Opinions Review http://feed.informer.com/digests/XDOCBDJCK3/feeder Opinions Review Respective post owners and feed distributors Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:39:54 -0500 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Trump administration begins enforcing abortion 'gag rule' https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/trump-administration-abortion-gag-rule-1593665 Top Stories urn:uuid:630cb8c4-a027-17d4-869a-5e31de313e9f Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:17:46 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/0f/99/8681f17c4df5824f8d14826f94f0/190520-hhs-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>The Trump administration's decision to immediately bar family planning funds to groups, like Planned Parenthood, that perform or refer women for abortion could force some states and organizations to abandon the federal program that pays for contraception for low-income women.</p><p>The administration says it will move forward with its new family planning overhaul, which critics deride as an abortion &quot;gag rule,&quot; as it faces ongoing legal challenges from nearly two dozen states and organizations, including Planned Parenthood, the largest single recipient of funding in the program, known as Title X. States and groups opposing the new rules say the policy creates serious gaps in access for the roughly 4 million women who depend on the $250 million-plus program for birth control, cancer screenings and other health services. </p><p>Faith-based groups that oppose abortion and hormonal birth control are also now <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/16/abortion-pregnancy-centers-planned-parenthood-1007765" target="_blank">eligible for funding</a> under the rules. Earlier this year, the religiously affiliated clinic network Obria was awarded a three-year, $5.1 million grant in California. Although the group will only offer &quot;natural&quot; family planning counseling such as abstinence and the rhythm method, it still <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/03/anti-abortion-clinics-family-planning-1402415" target="_blank">must subcontract with clinics</a> that provide other forms of contraception. </p><p>Planned Parenthood, which serves more than 40 percent of the nation's Title X patients, confirmed Monday night it won't comply with the new rules. The organization said its clinics will start using their own emergency funds while it continues to fight the rule in court. Planned Parenthood still gets significant funding from Medicaid. </p><p>&quot;While we are incredibly concerned by this harmful rule, our doors are still open,&quot; said Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen. &quot;Planned Parenthood will not stop working to block this dangerous and unethical rule that allows the government to censor our doctors and nurses from doing their jobs.&quot;</p><p>Planned Parenthood has long been the only Title X funding recipient in Utah, and it covers a large portion of the population in several other states. Its exit from the program could leave parts of the country <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/29/planned-parenthood-trump-rules-1303964" target="_blank">without a federally funded family planning provider</a>. </p><p>The Trump rules have been in legal limbo since they were finalized in February. Multiple federal judges blocked them from taking effect nationwide, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California last month lifted the freeze. The entire appellate court, which will re-hear the case, denied a request from blue states and health organizations to reinstate the freeze while the legal challenge plays out. </p><br><p>The Supreme Court may eventually have the final say on the rules. Nearly 30 years ago, the high court upheld a similar Reagan-era policy, but it was reversed by the Clinton administration before it took effect.</p><p>For months, family planning clinics and states have faced uncertainty about when and whether they would have to comply with the new rules.<b> </b>Diane Foley, the HHS official overseeing the Title X program, on Monday told organizations receiving program funds that the administration will move forward with the rules because of the 9th Circuit's latest decision.<b> </b>Clinics that remain in the program have until 2020 to comply with another provision of the new rule requiring organizations to have strict financial and physical separation between their abortion providers and other services.</p><p>&quot;We are aware that many of you have been frustrated with the lack of guidance given to you,&quot; Foley told recipients of Title X funding in an email obtained by POLITICO on Monday night. HHS is expected to provide them with more guidance on the rules during a three-day meeting in Washington this week. HHS did not provide further comment to POLITICO.</p><p>Anti-abortion groups who've long lobbied for cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood cheered the administration's decision to enforce the rule, predicting that federal courts will side with Trump in the end. </p><p>&quot;We are confident that the Trump administration will ultimately prevail and grateful that, in the meantime, the Protect Life Rule can immediately begin saving lives,&quot; said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.</p><p>Clinics will now<b> </b>be barred from referring patients to an abortion provider but required to refer them for prenatal care, regardless of a patient's wishes. Clinics have always been banned from using Title X money for abortions, but the Trump administration argued greater separation was needed to prevent the intermingling of funds.</p><p>Now, numerous state health agencies administering Title X funds, including some that are their state's lone recipient of program dollars, must decide whether to go forward with previous suggestions that they'd <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/21/family-planning-trump-abortion-ban-1281223" target="_blank">withdraw from Title X</a> if the Trump rules took effect. Millions of dollars are on the line.</p><p>Oregon, which is leading a 21-state lawsuit against the rule, is consulting with state attorneys, a spokesperson for the state's health department said. Washington state, which is also challenging the rules in court, said Tuesday that it is reviewing options.</p><p>“It’s safe to say that Washington state won’t come into compliance with the rules,” Casey Katims, spokesperson for Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democratic presidential candidate.</p><p>Maryland and <a href="https://www.mass.gov/news/photo-release-governor-baker-signs-bill-to-restore-funding-for-title-x-services" target="_blank">Massachusetts,</a> which are both challenging the rules in court, passed laws this year creating state reserve funds for clinics set to lose money under the new Trump administration rules. Both are traditionally blue states with moderate Republican governors.</p><p>But some states challenging the rules in court plan to remain in Title X. Delaware, Michigan, Rhode Island and Virginia will stay, state officials confirmed to POLITICO this week. Two other states, Nevada and North Carolina, last month said they expected to remain in the program after the 9th Circuit lifted the injunction on the Trump rules. However, individual providers they contract with could still leave the program’s provider network over disagreement with the rules. </p><p>The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, which represents many Title X-funded organizations across the country, blasted the administration's abrupt decision to begin enforcing the rule without warning.</p><p>&quot;It comes without any guidance or due diligence informing providers what steps would constitute compliance with the requirements in this sweeping new regulation,&quot; said Clare Coleman, the group's president. &quot;Once again, the administration’s actions show its intent is to further an ideological agenda, not protect and improve health care for those in need.&quot;</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> rroubein@politico.com (Rachel Roubein) Editorials | The Guardian: The Guardian view on Donald Trump: a racist in substance and style | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/the-guardian-view-on-donald-trump-a-racist-in-substance-and-style 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:dbefd27e-00a9-ee59-b282-460c13a3c305 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:59:36 -0400 The US president’s bigotry has a political purpose: to distract voters and energise his base. He doesn’t care about the damage he might inflict in the process<p>Donald Trump’s agenda is to turn the clock back in the United States half a century, to a time when elected leaders spoke the language of white supremacy. Like Mr Trump, they did not use dog whistles. Until 1967, 17 states had laws banning interracial marriage. Mississippi did not vote to <a href="https://apnews.com/cc52b877bebbee1e3113a76e255a2c7b" title="">abolish</a> the 13th amendment of the US constitution, which outlawed slavery, until 1995. Of course, legal segregation is a distant memory today, and race in America is not the chasm it once was. The country has had a black president and immigrants, white and non-white, have become rich and famous. Yet Mr Trump has, in a short space of time, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/us/politics/republicans-trump-tweet.html?action=click&amp;module=Top%20Stories&amp;pgtype=Homepage" title="">remoulded</a> the Republican party by excluding and gagging anyone who challenges him. This is no longer a question of the Republican leadership’s inability to deal with the president’s <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/06/trump-racism-comments/588067/" title="">racism</a>, but of its complicity in it.</p><p>Mr Trump is an heir to the tradition of American failure on race, one which misunderstands or ignores the country’s fundamental premise that people, in the <a href="https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1964/king/26141-i-have-a-dream/" title="">words</a> of Martin Luther King, “not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character”. In business such racism might be deplored but considered a private affair. However, in office it is an understatement to say that a bigoted, misogynistic narcissist is unfit to be US president. Mr Trump has long <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/trumps-white-nationalist-attack-four-congresswomen/594019/" title="">thought</a> that only white people can be considered truly citizens and that immigrants are only conditionally American. So it came as no surprise to hear the US president told four female members of Congress, all of whom are not white, to “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/14/trump-squad-tlaib-omar-pressley-ocasio-cortez" title="">go back</a>” to the countries “from which they came”.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/the-guardian-view-on-donald-trump-a-racist-in-substance-and-style">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian donald trump us news race world news us elections 2020 us immigration us politics Editorial Ursula von der Leyen elected European Commission president https://www.politico.com/www.politico.eu/article/ursula-von-der-leyen-elected-european-commission-president/ Top Stories urn:uuid:9d19e816-cfb9-7e2a-b1ae-f60d35d28219 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:55:29 -0400 Opinion | The Guardian: This is what today's America looks like. The squad is us | Moustafa Bayoumi https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/squad-america-trump-diversity 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:db4bed1c-aae7-e209-ef6f-6798d3fcf4a2 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:44:09 -0400 <p>We should all be grateful to the four women of color who are offering moral and political guidance to a nation goaded by its commander-in-chief</p><p>On Monday, the best of the United States of America was on full display.</p><p>In a moving press conference in Washington, DC, the four progressive congresswomen now known the world over as “the squad” – Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashid Tlaib – proclaimed their profound support for each other after enduring blatantly racist abuse by Donald Trump. And they did more. They redoubled their commitments to improving the lives of all the people in this country.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/squad-america-trump-diversity">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian us news Moustafa Bayoumi Opinion: Goldman Sachs: first principal https://www.ft.com/content/7c7f65e8-a7e6-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1a4c7999-e821-9577-8716-adc6ebf001aa Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:42:36 -0400 Investing is lucrative for once-dominant bank, but ethically challenging<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion FOX News: Joseph D'Souza: Why religious liberty is the most pressing issue facing our world today http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/bZfhUi8omOA/joseph-dsouza-religious-liberty-ministerial-pompeo-washington 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:254fe649-4c92-3450-a6c3-3f779a9133ac Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:36:28 -0400 This week, hundreds of foreign officials, human rights activists and NGO leaders will gather in Washington to discuss what many of us believe is the most pressing issue in the world today: religious liberty.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/bZfhUi8omOA" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/dcd233c0-CATHOLIC-RELIGION-MAIN-GALLOP.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/dcd233c0-CATHOLIC-RELIGION-MAIN-GALLOP.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News e597b916-abba-523a-80b0-fc951e9275f3 fox-news opinion fox-news world religion fox-news world fox-news politics executive white-house Joseph D&#x27;Souza Editorials | The Guardian: The Guardian view on Scottish drug deaths: put health and safety first | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/the-guardian-view-on-scottish-drug-deaths-put-health-and-safety-first 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:25c89938-cf43-44c4-7ac4-02731b4a2ef0 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:35:05 -0400 With Scotland’s death rate the highest in the EU, political disagreements must not get in the way of an effective response<p>Better ways must be found to protect drug users. That can be the only humane response to the terrible news that drug deaths in Scotland have <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/16/scotland-records-huge-rise-in-drug-related-deaths" title="">risen by 27%</a> over the past 12 months. At 1,187, the number of fatalities is higher per capita than any other EU country, on a par with the US and three times the rate of England and Wales. Both the Scottish and UK governments should be ashamed. This is an awful toll of human suffering, with the effects of each death rippling out to families and communities.</p><p>While the figures are shocking, the story that they tell is not really new. The vast majority (86%) of those killed by drugs were heroin users, many of them members of the demographic known as the “Trainspotting generation”, which refers to people (mostly men) who began using the drug in the 1980s and 1990s. The <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/06/fentanyl-drug-deaths-rise-nearly-third-england-wales" title="">contrast with England and Wales</a>, where deaths from synthetic opioid fentanyl and cocaine have risen while other drug deaths have fallen, is striking. But a sharp increase in the supply and use of “street” benzodiazepines such as etizolam has been seen across the UK. These were implicated in 57% of Scottish deaths, often in combination with heroin or methadone, with poly-drug use among younger people, and the popularity of painkillers and tranquillisers developed for use as prescription medicines, a particular concern.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/the-guardian-view-on-scottish-drug-deaths-put-health-and-safety-first">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian drugs society drugs trade world news drugs policy politics scotland uk news Editorial Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #FBI Shared Links Mr. Tweeter: “Construct a better bullhorn, and people will buy it! Supply of zi information stimulates the demand for its selected juicy morsels. Feed the https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151182996659154944 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:78c3b9d3-8bcb-47c8-44ef-5e2026f65891 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:33:09 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#FBI Shared Links <br />Mr. Tweeter: “Construct a better bullhorn, and people will buy it! Supply of zi information stimulates the demand for its selected juicy morsels. Feed the hungry huddled masses yearning to chirp free! The Twitterati of the World, Tweet!"<br /><a href="https://trumpandtrumpism.com/">trumpandtrumpism.com</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151182996659154944/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/nWa1lush6E</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_nSp5iXkAAgcIJ.jpg" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 5:33pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) photo tweet link mikenov Conway says she's 'taking one for the team' by defying House subpoena https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/conway-taking-one-for-the-team-subpoena-1417021 Top Stories urn:uuid:5253fb9b-6251-dec8-c294-87ce2356af91 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:26:53 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/62/3d/9ecb9cbf4097b53ff9d39cc57e69/190716-kellyanne-conway-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday said she was “taking one for the team” by defying a House subpoena compelling her to testify on her multiple violations of the Hatch Act. </p><p>“They're trying to silence me and take away my First Amendment rights,” she said in an interview on Fox News of her decision to skip the House Oversight hearing for which she received a subpoena to attend. “I would be happy to testify, just so we’re clear. I have nothing to hide. I have done nothing wrong.”</p><p>Last month, Conway was cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency that oversees Hatch Act compliance, for multiple violations of the 1939 law that prohibits government employees from participating in political speech while performing their official duties. Conway was cited for speaking in her official capacity about both the 2020 election and 2017’s special Senate election in Alabama. </p><p>In an official OSC report, head Henry Kerner recommended Conway’s firing, a measure both Conway and Trump have categorically rejected. </p><p>In a letter to House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings on Monday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Conway would be skipping the hearing. The Justice Department “has advised me that Ms. Conway is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser” to Trump, he told the committee. </p><p>Conway echoed that explanation in her interview with Fox. </p><p>“The chairman knows and everyone knows there is a long-standing bipartisan precedent, both parties have invoked it, that you claim immunity for the president's senior advisers,” she argued, adding, “I obviously qualify as one.”</p><p>On Tuesday, Conway continued to insist she’d done nothing wrong, dismissing Kerner’s office as the “poor man’s Office of Special Counsel” being weaponized after former special counsel Robert Mueller — whose office is separate from Kerner’s — failed to bring her down. </p><p> “This is about me going on TV and stating facts,” she said. “Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are old, they are white, they are male, they are career politicians. Joe Biden got elected to the Senate 49 years ago. That qualifies as a career politician.” </p><p>“I would love to go testify, but I'm taking one for the team here because there's long-standing tradition to claim immunity and not have people like me testify,” she claimed. </p><p>The rejection prompted Cummings to threaten to hold Conway in contempt of Congress if she did not honor the subpoena before July 25.</p><p>Conway is only the latest member of the Trump administration targeted by Democrats. The House is set to vote later this week to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress over a separate issue. </p><p>Cummings on Monday took issue with the White House’s assertion, calling the Conway matter “a clear-cut case.” </p><p>‘We are not requiring her to testify about advice she gave the president or about the White House’s policy decisions,” Cummings said during the hearing. “We are requiring her to testify before Congress about her multiple violations of federal law, her waste of taxpayer funds, and her actions that compromise public confidence in the integrity of the federal government.” <br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> coprysko@politico.com (Caitlin Oprysko) Warren rips Defense secretary nominee over his Raytheon ties https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/elizabeth-warren-defense-secretary-nominee-1594110 Top Stories urn:uuid:dc82e90f-9248-4856-b068-e7832a1dfa88 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:26:02 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/1a/8f/6847790e4ecc84108193e3862dda/190716-elizabeth-warren-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump’s pick to be Defense secretary, Mark Esper, for his ties to defense contractor Raytheon.</p><p>In a heated exchange at a Senate Armed Services confirmation hearing, Warren — a Democratic presidential contender — criticized Esper for not committing to extend for his entire tenure at the Pentagon his recusal from issues involving Raytheon, where he worked as a top lobbyist.</p><p>Warren cited former acting Secretary Pat Shanahan, a former vice president with Boeing, who extended his recusal permanently amid questions about his ties to the aerospace company. She also pressed Esper to commit to never seek a waiver from his recusal and not seek defense industry employment for four years after leaving government, which he declined to do.</p><p>“Let me get this straight. You’re still due to get at least a million-dollar payout from when you lobbied for Raytheon. You won’t commit to recuse yourself,” Warren said. “You insist on being free to seek a waiver that would let you make decisions affecting Raytheon’s bottom line and your remaining financial interest. And you won’t rule out taking a trip right back through the revolving door on your way out of government service.”</p><p>“You can’t make those commitments to this committee, that means you should not be confirmed as secretary of defense,” the Massachusetts Democrat said.</p><p>The pair sparred over his ties to Raytheon during his 2017 confirmation hearing to be Army secretary. Warren was one of just six senators to vote against his confirmation then.</p><br><p>Esper, who is now being promoted to Defense secretary, jabbed back at Tuesday’s hearing, arguing he hadn’t sought a waiver and had abided by all his ethics obligations. And he pointed to former President Barack Obama’s selection of Bill Lynn, also a top lobbyist for Raytheon, as deputy secretary.</p><p>“I went to war for this country. I served overseas for this country. I’ve stepped down from jobs that paid me well more than [government],” Esper said. “And each time, it was to serve the public good and to serve the young men and women of our armed services.”</p><p>“I think the presumption is, for some reason, anybody who comes from the business or the corporate world is corrupt,” he said.</p><p>Warren telegraphed her tough line of questioning ahead of the hearing last week when she criticized Esper in a letter for not committing to extend his recusal, which expires in November. Warren called on him to extend his recusal for his entire tenure at the Pentagon and expand its scope.</p><p>She said Tuesday the possibility of Esper seeking a waiver “smacks of corruption, plain and simple.”</p><p>After a lengthy, and testy, exchange that ran over her allotted time, Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) gaveled Warren down.</p><p>“This is outrageous,” Warren said of Esper’s testimony.</p><p>A West Point graduate, Esper took over as acting Defense secretary in June when Shanahan stepped down amid questions about his personal life.</p><p>Esper would be the first Senate-confirmed Pentagon chief since Jim Mattis resigned in December. Inhofe said he aims to secure Esper's confirmation before the long August congressional recess. </p><p>Several of the panel’s Republicans came to the defense of Esper, who has maintained strong ties with both parties on Capitol Hill as Army secretary.</p><p>Inhofe apologized to Esper for the exchange.</p><p>“It was unfair and you handled it beautifully,” Inhofe said.</p><p>“I’m very disappointed that Senator Warren would demonize you after your decades of service simply because you served in the private sector,” added Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.). “I guess she just needed a moment for her presidential campaign.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> cobrien@politico.com (Connor O’Brien) Opinion: Investors are right to target pension payments https://www.ft.com/content/838acd0a-a7d2-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:81933ce9-46d7-9a35-4196-1949e28be0e9 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:24:51 -0400 StanChart chief’s comments did a disservice to shareholders’ right of oversight<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion DOJ will not bring charges against officer in death of Eric Garner https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2019/07/16/doj-will-not-bring-charges-against-officer-in-death-of-eric-garner-1103711 Top Stories urn:uuid:2c52b61c-7149-527e-b9bf-f156274bea49 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:06:06 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/43/e1/268531f14648828914972ac8b84c/justice-dept-900.jpg"/><br><p>Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice will not bring criminal civil rights charges against the police officer accused of killing Eric Garner, a Staten Island man whose death five years ago sparked nationwide outrage and helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement.</p><p>The decision by prosecutors in Brooklyn means that Daniel Pantaleo will never face criminal prosecution for Garner’s death in an apparent chokehold.</p><p>Federal prosecutors broke the news to Garner’s devastated family in a meeting at the U.S. attorney’s office shortly before announcing their decision publicly.</p><p>“This is an outrage, an insult to injury. You killed my son,” Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother, said outside the U.S. attorney's office after meeting with officials . “Five years ago my son said, ‘I can’t breathe’ 11 times. And today we can’t breathe because they have let us down.”</p><p>Garner’s arrest, caught on video and quickly spread on social media, roiled New York City, spurred months of protest and launched his dying cry of “I can’t breathe” into a rallying call for activists fighting police brutality across the nation. The decision was announced a day before the five-year anniversary of Garner’s death, when the statute of limitation for certain charges expires.</p><p>Richard Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said the Justice Department concluded there was not enough evidence to prove Pantaleo violated civil rights law, which would have required proving both that he used unreasonable force and that he willfully broke the law.</p><p>“Mr. Garner’s death was a terrible tragedy. But having thoroughly investigated the surrounding circumstances, the Department has concluded that the available evidence would not support federal civil rights charges against any officer,” he told reporters at his Brooklyn office. “We know and understand that some will be disappointed by this decision, but it is the conclusion that is compelled by the evidence and the law.”</p><p>A Staten Island grand jury declined in 2014 to bring local criminal charges against Pantaleo, but his family and supporters clung to the possibility that he might still face prosecution on federal charges.</p><p>“This man choked my father outside on the street, choked him with no remorse,” said Emerald Snipes, Garner’s daughter.</p><p>“Don’t apologize to me. Fire the officer,” she said. “Don’t give me your condolences. I heard that five years ago. We want justice and we want it today.”</p><p>The federal decision dragged out for years amid an apparent divide inside President Donald Trump’s Justice Department between prosecutors in the Civil Rights Division and top agency officials. Donoghue apologized for the delay Tuesday. “This should never have taken as long as it did,” he said.</p><p>Pantaleo was attempting to arrest Garner on suspicion of selling illegal cigarettes before the confrontation that was captured on video.</p><p>Prosecutors concluded that the officer did effectively apply a chokehold, and held Garner in it for about seven seconds, Donoghue said. Although the city medical examiner ruled the death a homicide caused by the chokehold, he said there was some doubt as to whether the maneuver killed him or whether his underlying medical conditions did.</p><p>Attorney General William Barr made the final decision not to bring charges himself, the U.S. attorney said. He said it was a “difficult” call to make.</p><p>Pantaleo, who has remained on the force but assigned to desk duty, faced a New York Police Department disciplinary trial that concluded last month, and the NYPD must now decide whether to fire him.</p><p>Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted for years that the city had to wait for the Justice Department to conclude its investigation before moving forward with the disciplinary case — but said Tuesday that was the wrong call.</p><p>“We put our faith in the federal government to act. We won’t make that mistake again,” he said.</p><p>Garner’s family and activists called on de Blasio to fire the officer at once.</p><p>Rev. Al Sharpton said the federal decision was a “moral disgrace and judicial malpractice,” and said the city must terminate Pantaleo immediately rather than giving him the chance to resign.</p><p>“Show you’re better than the Trump administration. Don’t let this man continue to be on the public payroll,” he said.</p><p>The federal decision will not affect the NYPD’s disciplinary process, said spokesperson Phil Walzak. Commissioner James O’Neill is awaiting a recommendation from the deputy commissioner of trials before making a final decision on Pantaleo’s fate, he said.</p><p>The Police Benevolent Association welcomed the decision not to charge the officer. </p><p>“Scapegoating a good and honorable officer, who was doing his job in the manner he was taught, will not heal the wounds this case has caused for our entire city,” said PBA president Pat Lynch.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Erin Durkin Pro-impeachment Dems fear Al Green's renegade push https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/al-green-impeachment-house-democrats-1416845 Top Stories urn:uuid:c139c170-f7f8-ab4f-dbe4-3d3e55400f39 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:58:06 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/e8/d0/da3b52ff4940b37b6f04f27595ec/190716-al-green-ap-773.jpg"/><br> <p>House Democrats methodically working to build support for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump fear that a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/al-green-impeachment-vote-trump-1415959" target="_blank">rogue move</a> by a Texas Democrat could scramble their best efforts.</p> <p> It’s unclear whether Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) will seek Trump’s immediate impeachment or simply the launch of an inquiry. But he has promised to force a floor vote on the matter before the House departs for its August recess — either before or after special counsel Robert Mueller’s hotly-anticipated testimony on July 24.</p> <p> Many of the Democrats backing impeachment proceedings have viewed Mueller’s appearance on Capitol Hill as a potential inflection point that could jumpstart their efforts. Green’s decision could undermine their plans, forcing lawmakers to take a position they may not have been prepared to take.</p> <p> “It won’t be [productive], but it’s his right to do it,” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), who supports an impeachment inquiry and said he would ultimately vote for Green’s measure if it hit the floor. “I don’t expect this to actually be the mechanism that starts an impeachment inquiry.”</p> <p> More than 80 House Democrats support launching a formal impeachment inquiry, and lawmakers expect that number to grow after Mueller testifies before the Judiciary and Intelligence committees.</p> <p> But Speaker Nancy Pelosi still opposes an impeachment inquiry, arguing that it’s too politically divisive and would never lead to conviction and removal in a Republican-controlled Senate.</p> <br><p> Green’s vote might also undercut momentum for the impeachment effort after it almost certainly fails on the floor, with a majority of Democrats likely to join all Republicans in opposition.</p> <p> Like other pro-impeachment Democrats, Huffman has grown exasperated with the glacial pace of the House’s various investigations, subpoena fights and court battles, as the Trump administration continues to resist those probes and stonewall requests for documents and testimony.</p> <p> “I share the frustration that [Green] and other members have,” Huffman added. “Things are moving far too slowly. There’s not enough tangible accountability for this president at this point. So I can’t fault anyone for being extremely frustrated right now.”</p> <p> Green indicated on Tuesday that he is dead-set on forcing a vote on impeachment before lawmakers leave Washington for the month-long August recess, saying in an interview that efforts to dissuade him would be “fruitless.”</p> <p> “When you’re doing the right thing, you understand there may be those who are critical,” Green said. “But Dr. King reminds us that there are times that you have to do that which is neither safe nor politic nor popular. You do them because they are right.”</p> <p> Green has previously forced two impeachment votes, but not since Democrats seized the House majority last year.</p> <p> The language of Green’s impeachment resolutions have focused on Trump’s racially charged rhetoric, rather than the obstruction of justice allegations against the president as outlined in Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.</p> <p> Green said he was renewing his push because of Trump’s racist tweets over the weekend, in which he told four progressive Democratic women of color to “go back” to their countries of origin. The House is voting later Tuesday on a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/house-democrats-trump-resolution-1416782" target="_blank">resolution</a> to formally condemn Trump’s comments, which have drawn rebukes from few Republicans.</p> <p> “A racist, bigoted president should not occupy the White House in the United States of America,” Green said.</p> <p> Other Democrats who support impeachment proceedings expressed concern on Tuesday that Green’s effort would circumvent the Judiciary Committee, which has the power to launch a formal inquiry.</p> <p> “It is my hope that if there’s going to be an opening of impeachment that it’s initiated by the committee of jurisdiction,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who sits on the Judiciary panel.</p> <p> It’s unclear whether Pelosi will try to thwart Green’s effort. The Texas Democrat plans to use a procedural mechanism that allows him to subvert leadership, which usually controls what measures come to the floor.</p> <p> But Democratic leaders are treading carefully and appear resigned to Green’s intent to push ahead on his own terms.</p> <p> “I’m not going to try to discourage him,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said. “He has to do what he thinks is right.”</p><p><i>Sarah Ferris contributed to this report.</i><br /></p> <br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Andrew Desiderio Opinions: Why does Jair Bolsonaro want to appoint his son ambassador? Because of Trump. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/why-does-jair-bolsonaro-want-appoint-his-son-ambassador-because-trump/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0a6a4af0-1620-b22c-23d6-be6715710934 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:48:53 -0400 The appointment lowers Brazil to the condition of a legitimate banana republic.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/IZISJRVEVQI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/IZISJRVEVQI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/IZISJRVEVQI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Alexandre Andrada and Rosana Pinheiro-Machado Global Opinions: Why does Jair Bolsonaro want to appoint his son ambassador? Because of Trump. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/why-does-jair-bolsonaro-want-to-appoint-his-son-ambassador-because-of-trump/2019/07/16/a3287a28-a967-4177-b2f0-49bf8d5420ae_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:eb7840c8-187a-1983-aa14-c0ece0665a9d Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:48:52 -0400 The appointment lowers Brazil to the condition of a legitimate banana republic.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/07/16/Editorial-Opinion/Images/IZISJRVEVQI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/07/16/Editorial-Opinion/Images/IZISJRVEVQI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/07/16/Editorial-Opinion/Images/IZISJRVEVQI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6451777" width="16" height="16"> Global Opinions By Alexandre Andrada and Rosana Pinheiro-Machado Opinions: Trump ‘doubles down’ on racism https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/trump-doubles-down-racism/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6e1b4ba6-9718-b15b-e82a-5e2f4b0e1bae Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:48:44 -0400 How low can he go?<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/MFJVZ245GFCEVBLZ7UEL2VGX4E.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/MFJVZ245GFCEVBLZ7UEL2VGX4E.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/MFJVZ245GFCEVBLZ7UEL2VGX4E.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Tom Toles House Minority Leader McCarthy doesn't think Trump's tweets were racist https://www.politico.com/video/2019/07/16/house-minority-leader-mccarthy-doesnt-think-trumps-tweets-were-racist-068502 Top Stories urn:uuid:9ed1e5cc-ad7a-6b0d-90a0-b743be91b73b Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:45:33 -0400 Hoyer: House could vote next week on a budget deal https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/hoyer-house-vote-budget-deal-1416836 Top Stories urn:uuid:cfc8fc87-15f8-c67e-5ac6-804c12d7ba2b Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:34:06 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/d9/77/d9d33bfb47c2953b072d0c86ae1c/19213-steny-hoyer-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said today that the lower chamber could vote on a sweeping two-year budget agreement as soon as next week if congressional leaders and the White House can clinch a deal in the coming days.</p><p>“I'm hopeful that that can happen,“ the Maryland Democrat told reporters during his weekly pen-and-pad briefing.</p><p>Hoyer said he has had positive conversations with both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who have led the negotiations and are expected to continue talking today.</p><p>The House is running out of time, with lawmakers set to leave for August recess on July 26. Mnuchin has said the federal government could breach its borrowing authority in early September — before Congress returns from summer break.</p><p>But Pelosi on Monday night <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/pelosi-rejects-short-term-debt-ceiling-hike-as-budget-talks-extend-1416491" target="_blank">rejected the notion of a short-term debt limit hike</a>, with both Democrats and many Republicans preferring to hold out for a broader bargain that would lift discretionary spending caps and the debt limit for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.</p><p>Hoyer reiterated that Democrats are opposed to a short-term deal to lift the debt ceiling without a broader agreement to avert billions in spending cuts.</p><p>“There’s some talk about short-term, we’re opposed to short-term, we don’t want to go through this again,” Hoyer said. “We think it needs to be at least a two-year extension and a two-year caps deal, so we’re not continually going down this crisis road.”</p><p>The House Speaker has demanded dollar-for-dollar increases in military and non-military spending, in addition to $22 billion over the next two fiscal years for veterans health care.</p><p>That request for billions in funding for veterans health care, in addition to offsets for spending increases, remain hurdles to a deal, Mnuchin and Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said on Monday.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> sferris@politico.com (Sarah Ferris) Feds won't urge jail time for Roger Stone over gag order dust up https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/roger-stone-gag-order-1416834 Top Stories urn:uuid:acaa2413-8c0f-4e46-fe76-c9a7e78d9d20 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:31:15 -0400 Instead, government attorneys told a judge to consider banning the longtime Donald Trump associate from using social media while he awaits trial later this fall. <img src="https://static.politico.com/45/be/903a878b4c11b9ffde5e1c666f0c/190716-roger-stone-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Federal prosecutors stopped short Tuesday of calling for Roger Stone to be jailed for potentially violating a court-imposed gag order. </p><p>Instead, government attorneys urged a judge to consider banning the longtime Donald Trump associate from using social media while he awaits trial later this fall.</p><p>The suggestion from assistant U.S. attorney Jonathan Kravis to take away Stone’s Instagram and other social media accounts came as U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson held a hearing where she weighed what to do about the government’s allegations that Stone repeatedly broke her prohibition that he shouldn’t be commenting about the case at all.</p><p>Stone is set to go on trial in November for lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering on charges originally brought by special counsel Robert Mueller — and Jackson earlier this year had already banned the GOP operative from making public statements that could infringe on a fair trial. </p><p>During a contentious Tuesday morning hearing, Jackson presented Stone’s attorneys with about a dozen social media posts their client made dating back to February that government prosecutor Jonathan Kravis in court argued “clearly violate” the gag order. </p><p>“Was there anything unclear about my order?&quot; Jackson asked the Stone lawyers after running through a brief history of the issue, which included Stone making a courtroom apology in February after he posted a photo of what looked like gun-sight crosshairs above a picture of the judge.</p><br><p>Jackson handed copies of each Stone post over to his lawyer, Bruce Rogow, who then conferred with Stone before offering explanations for why they argue he’s not in violation of the court order. Notably, Rogow didn’t dispute Stone had posted any of the messages. But his answers parsed whether they had crossed any lines.</p><p>On a message Stone sent to Buzzfeed offering a comment about the validity of testimony that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen had just delivered to Congress, Rogow argued the remarks had nothing to do with Stone’s own case in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Rogow said that another Stone post — with the words “Who framed Roger Stone?” — was “simply a comment on his situation that he's in court, that he's subject to some action in court.”</p><p>Jackson also read aloud a Stone Instagram post from May, in which he took issue with a POLITICO story about her decision to see unredacted portions of the Mueller report. The post called out the article as incorrect &quot;because they are biased elitist snot-nosed fake news shitheads who’s specialty is distortion by omitting key facts to create a false narrative.&quot;</p><p>&quot;It's a comment about POLITICO. It's a comment about what they did and how they reacted to the public filing about the case,” Rogow explained.</p><p>Asked for recommendations on how she should handle the gag order issue, Stone’s lawyers said they would urge Jackson to consider repealing her prohibition. &quot;I think you should let this hearing speak for itself,” Rogow added, while also promising to work with Stone on all of his subsequent social media post to make sure they don’t violate any limits.</p><p>Kravis countered that while the government didn’t want Stone to be held in civil or criminal contempt — a ruling that could lead to fines or jail time — they would back an order banning Stone from using social media, along with further clarifications about what Stone can and can't say.</p><p>“The events of Feb. 21 to today show no matter how clear a line the court draws the defendant will cross it,” Kravis said.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> dsamuelsohn@politico.com (Darren Samuelsohn) Opinions: Trump’s racist tweets come straight from the authoritarian playbook https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/trumps-racist-tweets-come-straight-authoritarian-playbook/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:96cfed58-cbcc-c959-b968-91dc14cc34ca Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:24:23 -0400 Other strongmen are using the same tactics to demonize their enemies.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/57PSIPQQERGABDM6UVEHCLTJUQ&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/57PSIPQQERGABDM6UVEHCLTJUQ&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/57PSIPQQERGABDM6UVEHCLTJUQ&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Frida Ghitis Global Opinions: Trump’s racist tweets come straight from the authoritarian playbook https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trumps-racist-tweets-come-straight-from-the-authoritarian-playbook/2019/07/16/576d061e-b755-4265-a23d-cef21eae935c_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:13f041e9-4273-0602-1c89-431bc75c126e Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:24:23 -0400 Other strongmen are using the same tactics to demonize their enemies.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6451777" width="16" height="16"> Global Opinions By Frida Ghitis Project Syndicate: The Great Crypto Heist https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/cryptocurrency-exchanges-are-financial-scams-by-nouriel-roubini-2019-07 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:64af44bc-3f98-f3db-c89b-d91e08c7484e Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:18:59 -0400 <p>Cryptocurrencies have given rise to an entire new criminal industry, comprising unregulated offshore exchanges, paid propagandists, and an army of scammers looking to fleece retail investors. Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence of rampant fraud and abuse, financial regulators and law-enforcement agencies remain asleep at the wheel.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/331186c7abba745b1c518efa80b18a31.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Nouriel Roubini Opinion | The Guardian: The killer cop who took Eric Garner's life walks free. How do we secure justice? | Derecka Purnell https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/killer-cop-eric-garner-life-justice 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f69d5a04-27bd-b106-2535-4fa11416864f Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:14:54 -0400 <p>Here lies a painful truth: we can’t rely on the criminal justice system for black liberation. But we don’t need to, either</p><p>On Tuesday, the Department of Justice declined to bring federal charges against New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who choked the life out of Eric Garner. Tomorrow marks the five year anniversary. This refusal of an indictment is unfortunately unsurprising. Killer cops are rarely sent to jail. </p><p>In his study on police crimes, criminologist Philip Stinson found that despite killing about 1,100 people annually, prosecutors charge on average seven cops a year with murder or manslaughter. A total of 90 officers (out of approximately 13,000 officers who killed someone) have been charged since 2005. This figure is astounding since prosecutors secure grand jury indictments at remarkable rates, 99% for federal grand juries, and most cases end in defendant pleas (97%).</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/killer-cop-eric-garner-life-justice">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian eric garner black lives matter movement race Derecka Purnell Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Austria: Ukrainian businessman's US extradition on hold wapo.st/2kaSKFw?tid=ss… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151161852828749824 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c6246ae7-42af-07a8-ba29-57e316b3b58c Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:09:07 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Austria: Ukrainian businessman's US extradition on hold <a href="https://wapo.st/2kaSKFw?tid=ss_tw&amp;utm_term=.49ce00693353">wapo.st/2kaSKFw?tid=ss&#8230;</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 4:09pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov rss: Immigrant ICE Attacker Left Manifesto, Warned Antifa to Arm for War http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/32864-immigrant-ice-attacker-left-manifesto-warned-antifa-to-arm-for-war 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:683305a7-86d8-2429-48b7-496318238582 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:04:54 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32864:immigrant-ice-attacker-left-manifesto-warned-antifa-to-arm-for-war&amp;Itemid=631"><img align="right" alt="immigrant-ice-attacker-left-manifesto-warned-antifa-to-arm-for-war" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/d550670a077f0df4a284e63fa3d91afd_S.jpg" /></a><p>The Antifa-connected terrorist who was shot to death as he attacked ICE detention center was a Dutch immigrant who left a manifesto that encouraged his comrades to procure weapons for a bloody revolution.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss R. Cort Kirkwood Opinion: Where HS2 is hope coming down the tracks https://www.ft.com/content/01c5a298-a7a2-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4f91870f-943b-2b00-2df6-14511642e8cb Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:04:35 -0400 The high-speed rail line is helping to reinvigorate the once industrial heart of England<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion South Carolina's Mark Sanford weighing challenge to Trump https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/south-carolinas-mark-sanford-2020-presidential-run-1416785 Top Stories urn:uuid:625c0353-e539-43df-17ca-037620510fdb Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:56:02 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/0b/ca/e8bf4936472fafbb7311b318cad7/190716-sanford-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Former South Carolina congressman and Donald Trump adversary Mark Sanford announced Tuesday that he is considering a run for president, <a href="https://www.postandcourier.com/politics/mark-sanford-sc-republican-former-us-rep-considers-presidential-run/article_cedccc78-a7cc-11e9-aa4e-df38b5ba34a9.html" target="_blank">telling</a> The Post and Courier that he would spend the next month deciding whether to formally launch a campaign.</p><p>Sanford was pushed out of office by a primary challenger in 2018 after Trump urged voters not to support him, calling him “nothing but trouble” and resurfacing an extramarital affair he had more than a decade before. </p><p>Still, the South Carolinian maintained that he is taking his run seriously, telling the Post and Courier that he felt “convicted” to do so because of his alarm over the nation's finances.</p><p>&quot;I'm a Republican. I think the Republican Party has lost its way on debt, spending and financial matters,&quot; Sanford said.</p><p>Only one Republican — former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld — has so far announced a presidential challenge to Trump. </p><p>&quot;Sometimes in life you've got to say what you've got to say, whether there's an audience or not for that message,&quot; he told the Post and Courier. </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mking@politico.com (Maya King) Opinion: Resilient nickel rallies through macro noise https://www.ft.com/content/b0b3b4f2-a7c5-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:64a8061c-f991-51f9-0856-7d2a4113d9d0 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:48:30 -0400 Looming Indonesia ban and strong Chinese demand help metal hit 11-month high<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: CRH/Blackstone: set in concrete https://www.ft.com/content/d5e4a564-a7cb-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a1e6c5f9-537e-27ac-78d9-d859a16e6933 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:46:22 -0400 Chief executive needs to shield the building materials group from a downturn<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion FOX News: Penny Nance: Down syndrome children live full, beautiful lives -- They don't deserve to be aborted http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/zUBNDQ-CjWk/penny-nance-down-syndrome-hospital-lawsuit-abortion 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:481c8394-c701-d43d-6adb-e9a8ddf01254 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:36:38 -0400 In a story out of the United Kingdom last week, we learned that the mother of a 4-year-old little boy with Down syndrome is suing her doctors telling the world she would certainly have aborted her child had her doctors informed her he had Down syndrome.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/zUBNDQ-CjWk" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/11/pregnancy_dr_istock.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/pregnancy_dr_istock.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News dbe6eb92-045d-5e90-9e0e-0ea46918f951 fox-news opinion fox-news health fox-news faith-values values fox-news faith-values faith fox-news Penny Young Nance Scaramucci: Trump 'turning into' a racist https://www.politico.com/www.politico.eu/article/trump-turning-into-a-racist-scaramucci/ Top Stories urn:uuid:e0e42cb4-93ff-a9dc-d753-d2da2d55b356 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:36:27 -0400 rss: Trump Fuels a Tribal War in Nancy’s House http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/32862-trump-fuels-a-tribal-war-in-nancy-s-house 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f19f88f0-d8dc-ce52-6121-be9f74297a9a Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:30:26 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32862:trump-fuels-a-tribal-war-in-nancy-s-house&amp;Itemid=625"><img align="right" alt="trump-fuels-a-tribal-war-in-nancy-s-house" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/02e1b10c5c0d845672534562b468be91_S.jpg" /></a><p>Trump is driving a wedge right through the Democratic Party, between its moderate and militant wings.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Patrick J. Buchanan Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Free RSS to HTML Feed Widget from RSS Dog rssdog.com/index.php?url=… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151150845070893056 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bb14d80d-10b5-1adf-bea9-702ba62f9f47 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:25:23 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Free RSS to HTML Feed Widget from RSS Dog <a href="https://www.rssdog.com/index.php?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsblur.com%2Freader%2Ffolder_rss%2F86178%2F5d8daaf24dd7%2Funread%2Fshared-links&amp;mode=javascript&amp;showonly&amp;maxitems=50&amp;showdescs=0&amp;desctrim=0&amp;descmax=0&amp;tabwidth=100%25&amp;showdate=1&amp;xmlbtn=1&amp;utf8=1&amp;linktarget=_blank&amp;textsize=inherit&amp;bordercol=%23d4d0c8&amp;headbgcol=%23999999&amp;headtxtcol=%23ffffff&amp;titlebgcol=%23f1eded&amp;titletxtcol=%23000000&amp;itembgcol=%23ffffff&amp;itemtxtcol=%23000000#.XS3sU24xQDA.facebook">rssdog.com/index.php?url=&#8230;</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 3:25pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Free RSS to HTML Feed Widget from RSS Dog rssdog.com/index.php?url=… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151150725407346688 1. 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Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e3937c19-6a2f-48c7-a333-08a23a52ae68 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:21:50 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>11:16 AM 7/16/2019: Videos: White Supremacist groups praise Trump's attack <a href="https://trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/1116-am-7-16-2019-videos-white-supremacist-groups-praise-trumps-attack/">trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/111&#8230;</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 3:21pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinions: Labour dissidents decry the party’s anti-Semitism. Corbynites attack the messenger. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/labour-dissidents-decry-partys-anti-semitism-corbynites-attack-messenger/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3a7cc9bc-d108-e722-153b-22fd9ef2582f Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:21:31 -0400 The Labour Party has gone to great lengths to issue statements discrediting those who appeared in the documentary "Is Labour Anti-Semitic?”<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/K2477IU5NII6TA7DIX663DUNFY.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/K2477IU5NII6TA7DIX663DUNFY.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/K2477IU5NII6TA7DIX663DUNFY.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Howard Jacobson Opinion: AG Barr/soft drinks: cordial greeting https://www.ft.com/content/c2a454d6-a7d5-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e46a090a-b2e0-c83c-7d87-ff77584b9940 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:21:26 -0400 Irn-Bru cannot be relied on to inject fizz back into the share price<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinions: Another Chinese dissident has died in custody. Where is the outrage? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/another-chinese-dissident-has-died-custody-where-is-outrage/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:23afe183-b941-f997-ed27-e17316f67737 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:17:42 -0400 Ji Sizun’s harrowing story is a tragic echo of what happened to Liu Xiaobo — with one key difference.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/ZA7FY4TKKQI6PFVLL44BICZYZQ.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/ZA7FY4TKKQI6PFVLL44BICZYZQ.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/ZA7FY4TKKQI6PFVLL44BICZYZQ.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Hana Meihan Davis Global Opinions: Another Chinese dissident has died in custody. Where is the outrage? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/another-chinese-dissident-has-died-in-custody-where-is-the-outrage/2019/07/16/66d86870-07ae-4ae4-a84c-191f3b945dec_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4382c587-66fb-76eb-d6c6-1c55377f4eed Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:17:41 -0400 Ji Sizun’s harrowing story is a tragic echo of what happened to Liu Xiaobo — with one key difference.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/07/16/Editorial-Opinion/Images/ZA7FY4TKKQI6PFVLL44BICZYZQ.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/07/16/Editorial-Opinion/Images/ZA7FY4TKKQI6PFVLL44BICZYZQ.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/07/16/Editorial-Opinion/Images/ZA7FY4TKKQI6PFVLL44BICZYZQ.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6451777" width="16" height="16"> Global Opinions By Hana Meihan Davis NYT > Opinion: The Sad Lesson From California https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/opinion/labor-laws-california-new-york-lesson.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3222260d-ad72-ac71-8cb4-18b75f21cd18 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:00:04 -0400 New York State, take note: Even the most pro-worker law in the country is ineffective if no one uses it.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/16/opinion/16pawelWeb/16pawelWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion agriculture and farming labor and jobs organized labor migrant labor (agriculture) coalition of immokalee workers national labor relations board united farm workers of america brown edmund g jr chavez cesar cuomo Miriam Pawel Opinion: Rio Tinto/Oyu Tolgoi: Mongolian mishaps https://www.ft.com/content/c019d566-a7c5-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:920de43a-9ce8-b318-518c-d21523b1866c Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:00:03 -0400 Cost overrun barely registers but minority investors are chorusing in pain<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinions: CNN, don’t make the same mistake NBC did in setting your Democratic debate lineups https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/cnn-dont-make-same-mistake-nbc-did-setting-your-democratic-debate-lineups/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d7d32bab-3547-4ef0-4bd9-da17dd6c7abb Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:59:47 -0400 The DNC and the news networks have been using random methods to divide the candidates between debate nights. It's one of those good-sounding ideas that's actually bad for democracy.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/2UBQVEWXVRFCDJDNPHT4DPSMFM&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/2UBQVEWXVRFCDJDNPHT4DPSMFM&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/2UBQVEWXVRFCDJDNPHT4DPSMFM&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By David Byler FOX News: Kevin Malone: Sex trafficking is more common than you think -- Here's what you should know http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/0UfsjWWi2jc/kevin-malone-jeffrey-epstein-sex-trafficking-child-rape-child-pornography 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2ac77300-83b9-673e-50a6-60b806538e31 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:51:37 -0400 There’s no specific trafficker profile. It could be your child’s teacher, your boss, a local pastor or a nurse.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/0UfsjWWi2jc" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/06/03/694940094001_6044099491001_6044084189001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6044099491001_6044084189001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News d0e6b916-27a2-5527-8ca7-64af5d11dee5 fox-news opinion fox-news us crime sex-crimes fox-news us crime fnc fnc Kevin Malone Bernie Sanders says he would ‘absolutely’ try to break up Facebook, Google, Amazon https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/bernie-sanders-facebook-google-amazon-1416786 Top Stories urn:uuid:2e7028ed-6e80-a989-2732-cff0f5b7bb9f Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:41:19 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/5f/98/b668690143cf86ac633fcc1655e8/190716-bernie-sanders-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today said that if elected president he would “absolutely” look to break up online giants Facebook, Google and Amazon, offering his strongest pledge to date to pursue antitrust enforcement against the tech industry. </p><p>Asked at a Washington Post event if his administration would try to split apart those three tech titans, Sanders said, “Absolutely.” He singled out Facebook in particular as having “incredible power over the economy, over the political life of this country in a very dangerous sense.”</p><p>His comments followed an assertion that Amazon is “moving very rapidly to be a monopoly.&quot;</p><p>&quot;And it’s not just Amazon,&quot; Sanders continued. &quot;I think we need vigorous antitrust legislation in this country because you are seeing—you name the area, whether it's pharmaceuticals, whether it is Wall Street, whether it is high tech—fewer and fewer gigantic corporation owning those sectors.” He would appoint an attorney general &quot;who would break up these huge corporations,” he added.</p><p>Sanders previously told POLITICO that he <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/15/sanders-backs-calls-to-break-up-facebook-1327881" target="_blank">supports calls to break up Facebook</a> and separately that <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/18/bernie-sanders-break-up-google-amazon-apple-1369255" target="_blank">“we should definitely look at” splintering</a>Amazon, Apple and Google. </p><p>Sanders also touched on <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/12/facebook-ftc-fine-5-billion-718953" target="_blank">news</a> that the FTC has voted to approve a $5 billion fine for Facebook over its data privacy practices. Asked if the reported settlement was strong enough, Sanders replied, “No, obviously it was not.” Full details of the settlement have not yet been made public.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> clima@politico.com (Cristiano Lima) FOX News: Wall Street Journal: Trump's tweets give Democrats a break from attacking each other http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/gH3rACkZJ4w/wall-street-journal-trumps-tweets-give-democrats-a-break-from-attacking-each-other 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5190d608-4c4f-aaf2-9eb0-cf6f6bccb623 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:32:19 -0400 We’re optimists about American democracy in the long run, but nowadays the long run looks longer all the time. The bonfire of inanities in the last two days between Donald Trump and Democrats over who’s the bigger racist, or real anti-Semite, or greater disgrace to the nation is a new low even by recent standards.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/gH3rACkZJ4w" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/07/16/694940094001_6059567438001_6059565532001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6059567438001_6059565532001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 92983a22-e107-5e96-a0e7-3739a6615923 fox-news opinion fox-news politics executive white-house fox-news politics house-of-representatives democrats fnc The Editorial Board Opinions: Trump feeds his voters another scam, wrapped in racist packaging https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/trump-feeds-his-voters-another-scam-wrapped-racist-packaging/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0a4ac7cb-c7e2-af8e-b4b3-3bfd9b01581f Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:29:06 -0400 No, Trump's racist attacks on nonwhite lawmakers aren't brilliant politics.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Greg Sargent rss: Facebook Slaps JBS With “Hate Speech” Violation Over Immigration Post http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/32860-facebook-slaps-jbs-with-hate-speech-violation-over-immigration-post 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7a3f8bfb-7a1d-5f37-9fb0-343c9b26bdcb Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:22:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32860:facebook-slaps-jbs-with-hate-speech-violation-over-immigration-post&amp;Itemid=627"><img align="right" alt="facebook-slaps-jbs-with-hate-speech-violation-over-immigration-post" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/bfb358425def969ff8eb825fe440b79c_S.jpg" /></a><p>Citing alleged violation of its hate-speech standards, Facebook removed a recent JBS post and suspended monetization of the organization’s videos.&nbsp;</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Luis Miguel Opinion: City skyscrapers: tall Tulip syndrome https://www.ft.com/content/68693f16-a7c8-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ae78430a-a621-97e9-6569-ac130a2dad3f Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:14:36 -0400 London mayor Sadiq Khan’s move to block the plan for the 305m-high tower makes sense<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: Drags on China’s growth are homegrown https://www.ft.com/content/bce32bd2-a6e8-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:06fcb473-c681-9163-a594-db4fd0dce2b9 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:09:20 -0400 Post-crisis stimulus has sent debt rising to levels that limit Beijing’s options<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Trump pledges probe into Google 'treason' claim https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/trump-google-treason-china-1416784 Top Stories urn:uuid:9dde09e7-63a8-62bb-7f02-996b9e591688 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:07:11 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/bb/92/a8ca79614e63a01c16a4f447633f/190716-donald-trump-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump today said his administration will look into tech investor Peter Thiel's accusation that Google may be committing treason through its work in China.</p><p>Thiel, a prominent Trump supporter and Facebook board member, on Sunday accused Google of &quot;engag[ing] in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military,&quot;<a href="https://www.axios.com/peter-thiel-says-fbi-cia-should-probe-google-9846a042-e689-49bc-bdc7-595988ce5d8c.html" target="_blank">according to Axios</a>. Thiel later criticized the company's approach to China as &quot;very peculiar&quot; during a Monday night interview on Fox News.</p><p>Trump, in a <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1151095675213553664" target="_blank">tweet</a> citing this morning's episode of &quot;Fox and Friends,&quot; recapped Thiel's critiques, adding, &quot;A great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone! The Trump Administration will take a look!&quot;</p><p>That pledge came despite the president already coming away satisfied from a March meeting with Google CEO Sundar Pichai on the company's endeavors in China. After the sitdown, Trump tweeted that Pichai &quot;stated strongly that he is totally committed to the U.S. Military, not the Chinese Military.&quot;</p><p>Google today said it does &quot;not work with the Chinese military.&quot;</p><p>Thiel offered no explanation for his charges of treason, but his comments echoed criticism aired earlier this year by some defense officials and lawmakers. They hammered Google for pulling back on U.S. defense contracting over the last year while still pursuing business and research interests in China.</p><p>Simply operating in China is tantamount to supporting the country's military, given the Chinese government's extensive surveillance capabilities and tight control over businesses in the country, the officials argued.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> clima@politico.com (Cristiano Lima) Opinion | The Guardian: Bullies told me to 'go home'. Now, Trump is making me relive those moments | Marie Myung-OK https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/bullies-go-home-trump 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b83a455e-0ff3-5fb2-f187-30dd46fb06e8 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:05:22 -0400 <p>When bigoted children attacked me because of my race, others stood up and defended me. It made all the difference</p><p>Being an American-born US citizen and hearing “go back to your country” repeatedly as a child and an adult so shook up my sense of self I had to write a whole novel about it, pushed by that kind of naive artist’s insistence, <em>I need you to know how this feels</em>.</p><p>I grew up in northern Minnesota, where our family was the only family of color in a small mining town. It was a town rich with immigration –&nbsp;its “ethnic days” boasted more than 100 nationalities (but always somehow forgot us) –&nbsp;all European. I still subscribe to our hometown paper and see that now, as then, a Finnish club continues to meet at the public library every week, the Sons of Norway (yes, still “sons”) club is so active it has won national awards from its main organization.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/bullies-go-home-trump">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian Marie Myung-Ok House Democrats push Republicans to join their rebuke of Trump's remarks as racist https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/house-democrats-trump-resolution-1416782 Top Stories urn:uuid:467dad9f-4cf8-100d-89a6-c3f5f71ab6c6 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:04:52 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/55/61/b38317424993a09a0289de1055d1/190716-omar-tlaib-aoc-pressley-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>House Democrats are moving swiftly to deliver an extraordinary rebuke of President Donald Trump for his barrage of personal attacks against four members of their caucus. </p><p>The House will vote Tuesday night on a resolution to sharply denounce Trump’s remarks as “racist,” lining up in support of the progressive squad and aiming to win support from at least some Republicans who have used similar language to condemn the tweets. </p><p>Meanwhile, Trump again lashed out at the progressive freshmen on Tuesday, continuing his tirade from the weekend, as he accused the four women of using &quot;vile, hateful, and disgusting&quot; language that their party has ignored.</p><p>&quot;Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!&quot; Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1151089268535767042" target="_blank">tweeted</a>.</p><p>The controversy first emerged on Sunday, when Trump tweeted that the four freshmen — all women of color and all U.S. citizens — should &quot;go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.&quot;</p><p>Democratic leaders say the resolution, which was <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/pelosi-announces-resolution-condemning-trump-for-racist-tweets-1415889" target="_blank">released</a> Monday night, was intentionally limited in its scope — specifically condemning Trump’s tweets but going no further — with the intent of securing bipartisan support on the floor. But even Republicans who detest the president's rhetoric have suggested they're unlikely to support Democratic language calling him a racist. </p><p>“The resolution is a straight forward defense of foreign-born members of Congress,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who authored the measure. </p><br><p>“A number of Republicans have spoken out against the president's bitter and outrageous remarks, and a number of them have denounced the racism that those remarks embodied,” he said. “I don’t think they should have any problem voting for the resolution.” </p><p>But that more narrow approach has drawn criticism from some Democrats, including those freshmen targeted by Trump, who said the current resolution didn't go far enough. </p><p>Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said she's signed onto a censure resolution introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.).</p><p>&quot;I hope that is brought up for a vote,&quot; she told reporters Tuesday morning. </p><p>Cohen and a handful of other Democrats pushed for censure resolution — a stronger and more symbolic reprimand — during a closed-door meeting Monday night. But Democratic leaders resisted, worried it wouldn't garner the same level of support as a resolution condemning Trump's comments. </p><p>Omar and other members of the squad on Monday said Democratic leaders should go even further, moving to impeach Donald Trump immediately. </p><p>“It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery out of our constitution,” Omar said Monday<b> </b>during a news conference with her fellow progressives.<b> “</b>It is time for us to impeach this president.</p><p>Democratic leaders have also signaled they could rebuke Trump in other ways beyond Tuesday night's resolution.</p><p>&quot;I think there's going to be a number of responses,&quot; said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.). </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> hcaygle@politico.com (Heather Caygle) Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: The Trump Investigations Blog by Michael Novakhov - Review Of News And Opinions: 9:57 AM 7/16/2019 - Were Melania and Jeffrey Epste... trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/0 https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151130513144332289 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:00cd5e97-f7fb-90eb-2cc5-2740b58c04e7 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:04:35 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>The Trump Investigations Blog by Michael Novakhov - Review Of News And Opinions: 9:57 AM 7/16/2019 - Were Melania and Jeffrey Epste... <a href="https://trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/07/957-am-7162019-were-melania-and-jeffrey.html?spref=tw">trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/07/957-am…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 2:04pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov rss: Treason the New Norm? Media Side With Anti-American Pols and Call Trump “Racist” http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/32861-treason-the-new-norm-media-side-with-anti-american-pols-and-call-trump-racist 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f8f104e8-5c40-3a6f-6d3c-7d685b700324 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:02:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32861:treason-the-new-norm-media-side-with-anti-american-pols-and-call-trump-racist&amp;Itemid=627"><img align="right" alt="treason-the-new-norm-media-side-with-anti-american-pols-and-call-trump-racist" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/805bb0ca006b72d20d67273a9d39bff7_S.jpg" /></a><p>Go back where you came from, said President Trump, alluding to anti-American congresswomen. “He’s a ‘racist!’” howled the media and left-wing echo chamber. But is Main Street saying, “Right on, Mr. President!”?</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Selwyn Duke FOX News: Rich Lowry: Beto O'Rourke, Illhan Omar -- The blame America first movement is alive and well and picking up steam http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/lbbHaCQIxEw/rich-lowry-beto-orourke-illhan-omar-white-supremacy 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:50960bde-eb76-9f4e-97d0-9c0eb6aabe2f Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:01:48 -0400 Beto O’Rourke has a message for refugees who had come to America: Your new country is a hellhole.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/lbbHaCQIxEw" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/07/16/694940094001_6059567462001_6059570015001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6059567462001_6059570015001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News d4a90244-9108-5d7f-a535-0c3b96494f1d fox-news opinion fox-news us education fnc fnc opinion article new york post rich lowry Rich Lowry NY officer won’t face charges in chokehold death of Eric Garner https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/ny-officer-eric-garner-death-1416783 Top Stories urn:uuid:08db1038-3488-f6a3-550e-69bacf3d7727 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:57:02 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/b9/20/83db18a44cd2b4b1220b5c2cbc13/190716-daniel-pantaleo-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors won’t bring civil rights charges against a New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.</p><p>That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.</p><p>Officers were attempting to arrest Garner on charges he sold loose, untaxed cigarettes outside a Staten Island convenience store. Garner refused to be handcuffed, and officers took him down.</p><p>Garner’s dying words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for police reform activists.</p><p>A state grand jury refused to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo on criminal charges.</p><p>Chokeholds are banned under police policy. Pantaleo maintained he used a legal takedown maneuver called the “seatbelt.”</p><p>The medical examiner found a chokehold contributed to Garner’s death.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> (Associated Press) Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: 9:48 AM 7/16/2019 - 9:48 AM 7/16/2019 - If Melania Knauss and Jeffrey Epstein were lovers, it changes the perceptions and studies of the emotional and transactional dynamics https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151127629677903872 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:26b4a328-0967-22d8-37ea-fd44cba5247e Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:53:08 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>9:48 AM 7/16/2019 - 9:48 AM 7/16/2019 - If Melania Knauss and Jeffrey Epstein were lovers, it changes the perceptions and studies of the emotional and transactional dynamics within this group. <a href="https://fbinewsreview.blogspot.com/2019/07/948-am-7162019-948-am-7162019-if.html?spref=fb">fbinewsreview.blogspot.com/2019/07/948-am…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 1:53pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: The FBI News Review: 9:48 AM 7/16/2019 - 9:48 AM 7/16/2019 - If Melania... fbinewsreview.blogspot.com/2019/07/948-am… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151127583586545664 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d5b8387a-fc58-cd0f-c53e-02611ab5f1a8 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:52:57 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>The FBI News Review: 9:48 AM 7/16/2019 - 9:48 AM 7/16/2019 - If Melania... <a href="https://fbinewsreview.blogspot.com/2019/07/948-am-7162019-948-am-7162019-if.html?spref=tw">fbinewsreview.blogspot.com/2019/07/948-am…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 1:52pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Project Syndicate: The Fork Is Mightier than the Wall https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/migration-hunger-food-insecurity-agriculture-by-danielle-nierenberg-2019-07 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5d93a5a2-29fc-968c-73a6-d89939028c51 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:46:02 -0400 <p>A challenge as complex as migration cannot be addressed simply through stricter immigration laws, let alone a border wall like the one US President Donald Trump seeks to build on his country’s southern frontier with Mexico. Instead, policymakers must tackle migration’s underlying causes – beginning with a broken global food system.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/02f58a0071201e59d4ea4d9e88d5c19a.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Danielle Nierenberg Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Epstein saga - Google Search google.com/search?q=Epste… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151124106793881605 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9f774058-40c8-5273-1409-02a20d8bef53 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:39:08 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Epstein saga - Google Search <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=Epstein+saga&amp;rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS733US733&amp;oq=Epstein+saga&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60l3.9718j0j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8">google.com/search?q=Epste…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 1:39pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinions: If Trump went back to where he came from https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/if-trump-went-back-where-he-came/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f6eeaa9e-9759-e49c-5598-ad9fd5790f18 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:36:27 -0400 Take your own advice, Mr. President.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/KKRWDIJG2FBCLGLNZRPAMFMDFQ.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/KKRWDIJG2FBCLGLNZRPAMFMDFQ.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/KKRWDIJG2FBCLGLNZRPAMFMDFQ.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Ann Telnaes Project Syndicate: The Amazon Belongs to Everyone https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/amazon-deforestation-european-pressure-on-bolsonaro-by-danielle-hanna-rached-2019-07 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:37276455-8d8d-22de-7c36-ee0b15e9aed3 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:17:10 -0400 <p>Brazilian officials claim that they can do whatever they want to “their” Amazon. At a time when the world is more aware than ever of the imminent threat posed by climate change, the need to resist this approach is obvious.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/c49a2a6e15ff5513824ba62ed6094ee7.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Danielle Hanna Rached Trump calls for House rebuke of congresswomen he attacked https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/trump-attack-progressive-congresswomen-1416579 Top Stories urn:uuid:4878d37d-f9b2-eb12-6d35-d9ff135806ac Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:05:32 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/c6/9a/33a8d03e43faa5cc5cd0b1447f49/190716-aoc-squad-gtty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump argued Tuesday that the House of Representatives should move to rebuke a quartet of progressive congresswomen that he has targeted with racist rhetoric, carrying his tirade against the quartet into a third day. </p><p>The House is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution condemning the president's attacks against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Trump on Sunday wrote that the four should &quot;go back” to where they came from even though three of the four — Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib — were born in the U.S. and Omar, a refugee from Somalia, has been a citizen since she was 17.</p><p>“The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, &amp; yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party,” Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1151089268535767042" target="_blank"><u>wrote online</u></a>.</p><p>“Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist &amp; public shouting of the F...word, among many other terrible things, and the petrified Dems run for the hills,” he <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1151089269538217984" target="_blank"><u>continued</u></a>. “Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!”</p><br><p>Roughly an hour later, Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1151103647637487616" target="_blank">tweeted</a>: &quot;Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!&quot;</p><p>After first launching his criticism on Sunday, Trump <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/trump-attacks-freshmen-congresswomen-1415852" target="_blank"><u>escalated</u></a> his attacks on social media through Monday, culminating in explosive remarks to reporters outside the White House during which he charged that the four congresswomen “hate” America “with a passion.” The lawmakers <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/pelosi-announces-resolution-condemning-trump-for-racist-tweets-1415889" target="_blank"><u>responded</u></a> in a press conference later in the day, defending their patriotism, advocating for liberal policy proposals and calling for the president’s impeachment. </p><p>Trump’s incendiary attacks on the congresswomen and attempts to brand them as ideologically representative of the Democratic Party have served to unify House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s caucus, which became consumed last week by infighting between more moderate lawmakers and progressives like Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> qforgey@politico.com (Quint Forgey) Project Syndicate: Will Facebook’s Libra Turn into a Cancer? https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/facebook-libra-becomes-cancer-by-andres-velasco-and-roberto-chang-2019-07 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f648cc2a-3229-7b33-9603-36dd62ed9e77 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:48:06 -0400 <p>Facebook's planned cyber currency, Libra, is little more than a glorified currency board –&nbsp;the failed arrangement that in 2001 caused the largest sovereign default the world had ever seen. A major risk is devaluation – and the problems don't stop there.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/b0e408014887ef9c9f20b393809dec8b.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Andrés Velasco FOX News: Janet Ivey, Chris Carberry: Apollo XI Anniversary -- THIS is the even bolder step that must come now http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/5fcjQMR4tss/janet-ivey-chris-carberry-apollo-xi-anniversary-mars-moon-landing 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c23d7c5e-1298-4e35-03e9-155bc1df7202 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:46:10 -0400 We have a new opportunity that will enable us not only to equal the achievement of Apollo but to surpass it.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/5fcjQMR4tss" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/07/12/694940094001_6058436741001_6058431719001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6058436741001_6058431719001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 9155ac69-f69e-5401-84ac-1ca60e1e3eff fox-news opinion fox-news topic apollo-11 fox-news us personal-freedoms proud-american fnc fnc Chris Carberry Inside Trump’s Feud With Paul Ryan https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/16/donald-trump-paul-ryan-feud-227360 Top Stories urn:uuid:6fcaeb9c-f960-a5c1-5342-30267c217f35 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:35:51 -0400 It was a struggle for the soul of the Republican Party. Trump won. <img src="https://static.politico.com/57/33/ba5da807482fa7af6d00ca0fe11e/190715-trump-ryan-alberta-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>It was barely two o'clock in the afternoon and Paul Ryan was offering me a beer.</p><p>We stood in a cramped break room — microwave, sink, refrigerator stocked with Miller Lite — on the third floor of a brick building in Janesville, Wisconsin, making small talk before sitting down in his adjacent office for a lengthy interview. Ryan was relieved to be home. A few weeks earlier, he had packed up his final belongings and left Washington for good, ending a 20-year career in Congress that saw him occupy roles ranging from right-wing wunderkind to vice-presidential candidate to unifier of a fractured party to chief enabler of President Donald J. Trump.</p><p>That final leg of Ryan's political journey had certainly been the most exhausting. Once upon a time, he had been mortified at the prospect of Trump as the GOP nominee, spending much of 2015 and 2016 telling anyone who would listen that the reality TV star was immoral and unfit for office. Even after Trump vanquished the Republican primary field, Ryan refused to muffle his objections, at one point memorably rebuking the party’s new standard-bearer for making “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” Yet when the time came for choosing on November 8, 2016 — to risk his speakership by continuing to hold the new president accountable, or preserve his standing in the party by taking a vow of silence — Ryan did not think twice. There was historic work to be done, he told friends, and quarreling with Trump would prove wholly counterproductive. He could not afford to be both the speaker of the House <i>and </i>the conscience of the Republican Party.</p><p>What ensued was a bruising, mortifying, tortured 26 month partnership between two men who disliked one another but had become convinced of the necessity of a ceasefire. It was, Ryan told friends, at once the most auspicious and agonizing stretch of his adult life. Even while securing enormous new funding for the military and re-writing the tax code, he knew history would remember Republicans for operating in the shadow of a president whose performance eclipsed their hardest-won legislative accomplishments. </p><p>Ryan’s dilemma was much like the conundrum the Republican Party faces today: Do we condemn Trump’s latest offensive comments — in this case a string of tweets and remarks urging a quartet of Democratic lawmakers of color to “go back” to their countries of origin — or do we swallow our tongues and work with the man? Should we look to history’s judgment, or just try to get as much done as possible despite our distaste? Most Republicans have chosen the latter, even if they might regret it later.</p><p>Does Paul Ryan have regrets? A few. Having remained dutifully acquiescent until the day he left office — including during our first interview for the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/American-Carnage-Front-Republican-President/dp/006289644X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=American+Carnage+Tim+Alberta&amp;qid=1563279215&amp;s=books&amp;sr=1-1" target="_blank">book</a>, in the fall of 2018, when the speaker uttered nary a negative syllable about the president — he was ready to unleash in retirement. There was no mistaking the look in his eye or the tone in his voice; having covered the former House speaker for many years, talked with him countless times and studied his mannerisms, I could sense immediately when we met in Janesville that he was both liberated (hence the afternoon beer offering) and deeply, visibly agitated. He was ready, at long last, to unpack his conscience.</p><p>He started with some throat-clearing, touting the “legal substance that stands a longer test of time” than Trump's demagoguery — a restructured tax code, a bigger military, a conservative judiciary. But Ryan’s grimace gave him away. It was obvious, as he went on talking about the “disruption&quot; roiling the nation and how America has endured “ugly” periods before, that Ryan had begun to reckon with the legacy of Trumpism and his role in accessorizing it. It didn’t take much poking for the dam to burst.</p><p>“We’ve gotten so numb to it all,” he told me. “Not in government, but where we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example. And prop up other institutions that do the same. You know?”</p><br><p>For a man who ascended to the speakership, two heartbeats away from the American presidency, Ryan has never possessed finely tuned political antennae. His aides have long joked, and often cringed, about a certain aloofness that accompanied his self-projected image as a “policy guy.” But I got the sense that Ryan knew exactly what he was doing in that moment. It was not a momentary lapse when he invoked the president's former porn-star mistress. Nor was it a slip of the tongue when, time and again as the interview wore on, he described Trump’s clumsiness as a chief executive, detailed the measures taken to keep the government from falling apart, and emphasized how often he’d held back on scolding the president publicly for fear of making a bad national situation worse.</p><p>Ryan recognized the gravity of what he was saying and the backlash it would invite from the most powerful man in the world. He also seemed to anticipate the outrage it would elicit from critics who would demand to know: Why not push back on the president's misdeeds <i>while still holding the second-most powerful job in government? </i></p><p>“I felt a major onset of responsibility to help the institutions survive,” Ryan recalled, telling me how he didn't sleep one wink on election night 2016. “So, from the next day on, my mantra was ‘Only one person can be speaker of the House. I’m not a pundit, I’m not a think-tanker. Our job from now on is to build up the country’s antibodies ... to have the guardrails up, to drive the car down the middle of the road, and don’t let the car go off into the ditch.’&quot;</p><p>Ryan added: “I told myself, I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right. Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know <i>anything </i>about government. So I thought, I can’t be his scold, like I was. ... I wanted to scold him all the time. What I learned as I went on, to scratch that itch, I had to do it in private. So, I did it in private—all the time. And he actually ended up kind of appreciating it. We had more arguments with each other than pleasant conversations, over the last two years. And it never leaked.”</p><p>His justification for this approach is simple: The alternative could have been worse. If Ryan went after Trump every day, and the president went nuclear and pushed him out of the speakership, then who would be left to lead the House? Kevin McCarthy, a yes-man with far less inclination to tangle with Trump? Or perhaps one of the Freedom Caucus honchos, Jim Jordan or Mark Meadows, hard-liners known to encourage the president's most self-destructive impulses? Like many of his allies in the administration — Jim Mattis, John Kelly, Rex Tillerson — Ryan believed that only by avoiding public confrontation with the president could he retain his influence, and that only by retaining his influence could he help mitigate the damage being done by Trump.</p><p>“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. <i>All the time</i>,” Ryan says. “It worked pretty well. He was really deferential and kind of learning the ropes. ... We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was.”</p><p>Of course, Mattis and Kelly and Tillerson served as the pleasure of the president. Ryan did not. He was charged with leading a co-equal branch of the federal government, the one assigned primacy under Article I of the Constitution, the one responsible for checking the excesses and abuses of the executive. It's true that speaking out might have cost him his job. But it's also true that Ryan's silence — and the silence of so many Republicans, from party leaders to rank-and-file members — emboldened Trump to push his rhetoric into ever-darker places.</p><p>The day I conceived of writing this book was Friday, January 8, 2016. I was in Columbia, South Carolina, having dinner with a friend and former colleague, Ron Brownstein, who pushed the idea of a reported narrative on the long-running Republican “civil war.” Ron and I were both in Columbia to cover an event Saturday morning: &quot;The Poverty Summit,&quot; as it was called, a forum co-hosted by Speaker Ryan and Senator Tim Scott meant to showcase the GOP's outreach to poor and minority voters. In front of the most multiethnic crowd I'd ever seen at a Republican event, numerous presidential hopefuls — Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich — took turns joining Ryan and Scott on stage to discuss the imperative of expanding the party's message, becoming more inclusive, embracing diversity and empathy as core American characteristics.</p><p>Donald Trump didn't show up that day. He rejected the invitation to attend. That was just fine with Ryan: He told friends that weekend that it was their mission to neutralize Trumpism or else risk losing control of their party. &quot;We have a bifurcated country, we have a polarized country,” Ryan told me that weekend, sitting inside a downtown hotel conference room. “One of the reasons I think it’s polarized is because of identity politics on the left. Now some on the right are playing it.”<br />When I asked who on the right was guilty of playing identity politics, Ryan just smiled. It was a confident smile: Given what he knew about Republican politics, given the energy in Columbia that weekend, given the hunger he saw for unity and aspirational politics, he was going to lead the charge to vanquish Trumpism and deliver the GOP into a new era.</p><p>As we sat together three years later in Janesville, that smile had vanished. And it was Ryan — along with his vision for the party — who had been vanquished. He acknowledges he could have done more to push back against Trumpism, but knowing what we know now, he doubted it would have altered the outcome. As I wrote in the book:</p><p><i>For a long stretch of the 2016 campaign, Ryan refused to accept Trump’s takeover of the GOP. He traversed the stages of grief: denial (no way can Trump win), anger (“I called him a racist!”), bargaining (the RNC PowerPoint slides), and depression (“This is fatal,” he told Reince Priebus) before finally coming to terms with it. This resistance was grounded in a basic belief that the Republican Party was still his party. Looking back, Ryan says, he should have known better. Having considered the converging political, cultural, and socioeconomic events of the twenty-first century and reflected on them in the context of historical intraparty ideological swings, he recognizes now that the American right was primed, even overdue, for revolution. </i></p><br><p>That revolution produced a president who has remade conservatism, and the GOP itself, in his own image: &quot;isolationist, protectionist, and kind of xenophobic, anti-immigrant,&quot; as Ryan describes it. The party has fallen in line: The reason so few Republican lawmakers are willing to challenge Trump when he espouses hateful, bigoted rhetoric — as he did this week —<br />is that they recognize the party is now Trump's, and to challenge him is to suffer the sort of excommunication Ryan feared.</p><p>The irony, of course, is that Ryan wound up on Trump's enemies list anyway — called &quot;weak&quot; and &quot;stupid&quot; and a &quot;failure&quot; by a president who leaned heavily on the speaker to pass the party's legislative agenda through a fratricidal Congress.</p><p>If the past week has taught Republicans anything, it's that history will not recall fondly those who wait until their time in government has expired to warn the world of the president's inadequacies. Many will remain silent because they view his custody of the party as fleeting and unsustainable, believing that his eventual exit from office will allow them rehabilitate the Republican brand. And yet, that silence is what solidifies Trump's chokehold on the American right -- a lesson Ryan had to learn the hard way.</p><p>“Trumpism is a moment, a populist moment we’re in, that’s going to be here after Trump is gone. And that’s something that we’re gonna have to learn how to deal with,” Ryan says. “I’m a traditional conservative, and traditional conservatives are definitely not ascendant in the party right now. ... We called our wing ‘the growth wing,’ and we won for a good 20 years. And now their wing is winning. But it’s cyclical. We beat the paleocons in the early nineties; they’re beating us now.</p><p>“The Reagan Republican wing beat the Rockefeller Republican wing,” Ryan concluded. “And now the Trump wing beat the Reagan wing.”<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> talberta@politico.com (Tim Alberta) Biden praises AOC and progressive congresswomen following Trump's attacks https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/joe-biden-democratic-congresswomen-trump-1416578 Top Stories urn:uuid:f97bbc45-0e80-06ff-f663-1c8545c1c45a Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:17:31 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/ba/17/8cbb7a7942ff907ab7ef58797545/190716-joe-biden-gtty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Vice President Joe Biden heaped praise on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other freshman congresswomen targeted in racist tweets in recent days by President Donald Trump, calling them &quot;brilliant&quot; and &quot;really smart&quot; in an interview with MSNBC.</p><p>But Biden, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, also cautioned that the progressive firebrands represent “the exception rather than the rule” among elected Democrats and lauded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s handling of her caucus.</p><p>The former vice president told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in an interview that aired Tuesday that he “wouldn’t presume” to offer advice to Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) or Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). But he stressed that the House majority Democrats captured in the 2018 midterm elections remains more moderate than media coverage of the high-profile quartet of lawmakers might suggest.</p><p>“Look, I campaigned in 24 states for 69 people. I campaigned for virtually every member who beat a Republican to win back the House. They've come to me, over 20 of them, and saying, 'Please, please, keep us moving forward. I didn't run saying I'd never talk to the Republican,’” Biden said.</p><p>“AOC is brilliant, and the other three women we're talking about are really smart, but they are the exception rather than the rule,” Biden continued. “If you listen to the guys and women in your business, they say, 'That's the majority of people who got elected.' We need that kind of energy, but that's not the majority of Democrats who got elected last time.”</p><br><p>Biden’s warm words for the so-called progressive &quot;squad&quot; followed an attack on the four congresswomen leveled by the president over social media on Sunday, when he wrote on Twitter that they should &quot;go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.&quot; Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York City, Pressley in Cincinnati and Tlaib in Detroit, while Omar is a Somali refugee who immigrated to the U.S. with her family in the early 1990s. She became a U.S. citizen when she was 17.</p><p>Trump’s assault, which he intensified Monday in subsequent tweets and incendiary remarks on the south lawn of the White House, have united Democrats in opposition to the president’s rhetoric following a week of intra-party squabbles between the four congresswomen and Pelosi (D-Calif.).</p><p>Biden cheered the speaker’s “masterful job” navigating the politics of the House Democratic caucus and said he has “great respect” for Pelosi, but noted “that doesn't mean I don't respect” the work of the progressive freshmen.</p><p>“I think the freshmen, particularly AOC, is smart as hell, really bright, and really a value added to the party in terms of her pushing the edges and pushing and pushing,” Biden said. “But Nancy knows what she's doing. Nancy understands that it is, you know, there's a ... sum total in the Congress of 535 folks. You've got to get them all moving in the right direction. You've got to get them moving.”</p><p>Pelosi announced Monday the House would bring forward a resolution “condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets” aimed at Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib, and lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the measure Tuesday evening.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> qforgey@politico.com (Quint Forgey) Opinions: The transpartisan revolt against America’s endless wars https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/transpartisan-revolt-against-americas-endless-wars/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:914395f0-3086-a06e-92aa-580d6236bcf5 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:04:25 -0400 It's one of the few areas where a left-right coalition can jell.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/2CUFIWTPGMI6RNGY5L3Y2TCUJQ.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/2CUFIWTPGMI6RNGY5L3Y2TCUJQ.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/2CUFIWTPGMI6RNGY5L3Y2TCUJQ.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Katrina vanden Heuvel Opinions: How much should juries rely on expert testimony? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/how-much-should-juries-rely-expert-testimony/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:02e7de0a-261e-a152-e617-4051bf0ec46c Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:53 -0400 Our panel of forensics skeptics considers how we make sure juries understand the limitations of nonscientific expert testimony.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-stat/graphics/homepage-promos/standing-features/opinions/the-watch86x86.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-stat/graphics/homepage-promos/standing-features/opinions/the-watch86x86.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-stat/graphics/homepage-promos/standing-features/opinions/the-watch86x86.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Radley Balko Project Syndicate: A Woman in the White House? Yes, She Can https://www.project-syndicate.org/podcasts/a-woman-in-the-white-house-yes-she-can 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f270753f-209e-2492-5ed8-0b8d64c93e2a Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:42 -0400 <p>A record number of women have thrown their hats into the ring to be the Democratic nominee in the 2020 US presidential election. But with the party still reeling from Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss in 2016, many are asking, “Can a woman beat Donald Trump?”</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/d66bb76da9ef021eb48c28da822ba0da.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Anne-Marie Slaughter Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: The sordid Epstein saga is a sex scandal, a human trafficking scandal, a financial scandal -- and now an espionage scandal too. But whose? - John Schindler (@20committee) Jul https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151098985848983558 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2990bc05-5a9d-18b1-ab29-26949f2a5222 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:59:19 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>The sordid Epstein saga is a sex scandal, a human trafficking scandal, a financial scandal -- and now an espionage scandal too. But whose? - John Schindler (@20committee) July 10, 2019 <a href="https://trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/the-sordid-epstein-saga-is-a-sex-scandal-a-human-trafficking-scandal-a-financial-scandal-and-now-an-espionage-scandal-too-but-whose-john-schindler-20committee-july-10-2019/">trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/the…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:59am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Project Syndicate: The Exploitation Time Bomb https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/increasing-inequality-economic-political-risks-by-jayati-ghosh-2019-07 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6d0c9dd3-cb1c-36ea-0109-8c5ac45ff9aa Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:55:47 -0400 <p>Worsening economic inequality in recent years is largely the result of policy choices that reflect the political influence and lobbying power of the rich. There is now a self-reinforcing pattern of high profits, low investment, and rising inequality – posing a threat not only to economic growth, but also to democracy.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/08c601cb5092839f93dbc1e522c392b9.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Jayati Ghosh Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @20committee: My latest ====&gt; The sordid Epstein saga is a sex scandal, a human trafficking scandal, a financial scandal -- and now an… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151097321154912256 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:39767241-04ae-e8bb-5dbc-9413091aae3e Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:52:42 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>My latest ====&gt;</p> <p>The sordid Epstein saga is a sex scandal, a human trafficking scandal, a financial scandal -- and now an espionage scandal too.</p> <p>But whose?</p> <p><a href="https://observer.com/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-spy-intelligence-work/">observer.com/2019/07/jeffre…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/20committee"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/908525669533016064/xYKyNpnW_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/20committee">20committee</a> on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 9:36pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:52am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>1863</b> likes, <b>1075</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) retweeted retweet 20committee Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @NBCNews: .@KellyO: Are you okay with people thinking your tweets are racist, Mr. President? President Trump: Quiet. Quiet. Quiet. Quie… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096885559644166 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:95122b74-3b59-3fe0-8a46-1451b6bf2fe4 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:50:58 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>.@KellyO: Are you okay with people thinking your tweets are racist, Mr. President?</p> <p>President Trump: Quiet. Quiet. Quiet. Quiet. Quiet.</p> <p>Q: Mr. President, are you okay with people thinking your tweets are racist, sir?</p> <p>President Trump: Quiet.</p> <p>Q: I'm asking a question, sir. <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1151093872803471361/video/1">pic.twitter.com/BVuuynr78W</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" muted="muted" playsinline="playsinline" src="https://video.twimg.com/amplify_video/1150919387613933579/vid/1280x720/X5RDg3uaORuWfxqs.mp4?tag=13"> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNews"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1108426393287868423/CyLn5GVQ_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNews">NBCNews</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:39am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:50am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>518</b> likes, <b>275</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) video retweeted retweet NBCNews Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @CNN: Melania Trump, who was not born in America, has been silent as her husband tweets racist and xenophobic attacks at four lawmakers… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096761018138625 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:52b006b5-0edc-9aba-c244-bea8becdcece Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:50:28 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Melania Trump, who was not born in America, has been silent as her husband tweets racist and xenophobic attacks at four lawmakers <a href="https://cnn.it/2k5ZQv8">cnn.it/2k5ZQv8</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/CNN"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/508960761826131968/LnvhR8ED_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CNN">CNN</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 1:23am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:50am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>7634</b> likes, <b>2654</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) retweeted retweet CNN Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @realDonaldTrump: The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a poli… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096652368949248 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4d1abb93-6e83-6b05-b448-105a1beeff73 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:50:02 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, &amp; yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party. Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist &amp; public.....</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/874276197357596672/kUuht00m_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">realDonaldTrump</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:20am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:50am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>43365</b> likes, <b>10769</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) retweeted retweet realDonaldTrump Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @nytimes: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "The first note that I want to tell children across this country is that no matter what the pre… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096587596308480 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:97a5c68e-c584-60eb-6c40-4f903c3dcdac Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:49:47 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "The first note that I want to tell children across this country is that no matter what the president says, this country belongs to you. And it belongs to everyone." <a href="https://nyti.ms/2k3D1YX">nyti.ms/2k3D1YX</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1150917995763589121/video/1">pic.twitter.com/o3KpVL2Vub</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" muted="muted" playsinline="playsinline" src="https://video.twimg.com/amplify_video/1150910630284709888/vid/720x720/gJ06iVHMTIsQytOJ.mp4?tag=13"> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1098244578472280064/gjkVMelR_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes">nytimes</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 12:00am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:49am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>10408</b> likes, <b>2428</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) video retweeted retweet nytimes Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @thehill: AG Barr: "My concern today is that under the banner of identity politics, some political factions are seeking to obtain power… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096536815853568 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3671f740-c5c2-8fdd-a973-ded272a803bf Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:49:35 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>AG Barr: "My concern today is that under the banner of identity politics, some political factions are seeking to obtain power by dividing Americans, and they undermine the values that draw us together such as a shared commitment to our country's success." <a href="https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1151087833035112448/video/1">pic.twitter.com/ZOI9ISMYUD</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" muted="muted" playsinline="playsinline" src="https://video.twimg.com/amplify_video/1150832904035024896/vid/1280x720/pDGDALVVCEXYGSLb.mp4?tag=13"> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/thehill"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/907330975587336193/tw7JPE5v_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/thehill">thehill</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:15am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:49am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>429</b> likes, <b>179</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) video retweeted retweet thehill Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @politico: AOC on Trump inviting Dems to leave the U.S.: We don't leave the things that we love. And when we love this country, what tha… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096470759759874 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:83d93e74-ca5c-330a-80a7-5146e9689ec5 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:49:19 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>AOC on Trump inviting Dems to leave the U.S.: We don't leave the things that we love. And when we love this country, what that means is that we propose the solutions to fix it [WATCH her full comment] <a href="https://politi.co/2LlVs7h">politi.co/2LlVs7h</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/politico/status/1150883162592968704/video/1">pic.twitter.com/cNG5jCRIjV</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" muted="muted" playsinline="playsinline" src="https://video.twimg.com/amplify_video/1150882876394811392/vid/960x540/ql-Iv-H8mUsAZVIl.mp4?tag=13"> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/politico"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/677177503694237697/y6yTzWn6_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/politico">politico</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 9:41pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:49am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>2914</b> likes, <b>716</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) video retweeted retweet politico Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @DailyCaller: AOC doesn’t condemn the ANTIFA attack pic.twitter.com/QCTGza4k1h https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096402228994048 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0bb3a55e-625c-79cc-d6e5-e62c4b8c2236 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:49:03 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>AOC doesn’t condemn the ANTIFA attack <a href="https://twitter.com/RebelNewsOnline/status/1150875308599500801/video/1">pic.twitter.com/QCTGza4k1h</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" muted="muted" playsinline="playsinline" src="https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1150875212096970752/pu/vid/1280x720/-4933il7bGVT5x6s.mp4?tag=10"> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/DailyCaller"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1141459766637662209/FOCXtzk4_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DailyCaller">DailyCaller</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 12:24am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:49am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>4485</b> likes, <b>2236</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) link video retweeted retweet DailyCaller Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @WashTimes: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says 'it's time to move on' from Donald Trump's America following president's comments https:/… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096358121725952 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4ff4f1de-6e7e-252f-5a6a-b46d859ab1e7 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:48:52 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says 'it's time to move on' from Donald Trump's America following president's comments <a href="http://bit.ly/2NVTkFg">bit.ly/2NVTkFg</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/WashTimes"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1042163059618246656/Kak6PNx0_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/WashTimes">WashTimes</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 7:16pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:48am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>898</b> likes, <b>229</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) link retweeted retweet WashTimes Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @CNNPolitics: Rep. Ilhan Omar: "It is time for us to impeach this President" cnn.it/2NSUrFM pic.twitter.com/lt4rbqbcWD https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096319815163904 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:25b9c67f-0d24-ebb0-2859-4f8ee5f3ca82 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:48:43 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Rep. Ilhan Omar: "It is time for us to impeach this President" <a href="https://cnn.it/2NSUrFM">cnn.it/2NSUrFM</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/1150885044443127815/video/1">pic.twitter.com/lt4rbqbcWD</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" muted="muted" playsinline="playsinline" src="https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1150884808773578754/pu/vid/1280x720/j9j-mo9c6f0tN0Rd.mp4?tag=10"> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/918899077168934912/NrRRE0_b_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics">CNNPolitics</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 9:49pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:48am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>5540</b> likes, <b>1313</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) link video retweeted retweet CNNPolitics Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @PalmerReport: Donald Trump’s day so far: - Doubles down on his racism - Says Democrats support Al Qaeda - Lindsey Graham melts down -… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096294091436034 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d634a606-ee04-8fa9-3f7e-2885df66fe31 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:48:37 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Donald Trump’s day so far:</p> <p>- Doubles down on his racism<br />- Says Democrats support Al Qaeda<br />- Lindsey Graham melts down<br />- Steve Mnuchin is a pile of shit<br />- Mitt Romney hides like a coward<br />- Fuck the GOP<br />- Impeachment is coming<br />- Trump is going to prison<br />- It’s still only 5:35pm</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/PalmerReport"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/981799499243798528/syScPtp2_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/PalmerReport">PalmerReport</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 9:35pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:48am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>7296</b> likes, <b>1923</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) retweeted retweet PalmerReport Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @NBCNews: WATCH: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: “The first note that I want to tell children across the country is that no matter what the presiden… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096256346898432 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9db8c03d-667e-d8db-ea2f-c5623637ff33 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:48:28 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>WATCH: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: “The first note that I want to tell children across the country is that no matter what the president says, this country belongs to you. And it belongs to everyone. And today that very notion was challenged. This weekend that very notion was challenged.” <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1150881881715556354/video/1">pic.twitter.com/LhAAOVHnhr</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" muted="muted" playsinline="playsinline" src="https://video.twimg.com/amplify_video/1150881609282990082/vid/1280x720/G_-Uq2I66hKqFpUY.mp4?tag=13"> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNews"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1108426393287868423/CyLn5GVQ_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNews">NBCNews</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 9:36pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:48am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>25479</b> likes, <b>6921</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) video retweeted retweet NBCNews Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @Comey: This country is so much better than this president. And next year we have a chance to prove it. https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096139518599168 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e7340795-a8dd-adac-5bc3-ea3568e81429 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:48:00 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>This country is so much better than this president. And next year we have a chance to prove it.</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/Comey"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/925105891044745216/qZVnNnWB_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Comey">Comey</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 11:04pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:48am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>101518</b> likes, <b>16450</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) retweeted retweet Comey Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @20committee: My latest ====&gt; The sordid Epstein saga is a sex scandal, a human trafficking scandal, a financial scandal -- and now an… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151096069280993280 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:79145f7c-b6c4-d311-5056-49aae0d29d25 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:47:43 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>My latest ====&gt;</p> <p>The sordid Epstein saga is a sex scandal, a human trafficking scandal, a financial scandal -- and now an espionage scandal too.</p> <p>But whose?</p> <p><a href="https://observer.com/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-spy-intelligence-work/">observer.com/2019/07/jeffre…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/20committee"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/908525669533016064/xYKyNpnW_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/20committee">20committee</a> on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 9:36pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:47am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>1862</b> likes, <b>1072</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) retweeted retweet 20committee Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @20committee: Rather YUGE intel/dip scoop from @TomRtweets here -- a veritable BOOM! Disgraced Amb Darroch, before the Trump leaks, was… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151095984665059328 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:057f4495-4d19-adf2-d167-4dc5033fe67d Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:47:23 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Rather YUGE intel/dip scoop from @TomRtweets here -- a veritable BOOM!</p> <p>Disgraced Amb Darroch, before the Trump leaks, was under investigation for leaking highly classified intelligence from the US IC to a US journalist.</p> <p>So, Kim D was going down anyway.</p> <p><a href="https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/ousted-uk-ambassador-leaked-us-intelligence">washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/ousted…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/20committee"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/908525669533016064/xYKyNpnW_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/20committee">20committee</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 8:15pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:47am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>329</b> likes, <b>181</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) retweeted retweet 20committee Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: “Trump and Trumpism” – Google News: Two New Studies Find Racial Anxiety Is the Biggest Driver of Support for Trump – gvwire.com (Trump and Trumpism...) michael_novakhov.newsb https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151095023821307907 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2408e724-0fe8-2403-eff9-aa00630c8ea7 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:43:34 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>“Trump and Trumpism” – Google News: Two New Studies Find Racial Anxiety Is the Biggest Driver of Support for Trump – <a href="http://gvwire.com">gvwire.com</a> (Trump and Trumpism...) <a href="http://michael_novakhov.newsblur.com/story/trump-and-trumpism-g/7442556:835958">michael_novakhov.newsblur.com/story/trump-an…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:43am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: 7:22 AM 7/16/2019 - Were Melania Knauss and Jeffrey Epstein lovers before he introduced her to Trump? | Do Melania Trump &amp; Jeffrey Epstein Know Each Other? This Is Kind O https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151091156832477184 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:307e3cc8-6887-3536-9261-f309fa012fae Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:28:12 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>7:22 AM 7/16/2019 - Were Melania Knauss and Jeffrey Epstein lovers before he introduced her to Trump? | Do Melania Trump &amp; Jeffrey Epstein Know Each Other? This Is Kind Of Awkward... M.N. This might be "awkward" but is the matter of the National Security. <a href="https://trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/722-am-7-16-2019-were-melania-knauss-and-jeffrey-epstein-lovers-before-he-introduced-her-to-trump-do-melania-trump-jeffrey-epstein-know-each-other-this-is-kind-of-awkward-m-n-this-might-b/">trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/722…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:28am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/north-korea-weapons-test-moratorium-1416577 Top Stories urn:uuid:d73b7f3e-1f37-a839-fe0d-da05bf0f7e3a Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:21:59 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/e7/4b/c071e3234a5a94cce12206f9de7c/190716-nkorea-missile-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion.</p><p>The statement by the North’s Foreign Ministry comes amid a general deadlock in nuclear talks, but after an extraordinary meeting of the U.S. and North Korean leaders at the Korean border raised hopes that negotiations on the North’s growing nuclear and missile arsenal would soon resume.</p><p>The statement serves as a reminder of North Korea’s longstanding antipathy toward U.S.-South Korean military cooperation, which the allies call defensive and routine but the North sees as hostile. It also ramps up the pressure on the United States going into any new round of talks.</p><p>At the dramatic June 30 meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, Trump crossed the border dividing the North and South, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korean territory. The leaders agreed in closed-door talks to resume nuclear diplomacy that had been stalled since their failed second summit in Vietnam in February.</p><p>Despite the seeming mini-breakthrough, there has been little public progress since. North Korea wants widespread relief from harsh U.S.-led sanctions in return for pledging to give up parts of its weapons program, but the United States is demanding greater steps toward disarmament before it agrees to relinquish the leverage provided by the sanctions.</p><p>Amid the diplomatic jockeying, North Korea said Tuesday that upcoming regular summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills are forcing it to rethink whether it should be committed to the promises it has made to the United States. It cited its moratorium on nuclear and missile tests and other steps aimed at improving ties with Washington.</p><br><p>The statement said Trump vowed to suspend military drills with South Korea during his first and third meetings with Kim, but the planned summertime drills with Seoul and the deployment of weapons in the South show that Washington is not fulfilling that promise.</p><p>“With the U.S. unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S. as well,” said the statement, carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.</p><p>It also said it is not bound by any legal documents to suspend its nuclear and missile tests.</p><p>Since it conducted the third of its three intercontinental ballistic missile tests in November 2017, North Korea hasn’t tested any long-range missiles potentially capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. After entering talks with Washington, Kim suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests, allowing Trump to boast of winning an achievement in his North Korea policy.</p><p>Later Tuesday, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry issued another statement warning that it will wait to see if the U.S.-South Korea military drills take place as planned to decide on the fate of North Korea-U.S. nuclear diplomacy.</p><p>South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, the country’s main spy agency, told lawmakers in a private briefing Tuesday that there were no suspicious activities at North Korea’s main long-range rocket launch site in the northwest and its missile research center on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to Kim Min-ki, one of the lawmakers who attended the briefing.</p><p>Outside experts say North Korea has suggested that it could further put off or cancel the resumption of nuclear talks if the United States doesn’t offer to accept its calls for a slow, step-by-step nuclear disarmament process or widespread sanctions relief. But some analysts say North Korea will eventually return to the talks because Kim wants cooperation with outside powers as part of a plan to revive his country’s troubled economy.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> (Associated Press) Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Were Melania Knauss and Jeffrey Epstein lovers before he introduced her to Trump? - Google Search google.com/search?q=Were+… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151087958923141121 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9e6be7ca-8756-e56a-948c-67cec3fad0fb Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:15:30 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Were Melania Knauss and Jeffrey Epstein lovers before he introduced her to Trump? - Google Search <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=Were+Melania+Knauss+and+Jeffrey+Epstein+lovers+before+he+introduced+her+to+Trump%3F&amp;rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS733US733&amp;oq=Were+Melania+Knauss+and+Jeffrey+Epstein+lovers+before+he+introduced+her+to+Trump%3F&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57.60186j1j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8">google.com/search?q=Were+…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:15am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Do Melania Trump &amp; Jeffrey Epstein Know Each Other? This Is Kind Of Awkward elitedaily.com/p/do-melania-t… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151087338237366273 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ba0c8fbf-a704-90d1-0550-775dbee9a8c8 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:13:02 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Do Melania Trump &amp; Jeffrey Epstein Know Each Other? This Is Kind Of Awkward <a href="https://www.elitedaily.com/p/do-melania-trump-jeffrey-epstein-know-each-other-this-is-kind-of-awkward-18182641">elitedaily.com/p/do-melania-t…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:13am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: How did Melania meet Donald Trump? Was it through trafficking suspect Jeffrey Epstein? shr.gs/a7fvpHZ https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151086388814798848 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ab06a39b-2c61-92a1-76e6-62c52d4f79f9 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:09:15 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>How did Melania meet Donald Trump? Was it through trafficking suspect Jeffrey Epstein? <a href="http://shr.gs/a7fvpHZ">shr.gs/a7fvpHZ</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:09am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: 6:58 AM 7/16/2019 - Melania Trump silent as her husband attacks congresswomen by implying they aren’t US citizens – CNN trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/658… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151085293111562240 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3b56400d-88a8-d337-1a13-d3031209b7f6 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:04:54 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>6:58 AM 7/16/2019 - Melania Trump silent as her husband attacks congresswomen by implying they aren’t US citizens – CNN <a href="https://trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/658-am-7-16-2019-melania-trump-silent-as-her-husband-attacks-congresswomen-by-implying-they-arent-us-citizens-cnn/">trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/658…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:04am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: 6:40 AM 7/16/2019 - Top Stories: Times when Americans were told to 'go home' or 'go back' - BBC News trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/640… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1151079935265705985 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:838f5c68-9dd0-9fde-afa1-26066b989f7e Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:43:37 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>6:40 AM 7/16/2019 - Top Stories: Times when Americans were told to 'go home' or 'go back' - BBC News <a href="https://trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/640-am-7-16-2019-top-stories-times-when-americans-were-told-to-go-home-or-go-back-bbc-news/">trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/16/640…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 10:43am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinion: Why China's own economy trumps the US trade war https://www.ft.com/video/542a1a89-9603-485c-8ac2-8513e3f5dfab 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2ab725b9-2f50-fc98-cfb8-6a5ab190dcd4 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:40:32 -0400 The FT's James Kynge says tariffs on exports are less important to China than Donald Trump thinks<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: The case for sane globalism remains strong https://www.ft.com/content/ade39e66-a6dc-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e7004bcc-0acb-1c3d-a0a2-1168994dfe1c Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:40:23 -0400 Today’s most pressing policy challenges require multilateral co-operation<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion NYT > Opinion: The Virtues and Vices of Nationalism https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/opinion/trump-thiel-nationalism.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e69a599c-3264-3297-b4ac-1fc8333c47e2 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:23:00 -0400 A populist-nationalist corrective to American exceptionalism would be welcome. Trump’s bigoted exceptionalism isn’t it.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/16/opinion/16douthatWeb/16douthatWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion conservatism (us politics) presidential election of 2016 republican party thiel peter a trump donald j united states Ross Douthat Opinions: Has Greece found the formula for defeating populism? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/16/has-greece-found-formula-defeating-populism/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:58ce36ee-e671-d2b9-9d21-06bfec1a391f Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:00:55 -0400 How fact-based politics — and a few compromises — brought victory to Greek conservatives.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/XQWY2DVDAAI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/XQWY2DVDAAI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/XQWY2DVDAAI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Aristides N. Hatzis Global Opinions: Has Greece found the formula for defeating populism? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/has-greece-found-the-formula-for-defeating-populism/2019/07/16/48d0f14b-54cb-4621-8a78-9619756c1886_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c8e21dcd-037b-ac3a-6574-518a40a1b2c1 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:00:54 -0400 How fact-based politics — and a few compromises — brought victory to Greek conservatives.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/07/16/Editorial-Opinion/Images/XQWY2DVDAAI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/07/16/Editorial-Opinion/Images/XQWY2DVDAAI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/07/16/Editorial-Opinion/Images/XQWY2DVDAAI6TJ3H26VYJLXT5E.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6451777" width="16" height="16"> Global Opinions By Aristides N. Hatzis Opinion | The Guardian: What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil | Rev William Barber https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/americas-cancertown-tragic-immoral-evil 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e5231c96-cf04-db01-9dfe-d9d5bf40bd7f Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:00:23 -0400 <p>Politicians have chosen process over lives and the result has been rampant cancer in the region</p><p>“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people.” (Isaiah 10:1). I was reminded of this verse from the Bible when <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/cancer-town">I read</a> about the town of Reserve in Louisiana. It is the place in America with the highest risk of cancer due to air toxicity, caused by a raft of government and corporate failure that has deprived residents - many of whom are poor and black - of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.</p><p>Reserve is home to the Pontchartrain Works facility, the only chemical plant in America to produce chloroprene, a likely carcinogen, that has spewed from the plant for almost 50 years. US government science has indicated this makes the risk of cancer in that area 50 times higher than the national average.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/americas-cancertown-tragic-immoral-evil">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian louisiana activism pollution cancer Reverend William Barber Opinion | The Guardian: Amazon employees in Minneapolis are fighting for better conditions. And it’s working https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/amazon-employees-in-minneapolis-are-fighting-for-better-conditions-and-its-working 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fd809f54-17e7-467c-bc73-9b7ec5fbbc4a Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:00:22 -0400 <p>Workers have banded together to improve wages, transit and housing, and acting like their own union</p><p>On 15 July 2019 Amazon fulfillment workers outside Minneapolis in the suburb of Shakopee walked off the job for six hours, joining workers across Europe in an Amazon Prime Day strike. This was the first major strike action by Amazon workers in the United States. They were <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-08/amazon-workers-plan-prime-day-strike-despite-15-an-hour-pledge">demanding</a> a less punishing pace of work and the elimination of temporary jobs. This action, although small, holds momentous importance. In a period where union membership is less than 10% in the United States – by far the lowest in the developed world – this strike by non-union Amazon workers demonstrates that workers want a union and are willing to fight for one.</p><p>The worker demands relate to the way Amazon has radically transformed retail work. Rather than retail workers distributed across the city – say a worker folding clothes in a mall or stocking books in a local bookstore – Amazon has reorganized the retail process into retail factories with thousands of workers in each fulfillment center. Resembling the factory line, the pace of work is dictated by the complex algorithms, robots and surveillance systems that discipline worker movements down to the second.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/amazon-employees-in-minneapolis-are-fighting-for-better-conditions-and-its-working">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian amazon activism Spencer Cox How Kamala Harris would address rising drug prices https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/kamala-harris-2020-drug-costs-aarp-1416130 Top Stories urn:uuid:b9750245-6bd6-60ad-2e3b-4d0b7a9f4aae Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:00:18 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/dc/32/71c98ed14e91848d89308c76777c/190715-kamala-harris-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Kamala Harris on Tuesday announced a plan to reduce prescription drug costs and rein in pharmaceutical companies, including linking the price of drugs to their prices in other countries.</p><p>The California senator is expected to promote the plan at an AARP forum in Davenport, Iowa.<br /></p><h2><b>What would the plan do?</b></h2><p><br />If elected president, Harris said she would have the Department of Health and Human Services set a “fair price” for any prescription drug whose price increases annually by more than the cost of inflation — or which is sold for less money in any comparable country in the 36-member Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.</p><p>Any profits pharmaceutical companies make from selling a drug above that set price in the United States would be taxed at a rate of 100 percent, with proceeds going directly to consumers as rebates.</p><p>Harris said she would also work to close a tax loophole for pharmaceutical companies’ direct-to-consumer advertising expenses.</p><p>Harris said that if Congress does not act on her proposal within 100 days of taking office, she would take executive action to investigate price gauging and would appoint an attorney general who will prioritize investigations of abusive drug pricing.</p><p>She said the Department of Health and Human Services could also import drugs from Canada or other countries directly if they are available more cheaply there.</p><p>In egregious cases and if other efforts to control prices fail, Harris said she would use the government’s “march-in” rights to license a drug company’s patent to a lower-cost competitor.</p><h2>What have other Democrats proposed?</h2><br><p>Harris’ proposal is in line with what many Democrats in Congress and in the presidential primary campaign have floated.</p><p>Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, among others, support international reference pricing. In addition, Warren has proposed creating a government-run pharmaceutical manufacturer to produce generic drugs in cases where the free market is determined to have failed.</p><h2>Why now?</h2><p>Harris’ campaign said Americans, on average, spend $1,200 annually on prescription drugs, and the cost of drugs has become a major issue for voters regardless of party affiliation. </p><p>President Donald Trump has put pressure on drug-makers to curb the rise in prescription drug prices — notably proposing to tie some Medicare drug payments to lower international prices and to let states import medicine. But the administration has pulled back on some other drug-pricing initiatives.</p><p>“As President, I will not stand idly by as Americans pay thousands of dollars for prescription drugs while big pharmaceutical companies rake in massive profits. This plan puts people over profit by forcing these companies to reduce prices for consumers and holding them accountable when they gouge Americans,” Harris said in a prepared statement. “As Attorney General, I secured more than $200 million from pharmaceutical companies for California consumers, and as President, this will be a top priority in my first 100 days. We need someone who can fight to deliver results for the concerns that keep Americans up at night, like the skyrocketing cost of prescriptions.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> dsiders@politico.com (David Siders) FOX News: Peter Morici: Fed must radically change or become irrelevant http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/qVVJf2HU_-c/peter-morici-fed-must-radically-change-or-become-irrelevant 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:97fe4fc3-af30-a424-ca2d-6bced7fd0d33 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:00:07 -0400 The Fed is chasing an irrelevant target with policy tools that don’t work.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/qVVJf2HU_-c" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/07/07/694940094001_6056329877001_6056330217001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6056329877001_6056330217001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News ba70b5d0-6c53-5d18-a43f-3fad26ed99e1 fox-news opinion fox-news politics finance federal-reserve fnc fnc opinion article fox news Peter Morici NYT > Opinion: What’s a College to Do When a Black Student Plays Along With the K.K.K. Joke? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/opinion/racist-yearbook-kkk-richmond.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c29a01e2-6f4b-142d-4e47-d9da952f782b Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:00:06 -0400 After the Virginia governor’s racist yearbook scandal, the University of Richmond is grappling with disturbing images from its own history.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/16/opinion/16crutcherWeb/16crutcherWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion colleges and universities race and ethnicity richmond (va) northam ralph s university of richmond Ronald Crutcher NYT > Opinion: How Activists Brought Apollo Back to Earth https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/opinion/apollo-11-nasa-woodstock.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:35fd8d22-8bd3-fb8b-15da-b549400eabd2 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:00:04 -0400 Protesters in the late ’60s and early ’70s pushed for spending at home on the same multibillion dollar scale as the moon race.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/16/opinion/16maher/16maher-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion rocket science and propulsion apollo project moon nineteen hundred sixties united states defense and military forces satellites vietnam war demonstrations protests and riots federal budget (us) discrimination cold war era Neil M. Maher POLITICO Playbook: The political world Trump made https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2019/07/16/the-political-world-trump-made-457614 Top Stories urn:uuid:a72af4c3-aaad-5a8a-3ecf-974670c50788 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:57:01 -0400 And the latest on the debt ceiling. anna@politico.com (Anna Palmer) Opinion: Death of Phillips curve brings political foes together at the graveside https://www.ft.com/content/62265140-a71c-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0c0e28ae-2126-ebc9-d1da-806f8dab7432 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:53:09 -0400 Republican and Democrat convergence risks being grounded in diverging theories of how US economy works<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion FOX News: Tucker Carlson: When AOC, Ilhan Omar and the 'squad' are talking, Democrats are losing http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/wj7tfwd7W7c/tucker-carlson-when-aoc-ilhan-omar-and-the-squad-are-talking-democrats-are-losing 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:df4ccdbc-4da9-3e42-bb8c-ad7e4b801362 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:45:04 -0400 Tucker Carlson: The Democratic Party doesn't know the rest of the world isn't like Twitter.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/wj7tfwd7W7c" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/07/16/694940094001_6059524759001_6059525028001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6059524759001_6059525028001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 91b79f03-68d9-5028-999b-9fee412c596f fox-news shows tucker-carlson-tonight transcript tuckers-monologue fox-news topic fox-news-flash fox-news opinion fox-news Tucker Carlson Why Trump’s Immigration Courts Aren’t Ready for the ICE Raids https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/16/trump-ice-raids-immigration-courts-arent-ready-227359 Top Stories urn:uuid:5003eab1-4ca9-dca5-4261-e5a489561718 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:25:32 -0400 Thanks to White House orders, they’re more jammed up than ever. <img src="https://static.politico.com/a4/1d/ef0e40c8455da84d09aa22884b14/lede.jpg"/><br><p>Questions are still swirling around the immigration raids that President Donald Trump said he launched over the weekend, but one thing is certain: Many immigrants caught in their net will be sent into a court system already crippled by a vast backlog of cases. </p><p>Frustrated with the slow pace of deportations from the courts, the Trump administration has taken aggressive steps to speed decisions and move people out of the country more quickly. But those measures have largely backfired, adding to the immense logjam of people awaiting life-changing decisions. </p><p>Officials blame the continued explosion of the court caseload on the increasing number of migrants, mostly from Central America, who are seeking asylum. But an analysis of court data by The Marshall Project shows that under the Trump administration, the immigration court backlog has grown much faster in one year than the inflow of migrants—at a rate almost three times that of new cases coming into the courts. </p><p>According to interviews with judges, lawyers and court staff, many of the moves by the administration—designed to accelerate the courts and eliminate policies from President Barack Obama—have slowed them even more, making it harder for judges to move cases efficiently, extending processing times and compounding a nationwide backlog that has grown by 68 percent under President Trump to nearly 877,000 cases. </p><br><img src="https://static.politico.com/f2/c6/6de0eca44049a18f4b035a50b00c/immi.jpg"/><br><p>The administration acknowledged that it hasn’t been able to control the spiraling caseloads when it announced a sweeping rule change on Monday that would effectively deny asylum to most migrants from Central America. It would require them to seek asylum first from any country they pass through on their way to the United States and would only offer American protection after those claims fail.</p><br><p>Trump administration officials used their exceptionally broad powers over the courts to impose the most far-reaching changes of any administration, in an attempt to push immigration judges to decide more cases more quickly and limit access to asylum for the influx of migrants from Central America. </p><p>The data reveal that the number of days it takes to complete a court case hit a 10-year high over the first two years of Trump's presidency. In the busiest courts, including New York, Los Angeles and Houston, some judges are scheduling hearings to decide cases in 2023, since their calendars are entirely booked for four years out. </p><p>In a surge that peaked in June, record numbers of families have streamed to the border to plead for asylum, triggering a legal process that added tens of thousands of cases to be decided. So far this year, more than 314,000 people traveling in families, mostly from Central America, were caught at the southern border. </p><p>Even if the new asylum rule, which is likely to face legal challenges, succeeds in reducing the flow of cases into the courts, it would still take years at the current pace to reduce the backlog to manageable levels. <br /></p><p class="cms-textAlign-center">***</p><br><img src="https://static.politico.com/9a/c1/0d2bb3774df6872aa69b88ad1c7f/loc-immigcourts-court-cf-190710-1.jpg"/><br><p><b>Some of the new policies were ordered</b> by the president, while Justice Department officials, especially former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, made extensive use of their authority to intervene in the immigration courts. </p><p>The resulting overload is affecting courts across the country—like the one in Denver, which has one of the longest wait times for cases to be completed, an average of 962 days, <a href="https://trac.syr.edu/phptools/immigration/court_backlog/" target="_blank"><u>according to data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University</u></a>. </p><p>Mauricio Basaves knows why. Basaves, who is 40, came to the United States from Mexico illegally 20 years ago. He started out clipping hedges. Today, he owns a trucking business in Denver, with four semi-trailers hauling freight for big chains like Walmart and Target, employing eight drivers, all American citizens. He is raising three children, all Americans by birth. His oldest daughter, who is 15, is a science honors student and runs track. She is already being recruited by colleges. </p><p>But in his effort to obtain legal papers, Basaves years ago fell prey to a common scam. A lawyer in Nebraska offered to get him a work permit. Basaves didn’t understand that the lawyer was applying for asylum, which provides work authorization while the case is being decided. He got the permit, but his asylum claim was doomed from the start, since it was presented long after the legal deadline. It eventually was denied and Basaves, to his shock, was ordered to appear in court for deportation hearings.</p><p>Before Trump, immigration prosecutors didn’t press for Basaves’ deportation. Obama established priorities for prosecutors, steering them to focus on immigrants who had serious criminal histories or presented some other security risk. Basaves, whose record consists of two traffic tickets, was not one of them. Prosecutors closed his case, taking it off the court’s active docket, requiring him only to check in once a year.</p><p>Under Trump, Basaves has become one more extended deportation case slogging through the Denver court. <br /></p><p class="cms-textAlign-center">***</p><p><b>In his earliest actions as president</b>, Trump issued executive orders canceling Obama’s priorities and sharply restricting prosecutors from exercising discretion to suspend any deportation. </p><p>Sessions, as attorney general, went further. Using his power to overrule immigration judges—who are employees of the Justice Department, not an independent judiciary—Sessions issued an opinion eliminating judges’ authority to suspend or terminate cases. For years, judges say, they had routinely used that authority to set aside less urgent cases, allowing them to concentrate more efficiently on complex asylum or criminal cases. </p><p>An analysis of Justice Department figures shows that the administration’s orders have been followed. The use of suspensions has plummeted in the past two years.</p><p>Now prosecutors are instructed to pursue every deportation and judges have little choice but to proceed with almost every case. Basaves was hauled back to court, and he is fighting to the end. In two decades living in the United States, he consistently paid his taxes. His teenage son is being treated for a baffling illness. His lawyer, Brett Stokes, says Basaves has a strong case to win a humanitarian visa. </p><p>But in Denver, with its long delays, the first hearing date he could get was in March 2020. </p><p>“We see the government fighting every case,” said Ashley Tabaddor, a judge in Los Angeles who spoke in her capacity as president of the National Association of Immigration Judges union. “Instead of being an efficient use of our resources, it’s just a lot of chaos and counterproductive measures that undermine the ability of judges to use their expertise to help a case go through the system.”</p><p>Immigrants like Basaves are not the only ones affected. The new rules have also made it more difficult and time-consuming for American citizens to obtain green cards for immigrant spouses who are undocumented. Cases of migrant children abandoned by parents have become more convoluted and labor-intensive for judges.</p><p>And Sessions’ ruling also applies to about 330,000 cases that had been closed previously. Prosecutors have begun to reopen those cases, judges said, worsening the backlog. </p><p>Despite the spiraling case numbers, Justice Department officials insist the new rules have been effective. </p><p>“We’ve largely solved the problems on our side in terms of processing,” said James McHenry, director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the agency that administers the courts. “Right now, the challenge is driven primarily by our successes,” McHenry told a congressional hearing in March. He said the backlog was still growing only because more immigrants are trying to come to the United States.</p><p>One area of progress under Trump has been in hiring judges. After Sessions streamlined vetting procedures, the number of judges in 65 courts nationwide has increased to 424 as of April from about 290 in September 2016. With more judges, more cases are being resolved. Between last October and May, the courts completed more cases than they did in each of the last three full years under Obama, said Kathryn Mattingly, a Justice Department spokeswoman.</p><p>While the time to finish cases grew substantially under Obama, under the Trump administration it continued to grow by about 40 days, or 5 percent, reaching its decade peak even as administration officials said they were making cases go faster. And the Marshall Project analysis of case data shows that the influx of migrants does not come close to accounting for the expanding backlog. </p><p>“This is largely a problem they created for themselves,” said Robert Vinikoor, who served as an immigration judge in Chicago for more than 30 years before retiring in 2017, and still practices immigration law there. “They’re keeping every case on the docket and the judges’ hands are tied. They’re getting nothing accomplished.” <br /></p><p class="cms-textAlign-center">***</p><br><img src="https://static.politico.com/43/71/593d86fb4ec0a54b38b1e0bf503b/themarshallproject-denver-91.jpg"/><br><p><b>Manuel Bravo Garc&iacute;a was walking through his home village </b>in Colima, Mexico one day in 2017 when two strangers approached on a motorcycle and beckoned. Sensing danger, he tried to run. They opened fire, one bullet shattering his knee, the other piercing his stomach. </p><p>He spent two weeks in the hospital for multiple surgeries, with a policeman by his bed in case the shooters returned. Hobbling on crutches, he flew to Tijuana and limped across the bridge to the United States border station, pleading for asylum. Customs officers cut off his leg cast to make sure he wasn’t carrying narcotics. </p><p>Sent to a shelter for unaccompanied minors, Manuel, who was 17 at the time, was treated for his wounds and his nightmares. He was reunited with a half-sister, Ana Bravo, a legal resident in Denver who has lived in the United States for 17 years. Three months after he left Mexico, he learned that drug traffickers in Colima had murdered his mother, shooting her in the head. She was added to a family tally that included three cousins slain by drug gunmen. His mother was a drug user, Ana Bravo said, and likely had debts she failed to pay.</p><p>At one time, Manuel Bravo would have had a straightforward asylum claim, based on his fear of return to Mexico, which might have been decided relatively quickly. </p><p>But in a major <a href="https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1070866/download" target="_blank"><u>decision</u></a> in 2018, Sessions ruled that the asylum statute did not apply to victims of “private criminal activity.” In a clear reference to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America, the attorney general specifically cited victims of gang and domestic violence as generally ineligible for protection.</p><p>So Manuel, now 19, has to fight a difficult, elaborate legal battle to avoid deportation, his lawyer, Joshua Mitson, said. A hearing is set for March 2021, the earliest date the judge had available. </p><p>“Every time I think about Mexico,” Manuel said, “my stomach hurts.”</p><p>Judges said Sessions’ asylum decision did not in fact help them speed up their work on asylum claims from migrants in the current surge. </p><p>“These suddenly turned into very lengthy, complicated hearings,” said Jeffrey Chase, who served as an immigration judge and legal adviser to the appeals court for more than 20 years, before he retired in 2017. “People are not giving up. And if they lose they are taking an appeal.”</p><p>In a further twist, in December 2018 a federal judge <a href="https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/grace_v_sessions_declaration_of_christopher_cronen.pdf" target="_blank"><u>struck down</u></a> part of Sessions’ decision, ruling that it did not apply to interviews migrants must undergo, often at the border, to initiate an asylum claim. As a result, the vast majority of migrants who are fleeing violence in Central America are still passing the first test for asylum. Their cases continue to flood into the courts, even though it is <a href="https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1163686/download" target="_blank"><u>less likely</u></a> they will ultimately win. <br /></p><p class="cms-textAlign-center">***</p><br><img src="https://static.politico.com/7d/6f/4511aa574aaabe633974275a4ed3/themarshallproject-denver-54.jpg"/><br><p><b>Another Trump administration policy to increase deportations</b> is adding cases like Alexa Espinoza’s to court dockets. </p><p>Alexa was barely a toddler when her parents brought her illegally across the border from Mexico, and she has no memory of the country. Growing up near Denver, she was chosen more than once for a leadership honor awarded in an assembly before her whole school. She is taking pre-med classes in high school. </p><p>Now 15, she would have been eligible for a legal work permit under a program known as DACA, which protects young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. But Trump canceled the program, and federal court decisions have allowed renewals but no new applicants.</p><p>Instead, Alexa has been summoned to court and faces the possibility of deportation. </p><p>Under the <a href="https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/2018/2018-06-28-PM-602-0050.1-Guidance-for-Referral-of-Cases-and-Issuance-of-NTA.pdf" target="_blank"><u>new policy</u></a>, issued in June 2018 by the agency in the Department of Homeland Security that administers visas, any undocumented immigrant who applies for a visa and is denied will be issued a warrant to appear in immigration court for deportation. In the past, the visa agency did not routinely initiate such deportations. </p><p>Alexa’s grandfather, a longtime legal resident of the United States, applied years ago for a green card for her father, Arturo. Alexa and a sister, also a teenager, were included in the application. But in September 2017, when they went for their final interviews, the visa officer stunned Arturo by informing him he had a deportation order from an illegal crossing many years earlier. The officer denied Arturo’s green card and issued a warrant for him — and the two girls. Three more cases on the Denver docket.</p><p>“It’s scary,” Alexa said. “Me and my sister, we don’t know anything from over there. I’ll be like leaving my school here and my friends, my home, to start something over there I don’t want.”</p><p>Her lawyer, Andrew Bramante, said that before the new policy, the visa officer could have separated the two daughters from their father’s case and spared them the years-long court ordeal and real threat of expulsion. “An officer would have just said, ‘Get out of here, you can go,’” Bramante said.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Julia Preston and Andrew R. Calderon Opinion: Virgin Galactic channels Thomas Piketty http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2019/07/16/1563268823000/Virgin-Galactic-channels-Thomas-Piketty/ 1. 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Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:52dcc185-8c00-423e-4226-4f47b004f280 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:18:21 -0400 Space is the place, if you’re extremely rich.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Harris wins endorsement of civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/crump-harris-2020-1415888 Top Stories urn:uuid:6b2954ba-d911-251f-1794-92e967f94053 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:07:10 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/5e/92/77927b5241e3bce083e1ce596441/190701-kamala-harris-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump is endorsing Kamala Harris for president, citing the California senator’s record on criminal justice and comparing her campaign to former President Barack Obama’s historic White House run in 2008. </p><p>Crump, a high-profile Florida attorney, represented Trayvon Martin’s family after the teen was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012. He has since represented other families whose children were killed in fatal altercations with white police officers that captured the nation’s attention, like Mike Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Mo., and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland. </p><p>In a phone interview Monday afternoon, Crump said that while he had gotten calls from multiple campaigns, Harris was the candidate in the top tier who stood out to him.</p><p>“When you look up some of the stuff that she’s tried to do working from the inside, you know that she understands the challenges of trying to get progress when there are a lot of powers that be that are pushing against the cause for equal justice,” he said.</p><p>Specifically, he referenced Harris’ role as California attorney general in getting the state’s Justice Department to <a href="https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-launches-first-its-kind-criminal-justice-open" target="_blank">publish criminal justice data</a> and her “Back-on-Track” reentry and anti-recidivism programs. </p><p>“Senator Kamala Harris has demonstrated an unbridled commitment to a fair and just criminal justice system from her very first days as district attorney,” Crump said in a statement obtained by POLITICO. “Our work on the outside championing reform relies on people on the inside who will make decisions informed by their cultural experiences and a willingness to listen.”</p><br><p>Crump’s endorsements follows Harris’ speech at the Omega Psi Phi Leadership Conference over the weekend in Atlantic City, N.J. Crump is a member of the black fraternity Omega Psi Phi and introduced the 2020 presidential candidate as a “trailblazer” who is on a “historic journey” to become “the first woman of color to be president,” Yahoo News <a href="https://news.yahoo.com/race-is-americas-achilles-heel-harris-tells-african-american-group-223124166.html" target="_blank">reported</a>. </p><p>In the phone interview, Crump said his endorsement wasn’t “an easy decision” with “such a rich field.” But he limited his choices to the top tier of leading candidates and was impressed by Harris’ performances on the Senate Judiciary Committee in televised hearings and last month’s debate in Miami. </p><p>“I thought she was clearly the best debater on the stage. That played a lot into my psyche,” he said. “And of all the top-tier candidates, her platform with her background spoke loudest to me.” </p><p>Crump described his conversations with Harris as “frank” and noted he and Maya Harris, the candidate’s sister and campaign chair, are “good friends.”</p><p>“They grew up in a family steeped in civil rights. But yet she has worked on the inside as a prosecutor,” he said of the California senator. “So she has a unique advantage from being able to know what it’s like to be on both sides in these matters, and I think that’s gonna be very important.” </p><p>Crump added that Harris “realizes where she can and must go further” on criminal justice issues, such as bail reform and Justice Department consent decrees. But for progressives who are critical of Harris’ record, Crump said they should take a closer look. </p><p>“See all the things she did when she was the first black attorney general in the state of California because many of the programs that she instituted were unprecedented in America. That was very beneficial for communities of color,” he said. “And when you look at all the other top-tier candidates, she is by far better on the issues than they have been in the history of their careers when you look at their voting records and their rhetoric. A lot of people did a lot of things for political expediency that are now singing a different tune.”</p><p>Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who led in most national polls before Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren surged, “Their voting record is not as good as what Kamala Harris has been espousing in regards to civil rights and social justice,” Crump said.</p><p>“I think, at the end of the day, she is gonna be more accountable to our communities of color than they are,” he added. “Based on her life experiences. Based on her lifetime of work of trying to be in the room to advocate for our causes and looking at the different programs she tried to institute when she was the chief law enforcement officer of the largest populated state in America.”</p><p>Crump endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and is active in Florida politics. He has donated to Democratic Reps. Frederica Wilson, Al Lawson and Val Demings, former Rep. Kendrick Meek and former Sen. Bill Nelson and supported Andrew Gillum’s bid for governor in 2018.</p><p>But Harris’ campaign reminds him of another candidate he supported in the past: Obama, whom critics argued couldn’t be elected president because he was black. </p><p>“Kamala is reminding us a lot of Barack Obama in 2007, where you’re just kind of seeing the cream of the crop rise to the top,” he said. “She has that Obamanesque quality, if there’s such a thing. You kinda can sense it a little bit just like it was happening in 2007. In many ways, she is more experienced and just as qualified as Barack Obama was when he embarked upon his historic campaign.”</p><p>Crump’s 6-year-old daughter is also a factor. When she asks if a woman — or, more specifically, a black woman — can be president, he likes to point to Harris.</p><p>“She’s a black woman and she’s blazing trails to make it very possible for you and all the other little princesses across the country, whether black, white or Hispanic, that yes, you can be president,” Crump recalled telling his daughter. “And it’s gonna happen one day. Sen. Harris, I believe, is just as qualified to become the first woman to be president of the United States as anybody else.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> nmccaskill@politico.com (Nolan D. McCaskill) Want to reduce college costs? High schools can help. https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2019/07/16/college-costs-high-school-000934 Top Stories urn:uuid:686f12a1-3178-f2b0-7b67-8e6b261283b6 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:05:42 -0400 Credits earned before college lower costs — and can ease the 'diploma divide.' <img src="https://static.politico.com/22/30/00e65a8444bd92e27fbffa885e38/190715-graduation-caps-gtty-773.jpg"/><br><p>When politicians discuss the crisis of higher education, they tend to focus on finding ways to reduce the price that students pay for college: tax-deductible savings accounts, better known as 529s; massive student debt cancellation, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren has proposed; free college, one of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ key talking points. All those plans presume that cost is the central barrier to college access — and admittedly, in far too many cases, it is.</p><p>But when I served as Mayor of Chicago, I discovered that focusing exclusively on student debt is the wrong approach — it attacks the problem at the wrong time and in the wrong place. We live in an age when a high school diploma is no longer sufficient for those looking to earn a middle-class living — almost every student needs something more. If we really want to broaden the gateway into higher education, we need to focus more directly on what comes before that, specifically, what students learn in the final two years of high school. </p><p>What if we transferred a huge slice of what previous generations of students learned in their first and second years of college to a curriculum that was broadly available in the junior and senior years of high school? That would help bridge the so-called diploma divide that separates privileged communities from those struggling to get ahead and brake one of the most powerful drivers of economic and racial inequality in America more effectively than anything we can do in college alone.</p><p>Take a step back. During the industrial era, the body of knowledge taught in high school was generally considered sufficient, and a college degree was something extra—a credential that some professionals might have needed, but certainly not everyone. That drove a certain mentality: High school graduation was the sine qua non of public education, the crucial demarcation of who could reasonably aspire to the American dream, and who was expected to fall behind. Today, that’s no longer the case. Even as we celebrate those who cross the high school stage in caps and gowns each spring, we shouldn’t confuse what those ceremonies signify. </p><p>If the end goal of high school isn’t the diploma itself, but rather a student’s readiness to take on the next phase of their education, the real question is whether those moving their tassels from right to left have a head start on the next challenge. If cost is the barrier preventing many worthy college students from earning the next degree, we should reorient the 11th and 12th grades so students don’t have to spend so much time (and money) on college. And we can do that. Public high schools have at their disposal established programs designed to help students accrue college credits, often free of charge, so that they can earn college degrees more quickly at many universities, and with less out of pocket.</p><p>It’s a model we implemented in my time as mayor, expanding Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs while attending Chicago’s high schools, and enabling high school students to take community colleges classes (dual credit—dual enrollment) before they graduate. This year, nearly 50 percent of the city’s graduating seniors already have college credits to their name that are accepted at the city’s community colleges, state universities and many private colleges. Nearly 400 graduates have accumulated at least 15 college credits, the equivalent of a typical college semester’s workload. Think what that means for those kids and their parents. Less money eaten up by tuition; less debt to burden their futures. They could potentially move through college more expeditiously, and enter the workforce months or even years earlier than they otherwise would take to do so.</p><p>The implications are real. When one Chicago student, Rikyah Wright, graduated from the South Side’s Kenwood Academy in 2017, the Advanced Placement course credits she earned in high school combined with college credits she earned through her simultaneous enrollment at Harold Washington Community College amounted to an entire semester toward her degree. She eventually matriculated to the University of Illinois, where she is set to graduate a mere three years after receiving her high school diploma. Boosted by the college credits she earned as a student at Solario Academy High School, another student, Salma Campos, was able to earn her associate degree at Daley Community College in two short semesters, at which point she transferred to Northwestern University with a very generous financial support package.</p><p>That’s the financial reason to expand these programs—but there’s also an important non-monetary benefit. Many kids don’t initially enroll in college because they’re worried they won’t be able to hack it. They don’t think they can succeed. But completing college classes in high school proves that they can, in fact, do it. That makes it much more likely that they’ll complete their degree. And the promise of a more hopeful future can incentivize high school students to run through tape as well. In Chicago, shifting the orientation to college preparation helped boost high school graduation rates from 56 percent to nearly 80 percent. </p><p>These programs need to be designed and implemented at the state and local level—but Washington can help. Just as President Barack Obama designed <i>Race to the Top </i>to improve American K-12 education, Congress and the White House could create incentives for districts and community colleges that work collaboratively to get a dual credit, dual enrollment program off the ground. The Department of Education could provide expertise, guidance, and standardized best practices. And the president could use the bully pulpit to get mayors, governors, and citizens engaged in the effort.</p><p>Speaking from experience, I know these are worthy investments. Eighty-three percent of Chicago’s public school students live at or below the poverty level. But in large part, because the Windy City’s public schools have the largest International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs in the country, our college and community college acceptance rates match the national average. During my tenure, Janice Jackson and Chancellor Juan Salgado, the heads of Chicago’s public schools and community colleges, expanded the “dual credit, dual enrollment” program from 300 to 5,000 students, making it the largest program of its kind in the country. And those efforts are paying off.</p><p>Kenwood Academy, for example, had 77 students graduate with 15 or more college credits, enough to cut a full semester off their college journey. Thirteen students at the Sarah E. Goode Academy, a STEM school established in 2012 on the far South Side in partnership with IBM, graduated high school with a full 60 credits—enough to earn an associate degree, the two-year degree typically conferred by a community college. The College Board recognized the Chicago Public Schools as an “AP District of the Year.” Our strategy increased both college access and success rates for underrepresented communities.</p><p>But it shouldn’t end here. If high schools are going to reach into colleges, higher education should be doing its part by pulling students up out of high school. Just as the natural jump from middle-school graduates is to enroll into high school, community colleges need to emerge as the obvious next step for high school graduates. In Chicago, we built that bridge by creating the Star Program, which guarantees free tuition (plus aid for books and transportation) to every public high school graduate with a B average. Already 6,500 students have enrolled. Any student who maintains a B average in community college then qualifies for the Star Plus program, which reduces tuition if the student moves on to earn a bachelor’s degree at any of the colleges or universities in Chicago.</p><p>To be sure, these shifts aren’t a panacea. And we should honor those working to reduce student debt philanthropically, as exemplified by Robert Smith’s incredibly generous decision to wipe out the student debt accrued by Morehouse College’s 2019 graduating class. But the challenge is too vast to hinge on personal generosity. Allowing kids to earn the associate and bachelor’s degrees more expeditiously saves families money and improves college completion rates because kids have the confidence to know they can succeed. If income inequality is really a reflection of the “diploma divide,” we need to stop looking to solve the problem entirely during the college years. If we focus on high school, we can ensure that education acts as a bridge to the American dream, and not a wall. </p><p><i>Rahm Emanuel is the former mayor of Chicago, former White House chief of staff, and former member of Congress from Illinois.</i></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> (Rahm Emanuel) Bipartisan bill would handcuff Trump on China concessions https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/trump-china-huawei-senate-bill-1416484 Top Stories urn:uuid:88a361b7-70f7-0002-7294-01fa7bddb3e3 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:04:49 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/be/ed/4fcb68f24122813c20bfe6bf9a4b/190115-tomcotton-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Senators are introducing a bipartisan bill that would clamp down on U.S. companies from doing business with Chinese tech giant Huawei, the latest effort to ensure President Donald Trump takes a hard line in his trade talks with China.</p><p>Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) are leading the effort to stop the Trump administration from unilaterally allowing business with Huawei. Their bill would require congressional approval for the Commerce Department to remove Huawei from a list that found &quot;reasonable cause&quot; that the company was acting against U.S. security interests. The bill would also allow Congress to disapprove of any waivers granted to companies selling parts to Huawei. </p><p>It's unlikely to get a standalone vote, but demonstrates the unease among both Trump critics and allies about giving Chinese companies concessions. </p><p>“Huawei isn’t a normal business partner for American companies, it’s a front for the Chinese Communist Party. Our bill reinforces the president’s decision to place Huawei on a technology blacklist. American companies shouldn’t be in the business of selling our enemies the tools they’ll use to spy on Americans,&quot; said Cotton, a close Trump ally. </p><p>“The best way to address the national security threat we face from China’s telecommunications companies is to draw a clear line in the sand and stop retreating every time Beijing pushes back,&quot; said Van Hollen. &quot;President Trump shouldn’t be able to trade away those legitimate security concerns.&quot;</p><br><p>Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are co-sponsoring the bill, a person familiar with the effort said, and a bipartisan companion bill is also being introduced in the House.</p><p>President Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1145097774402342912" target="_blank">announced</a> this summer that he will grant exemptions for Huawei to do business with U.S. companies if it doesn't &quot;impact our national security,&quot; raising alarms among lawmakers in both parties. </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Burgess Everett Trump struggles to build his ‘A-team’ Cabinet https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/trump-cabinet-turnover-1416134 Top Stories urn:uuid:2c218fa6-5038-1377-8153-b92b107e7b44 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:04:25 -0400 The president who promised an all-star cast instead faces the highest Cabinet turnover in recent history. <img src="https://static.politico.com/47/ec/829d62334ff892af53d63c2c8e10/190715-donald-trump-ap-773.jpg"/><br><br><p>President Donald Trump has called his Cabinet “one of the finest group of people ever assembled.” He’s praised the team’s “tremendous amount of talent,” and during his 2016 campaign, he promised to hire only “the best people.”</p><p>In practice, his Cabinet has been a severe headache for White House officials since the inauguration — from its high turnover to its multiple ethics scandals to its raft of ineffective leaders, who often were unable to manage the large bureaucracies of the federal government.</p><p>The personnel chaos is now thwarting the administration’s ability to execute the president’s policy agenda in his final opportunities before an election year. When the president walks into his scheduled Cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday, four of the 23 people at the table will be officials operating in an “acting“ capacity — including the leaders of Homeland Security and Defense. The secretary of Labor is slated to leave the administration on Friday, adding another temporary aide to the top ranks of the Trump administration.</p><p>And in recent weeks, a handful of the top Cabinet officials have irritated either Trump or key White House officials including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar — with the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reportedly on the outs as well.</p><p>Nine Cabinet officials have left the Trump administration since 2017 — either through resignations or by firing — giving it the highest turnover in recent history, according to <a href="https://www.brookings.edu/research/tracking-turnover-in-the-trump-administration/" target="_blank">data</a> from the Brookings Institution. The Obama administration did not have any turnover in its Cabinet in the first two years, according to the Brookings data. </p><br><p>“Trump’s Cabinet turnover at 30 months has exceeded his five predecessors' after an entire first term in office,” said Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, who oversees the Brookings data. “It is exceptional.”</p><p>Chris Lu, a former White House official under President Barack Obama who managed the Cabinet, said the situation “dispels this idea that Trump — who came in without any experience in government and who ran on the theory of being [a] businessman — could run things better. Clearly, this is not the case.”</p><p>The turnover takes a toll on policy decisions Trump is trying to enact, say former and current U.S. officials.</p><p>“There are just a couple of agencies where the president has a keen interest in policy including at DHS. But leading that agency really is one of the most difficult jobs in government, and it is near impossible to produce the results the president wants,” said one senior administration official. </p><p>“The Department of Defense has also had lots of turnover since Mattis left. Everyone is hoping everything settles down,” the official added.</p><p>Settling down does not fit into the ethos of the Trump administration. The president has acknowledged he prefers “acting“ leaders to ones confirmed by the Senate because they give him more flexibility and ultimately, greater loyalty. Even his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who’s worked in the West Wing since late December and does not require Senate confirmation, is stuck with the “acting“ title.</p><p>Administration officials downplayed the idea of any additional turnover in the Cabinet in the coming weeks. At a news conference at the White House on Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin fielded a question about the way the president views Ross’ performance at Commerce. “I have every reason to think Secretary Ross is doing a good job. I've never heard anything otherwise,” Mnuchin said. “Secretary Ross has been an important part of the trade team. Again, this has been an integrated team, and I think the president is very pleased on trade.”</p><p>Ross isn’t the only Cabinet member in the hot seat this week, after the president privately has expressed frustration at the Commerce secretary’s inability to include a question on the 2020 U.S. census about U.S. citizenship. </p><p>Trump’s acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is scheduled to appear before a Senate committee on Tuesday for his confirmation hearing, after months of transition at the Department of Defense. The Department of Homeland Security does not have confirmed leaders in roughly 10 top slots, despite Trump’s intention to make immigration a central tenet of his reelection campaign. </p><p>&quot;President Trump has assembled an incredible team at the White House and across the federal government who — in spite of 93 percent negative news coverage — has accomplished more at this point in his first term than any president in history, including record job gains, economic growth, fair and reciprocal trade, criminal justice reform, energy independence, combating the opioid epidemic, lowering prescription drug prices, and restoring the nation’s standing in the world,” said Judd Deere, White House deputy press secretary.</p><br><p>The ongoing turnover in the Cabinet was not meant to be a storyline for the White House in 2019. </p><p>In the weeks leading up the 2018 midterm elections, Trump plotted ways to make his Cabinet more stable and more to his liking. One White House adviser <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/28/trump-cabinet-departures-midterms-943375" target="_blank">told POLITICO last October</a> that “the president is looking to get better performers — all of these decisions are being made in the context of the reelection campaign,” the Republican said. “Trump wants the strongest possible A-team going into 2020.”</p><p>Following the Republicans’ bruising losses in the midterms, the White House very quickly started to remake its Cabinet. The day after the election the former Attorney General Jeff Sessions got canned by tweet, and in the ensuing months, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen all left their posts.</p><p>Bringing in new top officials after the midterms, however, still did not satisfy the president, according to senior administration officials and close White House advisers. </p><p>The then-acting secretary of defense Pat Shanahan <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/14/shanahan-defense-trump-pentagon-1365843" target="_blank">earned a reputation</a> as an official who remained overly cozy with his former employee, Boeing, all while allowing top White House appointees like national security adviser John Bolton to dictate Pentagon policy. Then Labor Secretary Alex Acosta frustrated top White House aides and important business groups by moving too slowly to overturn Obama-era regulations. Key White House officials have repeatedly <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/18/alex-azar-health-care-hhs-trump-cabinet-1538651" target="_blank">clashed</a> with the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar over proposals on Medicaid, Obamacare and drug pricing.</p><p>The frustrations with the Cabinet never seem to end.</p><p>“I don’t think it is fair to the president,” said one former senior administration official about the level of turnover. “Every president deserves people who can focus on their agenda and just do their job without controversy.”</p><p>Even the job of managing the Cabinet is soon to be influx. The White House’s Cabinet secretary, William McGinley, is slated to leave the administration this week after serving since Trump’s inauguration. McGinley often had the unenviable task of trying to police Trump’s Cabinet members, schooling them on government ethics, outreach to the media, policy coordination and optics. </p><p>The White House declined to comment on potential replacements for McGinley — though a few administration officials said Mulvaney would try to take the opportunity to fill the slot with a loyal aide, or a former staffer from the Office of Management and Budget.</p><p>Lu, the former Obama aide, said the lack of stability in the Trump Cabinet and lower down the ranks of federal agencies only hurts Trump’s ability to govern. The immigration raids around the country, for example, started to happen over the weekend, with no confirmed leadership at ICE or CBP, and the Department of Homeland Security does not have confirmed leadership in place as the U.S. heads into hurricane season.</p><p>“President Trump may think acting helps him ensure loyalty,&quot; Lu said. &quot;But you need strong leadership and continuity to push forward a strong agenda.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> ncook@politico.com (Nancy Cook) 'Doomsday scenario': Cash shortage squeezes huge Dem field https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/2020-democrats-money-shortage-fec-1416133 Top Stories urn:uuid:f09da599-4800-4662-2a3b-8a5c39a53d54 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:03:56 -0400 Nearly half of Democratic candidates spent more campaign cash than they raised in the second quarter of the year. <img src="https://static.politico.com/05/6e/178e89534f05b633b4ba4ed8b0cc/190715-bill-deblasio-gty-773.jpg"/><br> <p>Months of bleak polling couldn’t stop the parade of lower-level Democrats crowding into the presidential primary.</p><p>But bankruptcy might.</p><p>Eleven Democratic presidential candidates — nearly half of the sprawling field — spent more campaign cash than they raised in the second quarter of the year, according to new financial disclosures filed Monday. Eight contenders active in the spring limped forward with less than $1 million in cash on hand, and several top-tier contenders were already spending multiples of what their lower-profile competitors raised.</p><p>The financial squeeze is set to drastically shrink the lineup of Democratic contenders in the coming months, barring major shifts in momentum, as candidates grapple with the doldrums of summer fundraising and the high costs of staffing national campaigns and building donor lists big enough to qualify for future Democratic National Committee debates. The numbers also reveal the tremendous pressure on lesser-known candidates to make a splash in the debates at the end of this month — potentially the last chance some will have to attract a burst of support as their expenses pile up.</p><p>“This is the doomsday scenario for a lot of campaigns, where they’re grasping for air to keep their campaigns alive and to live another day,” said Andrew Feldman, a Democratic strategist in Washington. “You can’t build an organization. You can’t build an operation that turns enthusiasm into votes without having resources to do it.”</p><p>The disclosures show a yawning gap growing between the Democratic primary’s five front-runners — who combined to rake in about $100 million — and a collection of rivals increasingly struggling to get by, thanks to combinations of low fundraising, relatively high expenses and little money built up in previous years or fundraising quarters. </p><p>Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spent a half-million dollars more than he raised in the second quarter, finishing June with $840,000 in his campaign account. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Juli&aacute;n Castro spent more than 80 percent of the amount he raised, despite a fundraising bounce following his highly regarded debate performance in the closing days of the fundraising period. He was left with about $1.1 million.</p><br><p>Entrepreneur Andrew Yang and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also finished the quarter with less than $1 million banked, while a bevy of well-known candidates spent more than they raised. Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington, raised about $3.1 million in the second fundraising quarter. But he reported spending $3.2 million and finished with only $1.2 million in the bank. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand all saw more money go out than in, though they have reserves built up from earlier fundraising successes. </p><p>“Some of these candidates need a miracle,” said Mathew Littman, a Democratic strategist and former Joe Biden speechwriter who now supports Kamala Harris. “It’s like if you’re a baseball team and you’re 15 games behind in mid-July, the odds are that you’re not making it to the playoffs.”</p><p>He said, “If you don’t have the money, you’re not going to have the infrastructure. And if you don’t have the money or the infrastructure, what are you going to do to break through? At this point, it’s just very, very tough.”</p><p>Presidential contests are not without examples of candidates succeeding despite a slow fundraising start. Republicans’ 2008 nominee, the late Sen. John McCain, nearly ran out of money the year before he captured the nomination.</p><br><p>But early money has become especially significant this year, as lesser-known candidates have been forced to spend heavily to meet polling and donor thresholds required to qualify for primary debates. </p><p>Poorer campaigns have been overwhelmed by top-tier contenders whose years-long investment in digital infrastructure has helped them to reach those thresholds — 130,000 donors, plus a showing of at least 2 percent in four polls to make the September debates. </p><p>Rep. Eric Swalwell acknowledged the problematic math facing a lower-tier contender when he became the first major candidate to end his campaign last week. Swalwell’s campaign raised just more than $880,000 in the quarter from donors and, like many of the others at the bottom of the pack, well outspent what it raised.</p><p>“We had the money in our account to continue to try and qualify for the upcoming debate,” Swalwell said. “But we believed that even if we had done that, that when we looked at the September debate, it just wouldn’t add up.”</p><p>The quarterly fundraising report remains a yardstick not only for candidates’ performance, but for their potential. Prospective donors watch past fundraising, and weakness in one filing can cripple a candidate’s prospects of a turnaround.</p><p>For candidates who hobbled through the end of the fundraising period, the full extent of their weakness is likely to be felt only now, after their reports are public.</p><br><p>“Money is a measure of viability,” said Kelly Dietrich, a former Democratic fundraiser and founder of the National Democratic Training Committee, which trains candidates across the country. “And a bad fundraising quarter — your viability will plummet, and it’s really hard to turn around.”</p><p>Five front-runners — Biden, Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg — have secured spots in the September debate, and another three candidates have met the rising donor threshold: O’Rourke, Castro and Yang.</p><p>But many lower-tier candidates will be struggling to finance their operations in the weeks before that debate, while the frontrunners continue to expand their on-the-ground presences in early primary states. Warren spent $2.6 million alone in the last fundraising quarter on salaries going to 303 different people. That expenditure alone equaled what some candidates raised.</p><p>Montana Gov. Steve Bullock raised $2.1 million in his first quarter in the presidential race and spent less than a third of it, a positive sign for the underdog. But over $1 million of Bullock’s money came from contributors who gave the legal maximum donation of $2,800 — and thus won’t be able to give additional funds later this year to keep Bullock’s campaign in the black.</p><p>The chasm between the best-financed candidates and the worst is a challenge lower-profile Democrats were already attempting to head off as they reported underwhelming fundraising totals. Rep. Seth Moulton’s campaign, for example, headlined a statement, “Moulton Has the Resources to Compete on the Ground,” even as it announced he had raised just more than $1.2 million and had about $725,000 on hand.</p><p>For lower-fundraising candidates who previously raised large sums of money or could transfer money from old campaign accounts, the prospects are less grim.</p><p>O’Rourke saw his first-quarter fundraising plummet and his expenses rise, collecting about $3.6 million while spending about $5.3 million. But he still had about $5.2 million on hand.</p><p>Booker and Gillibrand similarly remain above water, despite spending more than they raised. Booker still had about $5.4 million in his account. Gillibrand kept afloat on past transfers from her Senate campaign. She still had $8.2 million in cash on hand as of June 30, which is more than she’s raised in the entirety of her presidential campaign.</p><p>Yet transfers from old accounts represent an advance that many other 2020 hopefuls do not have, especially those who were not federal officeholders. And that could soon spell the end for candidates flirting with the bottom of their bank accounts.</p><p>“You’re not going to see a lot of people continuing to give to a person with no money left,” Feldman said.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> sbland@politico.com (Scott Bland) FOX News: Darrell Issa: Democrats can delay Mueller hearings, but it won’t help http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/hdaBVb6XIc8/darrell-issa-democrats-can-delay-mueller-hearings-but-it-wont-help 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:97f16c8f-5b91-816b-c355-99208926b464 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:00:36 -0400 We have our first big reveal of the highly anticipated Robert Mueller testimony before the House of Representatives. And like so many summer flops, the previews are a lot more interesting than the full show.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/hdaBVb6XIc8" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/07/15/694940094001_6059329334001_6059335673001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6059329334001_6059335673001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News cf146134-ab38-5df5-bfa5-70103b6289c3 fox-news opinion fox-news news-events russia-investigation fox-news person robert-mueller fox-news politics house-of-representatives Darrell Issa Opinion: India’s Congress needs to reinvent itself to survive https://www.ft.com/content/d9aa87c0-a30e-11e9-a282-2df48f366f7d 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d72f62ad-d119-1548-4de1-ee113a33912c Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:00:28 -0400 Rahul Gandhi’s departure and defections make reforms a necessity<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion FOX News: Cal Thomas: Apollo 11 landed on the moon 50 years ago, but it was worth more than nostalgia http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/ATQGFbz6MRk/cal-thomas-apollo-11-nostalgia 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f563ffb6-9477-a758-cc66-308d5e3abb2e Tue, 16 Jul 2019 04:00:58 -0400 In today’s divided nation, it should be more than an exercise in nostalgia to revisit those exciting first years in space.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/ATQGFbz6MRk" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/07/12/694940094001_6058544266001_6058545799001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6058544266001_6058545799001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 2cd51bc3-a442-5bd4-9a20-3e31be48330c fox-news opinion fox-news science air-and-space spaceflight fox-news science air-and-space fox-news science Cal Thomas Opinion: Cats, cancer and mental breakdown: the joy of indie gaming https://www.ft.com/content/5b36fe2c-a6e3-11e9-90e9-fc4b9d9528b4 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:79214707-f02a-c749-f570-9f609800ed5f Tue, 16 Jul 2019 02:00:27 -0400 As blockbuster budgets swell and big studios grow more risk-averse, indies are leading the way with innovation<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion | The Guardian: Trump has made it clear: the only 'real Americans' are white and Christian | Theodore R Johnson https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/trump-real-americans-white-christian 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:806a7b38-0481-5e80-62f1-0aaace329917 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 02:00:17 -0400 <p>In a recent tirade from his bully pulpit on Twitter, Trump made it abundantly clear who he thinks belongs in the United States – and who doesn’t</p><p>On Sunday morning, while journalists and talk show pundits were busy discussing <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/14/us/politics/trump-twitter-race.html">visits</a> to two migrant detention centers by Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Lindsay Graham, Donald Trump sought to change the subject by upping the ante.</p><p>As conversation swirled around the deplorable conditions that immigrant men, women and children are facing, Trump refocused the attention on himself by suggesting that U.S. congresswomen of color were the ones who should voluntarily deport themselves to back to the countries they came from.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/trump-real-americans-white-christian">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian race us news trump administration Theodore R Johnson Biden leans on maximum donors to fund 2020 campaign https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/biden-2020-donors-primary-1416544 Top Stories urn:uuid:3ec76b6a-d456-e46e-b231-29919e778a0b Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:04:10 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/ac/da/40bcd2b849e3b78183d880ddfae5/190715-biden-finance-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Joe Biden raised more than one-third of his early campaign cash from donors who gave the maximum allowable amount, helping the former vice president rack up $22 million in the second quarter but opening him to criticism in a Democratic primary that has placed a high premium on support from small-dollar contributors.</p><p>Biden raised money in $2,800 increments while making frequent stops to glad-hand at the homes of rich donors, some of whom have known him for decades. He brought in more money from &quot;max-out&quot; supporters than rival Pete Buttigieg, whose $24.8 million haul topped Biden and the rest of the Democratic field in the second quarter. Buttigieg took in $4.8 million in checks from donors giving him the maximum contribution during the last three months.</p><p>Biden’s big money haul reflects his sway with some of the country’s most influential donors and fundraisers. It also shows a potential shortcoming for his campaign: He can’t return to donors who already gave his campaign the $2,800 maximum and ask for more, while rivals who are raising more checks in $10 and $20 increments can keep returning to small-dollar donors over the course of the primary.</p><p>Rivals such as Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, are using Biden’s frequent fundraising stops as part of an argument that Biden is not in touch with Democratic primary voters.</p><p>Since before he launched his campaign, Biden has also been working to build out his network of small-dollar donors. His campaign raised $8.3 million in donations from people giving $200 or less in the second quarter, a significant sum — though less than Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, who have focused on building out small-dollar fundraising bases in lieu of attending big fundraisers.</p><br><p>Sanders raised $12.5 million in small-dollar donations last quarter, while Warren raised $12.7 million in small-dollar donations.</p><p>Among the big-name Democratic donors who gave to Biden’s campaign were investor Ron Conway, Newsweb Corporation Chairman Fred Eychaner, and Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn, all of whom gave the maximum donation. So did several people tied to the Obama administration, such as former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, former U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley and former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Denise Bauer, who is also helping fundraise for Biden's campaign.</p><p>The wealthy network of one of Biden’s supporters, Florida-based attorney John Morgan, also helped kick in significant money: Attorneys working for Morgan’s law firm, Morgan &amp; Morgan, gave $398,000 to the Biden campaign since it launched.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mseverns@politico.com (Maggie Severns) NYT > Opinion: You Can’t Force People to Assimilate. So Why Is China At It Again? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/opinion/china-xinjiang-repression-uighurs-minorities-backfire.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8c10411f-7408-e349-c9f2-ae1d519368a9 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:05 -0400 The Communist Party’s past efforts to coerce minorities failed. Repression in Xinjiang will too.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/16/opinion/16zenzWeb/16zenzWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion politics and government minorities chinese language religion-state relations kazakhs (ethnic group) propaganda uighurs (chinese ethnic group) detainees torture muslims and islam communist party of china marx Adrian Zenz World Socialist Web Site (en): Trump abolishes right to asylum on US southern border http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/asyl-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3ed23ca8-de41-6970-8e3c-c60e9b761ff6 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The White House order condemns many thousands of Central American men, women and children to be summarily returned to conditions of murderous violence.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): The fascists in the White House http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/pers-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9909c7bb-971f-7cc1-739a-a8546af0a486 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Trump speaks openly as a fascist, demonizing people of different races and national origins, vilifying socialism, and declaring that those who oppose his administration’s policies are disloyal to the country and should leave it.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): Amazon workers internationally protest against conditions on Prime Day http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/amaz-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:65ee7124-c56f-468c-dd4a-9c3d48e0560c Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Across the US and in Europe, Amazon workers are protesting dangerous working conditions, low pay and the company’s ties to the US immigration Gestapo.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): As auto talks begin, UAW and companies conspire to enforce new wave of concessions on workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/auto-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c7e938a5-b07b-2b81-ad8c-cffa5579edc6 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The conflict is not between the auto companies and their servants in the UAW, but between rank-and-file workers, on the one side, and the corporate-UAW alliance, on the other.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): The Assange precedent: Journalists in Britain threatened with Official Secrets Act http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/jour-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:746788fd-d887-d12a-59e0-0427e2618f3c Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 What the Metropolitan Police proposed was the de facto criminalisation of journalism so that it could be bracketed within terrorist activity.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): Australian government seeking to prosecute journalists over exposure of war crimes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/abcc-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:167a934d-4ca0-4b8e-a294-38d6237e5006 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The federal police are investigating journalists over the 2017 publication of the “Afghan Files,” which revealed Australian military involvement in extrajudicial killings and other crimes.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): Jeff Bezos flaunts obscene wealth with $80 million Manhattan penthouse purchase http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/bezo-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:90af66f7-d3aa-0aa8-04b7-7202b63705af Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Bezos’ $137 billion combined wealth could pay the annual median rent for all 250,000 Amazon workers in the US for 100 years.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): UAW bars WSWS from opening of UAW-Ford talks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/pres-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ada5616b-385d-d689-388d-88d378c6f8c6 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The UAW once against blocked WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters from covering the opening of contract talks with Ford at its World Headquarters building in Dearborn, Michigan.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): General Electric workers reject union-backed contract http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/gest-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:297517fc-725c-f924-3f1c-6a0c813722df Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 In another signal of growing working-class militancy, GE workers opposed rising medical expenses, cuts to their retirement pensions, and changes to workplace rules.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): Laid-off FCA Belvidere autoworkers, abandoned by UAW, told to uproot http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/belv-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8e5a3608-c6e6-df81-1063-11cf0a3d3b4b Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Laid-off workers have reported that they were given as little as three weeks to decide on transfers hundreds of miles away.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): Anger of West Coast grocery workers mounts as union seeks to block strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/groc-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4d76828f-0d42-dea6-a40a-d9866078cb8b Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Talks between the United Food &amp; Commercial Workers and Southern California supermarket chains resumed last week after workers overwhelmingly voted in favor of strike.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): Hong Kong protests continue amid clashes with police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/hong-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6f756f2d-517c-9e2a-b53b-90fa085da6e6 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The Hong Kong and central governments are incapable of addressing the real concerns for democratic rights and social equality that are driving the protests.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): Walmart workers and teachers on strike in Chile speak out against unions, police-state repression http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/chil-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d8e6ee84-7eb1-7f05-964c-deff315fbfc4 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Entering their second and seventh weeks of strike respectively, workers at Walmart and teachers are part of a resurgence of the class struggle across Latin America.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): SEG (New Zealand) holds rally in defence of Assange and Manning http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/segn-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b1e8b72f-b551-0b8e-6218-cfc669ebfbbe Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The Socialist Equality Group (SEG) rally in Wellington was part of the International Committee of the Fourth International’s campaign to mobilise workers and young people throughout the world to stop Assange’s rendition to the US.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): IYSSE wins election to student parliament at Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/iyss-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b6881061-ab16-5ab0-dc69-e7e414b59937 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The IYSSE’s electoral success shows widespread opposition to militarism, war and the rise of the far-right and the growing support for a socialist perspective.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): Workers Struggles: the Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/16/wrkr-j16.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5ee3398f-e627-58d6-75a1-ce3d4a0f96a1 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Bus drivers across Argentina carried out a one-day strike on July 11 to press wage demands.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) GOP mega-donors pour money into Trump campaign https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/16/gop-mega-donors-trump-campaign-2020-1416543 Top Stories urn:uuid:ae13ead8-324f-185f-098f-9686420fc0c0 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:38:33 -0400 Some of the same donors who bankrolled anti-Trump efforts in 2016 are at the center of the president's reelection. <img src="https://static.politico.com/d8/2d/2d57ab5f4209a9e4706daa81c8fa/190715-rickets-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump savaged the mega-donor class during his 2016 campaign. Now, he’s turning to them to bankroll his 2020 effort.</p><p>The Trump political machine raked in $108 million for his campaign and the Republican National Committee during the second fundraising quarter, and the massive haul was fueled in no small part by some of the Republican Party’s biggest givers, according to filings released Monday evening.</p><p>An array of donors forked over six-figure checks, and over a dozen gave Trump Victory Committee — a joint fundraising venture with the Republican National Committee — the maximum allowed $360,000. </p><p>The list of those giving the highest allowed amount included Nebraska mega-donor Marlene Ricketts, who helped to bankroll the multimillion-dollar effort to stop Trump from winning the 2016 Republican nomination. Since then, the Ricketts clan has become supportive of the president, with Ricketts’ son, Todd, serving as RNC finance chairman.</p><p>The roster of max-out givers also included Linda McMahon, the former WWE executive who this spring stepped down from her post as head of the Small Business Administration to chair the principal pro-Trump super PAC. In that role, McMahon has been charged with courting mega-donors who can cut big checks.</p><p>Trump is slated to court major contributors on Friday, when he’ll host a fundraiser at his Bedminister golf course.</p><p>The Trump campaign and RNC is using its war chest to build a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/18/trump-machine-swallows-rnc-1067875" target="_blank">sprawling national apparatus</a>, complete with field deployment to swing states and a voter registration effort. With Democrats locked in a messy primary that could drag on well into 2020, the president’s team is looking to get a head start on the general election.</p><br><p>The Trump political operation reported having over $123 million cash on hand – funds party officials would like to direct toward shoring up his standing in the all-important <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/20/trump-2020-rust-belt-joe-biden-1332973" target="_blank">Rust Belt</a> and expanding the map into <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/04/trump-campaign-2020-election-map-1352437" target="_blank">traditionally blue states.</a></p><p>“As enthusiasm for this President continues to grow, these resources ensure President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot are in a strong position to win heading into 2020,” Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee chairwoman, said in a statement released just before the filings were made public. </p><p>After shunning Trump in the 2016 GOP primary, the big donor class is now warming to him. His campaign has launched a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/22/trump-campaign-donors-1283459" target="_blank">bundling program</a> which allows high-powered Republicans to tap into their expansive networks for cash. And Vice President Mike Pence has been <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/21/pence-trump-campaign-donors-election-1230494" target="_blank">quietly wooing</a> many of the Republican Party’s biggest givers, some of whom virulently opposed him in 2016. </p><p>Some of the high-dollar contributors are familiar to the president. The list of six-figure givers included several longtime Trump friends, including investor Howard Lorber, Marvel Entertainment Chairman Ike Perlmutter, and Las Vegas casino executive Phil Ruffin.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> aisenstadt@politico.com (Alex Isenstadt) Opinion: The opioid drugs scandal is depressingly familiar https://www.ft.com/content/7cf7b242-a6e1-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9b77c763-dc54-527d-dabb-b0530126ddec Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:29 -0400 Court cases targeting big pharma are just a taste of what is to come<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: Share buybacks on course for record year https://www.ft.com/content/2151b196-a6e5-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:988963d1-4ffc-e2f6-00f2-b5943e5fe41e Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:00:35 -0400 Companies opt for flexibility over higher dividends<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: Earnings seasons set to shine light on squeezed margins https://www.ft.com/content/599418fc-a706-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7685a9f5-8146-13c9-5c29-7fe1c181335a Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:00:31 -0400 Rising labour costs are forecast to reduce profits in the coming quarter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: Why companies like Ocado produce gobbledegook https://www.ft.com/content/1ec9e442-a498-11e9-a282-2df48f366f7d 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c51b967c-4a63-bbdb-1318-e167e397e01c Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:00:30 -0400 In an attempt to look tech savvy, the grocery delivery group attracted online ridicule<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Hollywood A-listers, tech executives top Warren’s donor list https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/hollywood-tech-warren-donor-2020-1416539 Top Stories urn:uuid:1be6dc48-1ae1-9f90-10eb-9a793fb979b7 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 22:41:31 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/d5/13/22bc04a443e1b1c26d5812235936/190715-scarlett-johansson-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren has forsworn private fundraisers for her presidential campaign, focusing instead on raising money online. But as the Democrat gathered steam in the second quarter of 2019, some of the biggest names in the donor-rich tech and entertainment industries decided to chip in anyway.</p><p>Actors Amy Schumer, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds were among the Hollywood heavyweights who donated to Warren’s campaign in recent months, according to quarterly disclosure documents filed with the FEC on Monday. Schumer gave $5,600; Johansson $2,800; and Reynolds $2,000. </p><p>Shonda Rhimes, the prolific star television producer of shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” gave $2,800 to Warren’s campaign as did actor and director Rob Reiner. Screenwriter and “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof and his wife, Heidi, also each contributed $2,800, the maximum individual amount for an election.</p><p>Democratic Hollywood fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former head of DreamWorks, gave $2,800 to Warren in the second quarter, as did his wife, Marilyn. </p><p>Donors who gave the maximum contribution account for a tiny 2 percent of the $19.8 million Warren raised in the second quarter, most of which came in online from small donors. But Warren's growing big-name support reflects the enthusiasm that has built up for her campaign since the beginning of the year. She raised just over $6 million in the first quarter of 2019.</p><p>Warren also drew some high-profile donations from Silicon Valley, which she has targeted during her campaign with a proposal to break up tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. </p><p>Tech supporters included John Macfarlane, the founder of Sonos, who gave $2,500 and Spotify CFO Barry McCarthy, who contributed $2,800. Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive who now runs a tech-focused venture capital firm Social Capital, kicked in $5,000. </p><p><i>Zach Montellaro contributed to this report.</i></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mstratford@politico.com (Michael Stratford) Pelosi rejects short-term debt ceiling hike as budget talks extend https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/pelosi-rejects-short-term-debt-ceiling-hike-as-budget-talks-extend-1416491 Top Stories urn:uuid:e88ee5ed-3d22-99d4-b28f-0bd7872677af Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:38:24 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/76/ef/1fe6ef41475a93de0802315f7d7d/190715-nancy-pelosi-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Monday night turned aside the notion of a short-term debt ceiling hike as she continues negotiating on a broader budget deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.</p><p>After days of hashing out their positions over the phone, Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Mnuchin spoke again Monday night, with plans to talk on Tuesday, according to a Pelosi aide.</p><p>“We shall see,” Pelosi said when asked about the possibility of striking a sweeping two-year agreement before the August recess that lifts the budget caps and the debt limit.</p><p>“The issues are what they are. They’ll be here now, they’ll be here later,” she said. “The interests of the full faith and credit of the United States of America are served by us doing this as soon as possible.”</p><p>Pelosi would not speculate on a backup plan if congressional leaders and the White House fail to strike an accord before the break.</p><p>The House speaker outlined her parameters for a sweeping deal in a letter to Mnuchin over the weekend, demanding “parity,” or dollar-for-dollar increases in military and non-military spending.</p><p>But some of the Trump administration’s key budget negotiators, like acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and acting OMB Director Russ Vought, have already panned the same-dollar increases, which House Democrats adhered to in crafting fiscal 2020 spending bills this year.</p><p>Pelosi also called for $22 billion in additional funding over the next two fiscal years for veterans' health care. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said tonight that request remains “a big obstacle” to a deal.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> cemma@politico.com (Caitlin Emma) Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: 9:30 PM 7/15/2019 - Jeffrey Epstein's money mystery deepens | Ehud Barak: I Visited Epstein’s Island But Never Met Any Girls | Michael Novakhov - SharedNewsLinks℠ Michael N https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150942045504192518 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bee86945-b218-c76f-ff22-bb2aa9810beb Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:35:41 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>9:30 PM 7/15/2019 - Jeffrey Epstein's money mystery deepens | Ehud Barak: I Visited Epstein’s Island But Never Met Any Girls | Michael Novakhov - SharedNewsLinks℠ Michael Novakhov - SharedNewsLinks℠: Economic and Racial Anxieties and Support for Trump <a href="https://trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/15/930-pm-7-15-2019-jeffrey-epsteins-money-mystery-deepens-ehud-barak-i-visited-epsteins-island-but-never-met-any-girls-michael-novakhov-sharednewslinks%e2%84%a0-michael-novakhov/">trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/15/930…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 1:35am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Biden slams Trump for ‘racist attack’ https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/joe-biden-donald-trump-racist-1416490 Top Stories urn:uuid:3dcd5767-4c8e-7fc8-8786-36a0e8cc5829 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:23:08 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/16/af/b1ab8dac4c56ab205e4a899f1753/190715-joe-biden-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>WAUKEE, Iowa — Joe Biden panned Donald Trump’s recent tweets about four minority<b> </b>congresswomen<b> </b>as a “racist attack” after Trump said they should “go back” to their countries. </p><p>Biden on Monday evening also added a suggestion for Trump.</p><p>“He should go home,” Biden said of Trump to woos and cheers. “He should go home.”</p><p>Biden made the remarks at a house party hosted by former Iowa governor and ex-U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p><p>“The way he spoke about four members of Congress, no matter what you think as a politician, he talks about going back to the awful countries that they’re from — Brooklyn, Michigan,” Biden said, to laughter. “It’s a flat, racist attack.”</p><p>Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who were the targets of Trump’s Sunday tweets, <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/pelosi-announces-resolution-condemning-trump-for-racist-tweets-1415889" target="_blank">lashed back at the president</a> on Monday, casting his words as a &quot;bile of garbage.”</p> <br><p>Omar is the only one of the four born outside the United States.</p><p>Biden was later asked by an audience member to lay out why he’s the best candidate to beat Trump. In addition to laying out a background on foreign policy and working with world leaders, Biden said he had a different kind of experience.</p><p>“I’m used to dealing with bullies,” Biden said. “This guy is a bully. I’m not going to get down in the gutter with him. I’m not going to get down and trade nicknames … But the truth of the matter is, I’m not going to yield at all to this man.”<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> nkorecki@politico.com (Natasha Korecki) NYT > Opinion: Follow the Emiratis’ Lead, Out of Yemen https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/united-arab-emirates-yemen-withdrawal.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:af9f106e-7b20-714e-a27b-1899d8ddcdd1 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:21:37 -0400 The war in Yemen has killed thousands of civilians and resulted in a widespread famine.<br /><br /><br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/15/opinion/15uaeWeb/15uaeWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion yemen united arab emirates saudi arabia mohammed bin salman (1985- ) The Editorial Board Beto O'Rourke fundraising fell to $3.6 million in second quarter https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/beto-orourke-fundraising-second-quarter-1416486 Top Stories urn:uuid:8aff27c9-d6ed-bae9-5b18-4c473d3dce30 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:16:23 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/b7/01/c50bf33140ddb5eb2295ba62339c/190715-beto-orourke-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Beto O’Rourke will report raising about $3.6 million from April through June, a startlingly small sum for a candidate whose presidential campaign once appeared ascendant and who raised massive amounts of money for his 2018 Senate race.</p><p>The total, which O'Rourke's campaign will send to supporters tonight in an email, is less than half of the $9.4 million O’Rourke raised in the first quarter of the year, and well below the $6.1 million O'Rourke raised In the 24 hours after he announced his presidential campaign in March, which raised early expectations for his campaign.</p><p>O’Rourke, after a blistering start, has flatlined in low single digits in public opinion polls. And his relatively weak fundraising reflects the challenge he will face regaining a foothold in the race.</p><p>In the email, obtained by POLITICO, O’Rourke’s campaign confirmed he has amassed enough small donors to meet the threshold necessary to qualify for the fall presidential debates — a lifeline for his campaign and a major advantage over other low-polling candidates. </p><p>The September debate threshold — 130,000 donors, plus a showing of at least 2 percent in four polls — is likely to significantly winnow the primary field.</p><p>O’Rourke’s campaign said his more than $3.6 million in second-quarter donations came from 199,899 contributions, with an average donation of $30. Fully 99 percent of his fundraising came online, his campaign said. Nearly half of his contributors in the quarter — 48 percent — were new donors to O’Rourke’s presidential campaign, and 98 percent of his donations were below $200.</p><br><p>“When you look at our fundraising in aggregate, we’re in a great position,” Jen O’Malley Dillon, his campaign manager, wrote in the email. “I won’t sugar coat it: we have work to do, but we have the resources we need to execute our strategy.”</p><p>Still, the quarterly fundraising total — a significant measure of a campaign’s viability — was deflating for even many of O’Rourke’s allies, who had privately raised alarms in recent days about O’Rourke raising far less than expected. </p><p>O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, had been considered formidable as a presidential candidate in large part because he raised more than $80 million in his near-miss Texas Senate run last year.</p><p>But O’Rourke’s fundraising machine quickly sputtered. In the second quarter, he not only raised less than in the first quarter of this year — but also less than in any of the four quarters in 2018 in which he was a Senate candidate.</p><p>O’Rourke’s advisers and allies have maintained that he has time to improve his standing in the primary. He has continued with his furious schedule of town hall meetings and events, and he has recently hired a raft of well-respected operatives at his El Paso headquarters and in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state.</p><p>O’Rourke’s campaign said Monday that it would expand to 11 field offices in Iowa by the end of the week.</p><p>But O’Rourke is now raising money at a clip closer to second-tier candidates than to the frontrunners he once ran alongside.</p><p>The five Democrats consistently polling ahead of O’Rourke — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg — combined to raise about $100 million.</p><p>O’Rourke nevertheless raised more than several lesser-known contenders.</p><p>Juli&aacute;n Castro, O’Rourke’s fellow Texan; Sen. Michael Bennett of Colorado; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, each raised about $2.8 million, and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock raised $2 million in the second fundraising quarter. </p><p>Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper raised about $1.2 million.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> dsiders@politico.com (David Siders) Digital currency battle shows Facebook lobbying falling flat https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/facebook-libra-digital-currency-congress-1591429 Top Stories urn:uuid:da21f825-30c7-d6f8-adb6-dce4808d9d4d Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:01:16 -0400 The rollout of the Libra project is the latest evidence that Facebook is still struggling to wield influence in both Washington and in the European Union. <img src="https://static.politico.com/79/12/102931164f42b07dc16addd63890/190715-david-marcus-ap-773.jpg"/><br> <p>Facebook is botching its dream of becoming a new powerhouse in finance, failing to win over lawmakers and regulators who say they are far from ready to allow the social media giant’s ambitious cryptocurrency plans to move forward.</p> <p>With back-to-back Senate and House hearings set to kick off Tuesday morning, key lawmakers and aides from both parties said in interviews that they had not yet had the chance to meet with Facebook or had gotten incomplete, at times conflicting, information from briefings involving the company.</p> <p>The rollout of the Libra project is the latest evidence that Facebook is still struggling to wield influence in both Washington and in the European Union after being dogged by controversies about its data privacy practices and role in facilitating election interference.</p> <p>The backlash from Congress — fueled in part by Facebook's weak lobbying push — will likely feed efforts by regulators in the U.S. and EU to crack down on Libra, raising questions about whether its 2020 launch will proceed as planned.</p> <p>&quot;We just need more information,&quot; said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), who said on Thursday he had not met with Facebook on Libra even though he chairs a new financial technology task force in the House. &quot;We're caught off guard.&quot;</p> <p>The void has been filled with calls by House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for Facebook to delay its plans, a surprise Twitter attack by President Donald Trump, who said the currency will have &quot;little standing or dependability,&quot; and warnings by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell that Libra may pose serious risks to the financial system.</p><p>Powell told lawmakers last week that despite the public benefits promised by Facebook, including wider access to financial services, Libra posed &quot;many serious concerns&quot; related to privacy, money laundering, consumer protection and financial stability. On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he too had &quot;serious concerns&quot; that Libra could be misused by money launderers and terrorist financiers.</p><br><p>In testimony prepared for Tuesday's Senate hearing, David Marcus, the Facebook executive leading the company's Libra-focused financial services subsidiary, said he agreed with Powell's recent comments that the process for reviewing the digital currency needed to be patient and thorough. Powell said last week that the idea Libra would be implemented within 12 months &quot;is not going to be proven right.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;The time between now and launch is designed to be an open process and subject to regulatory oversight and review,&quot; Marcus said. &quot;In fact, I expect that this will be the broadest, most extensive, and most careful pre-launch oversight by regulators and central banks in FinTech’s history.&quot;<br /><b> </b><br />Even lawmakers and aides who spoke with representatives of Facebook in briefings during the last few weeks walked away feeling like they didn't have the full story. Part of the confusion has arisen from the fact that, even though Facebook is spearheading Libra and will operate a digital &quot;wallet&quot; dubbed Calibra based on the coin, the currency is set to be managed by a Switzerland-based non-profit called the Libra Association that will include companies in addition to Facebook.</p> <p>Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), who chairs a new artificial intelligence task force at the Financial Services Committee, said Facebook and the Libra Association gave him different answers regarding the degree of anonymity for users of Libra. That's a major concern for lawmakers and regulators looking to combat money laundering and other illicit activities.</p> <p>&quot;One of my intentions is to sort out the conditions under which it might or might not remain truly an anonymous device,&quot; Foster said.</p> <p>Rep. Patrick McHenry the top Republican on the Financial Services Committee, said Thursday he had not yet met with Facebook but expected a &quot;courtesy call&quot; with Marcus this week. Like other lawmakers and aides, McHenry said he had also not heard from Facebook's partners who will help establish the currency as part of the Libra Association.</p> <p>&quot;Perhaps it's great and perhaps it's awful,&quot; said McHenry, one of the Hill's most outspoken voices on the regulation of emerging financial technology.</p> <p>Senior committee Democrats who said late last week that they hadn't yet met with Facebook representatives included Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), who leads the consumer protection subcommittee, and Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), who leads the housing and insurance subcommittee. Clay said there were worries about security, privacy and the potential for &quot;havoc&quot; in the financial system. &quot;We better tread lightly,&quot; he added.</p> <p>&quot;I'm concerned about creating another parallel system that doesn't have accountability,&quot; said Rep. Chuy Garc&iacute;a (D-Ill.), a Financial Services Committee member who sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing Monday on the potential dangers of Libra. </p> <p>Established advocates for Bitcoin and other decentralized cryptocurrencies have tried to get ahead of the coming backlash by telling Congress in recent weeks that Libra, which will be backed by various financial instruments, is a different animal and should be treated as such.</p> <p>&quot;We've seen a little bit of confusion around how Libra relates to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin,&quot; said Jerry Brito, executive director of the nonprofit Coin Center based in Washington. &quot;We just want to make sure that folks don't conflate the two. They're actually very, very different.&quot;</p> <p>Facebook previously encountered complaints from lawmakers that it was slow to respond to questions and concerns about Russia’s use of social media to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign. Shortly after Trump's victory, CEO Mark Zuckerberg flippantly dismissed the idea that misinformation on social media could have had an impact on the election’s outcome.</p> <p>But as the extent of the meddling became known, Facebook was forced to apologize, repeatedly, for not doing more to secure its sprawling social network. Russian trolls used the platform to purchase ads, spread memes and organize events that exploited racial, religious and social divides, largely in an effort to benefit Trump. In March 2018, the New York Times revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm with ties to Trump’s campaign, improperly obtained the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users. </p> <p>The backlash against Facebook was swift. Zuckerberg was hauled up to Capitol Hill to testify solo at a series of tense hearings. </p> <p>Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s usual Washington envoy, has since met privately with lawmakers in an effort to rehabilitate Facebook’s image. And the biggest blow from Washington is still to come: the Federal Trade Commission has voted to impose a record $5 billion fine on the company for data privacy violations, though the full terms of the punishment are not yet public. </p> <p>In the meantime, Facebook’s Washington operation has grown rapidly in recent years. The company shelled out $12.6 million to lobby the federal government last year and retains registered lobbyists from more than a dozen firms in town.</p> <p>Joel Kaplan, a White House official during the George W. Bush administration, serves at the helm of Facebook’s global public policy group. Last year, the company promoted Kevin Martin, a former Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, to oversee U.S. public policy. </p> <p>The public policy shop reports to Nick Clegg, a former U.K. deputy prime minister who Facebook hired last year to head up global affairs and communication, and then to Sandberg. </p> <p>Facebook, according to a spokesperson, has met with staffs of the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Banking and Financial Services Committees. Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and ranking member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) met with Marcus in May. </p> <p>Last week, Crapo said Facebook answered his questions but said &quot;there needs to be more.&quot; Brown said Facebook's responses &quot;failed to provide answers about Libra.&quot;</p> <p>Central banks and regulators across Europe have also raised doubts over how the proposed digital currency would work with the global financial industry and its tough regulation. </p> <p>Mark Carney, the head of the Bank of England, said last week that the currency must not have any teething issues before it launches next year, while Fran&ccedil;ois Villeroy, his French counterpart, said that the more regulators reviewed the Libra proposals, the more questions they had for Facebook and its partners.</p><p>In the U.S. in recent months, the company said it has met with the White House National Economic Council, Treasury Department and Federal Reserve, among other agencies. But it took longer to get to Congress, where leaks from private Hill briefings would be inevitable.</p> <p>The fallout may force Libra's 2020 rollout to be delayed.</p> <p>&quot;We know we need to take the time to get this right,&quot; Marcus said. &quot;And I want to be clear: Facebook will not offer the Libra digital currency until we have fully addressed regulatory concerns and received appropriate approvals.&quot;</p><p><i>Steven Overly in Washington and Mark Scott in London contributed to this report.</i></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> zwarmbrodt@politico.com (Zachary Warmbrodt) NYT > Opinion: How Do You Not Give Donald Trump What He Wants? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/donald-trump-tweet.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6b7959f5-ab03-82ac-e729-b7bcedbd9eb6 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:47:12 -0400 The president distracts with outrage. If only Republicans would supply some of it.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/15/opinion/15trump/15trump-moth-v2.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government immigration and emigration social media house of representatives democratic party trump donald j pressley ayanna ocasio-cortez alexandria omar The Editorial Board editorial | New York Post: Trump’s incendiary ‘go back’ tweets were a gift to the enemy https://nypost.com/2019/07/15/trumps-incendiary-go-back-tweets-were-a-gift-to-the-enemy/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3777f042-66a2-c95c-99e6-80fd1fad4ecb Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:46:18 -0400 &#8220;Never interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake,” Napoleon said. It’s a lesson neither President Trump nor “The Squad” seems to have learned. Going into the weekend, the press was chock-full of stories about the Democratic civil war. Nancy Pelosi sniped at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, progressives disparaged “moderates.” Republicans were popping popcorn, watching...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/afp_1i_trump.jpg?quality=90&strip=all" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2298686" width="16" height="16"> editorial | New York Post Post Editorial Board editorial | New York Post: Cuomo’s blackout blame game https://nypost.com/2019/07/15/cuomos-blackout-blame-game-2/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d0ce9127-9fd3-7ca9-af58-3873d7733221 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:34:35 -0400 In blasting Con Ed for Saturday night’s blackout, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is staying true to form — playing the tough guy riding to the rescue. “This is not the first time with Con Ed,” fumed the gov after the five-hour West Side outage. It “does not have a franchise granted by God”; it “could be...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/cuomo-blame-games-blackout.jpg?quality=90&strip=all" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2298686" width="16" height="16"> editorial | New York Post Post Editorial Board Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Prosecutors say passport, valuables show Jeffrey Epstein a flight risk upi.com/6924817t via @upi https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150925032417308672 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7b0dab14-052f-204d-06cd-9c3c6570a8bc Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:28:05 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Prosecutors say passport, valuables show Jeffrey Epstein a flight risk <a href="https://upi.com/6924817t">upi.com/6924817t</a> via @upi</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 12:28am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>1</b> retweet</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) link tweet retweeted mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Jeffrey Epstein's money mystery deepens washex.am/2k4DASm https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150923822348066817 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7757b811-fb98-0be1-a885-186b8537513a Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:23:17 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Jeffrey Epstein's money mystery deepens <a href="https://washex.am/2k4DASm">washex.am/2k4DASm</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 12:23am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov editorial | New York Post: Why the gov may love this weak mayor https://nypost.com/2019/07/15/cuomos-blackout-blame-game/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:46baec27-f82b-eb89-5ad0-a1bba93f2006 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:22:28 -0400 Gov. Andrew Cuomo tossed a few zingers Mayor Bill de Blasio’s way Monday but wouldn’t say more than that he “understands” our call for a firing. We certainly realize that it would be a bold step — but we can’t help but notice that having such a weak mayor serves the gov pretty nicely. Historically,...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/de-blasio-cuomo-.jpg?quality=90&strip=all" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2298686" width="16" height="16"> editorial | New York Post Post Editorial Board Who’s winning and losing the 2020 money chase https://www.politico.com/www.politico.com/2020-election/president/democratic-primary/candidates/fundraising-and-campaign-finance-tracker/ Top Stories urn:uuid:4e28aa60-3de9-30f5-5346-b6984b7af02c Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:43:26 -0400 Follow the money in the 2020 Democratic presidential race with the latest FEC data on each candidate. mseverns@politico.com (Maggie Severns) rss: Banned in Boston — the Christian Flag http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/item/32857-banned-in-boston-the-christian-flag 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:22e8a333-4943-e341-7474-a33c5a40f4af Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:40:21 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32857:banned-in-boston-the-christian-flag&amp;Itemid=624"><img align="right" alt="banned-in-boston-the-christian-flag" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/e4b4406087001648ae6d1d8e2a335c39_S.jpg" /></a><p>At one time, "banned in Boston" referred to something lurid or naughty. Now, it is the Christian flag that is banned there.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Steve Byas The Post's View: Yemen’s people need peace. They won’t get it unless there’s de-escalation in the Middle East. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/yemens-people-need-peace-they-wont-get-it-unless-theres-de-escalation-in-the-middle-east/2019/07/15/49b81b6e-a723-11e9-86dd-d7f0e60391e9_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c323449b-ad68-6415-e263-62ce098b387d Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:38:35 -0400 Banning arm sales to the Saudis would help, with a spillover effect for Iran.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/9Bp0NEULMx2tD8bC0stNHmYrwYQ=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/WTGBBGFHIMI6TBW527YOMA4R5E.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/cfWmtSSUptFlQUK5QJPyRIrrWHM=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/WTGBBGFHIMI6TBW527YOMA4R5E.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/tPuC0-IAEk2vLbIVCepR56pd1II=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/WTGBBGFHIMI6TBW527YOMA4R5E.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/22754" width="16" height="16"> The Post's View Editorial Board The Post's View: The U.S. is slamming the door on asylum seekers https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-is-slamming-the-door-on-asylum-seekers/2019/07/15/98a2ed26-a746-11e9-86dd-d7f0e60391e9_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d48de858-07c8-a5bb-0ffc-41425de12671 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:36:42 -0400 A sudden rule change would bar most migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/19zsn7IjS-p4NF1rUG1pLwSdYr0=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/PAZMAIVHJYI6TBW527YOMA4R5E.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/U5PiGReuWlSMZ95dC9QIfAcdu0Y=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/PAZMAIVHJYI6TBW527YOMA4R5E.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/hIVQnz6Lpo3Js_NRpBNmylvhk4s=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/PAZMAIVHJYI6TBW527YOMA4R5E.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/22754" width="16" height="16"> The Post's View Editorial Board Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Ehud Barak: I Visited Epstein’s Island But Never Met Any Girls thedailybeast.com/israels-ehud-b… via @thedailybeast https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150908945915174917 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c9abb5c0-7986-2e0f-cb1f-75b013102e99 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:24:10 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Ehud Barak: I Visited Epstein’s Island But Never Met Any Girls <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/israels-ehud-barak-i-visited-epsteins-island-but-never-met-any-girls?source=twitter&amp;via=desktop">thedailybeast.com/israels-ehud-b…</a> via @thedailybeast</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 11:24pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov RenewAmerica columns: "If we don't speak now" http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/korol/190715 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:331317e4-be66-a8a2-26ff-e2ba0d42fbe5 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:22:21 -0400 (Tabitha Korol) - ...<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1495791" width="16" height="16"> RenewAmerica columns Tabitha Korol RenewAmerica columns: America's Survival is back http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kincaid/190715 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c8ad4889-ccd8-a338-3d55-9d3187b311d0 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:17:23 -0400 (Cliff Kincaid) - We are finally back online at The slide show at our new site has the advertisements we ran in 2007 opposing Senate ratification of the U.N.'s Law of the Sea Treaty. We defeated this treaty even though then-Senator Joe Biden of the Foreign Relations Committee denied ASI the opportunity to testify against it. Take a minute to revisit this interesting piece of history. ...<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1495791" width="16" height="16"> RenewAmerica columns Cliff Kincaid RenewAmerica columns: A Kalchik, Cupich showdown looming? http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/190715 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:059612d9-a1e8-9bec-67c7-f5bade46372d Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:07:59 -0400 (Matt C. Abbott) - From ChurchMilitant.com (July 11): In spite of backlash from Catholics, Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) is doubling down on plans to host Cdl. Blase Cupich at an upcoming conference.... ...<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1495791" width="16" height="16"> RenewAmerica columns Matt C. Abbott How Trump aides rushed to repackage the ‘go back’ tweets https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/trump-campaign-go-back-tweets-1416321 Top Stories urn:uuid:d142d0ce-8f1f-115b-d578-cffe531e3b99 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:06:22 -0400 Over the course of 24 hours, the Trump campaign tried to repackage the attack as a broader patriotic message. <img src="https://static.politico.com/e3/a8/217a1ba44dc5b8fcf47e3c3bf98d/190715-trump-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Within hours of President Donald Trump’s radioactive tweets on Sunday urging several minority Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to other countries, his campaign was scrambling to repackage the attack into a broader patriotic message. </p><p>By Sunday night, the campaign was portraying Trump as a defender of American pride. “President Trump loves this country [and] doesn’t like it when elected officials constantly disparage it,” said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for Trump's reelection operation. </p><p>By Monday morning, the campaign’s rapid response director and Trump himself were branding the congresswomen as dangerous ideologues, retweeting Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s accusations that the congresswomen were “a bunch of communists.” </p><p>By Monday afternoon, Trump was clinging to a list of <a href="https://twitter.com/jabinbotsford/status/1150855138086707200/photo/1" target="_blank"><u>talking points</u></a> about his initial comments as he discussed them at the White House, laying out the mutated framing that had developed among his campaign and closest allies over the last 24 hours — Democrats have become infested by socialists who detest America.</p><p>“My point was if you are not happy here, you can leave,” read one bullet point. </p><p>“They want America to be SOCIALIST,” read another. </p><p>The evolution from the Sunday tweets to the Monday talking points offers a glimpse of what the Trump campaign will likely have to deal with as it heads into the heart of the 2020 election. While Trump’s reelection officials have long insisted that the best strategy is to always follow the president’s political instincts, the last few days have shown they will also have to regularly find ways to map Trump’s outbursts onto the campaign themes they think will drive him to victory. </p><br><p>Indeed, numerous campaign officials and White House allies were disappointed with Trump’s Sunday Twitter attack on four progressive congresswomen — Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Trump wrote that the group should return to “crime infested places from which they came,” even though three of the four were born in America and all four are American citizens. Additionally, none of the lawmakers are socialist.</p><p>Other comments the president has made — first as a candidate and then while in office — have been equally jaw-dropping and attracted comparable amounts of negative coverage, but the timing of his latest tirade was more damaging than most.</p><p>Several advisers and allies expressed concern that the president was undoing months of campaign work to frame the upcoming election as a choice between an America-loving, pro-capitalist president, and a Democratic Party beholden to fringe socialists who hate America and despise capitalism. The comments also had the ancillary effect of uniting a fractious Democratic caucus that had spent the week engaged in intraparty squabbling between party leaders and the progressive members that Trump was going after. </p><p>“I’m disappointed he injected himself [in] Dem on Dem violence,” said a Republican who speaks with Trump regularly. “Anything the president does that distracts from the larger and broader issue is always a gift” for Democrats.</p><p>Sunday marked the first time an unexpected presidential tweet had sent the Trump campaign into damage control since the president officially launched his reelection bid in Orlando, Fla., last month. One former White House official said the episode should serve as a preview for new campaign officials as they prepare to enter a grueling election cycle.</p><p>“Right now, you’ve got a group of people who are relatively new to Trump world who are still of the mind that they can endure stuff like this. The only way to preserve your sanity is to understand that wave after wave of people have tried to get [Trump] to do certain things and so you either sign up for who he is or get out while you can,” the former official said. </p><br><p>Even if Trump’s current team can salvage his controversial outbursts by spinning them to fit his campaign message, the president still runs the risk of alienating independent and battleground state voters with the initial remarks.</p><p>The president has rarely found broad support when voters are polled on his use of Twitter. In a recent POLITICO/Morning Consult<a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/01/morning-consult-poll-trump-twitter-1295248" target="_blank"><u> poll</u></a>, 70 percent of respondents said Trump uses the social media platform more than he should. Another 46 percent of voters said his Twitter use harms his shot at reelection. </p><p>Publicly, Trump’s allies argue that the president’s tweets helps him evade media spin. Trump employs Twitter “to speak directly to the American people without the filter of corporate media and poll-tested talking points,” said Kelly Sadler, spokeswoman for the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action, in a text to POLITICO. </p><p>And his latest remarks, she argued, merely highlighted how “The socialist wing of the Democratic party routinely criticizes America,” she said, adding, “the toxic attitudes and policies these socialists are promoting are dangerous and will be rejected by voters.”</p><p>There’s also evidence that moments in Trump’s presidency when he’s been accused of making racist statements have done the most harm to his image. When Trump claimed there were “very fine people on both sides” after white supremacists clashed with counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., killing one woman and leaving others injured, his approval rating dipped to a low of 39 percent. And after word leaked out of the White House that Trump once referred to El Salvador, Haiti and African nations as “shithole” countries, his rating fell to 36 percent. </p><p>Despite the corresponding slumps in his approval rating, Trump advisers still struggle to convince the president his line-crossing comments will damage his reelection prospects. Part of the problem, according to the former White House official, is that the president often develops a skewed perception of his support among minority voters. </p><p>“There’s a certain feedback loop that’s been established of how things are going that may or may not be reality. So if he’s watching Fox News all day and gets a certain view of the world, and you combine that with objectively strong economic numbers, you can see why a guy like Trump could convince himself that he’s doing well with minority voters,” the former official said. </p><p>A few Republican lawmakers joined the choir condemning the president's attacks against their progressive colleagues in Congress — something that further emboldens Trump, according to one campaign adviser.</p><p>“He says these things because he knows he can get away with them,” the adviser said. “No one wants to challenge him because they will end up irrelevant if they do.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Gabby Orr AOC slams Trump’s tweets: ’We don't leave the things that we love’ https://www.politico.com/video/2019/07/15/aoc-slams-trumps-tweets-we-dont-leave-the-things-that-we-love-068499 Top Stories urn:uuid:a57c52c2-ee82-0871-3a93-1b7f4d6a6d95 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:06:18 -0400 Opinion: UK rail needs a new balance between public and private https://www.ft.com/content/987af2a2-a6f2-11e9-90e9-fc4b9d9528b4 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:007d80bd-7ea8-63b3-6d81-c9b17919d55d Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:01:09 -0400 We need to rethink the network’s structure; franchising in its current form has had its day<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion David Brooks: What Pelosi Versus the Squad Really Means https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/trump-pelosi-squad.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4a2af068-a56b-712a-c809-b33d4de8dbf9 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:56:20 -0400 The progressive-liberal civil war isn’t just a conflict of what’s too far left.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/140298" width="16" height="16"> David Brooks By David Brooks NYT > Opinion: What Pelosi Versus the Squad Really Means https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/trump-pelosi-squad.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8eade46e-76f8-f43a-0876-2931e0ef1670 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:56:19 -0400 From left, Representatives Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, speaking, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib at a press conference Monday on Capitol Hill.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/15/opinion/15brooksWeb/15brooksWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion liberalism (us politics) united states politics and government democratic party republican party trump donald j pelosi nancy ocasio-cortez alexandria omar ilhan David Brooks Donald Trump Is Who We Thought He Was https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/15/donald-trump-is-who-we-thought-he-was-227358 Top Stories urn:uuid:8839977d-6987-44d5-9eb9-3b077f13ebb0 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:54:13 -0400 Now everyone’s getting smeared in the argument over his racist tweets. That doesn’t mean his critics should stand down. <img src="https://static.politico.com/9b/a0/43db6d6f43adbd6d069766196b80/190715-donald-trump-mag-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump blew the lid off hell on Sunday when he <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1150381395078000643" target="_blank">tweeted</a> that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts—four progressive Democratic congresswomen who are among his biggest critics—should “go back” to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Trump’s racist comments attracted sharp—and deeply deserved—reproofs from <a href="https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-trump-democratic-congresswomen-20190714-trocrjld2vgo3iwtpd66ftt2ma-story.html" target="_blank">Democrats</a> and the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/14/opinion/trump-twitter-racism.html" target="_blank">press</a>. </p><p>But let’s not kid ourselves. Nobody was surprised. Trump didn’t give us any new data on who he is, only additional confirmation of the ancient data on who he is. We have every right to be shocked and amazed at what he said but not that he said it. Racist conduct has been a constant in his life as a recent <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/06/trump-racism-comments/588067/" target="_blank"><i>Atlantic</i></a> piece attests. It starts with the Trump family’s discriminatory rental practices throughout the 1970s and extends to his public campaign against the <a href="https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-central-park-five/about-the-case" target="_blank">Central Park Five</a> and continues through the “birther” claim he used against President Barack Obama. He sympathized with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, said a judge could not hear a civil case against him because he was a Mexican American, and recently asked why the United States couldn’t attract more immigrants from Norway and fewer from “shithole” countries. </p><p>If Trump were a stock traded on Wall Street, you would say that racism is fully discounted into his price. Asking Trump to abandon his racism is like asking Ford to stop building cars. It’s integral to his psyche. Asking him to apologize won’t work, either. He never apologizes because he thinks it makes him look weak. And criticizing Trump will only accelerate him in the direction he was already headed, as he showed Monday at a White House <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-demands-radical-left-congresswomen-apologize-him-u-s-israel-n1029831" target="_blank">event</a>. </p><p>“These are people who in my opinion hate our country,” Trump said of the four progressives. “All I’m saying is, if they’re not happy here, they can leave. There will be many people who will be happy.” The people who should be apologizing, Trump insisted, were the progressive members of Congress who used “foul language” and said “terrible things.” He also turned the tables on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said Trump’s true motive was to “make America white again.” Bursting with umbrage, Trump said, “That’s a very racist statement, I’m surprised she’d say that.” </p><p>Trump welcomed the criticism he received from Democrats for his comments because he can use them to paint Pelosi and the rest of the party in the progressive hues of the Ocasio-Cortez faction. But that trick doesn’t work when the criticism comes from his own party, which arrived on Monday as journalists polled Republican leaders for their <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-racist-tweets-what-republicans-are-saying-about-trumps-racist-tweets/" target="_blank">views</a> on the kerfuffle. Several members of Congress, including Senators Pat Toomey, Tim Scott, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney, and Congressmen Fred Upton, Will Hurd and Mike Turner, criticized Trump in unambiguous term, calling his comments “wrong,” “racially offensive,” “way over the line,” “spiteful,” “really uncalled for,” “racist and xenophobic,” “demeaning,” and “racist.” That was a good start! Predictably, Senator Lindsey Graham hedged, offering a squishy defense of the progressives’ right to dissent but surely earning the president’s approval by calling them “a bunch of communists.” </p><p>But Republicans shouting “racism” probably won’t move the president much, either. During the 2016 campaign, Paul Ryan, the Republican House Speaker, <a href="https://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/web-video/paul-ryan-trump-made-textbook-definition-racist-comment" target="_blank">called</a> Trump’s comments about the Mexican America judge “the textbook definition of a racist comment,” and that rolled right off Trump’s back. </p><p>So what are Trump’s bipartisan critics to do? Just because words seem to have such a small effect on him doesn’t mean they should go silent. If we allow Trump to spout his racist views uncontested, the impressionable would have reason to read that as a tacit endorsement of the president’s views, leading some of them to echo and imitate the president. It might seem like a slog to engage Trump in the trench warfare of words that he’s arranged in which he calls everybody a racist who calls him a racist, but that’s the unfortunate price of doing politics these days. </p><p>Nobody is ever going to stop Trump from talking like Trump, but the failure of his critics to police his ugly talk doesn’t render the nation powerless in his wake. Trump, who fancies himself a winner, continues to <a href="https://www.propublica.org/article/president-donald-trump-losses-fred-barbash-washington-post-q-and-a" target="_blank">lose</a> in the courts, and since the midterms the Democratic House of Representatives has blocked him from using Congress as a rubber stamp. Like most loudmouths, his bark is his bite.</p><p>Meanwhile, if you hear something racist from Trump, say something.</p><p><i>******</i></p><p><i>Bark at me via email: <a href="mailto:shafer.politico@gmail.com" target="_blank">Shafer.Politico@gmail.com</a>. My <a href="http://politico.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=26f1798168150c8a8ed512264&amp;id=151813914f" target="_blank">email alerts</a> are spiteful, my <a href="https://twitter.com/jackshafer" target="_blank">Twitter</a> feed is really uncalled for, and my <a href="http://www.politico.com/rss/jackshafer.xml" target="_blank">RSS</a> feed is way over the line.</i></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jshafer@politico.com (Jack Shafer) editorial | New York Post: Meet the man behind AOC’s brain and other commentary https://nypost.com/2019/07/15/meet-the-man-behind-aocs-brain-and-other-commentary/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b9ef2b9a-2efc-deb4-c853-9e4bcabbb375 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:43:05 -0400 From the right: Meet AOC’s Brain Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “cadre of far-left first-termers known as ‘the Squad’ ” have been at the center of “increasingly acrimonious infighting” among House Democrats, notes David Catron at The American Spectator. But the true “prime mover” behind the chaos is one Saikat Chakrabarti, the co-founder of Justice...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/aoc-brain-fast-takes.jpg?quality=90&strip=all" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2298686" width="16" height="16"> editorial | New York Post Post Editorial Board rss: Biden’s Healthcare Plan: More ObamaCare, Not “Medicare for All” http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/32859-biden-s-healthcare-plan-more-obamacare-not-medicare-for-all 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:cc6c7168-e0af-88aa-423c-1cf3b61b99f2 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:39:03 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32859:biden-s-healthcare-plan-more-obamacare-not-medicare-for-all&amp;Itemid=629"><img align="right" alt="biden-s-healthcare-plan-more-obamacare-not-medicare-for-all" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/dd9289a0a9b57cd224eb3f24de7fd741_S.jpg" /></a><p>Joe Biden released his healthcare plan Monday, calling for building on ObamaCare, including a public option and taxpayer-funded abortion.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Michael Tennant Paul Krugman: Racism Comes Out of the Closet https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/trump-twitter-racist.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4ca4ce36-d694-440e-91f5-0cb11862e8b2 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:30:04 -0400 The dog whistle days are apparently over.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/712458" width="16" height="16"> Paul Krugman By Paul Krugman NYT > Opinion: Racism Comes Out of the Closet https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/trump-twitter-racist.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bc525240-1668-18ce-98fa-ba60f4214a18 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:30:04 -0400 The dog whistle days are apparently over.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/15/opinion/15krugmanNew/15krugmanNew-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion republican party trump donald j discrimination social media Paul Krugman FOX News: Gutfeld on Trump's tweets http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/NRE6TFXJsws/greg-gutfeld 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c0f3d92a-0a19-7272-cce0-525e67a3501a Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:27:33 -0400 Did you hear? President Trump tweeted.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/NRE6TFXJsws" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/07/15/694940094001_6059489545001_6059483872001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6059489545001_6059483872001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 977121be-0b48-53d3-8792-a56f69934768 fox-news opinion fox-news shows the-five transcript gregs-monologue fox-news person donald-trump fnc Greg Gutfeld Ilhan Omar fires back at Trump: ‘He’s launching a blatantly racist attack’ https://www.politico.com/video/2019/07/15/ilhan-omar-fires-back-at-trump-hes-launching-a-blatantly-racist-attack-068498 Top Stories urn:uuid:8fe7f6da-6b8f-40ba-3712-1fea61a3d70b Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:23:26 -0400 Biden chokes up during Iowa forum https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/joe-biden-iowa-aarp-1416168 Top Stories urn:uuid:d796d6ae-b8f8-fe0e-6c22-67bb94ae5310 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:21:33 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/87/2e/c05ec45e48c695cbddeb4e00348f/190715-joe-biden-aarp-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>DES MOINES – Joe Biden grew emotional, choking on his words and tearing up during a forum here Monday as he described the value of personal care givers, relating the discussion to the tragedies in his own life.</p><p>“They should be rewarded, compensated for what they do. They're desperately needed, particularly in poor and rural areas,” Biden said at a AARP presidential candidate forum here, saying that “paid care givers are not paid very much at all.” </p><p>“It's a tough, tough line of work. By the way, we've all been there probably. If you need help, I promise you, there is nobody, nobody, nobody, nobody, more important to you than that person who’s there, helping with the bedpan,” he said, beginning to tear up and pausing. “When they get really scared, you know. Hold their hand, you know?”</p><p>The moderator paused for a moment, saying she wanted to make sure it was OK to move on to the next question. “No, no, I apologize,” Biden said and shifted back into answering questions. </p><p>During the forum, Biden repeatedly related the health care conversation to his personal life, bringing up the deaths of his wife and daughter, who died in a 1972 car crash, and the death of his son Beau in 2015. The former vice president also brought up both of his parents, who spent time under hospice care in his home.</p><p>“Drug companies make a lot of money. And I’m not against anyone making a lot of money. I’m against anybody making a lot of money off of my two [children] and my wife who died,” Biden said earlier in the conversation. </p><br><p>The exchange came on the same day that Biden <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/joe-biden-health-care-plan-1415850" target="_blank">rolled out his health care plan</a>, which includes adding a public option to the Affordable Care Act. Biden leaned hard into his opponents’ embrace of Medicare for All, saying that it would mean unraveling Obamacare and extolled the benefits of his plan.</p><p>&quot;If you like your health care plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it,” Biden said. “If, in fact, you have private insurance, you can keep it.&quot;</p><p>That comment was reminiscent of a promise that haunted former President Barack Obama after he declared that under the Affordable Care Act, patients would be able to keep their doctors if they so choose. </p><p>The forum was Biden’s first event in a three-day swing through Iowa, which ends on Wednesday with a visit to Council Bluffs. <br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> nkorecki@politico.com (Natasha Korecki) Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: economic and racial anxieties and support for Trump - Google Search google.com/search?q=econo… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150892757055156225 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0e353861-8ec4-ad7c-2a2e-7605a81aaab7 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:19:50 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>economic and racial anxieties and support for Trump - Google Search <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=economic+and+racial+anxieties+and+support+for+Trump&amp;rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS733US733&amp;oq=economic+and+racial+anxieties+and+support+for+Trump&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57.18969j0j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8">google.com/search?q=econo…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 10:19pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov rss: China's New World Order - Behind the Deep State http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/32858-behind-the-deep-state-alex-newman-chinas-new-world-order 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e45b6804-e133-c86b-8528-582ef787b862 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:19:24 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32858:behind-the-deep-state-alex-newman-chinas-new-world-order&amp;Itemid=634"><img align="right" alt="behind-the-deep-state-alex-newman-chinas-new-world-order" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/de72b3044ac9dbf333a06e1b168abead_S.jpg" /></a><p>VIDEO -&nbsp;In this episode, host Alex Newman discloses globalists who praise and push for China to be the future of the world.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss TNA Video Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Two new studies find racial anxiety is the biggest driver of support for Trump wapo.st/1TRGTl6?tid=ss… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150891850565378053 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0d9d61ce-a796-df0d-d754-a31c993fee1b Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:16:14 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Two new studies find racial anxiety is the biggest driver of support for Trump <a href="http://wapo.st/1TRGTl6?tid=ss_tw&amp;utm_term=.606afbaff4af">wapo.st/1TRGTl6?tid=ss…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 10:16pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Two New Studies Find Racial Anxiety Is the Biggest Driver of Support for Trump gvwire.com/2019/07/15/two… via @GVWire https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150891722450321416 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0b663853-6598-59d6-08ba-b82d91fac61c Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:15:43 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Two New Studies Find Racial Anxiety Is the Biggest Driver of Support for Trump <a href="https://gvwire.com/2019/07/15/two-new-studies-find-racial-anxiety-is-the-biggest-driver-of-support-for-trump/">gvwire.com/2019/07/15/two…</a> via @GVWire</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 10:15pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov FOX News: Dan Stein: New asylum rules protect true refugees and the integrity of the process http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/LfI7EbknVCI/dan-stein-new-asylum-rules-protect-true-refugees-and-the-integrity-of-the-process 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f37c1172-9891-01ad-9696-b95e4049545e Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:05:22 -0400 Since Congressional Democrats adamantly refuse to deal with/face a crisis that’s taken hold of our political asylum system – you know, the one that’s triggered a crisis at our southern border -- the White House is again stepping in.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/LfI7EbknVCI" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/07/AP19191203748744.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/AP19191203748744.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News eb9877e3-f73f-5bbc-bd45-02ca66790d24 fox-news opinion fox-news us immigration fnc fnc opinion article fox news dan stein Dan Stein NYT > Opinion: ICE Raids and Pence’s Detention Camp Visit https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/letters/immigration-raids-pence.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:86dad053-cea3-0b46-a8c0-dcdc206aa220 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:52:05 -0400 One reader viewed the raids as a reality star’s “good show.” Another decried the vice president’s defense of detainees’ care.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/15/reader-center/14iceraids-print/merlin_157947327_1fe51c20-1bb0-4a28-9b74-125759e55994-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion immigration detention trump donald j pence mike immigration and customs enforcement (us) united states politics and government FOX News: William McKeever: Sharks aren't quite the threat that 'Jaws' portrayed http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/CwGkcjJ42AE/william-mckeever-sharks-threat 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:94e94649-9b87-1f9a-0eed-7d025f9a7a3c Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:50:33 -0400 Unlike our fear of sharks, their fear of us is justified.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/CwGkcjJ42AE" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/07/Emperors-Of-The-Deep.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/Emperors-Of-The-Deep.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 4b0496a1-33d4-5102-953a-a95eb2b821ea fox-news opinion fox-news science wild-nature sharks fox-news science planet-earth oceans fox-news William McKeever NYT > Opinion: Trump’s Slur Against Four Congresswomen https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/letters/trump-congresswomen-racism.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e19d57d7-718a-044a-c16c-d2f0e7551f3f Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:43:36 -0400 Readers see the attack as further evidence of the president’s racism and decry the silence of Republicans.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/14/opinion/14Blow/14Blow-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion trump donald j race and ethnicity house of representatives united states politics and government democratic party California Republicans face backlash for silence over Trump tweets https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2019/07/15/california-republicans-face-backlash-for-silence-over-trump-tweets-1101979 Top Stories urn:uuid:5d8f1f56-c527-6b80-4c75-508f52512e72 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:36:13 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/cf/f3/4cd38ebc4551b6c4108330d1f2aa/171012-donald-trump.jpg"/><br><p>California Republicans are accustomed to a cautious dance with Donald Trump’s divisive presidency, but the president’s racist tweets this weekend are testing that balancing act in the nation's most diverse state, with conservative calls to denounce Trump’s statements competing with the need to placate the party base.</p><p>While Trump generally polls abysmally in deep-blue California, he remains popular among the California GOP’s shrinking base. Leaders of the beleaguered state party have to thread a needle of neither embracing Trump too enthusiastically nor denouncing him and risking a backlash.</p><p>But 24 hours of silence from the party’s leadership — after Trump tweeted that female minority members of Congress should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” — have angered a vocal minority of California Republicans who have warned for years that Trump is dragging their party to oblivion.</p><p>Even as California Democrats universally condemned the president, the head of the California Republican Party did not respond, nor did Republican leadership in the state Legislature. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also has remained silent.</p><p>Other California Republicans have taken note of their leadership’s reluctance to speak.</p><p>Republican Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) was the sole GOP legislator to <a href="https://twitter.com/ChadMayes/status/1150497281428226048" target="_blank">speak out on Twitter</a> following the president’s Sunday tweetstorm. “This is beyond unacceptable, it is wrong and abhorrent,’’ he wrote. “Dear Fellow Republicans, we must speak out and return ourselves to decency. This cannot be who we are!”</p><p>Republican strategists and former GOP officials also lambasted Trump. That included never-Trumpers like former Arnold Schwarzenegger aide Rob Stutzman, who <a href="https://twitter.com/RobStutzman/status/1150452561951911938" target="_blank">called Trump</a> “a disgrace to the office” and “evil” on Twitter, and more conservative voices like Jon Fleischman, a former California Republican official and commentator who <a href="https://twitter.com/FlashReport/status/1150524041305808896" target="_blank">said he was “embarrassed”</a> and urged Trump to “delete this and apologize.”</p><p>“Donald Trump is speaking to his base and has no interest in talking to the rest of America,’’ said Luis Alvarado, founder of the California-based GOP firm Latino Strategy, who noted that “you can count on one hand” the number in his party speaking out.</p><p>“It’s not an issue of partisanship,” Alvarado said. “It’s an issue of being a true believer in what American values are — and that’s why I am in disbelief that our elected officials are not standing up to Donald Trump once again.”</p><p>“Time to lead,” former California Republican Party political director Mike Madrid <a href="https://twitter.com/madrid_mike/status/1150800679646056448" target="_blank">said in a tweet</a> directed at California Republican Party chair Jessica Millan Patterson. “Do the right thing and denounce the racism that has consumed the party. It’s not hard to do the right thing.”</p><p>Patterson was <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/24/california-republicans-jessica-patterson-1182704" target="_blank">chosen in February</a> to lead her party out of the political wilderness, with California Republicans holding zero statewide offices, reduced to less than one-third of the Legislature and reeling from having forfeited seven frontline House seats.</p><p>Debate about the party’s relationship with Trump dominated the campaign. Patterson became the frontrunner after a former Republican assemblyman dropped out, saying his refusal to vote for Trump alienated too many party members; by contrast, Patterson voted for Trump and emphasizes that she supports the president.</p><p>According to a 2017 Department of Finance <a href="http://www.dof.ca.gov/Forecasting/Demographics/Projections/documents/P_PressRelease.pdf" target="_blank">demographics report</a>, Latinos comprised the largest ethnic group in California in 2016 at 39 percent, compared to 38 percent white and 13 percent Asian. In 2036, the state's population is projected to be 43 percent Latino in 2036, 35 percent white and 13 percent Asian.</p><p>The Public Policy Institute of California <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/f/?id=0000016b-f758-d6eb-a96f-fffc21b10001" target="_blank">projects that immigrants will make up 27 percent of California's population in 2030</a>, the same share they did in 2013.</p><p>As California has grown more diverse, the California Republican Party’s share of the electorate has steadily declined, dropping below the number of no-party-preference voters last year. Some Republicans, like Madrid, believe the party’s decline stems in large part from its inability to attract minority voters — a problem that critics believe Trump exacerbates.</p><p>“Donald Trump just made life a lot easier for <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/307572" target="_blank" data-person-id="307572">Katie Hill</a> and <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/307578" target="_blank" data-person-id="307578">Katie Porter</a> and the rest of the freshman Democrats running for re-election out here,” said Dan Schnur, a former California Republican official who is now an independent and teaches politics at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Berkeley.</p><p>Indeed, while some Republicans say they were appalled by the tweet, they believe party officials are in a tough spot if they condemn the president publicly. They said that they believe Patterson, the CAGOP chair, has been placed in a particularly delicate spot.</p><p>“Jessica needs the VP to come and do a fundraiser,’’ as Vice President Mike Pence just did last week in the Central Valley, said one leading Republican, who asked to speak without attribution. “She has nothing, no infrastructure. So if she criticizes the federal administration ... no cabinet secretaries will meet with your donors ... she will have literally no money” to fight the 2020 cycle.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Carla Marinucci DeVos' use of personal email as secretary probed by House Democrats https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/devos-use-of-personal-email-as-secretary-probed-by-house-democrats-3582116 Top Stories urn:uuid:e08e156d-f830-4336-a8be-3e67c7aa2d49 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:34:05 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/d9/1e/6cdecbd548af8545b818b74d4794/190517-betsy-devos-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said Monday that he is expanding an investigation into the use of personal email by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.</p><p>Cummings told DeVos in a letter that his move came after &quot;disturbing new revelations&quot; released by the Education Department's inspector general in May about how DeVos had used personal email while on the job.</p><p>“New information has now come to light indicating that you and other Department officials violated the Department’s prohibition on using personal email accounts to conduct official business, violated the requirement in the Federal Records Act to forward these emails to your official account within 20 days, and violated the requirement in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to produce relevant records in response to public requests,” wrote Cummings (D-Md.).</p><p>Cummings told DeVos the new information indicates that she &quot;withheld from the Committee information it has been seeking on a bipartisan basis over the past two years.” He also sought new related documents by July 29.</p><p>In response, Liz Hill, a department spokesperson, said the letter was &quot;nothing more than political grandstanding.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The IG has already done a thorough report on this issue. There is nothing to see here,&quot; Hill said in an email. </p><br><p>The IG said DeVos used personal email to conduct government business on a “limited” basis, but in those cases, the emails were “not always being properly preserved.&quot;</p><p>The IG said the personal emails to and from DeVos should have been forwarded to her department email account, but instead were preserved in the accounts of other department political employees included on the messages.</p><p>The IG also identified one instance in which the department said in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that there were no “responsive documents” found. But the IG was able to find emails that were responsive to that request.</p><p>The use of personal email by government officials to conduct official business has been a hot issue since the 2016 presidential campaign. President Donald Trump sharply criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for using personal email while serving as secretary of State.</p><p>Cummings said his committee's investigation into the use of personal email for official business has been ongoing for more than two years under Republican and Democratic chairmen. He said the inquiry began in March 2017 across 55 federal agencies.</p><p>According to a press release, Cummings joined former Chairmen Jason Chaffetz and Trey Gowdy, both Republicans, in requesting documents from the Department of Education. &quot;In both instances, the Department refused to provide any of the requested information about employees who used personal email or text accounts for official business. Instead, the Department only described its policy prohibiting the use of personal accounts for official business,&quot; the Cummings release said.</p><p><i>Michael Stratford contributed to this report.</i></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> khefling@politico.com (Kimberly Hefling) Kellyanne Conway defies subpoena, skips Oversight hearing https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/kellyanne-conway-subpoena-oversight-hearing-1416132 Top Stories urn:uuid:93418d8e-5cf3-249b-3567-43adc83e5f0e Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:18:10 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/47/78/f18084d546e884e87b263c4b98d1/190715-conway-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday defied a congressional subpoena, refusing to show up for testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee about her violations of the Hatch Act.</p><p>In a letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the chairman of the panel, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone asserted the Trump administration’s long-standing view that current and former White House officials are “absolutely immune” from congressional testimony, writing: “Ms. Conway cannot be compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the president.”</p><p>“Because of this constitutional immunity, and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the President, the President has directed Ms. Conway not to appear at the Committee's scheduled hearing on Monday, July 15, 2019,” Cipollone continued.</p><p>Cummings previously issued the subpoena after the White House blocked Conway from appearing before the committee voluntarily.</p><p>The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency that oversees Hatch Act compliance, cited Conway last month for multiple violations of the 1939 law, which prohibits government employees from participating in political speech while performing their official duties. The Democrat-led Oversight Committee has been looking into the issue.</p><p>While Conway has publicly pushed back against the OSC’s claims that she violated the Hatch Act multiple times, she has not taken up the Oversight Committee’s invitations for her to give her side. Her failure to show up for a hearing last month led the committee to authorize Cummings to issue a subpoena to compel her testimony.</p><p>OSC chief Henry J. Kerner testified before the committee last month, calling her a repeat offender of the Hatch Act. His formal report on Conway’s violations recommended that President Donald Trump fire her; Trump has instead defended Conway.</p><p>Republican lawmakers, too, have rushed to Conway’s defense, claiming that the Hatch Act unfairly restricts Conway’s free speech rights.</p><p>In his report, Kerner said Conway violated the Hatch Act when she spoke multiple times about the 2020 presidential race, in addition to the Alabama Senate election in 2017.</p><p>“Ms. Conway’s advocacy against the Democratic candidates and open endorsement of the president’s re-election effort during both official media appearances and on her Twitter account constitute prohibited personnel activity under the Hatch Act,” Kerner wrote.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Andrew Desiderio FOX News: Deroy Murdock: When it comes to health care, Dems all offer the same cure (and it's snake oil) http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/ZS_yfdMAehg/deroy-murdock-democratic-presidential-contenders-prescribe-big-government-snake-oil 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:22956ac1-d67a-22cb-1b6c-cab3f0dc3d11 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:14:16 -0400 When it comes to health care, the Democratic presidential candidates offer the same cure: Big Government.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/ZS_yfdMAehg" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/04/AP19112561995466.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/AP19112561995466.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 4793cf40-1752-5627-8885-bde85c0af09d fox-news opinion fox-news politics 2020-presidential-election fox-news politics elections democrats fnc fnc Deroy Murdock Boris Johnson: Trump’s ‘go home’ attack was ‘totally inappropriate’ https://www.politico.com/www.politico.eu/article/boris-johnson-donald-trump-twitter-go-home-attack-was-totally-inapproapriate/ Top Stories urn:uuid:1a1203f0-ecc5-4822-0823-838b42ca8e38 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:53:58 -0400 The front-runner to be the next UK prime minister refused to condemn the president’s tweets as ‘racist,’ however. The Post's View: Trump’s racist tweets are one of the lowest moments of his presidency https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-racist-tweets-are-one-of-the-lowest-moments-of-his-presidency/2019/07/15/347f4e9c-a71a-11e9-9214-246e594de5d5_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2d4fc494-a0f4-0a5d-5930-8f3569a74414 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:17:44 -0400 His comments about four Democratic congresswomen are indefensible.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/z4oh6-LbD577WVw0eu1X6z42xCs=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/DDLLHGVHEYI6TBZTJDEHENPTSY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/jK0LHdlqJ03Oqfo7WNeBmUB0j4w=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/DDLLHGVHEYI6TBZTJDEHENPTSY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/yFecllK8VLBckdywAqIf0hlAGRQ=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/DDLLHGVHEYI6TBZTJDEHENPTSY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/22754" width="16" height="16"> The Post's View Editorial Board Trump to freshmen Dem congresswomen: 'If you're not happy, you can leave' https://www.politico.com/video/2019/07/15/trump-to-freshman-dem-congresswomen-if-youre-not-happy-you-can-leave-068497 Top Stories urn:uuid:a6fedf07-ec11-a535-903f-8babb99d5fd7 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:14:53 -0400 NYT > Opinion: Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/intel-data-brokers.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b7f87095-2f50-62a6-14f1-8f48c0126918 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:00:04 -0400 Congress must act to protect American citizens.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/15/opinion/sunday/15hoffman/15hoffman-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion data-mining and database marketing privacy law and legislation computers and the internet acxiom corp equifax inc federal trade commission brown edmund g jr David A. Hoffman NYT > Opinion: Please, Pelosi, Fight Trump, Not the Squad https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/pelosi-squad-democrats-trump-2020.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:79627ae4-fe33-92d7-889e-71017bcd2ca9 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:53:37 -0400 The House speaker is demoralizing people the Democratic Party needs.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/15/opinion/15goldbergWeb/15goldbergWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government immigration and emigration democratic party ocasio-cortez alexandria pelosi nancy trump donald j house of representatives liberalism (us politics) presidential election of 2020 Michelle Goldberg NYT > Opinion: Get It Together, Democrats https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/democrats-twitter-squad-pelosi-trump.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:200b64e1-8a76-109f-2a1d-eb2eb5b4c383 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:38:41 -0400 The dome of the Capitol is reflected in a puddle in Washington last December.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/15/opinion/15leonhardt-newsletter/merlin_148384452_b45b378a-7281-4f2c-a682-edf0eb2268d6-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government midterm elections (2018) presidential election of 2020 polls and public opinion discrimination democratic party mueller robert s iii russian interference in 2016 us elections and ties to trump associates trump donald j pelosi David Leonhardt rss: The Deaths Continue: Decorated U.S. Green Beret Killed in Afghanistan http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/32856-the-deaths-continue-decorated-u-s-green-beret-killed-in-afghanistan 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2234cb1e-6325-a464-3498-3f9ecd16bba2 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:33:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32856:the-deaths-continue-decorated-u-s-green-beret-killed-in-afghanistan&amp;Itemid=630"><img align="right" alt="the-deaths-continue-decorated-u-s-green-beret-killed-in-afghanistan" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/c5ac18616f0a09ac9a9c7c1fe6dd9840_S.jpg" /></a><p>Sgt. Maj. James G. “Ryan” Sartor, a Green Beret who was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group, was killed in combat in Afghanistan’s Faryab province on July 13.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Warren Mass Trump talks up success of raids, despite little evidence of widespread deportations https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/trump-ice-raids-1416128 Top Stories urn:uuid:e5ad217d-5558-1edc-44ec-2722da45a4ea Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:24:00 -0400 <p>President Donald Trump on Monday asserted that the mass-deportation raids he confirmed and publicized last week took place, despite few signs of removals being carried out at the scale he promised.</p><p>“The ICE raids were very successful — people came into our country illegally, illegally,” Trump told reporters during an event at the White House showcasing American-made products. “Many, many were taken out on Sunday, you just didn't know about it.”</p><p>Trump last week said that the raids, which had already been delayed once amid internal resistance and word of their timing having leaked, would begin Sunday in nearly a dozen cities across the country. Last month, he<a href="https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1140791400658870274?lang=en" target="_blank"> <u>pledged</u></a> that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials would soon begin work on deporting “millions of illegal aliens,” a lofty figure that Trump later revised down.</p><p>“We’re taking them out by the thousands,” he told reporters on Friday, pledging that the weekend’s operations would prioritize removing criminals.</p><p>The plans sent waves of fear and paranoia through immigrant communities and prompted a hasty “Know Your Rights” campaign pushed by Democratic lawmakers. But despite reports of more routine, smaller removal operations over the weekend, according to<a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/immigration-enforcement-raids-begin-in-new-york-11563062969" target="_blank"> <u>multiple</u></a><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/as-immigrant-families-wait-in-dread-no-sign-of-large-scale-enforcement-raids/2019/07/14/ff29326a-a644-11e9-86dd-d7f0e60391e9_story.html?utm_term=.91d29bd345e3" target="_blank"> <u>media</u></a><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/14/us/ice-immigration-raids.html" target="_blank"> <u>reports</u></a> and immigration advocacy groups, there was no sign of the wide-scale blitz Trump warned of.</p><p>At the White House on Monday, however, Trump, fresh off an event with American manufacturers and a combative defense of a tirade of racist tweets about U.S. congresswomen, insisted that ICE officers had successfully carried out a slew of deportation orders.</p><p>“I spoke to the head of ICE, I spoke to a couple of people,” he told reporters. “We had many people, it was a very successful day.” He began to explain why “you didn’t see a lot of it,” but trailed off and predicted that reporters would hear more about the operation later. “I’m not sure they should be telling you, but it was a lot.”</p><p>Trump also sought to show that his administration was actually taking a more humane — if more difficult — route by focusing on removing violent criminals. </p><p>“I tell my people it’s much easier to go the other route, but I say focus on the criminals,” he said. “Focus on the people that are killing people, that are causing crime. Focus on them. Much easier just to go to general population, that’s easy. But I don’t do it the easy way.”</p><p>“The truth is, it started a number of days before yesterday, but yesterday was very successful,” Trump added. “People come into our country illegally, and they go out legally. Every person taken out had papers and we had court orders.” </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> coprysko@politico.com (Caitlin Oprysko) Twitter: Trump's tweets attacking congresswomen do not violate rules https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/twitter-trumps-tweets-attacking-congresswomen-do-not-violate-rules-1416129 Top Stories urn:uuid:99e48b11-3239-cf50-b8ee-0578b5c2d5ff Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:18:42 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/90/b3/90334eba40c2a9468615836c7853/19712-donald-trump-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Twitter will not take action against President Donald Trump’s <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1150381394234941448" target="_blank">tweets</a> calling for four minority congresswomen to “go back” to where they “came from,” the company said today.</p><p>Trump's statements mark the latest test of the company's new policy of <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/27/twitter-abusive-speech-trump-1559787" target="_blank">labeling and demoting tweets</a> by world leaders that break its rules against harassment and abuse. Twitter said the tweets don't violate its rules but did not elaborate.</p><p>The president tweeted Sunday that four prominent progressive lawmakers of color — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), — should &quot;go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.&quot;</p><p>Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York City, Tlaib was born in Detroit and Pressley was born in Cincinnati. Omar, a Somalian refugee, immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s and became a citizen in 2000.</p><p>Twitter’s content policies ban “targeted harassment” of individuals, “abusive behavior” and attempts to “harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.” They also state that users may not “directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”</p><p>Trump’s racist criticism has been widely rebuked by Democratic leaders, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/pelosi-announces-resolution-condemning-trump-for-racist-tweets-1415889" target="_blank">announced plans</a> to condemn the remarks through a congressional resolution. </p><p>The president, speaking at the White House today, refused to back down from his statements, saying he's not concerned “because many people agree with me.&quot;<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> clima@politico.com (Cristiano Lima) Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): Twitter search feed for: michael novakhov.: 2:04 PM 7/15/2019 – Italy detains 3 in seizure of MISSILES & load of weapons: Police in northern Italy have detained three men https://trumpandtrump https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150829610441039872 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:853d930e-2aca-e3e6-42ee-ddf6a74a4ccf Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:08:55 -0400 <p class="TweetTextSize js-tweet-text tweet-text" lang="en">2:04 PM 7/15/2019 &ndash; Italy detains 3 in seizure of MISSILES &amp; load of weapons: Police in northern Italy have detained three men <a href="https://trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/15/204-pm-7-15-2019-italy-detains-3-in-seizure-of-missiles-load-of-weapons-police-in-northern-italy-have-detained-three-men-including-one-linked-to-a-neo-fascist-italian-political-party-after-unc/">https://trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/15/204-pm-7-15-2019-italy-detains-3-in-seizure-of-missiles-load-of-weapons-police-in-northern-italy-have-detained-three-men-including-one-linked-to-a-neo-fascist-italian-political-party-after-unc/&nbsp;&hellip;</a></p><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7074209" width="16" /> Twitter search feed for: michael novakhov.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) (@mikenov) Full text: Pelosi announces resolution responding to Trump's comments https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/full-text-pelosi-announces-resolution-responding-to-trumps-comments-1416001 Top Stories urn:uuid:85b17f71-55fb-efba-ff12-6669d687a1e4 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:05:48 -0400 <p>Dear Democratic Colleague,</p><p>On Sunday, it was a sign to us that the Catholic Gospel reading was that of the Good Samaritan, where Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves and treat them with mercy. Trump’s ICE raids this weekend are the opposite of mercy. We have been monitoring these raids closely insisting that #FamiliesBelongTogether and that everyone #KnowYourRights. </p><p>This weekend, the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress. As I wrote on Twitter yesterday, I reject the President’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. This morning, the President doubled down on his attacks on our four colleagues suggesting they apologize to him. Let me be clear, our Caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks. </p><p>The House cannot allow the President’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets. Please join us in supporting a forthcoming resolution sponsored by Congressman Tom Malinowski, who was born abroad, and Congressman Jamie Raskin, along with other Democratic Members born abroad referencing President Ronald Reagan’s last speech as President in which he said, “Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we're a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world to the next frontier… If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”</p><p>Unfortunately, this morning, the Trump Administration announced they will seek to undermine our nation’s asylum laws. This cruel and anti-immigrant Administration is overreaching and stacking the deck against asylum seekers by limiting their rights to due process under our laws. This is simply not who we are as a country. Instead, we should be working in a bipartisan way for comprehensive immigration reform to protect our values as we protect our borders. </p><p>This week, our Committees will be reporting out new legislation to address the urgent humanitarian situation at our southern border by providing for humane treatment of asylum-seekers and holding the Administration accountable for its failures. Hopefully, our House Republican colleagues will join us in supporting this critical legislation to help the children at the border. </p><p>Thank you for your leadership.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> POLITICO Staff rss: China Reports Its Economy Growing at Slowest Pace Since 1992 http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/32854-china-reports-its-economy-growing-at-slowest-pace-since-1992 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f6440ae6-5194-e0ff-bfc8-bae69c665dfa Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:05:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32854:china-reports-its-economy-growing-at-slowest-pace-since-1992&amp;Itemid=634"><img align="right" alt="china-reports-its-economy-growing-at-slowest-pace-since-1992" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/63d3ae84d17a0bd3e76b16e734a3caf2_S.jpg" /></a><p>Despite official numbers showing otherwise, the Chinese economy is in desperate shape.&nbsp;</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Bob Adelmann Republicans slow to condemn Trump's attacks on congresswomen https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/trump-republicans-racist-tweets-1415952 Top Stories urn:uuid:e67254a2-b594-eda2-9056-09622872932d Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:55:03 -0400 Some GOP lawmakers sought to criticize Trump's racist tweets while also avoiding blowback from the president. <img src="https://static.politico.com/aa/e6/84ba275143fa8816e6a65845a962/190715-susan-collins-gty-773.jpg"/><br> <p>President Donald Trump’s party is struggling to respond to his demand that liberal freshman congresswomen “go back” where they came from, with pushback from Republicans finally starting to trickle in more than 24 hours after Trump first posted the racist tweets.</p> <p> But the congressional GOP is still navigating the episode gingerly — trying to break with his rhetoric while avoiding blowback from the president. It’s a familiar quandary made more difficult than most of the daily controversies of the Trump presidency given the inflammatory nature of Trump’s latest statements. </p> <p> Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said he was “appalled by the president’s tweets,” Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) said Trump’s remarks were “beneath” him and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) said Trump “was wrong to say any American citizen, whether in Congress or not, has any ‘home’ besides the U.S.,” advocating for the defeat of Democrats in next year’s election.</p> <p> Like Roy, many Republicans made sure that any criticism of Trump also dinged his targets: Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota; Omar is the only one of the four born outside the United States.</p> <p> Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) instructed Trump to &quot;aim higher&quot; on Fox News but also bashed the congresswomen as &quot;anti-Semitic&quot; and &quot;anti-America.&quot;</p> <p> Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a moderate up for re-election, said she disagrees &quot;strongly&quot; with House progressives on policy as well as their &quot;anti-Semitic rhetoric&quot; but urged Trump to take down his &quot;way over the line&quot; tweet. </p> <br><p> &quot;President Trump was wrong to suggest that four left-wing congresswomen should go back to where they came from. Three of the four were born in America and the citizenship of all four is as valid as mine,” said Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), emphasizing that he disagreed with the Democrats on “virtually every policy issue.” But he said those arguments should be defeated “on the merits, not on the basis of their ancestry.&quot;</p> <p> Trump defended himself before reporters Monday, saying his statements were &quot;not at all&quot; racist and that the congresswomen &quot;hate our country.&quot; On Twitter, Trump also endorsed Graham's attack on the progressive congresswomen while not addressing the criticism.</p> <p> Republicans in Washington largely kept their mouths shut on the controversy, and party leaders said little about Trump's remarks. Most were traveling back to Washington on Monday for House and Senate votes in the late afternoon and evening. </p> <p> The episode disrupted what had been a fruitful few days for the GOP: A feuding Democratic Party still smarting over passage of a border spending bill and increased sniping among Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the four liberal Democrats under attack from Trump.</p> <br><p> After enjoying the intraparty battles among Democrats, Republicans’ fortunes turned on Sunday when the president tweeted that the congresswoman should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”</p> <p> Now the focus among both parties is back on the president, with most Republicans still quiet as of midday Monday. Retired Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) implored them to respond to Trump’s “vile and offensive” comments, but most did not echo Flake’s alarm.</p> <p> However, Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), the only black GOP House member, did offer forceful criticism as he has often done against the president. Hurd called Trump’s tweets “racist and xenophobic” and said it made it “harder” for him win over nontraditional GOP voters.</p> <p> “It's behavior that's unbecoming of a president of the United States,” Hurd said on CNN, adding: “Politically it's hurtful. You are having a civil war going on within the Democratic Party, and now they have all circled the wagons.”</p><p><i>Caitlin Opyrsko contributed to this report.</i></p> <br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jbresnahan@politico.com (John Bresnahan) Rep. Al Green to force impeachment vote against Trump https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/al-green-impeachment-vote-trump-1415959 Top Stories urn:uuid:96a4b815-69a8-3d87-33cc-308eeba52d0c Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:54:07 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/29/62/56e5f7f14b17a899031336347a3b/190312-al-green-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>A Democratic lawmaker <a href="https://twitter.com/RepAlGreen/status/1150806611465838592" target="_blank">says</a> he will force a vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump by next week, a dramatic step that could force the Democrat-led House to consider the measure for the first time, even over the objection of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.</p><p>“The President of the United States is a racist, a bigot, a misogynist, as well as an invidious prevaricator. To say that Donald John Trump is unfit for the Office of the President of the United States is an understatement,&quot; said Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who cited Trump's racist tweets over the weekend about Democratic congresswomen as the impetus for his third effort to push through an impeachment vote.</p><p>Green forced two votes on impeachment articles in 2017 and 2018, when Republicans ran the House, citing similar controversies, including Trump's comments about demonstrators in Charlottesville and his description of African nations as <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-attacks-protections-for-immigrants-from-shithole-countries-in-oval-office-meeting/2018/01/11/bfc0725c-f711-11e7-91af-31ac729add94_story.html?utm_term=.104b43447403" target="_blank">&quot;shithole countries.&quot;</a></p><p>In both cases, about 60 of Green's colleagues joined him to support advancing the impeachment measure, but the moves were easily defeated, with most Democrats describing it as premature. Since then, former<b> </b>special counsel Robert Mueller issued a report providing compelling evidence that Trump attempted to obstruct his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, leading dozens more of Green's Democratic colleagues to embrace an impeachment inquiry.</p><p>Green has been foreshadowing a third attempt at impeachment for months, and timed his latest effort after the president's attack on four progressive Democratic freshmen, all women of color, who he said should &quot;go back&quot; to their countries — even though three of the four were born in the United States. </p><p>His effort comes just as the House prepares to hear from Mueller himself during two high-profile hearings scheduled for July 24 that many impeachment backers have suggested could reignite a stalled effort to seek Trump's ouster.</p><p>Green's newest attempt at impeachment will almost certainly face pushback from Pelosi, who has argued that the House must still investigate Trump further before taking that dramatic step. She's also acutely aware that an impeachment inquiry could provide political ammunition for Republicans in districts that Democrats wrested from the GOP last year. </p><p>Complicating Green's effort further is the fact that the measure appears unlikely to garner enough support to pass. No Republicans support impeachment, and a slew of House Democrats have weighed in against moving to impeachment yet. Top House Democrats worry that a failed impeachment effort would backfire and provide Trump ammunition to claim he was vindicated by the Democratic House.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> kcheney@politico.com (Kyle Cheney) Trump on ICE raids: 'It was a very successful day' https://www.politico.com/video/2019/07/15/trump-on-ice-raids-068496 Top Stories urn:uuid:52deb4fd-544d-13ae-cb0e-b8d5e41e3709 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:49:43 -0400 Editorials | The Guardian: The Guardian view on policing youth violence: knives are a public health issue | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/the-guardian-view-on-policing-youth-violence-knives-are-a-public-health-issue 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d270770d-ae13-e7e1-80d6-26c8fd394c6b Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:37:20 -0400 Ministers and the mayor of London have embraced a new approach. But breaking the cycle will take resources as well as ideas<p>When the Guardian embarked on a project to investigate the rising number of children and teenagers being stabbed in 2017, our reporters expected to encounter people traumatised by extreme violence. The loss of a child or young person is always hard to bear, but when they have died as the result of deliberate aggression, the anger and regret of those left behind can be overwhelming. The series, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/28/beyond-the-blade-the-truth-about-knife-in-britain" title="">Beyond the Blade</a>, sought to tell the stories of these victims in more detail than they are usually afforded. It also looked for the patterns that underlay the rise in this form of crime.</p><p>The picture that emerged from <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2018/jun/21/radical-lessons-knife-crime-beyond-the-blade" title="">our reporting and analysis</a> was not the one that any reader conditioned by tabloid news values would have expected. “Knife crime”, it turned out, was a problem that had disproportionately affected male black youths in London in 2017. But one of that year’s 39 young victims was a baby girl and nationally, over the past decade, most victims have been white. Worryingly, politicians appeared to lack the detailed, in-depth knowledge that would enable them to tackle what remains a fraught and contested area.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/the-guardian-view-on-policing-youth-violence-knives-are-a-public-health-issue">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian knife crime crime police police and crime commissioners metropolitan police cressida dick race sadiq khan labour conservatives politics margaret thatcher Editorial Editorials | The Guardian: The Guardian view on atheism: good without God | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/the-guardian-view-on-atheism-good-without-god 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bc38c4fe-1601-256d-1535-f91ec7cc7097 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:37:08 -0400 If organised mainstream Christianity is on the way out, what will replace it?<p>The latest <a href="http://www.natcen.ac.uk/our-research/research/british-social-attitudes/" title="">British Social Attitudes survey</a> paints a picture of organised religion’s continued decline; the more organised it tries to be, the faster it slips. The Church of England, which is established in the sense that it has a formal constitutional role, now claims the allegiance of just 1% of people under 24. Even among the over-75s, only a third identify as Anglican. More than half of British people now say that they have no religion; about two-fifths are Christians of one sort of another; 9% are Muslims.</p><p>Across Europe and North America there is a steady rise in the number of “Nones” – people who do not identify with any religion at all. The Pew Global Forum suggests there will be 1.3 billion of them worldwide by 2060, but this figure nonetheless represents a relative decline. The great majority of the present-day Nones are found in east Asia, and especially China, where Christianity and traditional religion are both experiencing phenomenal growth. Meanwhile, demographic growth among Christians and Muslims in the global south suggest that Nones in the world will decline from 16% to 13%.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/the-guardian-view-on-atheism-good-without-god">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian atheism christianity anglicanism religion islam uk news world news Editorial FOX News: Abby Johnson: I went to border to help people. Members of Congress were shocked when I asked them to help, too http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/vMWT6wVMoGk/abby-johnson-border-asylum-humanitarian-respite-center-catholic-charities-mcallentexas 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:31c9f8e3-91a5-6227-4385-be08f5c50fcd Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:36:54 -0400 Here’s what I experienced on Saturday in Texas at a humanitarian respite center run by Catholic Charities. But first, a little background…<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/vMWT6wVMoGk" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/07/48277013962_961d856dc5_o.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/48277013962_961d856dc5_o.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News b2120893-7eb5-5410-b533-b41fd4f7da95 fox-news opinion fox-news us immigration border-security fox-news topic border-wall fox-news us Abby Johnson Pro-Booker super PAC raised $1.1 million in first half of 2019 https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/cory-booker-2020-super-pac-1415954 Top Stories urn:uuid:46ffcd69-cd36-206f-4a56-9804eb9b7f35 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:26:14 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/b4/17/2583c3b345c5b560e20b7f61b838/190715-cory-booker-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>A super PAC formed to back Cory Booker's presidential campaign has raised $1.125 million so far, with almost all of the funds coming from Susan Sandler, the wife of the super PAC's operator.</p><p>The PAC, Dream United, was formed late in 2018 by donor and activist Steve Phillips, an early supporter of Barack Obama's run for the presidency who ran an outside group supporting Obama during the 2008 primary. This year, Phillips' effort to back Booker with big money has faced anti-super PAC headwinds, as many Democratic candidates — including Booker himself — say they don't want the support of super PACs formed to back them.</p><p>In a statement, Phillips said his work to raise money for Dream United is carrying on as planned.</p><p>&quot;Over the past six months, I have traveled across the country meeting with dozens of Cory Booker supporters, and based on those conversations, I am confident we will be able to conduct a $5-$10 million voter mobilization effort in support of Booker’s candidacy,&quot; Phillips said.</p><p>In addition to Sandler, donors to Dream United include investor Boykin Curry and lawyer Eunu Chun. The PAC recently started work to contact half a million voters in primary states.</p><p>Dream United and a number of other groups will file Federal Election Commission reports with detailed information about their activity during the first six months of the year by July 31. Presidential candidates are filing FEC reports on Monday detailing their fundraising and campaign spending from April through June.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mseverns@politico.com (Maggie Severns) Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Jeffrey Epstein's Saudi expired passport - Google Search google.com/search?q=Jeffr… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150817974468730880 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:941afef6-4fea-6903-7626-ea210c380b63 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:22:40 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Jeffrey Epstein's Saudi expired passport - Google Search <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=Jeffrey+Epstein%27s+Saudi+expired+passport&amp;rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS733US733&amp;oq=Jeffrey+Epstein%27s+Saudi+expired+passport&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60l3.15005j0j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8">google.com/search?q=Jeffr…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 5:22pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @grantstern: #BREAKING Why did Jeffrey Epstein hold a foreign passport with someone else's name on it? There can't be any really good… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150817671488909312 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:65bb6796-3a09-eeef-6f51-17eb6f21fe6d Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:21:28 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#BREAKING</p> <p>Why did Jeffrey Epstein hold a foreign passport with someone else's name on it? </p> <p>There can't be any really good explanations for this, but it could lead to a good amount of real explanations of how this sex predator got away with it forever.</p> <p>#MondayThoughts <a href="https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1150775288919482374">twitter.com/KlasfeldReport…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"><blockquote><div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p> retweeted retweet grantstern Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: FBI agents found an expired passport in Jeffrey Epstein's safe. It reportedly listed his residence as Saudi Arabia and was not under his name. theweek.com/speedreads/852… via https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150817286682550273 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e1c62f3d-2f44-c2f7-b0bb-0dea55528000 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:19:56 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>FBI agents found an expired passport in Jeffrey Epstein's safe. It reportedly listed his residence as Saudi Arabia and was not under his name. <a href="https://theweek.com/speedreads/852750/fbi-agents-found-expired-passport-jeffrey-epsteins-safe-reportedly-listed-residence-saudi-arabia-not-under-name">theweek.com/speedreads/852…</a> via @TheWeek</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 5:19pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinion: China’s slowdown masks its scale and resilience https://www.ft.com/content/867af020-a6ed-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b61088a8-33b9-67fc-173c-abdd911dfe15 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:18:20 -0400 The main structural frailties are domestic rather than external<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): Saved Stories - Michael Novakhov on Twitter: "FBI agents found “piles of cash,” dozens of diamonds and an expired foreign passport in Jeffrey Epstein’s safe when they raided his Manhattan mansio https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150811536572780545 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:632890bf-6dd8-69f6-3d2b-4a239459f201 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:16:57 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>"FBI agents found “piles of cash,” dozens of diamonds and an expired foreign passport in Jeffrey Epstein’s safe when they raided his Manhattan mansion last week, prosecutors revealed Monday. <br />The passport... gave a residence of Saudi Arabia" <br /><a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-accusers-to-demand-he-stay-jailed-at-bail-hearing?ref=home2">thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstei…</a><br />#CIA #FBI #CI <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150811536572780545/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/L4wC7sjHaC</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_iA0kiXsAA5Dck.jpg" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 4:57pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7494189" width="16" /> Saved Stories - Michael Novakhov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) photo tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Analysis | Politicians have been sending black Americans ‘go back’ messages for generations washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150815157083365376 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0f81ec7b-c633-688b-d34e-8c5a1abc0a9f Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:11:29 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Analysis | Politicians have been sending black Americans ‘go back’ messages for generations <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/15/politicians-have-been-sending-black-americans-go-back-messages-generations/?tid=ss_tw&amp;utm_term=.3f552b2c253c">washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 5:11pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinion: Citigroup: upping the penny ante https://www.ft.com/content/9cea0f3a-a71a-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:95b97d54-0651-e640-1f26-ee9b5f9154f8 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:11:28 -0400 Bank is executing on being boring, which may not be enough<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion POLITICO Playbook PM: House Dems to draft resolution condemning Trump’s tweets https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook-pm/2019/07/15/house-dems-to-draft-resolution-condemning-trumps-tweets-457329 Top Stories urn:uuid:fa4f0953-d691-1075-dc15-f23a90c1d685 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:03:10 -0400 And Hill leaders weigh a very short-term debt limit deal. eokun@politico.com (Eli Okun) NYT > Opinion: Trump’s America Is a ‘White Man’s Country’ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/trump-aoc-omar-pelosi.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:789c9fbf-1a39-e4c5-ff5a-657a464758fc Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:00:41 -0400 His racist idea of citizenship is an old one, brought back from the margins of American politics.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/15/opinion/15bouieNew/merlin_157645635_b43f3fd6-1e15-4faf-bfdf-ceb6367fc324-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government discrimination race and ethnicity whites citizenship and naturalization pelosi nancy trump donald j Jamelle Bouie Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Jeffrey Epstein Had ‘Piles of Cash,’ Diamonds, Foreign Passport in Safe thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstei… via @thedailybeast https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150810580040736774 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b65f2b67-1297-b7b1-bd35-aefac34e0a20 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:53:17 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Jeffrey Epstein Had ‘Piles of Cash,’ Diamonds, Foreign Passport in Safe <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-accusers-to-demand-he-stay-jailed-at-bail-hearing?source=twitter&amp;via=desktop">thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstei…</a> via @thedailybeast</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 4:53pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinions: You happy now, Tucker Carlson? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/15/you-happy-now-tucker-carlson/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:20b7922b-cf6f-1a0a-f3b5-8c64c469a8d7 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:39:41 -0400 The Fox News host has helped inspire racist tweets.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/erik-wemple-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/erik-wemple-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/erik-wemple-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Erik Wemple Some providers fear 'brave new world' of freed patient health data https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/patient-health-data-regulations-1573633 Top Stories urn:uuid:92da07b0-6897-5bb2-59f2-47061c6d8f66 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:39:21 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/24/34/64d3956b46d3903e9d15c519de3e/190614-hospital-773.jpg"/><br><p>Hospital executives, with some support in Congress, are lobbying for more regulation to protect health information from unscrupulous data mongers. But HHS is<b> </b>pushing forward with rules that<b> </b>leave that responsibility in patients’ hands.</p><p>As federal rule-makers grapple with making patient data more easily shareable, some health leaders fear that their actions could lead to a proliferation of apps selling or exploiting medical data. They worry that patients are likely to sign away their rights to data — perhaps including detailed family histories — without realizing what they're doing.</p><p>“There’s going to be new apps coming online every single day,” said Steven Lane, clinical informatics director of Sutter Health and a member of ONC's HIT Advisory Committee. Patients should be able to access their data, but &quot;most patients who are using these tools don’t fully understand the privacy implications.”</p><p>At the same time, it's not reasonable to expect providers to vet health apps for patients, &quot;as it is neither a priority, a mandate, nor an area where they are likely to have domain expertise,&quot; Lane said. EHR vendors often test apps before offering them in their app stores. But it will be hard for providers to do that on their own, especially when patients are sending data to apps they've discovered independently, he said. </p><p>Federal guidelines establishing exactly what health apps can do with patient data, and how they should obtain consent from patients, could be helpful, argue Lane and other advocates for more privacy oversight. When they export their data into an outside app, patients need to know that it will no longer be protected by HIPAA, and that the data &quot;could be sold, and could be re-purposed, and could be aggregated and disaggregated,&quot; Lane said. </p><p>Patients may not understand the boundaries of HIPAA, said Leslie Krigstein, a vice president of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. CHIME backs a section of the Lower Health Care Costs Acts of 2019 calling for a GAO report on privacy protections for health data, and has urged Congress to ensure that health data shared with third-party apps is secure and private. </p><br><p>Epic Systems founder Judy Faulkner told POLITICO in an interview earlier this year that she worries data flowing from EHRs into such apps could get into the wrong hands. The EHR Association <a href="https://www.ehra.org/sites/ehra.org/files/EHR%20Association%20Response%20to%20ONC%20Proposed%20Rule%20on%20Interoperability%20Information%20Blocking%20and%20Certification%20Program.pdf" target="_blank">commented</a> to ONC that &quot;puzzling&quot; parts of its information-blocking proposal could confuse &quot;average clinicians, working in independent physician practices without budgets to hire advanced legal guidance to help them understand.&quot;</p><p>HHS agencies haven't finished making the information-block rule and others stemming from the 21st Century Cures Act that will set the guidelines for data sharing policies. However, they've clearly favored the view that patients have both the right to get their data and the responsibility to make sure it isn't abused.</p><p>Patient data advocates generally agree and caution against too much paternalistic oversight that could delay data access. Patients regularly download apps outside of health care, and they can be trusted to read and agree to privacy policies on their own, they say. </p><p>“These concerns cannot be allowed to stand in the way of patients easily getting their health information, which is their right,” said Deven McGraw, a former HHS Office for Civil Rights official who is now chief regulatory officer at Ciitizen, a company that helps patients collect and organize health data. </p><p>The Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA, has stated that providers aren't responsible for what third-party apps do with patient data if the patient agrees to share it, McGraw noted. Under FTC rules, apps are required to abide by clear privacy policies and to report security breaches, she said. “It is not the case that there is no cop on the block.&quot; </p><p>One Senate bill could ease some pressure on providers who feel an ethical obligation to ensure that patients aren't sharing their data irresponsibly. Last month Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Lisa Murkowski introduced the Protecting Personal Health Data Act which would require HHS to establish regulations for consumer apps and genetic testing kits to protect patient data privacy and security. </p><p>But it will could be years before this results in enforceable regulations, so providers concerned about privacy should support comprehensive federal legislation, McGraw said.</p><p>The ONC rule and another at CMS require insurers and health care providers to adopt a common data standard known as FHIR, which could make it easier for patients to export their data into other apps.</p><p>ONC's proposal, which clarifies when groups are allowed to restrict data sharing, affords the patient &quot;agency over their own health information that is often absent in health care,” ONC head Donald Rucker said in written <a href="https://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Rucker.pdf" target="_blank"><u>testimony</u></a> to the Senate HELP committee in May. Patients &quot;should have the ability to decide whether the potential benefit of an app to manage their health care information and medical conditions outweighs potential risks.&quot;</p><p>A CMS spokesperson said the agency is sorting through privacy-related comments on its draft rule. </p><p>CMS' Blue Button 2.0 program, which lets Medicare beneficiaries download and share their own claims data, might serve as a model for oversight. CMS vets apps that access data through Blue Button and only authorizes those that use plain language to communicate risks, according to the agency. </p><p>Industry is taking some action to establish privacy guidelines. The CARIN Alliance, which includes health care providers, has developed a <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/voluntary-code-of-conduct-developed-by-more-than-60-industry-stakeholders-can-help-facilitate-health-data-exchange-with-entities-not-covered-by-hipaa-300755734.html" target="_blank">voluntary privacy code </a>of conduct for developers not covered of HIPAA. </p><p>For the time being, some providers are doing their own vetting. UT Health Austin, for instance, did &quot;extensive deep compliance and privacy assessments&quot; of Apple before rolling out the Apple HealthKit, which lets users share certain data with developers, said Aaron Miri, UT Health's chief information officer. &quot;It’s incumbent on all health care delivery organizations to be good 'sherpas.'&quot;</p><p>Health systems can try to educate patients about the risks of sharing downloaded data, said Cedars-Sinai CIO Darren Dworkin. “At the end of the day we’re entering a brave new world in which patients will choose what they want to do with their information and how they want to share it,&quot; he said. </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mravindranath@politico.com (Mohana Ravindranath) Opinions: If only the rest of the world were as decorous as Wimbledon https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/15/if-only-rest-world-were-decorous-wimbledon/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1a839078-d491-8cb5-468a-13b8f9b6a479 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:37:56 -0400 Now it's back to reality.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/IBW73AVG3MI6TBZTJDEHENPTSY.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/IBW73AVG3MI6TBZTJDEHENPTSY.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/IBW73AVG3MI6TBZTJDEHENPTSY.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Max Boot Pelosi announces resolution condemning Trump for racist tweets https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/pelosi-announces-resolution-condemning-trump-for-racist-tweets-1415889 Top Stories urn:uuid:79cd5ca3-8f58-a584-111e-fc1b1a1ee4d6 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:34:33 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/72/75/df9e99ed4c71b770e81aa8c2bf5b/190715-nancy-pelosi-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>House Democrats are drafting a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s racist tweets against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other high-profile freshman congresswomen. </p><p>“This weekend, the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats announcing the party's plans.</p><p>&quot;This morning, the President doubled down on his attacks on our four colleagues suggesting they apologize to him,&quot; she added. &quot;Let me be clear, our Caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks.”<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> hcaygle@politico.com (Heather Caygle) Opinions: Joe Biden proposes radical leftist health care plan https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/15/joe-biden-proposes-radical-leftist-health-care-plan/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:87962e18-55e4-bc5b-8976-9f0d29aff59b Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:33:13 -0400 He's selling it as the moderate alternative, but it's way more liberal than Obamacare.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Paul Waldman Opinion: Ardagh/Ontario Teachers: cooling ardour https://www.ft.com/content/e3910cc6-a6fd-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:670ff9da-a80f-ff65-7bd1-94bf80c23e2d Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:29:41 -0400 Shedding heavy metal should help margins at packaging group<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinions: This is where Trump stands on race issues https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/15/this-is-where-trump-stands-race-issues/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:39c4f96d-943e-088f-9e94-f09a216e5f61 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:19:02 -0400 All high and mighty.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/RYQ763226ZHTZPRBRG6YGQEBGY.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/RYQ763226ZHTZPRBRG6YGQEBGY.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/RYQ763226ZHTZPRBRG6YGQEBGY.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Tom Toles NYT > Opinion: Billionaires Shouldn’t Live Forever https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion/future-billionaires.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7c4a5375-d0d1-a8da-8af4-2481a21d523e Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:12:35 -0400 Evergarchs should grow old like the rest of us.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/15/opinion/sunday/15Krugman/15Krugman-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion high net worth individuals science fiction Paul Krugman rss: Antifa-linked Terrorist Shot by Police After Attacking Washington ICE Detention Center http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/32853-antifa-linked-terrorist-shot-by-police-after-attacking-washington-ice-detention-center 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:08e29357-8bc1-722b-dbf2-bad638400aac Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:56:40 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32853:antifa-linked-terrorist-shot-by-police-after-attacking-washington-ice-detention-center&amp;Itemid=631"><img align="right" alt="antifa-linked-terrorist-shot-by-police-after-attacking-washington-ice-detention-center" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/63705f9739ae9a94ae557b873fb85088_S.jpg" /></a><p>A 69-year-old Washington State man was shot dead by police after attacking an ICE detention facility with a rifle and incendiary devices.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss James Murphy Simon Tisdall | The Guardian: It’s folly for Jeremy Hunt to think Britain can solve the Iran crisis without the EU | Simon Tisdall https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/jeremy-hunt-britain-iran-crisis-eu-brexit-brussels 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:94c1f21d-1db0-dd44-dc3d-4f62edf435b4 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:53:24 -0400 The Brexiter foreign secretary is in Brussels seeking help while pretending to be saving the world himself<p>Jeremy Hunt’s well-publicised dash to Brussels to save the world from war with Iran will be seen by his more cynical opponents as a last-minute bid to save his Conservative leadership hopes. Before attending an EU foreign ministers’ meeting on Monday, Hunt declared portentously that the prospect of Middle Eastern states acquiring nuclear weapons posed “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/14/failure-of-iran-deal-could-pose-existential-threat-says-hunt" title="">an existential threat to mankind</a>”. That’s scary stuff, certainly deserving of a seasoned statesman’s full attention.</p><p>Showboating aside, what the foreign secretary’s Brussels mission really demonstrates is that unilateral British efforts to defuse the Iran crisis have failed miserably. In particular, this failure has cruelly exposed the hollowness of Britain’s claims to wield special influence in Washington’s corridors of power. Donald Trump could not give a fig what Britain thinks. All efforts to change his mind (including two Boris Johnson <a href="https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/foreign-affairs/news/94933/boris-johnson-meet-us-counterparts-washington-bid-save-iran" title="">trips to Washington</a> as foreign secretary) have flopped.</p><p>If Trump starts a shooting war, as he nearly did last month, Britain will be instantly stuck in the middle of the fight</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/10/iran-enrichment-breach-to-go-on-until-nuclear-deal-rights-achieved">Iran refuses to end breach of nuclear deal until it gets 'full rights'</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/jeremy-hunt-britain-iran-crisis-eu-brexit-brussels">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453562" width="16" height="16"> Simon Tisdall | The Guardian jeremy hunt world news iran uk news donald trump Simon Tisdall Opinion: AB InBev/Asia IPO: glass struggle https://www.ft.com/content/59cacd24-a70c-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2858a974-c5fc-ca8c-82f1-35fdce5d33b1 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:49:12 -0400 Investors should leave off the beer goggles when looking at the brewer’s prospects<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion FOX News: Michael Saltsman: A $15 minimum wage would hurt families – Will Dems vote for reckless policy or face facts? http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/vQY4LfYv1RI/michael-saltsman-15-minimum-wage-jobs-house-cbo 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b784649e-eff4-bc01-1b6a-7ca04538671b Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:40:19 -0400 Moderate Democrats have a choice to make.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/vQY4LfYv1RI" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/07/10/694940094001_6057339476001_6057328606001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6057339476001_6057328606001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 033ec16f-f8a6-5c8d-bc7e-a9cad9dc5437 fox-news opinion fox-news us economy fox-news politics executive economic-policy fnc fnc Michael Saltsman Opinion: Revolut may need a greyer grandee than Martin Gilbert https://www.ft.com/content/61d4158a-a6f2-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:65712174-fc5d-9681-21a6-bfe18d5f0a49 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:32:50 -0400 Fintech group is seeking an IPO and is facing scrutiny from regulators<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion FOX News: Jenna Ellis: Dems, opponents of the Census citizenship question have won the battle – and lost the war http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/kXDoxin6lKI/jenna-ellis-census-citizenship-question-battle-trump 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ecfef06b-9fb2-3a9d-268b-c7a2ed98f94b Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:31:35 -0400 Democrats thought they had scored a historic victory with their cynical ploy to run out the clock so that the Trump administration wouldn’t have time to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/kXDoxin6lKI" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/07/12/694940094001_6058312381001_6058319774001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6058312381001_6058319774001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News c8cbcd50-35cc-5798-96e1-003191e5c2e9 fox-news opinion fox-news politics fox-news politics executive white-house fox-news person donald-trump Jenna Ellis FOX News: Todd Starnes: Prayer and pledge cause indigestion at Washington State senior center. Oh my! http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/bdGiwTqKn4s/todd-starnes-pledge-of-allegiance-san-juan-island-prayer-senior-center 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ea8d3937-5f82-feac-5b70-24f4f540f69b Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:10:41 -0400 When a group of senior citizens in Washington State were told they could no longer pray or recite the Pledge of Allegiance at their community center, they reached out to the one organization they knew would help – the American Legion.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/bdGiwTqKn4s" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/05/FS_American_Flag.png" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/FS_American_Flag.png" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 91154cf4-2122-5bca-b82c-b04c1bb3e3f5 fox-news opinion fox-news columns todds-american-dispatch fox-news us religion first-amendment fox-news us Todd Starnes Project Syndicate: An Education Crisis for All https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/education-crisis-sahel-sdg4-girls-in-school-conflict-zones-by-alice-albright-2019-07 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fa4823da-8592-91d2-0e64-b29e7ff18692 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:55:47 -0400 <p>At a time when the world should be progressing rapidly toward the UN Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring “inclusive and equitable quality education” for all, it faces a deepening crisis instead. To address it, the G7 and developing countries alike must offer concrete commitments that match the scale of the challenge.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/d1ebeacb2e9e2eda02de71aceb983d49.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Alice Albright Opinion: Auditors/Sports Direct: no shoo in https://www.ft.com/content/cff62c44-a6fa-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:10d38a6f-eb42-d4d2-c8e4-eb974757acc6 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:55:40 -0400 Accountants no longer want clients to be sitting too comfortably<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: The Far Right Says There’s Nothing Dirtier Than Internationalism — But They Depend on It nyti.ms/325ZBBs https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150779424486432769 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:914d7d10-1486-b6f2-9d94-48ceaaea53cf Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:49:29 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>The Far Right Says There’s Nothing Dirtier Than Internationalism — But They Depend on It <a href="https://nyti.ms/325ZBBs">nyti.ms/325ZBBs</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 2:49pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinion: The new prime minister may have a bumpy ride https://www.ft.com/content/e71a0990-a4a7-11e9-a282-2df48f366f7d 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:226813bc-c293-f4e3-fbd8-38ceee96580a Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:43:56 -0400 If the next Tory leader sinks into the Brexit mire, parliament could become more obstructive<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: Anti-vaxxers distract from a more serious threat https://www.ft.com/content/dba430d4-a6e8-11e9-90e9-fc4b9d9528b4 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7d67ce7f-9051-b743-8bef-88735bdf62b4 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:36:52 -0400 Many parents aren’t afraid of social media trolls but simply can’t access or afford vaccines<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Iran deal not dead but time running out, British foreign secretary says https://www.politico.com/www.politico.eu/article/iran-deal-not-dead-but-time-running-out-jeremy-hunt-says/ Top Stories urn:uuid:78e0e105-b63e-b4b6-b216-2f2e19bb11e5 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:36:29 -0400 Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): Twitter search feed for: michael novakhov.: Machine guns, assault rifles and air-to-air missile seized from neo-Nazi group in Italy https://www.newsweek.com/machine-guns-assault-rifles-air-air-m https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150775079984402434 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bbb1195c-55df-9c02-cfe1-03990bb4701e Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:32:14 -0400 <p class="TweetTextSize js-tweet-text tweet-text" lang="en">Machine guns, assault rifles and air-to-air missile seized from neo-Nazi group in Italy <a href="https://www.newsweek.com/machine-guns-assault-rifles-air-air-missile-seized-neo-nazi-group-italy-1449239">https://www.newsweek.com/machine-guns-assault-rifles-air-air-missile-seized-neo-nazi-group-italy-1449239&nbsp;&hellip;</a></p><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7074209" width="16" /> Twitter search feed for: michael novakhov.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) (@mikenov) Project Syndicate: A Test Match with the Taliban https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/peace-talks-with-afghanistan-taliban-worry-india-by-shashi-tharoor-2019-07 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ea329f6f-99a5-96d6-8b35-55ccf6eaa9b4 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:23:34 -0400 <p>Under the tutelage of Pakistan’s military, the Taliban brought peace to Afghanistan the last time it ruled the country. But it was the peace of the graveyard, which it could establish once again –&nbsp;this time with the support of the United States.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/419bf9fa5fa3b2dbddab83a0fe764eb5.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Shashi Tharoor Opinions: The unchristian vice president https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/15/unchristian-vice-president/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4f309497-51d9-db3c-7761-c46e67fd5a8d Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:55:06 -0400 Pence tours a detention center.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/KPXSBJGIYRALFPZBXOT7PCE764.jpg&w=90&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/KPXSBJGIYRALFPZBXOT7PCE764.jpg&w=606&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/KPXSBJGIYRALFPZBXOT7PCE764.jpg&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Ann Telnaes Opinions: Trump just denied his attacks are racist. He only confirmed the worst. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/15/trump-just-denied-his-attacks-are-racist-he-only-confirmed-worst/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ba449b63-a630-705f-b722-691171a12159 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:53:16 -0400 After telling them to "go back," Trump redoubles his attacks on nonwhite lawmakers.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Greg Sargent Fast-track regulation bars third-country asylum seekers https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/fast-track-regulation-asylum-seekers-1591034 Top Stories urn:uuid:d7a7dabd-d4c0-e7c9-34b6-a8068b588c7c Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:44:55 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/5b/93/a82cf4894fbca1bbdbaadb6034df/190715-migrants-border-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>A new fast-track asylum regulation will prevent migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they first pass through another country and don't apply for protection in that nation.</p><p>The regulation — first <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/30/asylum-restrictions-trump-central-america-1489012" target="_blank">reported</a> by POLITICO in May — would effectively cut off asylum protections for Central American migrants who travel to the U.S.-Mexico border from their home country. </p><p>The measure will publish in the Federal Register Tuesday and will take effect immediately. Migrants who entered the U.S. before the effective date will not be subject to the new standard, according to an advance notice <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-15246.pdf?utm_source=federalregister.gov&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=pi+subscription+mailing+list" target="_blank">posted online</a> Monday.</p><p>The move, which comes as President Donald Trump continues to grapple with a recent surge of migration on the southwest border, likely will face court challenges. A federal judge in November temporarily <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/20/federal-judge-halts-trump-asylum-ban-1005767" target="_blank">halted</a> a similar Trump policy that blocked migrants who cross between ports of entry from seeking asylum.</p><p>President Trump was scheduled to meet Monday at the White House with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to discuss a possible asylum pact, but the Guatemalan government announced Sunday that the meeting would be postponed amid legal challenges in Guatemala.</p><p>U.S. and Mexico officials also have considered the possibility of asylum talks. Mexican officials quietly agreed in June to engage in discussions related to a “safe third country” or regional asylum pact if a current set of counter-migration measures falls to reduce the number of attempted crossings.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> thesson@politico.com (Ted Hesson) rss: Pressure Building on Congress to Raise Debt Limit Before Summer Recess http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/32851-pressure-building-on-congress-to-raise-debt-limit-before-summer-recess 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fad50e5c-6396-9e27-892a-3b4f47827471 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:36:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32851:pressure-building-on-congress-to-raise-debt-limit-before-summer-recess&amp;Itemid=626"><img align="right" alt="pressure-building-on-congress-to-raise-debt-limit-before-summer-recess" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/0143631f0c861936655f240e40b54c58_S.jpg" /></a><p>Angst about the debt ceiling is political theater. Congress will wait until the last possible moment and then raise it once again.&nbsp;</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Bob Adelmann rss: U.S. Flag Removed by Vandals at Colorado ICE Facility During Protest Against Planned Raids http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/32852-u-s-flag-removed-by-vandals-at-colorado-ice-facility-during-protest-against-planned-raids 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:14e68806-a57d-b0ef-4e27-8d9407fbf36b Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:32:24 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32852:u-s-flag-removed-by-vandals-at-colorado-ice-facility-during-protest-against-planned-raids&amp;Itemid=628"><img align="right" alt="u-s-flag-removed-by-vandals-at-colorado-ice-facility-during-protest-against-planned-raids" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/44a40ac1af624e1e26f9fc0f342f0892_S.jpg" /></a><p>The replacement of the U.S. flag with that of a foreign country — Mexico — gives an indication where some of the open-borders advocates are going.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Steve Byas Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Ghislaine Maxwell, The Socialite on Jeffrey Epstein’s Arm thecut.com/2019/07/ghisla… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1150756949564243976 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:21e61c76-4070-23ab-0f7b-f67931306539 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:20:11 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Ghislaine Maxwell, The Socialite on Jeffrey Epstein’s Arm <a href="https://www.thecut.com/2019/07/ghislaine-maxwell-the-socialite-on-jeffrey-epsteins-arm.html">thecut.com/2019/07/ghisla…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Monday, July 15th, 2019 1:20pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites) tweet link mikenov