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Parliament passes judicial overhaul plan as police clash with protesters

The Israeli parliament approved the first part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sweeping proposal to overhaul the judiciary on Monday, establishing a limit on the Supreme Court’s power to strike down government action and delivering far-right lawmakers a key victory in their bid to remold the country. The proposal passed despite hundreds of thousands of protesters turning out to oppose the measure, which critics said would erode one of the few checks on government power in Israel, a country without a written constitution. Supporters, led by Netanyahu, defended the changes as a necessary correction to judicial overreach. Both sides claim to be defending democracy.

Lawmakers in the Knesset approved the judicial overhaul proposal in a series of votes throughout the afternoon, after last-ditch attempts for a compromise failed. Outside the building, protesters staged sit-ins as security forces blasted them with water cannons.
Netanyahu, 73, arrived at the Knesset after leaving a hospital in central Israel on Monday morning, more than 24 hours after emergency surgery to have a pacemaker installed for an undisclosed heart condition.

After negotiations collapsed, opposition leader Yair Lapid said it was not possible to secure an agreement “that would preserve democracy.”

More than 10,000 military reserve pilots, cyberwarriors and other experts pledged to decline service if the government doesn’t respond, which top generals warned could impair Israel’s defensive readiness.

orlbucfan

Ole Netayaboob would sign a deal with Satan to keep his corrupt butt out of prison. Sounds familiar, huh?

wi65

If Cult-45 would win he would eliminate it or stack it people who would swear complete loyalty to him..

orlbucfan

T and R x 4, jcb!! 🙂 How is the air quality up your way? Are there any reports of the Canadians getting a handle on these burns?

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Ryan Cooper

Republicans Against Private Enterprise

Back in 2012, the entire Republican presidential campaign was about slavish worship of entrepreneurs, CEOs, and Wall Street investors. Former Bain Capital executive Mitt Romney was the GOP nominee, and his central argument for becoming president was his business experience. When President Obama made the (entirely obvious) point that business owners depend on the government for political stability and infrastructure that they did not build, Republicans made “you didn’t build that” the slogan for the presidential convention that year.

How times have changed. Now, the GOP is furiously attacking business and entrepreneurs over their investment choices. Today’s Republicans aren’t against capitalism per se, but they are against businesses and investors making decisions they disagree with—specifically, if they are not bigoted enough for their taste, or take into account the risk climate change poses to profits.

Most recently, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Fox News that he was urging his state’s pension fund manager to sue the beer company InBev over its decision to do a tiny Bud Light sponsorship deal with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

DeSantis’s argument here is ridiculous on several levels. The supposed justification for the lawsuit, per a letter he sent, is that InBev “breached legal duties owed to its shareholders” when it got involved with “radical social ideologies.” In reality, the entire point of the sponsorship deal was to boost sales of Bud Light, which were large but had been on a flagging trajectory for years. This brand of cheap swill has long been associated with frat parties and older white men, and InBev wanted to freshen up its reputation among younger, more diverse demographics. The whole influencer deal—just one among the thousands done by every big brand—was a cynical marketing gimmick.

Second, insofar as InBev’s share price is down somewhat, it is entirely because of the conservative boycott campaign against Bud Light, which has indeed tanked sales. If anyone is to blame for the Florida pension fund being down slightly, it is conservatives like Ron DeSantis for organizing a blatantly bigoted meltdown when InBev attempted to market one of its brands to people they hate. The chutzpah is incredible. It’s as if conservatives decided to boycott Nike because its association with Michael Jordan promoted race-mixing, and then sued the company because declining shoe sales were tanking their retirement accounts.

Conservatives aren’t just furious about trans people existing, either. Republicans like Reps. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Andy Barr (R-KY), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), and DeSantis have attacked “environmental, social, and governance” (ESG) standards as supposedly being inappropriate “woke capitalism” that threatens profits. Numerous Republican states have proposed or passed laws attacking the practice.

Again, this is profoundly stupid. ESG is to a large extent a cynical greenwashing enterprise—as Matt Levine notes at Bloomberg, it is trivially easy to get oil investments, including the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, labeled as ESG-friendly. And insofar as it isn’t fraudulent, ESG does consider very serious risks to profits. Climate change in particular is a massive threat to all kinds of businesses; witness the steady stream of insurance companies exiting the Florida home insurance market due to accelerating extreme weather damages. You’d think the government of a state that is more vulnerable than any other to sea level rise and hurricanes would take that problem more seriously.

More broadly, all this is wildly at odds with decades of Republican rhetoric about the private sector. “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” Ronald Reagan famously said. Conservatives thought as a matter of quasi-religious dogma that the state is always wrong by definition, and that unrestrained private enterprise would produce the best of all possible worlds. Now, instead of companies making their own investment decisions free of meddling bureaucratic interference, Republican politicians demand veto power over the tiniest aspects of their marketing decisions.

We also see how the entirety of the Republican policy agenda has come to consist of bigotry, culture-war madness, and authoritarian repression. Back in 2012, conservatives assumed that their agenda of deregulation and tax cuts for the rich would automatically put business on their side, in both political and cultural matters. The moment that partly stopped being true (thanks in part to millennials aging into their prime earning years), they demanded the power to micromanage every business move—specifically to make them more prejudiced and insane.

Considered together with Donald Trump’s plans, should he win the presidency again, to conduct a ruthless political purge of the federal government so he can turn it into his personal plaything, we see what a future Republican regime would look like. Trans people will be subject to relentless state repression, along with anyone who tries to support them. Abortion will be banned nationally under penalty of prison time. And trying to hedge against climate risk will be illegal, even as angry conservative grandpas in Miami Beach are watching Fox News from an armchair half-submerged in 100-degree ocean water.

I don’t know if GOP/indies will listen to this argument – especially think tanks such as Heritage. But I think it’s one of the better ones considering it’s more under Biden’s wheelhouse.

orlbucfan

DeSyou-know-what’s POTUS joke is slowly imploding. Good riddance to him and that religious fruitcake wife of his who actually pulls his strings.

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wi65

Next step get him out of the Governorship before his cronies legislate him Gov for life.I dont put it past the GQP down thier..

orlbucfan

Nope, he can’t run again after this term. Even in this state, they won’t try to pull that one. Heard on the local yokel report that Alan Grayson may be one of the Ds eyeballing the Senate primary to pick the opponent to Sick Rott. This could get interesting.

wi65

Fascists ALWAYS need a target to hate otherwise they fail.Unfortunately this country has way to many weak minded people that buy into the hate-speak spewed by various news outlets.

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wi65

Even suggesting that here would give Craprate America the vapors and clutch thier collective Pearls at the same time.

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Club for Growth readies $20m fund to boost Boebert, Gaetz and other McCarthy antagonists

The Club for Growth is preparing to spend millions of dollars to help reelect the 20 House Republicans who opposed Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid.

David McIntosh, the president of the anti-tax group known for antagonizing the party establishment, told donors he was preparing a $20 million defense fund to help “The Patriot 20”, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO. He warned that “moderate donor networks” were already mobilizing to punish those members.

“Making our financial commitment public may serve as an effective deterrent to some potential challengers,” he wrote. “Moderate donors and candidates seeking to settle scores should save their money, because we are prepared to win at all costs.”

The Club’s primary goal will be to defend the five freshmen members of the group who are especially vulnerable: Reps. Eli Crane (R-Ariz.), Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.), Josh Brecheen (R-Okla.), Andy Ogles (R-Tenn.) and Keith Self (R-Texas).

McIntosh wrote the Club would also closely monitor any primary challengers to the 15 other members, a group which includes some of the biggest congressional rabble rousers, such as Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.). Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.), who is considering a Senate run, is also on the list.

McCarthy won the speakership after a historic and contentious 15 rounds of voting. He was forced to make a laundry list of concessions to win over his detractors.

The Club’s memo appears intended to spook any McCarthy allies plotting against those who voted against his speaker bid. McIntosh noted that his group helped elect 17 of the 20 members and praised them for their work “to advance conservative priorities and establish a more transparent and accountable legislative process in the House during the Speaker negotiations in January.”

So far, hardly any members of the group have attracted primary challengers who have managed to raise any serious money.

But primary challenges have been top of mind for the Club, which agreed to support McCarthy’s speakership in exchange for a truce with his largest super PAC. That group, the Congressional Leadership Fund, vowed to refrain from spending in open-seat primaries in deep red districts — something it did only rarely anyway. And it already does not spend against Republican incumbents.

In the memo, the Club also noted that it would also help the three members of the 20 who could be most at risk from Democrats in a general election: Boebert, Luna and Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.). Boebert’s 2022 challenger, Adam Frisch, is running again after nearly besting her last fall. He announced raising a whopping $2.6 million in the second quarter of this year.

wi65

When are they going to change their group name to what they really are. The Club for the .01% Growth and Profits.

Benny

Fingers crossed – for a good number of those will hire US workers for good salaries or better than minimum wage!

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wi65

Gonna be worse this year.

orlbucfan

Yep. 🙁

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orlbucfan

The sooner this corrupt backwards yahoo is history, the better. If a GOPuke replaces him (which is the lifely scenario cos it’s WVA), so be it. Seriously, what’s the difference?

Paul ADK

Control of the Senate? But yes. We can certainly do better. But as the map expands we’ll have other yahoos to contend with. Ever talk to a Democrat from Texas? It’s a different sensibility. And usually far more corporate than progressive. And then there’s Sinema, too. She’s running as an Independent, and the Democrat in that race will be facing her as well as a bonafide berserker Republican. That could shake out any number of ways but it’s nearly certain that the Republicans won’t vote for a Democrat or an Independent. So if Sinema gets any votes at all (and she is the incumbent) they’ll siphon off the Democratic line. I truly hope that the California exodus makes up for that bit of nonsense.

Paul ADK

And let’s remember, Schumer could have eliminated or reformed the filibuster. He did not.

orlbucfan

I don’t know what will happen in TX, AZ, or my joke of a state in terms of the Senate. I just hope we Floridians will have a halfway decent slate of choices in the Democratic Senate Primary. The creep that Primary winner will go against is enough to make me barf. Incumbent Senator and indicted Medicare thief Rick Scott aka Sick Rott. 💩🤮 Sinema has made a lot of enemies in AZ, among them Hispanic activists. She may very well take votes from the GOPuker. TX is a crapshoot. Abbott is going nuts there with the cruelty against women and refugees. Not even Dumbya Bush was this extreme. And, as you pointed out, Schumer has been a real wuss over the filibuster. I believe it’s simple corruption.

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— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) July 24, 2023