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/ Opinion: History, not theory, shows health is the foundation of prosperity https://www.ft.com/content/e61cc58c-cfc7-11e9-b018-ca4456540ea6 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:93133023-50da-8fa9-b2be-e4deca80e227 Mon, 23 Sep 2019 00:02:28 -0400 Good health enables people to learn and earn, to start businesses and to thrive<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: Buzz around factor investing in fixed income is growing https://www.ft.com/content/763dd2ab-694e-364b-b2ef-e0a8719f6c0e 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:842ba4f5-e1f4-c4e4-26d1-a58a3f699292 Mon, 23 Sep 2019 00:00:52 -0400 Studies suggest that smart beta fixed income ETFs are piquing interest as tactical trading tools<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: How nuclear can provide an energy bridge https://www.ft.com/content/6a5d9998-d9fa-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a084e801-de03-3a24-d82f-d9bda80fdb5e Mon, 23 Sep 2019 00:00:35 -0400 Extending the operating times of plants can support the shift to a low-carbon economy<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: The dangerous hypocrisy of the humble-bragging leader https://www.ft.com/content/8e37a330-da05-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6c1cff3f-b2cf-3733-837a-4cb42c8d12e9 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 23:00:27 -0400 When ‘humbled’ becomes a synonym for ‘proud’ something has gone seriously wrong<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion editorial | New York Post: The MTA’s $81 million elevators and other commentary https://nypost.com/2019/09/22/the-mtas-81-million-elevators-and-other-commentary/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:662b7b69-cbfd-cc98-50ae-34adf115dd47 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:07:45 -0400 Policy wonk: The MTA’s $81 Million Elevators Slate’s Henry Grabar asks a tough question about the MTA’s proposed new capital plan, which budgets “$5.1 billion to make 63 subway stations” wheelchair-accessible, $81 million per station: Why does that cost “three to 10 times what peer cities pay for the same work”? In Europe, it’s rarely...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/mta-budget-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 Opinion: What India’s banks can learn from the ‘sachet revolution’ https://www.ft.com/content/e5ff77c6-d3a9-11e9-8d46-8def889b4137 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fbb94b09-cbc4-23f4-6cbc-78b97b669660 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:06:28 -0400 Technology enables banks to redesign financial products that suit the needs of poorer Indian customers<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion NYT > Opinion: Trump, Unrestrained https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/trump-ukraine.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2d86b7ba-94eb-05d1-6142-f7f5e72184cb Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:57:26 -0400 President Trump speaking to the media at the White House on Sunday.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22Blow/22Blow-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government politics and government whistle-blowers trump donald j news and news media russian interference in 2016 us elections and ties to trump associates Charles M. Blow editorial | New York Post: This bill carries a prescription of ‘veto me’ https://nypost.com/2019/09/22/this-bill-carries-a-prescription-of-veto-me/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:89a91e7c-d124-53fe-4f81-a02245cfa34e Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:52:36 -0400 It was meant to be pro-consumer, but everyone now realizes it’s more of a giveaway to pharmaceutical companies. That’s why, months after session’s end, the Legislature has yet to send the Mid-Year Formulary bill to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature or veto. The bill would stop a health insurer from changing its formulary —...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/cuomo-veto-prescriptions.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: Still waiting for a Democrat to apologize to Justice Kavanaugh https://nypost.com/2019/09/22/still-waiting-for-a-democrat-to-apologize-to-justice-kavanaugh/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:839ebd93-d396-2f60-05e8-fa9621a79aea Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:37:14 -0400 It’s now been eight days since The New York Times corrected — er, retracted — its attack against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Turns out the “new allegation” isn’t supported by the victim, a fact conveniently left out of the story. And still Kamala Harris, Liz Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Julián Castro, Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg haven’t...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/senate_attorney_general.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 Trump campaign pessimistic about winning Michigan again https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/trump-campaign-michigan-reelection-1507282 Top Stories urn:uuid:e234f392-339c-d0f7-3e45-7c8816355437 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:33:49 -0400 The president's troubles in the Rust Belt state are a potential warning sign for his reelection prospects. <img src="https://static.politico.com/ac/05/906e02534a90b54feeec3d204392/20190922-trump-michigan-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Donald Trump has long heralded Michigan as the crown jewel of his 2016 victory. But the president's campaign team is increasingly grim about a repeat performance in the traditionally blue Rust Belt state.</p><p>After a midterm election that decimated the ranks of Michigan Republicans, Trump's campaign is looking to other battlegrounds he lost last time — such as Minnesota and New Hampshire — that they see as <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/04/trump-campaign-2020-election-map-1352437" target="_blank">more promising</a>.</p><p>The assessment illustrates how Trump’s support in the <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/20/trump-2020-rust-belt-joe-biden-1332973" target="_blank">Rust Belt states</a> that propelled him to the presidency has softened, jeopardizing his prospects for a second term. While they say it’s too early to write off Michigan — Trump aides say the campaign still intends to pump resources into the state — a range of <a href="https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/Michigan.html" target="_blank">public polling</a> has shown Trump in poor shape here.</p><p>“It’ll be tough,” said Greg McNeilly, a veteran GOP strategist in Michigan. Though the president overcame tough odds in 2016, winning the state by 10,704 votes, or less than 1 point, McNeilly expects Democratic turnout to be stronger in 2020. “Trump is the underdog,” he said.</p><p>With questions mounting about the president’s standing in the state, senior GOP leaders convened this weekend for the biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on the picturesque northern Michigan island. The event drew Vice President Mike Pence and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, among a range of other GOP officials.</p><br><p>As lawmakers, operatives, and lobbyists traded gossip on the porch of the iconic Grand Hotel, many of them shrugged off concerns about how Trump would fare in Michigan next year. Jamie Roe, a top Republican strategist in the state, rejected the idea that the president would abandon the state as Mitt Romney and John McCain did in previous presidential campaigns.</p><p>Trump, Roe argued, has built an enduring connection to blue-collar voters in areas like Macomb County, which the president won in 2016 after Barack Obama carried it four years earlier. The eastern Michigan county, long seen as a bellwether for the state, is the birthplace of so-called Reagan Democrats.</p><p>“I can tell you this: the president is stronger today than he was in 2016 in Macomb County,” said Roe, himself a Macomb resident. “I guarantee he will do better in Macomb County and I fully expect the president will be there before this campaign is over.”</p><p>Republican officials say they're planning a substantial investment in Michigan, with 20 full-time staffers expected to be deployed to the state by the end of the year. This weekend the White House dispatched Pence to the off-the-grid island, where he reminisced to the 1,400-plus conference attendees about the boisterous rally he and Trump held in Grand Rapids the night before the 2016 election. </p><p>Pence chief of staff Marc Short said the appearance would be part of a broader effort to deploy the vice president to Midwestern states. The former Indiana governor has visited Michigan three times this year. </p><p>“I think the vice president, as a Midwestern governor, was helpful to the ticket in Midwestern states that flipped in 2016. And I think there’s no doubt he’ll be spending a lot of time here heading into 2020,” said Short. “There will be plenty more trips here in Michigan.”</p><p>Trump's biggest challenge in the state — and the main source of his campaign’s concern — is Wayne County, a liberal population center encompassing the Detroit metro area. Hillary Clinton won the county last time by just 289,000 votes; by contrast, Obama carried it by 382,000 votes four years earlier. Even partially closing that gap would put Democrats, who have lost the state only once since 1988, in the driver's seat.</p><p>Trump allies say Clinton took the state for granted and failed to mobilize voters in heavily black Detroit — a mistake Democrats aren’t likely to make again. </p><p>His political team has spent extensive time delving into voter data throughout the Rust Belt and concluded that Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — the two other battlegrounds that tipped the scales for Trump — lack a similar urban center where Democrats failed to turn out their base. </p><br><img src="https://static.politico.com/6c/37/587c54314d589f372e3d77db99a3/20190922-trump-crowd-michigan-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Republicans are focused keenly on Wayne County now. During a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/25/trump-campaign-cites-top-threats-harris-biden-warren-1436577" target="_blank">2020-focused briefing</a> at the White House this summer, the president asked advisers for their views on the Democratic contenders. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, a former Michigan GOP leader, said Kamala Harris could pose a threat due her potential appeal in the county.</p><p>Wayne County was also at the root of a dispute between the campaign and Senate GOP leaders over Republican Senate candidate John James earlier this year. Before James entered the contest, the campaign relayed concerns to the National Republican Senatorial Committee that James' bid could spur Democrats to invest more heavily in the state. At one point, the president’s advisers penned a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/06/john-james-senate-michigan-1511229" target="_blank">memo</a> to the committee detailing how a James Senate campaign could drive up Democratic turnout and potentially hurt Trump’s prospects.</p><p>Senate GOP leaders who recruited James strongly disagreed. They argued that the 38-year-old military veteran, widely regarded as a rising star, would give the party its strongest statewide ticket and boost the president.</p><p>Many Republicans at Mackinac argued that winning Michigan won't be so easy for Democrats. Some predicted a backlash against Democrats, who now hold all of Michigan’s statewide offices. Others downplayed early polling in the presidential race because Trump's potential rivals haven't been put through the general election wringer. </p><p>Others said if Democrats nominate a liberal candidate like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, it could risk alienating moderate voters they need to win the state.</p><p>McCarthy predicted the rival party would select Warren as the nominee, hurting Democrats throughout the Rust Belt. </p><p>“I think they’re moving too far [left] and they’re acting emotionally,” McCarthy said.</p><br><p>If Trump loses Michigan and its 16 electoral votes, it wouldn’t necessarily cut off his path to reelection. The president won 304 electoral votes in 2016, meaning he still has a cushion keeping him above the 270 threshold. But if his problems in the state bleed over to Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which collectively account for 30 electoral votes, it could well doom his chances.</p><p>Still, some Republicans at the conference said the GOP's troubles in Michigan go beyond the presidential race to down-ballot contests.</p><p>As they walked the halls of the Grand — its lobby adorned with photographs documenting past visits from Republican luminaries like George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan — some attendees buzzed about House races. The party has so far failed to land top-tier recruits in two Michigan congressional districts they lost in 2018, raising concerns about whether they will be able to make a serious play to win them back next year.</p><p>Yet the weekend contained some brighter news for the party. After suffering a raft of congressional retirements, one longtime member appears poised to seek reelection: Michigan Rep. Fred Upton. While he has yet to formally announce his intentions, the congressman, who was first elected in 1986, spent the weekend handing out “Upton 2020!” buttons.</p><p>Upton, a moderate who at times has broken with the president, was used to coasting to reelection. But last year he barely hung on, fueling speculation he might join other House Republicans fleeing for the exits.</p><p>Upton said party leaders have been leaning on him hard.</p><p>“If we don’t run,” he said, “it makes it a very competitive seat.”<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> aisenstadt@politico.com (Alex Isenstadt) editorial | New York Post: Three Mile Island’s recent closure shows what people don’t realize about nuclear power https://nypost.com/2019/09/22/three-mile-islands-recent-closure-shows-what-people-dont-realize-about-nuclear-power/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f7616690-671f-dd50-f3ed-139e91d24eb2 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:28:44 -0400 Did you know that the Three Mile Island nuclear plant only shut down last Friday? Just like the coming closure of New York’s Indian Point plant, it’s bad news in the drive to reduce carbon emissions. The 1979 partial meltdown at TMI’s Unit Two is infamous as “America’s worst nuclear disaster,” often listed along with...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/shutterstock_three-mile-island.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: De Blasio’s health-care problems start long before he tries for ‘universal’ https://nypost.com/2019/09/22/de-blasios-health-care-problems-start-long-before-he-tries-for-universal/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:dd5e3690-7156-2b96-9db8-12e8072d5a70 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:14:42 -0400 Mayor Bill de Blasio says that “universal health care” is one of the local issues he’ll focus on now that he’s given up on his White House run. He’s got his work cut out for him. The latest Mayor’s Management Report shows enrollment in MetroPlus, the city’s health plan for low-income people on Medicaid and...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/050719_deblasio_nyc_care_dm_9.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 NYT > Opinion: Don’t Mess With Modi in Texas https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/trump-modi-houston.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f48f5ca8-6ff9-ea24-3f77-f75c2cc0c1d6 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:09:53 -0400 Trump joins Modi as the Indian prime minister defends the takeover of Kashmir and casts scorn on Pakistan.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22Cohen/22Cohen-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion modi narendra khan imran houston (tex) india kashmir and jammu (india) politics and government pakistan united states Roger Cohen Roger Cohen: Don’t Mess With Modi in Texas https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/trump-modi-houston.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ac118c58-eebc-fad5-e080-69aed04aea6d Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:01:18 -0400 Trump joins Modi as the Indian prime minister defends the takeover of Kashmir and casts scorn on Pakistan.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/496808" width="16" height="16"> Roger Cohen By Roger Cohen The Post's View: There’s another expert player warming up to online election interference. We should worry. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/theres-another-expert-player-warming-up-to-online-election-interference-we-should-worry/2019/09/22/76c8c870-d990-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:efb2bc1a-f5cc-5758-c612-8f4cc9b8ac92 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:27:10 -0400 China is aiming its domestic disinformation apparatus outward.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/u4H0Y1qklobDMXxmcgow8VFyJHk=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/PTEZVGG4TMI6TLDDGALHCFKD7Y.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/Nm6k00Zyufi-EGW2nd7NbcluNb4=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/PTEZVGG4TMI6TLDDGALHCFKD7Y.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/TEr9USs7tZmH6T2rDNk3l33aWNc=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/PTEZVGG4TMI6TLDDGALHCFKD7Y.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: Maduro has the upper hand again — as Venezuela’s people starve https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/maduro-has-the-upper-hand-again--as-venezuelas-people-starve/2019/09/22/24aa46de-d974-11e9-ac63-3016711543fe_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:43003df5-3f79-f047-5982-e9d08439364e Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:26:28 -0400 The big losers in the stalemate are ordinary Venezuelans.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/c8CU2ulfhjJ-tIUlhqi0uXOGrbY=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/UUHEFTW4UUI6TLDDGALHCFKD7Y.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/XqKKn68NXE5RbIKPG11cMo1vhZ4=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/UUHEFTW4UUI6TLDDGALHCFKD7Y.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/d_emh2JILi1L-I00X9nAmB64MLQ=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/UUHEFTW4UUI6TLDDGALHCFKD7Y.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: Trump is telling foreign students to get lost. It’ll only hurt us. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-telling-foreign-students-to-get-lost-itll-only-hurt-us/2019/09/22/08b45af6-cb5e-11e9-a1fe-ca46e8d573c0_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d4c5b334-a769-b944-c8d6-ea24348ad428 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:25:32 -0400 The Trump administration forfeits America’s role as a magnet for global brainpower.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/Ir6Xoh6OO7A28aWOekgDL_8m-RE=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/EYQ27JGOOMI6TDA4PSHOPBNYKU.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/EpY7JXZExxs1VfXJJRfpuimeAo0=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/EYQ27JGOOMI6TDA4PSHOPBNYKU.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/rREciPOJbfr8s16YkZcenoDCHMw=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/EYQ27JGOOMI6TDA4PSHOPBNYKU.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/22754" width="16" height="16"> The Post's View Editorial Board Opinion: Aluminium industry must commit to carbon reductions https://www.ft.com/content/5d4d0bcc-dad5-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5a35f956-2400-386e-1721-2d3726db0ea2 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:13:22 -0400 Super-lightweight metal is an essential building block of low-carbon economy<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion rss: Climate Child Abuse? Using Children to Lobby for Action on Climate Change http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/33474-climate-child-abuse-using-children-to-lobby-for-action-on-climate-change 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4e5e9e18-5fce-2e2b-eb8d-3c0dc3171e72 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:04:24 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33474:climate-child-abuse-using-children-to-lobby-for-action-on-climate-change&amp;Itemid=645"><img align="right" alt="climate-child-abuse-using-children-to-lobby-for-action-on-climate-change" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/d0aa39986eda9f09c99fa1b579fdc457_S.jpg" /></a><p>The "climate strike" movement is using children as human shields to promote the climate change cult.&nbsp; And by not teaching children alternate theories about the issue, government schools are guilty of denying them hope.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss James Murphy NYT > Opinion: We’re Ignoring the Biggest Cause of the Measles Crisis https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/anti-vaccine-parents.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:03319e6c-d38d-a18c-1d9f-13936fb5314e Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:00:06 -0400 It’s not anti-vaxxers. It’s parents who create their own vaccine schedules.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22Lighter/22Lighter-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion vaccination and immunization measles new york city doctors Jennifer Lighter NYT > Opinion: President Trump, Just the Facts https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/trump-ukraine-whistle-blower.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:aeed3771-4f07-d37c-8806-04d87138cfa2 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:00:05 -0400 The man in 40 sentences.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22Leonhardt/22Leonhardt-moth-v2.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion presidential election of 2020 united states politics and government ethics and official misconduct discrimination corruption (institutional) presidents and presidency (us) democracy (theory and philosophy) united states international relations trump donald j lying David Leonhardt NYT > Opinion: The Democrats Don’t Have the Suburbs Sewn Up Yet https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/democrats-suburbs.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d31fb1e1-1c8a-47b3-c3e7-a8ef3f98fc7b Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:00:03 -0400 To build a national majority, the party has to win the areas around smaller cities, which have resisted the blue wave.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22hopkins/22hopkins-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government suburbs presidential election of 2020 democratic party republican party trump donald j David A. Hopkins rss: Expert: “Perfectly Real” Fake Videos — That Can Ruin Your Reputation — Just 6 Months Away http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/item/33475-expert-perfectly-real-fake-videos-that-can-ruin-your-reputation-just-6-months-away 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d23c0aad-50e7-4ca7-2884-f33f591652d3 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 17:20:38 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33475:expert-perfectly-real-fake-videos-that-can-ruin-your-reputation-just-6-months-away&amp;Itemid=621"><img align="right" alt="expert-perfectly-real-fake-videos-that-can-ruin-your-reputation-just-6-months-away" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/5f1a50e48992356828e23bb710e61bfe_S.jpg" /></a><p>It has been said that seeing is believing. But this may change, at least regarding online content, with “perfectly real” faked videos, which associate computer science professor Hao Li says are perhaps just months away.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Selwyn Duke RenewAmerica columns: The Humanitarian Hoax of disinformation: Killing America with kindness - Hoax 47 http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/goudsmit/190922 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0bd547f5-ab54-3176-8fcc-f44a2777cc93 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 16:09:52 -0400 (Linda Goudsmit) - The Humanitarian Hoax is a deliberate and deceitful tactic of presenting a destructive policy as altruistic. The humanitarian huckster presents himself as a compassionate advocate when in fact he is the disguised enemy. A friend of mine from high school, a well-intentioned and impassioned gallerist in Washington, DC, sent out the following evite superimposed on an original oil painting depicting a pack of menacing rabid dogs: ...<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1495791" width="16" height="16"> RenewAmerica columns Linda Goudsmit NYT > Opinion: Even Before the Tears Stopped, She Took Action https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/parkland-shooting-guns-schools.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d66de7eb-942a-6041-ed7b-dcc7fe605212 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 15:26:16 -0400 As have other parents whose children were shot down at school, Lori Alhadeff is fighting for change.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/20/opinion/20parkland3/20parkland3-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion gun control mass shootings school shootings and armed attacks everytown for gun safety alhadeff lori bloomberg michael r Jeneen Interlandi FOX News: Helen Raleigh: China has already lost the trade war. Here's why http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/a2brCbair7A/helen-raleigh-china-lost-trade-war 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2637df83-31b4-4135-ae91-45c7cdd8f049 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 15:00:52 -0400 President Trump's trade tariffs struck the Chinese economy when it was already declining and the effects have been devastating. <img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/a2brCbair7A" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/14/694940094001_6086261829001_6086260838001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6086261829001_6086260838001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 868745b9-c6c4-5f24-a4c1-f35769019ea0 fox-news opinion fox-news world world-regions china fox-news world global-economy trade fnc Helen Raleigh Editorials | The Guardian: The Guardian view on Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour: it should be a broad church | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/the-guardian-view-on-jeremy-corbyns-labour-it-should-be-a-broad-church 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1a53261e-efdb-b0e0-a1bc-bd90dae5f0c9 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 14:00:56 -0400 The Labour leader ought to be true to his ideological roots and must not attempt to force members to back his Brexit policy on the back of trade union votes<p>The seeds of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership victory of 2015 were sown more than a decade earlier on the floor of a Labour party conference in Brighton. Then the Labour leader was Tony Blair and he had, in 2003, taken Britain into the Iraq war with predictable and disastrous consequences. By 2004, when Iraq was descending into chaos, Labour members were <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2004/sep/27/labourconference.labour3" title="">furious</a>. Mr Blair only avoided an embarrassing defeat in Brighton that year when <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2004/sep/30/labourconference.labour1" title="">trade union power</a> helped see off a conference motion calling for the early withdrawal of British troops from Iraq. Mr Blair won the vote, but he lost the argument with members. Mr Corbyn’s <a href="https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/1648/odds-shorten-on-left-winger-jeremy-corbyn-becoming-next-labour-leader-following-first-tv-debate" title="">campaign</a> was built on this disaffection. Key to Mr Corbyn’s appeal as Labour leader was that he promised not to let members down again.</p><p>Yet this year Mr Corbyn is accused of doing just that over Brexit. Instead of Labour going into an election with a clear pro-remain position, something that the majority of ordinary members want, Mr Corbyn – with the backing of the big trade unions – will, it seems, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/sep/22/labour-conference-latest-news-jeremy-corbyn-calls-for-party-to-have-two-deputy-leaders-live-news?page=with:block-5d8791d78f08f9df5bdd9491#block-5d8791d78f08f9df5bdd9491" title="">bulldozer</a> his “fudge” policy through. His plan seeks to persuade voters that compromise is needed to reconcile warring Brexit tribes. This is a brave and not unwelcome move in our polarised times. Mr Corbyn’s policy is for a Labour government to renegotiate a Brexit deal and put it to a plebiscitary vote within six months of winning an election. There would be a special conference to determine Labour’s position in that referendum. On Sunday Mr Corbyn <a href="https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/foreign-affairs/brexit/news/106726/sadiq-khan-warns-jeremy-corbyn-labour-cannot-be-%E2%80%98neutral%E2%80%99" title="">refused</a> to say how he would campaign in it. This approach recognises that the country is divided and that give and take might be required to bring people together. It allows those Labour MPs in leave constituencies to campaign in the next election as leavers, and those in remain constituencies to campaign as remainers.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/the-guardian-view-on-jeremy-corbyns-labour-it-should-be-a-broad-church">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian labour conference labour uk news politics labour party deputy leadership jeremy corbyn tony blair brexit european union foreign policy keir starmer emily thornberry Editorial Editorials | The Guardian: The Guardian view on machine learning: a computer cleverer than you? | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/the-guardian-view-on-machine-learning-a-computer-cleverer-than-you 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:51c6ce70-13c5-8bf2-0603-a0c784acebd3 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:56:11 -0400 There are dangers of teaching computers to learn the things humans do best – not least because makers of such machines cannot explain the knowledge their creations have acquired<p>Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president, last week <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/20/microsoft-boss-tech-firms-must-stop-if-its-legal-its-acceptable-approach" title="">told</a> the Guardian that tech companies should stop behaving as though everything that is not illegal is acceptable. Mr Smith made a good argument that technology may be considered morally neutral but technologists can’t be. He is correct that software engineers ought to take much more seriously the moral consequences of their work.</p><p>This argument operates on two levels: conscious and unconscious. It is easy to see the ethical issue in Microsoft’s sale of facial recognition technology to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement while the Trump administration was separating children from parents at the US’s southern border. The moral stance of more than 3,000 Google employees who <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/technology/google-pentagon-project-maven.html" title="">protested</a> about its Maven contract – where machine learning was to be used for military purposes, starting with drone imaging – with the US Department of Defense should be applauded. Google let the contract lapse. But people with different ethical viewpoints can take different views. In the case of the Maven contract, a rival with fewer qualms <a href="https://www.businesstelegraph.co.uk/palmer-luckeys-anduril-won-project-maven-pentagon-ai-contract-the-intercept/" title="">picked</a> up the work. Much is contingent on public attitudes. Opinion polls show that Americans are not in favour of developing artificial intelligence technology for warfare, but this changes as soon as the country’s adversaries start to develop them. There is an economic aspect to be considered too. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/02/facebook-google-data-change-our-behaviour-democracy" title="">Shoshana Zuboff’s insight</a>, that the exploitation of behavioural predictions covertly derived from the surveillance of users is capitalism’s latest stage, is key. What is our moral state when AI <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/technology/artificial-intelligence-salaries-openai.html" title="">researchers</a> are paid $1m a year but the people who label and classify the input data <a href="https://www.scmp.com/tech/article/2166655/ai-promises-jobs-revolution-first-it-needs-old-fashioned-manual-labour-china" title="">are paid $1.47 an hour</a>.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/the-guardian-view-on-machine-learning-a-computer-cleverer-than-you">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian artificial intelligence (ai) computing consciousness technology surveillance world news microsoft google Editorial FOX News: Paul Batura: Nice try, 'Ms. Monopoly,' but you patronize women and are just wrong on the gender wage gap http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/igqxF983bgE/paul-batura-ms-monopoly-patronizes-women-and-mischaracterizes-gender-wage-gap 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9bcb32d3-62a5-d2f8-4aee-8ac5cb12b7f7 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:13:55 -0400 Yes, it’s true that on average women make 20 percent less than men, but there are plenty of reasons why, and it has almost nothing to do with misogyny or gender bias.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/igqxF983bgE" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/08/23/694940094001_6076166396001_6076160868001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6076166396001_6076160868001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 3376619f-c2fe-5bb9-9708-51549a2f323b fox-news opinion fox-news entertainment genres family fox-news faith-values family fox-news lifestyle Paul Batura Opinion: Mexico’s budget is a missed opportunity https://www.ft.com/content/c2fe50ac-db9d-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:84ee778d-f9ec-9357-5ade-25c659b4294c Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:00:26 -0400 Andrés Manuel López Obrador should boost investment and reopen the oil sector<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion NYT > Opinion: Is America’s Health Care System a Fixer-Upper or a Teardown? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/upshot/health-care-home-metaphor.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9e00c58e-67a0-ee99-f874-4c3a8bd2725a Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:13:47 -0400 To understand the competing Democratic health care plans, consider an elaborate home construction metaphor.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/11/upshot/oakImage-1568216725735/oakImage-1568216725735-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion health insurance and managed care united states politics and government debates (political) Margot Sanger-Katz and Tim Enthoven Opinion: Organised labour is back https://www.ft.com/content/2ce47220-dbb3-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:77123aaf-a521-beae-de7b-e36881d222ef Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:00:26 -0400 Younger workers are behind the rise in trade union membership in the US<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion NYT > Opinion: Mystified and Appalled by Trump’s Faithful Base https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/letters/trump-voters.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8937e020-9009-837b-29cd-f8c217bbb93f Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:00:03 -0400 The symbiosis between speaker and audience is a reminder of Mr. Trump’s powerful hold on the Republican Party’s base heading into his 2020 re-election bid.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/10/us/politics/10trumpvoters3/merlin_160550472_5c49d553-d5b1-4a8d-88af-ca746da400f7-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government pesticides trump donald j brittany (france) NYT > Opinion: Talking About Menopause (Finally) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/letters/menopause.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:638b3f69-cbeb-9f53-f7ab-43906ece7b4a Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:00:01 -0400 Readers react with personal stories of pain and promise, and an ob-gyn shares data.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/15/opinion/sunday/15mattern/25mattern-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion women and girls menopause estrogen Adam Schiff: Impeachment 'may be the only remedy' https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/adam-schiff-impeachment-remedy-trump-1507278 Top Stories urn:uuid:d58ab80a-9fc3-b544-e579-b0e2adaef335 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 11:55:11 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/dd/b3/eb2da181499aaee22735b9c5f921/20190922-adam-schiff-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Impeachment may be &quot;the only remedy&quot; should a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/trump-ukraine-biden-1507048" target="_blank">recent whistleblower complaint</a> against President Donald Trump prove true, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday.</p><p>&quot;I have been very reluctant to go down the path of impeachment, for the reason that I think the founders contemplated in a country that has elections every four years, that this would be an extraordinary remedy, a remedy of last resort, not first resort,&quot; the California Democrat <a href="https://twitter.com/CNNSotu/status/1175773300452204544?s=20" target="_blank">said</a> on CNN's &quot;State of the Union.&quot;</p><p>&quot;But if the president is essentially withholding military aid at the same time that he is trying to browbeat a foreign leader into doing something illicit that is providing dirt on his opponent during a presidential campaign, then that may be the only remedy that is coequal to the evil that that conduct represents,&quot; Schiff added.</p><p>His comments, following a series of reports that Trump pressed Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden, appear to be the most forceful Schiff has made on impeachment.</p><p>It's a matter that has <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/18/pelosi-nadler-schism-impeachment-1501755" target="_blank">sparked a chasm</a> among Democrats, with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York pushing for an investigation and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California arguing the House Democrats lack the votes.</p><p>Last week, Nadler's panel held what it billed as its first “impeachment hearing” to question former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and Pelosi stressed in a private meeting that Democrats should be cautious as it decides whether to move forward.</p><p>Schiff's committee plans to hear from Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday to &quot;make sure we get that [whistleblower] complaint,&quot; Schiff said. Maguire has, as of Sunday, refused <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/17/adam-schiff-joseph-maguire-whistleblower-complaint-1501632" target="_blank">to provide it</a> to Congress.</p><p>&quot;It may be that we do have to move forward with that extraordinary remedy,&quot; Schiff said of impeachment.</p><p>Still, he acknowledged, the Republican-controlled Senate would not go along.</p><p>&quot;There's no chance of us persuading the Senate, the Senate Republicans, in an impeachment trial. They have shown their willingness to carry the president's baggage, no matter how soiled its contents,&quot; Schiff said.</p><p>&quot;I want to make sure, before we go down this road, that we can persuade the public that this was the right thing to do. And part of persuading the public that impeachment is the right thing to do is making sure that the country understands that this was a last resort,&quot; Schiff explained. </p><p>&quot;The president is pushing us down this road.&quot;</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> emueller@politico.com (Eleanor Mueller) NYT > Opinion: Ayman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahu’s Grip on Israel https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/netanyahu-israel-gantz-ayman-odeh.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:681d7ff1-36d8-a681-88e6-69a3ddc69452 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 11:38:45 -0400 The leader of the Arab Joint List explains why it will use its power to help make Benny Gantz prime minister of Israel.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22odeh2/22odeh2-moth-v2.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion israel netanyahu benjamin gantz benny politics and government palestinians elections Ayman Odeh POLITICO Playbook: Impeachment watch: Schiff says ‘we need an answer’ https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2019/09/22/impeachment-watch-schiff-says-we-need-an-answer-479715 Top Stories urn:uuid:4f5a5955-2745-d180-9a7d-fc4b7a397998 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 11:25:42 -0400 sherman@politico.com (Jake Sherman) Opinion: Is the Fed making a mistake on inflation? https://www.ft.com/content/f740b256-c720-11e9-a1f4-3669401ba76f 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f4c76d4f-c192-735d-22e7-4d2c12897f87 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 11:11:38 -0400 Upside and downside both have risks and the FOMC is split on the way forward<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Trump's Ukraine conversations must be 'private,' Pompeo and Mnuchin say https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/trump-ukraine-call-transcript-pompeo-1507277 Top Stories urn:uuid:ec502d99-3505-df0d-2e74-6c23775dfa2c Sun, 22 Sep 2019 11:05:21 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/70/9b/2c1c86cf40d7b5e8e3139a4038cd/20190922-pompeo-mnuchin-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump's conversations with Ukrainian leaders must remain &quot;private,&quot; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday. </p><p>&quot;Those are private conversations between world leaders,&quot; Pompeo said on &quot;Fox News Sunday&quot; when asked about a series of reports that Trump pressed Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden. </p><p>&quot;I would leave whether that should be released&quot; to the White House, Pompeo said.</p><p>Mnuchin went a step further, saying on NBC's &quot;Meet the Press&quot;: &quot;I think it would be highly inappropriate to release a transcript of a call between two world leaders.&quot;</p><p>Congress would be overreaching should it request to see such a transcript, he continued. </p><p>&quot;What I have a problem with is Congress asking for a transcript between world leaders,&quot; Mnuchin said. &quot;I think that those are confidential discussions, and that’s a difficult precedent.&quot;</p><p>Both Cabinet members acknowledged to not being on the call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.</p><p>Their comments come as the Trump White House attempts <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/trump-ukraine-biden-1507048" target="_blank">to deflect blowback</a> from the allegations of Ukrainian collusion by redirecting the conversation to claims that the then-vice president threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid from Ukraine while demanding the firing of a prosecutor who was investigating gas company where Biden's son, Hunter, held a board position.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> emueller@politico.com (Eleanor Mueller) FOX News: Matt Gorman: After Kavanaugh, Republicans are looking forward to another Supreme Court fight http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/aFd2EZhdn0A/matt-gorman-kavanaugh-republicans 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:523db971-8ea6-9700-86ca-626c003ee17c Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:58:40 -0400 Republicans of all stripes are ready for a hell of a fight.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/aFd2EZhdn0A" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/09/Kavanaughs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/Kavanaughs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News b033b870-71d8-5afb-832e-774ad94c47b1 fox-news opinion fox-news politics judiciary confirmation-of-judge-kavanaugh fox-news politics judiciary supreme-court fox-news Matt Gorman Mike Pompeo puts onus in Ukraine squabble on Biden https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/pompeo-ukraine-biden-trump-1507276 Top Stories urn:uuid:fa4004e0-bd5b-d415-65d2-5f9c9d86a820 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:47:36 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/5c/f5/743d34d94a97b09283dbf82ade6d/20190922-mike-pompeo-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he hasn’t seen the Ukraine whistleblower complaint, but if former Vice President Joe Biden behaved inappropriately then “we need to know.” </p><p>Following reports that President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate Biden's son, Hunter Biden — which led to a whistleblower complaint and stalled congressional review — Pompeo joined many Trump allies in pivoting the conversation to <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/19/giuliani-biden-ukraine-trump-1506009" target="_blank">discrediting</a> the Democratic 2020 front-runner. </p><p>At the center of the controversy is Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which has spiked demands from Democratic lawmakers for investigations and impeachment proceedings. Those seeking an investigation want to know if the president made U.S. aid contingent on Ukraine investigating Trump’s political opponent. </p><p>Biden has been attacked by those who say that while he was vice president, he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid from Ukraine and called for the firing of a state prosecutor looking into a gas company where Hunter Biden held a board position. Trump himself has doubled down on these <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/trump-ukraine-biden-1507048" target="_blank">claims</a> against Biden.</p><p>“If Vice President Biden behaved inappropriately, if he was protecting his son and intervened with the Ukrainian leadership in a way that was corrupt, I do think we need to get to the bottom of that,” Pompeo said on ABC‘s “This Week.“</p><p>He added, “America cannot have our elections interfered with … If there was that kind of activity engaged in by Vice President Biden, we need to know.”</p><br><p>Trump tweeted Saturday that the call was “perfectly fine and routine.” But critics of the administration, including Biden, have labeled Trump’s actions as “an overwhelming abuse of power” and “betrayal of our nation.” </p><p>Pompeo reiterated Sunday that the U.S. wants a “good relationship” with Ukraine. He pointed to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko’s <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-whistleblower-ukraine/ukraine-minister-denies-trump-put-pressure-on-zelenskiy-during-call-report-idUSKBN1W60HU" target="_blank">statement</a> that there was no pressure applied in the conversation between the world leaders. In response to a question about releasing the phone call transcript, Pompeo deferred to the White House. </p><p>“We don’t release transcripts very often,” he said Sunday. “Those are private conversations between world leaders and it wouldn’t be appropriate to do so except in — in the most extreme circumstances.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Rishika Dugyala FOX News: Spakovsky and Canaparo: California can't decide who runs for president. Tax return law just a political attack on Trump http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/3crGOhUrK8A/spakovsky-canaparo-california-ballot-law-unconstitutional-trump-political-attack 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5b3f8c4a-8afb-5dcc-9c1d-2087cadfcfdb Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:46:58 -0400 When a state chooses which of a candidate’s characteristics to educate the people about, it impermissibly substitutes its judgment for the people’s judgment. <img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/3crGOhUrK8A" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/20/694940094001_6087966242001_6087964564001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6087966242001_6087964564001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 1dadc390-ce21-5012-93da-485c770cf87e fox-news opinion fox-news person donald-trump fox-news us us-regions west california fox-news GianCarlo Canaparo Giuliani charges 'this town protects Joe Biden' https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/giuliani-trump-ukraine-biden-1507275 Top Stories urn:uuid:de9c9e12-ddb5-5619-2327-ea6f8b852e47 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:30:24 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/90/96/f7a92381492eb0401ea926f4397c/20190922-rudy-ukraine-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, charged on Sunday that &quot;this town protects Joe Biden.&quot;</p><p>&quot;His family has been taking money from his public office for years,&quot; Giuliani asserted in an animated interview on &quot;Fox News Sunday.&quot; &quot;Ladies and gentlemen, go look at what the press has been covering up.&quot;</p><p>Giuliani's comments come as the White House attempts <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/trump-ukraine-biden-1507048" target="_blank">to deflect blowback</a> from a series of reports that Trump pressed Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden. The president, Giuliani and others have repeatedly attempted to redirect the conversation to allegations that the then-vice president threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid from Ukraine while demanding the firing of a prosecutor who was investigating gas company where Biden's son, Hunter, held a board position.</p><p>&quot;I went there to get dirt on Joe Biden,&quot; Giuliani said. &quot;I got a nice straight case of Ukrainian collusion, and the minute I say 'Biden' the Washington press corps is going to go nuts. They've been covering it up for years.&quot;</p><p>PolitiFact has rated the allegations against Biden as &quot;<a href="https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/07/viral-image/fact-checking-joe-biden-hunter-biden-and-ukraine/" target="_blank">half-true,</a>&quot; clarifying that the accusation overreaches &quot;by assuming that Joe Biden acted to protect the company his son was affiliated with,&quot; and noting that the prosecutor in question had drawn criticism in the past.</p><p>&quot;These are very important things that have been covered up to protect slimy Joe,&quot; Giuliani declared.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> emueller@politico.com (Eleanor Mueller) FOX News: Thomas Jipping: Democrats take partisanship against judicial nominees to new level in Trump era http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/MR3ue58ises/thomas-jipping-democrats-partisanship-judicial-nominees-new-level-trump-era 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a9b65621-8ca7-a7ad-ba09-915da60893b2 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:07:47 -0400 The Left has weaponized the process, ignoring nominees’ qualifications and focusing on their single common characteristic: the president who nominated them.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/MR3ue58ises" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/17/694940094001_6087204320001_6087199890001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6087204320001_6087199890001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 018f3a57-fed9-5d31-90a9-c0faced739fa fox-news opinion fox-news politics judiciary fox-news person donald-trump fox-news politics senate Thomas Jipping Trump wants ‘diplomatic solution’ with Iran, Pompeo says https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/pompeo-trump-diplomacy-iran-oil-1507273 Top Stories urn:uuid:f90f56c4-39bf-1116-6b58-95585fe3cff7 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:05:04 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/c8/b6/56135fba49368c5abbd4843ce5a3/20190922-mike-pompeo-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump &quot;would like a diplomatic solution&quot; with Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.</p><p>&quot;Our mission set is to avoid war. That's the task in front of us,&quot; Pompeo <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNewsSunday/status/1175761404743344135?s=20" target="_blank">said</a> on &quot;Fox News Sunday.&quot; &quot;That's what we've been aiming for for a little over two years now, with the strongest sanctions that have ever been put in place against this revolutionary regime.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The whole world understands that Iran is the bad actor,&quot; Pompeo <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNewsSunday/status/1175763126500909056?s=20" target="_blank">went on</a>. &quot;They are the evil force in the region, they are destabilizing in the Middle East.&quot;</p><p>Iran bears responsibility for <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/iran-persian-gulf-west-1507271" target="_blank">a Sept. 14 attack</a> on the world's largest oil processor, located in Saudi Arabia, that caused oil prices to spike by the biggest percentage since the Gulf War, the U.S. alleges. Iran, for its part, denies it was behind the assault. And Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday<a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/iran-foreign-affairs-minister-saudi-arabia-1507267" target="_blank"> accused</a> the U.S. of &quot;posturing&quot; by sending troops missile defenses to Saudi Arabia in response.</p><p>&quot;As for Zarif, I don't know why anyone listens to him,&quot; Pompeo <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNewsSunday/status/1175763552461885442?s=20" target="_blank">said</a>. &quot;He has nothing to do with Iranian foreign policy, he lies all the time.&quot; </p><br><p>Pompeo will attend high-level meetings at the United Nations this week, where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has separately pledged to unveil a peace plan for the region.</p><p>&quot;We simply want Iran to behave like a normal nation,&quot; Pompeo said.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> emueller@politico.com (Eleanor Mueller) Opinions: Climate warnings are up across the board https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/22/climate-warnings-are-up-across-board/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fe61b71e-0053-001d-9638-b96fb8869bcb Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:00:28 -0400 And time is of the essence.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/2IVKX4634JDA5G4O2NW6IDOSHM.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/2IVKX4634JDA5G4O2NW6IDOSHM.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/2IVKX4634JDA5G4O2NW6IDOSHM.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 Opinions: We’re passing the tipping point on impeachment https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/22/passing-tipping-point-impeachment/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:27ff85b3-8ef9-f560-d070-c7d25d6fd6d2 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:00:15 -0400 The simpler the high crime, the easier the impeachment.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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 Jennifer Rubin Opinion: Banks must cut the flow of funding for fossil fuels https://www.ft.com/content/5f1d9fd8-d96e-11e9-9c26-419d783e10e8 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:babf9df7-0474-852f-d8f2-4125c9e86531 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:00:27 -0400 We will not tackle climate change if money keeps going to carbon emitters<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: The EU will never abandon the level playing field https://www.ft.com/content/81ff4e88-dbb3-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:de9aa0a0-d2b4-dedd-5882-eac883f9ae05 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:00:27 -0400 Member states would not countenance a Brexit deal that gave the UK regulatory autonomy<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinions: John Kerry: China and India must step up on climate change https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/john-kerry-china-and-india-must-step-up-on-climate-change/2019/09/21/b734c270-dbd8-11e9-ac63-3016711543fe_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6129642b-688a-f5bb-98d3-edf2165bbeee Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:00:00 -0400 We need a concrete commitment to meet the Paris agreement’s 2020 timetable.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/7PJDCLGVLEI6TFQQ7NLMKURODQ.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/7PJDCLGVLEI6TFQQ7NLMKURODQ.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/7PJDCLGVLEI6TFQQ7NLMKURODQ.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 John F. Kerry John Harwood: Voters are equally uneasy about Trump and his potential Democratic rivals, NBC/WSJ poll says https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/22/voters-equally-uneasy-about-trump-democratic-2020-rivals-nbc-wsj-poll.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ab1ee4d0-0c31-6b06-6a49-0727197e0f97 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:00:00 -0400 A 58% majority of registered voters express unease about voting for Trump, but slightly more say the same about Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, while Elizabeth Warren fares only slightly better.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7067303" width="16" height="16"> John Harwood Opposition leader says Britain could be better off outside EU with right deal https://www.politico.com/www.politico.eu/article/corbyn-brexit-uk-better-off-outside-eu-with-right-deal/ Top Stories urn:uuid:993e3237-9d3e-2c90-f80c-02d57a645f98 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 08:59:45 -0400 Emilio Casalicchio Legal showdown looms over Trump deposition order https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/trump-testimony-legal-deposition-1507272 Top Stories urn:uuid:6bbc672c-cb52-2711-8862-75ae17cb55f0 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 08:36:15 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/30/cd/6bbbe93c4dfc88493aa75c9e9f06/20190922-donald-trump-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>A lawsuit brought by protesters who contend they were roughed up by security personnel outside Trump Tower in 2015 has suddenly become an urgent problem for President Donald Trump’s legal team after a New York judge ruled Friday that Trump must submit to a videotaped deposition in the case.</p><p>Despite the swirl of Congressional litigation involving Trump and the intensifying efforts to impeach him in the House, the Bronx-based suit jumped to the forefront of the White House’s legal concerns because — as it stands now — the judge’s new order requires Trump’s testimony before the trial in the case, currently set to open Thursday.</p><p>“More than 200 years ago our founders sought to escape an oppressive, tyrannical governance in which absolute power vested with a monarch. A fear of the recurrence of tyranny birthed our three-branch government adorned with checks and balances,” Gonzales wrote in her ruling. “No government official, including the Executive, is above the law.”</p><p>Trump’s lawyers could ask the judge — Bronx Supreme Court Justice Doris Gonzalez — to delay the trial or file an appeal to try to block the order for the president’s testimony. There’s also the chance of an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or that Trump might simply ignore the judge’s order and see what sanctions she imposes.</p><p>Trump’s attorneys could seek to appeal or stay the ruling, but their chances in New York state courts appear slim.</p><p>Persuading judges to delay the trial further at this point could be difficult. The suit was filed more than four years ago and the trial has been put off repeatedly, including after one of the five plaintiffs died in February.</p><br><p>Trump is named personally as a defendant in the suit, along with the Trump Campaign, the Trump Organization and Keith Schiller, who served Trump for years as a security guard and later as Director of Oval Office Operations at the White House.</p><p>Trump’s efforts to avoid testifying in the case have collided with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1997 ruling requiring President Bill Clinton to submit to a deposition in a federal lawsuit brought by a former Arkansas state employee, Paula Jones, who accused Clinton of sexual harassment while he was governor of the state. The unanimous opinion said there is no immunity for a president sued over events taking place before he left office.</p><p>Trump’s lawyers have seized on one issue left open in the <i>Clinton v. Jones </i>case: whether a state court has the same power over a president that a federal court does. Trump’s legal team has argued that a state judge might not be as deferential as a federal court judge would to the need to accommodate a president’s schedule and important national security duties.</p><p>Gonzalez’s order Friday and its suggestion that Trump submit to a deposition within days could reinforce that perception. </p><p>But Trump’s legal team seems to have little prospect of victory in New York state courts in light of an <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/14/summer-zervos-trump-1221742" target="_blank">appeals panel’s ruling</a> in March of this year rejecting Trump’s bid to halt a defamation lawsuit brought by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos.</p><p>Gonzales said that decision foreclosed Trump’s arguments for immunity in the protesters’ suit.</p><p>Trump has also been ordered to give a pretrial deposition in the Zervos suit. However, the deadline has been extended to Oct. 31.</p><p>Trump lawyers did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Gonzalez’s ruling or what next steps they plan in the case. A White House spokesman declined to comment.</p><p>A lawyer for the protesters, Roger Friedman, welcomed Gonzalez’s decision. “The judge’s ruling was clearly correct. President Trump’s testimony will be highly relevant to the trial,” Friedman said.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jgerstein@politico.com (Josh Gerstein) U.N. secretary-general: ‘Concrete commitments’ needed on climate https://www.politico.com/www.politico.eu/article/the-un-climate-summit-is-not-the-end-of-our-process-but-rather-the-beginning/ Top Stories urn:uuid:5344033c-30e3-3d22-db67-162efc8183dc Sun, 22 Sep 2019 08:19:10 -0400 Kalina Oroschakoff Iran asks West to leave Persian Gulf https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/iran-persian-gulf-west-1507271 Top Stories urn:uuid:c9e48b5a-7dd8-73c6-bd23-08bf626264b6 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 08:02:22 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/f2/02/ef206160498881894722f988e35f/20190922-iran-president-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president called Sunday on Western powers to leave the security of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran, criticizing a new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the region’s waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic’s military arsenal.</p><p>President Hassan Rouhani separately promised to unveil a regional peace plan at this week’s upcoming high-level meetings at the United Nations, which comes amid heightened Mideast tensions following a series of attacks, including a missile-and-drone assault on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.</p><p>The U.S. alleges Iran carried out the Sept. 14 attack on the world’s largest oil processor in the kingdom and an oil field, which caused oil prices to spike by the biggest percentage since the 1991 Gulf War. While Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels claimed the assault, Saudi Arabia says it was “unquestionably sponsored by Iran.”</p><p>For its part, Iran denies being responsible and has warned any retaliatory attack targeting it will result in an “all-out war.” That’s as it has begun enriching uranium beyond the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from over a year earlier.</p><p>Rouhani spoke from a riser at the parade in Tehran, with uniformed officers from the country’s military and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard beside him. The cleric later watched as goose-stepping soldiers carrying submachine guns and portable missile launchers drove past as part of “Holy Defense Week,” which marks the start of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980.</p><br><p>Rouhani said Iran was willing to “extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood” to Persian Gulf nations and was “even ready to forgive their past mistakes.”</p><p>“Those who want to link the region’s incidents to the Islamic Republic of Iran are lying like their past lies that have been revealed,” the president said. “If they are truthful and really seek security in the region, they must not send weapons, fighter jets, bombs and dangerous arms to the region.”</p><p>Rouhani added that the U.S. and Western nations should “distance” themselves from the region.</p><p>“Your presence has always been a calamity for this region and the farther you go from our region and our nations, the more security would come for our region,” he said.</p><p>He said Iran’s plan would focus on providing security in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman “with help from regional countries.” Iran has boosted its naval cooperation with China, India, Oman, Pakistan, and Russia in recent years.</p><p>The U.S. maintains defense agreements across the Persian Gulf with allied Arab nations and has tens of thousands of troops stationed in the region. Since 1980, it has viewed the region as crucial to its national security, given its energy exports. A fifth of all oil traded passes through the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. The U.S. plans to send additional troops to the region over the tensions.</p><br><p>The parades and maneuvers Sunday appeared aimed at projecting Iranian strength with naval vessels, submarines and armed speedboats swarmed across the Persian Gulf and troops showed off land-to-sea missiles capable of targeting the U.S. Navy. Commandos fast-roped down onto the deck of a ship, resembling Iran’s July seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker.</p><p>Iranian ship seizures, as well as oil tanker explosions that the U.S. blames on Iran, saw America create a new coalition to protect Mideast waters. So far, Australia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to join it.</p><p>Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani called the U.S-led coalition a “a new means for plundering the region,” according to Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency.</p><p>“We regard the emergence of such coalitions as the start of a new game to make the region insecure,” Larijani said, according to Tasnim.</p><p>Iran separately displayed its Khordad-3 surface-to-air missile that downed a U.S. military surveillance drone in the Strait of Hormuz in June.</p><p>Sunday also marked the one-year anniversary of an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz that killed 25 people. Both separatists and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the assault, while Iran blamed Saudi Arabia and the UAE for allegedly supporting the attackers. Both nations denied the claim, though a propaganda video published by a semi-official news agency in Iran close to the Guard later circulated threatening them with missile attacks.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> (Associated Press) Opinion: Europe must not close its doors to migrants https://www.ft.com/content/066affc2-da16-11e9-9c26-419d783e10e8 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:461a4341-8456-aa4f-7dab-ad5c6ceea041 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 08:00:27 -0400 Far from the situation being unmanageable, solutions are available<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion EU leader to Britain: Don’t blame us for post-Brexit border in Ireland https://www.politico.com/www.politico.eu/article/juncker-uk-dont-blame-brussels-for-post-brexit-border-ireland/ Top Stories urn:uuid:7c11452e-f110-7ed7-4686-2b1c46b63023 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 07:50:48 -0400 Joshua Posaner Opinions: Distinguished person of the week: He showed how it is done https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/22/distinguished-person-week-he-showed-how-it-is-done/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bee64506-b892-5cb1-47ad-06428470c3d2 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 07:45:07 -0400 Who stood tall?<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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 Jennifer Rubin Chasten Buttigieg goes from opening act to fundraising star https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/pete-chasten-buttigieg-fundraising-2020-1507270 Top Stories urn:uuid:ca60c6a2-033c-9029-8df2-0769c77a0014 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 06:57:20 -0400 Pete Buttigieg’s husband is now headlining fundraisers solo, helping power the mayor’s 2020 campaign as he focuses on Iowa and New Hampshire. <img src="https://static.politico.com/9e/ba/b50e5b0f4a5fa24059ba1a37615a/19921-chasten-buttigieg-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Chasten Buttigieg has gone viral on social media and supported his husband on the presidential campaign trail. Now, he’s playing a new role for Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 bid: rainmaker.</p><p>Chasten is slated to be the sole headline draw for several Pete for America fundraisers over the next month, starting with an event in Chicago this week. In October, Chasten will swing through New York City for another fundraiser, followed by a trip overseas to raise money from Americans living abroad in London on Oct. 22, according to event invitations obtained by POLITICO.</p><p>Chasten is also striking out on his own for other events, like a ribbon-cutting for a dozen new field offices in New Hampshire earlier this month, while Pete did the same for 20 offices in Iowa. The split-screen events show Chasten — a 30-year-old teacher who was nearly anonymous at the beginning of 2019 — cutting a campaign profile more akin to well-known former second lady Jill Biden than most 2020 spouses. And that prominence could be a force-multiplier for the Buttigieg campaign through the fall, keeping the fundraising spigot open while Pete stumps in all-important Iowa and New Hampshire.</p><p>&quot;Chasten is as big of a draw for people who want to connect with the campaign as Pete, and that’s at all levels, not just high-dollar fundraisers,” said John Atkinson, a Buttigieg donor based in Chicago. And, he added, “to the extent that Chasten frees up bandwidth for the candidate, that is a competitive advantage.&quot;</p><p>Spouses can “speak for the candidate in a way no other surrogate can,” said Julianna Smoot, who led Barack Obama’s finance team in 2008, when future First Lady Michelle Obama became a national draw.</p><br><p>It’s no different in 2020. Jill Biden has also been aggressively deployed as a surrogate for former Vice President Joe Biden, both in public campaign events and private fundraisers, while Doug Emhoff, Sen. Kamala Harris’ husband, has also headlined his own fundraisers. Jane Sanders has played a critical strategic role in her husband’s political career, especially Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential runs. And Bruce Mann, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s husband, occasionally lingers with reporters as he waits for his wife to navigate the often hours-long selfie line at the end of her campaign events.</p><p>But Buttigieg’s campaign is leaning on Chasten to a notable extent, playing off his rise to social media stardom by ramping up his public schedule since this summer. That has freed Pete to spend less time courting donors — which he’s done successfully, leading the Democratic field with nearly $25 million raised last quarter — and more time talking to voters in the early states, where the campaign is putting a heavy emphasis on building its infrastructure.</p><p>“He’s something of a secret weapon for this campaign,” Pete Buttigieg said in an interview with POLITICO. “One of the things you need to do on a campaign, especially when you’re new on the scene, is introduce yourself and convey your values to as many people as possible. Chasten, through his own story and his own approach and his focus on making sure that people have a sense of belonging, really embodies a lot of the values of this campaign.”</p><p>Chasten’s spousal status stands out especially in its history-making context: He appeared on Time magazine’s cover with an arm around Pete, under the headline “First Family.”</p><p>&quot;Chasten is introducing America to what a same-sex couple looks like,” said Stephanie Cutter, a Democratic consultant, who served as Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager and Michelle Obama’s chief of staff. “In that, he does a remarkable job of humanizing Pete, a candidate who is already very relatable.”</p><p>The Buttigieg donor invitations obtained by POLITICO show that Chasten’s events cater to a mix of high- and low-dollar attendees. Tickets for the Sept. 24 event in Chicago range from $25 for “young professionals” up to $500 to be a co-host and guarantee a photo. In New York, “Cocktails and Conversation” at a Manhattan residence will cost donors $500 to $1,000. Chasten has already held fundraisers in Miami, Tampa and St. Petersburg earlier this year.</p><br><p>Pete averages about $100,000 raised per event, while Chasten is expected to bring in about a third of that, according to a person familiar with the fundraising totals.</p><p>Though Chasten appears frequently in private settings for the campaign, he has kept a low profile with the media. In May, the Washington Post wrote about Chasten’s upbringing, including his stint as a homeless community college student in Michigan, and he sat for a rare interview on CBS’ “This Morning” alongside his husband — and their dogs.</p><p>Instead, Chasten, who took a leave of absence from teaching to join the campaign full-time, developed his own unfiltered social media presence. He tweets like the millennial he is, deploying well-timed gifs and pop culture insights to more than 380,000 followers. Last week, Chasten dropped a Lizzo lyric and a Bachelor reference in a single tweet about his dog, Truman, who has earned his own Twitter handle.</p><p>“There's a generational element to Chasten's appeal — creating a profile for himself on social media where we've gotten to know their pets, what they're doing on a daily basis,” Cutter said. “We can debate the role Twitter plays in our politics, but Chasten's feed has been a lens into who Pete is. Nobody else is doing that quite like Chasten.”</p><p>The massive field of candidates, coupled with the intense interest in the Democratic primary, may mean voters are “looking at [spouses] earlier in the process than we’ve seen in other primaries, and if yours is an asset — like the potential first husband — then you get him into rooms where he works best,” said Henry Munoz III, the former Democratic National Committee finance chairman.</p><p>Before he started headlining his own fundraisers, Chasten would frequently introduce his husband at events, retelling a story about their first date, when Chasten asked Pete if he had aspirations for higher office. Pete, who had run for state treasurer in 2010, responded: Maybe another statewide run in Indiana?</p><p>But by their first wedding anniversary, the couple showed up on that Time magazine cover and Chasten adds, “with a wink, ‘This isn’t what I signed up for,’” according to several Buttigieg donors.</p><p>The campaign has also turned Chasten into a draw for other groups’ events: On Sunday, he is co-headlining a champagne brunch fundraiser for the Victory Fund, the pro-LGBTQ group that supports political candidates and has endorsed his husband for president.</p><p>Some attendees might be attracted by “the novelty — ‘oh, it’s a husband’” on the campaign trail, said Annise Parker, the former Houston mayor who is now Victory Fund’s president.</p><p>But Parker added that Chasten offers a kind of alter ego to his husband, who can be “pretty buttoned-down, reserved, a bit introverted,” she said. “Chasten softens him up a little bit.”</p><p>Chasten has also proven to be an adept public speaker, particularly in front of LGBTQ audiences. At the DNC’s LGTBQ gala in June, Chasten replaced Pete for the keynote address at the last minute, after Pete returned to South Bend, Ind., when a black resident was shot and killed by a police officer.</p><p>“The entire room looked at him and said to each other, ‘Why isn’t this guy running?’” said Munoz, who hasn’t yet formally endorsed in the primary. “He plays the role of the spouse in a way that no one in American history ever has — and people want to meet him.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> eschneider@politico.com (Elena Schneider) Bad blood: Rand Paul moves to thwart a Liz Cheney Senate run https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/rand-paul-liz-cheney-senate-wyoming-1506603 Top Stories urn:uuid:12157520-6164-f1da-c635-dc3e41ad809a Sun, 22 Sep 2019 06:48:08 -0400 The Hatfields and McCoys of the GOP are at it again. <img src="https://static.politico.com/fb/70/b388e5ff477584ca6c509cd280cf/19921-rand-paul-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Rand Paul began his offensive against Liz Cheney as soon as a Senate seat opened up in May, reigniting a years-long feud between their families and warring wings of the Republican Party.</p><p>The Kentucky GOP senator quickly made contact with Cynthia Lummis, a former conservative House member, to encourage her to run for the Senate seat opening up in Wyoming now that Mike Enzi was retiring.</p><p>Lummis soon jumped into the race, leaving Cheney, her successor in Congress, with a tough choice: Embark on a brutal primary against Lummis or take the safer route and seek her fortune in House leadership.</p><p>That was only the beginning of Paul’s slugfest with Cheney, one that included a fierce back and forth over Twitter on foreign policy, dueling Sunday show appearances and a highly unusual phone call from Paul into a Casper, Wyo., TV station to assert that Wyoming Republicans are “tired” of Cheney’s support for nation-building abroad.</p><p>Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican in just her second term, responded with her own show of strength.<b> </b>She said she was looking forward to having dinner with President Donald Trump that evening.</p><p>The assertion from Cheney that Paul has surrendered “to terrorists” and Paul’s response that Cheney is a “NeverTrump warmonger” was, in the words of Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), “weird, wild stuff.”</p><p>The bad blood between the Cheneys and Pauls goes way back. The fathers, former Rep. Ron Paul and former Vice President Dick Cheney <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2IdTtQb7YA" target="_blank">were</a><b> </b>on opposite sides of the Iraq War. Dick Cheney <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2010/03/cheney-boosts-grayson-on-security-034935" target="_blank">backed</a> Rand Paul’s primary opponent in 2010. Since Rand Paul was elected, he’s <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/rand-paul-liz-cheney-primary-226999" target="_blank">backed</a> Liz Cheney’s challenger in each of her congressional races.</p><br><img src="https://static.politico.com/c4/de/e02faaf84996ba9ab74d0c4bcbc6/19921-liz-cheney-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>“Rand likes to pick a fight, that’s his way,” said Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), who serves in House leadership with Cheney but is neutral on the Wyoming Senate race.</p><p>But the battle is much more than personal beef. It’s a preview of a divisive Senate primary; a public display of the long-running effort to influence Trump’s loose policy views; and a test for how best to claim the Trump mantle in a party whose sharp divides have been papered over since winning the White House in 2016.</p><p>A safe red state is the perfect place for it all to play out, with Lummis as<b> </b>a proxy for Paul’s libertarian-inflected conservatism against Cheney’s sharp-edged ambition at home and abroad.</p><p>“Cynthia Lummis is going to be the next U.S. senator from Wyoming. If [Cheney] runs, it may be the most significant Republican primary in the country,” Paul said in an interview. “She’ll have to decide whether she wants to match conservative credentials with somebody who actually lives in Wyoming and has been there her whole life.”</p><p>Cheney’s allies scoff at Paul’s early intervention in the race and insist it won't impact her decision making. In fact, they say his aggressive maneuvering could backfire in a state where GOP voters have hugged Trump tightly. Paul, they point out, once called Trump an &quot;orange-faced windbag&quot; and has only voted with Trump 69 percent of the time on key votes, compared to Cheney’s 96 percent, according to the website 538.</p><p>Early polling shows Cheney leading Lummis by over 20 points in a potential match-up, according to a survey conducted by the GOP firm The Tarrance Group.</p> <p>Though she's made no final decision and isn't expected to do so for a couple months, Republicans believe she's likely to run for the Senate, according to interviews with a dozen members of Congress and aides. For now, Cheney says only that she’s “going to do what’s best for Wyoming.” And even some of her closest allies don’t know where she will land.</p><p> “She and I have talked about it several times,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne, a Cheney friend who is running for Senate in Alabama. “She’d be a terrific senator, she’d be a terrific speaker. I think that is the dilemma.”</p><p>Her decision will have an outsized effect on both the Senate, where she could one day mount a presidential run, and the House, where she’s viewed as a potential future speaker. Many are already taking sides.</p> <p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is eager for Cheney to run, according to three sources familiar with his preference in the race. McConnell sees Cheney as a dynamic addition to his conference and a likely ally for his agenda. Lummis was often at odds with House leadership and served in the hard-line House Freedom Caucus.</p> <p> Hawkish Republicans like Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) also back Cheney.</p> <br><p> “I don’t know the other lady, I just know Liz,” Graham said. “She’d be an outstanding senator.”</p> <p> Yet the “other lady” also has plenty of supporters in the Senate, and they are making a not-so-subtle effort to head Cheney off from running. In addition to Paul, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) all support Lummis. Plenty of Senate Republicans are also still peeved by Cheney’s aborted primary campaign against Enzi six years ago.<br /><b> </b><br /> “Liz very well could be the first Republican woman speaker of the House,” Cramer said, adding that the state and party will be stronger without a divisive primary. “If I was in Wyoming I’d go, ‘gosh, we have an opportunity to have a couple superstars.’ And if Liz does [run for Senate], we don’t.”</p><p> Cheney has risen quickly in the House, and at times staked out more conservative territory than Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — moves that could better position herself to run for speaker one day.<br /><b> </b><br />If Cheney instead decides to challenge Lummis for the Senate, the contest would elevate the larger split in the Republican Party over foreign policy and the still simmering debate over whether Trump’s worldview is closer to Paul’s and Lummis’ or Cheney’s. </p><p>Lummis told POLITICO she &quot;received encouragement from Senator Paul and a number of other fiscally conservative senators.&quot; And despite Cheney’s leadership position, Lummis still has allies in the House, where she served for nearly a decade.</p> <p>Conservative Rep. Mark Meadows, one of Trump’s closest confidants on Capitol Hill, has already contributed to Lummis’ campaign. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who leans libertarian like Paul, said it’s an “easy call” to back Lummis.</p> <p> Some GOP lawmakers and aides interpreted the Cheney-Paul Twitter spat as an audition for an audience of one: Trump. If Cheney does jump into the race, there would undoubtedly be a battle for Trump’s endorsement. His supporters in Congress are unsure if Trump would weigh in. </p> <p> Cheney’s allies, though, say she has a leg up, catching Trump’s eye on Fox News as a fierce champion of the military. At a White House event in July, the president heaped praise on Cheney, saying she has a “pretty unlimited future.”</p> <p>Yet Lummis was also considered for Interior secretary, a sign the president has gotten over a disparaging comment she made during the 2016 campaign — that she was “holding my nose” to vote for Trump.</p> <p> Regardless of who wins, the Senate will be far different with the departure of the low-key Enzi. Lummis might be a headache for GOP leaders if she resumes the same confrontational stance she had in the House and joins Paul as a thorn in McConnell’s side.</p> <p> And if Cheney wins, well, those who sit between her and Paul at the weekly Republican lunches better look out. </p><p> “I don’t think anybody will stab anybody,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), not entirely convincingly.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mzanona@politico.com (Melanie Zanona) Trump sets sights on Indian American voters ahead of 2020 https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/22/trump-indian-american-voters-2020-1507266 Top Stories urn:uuid:5f056018-3d4f-13b7-b29b-eb3fa9ab5175 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 06:44:26 -0400 The president hopes to appeal to Indian Americans at massive ‘Howdy Modi’ rally with popular Indian leader. <img src="https://static.politico.com/e2/72/a61182774d09bcf523d076aa794d/19921-modi-trump-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump is expected to headline his largest rally yet on Sunday when he appears in Houston in an effort to appeal to a growing political force in the United States: Indian Americans.</p><p>Trump will speak to an expected crowd of 50,000, mostly Indian Americans, who are flocking to the most diverse city in the nation to catch a glimpse of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at what is being touted as the largest event in the U.S. for a leader of foreign country.</p><p>He hopes to peel off some Indian American voters who could be attracted to his business friendly agenda, especially the 2017 tax cuts, his tough talk on terrorism and his decision to show up at the rally even though the ethnic group has generally backed Democrats.</p><p>“It’s giving a message to the Indian community that Trump is a big friend of India,” said Rupesh Srivastava, a Michigan businessman and founding member of the Republican Hindu Coalition. “That message will definitely motivate people.”</p><p>Republicans have been trying for years to make inroads with Indian Americans, one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States, who register and vote at high rates. </p><p>The Republican National Committee is holding events for Asian Americans, including voter drives, appointed a director of Asian Pacific American Engagement and stresses the record low Asian unemployment rate of 2.1 percent. Still, Trump’s re-election campaign is expected to forego an official Asian American coalition in lieu of those for blacks, women, Hispanics and <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/18/trump-workers-democratic-voters-2020-unions-1495012" target="_blank">workers</a>, according to people familiar with the plans.</p><br><p>“These are your Indian American hotel owners, they’re your Indian American doctors, maybe retired doctors, who frankly like some of the president’s policies, right?” Ohio state Rep. Niraj Antani, an Indian American Republican. “We are the most highly educated, highest-earning ethnic group in the country so when we are talking about pro growth-policies, Republican policies work for them.”</p><p>Still, more than 80 percent of Indian Americans voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016, according to polling by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.</p><p>Some Indian Americans, whose families came to the United States legally to study or work, don’t mind Trump’s rhetoric on immigration since it’s primarily about illegal immigration but others are turned off.</p><p>Trump’s <a href="https://aapidata.com/infographic-2018-trump-job-approval/" target="_blank"><u>job approval</u></a> with Indian Americans was only 28 percent in 2018, according to the Asian American Voter Survey, a poll of registered Asian-American voters. About 66 percent of disapproved.</p><p>“If Republicans believe Donald Trump's appearance with Prime Minister Modi will move our community towards the president, they're sadly mistaken,” said North Carolina State Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, an Indian Ameican Democrat. “In 2020, I believe the Indian-American community will overwhelming reject Donald Trump because his anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies run completely counter to our community's story in America.”</p><p>Trump delighted — and surprised — Indian Americans when the White House announced that he would join Modi at <a href="https://www.howdymodi.org/" target="_blank"><u>Howdy Modi: Shared Dreams Bright Features</u></a> at NRG Stadium, home of the National Football League's Houston Texans.</p><p>Trump may have agreed to attend to appease Modi after a tense few months between the two leaders, according to some observers of U.S.-India relations. </p><p>Trump kicked India out of a trade preference program for developing countries in March and then infuriated Indians again in July by insisting Modi asked him to mediate in the long-standing dispute between India and Pakistan over the region of Kashmir. But the two leaders are now expected to finalize a limited trade deal later this week when they meet for a second time in New York.</p><p>Trump may also be fascinated by the popularity of Modi, who — like Trump — rode to office on a wave of populist fury and launched a “Make in India” campaign years. Trump previously commented on the number of Modi’s Twitter followers and insinuated last week the Houston rally’s attendees grew because of him.</p><p>“He’s got a big crowd coming and I guess the crowd just got a lot bigger because...he asked, would I go, and I will go,” he told reporters.</p><p>Houston’s Indian-American community, consisting of roughly 150,000 people, lobbied Modi to visit after he announced he would visit the United States. All 50,000 tickets for the event were claimed in three weeks — before Trump announced he would attend, according to event organizers. Another 5,000 remain on a waiting list. </p><br><p>It will take place in a state that long served as a Republican stronghold but where Democrats are making a play after their party saw significant gains in the 2018 midterms and a series of GOP congressional retirements.</p><p>The rally — which will be broadcast on U.S. and Indian TV — will include a cultural program and speeches by Trump and Modi. Thousands of watch parties have been organized across the U.S.</p><p>The first time he ran for office Trump promised to work with Indian Americans. He spoke to 10,000 Hindus waving signs that read “Trump for Hindu Americans at a Bollywood themed event in Edison, N.J., home to a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-bollywood-india-hindus-new-jersey-229848" target="_blank">thriving Indian community</a>. “I am a big fan of Hindu, and I am a big fan of India,” Trump said awkwardly. </p><p>During that campaign, Illinois businessman Shalabh Kumar donated nearly $1 million to the joint fundraising campaign comprised of Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee</p><p>In 2016, about 1.2 million Indian-American were registered to vote with Indian-Americans, according to <a href="http://aapidata.com/blog/voting-gains-gaps/" target="_blank"><u>Asian American and Pacific Islanders Data</u></a>. Estimates put Indian American voter registration at 1.4 million in 2020. </p><p>After he got into office, Trump celebrated Diwali, the most important holiday for most Indians, and appointed Indian Americans to numerous high-ranking positions — Nikki Haley to ambassador to the United Nations; Seema Verma to administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Neomi Rao to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, among others</p><p>“Looking back to the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump was the first candidate who stood on stage and said ‘I loved Indians,’ ” said Adi Sathi, who served as director of Asian Pacific American Engagement at the RNC for two years. “That was unprecedented.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Anita Kumar Opinion: Pendragon needs a leader who can provide strategic direction https://www.ft.com/content/74086794-daf3-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. 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Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:192397e3-3aad-706b-dbd1-d028d5e73c66 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 05:47:18 -0400 Real challenge is to persuade asset owners to approach investment differently<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Democrats grapple for open Congressional seat in the Bronx https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2019/09/22/democrats-grapple-for-open-congressional-seat-in-the-bronx-1183952 Top Stories urn:uuid:aed85ff8-4df5-4887-e6c2-7eaeb7155097 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 05:00:58 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/41/16/97695a4d411aacfc2f50023e8067/19921-jose-serrano-ap-900.jpg"/><br><p>NEW YORK — Ruben Diaz Sr.’s enemies call him a homophobic egomaniac — more of a mini-Trump than a Democrat. </p><p>But they also insist the longtime New York legislator is the man to beat in the South Bronx as Rep. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51614" target="_blank" data-person-id="51614">Jos&eacute; Serrano</a> prepares to retire next year after nearly three decades in office, leaving a wide-open race in one of the poorest, most Democratic districts in America.</p><p>Welcome to one of the more unusual 2020 Democratic primaries, a brewing Bronx showdown where the staunchly conservative Pentecostal reverend with a history of controversial anti-gay comments is facing off against a host of progressive candidates — including Ritchie Torres, a 31-year-old gay Council member who enjoys a large <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2019/07/16/money-race-kicks-off-in-new-york-congressional-contests-1104814" target="_blank">financial advantage</a> in the race, but maintains that he is the underdog.</p><p>“Ruben Diaz Sr. is the frontrunner by default. If the race were held today, he would win on the sheer strength of name recognition,” Torres said.</p><p>“There’s a real risk that the most Democratic Congressional district in America could be represented by a de facto Trump Republican,” he said. “The notion of Ruben Diaz Sr. succeeding a larger than life icon like Jose Serrano represents a nightmare for the Democratic party, for the progressive movement.”</p><p>The race will be a test of whether the new progressive politics that have dominated New York politics of late translate to a community where longstanding ties to leaders like Diaz still hold significant sway over the electorate — especially in a population where religious and social issues still drive votes. </p><p>Diaz, who opposes abortion rights and was the only Democrat to vote against gay marriage as a state senator, was <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-diaz-sr-committee-dissolved-city-council-20190213-story.html" target="_blank">stripped</a> this year of his committee overseeing the taxi industry for saying the City Council was “controlled by the homosexual community.”</p><br><p>Not long thereafter, he <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-ruben-diaz-sr-city-council-sexual-harassment-training-20190508-e2gff2mtyva7lbdko4oogrqapu-story.html" target="_blank">interrupted</a> a sensitivity training session to insist he would never “rat” on a colleague accused of sexual harassment, and then defended himself by telling the Daily News that sometimes “sexual harassment is a compliment.” He also <a href="https://nypost.com/2016/04/06/ted-cruzs-campaign-stop-in-the-bronx-is-a-complete-dud/" target="_blank">campaigned</a> in the Bronx with Sen. Ted Cruz during the 2016 presidential election.</p><p>That history makes him a useful foil for his many rivals for the seat, but political observers say there’s a real chance he could win.</p><p>The core voters in the district have traditionally been senior Latina women, said Eli Valentin, a political consultant and professor at Monroe College.</p><p>“They tend to be socially conservative,” he said. “His comments don’t shock them too much.”</p><p>Diaz Sr. shares a name with his son, the popular Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who has distanced himself from his father’s political views but could still help him at the polls.</p><p>“The Diaz name is golden. People are used to voting for a Diaz in the Bronx — that counts for something,” Valentin said.</p><p>Diaz said his opponents are unduly focused on attacking him.</p><p>“We live in America. Everybody has the right to say and do everything they want. I respect people’s right to speak … so I hope they also respect my right to free speech. This is America, praise the Lord,” he said.</p><p>“I’m not the front runner. I am the victim here. Everybody’s shooting at me. I don’t know why.”</p><p>The latest high-profile entrant into the race is Melissa Mark-Viverito, the former speaker of the City Council.</p><p>Mark-Viverito, who led pushes to close Rikers Island, decriminalize minor offenses, and restrict New York’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities, says she was pushing boundaries as a progressive long before the current insurgent movement in the Democratic party became popular. She has pledged not to accept money from real estate or corporate PACs.</p><p>“We’ve seen such a change,” she said. “When I came into politics … people were calling me the communist, and I was too far left, and too progressive.”</p><p>But Mark-Viverito does not live in the Bronx, a potential liability in a district located entirely in the borough. A longtime resident of East Harlem, she declined to commit to moving to the district immediately if elected, but said she would do so at some point.</p><p>Mark-Viverito, whose Council district included part of the Bronx, said voters would not care about her residency. “It’s about what kind of representative are you going to be, how available are you going to be to me, how are you going to change my life?” she said.</p><p>Both Mark-Viverito and Assemblyman Michael Blake, another candidate for the seat, were runners up in the recent race for public advocate.</p><p>Blake, who worked in the Obama administration on minority- and women-owned businesses, says that being the only candidate with federal experience makes him the best qualified for the job.</p><p>“It cannot be understated, the significance of this race. You’re talking about the most Democratic district in America, the poorest Congressional district in the country,” he said. “This will send a very clear message to the country and to the world of what direction are we going in in the south Bronx.”</p><p>With so many candidates in the race - at least nine are running so far — there is some fear that progressives may split the vote, making a victory by Diaz more likely.</p><p>State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, who considered running for the seat but ended up opting out, said he hoped the field would narrow and progressives could coalesce behind a candidate.</p><p>“How can we all get together and get behind someone who is going to make us proud, and not someone who’s going to embarrass us?” he said.</p><p>“It would be obscene for this person to occupy this seat,” he said of Diaz, predicting the Councilman known for his trademark cowboy hat would end up a maverick ally of President Trump. “He with his crazy freaking cowboy hat will show up to the White House with 20 cameras and will talk about this great leader we have. Because of the way his ego works, he will not be able to help himself.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Erin Durkin FOX News: Newt Gingrich: A secret war is being fought all around us – And you may become a target http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/swWCxlWb7s4/newt-gingrich-americas-secret-cyber-war 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:946d9925-a02b-ef45-cb85-fe0619f22da4 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 05:00:33 -0400 This war doesn’t involve tanks, artillery, or traditional armies. It isn’t even always fought between nations.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/swWCxlWb7s4" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/sodiers.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/sodiers.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News d0b356f7-7283-540d-8bc5-8d7a59b3a932 fox-news opinion fox-news tech topics cybercrime fox-news politics executive national-security fnc Newt Gingrich Opinion: Leaders have yet to grasp enormity of climate task https://www.ft.com/content/0ff3811c-db9d-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:837e50d6-699e-3bb6-1395-357391b7eac3 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 05:00:26 -0400 Reducing emissions needs to be put at the centre of policymaking<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion FOX News: Carol Roth: Stop scaring our kids – the world is NOT about to end and we are NOT all about to die http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/dJ-818kLd-E/carol-roth-stop-scaring-our-kids-the-world-is-not-about-to-end-and-we-are-not-all-about-to-die 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e5929e5a-6b8d-0e66-962f-a2674966c966 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 04:00:09 -0400 In the last few weeks, from town halls on climate change to “climate justice” marches, I have seen scores of children – some teens, some squarely of elementary school age – proclaim their anxiety about the world ending.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/dJ-818kLd-E" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/21/694940094001_6088374026001_6088384702001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6088374026001_6088384702001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 6d390ef4-0cc2-5098-94ea-169bfc39a960 fox-news opinion fox-news us environment climate-change fox-news entertainment genres kids fnc Carol Roth Opinion | The Guardian: America needs ranked choice voting - here's why | David Daley https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/america-needs-ranked-choice-voting-why 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:990bf403-5332-dc25-93cf-64accd18022c Sun, 22 Sep 2019 03:00:04 -0400 <p>If more swing states introduced ranked voting, progressive candidates could challenge centrist Democrats without fear of aiding Trump<br /></p><p>On 6 September, Governor Janet Mills of Maine announced her approval of a first of its kind law that would establish ranked choice voting (RCV), which allows voters to rank their preferences rather than voting for just one candidate, for the state’s November 2020 presidential election and presidential primaries starting in 2024. Maine voters already use RCV for congressional elections and state and congressional primaries. This law will be a commonsense extension – and both major parties have good reason to embrace it.</p><p>For example, imagine that Joe Biden wins the Democratic nomination and Gabbard’s anti-intervention perspective builds support in the early primaries. Someone from the party’s base might make a run from the left. Disappointed progressives who broke with Hillary Clinton over the 1990s crime bill and her support for the Iraq war might struggle with their desire to both defeat the president and change their own party.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/america-needs-ranked-choice-voting-why">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian us elections 2020 us politics us news David Daley Opinion | The Guardian: I was abused by Larry Nassar. I had to admit the damage and face it | Rachael Denhollander https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/rachael-denhollander-larry-nassar-gymnastics-abuse 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5561baf0-ca91-e3fe-ed33-e9584acda83b Sun, 22 Sep 2019 03:00:03 -0400 <p>In a new book extract, Rachael Denhollander describes the grief, fear and shame she felt – and how she fought to heal </p><p>“You’ve gotta deal with this, honey,” my mom told me. “You can’t keep burying it. It will destroy you.”</p><p>Whenever she suggested I see a counselor, I would absolutely refuse. I was not going to talk about it, and I hung on to any shred of control and choice I had. No one will ever know. (I don’t recommend survivors follow my stubborn example!)</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/rachael-denhollander-larry-nassar-gymnastics-abuse">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian gymnastics sport us news us crime world news Rachael Denhollander Editorials | The Guardian: The Observer view on the Afghanistan peace process | Observer editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/afghanistan-trump-taliban-elections-peace 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e1c97615-208b-78a0-5dbf-57ff0db98a99 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 01:00:08 -0400 <p>America has a duty to make sure that democracy does not fail</p><p>When Donald Trump revealed a secret plan for a “peace summit” with Afghan Taliban chiefs at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland earlier this month, the news caused a sensation. The idea that a group, officially designated as terrorists by the United States, was to be given the red-carpet treatment reserved for important allies shocked many in Washington.</p><p>In fact, Trump had <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/07/politics/trump-cancels-secret-meeting-taliban-afghanistan-president/index.html" title="">already cancelled the meeting</a> – and with it, the entire, protracted US-Taliban withdrawal talks process. Trump claimed he changed his mind after a US soldier was killed in a Taliban suicide bombing. “Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they [the Taliban] admitted to... an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great, great soldiers and 11 other people,” he tweeted.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/afghanistan-trump-taliban-elections-peace">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian afghanistan trump administration us foreign policy world news uk news Observer editorial Editorials | The Guardian: The Observer view on Labour’s lack of leadership over Brexit | Observer editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/brexit-corbyn-labour-poll-referendum 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a3148b40-a5b8-d48c-970c-1fbcb36b5fa8 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 01:00:04 -0400 <p>Voters will not be fooled by Corbyn’s foolish prevarication</p><p>Britain is gripped by political crisis. We have a prime minister bent on taking Britain out of the EU in just over a month, even if it means crashing out with no deal, with dreadful consequences for jobs and growth, for regional inequalities and for the union. Lacking any democratic mandate, Boris Johnson has shut down parliament for five weeks in an attempt to stop MPs from blocking him, a move whose legality the supreme court will rule on this week. Yet the Labour party is heading into its conference this weekend riven by splits over Brexit and sectarian attempts by Jeremy Corbyn’s allies to scrap the position of deputy leader.</p><p>It represents a breathtaking failure of leadership by Corbyn. Never has Britain been in such desperate need of a leader of the opposition who can take on a prime minister who appears prepared to ride roughshod over the rule of law and who has shown such rank disregard for our democratically elected representatives. Yet Labour seems determined to show voters that it, too, is a hopelessly divided party that cannot reach consensus on its internal party structures, let alone a clear position on Brexit or a vision for the country.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/brexit-corbyn-labour-poll-referendum">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian labour conference 2019 brexit tom watson jeremy corbyn politics uk news Observer editorial Opinion | The Guardian: Donald Trump is no hero of the working class. And the GM strikers know it | Robert Reich https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/donald-trump-general-motors-strike 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:44ca91b6-02be-ce99-4c68-af972e6bac33 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 01:00:01 -0400 <p>The walkout at General Motors is a predictable and powerful result of the president’s own kind of capitalism</p><p>Donald Trump pretends to be a tribune of the working class, standing up for American jobs. Last week nearly 50,000 General Motors workers went on strike to get what they see as their fair share of its profits and stop further layoffs. Trump’s response? A shrug.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/aug/23/general-motors-factory-ohio-lordstown">'It's devastating'. End of GM in Ohio town as Trump fails to bring back midwest jobs</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/donald-trump-general-motors-strike">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian us unions us news us politics general motors automotive industry business donald trump world news Robert Reich Opinion: The war on weasel words is failing and I am no help at all https://www.ft.com/content/c163cb94-dab4-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:97ac3f75-628e-56b7-1ab7-d67ebf9d9d54 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 00:00:27 -0400 The language of business seems to grow ever more full of redundant or confusing terms<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion NYT > Opinion: Can We Make Destroying the Amazon a Crime Against Humanity? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/sunday-review/bolsonaro-amazon-fire.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:629b8430-2396-8d0e-02a8-a78613ed9070 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 23:02:56 -0400 A scene from the Amazonas, a state in Brazil, on Sept. 15.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22londono-01/22londono-01-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion amazon jungle brazil war crimes genocide and crimes against humanity environment bolsonaro jair (1955- ) Ernesto Londoño NYT > Opinion: Emergency Medical Workers Deserve Pay Equity https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/sunday/emt-paramedics-salary.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4f0f8515-ec0b-c541-5d87-c6af01e8f7ec Sat, 21 Sep 2019 21:23:03 -0400 Paramedics and E.M.T.s are just as professional as firefighters and should be compensated accordingly.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/21/opinion/21para1/merlin_160952034_56a845b3-7987-4104-8887-a1ffae5864f9-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion fires and firefighters discrimination emergency medical treatment emergency medical service de blasio bill new york city The Editorial Board FOX News: Justin Haskins: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proves again she has no idea what she is talking about http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/oKo2Y9L2Pbg/justin-haskins-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-proves-again-she-has-no-idea-what-she-is-talking-about 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6adba766-52e7-ad65-393d-12577737dc32 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:56:05 -0400 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who has already proven she knows almost nothing about her beloved socialism, the environment, energy, science, economics, job creation and government – has now shown she knows almost nothing about history<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/oKo2Y9L2Pbg" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/21/694940094001_6088230549001_6088237282001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6088230549001_6088237282001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 54143493-fb4b-5962-8e2e-084ac3c91ea6 fox-news opinion fox-news person alexandria-ocasio-cortez fox-news topic green-new-deal fox-news politics house-of-representatives Justin Haskins Iowa poll: Warren, Biden lead crowded field https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/iowa-poll-warren-biden-lead-crowded-field-1507269 Top Stories urn:uuid:354c6bb1-c187-f76d-e2f7-04132cac2386 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:16:44 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/20/a0/623eaa524f4ebc7c766503a7a204/19921-warren-iowa-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden lead the field in a virtual tie in Iowa, according to the first-in-the-nation caucus state’s definitive poll.</p><p>A new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6426330-IP.html" target="_blank">poll</a> released Saturday evening shows Warren with a slight lead over Biden, 22 percent to 20 percent. The third-place candidate, independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is well behind the top two, with 11 percent.</p><p>South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg is fourth, with 9 percent, and California Sen. Kamala Harris is fifth, with 6 percent.</p> <p>The poll comes as all the major candidates descended on Iowa for the Polk County Democratic Party’s annual steak fry, which drew the <a href="https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2019/09/21/caucus-iowa-election-largest-polk-county-steak-fry-des-moines-iowa-poll-waen-sanders-biden-democrats/2388106001/" target="_blank">largest crowd</a> in the event’s history. But while Warren and Biden were significantly ahead of the rest of the field, there are still strong indications the race remains wide open: Nearly two-in-three likely caucus-goers, 63 percent, say they could be persuaded to change their mind after picking a top choice.</p><p>Only two-in-10, 20 percent, say their mind is made up about a first-choice candidate.</p><p>The Des Moines Register’s poll, conducted by the West Des Moines-based Selzer &amp; Co., is considered the <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/ann-selzer-iowa-pollster-216151" target="_blank">most authoritative measure</a> of caucus-goers among public surveys.</p><p>The latest poll was conducted Sept. 14-18, surveying 602 likely caucus-goers. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.</p> <p>In the previous poll, Biden (24 percent) led Sanders (16 percent) and Warren (15 percent). Though, the Register cautions, the new poll is not directly comparable to the previous survey because of methodological differences between the two polls.</p> <p> In June, the poll included voters who said they would participate in “virtual caucuses,” which the Iowa Democratic Party aimed to add to incorporate voters who were unable to attend caucuses on Feb. 3, 2020.</p> <p> But since then, the Democratic National Committee has rejected Iowa’s plans, concerned about the security of the virtual caucuses, which were set to account for 10 percent of delegates awarded. </p> <p> After the top four candidates, Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) are tied for fifth, with just 3 percent. Behind them, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), businessman Tom Steyer and entrepreneur Andrew Yang are at 2 percent.</p><p> Gabbard, who was excluded from the third debate earlier this month, is on the verge of becoming the 12th candidate to qualify for the fourth debate in mid-October. According to <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dHSFg0jrAeIAqDlFZqAu-5N2x-wk8PT-6H4DbCendUM/edit#gid=1699107941" target="_blank">POLITICO’s calculations</a>, Gabbard only needs to earn 2 percent in one more qualifying poll before the Oct. 1 deadline to make the stage.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> dsiders@politico.com (David Siders) Trump Didn’t Bribe Ukraine. It’s Actually Worse Than That. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/21/trump-bribe-ukraine-228151 Top Stories urn:uuid:6b5e2820-a159-8422-affa-5570dbf00440 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 19:53:37 -0400 Mislabeling what the president has done could make impeachment more difficult to achieve. <img src="https://static.politico.com/74/86/ac36d95f4c659f605286d6d3a59d/19921-trump-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Reports that President Donald Trump <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-pressed-ukrainian-leader-to-investigate-bidens-son-according-to-people-familiar-with-the-matter/2019/09/20/7fa39b20-dbdc-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html" target="_blank">pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky</a> to investigate the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has prompted a flurry of speculation that the president, by withholding military aid, has committed bribery or extortion. </p><p>This is wrong and even counterproductive to efforts to hold Trump accountable.</p><p>If what Trump is accused of doing is true, it is a kind of corrupt conduct that the criminal system is not equipped to handle. Labeling his behavior with criminal terms such as bribery and extortion not only misunderstands the statutory language, it gives Trump and his supporters ammunition with which to defend themselves, making impeachment—the proper constitutional remedy for presidential corruption—harder to achieve.</p><p>It’s easy to see why Trump’s alleged conduct has generated outrage and why lay people have rushed to describe it as categorically criminal. Using presidential power to withhold aid to a nation that was recently invaded by Russia unless they investigate your political rival sounds like the definition of a criminal quid pro quo. The possibility that Trump pressured another nation to interfere in the next presidential election on his behalf—not long after the completion of a multi-year investigation into interference in the 2016 election by Russia on his behalf—is jaw-dropping.</p><p>But the impulse to label this as a potential crime, as many respected former <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/if-whistleblower-is-right-trump-may-have-committed-extortion-and-bribery?via=twitter_page" target="_blank">prosecutors</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/mayawiley/status/1174909045599195136?s=20" target="_blank">legal analysts</a> have done, is flawed legally and even strategically. Even if true, this is not a case that would end up in a criminal proceeding even if Trump was no longer in office.</p><p>Let’s look at the actual law. Even if Trump explicitly offered $250 million in military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation of Biden’s son, that wouldn’t fit the <a href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/201" target="_blank">federal bribery statute</a>, which prohibits public officials for taking or soliciting bribes. In this case, Trump would be “bribing” the Ukrainians, who are not “public officials” for purposes of the statute.</p><p>The argument would have to be that Trump is soliciting a bribe in exchange for granting foreign aid to the <a href="" target="_blank">Ukraine</a>, with the investigation of Biden’s son being the thing of value demanded in exchange for granting the aid. While the statute defines “anything of value” very broadly, it is odd to think of a foreign government launching an investigation as “payment” of a bribe. The investigation is itself an official governmental act and the result of the investigation is uncertain. What if the investigation turned up no wrongdoing by either Hunter Biden or his father? Would that still be a thing of value?</p><p>Besides, presidents push foreign governments to take official acts all the time. The Constitution contemplates that the president will interact with foreign leaders and use his power to persuade them to do things that help the United States. What is abhorrent about the alleged conduct here is not that Trump is pushing a foreign government to do something, but rather that he might have used his presidential power to get a foreign government to help him win the next election. </p><p>This is self-serving and corrupt, but it is difficult to think of this alleged activity as “extortion.” It is true that there are <a href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/872" target="_blank">multiple federal statutes</a> that make extortion a crime, but extortion is <a href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/3559#c_2" target="_blank">defined as</a> “the extraction of anything of value from another person by threatening or placing that person in fear of injury to any person or kidnapping of any person.”</p><p>It is hard to construe the alleged conduct as a “threat” against Ukraine in the manner contemplated by the extortion statute. Presidents threaten to withhold aid, to send troops, or to impose sanctions against foreign governments. I have trouble believing that a federal judge would permit an indictment to move forward against a president for “extorting” a foreign government through his official duties as president.</p><p>This is not to say there aren’t crimes on the books that better match what Trump is alleged to have done. For instance, it is a campaign finance crime to knowingly and willfully solicit a campaign contribution from a foreign national. Given that Biden could be Trump’s next political opponent, an argument can be made that the Ukrainian investigation would be an in-kind contribution (a “thing of value,” as defined by the statute) to Trump’s campaign. The bribery of a foreign official like the Ukrainian president c also be a criminal violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.</p><p>But both of these statutes contain at least some of the problems presented by the bribery and extortion statutes. Courts won’t send presidents to prison for cajoling foreign governments to do things, even if that involves horse trading an official act by our government in exchange for an official act by someone else’s. </p><p>What Trump is alleged to have done is not a garden variety crime; it’s worse. It involved misusing <a href="" target="_blank">$250 million in aid</a> appropriated by Congress for his benefit—the kind of gross<b> </b>misconduct that easily clears the bar of high crimes and misdemeanors set by the Constitution when impeaching a president. Which means the best way to hold Trump accountable for that misconduct isn’t a criminal trial; it’s for Congress to impeach him.</p><p>Pursuing criminal cases that won’t stand legal scrutiny, or arguing that Trump has violated a criminal statute, risks undermining that goal. </p><p>First, it gives the false impression that this is something the criminal justice system can deal with. But the criminal system is not built to handle misconduct by a president who is acting corruptly through the use of his immense constitutional powers in this manner. </p><p>Second, it suggests that if critics can point out that it is not really bribery or extortion, then it is not a huge problem, which is not true. This is already happening, as allies of the president assert that there was no explicit quid pro quo.</p><p>Third, it may give the public a false impression about what happened. Impeachment in many respects is a political act, and that means Congress needs public support to pursue it. Anything that confuses or fails to persuade the public is therefore counterproductive.</p><p>Finally, it understates the magnitude of the alleged misconduct. Labeling Trump’s alleged conduct as “bribery” or “extortion” cheapens what is alleged to have occurred and does not capture what makes it wrongful. It’s not a crime—it’s a breach of the president’s duty not to use the powers of the presidency to benefit himself.<b> </b>And it was done with complete disregard for the results of a more than two-year investigation that proved Russia had tried to influence the 2016 election.</p><p>No one should expect law enforcement to act if our elected representatives are unwilling to do so. </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Renato Mariotti Iran's Zarif: U.S. 'posturing' by sending troops to Saudi Arabia in wake of attacks https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/iran-foreign-affairs-minister-saudi-arabia-1507267 Top Stories urn:uuid:3aa4db93-0643-28b1-cc99-516c7d0adf43 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 19:47:52 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/cf/b2/8f64323f4619bec4375395fcf837/19921-javad-zarif-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Iran's foreign minister said the U.S. is &quot;posturing&quot; by sending troops and defense equipment to Saudi Arabia in response to last week's attacks on a major Saudi Arabia oil facility, for which he again denied Iran was responsible. </p><p>&quot;I think it's posturing. I think it's all going the wrong direction in addressing this issue,&quot; Javad Zarif said in response to a question on how Iran sees the development in an interview set to air Sunday on CBS' &quot;Face the Nation.&quot;</p><p>The Trump administration has blamed Iran for the Sep. 14 attack by Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq plant and its Khurais oil field that adversely affected up to half of the supplies from the world’s biggest oil exporter. </p><p>President Donald Trump on Friday approved the deployment of U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.</p><p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said the attacks were an &quot;act of war&quot; while Trump announced he would &quot;substantially increase&quot; sanctions on Iran. </p><p>Zarif also denied that Iran had anything to do with the attacks and said it will likely not accept the results of any United Nations investigation into them. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres <a href="https://www.apnews.com/eff39b7e39c34537a5036c88cea9df8d" target="_blank">said</a> on Thursday that experts been dispatched to Saudi Arabia to investigate.</p><br><p>&quot;We were not informed by the U.N. We were not consulted by the U.N. We do not know on what basis this has taken place. So we will take it up with the United Nations. We are confident that if the United Nations carries out an impartial investigation the outcome will be that it was not launched from Iran,&quot; Zaris said.</p><p>Asked if he was confident Iran could avoid a war, Zarif said, &quot;I'm confident that we will not start one but I'm confident that whoever starts one will not be the one who finishes it.&quot;</p><p>&quot;That means that there won't be a limited war,&quot; Zarif said, echoing his previous comments that a military strike on Iran by the United States or Saudi Arabia would result in an “all-out war.&quot;</p><p>Zarif also said that the U.S. made it clear he was not welcome at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City next week that he planned to attend, despite being approved for a visa waiver. </p><p>&quot;Well not necessarily, because the United States is under obligation, being the host of the U.N. headquarters to issue visas to member states. So they made it very clear in a letter that they attached to my visa that I'm not eligible to get a visa, but they're doing it on a waiver basis. So they want me to know that I'm not supposed to be here,&quot; Zarif said. </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Christian Vasquez RenewAmerica columns: For pastors depressed, suicidal, and the parishioners bewildered by them http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/creech/190921 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5e10ce2f-e540-bfa3-ffc6-0368457caade Sat, 21 Sep 2019 19:21:44 -0400 (Rev. Mark H. Creech) - In recent years, it's alarming the number of pastors who have taken their own lives in suicide. Now there's been another. Megachurch associate pastor, Jarrid Wilson, ended his life on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day, and more ironically, only hours after officiating at the funeral of someone who committed suicide. ...<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1495791" width="16" height="16"> RenewAmerica columns Rev. Mark H. Creech editorial | New York Post: The Women’s March still has an anti-Semitism problem https://nypost.com/2019/09/21/the-womens-march-still-has-an-anti-semitism-problem/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:46330e05-30a8-4c60-0d0b-73bd44fdd9f9 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:59:51 -0400 The Women’s March last week finally edged out its anti-Semitic leaders — only to tap new board members who are just as extreme. Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland alienated donors and the grassroots with their unapologetic embrace of Louis Farrakhan, despite his notorious anti-Semitism. Rival groups sprang up and donations slowed. Sarsour &amp;...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/afp_1womens-march_sarsour_mallory.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 NYT > Opinion: The College Admissions Trilemma https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/sunday/college-admissions-diversity.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bccbae57-4665-58cf-40e5-ab1f5f56b497 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:55:11 -0400 Why it’s so hard for universities to balance class, race and their budgets.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22douthat-01/22douthat-01-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion affirmative action harvard university students for fair admissions asian-americans race and ethnicity minorities admissions standards colleges and universities Ross Douthat NYT > Opinion: Trump Walks a Crooked Mile https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/sunday/trump-whistle-blower-corruption.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6ecfcf04-fbfe-7fce-9553-ce72fe98c81b Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:55:00 -0400 President Trump speaking with reporters in the Oval Office on Friday.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22Dowd/22Dowd-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion biden hunter trump donald j impeachment Maureen Dowd NYT > Opinion: The Downfall of Canada’s Dreamy Boyfriend https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/opinion/sunday/trudeau-brownface-canada.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2ac63ae5-a880-c7b3-e2be-dda3519e4c6a Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:54:30 -0400 For Americans, Justin Trudeau’s undoing has been swift. For Canadians, it has been a long time coming.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/19/opinion/19Gismondi/19Gismondi-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion canadian federal election (2019) elections trudeau justin canada discrimination race and ethnicity politics and government Melissa J. Gismondi NYT > Opinion: Tucker Carlson 2024 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/tucker-carlson.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6400e9a8-236d-307c-57f0-973da111ec97 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:03:58 -0400 I tried to imagine a president worse than Trump. Welcome to my nightmare.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22manjoo/22manjoo-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government fox news channel carlson tucker Farhad Manjoo editorial | New York Post: One week later, 2020 Dems still haven’t apologized to Brett Kavanaugh https://nypost.com/2019/09/21/one-week-later-2020-dems-still-havent-apologized-to-brett-kavanaugh/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0f8a9c4d-c0e0-0655-dc65-d61587d143d4 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:59:06 -0400 It’s now been seven days since The New York Times corrected — er, retracted — its attack against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Turns out the “new allegation” isn’t supported by the victim, a fact conveniently left out of the story. And still Kamala Harris, Liz Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Julian Castro, Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg haven’t...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/bk_scotus.jpg?quality=90&strip=all" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2298686" width="16" height="16"> editorial | New York Post Michael A. Benjamin FOX News: Paul Batura: I was shocked – literally, with electricity – and learned THIS incredible lesson http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/1Juuk8ls8ek/paul-batura-how-my-date-with-an-electrocutionist-grounded-me-in-more-ways-than-one 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:86507262-c043-d5e0-51a8-29f4221ddc9f Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:55:29 -0400 Setbacks often give us time to think and reevaluate – I only wish it didn’t take getting shocked to set me straight.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/1Juuk8ls8ek" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/09/Paul-Batura-at-Pikes-Peak.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/Paul-Batura-at-Pikes-Peak.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 9c382746-5f20-5404-a1e2-462568a33f56 fox-news opinion fox-news health fox-news faith-values faith fox-news faith-values family fnc Paul Batura NYT > Opinion: What Does It Mean to ‘Look Like Me’? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/sunday/minorities-representation-culture.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. 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Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:feba0cbc-e110-9a61-818c-48890c2de859 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:57:21 -0400 Pelosi's plan for Washington to negotiate drug prices fits in with her party’s accelerating rush toward government domination in health care.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/rp_I1ZtnmIM" width="1" /><br><br><img src="http://media.foxbusiness.com/BrightCove/854081161001/201909/1192/854081161001_6087842161001_6087841620001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com/media.foxbusiness.com/BrightCove/854081161001/201909/1192/60/60/854081161001_6087842161001_6087841620001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News c39cf7f1-c904-59c5-93b9-15e395e95dce fox-news opinion fox-news us congress fox-news person nancy-pelosi fox-news health fnc Joe DeSantis rss: Software Activist Resigns From MIT After Defending Epstein, Pedophilia http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/33473-software-activist-resigns-from-mit-after-defending-epstein-pedophilia 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4289a1d2-4325-778a-aea0-5e1a568506f5 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:52:30 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33473:software-activist-resigns-from-mit-after-defending-epstein-pedophilia&amp;Itemid=631"><img align="right" alt="software-activist-resigns-from-mit-after-defending-epstein-pedophilia" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/ed23c896b4993ca685b8e67751e65748_S.jpg" /></a><p>Richard Stallman stepped down after emails showed he called an Epstein victim "entirely willing" and has repeatedly called for legalizing pedophilia.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Luis Miguel FOX News: Andrew McCarthy: What is Trump-Biden clash over Ukraine and whistleblower all about? http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/vU56RdQR_lc/andrew-mccarthy-whistleblower-frenzy 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:70cd0616-68ca-0690-c2dc-be6b09c2fdb5 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:44:23 -0400 The fact that Joe Biden may end up being President Trump’s rival in the 2020 election does not immunize the former vice president from investigation.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/vU56RdQR_lc" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/08/ContentBroker_contentid-3120fb0ec8ec4fe38f7881d28fb67a01.png" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/ContentBroker_contentid-3120fb0ec8ec4fe38f7881d28fb67a01.png" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 2b8d5814-a64b-572f-ad8a-ed535cb11556 fox-news opinion fox-news person donald-trump fox-news politics executive white-house fox-news politics Andrew McCarthy NYT > Opinion: Love in the Time of Democrats https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/elizabeth-warren-booker-lgbtq-forum-biden.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c48a5955-8b22-cefa-13f5-55aa70838de7 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:44:04 -0400 Senators Warren and Booker shone in a forum focused on the lives of L.G.B.T.Q. Americans.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/21/opinion/21boylan-warren/21boylan-warren-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government warren elizabeth booker cory a homosexuality and bisexuality transgender and transsexuals biden joseph r jr buttigieg pete (1982- ) harris Jennifer Finney Boylan NYT > Opinion: Trump Walks a Crooked Mile https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/trump-whistle-blower-corruption.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b6ebf4c4-7dc1-4151-e67c-cd040899f916 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:34:22 -0400 President Trump speaking with reporters in the Oval Office on Friday.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22Dowd/22Dowd-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion biden hunter trump donald j impeachment Maureen Dowd Maureen Dowd: Trump Walks a Crooked Mile https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/trump-whistle-blower-corruption.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:87f621b1-bcec-8fc9-342f-453de5c308cb Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:33:02 -0400 Has he finally gone too far?<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18675" width="16" height="16"> Maureen Dowd By Maureen Dowd Maureen Dowd: Trump Walks a Crooked Mile https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/sunday/trump-whistle-blower-corruption.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4eb74091-9407-d1f3-4753-f98dfef3e7b6 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:33:02 -0400 Has he finally gone too far?<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18675" width="16" height="16"> Maureen Dowd By Maureen Dowd NYT > Opinion: The College Admissions Trilemma https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/college-admissions-diversity.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b41ea235-8b49-59ca-14f7-3cde8f0153a6 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:30:06 -0400 Why it’s so hard for universities to balance class, race and their budgets.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22douthat-01/22douthat-01-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion affirmative action harvard university students for fair admissions asian-americans race and ethnicity minorities admissions standards colleges and universities Ross Douthat NYT > Opinion: The Corey Lewandowski Trap https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/sunday/corey-lewandowski-testimony.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7198ae79-82f2-8c07-6aa8-201c57c398da Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:30:05 -0400 Democrats keep underestimating the audacity of Trump and his tribe.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/sunday/22bruni/22bruni-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government house committee on the judiciary corey lewandowski trump donald j Frank Bruni rss: How Much “Latitude” Do Presidents Have When Dealing With Foreign Leaders? http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/33472-how-much-latitude-do-presidents-have-when-dealing-with-foreign-leaders 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fad10d45-837c-71fe-7942-72f230c878b9 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:20:07 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33472:how-much-latitude-do-presidents-have-when-dealing-with-foreign-leaders&amp;Itemid=630"><img align="right" alt="how-much-latitude-do-presidents-have-when-dealing-with-foreign-leaders" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/53e2addbbe5b1e5cbd9b373d9f94cd96_S.jpg" /></a><p>A whistleblower reportedly has told Congress that President Trump tried pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. Sanders deputy field director in Iowa is no longer with campaign https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/sanders-deputy-field-director-in-iowa-is-no-longer-with-campaign-1507264 Top Stories urn:uuid:e826007c-76b3-9f91-077a-f1e013789d86 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:07:13 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/6a/02/9047d6bf439eba48e3ff9d751e69/19921-sanders-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Bernie Sanders has parted ways with one of his deputy field directors in Iowa, the campaign confirmed Saturday.</p><p>Kevin Lata joined the Vermont senator's 2020 team after working in several positions during his first run for the White House. Lata said he left the campaign a few months ago. He is now managing Margaret Good's congressional bid in Florida.</p><p>Lata's departure is the latest in a series of staff shakeups in the critical early states of <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bernie-sanders-has-quietly-parted-ways-with-iowa-political-director/2019/09/18/59bd9fba-da4b-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html" target="_blank">Iowa</a> and <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/15/bernie-sanders-campaign-new-hampshire-1497448" target="_blank">New Hampshire</a>. Sanders' political director in Iowa and senior adviser in New Hampshire are also no longer with the campaign, and his former New Hampshire state director has been reassigned to Massachusetts.</p><p>Some of Sanders' allies have recently <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/17/bernie-sanders-campaign-dissension-1500287" target="_blank">sounded the alarm</a>, saying his campaign has been hampered by personality clashes and poor communication between state operations and national headquarters. Expectations are high for Sanders in the first-in-the-nation caucus and primary: In 2016, Sanders came within nearly a third of a percentage point of winning in Iowa, and defeated Hillary Clinton by 22 percentage points in New Hampshire. </p><p>Sanders' campaign did not immediately provide further details about the departure.</p><p>After Sanders lost in 2016, Lata worked for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> dstrauss@politico.com (Daniel Strauss) The Post's View: Should U.S. troops put their lives on the line for Saudi Arabia? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/should-us-troops-put-their-lives-on-the-line-for-saudi-arabia/2019/09/21/2afdaede-daf2-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f3fc8b75-6da8-3f27-c7b2-a110c9134aa4 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 13:43:23 -0400 Defending Saudi oil production is not a vital U.S. interest.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/zYEd2M_ZswJZwB-fm8oMK1ahzuc=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/LN27VDG36QI6TP5RQSMIONUUOY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/fP2wBfpgOsika4bfnHLh8B3axqk=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/LN27VDG36QI6TP5RQSMIONUUOY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/-Z726LQuSySo9jMJZC2M7nwtYxk=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/LN27VDG36QI6TP5RQSMIONUUOY.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: Rent control is back. And that’s bad. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rent-control-is-back-and-thats-bad/2019/09/21/31abb05c-dbdb-11e9-a688-303693fb4b0b_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:359a9bd7-6fc3-5e14-02c2-ca73ccf94c79 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 13:42:55 -0400 The economists are right, and the populists are wrong.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/8a3WiQW_lRB6rmDzYOk6evbDNk0=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/WWCRFZF4UMI6TKFQP3MKBVO4LU.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/GHPDQmmUkrnwjuaZ7NKiJ9xN-5g=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/WWCRFZF4UMI6TKFQP3MKBVO4LU.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/1PliSe0jsAYvrsJqbzFwcF8Ueyk=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/WWCRFZF4UMI6TKFQP3MKBVO4LU.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: Dear GOP: D.C. statehood is about more than parking spaces https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dear-gop-dc-statehood-is-about-more-than-parking-spaces/2019/09/21/b86c49ce-dbe2-11e9-a688-303693fb4b0b_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:586fd073-0889-2ffe-9b17-e41f069f958a Sat, 21 Sep 2019 13:41:42 -0400 Congressional Republicans hit a new low on the District.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/gTtwkWIgP1De2JFaZ1M-Ix49MIg=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/UCAUGLW27MI6TINFCYVYVHE4UI.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/C94gKbeM3IagCxUijaDJ7YXC8jM=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/UCAUGLW27MI6TINFCYVYVHE4UI.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/51SOr9XsoQUZgpnJQPZnt_qZxRo=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/UCAUGLW27MI6TINFCYVYVHE4UI.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/22754" width="16" height="16"> The Post's View Editorial Board FOX News: Harry Kazianis: Trump wise to avoid a devastating war with Iran in wake of attack on Saudi Arabia http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/luWpFqRTNi8/harry-kazianis-trump-wise-to-avoid-a-devastating-war-with-iran-in-wake-of-attack-on-saudi-arabia 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:261e0e5e-8862-6771-3507-00caea8f450a Sat, 21 Sep 2019 13:37:35 -0400 A U.S. military strike against Iran could start a war that would be costly in U.S. lives and treasure. Trump is right to avoid war if at all possible.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/luWpFqRTNi8" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/18/694940094001_6087543073001_6087540267001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6087543073001_6087540267001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 4320d53c-52a0-5601-b1dd-978260da2228 fox-news opinion fox-news world fox-news world conflicts iran fox-news world world-regions Harry J. Kazianis Opinion: End the Speaker of the Common’s dictatorship https://www.ft.com/content/4e2c1fde-da21-11e9-9c26-419d783e10e8 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:251cf211-2ed0-5d26-5415-eda0899cc845 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 13:00:26 -0400 This contentious era requires a rethink of the role’s historic power<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Biden accuses Trump of ‘abuse of power’ in whistleblower scandal https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/biden-trump-ukraine-whistleblower-scandal-1507053 Top Stories urn:uuid:1bb460fc-ba1b-b31f-b0ed-7855265e4c92 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:55:55 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/52/c6/d25c1ce34b70bcdd28f5dde4ec6a/19921-joe-biden-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>DES MOINES, Iowa – An angered Joe Biden on Saturday accused President Donald Trump of “using every element of his presidency to try and smear me,” and called for an investigation into Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president.</p><p>“You should be asking him the question: why is he on the phone with a foreign leader, trying to intimidate a foreign leader?” Biden said. “This appears to be an overwhelming abuse of power. To get on the phone with a foreign leader who is looking for help from the United States and ask about me and imply things … this is outrageous. You have never seen anything like this from any president.”</p><p>Biden grew irate, pointing his finger at a reporter who asked the former vice president if he had ever spoken to his son about his overseas business dealings. Biden said he hadn’t.</p><p><br />“You should be looking at Trump,” Biden said. “Everybody looked at this and everybody who’s looked at it said there’s nothing there. Ask the right question.” </p><p>Biden briefly spoke to whether the episode was a possible preview of a general election battle against Trump.</p><p>“I know what I’m up against, a serial abuser. That’s what this guy is. He abuses power any way he can,” Biden said. “This crosses the line.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> nkorecki@politico.com (Natasha Korecki) Opinions: Yes, there is something the House can do to punish Trump right now https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/21/yes-there-is-something-house-can-do-punish-trump-right-now/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1f8b2e09-aad1-e52a-131f-ba22323f14a3 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:30:33 -0400 Democrats will continue to argue over impeachment, but there's an immediate way to shame Trump.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/5AGQJJYTSVFFHCZ5776OFG5QSI&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/5AGQJJYTSVFFHCZ5776OFG5QSI&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/5AGQJJYTSVFFHCZ5776OFG5QSI&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 Karen Tumulty Police: Paris climate march disrupted by 'radical' protesters https://www.politico.com/www.politico.eu/article/paris-climate-march-disrupted-by-radical-protesters-police/ Top Stories urn:uuid:2c6a55b7-afa9-b6b7-be56-449ef28ebf75 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:09:40 -0400 Simon Van Dorpe NYT > Opinion: The Next Debate: Let’s Talk About … https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/letters/debate-issues.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e505adee-2b89-8dbe-8c8c-782949a78736 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:00:02 -0400 We asked readers what topics have been slighted at past debates. They cited Social Security, foreign affairs, women’s issues, the deficit and many more.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/12/us/politics/12daily-debate-photo/merlin_160691538_90e2eac8-23f9-4a6e-8a49-2dd9f6143016-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion debates (political) democratic party presidential election of 2020 united states politics and government NYT > Opinion: The General Motors Century https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/general-motors-history.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4d105f9d-94ee-34dd-8332-3120cc7dd61a Sat, 21 Sep 2019 11:53:49 -0400 A century ago, the automaker rolled out its millionth car. America has never been the same.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/21/opinion/21Clark1/21Clark1-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion automobiles general motors midwestern states (us) detroit (mich) Anna Clark Booker campaign warns end is near without fundraising surge https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/booker-campaign-memo-fundraising-2020-1507052 Top Stories urn:uuid:7e52e106-5966-69ee-1b62-089f87a4341a Sat, 21 Sep 2019 11:04:57 -0400 The New Jersey senator's campaign manager said in a memo to Booker staff and supporters that an influx of cash was needed to build an organization that can compete. <img src="https://static.politico.com/71/54/38da2a294b1d950152b858dffce4/19921-cory-booker-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Cory Booker’s presidential campaign signaled Saturday that the New Jersey senator won’t be in the race much longer if he’s unable to raise nearly $2 million over the next 10 days. </p><p>“We have reached a critical moment, and time is running out,” campaign manager Addisu Demissie warned in a <a href="https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000016d-5429-d53d-affd-f5bf7a440000" target="_blank">memo</a> to Booker staff and supporters. “It’s now or never: The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race and compete to win the nomination.”</p><p>Demissie said he expects the historically diverse field “to narrow dramatically.” </p><p>“Booker might not be in this race for much longer — the same is true for other important voices in the field,” he said. </p><p>Booker is among the 11 candidates who have so far qualified for October’s presidential debate. But with the threshold expected to rise to qualify for the November debate, the campaign said it’s possible only four campaigns will have enough money “to build and sustain the national organization needed to win the nomination.”</p><p>The top four candidates in the race are former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, according to a RealClearPolitics average of national polls.</p><p>Demissie said the Booker campaign has enough resources “to continue on as we are now for quite some time, but that is not enough.” Nor is having qualified for the next debate, he said, warning that the campaign must change its fundraising trajectory before the end of the month to have a viable operation.</p><br><p>“Here’s the bottom line: Cory 2020 needs to raise an additional $1.7 million by September 30 to be in a position to build the organization necessary to continue competing for the nomination,” he said. “Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward.”</p><p>The campaign acknowledged its financial shortcomings so far this month in what the campaign noted is a traditionally strong time for fundraising. The campaign said the additional funds are necessary to grow its operation over the next couple of months and continue competing against candidates who have much higher name recognition or were able to transfer millions of dollars over from a separate campaign account. </p><p>Demissie insisted the memo, which was first <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/cory-booker-memo-may-not-be-race-much-longer-if-n1057196" target="_blank">reported</a> by NBC News, isn’t “an end-of-quarter stunt or another one of those memos from a campaign trying to spin the press” but rather “a real, unvarnished look under the hood of our operation at a level of transparency unprecedented in modern presidential campaigns.” </p><p>He called the fundraising target a “herculean challenge” but noted it’s not impossible: The campaign raised $1.4 million in the final 10 days of March.</p><p>“We need to do it again (and more!), and we need you to step up to the challenge,” he said. “It can be done — but only if we do it together.” </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> nmccaskill@politico.com (Nolan D. McCaskill) Trump tries to move Ukraine scandal's focus toward Biden https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/trump-ukraine-biden-1507048 Top Stories urn:uuid:3c23363d-8344-3fd9-e6ba-a246f1a04486 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 10:47:05 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/4d/cc/b6e4c73d40e68dc46b4ca20c1b5b/19921-trump-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump on Saturday sought to deflect the glare of the Ukraine whistleblower controversy onto Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, echoing a public campaign by his allies to discredit his potential political opponent while continuing to play down his own role in it. </p><p>&quot;The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, want to stay as far away as possible from the Joe Biden demand that the Ukrainian Government fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son, or they won’t get a very large amount of U.S. money, so they fabricate a story about me and a perfectly fine and routine conversation I had with the new President of the Ukraine.&quot; Trump wrote.</p><p>&quot;Nothing was said that was in any way wrong, but Biden’s demand, on the other hand, was a complete and total disaster. The Fake News knows this but doesn’t want to report!&quot; Trump continued.</p><p>In Trump's most direct comments yet on Biden, he amplified allegations that during the Obama administration, the then-vice president threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid from Ukraine while demanding the firing of a state prosecutor who was looking into a gas company where Biden's son, Hunter, held a board position. </p><p>Citing a potential conflict of interest, PolitiFact has rated similar allegations against Biden as &quot;<a href="https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/07/viral-image/fact-checking-joe-biden-hunter-biden-and-ukraine/" target="_blank">half-true,</a>&quot; with the caveat that the accusation overreaches &quot;by assuming that Joe Biden acted to protect the company his son was affiliated with,&quot; and noting that the Ukrainian prosecutor had drawn widespread criticism on his record of fighting corruption.</p><br><p>Trump's claim comes after multiple reports that the president repeatedly pressed Ukrainian officials to investigate Hunter Biden, prompting a whistleblower complaint by an intelligence official and a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/19/trump-denies-comment-foreign-leader-whistleblower-1502945" target="_blank">stonewalled</a> congressional review. </p><p>Trump on Friday did not deny that he discussed the Biden allegations with a foreign leader, but asserted that his exchanges with fellow heads of government are &quot;always appropriate.&quot;</p><p>Biden, who has denied the allegations, on Friday called on Trump to release a July phone call at the center of the reports.</p><p>&quot;If these reports are true, then there is truly no bottom to President Trump’s willingness to abuse his power and abase our country,&quot; he said in a statement.</p><p>Trump's allies have <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/trump-allies-jolt-into-action-to-deflect-ukraine-whistleblower-scandal-1506882" target="_blank">jolted into action </a>to defend the president, following Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani's rambling CNN <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/19/giuliani-biden-ukraine-trump-1506009" target="_blank">interview</a> Thursday discussing the Biden allegations. </p><p>&quot;The boomerang comes right back on Biden, his family and the Democrats,&quot; Fox News host Sean Hannity <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/media/hannity-thanks-media-mob-for-ukraine-story-opening-up-a-lot-of-questions-we-wanted-to-a-cover-on-biden" target="_blank">said</a> Friday night. </p><p>&quot;We have Joe Biden on tape, leveraging your money, a billion dollars worth of it, to fire the prosecutor in six hours or he's taking his money home, the company that was investigating the corruption into a gas company that his son was doing business with,&quot; Hannity continued. </p><p>Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker called the whistleblower accusations &quot;cowardly&quot; Friday night on Hannity's show while criticizing ongoing media coverage.</p><p>&quot;They took illegitimate means by filing this whistle-blower complaint which is not appropriate under the whistle-blower statute and then of course &quot;The Washington post&quot; gets all of it and run with it. It is scurrilous. It's cowardly and it's not the way it's supposed to work,&quot; Whitaker said.</p><p>Trump first addressed the Biden allegations while at a press gaggle in the Oval Office on Friday during Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's state visit. </p><p>&quot;It doesn’t matter what I discussed but I will say this: somebody ought to look into Joe Biden’s statement because it was disgraceful, where he talked about millions of dollars that he is not giving to a certain country unless a certain prosecutor is taken off the case. Somebody ought to look into that,” Trump said.</p><p>The president followed up his Saturday <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1175392716110401543" target="_blank">tweet</a> by posting a Trump campaign video showing Biden during a press gaggle saying &quot;not one single credible outlet, has given any credibility to assertion.&quot; </p><p>The video continues with clips of various cable-news panels and reporters talking about the allegations against Biden, contradicting Trump's tweeted claim that the media &quot;want to stay as far away as possible&quot; from covering the story. </p><p>The president later Saturday called reports he acted improperly in conversations with foreign officials a &quot;Ukraine Witch Hunt.&quot; </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Christian Vasquez NYT > Opinion: The Graves of Afghanistan Speak https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/afghanistan-war-peace.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:58900516-9579-de23-0402-e9d3aa56d6d0 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 10:17:30 -0400 Even the flags on the graves of the Afghans killed in the long war announce competing allegiances.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion afghanistan war (2001- ) civilian casualties tombs and tombstones terrorism war crimes genocide and crimes against humanity afghan national security forces taliban Jamil Jan Kochai NYT > Opinion: Trump and Election Interference, Whistle-Blower Edition https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/sunday/whistle-blower-trump-ukraine.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a6c320c9-a6cd-c984-d294-f24d3f3ffbe6 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 10:13:52 -0400 President Trump says it doesn’t matter if he asked Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/22kristof/22kristof-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government whistle-blowers ethics and official misconduct office of the director of national intelligence trump donald j zelensky volodymyr united states international relations presidential election of 2020 Nicholas Kristof POLITICO Playbook: Behind the scenes on Trump’s Ukraine pressure campaign https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2019/09/21/behind-the-scenes-on-trumps-ukraine-pressure-campaign-479714 Top Stories urn:uuid:5721a5ff-cfdb-cbb1-c398-42978befbc6f Sat, 21 Sep 2019 10:07:37 -0400 sherman@politico.com (Jake Sherman) Nicholas Kristof: Trump and Election Interference, Whistle-Blower Edition https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/sunday/whistle-blower-trump-ukraine.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:35e44aa9-6280-64f5-eb0d-81b9088f2986 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 10:02:22 -0400 Many elements are murky, but something clearly stinks.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/260877" width="16" height="16"> Nicholas Kristof By Nicholas Kristof Why Trump’s Ukraine scandal could backfire on Biden https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/trump-ukraine-biden-1507051 Top Stories urn:uuid:2d73c470-b640-b6a0-4cfe-05fb4cf41ac0 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 09:53:42 -0400 An extended discussion about his son’s business dealings isn’t helpful to Biden’s electability argument. <img src="https://static.politico.com/88/f1/0b98ecf84dfbb8325a55344cfe5c/19921-biden-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Joe Biden had a chance to excoriate Donald Trump on Friday after a blockbuster <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-defends-conversation-with-ukraine-leader-11568993176" target="_blank">report</a> detailed how the president pushed Ukrainian investigators to investigate Biden’s son.</p><p>Instead, Biden was circumspect and measured in a comment to reporters.</p><p>Only hours later, after Biden and his advisors weighed more facts and after Democrats renewed calls for impeaching Trump, did the former vice president’s campaign issue a broader and stronger <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/biden-trump-ukraine-call-1506884" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p><p>The time it took Biden to unleash his tougher comments – which stopped just short of urging impeachment -- offered an insight into the political sensitivities surrounding the situation. <br />Despite the outrage that greeted reports of the president’s actions, Biden’s immediate response was no simple matter. His son Hunter Biden’s lucrative contracts with Ukraine — at the same time the vice president was in charge of U.S. policy toward the country raised —<b> </b>raised the prospect of fueling a narrative with downside political risk for Biden.</p><p>“This puts him on the ropes over having to talk about this,” said Patrick Murray, a pollster with Monmouth University. “He certainly doesn’t want to talk about this, his family.”</p><p>Murray suggested the ethical dimensions of the controversy — and the implications of Trump’s actions for impeachment, which Biden at present does not support — made any extended discussion of the story potentially perilous for Biden.</p><p>“At the primary level, I don’t think Democrats would believe these charges [concerning Biden] because of how polarized the debate is right now, but then they could start worrying that this could hurt him if he is the nominee,” Murray said. “It’s ‘can Biden fight back? Will this hurt his ability to take Trump on fully?’ And will it undermine that electability argument that he’s been making?”</p><p>In Florida, former Democratic nominee for governor and progressive activist Andrew Gillum said he was left feeling Biden came across as “defensive” when he initially spoke to reporters.</p><br><p>“I saw Biden’s response and was shocked that he wasn’t more incredulous about the president’s action,” Gillum said, stressing that Biden “shouldn’t have to answer for any of these allegations, as if to give them credibility. He should go directly at the president!”</p><p>Gillum added that others could “argue that his calmness and sensibilities may be exactly what the doctor ordered when compared to Trump.”</p><p>By the end of the evening Friday, Biden’s campaign put caution aside and began fundraising off the issue, using it to advance his core argument that he’s the best candidate to beat Trump.</p><p>“This sort of behavior tells you everything you need to know about Donald Trump and the people around him,” the campaign emailed supporters in a fundraising pitch. “But it also tells you what he’s worried about.”</p><p>However, even before Biden began running, Republicans as well as Democrats affiliated with his primary rivals said the imbroglio with Hunter Biden would help the president neutralize attacks against him — even if it paled next to voluminous evidence of Trump’s transgressions.</p><p>For months, Biden has sidestepped <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/biden-sidesteps-questions-sons-foreign-business-dealings-promises/story?id=63820806" target="_blank">questions</a> about his son’s business dealings, which were criticized when they were reported in 2015 by both The New York Times as well as Russia’s state-run Izvestia news service.</p><p>The controversy can be traced back to March 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in Eastern Ukraine, setting off an international crisis. As the administration’s point-man on Ukraine, Biden led the U.S. response.</p><p>That April, Biden’s son, Hunter, was appointed to the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company, despite lacking substantive experience working in Ukraine or the energy sector. He received compensation that was reportedly as high as $50,000 a month.</p><p>At the time, Burisma was seeking to build inroads to U.S. Democrats as it faced investigative scrutiny. The same month Hunter Biden joined Burisma, the U.K. government froze bank accounts that allegedly belonged to its owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, as part of a money laundering investigation.</p><p>Two years later, Joe Biden successfully pressured the Ukrainian government to remove its prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, who was unpopular with Western leaders, threatening to withhold loan guarantees if it did not. At the time, Shokin's office had open probes of Burisma and Zlochevsky. Shokin’s successor closed the investigations, but then reopened an investigation of Burisma last year.</p><br><p>Hunter Biden has said he was not involved in the investigations. Spokespeople for Joe Biden have said his son's dealings did not influence his official actions, and no evidence has emerged of wrongdoing on his part in the matter.</p><p>In a sign that Trump has no hesitation about attacking Biden over his perceived weaknesses, the president’s campaign recently released a mashup video compilation questioning Biden’s mental stability and his penchant for misspeaking.</p><p>Biden’s campaign co-chair, Rep. Cedric Richmond, dismissed the notion that the new revelations could in any way muddy Biden’s electability argument in the primary.</p><p>“No. I don’t think so at all,” Richmond said. “In Congress, we work to get the facts out, we will continue to do that. But I think it’s very concerning for Trump that he would ask for help from a foreign government [to investigate] not just the frontrunner, but the guy who’s beating him by double digits in all the polls … the Vice President has said he’s confident he’ll beat Trump. The actions that are revealed now shows that Trump believes [Biden] will beat him.”</p><p>Biden’s campaign also appears ready to turn the issue into a referendum about a favorite target: the news media.</p><p>“The press is playing into Donald Trump’s hands talking about this,” said a top Biden advisor. “Reputable news organizations have concluded there’s nothing here. This is not a Joe Biden problem. This is a Donald Trump problem.”</p><p>Trump’s focus on Biden could actually be beneficial, said David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s longtime strategist.</p><p>“I think, at least in the short run, it’s more likely to identify Biden as the candidate Trump fears and, perhaps, even benefit him among Democrats,” Axelrod told POLITICO.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> bschreckinger@politico.com (Ben Schreckinger) Buttigieg fights to lock down Iowa LGBTQ vote https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/buttigieg-iowa-lgbtq-vote-1507049 Top Stories urn:uuid:6fc053f1-cdc6-7317-c77e-2f578649ba4b Sat, 21 Sep 2019 09:18:09 -0400 Activists say they want to hear more from the South Bend mayor about LGBTQ issues as they survey the 2020 field. <img src="https://static.politico.com/ed/93/2bf6c68643b88401854e90688642/190921-pete-buttigieg-lbgtq-iowa-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Friday’s LGBTQ Presidential Forum had the feeling of a home game for Pete Buttigieg, who was introduced as “a member of our community” to a rousing standing ovation. But that enthusiasm for Buttigieg has not guaranteed him a lock on this voting bloc in Iowa.</p><p>Buttigieg covered topics including learning “the hard way” about “discrimination” when he came out — like the first time he saw his mayoral office’s annual blood drive on his schedule, Buttigieg said, and soon realized, “I can’t be part of it.”</p><p>Yet some activists in Iowa said that Buttigieg had not focused enough attention in his campaign on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ people. Even amid obvious enthusiasm for the South Bend, Ind., mayor, who faced a crowd waving rainbow “BOOT-EDGE-EDGE” signs and featuring “Pete” stickers on dozens of T-shirts, the pressure for Buttigieg to represent the broader LGBTQ community through his 2020 campaign has come with complications.</p><p>“LGBTQ Iowans are not a monolith and everyone has different priorities. There aren’t many who are ready to fully commit yet. That’s something he needs to be very aware of when he speaks to this community,” said Erica Barz, the communications director of One Iowa, a pro-LGBTQ group, which co-sponsored the forum with GLAAD. “They’re not automatically behind him.”</p><p>Buttigieg has not always put his sexual orientation at the center of his presidential bid, rather listing it as one of several aspects that makes him unique in the sprawling 2020 presidential field. Though he shot to prominence partly by criticizing Vice President Mike Pence’s attitude toward same-sex marriage, he now will tick through a number of biographical labels as he introduces himself on the trail: millennial, gay, left-handed, veteran, mayor.</p><br><p>In his memoir, “The Shortest Way Home,” Buttigieg wrote about coming out, worrying that though he had “supported the causes from the beginning,” he “did not want to be defined by them.”</p><p>“Pete’s campaign is about so much more than the fact that he’d be the first openly gay president,” said Virginia Rep. Don Beyer, who endorsed Buttigieg earlier this year. “I think he’s humble and wise enough to realize that just because he’s in a happy marriage to Chasten doesn’t mean he’ll be the first choice for everyone in the LGBT community.”</p><p>Instead, Buttigieg’s approach reflects advice given by the Victory Fund, a pro-LGBTQ political group: “We tell all our candidates, and what Pete clearly understands, is that being gay or lesbian or transgender is who you are and has to be a part of your narrative, but it’s not your resume, and it’s not a reason why someone would support you,” said Annise Parker, the former Houston mayor who now serves as the Victory Fund’s president.</p><p>“Not everybody agrees with his positions, not everybody in the LGBTQ community is going to support him and we don’t expect that,” said Parker, who is among nearly 60 mayors and former mayors who have endorsed Buttigieg. “But there is a core base of LGBTQ support that has propelled him.”</p><p>That includes significant financial support. Buttigieg raised nearly $25 million last quarter, a stunning haul that vaulted him into the upper tier of the presidential race. And LGBTQ donors served as an early foundation for Buttigieg’s bid.</p><p>But activists in Iowa expressed concern that Buttigieg didn’t put LGBTQ issues and challenges more at the center of his policy prescriptions, as well as acknowledging the intersectionality of the community’s challenges.</p> <p>“There isn’t much in policy or in talking about issues that pertains to this community, especially the trans community, so I know there’s been a lot of disappointment around that,” said Kasi Rupert, president of the Linden County Stonewall Democrats. “A lot of people want him to take more responsibility in talking about the LGBTQ community.”</p><p>Elizabeth Medina, another LGBTQ activist based in Iowa, is “eager for Buttigieg to talk more to those of us who are people of color and LGBTQ,” adding that the mayor “doesn’t have a lock on support,” but “that could change.”</p><p>“I think if he had put in a little more effort on grassroots investment in his own community, showing up here, it would’ve played out differently,” Medina said.</p><p>Indeed, POLITICO obtained email documentation that Buttigieg’s campaign had initially declined an invitation to the LGBTQ forum Friday night, sponsored by GLAAD and One Iowa. But Buttigieg ultimately decided to participate.</p><p>Buttigieg did address some of those issues raised by activists in his comments Friday night, pledging to “end the war on trans Americans” by eliminating the ban on trans military members and to signing the Equality Act, a bill that prohibits discrimination on the base of sex orientation or gender identity, “as soon as it hits my desk.”</p><br><p>“We are still living with the long tail of prejudices,” Buttigieg said on stage.</p><p>Yet for other voters, Buttigieg’s broader focus “doesn’t bother me at all,” said Katie Imborek, a 39-year-old Democrat from Iowa City, Iowa, who saw Buttigieg speak. “Getting him into the White House means he’d still come to it with that lens.&quot;</p><p>“Clearly there’s some political strategy behind his decision on what to prioritize, and when you think of LGBTQ activists, they’re on a spectrum of whether they think this should be his single issue,” Imborek continued. “But I think he has the potential to be a valid candidate who has a good chance at being president and also be gay.</p><p>On Friday, Buttigieg was joined nine other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates during the first forum focused on exclusively LGBTQ issues — a topic that’s gone largely untouched during the first three Democratic National Committee debates. In part, Democrats suggested, that’s because there isn’t much daylight among the candidates on these issues. Another LGBTQ-centered event, hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and airing on CNN, will take place in Los Angles next month.</p><p>On Friday night, Sen. Cory Booker called for a “woke president on these issues,” while Sen. Kamala Harris explained why she as California’s attorney general refused to defend Proposition 8, which eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry. Sen. Elizabeth Warren recited all 18 names of the transgender women of color who were killed, so far, in 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden applauded all those in the audiences for “having the courage to come out,” though he still had a testy exchange with the moderator over his position on the 1994 crime bill.</p><p>But Buttigieg, for many of the voters streaming out of the auditorium Friday night, was the bright spot. Partly, for his representation, but also because “he brings me a lot of hope,” said Caleb Mehl, an 18-year-old student at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.</p><p>“As someone who is bi-[sexual], I know I can trust him,” Mehl said. “It’s like there’s light coming out of all this darkness.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> eschneider@politico.com (Elena Schneider) Opinions: D.C.’s assisted suicide law leaves much to the imagination https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/21/dcs-assisted-suicide-law-leaves-much-imagination/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:778b64dc-a867-144a-5e6a-b3fd76b27b5c Sat, 21 Sep 2019 08:00:41 -0400 The lack of transparency and lack of participation call into question its efficacy and its necessity.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/VMQVXIELFAI6NDG4J65RS45VAY.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/VMQVXIELFAI6NDG4J65RS45VAY.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/VMQVXIELFAI6NDG4J65RS45VAY.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 G. 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Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:37e6f68e-12f7-9e34-eb24-9ed7792bd1a3 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 08:00:32 -0400 <p>We live in a society in which sexual violence is so normalized that one in 16 women lost their virginity through rape</p><p><em>Sign up for The week in patriarchy, a newsletter​ on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday.</em></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/21/culture-american-apple-pie-week-in-patriarchy">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian rape and sexual assault world news society law us news Arwa Mahdawi FOX News: Louise Gorsuch: Why I became an American citizen http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/ozvh_Z3vJqc/louise-gorsuch-american-citizen 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:536160a2-4126-d429-0f56-689eb10555f9 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 08:00:03 -0400 When I became a citizen in February 2002, it was because  I wanted to vote—to go all-in on the project of being in a republic premised on the right to rule oneself, and to share the obligation to make the republic work. <img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/ozvh_Z3vJqc" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/09/Louise-Gorsuch.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/Louise-Gorsuch.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 4e0656da-e318-5578-bd52-8be69186d14d fox-news opinion fox-news politics judiciary supreme-court fox-news us personal-freedoms proud-american fox-news Louise Gorsuch Simon Tisdall | The Guardian: Trump’s week of dithering over Iran makes America look weak and foolish https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/21/donald-trump-iran-saudi-arabia-attacks 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7a68f18b-5b36-216e-fd0a-679a12a16b07 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 07:30:29 -0400 The president’s misconceived Middle East policy has been laid bare, and few allies will rush to the rescue<p>They must be laughing their socks off in Tehran. The days following last weekend’s attacks on Saudi oil facilities, blamed by the US on Iran, have seen an almost comical display of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/19/us-dials-back-iran-rhetoric-and-seeks-peaceful-resolution-over-saudi-attack" title="">indecision, confusion and bluster</a> by the leader of the world’s most powerful country. As a result, Iran looks stronger … and Donald Trump looks like a clown. </p><p>If Iranian leaders intended to call Trump’s bluff, they have succeeded – for now at least. The president’s immediate reaction to the attacks was to declare the US “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/16/trump-says-us-locked-and-loaded-after-saudi-arabia-oil-attack-as-crude-prices-soar-iran-aramco" title="">locked and loaded</a>” for retaliatory strikes. Then he remembered he’s opposed to fighting wars in the Middle East and hopes to be re-elected next year.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/19/how-did-attack-breach-saudi-defences-and-what-will-happen-next">How did oil attack breach Saudi defences and what will happen next?</a> </p><p>Another hard truth is that Iran is proving a tougher nut to crack than hawks such as Bolton ever imagined</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/21/donald-trump-iran-saudi-arabia-attacks">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453562" width="16" height="16"> Simon Tisdall | The Guardian iran world news donald trump saudi arabia middle east and north africa us news Simon Tisdall FOX News: Leslie Marshall: Yes, Biden is prone to gaffes – Here’s what they really mean http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/hRNRZ_E2-_o/leslie-marshall-do-bidens-frequent-gaffes-mean-hes-too-old-and-unfit-to-be-president 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2357562a-3794-0c9a-bd4c-652b3e16e3e6 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 07:00:02 -0400 The media and Joe Biden's opponents are focusing attention on his frequent gaffes, making voters wonder if he is mentally fit to be president.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/hRNRZ_E2-_o" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/20/694940094001_6087997028001_6087997693001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6087997028001_6087997693001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 582c2e75-e761-56a9-aaf3-18dfa517f3ad fox-news opinion fox-news person joe-biden fox-news politics 2020-presidential-election fox-news person donald-trump Leslie Marshall These 5 Places Tried Bold Political Experiments. Did They Work? https://www.politico.com/magazine/www.politico.com/interactives/2019/how-to-fix-politics-experiments/ Top Stories urn:uuid:4f0756ee-fe99-7f5f-b8ed-9d873201124d Sat, 21 Sep 2019 06:59:41 -0400 From gender quotas to mandatory voting and more, here’s what happened when governments and citizens around the world got serious about fixing politics. Yang’s Possibly Illegal Giveaway Shows Why We Need a Working FEC https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/21/andrew-yang-giveaway-campaign-finance-fec-228150 Top Stories urn:uuid:f7c75656-5438-2464-50f6-8b6fd8fdcba6 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 06:37:42 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/ae/08/92ecca9d45b794cc893292208d61/190920-ravel-fec-ap.jpg"/><br> <p>In his opening statement at the third Democratic debate, Andrew Yang said that his campaign would give $1,000 a month for a year to 10 people who signed up for a raffle through his campaign website. The program, which Yang is calling a “Freedom Dividend,” is meant to serve as a pilot for Yang’s campaign proposal to give every U.S. citizen above the age of 18 monthly payments of the same amount. Yang recently claimed that more than 450,000 people signed up for the pilot, and that the campaign raised millions of dollars in the three days after the announcement.</p><p> The problem: No one can agree on whether the campaign promotion is legal. I’m the former chair of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and if such a program came to a vote while I was still on the commission, I would say that the program violated campaign finance regulations. </p><p>Federal election law bars using campaign funds for “personal use,” and the law prohibits such personal use by “any person.” Campaign money is given in trust by the donors for campaign activities, such as paying for consultants who are working on the campaign—not to benefit individuals who are not engaged in campaign activities. So the proposal to give raffle winners campaign money to be used for anything they like may well violate the law.</p> <p> But there is no mechanism for deciding the legality of Yang’s pilot program right now. The confused legal debate over the program is just another reason why the current lack of a quorum, or a minimum number of commissioners, at the FEC is so concerning.</p> <p> At the moment, the FEC cannot meet at all. After Vice Chair Matthew Petersen resigned in late August, his departure left the<b> </b>commission without the required quorum of four commissioners needed to vote to take action on issues such as enforcing regulations, imposing fines or approving audit reports on campaign finance issues. (Typically, the FEC has six members, but two seats have remained empty since early 2018 and Matthew Petersen’s departure brought the total number of commissioners down to three.) The FEC also cannot issue advisory opinions, which the commission generally produces at the request of the public to decide if a campaign-related proposal complies with the Federal Election Campaign Act and the commission’s regulations. Now, because of an extensive backlog, any re-convened quorum would be unable to decide if Yang’s program violates the law until long after the money has been distributed, rendering any FEC decision on the issue essentially useless.</p> <br><p> Yang has <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/yang-defends-1-000-giveaway-contest-perfectly-legal-n1054641" target="_blank">contended</a> that his giveaway is “perfectly legal.” “That’s actually essentially a marketing function on behalf of the campaign,” he said in a recent roundtable with Politico. “And we’re simply paying you the thousand dollars just [so] you can tell your story, so you can think of them as a variant of like a marketing consultant or a paid employee.” Erin Chlopak, director of campaign finance strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, disagrees. She <a href="https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/9/17/20869264/andrew-yang-120000-ubi-freedom-dividend-debate-legal-campaign-finance-law-fec-rules" target="_blank">told</a> Vox that it “seems like an illegal prohibited personal use” of campaign funds, and went on to say the program couldn’t count as advertising because the recipients are under no obligation to advertise for Yang’s candidacy. Entrants must retweet the contest thread, according to the giveaway <a href="https://www.yang2020.com/rules/" target="_blank">rules</a>, and the winner is required to allow the campaign to use his or her name, hometown and photograph in promotional materials—but whether or not this counts as contributing to a campaign, again, all falls in a gray zone.</p> <p> FEC advisory opinions could have been particularly useful in resolving questions about the legality of Yang’s proposal in advance of the announcement. The commission, when it has all four members, will respond to time-sensitive requests for advisory opinions within 30 days.<b> </b>Had the FEC been functioning properly, Yang’s campaign could have requested an opinion on the legality of the pilot proposal, and the FEC’s opinion would either have killed an illegal proposal or<b> </b>would have provided legal protection to the campaign if the proposal was found to be legal. But the Yang campaign did not request such advice, and it wouldn’t have gotten any if it had. Instead, the campaign was free to take advantage of the FEC’s inability to act on any improprieties.</p> <p> The FEC has been dysfunctional for some time because of partisan deadlocks on issues such as dark money, which have led to low fines for clear violations of the law and an inability to investigate even major violations. But now, the commission has gone from dysfunctional to nonfunctioning. Legally dubious plans like Yang’s are the outcome.</p> <p> Of course, the Yang giveaway is just one of the most visible potential violations. I shudder to think about the campaign finance law violations that might be happening behind closed doors—plans that the candidates are more worried about than Yang apparently is about his basic income pilot.</p> <p> The FEC was established as a consequence of the lack of campaign law enforcement during the Watergate scandal. There was no independent enforcement agency to ensure compliance with the laws, and the president’s re-election committee took advantage of the void. After Nixon’s resignation, Congress established the FEC to administer and enforce the laws.</p><p> Sure, Yang’s pilot program might be a long way off from Watergate. But we can look at it as a test case for how—or whether—campaign finance laws will be enforced in 2020, and what campaigns do in the absence of their enforcement. It’s not looking good.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Ann Ravel Kennedy plays an unfamiliar role in Senate primary clash — insurgent https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/21/ed-markey-joe-kennedy-senate-seat-clash-1507045 Top Stories urn:uuid:af6fd96d-7ed3-1756-375a-988948d20844 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 06:35:52 -0400 Sen. Ed Markey has backing from much of the Massachusetts Democratic establishment. <img src="https://static.politico.com/1c/9a/891e7a4146adb2d4a1b45ac99391/190920-kennedy-getty-773.jpg"/><br><p>BOSTON, Mass. — The first days of Joe Kennedy’s Senate primary campaign offer a glimpse at the coalition he hopes to assemble in his challenge to Sen. Ed Markey, a blockbuster contest that could reorder Massachusetts’ congressional delegation.</p><p>After launching with a breakfast Saturday in East Boston, where the Kennedy family traces back to a neighborhood populated by Irish immigrants in the mid- to late-1800s, he’ll embark on a three-day statewide tour that begins Saturday. The roughly 15-stop trip is largely focused on immigration, affordable housing and the opioid crisis. He’ll meet with LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees in Worcester, and talk about climate change and union jobs in New Bedford. In Boston, he’ll tour an affordable housing development.</p><p>It’s a strategy that focuses less on winning over activists and establishment leaders, and more on turning out new voters — particularly immigrants and people of color — who typically vote at lower rates than white voters do. It’s a model that worked spectacularly here for Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley in her insurgent 2018 House campaign against another fixture of the state political establishment, then-Rep. Michael Capuano.</p><p>But there are important differences between Pressley and Kennedy: Kennedy starts with a politically golden name, a slightly larger war chest and, just as important, a lead over the incumbent in the polls.</p><p>&quot;People still care about the Kennedy name. It's a very, very powerful legacy,&quot; said Scott Ferson, founder of Liberty Square Group, a strategic communications firm. &quot;It will be used to his advantage and people will try to use it against him, but Congressman Kennedy in his race in 2012 navigated that very nimbly.&quot;</p><p>As he campaigns for the first time outside his Boston-area House district, Kennedy will have to help his famous name take a form in voters' minds, said political strategist Michael Goldman. Goldman grew up in Malden with Markey, and consulted for Kennedy's father, Rep. Joseph Kennedy II. </p><p>&quot;[Kennedy] has to be able to convince people that he understands the problems of people like them, even though he's young, that he cares about the problems of people like them … and most importantly, he has to convince people that when he gets to Washington he can do more for Massachusetts than Ed Markey,&quot; Goldman said. &quot;Ed Markey has to convince people that the time he spent in Washington for the last 43 years puts him in the best position to understand the problems of people like them, care about them and also to deliver for them.&quot; </p><br><p>&quot;The person who does that is going to be the winner,&quot; Goldman added. </p><p>Despite the Kennedy legacy, Markey holds much of the institutional support in the Senate race. He has the backing of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, support from many of his colleagues in the Senate and has rolled out endorsements from environmental groups for weeks. </p><p>He also has the endorsement of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which could help bolster him against calls for generational change.</p><p>“Senator Markey is an effective fighter for Massachusetts and a strong progressive leader in the caucus on issues ranging from tackling climate change to ending gun violence. The campaign’s broad and diverse coalition of supporters reflects his record of delivering for Massachusetts in the Senate, and we’re proud to support his re-election,&quot; said DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss.</p><p>The Markey-Kennedy match-up is likely to be one of the most-watched primary races in the country. Kennedy holds a 14-percentage-point lead over Markey in a head-to-head contest, according to a Boston Globe/Suffolk University poll. He'll start the race with $4.2 million in his House campaign account, while Markey has $4.1 million.</p><p>While some Democrats caution that the race could take attention away from beating President Donald Trump, strategist and former DSCC political director Martha McKenna says the party will stay focused on knocking out Republicans. </p><p>“September of 2020, donors and activists are going to have a lot of things on their to-do lists and I think above the Massachusetts primary will be beating Donald Trump and beating Thom Tillis and beating Cory Gardner and beating Susan Collins,” McKenna said. “I don't think there's any evidence that Democrats can be distracted right now.&quot;</p><p>The most important thing for Massachusetts, McKenna said, is that the primary winner head into the general election without being too bruised, though she does not expect a race between Kennedy and Markey to turn ugly. </p><p>“We have a Republican governor there and we have a Republican senator in the not-too-distant past. The key is that the Democratic primary winner has to emerge unscathed because we have evidence Republicans can win statewide in Massachusetts given the right situation.&quot;</p><p>Before Pressley toppled Capuano, Rep. Seth Moulton was the first Massachusetts Democrat in recent history to knock out an established incumbent. A number of strategists and advisers who worked with Moulton disagree with the main criticism that Kennedy has faced — that a Senate primary will distract Democrats from getting President Donald Trump out of the White House. </p><p>&quot;It's hard for any Senate race to overshadow the race for the White House,&quot; said Mark Mellman, a veteran pollster and strategist who has worked with Moulton. &quot;There is a real battle for control of the Senate and the Massachusetts primary is just not part of that battle.”</p><p>Instead, former members of the Moulton campaign argue that the debate that comes along with a Democratic primary can be a boon for the party. </p><p>&quot;I don't see the argument for avoiding a primary and having a real discussion about what the future looks like, different ideas about how to address it and both of them making their case either on experience or it being a time for new blood,&quot; said Joe Trippi, who worked for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and was part of Moulton's 2014 campaign. “I think it's a healthy thing to have a debate and a primary that gets people a choice and makes the case.”</p><p>Criticism aside, Kennedy's task will be to prove why he'd be a better representative than Markey. That pitch must come down to more than an argument about age or generation, says Ferson, who advised Moulton in 2014. </p><p>&quot;I think he's got to draw a contrast other than a generational contrast,&quot; Ferson said. &quot;Seth Moulton didn't beat John Tierney because he was damaged goods. Seth consciously made the case that John Tierney only passed one bill in 18 years in Congress.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Here, you can't make that case against Ed Markey,&quot; Ferson continued, pointing to Markey's record in congress and his advocacy on climate change. &quot;You have got to make people sit up and say 'Now that's a reason to switch.'&quot; </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jarkin@politico.com (James Arkin) FOX News: Philip Holloway: I became a police officer in 1989 – I wouldn't do it again http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/XxrPthYXJoc/police-officer-1989-wouldnt-do-it-again-philip-holloway 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e67d2b33-fbb9-caae-999f-42e8a3284f40 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 06:00:13 -0400 I graduated from a Georgia police academy in 1989 at the age of 19. 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Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1f80d614-a8ff-fc74-f9e1-95d9807ce97c Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 “Any talk about climate change must include socialism and the economic system.”<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): Climate strike protesters speak out: “There’s willful blindness on this issue, because fixing it conflicts with capitalism” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/ints-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7079e799-7e6b-ddbe-8f3e-232a2314033d Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 WSWS reporters spoke with climate strike protesters in cities around the globe.<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): Wall Street to General Motors: End strike and ram through cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/wall-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:540e74cb-4593-bc08-2a16-cdc367eba44d Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Statements from credit agencies and the financial press demonstrate that striking GM workers are not simply confronting GM CEO Mary Barra and other executives, but the entire capitalist class.<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): Hundreds of autoworkers discuss GM strike and global strategy in online meeting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/auto-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:cecc9106-1d25-caad-daac-5740fa234032 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Over 300 workers from the US, Mexico, Canada and other countries participated in the second WSWS <em>Autoworker Newsletter</em> online forum, with many expressing their desire to expand the GM 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): Detroit rapper GmacCash supports striking autoworkers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/inte-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7e749ca9-ae02-dea7-c82c-ef68c2af47e2 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The former autoworker spoke to the WSWS <em>Autoworker Newsletter</em> about life in the auto plants and why he supports the striking workers.<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): “Take control of the struggle!” Logistics workers at UPS and FedEx support GM strike, warn of union treachery http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/upsi-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4ef46ba3-56bb-7793-9a17-36fd6b2fbcad Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Workers at UPS, where the Teamsters union forced through a sellout last year, and at FedEx are closely watching the GM strike and support a unified struggle of the working class.<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): US drone massacre in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/afgh-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:769a355a-ce8a-6a62-6a36-c3fdc436a0f5 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 At least 30 Afghan farmers and day laborers were killed and 40 others injured Wednesday night in a US drone attack, despite previous notification given to local officials of farming activity in the area.<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): US sending more troops to Saudi Arabia amid rising war tensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/iran-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:abce34d7-8b57-c517-9a89-ec9aa7164b78 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The announcement followed a White House meeting between US President Donald Trump and his National Security Council to discuss proposals for military action against Iran.<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): University of Chicago nurses locked out for conducting a one-day strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/chic-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5b6d1025-418d-ff25-c999-6d8f9a08be1f Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 More than 2,200 nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center who conducted a one-day strike face a five-day lockout as temporary nurses were hired to fill in.<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): Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren mixes anti-corruption demagogy with identity politics at New York City rally http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/warr-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:40362437-51a8-a0c4-18d2-965f41b523a0 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren sought to bolster illusions that the Democratic Party is capable of reining in the domination of the US government by the super-rich.<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): Corbyn tries to unite Labour Party to solve Brexit crisis for ruling class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/corb-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5e2a693c-f626-8348-b9ec-4662c697a3cf Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The Labour Party conference beginning Saturday will be dominated by the conflict over the party’s Brexit policy.<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): India’s top court greenlights New Delhi prolonging Kashmir state-of-siege indefinitely http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/kash-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f4308f9b-afc8-6255-9b8a-4e9f74cc556b Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 India’s Hindu-supremacist BJP government has imposed an unprecedented security clampdown to suppress mass opposition to the constitutional coup it mounted against Kashmir August 5.<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): Bushfires in Australia: Another symptom of climate change http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/fire-s21.html 1. 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Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:382245b8-082e-7300-783a-7664f790349f Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The development of technology should mean working lives are shortened, but under the capitalist profit system people are forced to work longer.<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): Chelsea Manning imprisoned without charge for six months for refusing to testify against Julian Assange http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/pers-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d8ba7e41-e71d-a6f1-7e8d-e494ba902017 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Manning helped expose the vast scale of the violence unleashed upon the people of the Middle East by the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.<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: Asia, Australia and New Zealand http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/labo-s21.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:26faf17c-4f21-6c4b-7758-fe9636cf7816 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) Opinion: Industrial policy war — capitalism with Chinese characteristics https://www.ft.com/content/79b242e2-3d21-3bcc-8880-59e6f34e96c4 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7d082733-885a-0edc-887a-1071b01f6fa5 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:00:54 -0400 The west is at risk of losing the ideological war<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: Climate change: plant PVs, not trees https://www.ft.com/content/6bfb36f0-0570-3511-93c1-57c44cd03e00 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:74f1b074-872b-cee7-a670-032d288ce398 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:00:54 -0400 Forests might be fashionable but installing photo-voltaics makes a bigger difference when it comes to curbing carbon<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: London’s White City sets the stage for two luxury stories https://www.ft.com/content/1363e4f0-dade-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8411ea20-3a53-0bb3-0076-519a9d90be21 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 23:00:05 -0400 There are challenges at the margin for both Burberry and Berkeley<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion The Australian State Dinner, in photos https://www.politico.com/gallery/2019/09/20/australian-state-dinner-trump-gallery-003235 Top Stories urn:uuid:c83ae407-8126-fe61-bb78-b92daa49779c Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:01:02 -0400 The White House held its second State Dinner under President Donald Trump on Friday to mark Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's visit to the United States. A number of politicians, officials and celebrities including Attorney General Bill Barr, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and golfer Greg Norman turned out for the occasion. POLITICO Staff editorial | New York Post: The MTA’s biggest challenge https://nypost.com/2019/09/20/the-mtas-biggest-challenge/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c54c8227-1c31-f35f-0c9b-02a09604a4d7 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:36:29 -0400 The MTA’s leaders released a fine five-year capital plan this week, though by its nature it dodges the toughest issues about the agency’s future. The plan is a winner for subway and bus riders, with spending on signal modernization as well as station accessibility and new buses and trains. The signal upgrades, in particular, are...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/usa_new_york_subway_fares.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: De Blasio escalates his culture war https://nypost.com/2019/09/20/de-blasio-escalates-his-culture-war/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:afd1c120-721e-0789-f8fc-d7b66cac898e Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:32:05 -0400 Mayor Bill de Blasio’s minions are vowing to escalate his culture war — the one on city museums and other artistic institutions. On Tuesday, Tom Finkelpearl, head of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, admitted that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and other city treasures aren’t meeting the mayor’s de-facto quotas...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/metropolitan-museum.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: The DOE’s latest school bus scapegoat https://nypost.com/2019/09/20/the-does-latest-school-bus-scapegoat/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8f34c8de-c79f-01a7-9bc0-988fe3b4dd2b Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:27:17 -0400 Alexandra Robinson clearly deserves firing, but it shouldn’t stop there. Department of Education higher-ups also need to answer for the bungled drive to get GPS working on every city school bus. As The Post reported Monday, the DOE spent nearly $9 million to get trackers on the entire 6,000-bus fleet — starting in 2015. Four...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/shutterstock_school-bus.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: Still waiting for Dems to retract calls for Kavanaugh impeachment https://nypost.com/2019/09/20/still-waiting-for-dems-to-retract-calls-for-kavanaugh-impeachment/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ccb31b0d-c1d1-fbae-d578-4afbe42cf393 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:20:44 -0400 It’s now been six days since The New York Times corrected — er, retracted — its attack against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Turns out the “new allegation” isn’t supported by the victim, a fact conveniently left out of the story. And still Kamala Harris, Liz Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Julian Castro, Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg haven’t...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/supreme_court_kavanaugh.4-1.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 FOX News: Peter Schweizer: Trump right to question Biden dealings with Ukraine, despite Dem criticism http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/iDLAYl4ys2g/peter-schweizer-trump-is-right-to-call-for-probe-of-biden-dealings-with-ukraine 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6df784c1-a783-a140-11cc-4feb61e76fbe Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:16:12 -0400 There are plenty of questions about Joe Biden, his son and Ukraine that need to be answered.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/iDLAYl4ys2g" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/20/694940094001_6088193642001_6088194459001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6088193642001_6088194459001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 13f020e2-d099-5586-9ff3-c8e61ca285d4 fox-news opinion fox-news politics 2020-presidential-election fox-news person joe-biden fox-news person donald-trump Peter Schweizer editorial | New York Post: The next big school-choice case and other commentary https://nypost.com/2019/09/20/the-next-big-school-choice-case-and-other-commentary/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9af9dfa4-d3f6-2185-c506-c1f20f9d2295 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:12:04 -0400 Libertarian: The Next Big School-Choice Case “The Supreme Court is now preparing to weigh the constitutional merits” of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, reports Damon Root at Reason. It turns on a school-choice program that creates “a tax credit for individuals and businesses that donate to private, nonprofit scholarship organizations” — but in 2018...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/school-choice-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 Mark Zuckerberg courts the powerful in D.C. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/zuckerberg-courts-the-powerful-in-dc-1757722 Top Stories urn:uuid:743dc0ce-8232-fe9a-ae80-5ca93431ee1c Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:38:16 -0400 The social media giant’s founder spent three days engaged in quiet diplomacy with members of Congress and President Donald Trump. <img src="https://static.politico.com/ca/dd/afcfea4945afa3144f59ba47b27a/190920-zuckerberg-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Mark Zuckerberg’s Washington tour this week represents a new approach to politics for him: low-key, closed-door but highly solicitous of the most important players in town.</p><p>Facebook's CEO had previously addressed concerns about privacy and social media through acts of public contrition and limited engagement with Congress or the White House. Zuckerberg’s last appearance in the nation's capital was a contentious congressional hearing in April 2018.</p><p>This time, the social media giant’s founder — clad in a suit and tie, saying nothing to reporters — spent three days engaged in quiet diplomacy with members of Congress and President Donald Trump. That included a final day of private meetings on Friday, including with lawmakers pursuing antitrust investigations of the tech industry and others drafting legislation to restrict how websites use consumer data.</p><p>The personal touch seemed to resonate with some members, though others remained critical of the industry. While it wasn’t quite clear what Zuckerberg accomplished on the host of questions Facebook faces on issues like user privacy, anti-competitive behavior, Russian election interference and the company’s plans for a cryptocurrency, the mood music was certainly different.</p><p>“I think what he gave us today was some honest discussion,” said Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also walked away Friday with praise for the mogul’s approach. </p><br><p>Trump said nothing about his meeting Thursday with Zuckerberg, beyond calling it “nice” in a <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1174836342552969217" target="_blank">tweet that showed the two shaking hands</a> in the Oval Office.</p><p>Some lawmakers were not impressed by the CEO's efforts.<br /><b> </b><br />“I don’t think he’s got a lot of credibility,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who is active on tech issues but did not meet with Zuckerberg. “He’s lied repeatedly to the American people, for example, about privacy policies.”</p><p>Another notable omission on Zuckerberg's congressional schedule was Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who had some harsh words for Facebook earlier this year after it refused to remove a doctored video that falsely portrayed her slurring her words.</p> <p>The stakes have risen for Facebook since Zuckerberg testified last year — among other things, it now faces an array of federal and state antitrust investigations into its business practices. The company also has much to lose if Congress manages to pass federal privacy legislation or erodes the 1996 law that shields internet platforms from litigation over user-posted content. At the same time, Facebook is seeking to overcome resistance in Washington over its plans to launch a digital currency, Libra.</p> <p>Even some of the company’s biggest congressional critics said Zuckerberg’s one-on-one discussions were more effective than his public testimony, which featured a series of tense exchanges between the CEO and lawmakers. </p> <p>&quot;I think we share one view, which is that those hearings informed no one and are a zoo,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). “If you want to have a real exchange of views, you have to have a bunch of sit-down conversations and not creating a context where every member of Congress is trying to have their viral moment.&quot;</p> <p>A former D.C.-based Facebook official said the company has come to appreciate in recent years how much Washington politicians enjoy receiving deference from a famous Silicon Valley billionaire. Facebook understands the political goodwill it can gain by having Zuckerberg ask to visit with lawmakers and then turn up for those meetings not in a T-shirt but crisp suit and tie, the former official said.<br /><b> </b><br />“It certainly plays to their egos,” said the person, who requested anonymity to speak candidly about a past employer. “What a personal appearance like that signals can help Facebook out enormously.“</p> <p>The former official said that while this week’s Hill visits provided a chance to build relationships with the lawmakers who oversee the tech industry, Zuckerberg’s Oval Office sit-down was more about pure optics. </p> <p>“Trump is in a different category,&quot; the former official said. “It’s, ‘We’re going to visit him, we’re going to call him Mr. President, we’ll kiss the ring, we’ll give him the photo op and it will stroke his ego.'” Added the source: “Jack Dorsey did it. Sundar Pichai did it. Tim Cook does it,” a reference to CEOs of Twitter, Google and Apple, respectively.</p> <br><img src="https://static.politico.com/ae/c0/d996f8af493fbe98a078a38a0370/190823-brian-schatz-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Despite the president’s past scathing criticisms of Facebook, including his accusations that the social network is &quot;anti-Trump,&quot; both he and the company walked away from the encounter with positive messages. A Facebook spokesperson called it a &quot;a good, constructive meeting.”<b> </b></p> <p>Even so, Zuckerberg’s D.C. foray was not without incident.</p> <p>Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who as a state attorney general launched an investigation into Facebook’s data practices, tore into the company during a widely covered news conference following his meeting with Zuckerberg on Thursday. Hawley said he challenged the Facebook chief to sell off two of the company’s biggest acquisitions — WhatsApp and Instagram — adding that Zuckerberg was &quot;not receptive to those suggestions.&quot; </p> <p>Zuckerberg also took heat during a Wednesday dinner from senators on the company’s approach to privacy, competition and election security, according to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, who organized the gathering. Even so, Warner said the engagement was a step in the right direction. </p> <p>&quot;I think it was important for him to hear not just from some of the members who have been active on these issues, but other members who are not,” he said. </p> <p>Warner has shown just how important it is for tech giants to engage with Congress. As vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he was one of the panel leaders who left an <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-05/google-s-empty-chair-at-senate-marks-unforced-error-in-d-c" target="_blank">empty chair for Google</a> at a witness table last September, to protest the company not sending a CEO-level representative to a hearing on Russian election interference.</p><p>According to Schatz, Zuckerberg's D.C. visit was preceded by previous under-the-radar efforts to charm members of Congress. The Hawaii senator said he met with the Facebook CEO in Honolulu over the August congressional recess, and shared concerns about Zuckerberg’s plan to launch the Libra cryptocurrency. </p><p>Schatz said that during the August meeting, he told Zuckerberg that tech companies are trying to be “too clever” in their calls for data privacy legislation that stops short of more sweeping reform.<b> </b>“They just need to get totally behind it as opposed to acting as though they have leverage in this situation,” he said. </p> <p>Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said he also met with Zuckerberg in recent weeks, saying the two discussed data privacy, online content and election interference on social media. And in July, the Facebook CEO dialed up Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), who has led efforts to craft a bipartisan privacy bill, to discuss that issue, Wicker said.</p> <p>“The hearings are a show. Behind closed doors, you have a real discussion, which I think often starts with Facebook having to educate members how their platform actually works,” said Alex Conant, former press secretary to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and now a partner at the public affairs consulting firm Firehouse Strategies.</p><p>Zuckerberg's outreach this week also included Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who is negotiating a privacy bill with Wicker; House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who has called on the company to step up its fight against election disinformation; and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and antitrust subcommittee chair David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who are leading the House’s bipartisan antitrust probe into the tech sector. </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> nscola@politico.com (Nancy Scola) Global Opinions: Contact the reader representative mailto:readers@washpost.com 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f8f17d64-e7c4-c55a-5491-bfc6bb7c9040 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:36:17 -0400 Have questions about Post content or practices?<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2011/07/20/National-Economy/Images/washingtonpost.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2011/07/20/National-Economy/Images/washingtonpost.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2011/07/20/National-Economy/Images/washingtonpost.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6451777" width="16" height="16"> Global Opinions Global Opinions: Post Opinions Arabic https://www.washingtonpost.com/post-opinions-arabic/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7753c054-3459-37dc-5a6c-14b1669800d0 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:34:18 -0400 اقرأ افتتاحيات ومقالات رأي عالمية مختارة باللغة العربية | Read selected editorials and op-eds in Arabic<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6451777" width="16" height="16"> Global Opinions NYT > Opinion: Israel’s Democracy Is Doing Just Fine https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/netanyahu-israel-elections.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:45d61840-54dc-395d-d7d6-3d77b549ead3 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:34:08 -0400 In an age of demagogues, Israelis showed that demagogy doesn’t work.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/20/opinion/20stephensWeb/20stephensWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion israel netanyahu benjamin likud party (israel) gantz benny blue and white (israeli political party) lieberman avigdor politics and government Bret Stephens NYT > Opinion: The Bygone Baggage of Joe Biden https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/biden-warren-2020-elections.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:670e7d66-9825-4888-5e12-33cbf1f73ff5 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:34:07 -0400 The politics that created the conditions for Trump cannot be the politics that defeat him.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/20/opinion/20cohen1/20cohen1-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion biden joseph r jr warren elizabeth democratic party united states trump donald j united states politics and government sanders bernard obama Roger Cohen Global Opinions: Send a letter to the editor https://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/opinions/letter-to-the-editor/ 1. 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Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6c5296e3-e259-2063-fc59-47c9001d06c1 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:19:44 -0400 The politics that created the conditions for Trump cannot be the politics that defeat him.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/496808" width="16" height="16"> Roger Cohen By Roger Cohen The Post's View: DHS says it’s ready to fight white supremacism. It can’t do it alone. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dhs-says-its-ready-to-fight-white-supremacism-it-cant-do-it-alone/2019/09/20/eb4234f4-dbb9-11e9-a688-303693fb4b0b_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:daf0bc01-7d48-e1e5-5f29-cc77d0c9e162 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:40:53 -0400 A pledge from Homeland Security must be just the beginning of administration efforts.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/hapreHfjQWLNwUMJ318l0AtQ1Mg=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/RP3MXOG3ZUI6TP5RQSMIONUUOY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/VwbT3WK2poWcTYzymtijrLQU44w=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/RP3MXOG3ZUI6TP5RQSMIONUUOY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/J589FngoQ4Nbw7mOaSvoPNIoNNs=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/RP3MXOG3ZUI6TP5RQSMIONUUOY.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: Trump’s ‘help’ for the homeless is actually meant to stigmatize them https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-help-for-the-homeless-is-actually-meant-to-stigmatize-them/2019/09/20/c401383a-db10-11e9-a688-303693fb4b0b_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5190c562-0aef-92a5-0ad0-a856df1600de Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:38:50 -0400 Homelessness is a real problem. These are not real solutions.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/NwL47uADdN9rC_N1bk-NzoJ5uvI=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/SLM7JNFK3QI6RGT5ZUYFAT7ZAI.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/mwn8lrgUrBIcetVeX5eSoiqZyp0=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/SLM7JNFK3QI6RGT5ZUYFAT7ZAI.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/QhD5Nq_X_Y4CksUnf88kLO6VUNU=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/SLM7JNFK3QI6RGT5ZUYFAT7ZAI.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/22754" width="16" height="16"> The Post's View Editorial Board De Blasio turns back to New York after his longshot campaign https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2019/09/20/de-blasio-turns-back-to-new-york-after-his-longshot-campaign-1204309 Top Stories urn:uuid:7d9881d4-8276-24d5-23ad-ec56930283d6 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:25:39 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/00/6b/289c8ce741ce9a03cae5ff86bb93/gettyimages-1169848755-1.jpg"/><br><p>For at least one day, Mayor Bill de Blasio was in a New York state of mind.</p><p>Far from the Iowa farms and South Carolina churches he frequented during his unlikely bid for the presidency, the mayor ended his campaign Friday with a subway ride to join tens of thousands of students marching in Lower Manhattan for action on climate change.</p><p>He tweeted the classic “I Love New York” slogan to accompany a picture of the demonstration.</p><p>And he even congratulated the Yankees, rivals to his beloved Red Sox, after they clinched the AL East title.</p><p>Whether intentional or not, de Blasio spent the day presenting a counterpoint to the critiques of absenteeism and disinterest that have tainted much of his mayoralty and exploded during his short-lived campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. </p><p>De Blasio, who never hit 2 percent in the polls, said his hopes for the Democratic presidential nomination dimmed when he couldn't qualify for the last Democratic debate. A spate of appearances on cable news shows never provided the &quot;viral moment&quot; he sought to jumpstart his campaign. And his frequent trips out of town weighed on his approval ratings back home. </p><p>In August, he caught flak for taking to social media to marvel at the beauty of Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon, where he was taking a hike during a trip covered by campaign and government expenses. “Greetings from — anywhere but the Big Apple,” the New York Post <a href="https://nypost.com/2019/08/29/bill-de-blasio-wanders-nevada-desert-after-failing-to-make-dem-debate/" target="_blank">jabbed</a>.</p><p>But on Friday, he was all Big Apple pride.</p><p>“I have been working constantly throughout the last four months on things that really matter to New Yorkers,” he told reporters outside Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.</p><p>He referenced the business of government he has tended to in recent months — passing the annual city budget and reaching a deal on pay parity for child care workers.</p><p>“We’ve been doing plan after plan, progress of all kinds. I think everyday New Yorkers get it. I think the insiders like to talk about it a certain way, but everyday New Yorkers see things happening all the time,” he said. “You’ll be seeing a lot more over the next two years, three months and 11 days.”</p><p>An hour or so earlier, he bristled when a radio caller — seemingly an “everyday New Yorker” — began his question by welcoming the mayor back to New York. “I never left,” he said, clearly irked by the assertion.</p><p>After taking questions for 10 minutes outside Gracie Mansion, the mayor boarded a downtown subway to the climate march. The rare train ride — he's typically driven around the city by his police detail — provided him a chance to show unity with crowds of New Yorkers as pictures poured into Twitter.</p><p>Whether de Blasio continues to be active and present during his remaining time in office is an open question.</p><p>He has already decided to reactivate his federal and state political action committees to support candidates and policies throughout the country, campaign senior adviser Jon Paul Lupo said on Friday. </p><p>Lupo, who previously worked in City Hall, is opening his own firm and plans to work on that effort. The PACs also served as exploratory committees for de Blasio in an unusual campaign finance scheme that prompted two complaints with the Federal Election Commission.</p><p>In fact, the FEC <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2019/09/20/fec-finds-fault-with-de-blasios-campaign-finances-1203806" target="_blank">sent his campaign a letter</a> this week demanding more information about the PACs’ record-keeping.</p><p>But on Friday, de Blasio appeared almost jovial, pleased with his decision to run and at peace with his decision to drop out.</p><p>He said he began to realize he had no path to victory when he failed to meet the donor and polling qualifications the Democratic National Committee set in place for the September debate.</p><p>Looking to Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who qualified for a debate in July after missing the threshold in June, de Blasio pressed on anyway.</p><p>“I indicated to all you guys a couple weeks back that the debates to me had become the main street of this election season. That does not mean they’re particularly satisfying enterprises,” he said.</p><p>“But as we went over the last few weeks, every day that passed, it got tougher as there wasn’t more progress,” he said.</p><p>A source familiar with his decision said he had hoped his appearance on CNN for a one-on-one town hall-style interview in August would give him the exposure he needed to increase his poll numbers and fundraising totals.</p><p>But both remained stagnant. So, following a final swing through South Carolina over the weekend and a speech at an AFL-CIO presidential summit in Philadelphia on Tuesday, he decided to pull the plug.</p><p>“We were watching the polling to see if anything was moving and it just wasn’t moving,” de Blasio said. “So in the end, you know, you gotta make decisions based on the facts and sometimes it’s just not your time. And that’s okay.”</p><p>His campaign staffers, who have been working out of a shared office space in Gowanus for the past few months, are now deciding whether to return to City Hall, where most of them worked before taking leave.</p><p>Jon Green, the political director for the campaign and a former City Hall senior adviser, said he is undecided on his next move. And no one would say what de Blasio’s son, recent college graduate Dante de Blasio, has planned. Dante has been a fixture in the mayor’s political career for years and had a paid job on this campaign.</p><p>“Bill de Blasio has two more years to communicate the actual good he's done in NYC, work on a better relationship with the reporters who cover him and the elected officials who should be with him, and get more things done for the people of this City,” tweeted his former adviser Rebecca Katz, a political consultant who said she is not aligned with any presidential campaign. “I hope he succeeds.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> sgoldenberg@politico.com (Sally Goldenberg) NYT > Opinion: As ‘Moscow Mitch’ Rings in His Ears, McConnell Backs Election Security https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/mitch-mcconnell-election-security.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d39ca2aa-ab58-9bba-5aae-3ad0f01e60e0 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:11:35 -0400 Even if it took a taunt to do it, he approved $250 million for voting protections.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/20/opinion/sunday/20mitch/20mitch-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion senate mcconnell mitch election security mueller robert s iii united states politics and government russian interference in 2016 us elections and ties to trump associates voting machines The Editorial Board NYT > Opinion: The Beauty of Being Bilingual https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/bilingual-children.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:87cafa85-a316-854a-e688-fd0953ffcdc2 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:06:23 -0400 The bittersweet discovery that language, and the stories it carries, is not a straight path.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/10/19/opinion/19sylvester/19sylvester-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion spanish language race and ethnicity immigration and emigration mexico latin america Natalia Sylvester Biden calls for release of Trump's phone call with Ukraine https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/biden-trump-ukraine-call-1506884 Top Stories urn:uuid:34227875-cd4c-91bc-ab8c-6155ae771cb0 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:00:25 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/ff/6d/8db4ba144853ba85ae031662761f/190920-biden-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday called on President Donald Trump to make public a July phone call at the center of a report that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to find dirt on Biden's family.</p><p>&quot;If these reports are true, then there is truly no bottom to President Trump’s willingness to abuse his power and abase our country,&quot; Biden said in a statement. &quot;Such clear-cut corruption damages and diminishes our institutions of government by making them tools of a personal political vendetta.&quot;</p><p>Biden's comments come after a report that Trump pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate a potential political opponent — a call that reportedly prompted a whistleblower complaint by a member of the intelligence community that has been stonewalled from congressional review. </p><p>Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani admitted Thursday evening to asking Ukraine to investigate Biden during a rambling — and at times contradictory — interview, having previously claimed that Biden as vice president tried to shield his son Hunter from investigation over ties with a Ukrainian gas company. Biden has denied those allegations.</p><p>Trump said the contents of his phone call with the Ukrainian president were &quot;totally appropriate,&quot; but did not answer whether he asked to investigate Biden, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the nature of the phone call.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mchoi@politico.com (Matthew Choi) Pentagon to beef up defenses in Saudi Arabia https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/pentagon-saudi-arabia-1506985 Top Stories urn:uuid:2679abb8-fb8a-9b1c-55cf-a1cbfd65bead Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:54:02 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/b4/fc/5bab88b344c9886bcedd6e9f6b06/190618-mark-esper-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>The U.S. military is dispatching an undetermined number of additional forces to Saudi Arabia to beef up its air and missile defenses after blaming Iran for recent drone and missile attacks on Saudi oil facilities, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters at the Pentagon Friday.</p><p>&quot;To prevent further escalation Saudi Arabia requested international support to help protect the kingdom's critical infrastructure,&quot; Esper said. &quot;The United Arab Emirates has also requested assistance. In response to the kingdom's request, the president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which will be defensive in nature, and primarily focused on air and missile defense.</p><p>&quot;We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves,&quot; he added.</p><p>The announcement followed an hourslong meeting in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump in which Pentagon leaders outlined a series of options to respond to renewed aggression from Iran and its proxies in the region.</p><p>Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters the number of American personnel needed is still being determined but said it would be a &quot;moderate deployment,&quot; and likely &quot;not thousands&quot; of troops.</p><p>&quot;This is the first step we are taking in response to these attacks,&quot; Esper said.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> POLITICO Staff RenewAmerica columns: Massachusetts proves homosexuality is learned http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/cameron/190920 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a61f6c8f-2b73-1549-4d31-9a71efd11322 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:51:30 -0400 (Paul Cameron) - In 1987, the gays in Boston, assuming homosexuality is learned, asserted: "We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male clubs, in your houses of Congress,.... Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. ...<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1495791" width="16" height="16"> RenewAmerica columns Paul Cameron RenewAmerica columns: Review: "Mary in Early Christian Faith and Devotion," by Stephen J. Shoemaker http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/giunta/190920 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bf9aecfb-b683-0c2f-ceff-de0b83aa1822 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:43:20 -0400 (Eric Giunta) - If you're unfamiliar with the pioneering scholarship of Stephen J. Shoemaker, everything you know about the origins of Christian devotion to Mary, Mother of Jesus, is likely incorrect. ...<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1495791" width="16" height="16"> RenewAmerica columns Eric Giunta Trump allies jolt into action to deflect Ukraine-whistleblower scandal https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/trump-allies-jolt-into-action-to-deflect-ukraine-whistleblower-scandal-1506882 Top Stories urn:uuid:88ef5344-621e-6638-096f-2b028857ee8f Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:43:08 -0400 It's a familiar response when controversy seems to imperil Trump’s presidency. <img src="https://static.politico.com/fd/b6/55e6d0cf4a70a749bec278e7a4b7/190920-trump-sky-getty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Here we go again.</p><p>President Donald Trump sits at the center of another brewing scandal — this one over his communications with Ukraine’s new president — and his allies are already working to debunk, deflect, deny and ignore.</p><p>In this case, the allegation involves a whistleblower complaint that the Wall Street Journal first reported Friday involves Trump repeatedly pressuring his counterpart in Kiev to investigate presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son. The Trump administration is withholding the complaint from Congress, sparking outrage and endless speculation about just what, exactly, Trump might have said.</p><p>To the president’s biggest critics, the situation is already prompting talk of impeachment and even conviction — what if Trump agreed to an illicit quid pro quo with a foreign leader for political gain?</p><p>“If this actually happened, @realDonaldTrump should be impeached and removed from office without delay,” George Conway, the conservative attorney and frequent Trump detractor who is married to White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, <a href="https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1174755456927055877" target="_blank">wrote</a> Thursday on Twitter.</p><p>To the president’s defenders, it’s just another case of media bias and an angry anti-Trump cabal inside the government lashing out — what’s the whistleblower’s agenda? And so what if the president pressured foreign leaders to root out potential corruption?</p><p>“It looks to me like another deep state attack,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a top Trump booster, said Friday morning on Fox News. “We have seen this over and over and over in this administration from anonymous sources deep inside the bureaucracy.”</p><p>Yes, we’ve been here before.</p><p>Almost every time a controversy emerges that seemingly imperils Trump’s presidency, the same playbook unfolds. Amid angry calls for impeachment, Trump’s allies largely sidestep a debate over the event itself, cast blame elsewhere and start rationalizing the president’s behavior. Countless times already, it’s worked as an effective counterattack that gives Trump cover as he defends his norm-busting behavior.</p><p>“I think we’re seeing a steady arc of removing constraints and institutional norms that continue to erode so that it’s really anything goes as to what he’s willing to say and do to advance whatever grievance he has at the moment,” said Randall Samborn, a former federal prosecutor and spokesman on the George W. Bush-era special counsel investigation into who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.</p><p>“There just doesn’t seem to be any constraints upon him institutionally or legally or as a matter of political discretion to refrain from doing or saying almost anything,” he added.</p><p>One of the biggest frustrations so far stems from the inability to know precisely what’s happened, even as new details are dribbling out in the media. </p><p>Trump’s Justice Department is refusing to relay the content of the complaint to Congress — as is normally required by law — prompting Democrats to suggest a cover-up and threaten lawsuits. Others, including Trump defenders, have raised the possibility that the president’s communications are constitutionally protected.</p><p>But according to multiple news reports, the president told his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, that relations with the U.S. would only improve if he ordered up an investigation into the Bidens.</p><p>Friday’s Wall Street Journal <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-defends-conversation-with-ukraine-leader-11568993176" target="_blank">story</a> reports that Trump urged Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to get to the bottom of questions surrounding whether Biden as vice president in the Obama administration protected his son from a probe on his ties to a Ukrainian gas company — allegations that have never been substantiated.</p><p>Trump on Friday did not deny that he discussed Biden with a foreign leader and told reporters the allegations against him were lodged by a &quot;partisan&quot; intelligence official, despite acknowledging that he did not know the official's identity.</p><p>Trump also asserted that his exchanges with fellow heads of government are &quot;always appropriate&quot; and that &quot;it doesn't matter what I discussed,&quot; before going on to say that &quot;somebody ought to look into Joe Biden's statement&quot; regarding Ukraine.</p><p>Giuliani for months has been calling on Ukrainian investigators to examine the Bidens, and he also has been pressing for a probe into whether the country’s officials played a more sinister role in the 2016 presidential election to undercut Trump. </p><p>“That is an astounding scandal of major proportions which all of you have covered up for about five or six months,” the former New York mayor said during a heated CNN interview on Thursday night where he accused the media of avoiding the story.</p><p>In fact, press coverage on the issue has increased in recent months — not all of it positive for Biden, who is the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. </p><p>The New York Times has <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/us/politics/biden-son-ukraine.html?module=inline" target="_blank">documented </a>Giuliani’s interest in getting a Biden investigation launched in Ukraine, and the president’s lawyer <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/politics/giuliani-i-am-not-going-to-ukraine-because-id-be-walking-into-a-group-of-people-that-are-enemies-of-the-us" target="_blank">went on Fox</a> in May to announce he was <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/11/rudy-giuliani-ukraine-biden-1317605" target="_blank">cancelling</a> a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/us/politics/giuliani-ukraine-trump.html" target="_blank">trip</a> to the country where he’d planned to press its new leaders personally for the probe into Trump’s potential 2020 opponent.</p><p>Bloomberg, meanwhile, <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-16/ukraine-prosecutor-says-no-evidence-of-wrongdoing-by-bidens" target="_blank">quoted</a> Ukraine’s prosecutor general that month saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice president or his son. </p><p>Three powerful Democrat-led House committee have since <a href="https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/ele_schiff_cummings_letter_to_cipollone_on_ukraine.pdf" target="_blank">launched</a> their own <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/09/rudy-giuliani-ukraine-investigation-1486753" target="_blank">investigation</a> into whether Trump and Giuliani have pressured Zelensky and the Ukrainian justice system “in service” of the president’s reelection bid. </p><p>The revelation that Ukraine was involved in the whistleblower’s complaint has sparked all manner of reply from Trump allies. One new line of defense to emerge is that the issue is merely a policy dispute.</p><p>Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade, for example, argued on Thursday morning that the complaint boils down to, &quot;do you like the president's policy on Ukraine,&quot; which he called better &quot;than Barack Obama's policy... where you just let the Russians steamroll the whole country and give them blankets to help them out.&quot;</p><p>But national security lawyers and whistleblower experts say that’s not a possibility. Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community, made a determination that the complaint constitutes an “urgent concern” that falls squarely within his purview. </p><p>“There is no way on earth this is just a mere policy dispute,” said Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer who specializes in whistleblower cases. “The statute itself specifically and unequivocally excludes mere differences of opinion on public policy matters. So even if the whistleblower had just been disputing a policy, the inspector general would’ve taken that, reviewed it, and not raised it to the level of urgent concern.” </p><p>“The IG has determined, though, that this concerns a real, serious abuse of the law relating to the operation of an intelligence activity,” Moss said. </p><p>Irvin McCullough, a national security analyst for the Government Accountability Project who focuses on intelligence community and military whistleblowing, agreed, noting that the inspector general has already determined “that this goes far beyond a policy disagreement.”</p><p>Still, McCullough acknowledged, the inspector general is now “between a rock and a hard place.” If he went straight to Congress with the substance of the complaint, he could be fired or even prosecuted depending on whether it contains classified information. “But he still needs to retain his independence,” McCullough said. “It’s a completely unprecedented situation.” </p><p>On Capitol Hill, Trump’s GOP allies are giving the president cover as House Democrats openly suggest that the withheld whistleblower complaint could be roped into their impeachment efforts. </p><p>“I just go back to what we’ve had to endure at the Justice Department, what we’ve had to endure at the FBI with these same sorts of attacks and, frankly, unprecedented resistance measures by bureaucrats to try and stop an elected president from carrying out the policies that the people voted for,” Hawley said on Fox.</p><p>Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) suggested in an interview on C-SPAN Thursday that the entire claim could be fake, pointing to recent reporting about sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which Republicans have largely dismissed.</p><p>And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for his part appeared unaware that the Trump administration was withholding the complaint from the congressional intelligence committees.</p><p>“Who is the whistleblower — is he still working? Because I don’t know anything about him,” he told reporters Friday. “I’ve heard rumors it’s somebody who left. Why did he leave? And now this comes up.”</p><p>McCarthy also said the whistleblower could have come to Congress to report his or her allegation.</p><p>But that would come with its own serious consequences, including potential termination or losing a security clearance. Whistleblower protection laws allow officials to go straight to the congressional intelligence committees, but once the DNI steps in — as acting director Joseph Maguire has — that option is essentially nullified. Those laws are also meant to protect his or her identity and prevent reprisals.</p><p>Democrats, meanwhile, are <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/19/trump-denies-comment-foreign-leader-whistleblower-1502945" target="_blank">considering going to court</a> to obtain the whistleblower complaint. Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) suggested this week that lawmakers could also withhold funding from the intelligence community in order to put pressure on Maguire.</p><p>The whistleblower saga could have serious ramifications for the impeachment debate that has been raging for months inside the House Democratic Caucus. Democrats said the decision to keep Congress in the dark over the whistleblower’s allegations is part of a pattern by the Trump administration to stonewall congressional oversight efforts.</p><p>Lawmakers who support impeaching the president have said the White House’s continued “obstruction” of Congress could be an impeachable offense on its own. Democrats, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), have <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/17/corey-lewandowski-impeachment-hearing-1500023" target="_blank">noted</a> several times this week that the third article of impeachment targeting President Richard Nixon centered on obstruction of Congress.</p><p>“If the president does not allow the whistleblower complaint against him to be turned over to Congress, we will add it to the articles of impeachment,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), a member of Democratic leadership who sits on the Judiciary Committee.</p><p>But Democrats have also struggled to use former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to build public support for impeachment, and the party’s senior leaders — most notably, Speaker Nancy Pelosi — continue to resist it.</p><p>Some Democrats argue the whistleblower saga could mark a turning point.</p><p>“When you have the president calling in from other countries and whistleblowers are talking about compromising who he has deemed a political enemy, this is serious,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a liberal firebrand who has long supported impeachment. “This is very, very serious.”</p><p>Pelosi issued a lengthy statement on the controversy Friday, but notably omitted any mention of impeachment. </p><p>“If the president has done what has been alleged,” the California Democrat said, “then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his administration and our democracy.”</p><p><i>Heather Caygle and Quint Forgey contributed to this report.</i></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Andrew Desiderio RenewAmerica columns: A cheerleader, an abortionist, and dead babies http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/brown/190920 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3e40a6ef-1fd2-154d-bded-18ca56dfeca9 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:40:53 -0400 (Judie Brown) - In America's disposable culture, it is not exactly shocking to learn how macabre words and actions can deceive. Cheerleader Brooke Skylar Richardson was 18 and pregnant in 2017. ...<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1495791" width="16" height="16"> RenewAmerica columns Judie Brown NYT > Opinion: When Anti-Immigration Meant Keeping Out Black Pioneers https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/sunday/anti-immigration-laws-black-pioneers.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2f01e1b8-a8d1-8627-b0fd-6c1e1460a94f Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:30:06 -0400 Enoch and Deborah Harris, c. 1850. Enoch was a veteran of the War of 1812 in Ohio, and they moved to the Michigan Territorial frontier in the 1820s.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/sunday/22cox/22cox-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion blacks immigration and emigration slavery (historical) midwestern states (us) Anna-Lisa Cox Ben Carson defends transgender remarks, blames media 'mischaracterizations' https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/ben-carson-defends-transgender-remarks-1506883 Top Stories urn:uuid:dd7372f9-1a13-26f6-fd52-94923fe55a65 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:25:54 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/5e/5a/6ccd5e4c4a9ea64a74dff4c4c051/190920-ben-carson-getty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson defended his comments about transgender people this week in an agency-wide email late Friday afternoon, calling press reports of the remarks “blatant mischaracterizations.”</p><p>The Washington Post <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/09/19/hud-secretary-ben-carson-makes-dismissive-comments-about-transgender-people-angering-agency-staff/" target="_blank">reported</a> Thursday that Carson had expressed concern in a meeting in California about “big, hairy men” trying to use women’s bathrooms, citing “three people present who interpreted the remarks as an attack on transgender women.” A leading LGBTQ advocacy group denounced Carson for the comments.</p><p>Carson conceded that he had said those words but disputed the context in the note to staff, according to a copy of the email obtained by POLITICO.</p><p>“During a recent meeting with local staff in San Francisco, I made reference to the fact that I had heard from many women’s groups about the difficulty they were having with women’s shelters because sometimes men would claim to be women,” Carson wrote.</p><p>“This made many of the women feel unsafe, and one of the groups described a situation to me in which ‘big hairy men’ would come in and have to be accepted into the women’s shelter even though it made the women in the facility very uncomfortable,” he added.</p><p>“My point was that we have to permit policies that take into consideration the rights of everybody, including those women,” Carson wrote.</p><p>HUD earlier this year <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/hud-homeless-transgender-1468568" target="_blank">floated</a> a proposal to allow HUD-subsidized homeless shelters to consider a person’s sex or gender identification in determining whether they can be admitted.</p><p>“Our society is in danger when we pick one issue (such as gender identity) and say it does not matter how it impacts others because this one issue should override every other common-sense consideration,” Carson wrote Friday, adding, “we must always be vigilant not to override the common sense of our fellow Americans.”</p><p>The Human Rights Campaign earlier slammed Carson for the remarks: “It is hardly surprising that Ben Carson would blatantly dehumanize trans people in his official capacity,” HRC President Alphonso David said late Thursday.</p><p>Carson appeared to take umbrage at the uproar, writing, “My belief system tells me that all people are valuable, and we should recognize and try to cultivate dignity.”<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> kodonnell@politico.com (Katy O&#x27;Donnell) NYT > Opinion: What’s Next for Israel? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/israel-election-netanyahu.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b5fba4d5-d061-1691-c00d-1bf1e9c34e5b Fri, 20 Sep 2019 17:48:49 -0400 Probably not “peace,” or a Palestinian state any time soon. But certainly political changes and most likely a lesser role for Benjamin Netanyahu.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion elections palestinians blue and white (israeli political party) likud party (israel) gantz benny lieberman avigdor netanyahu benjamin trump donald j The Editorial Board Opinion: No-deal Brexit will be great news for British lunches https://www.ft.com/content/5db37462-dad9-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:843a1420-96b5-54c4-f239-7f8c0dc9ba66 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 17:00:28 -0400 It is time for a macroeconomic Marie Kondo: does aPret A Manger sandwich spark joy?<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion George Will: What Hong Kong’s resistance means for Taiwan https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/what-hong-kongs-resistance-means-for-taiwan/2019/09/20/c0f3a3cc-db0f-11e9-ac63-3016711543fe_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8478304d-0e0d-5a26-e14d-59e2a82af3da Fri, 20 Sep 2019 17:00:00 -0400 Taiwan is navigating the choppy waters of relations with the same large and menacing mainland neighbor.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6451760" width="16" height="16"> George Will George Will Anne Applebaum: Welcome, Americans, to the Ukrainian swamp https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/under-trump-weve-finally-become-part-of-the-ukrainian-swamp/2019/09/20/0c97574a-dbc1-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3cc1ae5e-e8fe-7467-ada6-e3720f30c47f Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:32:56 -0400 Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukrainian leaders tell you everything you need to know.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/278428" width="16" height="16"> Anne Applebaum Anne Applebaum Iowa Dems pitch out-of-state caucuses https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/iowa-out-of-state-caucuses-democrats-1506877 Top Stories urn:uuid:53f8c680-4808-1398-f971-55f98a70cb0e Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:32:15 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/b8/8a/7c3d6978480597acf41ff20233df/190723-bernie-sanders-gtty-773.jpg"/><br><p>CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Iowa Democrats could hold some of their 2020 primary caucuses outside of the state — perhaps as far away as Arizona and Florida — to accommodate “snow birds” or college students who are Iowa residents.</p><p>Iowa Democrats floated the possibility Friday as part of a larger plan to expand access to their precinct caucuses by holding in-person sessions at satellite locations across Iowa on the same day as the Iowa caucuses, Feb. 3, 2020.</p><p>The proposal, which was conditionally approved by a Democratic National Committee panel on Friday, would allow Iowa residents living outside of the state to hold caucuses in their communities. The same caucus rules would apply to these satellite sites and they would happen on the same day as the traditional Iowa precinct caucuses.</p><p>“They will show up, participation will happen just like it happens in a precinct caucus,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price said in a conference call of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws committee. </p><p>“We do know there are some parts of the country where there are high-density Democrats,” Price said, singling out parts of Arizona and Florida where he said Iowans spend their winters. “We expect we might get an application there,” Price said of Arizona. </p><p>Traditionally, the first-in-the-nation caucus state has restricted caucus participation to those who show up in person to their local precincts. Caucuses, which take place in one evening, can stretch several hours. </p><p>The DNC had originally required both Iowa and Nevada to expand the accessibility of their caucuses but then scrapped a recent proposal to allow “virtual” telephone-based voting. The new plan would allow satellite caucus sites in places like factories and group homes, dependent on an application review by a special committee selected by the Iowa Democratic Party. Applications are due on Nov. 18. </p><p>“For the folks in other parts of the country, we will, as part of the review process, determine whether there are a sizable number of Democrats who are there,” Price said. “From there, we will advertise them and work with folks to make sure they know this option exists.” </p><p>Price said “accessibility organizers” would make steer advertising and public information to potential out-of-state sites. </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> nkorecki@politico.com (Natasha Korecki) rss: Yang Floats Idea of Ending Private Vehicle Ownership to Fight Climate Change http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/33470-yang-floats-idea-of-ending-private-vehicle-ownership-to-fight-climate-change 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f53b5426-b153-e18a-6611-b0d4850c3374 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:25:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33470:yang-floats-idea-of-ending-private-vehicle-ownership-to-fight-climate-change&amp;Itemid=645"><img align="right" alt="yang-floats-idea-of-ending-private-vehicle-ownership-to-fight-climate-change" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/c12f7ac77647e3ca3b8770705c61d540_S.jpg" /></a><p>Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang is suggesting that Americans should do away with their own vehicles because of climate change.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss James Murphy Pelosi backs changing the law to allow a sitting president to be indicted https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/pelosi-president-indicted-trump-1506664 Top Stories urn:uuid:676dcf97-a7f1-7e51-7e3e-282e8188a709 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:23:42 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/cd/49/cb9793774c63a2115cc4810546ca/190920-pelosi-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed changing federal law to specify that a sitting president can be indicted, even as she indicated she was no closer to moving to impeach President Donald Trump. </p><p>In an <a href="https://www.npr.org/2019/09/20/762594886/pelosi-says-congress-should-pass-new-laws-so-sitting-presidents-can-be-indicted" target="_blank">interview with NPR</a> published Friday, Pelosi argued that despite a Justice Department legal opinion asserting the contrary, “there is nothing any place that says the president should not be indicted.” </p><p>That longstanding opinion from DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel took center stage in the political universe beginning this spring, when former<b> </b>special counsel Robert Mueller released his report detailing the findings of his investigation into Russian election interference and whether Trump obstructed justice in the probe. </p><p>Mueller specifically cited the OLC opinion in his report, saying he would not have brought an indictment against the president regardless of what his probe uncovered and never intended to determine whether Trump committed a crime. <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/24/robert-mueller-testimony-1428423" target="_blank">Mueller’s ambiguity</a> touched off a heated battle in the halls of Congress, fracturing Democrats over whether the caucus should impeach Trump. </p><p>Though <a href="https://www.politico.com/interactives/2019/house-reps-who-would-vote-for-trump-impeachment-our-latest-list/" target="_blank">more than half</a> of Pelosi’s caucus is in favor of pursuing impeachment, including House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, whose committee has begun proceedings, the speaker has remained adamant that the conditions are not yet ripe.</p><p>&quot;I do think that we will have to pass some laws that will have clarity for future presidents,” she said, contending that a “president should be indicted, if he's committed a wrongdoing — any president.”</p><br><p>The California Democrat asserted that any suggestion that it was unconstitutional to indict a sitting president was pure spin. </p><p>&quot;That's something cooked up by the president's lawyers,” Pelosi said. “That's what that is. But so that people will feel 'Okay, well, if he, if he does something wrong, should be able to be indicted.'&quot;</p><p>She argued that the issue’s absence from the Constitution was not a signal into what its framers felt about charging a president with a crime — only that they could not have envisioned a president who acted with such reckless abandon for the office and its co-equal branches of government.</p><p>&quot;The founders could never suspect that a president would be so abusive of the Constitution of the United States, that the separation of powers would be irrelevant to him and that he would continue, any president would continue, to withhold facts from the Congress, which part of the constitutional right of inquiry,&quot; she said. </p><p>Still, Pelosi indicated that she hadn’t budged in her opposition to impeaching Trump, maintaining that her colleagues would continue its array of oversight investigations and then follow &quot;the facts and the law.&quot; But her opposition has faced fresh brushback and calls for Trump’s removal following <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/us/politics/intelligence-whistle-blower-complaint-trump.html" target="_blank">reports</a> of a whistleblower complaint from the intelligence community said to revolve around Trump’s making a “promise” to a foreign leader regarding Ukraine. </p><p>The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has refused to turn over the whistleblower complaint to lawmakers, leaving news reports about its contents as the only insight into what it contains, Pelosi called the situation “very alarming,” even for Trump’s administration. </p><p>“This is in a different class in terms of [Trump's] behavior,&quot; she said, noting that Trump himself had appointed the inspector general who deemed the complaint “urgent” and credible to begin with. </p><p>She also argued that the agency’s whistleblower statute is clear, and that the information must be submitted to the intelligence committees in Congress. &quot;Right now they are breaking the law&quot; by not providing that information, she said. </p><p>While she was on the subject of changing laws that would rein in the president, Pelosi also backed clarifying the limits of acting unilaterally under the guise of national security. </p><p>Trump has used national emergency declarations throughout his presidency to make an end run around Congress from everything from imposing tariffs to redirecting already-appropriated funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.</p><p>&quot;The president should not be able to interpret the National Security Act as something that gives him free reign to do anything he wants by his personal declaration that something is an emergency,&quot; she told NPR. <br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> coprysko@politico.com (Caitlin Oprysko) FOX News: Gregg Jarrett: The Trump whistleblower may not be a whistleblower at all http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/7b08pg4j-eo/gregg-jarrett-trump-whistleblower 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3ee9f454-3e13-7afe-38fb-a4fae673fa44 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:13:51 -0400 Who exactly is this unidentified “whistleblower”? What is the specific nature of his or her “urgent concern” complaint against the president? <img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/7b08pg4j-eo" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/20/694940094001_6088078879001_6088084374001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6088078879001_6088084374001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 74cb5465-3ca6-5de5-89d1-ad13ee87475c fox-news opinion fox-news politics fox-news politics executive white-house fox-news world fnc Gregg Jarrett NYT > Opinion: Why the Whistle-Blower Complaint Is Falling on Deaf Ears https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/trump-whistle-blower.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3a5cc40d-5cd3-21a5-96cc-2342ea914a83 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:08:33 -0400 The separation of powers has become increasingly subservient to the separation of parties.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/20/opinion/20vladeck/20vladeck-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion law and legislation whistle-blowers inspectors general senate committee on intelligence house of representatives trump donald j schiff adam b Stephen I. Vladeck rss: Called a “Hypocrite,” Justin Trudeau’s Blackface Reveals He’s Two-faced http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/north-america/item/33471-called-a-hypocrite-justin-trudeau-s-blackface-reveals-he-s-two-faced 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fc20cf22-bc95-4999-2ddd-3509a44be4ef Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:07:49 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33471:called-a-hypocrite-justin-trudeau-s-blackface-reveals-he-s-two-faced&amp;Itemid=638"><img align="right" alt="called-a-hypocrite-justin-trudeau-s-blackface-reveals-he-s-two-faced" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/ea0ce4dc5fa0df41d09ae216188db9be_S.jpg" /></a><p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may not be a racist, but he is “the biggest hypocrite in Canada,” says a liberal critic of the leader. For sure, the real problem with Trudeau is not that he has worn blackface on multiple occasions, but that he has two faces on all occasions, neither of them good.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Selwyn Duke NYT > Opinion: Judging Justin Trudeau https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/letters/justin-trudeau-brownface.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d07579a2-eebd-ca79-36b0-8967238572d2 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:49:17 -0400 A reader questions what the Canadian prime minister actually did wrong by appearing in brownface to represent Aladdin.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/20/world/20trudeau/20trudeau-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion trudeau justin The Post's View: What did Trump tell Ukraine’s president? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/what-did-trump-tell-ukraines-president/2019/09/20/c8021c10-dbb5-11e9-ac63-3016711543fe_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3a71556d-c507-e870-1b55-4ad4f5ce2676 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:32:09 -0400 Congress must determine what was said between the president and Volodymyr Zelensky.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/UP4lOY4AVpPrOZ4QIinz3ATSMGo=/90x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/J5BURNG32EI6TP5RQSMIONUUOY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/bKZFp9TLpgWeRUfmUGiRQ5hCNrE=/606x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/J5BURNG32EI6TP5RQSMIONUUOY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/h45PNSYW2tgky9xlbmATr8SOlao=/1024x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/J5BURNG32EI6TP5RQSMIONUUOY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/22754" width="16" height="16"> The Post's View Editorial Board FOX News: Jim Breslo: Why should government get involved in health care for people who don’t need assistance? http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/fA0NfSpW3O4/jim-breslo-health-care-for-all 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bb8de591-768f-8996-b4a4-c32536ec2d2b Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:14:21 -0400 Government should provide a safety net for those who need it -- not for those who don't.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/fA0NfSpW3O4" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/13/694940094001_6085843321001_6085837070001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6085843321001_6085837070001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 7e5eadfe-d628-5eee-9e5a-ddcdd47c26f8 fox-news opinion fox-news health fox-news politics 2020-presidential-election fnc fnc opinion article Jim Breslo NYT > Opinion: The 19th-Century Troll Who Hated Dirty Postcards and Sex Toys https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/sunday/mens-rights-activists-comstock.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f90a221a-945d-9e2a-dfcc-dea59874ba35 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:00:24 -0400 An illustration by L.M. Glackens depicting “St Anthony Comstock, the Village Nuisance,” from a 1906 Puck magazine.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/sunday/22newitz/22newitz-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion women's rights law and legislation postal service and post offices indecency obscenity and profanity postal service (us) woodhull victoria clafin brooklyn (nyc) anthony comstock Annalee Newitz John Harwood: Bipartisan support for free trade has been left behind as the 2020 race barrels ahead https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/20/republicans-and-democrats-oppose-free-trade-in-2020-white-house-race.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a258548b-3609-9eeb-c2a9-a0a4cde50b78 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:59:00 -0400 With &quot;tariff man&quot; President Trump waging a tariff war and Democratic candidates pushing against big international deals, free trade has become politically homeless, writes John Harwood.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7067303" width="16" height="16"> John Harwood Andrew Yang stands by comedian after SNL firing for racist jokes https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/andrew-yang-snl-racist-jokes-1506565 Top Stories urn:uuid:73c79f07-9998-9373-ee9b-2425ca323803 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:46:16 -0400 <p>Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is sticking by his calls for forgiveness for Shane Gillis, the 31-year-old comedian who was hired and quickly fired by “Saturday Night Live” over past racist statements.</p><p>“I actually sat there and watched some of Shane's comedy to figure out whether I thought that he was truly malignant or evil or just a comedian who'd made some terrible and distasteful jokes,” Yang, who is Taiwenese-American, said in an interview this week. </p><p>Gillis has called it a “hassle” to have to speak with a waiter at a Chinese restaurant, mocked Asian accents, and used a racial slur to describe Asians, including calling out Yang as a “Jew c***k.”</p><p>But <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewYang/status/1172892672798969861?s=20" target="_blank"><u>Yang, who jumped to Gillis’</u></a> defense when the comments came to light, said he concluded Gillis “was not an evil person and did not intend to somehow advocate for racist ideas or ideologies.” </p><p>SNL announced on Monday that Gillis would no longer be joining the show. “We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable,&quot; a spokesperson for Executive Producer Lorne Michaels said.</p><p>Yang said quickly he disagreed with the decision. “As a society, we have become unduly punitive and vindictive about people making statements that some find offensive or distasteful,” he said outside a campaign rally as news of Gillis’ firing started to spread.</p><p>Yang also told POLITICO that while he might give comedians and entertainers more leeway, he does draw the line between a misstatement in a comedic context and true advocacy of racist ideas.</p><p>“That to me is beyond the pale and people should face consequences,” Yang said. </p><p>Yang has faced backlash for his defense of Gillis, but he isn’t changing course.</p><p>“Shane Gillis reached out,” <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewYang/status/1173713011174977543?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1173713011174977543&amp;ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fstory%2Fentertainment%2Ftv%2F2019%2F09%2F17%2Fshane-gillis-andrew-yang-plan-talk-after-snl-fired-comedian%2F2349936001%2F" target="_blank"><u>Yang recently tweeted</u></a>. “Looks like we’ll be sitting down together soon.” </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Eugene Daniels Warren to headline major DNC fundraiser https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/elizabeth-warren-dnc-fundraiser-1506567 Top Stories urn:uuid:1f3a08f7-a20c-1322-270b-f5cef75d5930 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:22:08 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/a5/4c/b93fb6444bd68be4d6a44af40b2f/190920-warren-getty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will headline a big-ticket fundraising event for the Democratic National Committee in October, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.</p><p>The pair will star at the DNC's Women's Leadership Forum conference, taking place in Washington, D.C. on October 16 and 17. The event, which has been held each year since 1993, will focus on the 2020 election. Past headliners include Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.</p><p>The event will be Warren’s second appearance at a DNC fundraiser in recent months, as her presidential campaign continues to gain popularity. Warren has sworn off closed-door fundraisers for her own presidential bid during the primary, but in August, Warren spoke to party donors at an event in San Francisco benefitting the DNC.</p><p>In addition to Warren and Pelosi, the Women’s Leadership Forum event will feature a more than a dozen lawmakers, including freshman Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) and other Democrats including Kentucky Senate candidate Amy McGrath and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mseverns@politico.com (Maggie Severns) rss: Facebook Admits in Court Filing That It Is a Publisher, Opening Itself Up to Libel Suits http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/computers/item/33469-facebook-admits-in-court-filing-that-it-is-a-publisher-opening-itself-up-to-libel-suits 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:58c854eb-ccdd-ce13-c58d-8a5bd3ffe209 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:16:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33469:facebook-admits-in-court-filing-that-it-is-a-publisher-opening-itself-up-to-libel-suits&amp;Itemid=644"><img align="right" alt="facebook-admits-in-court-filing-that-it-is-a-publisher-opening-itself-up-to-libel-suits" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/04aed1ac58b803ab117171b7a4de7735_S.jpg" /></a><p>Having spent years defending itself against claims of being a publisher — instead, claiming to be a “platform” — Facebook has now admitted in court filings that it is a publisher. The reversal comes in another attempt at defending itself, but may open the company up to a plethora of major libel suits.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;"></span></p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss C. Mitchell Shaw NYT > Opinion: For Diplomacy, Not War, in the Persian Gulf https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/letters/saudi-iran-climate.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0400baa9-f72d-1c05-14b9-8883865a5a2e Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:14:44 -0400 Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting Wednesday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Strikes on Saudi oil installations were a painful lesson in the costs of a wider conflict.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/19/world/19mideast/19mideast-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states international relations saudi arabia iran persian gulf youth plagiarism Facebook announces 'tens of thousands' of app suspensions https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/facebook-app-suspensions-1506566 Top Stories urn:uuid:89aee794-cb30-2ee6-35a1-b6ae1f426f4f Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:07:49 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/7f/1c/9a3db9024bcda9eec9c056d3d54d/190913-facebook-getty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Facebook today announced that its internal probe of application developer conduct has led to tens of thousands of app suspensions, a disclosure that came amid a rare Washington visit from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.</p><p>“To date, this investigation has addressed millions of apps,” Facebook's Ime Archibong <a href="https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/09/an-update-on-our-app-developer-investigation/" target="_blank">wrote</a>. “Of those, tens of thousands have been suspended for a variety of reasons while we continue to investigate.”</p><p>About 400 developers are involved, the social media giant reported. </p><p>The audit targeted apps that had access to reams of data before policies were tightened in 2014. Zuckerberg launched the probe in March of last year amid revelations that Trump-linked political data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly obtained information on as many 87 million Facebook users. The FTC in July unveiled a $5 billion privacy settlement with Facebook that resolved an investigation into Cambridge Analytica and other issues.</p><p>In May of last year, Facebook had only suspended some 200 apps as part of its internal probe. The company said it has banned some apps, citing one called myPersonality. The company also noted recent instances where it’s sued app developers.</p><p>Facebook suggested many of the affected apps were taken down because developers didn't respond to inquiries.</p><p>“This is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to people,” Archibong said. “Many were not live but were still in their testing phase when we suspended them.&quot;</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jhendel@politico.com (John Hendel) rss: De Blasio Drops Out of Presidential Race http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/33468-de-blasio-drops-out-of-presidential-race 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:48cbc738-f7c1-4038-1fd7-8d9b6683b19f Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:41:28 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33468:de-blasio-drops-out-of-presidential-race&amp;Itemid=627"><img align="right" alt="de-blasio-drops-out-of-presidential-race" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/34ca0eaafa8478801ceb5c719d2426b1_S.jpg" /></a><p>New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that he is putting his struggling presidential campaign out of its misery after he failed to qualify for either the September or October Democratic presidential debates.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Michael Tennant Editorials | The Guardian: The Guardian view on transport emissions: the trouble with planes and automobiles | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/20/the-guardian-view-on-transport-emissions-the-trouble-with-planes-and-automobiles 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c7f9efc8-25b3-c1cf-b475-2bc0f6977d1d Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:30:08 -0400 The headline figure of a 44% cut in the UK’s total emissions conceals a multitude of failures, with motor traffic and aviation high on the list<p>If the success of an event like Friday’s school strike can be measured, it is in the extent to which it changes the climate of opinion. Individuals, unions and other organisations that took part in the strike must play their part in reducing emissions. But when it comes to limiting global heating, governments have far more levers than anyone else. Global cooperation by politicians is essential to tackling the climate emergency. Since states are the world’s most powerful organisations, many of the solutions will inevitably be national.</p><p>In terms of their current and historic carbon emissions, and efforts to reduce them, there are huge differences between countries. There is no one-size-fits-all model of decarbonisation. In the UK, like everywhere else, progress is nowhere near fast enough. Carbon dioxide emissions have been falling for six years, and are at their <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/28/greenhouse-gas-emissions-uk-fell-3-per-cent-in-2018-official-figures" title="">lowest level</a> since the reign of Queen Victoria. A law passed in June commits the government to <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-becomes-first-major-economy-to-pass-net-zero-emissions-law" title="">reduce them to net zero</a> by 2050, with any residual greenhouse gas pollution offset by emissions-reduction schemes.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/20/the-guardian-view-on-transport-emissions-the-trouble-with-planes-and-automobiles">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian school climate strikes climate change environment air transport world news uk news Editorial NYT > Opinion: A Whistle-Blower’s Claim Against Trump https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/letters/trump-whistle-blower.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a5846d3b-98f3-f210-6c39-302654aea291 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:29:35 -0400 Readers voice concern about possible improper conversations with a foreign leader and refusals to share details with Congress.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/19/us/politics/19dc-whistleblower-promo1/19dc-prexy-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion whistle-blowers united states politics and government trump donald j biden joseph r jr Editorials | The Guardian: The Guardian view on Thailand: intimidation can’t solve the problem | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/20/the-guardian-view-on-thailand-intimidation-cant-solve-the-problem 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c3f21cc6-28dd-d9f5-100a-f58ddbe38fe2 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:25:08 -0400 The military promised it would reconcile the country. But after a dubious election, divisions continue to grow<p>The good news is that a coup-prone country is unlikely to experience yet another military takeover in the immediate future. The bad news is that the Thai army should no longer need such tactics. The junta laundered its power into a supposed democratic mandate this spring, through an electoral system rigged to ensure it would prevail, and a new constitution. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the 2014 coup leader, is the elected prime minister.</p><p>Still, you can never be too careful. Despite all its advantages, the military needed weeks to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/05/thailand-military-backed-pm-prayuth-chan-ocha-voted-in-after-junta-creates-loose-coalition" title="">secure its unwieldy 19-party coalition</a>; there is already friction. And far from reconciling Thais, as the junta once promised, the election has sharpened divisions.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/20/the-guardian-view-on-thailand-intimidation-cant-solve-the-problem">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian thailand asia pacific human rights law Editorial Opinion: Sander Thoenes’ killers should finally face justice https://www.ft.com/content/a3adf85a-db94-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:01cdf5a2-b1ae-5c06-2f1f-2b557241a3e1 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:23:29 -0400 A climate of impunity over violence against reporters is strengthening<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion NYT > Opinion: Al Gore: The Climate Crisis Is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/al-gore-climate-change.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5d50c258-a61f-a26a-20b8-b3f6ab2243d2 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:17:37 -0400 We have the tools. Now we are building the political power.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/sunday/22Gore/22Gore-moth-v2.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion greenhouse gas emissions united nations framework convention on climate change alternative and renewable energy intergovernmental panel on climate change united states Al Gore Opinions: Trump whistleblower is only pointing out the obvious https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/20/trump-whistleblower-is-only-pointing-out-obvious/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5bd7624c-078d-2dce-f641-7dd44efcb39b Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:58:55 -0400 That sinking feeling.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/XCSTALEJRNHCBIL7ZZ4TH2VULA.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/XCSTALEJRNHCBIL7ZZ4TH2VULA.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/XCSTALEJRNHCBIL7ZZ4TH2VULA.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 rss: Annie Oakley http://www.thenewamerican.com/print-magazine/item/33312-annie-oakley 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fd5dea50-4dec-4e92-cf3b-2fdb513dcb2f Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:43:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33312:annie-oakley&amp;Itemid=1026"><img align="right" alt="annie-oakley" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/f8c20d4e09527fcafb3937ce71bcd9e7_S.jpg" /></a><p>“Little Sure Shot” overcame personal hardship to become famous, and used that fame to boost patriotism and truly empower women.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Roger D. McGrath POLITICO Playbook PM: The president vs. the whistleblower https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook-pm/2019/09/20/the-president-vs-the-whistleblower-479695 Top Stories urn:uuid:fdf91408-e0c4-78cd-8178-fb9c636d2a3e Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:39:49 -0400 And the U.S. announces new sanctions on Iran’s central bank. gross@politico.com (Garrett Ross) FOX News: Newt Gingrich: House Republicans and 2020 -- Retirements really mean THIS (not what you think) http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/4Sv5KyqwQQ0/newt-gingrich-house-republicans-2020-retirements 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:469b0798-c488-9639-40ae-1bd09ee4a654 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:39:16 -0400 The national media’s coverage of the 2020 congressional elections so far has contained almost the same message: Republicans are retiring in droves, and this must mean 2020 will be a tough election for the GOP.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/4Sv5KyqwQQ0" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/08/02/694940094001_6067392689001_6067387132001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6067392689001_6067387132001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 8eba9220-e559-52c8-b949-11978b695fd0 fox-news opinion fox-news politics 2020-house-races fox-news politics elections republicans fnc fnc Newt Gingrich NYT > Opinion: The Beauty of the Ordinary https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/aging-marriage-autumn.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:de16ec58-e224-e3d0-4270-5ceb4aecb69b Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:30:03 -0400 We treasure autumn days as reminders of everything we must not take for granted.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/22/opinion/sunday/22iyer/22iyer-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion autumn (season) marriages philosophy Pico Iyer Opinion: Brexit, populism and climate change - FT weekend festival 2019 https://www.ft.com/video/32c49317-0c45-4063-8904-d23910fb5cf6 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:16bfdfe1-da09-93f7-e21e-5975b531e947 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:20:37 -0400 Leading writers including Simon Schama, Alastair Campbell, Janine Gibson and Lionel Barber reflect on our times<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Project Syndicate: Should Profane Contracts Be Sanctified? https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/no-legal-recognition-for-corrupt-contracts-by-ricardo-hausmann-2019-09 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c15e895f-2faa-086a-faf6-f59d05b41275 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:14:39 -0400 <p>Contracts are protected and sanctified by the courts, but they can be written in order to violate the law – and to shield the crime itself from the law. Such profanity does not deserve, and should not receive, the legal blessing its authors seek.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/35d33f70ea07cde39a00081b63a8d089.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Ricardo Hausmann rss: Did ISIS-linked Airline Mechanic Disable SAME System That Previously Crashed Two 737s? http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/33467-did-isis-linked-airline-mechanic-disable-same-system-that-previously-crashed-two-737s 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d3aeab07-889d-5e9c-1dca-4916dee5c3e2 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:01:28 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33467:did-isis-linked-airline-mechanic-disable-same-system-that-previously-crashed-two-737s&amp;Itemid=631"><img align="right" alt="did-isis-linked-airline-mechanic-disable-same-system-that-previously-crashed-two-737s" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/bb8aa09f7f41851a8a9c8d29bd606a85_S.jpg" /></a><p>Now that we know that the Miami American Airlines mechanic who sabotaged a plane had on his phone Islamic State video, two questions arise: Are any (other?) jihadist-minded mechanics working on our jetliners?&nbsp;And has such terrorism already cost lives?</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Selwyn Duke Opinions: What the House should ask the director of national intelligence https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/20/what-ask-maguire/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8bc92b13-c37d-c2cb-94e8-6b999fd37532 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:00:28 -0400 This is the way out of the constitutional crisis.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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 Jennifer Rubin NYT > Opinion: Can Congress Do Better This Time? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/trump-ukraine-rudy-giuliani.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:cb2d7a16-b04f-5165-3222-34b8569faf1a Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:45:58 -0400 Representatives Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings, Jerrold Nadler and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about their investigation into President Trump in July.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/09/20/opinion/20leonhardt-newsletter-1/20leonhardt-newsletter-1-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government russian interference in 2016 us elections and ties to trump associates democratic party trump donald j giuliani rudolph w biden joseph r jr ukraine David Leonhardt Opinion: For all the bluster, WeWork still has a future https://www.ft.com/content/5c51209a-dad1-11e9-9c26-419d783e10e8 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:060764ba-a5eb-4a5c-2c2b-0aae72fc315e Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:43:41 -0400 The company is not 2019’s pets.com, a harbinger of a tech bubble about to burst<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Project Syndicate: There Is No Alternative to Multilateralism https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/no-alternative-to-multilateralism-by-josh-frydenberg-et-al-2019-09 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f6c4dde8-8f0d-cd17-e00b-d0115826a492 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:41:24 -0400 <p>After the 2008 financial crisis, G20 leaders took decisive and coordinated action to boost market and consumer confidence, and then implemented coordinated reforms to ensure future financial stability. Today, with the multilateral system under severe strain, a similar cooperative push is urgently needed.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/e9fdd197b42bf01b5a7bfa9768557fcd.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Josh Frydenberg Trump announces 'highest sanctions ever' targeting Iran's central bank https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/trump-sanctions-irans-central-bank-1506558 Top Stories urn:uuid:0d9f4d05-adba-08bf-036e-ce3508b79deb Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:40:51 -0400 <p>President Donald Trump on Friday shared details of his administration’s newest sanctions on Iran, targeting the Islamic Republic's national bank over Tehran’s alleged involvement in a series of drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities last weekend. </p><p>Trump claimed they would be the “highest sanctions ever imposed on a country,” telling reporters in the Oval Office that the penalties would go “right to the top” of the Iranian government. </p><p>“You will be seeing certain things happening but a very major factor is what we did,” Trump said during a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. “The highest sanctions ever imposed on a country. We've never done it to this level.”</p><p>The latest sanctions layer on top of a slew of other penalties the Trump administration has imposed and reimposed as a result of Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and other world powers. The existing sanctions have already targeted Iran’s oil exports, its metal and mining industries and its ability to receive financing from international banks. Tehran has repeatedly likened the sanctions to “economic warfare.”</p><p>The new sanctions will affect “the last remaining source of funds for both the central bank of Iran, as well as the national development fund — which is their sovereign wealth fund,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters Friday. “This is very big — we've now cut off all source of funds to Iran.” </p><br><p>The new sanctions indicate Trump is unlikely to back down from a maximum pressure campaign designed to force Tehran back to the negotiating table with the U.S., which has long accused Iran of bad behavior in the Middle East, including funding groups designated by Washington as terrorist organizations. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said repeatedly that relief from U.S. sanctions would be a precondition for any meeting between himself and Trump.</p><p>The president first forecasted a new round of penalties in a <a href="https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1174305447513186304" target="_blank">tweet</a> this week, though he did not provide any specifics at the time. </p><p>The drone strikes, which took place overnight last Saturday, disrupted half of Saudi Arabia’s oil supply and the daily equivalent of 5 percent of the world’s oil supply. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen have maintained that they are responsible for the strikes, though some U.S. officials, like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have blamed Iran for the attacks from the outset. </p><p>Throughout the week, Trump has been more hesitant to directly blame Iran, though he’s alluded to it multiple times. Saudi Arabia also took longer to publicly blame Tehran, citing the need to finish investigating the strikes, but it too finally accused Iran of carrying out the attacks later in the week. </p><p>Iran has denied any culpability for the attack and warned the U.S. that a military response will spark an “all-out war” and immediate retaliation from Tehran.</p><p>Trump has increasingly <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/17/trump-iran-strike-1500742" target="_blank">leaned against</a> responding militarily despite asserting over the weekend and throughout the week that the U.S. was <a href="https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1173368423381962752" target="_blank">“locked and loaded”</a> and could attack at any time. </p><p>Under fire from Iran hawks in Congress over his manner of responding to the strikes, he defended his decision to go the sanctions route, contending that a retaliatory attack would, in fact, be “the easiest thing I could do.” </p><p>“It’s so easy. For all of those that say they should do it, it shows weakness, it shows — actually, in my opinion it shows strength because it’s the easiest thing I could do — OK, go ahead, knock out 15 different major things in Iran,” the president said with a shrug. “I could do that. All set to go. It's all set to go. But I'm not looking to do that if I can.” </p><p>Trump maintained that his new sanctions did not preclude him from military action, nor did he say that such a move was off the table. </p><p>But “I think the strong person's approach, and the thing that does show strength would be showing a little bit of restraint,” he argued. “Much easier to do it the other way. It’s much easier. And Iran knows if they misbehave they are on borrowed time.” </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> coprysko@politico.com (Caitlin Oprysko) rss: Rep. Hill: Emotional Gun Laws "Egregious" http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/33466-alex-newman-mike-hill-emotional-gun-laws-egregious 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:39b801a2-32cb-68fb-4e56-0c8c81c0275b Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:33:48 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33466:alex-newman-mike-hill-emotional-gun-laws-egregious&amp;Itemid=632"><img align="right" alt="alex-newman-mike-hill-emotional-gun-laws-egregious" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/f32004c5623e7932bd504167d6910df4_S.jpg" /></a><p>VIDEO -&nbsp;In this exclusive interview with The New American magazine's Alex Newman, prominent Florida Representative Mike Hill (R-Pensacola)&nbsp;blasted the ongoing assault on the right to keep and bear arms and discussed legislation he is working on to restore gun rights in Florida.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss TNA Video Top Commerce trade official resigns https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/top-commerce-trade-official-resigns-1506540 Top Stories urn:uuid:758658b9-f6bd-7584-4cbf-d1ae2b4a6aed Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:25:17 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/3e/e0/d9155f5d4d4389fa0f4b915b7ccc/190920-gilbert-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Gilbert Kaplan, the Commerce Department’s top trade enforcement official, resigned Thursday, further underscoring the turmoil that has gripped the agency under the leadership of Secretary Wilbur Ross.</p><p>The departure of Kaplan, who served as undersecretary for international trade, was confirmed by a Commerce Department spokesperson. He had <a href="https://www.trade.gov/press/bios/kaplan.asp" target="_blank">held the post</a> since March 2018.</p><p>Two people said Kaplan’s resignation was effective immediately. It is unclear what prompted Kaplan’s departure.</p><p>Kaplan’s position put him in charge of the International Trade Administration, a 2,100-person agency which oversees enforcement of U.S. trade laws, export promotion activities and other issues. Kaplan was also involved in the administration’s trade talks with China.</p><p>Kaplan had previously worked as a trade attorney at King &amp; Spalding where he represented the U.S. steel industry and other domestic companies petitioning for protective duties.</p><p>The broader Commerce Department has been said to be <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/22/wilbur-ross-commerce-department-dysfunction-1424427" target="_blank">slipping into dysfunction</a> under Ross, whose leadership has been questioned. Morale has been low as Ross hasn’t been seen leading the department but rather using Commerce’s functions as tools to curry favor with the president.</p><p>The administration has repeatedly touted an increase in trade enforcement since President Donald Trump took office with the initiation of 182 new trade investigations of unfairly traded imports, a 231 percent increase compared to the same period of the previous administration, according to Commerce.</p><p>Under Kaplan’s tenure, the agency has also taken measures to more aggressively counter China. That included the first self-initiated trade investigation in 25 years. U.S. companies are usually responsible for petitioning for duties. In another major policy shift, the department is looking at using undervalued currency as a criteria for imposing punitive tariffs.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> dpalmer@politico.com (Doug Palmer) Opinion: RBS/Alison Rose: bloom and gloom https://www.ft.com/content/d2c4a626-bb66-3276-ac87-215e94825e29 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:50a9746a-e12f-0c27-4245-9f09f5a0fe10 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:20:45 -0400 New chief is known for her competence; she will also need political skills to succeed<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion editorial | New York Post: Bill de Blasio finally gives up on presidential bid — but not on torturing New York https://nypost.com/2019/09/20/bill-de-blasio-finally-gives-up-on-presidential-bid-but-not-on-torturing-new-york/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5587ce8f-6d2b-78ba-39f5-a916ec904ddf Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:08:02 -0400 Mayor Bill de Blasio has finally realized what the rest of the country did long ago: He has no chance of being president of the United States. But that doesn&#8217;t mean he&#8217;s done torturing New York. Oh, on the plus side, New Yorkers will no longer have to wince as their mayor abases himself before...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/de-blasio-2.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 Global Opinions: No estamos entendiendo los incendios de la Amazonía. Estos mapas muestran por qué. https://www.washingtonpost.com/es/post-opinion/2019/09/20/no-estamos-entendiendo-los-incendios-de-la-amazonia-estos-mapas-muestran-por-que/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1731d181-bae3-dc5e-d51f-045ffe4e0984 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:00:54 -0400 La solución a los incendios no está en el corazón de la selva.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/pD-8qUKNeLXnL1u7U5dVAVOY-Zc=/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost/public/IOLOHM2PK5GLHE3N2RVQWCPB4M.png&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/resizer/pD-8qUKNeLXnL1u7U5dVAVOY-Zc=/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost/public/IOLOHM2PK5GLHE3N2RVQWCPB4M.png&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/resizer/pD-8qUKNeLXnL1u7U5dVAVOY-Zc=/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost/public/IOLOHM2PK5GLHE3N2RVQWCPB4M.png&w=1024&op=resize&opt=1&filter=antialias&t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6451777" width="16" height="16"> Global Opinions By Sergio Peçanha and Tim Wallace Opinions: As latest scandal deepens, Trump gives America the middle finger https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/20/latest-scandal-deepens-trump-gives-america-middle-finger/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:846ab046-30e6-712f-d34e-fe53ac6b6d3b Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:54:51 -0400 The whistleblower complaint involves Ukraine, suggesting a rerun of the Russia scandal.<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 Opinions: The Republicans’ selective belief in states’ right https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/20/republicans-selective-belief-states-right/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:75ff14fc-b7ba-1d8e-026f-afda9ce71387 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:52:15 -0400 When it comes to California, the Trump administration seems to have forgotten its position.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/MST5C52KM5C7TIM3YAKJQUCXWA.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/MST5C52KM5C7TIM3YAKJQUCXWA.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/MST5C52KM5C7TIM3YAKJQUCXWA.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 Opinion | The Guardian: Trump is a walking, talking national security liability | Michael H Fuchs https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/20/trump-walking-talking-national-security-liability 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6ed53c32-6677-96d2-1840-3c679d4f8041 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:28:52 -0400 <p>A toddler leads the most powerful country in the world. And when he fixates on a national security problem, you can be sure it will get worse</p><p><br />As the Trump administration cycles through officials and policies at a whiplash-inducing speed, the one constant that remains is President Donald Trump and his unique talent for exacerbating national security threats.</p><p>While the list of this administration’s national security catastrophes is long – from announcing the country’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement to eroding America’s alliances – the events of recent weeks alone bring into stark relief the danger of Trump’s national security agenda.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/20/trump-walking-talking-national-security-liability">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian us news donald trump world news Michael H Fuchs Opinion: Fed’s divided views reflect investor confusion https://www.ft.com/content/5cc56ea0-dad1-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:af9e5c04-f394-b05b-eef1-92bedc7432f1 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:25:05 -0400 Policymakers as well as fund managers are walking a tightrope<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Project Syndicate: How AI Can Promote Social Good https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/artificial-intelligence-entrepreneurs-social-good-by-hala-hanna-and-vilas-dhar-2019-09 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:301f09be-ee46-b35f-4302-349b86368941 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:14:38 -0400 <p>Artificial intelligence has the potential to improve billions of people’s lives – but only if it creates and delivers value directly to those most in need, rather than fattening corporate profits. By harnessing these technologies for social good, today’s new breed of entrepreneurs can bring about lasting, transformational change.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/c28a5f978097944818d11441005a9353.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Hala Hanna Advocacy group slams Ben Carson over reported slur of trans people https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/ben-carson-transgender-military-1506495 Top Stories urn:uuid:6a0bb892-d233-76cb-c1bf-d79d824584b6 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:13:43 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/bf/f1/fcab819c45318a605ca07f821812/190920-ben-carson-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>The Human Rights Campaign excoriated Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson over a report that he disparaged transgender people in meetings with staff this week.</p><p>“Ben Carson has spent his career in politics expressing disgust toward the existence of transgender people,” Alphonso David, president of the LGBTQ advocacy group, said late Thursday.</p><p>“From his comments on trans people in the military to his support for a proposal that would literally permit emergency shelters to turn away trans people who are homeless to his unqualified support for a White House that has made attacking trans people a mantra, it is hardly surprising that Ben Carson would blatantly dehumanize trans people in his official capacity,” David said.</p><p>David was responding to a Washington Post <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/09/19/hud-secretary-ben-carson-makes-dismissive-comments-about-transgender-people-angering-agency-staff/" target="_blank">report</a> Thursday that Carson had expressed concern about “big, hairy men” trying to use women’s bathrooms. Carson also “lamented that society no longer seemed to know the difference between men and women,” during a visit to San Francisco this week, the Post reported, citing agency staffers. </p><p>A senior HUD official disputed the account in a statement to the Post. </p><p>“The Secretary does not use derogatory language to refer to transgendered individuals. Any reporting to the contrary is false,” the official said.</p><p>Carson's department earlier this year <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/hud-homeless-transgender-1468568" target="_blank">signaled </a>that it would propose a rule to allow HUD-subsidized homeless shelters to consider a person’s sex or gender identification in determining whether they can be admitted.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> kodonnell@politico.com (Katy O&#x27;Donnell) Opinion: Time for a Pac-Man defence from London Stock Exchange https://www.ft.com/content/b044ef66-db89-11e9-9c26-419d783e10e8 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8ee291be-be33-58bb-a206-dd9927035bd0 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:12:19 -0400 It is hard to argue that a combined business would be better off run from Hong Kong<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion FOX News: Tucker Carlson: 'Woke' lib Justin Trudeau isn't taking responsibility for wearing blackface - he's blaming you http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/zPTVdTq31VI/tucker-carlson-justin-trudeau-blackface-blaming-you 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:359ec742-f750-06a8-a895-796330facf4a Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:11:57 -0400 The Canadian prime minister blames white privilege for his wearing blackface at least three times years ago.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/zPTVdTq31VI" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/20/694940094001_6087865012001_6087861797001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6087865012001_6087861797001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News eb45c870-5629-5773-a88b-064b1336a25f fox-news shows tucker-carlson-tonight transcript tuckers-monologue fox-news opinion fox-news world fox-news person Tucker Carlson Opinions: The recipe for Warren’s secret sauce https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/20/recipe-warrens-secret-sauce/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b64a9be3-7ff6-d80e-da78-a8e3cd3a8655 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:55:26 -0400 <br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By The Ranking Committee rss: ANTIFA Calling Child Protective Services On Conservative Families http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/33465-christian-gomez-heather-hobss-antifa-calling-child-protective-services-on-conservative-families 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ba1877bf-4df8-2e79-4545-1f1ef295613c Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:54:49 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33465:christian-gomez-heather-hobss-antifa-calling-child-protective-services-on-conservative-families&amp;Itemid=658"><img align="right" alt="christian-gomez-heather-hobss-antifa-calling-child-protective-services-on-conservative-families" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/e4292354b1983954f3cbbb1c403e627e_S.jpg" /></a><p>VIDEO -&nbsp;Heather Hobbs shares with The New American her family's recent run ins with Child Protective Services. Hobbs shares that numerous fake reports have been called in to CPS in order to target her family. Heather also shares that isn't isolated to her family, and that there is an alarming trend that is developing among the radical left.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss TNA Video Opinions: What might finally ensnare Trump https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/20/what-may-finally-ensnare-trump/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0fb071a3-3c38-a452-0323-417b5d16a6b7 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:45:20 -0400 Yes, Trump really could be that dumb.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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 Jennifer Rubin Buttigieg campaign hires California state director https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/pete-buttigieg-campaign-california-state-director-1506470 Top Stories urn:uuid:aada3f8c-76bb-7219-f0c5-7bc13f53ace0 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:44:22 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/84/59/2a49c2cf4a40a6279b70dc2a7882/190920-pete-buttigieg-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign has hired Cecelia Cabello, a former operative for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and state director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, to run its operation in California. </p><p>Cabello will serve as the campaign's California state director, the Buttigieg campaign confirmed. </p><p>The campaign's retention of a state director in California is the latest sign that Buttigieg and his team have been looking to make an early and serious investment in building infrastructure in the Super Tuesday state, where most campaigns build out an operation later on. But from the earliest days of Buttigieg's presidential campaign, the mayor has put more attention into the state than most of his competitors in the primary field, traveling to California regularly for both low and high-dollar fundraisers in the state. </p><p>Only a few other campaigns have announced state directors at this point in the 2020 cycle. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris, all among the top tier of Democratic candidates, have built out teams in the state, while former Vice President Joe Biden, the top-polling 2020 Democrat, has at least five staffers on the ground there.</p><p>Cabello gives Buttigieg an on-the-ground presence with close ties to organized labor in California, having served as the director of government relations for the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, a role in which she was responsible for the union's political activity in Los Angeles County. </p><p>Cabello was tapped as Clinton's California state director during the 2016 presidential election and was previously Clinton's California deputy political director for the 2016 Democratic primary. More recently Cabello has served as vice president of the Board of Public Works in Los Angeles and was also chief of staff to Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin. </p><p>California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2019/05/10/newsom-touts-harris-but-says-buttigieg-is-many-peoples-second-choice-1013442" target="_blank">endorsed</a> Harris but has spoken positively of Buttigieg, saying he “tends to be many people’s second choice — if he’s not already a first.&quot; Some of Buttigieg's earliest backers in the presidential race hail from California, including West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, a longtime ally, and California-based Democratic megadonor Susie Buell Tompkins, who has helped fundraise for Buttigieg in the state. </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jwhite@politico.com (Jeremy B. White) Opinion: The Saudi oil attack https://www.ft.com/content/2665799e-dad2-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:19476355-d78c-916d-745c-4642e56f262f Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:39:47 -0400 Prices surge as Gulf drone strike raises fears of reprisals<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion rss: NYT Writer Angry That Biden Didn’t Believe Anita Hill. The Truth, Known For 19 Years, Resurfaced Five Months Ago. http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/33464-nyt-writer-angry-that-biden-didn-t-believe-anita-hill-the-truth-known-for-19-years-resurfaced-five-months-ago 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2d63abd2-f158-63f0-3924-d0abbf3f7122 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:38:41 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=33464:nyt-writer-angry-that-biden-didn-t-believe-anita-hill-the-truth-known-for-19-years-resurfaced-five-months-ago&amp;Itemid=627"><img align="right" alt="nyt-writer-angry-that-biden-didn-t-believe-anita-hill-the-truth-known-for-19-years-resurfaced-five-months-ago" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/a7f23a7881321079b6c1341b58e32be9_S.jpg" /></a><p>On Twitter yesterday, <em>New York Times</em> writer Charles Blow demanded that Joe Biden refute new claims that he did not believe Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss R. Cort Kirkwood 'There was nothing said wrong': Trump denies making inappropriate comments to foreign leader https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/trump-whistleblower-foreign-leader-1506471 Top Stories urn:uuid:9a00c216-fe2f-2ee0-8d16-f424decbc130 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:26:50 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/2f/3e/2f3a475e4190ba0591e4db59ddff/190920-donald-trump-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump on Friday again denied making inappropriate comments to a foreign leader amid an ongoing dispute between the executive and legislative branches regarding the contents of a whistleblower complaint — which he claimed was lodged by a “highly partisan” member of the intelligence community.</p><p>“The Radical Left Democrats and their Fake News Media partners, headed up again by Little Adam Schiff, and batting Zero for 21 against me, are at it again!” Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1175023772375683074" target="_blank"><u>tweeted</u></a>, referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).</p><p>“They think I may have had a ‘dicey’ conversation with a certain foreign leader based on a ‘highly partisan’ whistleblowers statement,” he <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1175023773180932097" target="_blank"><u>continued</u></a>. “Strange that with so many other people hearing or knowing of the perfectly fine and respectful conversation, that they would not have also come forward.” </p><p>The president concluded: “Do you know the reason why they did not? Because there was nothing said wrong, it was pitch perfect!”</p><p>Following a classified briefing Thursday with the intelligence community’s inspector general, Schiff <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/19/trump-denies-comment-foreign-leader-whistleblower-1502945" target="_blank"><u>threatened</u></a> to pursue legal action against the administration to gain access to the complaint, which acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to turn over to lawmakers.</p><p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trumps-communications-with-foreign-leader-are-part-of-whistleblower-complaint-that-spurred-standoff-between-spy-chief-and-congress-former-officials-say/2019/09/18/df651aa2-da60-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html" target="_blank"><u>The Washington Post</u></a> reported Wednesday that the complaint involves a “promise” Trump made to a foreign leader, and the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/whistleblower-complaint-about-president-trump-involves-ukraine-according-to-two-people-familiar-with-the-matter/2019/09/19/07e33f0a-daf6-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html?wpisrc=al_news__alert-politics--alert-national&amp;wpmk=1" target="_blank"><u>Post</u></a> and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/us/politics/intelligence-whistle-blower-complaint-trump.html?action=click&amp;module=Top%20Stories&amp;pgtype=Homepage" target="_blank"><u>The New York Times</u></a> reported Thursday that it also has to do with Ukraine. POLITICO has not independently verified the Post's reporting.</p><p>In remarks sure to further exacerbate tensions between Congress and the White House, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/19/giuliani-biden-ukraine-trump-1506009" target="_blank"><u>revealed</u></a> Thursday evening that he had asked Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, the leader of the Democrats' 2020 primary field, telling CNN: “Of course I did.”</p><p>Trump has maintained he did not act inappropriately during an exchange with a foreign leader, <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1174696521310363649" target="_blank"><u>acknowledging</u></a> Thursday that “there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself” during such a conversation.</p><p>“Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call,” he <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1174696521914339328" target="_blank"><u>wrote</u></a> online. “I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!”</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: The Coming Crisis of China’s One-Party Regime https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/crisis-of-chinese-communist-party-by-minxin-pei-2019-09 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b0645780-5e5b-046b-c055-1ea911d1d718 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:20:28 -0400 <p>In 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised that the Communist Party would deliver great successes in advance of two upcoming centennials, in 2021 and 2049. But no amount of nationalist posturing can change the fact that the fall of the CPC appears closer than at any time since the end of the Mao era.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/20833d6eb1bc36a8fbbda8cb9827bb55.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Minxin Pei Everything you need to know about the U.N. General Assembly https://www.politico.com/newsletters/un-playbook/2019/09/20/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-un-general-assembly-478867 Top Stories urn:uuid:89839803-7d0c-030c-094c-c74be0e6b127 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:02:12 -0400 Hacking the U.N. — Navigating the maze — Official narratives vs. corridor talk (Ryan Heath) Opinions: No patriots to be found: What is the matter with these people? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/20/no-patriots-be-found-what-is-matter-with-these-people/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:19a6f69a-a52c-9ccc-d852-fe3a86c31ad5 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:00:38 -0400 Trump's disloyalty is expected, but what about the rest?<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/241a7d0e-2f11-4b23-a641-b6a59d697344.png&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 Jennifer Rubin Opinion | The Guardian: Justin Trudeau's brownface scandal is bad. But voting him out isn't the solution | Moustafa Bayoumi https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/20/justin-trudeau-brownface-scandal 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f3e78279-dac1-23db-d8f8-b8bbb4ab0fa4 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:58:15 -0400 <p>Let’s make sure that this incident forces us to examine not just Trudeau but also Canada and its racism</p><p>Recently surfaced photos of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in brownface while at an ‘Arabian Nights’ party in 2001 are disturbing on a number of levels. First, if you’ll allow me to point out the obvious, Trudeau is the only person in makeup! The other partygoers who are pictured are barely costumed, yet Trudeau looks like he just walked out of an old Tintin comic book as the stereotypical Arab villain.</p><p>It doesn’t end there. The makeup that Trudeau is wearing in the photos is not limited to his face but is liberally applied across his breastbone and completely covers his hands. Imagine how much thought and action (and make up!) must have gone into planning and painting young Justin Trudeau brown.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/20/justin-trudeau-brownface-scandal">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian justin trudeau canada Moustafa Bayoumi Opinion: The time for a Brexit compromise is fast approaching https://www.ft.com/content/65cf6316-daea-11e9-9c26-419d783e10e8 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:41796aa9-a545-ac2d-6975-70e5fb16f0e6 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:43:17 -0400 After three years of fraught argument, we must start listening to each other<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Trump trolls de Blasio after mayor's withdrawal from presidential race https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/trump-bill-de-blasio-2020-election-1506179 Top Stories urn:uuid:4d77c38b-98ef-454a-f7e5-f1d7ba292aa8 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:43:11 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/0c/7f/c2637a6f4b0aa335826bed58c8ea/190920-donald-trump-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump on Friday taunted Bill de Blasio within minutes of the New York City mayor’s withdrawal from the 2020 White House race, tweeting sarcastically that the low-polling candidate’s announcement was a major news event.</p><p>“Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years!” Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1175017370139729926" target="_blank">wrote</a> online. “Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!”</p><p>The jibe from the president came just after de Blasio’s <a href="https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1175010387714084864?s=20" target="_blank">appearance</a> on the set of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he made public his plans to exit the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.</p><p>“I feel like I've contributed all I can to this primary election, and it's clearly not my time,” he said, citing his inability to qualify for the party’s primary debates as the “central reason” behind his decision.</p><p>Despite the bloated nature of the 2020 Democratic field, Trump and his family have shown a special fondness in recent months for taking aim at de Blasio, the top public official in the president’s hometown.</p><p>Hours after de Blasio first <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2019/05/15/de-blasio-to-kick-off-presidential-tour-in-iowa-following-morning-show-appearance-1017709" target="_blank">declared</a> his presidential candidacy in May, Trump weighed in on Twitter with an insult for his fellow New Yorker.</p><p>“The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group,” Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1129001970654679040" target="_blank">wrote</a>. “Bill de Blasio of NYC, considered the worst mayor in the U.S., will supposedly be making an announcement for president today. He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes &amp; crime, he’s your man. NYC HATES HIM!”</p><p>But de Blasio, who called the president a “bully” in his campaign announcement <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=104&amp;v=GHDhsPyJzvk" target="_blank">video</a>, had seemingly relished the attention from his would-be general election opponent, previously bragging that he irritates Trump in a way that sets him apart from the rest of the Democratic field.</p><p>“I know something about Donald Trump that’s different from the other candidates because I watched him for decades,” de Blasio <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/26/bill-de-blasio-donald-trump-2020-1345017" target="_blank">told</a> CNN in May, adding: “I understand his game plan. I understand his tricks and his strategies, and I do get under his skin.”</p><p>The relationship between the two New Yorkers has not always been so acrimonious. As a private citizen, Trump <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/donald-trump-bill-de-blasio-new-york-city-099177" target="_blank">predicted</a> ahead of de Blasio’s election to City Hall in 2013 that “he’ll end up being a good mayor.” </p><p>But de Blasio’s stewardship of New York City has since become a subject of consistent ridicule from the president's allies and conservative media commentators.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> qforgey@politico.com (Quint Forgey) FOX News: Jon Summers: Yes, there is a climate crisis – Mr. Trump, listen to the kids http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/wM7BAVGySqs/climate-crisis-trump-kids-jon-summers 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ca596ac1-1936-e2cc-23bd-efcbc021f789 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:41:50 -0400 Kids are stepping up and calling for action to protect our planet. All over the world on Friday kids are part of climate strike protests. President Trump should pay attention.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/wM7BAVGySqs" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/09/18/694940094001_6087531248001_6087530714001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6087531248001_6087530714001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 6724f538-594b-5c6f-832a-bee6cfce6dab fox-news opinion fox-news us environment climate-change fox-news health education fox-news politics Jon Summers Opinion: The war for the world’s eyeballs will end in tears https://www.ft.com/content/24be6faa-dae2-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:114f81b2-b7d0-ead7-a3a8-4b1c3f01ae2b Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:34:52 -0400 YouTube and ByteDance may be the only winners as other streaming services go head to head<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: AT&T/Elliott: diminished cord https://www.ft.com/content/fdafac88-389e-39a1-8dcc-ee9398647d92 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6d12ecaf-f337-3369-5466-1f0c69f10008 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:30:54 -0400 It is easy to see why the activist investor thinks DirecTV should go<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion USMCA frustrations grow among House Democrats excluded from Trump talks https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/20/usmca-frustrations-house-democrats-1756005 Top Stories urn:uuid:4c1673bb-8e55-23e5-97a4-f76c3f369e81 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 07:59:45 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/9f/b5/637c1d6a41ccbd038fab7e7fc506/190920-dan-kildee-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Tensions are rising in the House Democratic caucus as a number of members say they feel they are being kept in the dark while nine of their colleagues negotiate changes to the new North American trade pact with the Trump administration. </p><p>Members of the working group House Speaker Nancy Pelosi selected to secure changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement say they have begun to make progress in talks with President Donald Trump’s trade chief. But because much of the information is privileged, and because both sides signed agreements pledging not to reveal details, there’s little they say they<b> </b>can share with Democrats who were not chosen for the nine-member team.</p><p>That’s begun to frustrate some House Democrats who are outside the process and want to offer input, especially members of the Ways and Means Committee's trade panel. Some members are unsure how they would vote on the deal and, as pressure is mounting for them to hold a vote as soon as possible, they're having a particularly hard time knowing what to say when discussing the USMCA publicly.</p><p>Rising tensions boiled over at a meeting of Ways and Means Democrats this week, where some lawmakers pressed committee leaders and staff for more information but were repeatedly shut down, six<b> </b>people present at the meeting told POLITICO. </p><p>“Obviously, for the folks who are not in the working group, there’s a frustration not being in the room,” said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), who sits on the trade subcommittee but not on the negotiating team. </p><br><p>“There’s some anxiety around it, and for a lot of folks who don’t know where they’re going to land on the ultimate question, it makes it more difficult, because you don’t know what to weigh in on,” he added. </p><p>U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill for months in an effort to garner their support for the NAFTA replacement deal. Lighthizer has held dozens of meetings with all factions of the Democratic caucus to hear their concerns about the pact. </p><p>But in recent months, he has solely focused on negotiations with the working group, as he tries to find a way to move toward an agreement that Pelosi would put up for a vote. </p><p>It was Lighthizer's biggest move to date in the talks — and the most tangible sign of progress — that provided the latest source of irritation for the Democrats who feel like they are being left out of the process. </p><p>Lighthizer last week sent proposals to lawmakers detailing how the Trump administration would make changes to the USMCA to address Democrats' prevailing concerns on enforcement, labor and environmental standards and drug pricing provisions. Democrats had demanded a formal response from the administration for<b> </b>weeks.<b> </b></p><p>But four Democrats on the trade subcommittee told POLITICO they have not seen the specifics of Lighthizer’s counteroffer.</p><p>“There are members on the committee, especially on the trade subcommittee, that take this job very serious. And in order to take it serious, you have to know what’s going on,” said Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), a Ways and Means trade subcommittee member who’s not in the working group. “So I think there needs to be more of an appreciation for those types of members, including myself, that we want to be able to know things about the deal within certain confidentiality aspects of it.”</p><p>Ways and Means members used Wednesday’s meeting to “ensure that we’re able to do our job by getting the information — in the appropriate venue, with the appropriate security precautions that we have to take — and just to let leadership know that we’re here to work, not just to follow,” Panetta said. </p><p>Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), who also leads the USMCA working group, said<b> </b>when asked about the concerns within the caucus that he has tried to share as much information as possible with lawmakers, but certain materials exchanged with USTR are &quot;privileged information.&quot; </p><p>“Part of this you have to be careful with because it is privileged information, according to the law, but I don’t see any reason why — and I’ve encouraged the Ways and Means trade staff to brief the members of the subcommittee,” Neal told POLITICO. </p><p>Other Democrats said they understand why the negotiations are being handled the way they are. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), another member of the Ways and Means trade panel who is not one of the USMCA nine,<b> </b>said it was “completely forgivable” that trade subcommittee members have not been in the loop, as Pelosi opted to create a working group that included lawmakers from across the Democratic spectrum. </p><p>“If Nancy wants to get to, say, a majority of the Democratic caucus members to move for it<b> </b>[USMCA ratification], it was really important they be part of the discussion,” Beyer said. He noted how Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) — two members of the working group who have been against free trade deals in the past — were included in the negotiations. </p><p>Beyer acknowledged the meeting got tense, but added: “In general, it’s a family. 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