HomeCandidates 2018Jim Keady8-18 News Roundup & Open Thread – Jim Keady For Congress (NJ-4)
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Hi LD, If you can edit the title to8-18 that would be better. I am in Southern CA on voluntary evacuation from my place in Wawona CA due to the South Fork Fire.Here is a link to news.


@jbob–greetings from waterlogged central FL. We may miss the eclipse Monday due to Tropical Storm Harvey. 🙁 Yes, I would send tons of H2O your way if I could! Are all your 4-legged family members safe? Are they seeing any sort of weather break? You take care and stay safe! He has a point about that typo, LD. It should be fixed as you have us spoiled on here. LOL. 🙂 T and R to the usual suspects!!


Bummer, jbob! i often say, “sending warm thoughts,” but in your case, i’ll send some wet ones!


So sorry to hear about a fire nearby jbob!

I hope it hasn’t affected your breathing and that you are able to return home soon. Please stay in touch.

All The Best


Meet the New NAFTA, Same as the Old NAFTA?

i would take away the question mark.

While inadequate protections for labor and environmental rights may be allowed to stand, under NAFTA 2.0 corporations will likely retain the right to sue governments using the controversial investor-state dispute mechanism.


Tina Fey Sheetcakes the Nazis on SNL Summer Update Last Night

Pretty humorous response by the 1992 UVa graduate.

“Sheetcaking is a grassroots movement, Colin. Most of the women I know have been doing it once a week since the election.”


She mentions Clinton briefly, but it is pretty mild.

Worth watching!


I’m afraid that my reaction to Tina’s Fey’s antics was more in line with Gavin’s:

But I’m honestly glad that you found it humorous because laughing is therapeutic and I’d prefer to be doing more of it!


Lorne Michaels is trying to avoid some controversy. Satire is satire though. While we grieve for Heather, we can’t be overly serious 24/7, and I didn’t agree that the comment about Clinton’s e-mail is at all as a substitute. It’s not.


Steve Bannon out at the Whitehouse but Trump is still Trump.


President Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, is leaving the White House, a stunning turn of events for the man who had been the caretaker and champion of Trump’s populist campaign message.

His departure is another sign that new chief of staff John Kelly has broad authority to clean house in a West Wing that has been hobbled by infighting and leaks.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement.


The twittersphere is abuzz about it. With views from both sides.


A few examples.


I can only notice that none of the contributors are African American on FN. MSNBC and CNN are better about in keeping their panels more diverse when commenting on current events such as this one.


Would you consider that Joy Reid is capable of honest discourse?


The SS Trumptanic rolls on


I’m with Jordan! Let’s focus on Trump’s racist policies, Republican’s racist policies and any Democrats who are enabling those policies.


Absolutely, Ryan sees some TH relief, I bet, as a result.

I was heartened to hear though Bob Corker thinks Trump is an incompetent leader (peter principle deluxe).


It looks like Cenk saw this coming a mile away.

This was from yesterday:

EDIT: SO sorry for subjecting you to Bannon’s ugly mug!! I don’t know how to stop that happening when you post YouTube videos. 🙁


I don’t consider Breitbart a media organization, but I get Cenk’s point that it is an indie pub (just horrible and very RWNJ type).


Once again Bernie is spot on with his assessment!



Only 2 to go for the complete set 🙂 This has to be some type of record for a presidential staff turnover.


The last two will be difficult but well worth the effort. I might add that simply replacing Trump with Pence is not a good idea.


Pence is not bombastic but he could be even worse as President.


Mike Pence has been among the Trump administration’s most prominent voices pressing to replace the Affordable Care Act, repeal post-crisis financial regulations, privatize American infrastructure and promote fossil fuels. Those positions would benefit the industries that have been directly lobbying Pence since he was elected vice president, according to federal documents reviewed by International Business Times.

Amid speculation that Pence could mount his own presidential bid — or replace Trump if he leaves office early — the former Indiana governor and U.S. congressman has been directly lobbied by major health care and drug companies, Wall Street firms, oil and gas interests and industry groups interested in shaping a federal infrastructure privatization initiative. Pence’s office has also been lobbied by his former congressional chief of staff on behalf of insurance, defense contracting and telecommunications companies — and that lobbying revolved around health care policy, defense spending and net neutrality. Pence has enthusiastically backed the policies by the lobbying firms.

While other vice presidents have been the target of lobbying in the past, Pence has been viewed as one of the most powerful vice presidents in recent history. He is a longtime politician serving a president with no experience in elected office, and during his vice-presidential selection process, Trump was reportedly offering potential running mates a vast policy portfolio to oversee. Pence also oversaw Trump’s White House transition, which shaped the administration’s personnel decisions and many of its policy proposals.

Companies that have lobbied the vice president have spent tens of millions of dollars in total federal lobbying so far this year. Here is a deeper look at the major industries lobbying him — and what exactly they have been pushing for in their efforts to influence the vice president.


One can dream of course, but that would leave us lying Ryan. Which dumpster fire do you want to run the Govt at this point.


Good for Her. She is a brave woman!


Feel Better Soon Jar for LD & Get To Go Home Soon Jar for jbob

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thanks. and ditto to both


This sounds good to me.


I was so happy when Sirota came to his senses and remembered that David Brock is not an ally to progressives (and resigned from his short stint working with Brock).

From last February:

Incoming CEO of David Brock’s progressive media venture backs out

David Sirota, the International Business Times investigations editor who was slated to lead Democratic political operative David Brock’s True Blue Media venture, is backing out of the job.

I’m a big fan of Sirota’s.


This could be good news for many individuals.


I wonder what the “Russia stole the election crowd” will say about this?


That Erdogan got the idea from Putin?


L.O.L. You’ve been on a roll these past couple of days, mags!


Despite the recent fluff resignations Big Business looks after itself!


Still eager to work on tax reform, infrastructure and health care, business leaders will focus on Trump aides and agency officials.

Chief executives no longer want to appear in photo-ops with President Donald Trump following his race comments about Charlottesville, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on trying to shape his agenda.

There’s simply too much money at stake with tax reform, infrastructure and health care in play — billions of dollars in a tax overhaul alone — for corporations to disengage entirely with the White House or official Washington.

So while companies will rely less on direct access to Trump through advisory councils and meetings at the White House, their advisers and lobbyists still plan to engage with top White House aides such as Vice President Mike Pence or National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, political appointees at agencies, and Congress to make their case for rolling back regulations, keeping specific tax breaks, or cutting the corporate tax rate.


It is time for a “Snarky ” comment.


U.S. officials say the State Department has suffered a worldwide email outage affecting its entire unclassified system.

The officials said the outage began early Friday morning and that technicians were working to restore email as soon as possible. The officials said the outage was not caused by “any external action or interference.”

Perhaps they should still be using Hillary’s private server.


Will Tillerson be next to get the heave ho?


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a forceful condemnation of “bigotry in all its forms” on Friday and called for national reconciliation as he promised to work toward making the government more racially diverse.

His remarks, to State Department interns and fellows, dozens of whom were recruited through programs targeting minority candidates, followed the backlash from political and business leaders over President Donald Trump’s response to Saturday’s white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This doesn’t seem to align with Trump’s recent comments.


Hey LD, be sure to check your e-mail. Thanks, Benny


Uh oh, what kind of trouble are you two stirring up?? LOL. LOL. 🙂 🙂


You know us, we’re like Bernie Sanders, just stirring up! 🙂 🙂

I’ve heard about some tech issues with our nest. I hope LD gets to feeling better soon!


Fat chance of this happening. LOL!


A House Democrat introduced a resolution on Friday suggesting that President Trump undergo a physical and mental health exam to help determine whether he is fit for office.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s (D-Calif.) resolution specifically calls on Vice President Pence and Trump’s Cabinet members to “quickly secure the services of medical and psychiatric professionals” to “assist in their deliberations” invoking the 25th Amendment, which outlines presidential removal procedures.

It posits that such an examination by doctors would “determine whether the president suffers from mental disorder or other injury that impairs his abilities and prevents him from discharging his Constitutional duties.”

The results might prove to be quite interesting.


Nina Turner interviews Jane Sanders.


Should we be grabbing some popcorn? I sure hope so!


Get ready for ‘Bannon da barbarian’.

In the days before his departure, the Trump guru told associates he was itching for a return to guerrilla warfare.


Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is declaring the impact of the Trump presidency “over.”

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” he told the Weekly Standard on Friday. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over.”

In an interview with the conservative outlet, Bannon said President Trump’s administration would “be much more conventional” in the wake of his departure.


Given a choice the Israeli Government takes the low road.

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