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          U.S. bill tackles social media 'dark patterns'      Comment   Translate Page      
Two U.S. senators introduced a bill to ban online social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from tricking consumers into giving up their personal data.

          Bernie Sanders Hits 1 Million Donations in Less Than Two Months      Comment   Translate Page      

Bernie Sanders Hits 1 Million Donations in Less Than Two MonthsLucy NicholsonSen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) 2020 campaign announced Friday that it has received one million donations since he launched his second presidential bid on Feb. 19. “We did it! The grassroots movement has made 1 millions donations and counting to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign,” wrote the senator’s official Twitter account, accompanied by a video touting the figures. “This is how we’re going to defeat Donald Trump and transform this country.” While the campaign initially set a goal to reach the mark by the end of the first quarter, the one-million donation mile marker reflects the fundraising prowess of his operation and is another indicator that the Vermont senator is off to a faster start than his initial long-shot bid in the 2016 campaign.His campaign also hit one million donations during that previous White House bid, but it took a full five months and was announced in Sept. 2015. The Sanders team has slashed that time in half for the 2020 race.The one-million donation milestone had also been reached by both of President Barack Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Many of the 2020 Democratic contenders have revealed their fundraising totals for the first quarter prior to the filing deadline on Monday. So far, Sanders has led with a total of $18.2 raised. Trailing him in fundraising haul are Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) with $12 million, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) with $9.4 million, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg with $7 million, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with $6 million. Prior to Friday’s announcement, Sanders’ team also said his total came from 525,000 contributors. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



          Senate Supports Moore But Not Cain for Fed       Comment   Translate Page      

When looking at the dumpster fire we call the American political environment, I think we can all agree that the last thing we really needed was more Herman Cain. As I explained yesterday in my Senate Republicans Wish the Democrats Could Filibuster Trump’s Nominees piece, the senior GOP leadership in Congress certainly feels that way. They were already begging rank-and-file senators to call the White House and warn them off nominating Cain for a position on the Federal Reserve before Cain called them a “bunch of yahoos” on Wednesday night.

Herman Cain, whose prospects for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors have grown shaky before President Donald Trump even nominates him, likely gave his detractors in the U.S. Senate more reason to oppose his confirmation with comments at a University of Kansas lecture Wednesday night.

Cain, 73, the long-time business executive and 2012 presidential candidate, warned against the dangers of socialism, renewable energy and Medicare for all. He described the Senate Banking Committee, which would vet him if he were nominated, “as a bunch of yahoos.” He compared the right to health care to the right to own a Cadillac, and said God would decide when it was time to stop using fossil fuels.

“When God is ready for us not to have fossil fuels, he’ll find a way,” the former Godfather Pizza CEO told the audience at the Vickers Lecture Series at School of Business.

Cain also likened himself to Dr. Martin Luther King, and said: “You reach a point in your successful career where making more money isn’t inspiring enough.”

Cain’s reward for those remarks was to learn that his nomination is almost certainly doomed.

A fourth Republican senator announced Thursday that he would oppose Herman Cain if President Trump nominated him to the Federal Reserve Board, all but dooming his potential appointment.

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), a close Trump ally, told reporters that “if I had to vote right now, there’s no way I could vote for” Cain. The president had floated the businessman for the Fed board last week.

Cramer’s opposition makes him the fourth Republican to denounce Cain’s potential nomination, effectively ending Cain’s chance at confirmation. GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Mitt Romney (Utah) all came out against Cain on Wednesday.

With four of the 53 Senate Republicans opposed to Cain, he would not reach the necessary 51 votes for confirmation without getting support from Democrats, which is unlikely.

I’m not certain, but it looks like perhaps the Senate Republicans are drawing a hard line against Cain so that’ll have some cover to accept the other insane nomination Trump is floating for the Fed.

Stephen Moore may have been held in contempt of court for failing to pay child support and alimony and he may owe more than $75,000 in taxes to the IRS, but that doesn’t seem disqualifying to a lot of Senate Republicans:

“I know Stephen Moore, he’s a smart man, he’s the head of Club for Growth,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL). “We have to do this in regular order, but I think he would probably be a good voice on the Fed. One, he’s got to be nominated first. Second, he’s got to be confirmed.”

“I said, ‘Pay your taxes; pay your support!’” Shelby said, when asked about Moore’s financial problems.

“Stephen is a solid guy, I know Stephen pretty well. I think Stephen has been right about a few things, with regard to the Fed’s treatment of interest rates, especially,” [Sen. Kevin] Cramer said. “I want to hear more about the specific issues surrounding some of his financial situations.”

The North Dakota senator added that he did not see Moore’s run-in with the IRS or the divorce settlement being disqualifying for his nomination if he had cleared up both issues.

So, the way it looks right now, the dumpster fire will get less Herman Cain and more Stephen Moore.

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          Senate Republicans Miss the Filibuster       Comment   Translate Page      

Before the filibuster was eliminated for most presidential nominees, the White House needed to negotiate with the other party to assure that their candidates were at least minimally acceptable. Without a handful of votes from the other side, there was no way to get their people confirmed. President Trump would have been laughed out of town if he suggested he might select Herman Cain and Stephen Moore to serve on the Federal Reserve board. In retrospect, the old system often saved the Senate leaders of the president’s own party from having to play the heavy. Ridiculous nominees were generally rejected internally within the White House vetting process for lack of viability. If they somehow slipped through and were sent to the Senate, the opposition party played the bad guy by rejecting them.

This system has now been upended. The Republicans in the Senate have no cover anymore if they want to deny the president a nomination. The solution is to tell the White House in advance that they should not make these nominations because they’ll be rejected.

Senate Republican leaders are sending a message to members troubled by President Donald Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve picks: Speak up.

During Tuesday afternoon’s Senate Republican lunch, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advised senators concerned about Trump’s selection of former presidential candidate and pizza executive Herman Cain and conservative economic commentator Stephen Moore to share their views with the White House now, before Trump officially moves forward with the nominations, a source familiar with the remarks told CNN.

The basic conversation here is pretty straightforward. A Republican senator or his or her staffer calls the White House chief of staff or the congressional liaison. They tell them that if they go forward with a nomination, they cannot count on their vote. If enough Republican senators send this message to the White House, they can dissuade the nomination from going forward. The benefit to the White House is that they can avoid embarrassment. This is also a benefit to the people who are under consideration for the jobs. The benefit for the Republican senators is that they can buck their own president quietly and behind the scenes and won’t come under pressure to back someone who is manifestly unfit for the position.

You can see how uneasy the Senate Republicans are about defying the president.

In hallway interviews with nearly 20 Republican senators on Tuesday, most were reluctant to candidly discuss Cain’s potential nomination. Many said they hadn’t heard the days-old news that Trump was planning to select him. Others opted to withhold comment, while some expressed vague reservations.

Most of them are uncomfortable even discussing these nominations. Some responses lack candor and others are outright disingenuous. They want to issue to disappear, but they are the only ones who can make the issue disappear. Most of all, they’d like to avoid being put in this position in the first place:

Republicans are in a slightly better position to confirm contentious appointees than they were before the 2018 midterm elections, with their new majority of 53, but they can still afford to lose only a few votes before any nomination would be doomed.

That concern prompted Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on Tuesday to warn the White House to consult in advance with Senate leaders on nominations like these.

The Senate is supposed to provide their advice and consent to presidential nominations, and certainly the hearing process can give them that opportunity. But it’s better politics to do most of the vetting prior to making any announcements. The president clearly expects the Senate Republicans to approve anyone he nominates because it is now technically within their power to approve people with no Democratic support.

Many warned that the Senate would break if the filibuster was weakened or eliminated, and here is an example of a worst case scenario. By blocking acceptable nominations during the Obama administration just to slow down business in the Senate, Mitch McConnell forced the Democrats to find a work-around. Now the Republicans are having difficulty rejecting ludicrous candidates because the White House sees no reason not to send them forward.

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          Campaigning in Indiana, Sanders Rips Trump’s ‘Cheap' Rhetoric      Comment   Translate Page      
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) doesn’t think much of George W. Bush. “His views were pretty different from mine,” Sanders said Saturday morning in Gary, Indiana. But during a campaign stop in this Upper Midwest city, the senator sounded a wistful note about the 43rd president.

“Do you remember what he did after 9/11? Does anyone remember?” he asked a few dozen community leaders at a downtown Gary convention center. “He went to a mosque. Do you remember that? He walked into a mosque to say that criminals, terrorists attacked the United States — not the Muslim community.”

But now, Sanders continued, “We have a president who, for cheap political gain, is trying to divide us up by the color of our skin, by where we were born, by our religion. My God.”

Sanders, it seemed, was referring to a video Trump shared on Twitter the day before attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for remarks she made about the terrorist strikes of September 11, 2001. The video features graphic images of the attacks spliced together with footage from a speech Omar delivered last month on civil rights. It takes her words out of context to suggest that she was dismissing 9/11 as nothing more than “some people did something.”

Sanders was among the first presidential candidates to rally to the defense of Omar, who is Muslim. In his own Twitter post Friday, Sanders called Omar “a leader with strength and courage.”

“She won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we,” he wrote. “The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.”

Sanders’ visit to Gary came on the second day of a five-state campaign swing through Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In his first few stops, he repeatedly referred to Trump, who won all five states in 2016, as a “pathological liar.”

“He lies almost every day. The media has documented thousands of lies that he has told,” Sanders said in Gary. The president, he added, “is a racist and a sexist and a homophobe and a xenophobe.”

Sanders took a handful of questions from the news media in Gary, including one about his newfound wealth. A reporter asked whether his status as a millionaire — thanks to a book deal that followed his 2016 presidential run — conflicted with his criticism of the rich.…
          Examining Sanders' Medicare-For-All Proposal      Comment   Translate Page      
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Bernie Sanders has introduced a new version of his "Medicare for All" bill that was a cornerstone of his 2016 presidential campaign. He's one of several Democratic candidates for president who support some form of national single-payer coverage. But is that easier said than done? Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News joins us. Julie, thanks for being with us. JULIE ROVNER: Thanks for having me. SIMON: And what's Senator Sanders proposing this year? ROVNER: Well, he's proposing similar to what he's been proposing since the 1990s, which is basically to make Medicare, the program that now serves 50-some million elderly and disabled Americans, available to everyone and basically get rid of private health insurance at the same time. So everyone would be on Medicare - might not be the same Medicare that we know now, but they would be on a federal government-run program called Medicare that would provide
          Booker tries to jump-start presidential campaign      Comment   Translate Page      
U.S. Senator Cory Booker launched a two-week national tour on Saturday with a rally in his adopted hometown of Newark, New Jersey, aiming to put momentum behind a presidential campaign stuck in the middle of a growing pack of Democratic candidates.
          Official: Raise insurance tax to help fight wildfires      Comment   Translate Page      
With an increasing number of forest fires scorching portions of Washington each year, the Legislature is considering a proposal to create a fund dedicated to preventing and battling wildfires.

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and state Senate Democrats want to increase the tax on premiums for property and casualty insurance in order to raise $62.5 million annually to pay for wildfire suppression and prevention.

Franz said more than 2.2 million homes in Washington are exposed to wildfire, and the cost to fight such fires has averaged $153 million per year over the past five years.

The money would come from raising the tax on premiums for property and casualty insurance from 2% to 2.52%. Franz says the increase would cost the average household less than $2 per month.

The state's insurance industry says the proposal unfairly targets insurers.

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          Idaho post office named after baseball slugger Killebrew      Comment   Translate Page      
A U.S. Post Office in a small western Idaho town has been named after National Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew.

Republican Gov. Brad Little and former Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador took part in the ceremony Friday in Payette, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Boise.

Killebrew was born there in 1936. He played 14 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, and for seven before that with the Washington Senators.

He hit 573 homeruns, led the American League in homeruns six times and played on 11 All-Star teams.

Shortly after Killebrew's death in 2011 at age 74, Labrador introduced a bill in Congress to rename the post office. It was signed into law in December.

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          Voliči rozhodli: novým senátorem za Prahu 9 se stane syn Ladislava Smoljaka      Comment   Translate Page      
Senátorem za volební obvod Praha 9 bude scénárista a zastupitel Vinoře David Smoljak (za STAN). V druhém kole doplňovacích voleb tak porazil starostu Prahy 9 Jana Jarolíma z ODS.
          John McCain's beloved dog dies in 'tragic accident'      Comment   Translate Page      
Burma, the family's Chesapeake Bay retriever, stayed by the late senator's side following his death.
          Bernie Sanders Says Progressive Tax Would Make His Wealth A Win For Everyone      Comment   Translate Page      
“If I make a lot of money, you make a lot of money," the senator and 2020 hopeful said of his millionaire status.
          The Legal Narrative Funnel That's Being Used To Extradite Assange      Comment   Translate Page      

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

Isn’t it interesting how an Ecuadorian “asylum conditions” technicality, a UK bail technicality, and a US whistleblowing technicality all just so happened to converge in a way that just so happens to look exactly the same as imprisoning a journalist for telling the truth?

Following the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, top UK officials all began simultaneously piping the following exact phrase into public consciousness: “No one is above the law.”

“This goes to show that in the United Kingdom, no one is above the law,” Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament after Assange’s arrest.

“Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law,” tweeted Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

“Nearly 7 years after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation and @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law,” tweeted Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

Over and over again that phrase showed up to be unquestioningly re-bleated by the human livestock known as the British press in all their reporting on the Assange case: No one is above the law. No one is above the law. No one is above the law. Something tells me they really want people to know that, with regard to Julian Assange, no one is above the law.

But what is “the law” in this particular case? What they are constantly referring to as “the law” with regard to Assange is in fact nothing more than a combination of ridiculous bureaucratic technicalities which can be (and have been) interpreted very differently, but are now instead being interpreted in a way which just so happens to lead to a truth-telling journalist being locked in a cage, awaiting extradition to the same government which tortured Chelsea Manning.

Now, the US is a Free Democracy™. When you are a Free Democracy™, you can’t just go around imprisoning journalists willy nilly simply for telling the truth about your government. That’s something other countries do, bad countries, the kind of country the US routinely invades in order to help spread Freedom and Democracy™. The US would never do that. But it would diddle a bunch of narratives in such a way that just so happens to achieve exactly the same result.

As we discussed yesterday, the Trump administration’s extradition request is accompanied by criminal charges which are based on the same information which the Obama administration declined to charge Assange for, a point which has been discussed in more detail in a new article by The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald and Micah Lee. The Obama administration looked at the evidence and concluded that there was no way to charge Assange with anything without endangering press freedoms, then the Trump administration looked at literally the exact same evidence and said screw press freedoms, we’re going after him. They wanted to punish Assange and show the world what happens to a journalist who exposes US war crimes, so they changed the narrative to make it happen.

But they couldn’t extradite Assange from the UK if the British government didn’t legally have Assange in custody.

To get around this problem, the UK, which is functionally just a province within the US-centralized empire, used a bail technicality to justify his arrest. After the Swedish government decided to drop its sexual assault investigation without issuing any charges, Assange’s legal team attempted last year to get a British arrest warrant dropped for a bail violation which went into effect when the WikiLeaks founder took political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy. The judge in that case, Emma Arbuthnot, just happens to be married to former Tory junior Defence Minister and government whip James Arbuthnot, who served as director of Security Intelligence Consultancy SC Strategy Ltd with a former head of MI6. Lady Arbuthnot denied Assange’s request with extreme vitriol, despite his argument that British law does have provisions which allow for the time he’d already served under functional house arrest to count toward far more time than would be served for violating bail. The British government kept police stationed outside the embassy at taxpayers’ expense with orders to arrest Assange on sight.

But they couldn’t arrest Assange as long as he had legal political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy.

To get around that problem, Ecuador’s new president Lenin Moreno found himself being courted by the US government, meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and reportedly discussing Assange after US Democratic senators petitioned Pence to push for Moreno to revoke political asylum. The New York Times reported last year that in 2017 Paul Manafort met with Moreno and offered to broker a deal where Ecuador could receive debt relief aid in exchange for handing Assange over, and just last month Ecuador ended up receiving a 4.2 billion dollar loan from the Washington-based IMF. And then, lo and behold, we just so happen to see Ecuador justifying the revocation of political asylum under the absurd claim that Assange had violated conditions that were only recently invented, using narratives that were based on wild distortions and outright lies.

In this way a kind of narrative funnel was created, funneling Assange from the embassy to British police on the imaginary narrative that Assange had violated asylum conditions and that he needs to serve time for a bail violation, which in turn allows for Assange to be funneled from the UK into the US on the imaginary narrative that he broke some kind of law by trying to help Chelsea Manning cover her tracks and avoid detection, which is all made possible by the fact that the government of Australia (another province in the US-centralized empire) has refused to provide any protection for its citizen. And the end result just so happens to look the same as what you see when a journalist tries to expose malfeasance in an overtly totalitarian government.

This is called Nice Guy Fascism. With a little narrative manipulation you get to act just like a brutal totalitarian regime and then say it’s not because you’re a brutal totalitarian regime, it’s because you’re deeply deeply concerned about the adherence to a specific interpretation of the bureaucratic technicalities of bail protocol. No one is above the law. No one is above the law. No one is above the law.

They keep saying “No one is above the law,” but what they really mean is “No one is safe from the law.” Our rulers are using Assange to show that they can get anyone who tells the truth about them, even if there are laws and policies in place which ostensibly prohibit that.

Manipulators love the rule of law, because they are able to twist it toward their infernal ends. It’s always possible to squint at laws in such a way that it allows them to be interpreted to the benefit of the powerful, which is why lawyers are often horrible human beings. All the most horrific things that have been done throughout the history of civilization have been carried out not by criminals but by law-abiding citizens, because they were perfectly legal under the ruling governments of that time. Genocide, slavery, torture, the use of the atomic bomb: all perfectly legal and state-sanctioned in their time.

They want you looking at “the rule of law”. They want you fixated on it. But really “the rule of law” is nothing other than a series of mental narratives which are treated as reality by existing power structures. Assange is a prisoner by narrative, because he punched holes in the authorized narratives of the powerful. Whoever controls the narrative controls the world.

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          Re: ARLnow Weekend Discussion      Comment   Translate Page      

Collette -- How about demonstrating more than repetitive brief calls for others to act. Show us your letters to your Virginia state senator & your house delegate advocating a hearing and, if you're received a reply, share that, too.

And what are you doing to encourage others to write their state senators and house delegates?

BTW, in media reports and interviews of the 2 women, were they asked why they went public when it seemed like the governor might resign and Fairfax would succeed him and not earlier, especially when Fairfax was running for Lt. Governor, which would put him in an informal line to then run for governor?

Finally, do you have any proposals for improvements in getting to "beyond a reasonable doubt" truth in "he says, she says" episodes concerning sexual assaults?


           Comment on Senator Seliger makes himself first sad sack soap opera story of legislative session by Pratt on Texas       Comment   Translate Page      
Listener Club member email: Robert, I was minding my own business heading to work listening to your show when you brought up the Sad Sack of District 31. I don't know where to begin with this. Or maybe I do: "many in his district were dismayed and disrespected" by his getting the gavel for the Ag Committee? I travel up and down I-27 frequently these days between jobs and other business and frequent Amarillo and believe me when I tell you that people are NOT conversing among themselves about what Senate committees Mr. Seliger has or has not been appointed to. I'll hazard a guess and presume that people in District 31 were not sitting around on the edge of their seats waiting to hear about Mr. Seliger's committee assignments (as bruising to his ego this fact might be). I would love to know who this "many" is personally. Seriously, who among us out in the real world think about who is chairing what committees in the Senate or the House? I consider myself to be well versed in political matters and even I have great difficulty remembering the finer details such as this. As you rightly pointed out, shouldn't it be an honor - or, given the nature of District 31 - obligatory, to have the gavel for the Ag Committee? And STILL Mr. Seliger whines? From all appearances, it seems we have all known someone like him in our lives - at work, or elsewhere - and enjoy seeing said individual get their comeuppance. It looks to me like this is what happened to Mr. Seliger, and we should all take delight in watching the haughty get what they deserve whenever it happens. Steven, in Swisher County (can it secede from District 31???) [Sent before the Lt. Gov. pulled Sad Sack's gavel.]
           Comment on Senator Seliger makes himself first sad sack soap opera story of legislative session by Pratt on Texas       Comment   Translate Page      
Lt. Gov. Patrick: Statement on Senator Seliger’s Recent Comments January 22, 2019 AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Patrick issued the following statement this afternoon: “Senator Seliger has been removed as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and will not be serving on that Committee. I met with Sen. Seliger earlier today and gave him an opportunity to apologize for a lewd comment he made on radio about a female staffer that has shocked everyone. He had 48 hours to apologize, but failed to do so. He has refused to take responsibility and outrageously, blamed the staffer and said she should be fired. To not be willing to apologize and suggest, somehow, that she had it coming is unimaginable. “I will appoint a new Agriculture Committee chairman shortly.”
          Donald Trump campaign eyes chances to vie for states lost in 2016      Comment   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump loves to recount how his 2016 campaign defied expectations to pierce the vaunted Democratic “blue wall.” For 2020, he’s looking to do one better.

As his re-election campaign kicks into high gear, it’s exploring opportunities to contest states he lost in 2016, aiming to keep divided Democrats on the defensive.

Trump on Monday visits one of those states, Minnesota, where he lost to Hillary Clinton by fewer than 45,000 votes in 2016. The campaign also is targeting New Mexico, Nevada, and New Hampshire, all states where Trump fell short by under 100,000 votes.

The tax day visit to Minnesota is meant to highlight the effect of Trump’s signature legislative accomplishment, the 2017 tax overhaul, in a historically Democratic-leaning state that appears to offering Republicans hope.

“We see trends in the state that we like,” said senior campaign adviser Bill Stepien. “We like what we see on the ground. We like the energy we’re seeing.”

In 1984, Minnesota was the only state carried by Democratic nominee Walter Mondale, a former Minnesota senator, against President Ronald Reagan. Over the past several presidential elections Minnesota has grown increasingly competitive, particularly as Trump’s rise coincided with a realignment of many white-working class voters to the GOP. And in an otherwise bleak 2018 for the GOP, Trump helped flip two congressional seats to Republicans.

With record fundraising for this stage in a presidential cycle, both the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee are largely unrestrained financially, allowing them to make riskier investments in states won by Clinton. All the target states, except for Nevada, also have Senate races in 2020, a factor that the party believes will provide extra return.

Any early spending could pay dividends for the GOP in 2020, even if those efforts aren’t successful, forcing Democrats opponents to expend precious resources later in the campaign cycle to defend what should be safer Democratic states.

The Minnesota visit marks Trump’s third to the state since taking office. His first two were political trips to help put two Republican congressional candidates, Jim Hagedorn and Pete Stauber, over the top in 2018.

The focus on Minnesota and Trump’s other near-misses come as there is mounting concern within the Democratic Party that its heavily contested primary is providing Trump with an opportunity to reinforce his political position with little in the way of organized opposition.

“Trump and the RNC are hell-bent on expanding on the list of states Trump won in 2016 by targeting states like Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Nevada, and they’re counting on early money to build a formidable ground game to make it happen,” said a recent Democratic National Committee fundraising email.

Stephen Stepanek, chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, silenced the room at the party’s recent spring fundraiser, keynoted by the president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, when he said the Democrats have “out-organized us. Outraised us. And quite frankly, we have to do a better job.”

“We are in a war right now,” he said. Trump lost the state by fewer than 3,000 votes and the GOP recently placed five staffers in the state ahead of 2020.

To date, early Democratic investments have been focused on shoring up the “blue wall” of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Until 2016, they had been solidly Democratic for two decades. All three states saw Democratic gains in 2018 that the party believes indicate they are ripe for returning to the fold in 2020.

The Trump campaign is also eyeing the fallout of a political scandal among Democratic leaders in Virginia to determine whether there’s an opening in the state. But it acknowledges that the heavy concentration of federal workers in the northern part of the state makes it a more challenging opportunity.

The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA has announced a $100 million campaign in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida, all states that Trump carried. Its publicly announced “phase two” plans include a focus on Trump’s narrow-loss states of Nevada and New Hampshire.

Trump’s team still believes his likeliest path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency means re-running the 2016 map. But it is exploring other permutations.

“We’re casting a wide net and looking for opportunities to grow the map,” said Stepien.


          米民主ウォーレン議員、FRB理事候補ムーア氏非難 「能力欠く」      Comment   Translate Page      
民主党のエリザベス・ウォーレン上院議員は12日、トランプ米大統領が連邦準備理事会(FRB)理事に指名する意向を示している保守系経済評論家のスティーブン・ムーア氏について、能力に欠けると非難した。

          Sblocca Cantieri, Fondazione Inarcassa: 'più tutele per i professionisti'      Comment   Translate Page      

12/04/2019 – Bene la riforma del Codice Appalti, ma facendo attenzione a misure che potrebbero rappresentare un passo indietro. Fondazione Inarcassa, intervenuta in Commissione Lavori Pubblici del Senato nell’ambito dell’indagine conoscitiva sui profili applicativi del codice dei contratti pubblici, ha espresso qualche dubbio sul decreto “Sblocca Cantieri”.   No all’accentramento in una centrale unica di progettazione Fondazione Inarcassa si è detta soddisfatta dal fatto che il Governo “sia al lavoro per mettere finalmente mano al Codice degli Appalti e che il dl Sblocca Cantieri preveda un apprezzabile tentativo di semplificazione”, ma ritiene necessarie delle misure specifiche per i liberi professionisti “non accentrando in primis tutti i compiti inerenti alla progettazione di un’opera pubblica in una centrale unica di progettazione”.   Per Fondazione Inarcassa, la centrale dovrebbe svolgere “un..
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          Rosario Dawson Romance Is Not a Scheme to Win Votes, Senator Boyfriend Insists       Comment   Translate Page      
While some are a little suspicious over his relationship with the 'Sin City' actress, U.S. presidential hopeful Cory Booker claims that he is trying to create 'something that'll last forever' with her.
          Inside the Lebanese campaign to stop a World Bank-funded dam project      Comment   Translate Page      
The dam poses numerous threats and protesters won't be silenced Armed forces enter the Bisri valley to counter protesters on March 24, 2019. Photo by “Save the Bisri Valley”. Used with permission. A group of activists and protestors calling themselves the Save the Bisri Valley campaign have been organizing and standing against the construction of … Continua la lettura di Inside the Lebanese campaign to stop a World Bank-funded dam project
          Carabiniere ucciso: il cordoglio del Presidente del Senato      Comment   Translate Page      
Sabato 13 4 2019 «Esprimo il mio più sentito cordoglio ai familiari e a tutta l’Arma dei Carabinieri per la morte del maresciallo maggiore Vincenzo Carlo Di Gennaro, caduto mentre cercava di fare fino in fondo il proprio dovere. Il suo assassino deve essere immediatamente assicurato alla giustizia. Ma questa morte inaccettabile, unitamente al ferimento … Continua la lettura di Carabiniere ucciso: il cordoglio del Presidente del Senato
          Colombia, il Presidente Casellati visita la Fondazione Gabriel Garcia Marquez      Comment   Translate Page      
Sabato 13 4 2019 Il Presidente del Senato Elisabetta Casellati, al termine del suo tour istituzionale in Colombia, ha visitato a Cartagena la Fondazione Gabriel Garcia Marquez e i luoghi dello scrittore di “Cent’anni di solitudine”, simbolo della città. Sempre nella città colombiana, il Presidente Casellati è intervenuto alla consegna dell’onorificenza di commendatore della Stella … Continua la lettura di Colombia, il Presidente Casellati visita la Fondazione Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Presedintele Senatului, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, admite ca nu l-a cunoscut pe fiul disidentului Gheorghe Ursu, dupa ce in prealabil a povestit ca i-a fost student si ca i-ar fi impartasit "cu mare frica" tragedia prin care trecea familia sa. Liderul ALDE sustine ca ar fi facut o "regretabila confuzie".

          Tariceanu, despre Lazar: Unii primesc onoruri abia dupa ce se afla ca erau slugile sistemului odios      Comment   Translate Page      
Presedintele Senatului, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, sustine ca "vremurile s-au schimbat, lupta de clasa s-a emancipat: unii primesc onoruri abia dupa ce se afla ca erau slugile sistemului odios".

          Mike Gravel's campaign is proof that more politicians need meme tutors      Comment   Translate Page      
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Mike Gravel joined Twitter on Mar. 30, and has been spicing up the 2020 race ever since. The former Alaskan senator officially added his name to the ever-growing roster of Democratic presidential candidates in a video Monday, calling for a "Gravelanche" to push centrist politicians further left. He doesn't plan on actually winning; his goal is to simply make it to the debates so he can challenge contenders on their neoliberal policies in favor of more leftist ones. 

"My message, centered around an anti-imperialist foreign policy and fundamental political reform, is one that no other Democratic candidate is making the centerpiece of their campaign," Gravel said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. "After the first two debates, I will drop out and endorse the most progressive candidate." Read more...

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          Ohio Republicans just made it legal for men to rape their drunk wives & force them to give birth. Seriously.      Comment   Translate Page      

The tagline for ACASignups.net is "healthcare policy data, analysis & snark", so naturally many of my blog posts have tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic headlines.

This is not one of those times. The headline above is absolutely, sickeningly true.

On a couple of days ago, both houses of the Ohio state legislature--the House and Senate alike--voted to ban abortion outright six weeks after conception. There's no exception for rape. There's no exception for incest. There is an exception for the life of the mother (not her health, mind you...just her actual ability to keep breathing)...but that's it. Yesterday this bill was signed into law by GOP Governor Mike DeWine.

The six-week abortion ban known as the "heartbeat bill" is now law in Ohio. That makes Ohio the sixth state in the nation to attempt to outlaw abortions at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill Thursday afternoon, just one day after it passed the Republican-led General Assembly. The law is slated to take effect in 90 days, unless blocked by a federal judge.

Now known as the "Human Rights Protection Act," SB 23 outlaws abortions as early as five or six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they're pregnant. It is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

The bill does include an exception to save the life of the woman, but no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

...DeWine's signature will set off a lengthy legal fight. The ACLU of Ohio announced it will sue to stop the law, which the group says "virtually bans all abortion care."

"This legislation is blatantly unconstitutional and we will fight to the bitter end to ensure that this bill is permanently blocked," said ACLU of Ohio legal director Freda Levenson in a statement.

As horrific as this is already, it gets worse...far worse. You see,

During House session yesterday, @RepGalonski had an amendment to make it illegal to rape your wife. (It's legal in Ohio if she's drunk or incapacitated. Seriously.)

These are the 58 Republicans who rejected making spousal rape illegal: pic.twitter.com/GWM0h9Rdkq

— Gabriel Mann (@OhioGabe) April 12, 2019

I decided to look it up, and sure enough, if you take a look at pages 314 - 341 of the Ohio House Session Journal for Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, you'll see this section (actually starting on page 321), which deals with amendments to the "fetal heartbeat" bill:

Sec. 2907.02. (A)(1) No person shall engage in sexual conduct with another who is not the spouse of the offender or who is the spouse of the offender but is living separate and apart from the offender, when any of the following applies:

(a) For the purpose of preventing resistance, the offender substantially impairs the other person's judgment or control by administering any drug, intoxicant, or controlled substance to the other person surreptitiously or by force, threat of force, or deception.

(b) The other person is less than thirteen years of age, whether or not the offender knows the age of the other person.

(c) The other person's ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age, and the offender knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the other person's ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age.

Sec. 2907.03. (A) No person shall engage in sexual conduct with another, not the spouse of the offender, when any of the following apply:

(1) The offender knowingly coerces the other person to submit by any means that would prevent resistance by a person of ordinary resolution.

(2) The offender knows that the other person's ability to appraise the nature of or control the other person's own conduct is substantially impaired.

(3) The offender knows that the other person submits because the other person is unaware that the act is being committed.

(4) The offender knows that the other person submits because the other person mistakenly identifies the offender as the other person's spouse.

Sec. 2907.05. (A) No person shall have sexual contact with another, not the spouse of the offender; cause another, not the spouse of the offender, to have sexual contact with the offender; or cause two or more other persons to have sexual contact when any of the following applies:

(1) The offender purposely compels the other person, or one of the other persons, to submit by force or threat of force.

(2) For the purpose of preventing resistance, the offender substantially impairs the judgment or control of the other person or of one of the other persons by administering any drug, intoxicant, or controlled substance to the other person surreptitiously or by force, threat of force, or deception.

(3) The offender knows that the judgment or control of the other person or of one of the other persons is substantially impaired as a result of the influence of any drug or intoxicant administered to the other person with the other person's consent for the purpose of any kind of medical or dental examination, treatment, or surgery.

(4) The other person, or one of the other persons, is less than thirteen years of age, whether or not the offender knows the age of that person.

(5) The ability of the other person to resist or consent or the ability of one of the other persons to resist or consent is substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age, and the offender knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the ability to resist or consent of the other person or of one of the other persons is substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age.

...and so on and so forth. In all the "not the spouse of the offender" exception to rape is mentioned 25 times.

It's important to stress that it was ALREADY legal for men to rape their unconscious, drugged, drunk or mentally impaired wives in Ohio, because the world is a sick and repulsive place.

On Wednesday, the Ohio state legislature had an opportunity to at the very least correct this sickening and misogynistic legal exception at the same time they were imposing an equally misogynistic one...and yet, as noted by Gabriel Mann, here was the vote on tabling the amendment...which is to say, shooting the amendment down:

The question being, “Shall the motion to amend be agreed to?”

Representative Seitz moved that the motion be laid on the table.

The question being, "Shall the motion to amend be laid on the table?"

The yeas and nays were taken and resulted – yeas 58, nays 38, as follows:

Those who voted in the affirmative were: Representatives

Antani Arndt Baldridge Becker Blessing Brinkman Butler Callender Carfagna Carruthers Cross Cupp Dean DeVitis Edwards Ghanbari Ginter Green Greenspan Hambley Hillyer Holmes, A. Hood Hoops Jones Jordan Keller Kick Koehler Lanese Lang Lipps Manchester Manning, D. McClain Merrin Oelslager Perales Plummer Powell Reineke Richardson Riedel Roemer Romanchuk Ryan Schaffer Scherer Seitz Smith, R. Smith, T. Stein Stoltzfus Vitale Wiggam Wilkin Zeltwanger Householder-58

Those who voted in the negative were: Representatives

Boggs Boyd Brent Brown Cera Clites Crawley Crossman Denson Galonski Hicks-Hudson Holmes, G. Howse Ingram Kelly Kent LaTourette Leland Lepore-Hagan Lightbody Liston Manning, G. Miller, A. Miller, J. Miranda O'Brien Patterson Rogers Russo Sheehy Skindell Smith, K. Sobecki Strahorn Sweeney Sykes Upchurch West-38

The motion to amend was laid on the table.

Let me reiterate:

  • It was already legal in Ohio for men to rape their wife if she's drunk, drugged, unconscious or mentally incapacitated.
  • It's no illegal in Ohio for a woman to have an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected...which is often before she even knows she's pregnant.
  • This means that as of today, in Ohio, a married man can legally drug his wife, rape her and impregnate her...and if she doesn't happen to discover she's pregnant and have an abortion within the next six weeks, she's legally required to carry her rapist's fetus to term and give birth.

Most mind-boggling of all? Six of the Republicans who voted to keep allowing men to rape their wives are women.

Here's the full list of the 58 "Yes" votes, with their districts (two Republican women voted No, and it looks like one Republican man didn't vote at all):

I have nothing snarky to add to this.


          Bernie definitively answers the question: Yes, MFA would "reduce Blue Cross to nose jobs" (and that's the point)      Comment   Translate Page      

 

Over the past month or two, I've written a couple of pieces which explored the whole "MFA would eliminate private health insurance" issue.

My main point was that while most MFA activists have long insisted that eliminating (or virtually eliminating) private health insurance companies is not only a feature but the entire point of moving to single payer, ever since Kamala Harris walked back her “get rid of all that!” comment in a CNN Town Hall the next day, I’ve seen some MFA activists fall all over themselves to suddenly insist that “no, no...there’d still be plenty of room for private insurance, really!”

This refers to the fact that the MFA bills (in both the House and Senate) do allow for private coverage of anything which isn’t covered by MFA itself...basically, supplemental coverage of things like elective procedures, experimental drugs, enhanced services (private hospital rooms? upgraded wheelchair models? etc) and so forth. However, how wide a range of services that would include has always been a bit fuzzy.

For example, the MFA language states that hospitalization would be “comprehensively” covered...but doesn’t list any limits on hospital days, for instance. It doesn’t clarify whether “comprehensive” coverage of medical devices includes the bare bones model or the enhanced one with digital readout and built-in wi-fi. Most of those specifications would be left up to the HHS Secretary and/or a board of some sort to determine. Whatever they come up with, presumably private supplemental insurance could cover the rest.

I whipped up this table which I believe is a fairly accurate depiction of what the House/Senate MFA bills would cover or not cover. As you can see, caveats above aside, it doesn’t leave much room...and again, that was kind of the point:

And yet, some still argued with me about this.

It's important to understand that I'm not making a value judgment about whether eliminating private health insurance companies is a good or bad thing--I just wanted MFA die-hard supporters to make it clear what the official stance on the issue is.

Well, guess what?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said private health insurance companies would be reduced to covering cosmetic surgery under his vision of a "Medicare for all" program.

..."What happens to those insurance companies after your plan is implemented?" O'Keefe asked.

"If you want cosmetic surgery—under Medicare for all, we cover all basic health care need—I suppose if you want to make yourself look a little bit more beautiful, work on that nose or your ears, they can do that," Sanders said.

"So basically BlueCross BlueShield would be reduced to nose jobs," O'Keefe said.

"Something like that, yeah," Sanders said.

Before anyone start screaming at me for linking to Free Beacon (a conservative site), note that the link was provided to me by a staunch MFA advocate, and the exchange and quotes above are 100% in context.

So there you have it: For good or for bad, under the House/Senate Medicare for All bills, Bernie Sanders himself says that private health insurance companies would indeed be reduced to a pathetic shadow of their former selves. Glad we cleared that up.


          Booker: Trump's Sanctuary City Proposal 'Reflects This Contorted View' He 'Has About Humanity'      Comment   Translate Page      
During an interview aired on Saturday's broadcast of MSNBC's "AM Joy," 2020 presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) reacted to President Trump suggesting releasing migrants into sanctuary cities by saying the proposal "reflects this contorted view that Donald Trump has about humanity," that "people seeking a better life coming to this country are somehow going to be a punishment" to sanctuary cities.
          McConnell won't say if Senate would back Herman Cain for Fed      Comment   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is declining to say whether he thinks his chamber would confirm Herman Cain to join the Feder...
          Trump Dikecam Soal Komentarnya terhadap Ilhan Omar      Comment   Translate Page      
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Presiden Amerika Serikat, Donald Trump, dikecam oleh anggota Demokrat di Senat karena pernyataannya mengenai Muslimah anggota Kongres dari Partai Demokrat Ilhan Omar.Bernie Sanders dan Elizabeth Warren,...
          Hidden histories of Australian women activists documented      Comment   Translate Page      
From one of the first female surfers, to a disability advocate and a Senator who put domestic violence on the agenda - dozens of Australians who made a difference have been added to a national dictionary of biography.
          Sen. Kamala Harris Says She’s Not An ‘Obama Democrat’      Comment   Translate Page      
The California Senator is being her own person.   Sen. Kamala Harris has been out on the campaign trail for what will be an epic battle to win the Democratic primary for president. She was one of many candidates who must decide if they want to distance themselves from former President Barack Obama or align themselves with him. […]
          Eight-Run Third Inning Sinks Baysox in 10-4 Defeat      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Ward Hits Another Slam, Sens Beat Bowie 10-4      Comment   Translate Page      
The Senators won their sixth straight game with a 10-4 win over Bowie Saturday afternoon. Drew Ward hit a grand slam for the second straight game and ... - EL Harrisburg Senators
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          Ward Slam Leads Senators to 4-2 Win      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Sen. Steve Stadelman passes measure to give pharmacists leeway in providing low cost drugs      Comment   Translate Page      
Staff Report SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would allow pharmacists to tell consumers about less expensive options for prescription drugs was passed out of the Illinois Senate by state Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) Wednesday. “A pharmacist should be able to tell you that $20 prescription could only cost you $8 if you pay by cash,” Stadelman […]
          Top Senate Dem stops short of embracing 'Medicare for All'      Comment   Translate Page      

Top Senate Dem stops short of embracing 'Medicare for All'WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat stopped short of throwing his weight behind Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan Thursday, calling it one of several proposals his party is advancing to strengthen health care.



          Cory Booker launches 2020 campaign tour from New Jersey      Comment   Translate Page      
Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker has kicked-off his campaign tour. It was held in the senator’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey. After the rally, Booker sat down with “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan.

          From the 60 Minutes archives: Senator Fritz Hollings      Comment   Translate Page      
Back in 2004, Hollings sat down with Mike Wallace and explained why he was retiring from the Senate. Hollings died last weekend

          Fransız senatör: Onurdan uzak, diplomatik olmayan ifadelerle Fransa’ya hakaret edilmesi ne kötü      Comment   Translate Page      
Türkiye Dışişleri Bakanı Çavuşoğlu ile Fransız parlamenter Krimi arasında yaşanan ‘Ermeni soykırımı’ gerginliğinde salonu terk eden diğer parlamenter: "Şentop ve Çavuşoğlu’nun NATO parlamenter semineri açılışında haysiyetsiz ve diplomasi dışı ifadelerle Fransa’ya hakaret etmesi ne kötü!" dedi
          You need to be heard by Senator Kel Seliger      Comment   Translate Page      
Remember Amarillo’s Kel Seliger? He’s the long serving state senator for whom the Lieutenant Governor reconstituted the Senate Agriculture Committee as independent just so ol’ Kel could remain a chairman this session. Ol’ Kel’s reaction was to initiate a public whining campaign claiming his constituents were “dismayed and disrespected” in his being made head of […]
          HB 3 screws Texas taxpayers; renders HB 2 near worthless      Comment   Translate Page      
The Texas House passed its bloated school finance bill, House Bill 3, on Wednesday and taxpayers now must put their trust and hope in Senate conferees down the line because the House bill, pardon the directness, screws property tax payers. Rep. Huberty, committee chairman and the bill’s author, claims HB 3 gives property tax relief […]
          Claudiu Manda, despre raportul comisiei SRI: În momente importante în viaţa unui om politic apărea sesizare către ANI      Comment   Translate Page      
Președintele comisiei parlamentare de control a activității SRI, senatorul PSD Claudiu Manda, a declarat că serviciul secret putea să-i facă probleme unui politician prin intermediul ANI, potrivit realitatea.net.
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          How Maine’s members of Congress voted this week      Comment   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how Maine’s members of Congress voted over the previous week. Along with roll call votes this week, the Senate also passed the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act (H.R. 2030), to direct the Interior secretary to execute and carry out agreements....
          Booker tries to jump-start presidential campaign      Comment   Translate Page      
U.S. Senator Cory Booker launched a two-week national tour on Saturday with a rally in his adopted hometown of Newark, New Jersey, aiming to put momentum behind a presidential campaign stuck in the middle of a growing pack of Democratic candidates.

          U.S. bill tackles social media 'dark patterns'      Comment   Translate Page      
Two U.S. senators introduced a bill to ban online social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from tricking consumers into giving up their personal data. Freddie Joyner reports.

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          Finding roots of Mueller probe a fair goal      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Report: Former top Clinton aide running 'dark money' campaign to get Brett Kavanaugh fired from teaching job      Comment   Translate Page      


Hillary Clinton's former campaign spokesman is leading a "dark money" campaign to get Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh fired from his summer teaching job at George Mason University, according to a new report.

What are the details?

Fox News reported that Brian Fallon, who served as Clinton's 2016 national spokesman, is backing an effort to prevent Kavanaugh from teaching for the university this summer. Fallon leads Demand Justice, a progressive advocacy group that does not disclose its funding.

The effort, which has been dubbed "Mason 4 Survivors," is circulating a petition that has so far garnered more than 5,000 signatures. The group is urging George Mason president Angel Cabrera to "terminate AND void ALL contracts and affiliation with Brett Kavanaugh at George Mason University."

"There is a historic amount of institutional negligence on your part to support survivors of sexual assault and the student body as a whole, which has bred a sense of mistrust and suffering within the Mason community and allies," the petition claims.

According to HuffPost, Fallon's group is running a Facebook advertisement campaign that targets anyone connected with George Mason University urging them to sign the petition. The ad also directs targeted users to sign a separate petition that calls on Congress to investigate Kavanaugh.

Though sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation process last, none of the accusations ever proved credible.

What's the background?

It was announced last month that Kavanaugh would join George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School as a distinguished visiting professor. He is set to co-teach a two-credit course this summer in England called "Creation of the Constitution."

Kavanaugh's appointment was met with immediate pushback and protests.

Fortunately, Cabrera has defended Kavanaugh's appointment, saying in a statement last month that the university will not revoke Kavanaugh's appointment.

"I respect the views of people who disagreed with Justice Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation due to questions raised about his sexual conduct in high school. But he was confirmed and is now a sitting Justice," Cabrera said. "The law school has determined that the involvement of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice contributes to making our law program uniquely valuable for our students."


          Cory Booker launches 2020 campaign tour from New Jersey      Comment   Translate Page      
Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker has kicked-off his campaign tour. It was held in the senator’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey. After the rally, Booker sat down with “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan.
          Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Defends Aid Cuts To Central America      Comment   Translate Page      
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          U.S. bill tackles social media 'dark patterns'      Comment   Translate Page      
Two U.S. senators introduced a bill to ban online social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from tricking consumers into giving up their personal data.
          Comment on Perfect storm brings swift end to ‘no promo homo’ by Laurie Munn      Comment   Translate Page      
I am so happy this finally got done. My question: why is Cathi Herrod's opinion on this relevant? She is not an elected official. I am so tired of seeing her quoted in Arizona Capitol Times. She is not a de facto legislator, house speaker, senate president or governor. If you all would try expanding your rolodex and quit giving CAP so much free publicity the rest of us would surely appreciate it.
          well, here it is again... damn...       Comment   Translate Page      
Saturday yowls and roars, most beloved and beautiful KitKats... yes, the world appears to still be spinning... whatever ... this Big Cat is experiencing a flashback... at fifteen she walked out of high school, as she's explained before... well, with the recent EXPOSE' of congress, the sheer monumental stupidity this Big Cat [kindergartners are smarter] is witnessing everyday by most of the congressional establishment critters -- as exampled by the AG Barr CIRCUS CIRCUS dumber-than-dumb questioning display... Barr, who actually has some real brain power, ran proverbial circles around these idiot-tards ... PLUS, the endless, stomach-turning, hell-level corruption ... the fact that most in congress could care less about WE REAL AMERICANS ... yeah, the Kougar wants to walk out again -- just given the complete insult to her intelligence, which high school was... and given the absolute oppression-suppression, the LACK OF FREEDOM, the stay-in-the-box YOU HAVE TO THINK/BELIEVE THIS WAY .... well, here it is again... damn... 

TAKE CARE, DARLING KITTENS, 'CAUSE THIS BIG CAT LOVES YA! 


DURING THE EARLY 90'S, THE KOUGAR VISITED HER SISTER, WHO WAS WORKING IN WASHINGTON DC AT THE TIME... WE VISITED MOUNT VERNON... IT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE AND WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!!! PLUS, TO SEE THE ACTUAL SADDLES WASHINGTON USED ON HIS HORSES... YEAH, A HIGHLIGHT! 

SHATTERED: Mount Vernon Exposes Politico’s Very Fake News Story About Trump’s Visit To George Washington’s Estate



https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/04/shattered-mount-vernon-exposes-politicos-very-fake-news-story-about-trumps-visit-to-george-washingtons-estate/

YES!!! 

Ecuadorian Government Websites Hacked and Taken Offline Over Julian Assange Arrest

Ecuadorian Government Websites Hacked and Taken Offline Over Julian Assange Arrest





Mapping Armaggedon: Earth's looming tsunamis and mega-quakes...



THE VERY GOV AGENCIES THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO HELP AND PROTECT CHILDREN ARE EONS, FAR AND AWAY MORE CRUEL TO CHILDREN THAN THE ABUSE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO STOP... SADLY, VERY SADLY... THE KOUGAR ABSOLUTELY HATES CRUELTY TO CHILDREN... NOW PROPER DISCIPLINE THAT IS SOMETIMES PHYSICAL, YES, THAT IS NECESSARY AT TIMES... JUST LIKE A FEMALE DOG WHO CORRECTS HER PUPS WITH PHYSICAL FORCE... 

Further, the horror perpetrated against Native American children... the sheer persecution-brutality against the Bundy family and the good patriots involved in helping them ... may the perpetrators get what's coming to them... now! 






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FACEBOOK REMOVES PAGE OF ECUADOR’S FORMER PRESIDENT ON SAME DAY AS ASSANGE’S ARREST

Prior to the removal of the page, Correa lambasted his successor in a series of posts


Facebook has unpublished the page of Ecuador’s former president, Rafael Correa, the social media giant confirmed on Thursday, claiming that the popular leftist leader violated the company’s security policies. 

"...Since 2015, Correa—who lives with his family in Brussels, Belgium—had used the social platform to great effect, using strongly-worded posts, video interviews, and live-streams as a platform amid the Ecuadorean media’s de facto blackout of the former leader, who remains reviled by the center-right former opposition and sections of the country’s left.
Former President Correa minced no words in his assessment of Moreno, denouncing him in an English-language tweet as “the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history … Moreno is a corrupt man, but what he has done is a crime that humanity will never forget.” ... 
https://www.infowars.com/facebook-removes-page-of-ecuadors-former-president-on-same-day-as-assanges-arrest/


IT IS STRAIGHT-UP TREASON, IT'S A DAMN MASSIVE INVASION... 

Trump Fires Off Late Night Tweet – Calls Democrats’ Open Border Policies “TREASONOUS”

President Trump fired off a late night tweet Wednesday, calling the actions taken by Democrats to keep the borders wide open, “TREASONOUS.”

Thank you, President Trump for calling it what it is!
“I think what the Democrats are doing with the Border is TREASONOUS. Their Open Border mindset is putting our Country at risk. Will not let this happen!” Trump said in a tweet.

There is a huge crisis at the US-Mexico border with record number of illegal aliens flooding into the United States.
Asylum seekers are being released into communities because of dangerous “catch and release” policies and Congress refuses to act.
No doubt these caravans of illegals are being funded by open border zealots looking to destroy US sovereignty.
Multiple caravans full of military-aged Central Americans and other migrants from all over the world are currently marching to the US border where they will seek asylum then be released into the US.

Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said that in his sector alone, border agents have captured people trying to enter the country illegally from more than 50 different countries, including Turkey, China, Bangladesh, Egypt and Romania. “People are traveling across hemispheres to attempt to illegally enter the U.S., using the same pathways as the Central Americans,” he told lawmakers.
“Karisch noted that Border Patrol has apprehended more families illegally crossing the border in the first five months of fiscal 2019 than during all of fiscal 2018,” Fox News reported. “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended more than 76,000 migrants across the border in February and said it was on track to apprehend more than 100,000 in March. In the Rio Grande Valley alone, Karisch said that at current pace, they would have more than 260,000 apprehensions in his sector by the end of fiscal 2019. There were 162,000 in RGV last year. He also said that his agents apprehend, on average, 1,000 people a day.”
President Trump declared a national emergency in February to secure funding for a border wall, however, the insanely dangerous asylum laws are causing the biggest surge of illegal aliens flooding over the border.
Despite nearly 100,000 illegal invaders being apprehended by border patrol in the month of March alone, Democrats continue to give comfort and aid to the invaders by refusing to stop the border surge.
Judge Richard Seeborg on Monday blocked President Trump’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait their turn for an immigration judge to hear their cases.
Judge Seeborg, an Obama appointee in San Francisco, granted a request by a civil liberties group that sued the Trump Administration on behalf of 11 asylum seekers from Central America.
Trump is right — what the Democrats are doing with the border is treasonous.
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/04/trump-fires-off-late-night-tweet-calls-democrats-open-border-policies-treasonous/


HOW DUMB IS THIS??? THESE HACKER-IDJITS WILL GET EXPOSED... 

WIKILEAKS claims 'extortion' over leaked Assange footage... 

THE GIANT TECH MONSTERS HATE YOU... 

Breaking the internet: New regulations imperil global network... 



YES, THE KOUGAR EMAILED THIS CORRUPT-TOID... 

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Dear Savannah, 

You can’t make this up.
Yesterday I went to the Attorney General’s Office in New Hampshire to give them proof of voter fraud.  An admission from an Atkinson man who voted twice in the same election in two different states.

You can view the video HERE.
How did they respond?
They handed me and my executive producer a grand jury subpoena.  
Did the summons mention anything about voter fraud or double voting?  Of course not. 
We are now ordered to appear before a grand jury in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire for an investigation.

Our journalists found a man who admitted to double voting.  Breaking the law!
Now, the response of the AG’s office isn’t to investigate the double voter, but instead our operations.
I will not budge.  I will not capitulate.  And I will not cave to this political pressure.
I will keep releasing voter fraud videos in New Hampshire and I will not be not be intimidated by the misguided use of the grand jury process to try and prevent our lawful investigative journalism.
I'm not asking for your money, I'm asking for your help.
Please help me put pressure on the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office to investigate this voter fraud case right now.  
Please call their investigator Robert J. Sullivan at:603-271-1182
Or you can email him atRobert.Sullivan@doj.nh.gov
Tell him the following:
Please investigate Robert A. Bell for admitting to voting twice.  Why did you subpoena James O'Keefe, the journalist, instead of subpoenaing the person who voted twice? 
Be Brave!
James O’Keefe

WHILE THIS BIG CAT DESPISES FACEBOOK, DO YOU REALLY WANT TO LIVE THIS WAY??? UNDER THIS COMMIE-FASCIST TYRANNY... 






BIG BROTHER WATCHING 

Chinese cops send people to ‘concentration camps’ if they’re found with Facebook on phones during random stop and searches

Western social media is banned in China’s Xinjiang region where police are accused of seizing phones and installing spyware


"...Offenders are said to be sent to "re-education" camps to clamp down on social media use.
Mandatory spyware is downloaded onto citizen’s phones to restrict what citizens can access.
And police check mobiles for evidence of foreign social media apps like Twitter or WhatsApp.
Xinjiang is home to 11 million Uighurs - one of China’s fifty-five ethnic minorities who have their own language and mainly practice Islam.
The Chinese government is accused of routinely targeting citizens of the region with “counter-terror” measures and brutal policing.
Kasim, who claims to be a Xinjiang native, shared what he says are secretly taken pictures inside the secretive region, which the Chinese government restricts access to by outsiders.
He says he used special software to bypass the government's censors and post the images on Twitter.
And he said living in China is “like Nazi Germany” and likened the Chinese Communist Party to ISIS..." 
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8827966/chinese-cops-concentration-camps-facebook-stop-search/


YEP, THESE DAYS AS THE KOUGAR IS FOND OF SAYING... IT'S JUST A PRISON CELL ON WHEELS... IT'S TECH VAMPIRE FEEDING OFF YOU... 

Your car is watching you. Who owns the data?

Computers on wheels raise thorny questions about data privacy

If you’re driving a late model car or truck, chances are that the vehicle is mostly computers on wheels, collecting and wirelessly transmitting vast quantities of data to the car manufacturer not just on vehicle performance but personal information, too, such as your weight, the restaurants you visit, your music tastes and places you go.
A car can generate about 25 gigabytes of data every hour and as much as 4,000 gigabytes a day, according to some estimates. The data trove in the hands of car makers could be worth as much as $750 billion by 2030, the consulting firm McKinsey has estimated. But consumer groups, aftermarket repair shops and privacy advocates say the data belongs to the car’s owners and the information should be subject to data privacy laws.
Yet Congress has yet to pass comprehensive federal data privacy legislation. And although Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has said he would like to see federal privacy legislation passed by the end of the year, it is unclear if that goal can be met.
Financial technology is changing how we do business, and regulators are trying to catch up
MORE AT: https://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/cars-data-privacy

CAN YOU SAY GUILTY? GUILTY OF TREASON...? 

Ex-FBI Lawyer James Baker Refuses to Answer Rep. Meadows When Asked if Multiple Trump Associates Were Targeted With FISA Warrants

Ex-FBI Lawyer James Baker Refuses to Answer Rep. Meadows When Asked if Multiple Trump Associates Were Targeted With FISA Warrants


THE PROBLEM IS: ASSANGE IS IN NO WAY SAFE IN BRITAIN... HE'LL LIKELY GET THE TOMMY ROBINSON TREATMENT IF NOT RESCUED IN SOME WAY... 

VIDEO: WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Warns Other Journalists About the Serious Precedent Being Set if Julian Assange is Extradited

VIDEO: WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Warns Other Journalists About the Serious Precedent Being Set if Julian Assange is Extradited


ANOTHER RICH COMMIE SOCIALIST... GEE, WHAT A NOT SURPRISE... HUH? 

KA-CHING! Socialist Bernie Sanders, Who Owns Three Houses, Admits He’s a Millionaire

KA-CHING! Socialist Bernie Sanders, Who Owns Three Houses, Admits He’s a Millionaire


YEP,
          Denkmalsturz: Melanie Boieck im Interview      Comment   Translate Page      
In dieser Folge unserer Interviewreihe „Denkmalsturz“ spricht Kim Sebastian Todzi mit Dr. Melanie Boieck, die ihre Dissertation zu „Post-Kolonialem Erinnerungsbewusstsein in Hamburg“ geschrieben hat. Sie beleuchtet im Interview die Hintergründe der Errichtung des Wissmann-Denkmals an der Universität Hamburg 1922. Ursprünglich in Daressalam (Tansania) errichtet, war das Denkmal 1919 im Zuge der Abgabe der deutschen Kolonien in das Imperial War Museum in London überführt worden. Dabei macht Dr. Boieck deutlich, wie sehr die Geschichte des Denkmals mit dem hundertjährigen Jubiläum der Universität Hamburg verbunden ist: Beispielsweise war Justus Strandes, einer der Senatoren, die sich maßgeblich für die Gründung der Universität eingesetzt hatten, auch einer der Verantwortlichen dafür, dass das Wissmann-Denkmal überhaupt nach Hamburg kam. Strandes, der 1879-1889 für das Hamburger Unternehmen Hansing & Co. in Sansibar tätig gewesen war, engagierte sich als hanseatischer Gesandter in Berlin dafür, das Denkmal in seine Heimatstadt Hamburg zu überführen, nachdem es zusammen mit Denkmälern für Carl Peters und Hans Dominik den Briten abgekauft worden war. Was für ein politisches Signal Strandes und die Gruppe um ihn damit senden wollten, erläutert Dr. Boieck im Interview. Die Standortwahl für das Wissmann-Denkmal gerade an der relativ frisch gegründeten Universität Hamburg war dabei alles andere als ein Zufall: Als Sitz des ehemaligen Kolonialinstitutes, aus dem die Universität hervorgegangen war, assoziierten viele Hamburger*innen das heutige Hauptgebäude weiterhin mit den früheren Kolonien. Bis die Hamburger Studierenden sich mit dieser kolonialen Vergangenheit der Universität auseinandersetzten, verging auch nach Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs noch einige Zeit. Was im Folgenden nach den Denkmalstürzen mit dem Denkmal geschah, legt Melanie Boieck in einem Ausblick am Ende dar.
          NY Senate OKs bill to mandate inmate visitation program at jails, prisons , by auburnpub.com- Robert Harding @ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:49:00 -0000      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Battle of Ontario Returns to Toronto      Comment   Translate Page      
The Battle of Ontario comes to a close today as the Belleville Senators make their final regular season trip to the Coca-Cola Coliseum.These North... - AHL Toronto Marlies
          Service Representative - Jason Sant - Desjardins Insurance Agent - Oakville, ON      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Lily Mercado Kim      Comment   Translate Page      
89, of Honolulu, passed away on March 27, 2019. Retired waitress with the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Hawaiian Regent Third Floor and Union local 5 shop steward. Survived by son, Richard Mercado; daughters, State Senator Donna Mercado Ki...
          Kabrió is lesz Putyin luxusautójából      Comment   Translate Page      
Folyamatosan tesztelik az Aurus újabb változatait, a Senat luxuslimuzin és a busz mellett már kabrió prototípusok is felbukkantak Moszkvában.
          This Week In Techdirt History: April 7th - 13th      Comment   Translate Page      

Five Years Ago

This week in 2014, former NSA and CIA boss Michael Hayden was getting pathetically aggressive, calling Dianne Feinstein too emotional to judge the CIA torture report (which we were only learning about via piecemeal leaks), and calling congressional staffers "sissies" while accusing Ron Wyden of not acting like a man. At the same time, Mike Rogers was still pushing his "Ed Snowden is a russian spy" angle, while Snowden himself was saying the NSA lied in its claim that he didn't raise concerns through proper channels, and telling the Council of Europe about how the agency spied on Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

Meanwhile, Hollywood was piling on to the already-dead Megaupload with a far-reaching lawsuit that packed in multiple attacks on the internet in general, and was quickly followed by the RIAA filing a virtually identical suit of its own.

Ten Years Ago

This week in 2009, Amanda Palmer was sharing insights into how her fans support her work while Trent Reznor was taking his business model experiments into the mobile space, and a new service was announced that would let musicians pre-fund their releases (and it's not around anymore — but two weeks later, Kickstarter would launch).

The Associated Press announced its plans to sue news aggregators, Fox fired a movie columnist for reviewing a leaked copy of Wolverine, old-industry guard like U2's manager and Andrew Lloyd Weber were out trashing the internet, and Hollywood's favorite lawmakers were preparing for the next big copyright expansion push.

Fifteen Years Ago

This week in 2004, we saw the first court ruling to state that online content aggregation was legal, setting the stage for later tantrums like the AP's, and the outrage of some publishers today. Gmail was the new kid on the internet block and people weren't sure how they felt about it (or whether it violated EU data privacy laws), just as mathematicians weren't quite sure how they felt about proofs that rely on computer calculations — while some clueless analysts were very sure about how much they hated the "fad" of camera phones. Google and Yahoo both stopped accepting ads for online casinos, seemingly out of the blue until we learned of some nasty letters recently sent out by the DOJ.

This was also the week that we saw the beginnings of a terrible idea that simply refuses to die, and rises like a zombie every now and then to this day: the WIPO broadcast treaty.



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           Teodorovici susține că nu vor crește taxele, iar "lumea nu trebuie să își facă griji nici pentru salarii și de pensii" / Despre Cîțu, care vorbea despre acest scenariu: Paria societății      Comment   Translate Page      
Eugen Teodorovici i-a răspuns sâmbătă senatorului PNL Florin Cîțu, care a avertizat că se vor mări taxele întrucât Guvernul nu mai are bani pentru pensii și salarii. Ministrul Finanțelor a susținut că nu se va mări nicio taxă și că "lumea nu trebuie să nu își facă nicio grijă nici pentru banii de salarii și de pensii". Teodorovici l-a calificata pe Cîțu drept "paria societății".
          Nepotřebujeme revoluci, myslí si nová šéfredaktorka Českého rozhlasu Vltava Jaroslava Haladová      Comment   Translate Page      
Letos v únoru byla na post šéfredaktorky Českého rozhlasu Vltava vybrána Jaroslava Haladová, která v této funkci vystřídala Petra Fischera. „Plánuji posílit živé vysílání, zařadit pořady na logičtější časy a víc hlídat jejich řemeslnou kvalitu,“ vysvětluje nejbližší kroky.
          It's Hard Staying Focused On Issues In The Midst Of Trump's 10-Ring Circus-- But Bernie Is Staying On Message       Comment   Translate Page      



How does Trump get people to not think about his disastrous economic policies, built on an entirely wasteful deficit that has nearly doubled to a trillion dollars since he occupied the White House? His pathetic circus routine has done the trick in a general sort of way. No one seems to be paying attention, for example, to his trade agenda with new outages come out every day, often more than one a day.

Yesterday, for example, Jake Tapper broke the news that a senior White House source-- probably Kushner-in-law or someone trying to get Kushner-in-law in trouble-- leaked the news that Trump told the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan that he would grant him a pardon if he were sent to jail for having border agents illegally block asylum seekers from entering the U.S. Another Hair on Fire Friday moment! (And, by the way, since then Trump named McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.)

Active Shooter by Nancy Ohanian


Doing his best to leave Trump's constant, insane and attention-grabbing provocations to the media, Bernie keeps focusing on his core issues of income inequality and a rigged system. Yesterday he followed up on his trade agenda by releasing the video below, itself an update of the video above from last year. Bernie's key points about Trump's soggy trade deal with Mexico and Canada-- currently in no man's land in Congress where it has virtually no chance of being ratified-- are that:
the deal would continue to ship U.S. jobs to Mexico because Mexico's workers make as little as two dollars an hour, which the deal doesn't address
the deal doesn't protect the enironment
the deal is a give-away to pharmaceuticals and other big corporate special interests
Last November Bernie told his Vermont constituents exactly why he opposes Trump's deal too replace the same NAFTA that Bernie has always opposed and feels needs to be replaced.
As someone who not only voted against NAFTA, but walked on the picket lines against it, there is no question that this unfettered trade deal needs to be fundamentally rewritten. In my view, a re-negotiated NAFTA must stop the outsourcing of U.S. jobs, end the destructive race to the bottom, protect the environment, and lower the outrageously high price of prescription drugs. Clearly, Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 does not meet these standards and I will strongly oppose it in its current form. Unless strong enforcement mechanisms are written into the text of this agreement, corporations will continue to ship U.S. jobs to Mexico where workers are paid as little as $2 an hour.

Further, this deal includes some outrageous giveaways to the fossil fuel industry and big pharmaceutical companies that will harm the environment and increase prices for life-saving prescription drugs. Before this deal is sent to Congress for a vote it must include strong enforcement mechanisms to increase jobs and wages and all of the riders that benefit big fossil fuel polluters and pharmaceutical companies must be taken out of it. Trade is a good thing-- but it has got to be fair.

          Minacce a don Pietro Sigurani, il sacerdote delle pistole ad acqua in chiesa contro la legittima difesa      Comment   Translate Page      

“In chiesa diamo la palma, fuori dalla chiesa i poveri e i volontari distribuiscono delle pistole ad acqua” contro la legge sulla legittima difesa voluta dalla Lega di Matteo Salvini e per “rispondere a questo clima di violenza, di odio che c’è. Perché sparare a una persona? Perché difendersi offendendo?“, così don Pietro Sigurani, rettore della Basilica di Sant’Eustachio racconta alle telecamere di Servizio Pubblico la sua iniziativa per il 14 aprile, domenica delle palme. Una protesta sui generis “per far riflettere” – spiega il don – “su questo susseguirsi di campagne di odio, contro l’immigrato, poi i ladri, adesso i rom. La legge non è che un’espressione di questa propaganda della paura“. A fine marzo il Senato ha approvato in terza lettura il disegno di legge sulla legittima difesa, facendolo diventare legge. Nel testo si allargano le maglie del principio tra di proporzionalità tra difesa e offesa. Pistole ad acqua in chiesa contro la legittima difesa, minacciato Don Pietro Il sacerdote ha fatto della chiesa di Sant’Eustachio – a due passi dal Senato “al centro dello Stato” –  un centro di accoglienza diurna per poveri e stranieri, con docce, un bar, una sala computer, una sala lettura, tutto nuovo, “perché come diceva Dostoevskij, la bellezza è importante, e lo è anche per i poveri”, racconta a telecamere spente. Una dedizione che non è piaciuta a qualcuno che ha deciso di minacciarlo domenica scorsa: “Mi hanno detto, prete tu la devi smettere di dare da mangiare agli stranieri e agli zingari, noi non usiamo le pistole ad acqua, noi usiamo un altro tipo di armi“, è il racconto di don Pietro. Leggi anche > Lucio Manisco: “Abbiamo privatizzato la pena di morte su modello degli Usa” Di minacce don Pietro ne ha già ricevute, ma mai così dirette, segno che “ormai non hanno paura di nulla, anche perché chi sta a capo, chi comanda, deve capire che ci sono delle persone fragili che hanno grossi problemi” a cui arrivano i suoi messaggi. Il sacerdote, ormai in pensione, non teme per lui, ma per le persone che frequentano la chiesa. Così sta riflettendo sul da farsi.

L'articolo Minacce a don Pietro Sigurani, il sacerdote delle pistole ad acqua in chiesa contro la legittima difesa proviene da Michele Santoro.


          Spotlight on US’s proposed ‘green’ economic reform policy      Comment   Translate Page      

Spotlight on US’s proposed ‘green’ economic reform policy

Against the backdrop of widespread flooding in several US states, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey of the Democratic Party have tabled a new economic reform policy in the US Congress called the Green New Deal.
          Bernie Sanders’ Healthcare Plan to Include Illegal Migrants – Report      Comment   Translate Page      
Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ newly-unveiled healthcare bill, dubbed “Medicare-for-all,” will extend US healthcare benefits to everyone, including illegal immigrants, according to Fox News. The bill, introduced by Sanders this week, did not reference immigrants directly, but clearly stated it would cover all US “residents.” The bill has received the support of Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris […]
          Senator Mathews Pushed CJR Measure      Comment   Translate Page      
A key piece of criminal justice reform legislation is headed to the full Senate for a vote. State Sen. Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, is a Senate co-author of House Bill 1269. The measure was previously approved by the House before winning approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee and then by the full Appropriations Committee before the April 11 committee vote deadline. Matthews said the legislation comes in the wake of the passage of State Question 780, which reclassified simple possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. Under HB 1269, people who committed that same offense and were sentenced within the last five years could have their sentences reclassified as misdemeanors. “If this game-changing legislation passes and is signed into law, we’ve heard at least a thousand individuals could be able to be reunited with family members,” Matthews said. “Those who have not committed any other felonies would no longer have that stigma of a being a felon—it’s a label that can be a major obstacle
          Non sparate su Sara Errani anche se batte da sotto: sta scalando l'Everest      Comment   Translate Page      

Si fa presto a dire basta. E criticare, contestare e magari anche ingiuriare sul web un tennista professionista che, sconvolta dai doppi falli, si rifugia nel servizio da sotto. “Manca di rispetto al tennis e all'avversario, è una vergogna, nemmeno un dilettante si comporta così”. Ma chi ha fatto sport, chi ha un'anima, chi sa che cosa vuol dire mostrarsi nudi agli occhi della gente, soprattutto chi è stato forte, sa che si soffre due volte tanto, soffocati dall'emorragia di frustrazione e orgoglio.

Figurarsi Sara Errani che è stata numero 5 del mondo in singolare (con 9 titoli Wta e la finale del Roland Garros 2012) e anche 1 in doppio (27 titoli, tutti gli Slam vinti insieme a Roberta Vinci, col bis agli Australian Open), e ha firmato tre Fed Cup. Figurarsi la quasi 32enne romagnola, 164 centimetri di tenacia, che è stata stoppata per 10 mesi all'anti-doping e sta cercando ferocemente di risalire la china (da numero 243 del ranking).

Guardando un servizio da sotto, chiunque giochi a tennis grida sempre al sacrilegio. Anche se la memorabile rimonta di Michael Chang su Ivan “il terribile” Lendl. al Roland Garros 1989, nacque anche da quel gesto insieme irriverente e inatteso. Anche se quello che fanno alcuni cattivi ragazzi moderni, imitando il primo della classe, Nick Kyrgios, strappa invece un sorriso, un moto di ilarità. Mentre la Errani è ingiustamente, incompresa. Lei che, da sempre, ha proprio nel servizio il Tallone d'Achille.

ANNO  DOPPI FALLI    PARTITE

2017          42                 31
2016          52                 40 
2015          109               72 
2014          66                 58 
2013          79                 67 
2012          78                 73
2011          106               56 
2010           92                67

Cercate di capire. Saretta è arrivata a Bogotà con appena due vittorie in otto incontri e quattro sconfitte contro avversarie fuori dalla top 100. E, in più, con la sconvolgente media di 15 doppi falli a partita: l'acme di 22 a Guadalajara contro Irina Begu (che però ha battuto). Così, in Sud America, estremamente sotto pressione all'esordio stagionale sulla prediletta terra rossa, è andata completamente nel pallone. Ha commesso 18 doppi falli nel primo match, pur battendo Lao per 6-4 3-6 6-3, ne ha fatti altri 18 nel secondo turno, perdendo il derby con Jasmine Paolini per 6-2 3-6 6-3. Quindi, da ripescata, come lucky loser, ne ha piazzati altri 18 nel primo incontro del tabellone principale, per eliminare Bara 4-6 6-2 6-3. Insomma, è incappata tre volte consecutive in 18 doppi falli!

Povera Sara, che risponde benissimo e da fondo ha una varietà e un ritmo di palleggio importanti. Povera tigre, talmente volitiva e generosa da convincere il coach del momento d'oro, lo spagnolo Pablo Lozano, a tornare con lei. Dal quarto match, l'azzurra, così intelligente e sensibile, dalla grande tattica e dal grandissimo cuore, ha cominciato a battere da sotto il 35% delle volte e ha dominato Schoolfs per 6-2 6-1 fermandosi a quota 4 doppi falli. Quindi, nei quarti contro Sharma, ha cercato di insistere su questa via di fuga, battendo da sotto il 60% delle volte. Anche se non le è bastato per evitare la sconfitta per 6-1 7-5, e anche altri 8 doppi falli.

Attenzione, non parliamo di doppi falli con servizi che sbattono violentemente contro il net, parliamo di doppi falli con la palla alzata malamente, persa per aria, colpita in modo scoordinato. Doppi falli di chi ha perso completamente la fiducia nel colpo d'inizio game. Doppi falli che scoraggerebbero chiunque, ma che non hanno fermato la Errani nella esaltante, rabbiosa, corsa fino ai quarti. Risultato che le fa doppiamente onore, considerando la tempesta interiore della nostra piccola-grande Sarita. Che, in 13 partite, quest'anno, ha commesso 151 doppi falli.

Invece di contestarla, deriderla e ingiuriarla, bisogna sostenerla. Come la Federazione Italiana Tennis: la capitana di Fed Cup, Tathiana Grabin, l'ha schierata nel primo turno contro la Svizzera e l'ha convocata nel prossimo week-end in Russia. Questo è l'anno del rientro, Sara sta cercando disperatamente di recuperare le sue sensazioni, a cominciare dal famoso servizio. Non sparate sul pianista.


          Proposal calls for eliminating student loan default status for struggling borrowers      Comment   Translate Page      

In a speech last year arguing that higher education faces a crisis in the U.S., Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pointed to eye-popping numbers from the federal student loan program.

Only a quarter of borrowers are making progress paying down their loans, she said, while 20 percent are either delinquent or in default. More than a million borrowers default on their student loans each year, and recent research has suggested the problem is growing worse.

The consequences for those borrowers can be severe, including hits to their credit score and garnishing of federal benefits. Their college may also withhold academic transcripts, and some states will suspend occupational licenses.

While DeVos herself has yet to call for specific changes with defaults in mind, a recent proposal makes the case for Congress to reduce defaults by simply eliminating the loan status outright.

Severely delinquent borrowers could still face negative consequences like credit reporting but would not be cut off from receiving federal student aid to pursue a degree. The idea may sound radical. But it wouldn't include the major costs to the government of large-scale loan forgiveness, argues Colleen Campbell, director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress and author of the proposal.

It could also put new scrutiny on whether the tools used to collect the most delinquent loans are truly effective as Congress explores potential changes to loan repayment through an update to the Higher Education Act.

Campbell argues that by ending default, the government could reallocate the $1 billion it spends on debt collections annually to more direct assistance to borrowers when they first start to struggle repaying their loans. Eliminating default would also allow borrowers to keep their access to federal aid like Pell Grants and continue making progress toward a degree.

“The federal government has extraordinary collections mechanisms for student loans that aren’t available for other kinds of consumer debt,” Campbell said. “It’s unnecessary to place additionally punitive consequences on top of collections. So why don’t we remove one of the consequences that is most damaging to folks who have been disenfranchised and who are most likely not benefiting from their experience in the postsecondary system?”

She said federal policy shouldn’t remove tools for struggling borrowers to improve their economic situation, especially opportunities to continue their postsecondary education.

A federal student loan enters default when a borrower has been delinquent for more than 270 days. After that, the loan is reassigned from a loan servicer to a debt collection company.

Ending default status wouldn’t mean removing any tools for the federal government to collect on student loan debt, Campbell said. Severely delinquent borrowers could be automatically enrolled in income-driven repayment plans. And the government could garnish wages and withhold tax refunds for those who still don’t repay their loans.

The government could also much more effectively use the money it spends on collections each year, Campbell said, by paying for better loan servicing.

“We can do much more intensive counseling between servicers and borrowers early on to prevent the worst outcomes,” she said.

Her proposal argues that eliminating default should be accompanied by other legislative changes to the financial aid system such as streamlining repayment programs, simplifying the application for federal student aid, providing more grants to students and creating clearer paths to loan forgiveness. Campbell also calls for assessing loan servicers using more objective measures so that the companies with the best repayment outcomes for borrowers receive new accounts.

Information on defaults is limited. But analyses of recent federal postsecondary data show high rates of default among African American borrowers in particular, even those who completed a degree. Nearly a quarter of black student borrowers who began college in the 2003-04 academic year and earned a bachelor’s degree had defaulted within 12 years.

The federal data also show that defaults depend more on a student’s circumstances and the type of institution they attended than their total amount of debt. Defaults are highest, in fact, among borrowers with the smallest loan amounts. And students who enrolled at for-profit colleges starting in 2003-04 were four times as likely as community college students to have defaulted on their loans 12 years later, according to an analysis by the Brookings Institution.

“This would overwhelmingly help people who don’t finish college, who received a certificate, who are borrowers of color, who are Pell Grant recipients,” Campbell said. “What we know about default is that it overwhelmingly impacts those communities.”

But industry representatives said debt collectors and loan servicers are "as different as apples and oranges."

"There needs to be more help for people who are delinquent," said Shelly Repp, senior adviser and counsel at the National Council of Higher Education Resources. "That doesn’t mean in our view you should get rid of debt collectors once they are in default."

Repp said removing debt collectors from the student loan system also wouldn't save the federal government money, since they only receive payments for loans they collect on.

"That doesn’t mean that more resources can’t be also applied to helping borrowers earlier in the process. As this report points out, compensation to servicer is very low."

Campbell said, however, that collections firms are paid $1,700 for each loan they rehabilitate. And the numbers for those borrowers aren't impressive -- nearly 40 percent of rehabilitated borrowers re-default within three years.

Some financial aid experts say proposals like eliminating default, like efforts in recent years to promote income-driven repayment, wouldn’t actually address whether borrowers are making progress paying down their loan principal. Mark Kantrowitz, publisher and vice president of research for Savingforcollege.com, said student aid policy experts have long questioned whether collection agencies are cost-effective. Many of the most powerful tools used by those companies, he said, could be employed by loan servicers. But he said defining away defaults wouldn’t solve the fundamental issue of loan repayment.

“I do not believe that superficial changes to the name of the problem or slight tweaks to the system will provide a real solution to the underlying problem,” Kantrowitz said. “Unfortunately, policy makers have a tendency to paint a problem a different shade of blue and declare the problem solved.”

But Jessica Thompson, director of policy and planning at the Institute for College Access and Success, said the proposal was an intriguing idea.

“It really does get down to changes that we think are pretty common-sense,” she said.

Thompson said many of the most punitive consequences attached to default aren’t in the interest of the borrower or the taxpayer, because they aren’t effective at getting loans in good standing. Default status for student loans was also created under an entirely different paradigm, when private banks would make loans with backing from the federal government, she said.

The Education Department signaled last year that it was interested in moving away from use of collections firms in the federal student loan program.

And the White House made clear last month that overhauling how defaulted debt is collected remains an ongoing concern for the Trump administration. A broad-ranging executive order on higher ed signed by President Trump included a directive for the Education Department and Treasury Department to recommend reforms of collection on defaulted student debt.

Previous attempts by the Education Department to move away from reliance on debt collectors have been hamstrung by legal challenges. While the executive order could mean more political capital is put behind those efforts, action from Congress could be necessary to move the student loan system away from reliance on debt collectors.

Senate lawmakers are currently discussing a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act for the first time in a decade. Senator Lamar Alexander, the Republican chairman of the Senate education committee, has proposed streamlining loan repayment by having payments automatically deducted from a borrower’s paycheck.

Some researchers have argued that payroll withholding could be the best way to prevent defaults. But Campbell said eliminating default outright would provide benefits to borrowers without overhauling student loan payments in a radical way.

“This isn’t a new repayment plan. It isn’t a complete rejiggering of how people make payments on their loans,” she said. “It’s basically a behind-the-scenes change that ultimately borrowers would experience in a very tangible way.”

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          Ousted dean returns at Western Kentucky      Comment   Translate Page      

Institutions often double down on unpopular decisions, fearing they’ll otherwise be perceived as weak.

Not Western Kentucky University. In a speedy show of what many on campus are calling strong leadership, the institution reinstalled a dean whose ouster last week brought down the provost.

The university’s new acting provost, Cheryl L. Stevens, announced the decision to reinstall Larry Snyder as dean of the Potter School of Arts and Letters in a campus email.

“Given the magnitude of work to do in degree transformation, we must have stability in leadership as we work our way forward,” Stevens wrote. “I look forward to working with Dr. Snyder and the Potter College community as we continue our efforts to provide the educational experience our students want and deserve.”

Western Kentucky is undergoing an extensive program review. A governing Board of Regents committee is set to review a universitywide task force's recommendations for program transformations and suspensions today. Those recommendations, made public only this week, include cutting 101 programs. Nearly half of those majors, minors or other kinds of programs don’t have current students, according to information from the university. The rest do. Majors targeted for elimination are French and popular culture studies, both in Potter.

Stevens said that Snyder will return as dean on Monday and finish out his term, through 2021. Merrall Price, a professor of English and special assistant to the provost who was named Potter’s acting dean, will remain in the provost’s office through July 1. After that, she’ll serve in Potter as an associate dean.

“I would like to thank Dr. Price for agreeing to step up on such short notice,” Stevens added. “I know she will happy to return to her duties in the provost’s office, where she is greatly needed.”

Snyder was abruptly terminated last week by Western Kentucky’s provost of less than one year, Terry Ballman, neither for cause nor misconduct. A day later, the Faculty Senate called a special meeting and voted no confidence in Ballman. Her many faculty critics said at that meeting that getting rid of Snyder midsemester, just as the university faces a major round of program cuts, made her unfit to lead them through tough times ahead. Faculty members and students saw Snyder as an advocate for strong academic programs in the face of calls for budget cuts.

Ballman resigned the next day. And by the middle of this week, Snyder was effectively back as dean.

Snyder said in an interview that he had a case of “whiplash” but was otherwise fine. Despite the challenges the university is facing, he said, he never considered declining the invitation to return. Previously, he was set to return to his faculty job in the department of religion and philosophy.

“Part of my disappointment with the previous episode is that I thought we’d put a number of things in place to address the coming changes,” he said, referring to the program review. “I wanted the opportunity to put those in motion … I didn’t feel I could abandon the college and faculty and students until we got farther along with this process, to a better point.”

Snyder confirmed secondhand reports that he was forced by Ballman to resign. Asked why, he said it remains a mystery, apart from a vague reference to his not being a “good university citizen.”

Considering the rapid vote of no confidence and that even students protested Snyder’s firing, it appears that’s not a common opinion. Numerous professors also said Thursday that they were happy -- and hopeful -- to have Snyder back on board.

'People Tend to Like Honesty'

“We’re in the middle of this process, and this dean is an insider who knows the college extremely well and has a tremendous amount of social capital,” said Jeffrey Samuels, chair of the department of religion and philosophy. “So having someone like that at the helm of course makes implementing these changes and navigating these transitions easier.”

Stevens said that the acting dean, Price, is highly respected as well. But putting Snyder back in the dean’s office, where he’s already worked on the program review, simply assures “more faculty buy-in.”

Price said that she was “happy to step up” and “even happier to step back.”

“It’s been a turbulent time on campus and in the community, and I’m confident [Snyder] and Provost Stevens will help guide us into calmer waters,” she said.

Rob Hale, chair of English, said the reaction to Snyder’s resignation “demonstrates what a valued member of the university community he is and has always been. I really can’t think of anyone who is more respected than Dean Snyder. I’m thrilled that he’ll return to lead my college through the challenges we face. My load just got a whole lot lighter.”

Professors beyond Potter opposed Snyder’s forced resignation. Asked why he’s so beloved, Kirk Atkinson, associate professor of information systems and University Senate chair, said Snyder engages with students in ways deans typically don't, such as by showing up to their art shows and theater performances. With faculty members, Atkinson said, Snyder is a straight shooter. He’s indeed warned the faculty that program cuts will be deep. But he’s also assured them he’ll be their advocate throughout the process.

"He's honest, and people tend to like honesty," Atkinson said. 

Even in light of the new information about the cuts, he added, “the mood on campus -- especially with reappointment of [Snyder] -- has been fairly positive. People remain hopeful, and that’s a good thing.”

Snyder, who has been dean for four years but on campus for three decades, described his leadership philosophy like this: “I didn’t necessarily aspire to academic leadership. But I’ve always understood that my role is to be a servant to the college. My primary task is to pave the way for the faculty to teach and do research and for students to learn. And if I’ve done that well, folks probably don’t know a whole lot about what I’m doing behind the scenes because they don’t need to.”

Snyder also said he felt more confident about the future than he did a few weeks ago, in that “this particular episode brought the campus together in a unique and unprecedented way.”

Western Kentucky's budget problems stem primarily from steep state funding cuts. There are issues specific to Kentucky at play, such as an unsustainable public pension problem. But many institutions elsewhere are reviewing their academic programs in an attempt to stave off financial disaster. Snyder advised other colleges and universities facing change to "bring faculty into the conversation -- make them a part of it. Be as open and transparent about all of it as possible. We’re only going to pull into safe waters if we’re all pulling on the right sails."

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          Proposal Would Overhaul Public Service Loan Forgiveness      Comment   Translate Page      

Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would cut the wait time for debt relief under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and expand eligibility to any borrower who holds a federal student loan.

The PSLF program promises debt cancellation for borrowers in eligible public or nonprofit sector jobs who make 120 monthly qualifying payments. It also requires that borrowers hold federal direct loans.

The bill, which was introduced by New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Virginia senator Tim Kaine, would allow borrowers to have half their debt forgiven after meeting eligibility requirements for five years. And it would expand eligibility to all types of federal student debt, including FFEL loans issued before the switch to direct federal lending in 2010.

The legislation would also require the Education Department to provide clearer guidance to borrowers up front about eligibility for loan forgiveness and simplify the application process.

The bill is co-sponsored by 13 other Democrats, including presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker.

The Trump administration has repeatedly proposed eliminating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. A 2017 House Republican proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act also called for eliminating PSLF, although it would grandfather in current borrowers.

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Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat and member of the Senate education committee, argued in a speech Thursday for a federal accountability system that would apply to all colleges.

Murphy said there is an "outcomes crisis" in higher education driven by poor graduation rates and high numbers of student loan defaults.

"When I say the federal government has failed students, I mean we have failed students at every type of college -- public, private, for-profit and nonprofit," he said at an event organized by the think tank Third Way.

Senate lawmakers are in the early stages of negotiating a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and accountability could be the sticking point in reaching an agreement.

Senator Lamar Alexander, the GOP chairman of the education committee, has proposed an accountability system that would assess each higher ed program based on its student loan repayment rate. Democrats haven't yet offered their own plan but have emphasized the need for special oversight of for-profit colleges.

Murphy said he wants to bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats on accountability. He proposed that all colleges be judged on four measures: graduation rates, loan repayment, whether graduates' loan debt is overly burdensome and the proportion of low-income students who are admitted and graduate.

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          Atiku’s citizenship: Don’t re-ignite Nigeria-Cameroun frosty historical issues, Shehu Sani warns APC      Comment   Translate Page      

Activist, Senator Shehu Sani has warned the All Progressives Congress, APC, not to re-ignite Nigeria-Cameroun frosty historical issues, by claiming that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar came from Cameroun. The APC had told the Presidential Tribunal that Abubakar is not a Nigerian by birth and that he came from Cameroun. According

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Senator Shehu Sani has cautioned the APC over its recent motion filed at the Presidential Election Tribunal in which the ruling party claimed that Atiku Abubakar is a Cameroonian.  The lawmaker noted in a tweet on Saturday that such a motion can reignite sour relationships between Nigeria and Cameroun. He said, “Be cautious in your politics not

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All are vulnerable Republicans in districts where a Democrat holds at least one of the House seats.
           Mastella:” La Sen. Ricciardi ignora ogni aspetto legato alla vicenda depuratore”       Comment   Translate Page      

“Una senatrice dei pentastellati, con  stupefacente brio politico, ha affermato che, per il depuratore, il sindaco di Benevento deve presentare il progetto. Non si è resa conto, ha dichiarato il primo cittadino Clemente Mastella, che il progetto per il depuratore è stato approvato dopo un iter procedurale anche lungo mercoledì dall’EIC (Ente Idrico Campano) ed […]...


           “La scuola è precaria. Per un’altra scuola: confrontiamoci.”       Comment   Translate Page      

Su iniziativa della Senatrice di Forza Italia, Sandra Lonardo, si è tenuto, stamani, a Caserta, il convegno “La scuola è precaria. Per un’altra scuola: confrontiamoci.”. All’incontro, moderato dal Direttore del giornale online “Appia Polis”, Francesca Nardi, sono intervenuti: il Presidente della Provincia di Caserta, Giorgio Magliocca; la giurista, esperta di politiche scolastiche, Anna Monia Alfieri; ...


           Impronte digitali a scuola, scatta la rivolta dei presidi       Comment   Translate Page      

Il mondo della scuola è in subbuglio e solo una bocciatura al Senato del decreto concretezza potrà far ritornare il sereno. Il testo approvato nei giorni scorsi alla Camera, obbliga... ...


          House sends budget with spending cuts to Senate, without setting PFDs      Comment   Translate Page      
The largest change the House made on the floor was to restore half of school bond debt reimbursement.
          NASS leadership: Ex-minister attacks Oshiomhole for endorsing Lawan, Gbajabiamila      Comment   Translate Page      


Former Minister of Sports, Bala Ka’oje, has faulted the endorsement of certain individuals for juicy positions in the ninth National Assembly by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

According to Kaoje, an APC chieftain from Kebbi state, the ruling party under Oshiomhole ought to have zoned the positions to regions and not to individuals.

In an interview with Leadership newspaper, the ex-Minister said: “I advised that we should zone National Assembly positions as quickly as possible to regions. If you zoned the office of the Senate president to the northeastern states for example, there is nothing wrong in nominating three people and forwarding their names to the zone for them to select one person.

“All we heard was that the chairman of the party nominated the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.


“You can’t appoint people to lead the Senate and the House. It’s a problem in the APC and that problem will continue to happen because the party is not doing the right thing.

“Oshiomhole is only interested in his interest. See what we faced in Rivers, Zamfara, Cross Rivers and the rest of the states. He keep making too many errors that are bad for the party.

“The party chairman is claiming he knows everything. No one wants to consult people like us. I’ve been to the APC chairman’s house more than five times. I left my card but he never look for me. They don’t care about the advise we offer even in the pages of the newspaper and that could be detrimental in the National Assembly elections.”


          Florida Republicans Push Bill Cracking Down on Supporters of Maduro Regime      Comment   Translate Page      

KEVIN DERBY Sunshine State News Rick Scott, Mike Waltz and Marco Rubio Florida’s two U.S. senators and a freshman congressman brought out a proposal to ensure the federal government does not work with businesses supporting the Maduro regime in Venezuela.  U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, […]

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          Antonio Razzi a Ballando del 13 aprile 2019 (video e gallery)      Comment   Translate Page      
Nella terza puntata di Ballando con le Stelle 2019 di stasera, 13 aprile 2019, in onda su Rai1, abbiamo visto all’opera anche la coppia formata dall’ex senatore Antonio Razzi e dalla ballerina Ornella Boccafoschi. I due hanno ballato un Charleston sulle note di Heidi, vestiti in stile tirolese. Antonio Razzi: i voti a Ballando La coppia è stata giudicata dalla giuria formata dalla ballerina e coreografa Carolyn Smith, dal conduttore televisivo Fabio Canino, dai giornalisti Ivan Zazzaroni e Selvaggia Lucarelli e dallo stilista Guillermo Mariotto. La giuria ha giudicato più che altro il “folklore” di Razzi, che si è esibito anche in una canzone di produzione propria ed ha portato le pastarelle. Il voto totale è stato di 20 punti, stavolta con nessuno 0. A voi il video dell’esibizione di Antonio Razzi e Ornella Boccafoschi di stasera. A seguire, alcune immagini di quanto visto. Antonio Razzi – Charleston del 13 aprile 2019 Con il loro #Charleston il nostro @senantoniorazzi e la maestra @OrniBoccafoschi ci hanno portato sui monti di Heidi!⛰️Sono stati bravi?Per loro CODICE 0⃣5⃣#BallandoConLeStelle pic.twitter.com/aKchRgMlbC — BallandoConLeStelle (@Ballando_Rai) 13 aprile 2019
          'Redefining' moment: 'Only Congress can declare war', prompts Pompeo's claim Iran is connected to al-Qaeda      Comment   Translate Page      
The lawmakers believe any military action against Tehran must be authorized by Congress. It is unclear whether the Trump administration agrees. US senators warned State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Wednesday that the White House has no authority to declare war on anyone - including Iran - since, according to the US Constitution, this power belongs to Congress. Talking to Pompeo during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asked Pompeo if the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, issued to allow US troops fight with entities responsible for the 9/11 attacks and their associated forces, included Iran. Pompeo dodged the question in his trademark manner, addressing the formalities to the lawyers, but claimed he has no doubt that "there's a connection" between the Iranian government and al-Qaeda, the terror group that was responsible for 9/11. "The factual question with respect to Iran's connections to al-Qaeda is very real. They have...
          Ukraine's temerity in Black Sea may pull NATO into war with Russia, senators warn      Comment   Translate Page      
NATO support is encouraging Ukraine's recklessness in relations with Russia, but such provocation could lead to a military conflict in which the US-led alliance itself could become involved, the Russian Federation Council said. Senators released a joint statement dedicated to NATO's 70th anniversary on Tuesday, paying special attention to the latest anti-Russian remarks coming from the organization. US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said last week that a special "package" had been designed within the bloc "to assure that there is a safe passage for Ukrainian vessels" through the Kerch Strait. The narrow waterway connecting the Black Sea and Azov Sea, which Russia controls, became the venue of an intense standoff last November, when several Ukrainian vessels deliberately violated Russia's maritime border near the Kerch Strait. They were detained by the Russian coast guard, which chased the intruders and fired shots at them. The Federal Council clarified that "the passage of...
          4月13日(土)のつぶやき その2      Comment   Translate Page      

@zodiac0088 モンドセレクション最高金賞、金で買える賞ですから、何の意味もない。

— 新保吉章 (@pat052) 2019年4月13日 - 07:34

今は金払って賞をもらう時代です。桑ちゃんから言えば形だけのもの。開催者の金儲け、今の商業オリンピックと同じだよ。違うといえば競い合って金メダルは1位だけということだけ。 twitter.com/zodiac0088/sta…

— 桑ちゃん (@namiekuwabara) 2019年4月12日 - 22:28

今度は賃貸ハウス欠陥「大和ハウス」か。また息子のところに仕事回ってくるね。息子はハウスメーカー仕事じゃないからね。信用仕事で「欠陥住宅作ったら一発で潰れる」。リフォーム頼まれ見てみるとメーカー欠陥住宅多いという。技能身に着けないでやっているんだから当たり前だろうけど。

— 桑ちゃん (@namiekuwabara) 2019年4月12日 - 17:17

今や官僚や政治家などやることなど信用されていない。今の企業の中身も粉飾決済、ねつ造、改ざん、手抜き、嘘報道、科学的根拠示さない原子力村「根拠もないからもっともらしいことでごまかす知能は長けている」海外からも信用失うのは当たり前、最… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 桑ちゃん (@namiekuwabara) 2019年4月12日 - 16:01

こんな除染仕事させるような国の農産物、桑ちゃんだったら輸入はさせない。土壌が汚染していれば機械も汚れ加工会社などにも持ち込まれ工場も汚れる。検査は抜き打ち、同じ畑でも濃度はなはだしく異なること検査してて感じた。Sr90など全β検査… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 桑ちゃん (@namiekuwabara) 2019年4月12日 - 16:28

pic.twitter.com/oLEouA20pr ←こんな仕事されて避難解除され農作業してくださいと言われて作ったもの貴方買います?常識ある人間なら買わないと思うよ。私は農産物作らない。作ると廃棄されずに販売することになる。全β検査もしない日本国安全神話でね。

— 桑ちゃん (@namiekuwabara) 2019年4月12日 - 16:33

@namiekuwabara 同意。
食品検査は底の抜けた笊で広大なの耕作地から一握りの試料を水分を含んだ状態で測定しているに過ぎないのが悩ましい。しかもγ線のみの評価。
3.11以前の測定方法であれば数倍から数十倍の数値になる。

— 八木明々 (@nrg34331) 2019年4月12日 - 10:34

@pall336 本来、放射能測定は「Ge半導体波高分析装置」で検査すればこのように多くのγ核種を測定することが出来る。意図的にCs134・Cs137だけを見せるようにしているとしか考えられません。また、検査する上での条件で「乾式… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 桑ちゃん (@namiekuwabara) 2018年8月11日 - 13:47

リビアとシリアでテロリストに武器を送ったヒラリーが「大統領になればイランを空爆する」と公約。「彼女を武器に近づけてはならない」と、Eメールや民主党メールを暴露し続けたアサンジ。ウィキリークスの暴露に助けられ、大統領選に勝利したが、… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 22:36

必要な措置に金を使わず、エクアドルの環境を破壊したシェブロン
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— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 22:23

何をおっしゃりたいのですか? シェブロンがエクアドルの環境を破壊し、特に先住民の人たちが苦しめられているのは有名な話。住民リーダーが暗殺されたりしていますね。裁判の判決に従わずに、判決を無効にしようと圧力。これを擁護できる点が一点… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 22:16

jp.sputniknews.com/japan/20190412…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 22:06

「アサンジがやっと逮捕された。プーチンとロシア政府のために、米大統領選に介入した責任を取らせるのだ」―チャック・シューマー。「ロシア疑惑」再び? モラーも? 世界のことも、国民のこともまったく考えないアメリカの民主党議員! twitter.com/SenSchumer/sta…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 21:25

判決に対して「科学的に安全だ」と反論するネトウヨ官房長官 twitter.com/hiroshimilano/…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 21:19

アサンジ逮捕に心底怒っています。アフガン・イラク侵攻では報道は禁止。オバマのカラー革命では「自国民を殺す独裁者から守るヒーローNATO」のプロパガンダ。アサンジ・ウィキリークスへの弾圧は、世界の1人ひとりの目と耳をふさぐもの。カバ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 19:42

報道の自由の終わりが始まる―ペンタゴンペーパーのダニエル・エルすばーぐ twitter.com/wikileaks/stat…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 19:54

エクアドルへのIMFの新たなローンは、トランプによるモレノへの褒美だ。アサンジを売れば、IMFの金を貸してやる、と。 twitter.com/GarethPorter/s…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 20:02

ロスチャイルドだカバールだと騒いでいる連中が、アサンジ逮捕に賛成している! 「救出している」だと! 正体見たり! シオニズムの異形

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 20:10

アサンジが逮捕された日に、フェースブックがエクアドルの前大統領コレアのページを削除した! 徹底しているな、ザッカーバーグ。 twitter.com/zerohedge/stat…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 20:13

アサンジ逮捕の背後にシェブロン? シェブロンはエクアドルでオープンピットで石油採掘し、最悪の環境破壊で土地・水を汚し、人の健康を破壊した。2018年7月10日エクアドル憲法裁判所はシェブロンに約1兆円の賠償支払い命令。これでシェブ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 20:39

シェブロンはクリントン財団と共に、ヤスニ環境プロジェクトに500億円を寄付し、判決を無きものにしようとエクアドルに圧力。シェブロンのロビイスト、イヴォンヌ・バキは、トランプ・クリントン両家の長年の友人。1989年には、バキは米国の… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 20:48

ことし2月21日エクアドル政府はIMFから1兆1千億円以上の新規ローンに署名。前大統領コレアはIMFを叩き出していた。貿易相パブロ・カンパナは「エクアドルはシェブロンとの間の長年の確執を解決したい」と表明。レニン・モレノが売ったの… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 20:57

国連安保理に出席した米副大統領マイク・ペンスが、ベネズエラ国連大使サミュエル・モンカダに向かって、「大使! あなたはここにいるべきではない。ベネズエラに帰り、マドゥーロに辞任しろと言いなさい」。バナナ帝国アメリカ! twitter.com/mbesheer/statu…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 21:30

「透明性の仮面で、ジュリアンアサンジとウィキリークスは、ロシアの諜報機関として働いてきた」―米上院議員リチャード・バー twitter.com/SenatorBurr/st…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2019年4月12日 - 21:56

不正の時代eigokiji.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2019/04/p…年4月11日、新たなユダが現れた。銀30枚でジュリアン・アサンジをワシントンに売ったエクアドルのモレノ傀儡大統領だ。  今朝のロンドン・エクアドル大使館中のアサンジ逮捕はアメ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 新保吉章 (@pat052) 2019年4月13日 - 07:48

アッサンジの逮捕に抗議しない民主主義者は存在しない plaza.rakuten.co.jp/condor33/diary… #r_blog

— 新保吉章 (@pat052) 2019年4月13日 - 07:49

独裁者の登場と行く末 tokaiama.blog69.fc2.com/blog-entry-708…

— 新保吉章 (@pat052) 2019年4月13日 - 07:52

WTO、日本が韓国に逆転敗訴、当然です mekenekotama.blog38.fc2.com/blog-entry-286…

— 新保吉章 (@pat052) 2019年4月13日 - 07:52

2019年04月12日
産品の放射性物質汚染が心配な17都県
inventsolitude.sblo.jp/article/185850…

— 新保吉章 (@pat052) 2019年4月13日 - 07:54

2019年04月12日
水産庁と日本人は笑われている 放射能汚染物を食べる非文明国日本
inventsolitude.sblo.jp/article/185850…

— 新保吉章 (@pat052) 2019年4月13日 - 07:55
          John McCain's beloved dog dies in 'tragic accident'      Comment   Translate Page      
Burma, the family's Chesapeake Bay retriever, stayed by the late senator's side following his death.
          Illinois Senate recap: Scott’s Law awareness measure advances      Comment   Translate Page      
SPRINGFIELD – In light of an increase in accidents and deaths to Illinois State Police troopers, the state Senate on Friday passed a measure to increase awareness of “Scott’s Law,” which requires drivers to slow down and switch lanes when they see flashing emergency lights.

Senate Bill 947, sponsored by Republican Chapin Rose of Mahomet, passed the Senate unanimously. The bill provides that renewal notices from the secretary of state’s office will advise drivers of how to properly approach a stopped emergency vehicle.

The bill also requires the driver’s license test to include a question concerning safe driving when approaching authorized emergency vehicles.

Here’s a quick look at other legislation passed by the Senate on Friday:

SEXUAL PHOTOS: State Sen. Melinda Bush passed Senate Bill 1507, which would give greater protections to people harmed by having sexual images of them disseminated without their consent. It also applies to the threatened dissemination of those images.

The bill gives victims a cause of action under specified circumstances. The bill also allows a victim to use a pseudonym or redacted name in court.

Under the bill, an action for a nonconsensual dissemination may not be brought after four years from the date the dissemination was discovered.

The bill passed 55-0.

POTHOLE DATABASE: Sen. Dan McConchie’s Senate Bill 958, which passed the Senate, would create a statewide database for reporting potholes.

McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, said Chicago has had such a site for several years and it has been successful in helping the city repair troublesome portions of road.

The bill instructs the Department of Transportation to create a website on which motorists may report potholes, roadway maintenance issues, and other roadway dangers.

The reports would be forwarded to the appropriate department district or unit of local government. The bill passed unanimously.

McConchie also unanimously passed Senate Bill 1090, which requires the attorney general to compile data concerning Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility violations. The information would be posted to the AG’s website.

FIRST RESPONDER SUICIDE PREVENTION: State Sen. Terry Link’s Senate Bill 730 would create the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. The bill requires training programs for police to recognize signs of work-related cumulative stress and other related issues that might lead to suicide, and offer appropriate solutions for intervention.

The bill would also provide that emergency services personnel may refer any person to an employee assistance program or peer support counselor if those services are not available within the agency.

The bill also provides that minimum in-service training requirements, which a police officer must satisfactorily complete every three years, shall include officer wellness.

Link said the bill would see further amendments in the House, and it passed 52-0.

SCHOOL SAFETY: State Sen. Tony Munoz, a Chicago Democrat, advanced Senate Bill 1658, allowing the State Board of Education to award grants to school districts to support school safety and security, subject to appropriations or private donations.

These grant funds could be used for school security improvements, including professional development, safety-related upgrades to school buildings, equipment, including metal detectors and x-ray machines, and facilities, including school-based health centers.

The bill also requires ISBE to prioritize the distribution of grants to school districts designated as Tier 1 or Tier 2 under the evidence-based funding formula – or districts that are further from funding adequacy. The bill passed unanimously.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT: State Sen. Chuck Weaver’s Senate Bill 1042 passed the Senate, allowing home-rule municipalities to abate property taxes for a newly remodeled home located in a blighted area. It passed unanimously.

OUT-OF-TOWN COMMISSIONER: State Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, passed Senate Bill 756, allowing a township board of trustees with populations less than 500 to appoint a non-resident highway commissioner or to contract with a neighboring township if the district is within a township with no incorporated town and no qualified candidate living in the township steps forward.

RACIAL IMPACT NOTE: State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, passed Senate Bill 1485 to create the “Racial Impact Note Act” on legislation, similar to existing notes such as those for financial impact.

The bill provides that every bill “which has or could have a disparate impact on racial and ethnic minorities,” can have a racial impact note filed by request of a member.

The note will be a “brief explanatory statement or note that shall include a reliable estimate of the anticipated impact on those racial and ethnic minorities likely to be impacted by the bill.”

The bill also prohibits racial discrimination and harassment by state officers and employees, and provides that each state officer and employee shall annually complete a racial bias, discrimination and harassment training program approved by the appropriate jurisdictional authority.


          Illinois House passes bill calling for teaching work ethics in schools      Comment   Translate Page      
SPRINGFIELD – Public school students in Illinois might have to start learning about work ethics as early as the sixth grade under a bill that passed the state House on Friday.

Rep. Camille Lilly, a Chicago Democrat, sponsored the bill, which says that beginning in grade 6, “students should be introduced to the importance of developing and applying a work ethic in a variety of contexts.” That includes such concepts as professionalism, trustworthiness, integrity, initiative and respecting authority and arriving on time, according to the bill.

A number of Republicans opposed the bill, arguing that it would be an unfunded mandate on schools and teachers, and that most teachers were already providing that kind of instruction.

The legislation, House Bill 2263, passed by a vote of 69- 39. It now moves to the Senate.

Here’s a look at other bills that passed the House late this week:

HB 3462: Allows school districts to offer courses on hunting safety, based on possible guidelines developed by the State Board of Education. Vote: 114-0

HB 2847: States that employers cannot retaliate against an employee for requesting leave to donate blood, organs, or bone marrow. Vote: 114-0

HB 3302: Updates the state’s law to allow two years for someone to file complaints concerning delays and denials of special education services. Timeline contingent on the creation of the State Board of Education’s “student-specific corrective action plan.” Vote: 114-0

HB 2121: Removes the lifetime ban on becoming a school bus driver for those convicted of a cannabis misdemeanor in the past 20 years. Vote: 108-0

HB 2259: Requires the Department of Heathcare and Family Services to create a list of preferred medical drugs in collaboration with the state’s Medicaid managed care organizations. Vote: 112-0

HB 2: Creates a list of 21 rights for women in pregnancy and childbirth, for which the Department of Public Health must create rules to protect. Aimed at addressing disparate rates of infant and mother mortality and health care for minorities. Vote: 67-35

HB 190: Requires school districts to connect “at-risk” students with academic support programs, and to notify parents of such support programs, both within the school and the community. Vote: 91-22

HB 2540: Allows for the creation and regulation of blockchain companies in Illinois. Also tasks the state with producing a blockchain study and report, both for the regulation of it and for how it relates to the banking sector. Vote: 113-0

HB 2766: Requires one mental health specialist for every 1,000 people employed by sheriff offices, police departments, and firefighter stations. Creates the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. Vote: 113-0

HB 1690: Defines rules for when a court may expunge or seal someone’s record for a DUI. Provides five conditions under which it could happen, among them a first offense causing no death or injury to others. Vote: 69-36

HB 331: Paves the way for more cameras to be placed along Cook County expressways. Allows use of images for investigations and roadway hazards, but not for the enforcement of petty offenses. Money for the cameras to come out of the Road Fund. Vote: 109-0

HB 3503: Requires insurers to offer coverage of hearing instruments for people 65 or over. Vote: 111-0

HB 3424: Creates the Veterans’ Disability Compensation Task Force to improve the rate that veterans’ disability claims are approved by the federal government, and to align Illinois’ veterans compensation with those of other states. Vote: 114-0

HB 471: Says the state’s Department of Insurance must approve the rates of individual and small group accident and health policies written in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. If the rate increases are found to be “unreasonable,” they will be disapproved. Vote: 73-41

HB 1613: Requires the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority provide a report every three years based on traffic stop data in the state. Estimated cost of $504,000 over next three years for a consultant to assist the study. The Illinois Department of Transportation will no longer be the office to contract out the study and data analysis, as it has in the past. Vote: 75-30

HB 2165: In order to get a high school diploma, at least one year of a student’s required three years of mathematics must be Algebra I, and one year must include geometry content. Vote: 115-0

HB 359: Allows college and university Boards of Trustees to sell surplus real estate, and use the proceeds for deferred maintenance and emergency repairs. Vote: 114-0

HB 124: Requires police officers must be at least 21 years old, or 20 if they have completed a certain number of college credit hours. Vote: 115-0

HB 2625: Says the General Assembly must redraw the subcircuit boundaries of the circuit court of Cook County after the 2020 census. Vote: 98-12, 3 present

HB 907: Requires the Department of Public Health create an online database for mental health resources geared toward school counselors, parents, teachers, school social workers, and school support personnel. Specifically in regard to school shootings and bullying. Vote: 114-0

HB 254: Requires school boards to report number of actively employed teachers, pupil-teacher ratios, class instructors, and class sections to the State Board of Education, which will then post a publicly-available report on that information in 2021. School boards must annually give information to SBOE thereafter for continuing reports. Vote: 84-30

HB 840: Requires the Illinois Commerce Commission create a biannual report, beginning in April 2020, concerning the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in the state. Vote: 73-40

HB 1587: Allows that when a court is imposing sentences for offenses that require mandatory minimum imprisonments, it may instead sentence an offender to probation, conditional discharge, or a lesser term of imprisonment on three conditions: if the offense involves the use or possession of drugs, retail theft, or driving on a revoked license due to unpaid financial obligations; if the defendant does not pose a risk to public safety; and if the “interest of justice” requires the alternative sentences. Vote: 61-48

HB 938: Allows non-home rule municipalities to use the proceeds of the non-home rule municipal retailers’ occupation tax for municipal operations, expenditures on public infrastructure, or property tax relief. Vote: 98-13

HB 2562: Creates a Public Defender Quality Defense Task Force to study public defenders’ caseloads and quality of legal services throughout the state. Vote: 111-2

HB 94: Allows inmates who were sentenced before June 19, 1998, to receive sentence credits on the completion of programs determined by the Illinois Department of Corrections. Vote: 61-47

HB 2244: Says those on parole or mandatory supervised release may not frequent “places where controlled substances are illegally sold, used, distributed, or administered.” Adds they may not knowingly associate with other persons on parole or mandatory supervised released without permission of the parole agent. Lastly, adds they may not knowingly associate with organized gang members. Vote: 62-51

HB 1115: Defines rules for the electronic monitoring of sex offenders on parole or mandatory supervised release. Vote: 62-49

HB 465: Provides various rules on the disclosure and listing of “maximum allowable costs” of prescription drugs in contracts between health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers. Vote: 113-0

HB 122: Creates the Office of the Ombudsman for Behavioral Health Access to Care within the Department of Human Services to help Illinoisans access behavioral health care, including for mental health conditions and substance use disorders. The new office would be subject to appropriated funds from the General Assembly. Vote: 79-33

HB 1440: Tasks the Illinois State Police with creating a sexual assault evidence tracking system based on the recommendations made by the Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission in its June 26, 2018 report. Vote: 112-0

HB 2247: Subject to funds from the General Assembly, the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health should develop and implement a slew of community-based pilot programs for counseling and mental health services to underserved communities. Includes social media campaigns. Vote: 113-0

HB 3606: Adds rules for the publishing of online information about K-12 students. Creates the Student Data Protection Oversight Committee, which must give recommendations on legislation and policy revisions. Adds parental consent to publishing some types of student data in directories, for example. Vote: 71-40, 2 present

HB 2028: Says the Illinois Department of State Police shall pay or reimburse up to $20,000 (an increase from the current level of $10,000) for the burial expenses of state officers killed on duty. Provides an identical monetary change for the burial benefit paid to the surviving spouse or estate of an officer or fireman killed on duty. Vote: 112-0

HB 3390: Requires dog and cat boarding kennels to have at least one fire alarm system or fire sprinkler system in every building that houses animals, if the kennel is not staffed at all times. Vote: 95-16

HB 2670: Reduces the restrictions on opening a business for those with past criminal offenses. Defines terms and provides flexibility to various state departments, including the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, in reviewing the circumstances around past offenses. Vote: 69-42


          Senate Hurdle Looms As House Advances VAWA Reforms      Comment   Translate Page      

Reforms meant to combat crime against Native American women, provide resources for domestic violence survivors and increase rape kit testing nationwide hang in legislative limbo after they passed the House of Representatives last week to a frosty reception in the Senate.

See link for full article.


          California Bill Would Force Every University to Offer Free Abortions to Students      Comment   Translate Page      
A California bill that would force taxpayer-funded universities to provide chemical abortions to students was approved by the Senate Health Committee last Wednesday, 7-3. Introduced in December by state Senator Connie Leyva (D), SB 24 would require student health centers on all University of California and California State University campuses to offer chemical abortions to […]
          Cory Booker has a special approach for defeating Trump      Comment   Translate Page      
Sen. Cory Booker officials kicks off his 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday with a rally in his hometown of Newark, NJ. Joy Reid interviews Booker in his Newark home on why his is running for president, and what distinguishes him from other prominent U.S. Senators seeking the Democratic Nomination.
          Ohio Implements Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion ban      Comment   Translate Page      
Ohio has officially banned abortions after 5-6 weeks of pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant. The law will make an exception to save a woman’s life, however no exceptions for cases of rape and incest. It will take effect in 90 days unless blocked by a federal judge. The law also creates punishments for doctors who perform abortions. Doctors who perform abortion after a heartbeat is detecting face a fifth-degree felony, up to a year in jail, and the State Medical Board may impose fines up to $20,000. Similar bills have been deemed unconstitutional in states such as Kentucky and Iowa. The ACLU of Ohio has also said it will be suing the state on behalf of Planned Parenthoods throughout Ohio. Former Governor John Kasich vetoed the bill several times, saying that it would be too expensive for the state to go to court over it. Ohio is now the fifth state to implement a heartbeat bill into law. While many of these laws end up being blocked by federal judges, they have become part of a larger movement to overturn Roe V. Wade.   Media Resources: NPR 4/11/19; NY Mag 4/11/19

          South Korea Rules Sixty Year Old Abortion Ban Unconstitutional      Comment   Translate Page      
On Thursday, Seoul’s Constitutional Court voted 7-to-2 to overturn the 66-year-old abortion ban in South Korea, which criminalized abortion except in cases of rape, incest or imminent danger to the women’s health, and was one of the strictest abortion bans in a developed country. The court ruled the abortion ban as unconstitutional and violated a pregnant women’s choice and “a pregnant woman’s right to self determination.” The court ordered Parliament to revise the abortion ban by deciding whether to restrict abortions in the late stages of a pregnancy, by the end of 2020. Until the deadline, the ban will still be enforced. If lawmakers do not meet the deadline, the ban will become void. Legalization paves the way for the first abortion rights in South Korea. Despite the overruling being met with praise from the majority, a small faction of Catholics and other Christian denominations have been vocal over their outrage. They held a protest outside of the court, whilst women’s health care advocates rallied on the other side. The anti-abortion protesters shouted demeaning terms like “murderers” and called the court ruling “against humanity.” Lee Yu-rim of the Sexual and Reproductive Rights Forum called the ruling a “historical milestone” and […]

          Urgent: Family separation      Comment   Translate Page      

US citizens: call on the Senate to reject nominees that support family separation.

If you sign, please spread the word!


          Canadian Senate Committee Rejects Handgun Ban Amendment; Issues Bill C-71 Report      Comment   Translate Page      
Early this week, Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence (SECD) met to review and vote on Bill C-71, the Liberal Government’s gun control measure, section by section. This review follows several days of testimony that concluded on April 3, 2019.
          Tariceanu: Imi doresc ca Liviu Dragnea sa fie si sa ramana liber/ VIDEO      Comment   Translate Page      
Presedintele Senatului, Calin-Popescu Tariceanu, a sustinut la Iasi ca isi doreste ca Liviu Dragnea "sa fie si sa ramana liber".


          VERY bad news for Democrats in 2020      Comment   Translate Page      

The following article, VERY bad news for Democrats in 2020, was first published on The Black Sphere.

Looks like Sen Elizabeth Warren’s presidential career ended before it really started. And oh the irony. Democrats claim to want to empower women. Yet, they can’t seen to find one to drag over the presidential finish line. According to a poll by Emerson, the Democrat senator from Massachusetts trails not one, but two men in […]

Continue reading VERY bad news for Democrats in 2020 ...


          FINALLY: Senator TARGETS Hillary Clinton      Comment   Translate Page      

The following article, FINALLY: Senator TARGETS Hillary Clinton, was first published on The Black Sphere.

The walls of justice close in on the Clintons. And it’s the subtle hints that matter. I will touch on a more recent indication of impending Clinton doom in a moment. But first let’s look again at the Clinton tour.  The last time the Clintons appeared on tour was out of the United States. They […]

Continue reading FINALLY: Senator TARGETS Hillary Clinton ...


          Abortion Clinic Director Says Newborn Baby Less Than 30 Days Old Not a “Legal Person”      Comment   Translate Page      
Americans across the country may be wondering why it’s so easy for abortion activists to oppose legislation that would protect newborn babies from infanticide.
That’s because they don’t believe that newborn infants are actually people.
This week, a North Carolina legislative committee approved a bill to protect newborns who survive abortions from infanticide. The vote follows another by the Texas Senate on legislation that also requires appropriate medical care for babies who survive abortions.
Senate Bill 359 requires doctors to provide the same care to an infant that survives an abortion as they give any other newborn. It includes a duty for health care practitioners to report any violations, and it makes those violations a class D felony, the same category as arson, armed robbery and voluntary manslaughter.
But one abortion advocate in the state opposes the bill.
Calla Hales is an abortion activist who is on the board of directors of the North Carolina affiliate of NARAL. She is also the director of …
          Illinois Senate recap: Scott’s Law awareness measure advances      Comment   Translate Page      
SPRINGFIELD – In light of an increase in accidents and deaths to Illinois State Police troopers, the state Senate on Friday passed a measure to increase awareness of “Scott’s Law,” which requires drivers to slow down and switch lanes when they see flashing emergency lights.

Senate Bill 947, sponsored by Republican Chapin Rose of Mahomet, passed the Senate unanimously. The bill provides that renewal notices from the secretary of state’s office will advise drivers of how to properly approach a stopped emergency vehicle.

The bill also requires the driver’s license test to include a question concerning safe driving when approaching authorized emergency vehicles.

Here’s a quick look at other legislation passed by the Senate on Friday:

SEXUAL PHOTOS: State Sen. Melinda Bush passed Senate Bill 1507, which would give greater protections to people harmed by having sexual images of them disseminated without their consent. It also applies to the threatened dissemination of those images.

The bill gives victims a cause of action under specified circumstances. The bill also allows a victim to use a pseudonym or redacted name in court.

Under the bill, an action for a nonconsensual dissemination may not be brought after four years from the date the dissemination was discovered.

The bill passed 55-0.

POTHOLE DATABASE: Sen. Dan McConchie’s Senate Bill 958, which passed the Senate, would create a statewide database for reporting potholes.

McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, said Chicago has had such a site for several years and it has been successful in helping the city repair troublesome portions of road.

The bill instructs the Department of Transportation to create a website on which motorists may report potholes, roadway maintenance issues, and other roadway dangers.

The reports would be forwarded to the appropriate department district or unit of local government. The bill passed unanimously.

McConchie also unanimously passed Senate Bill 1090, which requires the attorney general to compile data concerning Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility violations. The information would be posted to the AG’s website.

FIRST RESPONDER SUICIDE PREVENTION: State Sen. Terry Link’s Senate Bill 730 would create the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. The bill requires training programs for police to recognize signs of work-related cumulative stress and other related issues that might lead to suicide, and offer appropriate solutions for intervention.

The bill would also provide that emergency services personnel may refer any person to an employee assistance program or peer support counselor if those services are not available within the agency.

The bill also provides that minimum in-service training requirements, which a police officer must satisfactorily complete every three years, shall include officer wellness.

Link said the bill would see further amendments in the House, and it passed 52-0.

SCHOOL SAFETY: State Sen. Tony Munoz, a Chicago Democrat, advanced Senate Bill 1658, allowing the State Board of Education to award grants to school districts to support school safety and security, subject to appropriations or private donations.

These grant funds could be used for school security improvements, including professional development, safety-related upgrades to school buildings, equipment, including metal detectors and x-ray machines, and facilities, including school-based health centers.

The bill also requires ISBE to prioritize the distribution of grants to school districts designated as Tier 1 or Tier 2 under the evidence-based funding formula – or districts that are further from funding adequacy. The bill passed unanimously.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT: State Sen. Chuck Weaver’s Senate Bill 1042 passed the Senate, allowing home-rule municipalities to abate property taxes for a newly remodeled home located in a blighted area. It passed unanimously.

OUT-OF-TOWN COMMISSIONER: State Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, passed Senate Bill 756, allowing a township board of trustees with populations less than 500 to appoint a non-resident highway commissioner or to contract with a neighboring township if the district is within a township with no incorporated town and no qualified candidate living in the township steps forward.

RACIAL IMPACT NOTE: State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, passed Senate Bill 1485 to create the “Racial Impact Note Act” on legislation, similar to existing notes such as those for financial impact.

The bill provides that every bill “which has or could have a disparate impact on racial and ethnic minorities,” can have a racial impact note filed by request of a member.

The note will be a “brief explanatory statement or note that shall include a reliable estimate of the anticipated impact on those racial and ethnic minorities likely to be impacted by the bill.”

The bill also prohibits racial discrimination and harassment by state officers and employees, and provides that each state officer and employee shall annually complete a racial bias, discrimination and harassment training program approved by the appropriate jurisdictional authority.


          Illinois House passes bill calling for teaching work ethics in schools      Comment   Translate Page      
SPRINGFIELD – Public school students in Illinois might have to start learning about work ethics as early as the sixth grade under a bill that passed the state House on Friday.

Rep. Camille Lilly, a Chicago Democrat, sponsored the bill, which says that beginning in grade 6, “students should be introduced to the importance of developing and applying a work ethic in a variety of contexts.” That includes such concepts as professionalism, trustworthiness, integrity, initiative and respecting authority and arriving on time, according to the bill.

A number of Republicans opposed the bill, arguing that it would be an unfunded mandate on schools and teachers, and that most teachers were already providing that kind of instruction.

The legislation, House Bill 2263, passed by a vote of 69- 39. It now moves to the Senate.

Here’s a look at other bills that passed the House late this week:

HB 3462: Allows school districts to offer courses on hunting safety, based on possible guidelines developed by the State Board of Education. Vote: 114-0

HB 2847: States that employers cannot retaliate against an employee for requesting leave to donate blood, organs, or bone marrow. Vote: 114-0

HB 3302: Updates the state’s law to allow two years for someone to file complaints concerning delays and denials of special education services. Timeline contingent on the creation of the State Board of Education’s “student-specific corrective action plan.” Vote: 114-0

HB 2121: Removes the lifetime ban on becoming a school bus driver for those convicted of a cannabis misdemeanor in the past 20 years. Vote: 108-0

HB 2259: Requires the Department of Heathcare and Family Services to create a list of preferred medical drugs in collaboration with the state’s Medicaid managed care organizations. Vote: 112-0

HB 2: Creates a list of 21 rights for women in pregnancy and childbirth, for which the Department of Public Health must create rules to protect. Aimed at addressing disparate rates of infant and mother mortality and health care for minorities. Vote: 67-35

HB 190: Requires school districts to connect “at-risk” students with academic support programs, and to notify parents of such support programs, both within the school and the community. Vote: 91-22

HB 2540: Allows for the creation and regulation of blockchain companies in Illinois. Also tasks the state with producing a blockchain study and report, both for the regulation of it and for how it relates to the banking sector. Vote: 113-0

HB 2766: Requires one mental health specialist for every 1,000 people employed by sheriff offices, police departments, and firefighter stations. Creates the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. Vote: 113-0

HB 1690: Defines rules for when a court may expunge or seal someone’s record for a DUI. Provides five conditions under which it could happen, among them a first offense causing no death or injury to others. Vote: 69-36

HB 331: Paves the way for more cameras to be placed along Cook County expressways. Allows use of images for investigations and roadway hazards, but not for the enforcement of petty offenses. Money for the cameras to come out of the Road Fund. Vote: 109-0

HB 3503: Requires insurers to offer coverage of hearing instruments for people 65 or over. Vote: 111-0

HB 3424: Creates the Veterans’ Disability Compensation Task Force to improve the rate that veterans’ disability claims are approved by the federal government, and to align Illinois’ veterans compensation with those of other states. Vote: 114-0

HB 471: Says the state’s Department of Insurance must approve the rates of individual and small group accident and health policies written in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. If the rate increases are found to be “unreasonable,” they will be disapproved. Vote: 73-41

HB 1613: Requires the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority provide a report every three years based on traffic stop data in the state. Estimated cost of $504,000 over next three years for a consultant to assist the study. The Illinois Department of Transportation will no longer be the office to contract out the study and data analysis, as it has in the past. Vote: 75-30

HB 2165: In order to get a high school diploma, at least one year of a student’s required three years of mathematics must be Algebra I, and one year must include geometry content. Vote: 115-0

HB 359: Allows college and university Boards of Trustees to sell surplus real estate, and use the proceeds for deferred maintenance and emergency repairs. Vote: 114-0

HB 124: Requires police officers must be at least 21 years old, or 20 if they have completed a certain number of college credit hours. Vote: 115-0

HB 2625: Says the General Assembly must redraw the subcircuit boundaries of the circuit court of Cook County after the 2020 census. Vote: 98-12, 3 present

HB 907: Requires the Department of Public Health create an online database for mental health resources geared toward school counselors, parents, teachers, school social workers, and school support personnel. Specifically in regard to school shootings and bullying. Vote: 114-0

HB 254: Requires school boards to report number of actively employed teachers, pupil-teacher ratios, class instructors, and class sections to the State Board of Education, which will then post a publicly-available report on that information in 2021. School boards must annually give information to SBOE thereafter for continuing reports. Vote: 84-30

HB 840: Requires the Illinois Commerce Commission create a biannual report, beginning in April 2020, concerning the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in the state. Vote: 73-40

HB 1587: Allows that when a court is imposing sentences for offenses that require mandatory minimum imprisonments, it may instead sentence an offender to probation, conditional discharge, or a lesser term of imprisonment on three conditions: if the offense involves the use or possession of drugs, retail theft, or driving on a revoked license due to unpaid financial obligations; if the defendant does not pose a risk to public safety; and if the “interest of justice” requires the alternative sentences. Vote: 61-48

HB 938: Allows non-home rule municipalities to use the proceeds of the non-home rule municipal retailers’ occupation tax for municipal operations, expenditures on public infrastructure, or property tax relief. Vote: 98-13

HB 2562: Creates a Public Defender Quality Defense Task Force to study public defenders’ caseloads and quality of legal services throughout the state. Vote: 111-2

HB 94: Allows inmates who were sentenced before June 19, 1998, to receive sentence credits on the completion of programs determined by the Illinois Department of Corrections. Vote: 61-47

HB 2244: Says those on parole or mandatory supervised release may not frequent “places where controlled substances are illegally sold, used, distributed, or administered.” Adds they may not knowingly associate with other persons on parole or mandatory supervised released without permission of the parole agent. Lastly, adds they may not knowingly associate with organized gang members. Vote: 62-51

HB 1115: Defines rules for the electronic monitoring of sex offenders on parole or mandatory supervised release. Vote: 62-49

HB 465: Provides various rules on the disclosure and listing of “maximum allowable costs” of prescription drugs in contracts between health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers. Vote: 113-0

HB 122: Creates the Office of the Ombudsman for Behavioral Health Access to Care within the Department of Human Services to help Illinoisans access behavioral health care, including for mental health conditions and substance use disorders. The new office would be subject to appropriated funds from the General Assembly. Vote: 79-33

HB 1440: Tasks the Illinois State Police with creating a sexual assault evidence tracking system based on the recommendations made by the Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission in its June 26, 2018 report. Vote: 112-0

HB 2247: Subject to funds from the General Assembly, the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health should develop and implement a slew of community-based pilot programs for counseling and mental health services to underserved communities. Includes social media campaigns. Vote: 113-0

HB 3606: Adds rules for the publishing of online information about K-12 students. Creates the Student Data Protection Oversight Committee, which must give recommendations on legislation and policy revisions. Adds parental consent to publishing some types of student data in directories, for example. Vote: 71-40, 2 present

HB 2028: Says the Illinois Department of State Police shall pay or reimburse up to $20,000 (an increase from the current level of $10,000) for the burial expenses of state officers killed on duty. Provides an identical monetary change for the burial benefit paid to the surviving spouse or estate of an officer or fireman killed on duty. Vote: 112-0

HB 3390: Requires dog and cat boarding kennels to have at least one fire alarm system or fire sprinkler system in every building that houses animals, if the kennel is not staffed at all times. Vote: 95-16

HB 2670: Reduces the restrictions on opening a business for those with past criminal offenses. Defines terms and provides flexibility to various state departments, including the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, in reviewing the circumstances around past offenses. Vote: 69-42


          Illinois House rejects ‘ban-the-box’ law for college admissions      Comment   Translate Page      
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House on Friday rejected a bill that would have blocked public colleges and universities from asking about a prospective student’s criminal history as part of the application.

The so-called “ban-the-box” proposal – a reference to questions that appear on many job and college application forms asking people if they have been convicted of a serious crime – was sponsored by state Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago, who argued that the question prevents many people with criminal histories from turning around their lives.

“These people were a tax burden at one time. They were costing us money,” Flowers said on the House floor. “Now they want to better their lives. They’ve learned from their mistakes. They want to become part of the working class, the middle class, and have an opportunity to go to school. That’s all they’re asking for.”

Flowers’ proposal, however, came at a time when colleges and universities throughout the country have come under criticism – and under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education – for not doing enough to respond to violent offenses on their campuses, particularly sexual violence.

As of March 29, according to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights website, both Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the University of Illinois – Chicago were under investigation for complaints involving their handling of sexual assault cases. So, too, were Chicago Public Schools and the Waukegan school district.

“This bill, as it stands, would put convicted felons in cohabitational dorms with 17- and 18-year-old youngsters leaving home for the first time,” said state Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore. “While I understand the need to forgive past misdeeds, I need the sponsor to know that situations will come up that warrant additional flexibility in the admissions process as it pertains to violent felons.”

The House took up the bill on the final day for both chambers of the General Assembly to pass substantive bills and send them to the other chamber.

Flowers argued that the exact contents of the bill still were being negotiated between the American Civil Liberties Union, which supports the measure, and higher education institutions including the University of Illinois system, which she said had concerns. But she said it was important to pass the bill on to the Senate in order for those negotiations to continue.

In the end, however, the House rejected the bill by a vote of 40-60. It wasn’t clear whether that would kill the legislation for the 2019 session, however, because lawmakers have a number of procedural moves they can use to resurrect bills later.

Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker expressed his support for the concept of a “ban-the-box” law for college admissions during a news conference later in the day.

“Remember why we talk about things like that sort of legislation. It’s because we want to make sure that those who have paid the price for a crime they’ve committed aren’t punished for the rest of their lives, and that they have an opportunity to get an education and get a job,” Pritzker said.

When asked about concerns for student safety on campuses, Pritzker said: “We’re going to make sure that we fund our universities well enough and make sure that they have secure situations on campus.”


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As a young, motivated resident in internal medicine, I began to moonlight in a freestanding, full-service psychiatric hospital. I became fascinated with the medical care of the psychiatric patient and the management of substance use disorders. In time, I became a director of Medical Services and Program Medical Director for Chemical Dependency Services and spent the better part of three decades developing expertise in the care of psychiatric patients. This is why I support a mental health reform bill, Senate Bill 640, by state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa). Never did I imagine I would live in a state which...
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На сайтах Госдумы и СФ опубликованы декларации и других представителей Прикамья. Член Совета Федерации Андрей Климов задекларировал доход за 2018 год в размере чуть более пяти миллионов рублей. Почти такой же доход — у депутатов Госдумы Андрея Исаева, Игоря Сапко, Игоря Шубина и Дмитрия Скриванова.
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Before a crowd of 4,000 people, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) launched his presidential campaign with a kick-off event in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey on Saturday afternoon. Booker, who was mayor of Newark before running for the Senate in 2013, evoked Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in his […]

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          Kommentar zu STANDPUNKTE • Sind Kleinparteien Hoffnung für Protestwähler? von Jochen Mitschka      Comment   Translate Page      
In der Antike gab es als Alternative zu Wahlen das Losverfahren. Damit schloss man Korruption weitgehend aus. D.h. gleich qualifizierte durften am Losverfahren teilnehmen, um ein Amt zu erhalten. Dass das nicht unbedingt alle Probleme löst, zeigte das Beispiel der Piraten im Berliner Senat. Offensichtlich muss es Kontroll-, Regulierungs- und Abwahlmöglichkeiten geben.
          Ted Cruz Staged a Hearing on Tech Bias. Senate Democrats Weren’t Having It.      Comment   Translate Page      
This week, Senate Democrats signaled they might be sick of dealing with claims from their Republican counterparts that Silicon Valley tech companies are biased against conservatives. On Wednesday, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) complained about purported bias to representatives from Twitter and Facebook during a hearing he chaired, almost every Democratic seat to his left […]
          How Bernie Sanders, The Socialist Senator, Amassed A $2.5 Million Fortune      Comment   Translate Page      
Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist senator from Vermont, is a fierce critic of the affluent in America. That’s a bit rich, considering he himself is well off. Sanders, 77, has, in fact, amassed an estimated $2.5 million fortune from real estate, investments, government pensions—and earnings from three books, including the 2016 hit Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. “I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” he recently told the New York Times, striking a downright Trumpian note. Since his bid for the Democratic nomination raised his profile in 2016,...
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As a young, motivated resident in internal medicine, I began to moonlight in a freestanding, full-service psychiatric hospital. I became fascinated with the medical care of the psychiatric patient and the management of substance use disorders. In time, I became a director of Medical Services and Program Medical Director for Chemical Dependency Services and spent the better part of three decades developing expertise in the care of psychiatric patients. This is why I support a mental health reform bill, Senate Bill 640, by state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa). Never did I imagine I would live in a state which...
          4/14/2019: Business: Scrapping India trade privileges may hit US consumers, senators say      Comment   Translate Page      
NEW DELHI. A US plan to end preferential duty-free imports of up to $5.6 billion from India could raise costs for American consumers, two US senators have told the US trade office, urging a delay in adopting the plan, and seeking more negotiations. If...
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Senator Ahmad Lawan for Senate President Group has said that their candidate is committed to stability and inclusiveness in the 9th National Assembly if voted into office. A statement issued by the group’s Spokesman, Sen Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said Ahmed Lawan has had several interactions between lawmakers and governors of the All Progressive Congress at […]

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TOMOHON, (manadotoday.co.id)—Dukungan terhadap Anggota DPD-RI/MPR-RI Ir Stefanus BAN Liow MAP untuk kembali menjadi Senator utusan Sulawesi Utara Periode 2019-2024) terus mengalir. Ini dikarenakan SBANL sudah terbukti dan teruji dalam melayani dan mengabdi kepada masyarakat serta gereja. Dukungan luas dari bapak-bapak gereja termasuk Panji Yosua tidak dapat dielakkan. SBANL yang dua periode Sekretaris dan akhirnya menjadi […]
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Two U.S. senators introduced a bill to ban online social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from tricking consumers into giving up their personal data.
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          Holy Smokes...did Washington State just pass a full-blown ACA Public Option??      Comment   Translate Page      

Back in January, 2nd-term Washington Governor and Democratic Presidential candidate Jay Inslee jumped fully onboard the Public Option train:

Inslee proposes ‘public option’ health-insurance plan for Washington

The proposal, which Inslee said is the first step toward universal health care, is geared in part to help stabilize the exchange, which has wrestled with double-digit premium increases and attempts by Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

...The proposal would have the state Health Care Authority contract with at least one health-insurance carrier to offer qualified health coverage on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, according to a summary of the proposal.

The plan would be designed with transparent and consistent deductibles, copays and coinsurance, according to the summary, and would “compete on premium price, provider networks, customer service, and quality.”

...Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said getting the legislation passed will be difficult, but is necessary, especially for people buying health insurance on the individual market who don’t qualify for a subsidy.

...Cody said insurance companies know about the proposed legislation and are not “overjoyed” about the plan.

As I noted at the time:

Well no, they wouldn't be, would they (except for whichever carrier wins the state contract, I presume).

Since January, however, I haven't really written much about Inslee's proposal. I obviously hoped it would be serious, but figured it was mostly just meant to bolster his progressive street cred for his Presidential run.

Well, guess what just happened?

Democrats in Olympia push through governor’s 'green' agenda and public healthcare coverage bills

...Another key item on the governor’s agenda is the so-called “public option” socialized health care coverage measure, SB 5526. This bill would create subsidized state-funded public health plans managed by regulated insurance companies. It would require the State Insurance Commissioner and the Health Care Authority to set up the socialized plans by 2021.

Side note: The term "socialized" is being misused here in my opinion, since the proposal would be neither socialized medicine (i.e., the healthcare providers wouldn't actually work for the government), nor would it be single payer (since enrollees would still be paying premiums, deductibles & co-pays).

These plans would be available through the state’s health care exchange to all residents, but the state would pay subsidies to individuals with incomes of up to five times the poverty level. Premiums would be limited to no more than ten percent of adjusted gross income, and payments to doctors and other health care providers would be restricted to Medicare-level limits.

That's like a trifecta of what progressives were dreaming of a decade ago when the ACA itself was originally being developed and voted on: A true public option, more subsidies available to more people and perhaps most significantly, Medicare-level rate setting. I didn't even know about the "bumping up subsidies to 500% FPL" part, but that's obviously welcome as well! For comparison California is hoping to bump APTC assistance up to 600% FPL, and the federal House Dems ACA 2.0 bill would remove the upper-threshold cap altogether...but 500% would still be better than 400%, especially if the policies were priced based on Medicare-level reimbursement rates.

In other words, if this actually goes into effect, it would be huge.

So, what actually happened this week?

The bill passed the Senate last month by a 36-13 vote, after a House version of the proposal, HB 1523, passed the House on a 57-41 party-line vote. The final proposal of the bill was incorporated in SB 5526 and passed the House on Wednesday by a 54-38 vote, with six members excused.

Changes to the bill made by the House will have to be approved by the Senate before it goes to the governor for his signature.

Holy crap on a stick! How did I not hear about any of these developments over the past month?? If I'm understanding this correctly, all that stands between Washington State and a full-blown, robust Public Option being added to their ACA Healthcare Exchange is for Gov. Jay Inslee a final vote in the state Senate and a signature by Gov. Inslee...and voila???

Well, ok, as noted above, it wouldn't go into effect until 2021, but still...this seems like a potentially massive healthcare development.

Here's the actual text of the bill itself (or at least of the "original" version...there's also a "Substitute" version and an "Engrossed Substitute"...I have no idea which one actually passed, but they're alll about the same length. It's surprisingly brief, actually...just four pages:

AN ACT Relating to increasing the availability of quality, 2 affordable health coverage in the individual market; adding a new 3 section to chapter 43.71 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 42.56 4 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 41.05 RCW; creating a new section; and providing an expiration date.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

NEW SECTION. Sec. 1

A new section is added to chapter 43.71 RCW to read as follows:

(1) The exchange, in consultation with the commissioner, the authority, an independent actuary, and other stakeholders, must establish up to three standardized health plans for each of the bronze, silver, and gold levels.

(a) The standardized health plans must be designed to reduce deductibles, make more services available before the deductible, provide predictable cost sharing, maximize subsidies, limit adverse premium impacts, reduce barriers to maintaining and improving health, and encourage choice based on value, while limiting increases in health plan premium rates.

(b) The silver standardized health plan must have an actuarial value between sixty-eight and seventy percent.

(c) The exchange may update the standardized health plans annually.

(d) The exchange must provide a notice and public comment period before finalizing each year's standardized health plans.

(e) The exchange must provide written notice of the standardized health plans to licensed health carriers by January 31st before the year in which the health plans are to be offered on the exchange.

(2)(a) Beginning January 1, 2021, any health carrier offering a qualified health plan on the exchange must offer one silver standardized health plan and one gold standardized health plan on the exchange. If a health carrier offers a bronze health plan on the exchange, it must offer one bronze standardized health plan on the exchange.

(b) For plan years 2021 through 2024, a health carrier offering a standardized health plan under this section may also offer nonstandardized health plans on the exchange subject to the following:

(i) For plan years 2021 and 2022, a health carrier may offer an unlimited number of nonstandardized health plans on the exchange;

(ii) For plan years 2023 and 2024, a health carrier may not offer more than three nonstandardized health plans in each of the bronze, silver, and gold levels on the exchange; and

(iii) The actuarial value of nonstandardized silver health plans offered on the exchange may not be less than the actuarial value of the standardized silver health plan.

(c) For health plan years beginning in 2025, a health carrier may not offer nonstandardized health plans in any metal level on the exchange.

(d) A health carrier offering a standardized health plan on the exchange under this section must continue to meet all requirements for qualified health plan certification under RCW 43.71.065 32 including, but not limited to, requirements relating to rate review and network adequacy.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 2.

A new section is added to chapter 42.56 RCW to read as follows:

Any data submitted by health carriers to the health benefit exchange for purposes of establishing standardized benefit plans under section 1 of this act are confidential and exempt from disclosure under this chapter.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 3.

A new section is added to chapter 41.05 RCW to read as follows:

(1) The authority, in consultation with the health benefit exchange, must contract with one or more health carriers to offer silver and gold qualified health plans on the Washington health benefit exchange for plan years beginning in 2021. A qualified health plan offered under this section must meet the following criteria:

(a) The qualified health plan must be a standardized health plan established under section 1 of this act;

(b) The qualified health plan must meet all requirements for qualified health plan certification under RCW 43.71.065 including, but not limited to, requirements relating to rate review and network adequacy;

(c) The qualified health plan must incorporate recommendations of the Robert Bree collaborative and the health technology assessment program; and

(d) The qualified health plan's fee-for-service rates for providers and facilities may not exceed the medicare rates for the same or similar covered services in the same or similar geographic area. For reimbursement methodologies other than fee-for-service, the aggregate amount the qualified health plan pays to providers and facilities may not exceed the equivalent of the aggregate amount the qualified health plan would have reimbursed providers and facilities using fee-for-service medicare rates.

(2) When implementing this section, the director must use a request for qualifications process. The director must review the qualifications of health carriers seeking to offer qualified health plans under this section and may negotiate with the health plans to the extent necessary to refine the health carriers' responses. The director must contract with all health carriers who meet the minimum qualifications.

(3) Nothing in this section prohibits a health carrier offering qualified health plans under this section from offering other health plans in the individual market.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 4.

(1) The Washington health benefit exchange, in consultation with the health care authority and the insurance commissioner, must develop a plan to implement and fund premium subsidies for individuals whose modified adjusted gross incomes are less than five hundred percent of the federal poverty level and who are purchasing individual market coverage on the exchange. The goal of the plan is to enable participating individuals to spend no more than ten percent of their modified adjusted gross incomes on premiums. The plan must also include an assessment of providing cost-sharing reductions to plan participants.

(2) The Washington health benefit exchange must submit the plan, along with proposed implementing legislation, to the appropriate committees of the legislature by November 15, 2020.

(3) This section expires January 1, 2021.

I keep thinking that I must be missing something here. The bill is only four typed pages, it seems to have quietly flown through both the WA state House and Senate with little notice outside the state, and there's zero details on where the funding for either the public option itself or the subsidies for those earning 400-500% FPL would come from.

There's nothing about submitting a 1332 waiver approval request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, which either means a) it wouldn't be needed since WA operates their own exchange and they intend on financing the entire PO using state funds, or b) that's covered by a separate document.

It's worth noting that Nevada actually pulled off a similar hat trick a couple of years ago (it was a Medicaid buy-in bill, not a Medicare-level Public Option)...and like this Washington development, that one also somehow flew under the radar until it was actually mostly through the process:

The Nevada state legislature quietly, and surprisingly, passed a Medicaid buy-in option for anyone in the state. I wrote about this back in April, but even I didn't think much of it at the time--I assumed it was more of a symbolic proposal than anything, or that it would die in committee at most. The details are important, of course, but assuming they make sense, this is exactly the sort of approach I would recommend in trying to gradually transition to some type of universal single-payer like system.

The biggest questions I'd want answered are 1) What type of coverage does Medicaid actually have in Nevada? It varies widely from state to state, so if NV's is pretty comprehensive, awesome, but if it's skimpy, that's not very helpful; 2) What sort of premiums/deductibles/co-pays would buy-in enrollees be looking at?; 3) What sort of impact would this have on the state budget?; and most significantly, 4) How many Nevada doctors/hospitals would accept these enrollees? Remember, the reason a significant chunk of healthcare providers don't accept Medicaid patients is because it only reimburses them around 50¢ on the dollar compared to private insurance.

Unfortunately, while the bill passed quickly through both the Nevada House and Senate, it was ultimately vetoed by then-GOP Governor Brian Sandoval.

The difference in Washington State, of course, is that not only do they have a progressive Democratic Governor...he's the one who actually proposed the Public Option in the first place.

In terms of funding...again, I see nothing.

How much would it actually cost? I'll run some very rough estimates tomorrow.

Stay tuned...


          How Trump Circumvents the Senate’s Advice and Consent      Comment   Translate Page      
The president relies on acting administrators to avoid the lawful order of succession when a job is vacant.
          Canada Has 5400 Serious Crimes per 100,000 population – Gov’t trying for 10,000      Comment   Translate Page      
The NRA reports Canada’s Socialist government, identical in principle to the government Democrats want to impose on Americans, and is trying for Severely restrictive gun laws. https://www.nraila.org/articles/20190412/canadian-senate-committee-rejects-handgun-ban-amendment-issues-bill-c-71-report Totalitarian style gun restrictions have been in Canada’s future sin e the last … Continue reading
          U.S. senators introduce social media bill to ban 'dark patterns' tricks https://reut.rs/2Ivlu5F pic.twitter.com/XPeCSp1WKx      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Saturday night owls: 'Why the Highlander Attack Matters'      Comment   Translate Page      

Robin D.G. Kelley and Makani Themba at The Nation write—Why the Highlander Attack MattersThe arson attack on the Highlander Center, a longtime leader in racial and social-justice work, is not merely a hate crime—it’s an act of war: 

News of the March 29 arson attack on the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, shocked and angered progressives across the country. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the blaze destroyed Highlander’s main office building, along with valuable organizational records and historic documents that had not been archived at the University of Wisconsin and other repositories. Yet, for the many familiar with its storied history of movement-building, research, radical education, and cultural work, the devastation goes much deeper than property loss. It’s as if a sanctuary was violated.

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And violated it was. Making crystal clear their terrorist intention, the attackers left their mark on the parking lot by spray-painting a symbol derived from the fascist Romanian Iron Guard during the 1930s that is commonly used by white supremacists. The same symbol was painted on one of the guns used in the recent murderous attack on two mosques in New Zealand, and scrawled alongside swastikas on the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus in November.

The attack on Highlander is the latest in a rising wave of racist terror targeting black, brown, and indigenous communities, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, and gender non-conforming folks. For Highlander’s co-executive directors, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and the Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele, the attack was disheartening, frustrating, and terrifying, but hardly surprising. “Because of our history,” they wrote in a recent press release, “we are not surprised that this space, one where marginalized people working across sectors, geographies, and identities, show up consistently, has been repeatedly targeted over our 87 years of existence.”

The leadership, staff, and many activists associated with Highlander’s ongoing social-justice work understand the attack as not merely a hate crime by misguided individuals but an act of war. Situated on about 200 acres of land just east of Knoxville, Tennessee, Highlander has long been on the front lines of a protracted war on workers, poor farmers, people of color, and other marginalized communities. In a region ravaged by the worst excesses of capitalist and racist exploitation—plant closures, environmental catastrophe from coal mining, dispossession, opioid addiction, state-sanctioned violence—Highlander is one of the few progressive safe spaces where movements connect, dream, and build for the local, national, and global fight back. [...]

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2007Another glowing Reid piece:

While the GOP leadership is under assault from their incompetence and corruption, ours continues to get glowing praise.

There's nothing fancy about Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate. Sartorially, he is a symphony in brown. He hails from a Nevada eye-blink called Searchlight, but isn't at ease in the spotlight. "I would just as soon never have a press conference," he says. An amateur boxer in his youth, the 65-year-old Reid's idea of a good time is to watch reruns of famous bouts on ESPN Classic. A favorite was on the other night: the 1955 epic between Archie Moore and Rocky Marciano. "Moore flattened Rocky early," Reid said. "Had him down, almost out. But by patience and sheer determination Marciano came back, round by round, and won. Both guys were cut and bloody when it was over." [...]

Reid, with 37 years in politics, is prospering partly by doing what shrewd boxers do in the early rounds to survive: let the other guy overreach. Proudly unphilosophical, he thinks the Democratic Party needs no soul-searching. "I believe in simplicity," he says. "Health care, pensions, energy independence--that's my agenda." [...]

While Reid himself is low-key, the allies he organizes throughout the city--polltakers, consultants, liberal lobbyists--are not. He has commissioned virtual "war rooms," which coordinate the use of focus-grouped attack language in ads and speeches on two main issues. The first was Social Security. Now comes the war of words over the Senate's hallowed "filibuster rule," which allows a minority of 41 members to use the privilege of talking endlessly to kill any legislative action--such as a judicial nomination they don't like. Reid's poll-tested line of attack: ending the filibuster rule would destroy the separation of powers envisioned by the Founding Fathers. It's not clear whether Frist has the support—or the nerve—to press for a vote on ending the rule. His own advisers are divided. 

Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.”


          Washington is about to become the next state to pass a 100% clean energy bill      Comment   Translate Page      

With a vote of 56-42, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a clean energy bill that would require the Evergreen State to use 100 percent clean energy for its electricity needs by 2045. The Associated Press reports that the amended bill goes back to the state Senate, but is expected to pass and get signed by Gov. Jay Inslee as one of his campaign promises.

The bill would require coal to be phased out by 2025, relying on a large amount of hydroelectric power until the state finds more carbon-free sources. This bit of legislation would potentially provide an even more stark juxtaposition of the conservative and progressive movements, with the Trump administration reportedly mulling over the idea of turning military bases on the coast of Washington state into coal export facilities.

When this bill is signed into law it will make Washington the fourth state, following Hawaii, California, and New Mexico, to commit to a 100 percent clean energy solution. 


          This week in the war on workers: 31,000 New England grocery workers strike      Comment   Translate Page      

More than 30,000 grocery store workers are on strike in New England after negotiations stalled between the workers, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers, and Stop & Shop, the region’s biggest grocery chain.

Stop & Shop’s parent company, Ahold Delhaize, saw over $2 billion in profit last year and got a US tax cut of $225 million in 2017,” the union said in a statement. “While Stop & Shop continues to propose drastically cutting worker benefits, Ahold shareholders voted on April 10 to give themselves an 11.1 percent raise in dividends over last year. The expected payout will be on April 25 for around $880 million.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined workers at a picket line on Friday, bringing donuts and telling them, “You fight for the dignity of working people.” Sens. Kamala HarrisKirsten GillibrandCory Booker, and Bernie Sanders also tweeted their support, as did fellow Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro and numerous Democratic members of Congress.

What you can do: DON’T cross the picket line. DO contact your local store to let them know you support the workers and want management to offer a fair deal. DO express support for workers on social media and, if you pass a picket line, in person. DO keep shopping at union stores if there’s one near you—see that list for options.


          Astronaut and Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly helps NASA study long term space flight      Comment   Translate Page      

Identical twin astronauts … is a very rare situation. And a terrific opportunity for a serious study of the health effects of long term spaceflight.

So while astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year in the International Space Station, his brother Mark Kelly—also an astronaut, husband to former Representative Gabby Giffords, and now Democratic candidate for Senate—remained on Earth. By comparing the health of both twins before, during, and after the flight, NASA researchers hoped get a better sense of the real effects of spaceflight and obtain data that will be especially valuable when planning long trips like getting humans to Mars or beyond.

This week the long-running “Twin Study” neared completion with the publication of a peer-reviewed “combined summary paper” in the journal Science. The paper represents the results prepared by ten research teams from across the United States looking at every aspect of the health of both twins. And those results have turned out to be surprising—and fairly optimistic—when it comes to the ability of the human body to withstand the rigors of zero gravity, radiation, and the other conditions expected to be encountered on any long space journey.

While some reports have presented the results as “brutal” and “harsh,” what the actual science shows is something unexpected enough to generate a real surprise.

Given that the majority of the biological and human health variables remained stable, or returned to baseline, after a 340-day space mission, these data suggest that human health can be mostly sustained over this duration of spaceflight

In other words … it wasn’t that bad. Or at least, not as bad as some researchers feared going into the study. That’s not to say that there weren’t some genuinely odd results — results like genes that switched on and off, an immune system that went into overdrive, and even lengthening and shrinking telomeres. But the end result of the twin study is that Mark Kelly and Scott Kelly are still very much twins.


           Comment on IBOGAINE: THE “ADDICTION CURE” BIG PHARMA’S DON’T WANT YOU TO HAVE by nicholas       Comment   Translate Page      
The US government lies about EVERYTHING . From Jefferson's Articles of the Confederacy to Lincoln actually wanting to free the slaves . Lets also not forget our own "LEBENSRAUM" in German , living space . This was Hitler's plan to gain more land in the East for his own people. At least Hitler did not LIE . If you read Mein Kampf and followed his early political career you knew what he was going to do. The US lies constantly. The Native Americans were effectively wiped out , more than what Hitler did to the Jews in Europe . They were demonized in the press , put in concentration camps , raped and murdered .Now the ones left live in abject poverty . A US Senator's median net worth is 3.2 million . What is your net worth minus your mortgage and other bills? You are 3 paychecks away from eating out of a dumpster . Why do you think there has been little trouble in Afghanistan ? Because there are US troops guarding warlords poppy plants from the Taliban . The amount of Heroin has increased 80-90% and purity levels have reached the same levels. They want your children hooked on dope . Because they make billions and billions for your child to stop . Can't you see it ? No you can't . You are too busy pushing buttons on your cell phone or cheating on your spouse . There is no such thing as an American race except Native Americans . We are all slaves . The government and Big Pharma have a plan for population control . It is already starting. Open your eyes , HIV , TB , measles , introducing drugs like Prep so people do not use condoms and therefore spread more disease . Remember this word : QUARANTINE . That is going to be the US government's euphemism for extermination , just like resettlement in Nazi Germany . In 1858 Lincoln did not want blacks to vote , sit on juries , inter-marry , join the military , etc. He wanted to send the blacks to Central America or Madagascar . As late as 4/11/1865 at a dinner with free blacks he argued for limited black suffrage . Does this sound like a man who wanted to free the slaves ? The civil war was about money and power . Honest , lying Abe wanted money from the tobacco and cotton the South was selling to Europe . He also wanted more power vested in the federal government . But the South said NO ! Read The Articles of The Confederacy that gives very limited power to the federal government and it's Gestapo . Duh . That is why they were called The Confederates . There should be a memorial to John Wilkes Booth rather than Hitler , oops I meant Lincoln who practically suspended The Bill of Rights . Even a congressman's net worth is $900,000 . Are you worth anything near that minus your bills.? If OPEC ever stopped accepting the US dollar as their only currency for payment , there will be such a crash in The US economy it will make The Depression seem like a minor recession. Now I am severely disabled so I sit in many doctor's office's. Crooks , lackey's all. I see Big Pharma's salesmen with their cheap suits and over-sized briefcases glad handing it with the doctor's. Suboxone is poison. You cannot quit . Methadone is poison . You cannot quit . Rehab centers do now work. Look at their total recovery % . It's very low . You are talking about hundreds of billions of dollars that just get funneled into Big Pharma's and our politicians pockets . If Ibogaine were legal there goes their hundreds of billions. It has less of a chance of being made legal by the FDA than I have of becoming a billionaire . The only reason why the government wants to make recreational marijuana legal is because they will tax it to death and laugh all the way to the bank. If you add up every tax you pay in NYC , sales tax , income tax , local , state and federal , gas tax , etc . you are paying over 60% of your salary in taxes . Has anything I have written being taught in schools ? Are you kidding . The government wants your children . They want boys to be girls and girls to be boys . Imagine girls playing football or hockey with men . It's hormones government . Men have testosterone and women have estrogen. That is why women are kinder , more gentle and nurturing . And men more violent , larger in body mass and more aggressive . Now there are 3 kinds of lies , lies , damn lies and statistics . Now in NYS our benevolent governor has increased the minimum wage to over $15.00 . Now I have heard literally dozens of stories and I can't really go out of people being laid off and other workers now doing 2 , 3 and 4 jobs because of all the layoffs . C'mon now , does a guy flipping burgers at a fast food joint deserve $30,000+ a year when teachers make about that . But our government will come out with it's own lies , oops I meant statistics saying everything is rosy while NY unemployment level is actually reaching depression levels. Reb above writes that Glaxo is being given $300 MILLION to develop more controlling drugs that will be harder to kick . I have had one hip replaced , one hip re-surfaced , my right shoulder has 2 cysts , a total tear , like ripped in 1/2 rotator cuff , and is unusable. My left shoulder and right knee are in similar condition and my left knee has a torn meniscus . I have had 3 major operations over the last 10-12 years and therefore got hooked on opiates . I did not like it and didn't want methadone so I figured suboxone was the best bet . Boy was I wrong . I take 3,200 mg. of Ibuprofen a day because doctor's hide under their desks at the mention of opiates . My primary doctor wanted me to take Mobic that besides having tons of side effects has a serious contradiction with a medication I already take. When they test your urine , you do not know about cross contamination or chain of evidence or are they lying to get you into to some program that you don't need . Even writing this I am afraid of The Gestapo and their willing accomplices The Totenkopfverbande . Look it up. I live in a state of terror , constant fear and anxiety because I know we live in a dictatorship . If you do not have a ton of money you are a total slave . That's it in a nutshell. In my capacity in my job I worked for The NYS Attorney General's office per diem , too bad . An assistant AG who I was assigned to called me and I quote the most honest man he has ever met . Writing this scares the hell out of me. And why ? Because I am telling the truth . And The Gestapo is all knowing and all seeing and there is a reason why per capita The US has the largest prison population in the world , So be afraid , be very AFRAID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
           Comment on It seems young adults are not as keen on socialism as some might fear by Shlomo Maistre       Comment   Translate Page      
<blockquote>It seems young adults are not as keen on socialism as some might fear</blockquote> Have you guys really learned nothing? The American people did not want Obamacare. Didn't matter. It still happened and even a Republican White House, Republican House, and Republican Senate didn't repeal it even after those Republicans were elected on the campaign pledge to do just that. The American people did not and do not want rampant illegal immigration into their country. Doesn't matter. The British people did not want UK membership in the EU. Doesn't matter. Young adults may not be as keen on socialism as some might fear. Doesn't really matter.
          California Is Trying to Turn College Health Centers Into Abortion Clinics with Taxpayer Dollars (Again)       Comment   Translate Page      

Last week, the California State Senate Health Committee approved in a 7-3 vote Senate Bill 24, known as the “College Student Right to Access Act.” This bill would amend the state’s public health code to require student health care clinics at all 34 California public colleges and universities to “offer abortion by medication techniques”—a.k.a “the abortion pill”—starting on January 1, 2023.

You may remember a similar bill (SB 320) that went forward last year, sponsored by the same senator, Connie Leyva (D-Chino). Thankfully, this was vetoed by then Democrat Governor Jerry Brown, who saw the mandate as “unnecessary” since “the services required by this bill are widely available off-campus.” In his veto statement he says that “according to a study supposed by supporters of this legislation, the average distance to abortion providers in campus communities varies from five to seven miles, not an unreasonable distance.”

The report he is referring to was commissioned by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), which is advocating in favor of the campus abortion mandate! But thankfully, a distance of five to seven miles was too short even for Governor Brown, and only showed how college campuses are targeted by the abortion industry.

SB 24 and last year’s SB 320 are virtually identical, with some changes in grant amounts and deadlines for implementation; other than that, they are the same in function. This means Sen. Leyva and other sponsors of the bill made no effort to fix the serious flaws with this type of mandate raised by both sides of the debate. Yes, even the universities themselves are apprehensive!

To bring this bill up for a second time without addressing its many serious flaws shows a reckless disregard for the 400,000 young women on these 34 public campuses.

In a previous blog, you can see what potential risks and liabilities would come with forcing colleges to dispense the abortion pill. Just two concerns (among many) about SB 24 are that this type of mandate once again has vague funding language and has no mention of support for women who choose not to abort and instead choose to parent the child.

Like the previously failed mandate, SB 24 claims it would only take effect after $10.2 million in private funds have been raised for the costs of equipment and “readiness” as the legislation states, but the language of the bill leaves open the possibility of taxpayer-funded abortion after 2023. It provides no safeguards to prohibit state funds or student fees from paying for the ongoing support of the program. Public funding of abortion is something we already know that a majority of Americans strongly oppose, yet SB 24 takes no precautions to prevent that.

In addition, this legislation offers no maternal assistance for women who choose not to abort! It just supports abortions. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that over a quarter of all undergraduate students are raising dependent children—yet no assistance is offered for them. Parenthood and education are compatible, and there are plenty of women who can prove that. To have a bill that purposefully goes out of its way to take away women’s children rather than help them raise their babies and continue their education is a slap in the face to “women’s empowerment” and grossly disregards the human dignity of the unborn.

Any abortion, no matter what stage of pregnancy it occurs at, is a life-changing experience. Even an early-stage chemical abortion can be quite traumatic. What makes chemical abortions unique from surgical abortions is that the mother will have to see and dispose of the remains of her aborted child. It is more than obvious that mental trauma would occur to a young woman who sees her abortion take place in her college dorm room or in a student health center bathroom. Is this really a good thing for a young college woman? I think not.

All in all, this type of bill could care less for women—it only cares about expanding the business of abortion.

Abortion proponents consider this mandate as model legislation for other states to follow, and California is vying to be the first state to implement it.

The California State Senate Health Committee passed the bill. It will now be referred to the State Senate’s Education Committee before going before the full Senate for a vote.

Sitting California governor Gavin Newsom has already insinuated his support for the bill, and this has given activists for SB 24 more optimism. However, it is still unknown how much support will actually come from the public universities themselves who remain apprehensive of the considerable liability that they would have to take on.

To take action on this reckless bill, you can contact California legislators on our action page.


          "Medieval" Times in Verona - A Report from the World Congress of Families       Comment   Translate Page      

[Note: Quotations in the following piece from speakers at the World Congress of Families may be paraphrased. They are based upon my own notes taken at the time, and in the case of speeches not given in English, based on the simultaneous translations provided by the Congress.]

I was privileged to attend and speak at the most recent World Congress of Families (WCF), held in Verona, Italy from March 29-31. Only after hearing what the Italian speakers at the Congress had to say did I realize that this may have been the most controversial of these events—in its own country—held so far.

The most frequently cited (and refuted) criticism of the WCF was that its views are “medieval.” After two days of hearing references from the podium to the attacks upon the Verona Congress, I finally went online to find Italian news in English to document what had gone on.

The source of the “medieval” charge was an Italian politician named Luigi Di Maio. He is the leader of a relatively young political party in Italy known as the “Five Star Movement” (abbreviated M5S), and is a co-deputy prime minister. He also asserted that the WCF was for “right-wing losers.”

Some Americans may not realize the extent to which a parliamentary system creates strange bedfellows. The Five Star Movement—described by Wikipedia as a populist party taking a “big tent” political position—won the most seats in the Italian Parliament in the 2018 elections, but not a majority. Therefore, it had to form a coalition with The League, a more conservative party centered in Northern Italy (where Verona is). Several League politicians were stronger supporters of the World Congress of Families—meaning that Di Maio’s attack was directed at his own coalition partners. Di Maio had said, “The League in Verona celebrates the Middle Ages, we do not.”

When a criticism is repeatedly cited by those who were the target of it, it has probably backfired (think of Hillary Clinton and the “basket of deplorables”). That may well have been the case with the “medieval” charge, which speaker after speaker at the WCF seized upon.

“This is an open community.”

For example, Luca Zaia, President of the Veneto Region where Verona is located (roughly the equivalent of a governor in the U.S.), told the opening session of the Congress, “You must thank those who attacked you—you have become well known!”

Part of the reason defenders of the World Congress were able to take the high ground from critics was because of the heavy-handed efforts not only to stigmatize the event, but to prevent it from taking place at all. This had the effect of turning defenders of free speech into defenders of the World Congress, and vice versa.

Zaia reported, “I’ve been attacked a lot—people said we should not have this event in Verona.” However, he declared, “This is an open community as long as I am here. There is freedom for everyone to talk. The fundamental rule is to have respect for everybody . . . I do not consider this the middle ages.”

“Everyone has a right to express their own ideas.”

Federico Sboarina, the Mayor of Verona, struck a similar note. “In my city, everyone has a right to express their own ideas—no one has a right to intimidate them. Verona is being depicted as a ‘medieval’ city. It’s those who stop people from speaking freely who are ‘medieval.’”

“The worst thing you can do is prohibit [an] idea.”

This theme of free speech even led to an unscheduled appearance by Italian radio host Giuseppe Cruciani. He said bluntly, “I’m not one of you,” as far as pro-family and pro-life policy is concerned. However, he noted that “for weeks now, there has been a campaign against this event.” He said he had learned from his experience in radical politics, “If you want to fight an idea, the worst thing you can do is prohibit that idea.” Therefore, Cruciani pledged, “Every time they want to stop you from expressing your opinion, I will be with you, even though I do not agree with you.”

“The media . . . want to suppress freedom of expression.”

Writer Maria Giovanna Maglie said, “The controversy actually attracted me; but I didn’t think the attack would be so violent. If you read the papers, you would think we were here to create an outrageous scandal, to celebrate the funerals of freedom and liberty.”

Actually, she said, “Freedom is of fundamental importance—but much of the media is here to stop it. They want to suppress freedom of expression.”

“Does the World Congress of Families promote hatred?” she asked. “No, it promotes the family” (and “so does the Italian constitution,” she noted. Article 29 of that document says, “The Republic recognizes the rights of the family as a natural society founded on marriage.”).

“If you are pro-life, why should you be called ‘medieval?’” asked Maglie. She referred to political correctness as “a new authoritarianism,” and drew prolonged applause when she concluded by calling on all to resist its “tyranny.”

“This event has become a symbol of freedom.”

Sandro Oliveri, President of the Federation of Italian Pentecostal Churches, praised the organizers of the Congress, saying that they “have been very brave in light of what you have faced in the last few days,” including “aggressiveness and violence.”

“This event has become a symbol of freedom,” he declared—although not the kind promoted by those who “think that freedom is [only] to say what they agree with.”

“Why should people be afraid of talking about family?” Oliveri wondered. “This is about protecting the weakest people, the children.”

“Saying no” to practices that harm women and children “does not limit anyone’s freedom,” he insisted. “It does not mean to be ‘medieval.’”

“So much hatred”—but toward the World Congress of Families, not from it

For Lorenzo Fontana, Italy’s Minister for the Family and Disabilities, the attacks on the WCF had a personal cost. “I saw so much hatred in the polemics of the last few days,” he said. “I had to be accompanied by twice as many police as usual in my own city. Many people suffered: my wife was ill-treated at work because of the polemics. My child has been discriminated against at kindergarten because she is the daughter of Minister Fontana.”

Fontana addressed another stereotype about the Congress. “I was told that those at that Congress are against women who work,” he said. “I was told I wanted to keep women at home.” In reality, he insisted the opposite is true—“All the women in my life work!” Instead, what he wants to do is to aid female employment by facilitating “work-life balance.”

“Having a child is positive for business,” Fontana declared, citing research showing “an increase in productivity” with mothers in the workplace. “Unfortunately,” he lamented, “some people in Italy still have a ‘medieval’ view and don’t understand these things!”

The real “backward thinkers”

The fieriest speech at the Congress came from Giorgia Meloni, a member of the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of the Italian parliament) and president of a conservative political party known as the Brothers of Italy. One article describes Meloni as the “leading lady of Italy’s right.”

“They said we are medieval, depressives, losers,” Meloni said. “I reject these [charges] and send them back to those who formulated them.” They are the real “backward thinkers,” she insisted. “A loser comes to insult us when we talk about families,” she declared. “Losers are those who accept abortion at the ninth month!”

“The fascists are gone.”

The highest-ranking government official to address the Congress was Matteo Salvini, who serves as both Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the current Italian government, and who was described last year by Time magazine as “the most feared man in Europe.” Salvini said that the criticism of the World Congress of Families had been “surreal,” with people asking him, “Are you sure you want to go to Verona? It’s the middle ages, losers, right-wing people.”

Several of the officials who spoke at the Congress are referred to in the media as “far right” or even “neo-fascist”—but it is hard to know how seriously to take those characterizations, coming from outlets that unquestioningly accept the Southern Poverty Law Center’s designation of mainstream conservative organizations like the World Congress of Families and Family Research Council as “hate groups.” Responding to such attacks, Salvini said wearily, “The fascists are gone;” but then added wryly, “There are still communists, though.” Salvini also declared, “Racism and excessive religious beliefs are not here in this room—it is others who are [wrongly] judging us.”

Grazie, Italia!

Given the ferocity of the attacks, the organizers of the World Congress of Families (especially Chairman Antonio Brandi) deserve tremendous credit for persevering. And the speakers who braved the criticism to address and/or actively support the Congress deserve the thanks of all those of us who attended. Special kudos to those not even part of the pro-family movement who nevertheless stood for the principal of free speech. To all of these, I say—Grazie, Italia!


          04/13 Links: Trump says Netanyahu election win means a ‘better chance for peace’; The Implosion of Jeremy Corbyn; Ilhan Omar, Con Artist; Elan Carr: Boycotting Israel is Anti-Semitic; EU's Collusion with Iran      Comment   Translate Page      
From Ian:

The Implosion of Jeremy Corbyn
According to polling by The Jewish Chronicle, 85 percent of British Jews now think that Corbyn is anti-Semitic. And that was before this week’s bombshell: documents obtained by The Sunday Times showing that Labour failed to investigate hundreds of anti-Semitism complaints, and let hundreds more slide. The documents show not only that Labour’s procedures for investigating anti-Semitic incidents were—despite public assurances to the contrary—dismally subpar, but also that members of Corbyn’s office directly intervened in more than one in 10 investigations, despite having claimed that they were impartial.

A council candidate who said that Jewish members of Parliament were “Zionist infiltrators” was allowed to continue his campaign. Out of 863 alleged incidents detailed in the files, only 29 resulted in a party member being expelled; 145 resulted in a “formal warning”—which is largely meaningless—and 191 cases were resolved as requiring no action. The rest, the Times reports, are unresolved, including 249 that haven’t even been opened.

A Labour spokesperson said that the report “does not reflect the full details … and is not up to date,” a non-denial that did nothing to stem the bleeding. That evening, the Jewish Labour Movement—one of the party’s oldest affiliates, linked to Labour since 1903—passed a vote of no confidence in Corbyn.

A year earlier, in March 2018, the story broke that Corbyn had been a member of three secret Facebook groups in which virulent anti-Semitic memes were sometimes shared. Understandable, perhaps, in radical campaign circles. My enemy’s enemy is my friend, right? We’re protesting an occupation, not forming a government. There’s nothing anti-Semitic about deploring Israel Defense Forces violence in Gaza, but if Palestine is your cause, sometimes you’re going to meet people who really just hate Jews—just like if Israel is your cause, sometimes you’re going to meet people who really just hate Muslims.

In one of the groups, Corbyn wrote supportively to the artist of a mural in London. It wouldn’t have been so bad—just a throwaway comment—except the mural depicted anti-Semitic tropes so blatant you could see them from space, hook noses and all. Corbyn trying to apologize was an agonizing sight. “I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on,” he said. “I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused.” It was as if, in a lifetime of fighting for causes—framing the world as good versus evil—he never really learned how to say sorry.

Abe Greenwald: Ilhan Omar, Con Artist
You see? She’s just an all-loving, rage-filled, anti-Semitic victim of prejudice.

If you set aside the canned baby talk of her speeches and articles, her actions don’t reveal much in the way of understanding and compassion. Or was she “showing up with love” when she claimed that Americans who support Israel are guilty of “allegiance to a foreign country” and that pro-Israel American leaders are somehow being paid off to support the Jewish state, and that—lest we forget—“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel?” Are all these examples of what she sees as a “mission as humans to love one another”?

Whenever Omar gets called out for her anti-Semitism or anti-Americanism, she makes a steady retreat back to the faux-compassion and understanding, simultaneously vowing to “learn” from her actions and claiming innocent victimhood. It’s then that her liberal supporters seize on her sunny rhetoric and denounce all the criticism that’s come her way. That’s precisely what’s been happening since she was caught describing 9/11 as a null event.

The con artist will thrive as long her marks are willing to be conned. Which is to say, Ilhan Omar has a bright future in the Democratic Party.
Seeking Israel From the Left
Israel has always been a Rorschach test for the left, Susie Linfield argues in her new book about intellectuals' writings on the first decades of the Jewish home state. And she's right, if not quite in the way she may have intended the metaphor.

Yes, Israel is like a Rorschach test, in the sense that many people over the 70 years of the country's existence have seen in its abstract representation some strange specificity wrought by their own fervid imagination. But Israel is like a Rorschach test in another and more important way. Something disturbing is revealed when the symmetrical inkblots of a Rorschach test provoke descriptions of violence and hatred. And something just as disturbing is revealed when the image of Israel provokes ferocious anger and unrelenting hostility.

Which it does, for a large percentage of the left these days. In her introduction and conclusion, Linfield points out that Israel was created by people who were often socialists, and it enjoyed considerable support among leftists in the West into the 1960s. But somehow, these days, Israel faces a violent antipathy from the left. An important task for historians lies in exploring how that reversal came about.

Linfield, a journalism professor at NYU, is a self-proclaimed leftist worried about the ways in which anti-Zionism has led to a surge of anti-Semitism. And yet, despite her interest in the question of why the left has rejected Israel, she attempts something different in The Lions' Den. In essence, she attacks the premise. Examining the work of prior generations of prominent intellectuals and journalists, The Lions' Den suggests that Israel has always provoked strange notions in intellectuals.

The figures Linfield takes up are a gallery of prominent Jewish left-leaning thinkers from the 1940s on—especially in her chapters on Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, Isaac Deutscher, Maxime Rodinson, I.F. Stone, and Noam Chomsky. She focuses as well on two further figures: Fred Halliday (the only gentile writer she takes up) and Albert Memmi (the Tunisian writer and only non-Westerner in the book). All of them were sometime Zionists, and all of them indulged anti-Zionism. By describing their intellectual journeys—and their intellectual peculiarities—Linfield hopes to illuminate the left's odd
relation to Israel.



Pompeo says PM’s West Bank sovereignty vow won’t hurt Trump peace plan
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said he did not believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talk of extending Israeli sovereignty to West Bank settlements would hurt the Trump administration’s long-gestating peace plan.

His comments would appear to indicate that the US plan does not provide for Palestinian statehood, or even for Palestinian control of substantive contiguous territory in the West Bank.

Asked during a CNN interview by anchor Jake Tapper whether he thought Netanyahu “vowing to annex the West Bank” could hurt the US proposal, Pompeo answered “I don’t.”

“I think that the vision that we’ll lay out is going to represent a significant change from the model that’s been used,” he added.

“We’ve had a lot of ideas for 40 years. They did not deliver peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” he said. “Our idea is to put forward a vision that has ideas that are new, that are different, that are unique, that tries to reframe and reshape what’s been an intractable problem.”

He said the Trump administration wanted “a better life” for both Israelis and Palestinians.

In interviews days before the elections, Netanyahu said he intended to gradually apply Israeli law to all settlements, and that he hoped he could do so with the agreement of the United States.
Trump says Netanyahu election win means a ‘better chance for peace’
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his win in the Israeli election, and said it would improve the chances of success for his administration’s much-anticipated peace plan.

“I think we have a better chance now that Bibi has won,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before heading to Texas, using Netanyahu’s nickname. “The fact that Bibi has won, I think we’ll see some pretty good actions in terms of peace.”

“Everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and Palestinians. I think we have a chance and I think we now have a better chance,” the US president added.

The White House has said it would release its peace proposal following the elections in Israel, though a report on Israeli television earlier this week said the exact timing would be dependent on the outcome of the vote.

With over 97 percent of ballots counted, and his Likud party and fellow right-wing and religious parties poised to secure a clear majority of Knesset seats, Netanyahu emerged from Tuesday’s elections in the best position to muster a coalition.

“I’d like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu. It looks like that race has been won by him. It may be a little early but I’m hearing he’s won it and won it in good fashion,” Trump said.
Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: Trump Peace Plan Likely to Be Very Different From Previous Initiatives
President Donald Trump’s upcoming peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will likely be very different from previous such attempts, said Algemeiner editor-in-chief Dovid Efune on Thursday.

Speaking to i24 News, Efune said of the Trump plan, “We’ve suspected for a long time that it’s going to be quite different from what people are expecting. When we’ve spoken about peace plans in the past, typically there’s this land-for-peace equation, there’s a two-state solution, there is a framework which we’ve come to expect over decades. I’d be very surprised if its going to be along those lines.”

“I think we’re going to see a regional initiative,” he added. “We’ve had assurances time and time again from different members of the Trump administration that they would not be looking to predetermine the outcome. They won’t be coming to the table and saying, ‘Here’s what the results should be.’”

“It’s about creating a framework,” said Efune. “It’s about empowering, creating incentives, and trying to broaden the issue to regional peace and not just the Israeli-Palestinian discussion.”


Bill Clinton: Netanyahu ‘knows how to hit people where they’re tender’
Former US President Bill Clinton hailed the political prowess of newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the “highly intelligent” Israeli leader should never be underestimated, but adding a back-handed compliment.

“You should never underestimate him, he’s highly intelligent, he understands his electorate,” Clinton said on stage Thursday at an event in New York City, as final vote counts in Israel confirmed that Netanyahu is heading for a fifth term as prime minister.

Then Clinton added: “He’s smart and able and he knows how to hit people where they’re tender.”

Clinton was speaking at an event at the Beacon Theater alongside his wife, former US secretary of state and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“There’s lots of minority parties in Israel, and more of them are aligned with the settler movement or religious fundamentalism than secularism or wanting peace,” he said. “Israel is a vital democracy, and they are having these debates and they will work it out.”

“There has to be some approach to reconciling the security needs of the Israelis with the need for greater autonomy and governance by the Palestinians,” Clinton said.


Boycotting Israel is Anti-Semitic, Says Newly-Sworn In Envoy Elan Carr
The United States swore in Elan Carr as the new Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism on Thursday after the position had been left vacant since January 20, 2017.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo administered the oath of office. The secretary remarked that Carr, a Jewish-American Army veteran and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, was chosen for the “fierceness and vigor that he’ll bring to combating anti-Semitism.”

The envoy’s position was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. On his first day in the congressionally mandated post, Carr vowed to fight the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and described the organized boycott of Israel as anti-Semitic.

“An individual has a right to buy or not buy what they please. However, if there is an organized movement to economically strangle the state of Israel, that is anti-Semitic,” Carr said. “We are going to focus relentlessly on eradicating this false distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.”




Pete Buttigieg calls Mike Pence a ‘Pharisee.’ Here’s why that angers Jews
Pete Buttigieg has a word he likes to use to describe Vice President Mike Pence: “Pharisee.”

Jewish scholars would like him to stop doing that.

Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is running a dark horse campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has advanced the idea of liberal candidates using religious language to express their values.

The flip side of that, Buttigieg says, is that Republican leaders don’t practice the religious values they preach. He takes particular aim at Pence, who often speaks of his own conservative Christian values while serving under President Donald Trump. Buttigieg has criticized Trump for paying off an adult film actress with whom he allegedly had an affair.

Buttigieg believes that reeks of hypocrisy, so he uses an age-old Christian metaphor for hypocrites: the Pharisees.

“There’s an awful lot about Pharisees in there,” Buttigieg told The Washington Post this week, referring to the New Testament while discussing Pence. “And when you see someone, especially somebody who has such a dogmatic take on faith that they bring it into public life, being willing to attach themselves to this administration for the purposes of gaining power, it is alarmingly resonant with some New Testament themes, and not in a good way.”

The Pharisees were one of several Jewish sects during the first century, the time of Jesus. They also included the rabbis of the Talmud and the creators of Rabbinic Judaism, the ideological ancestor of mainstream Jewish practice today.

But in Christian discourse, the Pharisees have taken on the role of “hypocrites, fools and a brood of vipers, full of extortion, greed, and iniquity,” wrote Amy-Jill Levine, a professor at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, in an article in Sojourners magazine. That’s because the New Testament Gospels say Pharisee leaders criticized Jesus and lambaste them for hypocrisy.
Rivlin rebukes Bolsonaro: ‘No one will order forgiveness of the Jewish people’
President Reuven Rivlin on Saturday rebuked his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro for saying this week that the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten.

“No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests,” he said.

“What [the Nazis] did to us is etched into our memory, the memory of an ancient people,” Rivlin wrote on Twitter.

“We will never cooperate with those who deny the truth or try to erase it from memory — not by individuals and groups, not by party leaders and not by heads of state,” he wrote, the last being in apparent reference to Bolsonaro.

“We will never forgive and never forget. No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests.”

Rivlin said the Jewish people would “always fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” while calling on politicians not to wade into historically fraught matters. “Political leaders are responsible for shaping the future. Historians describe the past and research what happened. Neither should stray into the territory of the other,” he said.
Yad Vashem slams Bolsonaro after Holocaust comments
President Reuven Rivlin and Yad Vashem took Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to task on Saturday for saying the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten.

“We can forgive, but we cannot forget,” said Bolsonaro – a strong supporter of Israel who has reversed his country’s previously negative positions regarding Israel – at a meeting with Evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
“Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future. We need to act so that the Holocaust will not repeat itself,” the Brazilian leader said.
Iranian forces said killed in reported Israel airstrike on Syria missile factory
A number of Iranian forces were reportedly killed in an airstrike on a Syrian military position near the city of Masyaf in western Hama province overnight Friday-Saturday. Syrian state media said Israeli jets carried out the raid in the middle of the night, firing missiles while flying in Lebanese airspace.

Syria’s official state news agency SANA said Israel targeted a military site in the area, but that Syrian air defenses intercepted the attack, downing some of the missiles fired. The regime mouthpiece said the interception resulted in the destruction of several buildings and the wounding of three “fighters.” The area is known to house Iranian forces and their Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

According to a report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Arabic, Iranian “elements” and pro-Iranian militants were killed in the alleged attack, and 17 people were injured.

Israel does not regularly comment on alleged strikes in Syria, though it has acknowledged some operations.

The Observatory said Saturday that the strike targeted a Syrian military college in the town and two buildings used by Iranian forces in nearby villages — a development center for medium-range missiles in Zawi and a training camp in Sheikh Ghadban.
Abbas swears in new PA government led by his Fatah ally, Mohammad Shtayyeh
A new Palestinian Authority government was sworn in by PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, a month after he tapped longtime ally Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of his Fatah party, as the next premier.

The 61-year-old Shtayyeh is replacing Rami Hamdallah, who served as prime minister of the Palestinian government since 2013. He is seen as being critical of the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers, as well as a proponent of continuing peace talks with Israel.

The new 21-member cabinet includes some fresh faces, but senior officials, such as Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki and Finance Minister Shukri Bishara, are keeping their positions.

Novelist Atef Abu Seif of Gaza, who was recently badly beaten during Hamas’s crackdown on protesters in the Strip, will become culture minister.

Shtayyeh’s government replaces a technocratic administration, which had the nominal backing of Hamas and all other Palestinian factions.
Thousands protest along Gaza border, 15-year-old shot dead - report
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the stomach during clashes with IDF forces east of the Jabaliya refugee camp, according to the Hamas Health Ministry on Friday.

According to the report, two other people were injured by gunfire in clashes with IDF forces east of Gaza City, when 9,000 demonstrators protested in five locations along the Gaza border.

A Palestinian was arrested after cutting the fence into Israel, waving a Palestinian flag.

The border protests began on March 30th and has seen over half a million people violently demonstrating along the security fence with Israel demanding an end to the 12-year long blockade, congregating at points along the border range between several thousand to 45,000 each day.

The one year anniversary of the border riots last week saw some 40,000 Palestinians demonstrate along the border fence and saw three Palestinians killed by IDF fire.

The cross-border violence immediately played into Israel's election campaign, which concluded earlier this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heading toward a record fifth term in office.

But Egyptian mediators intervened to avoid further escalation by persuading Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza and expand the breadth of Mediterranean waters where Gazans can fish.
EU's Collusion with Iran
The main purpose of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) is to ensure that Europe -- and potentially third countries -- can continue doing business with the mullahs in Iran without risking US penalties for contravening US sanctions.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini seems strongly committed to ensuring that Iran -- and Europe -- continue receiving economic benefits from the illegal, unsigned, and unratified Iran nuclear deal. Mogherini insisted that Iran is complying with the JCPOA. It is not. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, referring to documents seized by Israel, stated that the nuclear deal was "built on lies" .

No amount of human rights abuses, however atrocious -- or terrorism, even against its own citizens; or cheating to acquire deliverable nuclear capability to unleash on Israel, the US and eventually threaten the entire West -- will, it seems, deter the EU from its criminal collusion with Iran. Europe seems determined to wade into its own destruction with its eyes wide open.
The IAEA’s Blind Spots on Iran’s Nuclear Program
On April 9, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani boasted that “today and throughout the past year, we have launched 114 new technologies via the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. This is the message to the world: You have not succeeded, and you will not succeed in preventing the progress and development of the Iranian people and their nuclear program. If yesterday you feared our IR-1 centrifuges, well, here you go!”

He has reason to boast. The 2015 Iranian nuclear deal brokered by former President Barack Obama was extremely weak, but yet, given its weaknesses, the agency that was expected to monitor Iran’s compliance has been exceedingly lax.

On April 4, The Wall Street Journal reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspected a warehouse in Tehran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year said housed nuclear equipment and materials.

When negotiating the Iranian nuclear deal, President Obama promised “anytime, anywhere inspections.” Yet six months elapsed from Netanyahu’s speech until the inspection. The question is what took the IAEA so long?


WaPo Rushes to Defend Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 Remarks, Fails Spectacularly
The Washington Post, in full white knight mode, rushed to Omar’s defense in publishing a piece in which they claimed context was needed.

After quoting several lines from her speech (which did not change what she said), “fact checker” Glenn Kessler wrote:

We will leave it to readers to determine whether Omar should have referred to “terrorists” or if the context for “some people” is clear from the speech.

When we listened to the whole speech, we were reminded of President George W. Bush’s phrasing in two famous moments after the Sept. 11 attacks.

“I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!” – Bullhorn address to Ground Zero rescue workers, Sept. 14, 2001


The other one was an Islamic Center speech in which President Bush defended Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11.

Kessler suggests that Bush’s bullhorn comments and the ones he made defending Muslims were no different than Omar’s speech.

In reality, the context surrounding Bush’s speeches meant everything after the terrorist attacks. He was by no means downplaying what happened. In the coming weeks and months, his administration would respond forcefully to the attacks.

On the other hand, the context the Post provided for Omar’s speech didn’t do her any justice. In fact, the context provided by the full video made her “some people did something” quote even worse.

Making things worse still is Omar’s widely-known reputation for repeating anti-Semitic tropes, which is a significant context for drawing conclusions about what Omar says all on its own.
Group Planning NY Rally Urging Schumer To Get Ilhan Omar Off Foreign Affairs Committee
A group called The Coalition to Get Ilhan Omar off the Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a rally on May 19 titled “Operation: Schumer’s Doorstep.”

The group states: “The Coalition seeks to mobilize Americans of all political, ethnic and religious backgrounds who are concerned about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s continuing presence on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Coalition’s first goal is to enlist (through all reasonable means of persuasion granted by the Constitution) Senator Schumer in the cause. The event will be part peaceful protest, prayer vigil, and press conference.”

The rally will be held outside Schumer’s building by Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

The group counsels, “We’d like people of faith to lead a prayer calling for Schumer to gain the courage of his convictions so that from this moment on, the senator will fight with every fiber of his being to drive Omar off the committee. We pray for him to become the Shomer he has always said he is.”



Dems to Redefine Hate Crime as ‘Disagreeing with Ilhan Omar About Anything’ (satire)

Claiming that existing language did not go far enough to protect victims of racism and Islamophobia, House Democrats have passed a bill redefining the term “hate crime” to include “any criticism of, or disagreement with, Representative Ilhan Omar.”

The bill comes after Omar’s description of the September 11 attacks as “some people did something” sparked outrage and led to criticism that she showed a lack of sensitivity towards victims of the attacks. Her defenders, however, said these criticisms led to death threats against the Congresswoman.

“Clearly, there could only be one reason that someone would criticize an elected member of Congress, and that is sheer bigotry,” Representative Ro Khanna said on the House floor. “No criticism of Congresswoman Omar’s religious beliefs, her actions, or her political views will be tolerated.”

After initially resisting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to bring the bill to the floor after several progressive party members threatened to lock themselves in their rooms until she agreed to do so. For some freshman lawmakers, however, the bill does not go far enough.
University of North Carolina Condemns ‘Disturbing, Hateful Language’ After Palestinian Rapper Performs Self-Described ‘Antisemitic Song’
The interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has rebuked a recent campus performance by a Palestinian rapper who sang a self-described “antisemitic song” and asked audience members to invoke Mel Gibson when participating.

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar of the hip hop group DAM performed at UNC on the evening of March 22, as part of a 3-day academic conference on the Gaza Strip. The conference was sponsored by the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and co-sponsored by multiple departments.

“This is my antisemitic song,” Nafar was recorded saying in a clip shared by filmmaker Ami Horowitz.

“Let’s try it together,” the rapper said while encouraging audience members to join him. “I need your help, I cannot be antisemitic alone.”


New York Times Suggests “Terrorist” Label for Israel
These contorted paragraphs are a prime example of how the newspaper’s preoccupation with casting Israel in a negative light comes at the expense of a well-informed public. Straightforward coverage of the U.S. decision about the Revolutionary Guard would leave readers with a clear understanding of the American criteria for designating Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would forthrightly describe the U.S. justification for applying the designation to Iran, and would not mislead about the State Department’s policy direction.

CAMERA’s billboard outside the New York Times building calls out the newspaper’s biased and inflammatory coverage.

What’s the actual criteria for designating a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), if not use of violence by intelligence services? The Foundation for Defense of Democracies explains that
U.S. law defines “terrorism” as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” To be designated as an FTO under U.S. law, a foreign organization must engage in terrorism or terrorist activities that “threatens the security of United States nationals or the national security of the United States.”

That’s easy enough. And easy enough for a Times reporter to research. The passages in quotes come directly from the US Code. Similar language appears on the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations web page, which notes that in order to be listed, an organization must engage in “terrorist activity or terrorism” and “must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security … of the United States.”

That’s why use of violence by, for example, a French intelligence agency doesn’t put that agency at risk for being designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The U.S. didn’t view their use of force as terrorism, and doesn’t regard their ally’s actions as threatening American security. The same goes for Israeli intelligence — which works closely with American intelligence agencies.
Jewish Canadian mayor: ban on wearing religious symbols 'ethnic cleansing'
The Jewish mayor of a Canadian town compared a proposed bill that would bar religious symbols on some public workers to “ethnic cleansing.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked William Steinberg, mayor since 2005 of the affluent town of Hampstead in Montreal’s west end, to apologize for the remark.

“We shouldn’t use words like that,” Trudeau, who opposes the bill, told reporters in Ottawa last Friday. “We don’t need to go to extremes.”

Steinberg instead defended using the term, saying he meant “ethnic cleansing” only in a “non-violent” sense.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, B’nai Brith and human rights groups have denounced the proposed law as discriminatory and contrary to Canadian human rights charters, but polls consistently show most Quebecers supporting it by a healthy majority.
SpaceIL chief: ‘Beresheet 2 starts tomorrow, we’ll put our flag on the moon’
Following the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s failure to land safely on the moon this week, SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn on Saturday announced he was launching project Beresheet 2, effective immediately, adding: “We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.”

The small spacecraft, the world’s first privately funded moon lander, crashed into the lunar surface Thursday night during an attempted landing, apparently due to a technical glitch that caused its main engine to stop mid-landing.

Appearing on Channel 12’s “Meet the Press,” South African-born billionaire Kahn said work on the successor to Beresheet would start Sunday.

“The response we’ve gotten has been amazing. The amount of thank yous and letters is amazing,” he said. “Over the weekend I’ve had time to think about what happened, and the truth is seeing all the encouragement and support from people all over the world is amazing.

“It gave me time to think and I thought it would be a shame to leave things like that. I’ve come to announce a new project: Beresheet 2. We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.”

He added that “Project Beresheet 2 begins tomorrow… A mission team will be meeting tomorrow to start work.”


Space Industry Leaders Praise Israel’s SpaceIL for Beresheet Moon Mission
Astronauts and scientists at the US space agency NASA commended the Israeli non-profit organization SpaceIL for its efforts after its spacecraft “Beresheet” failed to land safely on the moon on Thursday.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “While NASA regrets the end of the SpaceIL mission without a successful lunar landing of the Beresheet lander, we congratulate SpaceIL, the Israel Aerospace Industries and the state of Israel on the incredible accomplishment of sending the first privately funded mission into lunar orbit.”

“Every attempt to reach new milestones holds opportunities for us to learn, adjust and progress,” he added. “I have no doubt that Israel and SpaceIL will continue to explore and I look forward to celebrating their future achievements.”

Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, wrote in a Twitter message to SpaceIL, “Never lose hope – your hard work, teamwork, and innovation is inspiring to all!” European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake expressed disappointment over Beresheet’s failed moon landing but said SpaceIL has “much to be proud of.”

Beresheet lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Feb. 22 and succeeded in entering the moon’s orbit, a feat only seven countries have accomplished. It is assumed that the aircraft crashed into the surface of the moon.
The forgotten female WWII-era spy who stayed silent under gruesome Nazi torture
Despite unimaginable torture by the Nazis, imprisonment in concentration camps and uncertainty over the fate of her lover and fellow spy, Allied agent Odette Sansom never betrayed the clandestine ring she was part of in occupied France during World War II.

While operating under the code name “Lise,” the French-born, British-residing Sansom helped aid the resistance in her homeland. Her actual name — which changed after the war during her several marriages — would be honored in the annals of espionage when she received the George Cross after the war. She was the first woman who had faced enemy fire to receive the honor, the second-highest award in the UK.

A posthumous UK postage stamp honoring her for her wartime service lists her as Odette Hallowes, the surname of her third husband.

While her exploits made her a celebrity in ensuing years, Sansom has become largely forgotten. A recently published book, “Code Name Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy,” by Larry Loftis, aims to set the record straight.

“It’s a story of a particular heroine whom 99 percent of people — 99 percent of WWII historians — probably don’t know who she is,” Loftis told The Times of Israel. “Her family is thrilled I wrote about her life.”
Scottish Rescuer of Jewish Children From Holocaust to Be Honored in Budapest
A church missionary from Scotland who traveled to Hungary to help Jewish schoolchildren during the Second World War will be commemorated this weekend at a special ceremony in Budapest.

Jane Haining, a native of Dumfriesshire, was captured by the Nazi authorities, who deported her to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland where she later perished.

Haining was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 for harboring more than 400 children, the majority Jewish orphans, at the Scottish Mission School in Budapest.

When WWII began, Haining refused to return home to Scotland, choosing to stay with the children. She wrote: “If these children need me in days of sunshine, how much more do they need me in days of darkness?”

In 2010, she was posthumously awarded a Hero of the Holocaust medal by the British government. Photographs, a video, letters, a copy of her handwritten last will and testament and her Hero of the Holocaust Medal are on display at the church in her hometown of Dunscore.

Haining is also the only Scot to be honored as “righteous among the nations” – the term used for non-Jews who risked their lives to protect Jews from extermination – by Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem.



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Víťazom druhého kola doplňujúcich volieb do českého Senátu vo volebnom obvode Praha 9 sa stal v sobotu kandidát hnutia STAN David Smoljak.
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The president relies on acting administrators to avoid the lawful order of succession when a job is vacant.
          Spying On Trump & A Progressive Game of Semantics      Comment   Translate Page      

Proggie congresscritters claim to be shocked at charges about Obama administration “spying” on team Trump.  Given the public record, that is itself shocking. This from the Blaze (internal links omitted): At a hearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) asked Barr about a team he had indicated the day before that he was […]

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Mike Pompeo says Good Friday Agreement must be sustained
- He made the comment at a Senate committee on Tuesday when asked about the potential effect of Brexit on the Northern Ireland peace process.

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After the National Rifle Association urged legislators to oppose the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that the House approved last week, Amy Klobuchar said the organization had shown its true colors. The Minnesota senator, who is seeking the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, claimed the NRA’s position “shows where they are when it comes […]

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New ‘Medicare for All’ Bill Would Kick 181 Million Off Private InsuranceIndependent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described “socialist,” is doubling down on his efforts to give federal officials total control over Americans’ health care.The senator has just unveiled the Medicare for All Act of 2019 with 13 leading Senate Democrats, including fellow contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination: Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.Americans should find this bill chilling. If passed, it would essentially abolish all private health coverage in America, regardless of whether Americans like their current plans.Here are the specifics.Outlawing Current CoverageThis bill, title by title and section by section, is almost identical in substance to the Medicare for All Act of 2017 (S.1804) introduced last Congress.



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Bernie Sanders Calls on Trump to Abandon New Nafta Agreement“The Nafta treaty that Trump renegotiated with Mexico will still allow companies like General Motors to send our jobs to Mexico,” Sanders said during a rally at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. “So today, I challenge Donald Trump: For once in your life, keep your campaign promises,” the Vermont senator said.



          Second Senate Democrat Staffer Helped Aide Steal Massive Amounts Of Senate Data To Doxx, Harass Republicans      Comment   Translate Page      
This is now a pattern. Democrat IT spies doing the dirty work of the party of treason. Feigning ignorance, these traitors think we are as stupid as they are corrupt.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pressuring the U.S. to support Israel's illegal annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights. Accordingly, President Trump has announced that the U.S. will now recognize this as Israeli territory, and some Republican Congressmen have introduced legislation that would make it law.

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Testifying before a House budget hearing, Attorney General Bill Barr said he expects to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s partially-redacted report in the near future. Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes suggested nine ways the press can best cover the report upon its release. And Mikhaila Fogel shared an edition of the Lawfare Podcast Shorts featuring Jurecic’s reading the article: Referencing the genesis of the FBI counterintelligence investigation into figures associated with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, Barr said in subsequent Senate testimony that he believed “spying” had occurred, later walking back his comments. Wittes responded to Barr’s comments, writing “they were at once indecipherable and contentless, on the one hand, and incendiary, on the other hand.” Lev Sugarman shared livestreams of Barr’s testimony before the House and Senate appropriations committees. And Matthew Kahn shared a Lawfare…
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We will soon get to see Senator Sanders’ taxes.  My guess is that we will find out that capitalism has been very good to Bernie. To be sure, I don’t mind that Bernie’s book sales made him a millionaire.  Frankly, that’s what makes the US great. My problem is with the hypocrisy of liberal Democrats who ... Read moreCapitalism has been very good to Bernie
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‘Ricky…Hinton? Replaces James Michael Hood for 4th District. Shane Knight and Tom Canada nominated for at large. Canada declines.’ That’s Ricky Harrington, Jr. He’s active in the Jefferson County party and is a potential candidate for US Senate.
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from Larry Brooks of the New York post, - The Ottawa organization has been swallowed by the dysfunction that emanates from the owner’s suite, but, surprise, surprise, it seems as if the Senators did get it right last June when they chose to keep their own fourth-overall pick and send this year’s first-rounder to Colorado instead of the other way around. Because Brady Tkachuk at four last June is likely a superior pick to the player the Senators would have been able to grab fourth-overall this time following the slide in the lottery. Blind squirrel, broken clock, Eugene Melnyk/Pierre Dorion. - By the way, if Artemi Panarin cares about such things, tax implications as calculated on GavinGroup.ca seem to indicate the Rangers would have to play the impending free agent Columbus winger just above $12.374 million per to equal an $11 million per offer from Joel Quenneville’s Panthers. more topics...
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I would be thrilled if we could get even the weakest of these forms. George McGovern was part of starting new businesses after his retirement from the Senate, and repented of some of the legislation he had voted for.
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Gavin: How about this: Weak form: Term limits for Congressmen/Senators, 18 total years. Stronger form: Term limits, plus Senators are ineligible for serving as President for 10 years after leaving office. Strongest form: Term limits, plus Senators are executed at the end of their term of office.
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          Almost 100 Abortion Clinic Workers Seek to Leave Industry After Seeing Pro-Life Movie ‘Unplanned’      Comment   Translate Page      
Pretty amazing. Via CBN: Chuck Konzelman, director of the Pure Flix movie “Unplanned,” revealed to Congress this week that nearly 100 abortion clinic workers have sought to leave their jobs after seeing the pro-life film. During his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Konzelman said 94 clinic workers have approached former […]
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          Rep. Omar Virtue Signals With "No Ban Act" - Except Obama's Travel Bans Were 16x That Of Trump's      Comment   Translate Page      

Via SaraCarter.com,

As Democrats prepare to introduce ‘No Ban Act’ legislation to end what they say is President Donald Trump’s racist Muslim ban they should take a moment to read the new Government Accountability Office report issued Thursday. It shows that under President Obama the travel ban rate for security reasons in 2015 was 16 times higher than under Trump in 2017 based on the one year data that was available to GAO.

It also indicates a very significant finding: that the Trump administration’s executive orders not only did not increase its refusal rate -for terrorism and security related reasons- but it was lower for the respective years studied.

GAO’s analysis indicates that, out of the nearly 2.8 million NIV applications refused in fiscal year 2017, 1,338 applications were refused specifically due to visa entry restrictions implemented per the executive actions,” stated the report.

In fact, the nonimmigrant visa refusal rate rose under Obama’s tenure from about “14 percent in fiscal year 2012 to about 22 percent in fiscal year 2016, and remained about the same in fiscal year 2017; averaging about 18 percent over the time period,” according to the report. “The total number of NIVs issued peaked in fiscal year 2015 at about 10.89 million, before falling in fiscal years 2016 and 2017 to 10.38 million and 9.68 million, respectively.”

For example, in 2015, “CBP data showed that it identified and interdicted over 22,000 high-risk air travelers through these programs” according to the most recent data available at the time of GAO’s report it stated.

ONLY 1,338 VISA APPLICATIONS WERE REFUSED BECAUSE OF THE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S VISA ENTRY RESTRICTIONS FOR PEOPLE FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES IN 2017 – THESE REFUSALS WERE TERRORISM OR SECURITY RELATED CONCERNS.

Nonimmigrant visa’s are those issued to foreign nationals seeking admission into the United States. Some examples are visas issued to tourists, students and businessmen seeking temporary status.

According to the GAO, “the number of adjudications peaked at about 13.4 million in fiscal year 2016, and decreased by about 880,000 adjudications in fiscal year 2017.”

State Department Stats

From the time period above, the State Department denied roughly 18 percent of adjudicated applications “of which more than 90 percent were because the applicant did not qualify for the visa sought” and only “0.05 percent were due to terrorism and security-related concerns.”

The report noted that previous successful and attempted terrorist attacks against the United States raised questions about the U.S. vetting system. One example listed in the report was the December 2015, terrorist attack in  San Bernardino, California, which led to the deaths of 14 people with dozens more injured. One of the attackers was admitted into the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, stated the report.

Lack of Vetting 

President Trump issued his executive travel ban in 2017 based on the apparent lack of vetting and what some security analysts described as an “open gateway” for applicants from nations affiliated with terrorist organizations.

“Trump’s ban was not targeting Muslims it was using common sense to keep dangerous persons from entering the country through the visa system based on factual evidence of past attempted attacks and ones that we couldn’t stop,” said a DHS official, who was not authorized to speak to the media.

“The failure was that system tied the hands of adjudicators in many cases – they just didn’t have all the information necessary to appropriately vet those entering the United States,” the DHS official added. “For nations like Syria, Libya and Yemen it’s almost impossible to know the intentions of those being vetted because those nations are not stable or have well functioning governments.”

The report noted that an August 2018, analysis of State data “indicates that relatively few applicants— approximately 0.05 percent—were refused for terrorism and other security-related reasons from fiscal years 2012 through 2017.”

It also shows that in 2017, under President Trump there was not a significant increase in refusals because State Department “data indicate that 1,256 refusals (or 0.05 percent) were based on terrorism and other security-related concerns, of which 357 refusals were specifically for terrorism-related reasons.”

From 2012 To 2017 Most NIVS Were Denied For Reasons Other Than Security or Terrorism

State data indicate that more than 90 percent of NIVs refused each year from fiscal years 2012 through 2017 were based on the consular officers’ determination that the applicants were ineligible nonimmigrants—in other words, the consular officers believed that the applicant was an intending immigrant seeking to stay permanently in the United States, which would generally violate NIV conditions, or that the applicant otherwise failed to demonstrate eligibility for the particular visa he or she was seeking. For example, an applicant applying for a student visa could be refused as an ineligible nonimmigrant for failure to demonstrate possession of sufficient funds to cover his or her educational expenses, as required.

Under former President Obama the numbers were much higher. For example, “in fiscal year 2015 DHS’s predeparture programs stopped 22,000 high-risk travelers from entering the country.”

The Numbers and and Ilhan Omar’s “No Ban Act”

The numbers are important. Why? Because some Democrats, led by Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, have introduced “The No Ban Act,”  which directly targets the Trump administration’s travel ban policy. The policy prevents persons from nations such as Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia from entering the country. The reason being, is that the majority of these nations do not have a functioning government capable of documenting or clearing those traveling to the United States and concern that some of these countries are safe-havens for terrorist organizations, as listed by the State Department. 

Last year, Trump’s third executive travel ban order was upheld in a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who authored the majority opinion, noted that the president was within his authority to impose the ban. Trump based the ban on extensive national security concerns regarding travelers from these nations.

Roberts opinion noted it was not the court’s place to pass judgment on Trump’s previous comments during the campaign regarding immigrants.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, wrote the dissenting opinion, and said Trump’s comments targeting Muslims should have been the reason to strike down his travel ban.

Omar’s bill, however, will face a steep battle in Congress and the Senate. It would effectively end Trump’s policies to limit entry from these unstable and mostly ungoverned nations. It would also limit the government ability to conduct extreme vetting of immigrants who attempt to comet to the U.S. from countries designated as a threat because of ties to terrorism.

Here’s what Omar had to say: 

“The Muslim ban is a moral stain on our country’s history,” Omar said.

“Proud to have joined my colleagues in introducing the #NoBanAct yesterday to put an end to this discriminatory ban,” Omar said on Twitter.

Omar could not be immediately reached for comment.

*  *  *

GAO FOUND

  • About 2.8 million nonimmigrant visa applications were refused in fiscal year 2017—over 90% of which were because the applicant di 0.05% of applications were refused for security-related concerns

  • 1,338 visa applications were refused because of the President’s visa entry restrictions for people from certain countries.

  • In fiscal year 2015 DHS’s predeparture programs stopped 22,000 high-risk travelers from entering the country

FROM THE GAO

In August 2018, GAO reported that the total number of nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications that Department of State (State) consular officers adjudicated annually increased from fiscal years 2012 through 2016, but decreased in fiscal year 2017 (the most recent data available at the time of GAO’s report).

GAO’S ANALYSIS INDICATES THAT, OUT OF THE NEARLY 2.8 MILLION NIV APPLICATIONS REFUSED IN FISCAL YEAR 2017, 1,338 APPLICATIONS WERE REFUSED SPECIFICALLY DUE TO VISA ENTRY RESTRICTIONS IMPLEMENTED PER THE EXECUTIVE ACTIONS.

NIVs are issued to foreign nationals, such as tourists, business visitors, and students, seeking temporary admission into the United States. The number of adjudications peaked at about 13.4 million in fiscal year 2016, and decreased by about 880,000 adjudications in fiscal year 2017. State refused about 18 percent of adjudicated applications during this time period, of which more than 90 percent were because the applicant did not qualify for the visa sought and 0.05 percent were due to terrorism and security-related concerns. In 2017, two executive orders and a proclamation issued by the President required, among other actions, visa entry restrictions for nationals of certain listed countries of concern. GAO’s analysis indicates that, out of the nearly 2.8 million NIV applications refused in fiscal year 2017, 1,338 applications were refused specifically due to visa entry restrictions implemented per the executive actions.

Nonimmigrant Visa Adjudications, Fiscal Years 2012 through 2017

In January 2017, GAO reported that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operates predeparture programs to help identify and interdict high-risk travelers before they board U.S.- bound flights. CBP officers inspect all U.S.-bound travelers on those flights that are precleared at the 15 Preclearance locations at foreign airports—which serve as U.S. ports of entry—and, if deemed inadmissible, a traveler will not be permitted to board the aircraft. CBP also operates nine Immigration Advisory Program and two Joint Security Program locations, as well as three Regional Carrier Liaison Groups, through which CBP may recommend that air carriers not permit identified high-risk travelers to board U.S.-bound flights.

CBP Data High Risk

CBP data showed that it identified and interdicted over 22,000 high-risk air travelers through these programs in fiscal year 2015 (the most recent data available at the time of GAO’s report). While CBP tracked some data, such as the number of travelers deemed inadmissible, it had not fully evaluated the overall effectiveness of these programs. GAO recommended that CBP develop a system of performance measures and baselines to better position CBP to assess program performance. As of December 2018, CBP set preliminary performance targets for fiscal year 2019, and plans to set targets for future fiscal years by October 31, 2019. GAO will continue to review CBP’s actions to address this recommendation.

Why GAO Did This Study

Previous attempted and successful terrorist attacks against the United States have raised questions about the security of the U.S. government’s screening and vetting processes for NIVs. State manages the visa adjudication process. DHS seeks to identify and interdict travelers who are potential security threats to the United States, such as foreign fighters and potential terrorists, human traffickers, drug smugglers and otherwise inadmissible persons, at the earliest possible point in time. DHS also has certain responsibilities for strengthening the security of the visa process. In 2017, the President issued executive actions directing agencies to improve visa screening and vetting, and establishing nationality-based visa entry restrictions, which the Supreme Court upheld in June 2018.

This statement addresses (1) data and information on NIV adjudications and (2) CBP programs aimed at preventing high-risk travelers from boarding U.S.-bound flights. This statement is based on prior products GAO issued in January 2017 and August 2018, along with selected updates conducted in December 2018 to obtain information from DHS on actions it has taken to address a prior GAO recommendation.

What GAO Recommends

GAO previously recommended that CBP evaluate the effectiveness of its predeparture programs. DHS agreed with GAO’s recommendation and CBP has actions under way to address it.

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          Comment on Nanny Senate: Students Would Have to Get Parental Consent Before Seeking Mental Health or Birth Control by Concerned Citizen      Comment   Translate Page      
This is a bad decision. I am hoping there will be clauses for children dealing with dead beat parents? Often times the schools open a door for kids to escape bad situations.
          Comment on Nanny Senate: Students Would Have to Get Parental Consent Before Seeking Mental Health or Birth Control by Mark      Comment   Translate Page      
This is what parents are supposed to do. If the parents fail to do the job then get a judge involved
          Comment on Nanny Senate: Students Would Have to Get Parental Consent Before Seeking Mental Health or Birth Control by Mark      Comment   Translate Page      
It takes a village!
          Comment on How Very Shakespearean by John LEON      Comment   Translate Page      
You expect due process to be folloowed according to the law? In the U.K? What law is that then? The law of due process as applied to the Skripal case? The law as applied to the illegal war in Iraq? Assange’s asylum was recinded because the newly elected President of Equador wants an IMF loan, which he got with Assange as part of the deal. Yes, it’s true. They are a U.S. political entity after all. The ex President of Equador’s Facebook account has been anulled. It was he who gave Assange asylum in the embassy in London and he was posting a very different view than the present incumbent. Assange has a cat. He sent him away in November. Bloggers were messaging on twitter that the cat was a spy...Assange may or may not be a particularly pleasant person. His information however has always been correct. He pointed out govt. misdeeds in many countries, Russia amongst them. The Niemoller comment is particularly relevant here because when Assange published the information apertaining to the atrocities commited by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, he was no where near the U.S.A. Added to that it was his information that opened up the corruption scandal in DNC at the time of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It becomes more and more clear the real reasons for his ‘ light’ charges are nothing to do with any form of Justice but of revenge. He embarrased a lot of very vain and hubristic people, both in the U.K. and the U.S.A. This seemingly coincidental story also helps T. May out of a bind, which is why all due process has been ignored. Seems to be a T. May protocol. Once there they will be indicting him on many more severe trumped up charges. I also suggest you read what a lot of mentally impared Republican senators are saying about him. He’s ours now, as if he was some sort of slave to be tortured to appease their deranged imaginations. By supporting his arrest and extradition you are agreeing that the U.S.A. has the right to silence any dissident voice anywhere in the world.
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Richard Franklin Pettigrew was 20 years old in the spring of 1869 when he first came to Dakota Territory from Wisconsin as a member of a government surveying party. Pettigrew decided to settle in Sioux Falls, and join in the . . .

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Illinois Senate to Trump: Release Your Taxes, or You Won't Be on the 2020 Ballot
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We've been chasing down the story behind a question to Mark Zuckerberg. The founder of Facebook was questioned by Congress this spring. Most attention focused on Facebook sharing personal data and Facebook being used to spread disinformation. Less-noticed was a question about Facebook's role in violence in Myanmar. Zuckerberg's answer led NPR's Anthony Kuhn to visit Myanmar in search of a fuller answer. ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: At a Senate hearing in April, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about Myanmar. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PATRICK LEAHY: Recently, U.N. investigators blamed Facebook for playing a role in inciting possible genocide in Myanmar, and there has been genocide there. KUHN: Ethnic conflict and military anti-insurgent operations have sent an estimated 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing into Bangladesh. Leahy was referring to accusations that Facebook helped fan the flames by
          American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) endorses energy storage ITC bill in Senate      Comment   Translate Page      
Encouraging investment in America’s energy storage systems would improve grid resilience, create new clean energy jobs and bring the grid into the 21st century. Senators Heinrich (D-NM) and Gardner (R-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation to create an energy storage investment tax credit (ITC). It currently has 10 cosponsors representing a diverse collection of states. The legislation, … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) endorses energy storage ITC bill in Senate
          Il generale Angioni: "Andare in Siria? Ce lo deve chiedere l'Onu"      Comment   Translate Page      

"L'Italia deve dire no ad una proposta pericolosa e strampalata quale è quella avanzata dal senatore Graham (sul Corriere della sera, ndr). Non possiamo né dobbiamo togliere le castagne dal fuoco agli Stati Uniti né rimediare agli errori commessi in Siria". A sostenerlo, in questa intervista esclusiva concessa all'HuffPost, è il generale Franco Angioni, già comandante delle truppe terrestri Nato nel Sud Europa e del contingente italiano in Libano negli anni più duri della guerra civile che dilaniò il Paese dei Cedri, una autorità indiscussa quanto a conoscenza della realtà mediorientale e delle strategie militari.

Generale Angioni, L'America chiede a Roma di mandare soldati in Siria. A farsi latore di questa richiesta è il senatore Lindsey Graham, una delle figure più in vista del Congresso americano, molto ascoltato dal presidente Trump. E' accettabile questa richiesta?

"No, non è accettabile. E per diverse, fondate ragioni. La prima: perché non è chiaro lo scopo per cui dovrebbero essere impiegati nostri militari fuori dal territorio nazionale e in una zona ad alta pericolosità qual è la Siria. Seconda ragione: perché una simile richiesta viene da fonti assolutamente prive di autorità internazionale. Una esigenza di carattere internazionale che comporti l'impiego di un contingente armato di una nazione, Italia o qual altro, non può che scaturire a livello di organismi responsabili o legati a sviluppi di carattere internazionale per l'impiego di armi. L'unico organismo esistente autorizzato ad una simile evenienza è l'Onu. Una realtà di fatto che non può sfuggire al senatore americano. Esistono organismi sovranazionali che non debbono essere bypassati: l'Onu, la Nato. Questo in termini "giuridici" di carattere internazionale. Agire in aree calde, in zone di conflitto, senza la legittimazione delle Nazioni Unite è una forzatura che ha portato in passato solo a disastri. In termini pratici, poi, sfugge la ratio che motivi l'impiego di organismi militari, considerando al momento ignoti lo scopo, il compito e le eventuali modalità d'azione di una simile iniziativa. Pertanto non c'è risposta ad una proposta assolutamente strampalata e alquanto pericolosa".

Gli Stati Uniti chiederebbero ad altri Paesi, arabi ed europei, di essere presenti sul campo, dopo che l'amministrazione Trump ha annunciato il ritiro, sia pur scaglionato nel tempo, dei soldati americani presenti in Siria...

"E' tutto privo di qualsiasi fondamento. Dal momento che gli Stati Uniti hanno ufficialmente dichiarato che ritireranno il loro contingente militare dalla Siria, non si comprende con quale ratio chiedano che altri (non responsabili peraltro di attività o decisioni precedenti, come è il caso dell'Italia) possano essere coinvolti in azioni militari. Washington non può pretendere che altri Paesi, non intervenuti direttamente in quelle vicende, si sostituiscano a loro portando avanti azioni che hanno già dimostrato abbondantemente, e tragicamente, di essere non solo inutili ma anche pericolose".

A proposito di zone calde e di scenari pericolosi: la Libia. Dal caos armato si è passati ad una guerra civile, combattuta per procura. Cosa c'è, a suo avviso, alla base di questo caos armato?

"Il caos attuale è il prodotto della decisione di alcune nazioni, soprattutto europee, di intervenire militarmente nella politica e negli interessi della Libia, sottovalutando, in termini assoluti, le conseguenze di carattere politico, economico e di sicurezza interna, che quell'intervento - la guerra del 2011 che portò alla caduta del regime di Muammar Gheddafi e all'uccisione del raìs libico- poteva provocare, ed ha provocato. Il caos nasce da lì, da una scelta rivelatasi sbagliata e che non ha certo favorito la stabilità e la pacificazione di quel Paese. Si è intervenuti militarmente dimostrando di non avere cognizione della complessità della realtà libica, del ruolo delle tribù, delle milizie che agivano sul terreno, della storica divisione tra Cirenaica e Tripolitania, Bengasi e Tripoli. Non conoscenza o colpevole sottovalutazione. Si è voluto attuare un rimedio che, alla prova dei fatti, si è rivelato peggiore del male. Eliminare una dittatura, e il discorso non riguarda solo la Libia, ma anche altre realtà mediorientali, senza una visione di carattere politico-strategico per il dopo, vuol dire non possedere capacità di previsione politica. E questo è molto grave. Lo lasci dire a uno che ha passato buona parte della sua vita sul campo: quello militare è uno strumento che in determinate circostanze e situazioni non può non essere utilizzato. Ma quello militare resta, o dovrebbe restare, pur sempre uno strumento e non un fine. Uno strumento al servizio di una lungimirante visione politica. Ciò non è avvenuto in Libia".

Il presidente del Consiglio, Giuseppe Conte, come peraltro i ministri della Difesa e degli Esteri, Elisabetta Trenta ed Enzo Moavero Milanesi, hanno più volte ribadito che non esistono soluzioni militari alla crisi libica e che, comunque, l'Italia non è disposta a intervenire militarmente in Libia. E' d'accordo con questa asserzione?

"Assolutamente sì, non essendo delineato uno scenario affidabile di carattere geopolitico".


          A sinistra nasce il movimento "èViva"      Comment   Translate Page      

"Dopo mesi di paralisi passati a discutere su come mettere insieme Calenda e i socialisti, in un improbabile fronte repubblicano contro i barbari, ci siamo messi in cammino perché vogliamo ricominciare a fare Politica - dice il senatore Francesco Laforgia - Oggi, abbiamo lanciato un movimento aperto che si chiamerà èVIVA che incrocia il percorso di DIEM25 e di tutti i soggetti che vogliono mettere in fila alcune priorità: Green New Deal, patrimoniale sulle grandi ricchezze, riduzione dell'orario di lavoro a parità di salario e reintroduzione dell'articolo 18. C'è un solo modo per contrastare la destra che è fare la Sinistra. Il nostro obiettivo resta quello di mettere fine a una sinistra frammentata e far nascere un soggetto unico e unito".


          Свердловские сенаторы отчитались о доходах      Comment   Translate Page      
Сенаторы Совета Федерации от Свердловской области отчитались о своих доходах за прошлый год. Бывший глава региона Эдуард Россель заработал почти на 3 млн больше, чем экс-мэр Екатеринбурга Аркадий Чернецкий. Доходы свердловских сенаторов опубликованы на сайте верхней палаты парламента.
          AHL Game Night: 4-13-19 Americans at Crunch      Comment   Translate Page      

Kings of the North.

ROC-3
SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:39 ROC Olofsson (29), (O'Regan)(PP)
10:26 SYR Raddysh (18), (Stephens, Masin)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
2:30 SYR Stephens (11), (Raddysh, Labrie)
2:47 ROC Olofsson (30), (Asplund, Gosselin)
16:39 SYR Verhaeghe (34), (Barre-Boulet)
18:06 SYR Dumont (15), (Gaunce)(EN)
19:43 ROC Smith (2), (Veilleux, Cornel)

Carter Verhaeghe and Pasquale were the game's first and second stars.

How wonderful was it for the Crunch to get a total team win to kick down the door to the division title and seize crown? The kids, Taylor Raddysh and Mitchell Stephens, got Syracuse into the winning time, and the veterans like Verhaeghe and Gabriel Dumont took the team over the finish line.

Now with 101 points going into their final regular season tilt tomorrow, Syracuse will finish with the second best regular season record in the entire league. The Crunch will wait to see who their first round playoff opponent will be: either the Belleville Senators or the Cleveland Monsters. Both clubs are tied at 82 points with the Sens holding a decisive ROW advantage as the tiebreaker. However, both teams have tough finales tomorrow against Rochester and Toronto, respectively.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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          Medicare For All Special Segment      Comment   Translate Page      
Special Segment - How Senator Bernie Sanders new Medicare for All bill matters!
          AHL Game Night: 4-13-19 Americans at Crunch      Comment   Translate Page      

Kings of the North.

ROC-3
SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:39 ROC Olofsson (29), (O'Regan)(PP)
10:26 SYR Raddysh (18), (Stephens, Masin)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
2:30 SYR Stephens (11), (Raddysh, Labrie)
2:47 ROC Olofsson (30), (Asplund, Gosselin)
16:39 SYR Verhaeghe (34), (Barre-Boulet)
18:06 SYR Dumont (15), (Gaunce)(EN)
19:43 ROC Smith (2), (Veilleux, Cornel)

Carter Verhaeghe and Pasquale were the game's first and second stars.

How wonderful was it for the Crunch to get a total team win to kick down the door to the division title and seize crown? The kids, Taylor Raddysh and Mitchell Stephens, got Syracuse into the winning time, and the veterans like Verhaeghe and Gabriel Dumont took the team over the finish line.

Now with 101 points going into their final regular season tilt tomorrow, Syracuse will finish with the second best regular season record in the entire league. The Crunch will wait to see who their first round playoff opponent will be: either the Belleville Senators or the Cleveland Monsters. Both clubs are tied at 82 points with the Sens holding a decisive ROW advantage as the tiebreaker. However, both teams have tough finales tomorrow against Rochester and Toronto, respectively.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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          ABD'nin 'Türkiye' hamlesindeki ilginç detay!      Comment   Translate Page      

ABD'de Cumhuriyetçi Senatör Marco Rubio ve Demokrat Senatör Bob Menendez tarafından Kongre'ye sunulan Türkiye'ye F-35 teslimatını durdurmayı öneren tasarıda Türkiye karşıtı birçok düzenleme maddesi yer alıyor. Tasarıda Türkiye'nin Doğu Akdeniz'deki sondaj çalışmalarından rahatsızlık duyan İsrail, Yunanistan ve GKRY üçlüsünün Doğu Akdeniz'deki enerji ve güvenlik ortaklığına tam destek verilmesi öngörülüyor.


          An Illinois bill for banning IoT devices from collecting audio without owners' consent was substantially defanged after lobbying by the Internet Association (Sean Gallagher/Ars Technica)      Comment   Translate Page      

Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
An Illinois bill for banning IoT devices from collecting audio without owners' consent was substantially defanged after lobbying by the Internet Association  —  Lobbyists: Bill would punish even if failure to disclose was “accidental.”  —  On April 10, the Illinois State Senate passed the …


          Maryland Senate OKs bill giving longer sentences in violent crimes against pregnant women - Baltimore Sun      Comment   Translate Page      
Maryland Senate OKs bill giving longer sentences in violent crimes against pregnant women  Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Senate approved a bill Friday that would allow for longer sentences for defendants convicted of crimes of violence against a pregnant woman.


          Bill named after murdered pregnant Md. teacher spotlights attacks on pregnant women - WUSA9.com      Comment   Translate Page      
Bill named after murdered pregnant Md. teacher spotlights attacks on pregnant women  WUSA9.com

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           Comment on Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK by Karen S       Comment   Translate Page      
Final vote on Civil Rights Act as amended by Senate: Democrat majority - 153 yay, 91 nay. Republican 136 yay, 35 nay https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/88-1964/h182 This was after the defeat of the Republican civil rights bill. A higher proportion of Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act than Republicans, and remember, they also voted down the groundbreaking Republican civil rights bill previously. Please note that African Americans started voting Democrat when the Klan was still very active. This was because the party started offering free stuff to get votes. Southern Democrats did not go Republican after the Civil Rights Act. I believe there was only one in Congress who changed party. The South didn’t move more towards Republican until the 1980s, when the Democrats started moving away from patriotism, and went with higher taxes. If the South was going to go Republican because of racism, then they would have all moved en masse when Democrats began openly courting the black vote. And how did they court that vote? Through all the free stuff, the welfare programs that destroyed the black nuclear family and fed the gang violence, gun violence, drugs, high rate of incarceration, and high crime and murder rate. They also proclaimed that the bar needed to be lowered for blacks, sending the usual Democrat message that they were incapable. Have you ever watched any of those interviews where blacks are asked what they think about Democrats claiming they cannot get ID, and that ID laws are racist? They are highly offended at the very idea. They usually say they don’t know anyone who doesn’t have ID. You can’t do much in the US without an ID. You never hear that the Democrat convention is racist because it requires ID. It’s just a falsehood that the Democrat politicians perpetuate. No one seems to stop and wonder why they think a black person can’t get an ID. Why would the Democrat party try so very hard to prevent anyone having to prove who they were at the polls?
          Saraki mourns late Justice Nasir      Comment   Translate Page      
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the death of former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir. […]
          Atiku’s citizenship: Don’t re-ignite Nigeria-Cameroun frosty historical issues, Shehu Sani warns APC      Comment   Translate Page      
Activist, Senator Shehu Sani has warned the All Progressives Congress, APC, not to reignite Nigeria-Cameroun frosty historical issues, by claiming that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar came from Cameroun.
          Las Vegan Erick Fedde combines on minor league no-hitter      Comment   Translate Page      

Las Vegan Erick Fedde pitched the first six innings and combined with two others in recording a no-hitter for the Harrisburg Senators, the Washington Nationals’ Double-A team.


          Cory Booker seeks campaign momentum in return to Newark      Comment   Translate Page      

The New Jersey senator joined the race more than two months ago, capped by an appearance before reporters outside his Newark home and with a call for the country to unite in a time of sharp division.


          Saturday's News Links      Comment   Translate Page      
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          How This Ungodly Habit Is Destroying Your Family      Comment   Translate Page      

Two of a woman's strongest desires are to feel protected and loved. But her man's pornography usage can threaten her ability to believe he is really trying to meet those needs.

Dr. Doug Weiss, the founder of Heart to Heart Counseling Center and a featured expert in the Conquer Series that helps men overcome porn usage, explains the significance of a wife needing to feel protected.

"She cannot feel that way if you are lusting after the women in your pornographic material."

He continues, "When you were married, you promised her to love, cherish and be devoted to her until you died. By bringing other women—even if only on a computer screen—into your marriage, you are cheating on her, and you are crushing her spirit."

Dr. Weiss asks the question,

"Which way is your sword pointing? Because what a man loves is what he protects."

He explains that if you take active steps to overcome your porn usage and maintain sobriety, your sword is aiming against the enemy and protecting those behind you: your wife and kids. If you are continuing your porn usage, your sword is actually aimed toward your family and wounding them.

Pornography Is Affecting Your Family

Pornography has a devastating effect on your wife and children. The National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families stated that 47% of American families reported that pornography is a problem in their home.

Researchers have found that 56% of divorces result from one partner having an obsessive interest in pornography. Based on divorce data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that would indicate porn was a major cause in over 460,000 marriages ending in 2016.

According to the testimony of Dr. Jill Manning, a licensed marriage and family therapist, before the United States Senate, research indicated that pornography consumption is associated with:

  • Increased marital distress, and risk of separation and divorce.
  • Decreased marital intimacy and sexual satisfaction.
  • Infidelity.
  • Increased appetite for more graphic types of pornography and sexual activity associated with abusive, illegal or unsafe practices.
  • Devaluation of monogamy, marriage and child rearing.

According to Pastor Jonathan Holmes of Parkside Church in Ohio,

It is easier to type in a web address than it is to pursue intimacy with my wife. It is easier to view pornography for a few fleeting moments than to build a deep and abiding relationship with my wife. It is easier to selfishly fulfill my desires with no expectation of self-giving, self-sacrificing love for my spouse.

In essence, that is why so many marriages are impacted by pornography. When a challenge arises in your relationship, it's easier to medicate with pornography and ignore the problem. This creates a cycle that leads to catastrophic breakdown in the relationship.

Are You Harming Your Children?

If you are bringing pornography into your home through printed material or on the internet, it is very likely that your children will eventually be exposed to it. They may discover it on their own or see you viewing it.

Your porn usage also affects them by decreased time and attention with you, the awareness of marital difficulties between you and their mother, fear and uncertainty of what will happen to them as a result of your marriage problems, and a tendency to isolate themselves to escape the negativity in the home.

As Dr. Weiss would say, your sword is pointing in the wrong direction. You are leaving your family open to enemy attack and not providing the protection and love they need.

But You Can Change Your Legacy

Your wife and children are looking to you to be the leader of the family. You need to accept that responsibility and set a godly example for them—and your future generations—to follow.

Tim Challies, the pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, said,

"Your first legacy is the gospel. If you leave your children full pockets but empty souls, you have neglected your most important duty. Your second legacy is godliness."

Like the apostle Paul, seek to live a life that is worth imitating:

"Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ" (1 Cor. 11:1, NASB).

According to Kym Carter, the president of Legacy Moms, "We must be intentional and make a choice to parent according to God's Word and make it a priority to infuse that into every choice we make. A godly legacy begins when we are intentional parents who create a home that honors God. Children thrive best in an atmosphere of genuine love, supported by reasonable, consistent discipline."

In every situation concerning your wife and children, lean into Christ. Ask Him to transform your attitude, actions and words to reflect His grace, love and mercy. Allow Him to begin to renew your mind. Every choice you make and action you take needs to line up with the Word of God. This is impossible to do alone. Above all, you'll need a biblical process, accountability and to lean into God daily through Scripture.

Even if your father wasn't the godly man you craved or didn't set the example you needed, you can decide that you will be a man that honors God and will leave a positive legacy for your wife and children.

A Movement of Men Bringing Protection to Their Homes

Traditionally there wasn't a lot out there for men who wanted freedom from pornography. Thankfully today, there is a powerful tool that is helping over 1 million men find lasting freedom.

The Conquer Series is a cinematic small group study that gives men a Christ-centered process for renewing their mind. Packed with dramatic action segments, each lesson contains solid Biblical teaching, and powerful testimonies.

Nate from Iowa wrote,

"I have been so encouraged, motivated, challenged, and otherwise uplifted by the Conquer Series. I love the use of science (within the worldview of Scripture) to understand addiction."

Learn more about how you get help or assist other men in finding freedom at ConquerSeries.com.

Listen to the podcast below and discover lasting freedom from pornography's evil grasp.


          Jentezen Franklin: Why I Am Calling America's Christian Leaders to a Family Meeting Today on the Abortion Debate      Comment   Translate Page      

You know what's ironic? America has become more pro-life than ever at the very moment that America's abortion advocates have become more extreme and more aggressive than ever.

More than 80% of Americans disapprove of late-term abortion. Unlimited abortion and late-term abortion are growing increasingly unpopular among young adults, giving me tremendous hope that the right to life movement is not only alive and well, it's expanding and gaining momentum.

In fact, this issue is no longer a partisan issue at all. Pro-Life Democrats make up a large swath of the electorate, and recent developments have led a number of them to speak up and warn of the consequences if their views are ignored.

The truth is that the vast majority of Americans have found legislation in New York that extends abortion into the third trimester with hardly any restrictions, and the failure of the Born Alive Infant Survivors Protection Act in the U.S. Senate, to be far out of touch with their point of view. Instead of "safe, legal and rare," ending the life of the unborn has become too easy, too quick and all the way to the point of birth in the United States.

Thankfully, a new generation of Americans is looking back on history and discovering the truth about the pain and suffering caused by abortion. We've learned that a baby in the womb feels pain as early as even 8 weeks after conception. We've learned that a child has a beating heart at just 6 weeks.

That's why waves of state legislation and a number of "heartbeat bills" in Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi and several other states are emerging. It isn't just because of the moral sensitivities of a narrow group of religious Americans; it's because of basic science. It is reasonable and responsible to be pro-life.

At the nexus of legislation from New York to Georgia, we are finding ourselves in an existential moment for the abortion debate and the church needs to respond in unity.

And it isn't about politics. It is a moral and human rights imperative that requires a moral response from our nation's pastors and leaders whether or not they are engaged in partisan politics.

This is why I called a "family meeting" of Christian leaders to draw a line in the sand.

Today, April 13, at Free Chapel, I'm hosting this meeting for Christians nationwide to speak truth to power and unite around a crystal-clear message that we believe life is beautiful—every life, at every stage. We'll also be activating a generation ready to move beyond a rally and a protest and help be a part of a solution.

This activation leans into a new direction in the movement to protect life. We as the church need to focus our efforts on being the best support network for women anywhere and everywhere in the nation. It's not enough to simply advocate for unborn children. We have to acknowledge the fears and concerns of every mother. We have to recognize the complexity of this decision for many women and enter into their journey with a spirit of grace and service, not moral superiority absent of empathy.

We're gathering Christians from across the country to find ways to be more supportive than we ever have been to women carrying the precious gift of life in the womb. And we're doing this with Christians of diverse political persuasions and parties, pastors who refrain from partisan politics, women grieving from past abortions and concerned citizens alike, all of whom will gather to learn how they can make a difference on this crucially important issue at this consequential moment.

I want to be clear: Our meeting is about celebrating the life of both the mother and the child. Our hearts are filled with compassion for every mother who is carrying a child. We're here to tell them they are not alone. If a child in the womb isn't what they expected or planned, we need to tell them there's hope and remind them of the truth that abortion isn't the only option. We have to prove we're serious about ensuring abortion alternatives are abundantly available in their communities.

People of faith must be unified and resilient on this issue. Now is the time.

Jentezen Franklin is the senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multicampus church. Each week. his television program, Kingdom Connection, is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times' best-selling author, Jentezen has written nine books, including his most recent, Love Like You've Never Been Hurt, the groundbreaking Fasting and Right People-Right Place-Right Plan.

Click here to learn more about Pastor Jentezen's upcoming "Life is Beautiful" meeting.

Listen below to podcasts about the pro-life movement.


          94 Clinic Workers Want to Leave Their Jobs After Watching 'Unplanned'      Comment   Translate Page      

Chuck Konzelman, writer and director of Unplanned, a film about Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, revealed Wednesday during a congressional testimony that 94 clinic workers have come forward after watching the movie to seek help leaving their jobs.

Konzelman, who spoke before the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, revealed that, since the film's release on March 29, these workers approached Johnson's nonprofit, And Then There Were None, and have indicated an intent to change their lives.

And Then There Were None's stated mission is to "help abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry."

READ ALSO: Doctor Who Performed 1,200 Abortions Reveals What Stopped Him

"The number of actual workers who have reached out is 94," Konzelman revealed, estimating that this accounts for about 1% of abortion workers in the U.S.

The Unplanned director went on to say that these individuals are truly looking to change their lives (you can watch this portion of his testimony at the 2:52-mark here).

"One percent of the abortion workers in the United States, after getting one look at them being portrayed on film ... have decided to change their lives ... and what they do for a living," Konzelman said.

The filmmaker also noted that this is evidence that Unplanned isn't portraying these people as monsters. Instead, some workers appear to find something redeeming about the movie and are taking personal action as a result.

READ ALSO: Inspired by 'Unplanned'? 5 Pro-Life Movies You Can Watch Now

As Pure Flix Insider previously reported, the congressional subcommittee hearing, titled, "Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse," also dealt with the recent suspension of the official Twitter page for Unplanned, among other claims of censorship.

Watch Actress Ashley Bratcher, who played Johnson, speak about the power of prayer:

Numerous stories have emerged about the filming of Unplanned as well as the impact the movie is having on the masses. Bratcher, who portrayed Johnson in the movie, discussed her own journey toward accepting the role — and the ways in which faith played out on set.

"I walked into the set, and when I did, the presence of the Holy Spirit just overcame me," Bratcher said. "I wanted to just fall to my knees in that moment and cry. It was so overwhelming. I had no idea that the team had been praying over that set."

And Johnson has openly shared her story as well. Listen to her reveal why she fled Planned Parenthood and became a pro-life activist:

Perhaps one of the most interesting people attached to the film is Dr. Anthony Levatino, a gynecologist who performed around 1,200 first- and second-trimester abortions early in his career before a stunning change of heart transformed him into an outspoken pro-life advocate. He plays an abortion doctor in Unplanned, and his personal story is incredible:

This article was originally published on Pure Flix Insider. Visit Pure Flix for access to thousands of faith and family-friendly movies and TV shows. You can get a free, one-month trial here.


          When Twitter Blocked Mother Teresa      Comment   Translate Page      

magine your reaction if I told you 20 years ago that a major internet platform would block a Mother Theresa comment about abortion because it was "hateful." Or that a presidential candidate "married" to his same-sex partner would call the vice president bigoted and hypocritical because he believed that marriage was the union of a man and a woman. Or that a popular fast-food chain would be boycotted because it gave money to Christian ministries that followed the teaching of the Bible.

It seems unbelievable, but that's where we find ourselves today—and these are just a few out of hundreds of possible examples that could be cited (if not more).

In the case of Mother Teresa, Senator Ted Cruz was questioning executives from Twitter and Facebook about their business practices, which seem to discriminate against conservatives (especially if they are Christian conservatives).

The comment in question was tweeted out by a pro-life organization, and the tweet consisted of Mother Teresa's words and her picture: "Abortion is profoundly anti-women. Three quarters of its victims are women: Half the babies and all the mothers."

That was it. Nothing hateful and nothing bigoted. Rather, the statement was grounded in love, even calling mothers who abort their babies "victims" rather than criminals.

But it was too offensive for Twitter and was subsequently blocked for violating company guidelines, only to be eventually restored.

At the Senate hearing, after putting the graphic of the tweet on a screen, Cruz said, "It's not just political, it's also ideological. There have been multiple instances of, in particular pro-life groups, being disfavored. For example, here is a tweet that says that 'abortion is profoundly anti-women,' and it's a quote from Mother Teresa, and this tweet was blocked. Now it's fairly remarkable that Mother Teresa is now deemed hate speech. Do either of you agree with the proposition that Mother Teresa is issuing hate speech?"

What was the response of these Twitter and Facebook executives?

Silence. Deafening silence. Twelve long seconds of uncomfortable silence.

Yet the question was so simple. Either admit your extreme bias or say, "Of course not! That should never have been blocked."

But they couldn't.

And remember: These are highly trained, carefully selected representatives of some of the richest companies on the planet. Yet they could not answer the senator's simple question. How telling!

When the Twitter rep finally spoke, all he did was obfuscate, even claiming that they have acted just as frequently against tweets on the other side of the abortion issue. To that claim I say, "Prove it!"

Show me where you've blocked pro-abortion tweets from Planned Parenthood or their affiliates. Show me where you've banned left-wing religious leaders who support abortion. Show me where you've censored political leaders who are pro-abortion.

If you have the evidence, show us. If not, admit the bias.

Already in 2017 it was documented that, "For years, Twitter has blocked the accounts of Live Action and Lila Rose from purchasing ads to reach the public. Blocked ads include information on Planned Parenthood's lack of health services for women, a map directing women to comprehensive health care clinics around the nation, and a quote by Thomas Jefferson."

Where has Twitter done the same to pro-abortion activists? Pray, do show and tell.

The Twitter rep testifying before Senator Cruz even had the audacity to claim that there is a context for every tweet, as if there was some possible justification for blocking Mother Teresa's words. There was not. As Cruz rightly pointed out, the context of the tweet was the tweet. That was it. What you saw was what you got. And what you got was a truthful statement that upsets and offends the pro-abortion zealots.

It is widely known that the social media giants and even Amazon have relied on radically leftist groups like the SPLC (which I and others consider the most dangerous hate group in America), GLAAD (originally the Gay and Lesbian Against Defamation but better termed Gay and Lesbian Against Disagreement) and the HRC (the Human Rights Campaign—meaning, only some humans).

Those influences, coupled with the radically leftist leanings of the many of these companies' executives make for a highly toxic, even dangerous political and ideological climate.

Because of that, we need to keep on speaking up and speaking out, doubling and tripling our efforts to get our message out, without hesitation or trepidation.

Either that, or we crawl into a self-imposed closet of fear and shame.

What will it be?

Listen to the podcasts to hear Dr. Brown's radio discussions.


          Unplanned Filmmaker Testifies About Social Media Censorship      Comment   Translate Page      
NEWS PROVIDED BY Carmel CommunicationsApril 10, 2019   WASHINGTON, April 10, 2019 /Standard Newswire/ -- WHAT The U.S. Senate's Judicial Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), will host a hearing, titled "Stifling Free Speech: Technology Censorship and the Public Discourse," which will address whether social media giant Twitter and other tech companies are censoring conservative speech, including the hit pro-life movie UNPLANNED.WHO Source: Carmel Communications
          Scrapping India's trade privileges could hit U.S. consumers, senators say      Comment   Translate Page      
A U.S. plan to end preferential duty-free imports of up to $5.6 billion from India could raise costs for American consumers, two U.S. senators have told their country's trade office, urging a delay in adopting the plan, and seeking more negotiations.

          Bernie Sanders puts focus on healthcare with Medicare for All bill      Comment   Translate Page      
The Sanders plan, similar to his 2017 proposal that languished in the Senate, would largely eliminate private insurance and shift all Americans into a Medicare-based government-run healthcare plan that Republicans have criticized as too costly and radical. The bill has 14 Democratic co-sponsors in the Senate, including four of his presidential rivals – Kirsten Gillibrand, ...
          Trump, senators meet regarding stalled disaster aid      Comment   Translate Page      
Senators from states that are still recovering from natural disasters met with President Trump at the White House to talk about stalled disaster aid. The House passed a bill that failed to advance in the Senate. Politico says the legislation has been bogged down for months over a dispute about U.S. aid to Puerto Rico. […]
          Fresh US divide on Iran emerges over expiring nuclear waivers      Comment   Translate Page      
Bloomberg | Nick Wadhams: A fresh divide is emerging between some Trump administration officials and hard-line opponents of Iran in the Senate over how far to go in the White...
          Illinois Senate recap: Scott’s Law awareness measure advances      Comment   Translate Page      
SPRINGFIELD – In light of an increase in accidents and deaths to Illinois State Police troopers, the state Senate on Friday passed a measure to increase awareness of “Scott’s Law,” which requires drivers to slow down and switch lanes when they see flashing emergency lights.

Senate Bill 947, sponsored by Republican Chapin Rose of Mahomet, passed the Senate unanimously. The bill provides that renewal notices from the secretary of state’s office will advise drivers of how to properly approach a stopped emergency vehicle.

The bill also requires the driver’s license test to include a question concerning safe driving when approaching authorized emergency vehicles.

Here’s a quick look at other legislation passed by the Senate on Friday:

SEXUAL PHOTOS: State Sen. Melinda Bush passed Senate Bill 1507, which would give greater protections to people harmed by having sexual images of them disseminated without their consent. It also applies to the threatened dissemination of those images.

The bill gives victims a cause of action under specified circumstances. The bill also allows a victim to use a pseudonym or redacted name in court.

Under the bill, an action for a nonconsensual dissemination may not be brought after four years from the date the dissemination was discovered.

The bill passed 55-0.

POTHOLE DATABASE: Sen. Dan McConchie’s Senate Bill 958, which passed the Senate, would create a statewide database for reporting potholes.

McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, said Chicago has had such a site for several years and it has been successful in helping the city repair troublesome portions of road.

The bill instructs the Department of Transportation to create a website on which motorists may report potholes, roadway maintenance issues, and other roadway dangers.

The reports would be forwarded to the appropriate department district or unit of local government. The bill passed unanimously.

McConchie also unanimously passed Senate Bill 1090, which requires the attorney general to compile data concerning Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility violations. The information would be posted to the AG’s website.

FIRST RESPONDER SUICIDE PREVENTION: State Sen. Terry Link’s Senate Bill 730 would create the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. The bill requires training programs for police to recognize signs of work-related cumulative stress and other related issues that might lead to suicide, and offer appropriate solutions for intervention.

The bill would also provide that emergency services personnel may refer any person to an employee assistance program or peer support counselor if those services are not available within the agency.

The bill also provides that minimum in-service training requirements, which a police officer must satisfactorily complete every three years, shall include officer wellness.

Link said the bill would see further amendments in the House, and it passed 52-0.

SCHOOL SAFETY: State Sen. Tony Munoz, a Chicago Democrat, advanced Senate Bill 1658, allowing the State Board of Education to award grants to school districts to support school safety and security, subject to appropriations or private donations.

These grant funds could be used for school security improvements, including professional development, safety-related upgrades to school buildings, equipment, including metal detectors and x-ray machines, and facilities, including school-based health centers.

The bill also requires ISBE to prioritize the distribution of grants to school districts designated as Tier 1 or Tier 2 under the evidence-based funding formula – or districts that are further from funding adequacy. The bill passed unanimously.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT: State Sen. Chuck Weaver’s Senate Bill 1042 passed the Senate, allowing home-rule municipalities to abate property taxes for a newly remodeled home located in a blighted area. It passed unanimously.

OUT-OF-TOWN COMMISSIONER: State Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, passed Senate Bill 756, allowing a township board of trustees with populations less than 500 to appoint a non-resident highway commissioner or to contract with a neighboring township if the district is within a township with no incorporated town and no qualified candidate living in the township steps forward.

RACIAL IMPACT NOTE: State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, passed Senate Bill 1485 to create the “Racial Impact Note Act” on legislation, similar to existing notes such as those for financial impact.

The bill provides that every bill “which has or could have a disparate impact on racial and ethnic minorities,” can have a racial impact note filed by request of a member.

The note will be a “brief explanatory statement or note that shall include a reliable estimate of the anticipated impact on those racial and ethnic minorities likely to be impacted by the bill.”

The bill also prohibits racial discrimination and harassment by state officers and employees, and provides that each state officer and employee shall annually complete a racial bias, discrimination and harassment training program approved by the appropriate jurisdictional authority.


          Illinois House passes bill calling for teaching work ethics in schools      Comment   Translate Page      
SPRINGFIELD – Public school students in Illinois might have to start learning about work ethics as early as the sixth grade under a bill that passed the state House on Friday.

Rep. Camille Lilly, a Chicago Democrat, sponsored the bill, which says that beginning in grade 6, “students should be introduced to the importance of developing and applying a work ethic in a variety of contexts.” That includes such concepts as professionalism, trustworthiness, integrity, initiative and respecting authority and arriving on time, according to the bill.

A number of Republicans opposed the bill, arguing that it would be an unfunded mandate on schools and teachers, and that most teachers were already providing that kind of instruction.

The legislation, House Bill 2263, passed by a vote of 69- 39. It now moves to the Senate.

Here’s a look at other bills that passed the House late this week:

HB 3462: Allows school districts to offer courses on hunting safety, based on possible guidelines developed by the State Board of Education. Vote: 114-0

HB 2847: States that employers cannot retaliate against an employee for requesting leave to donate blood, organs, or bone marrow. Vote: 114-0

HB 3302: Updates the state’s law to allow two years for someone to file complaints concerning delays and denials of special education services. Timeline contingent on the creation of the State Board of Education’s “student-specific corrective action plan.” Vote: 114-0

HB 2121: Removes the lifetime ban on becoming a school bus driver for those convicted of a cannabis misdemeanor in the past 20 years. Vote: 108-0

HB 2259: Requires the Department of Heathcare and Family Services to create a list of preferred medical drugs in collaboration with the state’s Medicaid managed care organizations. Vote: 112-0

HB 2: Creates a list of 21 rights for women in pregnancy and childbirth, for which the Department of Public Health must create rules to protect. Aimed at addressing disparate rates of infant and mother mortality and health care for minorities. Vote: 67-35

HB 190: Requires school districts to connect “at-risk” students with academic support programs, and to notify parents of such support programs, both within the school and the community. Vote: 91-22

HB 2540: Allows for the creation and regulation of blockchain companies in Illinois. Also tasks the state with producing a blockchain study and report, both for the regulation of it and for how it relates to the banking sector. Vote: 113-0

HB 2766: Requires one mental health specialist for every 1,000 people employed by sheriff offices, police departments, and firefighter stations. Creates the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. Vote: 113-0

HB 1690: Defines rules for when a court may expunge or seal someone’s record for a DUI. Provides five conditions under which it could happen, among them a first offense causing no death or injury to others. Vote: 69-36

HB 331: Paves the way for more cameras to be placed along Cook County expressways. Allows use of images for investigations and roadway hazards, but not for the enforcement of petty offenses. Money for the cameras to come out of the Road Fund. Vote: 109-0

HB 3503: Requires insurers to offer coverage of hearing instruments for people 65 or over. Vote: 111-0

HB 3424: Creates the Veterans’ Disability Compensation Task Force to improve the rate that veterans’ disability claims are approved by the federal government, and to align Illinois’ veterans compensation with those of other states. Vote: 114-0

HB 471: Says the state’s Department of Insurance must approve the rates of individual and small group accident and health policies written in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. If the rate increases are found to be “unreasonable,” they will be disapproved. Vote: 73-41

HB 1613: Requires the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority provide a report every three years based on traffic stop data in the state. Estimated cost of $504,000 over next three years for a consultant to assist the study. The Illinois Department of Transportation will no longer be the office to contract out the study and data analysis, as it has in the past. Vote: 75-30

HB 2165: In order to get a high school diploma, at least one year of a student’s required three years of mathematics must be Algebra I, and one year must include geometry content. Vote: 115-0

HB 359: Allows college and university Boards of Trustees to sell surplus real estate, and use the proceeds for deferred maintenance and emergency repairs. Vote: 114-0

HB 124: Requires police officers must be at least 21 years old, or 20 if they have completed a certain number of college credit hours. Vote: 115-0

HB 2625: Says the General Assembly must redraw the subcircuit boundaries of the circuit court of Cook County after the 2020 census. Vote: 98-12, 3 present

HB 907: Requires the Department of Public Health create an online database for mental health resources geared toward school counselors, parents, teachers, school social workers, and school support personnel. Specifically in regard to school shootings and bullying. Vote: 114-0

HB 254: Requires school boards to report number of actively employed teachers, pupil-teacher ratios, class instructors, and class sections to the State Board of Education, which will then post a publicly-available report on that information in 2021. School boards must annually give information to SBOE thereafter for continuing reports. Vote: 84-30

HB 840: Requires the Illinois Commerce Commission create a biannual report, beginning in April 2020, concerning the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in the state. Vote: 73-40

HB 1587: Allows that when a court is imposing sentences for offenses that require mandatory minimum imprisonments, it may instead sentence an offender to probation, conditional discharge, or a lesser term of imprisonment on three conditions: if the offense involves the use or possession of drugs, retail theft, or driving on a revoked license due to unpaid financial obligations; if the defendant does not pose a risk to public safety; and if the “interest of justice” requires the alternative sentences. Vote: 61-48

HB 938: Allows non-home rule municipalities to use the proceeds of the non-home rule municipal retailers’ occupation tax for municipal operations, expenditures on public infrastructure, or property tax relief. Vote: 98-13

HB 2562: Creates a Public Defender Quality Defense Task Force to study public defenders’ caseloads and quality of legal services throughout the state. Vote: 111-2

HB 94: Allows inmates who were sentenced before June 19, 1998, to receive sentence credits on the completion of programs determined by the Illinois Department of Corrections. Vote: 61-47

HB 2244: Says those on parole or mandatory supervised release may not frequent “places where controlled substances are illegally sold, used, distributed, or administered.” Adds they may not knowingly associate with other persons on parole or mandatory supervised released without permission of the parole agent. Lastly, adds they may not knowingly associate with organized gang members. Vote: 62-51

HB 1115: Defines rules for the electronic monitoring of sex offenders on parole or mandatory supervised release. Vote: 62-49

HB 465: Provides various rules on the disclosure and listing of “maximum allowable costs” of prescription drugs in contracts between health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers. Vote: 113-0

HB 122: Creates the Office of the Ombudsman for Behavioral Health Access to Care within the Department of Human Services to help Illinoisans access behavioral health care, including for mental health conditions and substance use disorders. The new office would be subject to appropriated funds from the General Assembly. Vote: 79-33

HB 1440: Tasks the Illinois State Police with creating a sexual assault evidence tracking system based on the recommendations made by the Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission in its June 26, 2018 report. Vote: 112-0

HB 2247: Subject to funds from the General Assembly, the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health should develop and implement a slew of community-based pilot programs for counseling and mental health services to underserved communities. Includes social media campaigns. Vote: 113-0

HB 3606: Adds rules for the publishing of online information about K-12 students. Creates the Student Data Protection Oversight Committee, which must give recommendations on legislation and policy revisions. Adds parental consent to publishing some types of student data in directories, for example. Vote: 71-40, 2 present

HB 2028: Says the Illinois Department of State Police shall pay or reimburse up to $20,000 (an increase from the current level of $10,000) for the burial expenses of state officers killed on duty. Provides an identical monetary change for the burial benefit paid to the surviving spouse or estate of an officer or fireman killed on duty. Vote: 112-0

HB 3390: Requires dog and cat boarding kennels to have at least one fire alarm system or fire sprinkler system in every building that houses animals, if the kennel is not staffed at all times. Vote: 95-16

HB 2670: Reduces the restrictions on opening a business for those with past criminal offenses. Defines terms and provides flexibility to various state departments, including the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, in reviewing the circumstances around past offenses. Vote: 69-42


          Illinois House rejects ‘ban-the-box’ law for college admissions      Comment   Translate Page      
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House on Friday rejected a bill that would have blocked public colleges and universities from asking about a prospective student’s criminal history as part of the application.

The so-called “ban-the-box” proposal – a reference to questions that appear on many job and college application forms asking people if they have been convicted of a serious crime – was sponsored by state Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago, who argued that the question prevents many people with criminal histories from turning around their lives.

“These people were a tax burden at one time. They were costing us money,” Flowers said on the House floor. “Now they want to better their lives. They’ve learned from their mistakes. They want to become part of the working class, the middle class, and have an opportunity to go to school. That’s all they’re asking for.”

Flowers’ proposal, however, came at a time when colleges and universities throughout the country have come under criticism – and under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education – for not doing enough to respond to violent offenses on their campuses, particularly sexual violence.

As of March 29, according to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights website, both Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the University of Illinois – Chicago were under investigation for complaints involving their handling of sexual assault cases. So, too, were Chicago Public Schools and the Waukegan school district.

“This bill, as it stands, would put convicted felons in cohabitational dorms with 17- and 18-year-old youngsters leaving home for the first time,” said state Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore. “While I understand the need to forgive past misdeeds, I need the sponsor to know that situations will come up that warrant additional flexibility in the admissions process as it pertains to violent felons.”

The House took up the bill on the final day for both chambers of the General Assembly to pass substantive bills and send them to the other chamber.

Flowers argued that the exact contents of the bill still were being negotiated between the American Civil Liberties Union, which supports the measure, and higher education institutions including the University of Illinois system, which she said had concerns. But she said it was important to pass the bill on to the Senate in order for those negotiations to continue.

In the end, however, the House rejected the bill by a vote of 40-60. It wasn’t clear whether that would kill the legislation for the 2019 session, however, because lawmakers have a number of procedural moves they can use to resurrect bills later.

Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker expressed his support for the concept of a “ban-the-box” law for college admissions during a news conference later in the day.

“Remember why we talk about things like that sort of legislation. It’s because we want to make sure that those who have paid the price for a crime they’ve committed aren’t punished for the rest of their lives, and that they have an opportunity to get an education and get a job,” Pritzker said.

When asked about concerns for student safety on campuses, Pritzker said: “We’re going to make sure that we fund our universities well enough and make sure that they have secure situations on campus.”


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Lawmakers are opening the door to reviving immigration negotiations, but a renewed effort to find a deal on border security is facing long odds on Capitol Hill.With President Trump’s frustration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) boiling...
          Shaheen: Defending Obamacare 'Only the Start' - GOP Should Work With Dems on Health Care      Comment   Translate Page      
During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) discussed the court battle over the Affordable Care Act, said that defending the law is only the beginning, and stated that “it’s time for Republicans in Congress to come together with
          Booker: Barr's Spying Comments 'Delegitimized His Voice' - 'He's Suspect'      Comment   Translate Page      
During an interview aired on Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” 2020 presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) stated that Attorney General William Barr’s spying comments “delegitimized his voice and his position by providing no evidence, and I think he’s suspect.”
          Booker: People 'Can't Afford a Politics of Division That Sacrifices Progress for Purity'      Comment   Translate Page      
During his campaign kickoff speech on Saturday, 2020 presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) stated that people across the country “can’t afford a politics of division that sacrifices progress for purity.” Booker said, “You see, the president wants a race
          Daily Vocabulary for Bank Exams: 14th April 2019      Comment   Translate Page      

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Vocabulary is an important part of English that helps you deal with all kinds of questions in objective as well as descriptive papers of various exams. In the recently concluded Banking Exams, we witnessed that a major part of the exam was based on vocabulary. Many questions were vocab based and we can expect the same in the upcoming exams. It becomes very important to learn ample amount of words for the upcoming Government Job Exams. You can learn new words daily from our Daily Word List . Here is a list of words from daily Editorials. Learn the words and make your own sentences on the basis of the given word list.

1. RESCIND : रद्द करना
Meaning: to make a law, agreement, order, or decision no longer have any (legal) power
Synonyms: abolish, abrogate
Antonyms: allow, approve
Example: The policy of charging air travelers for vegetarian meals proved unpopular and has already been rescinded.

2. ABYSMAL : बहुत बुरा
Meaning: very bad
Synonyms: dreadful, awful
Antonyms: good, amazing
Example: This experiment could help a lot of people, or it could be an abysmal failure.

3. HOARD : ढेर
Meaning: to collect large amounts of something and keep it in a safe, often secret, place
Synonyms: accumulation, backlog
Antonyms: debt, lack
Example: During the siege people began hoarding food and supplies.

4. SURGE : वृद्धि
Meaning: a sudden and great increase
Synonyms: deluge, growth
Antonyms: decline, decrease
Example: A special system prevents the circuitry being tripped accidentally by a power surge or lightning strike.

5. AMNESTY : आम माफ़ी
Meaning: a decision by a government to forgive people who have committed particular illegal acts or crimes, and not to punish them
Synonyms: forgiveness, absolution
Antonyms: conviction, sentence
Example: The state has declared an amnesty for individuals who pay their outstanding back taxes.

6. EMPHATIC : प्रभावी, मज़बूत
Meaning: done or said in a strong way and without any doubt
Synonyms: aggressive, assertive
Antonyms: weak, halting
Example: Towards the end of the eighteenth century, people began to see revolutions as emphatic disruptions of the past, as new points in a line.

7. INFRINGE : उल्लंघन करना
Meaning: to act in a way that is against a law or that limits someone’s rights or freedom
Synonyms: breach, break
Antonyms: serve, summit
Example: The senator is opposed to any laws that infringe on a citizen’s right to free speech.

8. EMANCIPATE : स्वतंत्र करना
Meaning: to give people social or political freedom and rights
Synonyms: discharge, liberate
Antonyms: confine, restrain
Example: Produce a bill to emancipate the slaves in the District of Columbia, or, if you prefer it, to emancipate those born hereafter.

9. ADORATION : आराधना
Meaning: deep love, devotion, and respect
Synonyms: love, affection
Antonyms: hatred, dislike
Example: Uncritical language adoration makes way for a more objective attitude.

10. REVERE : प्रशंसा करना
Meaning: to regard someone or something with great respect or devotion
Synonyms: admire, adore
Antonyms: criticize
Example: It’s a sad truth that many Americans revere movie stars and sports figures as demi-gods.




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          Nachwahl: Kandidat der Partei Stan zieht in den Senat ein      Comment   Translate Page      
Bei einer Nachwahl zum tschechischen Senat im neunten Prager Stadtbezirk konnte sich der Kandidat der Bürgermeisterpartei Stan durchsetzen. Der Drehbuchautor und Abgeordnete der Gemeinde Vinoř David Smoljak erzielte bei der Stichwahl am Freitag und Samstag 60 Prozent der Stimmen. Sein Gegner war der…
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The Bauchi State Governor-elect, Senator Bala Muhammed, said he was optimistic that the petition of the outgoing Governor, Muhammed Abubakar, and the All Progressives Congress challenging his victory at the tribunal would fail.
          Power In The White House Is Growing With Acting Agency And Cabinet Department Heads      Comment   Translate Page      
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The Senate's vote this week to confirm former oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for interior secretary means there's one less temp in President Trump's cabinet. It brings the number of acting heads of agencies and Cabinet departments from 13 to 12. More than any other president, Trump has used short-term appointments to keep the government running. NPR's Kelsey Snell reports that all that churn means the power in the White House is growing as the checks and balances of the Senate start to vanish. KELSEY SNELL, BYLINE: The Constitution is pretty clear about how the top jobs in federal government are supposed to be filled. It's right there in Article II, Section 2. The president shall nominate, and the Senate shall give advice and consent. Senator Lamar Alexander says it's a critical job with real consequences. LAMAR ALEXANDER: But when it breaks down, we actually give the president more power because he can appoint all these acting
          Senate Approves Trump's Nominee To Be Ambassador To Saudi Arabia      Comment   Translate Page      
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit AILSA CHANG, HOST: Over the past few years, Saudi's crown prince has tightened his grasp on power. He's had critics and activists detained and reportedly tortured. And the CIA believes that he ordered the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. All the while, Saudi Arabia has continued to drop bombs in neighboring Yemen. And during all of this, the U.S. has not had an ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Well, that changed today. The Senate confirmed retired four-star General John Abizaid to the post. To understand what Abizaid brings to this daunting task, we're joined now by Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress. Welcome. BRIAN KATULIS: Great to be with you. CHANG: So I want to start by visiting an important time in General Abizaid's career. This is the last few months when he was overseeing U.S. Central Command. It was right before the 2007 surge of U.S. troops in Iraq. How did Abizaid feel about that strategy? KATULIS: Abizaid
          Dems defend Omar after Trump retweets video against her      Comment   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – Top Democrats on Saturday rushed to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump retweeted video that was edited to suggest she was being dismissive of the significance of the worst terrorist assault on U.S. soil.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded Trump for using the “painful images of 9/11 for a political attack” against the first-term Minnesota Democrat.

And presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, campaigning in New Hampshire, accused Trump of “trying to incite violence and to divide us, and every political leader should speak out against that.”

The video Trump retweeted Friday pulls a snippet of Omar’s recent speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in which she described the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center as “some people did something,” and includes news footage of the hijacked planes hitting the Twin Towers. Trump also tweeted, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”

Omar’s remark has drawn criticism largely from political opponents and conservatives who say the lawmaker, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, offered a flippant description of the assailants and the attacks that killed about 3,000 people.

Neither Trump’s tweet nor the video included her full quote or the context of her comments.

Omar told CAIR in Los Angeles that many Muslims saw their civil liberties eroded after the attacks, and she advocated for activism.

“For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” she said in the March 23 speech, according to video posted online. “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

CAIR was founded in 1994, according to its website, but its membership skyrocketed after the attacks.

Many Republicans and conservative outlets expressed outrage at Omar’s remarks. Fellow Democrats, including some who have disagreed with Omar in the past, defended her.

“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something,’ ” tweeted Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas. The retired Navy SEAL lost his right eye in 2012 in an explosion in Afghanistan.

“Here’s your something,” the New York Post blared on its cover beneath a photograph of the flaming towers.

Pelosi, who was in Germany visiting U.S. troops Saturday, said in a statement that “the memory of 9/11 is sacred ground” and should always be discussed “with reverence.” The California Democrat said it is wrong for Trump to “fan the flames to make anyone less safe.”

Omar didn’t appear to be backing down.

She tweeted a quote from President George W. Bush, who said days after the attacks: “The people – and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!”

“Was Bush downplaying the terrorist attack?” Omar tweeted. “What if he was a Muslim.”

Several of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates condemned Trump’s tweet.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke said the Republican president’s tweet was an “incitement to violence” against Omar, who is Muslim-American, and others like her. O’Rourke, campaigning in South Carolina, likened the tweet to Trump’s rhetoric about Mexicans, described in the past by Trump as murderers and rapists. O’Rourke said “there is a cost and there is a consequence” to Trump’s comments.

Warren, a Massachusetts senator, said Republican leaders in Congress “cannot take a pass on this, cannot look the other way and pretend it isn’t happening. It is happening. And those who don’t speak out in the Republican leadership are complicit in what he is doing. It’s wrong.”

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar noted that a New York man recently was charged with threatening Omar’s life.

“The video the president chose to send out today will only incite more hate,” Klobuchar said. “You can disagree with her words – as I have done before – but this video is wrong. Enough.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Omar “won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we.”

Omar repeatedly has pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory over Israel and the strength of the Jewish state’s influence in Washington. She apologized for suggesting that lawmakers support Israel for pay and said she isn’t criticizing Jews. But she refused to take back a tweet in which she suggested American supporters of Israel “pledge allegiance” to a foreign country.

Her comments sparked an ugly episode among House Democrats after they responded with a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and the measure became a broader declaration against all forms of bigotry.


          Nominee For No. 3 At Justice Department Withdraws After Backlash From GOP Senators      Comment   Translate Page      
Updated at 10: 17 a.m. President Trump's pick to serve as third in command at the Justice Department, overseeing health care and immigration cases, withdrew her name from consideration Thursday evening amid backlash from conservative lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jessie Liu leads more than 300 prosecutors as the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., the nation's largest such office. As an Asian-American woman, she would have added a measure of diversity to the Justice Department's senior ranks — as well as serious prosecution chops. The Justice Department said Liu will remain in her current post and advise Attorney General William Barr as the head of a committee of other top federal prosecutors. Two sources told NPR that the attorney general got into a "shouting match" with Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, a key figure in opposing Liu's bid. A spokeswoman for Barr declined comment on the heated conversation with a lawmaker from his own political party. For his part, Barr
          William Barr, Attorney General Nominee, Gets Nod From Key Senate Committee      Comment   Translate Page      
Updated at 12:58 p.m. ET The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-10 along party lines Thursday to recommend that the full Senate confirm William Barr, President Trump's nominee to take over the Justice Department. Senators debated Barr's candidacy for hours and focused in particular on the role he will play supervising the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Barr told him that with respect to the special counsel's eventual findings, Barr would "not allow executive privilege as a reason to cover up wrongdoing." "I'll hold him to that," Graham said. Several other Republican lawmakers, in deciding to cast their votes for Barr, said he should release the special counsel findings to the fullest extent, while protecting national security secrets. "The American people are entitled to see the facts and judge for themselves," said Louisiana GOP Sen. John Kennedy. Kennedy said any conclusions in the Russia probe would very likely leak
          Neomi Rao, Picked For D.C. Circuit Court, Faces Scrutiny Over Earlier Views On Rape      Comment   Translate Page      
Updated at 12:16 p.m. ET President Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the nation's second-highest appeals court defended herself amid scrutiny of her collegiate writings about sexual assault, environmental protections and multiculturalism. Neomi Rao currently leads the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs , a position that's been described as the Trump administration's "deregulatory czar." As a Yale undergraduate, though, she staked out political positions that have drawn criticism for being too far outside the mainstream for someone to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Rao has been nominated for the spot opened on that court by the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh . "To be honest, looking back at some of those writings, I cringe at some of the language I used," Rao told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Rao said she had "matured" as a writer and a thinker since she opined in college about such issues as
          William Barr Supported Pardons In An Earlier D.C. 'Witch Hunt': Iran-Contra      Comment   Translate Page      
This won't be the first time that William Barr, President Trump's nominee to become attorney general , will be involved with what's been called a " witch hunt ." Barr, who is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for his confirmation hearings, ran the Justice Department once before, under President George H.W. Bush. Back then, the all-consuming, years-long scandal was called Iran-Contra. On Dec. 24, 1992, it ended when Bush pardoned six people who had been caught up in it. "The Constitution is quite clear on the powers of the president and sometimes the president has to make a very difficult call," Bush said then . "That's what I've done." Then-Attorney General Barr supported the president's decision in the Iran-Contra case , which gave clemency to people who had been officials in the administration of President Ronald Reagan, including former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He had been set to go on trial to face charges about lying to Congress. To the
          America deserved better than Nancy Pelosi      Comment   Translate Page      
A number of us knew Nancy Pelosi was not the Speaker of the House the country needed -- or deserved.  Some didn't want to get honest about that.  Can they get honest now?  Whoopi, Cher, all of you who don't really follow reality, you still standing by your support for Nancy?


Have no fear insurance, pharma and medical conglomerates, will eviscerate and destroy , you own her and most of ⁦⁩.



John Stauber is highlighting this SLUDGE article that notes:

A top hospital lobbyist told a room of health care executives this week not to worry about “Medicare for All” and suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won’t let the idea come up for a vote during the current Congress.
Tom Nickels, the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) executive vice president for government relations, spoke at the organization’s annual conference on Monday, a day before Pelosi addressed the same Washington, D.C. ballroom.
Although Nickels said that President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate would never support the idea of a government-run universal health care system, he predicted Pelosi also will work to block Medicare for All legislation, in hopes of protecting moderate Democrats in swing districts.
Again, we deserved better than Nancy.  She's not going to fight for what America needs.  She's 'left' only to those who don't know better or who are centrists.


Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 
Friday, April 12, 2019.  Lie about Iraq and get promoted or hired (Kevin Drum got hired by MOTHER JONES), tell the truth and get arrested like Julian Assange.


Yesterday, the founder and publisher of WIKILEAKS, Julian Assange, was arrested in London.  Why?

That's a multi-answer.  Some have cried "treason!"  Julian Assange is an Australian citizen, as such he cannot commit treason against the United States.  He is a publisher and the news he publishes makes the powerful uncomfortable.


For the US government, the first extreme bit of discomfort came on Monday April 5, 2010, when WIKILEAKS released  military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two REUTERS journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh.  Not only was the US government responsible for that attack, they were responsible for the lies and the coverup that followed.  When WIKILEAKS published the video, the truth was known.


Legal scholar Jonathan Turley (USA TODAY) explains:

He is our property.” Those celebratory words of Sen. Joe Manchin (D, W.V.) came on CNN soon after the news of the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. It was a sentiment shared by virtually everyone in Washington from Congress to the intelligence services. Assange committed the unpardonable sins of embarrassing the establishment — from members of Congress to intelligence officials to the media. And he will now be punished for our sins. Despite having significant constitutional arguments to be made, it is likely that he will be stripped of those defenses and even barred from raising the overall context of his actions in federal court. What could be the most important free speech and free press case in our history could well be reduced to the scope and substance of an unauthorized computer access case.

Moreover, he was doing something that is usually heralded in the media. He disclosed a massive and arguably unconstitutional surveillance program by the United States impacting virtually every citizen. He later published emails that showed that the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Hillary Clinton lied in various statements to the public, including the rigging of the primary for her nomination. No one has argued that any of these emails were false. They were embarrassing. Of course, there is not crime of embarrassing the establishment but that is merely a technicality.


WSWS observes:

For its part, the establishment media, which functions as an arm of the state, has jumped in to support the attack on Assange.
On Thursday evening, the editorial boards of the New York Times and the Washington Post issued statements supporting Assange’s extradition. “The government charged Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, not with publishing classified government information, but with stealing it,” declared the New York Times, adding, “The administration has begun well by charging Mr. Assange with an indisputable crime.”
The Washington Post was even more open in its support of the Trump administration’s campaign against Assange, declaring “Mr. Assange’s case could conclude as a victory for the rule of law, not the defeat for civil liberties of which his defenders mistakenly warn.”
“Mr. Assange is not a free-press hero,” declares the Post. “Unlike real journalists, WikiLeaks dumped material into the public domain.” By the Post’s definition, the only “real journalists” are those that self-censor at the behest of the Pentagon.

These newspapers, which once published the Pentagon Papers, are nothing but apologists for US imperialism. One can only imagine the howls of outrage that would issue from the media if it was the Russian government that had carried out the forcible seizure and arrest of a journalist and critic of its foreign policy!



US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard, who is seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, Tweeted the following:


Assange Arrest: The message is clear. To journalists and all Americans, if you try to take away our power, you will pay a high price.
 
 
The purpose of arresting is to send a message to the people, especially journalists, to be quiet and don’t get out of line. If we, the people, allow the government to control us through fear, we are no longer free, we are no longer America.
 
 
The arrest of is meant to send a message to all Americans and journalists: be quiet, behave, toe the line. Or you will pay the price.
 
 


In their daily brief this morning, Human Rights Watch notes:



The extradition of Julian Assange fr
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When he rose to support a censure motion against a fellow senator, Patrick Dodson gave one of the most stirring parliamentary speeches in a long time.
          Elizabeth Warren Wants To End "Beyond A Resonable Doubt" For Criminal Convictions      Comment   Translate Page      

Elizabeth Warren Wants To End "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" For Criminal Convictions

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 15:50

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:

Elizabeth Warren wants to destroy centuries of legal standards

To take your freedom requires more evidence than to take your money. For now.

Criminal convictions depend on the accused being guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. Civil convictions depend only on a preponderance of evidence pointing to guilt.

But Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill last week to apply criminal penalties to corporate executives found civilly liable for company misconduct.

And these criminal penalties would apply regardless of intent. Failure to stop a crime would be considered a crime itself, whether you knew about it or not.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is speaking out against the proposed law, calling it a dangerous attempt to abandon “core principles of criminal law that have been part of the Anglo-American legal tradition for centuries.”

As a former Harvard Law Professor, Warren must understand the implications of this bill. And that makes her a very scary candidate to occupy the oval office.

But what else would we expect from this crop of rising Bolsheviks? Revolutions can’t abide by stale old ideas like rule of law.

Philadelphia becomes the first major US city to ban cashless stores

Two weeks ago we talked about a San Francisco politician trying to require all stores in the city to hire cashiers and accept cash.

Now Philadelphia has beat them to the punch. It is the first major US city to outlaw the coming innovation of cash/cashierless stores, like Amazon Go.

The excuse, of course, is that people without access to credit cards or bank accounts won’t be able to use those cashless stores.

Seems like it would be a lot easier for those people to continue going to the same stores where they are currently shopping, and allow other consumers who prefer to shop at Amazon Go to make their own decisions.

But no. Politicians’ zeal to stick it to Amazon outweighs everything else… so they choose instead to outlaw innovation at the expense of consumers.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-12/elizabeth-warren-wants-end-beyond-resonable-doubt-criminal-convictions


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Potential Federal Reserve board nominee Stephen Moore, picked by U.S. President Donald Trump, faced new criticism, with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren accusing him of lacking competencies to serve in that role.
          Kamala Harris carves distinct early-state path in her 2020 White House bid      Comment   Translate Page      
By Amanda Becker IOWA CITY, Iowa (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Kamala Harris held just one public event this week during her third trip to Iowa since joining the contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, a town hall at the University of Iowa where she talked about her plan to raise teacher pay. Harris, formerly …
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Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) kept up the pressure on William Barr by pointing out why the Attorney General has no credibility.
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The U.S. Senate confirmed former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt as the next Interior Secretary on Thursday, even as coastal-state senators from both parties raise concerns about his plans to vastly expand offshore drilling.
          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 14, 2019      Comment   Translate Page      
Restored Republic via a GCR as of April 14 2019

Compiled 14 April 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces: the biography of Jenny Hill.”As a young child Jenny was tortured by a Satanic coven under direction of a CIA Operative, forced to witness a child sacrifice and save for divine intervention, was almost killed herself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F626Lsrdwg4 Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it is valid. A Special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research, to Dale who keeps me in line and Ken who uncovers almost unlimited intel on pedophilia to help us Save the Children.

Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world. In all your giving, please don’t forget exploited children.


Judy Note: Zim redemption notification and receipt of 800#s for currency exchangers to set apts at special redemption/ exchange centers and negotiate for higher rates was expected sometime over the weekend and at least by Mon. April 15 – which was the start date for Tier 5, the general public, to exchange in banks at their front screen rates.

Mon. April 15 was the date around the Muller Report release – which when combined with expectations of Assange spilling the beans and news around Obama’s former White House attorney’s indictment – was bound to take up Headlines, along with a Stock Market bust – and cover up buzz around our appointments – the monies from which should bring the Stock Market back (after having crashed US Inc.’s big corporations that had flourished under war contracts and use of Cabal’s fiat monies).

April 15 was tax day. The defunct IRS was no longer taking our monies as it now funneled to the new US Treasury in Reno. Mon. April 15 was also the day when over 90,000 sealed indictments were expected to be filed against global elites in federal courts across the nation. Litigation on those indictments were ongoing in federal courts and at GITMO.

It was my understanding that Zim redemption would be done exclusively by a certain bank, where they would adjust your rate according to what you asked for in your Humanitarian Plan. Regular banks were not expected to do Zim redemption. It was advised to hold onto your Zim and currencies until validated instructions were made available, do not give them to anyone including groups or group leaders, redeem all you bought yourself and keep a constant eye on your Zim and currency during your exchange/ redemption. There were a lot of sneaky people out there who would try to take advantage.

A. April 13 2019 Sat. Update, MarkZ: MarkZ Saturday Q&A 4-13-19 "Positioning and Big Expectations" https://www.dinarrecaps.com/our-blog/markz-saturday-qa-4-13-19-positioning-and-big-expectations https://www.twitch.tv/videos/410448928## https://www.pscp.tv/w/1zqKVayoqWaxB MarkZ Disclaimer: Please consider everything on this call as my opinion. People who take notes do not catch everything and its best to watch the video so that you get everything in context. Be sure to consult a professional for any financial decisions

1. There was very little news overnight, other than package positioning and expectation of things happening this afternoon Sat. April 13.

2. I received one very excited call from the attorney who helped set up my SKR. He said our funding was in place, CMKX was in position and said they could see the numbers.

3. Pkgs delivery today Sat. April 13 and tomorrow Sun. April 14. Omegas were part of the PP's – part of the St. Germaine Trust and were expected today as well. There was expectation that some delivery would come this afternoon. There has been bank pinging today Sat. April 13.

4. nflemingjr: Part of the problem on CMKX was that they had to be paid in the new currency.

5. If package deliveries were in force tonight Sat. April 13, I expected 800 numbers tonight or tomorrow Sun. April 14.

6. There was no holdup, just logistics as they positioned for release.

7. Paymasters were being made liquid so we could go. It was going to be a shotgun start.

8. Saturday info tends to come out late in the afternoon.

9. I am told 800# Sunday evening April 14 or before so that appointment's could start on Monday morning April 15. This just made logistical sense.

10. nflemingjr: Anytime the 800 numbers would be out.

11. nflemingjr: The final rates were locked in last night Fri. April 12 after the banks in Hawaii closed and have been put on the screen as of last night. Paymasters were reporting that they could see the funds in their accounts.

12. Yes I have also been told that. They report they can physically see them and it was positioned for a shotgun release. (Fleming was very connected and he has very good information).

13. nflemingjr: I am waiting for the rates now. Yes they are doing testing today.

14. I am being told same thing. There is a lot of testing and a lot of pinging. There is a whole lot to watch today.

15. Member: Last I heard from a Hong Kong Source was that 800#s go out Monday Night (USA), April 15.

16. I am told all packages would be delivered by USPS. Inside would be a 100k debit card with instant access as soon as we called and activated it.

17. nflemingjr: There are some things that I can say and there are some things I cannot say because I will get chewed out.

18. nflemingjr: They waited for the banks to close in Hawaii before posting.

19. Member: So do you think the time between ring on your doorbell with CMKX and release of 800s to you will be within hours? MZ: Yes within hours. It will be a shotgun start.

20. I am told we are all done in Iraq, just waiting for the CBI to announce it.

21. nflemingjr: The CBI in Iraq is an independent agency from the government and does not need the permission from their government to RI.

22. In case we are still under old tax laws don't use any word but "exchange.” Do not say “cash in.”

23. I am still saying 99.9% that we would be in the banks on Mon. April 15.

24. I have not heard anything on Peticelli bonds yet but I have heard Mexican gold bonds are ready to process by Mon. April 15 am. This was very exciting.

B. April 13 2019 Philip Tilton: http://dinaresgurus.blogspot.com/2019/04/philip-tilton-its-about-to-go-down-13.html Beta Testing today among groups. It’s about to go down.

C. April 12 2019 11:12 pm EST Bank Story, Sarah: "Got a Date from my Local Bank" by Sarah - 4.12.19 I made a phone call to my local bank here in Province of Quebec, Canada for a technical issue online and asked the teller about the upcoming revaluation of currencies. He said that on April 15 everything will be in place and to call back. I could not buy Dong, Dinar or Zim from them but he said they would exchange them and that I would certainly be richer.

D. April 12 2019 11:13 pm EST Bank Story, Derek: Talked to HSBC Today" by Derek - 4.12.19 I talk to a lady at HSBC in Philadelphia bank today (April 12) and asked her if they were doing the Zim Bond Currency exchange. It was interesting how she said to me “Not as of today we are not” with a smile! She then asked me how much I had. I told her. She said to hold on to it. So I took that as that it would be soon. I am sure she couldn't say much about it.

E. April 12 2019 11:18 pm EST Fraud Alert, Tony: "Fraud Alert" by Tony - 4.12.19
Just a FYI. I received a notice from my WF account that someone tried signing my card up for their Zelle money transfer program and it wasn't me! The only transactions on that account were my recent purchases of additional currency from Treasury Vault, BuyIQD.com and TravelEx. My suspicions are the first two. I don't think TravelEx would do it but idk. WF said it was a merchant simply using a Visa name otherwise no other merchant info. These companies of course know we are about to receive big money and wish to steal it! Needless to say that account is now closed, but I wanted to warn all of you that one of these companies is out to steal your money, so check your accounts and be very cautious as you proceed forward and if you purchase from one of these companies. Tony

F. New Tax Bill: On Sat. April 6 both the Senate and House passed a bill that replaced the IRS/Federal Reserve system, imposing a national sales tax at a rate of 23% on the use or consumption of taxable property (not food or medicine) in lieu of the current income taxes, payroll taxes, estate and gift taxes. That new tax bill has not been formally announced and it was not known if it was signed by President Trump. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/25/

G. Breaking News from the Mueller Report Release: Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California — who served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – has referred at least eight suspects to the U.S. Justice Department for investigation of a collusion hoax, failure to conduct a “real” investigation of Hillary Clinton, leaks and allegations emanating from the Democratic Party, CNN, MSNBC and New York Times, powerful people who ran federal law enforcement agencies (FBI, ATF), upper-echelon intelligence community members at the CIA, NSA, ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence), FISA abuse, conspiracy to lie to the FISA Court, misleading the FISA court and manipulation of intelligence by the FBI and Justice Department to knowingly use an unsubstantiated “dossier” to garner search warrants.

H. The Global Currency Reset Past, Present, Future:

Sun. March 24: The Mueller Report exonerated President Trump and officially turned on the RV process at the new US Treasury offices in Reno, Atlanta and Chicago, where personnel were told to keep it quiet.

Mon. March 25: European sources indicated that the RV had been released, Paymasters hydrated, the military activated, Fines and Penalties handled, some SKRs made liquid. In 27 states a limited number of exchanges at low teaser rates done on the Dinar and Dong.

Fri. March 29: At this end of the banking business quarter the banks of 209 countries participating in the Global Currency Reset were made Basel IV compliant, Gold became a world currency and Central Banks recognized gold holdings as cash reserves. The new USTN became tradable Fri. night March 29.

Sat. March 30 at 6 pm EST: The City of London Bank was eliminated per British Law – Brexit, Russia and China came online with their Quantum Financial System alternative to the SWIFT System that worked with the CIPS system.

Mon. April 1: Banks across the globe participating in the Global Currency Reset were declared Basil 3 or Basil 4 compliant, were now sovereign and owned by the countries they represented. The Central Banks of the Cabal system that since the 1800s had been under control of the privately owned US Inc, City of London and Vatican Bank, made the transition to a gold/asset-backed Quantum Financial System under control of the different sovereign countries. Iraq announced in mosques that they were International and open for business. SKRS could now be made liquid, exchange/ redemption accounts fully accessible, structured payouts would begin earning interest and a new US Taxpayer plan was in force.

Mon. April 1 at 7:35 pm EST international banking wires were halted for transactions and then reopened Tues. April 2 at 7:35 pm EST. Also on Mon. April 1 at 9:30 pm EST Fedwire® Funds Services were closed for transactions and then reopened Tues. April 2 at 11:30 pm EST. The Cabal system was defunct as the Quantum Financial System (QFS) took over. The QFS started up in full mode in Hong Kong and some in the US began receiving RV packages.

Thurs. April 4: Funds were released April 4 at 3 pm Hong Kong time for payment of ongoing operations at the global level of coins and Dinars according to sources of Asian Royalty. The new Dinar was international and became tradable on April 4 at 9 pm EST.

Fri. April 5 at 9 am funds were in Master Paymaster accounts.

Sat. April 6: On Sat. April 6 both the Senate and House passed a bill that replaced the IRS/Federal Reserve system, imposing a national sales tax at a rate of 23% on the use or consumption of taxable property (not food or medicine) in lieu of the current income taxes, payroll taxes, estate and gift taxes. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/25/

Tues. April 9: The SKR's processed in Reno late Mon. April 8 into Tues. April 9. Late night Tues. April 9 banks were being connected to the 800 number reservation system.

Thurs. April 11: The ten year legal tender term limit for Zimbabwe's bond notes (2008 and 2009 trillion series) was reached April 11, 2019. All Zimbabwe 2008/2009 bond notes must be redeemed and destroyed as per international law.

Fri. April 12: Deadline for Zim Bonds redemption, Brexit Exit and as by international law the BIS having recognized gold as money, the deadline for gold backed digital credits, including the US dollar, to come on line in Central Banks. New currency rates were locked in on the bank screens.

Sun. April 14 to Mon. night April 15: Zim redemption and currency exchanges were expected to begin in a shotgun approach – everything at once.

Mon. April 15: The new Zimbabwe Central Bank rate or sovereign rate will take effect, deadline for receipt of 800#s for currency redeemers to set apts at special exchange/ redemption centers, plus the start date for Tier 5, the general public, to begin exchanging in banks. By this April 15 the count was expected to reach 90,000 sealed indictments filed against global elites in federal courts across the nation.

Thurs. August 1: GESARA expected to be implemented, Cabal contained and a formal announcement of the Gold/asset-backed standard. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5404

Updates for the Week Prior:

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 13, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 12, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 11, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 10, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 9, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 8, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 7, 2019
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          Second Senator Hassan Staffer Aided In Theft Of Massive Amounts Of Senate Data To Doxx, Harass Republicans      Comment   Translate Page      
A former Senate IT aide to Sen. Maggie Hassan, Jackson Cosko, admitted he stole tens of thousands of documents, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and the contents of the entire network drive from the New Hampshire Democrat.
          Trump's low approval numbers      Comment   Translate Page      
Trump and his pal

Trump Approval Plummets In Five Key Swing States
by Oliver Willis

Trump’s approval rating has fallen double digits in five key states that he won since the election. The data shows that in addition to his overall poor approval Trump faces electoral college headwinds before the 2020 election.

In Morning Consult’s most recent survey, Trump is down in the following swing states: Florida (-24 points), Ohio (-20), Michigan (-19), Wisconsin (-18), and Pennsylvania (-17).

In 2016, Trump won all of those states, which together represent 93 electoral votes. Trump’s electoral vote margin of victory was 74 points that year.

By recent comparison, President Barack Obama defeated John McCain by 192 electoral votes in 2008 and Obama beat Mitt Romney by 126 electoral votes in 2012.

Trump also lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes.

Since being sworn in, Trump has never had the support of 50 percent or more of the American people when national polls are averaged.

Even in states where he is likely to win re-election, like Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Wyoming, Trump has seen steep double-digit declines in support.

The poor showing could very well be the result of a presidency swimming in corruption, incompetence and bigotry. Trump’s sole major legislative accomplishment was the tax scam, which rewarded the uber-wealthy and giant corporations and has been resoundingly panned by average Americans.

With the aid of congressional leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump has been able to pack federal courts and the Supreme Court with right-wing mediocrities of questionable moral character.

But Americans do not approve. In the first national election under Trump’s leadership, his party lost control of the House of Representatives by a national popular vote margin of over 9.7 million votes.

When Trump and his ideas are on the ballot, most voters vote against them. And now, in the states he will need the most to win a second term, he is under water.

For poll numbers updated daily see also FiveThirtyEight.


          GOP Lawmakers Propose Bill to Separate Chicago From Illinois      Comment   Translate Page      

Legislation proposing the separation of Chicago from Illinois is intended to spark discussion about the overarching influence of the city in state politics, not actually lead to the creation of the 51st state, according to a central Illinois lawmaker who sponsored the measure.

GOP state Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, the bill 's sponsor, said the proposal would urge U.S. Congress to make the nation's third-largest city its own state, the State Journal-Register reported.

"It's more of a frustration of the policies than the true belief that Chicago and Illinois would be better off as separate states," Davidsmeyer said. "I don't believe that Chicago and the state of Illinois should be separated. Our relationship is mutually beneficial."

Chicago needs to recognize how its policies impact rural Illinois, Davidsmeyer added.

"The reality is, the city of Chicago is competing with New York City and L.A. and San Francisco, and (downstate is) competing against rural Indiana and rural Missouri," he said. "The policies that come down from Chicago are actually pushing our economic opportunity away."

GOP state Rep. Brad Halbrook introduced the proposed measure in February. He co-sponsored a similar proposal last year that failed, and this year's attempt has even less of a chance of succeeding in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the leaders of the state House and Senate are all Democrats from Chicago.

Halbrook said the city of 2.7 million people differs ideologically from the rural population downstate on matters such as abortion and gun rights.

"Our traditional family values seem to be under attack at every angle," Halbrook said. "We are trying to drive the discussion to get people at the table to say these are not our values down here."

Forming a new state from a portion of a current state requires endorsement from Congress and the state legislature, according to the U.S. Constitution.

"When you have a large population center that seems to control the agenda for the rest of the state, it just kind of creates some issues," Halbrook said. "The Constitution gives us a pathway, so we'll see what happens."

Tension between urban and rural areas aren't exclusive to Illinois. The same has occurred in