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          Bolton: U.S. Is Preparing More Sanctions Against Iran      Cache   Translate Page      
The United States government is preparing more sanctions against Iran, national security adviser John Bolton told Fox Business News, commenting on what the current sanctions have already helped Washington accomplish, and what the ultimate goal is. “The aim is to drive Iranian oil exports to zero. We’re working with other countries to get alternative supplies for countries that are buying and I think that’s critical over an extended period of time,” Bolton said, adding that this has already hurt the Iranian economy, plunging…
          ZDA napovedujejo dodatne sankcije proti Rusiji zaradi afere Skripal      Cache   Translate Page      
Ameriški State Department je danes obvestil kongres, da si Rusija ne prizadeva dovolj za odpravo kemičnega in biološkega orožja. S tem se odpira pot za uvedbo dodatnih sankcij ZDA proti Rusiji, je danes v Washingtonu sporočila tiskovna predstavnica...
          Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.      Cache   Translate Page      
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          US voters head to midterm polls to render judgment on turbulent Trump era       Cache   Translate Page      

A turbulent election season that tested President Donald Trump’s slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era on Tuesday.

US voters will decide whether Trump will keep his Republican majority in Congress or face a hostile Democratic majority after a bitter campaign for midterm elections described by both sides as a battle for America's soul.

For almost two years, Trump's rule-breaking, sometimes chaotic administration has enjoyed a largely free hand from the twin Republican-controlled chambers, but the midterms could finally see his wings clipped.

The entire 435-member House of Representatives and a third of the 100-seat Senate are up for grabs.

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US midterm elections

Anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House was slipping away. Trump, the GOP’s chief messenger, warned that significant Democratic victories would trigger devastating consequences.

“If the radical Democrats take power they will take a wrecking ball to our economy and our future,” Trump declared in Cleveland, using the same heated rhetoric that has defined much of his presidency. He added: “The Democrat agenda is a socialist nightmare.”

Tuesday’s results will be colored by the dramatically different landscapes in the fight for the House and Senate.

Most top House races are set in America’s suburbs where more educated and affluent voters in both parties have soured on Trump’s presidency, despite the strength of the national economy. Democrats were buoyed by a wave of Republican retirements and an overwhelming fundraising advantage.

They need to pick up two dozen seats to claim the House majority.

Democrats face a far more difficult challenge in the Senate, where they are almost exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular. Democratic Senate incumbents are up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, West Virginia, and Montana — states Trump carried by 30 percentage points on average two years ago.

Democrats need to win two seats to claim the Senate majority.

Given Trump’s stunning victory in 2016, few were confident in their predictions.

“I feel less comfortable making a prediction today than I have in two decades,” Republican pollster Frank Luntz said.

'Awakening of the Democratic Party'

Democrats, whose very relevance in the Trump era depended on winning at least one chamber of Congress, were laser-focused on health care as they predicted victories that would break up the GOP’s monopoly in Washington and state governments.

Voters cast their ballots for Early Voting at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California. ─ AFP
Voters cast their ballots for Early Voting at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California. ─ AFP

“They’ve had two years to find out what it’s like to have an unhinged person in the White House,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who leads the Democratic Governors Association. “It’s an awakening of the Democratic Party.”

Democrats could derail Trump’s legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate. Perhaps more important, they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump’s personal and professional shortcomings.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns. Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or even maintains a healthy minority.

Democrats’ fate depends upon a delicate coalition of infrequent voters — particularly young people and minorities — who traditionally shun midterm elections.

If ever there was an off-year election for younger voters to break tradition, this is it. Young voters promised to vote in record numbers as they waged mass protests in the wake of the February mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 students and staff dead.

Democrats are drawing strength from women and college-educated voters in general, who swung decidedly against Trump since his election. Polling suggests the Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

Diversity in national elections

Democrats boast record diversity on the ballot.

Three states could elect their first African-American governors, while several others are running LGBT candidates and Muslims. A record number of women are also running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats.

“The vast majority of women voters are angry, frustrated and they are really done with seeing where the Republican Party is taking them, particularly as it related to heath care and civility,” said Stephanie Schriock, who leads EMILY’s List, a group that help elect Democratic women. “You’re going to see the largest gender gap we’ve ever seen.”

The political realignment, defined by race, gender and education, could re-shape US politics for a generation. The demographic shifts also reflect each party’s closing argument.

While the economy continues to thrive, Trump has spent much of the campaign’s final days railing against a caravan of Latin American immigrants seeking asylum at the US border. He dispatched more than 5,000 troops to the region, suggesting soldiers would use lethal force against migrants who throw rocks, before later reversing himself.

Republicans have privately encouraged the president to back off, to no avail.

Democrats, meanwhile, have beat their drum on health care.

“Health care is on the ballot,” former President Barack Obama told Democratic volunteers in Virginia. “Health care for millions of people. You vote, you might save a life.”

Bernie Sanders, the leftist populist who some feel would have had a better chance than Clinton to take on Trump in 2016, lashed out Monday at the president, calling him a "pathological liar".

"He is a sexist, a racist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and a religious bigot. He is trying to do what we have never seen in the modern history of this country, to do what he is doing right now, to gain votes by trying to divide the American people up based on where we came from," Sanders said on SiriusXM Progress radio.


          JPMorgan is investing $30 million in Greater Paris over the next 5 years as the first investment of an ambitious $500 million worldwide plan      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • JPMorgan Chase is investing $30 million over the next five years in the Greater Paris region of Seine-Saint-Denis.
  • The money will be in the form of grants for job training and mentorship.
  • It is the first investment of the $500 million global AdvancingCities initiative.
  • This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.

JPMorgan Chase announced Monday that starting January it will begin a five-year, $30 million dollar investment in Seine-Saint-Denis, a region of France to the northeast of Paris. It's an area marked by high unemployment, crime, and homelessness, and has 28% of its population living below the poverty line.

It also, however, is on the cusp of two developments that JPMorgan wants to take advantage of: the 2024 Olympics  — Seine-Saint-Denis is home to France's national soccer and rugby stadium — and the Grand Paris Express rapid transit line that will connect Greater Paris

As Stephanie Mestrallet, JPMorgan's vice president of global philanthropy in Europe, told Business Insider, "OK, we know that there are these issues, we know that a lot of people are going to invest in these areas — can we add to this effort that is currently happening?"

The money will go toward apprenticeship programs for young people, job retraining programs for older adults, and small business development.

The investment is a continuation of JPMorgan's philanthropic commitment to the region and will be the first made from the $500 million AdvancingCities initiative when it begins in January. AdvancingCities is itself a five-year program that the bank developed as an extension of investments into Detroit in 2013, after CEO Jamie Dimon decided to assist the city after it declared bankruptcy.

The bank found its Detroit project so successful that it made similar investments in Chicago, Washington, DC, and the New York City borough of the Bronx. Advancing Cities is built upon the lessons learned in these American cities over the last five years.

The initiative has two components, involving a competition among cities around the world that want help with kickstarting their economies, as well as investments outside of the contest. Seine-Saint-Denis falls into the latter, and Peter Scher, JPMorgan's head of corporate responsibility, said that the 150-year anniversary of JPMorgan's involvement in France (when JPMorgan's business partner opened a firm there) this November was a great occasion to move forward with a project they deemed ready to go.

JPMorgan had sent 16 employees to the area this past spring to get familiar with the area and see if there were necessary conditions for successful investments. They decided there indeed were. And though the AdvancingCities competition is still fielding proposals from more than 1,000 cities for the rest of the month, Scher said, "When we feel like we're ready and we can make the investments we do."

Using lessons from Detroit and London

When Scher explained AdvancingCities to us in September, he said that one of the key takeaways from their initial work in Detroit was that the level of partnerships on the ground is contingent on the success of the investments. That is, the bank's team has to rely on business and government leaders in each respective region to determine where money will be best spent and loaned.

In Seine-Saint-Denis, the French President Emmanuel Macron's administration is involved in the project, and the minister of employment, Muriel Penicaud, will join Dimon on Tuesday in an announcement press conference at the Les Compagnons du Devoir (LCD) charity in the region. JPMorgan partnered with the charity last fall and made a 460,000-euro investment into apprenticeship programs.

The AdvancingCities initiative as a whole utilizes both low-cost loans and philanthropic spending, but this upcoming $30 million investment will be entirely in the form of grants. They will support more apprenticeship programs like those offered by LCD, as well as small business accelerators like Impact Partenaire and Pact PME.

Scher said the JPMorgan will send around 100 employees from its global offices to assist with these programs over the next five years, as it has done with its previous city investments.

He said that the Great Paris initiative's success will be measured by effects on employment rates and small business growth, particularly in the poorest sections of the region. The AdvancingCities team is using its insights from its American projects, as well as how the bank's investments in East London during the 2012 London Summer Olympics affected the city's economy, for Seine-Saint-Denis' benefit.

"I think it demonstrates that not just the challenges are quite similar wherever you go, but many of the solutions are quite similar," Scher said.

SEE ALSO: JPMorgan's experimental investment in Detroit was so successful that it's decided to invest $500 million in up-and-coming cities

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          Your voting selfie really does make a difference. Here's how.      Cache   Translate Page      
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Everyone loves to dump on selfies. Either they're "too narcissistic" or have caused "hundreds of fatal injuries all around the world."

But not all selfies are built alike. Think of the humble "I voted" selfie, popping up on everyone's social media feed this month, and especially on Election Day. In a democracy in which close to half the eligible voters choose not to vote, the "I voted" selfie has real potential to mobilize disaffected voters.

So go for it: Rock the selfie, everyone.

SEE ALSO: Candidate's 5-year-old son captures every voter's heart by lying down on the tarmac

The "I voted" selfie isn't the sexiest. Unlike traditional selfies, they generally don't include pouty lips or dramatic mountain backdrops. "I voted" selfies are traditionally set in church basements or cinder block public schools. They almost always feature an "I voted" sticker and are often crushingly corny. Read more...

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          Henry Kissinger: China, US must reveal red lines to avoid conflict      Cache   Translate Page      
Speak openly to each other about your red lines and the concessions you are willing to make to avoid conflict. That was Henry Kissinger’s advice to feuding world powers on Tuesday, as he warned Washington and Beijing an all-out conflict between them would destroy the current world order. Speaking at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore, the American former secretary of state, 95, who is widely respected for his prescient views on geopolitics, said it was inevitable that the...
          Why Not Vote? Anarchists and Libertarians Weigh In      Cache   Translate Page      
Conscientious non-voters have many reasons for not voting. Don't listen to them. by Katie Herzog
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You'd think after nearly 250 years we'd have this voting thing down by now, yet all across the country Americans are once again marking Election Day by waiting in long-ass lines. (Except, that is, for the three enlightened states that have adopted vote-by-mail, which, coincidentally, were also the first three states to legalize weed.)

Voter participation is expected to be record high this week, but voting rates in the U.S. are still abysmally low compared to many countries. Australia, where voting is mandatory, ranks at the top of the heap, followed by Malta, Chile, Belgium, Italy, and Luxembourg, all of which have a voter turnout of over 90 percent. On the lower end, you have Russia, Switzerland, Pakistan, and the United States, where, on a good year, only around 60 percent of eligible voters show up. Why doesn’t nearly half the popular vote? I suspect it's because most people just don't give a shit and their stories are on. If you asked this apathetic portion of the populace who the Attorney General is, I’m guessing they'd say, "What army?" But there's also a population of people who do give a fuck but who still opt not to participate in this particular part of the civic process: conscientious non-voters.

For some conscientious non-voters, it all comes down to who's running. A 53-year-old home-builder who is primarily concerned about government spending (and who benefits from it) told me that he will "vote again when we have a viable third party that values freedom for all, not just the ones whose ideas they favor but especially for those who have ideas they despise." He will not, he added, "vote again until I see politicians that understand and prioritize spending within our means."

I also spoke with a 28-year-old conservative who told me that he was so disappointed in Obama's victories in 2008 and 2012 that the prospect of getting invested and losing again just isn't worth it. Another non-voter, an anarchist and philosophy PhD student, said that voting is damaging because it allows people to "focus on policy and what people in power do instead of what they can do themselves." When I asked what the public should do about policies they disagree with—for example, separating and imprisoning immigrant families—he advocated for direct action like assisting immigrants at border crossings instead. "Voting does matter in the aggregate," he said, "but it doesn't matter if you are talking about the individual.”

This point—that individual votes don't matter—is also made by Katherine Mangu-Ward, the editor-in-chief of Reason, the libertarian magazine based in Washington, D.C. For her, it all comes down to numbers. "You are very, very, very, very, very, very unlikely to be a decisive vote," Katherine said. "Your vote turning the outcome of an election is vanishingly rare, whereas, there are all kinds of things you can do with the hour or two hours of your time that it takes you to vote that are objectively, clearly good."

When I asked Katherine if voting took less time—if she could, say, vote-by-mail, which takes about as much time as walking to your mailbox—she would still feel it’s a waste of time, she said that there are other, more affirmative arguments against voting. "If you think the system is basically corrupt or broken, I think there's a very strong case to make that you actually have a duty not to vote."

On that, we disagree. Democracy isn't inherently corrupt. It's corrupt when the people running it are corrupt, and one of the only means of swaying who is steering the ship is to show up and vote. Sure, your individual vote might not change the outcome of an election, but as Kant would argue, if everyone failed to vote, the system itself would fail. For some non-voters (for instance, the anarchist philosophy student), that may be the goal, but Katherine says she's not in favor of the collapse of the system as we know it. Rather, she prefers to participate in the system in other ways, including calling her elected representatives.

Still, I'm not convinced. Sure, calling your representative is one way to be heard, but if your representative is, say, a rabid, God-fearing, conservative who thinks non-Christians should burn on Earth and will burn in hell, he's probably not going to listen when you call up and demand he vote in favor of access to abortion. Same if you're represented by a member of the DSA and you've got a complaint about tax rates on the rich. So what can you, as an individual, actually do? Show up to vote. Your particular vote might not change the election, but the collective vote does, and the collective is just a bunch of individuals taking action.

Now, I understand why people don't trust the system. Just look at recent history, namely the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections, both of which were ultimately won by the person who got fewer votes. But the only way to correct the system is to elect candidates who will at least try and fix it—and right now, there's only one party in the running that is even remotely interested in that. The other side is busy starting trade wars and locking up children. When the stakes are this high, when the chance to curb Donald Trump comes down to our ballots, I don’t see how not voting can be morally justified—unless, that is, you vote Republican. In that case: Listen to Katherine.

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          NUOVO VOLO DIRETTO TRA ROMA E WASHINGTON PER ALITALIA      Cache   Translate Page      

In un proprio comunicato stampa, il Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) ha annunciato che Alitalia inizierà voli settimanali diretti tra Washington e Roma Fiumicino (FCO), con frequenza cinque volte la settimana (lunedì, giovedì, venerdì, sabato, domenica), dal 2 maggio 2019. “Come porta internazionale per la regione di Washington, D.C., Dulles International dà il benvenuto ad Alitalia”, ha dichiarato Jack Potter,LEGGI TUTTO...

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          Prairie State did its part in the Great War      Cache   Translate Page      
Editor’s note: The Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors present this Illinois Bicentennial feature in advance of the state’s 200th birthday on Dec. 3. Stories published up to this date can be found at 200illinois.com.

Artie Bennett, a Marine from Clinton, Ill., was cut down by a hail of bullets 100 years ago in a far-flung foreign field, giving his life for his country in America’s first global war.

A letter home from a fellow soldier said Bennett, 18, had been attacking a machine gun nest as the Marines fought, successfully, to stem a German advance threatening the French capital of Paris in June 1918, the last summer of World War I.

The fallen Marine had lingered for an hour before dying, one of the first casualties from Illinois. The letter honoring him, typed by fellow Marine Pvt. John W. Olsen, read: “He passed away quietly, without a complaint, and was laid to rest near where he fell.”

Immaculately tended American cemeteries in France, and faded memorials at home, are among the few tangible reminders of the “Great War” that began on July 28, 1914, and ended, after 18 million soldiers and civilians had died on all sides, with an armistice that went into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

Now, nearing the 100th anniversary of the war’s end, the push is on to recall and honor the men and women of Illinois, and all across America, who suffered and sacrificed for their nation.

Congress has created a United States World War I Centennial Commission, which is overseeing commemorations and fundraising for a World War I memorial in Washington, D.C.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a proclamation announcing the Illinois National Guard and Chicago’s Pritzker Military Museum & Library will lead the effort to ensure the Land of Lincoln remembers its role in the Great War.

A World War I Centennial Committee has been drafted to aid in that state mission, and it’s chaired by Jeanne Hamacher, who has taught high school history classes. She said the key lesson to learn is that Illinois went to extraordinary efforts to support a war that shaped the world we live in, right up through today.

“When I was teaching, I did a lesson where I could link basically every conflict the United States has had (since World War I) back to World War I in some shape or form,” Hamacher said. She said Illinois had helped win the war, and the war changed the world forever.

“Schools need to teach this, we need to remember,” she added.

The United States declared war on Germany and its Central Powers allies on April 6, 1917, and Illinois became part of the vast conflict that would mark America’s emergence as a global superpower.

The United States sent 4,734,991 soldiers and sailors to Europe and suffered 116,516 deaths, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Records from the Illinois Office of the Adjutant General list more than 351,000 Illinois men who served in the Army, Navy and Marines during World War I, and some 5,000 of them died.

One of every 12 enlistees in the Army hailed from Illinois, and each left a mark.

The American Legion Post in Clinton is Crang-Bennett Post 103, named for the fallen Marine and also Army Sgt. 1st Class Welby Crang, who lived about a block from Bennett and died in France in 1917 from pneumonia.

Ron Devore, 86, is a member of the Post 103 executive board and a former post commander who has fought to keep the memory of the World War I soldiers alive. He said the post was founded in 1919 not just to honor fallen veterans, but to help and lobby for those who returned home alive, if not always in one piece.

“Some of these guys had been gassed, their lungs were burned, they had missing limbs and disabilities; they were messed up for life, and they weren’t getting anything from the government,” Devore said. “Veterans knew that, if there was a bunch of them banded together, they could have a voice in Washington, D.C.”

Devore’s wife, Marjorie, whose father was a World War I veteran, vividly recalls the returned soldiers’ sense of pride despite all their trials and tribulations. She said that pride had been matched by the patriotic fervor of their communities at home. “My dad always said everybody had supported the war effort,” she said.

The civilian push to buoy the troops with maximum support on the home front was extraordinary. Illinois mobilized vast forces of industry, and especially industrialized agriculture, and turned them into an arsenal of democracy that flooded the American war effort with food, war materiel and cash.

Illinois created the State Council of Defense, the job of which was to persuade, corral and control civilian production, from engineering to seed corn, to fuel the war machine. When the council produced its wrap-up report in 1919, it was suffused with pride at the sheer wartime output from the people of Illinois.

It pointed out that the state’s agricultural production for 1918 had been geared to meet the needs of the wartime “national food authorities” and had been the third-largest crop harvest in state history, worth close to $880 million (about $15 billion in today’s dollars).

“Notwithstanding the drain upon manpower, the state in 1918 turned out manufactured products valued at $6 billion. ... Of these, $2 billion-worth were on direct war contracts, but virtually all were war contributions, for Illinois factories are not largely given to the production of luxuries or non-essentials,” the council reported.

It also lauded the generosity of Illinois citizens, who raised $45 million during the war to support everything from the Red Cross to the YMCA and the Salvation Army.

Timothy Kovalcik, associate professor of history at Millikin University, said it’s important to understand the wartime atmosphere gripping Illinois and the entire nation.

“Support for the war was at fever pitch, and the propaganda was incredibly successful,” Kovalcik said.

A state with a significant population of Germanic ancestry (Teutopolis in Effingham County, for example, means “City of the Teutons,” or Germans, and is typical of many towns founded by German settlers) had no trouble raising troops.

“The population of German ancestry volunteered at massive rates to show their patriotism,” Kovalcik said. “They wanted to prove they were true Americans.”

With troops rushing forward and humming factories full of nose-to-grindstone workers who had shunted aside labor grumbles for the greater patriotic good, the State Council of Defense believed it had glimpsed capitalism’s promised land.

“All war undertakings succeeded by virtue of the spirit of cooperation,” it concluded in its final 1919 report. “Since this unity of thought and purpose can be achieved under stress of war, why can it not be approximated, at least, in time of peace?”

But it was not to be. Kovalcik said a big influence that had pushed President Woodrow Wilson to steer America into the war is that much of it on the British side had been financed by American banks. They stood to lose their shirts big time if Britain and its Allies, fatigued with crippling losses by 1917, were defeated. And yet when the American intervention was over and the war won, the demand that had quadrupled the U.S. economy between 1914 and 1917 suddenly collapsed, taking jobs with it.

By the dawn of the Great Depression in the 1930s, jobless and hungry World War I veterans and their families, some 17,000 of them, had marched on Washington, D.C. They were demanding early payment of war service bonuses promised by Congress but not due to be distributed until 1945. On July 28, President Herbert Hoover ordered in the Army to help the police clear the protesters and, in street battles that followed, two veterans were killed.

Finally, in 1936, Congress overrode the veto of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the veterans were paid their bonuses nine years early.


          Good Morning, News: Wheeler's Protest Ordinance Considered, Aliens Are (Maybe) Real, and Go Vote!      Cache   Translate Page      
by Blair Stenvick

Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today.

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Happy Election Day! Procrastinators: you still have until 8 pm to turn in your ballot; here are our endorsements. If 2016 left you too vulnerable to watch election results alone, check out our list of election watch parties.

The Final Countdown: Kate Brown and Knute Buehler traversed the state yesterday for one final day of campaigning in the closest governor’s race Oregon has seen in decades. The Cook Political Report is officially calling this race a toss-up, so what happens tonight is anyone’s guess.

Out-Foxed: Trump loves a rally, and last night he brought his friends with him. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Jeanine Pirro all joined him onstage last night to rev up the crowd in Missouri before the midterms. “All those people in the back are fake news,” Hannity told the MAGA mob. Cool.

Speaking of Racists and Fox News: CNN, NBC, Facebook, and even Fox News refused to air a Trump campaign ad for being too obviously racist. The 30-second ad “featured courtroom video of a Mexican citizen convicted in the 2014 killings of two police officers, juxtaposed with scenes of a US-bound caravan of Central American migrants and refugees.”

Last in the Nation: If Louisiana votes yes on its Proposition 2 today, Oregon will be the only state left in the country where you could be convicted of a felony without a unanimous jury.

Methinks He Doth Protest Too Much: The Portland City Council will consider Mayor Ted Wheeler’s proposed new protest ordinance at a Thursday meeting. The ordinance would give the Police Commissioner “the authority to restrict where groups who have clashed in the past may gather and demonstrate.”

The ordinance has faced harsh criticism from many, including the ACLU of Oregon, for being unconstitutional. That has kept Wheeler busy defending it on Twitter:

First Grifter: Chinese regulators granted Ivanka Trump approval for 16 trademark applications. The trademarks will give her a presence in a wide range of Chinese markets, including “senior homes and lightning diffusing machines; for batteries, wedding gowns and sausage casings” – and also voting machines.

HARVARD WANTS TO BELIEVE: Researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics think that aliens might have tried to visit Earth last year in a cigar-shaped spacecraft. They have nicknamed the object “Oumuamua,” which translates to “a messenger that reaches out from the distant past" in Hawaiian.


Our new alien overlords might soon render democracy obsolete—but until that happens, get out there and vote!

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This snapshot of the Pacific Northwest is an ode to our beautiful planet, challenging our logic of how we perceive the world.

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Shot on DJI Phantom 4.

Music: Michael Marantz

Grade: Jasmine Vazquez

SFX Design & Mix: One Thousand Birds

Cast: Quentin van den Bossche

Tags: environment, earth, northwest, pacific, oregon, drone, washington, aerials and perspective


          Oakland Raiders 2018/19 Week 08      Cache   Translate Page      


An dieser Stelle berichte ich über die Spiele meines favorisierten Football-Team, den OAKLAND RAIDERS  sowie alle restlichen Ergebnisse der NFL...



Oakland Raiders - Indianapolis Colts 28:42

Eigentlich sollte eine freie Woche einem Team helfen, um verletzungsfreier und optimierter in die nächsten Spiele zu gehen; bei den Oakland Raiders kamen jedoch nur Hiobsbotschaften: Running Back Marshawn Lynch landete auf der Verletztenliste und Wide Receiver Amari Cooper wurde zu den Dallas Cowboys abgegeben. Man kann sagen, dass damit weitere Waffen des Angriffs genommen wurden. So brauchten die Raiders auch das gesamte erste Quarter, ehe sie auf Trab kamen. Bis dahin hatten allerdings die Gäste schon zehn Punkte geholt. Ohne große Gegenwehr marschierte Quarterback Andrew Luck mit seinem Angriff über das Feld und fand abschließend Tight End Mo Alie-Cox über 26 Yard zum Touchdown. Anschließend  legten sie noch ein Field Goal von Kicker Adam Vinatieri aus derselben Entfernung nach. Ein toller Pass von Quarterback Derek Carr über 31 Yard auf Wide Receiver Seth Roberts brachte im zweiten Quarter die ersten Punkte für Oakland. Nun schien der Spielmacher beflügelt und fand im nächsten Drive Tight End Jared Cook über 25 Yard zur 14:10 Führung. Knapp vor der Pause wurde es dann Liga-Historisch: Vinatieri traf ein Field Goal aus 25 Yard und war nun mit 2.547 der Rekordhalter für erzielte Punkte. Im dritten Quarter konnten die Raiders den Aufwind nutzten und marschierten über das Feld. Carr selber überbrückte mit einem Sprung den letzten Yard zu seinem ersten Touchdown und dem 21:13. Nun zeigten die Colts aber die Schwächen der Raiders auf - sie ließen immer wieder 'Big Plays' zu und so fand Luck schließlich Tight End Eric Ebron über 20 Yard und einem Zwei-Punkte-Erhöhung zum Ausgleich. Aber auch Carr kam schnell über das Spielfeld und fand den erst in de Woche engagierten Wide Receiver Brandon LaFell über sechs Yard zum 28:21. Das vierte Quarter sollte aber dann die Entscheidung bringen. Erstmal glichen die Colts aus, als Running Back Marlon Mack die letzten drei Yard überbrückte. Dann hielt die Abwehr die Gäste und Luck jagte seine Mannen erneut zum Touchdown, als er schließlich Tight End Jack Doyle über 10 Yard bediente. Oakland wollte nun den Ausgleich zurück holen, doch bei einem Versuch zu mehr Raumgewinn verlor Running Back Doug Martin den Ball, den Indianapolis in aussichtsreicher Position eroberte. Ruckzuck hatte Mack mit nur noch einem zu überbrückenden Yard die Führung aus 42:28 ausgebaut. Oakland kam zu keinen weiteren Punkten mehr und muss einsehen, dass die Saison mit nun 1-6 gelaufen zu sein scheint. Die Lichtpunkte sind nämlich viel zu wenig!


Tight End Jared Cook punktete für die Raiders...
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Die weiteren Ergebnisse der NFL:
Houston Texans - Miami Dolphins 42:23
Jacksonville Jaguars - Philadelphia Eagles 18:24
Carolina Panthers - Baltimore Ravens 36:21
Chicago Bears - New York Jets 24:10
Cincinnati Bengals - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37:34
Detroit Lions - Seattle Seahawks 14:28
Kansas City Chiefs - Denver Broncos 30:23
New York Giants - Washington Redskins 13:20
Pittsburgh Steelers - Cleveland Browns 33:18
Arizona Cardinals - San Francisco 49ers 18:15
Los Angeles Rams - Green Bay Packers 29:27
Minnesota Vikings - New Orleans Saints 20:30
Buffalo Bills - New England Patriots  6:25
spielfrei:
Atlanta Falcons
Dallas Cowboys
Los Angeles Chargers
Tennessee Titans

AFC EAST:
      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. New England Patriots  6   2   0
2. Miami Dolphins        4   4   0
3. New York Jets         3   5   0
4. Buffalo Bills         2   6   0  

AFC NORTH:
      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Cincinnati Bengals    5   2   0
2. Baltimore Ravens      4   4   0
3. Pittsburgh Steelers   5   2   1
4. Cleveland Browns      2   5   1

AFC SOUTH:
      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Houston Texans        5   3   0
2. Tennessee Titans      3   4   0
3. Jacksonville Jaguars  3   5   0
4. Indianapolis Colts    3   5   0

AFC WEST:
      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Kansas City Chiefs    6   1   0
2. Los Angeles Chargers  5   2   0
3. Denver Broncos        3   5   0
4. Oakland Raiders       1   6   0


NFC EAST:
      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Washington Redskins   5   2   0
2. Philadelphia Eagles   4   3   0
3. Dallas Cowboys        3   4   0
4. New York Giants       1   7   0
  
NFC NORTH:
      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Minnesota Vikings     4   3   1
2. Chicago Bears         4   3   0
3. Green Bay Packers     3   3   1
4. Detroit Lions         3   4   0

NFC SOUTH:
      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. New Orleans Saints    6   1   0
2. Carolina Panthers     5   2   0
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers  3   4   0
4. Atlanta Falcons       3   4   0

NFC WEST:
      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Los Angeles Rams      8   0   0
2. Seattle Seahawks      4   4   0
3. Arizona Cardinals     2   6   0
4. San Francisco 49ers   1   7   0

          NUOVO VOLO DIRETTO TRA ROMA E WASHINGTON PER ALITALIA      Cache   Translate Page      

In un proprio comunicato stampa, il Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) ha annunciato che Alitalia inizierà voli settimanali diretti tra Washington e Roma Fiumicino (FCO), con frequenza cinque volte la settimana (lunedì, giovedì, venerdì, sabato, domenica), dal 2 maggio 2019. “Come porta internazionale per la regione di Washington, D.C., Dulles International dà il benvenuto ad Alitalia”, ha dichiarato Jack Potter,LEGGI TUTTO...

L'articolo NUOVO VOLO DIRETTO TRA ROMA E WASHINGTON PER ALITALIA proviene da MD80.it.


          Your voting selfie really does make a difference. Here's how.      Cache   Translate Page      
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Everyone loves to dump on selfies. Either they're "too narcissistic" or have caused "hundreds of fatal injuries all around the world."

But not all selfies are built alike. Think of the humble "I voted" selfie, popping up on everyone's social media feed this month, and especially on Election Day. In a democracy in which close to half the eligible voters choose not to vote, the "I voted" selfie has real potential to mobilize disaffected voters.

So go for it: Rock the selfie, everyone.

SEE ALSO: Candidate's 5-year-old son captures every voter's heart by lying down on the tarmac

The "I voted" selfie isn't the sexiest. Unlike traditional selfies, they generally don't include pouty lips or dramatic mountain backdrops. "I voted" selfies are traditionally set in church basements or cinder block public schools. They almost always feature an "I voted" sticker and are often crushingly corny. Read more...

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          Paul Craig Roberts: What this election is ultimately about - and its far-reaching implications      Cache   Translate Page      
Trump has been so harassed by the Establishment that he is having trouble thinking straight I never cease to be amazed at the insouciance of Americans. Readers send me emails asking why I ever supported Trump when he was the Establishment's candidate. If Trump was the Establishment's candidate, why has the Establishment spent two years trying to destroy him? The failure to put two and two together is extraordinary. Trump declared war on the Establishment throughout the presidential campaign and in his inaugural address. As I wrote at the time, Trump vastly over-estimates the power of the president. He expected the Establishment, like his employees, to jump to his will, and he did not know Washington or who to appoint to support his goals. He has been totally defeated in his intention to normalize relations with Russia. Instead, we are faced with both Russia and China preparing for war. In other words, the same outcome that Hillary would have achieved.
          SOTT FOCUS: Sanctioning The Sanctioners: De-Dollarization & De-Americanization is an Idea Whose Time Has Come      Cache   Translate Page      
The imposition of sanctions on Washington by a world whose development is being grievously impeded by its brutal and asphyxiating hegemony is overdue. The world that is invites us at seminal moments to contemplate the world that is not in obeisance to the understanding of history and historical events as the story of the roads not taken. Imagine for a moment if instead of Alexander's Macedonians invading and conquering the vastness of the Persian Empire, it had been the Persian Emperor Darius who'd invaded and conquered Macedonia and the Greek city-states with his elite army of Immortals. What kind of world would have been fashioned as a consequence?
          Andrew Fleming, Former Dow Jones Executive, Joins BTC Inc as Head of Media      Cache   Translate Page      
Andrew Fleming, Former Dow Jones Executive, Joins BTC Inc as Head of Media

BTC Inc, the parent company of Bitcoin Magazine, is excited to announce the hiring of Andrew Fleming to be the new head of its media division. The addition of Fleming to BTC Inc’s management roster is the latest example of an emerging trend of big-name talent leaving institutions in order to join the crypto and blockchain industry.

Before coming to BTC Inc, Fleming was the Head of Content Platforms at Dow Jones, parent company of the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Barron’s and many other leading publications. Prior to Dow Jones, Fleming was the VP of Product at Business Insider, where he was instrumental in building the company from a 13-person startup to a global media powerhouse. This move comes a few months after BTC Inc’s hiring of Jarrod Dicker, former VP of Innovation at the Washington Post, to be CEO of Po.et, a media blockchain initiative seeking to recapture value for content creators.

Fleming’s new role will encompass all parts of the BTC Inc media division: Bitcoin Magazine, Distributed.com, Distributed events, The Let’s Talk Bitcoin network of podcasts, and print properties.

“There’s lots of excitement in crypto, of course, and it’s something I’m really interested in,” said Fleming. “At Dow Jones we look at what’s happening and report on what we see, but to really understand the space, however, you have to be in it. That’s what landed me in a crypto media company.”

He added: “I come from a science background. The scientific method is a framework that produces new information, so I’ve always tried to apply that to what I’m doing — understand the landscape, collect the data, do the experiment and learn from it.”

“Hiring Andrew puts our media business in a position to better serve the growing audiences in the blockchain and crypto space, to deliver more value to our advertisers and to expand the mindshare of distributed technologies,” said David Bailey, CEO of BTC Inc. “He’s been a pioneer in the traditional media landscape, and with our team and audience he’s poised to take our media business to the next level.”

A veteran of both the print and online news worlds, Fleming notes that both Business Insider and BTC Inc share similar objectives:

“Both are saying, ‘Media as it is today isn’t working; how can we make it better?’ Both are also coming from an outside perspective on how media should work, which enables fresh and new-flowing ideas. It’s the new ideas for products and vision that can help catapult us to the forefront of both the crypto space and the media industry in general.

“BTC Inc, in particular, really sits at the heart of that world. Bitcoin Magazine has the cache of being one of the first publications, the company is widely connected and the people here know the people who have built this industry and who are building it.”

For Fleming, one of his top priorities for Bitcoin Magazine, in particular, will be to help the team understand and focus in on how to get the best information to the widest audience, with an emphasis on quality over quantity.

“That’s key for Bitcoin Magazine, in particular, because of its age and establishment in the space,” said Fleming. “It needs to be the authoritative voice on what’s happening and it needs to be accurate and well-investigated. We know that’s true already; we have to prove that to the rest of the world.”

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.


          Ukraine needs the long arm of the law      Cache   Translate Page      

Ukraine needs the long arm of the lawFar more than the people of Ukraine took notice on Sunday when a young and prominent anti-corruption activist, Kateryna Handzyuk, died in Kiev after an acid attack. While protests were quickly held in five cities demanding her killers be held to account, it was the strong reactions in Washington and European capitals that mattered more – mainly because Ukraine has become a test case of whether foreign pressure can help end entrenched corruption in a sovereign country. Ever since a pro-democracy revolution four years ago, Ukraine has been on the front line of the West’s struggle with Russia and its brand of authoritarian rule.



          Trump boasts about best ever sanctions against Iran, many countries given 'temporary' waivers as new sanctions go into effect      Cache   Translate Page      
Touted by Donald Trump as the "strongest" ever imposed by the US, the embargo on Iranian oil has just gone into effect. Washington, however, had to grant several waivers to countries that refused to cut economic ties with Tehran. The sweeping package of sanctions, targeting Tehran's energy, finance and shipping sectors, went into effect November 5. This marks a full reversal of whatever small relief was given to Iranian companies and individuals by Washington following the historic international nuclear deal (JCPOA) in 2015. Even though the US administration, and the president personally, repeatedly trumpeted the embargo as a great achievement at numerous public events in the run-up to midterm elections, Washington had to make significant concessions, as it failed to rally enough international support for its bold move.
          Prognosticators Have Never Learned How To Rate Races In A Wave Election-- And Pollsters Can't Get Their Models Straight      Cache   Translate Page      



Polls are all based on "likely voters." A campaign manager I was talking to last week was in a rush because he was still dragging homeless people onto buses to feed them sandwiches, etc and get them to the early voting stations. Over a thousand. Likely voters? Not a chance. Early voting shows "unexpected" upturns for women voters, black voters, Latino voters and millennials voters. How many extra seats is that worth to the Democrats beyond what the pollsters and prognosticators predicted? 10? 20? 30?

Last week Time Magazine warned them: Youth Voter Turnout in the Midterm Elections Could Be Historic, According to a New Poll. "Young voters could turn out to vote at record-breaking levels in the midterm elections next month, according to a new poll. The poll, released Monday by the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, found 40% of 18 to 29-year-olds say they will 'definitely vote' in the midterm elections on Nov. 6. Youth voter turnout has historically been dismal in midterm elections, which tend to draw fewer voters overall than presidential election years. The highest rate of youth voter turnout in past midterm elections was 21% in both 1986 and 1994, according to the Harvard report... In the 2014 midterm elections, 19.9% of adults under 30 voted-- 'the lowest rate of youth turnout recorded in the past 40 years.' In the 2016 presidential election, 46.1% of adults under 30 voted-- an increase from 2012, but still the lowest turnout rate of any age group."
In this year’s poll, a larger percentage of young Democrats (54%) than young Republicans (43%) indicated they were likely to vote.. Overall, 66% of respondents supported Democrats taking back control of Congress, compared to 32% for Republican control.
So how's that working out today? We don't know yet, but what we do know is that millennials turned out big in early voting. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that early voting is pointing to a "Youth Wave."
Youth turnout rates in the midterm early vote are up by 125 percent compared to 2014, according to Catalist, a voter database servicing progressive organizations-- an eye-popping and historically high figure, say strategists on both the left and the right.

Young Americans ages 18 to 29 who say they are definitely voting tilt leftward, according to polls. But the data also shows young Republicans are bubbling with enthusiasm headed into tomorrow.

...2020 implications: Among young people polled, 59 percent said they would “never” vote for President Trump vs. 11 percent who said they'd be “sure to” vote for him.

... GOP pollster Chris Wilson, the CEO of WPA Intelligence, told us he thought it was a “bit too much” to call the turnout “historic.” But he said the electorate is looking younger “than both the 2016 and 2014 general elections. “Voters under 25 are outpacing their vote share from both the 2016 and 2014 general. Proportionately it’s not enough to make a huge difference, but it’s more,” Wilson said.

Nine months after 17 students were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Della Volpe's firm, SocialSphere, found that school shootings are the most worrisome issue to young Americans.



Surge in activism = a surge in voting: Tom Bonier, a Democratic  strategist and head of the firm Targetsmart, told us that skeptics initially cast doubt on the firm's findings that the “share of youth registrants nationwide increased by 2.16 percent” after the Parkland shooting in February.  A September memo showed that turnout among young people increased by an average of 4 percent in the 2018 primaries vs. 2014 primaries-- and doubled in some battleground states compared to 2014. Per Bonier, “Pennsylvania . . . has seen youth voter registration surge by 10 points after [Parkland]. Youth voters make up nearly 60 percent of all new Pennsylvania registrants.”

The mass shooting generation is showing up: We spoke with Jackie Corin, co-founder of March for Our Lives, who voted for the first time last week. Corin, along with a handful of her peers, has been traveling the country, meeting with lawmakers and mass shooting survivors, speaking on college campuses and visiting communities to build what the group calls a “youth infrastructure” to carry over into 2020. 
Civic engagement is cool: “Activism is becoming more of a normalized activity for teenagers-- they are seeing their friends get involved with campaigns and issues and it’s spreading like wildfire,” Corin added.
Twitter working against Trump?: Corin also credited the spike in awareness and engagement to Trump's Twitter habits. “The president uses Twitter as main source of communication and that’s something that young people see every single day-- they’re always on Twitter and Instagram so they're more engaged about what's going on.”
Real progress: Since the Parkland shooting that killed 17, over 60 state laws have been passed tightening gun control. “The constant mass shootings are large motivators … it’s what has activated thousands and thousands of people across this country,” Corin said.
We still don't know if the shift pollsters are seeing in early voting will be reflected at the ballot box.


So far today, it very much looks like it is. Meanwhile, everyone agrees that the likeliest of likely voters are seniors, particularly retirees. It's undeniable that they vote more than any other age group and that in recent decades that have been more prone to vote Republican. That party preference seems to have flipped on its head this cycle. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that campaign donors "who identify their occupation as 'retired' gave 52% of the $326 million they contributed through Oct. 17 to Democrats, compared with 48% to Republicans according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. That is a reversal of their split four years ago-- and it’s a record amount of midterm money from retirees. This is the first midterms since the group began keeping donor industry data in 1990 in which retirees favor Democrats over Republicans. That year, retirees gave 76% of their $15 million in contributions to Republicans and 24% to Democrats. As social security and Medicare have become hot-button political issues, retiree donors have steadily crept toward Democrats, the center’s data show. By 2002, the GOP advantage among retiree donors had declined to 63% versus 36%. Eight years later, the split was 55%-44%."




          What's Happening With Florida Today? Plus-- A Note From Matt Haggman      Cache   Translate Page      

Politico: "The general consensus among Republicans is that they will lose the House, and end up in at least a five-seat minority-- that would correspond to a 28-seat loss. Senior Republicans tell us that even in a worst-case scenario, they do not expect to lose 40 seats. A prescient prediction or famous last words?"

Of all the senior Republican lawmakers they spoke with over the weekend, "only one made the case that the GOP will keep the House." If it's who I think it was, he was staggering drunk for the entire weekend. Many Republicans expected the House races to tighten up by election day. Instead the generic ballot polls have gotten even worse for them. The last one for CNN by SSRS shows an absolutely massive 55% to 42% preference for Democrats among likely voters. As I've said before, the pollsters' likely vote modeling is wrong because it is not taking increased Latino and millennial voting into account. Polls predicting less than 30 flipped seats will all be off by as much as 100% tonight.




Let's look at Florida. Yesterday's Marist poll shows Andrew Gillum leading Ron DeSantis in the gubernatorial race-- 50% to 46%-- and Bill Nelson leading Scott in the Senate race by the same 50% to 46%. Democrats are very lucky to have Gillum at the head of the ticket instead of dull conservative Gwen Graham, who had been the establishment candidate and who would have dragged the party down the toilet with her. But it's a shame Florida doesn't have any good congressional candidates who could ride the wave and Andrew's coattails into office. Instead, it's a bunch of DCCC-recruited backs from the Republican wing of the party-- New Dems and Blue Dogs. This is the key today: "Democrats in both races are performing better than their Republican counterparts with likely voters who are independents, minorities and women."


Stoking domestic terrorism goes over especially badly with independent voters

Results from Quinnipiac are nearly identical: seven point leads for both Gillum and Nelson, entirely because of double-digit leads for both among women, minorities and independent voters. Writing Sunday for the Miami Herald Steve Bousquet reported on the surge in early voting for Democrats. On Sunday, "Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough and Orange, the five biggest 'blue' counties, all reported their highest one-day early voting totals of the 2018 campaign. As a result, on a day when President Donald Trump rallied thousands of Republicans in Pensacola, the GOP’s ballot advantage over the Democrats shrank to six-tenths of 1 percentage point (0.6), with GOP ballots at 40.8 percent of the statewide total and Democrats at 40.2 percent." By Monday morning Dems had a +0.5% lead over Republicans in ballots cast. In 2014 Republicans held almost a 6% lead over Dems going into election day.

So how many Democratic candidates will Gillum's coattails and the anti-red wave drag to victory in Florida today? Most of the candidates are so terrible that it's hard to say-- but even the worst of them are less horrible than the Republicans they're opposing. Donna Shalala, as bad a candidate as you'll find anywhere, will probably beat Maria Salazar in bright blue FL-27 (PVI- D+5) despite herself. Nate Silver gives her a 6 in 7 chance to win (84.7%). Next door in Carlos Curbelo's district (FL-26-- where the DCCC and Pelosi's PAC have spent $7,175,066 attacking Curbelo-- another weak Democrat, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell looks like she'll take the seat (PVI is D+6). Silver gives her a 5 in 9 chance (55.6%). The other Republican-held Miami-Dade seat, Mario Diaz-Balart's 25th district (PVI- R+4) has the best of the 3 Democratic challengers, Mary Barzee Flores, but in the toughest race. Silver gives her a 2 in 7 chance (27.8%) to beat Diaz-Balart. The wave will have had to have turned into a tsunami tonight for her to win.




Silver gives Wasserman Schultz a 99.9% chance of retaining her seat in a 3-way contest against progressive Tim Canova and some Republican sacrificial lamb, more or less the same chance Joe Crowley had in beating Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The only polling in the district-- by a GOP firm-- shows Wasserman Schultz exactly tied with Canova.

The DCCC has 4 other Democratic candidates on their Red to Blue page-- Nancy Soderberg (FL-06, Ron DiSantis' open seat with an R+7 PVI), Kristen Carlsen (FL-15, Dennis Ross' open seat stretching from the Tampa suburbs to the Orlando area with an R+6 PVI), David Shapiro (FL-16, Vern Buchanan's Sarasota, Bradenton seat with an R+7 PVI) and Lauren Baer (FL-18, Brian Mast's Treasure Coast district with an R+5 PVI). Silver doesn't give any of them much of a chance to win. Soderberg 1 in 4, Carlsen 3 in 7, Shapiro 1 in 7, and Baer 1 in 12. Soderberg, Baer and Shapiro (as well as Mucarsel-Powell) are all New Dems. The 2 Florida candidates in red districts with the best shot are 2 normal Dems, Kristen Carlsen and Mary Barzee Flores. The DCCC has spent modestly in a few of the races-- $499,932 in FL-06, $146,362 in FL-16, $868,290 in FL-18, and $694,360 in FL-15
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Matt Haggman is one of the progressive Democrats Blue America endorsed this cycle but who didn't win his primary, losing out, in this case, to an establishment nothing with lots of name recognition and money but with nothing to offer the voters except that she's not a Trumpist. Tragic waste of a blue seat but Matt has been good sport about it, endorsed her and has been working to help elect her. He agreed to catch us up on what he's been up to down in South Florida. He reiterated that "This is the most important mid-term election in our lifetimes. It’s a moment when we will decide as a country who we are and who we are not. Here in Florida I have been working to help Andrew Gillum, Donna Shalala, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Mary Barzee Flores and Bill Nelson all win. Just this weekend I was out canvassing. But, before this, I was a candidate. I was one of the many across the country who left good jobs to up and run for Congress following the 2016 presidential election. For me, it didn’t go as hoped. I lost to Donna Shalala in Florida’s Congressional District 27. Howie asked that I share a blog post I wrote in the weeks after the Aug. 28 Florida primary. It’s a reminder of the reasons why this mid-term is so important. Why each of us can have a big impact even if we’re not on the ballot. And why, whether a candidate or supporter, we must do all we can to ensure everyone gets out to vote this Election Day to turn a new page in our politics."

Until Next Time, Thank you

It’s been a few weeks since the primary election. Obviously, for me, it was a disappointment. But the many great wishes since election night from friends and supporters has been wonderful. I wanted to write a post and say thank you. And also reflect a bit on the past 13 months campaigning for US Congress.

Before doing that, I again congratulate Donna Shalala on her victory. This is a moment in our politics that is bigger than any individual and it’s critical that the Democratic party take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. We must unite behind her. In addition, we have to elect Andrew Gillum as our next Governor! His campaign has energized us all, and it’s time to bring it home.

Looking back on the primary, my overriding feeling is gratitude. I’m extremely thankful to my wife Danet, who supported me in this effort, and thankful to all of the people who propelled our campaign--  the volunteers, fellows, staff, donors and, ultimately, voters. I had never run for any elected office, yet so many went all-in supporting our campaign. Thank you very, very much.

Our fellows were, in particular, an inspiration to me. We recruited more than 50. Most were in college, some still in high school. Working on the campaign after class or full-time during summer break. Weekends, nights. Calling voters, knocking on doors. They were passionate and dedicated. Now, they are back on campus. At schools from Miami Dade College and Michigan to Boston University and Palmetto Senior High School. At a time when our political system badly needs a reset, they showed what it means to take hold of our democracy. With them, our future is so blazingly bright.

Along with our fellows, what I loved about being a candidate was talking with voters and being out in the community. I loved it. Going door to door on sweltering summer afternoons in Kendall, or Little Havana, or Richmond Heights. Evenings canvassing in Westchester or Palmetto Bay. Unfiltered and alone, it was just us; talking about our community and country. On those days and nights there was no place I would rather be.

Life revealed itself in its many forms on these unannounced visits. The couple celebrating their daughter who was headed to college. The single mom working three jobs to keep current on her mortgage. The middle-aged woman who tried to chat amiably but, after a time, couldn’t hold it back any longer, sharing that she’d just been diagnosed with cancer. “I need a hug,” she said, a tear running down her cheek, which she quickly and defiantly wiped away.

The conversations were always so real--  standing at front doors, sitting in living rooms, meeting people where they are, learning about their hopes and concerns, aspirations and struggles. At a time when Washington has so fundamentally and collectively lost its way, at the grassroots people are making sense. We need to spend more time listening to them.

Indeed, throughout the campaign I often said the best ideas come from the community, not candidates. I really meant it. Change happens from the ground up, and that’s never been more true than today. From start to finish, our campaign sought to stay true to that ethos. Namely, we focused on voters, rather than cutting down competitors as a means to win.

We visited every precinct, we knocked on some 45,000 doors. Again and again, I found a sincerity, thoughtfulness and a belief that things will get better. I always thought we lived in a special community, but over the last year I’ve vividly seen it with my own eyes in one neighborhood after another. Those thousands of conversations leave me today more hopeful and optimistic than ever.

If only our politics can be as good as them. I think it can, but we are going to have to change in big ways.

To me, election night 2016 was a shattering moment--  and it’s what ultimately prompted me to run. I had believed that America would never elect a person who said and did the things that Donald Trump said and did. I believed that America today would never elect a bully, a liar, someone who preyed upon our worst fears and sought to divide us to win support. We might come close to electing such a demagogue, but at this stage in our country’s history we would never actually do it. I was obviously wrong.

The better angels of our nature had given way to our most base sensibilities. A presidency built on hope was followed by one grounded in our worst fears.

In early January, as President Obama prepared to leave office, he gave his farewell address, warning that we can’t take democracy for granted. That it “falls on each of us to be anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy.” What the speech said to me is that, yes, America is a special place. But it’s only special because generation after generation has continually engaged in making it so--  even as there are setbacks, sometimes dramatic setbacks, along the way.

Then, at Danet’s urging, on January 21st we attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. My sister Meghan and our friend Lissette went too. It was an extraordinary day as millions around the world rose up. It was there that I thought to myself that this remarkable moment of protest must also be a moment of real and lasting change--  and wondered how to try and live that. It was there that I decided to run.

The reason I decided to drop everything, leave my job at Knight Foundation and do something I’d never done before was because I believed we were--  and are--  at a pivotal moment. This is not a normal election year.

I firmly believe that years from now people will ask about this time, what did we do?

What did we do when a President--  along with a compliant Republican-controlled Congress--  called for border walls, Muslim bans, tore thousands of immigrant children from their parents, bowed to a foreign power that meddled in our election, sympathized with neo-Nazis, sought to use law enforcement as a means to settle political scores, and declared the press an enemy of the state.

This election is our moment to reaffirm and declare who we are-- and who we are not--  as a country.

But, in doing so, we have to realize that this election is about what’s next. It can’t just be about what we’re against, but it has to be about what we’re for. Indeed, while Donald Trump has contributed much to our dysfunctional politics, the truth is that he’s the result of a dysfunctional system that has been spiraling for some time.

We are only going to achieve the change we need if we dispense with the incrementalism that has defined our politics for so long and think--  and do--  in dramatic new ways. And allow new leaders to emerge in a political system that’s long become stuck.

Put another way, it’s a two-part challenge: ensure that today does not become the new normal, and provide a vision for what tomorrow will look like. With that in mind, we sought to run a campaign that actually represented the change we seek.

At a time when money is undermining our democracy, we didn’t accept any funding from political action committees, federal lobbyists or special interests like big sugar.

At a time when so many have given up on politics, our campaign was powered by extraordinary campaign fellows who were the heart and soul of our effort.

At a time when so many are disconnected from our government, we built a field program that sought to personally engage voters in every neighborhood in every part of the district.

At a time when the leadership in Congress hasn’t changed in years, we called for an entirely new slate of people in leadership roles in the House. The new faces in the next Congress must not be just newly elected members, but the leaders at the top too.

Of course, our efforts did not result in a victory. But I have no regrets. After all, this is a moment to take chances. And throughout my life I’ve always sought to take chances by diving into entirely new things; and going all-in when I do.

Whether it was going to New Orleans to write a biography on Professor Longhair (still unfinished). Or moving to Miami-- where I didn’t know a soul (but met my soulmate)--  to become a journalist (where I had a great run that lasted nearly a decade). Or leaving the Miami Herald to join Knight Foundation (where I had an even better run), in which I launched an entirely new program that planted the seeds and propelled Miami’s rapidly emerging startup and entrepreneurial community.

I want to stretch myself, test boundaries and be willing to do entirely new things. Incumbent to that approach will be wins and losses. It’s the in-between that I want to avoid.

Make no mistake, I dearly wish I was part of the Blue Wave at this critical point in our country’s history. But I’m not. This moment belongs to candidates with names like Gillum, O’Rourke, Pressley, Lamb, Ocasio-Cortez, and so many others. I will be cheering every one of them on, and support in any way I can. We need them to win and be good leaders when a new Congress is sworn in in January.

And, each in our own way, we all need to lean in and help. The moment is too important. The challenges are too great. The stakes too high. No one can sit this out.

So what’s next? The short answer is, I don’t know.

I do know that I have many people to thank. I remember when I decided to run, a friend advised that people look at you differently when you’re a political candidate. He cautioned that you’ll be disappointed by friends you thought would be there. But he also said you’ll be surprised by the support from those you didn’t know before or never expected. Focus and delight in the latter, he said. And I will.

(One quick note: Danet and I took some time away after the election. If you haven’t heard from me yet, you’ll be hearing from me soon.)

After such an all-consuming period I also have many friendships to renew, which I am looking forward to doing.

Life is about chapters and seasons. The thing about political campaigns is the chapter ends so suddenly. After such an intense period, it’s quickly and suddenly over. It’s a crash landing. But a new chapter begins. There is power in blank canvases. I’ve experienced it before. It’s at moments like these when you can edit your life and think completely anew. It’s often at these moments when the unimagined happens, when you follow completely new paths and find unexpected success.

I have no idea what this next chapter will bring, but I’m excited to find out.

After the race, I spoke with Reggie, who is a great friend and the father of Joshua, my little through Big Brother Big Sister for more than a decade. Reggie said to me: “You gotta keep pressing on my man. It’s all good.”

That pretty much says it all. Keep pressing on.




          Working Class Hero      Cache   Translate Page      



Alan Grayson's grassroots PAC, The Resistance, did a final appeal for Randy Bryce Sunday evening. At this point, forget about the contribution part, just try to remember if you know anyone who lives in Racine, Kenosha, Janesville, the suburbs south of Milwaukee... and call them and tell them why they should vote for @IronStache. Meanwhile, though Grayson's PAC made some good points.
When no one else was willing to take on the Speaker of the House, Randy Bryce took on the Speaker of the House.  He put his hand right next to the woodchipper, filing to run against Paul Ryan in Ryan's Wisconsin Congressional district.

Ryan couldn't take the heat.  He quit the race, and he's stepping down as Speaker of the House two months from now.

Randy Bryce beat the second most powerful person in Washington, DC, a current Speaker and former Vice Presidential nominee. Bryce chased Paul Ryan out of politics.

But that is not the end of the story.
"You come at the king, you best not miss."
- Omar, The Wire (2006)
Paul Ryan's Super PAC, the "Congressional Leadership Fund," has spent $2.7 million in the last two months, relentlessly smearing Randy Bryce in order to hand Ryan's seat to Ryan's hand-picked successor.

We can't let Ryan beat Bryce from beyond the political grave.  Ryan wouldn't stand and fight for his seat; instead, he hides behind his Super PAC to fling mud at Bryce. Let's show our support for the candidate who stepped up to face Paul Ryan, and beat him.

Randy Bryce: Ironworker, veteran and cancer-survivor. A true Man of the People.

But now that Paul Ryan's Super PAC is spending $2.7 million to smear him, no one has come to Randy's defense.

Here is a list of Super PAC expenditures in Bryce's campaign. The blue ones are for Bryce, and the red ones against him:




Paul Ryan's Super PAC has outspent all the pro-Bryce Super PACs by nine to one-- combined!

(And by the way, there's no shortage of blue money available to help Bryce, The Democratic counterpart to Ryan's Super PAC has spent $72 million so far this year. None of that has gone to defend Randy Bryce.)

We can't let Republican sewer money defeat our Working Class Champion.

Yep, not a dime from the DCCC, not a dime from Pelosi's House Majority PAC-- both of which have been spending millions of Blue Dogs and New Dems from coast to coast. Fine, if Randy wins today, he won't owe them a nod.




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Syracuse opens 2018-19 hoops season tonight vs. Eastern Washington (preview & info)Syracuse officially starts its men’s basketball season Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome when Eastern Washington visits. The game, which is part of the 2K Classic that culminates next week in Madison Square Garden, will be played on ACC Network Extra. ACC Network Extra is not available (yet!) on traditional television channels but...
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El conseller de Acción Exterior de la Generalitat, Ernest Maragall, acudirá el 15 de noviembre a Washington DC para reabrir la Delegación del Govern en Estados Unidos, clausurada en aplicación del artículo 155 de la Constitución.
          Shryock Defends His All Iowa Points Modified Title By Just One Point      Cache   Translate Page      
One point made all the difference for Kelly Shryock as the veteran driver from Fertile captured his second straight and third overall All Iowa Points Modified championship in 2018. His first AIP title came in 1989 showing just how long he had been one of the top Modified drivers in the nation.

Eleven feature wins and thirty-four top five finishes racked up 120 points in the All Iowa Points 5-point scale system allowing Shryock to edge out Jesse Dennis by just one at the end of the season. Dennis had more feature wins with fourteen, but had four fewer top five finishes than the champion. Hinton's Jay Noteboom was close behind in third after taking fifteen feature wins in twenty-eight top five finishes. This solid season will move Noteboom to the top of the list when the cumulative points for the division from 2000 to 2018 is released during the holiday season.

Placing his focus on the Modified in 2018 Jeff Aikey had a strong finish including a win in the IMCA Super Nationals to rank fourth in the final standings. The 1984 All Iowa Points Sportsman champion and the 2003 Late Model champ, Aikey had nine wins in his Modified this season. Troy Cordes posted a solid fifth-place showing, early season point leader Bryce Garnhart was sixth and three-time champion Chris Abelson (2014-2016) filled out the top ten.

Looking for the "Newcomer of the Year", or the driver who has never had a top five finish in the Modifieds before is a bit of a search in this class as the first three on the list Shadren Turner (85th), Chad Clancy (109th) and Richard Spriggs (118th) are on the list for the first time due to regular racing returning to the Bethany Speedway in northwest Missouri this season. (And if you are wondering why that would matter to the "All Iowa Points" please read the Other States section here). Next in line is former Late Model driver Ben Nading in the 136th position on the list so you have to go all the way down to two drivers tied for 144th in the standings, Keegan Nordquist and Logan Anderson for someone who "moved up" from a support class to the Modifieds.

The final 2018 All Iowa Points standings will continue with the Stock Cars on Wednesday here on the Back Stretch.

All Iowa Points Final 2018
Modified
Pos. Driver Hometown Points
1 . Kelly Shryock Fertile 120
2 . Jesse Dennis Corning 119
3 . Jay Noteboom Hinton 106
4 . Jeff Aikey Cedar Falls 104
5 . Troy Cordes Raymond 100
6 . Bryce Garnhart Shannon IL 98
7 . Joel Rust Grundy Center 97
8 . Tim Ward Gilbert AZ 97
9 . Jeff Larson Freeport IL 90
10 . Chris Abelson Sioux City 86
11 . Jordan Grabouski Beatrice NE 85
12 . Jeff James Stanton 84
13 . Ricky Thornton Jr. Chandler AZ 84
14 . Jeff Waterman Quincy IL 82
15 . Hunter Marriott Brookfield MO 76
16 . Justin Kay Wheatland 76
17 . David Wietholder Liberty IL 74
18 . Ryan Jenkins Omaha NE 72
19 . Clint Luellen Minburn 70
20 . Nick Deal Walnut 69
21 . Eric Barnes Colona IL 66
22 . Richie Gustin Gilman 65
23 . Craig Reetz Dunlap 64
24 . Brandon Beckendorf Danube MN 63
25 . Cayden Carter Oskaloosa 63
26 . Rob Toland Colona IL 59
27 . Ethan Dotson Bakersfield CA 57
28 . Jeremy Mills Garner 57
29 . J.D. Auringer Waterloo 56
30 . Jarrett Brown Ainsworth 55
31 . Shane Demey Denison 55
32 . Kyle Brown Kellogg 54
33 . Bill Roberts Jr. Burlington 53
34 . Bob Moore Sioux City 53
35 . Jim Thies Mapleton 53
36 . Josh Gilman Stuart 52
37 . Corey Dripps Waterloo 51
38 . Nick Meyer Whittemore 51
39 . Nick Roberts Des Moines 50
40 . Ronn Lauritzen Jesup 49
41 . Chris Zogg New Liberty 48
42 . Todd Boulware Jefferson SD 48
43 . Chad Andersen Omaha NE 45
44 . Rodney Sanders Happy TX 45
45 . Steve Stewart Burlington 45
46 . Johnny Scott Las Cruces NM 44
47 . Brandon Durbin Silvis IL 42
48 . Tyler Madigan Dubuque 42
49 . Brennen Chipp Waterloo 41
50 . Jeff Stephens Arion 41
51 . Mark Schulte Delhi 40
52 . Ryan Ruter Kanawha 40
53 . Shane Hiatt Rising City NE 39
54 . Sean Barragan Sioux City 38
55 . Austin Moyer Dubuque 37
56 . Carter Vandenberg Oskaloosa 37
57 . Darin Duffy Hazelton 37
58 . Kurt Kile West Liberty 37
59 . Matt Werner Silvis IL 37
60 . Brad Waits Rochester MN 36
61 . Bruce Hanford Davenport 36
62 . Michael Long Fowler IL 36
63 . Milo Veloz Jr. Colona IL 35
64 . Scott Hogan Vinton 35
65 . Anthony Roth Columbus NE 34
66 . Brandon Monson Harlan 34
67 . Lucas Schott Chatfield MN 34
68 . Mark Elliott Webster City 34
69 . Nate Hughes Humboldt 34
70 . Colby Springsteen Wapello 33
71 . Shawn Deering Quincy IL 33
72 . Cody Knecht Whittemore 32
73 . Dennis LaVeine Burlington 32
74 . Jim Cole Sioux City 32
75 . Tad Reutzel Burt 32
76 . Chris Mills Sioux City 31
77 . Greg Durbin Silvis IL 31
78 . Mike Densberger Lincoln NE 31
79 . Stormy Scott Las Cruces NM 31
80 . Derrick Stewart Ainsworth 30
81 . Bob Zoubek Dorchester NE 29
82 . Brandon Davis Hayfield MN 29
83 . Josh Angst Rochester MN 29
84 . Kenny Kostenbader Freeport IL 28
85 . Shadren Turner St. Joseph MO 28
86 . Clayton Christensen Spencer 27
87 . Jeff Wiggens Greenfield 27
88 . Josh Most Red Oak 27
89 . Terry Phillips Springfield MO 27
90 . Todd Van Eaton Prescott 27
91 . Zack VanderBeek New Sharon 27
92 . Chris Lawrence 26
93 . Jason Fisher Lakefield MN 26
94 . Kevin Blackburn Fulton MO 26
95 . Matt Bodman Muscatine 26
96 . Matthew Meinecke Madrid 25
97 . Scott Olson Ellsworth 25
98 . Zach Less Manchester 25
99 . Brandon Rothzen Raritan IL 24
100 . Darwin Karau Kasson MN 24
101 . Jake Timm Winona MN 24
102 . Mitch Morris Long Grove 24
103 . Nate Wasmund Rochester MN 24
104 . Travis Denning Sterling IL 24
105 . Eric Elliott Boone 23
106 . Jacob Hobscheidt Nehawka NE 23
107 . Jimmy Gustin Marshalltown 23
108 . Austin Wolf Algona 22
109 . Chad Clancy Polo MO 22
110 . Dustin Sorenson Rochester MN 22
111 . Jason Schneiders Sioux City 22
112 . Chad Ten Napel Hawarden 21
113 . Jed Freiburger Dubuque 21
114 . Kyle Strickler Mooresville NC 21
115 . Dakota Simmons Douds 20
116 . Dan Menk Franklin MN 20
117 . Ray Bollinger Kewanee IL 20
118 . Richard Spriggs Savannah MO 20
119 . Rob Hughes Humboldt 20
120 . Ron Ver Beek Oskaloosa 20
121 . Ryan Topf Charter Oak 20
122 . Brad Bergren Stanton 19
123 . Jason Cummins New Richland MN 19
124 . Jason Pershy Colona IL 19
125 . Jesse Rogotzke Sanborn MN 19
126 . Mark Noble Blooming Prairie MN 19
127 . Ryan Gustin Marshalltown 19
128 . Tony Hofbauer Huxley 19
129 . Derek Thompson Monroe WI 18
130 . Joel Bushore Boone 18
131 . Joel Callahan Dubuque 18
132 . Josh Truman Indianola 18
133 . Justin Gregg Hastings NE 18
134 . Randy Foote Stanton 18
135 . Adam Hensel Baldwin WI 17
136 . Ben Nading Ankeny 17
137 . Dan Nelson Holmesville NE 17
138 . Don Gerritsen Jr. Rock Rapids 17
139 . Jordan Hicks Lost Nation 17
140 . Justin Sackett Moville 17
141 . Matt Gansen Zwingle 17
142 . Mike VanGenderen Newton 17
143 . Travis Hatcher Honey Creek 17
144 . Chris Palsrok Sibley 16
145 . Keegan Nordquist Beresford SD 16
146 . Logan Anderson Eddyville 16
147 . Mike Fryer Freeport IL 16
148 . Dean McGee Galesburg IL 15
149 . Jim Sandusky Coal Valley IL 15
150 . Josh Foster Newton 15
151 . Josh Ruby Lakota 15
152 . Mike Burbridge Delhi 15
153 . Patrick Flannagan Cedar Rapids 15
154 . Bill Crimmins Fort Dodge 14
155 . Brad Diercks Clarence 14
156 . Brandon Banks Washington 14
157 . Chad Holladay Muscatine 14
158 . Cory Wray Trenton MO 14
159 . Jacob Bleess Chatfield MN 14
160 . Racer Hulin Laurel 14
161 . Ray Cox Jr. Maquoketa 14
162 . Christopher Elliott Webster City 13
163 . Jacob Murray Hartford 13
164 . Johnny Saathoff Beatrice NE 13
165 . Keith Foss Winona MN 13
166 . Mat Hollerich Good Thunder MN 13
167 . Oliver Kollofski Fairmont MN 13
168 . R.J. Merchant Sioux City 13
169 . Steve Grotz Quincy IL 13
170 . Cody Laney Torrance CA 12
171 . Dan Brockert Grandview 12
172 . David Brown Kellogg 12
173 . Doug Crampton Rock Island IL 12
174 . Dustin Smith Taylor Ridge IL 12
175 . Dylan Smith Osceola NE 12
176 . Jim Richert Springfield MN 12
177 . Justin Wulf Arlington NE 12
178 . Kory Meyer Big Rock 12
179 . Ricky Stephan South Sioux City NE 12
180 . Ryan DeShaw Farley 12
181 . Jason Briese Cleghorn 11
182 . Jason Schueller Dubuque 11
183 . Jordy Nelson Marysville KS 11
184 . Josh May DeSoto 11
185 . Mitch Boles New London 11
186 . Alex Reetz Dunlap 10
187 . Jaden Fryer Freeport IL 10
188 . James Slawson Spirit Lake 10
189 . Joe Horgdal Kasson MN 10
190 . Joey Gower Quincy IL 10
191 . Josh Newman Fulton MO 10
192 . Kevin Stoa Albert Lea MN 10
193 . Larry Herring Lone Tree 10
194 . Matt Short Maquoketa 10
195 . Nate Thompson Fremont NE 10
196 . Randy Havlik Ankeny 10
197 . Russ Dickerson Ames 10
198 . Scott Simatovich State Center 10
199 . Ben Kraus Garner 9
200 . Blake Arndt Brownsdale MN 9
201 . Garrett Wilson Carlisle 9
202 . Jon Snyder Ames 9
203 . Josh Rogotzke Sanborn MN 9
204 . Kyle Madden Oxford 9
205 . Nick Marolf Moscow 9
206 . R.C. Whitwell Tucson AZ 9
207 . Spencer Havermale Quincy IL 9
208 . Trey Kline Schleswig 9
209 . Aaron Benson Clear Lake 8
210 . Bob Dominacki Bettendorf 8
211 . Cory Crapser Chippewa Falls MN 8
212 . Craig Crawford Geneseo IL 8
213 . Dereck Ramirez Woodward OK 8
214 . Dugan Thye Burlington 8
215 . Eric Dailey Armstrong 8
216 . Greg Pfeifer Jr. Brownsdale MN 8
217 . Harvey Vandeweerd Alton 8
218 . Jason Wolla Ray ND 8
219 . Mark Enk St. Ann MO 8
220 . Nathan Hall Silvis IL 8
221 . Steven Bowers Jr. Topeka KS 8
222 . Tim Hamburg Dixon IL 8
223 . Tyler Limoges Redwood Falls MN 8
224 . Tyler Prochaska Iowa Falls 8
225 . Aaron Krohn Slayton MN 7
226 . Cameron Kuxhouse 7
227 . Clay Hale Cameron MO 7
228 . D.J. Shannon Merced CA 7
229 . Dalton Magers Redwood Falls MN 7
230 . Jared Fuller Memphis MO 7
231 . Jared Hoefelman Columbus NE 7
232 . Jesse Sobbing Malvern 7
233 . Mark Leiting Lincoln NE 7
234 . Timmy Current Bernard 7
235 . Tony Cox Ames 7
236 . Charlie Steinberg Kasson MN 6
237 . Chase Ellingsen Williams 6
238 . Chris Simpson Marion
          Jeremiah Hurst Adds His Name To The List Of All Iowa Points Late Model Champions      Cache   Translate Page      
In the fifty-second season of compiling the All Iowa Points Jeremiah Hurst becomes the twenty-third different driver to earn the title of Late Model champion. The list of champions includes ten National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame members Red Droste, Verlin Eaker, Ed Sanger, Curt Hansen, Gary Webb, Tom Hearst, Ken Walton, Roger Dolan,  Ray Guss Jr. and Joe Kosiski, and if not for health reasons Hurst might have been an All Iowa champion a few years earlier as he was the point leader mid-season before having to step away from the sport for a bit.

Teaming up with the Roberts Racing Team car #58, a team that won four straight All Iowa Points titles with Ray Guss Jr. from 2009 through 2012, Hurst had a stellar 2018 season taking seven feature wins and finishing in the top five an impressive forty-two times. Seventeen of those were runner-up finishes allowing him to edge out the defending champion Matt Ryan by eighteen points. It was another great year for Ryan with eleven feature victories in thirty-seven top five runs.

Three time All Iowa Points Modified champion Ryan Dolan (2010 - 2012) had his best season in a Late Model finishing in the third position with ten wins to his credit while early season leader Andy Nezworski ranked fourth taking nine feature wins. Todd Cooney who is still chasing his first AIP title despite having the most points accumulated in the division since the 2000 season rounds out the top five with eleven wins this year. Four time champion Rob Toland (2004, 2006-07, 2016) finished tenth.

The "Newcomer of the Year", or the driver who has never had a top five finish in the division until 2018 is Mike Mills who raced in the 9:1 Late Model division in Dubuque this season. Mills was tied for the 53rd position on the list.

We will continue to release the final 2018 All Iowa Points by division as this week goes on with the Modifieds up next.

All Iowa Points Final 2018
Late Model Iowa
Pos. Driver Hometown Points
1 . Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque 151
2 . Matt Ryan Davenport 133
3 . Ryan Dolan Lisbon 113
4 . Andy Nezworski Buffalo 112
5 . Todd Cooney Des Moines 100
6 . Darrel DeFrance Marshalltown 91
7 . Tommy Elston Keokuk 87
8 . John Emerson Waterloo 81
9 . Billy Leighton  Omaha NE 79
10 . Rob Toland Hillsdale IL 74
11 . Chuck Hanna Port Byron IL 72
12 . Jacob Brown Omaha NE 70
13 . Tyler Bruening Decorah 66
14 . Tad Pospisil Norfolk NE 65
15 . Ben Schaller Omaha NE 60
16 . Jeff Tilley Omaha NE 58
17 . Denny Woodworth Mendon IL 53
18 . Sam Halstead New London 53
19 . Andrew Kosiski Omaha NE 52
20 . Justin Kay Wheatland 52
21 . Jason Robbins Belmont WI 47
22 . Jamie Pfeiffer Freeport IL 46
23 . Jason O'Brien Atlantic 42
24 . Chad Holladay Muscatine 40
25 . Jason Hahne Webster City 38
26 . Lee Kinsella Dubuque 38
27 . Corey Zeitner Omaha NE 36
28 . Ryan Griffith Webster City 36
29 . Kyle Berck Marquette NE 34
30 . Pat Quinn Epworth 30
31 . Ron Boyse Kalona 30
32 . Vance Wilson Bowling Green MO 30
33 . Andy Eckrich Cosgrove 27
34 . Steve Schueller Dubuque 27
35 . Terry Neal Ely 27
36 . Ben Sukup Norfolk NE 26
37 . Charlie McKenna Clear Lake 25
38 . Nick Marolf Moscow 25
39 . Andrew Tilley Glenwood 24
40 . Joel Callahan Dubuque 24
41 . Sean Johnson Independence 24
42 . Gunnar Frank Montrose 23
43 . Chad Simpson Mount Vernon 22
44 . Joe Zrostlik Long Grove 22
45 . Nick Beyenhof Rock Rapids 22
46 . Jeff Tharp Dubuque 21
47 . Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy NC 21
48 . Chris Simpson Oxford 20
49 . Eric Pollard Dubuque 20
50 . Gary Brown Jr. Brandon SD 20
51 . Jeff Guengerich Washington 20
52 . Todd Frank Montrose 20
53 . Curt Martin Independence 19
54 . Gabe Umbarger Garner 19
55 . Mike Mills Dubuque 19
56 . Darren Ackerman Waterloo 18
57 . Jay Johnson West Burlington 18
58 . Jeff Schmidt Rock City IL 18
59 . Scott Fitzpatrick Urbandale 18
60 . D.J. Sweet Platteville WI 17
61 . Ben Seemann Waterloo 16
62 . Brandon Sheppard New Berlin IL 16
63 . Joe Ross Thompson IL 16
64 . Nate Beyenhof Rock Rapids 16
65 . Paul Glendenning Mount Ayr 16
66 . Paul Nagle Nevada 16
67 . Kyle Hinrichs Swisher 15
68 . Rick Wendling Hazelton 15
69 . Dave Cook Lincoln NE 14
70 . John Anderson Omaha NE 14
71 . Josh Krug Omaha NE 14
72 . A.J. Jorgensen Elkhorn NE 12
73 . Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg TN 12
74 . Doug Nigh Eldridge 11
75 . Jake Neal Omaha NE 11
76 . Jeff Parks 11
77 . Zach Zentner Cedar Rapids NE 11
78 . Allan Hopp Harlan 10
79 . Brian Shirley Chatham IL 10
80 . Clint Kirkham Camden IL 10
81 . Jimmy Owens Newport TN 10
82 . Kelly Pestka DeWitt 10
83 . Ron Klein Sherrill 10
84 . Shawn Cooney Des Moines 10
85 . Cliff Powell Hannibal MO 9
86 . Don O'Neal Martinsville IN 9
87 . Jason Udelhofen Potosi WI 9
88 . Karl Getzschman Council Bluffs 9
89 . Luke Pestka Robins 9
90 . Nick Deal Walnut 9
91 . Robbie Jorgenson Elkhorn NE 9
92 . Tyler Erb New Waverly TX 9
93 . Brandon Savage Keokuk 8
94 . Brett Hopp Harlan 8
95 . Charles VanZandt Camp Point IL 8
96 . Curt Schroeder Newton 8
97 . Jake Bridge Waverly NE 8
98 . Jordan Heiman Sioux Falls SD 8
99 . Laine VanZandt Camp Point IL 8
100 . Quinten Meyers Pukwana SD 8
101 . Rich Picha Prairie Du Chien WI 8
102 . Rusty Patterson Mason City 8
103 . Sterling Perkins Lamoni 8
104 . Travis Johnson 8
105 . Brad Perdue Council Bluffs 7
106 . Brian Kosiski Omaha NE 7
107 . Colton Leal Pacific Junction 7
108 . Denny Eckrich Tiffin 7
109 . Lyle Klein Dubuque 7
110 . Mike Marlar Winfield TN 7
111 . Tim Simpson Iowa City 7
112 . Blair Northdurft Sioux Falls SD 6
113 . Bobby Pierce Oakwood IL 6
114 . Gary Webb Blue Grass 6
115 . Jon Poll Delmar 6
116 . Josh Richards Shinnston WV 6
117 . Justin Zeitner Omaha NE 6
118 . Kale Kosiski Ralston NE 6
119 . Mitch Current Maquoketa 6
120 . Payton Looney Republic MO 6
121 . Randy Archer Council Bluffs 6
122 . Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville FL 5
123 . Eric Vanosdall Hoskins NE 5
124 . Frank Heckenast Jr. Frankfort IL 5
125 . Jeff Aikey Cedar Falls 5
126 . Jesse Sobbing Malvern 5
127 . Lance Matthees Winona MN 5
128 . Paul Conrad Colo 5
129 . Shannon Babb Mowequa IL 5
130 . Steve Hunter Hopkington 5
131 . Travis Smock Independence 5
132 . Will Vaught Aurora MO 5
133 . Blake Anderson Omaha NE 4
134 . Cayden Carter Oskaloosa 4
135 . Chris Madden Gray Court SC 4
136 . Dave Wada Muscatine 4
137 . Don Pataska Miles 4
138 . J.C. Wyman Griswold 4
139 . Jason Rauen Farley 4
140 . Jeff Provinzino Hibbing MN 4
141 . Jeremy Grady Story City 4
142 . Jim Hendricks Pardeeville WI 4
143 . Melvin Linder Mendon IL 4
144 . Ricky Weiss Headingly MB 4
145 . Rory Metcalf West Union 4
146 . Ryan Hill Dubuque 4
147 . Shane Clanton Zebulon GA 4
148 . Steven Roberts Jesup GA 4
149 . Zach Zeitner Bellevue NE 4
150 . B.J. Jackson Clinton 3
151 . Brian Harris Davenport 3
152 . Chris Horn Marion 3
153 . Chris Spieker Massena 3
154 . Cory Dumpert York NE 3
155 . Curtis Glover Des Moines 3
156 . Darren Mish Hazel Green WI 3
157 . Dirk Hamilton Waterloo 3
158 . Jay Stewart Blair NE 3
159 . Jimmy Mars Menomonie WI 3
160 . John Squires Shannon IL 3
161 . Kirby Schultz Albion 3
162 . Kyle Krampe Baxter 3
163 . Logan Duffy Urbana 3
164 . Luke Goedert Guttenberg 3
165 . Matt Buller Lincoln NE 3
166 . Mitch McGrath Waukesha WI 3
167 . Richie Gustin Gilman 3
168 . Ron Carey Nashua 3
169 . Rusty Schlenk McClure OH 3
170 . Todd Bell Omaha NE 3
171 . Billy Drake Bloomington IL 2
172 . Bobby Hansen Center Point 2
173 . Brian Birkhofer Muscatine 2
174 . Carey Umbarger Garner 2
175 . Chad Coyne Moline IL 2
176 . Chad Olsen Hendricks MN 2
177 . Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville IL 2
178 . Curran Beckler Tiffin 2
179 . Don Beckstrom Carroll 2
180 . Gale Vogt Yankton SD 2
181 . Graham Fate Peoria IL 2
182 . Hudson O'Neal Martinsville IN 2
183 . Jason Feger Bloomington IL 2
184 . Luke Merfeld Dubuque 2
185 . Matt Furman Iowa City 2
186 . Mike Guldenpfennig Davenport 2
187 . Rece Vaught Aurora NE 2
188 . Shawn Mulvaney Moline IL 2
189 . Tony Jackson Jr. Lebanon MO 2
190 . Travis Birkley Wakefield NE 2
191 . Troy Northdurft Sioux Falls SD 2
192 . Tucker Finch Jacksonville IL 2
193 . Barry Sorenson Harlan 1
194 . Brandon Queen Keokuk 1
195 . Brian Diveley Springfield IL 1
196 . Curt Beckler Tiffin 1
197 . Darrell Lanigan Union KY 1
198 . Dave Eckrich Cosgrove 1
199 . Devin Moran Dresden OH 1
200 . Eric Sanders  Colona IL 1
201 . Jenna Johnson Mitchellville 1
202 . John Hoefert Sioux Falls SD 1
203 . Michael Leal Pacific Junction 1
204 . Mike Kline Browntown WI 1
205 . Mike Morton Jr. Omaha NE 1
206 . Mitch Manternach Earlville 1
207 . Randy Faux Earlham 1
208 . Rick Eckert York PA 1
209 . Ryan Mitchell Webster City 1
210 . Ryan Picha Prairie Du Chien WI 1
211 . Scott Welsh Cedar Rapids 1
212 . Tim McCreadie Watertown NY 1
213 . Todd Malmstrom Moline IL 1
214 . Trevor Gundaker St. Charles MO 1



          Information Warfare and Security Flaws: Why the American Voting System Is Still at Serious Risk      Cache   Translate Page      
As this election’s results come back, they will reveal whether the misinformation and propaganda campaigns conducted alongside the political ones were effective.

As the 2018 midterms proceed, there are still significant risks to the integrity of the voting system – and information warfare continues to try to influence the American public’s choices when they cast their ballots.

On the day of the election, there were a number of early hitches in voting at individual polling places, such as polling places opening late and vote-counting machines not plugged in. But there seem not – at least not yet – to be major problems across the country.

However, not all the election-related news and information voters have been encountering in recent days and weeks is accurate, and some of it is deliberately misleading. As this election’s results come back, they will reveal whether the misinformation and propaganda campaigns conducted alongside the political ones were effective.

Securing election systems

America’s electoral process remains highly fragmented, because of the country’s cherished tradition of decentralized government and local control. While this may leave some individual communities’ voting equipment potentially vulnerable to attack, the nation’s voting process overall may be more trustworthy as a result of this fragmentation. With no unified government agency or office to provide, administer and protect election technologies, there’s not one central national element that could fail or be attacked.

Across the country, though, many districts’ voters will cast ballots with the help of machines that have long-standing security concerns. Fortunately, 45 states keep a paper record of each vote cast – whether for fear of threats to voting integrity or just budget constraints preventing purchase of newer gear. But that means five states – Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey and Delaware – don’t keep paper records of their voters’ choices.

Voting machine vendors have been reluctant to appear before Congress to explain their systems’ security practices – and shortcomings. However, federal agencies have helped some states reduce the likelihood of voting machines being hacked or physically tampered with.

Beyond voting machines

Election security is about much more than voting machines and vote-counting systems, though they are the most visible technologies at work on Election Day. State systems that track voter registrations, or allow users to register online, are enticing targets for hackers, too. Security firm Carbon Black reported that 81 million voter records from 20 states are available in online forums. This data, obtained by hacking various official and corporate databases, could be used to facilitate voter fraud or sow confusion at polling places on Election Day: How would you feel if you were told that someone using your name and address had already voted?

There are security concerns even in states like Oregon, where everyone votes on paper and mails in their ballots in advance of Election Day. That state’s election officials were targeted by hackers seeking to gain access to state email and database systems. With that access, attackers might be able to digitally impersonate a government official to send false or confusing emails, press releases or other notifications to citizens, journalists or poll workers.

Also at risk are public-facing official websites that carry election information. Merely changing the reported location of polling places or voting hours could prevent some people from voting. Also vulnerable are states’ methods of announcing preliminary election results. At a major internet security conference in August, children were able to compromise replicas of several states’ election-reporting systems. The most remarkable was that in just 10 minutes, an 11-year-old boy cracked the security on a copy of the Florida secretary of state’s website and was able to change the publicly announced vote totals for candidates. That could be enough to cast doubt on whatever was later reported as the official results – and the integrity of the system itself.

Managing information on social media

A more difficult threat to defend against is information warfare, which doesn’t attack voting machines or election officials’ computers. Rather, it targets voters’ perceptions and decisions, seeking to influence how they vote.

Long before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, information warfare was influencing elections around the world, including in Ukraine, Myanmar and Egypt. But after 2016, Facebook and Twitter came under intense scrutiny for their role in providing digital environments that facilitated the spread of misinformation to sow discontent, and special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating Russians’ influence efforts.

In the run-up to the 2018 midterms, Russians and others were still hard at work trying to influence Americans to vote in ways that help foreign interests. In October, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a Russian woman with creating thousands of fake social media accounts allegedly representing American citizens to “create and amplify divisive social media and political content” before the election.

This year, though, unlike two years ago, social media companies are taking action. Twitter and Facebook have both deleted thousands of accounts they identified as engaging in propaganda and influence-peddling. And they have made other efforts to identify and fight falsehoods on their platforms, too.

Nevertheless, online misinformation continues to thrive. More than 80 percent of the Twitter accounts that often shared links to false and misleading information in 2016 are still active today. And the amount of online misinformation is higher than it was two years ago.

Investigating alleged wrongdoing

U.S. intelligence and police agencies are concerned about the potential effects of misinformation on the American electorate. But large proportions of the country don’t trust those organizations to be politically independent. It doesn’t help that the White House continues to claim, without evidence, that voter fraud is a significant problem.

Mainstream news organizations can find themselves under scrutiny too, either for reporting falsehoods that appear to gain traction online or for failing to filter out or properly identify inaccurate information for their readers.

Looking ahead

Protecting democracy is a huge challenge. I’ve written before that it involves more than technical solutions to computer problems. The U.S. government, and the people it serves, must find the desire and the drive to establish secure and trustworthy procedures for running elections across the country. Education is also key, teaching people from an early age how to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and think critically about the information they encounter. Facts are not subject to alternative views; without widespread agreement on common objective realities, society and government cannot function well.

Technology continues to evolve, presenting challenges to individuals and society alike. Emerging “deepfake” technology is already helping create convincing videos of people appearing to say and do things they never said or did. In addition, intelligent social media bots are becoming more human-like, making identifying and blocking them much more difficult. That’s just some of the challenges that democracies will face in the future.

Many of these problems will not have a clearly defined fix, because they involve a nuanced balancing of individual rights and social necessities. Real and lasting solutions must come from civil discourse by rational and objectively informed people who have, above all, the actual honest desire to do it right.

Richard Forno, Senior Lecturer, Cybersecurity & Internet Researcher, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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

 

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          The Midterm Elections Show a Major Shift in America's Attitude Toward Charter School Privatization      Cache   Translate Page      
It's not hard to find news stories about waste, fraud, abuse and downright theft in the school privatization sector.

For years, the policy window for privatizing public schools has been wide open, and what was once considered an extreme or at least rare idea—such as outsourcing public schools to private contractors with few strings attached, or giving parents public tax money to subsidize their children’s private school tuitions—has become widespread as charter schools are now legal in all but a handful of states, and voucher programs have proliferated in many forms across the country.

Politicians of all stripes have been extremely reluctant, especially at the national level, to lean into a real discussion of the negative consequences of redirecting public education funds to private operators, with little to no regulation for how the money is being spent. Candidates have instead stuck to a “safe boilerplate” of education being “good” and essential to “the workforce” without much regard to who provides it.

But policy windows can be fleeting (remember “the deficit crisis”?), and multiple factors can rejigger the public’s views. Indeed, in campaigns that candidates are waging in the upcoming midterm elections, one can see the policy window on school privatization gradually shifting back to support for public schools and increasing skepticism about doling out cash to private education entrepreneurs.

‘Vulture Schools’

It is the wave of new progressive candidates who appear to be the ones who are shifting the policy window on school privatization.

Take the campaign of progressive superstar Randy Bryce, running for the congressional seat Paul Ryan held in Wisconsin. The Badger State recently expanded statewide a voucher program that was confined to Milwaukee and Racine, and charter schools have expanded significantly under the leadership of Republican Governor Scott Walker.

On his website, Bryce provides the usual bromides about “every child deserves a quality education” and “charter, private and traditional public schools can all thrive,” but he then adds the curious statement that “no student should see money taken from their classroom in order to serve another.” What does that mean?

Click through the “learn more” prompt and you’ll watch a video in which he makes a much stronger statement about the problems of privatizing public schools. “We can’t afford two school systems, a public one and a private one,” he elaborates, and he blasts “vulture schools that don’t have the same accountability and don’t have the same rules.”

The example of the school he brings up that closed after head count day, and the owners “moved to Florida,” is a real school run by a husband-and-wife team who abruptly closed their Milwaukee private school, after taking more than $2.3 million of state voucher money, and moved to Florida to start another one.

These sorts of scandals have become nearly daily occurrences in the privately operated school industry.

Schools for Scandals

The latest scandal breaks from Arizona, where the state auditor found that parents who used the state’s voucher-like education savings program spent more than $700,000 on cosmetics, music, movies, clothing, sports apparel, and other personal items. Some even tried to withdraw cash with the state-issued debit cards. The state has not recovered any of the money. But the state legislature recently passed a bill to expand the voucher program, which is now being challenged by a recall effort on the ballot on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, in Florida, the founder of a company that operated charter schools in seven counties was found guilty of using those schools to steer millions of dollars into his personal accounts. In one school district alone, “nearly 1,000 students were affected by the chaos and disruption that ensued.”

In California, a recent audit of a charter school found the married couple who ran the school made almost $850,000 in less than two years and secretly hired people and created positions without approval from the school’s board.

A video from Florida that went viral shows an African American boy being denied admission to a private school that his parents used public school voucher money to enroll him in. An enormous white cross adorns the school’s front lawn. This and other similar occurrences of discrimination by voucher-funded private schools in the Sunshine State has prompted the NAACP to call for an investigation into all private schools accepting vouchers. Around the same time, an op-ed appeared in a Florida newspaper recounting the scandal of a voucher-funded private school that stiffed teachers and skipped rent payments. Teachers filed formal complaints about a “lack of basic school supplies,” academic “irregularities,” student safety concerns, and inadequate staffing. But when the school was evicted, it simply moved to a new location and started the whole flimflam all over again.

In Georgia, a police investigation of a charter school found the governing board terminated the school’s leader, made no public announcement of the firing, and never told parents why. At another Georgia charter school, parents were told to “watch your bank accounts” after 6,000 school records were mysteriously transferred to a personal email account.

In Nevada, an analysis of the state’s charter school industry found they increase racial and economic segregation by enrolling far fewer low-income kids and far more white and Asian students than public schools do. A state audit of a charter school in New Mexico found tens of thousands of dollars have been stolen by the school’s employees.

Some Regulatory Control, Please

One doesn’t need to “cherry pick” to find news stories about waste, fraud, abuse, and downright theft in the school privatization sector. The above examples all happened within the last month.

Of course, financial scandals happen in public schools too. That’s why they’re heavily regulated. But the notion that “parent choice” can keep charter schools and private voucher schools clean and honest is disproven nearly every day.

In Washington, D.C., there now seems to be an inkling to address the mountain of fraud created by charter schools and voucher programs. Prompted by a massive scandal involving an online charter school in Ohio, Democratic senators want the top watchdog agency for the federal government to investigate the business practices of online charter schools.

Their investigations can’t stop there. A recent analysis of states with the most charter schools and the most charter closures finds the federal government dumps millions into these schools but provides little oversight and guidance for what to do when these schools close, leaving millions of dollars in taxpayer money at risk to scamming.

More Progressive Democrats Against Privatization

The endless revelations of corruptions in the charter school and school voucher racket are now what’s driving policy, more so than dry, empirical studies about whether privatizing public schools “works” academically.

You can see that especially in the campaigns of progressive standouts like Andrew Gillum, who is running against Ron DeSantis to be the next governor of Florida, a state that is rife with charter school and voucher scandals.

While members of the family of U.S. Secretary DeVos are bankrolling the DeSantis campaign to push their agenda for charters and vouchers, Gillum is determined to stanch the flow of public dollars to the state’s many voucher programs and make charters more accountable for how they spend public money.

A review compiled by the Intercept of progressive candidates running for Congress singles out Leslie Cockburn running in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Cockburn opposes school vouchers and shows her skepticism for charter schools by noticing their problems with teacher turnover and their lack of oversight. At a recent meet-and-greet, she said, “We want more funding for public schools, not less. We need to not take away funds from public schools and give them to charter schools or private schools.”

Another candidate, Kara Eastman, running in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, says on her website, “We must resist the administration’s political nominees who advertise the benefits of expanding charter schools.”

Among People’s Action’s endorsements in congressional races is Anthony Brindisi, running in New York’s 22nd Congressional District. Brindisi has pledged “to fight any and all attempts to privatize our public education system for corporate gain.”

A candidate endorsed by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), Dana Balter, running in New York’s 24th Congressional District, is a special education teacher turned Syracuse professor who got the endorsement of the powerful state teachers’ union largely because she “understands that giving money away to charter schools is not the right approach.”

Candidates for state houses have similar positions. In the race for West Virginia Senate 1st District seat that pits Democrat William Ihlenfeld against Republican Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, Ihlenfeld says, “I am not a supporter of charter schools … I don’t think charter schools are a good idea for West Virginia. I don’t think we can afford to allow the private sector to come in and profit from precious education resources.”

Of course, some progressive candidates still stick to the old script of “investing in schools” with little regard to who runs them, and a few still cling to the school privatization cause. But the trend that made privatizing public schools an acceptable if not preferential policy has at least stalled, if not completely been thrown into reverse.

This article was produced by the Independent Media Institute.

 

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          GOP Candidates Face Outcry For Depicting Jewish Opponents Clutching Fistfuls of Cash      Cache   Translate Page      
The GOP isn't even trying to be subtle about it anymore.

The dust has barely settled from the horrific Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, committed by a neo-Nazi who believed Jewish groups are funding an influx of nonwhite migrants into the United States for nefarious purposes.

But Republicans apparently feel no responsibility to stand up to anti-Semitic sentiment. On the contrary, many GOP candidates are exploiting age-old stereotypes to attack Jewish opponents as avaricious and money-grubbing.

On Tuesday, with the polls opening nationwide, the Washington Post detailed multiple instances around the country of Republicans who have gone after Jewish Democrats by depicting them clutching fistfuls of cash.

One ad in Alaska depicted a Jewish state Senate candidate as a shadowy figure stuffing $100 bills into his suit, captioned "If you give Jesse Keihl your vote, you may as well give him your wallet." Republicans in Washington's 8th District illustrated the Democratic candidate, Dr. Kim Schrier, clutching a wad of $20 bills with the line "Dr. Tax will see you now!"

Another mailer in North Carolina showed Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer with a stack of bills, while a GOP state assembly candidate in California showed challenger Josh Lowenthal tinted green and clutching $100s, and the Connecticut Republican state Senate candidate put out an attack against opponent Matthew Lesser showing him grasping a wad of cash with a bug-eyed, demonic grin.

The anti-Semitic attacks are getting so grotesque that even some Republicans are sickened. "Jesse is proudly and prominently a member of Juneau's Jewish community," said Scott Kendall, a Jewish Republican who served as chief of staff to outgoing Gov. Bill Walker. "It is tough for me to process through that and not see an ill intent."

The stereotype of the Jewish people as money-grubbing and usurious dates back centuries, originating from Roman and medieval Church depictions of Judas' betrayal of Christ for thirty pieces of silver. It has been used to justify horrific persecution of Jews — a key fixture of Nazi propaganda was that the postwar German economy was suffering because Jews had bled the nation of all its money.

But Republicans have been increasingly willing to lean on this poisonous imagery for political ends. In 2016, the Trump campaign shared an image of Hillary Clinton depicting her on a pile of cash with a Star of David, an image first posted on an anti-Semitic message board (Clinton is a Methodist).

More recently, they have sought to tie the Honduran migrant caravan to George Soros, a Jewish Hungarian-born philanthropist billionaire and Holocaust survivor known for his contributions to liberal causes.

 

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          Here's How Progressives Can Win — No Matter What Happens on Election Day      Cache   Translate Page      
Race, class and justice: After the midterms, a new way forward for Democrats

This week's midterm elections are likely the most important in recent American history, a referendum on the present and future of the country’s multiracial democracy. On one side there is Donald Trump and a Republican Party which has fully embraced white backlash politics and the lie that white Americans are under siege in “their own country.” Trump and his movement represent an emerging American form of fascism and a full-on assault on democracy. On the other side is the Democratic Party and its multiracial coalition of mostly younger, more educated and cosmopolitan voters who correctly see in Donald Trump and his movement an existential threat to their human rights, safety, dignity and prosperity.

Running through both sides of this fractious political divide – what feels like a domestic cold war about to turn hot — are old and unresolved questions about the relationship between race and class in America.

Donald Trump bellows about the “forgotten” (white) American and taking the “country back” for the (white) “working class.” This is fake populism and classic Herrenvolk right-wing "producerism." Or to put things more simply, white identity politics repackaged as something else.

In response, the Democratic Party have struggled to create a unifying narrative. Too many of its most vocal spokespeople – especially on the left – have suggested that “identity” politics and too much focus on issues of race and gender allowed Donald Trump to steal the presidency from Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in 2016.

López’s new research project suggests that Democrats need to embrace a more sophisticated way of talking about race, class and human rights as being inseparable from one another. Ultimately, it is plutocrats like Donald Trump, Republican donors and funders, and other members of the 1 percent who are using racism -- as they have done throughout American history -- to divide and conquer, leaving the large majority of people less prosperous, less secure and less free.

How do racial “dog-whistle” politics play into this right-wing strategy? What does white racial identity mean for white Americans at present? In what ways has Trump-style white identity politics actually hurt white people? How can a smarter and more nuanced discussion of race and class unite voters in support of the Democratic Party specifically, and liberal and progressive policies more broadly? How have right-wing libertarians and other conservatives combined racism with a narrative about “big government” to destroy the social safety net, make the rich even richer and more powerful, and hurt the American people as a whole?

My conversation with Ian Haney López has been edited for clarity and length.

How was Donald Trump able to win the White House? What do we know about that now that we didn't know two years ago?

I would say that Trump’s path was eased by a half-century-long process in which the Republican Party purposefully remade itself as the white men’s party. They did this by harnessing racial demagoguery as a weapon. But the fact of the matter is that racial demagoguery is not a weapon which can be controlled. Every Republican politician who gets elected as a racial demagogue is vulnerable to being bested on the right by someone who’s even more extreme in terms of racial demagoguery.

The big advantage Donald Trump had was that he didn’t actually believe he was going to become president. Therefore he didn’t care about the fate of the Republican Party. This meant Trump had few if any constraints – beyond what worked strategically to his advantage – on his use of racial demagoguery. Because Trump was willing to go much further in terms of his racist innuendo, he ran the field on the Republicans. He took them all out.

You look at these folks: Mitt Romney had his own track record with racial demagoguery, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush started talking about deporting people. All of them were racial demagogues themselves, but they were constrained by the sense of what it might take to actually get elected, by the sense that Republicans needed a bigger base and a concern with their own integrity and public reputation. Trump was unburdened by any of that. Essentially what Donald Trump did was walk into a game that the Republicans had set up, one which had a few nominal constraints. He broke the rules and won the game.

There is a more or less straight line from John McCain and Sarah Palin to this moment with Donald Trump.

There is this deeper fear of actually naming what’s been happening in our country over the last 50 years. You have a lot of people who want to treat Trump like an anomaly and say, “Wow! That guy is out of control. If only we could back to 2016.” Here are the facts. In 2016 we were in a deep crisis as a country, a slow-moving crisis which has been on the march since the civil rights movement. Which direction are we going to go as a society? Will we proceed in the direction of multiracial democracy, or will we instead proceed away from democracy and towards rule by the rich? That question has been front and center in this country for the last 50 years. Trump didn’t raise that question. He only drew the dynamics into view.

Similarly, McCain brought Sarah Palin in and also engaged in significant racial demagoguery himself. He understood it was immoral. He understood it was racist. When McCain felt that his own election was jeopardized, he started talking about building a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. McCain was more than happy to campaign with Donald Trump and with [former Phoenix sheriff] Joe Arpaio, and this is somebody that we know understood that those were racial demagogues. Shame on him! I think it’s a mistake to say, “Well, McCain was this wonderful centrist. If only we had more people like him.” No, McCain was very much a part of the problem.

Frankly, the people who refused to see McCain as part of the problem are part of the problem too, because they’re blinding themselves to the actual challenges we face as a country. Do we move self-confidently and purposefully towards multiracial democracy, or do we follow a set of leaders who are intentionally and strategically dividing us by race, moving us away from democracy and toward rule by the rich?

I have a standard warning I give when writing about Trump and this moment, or giving talks about it. I point out that America’s multiracial democracy is contingent and in many ways an outlier in the country’s history. White backlash under Trump and the Republican Party is a threat to post-civil rights America, a country too many people – especially younger Americans – have taken to be a norm and a given for all time. Are my worries and cautions misplaced? 

Not at all. If I were to push back at all, I’d say it’s not clear to me that we have yet achieved a multiracial democracy that we might be in the process of losing. We moved dramatically in that direction in the 1960s, but then, very quickly, progress was cut off. Definitions are important. When I use the term “multiracial democracy,” I mean a democracy in which all people are fully enfranchised and people are not disenfranchised in a way that significantly parallels the country’s racial hierarchy. When have we had that in the United States?

Since the mid-1970s, we’ve been moving back quite aggressively from that ideal. If you look at what’s been happening with the Republican Party, essentially from 1980 onward, they came to understand that their election depended upon disenfranchising people of color. They have been aggressively pursuing the disenfranchisement of people of color through such policies as felony disenfranchisement laws, gerrymandering and now this whole narrative about almost nonexistent “voter fraud.”

Meanwhile, of course, these are the same Republicans who will not lift a finger to ensure that our voting systems are protected against hacking by Russia. There is a profoundly antidemocratic impulse at work on the American right wing, and it’s embodied institutionally in the Republican Party. It has forestalled any actual move towards multiracial democracy.

This hostility towards multiracial democracy is part of a hostility by Republicans and conservatives to democracy more generally. For example, the rule of law, freedom of the press and what is happening with America’s courts from the appellate to the federal system also show how the conservative movement is hostile to democracy. Trump is just more obvious about it.

The right-wing assault on the judicial branch is also a clear example of how conservatism and racism are one and the same thing in America at present.

Yes, although I would not go that far. I would say that the Federalist Society for example takes a view of race relations which they claim is “anti-racist.” Yet it’s a view that tends to ensure the continuation of white dominance. But this is not just Trump. Conservatives have been engaged in a purposeful remaking of the courts that has two complementary parts. This is pure “dog-whistle” politics.

One part is to attack the courts for their recent role in promoting racial integration and gender equality and to say, “Well, the courts are full of activist judges.” In this logic, the courts do not deserve legitimacy because they are promoting this illegitimate liberal agenda of integration and gender equality: “We have to get rid of activist judges.” What that means in practice is that we have to install court justices who are hostile to the basic idea that human rights should exist for everybody in society.

The other half of this logic and strategy is that conservatives are going to take the opportunity to put on the court justices and judges who are friendly to the business community. This is part of one big strategy.

The more we shut down human rights as a society, the more we create space to open up for a pro-business orientation. What we have in the Supreme Court as it exists now – and where Brett Kavanaugh will only make this worse – is an institution that is historically one of the most hostile to civil rights and one of the friendliest to big business. That is a product of dog-whistle politics.

How does this work? Right-wing politicians say to voters, “Hey! People of color are a threat. You know who else is a threat? Government and in particular, the courts, because the courts keep forcing you to have to deal with these people. Let’s remake the courts so that you’re protected from these activist judges.”

In the process of remaking the courts, they install business-friendly judges who are busy making life difficult for unions, making life difficult for people who want to sue corporations, making life wonderful for big money in politics, making life wonderful for polluters.

These are the wages of dog-whistle politics: The promise that you’re going to be protected from people of color and activist judges and government that protects them, when in reality what you’re really going to get is a judicial system and a government that helps rig the rules for the new plutocrats.

Here is an obvious and common objection by conservatives – especially College Republican types who still have Ayn Rand in their back pocket – to your observation. “We have to free business and get rid of regulations because capitalism and the market are antithetical to racism. Those are market inefficiencies. If we just free business, then racism will go away.” 

Anybody who says that is not paying attention to what’s actually happening in the economy. The whole idea of unfettered competition, that’s just theoretical libertarian nonsense. One would have to be crazy to believe that stuff.

What you really have is not deregulation, but re-regulation on the part of the corporations and the family dynasties and the lobbyists themselves. This is the rich writing the rules for themselves, and they write the rules in ways that protect them from market competition and liability when in the course of making billions they do damage to regular people.

The whole sort of college libertarian thinking is so much self-induced blindness about what’s lurking behind these arguments. It wouldn’t take but 15 or 20 minutes of serious reading to discover that very few people are actually serious about a deregulated marketplace. It wouldn’t take that much more to discover that many of the big libertarians, including Rand Paul and his father, are people who came to libertarianism as a way of opposing civil rights.

It doesn’t take that much reflection to recognize that libertarianism as a political ideology is most attractive to young (white) men of great means who can, because of their age and gender, imagine themselves as dominant and heroic and self-sufficient. And also because of their privilege and means, these same libertarians don’t worry about how they are going to pay for education, how they are going to pay for health care, how they are going to pay for shelter, how they are going to pay for food. They have not experienced the hardships of life or its sudden reversals.

Ultimately, there is a type of political and psychological immaturity to libertarianism. There is also a disregard for human rights, through libertarianism, for many different people in our society.

What are some examples of how racism actually hurts white people? Of course, there is what the historian and sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois famously described as the “psychological wages of whiteness.” But there is a huge material component to whiteness as well.

I think you’ve hit on a really critical point. What is the relationship between most white people today, in 2018, and whiteness as an identity? Being considered “white” is a type of social identity. But in this moment with Trump we have an opportunity to show white folks that seeking meaning in being white is actually very dangerous to their welfare and the welfare of their children. In a remarkable way, given the politics of this crisis, we’re in a different position in 2018 than we were in 1968 -- let alone than we were in the 1600s -- to make this point.

For centuries the radical idea has been cross-racial solidarity between working people. But the reality has also been that the psychological and material benefits of whiteness have been enormous and thus sufficient to win over the loyalty of many whites. Whiteness has granted certainty about one’s place in society, one’s own inherent goodness, one’s own rationality, one’s human capacity, one’s ability to engage in self-governance.

Whiteness also provided jobs, neighborhoods, houses, the clubs, the churches, etc. These are tremendous benefits. How do they compare to the one percent, or the one-tenth of one percent, in terms of class and money? Relatively speaking, they're crumbs. But these wages of whiteness are still significant.

What has happened in 2018, by comparison? Two different things. On the one hand, if we think about the psychological wages of whiteness, for many whites those wages have been going down because of the civil rights movement, and going down in a way that I think many whites would actually describe as positive. That is, many whites have internalized the idea that foregrounding your sense of self in race pride is racist, immoral and ugly.

That has diminished the value of thinking of yourself as white. I can’t really be proud of being white: That’s morally wrong. That reduces the psychological wages of whiteness. Now, to be absolutely clear, many whites are fighting to reaffirm the wages of whiteness. This is the real meaning of Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

On the other hand, what’s happened to the material wages of whiteness? Those have been going down as American society racially integrated. But even more profoundly, white racial fear has been weaponized by the rich over the last 50 years through dog-whistle politics. This is the basis upon which many whites have been convinced to support a siphoning of wealth from themselves and their families skywards, up into the economic stratosphere for the plutocrats.

With Donald Trump, progressives have a chance to make two critical points to whites. Critical point No. 1: Think about the psychological wages of whiteness in terms of Trump. Trump exemplifies what it means to build your identity around being proud of being white. It means to be a liar. It means to be cruel. It means to dehumanize others. It means to steal from others. It means to be a bully and a cheat. That’s what it means if you want to build your identity around white pride.

Second, look at Trump and ask yourself: Is whiteness helping regular white folks, or is whiteness just a weapon that billionaires can use against everybody? Trump gives us the opportunity to say to many whites that the biggest financial threat in your life comes from other whites voting their racial fears and handing the country over to greedy billionaires who only really care about themselves.

These two dynamics, I think, put us in a remarkable place in 2018 where we can say this old dream of cross-racial solidarity that has always foundered on the shoals of the value of whiteness to whites might finally be possible now -- if we can convince enough whites that seeking to be white as a source of identity is a moral disaster and a financial disaster as well.

How would you explain “dog-whistle” politics – the term is increasingly common in American political discourse but rarely properly defined? What examples would you offer of how dog-whistle politics hurt Americans on both sides of the color line?

Donald Trump went to the American people and said, “You need to worry about illegal aliens. You need to worry about Mexico sending rapists. You need to worry about Muslim terrorists.” He also said, “Crime in the black communities is awful. People can’t go outside without getting shot. We can fix that. We can ban Muslims. We can get tougher on crime in black neighborhoods. We can build a wall on the border.”

How are these examples of dog-whistle politics? On their surface, they do not mention race. They do not use a racial epithet. They do not come across as white supremacy, and yet just below the surface, that’s the narrative. It’s a narrative of racial fear.

Yes, Trump says “Muslims.” Yes, he says “Mexicans.” But his defense is that “Mexican” is a nationality or “Mexico” is a country. “Muslims” are a religion. That’s today’s dog-whistle. You have people engaging in a classic form of race-baiting that understands race as both ancestry and culture, but who then turn around and say, “These Mexicans are rapists.” That has nothing to do with race, right? That’s the dog-whistle: To use a racial provocation and to know that you’re doing such a thing. That’s the political speech.

What outcomes has this all enabled? The reality of what people are getting with Donald Trump and his Republican Party is a cabinet full of billionaires, rampant corruption, a $1.5 trillion tax cut for the very rich, a Department of Education that wants to make it easier for predatory companies to rip off people who are taking loans for a chance at a better life, an EPA that only cares about making sure polluters can make more money. This is all dog-whistle politics personified. One could not have a more powerful example of the way in which racially charged language is consistently used and where race is combined with rule by the rich.

What do we know empirically about white racial identity and public opinion in this moment of Trumpism?

The data is really compelling and very disturbing. We know that racial resentment, measured under what social scientists call the “modern racism” scale, is the No. 1 driver of support for Donald Trump. But there is an even better and more powerful means of measuring white antipathy towards people of color and government.

Since the early 1970s, what the American right-wing has been doing is conjoining race and government in the economy. Their basic message has been to fear and dislike people of color. There is another component to this as well:  Hate “big government” because it coddles “those people” with welfare and refuses to control them through criminal law. Turn away from government, trust the marketplace.

These three ideas, race, government and economy, are all linked. If you really want to understand how race is working in the United States, you really need to think about new racial frames that combine not only dislike for people of color, but also distrust in government and support for individual efforts in the marketplace.  When you look at that combination we see the correlation between those three values and support for Trump. The relationship is even more powerful than racial resentment.

There is a second component: What does race mean to whites? Race is a social construction. How is it evolving? How is it shifting? How is it responding to politics?

New research asked self-identified white people: "How important is being 'white' to you?" About 60 percent said anywhere from moderately to extremely important, and right around half said they felt that it was important for them to work together with other whites to protect the interests of whites as a group. Those are remarkable findings because what they’re telling us is there is a public etiquette of colorblindness. Whites routinely assert this set of rules when they’re trying to get people of color to stop talking about race.

Post-civil rights era racial colorblindness demands, “Hey, it’s wrong to foreground race. It’s wrong to notice it. It’s wrong to talk about it. It’s wrong to think about yourself and racial identity.” That might be the public rhetoric, but it’s not the reality, because at present somewhere upwards of half of whites are self-consciously thinking of themselves as white.

You are involved in an exciting new project which explores how we can think more strategically about the relationship between race and class in America.   

In this new research we asked a set of questions about race, class and government. We used the answers to sort the American public into three groups. We call them “base,” “persuadables” in the middle and “opposition.”

The “base” are people who basically said, “People of color are beset by structural problems. People are poor for structural reasons. Government has an important role to play.”

People who are the “opposition” took the opposite points of view. They said consistently that people of color are poor because there’s something wrong with them. Poor people are poor because there’s something wrong with them, and government is the problem. Base, we’re looking at about one-quarter of the population, 23 percent. Opposition, you’re looking at 18 percent. Let’s be crystal clear about that 18 percent. We will never get them. Their views are consistently hostile to progressive views on race, on what it means to be poor and the economy and the role of government.

But, that leaves about 60 percent of the people in the middle. This “persuadable” category constitutes three out of five Americans. With such a large group, it includes a lot of people of color. It includes a lot of Democrats. It includes a lot of union members. It also includes some Republicans, and maybe a few Trump voters, It’s a very broad group. When we look at this group, especially on race and the economy, what we found was that they held reactionary views. They would say things such as “Poverty among people of color is explained by a lack of effort.”

At the same time, they also held racially progressive views. They would toggle between the two perspectives. This was tremendously important because I think a lot of us have thought, “Wow! There’s a lot of racism out there, how are we going to overcome that?” Yes, there is a lot of racism out there, but it turns out there’s also a lot of racially progressive views. That creates the possibility of actually connecting with and activating those racially progressive views.

A common criticism of Hillary Clinton in the last campaign was that she talked too much about race and that this type of “identity politics" made her vulnerable to Trump’s right-wing “populist” message about class. How would you respond?

I think Hillary Clinton talked too much race in the wrong way. It was not the amount of time she dedicated to talking about race, but rather the way she talked about it. If we talk about race as white racism against people of color, that’s a frame which has negative effects both for whites and for people of color. What we found is that if we talk about racism that way, then white audiences feel implicated and they’re turned off. This is not at all surprising.

More surprising, we found that when we talked to communities of color and we offered a political analysis which said, “The main problem is politicians who are racists and racist voters who vote for them,” people of color were demobilized by that narrative. That story seemed to invoke 300 years of history. It made things seem insurmountable. People went very quickly from a sense of what’s politically possible to a narrative of what they could control as individuals. Whenever you see people shifting to stories of individual responsibility and what they can control, this reaffirms the right-wing framework that says, “You’re on your own. Take care of yourself. If you fail, it’s your own fault.”

Now let’s try a different frame: “Racism is a weapon of the rich that’s being used against all of us.” In our focus groups  we talked about racism as a weapon of the rich and explained that this is a "divide and distract" tactic that they are using against whites, against blacks, against brown folks, against Native Americans and Asian-Americans and immigrants. This is a weapon of the rich. This allowed whites to see how they are also targeted by the racial manipulation by the rich.

This narrative framework also allowed people of color to say, “We know that we need to fight racism, but now there’s a chance that white people might be in this fight with us too --maybe not with the same stakes, but still in this fight.”

There’s power to creating a sense of cross-racial solidarity, not alone on a moral ground because fighting racism is the right thing to do, but centered more firmly in the idea that fighting racism is the only way that white and black and brown folks are going to be able to thrive in this society. Cross-racial solidarity can defeat racism as a “divide and distract” weapon. It can get the government back on the side of people and have it create economic prosperity and racial justice for all people.

What are some narratives that you would suggest the Democrats use to defeat the Republican Party and Donald Trump?

Our research shows that there is a core narrative which progressives need to adopt.

Part one: Defeat, “divide and distract” as a tactic by insisting on cross-racial solidarity that includes whites and other communities of color.

Part two: Identify cross-racial solidarity as the way to take government back for working people and away from big business and the very rich.

Part three: Through government, build shared prosperity and promote racial justice.

Those are the three steps and it is applicable to many issues. Welfare reform, education, mass incarceration, mass deportation -- whatever policy you want to start with. The basic story is, “You know why we have mass deportation? Because politicians are running around trying to scare white people by saying that people of color are threatening. Well, they’re not. The real agenda is to distract us because we’re not paying attention to the way the rich and plutocrats are picking our collective pockets."

It doesn’t matter what issue you focus on. You can focus on the ones that are highly race-identified, like mass deportation or mass incarceration, public education and welfare. Or you can focus on issues like the environment, Wall Street regulation, and what’s happening in terms of higher education, free college, things that don’t seem directly connected to race. They’re all connected through the way in which government has been demonized.

Let’s reject distraction based on race or based on what we look like or where we come from or the gods we worship or the foods we eat, our gender, our sexual preference. Reject all of those distractions. Come together as working people to take this country back to elect the types of leaders we need -- and through these leaders demand human rights for all and a shared prosperity for all. That’s the basic narrative.

Good government, shared prosperity, human rights and shared prosperity creates a greater possibility of cross-racial solidarity. That is the message the Democrats really need to carry. If you think about 2016, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both eventually came to the position that we need to do economic justice and racial justice. Unfortunately, neither of them had a story about how they were connected.

We need to start focusing on the way in which the rich are ripping off all the rest of us while trying to distract us with fear-mongering about undocumented immigrants or Muslims. If we can recognize and defeat that ploy then we can come together across racial lines and take this country back.

 

 

I would say that Trump’s path was eased by a half-century-long process in which the Republican Party purposefully remade itself as the white men’s party. They did this by harnessing racial demagoguery as a weapon. But the fact of the matter is that racial demagoguery is not a weapon which can be controlled. Every Republican politician who gets elected as a racial demagogue is vulnerable to being bested on the right by someone who’s even more extreme in terms of racial demagoguery.

The big advantage Donald Trump had was that he didn’t actually believe he was going to become president. Therefore he didn’t care about the fate of the Republican Party. This meant Trump had few if any constraints – beyond what worked strategically to his advantage – on his use of racial demagoguery. Because Trump was willing to go much further in terms of his racist innuendo, he ran the field on the Republicans. He took them all out.

You look at these folks: Mitt Romney had his own track record with racial demagoguery, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush started talking about deporting people. All of them were racial demagogues themselves, but they were constrained by the sense of what it might take to actually get elected, by the sense that Republicans needed a bigger base and a concern with their own integrity and public reputation. Trump was unburdened by any of that. Essentially what Donald Trump did was walk into a game that the Republicans had set up, one which had a few nominal constraints. He broke the rules and won the game.

There is a more or less straight line from John McCain and Sarah Palin to this moment with Donald Trump.

There is this deeper fear of actually naming what’s been happening in our country over the last 50 years. You have a lot of people who want to treat Trump like an anomaly and say, “Wow! That guy is out of control. If only we could back to 2016.” Here are the facts. In 2016 we were in a deep crisis as a country, a slow-moving crisis which has been on the march since the civil rights movement. Which direction are we going to go as a society? Will we proceed in the direction of multiracial democracy, or will we instead proceed away from democracy and towards rule by the rich? That question has been front and center in this country for the last 50 years. Trump didn’t raise that question. He only drew the dynamics into view.

Similarly, McCain brought Sarah Palin in and also engaged in significant racial demagoguery himself. He understood it was immoral. He understood it was racist. When McCain felt that his own election was jeopardized, he started talking about building a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. McCain was more than happy to campaign with Donald Trump and with [former Phoenix sheriff] Joe Arpaio, and this is somebody that we know understood that those were racial demagogues. Shame on him! I think it’s a mistake to say, “Well, McCain was this wonderful centrist. If only we had more people like him.” No, McCain was very much a part of the problem.

Frankly, the people who refused to see McCain as part of the problem are part of the problem too, because they’re blinding themselves to the actual challenges we face as a country. Do we move self-confidently and purposefully towards multiracial democracy, or do we follow a set of leaders who are intentionally and strategically dividing us by race, moving us away from democracy and toward rule by the rich?

I have a standard warning I give when writing about Trump and this moment, or giving talks about it. I point out that America’s multiracial democracy is contingent and in many ways an outlier in the country’s history. White backlash under Trump and the Republican Party is a threat to post-civil rights America, a country too many people – especially younger Americans – have taken to be a norm and a given for all time. Are my worries and cautions misplaced? 

Not at all. If I were to push back at all, I’d say it’s not clear to me that we have yet achieved a multiracial democracy that we might be in the process of losing. We moved dramatically in that direction in the 1960s, but then, very quickly, progress was cut off. Definitions are important. When I use the term “multiracial democracy,” I mean a democracy in which all people are fully enfranchised and people are not disenfranchised in a way that significantly parallels the country’s racial hierarchy. When have we had that in the United States?

Since the mid-1970s, we’ve been moving back quite aggressively from that ideal. If you look at what’s been happening with the Republican Party, essentially from 1980 onward, they came to understand that their election depended upon disenfranchising people of color. They have been aggressively pursuing the disenfranchisement of people of color through such policies as felony disenfranchisement laws, gerrymandering and now this whole narrative about almost nonexistent “voter fraud.”

Meanwhile, of course, these are the same Republicans who will not lift a finger to ensure that our voting systems are protected against hacking by Russia. There is a profoundly antidemocratic impulse at work on the American right wing, and it’s embodied institutionally in the Republican Party. It has forestalled any actual move towards multiracial democracy.

This hostility towards multiracial democracy is part of a hostility by Republicans and conservatives to democracy more generally. For example, the rule of law, freedom of the press and what is happening with America’s courts from the appellate to the federal system also show how the conservative movement is hostile to democracy. Trump is just more obvious about it.

The right-wing assault on the judicial branch is also a clear example of how conservatism and racism are one and the same thing in America at present.

Yes, although I would not go that far. I would say that the Federalist Society for example takes a view of race relations which they claim is “anti-racist.” Yet it’s a view that tends to ensure the continuation of white dominance. But this is not just Trump. Conservatives have been engaged in a purposeful remaking of the courts that has two complementary parts. This is pure “dog-whistle” politics.

One part is to attack the courts for their recent role in promoting racial integration and gender equality and to say, “Well, the courts are full of activist judges.” In this logic, the courts do not deserve legitimacy because they are promoting this illegitimate liberal agenda of integration and gender equality: “We have to get rid of activist judges.” What that means in practice is that we have to install court justices who are hostile to the basic idea that human rights should exist for everybody in society.

The other half of this logic and strategy is that conservatives are going to take the opportunity to put on the court justices and judges who are friendly to the business community. This is part of one big strategy.

The more we shut down human rights as a society, the more we create space to open up for a pro-business orientation. What we have in the Supreme Court as it exists now – and where Brett Kavanaugh will only make this worse – is an institution that is historically one of the most hostile to civil rights and one of the friendliest to big business. That is a product of dog-whistle politics.

How does this work? Right-wing politicians say to voters, “Hey! People of color are a threat. You know who else is a threat? Government and in particular, the courts, because the courts keep forcing you to have to deal with these people. Let’s remake the courts so that you’re protected from these activist judges.”

In the process of remaking the courts, they install business-friendly judges who are busy making life difficult for unions, making life difficult for people who want to sue corporations, making life wonderful for big money in politics, making life wonderful for polluters.

These are the wages of dog-whistle politics: The promise that you’re going to be protected from people of color and activist judges and government that protects them, when in reality what you’re really going to get is a judicial system and a government that helps rig the rules for the new plutocrats.

Here is an obvious and common objection by conservatives – especially College Republican types who still have Ayn Rand in their back pocket – to your observation. “We have to free business and get rid of regulations because capitalism and the market are antithetical to racism. Those are market inefficiencies. If we just free business, then racism will go away.” 

Anybody who says that is not paying attention to what’s actually happening in the economy. The whole idea of unfettered competition, that’s just theoretical libertarian nonsense. One would have to be crazy to believe that stuff.

What you really have is not deregulation, but re-regulation on the part of the corporations and the family dynasties and the lobbyists themselves. This is the rich writing the rules for themselves, and they write the rules in ways that protect them from market competition and liability when in the course of making billions they do damage to regular people.

The whole sort of college libertarian thinking is so much self-induced blindness about what’s lurking behind these arguments. It wouldn’t take but 15 or 20 minutes of serious reading to discover that very few people are actually serious about a deregulated marketplace. It wouldn’t take that much more to discover that many of the big libertarians, including Rand Paul and his father, are people who came to libertarianism as a way of opposing civil rights.

It doesn’t take that much reflection to recognize that libertarianism as a political ideology is most attractive to young (white) men of great means who can, because of their age and gender, imagine themselves as dominant and heroic and self-sufficient. And also because of their privilege and means, these same libertarians don’t worry about how they are going to pay for education, how they are going to pay for health care, how they are going to pay for shelter, how they are going to pay for food. They have not experienced the hardships of life or its sudden reversals.

Ultimately, there is a type of political and psychological immaturity to libertarianism. There is also a disregard for human rights, through libertarianism, for many different people in our society.

What are some examples of how racism actually hurts white people? Of course, there is what the historian and sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois famously described as the “psychological wages of whiteness.” But there is a huge material component to whiteness as well.

I think you’ve hit on a really critical point. What is the relationship between most white people today, in 2018, and whiteness as an identity? Being considered “white” is a type of social identity. But in this moment with Trump we have an opportunity to show white folks that seeking meaning in being white is actually very dangerous to their welfare and the welfare of their children. In a remarkable way, given the politics of this crisis, we’re in a different position in 2018 than we were in 1968 -- let alone than we were in the 1600s -- to make this point.

For centuries the radical idea has been cross-racial solidarity between working people. But the reality has also been that the psychological and material benefits of whiteness have been enormous and thus sufficient to win over the loyalty of many whites. Whiteness has granted certainty about one’s place in society, one’s own inherent goodness, one’s own rationality, one’s human capacity, one’s ability to engage in self-governance.

Whiteness also provided jobs, neighborhoods, houses, the clubs, the churches, etc. These are tremendous benefits. How do they compare to the one percent, or the one-tenth of one percent, in terms of class and money? Relatively speaking, they're crumbs. But these wages of whiteness are still significant.

What has happened in 2018, by comparison? Two different things. On the one hand, if we think about the psychological wages of whiteness, for many whites those wages have been going down because of the civil rights movement, and going down in a way that I think many whites would actually describe as positive. That is, many whites have internalized the idea that foregrounding your sense of self in race pride is racist, immoral and ugly.

That has diminished the value of thinking of yourself as white. I can’t really be proud of being white: That’s morally wrong. That reduces the psychological wages of whiteness. Now, to be absolutely clear, many whites are fighting to reaffirm the wages of whiteness. This is the real meaning of Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

On the other hand, what’s happened to the material wages of whiteness? Those have been going down as American society racially integrated. But even more profoundly, white racial fear has been weaponized by the rich over the last 50 years through dog-whistle politics. This is the basis upon which many whites have been convinced to support a siphoning of wealth from themselves and their families skywards, up into the economic stratosphere for the plutocrats.

With Donald Trump, progressives have a chance to make two critical points to whites. Critical point No. 1: Think about the psychological wages of whiteness in terms of Trump. Trump exemplifies what it means to build your identity around being proud of being white. It means to be a liar. It means to be cruel. It means to dehumanize others. It means to steal from others. It means to be a bully and a cheat. That’s what it means if you want to build your identity around white pride.

Second, look at Trump and ask yourself: Is whiteness helping regular white folks, or is whiteness just a weapon that billionaires can use against everybody? Trump gives us the opportunity to say to many whites that the biggest financial threat in your life comes from other whites voting their racial fears and handing the country over to greedy billionaires who only really care about themselves.

These two dynamics, I think, put us in a remarkable place in 2018 where we can say this old dream of cross-racial solidarity that has always foundered on the shoals of the value of whiteness to whites might finally be possible now -- if we can convince enough whites that seeking to be white as a source of identity is a moral disaster and a financial disaster as well.

How would you explain “dog-whistle” politics – the term is increasingly common in American political discourse but rarely properly defined? What examples would you offer of how dog-whistle politics hurt Americans on both sides of the color line?

Donald Trump went to the American people and said, “You need to worry about illegal aliens. You need to worry about Mexico sending rapists. You need to worry about Muslim terrorists.” He also said, “Crime in the black communities is awful. People can’t go outside without getting shot. We can fix that. We can ban Muslims. We can get tougher on crime in black neighborhoods. We can build a wall on the border.”

How are these examples of dog-whistle politics? On their surface, they do not mention race. They do not use a racial epithet. They do not come across as white supremacy, and yet just below the surface, that’s the narrative. It’s a narrative of racial fear.

Yes, Trump says “Muslims.” Yes, he says “Mexicans.” But his defense is that “Mexican” is a nationality or “Mexico” is a country. “Muslims” are a religion. That’s today’s dog-whistle. You have people engaging in a classic form of race-baiting that understands race as both ancestry and culture, but who then turn around and say, “These Mexicans are rapists.” That has nothing to do with race, right? That’s the dog-whistle: To use a racial provocation and to know that you’re doing such a thing. That’s the political speech.

What outcomes has this all enabled? The reality of what people are getting with Donald Trump and his Republican Party is a cabinet full of billionaires, rampant corruption, a $1.5 trillion tax cut for the very rich, a Department of Education that wants to make it easier for predatory companies to rip off people who are taking loans for a chance at a better life, an EPA that only cares about making sure polluters can make more money. This is all dog-whistle politics personified. One could not have a more powerful example of the way in which racially charged language is consistently used and where race is combined with rule by the rich.

What do we know empirically about white racial identity and public opinion in this moment of Trumpism?

The data is really compelling and very disturbing. We know that racial resentment, measured under what social scientists call the “modern racism” scale, is the No. 1 driver of support for Donald Trump. But there is an even better and more powerful means of measuring white antipathy towards people of color and government.

Since the early 1970s, what the American right-wing has been doing is conjoining race and government in the economy. Their basic message has been to fear and dislike people of color. There is another component to this as well:  Hate “big government” because it coddles “those people” with welfare and refuses to control them through criminal law. Turn away from government, trust the marketplace.

These three ideas, race, government and economy, are all linked. If you really want to understand how race is working in the United States, you really need to think about new racial frames that combine not only dislike for people of color, but also distrust in government and support for individual efforts in the marketplace.  When you look at that combination we see the correlation between those three values and support for Trump. The relationship is even more powerful than racial resentment.

There is a second component: What does race mean to whites? Race is a social construction. How is it evolving? How is it shifting? How is it responding to politics?

New research asked self-identified white people: "How important is being 'white' to you?" About 60 percent said anywhere from moderately to extremely important, and right around half said they felt that it was important for them to work together with other whites to protect the interests of whites as a group. Those are remarkable findings because what they’re telling us is there is a public etiquette of colorblindness. Whites routinely assert this set of rules when they’re trying to get people of color to stop talking about race.

Post-civil rights era racial colorblindness demands, “Hey, it’s wrong to foreground race. It’s wrong to notice it. It’s wrong to talk about it. It’s wrong to think about yourself and racial identity.” That might be the public rhetoric, but it’s not the reality, because at present somewhere upwards of half of whites are self-consciously thinking of themselves as white.

You are involved in an exciting new project which explores how we can think more strategically about the relationship between race and class in America.   

In this new research we asked a set of questions about race, class and government. We used the answers to sort the American public into three groups. We call them “base,” “persuadables” in the middle and “opposition.”

The “base” are people who basically said, “People of color are beset by structural problems. People are poor for structural reasons. Government has an important role to play.”

People who are the “opposition” took the opposite points of view. They said consistently that people of color are poor because there’s something wrong with them. Poor people are poor because there’s something wrong with them, and government is the problem. Base, we’re looking at about one-quarter of the population, 23 percent. Opposition, you’re looking at 18 percent. Let’s be crystal clear about that 18 percent. We will never get them. Their views are consistently hostile to progressive views on race, on what it means to be poor and the economy and the role of government.

But, that leaves about 60 percent of the people in the middle. This “persuadable” category constitutes three out of five Americans. With such a large group, it includes a lot of people of color. It includes a lot of Democrats. It includes a lot of union members. It also includes some Republicans, and maybe a few Trump voters, It’s a very broad group. When we look at this group, especially on race and the economy, what we found was that they held reactionary views. They would say things such as “Poverty among people of color is explained by a lack of effort.”

At the same time, they also held racially progressive views. They would toggle between the two perspectives. This was tremendously important because I think a lot of us have thought, “Wow! There’s a lot of racism out there, how are we going to overcome that?” Yes, there is a lot of racism out there, but it turns out there’s also a lot of racially progressive views. That creates the possibility of actually connecting with and activating those racially progressive views.

A common criticism of Hillary Clinton in the last campaign was that she talked too much about race and that this type of “identity politics" made her vulnerable to Trump’s right-wing “populist” message about class. How would you respond?

I think Hillary Clinton talked too much race in the wrong way. It was not the amount of time she dedicated to talking about race, but rather the way she talked about it. If we talk about race as white racism against people of color, that’s a frame which has negative effects both for whites and for people of color. What we found is that if we talk about racism that way, then white audiences feel implicated and they’re turned off. This is not at all surprising.

More surprising, we found that when we talked to communities of color and we offered a political analysis which said, “The main problem is politicians who are racists and racist voters who vote for them,” people of color were demobilized by that narrative. That story seemed to invoke 300 years of history. It made things seem insurmountable. People went very quickly from a sense of what’s politically possible to a narrative of what they could control as individuals. Whenever you see people shifting to stories of individual responsibility and what they can control, this reaffirms the right-wing framework that says, “You’re on your own. Take care of yourself. If you fail, it’s your own fault.”

Now let’s try a different frame: “Racism is a weapon of the rich that’s being used against all of us.” In our focus groups  we talked about racism as a weapon of the rich and explained that this is a "divide and distract" tactic that they are using against whites, against blacks, against brown folks, against Native Americans and Asian-Americans and immigrants. This is a weapon of the rich. This allowed whites to see how they are also targeted by the racial manipulation by the rich.

This narrative framework also allowed people of color to say, “We know that we need to fight racism, but now there’s a chance that white people might be in this fight with us too --maybe not with the same stakes, but still in this fight.”

There’s power to creating a sense of cross-racial solidarity, not alone on a moral ground because fighting racism is the right thing to do, but centered more firmly in the idea that fighting racism is the only way that white and black and brown folks are going to be able to thrive in this society. Cross-racial solidarity can defeat racism as a “divide and distract” weapon. It can get the government back on the side of people and have it create economic prosperity and racial justice for all people.

What are some narratives that you would suggest the Democrats use to defeat the Republican Party and Donald Trump?

Our research shows that there is a core narrative which progressives need to adopt.

Part one: Defeat, “divide and distract” as a tactic by insisting on cross-racial solidarity that includes whites and other communities of color.

Part two: Identify cross-racial solidarity as the way to take government back for working people and away from big business and the very rich.

Part three: Through government, build shared prosperity and promote racial justice.

Those are the three steps and it is applicable to many issues. Welfare reform, education, mass incarceration, mass deportation -- whatever policy you want to start with. The basic story is, “You know why we have mass deportation? Because politicians are running around trying to scare white people by saying that people of color are threatening. Well, they’re not. The real agenda is to distract us because we’re not paying attention to the way the rich and plutocrats are picking our collective pockets."

It doesn’t matter what issue you focus on. You can focus on the ones that are highly race-identified, like mass deportation or mass incarceration, public education and welfare. Or you can focus on issues like the environment, Wall Street regulation, and what’s happening in terms of higher education, free college, things that don’t seem directly connected to race. They’re all connected through the way in which government has been demonized.

Let’s reject distraction based on race or based on what we look like or where we come from or the gods we worship or the foods we eat, our gender, our sexual preference. Reject all of those distractions. Come together as working people to take this country back to elect the types of leaders we need -- and through these leaders demand human rights for all and a shared prosperity for all. That’s the basic narrative.

Good government, shared prosperity, human rights and shared prosperity creates a greater possibility of cross-racial solidarity. That is the message the Democrats really need to carry. If you think about 2016, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both eventually came to the position that we need to do economic justice and racial justice. Unfortunately, neither of them had a story about how they were connected.

We need to start focusing on the way in which the rich are ripping off all the rest of us while trying to distract us with fear-mongering about undocumented immigrants or Muslims. If we can recognize and defeat that ploy then we can come together across racial lines and take this country back.

 


          Where the Trump Presidency Could Go in This Fever-Dream world of Ours in the Wake of Today’s Election      Cache   Translate Page      
A look at the age of Trump from November 2016 to November 2018 -- and beyond

Who could forget that moment?  The blue [red] wave -- long promised but also doubted -- had, however modestly [however massively], hit Washington and [the Democrats had just retaken Congress] [the Republicans had held Congress] [the Democrats had taken the House].  The media, Fox News and the usual right-wing websites aside, hailed the moment. [Fox News and the usual right-wing websites cheered the president on.] Donald Trump’s grip on America had finally been broken [reinforced].  Celebrations were widespread.  Congressional investigations, possibly even impeachment, were only months and a new Congress away [were now a faint memory], and it was then, of course, that the unexpected struck.  It was then that President Trump, citing national security concerns and a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, began the process whose end point we, of course, already know...

Okay, consider that the dystopian me speaking.  We don’t, of course, really know how our story yet ends, not faintly.  While I was writing this piece, I didn’t even know how Tuesday’s vote would turn out, though by the time you read it, you may.  Given the experience of election 2016, it would take a brave [foolish] soul to make a prediction this time around.

I certainly learned a lesson that November.  During the previous months of campaigning that election season, I never wrote a piece at TomDispatch that didn’t leave open the possibility of Donald Trump winning the presidency.  In the couple of weeks before that fateful November day, however, I got hooked on the polling results and on Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website and became convinced that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in.

Of course, I was in good company.  As Michael Wolff would later report in his bestselling book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, on election eve, few in the Trump campaign, including the candidate himself, expected to win.  Most of them, again including The Donald, were already trying to parlay what they assumed was an assured loss into their next jobs or activities, including in the candidate’s case a possible “Trump network.”

So when, sometime after midnight, reality finally began to sink in -- fittingly enough, I had a 103-degree fever and was considering heading for an emergency room -- I was as disbelieving as the president-to-be. (He had, Wolff tells us, “assured” his wife, Melania, who was reportedly in tears of anything but joy that night, that he would never win and that she would never find herself in the White House.)  By then, it was for me a fever dream to imagine that bizarre, belligerent, orange-haired salesman-cum-con-artist entering the Oval Office.

Honestly, I shouldn’t have been the least bit surprised.  During election campaign 2016, I grasped much of this.  I wrote of the future president, for instance, as a con artist (particularly in reference to those taxes of his that we couldn’t see) and how Hillary Clinton’s crew hadn’t grasped the obvious: that many Americans would admire him for gaming the system, even if they couldn’t do the same themselves.  As I wrote at the time: “It’s something Donald Trump knows in his bones, even if all those pundits and commentators and pollsters (and for that matter Hillary Clinton’s advisers) don’t: Americans love a con man.”

I also saw that he was daring in ways unimaginable to an American politician -- because, of course, he wasn’t one -- particularly in promoting his slogan, MAGA, whose key word few of the political cognoscenti paid the slightest attention to: “again.”  At that moment, for presidents or politicians who wanted to become just that, it was obligatory to claim that the United States wasn’t just great but the greatest, most exceptional, most indispensable land ever.  (As Hillary Clinton typically put it that election season: “America is indispensable -- and exceptional -- because of our values.”)  Trump’s “again” in Make America Great Again suggested something quite different and so rang a bell in the heartland.  In the process, he became America’s first declinist presidential candidate. Early that October, I wrote this:

“[A] significant part of the white working class, at least, feels as if, whether economically or psychologically, its back is up against the wall and there’s nowhere left to go.  Under such circumstances, many of these voters have evidently decided that they’re ready to send a literal loose cannon into the White House; they’re willing, that is, to take a chance on the roof collapsing, even if it collapses on them. That is the new and unrecognizable role that Donald Trump has filled.  It’s hard to conjure up another example of it in our recent past. The Donald represents, as a friend of mine likes to say, the suicide bomber in us all. And voting for him, among other things, will be an act of nihilism, a mood that fits well with imperial decline.

“Think of him as a message in a bottle washing up on our shore...”

And yet, on that day of decision, I evidently reverted to the boy I had once been, the boy who grew up with a vision of an idealized America that would always do the right thing.  So I was shocked to the core by Donald Trump’s victory.

In that fever dream of a night, when he washed up on all our shores, I had certainly been trumped, but then, so had he, so had we all.  Under the circumstances, I’m sure you’ll understand why I’ve remained hesitant about putting my faith in polls in this election season or giving special significance to reports that the White House staff was glum as hell about the coming midterms and expected the worst. (After all, mightn’t this be that Michael Wolff election night all over again?)

The American Shooting Gallery

Two years after that fateful November night in 2016, we’re still living in a fever dream of some sort, enveloped 24/7 by the universe of President Trump and the “fake news media,” that provides him and the rest of us with a strange, all-encompassing echo chamber.  America, you might say, now has a 103-degree temperature and there isn’t an emergency room in sight.

And it’s unlikely to get better, whatever happens in the midterm elections.  Those who expect that a Democratic victory or a devastating Mueller reportin the weeks to come will be the beginning of the end for the Trump presidency (or, for that matter, that the victory of an ever more extreme Republican Party will simply prove more of the grisly same) might want to reconsider. Perhaps it's worth weighing other grimmer possibilities in the as-yet-unending rise of what’s still called “right-wing populism,” not just locally but globally.  Here in the United States, with hate and venom surging (and, yes indeed, being encouraged by President Trump for his own purposes), a genuinely ugly strain central to this country’s history is being resurrected.  In the process, a burgeoning number of deeply disturbed (and deeply animated) figures from among the most over-armed civilian population on the planet -- Yemen, of all the grim places, comes in a distant second -- are turning this country into a shooting gallery.

Win or lose today, don’t think that the Donald Trump we have is the one we’re fated to have until the day he goes down in flames. He is distinctly a work in progress, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say: in regress.  In that context, let me mention an evolution of a grim sort in my own thinking over the last two years.

For some time now there have been both thinkers and activists who have been convinced that Donald Trump is an American Mussolini, an outright fascist.  (According to his ex-wife, in the early 1990s he kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside and, during the 2016 election campaign, he retweeted a Mussolini quote, defending himself for doing so.)  I’ve always disagreed, however.  To my mind, he’s clearly been a man who wants to be idolized and adulated (as happens at any of his rallies) -- wants, that is, to have fans, not (in the fascistic sense) followers; applause and the eternal spotlight, not a social movement.  That, it seems to me, has been an accurate description of the president who entered the Oval Office and occupied it in such a suggestive way these last nearly two years.  But I’ve recently started to wonder.  After all, once upon a time, Donald Trump wasn’t a Republican either.  Let’s face it, he’s a quick learner when it comes to whatever may benefit The Donald.

And keep in mind that he entered an unsettled world already well preparedfor such a presidency by his predecessors in Washington.  If the fascist or, if you prefer, autocratic tendency that lurks in him and in the situation that surrounds him does come out more fully, he will obviously be aided by the ever more imperial presidency that was created in the decades before he left Trump Tower for the White House.

When he entered the Oval Office, he found there a presidency in which -- particularly on the subject of war (the president was, for instance, already America’s global assassin-in-chief) -- his powers increasingly stood outside both Congress and the Constitution. The weapons he’s now bringing to bear, including executive orders and the U.S. military, were already well prepared for him.  The refugees he makes such effective use of, whether from Syria or Central America, came to him, at least in part, thanks to this country’s war and other policies that had already roiled significant parts of the planet.  Before entering the Oval Office, the only aspect of such preparations he had any role in was the increasingly staggering inequalitythat gave a “populist” billionaire president, always ready to put more money in the hands of his .01% pals, a pained but receptive audience in the heartland.

In other words, this world and the fever dream that goes with it were Donald Trump’s oyster before he ever lifted a finger in the White House.  As a result, no election results, no matter whether the Democrats or the Republicans “win,” are likely to bring that temperature down.  In fact, if the Democrats do take the House (or even Congress), Donald Trump is unlikely to become more pliable.  If the Mueller report results in impeachment proceedings in the House, he won’t be humbled.  In the face of any such development, my guess is that his impulse will be to become more autocratic, more imperial, and even possibly more fascistic.  And the same may hold if the Republicans hang onto both houses of Congress.

Waiting for the Red Hats

Even before the vote was in, the evidence was there.  In the lead-up to the election, 5,000-plus U.S. troops (or maybe 15,000?) are headed for the U.S.-Mexico border to deal with what the president has called both an “invasion” and a “national emergency.” ("Fake news!") There, those troops will essentially twiddle their thumbs (since they are legally allowed to do little) simply because the president wanted it so.  There may, in fact, be two soldiers for every desperate refugee, including children and babies, headed toward the U.S. border in that now notorious “caravan” from Honduras.  In other words, on a whim, Donald Trump is already capable of building a wall (of troops) at that border.  The question worth asking is this: In an embattled near-future moment in which a truly Trumpian military figure (think of “him” as the next John Bolton) is in place as secretary of defense and another “national emergency” is declared, where might those troops go next because the president wanted it so?

In the days before the election, the president also threatened to sign an executive order to nullify birthright citizenship -- in the process, threatening to functionally nullify the Constitution (see the 14th Amendment), while bringing back to life the ugliest strains of American racial history just because he wanted it so.  At the moment, he might not even sign that order or, if he does, it might go down big time in Congress and the courts.  But who knows what the future of an executive-order presidency holds, especially with another Supreme Court justice pick or two in place, no matter who controls Congress?

As for those rallies of his: tell me you can’t conceive of a future America in which his adulatory crowds have stopped simply cheering and shouting for him (“Build the wall!” “Lock her up!”) and are now marching for him as well.  Is it really so hard to imagine a future in which there would be a place for a Trump Corps or for “the Red Hats”; for, that is, the kind of social movement that would no longer be confined to the arenas and stadiums of red-state America or even the polling booths of Election Day, one that might indeed be in the streets of this country at the beck and call of a fierce and autocratic billionaire?

In an increasingly unsettled world, an Autocrats, Incorporated moment globally, with an ever more powerful chief executive, and a right wing still on the march, everything that Donald Trump inherited could certainly be intensified further.  And he might be just the man to do it.  In a world in which Congress is no longer fully in his camp, in which legal charges against him, his family, and his cronies only grow, to adapt a title from a Russian novel of the early twentieth century, unquiet could flow The Don -- and in that lies peril for us all.   

Now, excuse me, I’m heading out to vote. 

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of theAmerican Empire Projectand the author of a history of the Cold War,The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of theNation Instituteand runsTomDispatch.com. His sixth and latest book isA Nation Unmade by War (Dispatch Books).

FollowTomDispatchon Twitter and join us on Facebook. Check out the newest Dispatch Books, Beverly Gologorsky's novelEvery Body Has a Storyand Tom Engelhardt'sA Nation Unmade by War, as well as Alfred McCoy'sIn the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, John Dower'sThe Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II, and John Feffer's dystopian novelSplinterlands.

 


          'One of the Biggest Fraud Cases Ever': Trump Biographer David Cay Johnston Uncovers Rudy Giuliani's Alleged Role In Massive $10 Billion Theft      Cache   Translate Page      
The complaint is aimed at uncovering the full details of Russian money flowing to various Trump projects using so-called anonymous wealth companies.

A human rights organization has asked Dutch prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into multi-billion dollar money laundering schemes that they say were aided by Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his old law firm.

This story first appeared at DC Report.

The complaint is clearly aimed at examining how much money stolen from a former Soviet satellite ended up benefitting Trump. He is named 16 times in the complaint’s footnotes.

The complaint describes “one of the biggest fraud cases ever” in which “some of these money flows ultimately ended up in the Netherlands” because “Dutch service providers helped to cover up the money laundering acts.”

Watch David Cay Johnston’s Video Commentary Below:

“The money laundering network started in Kazakhstan, where a figure of up to USD 10 billion was purportedly embezzled,” the complaint asserts. “This money was subsequently circulated by two Kazakh oligarch families via a worldwide network of shell companies. A number of these companies were established in the Netherlands. The money was subsequently invested in real estate projects in the United States and Europe, after which it was paid out as ‘profits’ via – once again – a network of shell companies.”

Netherlands banks and other firms play a significant role in illicit flows of cash around the world through sophisticated techniques to hide income and corporate profits. Many of these techniques appear to push the envelope on legal tax avoidance. When money laundering is involved these aggressive techniques could cross a line into aiding and abetting criminal tax evasion.

The complaint asserts that a small slice of the missing billions was run through Dutch shell corporations with help from Rudy Giuliani’s old law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani. Until 2016, Giuliani was a partner in the 470-lawyer firm.

Neither Giuliani nor anyone at his firm Giuliani Security & Safety LLC responded to requests for his side of the story. Multiple requests for comment prompted no response from Greg M. Bopp, managing partner of what was then Bracewell & Giuliani but is now called only Bracewell.

The complaint was filed by Avaaz, a global human rights organization in Washington which claims 48 million members. It has issued an open call to prosecutors around the world to investigate “the giant web of corruption” that it says propelled Trump’s rise.

Avaaz says it has approximately 290,000 members in the Netherlands. The complaint was filed Oct. 22 with J.J.M. van Dis-Setz of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service by Barbara van Straaten, a lawyer in Amsterdam.

The complaint filed with the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service in Amsterdam relies on court records from several countries that were dug up by investigative journalists, including James S. Henry, the investigative economics editor of DCReport.

The Dutch television program Zembla aired an investigative piece on Trump and his Russian associates in 2017. It followed up with an expose of a Trump business partner’s role in a Dutch money laundering scheme.

The complaint is aimed at uncovering the full details of Russian money flowing to various Trump projects using so-called anonymous wealth companies. Those are shell companies created to hide the identities of the owners. Trump and his family are known to have received vast sums from shell companies and have bragged about how much of it came from people in Russia and other parts of the former Soviet empire. Trump contends the deals were all lawful and he has no knowledge of any money laundering.

A criminal investigation by Dutch prosecutors could help that country avoid banking sanctions and loss of reputation by showing that Amsterdam enforces its own laws and respects laws on transnational crimes.

Roughly $10 billion was stolen from Kazakhstan, a former Soviet satellite located in Central Asia. The current Kazakh government is in court in Switzerland and elsewhere trying to recover the money and prosecute members of two families it says stole the money and laundered it in the West. Other lawsuits connected to the stolen money are being litigated in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

The $10 billion theft was uncovered by PricewaterhouseCoopers during its 2009 audit of BTA Bank, the largest in Kazakhstan. In addition, there is about $300 million missing from Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.

Court documents identify the suspected thieves as Viktor Khrapunov and Mukhtar Ablyazov, oligarchs whose families are bound not just by extensive business ties, but also by marriage. Khrapunov is the former mayor of Almaty. His son Illyas is married to Ablyazov’s daughter.

“There are strong indications that the revenues of these crimes were probably mixed via a complex money-laundering network, and there was a great deal of mutual overlap” between the companies and people suspected of the crimes, the complaint states.

Both Khrapunov and Ablyazov are fugitives.

Khrapunov, who was tried in absentia in Kazakhstan, has been convicted of corruption.

Ablyazov, who was president of the looted bank, had his worldwide assets with an estimated value of $4.9 billion frozen six years ago by a British High Court.

Trump has done business since 1983 with Russian oligarchs and wealthy former officials and business people in former Soviet satellites, including Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan. A number of mobsters – American, Russian and others – live in Trump Tower apartments. The building has long been known to local, federal and international law enforcement as a nest of criminal residences.

In 1987 the Kremlin, then still a communist state, provided Trump and his first wife Ivana with a luxury trip to Russia.

While a number of journalistic investigations have looked into Trump’s dealings with oligarchs and their money using public records and sources they were limited to public records, which are often scant. Dutch prosecutors, however, have the power to subpoena banking and other records, forcing their disclosure to prosecutors and, potentially, the public.

Trump is known to have done deals with some of those mentioned in the complaint, including Felix Sater, a violent Long Island felon who was born in Russia. For years Sater traveled extensively with Trump working on deals named in the complaint and handing out his Trump Organization business card. Despite these long ties and both videos and still photos showing the men together, Trump claimed during the presidential campaign that he would not recognize Sater if they were in the same room.

Sater is believed to be cooperating with Robert Mueller, the American special prosecutor investigating Trump.

In one deal involving Sater, millions of dollars from the Trump SoHo hotel and apartment tower disappeared into an Icelandic bank that was under the control of a Russian oligarch. That bank was part of a multi-billion-dollar scheme to defraud Dutch and British pension funds. Trump has testified that he was due 18% of profits from the building.

The faux gold letters bearing the name, under an agreement reached a year ago, have been pried from the building façade.

Just three weeks before the 2016 election, a massive expose of Trump’s role in helping Kazakh oligarchs hide their illicit money appeared in The Financial Times, a British business newspaper.

“Dirty Money: Trump and the Kazakh Connection” described “evidence a Trump venture has links to alleged laundering network.”

The newspaper said its investigation found that Trump had “assembled an eclectic collection of backers and collaborators. Some had chequered pasts, with links to organized crime or fraud schemes. But perhaps the biggest risk for Mr. Trump’s complex, often opaque, business empire was that it might be used for a purpose US officials fear is rife in the country’s real estate sector: laundering dirty money.”

Trump’s SoHo project “has multiple ties to an alleged international money laundering network. Title deeds, bank records and correspondence show that a Kazakh family accused of laundering hundreds of millions of stolen dollars bought luxury apartments in a Manhattan tower part-owned by Mr. Trump and embarked on major business ventures with one of the tycoon’s partners,” the British newspaper The Financial Timesreported after an extensive investigation.

Trump and his partners, the FT asserted, engaged in condo sales that appear to have violated the Patriot Act, the post 9/11 law that requires banks, developers and others to know who their customers are and the sources of their money.

Investigations to identify anonymous buyers of luxury apartments in New York and Florida to determine the extent of any money laundering were announced in January 2016 by the federal government’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Three months later the FinCEN director, Jennifer Shasky Calvery, spoke about her years of work on transnational Russian organized crime networks. Much of her work involved Russian crime families “laundering their funds through the U.S. financial system. Often, this involved the suspected purchase of personal residences with criminal proceeds.”

In July 2016, the month the GOP nominated Trump, FinCen announced it would be investigating sales of luxury apartments beyond New York and Florida because of its growing concern about flows of illicit cash disguised in real estate deals.

While Giuliani calls himself Trump’s personal lawyer, his role is primarily to spread Trumpian disinformation about Special Prosecutor Mueller’s investigations into Russian collusion and related matters concerning Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign. Because Giuliani appears on so many cable and other television shows, but not in court, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell calls the former New York City mayor “Trump’s TV lawyer.”


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          Stacey Abrams wants to confiscate guns. Someone in the media finally asked her about       Cache   Translate Page      
Posted: 11.05.18 12:25 PM The Democratic candidate for Georgia governor insists she just wanted to start a "conversation" about guns. But if Stacey Abrams had been successful in the state legislature, some of those conversations would be over and law enforcement would be reading Miranda rights to arrested gun owners in the Peach State.Just two years ago, as a state lawmaker, Abrams co-sponsored House Bill 731, legislation that makes the Clinton-era assault weapons ban seem timid in comparison. And when pushed by CNN's Jake Tapper to explain whether she supports gun confiscation, Abrams dodged. Source: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/stacey-abrams-wants-to-confiscate-guns-someone-in-the-media-finally-asked-her-about-it
          Think national, vote local      Cache   Translate Page      
11.04.18 10:01 PM *(This is the fourth and final installment of a four-part series on how conservatives should view the upcoming national midterm election. You can read the first installment*here, (https://personalliberty.com/are-republican-politicians-on-our-side/)*the second*here, (https://personalliberty.com/politics-and-the-double-minded-man/)*and the third here (https://personalliberty.com/whats-the-republican-voter-to-do/).)* Ninety-nine percent of the people who go into politics in Washington go into politics for politics’ sake. They want a job for life. It takes someone dedicated to personal liberty and small government to go to Washington and lobby that their own job should be less important, and that their power should be reduced. Most go to the District of Corruption to have their power increased and their prestige increased, and even the most well-intentioned usually get sucked into the vacuum of politics. Ron Paul once told an audience, “When young people come...
          Orthodox Church Plants Seeds in Moses Lake      Cache   Translate Page      

These days, he’s called Deacon Vasily. But for the ten years he served in the Washington State legislature representing the 13th district, and before that as a Kittitas County commissioner, he was Bill Hinkle. A restauranteur in Ellensburg, Hinkle is also a deacon in the Antiochian Orthodox Church — one of a handful of churches […]

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          Part - Time Stock Teammate (5AM-10AM) - Washington, PA 15301 United States      Cache   Translate Page      
116762 Washington, Pennsylvania 08/16/2018 Retail Under Armour is all about performance. Because what we make empowers athletes in every form to push themselves, to turn...
          Washington County polls open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday      Cache   Translate Page      
Polls will be open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Washington County for the 2018 General Election.
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          [Washington Post] - Schalke takes big step toward Champions League last-16      Cache   Translate Page      
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          [The Washington Times] - Porto on verge of qualifying after beating Lokomotiv      Cache   Translate Page      
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          [The Washington Times] - Champions League: Atletico wins to join Dortmund at the top      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Ancestry.Common      Cache   Translate Page      
John Delaney lives and writes in Port Townsend, Washington. Ancestry.Common By John Delaney You spit into a test tube and mail it to a lab to learn where you came from thousands of years ago, plotting the caravan route of your ancestors out of Africa. But if atoms could be tagged— from what star’s collapse […]
          [Video] FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 406, James Koukios on the MoFo August International Anti-Corruption Newsletter      Cache   Translate Page      
In this episode, I visit with James Koukios, a partner at Morrison and Foerster in Washington DC. Koukios is a former prosecutor from the Department of Justice who worked in the FCPA Unit. He is back to discuss the firm’s monthly newsletter the Top...
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          DOT’s Chao calls on railroad industry to improve grade crossing safety      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration are sounding an urgent warning about grade crossing safety, and asking the industry to collaborate on improvements.

The post DOT’s Chao calls on railroad industry to improve grade crossing safety appeared first on Railway Age.


          Polls Begin Closing As Americans Vote In U.S. Midterm Elections      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – Polls have started closing in parts of the United States, as Americans cast ballots in one of the most bitterly fought midterm elections in years, a vote that will decide the controls of Congress for the next two years. The November 6 vote for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats will also heavily influence the next two years of Donald Trump’s presidency. There were scattered reports of problems in some places around the country,...
          European 'clearing house' to bypass US sanctions against Iran - The Guardian      Cache   Translate Page      

The Guardian

European 'clearing house' to bypass US sanctions against Iran
The Guardian
A special clearing house designed to allow European companies that trade with Iran to bypass newly reimposed US sanctions will be set up in Europe within months, possibly in France or Germany. The clearing house, known as a special purpose vehicle ...
Iran oil exports to plummet in November, then rebound as buyers use waiversReuters
Turkey sees US resumption of oil, gas sanctions on Iran as wrong, destabilizingDaily Sabah
Iran officials mock, warn US over renewed sanctionsWashington Post
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          The US Continues to Isolate Itself      Cache   Translate Page      

The US Continues to Isolate Itself By weaponizing the reserve currency role of the US dollar, Washington has caused countries to abandon the dollar as the means of transacting their trade and financial affairs. The illegal sanctions Washington imposes has resulted in alternatives to the dollar based clearance system. Washington’s substitution of coercion and threat…

The post The US Continues to Isolate Itself appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.


          Midterm elections: First polls close as voters cite Trump and health care as key issues - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      

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Midterm elections: First polls close as voters cite Trump and health care as key issues
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Polls have now closed in parts of Indiana and Kentucky — the beginning of the end for Tuesday's momentous midterm elections. The results of Tuesday's election, only now beginning to trickle in, could bring significant changes to Washington after two ...
What Time the Polls Close, State by StateNew York Times
Election Day: Blue wave? Red wave? Turnout? Finally, voters have their sayUSA TODAY
2018 Election: Live Coverage And ResultsFiveThirtyEight (blog)
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          Midterm Election Live Updates: Voters Head to Polls Across the Country - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page      

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Midterm Election Live Updates: Voters Head to Polls Across the Country
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Voters on Tuesday waited out winding lines at their polling places and trudged through often unpleasant weather conditions to turn out in what both parties expected to be extraordinary numbers for a midterm election. As of Tuesday afternoon, technical ...
Broken machines, rejected ballots and long lines: voting problems emerge as Americans go to the polls.Washington Post
Live updates: Illinois voters head to polls to elect governor, key House seatsChicago Tribune
Tracking Voting Irregularities Across the USBloomberg
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          A teacher beat up a student who called him the n-word. Now he's an $85000 GoFundMe hero. - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      

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A teacher beat up a student who called him the n-word. Now he's an $85000 GoFundMe hero.
Washington Post
A racial taunt turned a California classroom into the site of a brawl between two unlikely participants last week: a 64-year-old music teacher and a 14-year-old student. Days later, thousands of supporters have flooded a GoFundMe account, raising more ...
$100K Raised for California Teacher Who Punched StudentU.S. News & World Report
Community raises more than $100000 in support of high school teacher filmed brawling with student in classYahoo Lifestyle
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          Border Patrol cancels El Paso crowd-control exercise amid concerns about voter suppression - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      

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Border Patrol cancels El Paso crowd-control exercise amid concerns about voter suppression
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EL PASO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection abruptly canceled a crowd-control exercise it had planned near a Hispanic neighborhood in El Paso on Tuesday after critics raised concerns that the presence of so many armed border agents could ...
US Border Patrol cancels 'crowd control' training exercise near Texas polling stationABC News
Border Patrol Cancels 'Crowd Control Exercise' Planned for Election Day After ProtestsTIME
Border control agency postpones Election Day "crowd control exercise" in El Paso, TexasCBS News
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          Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh signals possible break with fellow conservatives in death penalty case - CNBC      Cache   Translate Page      

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Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh signals possible break with fellow conservatives in death penalty case
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Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday signaled a possible break with his fellow conservative Supreme Court justices during a dramatic day of oral argument in a high-stakes death penalty case. The case concerns Russell Bucklew, who was convicted in ...
Kavanaugh joins liberals in tough questions on execution plans for man with rare conditionWashington Post
Supreme Court death penalty case may rest on Kavanaugh voteThe Hill
Kavanaugh in Focus as US High Court Weighs Death CaseU.S. News & World Report
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          Motel 6 Agrees To Pay Millions After Giving Guest Lists To Immigration Authorities - NPR      Cache   Translate Page      

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Motel 6 Agrees To Pay Millions After Giving Guest Lists To Immigration Authorities
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The hotel chain Motel 6 has agreed to pay $7.6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit after multiple Motel 6 locations gave guest lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Sharing those lists led to arrests and deportations of an as-yet ...
Motel 6 agrees to pay up to $7.6 million to settle claim it helped ICE target Latino guestsWashington Post

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          Comey urges voting on values as he accuses Trump of 'lying, misogyny, racism and attacks on the rule of law' - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      

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Comey urges voting on values as he accuses Trump of 'lying, misogyny, racism and attacks on the rule of law'
Washington Post
Former FBI director James B. Comey on Tuesday decried the “lying, misogyny, racism and attacks on the rule of law from our president” and urged Americans to vote based on their values in a new op-ed. Writing in the New York Times, Comey, who was fired ...
James Comey pens Election Day op-ed: 'Let's vote to uphold our nation's values'The Hill
James Comey: An anti-Trump 'awakening' in America is underwayWashington Examiner

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          A reporter unwittingly left a voice mail for a GOP candidate. She was fired for what she said. - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      

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A reporter unwittingly left a voice mail for a GOP candidate. She was fired for what she said.
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The Monday afternoon call was innocuous at first. Brenda Battel, a staff writer for the Huron Daily Tribune in rural Michigan, was seeking a chance to speak with Republican Senate candidate John James on Wednesday after the election. Battel left a ...
Fired anti-GOP Michigan reporter apologizes for 'mistake' in leaving 'f--king John James' voicemailWashington Examiner
Tribune fires staff writerHuron Daily Tribune
EXCLUSIVE: Michigan Reporter Caught On Tape Saying 'F**k Could You Imagine John James Winning'The Daily Caller
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          Nicklas Bäckströms omänskliga assist i natt – hyllas av motståndarna efter showen      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington Capitals har gått upp och ner under säsongsinledningen. Laget kom till nattens hemmamöte med Edmonton med två raka förluster i bagaget, men man skulle studsa tillbaka snabbt. I inledningen av den andra perioden drog ...

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          (Washington) Bullets for Reloading - 303 CAL .311 4 Boxes - $ 30      Cache   Translate Page      
Two boxes are sealed. The other two have been opened but appear to be completely full.

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          (Southwest Washington) FIOCCHI 223 REM 55 GR FMJ BT AMMUNITION - 50 ROUNDS - $ 19      Cache   Translate Page      
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Cartridge 223 Remington
 
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Grain Weight 55 Grains
Muzzle Velocity 3240 Feet Per Second
Muzzle Energy 1282 Foot Pounds
Bullet Style Full Metal Jacket
Lead Free No
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          (Southwest Washington) SBR .458 SOCOM 300 GR JHP AMMUNITION - 20 ROUNDS - $ 45      Cache   Translate Page      
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VELOCITY 1840 FPS
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          (Southwest Washington) 5D TACTICAL 3 FLUTE HYBRID END MILL BIT - $ 40      Cache   Translate Page      
BUY NOW: https://www.limitlessamerica.com/collections/5d-tactical/products/5d-tactical-3-flute-hybrid-end-mill

Our Patent Pending 5/16" end mill has been thoroughly optimized for milling aluminum 80% lower receivers with a handheld router. The upper portion of the end mill, the collet area of the shank, is reduced to 1/4" diameter to allow for use with compact routers which are commonly equipped with a 1/4" collet size. The remaining length of the end mill, including the cutting surface, is 5/16". 5D Tactical is the only jig manufacturer to offer a custom designed, oversized end mill for this purpose.

Through our extensive testing, we determined that the 1/4" diameter end mills offered by other jig manufactures are not optimized for their intended use, leading to slower milling, constant chattering, inconsistent finish quality, and frequent tool breakage. For more in-depth information, please read our 5/16" Hybrid End Mill Analysis which outlines in great detail the performance benefits of our end mill design.

Every facet of our end mill design was considered and refined during an extensive prototyping and testing phase. From the proprietary material makeup, to the design of the cutting surface and flutes, we achieved optimal performance and maximum tool durability. In conjunction with our Universal Router Adapter, the end mill remains supported by a bearing in all directions at all times, further reducing end mill flex and the opportunity for premature tool breakage.

Please Note: 5D Tactical AR-15 and AR-308 Router Jigs require the use of our custom end mill. This end mill is custom designed and manufactured for 5D Tactical, and is not available for sale elsewhere by any tooling supplier or manufacturer.

          (Southwest Washington) FEDERAL PREMIUM PERSONAL DEFENSE 45 AUTO 230 GRAIN HST JHP - 20RD - $ 28      Cache   Translate Page      
BUY NOW: https://www.limitlessamerica.com/collections/45-acp/products/federal-premium-personal-defense-45-auto-230-grain-hst-jhp-20rd

Federal Premium Personal Defense HST Ammunition has been specially designed to deliver consistent, tremendous expansion, optimum penetration and superior terminal performance. The specially designed hollow point will not plug while passing through a variety of barriers and the jacket and core hold together providing nearly 100% weight retention! This ammunition was engineered to meet or exceed  ammunition testing protocols; these protocols put bullets through 10% ordinance gelatin, steel, wallboard, plywood, laminated automobile safety glass and gelatin covered in heavy clothing and measure how well the bullets penetrate, expand and hold together.

Extensive testing has shown that the on average the 45 ACP load will deliver 12.92" of penetration, 0.81" of expansion, 99% weight retention through all FBI barriers when shot through a Smith & Wesson M&P at 10 feet.

One of the great things about this ammunition are high quality features that make this ammunition perfect choice for self-defense ammunition. Each round of ammunition is loaded into a Federal Premium nickel plated brass case with waterproofing on the case mouth and primer. Every load has a consistent powder charge and reliable primer for consistent ignition. Every HST bullet features a tapered jacket profile for reliable feeding, a cannelure that locks the copper jacket to the lead core, patented co-aligned internal and external skiving and a deep tapered hollow point that will not clog.

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          Residential Electrician - PALM Electric Co. - Dunlap, IL      Cache   Translate Page      
Palm Electric Co., is a locally owned electrical company with accounts in Peoria, Dunlap, Washington, Pekin, Germantown, Metamora, East Peoria and other...
From Indeed - Sun, 21 Oct 2018 20:39:41 GMT - View all Dunlap, IL jobs
          CNA - Full & Part Time Available - Comfort Keepers - Peoria, IL      Cache   Translate Page      
Our office serves the Peoria, Bartonville, East Peoria, Washington, Metamora, Pekin and Chillicothe areas, and this position may require travel to those areas....
From Comfort Keepers - Mon, 29 Oct 2018 22:33:51 GMT - View all Peoria, IL jobs
          Home Health Aide (HHA) - Comfort Keepers - Peoria, IL      Cache   Translate Page      
Our office serves the Peoria, Bartonville, East Peoria, Washington, Metamora, Pekin and Chillicothe areas, and this position may require travel to those areas....
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          ADKINS, CAYLOR M.      Cache   Translate Page      
ADKINS CAYLOR M. Age 84 of Mt. Washington formerly of Southern California. He was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota on May 15, 1934. Passed away...
          Pompeo says he will meet N.Korea number two in New York      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2018
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he will meet this week in New York with North Korea's number two to discuss denuclearization and a possible second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I expect we'll make some real progress, including an effort to make sure that the summit between our two leaders can take place where we can make substant
          US to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions: Pompeo      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (AFP) Nov 5, 2018
The United States will exempt China, India and Japan from oil sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, while vowing to be "relentless" in pressuring Tehran. Hours after sweeping sanctions were reimposed following the US withdrawal from a denuclearization deal, Pompeo said eight countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to spec
          Easing tensions, US, China to hold top-level security talks      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (AFP) Nov 6, 2018
The United States and China will hold top-level security talks on Friday, the State Department announced, in a sign of easing tensions after months of escalation over trade and regional disputes. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will host senior Chinese officials in Washington for the second US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, following a meeting in J
          General Atomics awarded $10.7M for MQ-9 Reaper drone work      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (UPI) Nov 5, 2018
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is receiving a $10.7 million contract for weather tolerance work on the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle. The MQ-9 SkyGuardian, more generally known as the Reaper, is a development of the legacy MQ-1 Predator designed to be larger and able to carry bigger payloads of sensors and heavier weapons. It is designed primarily for attack missions
          BAE to receive $45.9M for Mk 41 Vertical Launch System engineering      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (UPI) Nov 5, 2018
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems Land & Armaments $45.9 million for mechanical design and engineering services for the MK41 Vertical Launch System aboard two classes of vessel for the United States, as well as allied navies. The services to be provided under the contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, include mechanical, cable and missile canister equipment alongsi
          Duty Manager Cargo Services - Swissport International Ltd. - Washington Dulles International Airport, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Swissport International Ltd. Swissport delivers unparalleled value in the areas of Ground Handling, Cargo Services, Executive Aviation, Travel Services, Fueling...
From Swissport International Ltd. - Mon, 29 Oct 2018 19:02:33 GMT - View all Washington Dulles International Airport, VA jobs
          Lockheed awarded $180.4M for F-35 Block 4 software development      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (UPI) Nov 5, 2018
The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin $130.4 million for the second phase of the F-35 Lightning II Block 4 pre-modernization program. The pre-modernization funding, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, will go toward design work, determining requirements and reviews of how well updates and weapons technology are being integrated by participants and partners in the future F
          Cabin Service Agent - Swissport International Ltd. - Washington Dulles International Airport, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Swissport International Ltd. Swissport delivers unparalleled value in the areas of Ground Handling, Cargo Services, Executive Aviation, Travel Services,...
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          M/V Bernard Fisher contracted for prepositioning of Air Force supplies      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (UPI) Nov 5, 2018
Sealift has been tapped by the U.S. Navy for a $8.9 million contract modification for transportation and preposition of cargo for use by the U.S. Air force. The award, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, secures the U.S. flagged vessel M/V Bernard Fisher for the shipping of both hazardous and general cargoes, ranging from ammunition and explosives to vehicles and containers.
          Ramp Services Agent PM FT USA - Swissport International Ltd. - Washington Dulles International Airport, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Swissport International Ltd. Swissport delivers unparalleled value in the areas of Ground Handling, Cargo Services, Executive Aviation, Travel Services,...
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          Cargo Warehouse Agent FT - Swissport International Ltd. - Washington Dulles International Airport, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Swissport International Ltd. Comply with Swissport Standard Operating Procedures and Policies. Swissport delivers unparalleled value in the areas of Ground...
From Swissport International Ltd. - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:52:59 GMT - View all Washington Dulles International Airport, VA jobs
          Passenger Services Agent PART-TIME (Must to speak English AND Korean) - Swissport International Ltd. - Washington Dulles International Airport, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Swissport International Ltd. Swissport delivers unparalleled value in the areas of Ground Handling, Cargo Services, Executive Aviation, Travel Services,...
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          Passenger Services Agent- PM Shift (Must be able to speak English & Spanish) $13.50/hr - Swissport International Ltd. - Washington Dulles International Airport, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Swissport International Ltd. Swissport delivers unparalleled value in the areas of Ground Handling, Cargo Services, Executive Aviation, Travel Services,... $13.50 an hour
From Swissport International Ltd. - Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:50:12 GMT - View all Washington Dulles International Airport, VA jobs
          Passenger Services Agent $13.50 - Swissport International Ltd. - Washington Dulles International Airport, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Swissport International Ltd. Swissport delivers unparalleled value in the areas of Ground Handling, Cargo Services, Executive Aviation, Travel Services,...
From Swissport International Ltd. - Sat, 13 Oct 2018 00:48:27 GMT - View all Washington Dulles International Airport, VA jobs
          Survey: Health care, immigration high on voters’ minds      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.
          España y Rusia critican sanciones de Estados Unidos a Irán      Cache   Translate Page      
Los ministros de Asuntos Exteriores de España y Rusia criticaron este martes la política estadounidense de sanciones contra Irán, fustigando los 'ultimátums' que a su juicio ha emitido la administración de Donald Trump. Washington, que se retiró en mayo del acuerdo de 2015, que buscaba impedir a Irán fabricar una bomba atómica, terminó el lunes de restablecer todas las sanciones que había levantado tras la firma de ese acuerdo.
          WASHINGTON, JOSEPH L.      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON JOSEPH L. Age 81. Peacefully on October 31, 2018. Funeral service was held on November 3, 2018 at COSTON, GOODEN AND BROWN FUNERAL...
          Demand For Tiny Homes Growing In United States, Study Finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Tiny Home DemandNot all generations feel the same way, though.
          Ray Lewis: ‘These Rules Give To The Offenses’      Cache   Translate Page      
Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints signals to his team during the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Inside the NFL analyst looks at the scoring boom and which sleeper teams could challenge in the AFC and NFC.
          Survey: Health care, immigration high on voters’ minds      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.
           Preference for vehicle ownership and use in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Mohamad, J. (2008) Preference for vehicle ownership and use in Malaysia. In: Transportation Research Board 87th Annual Meeting , 2008, Washington DC.
          Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont re-elected to Senate      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON (AP) — Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont re-elected to Senate.
          Election 2018: View Washington state and local results by race      Cache   Translate Page      

View state and local election results by race and see county-by-county results for key statewide races. Uncontested races are not included. For complete Washington state results, visit the Washington Secretary of State. More coverage is available in our Election 2018 and Local Politics sections.
          Director of Public Affairs - QTI Group - Washington, WI      Cache   Translate Page      
Credit Union National Association is recruiting for a Director of Public Affairs via QTI Executive & Professional Search....
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          Senior Manager of Executive Communications - QTI Group - Washington, WI      Cache   Translate Page      
Credit Union National Association is recruiting for a Senior Manager of Executive Communications via QTI Executive & Professional Search....
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          PAC Accounting & Compliance Manager - QTI Group - Washington, WI      Cache   Translate Page      
Credit Union National Association is recruiting for a PAC Accounting and Compliance Manager via QTI Executive & Professional Search....
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          Lo más buscado en Google este martes en EEUU es una frase en español: "Dónde votar"      Cache   Translate Page      
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El buscador más usado en el mundo se ha volcado de lleno en las elecciones de EEUU.

Google ha subido este martes en Estados Unidos un doodle (la imagen de su logotipo que preside la página de búsqueda) en el que se lee, en lugar de su nombre, la palabra "Go Vote", es decir, "ve a votar".

Si el usuario pincha sobre el doodle, el buscador le lleva a la página "¿dónde voto en el día de la elección?", en la que se le pide introducir su dirección completa para indicarle así el centro electoral al que debe dirigirse para poder echar la papeleta.

Google utiliza normalmente los doodle para conmemorar ocasiones especiales como festividades, aniversarios del nacimiento de personalidades históricas o jornadas reivindicativas, y los adapta a cada geografía.

A media jornada electoral, Google Tendencias, la herramienta de la compañía dedicada a estudiar qué es lo más popular y lo que más se está buscando, ha indicado que la expresión en español "dónde votar" es la más consultada del día en EEUU, lo que indicaría un fuerte interés entre la comunidad hispana.

La expresión en español "dónde votar" es la más consultada del día en EEUU.

Tres de los cinco temas más buscados en Google en el país durante este martes tienen que ver con los comicios: "lugar de votación", "votar" y "día electoral".

El Washington Post ha publicado que, al ver la información de Google, el grupo de apoyo financiero a las campañas demócratas Priorities USA Action ha traducido al español de forma inmediata sus anuncios para alentar la participación, con el foco en los estados clave de Arizona y Florida, de gran presencia latina.

Los estadounidenses están llamados a las urnas en las elecciones de mitad de mandato, en las que se elegirá a los 435 miembros de la Cámara de Representantes, a un tercio del Senado, a 36 gobernadores y a multitud de legisladores y cargos a nivel estatal y local.


          Soda Industry Steals Page From Tobacco To Combat Taxes On Sugary Drinks      Cache   Translate Page      
Voters in Oregon, Washington will decide whether to strip cities of ability to tax sugary drinks.
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DUQUE DE CAXIAS - Quem gosta de dançar não pode perder a edição de novembro do Baile Caxias Shopping que será realizada no dia 12. O evento gratuito fará uma homenagem ao movimento Novembro Azul - campanha de conscientização realizada por diversas entidades, no mês de novembro, dirigida à sociedade e, em especial, aos homens, para conscientização a respeito de doenças masculinas, com ênfase na prevenção e no diagnóstico precoce do câncer de próstata. O Baile acontecerá das 17h às 21h e terá música ao vivo para o público se divertir. O evento faz parte das ações de cultura e lazer promovidas pelo Caxias Shopping e, para que ninguém fique parado, terá profissionais para acompanhar quem não tem par. O importante é ter animação e gostar de dançar. Vale conferir.

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DUQUE DE CAXIAS - A Prefeitura de Duque de Caxias, através da Secretaria Municipal de Governo, realizou audiência pública com o objetivo de promover a apresentação do estudo oriundo do PMI (Procedimento de Manifestação de Interesse) nº 01/2018, destinado à implementação da CEARJ – Central de Abastecimento do Rio de Janeiro, nesta segunda-feira, 05/11, na Câmara Municipal de Vereadores da cidade.

Durante a audiência, o prefeito Washington Reis declarou que o terreno localizado às margens da Rodovia Washington Luiz, entre os bairros Jardim Gramacho e Campos Elíseos, possui cerca de três milhões de metros quadrados e a área construída terá 551 mil. Em sua fala, o chefe do executivo municipal contou que a CEARJ promoverá 50.000 empregos diretos e indiretos.

O prefeito de Duque de Caxias ainda ressaltou a importância da participação da sociedade civil na audiência pública a fim de debater sobre o projeto desenvolvido. “É muito importante este momento porque juntos podemos aperfeiçoar o projeto inicial e assim o poder público poderá analisar as sugestões e a viabilidade de incorporar aos estudos e aos documentos estas modificações,” disse.

Compuseram a mesa, o prefeito Washington Reis, o presidente da Câmara Municipal, Sandro Lelis, o deputado estadual, Rosenverg Reis, o deputado federal, Áureo Lídio Ribeiro, o secretário de Fazenda e Planejamento, Carlos Mello, o secretário de Assistência Social e Direitos Humanos, Marcos Vinícius de Moraes Guimarães, o secretário de Transportes e Serviços Públicos, Eduardo Feital, o secretário de Meio Ambiente, Celso do Alba, o secretário de Obras, João Carlos Grillo, o secretário de Governo, João Carlos de Souza Brecha, o procurador Geral , Maurício Gomes Vieira, a secretária de Cultura , Danielle Reis e o secretário de Habitação e Urbanismo, Leandro Guimarães.

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          Comment on The Content Cluster Muster (11.01.18) by Katecho      Cache   Translate Page      
Jonathan wrote:<blockquote>The letters were not deadly in any way, shape, or form.</blockquote>As if that had anything to do with the disproportionate mainstream media coverage given to each story. Jonathan continues:<blockquote>... the castor beans would have had to be treated in an extensive process to extract the ricin and concentrate into deadly form, and none of that was done.</blockquote>Jonathan seems to be engaging in a disinformation campaign of his own. The letters from the Utah man contained ground castor seeds. The process to refine ricin is not trivial, but Jonathan is incorrect to suggest that the seeds must be refined by an extensive process to be fatal. Simply ingesting as few as four to eight seeds can be lethal. So a genuine lethal poison was contained in the envelopes. That said, one is not likely to swallow the contents of such a letter, so the Utah man was missing an effective delivery mechanism. <b>Of course, Cesar Sayoc's pipe bomb packages were also missing an effective delivery mechanism, so Jonathan is merely putting his own double-standards and selective partisanship on display for us.</b> Jonathan wrote:<blockquote>The reason it wasn’t covered as emblematic of some greater issue is because it wasn’t emblematic of some greater issue. A veteran with obvious mental issues ...</blockquote>Right, because Cesar Sayoc is emblematic, and is a model of sanity, and a legitimate representative of Trump's campaign and Trump's base. Can Jonathan not see himself? Since Jonathan has voluntarily (and unwisely) put himself in the position of defending mainstream media, perhaps he can explain why Hillary's recent "racist" remark about blacks ("they all look alike.") doesn't return any Google hits on cnn.com or cbs.com or nbcnews.com or abcnews.go.com or washingtonpost.com. If there is no systemic bias, how does Jonathan account for this? Were all of these networks just too busy with other stories? (Surprisingly, msn.com actually did cover it.)
          Cameroun:Soixante-dix-neuf (79) élèves ont été enlevés lundi dans la région du Nord-Ouest du Cameroun, le plus important kidnapping dans cette zone anglophone depuis le début du conflit entre des séparatistes et l'armée      Cache   Translate Page      
L’image contient peut-être : 7 personnes, personnes assises
Soixante-dix-neuf (79) élèves ont été enlevés lundi dans la région du Nord-Ouest du Cameroun, le
plus important kidnapping dans cette zone anglophone depuis le début du conflit entre des séparatistes et l'armée, à la veille de la prestation de serment du président Paul Biya.
Ce type d'enlèvement de masse d'élèves est sans précédent au Cameroun. Il est pratiqué dans le nord du Nigeria voisin par le groupe jihadiste Boko Haram comme à Chibok où plus de 200 jeunes filles avaient été enlevées dans leur internat en 2014, suscitant l'indignation du monde entier.
Outre les 79 élèves, le principal de la Presbyterian Secondary School de Bamenda (capitale régionale du Nord-Ouest), un enseignant et un chauffeur ont également été kidnappés par des hommes armés non identifiés, a indiqué à l'AFP une source gouvernementale camerounaise.
"Les recherches pour retrouver les otages ont été lancées, la mobilisation est totale", a ajouté cette source qui s'exprimait à l'issue d'une réunion de crise.
"L'établissement est quadrillé par les forces de sécurité. Nous n'y avons pas accès", a précisé la source proche de l'établissement.
L'enlèvement des élèves dont les âges n'ont pas été dévoilés a été confirmé par une source proche de l'établissement et une source sécuritaire.
Dans une vidéo de 6 mn obtenue par l'AFP, onze garçons d'une quinzaine d'années déclinent un à un leur identité et indiquent avoir été enlevés à la Presbyterian Secondary School de Bamenda par les "Amba boys", les séparatistes anglophones.
"Nous allons ouvrir nos propres écoles ici, nous allons rester ensemble et combattre pour l'+Ambazonie+", l'Etat fantasmé que les séparatistes entendent créer, indique un homme au micro du téléphone filmant la scène.
L’image contient peut-être : 7 personnes, personnes assises

La vidéo n'a pu être authentifiée de source indépendante.
"Plus de 700 élèves" étudient à la Presbyterian Secondary School, selon le site web de l'établissement qui souligne recevoir des élèves "de toutes les origines religieuses et linguistiques du Cameroun".
"Tout ce que nous savons c'est que les élèves enlevés seraient essentiellement des garçons", a précisé la source proche de l'établissement.
- Écoles visées -
Cet enlèvement de masse survient à la veille de la prestation de serment du président Paul Biya, 85 ans, au pouvoir depuis 1982, réélu pour un septième mandat avec 71,28% des votes.
"Des enfants sont une fois de plus victimes d'une crise qui n'est pas la leur. RIEN ne peut justifier l'enlèvement d'enfants innocents!", a réagi sur les réseaux sociaux Allegra Maria Del Pilar Baiocchi, coordinateur humanitaire de l'ONU pour le Cameroun.
Dans la même région du Nord-Ouest du Cameroun, le sous-préfet de l'arrondissement de Noni a également été enlevé dimanche.
Dans les deux régions anglophones du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest, une crise socio-politique sans précédent s'est installée fin 2016. Elle s'est transformée fin 2017 en conflit armé.
Des affrontements entre armée et séparatistes, regroupés en groupes épars dans la forêt équatoriale, s'y produisent quasiment tous les jours depuis plusieurs mois.
Les séparatistes ont décrété un boycott des établissements scolaires, estimant que le système scolaire francophone marginalise les étudiants anglophones.
Les attaques de séparatistes armés contre des écoles sont nombreuses depuis le début du conflit.
Mi-octobre, six élèves avaient été enlevés dans une attaque de lycée à Bamenda, selon des sources concordantes. Les autorités avaient démenti.
Le jour de la rentrée scolaire début septembre, un directeur d'école a été assassiné, un professeur mutilé et plusieurs lycées attaqués.
- Bandes armées et pillards-
Le conflit armé a redoublé d'intensité dans la région du Nord-Ouest après plusieurs mois d'accalmie, les affrontements s'étant concentrés durant l'été dans la région du Sud-Ouest.
Le 30 octobre, un missionnaire américain a été tué par balles dans son véhicule à Bambui, en banlieue de Bamenda. Les raisons de son assassinat restent inconnues, mais l'Etat a accusé les "terroristes" d'être à l'origine de sa mort alors que Washington a évoqué des "tirs croisés".
Selon des sources concordantes, aux séparatistes armés se sont ajoutés des bandes armées qui rackettent les populations et les entreprises.
Les autorités, qui refusent le dialogue avec les séparatistes qu'elles qualifient de "terroristes", ont procédé depuis début 2018 à un important déploiement de forces de sécurité pour "rétablir l'ordre".
Plus de 175 membres des forces de défense et sécurité camerounaises ont perdu la vie dans ce conflit, ainsi que plus de 400 civils, selon les ONG.
Dans la zone, plus de 300.000 personnes ont fui les violences, pour la grande majorité en brousse et dans les grandes villes des régions voisines, et d'autres sont parties au Nigeria voisin.
Yaoundé, 5 nov 2018 (AFP) 

          American Institutes for Research Experts to Present at Annual APPAM Research Conference      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Stocks end higher as investors turn attention to midterms      Cache   Translate Page      

U.S. stocks finished higher on Tuesday ahead of midterm election results. The S&P 500 ended higher by 0.6% at around 2,755, according to preliminary numbers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up around 175 points, or 0.7%, to 25,637. The Nasdaq Composite was up by more than 0.6% at around 7,376. Investors are closely watching the midterm results, with most anticipating a split Congress with Democrats taking control of the House, and Republicans retaining a Senate majority. That could set up investors for a legislative impasse in Washington, usually seen as a positive by Wall Street.

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          The colors of the midterm elections? Purple, green, and gold      Cache   Translate Page      

Krysten Sinema, a Democrat running in a hotly contested race for Senate in Arizona, sets her name in purple against a golden desert sunrise. Sri Preston Kulkarni, a Democrat running for Congress in Texas, uses a blue lone star bursting into shades of purple and red.

For the most part, this election’s campaign design looked fairly predictable: Nearly 75% of Democrats and and more than half of Republicans used blue as their primary campaign color this year. If you’re a Republican running in a solidly Democratic district, you’re three times more likely to use red as your logo color than your peers in Republican districts. But in general, candidates choose blue–a color strongly associated with America from the beginning, from the color George Washington chose for continental army uniforms to the resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777 describing a flag with white stars against a “blue field representing a new constellation.”

[Image: courtesy Center for American Politics and Design]

Things get more interesting when you take a closer look at Democratic candidates specifically, though. Democrats were twice as likely to choose purple as their running color compared to Republicans–and three times as likely to choose green.

[Image: courtesy Center for American Politics and Design]
These numbers come from the Center for American Politics and Design, a new group of designers and creative directors including Susan Merriam of Graj + Gustavsen, Kevin Wiesner and Lukas Bentel of Hello Velocity, and Will Denton and Seth Kranzler of Channel Studio. Their analysis of every campaign brand in the midterm election is a glimpse into the visual culture of campaign season–and in some cases, a way to track the evolution of visual identities across the political spectrum.

“Overall, it’s interesting to think about why some of these trends exist,” says Merriam over email. “Given the production value of a lot of these logos, we can guess that many of these design decisions aren’t (necessarily) 100% calculated or engineered to appeal specifically to the audience’s psyche, but that they are symptomatic of the designers’ and candidates’ own.”

One trend the analysis calls out: The similarity between well-known corporate brands and campaign identities. [Image: courtesy Center for American Politics and Design]

Do the purple, gold, and green campaigns of 2018 reflect the simmering conflicts within the Democratic party, with left-leaning candidates renouncing party leadership and centrists attempting to align more closely with Republicans?

But Merriam points out another detail: All of those purple campaign logos, 21 are women, four are men of color, and only one is a white man. “Why do only women or men of color use purple?” Merriam continues. “That would probably be relevant for a larger discussion about the relationship of white masculinity and color theory.”

[Image: courtesy Center for American Politics and Design]

A slew of low-fi campaign logos are highlighted by CAPD’s analysis, including Republican Ron Curtis’s comic sans wordmark set against an American flag graphic. In another election, such details might have been funny–and let’s be honest, they are still kinda funny–but it would be naive to see them as stupid or thoughtless. If the 2016 presidential campaign taught us anything about the power of design in politics, it was that “bad design” can be an incredibly powerful way to broadcast a candidate’s outsider status successfully.

“I hope going forward we can do some more analysis in relation to past elections as well,” Merriam says. “I’m interested to see for example the difference 2016 had on branding overall. As politics becomes increasingly polarized, are there more bold, red candidates with torch iconography? Will we also see more logos like Ocasio-Cortez‘s that try and get away from the traditional color schemes of the Democratic party? I would guess so, and we shall see.”

[Image: courtesy Center for American Politics and Design]

Red was associated with the Republican party long before Donald Trump slapped on his first MAGA hat–but it hasn’t been the color of the GOP for all that long. The “red state, blue state” trope seems to have emerged alongside contemporary network television coverage of politics within the last two decades. In 2004, The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi traced it to the 2000 election:

The first reference to “red states” and “blue states,” according to a database search of newspapers, magazines and TV news transcripts since 1980, occurred on NBC’s “Today” show about a week before the 2000 election. Matt Lauer and Tim Russert discussed the projected alignment of the states, using a map and a color scheme that had first shown up a few days earlier on NBC’s sister cable network, MSNBC. “So how does [Bush] get those remaining 61 electoral red states, if you will?” Russert asked at one point…

Newspapers began discussing the race in the larger, abstract context of red vs. blue. The deal may have been sealed when Letterman suggested a week after the vote that a compromise would “make George W. Bush president of the red states and Al Gore head of the blue ones.”

In this nightmare of a campaign season, it’s fascinating to remember that the simplistic language we use to talk about national politics–as if it were game between two teams of different jersey colors–was bestowed upon us by network graphics departments that chose those colors for on-air analysis.


          Big agriculture helped destroy monarch butterfly habitats–now it’s trying to save them      Cache   Translate Page      

Over the past couple of decades, monarch butterflies, one of the most recognizable (and important) visitors to gardens across North America, have been declining in number–as much as 95% of the population has disappeared since the 1980s. The reasons are numerous: Mexico, where the pollinators migrate to escape harsh winters, has eliminated many of the trees where monarchs flock, and severe and unpredictable weather due to climate change has disrupted populations. And in the Midwest, where monarchs are most populous, farming practices that lean heavily on herbicides and pesticides are killing off native milkweed plants, where monarchs lay their eggs.

The Environmental Defense Fund is trying to tap into those same farms to bring monarchs back. Through a new initiative, called the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange, the EDF is working with private landowners like farmers and agriculture companies to encourage them to develop milkweed-rich monarch habitats on their properties. Right now, EDF is focusing on habitat restoration projects in central Texas, northern Missouri, and the Central Valley of California–three key sites along monarchs’ migratory path. Eventually, the Exchange will expand to more regions. To build out the habitat projects, it’s sourcing investments from companies aiming to scale up their environmental impact.

A prairie restoration site. [Photo: courtesy EDF/Smithfield]

One of those companies is Smithfield, the largest pork producer in America, which became the first food company to get involved with the Exchange. Smithfield owns 500 farms, and contracts with another 2,000 independent farmers across the U.S. With a contribution of $300,000 to the Exchange, Smithfield will finance the planting of milkweed and wildflower species around the edges of one of its farms in northern Missouri. In all, this investment will restore around 1,000 acres, says David Wolfe, director of conservation strategies at EDF. That’s just a fraction of the 30 million acres he’d like to see restored through the Exchange program, but he’s hopeful that both the environmental and economic feasibility of the project could prove it’s possible to scale this kind of effort up.

[Photo: courtesy EDF/Smithfield]
The environmental benefits are clear: The native species, in addition to providing a habitat for pollinators like monarchs, also aids in soil regeneration. Monoculture farming, which has taken over the Midwest, has degraded soil quality and contributes to devastating flooding.

Hog farms and a biomas digester in background. [Photo: courtesy EDF/Smithfield]

The project also represents an opportunity for Smithfield to try to reform its image. Its hog farms, where waste collects in open-air lagoons and is then used as fertilizer on fields, are known contributors to water pollution and air quality issues, and are also prone to flooding and overflow. The company has pledged to work to clean up its practices by covering lagoons and implementing onsite anaerobic digesters that can convert waste to energy through its Smithfield Renewables program, introduced last year. While it’s an incremental improvement over its existing practices, environmental advocates like the Southern Environmental Law Center have expressed concern that these proposals don’t go far enough to actually clean up the hog industry–because they don’t actually eradicate the use of lagoons.

In light of this, the investment in monarch habitats could also come across as an attempt to paper over the company’s more troubling environmental track record. But this type of wildlife restoration effort can stand on its own, and it’s relatively low-cost and simple for farmers to implement. (This effort doesn’t have to be limited to farmers, however: Companies like Dell are also growing monarch “way stations” in gardens around their corporate offices.)

[Photo: courtesy EDF/Smithfield]

There’s also potential for monarch habitat restoration to create an additional revenue source, in the form of renewable energy, for farmers who choose to do it. Through a partnership with Roeslein Alternative Energy, a Missouri-based company, Smithfield is developing a method of converting harvested prairie flora into natural gas for energy. Roeslein has been working with Smithfield since 2014, working on converting hog waste into natural gas, and the new investment from Smithfield in the monarch habitat restoration project will help the company scale up the conversion of prairie biomass to energy.

“It’s the concept of multiple benefits,” Wolfe says. “We’re be hoping to show it as a model to other farmers not just in Missouri, but across the Midwest, to achieve landscape-scale conservation goals.” As researchers this year have counted that monarch butterflies are reaching their highest population levels in the past 25 years, more habitat restoration projects can help support their comeback.


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Moving federal agencies could make alienated heartland voters feel they have more of a stake.
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          Washington thinks voters hate foreign entanglements. The data says otherwise.      Cache   Translate Page      
Americans consistently tell pollsters they favor alliances, NATO, trade and even the United Nations.
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7 p.m. — Hockey: Montreal at N.Y. Rangers, TSN2, RDS; Dallas at Columbus, SNE, SNO, SN1. Basketball: NCAA Champions Classic (Michigan State vs. Kansas), TSN3. 7:30 p.m. — Hockey: New Jersey at Ottawa, TSN5, RDS2. 8:30 p.m. — Basketball: Washington at...
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          French President Emmanuel Macron Proposes Creation of ‘Real European Army’      Cache   Translate Page      

from Sputnik News: French President Emmanuel Macron gave a candid interview to the French radio station Europe 1, in which he spoke about school violence, European elections, and the EU’s military policy. Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that the EU should create a “real European army” and called the bloc the main victim of Washington’s decision to scrap […]

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          Washington men’s basketball: 2018-19 season outlook, players to watch      Cache   Translate Page      

Who and what to watch for when Washington begins its men's basketball season Tuesday against Western Kentucky.
          Pac-12 Power Rankings Week 10: It’s all about the Apple Cup      Cache   Translate Page      

It's simple: Washington wins out, and it wins the Pac-12 North. The Cougars can lose one more game — just not the last one. Just like the AP poll, it's an Evergreen State takeover in the top two spots of Jon Wilner's power rankings.
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          Tesla Model 3 Versus A 37-Pound Boulder      Cache   Translate Page      
How about a huge rock landing in your passenger seat with no warning? This Tesla Model 3 owner didn’t expect to have an instant driving companion, but we’re glad he’s okay. Jade Insko was driving his Model 3 on SR 14 near Cape Horn, Washington when a 37-pound boulder fell through his windshield and parked […]
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Here is a follow-up on the walkout of students yesterday at the Secondary School of Journalism on the John Jay HS Campus in Park Slope: STUDENTS ORGANIZE WALKOUT at Secondary School of Journalism - Complain About AI Principal Livingstone Hilaire

Leonie has been in touch as I posted on my original link. And here is an email from the senior student who organized the walkout -- I'm not using the name, nor am I reporting on the parent who is my contact. Why give the enemy info?
Good morning Mr. Scott,

I’m a 15K463 SSJ senior student who organized the walk out to protest against the principal and other wrongdoings within the school. I was networked with you and I want to thank you for picking up on our story. I will be sending you photographs and video clips from the walk out that occurred on November 5, 2018. If any questions or concerns feel free to email me. Thank you, and have a good day.
 

In the video we are chanting “SSJ will pay for our GPA!”
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Here are some comments on the original post:

Leonie Haimson
Monday, November 5, 2018 at 4:13:00 PM EST

Parents and students throughout the country have rebelled vs the Summit system b/c the students start to hate school, fall behind and become disengaged from their learning having to stare at computer screens for many hours per day. Moreover, all their personal data is being scooped up by Mark Zuckerberg via his CZI LLC. See the recent NY Mag article or the many blog posts I've written about Summit -including https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/08/30/parents-cite-student-privacy-concerns-with-popular-online-education-platform/?utm_term=.991a38a334ee and https://www.studentprivacymatters.org/parents-rebel-against-summitfacebookchan-zuckerberg-online-learning-platform/ and https://www.studentprivacymatters.org/update-on-summit-schools-including-my-visit-to-a-summit-charter-school/ and https://www.studentprivacymatters.org/zuckerberg-and-the-parent-pushback-vs-summit-schools-inbloom-reprised/ and https://www.studentprivacymatters.org/serious-privacy-concerns-with-new-summitfacebook-platform-used-in-100-schools-across-the-nation/

Leonie HaimsonMonday, November 5, 2018 at 4:14:00 PM EST
Students or teachers at this school - pl get in touch w/ me at leoniehaimson at gmail dot com; thanks!


Tom Forbes
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 7:55:00 AM EST

Very interesting. I first met Livingstone when he was the principal at what is now Harvest Collegiate on 14th street. I can not remember the old name of the school but he ran it into the ground and they closed it and changed the name. The parent coordinator there would enter classrooms during class time and yell at teachers. Kids basically did whatever they wanted. He is a very nice and funny person but a horrible principal. He asked me to stay and help fix the school, I declined. I later was assigned to Bread and Roses and they had a principal who put his hands on a student and Hilaire was brought in until a permanent replaced could be recruited by a non-profit involved in the school. He was horrible and spent his time in the office while the school was completely out of control. AP Ali would go around yelling, screaming and cursing at the students and apologize to the student body for his behavior. It was on the chopping block and since has be closed, renamed and the like. Dwyane Clark came in for a staff meeting one time around Christmas and listened to Hilaire stand up routine and everyone laughed their asses off and then we went on break. Came back to a completely dysfunctional learning and teaching environment. That is when I saw how complicit the UFT is/was in dealing with abusive and incompetent school leadership that directly affected their members. While on my ATR tour, I ran across Hilarie consulting principals at Unity HS in the old Norman Thomas, said hi, a little small talk and then he disappeared. I wanted to ask him his secret on staying in the DOE even after all his missteps. Still up to no good.


          UPDATED: STUDENTS ORGANIZE WALKOUT at Secondary School of Journalism - Complain About AI Principal Livingstone Hilaire      Cache   Translate Page      
I'm updating this post with info from Leonie Haimson. Also see her comment in the comment section.
Students’ personal data is being collected by CZI/Mark Zuckerberg and being shared with up to 18 other companies.  Many parents & students throughout country have rebelled.
See the recent NY Mag article here:





I don't have the details on what is behind this walkout at this point. I saw something where the students at a school for supposed journalism are complaining about the curriculum. If you have info leave a comment but be patient as I have moderation on.


Part of 15K463 SSJ walkout on 5th November 2018 - despite the Superintendent Janice Ross trying to talk the students out of it.

One of IA Principal Livingstone Hilaire’s cronies who is also a former IA Principal in our school is preaching to the students what the students typed up.

Superintendent Janice Ross is on site at the moment - she was sent by Executive Superintendent Karen Watts to stop the walk out.



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The EM markets run along the precipice edge before the US midterm elections on Tuesday. The Democratic Party, according to polls, will gain control in the House of Representatives, while the Republican Party must retain a majority in the Senate. In such a scenario, risky currencies and currencies of developing countries can win, analysts of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Nomura International Plc predict. Most of all, in their opinion, the Turkish lira and South African rand will rise in price.

London bank strategist David Honor takes a tactical "bullish" position in emerging markets before today's US elections and on the eve of the November 30 trade summit.

The risks are extremely high, experts warn. On Monday, the index of imputed volatility of developing countries' currencies from JPMorgan Chase & Co. reached its peak level in a month due to hedging from wider price fluctuations in the options market.

It is almost impossible to predict the outcome of elections, therefore market participants rely on polls. Substantial support from Republicans could turn Donald Trump, who takes an even tougher stance on trade and immigration. The dollar will win, and risky currencies will suffer.

Opinion experts Citigroup

"The potential risks after the midterm elections, including the recession in the United States and impeachment, are likely to lead to increased risk aversion, which, as a rule, leads to a decrease in EM assets," write economists.

With an increase in the likelihood of such factors as recession and political paralysis in Washington, the dollar will be under pressure and weaken against the other currencies of G3. A cheaper US currency with growing risk aversion may indicate that EM will decline against the euro or the Japanese yen. However, their fall is not expected to be as strong as a weakening dollar.

Nomura International Forecast

The basic forecast of experts speaks well for the Democratic Party, which will receive a majority in the House of Representatives. This will have a downward pressure on the dollar and contributes to lower rates on the EM. This alignment will provide the Turkish lira and the South African rand with a tailwind.

Another scenario involving the preservation of a majority in the House of Representatives for the Republicans will lead to an increase in the yield of US bonds. The pressure on the currencies of Latin America and EMEA will increase.

It is possible that the full victory will be won by the Democratic Party. This scenario is unlikely, but there is a place to be. The leadership of Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives could lead to a massive sale of US bonds and stocks. It is noted that the subsequent risk aversion will put pressure on Latin American currencies, and in EMEA, the lira and the rand will show rapid growth.

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