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          UPDATE 2-Trump raises ethanol use in gasoline, appeases farmers ahead of elections      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump launched an effort on Tuesday to increase ethanol use in the nation's gasoline pool, delivering a long-sought political victory to the nation's Farm Belt and angering refiners ahead of November's Congressional elections.

          Nigeria:Ruling Party Mocks Saraki Over Crashed Presidential Run      Cache   Translate Page      
[Vanguard] The All Progressives Congress has taunted Senate President Bukola Saraki over his dismal run for the presidency of Nigeria at the Port Harcourt convention of the Peoples Democratic Party.
          The Noose Tightens! Former FBI lawyer: Plot to record, remove Trump not a joke      Cache   Translate Page      
Don't tell former FBI general counsel James Baker that those now-infamous discussions about secretly recording President Trump and using the tapes to remove him from office were a joke. He apparently doesn't believe it. And he held quite the vantage point - he was on the inside of the bureau's leadership in May 2017, when the discussions occurred. Baker told Congress last week that his boss - then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe - was dead serious about the idea of surreptitiously recording the 45th president and using the evidence to make the case that Trump should be removed from office, according to my sources. Baker told lawmakers he wasn't in the meeting McCabe had with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in which the subject came up. But he did have firsthand conversations with McCabe and the FBI lawyer assigned to McCabe, Lisa Page, about the issue. "As far as Baker was concerned, this was a real plan being discussed," said a source directly familiar with the congressional investigation. "It was no laughing matter for the FBI." Word of Baker's testimony surfaced just days before Rosenstein was set to be interviewed in private on Thursday by House Judiciary Committee lawmakers. https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/410447-former-fbi-lawyer-plot-to-record-remove-trump-not-a-joke
          Políticos conhecidos foram derrotado para o Senado nas eleições 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
ICÉM CARAÚBAS - Informação com Credibilidade e Ética na Mídia

Dos 33 Senadores, apenas 8 se reelegeram

A eleição para o Senado Federal deixa fora do Congresso políticos de renome, como a ex-presidente Dilma Rousseff (PT-MG), que ficou em quarto lugar na disputa; o atual presidente do Senado, Eunício Oliveira (MDB-CE); o vereador Eduardo Suplicy (PT-SP), ex-senador e aposta do partido para reforçar a bancada; o senador Cristovam Buarque (PPS-DF), ex-ministro da Educação; e o deputado federal Mendonça Filho (DEM-PE), ex-ministro da Educação.

A eleição do Rio de Janeiro foi a que causou maior desfalque: foram derrotados os senadores Lindbergh Faria (PT) e Eduardo Lopes (PRB), além dos deputados federais Miro Teixeira (Rede) e Chico Alencar (PSOL).

Miro é o deputado com maior número de mandatos na atualidade. Ao todo são onze mandatos, com apenas uma interrupção, entre 1983 e 1987. Chico Alencar está no quarto mandato na Câmara dos Deputados. Um dos principais defensores de Dilma na Câmara dos Deputados, Silvio Costa (Avante-PE), tentou sem sucesso uma vaga no Senado. O líder do governo no Congresso, André Moura (PSC-SE), também foi derrotado.
O senador Eunício Oliveira não foi reeleito - Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil

Os eleitores do Maranhão tiraram do cenário nacional o senador Edison Lobão (MDB) e o deputado Sarney Filho (PV), mas colocaram no Senado, o deputado Weverton Rocha (PDT) e a deputada Eliziane Gama (PPS). Já os deputados Alfredo Nascimento (PR-AM) e Alex Canziani (PTB-PR) tentaram o Senado, mas foram derrotados. Filho da senadora Kátia Abreu (PDT-TO), o deputado Irajá Abreu (PDT-TO) conquistou uma cadeira no Senado.

Os tucanos Ricardo Trípoli, em São Paulo, Bruno Araújo, em Pernambuco, e Jutahy Júnior, na Bahia, que atualmente ocupam uma vaga de deputado federal, perderam a eleição de senador. Os ex-governadores Beto Richa (PSDB-PR), Raimundo Colombo (PSD-SC), Marconi Perillo (PSDB-GO) e Jackson Barreto (MDB-SE) também não tiveram sucesso nas urnas.

Os senadores Garibaldi Alves Filho (MDB-RN), Antônio Carlos Valadares (PSB), Roberto Requião (MDB-PR), Valdir Raupp (MDB-RO), Cássio Cunha Lima (PSDB-PB), Flexa Ribeiro (PSDB-PA), Vanessa Grazziotin (PCdoB-AM), Vicentinho Alves (PR-TO), Ataídes Oliveira (PSDB-TO), Lúcia Vânia (PSB-GO), Wilder Morais (DEM-GO), Magno Malta (PR-ES), Ricardo Ferraço (PSDB-ES), Waldemir Moka (MDB-MS), Benedito de Lira (PP-AL), Angela Portela (PDT-RR) e Paulo Bauer (PSDB-SC) não foram reeleitos.

Candidatos a governador
Dos 18 senadores que se candidataram a governador, apenas dois conseguiram se eleger no primeiro turno: Ronaldo Caiado (DEM), em Goiás, e Gladson Cameli (PP), no Acre. 

Três vão disputar a eleição estadual no segundo turno: João Capiberibe (PSB), no Amapá; Antonio Anastasia (PSDB), em Minas Gerais, e Fátima Bezerra (PT), no Rio Grande do Norte.

A ex-presidenta Dilma Rousseff não conseguiu se eleger em Minas Gerais - Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil

Reeleição 
Dos 33 senadores que tentaram a reeleição, oito conseguiram votos para voltar: Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), Ciro Nogueira (PP-PI), Humberto Costa (PT-PE), Jader Barbalho (MDB-PA), Eduardo Braga (MDB-AM), Renan Calheiros (MDB-AL) e Sérgio Petecão (PSD-AC).

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          10/10/2018: Pure Politics: CongressHasReasonsNottoYield ToBSP-SPinElection-boundStates      Cache   Translate Page      

New Delhi: Despite noise about Congress-BSP and Congress-SP ‘alliance breakups’ in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, Congressstrategistsseemtobeworking on a twin plan: Unitedly challenging incumbency burdened BJP citadels, while not yielding...
          10/10/2018: Pure Politics: Violence Against Migrants a Blow to Gujarat Image      Cache   Translate Page      

Gandhinagar: Thousands of Hindi-speaking migrant labourers continued to flee Gujarat on Tuesday, even as the BJP, which rules Gujarat, the Centre and the states to which the fleeing migrants belong to, engaged in a blame game with the Congress. Chief...
          'Presidents Of War' Sounds The Alarm About Presidential Power      Cache   Translate Page      
In his new book, Michael Beschloss focuses on the lead up to war. But a more pressing danger and indictment of presidential power may be the interventions not authorized by Congress.
           Comentário em O parlamento português vai pronunciar-se? por licas       Cache   Translate Page      
Chegou a notícia de que mais um preso de consciência se suicidou… Dias antes, o responsável chefe dos “so called bolivarianos” clamava no Congresso do PSUV : “Revolución Bolivariana trajo dignidad y conciencia al pueblo”. O que, diga-se, está bem conforme com a declaração: “Quém se me opõe acaba por lamentar o dia em que nasceu ”. Agora, uma adivinha muito simples: qual o regime político Português, no século XX, cheio de ocorrências semelhantes?
          Eleição para o Senado derrota políticos conhecidos      Cache   Translate Page      

A eleição para o Senado Federal deixa fora do Congresso políticos de renome, como a ex-presidente Dilma Rousseff (PT-MG), que ficou em quarto lugar na disputa; o atual presidente do Senado, Eunício Oliveira (MDB-CE); o vereador Eduardo Suplicy (PT-SP), ex-senador e aposta do partido para reforçar a bancada; o senador Cristovam Buarque (PPS-DF), ex-ministro da […]

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          Checkpoint Nation      Cache   Translate Page      

Melissa del Bosque, Sept. 13, 2018 - "“ICE is terrorizing American communities right now,” Angel Padilla, policy director of the Indivisible Project, told The Nation. “They’re going into schools, entering hospitals, conducting massive raids, and separating children from parents every day.”

Increasingly, Padilla’s description applies to CBP as well. It turns out that the legal definition of “the border” is troublingly broad. Some 200 million people—nearly two thirds of all Americans—live within the “border zone,” which is defined by the Justice Department as the area up to a hundred air miles from any US land or coastal boundary. Nine of the country’s ten largest cities lie within the zone. It touches thirty-eight states and encompasses all of Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. 

Within the border zone, Congress has granted CBP powers far beyond those of other law enforcement agencies. CBP, which largely consists of customs officers at ports of entry and Border Patrol agents who monitor the highways, has the authority to set up checkpoints almost anywhere within the hundred-mile zone, and to search and detain people without a warrant as long as they feel they have “probable cause” to suspect that someone is in the country illegally or smuggling contraband. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects citizens from “unreasonable searches and seizures,” but CBP operates with wide discretion, often using alerts from dogs as a reason to pull people aside for secondary inspection. Within twenty-five miles of any border, Border Patrol agents have even more expansive powers; they can enter private land without a warrant or the owner’s permission.

Being a US citizen doesn’t protect you from harassment by CBP. Even if you never leave the United States, you can encounter Border Patrol at the thirty-five fixed checkpoints and dozens of temporary checkpoints they operate deep in the interior. The locations of these checkpoints are not made public, but the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, has developed a project to track them. In a recent report, Cato mapped checkpoints as far as eighty miles from the border."


          Exxon gives million-dollar backing to carbon-tax push      Cache   Translate Page      
(AXIOS) — In a big shift, ExxonMobil is now helping fund a multi-million dollar political advocacy campaign lobbying Congress for a price on carbon emissions. Why it matters: This is a significant turning point in Washington’s mostly static climate debate. Exxon officials have said for years they support a carbon tax, but they haven’t backed […]
          Has Saudi Arabia Finally Gone Too Far?      Cache   Translate Page      
by Thomas W. Lippman In the 75-year history of the improbable alliance between the United State and Saudi Arabia, the Saudis have taken many actions and adopted many policies that infuriated the White House or Congress or both. They participated… Continue Reading  
          Wall Street donors tipping toward Dems in congressional races      Cache   Translate Page      

The finance industry is on pace for the first time in a decade to donate more money to Democratic congressional challengers and incumbents than to their Republican counterparts, according to nonpartisan tracking data. [


          AstraZeneca presents advances in improving treatment options for ovarian and lung cancer patients at ESMO 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

AstraZeneca and MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, will present 54 abstracts, including eight oral presentations and three late breakers, to the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO 2018) Congress in Munich, Germany, 19-23 October. Data span several tumour types and include full results from the Phase III SOLO-1 ovarian cancer trial to be presented in the Presidential Symposium, along with new research on resistance mechanisms in metastatic epidermal growt...

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          Roche to present new positive data from its broad cancer immunotherapy programme and across a wide range of cancers at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2018 Congress      Cache   Translate Page      

- - • First positive Phase III study results for a cancer immunotherapy combination in breast cancer, with Tecentriq plus nab-paclitaxel - • Positive data for both Alecensa in lung cancer and Tecentriq in lung and liver cancers - • New pivotal results from the tumour-agnostic entrectinib study across a broad range of cancer types for people whose tumours have been identified as NTRK gene fusion-positive - • Roche's latest advances and contributions to progress in cancer care will be fe...

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          Trump raises ethanol use in gasoline, appeases farmers ahead of elections      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump launched an effort on Tuesday to increase ethanol use in the nation's gasoline pool, delivering a long-sought political victory to the nation's Farm Belt and angering refiners ahead of November's Congressional elections.

          European Society of Radiology and GE Healthcare announce exclusive artificial intelligence partnership for ECR 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

The European Society of Radiology (ESR) and GE Healthcare are partnering on artificial intelligence (AI) for the upcoming European Congress of Radiology (ECR) on February 27-March 3, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. The partnership includes joint sessions on artificial intelligence and a 300 m² dedicated space on GE Healthcare's 850 m² booth where visitors can experience the AI transformation through interactive tools. - - The average hospital generates 50 petabytes of data annually*, including cli...

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          Hillary Clinton: ‘You cannot be civil’ with GOP—but ‘civility’ can resume if Democrats win Congress      Cache   Translate Page      
Hillary Clinton said Tuesday “you cannot be civil” with Republicans and that “civility can start again” if the Democrats win back the U.S. Senate, the…
          Compare Medicare-for-All and Public Plan Proposals      Cache   Translate Page      
This side-by-side interactive compares eight Medicare-for-All and public plan option bills that have been introduced in the 115th Congress. The interactive allows users to compare these proposals across a number of dimensions, including eligibility, benefits, cost sharing, provider payments, and more.
          Ocasio-Cortez: Must 'eliminate Electoral College'      Cache   Translate Page      
(WASHINGTON TIMES) — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist hoping to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, declared over the weekend that the Electoral College is a racist American relic that must be abolished. “It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation […]
           Comment on Behold the Hairy Men. by JMS       Cache   Translate Page      
You have made many good points. I believe that the opprobrium directed at the justices for overturning the economic programs that were needed to bring the country out of the Great Depression may have played a part in the resignation of the justices over time. At the time FDR took office in 1933, at the worst part of the Great Depression, the Federal government was not a great presence in the lives of people. There was Congress, SCOTUS, the postal service and the armed forces. Efforts to relieve suffering were at the level of state government. It was perhaps novel that FDR was attempting to institute the nationwide programs and the justices did not see that it was constitutional for the Federal government to do this. I agree that Gorsuch, Alito, Thomas and Kavanaugh are partisans as was Scalia. I think that Roberts has the ability and the obligation to be less partisan as the Chief Justice. It is his reputation on the line in history if he cannot steer the court to moderation. FDR's plan to pack the court with additional justices may have worked as a threat and a message that the obstructionist justices would become irrelevant. I agree with you regarding the legitimacy of the Supreme Court as constituted now with Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. Reagan was the one who reached out to the evangelical voters because he saw it was a way to win elections. I believe the leaders in the Revolution and the effort to create the Constitution, who knew of the Glorious Revolution and Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 and 1745, put the prohibition of a state religion in the First Amendment to prevent religious strife. I do not want the country to be a religious oligarchy. I do not want to see students forced to pray or public meetings begin with a convocation. (Full disclosure-I became a Buddhist over 45 years ago.) I'm not sure that additing additional justices to the Supreme Court is the way to go. I think that if the House goes to a Democratic majority it should investigate Kavanaugh going back to the stolen documents during W's administration. If he resigns or is successfully impeached, then there is an open seat. If there is a sufficient Democratic majority in the Senate, then the Senate could reject any additional tRump appointment. In 1987, I remember reading in The Atlantic Monthly stories about whether the Democrats were doomed to be a minority party as they had lost the presidential elections in 1980 and 1984. The Rethuglicans won again in 1988. Part of the pushback on Bill Clinton was because the Rethuglicans had come to believe that they were entitled to the presidency. The Rethuglicans never wrote off parts of the country deeming any victory worthwhile, while the Democrats wrote off most of the red states especially during Obama's administration. The upcoming mid-terms are another battle to limit the damage the Rethuglicans can do. Increasing the number of justices on SCOTUS would be like the arms race. We do it so they do it. Democrats have started to realize the importance of winning at the state level. It will unfortunately take us time to catch up. It would help immensely if the Rethuglicans implode through because the public begins, through better civics education, to see through them.
          An Archeologist Explains How 'Narcissist' Christopher Columbus Became a National Symbol      Cache   Translate Page      
Christopher Columbus likely would have slipped back into obscurity if not for American hubris.

Christopher Columbus was a narcissist.

He believed he was personally chosen by God for a mission that no one else could achieve. After 1493, he signed his name “xpo ferens” – “the Christbearer.” His stated goal was to accumulate enough wealth to recapture Jerusalem. His arrogance led to his downfall, that of millions of Native Americans – and eventually fostered his resurrection as the most enduring icon of the Americas.

Columbus in chains

In 1496, Columbus was the governor of a colony based at Santo Domingo, in what is now the modern Dominican Republic – a job he hated. He could not convince the other “colonists,” especially those with noble titles, to follow his leadership.

They were not colonists in the traditional sense of the word. They had gone to the Indies to get rich quick. Because Columbus was unable to temper their lust, the Crown viewed him as an incompetent administrator. The colony was largely a social and economic failure. The wealth that Columbus promised the Spanish monarchs failed to materialize, and he made continuous requests for additional financial support, which the monarchs reluctantly provided.

By 1500, conditions in Hispaniola were so dire that the Crown sent Francisco de Bobadilla to investigate. Bobadilla’s first sight, at the mouth of the Ozama River, was four Spanish “mutineers” hanging from gallows. Under authority from the king, Bobadilla arrested Columbus and his brothers for malfeasance and sent them to Spain in chains. Columbus waited seven months for an audience at the court. He refused to have his chains removed until the meeting, and even asked in his will to be buried with the chains.

Although the Spanish rulers wanted Columbus to disappear, he was allowed one final voyage from 1502 to 1504. He died in 1506, and went virtually unmentioned by historians until he was resurrected as a symbol of the United States.

Inventing Columbus

In the mid-18th century, scholars brought to light long-forgotten documents about Columbus and the early history of the New World.

One of the most important was Bartolome de las Casas’ three-volume “Historia de las Indias.” This book was suppressed in Spain because it documented Spain’s harsh treatment of the native peoples. His depiction of Spanish mistreatment of the Indians provided the foundation for the “Black Legend.” His account “blackened” Spanish character by depicting it as repressive, brutal, intolerant and intellectually and artistically backward. Whatever Spain’s motives, the conquest of the Americas destroyed native cultures and ushered in centuries of African enslavement.

Another was the personal journal of Christopher Columbus from his first voyage, published in 1880. The journal captured the attention of Gustavus Fox, Abraham Lincoln’s assistant secretary of the Navy, who made the first attempt to reconstruct the route of Columbus’s first voyage.

Renewed scholarly interest in Columbus coincided with political motives to deny Spain any remaining claims in the Americas. Spain’s American colonies declared independence, one by one, from the beginning of the 19th century. Simón Bolivar, and other Creole revolutionary leaders, embraced a classical philosophy that highlighted their Roman ancestry to a degree that “Spanish America” was converted to Latin America. The final assault came with the U.S. invasion of Cuba and the six-month Spanish-American War in 1898. Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the purchase of the U.S. Virgin Islands from Denmark.

Columbus likely would have slipped back into obscurity if not for American hubris.

The Columbian Exposition

In 1889, France put on what reviewers described as the most spectacular World’s Fair possible. Held on the Champs de Mars in Paris, its crowning achievement was the Eiffel Tower.

After Paris, the United States set out to prove to the world it was the equal of Europe by staging its own World’s Fair. No one has claimed credit for the theme of the Exposition, but the stage was set when American writer and author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving, attempted to revive his flagging career by writing the first biography of Christopher Columbus in English, published in 1828.

His embellishments created the great hero whose legend the fair celebrated: “He was one of those men of strong natural genius, who appear to form themselves; who, from having to contend at their very outset with privations and impediments, acquire an intrepidity in braving and a facility in vanquishing difficulties.”

The Columbian Exposition and World’s Fair was timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the New World. President Benjamin Harrison presided over opening ceremonies on Oct. 12, 1892. That same day, the Pledge of Allegiance was introduced in American schools.

Chicago created the “White City” – a collection of nine “palaces” designed by America’s greatest architects, conceived and constructed in only 26 months. Outside the White City was the grittier Midway, which is now a common feature of carnivals and fairs. The fair gave visitors their first taste of carbonated soda, Cracker Jacks and Juicy Fruit chewing gum. An enormous 264-foot-tall Ferris wheel transported 36 cars each carrying up to 60 people on a 20-minute ride. More than 28 million tickets were sold during the six months the Columbian Exposition was open. Columbus was the darling of 19th-century mass media.

Seventy-one portraits of Columbus, all posthumous, hung in a Grand Gallery. Following Irving’s descriptions, Columbus became the embodiment of the American Dream. The son of simple wool weavers and someone who had a great dream challenged the greatest scholars of his day, and boldly went where no man had gone before. Better yet, he was Italian. America could deny that Spain had any part in the discovery of the New World.

President Harrison declared a national holiday to coincide with opening of the Columbian Exposition – Columbus Day. It was officially recognized by Congress in 1937.

In 1992, as the United States prepared for the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas, the pendulum swung again. The devastating impact of his “discovery” on native peoples throughout the Americas led protesters to decry Columbus as a “terrorist.”

Columbus the man died more than 500 years ago. Columbus the legend is still being dismantled. His story illustrates the blurred borders between myth and history – how an architect of destruction was turned into a national symbol.

This is an updated version of an article originally published on Oct. 10, 2016.

This article has been updated to correct the name of the president who presided over the Columbian Exposition’s opening ceremonies.

William Francis Keegan, Curator of Caribbean Archaeology, University of Florida

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


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A leaked memo warned Google executives that the data breach "almost guarantees [CEO] Sundar [Pichai] will testify before Congress."
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The CBI, which had claimed that it was not allowed by the previous Congress regime to appeal against the HC judgment of February 2004, finally moved the SC in February 2018, four years after the NDA government came to power.
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Christopher R. Green (University of Mississippi - School of Law) has posted Our Bipartisan Due Process Clause (George Mason Law Review, Forthcoming) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: What it meant to “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law” was very well-known to the men who proposed the Fourteenth Amendment: to take away life, liberty, or property without traditional judicial proceedings, except where public safety required it. Congressmen made this very clear, and at great length—but in 1862, rather than 1866. Highly recommended.
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O sindicato lança nesta segunda-feira (08/10) o Boletim do SINASEFE nº 584. A edição apresenta informações do jurídico sobre a Instrução Normativa nº 2/2018, um resumo da participação do SINASEFE no IV Congresso Nacional de Direito Sindical e orientações sobre aposentadoria docente.

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Finland is hosting the Arctic Biodiversity Congress this week, where 450 scientists, government officials, indigenous peoples and experts from 26 countries are discussing safeguarding the Arctic environment. Finland is chair of the Arctic Council from 2017-2019, and hosting two high-level environmental meetings this month.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö was also in attendance at this week's congress, which began, well, above the Arctic Circle, in Lapland's city of Rovaniemi on Tuesday.

Niinistö opened the four-day congress by pointing out what was likely already on many attendees' minds, a report issued Monday by the IPCC - the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - which said that avoiding global climate chaos will require an unprecedented transformation of society and the world economy, and that time is running out to avoid disaster.

The report called for radical cuts in energy consumption and a rapid shift away from fossil fuels.

"As we all know, the IPCC just yesterday published its latest special report on global warming. It had a very clear message to policymakers. We urgently need to enhance and speed up our efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement," Niinistö said.

"This is particularly relevant for the Arctic. As the IPCC report points out, the Arctic region is one of the most vulnerable systems on our planet, if and when global warming continues. And on the other hand, the melting of sea ice and other changes in the Arctic region accelerate climate change on a global scale. I have said this before: if we lose the Arctic, we lose the globe," Niinistö continued.

Finland seeks action from Arctic states

Niinistö also said Finland would like to see Arctic states, at "the highest political level commit to reducing black carbon emissions. Reducing flaring in oil and gas production, switching from heavy fuels to LNG in ship engines, upgrading old-fashioned power plants, and preventing wildfires."

"The discussions I have had preparing for the possible [Arctic] summit have given me reason for some optimism. Climate change may not be the best conversation starter in every capital these days, but you can still find constructive ways to address the concrete issues behind it," Niinistö said.

"There is hope. We still have a chance to save the Arctic, and to save the globe. But there is no time to waste," he said.

Biodiversity in the Arctic

This week's congress will feature keynote speeches from prominent experts in Arctic science and policy, and global environmental cooperation.

The environment ministry's councillor on environmental biodiversity, Marina Von Weissenberg, is one of the conference organisers and said she has high hopes for the meeting, adding that the IPCC report will likely spark debate at this week's meeting.

"There will certainly be a great deal of discussion. We know that climate change is the biggest threat to the Arctic region. The official goal is [an overall] global warming limit of 1.5 degrees, which in the Arctic region means an increase in temperature of between 6-7 degrees. It is clear that the flora and fauna will suffer terribly," she said.

"I hope that the topics discussed at the conference give a little nudge to the UN system, that we have to follow up on agreements we've made on biological diversity and transport sector regulations," von Weissenberg said.

The meeting will also feature scientific reports on the acidification of the Arcitic Sea and how environmental toxins are affecting fish and other marine life.

Science rules at Arctic Council

Although research is not always taken into consideration by policy makers, von Weissenberg said the Arctic Council listens to researchers.

"The Arctic Council has done a great job. It has been a joy to observe cooperation between, for example the US, Canada, Finland and Russia, which is based on the best scientific data available," von Weissenberg said.

The Arctic region is one of the areas on the planet least affected by humans, but it is also threatened by global climate change and exploitation of resources. Local communities, as well as indigenous peoples rely on the Arctic for their livelihoods but climate change in the region also poses serious threats for the entire world, according to von Weissenberg.

"Even though it's a small number of countries we're talking about [in the Arctic region], the polar region impacts the condition of the entire planet," she said.


          Attorney in Washington, DC - USA-DC-Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Weekday Trumpdate: Nikki Haley Gets the Fuck Out, Trump Tweets "Multilayered Nonsense"      Cache   Translate Page      
Maybe Ivanka will go to the UN. by Chase Burns
What a fart.
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Another day, another Trumpddate. Was it really just a week ago that the NY Times's bombshell reporting on Trump's finances came out? Whatever happened with all that? Oh yeah. Nothing.

The big news of today, so far, is that Nikki Haley—"one of Trump’s many dignity beards," as Rich Smith calls her—is leaving her position as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. From CBS News:

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is leaving her post at the end of the year, President Trump announced in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Haley's replacement is unclear, although Mr. Trump said he will likely select the new ambassador in the next two or three weeks.

Haley told reporters she will not run for office in 2020 and instead campaign for the president, in an attempt to quash speculation that she might chart her own political course challenging him.

[...]

Mr. Trump said a number of people would like to do Haley's job, and claimed it's a more "glamorous" position than it was a couple years ago.

Who will take that glam position? Maybe someone from Goldman Sachs! From CNBC:

Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and former deputy national security advisor to President Donald Trump, has had discussions with senior members of the administration about possibly succeeding Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

In the days leading up to Haley's sudden and surprising resignation Tuesday, senior White House officials reached out to Powell about possibly taking the role, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter.

But maybe Ivanka will take Haley's place! Per NBC News:

"How good would Ivanka be?" he asked rhetorically before dismissing the idea.

"I think Ivanka would be incredible but it doesn't mean [I would name her]," Trump said. "I would be accused of nepotism." He added that he thought there was no one "more competent in the world" than Ivanka Trump.

Yeah... that wouldn't just be nepotism:


But wait wait wait! Why is Haley leaving if she's not trying to run for president? Are we supposed to buy that she's just tired? Maybe it has something to do with this... per HuffPo:

A watchdog organization is calling for an investigation into seven private flights taken by United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley that were paid for by South Carolina business executives.

The 2017 flights, which Haley listed on her public financial disclosure report this year, were between New York, Washington and three cities in her home state of South Carolina, where she was governor before joining the Trump administration. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the flights were likely worth about $24,000 and should be investigated by the State Department’s inspector general.

While the Haley news was breaking, Trump tweeted this nonsense:

The Washington Post breaks it down:

The tweet appears to be rare multilayered nonsense. Nonsense within older nonsense.

The base layer is the false premise that hundreds of protesters who swarmed the Capitol during Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings were “paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” as Trump put it in another pronouncement last week, in contradiction to all known facts.

Onto this original falsehood, Trump has now stacked the baffling claim that the paid protesters were not, in fact, paid — “they haven’t gotten their checks,” as he wrote.

This is the conundrum the world is trying to solve.

They go on to decipher the whole mess here.

His Twitter today hasn't been complete multilayered nonsense*. He's also getting out the vote:


*Well, the "Vote.GOP" part definitely counts as multilayered nonsense.

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          Trump to talk ethanol, boost candidates at Iowa rally      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading to Iowa to boost Republican candidates and roll out new summer fuel standards. Trump’s rally in Council Bluffs is the latest stop on a busy tour campaigning for Republican candidates in the lead-up to November’s midterm congressional elections. Trump is expected to announce a long-expected move lifting […]
          How much a typical worker makes at Intel, Facebook, Google, Netflix and EA — and where Orlando stands in the tech industry      Cache   Translate Page      
While popular companies Google and Apple do not have a headquarters in Florida, the state has a growing number of high-tech, high-wage jobs that may give California's tech promise land a run for its money. Silicon Valley has a bevy of innovative, high-tech and well-known companies that pay a lot of money, but the acclaimed haven for the industry may lose a bit of its luster due to the cost-of-living in the area rising, which may bode well for Florida. A few more surprises are coming to light as…

          Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127      Cache   Translate Page      
Since we last spoke with Mark Joseph Stern of Slate last week a lot has happened, Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the new Supreme Court justice, the swing vote senators revealed their true colors, and the American Bar Association has reopened an investigation into Kavanaugh. Mark returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and so much more.

California’s congressional district 22, situated in the heart of the Central Valley, has been held by Republican incumbent and Trump ally Devin Nunes since 2002. Fresno County Deputy District Attorney and Democratic candidate for CA-22 Andrew Janz is campaigning to change that, and the Fresno Bee has endorsed him over Nunes, "for the good of the 22nd District and the nation, the choice is clear." He joins me on the show today to talk all about his exciting campaign.

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          First TV commercial from outside group set to air in Love-McAdams race      Cache   Translate Page      
The first TV commercial from an outside organization is set to air in the 4th Congressional District race, supporting Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, and slamming her Democratic opponent, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.
          Menos da metade dos deputados evangélicos reelegeu-se      Cache   Translate Page      
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Dos 82 parlamentares evangélicos que tentaram a reeleição na Câmara dos Deputados, apenas 37 conseguirem a vaga. É um dos menores índices de renovação das quatro principais bancadas suprapartidárias do Congresso – servidores, evangélicos, bala e agronegócio. O dado desfaz o mito da "superioridade eleitoral" dos evangélicos. 

A reportagem do jornal O Estado de S. Paulo destaca que "a bancada evangélica foi também a que proporcionalmente mais tentou a reeleição neste ano. De acordo com os registros de candidaturas, 84% dos 82 parlamentares que compõe esse grupo tentaram garantir um retorno ao mesmo cargo no próximo ano. Um dos que não concorreu ao cargo de deputado federal, foi o Cabo Daciolo (Patriota-RJ) que concorreu à Presidência da República".

A queda da bancada, no entanto, não significa que a renovação inexistiu: "assim como a bancada da segurança, também chamada de "bancada da bala", a dos evangélicos deve ganhar novos parlamentares, principalmente com a ascensão do PSL, de Jair Bolsonaro e a tendência é de crescimento do lobby. Para a próxima legislatura, um dos objetivos deste grupo é evitar mudanças em questões ligadas ao aborto e às drogas".

          Film Screening: “The Trial (O Processo)” Followed by a talk with director Maria Ramos      Cache   Translate Page      

Film Screening: “The Trial (O Processo)” Followed by a talk with director Maria Ramos

"The Trial is a documentary film about the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female President. The film portrays the “judicial political” trial first at the House of Representatives and, then, in the Senate focusing on the President’s Defence Team: her lawyer and a group of senators who struggle to prove the President’s innocence against a majority vote by a Congress riddled with corruption. A tale of betrayal and farce, the film presents Rousseff’s personal story: herself imprisoned and tortured by the country’s former military dictatorship, she now faces impeachment accused of fiscal crimes and corruption charges. Rousseff declares herself innocent and accuses the right-wing opposition of perpetrating a Parliamentary Coup d’état. The principal architect of the impeachment is Vice-President Michel Temer, one of her former allies" (more at https://www.maria-ramos.com/the-trail/). "Maria Ramos is a prize winning Brazilian/Dutch documentary maker. She was born in Brasília, Brazil in 1964 and graduated in documentary film at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. In 2013, the Board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights awarded Maria Ramos the MAREK NOWICKI PRIZE for her body of work and excellent achievement in showing human rights in film. Her recent film THE TRIAL / O PROCESSO (2018) was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section where it was awarded third prize in the Audience Award. The film was also awarded the GRAND PRIX (Best film) at Festival “Visions du Reel” 2018, Switzerland; BEST FILM by the jury of the ‘Silvestre’ section and the AUDIENCE AWARD at the Int. Film Festival Indie Lisboa, Portugal and BEST FEATURE DOC at Documenta Madrid."

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          Decisão do governo Trump ameaça a conservação ambiental, denunciam cientistas      Cache   Translate Page      
Urso-negro é encontrado em quase todo território dos EUA.  (Foto: Creative Commons / werner22brigitte)

 

A decisão de priorizar a ciência “publicamente disponível, reproduzível e revisada por pares” para tomar decisões foi assinada pelo vice-secretário do Departamento do Interior do governo Trump, David Bernhardt, em 28 de setembro, visando aumentar a confiança da agência na "melhor ciência disponível", de acordo com comunicado.

Parece uma iniciativa lógica até, afinal sempre é melhor contar com a melhor ciência possível, mas a medida gerou protestos dentro dos Estados Unidos. Isso porque a medida pode fazer, na verdade, o oposto, denunciam cientistas. Ela pode afastar os funcionários do Departamento do Interior de estudos que confiam em informações frequentemente mantidas em sigilo para proteger espécies ameaçadas, como dados de localização e detalhes de proprietários de terra. Ou os cientistas tornam públicas informações sensíveis como essas ou não podem continuar esses dados em estudos.

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“Na superfície, parece uma regra para aumentar a transparência, mas pelo histórico não parece provável", disse ao BuzzFeed News Charise Johnson, pesquisadora da União dos Cientistas Preocupados (UCS). Uma pesquisa da UCS com cientistas federais, publicada em agosto, mostrou que muitos no Departamento do Interior relataram ter sofrido censura e interferência política no trabalho.

“Essa ordem surgiu em resposta a preocupações perenes de que o Departamento não forneceu informações suficientes ao público para explicar como e por que ele chega a certas conclusões, ou que é uma ciência seletiva para apoiar resultados pré-determinados”, Heather Swift, porta-voz da agência disse ao BuzzFeed News.

Essa regra é similar a outra proposta controversa, feita pela Agência de Proteção Ambiental (EPA), que restringiria a ciência usada para as regras ambientais e de saúde pública, alertam cientistas. E-mails internos recém-divulgados mostram que os próprios cientistas da EPA não estavam envolvidos na elaboração da regra, que tem sido contestada pela Associação Americana para o Avanço da Ciência (AAAS), pela Associação Americana de Saúde Pública e por mais de 60 outros cientistas, médicos e grupos acadêmicos.

Em uma audiência no Congresso na quarta-feira sobre a regra de transparência científica da EPA, o diretor executivo da AAAS, Rush Holt, ex-membro do Congresso de Nova Jersey, disse que a proposta "não é sobre transparência ou ciência sólida". "Trata-se de reduzir as regulamentações e essa mudança provavelmente resultaria em danos às pessoas e ao meio ambiente”, afirmou.

A diretriz do Interior não é tão restritiva quanto a da EPA, dando ao pessoal uma oportunidade de usar qualquer ciência que julgue apropriada, desde que explique seu raciocínio.

"Qualquer decisão baseada em conclusões científicas que não sejam apoiadas por dados brutos publicamente disponíveis, análise ou metodologia, não tenham sido revisadas por pares ou não sejam prontamente reproduzíveis deve incluir uma explicação de por que essa ciência é a melhor informação disponível", diz a ordem.

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          Administration Implements Smith Proposal to Expand Availability of E15 Year-Round      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) praised President Trump’s decision to allow the year-round sale of E15 in accordance with legislation introduced by Smith. In a White House announcement today, the president directed the EPA to begin rulemaking to allow E15 to be sold during the summer months.

“The year-round availability of higher ethanol blends such as E15 is a simple, common sense measure which I have long championed for its benefits to producers, refiners, and consumers across America. In addition to introducing legislation requiring the EPA to allow the sale of E15 throughout the year, I have sent multiple letters and consulted administration officials on numerous occasions to this end. President Trump has long stated his support for renewable fuels, and I appreciate him following through on this commitment.”

To download an audio clip of Rep. Smith’s comments, click here.

To read about Rep. Smith’s bill to allow year-round sales of E15, click here.

To read Rep. Smith’s latest column on E15, click here.

To read Rep. Smith’s latest letter to the administration on E15 and 2019 RVOs, click here.


          Uttam promises Sub-Plan for minorities      Cache   Translate Page      
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Tuesday appealed to the Muslim community not to vote for TRS in the next elections, if they wish to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Voting for TRS is likely voting for BJP as KCR is an agent of Narender Modi, he said, while addressing a meeting at Gandhi Bhavan on the occasion of joining of ex-TRS leader of Mahabubnagar district Mohammed Ibrahim into the Congress. Calling KCR an anti-Muslim, Mr Reddy said the TRS government not only neglected the minorities welfare, but damaged their cause, wherever possible. He said the KCR has openly cheated the Muslim community on the issue of 12 per cent Muslim reservation. Poor Muslims hoped for an increase in their quota in jobs and education to 12% and voted for TRS in last elections with the confidence that KCR would honour his promise by implementing it within four months after coming to power. But KCR did nothing in four-and-a-half years. No one in the history of independent India cheated Muslims in such a manner, he said. Mr Reddy said KCR cheated the Muslims on several fronts with active support from PM Modi. KCR remained silent when BJP Govt kept reducing funds for minority welfare every year. Despite holding the portfolio of minorities welfare, KCR did not write a single letter to the Prime Minister on issues concerning the minorities, he said. He also accused KCR of making tall claims of allocating Rs 2,000 crore for the minorities welfare. He challenged KCR to also present the actual figures of amount spent on minorities welfare, compared to the allocations.MORE UNI VV RJ 2218
          Shivpal interested in having truck with BSP      Cache   Translate Page      
In a new twist to the alliance politics in Uttar Pradesh, Shivpal Singh Yadav led Samajwadi Secular Morcha (SSM) is warming up to the Bahujan Samaj party for the electoral alliance for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Both the parties are in constant touch and are struggling to arrive at consensus over the space for the Congress in the proposed alliance.Politics is the game of possibilities and we are in talks with so many parties including some small political outfits. We are also in touch with the Bahujan Samaj Party but it would be premature at this juncture to comment about the outcome, said Chakrapani Yadav, spokesman of the Samajwadi Secular Morcha here on Tuesday.SSM sources said Shivpal Yadav is asking for 13 Lok Sabha seats and desires that 10 seats will be given to the Congress and the lion share of 57 seats for BSP. Sources said inclusion of Congress in the proposed tie up has not found favors from Mayawati.BSPs relations with the Congress are strained following the talks between the two parties that collapsed over seat sharing in poll bound Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh and trading of charges between the two parties.Sources said Shivpal Yadav is insisting on inclusion of Congress. Shivpal has argued facing isolation Congress, the congress could tie up with the Samajwadi party and this alliance might emerge as a major claimant for the muslim votes. BSP, sources said is comfortable with alliance with SSM and it could be extended to the 2022 UP assembly elections. Shivpal Yadav has no chief ministerial ambition and could be an important asset for the BSP in 2022 elections and a formidable force to take on the BJP and in case of success of the alliance could pave the way for Mayawati taking over as UPs chief minister for the fifth time, said a morcha leader. He said Mayawati cannot have this comfort with the Samajwadi party for 2022 elections as Akhilesh Yadav himself is a strong contender for the office of UP chief minister.Shivpal Yadav in September had proposed a coalition between his newly-formed Samajwadi Secular Morcha and the Samajwadi party along with the BSP, in a bid to bring together all anti-BJP parties ahead of the Lok Savbha polls. Shivpal has also said that his party was ready to contest the 2019 polls from all 80 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, except the Mainpuri seat.Shivpal Yadav has left the Mainpuri seat for his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav and also offered to field him as the SSM candidate.UNI MB KPV RHK 2226
          Another FIR lodged against defamatory slogans PM      Cache   Translate Page      
Himachal Pradesh Police lodged another FIR on Monday for putting defamatory slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the walls under Chota Shimla. SP Shimla O P Jamwal said that case has been registered under Sec 505 (2) IPC and 3 of HP Open Places Disfigurement Act on the complaint of Retd Commandant of SSB Mr. Suresh Chander Thakur (74), a resident of Shanti Vihar, Kasumpti Shimla.The complaint alleged that some miscreant wrote slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a portion of boundary wall of his house and a pedestrian path leading towards Chhota Shimla and disfigured his boundary wall. We are investigating the matter however no accused have been traced in charge of crime, said a police officer.In a similar incident earlier, an office bearer of Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress- OP Thakur was arrested by police after some derogatory slogans against the Prime Minister Modi were found on walls in Nahan, about 86 km.He, however, was later released on bail but the arrest sparked protests against police action, which the Congress alleged was taken under pressure from BJP.UNI ML RHK 2223
          Congress demands Presidential rule in Gujarat      Cache   Translate Page      
Congress party today demanded imposition of President rule in Gujarat in the wake of attacks on non-Gujarati community in the state. Party spokesperson and former MLA Shaktisingh Gohil, who is also the in-charge of party affairs in Bihar told UNI over phone that BJP was alleging Congress to be behind the attacks but it should answer that why its own government failed to maintain law and order situation. What the Intelligence bureau (IB) was doing and why the BJP government in the state failed to tackle the situation or stop the attacks. It had never happened in the past in Gujarat and the government has failed. The other thing is that Gujarat was also the home state of PM Modi and he himself has been elected from UP. Even then the BJP government led by Vijay Rupani has not been able to maintain the law and order in the state to protect the people from UP and Bihar living in Gujarat for years. I demand that for its utter failure and president rule must be imposed in Gujarat, he added.UNI RAJ KPV RHK 2246
          Sexual Harassment Claims Spiked After the Clarence Thomas Hearings. They’re Spiking Again Now.      Cache   Translate Page      

Since the #MeToo movement kicked off last fall, the number of sexual harassment charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has spiked. In fiscal year 2018, which closed just days before the first anniversary of the publication of the Harvey Weinstein stories that kicked off a national reckoning with harassment and assault, the EEOC saw a more than 12 percent bump in charges filed with the agency as compared to the previous year.

While this year’s numbers aren’t finalized yet, Cathy Ventrell-Monsees, a senior attorney adviser to the chair of the EEOC, says the proportional increase is unlikely to change as the agency certifies its data. The agency received 6,696 charges of sexual harassment in the 2017 fiscal year, which means there were about 7,500 in 2018—the first increase the EEOC has seen in at least eight years. Sexual harassment charges had been steadily declining since 2010, when 7,944 claims were filed, and the number hasn’t topped 7,300 since 2012.

According to Ventrell-Monsees, sexual harassment charges increase and decrease in response to major national events and dips in the economy. And since charges are frequently filed in response to layoffs and firings that may be undertaken in retaliation for raising complaints of harassment, a bad economy usually means more charges, too.

Early reports, then, suggest that #MeToo appears to be one of those events that prompts a spike in sexual harassment claims. Anita Hill’s testimony during Clarence Thomas’ 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings was another. In the first quarter of the 1992 fiscal year, after Hill appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to accuse Thomas of harassing her when they worked together at—as fate would have it—the EEOC, the agency received 1,244 claims of sexual harassment, a 71 percent increase over the same period in the previous year. The spike held for the next three quarters, which saw 50 percent more sexual harassment charges than in 1991. “There has been a growing public awareness of the right to file charges of sexual harassment, and women are coming forward,” an EEOC spokeswoman said at the time.

Back then, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who helped push Brett Kavanaugh through the Judiciary Committee and recently told a group of women protesting sexual assault to “grow up,” applauded women for coming forward with sexual harassment complaints after the Hill/Thomas hearing. “The one good thing to come out of the hearing is that everybody—and I mean everybody—is more aware,” he told the New York Times in July 1992. “Women are fed up to the gills about how they’re treated in this society. A lot of men thought it was cute, but it isn’t. Sensitivity has been heightened like never before. And that is a very healthy thing for our country.”

The increase in sexual harassment complaints that followed the Hill hearing marked the beginning of a steady rise that continued for the next five years. The combined number of charges filed with both the federal EEOC and state and local Fair Employment Practices Agencies climbed from 10,532 in fiscal 1992 to 16,245 in 1997, then began a relatively steady decline to 9,614 charges in 2017. There’s no way to tell whether the post-#MeToo spike in charges filed will be a quick uptick or the beginning of another long-term surge in complaints, but EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum said last week that she believes the intensified national conversation about sexual harassment and assault denotes “a transformative moment” in the country’s history.

In 2016, the EEOC launched a new training in response to a report that showed harassment to be a persistent, pervasive problem in American workplaces. In addition to educating employers on sexual harassment law and compliance, the new curriculum teaches employers how to stop harassment before it creates a toxic work environment. Since the #MeToo movement began last fall, Ventrell-Monsees says, demand for the training has been “off the charts,” with trainers booked three to six months out. With the $15 million bump Congress gave the agency’s budget in March, the EEOC has been able to hire more employees to meet the post-#MeToo demand.

There’s no good way to track whether the increases in charges filed with the EEOC after the Hill hearing or after #MeToo have led to more favorable outcomes for the employees who file them. Often, even when the EEOC finds an employee’s charges have merit, the employee or her lawyer decides to withdraw the complaint in order to settle privately with the employer. But regardless of whether the new claims end up dismissed, settled, or adjudicated in court, Ventrell-Monsees believes they represent a major shift in the way American workplaces—and the people who populate them—respond to inappropriate behavior. “The EEOC has been all over harassment for many years,” she said. “The rest of the nation kind of woke up to it in October of last year.”


          Immigrant-turned-millionaire Arora challenges Himes      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON– The race for the 4th District congressional seat pits political novice Harry Arora, a Republican who says he backs most of Donald Trump's agenda, against a Democratic incumbent, Rep. Jim Himes, who has the political winds at his back.
          Pruitt's Gone, But Wheeler Carries on Agenda      Cache   Translate Page      

Scott Pruitt’s 16-month tenure as EPA administrator turned out to be a mixed bag. When President-elect Trump nominated Pruitt, he thought he was getting exactly what he wanted: an ag­gressive outsider; an able public advocate; and, most importantly, someone who as Oklahoma’s attor­ney general had shown that he was just as opposed to Obama’s climate agenda and regulatory onslaught as was Trump.

Pruitt turned out to be suitably aggressive and an energetic promot­er of Trump’s policies. Most notably, he provided stalwart support inside the administration and in public of the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate treaty. But he also turned out not to be a hands-on administrator. Repeals of major rules were regularly announced, but the legal paperwork often turned out to be sloppy and the process of moving rulemakings forward often seemed stuck in neutral.

Pruitt came to the job without any experience of working inside the EPA or of managing a large organization. What he needed was a competent deputy administrator who had worked at EPA and knew how it operated and where the roadblocks were. That person was Andrew Wheeler, but the president’s dysfunctional personnel process didn’t manage to nominate Wheeler until October 2017 and the Senate didn’t confirm him until April.

By the time Wheeler was sworn in, Pruitt was under assault for ethi­cal lapses by environmental pres­sure groups and the mainstream media. The charges against him were mostly small potatoes, some were ridiculous, and even the seri­ous ones were hardly unusual. One of the most serious was that he rent­ed a bedroom in a condo on a $50 nightly basis from a K Street power couple. It does look improper, but it had been cleared by EPA’s ethics counsel. Compare the endless recy­cling of this story to the big news in 2010 that Treasury Secretary Timo­thy Geithner had lived rent-free for nine months in a $3.5 million house owned by a Wall Street executive. But the story of Geithner’s special deal (which also had been cleared by his agency’s ethics counsel) dis­appeared in a couple days.

Regardless of the magnitude of the offenses, Pruitt did a poor job defending himself. Time and again, he appeared arrogant and tone deaf. And he should have been prepared for the unrelenting attacks, but was not. In particular, in taking on the EPA bureaucracy, Pruitt seemed unaware of the magnitude of the chal­lenge. He would have done well to study what hap­pened to the only previous administrator who tried. Anne Gorsuch Burford was an outsider picked by Pres­ident Reagan in 1981 to reform what was already an out-of-control bureaucracy. She was run out of town in 1983.

Andrew Wheeler is now act­ing administrator and may be nominated after the election to be administrator. I have known and oc­casionally worked with Wheeler for two decades and can attest to his commitment to and competence in getting the job done. It is a high rec­ommendation that he has worked in his career for two great Americans — for Senator James M. Inhofe on the staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and for Bob Murray of Murray Energy as a lobbyist.

There is no doubt that Wheeler will continue to implement the de­regulatory agenda. That’s because it’s President Trump’s agenda, which is based on a coherent set of campaign promises. The Waters of the United States Rule will be replaced with something that is constitutional. The so-called Clean Power Plan will be replaced with something that is legal. And so on.

On whether Wheeler succeeds in his second main charge — reforming the worst aspects of the agency in terms of mismanagement, lack of accountability, and freelance regu­lating far beyond what Congress has authorized — history says no (see Pruitt and Burford). On the other hand, Pruitt hired an expert in man­agement and re-organization from Arizona state government, Henry Darwin, as chief operating officer. Darwin has now been named acting deputy administrator.

To reform one of the swampiest bureaucra­cies is a challenge. As a former official who served under Carol Browner in the Clinton EPA said to me at the height of the Pruitt furor, “We learned early on that you don’t ever want to cross senior EPA career staff.” To make progress, Wheeler and Darwin are going to need help from Con­gress. The signs are not good. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney requested a 31 percent cut in EPA’s budget for FY 2017. The Republican Congress pulled that back to 6 percent.

It’s not going to be possible to re­form EPA’s recalcitrant bureaucracy without deep staff cuts. Much of the agency’s work, especially in terms of monitoring and enforcement, has been turned over to state agencies. Having lots of spare regulators with time on their hands and mischief on their minds will always lead to free­lancing and over-regulation.

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder launched a new television ad Tuesday with a testimonial from the widow of an Indian engineer murdered in a Kansas City-area bar about the Republican’s efforts to help her remain in the U.S. afterward. The 30-second spot featuring Sunayana Dumala praising Yoder comes with the four-term congressman locked […]
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          Donna Shalala & Maria Elvira Salazar: The Candidates For Florida’s District 27 Congressional Seat      Cache   Translate Page      
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Florida's 25th Congressional District is Republican-leaning and has the state’s most Hispanic-heavy and most Republican city of Hialeah.
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          'Presidents Of War' Sounds The Alarm About Presidential Power      Cache   Translate Page      
In his latest book, Michael Beschloss details the windup to eight wars — and the executive branch involvement in each. With the exception of the Korean War, all of these wars received either a formal congressional declaration of war (the War of 1812; the Mexican-American War in 1846; the Spanish-American War in 1898; WWI in 1917; and WWII in 1941-42) or some form of congressional authorization (Civil War in 1861 and the Vietnam War in 1964). In Presidents of War , Beschloss sounds the alarm about the president's power to drag the nation into war. Yet a more pressing danger and indictment of presidential power may be the "little wars" and military interventions not authorized by Congress and not covered in this book. Reading Beschloss's well-crafted synopses, one is reminded how often major wars are started on a false pretext, a fabricated crisis or exaggerated hostility that is used to drum up congressional and public support. Beschloss clearly describes how easy it is for the United
          Comment on Bernie Sanders to Stump for Congressional Candidates Mike Levin and Ammar Campa-Najjar in San Diego by Bonnie      Cache   Translate Page      
Applause for Robin Abcarian, most inquiring reporter from the Los Angeles Times. Miss her. She misses very little. Better than a passel of misleading polls.
          Kansas GOP congressman’s ad has softer tone on immigration      Cache   Translate Page      

Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder has launched a new television ad with a testimonial from the widow of an Indian engineer murdered in a Kansas City-area bar

The post Kansas GOP congressman’s ad has softer tone on immigration appeared first on Federal News Network.


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          Weekday Trumpdate: Nikki Haley Gets the Fuck Out, Trump Tweets "Multilayered Nonsense"      Cache   Translate Page      
Maybe Ivanka will go to the UN. by Chase Burns
What a fart.
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Another day, another Trumpddate. Was it really just a week ago that the NY Times's bombshell reporting on Trump's finances came out? Whatever happened with all that? Oh yeah. Nothing.

The big news of today, so far, is that Nikki Haley—"one of Trump’s many dignity beards," as Rich Smith calls her—is leaving her position as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. From CBS News:

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is leaving her post at the end of the year, President Trump announced in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Haley's replacement is unclear, although Mr. Trump said he will likely select the new ambassador in the next two or three weeks.

Haley told reporters she will not run for office in 2020 and instead campaign for the president, in an attempt to quash speculation that she might chart her own political course challenging him.

[...]

Mr. Trump said a number of people would like to do Haley's job, and claimed it's a more "glamorous" position than it was a couple years ago.

Who will take that glam position? Maybe someone from Goldman Sachs! From CNBC:

Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and former deputy national security advisor to President Donald Trump, has had discussions with senior members of the administration about possibly succeeding Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

In the days leading up to Haley's sudden and surprising resignation Tuesday, senior White House officials reached out to Powell about possibly taking the role, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter.

But maybe Ivanka will take Haley's place! Per NBC News:

"How good would Ivanka be?" he asked rhetorically before dismissing the idea.

"I think Ivanka would be incredible but it doesn't mean [I would name her]," Trump said. "I would be accused of nepotism." He added that he thought there was no one "more competent in the world" than Ivanka Trump.

Yeah... that wouldn't just be nepotism:


But wait wait wait! Why is Haley leaving if she's not trying to run for president? Are we supposed to buy that she's just tired? Maybe it has something to do with this... per HuffPo:

A watchdog organization is calling for an investigation into seven private flights taken by United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley that were paid for by South Carolina business executives.

The 2017 flights, which Haley listed on her public financial disclosure report this year, were between New York, Washington and three cities in her home state of South Carolina, where she was governor before joining the Trump administration. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the flights were likely worth about $24,000 and should be investigated by the State Department’s inspector general.

While the Haley news was breaking, Trump tweeted this nonsense:

The Washington Post breaks it down:

The tweet appears to be rare multilayered nonsense. Nonsense within older nonsense.

The base layer is the false premise that hundreds of protesters who swarmed the Capitol during Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings were “paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” as Trump put it in another pronouncement last week, in contradiction to all known facts.

Onto this original falsehood, Trump has now stacked the baffling claim that the paid protesters were not, in fact, paid — “they haven’t gotten their checks,” as he wrote.

This is the conundrum the world is trying to solve.

They go on to decipher the whole mess here.

His Twitter today hasn't been complete multilayered nonsense*. He's also getting out the vote:


*Well, the "Vote.GOP" part definitely counts as multilayered nonsense.

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Kansas GOP Congressman's Ad Has Softer Tone on Immigration. Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder has launched a new television ad with a testimonial from the widow of an Indian engineer murdered in a Kansas City-area bar. Oct. 9, 2018, at 6:21 p.m.. Kansas GOP ...
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          Could More Female Scientists in Public Office Save America?      Cache   Translate Page      

Could More Female Scientists in Public Office Save America?Shaughnessy Naughton is fighting for a more informed Congress.



          Totally normal Vice President Al Gore endorses a penguin for congress.      Cache   Translate Page      
Totally normal Vice President Al Gore endorses a penguin for congress. You read that correctly. Al Gore endorsed a penguin. The penguin even speaks at the end of the video.This is your thought leader, libs. pic.twitter.com/K7ChNroxMf— Benny (@ben...
          McConnell was correct when he said a Supreme Court nominee had not been appointed during a presidential election year when the White House and Congress were controlled by opposing parties in more than a century      Cache   Translate Page      
McConnell was correct when he said a Supreme Court nominee had not been appointed during a presidential election year when the White House and Congress were controlled by opposing parties in more than a centuryhttps://t.co/4bdTUcnCvd— Washington ...
          UPDATE 1-U.S. foreign military sales total $55.6 bln, up 33 pct -U.S. official      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON, Oct 9- Sales of U.S. military equipment to foreign governments rose 33 percent to $55.6 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, a U.S. administration official told Reuters on Tuesday. About $70 billion worth of foreign military sales notifications went to Congress this year, slightly less than the year before, the administration official said.
          Cayman participates in international congress on child abuse prevention      Cache   Translate Page      
Three Cayman voices rose as one last month to bring attention to the epidemic of child abuse and neglect in the Caribbean and in the wider world.
          Trump - and 2018 Congress Thread      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Comment on Ocasio-Cortez and other new Dems ‘need to be educated’ on Israel, says Rep. Eliot Engel by US Citizen      Cache   Translate Page      
No one 'needs to be educated about israel' and I hope they reject any such 'education'. It’s time for progressive politicians to put Palestinian rights on the agenda, stop being bullied by AIPAC, and get with the program, or else they are going to lose the support of the constituents they need to get elected- if not today, then tomorrow. People understand dollars and cents. Make people endorsed/beholden to AIPAC and people like Engel and his ilk - the people who run on or promote a pro-israel position - defend giving 11 millions dollars a day to a 'vibrant democracy' when our own are going without. After being elected they should ban AIPAC from their congressional offices as well and if AIPAC attempts to smear them resort to going nuclear with the 11 million dollars a day and make THEM justify it. Spell it out for them and shame these israel firsters/AIPACers. It's long overdue. When the US and international community start applying pressure on the israelis to actually accept living in peace next to Palestine let me know. Until then all of their numerous proxy organizations on the ground are just producing anti-Palestinian/Islamophobic propaganda and I will treat it accordingly as the trash and sewage that it is.
          Comment on Ocasio-Cortez and other new Dems ‘need to be educated’ on Israel, says Rep. Eliot Engel by Jasonius Maximus      Cache   Translate Page      
Eliot Engel, just another bought and paid for political stooge, doing the bidding of a foreign nation while violating and flaunting his oath of office. How dare he stand in front of Jewish Americans and lavish praise on a foreign nation, while that very same nation holds an American citizen (one of their own citizens) in custody for a week, for the crime of once boycotting hummus! Hummus for fuck sake! With all his access to AIPAC and his fellow Congressmen and women, what has the mighty Eliot Engel done about this gross violation? Nothing! Now he wants to “educate” the new generation of Democratic leaders? I don’t know whether to laugh or throw up. His time is just about over! A new generation of democratic social justice warriors, who know all about injustices against disenfranchised, oppressed minorities is taking the stage. Highly educated politicians who know more about Israel and it’s past than he did before getting hooked on and addicted to the Kool-Aid.
          Comment on Ocasio-Cortez and other new Dems ‘need to be educated’ on Israel, says Rep. Eliot Engel by Kay24      Cache   Translate Page      
Translation: Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats have to kowtow to Engel's masters, and show them the unwavering support that he and many of colleagues, always gives their zionist masters. I hope they have the spine to face the pressure that they will now have to endure, from Israel firsters, the lobbies, and Israel's American servants. I also hope that some of the new Democratic members of Congress, will have the courage to not vote favoring a brutal occupier, and vote to give it more weapons and aid in the future.
          Comment on Ocasio-Cortez and other new Dems ‘need to be educated’ on Israel, says Rep. Eliot Engel by scott9854958      Cache   Translate Page      
I didn't know Leslie Cockburn was running for Congress. I read her book shortly after it came out and learned a lot. She probably knows more about U.S.-Israeli dirty laundry than all members of Congress combined. I doubt the patronizing Eliot Engel would agree to debate her. People like him do much better in echo chambers like that synagogue.
          4 Ways Taylor Swift Just Proved Herself a Better Leader than 90% of Congress      Cache   Translate Page      
There'll be backlash, but she'll shake it off.
          Ram hmasawnna atan Congress candidate vote a ṭul - Lal Thanhawla      Cache   Translate Page      
Congress party presi­dent Lal Thanhawla chuan nimin khan Congress Bha­van-ah thu a sawi a, "Ram hmasawnna turin Congress
          Vukmir rolls out Trump-like Lie campaign against Baldwin!      Cache   Translate Page      
After last nights Senate candidates debate between incumbent Tammy Baldwin and Trumpian challenger Leah Vukmir, it seems more obvious than ever that Vukmir is an untrustworthy State Senator as well. 

Thanks to PolitiFact, we're able to see "lying" Leah's record of false statements. She's breathtakingly nuts on every issue. Why would anyone vote for someone this deceptive?

Oral Chemo: When it came to voting against requiring insurance coverage for oral chemotherapy, Vukmir made this completely nonsensical statement:
Vukmir: "I was very concerned that the unintended consequence of that bill would be that the very people who wanted that care would be restricted from that care."
Baldwin's simple comeback:
"A vote is a vote, and Leah Vukmir voted with insurance companies to prevent oral chemo from being covered. I don't know how you can run away from the vote."
Universal Health Care: Remember, Vukmir's Trump Party still don't have an alternative plan to replace the ACA or protect pre-existing conditions, so the following statement from Vukmir is an empty outright lie, that laughably plays off the GOP's successful branding of the ACA as ObamaCare:
Vukmir said she would "fall in front of a truck" before she let people with pre-existing conditions go without insurance coverage. Vukmir charged that Baldwin's support for a "Medicare for all" universal health care plan would upend the entire health care system. "I'm going to call it 'BaldwinCare,'" Vukmir said. "Because under her plan, the Affordable Care Act goes away. Medicare goes away. Everything we know about insurance goes away."
"Everything we know about insurance goes away" is a BAD thing? Gotta let insurers make obscene profits from sick people, right Leah?

Baldwin instead is already on this...


This is a pattern for Vukmir on every one of the biggest issues in the election. Vukmir's only option now is to lie:
Tomah VA: Says Tammy Baldwin was the only member of the Wisconsin congressional delegation "to have a report outlining that a doctor was overprescribing opioids" at the Tomah VA, "later a veteran died" and Baldwin "covered it up." Mostly False.

Capitol protests: Says "I have been through the gauntlet, when we had riots in that Capitol." Pants on Fire.

Donor: On conservative mega-donor Richard Uihlein. Full Flop.

Trump: "I have always been there with" Donald Trump. False.

Immigration: Says Mark Pocan’s proposal to eliminate the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would "eliminate border enforcement." Pants on Fire.

Immigration: On separating families at the border. Half Flip.

Patriotism: Says Tammy Baldwin "opposed displaying the flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or singing the National Anthem in our classrooms." Mostly False.

Terrorism: Says Tammy Baldwin is "more worried about the mastermind of 9/11" than supporting CIA director nominee Gina Haspel. Pants on Fire.

‘Buy America’: Says Sen. Tammy Baldwin "claims to support a 'Buy America' philosophy, but her actions speak louder than her empty words." False.

Attacks by others on Vukmir:

Open records: Club for Growth says Leah Vukmir "claimed the open records law didn't apply to her, got sued, lost and cost taxpayers $15,000 in legal fees." True.

'Leniency': Claim by Club for Growth says Leah Vukmir "wrote a letter seeking leniency for a fellow state legislator convicted of sexual assault." Mostly True.
Vukmir Sides with White Male Abusers: Vukmir even brought up the well documented State Supreme Court choking incident, saying it never really happened. Why even go there...?
Vukmir: "The state courts weren’t immune to these ridiculous and slanderous attacks. In 2011, during an election that was largely seen as a referendum on our reforms, extremely liberal state Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accused Justice David Prosser of choking her. In the end, this was just another smear. No charges were filed, but sadly his legacy has been blemished."
Other Lies about Baldwin: Seriously conservative voters, are incrementally small tax cuts worth supporting candidates that aren't being honest with you? Note: Baldwin was even criticized for proposing a Department of Peace and Nonviolence...
Iran: Kevin Nicholson says the Iran deal "handed billions of dollars of cash on cargo planes, sent it to a state sponsor of terror, and Tammy Baldwin was one of the first U.S. senators to get on board and support that." Mostly False.

Peace: Kevin Nicholson: "Tammy Baldwin cosponsored legislation that wanted to establish the Department of Peace and Nonviolence." Mostly True.

Taxes: Freedom Partners: "Tammy Baldwin voted for $5 trillion in higher taxes." Half True.

Tomah VA: Americas PAC says Tammy Baldwin was told by a whistleblower about "overmedicated veterans," she made "deadly mistakes" and "three veterans died" at the Tomah VA hospital. False.

Defense funding: Restoration PAC says Tammy Baldwin "supported legislation allowing citizens to withhold funding for our troops." Mostly False.

Sex education: Restore American Freedom and Liberty says Tammy Baldwin "wants to require children starting at age 5 to learn about gay sex!" False.

          A psicopolítica da pós-verdade: ilusão, convicção e mentira      Cache   Translate Page      

O psicanalista, escritor e professor universitário Tales Ab’Sáber esteve, no final de setembro, na UFSCar, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, para realizar a conferência “Ilusão, convicção e mentira: a psicopolítica da pós-verdade”. A fala de Tales marcou o encerramento do V CIAD – Congresso Internacional de Análise do Discurso – cujo tema “Discurso e pós-verdade: […]

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          Taylor Swift breaks her political silence, and America erupts      Cache   Translate Page      


  • Taylor Swift breaks her political silence by endorsing Tennessee Democratic candidates.
  • Mistakenly believing her to be one of theirs, the Alt-Right is furious.
  • New voter registrations have spiked since her announcement

In their heyday, The Beatles never told anyone how to vote, fearful as they were of their own power over their fan base. As one of their promoters put it, "Only Hitler ever duplicated their power over crowds." Such were the times that they felt safe keeping their views mostly to themselves, only occasionally implying them in song lyrics.

These are not those times, though, and The Beatles of today, Taylor Swift, this week stepped into the political fray by endorsing Democratic candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives candidates in her home state of Tennessee. She also strongly criticized the voting record of Republican Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn.

That Swift has spoken up in these troubled times confirms her image as an "All-American girl." The tweet in which she made her endorsement speaks eloquently in support of traditional American ideals.

I'm writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I'll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.
I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.
So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!

Photo that accompanied Swift's tweet.

True to the times in which we live, the faction so out-of-step with traditional American ideals, the Alt-Right, exploded in rage. On the other hand, according to vote.org, new voter registrations since Swift's tweet have also exploded, with 65,000 signups in just the first 24 hours after her tweet, demonstrating the powerful and emotional bond Swift maintains with her audience.

The fallout is a stunning collision of the power of hate and celebrity that so characterize today's U.S.A.

Nobody's Aryan princess


The Alt-Right movement has for several years believed the blonde, blue-eyed, Southern Swift to be their "Aryan Princess." In the absence of a full-throated rejection from the pop star, their faith in Swift's presumed agreement with their radical views has become more and more entrenched over time.

Never mind that it began as a joke when a November 2011 4chan kitten-naming contest decided on a name Swift herself had chosen for her own feline. Additional "clues" supporting Swift's alleged All-Right leanings appeared over time, culminating in a ne-Nazi's article reposting a mashup of Hitler quotes over an image of Swift. His post was titled, "Aryan Goddess Taylor Swift: Nazi Avatar of the White European People."

In tweets, such as one describing Swift's endoresment as a "betrayal beyond words. On Reddit, things grew even darker, with one poster claiming, "Nobody pisses off 4chan. She will regret this move for that reason alone." Another informs her, "you just lost over half of your fanbase, including me." One Alt-Right commenter with a user name containing "taytay4ever" wondered, "Son of a bitch...how do I change usernames???"

Donald Trump defended Blackburn as a "tremendous woman," and shared his unique conception of math by telling supporters, "Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25% less now."

There are performers and then there’s Taylor


No other artist has remotely as emotionally resonant relationship with her fans as Taylor Swift does these days. Many, though by no means all, of her adorers are teenage girls who look to Swift for guidance in matters big and small during this charged time of life. From song lyrics to one-on-one fan surprises, Swift clearly works hard and reciprocate the adulation she receives. As she noted in her tweet, a sizable portion of her base has just come of voting age, and she clearly wanted to use her influence with them for positive change. That her reasons involved standing up for human rights and making clear that this includes various groups whose rights are in question these days fits in perfectly with her long-time message to fans. As Mary Mancini of vote.org tells Buzzfeed, "Having her come out and say this so publicly will make people sit up and say, ya know what, I'm not alone here."

According to Mancini, of the 5,183 new registrations in Tennessee so far this month, 2,144 were from the period following Swift's tweet. vote.org itself saw 155,940 unique visitors in the first post-tweet day, the largest group of visitors since National Voter Registration Day in September.

A gamble worth taking


Swift has really stepped up as a young American here, taking a real risk with her career and her personal safety to simply help her generation do what she feels is obviously right. That thousands are willingly following her guidance at the same time as others are demonizing her fits this American moment, sadly. To provide some light in this wilderness is why she spoke up.


          I will never have anything to do with APC – Fayose explodes      Cache   Translate Page      

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he won’t leave the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress. He stated this while reacting to a statement by the Ekiti Chairman [...]

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          Herdsmen attacks: Don’t toy with people’s lives – Afenifere cautions Tinubu      Cache   Translate Page      

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has condemned a former Lagos State governor and the All Progressives Congress Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for advising the Federal Government to convert unused land to grazing reserves. It said the [...]

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          APC senators seek reconciliation with Saraki      Cache   Translate Page      

Although the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has directed its members in the senate to oust Senate President Bukola Saraki, It was understands that the senators are more interested in restoring peace [...]

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          You are a disingenuous liar – Fani-Kayode attacks Tinubu      Cache   Translate Page      

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Tuesday, rubbished claims by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu that the crisis between herdsmen and farmer was due to water scarcity [...]

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          Russia's 2016 Cyberattack: What We Do, Don't And May Never Know      Cache   Translate Page      

There has yet to be a thorough investigation into exactly how much the Russian influence campaign affected the outcome of the 2016 election. The national intelligence community is prohibited from looking into domestic politics and Congress has refused to take up the cause.

So, University of Pennsylvania professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson has decided to try fill that void. In a new book she attempts to find out exactly what we do, don’t, and may never know. The book is called “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President.”


          "Americans Are More Radicalized Than Ever, Country Spiraling Toward Civil War"      Cache   Translate Page      
"Americans Are More Radicalized Than Ever, 
Country Spiraling Toward Civil War"
by Michael Snyder

"Now that Brett Kavanaugh has officially been confirmed, it is a good time to reflect upon where we are at as a nation. And where we are at is a nation that is rapidly moving toward a state of civil war. At one time we were a nation that was united by shared values, a shared purpose and a shared destiny, but now all of that has been replaced by anger, frustration, bitterness, strife and discord. The left hates the right and vice versa, and both sides are becoming increasingly radicalized. And without a doubt we are in a life or death battle for the future of America. Eventually one side or the other will emerge victorious, and their ideology will become dominant in this country.

Up to this point, there has been a lot of screaming, yelling and protesting, but it isn’t going to take very much to push the nation over the edge into violence. On a daily basis the pot is being stirred by our leading politicians and the mainstream media, and it is very difficult to see any way that this story is going to end well.
Early on Sunday, the Drudge Report was being headlined by an Axios story about “the radicalization of our public lives”: "It’s going to get worse. Virtually every major American institution is being radicalized - or being reshaped by the radicalization of our public lives. You see this most vividly in politics, where the White House and Congress are often the cause and effect of the radicalization. You now see it in the courts and the Supreme Court, in particular, where a narrow, party-line vote made Brett Kavanaugh the next justice after a nasty, personal political brawl. Already, lawyer Michael Avenatti is calling for a new Democratic litmus test: increasing the size of the court to 11 from nine."

In particular, it is on the left where we have seen the most extreme radicalization. This is something that President Trump commented on during his most recent rally: “Just imagine the devastation they would cause if they of their obtained the power they so desperately want and crave,” Trump added. “You don’t hand matches to an arsonist and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that’s what they have become.”

Trump then used Kavanaugh’s example to illustrate why conservatives need to vote during the midterm elections in four weeks so that Democrats don’t take back the House: “You have to vote,” Trump insisted. “On November 6 you will have the chance to stop the radical Democrats - and that’s what they have become - by electing a Republican House and a Republican Senate. We will increase our majorities. We need more Republicans. We need more Republicans.” “The Democrats have become too extreme and too dangerous to govern,” Trump continued. “Republicans believe in the rule of law not the rule of the mob.”

Of course if Hillary Clinton had won the election, there are millions upon millions of Americans that would not have been willing to be governed by her either. We are rapidly getting to the point where America is simply going to be ungovernable.

In order for any government to function, a certain percentage of the population must be willing to recognize that government as legitimate. For example, if everybody in the country suddenly decided to quit paying taxes there wouldn’t be too much that the federal government could do about it. They could put some of us in prison to try to scare the rest of us back in line, but if the rest of us refused to be intimidated our system of taxation would collapse.

Every system of government depends upon the fact that most people will willingly submit to it, and we are rapidly getting to the point where a large portion of the population will not submit to being governed. Just consider what just took place in Washington. As Brett Kavanaugh was being sworn in, protesters were literally banging on and clawing the doors of the Supreme Court building: "But perhaps no incident better expressed the protesters’ tenuous hold on sanity than a demonstration at the Supreme Court, where protesters - mostly women - broke through a police line and barged to the Court’s chamber, where they proceeded to wail, gnash teeth, and pound at the doors while Kavanaugh was being sworn in inside.

Some of the protesters, who managed to get all the way through to the doors themselves, tried desperately to claw their way in, even though the doors were clearly locked (and look very heavy). If you have not seen this yet, you can watch footage of this happening on Facebook right here.

And Chad Pergram is reporting that Republican senators had death threats texted to their personal phones: "Colleague Peter Doocy reports a GOP senator says senators have had death threats texted to their person phones. Calls that “unusual.” Also says some senators who flew home after Kavanaugh vote were accompanied by police for protection.

In a subsequent tweet, Pergram also reported that a gruesome beheading video was actually sent to the phone of Cory Gardner’s wife: "Amid Kavanaugh furor & threats to members, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) tells Fox that his wife received a text with a video attachment showing a gruesome beheading. Someone has also released the names of and addresses of his family members." Can you imagine how you would feel if that happened to you?

Many of these leftist protesters are extremely passionate about protecting abortion rights. To be honest, I wish that those on the right were just as passionate about defending the lives of the unborn. Because the truth is that Brett Kavanaugh has never said that he intends to overturn Roe v. Wade. In fact, during her speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate explaining why she was voting for Kavanaugh, U.S. Senator Susan Collins admitted that Kavanaugh essentially promised her that he would not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade:

Most notably, Collins said in her explanation of why she was not worried that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe that Kavanaugh had told her when they were discussing his nomination that he did not think five sitting justices - a majority of the nine member court - would be a sufficient number “to overturn long-established precedent.” This was after he had testified, she noted, that Roe–upheld by Casey–was “precedent on precedent.”

“Finally, in his testimony, he noted repeatedly that Roe had been upheld by Planned Parenthood v. Casey, describing it as precedent on precedent,” said Collins in her floor speech. “When I asked him whether it would be sufficient to overturn a long-established precedent if five current Justices believed it was wrongly decided, he emphatically said no.” Kavanaugh didn’t just say no. He “emphatically said no“.

After everything that happened, the ironic thing is that Kavanaugh getting on to the Supreme Court is a loss for conservatives, but nobody on the right wants to admit this.  We got fooled by Justice Kennedy, we got fooled by Sandra Day O’Connor, we got fooled by David Souter, and now we have just been fooled again.

Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy, and he is cut from the exact same cloth as his mentor.  Kennedy was one of the key votes to uphold Roe v. Wade in the Casey decision, and he actually wrote the opinion for the case that legalized gay marriage in America.  It is rumored that Kennedy would not retire until he was assured that Kavanaugh would be nominated in his place, because he knew that Kavanaugh would be the exact same type of Supreme Court justice that he had been. So conservatives should not be celebrating this “victory” at all.

But what this confirmation process did prove is that we are closer to chaos on the streets of America than ever before.  In fact, a recent New York Post article suggested that America “could be sleepwalking into a second civil war”: "To be clear, what we just witnessed, and what we have seen for two years, is not a case of mere political differences, which the Founders recognized as inevitable and even desirable. Instead, we face something more akin to the combustible climate historian Christopher Clark described as the origins of World War I. In his book, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” Clark illustrates how none of the great powers wanted war, but all felt free to escalate the build-up in the certainty that the other side would back down."

Something similar is happening here, and our nation could be sleepwalking into a second civil war. Even though justice and fairness prevailed this time, the stained confirmation process must serve as a wake-up alarm. This time around, however, it won’t be a battle between two opposing armies from two distinct geographic regions. Instead, it will be a conflict between two very different ideologies. So far, it has mostly been a “cold war”, but as both sides become increasingly radicalized I fear for what the future may soon bring…"
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          Trump raises ethanol use in gasoline, appeases farmers ahead of elections      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump launched an effort on Tuesday to increase ethanol use in the nation's gasoline pool, delivering a long-sought political victory to the nation's Farm Belt and angering oil refiners ahead of November's Congressional elections.

          Kansas GOP congressman’s ad has softer tone on immigration      Cache   Translate Page      

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder launched a new television ad Tuesday with a testimonial from the widow of an Indian engineer murdered in a Kansas City-area bar about the Republican’s efforts to help her remain in the U.S. afterward. The 30-second spot featuring Sunayana Dumala praising Yoder comes with the four-term congressman […]
          Facebook releases smart video chat speakers amid user privacy concern      Cache   Translate Page      

Facebook releases smart video chat speakers amid user privacy concern

DF-Xinhua Report

U.S. social media giant Facebook Monday unveiled a pair of artificial intelligence-powered smart video chat devices, Portal and Portal +, which are designed to connect people and feel like being in the same room.

   Facebook said the new video communication speakers with tablet-size screens for the home can dramatically change the way people keep in touch and their built-in AI technology makes video calling easier and more like hanging out.

   The debut of the Facebook-brand-bearing electronic gadgets represents the social network's first bold entry into the fray in a competition of consumer hardware with other internet giants such as Amazon and Google, which launched their smart speakers years ago.

   The Portal, which is equipped with a 10-inch 1280x800 display, can let users video chat with their families and friends over Facebook Messenger, while the Portal + has a 15-inch 1920x1080 pivoting display.

   Facebook said the two speakers are powered by AI as well as smart camera and sound technology that let users have a better, more convenience and hands-free experience. The speaker's Smart Camera can sense the movement and action, and automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view.

   While the two Facebook-branded hardware makes consumers' home smarter and better connected with family members, there is growing concern about user privacy that could arise from internet-related technology, especially after Facebook has been questioned about its privacy policy since a data breach scandal earlier this year.

   Facebook has been extensively challenged about its security measures in protecting users' sensitive data since a British data mining firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of illegally accessing the data of 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

   Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was summoned to a hearing in U.S. Congress in April to explain the firm's privacy policies.

   Last month, Facebook reported vulnerabilities in its account login mechanism that could affect more than 90 million users, who risked having their private information including names and passwords accessed by hackers.

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          Niinistö for urgent efforts to earn climate agreement goals      Cache   Translate Page      

Niinistö for urgent efforts to earn climate agreement goals

DF Report

President Sauli Niinistö on Tuesday emphasized to speed up efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress in Rovaniemi, the President also pointed out that the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published on Monday contained a very clear message to the policymakers.

“As we all know, the IPCC just yesterday (Monday) published its latest special report on global warming. It had a very clear message to policymakers. We urgently need to enhance and speed up our efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Niinistö.

He underscored the need of direct interaction with scientists to make the most advanced knowledge accessible and understandable to policymakers.

He also said that the Arctic is not isolated from global developments. In addition to biodiversity, both of these lessons also apply to climate change.

“This is particularly relevant for the Arctic. As the IPCC report points out, the Arctic region is one of the most vulnerable systems on our planet, if and when global warming continues. And on the other hand, the melting of the sea ice and other changes in the Arctic region accelerate climate change on the global scale. I have said this before: if we lose the Arctic, we lose the globe,” said the President.

The main focus of the Paris Agreement and the latest IPCC report is on reducing CO2 emissions, and rightly so.

“CO2 with its long-term impact is the biggest contributor to global warming. In cutting down those emissions, we all need to do more, and more quickly – as communities and as individuals,” said Niinistö.

He said the IPCC report also shows there are other factors that should be addressed at the same time.

Black carbon is particularly relevant for the fate of the Arctic sea ice. When black carbon falls on the white ice, it immediately accelerates the melting. But its absence will have an equally immediate impact to the contrary. Cutting down black carbon emissions is the quickest way to slow down the rapid changes now occurring in the Arctic.

“As a very concrete proposal, we would like to see the Arctic states, on the highest political level, commit to reducing black carbon emissions. Reducing flaring in oil and gas production, switching from heavy fuels to LNG in ship engines, upgrading old-fashioned power plants, and preventing wildfires,” said the President.

The four-day Arctic Biodiversity Congress began on Tuesday consists of panel discussions, scientific seminars and the most recent research findings where about 450 experts on Arctic affairs are taking part.

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          Border Wall Funding Bill Set to Hit Congress Any Moment      Cache   Translate Page      

As Americans, we have a very real right to be concerned about the security on our border, and the election of President Trump proves that.

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          Politifact: Heitkamp Claim About Cramer Raising His Own Salary Isn’t True      Cache   Translate Page      

A screenshot from a campaign ad run by Senator Heidi Heitkamp's campaign which makes the false claim that Congressman Kevin Cramer, while serving on North Dakota's Public Service Commission, raised his own salary. YouTube

A recent ad put out by Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign argues that her opponent, Congressman Kevin Cramer, has used his political career to enrich himself and his family. One of the more salacious claims is an attack on Cramer’s wife, Kris Cramer, who has managed the Congressman’s campaigns since his successful 2012 election to the...

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          Trump says next summit with North Korea's Kim to come after November U.S. elections      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on Nov. 6.

          Congress, JDS To Fight Karnataka Lok Sabha, Assembly Bypolls Together      Cache   Translate Page      
The ruling Congress and Janata Dal Secular coalition in Karnataka on Tuesday announced its decision to put up a united fight against the BJP in the No...
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BATMAN VILLAINS ALWAYS TEAM UP TOGETHER: Al Gore Endorses Penguin for Congress.
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HMM: Gorsuch and Sotomayor Fault Congress for Giving ‘a Blank Check to the Attorney General.’ These two seem to be forming a cross-ideological alliance on criminal justice issues. They should read my Ham Sandwich Nation piece.
          GOP senator wants Apple, Amazon to give briefing on reported Super Micro hack      Cache   Translate Page      
A congressional source said that the first of several potential briefings could happen as early as this week
          New anti-kickback prohibition in opioid bill creates tangled web of compliance obligations      Cache   Translate Page      
On October 3, the U.S. Congress passed H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (the SUPPORT Act), a wide-reaching bill that aims to combat opioid abuse....
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          Congress approves 650-page bill to attack opioid crisis, as doubts abound      Cache   Translate Page      
Congress has approved a major new push to deal with the opioid crisis that kills tens of thousands of Americans annually. Voters can expect President Trump to sign the big bill, passed easily and with rare bipartisan support in the House and Senate,...
By: Patrick Malone & Associates P.C. | DC Injury
          Trump Administration Seeks to Stifle Protests Near White House and on National Mall      Cache   Translate Page      
A government proposal mirrors Trump’s hostility to the First Amendment.

President Trump has a record of attacking the rights of protesters, from suggesting that protest be illegal to praising dictators who crush any kind of dissent.

Now, the Trump administration proposes to dramatically limit the right to demonstrate near the White House and on the National Mall, including in ways that would violate court orders that have stood for decades. The proposal would close 80 percent of the White House sidewalk, put new limits on spontaneous demonstrations, and open the door to charging fees for protesting.

Fee requirements could make mass protests like Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1963 March on Washington and its “I have a dream” speech too expensive to happen.

The public has until October 15 to comment on the plans, and on Monday, we submitted our formal written comment explaining why the planned changes are unconstitutional.

In 1967, in the middle of the Vietnam War, the federal government tried to impose severe limits on protests near the White House. The ACLU of the District of Columbia sued, and after years of litigation, the courts rebuffed the government’s effort and reminded the National Park Service, which administers these areas, that Lafayette Park is not Yellowstone and that the White House area and the National Mall “constitute a unique [site] for the exercise of First Amendment rights.” Under court orders, the park service issued regulations allowing large demonstrations, guaranteeing quick action on applications for permits, and accommodating spontaneous protests as much as possible.

Closing the White House sidewalk                                  

The park service plans to close 20 feet of the 25-foot-wide White House sidewalk, limiting demonstrators to a 5-foot sliver along Pennsylvania Avenue. This is perhaps the most iconic public forum in America, allowing “We the People” to express our views directly to the chief executive, going back at least to the women’s suffrage movement 100 years ago.

Suffragettes protesting outside of the White House

The closure would violate the earlier court order, which permits demonstrations by at least 750 people on the White House sidewalk and declares that any lower limit is “invalid and void as an unconstitutional infringement of plaintiffs’ rights to freedom of speech and to assemble peaceably and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”         

Existing fence outside of the White House   

The existing fence outside of the White House

Proposed fence outside of the White House         

The proposed fence outside of the White House

The park service didn’t offer any justification for closing the sidewalk. Even if it were based on security grounds, that wouldn’t pass muster because the White House fence is about to be replaced with a new, taller fence with special anti-climbing features, approved last year specifically to “meet contemporary security standards” while allowing the sidewalk to remain open.

As the Secret Service stated when the plans for the new fence were submitted for approval, “Our priority is to maintain the public’s access ... It is in fact a quintessential First Amendment site.” The Secret Service got it right. The park service proposal has no valid basis in security — it’s just an effort to keep the pesky protesters away.

Charging for free speech

An even more effective way to keep the pesky protesters away is to charge a fee for the right to protest. According to the new proposal, the park service is considering charging demonstrators for things like “sanitation and trash removal” and “harm to turf.” But of course, the park service does not plan to charge the 45 million non-demonstrators who visit the National Mall every year for the fencing and sanitation their presence requires or for the harm to the turf that they cause.

Park service regulations distinguish between demonstrations and “special events” — things like sports events, historical reenactments, and festivals. The park service has always charged for the costs of special events, but it now claims that some demonstrations have “elements that are special events” and that it is free to charge “administrative, equipment, and monitoring costs” for those “elements.” The proposal gives no clue about what those “elements” may be, but the courts have made clear that things like singing, dancing, and music in the context of demonstrations are fully protected by the First Amendment. Such “elements” shouldn’t make a demonstration subject to fees.

Managing public lands for the benefit of the American people is what Congress funds the National Park Service to do. That includes demonstrators just as much as tourists or hikers. While the park service may be strapped for funds, it cannot balance its budget on the backs of people seeking to exercise their constitutional rights.

Limiting spontaneous demonstrations

The right to protest now in response to unfolding events is a key part of freedom of speech. As Judge J. Skelly Wright recognized in the ACLU-DC lawsuit against the 1967 restrictions, “Timeliness is essential to effective dissent. Delay may stifle protest as effectively as outright censorship.”

In general, people must apply for National Park Service demonstration permits 48 hours in advance. But that requirement can be waived in urgent situations. Current regulations provide that the park service will accommodate spontaneous demonstrations if necessary resources and personnel “can reasonably be made available.” The proposed regulations would change that to “provided the NPS has the resources and personnel available to manage the activity.” (emphasis added)

The proposed regulations would also ban the use of a small stage or sound system unless a permit has been sought 48 hours in advance. The park service says it needs a minimum of 48 hours to evaluate the “safety concerns and resource impacts” of structures, but the park service doesn’t need 48 hours to know that a small stage or sound system on the Mall is safe.

In addition to these lowlights, there are many other serious problems with the government’s proposed changes, which we detail in our written comments. The heart of the matter is clear: President Trump might not like having protesters on his doorstep, but the First Amendment guarantees their right to be there.

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          Beltway Buzz - October, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Kavanaugh and the Congressional Schedule. Earlier today, by a vote of 51-49, the U.S. Senate ended debate on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States....
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          How Nevada Democrats are preparing for the midterms      Cache   Translate Page      
If Democrats want to retake control of the government following next month's midterms, they have to hold on to a number of competitive seats currently occupied by Democrats. The Democrat running for Nevada's third congressional district, Susie Lee, sits
          Comment on Jenny Beth Martin is in Redlands, CA speaking at a Redlands Tea Party Patriots meeting. Do you want some election season motivation, check this out! #maga #makeamericagreatagain #takebackcalifornia #c… by Anonymous      Cache   Translate Page      
Yet 6 previous FBI investigations found nothing! Yet the left continue to promote a Lie! I hope congress sues the Democratic Party, Ms Ford, Ms Swetnick for lying under oath!
          US Trump doubles down on Fed criticism over rising rates      Cache   Translate Page      

US President Donald Trump informed reporters on Tuesday that he's unhappy with the US Federal Reserve's pace of interest rate hikes following the Fed's September rate lift.

With Trump's statements comes some confusion from onlookers, given that the US Federal Reserve is mandated by Congress to target low inflation and keeping unemployment under check; US inflation currently sits just above 2% on an annualized basis, while unemployment is currently sitting at a four-decade low.

According to Donald Trump, before departing for another campaign event in Iowa: “well, I like to see low interest rates. The Fed is doing what it thinks is necessary but I don’t like what they’re doing because we have inflation really checked, and we have a lot of good things happening. I just don’t think it’s necessary to go as fast.”


          The US Congress holds midterm elections on 6 November - Westpac      Cache   Translate Page      

Analysts at Westpac noted that The US Congress holds midterm elections on 6 November.

Key Quotes:

"The Republican party controls both houses. Democrats are hoping to break their grip on the levers of power. Markets should take an "as expected" outcome in their stride but midterms always produce surprises so markets and AUD could be whippy around the results."

What are the midterms?

"The US holds midterm congressional elections on Tuesday 6 November. Midterm elections are held every four years, at the halfway point between presidential elections. All 435 seats in the House and 35 of 100 Senate seats face re-election. (House members serve two-year terms with the entire chamber facing re-election at the same time while Senators serve staggered six-year terms with 1/3 up for re-election every two years)."

What’s at stake?

"While midterms usually garner much less interest than presidential elections there has been a surge in voter turnout in primaries and special elections ahead of November elections.

Midterms are typically viewed as a referendum on the president and the current presidency is among the more divisive in an already deeply polarised electorate.

Republicans controls both houses. Trump’s ability govern over the next two years hinge on the midterms. Prospects for the Republican party in the House are thought to be decidedly weak with polls, fundraising, history and Trump’s low approval rating all pointing to heavy losses. However, the Senate looks much safer for Republicans.

Taking back one or both chambers would give Democrats a louder voice in setting the legislative agenda, though the President’s veto powers would constrain them from reversing his policies.

While much of Trump's agenda for the economy has already been implemented the prospects for an extension of tax cuts, infrastructure and more deregulation hinge on the midterms.

Winning the House would give Democrats oversight power and authority to create “select committees”. A Democrat majority would likely pursue numerous controversies including Russian meddling and Trump’s personal finances. Impeachment risks are high under a Democrat led House, potentially unsettling markets, though the need for a two thirds majority in the Senate would thwart any serious attempt."
 


          Stateside: More experts needed to connect vets to benefits; Slotkin on priorities for 8th District      Cache   Translate Page      
Today on Stateside , Democratic nominee Elissa Slotkin on why she's running in Michigan's 8th Congressional District, one of the most expensive races in the country. Plus, Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs director Michael Smith talks about how a shortage of qualified staff makes it harder for Michigan veterans to determine their eligibility for federal VA benefits. Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. Congressional candidate Elissa Slotkin says she rejects “false choice” between social issues and job creation Elissa Slotkin is running as a Democrat in Michigan's 8th Congressional District against incumbent Mike Bishop (R). She joined Stateside to talk about her campaign, her views on the current political climate in Washington, and what she intends to do for Michigan residents if elected to office. Theater Talk: Little old ladies and a serial killer, “Clue,” and a Phantom flop David Kiley , editor-in-chief of Encore Michigan , updates us on
          Congressional candidate Elissa Slotkin rejects “false choice” between social issues and job creation      Cache   Translate Page      
It's a congressional race that political pundits and prognosticators are watching closely, and it just so happens to be in our backyard. Michigan's 8th Congressional District represents Livingston and Ingham Counties, as well as parts of Oakland County. Democratic candidate Elissa Slotkin is challenging the incumbent, Representative Mike Bishop (R), who is running for his third term.
          ICYMI: American Taxpayers Shouldn’t Have to Subsidize Luxury Vehicles      Cache   Translate Page      

Americans for Prosperity Policy Analyst Martin Rodriguez | Morning Consult According to a 2016 Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll, a majority of Americans believe the economy is “rigged” to benefit wealthy insiders. … The latest example of how the well-connected are able to work out sweetheart deals at the expense of everyone else is legislation that would extend taxpayer subsidies for electric vehicle companies. If enacted, the legislation would lift the current constraint limiting federal subsidies for electric vehicles on the first 200,000 vehicle-per-manufacturer cap. Among the EV companies that stand to benefit the most from the legislation is Tesla Inc., one of the world’s largest EV companies, that recently reached its 200,000 vehicle-per-manufacturer cap. And at a time when it seems like Republicans and Democrats agree on little these days, corporate welfare has bipartisan support in Congress. Not surprisingly, lawmakers from states where Tesla has a large presence have already cosponsored legislation or are planning to introduce legislation to lift the cap on federal subsidies. … Who benefits from this generosity with our hard-earned money? Mostly the wealthy who can afford a luxury EV that can cost up to about two times what the median American household earns in a year. It’s why Pacific Research Institute found […]

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          Eunício vê vontade de renovação nos eleitores e fala em discutir 'presente e futuro' - Jornal Extra      Cache   Translate Page      

Eunício vê vontade de renovação nos eleitores e fala em discutir 'presente e futuro'
Jornal Extra
BRASÍLIA (Reuters) - Na volta aos trabalhos após o primeiro turno das eleições gerais deste ano, o presidente do Senado, Eunício Oliveira (MDB-CE), avaliou que os eleitores buscaram uma grande renovação do Congresso ao votarem no domingo, ...

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          Comment on LSA weight to increase to 3,600 pounds, another ADS-B rebate in the works by Larry      Cache   Translate Page      
It was Sen. Nelson, Sarah. I, too, will "remember" ... I vote there, too. I spoke with Sen. Inhofe in person at Airventure 2017; he outlined for me what he had to do to capitalize on the once in a lifetime opportunity to get 'something' passed on the medical. HE did good save for Nelson who sits on the aviation subcommittee. If you remember, the Administrator kept telling us over several years that "something" was happening but it was at the DOT for review and he couldn't reveal the contents because it was an ex parte communication. Yeah ... right, Michael. ALL of us now using BasicMed owe Sen. Inhofe a pat on the back and a raucus "Thanks!" I have a picture of me doing just that :-) Isn't it a shame that most of the positive things that impact GA come not from the FAA but from the Congress who has to direct it to DO SOMETHING. And, even there, it's only when we have a proactive ombudsman that good things happen. The recent Reauthorization is ~475 pages for that specific reason. That you gotta tell the FAA how to do everything with legislation is not only sad, it's pathetic. That's why I'm a skeptic over this recent announcement. We shall see what we'll see ... won't we. EAA did good, however. They, too, deserve a pat on the back. Thanks Jack and Dick, et al. I call everyone's attention to the fact that this new change falls under something they're calling MOSAIC -- Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates. That's any airplane which flies with a pink airworthiness certificate vs a white one used on certified airplanes. This gets complicated fast and convolutes overlapping Regs. I see this as helping manufacturers more than users but ... we shall see how it all rings out. Meanwhile ... 28 days to voting day ...
          "pRoVen INnoCeNt"      Cache   Translate Page      
Despite everything, Justice Kavanaugh was sworn in to the SCOTUS on the evening of Saturday, Oct 6, by Chief Justice John Roberts. The NY Times has reported evidence of tax fraud from the '70s and '80s; Donald Trump and his family evaded a tax bill that could have been as high as half a billion dollars. Trump is currently the President of the United States. Nikki Haley, ambassador to the U.N., has announced her resignation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change produced a new report warning of warming by as much as 1.5°C as early as 2040. More shady shit around Trump's 2016 campaign is coming out.

To explain the title: While Kavanaugh was sworn in on Saturday, a matching public ceremony was held on Monday, where Pres. Trump made comments and said (contrary to facts) Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent".

Meanwhile, ethics complaints involving Kavanaugh have been filed with the DC Circuit Court, but will probably now be dropped.

Shady Campaign Shit:
• Trump Campaign Aide Requested Online Manipulation Plans From Israeli Intelligence Firm (NYT), in which Trump campaign official Rick Gates requested proposals to use fake online identities and social media manipulation for the campaign and a suspicious Trump Tower meeting with the owner of the intelligence firm, George Nader, Erik Prince, and Donald Trump Jr.

• GOP Operative Secretly Raised at Least $100,000 in Search for Clinton Emails; Opposition researcher's efforts are of intense interest to investigators probing Russian election interference (WSJ/@WSJ) Including his own $50K contribution Peter W. Smith raised a total of $150K for the nonexistent "the Washington Scholarship Fund for the Russian students".

• The FBI freezes the assets of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Meanwhile, onetime Deripaska employee Paul Manafort faces asset forfeiture, including his Trump Tower condo.

Other news:
ActBlue is highlighting a Great Slate of new progressive candidates.

Ted Cruz declines a debate, so challenger Beto O'Rourke gets an hour on national TV by himself. Star-Telegram with a headshot of O'Rourke that makes him look weirdly like the guy in American Psycho.

Invisible Primary 2020: Cory Booker gives 'the speech of his life' in Iowa, Kamala Harris plans an Iowa visit, and Elizabeth Warren says she'll take a 'hard look' at running for president.

Maybe Dumbing it Down is Good Politics - Martin Longman, Washington Monthly; research has emerged showing that lower verbal and cognitive ability is predictive of Trump support

Reuters, Lawrence Hurley, U.S. top court rebuffs appeal of Kavanaugh ruling nixing climate rule: a 2015 regulation on HFCs was struck down in 2017, coincidentally by Judge Kavanaugh. The SCOTUS is letting it stay struck down.

HuffPo, Mary Papenfuss, Watchdog Group Calls For Probe Of Nikki Haley Flights Funded By Businessmen

Mother Jones, Rebecca Leber, This Oil Lobbyist Is the Real Power Behind Trump's Interior Department

NY Mag's Grub Street reports, Government Drops Deportation Case Against Pizza Deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio

AP, Deported parents may lose to adoption

Buzzfeed, Hamed Aleaziz, ICE Attorneys Were Told Last Year To Stop Using Their Discretion In Immigration Cases

Taylor Swift makes an Instagram post endorsing Philip Bredesen, who is running for Congress in Tennessee. Dudes are mad about it, but she may have sparked a surge in voter registrations.

Previously in U.S. Politics FPPs: 'Indelible in the Hippocampus is the Laughter')

Remember to check your voter registration: voter registration deadlines are upon us.

As always, please consider MeFi chat for hot-takes and live-blogging breaking news, the current MetaTalk venting thread for catharsis and sympathizing, and funding the site if you're able. Also, for the sake of the ever-helpful mods, please keep in mind the MetaTalk on expectations about U.S. political discussion on MetaFilter.

Per the July 28 Metatalk discussion, we should expect and plan for another thread next Monday, Oct 15th. Thank you to the users who contributed to drafting this post on the MeFi wiki.

          Giochi 2026, tutto confermato: saranno tre le candidate      Cache   Translate Page      

Nessun colpo a sorpresa dal congresso del CIO a Buenos Aires: Calgary, Stoccolma e Milano-Cortina d’Ampezzo sono state ufficialmente confermate come le tre candidate per i Giochi olimpici e paraolimpici invernali del 2026. Intanto l’Italia rafforza la sua posizione nel CIO con l’entrata del presidente del Coni, Giovanni Malagò, oltre all’ingresso nel comitato esecutivo di […]

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          Trump says next summit with North Korea's Kim to come after November U.S. elections      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on Nov. 6.

          Bill Clinton's Sexual Assault Allegations Are 'Different', Hillary Says      Cache   Translate Page      

The numerous allegations of sexual harassment levied against him mean President Trump is a reprehensible monster, according to Hillary Clinton, but when it comes to similar claims made about her husband, former President Bill Clinton, it's a different story.

That's what Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour during an interview Tuesday when Amanpour prodded her about the allegations facing her husband and how she squares supporting him with her criticisms of men like Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The difference-maker, according to Clinton, is the fact that the allegations facing her husband were thoroughly investigated by a federal prosecutor.

Of course, her response completely glosses over the fact that not only were the claims against Kavanaugh investigated by the FBI during last week's follow-up background check probe - but Kavanaugh has faced numerous background check investigations over the years before taking jobs in the White House and then, more recently, as a federal judge.

"Well, there’s a very significant difference and that is the intense, long-lasting, partisan investigation that was conducted in the 90s," Clinton said. "If the Republicans, starting with President Trump on down want a comparison, they should welcome such an investigation themselves."

But that's not entirely true. While Clinton's sexual misconduct involving Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones was investigated back in the 1990s, Juanita Broaddrick's claim that Clinton raped her back when he was serving as attorney general of Arkansas has never been closely examined.

Still, Clinton insisted that her husband's ability to "survive" these allegations through multiple political races is a testament to how Democrats must be "tough" in the face of Republican opposition.

"Bill had to be incredibly strong, first to be elected, then to be reelected, and to survive," Clinton told CNN. "He really believes Democrats have to be tougher and have to stand up to the bullying and intimidation."

And Democrats need to be do a better job of combating Republicans - even if it means destroying the life of an innocent man - because there's no point being "civil" with a political party that "wants to destroy everything that you stand for," Clinton said.

"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength."

So, Hillary, was it "civil" of her husband to ogle the backside of pop singer Ariana Grande during her performance at Aretha Franklin's memorial service back in August?

Ariana

Watch the full interview below:


          Snyder: Americans Are More Radicalized Than Ever, Country Spiraling Toward Civil War      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Michael Snyder via The American Dream blog,

Now that Brett Kavanaugh has officially been confirmed, it is a good time to reflect upon where we are at as a nation. 

And where we are at is a nation that is rapidly moving toward a state of civil war.  At one time we were a nation that was united by shared values, a shared purpose and a shared destiny, but now all of that has been replaced by anger, frustration, bitterness, strife and discord.  The left hates the right and vice versa, and both sides are becoming increasingly radicalized.  And without a doubt we are in a life or death battle for the future of America.  Eventually one side or the other will emerge victorious, and their ideology will become dominant in this country.

Up to this point, there has been a lot of screaming, yelling and protesting, but it isn’t going to take very much to push the nation over the edge into violence.

On a daily basis the pot is being stirred by our leading politicians and the mainstream media, and it is very difficult to see any way that this story is going to end well.

Early on Sunday, the Drudge Report was being headlined by an Axios story about “the radicalization of our public lives”…

It’s going to get worse. Virtually every major American institution is being radicalized — or being reshaped by the radicalization of our public lives.

You see this most vividly in politics, where the White House and Congress are often the cause and effect of the radicalization. You now see it in the courts and the Supreme Court, in particular, where a narrow, party-line vote made Brett Kavanaugh the next justice after a nasty, personal political brawl. Already, lawyer Michael Avenatti is calling for a new Democratic litmus test: increasing the size of the court to 11 from nine.

In particular, it is on the left where we have seen the most extreme radicalization.  This is something that President Trump commented on during his most recent rally

“Just imagine the devastation they would cause if they of their obtained the power they so desperately want and crave,” Trump added. “You don’t hand matches to an arsonist and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that’s what they have become.

Trump then used Kavanaugh’s example to illustrate why conservatives need to vote during the midterm elections in four weeks so that Democrats don’t take back the House:

“You have to vote,” Trump insisted. “On November 6 you will have the chance to stop the radical Democrats — and that’s what they have become — by electing a Republican House and a Republican Senate. We will increase our majorities. We need more Republicans. We need more Republicans.

“The Democrats have become too extreme and too dangerous to govern,” Trump continued. “Republicans believe in the rule of law not the rule of the mob.”

Of course if Hillary Clinton had won the election, there are millions upon millions of Americans that would not have been willing to be governed by her either.

We are rapidly getting to the point where America is simply going to be ungovernable.

In order for any government to function, a certain percentage of the population must be willing to recognize that government as legitimate.  For example, if everybody in the country suddenly decided to quit paying taxes there wouldn’t be too much that the federal government could do about it.  They could put some of us in prison to try to scare the rest of us back in line, but if the rest of us refused to be intimidated our system of taxation would collapse.

Every system of government depends upon the fact that most people will willingly submit to it, and we are rapidly getting to the point where a large portion of the population will not submit to being governed.

Just consider what just took place in Washington.  As Brett Kavanaugh was being sworn in, protesters were literally banging on and clawing the doors of the Supreme Court building…

But perhaps no incident better expressed the protesters’ tenuous hold on sanity than a demonstration at the Supreme Court, where protesters — mostly women — broke through a police line and barged to the Court’s chamber, where they proceeded to wail, gnash teeth, and pound at the doors while Kavanaugh was being sworn in inside.

Some of the protesters, who managed to get all the way through to the doors themselves, tried desperately to claw their way in, even though the doors were clearly locked (and look very heavy).

If you have not seen this yet, you can watch footage of this happening on Facebook right here.

And Chad Pergram is reporting that Republican senators had death threats texted to their personal phones…

Colleague Peter Doocy rpts a GOP senator says senators have had death threats texted to their person phones. Calls that “unusual.” Also says some senators who flew home after Kavanaugh vote were accompanied by police for protection

In a subsequent tweet, Pergram also reported that a gruesome beheading video was actually sent to the phone of Cory Gardner’s wife…

Amid Kavanaugh furor & threats to mbrs, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) tells Fox that his wife received a text with a video attachment showing a gruesome beheading. Someone has has also released the names of and addresses of his family members.

Can you imagine how you would feel if that happened to you?

Many of these leftist protesters are extremely passionate about protecting abortion rights.  To be honest, I wish that those on the right were just as passionate about defending the lives of the unborn.

Because the truth is that Brett Kavanaugh has never said that he intends to overturn Roe v. Wade.  In fact, during her speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate explaining why she was voting for Kavanaugh, U.S. Senator Susan Collins admitted that Kavanaugh essentially promised her that he would not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade

Most notably, Collins said in her explanation of why she was not worried that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe that Kavanaugh had told her when they were discussing his nomination that he did not think five sitting justices—a majority of the nine member court—would be a sufficient number “to overturn long-established precedent.”

This was after he had testified, she noted, that Roe–upheld by Casey–was “precedent on precedent.”

“Finally, in his testimony, he noted repeatedly that Roe had been upheld by Planned Parenthood v. Casey, describing it as precedent on precedent,” said Collins in her floor speech. “When I asked him whether it would be sufficient to overturn a long-established precedent if five current Justices believed it was wrongly decided, he emphatically said no.”

Kavanaugh didn’t just say no.

He “emphatically said no“.

After everything that happened, the ironic thing is that Kavanaugh getting on to the Supreme Court is a loss for conservatives, but nobody on the right wants to admit this.  We got fooled by Justice Kennedy, we got fooled by Sandra Day O’Connor, we got fooled by David Souter, and now we have just been fooled again.

Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy, and he is cut from the exact same cloth as his mentor.  Kennedy was one of the key votes to uphold Roe v. Wade in the Casey decision, and he actually wrote the opinion for the case that legalized gay marriage in America.  It is rumored that Kennedy would not retire until he was assured that Kavanaugh would be nominated in his place, because he knew that Kavanaugh would be the exact same type of Supreme Court justice that he had been.

So conservatives should not be celebrating this “victory” at all.

But what this confirmation process did prove is that we are closer to chaos on the streets of America than ever before.  In fact, a recent New York Post articlesuggested that America “could be sleepwalking into a second civil war”…

To be clear, what we just witnessed, and what we have seen for two years, is not a case of mere political differences, which the Founders recognized as inevitable and even desirable.

Instead, we face something more akin to the combustible climate historian Christopher Clark described as the origins of World War I. In his book, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” Clark illustrates how none of the great powers wanted war, but all felt free to escalate the build-up in the certainty that the other side would back down.

Something similar is happening here, and our nation could be sleepwalking into a second civil war. Even though justice and fairness prevailed this time, the stained confirmation process must serve as a wake-up alarm.

This time around, however, it won’t be a battle between two opposing armies from two distinct geographic regions.

Instead, it will be a conflict between two very different ideologies.  So far, it has mostly been a “cold war”, but as both sides become increasingly radicalized I fear for what the future may soon bring…


          Google Lied About "Dragonfly" China Censorship Project According To Leaked Transcript      Cache   Translate Page      

According to a leaked transcript, Google lied to the media regarding their secretive Chinese search engine, according to The Intercept.

The project, code-named Dragonfly, would blacklist phrases like "human rights," "student protest," and "Nobel Prize," and has resulted in at least seven Google employees quitting for ethical reasons. Other employees have circulated a letter recognizing a "code yellow" emergency, suggesting that the Dragonfly initiative violates Google's ethical code, which states that the company will not build or deploy technologies "whose purpose contravenes widely accepted principles of international law and human rights," according to The Intercept

The project has also drawn criticism from human rights groups, congressional legislators and Vice President Mike Pence - who called on the search engine giant to "immediately end development of the Dragonfly app that will strengthen the Communist Party’s censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers."

Google, meanwhile, lied in their attempts to downplay the project

In late September, longtime Google exec and search engine chief Ben Gomes told BBC News: "Right now, all we’ve done is some exploration," adding "but since we don’t have any plans to launch something, there’s nothing much I can say about it."

That answer, according to one Google source, was "bullshit" according to The Intercept, which published a leaked transcript from a July 18 meeting that tells a completely different story

You have taken on something extremely important to the company,” Gomes declared, according to a transcript of his comments obtained by The Intercept. “I have to admit it has been a difficult journey. But I do think a very important and worthwhile one. And I wish ourselves the best of luck in actually reaching our destination as soon as possible.” -The Intercept

Gomes said he hoped the censored Chinese search engine could be launched between six and nine months, but it could be sooner. "This is a world none of us have ever lived in before," he said. "So I feel like we shouldn’t put too much definite into the timeline."

In September, Google executive Keith Enright told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that project Dragonfly exists, however he said "we are not close to launching a product in China," though he refused to elaborate, claiming that he was "not clear on the contours of what is in scope or out of scope for that project."

Gomes’s remarks to staff, which can be read in full below, highlight the stark contrast between Google’s public and private statements about Dragonfly. The secretive project has been underway since spring 2017 — and has involved about 300 employees, the majority of whom have worked full-time on the plan. It was far beyond an “exploration,” and the plan to launch it was well-developed, as some of Google’s own employees have themselves highlighted in recent weeks, despite the company’s efforts to suppress such information. -The Intercept

Gomes's comments also explain why Google is interested in returning to China after making a big deal about leaving the communist country in 2010 because they "could no longer continue censoring our results" over free speech and security concerns. 

In explaining to staff why the work on Dragonfly was “extremely important,” Gomes referenced the sheer size of the Chinese market, saying “we are talking about the next billion users” for Google. He also called China “the most interesting market in the world today.” “By virtue of working on this,” Gomes added, “you will act as a window onto this world of innovation that we are otherwise blind to.” -The Intercept

In other words, Google is compromising its ethical commitment for money. 

Ben Gomes Addresses Google Staff Working on Dragonfly, July 18, 2018:

"I think this has been a long haul for many of you, I just want to acknowledge that first of all. Many of you have started working on this a while back. It’s not been easy working on a project with no obvious outcome. Thank you for that. In doing so you have taken on something extremely important to the company — our basic mission of serving all of the world’s users. Along the way, I think there are many benefits that come to us that are auxiliary, not just from the direct work, but from all of the auxiliary things of working in China.

There are two ways in which I think about Google. One of them is technology and the other one is product and serving users. So from the point of view of serving users, there is no question — we are talking about the next billion users. But actually I was looking at it, there’s like 5 billion adults in the world, so why are we thinking about the next billion users? Well, some of them are not enabled, internet-enabled, and so on. And of the people who are internet-enabled, a huge fraction of the ones we are missing out are in China.

And so the opportunity there is — all of you will know this, but — it’s clearly the biggest opportunity to serve more people that we have. And if you take our mission seriously, that’s where our key focus should be. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Many of these things are not easy, and you all know this now from personal experience. Also given the political climate. The future is very unpredictable. Six to nine months [to launch]. But we couldn’t have predicted the last three days of politics, let alone the last year of politics, [or] the last two or three years of politics. So we just don’t know what the future holds in some ways. We have to be focused on what we want to enable, and then when the opening happens we are ready for it.

And you guys have been working in that capacity and it’s not easy. We are working with you to make sure your careers are not affected by this. The difficult part is to maintain motivation on such a long haul. But that’s true of many difficult and worthwhile journeys. To maintain that motivation along the way, so that when you do reach that goal, it’s all the sweeter. I also want to say — I didn’t expect we’d be able to make the changes from a search perspective that we’ve been able to. So I think there’s a slide on this? There are improvements, and I thought that because we didn’t have all the signals from China, I thought we may make marginal progress and we’ll do our best. But you guys … this is really pretty amazing to me that we made this much progress. … When you begin to pay attention to things, things really do get a lot better, and the coverage, the improvements the team has made, I am so grateful for the work you have put in.

The second part of what I think we do that is the value of going into China, is that China I think is one of the most interesting markets, arguably the most interesting market in the world today. Just by virtue of being there and paying attention to the Chinese market, we will learn things, because in many ways China was leading the world in some kinds of innovation. We need to understand what is happening there in order to inspire us. It’s not just a one-way street. China will teach us things that we don’t know. And the people, as you work on this, both in the Chinese offices and elsewhere, paying attention to the things that are happening there is incredibly valuable for us as Google, potentially not just in China, but somewhere else entirely.

Everybody is aware of some of the key models, business models, that have changed in China. But I am sure there are more, other innovations we are not aware of today. And by virtue of working on this, you will act as a window onto this world of innovation that we are otherwise blind to. So overall I just want to thank you guys for all the work you have put in. I ask for your patience for continuing on this for a while longer. And I have to admit it has been a difficult journey. But I do think a very important and worthwhile one. And I wish ourselves the best of luck in actually reaching our destination as soon as possible.

While we are saying it’s going to be six and nine months [to launch], the world is a very dynamic place. A few weeks back, nobody would have predicted that the U.S. president would blame the U.S. for issues with Russia, and the Russian foreign ministry would respond [on] Twitter saying, “We agree.” And so the good or bad thing about this is, he’s shaken things up so much that things can radically change quickly. So at some level, at our scale, we need to maintain that optionality, in case suddenly the world changes or he decides his new best friend is [Chinese President] Xi Jinping. This is a world none of us have ever lived in before. So I feel like we shouldn’t put too much definite into the timeline too.

All I am saying, we have built a set of hacks and we have kept them. If there is a way to sort of freeze some of it, so it can be brought off the shelf and quickly deployed while we are dripping it all out, and changing it, we should take the long-term view. The pace of the world is changing. There is a huge binary difference between being launched and not launched. And so we want to be careful that we don’t miss that window if it ever comes."


          On US West Coast, Elections Results Take Time      Cache   Translate Page      
If control of the U.S. House comes down to any of the competitive congressional races in Washington state and California, the nation might have to wait days to learn the outcome. In both of those states, voters can put their ballots in the mail as late as Election Day, meaning the final votes do not typically reach election officials until several days later. "I could see a scenario where we're waiting a week or so to get results,'' said Todd Donovan, a political science professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham. "The unfortunate thing is, you take longer and people are going to think something wrong is going on, when in fact, when you take longer, you're more likely to have more accurate results.'' Washington is one of just three states that conduct all elections by mail. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day. The system usually leaves about half of the vote outstanding at the end of the night, making it impossible to quickly determine the winner of close races. In California, which has more than half a dozen competitive races in GOP-held districts, voters have the option of balloting by mail. Ballots can be postmarked as late as Election Day and received no later than three days after that. In past elections, some close California races have not been called for days. In its June primary, more than 67 percent of Californians voted by mail. Ballots in Washington state will be mailed to voters next week. Three of the state's 10 U.S. House races are being watched nationally as Democrats eye potential gains that could determine control of the chamber. The party needs a net gain of 23 seats nationwide to win back the House. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37 states and the District of Columbia offer some type of early voting, and 27 states and the district offer "no-excuse'' absentee voting. Counting, updates While more than 20 states allow certain elections to be held by mail, only Washington, Oregon and Colorado conduct all elections by mail. Colorado and Oregon both require that ballots — whether they are mailed or dropped off — be received by elections officials no later than Election Day in order to be counted. Washington state's 39 counties all post their initial results after 8 p.m. on election night. Many counties do daily updates after that, but because of the number of steps involved in ballot verification — including sorting, signature verification and assessment of ballots for extraneous marks — the updates can feel painfully slow for candidates locked in close races and the media organizations covering them. "Fast is good, and I guarantee you that there's nothing more that the counties want than to get the results out quickly,'' said Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman. "But it's more important to make sure that they're accurate.'' King County, by far the state's most populous, is the largest of five counties voting in the 8th Congressional District, a closely watched open seat where Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Kim Schrier are vying to replace retiring Republican Rep. Dave Reichert. Republican-held seats in the state's 5th and 3rd districts, in eastern Washington and southwestern Washington, are also being fiercely contested by Democrats this year. Julie Wise, King County's elections director, said she and her staff are ready for what will be a busy week. "There's no system that is perfect, but vote by mail is the strongest type of election system in the country,'' she said. "We have a paper trail for everything.'' During the 2016 general election, more than 1 million ballots were cast in King County. The county posted results for over 615,000 ballots on election night, and about 30,000 the following day. Wise said that a new tabulation system that came online in 2017 has helped increase the number of meaningful results her office can post in the days after the election. For the August primary, the county posted over half of the 557,000 votes cast on election night. With the new system, the day-after update increased to 45,000 ballots. Final arrivals But it still takes about a day to go through the entire process, so the bulk of ballots that are brought in from across the country's drop boxes on election night, in addition to those still arriving via mail, will not be reflected immediately. Even in states like Colorado, where ballots must be in by Election Day, instantaneous results are not guaranteed. Lynn Bartels, a spokeswoman for the Colorado secretary of state, said that even with that firm deadline, mailed ballots require more time because of the procedures that need to be followed to process them. "It's not like you pull a lever and it all gets tabulated,'' she said. Washington's system ensures that the state's voters are not disenfranchised by mail delays and allows them to consider their options longer, Wise said. "I think we have a better democracy when we have more people participating,'' she said. "If we have to wait a day or two longer than others, I think that's well worth it.''
          China's Kafuring Wins the European Quality Award in Healthcare      Cache   Translate Page      

For the first time, a Chinese hospital participates in the Business Triumph Festival in Cannes

BEIJING, Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Business Triumph Festival and European Awards Night organized by the Europe Business Assembly (EBA) formally opened in Cannes, France on October 5. China-based Kafuring, the only non-European medical company that was invited to attend the event, received the EBA European Quality Award for the aspiration to achieve quality in accordance with European standards. Kafuring Chairman Li Xingdong gave a presentation on the company's development, strategy and the contributions that its Implanter Pen technology has made to the medical community. His speech was highly praised by business leaders.

Mr. Li explained the advantages of the Kafuring's Implanter Pen in terms of the small size of the incision, in combination with the high density and natural direction of the hair. The needle incision is 0.6 to 1.0mm in diameter, one-third smaller than traditional implant incisions, assuring a higher transplant density. The resulting wound is small, making it possible to wash one's hair the day following the operation. In addition, the direction in which the hair is transplanted can be flexibly controlled, to fully achieve the desired appearance, delivering a more natural outcome and faster recovery.

In August of this year, Kafuring opened an office in the U.S., the first hair transplant institution established by a Chinese firm outside of its home market. Kafuring is in the process of setting up operations in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, among other countries. Kafuring's 31 branches, including those under construction, will use the same internationally leading hair transplant technology to serve the growing needs of customers worldwide.

Thanks to its leading and authoritative Implanter Pen technology, Kafuring has again been invited to attend the World Congress of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) in Los Angeles on October 10. Li Xingdong plans to showcase China's innovative and leading hair transplant achievements to industry professionals worldwide, taking China's hair transplant technology to the world stage and empowering the development of a Chinese economy that is focused on quality.


          US Official: US Foreign Military Sales Total $55.6B, Up 33 Percent       Cache   Translate Page      
Sales of U.S. military equipment to foreign governments rose 33 percent to $55.6 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, a U.S. administration official told Reuters on Tuesday. The increase in foreign military sales came in part because the Trump administration rolled out a new "Buy American" plan in April that loosened restrictions on sales while encouraging U.S. officials to take a bigger role in increasing business overseas for the U.S. weapons industry. There are two major ways foreign governments purchase arms from U.S. companies: Direct commercial sales, negotiated between a government and a company; and foreign military sales, where a foreign government typically contacts a Department of Defense official at the U.S. embassy in their capital. Both require approval by the U.S. government. About $70 billion worth of foreign military sales notifications went to Congress this year, slightly less than the year before, the administration official said. The $55.6 billion figure represents signed letters of agreement for foreign military sales between the United States and allies. The largest U.S. arms contractors include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman.
          Merck Data at ESMO 2018 Congress Highlight Multiple Therapeutics with Potential to Transform Cancer Care      Cache   Translate Page      

DARMSTADT, Germany, Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Not intended for distribution in the USA, Canada or UK 

ESMO Abstract #

Avelumab: LBA6_PR, 659P, 1290P, 1291P, 1282P, 877P; M7824 (TGF β-trap/anti-PD-L1):1048O, 1463P, 1931P, 757P, 643P, 642P, 661P; tepotinib (MET kinase inhibitor): 1377O, 621PD, 698P; M6620: 1437P; M3814: 1845P; M7583: 1014PD; abituzumab: 487P; Erbitux®(cetuximab): 124P, 484P, 509P, 493P, 521P, 510P, 481P, 486P, 1057P, 1108P, 1068P, 1064P, 1293P

  • First presentation of Phase III data for avelumab (plus axitinib) in previously untreated, advanced kidney cancer
  • New and updated data for bifunctional immunotherapy M7824  
  • Results from Phase II trials for tepotinib, including in EGFR TKI-resistant NSCLC  
  • Additional pipeline data feature abstracts for a further four innovative agents across multiple tumor types with a significant patient need 

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced that new data from a variety of high-priority clinical development programs will be presented at the ESMO 2018 Congress (European Society for Medical Oncology Annual Meeting), October 19-23, 2018, Munich, Germany.

In the year that Merck celebrates its 350-year anniversary, abstracts at the congress represent a company record with eight therapeutic agents across 14 tumor types, reinforcing Merck's position at the forefront of clinical development in oncology.

"Our data at this year's European Society for Medical Oncology Congress expand our understanding of avelumab in renal cell carcinoma and other tumors, and demonstrate the headway we are making with our pipeline, including bifunctional immunotherapy M7824 and tepotinib," said Luciano Rossetti, Global Head of Research & Development for the Biopharma business of Merck. "We look forward to many more years of real and significant progress towards our vision of transforming the management and treatment of cancer."

Data from the Phase III study JAVELIN Renal 101, evaluating avelumab* in combination with axitinib, compared with sunitinib as initial therapy for patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), will be presented for the first time during the Presidential Symposium at ESMO on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 5:20 PM - 5:35 PM CEST. Avelumab is being jointly developed and commercialized with Pfizer. The results represent the first positive Phase III immunotherapy trial in combination with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) in any tumor type, supporting Merck's interest in the potential use of avelumab in combination with currently approved therapies and novel agents. These results will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Other updates include new avelumab data in Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) and advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer.

New data for M7824 will be presented from expansion cohorts of two ongoing Phase I clinical trials, including the first tumor-specific data for squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), biliary tract cancer, esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and esophageal adenocarcinoma. In addition, updated data for M7824 in patients with gastric cancer and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) will be shared. M7824, discovered in-house at Merck, is an investigational bifunctional immunotherapy designed to combine a transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) trap by 'fusing' it with the anti-programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) mechanism. To date more than 650 patients with various types of solid tumors have been treated across the program with M7824 and the safety profile is consistent with that observed with other PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors and previously described skin lesions (keratoacanthomas, SCC, hyperkeratosis) associated with TGF-β-inhibiting therapies.

Data for tepotinib** include results from three Phase II trials in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) TKI-resistant NSCLC and advanced hepatocellular carcinoma, providing further evidence of this precision medicine's potential clinical activity in a range of tumors. Tepotinib, discovered in-house at Merck, is an investigational, oral MET inhibitor that is designed to selectively inhibit the oncogenic MET receptor signaling caused by MET (gene) alterations or MET protein overexpression.

Additional pipeline abstracts feature updated data from Merck's comprehensive DNA damage response (DDR) portfolio. These include results from a Phase I trial investigating M6620 (formerly VX-970) in combination with gemcitabine in patients with advanced NSCLC, and combined data from two Phase I trials of DNA-dependent protein kinase inhibitor, M3814. Results will also be shared from a Phase I/II trial of M7583, a Bruton's TKI, in patients with B-cell malignancies, as well as a retrospective analysis of the Phase I/II Poseidon study investigating abituzumab in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC).

Data to be presented at the congress for Erbitux® will add to the growing body of real-world evidence supporting the therapy's role as a standard of care in RAS wild-type mCRC and first-line recurrent or metastatic SCCHN (R/M SCCHN), and for patients with locally advanced SCCHN (LA SCCHN) who may not be able to tolerate cisplatin-based regimens in full.  

*Avelumab is under clinical investigation for the treatment of RCC, MCC, CRC, gastric and GEJ cancer, and has not been demonstrated to be safe and effective for these indications. There is no guarantee that avelumab will be approved for RCC, CRC, gastric or GEJ cancer by any health authority worldwide.

**Tepotinib is the recommended International Nonproprietary Name (INN) for the MET kinase inhibitor MSC2156119J. Tepotinib is currently under clinical investigation and not approved for any use anywhere in the world.

Tepotinib, M7824, M3814, M7583, M6620 and abituzumab are under clinical investigation and have not been proven to be safe and effective. There is no guarantee any product will be approved in the sought-after indication by any health authority worldwide.

Notes to Editors 

Key Merck-supported abstracts slated for presentation are listed below. In addition, a number of investigator-sponsored studies have been accepted (not listed).

Title

Lead Author 

Abstract #

Presentation

Location




Date / Time
(CEST)







Avelumab





Late-Breaking Abstracts










JAVELIN Renal 101:

R Motzer

LBA6_PR

Sun, Oct 21,

Hall A2 -

a randomized,



4:30 - 6:10 PM

Room 18

phase 3 study of



(5:20 - 5:35 PM


avelumab +



 lecture time)


axitinib vs





sunitinib as





first-line





treatment of





advanced renal





cell carcinoma





(aRCC)










Poster Sessions










Avelumab

 T Doi

 659P

 Sun, Oct 21

 Hall A3 -

(anti-PD-L1) in



12:45 - 1:45 PM

Poster Area

Japanese patients




Networking Hub

with advanced





gastric or





gastroesophageal





junction cancer





(GC/GEJC): updated





results from the





phase 1b JAVELIN





Solid Tumor JPN





trial










Avelumab in

 P Nathan

 1290P

Sun, Oct 21,

Hall A3 -

European patients



12:45 - 1:45 PM

Poster Area

(pts) with




Networking Hub

metastatic Merkel





cell carcinoma





(mMCC): experience





from an ad hoc





expanded access





program (EAP)










Cost-effectiveness

M Bharmal

 1291P

Sun, Oct 21,

Hall A3 -

(CE) of avelumab



12:45 - 1:45 PM

 Poster Area

vs standard care




Networking Hub

(SC) for the





treatment of





patients (pts)





with metastatic





Merkel cell





carcinoma (mMCC)










Responder analysis

SP D'Angelo

1282P

Sun, Oct 21,

Hall A3 -

based on



12:45 - 1:45 PM

Poster Area

patient-reported




Networking Hub

outcomes (PROs)





and clinical





endpoints (CEPs)





in patients (pts)





with metastatic





Merkel cell





carcinoma (mMCC)





treated with





avelumab










First-line (1L) or

UN


Mon, Oct 22,

Hall A3 -

second-line (2L)

Vaishampayan

877P

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Poster Area

avelumab




Networking Hub

monotherapy in





patients (pts)





with advanced





renal cell





carcinoma (aRCC)





enrolled in the





phase 1b JAVELIN





Solid Tumor trial










Title

Lead Author

Abstract #

Presentation

Location




Date / Time
(CEST







M7824 (TGF β-trap/anti-PD-L1)





Proffered Paper Session










M7824

BC Cho

1048O

Mon, Oct 22,

ICM, Room

(MSB0011359C), a



2:45 - 4:15 PM

14B

bifunctional



(3:00 PM


fusion protein



 lecture time)


targeting PD-L1





and TGF-β, in





patients (pts)





with advanced





SCCHN: results





from a phase 1





cohort










Poster Sessions










Updated results of

 L Paz-Ares

1463P

Sat, Oct 20,

Hall A3 -

M7824



12:30 - 1:30 PM

Poster Area

(MSB0011359C), a




Networking Hub

bifunctional





fusion protein





targeting TGF-β





and PD-L1, in





second-line (2L)





NSCLC










Assessment of PD1/

T Mrowiec

1931P

Sun, Oct 21,

Hall A3 -

PD-L1



 12:45 - 1:45 PM

Poster Area

colocalization in




Networking Hub

hepatocellular





carcinoma (HCC)





using brightfield





double labeling





and quantitative





digital image





analysis










M7824

C Yoo

757P

Sun, Oct 21,

Hall A3 -

(MSB0011359C), a



12:45 - 1:45 PM

Poster Area

bifunctional




Networking Hub

fusion protein





targeting PD-L1





and TGF-β, in





Asian patients





with pretreated





biliary tract





cancer:





preliminary





results from a





phase 1 trial










M7824

B Tan

643P

Sun, Oct 21,

Hall A3 -

(MSB0011359C), a



12:45 - 1:45 PM

Poster Area

bifunctional




Networking Hub

fusion protein





targeting PD-L1





and TGF-β, in





patients with





post-platinum





esophageal





adenocarcinoma





(EAC): preliminary





results from a





phase 1 cohort










Phase 1 study

CC Lin

642P

Sun, Oct 21,

Hall A3 -

results from an



12:45 - 1:45 PM

Poster Area

esophageal




Networking Hub

squamous cell





carcinoma (ESCC)





cohort treated





with M7824





(MSB0011359C), a





bifunctional





fusion protein





targeting





transforming





growth factor β





(TGF-β) and





PD-L1










Updated results

 YJ Bang

661P

Sun, Oct 21,

Hall A3 -

from a phase 1



12:45 - 1:45 PM

Poster Area

trial of M7824




Networking Hub

(MSB0011359C), a





bifunctional





fusion protein





targeting PD-L1





and TGF-β, in





patients with





pretreated





recurrent or





refractory gastric





cancer










Title

Lead Author

Abstract #

Presentation

Location




Date / Time
(CEST)


Tepotinib





Proffered Paper Session










Phase 2 study of

 YL Wu

 1377O

Fri, Oct 19,

Hall A2,

tepotinib +



4:00 - 5:30 PM

Room 18

gefitinib



(4:51 PM


(TEP+GEF)



in lecture time)


MET-positive





(MET+)/epidermal





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          Trump Says Fed Is Raising Interest Rates Too Fast      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday again criticized the Federal Reserve, telling reporters the central bank was going too fast in raising rates when inflation is minimal and government data point to a strong economy. "Well, I like to see low interest rates. The Fed is doing what it thinks is necessary, but I don't like what they're doing because we have inflation really checked, and we have a lot of good things happening," Trump said to reporters on the White House lawn before departing for an Iowa event. "I just don't think it's necessary to go as fast." The U.S. Federal Reserve last raised interest rates in September and left intact its plans to steadily tighten monetary policy, as it forecast that the U.S. economy would enjoy at least three more years of economic growth. The Federal Reserve is mandated by Congress to aim for low inflation and low unemployment. Currently, U.S. consumer price inflation is above 2 percent annually and the unemployment rate is the lowest in about 40 years. "Also, very importantly I think, the numbers we're producing are record-setting," Trump added. "I don't want to slow it down, even a little bit, especially when you don't have the problem of inflation. And you don't see that inflation coming back. Now, at some point it will and you go up." Trump has publicly stated his concerns before, but on Tuesday said he had not discussed them personally with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, explaining that "I like to stay uninvolved."
          Georgia 7th: Woodall opponent homes in on Obamacare repeal vote in first ad       Cache   Translate Page      
Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux entered the 7th District congressional race last year with a health care-focused message that drew heavily from her family’s own experience with sky-high medical bills. Now U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s opponent is making clear she plans to double down on the subject in the weeks leading up to the election. 
          Armamento americano é vulnerável a ciberataques      Cache   Translate Page      

Relatório de auditoria do governo culpa atraso do Pentágono em matéria de cibersegurança e dificuldades encontradas para recrutar especialistas. Equipamento militar está cada vez mais conectado, o que os torna mais eficazes, mas também mais vulneráveis a ataques. Imagem aérea do Pentágono, em foto de 12 de fevereiro de 2009 AP Photo/Charles Dharapak O armamento americano é vulnerável a ciberataques em razão do atraso do Pentágono em matéria de cibersegurança e das dificuldades encontradas para recrutar especialistas, assinala um relatório de auditoria do governo publicado nesta terça-feira (9). No documento intitulado "O Departamento de Defesa está apenas começando a se dar conta da amplitude das vulnerabilidades", o escritório de contas do Congresso dos Estados Unidos, GAO, destaca que o equipamento militar do país está cada vez mais conectado. Os caças estão repletos de programas de informática e sensores, o comando operacional é feito por um telão, os soldados são localizados em terra graças ao seu GPS, e os navios da Marinha americana estão cada vez mais computadorizados, indica o relatório. Esses programas e sensores fazem com que os militares sejam mais eficazes, mas também mais vulneráveis a ataques informáticos. Especialistas do Pentágono que serviram como hackers mostraram como foi fácil invadir os novos equipamentos produzidos entre 2012 e 2017. "Em um caso, foi necessária apenas uma hora para uma equipe de duas pessoas penetrar no sistema de computador de um armamento, e um dia para controlar completamente o seu funcionamento", indica o GAO, sem especificar, por razões de segurança, a que armamento faz referência. Em outro caso, os analistas do Pentágono assumiram o controle dos terminais usados durante um exercício. A equipe pôde não só controlar o sistema, como manipulá-lo ao ponto de os operadores virem em sua tela uma janela que pedia a introdução de uma moeda para poder continuar. O Departamento de Defesa "não sabe a extensão das vulnerabilidades de seus sistemas de armamento porque, por uma série de razões, o alcance e a sofisticação dos testes foram limitados". O Pentágono começou a perceber a gravidade dos perigos e a necessidade de aumentar a proteção dos sistemas informáticos, mas tem problemas para recrutar especialistas, que são mais bem pagos no setor privado do que nas Forças Armadas, destaca o documento, o primeiro sobre este tema do GAO. Um dos planos consiste em contratar jovens diplomados antes de terminar a universidade, a fim de oferecer uma primeira oportunidade profissional e tirar proveito de seus conhecimentos. Em um momento no qual os países ocidentais acusam a Rússia de ter realizado ciberataques de grande envergadura nos últimos meses, o secretário de Defesa dos Estados Unidos, James Mattis, anunciou que os EUA decidiram colocar à disposição da Otan as suas capacidades em matéria de defesa cibernética.
          GOP Candidate: 'Females' Need Education To Stop Men From Raping Them      Cache   Translate Page      
GOP Candidate: 'Females' Need Education To Stop Men From Raping Them

You might recall Republican Denver Riggleman for being the guy who promoted Bigfoot erotica last summer to the laughter and derision of the Internet, despite his vehement denials.

Riggleman is running against Democrat Leslie Cockburn for Congress in Virginia's 5th District, which includes Charlottesville within its boundaries.

So. Bigfoot Porn Guy versus Veteran Journalist with the Great Debate taking place on Monday.

A question in the debate centered on how candidates could reduce rape and sexual assault.

One candidate answered with a real answer; and the other just shoveled it all onto women.

Cockburn's answer addressed state-based solutions set in place by Attorney General Mark Herring, and called for federal funding to help assault victims and law enforcement.

Riggleman's answer was eye-popping.

As far as what’s going on on campus … I think a lot of it comes to educating females, specifically in the fraternities and sororities that they’re a part of,” Riggleman said, before launching on a rant about vigilante justice for those men who violate the little ladies.

Oh, I see! Rape prevention is solely a woman's responsibility. Why didn't he just come out and say that those college girls shouldn't wear those tight jeans and revealing tops? This stuff comes straight out of the Handbook for Male Supremacists, quite frankly.

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          Congress Recognizes Telehealth as Critical to Access Substance Abuse Treatment      Cache   Translate Page      

By Jennifer Esposito, Intel’s Worldwide General Manager, Health and Life Sciences Group Right now, the President has the tremendous opportunity to sign into law the Support for Patients and Communities Act, a comprehensive approach to fighting the opioids epidemic that is hurting so many American families. Contained in the legislation is a recognition of the [...]

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          APC to Fayose: You are not wanted in our party      Cache   Translate Page      

The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has advised outgoing Governor Ayo Fayos to look elsewhere for political sanctuary, should he jump out of the PDP. Chief Paul Omotoso, Chairman of the party in the state, gave the advice in a statement on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti. “Fayose should not think of […]

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          14th Congressional District candidate Underwood raises $2M in 3rd quarter      Cache   Translate Page      
With a little less than a month before the Nov. 6 election, 14th Congressional District candidate Lauren Underwood announced that her campaign has raised more than $2 million in the third filing quarter of 2018.

The Democrat said that in the past two filing quarters she has outraised her opponent, incumbent Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, and she has momentum in the race, according to a news release sent Tuesday.

"The excitement about our campaign is palpable – our voters began heading to their polling places as soon as early voting began,” Underwood said in the release. “I’m so thankful to the thousands of people across our community who have invested in this race. It’s clear that voters in the 14th are ready for real representation in Congress, and we have the resources we need to win in November."

Underwood said she will post her full third quarter filing with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

During the second quarter, which ran from April 1 to June 30, Underwood’s campaign committee collected more than $538,000, according to data reported to the Federal Election Commission. That left her with about $651,885 at the end of the second quarter.

In contrast, Hultgren’s committee collected about $388,000, bringing his total cash on hand to more than $1 million at the end of the second quarter.

Between Jan. 1 and March 31, Underwood – who ran against six Democratic candidates in the March primary election – raised about $465,000.

Hultgren, meanwhile, collected about $360,000.


          14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren Throws Barbs at Challenger In New Ad      Cache   Translate Page      
Lauren UnderwoodIn his fight to secure a fifth term in office, 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren is lashing out against democratic challenger Lauren Underwood in a new ad that lumps her with key democrats. 
          Anthony Weiner Offers A Model For How Bill Cosby Could Get An Early Release      Cache   Translate Page      
Disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner could get out of prison early.
          “Independent Spending in the 2018 Congressional General Elections Up From Same Time in 2016”      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Ex-ator pornô, Alexandre Frota ironiza Congresso: ‘Lá dentro já é a putaria’      Cache   Translate Page      
Eleito deputado federal em São Paulo acredita que não terá dificuldades de se enturmar: "Eu só vou me colocar junto ao elenco”
          Nikki Haley to Resign as Trump's Ambassador to the UN - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Fox's midterm engagement strategy is telling its viewers that Democrats are coming to kill them      Cache   Translate Page      


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With the midterm elections only four weeks away, a slew of Fox News commentators are warning their conservative viewers that they are physically imperiled by a “violent” leftist “mob” and must vote to keep Republicans in power in order to protect themselves. Their argument is an effort to turn out the GOP base by weaponizing conservative criticism of the protestors who opposed Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

“Anyone who sits right of center, anyone who's a Trump supporter, we're all targets” of public harassment from the left, contributor Tomi Lahren explained on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning. “The average citizen, if you're on the right, should be concerned and in danger.” Sebastian Gorka, a former White House aide now at Fox, similarly argued that the Democrats had “normalized violence in America,” comparing the need to fight back against that purported effort to the Revolutionary War.

Fox’s message has not appeared in a vacuum -- as usual, the network is taking cues from the Republican Party. Most Americans disapprove of the job President Donald Trump is doing and abhor the Republican Congress, making it more likely that Democrats will gain control of the House or Senate and exercise much-needed oversight of the administration. In response, Republicans have seized on protests against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, trying to whip up their base by conflating those protests and Democrats as a whole. That opposition, they claim, is a dangerous “mob” that cannot be allowed to gain power.

“In their quest for power, the radical Democrats have turned into an angry mob,” Trump said at a rally in Topeka, KS, on Saturday. “You don't hand matches to an arsonist, and you don't give power to an angry left-wing mob. That's what they have become. The Democrats have become too extreme and too dangerous to govern.”

Trump’s framing of the midterm elections as a battle against the “angry left-wing mob” consumed Fox’s prime-time programming on Monday.

“In 29 days, the choice is going to be clear,” argued Sean Hannity, the Trump propagandist with so much influence on the president that White House aides describe him as the shadow chief of staff. “Do you want mob rule or law and order?” He went on to say that viewers who lived in states with toss-up Senate races had the opportunity to reject senators who “gave in to the Democratic mob” by voting against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, adding that “there are no more moderates left in the Democratic Party,” which has “evolved into a party of the radical far left.”

Laura Ingraham, who at one point was considered for the White House communications director job, made the exact same point on her Fox show. “There is too much on the line for intraparty squabbles any longer,” she argued Monday. “And the choice for voters is now really simple. Mob rule or the rule of law? Perpetual rage or real results?” Later in the program, Monica Crowley, a Fox contributor who decided not to join the Trump administration following the revelation that she had plagiarized parts of her book, argued that the left is “violent” and “at war” against, among other things, “individual liberty.”

And Tucker Carlson, another host with keen influence over the president, said that Democratic donor Tom Steyer’s claim that Kavanaugh had been supported by “entitled white men” was “exactly the kind of thing that Hutu leaders in Rwanda were saying in the early 1990s” before committing genocide against the Tutsi tribe.

Fox has long operated as the communications arm of the Republican Party, remaking itself since Trump’s ascension as his personal propaganda outlet. Expect to see its commentators pull out all the stops over the next month in order to maintain congressional Republicans’ majority and protect Trump from meaningful oversight.


          Press Releases: Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Report 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 9, 2018


Today the U.S. Department of State submitted the second annual report to Congress as required by the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 (the END Wildlife Trafficking Act).

Wildlife trafficking is a serious transnational crime that threatens security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, long-standing conservation efforts, and human health. In Executive Order 13773, President Trump called for a comprehensive and decisive approach to dismantle organized crime syndicates, specifically recognizing the connection between wildlife trafficking and transnational organized criminal networks. The United States government’s three-pronged approach to combating wildlife trafficking—strengthening law enforcement, reducing demand, and building international cooperation—deprives criminals of a key source of financing, reducing the criminal threat posed to U.S. citizens.

The END Wildlife Trafficking Act directs the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce, to submit to Congress a report that lists Focus Countries and Countries of Concern, as defined in the Act. Each Focus Country is a major source, transit point, or consumer of wildlife trafficking products or their derivatives. Identification as a Focus Country is neither a positive nor a negative designation. Many Focus Countries have taken significant steps to combat wildlife trafficking, including in partnership with the United States. A Country of Concern is defined as a Focus Country whose government has actively engaged in or knowingly profited from the trafficking of endangered or threatened species. The United States looks forward to continuing dialogue with both Focus Countries and Countries of Concern to thwart transnational organized crime engaged in wildlife trafficking.

The 2018 Focus Countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. The 2018 Countries of Concern are Madagascar, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Laos.

For more information, please contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov and follow the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on Twitter @StateDeptOES.


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          Election - Two dozen races will determine control of House      Cache   Translate Page      
A leading Republican political action committee that has spent heavily to influence next month's congressional elections told donors on Tuesday that fewer than two dozen races...
          Women's March Chicago plans rally, march for Saturday to focus on first-time voters ahead of Election Day      Cache   Translate Page      
Women's March Chicago is planning another rally and march. The March to the Polls will be held on Saturday, kicking off with a 9 a.m. rally at Congress and Columbus.
          America’s Next Top Socialist: We must eliminate the Electoral College      Cache   Translate Page      

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Lest we forget, barring some last-minute divine intervention, New York Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on her way to an easy election victory next month and a seat in the House of Representatives. The former bartender has already made clear that she has a long list of things she would like to see investigated if the Democrats take over control of the lower chamber. But this week she’s added a new item to the agenda. We need to get rid of the Electoral College because of racism and slavery. (Washington Times)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist hoping to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, declared over the weekend that the Electoral College is a racist American relic that must be abolished.

“It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic,” the 28-year-old Boston University graduate tweeted to her 881,000 followers Saturday afternoon.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was commenting on a tweet by GQ magazine’s Julia Ioffe, who complained that the Electoral College has helped conservatives get elected.

There was a time when I too thought we needed to get rid of the electoral college, and in the context of the modern era, it’s not as if there aren’t some reasonable arguments supporting that position. Some of the motivations for creating it originally don’t seem to be quite as persuasive today. For one thing, the idea that the voters need the guiding hand of their betters to protect them from making a bad decision is rather insulting. Also, through the wonders of modern technology, having all the electors gathering together to officially certify the totals isn’t really a consideration in the 21st century. But either way, the creation of the EC had nothing to do with either racism or slavery.

Over time I came to realize that these weren’t the primary drivers of why the Founders put the EC in place. The biggest thorn in the side of Democrats (and socialists, apparently) is the fact that both George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump (not to mention Benjamin Harrison) lost the popular vote but still won the election. It’s easy to understand how that seems unfair on the surface, but we also need to understand that we do this for the same reason that representation in the House is based on population while representation in the Senate is leveled out across the country.

The House represents the people. The Senate represents the states. And the Electoral college merges those two competing needs in an awkward fashion, but it gets the job done. Without that balance, a few states could dictate the outcome of every election. Did you realize that as of 2018, 9 states contain more than 50% of the U.S. population and could control every election in a raw vote count?

Tossing a bone to opponents of the Electoral College, I’ll go one step further and submit that even that rationale may be fading. The Founders originally pictured a nation where the states were not only strong and independent but might frequently be at odds with one another. Today the boundaries which exist between the states are almost entirely artificial and the nation is more of a single (if frequently messy) entity. But the Constitution is still the backbone of the nation and the Electoral College is too deeply enshrined in the fabric of our country to be cast aside as a throwaway line to the left’s base.

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          Collins top Dem target for 2020 over Kavanaugh vote      Cache   Translate Page      

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Maybe Democrats and their activist groups should concentrate more on 2018 for the Senate, where the Kavanaugh Effect cuts the other way. The Hill reports this morning that they want to make Susan Collins pay a price for her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, even if they have to wait for 2020 to do it. Democrats have her at #1 on their target list:

The Maine Republican shot up the list over the weekend after providing her GOP colleagues the crucial 50th vote needed to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In an increasingly partisan chamber, Collins has consistently been ranked as one of the Senate’s most moderate members. But her decision to support Kavanaugh outraged a coalition of progressives, activists and even some supporters who spent months urging her to vote against President Trump’s nominee.

Democrats are pledging to unseat her if she runs for reelection in 2020, comparing an almost hour-long floor speech that earned praise from fellow GOP senators to a “slap in the face.”

Is this really a surprise, however? Increasingly, both parties have to target moderates from purple states to make any Senate gains at all. This cycle gives Republicans a number of targets in red states, none of whom are strong progressives. They won’t win all of those seats this cycle — Joe Manchin’s looking pretty strong in West Virginia after his own aye on Kavanaugh, for instance — but those are the winnable seats for the GOP for the near-to-mid-future. As much as they’d like to do so, Republicans aren’t going to target Kamala Harris or Kirsten Gillibrand. Both parties are fighting for the scraps in the middle.

In 2020, the most likely flip for Democrats was always going to be Collins’ seat in Maine. Cory Gardner in Colorado and the seat currently held by Jon Kyl in Arizona are the next most likely wins for Democrats. The irony of this, of course, is that Collins is precisely the kind of Republican that Democrats insist they want to see — moderate, pro-choice, and a woman. Of course, the same can be said in reverse about the Democrats that Republicans are targeting in the Senate this time around. Manchin still faces a well-resourced challenger in three weeks, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is putting Chuck Schumer’s face on Manchin in the same way that Democrats will hang Donald Trump’s face on Collins in two years.

So who will step up to run against Collins? Democrats seem pretty stoked about Susan Rice, and she didn’t exactly sound a discouraging note over the last few days. First she put herself out as a candidate on Twitter:

Afterward she backed away a little, but still said she’d consider it:

Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, said Sunday she’ll decide after next month’s midterm elections whether to run for the Senate from Maine in 2020 and try to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins. …

Speaking in New York during The New Yorker Festival, Rice said Collins “put party and politics over her own stated principles” of supporting equal rights and legalized abortion. “I think in a way that I really regret saying, she has betrayed women across this country,” Rice said.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation was stalled by accusations of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college, but Collins and others said they were won over by his forceful denials and a supplemental FBI report they say produced no evidence corroborating the claims.

“What moved me … was a sense of outrage and frustration that somebody who fashions herself a moderate centrist, and somebody who cares for equal rights and LGBT rights and Roe v Wade and all of this stuff, could in a very political fashion not just decide to vote for Kavanaugh but do it in a fashion that was quite dismissive of the concerns of many Americans and many Mainers,” Rice said. “So it was on that basis that I decided I would think about it.”

That’s certainly music to the ears of activists. There are two problems with this, however. First, the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh simply isn’t going to be a potent political issue two years from now. There will be other issues that eclipse it, especially in the second half of Trump’s term. These kinds of flash issues have a short half-life. If Rice is running on Kavanaugh two years from now, it’ll be easy for Collins to run rings around her on numerous other policies and issues on which Rice has had little involvement.

Second, Rice’s issue specialty — foreign policy — really isn’t terribly compelling for Congressional races, not even in the Senate. Most politics is local, and Rice isn’t even a full-time resident of Maine, so she won’t know that political topography well. But to the extent that foreign policy might make a difference, Rice will have a tough time overcoming her promotion of the false narrative from the Obama administration about what happened in Benghazi six years ago:

Collins certainly could be vulnerable, but that’s because she’s a Republican in a purple-to-blue state. If Rice is their choice for challenger, that might be enough to keep Collins in the Senate for a fifth term.

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          Trump caves on year-round ethanol. King Corn still rules      Cache   Translate Page      

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We had previously heard rumblings that the President had been toying with this idea, but with the midterms fast approaching it’s apparently going to happen. I’m referring to President Trump’s ill-conceived plan to abandon long-standing EPA policy and allow the sale of E15 ethanol blend gasoline all year. (It’s currently limited such that E15 can’t be sold during the summer months.) There’s really only one reason for the President to do this, and Politico points out the obvious. This is all about Iowa politics.

President Donald Trump has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to expand sales of corn ethanol, a senior White House official said on Monday, delivering a gift to farm state Republicans a month before the midterm elections.

The move ends months of bitter behind-the-scenes fighting between corn backers and the oil industry over Trump’s calls to increase ethanol sales, and it could benefit Iowa’s Republican governor, who is trailing her Democratic challenger in the polls, as well as at least two Iowa House incumbents who are also vulnerable. But the oil industry’s most powerful trade group immediately said it will fight to block the action.

Trump is expected to announce the change on Tuesday in Washington before leaving for a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

This order has nothing to do with science or even the economy, beyond a marginal fraction of sales in one specific sector. This is a gift to Iowa politicians who all serve in the court of King Corn. And Trump’s continued refusal to revamp (or preferably eliminate) the Renewable Fuel Standard is a disservice to consumers across the nation, representing more government regulation serving no purpose beyond localized political gain.

The statement from Chet Thompson, President and CEO of The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) on this White House E15 announcement sums things up nicely.

“The President’s proposal to waive the rules for E15 is unlawful and could actually make the problems of the Renewable Fuel Standard worse. The President has promised to broker a deal to reform the RFS that works for all stakeholders. This isn’t it. We are disappointed to see that despite good-faith efforts by refiners to find potential solutions, the Administration has unilaterally embraced a one-sided approach that only serves the ethanol community, which has shown little interest in finding common ground.

We urge the President and Acting Administrator Wheeler to abandon this ill-conceived idea and instead take meaningful action that addresses the real problems with the RFS.”

I wrote about this destructive plan back in July when Trump first started suggesting it, explaining why it’s such a terrible idea. Pro-ethanol schemes like this always seem to come up right before he makes a trip to Iowa, as is the case again this week. It may be true that a couple of Republicans in Iowa are in tight races, but if they lose it’s not going to be because of EPA policy. Neither the Governor nor the members of Congress from Iowa have any control over what the EPA does. It’s all on Trump’s shoulders. Tossing them a gift like this isn’t going to save their bacon.

President Trump won’t be facing a serious primary challenge in 2020 so he doesn’t need to worry about carrying Iowa then. The help it offers to GOP candidates in the state is minimal. And it’s just a bad idea in terms of both science and responsible regulatory restraint for consumers. This will do nothing but give the President another applause line during his rally there. Is it really worth it for fifteen seconds of clapping?

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          Cotton: Kavanaugh smear was a Chuck Schumer-Preet Bharara production      Cache   Translate Page      

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Tom Cotton has no plans to let up on the Kavanaughcalypse, and in fact wants to broaden responsibility for it — perhaps a little too eagerly. In an interview with Hugh Hewitt this morning, Cotton accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of masterminding a smear campaign against Brett Kavanaugh in an attempt to derail his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Republicans have been accusing Schumer all along, but Cotton adds in a specific co-conspirator — former US Attorney Preet Bharara, who is not only a critic of Donald Trump but who also worked for Schumer at one point.

Cotton uses Christine Blasey Ford’s former roommate and character witness, Monica McLean, to connect some dots. Or so Cotton thinks:

HH: Is there any doubt in your mind, Senator Cotton, that this was planned long before it was unveiled? And by that, I mean the leak of Dr. Ford’s letter, I don’t know who did it, but I believe it was part of a campaign that was set up to occur exactly when it did. Do you agree with me?

TC: Hugh, I believe the Schumer political operation was behind this from the very beginning. We learned last week that a woman named Monica McLean was Ms. Ford’s roommate, and she was one of the so-called beach friends who encouraged Ms. Ford to go to Dianne Feinstein and the partisan Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. Well, it just turns out, it just so happens that Monica McLean worked for a Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, now a virulent anti-Trump critic on television and former counsel to Chuck Schumer. So I strongly suspect that Chuck Schumer’s political operation knew about Ms. Ford’s allegations as far back as July and manipulated the process all along to include taking advantage of Ms. Ford’s confidences and directing her towards left-wing lawyers who apparently may have violated the D.C. code of legal ethics and perhaps may face their own investigation by the D.C. Bar.

McLean, readers will recall, came into the Kavanaughcalypse in a couple of ways. She initially got mentioned in a sworn statement given by Ford’s ex-boyfriend that contradicted Ford’s testimony in the September 27th Senate Judiciary hearing that she never coached anyone on taking a polygraph. The boyfriend told Judiciary that Ford had coached McLean, presumably while applying for a position in the FBI. McLean denied that publicly, but then got named by the Wall Street Journal as the person who “pressured” former Ford friend Leland Keyser to change her testimony in order to support Ford’s allegation.

So McLean definitely belongs in the story … but does Bharara? The Bharara theory has been floating around the ether for a few days now. There’s just one problem with it — Bharara emphatically denies having any link to McLean. He denied a connection when Erick Erickson mentioned it last week, and Bharara blasted Cotton this morning for expounding the theory in Hugh’s interview:

Phil Kerpen dug up a few statements from several years ago to contradict Bharara:

Bharara pointed out, however, that this doesn’t quite cover the claim, by noting the obvious flaw:

These are SDNY press releases about indictments filed as a result of FBI investigations, but McLean’s name isn’t listed as the PIO for SDNY. She’s the PIO for the FBI. In that capacity, not only did McLean never work for Bharara, it’s highly likely that she never had contact with him at all — as Bharara has insisted all along. McLean would have worked with the PIOs in the SDNY office to coordinate statements, and that’s about it. Bharara would have had more contact with actual investigators than with FBI public-relations personnel.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Schumer-Bharara theory is completely debunked (see note below), but … it certainly puts a big hole in the linkages necessary for it to work. On top of that, Cotton offers no evidence other than these supposed linkages to make the allegation of a grand smear conspiracy. In that, it sounds a lot like the same kind of prove-yourself-innocent allegations that most of us found so objectionable over the last two weeks.

It should be enough to point out the Democrats’ embrace of McCarthyist tactics and their attempt to destroy the norms of due process without emulating them. Cotton promises to emphasize that over the next few weeks as voters make up their minds in the midterms:

HH: Now when we have a summing up of the consequences of this in four weeks at the polls, I don’t believe Americans are going to forget. I think they’re going to vote to make sure Mitch McConnell remains the leader in the Senate, and Kevin McCarthy the new speaker in the House. Do you agree with me that this lasts, that this left a mark on American politics?

TC: Yes, Hugh, I think most Americans, Republicans, but as well as independents and some sensible Democrats in places like Arkansas are appalled by the left wing mobs that Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats whipped up over the last three weeks. I traveled to New Jersey last week, Hugh, to campaign for my good friend, Jay Webber, a Republican nominee for Congress in Northern New Jersey, in a seat Rodney Frelinghuysen is retiring from. The single biggest applause line of the night was for Brett Kavanaugh and for standing up to the House Democrats who are already threatening to investigate and impeach not only Donald Trump, but Brett Kavanaugh as well. So what the Senate Democrats have awoken across the country in Senate races, now the House Democrats are bringing into their own races by threatening to investigate and impeach a fine man and someone who will be a stellar justice, and I think there’s going to be a consequence for those Democrats in four weeks from today in the polls. But remember, Hugh, voting has already started in a lot of places, and our people are starting to go out and vote to show their revulsion at the left wing mob tactics.

The left-wing mob tactics speak for themselves, as does the behavior of Senate Democrats in the Judiciary hearings, from Senator Departacus and Senator Boof on down. Let’s not distract and detract from that record by speculating on conspiracies without evidence.

Update: Why doesn’t it mean it’s completely debunked? Because it’s impossible to prove the negative in the absence of evidence. We can’t prove that Bharara had no involvement in this vague conspiracy theory, just like we can’t prove that Kavanaugh didn’t run gang-rape rings in high school. There’s no evidence that either is true, however, which should be enough to ignore both claims.

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It’s good to see that some people have come to terms with the fact that Brett Kavanaugh is now an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. While others are talking about impeachment or harassment campaigns, Aaron Blake of the Washington Post is looking at another remedy. It’s getting near time to consider having the Democrats pack the court and swing it from a 5-4 conservative majority to a 6-5 liberal slant.

It’s not unreasonable to think the destination here is packing the court.

Court-packing has come up occasionally throughout the years as a workaround for one side or the other to wage something of a hostile takeover of the court. Rather than waiting for the right justices to retire or die when the right president is in office, the theory goes, a party can just expand the court enough to install the requisite justices and tip the scales to its side. Enacting term limits for justices would require a constitutional amendment and take years to pan out; packing the court is quicker and requires only a regular old act of Congress.

For obvious reasons, the idea has gained some new currency with liberals, for whom it could help in taking a 5-to-4 conservative court and flipping it to 6-to-5 liberal one. Michael Avenatti has said it should be a litmus test issue for any 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

There are, to put it mildly, a few hitches in this plan, some of which Blake freely admits and others he seems to willfully ignore. The first and biggest hurdle is that this could only be done through an act of Congress. (The author admits to this one.) The Democrats would need to take control of the White House, the House of Representatives and a sixty seat majority in the Senate. It could be a simple majority if the last vestiges of the filibuster fall, which is not out of the question at all.

What Blake fails to mention is that it’s not sufficient to simply gain these majorities. You would need to whip up the votes of every single Democrat to support the plan, as well as a Democratic President willing to go along. Given the frightening downstream possibilities of such a move, what are the odds that they would all be willing to hand over that kind of power to the GOP when they next retake control?

The unspoken issue in this article is the public reaction to such abject hypocrisy. The entire premise here is that Brett Kavanaugh is “too partisan” and he’s presumably going to be joining up with four other conservative justices who are “too partisan” to render legitimate decisions. But the solution, using Blake’s own words, would result in, “taking a 5-to-4 conservative court and flipping it to 6-to-5 liberal one.”

So a court which reliably votes 5-4 in a conservative direction is flawed, but one which reliably votes 6-5 for a liberal agenda would be… fair and impartial? Anyone who can make that statement with a straight face should get out of the journalism trade and go run for office because that sort of bare mendacity is generally best found in campaign literature.

The court is flawed in some ways because it’s composed of fallible human beings, much like the rest of the government. But it’s been chugging along with nine justices (most of the time) in the best way we should reasonably expect. I’m not happy with all of their decisions. Nobody I know is. But this is no way to fix it. I previously discussed how we could end up with no people on the court if the new rules demand control of both the Senate and the White House to confirm anyone. This vision of the future could see a court with twenty or thirty people on it. Do you honestly think that’s an improvement?

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MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff is crossing the country for the Today show to talk to voters about what they care about and what will, if anything, get them to the polls next month. Today, Soboroff visited Orange County, California, which he framed as a conservative holdout in blue California. That’s true but I still watched this expecting some classic Gorillas in the Mist style reporting. It’s not really that but what it is, a primer on Democrats’ chances to flip the county, isn’t much better.

“Not far from my house in LA there are four contiguous, Republican-held congressional seats the Democrats are hoping to flip, but they’re going to have their work cut out for them,” Soboroff says to introduce the piece. Cue the late 50s, early 60s industrial music as a clue that we’re entering an alternate world where people still think Ozzie and Harriet is a neat show…or something. (Note: I’m talking about a genre of instrumental background music written for shopping areas or corporate films like this.)

Soboroff then informs us that “political pundits” refer to the journey to Orange County as crossing the Orange Curtain. He again reminds us that “this year back in Washington the Democrats are hoping that’s changing.” We’re one minute into this and he’s made that point twice. But I guess that wasn’t enough because 30-seconds later he’s off to Irvine where he reminds us, “Democrats’ hopes of winning here hinges, at least in part, on turning out people of color and young voters.”

The next person interviewed, not coincidentally, is a young person of color who says, “Myself and a lot of my friends are like minorities so we’re a lot into minority rights and stuff.” Soboroff doesn’t ask what minority rights are, he just asks the question that seems to be his main concern, “Are there enough of you guys to flip the district?” “I hope so,” the young man replies.

Next, Soboroff walks to the University of California where a bunch of young people are waiting for a bus. “There are, I think, 26,000 kids that go to school here,” Soboroff says. He adds, “If the Democrats can get all of them to vote for them, then maybe Republicans will be in trouble in this district.”

Sadly, most of the kids aren’t interested in voting and those that are don’t care about the Russia investigation or Judge Kavanaugh.

You may have noticed all of this seems geared in one particular partisan direction. I don’t want to be unfair to this reporter, but is there a story where he’s focused on what might help flip seats for the GOP? He’s done a bunch of these and I haven’t seen them all so maybe he has done that story. In this one, which is set in Texas, he gives time to both the Democratic challenger and the Republican incumbent but the wrap-up once again seems focused on what it will take for Democrats to win. “If challengers like Ortiz Jones or Beto O’Rourke want to win, they’re going to have to get these voters that normally don’t turn out to come out and vote on the issues that they care about,” Soboroff says.

The overall thrust of the whole series seems to be that most voters don’t really care about the story of the moment trending among the media in Washington, DC, or even about stories like collusion or Kavanaugh. Most people care about themselves, which is the least surprising conclusion you could reach in a story like this. Didn’t we know this already? But with Trump doing well on jobs and the economy, that’s going to be a tougher sell for Democrats than their go-to alternative, i.e. hey, you’re young and a minority so vote for us. Here’s the clip:

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          Marco Aurélio, ministro do STF, diz ver risco de ditadura no Brasil      Cache   Translate Page      

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Para juiz do STF, risco de ditadura é real no momento de radicalização política pelo qual passa o país: "instituições devem ficar atentas", diz

Ministro do STF Marco Aurélio Mello diz ver risco de ditadura no Brasil

Ministro do STF Marco Aurélio Mello diz ver risco de ditadura no Brasil

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O ministro do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF), Marco Aurélio Mello, disse que vê o risco de ditadura no Brasil, seja de esquerda ou de direita, neste momento de polarização política. Em entrevista à Agência Brasil, Mello afirmou que as instituições devem ficar atentas para inviabilizar qualquer tentativa de retrocesso.

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“O risco de ditadura eu sempre vejo. Porque, certa feita, eu li um livro, "A Marcha da Insensatez", a história se repete. E, evidentemente, temos que estar atentos aos contornos. Claro que, eleito este ou aquele candidato, ele perceberá que precisa, por exemplo, do Congresso Nacional para governar. Perceberá que, estando na cadeira mais importante da República, deverá dar um exemplo em termos de observância da ordem jurídica”, declarou Mello.

O ministro afirmou ainda que não acredita que possa ocorrer retrocessos de imediato e alertou que não é possível “atropelar o que está estabelecido” para se alcançar determinado resultado. “Estamos vivenciando uma democracia há 30 anos. Não há espaço, de início, para retrocesso, mas as instituições precisam estar atentas, inviabilizando qualquer tentativa neste sentido de ter-se um retrocesso”.

Mello lamentou que o país tenha chegado à radicalização. Ele avaliou que as urnas deram o recado de uma insatisfação muito grande com o contexto de escândalos, e o voto pretendeu modificar os representantes para que eles atuem pelo Brasil.

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"Lamentavelmente nós chegamos à radicalização, aos extremos. E aí penso que falha a sociedade. A sociedade imagina que simplesmente não estejam sendo tomadas providências para combater essa mazela, esse mal maior que é a corrupção. E estão sendo tomadas providências, tanto que temos um ex-presidente da República preso. Certo ou errado, mas está preso, ou seja, a polícia vem atuando, o Ministério Público também e o Judiciário, revelando que a lei vale para todos, indistintamente. Agora nós temos o sufrágio universal, a escolha dos nossos representantes e aí prevalece a vontade do eleitor”, disse.

Questionado sobre o temor do crescimento de populismos de direita ou esquerda, o ministro reiterou ainda que a Constituição Federal deve ser observada, as regras estabelecidas precisam ser respeitadas e não devem ser atropeladas por entusiasmos ou paixões.

Mello afirmou que as instituições brasileiras são fortes e que o Supremo acaba sendo "um poder definidor, uma vez provocado”. Ele ressaltou que os Três Poderes da República são harmônicos independentes e declarou que “não cabe invasão de área” entre os poderes.

“Não há invasão pelo Supremo de área reservada ao Legislativo. Quando nós atuamos é a partir do instrumental que está na Constituição e mediante provocação. Não é raro um partido, por exemplo, político vir ao Supremo e pleitear um pronunciamento. Mas, aí quando o Supremo decide de forma contrária a certos interesses, se potencializa essa ótica de que teria ocorrido invasão da área do Legislativo, mas não há essa invasão”, acrescentou, ao fim da entrevista em que trata do risco de ditadura no país.

* Com Agência Brasil

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Nikki Haley havia manifestado o desejo de deixar a função há seis meses; Donald Trump acatou ao pedido, porém pediu que ficasse até o fim do ano

Nikki Haley%2C embaixadora dos EUA na ONU, e o presidente norte-americano Donald Trump durante pronunciamento nesta terça

Nikki Haley%2C embaixadora dos EUA na ONU, e o presidente norte-americano Donald Trump durante pronunciamento nesta terça

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A embaixadora dos Estados Unidos na Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU), Nikki Haley, renunciou ao cargo nesta terça-feira (9), sinalizando o desejo de fazer uma pausa na carreira. O presidente Donald Trump afirmou que aceita o pedido, mas que a embaixadora dos EUA na ONU deve ficar no cargo até o fim deste ano.

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Ao lado da embaixadora dos EUA na ONU, Trump declarou que ela teria manifestado a vontade de se afastar há seis meses. Ex-governadora da Carolina do Sul entre os anos de 2011 a 2017, Haley comanda o cargo na organização desde janeiro do ano passado, e é uma das figuras mais destacadas do Partido Republicano.

Donald Trump elogiou o trabalho da embaixadora e disse que espera que ela volte ao governo em outro cargo. "Ela fez um trabalho incrível" , afirmou o presidente dos Estados Unidos nesta manhã aos jornalistas presentes no Salão Oval da Casa Branca, em Washington. Ainda não se sabe quem será seu sucessor.

Aos 46 anos, questionada sobre futuros planos para o cargo de presidente da república em 2020, Haley negou a possibilidade.

A republicana se tornou rapidamente um dos rostos mais conhecidos do governo e uma das principais defensoras de que o slogan do atual presidente norte-americano era menos arrogante do que teria sido interpretado. Segundo ela, ao dizer "America First" [Estados Unidos Primeiro, em tradução livre] não significava “America alone” [ou "Estados Unidos sozinhos"].

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Nikki Haley aceitou o cargo de embaixadora dos EUA na ONU em janeiro de 2017

Nikki Haley aceitou o cargo de embaixadora dos EUA na ONU em janeiro de 2017

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Nikki Haley é considerada novata nas relações internacionais, mas rapidamente se colocou na linha de frente da cena diplomática americana. No entanto, desde que Rex Tillerson foi substituído no Departamento de Estado por Mike Pompeo, muito próximo de Trump, ela teve um posicionamento mais retraído.

Enquanto esteve na ONU, ela se distinguiu por uma linha dura contra a Coreia do Norte e o Irã, os principais países envolvidos nas questões de política externa do atual governo americano.

Além disso, Haley conseguiu cortes na contribuição americana para o fundo das Nações Unidas e retirou os Estados Unidos do Conselho de Direitos Humanos, após acusá-lo de ter "viés anti-Israel crônico".

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A renúncia da embaixadora dos EUA na ONU ocorre poucas semanas antes das eleições legislativas de meio mandato, nas quais os republicanos podem perder o controle do Congresso.


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Partido Novo, do candidato à presidência Amoêdo, e Partido Progressita, que apoiava Geraldo Alckmin, decidem não apoiar nem Haddad nem Bolsonaro, mas PTB se posiciona em favor do candidato do PSL na disputa do 2º turno

Novo e PP, partidos derrotados no 1º turno das eleições presidenciais, declaram neutralidade no 2º turno

Novo e PP, partidos derrotados no 1º turno das eleições presidenciais, declaram neutralidade no 2º turno

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Após a decisão do PSOL, comunicada na noite de segunda-feira (8), de apoiar a candidatura de Fernando Haddad (PT) no segundo turno das eleições presidenciais, Novo e PP seguiram os mesmos passos e também já se posicionaram a respeito das candidaturas remanescentes de Haddad e Bolsonaro (PSL), mas no caso desses dois últimos, ambos declaram que não vão apoiar nenhum dos dois candidatos à presidência. Mais tarde, o PTB também anunciou sua decisão e declarou apoio ao candidato do PSL. 

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PSOL, PTB Novo e PP devem receber a companhia de mais partidos ainda hoje dentro do grupo que já tomou a decisão sobre o seu posicionamento para o segundo turno das eleições presidenciais. Isso porque a expectativa é de que PSB, PSDB, Rede, DC e PPL façam reuniões, algumas já com horários marcados, e definam se vão apoiar um dos dois candidatos que ainda disputam o cargo máximo do executivo no País.

Apesar da neutralidade, o Partido Novo, do ex-presidenciável João Amoêdo que obteve 2,5% dos votos válidos no 1º turno e ficou na quinta colocação na sua primeira eleição majoritária à frente de outros candidatos mais tradicionais e com mais tempo de televisão como Henrique Meirelles, Marina Silva e Alvaro Dias, declarou, em nota divulgada aos militantes, que é "absolutamente" contrária ao PT que, ainda segundo o próprio partido, "tem ideias e práticas opostas às nossas".

 O posicionamento oficial de neutralidade do Novo ocorre mesmo depois do principal candidato do partido que ainda concorre, como favorito, ao cargo de governador de Minas Gerais, Romeu Zuma, só conseguir uma vaga no 2º turno ao se associar com a candidatura de Jair Bolsonaro ainda na reta final do 1º turno, ele vai concorrer contra o ex-governador Antonio Anastasia (PSDB) e deixou o atual governador Fernando Pimentel (PT) para trás na disputa. Além disso, o Novo também conseguiu eleger oito parlamentares na Câmara dos Deputados.

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Já o Partido Progressista que compõe o chamado "Centrão" era um dos partidos da coligação derrotada no 1º turno que apoiou e deu o maior tempo de televisão para a campanha de Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) que acabou na quarta posição igualando o pior desempenho de um candidato tucano à Presidência da República, mas com um percentual mais baixo (4,76%) de votos válidos em 2018 do que a do próprio Mário Covas (11,51%) em 1989.

Novo e PP declararam neutralidade, mas lideranças do partido como a senadora Ana Amélia (PP), ex-candidata a vice-presidente na chapa de Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) declararam apoio a Jair Bolsonaro

Novo e PP declararam neutralidade, mas lideranças do partido como a senadora Ana Amélia (PP), ex-candidata a vice-presidente na chapa de Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) declararam apoio a Jair Bolsonaro

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O Partido Progressista (PP) divulgou um documento nesta terça-feira (9) em que declara que "tendo a clara compreensão dessas circunstâncias especiais que vivem [sic] a política e o país, o Progressistas adotará uma postura de absoluta isenção e neutralidade no segundo turno das eleições presidenciais", aifrmou o PP em comunicado.

O partido ainda afirma estar "convicto" de que essa postura de neutralidade é a "melhor contribuição que pode oferecer ao debate, em que os cidadãos e cidadãs demonstraram querer se ater a um olhar aos projetos e às personas dos candidatos, deixando todas as demais variáveis em segundo plano".

No documento, assinado pelo presidente do partido, senador Ciro Nogueira, o PP ressalta que estará disposto a colaborar com o futuro governo a ser eleito "em todas as agendas coerentes e resolutivas" que possam levar a uma solução para os grandes problemas do país.

O posicionamento oficial de neutralidade do Progressitas, por sua vez, também ocorre após a própria senadora e ex-candidata à vice-presidente na chapa de Geraldo Alckmin, Ana Amélia, declarar na véspera que vai apoiar o candidato Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) no 2º turno.

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Dessa forma, analistas políticos estão apontando que a decisão de Novo e PP começa a dar o tom do que deverá ser uma tendência de neutralidade da maior parte dos partidos nesse 2º turno. Além disso, a despeito da posição oficial dos partidos, individualmente diversos políticos estão tomando suas próprias decisões pessoais como foi o caso do ex-prefeito de São Paulo e atual candidato ao governo do estado de São Paulo, João Dória, que no primeiro discurso após o resultado do 1º turno, se antecipou ao PSDB e também comunicou apoio a Bolsonaro.

Além PSOL, Novo e PP, o PTB, presidido por Roberto Jefferson, também anunciou seu posicionamento oficial para o 2º turno das eleições nesta terça-feira (9)

Além PSOL, Novo e PP, o PTB, presidido por Roberto Jefferson, também anunciou seu posicionamento oficial para o 2º turno das eleições nesta terça-feira (9)

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O PTB, presidido pelo ex-deputado Roberto Jefferson, por outro lado, anunciou também nesta terça-feira (9) o apoio à candidatura de Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) no segundo turno das eleições 2018. A exemplo do PP, o partido também integrou a coligação do candidato do PSDB, Geraldo Alckmin, à Presidência.

Em nota assinada por Roberto Jefferson e divulgada pelas redes sociais do partido, o PTB afirma que as propostas de Bolsonaro "visam um Brasil com mais empregos e melhoria de renda aos trabalhadores; com menos impostos e menos gastos públicos; e que respeite nossos municípios e nossas crianças, proporcionando a elas educação de verdade e com qualidade".

A nota do partido ainda afirma que Bolsonaro visa um País "eficiente e competitivo" e afirma acreditar que "Jair Bolsonaro trabalhará para que o nosso país volte aos trilho do desenvolvimento social e econômico". No encerramento do texto assinado por Roberto Jefferson, o PTB afirma ainda que o candidato do PSL trabalhará pela "pacificação e união do povo brasileiro".

Dessa forma, com o posicionamento dos quatro partidos, o candidato do PSL Jair Bolsonaro conseguiu até o momento um apoio, Fernando Haddad conseguiu um outro e dois partidos declararam neutralidade. O equilíbrio de forças permanece nos deputados federais eleitos, enquanto o PT elegeu 55, o PSL saltou de um para 52 congressistas.

Já no que diz respeito ao apoio dos governadores eleitos, no entanto, Bolsonaro conta com o apoio de governadores eleitos ou candidato ao segundo turno em d eezstados (Amazonas, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Santa Catarina, Rondônia e Roraima), sendo que sete deles ainda conta com candidatos no segundo turno.

Do lado petista, também há dez estados onde os governadores eleitos ou candidatos no segundo turno apoiam Haddad (Sergipe, Alagoas, Pernambuco, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte, Maranhão, Piauí, Ceará, Bahia e Espírito Santo), a diferença é que na maioria deles, os governadores já estão eleitos e poderão aproveitar a popularidade adquirida e o "tempo livre" para fazer campanha e buscar a transferência de votos para o candidato do PT.

Leia também: Presidente do Chile e ministro interior da Itália demonstram apoio a Bolsonaro

Por isso, apesar dos posicionamentos de PSOL, PTB, Novo e PP já darem uma ideia, é possível que o "jogo" das alianças partidárias no 2º turno ainda se movimente bastante.


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On today's show: Nikki Haley out at UN, claims the world now respects US power.

David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor of New York Magazine, joins us to discuss his piece on climate change, "How Did the End of the World Become Old News?" In this piece, Wallace-Wells goes over scientific findings on the scope and immediacy of a climate change crisis. This crisis will impact many areas of human life: Some cities will literally be too hot to live in, the world's grain production will drop, conflict will rise, and the GDP will decrease. We have the technology to totally green the economy, but that option is politically impossible even in the US, and would only work if the whole world did it. While he has no definitive answers, Wallace-Wells offers alarming ways to frame the issue to make the average person care. Post-interview, Jamie gives her reasoning for why there's no way to solve this problem under global capitalism.

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NY Congressman Eliot Engel told an AIPAC audience last night that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other progressive Democrats who may enter Congress "need to be educated" to support Israel. The event came on the heels of a New York Times article on the new wave of progressive Democrats who have "dared to breach what has been an almost inviolable orthodoxy in both political parties, strong support for Israel."
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Reuters rapporte que le vice-président Apple pour la sécurité de l'information, George Stathakopoulos, a écrit une lettre aux comités du Sénat et de la Chambre des représentants.
Il réaffirme que sa société n'a jamais découvert de puce permettant le piratage de ses produits à distance malgré une recherche active et constante destinée à s'assurer de la sécurité de ses produits.
Pendant ce temps, le département de la sécurité intérieure américain a également affirmé qu'il n'y avait aucune preuve qu'une telle chose ait pu arriver.

Il semble donc, tout du moins pour le moment, que les affirmations de Bloomberg soient erronées.


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          Google’s recent behavior shows the troubling reality of an internet superpower that abandoned its vow to not 'be evil' (GOOGL)      Cache   Translate Page      

google ceo sundar pichai

  • Twice in two days, Google has been shown to be deceptive about matters of public concern, first concerning a security vulnerability and then about the development of a censored search engined for China.
  • The incidents are part of a pattern of behavior by the company where it's been repeatedly secretive, unaccountable, and untrustworthy.
  • The behavior is worrisome and dangerous because of Google's immense power.

Maybe we should have paid closer attention when Google dropped its famous "don't be evil" motto.

The company that has long presented itself as the kinder, gentler, and more ethical tech company has been anything but that lately. Instead, the search giant is looking increasingly like an organization that is striving to do the opposite of its revised motto — "do the right thing."

The latest examples came this week. On Monday, news broke of a bug in the company's Google+ social network that affected an estimated 500,000 people and exposed information that users intended to keep private. Although Google had known about the bug since March, it decided to keep the vulnerability to itself, in part, the Wall Street Journal reported, because it didn't want to raise the ire of regulators.

Then on Tuesday, The Intercept published a transcript of a private meeting between Ben Gomes, who heads up Google's search engine, and a team of company employees in July. Gomes was discussing Google's effort to develop a censored search engine for China, a product that company officials have repeatedly said is just an idea being explored, with no plans for an imminent launch.

But the transcript makes clear that the company hasn't been honest about Dragonfly, the code name for its Chinese search engine effort. Google, according to Gomes remarks, plans to launch the search engine as soon as it can get approval from Chinese officials, possibly as soon as early next year.

The latest incidents are part of a pattern of behavior

Google's decision to hide the security vulnerability and its duplicity about Dragonfly are part of an emerging pattern of behavior from the company. The company and top officials have shown repeatedly recently that they don't feel like they are accountable to anyone and shouldn't be trusted.

Take Dragonfly as an example. The company generated a lot of controversy when it previously operated a search engine in the country, and it made a big public show about standing up for free speech and human rights when it closed that service in 2010.

With the United States and China increasingly at odds over trade, theft of intellectual property, and other matters, any effort to re-launch a Chinese search service would likely be even more controversial today. Regardless, such an effort would be a matter of wide interest — to company employees, shareholders, policy makers, and the public at large — and ought to be subject to broad public discussion.

google employeesBut the company launched and developed its Dragonfly project in secret — not only from the public, but from all but a tiny portion of its workforce — seemingly intentionally in an effort to avoid just such scrutiny. The project only came to light as the result of a leak to the The Intercept.

Something similar happened with Project Maven, Google's effort to develop and offer artificial intelligence technology to the US Defense Department for use in analyzing drone video footage.

As with Dragonfly, Google kept the effort secret, including from many of its workers. Then, when Maven came to light, the company downplayed the effort, saying it was just offering the Defense Department access to the same AI technology it offers other companies and organizations and that the contract was for a relatively nominal amount, some $9 million.

But again, leaked documents showed that to be a lie. The company expected the contract to grow to as much as $250 million, and it was working closely with the Defense Department to customize its technology, according to reports. What's more, Google was planning on doing far more than analyze drone video; it reportedly planned to build a system that could allow the Pentagon to surveil entire cities.

Similar to what happened with the security bug, company officials sought to keep Maven on the down-low, knowing it would be controversial if it ever became public, internal emails show. Indeed, when the effort did become known inside the company, employees raised such an uproar about it that Google eventually canceled its contract with the military.

Google officials have been ducking Congress

But Google's untrustworthy, unaccountable behavior goes well beyond secret projects and hidden security vulnerabilities.

When the US Senate held hearings last month on foreign countries using social media services to influence American elections, Twitter sent CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook sent Sheryl Sandberg, CEO Mark Zuckerberg's top lieutenant. Google, by contrast, declined to send either Google CEO Sundar Pichai or Larry Page, CEO of parent company Alphabet. Top Google officials were also no-shows at related hearings held by Congress last fall.

The empty name tag left for Google's absence at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's hearing on election security on September 5, 2018.This despite the fact that Google and its YouTube service were among the prime vehicles that the Russian-linked actors reportedly used to spread propaganda and misinformation during the 2016 election. Pichai has reportedly agreed to finally testify before Congress later this year.

Meanwhile, the European Union has twice in the last two years found that Google illegally thwarted competition, fining it billions of dollars. Instead of agreeing to change its ways, Google in both cases has now appealed the fines.

This kind of behavior would be disturbing if it were coming from a small startup. But the fact that it's coming from one of the world's most powerful corporations makes it incredibly dangerous. Google is a company, after all, that essentially runs a global surveillance system. It collects and holds vast amounts of data on its billions of users.

And it not only knows all about us, but through its dominance of internet search and its outsized role in distributing news, it has a huge amount of control over what we think and know and experience as a society.

We should should be worried about any company having that kind of power. But we should be particularly concerned about Google having that kind of power. Because the company's recent behavior has shown that it's no longer worried about not being evil.

SEE ALSO: Donald Trump is right about Google — but for the wrong reason

SEE ALSO: Europe's competition czar is wrong — it's long past time to break up Google

SEE ALSO: 'We're totally absent': The US lawyer who helped start the EU's case against Google that just resulted in a $5 billion fine says more needs to be done

SEE ALSO: Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon have too much power — so it's time for regulators to take on tech's titans

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[South Africa], Oct 10 (ANI): South African finance minister Nhlanhla Nene has stepped down from his post and his resignation was accepted by President Cyril Ramaphosa "in the interests of good governance."

Ramaphosa, in a televised address, confirmed that he accepted Nene's resignation due to "errors of judgment" as a result of a controversy surrounding Nene's testimony in an ongoing graft inquiry, CNN reported.

"After due consideration of the circumstances around this matter and in the interest of good governance, I have decided to accept his resignation," the South African President said.

Following Nene's resignation, former South African Reserve Bank Governor, Tito Mboweni, was sworn-in as the country's new Finance Minister.

Recently, Nene recently admitted in the inquiry that he met the members of the Gupta family, a wealthy household, who had emigrated from India to South Africa decades ago, and established a business empire in the African nation, spanning from media to mining.

The Guptas have been accused of undue political influence, working with former President Jacob Zuma to secure government contracts and determine cabinet appointments. Both the Gupta family and Zuma denied the charges.

In December 2015, Nene was controversially removed from the post by Zuma. He was, however, reappointed by Ramaphosa after he took office in February this year.

The scandal-hit Zuma had resigned in February after he faced massive furore from his own ruling African National Congress (ANC) lawmakers over corruption charges. Following Zuma's resignation, the Gupta brothers fled the country in April and have been absconding since then. (ANI)


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Segundo round: Como bater Bolsonaro



A história não perdoará os covardes e os assistentes da cerca.
de Marcelo Zero
Os resultados do primeiro turno, embora chocantes para alguns devido ao aumento de última hora dos candidatos fascistas, não é surpreendente se levarmos alguns fatores básicos em consideração:
1) O candidato principal tornou-se prisioneiro político e foi impedido de concorrer a um cargo ou de falar com a imprensa
De fato, se Lula tivesse conseguido concorrer, de acordo com as exigências da ONU, a eleição poderia ter sido definida em favor do PT no primeiro turno. Nas últimas pesquisas em que ele apareceu, Lula tinha cerca de 44% de intenção de voto. Quando Lula estava concorrendo, o apoio a Bolsonaro ficou abaixo de 20%. Lula teria vencido facilmente a eleição no primeiro turno, levando muitos outros candidatos à vitória eleitoral com ele. A situação teria sido completamente diferente hoje. O Judiciário, portanto, fez uma contribuição inestimável para a ascensão do fascismo no Brasil.
2) A criminalização da política promovida pela manobra Mídia / Operação Lava Jato enfraqueceu os partidos tradicionais e destruiu o centro político, favorecendo uma opção de extrema-direita
O enfraquecimento dos partidos políticos conservadores tradicionais, principalmente os do “centro” mal-nomeado, era esperado. No entanto, esse enfraquecimento superou as expectativas e, durante o trecho final da campanha e especialmente no dia da eleição, quando muitas pessoas tomaram sua decisão final sobre seus votos, houve uma intensa migração de votos tradicionalmente conservadores para Bolsonaro.
Os votos pelo direito, com base nas últimas pesquisas, somaram cerca de 60%. No dia da eleição, eles totalizaram cerca de 57%. Não houve, portanto, um aumento nos votos para o direito. O que aconteceu foi uma transferência de última hora da tradicional direita para Bolsonaro. Desta forma, Geraldo Alckmin caiu de 9% para 5%, Marina Silva caiu de 4% para 1%, Meirelles caiu de 1,5% para 1,2%, etc. Além disso, provavelmente houve um efeito bandwagon, tendência de as pessoas votarem no candidato principal para não “desperdiçar” seu voto.
Por outro lado, o campo progressista (Haddad, Ciro Gomes, Guilherme Boulos, etc) não perdeu votos na reta final. Haddad, por exemplo, quase chegou a 30%, superando muitas projeções.
Apesar de toda a campanha de ódio e prisão política do maior presidente da história do país, o PT terá o maior bloco do Congresso, apesar de ter perdido 5 membros, e participará do segundo turno das eleições presidenciais para o Congresso. 6 ª vez - a 5 ª vez consecutiva, sem contar as duas vezes que ficou em segundo lugar nas eleições que foram decididas no primeiro turno (1994 e 1998). Em outras palavras, desde a redemocratização após o fim da ditadura militar, o PT chegou em primeiro ou segundo lugar em todas as eleições presidenciais. Repetiu essa façanha 8 vezes desde 1989. Nenhum outro partido alcançou uma conquista comparável na história da nação. Diante de circunstâncias extremamente difíceis, esse resultado foi uma vitória política de resistência e resiliência. Por outro lado, os partidos que apoiaram o golpe perderam muito mais do que o PT, não conseguindo chegar ao ponto de partida e transformando-se, na melhor das hipóteses, em iniciais medianas e medíocres. O MDB, por exemplo, caiu de 66 congressistas para 34. O PSDB entrou em colapso, caindo de 54 congressistas para 39.
3) As crises político-institucionais e econômicas, como a criada pelo golpe, tendem a favorecer candidatos “alternativos” que propõem soluções simplistas baseadas na força, como prisões, armas, destruição de direitos humanos, autoritarismo, etc.
Isso acontece em todo o mundo e no Brasil não foi diferente. A diferença é que a mídia, o judiciário e os partidos tradicionais cozinharam o ovo da serpente do fascismo - algo que nunca aconteceria na Europa - na tentativa de derrotar o PT. Agora, a nação e a democracia estão pagando um alto preço por essa tática suicida e oligofrênica.
4) Parece que houve interferência externa nas eleições feitas para beneficiar Bolsonaro
O crescimento de Bolsonaro não pode ser desassociado de uma campanha suja intensiva e extensa de notícias falsas disseminadas nas plataformas de mídia social contra Haddad e outros candidatos progressistas. Isso deve ser tratado como uma tática de guerra híbrida promovida pelas agências de inteligência norte-americanas em conluio com empresas privadas como a Cambridge Analytics para manipular fortemente a opinião pública. A campanha de Bolsonaro não tinha o nível de sofisticação ou organização para conseguir isso por conta própria e parece estar recebendo apoio técnico e logístico para executar essa campanha suja.
5) Os candidatos progressistas não explicaram concretamente o significado do fascismo para o povo
Crítica contra o fascismo da homofobia, racismo, misoginia, etc, embora correta, só tem repercussões com um eleitorado que não votaria em Bolsonaro de qualquer maneira. Os progressistas, no entanto, não conseguiram conquistar um eleitorado que não sabe concretamente o que isso significa.
Portanto, temos que traduzir o que o fascismo significa, concretamente, para a vida das pessoas. Precisamos explicar como Bolsonaro odeia os pobres, os afro-brasileiros, os indígenas e as mulheres, que ele vai acabar com o 13º salário e pagar férias, benefícios de aposentadoria, educação pública e saúde. Nós temos que falar sobre as acusações de corrupção contra ele, sobre como ele é um político tradicional que sempre participou do sistema e nunca fez nada que ele agora prometa, que ele é um entreguista que suga a bandeira americana, que ele quer entregar a base de lançamento de foguetes Alcantara e petróleo a estrangeiros, e que ele queira vender a Embraer à Boeing.
Bolsonaro é um fenômeno emocional que não tem propostas ou consistências concretas. Ele é uma criação bastarda do golpe que tomou conta do Brasil. Ele foi definido como o "político mais repulsivo do mundo" em jornais estrangeiros.
Ainda há esperança embora. Se todas as forças progressistas se unem, incluindo as do centro, e a campanha é bem organizada, ainda existem maneiras de vencer um homem que constrange o Brasil para o resto do planeta.
Quase 40 milhões de pessoas não votaram nem votaram em branco. Ainda há um enorme potencial para ganhar votos. Se deixarem que Lula fale e participe da campanha, como exige a ONU, a tarefa de derrotar essa grave ameaça à democracia brasileira torna-se muito mais fácil.
Este não é o momento para ambigüidade e hesitação. Todo aquele que tem um senso mínimo de racionalidade sabe que Bolsonaro será um desastre político, social, econômico e total. Ele está completamente despreparado e não tem as qualificações necessárias para reconciliar o Brasil. Pelo contrário, com ele, as crises ficarão muito piores.
A história não perdoará os covardes e os assistentes da cerca.
http://www.brasilwire.com/round-two-how-to-beat-bolsonaro/
Marcelo Zero é sociólogo, especialista em relações internacionais e assessor técnico da liderança senatorial do PT.

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The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he won’t leave the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress, advising the ruling party to bury the notion.

He stated this while reacting to a statement by the Ekiti Chairman of APC, Paul Omotoso, who said Fayose was not wanted in the party.

“APC my foot! I will never have anything to do with APC.

“For the party’s leaders to be saying that Fayose is coming to APC amounts to unnecessary dissipation of energy.


“I will never, ever, go to APC and will never ever have anything to do with the party,” he vowed.
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The primary election of many political parties were concluded over the weekend in line with the directive of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

A first phase in the journey to the highest office in the land, the campaign proper will begin next month.

President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar are the most popular candidates in the 2019 presidential race.

But here is a list of other contestants in the 2019 presidential election.


S/NO
CANDIDATE
POLITICAL PARTY
1
Muhammadu Buhari
All Progressives Congress (APC)
2
Atiku Abubakar
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
3
Prince Eniola Ojajuni
Alliance for Democracy (AD)
4
Tope Kolade Fasua
Abundance Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP)
5
Adesina Fagbenro-Byron
Kowa Party (KP)
6
Donald Duke
Social Democratic Party (SDP)
7
Moses Shipi
All Blending Party (ABP)
8
Ibrahim Usman
National Rescue Movement (NRM)
9
Omoyele Sowore
African Action Congress (AAC)
10
Fela Durotoye
Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN)
11
Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim
Alliance for People’s Trust (APT)
12
Obiageli Ezekwesili
Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN)
13
Kingsley Moghalu
Young Progressive Party (YPP)
14
Eunice Atuejide
National Interest Party (NIP)
15
Ahmed Buhari
Sustainable National Party (SNP)
16
Alistair Soyode
Yes Electorates Solidarity (YES)
17
Edozie Madu
Independent Democrats (ID)
18
Hamza Al-Mustapha
People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN)
19
Peter Nwangwu
We the People of Nigeria (WTPN)
20
Olusegun Mimiko
Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)


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Senate President Bukola Saraki says the All Progressives Congress (APC) is wallowing in confusion.

Saraki said this while reacting to the ruling party’s reaction to his performance at the convention of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Saraki had placed a distant third behind Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state, and ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar who clinched the PDP ticket.

Responding to this, Yekini Nabena, acting spokesman of the APC, had said the senators should reject Saraki the same way the delegates at the convention did.


But Saraki wondered why Nabena and the APC are always concerned about the developments in the PDP.

He said the “civil war” Nabena and Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, ignited in their party has left it “wallowing in confusion”.

“We have noted the irresponsible statement issued by the APC spokesman, Yekinni Nabena. We know that he and the leadership of the APC are always incensed and disturbed at the mere hearing of the name, Saraki,” he said in a statement which Yusuph Olaniyonu, his spokesman, issued on his behalf.

“However, we believe that with the ‘civil war’ that Adams Oshiomhole and Yekinni Nabena have ignited in the APC and the very low level that they have dragged the party, in such manner that the ruling party is wallowing in confusion and disorganization, they have too much to pre-occupy them than to be poking their noses in what happens to Saraki or the APC.”


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Although the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has directed its members in the senate to oust Senate President Bukola Saraki, TheCable understands that the senators are more interested in restoring peace to the upper legislative chamber than doing this.

Saraki has been under pressure to step down since he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the APC.

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, had asked senators of the ruling party to remove the senate president.

“Saraki will not be the first to be impeached and I doubt if he is going to be the last but definitely he will be impeached according to law and according to the democratic norms. The only way Senator Saraki can avoid impeachment is for him to do what is honourable by stepping down,” Oshimohole had said when the national assembly was on recess.


On Monday, Ovie Omo-Agege, an APC senator from Delta state, had said the nation’s number three citizen would be removed at the slightest opportunity.

His utterance on the eve of resumption of the parliament after more than two months had given the impression that the lawmakers were in for a stormy session.
Ahmad Lawan, leader of the APC caucus in the senate, with Saraki during a meeting at the senate president’s office on Tuesday

But when the senators resumed on Tuesday, they went into a closed-door session. Sources revealed that the issue of calming frayed nerves was the major agenda of the meeting they had.

A legislative source said despite the provocation over the defection of the senate president, the lawmakers agreed to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance.

“The senators have seen that the APC is not even fair to them… Frank discussions about the future of the eighth senate as it goes into its last stage held at the closed-door session,” the source said.

“They agreed that nothing would distract them till the end of their tenure.”

Another source said the leadership of the APC caucus in the upper legislative chamber got a promise from Saraki that national interest would be paramount in the dealings of the senate.

“Following their closed-door meeting, the senators agreed not to allow external forces to cause disaffection or disturbance within the legislative arm of government,” the source said.

Efforts to reach Omo-Agege and Abdullahi Adamu, senator representing Nasarawa west, to get their reactions to the development were not successful as their phones rang out and text messages were not replied.

Omo-Agege and Adamu have been on the frontline of the anti-Saraki campaign.

Yusuph Olaniyonu, spokesman of the senate president, was not also available for comments as his telephone line was out of reach as of the time this report was filed.


          Court orders investigation of APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole for alleged corruption      Cache   Translate Page      


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the investigation of former Governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Justice Anwuli Chikere on Tuesday directed that Oshiomole, now the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, be served with an application brought before the court by an anti-corruption crusader, Bishop Osadolor Ochei, seeking an order of mandamus compelling the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to arrest and commence criminal proceedings against Oshiomhole over allegations of financial fraud.

The Judge also ordered that the anti-graft agency be also served with the court process, stressed that the service be done within five days from October 9, 2018, when the order was made.

Bishop Ochei’s counsel, Dr West-Idahosa while arguing a motion ex-parte filed in Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/628/ 2018 urged the Court to allow Oshiomhole and the EFCC, who are the respondents in the suit to file a reply to the weighty allegations made against them by the Applicant in support of the Federal Government’s anti-corruption fight.


The exparte motion followed Bishop Ochei’s petition to the EFCC on October 28, 2016, ‎against Oshiomhole, who was governor of Edo state from November 2008 to November 11, 2016.

Dr Idahosa, in praying the court to grant the request of his client, referred the court to 86 exhibits filed in support of the application and added that there are documents and electronic pictures of palatial houses of the former governor, whose earnings all his life cannot acquire and that, there are evidence on how Oshiomhole allegedly diverted money for Edo state project to personal projects.


The Counsel added that there are vouchers of exorbitant airfares that the former governor incurred, stressing that the amount of the airfares are enough to buy air carrier for Edo state people.

He said there are receipts of how the ex-governor used huge amount of money of the state to repair his private vehicles and urged the court to grant the relief of his client, saying that EFCC has arrested and prosecuted lesser crimes and there is no reason why the anti-graft agency should ignore the petition.

Justice Chikere adjourned till 23rd October 2018 for arguments from all the parties in the matter.

Bishop Ochei, in the motion, wants the court to declare that the anti-graft agency has the statutory duty to investigate and prosecute the former governor, upon his allegations against him in line with the Act, establishing the commission.

The allegations bother on the diversion of Edo state fund by the former governor, now the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to his personal use.

In an affidavit deposed to personally by the applicant, he averred that, in view of the fact that corruption has become a societal ill which has eaten deep into the fabric of the society and there is the need for the EFCC to take complaints against corrupt practices serious.

He said he has severally complained to the EFCC about allegation of corrupt practices against Oshiomhole without eliciting any response or interest by the commission.

According to him, “On May 4, 2012, one Matthew Edaghese sent a petition to the EFCC, complaining that while serving as governor, Oshiomhole built mansions on a huge expanse of land worth more than N10 billion, in excess of the former governor’s legitimate means of income as governor.

‎”That EFCC did nothing about the petition”, Bishop Ochei stated and added that he had, in 2016 petitioned against Oshiomhole’s corrupt practices without any action by the EFCC.

He accused the former governor of corruptly enriching himself with the fund of the Edo state government.


          You are a disingenuous liar – Fani-Kayode fires back at Tinubu      Cache   Translate Page      


A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Tuesday, rubbished claims by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu that the crisis between herdsmen and farmer was due to water scarcity and not religious.

Tinubu, who was represented by an Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Sunday Dare, in Abuja yesterday had explained that the desertification in most parts of the North had caused herders to move southward with their cattle in search of greener pastures contrary to insinuations.

“The government must help herders gradually shift from their traditional nomadic existence to a more static lifestyle. We have to face the reality that modernity is making the nomadic way counterproductive and inefficient.

“Unoccupied, isolated land can quickly be turned into grazing areas in the affected states. In the long run, this will enable herders to better maintain their livestock and thus their own livelihood,” he added.


But, Fani-Kayode, in his reaction, described Tinubu’s claim as, “a pernicious and disingenuous lie.”

In a tweet, Fani-Kayode wrote: ” To claim that the genocidal agenda of the herdsmen is due to water scarcity, climate change or the drying up of River Chad is a pernicious and disingenuous lie.


“The attempt to cover up the motive and identity of those who indulge in mass murder and ethnic cleansing is despicable.”


          Lagos APC Primary: Ashafa concedes defeat, gives reason      Cache   Translate Page      

After rejecting results of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senatorial primary in Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, on Monday, accepted defeat to his rival, Mr. Bayo Osinowo.

In a statement issued to newsmen, Ashafa said the decision was based on the need for unity and progress of the party.

He said, “Over the past seven and a half years, I have enjoyed the mandate and support of both the leadership and the members of our party to serve as the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District. This is a mandate that I have held with the utmost responsibility which such high office entails.

“In the light of the foregoing, and upon due consultation with party leaders and relevant stakeholders, I believe that the time has come for me to sacrifice my ambition for the unity and continuity of our party at the senatorial level and across all elective offices.


“Hence, I hereby, release my unopposed ticket to the leadership of the party in Lagos State.

“To this end, I would like to appreciate the leadership of our party at the State and National levels, our members and constituents alike for the opportunity afforded me to serve.


“This is an opportunity that I do not take lightly or for granted. I would also like to appreciate the magnanimity and generosity of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu towards me throughout this journey.

“I remain committed to the principles and ideals of our party and will continue to contribute my quota in service to both our party and the Nation. I stand with APC.”


          APC primary: Amosun visits Buhari again       Cache   Translate Page      
Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Tuesday visited the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari for two hours.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amosun had on Thursday met separately with President Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo over political developments in Ogun State.

NAN reports that though the agenda of today’s meeting between President Buhari and the governor was not made public, the governor is likely to have informed the president about the political happenings that trailed the conduct of All Progressives Congress primary election in his state.

The APC National Working Committee panel sent to Ogun State for the conduct of the governorship primary had on Wednesday night declared Prince Dapo Abiodun as the party’s governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections.

          PDP speaks on vote-buying during presidential primary, warns Buhari, APC      Cache   Translate Page      


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday dismissed claim by the All Progressives Congress, APC, over alleged vote-buying during its just concluded presidential primary election.

PDP said the “uneasiness, apprehension and nervousness in the drowning Buhari Presidency and the fading All Progressives Congress (APC) since the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as Presidential candidate of the PDP” was noted.

A statement by PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said such “nervousness in the deflated party has led to a renewed attempt at smear campaign with spurious allegations against our Presidential candidate; a defeatist approach that shows that the APC and the Buhari Presidency are afraid of the Atiku candidacy and have reached their wits end, well ahead of the elections.

“The claims, by APC, of vote-buying at our national convention, is therefore, not only false but completely unfounded and symptomatic of a party that has totally lost bearing and now engaged in rumour mongering.


“For us as a party, such allegation from the APC is not unexpected given that it had tried everything possible to scuttle our national convention and Presidential primary but woefully failed, hence the desperation to engage in attempt to discredit the process that has been acclaimed as the best in our political history.

“Unlike the APC that has an unpopular Presidential candidate, who has failed in governance, foisted on it without an election, the whole world watched with excitement as 12 aspirants contested the PDP Presidential primary, where delegates drawn from respected Nigerians across the country, freely voted for a candidate of their choice.

“To the amusement of Nigerians, the APC conducted a non-contested convention in which it declared President Buhari as “winner” with over 14 million fictitious votes.

“In their desperation, they forgot that “Winning” as a word connotes contest. Strangely, the APC declared a candidate as having won when there was never a contest – a charade by a deceptive party with duplicitous leaders!

“While we note that the APC is suffering from a pre-defeat trauma, we caution this fading party and its presidential candidate, who had failed our nation, to steer clear of our party and get ready for issue-based campaign ahead of the 2019 elections.

“It is instructive to state that their attempt at smear campaign against our candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will fail as Nigerians are interested only in the candidate that can make a turn around of the ugly situation Buhari Presidency has sunk us.”


          Let’s go to Kaduna Central market, you won’t come out unscathed – El-Rufai dares Shehu Sani (VIDEO)      Cache   Translate Page      


Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Monday dared Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani to a popularity contest.

El-Rufai threw the challenge while addressing the media in Abuja.

The governor accused the lawmaker of working against the party, staying that the people were not happy with him.

“Shehu Sani cannot even campaign in the market. I challenge him, let us go to Kaduna Central and let’s see who will come out unscathed”, El-Rufai stated.


The duo have been at loggerheads since 2016.

Recently, El-Rufai’s attempt to block Sani from returning to the Senate failed as the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leadership affirmed his candidature.

But the governor insists his aide, Uba Sani, will be the party’s senatorial candidate for the district in 2019.

Meanwhile, Sani has reacted to a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari that he did not send out any letter to any Governor to deal with him or anyone else.

Buhari had declared that he never authorized El-Rufai or any governor to “deal with traitors and disloyal members of APC, especially Senator Shehu Sani.”

His spokesman, Garba Shehu, said: “We wish to confirm that the President is not aware of any such letter, let alone authorising anyone to deal with any party member. Given President Buhari’s record, it is inconceivable that he would usurp the role of the party leaders and instruct anyone to punish a party member.

“In the light of above, we would like to appeal to the general public, especially members of the press, to ignore false or unauthorized information intended to attribute to the President any action which is not in line with his character.”

Reacting, Shehu Sani wrote: “Thank you President Buhari for clearing the air on the calumnious memo.

“Even though I never believed that the President can ‘Direct’ a Governor to “recall a disloyal Senator”. Another executive lie bursted.”


          DTHA primary: Sharta wins APC slot in Udu      Cache   Translate Page      
DTHA primary: Sharta wins APC slot in Udu

A former councillor, Mr. Benjamin Sharta, has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary for Delta State House of Assembly in Udu Constituency defeating a two-time lawmaker Mr. Harvest Igben.

Continue reading DTHA primary: Sharta wins APC slot in Udu at Vanguard News.


          Trump says next summit with North Korea's Kim to come after November U.S. elections      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on Nov. 6.
          Election - Two dozen races will determine control of House      Cache   Translate Page      
A leading Republican political action committee that has spent heavily to influence next month's congressional elections told donors on Tuesday that fewer than two dozen races...
          McEachin, Hoyer discuss entrepreneurship, support for small business      Cache   Translate Page      

Congressman A. Donald McEachin and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer visited Shockoe Atelier to discuss the value of creating good-paying local jobs through entrepreneurship, and how lawmakers can remove barriers small business owners face.

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          Brooklyn Salsa Congress And Dance Festival      Cache   Translate Page      

Hundreds of people have joined Brooklyn’s Mambo Queen, Ms. Arelis Beato and Tropical Image Inc. at the Tenth Annual Brooklyn Salsa Congress & Dance Festival, “A FUNDRAISER GET KIDS OFF THE STREETS PROJECT (G-KOTS). G-KOTS project was started by Ms. Arelis Beato, through the Tropical Image Inc., a Not for Profit 501(c) (3) corp. and...

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          Zim economic crisis: Nationwide protests planned against ‘illegal’ 2% tax      Cache   Translate Page      

Labour federation, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions is reportedly calling for nationwide protests on Thursday, as the country has plunged into yet another economic crisis. Source: Zim economic crisis: Nationwide protests planned against ‘illegal’ 2% tax | News24 Labour federation, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is reportedly calling for nationwide protests on […]

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          Zim general warns on foreign bases in Djibouti      Cache   Translate Page      

Source: Zim general warns on foreign bases in Djibouti – The Zimbabwean One of Zimbabwe’s most senior soldiers and a key US congressman say trouble may be coming to the Horn of Africa. Major General Trust Magoba – who now serves as a special advisor to the African Union office for Peace and Security – […]

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          Taylor Swift Spikes Voter Registration Numbers After Endorsing Pair Of Democrats      Cache   Translate Page      
Taylor Swift has enjoyed massive amounts of success, doing so while not being directly open about her political affiliations. However, the singer turned the heads of her 112 million followers on Instagram by endorsing a pair of Democrats running for Congress in her home state of Tennessee and voter registration numbers have reportedly spiked. From […]
          Campaign Workers Unionize to Get Higher Pay, Severance and Even Warmer Offices       Cache   Translate Page      

The midterm elections are a month away, which means the next few weeks are an incredibly demanding time for the people who work on campaigns. But there's been a growing movement over the past few months to protect field workers and canvassers from potentially exploitative workplace conditions. A new, independent union called the Campaign Workers Guild formed in February and has bargained contracts for 24 campaigns. It now represents over 500 members nationwide.

That's right. The organizers are getting organized.

In the past, campaign workers have unionized by joining existing unions for different kinds of workers. But in February of this year, a group of organizers decided there was a need for a separate and specific union for people who work on political campaigns.

Kim McMurray, a former organizer for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, was involved in the creation of the guild. She's now on the executive council. She says field organizers often work long, erratic hours and can find themselves suddenly out of a job when their candidate drops out or loses a race.

"The overarching message from leadership on campaigns is that you do this work because you love it. And that’s absolutely true," said McMurray. "That doesn’t mean we should be sacrificing our own well-being to do it."

The union has several top priorities when they come to the bargaining table with a candidate: fair pay, fair scheduling, safe and secure housing, health-care stipends and contract language about sexual harassment and discrimination. But ultimately it's up to the workers to decide what to bargain for.

"We've had people ask for making sure the temperature in their office is a normal amount, to severance at the end of a campaign, to a wide range of things in the middle," said McMurray. "We made it pretty typical that you'll get paid for at least two weeks after the campaign, which was really not something that's been standard before."

McMurray says the Campaign Workers Guild is open to representing Democratic and Republican campaign workers, though so far all of their members work for Democratic candidates.

"For decades, the majority of workers on campaigns, especially Democratic ones, have been denied the very same protections that their candidates publicly champion," said McMurray. "There became a real disconnect." 

All this means, between severance packages, higher hourly wages, and healthcare stipends, candidates who agree to the demands of their unionized staff end up spending more to run their campaigns. Julia Salazar, a Democratic candidate for New York State Senate, is one of two active candidates in New York whose workers have unionized under the Campaign Workers Guild. She says severance packages and higher hourly wages were the biggest points of negotiation.

"That was probably the most important thing and that also naturally took more out of our budget," Salazar told WNYC. "Our negotiations were brief. I really wanted to provide the strongest contract and the most generous contract that I was able to."

Salazar, herself a member of the National Writers Union, says agreeing to better working conditions is part of "walking the walk" as a progressive candidate.

Campaign workers for Max Rose, a Democrat running for New York's 11th congressional district, have also unionized under the Campaign Workers Guild. Now non-active New York campaigns whose workers unionized through CWG include Cynthia Nixon for governor, Ross Barkan for state senate and Brian Flynn for congress.

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          GOP official slurs LGBTQ & Native American communities with attack on Congressional candidate      Cache   Translate Page      
Sharice Davids is trying to make history with her Congressional run. Unfortunately, she has to deal with mess like this Facebook message.

Instead-of a cohesive message celebrating their successes (because they don't have any which also equals success for the public), the GOP has decided to scare people into voting for them. Via Fox News and several representatives, the party is painting the Democrats as a crazed mob who can't change government the right way, so they are going to force change through violence.

It's an insulting and pathetic message and I don't think it will resonate. Also, some members of the GOP will probably slip and mess up the narrative.

Such as the case in Kansas :

A local Kansas GOP official lashed out at Democratic congressional candidate Sharice Davids on social media earlier this week, saying “your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation.”

The Facebook message was written by Republican precinct committeeman Michael Kalny of Shawnee and sent to Anne Pritchett, president of the Johnson County Democratic Women’s north chapter.

“Little Ms. Pritchett- you and your comrades stealth attack on Yoder is going to blow up in your leftist face,” Kalny wrote. “The REAL REPUBLICANS will remember what the scum DEMONRATS tried to do to Kavanaugh in November. Your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation.”

 . . . Davids is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder for the hotly contested 3rd congressional district seat.

If she wins in November, Davids, a lawyer and amateur mixed-martial arts fighter, would become the first ever openly gay member of the Kansas Congressional delegation, as well as the first female Native American lawmaker in Washington.

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article219720280.html#storylink=cpy

Naturally, Kalny has been condemned all around, including by other Republicans.  Obviously the GOP is scared about that seat. Trump has said worse things and they generally celebrate him for "speaking his mind."


Hat tip to my friend Joe Sudbay.

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article219720280.html#storylink=cpy

          Comment on Democrats Seek to Import 5X the Number of Foreign Refugees to the U.S. #midterms by joanofark06      Cache   Translate Page      
felix1999, if you have any website showing those amounts of "immigrants" here, I would, really, really like to have that for my archive! I'm always looking for the amounts of those so called "people", to keep Americans, informed. I chatted with someone a day or two ago, and then mentioned a few million, and asked them for their source too. Waiting for that one. I'm wondering if Pew Research would be a reliable source on that kind of information. At the beginning of Trump's presidency, many people were saying, that Trump couldn't do anything about slowing down or stopping the immigration flow, because of Congress, or whoever. And sadly, I had to accept that, but not believing it, wholeheartedly. But now, in the last few weeks, I'm seeing more people/articles, make their immigration statements, articles, include Trump's name. I'd just like to have more information on it, to try to find the truth on this subject...on who's really pulling the strings on immigration numbers. To repeat what Pamela has mentioned in this article, THOUSANDS are coming into this country every year (if not more), and as she mentioned, it was a lower number than what Obummer was bringing in, and it really upset me, that she seemed happy about that, and didn't even seem to take the amount "thousands" coming in now, as anything serious to talk about. I consider that amount, VERY shocking! I consider the subject of being lower than Obummer's, minuscule (very unimportant). Well it is, but his numbers are already here, and we now need to concentrate on what's here, and what's coming in, now. And yeah, what I've seen on the Democrats in the last probably, 7 months or so, is VERY disturbing! It's almost like, with their stupidity, and their evil like ways, that their all, like unhumanlike. I don't know sometimes, whether to be sad, or scared. It's worrying.... To repeat, if you have evidence of that MIT saying 40 million, I'd sure appreciate it. Very upsetting, and scary, to say the least. Along with that "democrat majority" possibility! Ugh...
          Comment on Democrats Seek to Import 5X the Number of Foreign Refugees to the U.S. #midterms by joanofark06      Cache   Translate Page      
"Trump is expected to resettle a little more than 22,000 refugees this year," A massive reduction, Pamela says in this article.... Well, isn't that just fricken wonderful?? Let's add THOUSANDS, to the MILLIONS? that Obummer brought in, in his "TOO MANY" years!! A massive reduction....pppffttt. Say those words, like WOW, isn't that number great?? Thousands is GREAT?? Burns me up! And another thing! What's this? Trump is expected to resettle... Trump has cut the number... What happened to, "Trump's hands are tied"....when it comes to slowing down, or stopping the immigration. "He can't do a thing about it, because Congress or someone, or something won't LET HIM!" Well, apparently with the start of those sentences, Trump CAN....do something about it! Next time, someone say's to me, that it's not Trump's fault, that the immigrants are still coming in, I'm going to show them, those sentences that start with the world "TRUMP", AND show them where it came from. Or are those, beginning of sentences, above.....LIES? I'd sure hate to give someone, misinformation, Pamela! What should I do?
           Comissão adia prazo de entrega de Emendas ao Orçamento       Cache   Translate Page      

Os parlamentares membros da Comissão Mista de Orçamento decidiram propor o adiamento para o dia 8 de novembro o prazo-limite para a entrega de emendas ao Projeto da Lei do Orçamento de 2019 (PLN 27/2018). Em função do segundo turno das eleições estaduais e da eleição presidencial, vários deputados e senadores colocaram em debate a impossibilidade de participarem das reuniões da CMO durante esse período.

O presidente da CMO, o deputado Mário Negromonte Jr (PP-BA), reuniu o colegiado da comissão nesta terça-feira (9) e em decisão unânime, a proposta de adiamento foi aprovada. Segundo Mário Negromonte Jr, é necessário agora oficializar o novo calendário junto ao presidente do Congresso Nacional, o senador Eunício Oliveira (PMDB-CE):

— Temos de informar ao presidente Eunício a proposta do novo cronograma de tramitação do Projeto da LOA 2019.  Via de regra, o presidente do Congresso homologa as decisões da CMO, mas por uma questão de hierarquia constitucional, ele tem de ser comunicado para confirmar a nossa proposta.

Em uma adaptação do novo cronograma, o Relatório da Receita e o Relatório Preliminar do Orçamento também terão suas datas postergadas. Teoricamente, os Relatórios Setoriais e o Relatório-Geral não precisarão ser adiados, pois estão previstos para serem votados em 27 de novembro e 8 de dezembro, respectivamente. Assim, o PLN 27 poderá ser votado a partir de 9 de dezembro pelo Congresso Nacional.


           Áudio: Congresso Nacional se reúne em 17 de outubro para analisar vetos       Cache   Translate Page      

O presidente do Congresso Nacional, Eunício Oliveira, marcou para o dia 17, quarta-feira da próxima semana, sessão conjunta da Câmara dos Deputados e do Senado Federal para analisar o veto (VET 32/2018) do presidente da República ao piso salarial dos agentes comunitários de saúde e de combate às endemias. A pauta tem outros 19 vetos aguardando por decisão dos parlamentares. As informações com o repórter Maurício de Santi, da Rádio Senado.


           Vídeo: 'Jamais me decepcionarei com a democracia', diz Eunício ao falar das eleições       Cache   Translate Page      

O presidente do Senado, Eunício Oliveira, fez nesta terça-feira (9) uma análise sobre o resultado das eleições. O senador destacou a renovação do Congresso Nacional, a necessidade de harmonizar o país e o importante papel da democracia.


           Eunício: 'Jamais me decepcionarei com a democracia'       Cache   Translate Page      

O presidente do Senado, Eunício Oliveira, afirmou nesta terça-feira (9) que o resultado das eleições do último domingo fortaleceu a democracia e representou "a escolha livre e soberana do eleitor brasileiro". O índice de renovação no Senado foi de 85% — ou seja, 46 dos 54 cargos em disputa.

— O eleitor tomou uma posição de renovar o Congresso. A democracia é bela porque é assim. Por exemplo: eu perdi as eleições por 0,16% dos votos, em um colégio eleitoral de 6,2 milhões de eleitores. Isso é natural. Eu jamais me decepcionarei com a democracia. Ela é exatamente isso: a escolha livre e soberana do eleitor brasileiro.

Para Eunício, o resultado adverso “é natural no regime democrático”. O senador voltou a dizer que, a partir de fevereiro de 2019, vai se “recolher à vida pessoal”.

Sobre a disputa em segundo turno das eleições presidenciais, ele afirmou que, independentemente do resultado das eleições, pretende estar em Brasília no dia 1º de janeiro de 2019 para dar posse ao futuro chefe do Poder Executivo.

— A população tinha vários candidatos e escolheu dois para o segundo turno. Quem vencer tem que ter equilíbrio para harmonizar o Brasil, que está muito atritado. A democracia não permite a intolerância. Ela permite a convergência na divergência. Eu estarei aqui de plantão no dia 1º de janeiro de 2019 para dar posse ao novo presidente da República, seja o ex-ministro Fernando Haddad (PT), seja o deputado Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) — afirmou.


           Comissão de Orçamento vota abertura de créditos nesta quarta       Cache   Translate Page      

A Comissão Mista de Orçamento se reúne nesta quarta-feira (10) às 10 horas para votar três créditos especiais e um suplementar. Os projetos somam aproximadamente R$ 83 milhões e já têm pareceres favoráveis de seus relatores.

O PLN 12/2018 destina R$ 21,3 milhões para os Ministérios da Educação e das Relações Exteriores. O PLN 15/2018 concede R$ 40,8 milhões ao Ministério da Justiça e da Segurança Pública. E o PLN 16/2018, por sua vez, concede R$ 19,9 milhões ao Ministério Público da União.

O PLN 19/2018 é o que abre crédito suplementar de R$ 65,5 milhões. O valor será repartido para programas dos Ministérios da Educação, da Agricultura, da Saúde, da Segurança, da Cultura, da Integração Nacional, do Turismo e dos Direitos Humanos.


           Ana Amélia destaca renovação do Congresso e manifesta apoio a Bolsonaro no segundo turno       Cache   Translate Page      

Candidata a vice-presidente na chapa de Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB), quarta colocada na disputa, a senadora Ana Amélia (PP-RS) destacou nesta terça-feira (9), em Plenário, a renovação recorde do Congresso no pleito realizado no último domingo. No Senado, ressaltou, a renovação atingiu 85% das vagas em disputa. Foram eleitos no, último dia 7, novos deputados, senadores e governadores, tendo sido escolhidos também os candidatos que disputarão o segundo turno das eleições para presidente da República e para o governo de vários estados.

— Nenhum analista político, nenhum instituto de pesquisa foi capaz, com antecedência de quatro dias, de vislumbrar o resultado das urnas e qual o comportamento, o ânimo e a disposição do eleitorado brasileiro de mudar. Mudar e renovar — disse a senadora, observando que os analistas previam o oposto, em função da distribuição dos recursos do fundo partidário para os maiores partidos.

Combate à corrupção

Para ela, o resultado das eleições é um recado claro da sociedade, cansada da política tradicional e da corrupção.

— Ela não quer saber mais de corrupção, ela não quer saber mais de insegurança. As pessoas não podem sair de casa, porque correm o risco de serem assaltadas, de sofrerem um homicídio (...). E ainda, dentro desse processo, ao longo desses últimos quatro anos, a Operação Lava Jato, como caldo de cultura para levar ao povo brasileiro a confiança de que é um divisor de águas no combate à corrupção e à impunidade — continuou Ana Amélia, asseverando que entrou no Senado como "ficha-limpa" e sairá, no dia 31° de janeiro, também como "ficha-limpa".

Segundo turno

A senadora também sublinhou o protagonismo dos cidadãos nas redes sociais, que contribuiu para rápidas mudanças no quadro eleitoral e levou a um enorme ativismo dos candidatos, "para o bem e para o mal". Dizendo-se vítima de fake news durante a campanha, Ana Amélia criticou o PT e anunciou o apoio, no segundo turno, ao candidato do PSL, Jair Bolsonaro.

— No Rio Grande do Sul, o gaúcho não aceita neutralidade. Numa hora de decisão para o país, os gaúchos querem lado. E eu precisava tomar partido. Disse isso ao assumir essa posição favorável à candidatura do deputado Jair Bolsonaro neste segundo turno, por conta dessa cultura gaúcha de tomar partido. E eu tomei partido. Não poderia ficar do lado do candidato Fernando Haddad, do PT, porque combati aqui [o partido] no impeachment. Fui uma das vozes mais fortes e vigorosas a favor do impeachment e contra os desmandos do PT. Então, não seria de nenhuma forma coerente de minha parte estar do outro lado — declarou Ana Amélia, para quem foi uma "honra extraordinária" ter disputado a eleição na chapa de Geraldo Alckmin.


           Plenário se reúne nesta quarta com pauta trancada pela MP das dívidas rurais       Cache   Translate Page      

O Plenário do Senado deve se reunir nesta quarta-feira (10) para retomar a rotina de votações. A ordem do dia havia sido convocada para essa terça-feira (9), mas a sessão foi cancelada por falta de quórum.

Na pauta estão temas como a privatização de distribuidoras de energia elétrica, o financiamento para a recuperação de áreas degradadas e a validade de receitas médicas e odontológicas, além de sete acordos internacionais.

Para votar tais proposições, no entanto, será preciso avaliar primeiro uma medida provisória que está trancando a pauta: a MP 842/2018, que altera os termos da renegociação de dívidas rurais. O texto permite a repactuação de débitos, aumenta prazos e concede mais descontos para a quitação.

Só depois de analisarem a medida provisória que os senadores poderão ir para o próximo item da pauta, o PLC 77/2018. O projeto, do Poder Executivo, abre caminho para a privatização de seis distribuidoras de energia controladas pela Eletrobras na Região Norte. Já foram negociadas as companhias de energia de Roraima, Rondônia, Acre e Piauí. O Poder Executivo pretende vender ainda as empresas de Alagoas e Amazonas.

Arborização

Na pauta também está o PLC 188/2015, do deputado Roberto Britto (PP-BA), determinando que 10% do dinheiro arrecadado com multas ambientais seja destinado à arborização urbana e à recuperação de áreas degradadas.

A proposta também estabelece que seja destinado para o mesmo fim o montante arrecadado pela cobrança de taxas de autorização de poda e corte de árvores. Cada órgão ambiental competente estabelecerá os critérios e as normas para a aplicação da verba arrecadada. Se passar, o texto vai para sanção.

Receita médica

Os senadores devem avaliar ainda o substitutivo elaborado pela Câmara ao PLS 325/2012, do ex-senador Jayme Campos, que trata da validade da receita médica no território nacional. Conforme o texto a ser analisado, a receita médica ou odontológica valerá em todo o país, independentemente do estado em que tenha sido emitida.

O objetivo da medida é permitir que o cidadão possa adquirir os medicamentos de que necessita onde quer que esteja, inclusive os sujeitos a controle especial. Se passar pelo Plenário, o projeto vai para sanção presidencial.

Acordos

Sete projetos de decreto legislativo aguardam análise dos parlamentares. Eles ratificam acordos internacionais firmados pelo Brasil com outros países. O PDS 28/2018, por exemplo, trata de uma negociação sobre serviços aéreos entre Brasil e Holanda com relação a Aruba, território autônomo holandês do Caribe.

Segundo o acordo, um país concede a companhias aéreas do outro privilégios em operações de pouso ou sobrevoo. O texto ainda estabelece um controle simplificado para passageiros, bagagens, carga e mala postal em trânsito direto, além da isenção de algumas taxas para bagagem e carga.

Segundo o Itamaraty, a iniciativa vai contribuir para relações mais próximas dos países em áreas como o comércio e o turismo.

Se for aprovado, o texto seguirá para promulgação.


          Kansas GOP congressman’s ad has softer tone on immigration      Cache   Translate Page      

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder launched a new television ad Tuesday with a testimonial from the widow of an Indian engineer murdered in a Kansas City-area bar about the Republican’s efforts to help her remain in the U.S. afterward. The 30-second spot featuring Sunayana Dumala praising Yoder comes with the four-term congressman ...

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          Trump seeks to use battle over Kavanaugh to spur Republican voter turnout      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday used the bitter Senate confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to try to boost Republican voter enthusiasm and prevent a Democratic takeover of Congress in the Nov. 6 elections.

          Câmara dos Deputados terá 26 mulheres a mais no ano que vem      Cache   Translate Page      

Número de deputadas federais aumentou de 51 para 77, mas a maior parte pertence a partidos conservadores. A bancada de parlamentares mulheres no Congresso Nacional cresceu após as eleições do último domingo (7). Na Câmara dos Deputados, por exemplo, a bancada feminina aumentou de 51 para 77, em um total de 513 parlamentares. Isso significa […]

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          Chimici a congresso a Bologna        Cache   Translate Page      
 
          The Captain Who Burned His Ships: 2 of 2: Captain Thomas Tingey, USN, 1750-1829 by Gordon Brown      Cache   Translate Page      
AUTHOR. (Photo:August Kollner (1813–) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q18507882 Title  Potomac River, Chain Bridge at Little Falls Description  View from the Maryland side of the Chain Bridge over the Potomac River in 1839\. This was the fourth bridge at that location, with several more since. Date 30 September 1839 Medium Wash drawing Current location  Library of Congress Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q131454 Accession number  Call Number: DRWG/US - Kollner, no. 6, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22793 Inscriptions Top right: "Potomac River, Chain Bridge at Little Falls", bottom left: "30 Sept. 39." Source/Photographer  US-LibraryOfCongress-BookLogo.svg This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsca.22793. This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information. العربية | čeština | Deutsch | English | español | فارسی | suomi | français | עברית | magyar | italiano | македонски | മലയാളം | Nederlands | polski | português | português do Brasil | русский | slovenčina | slovenščina | Türkçe | українська | 中文 | 中文(简体)‎ | 中文(繁體)‎ | +/− Permission (Reusing this file)  Public domain  This work is in the public domain ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Captain Who Burned His Ships: 2 of 2: Captain Thomas Tingey, USN, 1750-1829  by Gordon Brown [](https://www.amazon.com/Captain-Who-Burned-His-Ships-ebook/dp/B00DKMWNFA/ref=sr11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1528075210&sr=1-1&keywords=captain+who+burned+ships+gordon+brown) [https://www.amazon.com/Captain-Who-Burned-His-Ships-ebook/dp/B00DKMWNFA/ref=sr11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1528075210&sr=1-1&keywords=captain+who+burned+ships+gordon+brown](https://www.amazon.com/Captain-Who-Burned-His-Ships-ebook/dp/B00DKMWNFA/ref=sr11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1528075210&sr=1-1&keywords=captain+who+burned+ships+gordon+brown) This is the first biography of Captain Thomas Tingey, who was a key figure in the development of the early U.S. Navy. Having come to America after a short service in the Royal Navy, Tingey contributed importantly to the growth of the American Navy, but was then obliged to burn the Washington Navy Yard in 1814 to prevent it from falling into the hands of British invaders. This is at the same time a history of the first quarter-century of the Washington Navy Yard, which Tingey commanded for that period, and of the transition of the young Navy from an object of partisan discord to an honored defender of a growing and increasingly self-confident nation. The book looks at Tingey's contributions to navy yard procedures and practices, his civic role in the budding city of Washington, the dramatic events of 1814, and the rebuilding of the yard as a major technical center for the navy
          At (ISC)² Security Congress 2018, a congressman calls to action      Cache   Translate Page      
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          1st District candidates Hagedorn and Feehan to debate      Cache   Translate Page      
The race to represent Minnesota's 1st Congressional District will be among the most closely watched political contests in the nation this November. GOP candidate Jim Hagedorn and DFL candidate Dan Feehan will face off in a debate Friday.
          Does the administration have what it takes to reinvigorate an outdated civil service system?      Cache   Translate Page      

In part three of its special report, "Civil Service Reimagined: 40 Years Later," Federal News Radio looks at the Office of Personnel Management, and how it, past administrations and members of Congress have hindered the agency's ability to lead and create change in the federal workforce.

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          'Presidents Of War' Sounds The Alarm About Presidential Power      Cache   Translate Page      
In his new book, Michael Beschloss focuses on the lead up to war. But a more pressing danger and indictment of presidential power may be the interventions not authorized by Congress.
          Rahul Gandhi should immediately expel Alpesh Thakor from Congress BJP      Cache   Translate Page      
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          NJ congressional candidates spar over economy, immigration      Cache   Translate Page      

OGDENSBURG, N.J. (AP) — The Democratic and Republican candidates in New Jersey’s closely watched 11th District started their first debate trading jabs over the economy and immigration. Democrat Mikie Sherrill and Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber met Tuesday in a debate at the Ogdensburg Historical Society. Webber says Sherrill runs with candidates who want to abolish […]
          10/9/2018: Ges Selmont; Deb Cupples; Book Club      Cache   Translate Page      
Tuesday on First Coast Connec t we spoke with Florida 4th District Congressional candidate Ges Selmont . He’s challenging incumbent Republican John Rutherford (01:03). Rutherford was also invited but his office did not respond. Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in Florida and Georgia for the November election . In recent years the number of voters purged from the roles has increased . We heard what you need to do to make sure you are still registered to vote and some helpful hints if you are going to vote by mail with University of Florida Law School professor Deb Cupples . She’s the author of It Is About You: How American Government Works and How to Help Fix It (32:15). Related: Election News & Voter’s Guide First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring talked about one of the contenders in the PBS Great American Read contest: Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (46:00). Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at kmeerschaert@wjct.org , 904-358-6334 or on
          Anthony Weiner Offers A Model For How Bill Cosby Could Get An Early Release      Cache   Translate Page      
Disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner could get out of prison early.
          BATMAN VILLAINS ALWAYS TEAM UP TOGETHER: Al Gore Endorses Penguin for Congress….      Cache   Translate Page      
BATMAN VILLAINS ALWAYS TEAM UP TOGETHER: Al Gore Endorses Penguin for Congress.
          HMM: Gorsuch and Sotomayor Fault Congress for Giving ‘a Blank Check to the Attorney General.’ Th…      Cache   Translate Page      
HMM: Gorsuch and Sotomayor Fault Congress for Giving ‘a Blank Check to the Attorney General.’ These two seem to be forming a cross-ideological alliance on criminal justice issues. They should read my Ham Sandwich Nation piece.
          Unionists, allies rally against Trump Postal Service privatization scheme      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON—If GOP President Donald Trump and his Wall Street backers convince Congress to privatize the U.S. Postal Service, youthful postal clerk Arrion Brown of D.C., a Postal Workers activist, says he may get laid off and have to find another job to support his two young children. If Trump’s plan seeks to cut costs, retired […]
          Kavanaugh’s on the bench, but extreme right can still be defeated      Cache   Translate Page      

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and the scandalous process leading up to it mark the breach of yet another democratic norm by the Trump administration and his Republican enablers in Congress. The disappearance of even the pretense of an independent judiciary is an alarming development. It is the latest in a […]
          Iowa’s Congressional Delegation Applauds Trump’s E15 Announcement      Cache   Translate Page      
Iowa's congressional delegation praised President Donald Trump's decision to remove the restriction of year-round E15 sales.
          Iowa Farm Bureau Endorses Rod Blum and David Young      Cache   Translate Page      
Congressmen Rod Blum (R-Iowa) and David Young (R-Iowa) received an endorsement from the Iowa Farm Bureau for their re-election campaigns.
          Trump seeks to use battle over Kavanaugh to spur Republican voter turnout      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday used the bitter Senate confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to try to boost Republican voter enthusiasm and prevent a Democratic takeover of Congress in the Nov. 6 elections.

          Re: Tuesday: The open line and the headlines      Cache   Translate Page      
NVR, I don't know about eliminating the electoral college. It needs fixing but I don't know the best course. Most don't know the Philadelphia meeting had great concern over the choosing of the head of the executive branch because of the power assigned to that office. They mulled, discussed, debated, etc. the method of choosing. Keep in mind this was before there were political parties around.

They considered having Congress meet every four years and select the President and after considering that they tossed that out the window for they wanted the President to be independent and not reliant on Congress.

They then tossed out the idea of the people choosing the President but decided they were not wise enough to have complete choosing power to fill that office plus they didn't want the President to have to be popular to appeal to voters. Remember this is when only those who could vote were 21 year old white males who paid so much in taxes each year and who were part of the majority religious faiths.

So, they didn't want Congress to choose, they didn't want the people to choose, so they decided to let the states choose the President every four years via the Electoral system. They thought every four years states would nominate their "favorite sons" for the office, which would be so close not often would a candidate get a majority of the electoral vote and the House would have to make a decision with each state getting one vote, the Senate would do the same for the vice-presidency office.

For a while it worked, but the 1800 election with Jefferson and Adams had so many difficulties they quickly amended the Constitution but kept the electoral system.

I can assure you if the last two electoral decisions had caused a Democrat to be chosen the winner although a Republican had more popular votes the Republicans would be working furiously to get the system changed. And the other such elections in the past were Democrats losing to Republicans although the popular vote chose the Democrats.
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