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Republicans are increasingly concerned about their ability to fend off Democrats aiming to retake the Senate and win complete control of Congress.
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Homeland Security notified Congress on June 30 that it would transfer $200 million from other agencies to ICE, including the funds from FEMA.
          Is There A Sanders Political Dynasty Forming In New England?      Cache   Translate Page      

Bernie Sanders had to be cheated by the DNC in order to not win the Democratic primary in 2016, and the senator really started to make a national name for the Democratic Socialist. Could this be the start of a Sanders dynasty? Levi Sanders, Bernie’s son decided to run for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District […]

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          Congress races to avert government shutdown — and may actually do it      Cache   Translate Page      

Congress is scrambling to fund much of the federal government before the fiscal year ends, anxious to avoid an unpopular government shutdown or a bitter battle over President Trump’s demands for a border wall less than two months before the midterm elections.

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America’s Wild Horses and Burros urgently need your help today to save them from Sterilization and Eradication by Carol Walker The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on […]

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          Mitch McConnell Officially Losing His Shit, Because The Senate Is IN PLAY, AYUP.      Cache   Translate Page      


Joyful news, of the kind that should make you GET OFF YOUR ASS AND WORK. Pundits are finally coming around to what yr Wonkette has been suspectin' for quite some time now, and it is that, despite what looks on paper to be a really harsh landscape for Democrats in the Senate, the upper house is pretty obviously IN PLAY and we could wake up one Wednesday morning in November controlling the whole entire Congress if we GET OFF OUR ASSES AND WORK.

Wanna know how we know the Senate is in play, besides how we are smart? Because Mitch McConnell is freaking out:


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday sounded some of the most doubtful notes of Trump's presidency that Republicans will keep the upper chamber of Congress, telling reporters, "I hope when the smoke clears, we'll still have a majority."

Oh yeah? Well Wonkette hopes when the smoke clears, we'll be able to make out the sound of Mitch McConnell up inside his turtle shell, crying TURTLE TEARS OF SADNESS about how he's going to die a turtle loser minority leader who ain't got no turtle power no more.

Things had been looking pretty nasty, as the Democrats are defending six seats in states won by Donald Trump. (That would be Jon Tester in Montana; Joe Manchin in WV; Joe Donnelly in Indiana; Claire McCaskill in Missouri; Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota; and Bill Nelson in Florida.) Meanwhile Republicans are only defending one seat in a state won by Hillary Clinton, and that is Dean Heller in Nevada.

Thing is, those races are going pretty OK for the Democrats at this point, some of course better than others. The Cook Political Report currently has all the red state Dems still listed as toss-ups except Tester in Montana which is still "leans Dem." Dean Heller's seat too. Oh yeah, and also Jeff Flake's seat in Arizona and Bob Corker's seat in Tennessee. Ted Cruz's seat is still listed as "lean Republican," but our gut says that rating "leans bullshit."

Let's look at a few numbers:

  • Joe Manchin is up in West Virginia by seven or eight points, according to the Real Clear Politics average.
  • Joe Donnelly in Indiana, who was supposed to be the easiest get for the GOP, is up about six points.
  • Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Claire McCaskill (MO) are about tied in their races.
  • Jacky Rosen, who is running against Republican Dean Heller in Nevada, is a little bit ahead in the RCP average, but she needs your help. HELP HER!
  • In Arizona, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is running just about even with Republican Martha McSally. HELP HER TOO!

At this point, Bill Nelson of Florida is considered the most vulnerable sitting Democratic senator, and the latest poll has Batboy impersonator and current GOP governor Rick Scott up a couple points. But people are wildly excited about voting for Andrew Gillum for governor -- even according to Republican-leaning polling outfits -- so maybe that will help keep Nelson in place. As always, it's about turnout, turnout, turnout, and how do you make that happen? By knocking on doors and making phone calls and giving money! Hit up the Nelson campaign to help here.

Also, there have been some surprises! First of all, there is BETOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

We've slobbered over written about Beto O'Rourke's race against Ted Cruz in Texas quite a bit lately, because the GOP is shitting its pants and hemorrhaging resources, due to how everybody hates Ted Cruz and his foreign-born face, and Texans secretly have been wanting to get off that ride for ages. Well, there's a new ride in town, and his name is BETOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

RIDE HIM! WITH VOTES!

Texas is blanketed with Beto signs, conservative Texans seem confused as hell, and people are fired up and ready to go. The polls still show Beto down a few points, but they're getting closer, and the right amount of enthusiasm and voter participation could really give Texans some Beto O'Rourke in their stocking this Christmas.

Here, watch a video about Karen Collins, a retired quilter in Texas who wasn't really involved in poltiics before President Dipshit got elected, but is now involved at every level, and let her fire you up to help Beto cross the finish line:

But it's not just Beto!

Down here in Tennessee, there's beloved Democratic former governor Phil Bredesen, who is fired up and ready to kick Marsha Blackburn's lunatic ASS this November. And he's up in the polls! We've been watching the national media get all confused about this race, sure of itself that all these polls (every one of 'em) is an outlier, but Tennesseans know the truth, which is that everybody loves Phil Bredesen and everybody hates Marsha Blackburn. (She's kind of our Ted Cruz.)

Tennessee and Texas are clearly All Hands On Deck situations for Democrats, but if we work, and we work for all these incumbent Democrats and we work for Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona and we work to kick Dean Heller's ass in Nevada ... this is DOABLE.

And that is why Mitch McConnell and the GOP are so freaked out.

Oh yeah, and let us just briefly mention to you what might be a sleeper for the Democrats, and it is Mississippi. HEAR US OUT. We are not talking about the regular Mississippi Senate election in November. Roger Wicker is considered SOLID to win re-election. But there's also a Senate primary for Thad Cochran's seat on November 6, to see who will go up against Democrat Mike Espy on November 27. Will he face bugfuck insane Chris McDaniel, or the slightly less insane Cindy Hyde-Smith, whom the governor appointed to fill out Cochran's term? We just don't know, but a recent poll shows Espy beating BOTH OF THEM.

So keep that one in your back pocket, especially if Mississippi selects McDaniel, who, again, is bugfuck insane. We could be looking at a HELLO, DOUG JONES situation in the state next door to Alabama.

The point of this post is DON'T BOO, VOTE, and FIRED UP, READY TO GO, and also more sexxx jokes about riding Beto O'Rourke, because we are gay like that.

Also it is your open thread.

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          What If Lindsey Graham Isn't Compromised, What If He's Just LIKE THAT?      Cache   Translate Page      


Bob Woodward's book Fear was released Tuesday so someone should get around to reading it to Donald Trump next week (Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls "not it!"). It exposes a great deal of dysfunction within the White House but also reveals the corruption that has seeped out of it like a failed sewer line into other branches of government. Perhaps there's no better or more disappointing example than Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Graham, of all the Vichy Republicans who capitulated to President Trump, was the loudest Cassandra about candidate Trump. He scathingly summed up Trump in 2015 as a "race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot ... who doesn't have a clue about anything." Trump didn't spend 2016 at Clue! Academy. He actually ramped up the race-baiting and overall bigotry. Trump's election should've propelled Graham to the front lines of the NeverTrump conservative resistance with Evan McMullin, the guy he actually voted for, but instead he shifted course literally on election night, tweeting that Trump "defied laws about accepting aid from a hostile foreign power the odds and overcame many obstacles to win a stunning victory." Dude, this is the presidency. You're acting like Trump won the 2016 World Series.


Woodward's book describes Graham as playing a "starring role" in the Trump White House, practically "moving in" and attempting to exert his influence because, I dunno, maybe in this "race-baiting, xenophobic" administration he can get the trains to run on time. Collaboration with Trump has become the new "patriotism" and Graham is such a model collaborator, he should strut his stuff on a Paris runway.

Graham quickly wormed his way into Trump's good graces. He flattered him with a bunch of bare-ass lies about how only Trump, "the ultimate deal maker," could "right the ship" in Congress. Yeah, asshole's been divorced twice and sued literally thousands of times, but he'll resolve all the partisan rancor in Washington. This shameless self-abasement was enough to win Graham some golf dates with the putter-in-chief, and Trump pressed him relentlessly on why he wasn't his number one guy.

Trump wanted Graham's "100 percent" support instead of the "82 percent" he believed Graham was putting out (top off but bra still on, etc.). I'm not sure how Trump was getting these figures -- probably Ivanka and a slide rule. Graham massaged the issue, telling him he was a "good commander-in-chief" and that he was "cleaning up" Obama's mess. This satisfied Trump so he later offered Graham an ambassadorship to Pakistan. Graham shrewdly turned this down because he knew what's just where you send away the mistress so she'll stop asking you to leave your wife. He wanted to stay close and push Trump toward his own "hawkish view of foreign policy." Idiots claimed during the election that Trump was less "hawkish" than Hillary Clinton, and even if they were right (idiots usually aren't, though), Graham was actively working to undermine Trump's possibly one good idea. Trump even wondered when we might get around to ending the war in Afghanistan and Graham insisted NEVER! because the "good vs. evil never ends." Yo Joe!

Last September, Graham reportedly advised Trump to "encourage" China to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and replace him with a general "they control." That's gangster shit and is also precisely why so many other nations hate us. Graham isn't even Tom Hagen to Trump's Sonny Corleone. He's like Connie Corleone in The Godfather Part III. If I'm gonna live in a gangster movie, I want it to at least be a good one.

But this doozy Woodward drops regarding Graham and the late John McCain is really sickening.

Torn between his longtime friendship with the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his efforts to influence Trump, Graham worked to repair the relationship between them by arranging a dinner with Trump, McCain and McCain's wife Cindy.

Graham tried to trade his supposed friend's soul for some Groupon promo codes. That's just low. Trump also offered to buy off the McCains by making Cindy an "ambassador focused on human trafficking," which she already does pretty well without him.

Graham later boasted of "managing" McCain so the GOP could screw poor people without the senator's whispers of conscience getting in the way.

Graham said his “chief job is to keep John McCain happy," to keep the senator from bucking his party's leadership," Graham said.

One of the few "good Republican" things about Graham was that he bucked the hardliners in his party on immigration. He was involved in the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill, which wasn't enough to get past the GOP-controlled House. Despite becoming BFFs with repulsive racist Steve Bannon (they spoke "every day" before Bannon left the White House), Graham still tried to promote sane immigration policies, which mostly failed and only resulted in Trump insulting people and eventually jailing immigrant children.

I confess I hoped that Putin had a file a foot deep on Graham, and his whiplash-inducing about-face was a clear indication he was compromised somehow. But Fear raises the very real possibility that Graham just thought he could control the mad king. The New York Times op-ed revealed that a lot of people believe they can use Trump to their advantage. "Fear" isn't strong enough to describe how it feels to learn that people like Graham are willing to look evil in the face, shrug, and say, "Maybe we can cut a deal?"

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          The EU Just Broke The Internet And Started A War With Pirates      Cache   Translate Page      


Earlier this morning the EU voted in favor of the Copyright Directive, a controversial update to copyright laws. Publishers are hailing this as a victory, but the rest of the internet has no comment, because it is in the hospice, dying.

The battle lines are drawn on two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13. Called the "link tax" and the "upload filter" by people who don't have their head up their ass, it would force companies like Google and Facebook to pay publishers whenever they link to stories. The upload filter would force Google and Facebook to block people from sharing unlicensed copyrighted news stories, songs, videos, and memes.

Some publishing companies are hailing this as a big win for the little guys, ignoring the fact that IF PEOPLE CAN'T LINK TO YOUR STORIES, NOBODY WILL COME READ YOUR STORIES. According to them, newspapers might finally get paid for journalisming (HARD TO DO WITHOUT PEOPLE READING IT), musicians could move out of their parents' basements (yeah, we don't know, that probably is right), and porn stars wouldn't have to slap politicians on the ass with copies of Forbes to pay the bills. The publishers say that tech companies are just whining because they're finally being held accountable for stealing and sharing content (even if it's already free), and implying that they actually intend to pay artists and journalists.


Since the internet is mostly porn, terrible memes, and bootlegs, nerds are raising their Jolly Rogers and declaring war. They argue that vague provisions in the sweeping new law make it unclear how people can continue to share news articles, blog posts, and bad jokes. There are real fears that the upload filters will cripple the careers of freelance photojournalists, artists, and computer coders who rely on the magic of the internet to share their work and earn beer money.

Where (some) publishing companies see this as a move to finally tamp town on the scourge of internet piracy, actual internet pirates are laughing their caffeinated asses off. When link tax legislation passed in Spain, Google simply pulled their news service. When Germany tried a similar tax on content, people just gave their content to Google for free. And as anyone in China can tell you, content filtering only hurts the general public and encourages people to avoid filters. This often pushes legitimate content deep into the wretched butthole of the Dark Web where it's hard to simply browse the web like you'd channel surf TV late at night.

The effects of the law are broad and prove that people do not have the interest of users in mind. Want to read your favorite snarky news brief? Sorry, the Wonkagenda violates the "link tax." How about listening to classical music and reading old books? Copyrighted, even if it's public domain. Want to download old school Nintendo and Sega games for your kids? Fuck your kids, tell those little shits to come correct! Would you like to browse photos of that big anti-Trump protest? Go have a tough titty pity party, those photos have billboard ads, logos, and branded pink pussy hats -- all copyrighted.

The Copyright Directive isn't up for final approval until January, but it's expected to pass without much resistance. The European Pirate Party has called the law "catastrophic," and is vowing to fight the bill alongside tech giants and internet advocacy groups like the EFF, and the Mozilla Foundation. Americans may scoff at a fight for internet rights in Europe, but they'd be wise to remember that just last week congressional Republicans called for the strict regulation of the internet under the guise of free speech.

Bottom line: the fight isn't about making dick jokes and memes, it's about the freedom to share dick jokes and memes. And since everything is terrible, here's a baby pygmy hippo.


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          SPOILER: Freedom Caucus Fuckwit Mark Meadows Just Makin' Up Shit About Peter Strzok's Texts      Cache   Translate Page      


If it is a day, House Republicans are doing some propaganda bullshit in their Kremlin-inspired war on America's Justice Department, in service of the unindicted co-conspirator traitor in the White House at whose feet they worship and whose taint they are just grateful to sniff.

So hey, North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of the House Freedom Caucus, the guy former GOP House Speaker John Boehner once memorably referred to as an "idiot"! What kind of Kremlin-inspired propaganda do you have for us today?


In his next tweet, Meadows fully types out his new TIMELINE for these very important new PETER STRZOK TEXTS which prove STUFF and THINGS about DEEP STATE or WHATEVER THE FUCK HE IS TALKING ABOUT HOLY SHIT WHO EVEN KNOWS WHAT THIS (ALLEGEDLY!) INBRED DUMPSTERFUCK FROM APPALACHIA IS GOING ON ABOUT RIGHT NOW:

So, the new timeline:
4/10/17: Strzok texts Lisa Page wanting to discuss a "media leaking strategy."
4/12/17: Strzok texts Lisa Page that two articles are coming about "her namesake" (Carter Page)
4/22/17: Strzok texts Page: "article is out!" and "Well done, Page"

Case closed, shut the door on the Russia investigation probably!

In case you haven't gleaned this so far, there is a new chapter in House Republicans' bizarre obsession with the text messages of recently fired FBI investigator (and veritable fucking hero at investigating Russians) Peter Strzok, who worked on the early stages of the counterintel investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Like everything else House Republicans have come up with so far -- RELEASE THE MEMO! BRUCE OHR! LET'S SMELL OUR OWN FARTS AND SEE IF WE FIND A DEEP STATE CONSPIRACY! -- it is unmitigated bullshit meant to waste your time and obstruct justice.

In the letter Meadows sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (attached to the tweet above), the congressman has a squirrel-fucking conniption over a newly discovered April 2017 text from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page, the FBI lawyer Strzok at one point was doing affair sexes with, which mentions a "media leaking strategy." In another text to Page, Strzok says heads up, two articles are coming out about "her namesake," which would be Carter Page, the Trump campaign's very stupidest Russian intelligence asset, who's been on the radar as a particularly stupid Russian intelligence asset for YEARS. The Washington Post had broken news about the FISA warrants on Carter Page the day before. Finally, ten days later, there is a text where Strzok tells (Lisa) Page, "article is out!" and "Well done, Page."

(By the way, there is much stupid hullabaloo this week about Trump maybe declassifying ALL the Carter Page FISA documents, because Mark Meadows and Donald Trump really like to own goal themselves.)

In Meadows's very smart brain, these new tweets, originally reported by bona fide Hannity idiot Sara Carter, mean Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were doing INTENTIONAL MEDIA LEAKING to make Carter Page look bad (he's just an innocent Russian spy after all!), and that after it was all over, Peter Strzok patted Lisa Page on the back like "Hey lady I have intercoursed in the past, nice job with the Deep State conspiracy leaks!" Meadows further alleges that a whole passel of other folks were probably leaking to the media to hurt Donald Trump, but he's not sure, so let's have Mark Meadows investigate to see if he can invent a conspiracy theory inside his nasty-ass Carolina vinegar BBQ rectal slit.

Except ... NOPE! Not even a little bit. Meadows acts like he found these three text messages inside a random farm animal at a western North Carolina Tea Party speed dating event, but in point of fact they came from a larger release of documents from the Department of Justice. Could it be helpful to look at the texts in context? THE FUCK YOU SAY!

The truth is that it's much more likely (by which we mean there's almost a 100% chance) these tweets were actually not strategizing about how to leak, but about how to COMBAT leaks. Why? Well, for one thing, going after unauthorized leaks was part of Peter Strzok's job! And as the Washington Post notes, at the time of these texts, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was on a warpath about leaks.

Here is the full text from April 10, 2017:

"I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go."

Media leak strategy with DOJ? In a text message to an FBI lawyer from an FBI guy whose job is to go after unauthorized leaks? How fuckin' weird is that! (Not weird.)

But there is even deeper context available! Democratic congressmen Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler, ranking members of the House Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary Committees, responded with their own statement, which explained more about what was going on that day in April of 2017:

"DoJ getting all political and about to blown (sic) up the media leak regs and turn this into a circus," Strzok wrote.

Then, Strzok expressed concern that some officials were looking to shake up the DOJ's internal leak regulations and suggested consulting with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Director James B. Comey to intervene.

Strzok wrote: "if they are going to try to blow up the regs we need to get that to andy and d soonest."

In other words, the Trump administration was caterwauling about leaks, and the career employees who have to implement their shit were discussing how best to do that. Escandalo!

As for the text a week and a half later on April 22, where Strzok says, "Article is out!" and "Well done, Page," does it make sense that he's congratulating Lisa Page a week and a half later on some really good leaking she did a week and a half ago? Well if you're a fucking moron like Mark Meadows, maybe it does. Nadler and Cummings note, though, that the New York Times published a profile on James Comey on April 22, which seems much more likely to be the article Strzok is referring to.

Does Mark Meadows even believe in his own conspiracy theory? According to Roll Call, "A spokesman for Meadows declined to comment on this story," and according to Mother Jones, "Asked Tuesday if Meadows stood by the assertions in his letter, a spokesman for congressman declined to comment." So nah, Meadows probably knows he's being a craven, justice-obstructing shithole.

Of course, this conspiracy theory is all over right-wing media now, which has already turkey basted it up the moron president's ass:

So basically everything is normal! House Republicans are willfully lying about Peter Strzok's text messages -- hey remember that time they were all going apeshit about how Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had a SECRET SOCIETY???? -- and the president is swallowing it whole.

God bless us, everyone!

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          Oh, poor Jimmy!      Cache   Translate Page      

From the Commercial Observer:

City councilman Jimmy Van Bramer presides over one of New York City’s hottest real estate markets: western Queens. And one of its submarkets, Long Island City, is on track to get 6,200 new residential units by next year and sits at the heart of crucial zoning, infrastructure, transportation and urban planning issues that affect much of the city.

The 49-year-old councilman, who represents LIC, part of Astoria, Sunnyside and Woodside, was raised in his district by a printer father and painter mother, both union members. Since taking office in 2009, he has found himself facing down developers and community activists alike, while trying to stay true to both his core principles and his working-class neighborhood roots.

Over the past few years, he’s netted some victories for his district, like a new modern library for Hunters Point South in LIC and protected bike and bus lanes along Queens Boulevard. He’s also run into controversy over development and transit issues, like when he refused to greenlight a 2016 rezoning for a 200-unit affordable apartment building developed by Phipps Houses in Sunnyside. And last year he clashed with neighbors and businesses along Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside for proposing protected bike lanes there and along 43rd Avenue after two cyclists were killed by motorists. (After getting pushback from local merchants and the community board over bike lanes replacing parking spots, he abandoned the plan. Congressman Joe Crowley—recently unseated in a surprise victory by democratic socialist candidate Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez—even weighed in on Twitter to oppose the bike lanes.)

          How will you vote?      Cache   Translate Page      

If you live in Winnebago County, your ballot on Election Day will include two non-binding referendums:

1.  Should the Wisconsin State Legislature create a nonpartison procedure for the preparation of a legislative and congressional redistricting plan?

2. Should the state legislature enact proposed legislation that closes the Dark Store loopholes, which currently allow commercial retail properties to significantly reduce the assessed valuation and property tax of such properties by using closed, vacant (dark) properties for determining the assessed value of open, occupied, and fully operational properties, resulting in a substantial shift in taxes levied against other tax-paying entities, such as residential home owners and/or cuts in essential services provided by an affected municipality?

League of Women Voters member Susan Curran has been studying redistricting in Wisconsin for the past few years.  She will explain that referendum.

Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff will explain the referendum on dark store legislation.  

Sponsored by the library and the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County.  This event will take place in the library's lower level Company E room.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018             more information on voting

This program is made possible by the library endowment's Sara Loescher Fund. All programs at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library are free and for everyone.  All library events are free and open to everyone.  Those with special needs are encouraged to call the Reference Desk  at 920.967.3690, within 24 hours of the event, to assure that specific needs with regards to parking, building and meeting room accessibility are met.

Todos los programas de la Biblioteca Elisha D. Smith son gratuitos y para todos. Aquellos con necesidades especiales pueden llamar a la oficina de la biblioteca 920.967.3662 con 24 horas de anticipación a un evento para asegurar que las necesidades específicas  de parqueo, acceso al edificio o acceso a las salas de reunión puedan ser satisfechas.

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          Congress races to avert government shutdown — and may actually do it      Cache   Translate Page      

Congress is scrambling to fund much of the federal government before the fiscal year ends, anxious to avoid an unpopular government shutdown or a bitter battle over President Trump’s demands for a border wall less than two months before the midterm elections.

Republicans and Democrats hope to complete...


          'It would be wrong': Congressman weighs in on deportation of deaf Nigerian, longtime Detroit resident      Cache   Translate Page      

One of ICE’s latest target — a deaf Nigerian citizen and decades-long resident of Detroit — could be granted a green card if legislation introduced Wednesday by Representative Dan Kildee passes through Congress. According to the Detroit Free Press, Francis Anwana, came to the U.S. from Lagos, Nigeria on an F-1 student visa at the age of…

link: 'It would be wrong': Congressman weighs in on deportation of deaf Nigerian, longtime Detroit resident


          House race will mean state’s first black or gay congressman      Cache   Translate Page      

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican and Democrat in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District race understand they have the chance to make history but are approaching their roles as trailblazers a little differently. Democrat Chris Pappas is embracing the fact he could become the state’s first openly gay congressman while his Republican opponent, Eddie Edwards, […]
          Senator Cory Booker Explains How Young Voter Turnout Could Change Congress Overnight      Cache   Translate Page      
Senator Cory Booker shares how his mom lectured him throughout his swearing-in ceremony and suggests young Americans are the key to dramatically …
          9/12/2018: NEWS: CALL FOR OUTRIGHT BAN ON SMACKING CHILDREN      Cache   Translate Page      
SCHOOL psychologists are calling for smacking to be banned outright, saying it harms children’s mental health. The Association of Educational Psychologists put forward a motion to the TUC Congress calling for a ban “in all settings”. Hitting children...
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President Trump is a fine President and a true American Patriot. And Ovomit is just the opposite..........A TRAITOR AND LAWLESS SCUMBAG

Ovomit's
Acts of Treason:

1.Perpetrating acts of fraud, perjury and conspiracy in his refusal to confirm
his lawful eligibility to serve as president under the U.S. Constitution
Article II, Section 1, constituting impeachable offenses of high crimes and misdemeanors
adumbrated in U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 4;

2. Surrendering sovereign U.S. war-making to foreign powers and international
authorities by attacking Libya without consulting Congress, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 8 and U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter33:1541-1548;

3. Accepting foreign title and office while acting as U.S. President and without consulting Congress when in 2009, Obama assumed the Chairmanship of the UN Security
Council, the international body responsible for declaring war on behalf of the UN, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 9;

4. Making
bribery attempts in word and in deed, as Obama administration offered bribes to
at least three Federal candidates for office: Joe Sestak, Andrew Romanoff and
Jim Matheson, in violation of U.S. Code Title 18, Section 201;

5. Defying a
Federal Court Order by refusing to halt the unconstitutional implementation of
the "Patient Healthcare and Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly known
as "ObamaCare", in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section
3, and Article III, Sections 1 & 2;

6. Defying a
Federal Court Order by refusing to grant lawful deep water drilling permits, in
violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3, and Article III, Sections
1 & 2;

7. Executive
Branch creation and implementation of regulations asserting unconstitutional
force of Federal law on matters explicitly rejected by or contrary to the will
and intent of Congress, specifically the EPA implementation of Cap and Trade,
in violation of U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 1 and Section 8;

8. Refusing
to secure our broken borders from illegal alien invasion, international
criminal incursion, and terrorist cadre penetration, in violation of U.S.
Constitution, Article III, Section 3 and Article IV, Section 4;

9. Executive
Branch malfeasance and impeding the administration of justice by preventing the
U.S. Department of Justice from investigating crimes committed for the direct
benefit of the President by presidential associates including: voter
intimidation at the hands of the New Black Panthers and ACORN election fraud,
in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3, and U.S. Criminal Code
Section 135, (Comp. St. § 10305);

10. Direct
mobilizing and funding of mob violence, sedition and insurrection, as witnessed
in Wisconsin, by the President's own reelection campaign group Organizing for
America, and including open statements of incitement to the insurrection by the
President himself, in violation of U.S.Penal Code, Chapter 115, Section 2383;

11.
Executive Branch usurpation of lawmaking powers voiding duly enacted
legislation of Congress by improperly preventing the U.S. Department of Justice
from defending established Federal law – specifically the Defense of Marriage
Act, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3;

12. Adhering
to the enemies of the United States, giving them aid and comfort, as witnessed
by consorting with, supporting and installing to powerful Federal positions
persons who in writing, word and deed have called for and promoted the
overthrow of America's constitutionally guaranteed Republican form of
government, and the overthrow of the United States Constitution; including but
not limited to William Ayers, Bernadette Dohrn, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren,
Van Jones, Dalia Mogahed, Harold Koh, and Eric Holder, in violation of U.S.
Constitution, Article III, Section IV and U.S. Penal Code, Section 2385.

, according to Bill Gertz in the Washington Times, “the U.S. government has traced some of the
$1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed
terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred.”

There is a law that applies to this situation.
U.S. Code 2381 says: “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies
war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort
within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer
death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this
title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office
under the United States.”

But there is one thing Barack Obama has on all
competitors: treason.

He showered hundreds of billions of dollars on
the Islamic Republic of Iran. There are those who say, “It was their money. It
belonged to the Iranian government but was frozen and not paid since 1979.”
Indeed, and there was a reason for that: not even Jimmy Carter, who made the
Islamic Republic of Iran possible, thought that money, which had been paid by
the Shah’s government in a canceled arms deal, belonged to the mullahs who
overthrew the Shah. Likewise Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W.
Bush all thought that the Islamic Republic was not due money that was owed to
the Shah.

Only Barack Obama did.

The definition of treason is giving aid and
comfort to the enemy. The leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran order their
people to chant “Death to America” in mosques every Friday, and repeatedly vow
that they will ultimately destroy the United States of America and the state of
Israel. How was giving them billions and helping them skirt sanctions applied
by the U.S. government not treason?

A List of Obama’s Constitutional
Violations

Ovomit took the
Presidential Oath, swearing to “.. preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States” but has:

§ Used Executive Action in direct opposition
to the law, and unilaterally changes the law for at least five million illegal
aliens; Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall
take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article
I Section 8

§ In direct violation of ACA Law ( Section 36B
) ordered subsidies be paid under Federal Exchange. Article. I. Section. 1;
Article II, Section 3.

§ *Entered Treaty Agreement with Iran without
Advice & Consent of the Senate. No agreement (including one with the UN) is
valid without 2/3 Senate approval. Article II Section 2.

§ Operation Choke Point program – Direct
infringement on 2nd Amendment.

§ Violated statute on “Material Support of
Terrorism” by returning top terrorists back to terrorist organizations. Article
II Section 3; Dereliction of Duty Article II Section 4

§ Violated Appropriations Act (DOD Section
8111) – GAO report; Article II Section 3

§ Ignored law that requires Congress be
notified prior to any detainees being moved from Guantanamo. “he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Using EPA to “legislate” over States,
Congress, and Federal Court; Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8; Direct
violation of Presidential Oath.

§ Appointed 24+ Federal agency czars without
advice and consent of the Senate; Violation of Article II Section 2

§ Used Executive Privilege in regards to Fast
& Furious gun running scandal. When Government misconduct is the concern
Executive privilege is negated.

§ 23 Executive Orders on gun control –
infringement of the 2nd Amendment

§ Exposed identity and methods of operation of
a Navy SEALs team – Illegal for a President to reveal classified military
secrets. Article II Section 3

§ 2 Executive actions mandating private health
information on patients be turned over to NICS – Violation of HIPPA law.

§ Executive Order bypassing Congress on
immigration – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress;
Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Unilaterally issued new exemptions to
immigration restrictions law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who
provided “limited material support” to t

errorists. – Article 1 Section 1; Article I
Section 8 Congress shall have the Power..to establish an uniform Rule of
Naturalization.

§ Issued directive instructing ICE to NOT
enforce immigration laws in certain cases. Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative
power held by Congress; “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully
executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Release of convicted illegal aliens ordered
in direct opposition to law-Article II Section 3

§ Expanded executive action for amnesty to
illegal immigrant relatives of DREAM Act beneficiaries. Article 1 Section 1,
ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall take Care that the Laws be
faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Executive action directing DHS that almost
all immigration offenses were unenforceable absent a separate criminal conviction.
Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I
Section 8

§ Ignoring Law (2006 Secure Fence Act) “he
shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Used DOJ to ignore section 8 of the Voting
Rights Act. ” he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article
II Section 3

§ Used DOJ to prevent Arizona and Alabama from
enforcing immigration laws. – 10th Amendment

§ Information memorandum telling states that
they can waive the work requirement for welfare recipients, thereby altering
the 1996 welfare reform law. – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held
by Congress.

§ Used NLRB to dictate to a business where
they can do business. (Boeing Dreamliner Plant). No Constitutional authority to
do so.

§ NDAA – Section 1021. Due process Rights
negated. Violation of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments.

§ Executive Order 13603 NDRP – Government can
seize anything

§ Executive Order 13524 – Gives INTERPOL
jurisdiction on American soil beyond law enforcement agencies, including the
FBI.

§ Executive Order 13636 Infrastructure
Cybersecurity – Bypassing Congress Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power
held by Congress

§ Attempt to tax political contributions – 1st
Amendment

§ DOMA Law – Obama directed DOJ to ignore the
Constitution and separation of powers and not enforce the law. ” he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Dodd-Frank – Due process and separation of
powers. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau writing and interpreting law.
Article. I. Section. 1

§ Drone strikes on American Citizens – 5th
Amendment Due process Rights negated

§ Bypassed Congress and gave EPA power to
advance Cap-n-Trade

§ Attempt for Graphic tobacco warnings (under
appeal) – 1st Amendment

§ Four Exec. appointments – Senate was NOT in
recess (Court has ruled unconstitutional yet the appointees still remain)

§ Obama took Chairmanship of UN Security
Council – Violation of Section 9.

§ ACA (Obamacare) mandate – SCOTUS rewrote
legislation and made it a tax because there is no Constitutional authority for
Congress to force Americans to engage in commerce. SCOTUS has no authority to
Legislate or lay taxes. Article I Section 1 & 8.

§ Contraceptive, abortifacients mandate
violation of First Ammendment

§ Healthcare waivers – No president has
dispensing powers

§ Refuses to acknowledge state’s 10th
Amendment rights to nullify Obamacare

§ Going after states (AZ lawsuit) for
upholding Federal law (immigration) -10th Amendment.

§ Chrysler Bailout -TARP – violated creditors
rights and bankruptcy law, as well as Takings and Due Process Clauses – 5th
Amendment (G.W. Bush also illegally used TARP funds for bailouts)

§ The Independent Payment Advisory Board
(appointees by the president). Any decisions by IPAB will instantly become law
starting in 2014 – Separation of Powers, Article 1 Section 1.

§ Congress did not approve Obama’s war in
Libya. Article I, Section 8, First illegal war U.S. has engaged in. Impeachable
under Article II, Section 4; War Powers Act – Article II Section 3.

§ Obama falsely claims UN can usurp
Congressional war powers.

§ Obama has acted outside the constitutional
power given him – this in itself is unconstitutional.

§ Bribery of Senator Ben Nelson and Senator
Mary Landrey. (Cornhusker Kickback and Louisiana Purchase) Article II, Section
4.

§ With the approval of Obama, the NSA and the
FBI are tapping directly into the servers of 9 internet companies to gain
access to emails, video/audio, photos, documents, etc. This program is code
named PRISM. NSA also collecting data on all phone calls in U.S. – Violation of
4th Amendment.

§ Directed signing of U.N. Firearms treaty –
2nd Amendment.

§ The Senate/Obama immigration bill (approved
by both) raises revenue – Section 7. All Bills for raising Revenue shall
originate in the House of Representatives

§ Obama altered law – (A president has no
authority to alter law) Delayed upholding the Employer Mandate Law (ACA) until
2015 – Individual Mandate will be enforced. A President does not have that
authority – Article. I. Section. 1. All legislative Powersherein granted shall
be vested in a Congress of the United States; The president “shall take care
that the laws be faithfully executed” -Article II, Section 3; Equal Protection
Clause -14th Amendment.

§ Obama altered law – ACA Medicare cuts
delayed until 2015. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama altered law – Enforcement of
eligibility requirements for ACA delayed until 2015. Article. I. Section. 1;
Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama wavered ACA Income Verification
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama altered law – Delayed ACA caps on out
of pocket expenses until 2015. (when implemented premiums will skyrocket)
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama ignored judicial order to fulfill
legal obligation regarding Yucca Mountain waste. Article II, Section 3

§ Waived Federal provision that prevents U.S.
From arming terrorist groups – Article I. Section 1; Impeachable under Article
III, Section 3.

§ Directed State Department HS to ignore law
barring entry to U.S. those giving political or charitable aid to known
terrorist groups. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama shelves part of the ACA Law for
Insurers, extending the life of non-qualifying (according to ACA) plans until
Jan. 1, 2015. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3. Violation of the
Take Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

§ Obama waved ACA individual mandate for those
that lost their insurance. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.
Violation of the Take Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

§ Obama alters ACA law and exempts companies
employing between 50-100 full-time workers from business mandate until 2016.
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ In total, Obama has unilaterally altered ACA
24 times. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3. Violation of the Take
Care Clause, Separation of Powers.


          Senate hopeful in Tenn. `embarrassed' by Kavanaugh hearings      Cache   Translate Page      
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen says he's "embarrassed by the circus" in the confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee -- and he's pointing at both Democrats and Republicans.

The former governor says Republicans are "running this thing through in a way that I don't think was the founders' intent." He also says some Democrats involved in Brett Kavanaugh's hearings have acted as presidential candidates.

Bredesen says he hasn't decided how he would have voted on Kavanaugh, but feels he owes it to Tennesseans to do so.

Bredesen's opponent in the closely watched Senate race is Marsha Blackburn, and the GOP congresswoman has strongly backed Kavanaugh's nomination.

Polls show a tight race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker. The GOP holds a 51-49 Senate edge.

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Wars are good for the economy. Wars do NOT cause economic down turns..........liberals DO!!!!!!!!!

THE REASON FOR THE CRASH

Do liberals ever have a clue? Do they ever know facts? Do you know why the crashed happened? Do you have any clue? Have you ever heard of sub-prime mortgage? The Left created and institutionalized the sub-prime mortgage, and it started in Chicago where ACORN pioneered the concept and shook down area banks for risky minority loans with protests and harassment. Clinton signed a revision to the CRA and the rest is history. Banks didn't want to give those shaky loans and anyone with more than a few brain cells would know that. They were pushed into doing it by the government.
0lair was an advisor to the Communist ACORN at the time they were testing the sub-prime strategy in Chicago.
Dodd-Frank was the uber ironic legislation that moronically passed through Congress and is now destroying small and mid-sized banks. Chris Dodd and Barney Frank were the heads of their respective oversight committees and neither did anything to prevent Fannie and Freddie from churning out hundreds of billions in bad loans and worthless mortgage backed securities. It was TOTALLY the fault of the Commies, posing as Democrats. The banks are hardly perfect, but they didn't cause the collapse.
Banks are where capital comes from. Without capital, capitalism stalls, just like the Commies wanted. The sub-prime loan scheme, followed by the ridiculously restrictive over-reaction of Frank-Dodd has locked up a huge amount of desperately needed capital. The whole thing was planned and was intentional, per the Cloward-Piven strategy to bankrupt the economy as a way to destroy capitalism and usher in socialism.
Europe has been doing the same thing Obama wants to do, only for far longer. Socialism doesn't work. Capitalism does, but Europe hasn't been capitalistic, in the true sense of the word, in a long time.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012...


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#AnyBlueJustWon'tDo for me.


As DWT posted a few weeks ago, it's almost nostril-pinching time for some.

Beto, as many of you know, is on Colbert tonight.  Panties and money will be thrown.

As I mentioned last week, he will have enough caysh to win.  Lack of name recognition should be no excuse for his losing, either.  That leaves only one thing: Latin@ turnoutSeveral media outlets have already mentioned it as key to Bob's victory, so I'll just refer you to Stace, who -- as referenced in Monday's Wrangle -- seems to be using the recent NALEO poll for excusing low turnout well in advance of the election.  Let's hope I'm just misunderstanding him, but ...

... frankly, if Trump and ICE and separating children from their parents and holding kids in cages, and policies like this, and Democrats like Lupe Valdez and Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar and Lina Hidalgo and Adrian Garcia and a shit-ton of others on the ballot aren't enough to motivate turnout, then maybe turnout is impervious to motivation.  Exactly how much fucking worse must it get for La Raza in this country before they do something about it?

If I remember history rightly, black people have been tortured, murdered, lynched, dragged, burned, and hanged just for trying to vote.  And then they were poll-taxed.  And they're still pretty well kept from voting by any means Republicans deem necessary to this day.  Maybe I have a blind spot, but I just don't recall Latinxs having to put up with as much bullshit through the years as that.

If Latin@s (and maybe this should be read as 'Mexicans') are waiting for their engraved invitation to a banquet where all of their wishes, hopes, and dreams will be granted ahead of their citizen participation in selecting our leaders ... then somebody needs to take them aside and explain that politics doesn't work that way.

Power concedes nothing without a demand, said Frederick Douglass.  And the way that looks, hermanos y hermanas, is: first you show up, then you demand.  Your demand correspondingly includes withholding your future support if your prior demands are not met.  Maybe try something different besides doing nothing this year, see what happens.

On the bright side for Beto, my shero Sema is on board.


She's made a pragmatic political calculation here, to Gadfly's irritation.  She plans on challenging Cornyn in 2020, and there's simply no way that her harsh criticisms of the Democratic Party establishment -- published as an op-ed in the Chronic in late July-- would be forgiven if she did what I'm doing and went "bah-fungoo" at O'Rourke.

I'm gonna cut her some slack.  Part of this is inherently being DSA; if you're running on their ballot line, you're inside their party.  You are expected to fall in line in November.  She may have simply given in to Beto's most obvious charm: his empathy.  He listens well.

Let's also be clear that Poop Cruz, whoever it is Tweeting for him, his comms team generally, and the Texas GOP at large are the gifts that keep on giving to O'Rourke.  They are doing everything they possibly can to lose this race for the Zodiac Killer.  Beto has also been blessed with the most favorable media coverage ever.  For the life of me I cannot understand how he dances through these continuously blooming meadows of lilies, gilded and not.


There's no reason he should get special recognition for this.  He's already sworn off corporate money and PAC money (allegedly), right?  I find plaudits from McKibben here the equivalent of whooping for a 7-year old who successfully completes his first unattended poop, or a 14-year old who has managed to tie both his shoelaces.  It's very typical of the Congressman's national media coverage.  Read all of this, with the excerpt being the last sentence.

If O’Rourke really does have a chance to win this November, then he’s going to have to prove to be the political rock star all those profiles keep making him out to be. 

No Beto for me, but Mrs. Diddie will give him a vote.  Same for Elizabeth Fletcher (why does a corporate attorney go by such a childish, childhood name?), whom I find charisma-impaired on top of her more recent Labor Day hypocrisy.


Wasn't exactly her firm's position in 2016.  (Your vehement protests against personal characterization as a janitors' union buster have been duly noted, Lizzie.)

Her vanquished primary opponent, Laura Moser, has been graceful and hard-working in support of Ds of all stripes since March.  Both Sema and Laura are just better Democrats than me. 

While Moser would be more accurately called a Berniecrat and Sema DSA, I personally am more of a hybrid when you consider my affinity for the Greens, or any independent candidate running to the left of the Donks.  I like DSA and their inside strategy, but I'm also more than willing to part company when certain right-leaning Democrats -- Henry Cuellar, anyone?  Bueller?  -- fall too far outside tolerance limits, as they do for me with Beto and Lizzie.  YMMV, and this is not what the vast majority of Texas Democrats are accustomed to doing, as we all know.

I have a few more Dems I won't be voting for, and a list of those that I will, which may surprise some of you reading this far.  I'll try to get that posted before the weekend.

          Comment on Primary Season's Last Lap by Michale      Cache   Translate Page      
Party loyalty? Do you even know what party I belong to? Of course you don't! I don't belong to a party, I've never registered with one, and I've never voted a straight party ticket. I've supported both Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama in presidential elections and before his retirement, I consistently supported Libertarian Ron Paul as my congressman. I support ideas, actions, and people, not parties. Your actions have been repugnant and your ideas objectionable, and while I do not know you personally, I'm not inclined to believe that I'd like you much either, so you do not have my support. I suspect that many others around here feel similarly. It's not an issue of party allegiance, it's simply that people who go out of their way to irritate (or worse) other people should not be surprised when those other people don't go out of their way to stick up for them. We're only human after all. Here is why I simply can't believe your sincerity, Bleyd.. You go on and on about MY actions and COMPLETELY ignore the FACT of Victoria's gross and perverse attacks on my family.. I have asked you about it SEVERAL times but you ignore it.. THAT proves to me that you don't really care about vile and disgusting attacks, unless it's someone who you politically disagree with, who is making the attacks.. Until you can be FAIR about things, this discussion is pointless because you are bigoted against those who don't toe your Party line.. This is what the FACTS prove beyond any doubt..
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M51 Party loyalty? Do you even know what party I belong to? Of course you don't! I don't belong to a party, I've never registered with one, and I've never voted a straight party ticket. I've supported both Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama in presidential elections and before his retirement, I consistently supported Libertarian Ron Paul as my congressman. I support ideas, actions, and people, not parties. Your actions have been repugnant and your ideas objectionable, and while I do not know you personally, I'm not inclined to believe that I'd like you much either, so you do not have my support. I suspect that many others around here feel similarly. It's not an issue of party allegiance, it's simply that people who go out of their way to irritate (or worse) other people should not be surprised when those other people don't go out of their way to stick up for them. We're only human after all.
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O general Antonio Hamilton Martins Mourão (à esquerda) na cerimônia de sua passagem para a reserva do Exército, em fevereiro deste ano. O comandante do Exército, Eduardo Villas Bôas (à direita), participou do evento.
As menos de 44 horas transcorridas entre as imagens de Jair Bolsonaro esfaqueado num calçadão e, na UTI hospitalar, encenando atirar com arma de fogo contam um drama e uma parábola. O drama é o torpe atentado contra o capitão de Artilharia, que cinco dias antes empunhara um tripé, fingira disparar e bravateara, para gozo da multidão que o ovacionava: “Vamos fuzilar a petralhada aqui do Acre!” A parábola é a do sapo e do escorpião.

A narrativa tem variações nos acabamentos, mas a alvenaria é a mesma. Um escorpião pede para atravessar um lago nas costas de um sapo. O sapo se recusa a dar corona por recear uma picada assassina. O escorpião alega não saber nadar; não envenenaria o anfíbio, porque afundaria junto com ele. O sapo coaxa: “Então, tá”. No meio da travessia, o escorpião o atraiçoa. Agonizando, o sapo pergunta sobre o motivo do gesto suicida. O escorpião esclarece, antes de se afogar: “Porque é da minha natureza”.

Candidato a senador no Rio, o deputado estadual Flávio Bolsonaro tuitou na sexta-feira, 7 de setembro, um dia depois de seu pai ser ferido em Juiz de Fora: “Jair Bolsonaro está mais forte do que nunca e pronto para ser eleito presidente do Brasil no primeiro turno!”.

Na noite do feriado, o general Hamilton Mourão, vice de Bolsonaro, disse em entrevista à Globonews que conversara por telefone com o cabeça da chapa. O candidato a presidente lhe recomendou “moderar o tom”, para “não exacerbar essa questão que está ocorrendo”.

Sincera ou pragmática, a atitude talvez rendesse votos: a vítima apelaria por serenidade e tolerância, repeliria a violência. No sábado, a ilusão ruiu, com Flávio voltando ao Twitter para publicar uma fotografia do pai sentado numa poltrona do hospital Albert Einstein. O paciente simulou tirotear.

A cena colidiu com o recado transmitido por Mourão. Por que Bolsonaro reincidiu na modulação beligerante? Porque é da sua natureza. Noutras palavras, da verve de Ciro Gomes, “ele foi ferido na barriga, mas não mudou nada na cabeça”.

Ato que tornou general da reserva Hamilton Mourão como vice-candidato à presidência na chapa de Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), em dia 5 de agosto.
Ato que tornou o general da reserva Hamilton Mourão vice-candidato à Presidência na chapa de Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), no dia 5 de agosto.
Foto: Marcelo Chello/CJPress/Folhapress

Fator Lula

A facada desferida contra Bolsonaro mereceu solidariedade e compaixão, mas não comoção em larga escala. O Datafolha ouviu 2.804 eleitores anteontem e constatou que, desde 21 de agosto, o representante da extrema direita oscilou de 22% para 24% da preferência, sem romper a margem de erro de dois pontos. Sua rejeição passou de 39% para 43%, muito além do índice de Marina Silva, que vem atrás com 29%.

Há empate quádruplo no segundo lugar da intenção de votos: Ciro Gomes, 13% (cresceu 3 pontos); Marina, 11% (despencou 5); Geraldo Alckmin, 10% (oscilou 1 para cima); e Fernando Haddad, 9%, (mais 5).

A morte do candidato Eduardo Campos foi sucedida em 2014 pela ascensão de sua antiga vice, Marina. Ferido, Bolsonaro patinou no Datafolha. Ele mantém eleitorado fidelíssimo, mas não o expande. Em nova evidência de que é candidato de classe, a Bolsa subiu 1,76% e o dólar caiu 0,94% no dia 6. Os investidores esperavam que o capitão, em quem confiam, disparasse nas pesquisas.

Os assassinatos do governador João Pessoa, em 1930, e do major-aviador Rubens Vaz, em 1954, mudaram ou aceleraram o rumo da história. Em 2018, a agressão a Bolsonaro não teve esse poder. Contra os perseguidores mais colados, três confrontos de segundo turno indicam seu revés. O melhor desempenho é um empate com Haddad (39% a 38% para o petista).

Dos cinco líderes, quem mais avançou foi o ex-prefeito, 125%. E isso que somente ontem, 11 de setembro, ele foi inscrito como candidato oficial à Presidência. Barrado pela Justiça, Lula escreveu uma carta-manifesto. Um trecho: “Nós continuamos vivos no coração e na memória do povo. E o nosso nome agora é Haddad”. É provável que o candidato do PT diminua em breve a distância para Bolsonaro. Terá ao lado a vice Manuela D’Ávila. A vigorosa campanha de Ciro possivelmente sofrerá com a descoberta, por muitos eleitores, de que ele não é o predileto do ex-presidente.

Não prevaleceram as previsões de que os adversários de Bolsonaro promoveriam viradas em suas campanhas, escapando de polêmicas com quem convalesce. O sórdido atentado contra o deputado não mitiga a sordidez dos seus ideais. Supor o contrário, e por isso tratar com indulgência o discurso obscurantista, seria contribuir para a derrota da democracia em outubro.

Jogral sombrio

À facada em Bolsonaro sobreveio o jogo duro de dois dos mais influentes oficiais do Exército. O general Mourão, na reserva remunerada. E o comandante da Força, general Eduardo Villas Bôas, no serviço ativo. Na Globonews, com a naturalidade de quem avisa não querer cebola na pizza de calabresa, o candidato a vice tratou como razoável o que ele reconheceu como “autogolpe” de um governante. “O presidente da República pode decidir empregar as Forças Armadas”; “é um autogolpe, você pode dizer isso”. “É uma hipótese”, adoçou, e não receita salgada para consumo imediato.

Mourão não tem mais nem um pelotão para dar ordens, ao contrário de seu conterrâneo gaúcho Villas Bôas. Em entrevista a O Estado de S. Paulo, o chefe do Exército associou a tentativa de homicídio contra Bolsonaro à legitimidade do próximo governante:

“O atentado confirma que estamos construindo dificuldade para que o novo governo tenha uma estabilidade, para a sua governabilidade, e podendo até mesmo ter sua legitimidade questionada. Por exemplo, com relação a Bolsonaro, ele não sendo eleito, ele pode dizer que prejudicaram a campanha dele. E, ele sendo eleito, provavelmente será dito que ele foi beneficiado pelo atentado, porque gerou comoção”.

Indagado pela repórter Tânia Monteiro sobre o registro da candidatura Lula, negado pelo Tribunal Superior Eleitoral, Villas Bôas tornou a abordar a legitimidade do eleito: “Preocupa que este acirramento das divisões acabe minando tanto a governabilidade quanto a legitimidade do próximo governo. Nos preocupa também que as decisões relativas a este tema sejam definidas e decididas rapidamente, de uma maneira definitiva, para que todo o processo transcorra com naturalidade”.

O comandante reiterou sua obsessão, ao opinar sobre a determinação do Conselho de Direitos Humanos da ONU para o ex-presidente ser opção nas urnas: “É uma tentativa de invasão da soberania nacional. Depende de nós permitir que ela se confirme ou não. Isso é algo que nos preocupa, porque pode comprometer nossa estabilidade, as condições de governabilidade e de legitimidade do próximo governo”.
Não cabe ao comandante da mais poderosa das três Forças tutelar as regras eleitorais.
Ele assegurou que “não há hipótese de o Exército provocar uma quebra de ordem institucional”. Na contramão, como se fosse um magistrado, incursionou em campo minado, estranho às suas atribuições legais: “O pior cenário é termos alguém sub judice, afrontando tanto a Constituição quanto a Lei da Ficha Limpa, tirando a legitimidade, dificultando a estabilidade e a governabilidade do futuro governo e dividindo ainda mais a sociedade brasileira. A Lei da Ficha Limpa se aplica a todos”.

A soberania nacional é fundamento constitucional da República. Sua “invasão” imaginada ofereceria pretexto para viradas de mesa golpistas, com ou sem estripulias armadas. Não cabe ao comandante da mais poderosa das três Forças tutelar as regras eleitorais.
A 25 dias do primeiro turno, bolsonarismo e golpismo consolidam seu amálgama.
Ao se pronunciar sobre a postulação de Lula e “o pior cenário”, Villas Bôas parece acenar com uma chantagem: se elegerem o petista, um correligionário dele ou outro candidato de desagrado da caserna, a escolha pode ser interditada como ilegítima. Ao contrário do que o general acredita, a divisão social se aprofunda com a violação da soberania do voto popular, e não com a submissão a ela.

Com seus devaneios sobre “intervenção militar” e “autogolpe”,  o general Mourão têm composto com seu camarada Villas Bôas um jogral intimidador. Viúvas da ditadura se excitam e sonham com o futuro repetindo o passado.

A 25 dias do primeiro turno, bolsonarismo e golpismo consolidam seu amálgama. Todo figurão bolsonarista é golpista, embora nem todo golpista seja bolsonarista.

Declaração de guerra

É estultice pensar que a pregação da violência política justifica atos violentos contra o pregador. Não os autoriza, porém não apaga a história. Convencido das vantagens eleitorais de sua trêfega alusão a armas, Bolsonaro havia ensinado em julho uma menina a imitar um revólver ou uma pistola com o polegar e o indicador da mão direita. Em agosto, ele perguntou a um menino, uniformizado com réplica de farda da Polícia Militar, que segurava no colo: “Sabe dar tiro? Atira. Policial tem que atirar”.

Pouco depois das três e meia da tarde da quinta-feira, Bolsonaro teve a barriga penetrada por uma faca quando um apoiador o carregava nos ombros. Deu sorte, ali na esquina das ruas Halfeld e Batista de Oliveira: o agressor não portava arma de fogo, cuja posse generalizada o candidato preconiza. Logo se soube que o criminoso era um homem perturbado, de 40 anos, identificado como Adélio Bispo de Oliveira. Havia sido filiado ao PSOL de 2007 a 2014, mas dissolvera os vínculos com o partido de Guilherme Boulos.

“Quem mandou foi Deus”, disse o esfaqueador, cujas broncas mais cabeludas são com a maçonaria e Bolsonaro. Para ilustres partidários do deputado, o inimigo era outro. “Agora é guerra”, declarou Gustavo Bebbiano. O presidente do PSL não informou contra quem. “Se querem usar a violência, os profissionais da violência somos nós”, atemorizou o general Mourão. Ele sentenciou, em versão falsa, que o postulante à Presidência fora “covardemente atacado por um militante do Partido dos Trabalhadores”.
Bolsonaro é o único personagem da vida nacional que sugeriu publicamente o extermínio de 30 mil brasileiros.
O pastor Silas Malafaia espalhou, noutra inverdade, que o aparente lobo solitário “é militante do PT e assessora a campanha de Dilma [Rousseff] ao Senado em Minas”. O senador Magno Malta compartilhou foto fraudada digitalmente para inserir Adélio perto de Lula em uma manifestação. À falta de argumento original, o general da reserva Augusto Heleno descreveu o celerado que feriu Bolsonaro como “um radical irresponsável, fiel a seus ideais marxistas”.

Tanto bolsonaristas quanto seus contendores difundiram teorias conspiratórias e cascatas caricaturais sobre o crime. Os concorrentes do capitão, contudo, repudiaram a violência e se solidarizaram com ele. Em março, o deputado afirmara que petistas haviam disparado os tiros contra a caravana de Lula. Bolsonaro é o único personagem da vida nacional que sugeriu publicamente o extermínio de 30 mil brasileiros

Morte à espreita

Aos 63 anos, Jair Messias Bolsonaro tangenciou a morte. Como o país assistiu em imagens em movimento, ao ser esfaqueado o candidato em campanha vestia uma camiseta amarela com a inscrição garrafal em verde “MEU PARTIDO É O BRASIL”. Sangrou pouco por fora, mas a lâmina lesionou uma veia que irriga o abdômen e, em quatro cortes, o intestino. A hemorragia interna consumiu 2,5 litros de sangue, cerca de 40% do volume que circula no corpo. Derrubou sua pressão para 8 por 4.

Bolsonaro chegou à Santa Casa de Misericórdia “em choque” e em “situação gravíssima”, de acordo com os médicos que o socorreram em Juiz de Fora. A cirurgia que o salvou durou duas horas. Pelo trabalho, o Sistema Único de Saúde pagará R$ 367,06 ao cirurgião vascular Paulo Gonçalves de Oliveira Junior. O doutor dividirá a remuneração com os colegas que atenderam Bolsonaro, relatou a repórter Consuelo Dieguez.

Na sexta-feira, deitado em seu leito, o candidato gravou um depoimento. Agradeceu a Deus, médicos e enfermeiros. Abatido, relembrou a investida: “Parecia apenas uma pancada na boca do estômago […]. A dor era insuportável, e parecia que tinha algo mais grave acontecendo”. Lamentou se ausentar do desfile militar do 7 de Setembro. E falou: “Nunca fiz mal a ninguém”.

Na manhã de sábado o transferiram para São Paulo, onde Bolsonaro posou simulando atirar. A legenda para a foto bem poderia ser “Porque é da minha natureza”.

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          Bolsonaro: Candidato do setor financeiro, que não precisa da democracia      Cache   Translate Page      
“Bolsonaro é uma contradição”, diz a economista Leda Paulani. O motivo está no fato de o candidato do PSL ser alguém de origem militar, mas que abriu mão de pautas em defesa da soberania e do desenvolvimento nacional para agradar o mercado. Ao aproximar-se do guru Paulo Guedes, ele abraça o liberalismo econômico, mas ignora valores liberais, como respeito à individualidade e às crenças. “Juntou o pior dos dois mundos”, resume. Uma combinação que o financismo não rejeita, ao contrário.


“Eu não tenho nenhuma dúvida de que agora todo o setor financeiro vai cair de boca no Bolsonaro”, aposta Leda, que é professora da USP.

Até não muito tempo atrás, Jair Bolsonaro era um opositor, por exemplo, das privatizações. No Congresso, votou contra o Plano Real e a reforma da Previdência na década de 1990. Em algum momento antes de começar a campanha, no entanto, percebeu que precisaria ajustar seu discurso, se quisesse ter o apoio do tal “mercado”.

“Ele tinha uma ideologia do Brasil potente, que vinha dos militares, e por isso era mal visto pelos liberais. Mas aí alguém avisou a ele que era preciso colocar junto dele um cara liberal. E aí entrou o Paulo Guedes, com o seu programa. E os liberais de fato, por sua vez, procuravam alguém com um perfil autoritário. Juntou a fome com a vontade de comer”, analisa a economista, em entrevista ao Vermelho.

Responsável pela guinada de Bolsonaro na economia, Guedes é um dos fundadores do banco BTG Pactual e também do Instituto Millenium, o mais influente laboratório de disseminação do credo liberal no país, com o qual, segundo Leda, “andaremos alguns séculos para trás rapidamente”.

Todo poder ao mercado

Para Leda, Bolsonaro assimilou o liberalismo naquilo que ele tem de pior. “Porque o liberalismo tem alguma coisa de bom, enquanto filosofia. Nasceu lá nos séculos 16, 17 e tinha essa coisa do respeito à individualidade, às crenças, aceitar as religiões – até porque nasceu junto com a coisa da reforma luterana. Então, como filosofia, tem algo de bonito, que mexe com valores humanos, como liberdade, respeito ao outro. Mas esse lado Bolsonaro jogou fora”, aponta.

O liberalismo que interessa ao candidato do PSL – e também ao financismo – é o liberalismo econômico, ela acrescenta. “E esse a gente pode reduzir numa frase, que é ‘todo poder ao mercado’. Isso é colocar a população toda à mercê dos humores do mercado e do poder do dinheiro: quem tem dinheiro pode tudo, quem não tem dinheiro não pode nada.”

A professora da USP afirma que o sistema capitalista é assimétrico, concentra riqueza e renda e, “para os liberais, tem que deixar assim mesmo, porque qualquer intervenção do Estado no mercado seria ruim por princípio. Então é a parte pior do liberalismo, e é o liberalismo econômico exacerbado, que temos agora nesse período da história capitalista, que é o neoliberalismo”.

Nacionalismo fascista


Leda também critica o “nacionalismo de direita” do postulante. “Ele tem aquele nacionalismo de direita, que acaba chegando no fascismo, fora todas as outras questões, da moral, da mulher. É claramente um candidato fascista, que já foi um dia um nacionalista de direita extremo”, classificou.

Leda cita que, pela tradição militar, Bolsonaro poderia apoiar uma política de desenvolver a indústria nacional, algo implementado pelos generais durante a ditadura. “Foi sob um regime autoritário, mas eles terminaram um projeto que era do governo de Getúlio Vargas. O segundo Programa Nacional de Desenvolvimento, feito pelo Geisel, construiu toda uma indústria de base dentro do país, que não existia. Mas aí vieram 20 anos de liberalismo e isso tudo foi levado embora”, diz.

A postura de Bolsonaro quanto ao desenvolvimento, contudo, vai no sentido oposto da implementada pelos militares de outrora. “Do lado do nacionalismo, ele ficou só com o nacionalismo fascista, xenofóbico”, critica Leda, que se descreve como uma internacionalista. Para ela, as barreiras nacionais nem deveriam existir. Mas, compreendendo que o mundo não é assim e que há uma relação assimétrica entre as nações, ela defende que o Estado nacional precisa agir em defesa de seu povo e de sua soberania, o tipo de nacionalismo que Bolsonaro deixa de lado.

“Você tem nações muito poderosas e outras sem poder algum. Isso posto, cada nação tem o direito de construir minimamente a sua soberania, de proteger sua população, seu povo. O Estado nacional tem que ter essa prerrogativa, sem xenofobia, numa política como a que Celso Amorim defendia: uma política ativa e altiva. Porque um país como o Brasil, com o tamanho que tem, as riquezas que possui, tem que baixar a cabeça para todos os grandes interesses?”, questiona, em referência à política entreguista em curso no país.

De acordo com a professora, é preciso “ter um pouco de nacionalismo, mas um nacionalismo junto com a democracia, que vá no sentido de desenvolver os seres humanos, realizar as pessoas. Não um nacionalismo que descambe para o fascismo, a xenofobia e o reino do arbítrio”.

Elite sem pudor

Sobre a forma como os adeptos do livre-mercado encaram esse posicionamento de Bolsonaro, ela indica que alguns “mais conscientes” têm receio desse lado autoritário do candidato. “Mas o liberal do mercado financeiro não está nem aí para esse aspecto. Para esse, se não dá para ser o Geraldo Alckmin o presidente, vamos de Bolsonaro. Eles não têm nenhum pudor”, condena.

Leda é firme na queixa sobre as elites brasileiras. “Se tivessem um pingo de vergonha na cara, o país não era tão desigual quanto é. Toda vez que se tenta fazer alguma coisa para se diminuir minimamente essa desigualdade brutal, vem golpe, rasgam a Constituição e destroem a democracia.”

Ela diz que, ingenuamente, acreditava que, no último período, a democracia brasileira estava garantida. Mas aí veio o golpe parlamentar contra a presidenta Dilma Rousseff, depois de tentativas de solapar os governos de Lula. Para ela, por trás das investidas contra o PT, além de um pesado preconceito de classe, houve o desejo de retomar a agenda neoliberal.

“A elite tolerou o governo Lula, mas nunca aceitou Lula como presidente, pela figura dele, o metalúrgico, trabalhador, iletrado”, defende. A ofensiva contra a gestão do petista não vingou e ele terminou o mandato com mais de 80% de aprovação, conseguindo eleger a sucessora. Em 2014, contudo, os tucanos achavam que iam voltar ao governo, o que não aconteceu pelo voto popular.

“Quem de fato tinha interesse no golpe era os que queriam parar a Lava Jato e os tucanos, que queriam voltar ao poder para retomar o programa liberal. (...) Se a elite tivesse algum apreço pela democracia, pelas instituições, ao invés de derrubar um governo como o do PT, iam tentar prolongar, para seguir na direção de reduzir as desigualdades”, avalia.

Finanças contra a democracia

Crítica da política econômica das gestões petistas, por entender não foram feitas mudanças estruturais, Leda reconhece que os programas sociais fizeram a diferença na vida das pessoas. “Eu achava que dava para fazer mais, mas ainda assim, apesar de não terem feito nenhuma revolução, apenas reduzido um pouco a desigualdade, veio o golpe”, afirma.

Na sua avaliação, qualquer elite “que fosse um pouco menos estúpida” compreenderia a importância de reduzir as desigualdades e estimularia ações nesse sentido. “O país está sempre sentado em cima de uma panela de pressão. As cidades vão ficando cada vez mais desiguais, a população vai crescendo, as carências vão aumentando em termos absolutos, e aí você vai gerando todo esse caos que temos hoje no país, com questões relacionadas ao tráfico, a organizações do tipo PCC, a milícias, violência urbana crescente. E aí você tem espaço para uma criatura como Bolsonaro”, associa.

Leda menciona que agrava esse caos o fato de as instituições estarem em frangalhos. “Que instituições respeitáveis temos hoje no país? Nenhuma. Você destruiu a credibilidade do Legislativo, com as denúncias de corrupção; do Executivo, porque o governo é ilegítimo; e do Judiciário.”

E qual o interesse do “mercado” nessa situação? “Hoje, o que acontece é que esse capitalismo tocado pelas finanças não precisa da democracia. Essa que é a verdade. Ele não está assentado na necessidade de uma desigualdade de renda menor, por exemplo, que faça a produção crescer. Ele está assentado em cima de direitos, em cima de capital fictício. Então ele vai numa direção em que não só tem nenhum compromisso com a democracia, como não precisa ter”, responde.

De acordo com a economista, apesar de ter preferência pela eleição de Alckmin ao Planalto, à medida que o tucano não cresceu nas pesquisas, o financismo não tem problemas em migrar seu apoio. “Ok, tá bom, a gente queria brincar de que éramos democráticos, mas, se não deu, vamos de Bolsonaro mesmo”, disse, concordando que democracia pode, afinal, atrapalhar a consolidação de medidas neoliberais impopulares, como a reforma da Previdência.

Desfecho

Nesse cenário, Leda não descarta que, caso o candidato do PT passe para o segundo turno com chances de vencer, os donos do dinheiro podem agir para impedir que o partido volte ao poder.

“Acho que eles farão alguma coisa, algum tapete eles vão puxar. Porque não faz sentido fazer toda essa lambança do golpe para depois entregar o governo de volta para o PT. De novo? Não, não. Então acho que vem alguma coisa por aí ou antes da eleição ou depois, depende de como as coisas vão caminhar”, encerrou, pessimista.

          Regione: oltre 200 sindaci aderenti ad appello per Oliverio      Cache   Translate Page      

L'ufficio stampa della Giunta regionale ha reso noto un secondo elenco di sindaci calabresi che hanno aderito all'appello che promuove l'incontro con il Presidente della Giunta regionale Mario Oliverio che si svolgerà lunedì 17 settembre presso il Centro congressi del THotel a Feroleto Antico. "Sono oltre 200 - é detto in un comunicato - le adesioni complessive pervenute fino ad oggi nella sede della Giunta regionale. E' una significativa conferma del rapporto di grande collaborazione e fiducia tra i Sindaci e il Presidente Mario Oliverio". Ai 70 sindaci che avevano aderito ieri all'appello, se ne sono aggiunti oggi più di 130 di tutte le province della Calabria.

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          Congress races to avert government shutdown — and may actually do it      Cache   Translate Page      

Congress is scrambling to fund much of the federal government before the fiscal year ends, anxious to avoid an unpopular government shutdown or a bitter battle over President Trump’s demands for a border wall less than two months before the midterm elections.

Republicans and Democrats hope to complete...


          Conservation-International-Issues-Statement-in-Support-of-the-Market-Choice-Act      Cache   Translate Page      
​Arlington, Va. (September 11, 2018) – Conservation International today issued a statement applauding Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) for authoring the Market Choice Act, which would place a price on carbon emissions while repealing the federal gas tax. The proposal would achieve significant carbon emission reductions and generate revenue for modernizing the United States' infrastructure – which would improve and benefit not only our environment, but also our economy.

The Market Choice Act would levy a tax on fossil fuels and certain industrial facilities and products. The additional revenue – $285 billion for the Highway Trust Fund and $18 billion for the Airways Trust Fund– would provide a pathway for robust investment in American infrastructure, resulting in reduced travel times, improved logistical efficiency, and economic growth.

Additionally, the legislation provides funding for natural infrastructure to aid coastal communities, fund reforestation efforts, and regional conservation partnerships. 

We are pleased to see a thoughtful solution to modernize our economy, protect our environment, and improve livelihoods. This is an important first step to putting the U.S. economy on the prosperous path toward a low-carbon, clean energy future. We are grateful for Mr. Curbelo's leadership on this highly impactful issue," said Shyla Raghav, Conservation International's Climate Lead. 

The carbon tax would start at $24 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions and increase at a rate of 2 percent a year. This proposal would cover approximately 85 percent of U.S. GHG emissions. Representative Curbelo's proposal would reduce carbon emissions by 27–32 percent reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions levels by 2025 and 30–40 percent reductions by 2030. If enacted this legislation would put the Unites States on a path to reducing GHG emissions that would fulfil and exceed the targets set out under the Paris Climate Agreement and Clean Power Plan. 

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Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking "Nature Is Speaking" campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: "My Africa""Under the Canopy" and "Valen's Reef."  Follow Conservation International's work on our Human Nature blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  


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The 14th edition of The World Festival of Animated Film will be held in Varna between the 12-th and 16-th of September! Again the Festival and Congress Centre halls in our sea capital will host a variety of animated events. This year the competition programme consists of six categories....
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The national committee tasked with protecting a Republican majority in the House has begun airing an ad in an Arizona congressional district that uses video of the late Sen. John McCain to attack the Democratic nominee in the race.


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US President Trump has signed an executive order that would impose sanctions against any foreign person or country that attempts to interfere in US elections. The order instructs the Officer of National Intelligence to conduct regular assessments about potential foreign interference in elections. The move comes just two months ahead of the November mid-term elections and after several congressional committees determined Russia backed interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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The cousin of slain drug lord and Congressmen Pablo Escobar who is now senator for Colombia’s ruling party blasted a university professor after she affirmed using marijuana for fun. Senator Jose…

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           July 2018 CBO Monthly Budget Review: Revenues Up 1%, Outlays Up 7%       Cache   Translate Page      

from the Congressional Budget Office

The federal budget deficit was $895 billion for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2018, the Congressional Budget Office estimates, $222 billion more than the shortfall recorded during the same period last year. Revenues were 1 percent higher than in the same period in fiscal year 2017, but outlays rose by about 7 percent.

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          New Republican Ad Targets Candidate's Rap Lyrics In Hudson Valley Race for Congress       Cache   Translate Page      

National Republicans are hitting Hudson Valley homes with a new ad criticizing the decade-old rap lyrics of a Democrat trying to flip the 19th Congressional District.

The ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee mixes sound-bites from an Antonio Delgado campaign ad with snippets from his 2006 album.

“I’m an attorney, fighting for what’s fair and just," Delgado says in the clip. That's followed by the lyrics: "Gotcha sweatin' this like ya having sex to a porno flick.”

Another snippet includes the lyric "God bless Iraq."

Delgado, an attorney and Rhodes Scholar, is taking on Republican incumbent John Faso in the northern Hudson Valley district. The race is rated a toss-up by Congressional handicappers and is expected to be one of the most expensive in the country.

Delgado is black and running in a district that census data says is 89 percent white.

"It's disappointing that John Faso and his supporters are still focused on distractions by spreading fear, hatred and division," Delgado said in a statement. "We continue to call on Faso to condemn these divisive and deceptive ads."

Delgado said he's focusing on issues such as health care, improving public schools, jobs and infrastructure.

It's the third time Republicans have criticized Delgado for his 2006 album, "Painfully Free," which Delgado recorded as AD the Voice while living in Los Angeles. In July, a New York Post story noted the controversial lyrics. 

“Mr. Delgado’s lyrics are offensive, troubling and inconsistent with the views of the people of the 19th District and America," Faso told the Daily Freeman at the time. Then last month, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC allied with House Speaker Paul Ryan, put out an ad using the lyrics.

NRCC spokesman Chris Martin said the group has reserved $1.3 million worth of ad time in the district and that the ad will run on both cable and broadcast television.

Republicans could talk about the tax cut they passed last year, or positive national economic data. On his social media feeds, Faso has noted his work to prevent opioid deaths and get a fairer trade deal for New York dairy farmers.

But the campaign ads have focused on rap lyrics.

"We're going to make sure voters understand just how extreme and out of touch Antonio Delgado is," Martin said. "They deserve to know about the sexist, anti-American rap lyrics he recorded before moving to the district and launching his campaign."

The latest polling in the race, released Wednesday by Monmouth University, shows Delgado holding a slim lead. Monmouth ran three models that vary the amount of turnout. Delgado leads 45% to 43% among all potential voters. The lead grows, 48% to 45%, based on historical midterm models and expands even further, 49% to 43%, assuming a surge of Democratic voters.

Delgado is viewed more favorably than Faso by those polled, said Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray.

“Faso has been trying to paint Delgado as a carpetbagger with a dubious past in rap music," Murray said in a statement. "It’s not clear that those attacks have taken hold, at least not enough to give the Republican an advantage."

A Siena College poll last month showed Faso holding a 45% to 40% lead among likely voters.


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It was a busy day for guests on the radio show today. Former Congressman Earl Pomeroy joined me to talk about his on-going criticism of the lawsuit against Obamacare. Republican state Senator Janne Myrdal of District 10 joined me to talk about her difficulties in getting a meeting with Senator “work with anyone” Heitkamp. U.S....

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President Donald Trump enters Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Forum file photo

MINOT, N.D. — “What have you got to lose?” That was President Donald Trump’s entreaty to North Dakota’s Native American voters during a recent visit to Fargo in support of Congressman Kevin Cramer’s campaign to unseat incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. It’s an echo of a similar argument Trump has made to black voters, and as...

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To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs between September 15 and October 15, various divisions throughout the Library of Congress will host a collections display, a series of lectures, concerts, book talks and other programs and initiatives.

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          A top Democrat just laid out their plan to probe Trump if they win back control — including looking at his personal finances      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with FEMA Administrator Brock Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the Oval Office September 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump and Long warned coastal residents of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to adhere to evacuation orders as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • Democrats plan to mount countless investigations into President Donald Trump if they take back the House majority in the November midterm elections.
  • The areas Democrats want to probe is vast, which could bring the Republican policy agenda to a grinding halt.
  • A top Democrat in the House also said probing Trump's personal finances is on the table.

WASHINGTON — Democrats plan to dramatically increase their oversight role if they take back the House majority in the midterm elections this November. The investigations into President Donald Trump's administration, which could bring the White House's policy agenda to a standstill, will cover a sizable amount of the executive branch.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer listed several of the areas Democrats would prioritize if they take back the House and mount a series of investigations, most of which involved the administration's economic and health care agendas.

The committees on the Budget, Ways and Means, and Financial Services would probe Trump's handling of the US economy and budgetary process, while others would look into botched natural disaster responses. Among the highest priorities for Democrats would be the Trump administration's dismantling of former President Barack Obama's signature policy, the Affordable Care Act.

"In terms of oversight, we’ll be looking at what they’re doing administratively to undermine the operations of the Affordable Care Act and what consequences they may have caused to literally millions of people," Hoyer said in a meeting with reporters on Wednesday.

The oversight would involve everything from records requests to hauling in administration officials to testify in committee hearings.

An area that could be particularly stressful for Trump is the probing of his personal finances and benefits his properties and companies may or may not be receiving during his presidency.

"I think we’ll try to focus on issues which undermine the American people," Hoyer added. "Also I think we want to focus on the integrity of the interests of the president in terms of what interests he has and is he pursuing policies that are in the public’s interest or in the Trump investment interest."

While Hoyer hammered in that they would not want any investigations to be politically motivated, the accusations would likely come no matter what. When Republicans constantly probed officials and agencies during the Obama administration, many were called political witch hunts.

During the first two years of the Trump administration, House Republicans have avoided many of the heavy-handed investigations like the ones they wielded during Obama's tenure.

The House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections concluded long before the Senate's similar probe, which is ongoing. House Intelligence Committee members, including some Republicans, condemned the process as a failure.

Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida, who is retiring at the end of the year, said the investigation has "lost all credibility" and "gone completely off the rails."

And Democrats on the committee called the investigation incomplete, suggesting a Democratic-controlled Congress could renew such efforts.

"On a whole host of investigative threads, our work is fundamentally incomplete, some issues partially investigated, others, like that involving credible allegations of Russian money laundering, remain barely touched," said Rep. Adam Schiff, the Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat. "If the Russians do have leverage over the president of the United States, the majority has simply decided it would rather not know."

The pledge by Democrats to pursue countless investigations into the Trump administration could put a serious hindrance on Republicans' agenda — and create dozens of nightmare scenarios for the president.

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          For the first time since Obamacare passed, the number of Americans without health insurance did not fall      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • The percentage of Americans without health insurance remained steady at 8.8% in 2017, according to the Census Bureau.
  • The flat rate was the first time since 2010 that the number of uninsured did not fall since the Affordable Care Act's passage in 2010.
  • The Census also showed a growing divide between states that took advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and those that declined the expansion.

The percentage of Americans without health insurance did not decline on 2017, marking the first time since the passage of the Affordable Care Act that the uninsured rate held steady.

According to the Census Bureau28.5 million Americans, or 8.8% of the population, went without health coverage in 2017. That number was a slight increase from the 28.1 million Americans without insurance in 2016, though the rate of 8.8% was consistent. The Census Bureau said the increase was not statistically significant.

The Census report also confirmed the growing chasm between states that decided to take advantage of the ACA's Medicaid expansion and those that did not.

The ACA, better known as Obamacare, allowed states to expand Medicaid coverage to people making up to 138% of the federal poverty line. Since then, 31 states and Washington, DC, have adopted the expansion.

"In states that expanded Medicaid eligibility ('expansion states'), the uninsured rate in 2017 was 6.5%, compared with 12.2% in states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility ('non-expansion states')," the Census Bureau said in the report.

In fact, the uninsured rate in states that did not expand Medicaid went up 0.7 percentage points compared to the stable rate in states that did expand Medicaid. Since 2013, the uninsured rate in expansion states is down 7 percentage points, compared to just 5.3 percentage points in non-expansion states.

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The flat uninsured rate came in President Donald Trump's first full year in office. Throughout the year, Republicans and the Trump administration attempted to dismantle Obamacare, though multiple bids to repeal and replace the ACA failed.

The administration did take actions that many experts said would destabilize Obamacare's individual insurance marketplaces, including reducing outreach to get people to sign up for plans.

Perhaps most significantly, Republicans repealed Obamacare's individual mandate — the requirement that all Americans get insurance or face a monetary penalty — as part of their tax bill.

Some experts blamed the stall on the meddling by the Trump administration and GOP.

Matt Broaddus, a senior research analyst at the left-leaning Center of Budget and Policy Priorities, pointed to the studies that showed a large swath of the uninsured are eligible for cheap coverage under the ACA as evidence that the uncertainty and lack of outreach were the cause of the stall.

"Last year’s sabotage efforts likely prevented additional coverage gains by creating barriers to obtaining available and affordable coverage," Broaddus wrote. "Roughly 55% of the uninsured are eligible for health insurance coverage with financial assistance under the ACA or other public programs, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute find."

Phillip Klein, the managing editor of the Washington Examiner and conservative healthcare analyst, argued that the stability of the uninsured rate proved that Democrats claims that Trump "sabotaged" Obamacare are overblown.

"Had there been a significant dip, it would have bolstered Democrats' case," Klein wrote. "Now Republicans can argue that despite all of the apocalyptic warnings, the uninsured rate is the same under Trump as it was under Obama."

"Various actions of the Trump administration, such as slashing the ad and outreach budget for Obamacare and ending certain payments to insurers, have been used by Democrats to charge that the Trump administration has launched a concerted effort to sabotage the law. But that is not visible in the numbers," he said.

Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan healthcare think tank, said the new data is inconclusive to make a determination either way.

"Progress in reducing the uninsured rate was already stalled, pre-Trump," Levitt tweeted Wednesday. "Increases in the number of people uninsured could come this year and next, as changes to the ACA from the Trump administration and Congress take hold."

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A new batch of texts released to Congress on Monday appears to show FBI agents discussing arranging negative stories about President Trump. The texts show now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and then-FBI attorney Lisa Page discussing a “media strategy” that appeared to be designed to generate negative stories about Trump and his aides. The texts, revealed […]

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WNY departments invited to training on Sept. 24
Congressman Brian Higgins invites local firefighters to an upcoming Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program workshop.
"This workshop will give local firefighters the tools to put together competitive applications that give departments the best opportunity to bring federal resources home," he said.
The workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Erie County Division of Fire Safety Training & Operations Center, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, "The information firefighters will learn at this workshop helps them to better understand what funders are looking for and will help fire departments to put their best foot forward when applying for federal funds. This is a great way to learn effective ways of seeking federal funds to improve operations and I encourage firefighters to attend. "
A Department of Homeland Security regional fire program specialist will be on hand to provide information about the AFG program. The workshop will help potential applicants understand the purpose of AFG, funding priorities for the upcoming year, the evaluation process, and provide a brief description of other AFG funding opportunities.
The AFG program provides competitive grants to fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs throughout the U.S. All applications are submitted to DHS and go through a nonpartisan, merit-based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals.
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          Celso de Mello nega pedido de defesa de Lula para anular decisão do TSE      Cache   Translate Page      
O ministro negou pedido da defesa de Lula para suspender decisão do TSE
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O ministro do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF) Celso de Mello negou (terça,11) pedido da defesa de Lula para suspender a decisão do Tribunal Superior Eleitoral (TSE), que deixou o petista inelegível.
A defesa entrou com pedido de liminar no supremo para anular a decisão do TSE e para pedir adiamento do prazo para registrar o substituto de Lula. Celso de Mello indeferiu os pedidos na tarde de hoje por entender que a decisão do TSE segui a jurisprudência sobre a questão.
“O Tribunal Superior Eleitoral, ao apreciar a decisão ora impugnada, não incidiu na alegada viragem jurisprudencial, pois não rompeu padrões jurisprudenciais até então prevalecentes naquela Corte”, escreveu o ministro na decisão.

O ex-presidente Lula está preso em Curitiba desde abril, condenado por corrupção passiva e lavagem de dinheiro e se enquadra na Lei da Ficha Limpa. Mesmo assim, o Partido dos Trabalhadores registrou Lula como candidato no TSE, mas na madrugada do último dia 1º o tribunal barrou sua candidatura.
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          Armageddon Rides in the Balance      Cache   Translate Page      
SUBHEAD: Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on the US government.

By Paul Craig Roberts on 10 September 2018 for PaulCraigRoberts.org -
(https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/09/10/armageddon-rides-in-the-balance/)


Image above: Many in this world inhabit Armageddon already. Damaged buildings are seen at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria. April 28, 2018. Photo by Omar Sanadiki. From (https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/syria-regime-and-rebels-agree-evacuation-deal-in-southern-damascus-1.725770).

IB Publisher's note: Yes Paul Craig Roberts is a nutcake. He is a Ronald Reagan Republican economist who sees clearly, but through a deeply colored filter. None the less, he does have an inkling of the dichotomy between the "Left" and the "Right". The "Left" with elements of the "Deep State" (intelligence complex, CIA, NSA, State Department, etc) and the "Right" with elements of the "Military-Industrial Complex" (Pentagon, Defense contractors, Mercenary operations, ICE, etc.). Both aspects of our government are hurtling towards a more repressive and garrulous America. As these aggressive and regressive forces gain influence, woe is us. America will conduct more war and experience more repression.] 

For some time I have pointed out the paradox of the American liberal/progressive/left being allied with the CIA, FBI, military/security complex and deep state. Now leftist Ann Garrison has noticed the paradox of this alliance. She concludes that the Left has lost its mind. https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-love-the-cia-or-how-the-left-lost-its-mind/5653450

Indeed, it has.

Out of its hatred of Trump the Left has united with the forces of evil and war that are leading to conflict with Russia. The Left’s hatred of Trump shows that the American Left has totally seperated from the interests of the working class, which elected Trump.

The American Left has abandoned the working class for the group victimizations and hatreds of Identity Politics. As Hillary put it, the working class comprises the “Trump deplorables.” The Democratic Party, like the Republicans, represents the ruling oligarchy.

I have explained that the leftwing lost its bearings when the Soviet Union collapsed and socialism gave way to neoliberal privatizations.

The moral fury of the leftwing movement had to go somewhere, and it found its home in Identity Politics in which the white heterosexual male takes the place of the capitalist, and his victim groups—blacks, women, homosexuals, illegal immigrants—take the place of the working class.

The consequences of the leftwing’s alliance with warmongers and liars is the leftwing’s loss of veracity. The Left has endorsed a CIA orchestration—“Russiagate”—for which there is no known evidence, but which the Left supports as proven truth.

The purpose of “Russiagate” is to prevent President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. In these times when so many Americans are hard pressed, normal relations could adversely impact the budget and power of the military/security complex by reducing the “Russian threat.”

If there is no real Russian threat, only an orchestrated perceived one, the question arises: why does the military/security complex have a taxpayer-supported annual budget of $1,000 billion dollars?

The presstitutes have kept the truth from emerging that the “Russiagate” investigation has found no sign of a Trump/Putin plot to steal the 2016 presidential election from Hillary.

Indeed, it has been proven beyond all questioning that the Hillary emails were not hacked but were downloaded on a thumb drive. This proof collapses the entire premise of “Russiagate.”
Nevertheless, the hoax continues.

Muller’s indictments are for unrelated matters, such as income tax evasion in the distant past of Republican fund raisers and consultants. These charges have nothing whatsoever to do with Mueller’s mandate.

Indeed, as Andrew C. McCarthy, a former US attorney who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has made clear, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller to head the “Russiagate” investigation is not in compliance with the regulations that govern the appointment of a special prosecutor.

The appointment of a special prosecutor requires evidence of a specific federal crime that is to be investigated. You only have a special prosecutor when there is factual basis for believing that a federal crime has been committed.

What is the federal crime? What is the factual basis? Mueller’s appointment does not say. Therefore, Mueller’s appointment is invalid. Rosenstein has violated the process.

In my opinion, this is grounds for Rosenstein to be removed from office. https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/trump-russia-probe-robert-mueller-investigation/

At one time, Congress—both parties—would have been all over the invalid Mueller appointment.

However, after 16 years of Cheney/Bush and Obama regime lawlessness, even Republicans accept that the Constitution’s restraints on executive branch power, along with the laws and regulations Congress has established specifying the exercise of these powers, have been rendered meaningless by the “war on terror,” a hoax designed to further Israel’s interests in the Middle East and the neoonservative doctrine of US hegemony, while making billions of dollars for the military/security complex.

Charlie Savage’s book, Takeover, and David Ray Griffin’s book, Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World, accurately document how 9/11 was used to destroy the Constitution’s balance of power within the government and to create unaccountable executive branch powers that over-ride the Constitution’s protection of civil liberty.

This demand for an unaccountable executive branch, pushed by VP—actually President in fact—Dick Cheney and his minions, such as Addington and John Yoo, was the agenda of the Republican Federalist Society.

An early book laying out the legally invalid and legally incompetent argument that the president had powers unchecked by Congress or the judiciary was Terry Eastland’s book, Energy in the Executive.

This collection of nonsense became Cheney’s bible as he proceeded in secret to remove constraints on executive branch power. The elevation of the executive branch above the law of the land is documented in Charlie Savage’s book. Read it and weep for your country destroyed by Dick Cheney.

On top of Cheney’s coup against accountable government, we have in America today another coup, organized by former CIA director John Brennan, former FBI director Comey, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, the Democratic National Committee, the departed Republican senator John McCain, a coup fully supported by the entirety of the US presstitute media.

This coup is against the democratically elected President of the United States for the sole reason that he threatens the power and profit of the entrenched military/security complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us 57 years ago, by wanting to normalize relations with Russia, the world’s premier nuclear power.

The question is unavoidable: Why do the American people put up with this? Are they so insouciant that they have no realization that, if a president can be driven from office because he wants peace with Russia, the removed president’s successor will have to stand against Russia or also be driven from office. Trust and negotiation between the nuclear powers becomes impossible.

Why do Americans support conflict with a nuclear power that can completely destroy America?

During the entirety of the Cold War, in which I was a participant, the emphasis was on reducing tensions and creating trust. Today Washington’s interest is piling provocation after provocation on a country that can wipe us off the face of the earth.

The liberal/progressive/left, the Democratic National Committee, the CIA and the rest of the covert state, and the media whores all share this same commitment to the reckless and irresponsible provocation of a powerful nuclear power. As the US military itself acknowledges, Russia’s weapons are far beyond America’s defenses.

So what is going on? Is it the liberal/progressive/left’s desire that evil America be destroyed? Is this desired destruction of evil America the reason the Left has allied itself so tightly with the warmongers in Washington?

Is this the reason that the Left and the Democrats and a handful of Republicans want to impeach President Trump for attempting to make peace with Russia?

How can these crazed immoral people present themselves as some sort of moral arbiter when they are locked on a trajectory that will destroy Earth?

This destruction might be closer than anyone thinks. Here is the situation in Syria:

Russia and Syria, in cooperation with Iran and Turkey, have begun the assult on Iblid province, the last stronghold of Washington’s proxy army consisting of Al Qaeda, Al Nursra, and ISIS mercenaries hired by Washington.

According to reports, which might or might not be true considering the lack of veracity that is the defining characteristic of the Western media, the US and UK have troops among the mercenary forces, hoping apparently that this presence will deter the attack. As the attack has already begun, this is a false hope.

The Russians discovered Washington’s plot to explode a chemical weapon in Iblid province and exposed Washington’s plot to the UN. Washington had it set up that once its proxies created the appearance of a chemical weapon explosion, Washington would send Tomahawk missiles upon the Syrian forces, thus protecting its proxy army that it sent to overthrow Assad for Israel.

The Russian exposure of Washington’s conspiracy has denied Washington UN support. Moreover, Russia has sent a naval force armed with the new Russian hypersonic missiles to Syria and has announced that its aircraft in the area are also armed with these missiles.

As the US Navy and Air Force have no defense whatsoever against these missiles, if the US attacks the Syrian/Russian forces, it will be Putin’s decision whether any US ship or military aircraft in the area exists as anything but a smoldering ruin.

In other words, the entire power in the area lies in Russian hands. If Washington had any sense—and it doesn’t, Washington has hubris and arrogance in the place of sense—Washington would be nowhere close to Syria.

The question is this: Will the hotheads in Washington conclude that the Russian announcements and marshalling of forces is “just another Putin bluff.”

So far Putin has been loaded up with never-ending insults and provocation— blame for the crash of the Malaysian airliner, blame for poisoning a variety of people in England, blame for invading Ukraine, blame for interfering in US elections, blame for supporting the “dictator” Assad, a person democratically elected by a large vote who obviously has the support of the Syrian people as he liberates Syria from the forces Washington sent to put the country into the same chaos that exists in Iraq and Libya.

Have we reached the situation about which I have been worried, worries shared with my readers, in which Washington makes the miscalculation, based on the incorrect understanding of Russia’s resolve, to launch an attack on the Syrian/Russian forces that have begun the final liberation of Syria from Washington’s paid mercenaries?

Yesterday the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity sent a letter to President Trump advising him of the war danger that the Trump administration has created by its continued illegal interference in Syria’s internal affairs. https://www.globalresearch.ca/moscow-has-upped-the-ante-in-syria/5653571

The Russian government cannot accept Washington’s military intervention in behalf of Al Qaeda, Al Nursa, and ISIS without completely losing all credibility, not only in the world, but inside Russia itself.

A realistic alternative to military action would be for Washington to stand aside as Syria reconstitutes itself and use a propaganda war to blame Syria and Russia for civilian deaths and for destroying “democratic rebels” who rose against a “dictator.”

The fear could be expanded to the Baltics and Ukraine by reviving the propaganda that Putin intends to reconstruct the Soviet Empire.

Washington has long used an expertly manufactured fear of Russia to control Europe. Fear can keep Europe in line, whereas military action against Russia could scare Europe into taking refuge in a revival of its sovereignty.

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported: “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold, U.S. officials said, raising the prospects for another retaliatory U.S. military strike as thousands try to escape what could be a decisive battle in the seven-year-old war.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US strikes could target Russian and Iranian forces as well as Syrian forces.

It is difficult to believe that Washington thinks attacks on Russian forces would go unanswered. Such a reckless and irresponsible act could initiate Armageddon.

The claim that Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas in the liberation of Iblid is propagandistic nonsense put out by Washington as an excuse for Washington’s effort to protect its proxy army in Syria with military strikes.

All Syrian chemical weapons were removed by Russia and turned over to the US during the Obama regime. Moreover, Russia would not permit Assad to use chemical weapons if he had them.

Life on earth is faced with a situation in which Washington is so determined to overthrow Assad and to leave Syria in the same chaos as Libya and Iraq that Washington is willing to risk war with Russia.

Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on a government. The world should be scared to death of the recklessness and irresponsibility of the US government.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island's Democratic governor faced a spirited but poorly funded challenge in Wednesday's primary, while the mayor of the state's second-largest city was seeking the GOP nomination for another shot at the governor's seat in November. First, he had to defeat a state lawmaker making her first gubernatorial run.

Voters in Rhode Island were also selecting nominees for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, lieutenant governor and some key mayoral races in a rare Wednesday vote. Polls close at 8 p.m. EDT.

Gov. Gina Raimondo has been making the case for a second term by highlighting the state's improving economic fortunes, including a falling unemployment rate, as well as new job training programs and free community college tuition started during her tenure. Former Secretary of State Matt Brown, who last held office over a decade ago, has been pushing himself as the grassroots alternative, and has been hammering Raimondo for her close corporate ties.

Raimondo has raised $7.7 million, 20 times Brown's total.

In Providence, where there are a number of competitive primaries, turnout was steady throughout the day at several polling places. John O'Keeffe, who works in renewable energy development, said Raimondo has done a great job in her first term.

"She's made a lot of progress in this state, and the alternatives are not even close," he said.

Madrone Phoenix, 38, a school social worker who came to vote with her 1-year-old daughter in a carrier strapped to her chest, said Raimondo has done "an OK job," but she voted for Brown because he is unapologetic about standing up for working people and could shift the conversation.

"I like that he followed up with the Bernie Sanders campaign mission," she said.

On the Republican side, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has tried to keep a low profile in the primary, putting out few detailed policy proposals, dodging questions about where he stands on various issues and agreeing to just one debate on a small radio station with limited reach. His opponent, Rep. Patricia Morgan, leads the tiny House minority caucus in the overwhelmingly Democratic General Assembly.

Fung came in 4.5 points behind Raimondo in a three-way race in 2014.

Wednesday's winners are expected to face another three-way race Nov. 6, with former Republican lawmaker Joe Trillo, who chaired President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign in Rhode Island, running as an independent.

The most closely watched down-ticket race is for lieutenant governor, which pits incumbent Democrat Dan McKee against self-described progressive state lawmaker Aaron Regunberg. The position has few official duties, but officeholders have used it as a way to advance certain causes on a statewide level.

In congressional races, Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. David Cicilline are not expected to face serious trouble in their primaries. Rep. Jim Langevin is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Nearly half of all 782,000 Rhode Island voters are unaffiliated with a party and may choose to vote in either primary. Around 308,000 voters are registered Democrats, while 92,000 are registered Republicans.

The secretary of state's office had no estimate of turnout for this year's primary, but the number in recent midterm primaries has hovered around 20 percent.

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Barack Obama, in a speech last week, derided Congress for "embracing wild conspiracy theories" regarding the Benghazi terror attacks in 2012.

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A hero from September 11, 2012 calls Obama's recent comments "a slap in the face."


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The United States is hoping to use the threat of calibrated sanctions to deter individuals, companies or countries from attempting to interfere with the midterm elections in November. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing automatic sanctions against actors or entities assessed to have meddled with elections, whether by attacking America's election infrastructure or through the use of propaganda and disinformation campaigns. "It's a further effort, among several that the administration has made, to protect the United States against foreign interference in our elections and really our political process more broadly," National Security Adviser John Bolton said Wednesday while briefing reporters. "We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of this issue, that it's something he cares deeply about," Bolton added. "This order, I think, is a further demonstration of that." Russian meddling attempts There have been ongoing concerns about possible attempts by Russia to meddle with the upcoming November vote as a follow-up to what intelligence officials have assessed to be a fairly successful effort to meddle with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But Bolton and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said the new executive order is not country specific, citing evidence that China, Iran and North Korea may also be working to influence the midterm election in November. "We see attempts," Coats told reporters Wednesday, repeating previous assertions that the U.S. intelligence community has yet to see "the intensity of what happened back in 2016." "In terms of what the influence is and will be, we continue to analyze all that," Coats added. "This is an ongoing effort here, and it has been for a significant amount of time, and will continue on a, literally, 24-hour-a-day basis until the election." The new executive order gives U.S. intelligence agencies 45 days after an election to report any efforts to meddle with the outcome. The U.S. attorney general and the Department of Homeland Security will then have 45 days to review those findings. If they agree with the assessment, it would trigger automatic sanctions. Those sanctions could include blocking access to property and interests, restricting access to the U.S. financial system, prohibiting investment in companies found to be involved, and even prohibiting individuals from entering the U.S. Additionally, the order authorizes the State Department and the Treasury Department to impose further sanctions, if deemed necessary. Bolton denied that recent criticism of Trump, and his interactions with President Vladimir Putin during their summit in Helsinki, played any role in issuing the executive order. In Helsinki, Trump told reporters he accepted Putin's denial of Russian meddling in the 2016 election over the U.S. intelligence community's assessment and later tried to clarify his statement in a tweet affirming support for the intelligence community. "The president has said repeatedly that he is determined that there not be foreign interference in our political process," Bolton said. "Today he signed this executive order, so I think his actions speak for themselves." Additional measures possible Still, Bolton left open the possibility that the White House could work with U.S. lawmakers on additional measures. Already, members of Congress have introduced various pieces of legislation aimed at setting out stiff penalties for Russia and other countries who seek to meddle with the U.S. electoral process. And some lawmakers said Wednesday the Trump administration's latest effort does not go far enough. "An executive order that inevitably leaves the president broad discretion to decide whether to impose tough sanctions against those who attack our democracy is insufficient," Mark Warner, the Democratic ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement. "If we are going to actually deter Russia and others from interfering in our elections in the future, we need to spell out strong, clear consequences, without ambiguity," Warner added. Republican Senator Marco Rubio said that while the order is a step in the right direction, it is not enough. "The @WhiteHouse & @POTUS deserve credit for taking this action. They did as much as they could do with an executive order but are limited from going further without legislation," he tweeted. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been critical of Trump for failing to fully enact a sanctions law that they passed over a year ago, even though the U.S. Treasury Department did impose major sanctions against 24 Russians as a result. But Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Republican Richard Burr expressed hope late Wednesday the new executive order will "send a clear message" to Russia, Iran and others. "[The executive order] strengthens our ability to quickly and appropriately hold responsible anyone who interferes in our elections," Burr said in a statement.
          Argentine Austerity Protests Mount Over Macri-Backed IMF Measures      Cache   Translate Page      
Labor unions and social groups blocked streets in downtown Buenos Aires on Wednesday, with more marches planned over the days ahead over   austerity measures proposed by the government and backed by the International Monetary Fund. Protesters are angry about the belt-tightening policies, which are cutting services to low-income Argentines already walloped by inflation of 31 percent and climbing. But Argentine leader Mauricio Macri says he needs to carry out such measures to regain investors' confidence by reducing the country's fiscal deficit. The outlook for Latin America's third biggest economy is grim, according to orthodox and left-leaning economists alike. Planned cuts to public utility subsidies, forcing Argentines to pay more for transportation and electricity, are expected to keep upward pressure on consumer prices for the rest of 2018. "The day to day uncertainty is getting worse," said protester Gabriela Gil, a 49-year-old mother of five. The year will close with inflation at more than 40 percent, according to economists' forecasts. Hardest hit are low-income families that spend a high proportion of their income on food. "The poorest people in the country are on the verge of hunger," said Daniel Menendez, a spokesman for Barrios de Pie, one of the groups that helped organized the march. Fiscal medicine Measures aimed at taming inflation, like the central bank's 60 percent monetary policy rate, have helped push the economy into recession by choking off credit. Stimulus spending that might pep up the economy would dash Macri's promise of bringing the primary fiscal deficit to zero next year. The previous 2019 deficit target was 1.3 percent of gross domestic product. Economy Minister Nicolas Dujovne said earlier this month that it was weakness on the country's "fiscal flank" that prompted a run on the peso in August. The currency fell 26 percent last month alone and has lost more than half its value so far in 2018. On Tuesday, the peso wobbled 1.4 percent lower to close at 38.5 per dollar. Having signed a $50 billion standby financing deal with the IMF in June, the slide in the peso prompted Macri's administration to pledge deeper spending cuts to secure an early release of funds. The revamped fiscal targets are being hammered out in Washington and will be part of the 2019 budget bill that Macri is expected to send to Congress over the days ahead. "What we are seeing in asset prices in Argentina is that people are not giving them the benefit of the doubt," Daniel Osorio, president of New York-based consultancy Andean Capital Advisors, said in a telephone interview. With investors demanding that the government stand by its budget-cutting program, some economists say the bitter fiscal medicine called for by the IMF might prove worse than the recession and high inflation that are already ailing Argentina. "The financial markets have closed for the country. Argentina's government is responding by attempting a much more drastic fiscal adjustment," said Martin Guzman, an economist at Columbia University Business School. "My view is that such a measure will lead to another recession in 2019."
          سوسیس و کالباس چه بلایی بر سر انسان می‌آورند؟      Cache   Translate Page      
سلامت نیوز: نتایج تحقیقات متعددی نشان می دهد که مصرف مواد پروتئینی فراوری شده از قبیل سوسیس و کالباس می تواند عوارض متعددی داشته و زمینه ساز بیماری هایی چون: اختلال دوقطبی، بیماری های روحی، سرطان، فشارخون و ... شود. به گزارش سلامت نیوز به نقل از سیناپرس، نتایج تحقیقات پژوهشگران نشان می دهد حتی مصرف کم مواد پروتئینی فراوری شده نیز برای سلامتی مضر هستند. هات داگ ها، همبرگرهای صنعتی، سوسیس، کالباس و ... دارای انواع افزودنی ها و مواد نگهدارندِ و درعین حال سرشار از طعم دهنده ها، نمک و ... بوده و در برخی موارد نیز دودی می شوند. مرکز سرطان سازمان بهداشت جهانی با همکاری آژانس بین المللی تحقیقات سرطان (IARC) در بررسی های خود، پروتئین های فراوری شده را در گروه مواد سرطان زا دسته بندی کرده اند. بر اساس گزارش سازمان بهداشت جهانی، مصرف ۵۰ گرم پروتئین فراوری شده در طول روز می تواند خطر ابتلا به سرطان روده بزرگ را در فرد مصرف کننده تا ۱۸ درصد افزایش دهد. پژوهشگران دانشکده پزشکی جآن هاپکینز در مطالعات جدید خود به بررسی تأثیرات مخرب مصرف این مواد بر سلامتی پرداختند که بر این اساس مهم ترین بیماری ها و عوارض مصرف پروتئین های فراوری شده به این شرح هستند: سرطان روده بزرگ: مرکز سرطان سازمان بهداشت جهانی با همکاری آژانس بین المللی تحقیقات سرطان (IARC) در بررسی های خود، پروتئین های فراوری شده را در گروه مواد سرطان زا دسته بندی کرده اند. بر اساس گزارش سازمان بهداشت جهانی، مصرف ۵۰ گرم پروتئین فراوری شده در طول روز می تواند خطر ابتلا به سرطان روده بزرگ را در فرد مصرف کننده تا ۱۸ درصد افزایش دهد. کورت استاریف (Kurt Straif) از کارشناسان سازمان بهداشت جهانی در این رابطه می گوید: میزان خطر ابتلا به سرطان روده بستگی مستقیمی به میزان مصرف پروتئین های فراوری شده دارد. این موضوع به دلیل وجود نیترات در این محصولات است که باهدف افزایش زمان ماندگاری آن ها به کار می رود. این ترکیب شیمیایی در بدن انسان به مواد عامل ایجاد سرطان تبدیل می شود. بیماری های قلبی و عروقی: پژوهش های علمی نشان دهنده وجود ارتباط بین مواد موجود در فراورده های گوشتی مانند بیکن، همبرگرهای کارخانه ای و ... با رسوب چربی در عروق قلبی است. این فرایند می تواند خطر ابتلا به سکته های قلبی را تا حد زیادی افزایش داده و چربی های اشباع شده موجود در گوشت قرمز که در محصولاتی مانند کالباس وجود دارد، به نوبه خود عامل ایجادکننده بیماری های قلبی است. کاهش میزان اسپرم: چربی های اشباع شده موجود در مواد پروتئینی فراوری شده در بدن انسان به گونه ای عمل می کنند که تستسترون به استرادیول (estradiol) و استروژن تبدیل می شود که این مواد برای اسپرم مضر بوده و درنتیجه مردانی که مواد گوشتی فراوری شده مصرف می کنند دارای میزان اسپرم کمتری به نسبت سایرین هستند. بیماری های کبدی: پروتئین های فراوری شده مانند سوسیس و کالباس، دارای حجم زیادی از نمک ها هستند که موجب تجمع مایعات در بدن شده و درنهایت اختلالات کبدی را در پی دارد. بلوغ دیرهنگام: در کنگره اروپائی اخیر غدد داخلی (European Congress of Endocrinology) که در شهر دوبلین برگزار شده بود، نتایج یک مطالعه جدید ارائه شد که بر اساس آن مشخص شد مصرف بیش ازحد نمک و فراورده های پروتئینی فراوری شده موجب اختلال در فرایند بلوغ و ایجاد مشکلات رفتاری از قبیل استرس می شود. افزایش فشارخون و دیابت: فسفات موجود در سوسیس و کالباس و محصولات مشابه، عامل ایجادکننده فشارخون بوده و عوارض قلبی را در پی دارد. ورود بیش ازحد فسفات به بدن انسان سبب ایجاد هورمونی به نام FGF23 در استخوان ها می شود که به سمت قلب کشیده شده و منجر به افزایش فشارخون خواهد شد. از سوی دیگر سدیم موجود در پروتئین های فراوری شده نیز تأثیرات منفی شدیدی بر سطح قند خون انسان داشته و زمینه ساز بروز دیابت است. منبع: thehealthsite
          Apple, Google, Amazon and Twitter to testify about data privacy on September 26th      Cache   Translate Page      
A couple of weeks from today, on September 26th, executives from a number of very important tech firms will appear in front of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The topic will be data privacy for consumers. The companies with representatives expected to attend include Apple, Google, Amazon and Twitter. AT&T and Charter Communications will also have executives on hand.

The committee hearing takes place three weeks after Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared in front of two Congressional hearings. The pair ...
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Preview Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard marked 9/11 by pointing out that Donald Trump paid tribute to the victims of Al-Qaeda even while protecting the terrorist group's last stronghold in Syria – sparking a range of responses online.
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          What's the deal with CA Prop 5?      Cache   Translate Page      

What’s the Deal with Prop 5?

 

Imagine that you’re over 55 years old and you are in a place in life where you are no longer able to tackle your day-to-day career, landing you in a corner without a fixed income or a substantial livelihood. Or maybe a disability is limiting your day-to-day tasks as well as any job opportunities. Now imagine you've been living in the same house for the last 20 years. You don’t have any family nearby, and your home is becoming increasingly harder to live in because of accessibility, neighborhood activity, and there’s nobody around to help. BUT you can’t move because you cant afford any increase from the current taxable value of your home, leaving you with no options but to stay in the corner in which you reside. Prop 5 has been put in place to give an open door to homeowners that are over 55 or the severely disabled. But like all legislation, there are two sides to every story…

 

Now imagine you have a young family in a small apartment. You are working full-time to support your family, while putting money aside to provide them a better living situation in the future. Or maybe you work in public services as a cop, firefighter, teacher, health care professional, etc and you’ve seen first hand what happens when there is a revenue loss at the local level and how it affects those fighting fires, teaching our kids, and providing health care to those who can barely afford it. What will happen to house prices if Prop 5 passes? What will happen to our public services after hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue are cut? We are here to give you a transparent lens about who benefits from Prop 5 and how it affects current and soon to be homeowners.

 

 

How does this affect new homeowners?

 

Gerald G. Wilson, board member of the Middle Class Taxpayers Association, Shamus Roller, executive director of the National Housing Law Project, and Gary Passmore, president of the Congress of California Seniors, wrote the official statement found in the state voter information guide in opposition to Proposition 5: “We urge a NO on Prop. 5 for one simple reason. We have a terrible affordable-housing crisis in California, and Prop. 5 will do NOTHING to make this crisis better.” In short what that means is California can’t support its growing population which in return hikes up the overall house prices. And with 52% of Californians spending 30% or more on rent (highest rate in the nation), more and more people don’t have the option to rent either, leaving them with no other choice but to relocate entirely.

 

 

 

Who benefits from Proposition 5?

 

Steve White, president of the California Association of Realtors, said: “Many seniors live in homes that no longer fit their needs because their homes are now too big or too far away from their families. If they want to downsize or move closer to their children, they could face property tax increases of 100 percent, 200 percent or even 300 percent.” The reality is that we have elderly and disabled citizens that are stuck in circumstances that they cannot change. Statistics show that almost three-quarters of homeowners 55 and older haven’t moved since 2000. This proposition will help this demographic and then some. 

 

However we can’t forget how this benefits seniors who aren’t suffering, who could take advantage of this tax break this for personal gain. If Prop 5 is passed, a homeowner over 55 can use their tax break to keep buying more expensive houses, over and over, anywhere in California. Meanwhile, younger, first-time home buyers with less income will face higher housing prices, and renters will have an even harder time becoming homeowners. This will give a huge tax break to already wealthy Americans.

 

Everything you need to know about Prop 5?

Prop 5 would amend Proposition 13 which currently allows homeowners over the age of 55 to transfer the taxable value of their present home to a replacement home, assuming the replacement home was of equal or lesser value, located within the same county, and purchased within two years of selling the original home. Unlike Prop 13, Prop 5 would ultimately remove similar replacement-value and location requirements.

 

In summary, here is what you need to know about Prop 5:

 

  • It will empower severely disabled people stuck in inadequate homes for tax-related financial reasons.

 

  • Annual property tax losses for cities, counties, and special districts of around $150 million in the near term, growing over time to $1 billion or more per year

 

  • It will eliminates the existing “moving penalty” in order to protect seniors (55+) and severely disabled people who want to move to safer, more practical homes or closer to their families

 

  • It will give a huge tax break to wealthy Californians.

 

  • It will further raise the cost of housing

 

 


          For the first time since Obamacare passed, the number of Americans without health insurance did not fall      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • The percentage of Americans without health insurance remained steady at 8.8% in 2017, according to the Census Bureau.
  • The flat rate was the first time since 2010 that the number of uninsured did not fall since the Affordable Care Act's passage in 2010.
  • The Census also showed a growing divide between states that took advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and those that declined the expansion.

The percentage of Americans without health insurance did not decline on 2017, marking the first time since the passage of the Affordable Care Act that the uninsured rate held steady.

According to the Census Bureau28.5 million Americans, or 8.8% of the population, went without health coverage in 2017. That number was a slight increase from the 28.1 million Americans without insurance in 2016, though the rate of 8.8% was consistent. The Census Bureau said the increase was not statistically significant.

The Census report also confirmed the growing chasm between states that decided to take advantage of the ACA's Medicaid expansion and those that did not.

The ACA, better known as Obamacare, allowed states to expand Medicaid coverage to people making up to 138% of the federal poverty line. Since then, 31 states and Washington, DC, have adopted the expansion.

"In states that expanded Medicaid eligibility ('expansion states'), the uninsured rate in 2017 was 6.5%, compared with 12.2% in states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility ('non-expansion states')," the Census Bureau said in the report.

In fact, the uninsured rate in states that did not expand Medicaid went up 0.7 percentage points compared to the stable rate in states that did expand Medicaid. Since 2013, the uninsured rate in expansion states is down 7 percentage points, compared to just 5.3 percentage points in non-expansion states.

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The flat uninsured rate came in President Donald Trump's first full year in office. Throughout the year, Republicans and the Trump administration attempted to dismantle Obamacare, though multiple bids to repeal and replace the ACA failed.

The administration did take actions that many experts said would destabilize Obamacare's individual insurance marketplaces, including reducing outreach to get people to sign up for plans.

Perhaps most significantly, Republicans repealed Obamacare's individual mandate — the requirement that all Americans get insurance or face a monetary penalty — as part of their tax bill.

Some experts blamed the stall on the meddling by the Trump administration and GOP.

Matt Broaddus, a senior research analyst at the left-leaning Center of Budget and Policy Priorities, pointed to the studies that showed a large swath of the uninsured are eligible for cheap coverage under the ACA as evidence that the uncertainty and lack of outreach were the cause of the stall.

"Last year’s sabotage efforts likely prevented additional coverage gains by creating barriers to obtaining available and affordable coverage," Broaddus wrote. "Roughly 55% of the uninsured are eligible for health insurance coverage with financial assistance under the ACA or other public programs, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute find."

Phillip Klein, the managing editor of the Washington Examiner and conservative healthcare analyst, argued that the stability of the uninsured rate proved that Democrats claims that Trump "sabotaged" Obamacare are overblown.

"Had there been a significant dip, it would have bolstered Democrats' case," Klein wrote. "Now Republicans can argue that despite all of the apocalyptic warnings, the uninsured rate is the same under Trump as it was under Obama."

"Various actions of the Trump administration, such as slashing the ad and outreach budget for Obamacare and ending certain payments to insurers, have been used by Democrats to charge that the Trump administration has launched a concerted effort to sabotage the law. But that is not visible in the numbers," he said.

Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan healthcare think tank, said the new data is inconclusive to make a determination either way.

"Progress in reducing the uninsured rate was already stalled, pre-Trump," Levitt tweeted Wednesday. "Increases in the number of people uninsured could come this year and next, as changes to the ACA from the Trump administration and Congress take hold."

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When the heroes of Benghazi finished their mission, the State Department, run by Hillary Clinton at the time, told them they had to foot the bill for their own plane fare home from Germany, according to former congressman and Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz appeared on Fox News on Tuesday night to talk to…

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Human rights groups have repeatedly accused a Saudi-led coalition of causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp. On Tuesday, the Trump administration signaled that it remains firmly behind the coalition: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress that "the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he endorsed and fully supports that position. Pompeo's certification allows the U.S. to continue fueling coalition jets. As Reuters reported, "U.S. lawmakers, concerned about a growing humanitarian crisis, included a measure in this year's defense spending bill that required Pompeo to certify by Wednesday whether Saudis and UAE were taking meaningful
          Trump Administration Transferred $9.8 Million From FEMA To ICE      Cache   Translate Page      
This summer, the Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million away from the agency that responds to disasters and emergencies, redirecting it toward one of President Trump's top priorities — the deportation of undocumented residents of the U.S. The funds transfer is prompting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cut back on training, IT security and infrastructure investments, according to a document sent to Congress and released by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. Merkley calls the transfer "reprehensible," and immigration advocates say it highlights an alarming shift in priorities, but the White House is adamant that the redistribution of funds will have no harmful effect on the response to Hurricane Florence. In a briefing Wednesday, a FEMA response and recovery official told reporters the agency has "plenty of resources" to respond to to the storm, currently approaching the Carolinas and Georgia. The transfer of funds to Immigration and Customs Enforcement "has not
          Hurricane Florence: Important Information       Cache   Translate Page      

Friends, 

There were some major forecast changes for Hurricane Florence over the past 24 hours, and the latest projections show the storm making its way through the Upstate. Nearly every update has had some kind of trajectory change, so please make sure you are viewing the most recent instructions and advisories coming from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Below is a copy of the storm projections as of 2PM on 9/12/18. 

I've been receiving various updates from state and federal agencies, and I will be passing along as much relevant information as I can. 

On September 10, 2018, President Trump declared an emergency for the state of South Carolina at the request of Governor Henry McMaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is authorized to provide emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance Program at 75 percent federal funding to support the state for all 46 South Carolina counties, in preparation for Hurricane Florence. FEMA currently has two Mobile Emergency Response Support units in South Carolina to assist the state with secure and non-secure voice, video, and information services to support emergency response communications needs. Additionally, the Trump Administration has temporarily relaxed certain trucking and energy related regulations to help minimize fuel and electricity shortages

If you have friends and family who live in an evacuation zone, encourage them to leave NOW. The window for safely evacuating is quickly closing.  

On Tuesday, there were 1,600 residents in the Carolinas who spent the night in an emergency shelter, with that number expected to rise significantly as the storm approaches. If you think there's any possibility you may need to stay at an emergency shelter, make sure to locate one ahead of time, particularly if you are traveling with pets because only certain facilities have the ability to accommodate them. You can find a list of shelters HERE

Utility companies are expecting anywhere between 1 to 3 million power outages as a result of the hurricane. So far, over 10,000 extra utility workers have been brought in from out of state and are on standby to restore power as quickly as possible. However, with that many outages expected, it is vital that you prepare for the possibility of being without power for several days. Power outage preparedness tips can be found HERE

Another concern for the Upstate is flooding. Somewhere between 2-6 inches of rain are currently expected to fall in the upper part of the Third Congressional District over the weekend. It is important to not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Remember that just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. 

Do you have a family emergency disaster plan? If not, here’s what you need to know to put one together

Please reach out to my office if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance. Stay safe!


          Monopoly Politics projections hit the mark      Cache   Translate Page      

After a number of unexpected upsets in key 2018 primaries, you might be wondering how many surprises the November elections have in store. The short answer: very few.

Every two years, FairVote releases its Monopoly Politics report, an in-depth analysis of U.S. House of Representatives elections and our system’s problems of polarization, partisanship and lack of competition. The interactive component of the latest Monopoly Politics features two kinds of up-to-date projections for the 2018 House races: “high confidence” projections, for the very safest seats, and “full” projections, which projects all seats based on competition level and expected vote share according to the national climate. Our model indicates that more than 54 percent of voters would need to favor Democrats in November for the Democrats to gain a narrow majority in the House of Representatives - a very high bar. But how confident are we in our projections?

FairVote’s high confidence projections have been over 99.9 percent accurate across three election cycles, projecting not only who will win each seat but also by how much. In 2016 our full projections were only off by two seats overall: incorrectly projecting close wins for seven Democrats and five Republicans. FairVote’s full projections also came quite close to the mark in terms of candidates’ shares of the overall vote in prior House Elections.

In 2014, FairVote’s vote share projections had a 92.4 percent fit with the election’s outcomes. (Click on the tabs in the interactive graphic below.)

In 2016 House elections, FairVote’s model explained 93.9 percent fit actual results.

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Comparing our 2016 projections with pure partisanship or previous district performance (the controls) shows these are more than just lucky guesses.

There were, of course, some instances, in which FairVote got it wrong.

As their name implies, swing districts are hard to call. Some districts might be very responsive to waves favoring big gains for one party. A weak campaign or a very high quality challenger can impact the outcome significantly. Nevertheless, the structure of our electoral system means that almost every incumbent who wins his or her primary is assured a seat in the 116th Congress.

FairVote’s methodology projects with “high confidence” only the very safest seats. Under our current system, we can predict 379 of the 435 House seats — or more than 87 percent of the total — with high confidence. Ideally, in a well-functioning democracy, the outcomes of hundreds of elections should not be so easy to predict with a high level of confidence. This lack of meaningful competition has left many voters feeling unrepresented and ignored. However, a more fair system is possible. Our Fair Representation Act Report, and corresponding page, explain how we can revitalize our democracy through electoral reform.

To see our projections and make some of your own check out our interactive spreadsheet. The spreadsheet also details the data behind our projections, such as national and state-by-state statistics and even the levels of competition for each seat.

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          LAVA-JATO: Facilidade de cobrar propina levou Lula a favorecer empreiteiras no pré-sal, diz Palocci      Cache   Translate Page      
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BRASÍLIA — Em um depoimento ainda inédito prestado à Polícia Federal (PF) e mantido sob sigilo, o ex-ministro da Fazenda Antonio Palocci apresenta novos detalhes sobre acerto de propina envolvendo a construção de sondas de exploração de petróleo em águas profundas que seriam compradas pela Petrobras para explorar o pré-sal. Palocci afirmou que o ex-presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva decidiu priorizar empreiteiras brasileiras depois de supostamente ter sido alertado por João Vaccari, então tesoureiro do PT, de que seria mais fácil cobrar propina delas do que das empresas estrangeiras.
Procurada para comentar o teor do depoimento, a assessoria de Lula afirmou que o ex-ministro mente sobre Lula e não apresenta provas:
“A contratação de empresas nacionais foi uma política de Estado que gerou milhares de empregos para trabalhadores no Brasil. Palocci fala mentiras contra Lula, sem apresentar qualquer prova, para tentar fechar um acordo para sair da prisão”.
A defesa de Vaccari também afirmou que as acusações são inverídicas:
“Trata-se de palavra de delator, sem qualquer prova sobre esse fato, pois não é verdadeiro”.
Essa escolha das empresas nacionais pela Petrobras ficou conhecida como ‘política de conteúdo local’ e, na época, era defendida por Lula sob o argumento de que desenvolveria a indústria local, gerando empregos e movimentando a economia. Palocci, porém, afirmou que o tema do desenvolvimento estava aliado ao das propinas.
“O plano político coincidia com a propina: nacionalizava a indústria do petróleo e ganhava boa propina”, diz trecho do depoimento à PF.
O depoimento, prestado em 16 de julho na Superintendência da PF em Curitiba, foi tomado pela delegada Rúbia Pinheiro, que toca as investigações da Operação Greenfield, que apura irregularidades em investimentos dos fundos de pensão de estatais. Dez dias depois, um procurador da Operação Greenfield também foi enviado a Curitiba para ouvir Palocci, no depoimento em que ele acusou Lula diretamente de receber propina e atuar nos pedidos de vantagens indevidas.
Fundador do PT, ex-prefeito de Ribeirão Preto, ex-ministro da Fazenda do governo Lula e ex-chefe da Casa Civil de Dilma Rousseff, Palocci participou das decisões mais importantes do partido nas últimas duas décadas. Ele foi condenado pelo juiz Sergio Moro, que comanda os processos da Operação Lava-Jato em Curitiba, a 12 anos, dois meses e 20 dias de prisão pelos crimes de corrupção passiva e lavagem de dinheiro. Era, até o início das investigações em Curitiba, um dos políticos mais influentes do PT.
Palocci relatou que, após a descoberta do petróleo na camada do pré-sal, o então diretor de Exploração e Produção da Petrobras, Guilherme Estrela, decidiu contratar as primeiras 18 sondas (equipamentos para explorar o pré-sal) no exterior. Essa decisão foi informada pelo então diretor de Serviços da Petrobras, Renato Duque, ao tesoureiro petista João Vaccari Neto, e provocou descontentamento, segundo Palocci.
Como a Operação Lava-Jato descobriu, Duque era o encarregado de recolher a propina devida ao PT no esquema da Petrobras. O acerto, depois de recebido o dinheiro das empreiteiras, era feito com Vaccari.
“Renato Duque avisa a João Vaccari que já estava fazendo um movimento de duplo efeito negativo, diante da não nacionalização do mercado e dificuldade em pedir apoio político (propina) a empresas estrangeiras, pois isso era bem mais difícil do que pedir propina a empresas nacionais”, diz outro trecho do depoimento do ex-ministro petista.
Ainda segundo o relato de Palocci, alertado por Duque, Vaccari levou o problema diretamente ao então presidente Lula, que foi pessoalmente à estatal tratar do assunto.
“Lula dá uma descompostura na diretoria toda da Petrobras, diz que está sendo traído e que a encomenda de sondas no exterior estava sendo contrária a todo o plano de nacionalização da indústria de petróleo e do pré-sal, principalmente após a sua descoberta”, descreveu o ex-ministro no depoimento.
Segundo seu relato, o diretor Guilherme Estrela argumenta que as primeiras sondas precisavam ser construídas no exterior porque o Brasil iria demorar para construí-las, mas promete dar esses contratos para empresas brasileiras. A defesa do ex-diretor da área Internacional da Petrobras entre 2003 e 2012 Guilherme Estrella não respondeu até a publicação desta matéria, que será atualizada assim que houver posicionamento dela.
Após o episódio, a Petrobras reduziu de 18 para 12 o número de sondas a serem contratadas no exterior e, destas, 10 foram feitas por empresas brasileiras. Posteriormente, a Petrobras formatou o projeto da Sete Brasil, uma empresa externa a ser constituída com aportes dos fundos de pensão para construir 28 sondas no país. Palocci afirmou que a Sete Brasil tinha também o atrativo de facilitar a captação de propina:
“Tirava do balanço da Petrobras as 28 sondas e tirava da estatal a compra, a fim de facilitar a negociação das propinas com os privados”, relata em outro trecho do depoimento.
Os fundos de pensão associaram-se a empresas privadas e aportaram valores bilionários na Sete Brasil. Só a Funcef, fundo dos funcionários da Caixa Econômica Federal, aportou R$ 1,3 bilhão, mas os investimentos afundaram. Em 2016, a Sete Brasil entrou em recuperação judicial com dívidas de R$ 19,3 bilhões.
Palocci contou ainda que Lula tentou intermediar um contrato entre a Sete Brasil e o grupo OSX, do empresário Eike Batista, para que ele construísse algum dos navios-sonda, mesmo já apresentando problemas financeiros em suas empresas. “Lula tentou salvar Eike, pois este sempre deu dinheiro para as campanhas”, disse o ex-ministro.
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          Sixty years ago, Little Rock closed all its public high schools rather than desegregate them      Cache   Translate Page      
The tossed year.

On Sept. 27, 1958, 60 years ago this month, Little Rock decided by a vote of 19,470 to 7,561 to keep its public high schools closed rather than desegregate them. Although the events of school desegregation at Central High in September 1957 are etched in the local, state and national consciousness, the events of the following year are unjustly overlooked. When they are mentioned at all, people refer to them as the "Lost Year." The term is misleading because the year was not lost, but rather tossed — that is, thrown willfully away by a predominantly white Little Rock electorate that was hoodwinked by segregationist politicians into believing that the city could survive without public schools. Events proved just how wrong those politicians were.

School closing was the result of an ongoing legal battle over school desegregation. On Feb. 20, 1958, the Little Rock School Board petitioned U.S. District Court Judge Harry J. Lemley for a two-and-half-year delay in its desegregation plan. On June 21, Lemley granted the delay on the grounds that the city needed a cooling-off period after the clashes witnessed in September 1957. On Aug. 18, NAACP attorney Wiley Branton successfully had the delay overruled on appeal. School board attorneys then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Since the Court did not convene until Oct. 6, it could not hear the appeal until after the Little Rock schools opened, presumably on a segregated basis, in September.

On Aug. 25, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren announced that the court would meet in a special session Aug. 28 to hear the Little Rock case. On Sept. 12, the court ordered the school board to proceed with its desegregation plan. In the landmark ruling of Cooper v. Aaron, the court said that violence and disruption could not be used as an excuse for delaying school desegregation. If the court had allowed a delay, it would have signaled that mob rule could be used to stall the enforcement of federal laws. The federal government afterward indicated that it was prepared to support the opening of schools with the assistance of federal marshals if necessary. Everything appeared to be in place to ensure a smooth and orderly process of desegregation, in contrast to the scenes of lawlessness in 1957.

Gov. Orval Faubus had other plans. While desegregation was being debated in the courts, Faubus made his move. On Aug. 26, the governor presided over a special session of the Arkansas General Assembly that pushed through six bills providing him with sweeping powers to uphold segregation. One bill allowed Faubus to close any school ordered to desegregate by federal order. With the school closed, voters in the local school district would participate in a referendum to decide if the school should reopen or not. On the day that the court ordered desegregation to proceed, Faubus closed all of Little Rock's public high schools. In the referendum held Sept. 27, the governor handily stacked the cards in his favor by providing a single choice between keeping the schools closed or accepting "complete and total integration."

The morning after the referendum result, Faubus pressured the school board into leasing the public high schools to the Little Rock Private School Corp. (LRPSC) for private operation. NAACP attorneys won an injunction to stop this. Faubus then assisted the LRPSC in purchasing private buildings with public funds to operate as schools. That year, white students variously attended private segregated schools, schools in other Arkansas districts, out-of-state schools or took correspondence courses through the University of Arkansas. With access to fewer resources, black students were hit the hardest. Most attended classes in other Arkansas districts or went to an out-of-state school. Some took a correspondence course offered by L.M. Christophe, the principal of the black Horace Mann High School. The state retained both white and black teachers on full pay to preside over empty classrooms in closed schools. The only thing that took place in public high schools that year was Central High's football program, which was apparently the single part of its educational services that the city felt it could not survive without.

Faubus reaped the political benefits of school closing. In November 1958, he became only the second governor in Arkansas history to win a third consecutive term in office. The leading segregationist voice in the state, Arkansas Association of White Citizens' Council head Jim Johnson, won election to the Arkansas Supreme Court. In a shocking result, Little Rock segregationist and school board member Dale Alford defeated, as a write-in candidate, incumbent Congressman Brooks Hays, who had held the seat for 16 years. Meanwhile, all of the Little Rock School Board (except for Alford, who would soon leave to take up his role as congressman) resigned. As one of its final acts in office, the board voted to buy out the contract of school Superintendent Virgil Blossom, the architect of Little Rock's school desegregation plan.

The election of a new school board proved a watershed event. At the school-closing referendum, a group of white women had formed the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools (WEC). At its helm was Adolphine Fletcher Terry, the wife of former Arkansas Congressman David D. Terry. Although unsuccessful in getting the schools opened, the WEC, itself segregated, remained an important lobbying force within the white community. At the school board election, Terry managed to persuade five candidates to represent business interests against attempts by segregationists to dominate the school board. In a closely contested election, a split ticket of three business candidates and three segregationists won.

The partial victory belatedly stirred Little Rock's white businessmen to speak up about school desegregation. There was a rising awareness of the community damage being done. Teachers, unoccupied in empty classrooms, were leaving the public school system in droves. The education of the city's students was being severely disrupted. And, of more pressing concern to the businessmen, the city's economy was suffering badly. Not one new industry had chosen to locate in Little Rock since the events of September 1957. It was claimed that the negative headlines surrounding school desegregation had cost the city five new industrial plants that would have brought in $1 million in revenue and 300 new jobs.

E. Grainger Williams, the new president of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, questioned the wisdom of school closing in his inaugural speech on Jan. 14, 1959. Williams told the audience that, "no matter what our personal feelings might be," the "time has come for us to evaluate ... the cost of the lack of public education." The politicians did not seem to care. The 1959 Arkansas General Assembly passed another 32 pro-segregation bills into law.

A showdown between the business community and committed segregationists in the city finally came in May 1959. At a meeting of the new school board May 5, segregationist members attempted to push through measures to remove anyone unsympathetic to their cause from the public school system. Blocking each of these measures, the school board members representing business interests then withdrew from the meeting to dissolve the quorum. However, after they left, Ed McKinley, the segregationist president of the school board, ruled that the meeting could continue as normal. Segregationists proceeded to make a series of arbitrary decisions about the running of the school system. Most dramatic of all was the decision not to renew the contracts of 44 public school employees, including seven principals, 34 teachers and three secretaries.

On May 8, a group of downtown business and civic leaders met to form a new organization, Stop This Outrageous Purge (STOP). The organization was dedicated to recalling the three segregationist school board members for election. On May 15, segregationists formed a Committee to Retain Our Segregated Schools (CROSS) to recall the business community representatives. On May 25, the day of the recall election, the vote narrowly went the businessmen's way, with all the business representatives reinstated and all the segregationist candidates dismissed from the school board. The new board, taking the election as a mandate to reopen the schools, began preparations for token desegregation in September 1959 by assigning three black students to Central High and three to Hall High. On June 18, the U.S. District Court upheld the contention of NAACP attorneys that Arkansas's school-closing laws were unconstitutional.

In a surprise move designed to stymie attempts by Faubus to prevent the schools from reopening, the school board announced in July that the school year would begin a month early, on Aug. 12. When the schools reopened as planned, three black students, Effie Jones, Elsie Robinson and Estella Thompson, peacefully entered Hall High under a city police guard. At the state Capitol, 1,000 whites attended a segregationist rally. Later, around 200 segregationists marched on Central High. City policemen firmly enforced order as two of the Little Rock Nine, Jefferson Thomas and Elizabeth Eckford, entered the school. Carlotta Walls, another of the Nine, and the third black student assigned to Central that year, had not yet returned from completing summer school in Chicago. For segregationists, the battle had been lost, and their struggle to retain strictly segregated public schools was finally over. The struggle to achieve the meaningful desegregation of the city's schools, and to ensure equal access to a quality education for all of the city's students, continued on, as it still does today.

John A. Kirk is the Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History and director of the Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


          A “BLUE” TEXAS: Republicans’ Worst Fears Could Come True in November      Cache   Translate Page      

In 2002, Republicans took control of the Texas House of Representatives – breaking a 130-year string of Democratic dominance on the state. After taking control of the Texas House of Representatives, the first thing newly elected Texas Republicans did was engage in a major partisan redistricting effort that completely changed the course of Texas politics. As a result, Republicans gained six seats during the 2004 elections, which led to them having the majority in the Texas House for the first time since Reconstruction. As of 2018, Texas Republicans still control the House and Senate in Texas, as well as control of all the statewide offices. This has had an impact on federal elections also, in that Republicans have continued to have a stronghold on winning important U.S. Congressional and Senate races. Texas has also been a consistent and reliable state when it comes to the Republican nominee for president. Not since 1976, when Jimmy Carter defeated Republican Gerald Ford, has a Democratic candidate for president carried the state. There has been a lot of chatter over the past several months about whether Republicans may be losing their grip on Texas as a reliable “red state” and there are several candidates in Texas that have many Republicans worried. So could Texas really be in play for Democrats this November? Based on a recent letter sent to his supporters, 17-year incumbent U.S. Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) seems to think so. Rep. Culberson is in a dogfight here in Texas, against his Democratic opponent, attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher,read more

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O Presidente da ABIH Nacional — Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Hotéis, Manoel Cardoso Linhares esteve visitando ontem Goiânia (GO). Na pauta, uma visita ao Centro de Convenções de Goiânia que será palco da 61ª edição do CONOTEL — Congresso Nacional de Hotéis, que acontece entre os dias 8 e 10 de maio do próximo […]
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O Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas (Sebrae) ingressou na tarde desta quarta-feira (12) com um mandado de segurança no Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF) contra a medida provisória que criou a Agência Brasileira de Museus (Abram). O motivo é a retirada de parte dos recursos do Sebrae para destinar ao novo órgão. No documento, os advogados questionam quatro pontos da MP editada no início da semana pelo presidente Michel Temer. Os principais são o que classificam como "desvio de finalidade" da contribuição responsável por bancar o Sebrae. Os defensores do mandado de segurança argumentam que a Contribuição de Intervenção do Domínio Econômico (Cide) foi criada pela Constituição para destinar recursos a assuntos econômicos, diferindo de temas como a gestão de museus. O artigo que destina 6% do orçamento anual do Sebrae para a Abram também é criticado pelo órgão. Segundo o mandado de segurança, há uma "ilegalidade" na obrigação de transferir o dinheiro à agência porque as receitas do Sebrae provêm mensalmente da Receita Federal, que deveria ser a responsável por alterar ou diminuir a destinação dos recursos. Como se trata de uma medida provisória, que tramita no Congresso Nacional, mas já tem força de lei, o critério da urgência também é questionado pelo Sebrae. "A MP não possui urgência para sua aprovação, devendo, caso seu mérito ainda permanecessse válido, ser criada por meio de projeto de lei", explicou o órgão. Ontem (11), ao anunciar que ingressaria com o mandado, o presidente do Sebrae, Guilherme Afif Domingos, disse não ser contra a busca de soluções para os problemas dos museus, mas que os micro e pequenos empresários não poderiam "pagar sozinhos esta conta". Agência Brasil
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The United States Constitution was written in 1787 and signed on Sept. 17 that year. In 1955, the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to set aside this time in celebration of the U.S. Constitution. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Constitution Week on Aug. 19, 1955. The DAR Waw-wil-a-way Chapter is requesting […]

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          Chairs Urge Commerce Secretary to Expand U.S. “Entity List” to Include Chinese Government and State Security Entities in Xinjiang       Cache   Translate Page      

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(Washington D.C.)--U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chair and Cochair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China respectively, released today a letter urging U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to expand the U.S. Government’s “Entity List” (Supplement 4, Part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations) to include Chinese government and state security entities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), as well as any businesses profiting from the expansion of the region’s surge in security spending.  The Chairs conclude that the “abuses occurring in the XUAR are contrary to the national security interests of the United States. U.S. companies should not be assisting in the expansion of China’s systems for surveillance, detection, and detention, or be complicit in what are gross violations of internationally recognized human rights occurring daily in the XUAR.”

The letter’s recommendations stem from testimony provided by independent experts and U.S. government witnesses at a CECC hearing entitled “Surveillance, Suppression, and Mass Detention: Xinjiang’s Human Rights Crisis” and is the second recent initiative of the Chairs to press for a robust U.S. response to the human rights situation in the XUAR.  The Chairs sent a bipartisan letter in August urging “Global Magnitsky” sanctions against senior Chinese government and Communist Party officials engaged in the repression of ethnic minorities in the XUAR.    

Text of Commerce letter below:

  September 12, 2018   The Honorable Wilbur Ross Secretary of Commerce U.S. Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20230   Dear Secretary Ross:   Thank you for your response to our May 15, 2018 letter regarding controls on the sale by U.S. companies of surveillance and crime control technology for use by Chinese security forces and police.  Our concerns are particularly acute as they relate to the Chinese government’s pervasive surveillance and internment system targeting Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).   We appreciated the Department making Mr. Anthony Christino, Director of the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Foreign Policy Division, available to testify at a recent Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing focused on the grave and deteriorating human rights situation in the XUAR.     Joining Mr. Christino on the hearing’s government panel was Ambassador Kelley Currie, U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, who characterized the scope of the campaign against Uyghur Muslims as “truly breathtaking” and described how “over the past year, hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Uighur citizens of China—men, women and even children—have disappeared into state custody…”  Ambassador Currie focused specifically on the “highly intrusive, high-tech surveillance system in Xinjiang,” which includes:   “thousands of surveillance cameras, including in mosques; facial recognition software; obligatory content-monitoring apps on smartphones and GPS devices on cars; widespread new police outposts with tens of thousands of newly-hired police and even Party personnel embedded in people’s homes; and compulsory collection of vast biometric datasets on ethnic and religious minorities throughout the region, including DNA and blood samples, 3-D photos, iris scans, and voiceprints.”   The testimony of Ambassador Currie and other expert witnesses further underscored that the abuses occurring in the XUAR are contrary to the national security interests of the United States. U.S. companies should not be assisting in the expansion of China’s systems for surveillance, detection, and detention, or be complicit in what are gross violations of internationally recognized human rights occurring daily in the XUAR.   While we believe that longstanding export restrictions on the sale of crime control or detection instruments or equipment to the People’s Republic of China should prohibit all U.S. companies from aiding efforts to expand China’s high-tech surveillance and detention of ethnic minority populations in China, we urge you to also add Chinese government and state security entities in the XUAR, and any businesses profiting from the expansion of the region’s surge in security spending, to the U.S. Government’s “Entity List” (Supplement 4, Part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations).   During the course of his testimony, Mr. Christino said the Commerce Department, as a result of information provided by the CECC, was reviewing whether there is sufficient evidence to justify additional end-user restrictions for XUAR police and security forces, among others.  This was a welcomed acknowledgement.  Given the national integration of China’s state security apparatus, we believe there should also be a presumption of denial for any sale of technology or equipment that would make a direct and significant contribution to the police surveillance and detection system, including dual-use technology sold or resold to any elements of the Ministry of Public Security.  In response to a question at the hearing, Mr. Christino assured the Commissioners that the Commerce Department possesses sufficient authority, within the interagency process, to make such determinations.  Therefore, we respectfully request an update as to the status and anticipated timeline of this interagency process.   The U.S. government has clearly acknowledged the severity of the abuses in Xinjiang.  Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have both voiced public concern about these abuses and have specifically focused on the proliferation of “political reeducation” centers or camps throughout the region.  Our export policy must reflect this reality.     We look forward to your response.   Sincerely,     Senator Marco Rubio                                                              Chair        Representative Chris Smith Cochair
          “Nazismo” e “Fascismo” no Brasil de Bolsonaro – Resposta às mentiras da Esquerda e dos Liberais.       Cache   Translate Page      


Milton Pires


Daqui a 100 anos ainda será lembrado, na História do Brasil, o papel ridículo, a conduta patética de determinados historiadores, formadores de opinião e jornalistas que insistem em afirmar que Bolsonaro e seus eleitores são “nazistas” ou “fascistas”, ou que possa haver “elementos de fascismo” no seu discurso e na sua visão de Poder.

O que segue não é uma súmula, um resumo dirigido àqueles que, como eu, vão votar em Jair Bolsonaro e muito menos às formas de vida acéfalas que seguem dizendo que “Lula é inocente” e pretendem ver Márcia Tiburi como “governadora do RJ”.

Escrevo para gente como a própria Márcia Tiburi, Marco Antônio Villa, Reinaldo Azevedo e tantos outros que sabem perfeitamente bem o que foram as experiências nazistas e fascistas no século XX e, por isso mesmo, são infinitamente mais culpados do que qualquer “criança” de 18 ou 19 anos de idade que está dentro de alguma Faculdade Federal de “Humanas” aqui no Brasil.

Sabendo o significado de “Regime Totalitário”, tendo consciência do que foram os regimes totalitários do século XX, a ralé de desinformantes que domina a grande imprensa brasileira ofende, banaliza, desmerece a memória dos MILHÕES de seres humanos que foram massacrados pelos regimes comunista, nazista e fascista.

O nazismo e o fascismo são experiências que, junto com o regime de Stalin na União Soviética, correspondem ao Totalitarismo.

A noção de Totalitarismo NASCE, ela só é possível, em virtude da Revolução de 1917. Afirmo, mais uma vez e se Deus quiser pela última, que JAMAIS existiriam o nazismo e o fascismo se Lênin não houvesse chegado ao Poder total na Rússia.

O comunismo é, na sua etapa final, a abolição completa do Estado (e da vida política) a favor da massa disforme dos indivíduos controlada pelo Partido. O nazismo e o fascismo são, desde o início, a abolição total de cada indivíduo (e da vida política) a favor da totalidade do Estado. Num modelo todos os indivíduos se fundem numa massa em benefício de um Partido que se disfarça como “Estado”; no outro cada indivíduo é anulado, abolido como pessoa, em favor de um só Estado “Perfeito”.

Na experiência objetiva do mundo, a dimensão comum a todos os Totalitarismos, é uma razão, uma capacidade de julgar, incapaz de atribuir à realidade uma ordem diferente do universo material. A ordem material é, pois, imanente ao Estado Totalitário.

Não há, no Totalitarismo, nenhum ordenamento transcendental que contemple a felicidade em “outro mundo”. Tudo, na Alemanha e na Itália, está dentro do Estado. Tudo na União Soviética está dentro do Partido Comunista. Na Alemanha e na Itália o Estado é o Paraíso, na União Soviética o Estado deve desaparecer para que o Partido construa o Paraíso na Terra.

“Ah, perguntam alguns, mas o Nazismo e o Fascismo são de direita ou de Esquerda??” Nazismo e Fascismo só se tornaram possíveis por causa da Esquerda mas vieram a se constituir, no fim, em algo que supera as ideias de “direita” e de “esquerda” - não há mais “direita” nem “esquerda” no universo totalitário.

A experiência totalitária é específica do século XX e, com exceção da Coréia do Norte, não há nada no século XXI que possa ser considerado próximo ao que aconteceu na Itália de Mussolini, na Alemanha de Hitler e na Rússia de Stalin.

A unidade conceitual, o marco referencial do Totalitarismo, é a definição de uma classe, raça ou modelo institucional que atentem contra própria noção e a “perfeição” do Estado Totalitário no mundo material.

Lênin elege a classe dos burgueses, Hitler fala nos “não arianos” e Mussolini nos “inimigos do Estado Fascista”.

O cidadão, no Estado Totalitário, desaparece. Ele se dilui numa experiência coletiva que gera aquilo que Hannah Arendt chama de sensação de ABANDONO. O indivíduo está sozinho, ele não tem mais família, parentes, amigos ou colegas. A relação do indivíduo com o Estado é dominada pelo Terror. O Terror, em Filosofia Política, tem três características que eu já escrevi antes. São elas – a violência, a burocracia e a desinformação.

O Brasil JAMAIS viveu num Regime de Terror. As pessoas no Brasil não tem, sequer, ideia do que é isso. Não adianta a Esquerda dizer que o Regime Militar “foi um regime de terror”: isso é mentira e é mentira também a direita afirmar que a Venezuela, atualmente, está num Regime de Terror. Estas afirmações não sobrevivem a uma análise mínima.

Não existe, jamais existiu, qualquer evidência capaz de sustentar que Jair Bolsonaro e seus eleitores são “nazistas” ou “fascistas” . A esquerda, desesperada pela ameaça contra o Foro de São Paulo, sente-se ameaçada pelo patriotismo, pelo nacionalismo, capaz de excluir o Brasil da Revolução Bolivariana na América Latina e usa desse nacionalismo para afirmar que somos “fascistas” - é mentira e eles mesmos sabem disso.

Ser fascista não é (só) ser nacionalista: é sustentar a ideia de um Estado Corporativo em que nada pode estar “fora ou contra ele” (como definiu Mussolini). É ainda, do ponto de vista filosófico, sustentar uma loucura conhecida como “Teoria Geral do Espírito como Ato Puro”, do filósofo italiano Giovanni Gentile (1875-1944), que eu não vou perder tempo explicando aqui.

Jamais existiria fascismo sem comunismo. Benito Mussolini foi, antes da Marcha Sobre Roma e da chegada do Estado Fascista, editor do jornal socialista “O Futuro do Trabalhador,”

O Nazismo é um filhote do fascismo: Hitler era admirador fanático de Mussolini e adaptou a noção de “raça pura” e “ódio aos judeus” como justificativa para seu Estado Total. O antissemitismo não foi invenção de Hitler. Ele já imperava na Rússia Europeia e na França há muito tempo. As primeiras experiências com gás, usado para matar judeus, foram feitas por Stálin; não por Hitler.

Vimos, nos parágrafos acima, que a Esquerda, essa esquerda que faz cocô pelas ruas, que quer Lula livre e leva crianças para tocarem homem nus em museus, vê no NACIONALISMO a ligação de Bolsonaro e seus eleitores com o Fascismo. E os liberais? E estes que, como Marco Antônio Villa, Reinaldo Azevedo e tantos outros, dizem que detestam os petistas ?

Estes nos atacam como proto nazistas ou fascistas em virtude do Conservadorismo e da perspectiva CULTURAL do projeto de Poder de Jair Bolsonaro. Mais uma vez, erram de maneira patética!

Nazismo e Fascismo foram tudo, menos conservadores do ponto de vista da Cultura. Hitler falava abertamente numa “revolução”, numa revolução capaz de acabar com o caráter “pacífico”(segundo ele) do povo alemão que “precisava de espaço”, que aturava demais a presença das “raças inferiores dentro da Alemanha”. Ele assinava uma revista de ocultismo e reunia-se, no início de carreira, com os veteranos da Primeira Guerra Mundial que se sentiam traídos pelos “judeus do Governo”. A relação de Hitler com a Igreja Católica, a despeito das tentativas de Franz von Papen, foi tudo menos “pacífica”, e se não houve conflito total foi porque a Igreja cedeu; não Adolf Hitler.

Mussolini, ainda que no comando de um país latino, de uma nação que teve origem no Império Romano e é a sede do Vaticano, não fez do Fascismo uma experiência “conservadora” em termos culturais. Fosse ele um dos vencedores da Segunda Guerra Mundial, o Fascismo teria evoluído com características de uma Religião Civil. O Estado Fascista, embora não fosse contra a religião, era, sim, contra qualquer espécie de poder secular da Igreja ou ingerência da mesma em assuntos políticos.

Tudo o que se pode chamar de “Conservadorismo”, característica encontrada, por exemplo, na loucura do Ditador Militar Francisco Franco que perseguia maçons com a “benção da Igreja Católica Espanhola”, não existia no mesmo nível em Mussolini e Hitler.

O Fascismo e o Nazismo, filhos de 1917, vieram (também) como revoluções culturais. Uma Revolução Cultural que modificaria, que destruiria, nos anos anteriores à Segunda Guerra, toda perspectiva de senso comum, toda ética protestante e o empreendedorismo da Alemanha e a noção de família e caridade católica da Itália.

Jair Bolsonaro e seus eleitores não são revolucionários e os “liberais” brasileiros, a exemplo da extrema esquerda, erram quando querem fazer ligações deles com o nazismo ou fascismo.

Bolsonaro não vai se eleger fazendo a apologia de uma “raça superior” nem de um modelo de Estado que pretenda ser um império como foi o romano. Bolsonaro não vai invadir o Uruguai como Mussolini fez com a Etiópia! Não há “bolsonaristas” de camisas pretas espancando comunistas nem veteranos de uma guerra anterior travada pelo Brasil acusando uma “raça” de os ter “traído” e “destruído o Brasil' como fez Adolf Hitler com a Alemanha.

Com relação ao ódio contra uma determinada classe social (característica do universo stalinista) nós bem sabemos quem é o seu representante no nosso país.

Jair Bolsonaro vai se eleger, querendo ou não, em nome de milhões de brasileiros que querem uma contra-revolução cultural capaz de reconstruir a sociedade e a cultura de um país devastado pelo PT.

Bolsonaro pode assumir, chamar o Exército e fechar o Congresso? Pode, sim! Sem dúvida! Pode agir como Francisco Franco, Pinochet ou Médici, mas NEM isso faz dele um nazista ou um fascista. Ser um Ditador Militar, para desespero da esquerda e dos liberalóides do Brasil, não é, nem de longe, a mesma coisa que construir um Estado Totalitário.

Uma Ditadura é um regime de violência que reprime qualquer força democrática que lute por um país diferente. Num Regime Totalitário não há luta por um país diferente - ninguém mais tem esperança que possa existir algo diferente daquilo em que vive.

Porto Alegre, 12 de setembro de 2018.

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How did that study find Fox propaganda with regard to Clinton or Obama? Were there 50% positive stories for each? 50% positive stories about Democratic members of Congress? 50% positive stories about the abuse of migrants? Sounds like ol' John is cherry picking one incomplete data point to support his "neutral" reporting criteria. Somewhat similar to claiming a broken clock works great because it is 100% accurate twice a day.


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This season on Slate’s podcast Working, host Jordan Weissmann is focusing in on an emerging industry: marijuana. In this Slate Plus members-only podcast, Chau Tu talks to Weissmann about what he’s learned, why the pot industry might be more responsible than tech, and whether we really can credit President Trump for improving the U.S. economy.

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This transcript has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Chau Tu: So since we last spoke, you’ve taken over as the new host of Slate’s podcast Working. You’re in your second season now—what are you trying to bring to listeners?

Jordan Weissmann: I am on my second season, it’s been a lot of fun hosting the show. The first round was me sort of getting my sea legs. It was just like a grab bag of Jordan’s various interests, that was Season 1. I talked to a tattoo artist and the guy who does Wes Anderson’s soundtracks and an art auctioneer and archaeologist at one point. It was sort of all over the place, but people who I would just personally want to have a chat with.

This season has a theme, and it’s a fun theme, I think. I went to Colorado to talk to people who work in the state’s legal cannabis industry, everyone from the CEO who runs the dispensary company to the guy who literally trims the marijuana buds before they go on sale. I’ve talked to a lawyer, a marijuana researcher at a university, a chef, a baker, all kinds of folks just kind of all over the business.

There are a few reasons I wanted to [do this theme]. I talked about the first one, I think, at the beginning of the first episode, so forgive me if you’ve heard this already, but the inspiration came at a wedding I went to recently. For some reason, every time I have gone to a wedding in the past couple of years, I’ve ended up in a conversation with somebody who is working in the marijuana industry. And I think it has to do with the fact that I keep going to weddings in Colorado and California—

That might be it!

Or it might be very specific to my circle of friends, I don’t know. But like, one person was a private equity guy who is working with marijuana startups. And another person works at a tech company that essentially provides point of sale systems to a dispensaries that also help them keep track of different regulations so they don’t accidentally break the law, which is kind of easy to do in this industry. And they were all just like really fun, interesting chats with people, which is kind of notoriously difficult at a wedding, where you’re kind of stuck eating canapes and making small talk. And I thought, if I can have this much fun talking to random folks about this I meet at a party, I think it’d be great to do a podcast about it. And so I got Slate’s permission, and I went and did it.

And just aside from what sparked it, I think it’s a really good time to talk to people in the business. Because it seems to be at this sort of inflection point where everyone realizes it’s probably going to be legal in the long term. Jeff Sessions is not going to come and stamp out all these dispensaries now. It looks like the Trump administration is going to let it just kind of do its thing. And a lot more money is starting to flow in and you’re beginning to see the green shoots of sort of the corporate marijuana business. So it seems like a good time to meet people and talk to them before things get too corporate. When it’s becoming more respectable, when it’s becoming more mainstream but hasn’t quite become big weed yet.

What are you finding about the people that are in the industry right now?

It was really a fun season to put together because of just the vast array of personalities I encountered. Some people traveled to Colorado to get into the industry, moved there because they wanted to work in marijuana. Some kind of fell into it. I talked to people about their backstories. And that’s kind of the fun thing about Working in general is not just finding out about the minutia of people’s days, but it’s finding out about their lives and who they are. It’s kind of a way to see the person. So it’s everyone from the corporate chef I met who actually doesn’t have any taste buds.

Oh wow.

Yeah, right? It’s a really great chat I had with her and learning how in some ways that may actually make her better at her job. Which kind of makes sense when you learn how you have to cook with marijuana and on a kind of mass production scale.

Talking to the trimmer I mentioned before, I wasn’t quite sure exactly what to expect going into that conversation because how much is there to say about sitting over a table and just cutting the leaves off marijuana and it actually may have been my favorite interview I’ve done in the course of doing this show. It was just a fun, fascinating conversation about his life and how he looks at his job and why he gets excited about that kind of work and labor and the things you learn in the course of it.

And you get a combination of sort of the slightly stereotypical stoners, but also some really just like business-minded motherfuckers. The last episode that went up was with the CEO and he basically got into the business through a series of acquisitions with family money. He convinced his family to go in on this business right as it was kind of gaining steam in Colorado and they’ve been successful. And he’s just very much about like, how do I get my energy costs down? And if you get him to talk about weed, his favorite weed, he will. But that’s really not where his focus is.

Another, I won’t say surprising thing, but I think a theme you’ll notice in the episodes that some people might not expect, is how—obsessed isn’t the right word—but how conscientious people are about regulations and not breaking the law and wanting to not seem like a bunch of irresponsible stoners. They want everyone to know this is a legit industry. And of course you talk to anybody in any business, they are going to try to present themselves in the best way possible for the most part. They are going to say, “Oh yeah, we care about the law and we’re careful about not breaking it,” but it wasn’t just when people were on tape or when I was interviewing them. It was also just like inside conversations when I was walking into dispensaries or walking into a greenhouse, just every little thing you could tell that was really the forefront of people’s minds. Yeah, I’m the media, but it seems like people, at least my impression, is that people are really determined to not step over the line and to do everything by the book so that they can convince people that this industry deserves to exist and thrive and grow.

It was funny because, when I was there, it was the week that there were some controversies over Facebook and Twitter and responsibility for fake news and Alex Jones and all of that. And I was having a conversation with a guy who was staying with, a friend who actually works in tech and had actually sort of been part of what you might call a socially responsible, social media startup at one point. And we were having a conversation about whether or not Twitter and Facebook even are capable of being responsible, right? Like if it’s in their DNA to be responsible or if it’s just like not in the business model. And I had this thought that, at the very least, the marijuana industry strikes me is a lot more responsible than tech. At the very least, these people all seem like they’re coming in and really care about doing everything by the book and they’ve sort of been trained to because they know all hell will come down on their heads if they don’t. Whereas you got these other industries where it’s sort of like, “eh, social business responsibility, legal responsibility, meh.”

That’s interesting. It’s like they’re more disciplined already.

Yeah, just because they are so highly regulated. Everything, they are walking on eggshells to some extent. There has at least been one kind of widely reported, well-known incident in Colorado where a dispensary was breaking the law and essentially selling people more marijuana than they were supposed to and those people were taking it across state lines and unloading it. And they got the death penalty, they got shut down. That’s kind of hanging over people’s heads is that they know, oh yeah, if you mess up, you’re out of business. It’s not a slap on the wrist. This is not to say that the people in this industry are saints, because obviously ...

And I expect that as it grows and becomes more corporate, you’re going to get bad actors and you’re going to get controversies and scandals and people doing things that they shouldn’t be purely for profit and you’re going to get them lobbying for things that, that may not be in the public’s best interest, but for now at least, my early impression is that the people getting into it really do have a sense of conscientiousness.

And it must be fascinating just to see like a new industry kind of at its infancy, right?

Yeah, absolutely. I mean, yeah, people already say it’s getting kind of crowded, right? But these are early days, it’s not even fully legalized. It’s not very often that you get to see an infant industry, like you said, sort of take its first steps.

Yeah, figure it out on their own.

It’s not quite a toddler anymore, it’s maybe like a 3- or 4-year-old, they’re learning to talk. But it’s really still early days and it’s fun to get a picture of it at that moment.

Although it’s funny, I talked with a guy who essentially heads cultivation for one of these dispensaries, he’s like a marijuana farmer. He works now in this 120,000-square-foot greenhouse, which is, it’s big for marijuana. It’s not big agriculture though. And he’s already talking about how he kind of misses the good old days working in the small, like converted warehouse, downtown—

In a closet.

Yeah, exactly, it wasn’t good for growing weed really. The environment and the production process is infinitely better now. But he’s already looking back at the old days and I’m like, you guys have barely begun. So there’s already a sense of nostalgia for some people for when it was really just getting started and they were all kind of pirates. And there definitely was a period clearly when everyone was kind of a pirate.

I talked to a marijuana lawyer. He co-leads the weed practice at this fairly large law firm with an office in Denver. And he said “Early on, my clients were basically drug dealers.” That’s effectively what they were. And now he spends all of his time doing M&A. Like that’s how it’s already changing. Now it’s all mergers and acquisitions because that’s where the industry has started to go. And he’s become totally corporate. But there was a few years back.

So how are you choosing the people that you’re talking to?

Some of it was just doing some research into the industry and saying, well, I need to talk to this kind of person, I need to talk to this kind of person. The trimmer, for instance, I had been reading about that job and thought, that seems like a person that no one thinks about. I should talk to a trimmer. Obviously you need to talk a dispensary manager, or a bud tender, as the cashiers are called—they’re the face, they’re the person you meet when you walk in. I wanted to meet someone who cooks with edibles, a baker or a corporate chef because I like to cook. So, what is it like when you’re doing it with a controlled substance? And some of it was just kind of you stumble into, you talk to one person, they say, oh, you should, chat with X person at this dispensary, and that leads you.

There’s gonna be a bunch of stuff on the cutting-room floor by the end, unfortunately. But we ended up doing about 14 interviews in the three days we were there. So we just met a lot of people and we tried to pick some of the best of it for our episodes.

So what do you think you were most surprised by in your reporting?

Everyone was extremely conscientious and I didn’t find that shocking. There were points where I was a bit surprised by just how corporate some of the folks seemed. In the episode that’s up right now, I talked to the CEO of one of the larger dispensary chains in Colorado, a guy named Alex Levine who owns and co-runs Green Dragon. And when I walked into their dispensary, one of their dispensaries, I looked over to the left and there was like a conference room right next to it. Like I guess it was sort of corporate headquarters, but it’s like, to the right, there’s the marijuana, to the left there are the PowerPoint presentations. And he’s admitted that sometimes they get compared to negatively to Starbucks.

But I was a little taken aback by how businesslike they were. In retrospect, probably I shouldn’t be because those are the businesses that are going to succeed. It’s not the guys who are running around wearing tie dye and kind of spaced out, it’s going to be the ones who treat it like a business. The way you treat beer like a business or anything else.

Is there anything else that you want to mention about this season or about the podcast?

Yeah, so I think that it’s going to be really fun for anyone to listen to, even if you’re not a stoner. Even if you’re not really into marijuana, which frankly, I’m not. My wife’s a prosecutor; I do not have marijuana in my house. But I do think it’s just as a portrait of an industry, it’s really interesting. I think it’s a great time just to talk to these people. And I think you’ll find some really great human stories in it if you give it a listen.

Great. Well you can find that at slate.com/working. And meanwhile you’re still reporting on business and the economy for Slate. And this week, the White House had a presentation about how the economy has supposedly improved under Trump. So what happened there, is that true?

I mean yeah, the economy’s gotten better under Trump, but the White House wants to make a very specific argument, which is not that Trump has improved the economy some or that the economy’s getting better under Donald Trump. It’s that things changed dramatically when Trump was elected. That’s the argument they’re making. It’s like, there was one trend. Things were kind of not going so well under Obama. And then things got better after November 2016.

And Kevin Hassett, who’s the chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, got up with a bunch of graphs and try to make this presentation. And I have a piece up on Slate about why it’s sort of lying with pictures. And I’m not going to bore you with a lot of the wonky stuff. Again, it’s online if you want to read it. But this is the thing to keep in mind: Again, Donald Trump probably deserves some credit for the state of the economy right now. Why? Well, among other things, he signed a giant fucking tax cut, and he increased government spending. And even if you don’t think tax cuts are going to have the long-term benefits for workers and the economy that Republicans suggest, that they’re not going to raise wages quite the way that conservatives have a predicted they will. It’s still just adds a bunch of money sloshing around the economy. Same with the increased government spending. Just like if you believe in the idea that the government can stimulate the economy, you got to believe there’s some stimulus going on right at this moment. So yeah, Donald Trump has probably given the economy a little bit of a boost just through being really loose with the budget.

Is it possible other things he has done may have helped the economy around the edges? Yeah, it’s possible. Small business optimism at least by some measures skyrocketed after the election because a lot of small business owners, at least the ones that get surveyed, tend to be Republicans. And so they were just like happy. And it’s possible that maybe they made some investment decisions based on being happy. Maybe having Donald Trump in the White House just like gave them a little boost and they decided to buy a little extra equipment for their business or something like that. Again, we’re talking about things around the edges.

So the idea is not to deny Donald Trump any credit whatsoever for what’s going on right now. In so far as things are good. It’s just, it’s how you need to push back, again, what you should be skeptical of is this idea that everything changed when Donald Trump became president. A lot of the things that we are experiencing now or just the continuation of trends that were happening under President Obama, and have to do with just sort of the natural healing of the economy after the great recession.

And so Trump also recently mentioned making that trade agreement with Mexico, which would basically rebrand NAFTA. So what’s going on there? What should we take away from this agreement and what he’s trying to do here?

Yeah, so this gets a little bit complicated, but a couple of weeks back, Donald Trump announced that he had come to a preliminary deal with Mexico. Obviously he has been trying to renegotiate all of NAFTA, which involves Mexico, United States, and Canada. They have not reached a preliminary deal with Canada yet. However, essentially the Trump administration needed to submit a notice to Congress with 90 days lead time saying that they were going to sign a new NAFTA. It’s for legal reasons, but they needed to do it that week because if they didn’t, that means that the next Mexican administration was going to come in before have a chance to sign it and they want to sign the deal with the current administration.

So that that’s like the technical reasons why it had to hit that deadline. It’s a little bit self-imposed. It wasn’t necessarily a hard deadline and you can see it wasn’t totally hard deadline because essentially they submitted the notice to Congress saying “We’ve got a deal with Mexico and we’re gonna sign one with Canada too, if they agree to participate. If Canada says they’re on board, they can sign as well.”

The Trump administration has worked out the two ways issues with Mexico, now they’re back to negotiating with Canada. And my take is generally that this is all eventually going to fall in line. There will probably be a three way NAFTA deal. NAFTA does not look like it’s going to be broken up. We’re not going to withdraw from NAFTA. Again, this is me predicting, who knows with Trump, things can always go wrong at the last minute. But in a lot of ways, yeah, it looks like he is going to put his stamp on this deal.

And some people have said it’s merely rebranding. I think that is actually a little bit unfair. In the end, if you’re going to renegotiate NAFTA, you’re not going to totally change the core of the deal because the core of the deal is like low tariffs, what he’s renegotiating are things like, the use of arbitration panels in investor and state disputes, which are a really hot topic on the left. He’s renegotiating how much of a car has to be made within North America for it to count for low tariffs. And the new deal would require that a certain amount of a car he produced by workers that make at least $16 an hour to qualify as tariff under NAFTA, which is a first. It’s sort of like a minimum wage for auto workers essentially, or like a kind of a loose minimum wage.

These are substantive changes. Again, it’s not totally changing the nature of the deal, but it’s more than a tweak. So, some things will make it better. Some things people might be less happy with. There are I think a lot of people in the left may be displeased with the new protections for intellectual property that are in there.

But we could end up with a new NAFTA under Trump and as I wrote a couple of weeks back, I think if this actually does happen, if he actually does sign a new version of the deal, his ultimate accomplishment might sort of be ending the NAFTA wars. For all these decades we’ve been fighting over this trade deal, which in a lot of ways was much less economically significant than say, trade with China. In terms of its effect on manufacturing and wages and workers. But it’s always been symbolically extremely important. And NAFTA has always been this rhetorical punching bag, people forget that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008 promised to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw and that didn’t really happen. But still, it’s always been just the target of so much ire. And if Donald Trump actually renegotiates it, it leaves us in this interesting situation where Democrats have kind of come to embrace free trade, partly as a reaction to Donald Trump and partly just because of who makes up the Democratic Party now, and Republicans are, I’m guessing, are going to kind of support the new NAFTA just because their guy negotiated it. It’s going to be Donald Trump’s big accomplishment.

So people might finally just stop arguing about this. It’s possible that NAFTA will no longer be controversial. I think. Anyway, that’s my guess. And so it’s weird, but I think—and this is what I’ve argued, and God help me if I turn out to be wrong—but I think it’s possible that Donald Trump is actually going to end up being the guy who saves NAFTA in the end. And who the fuck would have thought?

I guess we’ll see. What other stories do you think you’re going to be keeping your eye on for the rest of the year?

For the rest of the year? Oh, I mean, who knows? I’m really interested in what’s going to happen during the lame duck session, if anything, right? Like, if Republicans lose control of the House or Senate or both during the midterms, I am deeply interested in what they’re going to try to do at the last minute while they still have power. What kind of wacky shit they try to pass, if anything. So that’s one thing that I’m intrigued by and that’s like looking way forward. I don’t have an answer to that. Some people were wondering if they would try to take another stab at healthcare, but so far it looks like they’re not going to do that. So, cross your fingers. But I don’t know, that’s one thing that sort of in the back of my mind: What last minute hijinks will the Republican Party do if it loses last grasp on power on Capitol Hill?


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The hosts are then joined by professor Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. Lately, media coverage—and congressional hearings—have focused on potential anti-conservative bias among the big tech companies, but Noble’s work suggests we may actually have a much different problem.

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Though he previously denied it when allegations first surfaced last Spring, former Secretary of State John Kerry has now disclosed he's personally had semi-frequent face to face contact with top Iranian officials to discuss US-Iran relations since Trump entered office.

Kerry confirmed and explained in detail his recent meetings with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new memoir, Every Day Is Extra.

During the interview Kerry disclosed that he met with Zarif "three or four times" and discussed political issues and challenges between the United States and Iran in what could constitute a significant and clear violation of the Logan Act

Back when Kerry was actually authorized to do this sort of thing as Secretary of State under Obama in 2015. Via the Iran Project

Though it's almost never been enforced, the 1799 Logan Act states that unauthorized diplomacy with foreign powers by private American citizens is a crime. Notably, two Trump-connected individuals that prominent Liberals and editorials demanded be prosecuted under the Logan Act include former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

When asked point blank during the radio show about his rumored meetings with top Iran officials, Kerry admitted, "I think I've seen him three or four times," but attempted to claim he was not trying to "coach" Iran on how to navigate President Trump's pullout of the Iran nuclear deal.

Kerry is of course now a private citizen out of government but holds significant clout and influence with the Iran FM as the two hammered out the details of the JCPOA brokered under President Obama in the first place. 

However, by Kerry's own explanation it looks precisely like he was doing this: "What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better," Kerry said. He also shared his belief that American policy in the Middle East would be much better off if the White House had stayed in the agreement, and that the global community would be more stable and secure. 

It sure sounds like unauthorized diplomacy behind Trump's back by a high ranking member of the former administration to us...

Soon after the interview, some Iran hawks in Congress took to Twitter to decry the hypocrisy of the whole thing. 

Here's a key part of the transcript via the Hugh Hewitt Show:

Hugh Hewitt: Okay, it’s been reported you’ve met with him a couple of times at least since leaving office as well. So you still…

John Kerry: Yes, I have. That’s accurate.

HH: And is it a half dozen times, a dozen times?

JK: No. No, no, no. I met with him at a conference in Norway. I think I saw him in a conference in Munich at the World Economic Forum. So I’ve probably seen him three or four times.

HH: Are you trying to coach him through the Trump administration’s rejection of the JCPOA?

JK: No, that’s not my job, and my coaching him would not, you know, that’s not how it works. What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better. You know, how does one resolve Yemen? What do you do to try to get peace in Syria? I mean, those are the things that really are preoccupying, because those are the impediments to people, to Iran’s ability to convince people that it’s ready to embrace something different. I mean, and I’ve been very blunt to Foreign Minister Zarif, and told him look, you guys need to recognize that the world does not appreciate what’s happening with missiles, what’s happening with Hezbollah, what’s happening with Yemen. You’re supporting you know, an ongoing struggle there They say they’re prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues. But the administration’s taken a very different tack. I don’t know as I talk to you today if there’s been any dialogue or sit down. I don’t think there has, which would open up any kind of diplomatic channel. And it appears right now as if the administration is hell bent for leather determined to pursue a regime change strategy to bring the economy down and try to isolate further. And I would simply caution that the United States historically has not had a great record in regime change strategies, number one. And number two, that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for any Iranian leader to sit down and negotiate anything, because they’re not going to do it in a capitulatory, you know, situation. It’s just not going to happen.

It certainly appears that Kerry by his own admission is indeed trying to "coach" the Iranian FM on how to deal with the current White House. And the discussions clearly included chiding the Trump administration over its Iran policy while in Kerry's own words the "open[ing] of diplomatic channels" was on his mind. 

Meanwhile some Republican lawmakers have already, hours after the interview, unleashed charges that Kerry is engaged in rogue diplomacy and is undermining the active, elected administration.  

It was only a matter of time before he put his foot in his mouth, and promoting his new book means we're likely about to hear a lot more self implicating details spilled. 


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Authored by Tom Luongo,

The real danger to the current institutional order was just demonstrated in Sweden. While I’ve talked at length about the potential financial contagion stemming from the implosion of multiple emerging market currencies it is the growing political crisis in Europe that will shape our future.

Sweden is The Land where Socialism Works, or so I keep getting told by ignorant leftists who cling to the power fantasy that central planning is the only way to make the trains run on time.

Central planning does do that, but only to deliver people into the nightmare of social disorder brought on by the disruption of the natural flow of capital.

Venezuela, South Africa, Soviet Union, post WWII Britain ... you get the idea.

But, the effects of the collectivist mindset are far more pernicious than those extreme examples.  And it is important we understand how little policies grow into big problems over time due to shaping people’s decisions through government edicts.

Corps Insanity

There is no better example for what I’m talking about than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  A completely useless organization which sucks up billions in tax money to straighten rivers, build dams and alter the landscape to fit the needs of whoever paid Congress the most in lobbying money that year.

They engage in projects that cannot easily be done in the free market, nor should be done. But their activity creates downstream effects from their meddling which multiply over years and lead to problems which are orders of magnitude larger than they would have ever become naturally.

The Red Tides occurring off the Florida coast now are a political cudgel being swung at Governor Rick Scott to prevent him from moving up to U.S. Senator over his ‘environmental record.’  Now I’m no fan of Skeletor, as we call him down here, but these charges are simply grandstanding.

Because anyone who has an ounce of decency, intellectual honesty or passing acquaintance with history knows that the seeds of South Florida’s environmental nightmares are a product of the Corps of Engineers altering the landscape to serve Big Sugar and Big Corn.

These are two crops we shouldn’t even be growing (along with Soy and rapeseed) no less subsidizing due to their horrific effects on human health and development.  And this is another downstream effect of government meddling.

The real epidemic in the U.S. sapping our national wealth is not the rise of opioid use (though terrible) or the trade deficit it is diabetes and auto-immune diseases brought on by two generations of bad diet and ruinous food.

Health care and Big Pharma cost us trillions in easily avoided health problems due to the erroneous idea that human dietary needs are well-served by eating like my goats.

They aren’t.  Hell, even my goats spend most of their lives in ketosis.

This, again, is a product of government meddling into our food choices by diverting capital via farm subsidies and other bureaucratic structures built through the collective action of the ballot box.

So, a $200 million river straightening project turns into a multi-generational multi-trillion dollar loss of productive capital trying to keep people alive a little longer after a lifetime of eating like pigs being fattened for slaughter.

Okay, maybe that was the plan overall.

Rising Tides, Falling Boats

But, back to Sweden.  The results from the Swedish elections are another data point that populism is, well, popular.  The surge in popularity of the Sweden Democrats was strong enough to throw into flux the formation of a new government as support for the ruling Social Democrats has collapsed.

Where have we heard this story before?  Oh, only like all over freaking Europe.

What started with Brexit, carried across the pond to Trump, and spread to the continent in Italy, France, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, the Czech Republic and Germany which has now crossed back over the Baltic Sea to Sweden.

And still the political Left refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of the concerns of voters, clinging desperately to the narrative that this is simply fringe ‘alt-right’ or ‘far-right Nazism’ rearing its head in an adolescent ab reaction to their very sensible and humanitarian policies.

They are supported in this delusion by the architects of the immigration nightmare in Europe who are quick to label anything vaguely sniffing of cultural pride as ‘extremism’ to shame apolitical and conscientious folks into staying within this failing paradigm of cultural suicide.

It is not working and thank the gods for it.

Whether the Sweden Democrats’ share of the vote is large enough for them to enter the government is irrelevant in the end.  Sweden’s political system is backward, but, hey, who am I to judge.

No one, actually, and that is the point.

The surge in popularity is what matters. And if they are excluded and things in Sweden continue as they are, then it will only serve up an even bigger voter backlash the next time they go to the polls if the government can even survive that long.

What’s is relevant is the contagion brought on by the downstream effects of one government intervention begetting a complete overhaul of the political landscape.

Europe is balkanizing.

Potential Post-EU map of Europe: Source @scottskingharry

Cultural Suicide Postponed

National cultures and community pride are sources of societal strength. The proponents of the Open Society and cultural homogenization are tone-deaf to the realities of forcing change because it is ‘the right thing to do’ or ‘the right thing to advocate.’

All it does is betray their totalitarian urge to force people they look down on to be better by first demonizing them for being racist and then acting out their own racism by forcing on their political opponents a life they do not want.

And the minute these long-suffering, abused people stand up for themselves and say, “No more” to their once peaceful communities being torn asunder by acid-throwing, gang-raping, rudderless immigrant males their reaction is to cry, “Racist!”

But that’s not working anymore.  What is working is the two-edged sword of political power.  Those that live by it will eventually hang from the rafters by it unless they willingly step aside and admit defeat with a modicum of grace and humility.

Given the reactions from the politically powerful all across Europe and the U.S. to this critical shift in the political landscape that is the last thing on their minds.

And that’s the most tragic irony of this entire period of history.  The very people who champion communitarianism and democracy as their highest ideal fear the power they have used so indiscriminately will be used against them when they lose it.

And their losses are mounting.

That’s what is inflaming their hatred and violence.  Abject terror of the backlash.  It is why this political contagion is the catalyst for global financial and economic collapse.  It’s already here in the form of emerging market upheaval. Faith in the institutions which circumscribe our lives is what props up currencies and, ultimately, asset values.

Politics got us into this mess.  It will not get us out of it.  The Great Reset is coming.  And you need to be prepared.

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“Suits” alum Patrick J. Adams will star in the upcoming political podcast “America 2.0.” The audio series, set to premiere Sept. 19 follows an idealistic first-term congressman, Seth McGuire (Patrick J. Adams) who gets entangled in controversy — and his only hope comes from a big idea to give every American citizen $1. The podcast […]

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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0320  Wednesday, 12 September 2018

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook <Editor@shaksper.net>

Date:         September 12, 2018 at 6:07:44 AM EDT

Subject:    Dieter Mehl (1933-2018)

 

From International Shakespeare Conference:

 

I’m writing with the sad news that Dieter Mehl passed away on 3 September. Dieter was formerly President of the German Shakespeare Society, and he attended the ISC over many years. I commend the attached obituary as a warm reminder of his personality and a record of his wide-ranging scholarly achievements. His death represents a considerable loss to the community of Shakespeareans.

 

Professor John Jowett

The Shakespeare Institute

International Shakespeare Conference Secretary

 

 

Dietmar Kanthak, General-Anzeiger Bonn, 04 September 2018 (Bonn), page 9.

 

Quality above all else

Obituary for Dieter Mehl (21 September 1933-3 September 2018)

 

A scholar of the first rank, Mehl was a softly-spoken man. But beneath the surface his stance was invariably considered and unambiguous. During his time as President of the German Shakespeare Society he both welcomed and paid tribute to many of the conference speakers who had been invited there. If you had the eyes and feel for it, it was possible to read Mehl’s introductions and words of thanks between the lines. There was always a value judgment hidden in his friendly turns of phrase. Mehl very often used a compliment to pass on his criticism of less-than-outstanding talks and papers . 

 

Sometimes his fine sense of irony was visible only in the subtlest change of facial expression. But the important point in each and every case was that there had to be criticism: it was Mehl’s lifeblood as a critic. This professor set the greatest store by the highest quality in scholarship. It certainly did not happen by chance. At the end of his book Shakespeare’s Hamlet (C. H. Beck, 2007), Mehl noted: “I would also like to thank my academic teachers and mentors who first helped me truly to understand Hamlet: Levin Ludwig Schücking, Wolfgang Clemen and Clifford Leech.” Big names, all three and true giants in the field of English studies. And it was in these academic circles that Dieter Mehl, born in Munich in 1933, also felt at home. The evidence can be found in his publications on Shakespeare, medieval English literature, the drama and lyric poetry of the Renaissance, and modern literature, with a particular focus on D. H. Lawrence.

 

Mehl studied English and German Studies and History at the Universities of Munich, Durham, and Göttingen. In 1960 he received his doctorate from the University of Munich on the subject of “The Elizabethan Dumb Show”. From 1968 to 1998 he taught at the University of Bonn. 

 

As the first President of the reunified Shakespeare Society, Mehl saw history being written before his eyes. Founded in 1864 in Weimar, the Society is one of the most important literary associations in Germany. A casualty of the divided Germany, it was one of German Reunification’s very many beneficiaries. Mehl was heavily involved in the business of bringing together the separated Societies with all possible speed. In hindsight it now seems only fitting that he was the one who presided over the Shakespeare Society as it embarked on its new journey, shaped once again by a common and shared purpose. In 1993 he was the perfect “Wessi” in Weimar. With the reunification of the Societies, which he chaired as President from 1993 to 2002, a thing that he had long yearned for had at last become a reality.

 

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Dietmar Kanthak, General-Anzeiger Bonn, 04.09.2018 (Bonn), Seite 9.

 

Qualität muss sein

 

Zum Tod des Bonner Anglisten Dieter Mehl (21.09.1933-03.09.2018)

 

Der große Gelehrte Mehl war ein Mann der leisen Töne. Dahinter verbarg sich aber stets eine klare Haltung. In seiner Zeit als Präsident der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft musste er viele Gäste als Redner bei den Tagungen der literarischen Vereinigung begrüßen und würdigen. Wer wollte und ein Sensorium dafür besaß, konnte in den Einführungen und Dankesworten Mehls zwischen den Zeilen lesen. In seinen freundlichen Formulierungen verbarg sich immer auch ein Urteil. Die Kritik an nicht so glänzenden philologischen Vorträgen überreichte Mehl häufig in Form eines Kompliments.

 

Manchmal wurde die feine Ironie auch nur im subtilen Mienenspiel sichtbar. In jedem Fall galt: Kritik musste sein, da konnte Mehl nicht aus seiner Haut. Dieser Professor legte Wert auf höchste Qualität. Das kam nicht von ungefähr. Am Ende seines Buches „Shakespeares Hamlet“ (C. H. Beck, 2007) notierte Mehl: „Dank schulde ich auch meinen akademischen Lehrern, die mir den Text des Hamlet nahe gebracht haben: Levin Ludwig Schücking, Wolfgang Clemen und Clifford Leech.“ Große Namen, Giganten der Anglistik. In deren akademischen Sphären war auch der 1933 in München geborene Dieter Mehl zu Hause. Davon zeugen seine Veröffentlichungen zu Shakespeare, englischer Literatur des Mittelalters, Lyrik und Drama der Renaissance und zu moderner Literatur unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von D. H. Lawrence. 

 

Mehl studierte Anglistik, Germanistik und Geschichte an den Universitäten von München, Durham und Göttingen. 1960 wurde er an der Universität München über das Thema „Die Funktion des ,Dumb Show' im elisabethanischen Drama“ promoviert. Zwischen 1968 und 1998 lehrte Mehl an der Bonner Universität. 

 

Mehl war als erster Präsident der wiedervereinigten Shakespeare-Gesellschaft mittendrin, als Geschichte geschrieben wurde. Die 1864 in Weimar gegründete Gesellschaft ist eine der bedeutendsten literarischen Vereinigungen des Landes. Sie war Opfer der Teilung Deutschlands und Nutznießer ihrer Überwindung 1990.

Mehl war maßgeblich am Prozess der raschen Annäherung der Gesellschaften beteiligt. Es erscheint in der Rückschau nur konsequent, dass er als Präsident den Aufbruch in die neue gemeinsame Zukunft mitgestaltete. Er war 1993 der perfekte Wessi in Weimar. Mit der Wiedervereinigung der Gesellschaften, die er zwischen 1993 und 2002 als Präsident leitete, war für ihn eine „herbeigesehnte Situation“ Wirklichkeit geworden.

 

Publications 

 

Books and Critical Editions

Die Funktion des 'Dumb Show' im elisabethanischen Drama (doctoral thesis, München, 1960).

Die Pantomime im Drama der Shakespearezeit, Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft West, X (Heidelberg, 1964); [extended version of the doctoral thesis].

The Elizabethan Dumb Show: The History of a Dramatic Convention (London, 1965); extended translation.

Die mittelenglischen Romanzen des 13. und 14. Jahrhunderts, Anglistische Forschungen, 93 (Heidelberg, 1967).

The Middle English Romances of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries (London, 1968); extended translation.

Geoffrey Chaucer. Eine Einführung in seine erzählenden Dichtungen, Grundlagen der Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 7 (Berlin, 1973).

Der englische Roman bis zum Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts, Studienreihe Englisch,28 (Düsseldorf, 1977).

Die Tragödien Shakespeares. Eine Einführung, Grundlagen der Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 13 (Berlin, 1983).

Die Zeit der Renaissance, in: Schirmer, Walter F., Geschichte der englischen und amerikanischen Literatur, 6. Aufl. (Tübingen, 1983), I, 227-347.

Geoffrey Chaucer: An Introduction to his Narrative Poetry (Cambridge, 1986).

Shakespeare's Tragedies: An Introduction (Cambridge, 1986).

D. H. Lawrence, The Fox, The Captain's Doll, The Ladybird, The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence (Cambridge, 1992).

D. H. Lawrence, The Fox, The Captain's Doll, The Ladybird, ed. Dieter Mehl with an Introduction and Notes by David Ellis, Penguin Books (London, 1994) [The Cambridge D. H. Lawrence]; with new chronology, introduction by Helen Dunmore, further reading etc, Penguin Classics, 2006.

D. H. Lawrence, The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories, The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence (Cambridge, 1995) [with Christa Jansohn].

Was sollen Anglisten und Amerikanisten lesen? (Berlin, 1995) [with Hans Bungert and Christa Jansohn].

D. H. Lawrence, The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories, ed. Dieter Mehl and Christa Jansohn with an Introduction and Notes by N. H. Reeve, Penguin Books (London, 1996) [The Cambridge D. H. Lawrence]

D. H. Lawrence, The First and Second Lady Chatterley Novels, The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence (Cambridge, 1999) [with Christa Jansohn]

English Literature in the Age of Chaucer, Longman Literature in English Series (London, 2001).

The Reception of D. H. Lawrence in Europe, The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (London, 2007) [with Christa Jansohn].

Shakespeares Hamlet, Beck Wissen (München, 2007).

Eine historische Episode: Die Wiedervereinigung der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft. Persönliche Erinnerungen. Studien zur Englischen Literatur, 26 (Münster, 2013).

 

 

Editions

Das Vorlesebuch (Ebenhausen, 1954).

Das Vorlesebuch II (Ebenhausen, 1955) revised new edition of both volumes as Das Große Vorlesebuch (Ebenhausen, 1966).

Sein Reich - die Erde. Eine Anthologie aus unserer Zeit (Berlin, 1956).

Das englische Drama. Vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart, 2 Bde. (Düsseldorf, 1970).

Essays and Studies (London, 1979).

Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, vol. 219-252 (1982-2001); co-edited with Christa Jansohn: 2001-2015): http://www.esv.info/z/archiv/zeitschriften.html

European Studies in English Literature (Cambridge, 1987- ).

Studien zur englischen Literatur (Münster, 1990- ). http://www.lit-verlag.de/reihe/SEL

Wolfgang Clemen, Interpretationen zur englischen Literatur (Münster, 1992) [with Wolfgang Weiß].

Shakespeares Sonette in europäischen Perspektiven (Münster, 1993) [mit Wolfgang Weiß].

Shakespeare and the Twentieth Century. The Selected Proceedings of the Shakespeare Association World Congress Los Angeles, 1996, ed. Jonathan Bate,, Jill L. Levenson and Dieter Mehl. Newark and London, 1998

Plotting Early Modern London. New Essays on Jacobean City Comedy, ed. Dieter Mehl, Angela Stock and Anne-Julia Zwierlein.. Aldershot, Hampshire, 2004.

Shakespeare unter den Deutschen. Vorträge des Symposiums vom 15. Bis 17.Mai 2014 in der Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur| Mainz, ed Christa Jansohn, unter Mitwirkung von Werner Habicht, Dieter Mehl und Philip Redl (Stuttgart: Steiner, 2015).

Shakespeare Jubilees: 1769 – 2014, ed. Christa Jansohn. Dieter Mehl (Münster: LIT, 2015) 

 

 

Translations

Charles Dickens, The Two Tales of the Bagman / Die zwei Erzählungen des Handlungsreisenden, Edition Langewiesche (Ebenhausen, 1957, dtv zweisprachig, 1978; überarbeitete Neuausgabe als The Bagman’s Tales / Die Erzählungen des Handlungsreisenden, dtv, 2002).

Geoffrey Chaucer, Five Canterbury Tales / Fünf Canterbury-Geschichten, Edition Langewiesche (Ebenhausen, 1958, 2. Aufl. 1964).

Jonathan Swift, A Voyage to Liliput / Gulliver's Reise nach Liliput, Edition Langewiesche (Ebenhausen, 1959,, dtv zweisprachig, 1977, überarb. Ausg. 1983).

English Poems / Englische Gedichte, ausgewählt und in Prosa übersetzt, Edition Langewiesche (Ebenhausen, 1965, Neuausgabe, dtv zweisprachig, 1981).

 

 

Articles and Notes

c. 130 articles and notes in various journals (publications on topics ranging from the middle ages to the 20th century [amongst others, the Renaissance, Shakespeare’s non-dramatic works, D. H. Lawrence, Editorial Studies, Reception History]).

 

 

Reviews

c. 370 reviews in various journals.

 

 


          Argentinos vão às ruas em protesto contra medidas de ajuste      Cache   Translate Page      

78825488_People gather as soup kitchens are set up on 9 de Julio avenue during a demonstration again (1).jpgBUENOS AIRES — “Basta de ajuste sobre os pobres!” Esta foi a palavra de ordem de uma multidão que saiu às ruas na capital da Argentina nesta quarta-feira para protestar contra o plano de austeridade com o qual o governo de Maurício Macri tenta obter mais ajuda do Fundo Monetário Internacional para estabilizar sua frágil economia. Milhares de manifestantes tomaram a Avenida 9 de Julho, no centro de Buenos Aires.

Jorge Abona é um professor de 28 anos que dá aulas em uma escola para adultos em Ezeiza, na periferia de Buenos Aires, onde “falta tudo”, descreve.

LEIA TAMBÉM:

Crise argentina faz sua 1ª vítima: a tradicional sorveteria Freddo

Na Argentina, queda do peso causa suspensão temporária da venda de alimentos

— Queremos dizer a esse governo que pare com o plano de ajuste — diz Jorge, que também colabora em um refeitório da Frente Popular Darío Santillán, um dos vários movimentos sociais que mantêm restauranes, creches e cooperativas em bairros pobres.

ANÁLISE:Argentina assiste à derrota da 'melhor equipe dos últimos 50 anos'

CONFIRA: Com peso desvalorizado, turismo na Argentina fica mais atraente

Em voz baixa, porém firme, ele reclama que “há cada vez mais pessoas sem trabalho, buscando um prato de comida, porque não conseguem dar de comer a seus filhos”.

—Nós ajudamos, mas quem tem que dar respostas é o Estado — diz.

LEIA MAIS: Argentina está negociando com o FMI melhorias no empréstimo, diz ministro

ANÁLISE: A Argentina precisa de mais ajuda do FMI

MAIS AUSTERIDADE

O governo Macri corre contra o relógio para fechar os termos de um duro ajuste para baixar seu déficit fiscal de 3,9% em 2017 para zero em 2019. Foi isso que prometeu ao FMI, em troca de um adiantamento de US$ 35 bilhões do crédito de US$ 50 bilhões que conseguiu em junho.

A primeira parcela desse acordo, de US$ 15 bilhões, diluiu-se nos esforços do governo para conter uma corrida ao dólar que o obrigou a subir para 60% ao ano a taxa de juros, jogando a economia na recessão. A Argentina deve encolher 1% este ano.

Macri reduziu seu ministério à metade e anunciou mais austeridade.

— Não podemos gastar mais do que temos — disse Macri, ao lançar um programa de cortes cujo impacto será revelado no projeto de orçamento que deverá ser enviado ao Congresso esta semana.

Com a produção industrial em queda (perda de 5,7% no ano até julho) e uma inflação anual projetada em 40, o ministro da Economia, Nicolás Dujovne,, admitiu que “a recessão será maior do que o esperado”.

‘OU PAGAMOS A LUZ OU COMEMOS’

Uma mulher miúda carregava um cartaz com os dizeres “Si pagamos la luz no comemos”.

— Não somos golpistas, mas falta um ano para as eleições, como vamos aguentar?” — pergunta Graciela Trento, que aos 49 anos depende de caridade para alimentar seus dois filhos.

Como consecuencia de la crisis "a pobreza vai aumentar”, reconheceu Macri na semana passada. O índice de pobreza fechou 2017 em 25%. O peso acumula queda de 50% frente ao dólar, o que fez subir os preços internos e reduziu o poder aquisitivo dos salários. A essa escalada se somam sucessivos aumentos nos preços dos combustíveis e dos serviços públicos, antes subsidiados.

A CGT, principal central de trabalhadores convocou uma greve nacional de 24 horas para 25 de setembro, mas outros sindicatos querem antecipar o movimento e unificá-lo sob o slogan “Aumenta tudo, menos os salários”.


          The Paradox of Liberal Fascination with an Article V Convention      Cache   Translate Page      

     The drive to call a convention under Article V of the Constitution is being driven primarily by various groups positioning themselves on the Right.  They say they seek to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, to impose term limits, or more broadly to curtail federal power.  Other groups on the Right have been deeply critical of these groups, wondering how one can claim to be a conservative and yet take such a cavalier approach toward opening up our Constitution. 

     But some groups on the Left are also seeking an Article V convention.  They generally frame their efforts as trying to strengthen democracy.  The most organized of them seeks to overturn Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United.  Occasionally progressives also call for an Article V convention to eliminate the Electoral College or to curtail the disproportionate power of small states through the U.S. Senate. 

     The notion of calling an Article V convention to improve democracy is deeply paradoxical.  Far from being the salvation of democracy, an Article V convention is one of the least democratic features of our Constitution.  Of all the means of achieving legal change in this country, it is one of the least affected by one-person-one-vote and perhaps the most vulnerable to the corrosive effects of corporate and foreign political money. 

     Consider first one-person-one-vote.  In Federalist No. 22, Alexander Hamilton wrote that “Every idea of proportion and every rule of fair representation conspire to condemn a principle, which gives to Rhode Island an equal weight in the scale of power with Massachusetts, or Connecticut, or New York; and to Delaware an equal voice in the national deliberations with Pennsylvania, or Virginia, or North Carolina. Its operation contradicts the fundamental maxim of republican government, which requires that the sense of the majority should prevail.”  Our Constitution represents a mix of arrangements distributing political power by population and ones giving that depart from this “fundamental maxim” by giving smaller states weight equal to that of larger ones.  The U.S. Supreme Court’s one-person-one-votedecisionsof the 1960s made our country more democratic by requiring districts of equal size where population is the basis for representation.

     Although the Electoral College gives smaller states power disproportionate to their populations, the effect is limited:  over eighty percent of electoral votes are apportioned by population.  Thus, although the winner of a thin plurality of the popular vote can lose the Electoral College – and did in 2000 and 2016 – a solid majority of the popular vote is all but assured of translating into the presidency. 

     Ordinary legislation requires a majority in the House of Representatives, whose seats are apportioned among the states by population, as well as the approval of a President elected on a basis that gives much more weight to the outcomes in more populous states.  The traditional route for amending the Constitu­tion through Article V requires that any proposed amendment garner two-thirds support in the House. 

     By contrast, one-person-one-vote plays very little role in amending the Constitution through an Article V convention.  Two-thirds of the states must ask Congress to call such a convention, but in that process Wyoming’s request counts just as much as California’s.  The Constitution does not tell us how votes will be allocated within a convention, but Article V proponents claiming to be on the Right are adamant that states will have equal votes, as they do in the Senate.  Only the dreamiest of optimists would believe that population-weighted voting will prevail in a convention with thirty-three states having below-average populations and thus weakened by such a system.  Even when it was much more liberal than it is today, the Supreme Court made clear that the process of amending the Constitution is a political question into which it will not intervene.  And, assuming the convention adheres to Article V, the ratification process, too, will give equal weight to the decisions of each state, regardless of population. 

     Concerns about the corrosive influence of money are even greater in an Article V convention.  As flawed as our campaign finance and lobbying laws are, we at least have somelaws regulating money’s role in elections and legislatures’ deliberations.  Because we have never had an Article V convention, many of those laws were not drafted with a thought to curbing corrupt efforts to influence the selection and decisions of delegates.  A convention will be a one-time event, tempting many shadowy players to decide that the benefits of going all-out to capture such a convention are worth the risk that laws may be interpreted to proscribe their actions – especially because any interpretive ambiguities will allow them to argue lack of criminal intent.  Even if Congress were inclined to try – which seems unlikely – regulating efforts to corrupt a one-time convention is vastly more difficult than regulating recurrent activity like political campaigns and lobbying.  Should the Supreme Court find unconstitutional any attempts at regulating money’s role in influencing a convention, Congress would have no time to try again. 

     In Federalist No. 22, Hamilton also urged Americans to be ever-vigilant against “foreign corruption” of our democracy.  If we hold an Article V convention, we can be sure that Vladimir Putin is not throwing away his shot.  The problems with foreign financial and other intervention in an Article V convention would be orders of magnitude greater than anything we have experienced to date.  If Putin was willing to devote substantial resources, and take considerable risks, to undermine confidence in western democracy with polarizing social media posts and dirty tricks, we can only imagine how eager he would be to insert divisive poison pills into the U.S. Constitution.  Putin demonstrated his interest in constitutional questions with his intervention against the European Union in the Brexit referendum.  As troubling as it is to think of our country being governed by a Siberian Candidate, that is far better than living permanently under a Siberian Constitution. 

     But potential foreign intervention is not limited to Russia.  One can imagine China seeking amend­ments to the Constitution’s provisions on intellectual property or funneling money to domestic critics of the Federal Reserve to hobble U.S. monetary policy.  Countries critical of us for allowing parodies of the Prophet Muhammad might seek modifications to the First Amendment to remove protection for perceived blasphemy.  Multinational corporations already achieved many of their top priorities in December’s tax cut legislation, but they still could try to constitutionalize rules preventing the U.S. from reaching income artificially assigned to foreign tax havens. 

     Advocates of strengthening democracy through an Article V convention insist that this country’s problems are so severe that we must take the risk that a convention poses to civil rights and civil liberties.  But arguing that reforming our current electoral process is an emergency implies that we should maximize the chances that it gets done.  And an Article V convention is about the least likely means of achieving that. 

     Because Citizens United and other campaign finance decisions were the product of a closely divided Supreme Court, that Court can be changed by a series of presidential appointments over time.  This necessitates winning the presidency and (these days) maintaining a majority in the U.S. Senate.  Winning a majority in the Senate, obviously, requires carrying at least 25 states (or splitting two for every one short of 25 that is fully carried).  Winning the presidency requires even less:  President Obama won 26 states against Governor Romney.  Had his close wins in Florida and Ohio gone the other way – leaving him with only a minority of the states – he still would have had a solid Electoral College majority. 

     By contrast, if a convention follows the ratification process under Article V, any change would require approval of thirty-eight state legislatures or state conventions.  That means that just thirteen could block ratification.  Yet in eighteen states, Hillary Clinton received less than 40% of the vote.  Thus, not only would proponents of liberal constitutional change need to secure ratification from all states where she crossed the 40% mark – a group including states such as Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas – they also would have to pick up five states that voted more than three-to-two against Senator Clinton.  If any of the states where Senator Clinton reached 40% does not ratify, proponents would need even more deep-red states.  Advocates of these measures claim to be non-partisan, but they have demonstrated little support even in many light-blue and purple states she won, much less in states where she was buried.  Any re­forms to weaken the Senate would require ratification by more than twenty states that are proportionately better-represented there than in the House.

     Much of the rhetoric supporting an Article V convention from all of its advocates romanticizes the delegates as true representatives of The People whom we should expect to rescue us from the corrupt institutions of Washington.  Yet nothing in the Constitution requires that delegates to an Article V convention be selected by states’ voters.  Indeed, we have every reason to expect state legislators to appoint themselves to the prestigious, powerful and attention-getting role of convention delegates.  (Even if a few states did allow voters to choose their delegates, state politicians have the campaigning skills, the name recognition, the organization, and the ability to raise funds quickly that will be necessary to win a dele­gate election called on short notice.)  If you think you would like an assembly of ambitious state legisla­tors from around the country, you should adore Con­gress:  almost halfof its Members are former state legislators.  Those delegates hoping to leverage their positions to run for higher office will be particularly attentive to the wishes of potential donors to those campaigns.

     If election reform is crucial, then avoiding the doomed Article V convention process is crucial, too.  Put another way, the enormous risks of calling an Article V convention – including the possibility that it would entrench Citizens United in the Constitution’s text – must be compared with the extremely remote chance that a convention would accomplish anything positive. 

     Liberal enchantment with calling an Article V convention is the latest manifestation of an unfortunate preference for political get-rich-quick schemes over the hard work of organizing, persuading, and compromising through the electoral process.  Just as Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is awakening many people to the limited potential for overcoming hostile legislatures and executives through the courts, some are embracing an Article V convention as the new silver bullet.  (Recurrent fascination with impeachment and the Twenty-Fifth Amendment – always detached from an appreciation of how many Republican votes either approach would require even if Democrats sweep November’s elections – is another manifestation of this magical thinking.)  Unfortunately, our nation is in a very deep hole that we took a long time to dig.  Just as law reform litigation was never going to render irrelevant the electorate’s choice of leaders disinter­ested in poverty, civil rights, civil liberties, and the environment, an Article V convention will not cure the very real pathologies of our democracy.  Indeed, it is far more likely to make them worse. 

          LISTEN: GOP congressman says kids with gay parents would be better off in orphanages in rant to high school students      Cache   Translate Page      

In audio obtained from a speech at a high school, a GOP congressman said orphanages would be preferable to gay adoption. The Los Angeles Blade reported that Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) made the comments during a speech at Colts Neck High School in Colts Neck, New Jersey on May 29. The recording obtained...

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          Chile approves law for transgender citizens to change official details      Cache   Translate Page      
Chile's congress on Wednesday approved a bill allowing people over the age of 14 to change their name and gender in official records, despite intense lobbying by the Church and conservative political parties in the traditionally conservative, predominantly Catholic country.
          #1520: Women Veterans Run For Congress; Women Wrestlers Seek An Image Change      Cache   Translate Page      
On this week’s 51%, we hear about veterans running for Congress, with focus on a particular woman; and meet a military spouse whose company focuses on other military spouses. Plus, we jump into the world of women’s wrestling. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.
          EcoCash Sends A Warning To Its Agents Charging Extra Fees For ‘Cash Outs’      Cache   Translate Page      
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No Bad Blood Between Tinubu And I – Lagos Gov Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday totally played down speculation of the rift with the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying reports to such effect were untrue. Both the social and traditional media have been flooded with news of a major rift between Tinubu and Governor Ambode over […]

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Jonathan Questions Oshiomole’s Psychological State

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has questioned the psychological state of the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, following his allegation that vote-buying was started by the former president. The party boss made the assertion during a television interview. But in his response, Jonathan in a statement made available to the media […]

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2019: I’m Contesting To Serve And Protect The Interest Of All Nigerians – Buhari

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          GOP's latest tax-cut bill won't pass, but it could roil midterms in high-tax states like California      Cache   Translate Page      

Congressional Republicans are launching another tax-cut push this week, but it’s more about your November election ballot than your 1040 form.

And in California and other high-tax states, it could further inflame debate about the controversial new $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local...


          GOP's latest tax-cut bill won't pass, but it could roil midterms in high-tax states like California      Cache   Translate Page      

Congressional Republicans are launching another tax-cut push this week, but it’s more about your November election ballot than your 1040 form.

And in California and other high-tax states, it could further inflame debate about the controversial new $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local...


          [Ilya Somin] Cato Unbound Symposium on Federal Power Over Immigration      Cache   Translate Page      

The lead essay on this month's Cato Unbound is my article outlining why the text and original meaning of the Constitution do not give the the federal government any general power to restrict immigration. There will be responses by critics, and ongoing discussion until October.

The Cato Unbound topic this month, is an exchange on federal government power over immigration. The lead essay is my article explaining why the text and original meaning of the Constitution do not give the federal government any general power to restrict immigration. Cato Unbound will soon post responses by prominent constitutional law scholars Gabriel "Jack" Chin and John Eastman. I will then post rejoinders, and there may well be further discussion through the end of the month. Here is an excerpt from my piece:

If you peruse the list of federal powers in Articles I and II of the Constitution, a general power to restrict immigration is notable by its absence. It just simply is not there. That is not because the Framers only included a small number of very important powers and then left the rest to implication. To the contrary, Article I contains a long and detailed list of congressional powers, including comparatively minor ones, such as the authority to establish "post roads" and "fix the Standards of Weights and Measures." If they had wanted to give the federal government so massively important a power as the authority to ban immigration, one would think they would have clearly said so.....

The text and the original meaning of the Constitution undercut the notion that the federal government has general authority to restrict immigration, in the sense of having the power to forbid movement to the United States simply on the basis that a would-be immigrant was born abroad and is not a U.S. citizen. The doctrine that Congress has broad "plenary" power over immigration is long established and – today – rarely questioned. But it is actually an emperor walking around without clothes, or at least far more scantily clad than most assume....

The idea that the federal government lacks general power over immigration seems radical today. But it was actually the dominant view during the Founding era and for many years thereafter. James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," and Thomas Jefferson were among its many exponents....

In the short run, the constitutional case against federal immigration restrictions is unlikely to lead either the Supreme Court or the other branches of government to cut back on longstanding precedent and begin constraining federal power in this field. But greater consideration of this constitutional question might lead to a reevaluation of the legitimacy of current immigration restrictions, and to the imposition of tighter constraints on federal power in this field, even if it is never pared back to its originally intended scope.

The remainder of the article critiques claims that a general power to restrict immigration can be derived from other powers given to Congress and the president, and also the argument (embraced by the Supreme Court in the Chinese Exclusion Cases of 1889) that such a power does not have to be enumerated in the Constitution, because it is inherent in the concept of sovereignty. I also explain why this issue matters today, even though it is unlikely that the Court will reverse the Chinese Exclusion Cases anytime soon.

I am grateful to Jason Kuznicki of Cato Unbound for coming up with the idea for this event, and arranging it, and to Gabriel Chin and John Eastman, for what I know will be their thoughtful comments and criticisms.


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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh police has booked over 100 people under the SC/ST Act in Gwalior following a complaint by a Congress corporator. Chaturbhuj Dhanolia, a Congress corporator from Ward 21 in Thatipur, alleged that local resident Netrapal Singh...
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Congress is scrambling to fund much of the federal government before the fiscal year ends, anxious to avoid an unpopular government shutdown or a bitter battle over President Trump’s demands for a border wall less than two months before the midterm elections.

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          9/13/2018: | POLITICS POLICY: ‘You can’t keep exporting terror, and have talks too’      Cache   Translate Page      

tions have been answered but Congress is astounded that there is not one whisper of corruption against this government in over four years, how even a portfolio like defence is run without any scandal. Middlemen were the only route through which...
          Susan Collins Complains of “Bribery” After Nonbillionaires Try to Influence Her Kavanaugh Vote      Cache   Translate Page      

On Monday, Sen. Susan Collins accused political opponents of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of attempted “bribery.” The charge itself is without any legal merit whatsoever. That complaints about the campaign finance effort came from Collins, Republican election lawyer Cleta Mitchell, and an aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell make the episode almost too rich to be believed. Their cries of bribery, illegality, and lack of principle lay bare the bankrupt campaign finance system that Mitchell and McConnell helped create and that Collins has contributed to with previous Supreme Court votes and will supersize with her likely vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Collins labeled as a “bribe” a fundraising plan by two progressive Maine groups, aided by the company Crowdpac, to raise funds for Collins’ eventual opponent in 2020. People are pledging to give money via Crowdpac to that unknown future opponent, but donors will only be charged for the donation if Collins votes “yes” on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. As of Tuesday night, the groups reported pledged donations of more than $1 million, with a $1.3 million goal. There were more than 39,000 individual pledges ranging from $1 to the maximum allowable donation to a candidate of $2,700.

Now we can argue about whether the political threat to Collins funded by tens of thousands of small donations should be illegal. But claims by Mitchell and others that the fundraising effort is illegal are wrong, in part thanks to the deregulated campaign finance system that Mitchell and others have helped to create through litigation and a sympathetic Supreme Court.

Mitchell pointed Newsmax to a federal bribery statute, Title 18, Section 201 of the U.S. Code, which makes it a crime when someone “directly or indirectly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any public official … for or because of any official act performed or to be performed by such public official.” Mitchell said: “These people have conspired to do just that—they are dangling a fairly substantial ‘thing of value’—namely, $1 million to be given or not given to Sen. Collins’ opponent, in exchange for her vote on a specific matter before the Congress.”

But the Maine groups did not violate section 201. The groups are not promising anything of value to Collins to vote in a particular way; nor are they promising anything to Collins’ (now unknown) opponent for the opponent to vote in a certain way. This behavior does not come close to violating the federal bribery statute. And it’s not the first time Mitchell has made wholly unsubstantiated claims of campaign finance violations against political opponents.

And what about reading this statute or other federal statutes to prevent what might look like extortion of Collins to vote in a particular way? Well, the Supreme Court has told us in cases like 2010’s Citizens United that large amounts of money sloshing around the system are just fine so long as they are not given by an individual directly to candidates. So long as there is no direct quid pro quo—dollars for political favors—all is fine.

And the behavior of the two Maine progressive groups is not unusual, expect for the fact that it is funded by small donors. This is demonstrated easily by looking at the behavior of those shouting bribery the loudest. As Adam Smith noted, although Sen. John Cornyn boosted Collins’ bribery complaints, back in January he was urging the Koch brothers to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to reward the Republican Party for tax cuts benefiting wealthy donors. This came after big donors threatened to withhold money until Republicans got that tax bill passed. That’s closer to Mitchell’s claims of “bribery” than what the Maine groups are doing. Indeed, a 2014 report by Ohio State University law professors Dan Tokaji and Renata Strause found that threats by super PACs to spend against incumbents if they don’t vote the way the super PAC donors want is an everyday Washington occurrence.

Perhaps the chutzpah award, though, should go to Sen. McConnell’s deputy chief of staff Don Stewart, who urged “every Maine Democrat … to refuse to accept this tainted funding” as the “principled” thing to do.

Not only has McConnell been one of the most ardent opponents of campaign finance regulation, arguing that people should be able to give unlimited contributions directly to candidates as a matter of the First Amendment, he’s also been the key to keeping the Supreme Court in a position to strike down these laws with his blockade two years ago of Judge Merrick Garland. Garland would have been a key vote to uphold many campaign finance limits, had he been confirmed to the Supreme Court. Thanks to McConnell’s unprecedented obstruction, the judge didn’t even get a hearing.

Now with the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch last year, and the likely confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh in the coming weeks thanks to Collins’ key vote, things are going to get much worse. As I explained recently in Slate, Judge Kavanaugh is a self-professed outlier when it comes to the First Amendment, agreeing with McConnell that there are constitutional problems with limiting the amount of money that candidates can directly accept.

If the Maine story has a silver lining, it is this: So long as the Supreme Court is going to keep the money spigot open for wealthy donors, some of the rest of us appear to be at least trying to pool together resources to attempt to fight back. An arms race between the superrich and everyone else to try to influence legislative outcomes is far from ideal, but it is better than wholly ceding the ground to the plutocrats.


          Trump Administration Redirected $10 Million From FEMA to ICE at Start of Hurricane Season      Cache   Translate Page      

A budget document made public by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley on Tuesday shows the Trump Administration redirected nearly $10 million in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the time the agency expanded its arrests and detention numbers under the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separations of hundreds of families.

That $10 million, a tiny fraction of FEMA’s multibillion-dollar budget, was requested from areas such as “preparedness and protection” and “response and recovery” to help with ICE expenses related to housing and transportation of immigrants detained by ICE. In the document, which was prepared by the Department of Homeland Security and sent to Congress over the summer, the agency argued that without the transferred funds, ICE “will not be able to fulfill its adult detention requirements in FY 2018,” creating what it called a public danger by forcing them to release undocumented immigrants in their custody and limiting the agency’s ability to make “criminal alien and fugitive arrests.”

Some, including DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton, contended that the absence of that particular $10 million would not damage any relief efforts. The document noted that the funding taken from FEMA would affect training, travel, public engagement, and IT support, along with other basic routine operating expenses.

But the news, made public as the potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas and as Trump pledged that his administration was “sparing no expense” in preparation, evoked outrage in others, particularly among those who believe that proper funding for even routine expenses at FEMA is necessary to support the agency’s work in the aftermath of Florence and to prepare for the possibility of any future natural disasters. The Washington Post reported that former FEMA officials called the funds necessary to the agency’s mission, regardless of whether they were dedicated specifically to disaster relief.

Merkley, who found the document while seeking ways to combat the child separations, called it a “scandal,” linking it to the financial pressures of family detentions at the border and pointing out that it was drafted at the start of the hurricane season. “And for what?” he said. “To implement their profoundly misguided ‘zero tolerance’ policy.”

On Tuesday, Trump also angered critics by bragging that his administration’s handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year was “an incredible, unsung success.” According to updated estimates from the territory’s government, the hurricane caused nearly 3,000 deaths on the island.


          9/13/2018: TIMES NATION: Don’t fly, take train, says Cong      Cache   Translate Page      
New Delhi: Congress may soon ask its office-bearers to opt for train journeys over air travel as it puts in place austerity measures aimed at countering the fund crunch afflicting the party. In a raft of measures aimed at cutting down establishment...
          9/13/2018: TIMES NATION: BATTLE FOR 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
cating a ‘unified’ stand of the party as it prepares for the crucial assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh by the end of this year and the mega battle for the Lok Sabha next year. The party is in direct contest with Congress
          9/13/2018: TIMES NATION: Modi an illiterate & a boor, says Cong neta, sparks row      Cache   Translate Page      

Mumbai: Congress president Sanjay Nirupam found himself in the eye of a Twitter storm on Wednesday for calling PM Narendra Modi “anpadh ganvar” —roughly translated as illiterate and uncivilised — over reports that the education department had asked...
          9/13/2018: TIMES NATION: Cong claims govt planning to cut 1.5 lakh jobs in Army      Cache   Translate Page      

TIMES New Delhi: Congress asked the government to clarify if it was planning to shed 1.5 lakh jobs from the Army, accusing BJP of taking political mileage from the martyrdom of soldiers while cutting financial support to defence forces. “If it is...
          9/13/2018: TIMES NATION: ‘Unfounded allegation, govt has no such plan’      Cache   Translate Page      
New Delhi: Responding to Congress’s allegation that the strength of the defence forces was being reduced, authoritative sources in the government said the opposition had “hurled unfounded allegations” even while admitting that its charges were based on...
          9/13/2018: | POLITICS POLICY: Raje didn’t let Shah appoint Raj head of his choice: Gehlot      Cache   Translate Page      

New Delhi: A day after BJP chief Amit Shah asked Congress to name its leader in Rajasthan, Congress hit back by saying Shah was snubbed by chief minister Vasundhara Raje who did not let him appoint a state president of his choice. “Shah had to bow to...
          U.S. Stands By Saudi Arabia, Despite Criticism Over Civilian Casualties In Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Human rights groups have repeatedly accused a Saudi-led coalition of causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp. On Tuesday, the Trump administration signaled that it remains firmly behind the coalition: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress that "the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he endorsed and fully supports that position. Pompeo's certification allows the U.S. to continue fueling coalition jets. As Reuters reported, "U.S. lawmakers, concerned about a growing humanitarian crisis, included a measure in this year's defense spending bill that required Pompeo to certify by Wednesday whether Saudis and UAE were taking meaningful
          Republicans admit Ted Cruz has ‘a dogfight on his hands’ in Texas      Cache   Translate Page      

Cruz’s Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso congressman, has been making the talk-show rounds, outraising Cruz and reviving the long-suffering spirits of Democrats in one of the reddest states in America.
          9/13/2018: TIMES NATION: Lessons Unlearnt      Cache   Translate Page      

Raghuram Rajan, governor of RBI between 2013 and 2016, has triggered a political debate between Congress and BJP while communicating his views on India’s bad loan, or NPA, problem to a parliamentary committee. This is not surprising as the NPA issue is...
          Faltam 25 dias para eleições que terão 569 candidatos      Cache   Translate Page      
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Nas eleições de 2018, 569 candidatos em todo o país vão disputar os 82 cargos existentes para o comando do Poder Executivo federal e estadual (presidente da República e governadores) e para a renovação de dois terços do Senado Federal. Em todos os casos, será eleito o candidato que receber a maioria dos votos válidos digitados nas urnas eletrônicas.
Poderá haver segundo turno para as eleições majoritárias para presidente da República e, nos municípios com mais de 200 mil eleitores, para governador, caso nenhum candidato obtenha um mínimo de 50% mais 1 dos votos válidos, excluídos os votos brancos e nulos.
Nesse caso, disputarão o segundo turno no dia 28 de outubro os dois candidatos mais bem colocados nas urnas e ganhará aquele que alcançar o maior número de votos, não importando a porcentagem.
Já para o Senado Federal serão eleitos, em cada estado, os dois candidatos a senador que receberem mais votos, também considerados apenas os votos válidos.
A ideia da eleição majoritária é garantir a representatividade ao eleito, dando maior relevo ao candidato, e não ao partido político ou coligação pelo qual o político concorre.
A exemplo de eleições anteriores, no pleito de 2018 os homens dominam a disputa para os cargos majoritários. Ao todo, são 475 candidatos e 94 candidatas. Para todos os cargos, a diferença entre os gêneros é semelhante. Concorrem à vaga de presidente da República 11 homens e apenas duas mulheres. Na disputa aos cargos de governador, eles somam 170 candidatos e elas, 29. Disputam as 54 cadeiras disponíveis no Senado 294 candidatos contra 63 candidatas.
Presidente da República
O presidente da República é quem governa e administra os interesses públicos da nação. Ele tem o dever de garantir a integridade e a independência do Brasil, bem como apresentar um plano de governo com programas prioritários, projetos de lei de diretrizes orçamentárias e propostas de orçamento. Exerce atribuições definidas pela Constituição Federal.
Entre suas competências estão nomear os chefes dos ministérios, os ministros do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF), dos tribunais superiores e o advogado-geral da União, bem como conceder indulto e comutar penas.
Ele também tem como atribuição apresentar projetos de lei de sua competência, sancionar, promulgar e publicar leis, além de expedir decretos.
O presidente também é o comandante supremo das Forças Armadas, cabendo a ele, exclusivamente, declarar a guerra e celebrar a paz, com autorização do Congresso Nacional.
Em relação à política externa, é o presidente da República que decide sobre as relações com outros países, sobre o credenciamento de representantes diplomáticos e sobre a celebração de tratados, convenções e atos internacionais, sujeitos a referendo do Congresso Nacional.
Senador
Os senadores representam os estados e o Distrito Federal. Eles têm a prerrogativa constitucional de fazer leis e de fiscalizar os atos do Poder Executivo. Além disso, a Constituição Federal traz como competência privativa dos senadores: processar e julgar, nos crimes de responsabilidade, o presidente e o vice-presidente da República, os ministros e os comandantes da Marinha, do Exército e da Aeronáutica, os ministros do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF), os membros do Conselho Nacional de Justiça (CNJ) e do Conselho Nacional do Ministério Público, o procurador-geral da República e o advogado-geral da União.
Governador
É o governador que exerce o Poder Executivo na esfera dos estados e do Distrito Federal. Cabe a ele representar, no âmbito interno, a respectiva Unidade da Federação em suas relações jurídicas, políticas e administrativas.
No exercício da sua função de administrador estadual, ele é auxiliado pelos secretários de estado. O governador participa do processo legislativo e responde pela segurança pública. Para isso, o governador conta com as Polícias Civil e Militar e com o Corpo de Bombeiros.
Em razão da autonomia dos estados e do Distrito Federal, cada constituição estadual e a lei orgânica do DF dispõem sobre competências, atribuições e responsabilidades do cargo de governador.
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          Revealed! How Ambode’s Fight With Tinubu Began      Cache   Translate Page      
There appears to be a cloud at the moment, shrouded over Ambode, the Lagos governor’s ambition to run for a second term. The current rift between the Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode and the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress and Former Lagos Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu reportedly started after alteration of the state’s major […]
          After SD v. Wayfair, Congress should not pick winners or losers in retail business models      Cache   Translate Page      
Some members of Congress are contemplating a sales tax bill that highly favors certain retail business models over others. That should never happen. These elected officials could benefit by adopting one of the pillars of the Hippocratic Oath: ...
          Vote buying: Jonathan lampoons Oshiomhole      Cache   Translate Page      
Immediate past Nigeria’s President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has berated All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole for his recent claim on a live television programme that the incidence of vote buying started during the administration of the ex-President. Jonathan and Oshiomhole Dr. Jonathan in response via a statement signed by his media aide, Ikechukwu […]
          Chile approves law for transgender citizens to change official details      Cache   Translate Page      
Chile's congress on Wednesday approved a bill allowing people over the age of 14 to change their name and gender in official records, despite intense lobbying by the Church and conservative political parties in the traditionally conservative, predominantly Catholic country.

          2019: I’m seeking re-election to protect Nigeria – Buhari      Cache   Translate Page      
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday said that he decided to seek re-election to protect the interest of Nigeria. President Buhari who stated this when he submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination Form at the All Progressives Congress, APC, Secretariat, Abuja, said that every hand must be on deck not to allow those that had held […]
          BWorld 248, Inflation, energy prices and mini-greed      Cache   Translate Page      
* This is my column in BusinessWorld on September 06, 2018.


INFLATION has further jumped to high levels. Only 2.9% in December 2017 (no TRAIN law yet), it became 3.4% by January 2018 (first month of TRAIN law), 3.8% in February, 5.7% in July, and now 6.4% in August 2018.

While high world oil prices and peso depreciation against the US dollar were among the important factors, it was the energy tax hikes in the TRAIN law — oil, LPG, coal, plus coverage of VAT in electricity transmission charge — that triggered and sustained the inflationary pressure.

And talking about inflation and energy prices, the recent Pulse Asia Research’s “Ulat ng Bayan Survey,” June 15-21, 2018 is among the misleading surveys that will indirectly justify higher electricity prices. How?

See two of their three questions, loaded and leading:

1. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the price of your electricity?

3. Are you in favor or not in favor of increasing the use of renewable energy in the Philippines such as energy from the sun or solar energy?

On #1, Pulse Asia did not explain to respondents that there are nine different charges in our monthly electricity bill that contribute to higher overall rate: generation charge, transmission charge, distribution charge, supply charge, system loss charge, metering charge, universal charge, feed-in-tariff (FIT) subsidies, taxes. Loaded question with an expected high answer of Dissatisfied.

On #3, another loaded question as it does not clarify that even with more solar energy, the eight different charges will remain and worse, the FIT subsidy for solar will further rise.

So the result of their survey was: Question #1, 64% dissatisfied and only 27% satisfied, 14% undecided. Question #3, 89% in favor, 9% not in favor and 2% volunteered/undecided.

Having more intermittent, unstable and unreliable solar and wind power in the national grid can lead to higher prices because of the higher need for backup power, ancillary services that are mostly oil-based, and huge batteries. This is shown in both Europe and the US where in many cases, countries and states with high reliance on wind + solar also have higher electricity prices.


Then two House bills sprang up out of nowhere. HBs 8013 and 8015 entitled “An Act Granting Solar Para sa Bayan Corporation a Franchise to Construct, Install, Establish, Operate and Maintain Distributable Power Technologies and Minigrid Systems throughout the Philippines to Improve Access to Sustainable Energy” were filed only last month, Aug. 6, and were quickly approved by the House committee on legislative franchise on Aug. 29. The committee report was approved last Sept. 3 and will go to plenary this week or next week.

This is a very anti-EPIRA bill and, hence, an attempt to legalize many illegal provisions. While all players in the generation, distribution and supply sectors comply with specific requirements of the EPIRA law, this newbie, no track record corporation wants to do anything they want — can connect anywhere, can build their own grid anywhere, can carve out to DUs franchise areas, will pay only 3% franchise tax in lieu of all taxes, exemption to universal charges, COC and local taxes.

In a position paper by the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (PhilRECA), some parts reported in BusinessWorld last Sept. 4, PhilRECA observed that:

“Solar para sa Bayan Corp. said that it could offer electricity at an equal or much lower cost compared with the ERC approved rates of ECs… Paluan was cited as an example with P8.00 per kWh. However… the company is actually charging more at P10.37 to P15.29 per kWh… such misrepresentation… that corporation could not afford to offer lower rates.”

This newbie corporation whose franchise is all ready for a congressional plenary is owned by a son of a sitting “environmentalist” senator.

To have cheaper and more stable electricity, we need more competition, less government cronyism and favoritism, and less energy taxation.
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          Guest Recital: Michael Kimber, viola with Kathryn Plummer, viola      Cache   Translate Page      

Monday, October 1

8 p.m.

Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall

Guest Recital: Michael Kimber, viola

with Kathryn Plummer, viola

Violist Michael Kimber has been praised for his “lyrical sound, full of warmth and color” and “agility that was little short of astounding.”  He began his musical studies on violin and had in mind pursuing a career as a composer. However, at the age of 20 he was persuaded to play viola (not violin) in a string trio, an experience that was life-changing. Captivated by the viola’s rich sound, he saw the light, went to the dark side, and decided to dedicate his efforts to becoming a violist, studying with Francis Bundra at the University of Michigan and at Interlochen, and with Raphael Hillyer, the founding violist of the Juilliard String Quartet.

After completing his doctorate in viola performance, Dr. Kimber began his professional career playing viola with the Alexandria Quartet, an American ensemble in residence at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Australia. This adventure was followed by an exciting year premiering new music from coast to coast in the US and Canada as violist of the Kronos Quartet. During twenty-five years as a viola professor, first at the University of Kansas and then at the University of Southern Mississippi, he also served as principal violist of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas City Camerata, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, while performing internationally with ensembles as diverse as the Atlanta Virtuosi, the Early Music Consort of Kansas City, and the Oread Baroque Ensemble. Since 2005 he has been artist instructor of viola at Coe College, plays viola with Orchestra Iowa, and is an active member of the Iowa Composers Forum.  Among his former students are Brant Bayless, principal violist of the Utah Symphony; Maria Bogodist, principal violist of the Omsk (Siberia) Philharmonia; Tim Deighton, professor of viola at Pennsylvania State University; and Julio Lopez, violist in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and a professor at the Vienna Music Academy.

Having given up composing in 1965 to focus on viola performance, Dr. Kimber began to compose again in 1985. Since that time his music, especially that for viola, has become widely known and performed. In 2010 the American Viola Society presented him its Founders Award in recognition of his contributions as a composer of music for viola. Seven CDs of his music, recorded by Polish violist Marcin Murawski, have been released by Acte Préalable. His music can also be heard on the CDs American Voices (Hillary Herndon, viola), archi d'amore zelanda (Donald Maurice, viola d’amore), and Night Strings (George Taylor, viola), and in numerous performances on YouTube by both students and artist performers.  The 2017 International Viola Congress in Wellington, New Zealand, concluded with massed violas performing eight of his works in a “Tribute to Michael Kimber.”  He has been named Red Cedar Chamber Music composer-in-residence for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons.

Fascinated with the colorful history of tuning systems and intonation, Dr. Kimber enjoys opening musicians’ ears to the beautiful subtleties of melodic and harmonic intonation, an awareness of which should be a part of every musician’s training. Nevertheless, he is most often applauded for something more mundane — the invention of the amazingly comfortable poly-pad violin/viola shoulder rest. Since 1990 tens of thousands of poly-pads have been purchased in all 50 states, DC, and 34 foreign countries.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the West Garage (2500 Children's Way) free of charge. 


          GOP's latest tax-cut bill won't pass, but it could roil midterms in high-tax states like California      Cache   Translate Page      

Congressional Republicans are launching another tax-cut push this week, but it’s more about your November election ballot than your 1040 form.

And in California and other high-tax states, it could further inflame debate about the controversial new $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local...


          Chile approves law for transgender citizens to change official details      Cache   Translate Page      

By Fabian Cambero SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's congress on Wednesday approved a bill allowing people over the age of 14 to change their name and gender in official records, despite intense lobbying by the Church and conservative political parties in the traditionally conservative, predominantly Catholic country. The law, introduced in 2013, was fiercely contested by conservative parties until an article relating to children under the age of 14 was dropped. Children aged 14 to 18 must first obtain the consent of their parents or legal guardians

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          Kansas wheat growers honor Bob Dole with lifetime award      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON —The Kansas Association of Wheat Growers presented Senator Bob Dole  with a Lifetime Friend of Wheat Award Wednesday Dole was recognized for his steadfast dedication to Kansas farmers. “Thank you for your lifetime of public service, Senator Dole. Kansas First District Congressman Roger Marshall also participated in the presentation. Ken and Kyler (KAWG Directors) […]
          Mo’ Money? GOP’s Mia Love Reportedly Wants To Keep More Campaign Dollars Despite Breaking Law      Cache   Translate Page      
The congresswoman is leaning on a loophole to exceed finance limits.
          Bozell: Congress MUST Investigate Claims Google Tried To Fix Election      Cache   Translate Page      
Congress needs to act, and if Google won’t show up voluntarily, then it needs to use its subpoena power to drag them there,” Bozell stated.
          Comment on Nixon backpedals on letter saluting ‘courageous’ artists who boycotted ‘clearly illegal’ Israeli settlement by Kay24      Cache   Translate Page      
There are a few who must be at least taking a neutral stance on this, and not totally worshipping the occupier, like most Congress people do. Ted Cruz for instance has been criticizing Beto O'Rourke for not showing his unwavering love for Cruz's masters....remember Ted Cruz was present at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. He must have wanted to kiss that large butt personally. Unfortunately I have this terrible senator who has been in the pockets of the zionists for some years, Menendez, who I will not be voting for. Most probably he will win anyway.
          Pence on Trump’s Criticism of Sessions: DOJ Has ‘Long-Standing Tradition … to Avoid Unnecessarily Impacting Election Outcomes’      Cache   Translate Page      
Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week for the indictments of two GOP congressmen months ahead of the mid-term elections.
          House race will mean state’s first black or gay congressman      Cache   Translate Page      

The Republican and Democrat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District race understand they have the chance to make history but are approaching their role as trailblazers a lot differently

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          Statement by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis on Actions of Saudi Arabia and UAE in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
"I endorse and fully support Secretary Pompeo's certification to the Congress that the governments

          „Best of Samsung“ bei MediaMarkt: Galaxy S9 (Plus) mit vielen Zugaben      Cache   Translate Page      
Samsung schenkt aktuell allen Käufern eines Galaxy S9 (Plus) ein Tablet mit 9,6 Zoll. Für die Best of Samsung-Angebote bei MediaMarkt heißt das: Es gibt eine weitere Zugabe und der effektive Gewinn steigt auf über 300 Euro.

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          'The Impeachment Hearings Are Coming': Conservative Pundit Predicts Trump's Corruption Will Soon Catch Up to Him      Cache   Translate Page      
Rick Wilson predicts dark times ahead for Trump.

President Donald Trump has run a campaign and an administration rife with scandals that would decimate any other administration, from his inner circle's ties to Russia, to his alleged flouting of the Emoluments Clause, to his cabinet's systemic use of taxpayer money for personal enrichment.

But the days of Trump simply blundering ahead with no regard for the consequences could be over very soon, according to Republican strategist Rick Wilson.

"This administration is going to go down as one of the most corrupt presidential administrations ever," said Wilson on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" on Wednesday. "It's not just the impeachment hearings are coming. It's not just that the other scandals and corruptions inside this administration are going to be put under the hot lights, and that's going to be the narrative all through '19 and all through the first part of 2020, is that this is a profoundly venal and corrupt man and everyone down the chain from him has their own venal corruption about them. It's also going to be they can't run the blocking and tackling against the attacks on the Justice Department, that Mark Meadows and Devin Nunes and these guys have been doing for months."

According to Nate Silver, Democrats currently have a 70 to 80 percent chance of winning control of the House this November. If this happens, the firewall in Congress that has shielded Trump from scrutiny will break, and the investigative committees — which up until this point, at the direction of Trump's GOP allies, have largely been investigating the people investigating Trump — will instead turn their guns in full force on the president.

There is no sign that Trump is prepared for anything like this. And it could be his final undoing.


          'Ballot-Box Poison': Conservative Writer Explains How Trump Could Tank Could Tank the GOP in the Midterms      Cache   Translate Page      
The Republican Party has doubled-down on Trump — and it may cost them bigly.

Deluged by scandal, leaks, and dissension, President Donald Trump's poll numbers appear to be taking a hit across multiple surveys in recent days.

And as conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin argued Wednesday, this shift comes at a perilous time for Republicans.

"Compared to other politicians in Washington, voters overwhelmingly find him less honest, more corrupt, less intelligent and less in touch," she wrote, citing a recent CNN poll. "The guy who was supposed to change D.C. turned out to be a change for the worse — a lot worse."

She added: "An increasingly unpopular president may be ballot-box poison for the GOP in November's midterm elections."

Republicans have largely hewed closely to Trump during the runup to the election. Some GOP Lawmakers critical of Trump, Sena. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), have decided to retire, while others were defeated in primaries against more pro-Trump candidates. Trump is largely seen as having thoroughly taken over the party at this point, but November will be the real test of how well that shift is playing out on the ground.

It may turn out the primary tactic of backing Trump may lead to a bruising in the general elections.

Rubin wrote:

Republicans who appear on the stump with Trump risk being associated not only with his hateful rhetoric and negative personalqualities,but with his unpopular policies. Indeed, if they cannot talk about immigration, trade or foreign policy without inciting the voters who dislike those Trump efforts — and cannot convince voters in most areas (unless they’re talking to members of the super-rich donor class) that the tax plan is the greatest thing to happen to them — what are they going to talk about?Republicans are doing miserably on health care, so they dare not raise that as a topic.

And if Trump's number keep plummeting, Rubin argued, the GOP might have a new problem on their hands. Impeachment, of which even many anti-Trump voters are wary, may become a more appealing option. Instead of a topic Democrats back away from, it may become an idea they outright embrace.


          NewsWorks Tonight, September 12, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Negotiations are continuing to keep Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney from vetoing a bill to impose a 1% tax on construction. The United Nations provides a ray of hope for a Princeton graduate imprisoned for espionage in Iran. The money NOT going into local congressional races is just as important as the money that is. An unconventional candidate wins a Delaware primary. Howard Shapiro offers a review of his favorite Fringe Festival play. Performers from Juniper Productions take us into a scene from “Delivery,” one of their new “Cocktail Plays.”


          Wall Street CEO Forced to Immediately Walk Back Absurd Claim He Could Beat Trump Because He's 'Smarter'      Cache   Translate Page      
Hard pass. From everyone.

According to CNBC, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told a New York conference on economic growth that he thinks he could defeat President Donald Trump in a one-on-one contest.

"I think I could beat Trump ... because I'm as tough as he is, I'm smarter than he is" said Dimon, adding "And by the way this wealthy New Yorker actually earned his money. It wasn't a gift from Daddy."

Dimon may well be smarter than Trump, but that is a very low bar to clear. He is likely not as smart as he thinks he is if he believes either political party would ever back a Wall Street investment banker for president, a profession that is viewed extremely negatively by the voting public.

The financial sector is routinely the focus of attacks from both liberal and conservative politicians. Polls show that people who "ambivalently" voted for Trump feel more negatively about him upon learning his Cabinet's ties to Wall Street, by a margin of 42 to 23.

Even though financial institutions are vital to our nation, voters distrust people who have so much concentrated power over the economy, and who have frequently abused that power. The fact that investment bankers notoriously play both sides of the fence and elect people from both parties also means they aren't welcome in most partisan circles.

And Dimon's claim that he "earned his money" promptly drew mockery from social media:

Dimon did admit one thing, though. "I can't beat the liberal side of the Democratic party." And faced with criticism for his statement, he told ABC reporters that he regrets bringing it up at all. "I shouldn't have said it," he said.

In January, Dimon claimed that Democrats cannot beat Trump because they don't have a "strong centrist, pro-business, pro-free enterprise [candidate]." He seems to miss the fact that research shows Trump voters, by and large, were voting for a racial agenda, not an economic one.

Nonetheless, Dimon has acknowledged he would have no chance in a presidential election and said that he is committed to staying in his current job.


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Once thought indestructible, the GOP Senate majority is in play this fall.

Democrats pose a grave threat to the Republican House majority for the fall. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Democrats leading the generic congressional ballot by 14 points, with a 15 point lead among independents and a 20 point lead with women.

But less attention has been devoted to the possibility that Democrats could retake the Senate, and for good reason: the map is stacked against them. 24 Democratic seats are up for election, versus only 9 Republican seats. And 10 of those Democratic seats are in states President Donald Trump carried.

But according to the Washington Post, one person is now taking seriously the chance of a Democratic takeover of the Senate: Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday sounded some of the most doubtful notes of Trump's presidency that Republicans will keep the upper chamber of Congress, telling reporters, "I hope when the smoke clears, we'll still have a majority."

His comments came as Republican strategists and officials fretted over a fresh round of private polling on the Senate races, while public polls registered further erosion in Americans' approval of Trump. "Shipwreck" was how one leading strategist described the situation, adding an expletive to underscore the severity of the party's problems.

As the Post notes, such an outcome was once considered "unthinkable." But the problem for Senate Republicans is that, while they started out with a massive geographical advantage, the map keeps shrinking for them, and growing for Democrats.

Numerous states where Republicans hoped to compete against Democratic incumbents are now looking out of reach due to poor recruiting and Trump's unpopularity, like Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and especially Virginia, where the GOP immolated their chances against Sen. Tim Kaine by nominating Corey Stewart, a Confederate sympathizer with ties to white nationalists.

Republicans are still credibly in play against Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida, Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, and possibly Sen. Jon Tester in Montana. But they are not consistently ahead in any of these races. Some of the candidates, like Kevin Cramer in North Dakota, are struggling to justify Trump's policy decisions like tariffs. Others face scrutiny for their own records, like Josh Hawley in Missouri, who is currently part of a lawsuit to strike down protections for pre-existing conditions.

Meanwhile, some other Senate races in deep red states where everyone assumed Democratic incumbents would be in danger seem to simply be fizzling, like West Virginia, where Sen. Joe Manchin is comfortably ahead of state attorney general Patrick Morrisey.

On the flip side, Democrats are expanding their offensive efforts. Originally, the only states thought to be serious candidates for Democratic flips were Arizona, where Sen. Jeff Flake is retiring, and Nevada, where Sen. Dean Heller is the only GOP incumbent defending a state Hillary Clinton won. But polls now also show Democrats competitive in Tennessee, where popular former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen is facing far-right firebrand Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and Texas, where El Paso Rep. Beto O'Rourke has built a gigantic grassroots operation against infamous Sen. Ted Cruz. This last race in particular seems to worry McConnell, because even if Senate Republicans manage to defend Texas, doing so will cost them tens of millions that they wanted to spend against Democratic incumbents.

Some polls even show that depending on what happens in the first round, Democrats could win Mississippi, where they have a star recruit in former Rep. Mike Espy.

If a Democratic takeover of the House would be a nightmare for Trump, a Democratic takeover of the Senate would be an absolute disaster. It would mean his opponents chair every single investigative committee in Congress, and would also put an end to his unchecked confirmations of far-right judges.

It is little wonder that Republicans are desperate to ram through the Supreme Court confirmation before the elections are held.


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On social media, many expressed disgust over Eric Trump's remarks, while others directly accused him of anti-Semitism.

Eric Trump is lashing out at veteran Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, and his remarks are drawing accusations of anti-Semitism. Wednesday morning the president's son charged the author of "Fear" – the latest bombshell book exposing the Trump administration as inept and corrupt – with writing it "to make 3 extra shekels."

The shekel is both an ancient and modern-day form of currency in Israel, but it can also evoke ugly old bigoted and anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jewish people.

After a "Fox & Friends" segment attacking Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, Trump repeated his version of a stump speech, claiming Democrats have no message, while touting the economy's performance.

He then pivoted to the elections.

"The anti-law enforcement, high taxes, and the elimination of plastic straws – that's not a message that's going to win in November," the president's son told the Fox hosts.

Co-host Steve Doocy tripped himself up, talking about Democrats as "the other side" before correcting himself to say, "from you," to Eric Trump. He also noted that the anonymous New York Times op-ed, combined with Bob Woodward's book, "Fear," has thrown the administration into "chaos."

Eric Trump pushed back.

"Don't you think people look through the fact, you can write some sensational, nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president. It'll mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels, at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country, that's doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric. Is that really where we are?"

ERIC TRUMP attacks Democrats: "Anti-law enforcement, high taxes, and elimination of plastic straws is not a message that will win in November."

ERIC TRUMP then dismisses WOODWARD book as "sensational nonsense" he wrote "to make 3 extra shekels." pic.twitter.com/GuTXMpPLHG

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 12, 2018

On social media, many expressed disgust over Eric Trump's remarks, while others directly accused him of anti-Semitism.


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There really is only one Constitutional Amendment that Republicans will vow to defend, even to the death, even if it means certain death for many in America. The rest are negotiable, based on their fluctuating values and morals (or lack thereof). Case in point, the latest attempt to erode the First Amendment. 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Seems pretty clear, right? It is a critical foundation of our democracy. But, the Trump administration doesn’t see it that way and a president that has wasted $77 million on playing golf in less than two years has quietly unveiled a plan to make protesters pay for the full costs of any rallies, from small protests in front of the Trump Hotel in D.C. to large-scale rallies like the Women’s March and March for Our Lives on the National Mall. From the Washington Post:

For the first time, the U.S. government wants demonstrators to pay to use our parks, sidewalks and streets to engage in free speech in the nation’s capital. This should be called for what it is: a protest tax.

This is a bold effort by the Trump administration to burden and restrict access to public spaces for First Amendment activities in Washington. If enacted, it would fundamentally alter participatory democracy in America.

Last month, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the administration’s radical, anti-democratic rewriting of regulations governing free speech and demonstrations on public lands under federal jurisdiction in Washington. Under the proposal, which is open to public comment, the National Park Service (NPS) will charge protesters “event management” costs. This would include the cost of barricades and fencing erected at the discretion of police, the salaries of personnel deployed to monitor the protest, trash removal and sanitation charges, permit application charges and costs assessed on “harm to turf” — the effects of engaging in free speech on grass, as if our public green spaces are for ornamental viewing.

Of course this would be widely challenged in court. And, of course, we already pay for these rallies via taxes. This would be a protest tax and it cannot stand. But, it is just one more way that Donald Trump and his Republican enablers are chipping away at the democratic foundations of this country. They have to be stopped this November. 

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It appears Donald Trump's unhinged, combative style of governance isn't going over well in the Midwest, where a new NPR/Marist poll shows support for Congressional Republicans collapsing. 

In that poll, the generic ballot trended upward for Democrats to a 12-point advantage (50-38 percent), building on their 7-point advantage in July (47-40 percent). NPR and Marist attribute that shift largely to Trump's change in standing in the Midwest, as earlier polling from NBC suggested this summer.

"Every way we are looking at the data, the same general pattern is emerging," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll. "The Midwest is an area that is getting restless about what they hoped was going to occur and what they feel is not occurring." [...]

In small towns, for example, there was an 11-point swing toward Democrats, and there was a 6-point drop-off among rural voters on the congressional ballot.

This seems to be a product of Trump's trade/tariff war, which is disproportionately hitting the Midwest and farmers, in particular. The problem for the GOP is that because they've done absolutely nothing to curb Trump's erratic impulses, voters appear to view Republican lawmakers as accomplices to his disastrous trade policies.

"Congressional Republicans are buying into Trump for November," Miringhoff noted, pointing to their all-out push to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, in advance of the midterms. "In terms of brand, they look totally in lockstep with the president — and that has become extremely clear to voters."

Trump's approval rating in the poll came in at 39 percent, the same as NPR's July poll, but also the seventh poll in the past two weeks to put Trump's approval rating below 40 percent.

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Congress should move poor families to healthy neighborhoods.
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By Justin Wingerter Staff Writer jwingerter@oklahoman.com

A congressional retirement has resulted in U.S. Rep. Steve Russell receiving his first subcommittee chairmanship and better positioned him to take over a headline-grabbing committee.

Of course, any potential future committee chairmanship is contingent on Republicans keeping control of the House and Russell winning reelection in November.

Russell will chair a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security.

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Only dummies use drugs

Forgive the over-simplified heading above.  I have clearly been reading too much journalism. What the article below shows is that illegal drug use is greatest in people who did poorly at school. Sadly, the authors are better at using complicated statistics than they are at thinking.  The BIG determinant of academic achievement is IQ, and yet they do not even mention IQ, let alone control for it.  They have wasted their efforts by that omission.  Low IQ would have caused both the low academic achievement and drug abuse.  The study tells us NOTHING new and skips over what was actually going on.  Sad and pathetic

Academic Achievement and Drug Abuse Risk Assessed Using Instrumental Variable Analysis and Co-relative Designs

Kenneth S. Kendler et al.

Abstract

Importance:  Low academic achievement (AA) in childhood and adolescence is associated with increased substance use. Empirical evidence, using longitudinal epidemiologic data, may provide support for interventions to improve AA as a means to reduce risk of drug abuse (DA).

Objective:  To clarify the nature of the association between adolescent AA and risk of DA by using instrumental variable and co-relative analysis designs.

Design, Setting, and Participants:  This study, assessing nationwide data from individuals born in Sweden between 1971 and 1982, used instrumental variable and co-relative analyses of the association between AA and DA. The instrument was month of birth. Co-relative analyses were conducted in pairs of cousins (263 222 pairs), full siblings (154 295), and monozygotic twins (1623) discordant for AA, with raw results fitted to a genetic model. The AA-DA association was modeled using Cox regression. Data analysis was conducted from October 2017 to January 2018.

Exposures:  Academic achievement assessed at 16 years of age (for instrumental variable analyses), and estimated discordance in AA in pairs of monozygotic twins (for co-relative analyses).

Main Outcomes and Measures:  Drug abuse registration in national medical, criminal, or pharmacy registries.

Results:  This instrumental variable analysis included 934 462 participants (478 341 males and 456 121 females) with a mean (SD) age of 34.7 (4.3) years at a mean follow-up of 19 years. Earlier month of birth was associated with a linear effect on AA, with the regression coefficient per month equaling −0.0225 SDs (95% CI, −0.0231 to −0.0219). Controlling for AA, month of birth had no association with risk of DA (hazard ratio [HR], 1.000; 95% CI, 0.997-1.004). Lower AA had a significant association with risk of subsequent DA registration (HR per SD, 2.33; 95% CI, 2.30-2.35). Instrumental variable analysis produced a substantial but modestly attenuated association (HR, 2.04; 95% CI, 1.75-2.33). Controlling for modest associations between month of birth and parental educational status and DA risk reduced the association to a HR of 1.92 (95% CI, 1.67-2.22). The genetic model applied to the results of co-relative analyses fitted the observed data well and estimated the AA-DA association in monozygotic twins discordant for AA to equal a HR of 1.79 (95% CI, 1.64-1.92).

Conclusions and Relevance:  Two different methodological approaches with divergent assumptions both produced results consistent with the hypothesis that the significant association observed between AA at 16 years of age and risk of DA into middle adulthood may be causal. These results provide empirical support for efforts to improve AA as a means to reduce risk of DA.

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WH Economic Adviser Explains Why Obama Can’t Take Credit for Recent Economic Boom

Kevin Hassett, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, dispelled the notion that former President Barack Obama can claim credit for the recent U.S. economic boom that has occurred during the Trump administration.

“One of the hypotheses that’s been floating around about the economy lately is that the strong economy that we’re seeing is just a continuation of recent trends. And, you know, since we're the nerds at the White House, we decided that this is a testable hypothesis. And so what we can do is we can go out and we can estimate recent trends -- that is, trends that ran in the economy up to the point of the last election -- and then compare the latest data to the recent trends,” he said.

Hassett showed several slides illustrating economic factors like small business optimism, business investment, structures, and equipment investment. Small business optimism, he illustrated, is at near record high, second only to July 1983.

“And so, I think that if you look at this chart, you can see that the first thing is small-business optimism. The middle chart is the percent reporting now as a good time to expand. The last one is the percent expecting higher real sales in six months. I think if you look at any of those, you'd say, ‘Gee, that doesn't really look like the continuation of a recent trend,’” he said.

Business investment is up more than $300 billion over the trend, Hassett noted.

“And I think that if anyone were to assert that the capital spending boom that we're seeing right now was a continuation of the trend that President Trump inherited, then, well, you know, they wouldn't get a high grade in graduate school for that assertion.

Capital goods orders and shipments are up sharply, Hassett illustrated.

“Durable goods orders, capital goods orders -- it's a key part of the economy, and it's one of the factors that we look at most closely because it characterizes, basically, the good-paying jobs, the jobs that affects normal Americans -- blue-collar Americans,” he said.

“And the first chart is core capital goods orders, and the second chart is core capital goods shipments, and if you look at it, the blue again shows a clear downward trajectory and billions of dollars, and then that trajectory reversed itself completely when President Trump was elected. If you were going to assert that the current good news is just the extension of a recent trend, then you'd just simply be factually incorrect,” Hassett said.

Business conditions have also improved sharply, Hassett noted in his chart presentation. Furthermore, new business applications have surged.

“Now, one of the things that I can remember at the American Enterprise Institute talking a lot about before I came in here was the fact that entrepreneurship in America was falling off, and one of the ways we can measure entrepreneurship is that, if you start a new business, that you have to apply for an ID number -- a tax ID number -- for your business,” he said.

“And so, in this chart, we've plotted the EIN applications for new businesses, and if you look at the blue line, they were heading up because we were at a recovery, but there's clear upward trajectory way above the trend at the end,” Hassett said.

Furthermore, he said, prime-age workers are re-entering the labor force and finding jobs, as illustrated by his chart presentation. There’s also improvement in blue collar jobs, Hassett noted. Additionally, blue collar jobs grew 3.3 percent in the year through July, the fastest pace since 1984.

“The next chart is prime-age workers re-entering the labor force, and again, if you look at the trend, one of the things people said when we put out our growth forecast that said that we'd have 3 percent growth was we said that President Trump's policies are going to bring factories back to the U.S., give you the capital spending boom that you saw in the previous chart, and that was going to bring people back into the labor force at precisely the right time,” Hassett said.

“Once again, you can see that there's clear break in the trend, and so, if you see a break in the trend in the capital spending, the new plant formation that gives blue-collar workers their jobs ... then maybe we see a break in the trend in blue-collar workers employment as well, and so this is employment for people in goods-producing industries,” he said.

“If you look, again, at the blue part on the left, you can see that there's a clear downward trend going on in the growth rate of that for President Obama, and then a clear inflection timed almost precisely, once again, at the election. And the notion, again, that somebody might defensively attempt to assert that this is a continuation of the trend is almost laughable if you look at this chart and, you know, look at the rest of them,” Hassett said.

His final chart showed that the growth of private nonresidential fixed investment Is well above projections. It illustrated what the Congressional Budget Office predicted would happen with capital spending back in 2017, what the CBO said in April 2018, and then what actually happened.

“And so, I would assert that if you look at the collective body of evidence, the notion that what we're seeing right now is just a continuation of recent trends is not super defensible,” Hassett said.

“And I think that -- I know that we're in a political time and passions are high, but, as geeky economists, one of the things we have to do is think ahead to what historians will think when they look back at this time,” he said.

“And I can promise you that economic historians will 100 percent accept the fact that there was an inflection at the election of Donald Trump, and that a whole bunch of data items started heading north. They will, of course, argue for a long time about why that happened,” Hassett said.

“In fact, we provided estimates at the time last fall that said that capital spending this year would go up about 11 percent because of the tax cuts. So far, in the first half of the year, capital spending is up 10 percent, and so you don't have to really reach far for a theory of what happened,” he said.

“President Trump deregulated the economy; we've talked about how that affects growth. The tax cuts have had exactly the predicted effect on the economy that's brought businesses back to the U.S., factories back to the U.S., and created jobs for ordinary Americans. It’s clear in the data that there's been a trend break,” Hassett added.

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Doctor Shortages Explode Thanks To ObamaCare — Who Could Have Predicted That?

A year before ObamaCare became law, an IBD/TIPP Poll warned that it would lead to doctor shortages because many would quit or retire early. New evidence shows that our warnings were dead on.

A recent report from the Association of Medical Colleges projects doctor shortages of up to 121,300 within the next 12 years. That's a 16% increase from their forecast just last year.

Not only are medical schools having trouble attracting doctors (New York University plans to offer free tuition to its med students), but current physicians are cutting back on patient visits, retiring early or switching careers.

An article in a recent issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings says that nearly one in five doctors plan to switch to part-time clinical hours, 27% plan to leave their current practice, and 9% plan to get an administrative job or switch careers entirely.

Another survey found that nearly two-thirds of doctors feel burned out, depressed or both.

This is already having a significant effect on patient access to doctors. A Merritt Hawkins survey of doctors in 15 metro areas found that "average new-patient physician appointment wait times have increased significantly. The average wait time for a physician appointment for the 15 large metro markets surveyed is 24.1 days, up 30% from 2014. "

Getting a new-patient appointment with a family physician, for example, went from an average 19 days in 2014 to almost 30 days in 2017. To get an appointment for a heart checkup with a cardiologist, wait times climbed from seven days in 2009 to 21 days in 2017. For a well-woman exam with an OB/GYN, they went from 17 days to 26 over those years.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Eight years ago, IBD/TIPP surveyed 1,376 practicing physicians across the country, asking them what they thought about the health reform bill Democrats had been putting together.

The survey found that a surprisingly large share of doctors, 45%, "would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement" if Congress passed what ended up as ObamaCare. (To read more about ObamaCare, click here.)

The survey generated plenty of attention — most of it from Democrats and the mainstream media who desperately wanted to get ObamaCare enacted. They viciously attacked the survey, calling it "shoddy," "out of whack," "ludicrous," "not trustworthy," "shabby" and "garbage."

Turns out it was the critics of the poll who were shoddy, out of whack and not trustworthy.

Subsequent surveys proved the IBD/TIPP poll right, including one taken in 2015 by the Mayo Clinic that found 54% of doctors suffering burnout, and a 2016 survey that found just over half say they participate in ObamaCare plans.

Obama Mandates and Doctor Shortages

One of the big drivers of doctor exits, by the way, is the Obama administration's "electronic health records" mandate, which was supposed to vastly improve the quality and efficiency of care.

It's had the opposite effect. A Mayo Clinic survey found that the EHR mandate is reducing efficiency, increasing costs and paperwork hassles, and pushing more doctors to quit or retire early.

A Harris Poll found that 59% of doctors say the current EHR system foisted on them by the Obama administration needs "a complete overhaul," and 40% say it imposes more challenges than benefits.

ObamaCare continued what had been a long and sorry trend in health care. Government-imposed rules designed to fix some problem in the system instead generated mountains of new administrative work.

The result has been that while the number of physicians in the country has climbed modestly over the past three decades, the number of health care administrators exploded.

Driving doctors out of the medical profession and exacerbating doctor shortages was not what Obama promised when he started "reforming" health care. But it is what his heavy-handed government interventions are producing. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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The U.S. economy is a gift that keeps on giving

Appalachian Power recently announced utility rate cuts for more than 500,000 Americans. The West Virginia-based energy provider estimates the total rate reduction will come out to roughly $50 million, meaning customers’ monthly bills will decrease about six percent for the average residential account.

What explains the drop? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed last December. Because of its lower federal tax bill, Appalachian Power can afford to slash rates and pass along its tax savings to working Americans who desperately need financial relief.

This story is playing out all across the country. Because of federal tax cuts, more than 665 U.S. employers can afford to help the Middle Class American workers in the form of pay raises, 401(k) increases, bonuses, and other employee benefits. Job creators are also taking advantage of their beefed-up budgets to expand hiring, extending career opportunities to thousands upon thousands of Americans who couldn’t find them years ago.

Appalachian Power’s utility rate reductions comprise only the tip of the iceberg. Wal-Mart issued a $1,000 bonus to employees. Apple will use its tax savings to hire 20,000 new employees, while Kraft Heinz plans to put $1.3 billion toward pre-funding of worker retirement benefit plans. New York-based M&T Bank Corporation focused on bumping up employee paychecks, increasing its base wage from $14 to $16 an hour.

And don’t forget the Republican tax bill’s positive impact on small business, which remains America’s most important employer. The United States is home to more than 30 million small businesses, which employ nearly 60 million workers—half of our private-sector workforce. In fact, small businesses account for 99.9 percent of all U.S. employers.

When they succeed, the U.S. economy flourishes. And they are succeeding!

Because of lower rates and increased deductions, job creators—large and small—now have more resources to invest in business expansion and job creation, bringing undeniable economic prosperity to local communities. The list of tax cut beneficiaries certainly includes America’s largest corporations, but it would be foolish to overlook the likes of neighborhood diners and community banks.

Take it from me: I’m a small business owner. As the president and CEO of Joseph’s Lite Cookies in Florida, I run a family-owned, sugar-free cookie business. We bake more than 12 million sugar-free cookies a day. And thanks to the tax cuts, we’re now experimenting with new product lines including sugar-free pancake syrup.

For years, I sent as much as 50 percent of my business income to the government—federal, state, and local. As the owner of a pass-through small business, my business income was taxed as personal income at the top federal rate of 39.6 percent, on top of the state and local tax burden.

But the future is now brighter—because of our tax savings. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, I not only awarded four-figure raises to key employees, but also purchased new computer systems and created new product packaging for international expansion.

The bottom line is this: When you help job creators, you are helping those who depend on them—not millionaires and billionaires, but everyday Americans in need of a leg up. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

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Towleroad: Puerto Rico governor blasts Trump over claiming his Hurricane Maria response was 'unsung success'


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On 09.11.18 02:09 PM posted by Rachel del Guidice An author and economics professor warns that America must return to the Founders’ vision of limited government to preserve the economic future of the country. “I think we can safely say that we have made a significant departure from the constitutional principles of individual liberty and limited government that made us a rich nation in the first place,” Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University, said in a speech Tuesday at The Heritage Foundation. Most legitimate functions of government are noted in the Constitution, such as collecting taxes and providing for the common defense and general welfare of the country, and regulating commerce between the states and with foreign nations, he said. “Nowhere in the Constitution, in the United States Constitution, do we find authority for Congress to tax and spend for up to three-quarters of what Congress taxes and spends for today,” Williams said. “In...
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The Lamist Movement, a political group loyal to a former Governor of Oyo state, late Alhaji Lamidi Adesina has left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the state chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC). The decision to join ADC was contained in a statement signed by some members of the group, among […]
          GOP Congressman: Orphanages Could Be Better Option Than Gay Parents      Cache   Translate Page      

 

A Republican congressman from New Jersey appears to have told a group of high school students in his district that kids without families might be better off living in an orphanage instead of same-sex adoptive parents.

The Los Angeles Blade's Chris Johnson reports that Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who has served in Congress since 1981, attended an assembly of high school students at Colts Neck High School on May 29 this year.

During the Q&A session, high school senior Hannah Valdes asked the congressman about his opposition to same-sex couples adopting children.

In 1999, Smith had voted for a legislative amendment that would have prevented gay parents to adopt in the District of Columbia.

Valdes shared that she has a lesbian sister who would like to adopt at some point in the future, and so wanted to know why Smith felt her sister would be “less of a legitimate parent” than folks in heterosexual relationships.

Smith, according to a recording provided to the Blade, seemed to dodge the question saying “the issue, legally, is moot at this point especially with the Supreme Court decision” in an apparent reference to the 2015 case, Obergefell v. Hodges.

Smith added, that Valdes’ sister is “free to adopt.”

To be clear, however, in the aftermath of the 2015 SCOTUS ruling, states have begun to enact legislation allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline placement of children with LGBT parents via a claim of ‘religious freedom.’

So, Valdes’ sister may not find herself so “free to adopt” at some point in the future.

When pressed further on the subject, Smith also alluded to the idea that “there are many others who would like to adopt who can acquire a child,” and for those folks “the waiting periods are extremely long.”

Another student asked about these “others” and why they would be more suitable for adopting than, say, Valdes’ sister.

Smith began his reply saying, “In my opinion, every child needs every possibility of,” but stopped short of finishing his thought. Many in the audience felt he was heading down the path of saying children should have every chance of being raised by a mother and a father.

It’s at that point that Smith switched things up saying, “Somebody mentioned orphanages before. I mean, orphanages are still a possibility for some kids.”

Wait - what?

According to the Blade, one shocked student followed that statement up with the question, “You’d rather have kids in an orphanage than with…?”

When asked whether Smith still felt that same-sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to adopt, he said he did.

Valdes told the Blade, “Smith responded by saying he does not approve of gay adoption because gay households are not healthy environments for children to grow up in.”

He also referenced “numerous household studies” that indicate children do better with heterosexual parents than LGBT parents.

That statement is not accurate, however.

Dozens of studies have shown children of gay parents fare equally as well as children of straight parents.

The exchange was eventually cut off by an administrator who interrupted to change the subject.

It will come as no surprise that Smith has an abysmal record on LGBT issue in Congress.

He voted for the hideous Defense of Marriage Act as well as a constitutional amendment that would have banned marriage equality across the nation.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?” Yep, he voted for that, too. When it came time to repeal the military ban, he voted against that.

He’s also a co-sponsor on the First Amendment Defense Act which aims to legalize LGBT discrimination via deeply-held “religious beliefs.”

Basically, Rep. Smith doesn’t seem to have met an anti-LGBT bill he didn’t like.

Smith’s opponent in the upcoming mid-term elections, Democrat Josh Welle, was asked by the Blade for his response to the assembly chat.

“Chris Smith’s out-of-touch views might have flown in 1980 when he was elected, but his time has passed,” Welle said. “In 2018, in Central Jersey, it is unacceptable to imply a child would be better off in an orphanage than with a loving LGBTQ family. As a veteran, I fought on the front lines alongside men and women who gave their lives to protect and defend the civil liberties that our Constitution ensures for everyone, not just a few. Chris Smith takes us backwards on inclusion and basic human rights for all.”

Here's wishing Welle luck in the mid-terms, although, considering the 4th district has been held by Smith for 37 years, he may need it.

(h/t Los Angeles Blade)


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The Patriots have had a knack for getting sometimes unexpected production out of late-round draft picks and undrafted free agents during Bill Belichick’s tenure. From Tom Brady to Julian Edelman to Danny Amendola to last season’s Super Bowl star James White Joe Montana Jersey (http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/joe-montana-jersey-cheap) , the list is long and lauded. This season has been no exception with 2011 seventh-round draft pick Lawrence Guy and Ricky Jean Francois, a seventh-round pick in 2009, each providing contributions that have helped solidify New England’s defensive line that has thrived during the second half of 2017. The Patriots want to make life as miserable as possible for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in Sunday’s Super Bowl. It puts the spotlight on Guy and Jean Francois, with Deatrich Wise (concussion) and Malcolm Brown (foot) both dealing with injuries. 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The Patriots grabbed him in free agency last March, signing him to a four-year, $20 million deal. He’s had one of his best seasons so far, starting 15 games and finishing with a career-best 34 tackles and a sack. Guy said he’s never been deterred by the ”ups and downs” he’s experienced. ”It can happen at the beginning of your career Dean Lowry Jersey (http://www.packerscheapstore.com/dean-lowry-jersey-cheap) , it can happen at the end of your career. But sooner or later you’re probably gonna get waived here and there,” he said. Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia says Guy’s attention to detail has allowed him to play several different positions in the Patriots’ system. Patricia said Guy’s been able to help not only against the run, but he’s been able to transition ”into a little bit more pass rush into the pocket and push and be up in the quarterback’s face.” Even in his sixth season, Guy said he’s tried to keep learning from older players around him. ”Everything I’ve gone through made me more of a man and made me better as a player,” Guy said. ”To experience this type of week is great. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime situation that you can never get back.” — After years of simply trying to reduce the number of kickoffs, changes finally are being made to the kickoff play in an effort to make it safer. So how safe does the “most dangerous play in the game” have to become before the NFL will choose permanently to keep it? 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          Mad Hedge Hot Tips for September 5, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Mad Hedge Hot Tips September 5, 2018 Fiat Lux The Five Most Important Things That Happened Today (and what to do about them)   1) Congress Grills Big Tech. Yes, the opioid epidemic is all their fault, and conspiracy theorists have a right to free speech. It’s all a big diversion from you know what,
          New Hampshire piles on the problems of plurality voting primaries      Cache   Translate Page      

The threat of a low plurality win in New Hampshire’s high-profile 1st Congressional District primary didn’t end as badly as it could have.

Despite assessments that there was no clear frontrunner among the 11 candidates jockeying for the Democratic nomination, Manchester’s Executive Councilor Chris Pappas won Tuesday with a decisive 12 percent lead over second-place finisher Maura Sullivan.

But Pappas still fell short of securing support from a majority of district voters, instead finishing with 42 percent of the vote.

The six-way Republican primary also ended in a non-majoritarian outcome, with former police chief Eddie Edwards winning 48 percent of the vote compared to runner up Andy Sanborn’s 41 percent.

The outcome in November will make history, bringing either state’s first openly gay or African-American representative to Congress.

But in a swing district which could give Republicans a rare opportunity to take a district from the Democrats, the fact that neither party’s nominee secured at least 50 percent of the vote is concerning.

And while the GOP faces a much harder challenge to unseat three-term Democratic Rep. Anne Kuster in the 2nd Congressional District, the seven-way primary was decided by a single percentage point. State lawmaker Steven Negron bested second place finisher Stewart Levenson with a dismal 26 percent of votes with a win that wasn’t called until mid-morning Wednesday.

The problematic nature of New Hampshire’s non-majoritarian outcomes becomes even more alarming considering the number of other low plurality wins in the 2018 primaries.

The growing pile of problems with plurality elections grows points to the need for ranked choice voting, which offers the best way to ensure representatives win with the broadest possible support of their constituents.


          Rep. Scott Peters signs on to the Fair Representation Act      Cache   Translate Page      

As gerrymandering wars play out across the nation, the Fair Representation Act secured another supporter in Congress.

Recently, Rep. Scott Peters became the fifth co-sponsor to back the bill (HR 3057).

The three-term congressman representing the San Diego area described the FRA as an “important change...that encourages cooperation and people working together to solve problems,” according to a statement from his office.

This legislation would reduce polarization by creating ranked-choice voting, and make voters more informed about what their representative stands for by creating more competitive districts that are less vulnerable to gerrymandering. Government should work better, and that’s why I’m fighting for these important changes.”

Congressman Peters met with FairVote staff and the bill’s sponsor Rep. Don Beyer to learn more about the Fair Representation Act and how it improves our electoral system.

Rob Richie, FairVote’s CEO and co-founder, praised Peters’ decision as example of his innovative leadership.

Like his fellow sponsors of the Fair Representation Act, Congressman Peters is known as an innovator who thinks for himself. He also deeply understands elections, having both won and lost in local races and now representing one of the nation's true swing districts. I applaud his leadership."

The Fair Representation Act leverages a three-pronged reform of ranked choice voting, multi-member districts and nonpartisan citizen commissions to end gerrymandering, empower voters at the ballot box and bring more fair representation to constituents.

Since its introduction in 2017, the proposal has gained momentum thanks to successful ranked choice voting elections in cities and the entire state of Maine as well as mainstream media coverage.

With this increasing support and attention, we hope 2019 will be the year to set the wheels of reform in motion by Congress passing the Fair Representation Act.

 


          ‘No rift between Tinubu and I’ — Ambode breaks silence      Cache   Translate Page      

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, says the relationship between him and Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is smooth. Ambode said this while addressing members of the ruling party [...]

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          Oshiomhole has psychological problem – Goodluck Jonathan      Cache   Translate Page      

A former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday, reacted to claims by the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole that he started vote-buying in Nigeria. Speaking on Channels Television programme, Roadmap, Oshiomhole [...]

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          Buhari returns presidential nomination forms to APC      Cache   Translate Page      

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday submitted his nomination and expression of interest forms purchased for him by the Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN). Buhari submitted the forms at the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Secretariat [...]

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          Ambode submits nomination form despite plot to stop him      Cache   Translate Page      

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, submitted his governorship nomination form at the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Wednesday. He submitted the form 48 hours after he alongside Obafemi Hamzat [...]

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          Senate OKs Trump choice for IRS head over Democrats' protest      Cache   Translate Page      
Congress_IRS_Chief_90206Over the protests of many Democrats, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS. Democrats opposed the nomination because of a new Trump administration policy allowing some groups involved in politics to hide their donors' identities.
          Medical Marijuana Update      Cache   Translate Page      

The Justice Department is sitting on marijuana research applications, Congress refuses again to let VA docs recommend medical marijuana to vets, a bizarre Arizona appeals court ruling gets appealed, and more.

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Senate Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana For Military Veterans. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HA) last Wednesday filed the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, under which Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors could issue medical cannabis recommendations to veterans in states where it is legal. The bill is not yet available on the congressional website.

Marijuana Research Applications Go Nowhere at Justice Department. The DEA began accepting applications from researchers seeking to grow marijuana two years ago, but as of this week, none of the applications have been responded to. Some two dozen applications have been left in limbo by the Justice Department, the DEA's parent agency, during the tenure of anti-marijuana Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Marijuana Research Bill Scheduled For Congressional Vote This Week. The House Judiciary Committee will vote Thursday on HR 5634, Rep. Matt Gaetz's Medical Cannabis Research Act. Gaetz says the bill will expand the amount of research-grade marijuana available to researchers, but drug reformers are calling foul over some provisions, including one that bars people with a felony or drug-related misdemeanor conviction from any affiliation with research cultivation operations and another that requires cultivators to get a letter of good standing from a local law enforcement agency. They argued that those provisions should be removed, but Gaetz doesn't look likely to do that.

Congress Removes Military Veteran Medical Marijuana Provision From Funding Bill. A conference committee working on final details for the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill has decided not to include a provision allowing VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans. The Senate bill included the provision, but the House version did not. Two years ago, both houses passed VA spending bills that included versions of the provision, but that, too, was excised in conference committee.

Arizona

Arizona Patient Appeals Ruling That Edibles Are Illegal. Rodney Jones, who was convicted of possessing 0.05 ounces of hashish and sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison, is appealing a state Court of Appeals ruling that upholds his conviction. In that ruling, the appeals court held that hashish and edibles made from marijuana extracts are not covered by the state's medical marijuana law and their possession remains a crime. Jones spent a year behind bars awaiting trial and has since been released, but he still wants the conviction overturned and the appeals court's interpretation of the law thrown out.

Connecticut

Connecticut Federal Court Holds That Refusing To Hire Medical Marijuana User Constitutes Employment Discrimination. A federal court in Hartford held last Wednesday that refusing to hire a medical marijuana user who tested positive on a pre-employment drug test violates the state's medical marijuana law. Under the state's law, "[n]o employer may refuse to hire a person or may discharge, penalize or threaten an employee solely on the basis of such person’s or employee’s status as a qualifying patient."

Mississipi

Mississippi 2020 Initiative Drive Gets Underway. A group called Medical Marijuana 2020 plans to start collecting signatures for a medical marijuana constitutional amendment next week, according to state Rep. Joel Bomgar, a Republican who is on the group’s steering committee. The initial draft of the initiative appears very business-friendly, with no caps on the number of dispensaries or processors. 

New Mexico

New Mexico Health Secretary Rejects Medical Marijuana for Opioid Addiction. Department of Public Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher has rejected the idea of treating opioid addiction with medical marijuana, saying there isn't enough research to justify using it for addiction treatment. Her decision overrides the state's Cannabis Advisory Board, which recommended 5-1 that it be approved.

Utah

New Utah Poll Shows Continuing Support for Medical Marijuana Initiative. Despite the Church of Latter Day Saints coming out against the Proposition 2 medical marijuana initiative, support for the measure remains strong, a new poll finds. The poll had 64% either "somewhat" or "strongly" in support of the measure.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]


          More aiding and abetting      Cache   Translate Page      
More aiding and abetting

by digby



ABC reports:

One of President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies in Congress, Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is doubling down on a disputed theory that the FBI condoned leaks to the news media in a coordinated effort to take down the president.

On Monday, Meadows sent a letter to the Justice Department and posted it publicly online, saying newly-released text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and then-FBI attorney Lisa Page raise “grave concerns regarding an apparent systemic culture of media leaking” within the senior ranks of the FBI and Justice Department.

Hours later, on Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted that the supposed revelation is “so terrible.”

But in a statement later Tuesday, Strzok’s attorney insisted the text messages reflect an effort to stop media leaks – not promote them – and a review of Justice Department actions at the time supports the attorney’s claims.

This is the Bizarroworld scandal of the day and it's one of the dumbest.

If you feel like digging more deeply into the details on this, Emptywheel laid it all out in a piece she called THE FROTHY RIGHT IS FURIOUS THAT PETER STRZOK PURSUED THE GUY LEAKING ABOUT CARTER PAGE.

That's right. Strzok was trying to stop leaks about Trump hero Carter Page. You know, the guy who has allegedly been unfairly targeted with a FISA warrant which they erroneously claim was filed on the basis of the nefarious Steele dossier.

They don't even try to make sense. After all, they don't need to. The people who believe this drivel, starting with the president of the United States, will believe anything.

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          That monkey comment wasn't an accident      Cache   Translate Page      
That monkey comment wasn't an accident

by digby




Recall that President's Trump's poodle Ron DeSantis was widely condemned for saying that he didn't think his African American opponent for the governorship of Florida should be allowed to "monkey up" the state.

If you lie down with racist dogs you get racist fleas
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), a gubernatorial nominee who recently was accused of using racially tinged language, spoke four times at conferences organized by a conservative activist who has said that African Americans owe their freedom to white people and that the country’s “only serious race war” is against whites.

DeSantis, elected to represent north-central Florida in 2012, appeared at the David Horowitz Freedom Center conferences in Palm Beach, Fla., and Charleston, S.C., in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, said Michael Finch, president of the organization. At the group’s annual Restoration Weekend conferences, hundreds of people gather to hear right-wing provocateurs such as Stephen K. Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos and Sebastian Gorka sound off on multiculturalism, radical Islam, free speech on college campuses and other issues.

“I just want to say what an honor it’s been to be here to speak,” DeSantis said in a ­27-minute speech at the 2015 event in Charleston, a video shows. “David has done such great work and I’ve been an admirer. I’ve been to these conferences in the past but I’ve been a big admirer of an organization that shoots straight, tells the American people the truth and is standing up for the right thing.”

The Florida gubernatorial campaign is one of the marquee races of 2018, pitting DeSantis, a Trump acolyte and lawyer in the Navy Reserve, against Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, who would become the state’s first African American governor. President Trump has endorsed DeSantis, and Gillum is backed by progressive leader Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont. In less than two weeks since the primary, race has become a central issue in the nation’s largest battleground state.

The Freedom Center covered DeSantis’s expenses for the 2017 conference at a luxury resort in Palm Beach, according to disclosure forms he filed as a member of Congress.

Fellow speakers included a former Google engineer who was fired after arguing that “biological causes” in part explain why there are relatively few women working in tech and leadership; a critic of multiculturalism who has written that “,Europe is committing suicide” by welcoming large numbers of refugees and immigrants; and a British media personality who urged the audience to keep the United States from becoming like the United Kingdom, where “discrimination against whites is institutionalized and systemic.”

Requests to the campaign and the congressional office to interview DeSantis was declined. A spokeswoman for the congressman, Elizabeth Fusick, provided a statement that described DeSantis as “a leader in standing up for truth and American strength.”

“He appreciates those who support his efforts and is happy to be judged on his record,” Fusick said. “He does not, though, buy into this ‘six degrees of Kevin Bacon’ notion that he is responsible for the views and speeches of others.”

Yeah, well:

Last May, after DeSantis lamented the “four liberals” on the Florida Supreme Court who overturned the death sentence of a man convicted of raping and murdering a child because the decision had not been unanimous, a DeSantis supporter suggested “bring[ing] back the hanging tree.”

When the Tampa Bay Times asked for clarification on DeSantis’s position on the issue, the campaign said it stood by the “hanging tree” comment.

“Ron thinks that Floridians should be forgiven for having some pretty strong and not at all politically correct feelings about what should happen to this animal. Let’s be clear; we’re talking about someone who kidnapped, raped and murdered an 11-year-old girl,” the campaign said in a statement. “The Florida Supreme Court’s decision was appalling and demonstrates once again why we need someone like Ron DeSantis, who stared down terrorists while serving in the Navy in Iraq and at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, to appoint constitutionalists who will apply the law correctly.”

DeSantis was also recently outed as the former moderator of a Facebook groupthat was a hotbed for racist memes and posts.

That last is really the put-away shot. He and the GOP Senate candidate in Virginia were both moderators of this racist Facebook group. You don't join such a group much less help run it if you are not a stone cold racist. That is what he is.

By the way, he's very close to Trump, defending him against the Russia investigation as if he is personally implicated. That's because he is.

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          Because 'Richest Americans Do Not Need Another Massive Tax Cut,' 776 Groups Urge Congress to Stop Tax Scam 2.0      Cache   Translate Page      
Jake Johnson, staff writer
With the Republican Party moving quickly to deliver yet another round of massive, budget-exploding tax cuts to their wealthiest donors and constituents ahead of November's crucial midterm elections, 776 national and state groups sent a letter to members of Congress on Wednesday demanding that they oppose the GOP's newly introduced Tax Scam 2.0 and instead invest the $3 trillion experts say it could cost into infrastructure, healthcare, and education.

          'The Time for Incrementalism Is Over': Jayapal Launches Medicare for All PAC      Cache   Translate Page      
Jake Johnson, staff writer
With support for single-payer spreading rapidly among current members of Congress, congressional candidates, and the American public, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) launched the first-ever Medicare for All political action committee (PAC) on Wednesday in an effort to accelerate this momentum ahead of the upcoming midterm elections and funnel small-dollar financial contributions to candidates who want to guarantee healthcare to all as a right.

          The Money Laundering Question      Cache   Translate Page      
The Money Laundering Question

by digby






David Leonhardt in the New York Times brings up the elephant in the room:


Donald Trump has a long history of doing what he thinks is best for Donald Trump. If he needs to discard friends, allies or wives along the way, so be it. “I’m a greedy person,” he has explained.

It’s important to keep this trait in mind when trying to make sense of the Russia story. Trump’s affinity for Russia, after all, is causing problems for him. It has created tensions with his own staff and his Republican allies in Congress. Most voters now believe he has something to hide. And the constant talk of Russia on television clearly enrages Trump.

He could make his life easier if only he treated Vladimir Putin the way he treats most people who cause problems — and cast Putin aside. Yet Trump can’t bring himself to do so.

This odd refusal is arguably the biggest reason to believe that Putin really does have leverage over Trump. Maybe it’s something shocking, like a sex tape or evidence of campaign collusion by Trump himself. Or maybe it’s the scandal that’s been staring us in the face all along: Illicit financial dealings — money laundering — between Trump’s business and Russia.


The latest reason to be suspicious is Trump’s attacks on a formerly obscure Justice Department official named Bruce Ohr. Trump has repeatedly criticized Ohr and called for him to be fired. Ohr’s sin is that he appears to have been marginally involved in inquiries into Trump’s Russian links. But Ohr fits a larger pattern. In his highly respected three-decade career in law enforcement, he has specialized in going after Russian organized crime.

It just so happens that most of the once-obscure bureaucrats whom Trump has tried to discredit also are experts in some combination of Russia, organized crime and money laundering.

It’s true of Andrew McCabe (the former deputy F.B.I. director whose firing Trump successfully lobbied for), Andrew Weissmann (the only official working for Robert Mueller whom Trump singles out publicly) and others. They are all Trump bogeymen — and all among “the Kremlin’s biggest adversaries in the U.S. government,” as Natasha Bertrand wrote in The Atlantic. Trump, she explained, seems to be trying to rid the government of experts in Russian organized crime.

I realize that this evidence is only circumstantial and well short of proof. But it’s one of many suspicious patterns about Trump and Russia. When you look at them together, it’s hard to come away thinking that the most likely explanation is coincidence.

Consider: The financially rickety Trump Organization, shunned by most mainstream banks, long relied on less scrupulous Russian investors. “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Donald Trump Jr. said a decade ago. “We have all the funding we need out of Russia,” Eric Trump reportedly said in 2013. And what was the rare major bank to work with Trump? Deutsche Bank, which has a history of illegal Russian money laundering.

Trump also had a habit of selling real estate to Russians in all-cash deals. Money launderers like such deals, because they can turn illegally earned cash into a legitimate asset, usually at an inflated price that rewards the seller for the risk. One especially dubious deal was Trump’s $95 million sale of a Palm Beach house to a Russian magnate in 2008 — during the housing bust, only four years after Trump had bought the house for $41 million.

Then there is Trump’s paranoia about scrutiny of his businesses. He has refused to release his tax returns. He said that Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line by looking into his finances. When word leaked (incorrectly) that Mueller had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank’s records on Trump, he moved to fire Mueller (only to be dissuaded by aides). Trump is certainly acting as if his business history contains damaging information.

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Folha - A veracidade de uma imagem que mostra a extensão da incisão no abdome do presidenciável Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) após se submeter a uma cirurgia está sendo questionada por usuários nas redes sociais e em aplicativos de mensagens instantâneas.



A foto, divulgada inicialmente na conta do senador Magno Malta (PR-ES) no Twitter, porém, é verdadeira. Há uma outra versão da foto, com o rosto de Bolsonaro, que também circula pela internet.

Na quinta (6), Bolsonaro foi atacado com uma faca enquanto fazia campanha de rua na cidade de Juiz de Fora (MG). Ele foi rapidamente socorrido na Santa Casa da cidade mineira, onde se submeteu a uma complexa cirurgia. No dia seguinte, ele foi transferido para o hospital Albert Einstein, em São Paulo.

Como verificado pelo projeto Comprova, coalizão de 24 organizações de mídia brasileiras, dentre elas a Folha, que visa identificar, checar e combater rumores, manipulações e notícias falsas sobre as eleições de 2018, de forma objetiva, elementos da foto combinam com outras imagens feitas de Bolsonaro na UTI (Unidade de Tratamento Intensivo) do hospital Albert Einstein.

O padrão da estampa do avental, bem como a roupa de cama e a disposição dos eletrodos de monitoramento são condizentes com fotos e vídeos feitos de Bolsonaro no mesmo local. O próprio avental também possui o mesmo desenho dos usados no Albert Einstein.

Sobre a cicatriz resultante da operação, mostrada na foto, o Comprova consultou Francisco Duarte, cirurgião-geral do Instituto José Frota (IJF), hospital de urgência e emergência do Ceará, que confirmou que esse é o procedimento praticado levando em consideração o ferimento sofrido por Bolsonaro.

“É mandatório que se abra todo o abdome para expor todas as vísceras que devem ser minuciosamente examinadas, porque não se sabe exatamente o trajeto do objeto [perfurante]. O nome dessa incisão é laparotomia mediana xifo-pubiana. Essa operação permite que as lesões sejam reparadas, identificadas, e que o abdome fique totalmente limpo de todo o conteúdo que possa causar infecção pós-operatória”, disse Duarte.

Na imagem, Bolsonaro aparece com uma bolsa plástica acoplada ao seu corpo. "No caso dele [Bolsonaro], a colostomia é essencial porque como o intestino foi lesionado e suturado o trânsito de fezes tem que ser desviado para não ocorrer o risco da sutura se romper. Depois da cicatrização, se faz uma nova cirurgia para se reconstruir o trânsito intestinal”, completa.

Consultada pelo Poder360, integrante do projeto Comprova, a assessoria de Magno Malta disse que a foto não foi tirada pelo congressista, mas recebida “de fonte fidedigna e com autorização da família”.

À Folha, Eduardo Bolsonaro, filho do presidenciável do PSL, também confirmou se tratar de uma imagem de seu pai, mas disse que cada um que tem que avaliar se a atitude de compartilhar a foto seria apelativa.

"Cada um que faça seu julgamento. O pessoal do Einstein manifestou uma preocupação. Vai para dizer também que não foi coisa pouca. Ele está todo arrebentado lá. Está evoluindo bem, mas não se trata de fake news ou de algo leve que nós estejamos aumento e encenando para gerar comoção pública. Ele quase morreu. Enquanto familiar, não me incomodo, não [com a publicação da foto]. Nossa vida é um livro aberto", disse Eduardo.

Alguns usuários tentaram desacreditar a foto publicada por Magno Malta, usando como contra-argumento principalmente uma captura de tela de uma busca reversa de imagem no Google que ligava a foto a uma postagem no imageboard 4Chan datada de 5 de maio de 2017. Essa impressão, entretanto, vem de uma má compreensão de como funcionam as buscas do Google.

A imagem encontrada aparece relacionada à data anterior pois ela aparecia como "thumbnail" (termo que designa uma imagem em miniatura) da página principal da "board" (um tipo de fórum) "Politically Incorrect" do 4Chan. E nesta página, a "thread" (como são chamadas as discussões dentro desse tipo de fórum) que está fixada como a primeira é do dia 5 de maio de 2017 —por isso o Google indexou a "thumbnail" com a data da publicação. Todavia, a "thread" na qual a foto de Bolsonaro foi efetivamente publicada foi criada às 16:44 do dia 9 de setembro de 2018 —posterior ao tuíte feito por Magno Malta, e, portanto, não pode ser a origem do mesmo.

Até a manhã do dia 11 de setembro, o tuíte de Magno Malta com a foto já tinha ultrapassado 4,1 mil compartilhamentos e 15,6 mil curtidas. A foto também foi publicada pelo senador em sua página no Facebook, e já tinha mais de 59,5 mil curtidas e 14,1 mil comentários.

Um das publicações no Twitter que tenta desacreditar a veracidade da imagem atingiu 15,9 mil compartilhamentos e 30 mil curtidas.





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Conselheiro do CNMP quer investigar procuradores que agiram contra Beto Richa, Haddad e Alckmin; força-tarefa de Curitiba diz que ato é "tentativa de constranger o MP" e de criar "imunidade atemporal" a candidatos

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A força-tarefa de procuradores que atuam na Operação Lava Jato em Curitiba divulgou nota nesta quarta-feira (12) em resposta a ato de Luiz Fernando Bandeira de Mello, representante do Senado no Conselho Nacional do Ministério Público (CNMP).

Bandeira de Mello enviou memorando ao órgão responsável por fiscalizar a ação dos procuradores cobrando investigação por suposta aceleração de denúncias com o "objetivo de ganhar os holofotes durante o período eleitoral". O conselheiro citou nesse documento ações movidas contra os candidatos à Presidência Fernando Haddad (PT) e Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB), e contra o ex-governador do Paraná e candidato ao Senado, Beto Richa (PSDB), que foi alvo da 53ª fase da Lava Jato e preso nessa terça-feira (11) em operação do Ministério Público paranense.

Os procuradores que atuam em Curitiba classificaram o gesto de Bandeira de Mello como uma "mordaça" e "indevida tentativa de constranger o Ministério Público". 

"O tempo da investigação e o tempo da acusação independem do tempo da política. As ações finalísticas do Ministério Público submetem-se apenas ao controle do Poder Judiciário, e não à atividade correicional, não tendo sido cumpridas quaisquer diligências que não tenham sido submetidas à autoridade judiciária competente", defendem-se os procuradores, rechaçando as suspeitas de que há intenção de intervir no processo eleitoral.

Conselheiro quer criar "imunidade temporal" a candidatos, diz Lava Jato

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Procurador Deltan Dallagnol%2C coordenador da força-tarefa de procuradores que atuam na Operação Lava Jato

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A força-tarefa de Curitiba também diz que Bandeira de Mello faz "suposições abstratas" e "infundadas" e tenta criar "imunidade temporal" para os políticos durante o período eleitoral. "O representante do Senado no CNMP, talvez desorientado pela prática costumeira do recesso branco do Congresso Nacional durante as campanhas eleitorais, parece querer estender essa nefasta prática para a Justiça, como se ela devesse dormitar e se omitir durante esse período, esquecendo-se de seus deveres constitucionais."

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"Fazer ou não fazer diligências, pedir ou não pedir medidas constritivas de direitos ou privativas de liberdade ou ainda fazer ou não acusações influenciam igualmente o processo eleitoral. [...] O representante do Senado parece preferir as omissões em investigações que a plena atividade do Ministério Público. Entretanto, a ideia de que é possível se omitir de suas responsabilidades não faz parte do caráter do Ministério Público", diz o texto.

"Assim como nenhum advogado pode ser impedido de exercer plenamente a defesa de direitos de seu constituinte, o Ministério Público deve exercer sua atribuição sem amarras ou medo, pois é advogado da sociedade brasileira", finalizam os procuradores da Lava Jato.


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DOVER, N.H. — The Republican and Democrat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District race understand they have the chance to make history but are approaching their roles as trailblazers a little differently.

Democrat Chris Pappas is embracing the fact he could become the state's first openly gay congressman while his Republican opponent, Eddie Edwards, is directing questions away from the fact he would be the first African-American House member and, instead, trying to keep the focus on the issues.

Both men survived a crowded primary field Tuesday night that had 17 candidates and offer voters a clear contrast. They are competing to fill the seat left open after Democrat Carol Shea-Porter chose to step down after four non-consecutive terms. It is the first time in 16 years the seat is open.

"For me as an individual, it means my message has resonated with folks," Edwards told The Associated Press, speaking from his home in Dover. "In terms of a black person who is conservative, that is nothing new for our party. The first blacks ever elected to Congress were Republicans. This is a legacy of our party. That is not the narrative that has been painted but that is certainly the legacy of the party."

Edwards, a Trump supporter who has served in the Navy and was a small town police chief, insisted that "race doesn't make you special."

"In America, unlike anywhere else, your race your background your ethnicity, your gender, your sexual orientation has nothing to do with you being special," he said. "What makes you special is what you give back to your community, what you give back to your family."

Pappas was more willing to say that his victory in November would send a message that went beyond the issues he is campaigning on like fighting the opioid crisis and supporting renewable energy.

"It's important to be honest about who you are. I think that sends a positive message to others out there who are questioning whether they have a place in their own communities," said Pappas, speaking at his family's Manchester restaurant. "At the end of the day. It's a message we do have to send — that people are welcome regardless of who you are or who you love. There is a place for you in this community and in this state."

Along with possibly making history, the two candidates offer voters a clear contrast.

Edwards is expected to continue pushing an agenda that includes support for gun rights, limited government and repealing the Affordable Care Act. Pappas, a former state lawmaker who is serving his third term on the governor's Executive Council, has campaigned on expanding access to health care, combating climate change and supporting abortion rights.

Pappas is also expect to make Trump an issue and argue that he could serve as a check on the president's policies.

"We have to show in this election that we are better than what Donald Trump represents," Pappas said. "We have got to repudiate his disgusting statements and some of the policies that we've seen on full display. We have a policy of family separation where we have 500 kids yet to be reunited with their parents because of what this administration has done. We shouldn't be standing for that in this country."

Edwards, who has received the support of Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other Trump supporters, said it's time to stop bashing the president and to find a way to work with him.

"The American voter, the Granite State voter, the families they want people who are going to work together to make sure their life is better," he said. "Sending people to Washington who want to create conflict over and over again doesn't help any of us. The folks who think we can just attack the president, remove him ... you think the next president will have an easier shot at this?"

Edwards also said the fact that Trump faced allegations from several women for sexual misconduct would not keep him from supporting his "American First" agenda. He also tried to draw a distinction from his criticism for his primary rival state Sen. Andy Sanborn for alleged sexual harassment in the statehouse and Trump's alleged misdeeds.

"I'm not the moral police. This is what people misunderstand," he said. "What you do in your personal life — you have those consequences and you have that burden. What you do in your public life on taxpayer's dime is a different matter altogether. For me when I look what the president has done for America putting America' first, that is the agenda I support."

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...you're being too kind to Sessions....that stunt he pulled of swearing in one day and then the next day recusing himself and handing power to Rosenstein tells me that was an under the table deal with the Dimms long before he was sworn in..... P.S. Little attention was given to the same thing in progress against Chris Collins...the first person in Congress to join candidate Trump and campaign for him.
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Poll: Midwest Abandons Trump, Fueling Democratic Advantage For Control Of Congress (Domenico Montanaro, 9/12/18, NPR)

The gap has widened to 12 percentage points, up from 7 in July -- and largely because of voters in the Midwest. They have swung 13 points in Democrats' direction since July. That Midwestern shift is consistent with what Marist has found in statewide polls conducted for NBC in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota that showed Trump's support there starting to erode.

"Every way we are looking at the data, the same general pattern is emerging," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll. "The Midwest is an area that is getting restless about what they hoped was going to occur and what they feel is not occurring."

Trump has waged trade wars with several countries, aiming to renegotiate deals and has instituted tariffs on imports that have been met with retaliatory tariffs on exports. Many of those have taken a toll on Midwestern farmers, for example. And some automakers have come out against Trump's moves on car imports, hitting Trump with some tough headlines.

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Should Congress Enact Universal Savings Accounts? (Daniel Di Martino, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018, E21)

Republicans in Congress are aiming to revamp savings with the introduction of Universal Savings Accounts (USAs) for all Americans as part of the Family Savings Act of 2018. The bill would expand existing tax-free savings accounts such as 401(k)s, IRAs, and 529 College Savings Plans, and it would create USAs as a new type of account for all purposes with a $2,500 annual contribution limit. The chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee expects to have the bill ready for a floor vote this month. [...]

Currently, Americans can take advantage of numerous tax-exempt savings accounts such as Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), 401(k)s, 529 college savings plans, and Health Savings Accounts. Each of these accounts has complicated rules governing how much individuals can contribute, and when and for which purposes they can withdraw their savings. For instance, while traditional IRAs have no income limits but require savers to withdraw their funds periodically starting at 70 ½ years old, Roth IRAs do have income limits but do not require withdrawals.

These restrictions create a barrier to saving. A survey by the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, a large financial service provider, found that the main reasons Millennials do not contribute to an IRA, beyond not having enough money to save, are that they do not know enough about them and that they are too complex. Moreover, a recent survey found that less than 30 percent of Americans know what a 529-college savings plan is, while less than 1 in 5 knows the basic restrictions associated with Health Savings Accounts.

Excessive complexity not only reduces savings particularly among young adults, as survey data confirm, but it also results in inefficiencies. Given that there are 15 types of tax advantaged retirement plans, and many other types of tax-advantaged accounts, savers change the timing of their consumption, and the amount and allocation of their savings to minimize their tax bill. Studies have shown that the complex taxation of savings not only reduces economic growth, but it also increases tax evasion and hinders tax enforcement.

Excessive complexity not only reduces savings, it also results in inefficiencies.

By contrast, USA account holders would not be hamstrung by complex rules. Universal Savings Accounts would simplify the system since they would allow individuals to withdraw their savings at any point in time and for any reason. Simplicity may increase savings among young adults, helping them benefit from the glories of compound interest early in their lives.

Now remove the contribution limit.

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Establishment Candidates Prevail In New Hampshire Primaries (NPR, September 11, 2018)

Democrats backed by the state's political establishment rolled to victory in New Hampshire's primary Tuesday night, besting more progressive, outsider challengers in both the House and governor's races.

The most closely-watched and crowded race came in the state's open 1st congressional district, where New Hampshire Executive Councilor Chris Pappas topped the 11-way field.

The two Republican nominees are black and Mexican-American.  The two Democrats are a woman and a gay.

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Zephyr and Bernie

The polls close in New York at 9 tomorrow... so there's nothing left to do but vote if you can-- and to sit back and watch the returns come in. I'll update this post as they do. Remember, these are state races, not federal primaries, which already happened.

The big ones tomorrow night night are the gubernatorial and lieutenant  gubernatorial races, the AG race and the state Senate races. The first two are very clear. The villains are Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul. He's corrupt beyond reason-- basically a conservative-- and she's basically a Republican with a "D" next to her name. Progressives Cynthia Nixon and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams are running on full-bore progressive planks. The whole panoply of garbage status quo politicians has come out to back Cuomo, from Schumer, Gillibrand and Biden to Hillary and DNC chair Tom Perez. Bernie didn't endorse in that race but he did endorse Jumaane. The NY Times, the Working Families Party, Our Revolution, and all the state reform organizations endorsed him as well. Everyone in politics for corruption endorsed Hochul.

Who endorsed Nixon? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Working Familes Party, DFA, Justice Democrats, PCCC, The Nation and all the reform groups. Don't expect any miracles tomorrow-- or it would actually take a miracle. The last poll I saw had Cuomo beating her 63-22%; probably not accurate. Maybe voters think he's his father. Cuomo has blanketed the sate with close to $10 million in TV ads-- in just the final 3 weeks.




The race where Blue America attempted to concentrate our efforts was for Attorney General, where progressive champion Zephyr Teachout-- also endorsed by Bernie-- is running against a couple of worthless status quo galoots, conservaDem Sean Patrick Maloney and Cuomo candidate (Cuomo doesn't want to be investigated by Teachout) Letitia James. Besides Cuomo she is being backed by the wretched EMILY's List and a gaggle of establishment politicians, including Crowley and outright crooks like Greg Meeks. Zephyr was endorsed by both the NY Times and the Daily News, Alexandria, Cynthia Nixon, Shaun King, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, Our Revolution, The Nation, and the Buffalo News-- but by no one who fears the wrath of Cuomo.

No one endorsed Maloney-- not a single one of his congressional colleagues... just one national gay organization, a gay version of EMILY's List.

And then there's the state Senate and the progressive hopes of ousting right-wing IDC creeps who caucus with the Republicans and prevent progressive legislation from moving forward. There are 9 key challenges tomorrow. These (incumbent villains first, good guys afterwards):
11th (Queens)- Tony Avella, John Liu
13th (Queens)- José Peralta, Jessica Ramos
17th (Brooklyn)- Simcha Felder, Blake Morris
20th (Brooklyn)- Jesse Hamilton, Zellnor Myrie
23rd (north State Island, Brooklyn)- Diane Savino, Jasmine Robinson
31st (Manhattan- West Side)- Marisol Alcantara, Robert Jackson
34th (Bronx)- Jeff Klein, Alessandra Biaggi
38th (Rockland Co)- David Carlucci, Julie Goldberg
53rd (Syracuse)- David Valesky, Rachel May
I bolded the candidates endorsed by Blue America. Below is a last minute plea from Alexandria to her New York supporters:
We already knew that New York machine politics were toxic-- every day, they prevent working class folks from participating in our democratic system, stifle public input, and dash people’s faith in the power of our democracy to answer their concerns.

But their toxicity and divisiveness has reached new levels, just days before the New York State Primary.


'Here’s the situation: Just a few days ago, the New York State Democratic Party sent out a mailer for Andrew Cuomo-- a mailer that claimed Cynthia Nixon was anti-semitic based on policy positions she does not hold.

A public outcry ensued. Party leaders claimed that no one had authorized the mailer, and still refuse to tell voters who authored the mailer, or explain why they received it in the first place. But that doesn’t matter, because the damage is done-- it doesn't matter how blatantly false they are, those attacks are going to be the last thing in many voters minds as they head to the polls on Thursday.

...Instead of using these party resources to help register new voters, or hosting events to engage the community, the resources of the New York State Democratic Party went towards helping one Democrat attack another Democrat in a contested primary. Does that sound right to you?

All of this just goes to show that despite our incredible primary win, the corrupt New York political machine is still alive and kicking. That’s why we need to continue to fight, and help elect progressive champions that buck establishment politics, and focus on running grassroots, people-powered campaigns.

...A future where machine politics are gone for good is possible-- but no one is going to hand it to us. If we want a progressive future where candidates stand for the interests of working class communities, then we have to build it ourselves.

I’m ready.

Are you?

Pa'lante,
Alexandria

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The hosts are then joined by Professor Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. Lately, media coverage - and congressional hearings - have focused on potential anti-conservative bias among the big tech companies, but professor’s Noble’s work suggests we may actually have a much different problem.

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          Bredesen, Blackburn Differ on Plans to Deal With Federal Budget      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Senate candidates, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, are proposing two very different paths to rein in the nation&rsq...
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CNN Broken News

More than 24 hours after authorities announced the arrest of a California man who allegedly tried to stab a Republican congressional candidate, CNN has yet to inform its audience of the story.

CNN Ignores Switchblade Attack On GOP Congressional Candidate is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust.


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President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a reception for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Watch Live: President Trump Delivers Remarks at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Reception is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust.


          Congress Begins Formally Blocking Trump's Government Reorganization Plan      Cache   Translate Page      
"No funds . . . shall be used to implement this proposal," lawmakers said of a key reform.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that he certified to Congress that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were working to reduce civilian casualties in Yemen, avoiding a limitation on U.S. help for its ally Saudi Arabia.

          URGENT: Tell Your Reps to Reinstate CFSAC      Cache   Translate Page      
A week ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services made a startling and unexpected announcement: the charter for the CFS Advisory Committee had expired and would not be renewed. This was news to EVERYONE, including the committee's Chairman, Dr. Faith Newton (a close friend of mine and educational specialist whose son has ME/CFS) and the rest of the committee members. CFSAC had been in place since 2002, and its charter had been renewed every two years, as required, since then.

Further investigation revealed that CFSAC was the ONLY HHS Advisory Committee shut down, and its operating costs were less than $200k per year - this was not part of some big cost-cutting move. Pushed for a reason, the next day the HHS added that "The Department feels that the committee accomplished the duties outlined in its charter." That statement is so far from true as to be laughable. All members of the committee agree that it had many open items that either hadn't even been started yet or were in process.

For more details and history on CFSAC and this sudden closure, see Jennie Spotila's blog post at Occupy M.E., Rest in Power, CFSAC. As always, Jennie has explained it all clearly and thoroughly.

What Can You Do?
So glad you asked! Solve ME/CFS has put together a quick and simple form for writing to your Congressional reps to ask them to reinstate the committee - I did it earlier this week, and it only takes a few moments.  All the pertinent information is already written for you, though you can add a brief description about your personal situation if you like.

This is such an important issue - without that committee ME/CFS patients, doctors, caregivers, and researchers have no voice in how the HHS approaches ME/CFS.

Many of us - including myself and my entire family - have participated in past CFSAC meetings and given testimony to the committee. This meeting summary from 2011 includes a photo of the teens that came to the meeting and a video of our own testimony on pediatric ME/CFS and will give you an idea of the important role this committee played.

PLEASE, act today and fill in that quick form to let your Senators and Representatives know how important CFSAC is to us.


          Re: Donald Trump, Congress, and the Constitution      Cache   Translate Page      
"Democrats can posture all they like, but Donald Trump will serve out his term. "

I am not sure that Trump will last much past the new year, 2019.
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          Re: Donald Trump, Congress, and the Constitution      Cache   Translate Page      
The concrete and very simple ideas that got Trump elected (clear vision for simple people)

1. Build the wall
2.
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          John Kerry Accused Of Violating Logan Act After He Admits To Secret Iran Talks      Cache   Translate Page      

Though he previously denied it when allegations first surfaced last Spring, former Secretary of State John Kerry has now disclosed he's personally had semi-frequent face to face contact with top Iranian officials to discuss US-Iran relations since Trump entered office.

Kerry confirmed and explained in detail his recent meetings with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new memoir, Every Day Is Extra.

During the interview Kerry disclosed that he met with Zarif "three or four times" and discussed political issues and challenges between the United States and Iran in what could constitute a significant and clear violation of the Logan Act

Back when Kerry was actually authorized to do this sort of thing as Secretary of State under Obama in 2015. Via the Iran Project

Though it's almost never been enforced, the 1799 Logan Act states that unauthorized diplomacy with foreign powers by private American citizens is a crime. Notably, two Trump-connected individuals that prominent Liberals and editorials demanded be prosecuted under the Logan Act include former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

When asked point blank during the radio show about his rumored meetings with top Iran officials, Kerry admitted, "I think I've seen him three or four times," but attempted to claim he was not trying to "coach" Iran on how to navigate President Trump's pullout of the Iran nuclear deal.

Kerry is of course now a private citizen out of government but holds significant clout and influence with the Iran FM as the two hammered out the details of the JCPOA brokered under President Obama in the first place. 

However, by Kerry's own explanation it looks precisely like he was doing this: "What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better," Kerry said. He also shared his belief that American policy in the Middle East would be much better off if the White House had stayed in the agreement, and that the global community would be more stable and secure. 

It sure sounds like unauthorized diplomacy behind Trump's back by a high ranking member of the former administration to us...

Soon after the interview, some Iran hawks in Congress took to Twitter to decry the hypocrisy of the whole thing. 

Here's a key part of the transcript via the Hugh Hewitt Show:

Hugh Hewitt: Okay, it’s been reported you’ve met with him a couple of times at least since leaving office as well. So you still…

John Kerry: Yes, I have. That’s accurate.

HH: And is it a half dozen times, a dozen times?

JK: No. No, no, no. I met with him at a conference in Norway. I think I saw him in a conference in Munich at the World Economic Forum. So I’ve probably seen him three or four times.

HH: Are you trying to coach him through the Trump administration’s rejection of the JCPOA?

JK: No, that’s not my job, and my coaching him would not, you know, that’s not how it works. What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better. You know, how does one resolve Yemen? What do you do to try to get peace in Syria? I mean, those are the things that really are preoccupying, because those are the impediments to people, to Iran’s ability to convince people that it’s ready to embrace something different. I mean, and I’ve been very blunt to Foreign Minister Zarif, and told him look, you guys need to recognize that the world does not appreciate what’s happening with missiles, what’s happening with Hezbollah, what’s happening with Yemen. You’re supporting you know, an ongoing struggle there They say they’re prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues. But the administration’s taken a very different tack. I don’t know as I talk to you today if there’s been any dialogue or sit down. I don’t think there has, which would open up any kind of diplomatic channel. And it appears right now as if the administration is hell bent for leather determined to pursue a regime change strategy to bring the economy down and try to isolate further. And I would simply caution that the United States historically has not had a great record in regime change strategies, number one. And number two, that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for any Iranian leader to sit down and negotiate anything, because they’re not going to do it in a capitulatory, you know, situation. It’s just not going to happen.

It certainly appears that Kerry by his own admission is indeed trying to "coach" the Iranian FM on how to deal with the current White House. And the discussions clearly included chiding the Trump administration over its Iran policy while in Kerry's own words the "open[ing] of diplomatic channels" was on his mind. 

Meanwhile some Republican lawmakers have already, hours after the interview, unleashed charges that Kerry is engaged in rogue diplomacy and is undermining the active, elected administration.  

It was only a matter of time before he put his foot in his mouth, and promoting his new book means we're likely about to hear a lot more self implicating details spilled. 


          The Real Contagion Threat Is Political      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Tom Luongo,

The real danger to the current institutional order was just demonstrated in Sweden. While I’ve talked at length about the potential financial contagion stemming from the implosion of multiple emerging market currencies it is the growing political crisis in Europe that will shape our future.

Sweden is The Land where Socialism Works, or so I keep getting told by ignorant leftists who cling to the power fantasy that central planning is the only way to make the trains run on time.

Central planning does do that, but only to deliver people into the nightmare of social disorder brought on by the disruption of the natural flow of capital.

Venezuela, South Africa, Soviet Union, post WWII Britain ... you get the idea.

But, the effects of the collectivist mindset are far more pernicious than those extreme examples.  And it is important we understand how little policies grow into big problems over time due to shaping people’s decisions through government edicts.

Corps Insanity

There is no better example for what I’m talking about than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  A completely useless organization which sucks up billions in tax money to straighten rivers, build dams and alter the landscape to fit the needs of whoever paid Congress the most in lobbying money that year.

They engage in projects that cannot easily be done in the free market, nor should be done. But their activity creates downstream effects from their meddling which multiply over years and lead to problems which are orders of magnitude larger than they would have ever become naturally.

The Red Tides occurring off the Florida coast now are a political cudgel being swung at Governor Rick Scott to prevent him from moving up to U.S. Senator over his ‘environmental record.’  Now I’m no fan of Skeletor, as we call him down here, but these charges are simply grandstanding.

Because anyone who has an ounce of decency, intellectual honesty or passing acquaintance with history knows that the seeds of South Florida’s environmental nightmares are a product of the Corps of Engineers altering the landscape to serve Big Sugar and Big Corn.

These are two crops we shouldn’t even be growing (along with Soy and rapeseed) no less subsidizing due to their horrific effects on human health and development.  And this is another downstream effect of government meddling.

The real epidemic in the U.S. sapping our national wealth is not the rise of opioid use (though terrible) or the trade deficit it is diabetes and auto-immune diseases brought on by two generations of bad diet and ruinous food.

Health care and Big Pharma cost us trillions in easily avoided health problems due to the erroneous idea that human dietary needs are well-served by eating like my goats.

They aren’t.  Hell, even my goats spend most of their lives in ketosis.

This, again, is a product of government meddling into our food choices by diverting capital via farm subsidies and other bureaucratic structures built through the collective action of the ballot box.

So, a $200 million river straightening project turns into a multi-generational multi-trillion dollar loss of productive capital trying to keep people alive a little longer after a lifetime of eating like pigs being fattened for slaughter.

Okay, maybe that was the plan overall.

Rising Tides, Falling Boats

But, back to Sweden.  The results from the Swedish elections are another data point that populism is, well, popular.  The surge in popularity of the Sweden Democrats was strong enough to throw into flux the formation of a new government as support for the ruling Social Democrats has collapsed.

Where have we heard this story before?  Oh, only like all over freaking Europe.

What started with Brexit, carried across the pond to Trump, and spread to the continent in Italy, France, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, the Czech Republic and Germany which has now crossed back over the Baltic Sea to Sweden.

And still the political Left refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of the concerns of voters, clinging desperately to the narrative that this is simply fringe ‘alt-right’ or ‘far-right Nazism’ rearing its head in an adolescent ab reaction to their very sensible and humanitarian policies.

They are supported in this delusion by the architects of the immigration nightmare in Europe who are quick to label anything vaguely sniffing of cultural pride as ‘extremism’ to shame apolitical and conscientious folks into staying within this failing paradigm of cultural suicide.

It is not working and thank the gods for it.

Whether the Sweden Democrats’ share of the vote is large enough for them to enter the government is irrelevant in the end.  Sweden’s political system is backward, but, hey, who am I to judge.

No one, actually, and that is the point.

The surge in popularity is what matters. And if they are excluded and things in Sweden continue as they are, then it will only serve up an even bigger voter backlash the next time they go to the polls if the government can even survive that long.

What’s is relevant is the contagion brought on by the downstream effects of one government intervention begetting a complete overhaul of the political landscape.

Europe is balkanizing.

Potential Post-EU map of Europe: Source @scottskingharry

Cultural Suicide Postponed

National cultures and community pride are sources of societal strength. The proponents of the Open Society and cultural homogenization are tone-deaf to the realities of forcing change because it is ‘the right thing to do’ or ‘the right thing to advocate.’

All it does is betray their totalitarian urge to force people they look down on to be better by first demonizing them for being racist and then acting out their own racism by forcing on their political opponents a life they do not want.

And the minute these long-suffering, abused people stand up for themselves and say, “No more” to their once peaceful communities being torn asunder by acid-throwing, gang-raping, rudderless immigrant males their reaction is to cry, “Racist!”

But that’s not working anymore.  What is working is the two-edged sword of political power.  Those that live by it will eventually hang from the rafters by it unless they willingly step aside and admit defeat with a modicum of grace and humility.

Given the reactions from the politically powerful all across Europe and the U.S. to this critical shift in the political landscape that is the last thing on their minds.

And that’s the most tragic irony of this entire period of history.  The very people who champion communitarianism and democracy as their highest ideal fear the power they have used so indiscriminately will be used against them when they lose it.

And their losses are mounting.

That’s what is inflaming their hatred and violence.  Abject terror of the backlash.  It is why this political contagion is the catalyst for global financial and economic collapse.  It’s already here in the form of emerging market upheaval. Faith in the institutions which circumscribe our lives is what props up currencies and, ultimately, asset values.

Politics got us into this mess.  It will not get us out of it.  The Great Reset is coming.  And you need to be prepared.

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