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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Buttigieg or Warren win. A new Emerson Poll found that some supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary would prefer Donald Trump in the general election to some of Sanders's primary opponents. The poll also found that 21% of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Trump in the general election if Buttigieg won the primary, 26% said they would vote for Trump if Warren won the primary, 18% said they would vote for Trump if O'Rourke won the primary, and 17% said they would vote for Trump if Harris won the primary. Oddly, 5% of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Trump if Sanders won the primary. Read more

In normal politics, the policies adopted by a president and Congress may zig one way, and those of the next president and Congress may zag the other. The contending parties take our system's rules as a given, and fight over what they understand to be reversible policies and power arrangements. But some situations are not like that; a zig one way makes it hard to zag back. This is one of those moments. After four years as president, Trump will have made at least two Supreme Court appointments, signed into law tax cuts, and rolled back federal regulation of the environment and the economy. Whatever you think of these actions, many of them can probably be offset or entirely undone in the future. The effects of a full eight years of Trump will be much more difficult, if not impossible, to undo. Read more

A lawmaker in the Iowa House of Representatives said he's leaving the Republican Party in part because of his disapproval of President Donald Trump. Rep. Andy McKean, an Anamosa lawmaker, announced Tuesday that he plans to register as a Democrat and vote with the minority caucus. "With the 2020 presidential election looming on the horizon, I feel, as a Republican, that I need to be able to support the standard bearer of our party," McKean said during a news conference at the Capitol. "Unfortunately, that's something I'm unable to do."

Donald Trump flew into a temper tantrum first thing Tuesday morning, this time aiming his vitriol at The New York Times. The president appeared to be flipping out after a column from Paul Krugman tore into him and the Republican Party over the Mueller report, writing that Trump "betrayed" the country and "the modern GOP is perfectly willing to sell out America if that's what it takes to get tax cuts for the wealthy." Read more

According to a report at military website Task & Purpose, President Donald Trump's tax plan upped the tax on survivor benefits given to the widows and children of soldiers killed in the line of duty -- creating even more hardship for Gold Star families suffering from the loss of a parent. Using the story of a military widow who saw her tax burden triple over the last two years, the report details how those in need -- particularly families that have suffered the loss of a loved one in service to the country -- have suffered even more while the top one percent have benefitted under the GOP's tax plan.

Attorney General William Barr has received a waiver to participate in the investigation of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a Malaysian development company that has come under investigation by the FBI and DOJ for alleged money laundering. The waiver, dated April 16, allows Barr to participate in "the investigation and litigation of the 1MDB matter in which his former law firm represents an entity involved in the matter." Barr was previously a lawyer for the firm Kirkland & Ellis, whose senior partner Mark Filip now represents Goldman Sachs in the 1MDB investigation. The head of DOJ's criminal division, Brian Benczkowski, is also a Kirkland & Ellis alum. But White House lawyer Emmet Flood issued an ethics waiver to Benczkowski in November that allowed him to participate in the 1MDB investigation.

I was a Trump transition staffer, and I've seen enough. It's time for impeachment. Let's start at the end of this story. This weekend, I read Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report twice, and realized that enough was enough -- I needed to do something. I've worked on every Republican presidential transition team for the past 10 years and recently served as counsel to the Republican-led House Financial Services Committee. My permanent job is as a law professor at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, which is not political, but where my colleagues have held many prime spots in Republican administrations. If you think calling for the impeachment of a sitting Republican president would constitute career suicide for someone like me, you may end up being right. But I did exactly that this weekend, tweeting that it's time to begin impeachment proceedings.

Some MSFT employees are criticizing the company's efforts to increase hiring from under-represented demographics to make its staff more diverse....

Threads started by an as-yet unnamed female program manager and posted on the internal Yammer message board in January and April assert that white and Asian men are being penalized or overlooked because of hiring practices that reward managers for hiring people outside of those groups. ...

Further, the employee questions the value of diversity at all: "Many women simply aren't cut out for the corporate rat race, so to speak, and that's not because of 'the patriarchy,' it's because men and women aren't identical." She follows up that it is "established fact" that the "specific types of thought process and problem solving required for engineering of all kinds (software or otherwise) are simply less prevalent among women," and that women simply aren't interested in engineering jobs.

So all the "fake news" was true. A hostile foreign power intervened in the presidential election, hoping to install Donald Trump in the White House. The Trump campaign was aware of this intervention and welcomed it. And once in power, Trump tried to block any inquiry into what happened. Never mind attempts to spin this story as somehow not meeting some definitions of collusion or obstruction of justice. The fact is that the occupant of the White House betrayed his country. And the question everyone is asking is, what will Democrats do about it? But notice that the question is only about Democrats. Everyone (correctly) takes it as a given that Republicans will do nothing. Why? Because the modern G.O.P. is perfectly willing to sell out America if that's what it takes to get tax cuts for the wealthy. Republicans may not think of it in those terms, but that's what their behavior amounts to.

Exclusive: US warns it will reject measure over language on sexual health in latest example of hardline abortion stance The US is threatening to veto a United Nations resolution on combatting the use of rape as a weapon of war because of its language on reproductive and sexual health, according to a senior UN official and European diplomats.

These signals, emitted by distant ‘blinking' stars, were converted into music, with each having its own frequency and distinct sound. Video released by the Russian space agency Roscosmos shows them all ‘playing' together. Pulsars are fast-rotating neutron stars. The rapid spin allows them to sweep the sky like lighthouses with powerful beams of electromagnetic radiation. That's why they appear to be constantly ‘blinking' to observers on Earth. The frequency of their signals, recorded by the Russian Spektr-R radio telescope, also known as RadioAstron, was converted into soundwaves, with each pulsar having its own unique tune. Read more

As we now shift from the "witch hunt" against Trump to 'investigating the investigators' who spied on him - remember this; Donald Trump was supposed to lose the 2016 election by almost all accounts. And had Hillary won, as expected, none of this would have seen the light of day. Read more

Monday, April 22, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is threatening to kill popular legislation and policies if voters elect a Democratic president in the 2020 election.

"If I'm still the majority leader in the Senate [in 2020], think of me as the Grim Reaper," McConnell told voters in Owensboro, Kentucky, on Monday. "None of that stuff is going to pass." Read more

The "robots taking the jobs" story is ridiculous because it is directly contradicted by the data. Economic data shows that productivity growth has been very weak in recent years, averaging just 1.3% annually since 2005. This compares to a rate of 3.0% in from 1995 to 2005 and the long Golden Age from 1947 to 1973. Bad economic policy prevents workers from sharing in the benefits of productivity growth, but it is crazy to blame robots when Wall Street billionaires are slowing growth and pushing the economy toward recession, including demands for deficit reduction. The running out of workers story uses incredibly sloppy thinking. For the last eight decades the ratio of workers to retirees has been declining while our living standards rose for the most part. We should care more about living standards than the GDP. Read more

WASHINGTON -- Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign is releasing new internal polling that shows him leading President Donald Trump in hypothetical matchups in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Scrutiny fell on rifts in Sri Lanka's leadership on Monday after it emerged that authorities were warned about the group accused in Sunday's bombings. Security agencies had been watching the National Thowheed Jamath jihadist group, reports said, and had notified police about a possible attack. Read more

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