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  • Author says Democrats abandoned working class ("What's the Matter with Kansas?")

    10/21/2017 9:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Lincoln Star Journal ^ | October 21, 2017 | Don Walton
    Thomas Frank, the author best-known for "What's the Matter with Kansas?" who's also a Washington political journalist, places the blame for the election of President Donald Trump squarely on the back of the Democratic Party and its abandonment of working-class Americans. "They love it when unions work hard for them and give them campaign funds," Frank said in a telephone interview. "But they aren't deeply concerned with the problems faced by working-class people," he said. "They need to stop taking those people for granted." What they got in exchange for that neglect was Trump, he said. Frank will be in...
  • From The Gym To The Gun Range, Here's Where Antifa Learn To Fight

    10/21/2017 9:27:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | October 19, 2017 | Kate Talerico
    The anti-fascists are wearing their sweatpants today. Tennis shoes are a must. They’ve been told to wear something breathable — no masks, no bandanas, no armor. Almost nobody wears black (almost nobody). Gym members drift in through the door of the Breakaway Social Center in the Little Village neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. The two-story corner building was once home to a $10-a-haircut barbershop, but now the walls are lined with posters bearing anarchist symbols and advertising a recent lecture on militant suffragettes. The couches are pushed back to the walls, next to shelves stacked with political journals. On the...
  • Sixt to Create 300 Jobs at New Florida Headquarters

    10/21/2017 1:10:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Auto Rental News ^ | October 20, 2017 | Staff
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that Sixt North America has selected Fort Lauderdale as the location for its new expanded North American headquarters. The expansion will create 300 new jobs and invest $10.4 million in the local community. Sixt chose Fort Lauderdale over other potential sites in Georgia, Texas and California. It has more than 2,000 locations in over 100 countries. “I am proud to announce that Sixt North America has selected Florida over Georgia, Texas, and California for their new and expanded North American headquarters,” said Scott. “This expansion will create 300 new jobs for families in South Florida...
  • The Democrats should be terrified by this governor’s race

    10/21/2017 12:45:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 21, 2017 | Salena Zito
    WINCHESTER, VA. — The melodic sounds of a street musician’s trumpet echo through every corner of this old Virginia town as locals shop or make their way to lunch. Daren Johnson has been blowing his horn at the pedestrian mall in the shadow of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum for over an hour. He performs for two reasons: “To make some extra cash and to share a little bit of lightness. We are exhausted as a country,” he said, “a direct result of last year’s election.” Johnson and his wife were tireless volunteers for Hillary Clinton last year. They...
  • Dem rep's office reportedly overwhelmed by calls amid Trump feud (Frederica Wilson)

    10/21/2017 12:36:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 21, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    Rep. Frederica Wilson's (D-Fla.) offices in Washington and Miami have reportedly been inundated with phone calls and threats following a war of words with President Trump this week. Staffers at one point had to turn off the phones in Wilson's D.C. office after callers bombarded the phones lines, forcing many callers to only reach a voicemail, a local CBS affiliate reported Friday. The number of calls has apparently reached the thousands over the past few days, according to the report, which said that fax machines were turned over to investigators as threats rolled in, pulling in the Capitol Police, Homeland...
  • Now you can buy a small house on Amazon

    10/21/2017 11:44:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 20, 2017 | Leah Bitsky
    Need a house? Just click your mouse three times and say “There’s no place like home.” A building company is now selling actual houses on Amazon that anyone can purchase online–but they are not your average humble abode. The tiny houses, sold by MODS International, are fashioned out of shipping containers and are each 320 square feet, according to Apartment Therapy. Despite their shortcomings, the homes seem rather luxurious inside.....
  • Wishing for Trump’s impeachment? 5 reasons the next president could be even more dangerous

    10/21/2017 10:57:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | October 21, 2017 | Jacob Sugarman, Alternet
    From the moment he was elected, liberals have clung to the possibility, however remote, that Donald Trump will be removed from office. They've fallen for the conspiracy theories of #Resistance hucksters like Louise Mensch, Claude Taylor and Eric Garland, and continue to hold out hope the Mueller investigation will bring his corrupt presidency crashing down. Just this week, law professor and short-lived presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig laid out a series of preposterous if/then scenarios explaining how Hillary Clinton could still become president, almost a year after her shocking defeat. If Jane Mayer's latest feature is any indication, the left should...
  • How to counter Trump? Democrats still searching

    10/21/2017 10:34:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | October 21, 2017 | Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nine months into the Donald Trump era, Democrats are still searching for a standard-bearer and a crisp message to corral widespread opposition to an unpopular president and a Republican-led Congress. The minority party has put that struggle on vivid display this week in Nevada, site of Democrats’ first national party gathering since a contentious chairman’s election in February. The party’s congressional leaders and potential presidential candidates mostly stayed away, with the exception of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose name has surfaced among possible 2020 hopefuls. The activists and party leaders who did attend expressed optimism...
  • The Dow is telling the most important story about Trump

    10/21/2017 9:05:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 20, 2017 | The Editorial Board
    After crossing the 23,000 line this week, the Dow is up nearly 5,000 points, or about 27 percent, since Election Day. It wouldn’t be there under a President Hillary Clinton or a Jeb Bush. No: Much of the credit has to go to the uncompromisingly pro-business President Trump — the antithesis of what the nation had seen the prior eight years. Nor is it just the stock market: Consumer confidence and economic optimism are up. And the Labor Department reports that claims for unemployment just dropped by 22,000 to 222,000 — the fewest since March 1973. And while, as Charles...
  • White supremacist supporters of Richard Spencer open fire on counter-protesters

    10/20/2017 3:39:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Think Progress ^ | October 20, 2017 | Casey Michel
    Following Richard Spencer’s Thursday talk at the University of Florida, a trio of Spencer’s supporters opened fire just outside Gainesville, Fla., during an altercation with those opposing Spencer’s presence. According to a statement from the Gainesville Police Department, Tyler Tenbrink, William Fears, and Colton Fears – all from Texas – were arrested and charged with attempted homicide. The 28-year-old Tenbrink, encouraged by the Fears brothers, fired into the crowd during an altercation following Spencer’s speech. The bullet missed the counter-protesters and struck a nearby building. While Tenbrink and William Fears, 30, both have criminal records – the former is a...
  • White Men Asking Barack Obama to Lead the Resistance Need to Do the Work Themselves

    10/20/2017 3:17:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Root ^ | October 20, 2017 | Michael Arceneaux
    In the final press conference of his presidency, then President Barack Obama reiterated that he would largely keep mum once his successor took office. “It is appropriate for him to go forward with his vision and his values,” Obama explained. However, that statement did come with a bit of a caveat. For Obama, there would be “certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values are at stake” that might “merit me speaking out,” he said. Those issues included “systematic discrimination being ratified in some fashion,” “explicit or functional obstacles to people being able to vote,” “institutional efforts...
  • This Dreamer Could Become The First Undocumented DNC Member

    10/20/2017 2:46:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Refinery 29 ^ | October 20, 2017 | Andrea González-Ramírez
    Saturday could mark a historic moment for the undocumented community in the United States. The Democratic National Committee could appoint Ellie Pérez to be its first undocumented member in history, a move that would potentially allow the 26-year-old Dreamer from Mexico to take part in the 2020 presidential nomination process. Pérez has been nominated to be a DNC member for the next four years, which includes the next presidential election cycle. If appointed, she could potentially become a superdelegate and get to cast a vote for the party's nominee at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. "This nomination, this appointment to...
  • Rep. Wilson: Trump White House is 'full of white supremacists'

    10/20/2017 2:33:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2017 | Brandon Carter
    Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) said President Trump’s White House is “full of white supremacists” in a new interview Friday. “The White House itself is full of white supremacists,” she told The New York Times. It is the latest response in a four-day controversy over Trump's response to military families who have lost a loved one. Wilson earlier this week described a phone conversation she was listening in on between Trump and the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger. The White House later accused Wilson of politicizing a "sacred" issue. Wilson's interview is not the...
  • Health-care marketplace investing $39 million, creating 675 jobs in Floyd County (Georgia)

    10/20/2017 12:03:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Atlanta Business Chronicle ^ | October 19, 2017 | Eric Mandel
    Though the future of health care remains cloudy on a national level, Floyd County's outlook just got brighter. The Georgia Department of Economic Development today said that Candor, a health-care coverage marketplace based in Rome, Ga. that specializes in pairing consumers with health plans, will create 675 jobs over five years in Floyd County. Through 2023, GDEcD said the company plans to invest $39 million into the local economy as it hires, builds out and trains its technical, sales and customer management teams. The company has created more than 40 jobs to date in Floyd County, and plans to lease...
  • What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Seattle

    10/20/2017 11:17:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 20, 2017 | Jonathan O'Connell, The Washington Post
    SEATTLE — Amazon.com has driven an economic boom in Seattle, bestowing more than 40,000 jobs upon a city known for Starbucks coffee and Seahawks fandom. Its growth remade a neglected industrial swath north of downtown into a hub of young workers and fixed the region, along with Microsoft before it, as a premier locale for the Internet economy outside Silicon Valley. Seattle is the fastest-growing big city in the United States, a company town with construction cranes busily erecting new apartments for newly arriving tech workers. Google and Facebook have joined Amazon in putting large offices here. When Amazon made...
  • #IBelieveFrederica: Rep. Frederica Wilson Gets Support After Trump Called Her A Liar

    10/20/2017 11:08:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Hip Hop Wired ^ | October 20, 2017 | D.L. Chandler
    If the name of U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson is not familiar to you, the Florida congresswoman gained props for speaking up about the injustice suffered by the family of Trayvon Martin and more recently Charles Kinsey. After news regarding slain soldier La David Johnson and Wilson confirming President Donald Trump was insensitive to the family surfaced, a trending topic, “#IBelieveFrederica” has cropped up defending her from Trump’s attack that Wilson’s comments were false. Wilson, who was a family friend of Johnson, was in a limousine with the soldier’s widow when Trump placed a call this week to offer condolences. Johnson’s...
  • Congresswoman on John Kelly's criticism: 'I'm a rock star now'

    10/20/2017 9:12:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KTAL-TV ^ | October 20, 2017 | Miranda Green, CNN
    Rep. Frederica Wilson is laughing off criticism lobbed at her from White House chief of staff John Kelly, saying his comments show "I'm a rock star now." The Florida Democrat made the comment to Miami Fox affiliate WSVN-TV Thursday in response to Kelly. "You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words?" Wilson said. "This is amazing. It's amazing, that is absolutely phenomenal. I have to tell my kids that I'm a rock star now." She also said she has been getting threats from white nationalists in the...
  • Commentary: Mitt Romney must run for president in 2020

    10/20/2017 8:46:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | October 15, 2017 | Bernie Quigley, For The Tribune
    Should Mitt Romney run for the U.S. Senate? By all means. Indeed, Sen. Orrin Hatch should step aside. The Old Souls in the House and Senate will be taking a beating this coming year and Judge Roy Moore, newly nominated gunslinger from Alabama, will lead the charge. Possibly on horseback. For with the rise of Donald Trump to the Oval Office, America has entered a new age of Andrew Jackson. Trump has even placed a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office to boldly indicate the dramatic shift in paradigm. But it was a long time in coming. I’d written...
  • Rep. Frederica Wilson pledges not to comment any further on Gold Star widow's phone call with Trump

    10/20/2017 8:27:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 19, 2017 | Diana Stancy Correll
    Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., says she will no longer comment on a Gold Star widow's phone call with President Trump after White House chief of staff John Kelly's emotional press briefing in which he criticized the lawmaker for politicizing the call. "The congresswoman will not be making any further comment on the issue because the focus should be on helping a grieving widow and family heal, not on her or Donald Trump," Wilson's spokesperson said in a statement Thursday. Earlier in the day, Wilson had said Kelly's statements were motivated so he could keep his position in the White House....
  • Cruz totally outclassed Sanders in last night’s debate

    10/20/2017 8:07:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 19, 2017 | Ed Rogers
    CNN is to be commended for their sponsorship of the tax debate between Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) last night. It was a serious, informative discussion about an important issue in Washington. Imagine that. During the debate, Cruz did himself — and the Republican Party — a lot of good. He maintained a friendly, informative and nimble presence, effectively outlining the case that GOP tax reform is part of an overall economic plan, whereas Sanders’s call for tax increases for the rich appeared to be knee-jerk and punitive rather than part of a serious economic policy. And...