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Thursday, December 07, 2017

A new Harvard University poll Tuesday is blaring a loud danger signal to the Republican Party after finding that millennials are now the largest generation of voters and they are overwhelmingly Democratic, by a two-to-one margin. The latest youth poll from Harvard's influential Institute of Politics found that America's 18-29-year-olds prefer Democrats 65 percent to 33 percent, in part because they don't like President Trump and are "fearful" about the future. read more


President Trump told Israeli and Arab leaders on Tuesday that he plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a symbolically fraught move that would upend decades of American policy and upset efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump is expected to announce his decision on Wednesday, two days after the expiration of a deadline for him to decide whether to keep the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. Palestinian officials said Mr. Trump told the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, that the United States would move the embassy to Jerusalem. Jordan said the president gave a similar message to King Abdullah II. read more


As the rest of the U.S. wrestles with holding sexual harassers to account, President Donald Trump is seeking to silence one of his most vocal critics -- a former contestant on his reality TV show who accused him of groping her and sued him for calling her a liar. At a crowded Manhattan courtroom Tuesday, his lawyer asked a New York state judge to dismiss a defamation case by Summer Zervos, a contender on The Apprentice in 2005 who alleges he "ambushed" her without her consent on more than one occasion starting in 2007, kissing her on the mouth, touching her breast and pressing his genitals against her. read more


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

ShareBlue: West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is pushing her party to ram through its unpopular tax scam bill before more Americans discover what's actually in it. Appearing on the right-wing propaganda network Fox News, Capito revealed the cynical strategy she is advocating now that the House and Senate are working on a final version of the bill. The legislation enshrines giant giveaways to major corporations and the idle rich and is loaded with unpopular provisions. Capito tacitly admitted this fact, saying, "The more time that goes, I think the more nitpicking and the more likelihood that one member or another may find a certain thing they don't like." read more


Bob Baeur, Lawfare: The interpretation of the [Michael] Flynn plea is subject to the usual risks that someone -- Robert Mueller -- knows far more than anyone else, and with what is available on the public record, it may be impossible to appreciate how this piece fits into the mosaic of the special counsel's investigation. So some may believe it is safest to give the event the narrowest possible reading. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, lied to the FBI to cover up Trump transition team activities that he thought it best not to acknowledge. On this account, Flynn may have been concerned about the propriety of contacts with Russia before the inauguration to shift U.S. policy on sanctions and the U.N. Security Council vote on Israeli settlements. So much, then, for this phase of the case: Now we wait to see what else Flynn may disclose to the special counsel as part of their cooperation agreement. read more


Steve Benen, Maddowblog: Donald Trump's legal defense team have responded to the Russia scandal in recent months by arguing, repeatedly and in public, that the president and his campaign didn't collude with Putin's government during last year's attack, and that the president didn't obstruct justice as the investigation has unfolded. The new line from Trump World is that collusion isn't a big deal and the president is literally incapable of obstructing justice. read more


Matthew Sheppard: Two seemingly opposed trends -- Donald Trump's norm-destroying presidency and the astonishing comeuppance faced by numerous media and political figures accused of sexual misconduct -- are changing American politics in major ways. ... At least on this issue, Democrats and liberals appear to be moving toward higher moral standards in public life. On the political right, however, there is a growing segment pushing in the opposite direction. Once the religious right and their more secular allies decided to overlook Trump's constant stream of lies, his frequent promotion of bigotry and the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him, anything was possible. read more


Russia's Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country's government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound. Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show that Russia won zero medals. read more


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

John Anderson, the longtime GOP congressman from Illinois who bolted his party in 1980 to run as an independent against President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 95. His daughter, Diane Anderson, confirmed her father's death on Sunday night in Washington, D.C. after a long illness. ... NPR's Brian Naylor writes: "With his shock of white hair and glasses, Anderson looked more a college professor than a politician when he ran for president in 1980, first as a Republican. But after losing the GOP primary in his home state of Illinois to Ronald Reagan, he decided to run as an independent. He called his [run] 'a campaign of ideas.'"


Starbucks is opening one store in China every 15 hours, the company's China CEO, Belinda Wong, told Squawk Box. China has become Starbucks' second largest and fastest growing market, and one the company expects to eclipse the U.S. market one day. Starbucks already operates more than 3,000 stores in the country and 2,000 more by 2021. The company on Tuesday company opened a 30,000-square-foot Reserve Roastery in Shanghai, its flashiest commitment to its growing Chinese business. It's the second Starbucks' Roastery to open and is twice the size of its flagship location in Seattle. Starbucks is now building more net new company-operated stores in China than in the U.S., said CEO Kevin Johnson, who replaced CEO Howard Schultz in April when the longtime leader transitioned into the role of executive chairman. read more


The city that gave Martin Luther King Jr. his pulpit and the south its first black mayor may elect its first white one in nearly half a century Tuesday. The debate over whether that's a step backward or forward has turned the contest into an ugly, racially tinged and nationalized battle that has divided a city known for better relations between its black and white communities. President Donald Trump has even become a factor in this heavily Democratic, majority African-American city. read more


... from people who failed background checks. Federal authorities sought to take back guns from thousands of people the background check system should have blocked from buying weapons because they had criminal records, mental health issues or other problems that would disqualify them. A USA Today review found that the FBI issued more than 4,000 requests last year for agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to retrieve guns from prohibited buyers. It's the largest number of such retrieval requests in 10 years, according to bureau records -- an especially striking statistic after revelations that a breakdown in the background check system allowed a troubled Air Force veteran to buy a rifle later used to kill 26 worshipers at a Texas church last month. read more


US special counsel Robert Mueller has asked Germany's Deutsche Bank to provide records of accounts held by Donald Trump, according to reports. Mueller issued a subpoena to the bank several weeks ago demanding data on transactions linked to the US president, Reuters news agency and a German newspaper say. Deutsche Bank has previously rejected similar demands, citing privacy laws. Mueller is investigating claims of collusion between Trump and Russia. read more


Nothing on Earth prepares you for the Valley of the Gods -- it looks like another planet, an alien landscape etched in ochre. This is not Mars but Utah, the heart of the Bears Ears National Monument, a nature preserve designated just 12 months ago by Barack Obama, in the dying days of his presidency. ... Environmental groups have claimed that the national monument designation is vital to prevent drilling and mining in this pristine land, a claim which infuriates [cattle rancher Bruce] Adams, who is also a local politician representing the county. read more


After the Access Hollywood tape surfaced that caught Donald Trump on audio bragging that he likes to sexually grope women without consent, his running mate Mike Pence discussed ousting Trump and running for president, The Atlantic reports: "[H]e wasn't just thinking about dropping out -- he was contemplating a coup. Within hours of The Post's bombshell, Pence made it clear to the Republican National Committee that he was ready to take Trump's place as the party's nominee. Such a move just four weeks before Election Day would have been unprecedented -- but the situation seemed dire enough to call for radical action." read more


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