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  • The Constitutional Crisis is here

    05/22/2018 12:49:03 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 69 replies
    Jeff Bezos Internet Blog, fka ^ | 5-22-2018 | Eugene Robinson
    Stop waiting for the constitutional crisis that President Trump is sure to provoke. It’s here. On Sunday, via Twitter, Trump demanded that the Justice Department concoct a transparently political investigation, with the aim of smearing veteran professionals at Justice and the FBI and also throwing mud at the previous administration. Trump’s only rational goal is casting doubt on the probe by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, which appears to be closing in. Trump’s power play is a gross misuse of his presidential authority and a dangerous departure from long-standing norms. Strongmen such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin use their justice...
  • Cramer says departure of Penney's CEO means company is doomed

    05/22/2018 11:14:15 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 75 replies
    MSN ^ | 22MAy | Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
    Marvin Ellison's exit as CEO of J.C. Penney means the struggling department store chain can't be turned around, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Tuesday. Loading... J.C. Penney shares plunged Tuesday after Lowe's announced it is naming Ellison president and CEO, effective July 2. J.C. Penney, which has struggled to compete within the quickly changing retail landscape, told CNBC that it was informed by Ellison a couple days ago of the move. "If there was any chance [of a turnaround], I think you would stay," Cramer said on "Squawk on the Street." "Because it would obviously be such a kick in the...
  • Marseille shooting: Hooded men open fire with Kalashnikovs

    05/21/2018 2:03:56 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    UK Express ^ | 21 May | Nicole Stinson
    HOODED gunmen have opened fire with automatic rifles, kalachnikovs, in Marseille, in south France – with one person reportedly injured. The men opened fire on a group of young people not far from the cultural space known as ‘La Busserine’, local media Corse-Matin reports. Three vehicles with the masked individuals arrived in the city’s district of Busserine at 5pm local time, France’s ACTU17 said. As police arrived on the scene they were blocked by some of the suspects in a Renault Megane, France Bleu reports. There was then a shoot-out with police before the attackers fled the scene. At this...
  • Connecticut To Give Its Electoral College Votes To National Popular Vote Victor

    05/07/2018 2:19:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 141 replies
    MSN ^ | 5-7-2018 | Dominique Mosbergen
    Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that would give the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationally. The state Senate voted 21-14 on Saturday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which includes 10 states and the District of Columbia. The state House passed the measure last week, 77 to 73. The compact requires its members to cast their Electoral College ballots for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The agreement goes into effect once states representing at least 270 electoral votes — the number needed for a candidate...
  • Democrats target union workers who regret Trump vote

    05/04/2018 8:48:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Rooters ^ | 5-4-2018 | Tim Reid
    Like many union workers, Oberbroeckling voted twice for former Democratic President Barack Obama before backing Donald Trump and other Republicans in 2016. Now he has buyer’s remorse - and plans to support the Democratic challenger to Rod Blum, the Republican congressman in this blue-collar, eastern Iowa district. “Trump is for the rich,” said Oberbroeckling, 37, sipping a rum-and-coke. “Blum’s for big business. They said they were for the workers, but they’re not.” That sentiment should encourage Democrats, who saw their once-reliable labor vote help send Trump to the White House after he vowed to revive Rust Belt factories with trade...
  • VP Mike Pence joins Gov Holcomb to announce thousands of tech jobs coming to Indy with Infosys

    04/26/2018 12:59:06 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Fox59 ^ | 4-26-2018 | Fox59
    Vice President Mike Pence joined Gov. Eric Holcomb and officials from tech firm Infosys for a major high-tech jobs announcement Thursday. Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, announced it will establish its U.S. Education Center in Indianapolis to train American workers and arm them with skills for the digital future. The company also announced that it has expanded its hiring plans for Indiana from 2,000 to 3,000 new jobs by the end of 2023. Holcomb described the jobs as high-paying and said they would be in the technology field. Infosys will provide an initial investment of...
  • LGBT group rescinds award for MSNBC’s Joy Reid

    04/25/2018 3:00:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    MSN ^ | 4-25-2018 | Joe Concha
    A leading LGBT advocacy group rescinded its Straight for Equality in Media Award to MSNBC host Joy Reid on Tuesday amid a controversy surrounding newly-unearthed homophobic comments made on a decade-old blog. Loading... Liz Owen, director of communications for PFLAG National, said the group had invited Reid to honor her at their 45th anniversary celebration knowing about some posts that she had already apologized for. But it said revelations of new posts had caused it to rescind the invitation. "We appreciated how she stepped up, took ownership, apologized for them, and did better-this is the behavior and approach we ask...
  • AP, other Media seek access to records in Mueller Probe

    04/25/2018 1:18:32 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    MSN ^ | 4-25-2018 | Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press and other news organizations asked a judge Wednesday to unseal records in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, citing overwhelming public interest in a case they said was among the most important in American history. The news media coalition is asking specifically for transcripts of hearings in the ongoing prosecution of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as well as access to sealed search warrant applications filed by investigators. Any interest in protecting the integrity of the probe, which is examining potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, is outweighed by the public's right...
  • Finland ends universal basic income experiment

    04/23/2018 6:53:07 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4-23-2018 | James Crisp
    inland has decided to end its experiment with a universal basic income, in which people are paid an unconditional salary by the state instead of benefits. The idea of a universal basic income has high-profile champions such as Richard Branson, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. But the Finnish government's enthusiasm for a pilot scheme, a European first which garnered worldwide attention, is petering out. Calls for extra funding for it were rejected and the two year trial will not be extended after next year.
  • New York AG Calls for Closing Presidential Pardon Loophole

    04/18/2018 3:40:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    NYT ^ | 4-18-2018 | Bob Brigham
    For some stupid reason, the founders of our republic decided to design an immensely complicated constitutional system chock-full of checks and balances — on the theory that it was important to prevent power from becoming concentrated in any one part of the government — and then just gave the head of the Executive branch the absolute, unilateral power to nullify all federal laws by handing out “get out of jail free” cards to anyone he wants. For most of American history, the insane scope of the pardon power has been kept in check by norms, and the understanding that flagrant...
  • New York Lawyer Burns Himself To Death In Protest (against Fossil Fuels)

    04/15/2018 12:21:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 69 replies
    MSN ^ | Chantal De Silva
    A prominent New York lawyer has died after setting himself on fire in Brooklyn's Prospect Park to protest against the use of fossil fuels. David Buckel, 60, had been well-known for his work on behalf of the LGBT community, as well as with environmental groups. A suicide note near the lawyer's remains said he had immolated himself using fossil fuel to symbolize the damage humans are doing to the Earth. Buckel had also reportedly sent the note to multiple news outlets, including The New York Times, warning that people were dying early deaths as a result of breathing in bad...
  • Trump proposal would penalize immigrants who use tax credits and other benefits

    03/28/2018 12:53:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3-28-2018 | Nick Miroff
    Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied legal U.S. residency under a proposal awaiting approval by the Trump administration, which is seeking to reduce the number of foreigners living in the United States. According to a draft of the proposal obtained by The Washington Post, immigration caseworkers would be required to consider a much broader range of factors when determining whether immigrants or their U.S.-citizen children are using public benefits or may be likely to do so. Current rules penalize immigrants who receive cash welfare payments, considering them a...
  • Calif. couple dies in crash after fleeing from immigration agents

    03/15/2018 12:47:43 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 81 replies
    MSN ^ | 3-15-2018 | ELIZABETH ELIZALDE
    A California couple died in a car crash Tuesday after fleeing from immigration officials, police said. Santo Garcia, 35, and Marcelina Profecto, 33, died at the scene in rural Kern County after their speeding SUV crashed into a power pole and overturned , Delano police said. Police determined the couple was fleeing from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, who tried to stop their vehicle. The driver pulled over, but then began speeding after the agents flashed their emergency lights and got out of their vehicle, police said. The couple, who has six children, was out looking for work when they...
  • Trump’s steel tariffs are hated by almost every US Industry

    03/08/2018 4:00:58 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 98 replies
    MSN/Vox ^ | 3-8-2018 | Alexia Fernández Campbell
    Business leaders from nearly every American industry are furious with President Trump right now. They’ve been pressuring his administration to back off from its plan to add steep tariffs on importedsteel and aluminum, which are used to make everything from cars to boats and even soup cans. But the president has waved off their concerns. On Thursday afternoon, Trump is expected to sign an order directing the Commerce Department to add the 25 percent levy on steel and the 10 percent levy on aluminum. He did say, however, that his administration will exempt Canada and Mexico from the tariffs for...
  • Lawsuits challenge Electoral College System in four U.S. States

    02/21/2018 5:17:34 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    Reuters/MSN ^ | 2-21-2018 | Nate Raymond
    A coalition that includes a Latino membership organization and a former Massachusetts governor filed lawsuits on Wednesday challenging how four U.S. states allocate their Electoral College votes in presidential elections. The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in Massachusetts and California, states that went for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, and South Carolina and Texas, where a majority of votes went to Republican U.S. President Donald Trump. The lawsuits challenge the winner-take-all system used in those states to select electors who cast votes for president and vice president in the Electoral College after a presidential election. Forty-four other states...
  • How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken

    02/19/2018 12:56:40 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 57 replies
    Newsweak aka (DNC Blog) ^ | 2-19-2018 | Nina Burliegh
    White nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks helped derail Democratic Senator Al Franken last year, new research shows. While everyone has been focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to support Donald Trump, the Franken takedown originated in—and was propelled by—a strategic online campaign with digital tentacles reaching to, of all places, Japan. Analysts have now mapped out how Hooters pinup girl and lad-mag model Leeann Tweeden's initial accusation against Franken became effective propaganda after right-wing black ops master Roger Stone first hinted at the allegation.
  • Chicago police commander shot to death while responding to robbery

    A high-ranking Chicago police officer was shot to death Tuesday afternoon at the Thompson Center administrative building downtown while assisting a tactical team that was chasing a suspect, police said. Commander Paul Bauer of the Near North District was shot several times a little before 2 p.m., according to Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. He said a suspect was taken into custody and a gun recovered. “It’s a difficult day for us, but we’ll get through it,” Johnson told reporters outside Northwestern Hospital, where Bauer had been taken. Bauer, 53, joined the department in 1986 and worked all across the city...
  • The Hill- MSNBC analyst to Dem rep: Has Nunes been compromised by the Russians?

    01/30/2018 9:25:42 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-30-2017 | Joe Concha
    NBC News and MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann on Tuesday asked Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) if he thought House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) had "been compromised by the Russians." The question comes following a Monday vote in the House Intelligence Committee to make a controversial Republican-crafted memo public. The memo purports to show bias within the FBI and the Department of Justice. "Congressman, I’m going to ask you a question I asked Sen. [Chris] Murphy (D-Conn.) a little earlier. It’s an impolitic question and one that would have seemed absurd in almost any other circumstance," said Heilemann,...
  • BREAKING: House Intel Committee Voting On FISA Memo (LIVE FEED

    01/29/2018 3:17:24 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 244 replies
    NewsNow ^ | 1-29-2018 | NewsNow
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  • Nunes reviewed classified memo with FBI director: report

    01/29/2018 2:37:07 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 97 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-29-2018 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    (R-Calif.) to view Nunes's classified memo alleging that the Department of Justice abused a surveillance program, Politico reported Monday. The two men met to review the document on Sunday, after Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) lobbied Nunes to share the memo with Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to Politico. Rosenstein has not viewed the document. The GOP lawmaker told Wray to flag any information in the memo that was incorrect, could lead to national security issues or risk FBI sources, according to Politico. The reported meeting came after several Republican lawmakers called for the FBI to view the...