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What is up with those Awan brothers?? The ones that were being paid big bucks to handle some IT for people like DWS?

I hear that the wife of the Awan brother that DWS listed as an ‘advisor’ has flown to Pakistan.

And now DWS has threatened the DC capitol police with “consequences” if they do not turn over the laptop they seized that apparently hidden away? (Whaat?) Why does she care so much about that laptop?

Remember Alligator Ed? I happened to stumble upon a post he has done on it. As you will see by how he ends the post, he’s still his feisty self!

Also, pretty funny hearing DWS demand a ‘yes or no’ answer from the police, lol, if I had more time I’d be tempted to start a ‘yes or no, Debbie?’ meme on twitter.

DWS: It’s a simple yes or no answer. If a member loses equipment and it is found by your staff and identified as that member’s equipment and the member is not associated with any case, it is supposed to be returned. Yes or no.

Chief: It depends on the circumstances.

DWS: I don’t understand how that is possible. Members’ equipment is members’ equipment. My understanding is the the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate members’ equipment when the member is not under investigation. It is their equipment and it is supposed to be returned.

Chief: I think there are extenuating circumstances in this case, and working through my counsel and the necessary personnel, if that in fact is the case, and with the permission of through the investigation, then we’ll return the equipment. But until that happens we can’t return the equipment.

DWS: I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences.

(audio here)

It’s a “simple yes or no answer” Debbie! She sure does sound like she is claiming that the laptop her computer. Hmm, interesting.


Welcome to the world the rest of us live in, DWS.


There’s a whole chapter in Shattered devoted to how the Clinton campaign decided to distance themselves from DWS–it was tricky. DWS did not take the news very well; Obama chose not to ask her to step down. He probably should have.


A good question!


Sean Patrick Maloney was the only Dem from NY who voted for this abomination. Wonder what the quid pro quo was?
Mags–even Himes, Maloney’s cross the border New Dem comrade voted against


The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a bill that dismantles a pesticide permitting system. Opponents are calling the Republican-led legislation the “Poison Our Waters Act.”

“This bill takes away the public’s right to know about toxic pesticides we may be exposed to,” Mae Wu, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s health program, said in a statement emailed to ThinkProgress. “It eliminates the current commonsense requirement that communities should have access to basic information about what’s being sprayed in waters that can pose risks for public health.”

While more than two dozen Democrats crossed the aisle to vote for the bill, several Democrats spoke out strongly against the legislation. “The Republicans are again bending over backward to help corporations and the wealthiest among us, while ignoring science and leaving hard-working families to suffer the consequences,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee, said on the House floor prior to the vote.


more than two dozen Dems vote to poison our water, ferChristsake.


Well I’m sure they received nice payoffs from their corporate masters. I wrote to Maloney (I will be a possible constituent starting this year after I move to Poughkeepsie–part of his district) to ask him why he was the only NY Dem to vote for this. Of course, I know the answer.


Republican candidate charged with assault after ‘body-slamming’ Guardian reporter

From the Guardian, where the reporter works, i believe.


Democrats.Stop.Listening.to. Rahm. Emmanuel

Democrats are looking for historical parallels to cement victory, and naturally enough, they’ve turned to their last midterm victory in 2006 for a strategy. Politico reports that some senior Democrats are seeking the advice of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee back in 2006.

That victory does provide some important lessons. But it is critically important that Democrats not just copy-paste from the Emanuel playbook. The times, they are very different.

Emanuel himself argued in a Politico podcast that the key to victory in any state or national election is found in the suburbs, where “more moderate voters exist.” He claims that candidates must be recruited on the basis of whether or not they can win: “I purposely recruited candidates who reflected the temperament, tenor, and culture of their district. I didn’t try to elect somebody that fit my image. I tried to help elect somebody that fit the image and the profile of the district.”

First of all, this supposed neutrality is a crock. Like almost anyone with a point of view would have done, Emanuel slanted the recruitment process in 2006 to advance his own politics. He is a pro-war centrist — in 2005 he said on Meet the Press that he would have voted for the Iraq War even knowing that there were no WMDs in Iraq — and so he worked to elect more hawkish primary candidates like Tammy Duckworth, Christine Jennings, and Steve Filson. As a partial result, the Democrats elected in the ’06 wave were mostly quite conservative. That was Emanuel’s goal — it’s just that as usual for a centrist, he masks his politics behind a facade of claimed technocratic competence.

Second, it’s worth noting that running for supposed moderate suburban voters is precisely the strategy that Hillary Clinton just tried in 2016, and while it rolled up votes in Orange County and the Upper East Side, it didn’t work on a national level.

But more importantly, Emanuel’s brand of cynical deal-making politics and his handpicked congressmen led the Democratic Party as a whole into disastrous strategic errors. He personally lobbied to cut the size of the Recovery Act to below a trillion dollars, believing more was politically unrealistic. As the 2010 race got going, with unemployment stuck around 10 percent for the entire year, his moderates from the class of 2006 were a major force behind the Democrats’ pivot to austerity and deficit reduction.

h/t Nina Turner on twitter


Op-Ed in the (NH) Concord Monitor

Author is commenting on the Unity Commission’s meeting held recently.

Voters shouldn’t ignore what the parties are doing – we need reform

The general consensus at the meeting, which received sparse media coverage, was that the DNC has broad discretion in the nominating process, with legal authority to close primaries, have superdelegates, have early registration deadlines, etc. They described the history as though our country has already moved from a party-controlled process to a democratically controlled process, not acknowledging how heavily party-centric our election system still is.

While they did recognize that it may be in their best interest to provide incentives for state parties to open their primaries to independent voters and re-evaluate their superdelegate rules and other electoral inequities, it was primarily for the partisan purpose of attracting more voters to their party and taking back the White House.

But why should parties get to make these decisions for voters who don’t share their interests?

Though our country has made great strides in civil rights to become more democratic, we still have a way to go before the people can truly claim the process as our own. It’s time for independents and independent-minded Americans to come together and take back our elections. Certainly, from an independent perspective, open primaries are better than closed primaries; delegates who reflect the will of the voters are better than superdelegates; proportional distribution is better than winner-take-all; and inclusive rules are better than exclusive rules.

So, while I applaud the Democrats for creating the URC and hope both parties will embrace such changes, in the long run we need more. We need a system that doesn’t abrogate elections to parties. Dominant parties shouldn’t get privileged ballot access and exclusive debate coverage, and every citizen should have an equal vote at each stage of the election process, without needing party permission.

Nonpartisan primaries are more consistent with the principle that elections are public – not private – affairs.

While URC members seemed sincere in wanting to improve things, actual reform will be implemented only if average voters keep applying pressure from the bottom up. By staying engaged, insisting on fairness and not resigning ourselves to party control, we’ll create an equitable electoral system for all candidates and voters. We’ll get the representatives “we the people” really want, and we’ll have hope for our future.

This op-ed aligns somewhat with DNC Election Fraud lawsuit case, but also what Bernie Sanders has been preaching to the Establishment. I don’t know if they are truly listening–yet.


“It’s time for independents and independent-minded Americans to come together and take back our elections.”

I’ve surprised myself with this urge to go Indie. Thought I’d go Green or WFP, but Green is too insular and a WFP vote goes by default to the Dems if the WFP candidate doesn’t win. So in 2018, I’ll likely switch. The writing seems to be on the wall and I’m too radical, really, to schmooze with the local Dem leadership.

The one good thing is voting for Berniecrats in the lower levels. The rotten thing is their often narrow defeats. Can’t believe how many young technocrats are fine with the Hill side of things, although they say they’re against war, many are ok with the TPP type deals. And I don’t know how they can be anti-war and pro-establishment.


I’m indie like Bernie, but I will “caucus” with the Dems when they are more progressive in nature. I belong to the Democratic Socialists of America, but they have made it clear that they are not a wing of the Democratic Party and are for progressives. The membership has increased 3X fold this year (from 6K to over 20K) due to the energy Bernie has generated.


Here’s a juicy tweet that TOP is likely to cover sometime today:


Oh, yeah, we “precipitated” this violence just by being who we are and, uh, doing our jobs. Did you hear the reporter? He still sounds shaken.

Bullies always say, “It’s your fault. You did _____________.” Crazy-making bullies. Can’t stand ’em and stand up to them.


Why’d you make me hit you??!


His speech was all about how much money the rest of the NATO countries owe the U.S.


He shoved the president of Montenegro


Trump’s a bully and it shows there as well.


The look on Trumps face tells it all


Bernie and Tulsi introducing a minimum wage bill to increase to $15 by 2024. Live now:


This is breaking–Joe Lieberman withdraws from consideration for FBI director citing potential conflict

From WaPo:

Former senator Joe Lieberman (Conn.) has withdrawn his name from consideration for FBI director.

Lieberman cited the potential appearance of a conflict after President Trump hired his longtime attorney Marc Kasowitz — who is a partner at the same law firm where Lieberman is senior counsel — as his outside attorney in the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

On Wednesday, White House officials said that concerns about appointing a former politician to the post had been one reason Lieberman was no longer considered the front-runner.

In a letter to Trump dated Wednesday, Lieberman expressed his gratitude for being considered and his admiration for the “courageous work” of the FBI.

“I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this nomination,” Lieberman said. “With your selection of Marc Kasowitz to represent you in the various investigations that have begun, I do believe it would be best to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, given my role as senior counsel in the law firm of which Marc is the senior partner.”

Trump is expected to continue interviewing candidates for the nomination when he returns from his foreign trip next week.

Don’t let the door swing too hard on your way out, Joe.


OH my!


Greg Gianforte has disturbing ties to white nationalists.Everyone now knows that Gianforte, who may win his race for Montana’s House seat against Democrat Rob Quist today, is violent. Fewer seem to realize that he also has ties to white nationalism, but that information has become newly relevant after his attack on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.
As the HuffPost’s Dana Liebelson reported last September, during Gianforte’s failed bid to become Montana’s governor, he was once connected to a disturbing offshoot of the classical Christian school movement:

Greg Gianforte, the wealthy technology entrepreneur who’s challenging incumbent Steve Bullock (D) for the Montana governor’s seat, served with [Douglas] Wilson on the board of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools, which the pastor co-founded. (Wilson is an ex officio member of the board, which means he doesn’t vote.) Both men spoke at the group’s conferences in 2014 and 2015. Gianforte praised Wilson at the 2014 conference.


Bernie Hammers Lazy Mulvaney in Budget Hearing Today


When it gets on YT later, I’ll provide an update linky. Sanders brought up the sports cars one member of the Walton family owns, including 1 Maserati and 4 Ferrari’s.

I looked up what a Maserati prices out. I chose one of the cheaper ones. It was $73K.



I wonder how Trump will take the criticism?

He is pretty good at handing it out.


May and the Conservative’s poll numbers were coming down vs. Corbyn and Labour before the Manchester incident. (Still way ahead but mot massively ahead like at the beginning of the campaign) Perhaps she thinks tough talk against the reviled Trump will help–especially since she has been seen hand-in-hand (literally) with him.


Donald Trump and Theresa May’s hand-holding in the White House was a “chivalrous” act by the new President, Downing Street has declared.

The eye-catching photo of the Prime Minister and Trump, which flashed around the world and dominated British newspaper front pages, was simply his attempt to steady her on her feet as they walked down a ramp, No.10 said.

The awkward moment, followed by the President patting May’s hand in his, sparked suggestions that he was overstepping usual etiquette in being so tactile.


I wonder how John McCain will take this news?


Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard as saying.

The development is likely to fuel tensions with the United States in a week when President Donald Trump, on his first foreign trip, has called Iran a sponsor of militant groups and a threat to countries across the Middle East.

“Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years … We will continue to further develop our missile capabilities forcefully,” Fars quoted Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Guard’s airspace division, as saying.

I hope that the war mongers are aware that Iran is more formidable than their previous targets


He should at least get an “A” for effort. LOL


Not the first one, just dumb enough to get caught.


Oh Great! Yet Trump wants to restrict government oversight.


JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas food distributor is voluntarily recalling nearly 100,000 pounds (45,360 kilograms) of precooked sausage that might contain metal.

Armour Eckrich Meats in Junction City announced the recall Wednesday of more than 8,000 cases of 16.6-ounce (460-gram) packages of “Eckrich Smok-y Cheddar Breakfast sausage, Naturally Hardwood Smoked.” The labels have the case code “27815 17984″ with a use-by date of Aug. 17. The products also have the number “EST. 3JC” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were distributed to foodservice customers in Kansas, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Armour Eckrich says the pork, turkey and beef breakfast sausages were never distributed to retail customers and that the recall came after a single report of trace amounts of metal.

No injuries from consuming the meat have been reported.


And a couple of days ago, it was Morrell hot-dogs (Nathans, and Curtis labels) being recalled for having metal particles:
Hot Dogs Recalled Due to Metal Pieces

The products already have been shipped to retail outlets. The agency added that there have been three complaints of metal objects in the beef frank product packages.


where’s all the metal from? some kind of waste product?


California Single Payer Bill SB 562 Takes Another Step Forward

SB 562, the Healthy California Act, took another step forward in the California legislature Monday in a hearing by the state Senate Appropriations Committee and appears headed to a full vote on the Senate floor by early June. The Appropriations Committee will formally vote on the bill Thursday.

The bill would establish an improved Medicare for all type system in California. It would deliver full health coverage for all Californians, without the devastating deductibles and co-pays that prompt many to ration care, and ensure real patient choice.

In introducing the bill to the Appropriations committee, which focuses on costs, SB 562 co-author Sen. Ricardo Lara noted how current healthcare spending consumes 14 percent of the state’s gross domestic product. “Health care spending is growing faster than the overall economy, and by 2025 will be 20 percent of national GDP.

I might have to retire to California some day after all!

Seriously though, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to retire. Kidding, hopefully (maybe by the time I’m 70 or so).

But California would obviously be a great state to ‘break the ice’, so to speak. Such a large pool to negotiate lower drug prices with, for example.

Canada’s universal system began in the province of Saskatchewan:

Medicare was born in Saskatchewan on July 1, 1962. It would be the first government-controlled, universal, comprehensive single-payer medical insurance plan in North America. It was a difficult birth. The North American medical establishment and the entire insurance industry were determined to stop Medicare in its tracks. They feared it would become popular and spread, and they were right. Within 10 years all of Canada was covered by a medical insurance system based on the Saskatchewan plan, and no serious politician would openly oppose it.

Speaking of a “difficult birth”, the most high-profile casualty as a result of Saskatchewan’s move was Tommy Douglas, who was responsible for the program:

The initial purpose of the anti-Medicare campaign was to force the CCF government to go back on their election promise and stay out of the medical insurance field altogether. When it became clear that the CCF would do no such thing, the fallback position was trying to force them to water down government involvement, limiting it to subsidizing existing medical insurance schemes controlled by organized private medicine. Tommy Douglas himself could be considered the first political casualty. He had become the first leader of the newly founded NDP in the fall of 1961, and was replaced by Woodrow Lloyd as provincial leader and premier. Douglas was defeated in a Regina constituency in the federal election of June 1962. The defeat was attributed partly to the campaign against Medicare.

Some of you may have heard the name Tommy Douglas before, thanks to Mouseland:


Then their is this.


If California implemented single-payer, the state would spend much less on health care than the rest of the US.

here was coverage yesterday of a new report from the California Senate appropriations committee estimating the budgetary implications of a proposed single-payer health plan for the state (Sacramento Bee, LA Times, Vox). I’ve not yet been able to access the report directly, but the coverage of it is pretty encouraging.

After the implementation of single payer, the report says, health expenditures in the state of California would total $400 billion per year, or 15 percent of the state’s GDP. This is three percentage points lower than the share of GDP the United States overall spends on health care.

The reports indicate that, currently, government spending on health care in California is around $200 billion and employer spending on health care is between $100 billion and $150 billion. There is no indication of how much individuals currently spend on top of employers and governments on individual premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. Nonetheless, net of current government spending ($200 billion) and employer spending ($100-$150 billion), the single-payer plan requires an additional $50 to $100 billion of spending, or 1.9% to 3.8% of CA GDP.

For that extra 1.9% to 3.8% of GDP:

The state would pay for almost all of its residents’ medical expenses — inpatient, outpatient, emergency services, dental, vision, mental health, and nursing home care — under the plan, and Californians would not have any premiums, copays, or deductibles.

That’s an incredible deal for just 15% of GDP, which again is lower than the United States as a whole already spends on health care.


Quick to respond was one of the Clinton groupies.


I see a few California Representatives have yet to sign on.




Mags. What do you think of this tweet?


shame on us! people are dying and we’re too antagonistic! don’t we get that we’re supposed to die politely?


this coulda been a diary. thanks!


Trump’s praise of the Philippine president’s anti-drug campaign not exactly kosher with both sides of the aisle.

The Intercept reported Tuesday that Trump told Duterte in a private call that he endorsed the murderous anti-drug campaign, which has killed well over 7,000 people. Duterte has unapologetically compared himself to Hitler and said he would “be happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts in the Philippines.

According to the transcript of an April phone call obtained and authenticated by The Intercept, Trump had nothing but kind words for Duterte’s policy.

“I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” Trump told Duterte. “Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a rising star on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, condemned what Trump said. “He’s essentially congratulating Duterte on murdering 4,000 [sic] of his own citizens. That’s outrageous,” said Murphy. “The reason you get briefed before these phone calls is so that you don’t say something as dumb as that.”


Following the release of the transcript, 14 Democratic senators also signed onto a letter by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., calling on President Trump to delay his invitation for Duterte to visit the White House until his human rights record improved. The letter’s signatories included Sens. Ben Cardin, Tim Kaine, Jeff Merkley, Sherrod Brown, Cory Booker, Ron Wyden, Dick Durbin, Chris Van Hollen, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Bernie Sanders, an independent senator and former Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont, told The Intercept by email that he found the transcript “shocking,” and that it would encourage further abuses.

“This sends a horrible signal to human rights violators all over the world, giving them a green light to increase their abuses,” said Sanders. “Unfortunately, as we’ve seen with his comments about Vladimir Putin and in his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, enthusiastic praise for authoritarian leaders is the norm rather than the exception for this president.”

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told The Intercept that he didn’t understand why Trump would praise Duterte’s campaign. “I don’t understand why he would say such a thing to a guy who’s practicing extrajudicial executions.”

and to get slapped down by Lindsay Graham, probably not a good thing…

Earlier in the day Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., another prominent Republican voice in foreign policy, told The Intercept that Duterte “is not a guy we want to empower.”

Read the rest here: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/25/senators-from-both-parties-blast-outrageous-trump-call-praising-duterte-for-anti-drug-killing-spree/


‘Answer the question’: Bernie Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief during hearing

Fireworks erupted Thursday when President Trump’s budget chief sparred with a Senate panel over the administration’s proposed 2018 budget, most notably trading barbs with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., over potential cuts to entitlement programs.

Yay, Bernie!

“Answer the question: The wealthiest family in America gets a $52 billion tax break as a result of the estate tax,” Sanders told Mulvaney. “Tell the American people why you think that’s good when you cut Medicaid and you cut programs for kids.”

In his response, Mulvaney noted that it is difficult to predict the expected impact of the tax cuts on wealthy Americans.

“It is mathematically impossible to take those general principles and assume their impact on a particular family,” he said.

“That is not true,” Sanders shot back.

Boo to anyone who found the exchange amusing!!

The testy exchange was a source of amusement for other members of the committee.

“That was borderline fascinating,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said to laughter before beginning his questioning of Mulvaney.

What an out-of-touch, entitled, and heartless, jerk Graham is!!


Nothing like a Southern RW gay imbecile. I feel sorry (sometimes) for the Log Cabin Republicans.

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