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jcitybone

https://politics.myajc.com/blog/politics/georgia-2018-abrams-nabs-bernie-sanders-endorsement/rY6s0vArlOGJwDx2gaWtcK/

Democrat Stacey Abrams earned the support Thursday of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a former presidential candidate who is a hero to many of the party’s progressives.

Sanders called Abrams, a former state House minority leader, the “only candidate for governor of Georgia who has real solutions that will help the lives of working people in Georgia.”

humphrey

He is truly a scumbag! His gesture means nothing to his wallet!

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/388174-trump-donates-quarterly-salary-to-department-of-veterans-affairs

President Trump donated his salary for the first quarter of 2018 to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the White House said Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump’s $100,000 quarterly salary will go toward the VA’s caregiver programs. The president is donating his salary each quarter to “important projects” she said.

Here is the reason why!

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/388111-disclosure-shows-trump-earned-40m-in-2017-from-dc-hotel

President Trump according to his financial disclosure report, earned $40 million last year from his company’s hotel in Washington, D.C., USA Today reports.

Trump earned $40.7 million in the 2017 calendar year. He earned $19.6 million from January 2016 to mid-April 2017, according to a previous financial report.

More than $350,000 in campaign funds contributed to the hotel’s revenue, 60 percent coming from events hosted by the Republican National Committee, according to an analysis by USA Today.

The Trump International Hotel in D.C. opened in October 2016, less than one mile from the White House, and has become a legal headache for the president as a number of critics have said earnings from the hotel violate the emoluments cause in the Constitution.

Benny

I got this e-mail from JB Pritzker, who is running for gov of IL. I guess they got my e-mail from old Dem state party list.

Hello!

I’m a Regional Field Director in Springfield and Champaign.#TeamJB is currently recruiting new organizers to join our team, from Illinois and across the country – and we need places for them to stay right here in Springfield, Champaign, and the surrounding areas.

These organizers will be essential for locking down the votes needed to remove Rauner. If you can spare a bedroom, an upstairs space, or a guest house to house an organizer temporarily or long term – please reply to this email and let me know. I can connect you with a local organizer already on the ground who can walk you through the specifics of helping #TeamJB this year.

Additionally, we have a massive, statewide DAY of ACTION this weekend where we will be phone banking and learning how we are going to win this general election. Please respond if you are interested an I will link you up with your local event!

Socialist approach for a hedge fund manager who could pay for local lodging. Not staying at my house. The least they could have done is ask if I may wish to obtain a nose closepin for election day!

Benny

magsview

Hi all! I’ve missed you. Am back at work so have a bit of access to the internet.

Tornados and macrobursts went through our area during a crazy storm Tuesday, right around pm rush hour. I have no power or running water (but got to shower at neighbor’s this am-they have a generator) and it looks like we’ll be without power for at least three more days.

You should see the damage!! It’s as though a major hurricane went through the area in the space of 15 minutes. Major disaster area. Lots of house with trees on them, sheds smushed, cars crunched, you name it.

We got lucky, have trees down, but the only real damage was to my car-house was spared this time! (unlike during Superstorm Sandy)

So many big trees are lying across roads and on top of power lines, transformers lying in the road.

Everyone says they’ve never seen anything this bad – climate change?

Anyway, just wanted to say hi. Hope your are all well!!

Benny

Good grief! What a storm! Glad you are all right!

magsview

Thanks Benny! It was crazy. Soccer field goal posts flying through the air, sections of people’s fences scattered all over neighbor’s lots, but it was really all the uprooted trees!

I’ve never seen anything like it (and that includes superstorm sandy with trees landing on our house & having to replace our roof due to so many missing roof tiles).

After work the closest I could get to home was a couple of miles down the road, so I parked and walked the rest of the way.

There was a group of us all doing the same thing. We were all kind of in shock, helping each other walk around/over/under all the trees. It felt post-apocalyptic. But we were all determined to get home.

My street was completely covered in downed trees, so I had to climb around in the bushes, and at one point I looked down to see that I was walking through major poison ivy! (and I’m very sensitive to that) But I didn’t care too much by that point because I was almost home. 😉

jcitybone

Wow! We got the big storms but the really bad ones were just south of us (probably the ones that got you in CT) and just north of us.

magsview

Yes, my area was directly in ‘the path’.

orlbucfan

Good grief, mags!! Glad you are okay! You live in CT? The climate/weather experts have repeatedly said that man-made climate change manifests itself by the extreme nature of weather now. Examples: Superstorm Sandy, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the droughts in CA, etc.

magsview

Yes orl, I live in Southwestern CT.

It certainly does seem that the weather is becoming more extreme!

wi60

Glad you’re ok as well mags, glad your back!!!

magsview

Thanks wi59! Hubby just called me to say that he found a shared workspace. 🙂

Hubby works from home, so no income happening since the storm (and it looks like we won’t have power for awhile).

But, as we tend to look on the ‘bright side’ of things (to cope, mainly, lol), he’s thinking that this may work out quite well, as he’ll be able to interact with other people a lot more, and it’ll force him to be more professional in his attire and hours.

The extra expense of the office rental will be tough but, as he said, you’ve gotta spend money to make money!

jcitybone

So Tester, McCaskill, and Jones voted no and Shaheen for some unknown reason voted yes

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gina-haspel-torture-confirmed_us_5afdb75fe4b0a59b4e01c1a5

Haspel, a former clandestine officer with more than 30 years of service at the agency, was confirmed by a narrow 54-45 vote. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) joined nearly every Republican in voting to approve her nomination.

I’m so glad Warner feels safer with a torturer leading the CIA

In remarks on the Senate floor ahead of the vote, Warner said he wished Haspel had been more forceful in denouncing the program during her confirmation hearing. Ultimately, however, he said that private assurances from Haspel about her views on torture and her long list of bipartisan endorsements from the intelligence community had won him over.

“I will feel safer knowing the CIA has Ms. Haspel leading it,” Warner said Thursday. He added that he was confident that Haspel would stand up and refuse an order from Trump if he tells her “to do something illegal or immoral, like torture.”

Benny

If the baroness were still a senator she would have voted yes too, because Haspel’s gender.

wi60

yea right, out of some misguided loyalty to Trumpcorp she will do as she’s told to.

orlbucfan

Sad part about all this CIA junk is the agency has been pulling this crap under the radar for decades. There is a lot of incompetence, too.

jcitybone

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cynthia-nixon-mta-subway-ads-andrew-cuomo_us_5afda284e4b0a59b4e019369

Cynthia Nixon asked weary New York City subway riders to talk about their commutes on social media on Thursday morning and call out Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “sham subway plan.”

Nixon has for years criticized Cuomo’s administration, going so far as to call it an “exercise in living with disappointment, dysfunction and dishonesty,” and she’s been particularly critical of his inaction on fixing the subway system.

From delays to overcrowding to fare hikes and everything in between, the city’s subway system has been in desperate need of an overhaul for decades. Nixon has been seen riding the subway all over the city and has been late to campaign events because of the MTA’s unreliability, all in an effort to tell angry New Yorkers that she’s here to help everyone get to work on time.

Thursday morning’s campaign received much praise on Twitter, with many remarking on the advertisements and sharing their commuting plight.

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