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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Five Democrats saved House Republicans from an embarrassing floor defeat Wednesday, voting with the GOP on a farm bill rule that controversially included language blocking a vote on U.S. involvement in Yemen. The rule ― which set up consideration for the farm bill ― waived a War Powers Resolution–based measure that could have given Democrats a floor vote on ending U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led coalition blamed for thousands of deaths and widespread starvation in Yemen.


Nancy Pelosi struck a deal Wednesday with Democratic rebels intent on denying her the speakership, paving the way for her to reclaim the gavel she lost eight years ago. Read more


The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades -- many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War.

This is the latest move in the president's long record of prioritizing harsh immigration and asylum restrictions, and one that's sure to raise eyebrows -- the White House had hesitantly backed off the plan in August before reversing course.


The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to reverse a Trump administration policy limiting donor disclosure requirements for political nonprofits in a rare rebuke to the White House.

In a 50-49 vote, the Senate approved a resolution from Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that would block the recent Treasury Department change to IRS forms allowing political nonprofits to avoid listing some donors.


The annual Arctic Report Card from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is out, but it appears that humanity is flunking science badly.

As NOAA reports, "Arctic air temperatures for the past five years (2014-18) have exceeded all previous records since 1900."

And one stunning result of this is that 95 percent of the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice has disintegrated in just three decades.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Capitalism as an economic system is without morals of any kind. Like the algorithms Wall Street whiz kids create, capitalism does not know right from wrong. But, those who use those algorithms do. The politicians and administrators in Washington, DC also know right from wrong. Alan Nasser's recently published study of Overripe Capitalism: ‘American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy' is an economic and political history of the United States. It considers the economic order and political structure together. There is a close, intricate relationship between the two. The likely future for the United States is not democracy, but fascism. The pursuit of profit has blinded stronger men than Donald Trump. That pursuit has created an economy that does not fill the needs of all the people. As always, corporate owners, managers and investors are determined to squeeze as much labor for the fewest pennies to increase their profits. Read more


The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades -- many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War. This is the latest move in the president's long record of prioritizing harsh immigration and asylum restrictions, and one that's sure to raise eyebrows -- the White House had hesitantly backed off the plan in August before reversing course. In essence, the administration has now decided that Vietnamese immigrants who arrived in the country before the establishment of diplomatic ties between the United States and Vietnam are subject to standard immigration law -- meaning they are all eligible for deportation. Read more


American Media Inc, the parent company of the National Enquirer, has reached an agreement with SDNY prosecutors to fully cooperate with the investigation into hush money payments to silence women who claimed to have an affair with Donald Trump in exchange for immunity from prosecution. AMI has admitted that the company paid $150K to silence Karen McDougal's claim of having an affair with Trump. AMI also admits that the payment was made so that McDougal's story would not have possible impact on the 2016 Presidential election. AMI's claim creates a problem for Trump should he eventually face campaign finance charges because they would challenge any attempt to use the John Edwards defense that the payments were not about the election but were instead to protect his family from truth.


Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home.


Kushner, President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, continued to be in close contact with the crown prince amid global outcry over Khashoggi's death as the royal family went into damage-control mode, two former senior US officials and the two people briefed by the Saudis told The New York Times. What's more, Kushner allegedly provided the crown prince with advice on how to "weather the storm" and urged the Saudi leader to "resolve his conflicts around the region and avoid further embarrassments." Read more


Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, was just sentenced to three years in prison.


New York Attorney Gen.-elect Letitia James says she plans to launch sweeping investigations into President Donald Trump, his family and "anyone" in his circle who may have violated the law once she settles into her new job next month.

"We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well," James, a Democrat, told NBC News in her first extensive interview since she was elected last month.

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California state regulators have been working on a plan to charge mobile phone users a text messaging fee intended to fund programs that make phone service accessible to the low-income residents, reports said Tuesday.

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote on the proposal next month, but critics have already come out against the scheme, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

"It's a dumb idea," Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business group, told the paper. "This is how conversations take place in this day and age, and it's almost like saying there should be a tax on the conversations we have."

While the amount consumers would be expected to pay remained unclear, some business groups are saying the new charges could cost wireless users more than $44 million a year, FOX11 Los Angeles reported.


The Kremlin on Tuesday slammed Washington's "undiplomatic" response to its deployment of two bomber planes to Venezuela for exercises.

Two Russian long-range strategic bombers landed in Venezuela on Monday for what the Venezuelan government said were air force exercises aimed at strengthening the defence of the leftist-ruled South American country.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Twitter condemned Russia for "sending bombers halfway around the world." He said the deployment was a case of "two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer".

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said "this is of course highly undiplomatic of the secretary of state" and called Pompeo's tweet "unacceptable".


Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was first elected in 2013 on a promise to take the politics out of the office. He even promised to resign as attorney general if he ever decided to run for governor. On Friday, five years after his initial promise, Mark Herring announced he was running for Governor of Virginia. He is not resigning from his role as Attorney General. In a 2013 interview published in the Norfolk-based Virginia Pilot, Herring was highly critical of then then Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli had announced his run for governor two years previously, spending the entire second half of his term as both attorney general and gubernatorial candidate.


North Carolina Republican leaders sound resigned to the obvious: Given the evidence of absentee ballot tampering in the Ninth Congressional District, the subject of a state inquiry, a new election will likely need to be called.

State GOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse stopped just short Tuesday of formally asking for a new election between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready.

But he did say that if early voting totals were leaked, a new election would be necessary -- and one of the sworn affidavits that blew up this entire scandal describes exactly that.


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