at Lipscomb University’s College of Business and is open to the media. NewsChannel5’s Ben Hall will moderate the discussion.

The format will be an open interview with each candidate, followed by questions from the audience. There will be a media availability with each candidate following the discussion.

DETAILS
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018
10-11:30 a.m. CDT
Swang Business Center
Lipscomb University College of Business
4 University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

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NFIB is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses, and remains so today. 

The Tennessee Business Roundtable (TBR) develops and advocates for pro-business public policy that optimizes the quality of life and well-being of all Tennesseans. Founded in 1983, TBR has partnered successfully with five Governors and hundreds of business, no-profit, academic, and government stakeholders to create and promote policies that have contributed significantly to the success of the Volunteer State’s economy and people, particularly in public education.

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry serves as the primary voice of diverse business and manufacturing trade interests on major employment and economic issues facing public policy decision-makers in Tennessee.  We also work to foster harmonious relationships between the various elements of the Tennessee business community and to serve as an umbrella organization for companies, trade associations and chambers of commerce to work together for the economic health of the state.

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          #BlogHer18 Creators Summit Shines Bright in NYC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This week at Seaport District Pier 17 hundreds of attendees attended the successful 14th annual #BlogHer18 Creators Summit. Samantha Skey, President and Chief Revenue Officer for SheKnows Media, and keynote speakers over the two-day event included Brooklyn Decker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Gabrielle Union, Amy Schumer, Maria Menounos and Tiffani Thiessen. The beloved conference celebrated female […]
          Florida officials want info about election hacking claims      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON— Florida officials want more information from the U.S. Senate supporting claims made by Sen. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter requesting the information Thursday to Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the Select Committee on Intelligence.
          Dozens of children killed in school bus bombing in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Senator Chris Murphy howls with outrage after a U.S.-backed coalition drops a bomb on school kids in Yemen -- leaving dozens dead.
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) stepped up its efforts to see Mr. Bukola Saraki removed as senat
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          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 03/14/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The week commenced with the White occupation of Selma for the 50 year anniversary of Bloody Sunday. The rhetoric of progress and improvement rained down like "nigger-knockers" busting Congressman John Lewis' skull in 1965. Before the party favors and litter from the Edmund Pettus bridge could be cleared, the internet was clogged with footage of the University of Oklahoma's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon chanting about lynching niggers. Two of the White ringleaders were expelled, and the fraternity has been evicted from the Norman campus; the White perpetrators initially apologized, but have since initiated a law suit opposing their banishment. Speaking of White upstarts, two members of the Selma spectacle - Senators Rob Portman and Jeff Sessions - were among the 47 senators who authored a letter to Iran proclaiming that any negotiations with the nigger in the White house can be promptly nullified when Whites officially reclaim the Oval Office. And Ferguson recaptured the spotlight with the resignations of Chief Tom Jackson and Judge Ronald J. Brockmeyer. The day of Jackson's exit, two officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department. Their injuries were not fatal, no suspects have been arrested, and President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Rev. Al Sharpton and rap music have been blamed. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          Kentucky GOP approves review of Attorney General’s office      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kentucky's Democratic attorney general launched his 2019 campaign for governor last month. Thursday, the Senate Republican Caucus announced a state-funded review of the Attorney General's office. Republican Sen. Danny Carroll … Click to Continue »
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 06/06/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Neely Fuller, Jr. has concluded that, "the gay rights" movement "is changing everything." Social engineering and "de-genderization" were at maximum highs as Vanity Fair transformed Bruce Jenner to Kaitlyn. Thankfully, we were cautioned against equating "her" to Rosa Parks. While everyone kept up with the Kardashian posse, almost no one notice the White Terrorism against Kristina Fox and her black brother. These Chicagoans were stabbed, bludgeoned and called niggers by White brutes. Rap music may be to blame. White Mississippians would not be outdone. Senatobia High School superintendent and Suspected Race Soldier Jay Foster had arrest warrants issued for four black people who dared to applaud a graduating family member. Whether rite of passage or catastrophe, Whites salivate at the opportunity to molest black people. It was reported that out of a half billion dollars in aid money for Haitian earthquake survivors, only six houses were constructed. Whites at the Red Cross are accused of demonstrating a "pattern of careless mistakes, dishonesty." And Jasmine Catchings is the outstanding journalist of the week. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 06/20/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS It's sobering to remember the most troubling racial news of the week was initially Rachel Dolezal. The mischief of the former Spokane, Washington NAACP president were instantly submerged by the White evil of Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Storm Roof invaded the Emanual A.M.E. Church with a White Terrorist agenda. He methodically murdered 9 black people - including State Senator Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney. Joseph L. Jones among others assert this was a political assassination; Mr. Pinckney had a distinguished record of confronting Racism, including public opposition to the police killing of Walter Scott earlier this year. Professor Anthea Gibson and host of others have poignantly noted that Roof has not been branded a "thug" or a "terrorist" - which seems reflexive when the perpetrator has melanin. Gus' BFF Amy Goodman described the suspected killer as "having apparent sympathies to White Supremacy." Whites have steered much of the focus to wrangling over the confederate flag - as if it's removal will neutralize whites/racism. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part I      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the premier study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is a South Carolina legend. He's a former governor, US senator, founder of Clemson University and notorious antiblack terrorist. He boasted about his involvement in the murder and torture of black citizens and inspired White Supremacist laws across the nation. The June 17th White Supremacist assault at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. has placed South Carolina under titanic scrutiny. Mitt Romney and current S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley are talking about scrapping the Confederate flag. This text will provide an accurate historical context for the production and deeds of Dylann Storm Roof, and Whites in general. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 06/27/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The first days of summer have been dominated by the terrorist violence in Charleston, South Carolina. President Barack Obama offered a dramatic, political eulogy for State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Racists have skillfully steered attention to an indictment of the Confederate flag and Confederate paraphernalia. The abuse of black people is the essence of global White identity. Lost in the shuffle, black churches in North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia were damaged or destroyed by fire. The fires in North Carolina and Georgia have already been ruled arson. This marks at least 5 separate assaults on Black churches in the 10 days since Dylann Storm Roof's ambush of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. The "Gay Rights" sector of White Supremacy continues it's blitzkrieg. And Ben Affleck provided another wonderful illustration of why we should commit to not helping White people. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part II      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 2nd study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is a South Carolina hero. He's a former governor, US senator, founder of Clemson University and a notorious antiblack terrorist. He bragged about participating in the murder and torture of black citizens and influenced White Supremacist laws across North America. The June 17th Terrorist assault on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. has placed international attention on South Carolina. Mitt Romney and current S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley publicly approve of removing the Confederate flag - or at least discussing it's relocation. Tillman has shrines throughout the state - including the state capitol, Clemson University and Winthrop University. Last week's session described terroristic context of black enslavement that created Ben Tillman. Kantrowitz emphasizes that plantations required constant, flagrant brutality. White men and women like Ben Tillman expected eternal domination over black people and dedicated their total life force to White Power. This text will provide an accurate historical context for the production, deeds and predictability of Dylann Storm Roofs. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part III      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 3rd study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is one of South Carolina's most revered sons. He's a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and a "noted white supremacist who unapologetically advocated lynching any black who tried to vote." He gloated about torturing black citizens and inspired White Supremacist legal codes across the country. The June 17th Terrorist assault on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. placed South Carolina under colossal scrutiny. This week, in what's being hailed a monumental victory, Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina legislature banished the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. Tillman's array of shrines remain untouched. Last week's session described the angst of White South Carolinians following their Civil War defeat. Men like Ben Tillman organized gun clubs to intimidate, harass and murder allegedly free black citizens. White Supremacists orchestrated an array of terrorist attacks - including the 1876 assassination of State Senator Benjamin F. Randolph. Even White people were harassed and killed for failure to champion black exploitation. This text will provide an accurate historical context for the production, deeds and predictability of Dylann Storm Roofs. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part IV      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 4th study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is one of South Carolina's most distinguished sons. He's a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and a brazen antiblack terrorist. He reminisced about his involvement in the murder and torture of black citizens and inspired White Supremacist legal codes across the country. The June 17th Terrorist assault on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. placed South Carolina under tremendous inquiry. The Associated Press reported, "South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas... won't allow the debate that brought down the Confederate flag to extend to any other public property." This includes Tillman's monuments at the South Carolina capitol, Clemson, and Winthrop, which remain defended symbols of White Terrorism. Last week's session detailed the Hamburg Massacre of 1976. At least six black citizens and a white man were killed in an rehearsed campaign of White savagery and intimidation. Ben Tillman was indicted - but not prosecuted - for his participation in the slaughter. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part V      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fifth study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is one of South Carolina's most celebrated sons. He's a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and an unabashed antiblack terrorist. He reminisced about the blood on his hands from the murder and torture of black citizens and inspired White Supremacist legal codes across the country. The June 17th Terrorist assault on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. placed South Carolina under immense scrutiny. On July 17th, Clemson released an official statement on Tillman that read in part: "FOR SOME MEMBERS of our university family Benjamin Tillmanâ??s legacy included not only contributions to Clemson University but also oppression, terror and hate." The shrines to Tillman on the campuses of Clemson and Winthrop and at the South Carolina capitol remain. Last week's session detailed various grievances that Whites had amongst themselves. Rich Whites squabbled with poor Whites on a variety of issues, but domination of Negroes remained unquestioned.This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part VI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 6th study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is one of South Carolina's most esteemed sons. He's a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and an unabashed antiblack terrorist. He reminisced about his involvement in the murder and torture of black citizens and inspired White Supremacist legal codes across the country. The June 17th Terrorist assault on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. placed an gigantic spotlight South Carolina. Mr. Kantrowitz knows that we're studying his work and emailed Gus his most recent report on Mr. Tillman. His deconstruction of Tillman's career as a South Carolina lawmaker is that, "Tillman bent over backwards to make sure his policies benefited as few African Americans as possible." This likely clarifies why a few Confederate flags may be gone, but Tillman's shrines still litter South Carolina. Last week's session revealed one of the greatest lines in the history of racial studies: "The threat of negro domination hangs over us like the sword of Damocles." Kantrowitz documented Tillman's rise to governor at the close of the 19th century. Tillman and his White brothers and sisters squabbled about many things, maintenance of White Power was not one of them. Violence and intimidation of Black citizens remained a constant activity; and Gov. Tillman was proud of his contribution to the carnage. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave produced to Dylann Roof. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part VII      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 7th installment on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman & The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is one of South Carolina's most notorious and worshipped sons. He's a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and an unambiguous antiblack terrorist. He reminisced about his participation in the murder and torture of black citizens and inspired White Supremacist legal codes across the country. The June 17th Terrorist assault on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. trained intense attention on South Carolina Racism. Mr. Kantrowitz is aware that we're investigating his biography and emailed Gus his most recent report on Mr. Tillman. His assessment of Tillman's legacy as a South Carolina lawmaker is that, "Tillman bent over backwards to make sure his policies benefited as few African Americans as possible." This goes along way to explain why a few Confederate flags may be gone, but Tillman memorials still litter South Carolina. Last week's reading detailed the hypocrisy of Gov. Tillman, who forged his career as a catalyst for terrorist violence against black citizens, but gave speeches rebuking mobocracy and White lynching patrols. The book also details that Whites were shrewd enough to grasp that too much violence might encourage the state's black laborers to flee. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN & THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part VIII      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 8th study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is one of South Carolina's most beloved sons. He's a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and a shameless antiblack terrorist. He reminisced about his collusion in the murder and torture of black citizens and inspired White Supremacist legal codes across the country. The June 17th Terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. placed enormous scrutiny on Racism in South Carolina. Mr. Kantrowitz is aware that we're reading his biography and emailed Gus his most recent essay on Mr. Tillman. His assessment of Tillman's career as a South Carolina lawmaker is that, "Tillman bent over backwards to make sure his policies benefited as few African Americans as possible." This goes along way to explain why a few Confederate flags may be gone, but Tillman monuments still litter South Carolina. Last week's installment again emphasized the uncontrolled fraud and corruption that was characteristic of Tillman's reign and South Carolina politics. Much of this criminal activity was motivated to conquer black voters and maintain political power for individuals like Tillman. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part IX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 9th study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is one of South Carolina's most cherished sons. He's a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and a dedicated White Supremacist. He reminisced about his collusion in the murder and torture of black citizens and inspired White Supremacist legal codes across the country. The June 17th Terrorist assault on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. sparked interest in South Carolina Racism. Mr. Kantrowitz is aware that we're researching his biography and emailed Gus his most recent essay on Mr. Tillman. His assessment of Tillman's career as a South Carolina politician is that, "Tillman bent over backwards to make sure his policies benefited as few African Americans as possible." This helps explain why a few Confederate flags may be gone, but Tillman monuments still litter South Carolina. Last week's installment stressed Tillman relentless efforts to sabotage and impede black education and voting. Large numbers of Racist South Carolinians opposed and lamented the threat of educated, voting black citizens. Tillman also expressed his contempt for black females and their immoral, promiscuous character. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 08/22/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Former Georgia State Senator, former Georgia State Representative, former NAACP chairman, member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, first president of the Souther Poverty Law Center and University of Virginia professor Julian Bond died this week. Gus' learned about Racism and the Civil Rights Movement in Bond's class for a semester. The New York Times took this moment to brand his great-grandmother, Jane Bond, a "slave mistress." The sizable number of White chics on the Jonathan Ferrell jury are likely flexing their power, as reports indicate a deadlock in deliberations in the manslaughter trial of Randall Kerrick. Ferguson, Missouri continues to invite protests and confrontation with law enforcement, while last summer's protesters are still facing possible convictions. And a decade later, the calamity of Hurricane Katrina and the levee breach continues... especially for black people. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part X      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 10th and final study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is one of South Carolina's most beloved sons. He's a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and a dedicated White Supremacist. He crowed about his collusion in the murder and torture of black citizens and influenced White Supremacist laws across the country. The June 17th Terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. sparked interest in South Carolina Racism. Mr. Kantrowitz knows that we're investigating his biography and emailed Gus his most recent essay on Mr. Tillman. His summation of Tillman's career as a South Carolina politician is that, "Tillman bent over backwards to make sure his policies benefited as few African Americans as possible." This helps explain why a few Confederate flags may be gone, but Tillman monuments still litter South Carolina. Last week's installment provided one of the most profound Tillman quotes: "If you scratch the white man too deep, you will find the same savage whose ancestry used to roam wild..." The US senator lectured nationally and was seriously considered as a presidential candidate while broadcasting the gospel of White Supremacy. He relentlessly campaigned against black education and suffrage. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof. INVEST in The COWS â?? http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 10/31/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS South Carolina riveted the nation again, as multitudes feigned astonishment about a black female student being brutalized by former White officer Ben Fields. Race Soldier Fields has a history of alleged misconduct and was formerly fired earlier this week. Mr. Fields' behavior should be analyzed within the historical context of South Carolina luminaries like Governor Ben Tillman, Senator Strom Thurmond, Dr. J. Marion Sims, and Dylann Storm Roof. While much was said about the contemptable and common abuse of a black South Carolina child, nothing was said about the upcoming trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, which is slated for Monday, November 2nd. Alleged predators like Holtzclaw prompted one black male to seek sanctuary north of the U.S. border in Canada. Unfortunately, White Supremacy is a global enterprise; Canada has no shortage of reports of black Canadians being abused. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          Commission approves ballot language on superintendent vote      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A commission has approved the explanation that will be on November's ballot as voters decide whether the South Carolina education superintendent continues to be an elected position. Voters are being asked whether they want to approve a state constitutional amendment that would allow the governor to appoint the superintendent starting in 2023. Lawmakers approved the amendment in the final hours of their 2018 session. The Constitutional Ballot Commission voted Thursday to include this language: "A 'Yes' vote will require the Superintendent of Education be appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate. A 'No' vote maintains the current method of electing a Superintendent of Education.
          NJ panel calls for overhauling pensions, schools and more      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bipartisan task force formed by New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney recommended Thursday that the state overhaul its pensions and school systems among other changes to address a cost "crisis." The Democratic lawmaker and the New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup unveiled their report Thursday at the statehouse after what they said were months of reviewing issues that long burdened the state, particularly its public worker pension and retiree benefits. Richard Keevey, a panelist on the committee and senior policy fellow at Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, estimated the liability of pension and benefits is about $152 billion, compared with a fiscal 2019 state budget of $37.
          US Senator McCain praises new anti-Russia sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
US Senator John McCain said in a statement on Thursday that he is pleased to see that new sanctions will be imposed on Russia on August 22 in connection with the nerve agent attack against the Skripals, but added that Congress …
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 03/05/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The torturous labyrinth to the November presidential election continued this week, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump snaring commanding victories on Super Tuesday - each candidate won seven states. Significantly, black voters were widely and consistently credited with Clinton's victories over Senator Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, Trump didn't seem to be bruised at the polls by public backing from Dr. David Duke and other overt White Supremacists. Speaking of overt Racism, this first week of March marks the 25 year anniversary of the late Rodney King being bludgeoned on camera by the Los Angeles Police Department. The Los Angeles Times asserts that the recorded mauling significantly reduced incidents of officers using batons - also known as "nigger knockers" - on California citizens. In fact, the relationship between enforcement officials and negro citizens has improved so drastically that it's hard believe an unarmed black male was shot and killed in Alabama. Adding to the shock, a White officer, Aaron Smith, has been arrested and charged with murder. His attorney, Mickey McDermott, contends that this is an example of "political correctness" run amok. And Black History Month and Melissa Harris-Perry's tenure at MSNBC ended concurrently. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 03/12/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how eeest to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Former First Lady and Suspected Race Soldier Nancy "Just Say No" Reagan died this week at the age of 94. President Obama was pilloried for skipping her funeral. Speaking of resurrections, Senator Bernie Sanders resuscitated his presidential campaign by defeating Hillary Clinton in the Michigan Primary. Once again, non-white people were credited with swaying the the final result - black Michigan voters didn't come through for Clinton. Interestingly, during the Flint, Michigan debate preceding the primary, Sanders was questioned about his "racial blind spots." While responding he said that Whites are ignorant about ghetto life and - more importantly - about being poor. Whites in Appalachia were pissed. Meanwhile, Donald Trump supporters have demonstrated no ignorance about being White or how they feel about black people. Black attendees at Trump rallies continue to be violently assaulted by Whites. It increasingly looks like the refinement era of White Supremacy is concluding. This appears to be exerting an enormous toll on #BlackMentalHealth. INVEST in The COWS - paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 03/19/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how eeest to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Yesterday marked the 81st birthday of author and psychiatrist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing. Her theory of White Genetic Annihilation continues to be substantiated daily. In the United Stated the clocks were moved forward and Donald J. Trump and Hillary R. Clinton pummeled their opponents during the final winter primary; both hold sizable delegate leads and look poised for a November deathmatch for the White House. Once again black people were credited with aiding Clinton's defeat of Senator Bernie Sanders. Speaking of black political power, President Obama nominated Judge Garland Merrick to fill the SCOTUS vacancy. NPR's Nina Totenberg noted that the president picked the only White Man on his short list of candidates. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder testified before Congress about the poisoned water in Flint and how his administration's response. Despite ongoing recall efforts, Mr. Snyder remains employed. And speaking of White men getting off the hook, the continuing trials for the 2013 White Terrorism at San Jose State University highlight the need for criminal justice reform. Two former White students were sentenced to thirty days in jail or weekend work; they must also complete "50 hours of volunteer work with a nonprofit organization serving the black community and enroll in a cultural awareness program on the African-American experience." A third White criminal was given probation. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Professor Vernon Burton: White Supremacy in South Carolina      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy welcomes Professor Vernon Burton. In addition to being the Director of the Clemson Cyberinstitute, Mr. Burton is the Creativity Professor of Humanities, Professor of History, Sociology, and Computer Science at Clemson University. South Carolina has been at the center of national conversations on White Supremacy since Dylann Storm Roof's 2015 terrorist rampage at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Mr. Burton's comprehensive knowledge of South Carolina history may help us better understand Roof's thoughts, speech and action. We'll review Professor Burton's Pulizter Prize nominated publication, In My Fatherâ??s House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community in Edgefield, South Carolina. The text offers a wealth of information on South Carolina culture and what it has meant to be White in this state. No discussion of this region would be complete without commentary on former South Carolina governor, former U.S. senator and Clemson co-founder "Pitchfork" Ben Tillman. #RacismIsNotAPrivilege INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 05/21/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how eeest to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Reminiscent of convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw and the Associated Press report on significant number of police officers who sexually terrorize citizens they're paid to protect, a black female filed a $7 million lawsuit against a former Syracuse, New York police officer who raped her while on duty. Suspected Race Soldier Chester Thompson was convicted of misconduct, not rape. In nnother illustration of the swell relationship between black females and the police, a San Francisco police officer shot and killed a 27-year-old black female; this was the latest controversy involving San Fransisco policing and resulted in the resignation of Police Chief Greg Suhr. Speaking of repetitive, just like in Ferguson, Missouri, Bay Area Whites selected a black male, Toney Chaplin, as the replacement police chief. Across the country, many continue the verbal jousting over transgender access to North Carolina lavatories. Attracting much less attention, North Carolina Senate Bill 873 will lower tuition and possibly change the names of 5 schools within the state - three of the institutions are historically black institutes. Some fear this may eventually close these HBCUs. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 11/19/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS A week after capturing the White House, President-elect Donald J. Trump began constructing his cabinet and staff members. Breitbart.com executive Stephen Bannon was named chief White House strategist. Senator Harry Reid, among many, lambasted the choice, denouncing Bannon as a "champion of white supremacists." A Washington Post report attempted to convince readers that Bannon is not a resurrection of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbells. The global ramifications of Trump's victory are still being determined, but Canadians report a spike in Americans seeking political asylum as well as a rise in violent Racist attacks in Canada. Black children in Michael Brown Jr.'s Missouri publicized allegations of numerous Racist attacks and organized a classroom walkout to protest conditions. NBA champion LeBron James accused New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson of racially disparaging his childhood friends and business partners because they are black. Jackson branded James' comrades a "posse." Tellingly, In his 2004 book, Jackson used the same term to describe James' black colleagues. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the premier study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 publication, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. An award-winning journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November of this year. Ifill was a black female journalist in a field dominated by White men, and she admitted that Racism impacted her career. It may have been a contributing factor in the deterioration of her health. In The Breakthrough, Ifill deconstructs the significance of Barack Obama winning the 2008 presidential election. Her analysis looks at the history and evolution of White Supremacy in this part of the world and how Racism became a fundamental issue in the election. She explores the kerfuffle involving Pres. Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and how having a White parent influenced perception and opinion of the Illinois senator. We hope this reading will honor Ifill's life and work, and we'll take the chance to compare the beginning of the "Obama Administration" with the rise of President-elect Donald J. Trump. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 2nd study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. An award-winning journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November of this year. Ifill was one of the few black female mainstream journalists, and she courageously acknowledged that Racism impacted her career. It may have been a element in her passing at such a young age. During the first week's session, we noted that the title of the book contained the word "race," not Racism. This precise difference often reflects a conscious or unconscious attempt to obscure or dilute White pathology and commitment to Racism/White Supremacy. In the early stages of The Breakthrough, Ifill suggests that the election of Barack Obama represented tangible proof that some Whites might be willing to part with Racism. Ifill posits that rockstar black politicians like President Obama, Senator Corey Booker, and Governor Duval Patrick represent the evolution of black political powerbrokers who don't overtly discuss Racism and have the necessary credentials to awe White voters. Ifill writes that civil rights gadflies like Jesse Jackson Sr. and Al Sharpton frighten White people, and a part of President Obama's success was keeping them at bay. Listeners should contrast Ifill's presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 3      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 3rd study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. An award-winning journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November of this year. Ifill was one of a small number of black female mainstream journalists, and she frequently her platoform as a journalist to address Racism. In fact, White Supremacy likely contributed to her passing at such a young age. During last week's segment, Ifill covered the differing black opinions on Obama's 2008 presidential campaign as well as the senator's daunting task of "straddling" the "racial divide." She catalogs how Obama had to appease White voters by rejecting Louis Farrakhan, admonishing Rev. Jeremiah Wright, periodically castigating black people, and "stiff arming" Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. Ifill also discussed how Racist Women weaponized feminism to upbraid those who would support a non-white candidate over Hillary Clinton. Interestingly, Ifill references a myriad of black scholars and journalists - Melissa Harris-Perry, Alice Walker - and even Admitted White Supremacist Timothy Wise, who all recognized how a significant population of White Women were, as Wise wrote, "Not thinking and acting as women," but as White Supremacists. It's stunning that eight years later, after President-elect Trump's victory we are again "surprised" that White Women's allegiance to White Supremacy made a substantial impact in the voting booth. Listeners should contrast how Ifill's presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Niyana Rasayon Part XIII      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy welcomes the return of Dr. Niyana Rasayon. A behavioral neuroscientist, neuropsychologist, professor, author and father, Dr. Rasayon is also a North Carolina A&T alumnus and one of our listeners' favorite guests. We've previously examined his published work, including The Awakening: OMG The President Is Black and Reality Check: A Manuel for the Hue-Man Octahedron & The Mystery of Melain. Dr. Rasayon was gracious enough to step away from the yuletide festivities to review the gruesome year of 2016. Countless black people who devoted their existence to healing black people and confronting White Supremacy did not see this year's conclusion. Prince, Muhammad Ali, George Curry, Natalie Cole, Phife Dawg, Gwen Ifill, Maurice White, Dr. Delbert Blair, Dr. Afeni Shakur, Dr. Sebi, and Dr. Frances Cress Welsing all transitioned this year. President Barack Obama is still alive, but he will not occupy the Oval Office in 2017. We'll ask Dr. Rasayon how President-elect Trump impacts how we understand Pres. Obama's tenure as Commander In Chief. We'll also review the federal conviction of Dylann Storm Roof. The White Terrorist slaughtered nine black worshipers - including State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney, after having methodically planned the attack for months. Now, many White and non-white people are begging for this Racist's White life to be spared. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 5      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fifth study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. A New York Times bestselling author, journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November 2016. Ifill was one of the lone black female mainstream journalists, and she regularly used her platform as a journalist to interogate the problem of Racism. In fact, White Supremacy likely contributed to her passing at such a young age. During last week's session, Ifill provided a comprehensive inspection of former Newark, New Jersey mayor and current United States Senator Corey Booker. A Stanford alumnus, who, like President Barack Obama, has a White parent, Booker is noted for having "a distinguished and distinctly nonghetto pedigree." The chapter details Booker as a charismatic new breed of black politician who recognizes that "race" remains a major problem. However, Ifill also detailed Booker's reputation for disparaging black people "in front of elite White audiences." The book also examined racial identity. However, the meaning of being "White" was ignored. Ifill invested a sizable amount of time reviewing the notion of "being black enough." At times, The Breakthrough seems to take African Americans to task for adjudicating the "blackness" of elected officials like President Obama or Senator Booker. But Ifill conceded a core component of black suspicion of "biracial" people: "Many white voters are clearly more comfortable thinking of them as half white." Listeners should contrast Ifill's presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# #AnswersForMiriamCarey
          The C.O.W.S Compensatory Call-In 01/14/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The final hours of Barack Obama's presidency are elapsing quickly. The commander in chief gave his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday. He devoted a significant amount of time addressing the problem of "race." However, he only used the term "racism" once - while discussing the idea of "reverse racism." Speaking of persecuted Whites, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions spent week the refuting charges of Racism during his confirmation hearing for the position of Attorney General. Much like Trump's victory, there's every reason to think Sessions will be confirmed and will confiscate Loretta Lynch's post. In South Carolina, a federal jury sentenced convicted mass murderer and Admitted White Supremacist Dylann Storm Roof to death. Federal prosecutor Jay Richardson labeled Roof an "unrepentant Racist." After his sentence, Roof declared, "I felt like I had to do it and I still feel like I had to do it." #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 06/10/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Spring 2017 concludes with Prime Minister Theresa May winning the election, but losing a substantial amount of political power in her pitiful victory over Jeremy Corbin. The first week of Bill Cosby criminal trial concluded. The prosecution completed their argument, and there's speculation the former entertainment mogul may testify. Speaking of comedy, chaos reigned at the White House, as former FBI director Jamey Comey testified before the Senate. His workplace docuementation became key evidence. One of Gus's BFF's, Bill Maher, spent the week backpedalling and apologizing after he referenced himself as a "house nigga" while talking to Republican Senator Ben Sasse. Victims of Racism like Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, who's repeatedly been a guest on the white comic's late night show, have been voluntary character witnesses and insist Maher is not a Racist. Again spotlighting the attention to social media, Harvard University rescinded admission to at least a 12 students charged with posting racist commentary online. These Ivy League-bound White teens demonstrated supreme awareness of White Supremacy. The Guardian reports, "One message referred to a Mexican youth being hanged as â??piñata time.â?? #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 08/26/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Whites poured colossal resources to studying the "Great American Eclipse." Astute observers noted the path of the eclipse darkened some of the states with the tinniest black populations - think Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Nebraska. The meteoric career of comedian and activist Dick Gregory concluded as he died this week at the age of 84. A two-time guest on The C.O.W.S., Mr. Gregory devoted more than a half century to addressing White Supremacy. Speaking of comedy, Racist Suspects are intensely targeting Missouri state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal for social media comments where she wished for President Donald J. Trump's assassination. She's been stripped of all committee assignments and asked to resign. But the death of a civil rights icon and strange phenomena in the cosmos paled to the hoopla and hype for Saturday night's showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. On the eve of one of the richest prize fights in boxing history, the New York Times questioned if there's a "racial double standard" in how the two combatants have been discussed. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 11/04/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Halloween brought out the usual White tackiness associated with the October holiday. A suspect used the day to drive a truck down a pedestrian path in New York City; eight people died in the incident which was immediately branded an act of terrorism to be closely associated with the 2001 9/11 attacks. Barely 24 hours later, a White man, Scott Allen Ostrem, opened fire in Colorado Wal-Mart, but he was not labeled a terrorist. A University of Hartford White female student, Brianna Brochu, is accused of orchestrating a weeks long campaign of chemical and biological warfare against her black roommate. She posted on social media that she had shoved her black roommate's toothbrush in her rectum and smeared used tampons on her belongings. Although has been arrested, she has not thought of as a terrorist. U.S. Senator Tim Scott was violently threatened by a Suspected Race Soldier who was angered that the South Carolina lawman verbally disparaged convicted mass killer Dylann Storm Roof. Jason Kenneth Bell has been arrested for threatening to Sen. Scott and is alleged to have also threatened NAACP members and praised the actions of Roof. Bell has not been identified as a terrorist. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 11/18/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Days after a White gunman killed 26 Whites during a Sunday worship, a different American sniper opened fire in a Northern California town killing six. The gunman reportedly shot a five year old, attempted to enter an elementary school, and killed his own wife before being killed by an enforcement official. Illustrating the normalization of White terrorism, the shooting received little attention. Three black UCLA basketball players accused of stealing sunglasses while visiting China, were the main criminals Californians wanted to focus on. Speaking of black thugs, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned by members of the House of Representatives about a number activities since he joined President Trump's staff at the beginning of this year. Congresswoman Karen Bass used her time to question Sessions about his department's report on "black identity extremists" and their alleged proclivity for violence. Sessions stammered through the exchange and claimed ignorance about the threat posed by "white identity extremists." White sexual predators continue to be put on blast, as U.S. Senator Al Franken and John Travolta have also been accused of sexual misconduct. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 12/09/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The week, Time Magazine awarded "Person of the Year" to the ever-growing cartel of #MeToo silence breakers during the 2017 calendar year, Congressman John Conyers and Senator Al Franken resigned from office after each was accused of sexual misconduct. Speaking of dishonor, former South Carolina enforcement officer and convicted killer Michael Slager was sentenced to twenty years in prison for the 2015 shooting of Walter Scott. Forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, famously portrayed by Will Smith in the 2015 film Concussion, accused a White California sheriff, Steve Moore, of mutilating corpses and fabricating autopsy reports in cases where officers were suspected of homicide. Allegedly rogue sheriffs are a low priority in California, as historic wildfires lay waste to Southern portions of the state, destroying expensive acres of White-owned land. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          Dianne Feinstein's Chinese Spy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


For 20 years, the man who drove Dianne Feinstein around, acted as her Asian liasion, and stood in for the Senator at consulate events was a mole for the Chinese Government. A Chinese spy. When the FBI notified her five years ago, she fired him but told no one about the episode.


          Tăriceanu se pronunță în legătură cu moartea judecătorului Stan Mustaţă      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preşedintele Senatului, Călin Popescu Tăriceanu, a declarat joi seară, într-o intervenţie telefonică la România TV, că moartea judecătorului Stan Mustaţă, încarcerat la penitenciarul Jilava, a venit, probabil, ca urmare a „lipsei de îngrijire”, relatează News.ro.
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Frances Cress Welsing No. 3.0 - Feb 07,2010      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
General and child psychiatrist, Victim of White Supremacy Dr. Frances Cress Welsing makes her third visit to The C.O.W.S. We will ask Dr. Welsing to share her thoughts on Senator Harry Reid's comments, the earthquake in Haiti and Morehouse's dress code which banned cross dressing. We will also ask Dr. Welsing to share techniques for codifying counter-racist speech; specifically, how did she go about the process of crafting her method of discussing Racism/White Supremacy. We'll also see if Dr. Welsing is hip to Avatar. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Frances Cress Welsing No. 3.0 - Feb 07,2010      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
General and child psychiatrist, Victim of White Supremacy Dr. Frances Cress Welsing makes her third visit to The C.O.W.S. We will ask Dr. Welsing to share her thoughts on Senator Harry Reid's comments, the earthquake in Haiti and Morehouse's dress code which banned cross dressing. We will also ask Dr. Welsing to share techniques for codifying counter-racist speech; specifically, how did she go about the process of crafting her method of discussing Racism/White Supremacy. We'll also see if Dr. Welsing is hip to Avatar. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          Ted Cruz Surrenders His Last Shred of Dignity to Donald Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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As his lead dwindles, the Texas senator calls on the man who ruined his life.
          Korea Utara Disebut Kerap Tolak Proposal AS untuk Denuklirisasi, Ada Apa?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liputan6.com, Washington DC - Laporan investigasi oleh situs berita Vox menyebut bahwa Korea Utara telah berulang kali menolak proposal denuklirisasi yang diajukan Amerika Serikat (AS).

Dalam laporan yang dirilis pada Rabu 8 Agustus 2018 itu, disebutkan pula bahwa rentang waktu bagi Pyongyang memangkas persenjataan nuklir sebesar 60-70 persen dalam enam atau delapan bulan ke depan, dan menyerahkan hulu ledaknya ke pihak ketiga.

Sebagai gantinya, Vox melaporkan, AS akan mencabut sanksi ekonomi dan menghapus Korea Utara dari daftar sponsor negara terorisme.

Mengutip dua sumber anonim yang akrab dengan isu terkait, Vox melaporkan bahwa Menteri Luar Negeri AS Mike Pompeo telah membuat tawaran kepada mitranya dari Korea Utara Kim Yong-chol berkali-kali, namun hampir selalu ditolak.

Sebagaimana dikutip dari South China Morning Post pada Kamis (9/8/2018), hampir dua bulan setelah pertemuan bersejarah antara Presiden AS Donald Trump dan pemimpin Korea Utara Kim Jong-un di Singapura pada 12 Juni, negosiasi denuklirisasi antara kedua negara dinilai gagal dalam beberapa hal.

Tak lama setelah pertemuan bersejarah tersebut, Presiden Trump sempat berujar di Twitter bahwa "Tidak ada lagi Ancaman Nuklir dari Korea Utara".

Namun, dalam memberi kesaksian di hadapan Komite Hubungan Luar Negeri Senat AS pada akhir Juni, Pompeo mengakui bahwa Korea Utara masih memproduksi bahan nuklir, meskipun telah disepakati janji untuk denuklirisasi.

 

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AS Akan Terus Menekan Korea Utara

Seorang pria melihat laporan berita tentang rudal Korea Utara, di sebuah stasiun kereta di Seoul, Korea Selatan. Pemimpin Korut, Kim Jong-Un memerintahkan pasukannya menyiagakan senjata nuklir untuk bisa digunakan kapan saja. (AFP PHOTO/Jung YEON-JE)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Badan-badan intelijen AS dikabarkan percaya bahwa Pyongyang telah meningkatkan produksi bahan bakar untuk senjata nuklir di beberapa situs rahasia dalam beberapa bulan terakhir, NBC News melaporkan, mengutip pejabat AS yang tidak disebutkan namanya.

"Amerika Serikat telah melakukan hal-hal sesuai dengan deklarasi Singapura. Hanya Korea Utara yang belum mengambil langkah-langkah, yang kami rasa perlu untuk melakukan denuklirisasi," ujar Penasihat Keamanan Nasional John Bolton dalam sebuah wawancara dengan Fox News Channel, Selasa 7 Agustus.

Bolton mengatakan bahwa AS akan terus menerapkan tekanan ekonomi sampai Pyongyang menghasilkan bukti komitmennya. "Rencana bahwa kami akan mengendurkan sanksi tidak lebih dari pernyataan Korea Utara, di mana saya pikir bukahlah hal utama yang dipertimbangkan dalam kondisi seperti sekarang ini," katanya.

Randall Schriver, asisten menteri pertahanan untuk urusan keamanan Asia dan Pasifik di Kementerian Pertahanan AS, mengatakan dalam sebuah agenda pada hari Selasa bahwa Pentagon akan "bertanya ke Menteri Luar Negeri Pompeo dan presiden untuk memberi petunjuk tentang penilaian mereka terhadap bagaimana negosiasi akan berjalan".

Pada akhir Juni, Pentagon tanpa henti menangguhkan latihan militer dengan pasukan Korea Selatan di Semenanjung Korea, dalam upaya yang diinisiasi oleh Trump, guna mendukung negosiasi dengan Korea Utara.


          Florida officials want info about election hacking claims      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida officials want more information from the U.S. Senate supporting claims made by Sen. Bill Nelson that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems.Florida Secretary of State Ken...
          Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): opening day at the Missouri State Fair      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Apparently, at the same time, Josh Hawley (r) was standing on a trailer somewhere in Blue Springs, Missouri. Senator Claire …

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          Census impacts on tribal communities concerns Murkowski      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Lisa Murkowski and other U.S. senators are sounding off about their concerns over the possible unforeseen impacts of the 2020 Census on tribal communities.
          Beto O'Rourke, Democratic senate nominee, to visit Houston on Friday      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Houston area again takes center stage in the race one of the state's senate seats. Democrat nominee Beto O'Rourke is in Victoria and Katy Thursday and in Houston on Friday.
          Meet The Midterms: Most Democrats Had A Good Week. Senator Bill Nelson Did Not. | MTP Daily | MSNBC – Politics Video      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) made two unforced errors this week. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc About: MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful political commentary and informed perspectives. Reaching more than 95 million households worldwide, MSNBC offers a full schedule of live news coverage, political opinions and award-winning documentary programming…

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          US Must Counter China’s Financial Control Over Developing States - Senators      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Trump Administration must counter China’s growing influence over countries that have accepted financing from Beijing, fifteen US senators said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday.
          Demand Senate Republicans Fund Election Security After Successful Hack in Florida      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Exactly one week to the day after Senate Republicans blocked a bid to direct an extra $250 million toward bolstering election security ahead of November's midterm elections, Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D) revealed that Russian hackers had successfully penetrated some of Florida's election systems.

"They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about," Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times

Senate Republicans may revel in the unintended help from Russian hackers, but Americans demand that the party in control of both chambers of Congress act to secure our election systems and protect our democracy from this ongoing cyberattack against the very foundation on which our country exists. 

There is not yet any indication of what the Russians are doing specifically, although if their intent is to undermine faith in the U.S. election system, the argument can be made that their cyberattack is already a success.

The announcement comes only weeks after special counselor Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for their role in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign during the election. When Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, he seemed to side with the former KGB officer, only to then walk back his comments after facing intense criticism from both sides of the aisle back home.

While the effort to bolster election security seems like a no-brainer, 47 GOP Senators decided that the money was unnecessary.

"It is far too early to add another quarter billion dollars ... when we don't know how the first $380 million has even been spent," said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).

Senate Republicans' decision to balk on funding election security is especially hypocritical given that 51 Republican Senators conveniently dropped their "budget hawk" façade just long enough to hand corporations a $1.5 trillion tax cut, pushing the national deficit ever closer to a record-breaking $1 trillion dollars.

Republicans have already proven that their convictions are about as steadfast as Trump's morals. This issue, however, goes beyond the implementation of their backwards agenda; Americans' faith in our democratic elections is essential to the future of this country.

Trump may be willing to allow his Russian counterpart to meddle in our affairs without fear of reprisal, but we, the undersigned, demand that our elected officials represent Americans and not the traitorous puppet currently occupying the Oval Office.

We demand that they put country over party. And we demand that they do it now, before it's too late.


          Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 10, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Two Manchester cops shot by a mentally ill man sue the state Department of Safety and the shop that sold the gun that wounded them. The state Democratic Party renames their Fall fundraising dinner - again- this time in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt. And Lynne Blankenbeker , Republican candidate for the second congressional district, spells out where she stands on the issues. GUESTS: Dean Spiliotes - civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital. Paul Steinhauser - N.H. politics reporter and a former CNN political reporter. Paul Steinhauser profiled the new Democratic State Senate Minority leader Donna Soucy for the Concord Monitor, and reported on the new name for the N.H. Democratic Party's fall fundraising dinner. Gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly won the endorsement of Planned Parenthood, reports NHPR's Josh Rogers. Two Manchester police officers shot by a mentally ill man sue the state safety commissioner, the Dept. of Safety
          Opinion: Why The Term 'Deep State' Speaks To Conspiracy Theorists      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The citizens of democracies have always been suspicious about concentrations of unelected power. In the late days of the Roman Republic, Cicero denounced the triumvirate who had usurped the role of the Senate as the imperium in imperio , or the government within the government. Nowadays, the alleged usurpers go by more pedestrian names: the invisible government, the hidden government, the shadow government. Those names often reflect plausible concerns, sometimes about the lobbyists and business interests who shape regulations and policies, sometimes about the career civil servants who seem to care mostly about protecting their bureaucratic turf . But the allegations can also tip over into the convoluted narratives of conspiracy theory, where people are covering bulletin boards with pins and string to show how everything's secretly connected to everything else. The "deep state" story conforms to the intricate grammar of those conspiracy narratives . The term was marginal in American
           Florida officials want info about election hacking claims       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - Florida officials want more information from the U.S. Senate supporting claims made by Sen. Bill Nelson that Russian operatives have...
          Trump Admin’s Push for Coal, Nuke Bailout Reflected in Key Staff Positions at Federal Agencies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In June, the Trump administration announced its plans to protect coal and nuclear power plants from closure — including the possibility of a leaked plan to use wartime emergency powers to force grid operators and utilities to buy power from uneconomic plants, at a potential price tag of tens of billions of dollars for American consumers. 

Since then, the administration has gone officially silent on its plans. But this week saw some important new information emerge indicating how it is using political influence to direct the outcome of work being done at key agencies involved in the bailout plan, specifically the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

First up is FERC, the independent regulatory agency that oversees interstate electricity and fuel transmission. On Wednesday, Politico reported that the Trump administration is planning to nominate Bernard McNamee, one of the chief architects of DOE’s failed plan to bolster coal and nuclear power plants as emergency assets, to replace outgoing commissioner Ron Powelson. 

McNamee, an attorney and long-time advocate of deregulation who’s worked for the attorneys general of Texas and Virginia and for Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), was first appointed to DOE as deputy general counsel for energy policy last year. That’s when he participated in Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for FERC to use its authority to create out-of-market payments for power plants with at least 90 days of fuel on site — a plan influenced by Perry’s association with coal company CEO and owner Robert Murray, an outspoken financial supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. 

In January, FERC commissioners unanimously rejected that plan, leading to DOE’s current push to find its own authority to order the same outcome. McNamee left the agency to work for the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), only to be named head of DOE’s Office of Policy in May. According to Politico’s three sources, McNamee’s support for coal and nuclear bailouts in the past is seen as helping him pass a key “litmus test” for any new FERC nominee. 

Forcing utilities to buy power from uneconomic power plants likely to be picked under the plan would raise costs on U.S. consumers by billions of dollars per year. Preliminary estimates range from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity’s projection of about $4 billion per year, to The Brattle Group’s estimate of between $9.7 billion and $17.2 billion per year.

The Sierra Club viewed McNamee’s consideration for FERC as an attempt to “install a crony at FERC who will unfairly tip the scales in favor of propping up those failing industries. It’s outrageous that someone so clearly biased, who has championed an expensive and unnecessary bailout for millionaire Trump supporters, is even being considered as a commissioner to this independent agency.” 

Attention wasn’t just focused on FERC’s commission this week, though. On Wednesday, reports emerged that FERC Chief of Staff Anthony Pugliese is directing FERC staff to identify power plants to be deemed critical for keeping power supplied to military bases, hospitals or other key sites during grid emergencies. 

According to reports from E&E News based on a recording of Pugliese’s comments to a nuclear trade group last week, FERC is “working with [the Department of Defense] and DOE and [the National Security Council] to identify the plants that we think would be absolutely critical to ensuring that not only our military bases, but things like hospitals and other critical infrastructure, are able to be maintained, regardless of what natural or manmade disasters might occur.” 

This research would appear to align with DOE’s plan to use its wartime powers under the Defense Production Act to declare certain “Subject Generation Facilities" as critical to national security, and then force grid operators and utilities to buy their power. 

All five FERC commissioners — four of them appointed by Trump — told Congress in June that they do not believe a grid emergency exists to justify such an extreme action.

But according to E&E News, Pugliese told the American Nuclear Society that FERC is actively looking for ways to "value resilience" and “ensure that some of these critical assets like these nuclear plants do not go the way of the dodo bird.” 

Pugliese, appointed as chief of staff by then-FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee in August 2017, lacks the legal and energy industry background common to most who have filled that position over the past several administrations. He previously served as Senior White House Advisor for the U.S. Department of Transportation, and before that worked as a consultant at his father's lobbying firm, Pugliese Associates, and as director of legislative affairs for former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican.  

In phrasing considered unusual for the chief of staff of an independent agency, Pugliese was also reported as saying that “we, as in the administration, the White House and the FERC,” are working with Congress “to consider what legislative changes may need to take place to ensure that we have the ability and the authority” to expand FERC’s ability to direct state energy policies. 

This comment comes as FERC is facing intense scrutiny over its potential role in any DOE emergency declaration for power plants. FERC is also facing backlash from stakeholders including state regulators, power producers and environmental and consumer groups to reconsider its 3-2 decision in July to order mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM to rebuild its capacity market in ways that could limit participation by both nuclear and renewable energy backed by state policies. 

On Thursday, E&E reporter Sam Mintz tweeted a response from FERC that read, "The Chief of Staff is simply stating that the federal government is working to ensure that important critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, remains operations. FERC is an independent agency and therefore has not assisted in the development of policy but provides technical assistance as subject matter experts."

Finally, a Sierra Club Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit has unveiled emails that show Trump-appointed DOE officials pushed to highlight coal’s importance — and natural gas’ failings — in a report on the electricity system’s performance during last winter’s “bomb cyclone" snow event. That report from the National Energy Technology Laboratory has been cited as support for supporting struggling coal power plants in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. 

According to Bloomberg, the emails and other correspondence indicate that Office of Advanced Fossil Technology Director Angelos Kokkinos, a Trump appointee who formerly served as chief financial officer for energy systems manufacturer Babcock Power, asked staff to highlight certain points “we need to make” in the report, including data that showed 55 percent of total outages during that storm were tethered to natural gas while just 26 percent were tied to coal plants.

But according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the National Energy Technology Laboratory report also uses “bogus metrics” to show that coal is more valuable than natural gas for grid resilience. These include citing the fact that expensive coal-fired power was called on during the bomb cyclone’s energy spikes as evidence that they’re needed for grid resiliency, rather than noting the fact that their power is too expensive to clear markets at other times. 

Casey Johnson, Sierra Club senior attorney, noted that the NETL report was also completed in January, but wasn’t released until the last week of March. That was two days before FirstEnergy, the Ohio-based utility that’s likely to benefit greatly from the Trump administration’s plans, filed its request for emergency relief under Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act  — and two weeks before FirstEnergy filed for bankruptcy protection for its struggling coal and nuclear power business. 

“The way that report was done seemed to find these unsubstantiated conclusions that were pretty widely dismissed as an analytical approach,” Johnson said. On Monday, the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund filed FOIA lawsuits demanding the DOE turn over more documents related to the NETL report, as well as DOE documents and correspondence between DOE and FirstEnergy officials regarding the plan to use Section 202(c) authority to keep power plants open. 

“We’re concerned that the department is going to use its emergency authorities in unprecedented ways to reward their political allies,” said Johnson. “We’ve requested internal communications about how the department is going about its work. […] Are they talking to each other about these requests from industry? Are they trying to manufacture justifications to respond to those requests? Are they talking to authorities on grid reliability — or are they just talking to the coal industry?” 


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida officials want more information from the U.S. Senate supporting claims made by Sen. Bill Nelson that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter requesting the information Thursday ... Reported by SeattlePI.com 1 hour ago.
          Побывавший в Крыму чешский сенатор: «Там люди готовы умереть, но лишь бы не возвращаться в Украину»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Только те люди, которые посещали Крым до 2014 года и после референдума о воссоединении с Россией, могут понять, что Москва спасла крымчан и сам полуостров от полного уничтожения.

В интервью Parlamentri Listy чешский сенатор Ярослав Доубрава, который неоднократно бывал в Крыму еще при Украине, после очередной поездки на полуостров рассказал о том, что жители в 2014 году провели легитимный референдум (более 90% людей проголосовали за воссоединение с Россией), в результате чего было принято решение, что Украины в Крыму больше никогда не будет.

Заметим, что поездки Доубрава в Крым сопровождаются официальными протестами украинского посольства. По словам чешского сенатора, после последнего визита в Крым посол Украины отправил протест и попросил, чтобы чеха наказали, заявил, мол, Доубрава незаконно посещал территорию Украины. В ответ политик написал письмо украинскому послу, в котором заявил, что он никогда незаконно не посещал территорию Незалежной, так как Крым – территория Российской Федерации.

Побывавший в Крыму чешский сенатор: «Там люди готовы умереть, но лишь бы не возвращаться в Украину»

«При нынешнем киевском руководстве я не хочу посещать Украину. Я не хочу ходить по улицам, где шествуют фашисты, которые выкрикивают свои мерзости», - заявил он.

Далее политик рассказал, что он впервые посетил территорию полуострова после референдума. В Крыму он разговаривал с обычными людьми об их отношении к вхождению в состав России, специально провоцируя крымчан на жесткие ответы. По его словам, именно в эти дни время Петр Порошенко объявил бессмыслицу о создании комиссии по возвращению Крыма под суверенитет Украину.

Побывавший в Крыму чешский сенатор: «Там люди готовы умереть, но лишь бы не возвращаться в Украину»

«Я разговаривал с молодыми людьми, потому что они более радикальны в отношении того, что Крым вновь может стать частью Украины. Сначала они сказали мне: «Путин нас не сдаст!». Я мучил их еще больше, спрашивая, если Россия все же отдаст Крым, что они будут делать? Они сказали: «Мы возьмем оружие, и мы будем защищаться, но под Украиной мы точно не будем», - заявил он.

Также Доубрава рассказал, что сегодня на Украине олигархи продолжают борьбу за финансовые потоки, а среди обычных людей царит страшная бедность, поскольку все деньги, направленные Западом, провалились в «черную дыру». Прогнозируя дальнейшее будущее Украины, Доубрава выразил мнение, что вырисовывается довольно безрадостная картина: «большие города фашисты уже взяли под свой контроль».

Роман Стодоля,Новостное Агентство «Харьков».

https://nahnews.org/1005817-pobyvavshii-v-krymu-cheshskii-se...


          Gowon, Ambode, Amosun, Akiolu, Others Converge On Lagos For Williams At 99      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and his Ogun State counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson (rtd); Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu were among other eminent Nigerians that converged on Lagos on Thursday to celebrate the first African to […]

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Contrary to the insinuation that the sacked Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS) Lawal Daura, was indirectly working for the Senate President Bukola Saraki, a former chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has asked the public to dismiss what he described as “misinformation and a cheap blackmail.” […]

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          RT — First they came for Alex Jones… Now Facebook bans Venezuela news site      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Days after the purge of Alex Jones from social media, Big Tech seems to have found another suitable target for apparent censorship. Facebook suspended the page of a prominent leftist news site writing about Venezuela.
Venezuelanalysis.com, a left-leaning news site that writes from a pro-Bolivarian revolution stance, has been around since 2003. Critics, including the US government, brand it as a propaganda outlet of the government in Caracas. The site says it is funded by donations and lists as its team Western-born journalists and filmmakers, as well as endorsements from dozens of Western intellectuals, including Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone.
Can't challenge the narrative. Heaven forbid.

Shit storm in the forecast.

RT
First they came for Alex Jones… Now Facebook bans Venezuela news site

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How to delete everything Facebook knows about you
Todd Haselton

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This is censorship. There will of course be apologists for the corporate control of speech, on both the left and right, who will say, ‘It’s only censorship when the government does it!’. They are so wrong. When enormous companies that have arguably become the facilitators of public debate expel someone and his ideas because they find them morally repugnant, that is censorship. Powerful people have deprived an individual and his network of a key space in which they might propagate their beliefs. Aka censorship.
Spiked
Alex Jones and the Rise of Corporate Censorship
Brendan O'Neill | Editor

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Last year, representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were instructed on the US Senate floor that it is their responsibility to “quell information rebellions” and adopt a “mission statement” expressing their commitment to “prevent the fomenting of discord.”
“Civil wars don’t start with gunshots, they start with words,” the representatives were told. “America’s war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America.”...
In a corporatist system of government, wherein there is no meaningful separation between corporate power and state power, corporate censorship is state censorship. Because legalized bribery in the form of corporate lobbying and campaign donations has given wealthy Americans the ability to control the US government’s policy and behavior while ordinary Americans have no effective influence whatsoever, the US unquestionably has a corporatist system of government. Large, influential corporations are inseparable from the state, so their use of censorship is inseparable from state censorship.
Caitlin Johnstone — Rogue Journalist
In A Corporatist System Of Government, Corporate Censorship Is State Censorship
Caitlin Johnstone

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An all-out battle is raging against alternative views in the country that has positioned itself as the champion of the freedom of speech despite the fact that 90% of its media are controlled by just 6 companies. For comparison, in 1983, 90% of US media were controlled by 50 companies. Naturally, the trend negatively affects press freedom. According to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders or RSF, the US dropped two positions compared to 2017, sliding to No. 45 overall. The role of competition has diminished while bias has become a norm. According to the 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey on Trust, Media and Democracy report, only 44 percent Americans say they can identify a news source that they believe reports the news objectively.
Strategic Culture Foundation
Alex Jones Purge: US Tech Giants Meddle into 2018 Midterm Elections 
Peter Korzun

Amazingly, the American ruling elite think that they can control the narrative by controlling the corporate media. Even the Soviet Union could not do this. See samizdat.

This assumption is moronic when over half the country is onto you.

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While the following article is highly relevant concerning the blowback from sanctioning Russia, and he doesn't even mention the obvious distrust of hold USD and US denominated assets involves, or the hit to soft power, the take away that is most relevant to this thread is the final sentence about the Atlantic Council, which is supervising Facebook censorship.
"Congress should focus on updating and enforcing these sanctions while incorporating new ideas from the Atlantic Council and others […]," the expert wrote.
Now "they" don't even bother about burying their tracks.

TASS
US expert warns new anti-Russian sanctions will damage American corporations

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The Duran
Facebook teams up with NATO to censor news (Video)

This is going dump more fuel on the incipient civil war in America, which has been "soft" so far, excepting a few incidents.


          Tyler Durden — US Senate Calls On Julian Assange To Testify      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Julian Assange has been asked to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia investigation, according to a letter signed by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) posted by the official WikiLeaks Twitter account.
The letter, delivered to Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, reads in part "As part of the inquiry, the Committee requests that you make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan Committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location." ...
The post provides the background leading to this request, if you are not familiar with it, or need a quick summary.

Not favorable for the FBI, especially when they did not secure or even examine the server involved as evidence.

Senior FBI officials involved in not only a coverup but also a frame up?

Zero Hedge
US Senate Calls On Julian Assange To Testify
Tyler Durden

          Senator Conway-Walsh calls for independent investigation into prescribing of Valproate to pregnant women      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has again called for an independent investigation on the historical prescribing of Valproate to pregnant women.  The Mayo Senator says that it is now clear that hundreds of children have been born with disabilities as a direct result of the of the prescribing Sodium Valproate (Epilim) which is a drug…
          ‘TRUTH IS TREASON IN EMPIRE OF LIES’ ... War With Unknown Alien Species      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Thursday yowls and roars, good Kittens All...the crucial war for our FREEDOM OF SPEECH goes into superdrive, and will continue to relentlessly firestorm across our beloved country, and yes, across the entire world... 1776 FREEDOM WORLDWIDE, baby...
Oh, and believe this Big Cat, the people of China want their FREEDOM too-- from commie tyranny... okay, as Drudge exposed, now the Red Chinese tyranny is threatening to close down their Apple factories because of tariffs... well, to be honest, the Kougar says PLEASE SHUT THOSE SLAVE FACTORIES DOWN!!! NOW!
Okay, this Big Cat has no apple device, relies on no apple device, thus in her case, big effing deal ... now those of you do use apple devices might care a lot ... yeah, who gives a damn about the horrors of working in a China slave factory ... you think the Kougar is lying? Just do the research for yourself ... why are WE THE PEOPLE?  from the land of FREEDOM? buying slave-produced products??? Not to mention every last iota of your personal info, your login info, etc. is on the apple cloud, which is now OWNED by the Chinese Despot government ... isn't that fun, kiddos? Or, as the late great George Carlin might say, THE COMMIES GOT YOU BY THE BALLS.
And who has been warning you about this Chinese Cyber takeover for the last five years, at least? This Big Cat, and those like her, who can actually foresee this obvious developing future. Really, who couldn't have foreseen something like this happening? Given what was has happened in our world?

Rogue message in Chinese broadcast over intercom at National Weather Service...

Phone lines overtaken...


DRUDGE REPORT on Twitter: "APPLE Set for China Data Handover ...

https://twitter.com/drudge_report/status/951050356112306177
Jan 10, 2018 - DRUDGE REPORT · @DRUDGE_REPORT. The DRUDGE REPORT is a U.S. based news aggregation website run by Matt ...

DRUDGE REPORT on Twitter: "CHINA USES APPLE AS BAIT! https://t ...

https://twitter.com/DRUDGE_REPORT/status/1026841403672817664
2 days ago - Good response would be tell China that Taiwan is willing to take over their role and by the way we are building capacity in the United States as ...

Previous Set - Drudge Report Archives

www.drudgereportarchives.com/dsp/search.htm?frompage=1...1...25...china
From the July 25, 2018 11:16:27 GMT edition of the Drudge Report. Under pressure ... Drudge ReportAPPLE iCloud data in China now stored by state-run firm.

Okay, how many otherworld aliens is the Earth *Space Force* at war with... that is the real question... or how many otherworld aliens are deliberately attacking Earth? Check out the very fascinating article below: "Russian Fleet Rushes To Arctic Over Fears US May Have Started War With Unknown Alien Species" 

THIS IS JUST FUN... 

VIDEO: WATCH WHAT HAPPENED WHEN ALEX JONES FOUND OUT HE WAS CENSORED

No globalist is safe


Infowars has obtained exclusive footage of founder Alex Jones reacting to being banned off social media.




Yep... they are that stupidly arrogant... and dangerous as a rabid junkyard dog... 

COMMUNITY STANDARDS = TECH GIANT COMMIE CENSORSHIP 

THEY DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' REASON FOR MASS MURDERING INFOWARS ON THEIR TAXPAYER FUNDED SPY PLATFORMS 


OKAY, IT'S ON, EARTHERS, AND MORE SUCH ATTACKS WILL BE HAPPENING... GOOD LUCK ON KNOWING ABOUT IT, THOUGH ... 

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2625.htm

August 8, 2018
Russian Fleet Rushes To Arctic Over Fears US May Have Started War With Unknown Alien Species
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
At the same time the highly influential Veteran Intelligent Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) organization is warning President Trump that the “Deep State” intelligence on Iran he is receiving could be catastrophic, a new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today suggests that the United States, if not the entire world, may have even bigger things to worry about—and is due to a believed to be shootdown by the US Air Force of a known and accepted “interstellar-interdimensional device” (most commonly referred as a UFO) within the Arctic Circle on 25 July, whose explosive force was registered at 2.1 kilotons—and has now seen this “devices” suspected “pair-mate”, on 4 Augustenter our Earth’s atmosphere in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region-Yugra in West Siberia from where it began transversing the globe—until yesterday, 7 August,when it hovered in the skies over the Philippines, then raced towards the Arctic Circle where it plunged into the Greenland Sea with enough force to cause a 5.8 magnitude earthquake—and in response to President Putin, just hours ago, ordered the immediate deployment of the entire Russian Northern Fleet to Arctic waters.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

Massive “interstellar-interdimensinal” device (above) makes rare appearance over Philippines before racing to, and then plunging into, the Greenland Sea on 7 August 2018

According to this report, throughout the entirety of recorded human history, one of our planet’s most enduring mysteries has been the sudden and unexplained appearance of massive “interstellar-interdimensional” devices in our skies—and who, in the concealing of their presence, use unknown technology to envelope themselves in massive cloud formations—so gigantic, in fact, the late American physicist William Corliss Ph.D., in his 1983 scientific research paper titled “Tornadoes, Dark Days, Anomalous Precipitation, and Related Weather Phenomena”, documented them being able to cover entire regions, resulting in what he called “Dark Days”, as the Sunwould be completely obliterated from the sky.
One of the most written about “Dark Days” associated with these “interstellar-interdimensinal” devices in near historic times, this report details, occurred on 19 May 1780 throughout the entire region of the United Statesknown as New England—and where, shortly before Noon on that day, the sky turned yellowish, then went completely black.  


Shortly before Noon, on Friday, 20 July 2018, this report notes, another of these “Dark Days” occurred that covered the entire Eveno-Bytantaisky and Zhigansky districts of Russia’s coldest region Yakutia—and whose residents of refused to accept official explanations, with many of them stating it was, indeed, caused by what they called a massive UFO.
Though not having the technology to fully track these “interstellar-interdimensional” devices when they enter our Earth’s atmosphere, this report says, this particular “Dark Day” cause, five days later, on 25 July, was determined by the MoD to be operating within the Arctic Circle—with it then being observed that a missile had fired by the US Air Force from their Arctic Circle air base, and that was immediately followed with the registering of a 2.1 kiloton explosion—but that the Americans claimed was due to a crashed meteorite.   

US Air Force fighter pilots admit their being ordered to fire on UFO’s

Near simultaneously with this 2.1 kiloton explosion occurring in the Arctic, this report continues, and also on 25 July, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) sent out an urgent astrogram (astronomer’s telegram) notifying the world that they had just detected a mysterious fast radio burst (FRB) they designated FRB 180725—and whose frequency of 580 MHz is nearly 200 megahertz lower than any other radio burst ever detected in history.
MoD analysts, this report concludes, have formed a hypothesis that this mysterious never seen before FRB was directed to the “interstellar-interdimensional” device fired on by the US Air Force—and that caused its “pair mate” device to come to its rescue as it may be lying disabled on the seafloor within the Arctic Circle—but whose full consequences of, should the worst have happened, and the Americans, indeed, fired upon an alien craft, are contained in the most highly classified section of this MoD report we’re not allowed to mention—other then to note its containing the full details of the most infamous “Dark Day” event occurring in recorded human history on 14 April 1561—and was when the inhabitants of the German city of Nuremberg witnessed a massive aerial battle involving hundreds of UFO’s in the skies above them—but whose cause of has never been known.  

UFO battle over the German city of Nuremberg on 14 April 1561 as printed in an illustrated news notice in the same month

August 8, 2018 © EU and US all rights reserved.  Permission to use this report in its entirety is granted under the condition it is linked back to its original source at WhatDoesItMean.Com. Freebase content licensed under CC-BY and GFDL.

ANCIENT ET SPACESHIP, OR LOST TECHNOLOGY ON EARTH? 

WHEN RON PAUL GETS SERIOUSLY CENSORED, YOU KNOW THE FALSE FLAGS ARE ON THE DRAWING BOARD... BIGTIME... 

‘TRUTH IS TREASON IN EMPIRE OF LIES’: RON PAUL ON BIG TECH CENSORSHIP

“Challenging the status quo is what they can’t stand and it unnerves them, so they have to silence people.”

‘Truth is treason in empire of lies’: Ron Paul on Big Tech censorship


After the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute got suspended on Twitter, the former congressman from Texas told RT that social media crackdowns are part of a broader effort to silence dissent in the US.
While social media could be a “real delight” and very informative, the biggest role social networks are playing is “working with the government,” Ron Paul told RT on Tuesday. The government is indirectly regulating speech through companies like Twitter and Facebook, he added.
“You get accused of treasonous activity and treasonous speech because in an empire of lies the truth is treason,” Paul said. “Challenging the status quo is what they can’t stand and it unnerves them, so they have to silence people.”

Paul served in the House of Representatives for over 25 years before retiring in 2013 and setting up the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. The institute’s executive director, Daniel McAdams, found himself suspended from Twitter on Monday, apparently for retweeting a comment by radio show host Scott Horton.
Horton, who is also the editorial director of Antiwar.com, was suspended for criticizing journalist Jonathan M. Katz, after Katz complained to Twitter and got former former State Department employee and author Peter Van Buren banned from the platform.
“I’m just hoping that technology can stay ahead of it all and that we can have real alternatives to the dependency on Twitter and other companies that have been working hand in glove with the government,”Paul told RT.
“And if we, some of us, tell the truth about our government, they call us treasonous and say we’re speaking out of line and they’d like to punish us, and I think that’s part of what’s happening with social media,” he added.

https://www.infowars.com/forbidden-information-infowars-launches-grassroots-guerrilla-campaign 

INFOWARS IS FORBIDDEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD 

‘FORBIDDEN INFORMATION’: ALEX JONES LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN

Red pill your town or neighborhood in this fight for free speech


‘Forbidden Information’: Alex Jones Launches Nationwide Grassroots Campaign
As the past days have made clear, Infowars is the forbidden information the globalists don’t want you to have.
Youtube, Facebook, Apple, Google and others have declared war on free thought, and they’re determined to use their algorithms to censor other conservative voices.
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BANNING THE FIRST AMENDMENT COULD LEAD TO A SHOOTING WAR... AND WHY NOT? FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A FOUNDATION FOR 1776  ... HOWEVER, THOSE EVIL GLOBALISTS ORCHESTRATING A VIOLENT UPRISING SHOULD BE THE FIRST TO EXPERIENCE REAL JUSTICE... 

August 8, 2018

As Globalists And Big Tech 'Identify, Vilify, Nullify And Destroy', Totalitarian Attempts To Ban The 1st Amendment Could Lead To Rivers Of Blood Flowing Through The Streets Of America

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By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die

With 'big tech' and the globalists having launched an all-out war upon the 1st Amendment with Alex Jones and Infowars clearly the 'canary in the coal mine' of tyranny, Steve Quayle recently warned while linking to this story over at Intellihub about the fiasco: "when there is no 'alt news', murder and death will rule the day". 


With Senate Democrats now actually floating plans that would see the US government taking over the internet according to a leaked memo circulating among them that details a plethora of authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms such as Infowars and ANP, allegedly to "get tough on Russian bots and fake news", the fact that one Democratic senator recently said "the survival of our democracy depends on banning sites like InfoWars" tells us everything that we need to know going forward in 2018. (REMINDER TO CONGRESS: Your job approval rating SUCKS at 18%!)

As Quayle also mentioned while linking to this story over at Zero Hedge which reports that the censorship crackdown continues with twitter suspending several accounts of prominent libertarians, including the account of the Director of the Ron Paul Institute, "the first victim in any war is truth - 'propaganda is the execution squad' to all truth - the full-scale NWO pogrom begins!

http://allnewspipeline.com/With_The_Purge_Having_Begun_Is_Civil_War_Next.php


HOW MANY ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS ON OUR PRESIDENT TRUMP? LIKELY, IT SURPASSES THIRTEEN IN NUMBER, IN THE KOUGAR'S OPINION 

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2622.htm

August 5, 2018
Trump Taunts “Deep State” Daring Them To Assassinate Him As Historic US-Russia Alliance To Save World Gains Speed
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
An astonishing historically centered new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that 48-hours after a suspected to be CIA assassination plot failed to kill their nations leader in Wilkes-BarrePennsylvania, an appearing to be fearless President Donald Trump appeared openly again before a cheering crowd of his supporters in Lewis CenterOhio where he actually taunted his “Deep State” demonic anti-Christ globalist enemies daring them to try to assassinate him again—and that he did so by his unmistakably declaring his allegiance to the 25th President of the United States William McKinley—and afterwards Trump’s allegiance to McKinley spreading like wildfire across the globe spurring comments like “Did you pick it up? CONFIRMED!  The Trump US government will begin to fund itself by everything else EXCEPT INCOME TAXES.  That's the future economic plan and I'm so jealous I'm not an American!!!”—with the true significant origins of what Trump is doing being able to be traced back to “The Two Liberators”, Tsar Alexander II and President Abraham Lincoln.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

President Donald Trump not so subtly taunts the “Deep State” to try to assassinate him again during rally in Lewis CenterOhio, on 4 August 2018

According to this report, having been expunged from their history books in order to keep the American people from knowing the true history of their past, the greatest enemy of both the United Statesand Russia has always been the 
          In Polson, Senate Hopeful Matt Rosendale Targets Tester, Embraces Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Republican Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale is campaigning in western Montana this week. His message is a mix of touting his conservative voting record and striking out at Democratic incumbent Jon Tester .
          Julian Assange 'Seriously Considering' Testifying Before Senate Panel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is "seriously considering" a request to testify in person before the U.S. Senate intelligence committee about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to a statement from his lawyer. Assange has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012, in part over fears that he could be extradited to the U.S. and potentially face trial over leaking massive troves of documents. On Wednesday, the WikiLeaks Twitter account posted a letter that it says was delivered to Assange via the U.S. Embassy in London. The purported document is signed by committee Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner and asks that Assange "make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan Committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location" as part of the probe. Spokespeople for Burr and Warner declined to comment on whether the document is authentic. "We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange's
          Federal Judge Orders New Light on 'Dark Money': 'BradCast' 8/9/2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On today's BradCast: Understanding two new, seemingly conflicting directives on "dark money" in campaigns -- one of them very encouraging -- and a new complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission charging several GOP Senators unlawfully colluded with the NRA during the 2014 and 2016 elections. [Audio link to show ...
          5 Years After Sandy, Long Island Sewage Plant Still On Generator      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called on FEMA to cut the bureaucracy, and let PSEG Long Island install permanent power to a rebuilt sewage treatment plant knocked offline by Superstorm Sandy.
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling on Congress to prevent a lapse in the National Flood Insurance Program, which covers tens of thousands of homeowners in the region, and is set to expire by the end of September.
          Sen. Cruz Dismisses Rep. King’s Harvey Remarks As ‘Political Sniping’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Texas Senator Ted Cruz has responded to Long Island Congressman Peter King’s recent tweet about emergency federal aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
          John Guandolo, Understanding The Threat: Islamic Operatives Use Soviet Tactics to Target Conservatives      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

https://www.understandingthethreat.com/islamic-operatives-target-conservatives/

August 9, 2018

Islamic Operatives Use Soviet Tactics to Target Conservatives

When operatives in the Islamic Movement meet with police chiefs, elected officials, FBI Directors, business leaders, Pastors, Rabbis and others, they portray themselves as friendly, but they are working to recruit and use them, much as U.S. government counterintelligence operatives recruit foreign assets.
These jihadi operations may take months or years to develop, but the benefits of having an influential American official working for jihadis is a major victory for the Islamic Movement.
Examples of successful penetration operations include:
President Clinton’s Islamic Advisor Abdurahman Alamoudi, who created the Muslim Chaplain Program for the Department of Defense and met with Mr. Clinton more than any other muslim in America, was an Al Qaeda financier who is now in federal prison.
Senator Richard Durbin’s go-to guy for all things Islamic prior to his hearing on the civil rights of muslims in America was Mohamed Magid and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).  Magid was the leader of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) which was identified by the Department of Justice as a Muslim Brotherhood organization and a financial support arm for Hamas leaders and Hamas groups overseas.
The Islamic Movement also identifies conservative threats to their Movement and targets them for destruction, ensuring they lose their influence.
When Irving, Texas Mayor Beth Van Duyne publicly decried the Sharia Courts in Irving, she was targeted by muslim leaders.  Several months later the Clock Boy Operation was launched against her.  Democrats attacked her for her “civil rights” failures in the incident, and Republicans called for a review of the zero tolerance policy in incidents of this nature.  Mayor Van Duyne was left standing alone as Islamic leaders planned.
Most Patriots aware of Milwaukee’s Sheriff David Clarke were drawn to him for his outspoken call for law and order, strong stance on national defense, and for boldly stating America needs to police muslim communities.
Sheriff Clarke was also considered for positions inside the Trump Administration.
In walks Hedieh Mirahmadi.  A classic honey trap.
Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi grew up a shia muslim of Iranian decent who later converted to sunni Islam.  Mirahmadi is an attorney with a degree in Islamic doctrine from the As-Sunna Foundation.  She is the founder of the World Organization for Resource and Development and Education (WORDE), and the former Secretary General of the Islamic Supreme Council of America.
Red flags about Ms. Mirahmadi include her close working relationships with Muslim Brotherhood organizations and leaders like Salam al Marayati, participation in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) initiative, and the fact she publishes articles about Islamic doctrine (sharia) that are patently false despite the fact she has a degree in the subject.
Most notably, Ms. Mirahmadi works with federal agencies and police organizations around the United States to discuss “extremism” and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Yet, none of the groups with whom she works have demonstrated any level of understanding of the jihadi’s doctrine – sharia – nor the Muslim Brotherhood network and their modus operandi.
In fact, the agencies with which Mirahmadi work, have a completely counter-factual understanding of sharia and the Muslim Brotherhood.
So, the Islamic Movement targeted Sheriff David Clarke and sent Mirahmadi in.  To demonstrate the effectiveness of this operation, UTT offers the following:
Sheriff Clarke went from calling for police to patrol muslim neighborhoods 18 months ago to recently calling people on social media speaking truth about Islam “racists.”
When articles written by investigative journalist Laura Loomer were published a year ago about Hedieh Mirahmadi’s questionable background, Sheriff Clarke publicly attacked and mocked Loomer.
This week Sheriff David Clarke admitted he was duped, and openly stated Hedieh Mirahmadi is a Muslim Brotherhood operative.
The lesson for everyone reading this article is that David Clarke is one of many Patriots who have been duped by Muslim Brotherhood operatives acting on behalf of our Islamic foes, even if they are not intentionally doing so.
Twenty years Abdurahman Alamoudi was the “pillar of the Islamic community in Washington, D.C.” and turned out to be an Al Qaeda operative.
After 9/11, Anwar al Awlaki was considered the “new face of Islam in America” and gave presentations at the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, but turned out to be an Al Qaeda operative killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011.
In 2005, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office Mike Rolince gave Mohamed Magid an award, and in 2016 FBI Director James Comey presented Magid with the FBI Director’s Award.
Mohamed Magid was the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), identified by the Department of Justice as a Muslim Brotherhood organization which seeks to overthrow the U.S. government and establish an Islamic State.  Evidence entered into the largest terrorism financing trial ever successfully prosecuted in American history (US v HLF, Northern District of Texas, 2008) reveals ISNA provides financial support to Hamas organizations and Hamas leaders overseas.
Hamas is a designated foreign terrorist organization.
The threat from the Islamic Movement in the United States manifests itself primarily as an espionage and counterintelligence threat, not merely as a “terrorist” threat.
It is high time the U.S. government treats Islamic spies working to destroy America the same way it treated the Rosenbergs.

About JG
John Guandolo is a US Naval Academy graduate, served as an Infantry/Reconnaissance officer in the United States Marines and is a combat veteran, served as a Special Agent in the FBI from 1996-2008, and was recruited out of the FBI by the Department of Defense to conduct strategic analysis of the Islamic threat. He is the President and Founder of Understanding the Threat (UTT).

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[Argentina], August 9 (ANI): Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a proposed bill on legalising elective abortion in the country.

The bill would have allowed women to terminate their pregnancy in the first 14 weeks. According to current Argentine laws, abortions can be carried out only when the mother's health is at risk or in rape cases, CNN reported.

The Senate voted against the bill, 38 to 31, with two abstentions and one absentee. As the outcome of the vote was announced, demonstrators got engaged in clashes with the police outside the National Congress building in Buenos Aires.

In June, Argentine Chamber of Deputies or the lower house of Congress narrowly passed the bill 129 to 125 with one abstention.

The proposed abortion bill, which was a raging issue in Argentina in the past few months, saw protestors, both in favour and against abortion taking to the streets. While the anti-abortion demonstrators protested under blue coloured "save both lives" banners, pro-abortion protestors flashed banners and wore green bandanas, loosely wrapped and tied around their necks, as per the CNN report.

Most Latin American countries permit abortions for medical reasons. There is a blanket ban on abortion in many countries such as Chile, Suriname, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, Sputnik reported.

In Mexico, abortion is legal only in the nation's capital Mexico City. The voluntary termination of pregnancy is legal only in Cuba, Uruguay, Guyana and Puerto Rico. (ANI)


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E' pronto il decreto sui vaccini a firma di un gruppo di senatori - primi firmatari sono Stefano Patuanelli (M5S) e Massimiliano Romeo (Lega), che lo hanno appena depositato - che cambierà le disposizioni sui vaccini con l'obbligo flessibile. Ne parla il Sole24Ore.

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On a chilly October 12, 1964 Monday morning, Mary Pinchot Meyer, a high-society socialite, (and also discovered paramour of the late assassinated President John F. Kennedy) became an assassination victim herself during her customary early morning walk to her art studio. 

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Author Peter Janney knew the Meyer family personally, as Janney’s father, Wistar Janney, was a career CIA operative and close friends with CIA chieftains Richard Helms, James Angleton, and Cord Meyer (Mary’s husband).  

“There was nothing pretty or easy about waking up early one morning in 2006 and finally realizing that my own father---Wistar Janney, a career high-level CIA officer---had been involved in the ‘termination’ of Mary Pinchot Meyer, someone I had grown to love and care about,” says Peter Janney.  “Yet there is another horror in the death of Mary Meyer, a horror that reaches far beyond the personal.  It is the intimate and undeniable connection between her murder and that of her lover, President John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.”  

(Mary’s Mosaic, Peter Janney, Skyhorse Publishing, 307 West36th Street, 11th floor, New York, N.Y. 10018 
info@skyhorsepublishing.com, www.skyhorsepublishing.com, 2012, 548 pages, $26.95.)

For more information or to purchase this book from AMAZON.COM simply click on its title:  Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace
 

MISSING LINKS

Janney begins an excursion through the arrest and trial of a young twenty-five-year-old Raymond Crump, Jr., the accused murderer of Mary Meyer.  Under the skillful counsel of defense attorney Dovey Roundtree, Crump’s attorney was able to disintegrate the accusations and charges brought against her client.  Despite prosecution’s determined “declaration of war” on Ray Crump, Roundtree meticulously dodged and rebuffed the prosecution’s manipulations of justice.  On Friday, July 30, 1965, the jury found Raymond Crump, Jr., not guilty of the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer.  Yet, Roundtree had discovered a deeper mystery in the forensic history.

Janney explains: “Dovey Roundtree never abandoned her belief that Ray had been a scapegoat, a ‘patsy,’ who had been set up to take the fall. ‘So far as I am concerned,’ wrote Roundtree in 2009, ‘there is in the complex and tangled web of certain truth and unconfirmed rumor, of the inference and speculation and intrigue that surrounds the life and death of Mary Pinchot Meyer a single critical fact: Raymond Crump’s innocence in her murder.’” 

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Raymond Crump Jr., being arrested 

http://www.ctka.net/reviews/DiEugenio_Janney_Mary's_Mosaic.html.


Joseph W. Shimon floated in the highest of government circles.  He was a special White House Aide, Washington Police Inspector, liaison to the CIA, U.S Attorney’s office, U.S Secret Service, the Mob, and an official assassin:

“People are eliminated,” said Shimon to his daughter in the spring of 1965.  “Honey, you don’t know how many people are just eliminated, just on the operating table alone.  They just need to be disposed of.   And don’t ever believe what you read in the newspapers. It’s all made up…among my many jobs, I used to kill people.  The government hired me to kill people. It’s a job…you have to, if that’s what you’re told to do.”  (Shimon, interviewed by Peter Janney, February 15, 2007.)   


Roundtree further pondered the mysterious phone calls she received, the disappearance of a stalled Nash Rambler and an accompanying “repair order,” as well as the mention of “Mary’s diary having been sequestered by the CIA all these years,” linking Mary’s affair with the assassinated president.   

“Who, then, was the man that Henry Wiggins had seen standing over Mary’s corpse less than fifteen seconds after the fatal second shot was fired?” asks Janney.  “His pristine, unstained clothes appeared to match the clothes worn by Ray Crump that morning.”

NEW LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING

Janney says that achieving a “new level of understanding in the case” would include a look at “a number of heretofore unseen details, events, experiences, and people.”  (p. 144.)

Author Peter Janney

“Another author, Leo Damore, met with Janney in 1992 while working on his own Meyer project.  Damore had written a bestseller about Senator Edward Kennedy and Chappaquiddick, and he was hot on the trail of Meyer’s killer, or so he confided to Janney.  Damore never finished his book, however.  In 1995 he committed suicide.  Years later, Janney bought Damore’s research files, using them as the basis for ‘Mary’s Mosaic.’

“James H. Smith, a Falmouth lawyer, was among those encouraging Janney to keep digging.  Smith worked for the Kennedy family years ago and knew Damore well. Now 82, he never believed the Warren Commission’s version of JFK’s murder, says Smith today, and finds nothing outlandish in Janney’s the-CIA-did-it scenario.

‘I think Peter’s hit a home run,’ Smith said.’”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2012/05/25/janney/St45JbWsY5VXTVbPKzAG7M/story.html.

 

Mary had several suitors before her death.  One such admirer was Robert (“Bob”) L. Schwartz who was a young naval officer and a journalist who came to know Mary as a very idealistic woman and a pacifist, but ultimately called her “a prima ballerina assoluta.”  “She was what women were meant to be,” said Schwartz.

Cord Meyer, “a charismatic war veteran,” Yale graduate, congressman, dated and eventually married Mary Pinchot.  Cord decided to work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Directorate of Plans in 1951, “the CIA’s most secretarial division dedicated to the manipulation of world order.”

Janney says:  “Somewhere in the bowels of the Washington E Street offices of the newly formed CIA, Cord Meyer transformed all his poetic, insightful visionary wisdom into perfecting schemes and strategies for America’s greater power and control, the often subtle but effective attempts at world domination---no matter what the cost.”

Mary felt a disdain for the CIA and its “mission.”  Janney quotes an anonymous source:  “Mary absolutely detested Allen Dulles and everything he stood for.  She compared him to Machiavelli, only worse.”  (p. 184.)

Cord and Mary grew apart, possibly due to Cord’s alcoholism, possibly due to Cord’s obsessive life in the CIA, but also due to Mary’s affair with (in his appearance only) “Italian noble” Jean Pierre.  The Meyers were divorced.  Shortly following these events, Michael Pinchot Meyer (the son) was hit and killed by an automobile driver.  During these sordid circumstances, Cord  became director of the CIA’s black project: Operation Mockingbird.

“Having infiltrated more than twenty-five newspapers and wire agencies, Operation Mockingbird had successfully manipulated the American media to promote the CIA viewpoint…an estimated three thousand salaried and contract CIA employees were engaged in propaganda efforts.”

October 12, 1964 - Mary Pinchot Meyer is murdered in broad daylight on the C & O Canal towpath in Georgetown, three weeks after the release of the Warren Report.

The CIA did not take kindly to an expose’ of their media control operation in Ramparts Magazine.  “CIA operative Edgar Applewhite was ordered to operate a campaign to smear the publication and then tender it financially bankrupt,” says Janney.  (p. 192.) 

Further CIA conquests included the CIA surveillance of Alfred McCoy’s The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia.  The book revealed that American intelligence had collaborated with the drug trade dating back as far as World War II.  CIA involvement extended about the globe resulting in the “death squads” in Central America (p. 195).  Janney talks about a “CIA-led assassination campaign throughout Southeast Asia, Operation Phoenix, (which) made matters even worse.”

THE LSD PARLANCE

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Mary’s friends Anne and Jim Truitt began an interest in psychedelic states of consciousness and, according to Jim Truitt, Mary first experimented with psychedelics in 1958, but Janney says a legendary Alfred M. Hubbard (a former World War II OSS agents, uranium entrepreneur) “first introduced her to such exploration.”  Dr. Oscar Janiger, a Los Angeles Psychiatrist, was also a member to Hubbard’s visits.  Hubbard was very distrustful of the CIA’s exploration of LSD.  “The CIA work stinks,” said Hubbard, “they were misusing it…when they were killing people, you couldn’t tell them a goddamn thing.”

Janney says:  “In addition to the CIA, the U.S Army, and Britain’s M16 all had a keen interest in using LSD and other hallucinogens for chemical warfare, in what they hoped would be ‘mind control.’”  In one incident, in 1951, the CIA’s Fort Detrick, Maryland had used a crop-duster airplane to cover the town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in Southern France with an aerosol of LSD.  “Four people committed suicide before the trauma subsided.”

Frank Olson, a CIA chemical warfare expert, became, in the eyes of his peers, a “security risk” and was supposedly thrown out of his tenth-floor hotel window.  It was in his world of high-society intrigue, that Mary’s drug interest expanded.

It was suspected that Mary visited Timothy Leary, the LSD guru, during the early 1960s.  That interest would become entwined with her friendship with Jack Kennedy. 

JACK KENNEDY AND MARY MEYER     

Mary became Friends with her neighbor Jack Kennedy starting somewhere about 1957.  Over a number of years, that friendship turned into a closer attraction.

“Mary’s primary attraction for Jack may have ultimately been trust---in the end,” says Janney, “love’s most powerful aphrodisiac."

Richard Helms: The man who kept the JFK secrets

Mary contacted Doctor Timothy Leary about his research and connection to the Harvard Psilocybin Project.  “Leary depicted Mary Meyer,” says Janney, “as a kind of missionary for the ascension of world peace through the sagacious use of hallucinogens…an opportune mind-altering experience in the lives of powerful political figures, specifically the leader of the free world…”

Leary’s harassment by the government and his eventual arrest and imprisonment only temporarily stifled his investigation of the murder of his Friend, Mary Meyer.   

“Upon his release from prison in 1976, having read the National Enquirer expose’ about Mary’s affair with Jack published earlier that year, Leary would attempt a second investigation of Mary’s murder,” says Janney, “after coming across a copy of Deborah Davis’ book Katharine the Great  at the home of his friends Jon and Carolyn Bradshaw.”

EVOLVING TRAJECTORY  

According to Janney, the Meyer-Kennedy affair began around January, 1962 and perhaps earlier. Both Meyer and the Kennedys, Jack and Bobby, had a growing distrust of Allen Dulles and his increasing exploits, including the Cuban Bay of Pigs, Operation Northwoods, and other nefarious CIA shenanigans.

“Mary’s longtime commitment to world peace, coupled with Jack’s broadening insight that peace, not armed conflict,” says Janney, “was the right path forward, inevitably made an important asset. After the Cuban Missile Crisis, the President’s evolving political trajectory would increasingly isolate him from his own National Security Apparatus.” 

During the Cuban missile crisis, both the U.S military and the CIA, says Janney, were secretly operating unilaterally doing whatever they could to intensify tensions that could ignite a war.

“But in the shadows, evil was very much alive, stalking not only the republic but the president,” says Janney.  “Not only were the Joint Chiefs of Staff enraged that Cuba had been attacked, but were also indignant that Kennedy had made concessions to Khrushchev.”    

Author and researcher Leo Damor told Janney about a confidential source who revealed that Mary and Jack Kennedy had taken “a mild LSD trip” in the summer of 1959. Following this episode, Kennedy pushed for a Nuclear Arms Treaty.

SECURITY OF THE SLAVE 

Mary Meyer and Jack Kennedy’s new found philosophy of world peace could be seen in his address at American University, dubbed his “peace speech”:  “Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war.  Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave.  I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, that kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children---not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women – not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”

THE OSWALD SYNCHRONISM  

An assassination attempt on Jack Kennedy was planned for November 2, 1963.  The plot would entail multiple gunmen, and a designated patsy, ex-marine Thomas Arthur Vallee.  Like Oswald, Thomas Vallee had also served at a U-2 base in Japan under the Joint Technical Advisory Group (JTAG), the CIA’s code name for its U-2 spy plane surveillance unit.  Like Lee Harvey Oswald, Vallee “found work” in the fall of November, 1963 in a building next to a L-shaped turn on  the route of the Presidential motorcade.  The plot, however, was foiled.

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          DIRTY TRICKS AND KENNEDY ASSASSINS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The entire complex plan to blame Oswald for a crime that he did not commit, a crime that had even taken place when the CIA began to lay a trail that would inexorably lead to an innocent man, involved cables to Mexican police authorities, instructions from the CIA to its Mexico City assets, in the police department there to arrest and silence witness at the Cuban embassy, a citizen of Mexico, who would not accept the false CIA legend and subsequently the use of demagoguery to present a false legend to the Warren Commission as fact. Each action by the CIA, including its destruction of its own files when an inquiry began, is a building block in the case against the CIA for its part in the assassination.” (Mark Lane, Last Word, p. 285.)

Click here to enlarge top photo. - The former Texas School Book Depository building, left, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum, overlooks Dealey Plaza in Dallas.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20131114-the-wisdom-in-leaving-dealey-plaza-to-visitors-imaginations.ece.

Mark Lane

(Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK, Mark Lane, Skyhorse Publishing, www.skyhorsepublishing.com, 307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10018, info@skyhorsepublishing.com, 2011, 300 pages, $24.95.)

Such is a nutshell-review of Mark Lane’s conclusion of a lifetime investigation into the reasons and facts behind the November 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Mark Lane is an attorney and also an author of nine books, including Rush to Judgment and Plausible Denial.

Lane painstakingly devotes chapters to the analysis of the various scenarios constituting a case against the CIA and its methods to destroy and control the public.

FROM MAUSERS TO CIA ASSETS

In a cavalcade of topics, Mark Lane reviews arguments and scenes from the assassination. I will selectively choose only a few, leaving many other portions for the reader’s perusal.

# The Jean Hill testimony about the four to six shots she heard in the Dallas Dealey Plaza: “…shots had come from behind a wooden fence on the grassy knoll.” Arlen Specter, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also author of the infamous “single-bullet-theory,” confronted Jean Hill in about the same way that Specter questioned Anita F. Hill in the Clarence Thomas hearings. “She said that Specter did everything possible to force her to state that she had heard only three shots and that none of them came from the grassy knoll. Jean told me that Specter said that he would release the rumor that she had an extramarital affair and that in the end she would end up looking as if she was crazy, ‘just as Oswald’s mother had.’ She said that he wanted her to accept the conclusions that he had reached before he met her.” Jean Hill added: “He was so mean I could hardly believe it.”

Such temperaments will be seen throughout JFK assassination debates and groups, often not only as a sign of narcissism (and other psychological aberrations), but also possibly a sign of the extent of the CIA psyops and psywar issued by that agency and its infiltration into the media and the lives of Americans. 

# The finding of the 7.65 German Mauser on the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository building on November22, 1963. Deputy Constable Seymour Weitzman made a sworn statement describing the Mauser, including its 4/18 telescopic sight. Lieutenant J.C. Day also examined the weapon.  The next day, the Mauser turned into an Italian Manlicher-Carcano 6.5. “I wondered how anyone who had looked at that weapon could have identified it differently.” Says Lane, “The Italian rifle became part of the foundation upon which the government built its case, but as it turns out it, too, became suspect.”

# Lane quotes Tip O’neill, the former speaker of the house, as to how the FBI intimidated him to change his testimony that he heard two shots that came behind the knoll fence. “I told the FBI what I had heard, but they said it couldn’t have happened that way and that I must have been imagining things,” said O’neill, “so I testified the way they wanted me to.”

# Lane outlines interesting facts about witness Acquilla Clemons: Clemons was an eyewitness to the murder of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit; she said that two men had been involved in the murder, one was “kind of heavy” and the other “was tall and then thin and wore light Khaki trousers and a white shirt.” When shown a picture of Oswald, Miss Clemons said that Oswald was not one of the two men she had seen. Clemons said that one man fired at Tippit, the other waved to his partner and they both “ran from the scene in opposite directions.”  Lane said that Clemons’ comments were “corroborated by other witnesses who saw men running from the scene and who stated that Oswald was not one of them.”   

Clemons said she had been threatened by two men who said they worked for the Dallas Police Department “and ordered her not to talk.” They wore guns and threatened that if she talked to anyone she “might get hurt” if she talked to the Warren Commission, she “might get killed.”    

The Warren Commission dismissed her claims as “speculation and rumor.” The Commission claimed, says Lane, “…such a women did not exist.” Lane testified about Clemons in July, 1964. During September, 1964, Dorothy Kilgallen conducted an additional intervention. 

“She was a courageous woman who came forward to tell the truth about what she witnessed,” says Lane, “although her life had been threatened.” (p. 27.)

A METHOD TO SUPPRESS THEM 

Lane talks about the life and, later, death of Dorothy Kilgallen, a columnist for the New York Journal-American (Dorothy had been actively investigating the Kennedy assassination and obtained “a copy of Jack Ruby’s testimony, the classified top secret” files); both, Dorothy and Mark Lane, exchanged information on the topic. 

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The author/editor Lee Israel in her Manhattan apartment: She believed Dorothy Kilgallen was murdered.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/books/24forg.html?_r=0.

“She knew that the FBI had focused its legions upon our work,” says Lane. “She wrote in the Journal-American (that) the FBI ‘might have been more profitably employed in probing the facts of the case rather than how I got them.’ Of course, it was not the facts that the FBI sought – it was instead a method to suppress them.”  

Following Dorothy’s interview with Jack Ruby in 1965, she told Florence Smith, and other friends, that she was about to “break the case wide open.” She gave her notes to Smith. On November 18, 1965, Dorothy died; two days later, Florence died of a cerebral hemorrhage.  All of the notes could not be located. Researcher Richard Kollmar told Lane “that Dorothy had died because of her efforts to investigate the assassination.” Kollmar refused to talk any further. Unfortunately, in 1971 Kollmar committed suicide. Biographer and Editor Lee Israel examined all her available evidence on Kilgallon. “She concluded that Dorothy had been murdered,” says Lane.

ROY CRAIG

Deputy Sheriff Roger D. Craig’s observations on November 22 proved to be extremely important:  1) He interviewed Arnold Rowland and his wife who saw two men on the sixth floor of the book depository building, one with a rifle and telescopic site. 2) He was about eight feet from Deputy Sheriff Eugene Bloom when the German Mauser was found, followed by Dallas Police Captain Will Fritz doing an official police identification. The CIA’s Top Secret memo still listed the rifle (on November 25, 1963) as a German Mauser and not an Italian-Mannlicher-Carcano; says Lane: “Apparently the interagency coordination was imperfect.”

Sheriff Roger D. Craig

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          An Airline Scans Your Face. You Take Off. But Few Rules Govern Where Your Data Goes.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   




A passenger in front of a facial recognition camera at Orlando International Airport. The program also operates at airports in Los Angeles, Detroit and Atlanta.CreditJohn Raoux/Associated Press


By Catie Edmondson
Aug. 6, 2018



WASHINGTON — The program makes boarding an international flight a breeze: Passengers step up to the gate, get their photo taken and proceed onto the plane. There is no paper ticket or airline app. Thanks to facial recognition technology, their face becomes their boarding pass.

“I would find it superconvenient if I could use my face at the gate,” said Jonathan Frankle, an artificial intelligence researcher at M.I.T. studying facial recognition technology. But “the concern is, what else could that data be used for?”

The problem confronting Mr. Frankle, as well as thousands of travelers, is that few companies participating in the program, called the Traveler Verification Service, give explicit guarantees that passengers’ facial recognition data will be protected.

And even though the program is run by the Department of Homeland Security, federal officials say they have placed no limits on how participating companies — mostly airlines but also cruise lines — can use that data or store it, opening up travelers’ most personal information to potential misuse and abuse such as being sold or used to track passengers’ whereabouts.

The data the airlines collect is used to verify the identity of passengers leaving the country, an attempt by the department to better track foreigners who overstay their visas. After passengers’ faces are scanned at the gate, the scan is sent to Customs and Border Protection and linked with other personally identifying data, such as date of birth and passport and flight information.

For its part, Customs and Border Protection has said it will retain facial scans of American citizens for no longer than 14 days. But the agency has said it cannot control how the companies use the data because they “are not collecting photographs on C.B.P.’s behalf.”


John Wagner, the deputy executive assistant commissioner for the agency’s Office of Field Operations, said he believed that commercial carriers had “no interest in keeping or retaining” the biometric data they collect, and the airlines have said they are not doing so. But if they did, he said, “that would really be up to them.”

But, Mr. Wagner added, “there are still some discussions to be had,” and federal officials are considering whether they should write in protections.

Privacy advocates have criticized the agency for allowing airlines to act as unregulated arbiters of the data.

“C.B.P. is a federal agency. It has a responsibility to protect Americans’ data, and by encouraging airlines to collect this data, instead they are essentially abdicating their own responsibility,” said Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights nonprofit.

Harrison Rudolph, an associate at Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology, voiced similar concerns in a report he helped write in December evaluating the agency’s use of facial scans.

“Are there privacy protections in the contracts that D.H.S. has reached with the airlines?” Mr. Rudolph said in an interview. “Do they require the disposal of any data collected? Do they require audits? Are there use limitations to ensure that travelers’ photos aren’t used in ways they don’t expect? Without any enforceable rules, it’s too easy for D.H.S. to break those promises.”

Mr. Wagner, however, defended the program and said it “builds upon the processes that have taken place for many years.”

“Airlines are already collecting a lot of information from a traveler and providing that to C.B.P.: the reservation data, the manifest,” he said.

But biometric data, including scans of passengers’ faces and fingerprints, is among the most sensitive, according to privacy experts, because unlike other means of identification such as a Social Security number, it cannot be changed.

The face is a particularly sensitive identifier because “if someone has a camera, they can identify you by your face,” Mr. Frankle said. “You can be recognized even if you have no idea you’re being recognized.”

The program, which currently operates through four major airlines in international airports in Los Angeles, Detroit, Orlando and Atlanta, is not mandatory for passengers. But the airlines — Delta, Lufthansa, British Airways and JetBlue — have reported that a majority of passengers participate.

It comes as facial recognition technology has become both more widespread and more closely scrutinized.

Companies such as Apple and Citibank have leveraged the technology, and still more — including casinos, music festival organizers and retailers like Walmart — have used it to track customers and shoplifters.

Amazon has recently drawn condemnation for providing facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies, whose use of the technology has caused privacy and civil liberties groups to voice concerns about overzealous surveillance.

Questions about the technology’s accuracy have also arisen. According to the Georgetown report, federal data shows that the system used by Customs and Border Protection incorrectly rejects as many as one in 25 travelers using valid credentials. It also cited studies that showed that facial recognition algorithms fail more frequently in correctly identifying women and people of color. The department said it does not track how many people using forged credentials manage to get through the system.

A privacy report by Customs and Border Protection published in June 2017 when the program began said federal officials would conduct a privacy evaluation within one year to ensure that airlines were complying with “required privacy protections.” An agency spokeswoman, Jennifer Gabris, said last month that the evaluation had not been completed because the program had not achieved “interim operating capability.”

Ms. Gabris did not respond to inquiries asking what privacy protections are required of participating companies; representatives for participating airlines also declined to respond to similar inquiries.

The companies have since been left to come up with their own policies that contain varying degrees of privacy assurances. In statements, the airlines stressed that the program was being tested in limited trials.

But while they provide passengers with generalized privacy policies, only one, JetBlue, specifically outlines how it will protect customers’ biometric data, an update made after inquiries from The New York Times.

Further complicating the situation is the fact that the companies share passengers’ data with the technology vendors they have contracted to create the infrastructure that collects the information and sends it to federal officials. Those vendors — Vision-Box, SITA and NEC Corporation — each have their own privacy policies with differing levels of accessibility.

“This is not something that is hard to get right if your hands are clean, which only invites suspicion if you don’t get it right,” Mr. Frankle said. “This isn’t a place where you’re innocent until proven guilty. We should be skeptical until they assure us they’re not going to use this data for anything other than convenience in ways that are legally binding.”

Some airlines like JetBlue have already expressed interest in using facial recognition technology to customize passengers’ experiences, such as allowing gate agents to recognize customers and even one day determining travelers’ mood.

Despite the privacy concerns, the Traveler Verification Service shows signs of expanding.

As part of a package devised to secure the nation’s borders, President Trump signed an executive order last year telling federal officials to speed up completion of a larger biometric entry-exit system that encompasses the program. And Congress authorized $1 billion in 2016 toward the measure.

The airlines say they hope to introduce the program within the next year to at least another half-dozen airports, and federal officials updated privacy documents last month to allow for cruise lines to participate in the program.

Two senators, Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, have urged the Department of Homeland Security to stop the expansion of the larger effort until their privacy concerns are addressed.

In a letter sent to the agency in December, the senators said that the system “appears not to have the proper safeguards to prevent the spread of this data to third parties or other government agencies.”




          Rowdy right-wing rally-goers flood Portland park amid heavy police presence      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY 

Published 10:37 a.m. ET Aug. 4, 2018 | Updated 3:42 p.m. ET Aug. 4, 2018





(Photo: Mark Graves, The Oregonian, AP)


Portland police, braced for possible violent clashes, manned barricades and metal detectors downtown Saturday as the right-wing group Patriot Prayer gathered for a rally amid boisterous counter-protesters in the third such face-off in two months.

The event also comes ahead of the one-year anniversary of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August that deteriorated into clashes between protesters and counter-protesters and left one person dead.

People on both sides swarmed the area wearing protective pads or vests, many also wearing masks or covering themselves with bandanas. Police kept the two groups separated by barricades and by a street in front of the waterfront park.

Police warned via Twitter that no one carrying a rifle, shotgun or other long-gun in Tom McCall park, site of the rally.

At one point, police said on bullhorns that they had observed some people among the counter-protesters carrying weapons, and ordered a section of the event area cleared.


Police also said that any item, such as a flag pole, or a homemade shield, that could be used as a weapon, will be confiscated.

"I continue to strongly reject the idea that violence or hate speech are legitimate means to a political end," Mayor Ted Wheeler said on the eve of the event, adding that he and the Portland police chief "have serious concerns about the potential for violence" at the events.

As groups began to gather, a Patriot Prayer leader who identified himself only as "Tiny" told a KATU-TV reporter that he was there to "stand up for freedom and our constitution."


Wearing a partial mask and a black t-shirt that read "Pinochet did nothing wrong," Tiny said he and other supporters were wearing protective gear against counter-protesters.

"Last time I showed up without these, I got smashed with a wooden stick," "We are going to gear up."

"Unarmed people have been attacked for standing up for a president they support, just for standing up for freedom," he said.

The march, planned for months, has been organized by Joey Gibson, leader of the Patriot Prayer group, and a long-shot Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in the state of Washington.

It comes five weeks after clashes between left and right on June 30 in which both sides, including masked anti-fascist groups, battled in downtown Portland, pummeling and striking each other. Police declared the event a riot and revoked rally permits.


A similar Patriot Prayer event on June 4 devolved into fistfights and assaults by both sides as police struggled to keep the groups apart.

As supporters jostled among the crowds and media at the park, Gibson took a mic at one point to rally the already boisterous crowd, saying, "We are going to make change. We just keep going."

He said the group was there to express their views as guaranteed by the constitution, not to fight.

Gibson said in a live video on Facebook earlier this week that he won’t stop bringing his followers to Portland until they can express their right-wing views without interference.

“I refuse to do what Portland wants me to do because what Portland wants me to do is to shut up and never show up again," he said. "So yeah, I refuse to do that, but I will not stop going in, and I will not stop pushing, and I will not stop marching until the people of Portland realize that and realize that their methods do not work,” he said.

Organizers say that while Patriot Prayer denies being a white supremacist group, it affiliates itself with known white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazi gangs.

In addition, self-described anti-fascists – or “antifa” – have been organizing anonymously online to confront Patriot Prayer and an affiliated group, the Proud Boys, in the streets.

The Facebook page for Resist Patriot Prayer: Violent Alt-Right Bigots Off Our Streets," the group said it is willing to use physical force if necessary against "Joey and his Alt Right goons."

"History has shown that militant resistance is a necessary and important tool in the fight against fascism," the event page said. "We make no apologies for the use of force in keeping our communities safe from the scourge of right-wing violence. Make no mistake, these people are coming here with the intent to harm and threaten people."

Effie Baum, a spokesperson with Popular Mobilization, said her group was formed solely to mobilize counter-protesters for Saturday, OregonLive reports.

"One thing we all have in common is our opposition to white supremacy, transphobia and homophobia," said Baum said, according to OregonLive.

“Patriot Prayer is continuing to commit violence in our city, and their events are becoming more and more violent,” she said. “Leaving them a small group to attack in the streets is only going to allow them to perpetuate their violence.”

Contributing: The Associated Press





          We’ll continue to defend democracy – Saraki      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday reiterated the resolve and commitment of the 8th Senate and indeed the National Assembly, to continue to protect and defend the nation’s fledgling democracy. Saraki Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, gave this indication while addressing the […]
          APC to Saraki: You’re not fit to remain as Senate President      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The All Progressives Congress APC has again restated its earlier declaration regarding the suitability of Sen. Bukola Saraki to continue to preside over the affairs of the Nigerian Senate. “A traitor will always be a traitor, however the time and place. The Senate must do everything possible to put Dr. Saraki where he rightly belongs […]
          Alleged gun-running charges: Again, Dino Melaye fails to appear in court      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
For the second time, the Senator representing Kogi West in the Senate, Dino Melaye, did not appear in court on Wednesday to answer the charges bordering on gunrunning levied against him and two others. However, the two suspects charged alongside Mr. Melaye — Kabir Seidu, aka Osama; and Nuhu Salihu aka Smally — were in […]
          More pressure on Saraki to quit Senate presidency      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

APC, North’s youths, Sagay demand resignation ‘I won’t descend into gutter’ Senate President Bukola Saraki was under more pressure yesterday to quit his seat. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from which he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delivered a blistering attack on him. Legal expert Prof. Itse Sagay said he should goRead More

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          Saraki should resign as a matter of honour, says Sagay      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

•‘Buhari’s enemies want Adeosun out’ SENATE President Bukola Saraki should step down as a matter of honour,  Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Chairman Itse Sagay (SAN) said yesterday. According to him, it will require two-thirds majority of available Senators to unseat Saraki. Prof. Sagay, however, emphasised that the Senate President’s defection from the AllRead More

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          Louisiana Department of Health disputes “misappropriated” Medicaid funds despite evidence of fraud      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Months after a Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office’s (LAO) report revealed $2 billion in unaccounted for or misappropriated Medicaid payments, state legislators are calling for something to be done, while the Louisiana Department of Health is stating there “is no evidence of improper payments to providers, waste or fraud.” The Senate Health and Welfare Committee held a […]

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