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jcitybone

Interesting that he seemed to have based his decision on womens’ health issues.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/326269-kaine-says-he-will-vote-against-gorsuch

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said he will vote against the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch.

In a statement released Wednesday, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate referenced contraception and abortion rights in announcing that he will vote against cloture and the final confirmation for Gorsuch.

“After meeting with Judge Gorsuch and reviewing his testimony and past decisions, I’ve observed that he has repeatedly taken an activist approach to cases involving a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health,” Kaine said in the statement.

“He has made the astounding argument that bosses have an individual right to prevent their company’s female employees from using their own health insurance to buy contraception.” Kaine went on to say Gorsuch has taken “extraordinary steps to force reconsideration of rulings that preserve access to reproductive health.”

jcitybone

WTF!

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/28/politics/trump-iraq-troops-comments/index.html

President Donald Trump offered rare public remarks about Iraq Tuesday, declaring to a group of Senators gathered at the White House that the US is performing “very well” in the country, which remains besieged by violence.

“We’re doing very well in Iraq,” Trump said at a reception for all US senators and their spouses in the White House East Room, adding he’d just ended a long phone call with Defense Secretary James Mattis before appearing at the event.

Trump added that “our soldiers are fighting like never before” in Iraq, and praised what he characterized as a positive trajectory in the country.

Benny

I am posting a link to the recording of TYT’s Town Hall on the Flint Water Crisis. (Sorry, couldn’t find a regular YT or Vimeo of the event). I saw the first 30 minutes of it, and I was taken aback by the health issues the citizens have endured, not to mention overcharging of water prices (for water they couldn’t use). One woman was pregnant with twins in 2015 and lost her babies from drinking the water; another guy attested to the burning sensation from the lead and other toxicity from the Flint River. What’s worse is the EPA wasn’t doing its job either. They gave the citizens some filters and you may recall that POTUS 44 said the filtered water was safe to drink. But the problem is that bacteria can collect around the filter and make you sick. http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/05/04/obama-lands-flint-water-crisis-visit/83915846/

The more positive news is that the State has been ordered to replace the 18,000 pipes within 3 years. Jordan asked where the money was coming from–would there be cuts to other state programs? The reply was that the state likely knew this was coming, thus the money had already been set aside.

Here’s the link (I had to dig around as it wasn’t obvious where it was on FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheYoungTurks/videos/vb.210277954204/10154507459024205/?type=3&theater

Rick Snyder should be recalled. Republicans just abuse their power by being predators on the poor. There’s also pro-fracking ties: https://medium.com/theyoungturks/why-flint-water-crisis-has-troubling-ties-to-rick-snyders-pro-fracking-donors-4d0807a81283

Benny

jcitybone

Interesting

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/article/Beto-O-Rourke-to-challenge-Ted-Cruz-in-Texas-11036228.php?t=b4eb45d765438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat and ex-punk rocker who pulled a stunning upset to win his House seat six years ago, plans to declare his candidacy on Friday for the Senate seat held by Ted Cruz, according to Democratic sources in Texas.

O’Rourke’s fledgling campaign has scheduled an announcement on Friday in El Paso, his hometown. He has traveled heavily in Texas over the last three months making contacts, barely concealing his political plans.

“I’m very moved to do it,” O’Rourke, 44, said in an interview earlier this month, adding that he had reached the “emotional decision” about his candidacy.

A Cruz-O’Rourke race would offer a stark ideological contrast; a staunch conservative and self-described Constitutionalist versus an unabashed liberal who supports recreational marijuana.

Cruz is a lawyer, O’Rourke a businessman in the technology industry and a musician who played in three punk rock bands during and after his college years at Columbia University.

A contest between Cruz and O’Rourke also would offer dramatic differences on border issues. Cruz has supported Trump’s hard-edged immigration policies while O’Rourke has positioned himself as a friend of immigrants, trumpeting the economic and cultural benefits of a close relationship with Mexico.

“Beto brings a fresh approach, a new face, and is someone who is able to connect with Texans across the board,” said Matt Angle, executive director of the Lone Star Project, an organization that promotes Democrats in Texas.

Benny

Two things here: is he a Perez Dem or a progressive one? Second, will Van Hollen Chair of DSCC contribute to the campaign or is he on his own?

jcitybone

LD may know more about him. He certainly does not appear to fit the traditional politician mold.

Benny

Generally it means they are considering it, quite the opposite of what they say in public.

humphrey

I wonder if these are the use of weasel words ( a typical Clinton trait)?

If not I hope she lives up to the statement.

wi59

A Clinton telling the truth? Please just this one time!!!

humphrey

I found the “weasel Words”

I am only including the relevant portion.

Chelsea Clinton: ‘Right Now, No, I’m Not Running for Public Office’

Clinton did go on to say, “If someone steps down or something changes, I’ll then ask and answer those questions at that time. But right now, no, I’m not running for public office.”

humphrey

A group of former (so called) Democrats have been busy.

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/28/former-democratic-senators-advised-group-funding-anti-muslim-extremist-frank-gaffney/

AMERICA’S POWERFUL PRO-ISRAEL lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, enlisted the help of one of the nation’s most prominent and extreme anti-Muslim activists, Frank Gaffney, during its 2015 push to sink the Iran nuclear deal. And it did so through an organization staffed by some of the country’s most prominent Democratic consultants and advised by a group of four ex-Senate Democrats.

In fact, during its failed campaign to sink diplomacy with Iran, CFNI enlisted a gamut of top Democrats. Its advisory board included four Democratic senators-turned-lobbyists: Mark Begich of Alaska, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Evan Bayh of Indiana, and Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu. Former Nevada Democratic congresswoman Shelley Berkley also advised the group.

polarbear4

This resulted in Hillary and Perez.

humphrey

I like this tweet

humphrey

Latest news must be getting under Trump’s skin. HA!

jcitybone

Under Trump, the United States May Now Be Killing More Civilians Than Russia

AirWars, which tracks civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, counted over 1,300 reports of civilian deaths from coalition airstrikes in March alone. That’s about triple the count from February.

In fact, AirWars estimates, US coalition strikes are now causing more civilian casualties than strikes by Russia, which was loudly (and appropriately) accused of war crimes for its bombing of Aleppo, Syria, last year.

Is this the simple result of the fight heating up in Mosul? Not quite.

In the same month, at least 30 civilians were reported killed by a US airstrike outside Raqqa, Syria—where the real battle with ISIS hasn’t even begun yet—and up to 50 more may have died when the United States bombed a mosque in Aleppo.

Instead, some observers suspect the Trump administration is relaxing Obama-era rules designed to limit civilian casualties in war zones. They deny this, but the Times reports that field commanders appear to be exercising more latitude to launch strikes in civilian-heavy areas than before.

During the campaign, Trump himself famously promised to “bomb the s—” out of ISIS. That sounds extreme, and it is.

But it’s only a few steps beyond the Obama administration’s approach of gradually expanding our air wars outside the public eye. Trump’s just taking it to another level by putting virtually all key foreign-policy decisions in military hands, while gutting resources for diplomacy and humanitarian aid.

polarbear4

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humphrey

Good one. LOL!

humphrey

While your at it why not include Vice President Nina and Secretary of Defence Tulsi?

It sounds good to me.

Benny

And Rosa DeMoro in charge of HHS!

humphrey

The possibilities are endless and the country would be far better off. Thank you Hillary.

wi59

AGREEED TO ALL!!!!!!!!!

humphrey

And Chris Christie is free as a bird!

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/baroni_and_kelly_sentenced_in_bridgegate_scandal.html

NEWARK — Two former high-level members of the Christie administration were sentenced to prison terms Wednesday in the political scandal that became known as Bridgegate.

Bridget Anne Kelly, 44, a former top aide to the governor whose “time for some traffic problems” email became a focal point of the federal investigation, was given 18 months.

Bill Baroni, 45, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, received a 24 month sentence earlier in the day in a separate proceeding in the same courtroom before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark.

Both were also sentenced to 500 hours community service. They will remain free on bail while they appeal their conviction

humphrey

The Republicans have come up with a novel way of dealing with Climate Change.

( I can only shake my head )

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/energy-department-climate-change-phrases-banned-236655

A supervisor at the Energy Department’s international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reduction” or “Paris Agreement” in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO.

Employees of DOE’s Office of International Climate and Clean Energy learned of the ban at a meeting Tuesday, the same day President Donald Trump signed an executive order at EPA headquarters to reverse most of former President Barack Obama’s climate regulatory initiatives. Officials at the State Department and in other DOE offices said they had not been given a banned words list, but they had started avoiding climate-related terms in their memos and briefings given the new administration’s direction on climate change.

The Office of International Climate and Clean Energy is the only office at DOE with the words “climate” in its name, and it may be endangered as Trump looks to reorganize government agencies. It plays a key role in U.S. participation in the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation, two international efforts launched under Obama that were designed to advance clean energy technology.

humphrey

Here is “The Joke of the Day”

Benny

humphrey

Those 2016 small $ donations likely shrank as people became aware of the DNC’s actions.

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