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  • Jeff Flake: Trump has 'debased' the presidency

    05/23/2018 2:42:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2018 | Luis Sanchez
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) took aim at President Trump on Wednesday, saying the president has "debased" the office with his "bottomless appetite for destruction and degradation." “Our presidency has been debased by a figure who has a seemingly bottomless appetite for destruction and division, and only a passing familiarity with how the Constitution works" Flake said in a commencement address to Harvard Law School graduates, according to prewritten remarks. “Our Article I branch of government, the Congress (that's me), is utterly supine in the face of the moral vandalism that flows from the White House daily,” Flake continued. The Republican...
  • President Obama blocks Meninist account, wins Twitter [Lefties Loved BO for blocking]

    05/23/2018 2:28:42 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Metro.us ^ | 5/19/2015 | M Lee
    President Obama helped debut the new presidential twitter account yesterday. In the hours following its birth the account gained more than a million followers. One of those followers was not and likely never will be the @meninist account. Meninist, a twitter account that presumably allies itself with the men’s’ rights movement, was blocked by the official POTUS account. This means that the Meninist, which follows no accounts, cannot follow @POTUS, nor can it see the account’s tweets. Boom! That’s how you win Twitter.
  • Texas Democrat who would be state's first lesbian and Latina governor wins primary

    05/23/2018 2:22:42 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | May 23, 2018 | Maegan Vazquez
    Washington (CNN)Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won her runoff and became the Democratic nominee for Texas governor Tuesday night, making her the first openly lesbian and Latina nominee to win a major party gubernatorial nomination in the state. Valdez won 53.1% of the vote while her competitor, Andrew White, obtained 46.9%, according to unofficial election results. Valdez, a former US Army captain, accepted the nomination in a speech Tuesday evening, during which she advocated for equal opportunities for Texans. "Tonight is a victory for all of us who are fighting for a stronger and fairer Texas. A tolerant and...
  • Former South Korean National-Security Adviser: The U.S. May Have to Withdraw Some Troops

    05/23/2018 1:44:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 23, 2018 | Uri Friedman
    SEOUL, South Korea—In a striking challenge to his fellow conservatives ahead of nuclear talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, a top aide to former South Korean President Lee Myung Bak told me that South Koreans will “have to live with” a reduction in American forces in Korea “if that’s necessary and there’s no other way to denuclearize North Korea.” “If we can make a deal with the U.S. on the basis of partial withdrawal—a drawdown of U.S. troops—that’s something I think we should discuss seriously,” said Chun Yung Woo, who served as national-security adviser to Lee—a conservative hardliner...
  • Trump to cut foreign aid for home countries of illegal immigrants

    05/23/2018 12:20:25 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 80 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2018
    President Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. will begin to deduct foreign aid from countries whose residents illegally enter the United States. "Many of these countries we give tremendous amounts of aid to. Tens of millions of dollars. And we're working on a plan to deduct a lot of the aid," Trump said at an event in New York denouncing the Salvadoran gang MS-13. "We're going to work out something where every time someone comes in from a certain country, we're going to deduct a rather large amount of money from what we give them in aid, if we give...
  • "News Analysis": Trump weaponizes 'deep state' to investigate his investigators

    05/23/2018 12:01:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | May 23, 2018 | by Jonathan Allen
    President Donald Trump has long complained about what he calls a "witch hunt" investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign by "deep state" actors in the law enforcement and intelligence communities — a probe that he says was first designed to deny him the presidency and, after he won, to delegitimize or even remove him. Now, with all the tools of that federal government at his disposal — including some of the very agencies he's cast as enemies of his presidency and the American public — he is weaponizing them to make his case that he is the victim of malfeasance...
  • Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks

    05/23/2018 11:42:37 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 May 2018 | Paul Wood
    Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved. The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law. Mr Cohen denies the allegation. The meeting at the White House was last June. Shortly after the Ukrainian president returned home, his country's anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort....
  • Climate change could be driving antibiotic resistance across the US

    05/23/2018 11:32:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 23, 2018 | By Mollie Cahillane
    Climate change is wreaking havoc across the globe - melting ice caps, causing dangerous weather and decimating animal populations. New research has found that it could also be increasing antibiotic resistance in bacteria. A team of epidemiologists from Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital and the University of Toronto have found that higher local temperatures and population densities correspond with a higher degree of antibiotic resistance in common bacterial strains. Previously, increase in resistance to common bacteria was thought to come from over-prescribing antibiotics. 'The effects of climate are increasingly being recognized in a variety of infectious diseases, but so...
  • Editorial: Climate change lessons - town by town

    05/23/2018 11:21:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 23, 2018 | Editorial Board
    Last week, a congressman from Alabama who serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology suggested in a public hearing that sea level rise may be caused by erosion - a possibility experts rate somewhere between absurd and laughable. But it’s hardly surprising. The willingness of climate change skeptics to grasp onto any alternative other than a warming planet fueled by greenhouse gas emissions (along with melting ice and oceans expanding as they warm) is commonly observed. Closer to home, the Chesapeake Bay is surrounded by towns and villages where the politically conservative residents refuse to accept scientific...
  • Earth's Shifting Crust Linked to Climate Change, Scientists Propose

    05/23/2018 11:12:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    EcoWatch ^ | May 23, 2018 | By Tim Radford
    Movements of the earth's crust may mean that global warming driven by greenhouse gases from power stations and vehicle exhausts isn't the only threat to life the world faces. About 700 million years ago, global temperatures fell so low that glaciers may have reached the equator. Snowball Earth may have all but extinguished life on the planet. But the only life at the time was microbial and dispersed in the oceans. The planet survived: volcanic eruptions may have darkened the ice and pumped more carbon dioxide and steam into the atmosphere, and the world warmed again. But, say two Texan...
  • James Clapper’s new book – let that sink in – makes claims against Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell

    05/23/2018 11:10:20 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 26 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 5/23/2018 | Julia Cohen
    James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence for former President Obama, claims in his new book Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to sign a statement condemning foreign interference in elections. In his book, “Facts and Fears, Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence,” Clapper claims the two Republican leaders did not want to sign anything that would hurt their party’s nominee. Clapper was “disappointed, but not surprised,” he also wrote. Ryan and McConell have not responded to the claims. During his appearance on “The View,” Clapper insisted the FBI was not spying on President Donald...
  • Future Leaders Gain A Better Understanding Of Climate Change

    05/23/2018 10:52:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 22, 2018 | by Roger Trapp
    Corporate reports constantly talk about the importance to business of climate change. Yet this is not always reflected in the content of the business school courses supposedly preparing the future leaders of organizations. One institution that is trying to bridge the gap is CEMS, the global alliance of academic and corporate bodies dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of international business leaders. In fact, it has been doing it since 2009, when the University of St Gallen and ESADE in Barcelona first held a model United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to enable students to get to grips...
  • Op Ed: Public transit is key to tackling global warming

    05/23/2018 10:41:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Crain's New York Business ^ | May 23, 2018 | By John Samuelsen
    New York has a major opportunity to lead the nation in reducing emissions and to strike a blow against inequality by making significant and bold investments in public transit across the state. Transportation is now the top climate culprit in New York state, responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than power plants. While our state is ramping up investments in renewable energy, moving people cleanly and efficiently is absolutely critical too. We must address this need by expanding public transit in ways that will also create family-sustaining employment options, improved public health, safety and mobility. The climate crisis and the transportation...
  • WATCH: LeBron James Appears to Snub Fan in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat

    05/23/2018 10:38:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 5/22/18 | J Street
    NBA star LeBron James appeared to snub a fan wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at Game 3 of the NBA playoffs Saturday by beginning to toss his towel to the Trump supporter — before throwing it in another direction, out of the fan’s reach. James, no supporter of President Donald Trump, made clear last year his thoughts on the Republican president, for whom his home state of Ohio voted for in 2016. “I don’t think a lot of people was educated,” James said of Trump voters. “And I think that’s one of the biggest problems when it becomes...
  • Porno lawyer Michael Avenatti slapped with $10-million fine for running out on his tab

    05/23/2018 10:38:41 AM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 23, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    Michael Avenatti, the revolting left-wing lawyer who has been the darling of cable news with more than 100 appearances, garnering $175 million's worth of free publicity, got slapped with a $10-million fine from some judge fed up with his failure to pay his bills. Avenatti, whose stated mission is some grandiose quest to expose the supposed awfulness of President Trump, promised and promised to make payments to the IRS and fellow lawyers in his other business dealings – and then ran out on his tab. Had enough? The Los Angeles Times has an excellent rundown about this guy: A law...
  • Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

    05/23/2018 10:33:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 23, 2018 | by Damian Carrington
    Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis. Most nations, representing 90% of global population, would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the research indicates. This includes almost all the world’s poorest countries, as well as the three biggest economies – the US, China and Japan – contradicting the claim of US president, Donald Trump, that climate action is too costly. The scientists used 40 global climate models...
  • Jemele Hill Named 2018 Journalist of the Year... [called Trump "white supremacist"]

    05/23/2018 10:00:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    The Root ^ | 5/21/18 | Monique Judge
    Jemele Hill, senior correspondent and columnist for ESPN’s The Undefeated, has been selected as the 2018 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.... Hill is known for “her provocative commentary on what’s happening in sports and in the news.” “She uses her platform to address national, social and cultural issues, in addition to sports. Hill nearly broke the internet last year when she criticized President Donald Trump. She also, taking up the NABJ spirit of advocacy, addressed athletes’ rights to take a knee to....
  • FBI Agent at Mike Flynn Interrogation Is Ready to Testify Against McCabe, Strzok and Comey!

    05/23/2018 9:52:37 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 59 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/23/2018 | Jim Holf
    On Friday May 11, 2018, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein stating Comey testified the FBI didn’t think General Flynn lied. Grassley also revealed Joe Pientka was the second FBI agent who joined Peter Strzok on January 24th, 2017 in an ambush style interview to take down General Flynn. Grassley demanded the FBI and DOJ produce the transcript of Flynn’s intercepted calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak and the related 302’s by May 25th. (302’s are reports FBI agents take to summarize an interview with a subject.) The...
  • Senate Democrats look for traction on gas prices

    05/23/2018 9:52:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/23/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is ripping the White House over high gas prices, arguing President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is putting a pinch on middle class wallets. “According to energy analysts and experts, President Trump’s reckless decision to pull out of the Iran deal has led to higher oil prices,” Schumer said at a press conference held at an Exxon filling station on Capitol Hill, where a gallon of regular costs $3.89. “These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices, something we know disproportionately hurts middle- and lower-income people,” Schumer...
  • Meanwhile, where is Imran Awan and the DNC server?

    05/23/2018 9:45:24 AM PDT · by bitt · 14 replies
    worldtribune.com ^ | 5/22/2018 | staff
    Former House IT aide Imran Awan remains in a “High Intensity Supervision Program” as he awaits trial on charges of bank fraud. Official Washington, with the exception of President Donald Trump, seems oblivious to the man’s existence despite the fact that he was hired by former DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and enjoyed access to the digital records and emails of an alarming and still unspecified number of Democratic members of Congress No major media organizations are asking obvious questions about his role in the Trump investigation and his possible ties to the alleged hacking of Democratic National Committee...