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          November 5 - James McMurtry, Bonnie Whitmore      Cache   Translate Page      
James McMurtry
The famously political songwriter, James McMurtry, has been keeping a close eye on the troubled Trump administration from across the pond while touring overseas. "A few years back, I put out a song called 'Cheney's Toy,'" McMurtry explains. "It was often misinterpreted due to a reference to an unknown soldier. People thought I was calling the soldier 'Cheney's Toy' when I actually was referring to then-President George W. Bush. It seemed to me that Cheney was the puppeteer in that administration, while Bush was the puppet, the toy. At several shows during my current tour of the UK and Europe, people have called out for me to sing,'Bannon's Toy.'"

Fans hoping for more sociopolitical commentary from the singular songwriter got a taste with his recent single "Remembrance." ("It's election time, but I couldn't get my head around modern politics," McMurtry says of the song. "Perhaps history holds a lesson or two.") Meanwhile, the longtime Austin resident continues riding waves of universal acclaim for his latest offering Complicated Game. "At a stage where most veteran musicians fall into a groove or rut, McMurtry continues to surprise," Texas Music magazine recently noted. "[Complicated Game] is a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity."

Indeed, McMurtry's latest collection spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal ("These Things I've Come to Know," "You Got to Me"). "The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships," the longtime Austin resident says. "It's also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman." Either way, McMurtry spins his stories with a poet's pen ("Long Island Sound") and a painter's precision ("She Loves Me") throughout.

Folks notice Complicated Game delivering McMurtry's trademark story songs time and again ("Copper Canteen," "Deaver's Crossing"). "[McMurtry] takes listeners on a road trip of unprecedented geographic and emotional scope," No Depression raves of the new record. "Lyrically, the album is wise and adventurous, with McMurtry -- who's not prone to autobiographical tales -- credibly inhabiting characters from all walks of life." "[McMurtry] Fuses wry, literate observations about the world with the snarl of barroom rock," National Public Radio echoes. "The result is at times sardonic, subversive and funny, but often vulnerable and always poignant."

Longtime fans know McMurtry's vibrant vignettes have turned heads for a quarter century now. "James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he's working at the top of his game," says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. "He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don't think anybody writes better lyrics." "Yes. Spin "South Dakota." You'll hear. "They took their time with this one," Texas Music magazine notes, "and it was well worth it. He's always been wise beyond his age, but middle age suits him well."

Evidence: McMurtry's Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched Americana Music Award nominations. Meanwhile, Childish Things scored endless critical praise and spent six full weeks topping the Americana Music Radio chart in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Childish Things won the Americana Music Association's Album of the Year and "We Can't Make It Here" was named the rapidly rising organization's Song of the Year.

Of course, Complicated Game doubles down on literate storytelling longtime enthusiasts expect. Recall high watermarks past: "Childish Things," "Choctaw Bingo," "Peter Pan," "Levelland," and "Out Here in the Middle" only begin the list. (Yes, Robert Earl Keen covered those last two, "Levelland" remaining a live staple.) Just Us Kids alone includes fan favorites "Hurricane Party," "Ruby and Carlos" and "You'd a Thought." High watermarks deliver equal measures depth and breadth and pierce hearts with sharp sociopolitical commentary ("Fireline Road").

More history: McMurtry critically lauded first album Too Long in the Wasteland (1989) was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill Records. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for Long Form Music Video for Where'd You Hide The Body. Additionally, It Had To Happen (1997) received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.

In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. The following year, Childish Things notched notched arguably his most critical praise, spending six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and "We Can't Make It Here" won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008's Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than nearly two decades.

In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing the McMurtry band's first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan (The Faces) and Jon Dee Graham (True Believers, Skunks). Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Band's live performance is available on the included DVD.

The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, "We Can't Make It Here" was cited among 'The Nation's' "Best Protest Songs Ever." "'We Can't Make It Here,'" Bob Lefsetz wrote, "has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth."

McMurtry tours year round and consistently throws down unparalleled powerhouse performances. The Washington Post notes: "Much attention is paid to James McMurtry's lyrics and rightfully so: He creates a novel's worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he's an accomplished rock guitar player...serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band."
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Federal officials released revised data Wednesday that found international travelers to the U.S. grew by 0.7% in 2017 over the previous year, despite steep drops from Mexico and the Middle East.

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          Eric Trump Ain't Just Frogwhistling Dixie!      Cache   Translate Page      


RIBBIT. RIBBIT. Donald Trump's favorite Nazi-haired son parked his ass on the Fox sofa this morning, pursed his thin lips together, and whistled out a jaunty tune to all the little Pepe frogs in the feverswamp. Eric dismissed Bob Woodward's runaway blockbuster Fear as "sensational nonsense," written only to "make three extra shekels."

Subtle, Boychik.


We know it's hard to be the dumb one. He's not hot like Ivanka.

When Trump had to put his assets in a "trust," he handed them over to Don Jr. and that accountant Weisselberg. (And you know that guy couldn't even join half the golf clubs in Florida 20 years ago!) Just because DJ is a better liar with irresistible animal magnetism, he gets to run everything? NOT FAIR!

So Eric put in the extra effort this morning. He's growing a ... beard?

He's sliding his cheeks into the Kilmeade-depression, ready for Fox's morning kibbitz, Two Hacks and a Ditz in an Evening Gown. And he's letting that Nazi flag fly!

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.

Simmer down, Klaus. Woodward sold 750,000 copies of Fear yesterday when the book dropped. Within 24 hours, it's become the fourth bestselling book on Amazon for the entire year. And his publishers are increasing the print run -- for people who still read paper books -- to one million. WOODWARD'S MAKING A LOT MORE THAN THREE SHEKELS.

Three shekels is 84 cents. But Eric's not here to discuss the finer points of Israeli currency exchange. He's winking at the Volksgemeinschaft, letting them know that this book is just more Jew lies from the mainstream media. The fact that Woodward is Protestant is irrelevant. If Eric says that GDP growth under Trump is "the fastest it has ever grown," or that Trump's FEMA is "totally prepared" for Hurricane Florence, well that's how it is, PERIOD.

You're not gonna let some (((globalist))) stop you from using a discardable piece of plastic every time you want to keep from dribbling Mountain Dew down your shirt, are you?

Oddly enough, Poppy Trump failed to retweet Eric's little shoutout to Naziland. Maybe because anti-semitic frogwhistles are a really dumb idea when you're praying to White Jesus that the Jew accountant and the Jew lawyer don't flip on you and sell your ass to Geoffrey Berman, head of SDNY, and Barbara Underwood, New York's AG. Both of whom will be fasting next week, Dummkopf! Plus, your sister is Jewish. Also, YOUR BUSINESS IS HEADQUARTERED IN NEW YORK CITY.

Via YiddishWit.com

Better luck next time, kid. And hey, if DJ goes to jail, maybe Daddy will let you run the business?

(HAHAHAHAHA, no he won't.)

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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.


[Cory Doctorow / Ars Technica / The Verge]

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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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          Hurricane Roundup: Rush Limbaugh, Toxic Stormy Pig Doots, And Didn't North Carolina Declare Sea Level Rise Illegal?      Cache   Translate Page      


We hope anyone who needs to GTFO of the path of Hurricane Florence has already done so and is reading this in the comfort of a motel way inland, because it looks like Pat Robertson's + 25 Prayer Shield Of Stormkilling didn't work, bringing new meaning to the term "20-sided die roll." Florence is predicted to be pretty awful, but don't worry too much, because Rush Limbaugh says (again!) hurricane forecasts are deliberately hyped by the government to make people think global warming is real. Also, while Carolinians both North and South -- and Virginians, too -- are dealing with high winds, storm surge, and potentially record rains, agribusinesses in the Carolinas will add an especially fun challenge when Florence makes landfall: vast lagoons of pigshit that are likely to overflow into rivers and streams. Honestly, we're wondering why this is even an issue at all, since in 2012 the North Carolina legislature banned using science on sea level rise when it came to setting policy on coastal land use. So just remember: It might be a bad hurricane, but one state's planning has already dismissed you tut-tutting liberals. Victory!


Rush Limbaugh Blows Most Foul

On his dumb idiot show for dumb idiots yesterday, Limbaugh explained that the National Weather Service and NOAA have been taken over by crazed liberals who just want to scare Americans into thinking climate change is real, so the nasty mean liberal scientists deliberately exaggerate the damage. Here's a sampling, from Media Matters:

After reminding listeners they should make up their OWN darn minds about whether to evacuate -- "a number of people are trying to figure out what to do. Stay, ride it out, get out, what have you" -- Limbaugh got to the really important point: THEY just want to scare you, with their so-called "science."

You know, this is one of the — and, by the way, this is made to order for the climate change/global warming crowd. This is, they tell us, one of the most powerful hurricanes this far north, ever. And, of course, why is that? Well, that would be sea surface temperature. And why is that warmer …? (Snort!) There you go, climate change. It's being accepted as a non-argumentative fact. I don't care what meteorologist you watch or read, website or what have you. All of this seems to be acknowledged fact. So we're keeping an eye on that.

Limbaugh then explained that as a Florida resident -- or rather, from his perspective at "Southern Command," ha! ha! -- he knows just about all there is to know about hurricanes. It's basically the same bullshit he said last year about Irma. But anyway, back to the politics of mere weather, because "climate" doesn't even exist:

Also, these things have become very politicized as you know, folks. Hurricanes and hurricane forecasting is much like much else that the left has gotten its hands on, and they politicize these things. For those of you asking, "What's the politics of a hurricane?" Climate change is the politics of hurricanes. The forecast and the destruction potential doom and gloom, is all to heighten the belief in climate change.

For instance, just look at how the recent hurricane in Hawaii missed the big island, and the islands are still standing! So don't you go talking about hurricanes, Rush knows what he's talking about and the libs are just trying to scare you. The real point you should all remember, folks, he said a bit later, is that

The media is, as we speak, getting ready to portray Hurricane Florence as Donald Trump's Katrina. Do not doubt me. No matter what happens in the aftermath here, Trump is going to be blamed for this hurricane and its aftermath, and they're gonna be calling it Trump's Katrina — even, maybe, before it hits. You watch.

Don't be silly, Rush. This would be Trump's second Katrina. Like Trump himself, Limbaugh has apparently forgotten the 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico. Not that Donald Trump would lose any supporters this time around -- he could order FEMA to redeploy to the Texas border to arrest migrant families, and then give himself another A Plus.

Don't Know Why / All This Pigshit's In The Sky / Stormy Weather

Last summer, Harvey showed the world what can happen when a major hurricane hits a city full of Superfund sites and chemical plants (short answer: "EXPLODEY," or maybe "overpressure of the container"-y). And now, Florence is out to show us what can happen when a category 4 or 5 storm dumps massive amounts of rain onto industrial hog farms, which typically feature vast lagoons of pigshit. North Carolina's hog farms produce over ten billion pounds of pigshit a year, although not in one place, hooray! With any luck, these aren't the literally explodey kind.

In 2016, Quartz informs us in a hurricane pigshit summary, Hurricane Matthew flooded 14 pigshit lagoons, although the damage was mitigated by some farmers having pumped waste into tanker trucks and hauling it away in the days before the storm. Hurricane Floyd in 1999 actually led to the failure of multiple pigshit lagoons, dumping a fecal flood into waterways and estuaries and leading to algae blooms and widespread fish kills. But surely we've learned from past pigshit overflows, no?

Andy Curliss, the CEO of the North Carolina Pork Council, told Bloomberg that lagoons can handle as much as 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rain without failing. "If we get more than 25 inches of rain, then we'll start to be concerned," he said.

According to Accuweather forecasts, up to 40 inches of rain are expected in parts of North Carolina.

Hmm. That might be bad! And if the pigshit lakes are anywhere near the level of the one in this video on the joys of living next to the things in non-stormy weather, then overflow will definitely be unpleasant and hard to avoid:

That's from a previous report on the general awfulness of having to live near hog farms in normal circumstances, which makes us think you should probably avoid that new real-estate development "The Farms At Pigshit Lakes."

Keep in mind, however, that Rush Limabaugh also ridiculed the potential for Maximum Pigshit Overflow as part of the Fake Media hype about Florence, because come on, when has record rainfall ever done bad things? And if it does, remember it has nothing to do with climate change. (Limbaugh also said similar fears were raised about Katrina but never happened -- and to prove it, he linked to an AP story that said nothing about storm-frothed pig doots. And just to prove the government is lying to you he mentioned a story claiming that sharks had been sucked up by Florence -- which turned out to be an internet fake.)

None of this can be happening anyway! Sea Levels Are Not Rising, BY LAW

Let's not forget that, back in 2012, the North Carolina state legislature took definitive action on sea level rise due to global warming, by declaring it fictional. In response to a report from a state agency that predicted sea level rises of 39 inches within a hundred years, the legislature banished such panicky science from state policy planning, because obviously that's impossible and beach homes MUST maintain their value. As ABC News reported when the measure became law,

The law, which began as a routine regulation on development permits but quickly grew controversial after the sea-level provision was added, restricts all sea-level predictions used to guide state policies for the next four years to those based on "historical data."

Tom Thompson, president of NC-20, a coastal development group and a key supporter of the law, said the science used to make the 39-inch prediction was flawed, and added that the resources commission failed to consider the economic consequences of preparing the coast for a one-meter rise in sea level, under which up to 2,000 square miles would be threatened.

This makes all kinds of sense: If something will be costly, it can't be true. State Rep. Pat McElraft, who drafted the law, explained at the time she wasn't anti-science at all, heavens no:

Most of the environmental side say we're ignoring science, but the bill actually asks for more science [...] We're not ignoring science, we're asking for the best science possible, the best extrapolation possible, looking at the historical data also. We just need to make sure that we're getting the proper answers.

That 2012 article notes that Rep. McElraft, who's still in the legislature, is a former real estate agent whose largest campaign contributions came from the real estate business. Imagine that! It also notes she lives on one of the state's Barrier Islands -- or did in 2012 -- where a mandatory evacuation is now in effect. Gosh, we hope her house is OK, because it sure would be awful if a powerful storm knocked it into the definitely-not-rising sea.

[Rush Limbaugh / Media Matters / Quartz / ABC News / CBS News]

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley issued a warning to Russia and Iran today, saying that continued attacks on the last opposition stronghold in Idlib, Syria could result in “dire” consequences. From CNN:

During what was the second session on Idlib in four days, Haley told the council that “the world has seen a clear military escalation” this month by Russia and the Syrian regime, whose forces have conducted more than 100 airstrikes, using “barrel bombs, rockets and artillery” in an attempt to retake the last rebel holdout after more than seven years of war…

“If Assad, Russia and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire,” she said.

“I also want to reiterate what I said last week to the Assad regime and anyone else contemplating the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” Haley added. “The United States followed through when we said that we would respond to the use of chemical weapons. We stand by this warning.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis declined to say Tuesday whether the US would take military action against the Syrian regime should it use chemical weapons, but he did say Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has “been warned.”

There are said to be around 3 million people in Idlib, with a large percentage of them children. So the concern is that Assad and Russia are going to use the same strategy here they’ve used in other places in Syria, i.e. Russian airstrikes followed by a siege to cut off food and water and, possibly, the use of chemical weapons. Last week President Trump himself warned Russia and Iran not to “recklessly” attack Idlib Province.

But shortly after that tweet the airstrikes began:

And it’s not just the millions of people who could be impacted. A full-scale attack is likely to create another surge of refugees fleeing the country:

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted, Russia pledged to preserve Idlib as a “deescalation zone” and end the war through diplomacy. Yet it now appears poised to throw its planes behind an assault by the government of Bashar al-Assad, also backed by Iran, to capture the territory by force. Moscow cites the presence of an al-Qaeda-linked rebel group, which controls much of Idlib; Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says it is a “festering abscess” that must be “liquidated.” But the United Nations’ Syria envoy estimates there are only about 10,000 fighters in the extremist group. If they follow their usual modus operandi, the Assad, Iranian and Russian forces will fight them by systematically targeting the civilian population and infrastructure, including food markets, schools and hospitals.

The damage could spread far beyond Syria. A full-scale offensive could send hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming north toward Turkey, where some 3.5 million Syrians already are harbored.

Bottom line, there is a real potential for catastrophe here and Russia and Iran clearly don’t care so long as they can claim victory and prop up their puppet Asssad. If things escalate, and especially if there is another use of chemical weapons, it’s very likely the US will intervene with more than strong words. Here are Nikki Haley’s full remarks.

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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.


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Stormy Daniels is telling her story in a new memoir titled "Full Disclosure."

The porn star, who alleges an affair with President Donald Trump, announced the book on ABC's "The View" Wednesday. Set to come out on Oct. 2, it will detail her life and legal standoff with the president.

Daniels says "there's a lot" she has to say.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex once with Trump in 2006. She was paid $130,000 as part of a hush agreement signed days before the 2016 election and is suing to dissolve the contract.

Trump and his former personal attorney have sought to end the lawsuit in recent days. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, opposes dismissing the suit and wants the judge to continue the case.

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"I can't imagine what it's like to be in the path of a killer hurricane knowing the president of the United States will congratulate himself if you die."--LOLGOP

"Trump Rolls Back Obama-era Pronunciation of Anonymous--Andy Borowitz

"Diverting funds from hurricane relief to pay for separating immigrant children from their parents is the most Republican thing ever."--Middle Age Riot
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President Trump has angered and mobilized voters across the nation to the point that many have been challenged to turn out en masse this fall to register and vote for candidates who reject his oft time bitter rhetoric. For sure, Black Americans have clinched historic roles in the battle to halt and reverse President Trump’s agenda, with a record three African American candidates running for governor this November in three states — Florida, Georgia and Maryland. Each is trying to return their state’s governorship to Democratic control. In the process, political analysts said, the three contenders represent a new chapter for the Democratic Party. They reflect the emerging leadership that is younger, more female, broadly diverse and socially progressive, according to analysts. With the exception of Maryland, their Republican opponents are hard-line Trump supporters, dissenting from his agenda quietly when they do. “All of these candidates are pragmatic progressives,” said Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie, a Richmond area native who earned her degree at the University of Virginia. “They are hoping to present plans to address the economic anxieties of the average working family.” All three gubernatorial contests present distinct challenges to the contenders, regardless of party, based on the views of political analysts. In Florida, where Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum scored a surprise win in his recent Democratic Party primary, the challenge is stitching together party leaders who all endorsed him after the primary contest, then raising interest among others. Gillum won only 34 percent of the vote to clinch the partyread more

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"It's THIS stupid here in DC."

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Anyone interested in reading Michael Avenatti's latest pleading filed in
STEPHANIE CLIFFORD a.k.a. STORMY DANIELS a.k.a. PEGGY PETERSON, an individual, Plaintiff, vs. DONALD J. TRUMP a.k.a. DAVID DENNISON, an individual, ESSENTIAL CONSULTANTS, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company, MICHAEL COHEN and DOES 1 through 10, inclusive, Defendants.
Here it is: https://www.dropbox.com/s/e2q36932vabsx40/Supp%20Report.pdf?dl=0 Avenatti is attempting to hold their feet to the fire now that they've caved after Trump insisting he would countersue for $20 million and hold her to the NDA. Crazytown! :)
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As do Trump, Mnuchin, Ross, Mercer, Adelman, Koch and the other billionaires that want to run the country like it's their private sandbox. I thought we were talking about the Primaries?? Please tell me when you want to move the goal posts.. I'll be happy to help you.. They are REALLY heavy... Someone ought to tell the same to Trump, who's been shedding independents like a room sheds cockroaches after the light's turned on. He's down to 36% approval and dropping like a stone with that crowd. Facts to support??? The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/current_events/politics/prez_track_sep12 See, I can cherry pick data too.. :D Can Trump still win if his support dwindles down to himself, Jarvanka, the billionaires, and the Klan? If that ever happens, of course not.. On the other hand, can President Trump LOSE with 32% Black American support and 100% Trump supporter support?? Of course not.. :D
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[97]She seems to have an entitlement issue.. As do Trump, Mnuchin, Ross, Mercer, Adelman, Koch and the other billionaires that want to run the country like it's their private sandbox. [98]Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates Someone ought to tell the same to Trump, who's been shedding independents like a room sheds cockroaches after the light's turned on. He's down to 36% approval and dropping like a stone with that crowd. Can Trump still win if his support dwindles down to himself, Jarvanka, the billionaires, and the Klan?
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That doesn't keep the Right from trying, constantly, to get a curtsy out of them. And the same can be said for the Left.. :D It's funny how that works.. :D Trump will get his payback in the form of the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans that migrated to Florida after Irma. That's a huge voting bloc in a State that was previously evenly divided, and they're signing up to vote in record numbers, last I heard. oops. Apparently, you heard wrong.. A Democratic wave from younger voters and Puerto Ricans? Don’t bank on it https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/03/23/a-democratic-wave-from-younger-voters-and-puerto-ricans-dont-bank-on-it/ Even CW has commented that the "PR WAVE" never materialized.. Florida will be an interesting governor's race to watch. It is an incredibly expensive state to run for office in, due to the multiple large media markets within the state. Democrats were hopeful, after Hurricane Maria, that a large influx of Puerto Ricans into the state (who had fled the island's destruction) would equate to a big boost in registered Democrats. Since Puerto Ricans are already American citizens, there would be no delay in this boost appearing. But so far, the data does not show all that big a boost in the voter registration rolls, so this may turn out to be illusory. -CW Once again... FACTS do not bow to political agendas, Balthy Nelson is going to get CREAMED in the upcoming election.. This is fact..
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Facts don't bow to political agendas That doesn't keep the Right from trying, constantly, to get a curtsy out of them. Trump will get his payback in the form of the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans that migrated to Florida after Irma. That's a huge voting bloc in a State that was previously evenly divided, and they're signing up to vote in record numbers, last I heard. oops.
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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.

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Michale 93 Hear that??? President Trump is responsible, in part, for Hurricane Florence!!! The editorial doesn't say that President Trump is responsible for Hurricane Florence, Michale. That's your classic straw man argument. It says:
Yet when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks. It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters.
Fox News misrepresenting an editorial or just outright making shit up isn't exactly big news either. :)
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Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates https://apnews.com/99ad8d49e1e047c7b255dec2dd0cd626 Translation: Democrats will need Trump voters if they hope to be relevant again.. Democrats demonize and attack Trump voters at their own peril...
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I think Cynthia Nixon's problem is that she comes across as yet another celebrity dilettante come down from the mountain to tell us how it is. I think we've had quite enough of that. I would agree with that.. She seems to have an entitlement issue.. On the other hand her "America Was Never That Great" opponent should be disqualified outright.. :D No, but the story is a nice distraction from the fact that Trump completely botched the response in Puerto Rico. So, we are in agreement that the WaPoop claim is, arguably, hysterical anti-Trump bullshit.. Plays great to the hysterical NeverTrumpers, but little to do with FACTS or REALITY... As to the "botched" response?? PR was "botched" long before Irma made it obvious to the world.. While it's fair to say President Trump wasn't at his best, it's UNFAIR to put ALL the blame on the response and don't assign ANY blame to the lack of preparedness on the part of the PR Government.. In other words, PR had a LOT of infrastructure issues and THAT contributed a LOT to the aftermath of Irma... Speaking of hurricanes, Isaac is moving it's way thru the St Kitts/Nevis area this week.. He better not mess up our family cruise this year!!! :^/
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President Trump is responsible, in part, for Hurricane Florence! No, but the story is a nice distraction from the fact that Trump completely botched the response in Puerto Rico. "It's an island, you know.."
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The editorial board of the Washington Post has declared that President Trump is “complicit” for Hurricane Florence because of his views on climate change. The massive storm has not made landfall yet, but the Post published a column on Wednesday headlined, “Another hurricane is about to batter our coast. Trump is complicit.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/12/hurricane-florence-washington-post-declares-trump-is-complicit-for-dangerous-storm.html Hear that??? President Trump is responsible, in part, for Hurricane Florence!!! BBBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Who knew that President Trump was so powerful he could help form hurricanes after just TWO YEARS in office!!!?? BBBWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA President doesn't have ANYTHING to do with the great economy, but he CAN form hurricanes!!!!! BBBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA You Democrats.. Ya kill me!!! :D
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Re: The Great Weigantia Flame War Most of you probably don't know that I have this little thing I do, which is to get up and go down to the local Waffle House for coffee every day at five. There's a regular crowd that comes in at that hour, including a factory mechanic, an elderly bible-toting couple, a mixed-race pair of young studs that lecture us all on the joys of weed and pussy, another mechanic with a local body shop - our most ardent Trump defender - and a rotating cast of thousands who get caught up in the freewheeling conversation that ensues. The waitress staff, who serve also as moderators of a sort, range from the world-weary old-timer with the best sarcastic put-downs, to the wide-eyed country girl with bad teeth who's come to the city to take the only job she's qualified to do, to support her baby. A mixed group to be sure, but not terribly unlike all of those that wander into our little corner of the web here. Cross words do occasionally fly, as they will in such forums. Our older waitress Rhonda has a standing rule that anyone who gets personal has to pay their bill in full first, so that nobody gets to stomp out on it. Every once in a while, a new face will appear and insist, "no politics! no religion!", and we'll spend awhile in sullen silence until that person leaves. It's recognized as a fair request - most bars observe a similar ban for the obvious reason that drunks have a propensity for escalating arguments that others don't. These sorts of impromptu discussion groups pop up all the time in America, sorta like impromptu un-organized baseball games used to pop up in empty lots when my dad was a kid (before anal-retentive parents took over children's recreation). It's certainly not an exclusively American phenomena. There are similar scenes being played out worldwide, from the mosques of Iran to the tea houses in Japan, to the lunch breaks at the diamond mines in South Africa. But mine is the only country in the world where, when things get hot, someone invariably insists "it's my constitutional right to say what I think!", and everyone else has to agree. God Bless America, and don't forget to tip your waitress, or she'll bring holy hell on you. My point is, things are going to get hotter in US politics before this is all over. Trump has energized both sides with his rhetoric, and brought some extreme folks out of the woodwork that used to shy away from speaking their minds, at least when they were sober. But I'm all in favor of playing by "American" Waffle House rules: let the conversation flow freely, like kiddie pee at a water park, but compensate CW for the giant pain in the ass you're being. Figure about a buck per insult, eh? Surely there's a manic here somewhere that can add that all up for us. If that doesn't stop it, at least we'll know then that it ultimately benefits the group, right? CW will ultimately decide who gets culled, and who gets cold coffee...
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Thanks, Obama! Barack Obama reminds us why Donald Trump is president By David Harsanyi SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 “How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad,” former President Barack Obama asked a crowd in Illinois over the weekend. Well, probably no harder than saying the words “radical Islam,” I imagine. Or maybe it’s slightly less difficult than not sending billions of dollars to Holocaust-denying terror regimes that have both the means and intent to murder Jews—in 2018, not 1942. And it’s definitely a lot easier than not meeting, posing, then smiling for a picture with Louis Farrakhan. But thanks for the lecture. Obama may well find the presence of a few hundred pathetic white supremacists more perilous than a deadly worldwide ideological movement with millions of adherents. But just as Obama’s sins do not excuse President Trump’s inexplicable answer to the Charlottesville riot, Trump’s words don’t excuse the most divisive modern president, a man whose unilateralism and contempt for the process and the Constitution helped create the environment America now find itself in. While Obama’s self-reverential speech was crammed with revisionism, the most jaw-dropping contention from the former president was probably a defense of his record on free speech: “I complained plenty about Fox News,” the scandal-ridden Obama explained, “but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them ‘enemies of the people.’” That’s the thing. We often hear Trump’s hyperbolic, and sometimes destructive, attacks on the press. Thankfully, as of yet the president hasn’t applied the power of the state to inhibit anyone’s free expression. And this is no thanks to liberals’ eight-year efforts to empower the executive branch when that was useful to them. It’s worth remembering that it was Obama who called out the Supreme Court during a State of the Union speech for defending the First Amendment in the Citizens United case, and his allies who still argue that state should be able to ban political documentaries — and, yes, books. Let’s also not forget Obama’s Internal Revenue Service admitted then apologized for cracking down on conservative political groups. It was the Obama administration that blamed the Benghazi attack on free speech, apologizing to tyrannies for the excesses of free expression, and then, for good measure, threw the amateurish videomaker behind “The Innocence of Muslims” into jail. Most of all, let’s not forget that Obama did a lot more than complain about Fox News. The administration was so preoccupied with the cable news network (the only major station that could reasonably be seen as the opposition) that top-ranking administration officials like Anita Dunn, Rahm Emanuel, and David Axelrod all engaged in a concerted effort to openly delegitimize its coverage. That was unprecedented, but okay. Less okay, though, was that not long after that effort, Attorney General Eric Holder decided to spy on a Fox journalist—shopping his case to three separate judges, until he found one who let him name reporter James Rosen as a co-conspirator in a crime of reporting the news. 8/13 https://thefederalist.com/2018/09/10/barack-obama-reminds-us-why-donald-trump-is-president/ Once again, if ANYONE wants to thank someone for giving us President Trump... There is the one to thank.... Barack Odumbo...
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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday authorising sanctions against foreigners who meddle in US elections, a move that counters critics who claim he has not taking election security seriously enough. The executive order covers not just interference with campaign infrastructure, but it also covers the distribution of disinformation and propaganda, national security adviser John Bolton told repor
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Kick-46 Craggy Island often gets quantum entangled with real life. The Parochial House would make a fine HQ for a Rump Trump Government in exile. Just big enough to contain the entire Trump Family...which is all the "staff" he needs or wants. https://southendnewsnetwork.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/89999EEC-D23D-4F57-8469-CE9C11FFD49C.png If you carefully examine the attached photo of the Parochial House, you can see a swing set in the backyard. It was probably installed for Father Dougal.
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The Dangerous Myth of Deregulation

If we allow this charade, deregulation and more, to continue past the November 2018 election, we would have deserved the result of complete capitulation to the Plutocracy.

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WASHINGTON: Adult film star Stormy Daniels said on Wednesday she will publish an autobiography detailing her alleged affair with President Donald Trump in October, shortly before key US midterm elections. Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006, around the time that the reality television star's wife Melania had given birth to their son Barron, said she would dedicate the tell-all — entitled "Full Disclosure" — to
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If you want to be treated respectfully, make yourself respectable. SOrry, been there, done that, got the t-shirt. It doesn't work.. And you STILL ignore the point. Do you or do you NOT condemn Victoria's disgusting and vile attacks on my wife and children.. It's a simple question, yet you constantly refuse to answer.. And do you know WHY you refuse to answer?? Because your answer "NO, I don't condemn Victoria's attacks on your wife and children because YOU DESERVE those attacks for being a Trump supporter!!!" totally negates ANY claim you are making right now.. And if it bothers you so much, perhaps it's time for you to take your leave? Says the guy who is complaining that things bother him so much.. :D Hay, Bleyd.. If it bothers you so much, perhaps it's time for you to take your leave?
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Is anyone else very tired? 

Eric Trump appeared on Fox and Friends to praise his dad's response to Hurricane Florence (which hasn't even made landfall yet) and rail on Democrats. In between his complaints about straw bans and Maxine Waters, Trump also attacked Bob Woodward's new book about the administration as "sensational nonsense." 

Then he casually dropped an anti-Semitic comment and not a single one of the Fox and Friends hosts even reacted. 

"CNN will have you on there because they love to trash the president," Trump ranted. "You'll mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels, I mean at the behest of the American people ..." Read more...

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Michale 78 He was posting to you IN RESPONSE to my comment. Slice and dice your lies however you choose, moron, he was nevertheless "posting to me" and responding to me... and not you. Hence, he was RESPONDING to me... Reading is fundamental. It's never to late to learn how to read and comprehend the written word and recognize salutations. Logical thinking isn't your strong suit, is it crack whore?? If you would like to have a discussion with your wife about the family business, please do so in commentaries not addressed to me. Now is the part where you whine like a stuck pig. I think you must enjoy it... otherwise you'd naturally stop peppering EVERY SINGLE COMMENT with descriptions of your family life. :) I don't care to discuss ya'alls "vile and disgusting" situation (your definitions) so ya'all just carry on among yourselves. TMI :)
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As Hurricane Florence threatens the East Coast, a newly released document shows that DHS transferred almost $10 million from FEMA to ICE.
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Michale 76 It's sad that, on a day of national reflection and honoring those who died on 9/11, scumbags like Victoria and Russ have to spew their bile and bullshit.. It's sad that on a day of national reflection and honoring those who died on 9/11, Your Orange Worship and his ilk were doing high fives and thumbs up and hurling out their regular insults on cue. America haters thru and thru... Yes, they're confessing they are, and that's why they're now pleading guilty and begging for America's mercy and being tried regularly in courtrooms and inhabiting prisons scattered throughout our great nation. *laughs* :)
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Russ wasn't responding to you, moron; that was a response to me. He was posting to you IN RESPONSE to my comment. Hence, he was RESPONDING to me... Logical thinking isn't your strong suit, is it crack whore?? I see yer pissy. What's the matter?? Your latest boyfriend ran out of batteries??? Or didn't leave you money on the dresser?? BBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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Michale 75 And you CONTINUE to respond to me, even though you promised not to.. Russ wasn't responding to you, moron; that was a response to me. Pity you won't crack a book or do anything about your reading comprehension problem, but it is a daily source of joy watching you regularly make a fool out of yourself. :) I guess, in addition to being a scumbag and an asshole, you are a liar too.. :D You are a lousy guesser, Mr. Scumbag A. Hole, but thank you for playing Jeopardy! Remember to always give your answers in the form of a lie. :)
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TS 42 The resemblance between Donald Trump and Father Jack Hackett of the beloved Craggy Island sitcom was simply too obvious and too close to the mark for an Irish audience. And to think we pride ourselves on being detail oriented. However did we allow ourselves to miss this? https://www.sickchirpse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Trump-Angry.jpg Now behave! :)
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Dara, Ezra, and Matt talk about Bob Woodward’s book, that op-ed, and the two-track Trump presidency.

References and further reading:

The infamous NY Times op-ed written by a White House insider

Andrew Prokop's explainer of Bob Woodward's new book

White paper: Does Rape Culture Predict Rape?


          “FEAR:” Chapter One      Cache   Translate Page      

                     Steve Bannon, The Man Behind the Throne In Chapter One, Bob Woodward concentrates on Steve Bannon. He traces Bannon’s meeting with Trump back to August of 2010, when David Bossie, longtme House Republican investigator and conservative activist wanted to put Bannon, then 57, together with the Trumpster. The chapter conveys Bannon’s linguistic style as […]

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          Beyond ‘Fear’: An ex-New York Times critic explains the cultural rot Trump exploits      Cache   Translate Page      
We are in the midst of a book-inspired frenzy over Donald Trump’s the cruelty and mendacity. The legendary journalist Bob Woodward’s latest, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” has renewed our anguished questions over how this petulant, foul-mouthed racist could be elected president. But though Woodward has described the what and the how of the Trump presidency, we must …

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          Why Manufacturing Isn't Coming Back to America Anytime Soon - Market Realist      Cache   Translate Page      

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Why Manufacturing Isn't Coming Back to America Anytime Soon
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President Trump has chided US companies for shifting manufacturing overseas. The Trump administration has used tariffs to cajole US companies to shift some of their offshore production back into the United States (SPY). Last week, Trump said in a tweet ...

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          Is Trump Going Neocon in Syria?      Cache   Translate Page      
Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? For that is what he and his advisers seem to be signaling. Last week, Trump said of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s campaign to recapture the last stronghold of the rebellion, Idlib province: “If it’s a slaughter, the world is going to get […]
          New Issue: Business and Human Rights Journal      Cache   Translate Page      
The latest issue of the Business and Human Rights Journal (Vol. 3, no. 2, July 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Tori Loven Kirkebø & Malcolm Langford, The Commitment Curve: Global Regulation of Business and Human Rights
    • Valentina Azarova, Business and Human Rights in Occupied Territory: The UN Database of Business Active in Israel’s Settlements
    • Alejo José G Sison, Virtue Ethics and Natural Law Responses to Human Rights Quandaries in Business
    • Stephen Kim Park, Social Bonds for Sustainable Development: A Human Rights Perspective on Impact Investing
  • Developments in the Field
    • Daniel Iglesias Márquez & Maria Prandi, How the Business Debate Influenced (or not) the Conflict Between Catalonia and Spain
    • Arvind Ganesan, Business and Human Rights during the Trump Era
    • Dan Bross, Fabrice Houdart, & Salil Tripathi, None of their Business? How the United Nations is Calling on Global Companies to Lead the Way on Human Rights of LGBTI people
    • Doug Cassel, The Third Session of the UN Intergovernmental Working Group on a Business and Human Rights Treaty
    • Sanyu Awori, Felogene Anumo, Denisse Cordova Montes, & Layla Hughes, A Feminist Approach to the Binding Instrument on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises
    • Michel Yoboué & Jonathan Kaufman, Inside the Dirty Fuels Campaign: Lessons for Business and Human Rights

          Never-Trumpers Will NOT Regain Control— “The Wood Has Been Made Into A Boat”      Cache   Translate Page      
Headliner of the week was the anonymous op-ed published in the New York Anti-White Times on Wednesday by—from the byline—”a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.” From the tone of the thing, the respectful references to tax cuts and “a more robust military” and […]
          9/12/2018: BUSINESS: Oil prices rise on fears over Trump and tempest      Cache   Translate Page      

LONDON OIL prices ticked higher yesterday as investors feared a shortage in the wake of Donald Trump’s sanctions on Iran and expected hurricanes in the US. A barrel of Brent Crude was trading at $78.7, an increase of 1.8 per cent. Meanwhile, West...
          FEMA says funding transferred to ICE for detention centers won't harm hurricane response - CNN      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Trump Ä°srail'in isteklerini bir bir yerine getiriyor / 12.9.2018 13:13:15      Cache   Translate Page      
ABD Başkanı Trump, iktidara geldiği 20 Ocak 2017'den beri, bir asra yakındır devam eden İsrail-Filistin sorununun çözümüne giden tüm yolları kapatarak, İsrail'in isteklerini bir bir yerine getiriyor.
          Woodward on reporting      Cache   Translate Page      
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Hear more from “Fear: Trump in the White House” author and Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward about the reporting he did for his new book. Asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Woodward: “Explain to people watching, in the course of your work and in others' work in our business, the difference between off the record conversations, background conversations for reportage." Listen to Woodward’s response here about his reporting for “Fear."

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          “Fear” author Woodward talks Trump      Cache   Translate Page      
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Listen in on the conversation between “Fear: Trump in the White House” author Bob Woodward and Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about Woodward’s new book. “Bob, you've covered nine presidents. You've written about all nine presidents, some of them in books, most of them in the daily newspaper—The Washington Post. Have you ever heard of, been around, according to your reporting, someone so ill equipped to hold the job of president as Donald Trump?” Hear Woodward’s response to this and other questions here—on MSNBC.

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          FACT CHECK: 'Puerto Rico Was An Incredible, Unsung Success'?      Cache   Translate Page      
During an Oval Office briefing on preparations for Hurricane Florence, a reporter asked President Trump if there were lessons to be learned from the widely criticized FEMA response to Hurricane Maria last year in Puerto Rico. Trump's response? In short: nothing to see here. "The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did, working along with the Governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous," Trump said in a lengthy answer that reprised his criticisms of the island's pre-storm electric grid, credit problems and geography (that it's an island). "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success." He further claimed that "in a certain way, the best job we did was Puerto Rico, but nobody would understand that. I mean, it's harder to understand." Trump's argument, which he tweeted again this morning, is that because Puerto Rico was hit hard by two hurricanes in a row and already faced infrastructure and other challenges, the federal response was really quite good,
          Trump firma un decreto para imponer sanciones a extranjeros que interfieran en elecciones de EE.UU.      Cache   Translate Page      
El presidente de EE.UU., Donald Trump, y su asesor de Seguridad Nacional John Bolton. Washington 9 de abril de 2018. Carlos Barria /...
          Fox News Poll: Republican ahead of incumbent Democrat in Indiana Senate race      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump remains popular in Indiana, a state he won by 19 percentage points -- and that’s bad news for incumbent Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly.
          Fox News Poll: Blackburn up by three points in Tennessee Senate race      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump won Tennessee by 26 percentage points, and he remains popular in the Volunteer State.
          9/13/2018: WORLD: Not the time or place, Don      Cache   Translate Page      
DONALD Trump is being savaged on social media for his bizarre entrance into a September 11 memorial service on the 17th anniversary of the terror attacks. The US President was pictured greeting supporters as he arrived with his wife, First Lady...
          Wall Street Menguat Sambut Rencana Pertemuan AS-China      Cache   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, New York - Indeks Dow Jones dan S&P 500 menguat tipis pada penutupan perdagangan Rabu (Kamis pagi WIB) menyusul rencana pertemuan perdagangan Amerika Serikat (AS) dan China. Sementara Nasdaq melemah dipicu penurunan saham Apple yang akan meluncurkan Iphone dengan ukuran terbesar yang pernah ada.

Dilansir dari Reuters, Kamis (13/9/2018), indeks Dow Jones Industrial Average naik 27,86 poin atau 0,11 persen menjadi 25.998,92, S&P 500 naik 1,03 poin atau 0,04 persen menjadi 2.888,92 dan Nasdaq turun 18,25 poin atau 0,23 persen menjadi 7.954,23.

AS membuka peluang kepada China melanjutkan kembali pembicaraan menyangkut rencana Pemerintahan Trump yang akan menerapkan tarif USD 200 miliar kepada Negeri Tirai Bambu tersebut.

Saham-saham  yang sensitif terhadap perdagangan naik, termasuk saham Boeing yang naik 2,4 persen. Saham Apple (AAPL.O) turun 1,2 persen. Perusahaan juga meluncurkan jam tangan yang berorientasi pada kesehatan dengan desain model saat ini.

Saham perangkat kebugaran saingan Fitbit Inc (FIT.N) jatuh 6,9 persen, sementara saham Garmin Ltd (GRMN.O) yang sebelumnya melemah, ditutup mendatar setelah peluncuran Apple Watch terbaru.

Indeks saham teknologi S&P turun 0,5 persen usai melemah pada perdagangan kemarin. Enam perusahaan internet dan layanan Web, termasuk Apple, harus merinci praktik privasi data konsumen mereka ke panel Senat AS pada 26 September, meningkatkan kemungkinan regulasi yang lebih ketat.

Di antara enam perusahaan yang akan bersaksi akhir bulan ini, saham Twitter turun 3,7 persen, sementara Alphabet turun 1,5 persen. Facebook, bukan di antara perusahaan-perusahaan yang bersaksi, turun 2,4 persen.

 


          Woodward'un Trump hakkındaki kitabından rekor satış      Cache   Translate Page      
Ünlü Amerikalı gazeteci Bob Woodward'un "Korku: Trump Beyaz Saray'da" adlı kitabı, piyasaya çıktığı ilk günde 750 binden fazla satarak son 3 yılda ülkede en hızlı satışı yapılan yayın oldu.
          Banker: ‘I’m smarter than Trump’      Cache   Translate Page      
AMERICA’S most powerful banker caused a stir when he said he would be able to beat President Donald Trump in an election.
          Donald Trump signs executive order to sanction foreign meddling in elections      Cache   Translate Page      
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.
          Trump’s huge ‘top-secret’ mistake      Cache   Translate Page      
The US Secret Service allegedly had to destroy an entire top-secret command centre after Donald Trump invited Malcolm Turnbull into a room reserved only for the most trusted agents.
          Asian Leaders Mock Trump From Afar Over Trade Disputes      Cache   Translate Page      

None mentioned Trump by name but most agreed open trade was the best option over "protectionist" measures.

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           Defending President Trump on One Count: Withdrawing Our Troops from South Korea!       Cache   Translate Page      

Written by Frank Li

One headline news story of the week has been the publication of Bob Woodward's book "Fear", which is hugely negative for President Trump. However, I want to defend President Trump on one count: there is no more reason for our military presence in South Korea!

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          Trump approves use of sanctions against foreigners meddling in US elections      Cache   Translate Page      
John Bolton said the executive order will work to stem disinformation campaigns or any attempt to manipulate the outcome of ballots.
          Fwd: Get ready, it's coming . . .      Cache   Translate Page      
------ Forwarded message ---------
From: John H

The pins are all lined up, the principals are talking in unison and the rest of us are continuing to whistle in the dark as if everything is right with the world and the 'Trump Economy' is just wonderful . . . no matter that, just like 2008, the entire U.S. economy, built of subsidized stilts which are about to collapse under the weight not so illusory debt burdens, is headed for the dumper once again.  When one hears the Wigs of central banking pleading for 'more ammunition' (in other words, unchecked and unwatched free money) to fight such a collapse can there be any doubt that they know something we don't.  The solution they propose is just more of the same – give endless money to perpetrators and take it away from the rest of us since we are too profligate to use it wisely.  It's just like when the U.S. government says that Assad better not use chemical weapons this time, it knows that they will be used because our surrogates are planning to use them.  There's no wizardry here, foreknowledge is a powerful tool.

 

The two articles in the attachment should be taken with utmost seriousness, so don't fail to read them.

 

John

 

articles in PDF


          Jamie Dimon says he could beat Trump in an election: ‘I’m smarter than he is’      Cache   Translate Page      
J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon made some interesting comments on today's political affairs, even though he's said publicly he won't run for president and is committed to head the bank for the next five years.
          Trump chce zatočiť s cudzincami zasahujúcimi do volieb: Nový dekrét, možnosť uvaliť sankcie      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON - Americký prezident Donald Trump podpísal v stredu dekrét oprávňujúci uvaliť sankcie voči cudzincom, ktorí zasahujú do volieb v USA. Informovala o tom agentúra AP.
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          Is the "Circus in Washington... drowning out good economic news"?      Cache   Translate Page      
I'm reading "There’s Never Been a President This Unpopular With an Economy This Good" (Bloomberg).
President Donald Trump’s unpopularity is unprecedented given the strength of the economy. That’s according to a Bloomberg analysis of polling data....
Is it possible that the polls are wrong? They were in 2016, when Trump blindsided everybody. I'm thinking maybe the polls are right, and it's really true that when asked, most people say they disapprove of Trump. But people disapprove of a lot of things that — when the time comes to decide what to do — they do. Drinking, eating dessert, looking at pornography. And they'll express approval of a lot of things they won't do: getting lots of sleep, eating piles of fresh vegetables, and following Jesus.

Another thing is, the economy is a pretty boring news topic compared to the "circus" of whatever bad thing Trump tweeted or what the latest Mr. Anonymous says Trump did and so forth. But the economy is always there in the background, affecting our lives. We look at the stock prices on our own, without Wolf Blitzer or whoever nudging us to look at today's statistics. Pile on Trump now, it's dangerous and fun, but when it comes time to vote, people may shrug off all the crazy stuff they've heard over the last 2 years, and vote based on the great old question "Are you better off now...?"



As we get close to Election Day, and there are debates and ads, Republicans should just make the old Reagan move and strongly prod people to look at the economy. In a few seconds, the positive news can be strongly conveyed. And the "circus" that's been cluttering up the TV shows may be hard even to remember. I'm sure Democratic Party candidates will urge voters to look at what a circus it's been and hope to blame Trump and not the media for the circus, but I'm picturing debates where the Republican candidate will easily say: My opponent is trying to distract you with the circus show you've been watching in the news all year so you won't look at one big obvious fact — the economy is doing great.

And one more thing, something even more drowned out than the economy. Trump defeated ISIS (NYT):
The last vestige of the Islamic State’s caliphate that straddled Syria and Iraq is under attack. Members of an American-backed coalition said Tuesday that they had begun a final push to oust the militants from Hajin, Syria, the remaining sliver of land under the group’s control in the region where it was born. The assault is the final chapter of a war that began more than four years ago after the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, seized vast tracts in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate. The group lost its last territory in Iraq last year.... 

          Stravinsky derangement syndrome.      Cache   Translate Page      
I'm so glad I just made a "Stravinsky" tag — prompted by Spike Jones's tale of squeaky shoes —because I do have old posts that I can add it to — 5 old posts! I'm strangely proud of that. I'm not in any way suggesting I have serious musical analysis anywhere in this blog's 13-year archive, but that's not the kind of thing I've ever tried to do, so I'm not looking for pride in anything I'm not ashamed of having failed to do. It's the miscellany that amuses me. I'm going for something between the extremes of subtle and corny.

Stravinsky comes up in a September 2016 post, "Donald Trump, Sex Pistol/The punk-rock appeal of the GOP nominee." A writer in The Atlantic — James Parker — talked about "the impression Stravinsky’s 'Sacre du Printemps' made in Paris in 1913, then shifts to 1976, when The Sex Pistols went on British daytime TV live," and I wrote:
But what's Parker's point here? Is Donald Trump like The Sex Pistols because he goes on TV and talks to his interviewers in a way they're not used to and that busts up their game? Well, sort of. Parker says he's that and simultaneously the guy watching at home getting pissed off at the Pistols, because he's using a "transgressive, volatile, carnivalesque" style with respect to conservative things like "chaos in our communities" and "barbarians at the border."...

Parker says (among many other things): "Trump’s speaking style is from the future, from a time to come when human consciousness has broken down into little floating atavistic splinters of subjectivity and superstition and jokes that aren’t really jokes." Of course, Parker loathes Trump, but that reminded me of something I said about Trump as an exemplar of a new way of speaking:



I'm seeing something more positive about the speaking style of the future (and not just because I do cruel neutrality but because I think I'm speaking in the style of the future too).
I just watched that Bloggingheads clip — from a month and a half before the election — and it's quite interesting in light of Trump's actually becoming President and taking his new way of speaking to the White House.

Following the tag further back into the archive, back in 2013, it was, "Picture yourself, 100 years ago, losing your composure over this":


          Analysts Debunk the White House's Myth of the Booming 'Trump Economy'       Cache   Translate Page      
Trump thinks he's created a booming economy all on his own.

President Donald Trump frequently lies when he boasts about the performance of the economy under his presidency, just as he lied when claimed the positive economic data under President Barack Obama was "phony."

But on Monday, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Kevin Hassett offered a much more thorough and systematic approach to defending the claim that the Trump administration has led to a booming economy. (Hassett also acknowledged that Trump's recent boast about the economy on Twitter was off by an order of magnitude.)

However, as multiple responses to Hassett's claims have revealed, even this more sophisticated argument fails to make the case for a Trump-induced boom.

Writing for the Washington Post, Matt O'Brien explained:

During President Barack Obama’s last 19 months in office, the economy added an average of 208,000 jobs a month; during President Trump’s first 19 months in office, it’s added an average of 189,000 jobs a month.

During Obama’s last 19 months, the share of 25- to-54-year olds who have a job rose 1.1 percentage points; during Trump’s first 19 months, it rose 0.9 percentage points.

During Obama’s last 19 months, wage growth went up 0.3 percentage points; during Trump’s first 19 months, wage growth went up 0.2 percentage points.

These are the facts that the Trump administration seems to think it can transform into evidence that it’s made the recovery better than it was before.

He explained that, despite Hassett's efforts to squint at the data and see a major impact after the 2016 elections, the trends tell basically one story: the economy under Trump has essentially been a continuation of the economy under Obama.

Some of the changes the White House attributes to Trump, he continued, are more plausibly attributable to other factors.

"The Trump administration likes to think that investment has gone up because of the magic of the Republicans' big corporate tax cuts. But the reality is a lot more mundane: It’s oil," he wrote. "Drilling, you see, makes up a big part of business investment, so it should be no surprise that it flatlined after oil prices collapsed in 2014 and then rebounded after prices went up in 2016. It’s possible that the tax cuts will eventually increase investment, but they haven’t so far."

Jordan Weissman, writing for Slate, similarly found Hassett unconvincing.

"One of the most baffling parts of Hassett’s presentation was his attempt to show that the job market had vastly improved, using the employment rate among 25- to 54-year-olds," explained Weissman. "If you take a longer view, and use the actual employment rate rather than a rolling average, it’s hard to see any noticeable change in the trend after November 2016."

Yet even if the White House's claims about Trump's near-term impact on the economy were true, it wouldn't answer some of the most essential questions about his policies. Are massive tax cuts for the wealthy, financed by deficit spending, and a reckless deregulatory push in the environmental and financial realms a recipe for the long-term economic health and wellbeing of the nation?

Almost certainly not — but Republicans prefer not to have this conversation.

Weissman does argue that some of what Trump and the Republicans have done may have given the economy a boost in recent months (rather than the post-election bump Hassett argued for.) By cutting taxes and increasing spending, the GOP has essentially given the economy modest stimulus, which President Barack Obama had constantly pushed for in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

"The White House economic team does not actually want to admit that it has juiced growth through fiscal stimulus, because most dedicated conservatives still insist that stimulus doesn’t really work," wrote Weissman. "Instead, it wants to credit deregulation and the effects of tax cuts on business investment rather than their impact on household spending. That’s why, even if the administration deserves some acknowledgment for its actual economic policies, it’s still important to debunk its economic arguments."

 

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Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Photo: Marc Lostracci/Wikimedia Commons

The era of notwithstanding clause restraint is over. Get used to it.

To borrow someone else's felicitous metaphor, Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was always an unexploded bomb lurking in the rubble of our country's constitutional history like a decaying munition under the modern-day pavements of London or Berlin.

When the notwithstanding clause was inserted into the draft Constitution before its adoption in 1982, the conventional wisdom, or at least the official talking point, was that it would only be used in the gravest situations after sober reflection. In other words, it was to be a constitutional last resort.

We were reassured that politicians who frivolously misused this mechanism to preserve a vestige of the supremacy of Parliament and the legislatures would pay dearly at the next election.

This was always nonsense, and most of us knew it. It assumed voters had an attention span longer than a few days. Nevertheless, it was a convenient lie to tell ourselves to finish an essential job that may have ensured the survival of the country.

It says something good about Canadians that this consensus held for more than 35 years. Since the adoption of the Charter, Section 33 has been used five times, twice by two provinces, Quebec and Saskatchewan, and once by the Yukon Territory. We can disagree with its use in these cases but still agree that in each there was a serious purpose.

No more. What is startling and new is the picayune nature of the dispute Section 33 is now being used by Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford to enforce in spite of the ruling of a superior court.

But the biggest surprise is that this has happened in Ontario, which historically has played the role of the grownup of Confederation.

That said, it was always obvious that sooner or later some extremist clown would be elected somewhere who would throw our consensual niceties into the trashcan of history and leave us with an open-ended constitutional crisis until we figured out a way to resolve it.

That's where we are now, thanks to Premier Ford, who turns out to be the very model of the modern parliamentary autocrat. He obviously intends to use the notwithstanding clause as a constitutional first resort. Why bother doing things right when you can just cheat?

That this is happening during the similarly inclined presidential term of Donald J. Trump in the United States of Amnesia should come as no surprise. It's the zeitgeist, with our own uniquely Canadian twist.

It would have been less of a surprise -- and possibly less dangerous, too -- if it had happened here in Alberta.

It was tried here twice, both times during premier Ralph Klein's Conservative government. First, a bill in 1998 used Section 33 to limit compensation to victims of forced sterilization during the Social Credit regime of premier Ernest Manning. But the public outcry was so fierce Klein dropped the idea within hours.

In 2000, the Klein Conservatives tried it again to block same-sex marriage, and were eventually informed by the Supreme Court they lacked jurisdiction in the matter, a federal responsibility.

Arguably, though, Alberta nevertheless had something to do with the current situation. Leastways, it was when Conservatives here unexpectedly lost the provincial government to, of all parties, the NDP in 2015 that the ongoing nation-wide conservative temper tantrum began to work up a head of steam. Soon all restraint went out the window.

Alberta! Where Conservatives were supposed to reign forever! No exceptions. That may have shaken Canadian Conservatives even more than the loss of the federal government to the Liberals led by another hated Trudeau later the same year.

Conservatives were determined to never let something like that happen again -- even if it required the destruction of the country's democratic consensus. As the Canadian-American conservative writer David Frum observed of the actions of the Trumpocracy, "when highly committed parties strongly believe [in] things that they cannot achieve democratically, they don't give up on their beliefs -- they give up on democracy."

Frum wasn't talking about Ford, but he certainly could have been commenting on Ontario's new Dougtatership.

Of course, supporters of Ford's creepy-clown extremism are trying to downplay this as if it were an insignificant matter, merely the future of 22 politicians in a municipality far away whose piddling ambitions have been thwarted.

It is very tempting to accept this explanation. It is reassuring. But like a first lie, the use of the notwithstanding clause to suspend fundamental rights to win Ford's petty personal squabble at Toronto City Hall by gerrymandering that city's politics in favour of his allies will make Section 33 easier to use. When that happens, it will be used in ways more harmful to the national consensus on which Canada's peace and prosperity rest.

To paraphrase the old saw about the lost $5 bill, it's not the lousy five bucks, it's the principle of the thing.

If this works on a matter of not much concern to Canadians outside Metro Toronto, how many fundamental rights will other impatient Conservatives in other places be willing to trample to win more substantial fights? A lot, of course.

If you doubt this, just consider who is defending Ford's logic for ignoring the courts on a matter that could still be resolved by observing the constitutional niceties.

The temptation -- or perhaps the necessity -- to do the same will spread to politicians with other philosophies as they move to quickly undo the legislative depredations of leaders like Ford.

No, like the Trump presidency -- which like Ford's election was something of an unexpected electoral fluke -- this is a big problem, and it's not going to go away.

Obviously we can't depend on people of goodwill committed to democracy in Ford's Conservative caucus to use the mechanisms of Responsible Government to protect our fundamental rights.

Nor can we count on the federal cabinet to disallow the legislation, or the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to refuse to grant it Royal Assent, although both have power and precedent to do so.

We Canadians are all going to have to figure out for ourselves what to do about it.

It will not be easy.

This post also appears on David Climenhaga's blog, AlbertaPolitics.ca.

Photo: Marc Lostracci/Wikimedia Commons

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           "Estamos preparados": Trump advierte sobre la llegada de la peor tormenta "en décadas"       Cache   Translate Page      

El presidente de EE.UU., Donald Trump, advirtió que el huracán Florence, que se está acercando a las costas atlánticas de EE.UU., puede convertirse en "uno de los más fuertes en décadas", y prometió tomar todas las medidas necesarias para minimizar los daños.El mantadario dijo que la seguridad de los ciudadanos estadounidenses es la prioridad más alta para su administración y que "no escatima gastos" para prepararse frente a ese desastre natural. "Estamos listos", aseguró Trump tras señalar que la tormenta que está por llegar "es tremendamente grande y tremendamente húmeda" y lleva "grandes cantidades de agua".Las autoridades ordenaron evacuar a más de un millón de personas ante el avance del huracán que, según se prevé, tocará suelo estadounidense entre el jueves y el viernes. El Centro Nacional de Huracanes de EE.UU. emitió en la madrugada de este martes un pronóstico según el cual la tempestad puede intensificarse en las próximas 24 o 36 horas hasta alcanzar la categoría 5 en la escala Saffir-Simpson, lo que equivale a vientos con una velocidad sostenida de 157 millas (252 kilómetros) por hora.#RTenEspañolSuscríbete a nuestro canal de eventos en vivo: https://www.youtube.com/user/ActualidadRT?subconfirmation=1RT en Twitter: https://twitter.com/ActualidadRTRT en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ActualidadRTRT en Google+: https://plus.google.com/+RTenEspanol/postsRT en Vkontakte: http://vk.com/actualidadrtVea nuestra señal en vivo: http://actualidad.rt.com/envivoRT EN ESPAÑOL: DESDE RUSIA CON INFORMACIÓN

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          Does Senator Heitkamp Condone Her Talk Radio Host Brother’s Ugly Comments About President Trump?      Cache   Translate Page      

A major part of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s re-election campaign has been posturing herself as an ally of President Donald Trump. From the earliest days of the marketing campaign to re-elect her, Heitkamp has touted that she’s voted with Trump more than half of the time. For a while Democrats and left wing commentators even tried...

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          CNN Reports That North Dakota Senate Race Is Trending Toward Cramer      Cache   Translate Page      

Rep. Kevin Cramer speaks while President Donald Trump looks on during a campaign rally at Scheels Arena in Fargo in June. David Samson / The Forum

I was remiss in not posting about this earlier, but over the weekend CNN released new ratings for the Senate races and they see North Dakota moving toward a Republican pick up. CNN has shifted Democrat Heidi Heitkamp’s re-election battle against GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer in the North Dakota Senate race from “toss-up” to “leans...

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The Trump administration has stepped up its communications with China over trade, the White House's top economic adviser said on Wednesday, as people familiar with the effort said an invitation for a new round of trade talks was sent to Beijing.

          Print Column: Trump’s Next Visit to North Dakota Should Be to Indian Country      Cache   Translate Page      

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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          Podcast: Remembering 9/11, Making the Tax Cuts Permanent, and Should Trump Go to Indian Country?      Cache   Translate Page      

On the radio show today, we talked about the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Mattie Duppler, senior fellow from the National Taxpayer’s Union, joined me to talk about Republican efforts to make the Trump tax cuts permanent (and what the political implications might be for North Dakota). I also made the case for Trump...

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Under fire over his handling of Russian election meddling, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday meant to strengthen election security by slapping sanctions on foreign countries or people who try to interfere in the U.S. political process.

          Hurricane Florence could hit parts of North Carolina with up to 13 feet of storm surge and 40 inches of rain — here's what that much water actually looks like      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Hurricane Florence is heading for the Carolinas, where it's forecasted to bring devastating storm surge and rainfall.
  • Some parts of the coastal Carolinas could see up to 13 feet of storm surge, while isolated pockets of North Carolina could see up to 40 inches of rainfall.
  • Experts and officials urged residents to leave if they're in a mandatory-evacuation zone.


Hurricane Florence is hurtling toward the Carolinas, bringing with it potentially catastrophic rainfall, storm surge, and flooding.

Though the hurricane has been downgraded to a Category 3, the National Hurricane Center has issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for much of the coastline across North Carolina and South Carolina, and expects life-threatening conditions in the coming days.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has ordered 1 million people to evacuate the area, and leaders have urged coastal residents not to try and ride out the storm.

"This storm is a monster. It's big and it's vicious. It is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents during a news conference on Wednesday.

Read more: Why Florence is expected to bring so much rain

"You have to listen and get out," President Donald Trump said from the Oval Office. "Because once the storm hits, it's going to be really bad, and almost impossible to get authorities in to help."

Coastal areas between Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina could see as much as 9 to 13 feet of storm surge if the storm hits there at high tide. Storm surge is the term for the rapid rise in water that a hurricane's high winds push onto shore.

And the rains will likely be intense, too. Forecasters are predicting 20 to 30 inches of rain for coastal North Carolina, with some isolated areas seeing up to 40 inches — that's 3.3 feet.

Here's what those measurements would look like on the ground:

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The National Weather Service has also warned residents that conditions will still be dangerous even in the areas that won't see the worst of the storm.

"I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding with this storm," an NWS spokesperson said Tuesday night.

Officials have warned people not to try to get around in vehicles or on foot once the storm makes landfall, and to stay out of flooded roadways.

Even wading through just six inches of moving water can sweep you off your feet, and vehicles don't fare much better.

The typical car will float away in just 18 to 24 inches of moving water, while trucks and SUVs can't withstand more than 24 to 36 inches of water, according to the NWS.

Officials say the best way people can avoid life-threatening situations is to leave if their region is under a mandatory-evacuation order, and to get to higher ground if flooding occurs.

SEE ALSO: 'Disaster is at the doorstep': Hurricane Florence is churning toward the Carolinas, bringing life-threatening storm surge and rainfall

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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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          Bob Woodward book: Trump thought his tariffs were boosting jobs numbers — before any tariffs were imposed      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • President Donald Trump told former economic adviser Gary Cohn that strong jobs numbers were proof his tariffs were working, according to Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."
  • The tariffs were not yet implemented.
  • Additionally, most economists agree that Trump's tariffs will cause a net loss of US jobs.
  • Both Cohn and the White House have pushed back on Woodward's reporting.

In early 2018, Gary Cohn came into the Oval Office to show President Donald Trump the monthly jobs report. It showed another strong month for the US labor market.

"I have the most perfect job numbers you're ever going to see," Cohn told the president, according to veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."

Trump was pleased with the numbers and used them as confirmation that a new policy initiative was working.

"It's all because of my tariffs," Trump said. "They're working."

But there was an issue with that logic: Trump's tariffs were not yet in place.

While Woodward is vague about the exact timing of the discussion, Cohn announced his resignation from the White House on March 6 and left for good shortly after. The first wave of Trump's tariffs, on steel and aluminum, did not take effect until March 23.

Even then, the tariffs had exemptions for major metals sources, like Canada, the European Union, and Mexico. Trump's trade war did not really heat up until June, when Trump allowed the exemptions for the allies to expire and officially announced tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods.

Cohn pushed back on Trump's assumptions about the tariffs, as well. Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, argued that tariffs would damage the economy and hurt American workers.

According to most economic research, Trump tariffs will actually cause a net job loss. In the months since Trump's tariffs went into full effect, US small businesses have started announcing tariff-related layoffs, and job growth slowed in industries hit by the tariffs.

The exchange over tariffs is another example from Woodward's book of Cohn trying to explain economics to Trump. According to "Fear," Cohn was taken aback by Trump's lack of understanding about the federal deficit. The economic adviser also resorted to taking documents off Trump's desk to prevent the president from pulling out of major US trade deals, the book said.

Cohn released a statement on Tuesday that pushed back on Woodward's reporting but did not deny individual allegations made in "Fear."

"This book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House," Cohn told the news website Axios in a statement. "I am proud of my service in the Trump Administration, and I continue to support the President and his economic agenda."

The White House has also dismissed the book, calling Woodward's reporting "nothing more than fabricated stories."

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          'We're doing this in order to prevent World War III': I read Bob Woodward's explosive new Trump book cover-to-cover, and there's one big takeaway      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book about President Donald Trump and his administration, "Fear: Trump in the White House," highlights one overriding theme in the president's worldview.
  • The most important thing is the bottom line.
  • The book portrays top military, foreign policy, and national security advisers fighting him on that point.

President Donald Trump's foreign policy is driven by one thing: the bottom line.

It's a different approach than perhaps any other in the nation's history — one that fits a president who made his experience in the business world. It runs counter to the advice of his top military and national security advisers, who time and time again try to make the case to him that the existing world order is worth paying for to "prevent World War III," as Defense Secretary James Mattis pointedly told him.

Amid all the eye-popping details from journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book about President Donald Trump and his administration, "Fear: Trump in the White House," this theme stands out.

No argument from career officials — like Mattis, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, former National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford — seems to convince Trump that the system is worth upholding and footing much of the bill for.

"I'm tired of hearing that we have to do this or that to protect our homeland or to ensure our national security," Trump said during a discussion on what the game-plan moving forward on Afghanistan, according to the book.

Repeatedly, he denigrated the advice of those advisers because, as Trump said, they had no business experience and had no concept of money:

  • "These military guys, they don't get business," Trump said. "They know how to be soldiers and they know how to fight. They don't understand how much it's costing."
  • "All they want to do is protect everybody — that we pay for," he said of his group of military, foreign policy, and national security advisers.
  • Pointing to McMaster, who Woodward reported was never able to mesh well with the president, Trump said he didn't know how the Iraqi government "managed to fool McMaster, but he's not a businessman."
  • Trump said American military generals "don't understand the cost/benefit analysis."

Whether on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the post-World War II European alliance headed up by the US, US defense commitments in South Korea, or the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Trump insisted that money alone should be the main driver of any policy outlook.

NATO? The countries must pay their fair share. Afghanistan? "I'm not making a deal on anything until we get minerals," Trump said. South Korea? Renegotiate a trade deal immediately, or remove all US soldiers from the peninsula.

This is especially obvious in debates over existing US trade deals, which nearly all of his advisers try to convince him are actually good for the country.

"We're upside down" on trade deals, Trump said. "We're underwater on every one of these."

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017.He insisted the other nations were "making money" off the US.

"Just look at all this stuff up there," Trump said, pointing at some graphics. "We're paying for it all."

Cohn at multiple junctures tried to explain the deals were good for the economy and allowed US consumers to buy high-quality goods. One example he gave was TVs from South Korea, which US consumers could buy for a much lower cost than a TV manufactured in the US. Those lower costs allowed consumers to spend more money on other American products.

"I don't want to hear that," Trump said, according to the book. "It's all bulls---."

'We're doing this in order to prevent World War III'

In a heated debate over South Korea, during which advisers were seeking to convince him to stay in the KORUS trade agreements, maintain troop levels, and keep the THAAD missile defense system in place, Cohn asked the president what he would "need in the region to sleep well at night?"

"I wouldn't need a f---ing thing," the president said. "And I'd sleep like a baby."

Sometimes, the advisers lost their cool. Tillerson, who Woodward seconded earlier reporting as calling Trump a "f---ing moron," was a prime example. After one meeting, Woodward wrote that Tillerson "could not abide Trump's attack on the generals" and that he was "speaking as if the US military was a mercenary for hire."

"If a country wouldn't pay us to be there, then we didn't want to be there," Woodward wrote of Tillerson's assessment of Trump's foreign policy views. "As if there were no American interests in forging and keeping a peaceful world order, as if the American organizing principle was money."

Soon, one of the most tense meetings between Trump and these advisers took place. Trump revisited his distaste for keeping troops on the Korean Peninsula. But this time, he began asking why the US protected other countries, such as Taiwan.

"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III," Mattis replied. Woodward wrote that the response was "breathtaking" for those in the room, calling it "a challenge to the president, suggesting he was risking nuclear war."

"But we're losing so much money in trade with South Korea, China and others," Trump responded. "I'd rather be spending money on our own country."

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Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said a 'key' person in President Trump's administration called him to privately confirm the details in his book are '1,000 percent true.'
          Texts Appear to Show Strzok and Page Commenting on ‘Media Strategy’ Against Trump      Cache   Translate Page      

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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          MSNBC’s Scarborough: Trump is ‘Harming the Dream of America’      Cache   Translate Page      

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough claimed that “Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could.” His comments come in a Washington Post opinion piece in which Scarborough accuses President Trump of doing worse damage to the United States than radical terrorists. But Scarborough offered no consideration of the president’s accomplishments and lacks perspective […]

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           Comment on Bloomington Citizens get to Fund Rent by DaxDaxterson       Cache   Translate Page      
And you know the future? Keep believing what I want? I gave you actual numbers with the fact that we as a country will spend 559 billion more than we take in 2018. We have a major category 4 hurricane ready to slam into the Southwest. The Trump administration took 10 million from FEMA budget to fund ICE. There are two more storms in the Atlantic that could turn to major storms and hit Florida or the Southeast again. Taking 10 million from FEMA is incredibly short sighted and foolish.
          The Opening Bell: Where currencies start on Thursday, September 13, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

By Dan Bell

The NZD opens up at 0.6561.

Finally some relief for the Kiwi overnight. The USD initially sold off on poor monthly PPI data, coming in at -0.1% relative to the 0.2% expected. While this lead to some of the weakness, it was the news that the $200B of new tariffs may not go ahead (at least for now) that added to the momentum. With the November mid-term elections coming up quickly, Trump may not want to be seen as being too reckless. Short term though, any willingness to get back to trade talks between the US and China is risk positive, and especially helps currencies like the NZD.

At 1:30 PM NZT we have the Australian Employment Change and Unemployment Rate data coming out. Generally the Unemployment Rate has been coming in lower than expectations, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see that trend continue, with the number coming in lower than what economists predict at 5.3%.

Pretty heavy data coming out overnight, both the Bank of England and ECB have interest rate decisions, though both are widely expected to remain on hold. With the recent USD weakness we have seen, monthly US CPI data becomes pretty interesting. I would expect a big miss to have a bit more follow through than normal.

Global equity markets were generally up - Dow +0.19%, S&P 500 +0.13%, FTSE +0.55%, DAX +0.52%, CAC +0.91%, Nikkei -0.27%, Shanghai -0.33%.

Gold prices rose almost 1% to USD$1,207 an ounce, while WTI Crude Oil prices continued to climb, up 1.1% to US $70.28 per barrel.

Current indicative rates:

NZDUSD 0.6561 0.6%
NZDEUR  0.5642 0.3%
NZDGBP 0.5027 0.4%
NZDJPY 72.97 0.7%
NZDAUD 0.9145 -0.3%
NZDCAD 0.8525 -0.7%
GBPNZD 1.9889 -0.5%

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1:30   - AU Employment change, Unemployment rate
23:00 - UK Official bank rate
23:45 - ECB Main refinancing rate
12:30 - US CPI m/m, Core CPI m/m
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          The USD and US rates drift lower. US wants more trade talks with China. Fed sees 'restrictive' rates needed. Oil prices reach four year highs. Eyes on US CPI      Cache   Translate Page      

By Nick Smyth

Press reports that US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin had invited China to attend trade talks have given a sharp lift to the NZD and AUD.  There wasn’t much reaction in either equity or bond markets to the trade news though.  US yields have drifted lower ahead of tonight’s US CPI release.

After reaching a low of 0.6503 in the London morning, the NZD has since moved almost 1% higher to 0.6560 after the WSJ reported on a possible resumption in US-China trade talks.  According to the reports, US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin – who is perceived to be one of the more moderate voices within the US administration – had invited Chinese officials to meet in the coming weeks to discuss trade.  President Trump may hold off on imposing tariffs on the $200b of Chinese imports before the conclusion of the talks. 

Market expectations of a breakthrough are probably reasonably low given the two sides have failed to reach agreement in previous rounds of talks (the US demands to date have been unacceptable to China), but the news came as a welcome boost to the CNH and, consequently, the NZD and AUD.  The CNH is around 0.7% stronger on the day, with the AUD – the market’s preferred China ‘proxy’ within G10 – up 0.8%.  Given the current negative sentiment towards China and the near-record short positioning in the NZD and AUD according to the CFTC, there is the potential for last night’s moves to extend further in the near-term. 

Outside of EMFX and commodities, which were both higher on the day, there wasn’t much positive spill-over from the trade news to broader risk markets.  The S&P500 is down around 0.1% on the day and the NASDAQ 0.5% lower.  US equities have been relatively unaffected by the ratcheting up in trade tensions over recent months, which suggests they probably won’t benefit to the same extent as Chinese equities, for instance, from more positive developments. 

US rates have drifted slightly lower over the past 24 hours, with the 10 year yield down 1bp to 2.96%, but still within reach of the psychologically important 3% level.  Lower than expected US PPI and a strong US 10 year bond auction both helped support bonds on the day, although there will be far more interest in the US CPI report released tonight. 

Fed Governor Brainard, seen as an influential member of the FOMC, spoke overnight and echoed comments from several other Fed officials recently that the cash rate may need to go into restrictive territory.  Brainard noted that “it appears reasonable to expect the shorter-run neutral rate to rise somewhat higher than the longer-run neutral rate.”  Brainard said she kept a close eye on the yield curve (the 2s10s curve is now just 21 bps), but cautioned that the decline in the term premium may distorting the level of longer-dated Treasury yields and, by extension, the information content that the curve provides; an inverted yield curve has been a historically reliable lead indicator of US recession since WWII.  Finally, Brainard noted rising risks in the corporate sector, and in particular leveraged lending, which could suggest some emerging signs of ‘overheating’ in the financial sector.  Brainard’s comments didn’t have much impact on market pricing, but we would interpret them as implying the Fed intends to tighten by more than the market currently prices. 

In FX, the USD is weaker across the board against G10 currencies, as well as most of the EMFX universe, amidst the more positive news on trade.  The DXY is 0.4% lower on the day and at a two-week low. 

Oil prices have moved higher again, with Brent crude oil reaching $80 per barrel for the first time since 2014.  Against a backdrop of reduced Iranian oil supply and the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence (which is expected to pressure US gasoline supplies), the weekly DOE report showed a larger than expected drawdown in crude inventories. 

The rise in oil prices and growing hopes of a NAFTA deal has boosted the Canadian dollar by over 1% from this time yesterday.  Shortly after we published our report yesterday, the CAD moved higher after President Trump said that talks were going well and Canada wanted a deal.  Those gains have extended overnight after Mexico’s economy minister Guajardo said he believed there was a “high chance” of a US-Canada trade deal.  USD/CAD has now moved below the 1.30 mark. 

NZ rates moved up 1-1.5bps yesterday following the previous sessions moves in US Treasury yields, with a steepening bias evident on the curve.  The long-end of the government bond curve was 2-2.5bps higher ahead of the NZDMO’s tender of $250m of 2029 maturity nominal bonds today.  NZ inflation-indexed bonds performed strongly for the second day running, with real yields falling around 2bps, although the implied 10y market ‘breakeven inflation rate’ is still languishing around 1.3%, well below the 2% mid-point of the RBNZ’s inflation target. 

There is a busy session ahead with the Australian labour market report released, the BoE and ECB meetings and US core CPI.  The Turkish central bank also meets, with the median expectation for a 325bp hike to 21%, although the range of estimates for the central bank’s move at this meeting is as wide as 725bps. 


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The bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory that has captured the imagination (and apparel budget) of some reality-challenged Trump supporters is starting to lose its footing. On Wednesday afternoon, Reddit shut down /r/greatawakening, the main subreddit used by Q followers to piece together clues, or “breadcrumbs,” left by the strange internet prophet they follow. At the time the board was closed, it boasted more than 54,000 followers, or “patriots” in Q speak. At least six other Q subreddits were also banned on Wednesday, including /r/QProofs, /r/QAnon_Serious, /r/The_GreatAwakening, /r/biblicalQ, and /r/thestorm, and others.

Since October 2017, a mysterious online character who goes by the name Q has been posting strange missives to 4chan, the notorious and shady message board where many of the most insidious memes and harassment campaigns on the web are hatched, detailing a plot from within the White House to overthrow a cabal of global elites. According to Q, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is actually working on behalf of Trump to expose a conspiracy and pedophile ring from within the Democratic Party. Q’s posts come in the form of lyrical, disjointed warnings, clues, and questions. On Tuesday, for example, Q posted: “Rats running. Timing is everything. Enjoy the show.”

Though it’s still not clear who Q is, and whether the strange online personality has a particular agenda behind attracting thousands of diehard fans, what is clear is that the conspiracy theory is largely dependent on its online community. And Reddit, in particular the Great Awakening board, has been one of the main trading posts for piecing together Q’s clues and for drumming up support and solidarity among the conspiracy theory’s followers. A spokesperson from Reddit confirmed the shuttering to Slate in an email, noting that, “as of September 12, r/greatawakening has been banned due to repeated violations of the terms of our content policy.” Reddit prohibits activity that “incites violence, disseminates personal information, or harasses,” which can result in a user or a whole community in getting banned, the spokesperson said.

Reddit banned another Q-related message board in March for “content that encourages or incites violence and the posting of personal and confidential information” a Reddit spokesperson told the Daily Dot at the time. On Tuesday, the website banned three other message boards associated with the fringe right—/r/milliondollarextreme,  /r/milliondollarextreme2, and /r/billionshekelsupreme—according to Buzzfeed.
The /r/milliondollarextreme community was reportedly home to racist, anti-Semitic, and transphobic postings and had tens of thousands of followers.

More of the Q conversation may now port over to Facebook, where one of the largest communities has courted more than 49,000 members. But the big difference between Facebook and Reddit is that on Reddit users can be anonymous. Facebook has a real name policy, which, while possible to circumvent, makes discussing something as implausible and revisionist as Q with any sincerity a riskier endeavor in the case one’s friends or coworkers see the activity.

Q adherents don’t seem too bent out of shape about the removal of one of their main boards. On another subreddit dedicated to the discussion of banned boards, some Q enthusiasts seem to think that this is all part of the plan: “Q was talking about some BIG THING happening soon, yesterday. Guess he was off by a day. Q KNEW, THOUGH, THAT PROVES HE’S REAL AND THAT MEANS THE DEEP STATE PEDOPHILE CABAL IS REAL!”


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During the 2016 campaign when Trump said he would eliminate the entire federal debt in eight years and it would be “easy” to do, I laughed my butt off. No one could possibly be dumb enough to believe that, could they? That would require a $1.25 trillion surplus every year for eight years. But as […]
          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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          Trump OKs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in elections      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections, acting amid criticism that he has not taken election security seriously enough.

"We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of this issue, that it's something he cares deeply about — that the integrity of our elections and our constitutional process are a high priority to him," said national security adviser John Bolton.

In the order, the president declared a national emergency, an action required under sanctions authority, to deal with the threat of foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

The order calls for sanctioning any individual, company or country that interferes with campaign infrastructure, such as voter registration databases, voting machines and equipment used for tabulating or transmitting results. It also authorizes sanctions for engaging in covert, fraudulent or deceptive activities, such as distributing disinformation or propaganda, to influence or undermine confidence in U.S. elections.

It requires the national intelligence director to make regular assessments about foreign interference and asks the Homeland Security and Justice departments to submit reports on meddling in campaign-related infrastructure. It also lays out how the Treasury and State departments will recommend what sanctions to impose.

With the midterm elections now two months away, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said the U.S. is not currently seeing the intensity of Russian intervention that was experienced in 2016, but he didn't rule it out. He said the U.S. is also worried about the cyber activities of China, North Korea and Iran.

Coats said Trump's order directs intelligence agencies to conduct an assessment within 45 days after an election to report any meddling to the attorney general and Department of Homeland Security. The attorney general and Department of Homeland Security then have another 45 days to assess whether sanctions should be imposed.

"This clearly is a process put in place to try to assure that we are doing every possible thing we can, first of all, to prevent any interference with our elections, to report on anything we see between now and the election, but then to do a full assessment after the election to assure the American people just exactly what may have happened or may not have happened," Coats said.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are pushing a bill that would prohibit foreign governments from purchasing election ads, using social media to spread false information or disrupting election infrastructure. They said Trump's order recognizes the threat, but doesn't go far enough.

The order gives the executive branch the discretion to impose sanctions for election meddling, but the bill would spell out sanctions on key economic sectors of a country that interferes. Those backing the legislation say that under the bill, a nation would know exactly what it would face if caught.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said the order leaves the president with broad discretion to decide whether to impose tough sanctions. "Unfortunately, President Trump demonstrated in Helsinki and elsewhere that he simply cannot be counted upon to stand up to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin when it matters," said Warner, who is sponsoring the bill.

At a July 16 news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again. Trump did not directly answer the question. Instead, he delivered a rambling response, including demands for investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server and his description of Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial of meddling.

That drew outrage from both Republican and Democrats.

Trump has pushed back, saying that no other American president has been as tough on Russia. He has cited U.S. sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the U.S.

Mike Rogers, former director of the National Security Agency, said he thought Trump missed an opportunity in Helsinki to publicly scold Russia for meddling. Rogers said when he used to talk to Trump about the issue, Trump would often respond to him, saying "Mike, you know, I'm in a different place."

Rogers said he would tell Trump: "Mr. President, I understand that, but I'm paid by the citizens of the nation to tell you what we think. Sir, this is not about politics, it's not about parties. It's about a foreign state that is attempting to subvert the very tenets of our structure."

In his first public comments since he retired in June, Rogers said: "That should concern us as citizens. That should concern us leaders. And if we don't do something, they (the Russians) are not going to stop."

Rogers, who spoke Tuesday night at the Hayden Center at George Mason University in Virginia, also said earlier media reports claiming Trump had asked him to publicly deny any collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign were inaccurate.

James Clapper, the former national intelligence director who appeared with Rogers and other former intelligence officials, said he personally believes that the Russian interference did influence the outcome of the 2016 election, but didn't elaborate.

"The Russians are still at it. They are committed to undermining our system," Clapper said. "One of the things that really disturbs me is — that for whatever reason, I don't know what it is — the president's failure to dime out Putin and dime out the Russians for what they are doing."

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          $1 million pledged against Collins if she backs Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON — A campaign urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has generated more than $1 million in pledges, money that would go to her opponent in 2020 if she decides to support the judge.

The senator and her Republican colleagues are decrying the effort in Maine as attempted bribery, as attention shifts from Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings to the question of how lawmakers will vote on his nomination.

The spotlight on Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski is particularly intense because they are viewed as the only two Republicans seen as potential "no" votes. With a 51-49 GOP majority, Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court is virtually assured if either senator votes yes.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, came to Collins' defense on Wednesday, tweeting through his office account that "every Democrat should be condemning these antics in Maine — attempting to bribe Senator Collins to vote against Judge Kavanaugh and threatening sexual violence against staffers if she votes for him is absolutely disgusting."

The latter point stems from allegations Collins made to The Wall Street Journal that someone had left a voicemail with one of her state offices in which "they actually threatened to rape one of my young female staffers." Her office also provided The Associated Press with other examples of calls and letters containing vulgar insults.

"Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination. Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision-making whatsoever," said Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins.

In Maine, a trio of advocacy groups continued their fundraising efforts Wednesday with a running tally of pledges coming to about $1.1 million. Marie Follayttar, co-director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, described her organization as a grassroots movement borne out of frustration with President Donald Trump's election and designed to give Maine residents a platform to engage elected officials. Members of the group have met with Collins over the past 18 months on issues such as protecting the state's young immigrants known as Dreamers.

The groups states on the fundraising page that Kavanaugh is committed to "ending health care for people with pre-existing conditions. He is committed to overturning Roe v. Wade." The groups then provide two scenarios:

— Collins votes no on Kavanaugh "and you will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent."

— Collins votes yes on Kavanaugh "and your pledge will go to her opponent's campaign, once that opponent has been identified."

Collins' spokeswoman said that amounts to a quid pro quo: "You vote the way we want and we will keep more than a million dollars away from your opponent," she said. "Vote against us and we give her the money. It is basically a bribe."

Follayttar described the effort as a grassroots mobilization made up of smaller-dollar pledges. She contrasted that with the nearly $2.8 million Collins' campaign received in her 2014 election from various political action committees. She called Collins' use of the term "bribery" a bogus legal threat.

"We won't let it stifle us. We will continue to participate in our democracy," she said.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups contend that Kavanaugh's confirmation would cement a right-leaning court for a generation. The stakes were on display throughout the confirmation hearings last week, with about 70 people arrested on the hearing's first day and charged with disorderly conduct. The same shout-and-arrest pattern continued throughout the week.

Democrats accused Republicans of seeking to ram the confirmation through without a thorough vetting before the November midterm elections. The president during campaign stops in Montana and North Dakota ridiculed Democrats as "making fools out of themselves."

A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation by the full Senate is expected by the end of the month, in time for the first day of the court's new term on Oct. 1.

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          Democrats Announce Big Online Ad Play for US Midterms      Cache   Translate Page      
Two major Democratic political groups on Wednesday announced a combined $21 million digital ad buy targeting Senate races in November, a sign the party is trying to learn from 2016, when Donald Trump's Republican presidential campaign was far more aggressive online. Priorities USA and Senate Majority PAC announced $18 million in joint spending in Arizona, Indiana, Florida, Missouri and North Dakota. Senate Majority PAC also tacked on an additional $3 million in ads targeting Montana, Nevada, Tennessee and West Virginia. "For the last, really, six years, the Democrats have had their hats handed to them when it comes to digital,'' Guy Cecil, the chairman of Priorities USA, which is exclusively funding digital ads and outreach this election cycle, said in an interview. "We needed to close the gap.'' The move comes as Democrats and Republicans are fighting furiously over control of the Senate, where the GOP has a 51-49 edge. Although almost all competitive seats are in states Trump won in 2016, Republicans are increasingly alarmed about the strength of Democratic candidates in states including Tennessee, Texas and Arizona. GOP edge on Google The size of the campaign is significant. According to Priorities USA, $7 million has been spent on advertising for Senate races on Google since May 31, with Republicans outspending Democrats 60-40. Facebook did not have comparable data. And through the end of August, Senate Majority PAC, one of the biggest Democratic financial organizations in the battle over control of the upper chamber, spent $37 million in ads on television and radio, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. J.B. Poersch, president of Senate Majority PAC, said it's important to maintain a mix of traditional television and radio ads along with digital. But for years, he said, "I don't think we had digital at the adults' table.'' The conventional wisdom in politics is that Democrats dominated in digital during much of the Obama years because they were more advanced in gathering online data and using it to target voters. But that changed in 2016, when the Trump campaign outspent Hillary Clinton's Democratic campaign nearly 2-to-1 online, according to a Priorities USA presentation to donors obtained by The Associated Press. The outspending also stretched to various House races. Right-leaning groups, meanwhile, registered vastly more online domains through the beginning of 2017. Since 2016, Democrats have increasingly focused on digital as a way to strike back against the GOP, with liberal Silicon Valley entrepreneurs holding trainings for Democratic campaigns and some liberal insurgent candidates, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York City and Ayanna Pressley in Boston, winning recent primaries with minimal television ads and instead relying mostly on digital ones. In-house agency The GOP continues to invest in both digital and traditional advertising, but no Republican organization of comparable prominence to Priorities has announced an all-digital strategy. Priorities has even formed its own in-house digital ad agency to build spots for its campaigns, including a previously announced $12 million buy targeting House races. Damon McCoy, a New York University professor who analyzed Facebook political ad spending data earlier this summer, said Democratic and Republican groups spend at comparable rates on the platform with one significant exception: Trump. The president's own re-election campaign was the biggest political ad spender in the analysis that McCoy and other academics conducted. Minus the president's campaign, "spending is fairly split between liberal and conservative candidates and political organizations,'' McCoy said. 
          US Seeks to Impose Cost for Election Meddling      Cache   Translate Page      
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.
          Academic in Trump probe hit with $56K fine, but where is he?      Cache   Translate Page      
Italy_Mifsud_03047No one seems to be able to find Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese academic at the center of the Russia investigation rocking Washington, but his legal woes are piling up on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who has claimed she had a sexual encounter with now-President Donald Trump a decade ago, said Wednesday that she had written a no-holds-barred memoir about her running legal battles with Trump and her life as a stripper. Daniels, 39, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said on ABC's The View that her book, Full Disclosure, would be released by St. Martin's Press, a subsidiary of MacMillanPublishers, on Oct. 2. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels. Daniels has sued to void a nondisclosure agreement she signed just before the 2016 presidential election to remain silent about what she has called an "intimate#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" relationship with Trump. She claimed in the lawsuit, filed in March in Los Angeles, that the nondisclosure agreement was invalid and that she was free to publicly discuss her relationship with Trump because he never signed it. Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty of violating federal election law by paying Daniels $130,000 not to disclose information that would be harmful to Trump. St. Martin's Press said in a statement that Daniels' book would describe "the events that led to the nondisclosure agreement and behind-the-scenes attempts to intimidate her." In April, Daniels filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump in a Manhattan court, claiming that he had falsely attacked her truthfulness. Earlier this year, Daniels said that in 2011 she was assailed by a man in a Las Vegas parking lot who threatened her if she discussed her alleged sexual encounter with Trump. In a tweet, Trump described her claim as a "total con job."
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The Washington Post editorial board in a piece published on Tuesday labeled President Donald Trump “complicit” in the creation of Hurricane Florence.
          The Real Reason for the ‘Anti-Semite’ Campaign Against Jeremy Corbyn      Cache   Translate Page      
Panic drives the smear attack against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn whose background as a radical socialist, not his criticism of Israel and support for the Palestine, threatens the British establishment’s hold on power, argues Alexander Mercouris.
By Alexander Mercouris
in London
Special to Consortium News
<img class=”alignleft wp-image-27578″ src=”https://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/alexander_mercouris-864x400_c-1-150×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”90″ height=”90″ />Any discussion of the current “anti-Semitism crisis” in the British Labour Party needs to start with an understanding that there is no “anti-semitism crisis” in the British Labour Party, or in Britain.
Anti-Semitism did once have a place in British society. By way of example, readers of Agatha Christie stories written before World War II will come across stock anti-Semitic representations of Jewish characters. As recently as the 1970s, I can remember what would today be considered Semitic stereotypes being commonly used to represent Jewish people in many of the unfunny comedy shows broadcast by British television in that period, including some the BBC broadcast.
Racist stereotyping of this sort was commonplace in Britain right up to the 1970s, and was certainly not exclusive to Jews, as Irish people, black people and people from the Indian subcontinent well recall. Some still persists today, but by and large racial stereotyping is socially unacceptable, except (worryingly) with respect to Russians.
By comparison with other European countries, anti-Semitism in Britain has, however, not been a major phenomenon in modern British society and recent British history. There has been no official persecution of Jews in Britain since they were allowed to resettle in England by Oliver Cromwell in the 1650s, while the attempt by Oswald Moseley’s British Union of Fascists to stir up political anti-Semitism in the 1930s provoked fierce resistance.
Jewish people now play a full and active role in British life, and this happens without notice or comment.
As for the formal institutions of Britain’s Jewish community, these form an integral part of British life. The chief rabbi has enjoyed a measure of recognition as the nominal leader of the British Jewish community from the British state ever since the 1870s.  Since the 1980s, by convention, the chief rabbi has been admitted to the British Parliament as a peer of the House of Lords, though the present chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has not yet been so admitted. The British Jewish community’s major institution—the Board of Deputies of British Jews—has had a continuous existence since the 1760s.
Though there are anti-Semites in Britain as there are everywhere else, they are very much a minor and ugly fringe, and moreover a generally despised and disliked one, with no influence or traction in British politics or in British life.
Despite lurid claims to the contrary, actual cases of anti-Semitic violence and property damage in Britain are relatively few, and certainly appear to be less than other types of racial violence.
Indeed, Jewish people today are so much an integral part of British society and of British life that I for one question whether it is even accurate to speak of a distinct “Jewish establishment” among British Jews. Rather, it seems to me that it would be more accurate to say that there are some prominent British Jews and some prominent British Jewish institutions—such as the chief rabbi and the Board of Deputies of British Jews—which today form an integral part of the larger British establishment, whose general perspectives and interests they share.
Which brings me to the present “anti-Semitism” campaign against Jeremy Corbyn.
The Left-Wing, Anti-Imperialist Labour Tradition
The British Labour Party was formed in 1900 before World War I, and if there has been one political movement in Britain that has stood rock solid against all manifestations of anti-Semitism in British life (perhaps more than any other group), it is the British Labour Party, and first and foremost its left wing.
This is consistent with the traditional stance of the left wing of the British Labour Party, which can be broadly defined as anti-racist, anti-fascist, and, above all, anti-imperialist. The latter has been important in a country like Britain—historically the preeminent imperialist power—where imperialism was justified in racist terms. British left-wing anti-imperialists, who are mostly drawn from the working class (a fact which gave British anti-imperialism a strong class-conflict character) strongly were predisposed to be anti-racist.
Not surprisingly, British Labour left-wing anti-racism extended to staunch opposition to anti-Semitism, which is, of course, the reason why so many British Jews were drawn to the Labour Party in the first place.
The key point to understand about Corbyn is that it is from within this left-wing, anti-imperialist Labour tradition that he comes. His parents after all first met each other in the 1930s attending a rally in support of the Spanish Republic at the time of the Spanish Civil War. He has been loyal to the traditions of the Labour Party’s anti-imperialist left ever since he began his career in politics, as his long record of opposition to all the West’s interventionist wars shows. Needless to say, that includes strong and consistent anti-racism and the opposition to anti-Semitism which goes with it. Strikingly, Corbyn’s acceptance speech following his election as Labour leader included a declaration of support for refugees.
To insinuate that Corbyn is an anti-Semite—as is increasingly happening—and to insinuate that the left wing of the Labour Party to which he belongs is riddled with anti-Semitism and poses an “existential threat to British Jews” (as several of the British Jewish community’s newspapers have alleged) is more than just absurd. It stands reality on its head. Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. Anti-Semitism, on the contrary, is what he always has defined himself against, and to claim otherwise is dishonest and even surreal.
Corbyn’s well-known support for the Palestinian people’s struggle does not contradict his opposition to anti-Semitism. Rather, it is the product of his consistent anti-imperialism, making Corbyn’s support for the Palestinians and his opposition to anti-Semitism consistent.
All this is well understood by those who are conducting the anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn within the Labour Party and outside it. Corbyn has been a fixture of British political life ever since he was first elected a member of Parliament in 1983. The British establishment—including those members of the British establishment who are Jewish—know him well, and they know well what his actual beliefs are. It is not credible that they believe him to be an anti-Semite, or that they think that the left wing of the British Labour Party, which supports him, is riddled with anti-Semitism.
The Push to Stop Corbyn
The essential mendacity of the whole anti-Semitism campaign and the true motives behind it is shown by the exceptionally narrow frame of reference in which it is being conducted. It is universally acknowledged that the allegations of anti-Semitism being made against Corbyn and some of his supporters stem from Corbyn’s longstanding support for the Palestinian people’s struggle and his equally longstanding criticisms of Israel’s response to that struggle. As’ad AbuKhalil has discussed this aspect of the affair for Consortium News with great thoroughness and detail.
It is worth pointing out, however, that the criticisms being made against Corbyn barely touch on the Palestinian question at all. Anyone looking at these criticisms for a discussion of the Palestinian issue, even one from a position sympathetic to Israel and hostile to the Palestinians, will fail to find it.
The Palestinian struggle, the plight of the Palestinian people, the whole history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the current policies both of Israel and of the Western governments which support it, are barely mentioned. When Palestinians do get mentioned at all, it is purely as terrorists. The entire campaign is being conducted as if Corbyn and those who support him hate Zionism and Israel and therefore allJews.
It is, of course, impossible that those who are conducting the campaign against Corbyn are any more ignorant of the basic facts of the Palestinian struggle and of the Arab-Israeli conflict than they are ignorant of Corbyn’s actual beliefs. If they are not mentioning these facts, it is not because they are ignorant of them. It is because they choose not to mention them.
Corbyn’s background as a radical socialist makes him a threat to the British establishment’s power. (Chatham House / Wikimedia)
In other words, the campaign against Corbyn has very little to do with the situation in the Middle East. I say this, though I have no doubt that the Israeli embassy is playing an active role in the campaign, a fact which is apparently freely admitted within Israel itself, though not in Britain.
However, it is a mistake to see the campaign against Corbyn as principally Israeli inspired. If it were, I would expect those conducting it to say far more about the situation in the Middle East than they do. Nor, in my opinion, is the campaign exclusively or even primarily the work of British Jews. As it happens, the Jewish community in Britain is far from united behind the campaign, with many British Jews expressing doubts or even outright opposition to it.
Instead, the campaign should be seen for what it is: the latest in a long series of attacks by the British establishment against Corbyn, the one British politician who more than any other embodies the threat to the current status quo and to the British establishment’s hold on power.
These attacks have at various times sought to portray Corbyn as a Communist, a Russian agent, a terrorist sympathizer and a traitor. Adding a charge of anti-Semitism to this catalogue is an obvious further step, and given Corbyn’s well-known advocacy of Palestinian rights an easy one. The only surprise is that it has not happened before.
That the anti-Semitism campaign is the latest in a long series of establishment attacks on Corbyn, which extend all the way back to his election as Labour’s leader, is shown by the sheer breadth of the campaign. The parliamentary Labour Party, the entire Conservative Party and the media (including the BBC and the supposedly left-wing Guardian newspaper) have all embraced it. Certainly, it extends far beyond those members of Britain’s Jewish community who form part of the greater British establishment and who initially spearheaded it. As it happens, the great majority of British politicians and commentators who have joined in the campaign are non-Jews.
A New Political Dynamic
As for the campaign’s greater vehemence by comparison with earlier campaigns, that is the product of the changed political dynamic in Britain since the June 2017 general election.
Before that election, the British establishment did not take Corbyn seriously, since it assumed that the British electorate would reject him in any election which he fought. The horrifying realization following the June 2017 election that the opposite is the case has—not surprisingly—caused panic and has led to the establishment pulling out all the stops. That explains not just the greater vehemence of this campaign but why it has persisted for so long.
In other words, what is driving the campaign is not some overarching loyalty on the part of British Jews to Israel or a belief that Corbyn is an anti-Semite. Rather, it is British establishment panic. As Britain’s Conservative government disintegrates, Corbyn stands poised to become Britain’s next prime minister. That terrifying prospect—of a radical socialist in 10, Downing Street—is one which must be averted at all costs. That is the reason for the anti-Semitism campaign we have been witnessing, and thus all the other campaigns against Corbyn we have witnessed, of which there are certainly more to come.
While the causes of the anti-Semitism campaign are mainly domestic, there is a wide consensus among Corbyn’s supporters that he has not handled his response to the campaign well. The general opinion—that he has been far too accommodating to his critics—has been forcefully argued in Consortium News by Jonathan Cook.
Corbyn himself has conceded too much ground on anti-semitism. As a lifelong anti-racism campaigner, the accusations of anti-semitism have clearly pained him. He has tried to placate rather than defy the smearers. He has tried to maintain unity with people who have no interest in finding common ground with him.
And as he has lost all sense of how to respond in good faith to allegations made in bad faith, he has begun committing the cardinal sin of sounding and looking evasive – just as those who deployed the anti-semitism charge hoped. It was his honesty, plain-speaking and compassion that won him the leadership and the love of ordinary members. Unless he can regain the political and spiritual confidence that underpinned those qualities, he risks haemorrhaging support.
This widespread view that Corbyn has been accommodating to people who seek only his destruction has even produced some curious examples of drafts of “speeches” written for him by some of his sympathizers setting out the sort of things which they think he should say.
While I have considerable sympathy for this view, I think it is only fair to add that Corbyn happens to be one of the most polite and diffident personalities in British politics. The contrast with, say, Donald Trump in the United States, could not be greater. It is not in Corbyn’s nature to respond to his critics with the same forcefulness that they extend to him. While this makes Corbyn an indifferent orator and blunts his impact in debates in the House of Commons, his politeness and diffidence is an integral part of his appeal. To call on him to act differently is to call for a different man, with no guarantee that that man would command anything remotely approaching the level of support that Corbyn has.
Is the Campaign Working?
It is important to stress this point because as of the time of writing it is far from clear to me that—contrary to what Jonathan Cook fears—this latest campaign against Corbyn is succeeding.
The poll numbers barely have shifted, with Conservative and Labour both polling around 40 percent of the vote since the June 2017 general election, and most opinion polls put Labour ahead. Though the anti-Semitism campaign may have lost Labour some Jewish votes in places like the London district of Barnet, the generality of the British voters seem indifferent and unimpressed by the whole affair.
I suspect that the truth is that Corbyn has been around in British politics for so long that the British electorate long ago formed its view of him. Knowing Corbyn as well as they do—as well as the left-wing tradition from which he comes—the vast majority of British center-left voters who make up Corbyn’s electoral base find the whole idea that he is an anti-Semite just too fantastic to take seriously. Besides the fact that the anti-Semitism campaign is merely the latest in a series of campaigns against Corbyn launched from the moment he became Labour’s leader makes the true motives of his critics in the end altogether too obvious.
The Nuremberg trials, circa 1945-46. (National Archives)
Cook has expressed the fear that if the Labour Party adopts the four additional working examples of anti-Semitism drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)—which it has hitherto resisted doing because of the way they limit criticism of Israel—that will make future criticism of Israel by Corbyn and by other members of the Labour Party all but impossible, and will open the way to a purge of Palestinian sympathizers within the Labour Party. [Editor’s note: The Labour Party altered its anti-Semitism definition on Sept. 4 at its National Executive Committee meeting and adopted the four additional working examples of anti-Semitism drafted by the IHRA.]
Similar concerns have been expressed by Norman Finkelstein, who sees the whole attempt to impose any sort of definition of anti-Semitism on the Labour Party as an attack on the party’s traditions and on free speech.
These concerns are far from groundless. On the contrary, there is no doubt that silencing criticism of Israel is very much a part of the agenda of some of the people behind the campaign, with the British establishment (not just its Jewish part) united in support of Israel in the same way as are the political establishments of all the other Western countries. Consider, for example, this extraordinary article by Andrew Feldmanin The Evening Standard, a newspaper edited by former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s friend and former Chancellor George Osborne, which contains this passage:
Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are the same thing. They are two sides of the same coin. Anti-Zionism is the belief that the state of Israel should not exist. That it should be dismantled. This is not the same as saying, quite legitimately, that you disagree with the policies of the current or any other Israeli government; or calling for the reversal of the settlement programme in the West Bank; or demanding a return to earlier borders and the creation of a two-state solution.
Some historical context is important here. Two thousand years ago, at the end of a long and bloody revolt, the Temple was destroyed and the Jewish people were dispersed far and wide, across the Roman Empire and beyond. They settled in many places. Some made them welcome for a time. Others less so. Jewish people lived in a constant state of trepidation. Periods of peace and prosperity punctuated by pogroms, inquisition and expulsion.
In Europe, the Holocaust was the crescendo of centuries of rumbling antipathy. Jews sought to escape the horror but the numbers who found refuge were pathetically small. Even the UK only accepted 70,000 Jewish refugees before the Second World War and 10,000 during it.
Quite simply, there was nowhere for them to go, so six million people perished out of a total global Jewish population of 17 million.
Finally, after this destruction, the world decided that enough was enough. The Jewish people needed their own place to go when things went wrong. And the ancient homeland was chosen. It was to be shared with the Palestinians on lines established by a United Nations resolution in 1948.
This was not the only work for the cartographers after the Second World War. The demise of empire, the calls for national determination and the need for pragmatic solutions brought about the creation of new states in Europe, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere in the Middle East. Lines were drawn on maps. Sometimes they respected geographical, religious and tribal boundaries; sometimes they did not. Everyone was doing the best they could to make sense of the cataclysmic events of the previous decades.
The State of Israel served its purpose. A national homeland for the Jewish people existing alongside the Jewish communities that continued to live around the world. And when things did not go well for some of those communities — in Russia, Iraq, Morocco and elsewhere — it was a place of sanctuary. It accepted refugees in huge numbers without question.
Note that the Palestinians are barely mentioned in the whole article, which claims that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism and does so by linking anti-Zionism to the whole history of anti-Semitism in the West, culminating in the Nazis and the Holocaust.
Needless to say, though Feldman appears to admit that it is legitimate to criticize Israel, he makes no criticisms of Israel anywhere in his article. In practice, on the basis of his article, it is difficult to imagine what criticism of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians Feldman would not define as anti-Semitic.
Having said this, it is important to retain perspective. Even though the Labour Party changed its anti-Semitism definition, that will not end criticism of Israel within the Labour Party or in British society. Corbyn himself will not change his views, nor will other supporters of the Palestinian struggle within the Labour Party or in British society.
Ultimately, what is causing the growing criticism of Israel in Britain as elsewhere are Israeli policies, and attempts to silence criticism of those policies by conjuring up the specter of anti-Semitism or by resorting to purges and inquisitions that can only, in the end, threaten to provoke a backlash.
How the Anti-Corbyn Campaign Is Like Russia-gate
The anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn in Britain bears more than a passing resemblance to the Russia-gate scandal in the United States.
Controversial BBC graphic seeking to link Corbyn to Russia. (BBC)
In both countries, the establishment has been shocked by popular insurgencies on the right and left and the rise of a seeming outsider: Corbyn in Britain, and Trump (with far less cause) in the U.S. In both countries, this has provoked a shrill establishment campaign against the outsider. In both countries, the allegations which form the basis of the campaign—of anti-Semitism in the case of Corbyn, of being an agent of the Russians in the case of Trump—are to anyone with even a basic grasp of reality utterly fantastic. In neither country does the sheer absurdity of the allegations seem to matter for those who have invested in the campaign. Instead, the political class in both countries pretends to believe them, while the media has embraced them. A media effort has been made to link Corbyn to Russia too.
In both countries, interested outside powers are involved in the campaigns— Israel in the case of the anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn in Britain, Britain and some other U.S. European allies in the Russia-gate scandal against Trump in the U.S. But the origins of both campaigns are domestic.
In both Britain and the U.S., the core electoral base of both Corbyn and Trump remains unmoved by the hysteria and the swirl of allegations, but in the meantime, real damage to the political system is being done. Both countries are unable to formulate rational foreign policies, whether with respect to the situation in the Middle East in the case of Britain, or with respect to relations with Russia in the case of the U.S.
Corbyn and the movement he leads have far deeper roots within British society than Trump does in the U.S. There has been a continuous tradition of political radicalism in Britain going back to the period of the French Revolution. Corbyn stands squarely within that tradition, a fact which is perhaps better understood in Britain than it is outside it. That tradition for the moment is rising in the case of younger Britains.
That, of course, is why, against all expectations, Corbyn, was elected leader of the Labour Party, and why, again contrary to all expectations, he increased the Labour’s share of the vote so dramatically in the June 2017 general election.
That is reason for the intensity of the campaign against him, but it also explains why he has been able to withstand it up to now. The shape of British politics in the future will be determined by whether or not he is able to continue  to do so.
Alexander Mercouris is a political commentator and editor of The Duran

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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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  • President Donald Trump told former economic adviser Gary Cohn that strong jobs numbers were proof his tariffs were working, according to Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."
  • The tariffs were not yet implemented.
  • Additionally, most economists agree that Trump's tariffs will cause a net loss of US jobs.
  • Both Cohn and the White House have pushed back on Woodward's reporting.

In early 2018, Gary Cohn came into the Oval Office to show President Donald Trump the monthly jobs report. It showed another strong month for the US labor market.

"I have the most perfect job numbers you're ever going to see," Cohn told the president, according to veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."

Trump was pleased with the numbers and used them as confirmation that a new policy initiative was working.

"It's all because of my tariffs," Trump said. "They're working."

But there was an issue with that logic: Trump's tariffs were not yet in place.

While Woodward is vague about the exact timing of the discussion, Cohn announced his resignation from the White House on March 6 and left for good shortly after. The first wave of Trump's tariffs, on steel and aluminum, did not take effect until March 23.

Even then, the tariffs had exemptions for major metals sources, like Canada, the European Union, and Mexico. Trump's trade war did not really heat up until June, when Trump allowed the exemptions for the allies to expire and officially announced tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods.

Cohn pushed back on Trump's assumptions about the tariffs, as well. Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, argued that tariffs would damage the economy and hurt American workers.

According to most economic research, Trump tariffs will actually cause a net job loss. In the months since Trump's tariffs went into full effect, US small businesses have started announcing tariff-related layoffs, and job growth slowed in industries hit by the tariffs.

The exchange over tariffs is another example from Woodward's book of Cohn trying to explain economics to Trump. According to "Fear," Cohn was taken aback by Trump's lack of understanding about the federal deficit. The economic adviser also resorted to taking documents off Trump's desk to prevent the president from pulling out of major US trade deals, the book said.

Cohn released a statement on Tuesday that pushed back on Woodward's reporting but did not deny individual allegations made in "Fear."

"This book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House," Cohn told the news website Axios in a statement. "I am proud of my service in the Trump Administration, and I continue to support the President and his economic agenda."

The White House has also dismissed the book, calling Woodward's reporting "nothing more than fabricated stories."

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Stocks stumbled Wednesday, dragged down by tech, after Apple unveiled a new collection of iPhones at a launch event on its Cupertino, California campus. The dollar and Treasury yields fell. 

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Dow Jones industrial average25,998.18 +27.12 (+0.10%)

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  1. A Category 4 hurricane is due to make landfall on the East Coast of the US this week, causing "catastrophic" flash flooding and winds. Oil was trading above $70 a barrel as Hurricane Florence makes its way toward the Carolinas and Virginia.
  2. The Trump administration reportedly reached out to China for another round of high-level trade talks. The Wall Street Journal reports senior officials invited Chinese counterparts to sit down for negotiations before the US follows through with proposed tariffs on roughly $200 billion worth of Chinese products. 
  3. US earnings rose in 2017 for a third straight year. The median household income climbed 1.3% to $61,372 in 2017, according to the Census Bureau. But the pace of growth fell short of the previous two years — median household income jumped 5.2% in 2015 and 3.2% in 2016.
  4. August producer prices in the US fell for the first time in one and a half yearsA decline in food prices offset a surge in energy costs, pushing the index 0.1% lower last month after holding steady in July. 

And a look at the upcoming economic calendar:

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  • The Federal Trade Commission holds public hearings on competition in the tech industry. 

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  • China has extended easy credit to vulnerable countries.
  • But its pockets are not as deep as they once were, analysts say.
  • Lending to emerging markets could also face political backlash.

When Malaysia canceled two large-scale infrastructure projects backed by China last month, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he was afraid the country could go bankrupt. As leader of a government that has tried to crowdfund its $250 billion of debt, that seems to be a reasonable concern.

"It’s all about borrowing too much money, which we cannot afford and cannot repay because we don’t need these projects in Malaysia," Mahathir told the New York Times in interviews about the projects, a rail link and a natural gas pipeline that had a collective price tag of more than $22 billion.

Malaysia is just the latest debt-ridden country to have been courted by Chinese lenders, a potential alternative to International Monetary Fund programs that can come with sweeping stipulations.

For example, China is Venezuela's largest creditor, lending the collapsing country more than $62 billion over the past decade. And just last week, President Xi Jinping offered countries in Africa another $60 billion in aid and loans.

But throwing life lines to emerging markets could be impractical for China in the long run, Nomura economists led by Ting Lu wrote in a recent note.

"China is still financially healthy, but its pockets are not as deep as they were," Lu wrote.

In the first three months of 2018, China ran its first current account-deficit since before joining the World Trade Organization in 2001. It rebounded by the second-quarter, but the setback raised questions about whether current-account deficits could occur more frequently in the future.

China's foreign-exchange reserves have fallen to roughly $3.1 trillion from $4 trillion in 2014. Meanwhile, hard-currency external debt has surged, with corporate offshore dollar bond issuance up about $500 billion during that same period.

"As China’s economy is becoming increasingly constrained by its own production capacity, EM imports from China financed by RMB borrowings would likely squeeze China’s exports, resulting, in our opinion, in a headline trade surplus that could overstate actual FX inflows, ultimately impairing China’s FX reserves," Lu wrote. 

Lending to emerging markets could also face political backlash as China faces an economic slowdown and as a trade war with the US continues to escalate. As Bloomberg Opinion columnist Shuli Ren recently wrote, "China’s shaky domestic economy may mean that it’s no longer politically viable for Beijing to keep being so generous."

For now though, China appears comfortable cozying up to emerging markets. The country been looking to expand economic ties abroad through its Belt and Road Initiative, a trillion-dollar investment venture that has infrastructure investment plans spanning across more than 60 countries.

A recent Pentagon report found the initiative is designed to shape interests to align with Beijing and to avoid confrontation and criticism. Involved countries could "develop economic dependence on Chinese capital, which China could leverage to achieve its interests," it said.

"They know that when they lend big sums of money to a poor country, in the end they may have to take the project for themselves," Mahathir told the Times.

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Jamie Dimon backtracks after claiming he 'could beat Trump' in an election

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon reversed course after taking aim at President Donald Trump during a JPMorgan event on Wednesday.

"I think I could beat Trump," Dimon said.

"Because I'm as tough as he is, I'm smarter than he is," he continued. "I would be fine. He could punch me all he wants, it wouldn't work with me. I'd fight right back."

But Dimon, a lifelong Democrat, also added that he could not win an election due to the "liberal side" of the Democratic Party.

Upstart exchange IEX snags its first listing from Nasdaq

IEX, the startup stock exchange made famous in Michael Lewis' book "Flash Boys," has snagged a listing from one of its larger rivals.

The New York firm, which gained stock-exchange approval in 2016, announced Wednesday that electronic brokerage Interactive Brokers will switch its listing venue from Nasdaq to IEX in October.

IEX, which was founded by Brad Katsuyama in 2012, is known for its speed-bump stock-trading model that aims to put the world's fastest trading firms on a level playing field with investors.

The cryptocurrency Ethereum crashed by over 8% on Wednesday, extending a slump for the asset and the wider market.

Ethereum was down 8.6% to $169.12 just after 9:30 a.m. GMT (4:30 a.m. ET), a level not seen since May 2017, when Ethereum was enjoying its first price surge of the year.

The cryptocurrency is down almost 30% over the past seven days and has mirrored a wider slump in the cryptocurrency market over the past two weeks.

This year's average Goldman Sachs intern is willing to pay $6 for avocado toast and admires Obama

Former US President Barack Obama is the most admired figure among this year's global class of Goldman Sachs interns.

Each year, the investment bank surveys its summer interns on topics as varied as their ambitions and their spending habits. Seventy-six percent of the 3,162 summer analysts and associates who interned at Goldman worldwide this summer responded to the questionnaire. Goldman published the results on Wednesday.

One of the more frivolous results indicated that the interns were willing to pay $6 on average for avocado toast, the popular millennial brunch dish.

Obama was the most popular choice as a role model, followed by Sheryl Sandberg, Nelson Mandela, and Steve Jobs.

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Following the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, a remarkable number of liberals have seemingly lost touch with reality and common sense, a “condition” humorously referred to as “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Unfortunately, it isn’t always funny when those who are afflicted with TDS act out on their deranged hatred for Trump, and it has…

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The left constantly claims to stand for “tolerance” and “non-violence,” but a disturbing incident in California is raising questions about how far divisive rhetoric has gone in today’s political climate. A man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly went on an anti-Trump tirade before verbally, and then physically, attacking a Republican candidate. Now,…

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One of the many things about former President Barack Obama that caused great consternation among many Americans was his apparent inability to utter the words “radical,” “Islamist” and “terrorist” all in the same sentence, much less strung together as an apt descriptive term for violent jihadists waging war against the West. Whether Obama’s refusal to…

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Police are investigating a democratic socialist’s threat to commit a mass shooting at a Make America Great Again event and bring back “bloodstained hats.” The threat was posted on Tuesday as a reply to The Gateway Pundit author Cassandra Fairbanks’ tweet advertising a pro-Trump event. The unhinged Twitter user promised to “get numerous bloodstained hats…

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That didn't last long. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon picked a fight with President Trump and then backed off just hours later. “I think I could beat Trump” Dimon said...
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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is signing an executive order authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections. Trump has drawn widespread criticism...
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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
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Facing pressure from lawmakers to beef up election security, President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that would impose sanctions on any foreign person or country that attempts to interfere in U.S. elections. The move follows repeated criticism of the White House response to Russian-backed interference in the 2016 presidential election. The new order sets up a framework for intelligence agencies to investigate whether foreign actors are attempting to influence any aspect of the electoral process. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats would turn over any significant findings of interference to the attorney general and the secretary of homeland security. Those departments would then determine whether to move ahead with sanctions. Punishments could include the blocking of assets in the United States, and the State and Treasury departments could also seek more expansive sanctions, such as curtailing access to U.S. financial institutions. "We felt it was important to
          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
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Trump signs order allowing sanctions on foreign actors interfering in US elections, such as freezing assets and limiting access to US financial institutions  —  Order would allow for the freezing of assets and limiting foreign access to U.S. financial institutions


          Martin Regg Cohn: How Doug Ford trumped Caroline Mulroney — and all of us — on basic rights      Cache   Translate Page      

Be careful what you wish for.

When Caroline Mulroney first announced her candidacy for Ontario’s 2018 election, the future was hers. Back then, she publicly supported official Progressive Conservative policies on an updated sex education curriculum, a carbon tax, and the rule of law.

Until she didn’t.

Eclipsed by Doug Ford in this year’s leadership race, she folded on carbon pricing. Still, she stood her ground on sex-ed.

Until she didn’t.

When Ford triumphed, he made her attorney general and, thus rewarded, she revised her position on our sex-ed culture wars and the carbon clash with Ottawa. Still, she vowed to defend the rule of law.

Until she didn’t.

Now, instead of distinguishing herself as a judicious defender of law and order, she is discrediting herself as the enabler of an injudicious premier. Instead of comporting herself as chief law officer of the crown, she is conflating her role with that of Ford factotum.

Mulroney is not solely responsible for the Ford fiasco, whereby the premier has invoked the “notwithstanding” clause of the Charter of Rights for the first time ever in Ontario. But by virtue of her unique cabinet position, she bears a higher burden to rein in recklessness, to oppose arbitrariness, to advocate for the rule of law, to remind us of political norms and constitutional conventions (see: U.S. President Donald Trump versus Attorney General Jeff Sessions).

Consider, for example, the primacy of freedom of association, the principle of non-interference in democratic elections, the practice that judges should be respected and not reviled. Where is the attorney general when Ford flouts legal conventions and lashes out at the judiciary?

When the premier demonizes judges as political appointees who dare not judge him, let alone overrule him — claiming that an elected premier reigns supreme until the next vote, free from judicial scrutiny — does the attorney general not caution him, counter him, or contradict him? If this is not what she signed up for last year, why not sign her name to a resignation letter by way of protest?

It is a fair question for Mulroney, not just because of her onerous responsibilities as attorney general, but her legacy as the daughter of a consequential prime minister whose name she has surely profited from (conveniently condensing her full name, Caroline Mulroney Lapham, when she entered politics). She benefited not merely in name recognition, but unrivalled fundraising power whenever Brian Mulroney made an appearance on her behalf.

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As Mulroney acknowledged Wednesday, her father has always denigrated the Charter’s notwithstanding clause, and he did so again unequivocally this week, noting that as PM he “had no interest in using it, no matter what.”

No matter what. Assuredly not for a partisan-motivated brawl with Toronto city council (for which Ford forgot to seek an electoral mandate).

“That’s why I opposed it then, and that’s why I oppose it today,” Brian Mulroney said. “And, no, I haven’t discussed this with my daughter.”

Why should he? After all, a daughter cannot be bound by her father’s views, just as a son like Justin Trudeau is not answerable for Pierre Trudeau’s thoughts as prime minister.

But when another party elder speaks out — in the person of Bill Davis — does not our attorney general take note? Davis is not a blood relative, but his DNA is no less Tory than Mulroney’s and he is himself a father of the Charter of Rights.

In a rare intervention, Davis stressed that the notwithstanding clause was conceived as a compromise that assumed politicians would abide by political norms. Any override of the Charter’s protections was intended as an instrument of last resort to resolve difficult contradictions, not as a routine weapon in the premier’s “toolbox” (as Ford described it) that would put judges back in their box.

As Davis told TVO’s Steve Paikin: “That it might now be used regularly to assert the dominance of any government or elected politician over the rule of law or the legitimate jurisdiction of our courts of law was never anticipated or agreed to.”

Caroline Mulroney is not alone in her betrayal of the Charter. Other lawyers in the Progressive Conservative caucus, who should also know better, are displaying similar fealty to Ford instead of loyalty to the Constitution — like, for example, Doug Downey, a former treasurer of the Ontario Bar Association; and Deputy Premier Christine Elliott, who has long had a special interest in human rights law.

“Why on Earth would we want to expose ourselves by plunging recklessly into such a controversial issue?” Elliott once said when condemning a proposal that would weaken human rights in Ontario.

That was in 2009, when Elliott warned the PCs against alienating voters by eliminating the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. What does Elliott say now?

What about the other ministers and caucus members who were supposed to act as a check on the untrammelled power of Ford? And what do voters think of a premier’s hidden agenda to expend so much political currency and constitutional capital on a sudden showdown with city council over seat size?

In the free vote held at Queen’s Park Wednesday, not a single member of the PC caucus dared to vote against first reading of the premier’s shameful disruption and destabilization of municipal politics in the middle of an election — notwithstanding the devastating judgments of two party elders who found Ford has overstepped by overriding the Charter’s protections.

For Mulroney and her fellow Tories at Queen’s Park, their dreams of power have finally been realized. Just not quite the way they first envisioned their wishes coming true.

Martin Regg Cohn is a columnist based in Toronto covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @reggcohn


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Relax. That’s the message South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has for anyone fretting about the nation’s plans for land reform, which drew a critical tweet from President Donald Trump last month. The Government won’t allow “land grabs”, and land...
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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!


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When it comes to HUD-insured reverse-mortgages, should federal law trump contrary contract terms? This is a question recently decided by the 11th Circuit

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U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a new executive order aimed at punishing foreigners who interfere in U.S. elections, although Democrats and some Republicans immediately said the action did not go far enough.
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US President Donald Trump continues to assert that his administration handled Hurricane Maria well. Trump tweeted 'we are ready' as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast of the U.S. “We are ready for the big one that is coming!” Monday, Trump said the U.S.' response to Hurricane Maria was an “incredible unsung success.' Thousands of people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria.
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According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order meant to make US elections more secure by sanctioning any foreigners trying to interfere in the political process. National Security advisor John Bolton said that these sanctions could include freezing assets, restricting foreign exchange transactions, limiting access to financial institutions in the US, and prohibiting citizens from investing in companies involved.
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Trump Cancels Planned Trip to Ireland in November A spokeswoman for the Irish Prime Minister says the U.S. president has canceled a trip to Ireland later in the year. Information Services officer Laura Durkan, via CNBC In late August, the White House had announced that Trump would visit Ireland and Paris. Protests began immediately within Ireland's government after Trump's visit was announced. Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party, called on the Irish people to 'show their disgust and rejection of the Trump administration's policies.' Trump planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in France on November 11.
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According to CNN, although some people may publicly oppose President Donald Trump… They don’t entirely have a problem with his daughter, Ivanka Trump. For example YouTube star Casey Neistat encouraged his followers to support Hillary Clinton during the election.Yet the vlogger continues to like Ivanka’s Instagram posts, saying he knew her before her father went into politics. Another friend of Ivanka is Democratic donor and billionaire Marc Lasry.
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Since President Trump has been terrifying us about a huge national crime epidemic, it's time to mention that we have a doozy in Arkansas. There's been nothing like it in at least a hundred years.

Since President Trump has been terrifying us about a huge national crime epidemic, it's time to mention that we have a doozy in Arkansas. There's been nothing like it in at least a hundred years.

But the predators are the white-collar kind and they only corrupt government and empty the public purse. The politicians who are headed to prison are God-fearing Christians who were elected for their piety, and they and probably their criminal collaborators wouldn't harm a hair on your head. Friends and pastors testify at their sentencings about the good they do when they aren't conniving to steal from the public accounts or giving their friends and benefactors the pass code to tens of millions of dollars of Medicaid largesse and state general-improvement funds.

For three years, the prints have carried stories about the fraud at a little Bible college outside the Ozark hamlet of Elm Springs that no one had heard of outside the rural township where Ecclesia College trained a few dozen youngsters in Bible studies, Christian counseling or sports management. State Sen. Jon Woods set up a scheme to get a dozen or so fellow legislators from Northwest Arkansas to channel some $700,000 of your taxes to the college's president so he could buy real estate around the rural school and then kick back part of the money to Woods and his friend Rep. Micah Neal.

Woods got 18 years and four months in federal prison last week and was ordered to pay $1,626,500 in restitution. The judge listened to pleas to go easy on this wonderful Christian man, but the judge was unmoved, noting that it took nearly three weeks for prosecutors to put on the evidence of all his crimes. It seemed, the judge said, that Woods had nothing on his mind as a public servant but to make money for himself and his friends, including a big salary for his girlfriend from a Missouri corporation that was trying to get deeper into the Arkansas Medicaid trough.

So far, only six legislators have been convicted or charged with crimes in the investigation of a Northwest Arkansas planning district's distribution of lawmakers' pot of surplus state funds. Many other lawmakers have been implicated in the schemes, although most of them so far seem not to have criminal culpability — only ignorance or bad judgment. Lobbyists and consultants who collaborated with them are going to jail, along with the Ecclesia president.

Jon Woods was emblematic of a modern breed of legislator, one who, as observed last week by Rex Nelson, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist and Arkansas promoter, runs for the legislature just to make a good living. He looked for ways to monetize everything. A fellow Republican senator had reported a bribe offer from Woods in 2011, when there were fears that the three Democrats on the state Board of Apportionment would throw neighboring Republicans into the same district to get rid of a few of them and create more Democratic openings. Woods told his colleague that for $10,000 he would move into another district. But the Democrats didn't gerrymander them and both kept their seats. Sen. Jim Hendren (R-Sulphur Springs) was obliged to report the attempted bribery to the prosecutor, but he refused to wear a microphone and tape Woods, which would have exposed a rising Republican star. When Woods landed a swell apartment in the state building across the street from the Capitol, fellow Republican Sen. Denny Altes of Fort Smith was envious and paid Woods $5,000 to rent his taxpayer-subsidized apartment.

Last year, Mike Maggio, a Republican circuit judge, went to prison for 10 years for taking a bribe arranged by the former state Republican chairman and Republican leader of the state Senate to cut $4.2 million from the judgment against a nursing-home titan for the family of a woman who died from mistreatment in a nursing home. The bribe came through a series of sham political action committees.

You might remember Ted Suhl and Justin Harris, whose Arkansas misdeeds made the national news in 2015 and 2016. Suhl, a supporter and benefactor of Gov. Mike Huckabee, ran a behavioral residential facility in Northeast Arkansas called The Lord's Ranch, which operated with millions of federal and state dollars. Suhl flew Huckabee around the country on his plane. In 2016, he was convicted and sentenced to seven years in federal prison and fined $200,000 for bribing a state administrator and former legislator to get more tax money sent to The Lord's Ranch. Suhl transmitted the bribe through the politician's West Memphis church.

Harris was a state representative at West Fork who started a preschool and daycare called Growing God's Kingdom, which got 90 percent of its money from the state and special favors from the state Division of Children and Family Services. He used his legislative muscle to control the state office, including adopting two girls, age 3 and 5, for which social workers said the Harrises were not proper parents. Harris deemed the girls possessed by Satan and kept them locked in a room, even while claiming state payments for them daily at his preschool. He finally "rehomed" them to a friend, who was convicted of sexually abusing one of them. The legislature finally made Harris' actions criminal — in the future, not applying to him.

Nelson, the communications director for three Republican politicians and who does not go around badmouthing politicians, made another subtle observation: that the new breed of legislator, whether a member or not, tends to show up at every interim committee meeting, sign the sheet for his $150-or-so per diem and go about his business.

Just the other day they showed up in droves for a meeting of Governor Hutchinson's celebrated regulation-killing committee. Among other empty gestures, they abolished the lengthy rules adopted some 40 years ago on how to operate vehicle-safety inspection stations, which themselves were ended two decades ago. The rules were in a dusty file, not costing the state a dime or anyone inconvenience. It allowed the governor to brag about vast tax savings by ending corrosive regulations.

Modern state government at work.


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Kellyanne Conway: Trump's Attack on Press Is 'Not Healthy' President Trump has lambasted the mainstream media as 'fake news' and 'the enemy of the people.' But Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, doesn't seem to agree with these statements. On the premiere of 'Amanpour and Company,' Kellyanne Conway, on ' Amanpour and Company' Amanpour asked if Conway had a 'red line' for the 'potential danger and consequences' of Trump's rhetoric. Conway responded that the constant media circus was due to 'intrigue' over 'principles and policies.'
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Quote of the week

"That's just bizarre." — Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View), the chair of the legislative Joint Performance Review Committee, responding to a representative from Everytown for Gun Safety's mention of statistics about youth suicide in a discussion of school safety. The response was that red flag laws — allowing judicial intervention on gun access for dangerous people — could have a positive effect on school shooting incidents and also on suicide rate. Irvin later suggested that efforts to address youth suicide with gun safety laws were targeting rural America.

Former senator, co-defendant sentenced

Federal Judge Timothy Brooks sentenced former state Sen. Jon Woods (R-Springdale) to 220 months, or more than 18 years, in prison and ordered him to make restitution of $1.6 million for masterminding kickback schemes from state money.

He must report to prison by 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

Woods' attorney has said he would appeal. He'll likely seek to postpone prison for Woods, but typically a defendant must show a chance of prevailing on appeal to avoid immediate imprisonment. Woods likely will focus on the fact that an FBI agent was not allowed to testify because of his mishandling of computer files. The government will say it wasn't relevant because the agent didn't testify and the material at issue wasn't prejudicial.

Brooks spoke at length about the severity of the crime. He called Woods' behavior "depraved." He said he'd received many letters from Woods' supporters, but they didn't overcome a record of habitual stealing of money. "Your entire way of thinking about what your job was, was to put money in your pocket, and I find that grotesque," Brooks said.

Defense lawyers tell the Arkansas Times they can't recall a stiffer white-collar crime sentence in Arkansas in years. There's scant "good time" in the federal system. If he isn't successful in a reversal or a reduction of the sentence (such as by contesting use of his participation in an unrelated crime in the sentencing), Woods could be facing 15 years in prison before release to a halfway house. He just turned 41.

Meanwhile, political consultant Randell Shelton, Woods' co-defendant, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison. Under sentencing guidelines, he could have gotten more than 10 years.

Brooks set Shelton's restitution at $660,698, the loss in state money. He also imposed a civil forfeiture of $664,000, which allows the taking of any assets Shelton might have. His prison time will be followed by three years of supervised release. He was ordered to report to prison Oct. 8.

Brooks faulted Shelton for speaking with pride about his work for Ecclesia College, which paid kickbacks to Shelton, Woods and former Rep. Micah Neal (R-Springdale) for state money it received. Shelton was paid by Ecclesia through a firm he set up called Paradigm Strategic Consulting.

Issue 1 deemed unconstitutional

Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce has ruled that Issue 1, the proposed limit on lawsuits and legislative takeover of court-rulemaking, unconstitutionally rolled up multiple issues in one proposal and should be removed from the ballot.

The decision came in a lawsuit brought by retired Judge Marion Humphrey. A committee backed by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and major health interests intervened to keep it on the ballot.

The decision will be appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The amendment caps noneconomic damages in lawsuits at $500,000 and also caps punitive damages, limits attorney fees to a third of judgments and in a couple of ways effectively transfers court rule-making authority from the Arkansas Supreme Court to the legislature. It gives the legislature rule-making review and also reduces the legislative vote requirement to amend or annul court rules. Past legislative efforts to make corporate-friendly changes to court rules have been struck down by the court as unconstitutional.

Pierce said amendments may have multiple parts so long as they are "reasonably germane." He adopted the plaintiffs' view that these four provisions are not. The state said it was enough to be generally about courts.

Work requirement kicks thousands to curb

More than 4,500 recipients of Medicaid in Arkansas lost their health coverage last week for failing to report on their work hours for three months. Enrollees were required to visit a state website to detail spending 80 hours a month on work or other approved activities or an exemption. Those who lost coverage will be locked out of receiving coverage for the rest of the year. Some 26,000 Medicaid recipients are subject to the work requirement rules, approved by the Trump administration earlier this year after Governor Hutchinson requested the change. A federal lawsuit has been filed in Washington, D.C., to block the work requirements from continuing. The same court blocked a similar work requirement from taking effect in Kentucky.


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The Observer, who knows a thing or three about anonymity, found our self nonetheless shocked by the recent New York Times op-ed by the anonymous King or Queen of the White House Molepeople, the person who appears to have responded to the Emperor having no clothes not by telling his Nekkid Excellency to put some damn pants on, but by getting buck nekkid, too, and calling his or her junk-out bit-waggling a sacrifice for a nation that oughta damn well be grateful for it.

The Observer, who knows a thing or three about anonymity, found our self nonetheless shocked by the recent New York Times op-ed by the anonymous King or Queen of the White House Molepeople, the person who appears to have responded to the Emperor having no clothes not by telling his Nekkid Excellency to put some damn pants on, but by getting buck nekkid, too, and calling his or her junk-out bit-waggling a sacrifice for a nation that oughta damn well be grateful for it.

Ol' Lodestar could, you know, actually step forward and try to do something to end this weekly, daily, hourly and occasionally millisecondly exercise in stupidity. But it appears that in the halls of power, it has been decided by our nameless, unaccountable saviors that a Useful Idiot is a terrible thing to waste, especially when there are regulations helping keep our drinking water Benzene-free to be imploded, taxes on the Lex Luthors of the world to be whittled down to zero, and smirking, right-wing scumbags to be shoehorned into the Supreme Court.

Nixon had his long national nightmare. Bill C. had his death duel with Ken Starr over a blowjob. Obama had his burger slathered in fancy-ass Dijon mustard. Dorito Mussolini and his enablers, meanwhile, seem to have succeeded in going several clicks better than all comers by creating and imprisoning us all in a "Matrix"-style alternate reality in which up is down, days feel like years and every cup, bowl, bass boat, chair, copy of People magazine, tongue depressor and potted plant is made of literal, carefully sculpted dogshit, which a solid 40 percent of the population and 80-plus percent of Republicans insist is the absolute finest quality shit ever made, without a doubt, no question about it, completely odorless, mostly flavorless and not too bad to stain, and they are happy to have it, sir.

Speaking of days like years and seconds like hours, can you believe this lard-lubed trailer park orgy of a presidency isn't even halfway over? Can you believe it's not even a quarter over if this country willingly continues its purgatory in the Shit Matrix by re-electing the racist sack of moist hair currently stinking up the White House? What, dear God, did any of us ever do to deserve this?

By this point in the Donald Trump Show, we thought we had been rendered damn nigh unshockable, our shock button pushed and pushed until it became a smoldering black hole by Good People On Both Sides and flame-haired Ruskie spies tunneling into the NRA; sappers in the wire on Facebook and the revolving door of idiots at the White House; 10,000 Angry Old Man Shouts At Cloud Tweets and occasions in which the leader of the most powerful and generous nation on the planet kicked our closest allies in the cods while calling Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un and every petty dictator and despot short of President Snow from those "Hunger Games" books a heckuva fella who really knows how to run a country. But there it was: a moment with the capacity to shock. An admission of an ongoing, unchecked American coup against the addled orange moron elevated to the highest office in the land. Cowardly scurryings in the walls of the Oval Office, noted as the highest duty, honor and patriotism. These are the days of our lives.

Call Omarosa Mangastronaut-Newman a scheming, soap-opera weasel if you want, but we say it's a good thing somebody was secretly recording this shit. A hunnert years from now, after all the skullduggery is through and the combatants are all safely in the ground or their ashes scattered in a secure, secret location so as not to create a shrine for neo-Nazis and Klanners, nobody is gonna believe any of this really happened without auditory proof. Hell, we don't even believe it is really happening, and we're living it. Someday, starry-eyed grandchildren will sit at the knee of Gramps and Nana and tell us that we're full of crap as a Christmas goose, calling us Fake News as we spit and sputter, skipping away in their pigtails and short pants while we swear and bedamn that what we're saying is true: that America was once run by a guy who we wouldn't feel comfortable letting use a can opener. For now, though, onward we all trudge through Turdsburg, looking desperately for the exit sign. Lord, let us all find it soon.


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  • Hurricane Florence is heading for the Carolinas, where it's forecasted to bring devastating storm surge and rainfall.
  • Some parts of the coastal Carolinas could see up to 13 feet of storm surge, while isolated pockets of North Carolina could see up to 40 inches of rainfall.
  • Experts and officials urged residents to leave if they're in a mandatory-evacuation zone.


Hurricane Florence is hurtling toward the Carolinas, bringing with it potentially catastrophic rainfall, storm surge, and flooding.

Though the hurricane has been downgraded to a Category 3, the National Hurricane Center has issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for much of the coastline across North Carolina and South Carolina, and expects life-threatening conditions in the coming days.

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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)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.

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Ο αμερικανικός στρατός είναι σε συζητήσεις για την επέκταση των δραστηριοτήτων του στην Ελλάδα, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της πιο εντατικής χρήσης των αεροπορικών και ναυτικών βάσεων, αναφέρει δημοσίευμα της Wall Street Journal το οποίο επικαλείται Αμερικανούς αξιωματούχους.

Αυτό μπορεί να σηματοδοτεί μια πιθανή κίνηση προς την ανατολική Μεσόγειο εν μέσω της αυξημένης έντασης με την Τουρκία.

Υπάρχουν γεωπολιτικοί και γεωγραφικοί παράγοντες που καθιστούν την Ελλάδα μια ελκυστική τοποθεσία για τον αμερικανικό στρατό, αναφέρουν στην εφημερίδα οι αξιωματούχοι.

Σε πολιτικό επίπεδο, οι ελληνοαμερικανικές σχέσεις είναι στο καλύτερο επίπεδο, ενώ και οι δύο χώρες έχουν ανησυχίες για τον εταίρο τους στο NATO, την Τουρκία, προσθέτουν Αμερικανοί αξιωματούχοι.

Γεωγραφικά η Ελλάδα έχει τον ιδανικό καιρό για εκπαιδευτικές πτήσεις καθ' όλη τη διάρκεια του έτους, ενώ φιλοξενεί τόσο ελληνικές όσο και νατοϊκές βάσεις.

Το σημαντικό στοιχείο για τις ΗΠΑ είναι επίσης ότι τόσο η σημερινή κυβέρνηση όσο και η αξιωματική αντιπολίτευση είναι πιο δεκτικές, όπως δήλωσαν Αμερικανοί αξιωματούχοι στο πλαίσιο επίσκεψης τις τελευταίες ημέρες.

Οι αξιωματούχοι αναφέρουν ότι βλέπουν μια ευκαιρία για αυξημένη χρήση των ελληνικών εγκαταστάσεων αλλά και τη στάθμευση περισσότερων στρατευμάτων σε μόνιμη βάση.

"Η γεωγραφία της Ελλάδας και οι ευκαιρίες εδώ είναι πολύ σημαντικές", δήλωσε ο στρατηγός Joe Dunford, πρόεδρος των Αρχηγών του Διακλαδικού Επιτελείου, μιλώντας σε δημοσιογράφους που ταξίδεψαν μαζί του, επικαλούμενος την γεωγραφική εγγύτητα της χώρας στις αμερικανικές επιχειρήσεις σε Συρία και Βόρεια Αφρική.

Οι ΗΠΑ έχουν ξεκινήσει να αυξάνουν τη χρήση των ελληνικών βάσεων. Αυτή την άνοιξη ξεκίνησε η λειτουργία μη επανδρωμένων drones MQ-9 Reaper από την αεροπορική βάση στη Λάρισα.

Οι αξιωματούχοι διευκρινίζουν ότι οι συνομιλίες, στις οποίες επικεφαλής είναι ο στρατηγός Curtis Scaparrotti, ανώτατος διοικητής των Συμμαχικών Δυνάμεων στην Ευρώπη, είναι σε προκαταρκτικό στάδιο και δεν περιλαμβάνουν προτάσεις για τη μόνιμη στάθμευση στρατευμάτων ή εξοπλισμού.

Αν και η Ελλάδα προσφέρει έναν αριθμό πλεονεκτημάτων, η αυξημένη χρήση ελληνικών βάσεων δεν έχει στόχο να αντικαταστήσει – ή να αποτελέσει προστασία – για τις μελλοντικές δραστηριότητες των ΗΠΑ στην αεροπορική βάση του Incirlik στην Τουρκία.

"Οι διμερείς μας σχέσεις με την Ελλάδα με κανένα τρόπο δεν έχουν στόχο να είναι σε βάρος της Τουρκίας", δήλωσε ο στρατηγός Dunford.

Το Incirlik είναι μεγαλύτερο, έχει σχεδιαστεί για επιχειρήσεις του NATO και είναι πιο κοντά στη Συρία, όπου ο αμερικανικός στρατός συνεχίζει τις δραστηριότητες του για να εκδιώξει τους τελευταίους θύλακες μαχητών του Ισλαμικού Κράτους.

Ωστόσο, το αποτυχημένο πραξικόπημα του 2016 στην Τουρκία από αντιπάλους του προέδρου Recep Tayyip Erdogan, η αγορά από την τουρκική κυβέρνηση των ρωσικών συστημάτων S-300 και η αμερικανική υποστήριξη στους Κούρδους μαχητές έχουν συμβάλει στην όξυνση των σχέσεων μεταξύ των δύο χωρών, ενισχύοντας την ελκυστικότητα της Ελλάδας.

Από το 2015 η Τουρκία έχει αυξήσει τους περιορισμούς στις επιχειρήσεις που μπορούν να διεξάγουν οι Αμερικάνοι στο Incirlik. Από την πλευρά τους οι ΗΠΑ έχουν μεταφέρει πόρους σε περιοχές όπως το Κατάρ για να διεξάγουν τις επιχειρήσεις τους στη Συρία.

Για χρόνια, ο αμερικανικός στρατός χρησιμοποιούσε την ναυτική βάση στη Σούδα, στις ακτές της Κρήτης, το μόνο λιμάνι στην περιοχή που έχει την ικανότητα να "δένουν" αεροπλανοφόρα.

Το Μάιο, το αεροπλανοφόρο USS Harry S. Truman πραγματοποίησε μια τετραήμερη επίσκεψη στο λιμάνι της Σούδας. Τον επόμενο μήνα, το αεροπλάνο του Donald Trump σταμάτησε στη Σούδα για ανεφοδιασμό στο δρόμο για τη Σιγκαπούρη, όπου θα είχε συνομιλίες με το Βορειοκορεάτη ηγέτη Kim Jong Un.

Για την Ελλάδα, υπογραμμίζεται στο δημοσίευμα, περισσότερες αμερικανικές επισκέψεις στα λιμάνια και εκπαιδευτικές ασκήσεις, θα μετριάσουν την απειλή ασφάλειας από τη Λιβύη και την Τουρκία, για την οποία (Τουρκία) η Ελλάδα "ανησυχεί βαθιά", ανέφερε αξιωματούχος των ΗΠΑ.

"Η Ελλάδα κοιτάζει γύρω της, στη γειτονιά αυτή και αναγνωρίζει την ίδια αστάθεια που έχουμε αναγνωρίσει και εμείς", ανέφερε ο αξιωματούχος.

Έλληνες διπλωμάτες επισήμαναν ότι η χώρα είναι σε στρατηγική θέση και ήδη τηρεί τον κανόνα του ΝΑΤΟ για τις αμυντικές δαπάνες στο 2% του ΑΕΠ.

Η περιοχή επίσης, είναι το επίκεντρο άλλων μεγάλων δυνάμεων. Η Κίνα έχει επεκτείνει την παρουσία της στην Ανατολική Μεσόγειο και η Ρωσία χρησιμοποιεί τη Συρία ως βασικό χώρο διεξαγωγής των επιχειρήσεών της στην περιοχή. Η Ελλάδα, τονίζει το δημοσίευμα, έχει επίσης μακροχρόνια σχέση με τη Ρωσία.

"Ανεξαρτήτως αυτού, η Ελλάδα είναι ένα αρκετά καλό στοίχημα", πρόσθεσε ο Αμερικανός αξιωματούχος.

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We know why President Trump is so hated. We’ve heard it time and again. The man is out of control. He’s a threat to national security. He has damaged our international standing. He’s unstable. He’s volatile. He’s in totally over his head. No one can work for him. Just read the latest books about Trump. […]
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AN Ibadan-based social-political group under the aegis of the Focus has ranked the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, as the only trump card the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can lay on the table in the [...]

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President Donald Trump isn’t the only prominent Republican to embrace white supremacy. On Tuesday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) retweeted prominent white nationalist and Holocaust denier Lana Lokteff, and added his own commentary comparing socialists to Nazis: “Nazi” is injected into Leftist talking points because the worn out & exhausted “racist” is over used & applied […]
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Win McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontWin McNamee and Eric PiermontJamie Dimon: I Could Beat Trump Because I’m ‘Smarter Than He Is’

Jamie Dimon just threw down the gauntlet, issuing a series of bellicose comments — at least politically speaking — directed squarely at President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

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The JPMorgan CEO says that, unlike Trump, his wealth “wasn’t a gift from Daddy.”


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Want to be part of peace? Stop working for, and investing in, these Big 5 arms manufacturers.

Most Americans want peace—in the world, in their country, and in their own homes and communities.

Even the most committed Trump supporter might want peace in Latin America and the Middle East—if it means “illegal” refugees stop “pouring” in to the USA.

Yet, somehow, U.S. “commandos” were deployed to 149 countries in 2017 alone.

Worse, according to a 2016 International Criminal Court report, U.S. troops allegedly committed war crimes in Afghanistan, and the U.S. military and CIA allegedly tortured at least 88 people in Poland, Romania, and other countries as well.

So why is it then that so many Americans work for private, for-profit companies profiting from war? And why are so many Americans invested financially in the merchants of death profiting from war and manufactured terror around the globe?

Perhaps it’s out of simple ignorance of a) not knowing where their money is invested and b) not knowing the U.S. companies that are manufacturing the weapons of death used by the U.S. and their frenemies around the world.

Enter CodePink’s new report, War Profiteers: The U.S. War Machine and the Arming of Repressive Regimes, a handy guide to the companies that manufacture weapons, and who they are selling them to. The report is primarily focused on Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon—the largest military manufacturers in the U.S., and their deals with Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Egypt.

“The United States is the leading purveyor of arms sales, global war and militarism,” the report notes. “With 800 military bases in 80 countries around the world, the U.S. has a larger military budget than the next seven countries combined, as well as an arms industry that dominates the global arms trade.”

The report delves into each of the Big Five arms manufacturers and their role and involvement in the murders of civilians and children around the world. It seems what are heralded as symbols of freedom in the U.S. are viewed as symbols of absolute destruction and death to the children who bear witness to the violence inflicted upon their communities by, for example, Apache helicopters or Eagle fighters (Boeing-made combat aircraft supplied to Israel).

Of course, it doesn’t help when U.S. leaders make threats and brag about their military or economic power and their access to “the button.” For example, the ICC’s recent accusations inspired national security adviser John Bolton to threaten the ICC as “illegitimate” and that the U.S. “will respond against the ICC and its personnel.”

Current U.S. leadership actions weren’t without foreshadowing by America’s military leaders of ages past. “Those who measure security solely in terms of offensive capacity distort its meaning and mislead those who pay them heed,” President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared decades ago. “No modern nation has ever equaled the crushing offensive power attained by the German war machine in 1939,” he continued. “No modern nation was broken and smashed as was Germany six years later.”

It’s not just the arrogant language leaders use, but also the corruption of language. The report notes that, “Officially sanctioned terms like ‘defense’ and ‘security’ act as a subterfuge to diminish and camouflage the deadly, dangerous and destabilizing role that the United States is playing in the world.”

The cost of that coopting and corruption of language and perversion of justice and humanity resonates deeply throughout the world, on an emotional, economic, and even spiritual level. Even Eisenhower, the report also notes, said, “The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every State House, every office of the Federal government. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.”

So why is it, then, that so many Americans continue to work for the companies profiting from heinous wars? It probably isn’t Raytheon’s corny “Forget Silicon Valley: Working for a defense contractor is surprisingly cool” campaign that is attracting people to military subcontractors.

The numbers of people working in this sector—nearly half a million officially in the Big Five mentioned in the report—is troublesome considering the number of EPA employees who have left under the Trump administration: an “exodus” of over 1,600 employees who are refusing to be a part of the problem rather than the solution.

As Eisenhower said, “Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.” That can start by moving your money—and your employment—to a different sector. But first, arm yourself with knowledge.

You can access the full CodePink report here.

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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