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          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.
          Republican senators say Trump lifting summer ban on higher-ethanol gasoline      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced plans to lift a ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blend of gasoline, known as E15, Republican senators said.

           Comment on The face of patriarchy and power when challenged. by Anon       Cache   Translate Page      
I am not going to forget to vote. Let's take back control of the house or senate, or better yet, BOTH! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bsKCHuAa4c
          10/10/2018: Help us fight tech threat: spy boss      Cache   Translate Page      

the laws, which are being reviewed by federal parliament’s intelligence and security committee, but has flagged a bipartisan approach to matters of national security. The Morrison government will need to win over eight of the 10 Senate crossbenchers...
           Comment on The face of patriarchy and power when challenged. by Anon       Cache   Translate Page      
There goes the supreme court for decades! Trump can now do anything and get away with it, because any legal actions against Trump will be appealed to the supreme court. The new lifetime appointee is a confirmed violent alky and serial rapist since high school. He does not hesitate to make politics the factor of his rulings, he will twist the constitution to fit the Trump/Republicans political agenda. Total lack of integrity, committing perjury, and contempt for a legal senate process confirmed what we already suspected about him. He lied under oath, belongs in jail, but he had no worries about it. If he was held accountable, Trump would have simply pardoned him. So he lied and lied and lied. He would say anything to get confirmed, and he did. How could Senator Collins, and every Republican Senator fall for it? Were they somehow threatened?
          Cory Booker’s Message to President and What Democrats Should Do With Their Anger      Cache   Translate Page      
BOONE, Iowa–Iowa attracts politicians. Tuesday, it’s President Donald Trump, who holds a campaign rally in Council Bluffs. Monday, it was New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a potential 2020 presidential candidate. Here’s how Booker answered when asked following a campaign rally for Iowa Democratic candidates in Boone Monday what he would say to President Trump. Democrats are angry about many things: President Trump’s behavior and actions, Republicans’ actions as the majority party and Democrats’ diminished political power across the country. Here’s […]
          Virginel Iordache anunță că Senatul a aprobat modificarea Legii Bibliotecilor      Cache   Translate Page      

Senatorul PSD de Suceava, Virginel Iordache, a anunțat că Senatul României a aprobat propunerea legislativă pentru modificarea şi completarea Legii bibliotecilor nr. 334/2002 cu modificările şi completările ulterioare. Virginel Iordache a precizat că în noua formă au fost introduse noi prevederi referitoare la creșterea fondului de carte din bibliotecile școlare cu cel puțin 0,5 cărți […]
          Retired School Personnel, Lopez talk education      Cache   Translate Page      
State Senate District 30 candidate Kevin Lopez met with Wise County Retired School Personnel members Sandra Walker, Rachel Gasperson, and Debra Wood at the Texas State Teachers Association District XI Fall Leadership Conference in Fort Worth.
          Filmmaker Richard Linklater directs anti-Ted Cruz web ad      Cache   Translate Page      

AUSTIN, Texas >> Filmmaker Richard Linklater is the latest celebrity wading into the tight U.S. Senate race in Texas with a social media ad attacking Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.


          Taylor Swift makes politics personal with endorsement      Cache   Translate Page      

NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> Taylor Swift’s first big jump into politics might have gained her some extra haters, but her endorsement in a competitive midterm U.S. Senate race isn’t likely to result in a massive backlash against the country-singer-turned-pop-star, observers say.


          Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - Senator Patrick M. Browne and Senator Lisa Baker, Senator Judith L. Schwank      Cache   Translate Page      
Expedited Partner Therapy
          Michigan GOP Senate Candidate Fires Back At Tweet Suggesting Republicans Are Moochers      Cache   Translate Page      
'I'm a West Point grad & Iraq vet w/ 2 masters'
          Will the GOP Get a Needed Bump Out of Kavanaugh?      Cache   Translate Page      
The GOP probably was helped in the Senate and hurt in the House by the fight over Brett Kavanaugh.
          A TIME FOR CHOOSING: Jared Polis and Jason Crow Must Decide – Civility or Democrat Mob Rule      Cache   Translate Page      
The savage antics of the left were on full display over the past two weeks.  Screaming at the sky.  Banging on the front doors of the Supreme Court building.  Being arrested for anti-social behavior in the U.S. Capitol.  Even sending a beheading video to the wife of Senator Cory Gardner. What’s even stranger than this […]
          Deadly N.Y. crash spotlights safety loopholes for limousines      Cache   Translate Page      

A limousine crash over the weekend that killed 20 people has focused attention on rules governing the ungainly vehicles, which can be as long as 30 feet and are exempt from the crash standards that apply to new cars and trucks.

The white, stretch Ford Excursion limo lost control Saturday and barreled through a stop sign and slammed into an unoccupied SUV in Schoharie, New York, about 40 miles west of Albany. Among the dead were four sisters, two brothers and at least three young couples.

The driver wasn’t properly licensed and the limo had failed a state safety inspection last month and shouldn’t have been on the road, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, according to Associated Press. The state ordered the company, Prestige Limousine, shut down.

The National Transportation Safety Board will examine federal oversight of the limousine industry as part of its investigation into the crash, which is the deadliest U.S. transportation accident since 2009, Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.

“I think the fact that we have 20 fatalities in a single vehicle crash—18 plus two pedestrians—that in itself is enough to certainly get the attention of the National Transportation Safety Board,” Sumwalt said Monday in an interview.

Stretch limousines are often converted cars or SUVs. Lengthening the vehicles and adding new seating configurations can undercut the federally mandated safety features designed by the original manufacturer, according to crash-worthiness experts.

“Once you start modifying the vehicle, you pretty much undo all of that,” said Raul Arbelaez, vice president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s vehicle research center in Virginia. “When a vehicle is stretched, the main thing that’s taken into account is to make sure that it is structurally stable and roadworthy in order to carry the occupants and handle the load and be durable, not necessarily to withstand any crash forces.”

The addition of several thousand pounds of additional frame and sheet metal from the longer body and the added weight of carrying more than a dozen passengers also puts far greater strain on a stretch limo’s brakes and tires than they were originally designed for, he said.

“There’s a bit of a Frankenstein approach, where a vehicle is chopped up and put back together with parts that were not originally designed for that vehicle,” said Deborah Hersman, president of the National Safety Council advocacy group and a former NTSB chair. “It’s clear that they don’t have the same safety design standards as those same vehicles had before they’re stretched or modified.”

The fatal crash highlights a number of shortcomings in such vehicles, including crash worthiness, seat belt use and the patchwork of state and federal regulations that provide inadequate oversight, Hersman said.

“This is an area where we clearly have a gap that needs to be addressed and it’s incumbent upon state policy makers and the feds to work together and address this,” she said.

The crash occurred at the Apple Barrel Country Store off a T-junction where two highways meet. A manager of the store said the limo was coming down the hill at “probably” 60 miles per hour, the New York Times reported.

One of the issues the NTSB agency will be looking at is the lack of a requirement in New York state that limo passengers wear seat belts, Sumwalt said. Investigators still hadn’t determined whether passengers were restrained as of Monday morning, he said.

Three years ago, after four women died and two others were seriously injured in a limo accident on Long Island, New York, Senator Chuck Schumer called for an investigation into federal safety standards.

“It’s clear that stretching a limo can put the wheels in motion for a terrible tragedy,” Schumer, a Democrat, said in a press release at the time. “All too often, stretched limousines lack basic safety protections, including not enough side impact air bags, rollover bars, appropriate exits and more.”

A similar safety issue arose in the 2014 crash that injured comic Tracy Morgan and killed his friend, comedian James McNair: the luxury limo van had been modified to block exit doors, which made it difficult to reach the victims.

Morgan was returning from a show on June 7, 2014, when a truck struck the limo from behind. It took emergency workers more than 30 minutes to remove the injured passengers, according to the NTSB.

There was only one side door in that limo’s passenger compartment, the NTSB found, and there were no regulations to prevent such modifications. The NTSB in 2015 called on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to adopt new regulations requiring at least two exits on such limos.

NHTSA is still evaluating the recommendation, according to correspondence on the issue on NTSB’s website.


          Democrats raising significant funds in bid to take control of state Senate      Cache   Translate Page      

Democrats running for state Senate have raised $1.35 million since mid-July—37.8% more than they raised in the same period in 2016, according to new figures. [


          Republican senators say Trump lifting summer ban on higher-ethanol gasoline      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced plans to lift a ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blend of gasoline, known as E15, Republican senators said.

          Republican senator seeks briefings on reported China hacking attack      Cache   Translate Page      
The top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee has asked Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Super Micro Computer Inc for staff briefings about a Bloomberg report that the Chinese government implanted malicious hardware into server motherboards provided by Super Micro.

          Taylor Swift wird politisch: Country-Sternchen gegen Trump      Cache   Translate Page      
Vier Wochen vor der US-Senatswahl äußert sich Sängerin Taylor Swift erstmals politisch. Damit verärgert sie den Präsidenten. mehr...
          TX-Sen: New ‘Bernie’ ad mocks senator’s ‘Tough as Texas’ campaign      Cache   Translate Page      
A new anti-Cruz ad mocking GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s “Tough as Texas” slogan has been released on social media. The ad, directed by Texas filmmaker…
          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…
          Midterm Candidates Opposed by Voiceless Animals      Cache   Translate Page      
220 of 235 House Republicans voted to let trophy hunters bring aerial hunting and bear cub murder to our national park in Alaska. 220 House Republicans voted to murder nearly 1000 sea lions because they compete with human fish suffocaters for salmon. Every Republican senator but the ailing Isakson (who also has an animal abuse history) voted for the use of weaponized planes by trophy hunters in Alaska.
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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.
          Republican Lawmaker Literally Yanks Mic Away From His Female Opponent During Debate      Cache   Translate Page      

As we approach the November midterms, it’s worth remembering that asshole men abound everywhere, from the White House to the Senate to the Supreme Court all the way on down to Minnesota’s House District 25a, where three-term incumbent Republican Duane Quam and his Democratic challenger Jamie Mahlberg debated on Monday…

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          Distrust in Science and Expertise Can Be Deadly — Here's How We Can Overcome It       Cache   Translate Page      
Over time, groups of experts become embedded within our societies. They become our trusted institutions.

Hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires have tested our resolve as individuals, communities and societies. Along with social crises such as political- and war-induced migration, these events provide stark illustrations of our ability to adapt, help and trust one another through informal social networks and formal social institutions.

Trust in our institutions is declining. While some of this distrust might result from direct experience of failing or faltering social systems, cynics and pundits can promote mistrust for financial and social capital through votes and public opinion.

Trust is often woven into our society like an invisible thread, stitching together disparate individuals and distant communities. Effective societies are grounded in a reliance and dependency on others to provide everything from mobile networks, water and sewer services, electricity, education and justice.

In order to mend it where it is broken and reinforce it where it is fraying, we must examine our social tapestry and ask how we can promote trust.

Trustingneighbours, leaders institutions

Trust isn’t an all-or-nothing phenomenon. It can develop between peers and leaders as well as towards institutions and their symbols.

We share a common fate with our peers. Their actions matter to us. When we can, we monitor and regulate their behaviour through direct observation and action. When we can’t, we rely on gossip and other indirect means to learn about others and their values. If we think we have fallen short of their standards, we might increase our efforts. If we think we have exceeded their expectations, we might reduce our efforts.

Not all members of a group have equal status. Experts and leaders occupy central, elevated positions in their social networks — even if only on a temporary basis. Ideally, they have knowledge, competencies and social capital at their disposal that can help the group.

Legitimate expertise is hard won; it takes years to develop. Even if we have competency in one area, expertise is inelastic. It can narrow our focus, leading us to fail to see atypical patterns. That means leaders and experts need to be modest in their claims of expertise.

While credit might be claimed by one leader or the next for the functioning of economic and social systems, ultimately our societies are the end product of generations of cultural evolution supported by co-operation and collaboration.

Over time, groups of experts become embedded within our societies. They become our trusted institutions. Symbols like police badges, military insignia, judges’ robes, stethoscopes and lab coats take on a new significance, conveying and conferring this status.

Symbols become important

Even complex scientific instruments and technology can take on a symbolic meaning beyond their practical utility. These symbols can be used to persuade those inside and outside our group. They can also be used to manipulate our trust.

Like everyone, experts rely on their peers to keep them in check through formal standards and professional organizations. Professions like science, the law and medicine are self-reflective. The debunking of many of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s claims, for example, provides a crucial illustration of this internal regulation.

At their best, these mechanisms ensure that a profession retains its credibility and its access to financial and social resources.

The dangers of failures of trust

The recent hurricane in the United States speaks to concerns about the credibility of professions. Distrust in science played an important role in how people responded to the approach of hurricane Florence. Some residents stayed for practical reasons, including the protection of family, pets and property. Others simply discounted the information or placed their faith in a higher power to protect them.

While this could be seen as an unwavering individualism, it also likely represents a lack of trust in their community and in scientific institutions.

This refusal to defer to the authority of experts and institutions reflects the real cost that breakdowns in social cohesion can have on our lives and our communities. It represents a shift from facts to opinion and rumour.

This isn’t to say institutional flaws should be discounted. While there have been scientific hoaxes, fields like climate science are based on consensus. When choosing to trust others, we must weigh the good and bad. While we cannot ignore misconduct, we must not mistake the actions of a minority for the majority.

Discounting information for temporary reassurance or social gains and supplanting it with bravado and confidence will not make us better decision-makers. We live in the age of data. Only accurate information and successful application will improve our lives and protect us in the future. We need experts and institutions to help us put it to use.

Restructuring our institutions

The vain efforts of China and Rome show us that, despite their symbolism, walls will not keep us safe. They are antiquated solutions to contemporary problems. If we want to avoid a Hobbesian nightmare of all against all, we must regain trust in each other and reverence for our institutions.

We need transparency. Legitimate impediments to rebuilding trust must be identified and acknowledged. Structural inequalities still exist that are associated with race and gender. Although these persistent concerns might be the result of explicit biases, they might also reflect institutional inertia. Rather than attempting to justify them, we must understand these dynamics in order to effectively redress these differences.

Our actions and those of our institutions must be open to question. Questions are a healthy and necessary response to a world filled with uncertainty.

The best decisions are not made by conforming to what we believe are the opinions of our group. We must learn the delicate art of civil discourse and practise authentic dissent.

If we do not question ourselves first, others gladly will.

From the inside, this might appear wasteful and inefficient. From the outside, it might have the appearance of widespread dissent and indecision. That’s democracy.

But when viewed in terms of historical time lines, questioning our own beliefs and those of our group can help us make better decisions. Forecasting the future must be done in terms of decades and centuries, not just election cycles. Whenever possible, we must reason by analogy from the past, compare across cultures and buffer ourselves against the inevitability of unknowns.

Casting a vote for a leader is insufficient. We must hold our leaders to account, regardless of whether we voted for them or against them. We must get involved in our communities, because we are inseparable from them.The Conversation

Jordan Richard Schoenherr, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University

 

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DULUTH, Minn. — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar held a news conference Monday at the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office to highlight her bipartisan Synthetic Abuse and Labeling of Toxic Substances (SALTS) Act that is awaiting the President’s signature as a part of a larger bipartisan bill to help combat the opioid epidemic. Senator Klobuchar was joined by St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin, as well as local law enforcement officials and a Northland man who…
          Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote      Cache   Translate Page      

Tuesday is the last day to register for the midterm election. All applications must be postmarked by October 9. The election is November 6. The Dallas County Board of elections, located in the Dallas County Health and Human Services Building, will be open until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Dallas County Board of elections is on the 8th floor of the health and human services building in Dallas. Usually, someone would go to the 8th floor to register, but on Tuesday, there was a table in the lobby because of the amount of Texans coming in to register.

Tanner Meade had registered last week, but came back today to drop off her husband’s application.

“They don’t know if we are just sitting on the couch talking about it, so we actually have to come out here and make our statement known,” said Meade.

Austin Cotton and Logan Stevens recently moved to Dallas. They came in on the last day to register. Stevens is following the senate race.

“It is one of the closest elections that Texas has had from what I have heard at least in recent history so I figure it is good for me to come out and support my candidate now,” said Stevens.

Cotton talked about why it was important to him to vote.

“There are so many people who have sacrificed for us to have the ability to vote,” said Cotton.

According to the Dallas County Board of Elections, there are already almost 120 thousand additional voters since 2014. Elections workers are busy processing them; 25 part time workers have been hired. Soon, Buddy LaPrade’s will be in pile. He too just beat the deadline.

“Everybody always comes up to me and says don't gripe if you don’t vote, so I am going to vote and hope that I make a difference, said LaPrade.

Colin County and Fort Worth do not have extended voting hours on Tuesday. None were listed on Denton County’s website.



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          140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of October 9, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of October 9, 2018 from Wise Law on Twitter: White House Tells F.B.I. to Interview Anyone Necessary for Kavanaugh InquiryLAX airport to allow marijuana in carry-onsCanada, U.S. reach new NAFTA dealKavanaugh Was Questioned by Police After Bar Fight in 1985Here’s what’s new in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement After student protests, Kavanaugh tells Harvard Law School he won’t teach in JanuaryCan you bring weed onto domestic flights after legalization? Yep FDA seizes thousands of documents from e-cigarette maker Juul Don't take pot on international flights, transport minister warnsIn a first, a suspect is forced by the FBI to unlock an iPhone with his face Trump administration starts denying visas to diplomats’ unmarried same-sex partnersFBI expands inquiry into Ford allegationsSenators are set to see the results of an FBI background check today, with a possible final vote on SaturdayDoug…
          "Weeks ahead of the midterm elections, Republicans have cast the Trump resistance movement as “an angry mob'... a modern incarnation of the law-and-order thrusts Republicans have used before in tough campaigns..."      Cache   Translate Page      
"... most notably 50 years ago, when Richard Nixon used the specter of rioting at the Democratic National Convention to cast the opposing party as the tool of antiwar protesters and violent malcontents.... Earlier this year, when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was denied service at a Virginia restaurant and when Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled by protesters at a Mexican restaurant, Republicans cast Democrats as overreacting and unable to withhold their animus toward Trump.... 'They have encouraged mob rule,' Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said on the Senate floor Friday... Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wondered on Twitter: 'Imagine the coverage on cable news if an angry mob of conservatives stormed the steps of the Supreme Court building.'... At his Saturday night rally in Topeka, Kan., Trump joined in, asserting that 'the radical Democrats have turned into an angry mob.'"I'm…
          Democratic staffer accused of doxxing GOP senators denied bail      Cache   Translate Page      
Jackson Cosko (Linkedin) A former House Democratic staffer accused of posting personal information about a Republican senator online was ordered held without bail Tuesday ahead of his pending trial. Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Jackson Cosko used his work login to post private information about Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, from a computer in a House of Representatives office during the Sept. 27 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Cosko was working as a staffer for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas. He had previously worked with Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and former Sen....
          Prasynovec Adolfa Hitlera poskytl rozhovor: Náš bratr si měl vzít Židovku!      Cache   Translate Page      
Věděli jste, že v Americe žijí poslední z příbuzenstva Adolfa Hitlera? Jeden z nich nedávno poskytl rozhovor, ve kterém prozradil, jak si jejich rodina změnila jméno a jak temné tajemství střežili před veřejností, která by pro své spoluobčany neměla mnoho pochopení. Jakou mezi sebou měli prasynovci vůdce dohodu?
          Flunking College      Cache   Translate Page      
A number of people--invariably Democrats--have been complaining about out Constitutional system lately. For instance, the suddenly famous socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweets "it is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery's power on American today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic."

I'm afraid she's got historical illiteracy to go along with her economic illiteracy.  There are a number of reasons we set up the Electoral College, and there are decent arguments pro and con, but to emphasize slavery's power, and not the fears of small states forced to go along with mob rule (not to mention the Founders being a little frightened of pure democracy) is just weird.

But the complaints don't stop there.  Democrats also want to change the rules of the Senate--why should Wyoming and California get the same number of senators?  Well, whether or not you think this is a good idea, it was a compromise that allowed this nation to be formed.  And, of course, since it can't be changed without the consent of these small states, don't hold your breath.

Then we get to the real bone of contention at present.  They're unhappy with Bret Kavanaugh's confirmation.  There's a tweet going around that wraps it up pretty well:

We are a country where two presidents who both lost the popular vote have now placed four justices on the Supreme Court.  Democracy in action.

Of course, this is all sour grapes. They're not complaining out of principle, but because they believe the system isn't working for them (and the GOP defends the system not out of principle, but because they believe it's a good deal for them).  I bet if we did make radical change, the Democrats might get some unpleasant surprises, and could just as quickly wish for the old days.

In any case, I question their reading of the stats.  Look at the tweet directly above.  They give a false impression of the numbers.  For one thing, George W. Bush actually won a majority of the popular vote in 2004, after which he got to make his two picks for the Supreme Court, Roberts and Alito.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 with only 43% of the vote--far less than Bush or Trump got--yet he followed that election with his two picks for the highest court. (Note he also got less than a majority in his 1996 reelection).  Would the Democrats really be happier if they had been denied Ginsburg and Breyer?
          Bolsonaro, Haddad head for run-off      Cache   Translate Page      

Bolsonaro, Haddad head for run-off

DF-Xinhua Report

Brazil's general elections wrapped up late Sunday and the official final results showed that the right-wing Jair Bolsonaro and his left-leaning rival Fernando Haddad are headed for a run-off later this month.

   Brazil's Superior Electoral Court (TSE) said that the final results, available shortly before 9 p.m. local time (0000 GMT Monday), confirmed that voters will be heading to the polls again for the second round of the presidential election.

   The final tally showed Bolsonaro, from the Social Liberal Party, won 46.1 percent of the votes, while Haddad, from the Workers' Party, had 29.1 percent.

   The elections were "clean, serene, transparent and agile," said Rosa Weber, president of the TSE.

   "The elections took place peacefully and the will of the Brazilian people was comprehensively respected," she added.

   Voter turnout was at 79.67 percent, or about 112 million out of 147 million eligible voters, leaving the abstention rate at 20.33 percent (or more than 28 million people). Voting is mandatory in Brazil.

   Some 91.22 percent of the votes cast were valid, while 2.67 percent of the ballots were left blank and 6.11 percent nullified.

   It requires over 50 percent of the valid votes for a presidential candidate to claim an outright win in the first round of the election. If none of the candidates has secured an absolute majority, a second round will be held.

   On Sunday, Brazilians voted to choose a new president and vice president, 27 governors and vice governors, 54 senators, 513 federal representatives and 1,059 state representatives.

   The TSE said the elections on Sunday ran smoothly throughout the country, with few incidents.

   All Brazilian presidential candidates have already voted in the first round of the general elections.

   Bolsonaro voted on Sunday morning in Rio, accompanied by one of his sons, who is also a politician and is running for the Senate.

   As he left the voting site, the candidate told reporters that he was still not fully healed from the attack he suffered last month.

   Bolsonaro was stabbed in the gut on Sept. 6, as he campaigned in Minas Gerais state. The attacker was immediately arrested and put into jail. Preliminary investigations showed the attacker was a lone wolf, acting out of his own volition.

   Bolsonaro underwent two surgeries and is currently using a colostomy bag. He may have to undergo a third surgery in the near future to take it off.

   In his speech, the candidate reinforced the far-right discourse and made a reference to Venezuela. Though Brazil never actually had a socialist government, Bolsonaro has been using the neighboring country, which is facing severe economic and political problems, as a dire example of what Brazil could become if his rivals win the election.

   "We have had the support of important sectors of society: businessmen, merchants, evangelical leaders, good people in Brazil who want to move away from socialism and do not want to flirt with the Venezuelan regime," he said.

   "People who want a liberal economy, with less State presence, and who want to defend family values. People are realizing that Brazil cannot continue in the direction of socialism; we do not want Brazil to become like Venezuela in the future," he said.

   Haddad voted on Sunday in Sao Paulo, accompanied by his wife, Ana Estela.

   After casting his ballots, Haddad, who replaced iconic former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on the PT ticket, told reporters that he had confidence in his presence in the second round of elections and criticized leading candidate Bolsonaro.

   Haddad said that in the second round, Bolsonaro will not be able to "hide behind his social networks."

   Bolsonaro is somewhat of a social media phenomenon, with millions of followers comparing him to a Messiah, especially after he was stabbed during a campaign event in early September.

   Even before the attack, Bolsonaro had declared he would not attend any debates, after some poor performances. After the attack, he was in the hospital and later recovering at home. Despite not going to debates, he gave several interviews and made a number of Facebook livestreams.

   "He has great difficulty in debates," Haddad said. "He would have great difficulties to debate in the second round. He has no team, he has no project."

   The Sustainability Network Party's Marina Silva voted in her home state of Acre, accompanied by her husband and sister. After voting, she talked about her campaign and criticized the excessive polarization of Brazilian politics, represented by the candidacies of Bolsonaro and Haddad, the two top-ranked candidates in polls.

   "Brazil is going through a very serious political, economic, social crisis, and a crisis of values as well. The two parties which are now engaging in this polarization are not an alternative for the Brazilian society," she said.

   Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB)'s Geraldo Alckmin voted in Sao Paulo, where he served as governor. He was accompanied by his wife Lu Alckmin and political allies.

   The Socialism and Freedom Party's Guilherme Boulos also voted in Sao Paulo and asked electors not to vote out of hate.

   "We cannot fool around with the country almost falling from a cliff. No more dictatorship," he said. "Do not put hate in the ballot. Put in your dreams and hopes."

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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
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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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          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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          3 Things the Church Must Do to Survive in This Culture      Cache   Translate Page      

In November, I will celebrate 50 years of being given the joy and privilege of ministering. It is and always will be the best thing that God could ever have called me to do with my life.

Over the years I've witnessed incredible miracles and walked through challenging wilderness seasons. These mountaintop and valley seasons have taught me a great deal about myself, my God and His kingdom, and they have caused me to grow and stretch in ways I never could have foreseen at the outset of my ministry career. As I look back, it's clear that my most significant lessons could be summed up in these six words of advice:

1. Be bold.

2. Be broken.

3. Be bright.

While studying the life of David and his desire for the presence of God in his life and in the lives of His people, I realized that throughout every battle and conflict, you can find the evidence of boldness, brokenness and brightness in him. These characteristics in David are what I believe made him a man after God's own heart, and they are why God was able to use him to impact the world around him, including his government. They are what will allow you and me to make an impact on our churches, our communities and our nation too.

As I was watching the Senate hearing in Washington this week, my heart was broken for where we are as a country. We are broken, divided and hostile toward each other. The enemy is saying the church is bigoted, racist, and condescending and that we doubt the Word of God. The devil wants people to believe the church is a thing of the past, so he whispers lies that cause people to question why we would pay attention to something written thousands of years ago. As for believers, even among our ranks there is little evidence of brokenness before the living, mighty, and holy God. There are very few who are willing to humble themselves and repent, or embrace God's love. Each side is flush with boldness but woefully lacking in the other two characteristics that made David so successful.

I am not at all saying the church should step back, stifling its voice in an attempt to find this balance. On the contrary. We cannot take responsibility for the actions and reactions of those with whom we are at odds, but we have a mandate to serve God obediently—and that service requires our boldness and brokenness before Him, even if it makes us uncomfortable.

Although most people who know me today wouldn't easily believe it, I was painfully shy as a child. Because of that shyness, when I was called upon to do bold things, I would cry. But here's the thing: Crying never stopped me. Even when I felt embarrassed of the spotlight or longed to disappear into the background, I knew I couldn't walk away from what I had been called to do, even if stepping out and being boldly obedient would bring painful tears that might make me the subject of ridicule. Before long I realized an important lesson, one I want you to consider today: Through my tears came the greatest breakthroughs of my life.

When our boldness comes out of brokenness before our God, the light of His presence breaks through, allowing the lost world around us to see the brightness of His glory.

The world wants to see Jesus, and right now they are more ready for Him than the church is ready for the world. But God is bringing balance to this area. I believe God is breaking the times of leanness of Spirit, and we get to witness it firsthand. He is clearing the air of a lot of junk in America. Don't be surprised but rather rejoice when you hear of outpourings of the Holy Spirit. God is birthing Holy Spirit boldness in the church, but it will only come out brokenness and humility. Watch, see, and move by faith as He releases the brightness of His glory.

The church in our nation must step up and show the world who God truly is and what the power of His love can do in our broken world. We must show them who we really are—bold, broken and bright with the love and light of Christ, the morning star.

Here's another way to put it: "You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:16, MSG). {eoa}

Mikel French has challenged spiritual awakening all across America, where many celebrations extended into multiple weeks, and has conducted celebrations in France, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Haiti, Japan, Singapore, India and Thailand. He conducted an outreach celebration in Manila, Philippines, reaching 200,000 teenagers with the Book of Hope. Through the generous support of partners, he has presented the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the nation of Russia through televised citywide soul-winning celebrations. Mikel considers it an honor to assist in conducting the annual pastor's conference, where thousands of pastors from Russia's 11 time zones come for training, teaching and equipping. Mikel and his wife, Marsha, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


          O'Rourke to appear solo in CNN town hall      Cache   Translate Page      
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) has declined an offer to participate in an upcoming CNN town hall while his Democratic Senate challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke has agreed to participate, according to the network."Sen. Ted Cruz...
          Election Countdown: Big fundraising numbers in fight for Senate | Haley resigns in surprise move | Says she will back Trump in 2020 | Sanders hitting midterm trail | Collins becomes top Dem target | Takeaways from Indiana Senate debate      Cache   Translate Page      
House candidates have been announcing jaw-dropping fundraising hauls, a trend we're now seeing in the battle for the Senate.
          Trump dismisses talk of Graham joining Cabinet      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump on Tuesday dismissed talk of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joining his Cabinet, telling reporters that he believes the senator "wants to stay right where he is.""Certainly I would," Trump said when a...
          McConnell torches 'far-left mob' over Kavanaugh fight      Cache   Translate Page      
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday knocked the "far-left mob" for the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, arguing critics were still trying to target the justice."The madne...
          Sen. Martin says Rep. Ziogas lied to seniors      Cache   Translate Page      
State Senator Henri Martin Oct. 4 in a press release refuted claims that Connecticut Democrats were the architects of the state income tax cut on Social Security income. “I have always been honest with my constituents about my party’s proposals,…
          Professors discuss gendered politics of Senate hearings      Cache   Translate Page      
Thursday, Oct. 5, government and gender, sexuality and women’s studies professor Claire McKinney, government professor Christine Nemacheck, and gender, sexuality and women’s studies and English professor Jenny Putzi gathered in Tyler Hall to discuss Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated to the Supreme Court by U.S. President Donald Trump, stands accused of sexual […]
          Community responds to Kavanaugh hearings: Amnesty International calls on Rowe to publicly support survivors      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S. Senate confirmed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Oct. 6 in a 50-48 vote. This vote sparked a national conversation. Late in the summer, allegations arose that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when they were both in high school. These allegations, and others that arose, were at the heart of the confirmation […]
          Trump’tan Senato'nun akladığı, Kavanaugh’a başkanlık özürü      Cache   Translate Page      
Trump’tan Senato'nun akladığı, Kavanaugh’a başkanlık özürü
ABD Başkanı Trump’ın aday gösterdiği yargıç Kavanaugh, Yüksek Mahkeme’ye seçilerek yemin etti. Trump, ABD adına hakkındaki cinsel saldırı iddiaları için özür diledi. 
          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."

4:00pm on Friday, October 12th 2018


          Texas Purges Thousands Of Voters To Help Ted Cruz Win Re-Election      Cache   Translate Page      

New reports show that several thousand newly-registered voters in the state of Texas have been illegally purged from the state’s voting rolls, a move that will certainly benefit struggling incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. The state has seen a surge in new voter registrations, and that is never a good sign for Republicans, which helps explain […]

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          PwC and Cred Partner to Develop Cryptocurrency Trading Technology      Cache   Translate Page      
PwC Cred

Global professional services firm PwC has partnered with decentralized lending platform Cred to boost trust in the cryptocurrency space and bring in more traders by advancing stablecoin technology.

PwC consists of several different financial firms and spans across 158 countries. The company currently boasts over 200,000 employees serving in quality assurance, advisory and tax service positions.

Founded by former PayPal technologists Dan Schatt and Lu Hua, Cred seeks to offer open access to cryptocurrency-based credit options, regardless of where the seeker may reside. With offices in Munich, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sydney and Singapore, the company has utilized the blockchain to secure over $250 million in lending capital for its clients.

Speaking with Bitcoin Magazine, Schatt describes the partnership as a milestone in the crypto industry. “This is one of the first times PwC has formed a joint business relationship with a company focused on the blockchain and crypto,” he explains.

“We’re looking to help people borrow crypto the way they would fiat and treat it like any other asset class. If you go to any bank, it won’t offer crypto loans because it doesn’t acknowledge crypto as a real asset class. This is bad because we need new ways of looking at custody and lending, and this is the first time a big accounting firm has said it would work with a company in this space.”

One of the biggest problems facing cryptocurrency is volatility. Schatt says that volatility exists because the crypto market lacks liquidity, and trading can frequently result in price swings. Many institutional investors refuse to get involved out of concern that their funds will disappear due to crypto’s consistent price drops.

Several have expressed that they would be less worried if virtual assets were tied to fiat currencies like the U.S. dollar, making them stablecoins. The trouble is that such currencies require a reserve ledger built for fully decentralized assets that can provide value substantiation and transparency.

PwC is seeking to provide education to both investors and startups alike that discusses how this technology can advance. In addition, PwC will offer insight on factors ranging from security and risk management to governance and control to potentially improve upon present industry practices.

Schatt is confident further development of stablecoins will increase the level of transparency in the crypto market and boost the economy by getting more mainstream investors involved.

“If you can get a stablecoin that’s very transparent and tied to USD, for example, that’s a very powerful confidence booster,” he states. “Imagine, also, that you can get out of a rapidly depreciating currency and get into something that’s giving you a return on your money between two and five percent. That’s truly powerful.”

Cred is also a founding member of the Universal Protocol (UP) Alliance. Supporters of the organization include Blockchain at Berkley and Brave, whose CEO Brendan Eich recently penned a letter to a U.S. Senate committee asking that GDPR-like standards be implemented in the United States.

The Alliance presently serves as a major platform for the creation, management and distribution of stablecoins, and works to push mass adoption by introducing new kinds of safeguards that make virtual currencies more convenient and practical. These tactics include inheritability, private key recovery and even loss assurance.

Schatt says that lending in crypto is precisely what allows Cred to garner so many funds for its clients. Several traditional lenders enforce long and complicated processes when acquiring money for customers. In addition, factors like interest rates are always going to differ depending on the fiat currency being issued and the individual terms of the lender.

He explains, however, that while credit and background checks are inevitable, Cred’s procedure for securing capital is simpler in that cryptocurrencies possess the same properties no matter where you are. Thus, the interest rates for Cred’s loans do not change, and people have more opportunity to secure their money and pay it back with ease.

“If you own a home, you have to value it in all kinds of different ways, but bitcoin has the same properties no matter what, so we can potentially offer the same level of interest to all customers,” he assures.

Bitcoin Magazine also reached out to PwC for comment, but did not receive a response.


This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.


          Brett Kavanaugh’s First Day on the Bench Was Disturbingly Normal      Cache   Translate Page      

On Monday night, Donald Trump led the entire U.S. Supreme Court into an ambush. At a ceremonial swearing-in for Trump’s latest appointee, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the president launched into a political diatribe that made a majority of the court visibly uncomfortable. “On behalf of our nation,” Trump declared, “I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure.” He decried the “campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception,” and asserted that Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent” of sexual assault allegations. Then he praised Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Susan Collins, the latter of whom he credited for supporting Kavanaugh in a “brave and eloquent speech.”

Fifteen hours after this GOP pep rally, the justices assembled at the Supreme Court to hear arguments in two criminal sentencing cases, marking the first time Kavanaugh took his new seat on the bench. If Chief Justice John Roberts hadn’t formally welcomed his new colleague—“We wish you a long and happy career in our common calling”—it would’ve been tough to tell that anything had changed. The justices settled into their groove, and Kavanaugh jumped into the action, seemingly right at home. While the rest of the country continues to convulse over his confirmation, the justices seem determined to move past Monday’s partisan spectacle and go about their business as usual.

This projection of continuity—of legitimacy, really—stood in remarkable contrast to the bizarre White House event the entire court had been forced to endure. Before waxing lyrical about his Republican allies, Trump thanked each member of the court individually for attending the ceremony. The justices, unsure how to respond to this scripted demonstration of gratitude, took turns awkwardly acknowledging the president. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg looked up, then away from Trump. Justice Stephen Breyer flashed a nervous grin. Justice Samuel Alito appeared to be in physical pain.

After that, the justices mostly clasped their hands together and stared at the ground. They looked uneasy before Trump started commending the (Republican) lawmakers who’d helped elevate Kavanaugh to the bench. Once those blandishments began, the justices either held their applause or clapped with polite restraint, like a parent applauding someone else’s kid at a recital. Only Justice Clarence Thomas, a friend of the Trump administration, heartily applauded each politician, clapping with special vigor for Mitch McConnell.

It’s safe to assume that none of the justices expected to be used as props at a small-scale Trump rally. (“Joining us for tonight’s ceremony is every sitting Supreme Court justice!” Trump announced before the painful thank-a-thon.) Justice Neil Gorsuch’s 2017 White House ceremony was, by comparison, a muted affair; back then, Trump refrained from attacking Democrats or exalting in the glory of every Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Kavanaugh’s confirmation was much harder fought than Gorsuch’s and hit closer to home for Trump. The accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh clearly rankled the president on a personal level. And he couldn’t resist reminding Democrats that their “lies and deception” had failed to foil his second Supreme Court pick.

The justices looked much more comfortable as they filed onto the bench Tuesday morning. Before arguments began, Kavanaugh chatted amiably with his new seatmate, Justice Elena Kagan; the two whispered and laughed like old friends. When Kavanaugh asked his questions, he appeared determined to prove he was prepared, even citing the exact page of a precedent to prove a point. But he was also respectful to his colleagues and courteous with attorneys—a stark contrast with Gorsuch’s notorious early days on the bench, when he subtweeted Alito and talked over everyone.

Tuesday’s cases are not blockbusters, but they will provide a glimpse into what kind of conservative Kavanaugh will be: a law-and-order stickler (like Alito) or a libertarian formalist (like Gorsuch). Both involve the Armed Career Criminal Act, a draconian federal law that jacks up sentences for repeat offenders. ACCA is plagued by maddeningly hazy language, and the court has already lopped off a key provision, ruling that it violated due process. The latest cases require the court to determine how much “physical force” a defendant must employ during the commission of his crime to qualify for ACCA’s sentence enhancement and whether burglary of a vehicle triggers its penalties.

ACCA’s only consistent defender on the Supreme Court is Alito, who did not attempt to conceal his frustration with the court’s gradual demolition of the law. “You’re not exactly on a winning streak here in ACCA cases,” Alito told Erica Ross, a government attorney. “You might have gotten a hint that a majority of the court really hates ACCA and is picking it apart bit by bit by bit.” He added: “In my humble opinion, in this area, we have made one royal mess. Maybe we ought to go back and correct our own mess.”

Alito must have been pleased, then, when Kavanaugh asked a series of questions that evinced skepticism toward criminal defense attorneys’ efforts to narrow ACCA’s scope. Kavanaugh is not a tactical questioner; he doesn’t try to shatter an argument he disagrees with and bolster one he likes. But he was notably deferential to the Justice Department lawyers who are trying to prop up ACCA—another stark comparison with Gorsuch, who peppered the DOJ attorneys with sharp inquiries.

Although everybody leaned forward in anticipation the first few times Kavanaugh spoke up, he seemed like an old hand. The other justices slipped into their routines, too. Ginsburg quibbled with Alito. Breyer asked a quixotic, multipart question that was really more of a cry for help. Justice Sonia Sotomayor leaned over and pinched Gorsuch to illustrate a hypothetical, and Gorsuch made a funny face. Thomas leaned back and closed his eyes for several minutes.

The court, in short, tried very hard to ignore the months of political warfare and emotional agony that preceded Kavanaugh’s admission to its private club. Democrats hoping for the liberal bloc to disregard or ostracize the newest justice will be sorely disappointed. These justices recognize that Kavanaugh throws the court’s legitimacy in peril, and are eager to shore up its institutional prestige. That requires playing nice with Kavanaugh. These justices could have declined their invite to the White House on Monday night or given their new colleague the cold shoulder on Tuesday morning. They did not. Instead, they embraced him as one of their own.

Progressives may find Kavanaugh’s warm reception at the court objectionable, even repulsive. They may believe that, by treating him with such respect, the liberal justices are legitimizing him, helping him to cast off the cloud of doubt that followed him to the bench. But these justices do not want to lose any hope of grabbing his vote in a closely divided case—and they all place the court’s eminence above their own proclivities. A large portion of the country may still condemn him. But within the Supreme Court, there will be no resistance to Justice Kavanaugh.


          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.”


          McConnell torches 'far-left mob' over Kavanaugh fight      Cache   Translate Page      
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday knocked the "far-left mob" for the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, arguing critics were still trying to target the justice. "The madness hasn't stopped. They are...
          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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          New Ford witness not interviewed by FBI says he can corroborate her story; There’s just one problem      Cache   Translate Page      

Actually, let’s make that two problems. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Late Friday, just two days before the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys delivered a letter to the Senate written by one Keith Koegler, who identifies himself as a friend of Ford. Koegler doesn’t give […]

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The Texas Senate seat remains up in the air, as polls repeatedly have shown the race to be close enough to keep an eye on. With just a month until the election, voters are becoming more settled in their decision, and the question is whether or not the historically red state will stay that way. […]

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 CCR a admis parțial sesizarea președintelui Klaus Iohannis pe Legea privind Statutul deputaţilor și senatorilor, articolul care permite parlamentarilor să intermedieze relaţia dintre cetăţeni şi potenţiali investitori cu administraţia public, fiind neconstituțional.Judecătorii CCR au decis, marți, ... (continuare)

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On the radio show today we talked extensively about the bombshell Fox News story about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s handling of a physical/sexual investigation involving a Native American school back in the 1990’s when she was Attorney General. Also Chris Edwards from the Cato Institute talked about their ranking North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum as the...

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Rand Paul Worried Political Rhetoric May Result in Assassinations Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), warned Tuesday that he’s worried a politician could be assassinated because of the divisive political atmosphere hanging over Washington, DC. “I feel that there is going to be an assassination. I really worry that someone is going to be killed and that […]

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File photo of voting booths. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)Voters threatened by Hurricane Michael will get an extra day to register to vote ahead of the state's closely-watched races for governor and U.S. Senate.
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Fake news!!! JT is clcik baiting readers! Here is the real story. ——— “Midterm election increasing voter registration interest in Tennessee, say officials Holly Meyer Updated 3:13 p.m. CT Oct. 9, 2018 Today is the final day to register to vote in Tennessee if you want to have a say in those Nov. 6 races. Historically, the last day before the deadline is the state's biggest for voter registrations and that is not expected to be any different this year, said Mark Goins, the coordinator of elections for Tennessee. But overall, this midterm election is motivating more people to sign up, he said. "Interest is definitely higher without a doubt," Goins said. But with so many contested races, including those for governor and the open U.S. Senate seat, Goins expected this would be a high-interest midterm. "It's a different midterm," Goins said. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/tn-elections/2018/10/09/election-officials-say-midterm-election-increasing-voter-registration-interest-taylor-swift/1576500002/
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<i>Do you know that the Senators who voted for lying party boy Bart represent only 44% of the American population? That’s OK with you?</i> <i>I find it highly ironic that people like you, Olly, pretend to be patriots and to respect the “rule of law” <b>but really don’t understand the meaning of these concepts.</i></b> Get back to me if you ever figure out the whole electoral college and state's rights thingy.
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Amidst the recent grand jury report which concludes more than 300 priests sexually abused over 1000 children since the 1950’s, Fr. Matthew Carnes, S.J. advises us to: “[continue doing] what you are doing.” For Georgetown, that means: “lets continue our silly pretense of a Catholic identity, despite the growing evidence of its burden.” Every semester at Georgetown University seemingly provokes new ire from continually bewildered archdioceses or religious groups that condemn Georgetown’s already secular culture. There is no shortage of these incidents, which are often provoked by the conduct of Georgetown’s administrative personnel! Such was the case upon Georgetown University’s recent approval of the Living Learning Community for “safely exploring issues of gender and sexuality”, an administrative decision seemingly denounced by all tabloids. The Washington Times headlined the story with “Shenanigans in sex at Georgetown U” and Lifesite News called the decision “a startling move for a university that claims to be Catholic”. Such was the case when Love Saxa, a pro-heterosexual marriage student group, risked defunding by Georgetown University for defending the Catholic Church’s traditional view of marriage, a debacle which culminated with legal action when Love Saxa alleged Georgetown University misappropriated donations intended for their group by depositing these funds into the accounts of other student groups. Chad Pecknold, a theology professor at the Catholic University of America, commented: “I suppose the question for Georgetown is whether they think Catholic kids can still be Catholic there.” Such was the case when the Georgetown Alumni Association conferred Senator Dick Durbin with the Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award for “[rendering] outstanding and exemplary service to his/her profession or community” the day after he was banned from Holy Communion for supporting abortion rights. Bishop Thomas Paprocki called the proceedings “shameful” and further commented, “In a sense it’s nothing new [from Georgetown].” Such was the case when a student group invited former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, disliked by conservatives for supporting abortion rights and former President Obama’s contraception insurance mandate, to deliver a speech at Georgetown’s annual awards ceremony. An editorial in the District of Columbia’s archdiocesan newspaper called the decision “a disappointment but not a surprise” and reads, “Georgetown has undergone a secularization, due in no small part to the fact that much of its leadership and faculty find their inspiration in sources other than the Gospel and Catholic teaching.” Such was the case when Georgetown University covered the monogram “IHS”—symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ—on a stage pediment before former President Obama delivered a speech at Georgetown in 2009. Patrick Reilly, then President of the Cardinal Newman Society, called the incident an “outrageous example of a Catholic university sacrificing principle for prestige.” How many more of these incidents will Georgetown endure before action is taken? It’s hard to imagine a platitude other than that offered by Matthew Carnes that is more tepid and stupid amidst the circumstances.
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Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton joined me this morning: Audio: 10-09hhs-cotton Transcript: HH: Joined now by United States Senator Tom Cotton. Senator, good morning. We have no time to talk baseball, unfortunately. TC: Yeah, Hugh, your Indians had a tough run of it, safe to say, but hey, your Browns won the ugliest football game in recent times. HH: Baker, Baker, touchdown maker. But let’s get to the key thing. And I remind people Senator Cotton, before he became a politician, and after he is a Harvard-trained lawyer, walked point for patrol in the suburbs and the city of Baghdad during the surge as an Army Ranger in command of soldiers. And so I don’t believe the demonstrators or the screaming mobs would have intimidated you or Todd Young or Joni Ernst or Dan Sullivan, any of the combat veterans. But what was it like last week in the Senate? And what does that say, in the hallways of the Senate buildings, and what does that say about what’s going on in politics?…
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Light in Darkness
by David Palumbo-Liu | @palumboliu | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile)

It’s actually a very small gesture, but it was one that I thought made a lot of sense and that would carry me through the days, and years to come.  I decided to get a tattoo a few days before the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh, as I saw hopes of justice fade.  So now, on my left forearm, there is a tattoo that reads “Fiat Lux,” which means, “Let There Be Light.”  It comes from the Bible, Genesis 1:3—“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.  And God seeing that light was good, God separated the light from the darkness.”  It is also the motto of the University of California, where I was educated.  In that context it refers to something like an Enlightenment principle—that education can illuminate the world for us and lend us understanding.  It is also an expression that supporters of victims of sexual violence have used.  
Kavanaugh’s confirmation—despite credible testimony of his sexual violence and numerous cases of perjury—ushers in an extremely dark period in US history.  The FBI investigation—that was supposed to shed light on the accusations and rebuttals of two individuals with diametrically opposed versions of the truth--was rushed, constrained, and made extremely narrow by the White House.  Key people who said they had close knowledge of the candidate and evidence to prove it were not interviewed by the FBI.  In an effort to reach the eyes and ears of the senators who would decide on Kavanaugh’s fitness for office, thousands of lawyers, the American Law Association, church groups, survivors’ rights groups, Yale graduates, the Dean of the Yale Law School, and even a former Supreme Court Justice nominated by a Republican president advised against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.  Their reasons went far beyond the alleged sexual violence—they focused on Kavanaugh’s behavior and his evasions upon even being questioned.  This evidence was plain to see for anyone who had access to the Internet or a television.  His partisan bias, his contempt for due process, and his antagonism toward women were all patently clear, as was his inability to control his temper, even to save his own cause.  Yet all that was plain to see was buried under a deeply flawed process and spun into lies.  Darkness, darkness, darkness.  Not light.  And the darkness is spreading.
Donald Trump has adopted Ronald Reagan’s tactic of infusing our core institutions with people who bear animus toward those very institutions. Trump seeks to destroy from within.  Regulatory agencies are now led by people who despise regulation.  The protection of the environment has been given over to someone who hates the environment—he sees it simply as something else to be monetized. The Secretary of the Department of Education is a for-profit “educator” who likewise sees students as customers and teachers as workers to be bullied and intimidated into teaching the lesson plans she decrees to be “useful.”   And now the scales of justice will be balanced by an intemperate perjurer and an alleged sexual harasser. The rot starts at the core and works its way out.
Any attempt to shine a light into those depths—to cut through the obfuscation and sophistry--is met with violence and contempt.  When confronted by protesters who screamed to be heard, demanded to remind senators that Kavanaugh had lied to them and to the world sequentially, they were told to “grow up” by Senator Orin Hatch.
What he means of course is that they, and we, accept the bitter and cynical and dark version of the world that this administration has produced and maintained.  To give up “youthful” idealism.  But in his famous essay, “What is Enlightenment,” Immanuel Kant had a very different notion of youth and maturity.  He told people to stop being children, youths, in following the marching orders of authority—the church and the state.  Kant believed that “adulthood” meant exerting one’s own critical and rational capacities to ascertain for oneself what was true.  In this case, Enlightenment means standing up for oneself and not bowing to power.  Not accepting the idea that darkness is light, that there are “alternate facts,” and that, according to the President’s lawyer, there is no such thing as the truth.
My greatest fear is that children growing up today will accept the horrible dark, un-Enlightened frame that is now in place as the norm. This norm says that mendacity from the mouths of some people is excusable, that cruelty at the expense of others is comic, that critical thinking itself is inconsequential.
The fact that thousands protested, agitated, and led the way in civil disobedience, and lent their voices of rage and indignation to each other gives me hope.  But the most important kind of hope lies not in sporadic marches and protests.  It comes back to the idea that we carry goodness and the hunger for justice inside us, and that in so doing--in acting as if decency, goodness, empathy, mattered to us--we give support to those who feel the same.  We need to embody, especially in times of crisis but also and importantly in every day encounters and instances, those things that are part of the world we wish to retain and nurture, and not let be submerged in darkness. In that we repudiate the inevitability of darkness and carry light with us.
Aidan Hill writes in UC Berkeley’s student newspaper, The Daily Cal, a passage worth quoting at length: 
…now more than ever we must take to the streets and demand justice for all survivors regardless of how they identify. As the founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke states, it’s time for us to show up “in person with our feet to the streets to say we won’t be treated this way and we won’t stand for another survivor to be treated this way.” The time is now to declare that we, especially students, are not put on this earth for anyone’s consumption, entertainment or impregnation; we are here to learn how to love ourselves.
Fellow students of UC Berkeley, please do not forget that while they have guns, we have flowers — and through the concrete, we will bloom. Our greatest strength is our community. From People’s Park to the Lawrence Hall of Science, for 150 years Berkeley has pioneered a way forward, bringing the hard light of knowledge and resistance to our world. Citizens of Berkeley, the time is now to remember our history and resistance. We must remember that the fight for free speech was a fight for silence breakers demanding to be heard. And we are not going back into the silence. Fiat Lux.
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 David Palumbo-Liu is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor at Stanford University

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WASHINGTON -- Of course Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was angry.When he was about to win confirmation, Senate Democrats produced an accusation from his high school years more than three decades old. Partisans and like-minded journalists automatica
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A day before early voting started in Montana Republican US Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale kicked off a 15 city tour in Missoula, and incumbent Senator Jon Tester stopped by his Kalispell campaign office before returning to work in Washington.
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James O’Keefe and his team at Project Veritas Action released a new damning video on Monday that targets the Oregon Governor, Kate Brown. The video is the first in what James calls “election coverage” that will target corrupt Governors and eventually Senators as we head towards the midterm elections. O’Keefe changed the 2016 election with […]

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          Blasey Ford Caves: Legal Team Shuts Down Further Investigation into Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page      
Reported By Bryan Chai | October 7, 2018 at 9:58am URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/blasey-ford-caves-legal-team-shuts-investigation-kavanaugh/ And so the Brett Kavanaugh scandal has ended — not with a bang, but a whimper. That could change, of course, if Democrats continue their crusade to remove the judge should they take the Senate after midterms. But as far as the […]
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Commentary By Amy Swearer | October 7, 2018 at 3:56pm URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/opinion-scenes-kavanaugh-clash-media-badly-missed/ Friday morning, as the Senate prepared to vote to advance Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, I took a field trip with some of our interns. It wasn’t anything intensive — just a lap around the Capitol to observe the anti-Kavanaugh […]
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In case you missed it, over the weekend  Taylor Swift made headlines for breaking her political silence for the first time in her career. on Sunday night, via an Instagram post, Swift threw her support behind Democratic candidates, Phil Bredesen, for Senate, and Jim Cooper for the US House in the […]

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          Senate Bill 652 Printer's Number 2020      Cache   Translate Page      
An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in arson, criminal mischief and other property destruction, providing for the offense of critical infrastructure vandalism; and, in burglary and other criminal intrusion, further providing for the offense of criminal trespass.An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in arson, criminal mischief and other property destruction, providing for the offense of critical infrastructure vandalism; and, in burglary and other criminal intrusion, further providing for the offense of criminal trespass. - Environmental Resources & Energy, October 10, 2018 - This bill amends Title 18 to add the offense of a critical infrastructure facility trespasser.
          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
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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.

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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 announced the lifting of a ban on summer sales of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, at a closed-door meeting at the White House, Republican senators told reporters after the meeting. The announcement caps a months-long effort by the White House to thread the needle between rival corn and oil industry interests, by boosting ethanol...
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WASHINGTON, Oct 9- The top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee has asked Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Super Micro Computer Inc for staff briefings about a Bloomberg report that the Chinese government implanted malicious hardware into server motherboards provided by Super Micro. Senator John Thune said in letters made public on Tuesday to the...
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Trump announced the lifting of a ban on summer sales of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, at a closed-door meeting at the White House, Republican senators told reporters after the meeting. The announcement caps a months-long effort by the White House to thread the needle between rival corn and oil industry interests, in an attempt to boost...
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I primi cittadini assistevano al dibattito sul taglio dei finanziamenti alle periferie. Hanno gridato "vergogna" e indossato le fasce tricolori. Poco dopo sono stati riammessi. Renzi e il Pd attaccano: "Bella la democrazia al tempo dei Cinque Stelle". 


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Former Secretary of State John Kerry said what he calls “tribalism” in government is threatening our democracy. He told an audience at Yale University Monday that he believes the destruction of the traditions of the Senate has put compromise out of reach in current politics.
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          McConnell blasts Hillary Clinton for preaching no civility with GOP      Cache   Translate Page      
In the wake of divisive confirmation battle for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday after she told CNN that Democrats should be unwilling to be "civil" with Republicans because the GOP wants to "destroy" what Democrats believe in.

          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.

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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.


          Povolební jednání v Plzni. ANO i ODS usilují o post primátora      Cache   Translate Page      
V Plzni se v úterý poprvé sešly na povolebním vyjednávání dvě nejsilnější strany vzešlé z komunálních voleb - ANO a ODS. ANO volilo 22,2 procenta lidí, ODS 22,11 procenta, což oběma vyneslo 13 mandátů. Obě strany trvají na tom, že v nové koalici pro sebe získají primátora, řekl lídr ANO Roman Zarzycký a lídr ODS Martin Baxa.
          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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          (Video) Let’s go to Kaduna Central market, you won’t come out unscathed – El-Rufai dares Sani      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 [...]

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          Comment on The ABC “was at war with itself” before Michelle Guthrie was fired by TomL      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Senator Murray releases statement on climate change report      Cache   Translate Page      
On heels of United Nations report, Washington Senator Murray (D) urged leaders to believe in science, accept realities of climate change, and stop propping up special interests that she says are making global warming worse.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report yesterday. It claims the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030.

The report claims that when the threshold is reached it will precipitate the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people.

Today, Senator Murray released the following statement.

"This report drives home the stark reality that it's no longer acceptable to treat climate change like a problem for future generations to solve. The devastating effects of climate change are here. They are unfolding in real-time, on our front door steps and in the communities we love, from increasingly brutal hurricanes that batter our coasts, to worsening public health, to longer, more intense wildfires seasons that devastate the West on an annual basis. What's particularly sobering in this new report is that from here things only get worse, much worse, if we do not act immediately and aggressively, and that the communities that will be hit the hardest are those that are already the most vulnerable. The United States, with our economic strength and unmatched scientific know-how, can and absolutely should be a leader in what must be a global all-hands-on-deck effort. It's long past time that those in positions of power across this great nation actually believe in science, accept the realities of climate change, and stop propping up well-connected special interests that reap huge profits off of making global warming worse."

According to the report, the world would need to cut emissions of carbon dioxide by 45% from 2010 levels and reach "net zero" around 2050 to stave off the predicted disasters. It order to reduce those levels, the report states it would require changes in energy, industry, buildings, transportation and cities.

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          "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…"
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/

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          Hurricane threat is political opportunity for Florida's Scott      Cache   Translate Page      
As Hurricane Michael bears down on Florida, the state's candidates for U.S. Senate and governor called a timeout on campaigning, a move that may pay political dividends for Governor Rick Scott.

          GOP's Kavanaugh Victory Is A Midterm Motivator, Lotter Says      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court over the weekend, ending a toxic confirmation process. The 50-48 Senate vote to confirm was one of the closest in history, and it fell largely along party lines, with only one Republican voting against Kavanaugh and one Democrat voting in his favor. Now there's debate over how Kavanaugh's appointment might impact the midterm elections in November. And joining us now is Marc Lotter. He's a former special assistant to President Trump and also an adviser to the president's 2020 campaign. He joins us from our New York studios. Mr. Lotter, good morning. MARC LOTTER: Good morning. Thanks for having me. GREENE: Well, thanks for coming on. So I know President Trump is going to be holding rallies in support of Republican candidates throughout this month as we get closer to the election. How will Justice Kavanaugh's appointment play into his message? LOTTER: I think it'll be a major
          News Brief: Supreme Court, Pompeo Trip, Missing Saudi Journalist      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: The three-month confirmation fight is over, and Brett Kavanaugh is the newest associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Yesterday he was in his chambers preparing for oral arguments before this newly constituted court. NOEL KING, HOST: But there is still a lot of bitterness over this process. Republican Senator Susan Collins was on CNN yesterday defending her vote to put Kavanaugh on the court. Collins, who's a moderate, says she was convinced Kavanaugh will not overturn a woman's right to get an abortion. (SOUNDBITE OF CNN BROADCAST) SUSAN COLLINS: He says for a precedent - a long-established precedent like Roe to be overturned, it would have to have been grievously wrong and deeply inconsistent. He noted that Roe had been reaffirmed 19 years later by Planned Parenthood v. Casey. He said it should be extremely rare that it be overturned. GREENE: OK, a lot of questions about whether this appointment will change the court.
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          Clinton: You can't be civil with a party that wants to destroy what you stand for      Cache   Translate Page      
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said "civility can start again" in the United States only if Democrats win back the House or the Senate in November's midterm elections.Clinton, who made the comments in an interview with CNN, added that "you cannot...
          Record number of Texans register to vote amid tight Senate race      Cache   Translate Page      
A record number of Texas residents have registered to vote in the November midterm elections, according to state officials.According to the secretary of state’s office, almost 15.7 million Texans were registered as of Monday, marking an 11 percent...
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The fiasco may cost Democrats their chance to retake the Senate.
          Podcast: Heitkamp’s Handling of Sex Abuse Case in the 1990’s, Burgum’s Fiscal Record, Opposition to Measure 3      Cache   Translate Page      

On the radio show today we talked extensively about the bombshell Fox News story about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s handling of a physical/sexual investigation involving a Native American school back in the 1990’s when she was Attorney General. Also Chris Edwards from the Cato Institute talked about their ranking North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum as the...

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          Report: As Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp Didn’t Push for Prosecution of Sexual Assault and Abuse in the 1990’s      Cache   Translate Page      

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who is seeking re-election in November, in Rutland, N.D., Oct. 7, 2018. In North Dakota and other farm states, the partisan divide over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats. (Annie Flanagan/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

A bit of a bombshell from Fox News this morning: North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp did not push to prosecute individuals responsible for physical and sexual abuse of students when she was the state’s Attorney General, with one accused school employee subsequently sexually assaulting a child. Heitkamp, who served as the North Dakota’s attorney general...

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          How Can Heitkamp’s Vote Against Kavanaugh Be Both Politically Risky and the Right Vote for North Dakota?      Cache   Translate Page      

Signs outside of Rutland, N.D., Oct. 7, 2018. In North Dakota and other farm states, the partisan divide over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats. (Annie Flanagan/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

There’s no question that the debate over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has put Senator Heidi Heitkamp in some hot political water. As I wrote in my Sunday print column, it was tanking her re-election chances even before the Senator announced she’d be voting against his confirmation. So it’s no...

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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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          We’ve Got to Find a Way to Disagree Without Hatred Again      Cache   Translate Page      

Demonstrators protest against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Oct. 4, 2018. As senators read FBI interview transcripts Thursday, the White House is confident that the new background check on Kavanaugh has improved his claim to the Supreme Court. (Zach Gibson/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

“When the Left is already screaming at people in public and doxxing them and staking out their homes, what does it look like for them to fight all the harder?” asks Ben Domenech in a column today for The Federalist. It’s a sobering question. A common tactic in politics is to portray the opposition in...

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          Heidi Heitkamp Is Trying to Be the Dixie Chicks of Believing Uncorroborated Sexual Assault Accusations      Cache   Translate Page      

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) speaks to reporters before a procedural vote to move forward Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 5, 2018. Heitkamp, who is facing a difficult re-election bid this year, voted no, but the Republican majority held, 51-49; the Senate's final vote could come as early as Saturday. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Remember the Dixie Chicks? They were a hugely popular bluegrass and country music act in the early 2000’s who immolated their careers when, while performing before a foreign audience during the Iraq invasion, they said they were ashamed of President George W. Bush. The result was backlash from the country music fan base from which...

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          Wes Belter: Who Is You, Senator Heitkamp?      Cache   Translate Page      

Incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp appears in a 2018 video campaign ad in which she attempts to explain her vote against confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh YouTube

This guest post was submitted by Wes Belter who represented District 22 in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1985 to 2016. Senator Heitkamp says “The only one I listen to is you.” Now we know what she means by “you.” In Heitkamp’s world, “you” means east and west coast senators like Schumer, Feinstein,...

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          Print Column: The Fight Over Kavanaugh Is Tanking Heitkamp’s Campaign      Cache   Translate Page      

MINOT, N.D. — By the time you read this the U.S. Senate may very well have voted on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Or maybe not. Writing before my deadline I won’t hazard a guess on an outcome from this partisan inquisition. There is one conclusion we can reach, however. The mean-spirited, thoroughly repugnant...

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          DEMOCRATIC CAPITOL HILL STAFFER HELD WITHOUT BOND IN SENATE ‘DOXXING’ CASE: “Prosecutors revealed …      Cache   Translate Page      
DEMOCRATIC CAPITOL HILL STAFFER HELD WITHOUT BOND IN SENATE ‘DOXXING’ CASE: “Prosecutors revealed investigators found cocaine and methamphetamine during a search of his things, and speculated he may have been under the influence when, according to police, he used his government credentials to post personal information of some lawmakers, and broke into a senator’s office […]
          A Very Different Brett Kavanaugh Survives His First Oral Arguments      Cache   Translate Page      
Brett Kavanaugh survived his first oral arguments as a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday without the protesters or disruptions that marred his confirmation hearings, Senate vote, and swearing-in ceremony. Kavanaugh arrived at the court as perhaps the most hated justice ever to sit on this nation’s highest bench. A few demonstrators were on hand in […]
          Harlem senator wants to give tenants more time to challenge rent overcharges      Cache   Translate Page      
Sen. Brian Benjamin wants to increase the amount of time that tenants have to challenge rent overcharges. Benjamin, a Democrat who represents Harlem, plans to introduce a new bill this week that would allow tenants to file complaints for alleged rent overcharges for six years, the New York Daily News reported. Under current law, tenants only have four years to bring such actions. The legislation would also bring apartments deregulated as a result of overcharges […]
          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
          Drug Pricing Legislation Sent to the President for Enactment into Law      Cache   Translate Page      
Two pieces of related legislation that would prohibit so called “gag clauses” in contracts between pharmacists and health plans and pharmacy benefit managers (PBM’s) have been passed by both the Senate and the House....
By: Akerman LLP - Health Law Rx
          Analysis: Debunking the idea that a 'fair' Senate wouldn't have confirmed Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page      
In the wake of the Senate's 50-to-48 vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a line of argument quickly emerged among opponents of Kavanuagh (and President Donald Trump): The fact that California and Wyoming get the same 2 votes in the Senate is totally ridiculous and, if the Senate votes more accurately represented the populations of the country, Kavanaugh would never have been confirmed.

          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
          The Weekly Hill Update      Cache   Translate Page      
HEADLINES • After the partisan fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate this week will take up a water infrastructure bill and then consider nominees to Executive Branch agencies....
By: BakerHostetler
          Protecting the Privacy of Children Online – More Updates on COPPA      Cache   Translate Page      
Last week, two Senators, Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding apps designed for children and whether they are in compliance with the...
By: Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider
          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....
By: Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart,
          Final Opioid Legislation Expands Treatment Options for Medicaid Beneficiaries with Substance Use Disorder      Cache   Translate Page      
The final bipartisan opioid package, which passed in the Senate this week and is expected to be signed into law, includes a significant revision from the original House bill that could lead to an increase in treatment options for Medicaid...
By: Mintz - Health Care Viewpoints
          Hurricane Michael could be the deciding factor in Florida races      Cache   Translate Page      
Hurricane Michael is fast approaching the Florida coast, and Chuck examines the effect it could have on the Senate and gubernatorial races in the state.
          Ohio Adopts Safe Harbor for Businesses Involved in Data Breach      Cache   Translate Page      
The Situation: On August 3, 2018, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 220, the Ohio Data Protection Act ("Ohio DPA"), which provides a safe harbor against data breach lawsuits for businesses that implement and maintain cybersecurity programs...
By: Jones Day
          Sen. Markey: Amb. Haley’s replacement will be under 'extremely close scrutiny'      Cache   Translate Page      
Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) tells Kasie Hunt that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will look very closely at the background and credentials of whoever is picked to replace Nikki Haley as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
          Watch live: Jenny Wilson, Mitt Romney square off in Senate debate      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Senate hopefuls Jenny Wilson and Mitt Romney are set to debate Tuesday evening at Southern Utah University.
          Dean Heller’s fight for his Senate seat      Cache   Translate Page      
Nevada's Dean Heller is the only GOP Senator up for re-election in a state won by Hillary Clinton. Nevada political experts Jon Ralston, James DeHaven and Jesus Marquez join Katy to discuss what issues are at play in this Senate race.
          Senate showdown: Texas      Cache   Translate Page      
Houston is now one of the most diverse cities in the country -- a change which Democrats hope will help U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke succeed over Sen. Ted Cruz.
          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."
 


          McConnell: Senators were 'literally under assault' during Kavanaugh hearings      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Trump uses swearing-in ceremony to apologize to Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page      
The president emceed what amounted to a conservative victory party for Senate Republicans who muscled an imperiled nomination into political reality.
          Hurricane set to collide with top Florida races      Cache   Translate Page      
GOP Gov. Rick Scott is cutting a high profile in the homestretch of one of the nation’s closest Senate elections.
          Comment on LSA weight to increase to 3,600 pounds, another ADS-B rebate in the works by Sarah A      Cache   Translate Page      
Yes I agree that Sen. Inhofe did a great thing for aviation by getting that bill through the Senate and approved into law, the FAA was never going to do anything. As for Bill Nelson I just wonder if he will put that strong armed change down as his accomplishments from his current (and hopefully last) term. And NO I do not use such honorary titles for people not deserving of my respect. I doubt he did anything honorable to have that title granted to him by the citizens of our fine state. Well that is enough for politics, this is about aviation and not what some bottom feeder did to us.
          Comment on LSA weight to increase to 3,600 pounds, another ADS-B rebate in the works by Larry      Cache   Translate Page      
Don't start 'high fiving' and buying up all the <3,600 pound airplanes just yet, boys. There are still issues. Admittedly, this is a good start IF true and IF it comes to pass, however, if you read the EAA Press Release and EAA's Dick Knapinski's quoted comments, it's far from sealed and delivered AND ... I see another problem. See: eaa.org/en/eaa/eaa-news-and-aviation-news/news/10-08-2018-eaa-led-reform-ideas-include-lsa-weight-and-homebuilt-regulations There's a big difference between discussing an NPRM and having a FAR codified. Look no further than the no medical idea promised to us by the former Administrator for several years. A form of it called BasicMed came to be but ONLY after Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) used a perfect storm opportunity to stop FAA funding unless his idea was put into the Bill. And, Sen Nelson (D-FL) said he'd take enough Senators with him unless some form of doctor's visit was included in the final language. THAT is how BasicMed replaced the idea of no medical for pilots of certain low end GA airplanes. This is great news and a good start but I predict the final version will be far different. Beyond the issue of revising the definition of a "light sport" and the conditions under which a conforming airplane can be flown by various types of licensed pilots is maintenance. Any conforming heavier airplane which was originally certified under CAR 3 / FAR 23 will still have to be maintained by today's standards. That is, an IA will have to perform an annual inspection vs the condition inspection for a "real" LSA. I see this as a major problem. With a mechanic shortage looming, we'll have airplanes we can fly under light sport rules and for which finding maintainers will be an issue. Had the tenets of the FAR Part 23 rewrite report been adopted, these airplanes could have been relicensed in the Primary - non commercial (P-NC) category. That never happened. Instead, the FAA retained control and gave us tidbits of relief in the form of individual non-TSO STC's under "performance based" standards or NORSEE rules. That ain't enough. Unless and until we can maintain our low end airplanes under rules similar to existing LSA, only part of the problem has been addressed. If I buy or build an RV-12, only a condition inspection is required annually. If I fly a 1940 Piper Cub as a light sport pilot, it has to have a formal annual by an IA. THIS is the problem.
          Budget ‘19 fails to address Brexit fears of northern citizens – Ó Donnghaile      Cache   Translate Page      
Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on Tánaiste Simon Coveney to outline how his Department are “Brexit Proofing” the needs of Irish citizens resident in the North following today’s Budget announcement.
          Americans Are Stuck In An Abusive Relationships With Power      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

And we recently discovered, if it was not known before, that no amount of power can withstand the hatred of the many.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Americans are brought up to believe all sorts of myths about the country we call home. We’re told our economy is a free market meritocracy governed by the rule of law. We’re told our civil liberties, enshrined in the Bill of Rights, are inviolable and protected by the most powerful military in the world. A fighting force entrusted with the admirable and monumental task of defending freedoms at home, and democracy and human rights abroad. We’re told we exist in a system of self-government, in which our votes matter and our voices heard. In practice, none of this is true.

The fact of the matter is American citizens in 2018 are just a nuisance for the real power players. Useful as consumers, but increasingly problematic as larger numbers start to ask questions about how things really work. For far too long, we’ve been ignorant and willing accomplices in our own bondage. This allowed the concentrated and unaccountable power that really calls the shots to go for broke in recent decades, with unsurprisingly tragic results.

Only recently have things started to shift. Increased levels of barbarism abroad and corruption at home during the 21st century — under both Republican and Democratic administrations — have shaken many Americans from a long stupor. Irrespective of where you sit on the political spectrum, most people know something’s not right. People don’t agree on the details of what’s wrong, and there’s certainly no consensus on solutions, but increasing numbers of us know something’s very broken.

I try to look at things from a big picture perspective, and from that angle I see too many people focused on the symptoms of cultural decay versus root causes. Not enough people seem to be taking a step back to see that at the core of today’s broken socioeconomic and political paradigm is an American citizenry fundamentally entangled in various abusive relationships with power. This post will highlight three of these relationships. The first with government itself, the second with central banking, and the third with the dominant political parties.

When it comes to the relationship of U.S. citizens to the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C., there’s no indication that anything remotely resembling self-government is happening. Rather, the relationship is far more like that of a servant to a master. The powerful in this country have declared themselves above the law and beyond accountability on too many occasions for it to be an accident. Rather, it’s clearly unwritten public policy at this point. For starters, key players who pushed the Iraq war during the George W. Bush administration, such as John Bolton, are never held accountable. Instead, they’re promoted to even more influential roles many years later.

Equally troubling, leaders of intelligence agencies like John Brennan who supported torture during the Bush years, ran the CIA while it spied on a Senate investigation into torture and then lied about the spying, likewise face no consequences for their actions. Rather, Brennan ends up with a corporate media gig as an MSNBC/NBC “resistance” pundit. Same thing with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. He lied under oath about domestic government surveillance, gets caught following the Snowden revelations, and then nothing at all happens to him. He leaves government many years later, joins a think tank, and becomes a CNN contributor.

Of course, this whole above the law thing extends well beyond government officials. We saw how bankers who tanked the global economy as a result of systemic and extremely lucrative fraud schemes received bailouts instead of jail sentences. We should never forget that not a single bank executive went to jail. When a class of powerful super predators are placed above the law, society dies.

Let’s now dig a little deeper into the economy. It’s still a relatively under appreciated fact that the most powerful players commandeering and influencing the U.S. economy, in a fashion similar to a communist politburo, are a collection of unelected central bankers. These people can bring an economy to its knees via interest rate hikes at a moments notice, or bail out powerful financiers should that need arise as we saw explicitly in 2008/09.

Moreover, what’s most instructive about central bank policy is that it always seems to help connected speculators and Wall Street hooligans versus the general public. One thing you’ll notice if you watch the Fed steer the economy over the course of its cycle, is it doesn’t really get going with rate hikes until wage pressures emerge. In other words, once your average worker starts to get some leverage in the labor market the Fed ends the party. The same thing’s happening again right now.

Then, after asset markets crash and the economy enters a recession, central banks will rapidly lower rates to start the cycle all over again. Naturally, the people who benefit most from all this are speculators and those investors with access to low rates who buy assets on the cheap. Meanwhile, you probably got kicked out of your home and continue to face double digit interest rates on your credit card balance. Then years down the road, as soon as the labor market tightens and you get a couple of raises, the Fed again will hike rates and end the expansion.

The Fed makes up all sorts of excuses for why it doesn’t care about asset inflation or commodity price inflation, but the moment wage pressures emerge it jacks up rates and ends the cycle. As I mentioned earlier, it’s happening right now all over again, and it’ll become increasingly clear over the next year or so. This economy isn’t a free market in any real sense, it’s largely a rigged oligarchy. Another abusive relationship designed to enrich a particular type of charlatan.

Finally, I want to touch on America’s dominant political parties. Two corrupt organizations that fully support and defend the pernicious, abusive relationships described above. While they certainly disagree on many things, when it comes to supporting the existing paradigm that empowers politicians while in office, and enriches them when they leave to become lobbyists, they are united. Basically, the two parties bicker about how to deal with the symptoms of a rigged and systemically corrupt government, but never confront or oppose the structural root causes of it all.

What’s most incredible to me is how we continue to put up with this scam as a people. If you look over at Europe, the old political parties have been getting decimated at the polls. Political parties that barely had any support, or didn’t even exist a few years ago, are surging ahead and in some cases taking power. Meanwhile, we Americans are still playing footsie with the Democrats and Republicans. At least Trump was able to overcome establishment opposition and get the GOP nomination. Bernie Sanders was not so lucky, as his response to being the victim of a rigged primary has been to shepherd his supporters into the arms of the corrupt Democratic establishment that hates his guts. It’s a genuine national embarrassment.

That being said, the fact we remain stuck in this pathetic two-party political dungeon tells me something important. It tells me we’re still very early in the populist wave here in the U.S. It tells me that while people are increasingly fed up, they aren’t nearly as fed up as they could be. When people have finally had enough, you’ll know it. We’re steadily building up to that moment, but not there yet. There’s no way to know exactly how this period of time will play out, but I do know what emerges on the other side won’t look like anything like what we have today.

Unfortunately, even if we intelligently deal with all the abusive relationships described above, I still think political power in the U.S. is far too centralized to be healthy. Outside of essential civil liberties, I don’t think it makes any sense to assume we need uniform ways of doing most things, and decision making should be far more localized. Nevertheless, even at the local level, the abusive relationships described above can become problematic, so it’s always important to be cognizant of them.

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          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."


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There are a lot of strange and confusing aspects to the story surrounding the slate of constitutional amendments that Republican legislators have placed on the November ballot. Here, however, is an especially weird and perplexing one: It turns out that Wesley Meredith, a Republican senator from Fayetteville opposes the Republican-driven amendment to alter how North ...

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          In Boon for Farmers, Trump to Lift Restrictions on Ethanol      Cache   Translate Page      
The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump was expected to announce he will lift a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday. "It's an amazing substance. You look at the Indy cars. They run 100 percent on ethanol,'' Trump said at the White House before he left for Iowa. He said he wanted more industry and more energy and he wanted to help farmers and refiners. 'I want low prices' "I want more because I don't like $74,'' Trump said referring to the current price of a barrel of crude oil. "It's up to $74. And if I have to do more — whether it's through ethanol or another means — that's what I want. I want low prices.'' The long-expected announcement is something of a reward to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman led a contentious but successful fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The veteran Republican lawmaker is the Senate's leading ethanol proponent and sharply criticized the Trump administration's proposed rollback in ethanol volumes earlier this year. At that time Grassley threatened to call for the resignation of the Environmental Protection Agency's chief, Scott Pruitt, if Pruitt did not work to fulfill the federal ethanol mandate. Pruitt later stepped down amid a host of ethics investigations. A senior administration official said Monday that the EPA would publish a rule in coming days to allow high-ethanol blends as part of a package of proposed changes to the ethanol mandate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of Trump's announcement. The change would allow year-round sales of gasoline blends with up to 15 percent ethanol. Gasoline typically contains 10 percent ethanol. The EPA currently bans the high-ethanol blend, called E15, during the summer because of concerns that it contributes to smog on hot days, a claim ethanol industry advocates say is unfounded. In May, Republican senators, including Grassley, announced a tentative agreement with the White House to allow year-round E15 sales, but the EPA did not propose a formal rule change. The senior administration official said the proposed rule intends to allow E15 sales next summer. Current regulations prevent retailers in much of the country from offering E15 from June 1 to Sept. 15. Lifting the summer ban is expected to be coupled with new restrictions on trading biofuel credits that underpin the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, commonly known as the ethanol mandate. The law sets out how much corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels refiners must blend into gasoline each year. Production misses mark The Renewable Fuel Standard was intended to address global warming, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster the rural economy by requiring a steady increase in renewable fuels over time. The mandate has not worked as intended, and production levels of renewable fuels, mostly ethanol, routinely fail to reach minimum thresholds set in law. The oil industry opposes year-round sales of E15, warning that high-ethanol gasoline can damage car engines and fuel systems. Some carmakers have warned against high-ethanol blends, though EPA has approved use of E15 in all light-duty vehicles built since 2001. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, many from oil-producing states, sent Trump a letter last week opposing expanded sales of high-ethanol gas. The lawmakers called the approach "misguided'' and said it would do nothing to protect refinery jobs and "could hurt millions of consumers whose vehicles and equipment are not compatible with higher-ethanol blended gasoline.'' The letter was signed by 16 Republicans and four Democrats, including Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a key Trump ally. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, whose state includes several refineries, also signed the letter. A spokeswoman for the Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry trade group, said allowing E15 to be sold year-round would give consumers greater access to clean, low-cost, higher-octane fuel while expanding market access for ethanol producers. "The ability to sell E15 all year would also bring a significant boost to farmers across our country'' and provide a significant economic boost to rural America, said spokeswoman Rachel Gantz.
          Venezuela Faces Calls for Probe After Opposition Activist Dies in Custody      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela faced calls internationally Tuesday for a "transparent investigation" into the death in custody of an opposition member who the government said threw himself from a 10th-floor window of the headquarters of the state intelligence services. Fernando Alban, a 52-year-old Caracas city council member accused of taking part in a failed drone attack on President Nicolas Maduro, was in pretrial detention Monday at the time of his death, which the government presented as a suicide. Attorney General Tarek William Saab said on state television that Alban, who had been arrested Friday, asked to go to the restroom and threw himself from a window. The death sparked expressions of concern by the United Nations and the European Union, both of which called for a probe. The U.S. embassy in Caracas said the death was "suspicious." The coffin containing Alban's body was taken to the legislature, where it was placed in the garden and surrounded by politicians and relatives. The legislature is the seat of the opposition-majority national assembly, but its power has been usurped by a new lawmaking body — the all-powerful Constituent Assembly created by Maduro and composed of his supporters. The Maduro government has "an obligation to ensure [Alban's] safety, personal integrity and dignity," a spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights office in Geneva, Ravina Shamdasani, told reporters. "We are concerned about news of his death. ... We do indeed call for a transparent investigation to clarify the circumstances of his death," she added. ​In a statement, the European Union also demanded "a thorough and independent investigation" to clarify the circumstances of Alban's "tragic death." "The EU reiterates its call to the Venezuelan government to release all political prisoners," added EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic. The head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, wrote on Twitter that Alban's death was "the direct responsibility of a torturing and murdering regime." Alban's party, First Justice, blamed the government for the death. "We hold Maduro and his regime of torture responsible," it said in a statement. Drone incident Alban was among at least 15 people arrested and charged for alleged participation in the August 4 drone incident which Maduro has portrayed as an assassination attempt. The Venezuelan president was seen reacting on live television to an off-camera explosion while he addressed a military parade in Caracas. A second explosion was heard, and then the assembled troops were seen breaking formation and scattering in panic. Maduro said the blasts were from explosives-laden drones sent to assassinate him, though opposition figures accuse Maduro of fabricating the incident to step up repression in his country, which is suffering an economic crisis. Maduro has blamed the drone attack on First Justice founder Julio Borges, who now lives in exile in Colombia. "Murderers!" Borges said on Twitter. The "cruelty of the dictatorship ended the life of Alban." The attorney general promised a thorough investigation. The visiting U.S. chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, said on Twitter that the government had a "responsibility to ensure all understand how that could have happened." Alban had traveled to New York last week to visit his children and accompanied Borges to the United Nations. He was arrested on his return to Caracas. ​Vigil, protest Late Monday, dozens of people with candles held a vigil outside the headquarters of the intelligence service, known as the Sebin, to protest the death. "This is not suicide, this is homicide," protesters shouted at guards. Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, also a First Justice member, said the Maduro government was responsible. "Those of us who knew Fernando know that he could NEVER have acted against his life," he said on Twitter. The city councilman's lawyer, Joel Garcia, told reporters it was too soon to confirm whether the case was a suicide. The Catholic Church, an outspoken critic of the government, has also questioned the official version of his death. The Caracas archdiocese said in a statement Alban had been "serene and calm" and planning social work projects for the poor on Sunday before his arrest. Interior and Justice Minister General Nestor Reverol lamented the death of the politician who, he said, was "involved in destabilizing acts directed from abroad." Venezuela accuses its neighbor Colombia of shielding the authors of the alleged assassination attempt. The United States in August condemned alleged arbitrary detentions and forced confessions by the Venezuelan government in its investigation of the drone incident.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced plans to lift a ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blend of gasoline, known as E15, Republican senators said. Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican from the farm state of Iowa who had pushed for the policy, shared the announcement standing alongside colleagues after a meeting […]

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Taylor Swift's first big jump into politics might have gained her some extra haters, but her endorsement in a competitive midterm U.S. Senate race isn't likely to result in a massive backlash against the country-singer-turned-pop-star, observers say. Republicans now have some bad blood with the star after ...
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Senatorial candidate/incumbent Dean Heller (R-NV) was pleased to tweet Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed.  Not that the confirmation was a major surprise.  The Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans didn’t want to investigate his background, the White House didn’t want to investigate his … Continue reading
          Judge Napolitano: Trump Must Stop Saying 'Evil' Or 'Hoax' About Dr. Ford's Sexual Assault Allegations      Cache   Translate Page      

As Fox and Friends was celebrating Kavanaugh's ridiculous confirmation rally on TV last night, Judge Napolitano threw some cold water on it and instead criticized Trump for attacking Dr. Ford's credibility by claiming her charges were a "hoax" brought about by "evil people."

After the three-headed panel of Trump surrogates played video from last night's ceremony they asked Judge Napolitano for his opinion.

“I do not think the best thing that was said was ‘evil’ or ‘hoax' and I honestly wish that the president and his people would get past that.”

Napolitano continued, "The Supreme Court does not have an army to enforce its rulings. Its rulings depend on the intellectual legitimacy in the manner in which the rulings are given from the people from whom they are given. So they really have some work to do to patch up the divisions that exist in the public mind.”

When you have Trump involved, intellectual legitimacy is always a problem.

Doocy was upset and chimed in that the process is a political one and it's bruising.

"Once you put that robe on, you must be divorced from the politics that got you there and the people who got you there,” Napolitano said. “Your loyalty is to the Constitution and to the laws, not to the human beings that helped you get your job.”

Kavanaugh proved how partisan he was during his crazed testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he claimed it was the Clintons that were out to get him.

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The Senate is to set up a technical committee to study some bills that President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent to. This followed a Point of Order raised by the Leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, at plenary on Tuesday. While making reference to Order 43, Lawan said it was expedient for the Upper Chamber to […]

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(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ANKARA, Oct 9 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim met Jordan's Senate President Faisal Al-Fayez at Turkey's southern...
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Patrice Bergeron had a hat trick, scoring his first just 30 seconds into the game, to lead the Bruins past the Ottawa Senators, 6-3. The Bruins have won twice since dropping their opener 7-0 to the defending champion Capitals. Hours before opening...
          Abortion opponents celebrate Kavanaugh’s confirmation as their chance to end Roe v. Wade      Cache   Translate Page      


Melissa Joskow / Media Matters

Following the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, anti-abortion advocates stopped downplaying the newest justice’s stance on abortion rights. Instead, once Kavanaugh had secured the necessary votes in the Senate, abortion opponents celebrated his confirmation as an opportunity to end Roe v. Wade once and for all.

On October 6, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court despite multiple credible reports that Kavanaugh committed sexual assault when he was in high school and college. In order to generate support for Kavanaugh’s confirmation, some right-wing media and anti-abortion advocates argued that Kavanaugh would not pose a threat to Roe or abortion rights in general. This was belied by Kavanaugh’s record on abortion access and comments about Roe and contraception before and during his confirmation hearing.

After his confirmation, abortion opponents dropped this pretense and celebrated Kavanaugh for what he always was: the culmination of years of work by conservative and anti-abortion activists to reverse Roe. Here are some examples:

Anti-abortion advocates celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

  • Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion organization Susan B. Anthony List and frequent White House guest, tweeted in celebration that “Beautiful change is afoot. The wheels are turning.” During the confirmation process, Dannenfelser tweeted in support of Kavanaugh following reports that he had previously committed sexual assault, saying that the anti-abortion movement was not going to “help destroy a man” as part of a “PR image” to appear “pro woman.”
  • Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said in a press release, “For the first time in decades, this nomination -- his nomination -- brought with it the reality of returning to a truly constitutionalist court. Many on the Left couldn’t stand such a thought. And for that, he and his family have paid a tremendous price. … Today was a major step in the journey to restore the Constitution to its rightful and intended role in our Republic.” The idea of “returning to a truly constitutional court” or being a “strict constitutionalist” is often used by anti-abortion advocates to indicate coded support for overturning Roe because they do not believe the Constitution supports the Supreme Court’s decision.
  • Students for Life of America tweeted, “What do you call someone attacked viciously by Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and every other anti-life group in the country? Justice.”
  • National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis tweeted, “Just got a fundraising email from Planned Parenthood with the subject line ‘we’re heartbroken.’ I’m not usually a huge fan of spiking the football but...that feels pretty good.”
  • The Federalist’s Bre Payton tweeted, “the tears... they taste... delicious” in response to an actor expressing distress over Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
  • In response to a tweet from NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Ilyse Hogue that “it’s okay to feel anything right now” about Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Media Research Center’s Katie Yoder replied, “Even happiness?”

Some abortion opponents celebrated Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a sign that Roe v. Wade could be weakened or even imminently overturned

  • After Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tweeted a picture of a baby and said, “Soon, babies like this little angel will be protected in the womb by law.” King recently met with President Donald Trump to discuss his proposed federal heartbeat bill that would effectively ban abortion in the U.S.
  • White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said that by nominating Kavanaugh, Trump was fulfilling his promise to appoint justices who would overturn Roe, and that now “people are going to look at state law and circuit law” to determine the legality of abortion. Since former Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement in June, this talking point has been used frequently by abortion opponents to suggest that overturning Roe wouldn’t outlaw abortion, but would instead return power to regulate reproductive rights to the states. However, this argument ignores both the difficulties of accessing abortion -- particularly for low-income people -- in states that could ban or restrict abortion, as well as abortion rights’ precarious reliance on a handful of pro-choice governors and state legislatures.
  • Priests for Life’s Bryan Kemper celebrated Kavanaugh’s confirmation and outlined what he thought the process would now be for banning abortion nationwide:

  • Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman said in a press release about Kavanaugh’s confirmation that Roe was a "wrongly decided ruling that has cost over 60 million innocent lives. I understand that overturning that horrendous decision will take time, but I believe we are now at last on the final road to accomplishing our goal of ending abortion in America.”
  • Similarly, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said, “The Supreme Court plays a critical role in pro-life policy and has for decades. We look forward to Justice Kavanaugh’s tenure on the bench and the impact his dedicated public service will have towards creating a country where every human life is valued and protected equally under the law.”
  • The state anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life tweeted, “Texas Right to Life is optimistic that Judge Kavanaugh will prove to be a principled justice who will consistently recognize the Right to Life of all human beings.”
  • On Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Robert Jeffress said that he had “never seen Christians as stirred up about anything” as the Kavanaugh confirmation because “they knew that what really was at issue was the fear by the left that if Justice Kavanaugh got on the court, he might diminish in some way the number of babies being murdered every year through abortion -- that he would chip away at Roe v. Wade.”
  • Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins tweeted, “It’s done! Onward to reverse Roe and #abolishabortion!! This is the #prolifegen!”
  • On the day of the Senate confirmation vote, SFLA also posted a video titled “We Can Overturn Roe v. Wade.” The video argued that “the end of Roe v. Wade is in our sights now that Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States” and also outlined how Kavanaugh could be the fifth vote to overturn Roe. In the video, Hawkins also emphasized that allowing states to regulate abortion would be advantageous to the anti-abortion movement because SFLA has chapters in every state that would work to outlaw abortion entirely. Here are some screenshots from the video:

Other abortion opponents used Kavanaugh’s confirmation to mock or attack those opposed to Kavanaugh

  • Eric Barber, a councilman in West Virginia, posted and then deleted a comment in a private Facebook group saying, “Better get you’re (sic) coathangers ready liberals” in response to the news that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was voting for Kavanaugh.
  • American Life League tweeted:

  • One America News’ Liz Wheeler, who has promoted conspiracy theories about Planned Parenthood, tweeted:

  • CRTV’s Allie Beth Stuckey -- best known for her fake interview with politician Alexandria Ocasio Cortez -- celebrated Kavanaugh’s confirmation and lambasted Democrats for their “debased, depraved tactics” and accused protesters of being “unhinged.”
  • Human Coalition’s Lauren Enriquez tweeted that she was “grateful to those men” in the Senate who voted to confirm Kavanaugh “for not letting tantrums interrupt the democratic process.”
  • In response to a video of an anti-Kavanaugh protester, Human Defense Initiative’s Devin Sena tweeted, “Purely demonic. Satan isn't happy that one day soon God's children will be allowed to be born.” As the Senate appeared likely to confirm Kavanaugh, Sena tweeted in celebration, “Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton are without question the most egregiously unconstitutional decisions of all time. It's past time they are overturned! #ConfirmKavanaugh.”
  • Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger -- who was sentenced to prison for conspiring to bomb an abortion clinic in 1987, and has recently promoted Qanon conspiracy theories -- tweeted in response to a video of anti-Kavanaugh protesters:


          Hugh Hewitt and Sen. Tom Cotton go to the fever swamps in Kavanaugh nomination postmortem      Cache   Translate Page      

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters

Conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) are pushing a conspiracy theory that professor Christine Blasey Ford’s decision to speak out about then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was actually orchestrated by Democratic leaders in the Senate. The version of events proposed by Hewitt and Cotton is at odds with reports on how Ford decided to come forward, and it serves to undercut Ford’s bravery.

Cotton was a guest on the October 9 broadcast of Hewitt’s radio show, The Hugh Hewitt Show. Hewitt prompted the conspiracy theory by asking Cotton if he thought “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?”

Cotton did agree, and he wove an evidence-free conspiracy theory that as early as July, “the Schumer political operation” -- a reference to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) -- and possibly former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara were involved in a plan to leak the contents of a letter Ford had sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). In the letter, Ford gave an account of Kavanaugh sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school.
 

This conspiratorial timeline is at odds with reality. Ford sent a letter dated July 30 to Feinstein and asked that the California senator keep its contents confidential. The Intercept was the first to report on the letter, writing on September 12 that it “describes an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school” and that Feinstein was refusing to share its contents with other senators, which “created tension on the committee.” According to Politico, “The reporter behind that [Intercept] story later stated that Feinstein’s staff did not leak the letter.”

Ford came forward publicly in a September 16 Washington Post article. She said later during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the presence of reporters at her home and workplace made her realize her identity would be revealed in any case, so she decided to speak on the record with a reporter at the Post who she said had gained her trust.

Hewitt has a history of being dishonest while discussing federal judicial nominations, but political talk shows still treat him as a mainstream conservative commentator when they bring him on to talk about the topic. While previously his falsehoods served to provide cover for the GOP to radically change norms around the nomination process, he has now sunk to pushing a conspiracy theory.

Cotton, for his part, has his own history of underhanded behavior on executive branch nominations. In 2014, Cotton placed a hold on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Cassandra Butts to serve as ambassador to the Bahamas. More than two years after her nomination was announced, Butts, who Cotton acknowledged was not a controversial nominee, died of leukemia at age 50, with Cotton’s hold still in place. Before she died, Butts told The New York Times that she had visited Cotton to ask about the hold and he said he knew she was friends with Obama and the hold was a way to inflict personal pain on the president.


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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.


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Heather Nauert
Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
October 9, 2018



Index for Today's Briefing
  • INDONESIA
  • DEPARTMENT
  • SAUDI ARABIA
  • SAUDI ARABIA/TURKEY
  • MIDDLE EAST PEACE
  • ISRAEL
  • IRAQ
  • NORTH KOREA
  • CHINA
  • UNITED NATIONS
  • CHINA
  • AFGHANISTAN

    TRANSCRIPT:

    3:12 p.m. EDT

    MS NAUERT: Hi, everyone. Good afternoon. Nice to see you all. Okay, a couple announcements to start before we’re able to take a few questions today.

    First, I’d like to address the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi in Indonesia, and I’d like to say that the United States is coordinating closely with the Government of Indonesia to respond to the earthquake and tsunami that struck there. Since I spoke to you last week, the United States, through USAID, is now providing a total of $3.7 million in assistance through our partners to deliver essential relief items, including shelter kits, blankets, hygiene kits, solar-powered lamps, and other lifesaving aid. USAID is also airlifting heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Indonesia to provide for emergency shelter needs of up to 110,500 people. USAID has deployed a team of disaster experts to coordinate our humanitarian response efforts and is supporting a U.S. Forest Service emergency operations expert who’s on the ground providing technical support to the Government of Indonesia’s disaster response.

    The Department of Defense has provided three C-130s and has already transported nearly 30 – 63 metric tons of disaster relief supplies into the affected areas. The U.S. Government has also provided advanced technologies to help the Government of Indonesia map the disaster area.

    In addition, American companies have also mobilized to respond with financial donations, heavy equipment, transportation, and other humanitarian supplies. The U.S. citizens we were aware of in the affected areas have been evacuated. We have no reports of U.S. citizens who have been injured or killed by the earthquake or the tsunami, and we urge any additional U.S. citizens in the affected areas to contact their loved ones directly and update them on their social media status. If you’re in the affected area and need emergency services, please contact the local authorities.

    Next, I want to address something that the Secretary raised last week because nothing has changed. There are still 65 State Department nominees sitting in the United States Senate. That’s over a quarter of all the senior-level confirmable positions that the United States Department of State is tasked with using to achieve its diplomatic outcomes. There is bipartisan agreement that a fully staffed State Department is critical to American national security. The State Department has been criticized for having gaps in leadership positions, but now we’ve done our part to fix that; now the Senate needs to do its part.

    As the Secretary has said, these candidates are quality candidates. They’re not sitting on the Senate floor because of objections with respect to their quality, their professionalism, or their excellence and ability to deliver American foreign policy. The Secretary had addressed this last week, and he said we have members of the Senate for whom partisanship has now driven delay and obstruction of getting America’s diplomatic corps into every corner of the world. What Senator Menendez and other members of the Senate are doing to hold back American diplomacy rests squarely on their shoulders.

    And with that I’d be happy to take your questions. Anne, you want to go ahead?

    QUESTION: I wanted to ask about Jamal Khashoggi.

    MS NAUERT: Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: Have you received any response from Saudi Arabia since Secretary Pompeo registered concerns regarding his disappearance?

    MS NAUERT: Sure. Let’s start out – first, I’d like to say I imagine that most if not all of you saw the statement that we put out last night. You probably also heard the President’s comments about it yesterday and also the Vice President’s tweet that he put out yesterday.

    From the Secretary on down, we have been engaged in this matter. This is something that we’ve been following. I understand that the President intends to speak with the Saudis, so I’m not going to get ahead of that conversation that the President may be having.

    In the Secretary’s statement, he said that we’ve seen conflicting reports about his status. We’re not going to make any judgments about what had happened to him. The United States is certainly concerned about his whereabouts. Senior officials at the State Department have spoken with Saudi officials through diplomatic channels about the matter. We call on the Government of Saudi Arabia to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: It was nearly a week between his – first reports of his disappearance and that statement from Secretary Pompeo. Why was there such a delay between those two events?

    MS NAUERT: So are you assuming that taking time to put out a statement means that the State Department has not been doing anything? Is that your assumption?

    QUESTION: What was the State Department doing before the statement came out?

    MS NAUERT: The State Department was engaged at the highest levels and also at the working level and having conversations with Saudi Government officials, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: And then so what was the reason behind that delay in the statement coming out?

    MS NAUERT: I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t call it a delay. The United States Government, as we handle situations in other countries as well, sometimes we decide to conduct our conversations and to conduct our diplomacy more privately than publicly because we feel that that could have the best outcome, and I’ll leave it at that.

    Okay. Hi, Lesley. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi. Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: You must be exhausted, having just arrived.

    MS NAUERT: Kylie is here, I’m here, so we’re doing okay for so far.

    QUESTION: Just arrived last night. Yes.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: Has the U.S. seen any evidence that Jamal might be alive?

    MS NAUERT: We don’t know what has happened to him. We don’t have any information on that. That’s why I want to say we don’t want to make any judgments about what happened, and we call for a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: You’ve called for a thorough and transparent inspection from the – investigation from the Saudis, but what about the Turks? Have you asked them for their evidence, if they’ve seen --

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information on that. I think that would be in the FBI’s lane and local investigators’ lane.

    QUESTION: But you said you – they – that on these diplomatic channels you’ve spoken to the Saudis, but what about the Turks?

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information on that. I would imagine that through the course of our conversations with the Turkish Government – we have many conversations with the Turkish Government – that this has certainly come up.

    QUESTION: But that would be – that would be P, yes?

    QUESTION: Did the Secretary --

    MS NAUERT: Just hold on. Hold on.

    QUESTION: On Friday, I saw on the Public Schedule that Mr. Hale had a meeting with the Turkish ambassador here at the State Department.

    MS NAUERT: I was out on Friday, so I don’t recall what was on his private – on his public schedule. I’d have to just double-check on that, okay?

    QUESTION: Okay. So --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not saying it didn’t happen. I’m just not aware of it if it did. I was out on Friday.

    Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Since this happened on Turkish soil, wouldn’t speaking to the Turks and being part of their investigation be absolutely key to --

    MS NAUERT: I did not say that we have not spoken with the Turkish Government. I just don’t have any information on it at this moment. Okay? If I have anything in addition for you, I’ll let you know.

    Hey, Carol.

    QUESTION: Hi. Can I ask a follow-up on Jamal Khashoggi?

    MS NAUERT: Sure.

    QUESTION: So the UK foreign secretary has said that if the reports are correct, “We will treat the incident seriously.” I wanted to ask why can’t – or why has not Secretary Pompeo said that if the reports are true and the Saudis, our allies, turn out to be cold-blooded killers, that there will be repercussions?

    MS NAUERT: I think that would be entirely a hypothetical question, and so if the Brits decide to comment that way, they’re more than welcome to do so. But we’re going to wait until the facts come out, and we call again for a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: Will there be repercussions?

    MS NAUERT: Carol, I’m not going to get ahead or assume that anything happened. We’re calling for a thorough and transparent investigation. And again, let me say this one more time: I’ll leave it at that. I don’t have anything more for you on this today.

    QUESTION: Can you just confirm if it was Pompeo?

    QUESTION: Does the Secretary plan to speak himself with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, and did he raise this question when he spoke with the crown prince last week?

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm --

    QUESTION: There was a readout --

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm that the Secretary has had phone conversations, but I don’t have any of the details. And some of those would just be private diplomatic conversations, which I will not be able to read out. Last time I’ll say this: I don’t have anything more for you on this today. If and when I have more, I will bring it to you. Okay?

    Go right ahead.

    QUESTION: On the Palestinians.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: Two quick --

    QUESTION: Is it okay? Can I have one more follow-up on Khashoggi, please?

    MS NAUERT: Sir, I don’t have anything --

    QUESTION: It’s in relation to what you just said.

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: Let me just --

    MS NAUERT: When I do, I would be happy to give it to you.

    QUESTION: Let me just ask my question, and you decide if you don’t want --

    MS NAUERT: Okay, I’ve not met you before, but go right ahead. Welcome to the State Department. And tell me your publication.

    QUESTION: Fadi Mansour with Al Jazeera. I’ve been covering this place for 10 years now, thank you very much.

    MS NAUERT: Pardon me?

    QUESTION: I’ve been covering this place for 10 years. I don’t come every day because I cover other places.

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Well, it’s nice to meet you. You’re welcome anytime.

    QUESTION: Yes. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask questions. So --

    MS NAUERT: Go right ahead. And this will be the last question on this. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So the fact that you called on the Saudis to carry an investigation, is the State Department assuming that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the whereabout of Khashoggi?

    MS NAUERT: We’re not assuming anything. Only because it was their consulate, we’re asking them to conduct an investigation.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS NAUERT: Said, go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, very quickly, U.S. envoy Mr. Greenblatt said that the Trump plan, the deal of the century, is heavily focused on Israeli security. Does that mean that you guys are giving up on the two-state solution, or you see the – you don’t see any, like, contradictions between focusing on Israeli --

    MS NAUERT: This is something that we have talked about for a very, very long time. We support that if both parties --

    QUESTION: And this was --

    MS NAUERT: -- if both parties can agree to it.

    QUESTION: Right.

    MS NAUERT: That hasn’t changed.

    QUESTION: But this was only yesterday. I mean, he went out of his way to say that it is focused on Israeli security. What does that mean to you?

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to parse his words. I’d just refer you back to his comments. But our position has not changed. As the President has laid out, as he did not too long ago at the UN General Assembly, that we support a two-state solution if both sides can agree to that.

    QUESTION: And one quick question on a young American student who has been detained in Israel for the past five days because she supports BDS. Are you – can you share with us if you’ve done anything? Has she contacted the American embassy, or are you in touch with her? Do you know her whereabouts?

    MS NAUERT: We are aware of her case. Our embassy is providing consular access, as we would to all American citizens. We value freedom of expression. You and I have talked about this many times.

    QUESTION: Right. Many times.

    MS NAUERT: Also in cases where people don’t agree with local policies or even the United States policies. Ultimately, it is up to the Government of Israel to decide who it wants to let into the country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: But she – this young woman, Lara Alqasem, she has a visa. She was accepted at the Hebrew University. She was going there to study and so on. She – all of the stuff that she should have done was already done. Are you not concerned about that?

    MS NAUERT: Said, it’s ultimately up to the Government of Israel, or any country for that matter, to decide which individuals, which Americans, it wants to let in. Okay?

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Heather, the issue is not that she wasn’t allowed in. It’s that she’s being detained.

    MS NAUERT: Excuse me. Or being detained. I don’t have any information beyond that. Okay?

    Laurie, go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi. Nadia Murad, the Yezidi woman who was captured by ISIS and help captive, just won the Nobel Peace Prize, as probably everyone knows, and she spoke yesterday. And she did note one positive point, the start of de-mining in Yezidi areas, which I assume is related to Secretary Pompeo’s announcement in July at the Religious Freedom conference of extra money for de-mining in the northern Iraq religious minority areas. So they’re very happy with that, but overall it was a grim picture, and among her complaints was no justice for Yezidis. And you and others, including the UN, have recognized ISIS’s assault on the Yezidis as genocide, but the Iraqi Government hasn’t. Are you prepared to put any pressure on them to do so?

    MS NAUERT: I’m not familiar with her remarks. Of course, I’m familiar with who she is. She was one of the guests at our religious freedom ministerial that was held over the summer, and we were so proud to have hosted her here. My understanding is that the Vice President is meeting with her – I believe it’s today. The Secretary and I had a brief exchange about her becoming one of the co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, and we’re really proud of her. She’s a very heroic woman, who’s done so much to advance the cause of not just religious freedom but also freedom for women, especially freedom from sexual crimes.

    I don’t have her comments. I don’t have those remarks, so I’m just not going to comment on it beyond that.

    QUESTION: How about her call for an international criminal trial for those members of ISIS who have committed these crimes against Yezidis?

    MS NAUERT: I’m afraid I just don’t have anything for you on that today. Okay?

    QUESTION: South Asia?

    MS NAUERT: Okay, hi.

    QUESTION: Heather?

    MS NAUERT: How are you?

    QUESTION: Thank you. Welcome from (inaudible).

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Okay, on North Korea, this trip – has Kim Jong-un submitted a list of nuclear facilities, or you got anything from him for evidence of nuclear list?

    MS NAUERT: We sure did. We made a lot of progress. As you know, we just got back last night from three – four countries in I think it was three days. So it was a very busy time. The Secretary and Chairman Kim discussed the four pillars of the Singapore summit. That was something that was important for them to do. They spent considerable time together. The Secretary and the President, of course, have referenced that since – the Secretary just over at the White House, speaking about this.

    Among the things they also discussed was an upcoming second summit that would be attended by our President and also Chairman Kim, and we look forward to working on all of the details of that. They also agreed to instruct their respective working level groups, led by Steve Biegun, our special representative, and also his counterpart who was named in North Korea, to start intensifying discussions on some of those four pillars that were laid out in the Singapore summit.

    As you know, Chairman Kim had invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test site to confirm that it’s been irreversibly dismantled. We were pleased with that. And President Trump looks forward to continuing to build upon the trust that was first established at the Singapore summit.

    So we view it as making a lot of progress. We’re pleased with that.

    QUESTION: But North Korea has already destroyed Punggye-ri nuclear site and Tongchang-ri missile site. They --

    MS NAUERT: I think we can say this: We can affirmatively say that they invited a group of journalists out to watch something take place. Inspectors have not been there yet. So inviting inspectors to join, to take a look, and do their work is entirely different from what we’ve seen already.

    QUESTION: Is that happen for denuclearizations?

    MS NAUERT: I’m sorry?

    QUESTION: Is this have for the denuclearizations, for what you – U.S. exactly needed to, but -

    MS NAUERT: That would be a positive step forward, and Chairman Kim agreed to that, to have inspectors at that site.

    QUESTION: Follow up on --

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Go ahead. Let’s just – hold on, I’ll come back to you. Hi.

    QUESTION: So you’ve made progress on a Trump-Kim summit. Do you have any idea of, like, the timing on that? Like, will it be before the end of the year or sometime afterwards?

    MS NAUERT: Well, as the President has said – and I’m not going to get ahead of the President, of course, but the President has said he looks forward to seeing Chairman Kim soon. As you all remember, when we were planning for the Singapore summit, that takes time. There are a lot of details that are involved in pulling together a summit of that magnitude. We need to find a place that both countries can get to. We have to compare schedules – Chairman Kim’s schedule, the President’s schedule, the Secretary’s schedule, probably National Security Advisor Bolton’s schedule – a lot of schedules. We also have to identify a place that has the infrastructure that is needed to accommodate 5,000 journalists. I believe there are 5,000 that were accredited last time.

    So there are a lot of things that come into play here, and so we are hard at work at that. I know Steve Biegun looks forward to having follow-on conversations with his counterpart about some of those details that go into the summit. And as soon as we have something for you, we’ll let you know. Okay.

    QUESTION: So would you say that the – what you’re waiting for to announce even a time or a location for that, is it all just logistical, then?

    MS NAUERT: Well, Michelle, as I just said, and I’ll repeat it again: A lot goes into this. We start with --

    QUESTION: I heard that. Yeah. You don’t have to repeat it.

    MS NAUERT: We start with comparing schedules.

    QUESTION: You don’t have to repeat it.

    MS NAUERT: Okay.

    QUESTION: I’m trying to save you some time. So are you saying that it’s all logistical before you announce a date and time, or are you waiting for North Korea to do something?

    MS NAUERT: We are looking forward to having our second summit. The President is looking forward to doing that. The timing of that will ultimately be announced by the White House. It’ll be a White House led meeting. And when we’re ready to announce that, we will.

    QUESTION: But the question is --

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

    QUESTION: -- since you listed all the logistics involved, are you simply waiting for logistics, or are you waiting for North Korea to do something related to denuclearization?

    MS NAUERT: We have not said anything about waiting for North Korea to do anything more -

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MS NAUERT: -- in order to have that summit. Okay. Nick.

    QUESTION: And when you say a lot of progress, since Punggye-ri is by many accounts an aging facility that’s already been destroyed, by allowing inspectors to come there and see this, which is not necessarily key to North Korea’s current and future nuclear program, why would you characterize that as a lot of progress?

    MS NAUERT: Michelle, I think that’s a very good step. I’ll go back and say it one more time. What you have seen were a bunch of journalists brought out to that site and you saw some sort of an explosion. Sending in inspectors to take a look around is an entirely different step and a step in the right direction, and we think that that’s progress, along with the other things that were addressed in the meeting.

    Nick, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Just as a follow-up to that, I think one of the big questions is what exactly the administration, Secretary Pompeo, President Trump, actually want to achieve from this summit. What’s the main – the headline goal for --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to get ahead of the President. The Secretary firmly believes – and I know that this is much to your dismay, to reporters’ dismay – that our negotiations are best handled in public, so I’m not going to get – negotiate it here with all of you from the podium, and I’ll let our experts do the negotiating and do their work and not get ahead of that.

    QUESTION: Heather --

    MS NAUERT: Hi.

    QUESTION: Follow-on on that. The first summit was about general commitments, complete denuclearization by Chairman Kim. Do you expect from the next summit to achieve broader agreement with the ways and --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to get ahead of what is being discussed at that summit, okay.

    QUESTION: Not what is being discussed, but what you expect.

    MS NAUERT: My job is not – my job is not to lay out what our policy will be.

    QUESTION: Because we see your goal; we don’t see your method. So --

    MS NAUERT: And – okay, so that’s a fair point. You see our goal, but you don’t see our method. That is something --

    QUESTION: Do you want to do it – work in progress, step by step, or do you want to have a deal --

    MS NAUERT: That is something that we will discuss --

    QUESTION: -- with everything inside?

    MS NAUERT: We will discuss that with the North Koreans and not the broader public, not the media, because we believe that negotiations – some of these complicated negotiations – are best handled between our country and theirs. And our objective is to get to the fully, final, verified denuclearization of North Korea. We are working hard toward that goal. We think we’ve made progress and we’ll continue working toward that goal.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    MS NAUERT: Hi. Go ahead. Hi.

    QUESTION: India.

    QUESTION: Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: So Secretary Pompeo did not meet with the Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday. Could you please shed some light on what happened? And what is – what was the reason given – provided by Chinese Government? Because it’s a understanding that arrangements were being made for this meeting to happen.

    MS NAUERT: We never announced any specific meetings ahead of our trip to China. Is it not every time that the Secretary would go to any given country that he would be meeting with the president of that country. Sometimes he does; sometimes he doesn’t. And so that was just a reflection of this trip, but I know the Secretary had good, constructive meetings with his Chinese counterparts that he met with yesterday.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    QUESTION: Has the U.S. asked to such meeting to happen? Has the United States asked China – ask Chinese Government to arrange a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping?

    MS NAUERT: Not to my knowledge. Anything going forward, we’ll let you know when we have that planned.

    QUESTION: Would you characterize U.S.-China relationship as a strategic competitor?

    MS NAUERT: Well, look, they’re certainly a competitor. It’s a complex and broad-based relationship that we have with China, as you all saw in the comments and exchanges between the Secretary and his counterparts. We have areas of common interest. North Korea is one of them. Working to combat illegal narcotics is another area where we work well together. We also have areas of disagreement and areas where we have challenges, and we’ll keep working together on that. It’s obviously an important relationship that we need to work hard to maintain. Okay.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. Yes, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Ambassador – very quickly. Was the Secretary surprised that Ambassador Haley resigned? Does he have any comment? Could you share with us what was his reaction?

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think the Secretary addressed that from the White House today, in which he talked about what a great partner Ambassador Haley has been. The Secretary and Ambassador Haley have worked very well together since the beginning of this administration, but I would say more closely once he became Secretary of State. At the working level, from my level, her team and Ambassador Haley have been wonderful to work with. Sorry to see her depart. This happens, of course, in administrations. The Secretary, I think, is sorry to see her depart as well.

    I’m not going to get into who knew what when and all of that. What is ultimately important is that the President knew about her decision well in advance. They had those conversations. I’m not privy to those conversations, so I’d have to refer you to the White House for that. We’re sorry to see her go and thank her for all her incredible service that she’s done on behalf of the U.S. Government and on taxpayers at the United Nations.

    QUESTION: May I just follow up?

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Okay.

    QUESTION: A follow-up?

    MS NAUERT: Last question. I’m going to have to go.

    QUESTION: So we saw the exchange of rhetorics when Secretary Pompeo was in China. Would you say those tensions now between United States and China would spill over to your cooperation on North Korea at this very critical time?

    MS NAUERT: We don’t think so, because China again and again has said to us, publicly and privately, that they are committed to the denuclearization of North Korea. They understand that; they recognize that. They recognize the importance of that matter. We don’t think they’re backing away. What we do say, though, is that countries including China and Russia can always do more. They can do more, but they are also one of the countries that had voted for UN Security Council resolutions, and so we expect those to uphold those.

    I’ll do one last question. Nazira, hi.

    QUESTION: Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Were you at the White House earlier today?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MS NAUERT: Did I see you?

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS NAUERT: I thought I saw your yellow over there.

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS NAUERT: She gets around.

    QUESTION: Okay. Thank you.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Heather, I have two question, one question regarding Afghan delegation. Dr. Abdullah was here. What is their – do you think that they have any achievement? Do they meet any high officials, U.S. authority?

    MS NAUERT: I’m afraid I don’t have any information if – as to whether or not Dr. Abdullah was here at the State Department or here in Washington. I can look --

    QUESTION: He was in New York. I’m asking about General Assemblies at the – New York.

    MS NAUERT: Oh, he was in – oh, at the General Assembly.

    QUESTION: Did he have any meeting with the Secretary of State or either President Trump?

    MS NAUERT: I don’t recall that. It seems like that was a year ago even though that was only two weeks ago, so I’m so sorry. My apologies.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MS NAUERT: I will have to check – double-check to see if he had any meetings with U.S. officials.

    QUESTION: Two weeks ago.

    MS NAUERT: Okay. I’ll check on that for you.

    QUESTION: Yeah. The next question, Ambassador Khalilzad.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: He is in Afghanistan and he traveled to Pakistan. Do you think that useful for Afghanistan, Khalilzad mission?

    MS NAUERT: I think it’s extremely helpful to have Ambassador Khalilzad out on travel. This is part of our team on the field, having our people do what they do best, and that is going out and conducting American diplomacy around the world. He is leading an interagency delegation to Afghanistan, to Pakistan, to the UAE, to Qatar, and also to Saudi Arabia. It’s a fairly lengthy trip. His mission there is to coordinate our U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. This is still Afghan-led, Afghan-owned. Our policy has not changed in any way. But we’re proud and pleased to have him out there advocating on this behalf and we’ll be working in close coordination with the Afghan Government.

    I’ve got to go, guys. We’ll see you again real soon. Thanks.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:37 p.m.)


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          Statues of Historic Figures - The Honourable James Gladstone - L'Honorable James Gladstone - Ottawa, Ontario      Cache   Translate Page      
The honourable James Gladstone was the first status Indian to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. Gladstone was a Cree by birth and Blackfoot by adoption. In 1949, he was elected President of the Indian Association of Alberta. He was appointed to the Senate in 1958, tow years before status Indians were given the right to vote.

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L’Honorable James Gladstone est le premier Indien inscrit a avoir été nomme au Sénat du Canada. Il était Cri de naissance et Pied-noir par adoption. En 1949, il a été élu president de l’Indian Association of Alberta. Il est devenu sénateur en 1958, deux ans avant que les Indiens inscrits n’obtiennent le droit de vote.

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The Honourable James Gladstone:

James Gladstone, or Akay-na-muka, meaning "Many guns," Canada's first native senator (b at Mountain Hill, North-West Territories 21 May 1887; d at Fernie, BC 4 Sept 1971). Gladstone, a member of the Blood tribe, devoted most of his life to the betterment of Canadian Aboriginal peoples. He was president of the Indian Association of Alta (IAA) and three times was a delegate to Ottawa to discuss proposed changes in the Indian Act. He played a prominent part in the fight for better education, greater respect for treaty rights, and participation of Aboriginals in their own administration. On 1 February 1958 he was appointed to the Senate of Canada and in his maiden speech he spoke in Blackfoot "to place in the official debates a few words in the language of my people, the Blackfoot Indians, as a recognition of the first Canadians." In the Senate, Gladstone spoke strongly on issues that affected Aboriginals; he sat on the 1959 joint committee to investigate Aboriginal affairs.

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The bust of the late Honourable James Gladstone, senator from 1958 to 1971, was created by Rosemary Breault-Landry in 2000. It was commissioned to celebrate the first aboriginal person to serve in the senate. Senator Gladstone proudly wears a ceremonial feather headdress decorated with fir boughs in the form of a crown. A leather strap knotted under his chin is present to secure the headdress. He is wearing an undershirt and a leather vest on which a native motif has been created by a hammer and metal punch. Honoured to have been the first Aboriginal person to serve in the Senate, the senator conveys an aura of serenity and realizes that while he has played a role in advancing the cause of First Nation Peoples, much more remains to be done.

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L'Honorable James Gladstone

James Gladstone, ou Akay-na-muka, signifiant « nombreux fusils », premier sénateur autochtone du Canada (Mountain Hill, T.N.-O., 21 mai 1887 -- Fernie, C.-B., 4 sept. 1971). Membre de la nation des GENS-DU-SANG, il consacre la majeure partie de sa vie à l'amélioration des conditions de vie des Indiens au Canada. Président de l'Indian Association of Alberta, il est trois fois délégué à Ottawa pour discuter des propositions d'amendements à la LOI SUR LES INDIENS. Il joue un rôle de premier plan dans la lutte pour une meilleure éducation, le respect des droits issus de traités et la participation des Indiens à leur administration. Le 1er février 1958, il est nommé au Sénat où, dans son premier discours, il s'adresse aux sénateurs dans la langue des Pieds-Noirs afin de placer dans les débats officiels quelques mots dans la langue de son peuple, les Pieds-Noirs, en hommage aux premiers Canadiens. Au sénat, Gladstone défend avec force la cause des autochtones et, en 1969, il fait partie du comité mixte chargé de faire enquête sur les Affaires indiennes.

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Le buste de feu l'honorable James Gladstone, sénateur de 1958 à 1971, a été créé par Rosemary Breault-Landry en 2000. Il a été commandé pour célébrer le premier Autochtone à siéger au Sénat. Le sénateur Gladstone porte fièrement une coiffe de cérémonie en plumes ornée de branches de sapin en forme de couronne. Une lanière de cuir nouée sous le menton est présente pour sécuriser la coiffe. Il porte une chemise et une veste en cuir sur laquelle un motif autochtone a été créé par un marteau et un poinçon en métal. Honoré d'avoir été le premier Autochtone à siéger au Sénat, le sénateur affiche un air de sérénité et se rend compte que, s'il a joué un rôle dans l'avancement de la cause des peuples des Premières Nations, il reste encore beaucoup à faire.



          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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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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Where in the world is Jamal Khashoggi? The Washington Post columnist and gadfly to the Saudi royal family disappeared a week ago after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to settle some paperwork. Turkey has demanded answers about what happened to the exile in the building, and the government has summoned the Saudi ambassador twice to get them.

The Saudis insist that Khashoggi left the consulate alive, and today they agreed to allow Turkish authorities to search the consulate — a rare concession of diplomatic sovereignty:

Saudi Arabia has agreed to let Turkish authorities search the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate after prominent journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing last week, the Turkish foreign ministry said Tuesday.

“Saudi authorities said they were open to cooperation and that a search can be conducted at the consulate building,” the ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

Aksoy added the search will take place as part of the official investigation, which was being conducted “in an intense manner”, though he did not say when.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who had been published in the Arab and Western media, vanished last Tuesday after visiting the consulate to obtain official documents.

The agreement came after Turkey’s strongman leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded that the Saudis prove that Khashoggi left the consulate alive. The Washington Post reports that a new theory has emerged with Turkish authorities — that the Saudis used diplomatic security to bring in a hit squad to kill Khashoggi after luring him to the consulate:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Monday that Saudi Arabia prove that journalist Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on his own, as Saudi officials have repeatedly asserted, after he disappeared last week while inside the mission.

Erdogan’s comments were his most direct suggestion yet of potential Saudi culpability in Khashoggi’s disappearance. But other Turkish officials have said they believe that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents inside the consulate. …

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, 59, a critic of the Saudi leadership and a contributor to The Washington Post’s Global Opinions section, was killed by a team of 15 Saudis flown in specifically to carry out the attack. Saudi authorities have called the allegation “baseless.”

If so, the plot sounds like something right out of Goodfellas:

A report Monday in the daily newspaper Sabah said investigators were also focused on a convoy of diplomatic vehicles that departed from the consulate on the day Khashoggi vanished. A U.S. official said that Turkish investigators believe Khashoggi was probably dismembered and his body removed in boxes and flown out of the country.

The US has begun its own diplomatic throat-clearing on Khashoggi. Donald Trump commented on the disappearance in his press conference yesterday, saying “I do nor like it” and expressing hope that the issue will “sort itself out.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed the Saudis a little harder to sort it out themselves, calling for “a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Lindsey Graham issued a similar and bipartisan warning to the Saudis on Twitter yesterday:

For the moment, the Saudis are insisting that they had nothing to do with Khashoggi’s fate, whatever it might be. Their ambassador to the US insists that he personally had a friendly relationship with Khashoggi and remained in contact whenever both of them were in Washington. That doesn’t negate the fact that Khashoggi disappeared at or about the time he was supposed to be inside the consulate, and those circumstances don’t leave a lot of room for other suspects. The Turks would have little incentive to bump off a critic of the Sauds, although they would have every incentive to make the Sauds the villains. It could have been a random murder — but if that was the case, where’s the body? Assuming, of course, that Khashoggi is actually deceased rather than having been spirited back to Riyadh.

The next step will be the search, which is almost certain to produce nothing. If there was evidence of a crime there, it will have been cleaned up days ago. If the Sauds conducted a hit on Khashoggi, they’ll have to hope that no one talks and their allies eventually forget about it. But if they did bring in a hit squad to conduct a murder, the members of that team had better get their affairs in order tout suite. The Sauds won’t want any potential loose ends.

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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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          Hillary: The GOP can’t be bargained with and it doesn’t feel pity, remorse or fear      Cache   Translate Page      

Yes, that headline is a reference to one of the best lines from the original Terminator film. It’s the moment where Kyle Reese tries to explain to Sarah Connor that the situation is dire because the terminator “absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”

That came to mind watching this clip from Hillary Clinton’s latest interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, parts of which have been airing on the network this morning. Hillary is talking about civility but her conclusion is that there’s no point trying to be civil with the GOP because the only thing they understand is power.

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Hillary said. She continued, “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.”

Incredibly, Hillary points to the just concluded confirmation fight over Judge Kavanaugh as an example of Republican incivility. Even if you believe some of Trump’s comments about Dr. Ford were inappropriate, shouldn’t there be some sense of self-awareness that kicks in here? Was Spartacus civility? Were Michael Avenatti’s allegations about Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook civility? Was the partisan leak of Dr. Ford’s allegations against her wishes civility? Is claiming you need to delay the proceedings because you’re afraid to fly and then flying to the hearings civility? Was Sen. Gillibrand’s announcement that she believed the accusers without waiting to hear from the accused civility? Were the shouting, crying protesters hounding GOP Senators in their offices and at the elevators civility? Is bringing forward allegations of gang rape that no one can support civility? Were the death threats made against Judge Kavanaugh and Sen. Collins civility?

Any reasonable observer would have to admit that incivility in this situation was, at best, a mixed bag. It certainly can’t be put solely at the feet of one party, not with Michael Avenatti out there crying gang-rape. But none of this seems to occur to Hillary, which should tell you all you need to know about her qualifications to lecture anyone on civility.

But Hillary is just warming up. She then goes through a list of grievances, from the 2000 election to the swift-boat veterans to the way they treated her for the past 25 years. She concluded,” So when you’re dealing with an ideological party that is driven by the lust for power, that is funded by corporate interests to want a government that does its bidding…you can be civil but you can’t overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections.”

The argument Hillary is making here only makes sense if you’ve forgotten every contrary example or decided to ignore them all as whataboutism. Don’t look over there at what Democrats did to Sarah Palin and her family. Don’t look at the treatment of George W. Bush (aka Chimpy McHitlerburton) for years by the ideological left. Don’t look at how Democrats turned Mitt Romney (Mitt “the gent” Romney!) into a cancer-causing, woman-bindering, hair-shaving, Cold War-fixated, vampire capitalist. Forget all of that and let’s just stroll into Hillary’s fantasy land where one party has cornered the market on ideologically motivated savagery and is single-handedly preventing the dawn of civility.

Hillary’s high-handed position is laughable to anyone who has actually been paying attention for more than 10 seconds. But of course, CNN’s Christine Amanpour doesn’t seem prepared to challenge Hillary on any of her nonsense. She just nods along as if this is all perfectly sensible. Maybe the full interview will include a little pushback on all of this but I sort of doubt it.

Bottom line: The GOP is not the terminator, at least it’s not the only one. The current plot is a lot more like T2. There are people being less-than-civil on both sides. Hillary Clinton knows that because she has been part of her own party’s slime machine for decades.

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          NBC/Marist Poll: Heller leading Rosen in Nevada Senate race      Cache   Translate Page      
In a brand new NBC-Marist Poll, Heller has a 2 point lead over Rosen with 46% of likely voters supporting Heller and 44% supporting Rosen.
          Alaska GOP preparing to sanction Murkowski for Kavanaugh vote?      Cache   Translate Page      

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A leftover from yesterday. The question to ask here is “Who has more leverage over the other, Murkowski or her state party?”

Alaska Republican party leaders plan to consider whether to reprimand U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

The party has asked Murkowski to provide any information she might want its state central committee to consider.

Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock says the committee could decide to issue a statement. Or he says it could withdraw support of Murkowski, encourage party officials to look for a replacement and ask that she not seek re-election as a Republican.

Good lord. How will Lisa Murkowski win an election in Alaska without her state party’s support?

Trump has been egging them on:

“I think she will never recover from this,” Trump said. “I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did.”…

Asked whether Palin might mount a credible GOP primary challenge, Trump said, “I don’t know anything about that. It’s four years. That’s a long time. But they will not forget. They will never forget. What she did was unacceptable. Really unacceptable.”

The problem with the PUNISH MURKOWSKI impulse is that she’s better positioned to punish Republicans than vice versa. With the possible exception of Joe Manchin, there’s no one in the Senate who’s more likely to pull a Jim Jeffords by going independent and caucusing with the other party than Murkowski is. I wouldn’t except Manchin, in fact: If he were going to do that, he’d have done it already. If he’s reelected this fall as a Democrat in a state as blood-red as West Virginia, he’ll conclude that he’s invulnerable politically and there’s simply no need to go indie. On the contrary, with favorable Senate maps for Democrats in 2020 and 2022, by remaining a Dem he’ll be well positioned to chair some committees in the near future.

Murkowski, in other words, really might be the most likely Jeffords out of the Senate’s 100 members. It’d be a risk in a state as reliably red as Alaska, but Alaskans aren’t completely allergic to electing non-Republicans. They elected Democrat Mark Begich in 2008, then elected Murkowski herself as an independent (via a write-in!) two years later. In 2014, the year of a big Republican wave, Begich fell fewer than three points shy of winning a second term. Imagine Democrats have a big night next month and we end up with a Senate that’s split dead even at 50 apiece. Under those circumstances Schumer would give Murkowski anything to get her to flip and hand Dems a majority. Any committee chairmanship would be hers for the asking. And Murkowski will be looking at the same 2020 and 2022 maps that Manchin is, thinking that if she doesn’t flip in the next two years there’s a real chance that Schumer will end up with an elected majority anyway in 2021 and he won’t need her vote anymore.

And now the Alaska GOP wants to shove her in his direction by sanctioning her?

You might say, “If she’s destined to go independent anyway then it doesn’t matter if she’s sanctioned. Might as well flip her the bird as she’s on her way out the door.” Right, but between that kiss-off and Trump dumping on her in the papers, it might inspire her to flip sooner than she intended — which would be very perilous for Trump and McConnell if there’s another SCOTUS vacancy before 2020. If Murky flipped tomorrow, we’d start at 50/50 on the new nominee. Amy Coney Barrett, who probably wouldn’t have gotten Murkowski’s vote anyway, almost certainly wouldn’t now. Because Murkowski would be eager to pay dividends to her new caucus, she’d likely start off leaning no on anyone Trump nominates, particularly after he went out of his way to be antagonistic to her. You’d think a president with a Senate majority as fragile as the one he has would be more circumspect about attacking swing votes in his own party. Oh well.

One other thing to remember before sanctioning her: Not only was Murkowski a yes on Gorsuch, she was a yes on the crucial vote to nuke the filibuster that made Gorsuch’s confirmation possible. And unlike her centrist buddy Susan Collins, she was a no on both Sotomayor and Kagan. She usually votes with the party on SCOTUS nominees, in other words, and in the one notable case where she didn’t — Kavanaugh — she ended up causing no harm. (Although she did hand Democrats a talking point that opposition to Kavanaugh was bipartisan, just as his support was thanks to Joe Manchin.) Chase her out of the party and that’s apt to change.

Here’s Sarah Palin commenting on Murkowski’s no vote. Sorry, I mean her present vote.

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          It’s (still) on: SCOTUS upholds Kavanaugh ruling on Obama climate rule      Cache   Translate Page      

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Oh, who are we kidding? It’s going to be “on” for opponents of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for at least through the midterms, and probably all the way to 2020. Kavanaugh hears his first arguments from the bench today, having salted away the traditional duties of cafeteria supervision befitting the tradition for SCOTUS newbies.

Despite the esoteric nature of the two cases being argued today — both involving mandatory sentencing enhancement policies — the New York Times is live-blogging the events at the courthouse and notes that long lines have developed to get in to see the action. Protesters, however, are in surprisingly short supply:

People hoping to see Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s first day on the Supreme Court bench are waiting in long lines outside the court. Police barricades are up in front of the court, but the few protesters on hand are congregating near the garage where the justices enter.

Protesters held signs that said, “We will not forget” and “We do not consent,” following the acrimonious fight that culminated in Kavanaugh’s 50-48 confirmation by the Senate on Saturday. …

The scene Tuesday morning contrasted sharply with a loud demonstration on Saturday, when chanting protesters climbed the normally off-limits Supreme Court steps and plaza.

Don’t be surprised if a few protesters have gotten in line. If today’s two sessions end without an outburst from the gallery, it’d be a minor miracle. This being argument, today’s session is unlikely to produce any major news other than the novelty of it being Kavanaugh’s first day on the job; his family will be on hand in the chamber to share the day with him.

They weren’t alone, either:

The biggest news from today’s deliberations may have already taken place. The court denied cert on an appeal of a 2017 Kavanaugh ruling from the DC circuit that struck down a Barack Obama administration rule relating to greenhouse gases:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned aside appeals of a 2017 lower court ruling by its newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, that struck down an environmental rule imposed under former President Barack Obama regulating a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change.

The appeals had been brought by an environmental group and companies that supported the 2015 rule that had limited hydrofluorocarbons, which are used in a variety of products including spray cans and air conditioners.

The ruling authored by Kavanaugh, confirmed by the Senate on Saturday after a contentious political battle, was made by a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the court on which he formerly served. The 2-1 ruling threw out the rule issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during Obama’s presidency. …

Kavanaugh has a long history of skepticism toward environmental regulations, especially those concerning air pollution.

“However much we might sympathize or agree with EPA’s policy objectives, EPA may act only within the boundaries of its statutory authority,” Kavanaugh wrote in the ruling.

That will set off more hysteria over Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but it’s meaningless. It only takes four justices to grant cert, which means that Kavanaugh’s appointment didn’t force an end to the appeal. At least one of the liberal justices declined to vote for cert in this case, and perhaps more than one. The result is a tacit endorsement of Kavanaugh’s ruling on the limit of executive power in agency law, one that sets a precedent for future court cases unless the Supreme Court chooses to revisit it.

That sounds as though the skepticism Kavanaugh expressed is more widely shared than Reuters credits in this report. It should remind everyone that Kavanaugh was no judicial radical, but instead a mainstream jurist interested in institutional integrity rather than ideology. Kavanaugh has to feel gratified for the endorsement from his colleagues and from his mentor, as it’s not a bad way to start off his first day in his public role as associate justice.

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          WaPo’s The Fix: It’s probably time to consider packing the Supreme Court      Cache   Translate Page      

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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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          Scarborough: Is the media going to investigate how and why Democrats handled Ford’s letter the way they did?      Cache   Translate Page      

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Via the Free Beacon, “Morning Joe” is usually in no hurry to hand Team Trump talking points against the Democrats. But Scarborough can’t contain his suspicion of Team Blue’s machinations here.

Nor can a lot of independents.

One possible explanation for the dearth of media exposes on how Democrats handled the Ford matter is that the Dems are simply better at keeping secrets, particularly secrets which they know will reflect badly on them. The White House usually likes like a sieve. (Usually, but not always.) The Senate Democratic caucus may be more watertight. If in fact they sat on Ford’s accusation for weeks as a strategic matter, in hopes of springing an ambush, letting that fact be known would create sympathy for the Evil Brett Kavanaugh and risk turning public scorn against the Good People.

The other possibility, clearly Scarborough’s own preferred theory: Maybe the media just … doesn’t want this story. Democrats are willing to leak but there’s no one calling them to leak to. Why would the press, which worked so hard to assist Democratic efforts to damage Kavanaugh, now turn around and reveal just how cynical those efforts were? It’d be self-sabotage, pulling a pin on a grenade inside the wire. The last thing the media wants is for average Americans to come to the same conclusion as Kevin Williamson:

Under Senator Feinstein’s leadership, the Democrats have introduced weaponized slander into the arsenal of ordinary political weapons. That is a bell that probably cannot be unrung. The Democrats have created an environment that will render ordinary political discourse almost impossible for years to come, initiating an attack on fundamental democratic norms — and on decency, too. This has been shameful, and there should be a reckoning…

[A]s the Democrats in rodential retreat go slinking sideways away from this failed attempt at character assassination, what will we do? Not only in November, but after? They would very much like to make this election about Donald Trump, but this has very little to do with the president. They tried to do the same thing to Mitt Romney that they tried with Brett Kavanaugh, and they would have done the same thing if it had been President Romney naming a new justice.

There has been some reporting on how Feinstein handled Ford’s letter, although nothing I’ve seen is as in-depth as, say, this NYT piece from over the weekend about how Kavanaugh, McGahn, McConnell, and Trump saved his nomination after the hearing. And what little has emerged has been conspicuously helpful to Democrats not named “Dianne Feinstein.” WaPo reported on September 18th that other Dems on the Judiciary Committee didn’t hear a word about the Ford matter until her letter leaked to the media and Feinstein finally briefed them on it, just days before Ford went public. Is that true or false? Could be true: One would think that if a 2020 hopeful on the Committee like Cory Booker or Kamala Harris had known about the letter, they would have maneuvered to have it revealed in such a way that they could take credit.

But it could be false too, a narrative cooked up by Committee Democrats who didn’t want their fingerprints on what’s widely perceived as a smear campaign against Kavanaugh. “We didn’t know. Feinstein didn’t tell us.” It’d be nice if the media took a closer look at that, says Joe Scarborough, correctly. It’d be nice too if they took a look at why Ford, who wasn’t coaxed into going public until September, took a polygraph in early August; why her lawyers seem not to have communicated Chuck Grassley’s offer to send investigators to her, to take her testimony privately if she preferred; why Feinstein was giving Ford advice on which lawyers should represent her; and how it was — and when — that Senate Democrats got involved in the Deborah Ramirez matter.

The investigation we really deserve, but which we certainly won’t get, is how extensive knowledge of Ford’s letter was within the media itself before she came forward to WaPo. By Ford’s own admission, she tipped WaPo to her claims against Kavanaugh in July — albeit anonymously. A reporter there stayed in touch and finally landed the big scoop when Ford was ready to come forward in September. Maybe the timeline really is that simple. But I’d be curious to know when Ford’s name or even the letter itself first ended up in a reporter’s hands and when Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer got their first lead on Ramirez (and of course how they got it). If in fact reporters knew long in advance about what Democrats were planning, they might reasonably claim their hands were tied: They couldn’t publish without getting Ford on the record because her allegations were uncorroborated, plus sensitivity to victims of sexual assault prevents the media from publishing an alleged victim’s name without her consent. The problem with that explanation, though, is that neither concern prevented outlets like The Intercept and BuzzFeed from publishing reports in mid-September about a mysterious letter about Kavanaugh from an unnamed accuser in Feinstein’s possession in the days before Ford finally came forward. In fact, according to Ford, it was because the media started pestering her that she finally felt forced to come forward, which tells you all you need to know about how “concerned” the press is for a victim’s privacy when borking a Republican SCOTUS nominee is on the line.

Anyway, those same reports about a mystery letter and a mystery accuser could have been published weeks earlier *if* the media had known about the letter. Did they? If they did, why weren’t they published sooner instead of at the last moment, when the ambush left Kavanaugh scrambling? Why did they publish the “mystery letter” stories at all if they agree that it’s inappropriate to pressure a sex-crime victim into speaking publicly? Asking Republicans to trust that the media and the Democrats had clean hands in this matter is asking way too much even for Joe Scarborough.

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The Child Victims Act has languished in the New York State Senate. The horrific report from the Pennsylvania grand jury about rampant sexual abuse and cover-ups by church officials makes it clear that New York must pass a final version of this bill.

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Mikuláš Bek, rector of the Masaryk University in Brno, won the first round of the Senate elections in the Brno Senate district No. 59, otherwise known as Brno-město, with nearly 40% of the vote. Jaromír Ostrý, the candidate for ANO, received around 20% less. Both candidates qualify for the second round.


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          Court mood is jovial as Kavanaugh takes his place on bench      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON – Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time Tuesday in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high-court confirmation.

The new justice dived into his new job, asking a handful of questions in the first arguments of the day following a traditional welcome from Chief Justice John Roberts, who wished Kavanaugh “a long and happy career in our common calling.”

Kavanaugh took his seat at the end of the bench to Roberts’ far left, a visible manifestation of a moment that Republicans have dreamed of for decades, with five solidly conservative justices on the court, and Democrats have dreaded.

His path to confirmation was turbulent – opposition to him intensified after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago, when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh denied it.

In court, Kavanaugh asked questions of both sides in arguments over increased prison sentences for repeat offenders. He jumped in with his first question after most of the other justices had spoken.

Questions from Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s two high-court picks, suggested they could vote against the Trump administration and side with a criminal defendant from Florida who is fighting an increase in his sentence from just over six years to possibly more than 15 years.

As Gorsuch did in his first arguments last year, Kavanaugh focused heavily on the importance of following earlier decisions of the court. Both men testified about their respect for Supreme Court precedent, though Gorsuch already has been in the majority to overrule four high-court rulings.

Referring to a 2010 decision known as Curtis Johnson, Kavanaugh asked Justice Department lawyer Frederick Liu what the court should do “if we’re trying to follow Curtis Johnson strictly?”

There were no disruptions in the courtroom, and the justices laughed at one another’s jokes. Justice Sonia Sotomayor even appeared to playfully pinch Gorsuch’s arm as she asked a question about the kind of physical force necessary to have a crime be treated as violent under a federal enhanced sentencing law.

When the session came to an end, Kavanaugh shook hands with his new seatmate, Justice Elena Kagan. They also chatted privately before the arguments began. From time to time, Kavanaugh put on reading glasses to glance at papers in front of him.

Kavanaugh’s wife and two daughters were in seats reserved for justices’ guests, along with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh replaced Kennedy on the bench.

There was a long line of people hoping to see Kavanaugh’s first appearance. Police put up barricades in front of the court, but there were few protesters in the early morning.

Those who were there held signs saying “We will not forget” and “We do not consent,” following the acrimonious fight that culminated in Kavanaugh’s 50-48 Senate confirmation Saturday.

Kennedy’s presence in the courtroom underscored the changing of the guard on the bench. Kennedy was a more moderate conservative who sometimes sided with the court’s four liberal justices. Kavanaugh, in contrast, is expected to be a more decidedly conservative vote, tilting the court right for decades and leaving Roberts as the justice closest to the ideological middle.

Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1, the start of the new term. Instead, the former D.C. Circuit judge missed the first week of arguments as the Senate considered an allegation that he had sexually assaulted a woman in high school.

Kavanaugh has had busy days since he was confirmed Saturday. That evening, he took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court while protesters chanted outside the court building.

And on Monday evening he was the guest of honor at a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House. While Trump apologized on behalf of the nation for “the terrible pain and suffering” Kavanaugh and his family had experienced and declared him “proven innocent,” the new justice assured Americans that he would be fair and was taking the job with “no bitterness.”

The other eight justices also were at the White House on Monday.

Kavanaugh has also begun moving in to his new office at the Supreme Court, taking over space previously used by Justice Samuel Alito, who moved into offices vacated by Kennedy. Kavanaugh has also hired four clerks, all women, the first time that has happened.

On Wednesday, the only other day of arguments this week, the court will hear another two hours of arguments. One of the two cases involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh’s vote could be key.

Although he missed the court’s first week, none of the six cases argued dealt with blockbuster issues. They included a case about a potential habitat for an endangered frog and another about an Alabama death row inmate whose lawyers argue he shouldn’t be executed because dementia has left him unable to remember his crime. Kavanaugh won’t vote in those cases, but if the court is split 4-4, it could decide to have those cases reargued so Kavanaugh can break the tie.

As the newest member of the court, Kavanaugh will take on a few special jobs. He will take notes for the justices when they meet for private conferences. He’ll also be the one to answer the door at those meetings if someone knocks to deliver something such as a justice’s coffee or forgotten glasses.

He’ll also sit on the committee that oversees the court’s cafeteria, which is open to the public. Roberts has previously said that assignment is a way of bringing a new justice “back down to Earth after the excitement of confirmation and appointment.”


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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday.

“It’s an amazing substance. You look at the Indy cars. They run 100 percent on ethanol,” Trump said at the White House before leaving for Iowa.

He said he wants more energy production and to help farmers and refiners.

“I want more because I don’t like $74,” Trump said referring to the current price of a barrel of crude oil. “If I have to do more – whether it’s through ethanol or another means – that’s what I want. I want low prices.”

The long-expected announcement is something of a reward to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman led a contentious but successful fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The veteran Republican lawmaker is the Senate’s leading ethanol proponent and sharply criticized the Trump administration’s proposed rollback in ethanol volumes earlier this year.

Grassley called the proposal “a very good victory for agriculture,” ethanol workers and the environment. “Everything about this is good, good, good,” Grassley said Tuesday after he and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, met with Trump at the White House.

A senior administration official said Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency will publish a rule to allow high-ethanol blends as part of a package of proposed changes to the ethanol mandate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of Trump’s announcement.

The change would allow year-round sales of gasoline blends with up to 15 percent ethanol. Gasoline typically contains 10 percent ethanol.

The EPA currently bans the high-ethanol blend, called E15, during the summer because of concerns that it contributes to smog on hot days, a claim ethanol industry advocates say is unfounded.

In May, Republican senators, including Grassley, announced a tentative agreement with the White House to allow year-round E15 sales, but the EPA did not propose a formal rule change.

The senior administration official said the proposed rule intends to allow E15 sales next summer. Current regulations prevent retailers in much of the country from offering E15 from June 1 to Sept. 15.

Lifting the summer ban is expected to be coupled with new restrictions on trading biofuel credits that underpin the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, commonly known as the ethanol mandate. The law sets out how much corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels refiners must blend into gasoline each year.

The Renewable Fuel Standard was intended to address global warming, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster the rural economy by requiring a steady increase in renewable fuels over time. The mandate has not worked as intended, and production levels of renewable fuels, mostly ethanol, routinely fail to reach minimum thresholds set in law.

The oil industry opposes year-round sales of E15, warning that high-ethanol gasoline can damage engines and fuel systems of older cars and motorcycles. Some carmakers have warned against high-ethanol blends, though EPA has approved use of E15 in all light-duty vehicles built since 2001.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, many from oil-producing states, sent Trump a letter last week opposing expanded sales of high-ethanol gas. The lawmakers called the approach “misguided” and said it would do nothing to protect refinery jobs and “could hurt millions of consumers whose vehicles and equipment are not compatible with higher-ethanol blended gasoline.”

The letter was signed by 16 Republicans and four Democrats, including Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Environment Committee.

A spokeswoman for the Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry trade group, said allowing E15 to be sold year-round would give consumers greater access to clean, low-cost, higher-octane fuel while expanding market access for ethanol producers.

“The ability to sell E15 all year would also bring a significant boost to farmers across our country” and provide a significant economic boost to rural America, said spokeswoman Rachel Gantz.


          Prasynovec Adolfa Hitlera poskytl rozhovor: Náš bratr si měl vzít Židovku!      Cache   Translate Page      
Věděli jste, že v Americe žijí poslední z příbuzenstva Adolfa Hitlera? Jeden z nich nedávno poskytl rozhovor, ve kterém prozradil, jak si jejich rodina změnila jméno a jak temné tajemství střežili před veřejností, která by pro své spoluobčany neměla mnoho pochopení. Jakou mezi sebou měli prasynovci vůdce dohodu?
          Noonletter, Oct. 9, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
High-stakes low-profile Democrat and political newcomer Sharice Davids is leading in multiple polls and recent fundraising in her bid to oust Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder. Not so much in public appearances. KCUR’s Sam Zeff explores her apparent lay-low strategy to win in a district that covers the Kansas side of the Kansas City area. Schooling you on the candidates Few things rank as high in the race for governor as what the candidates have in mind for your local schools and the corresponding tax bill. Stephen Koranda looked at where the candidates stand and wrote: “Laura Kelly, the state senator and Democratic nominee, says there’s little getting around a need to spend more. “Kris Kobach, the Republican candidate and secretary of state, contends the state could spend money better if districts would just trim their administrative fat. “Greg Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman and independent candidate, thinks he can fix schools by revving up the state’s economy.” (Orman also
          ‘South Park’ and Mr. Hankey Laugh at the Kavanaugh Hearings      Cache   Translate Page      
Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s long-running Comedy Central show South Park has never been afraid of courting controversy. This week, the popular animated show takes aim at the much-talked-about Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary hearings, with a little help from Mr. Hankey! “Mr. Hankey, 14 years ago, did you, or did you not, say everyone in […]
          Berlins Schulden nach wie vor hoch - Abbau und Investitionen geplant      Cache   Translate Page      
BERLIN (dpa-AFX) - Berlin will seine Schulden senken und Investitionen steigern. Das geht aus dem Stabilitätsbericht 2018 hervor, den Finanzstaatssekretär Klaus Feiler am Dienstag im Roten Rathaus vorgestellt hat. Zwar sinken die Schulden seit 2012, betragen aber immerhin noch 58 Milliarden Euro. Finanzsenator Matthias Kollatz...
          1944 - How the End of the World Became Old News w/ David Wallace-Wells      Cache   Translate Page      

New York Magazine's David Wallace-Wells, (@dwallacewells) joins us to discuss the new IPCC report on the acceleration of the climate crisis. Read his piece, "How Did the End of the World Become Old News?"

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.

On the fun half: Joe Rogan's alt-right following. Will the Kavanaugh appointment make liberals stop rehabilitating figures like GWB? Jacob Soboroff asks UC Davis students if they're voting...they're probably not. Trump says he likes Taylor Swift's music "about 25% less" than he did before she told fans to vote for Democrats. Sebastian Gorka claims the left has "normalized violence in America in the last two years." Kavanaugh pledges to be "independent and impartial," immediately drags his haters. A caller reminds folks in New York's 22nd district to vote Anthony Brindisi for Congress. Richard Linklater made a TX Senate race ad that asks: "Is Ted Cruz tough as Texas?" Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh's family for "terrible pain and suffering."

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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      

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  • 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

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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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          Argall Named Guardian of Small Business by NFIB      Cache   Translate Page      
Senator Argall was recently named a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB.)

The NFIB is the state’s leading small-business association and recognized several members of the General Assembly who achieved a 100 percent voting record on key small business issues in the current legislative session.

In response to receiving this award, Senator Argall stated “I am honored to once again be named a Guardian of Small Business. As public officials, we have an obligation to create a job-friendly environment here in the Commonwealth. Small businesses are responsible for employing half of the workers in the United States and by building up our many local small businesses, we can encourage more economic and population growth across Berks and Schuylkill counties”.

A 100 percent score indicates that Senator Argall voted in favor of small businesses and independently-owned companies every time an important vote was taken during the 2017-2018 legislative session. The Guardian of Small Business Award is the most prestigious honor that the NFIB bestows on legislators.

PHOTO CAPTION: Rebecca Oyler, Legislative Director of NFIB Pennsylvania, presents Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) with the Guardian of Small Business award at the state Capitol.


          24 The Amazing Power of Telling Your Story (inspired by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford)      Cache   Translate Page      

This episode was inspired by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who – as she told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sep. 27, 2018 – felt it was her civic duty to inform them about her being sexually assaulted, in an effort to “to provide the facts…so that you can take that into serious consideration” in determining whether Brett Kavanaugh should sit on the Supreme Court.

Her courage, and the stunning impact it had, prompted our reflection on the energy that each of us channels when we tell our stories.

In this episode, Siena explains how sharing the story of her own sexual abuse affected both her and the classmate she told, in a powerful and positive way.

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          Hillary Clinton: Democrats 'Cannot Be Civil' With Republicans Anymore      Cache   Translate Page      
Hillary Clinton, in a television interview Tuesday, rejected the idea that Democrats should be “civil” with Republicans in the age of Donald Trump, embracing a more confrontational and aggressive political approach. “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said. Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said, “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 Republicans seem to recognize and respect is...
          Trump is planning a big change to your gasoline as a boost for one of the states hit hardest by his trade war      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Tuesday.
  • Trump is set to announce earlier in the day a change to national fuel standards that would give a boost to Iowa corn farmers.
  • The Trump administration is expected to allow the expanded use of E15, a fuel that contains 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. Currently, most fuel is 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline.
  • Farmers in the state are being battered by the international response to Trump's tariffs.

President Donald Trump is set to try to make an appeal to one of the states hit hardest by his administration's tariffs by offering a policy tweak long sought by Iowa's farming industry.

Trump on Tuesday will head to Council Bluffs in Iowa, which has been rocked by retaliatory tariffs in response to the US's trade restrictions.

"Will be going to Iowa tonight for Rally, and more!" Trump tweeted. "The Farmers (and all) are very happy with USMCA!"

The "and more" could be a reference to a new policy the White House is expected to announce on Tuesday designed to provide a boost to Iowa farmers and fulfill a longtime promise from the president.

Trump is set to unveil an expansion of the use of E15, a fuel mixture of 85% gasoline and 15% ethanol, a corn-based fuel. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency bans the use of E15 during the summer because of smog concerns. The changes are expected to lift that ban by next summer.

The year-round use of E15 has long been a goal for Midwestern politicians and Iowa's farming industry, particularly the state's Republican senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst. Trump promised in the run-up to the 2016 election to expand E15 use.

"He thinks that it's good to have domestically produced energy here, and he thinks it will be good for the agriculture industry as well as the economy overall," a senior administration official told reporters Monday.

The move is likely to set off a fight with the oil industry, which opposes the shift to a higher percentage of biofuels, and could prompt backlash from oil-state politicians, such as GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas. Most fuel is 10% ethanol, and the oil industry argues that higher levels of ethanol can be harmful to car engines, though the EPA has approved the use of E15 in all light-duty cars since 2001.

In an attempt to assuage the industry, the Trump administration is also expected to propose changes to a system of credits that allow oil refiners to get around certain ethanol obligations.

While the move is a big win for farmers in the Midwest, it may also be an effort to soften the blow from Trump's intensifying trade war with China and other nations. Iowa, in particular, is expected to take a significant hit from the trade disputes.

According to the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development at Iowa State University, Iowa's gross state product could take a hit of $1 billion to $2 billion from Trump's trade fights. Similarly, the US Chamber of Commerce has estimated that $1.4 billion worth of Iowa exports are subject to retaliatory tariffs from China, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.

The move follows other efforts from the Trump administration to soften the blow of retaliatory tariffs, including $4.7 billion in aid to farmers from the Department of Agriculture.

It also carries a political benefit for the GOP, which is fighting to keep the governor's mansion in Iowa. According to the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls, the Democrat Fred Hubbell is up 3.5 percentage points over the Republican incumbent, Kim Reynolds, who took over as governor in 2017 after Terry Branstad became Trump's ambassador to China.

Meanwhile, GOP Rep. David Young, from Iowa's 3rd District — which includes Council Bluffs — is facing a tough challenge from the Democrat Cindy Axne.

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          Press Pack Set Aside Standards in Zeal to Smear Brett Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page      
Of course Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was angry. When he was about to win confirmation, Senate Democrats produced an accusation from his high school years more than three decades old. Partisans and like-minded journalists automatically believed the accuser, a California professor, even though she could not corroborate her story. And when Kavanaugh talked back to his Democratic accusers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, they used his anger to argue that he lacked the temperament to sit on the big bench. CNN devoted hours to the unseemliness of his anger, with little thought to how dirty the news media looked...
          15 months later: Dems still blocking Trump picks      Cache   Translate Page      
While the delays in the vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court drew widespread attention, other, much longer, delays in confirming nominations by President Trump have gone largely unnoticed. Two key posts at the State Department, for example, remain unfilled 15 months after Trump named his nominees. Finally, shortly after the Senate […]
          Casualty Lists From the Kavanaugh Battle      Cache   Translate Page      
After a 50-year siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism -- perhaps for decades. The shrieks from the gallery of the Senate chamber as the vote came in on Saturday, and the sight of that bawling mob clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court as the new justice took his oath, confirm it. The Democratic Party has sustained a historic defeat. And the triumph is President Trump's. To unite the party whose nomination he had won, Donald Trump pledged to select his high...
          Murkowski brushes off GOP backlash: 'I'm good with' Kavanaugh vote      Cache   Translate Page      
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is brushing off questions about potential political retribution over her opposition to putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, which has earned her fierce criticism from President Trump and conservatives. "I took the vote that I took. And I'm good with it and I'm moving forward. I think we all need to be, so I'm not going to dwell on the 'what ifs,'" Murkowski told reporters in the Senate basement on Tuesday evening. Murkowski was the only Republican senator to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination, saying that she thought he was a "good man" but that she "could...
          Ted Cruz declines, so challenger Beto O’Rourke gets an hour on national TV by himself      Cache   Translate Page      
CNN is shining a light on three of the “most consequential races” in 2018 — including the Texas bid for U.S. Senate — through debates or town halls in the coming weeks. But Texans won’t get to see incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso face off in this series. “Sen. Ted Cruz (R) declined CNN’s invitation to participate in the town hall,” a CNN statement noted. So O’Rourke will be featured in a live, one-hour town hall with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash in South Texas on Oct. 18....
          Will blacks follow 'Spartacus,' Kamala further left?      Cache   Translate Page      
With nerves still raw from the wrenching confirmation process of now Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, speculation whirls regarding what the political implications will be. Worth considering is where the racial lines will be drawn. Among the more aggressive voices from the Democratic side of the Senate Judiciary Committe fighting to derail the Kavanaugh […]
          After Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page      
The Democrats have created an environment that will render ordinary political discourse almost impossible for years to come. Donald Trump is not on the ballot in November. Senator Dianne Feinstein is. And so is Feinstein-ism, which is probably more important. Senator Feinstein is leading her opponent, Kevin de León, by 22 points in the polls. California may be a young and Latino-heavy state, but the Democratic party remains the party of little old sanctimonious white ladies — or, in the case of Robert Francis O’Rourke of Texas, the party of sanctimonious white prep-school toffs who run their political campaigns under...
          Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee to hold a hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Prof. Helpap talks 1st Senate Race with WPR      Cache   Translate Page      
Voters in Northeast Wisconsin will see a strikingly similar ballot this November to their special election ballot from June 12, reports Wisconsin Public Radio. This summer, Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, lost to now-Sen. Caleb Frostman, D-Sturgeon Bay, in a special election called by Gov. Scott Walker. Five months later, Frostman and Jacque will again […]
          Swift's political stance prompts spike in voter registration      Cache   Translate Page      

[USA], Oct 10 (ANI): Seems like Taylor Swift has hit the right note with her recent political post.

On Sunday, the American singer took to her Instagram account to open about her views on the current political situation in America.

The 'Ready for it?' singer perfectly timed this as she wrote the post ahead of the midterm elections, encouraging her fans to register to vote.

Interestingly, within 24 hours of the post, according to the Vote.org director of communications, Kamari Guthrie, 65,000 registrations were recorded, E Online reported.

In her Instagram post, Swift wrote, "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.

Stating that she would not be supporting Marsha Blackburn, Swift said, "As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn."

The 'Mine' singer then revealed the name of the candidate that she would be voting for, writing, "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."

Swift concluded her post by writing, "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!" (ANI)


          Trump likes Taylor's music 'about 25 per cent less now'      Cache   Translate Page      

[USA], Oct 9 (ANI): Seems like Taylor Swift's decision to break her silence on politics has triggered a storm as the United States President Donald Trump now likes the pop star's tracks "about 25 per cent less."

Trump, on Tuesday, reacted to Swift's comments after she voiced her political opinions and endorsed Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen, a former governor, over Republican's Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee's Senate race.

Walking back towards reporters on the White House's South Lawn after hearing the pop star's name shouted at him, Trump said, " Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee. I'm sure Taylor Swift has nothing -- or doesn't know anything about her. Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25% less now, OK?", reported CNN.

The 'Shake it off' singer took to Instagram and endorsed both Bredesen and Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat who is running for re-election to the House.

Breaking from her longstanding reluctance to weigh in on politics, she wrote, " 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."

"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," Swift wrote.

She concluded the post saying, "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."

Her post majorly focused on her opposition to Blackburn, whose voting record, according to Swift, is "terrifying." (ANI)


          Hurricane threat is political opportunity for Florida’s Scott      Cache   Translate Page      

As Hurricane Michael bears down on Florida, the state’s candidates for U.S. Senate and governor called a timeout on campaigning, a move that may pay political dividends for Governor Rick Scott. Despite being off the campaign trail, Scott will be a near-constant presence on television as the storm ap...

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          Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee to hold a hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Senate Democratic Policy Caucus to develop legislation protecting Rhode Islanders from Conservative Supreme Court      Cache   Translate Page      

Providence, RI – The Senate Democratic Policy Caucus is working in partnership with all Democratic members of the Senate to develop and introduce legislation that will secure into state law protections that many observers view as threatened under a conservative Supreme Court. “Since the 2016 election, Rhode Islanders have been concerned that issues of great importance

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          Indagata per un ‘like’ messo e subito tolto a post ‘razzista’: Pucciarelli scagionata      Cache   Translate Page      
Nulla di penalmente rilevante. Pertanto, anche il gip del Tribunale della Spezia ieri ha scagionato l’ex consigliera regionale e attualmente senatrice Stefania Pucciarelli (Lega) che in sostanza era stata accusata dalla presidente del Comitato per gli immigrati Aleksandra Matikj per avere messo e subito tolto un “like” a un post su Facebook che tra le […]
          Def, audizione Tria – Mercoledì alle 10 diretta webtv      Cache   Translate Page      
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          O.D.G. Giunte e Commissioni: Commissione di vigilanza servizi radiotelevisivi – 11/10/2018      Cache   Translate Page      
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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.

tradução literal via computador.
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