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polarbear4

T&R, Benny!

any way to get around the firewall to share?

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Torabs
Torabs

Call off the attack dogs, Mr. President, if you can.

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Torabs
Torabs

I appreciate Sirota calling out brainwashed Dem voters on this. An uncapped SALT deduction is not progressive.

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jcitybone

Another double diary 🤪🤪🤪. I’ll move my stuff over

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/05/11/state-dept-spokesperson-under-fire-spineless-refusal-condemn-israels-killing

Pressed repeatedly by reporters during a briefing on Monday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price refused to condemn Israel’s killing of children with airstrikes on Gaza, offering evasive and mealy-mouthed responses that members of Congress slammed as unacceptable.

Asked straightforwardly whether he condemns the killing of Palestinian children, Price replied that the Biden administration does not “have independent confirmation of facts on the ground yet” and is “hesitant to get into reports that are just emerging.”

“Obviously, the deaths of civilians, be they Israeli or Palestinians, are something we would take very seriously,” added Price.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, tweeted late Monday that “this unsurprising response is devoid of empathy and concern for human suffering.”

“He can’t even condemn the killing of children,” Omar added.

Yousef Munayyer, a Palestinian-American writer and political analyst, called Price’s remarks “spineless.”

At the start of Monday’s briefing, Price stressed “Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and to defend its people and its territory.” But asked whether Palestinians have the same right, Price quickly reverted to defending the broad principle of self-defense while refusing to answer the question.

“We believe in the concept of self-defense,” said Price. “We believe it applies to any state.”

Given that Palestinians are a stateless people living under Israeli military occupation, they would not have a right to self-defense under Price’s standard, as Associated Press reporter Matt Lee pointed out.

“Are you saying the Palestinians don’t have a right to self-defense?” Lee asked, to which Price replied, “I was making a broader point not attached to Israel or the Palestinians in that case… I’m not in a position to debate the legalities from up here.”

Following the State Department press briefing, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) tweeted that “we cannot just condemn rockets fired by Hamas and ignore Israel’s state-sanctioned police violence against Palestinians—including unlawful evictions, violent attacks on protestors, and the murder of Palestinian children.”

“U.S. aid should not be funding this violence,” Pocan added.

Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.) sent a similar message in a joint statement issued Monday, declaring, “We are horrified by the violent assault by Israeli forces on the Al-Aqsa mosque, and the continued violent attacks on the Palestinian people during the holy month of Ramadan.

“We continue to provide the Israeli government with over $3 billion in military aid every year—with no conditions or accountability for wanton human rights abuses and continuing illegal seizures of Palestinian land,” the lawmakers continued. “For decades, we have paid lip service to a Palestinian state, while land seizures, settlement expansion, and forced displacement continue, making a future home for Palestinians more and more out of reach.”

“It is long past time we finally take action to protect Palestinian human rights and save lives,” the trio said.

jcitybone

polarbear4

oh i didn’t see yours. was there one yesterday, too and WHY DON’T I SEE THESE THINGS? lol

p.s. PLEASE tell me next time it happens, if so. i will gladly move my stuff, esp. if i’m second.

jcitybone

Most Republicans are still afraid to go on record.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/report-mccarthy-privately-faces-backlash-within-house-gop-for-helping-to-oust-cheney

Some House Republicans have been privately criticizing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for moving forward with the push to oust their conference chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), according to Playbook.

Those GOP lawmakers are reportedly upset that McCarthy, who has scheduled the vote on stripping Cheney of her title for Wednesday, threw a fellow House leader under the bus as part of his efforts to become speaker by doing ex-President Donald Trump’s bidding. One unnamed lawmaker told Playbook that he might vote against McCarthy for the speaker position due to his “weak leadership,” and signaled that other Republicans may do the same.

“Kevin McCarthy has pissed off enough members of his own conference that he’s going to have to go back to his former days as a whip to try to figure out where his votes are,” the Republican said. “I’d be worried if I was him.”

Additionally, Playbook reports that another group of House Republicans are grumbling over the way McCarthy pushed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) as Cheney’s replacement over other potential candidates.

However, no House GOP lawmaker has publicly spoken out against the minority leader save for Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who said on Monday that he had privately discussed with colleagues challenging McCarthy’s leadership by holding a “no confidence” vote.

“I don’t consider him to be speaking on behalf of the Republican party anymore because he gave his voting card, he gave his proxy card, to Donald Trump,” Kinzinger said during a National Press Club event.

jcitybone

A colossal waste of money ($400 million). Barring something apocalyptic, today’s heavily Dem California isn’t going to oust a Dem governor in a recall.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-05-11/opposition-grows-gavin-newsom-recall-poll

The campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom has failed to gain momentum in recent months as significantly more California voters favor keeping him in office, and only anemic support has surfaced for reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner while other Republican candidates hoping to take the governor’s place have little backing, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll that was co-sponsored by the L.A. Times.

According to the poll, just 36% of registered voters in the state said they would vote to recall Newsom, the same percentage of support found in a survey by the same pollster in late January. In comparison, 49% of voters oppose removing the governor from office, a slight improvement over the 45% who opposed doing so in January.

And as governor of the most populous state in the union, Newsom possesses ample power and opportunities to court California’s electorate before the recall makes its way to the ballot. Aided by the state’s economic recovery and a $75.7-billion budget surplus, Newsom on Monday proposed sending $600 state stimulus checks to millions of Californians along with a $5-billion rental assistance plan.

“That’s the largest year-over-year tax rebate that’s ever been provided in any state in American history,” Newsom said Monday.

DiCamillo said that, according to the Berkeley poll, Newsom appeared to be in a much stronger position politically than Davis was 18 years ago, when he became the only California governor to be recalled from office. During the 2003 recall campaign, a Field Poll found that 67% of California voters had an unfavorable opinion of Davis. In the new Berkeley poll, 43% of voters had an unfavorable opinion of Newsom.

polarbear4

agree. they made their point. maybe they have to go through with it now, though.