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/ Opinions: Will donating to Alabama organizations that support women seeking abortions actually help? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/will-donating-to-alabama-organizations-that-support-women-seeking-abortions-actually-help/2019/05/22/639a931c-7bff-11e9-8ede-f4abf521ef17_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1f5f1614-408b-994c-257a-909eca3b6cf9 Wed, 22 May 2019 18:00:56 -0400 The ban feels personal.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2019-05-21T132929Z_1501188052_RC1F6BB14290_RTRMADP_5_USA-ABORTION-UN-6325.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2019-05-21T132929Z_1501188052_RC1F6BB14290_RTRMADP_5_USA-ABORTION-UN-6325.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2019-05-21T132929Z_1501188052_RC1F6BB14290_RTRMADP_5_USA-ABORTION-UN-6325.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Kate Cohen HUD moves to allow discrimination against homeless transgender people https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/hud-homeless-transgender-1468568 Top Stories urn:uuid:00a015b4-17f8-d44e-6be1-4f637dbb1bb1 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:51:39 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/45/8f/e5eebefb428185a2cb526aedc330/19522-ben-carson-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>The Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving to roll back protections for homeless transgender people by enabling HUD-funded providers of shelters to consider a person’s sex or gender identification in determining whether they can be admitted. </p><p>The <a href="https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201904&amp;RIN=2506-AC53" target="_blank">proposal,</a> included in the department’s spring rule <a href="https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaMain?operation=OPERATION_GET_AGENCY_RULE_LIST&amp;currentPub=true&amp;agencyCode=&amp;showStage=active&amp;agencyCd=2500&amp;Image58.x=56&amp;Image58.y=13" target="_blank">list</a> out Wednesday, contradicts a pledge that HUD Secretary Ben Carson made to lawmakers just yesterday. </p><p>It would turn back requirements under an Obama-era <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/21/2016-22589/equal-access-in-accordance-with-an-individuals-gender-identity-in-community-planning-and-development" target="_blank">rule</a> that operators of single-sex shelters who receive HUD funding “provide equal access to programs, benefits, services, and accommodations in accordance with an individual's gender identity.”</p> <p>Carson told lawmakers on Tuesday that he was “not currently anticipating changing” the Equal Access Rule under questioning from Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.). </p><p>“Yesterday, I asked Secretary Carson directly if he was anticipating any changes to HUD’s Equal Access Rule, and he said no,” Wexton told POLITICO. “The announcement today that HUD will now allow anti-trans discrimination in shelters demonstrates that he either lied to Congress or has no idea what policies his agency is pursuing. Either way, it’s unacceptable.”</p><p>HUD said the proposal would give more leeway to shelter providers on the admission of people who “may misrepresent their sex.” </p><br><p>“Later this year, HUD will be proposing a change to the 2016 rule that will offer local homeless shelter providers greater flexibility when making decisions about individuals who may misrepresent their sex to access sex-specific shelters,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “HUD is, and will always be, committed to ensuring that every person accessing its programs can do so without discrimination.”</p><p>The proposal says shelter providers “may establish a policy, consistent with state and local law, by which such Shelter Provider considers an individual’s sex for the purposes of determining accommodation within such shelters and for purposes of determining sex for admission to any facility or portion thereof.”</p><p>Providers would be able to “consider a range of factors in making such determinations, including privacy, safety, practical concerns, religious beliefs, any relevant considerations under civil rights and nondiscrimination authorities, the individual’s sex as reflected in official government documents, as well as the gender which a person identifies with,” according to the proposal.</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) Bernie Sanders inches toward backing impeaching Trump https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/bernie-sanders-impeachment-1340143 Top Stories urn:uuid:39e1f246-cffa-fc9f-5478-5d14a9b93c75 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:41:31 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/38/c0/5e772d674e6695e772a9dae941c7/190522-bernie-sanders-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday inched closer to supporting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, saying &quot;it may be time&quot; for the House Judiciary Committee to determine whether to start the process.</p><p>“I do understand where House members are coming from. And you've got this guy who is refusing to respect the Constitution, equal powers, and is rejecting requests for members of the administration to come forward,” the 2020 Democratic White House hopeful said on CNN. </p><p>“So, you know, I think it may be time at least to begin the process through the Judiciary Committee to determine whether or not there are impeachment proceedings.”</p><p>Calls by Democratic lawmakers to launch an impeachment inquiry have ramped up since Monday, when the administration directed former White House counsel Don McGahn <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/20/trump-mcgahn-subpoena-1335331" target="_blank">to defy a subpoena</a> from the House Judiciary Committee to testify publicly and produce documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.</p><br><p>The White House has attempted to block Democrats’ inquiries into Trump, including his financial records and actions detailed in Mueller’s report.</p><p>While White House contenders such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have called for Trump’s impeachment, Sanders has been more cautious, as have House leaders such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Sanders said Wednesday that if Trump &quot;continues to not understand the Constitution of the United States, the separation of powers, the fact that the Congress has every right to subpoena,&quot; it might be time to start the impeachment process.</p><p>Sanders, a Vermont Independent, also said House Democrats must remain focused on progressive legislative priorities.</p><p>“The House has got to continue going forward, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, making sure that all of our people have health care, dealing with climate change, dealing with voter suppression,” Sanders said. “If all we talk about is Trump, Trump, Trump, I think he benefits.” <br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> qforgey@politico.com (Quint Forgey) Opinions: Don’t get it twisted. Trump is the one with the picket sign. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-get-it-twisted-trump-is-the-one-with-the-picket-sign/2019/05/22/cd565d9e-7cd2-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8e011259-57fe-36e1-7d8d-46d6152e05c5 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:30:24 -0400 He goes on strike in the Rose Garden, grinding the government to a halt to keep his own secrets.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/National-Politics/Images/botsford190522Trump56927.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/National-Politics/Images/botsford190522Trump56927.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/National-Politics/Images/botsford190522Trump56927.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions E.J. Dionne Jr. John Harwood: 'One tweet away from a U-turn on policy' – Trump's Twitter feed confounds economic forecasters https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/22/trumps-twitter-feed-confounds-economic-forecasters.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f50bc2b5-78a6-12d3-613b-15df4492746b Wed, 22 May 2019 17:16:00 -0400 Among the many ways Trump has shattered White House norms, his impulsive public communications rank among the most consequential in markets.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7067303" width="16" height="16"> John Harwood Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @politico: The NY Assembly passed legislation that will let the state's Department of Taxation &amp; Finance share political officials’ stat… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131307376219426816 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:49e3ddb5-3831-09de-e4c1-1583279d6e44 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:14:31 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>The NY Assembly passed legislation that will let the state's Department of Taxation &amp; Finance share political officials’ state tax returns with congressional committees <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2019/05/22/new-york-legislature-passes-bill-to-share-trumps-state-taxes-with-congress-1026004">politico.com/states/new-yor…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/politico"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/677177503694237697/y6yTzWn6_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/politico">politico</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 6:33pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:14pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>290</b> likes, <b>83</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet politico Opinions: Leave millennials alone! https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/leave-millennials-alone/2019/05/22/e554ec06-a3b6-4dac-b47c-96933e94984a_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:44fb21b9-7bf2-48b2-c699-c221c3245966 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:12:46 -0400 Millennial-bashing is a prime example of a particularly nasty tradition.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/ORIRKRS5NII6RNSWENWGEFHPAE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/ORIRKRS5NII6RNSWENWGEFHPAE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/ORIRKRS5NII6RNSWENWGEFHPAE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Helaine Olen Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @ektrit: We shall sooner or later have Anastasios of the Church of Albania claim that Albania is the "mother of all churches", as well.… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131306030854545409 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bad22ab4-77d4-22d4-73b7-7c27ff6fae6d Wed, 22 May 2019 17:09:11 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>We shall sooner or later have Anastasios of the Church of Albania claim that Albania is the "mother of all churches", as well.</p> <p>Evil Ethno-orthodoxy is dying, thank God.</p> <p>Patriarch Theophilos: Jerusalem Patriarchate is the Mother of all Churches - UOJ <a href="https://spzh.news/en/news/62237-patriarkh-feofil-ijerusalimskij-patriarkhatmaty-vseh-cerkvej">spzh.news/en/news/62237-…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/ektrit"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1059491294035275777/tPrZ0Q7n_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ektrit">ektrit</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 12:56pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:09pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>4</b> likes, <b>1</b> retweet</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet ektrit Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @politico: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Attorney General Bill Barr should resign over his conduct before Congr… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131305751635484673 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:12e9827d-0992-96e9-83e6-b6a55b72ff5a Wed, 22 May 2019 17:08:04 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Attorney General Bill Barr should resign over his conduct before Congress<br /><a href="https://politi.co/2VWd3br">politi.co/2VWd3br</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/politico"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/677177503694237697/y6yTzWn6_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/politico">politico</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 7:30pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:08pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>473</b> likes, <b>135</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet politico Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @nytimes: Breaking News: New York lawmakers passed a bill giving Congress a way to obtain President Trump’s state tax returns, opening a… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131305687513018369 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9dd863a6-196a-3c28-ed7b-eb2b8eb6c22e Wed, 22 May 2019 17:07:49 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Breaking News: New York lawmakers passed a bill giving Congress a way to obtain President Trump’s state tax returns, opening a new front in a heated battle <a href="https://nyti.ms/2HPFgaf">nyti.ms/2HPFgaf</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1098244578472280064/gjkVMelR_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes">nytimes</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 5:25pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:07pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>1787</b> likes, <b>480</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet nytimes Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @politico: Adam Schiff called William Barr a "personal attorney" for President Donald Trump and said the attorney general should resign… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131305442750210048 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:76704fd5-16ee-232a-3e3b-ae51d0d8cc60 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:06:50 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Adam Schiff called William Barr a "personal attorney" for President Donald Trump and said the attorney general should resign<br /><a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/adam-schiff-william-barr-good-looks-1340061">politico.com/story/2019/05/…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/politico"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/677177503694237697/y6yTzWn6_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/politico">politico</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 5:32pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:06pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>925</b> likes, <b>272</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet politico Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @thehill: President Trump: "I'm the most transparent president probably in the history of this country." hill.cm/Z1oXOte https:/… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131305410986676224 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5633ba86-ef4f-11f6-0f56-edc8ea506bb2 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:06:43 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>President Trump: "I'm the most transparent president probably in the history of this country." <a href="http://hill.cm/Z1oXOte">hill.cm/Z1oXOte</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1131263798449508353/video/1">pic.twitter.com/N6Ez4nX5IT</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" muted="muted" playsinline="playsinline" src="https://video.twimg.com/amplify_video/1131262101534777345/vid/1280x720/6-A-XsxrRtV3jHIp.mp4?tag=12"> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/thehill"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/907330975587336193/tw7JPE5v_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/thehill">thehill</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 6:21pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:06pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>190</b> likes, <b>62</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) link video retweeted retweet thehill Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @nytimes: Breaking News: For the second time this week, a federal judge rejected President Trump’s efforts to prevent the release of his… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131305349179432960 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8ef8df0e-b279-e539-bfb4-b890372ddb92 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:06:28 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Breaking News: For the second time this week, a federal judge rejected President Trump’s efforts to prevent the release of his financial records <a href="https://nyti.ms/2HZi7lV">nyti.ms/2HZi7lV</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1098244578472280064/gjkVMelR_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes">nytimes</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 8:53pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:06pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>845</b> likes, <b>234</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet nytimes Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @ricardorossello: Another poll confirms the strong support for equal rights and #Statehood nationally. Here, Puerto Ricans in New York… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131305272847294464 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ab3f6e13-1e8f-e21d-8293-1a7cecb5d1df Wed, 22 May 2019 17:06:10 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Another poll confirms the strong support for equal rights and #Statehood nationally. Here, Puerto Ricans in New York OVERWHELMINGLY support statehood. @politico <a href="https://twitter.com/ricardorossello/status/1131252369012994051/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/OwiA1bqoXS</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7MECCrXkAAd8Cw.jpg" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/ricardorossello"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/720037738863419392/73erg1Nw_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ricardorossello">ricardorossello</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 5:35pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:06pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>77</b> likes, <b>43</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) photo retweeted retweet ricardorossello Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @politico: BREAKING: A federal judge allowed the House to move ahead with subpoenas seeking years of Donald Trump’s financial records fr… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131305200097083392 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0f64c99c-f068-aef0-8385-60414257ff76 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:05:52 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>BREAKING: A federal judge allowed the House to move ahead with subpoenas seeking years of Donald Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/judge-sides-with-democrats-in-trump-bank-subpoena-fight-1340133">politico.com/story/2019/05/…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/politico"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/677177503694237697/y6yTzWn6_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/politico">politico</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 8:36pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:05pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>782</b> likes, <b>244</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet politico Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @20committee: He always seemed like such a mild-mannered, upstanding, down-to-earth guy. I know we're all in shock here. https://t.co/g… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131305139409756160 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:dd6efa27-08f6-edfd-47cb-16a2ca512be4 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:05:38 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>He always seemed like such a mild-mannered, upstanding, down-to-earth guy. I know we're all in shock here.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/22/michael-avenatti-indicted-for-alleged-extortion-attempt-against-nike.html">cnbc.com/2019/05/22/mic…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/20committee"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/908525669533016064/xYKyNpnW_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/20committee">20committee</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 7:47pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:05pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>274</b> likes, <b>50</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) link retweeted retweet 20committee Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @seth_hettena: Ukrethanol, a New York company that Michael Cohen ran with his brother, Bryan, was under investigation for suspected mone… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131305065195679744 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e2688baa-e4a9-d501-2267-ced1eafc8f82 Wed, 22 May 2019 17:05:20 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Ukrethanol, a New York company that Michael Cohen ran with his brother, Bryan, was under investigation for suspected money laundering, newly disclosed search warrants reveal. <a href="https://twitter.com/seth_hettena/status/1131277193881849858/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/AzKw1wxJ89</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7MZvx-VUAABEwH.png" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/seth_hettena"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1069274506051510272/loZbrTVs_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/seth_hettena">seth_hettena</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 7:14pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:05pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>3</b> likes, <b>3</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) photo retweeted retweet seth_hettena Opinions: Trump has shown his contempt for Congress. Will Congress reciprocate? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-has-shown-his-contempt-for-congress-will-congress-reciprocate/2019/05/22/2f27bbfc-7cb1-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:24a5be9c-e652-8776-db50-aa148b24033d Wed, 22 May 2019 17:02:26 -0400 Congress’s subpoena power is well-established, while executive privilege has a much more dubious pedigree.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/National-Politics/Images/botsford190522Trump56932.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/National-Politics/Images/botsford190522Trump56932.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/National-Politics/Images/botsford190522Trump56932.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Neil Kinkopf RenewAmerica columns: A forgotten voice in the Alabama abortion debate http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/newcombe/190522 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:711d475a-6c21-bba3-0b72-1af394a78d3e Wed, 22 May 2019 17:01:06 -0400 (Jerry Newcombe) - The goal of the new, strict Alabama abortion law is to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade. The law would penalize abortion doctors, and it contains no exception clauses, except for the life and health of the mother. In all of the brouhaha about the new Alabama law, there is a long-stilled voice that has been forgotten. That of the repentant Roe of Roe v. Wade. ...<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1495791" width="16" height="16"> RenewAmerica columns Jerry Newcombe Opinions: For the Democratic candidates, winnowing is already at work https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/for-the-democratic-candidates-winnowing-is-already-at-work/2019/05/22/457bfc06-7bf3-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:66657dd0-da78-57c5-0193-da573b8fc483 Wed, 22 May 2019 16:51:43 -0400 The knives are already out.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/AFP_1GR0IR.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/AFP_1GR0IR.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/AFP_1GR0IR.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions George F. Will rss: Rescuing Our Children: Alex Newman’s Speaking Tour Roars From Coast to Coast http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/32421-rescuing-our-children-alex-newman-s-speaking-tour-roars-from-coast-to-coast 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ed00085f-a5ca-32e2-66f7-b62f1ffb13d5 Wed, 22 May 2019 16:47:11 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32421:rescuing-our-children-alex-newman-s-speaking-tour-roars-from-coast-to-coast&amp;Itemid=657"><img align="right" alt="rescuing-our-children-alex-newman-s-speaking-tour-roars-from-coast-to-coast" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/c7791c0160cbbd342fbbbf9b6db8f42a_S.jpg" /></a><p>The government school system represents an existential threat to faith, family, and freedom — and parents must remove their children if America is to survive.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss William F. Jasper RenewAmerica columns: Blind eyes: The agony of Venezuela http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/westerman/190522 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7b3a9866-6c87-8912-ed35-39e3cfc6c9ce Wed, 22 May 2019 16:46:09 -0400 (Toby Westerman) - Revolutionary violence has joined starvation, death, and the presence of foreign troops as part of everyday life for the people of oil-rich Venezuela. "21st Century Socialism" has brought Venezuela, once the most prosperous nation in Latin America, to this despicable plight. ...<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1495791" width="16" height="16"> RenewAmerica columns Toby Westerman Judge sides with Democrats in Trump bank subpoena fight https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/judge-sides-with-democrats-in-trump-bank-subpoena-fight-1340133 Top Stories urn:uuid:5c1a3101-e120-e62a-60ab-c5bd31bc8dd6 Wed, 22 May 2019 16:34:36 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/97/48/76d1bd724974a78d9db837f1f401/190522-donald-j-trump-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the House to move ahead with subpoenas seeking years of President Donald Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One, dealing the second blow in a matter of days to Trump's legal strategy of stonewalling Democrats’ investigations.</p><p><i>This is a developing story and will be updated.</i></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> POLITICO Staff 'FBI Lovebirds': Trump ally bringing Strzok-Page texts to the theater stage https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/trump-strzok-page-texts-1340127 Top Stories urn:uuid:87aac195-564c-f8f4-58ca-e1a9facb578c Wed, 22 May 2019 16:15:45 -0400 A dramatic reading sponsored by conservative filmmakers has signed up Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson to play the Trump-Russia investigators. <img src="https://static.politico.com/2c/d5/f9c0ad9f4a8fbe35bbb1b0b6a471/190522-strzok-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>A new theatrical production in Washington is aiming to be “Hamilton” for the Make America Great Again crowd.</p><p>The same documentary filmmakers who convinced the White House to host a recent <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/11/trump-white-house-anti-abortion-movie-1271824" target="_blank">screening</a> of an anti-abortion movie have planned a live stage reading next month based on thousands of anti-Trump text messages recovered by the FBI last year from the cellphones of the former Trump-Russia investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, three people familiar with the project told POLITICO. </p><p>And they’re hoping President Donald Trump will attend.</p><p>“We’re lobbying the White House hard,” said a person directly involved with the production. “We are being told the president loves the idea of exposing this.”</p><p>The Trumpian production, entitled “FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers,” will be directed by Phelim McAleer, a conservative provocateur who has co-written and produced a handful of political films about abortion, fracking and environmentalism with his wife, Ann McElhinney. Dean Cain, a Trump supporter who played Superman in the television series &quot;Lois &amp; Clark&quot; and who starred in the anti-abortion film, “Gosnell” has agreed to play Strzok, according to McAleer. </p><p>Actress Kristy Swanson, known for her lead role in the 1992 cult film “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” will portray Page, who engaged in an extramarital affair with Strzok during and after the 2016 election when they were colleagues at the law enforcement agency. </p><br><p>Reached by phone on Tuesday, Swanson confirmed her involvement and said she and Cain had already read through a script, which draws verbatim from Strzok’s and Page’s texts, as well as from closed-door testimony that Strzok gave to the House Judiciary Committee last June. A transcript of the interview was released earlier this year by Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the ranking Republican on the House panel. </p><p>“We are going to show the mainstream media and Hollywood that they can no longer push the Russia collusion hoax and force them to acknowledge how the Deep State, DC Swamp tried to destroy the Trump candidacy and presidency,” reads a crowdfunding page named after the production that McAleer set up to help cover related costs.</p><p>The page aims to raise $95,000 in one month (an event contract reviewed by POLITICO listed McAleer’s theater rental cost as $5,620) and offers “perks” such as a signed playbill or VIP performance pass for different contribution levels.</p><p>McAleer, who participated in a White House meeting last fall with other anti-abortion groups and worked closely with Trump aides to screen “Gosnell” in April, declined to say which officials he’s spoken with about his latest project. A White House spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.</p><p>The Studio Theater, a non-profit theater company located just one mile from the White House, confirmed to POLITICO on Wednesday that McAleer had rented one of their four theaters to use for the production on June 13. McAleer in a phone interview said he is willing to take a loss on the project if he fails to reach his fundraising goal, though he cited the prior success of his crowdfunding campaign for “Gosnell,” which raised $2.3 million in 45 days.</p><p>Strzok and Page became household names in early 2018, months after Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team when it became clear that he’d been romantically involved with Page and some of their anti-Trump text messages had surfaced. Both Strzok and Page had been under investigation by the agency’s inspector general for potential political bias, including whether Strzok’s anti-Trump opinions played a role in the bureau’s decision to launch the Russia investigation in 2016. </p><br><p>In one of his messages to Page from 2016, Strzok described the probe as an “insurance policy” in case Trump defeated then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election. In another text after Trump won the presidency, Strzok wrote to Page, “OMG I am so depressed.”</p><p>Trump and his allies have repeatedly cited Strzok and Page as evidence of a “deep state” scheme inside the Justice Department to subvert his presidency and cast doubt on the 2016 election. “More text messages between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are a disaster and embarrassment to the FBI &amp; DOJ,” the president tweeted on Sept. 13, 2018.</p><p>During a contentious congressional hearing last July, Strzok said he “very much” regretted his text messages with Page, but maintained that they did not impact his or her work at the FBI. Strzok also played a role in the FBI’s probe of Clinton’s use of a private email server.</p><p>Despite Trump’s interest in the pair of ex-FBI investigators, it would be unusual for him to promote the stage reading or attend the event. Though he has previously used his Twitter feed to recommend books by many of his allies, he has rarely endorsed other projects or personally attended controversial events. Trump did not attend the screening of “Gosnell” at the White House, nor did he join several of his top aides and Vice President Mike Pence in publicly praising another anti-abortion film, “Unplanned,” when it was released in late March.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Gabby Orr International asylum law is getting in the way of Trump's immigration goals https://www.politico.com/video/2019/05/22/trump-asylum-immigration-068168 Top Stories urn:uuid:e6585f51-9e7b-62e7-a124-c56ff9303da8 Wed, 22 May 2019 16:13:13 -0400 Eugene Daniels FOX News: Leslie Marshall: Alabama law banning abortions won’t stop abortions and is wrong – Here’s why http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/f_4RL6LqCgg/leslie-marshall-alabama-law-banning-abortions-wont-stop-abortions-and-is-wrong-heres-why 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5855d624-0f75-6661-0870-0a8f481fb8e2 Wed, 22 May 2019 16:11:30 -0400 I have many problems with Alabama’s new law against abortions, some which have nothing to do with abortion. I am concerned about the hypocrisy and the precedent this sets for the future.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/f_4RL6LqCgg" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/05/85ecfffc-ContentBroker_contentid-88d95b6081a840aa8fca3a5acc330899.png" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/85ecfffc-ContentBroker_contentid-88d95b6081a840aa8fca3a5acc330899.png" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 11b1f545-ecb9-5c95-b56a-72d2d51c5cb3 fox-news opinion fox-news politics judiciary abortion fnc fnc opinion article fox news Leslie Marshall rss: Nevada Senate Vote Moves U.S. Closer to Making Electoral College Irrelevant http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/32422-nevada-senate-vote-moves-u-s-closer-to-making-electoral-college-irrelevant 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9ec9095b-c4be-eb79-1097-338af468f769 Wed, 22 May 2019 16:10:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32422:nevada-senate-vote-moves-u-s-closer-to-making-electoral-college-irrelevant&amp;Itemid=632"><img align="right" alt="nevada-senate-vote-moves-u-s-closer-to-making-electoral-college-irrelevant" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/932e9e198c07d62a5440f0cb9e4d9893_S.jpg" /></a><p>The National Popular Vote Compact, which Nevada’s Senate voted to join, undermines our very system of government.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Steve Byas Sen. John Kennedy on Congress: ‘We have done nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada.’ https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/john-kennedy-senate-nominations-1340126 Top Stories urn:uuid:1fc0e8bc-9945-c7b6-88a1-d8f8f0fe939d Wed, 22 May 2019 16:05:54 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/a0/18/b766ecc74a268b416f97d6abc6a3/190522-john-kennedy-gtty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Sen. John Kennedy called on the Senate Wednesday to do more than confirm nominations and lambasted Congress for its lack of legislative accomplishments.</p><p>Kennedy’s criticism comes as the Senate has picked up the pace of confirming President Donald Trump’s executive and judicial branch nominees, thanks to a recent rules change that reduces debate time on certain nominees. </p><p>While the Louisiana Republican acknowledged that confirming nominees to the executive and judiciary branches is a priority, he said more legislation needs to come to the floor.</p><p> “We have done nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada,” Kennedy said. </p><p>Kennedy criticized the Democratically-controlled House for passing “messaging” bills that are dead on arrival in the Senate and accused House leadership of harassing President Donald Trump. As for the Senate, Kennedy praised the nominees confirmed, who he described as “very fine men and women.”</p><p>“I’m not saying we haven’t done anything,” he said. “I’m saying we need to do more.”</p><br><p>Kennedy proceeded to list off bipartisan legislation that the Senate could bring to the floor, including bills addressing the cost prescription drugs, ending government shutdowns and reforming the process for declaring a national emergency.</p><p>“I don’t care whether we move a bill through committee or whether we bring a bill directly to the floor of the Senate,” he said. “I’m in labor, not management. That’s above my pay grade, but we need to try.”</p><p>Kennedy is not the first to call on the Senate to act. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Democrats have also dubbed the body a “legislative graveyard.” <br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mlevine@politico.com (Marianne LeVine) Opinions: Why do young voters like old socialists? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-do-young-voters-like-old-socialists/2019/05/22/f2234a78-7bed-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8bdf82c3-46b5-c5c6-ff8e-9f53f16d31ab Wed, 22 May 2019 15:54:22 -0400 The answer may have to do with track records, generational alienation and a sense of political identity.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/National-Economy/Images/Election_2020_Bernie_Sanders_12170-49d76.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/National-Economy/Images/Election_2020_Bernie_Sanders_12170-49d76.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/National-Economy/Images/Election_2020_Bernie_Sanders_12170-49d76.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Elizabeth Bruenig Global Opinions: The problem with the U.S.-backed opposition outside Iran https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/the-problem-with-the-us-backed-opposition-outside-iran/2019/05/22/e22ae0ef-7e37-4d90-b538-407f2a9c171d_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:289e7af3-33af-09c1-c08e-e673a1aab7db Wed, 22 May 2019 15:52:01 -0400 It would be more productive and strategic in the long term to find ways to empower civil society within Iran to generate real political change.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/7ZZQZ3D26II6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/7ZZQZ3D26II6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/7ZZQZ3D26II6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6451777" width="16" height="16"> Global Opinions Mehdi Khalaji Mnuchin: $20 bill redesign with Harriet Tubman on hold https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/harriet-tubman-20-dollar-bill-3310668 Top Stories urn:uuid:516a0b43-92b2-07eb-ab17-95a1213fd768 Wed, 22 May 2019 15:42:43 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/99/05/90e27048498ea177e9eacb4ef03a/190522-mnuchin-msm-773.jpg"/><br><p>Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday said a redesign of the $20 bill, expected to feature famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman, is unlikely to come out before 2028, drawing a sharp response from a lawmaker who pressed him on the issue.</p><p>Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) repeatedly questioned Mnuchin on his timetable for redesigning the bill, asking if it was still on track for 2020, as Mnuchin's predecessor had once said. </p><p>Sort of, Mnuchin said.</p><p>“The primary reason we’ve looked at redesigning the currency is for counterfeiting issues,” he told Pressley at the House Financial Services Committee hearing, adding that there would be a “security feature redesign in 2020.”</p><br><p>“It is my responsibility now to focus on what is the issue of counterfeiting and the security features,” he said. “The ultimate decision on the redesign will most likely be another secretary’s down the road” — in 2028.</p><p>During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump said putting Tubman, a former slave, on the $20 bill, would be &quot;pure political correctness&quot; — and suggested instead that her likeness could go on the $2 bill.</p><p>The $20 bill currently features the image of Andrew Jackson, one of Trump's favorite presidents.</p><p>In April 2016, then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he asked the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to accelerate work on the new $20 bill with Tubman on the front. He said he expected the final concept design for the new $20 bill and other bills to be unveiled in 2020 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.</p><p>Pressed further by the congresswoman, Mnuchin said he has made no decision on whether Tubman should be put on the bill. “The imagery feature will not be an issue that comes up until most likely 2026,” he said.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> vguida@politico.com (Victoria Guida) Trump, Pelosi and Schumer infrastructure meeting gets dramatic https://www.politico.com/video/2019/05/22/white-house-infrastructure-meeting-gets-dramatic-for-trump-pelosi-and-schumer-068167 Top Stories urn:uuid:bb3d01bb-7b84-158f-cbf9-0ed18842ad2c Wed, 22 May 2019 15:39:53 -0400 rss: Segregation Returning to American College Campuses http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/32423-segregation-returning-to-american-college-campuses 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4ad0bad6-1da9-f94f-5dd6-2228825b70d4 Wed, 22 May 2019 15:30:54 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32423:segregation-returning-to-american-college-campuses&amp;Itemid=657"><img align="right" alt="segregation-returning-to-american-college-campuses" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/9dc5e6415d0f59ed12ee383833951ca4_S.jpg" /></a><p>A troubling new study by the National Association of Scholars reveals that a number of American colleges have returned to segregation based on race or ethnicity.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Raven Clabough FBI search warrants detail new Michael Cohen Russia ties https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/michael-cohen-russia-fbi-1340078 Top Stories urn:uuid:0112785b-03d0-30e4-c744-cd9fee6c5703 Wed, 22 May 2019 15:17:46 -0400 Newly unsealed warrants reveal how closely the special counsel's team was tracking the foreign entanglements of Trump’s most loyal fixer. <img src="https://static.politico.com/2c/e5/6633f65c425db63ca621315c0cbf/190404-michael-cohen-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, was in constant contact with — and received thousands of dollars from — a Russia-linked firm starting on Election Day in 2016, newly unsealed court documents show. </p><p>The transactions soon caught the attention of investigators, as the FBI zeroed in on what it considered to be suspicious emails and bank transfers from Cohen’s accounts — including his Trump Organization email account. With special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in full swing, authorities filed a series of search warrants between July and November 2017 to investigate whether the exchanges violated foreign agent laws and constituted wire fraud and money laundering.</p><p>The search warrants were unsealed as part of a case brought by several media organizations, including POLITICO.</p><p>Much of what the warrants reveal has already been well-documented — Cohen is now serving three years in prison for making false statements to Congress, as well as tax and bank fraud. But the warrants document how focused agents with Mueller’s team were in the early stages of its investigation on tracking the foreign entanglements of Trump’s most loyal fixer.</p><br><p>At the heart of investigators’ interest in Cohen was a company he set up in October 2016 called Essential Consultants, LLC. Cohen told the bank that the company was a real estate consulting firm whose clients would be “high-worth domestic individuals,” and used his Trump Organization account as a point of contact, according to the search warrants. One of the warrants sought permission to look at Cohen’s Trump Organization email account. </p><p>Soon after Essential Consultants was opened, the FBI found, the company's bank account began receiving large deposits from a New York City investment manager firm, Columbus Nova, connected to the influential Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. </p><p>And starting on Election Day, Cohen began direct communications with the founder of Columbus Nova, Vekselberg’s cousin Andrew Intrater. Between Election Day and July 14, 2017, the two exchanged over 230 phone calls and 950 text messages, according to one of the search warrants. Another search warrant said the contacts continued until at least November 2017.</p><p>Cohen told lawmakers earlier this year that he signed a $1 million contract — of which he only got about $416,000 — with Columbus Nova, whose largest client is Vekselberg’s Renova Group. The plan was to “put together an infrastructure fund” that would be financed by overseas investors, Cohen testified. But he downplayed Vekselberg’s interest in the deal, telling Congress that the Russian oligarch was only a “minimal” investor in Columbus Nova when they started working together in January 2017.</p><p>Emails obtained by the FBI and described in the search warrant for the first time, however, show that Vekselberg met with Cohen and Intrater 11 days before Trump’s inauguration. At that gathering, the three discussed a lobbying group based in Moscow that promotes Russian business interests, called the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. </p><p>And according to the court documents, Cohen also remained in touch with Vekselberg and scheduled a meeting with him in March 2017 at Renova headquarters —&nbsp;while Columbus Nova was still paying Cohen.</p><br><p>The meeting was of interest to lawmakers because Cohen had met in late January of that year with his longtime acquaintance Felix Sater and the Ukrainian lawmaker Andrei Artemenko to discuss a Russia-Ukraine “peace plan” that would involve lifting sanctions on Russia. The FBI wanted to know whether Vekselberg was paying Cohen to promote the sanctions-lifting plan, which would have benefited the Russian oligarch. Vekselberg has been doing business in the United States since at least 1990, when he co-founded the conglomerate Renova Group as a joint U.S.-Russian venture.</p><p>No evidence has emerged of such a quid-pro-quo, and Columbus Nova<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/former-gop-congressman-embroiled-in-the-russia-probe/562343/" target="_blank"> <u>has denied participating</u></a> in anything related to a Ukranian peace plan. But the FBI did reveal some new details about the episode in the search warrants unsealed on Wednesday.</p><p>According to phone records investigators reviewed, “a call was exchanged” between Cohen and soon-to-be White House national security adviser Michael Flynn on Jan. 11, 2017, just days before Trump's inauguration. A New York Times report said Cohen had delivered the sanctions-lifting plan to Flynn, but Cohen later told lawmakers that he threw the plan in the trash and never delivered it to the White House.</p><p>The FBI also found that Cohen continued speaking to Sater, a Russian-born businessman who helped Cohen negotiate a Trump Tower Moscow deal during the election, well after the peace plan meeting. Records they obtained showed approximately 20 calls exchanged between them from Jan. 5, 2017 to Feb. 20, 2017.</p><p>Sater on Wednesday told POLITICO he couldn't remember the exact substance of the calls but said they likely had to do with the New York Times’ story about the “peace plan” meeting, which was published on Feb. 19.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Natasha Bertrand Opinions: How some states are ripping off people who try to save for college https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-some-states-are-ripping-off-people-who-try-to-save-for-college/2019/05/22/15c47f3e-776d-45e0-9033-8106ad784a84_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2326b140-ef7d-207b-5c9d-26ab75e62528 Wed, 22 May 2019 15:07:53 -0400 Those popular 529 plans aren't always the great deal they appear to be.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/KVIKD2W3UQI6PISBBBEDCVSC2A.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/KVIKD2W3UQI6PISBBBEDCVSC2A.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/KVIKD2W3UQI6PISBBBEDCVSC2A.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Quinn Curtis Opinions: The administration tried to muzzle this scientist on climate change. But he won’t go away. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-administration-tried-to-muzzle-this-scientist-on-climate-change-but-he-wont-go-away/2019/05/22/66b0b684-7bd8-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8612498c-e2ac-1d27-801e-1a61f35041b6 Wed, 22 May 2019 15:06:33 -0400 George Luber sees the threat facing the globe as too important to be silenced.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2018/06/07/Interactivity/Images/AP_161415638209481513464001.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2018/06/07/Interactivity/Images/AP_161415638209481513464001.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2018/06/07/Interactivity/Images/AP_161415638209481513464001.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Karen Tumulty NYT > Opinion: Why India Needs Modi https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/why-india-needs-modi.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a3d0ed47-5df2-62a2-8c58-5d1f9d99c378 Wed, 22 May 2019 15:00:05 -0400 A supporter of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party waves the party flag during a campaign rally addressed by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on May 8.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/22/opinion/22rattner/22rattner-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion economic conditions and trends modi narendra india mumbai (india) Steven Rattner NYT > Opinion: How Trump Is Getting in His Own Way in Venezuela https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/trump-venezuela.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e85bb152-5c2c-3411-334a-d02fe5e7c84a Wed, 22 May 2019 15:00:05 -0400 Cartoon depictions of President Trump at the May Day parade in Revolution Square in Havana this month. Mr. Trump has been pressuring Cuba over its support for the Maduro government in Venezuela.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/22/opinion/22corrales/22corrales-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion maduro nicolas trump donald j latin america moscow (russia) venezuela Javier Corrales NYT > Opinion: America’s Cities Are Unlivable. Blame Wealthy Liberals. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/california-housing-nimby.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7818674e-d52e-848d-ae39-807a6dd8ffc3 Wed, 22 May 2019 15:00:05 -0400 The demise of a California housing measure shows how progressives abandon progressive values in their own backyards.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/22/opinion/22manjooSub/22manjooSub-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion real estate and housing (residential) homeless persons urban areas liberalism (us politics) income inequality affordable housing democratic party pelosi nancy california beverly hills (calif) san francisco (calif) Farhad Manjoo Opinions: Honoring a CIA officer who died by suicide is a step in the right direction https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-cia-memorial-star-for-a-woman-who-died-by-suicide-is-a-step-in-the-right-direction/2019/05/22/6c38cc83-6b91-4a7b-9b39-5de0637bf057_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2c1c9c28-34d0-9f22-c877-d28890059d2c Wed, 22 May 2019 14:59:05 -0400 Suffering from trauma is not a sign of weakness or a failure of an individual’s resilience.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/W44YBKXBLEI6HFCCKQMJX4NIBE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/W44YBKXBLEI6HFCCKQMJX4NIBE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/W44YBKXBLEI6HFCCKQMJX4NIBE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Jeremy Butler Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @JuliaDavisNews: Russians who were linked to interference in the 2016 U.S. election discussed ambitious plans to stoke unrest and even v… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131271421999628288 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f694fcad-201e-d498-838c-cb2c258d73db Wed, 22 May 2019 14:51:39 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Russians who were linked to interference in the 2016 U.S. election discussed ambitious plans to stoke unrest and even violence inside the U.S. as recently as 2018.<br />#Russia <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russian-documents-reveal-desire-sow-racial-discord-violence-u-s-n1008051">nbcnews.com/news/world/rus…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1054178151138582528/Nx021Qhy_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews">JuliaDavisNews</a> on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 2:15pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 6:51pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>583</b> likes, <b>588</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet JuliaDavisNews Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @timcolicchio: Hello to #trump, come in trump. Why is Putin always threatening &amp; taunting our US Military Families like this around the… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131271139265777664 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:896296cc-1b6b-c4b2-8557-5abe4f171a3e Wed, 22 May 2019 14:50:32 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Hello to #trump, come in trump. Why is Putin always threatening &amp; taunting our US Military Families like this around the world, and you do and say nothing?</p> <p>Explain yourself or again act like a #traitor</p> <p><a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russian-bombers-fighter-jets-intercepted-norad-off-alaska-2nd-day-in-row/">cbsnews.com/news/russian-b…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/timcolicchio"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/851489004335886337/Q0_mmyt-_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/timcolicchio">timcolicchio</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 6:49pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 6:50pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>1</b> like, <b>1</b> retweet</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet timcolicchio Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: "#TrumpRussiaInvestigations" - #GoogleNews: #Trump #demands #end to #Russia #probes, #walks #out of #meeting with #Democrats - #ConcordMonitor trumpinvestigations.org/blog/20 https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131270683395272705 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:91372e9c-d2d0-8c7d-570d-d88c6ccafdc9 Wed, 22 May 2019 14:48:43 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>"#TrumpRussiaInvestigations" - #GoogleNews: #Trump #demands #end to #Russia #probes, #walks #out of #meeting with #Democrats - #ConcordMonitor <a href="http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2019/05/22/trump-demands-end-to-russia-probes-walks-out-of-dem-meeting-25733906/">trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2019/05/2…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 6:48pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Will the Supreme Court take up a Roe v. Wade showdown in 2020? https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/supreme-court-roe-vs-wade-2020-1340075 Top Stories urn:uuid:abc7556f-cee1-2b28-ba23-791df0141f76 Wed, 22 May 2019 14:45:08 -0400 Multiple states have passed strict abortion limits in hopes of sending a Roe v. Wade challenge to the Supreme Court. <img src="https://static.politico.com/db/64/034b91f84f9485cfeeedd91ef770/19522-supreme-court-abortion-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>The Supreme Court may well be headed for an election-year fight over abortion rights, but it’s not likely to be a blockbuster showdown over Roe v. Wade.</p><p>Courtwatchers anticipate that the justices will agree to take one or more cases related to abortion restrictions in the coming term, drawing attention to the polarizing issue as the 2020 presidential campaign moves into a critical phase.</p><p>Further stoking the speculation is the passage of sweeping new abortion limits in several states that are largely designed to trigger a Supreme Court battle, with Republican lawmakers hoping that a high court transformed by President Donald Trump’s judicial picks will bring down the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed abortion rights nationwide.</p><p>These lawmakers have helped pass new laws in Mississippi and Georgia banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected — about six weeks into pregnancy. And just last week, Alabama went even further, passing a near-outright ban on all abortions at any time during pregnancy, even in cases of rape or incest.</p><p>The deliberate escalation by the states has led to talk that a head-on challenge to Roe could be before the justices in their next term, which opens in October and typically produces its most hard-fought decisions in the following June. That would be June 2020, weeks before the Democratic and Republican Conventions and just months before Trump and a Democratic nominee are likely to square off at the polls.</p><br><p>A potential repeal of Roe amid a presidential campaign could have a dramatic and destabilizing effect on the race — and that’s at least in part why legal experts on both sides of the abortion divide say they don’t see it happening, at least not in the near future.</p><p>“The most likely and correct path is for these bans to be blocked by lower courts and the Supreme Court will not even step in,” said Julie Rikelman of the Center for Reproductive Rights.</p><p>“I think Chief Justice John Roberts would probably prefer that they not get into that in the middle of an election,” said Caroline Fredrickson of the American Constitution Society, a liberal legal group.</p><p>Pro-life lawyer James Bopp Jr. said he doesn’t think a case squarely aimed at eliminating Roe will ever be taken up by the high court. “I think it extremely unlikely the court will ever take a direct attack on the Roe case,” said Bopp. “The court just doesn’t operate that way….This idea that you’re going to force them to reconsider Roe v. Wade is just absurd.”</p><p>Bopp favors overturning Roe, but he’s dismissive of the new laws that seek to ban abortion of a fetus before it has attained viability. “There’s a lot of ill-informed hype on both sides about these measures….They’ll never go into effect,” he said.</p><br><img src="https://static.politico.com/85/f2/dff43f964a5b9193ce1b1113fc82/abortioncases.jpg"/><br><p>Bopp said he believes at least two justices, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, have no desire to be involved in a frontal attack on Roe. The pro-life advocate noted that last December both men appeared to side with the court’s Democratic appointees in declining to hear a case about the rights of states to curtail funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions as well as an array of other health services.</p><p>“Roberts and Kavanaugh refused to take up a case that only involved state funding of Planned Parenthood, so to think from that we’re going to infer that they’re anxious to overturn Roe v. Wade?...That’s light years away,” Bopp said. “Not that I don’t want that [but] there’s no indication whatsoever of that.”</p><p>Another obstacle to the Supreme Court considering the new abortion bans anytime soon is the rhythm and pace of the federal court system. Cases typically take months to be decided in a trial court, then proceed to an appeals court, where many more months can pass before a decision is made by a three-judge panel. Sometimes there are efforts to get the full bench of an appeals court to take the case.</p><p>At the Supreme Court, cases usually need to be in the pipeline by October to stand a chance of being heard in the spring and decided by June.</p><p>“There really isn’t enough time for any of these bans to get to the court in the next term,” Rikelman said.</p><p>But the likely absence of the strictest measures from the high court’s docket doesn’t mean abortion will be entirely off the agenda. Abortion-related cases could reach the justices in the form of emergency stay applications, although those don’t usually garner the attention of a fully briefed and argued Supreme Court case. And challenges that don’t squarely attack Roe but involve laws regulating abortion facilities and providers are either currently before the justices for potential review or could be in that position by fall.</p><p>Perhaps the most likely issue for the Supreme Court to take up is a case over a Louisiana law requiring physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. In 2016, the court struck down a similar Texas law by a 5-3 vote in a case known as Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt.</p><p>However, one member of the majority in that case — Justice Anthony Kennedy — has since left the court and been replaced by Kavanaugh. And the vacant seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia has been filled by Justice Neil Gorsuch.</p><p>It would be unusual for the Supreme Court to take up such a similar case so soon after deciding an earlier one, but in February the justices voted, 5-4, to put the Louisiana law on hold. Usually, when the court steps in under such circumstances, it eventually grants review in the case.</p><p>Rikelman says she hopes the court will do that this fall, but will find the case so close to the earlier one that it skips over full briefing and argument and simply reverses the 5th Circuit decision that turned down a challenge to the law.</p><br><p>One thing prompting chatter among courtwatchers is the indecision that seems to have infected the court’s consideration of abortion-related cases in recent months.</p><p>Last Friday, the justices had their 14th closed-door conference where they were set to discuss a case challenging an Indiana law regulating disposal of fetal remains and prohibiting abortions based on race, sex or disability of the fetus. Again, the justices punted, putting the case down again for this Friday.</p><p>A challenge to another Indiana law requiring an ultrasound test at least 18 hours before an abortion will be on conference for a 2nd time this Friday, while an Alabama law banning what the state calls “dismemberment abortions” was scheduled for five court conferences and pulled each time.</p><p>Some lawyers say the unusual delays suggest some horse-trading may be underway among the court’s conservatives. The votes of only four justices are needed to take up a case. Sometimes repeated conferences mean a dissent from the denial of review, or certiorari, is being written. But 15 conferences for the same case is rare.</p><p>“It’s puzzling, to be honest,” said Florida State University law professor Mary Ziegler, an expert on the history of abortion law. “If they aren’t going to hear these cases, why don’t they just deny cert. If they are, they’re just pushing it closer and closer to the election and probably engendering maximum controversy….There’s something going on behind the scenes.”</p><p>“I think there’s a lot of negotiation going on internally among the right-wing justices about how to do this in a way that doesn’t give those who believe in women’s access to health care a campaign issue,” said Fredrickson.</p><p>Fredrickson said she fears the various regulations effectively making abortion impossible without ever triggering the uproar that would accompany overturning Roe. “When you shut down all the clinics in a state, it’s a ban even if it’s not called that,” she said.</p><p>Regardless of what the Supreme Court does, litigation over new abortion laws seems certain to continue to play out as the presidential race heats up. Just Tuesday, lawyers were before a federal judge in Jackson, Miss., jockeying over the law that state enacted in March that bans abortion at the time a fetal heartbeat is detected, sometimes as early as six weeks.</p><p>U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves said the state’s move “smacks of defiance” against a ruling he issued last year blocking a ban on abortions before 15 weeks, CNN <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/21/politics/abortion-mississippi-six-week-ban/index.html" target="_blank">reported</a>. A federal appeals court is likely to hear arguments about that ruling later this summer, keeping attention on the issue even without a high court fight.</p><p>A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released Tuesday shows Americans still divided on the abortion issue, but with a majority appearing to favor maintaining Roe. About 55 percent of voters said abortion should be legal in all circumstances or up to the point of viability, while 42 percent say it should always be illegal or limited to cases of rape, incest or risk to the mother. And roughly half of voters said they think it’s not likely the Supreme Court will overturn Roe.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jgerstein@politico.com (Josh Gerstein) Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/michael-avenatti-stormy-daniels-1340074 Top Stories urn:uuid:87880eb9-0888-c147-71c7-8af6ee064e76 Wed, 22 May 2019 14:41:03 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/00/21/7d3812284fd88fd95c048783d6fd/190522-michael-avenatti-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>NEW YORK — Attorney Michael Avenatti has been charged with ripping off porn star Stormy Daniels, the client who made him famous.</p><p>The allegations against Avenatti were revealed in charges filed Wednesday in New York.</p><p>Federal prosecutors say Avenatti took money Daniels was supposed to get from a book deal.</p><p>Daniels isn't named in the court filing, but the details of the case make it clear that she is the client involved in the case.</p><p>Avenatti rocketed to fame representing Daniels when she sued to be released from a non-disclosure agreement involving an alleged tryst with President Donald Trump.</p><p>Avenatti was previously charged in New York and Los Angeles with trying to extort money from Nike and stealing millions of dollars from clients.</p><p>He has denied all the allegations.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> (Associated Press) rss: New Law: No More Muslim Headscarves in Austrian Primary Schools http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/32420-new-law-no-more-muslim-headscarves-in-austrian-primary-schools 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e3a90f73-9f3d-c9e8-2045-2454c45f33a9 Wed, 22 May 2019 14:27:48 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32420:new-law-no-more-muslim-headscarves-in-austrian-primary-schools&amp;Itemid=637"><img align="right" alt="new-law-no-more-muslim-headscarves-in-austrian-primary-schools" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/f5d86ad4c0416b532c424bc70e9b806d_S.jpg" /></a><p>More than two years after Austria’s so-called burqa ban, the nation has taken another half step to preserve its culture: It has enacted a law designed to stop Muslim girls from wearing Islamic headscarves in primary schools.&nbsp;</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Selwyn Duke Opinion: TransferWise/fintech: exiles on Main Street https://www.ft.com/content/ea073aa4-7ca4-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fbd510f5-cd04-98e1-fe0d-8f0cef5cda44 Wed, 22 May 2019 14:19:00 -0400 Takeovers by big rivals could stop start-ups but investors will be laughing either way<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion NYT > Opinion: Allyson Felix: My Own Nike Pregnancy Story https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000006518461/allyson-felix-pregnancy-nike.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:16568e19-2f49-af88-1e75-57f2a73b8ff8 Wed, 22 May 2019 14:16:56 -0400 I’ve been one of Nike’s most widely marketed athletes. If I can’t secure maternity protections, who can?<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/20/autossell/op-allyson-felix/op-allyson-felix-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion pregnancy and childbirth athletics and sports women and girls nike inc felix allyson Allyson Felix NYT > Opinion: Making Sure the Drugs We Take Are Safe https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/letters/drug-safety.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3e532633-cf32-e0dc-0d21-f38ed7d3b08b Wed, 22 May 2019 14:14:54 -0400 Readers call for stronger F.D.A. efforts to safeguard medications, especially when they are manufactured abroad.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/12/opinion/sunday/12eban/12eban-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion drugs (pharmaceuticals) generic brands and products food and drug administration NYT > Opinion: Allyson Felix: My Own Nike Pregnancy Story https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/allyson-felix-pregnancy-nike.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fecc7670-81d2-00f6-0460-33b8005d069e Wed, 22 May 2019 14:11:34 -0400 I’ve been one of Nike’s most widely marketed athletes. If I can’t secure maternity protections, who can?<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/20/autossell/op-allyson-felix/op-allyson-felix-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion pregnancy and childbirth women and girls nike inc athletics and sports your-feed-opinionvideo goucher kara montano alysia (1986- ) Lindsay Crouse, Taige Jensen, Max Cantor and Allyson Felix New York Legislature passes bill to share Trump’s state taxes with Congress https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2019/05/22/new-york-legislature-passes-bill-to-share-trumps-state-taxes-with-congress-1026004 Top Stories urn:uuid:ee8a8d02-be61-1287-9917-a63bffe72961 Wed, 22 May 2019 14:04:03 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/c5/c7/439fd90847b2a40a66882d0aaae9/0219trump.jpg"/><br><p>ALBANY — The New York Assembly passed legislation Wednesday that will let New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance share political officials’ state tax returns with congressional committees, giving Democrats new ammunition in their attempt to obtain more information about President Donald Trump’s finances. </p><p>“It is extremely important that we have transparency when it comes to tax returns,” said Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains), the bill’s sponsor. “No one should be above the law.” </p><p>The state Senate passed the bill two weeks ago. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/states/new-york/whiteboard/2019/05/10/assembly-to-conference-trump-tax-bill-on-monday-as-cuomo-makes-support-clear-9193118" target="_blank">who has said</a> he is “supportive” of the proposal, is expected to sign it. </p><p>The <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2019/05/22/how-new-york-democrats-plan-to-unlock-trumps-taxes-1025564" target="_blank">legislation was introduced</a> as part of long-standing Democratic efforts to obtain more information about Trump’s financial situation. Once it becomes law, the chairs of the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee or Joint Committee on Taxation would be able to obtain most of the president’s state returns by submitting a written request. </p><p>The unofficial 84-53 tally in the Assembly was an uncommonly narrow margin in a legislative chamber with 107 Democrats and 43 Republicans. </p><p>The Democrats who voted &quot;no&quot; mostly held their tongues, but Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx) received applause when saying he was “extremely troubled” by the proposal. </p><p>“Make no mistake, I have complete disdain with what is going on in this administration in Washington,” Benedetto said. “But when I see a couple of bills coming to us which the purpose is obviously political in nature, then it gives me pause. We are traveling down a path that we should not be traveling down: No Legislature should craft legislation for political reasons just to get a few people they consider their enemies.” </p><p>Both the Assembly and Senate also passed on Wednesday a second bill that makes technical changes to the first. Most significantly, it changes the original bill to limit Congress to requesting the returns of New York taxpayers who serve in high-level office at the federal, state or local levels of government. </p><p>Congress, of course, would need to request the records to obtain them. The bill has been backed by House Judiciary Chairman <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51541" target="_blank">Jerry Nadler</a> (D-N.Y.). But the one House Democrat with the power to obtain them under New York’s new law, House Ways and Means Chairman <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51543" target="_blank">Richard Neal</a> (D-Mass.), has been less enthused. A spokesperson of his <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-14/new-york-is-offering-trump-s-taxes-but-democrats-may-not-bite" target="_blank">recently told Bloomberg</a> that the state forms aren’t what he’s focused on. </p><p>Buchwald, for his part, expressed optimism that the new law will be helpful to Neal’s committee. </p><p>“The House Ways and Means Committee is already on record as having interest in those returns,” Buchwald said after the vote. “They’ve made those requests to the commissioner of Internal Revenue and the Department of Treasury. They’ll obviously evaluate upon the enactment of this law whether this course is right for them, though I think if they are not successful elsewhere, they should avail New York’s opportunity.” </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> billmahoney@politico.com (Bill Mahoney) NYT > Opinion: How New York Taxi Drivers Got Mired in Debt https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/letters/new-york-taxi-drivers.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:00548e17-4b54-e512-08bb-9fb5c942544e Wed, 22 May 2019 13:59:16 -0400 The New York attorney general’s office said Monday it had opened an inquiry into more than a decade of lending practices that left thousands of immigrant taxi drivers in crushing debt.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/20/nyregion/20nytaxi/20nytaxi-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion taxicabs and taxicab drivers new york city Editorials | The Guardian: The Guardian view on Theresa May’s final act: nowhere left to fail | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/22/the-guardian-view-on-theresa-may-final-act-nowhere-left-to-fail 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b37994e9-a64b-3020-5d56-5e01a1d9c413 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:56:27 -0400 The prime minister has lacked the vision and judgment to define Britain’s future relations with Europe, let alone convince MPs and the public to trust her<p>For months political authority has been <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/22/may-faces-crunch-meeting-as-support-for-brexit-deal-slips-away" title="">draining away</a> from Theresa May. On Wednesday what remained of Conservative patience with a failing leader was visibly withdrawn as the prime minister stood in the House of Commons announcing an EU <a href="https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/withdrawal-agreement-bill" title="">withdrawal agreement bill</a> (Wab) that many of her own MPs have already rejected. Senior cabinet ministers were absent; the government benches were not packed as they usually are on such occasions, and attendance thinned out quickly.</p><p>The Tory party that had backed Mrs May in a confidence ballot last December appeared to be voting with its feet against her. MPs openly speculated about the manner of her departure and plotted to accelerate it. The debate acquired a valedictory tone, as if those who remained in the chamber recognised that this was a closing scene in the final act of Mrs May’s time in office.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/22/the-guardian-view-on-theresa-may-final-act-nowhere-left-to-fail">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian theresa may politics brexit article 50 uk news european union foreign policy Editorial rss: Gallup Poll: 43 percent of Americans Think Socialism Is Good http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/32419-gallup-poll-43-percent-of-americans-think-socialism-is-good 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:365a44ad-1c80-a8a4-81f4-c7138cdb6c75 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:55:43 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32419:gallup-poll-43-percent-of-americans-think-socialism-is-good&amp;Itemid=627"><img align="right" alt="gallup-poll-43-percent-of-americans-think-socialism-is-good" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/3524e170ed0a22f42a6f6fe4cfc1af9f_S.jpg" /></a><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Forty-three percent of Americans think socialism would be a good thing for the United States, while 51 percent think it would be a bad thing, a Gallup poll found.</span></p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Warren Mass Editorials | The Guardian: The Guardian view on British Steel’s collapse: productive v predatory capitalism | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/22/the-guardian-view-on-british-steel-collapse-productive-v-predatory-capitalism 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:172154ba-bbb8-9236-f24d-c2d07cc71dd6 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:55:26 -0400 It’s been more than a decade since MPs looked at the private equity model and asked whether it is good for Britain. A bankruptcy in the steel industry is an opportunity to do so again<p>It is right for the government to bail out Britain’s steel industry. On Wednesday ministers stepped in and kept British Steel going, not only to safeguard thousands of jobs but keep blast furnaces burning that would otherwise go out for ever. Letting this business disappear would deal a devastating blow to North Lincolnshire. The company’s distress was forged in the fires of Brexit, for which this government ought to take responsibility. Closing the plant could also not easily be squared with ministerial promises made on Monday to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/nils-pratley-on-finance/2019/may/21/who-are-the-villains-of-the-british-steel-crisis" title="">increase</a> the amount of UK steel used in national infrastructure projects.</p><p>The company will be readied for sale to a future buyer. It is unlikely to find one. British Steel is in fact the rebadged Scunthorpe steelworks bought from Tata Steel when it was on the verge of going bust in 2016. Yet there is a good case to keep the plant running: steelmaking jobs are highly skilled and well paid. British Steel supplies 95% of Network Rail’s tracks. Its loss would mean Britain has no choice but to import increasing volumes of steel for infrastructure projects. It matters how a rescue is facilitated. The European commission allows governments to help steelmakers regain competitiveness but bans them from offering cash to restructure ailing steelmakers. Britain has been a centre of steelmaking since Henry Bessemer <a href="https://www.thechemicalengineer.com/features/cewctw-henry-bessemer-man-of-steel/" title="">developed</a> a method to mass-produce the metal cheaply in the 1850s. Its share of world production has shrunk as China’s <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-20/u-s-eu-japan-push-for-pact-to-rein-in-china-s-state-subsidies" title="">state-subsidised</a> steel mills have thrived. It seems obvious that there needs to be a rethink over state aid rules in the EU to allow for the national interest in key industries to be taken into account.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/22/the-guardian-view-on-british-steel-collapse-productive-v-predatory-capitalism">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6453570" width="16" height="16"> Editorials | The Guardian steel industry business brexit article 50 uk news european union foreign policy politics Editorial NYT > Opinion: Why I’m Now for Impeachment https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/letters/impeachment-trump.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1a819612-1a71-821e-b338-9e096904889d Wed, 22 May 2019 13:52:08 -0400 Representatives Jamie Raskin, left, and Jerrold Nadler, both Democrats, expressed frustration with the Trump administration’s lack of cooperation with Congress.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/04/30/us/politics/30dc-impeach1/30dc-impeach1-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion impeachment united states politics and government trump donald j Opinion: Craig Wright has in no way been officially “recognised” as Satoshi Nakamoto http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2019/05/22/1558547272000/Craig-Wright-has-in-no-way-been-officially--recognised--as-Satoshi-Nakamoto/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:81accbaa-c10f-dfec-6cd4-512ef0e4da28 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:47:52 -0400 US copyright registration ≠ government endorsement.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion NYT > Opinion: Kudos for Fox News https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/letters/fox-news-pete-buttigieg-trump.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f1392ac6-a62d-61e5-c533-39e5651acbc4 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:45:27 -0400 A reader praises the network for going against its grain by inviting Democratic presidential candidates to its forums.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/06/18/world/18BUTTIGIEG-02/18BUTTIGIEG-02-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion news and news media fox news channel democratic party trump donald j buttigieg pete (1982- ) presidential election of 2020 NYT > Opinion: The Religious Right https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/letters/religious-right.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1bb58b6d-dfa3-f4ce-3d7f-ce50ab536b47 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:40:50 -0400 The Interfaith Alliance says issues of religious freedom are ascendant once again.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/09/opinion/00LreligionWeb/00LreligionWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion freedom of religion religion-state relations moral majority Opinions: D.C. Mayor Bowser is playing an old game. We beat It once. We can again. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/local-opinions/dc-mayor-bowser-is-playing-an-old-game-we-beat-it-once-we-can-again/2019/05/22/bb6b64c5-384d-471f-9ccd-351eda92fc3c_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:284f2703-fc6b-17a1-d305-927e2de5cee2 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:39:47 -0400 The mayor wants to move and expand a high school. That's a bad idea.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/CJNEH4TVTUI6TM7VKZZ634WRE4.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/CJNEH4TVTUI6TM7VKZZ634WRE4.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/CJNEH4TVTUI6TM7VKZZ634WRE4.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Ronald Thompson Jr. NYT > Opinion: The Benefits of Facebook https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/letters/facebook-toxic-content.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b3fde9a1-c4c0-9c6b-066b-adc6da48625a Wed, 22 May 2019 13:35:46 -0400 A reader writes that as the company deals with toxic content, we have good reason to root for its success.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/14/business/14FACEBOOK/merlin_148321698_b0b60876-a5fe-4c8e-a6b1-6f161654a3c3-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion facebook inc social media Opinion: Theresa May’s woes take Britain into an uncertain future https://www.ft.com/content/10c9100e-7c87-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8bf84311-582e-dc35-f421-25a2b7e24e6c Wed, 22 May 2019 13:24:07 -0400 The risk of a no-deal Brexit grows as premier’s term draws to an end<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion rss: John Bolton Should Not Be National Security Adviser http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/32417-john-bolton-should-not-be-national-security-adviser 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:71798110-e5ed-66a3-3c70-184745c57c78 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:24:01 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32417:john-bolton-should-not-be-national-security-adviser&amp;Itemid=625"><img align="right" alt="john-bolton-should-not-be-national-security-adviser" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/b3bb5cd09b92c03fe64c55d2bcc7e46e_S.jpg" /></a><p>President Trump has stated repeatedly that he doesn’t want war. But if the United States is not going to start, or get suckered into, a shooting war with any other nation, why is John Bolton U.S. national security adviser?</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss John F. McManus Opinion: US competition inquiries: high hurdles https://www.ft.com/content/e2c66580-7ca9-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:2d8651b6-44c2-2845-d3ae-eeab6c7418be Wed, 22 May 2019 13:23:53 -0400 Qualcomm, Sprint and T-Mobile run into multi-layered regulatory system<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @TrumpMovement2: @ByronYork @dbongino I think the #FBI wanted @GeorgePapa19 to wear a wire with #Mifsud. Mifsud was recording PDop but t… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131246147417382912 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6e4e128e-bb43-acb5-1075-574a481f9f03 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:11:13 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>@ByronYork @dbongino I think the #FBI wanted @GeorgePapa19 to wear a wire with #Mifsud. Mifsud was recording PDop but they couldn't use his, they needed it to look like it was coming from George</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/TrumpMovement2"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1047996925847490560/cGONcRbY_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TrumpMovement2">TrumpMovement2</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 5:03pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 5:11pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>1</b> retweet</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet TrumpMovement2 Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @TrumpMovement2: @dbongino I think the #FBI wanted @GeorgePapa19 to wear a wire with #Mifsud. Mifsud was recording PDop but they couldn'… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131246116132016128 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ac16d05e-0472-0d67-2617-91e8fb2b9e40 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:11:06 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>@dbongino I think the #FBI wanted @GeorgePapa19 to wear a wire with #Mifsud. Mifsud was recording PDop but they couldn't use it, they needed to say it was from George <a href="https://twitter.com/ByronYork/status/1131157552144814082">twitter.com/ByronYork/stat…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"><blockquote><div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Looks like FBI secretly recorded George Papadopoulos. There are transcripts. Never mentioned in Mueller report. GOP wants released but can't say so because existence of transcripts is classified. That's where Trey Gowdy came in... <a href="http://ow.ly/3oa250umjar">ow.ly/3oa250umjar</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/ByronYork"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1101226573863309315/bBcguI0m_normal.png" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ByronYork">ByronYork</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 11:19am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>4082</b> likes, <b>2019</b> retweets</div> </div></blockquote></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/TrumpMovement2"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1047996925847490560/cGONcRbY_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TrumpMovement2">TrumpMovement2</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 5:04pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 5:11pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>1</b> like, <b>2</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet TrumpMovement2 FOX News: Cliff Maloney: Venezuela is a poster child for gun control gone wrong http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/scV5BD4ZZwU/cliff-maloney-venezuela-is-a-poster-child-of-gun-control-gone-wrong 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:14bceffe-0386-2990-d21a-cb7fbf0e6ccf Wed, 22 May 2019 12:58:07 -0400 Venezuela's disarmament reminds us of a key American principle: An armed citizenry is the greatest defense against a tyrannical government.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/scV5BD4ZZwU" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/05/05_AP19120605308630.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/05_AP19120605308630.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News c29d9edc-69cb-5547-aa0a-6b7a58f1c60a fox-news opinion fox-news topic venezuelan-political-crisis fnc fnc opinion article fox news cliff maloney Cliff Maloney Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Vladimir Putin's rumoured lover, 36, gives birth to twins, reports say mol.im/a/7053097 via @MailOnline https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131242484368060417 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6265db39-ce9d-a535-6f02-3f8e6cd48265 Wed, 22 May 2019 12:56:40 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Vladimir Putin's rumoured lover, 36, gives birth to twins, reports say <a href="https://mol.im/a/7053097">mol.im/a/7053097</a> via @MailOnline</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 4:56pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump storms out of infrastructure meeting, torches Democrats, who then torch him https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook-pm/2019/05/22/trump-storms-out-of-infrastructure-meeting-torches-democrats-who-then-torch-him-439074 Top Stories urn:uuid:f702d888-1d6f-efa6-81af-bc6981bc20d0 Wed, 22 May 2019 12:56:02 -0400 And the House Intelligence Committee delays a contempt vote for A.G. Bill Barr. eokun@politico.com (Eli Okun) Schiff on Barr: He's Rudy Giuliani without 'all the good looks and general likability' https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/adam-schiff-william-barr-good-looks-1340061 Top Stories urn:uuid:b322193d-ba9a-0a3c-13df-bfe79bc8f413 Wed, 22 May 2019 12:47:14 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/e1/cb/a4e777c9488a92c40987a1ba1ff3/190522-adam-schiff-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Attorney General Bill Barr should resign over his conduct before Congress, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Wednesday, calling the attorney general a &quot;personal attorney&quot; for President Donald Trump.</p><p>The California Democrat said he hesitates to &quot;call Bill Barr the Attorney General.&quot;</p><p>&quot;I think Bill Barr has all the duplicity of Rudy Giuliani without all the good looks and general likability of Rudy Guliani,&quot; Schiff said during the Center for American Progress 2019 Ideas Conference Wednesday. &quot;The most dangerous thing, I think, that Bill Barr has done is basically say that a president under investigation can make the investigation go away if he thinks its unfair which, by the way, means the other 14 investigations firmed up through other offices he can also make go away.&quot;</p><br><p>Earlier Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/barr-contempt-vote-intelligence-committee-1338354" target="_blank">postponed a vote</a> to potentially hold Barr in contempt of Congress, following his refusal to testify before the committee last week. Schiff, who chairs that committee, said in a statement explaining the postponement that the &quot;Department of Justice has accepted our offer of a first step towards compliance with our subpoena, and this week will begin turning over to the Committee twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production.&quot;</p><p>He added the &quot;initial production&quot; would be finished &quot;by the end of next week.&quot;</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jhermani@politico.com (Jordyn Hermani) Opinions: Trump is counting on his hacks to keep his tax returns secret https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/22/trump-is-counting-his-hacks-keep-his-tax-returns-secret/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:bc8d26aa-c27d-ff93-6ec1-e4d2ac0fd47a Wed, 22 May 2019 12:44:16 -0400 Who cares what the law is when you've got the executive branch and the Supreme Court on your side?<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/plum-line-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Paul Waldman Project Syndicate: The Europe of Tomorrow https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/european-parliament-election-future-integration-by-javier-solana-2019-05 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4f10b141-a555-0119-d2de-6ac0786fbf9e Wed, 22 May 2019 12:43:57 -0400 <p>It is still essential to stress the EU’s role as a guarantor of peace and prosperity following World War II. But today’s EU must foster additional sources of legitimacy if it is to appeal to today's post-postwar generation.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/5adeed5f9c9153fa0088587cf3759136.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Javier Solana Opinion: Predatory lending is alive and well in new sectors https://www.ft.com/content/42da943a-7bc6-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0b33f65f-710e-531c-c49b-b837cf16dcda Wed, 22 May 2019 12:35:04 -0400 New York taxi industry shows disturbing parallels to the 2008 crisis<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinions: Why are wage gains so weak? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-are-wage-gains-so-weak/2019/05/22/dee7a762-7ca4-11e9-8bb7-0fc796cf2ec0_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:740f7d42-c8f6-dcb5-e3d1-f77d7a5ac830 Wed, 22 May 2019 12:32:22 -0400 It’s perplexing, given the expanding economy.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/03/National-Economy/Images/1146752608-2062.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/03/National-Economy/Images/1146752608-2062.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/03/National-Economy/Images/1146752608-2062.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Robert J. Samuelson Saved Stories - 1. Opinions: mikenov on Twitter: #Hoyer: #Trump #conducting #largest #cover-up in #history of the #UnitedStates washex.am/2WpnTGJ https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131214092704911360 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3b17966a-8283-3ad3-1ac6-fb911ea000bc Wed, 22 May 2019 12:16:15 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#Hoyer: #Trump #conducting #largest #cover-up in #history of the #UnitedStates <a href="https://washex.am/2WpnTGJ">washex.am/2WpnTGJ</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 3:03pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6845279" width="16" height="16"> Saved Stories - 1. Opinions tweet link mikenov Saved Stories - 1. Opinions: mikenov on Twitter: Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections wired.com/story/far-righ… via @WIRED https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131216573983875075 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:61eb0566-b796-7f35-cd83-9b46762b5095 Wed, 22 May 2019 12:15:50 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections <a href="https://www.wired.com/story/far-right-propaganda-facebook-eu-elections/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare">wired.com/story/far-righ…</a> via @WIRED</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 3:13pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6845279" width="16" height="16"> Saved Stories - 1. Opinions tweet link mikenov Opinion: Natura/Avon/Oriflame: call of beauty https://www.ft.com/content/39bbc134-7c99-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8519e6bc-2e06-7342-fbb5-cad331bdebfd Wed, 22 May 2019 12:07:53 -0400 Neither sale has been negotiated from a strong position but direct-selling retains its allure<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Project Syndicate: The EU’s Four Challenges https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/european-parliament-elections-eu-reform-by-ana-palacio-2019-05 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:395f0d23-9427-420c-b3b3-66ebaa4063b6 Wed, 22 May 2019 12:02:13 -0400 <p>Whatever the next European Parliament's composition, the imperative will be the same: EU institutions must trade ambition for humility, focusing their attention not on their own power or status, but rather on upgrading and fortifying the project for which they claim to stand. If they fail, the road ahead will only become more perilous.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/70ef3d05bcc5279a05681421d1883e37.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Ana Palacio Opinions: Stacey Abrams shows why she’s the most popular progressive not in the race https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/22/stacey-abrams-talks-cap/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9126d44e-8471-1815-758f-39e302dd991f Wed, 22 May 2019 12:00:48 -0400 Her speech Wednesday morning was remarkable on several counts.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Jennifer Rubin Opinions: Stacey Abrams shows why she’s the most popular progressive not in the race https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/stacey-abrams-shows-why-shes-the-most-popular-progressive-not-in-the-race/2019/05/22/30c5ba2d-8a7c-4a10-bbda-18a59fcf3eb7_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:161ecec4-b467-f381-d605-4e354e2907b5 Wed, 22 May 2019 12:00:47 -0400 Her speech Wednesday morning was remarkable on several counts.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Jennifer Rubin Trump: I’m the most transparent president’ in history https://www.politico.com/video/2019/05/22/trump-im-the-most-transparent-president-in-history-068163 Top Stories urn:uuid:cca54acd-01e2-754f-ab82-e306eb39bdf0 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:57:45 -0400 rss: American Bolsheviks’ Marxist Conquest of the Democratic Party http://www.thenewamerican.com/print-magazine/item/32204-american-bolsheviks-marxist-conquest-of-the-democratic-party 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:44ef41be-cf58-92c4-b5c4-b482d02484b8 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:57:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32204:american-bolsheviks-marxist-conquest-of-the-democratic-party&amp;Itemid=1026"><img align="right" alt="american-bolsheviks-marxist-conquest-of-the-democratic-party" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/820f9dc3e942b5e954c332bd14c4bc4c_S.jpg" /></a><p>Communist/socialist-inspired groups have been quickly winning converts and taking control of the Democratic Party, at both the national and local levels.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Trevor Loudon rss: U.S. Threats and Sanctions Forcing Venezuela’s Maduro to Negotiate http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/south-america/item/32418-u-s-threats-and-sanctions-forcing-venezuela-s-maduro-to-negotiate 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:539fe76d-9637-0f4e-a121-4d8e7828375c Wed, 22 May 2019 11:56:06 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32418:u-s-threats-and-sanctions-forcing-venezuela-s-maduro-to-negotiate&amp;Itemid=639"><img align="right" alt="u-s-threats-and-sanctions-forcing-venezuela-s-maduro-to-negotiate" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/8e762062d8c1ed82e2e503d97b6d3e3b_S.jpg" /></a><p>It’s clear that the sanctions being imposed by the White House on Nicolás Maduro’s tottering regime in Caracas are forcing him into negotiating with opposition leader Juan Guaidó.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Bob Adelmann FOX News: Reuben Franco: California's GND experience reveals that workers, minorities suffer most from Dems’ plan http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/lYw0Sr7hcUs/reuben-franco-progressive-lefts-big-green-dreams-pose-nightmares-for-struggling-americans 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:247553e7-0a62-02db-5104-60a9a96c5fd5 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:55:22 -0400 California’s experience – now being replicated on the national level with the Green New Deal – could signal the Democrats’ drift toward ambitious dreams and away from the day-to-day challenges of working families and people at the margins of the economy, especially people of color.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/lYw0Sr7hcUs" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/09/istock-655474778.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/istock-655474778.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 97413831-8a33-5a08-8578-0e87abfa62fa fox-news opinion fox-news politics house-of-representatives democrats fox-news topic green-new-deal fox-news us Reuben Franco Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #Interesting #Subjects: #PoliticalCriminology &amp; #PsychoHistory, as #One #Discipline, &amp; #related #BioPsychoSocial #Theory of "#Socialism", which is #imprecise #term. p https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131226891808124928 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:19b88ac5-cd71-12e5-f8e8-37853ca33945 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:54:42 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#Interesting #Subjects:<br />#PoliticalCriminology &amp; #PsychoHistory, as #One #Discipline, &amp; #related<br />#BioPsychoSocial #Theory of "#Socialism", which is #imprecise #term. <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131226891808124928/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/gLUtqR7CbK</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7Ls0gJWkAAfGxA.png" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 3:54pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) photo tweet link mikenov FOX News: Jim DeMint and Kevin Roberts: THIS is the critical thing we need to fix our immigration mess http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/0n5xNDOiZUI/jim-demint-and-kevin-roberts-fixing-immigration-by-restoring-trust 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:11c3db2c-6ab0-34b9-b3d4-3c09dc40ce6d Wed, 22 May 2019 11:52:25 -0400 We feel this deeply: America is a nation of laws. It must have borders and it must enforce its laws impartially and consistently. We’re doing neither. <img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/0n5xNDOiZUI" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/05/17/694940094001_6038182386001_6038176083001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6038182386001_6038176083001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 492a45e5-3350-5969-982e-48703b9c1e2e fox-news opinion fox-news us immigration fox-news politics executive white-house fox-news us Kevin Roberts Trump hits back at Pelosi: 'I don't do cover-ups' https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/trump-hits-back-at-pelosi-i-dont-do-cover-ups-1339637 Top Stories urn:uuid:19fa03b0-dcfa-77cc-4bcd-8ad306da12ef Wed, 22 May 2019 11:51:27 -0400 <p>President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the Democratic leader accused him of engaging in a &quot;cover-up.&quot;</p><p>&quot;I don't do cover-ups,&quot; the president told reporters in surprise remarks at the White House Rose Garden. &quot;You people know that probably better than anybody.&quot;</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: Reps. Roy, Jordan, Biggs, Cloud: Pelosi, Dems just don't care about our national emergency http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/X4eeeHPCCCw/reps-roy-jordan-biggs-cloud-pelosi-democrats-immigration-migrant-children 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b83b0060-7a39-3183-1cac-782557e35107 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:38:20 -0400 House Democrats spent two years in the minority last Congress admonishing Republicans for not doing enough to protect and care for migrant children crossing the nation’s southern border. Now in the majority with control over the House floor, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her conference are poised to let funding for the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program run out. Why? They never cared in the first place.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/X4eeeHPCCCw" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/05/01/694940094001_6031912186001_6031909821001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6031912186001_6031909821001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 4557cf3c-2060-5e1e-b2ee-64cf7e765999 fox-news opinion fox-news politics house-of-representatives fox-news person nancy-pelosi fox-news politics executive Michael Cloud FOX News: Assistant Attorney General Williams: Violent crime is declining -- DOJ is working to make America even safer http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/rMre-kNsyCo/beth-a-williams-violent-crime-is-declining-heres-how-the-doj-is-working-to-make-american-neighborhoods-safer 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9d0931a3-3069-5e78-ce71-adb6a169a03e Wed, 22 May 2019 11:28:41 -0400 New FBI statistics show a sustained reduction in violent crime, and with new effective programs, the Department of Justice is working hard to ensure the trend continues.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/rMre-kNsyCo" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/10/sc-cop-shooting-2.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/sc-cop-shooting-2.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 39ad6c7b-133e-5acd-ae97-cc240ff68549 fox-news opinion fox-news us crime police-and-law-enforcement fox-news politics justice-department fnc fnc Beth Williams Democratic congresswoman: Immigrant child deaths are ‘intentional’ Trump administration policy https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/lauren-underood-immigrant-child-deaths-1339399 Top Stories urn:uuid:328aa183-90c8-326c-de45-20895d7d4cff Wed, 22 May 2019 11:28:20 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/33/cc/f9c86b3f42d1a2c3a84a6eeb8762/190522-lauren-underwood-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>The House Homeland Security Committee broke out in a skirmish today after Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) accused the Trump administration of intentionally killing immigrant children at the border.</p><p>Underwood's comments — in which she said a recent string of child deaths were &quot;intentional&quot; and a &quot;policy change&quot; — came during the testimony of acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.</p><p>&quot;The evidence is really clear that this is intentional,&quot; Underwood said. &quot;It's intentional. It's a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it's cruel and inhumane.&quot;</p><p>&quot;That's an appalling accusation,&quot; McAleenan responded. &quot;Our men and women fight hard to protect people in our custody every single day.&quot;</p><p>Republicans quickly jumped on Underwood's comments, arguing that she violated House rules that prevent members from impugning a witness. After repeating her comments a second time, Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) briefly gaveled out the committee amid protests. </p><p>When the committee returned, it voted 9-7 to strike Underwood's comments from the record.</p><p>The controversy came two days after a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died in custody near Hidalgo, Texas — the fifth migrant child to due in U.S. custody since December.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> ikullgren@politico.com (Ian Kullgren) Investigators can't determine whether Northam was in blackface yearbook photo https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/ralph-northam-blackface-yearbook-photo-1339397 Top Stories urn:uuid:d672c047-daec-737e-1003-ddb54f7bdf93 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:21:35 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/bb/7c/e75dde2147d2a4591e1119118175/190522-ralph-northam-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Investigators hired by Eastern Virginia Medical School were not able to identify the two individuals depicted in an offensive photograph on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 yearbook page, the school announced Wednesday.</p><p>The picture, which shows one person in blackface makeup and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume, provoked near-universal condemnation by state and national Democrats when it first surfaced in February, almost upending Northam’s political career.</p><p>But Northam survived the episode and remained in the governor’s mansion as another blackface scandal enveloped Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and as sexual assault allegations were leveled against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax just days later.</p><p>“With respect to the Photograph on Governor Northam’s personal page, we could not conclusively determine the identity of either individual depicted in the Photograph,&quot; the McGuireWoods law firm, which conducted the medical school’s inquiry, wrote in its report. </p><p>“No individual that we interviewed has told us from personal knowledge that the Governor is in the Photograph, and no individual with knowledge has come forward to us to report that the Governor is in the Photograph,” the report says.</p><br><p>Northam at first admitted to being one of the two people in the photo. But at a news conference the following day, he reversed his position — saying he was not in the picture — and then admitted to wearing blackface makeup in 1984 to impersonate Michael Jackson at a San Antonio dance competition.</p><p>Five days after Northam’s yearbook photo shocked Richmond, Herring admitted to wearing blackface makeup to portray a rapper at a college costume party in 1980. Herring had previously called on Northam to resign.</p><p>Within that same week, college professor Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Another woman, Meredith Watson, also accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her when the two attended Duke University in 2000. Fairfax has denied the allegations.</p><p>Northam, Herring and Fairfax all remain in office.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> qforgey@politico.com (Quint Forgey) Opinion: Barrick/Acacia: prey tell https://www.ft.com/content/9ff17630-7c7e-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:111d1bec-2962-65b2-a7d5-d1ca61313d43 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:18:17 -0400 Minority investors in Acacia can and should object to the take-under<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion rss: Has the Day of the Nationalists Come? http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/32416-has-the-day-of-the-nationalists-come 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7e324429-c37c-5590-c757-3993f58b0b08 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:09:11 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32416:has-the-day-of-the-nationalists-come&amp;Itemid=625"><img align="right" alt="has-the-day-of-the-nationalists-come" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/b3975cca0173b2855b55fe6fc545e90b_S.jpg" /></a><p>Have the nationalists of Europe caught the wave of the future? Or will the future see the revival of the idea of One Europe, a political and economic union that inspired the dreamers of yesteryear? From here it looks like Matteo, not Macron.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Patrick J. Buchanan Opinion: The US needs to change the way it chooses ‘veeps’ https://www.ft.com/content/f09a0aee-7c28-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b55d1c1f-140c-5380-614e-65210a2d6816 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:08:27 -0400 Presidents often choose their VPs based on short-term campaign priorities rather than competence<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinions: Can Amash take on Trump in 2020? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/22/amash-vs-trump/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e213bb63-1485-dd0c-0fec-948ffa624973 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:00:40 -0400 How the GOP representative from Michigan can help rid us of Trump.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Jennifer Rubin Opinions: Can Amash take on Trump in 2020? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/can-amash-take-on-trump-in-2020/2019/05/22/0def172d-7757-45b7-8836-4fe273834cdc_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8adc1f7c-6f34-da0b-c6c8-57f5d5ed65e1 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:00:40 -0400 How the GOP representative from Michigan can help rid us of Trump.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Jennifer Rubin NYT > Opinion: A 150-Year-Old Lesson in Building National Unity ‘If Not in Spirit, in Fact’ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/transcontinental-railroad-150th-anniversary-golden-spike.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7e52dc17-76ab-3178-16b6-6b9755fe0a94 Wed, 22 May 2019 11:00:07 -0400 The completion of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point, in Utah, on May 10, 1869.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/22/opinion/22vowell1/22vowell1-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion civil war (us) (1861-65) immigration and emigration railroads historic buildings and sites bison agriculture department union pacific corporation lincoln abraham meacham jon romney Sarah Vowell Opinion: It is time for Theresa May to stand down https://www.ft.com/content/bd32743c-7c93-11e9-8b5c-33d0560f039c 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b95da89c-16ce-9adf-5fa7-2fcd2102a07e Wed, 22 May 2019 10:59:16 -0400 The prime minister’s attempt to deliver Brexit has comprehensively failed<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: This is not an M&S rights issue, this is a Lidl rights issue https://www.ft.com/content/5afec5a8-7c80-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e4030fd3-e6df-9a84-5110-1791de734364 Wed, 22 May 2019 10:53:21 -0400 Fundraising for Ocado venture won’t deliver a profiterole or a profit for a while<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #FBIonaCouch - #Session: #PurgePurgePurge! #TillSqueakyClean! #I #take #laxatives, #wash #my #hands #every #hour, #and #still #feel #dirty #und #gazzy #like #an #old #balloo https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131209860966699010 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:17c196c0-2054-0806-d2f9-54fff68360c1 Wed, 22 May 2019 10:47:02 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#FBIonaCouch - #Session: <br />#PurgePurgePurge! #TillSqueakyClean! #I #take #laxatives, #wash #my #hands #every #hour, #and #still #feel #dirty #und #gazzy #like #an #old #balloon. #Do #you zink ziz iz PremenZtrual? #Freud: #Hm. #FBI: #MeZick!<br /><a href="https://trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/05/22/fbionacouch-session-423-pm-5-21-2019-purgepurgepurge-tillsqueakyclean-i-take-laxatives-wash-my-hands-every-hour-and-still-feel-dirty-und-gazzy-like-an-old-balloon-do-y/">trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/05/22/fbi…</a></p> <p>#FBI #CIA #ODNI <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131209860966699010/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/9woCnMQcBh</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7LdV4nXsAATX_W.jpg" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 2:47pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) photo tweet link mikenov Michael Avenatti says he 'flew too close to the sun' in rise and fall https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/michael-avenatti-stormy-daniels-nike-lawsuits-1339138 Top Stories urn:uuid:4d67fb12-c552-1866-077e-9f8647e32dad Wed, 22 May 2019 10:46:36 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/20/3e/cb4b3fe94416beac7e9365d4d9df/190522-michael-avenatti-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Michael Avenatti, the attorney and cable news star who once harbored presidential ambitions, conceded in an interview with Vanity Fair that he &quot;flew too close to the sun&quot; as he ascended to celebrity before crashing back to earth under the weight of federal criminal charges.</p><p>Avenatti first rose to prominence on the national political stage as the attorney for Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who claimed to have had a one-night sexual affair with President Donald Trump. The Southern California-based attorney quickly became one of the president's chief antagonists, legally pursuing him and longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen and criticizing both regularly on television.</p><p>Avenatti's popularity grew to the point where he openly flirted with joining the 2020 Democratic primary for president, making trips to Iowa and New Hampshire. But his star soon fell after he was accused last November of domestic abuse — prosecutors decided not to pursue felony charges — and arrested by the FBI and <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/11/michael-avenatti-indicted-fraud-perjury-1270433" target="_blank">charged</a> with embezzlement, wire, bank and bankruptcy fraud as well as tax-related charges.</p><p>Avenatti has denied all of the allegations against him.</p><p>“I have said many, many times over the last year, this is either going to end really, really well, or really, really badly. I am most fearful of the fact that the rate of descent is greater than the rate of ascent,&quot; Avenatti <a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/05/inside-the-epic-fall-of-michael-avenatti" target="_blank">told Vanity Fair</a>. &quot;Some would argue at this point that I flew too close to the sun. As I sit here today, yes, absolutely, I know I did. No question. Icarus.”</p><p>The Vanity Fair piece goes on to detail Avenatti's personal life — a messy divorce, a failing coffee business — that was spiraling as his public persona gained traction. Avenatti called the article a &quot;complete hit piece&quot; and a &quot;new low for VF,&quot; accusing the magazine of being deceptive in its reporting on him.</p><p>A spokesperson for Vanity Fair did not immediately return a request for comment.</p><p>As his political ambitions fizzled, Avenatti remained in the spotlight by representing clients tied to high-profile cases, including allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and R&amp;B singer R. Kelly. But his national profile has diminished — along with his appearances on cable news — as the criminal charges against him have piled up.</p><p>“I couldn’t believe how unbelievably great everything was,” Avenatti told Vanity Fair. “Now, there are days when I can’t believe what a nightmare this is.”</p><p>Avenatti's arrest in March came after he allegedly threatened sportswear giant Nike with the release of evidence it had paid high school basketball players unless it paid him to conduct an independent investigation, or a larger sum to drop the matter entirely. Federal prosecutors in New York called Avenatti's threats “an old-fashioned shakedown.”</p><p>On Tuesday, Avenatti tweeted he <a href="https://twitter.com/MichaelAvenatti/status/1130955130377891840" target="_blank">expects to be indicted</a> for his March Nike arrest, but said he intends on &quot;fighting these bogus/legally baseless allegations, and will plead not guilty to ALL CHARGES,&quot; and that he looks &quot;forward to the trial where I can begin to clear my name.&quot;</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jhermani@politico.com (Jordyn Hermani) Stacey Abrams takes a gentle dig at the number of Dems running for president https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/stacey-abrams-2020-election-1339369 Top Stories urn:uuid:b47964f0-53d4-b8aa-b684-64b4090599f8 Wed, 22 May 2019 10:44:52 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/58/a3/0721c76b4306a5cf4e89fe4f51f3/190522-stacey-abrams-gtty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Stacey Abrams is still playing coy about her plans for the 2020 election, but she took a gentle dig at the size of the Democratic field on Wednesday.</p><p>In an address to liberal think tank Center for American Progress, Abrams asserted that in addition to addressing issues like climate change and access to health care, legislation aimed at restricting access to abortion is “not the will of the people.” </p><p>Abrams said that the reason “we still grapple with” those issues was “because leaders are being elected who not only reject science but reject the will of the people they were elected to represent.” </p><p>“But I’m here to tell you there’s a solution,” she went on. “It is not, however, having everyone in America running for president — but that is also not an announcement.” </p><p>Though Abrams has turned down overtures from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to run for Senate next year, the former Democratic gubernatorial nominee from Georgia has kept the door open for a run for president, which would make her the 24th major Democratic candidate in the race. </p><p>She’s also expressed interest in a rematch against GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022, but if she’s made up her mind, she’s not letting on either way.</p><br><p>Abrams has recently said that she could still become one of the many Democrats running for president as late as this fall, but she has also been <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/30/senate-democrats-2020-1397709" target="_blank">grouped in</a> with a handful of presidential hopefuls who disappointed some by foregoing a Senate run. </p><p>Since her loss in the Georgia gubernatorial race by a razor thin margin last fall, which she blames on voter suppression by Kemp, who ran the state’s elections, Abrams has made the issue the focus of her political advocacy. On Wednesday she issued a call to action action for every 2020 Democrat, taking yet another swipe at the bloated primary field.</p><p>“Whether we have 23, 24, 25 or 150 candidates for president, we should demand from every single person an adherence to the values we hold to be true: They must speak about voter suppression every day until every person who is legally entitled to vote has the right to vote in the United States of America,” she said. </p><p>“But they must also be willing to look every voter in the eye and say, ‘I see you. I understand your challenges. I see the barriers you face and I am willing to tackle those obstacles, not through vague language and not through opprobrium. But through action. Through policy. And through determination.’ Because when we see our voters and we give them their voices we will see the change we need in America and we will survive for another generation.” <br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> coprysko@politico.com (Caitlin Oprysko) Opinions: Trump’s latest broadside at Democrats actually reveals a big weakness https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/22/trumps-latest-broadside-democrats-actually-reveals-big-weakness/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:732ba979-6b10-f505-8e24-954d3c2ee442 Wed, 22 May 2019 10:38:09 -0400 Who's the one with the leverage here, again?<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 Pelosi urges Dems against impeachment as caucus grows restless https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/pelosi-impeachment-democrats-congress-1339368 Top Stories urn:uuid:8eeb02f1-422a-a641-6195-5d1603a119aa Wed, 22 May 2019 10:33:18 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/23/84/a12aab744bc7b019a3ea49eedfc3/190522-nancy-pelosi-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Speaker Nancy Pelosi appealed to House Democrats Wednesday to hold off on beginning impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but she faced demands from colleagues to take more aggressive action against Trump — including a direct plea from a committee chairwoman who said Democrats have a &quot;responsibility to impeach&quot; him.</p><p>Sources in the room said Pelosi sat stoically while House Financial Service Chairwoman Maxine Waters — a longtime impeachment advocate — broached the subject in front of the 235-member caucus, during a closed door meeting in the Capitol. </p><p>Waters told colleagues the House has a responsibility to impeach Trump, and she mentioned her own efforts to access Trump's financial records from Deutsche Bank. Pelosi responded by pointing to various House committees' efforts to win court battles against Trump and hold administration figures accountable without taking more dramatic steps. But other advocates for beginning impeachment also spoke up.</p><p>“Betting everything on the election is a historic mistake,” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), a proponent of impeachment.</p><p>“Please don’t raise money off your impeachment stance,” Pelosi said after Huffman spoke.</p><p>The exchange followed a call by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to schedule a full House vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress the first week of June, when Congress returns from a week-long Memorial Day recess. </p><br><p>As she exited the meeting, Waters said, “All I can tell you is I'm for impeachment, I’ve always been, I’ve never changed my mind.”</p><p>But other Democratic leaders held firm that impeachment had ramifications for the upcoming election. </p><p>Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) warned that there could be a political cost of moving too quickly on impeachment, and House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal said his committee had taken a responsible approach to pursuing Trump's tax returns.</p><p>None of the vulnerable Democrats who recently captured Republican-held seats spoke, according to sources in the room. </p><p>Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) spoke forcefully against opening an impeachment inquiry immediately. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) advocated for the House to invoke “inherent” contempt, a little-used tool to exact fines or jail time on witnesses who refuse to cooperate with House investigations.</p><p>Members attending the caucus meeting received a one-page handout titled &quot;Key Points on Oversight&quot; which emphasized that the House must &quot;follow the facts to uncover the truth for the American people.&quot; It also urged members to characterize the Trump administration's resistance to Democratic investigations as &quot;the most significant cover-up in modern history.&quot;</p><br><p>After the meeting, Democratic leaders emerged arguing that the speaker’s position had been strengthened.</p><p>“The overwhelming majority of the House Democratic Caucus continue to believe that the speaker has set forth the appropriate course which is deliberate yet forceful,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the Democratic Caucus, told reports.</p><p>“There is a growing number of members who have publicly articulated a desire to move toward an impeachment inquiry but as far as I can tell the number is somewhere between 20 and 25,” he continued. “There are 239 members of the House Democratic Caucus, which means the overwhelming majority continue to believe that we should proceed along the course that we’re on right now.”</p><p>Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also touted his committee’s resounding victory in federal court on Monday, when a judge ruled that Congress has a broad right to investigate Trump’s conduct and finances, even from before he became president. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, also pointed to his panel’s recent agreement with the Justice Department to begin accessing components of special counsel Robert Mueller’s files.</p><p>In a closed-door caucus focused on the House's efforts to investigate President Donald Trump and his administration, Nadler pleaded his case to his Democratic colleagues and grew animated when discussing the aggressive action to force the Trump administration to cooperate.</p><p>Nadler told his colleagues he'll do whatever it takes to bring special counsel Robert Mueller before Congress, but he didn't lay out any substantive updates, according to a source in the room.</p><p><i>Laura Barron-Lopez contributed reporting.</i><br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jbresnahan@politico.com (John Bresnahan) Mnuchin dismisses IRS memo saying Congress must be given Trump's tax returns https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/steven-mnuchin-irs-trump-tax-returns-1339270 Top Stories urn:uuid:a06e2145-8529-3bc9-ff9c-718d2621ccaa Wed, 22 May 2019 10:23:21 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/f7/6b/9ffd21df4c4da7cc114ef937591b/190522-steven-mnuchin-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday dismissed an internal IRS memo concluding it is &quot;mandatory&quot; for the IRS to turn over President Donald Trump's tax returns to Congress unless the president invokes executive privilege.</p><p>“I actually don’t believe that’s the case,” he told the House Financial Services Committee at an unrelated hearing. “That memo, I understand, is addressing a different issue, and is not addressing the issue that we and the Department of Justice looked at.”</p><p>In rejecting House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s request for six years’ worth of Trump’s returns, Mnuchin has said that Treasury and Justice have concluded that there must be a “legitimate” legislative reason for the request, and that Neal doesn’t have one.</p><p>The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the draft IRS memo concluded that the Treasury secretary’s “obligation to disclose return and return information would not be affected by the failure of a tax writing committee” to give a reason for the request. The “’only basis [for] the agency’s refusal to comply with a committee’s subpoena would be the invocation of the doctrine of executive privilege.”</p><p>Neal requested Trump’s returns in April, saying the committee needs them to vet how the IRS conducts its routine audits of presidential tax returns. He cited a law that says the Treasury secretary “shall” turn over tax returns if requested by the heads of Congress’s tax committees.</p><br><p>Mnuchin said he and IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig were “not aware” of the IRS memo until the Post inquired about it.</p><p>“We’re trying to find out who wrote the memo, where it came from, when it was and why it wasn’t distributed,” he said.</p><p>Mnuchin last week rejected a subpoena by Neal for Trump’s returns. Neal hasn’t said what his next move will be, but the dispute is expected to end up in court.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> teckert@politico.com (Toby Eckert) Opinion: Babcock/defence: stock stress monster https://www.ft.com/content/bbadfb5a-7c92-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b4670e08-faf6-d22d-9022-df1cb0a26d8e Wed, 22 May 2019 10:18:27 -0400 Submerged shares will eventually have to rise<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinions: Overwhelming support for Roe matters in two critical ways https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/22/overwhelming-support-roe-matters-two-critical-ways/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5edf9634-d039-f679-ca73-f783db7316a9 Wed, 22 May 2019 10:15:37 -0400 Public opinion has ramifications for both parties, and for the Supreme Court.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Jennifer Rubin Opinions: Overwhelming support for Roe matters in two critical ways https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/overwhelming-support-for-roe-matters-in-two-critical-ways/2019/05/22/9990cd84-79f2-4f17-8897-31a8ff4907d9_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1dd2aaac-a718-29d8-f80f-48c78bf44207 Wed, 22 May 2019 10:15:36 -0400 Public opinion has ramifications for both parties, and for the Supreme Court.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Jennifer Rubin Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @BrookingsInst: Trump’s Middle East peace plan embraces a dangerous framing of the conflict that pits Jewish and Christian narratives ag… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131198481513816064 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b7883766-d926-0386-0163-9d2a233e4ac5 Wed, 22 May 2019 10:01:49 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Trump’s Middle East peace plan embraces a dangerous framing of the conflict that pits Jewish and Christian narratives against Muslim and Arab ones, @ShibleyTelhami writes. <a href="https://brook.gs/2LXwtZf">brook.gs/2LXwtZf</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/BrookingsInst"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/816291763463880704/xU84imMR_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BrookingsInst">BrookingsInst</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 11:42am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 2:01pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>14</b> likes, <b>8</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet BrookingsInst Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @BrookingsInst: Austria's scandal shows that pandering to far-right parties doesn’t work, @apolyakova argues in the @nytimes https://t.… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131198363729354753 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a7073506-f8fa-890d-3262-2b7044a49fe3 Wed, 22 May 2019 10:01:21 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Austria's scandal shows that pandering to far-right parties doesn’t work, @apolyakova argues in the @nytimes <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/opinion/austria-russia-far-right.html">nytimes.com/2019/05/20/opi…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/BrookingsInst"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/816291763463880704/xU84imMR_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BrookingsInst">BrookingsInst</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 1:31pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 2:01pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>4</b> likes, <b>5</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) link retweeted retweet BrookingsInst Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #Interesting #Subjects: #PolitcalCriminology &amp; #PsychoHistory, as #One #Discipline, &amp; #related #BioPsychoSocial #Theory of "#Socialism", which is #imprecise #term. https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131197014639808514 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d86c0235-1d33-4851-ea45-deb008739de4 Wed, 22 May 2019 09:55:59 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#Interesting #Subjects:<br />#PolitcalCriminology &amp; #PsychoHistory, as #One #Discipline, &amp; #related<br />#BioPsychoSocial #Theory of "#Socialism", which is #imprecise #term. </p> <p>@BrookingsInst <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131197014639808514/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/UUAb5tzHbY</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7LRLaTW4AYtiQM.jpg" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 1:55pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) photo tweet link mikenov Opinion: A Middle East conflict could come by accident, not design https://www.ft.com/content/d281f7ac-7c72-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1d1301b2-1d94-da38-ee26-255764de38e9 Wed, 22 May 2019 09:50:31 -0400 Donald Trump is not looking for war with Iran but hawks in the US and among its allies could provoke one<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion FOX News: Jeremy Dys: If you're a student who wants to speak up about your religion, don't wait to fight back http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/LfXZ79IRR_4/jeremy-dys-student-religion-commencement-fight-back 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6cca960b-6790-60b8-9adc-36f67cb08ea5 Wed, 22 May 2019 09:49:44 -0400 School officials must remember that students retain their constitutional rights to freedom of religious speech and expression within the schoolhouse gates and all the way through the graduation ceremony.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/LfXZ79IRR_4" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/05/graduation.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/graduation.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 34f3e430-d6ef-5b77-9756-60692edc63b3 fox-news opinion fox-news us religion fox-news politics elections first-amendment fox-news us Jeremy Dys Opinion: Apple/Tesla: M&A and heartbreak http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2019/05/22/1558532380000/Apple-Tesla--M-A-and-heartbreak/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c3f82fec-6340-9fe3-3a88-1f26fdd20235 Wed, 22 May 2019 09:39:40 -0400 Woe betide he, who forgets EV.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinions: Trump needs a strategy. He can’t bluff our enemies into surrender. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trump-needs-a-strategy-he-cant-bluff-our-enemies-into-surrender/2019/05/22/b96add6e-7c05-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d8d5ec3d-a559-0e61-348c-e56b8e3b4409 Wed, 22 May 2019 09:38:20 -0400 There is a yawning mismatch between his maximalist ends and minimalist means.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/20/National-Politics/Images/botsford190327Trump55663.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/20/National-Politics/Images/botsford190327Trump55663.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/20/National-Politics/Images/botsford190327Trump55663.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Max Boot Project Syndicate: Can the Belt and Road Become a Trap for China? https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-belt-road-initiative-trap-by-yasheng-huang-2019-05 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8e05492e-5c48-c59d-4009-40296b0197e7 Wed, 22 May 2019 09:20:15 -0400 <p>Through its Belt and Road Initiative, China is building ties to some of the world’s most authoritarian, financially opaque, and economically backward countries. Rather than exposing itself to massive political, economic, and default risks, Chinese policymakers should instead seek to repair relations with the West.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/ca0c98e780842d6c0bbf29782ff2d38c.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Yasheng Huang How Silicon Valley gamed Europe’s privacy rules https://www.politico.com/www.politico.eu/article/europe-data-protection-gdpr-general-data-protection-regulation-facebook-google/ Top Stories urn:uuid:434f06ad-77f2-d259-6212-80a2b2c9c79d Wed, 22 May 2019 09:16:33 -0400 soverly@politico.com (Steven Overly) Opinions: John Wick is the perfect folk hero for our age — and Keanu Reeves is the perfect person to play him https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/act-four/john-wick-is-the-perfect-folk-hero-for-our-age--and-keanu-reeves-is-the-perfect-person-to-play-him/2019/05/22/49e19eb7-1721-44a9-b3c1-b97b6457ae87_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a6855369-2cb9-52eb-e96f-af94ffeef892 Wed, 22 May 2019 09:00:48 -0400 The simplicity of John Wick’s story makes him the ideal character for this moment.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/act-four-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/act-four-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/act-four-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Sonny Bunch Opinions: One front-runner, 4 rivals and then everyone else https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/22/there-are-three-then-everyone-else/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:d7c03cdf-71e4-808c-9ba1-d627d205bcca Wed, 22 May 2019 09:00:36 -0400 Warren might move into the No. 2 spot<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Jennifer Rubin Opinions: One front-runner, 4 rivals and then everyone else https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/one-front-runner-4-rivals-and-then-everyone-else/2019/05/22/3b14b4e1-5b5b-4131-ab72-c9d7f38c81a8_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:574d79b5-ee92-15dc-97d0-8140fcf4f52c Wed, 22 May 2019 09:00:35 -0400 Warren might move into the No. 2 spot<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Jennifer Rubin Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Report: #RussianMob #money helped build #Trump #business #empire A stunning #report in The @newrepublic alleges that, whether @realDonaldTrump knew it or not, for #decades he https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131182056497713152 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4bbb92cb-7fc9-6163-2527-7853507de1ff Wed, 22 May 2019 08:56:33 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Report: #RussianMob #money helped build #Trump #business #empire<br />A stunning #report in The @newrepublic alleges that, whether @realDonaldTrump knew it or not, for #decades he made a #large #portion of his #personalfortune from #Russianmobsters &amp;…<br /><a href="https://www.msnbc.com/brian-williams/watch/report-russian-mob-money-helped-build-trump-business-empire-1002228291948">msnbc.com/brian-williams…</a><br />#FBI #CI</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 12:56pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Trump concedes border wall construction is replacement and 'pure renovation' https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/trump-mexico-border-wall-immigration-1338452 Top Stories urn:uuid:cb3501c4-e67f-afc4-97f3-c4bc16f637b6 Wed, 22 May 2019 08:48:23 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/5a/92/57a89ca84a8eb8b68f1acd180336/190522-donald-trump-gtty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump pushed back Wednesday against “haters” who say he is making little headway on his signature campaign promise of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, though he admitted that much of the work currently being done was “pure renovation.”</p><p>“Much of the Wall being built at the Southern Border is a complete demolition and rebuilding of old and worthless barriers with a brand new Wall and footings. Problem is, the Haters say that is not a new Wall, but rather a renovation. Wrong, and we must build where most needed,” he wrote on <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1131158413373779968" target="_blank">Twitter</a>. “Also, tremendous work is being done on pure renovation - fixing existing Walls that are in bad condition and ineffective, and bringing them to a very high standard!”</p><p>Trump oversaw the longest government shutdown in history earlier this year, an impasse created by his insistence on wall funding. His administration also remains mired in a legal battle over his attempt to skirt Congress to secure funding for his proposed border wall by declaring a national emergency.</p><p>The president has frequently touted the progress on his wall — much of which he’s portrayed as new construction, even though it is not. Trump has also occasionally acknowledged that current wall construction is mostly replacement work. </p><p>Earlier this year, under pressure to show progress on his marquee campaign promise, Trump traveled to California to unveil the first new segment of replacement border wall completed during his administration, though even that project had been in the works since the Obama administration.</p><br><p>The president’s defensive tweets appear to have been prompted by a segment on his favorite morning show, Fox News's “Fox &amp; Friends,” with the missive coming little over an hour after the issue was briefly discussed.</p><p>“Big story in Drudge today, we’ve only built a mile and a half — a mile and a half of wall but yet, we’ve been allocated to build at least 100 miles of wall,” co-host Brian Kilmeade exclaimed at the top of Wednesday’s show, referring a story posted by conservative news aggregator Drudge Report. “But for some reason they just can't seem to get it done. Unbelievable.” </p><p>“A lot of conservatives say it needs to be done,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt chimed in. </p><p>Drudge linked to a <a href="https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/federal-wall-funding-of-1-57-billion-yields-1-7-miles-of-fence-1.1262220" target="_blank">Bloomberg story</a> on the ongoing lawsuit over Trump’s emergency declaration to unlock Pentagon funding for the wall. The story cites a Tuesday court filing in which a lawyer for the House of Representatives revealed that as of April 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection had reported only 1.7 miles of “fencing” with the $1.57 billion in funding Congress approved last fiscal year. </p><p>At a rally in Pennsylvania on Monday, the president vowed to supporters that his administration would have 500 miles of wall completed by the 2020 election — an increase from his previous promise to have at least 400 miles of wall finished by the end of next year. According to the Associated Press, the Trump administration <a href="https://www.apnews.com/22666355d2bc4e5391adcde21a83cc26" target="_blank">has only</a> awarded contracts for 244 miles of wall construction, more than half of which is tied up in legal challenges and the majority of which would go toward replacement projects. </p><p>The Trump administration has asked Congress to fund an additional 200 miles of border wall in its budget request, an ask that has a slim chance of making it through the Democrat-controlled House.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> coprysko@politico.com (Caitlin Oprysko) Project Syndicate: Will Young Voters’ Apathy Take Down Europe? https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/european-parliament-election-young-voter-apathy-by-dominique-moisi-2019-05 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:32952f42-bcfd-9b8b-4fa3-01db80340900 Wed, 22 May 2019 08:47:33 -0400 <p>While many around the world have watched the run-up to this week's European Parliament election with bated breath, younger Europeans themselves have apparently been focused on the final episodes of HBO's "Game of Thrones." If they stay home, their own winter will be coming.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/986395e85955476d11d75a2d1d8588a1.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Dominique Moisi NYT > Opinion: Why Trump Likes Facebook https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/trump-campaign-facebook-2020.html?partner=rss&#38;emc=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:39c0a91c-5ee3-0e04-c527-e3b39217db20 Wed, 22 May 2019 08:35:16 -0400 President Trump’s re-election campaign has spent nearly $5 million on Facebook advertising so far this year.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/22/opinion/22leonhardt-newsletter/22leonhardt-newsletter-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion social media online advertising computers and the internet presidential election of 2016 campaign finance political advertising united states politics and government presidential election of 2020 facebook inc trump donald j democratic party DAVID LEONHARDT Opinions: Millennials could push American politics to the left — or totally upend them https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/millennials-could-push-american-politics-to-the-left--or-totally-upend-them/2019/05/22/4e1b1927-4ea1-4080-8afc-3cbf720bdca2_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a0b54716-1d27-628f-2af1-777f1c2fea16 Wed, 22 May 2019 08:30:38 -0400 Millennial voters are different from the generations before them, and so are the circumstances that shaped them.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2KC3BHTZR4I6TJ57ZCSDXBHOGE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2KC3BHTZR4I6TJ57ZCSDXBHOGE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2KC3BHTZR4I6TJ57ZCSDXBHOGE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions David Byler Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: M.N. My current #interpretation: "The indications of the #RussianMob's #involvement appear to be #evident." - “#MUSTAIKARIM” #PLANECRASH - #Update - 7:42 AM 5/22/2019 - #Russ https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131173685681885185 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a1fa2523-1e51-390d-d4b2-a1176ddd4320 Wed, 22 May 2019 08:23:17 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>M.N. My current #interpretation: "The indications of the #RussianMob's #involvement appear to be #evident." - “#MUSTAIKARIM” #PLANECRASH - #Update - 7:42 AM 5/22/2019 - #Russia #News <a href="http://russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mustaikarim-planecrash-update-742-am-5-22-2019-russia-news/">russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mus…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 12:23pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov House Intel postpones possible contempt vote against Barr https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/barr-contempt-vote-intelligence-committee-1338354 Top Stories urn:uuid:032fa08a-97b1-9016-65ce-03a245272f94 Wed, 22 May 2019 08:16:17 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/c3/df/bf3506ac4f0eb581a4d960cea46b/190522-adam-schiff-gtty-773.jpg"/><br><p>The House Intelligence Committee has postponed a potential vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, citing efforts by the Justice Department to comply with their demand for access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s files. </p><p>“The Department of Justice has accepted our offer of a first step towards compliance with our subpoena, and this week will begin turning over to the Committee twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production,” committee chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement Wednesday. “That initial production should be completed by the end of next week.”</p><p>The cooperation puts on hold what could have been a second contempt vote against Barr. The House Judiciary Committee took the rare step earlier this month when Barr refused to turn over Mueller’s unredacted report and underlying evidence.</p><p>Schiff has sought several categories of information contained in Mueller’s evidence that pertain to the Intelligence Committee’s jurisdiction over counterintelligence and national security matters. He emphasized that the subpoena he issued for the documents could be enforced at any time if he feels the Justice Department falls short of its cooperation.</p><p>The rare breakthrough cuts against an increasingly confrontational relationship between the Democratic House and the Trump administration. President Donald Trump has worked to block witnesses and documents from reaching the Judiciary Committee, which is investigating potential obstruction of justice and abuses of power by Trump.</p><br><p>The deal with the Justice Department and Intelligence Committee includes an offer to allow all committee members access to a less redacted version of Mueller’s report. So far, only 12 lawmakers in the House and Senate have been granted access and all six Democrats have refused to view it, demanding greater access for their colleagues.</p><p>The DOJ’s offer, which Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd again offered Tuesday in a letter to Schiff, triples the number of lawmakers allowed to view the “minimally redacted” version of the report to 34. <br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> kcheney@politico.com (Kyle Cheney) Project Syndicate: How Inflation Could Return https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/how-inflation-could-return-by-mohamed-a-el-erian-2019-05 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6b5acc31-1d6a-3d25-9195-12293863af3c Wed, 22 May 2019 08:09:42 -0400 <p>After years of low inflation, investors and policymakers have settled into a cyclical mindset that assumes advanced economies are simply suffering from insufficient aggregate demand. But they are ignoring structural factors at their peril.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/463ecf118084184290725432d4e156bc.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Mohamed A. El-Erian Opinion: America and Europe are more similar than they think https://www.ft.com/content/b77326fe-7be4-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:aba0532c-ee67-c351-2d43-adcf434e45b2 Wed, 22 May 2019 07:52:08 -0400 If we fail to notice the commonalities, it is because of diplomatic froideur<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: “#MUSTAIKARIM” #PLANECRASH - #Update - 7:42 AM 5/22/2019 - #Russia #News russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mus… pic.twitter.com/MV4SHjPuSS https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131165545653399554 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:24659165-c8aa-431f-7579-9eee73980b22 Wed, 22 May 2019 07:50:56 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>“#MUSTAIKARIM” #PLANECRASH - #Update - 7:42 AM 5/22/2019 - #Russia #News <a href="http://russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mustaikarim-planecrash-update-742-am-5-22-2019-russia-news/">russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mus…</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131165545653399554/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/MV4SHjPuSS</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7K06qCXkAADfY7.jpg" /> <hr /><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7K0_7yXoAELVI1.jpg" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 11:50am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) photo tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Fuck Facebook!!! russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mus… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131164973714083841 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a2b78676-9b82-7d82-9ea6-8551beb6f394 Wed, 22 May 2019 07:48:40 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Fuck Facebook!!! <a href="http://russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mustaikarim-planecrash-update-742-am-5-22-2019-russia-news/">russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mus…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 11:48am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: “#MUSTAIKARIM” #PLANECRASH - #Update - 7:42 AM 5/22/2019 - #Russia #News russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mus… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131164807980355584 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:99da0df4-00c0-94fd-31a2-89f9c21d9fc0 Wed, 22 May 2019 07:48:00 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>“#MUSTAIKARIM” #PLANECRASH - #Update - 7:42 AM 5/22/2019 - #Russia #News <a href="http://russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mustaikarim-planecrash-update-742-am-5-22-2019-russia-news/">russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mus…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 11:48am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinions: Morning Bits: The war on Congress continues https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/22/morning-bits-war-congress-continues/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:76c7b381-c21d-1556-5fc1-ab6e332bd2b7 Wed, 22 May 2019 07:45:41 -0400 Must-read links to start the day.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Jennifer Rubin Opinions: Morning Bits: The war on Congress continues https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/morning-bits-the-war-on-congress-continues/2019/05/22/616568e7-a3c1-47d5-82a7-4c60332be45e_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0140149c-a48e-e062-e7c8-bf13c4a0d666 Wed, 22 May 2019 07:45:41 -0400 Must-read links to start the day.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/WashingtonPost/Content/Staff-Bio/Images/opinions-blogs/right-turn-80x80.png?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions By Jennifer Rubin Opinion: A synthetic genome could be the base for ‘designer lifeforms’ https://www.ft.com/content/86ccc3b0-7bb3-11e9-8b5c-33d0560f039c 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:781716ea-2cab-e05f-ecaf-fa44d7d72b44 Wed, 22 May 2019 07:29:49 -0400 Lab-made bacteria pave the way for scientists to build life from scratch<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Trump complains of 'harassment' ahead of House Dem huddle on impeachment https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/trump-tweets-house-impeachment-1338283 Top Stories urn:uuid:2837bc90-5c81-3b49-a03f-0d7ebb730222 Wed, 22 May 2019 07:23:43 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/2d/ac/1e68b3f04204a4df3574c85a4247/190522-donald-trump-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that the fresh push from some Congressional Democrats for impeachment proceedings amounts to &quot;presidential harassment,&quot; bemoaning ahead of a Democratic caucus meeting on Wednesday that lawmakers &quot;are getting zero work done.&quot; </p><p>&quot;Everything the Democrats are asking me for is based on an illegally started investigation that failed for them, especially when the Mueller Report came back with a NO COLLUSION finding,” dismissing their efforts as a fishing attempt in order to bolster an impeachment inquiry,&quot; the president wrote on Twitter. “Now they say Impeach President Trump, even though he did nothin [sic] wrong, while they ‘fish!’”</p><p>House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has worked this week to deflect renewed enthusiasm within her caucus to begin impeachment proceedings in the wake of the White House's refusal to comply with Congressional subpoenas. Pelosi, who urged caution on the question of impeaching the president, will hold a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/pelosi-house-democrats-impeachment-trump-1338115?nname=playbook&amp;nid=0000014f-1646-d88f-a1cf-5f46b7bd0000&amp;nrid=00000155-2ba3-d270-ab57-fbe3bb850000&amp;nlid=630318" target="_blank">meeting</a> with Democratic House members on Wednesday.</p><p>Hours before that meeting, Trump derided Democrats’ investigative efforts as an extension of what he considers to be a witch hunt, despite special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation yielding multiple indictments and a tranche of evidence showing his probe was justified.</p> <p> “After two years of an expensive and comprehensive Witch Hunt, the Democrats don’t like the result and they want a DO OVER. In other words, the Witch Hunt continues!” Trump wrote. “The Democrats are getting ZERO work done in Congress. All they are focused on is trying to prove the Mueller Report wrong, the Witch Hunt!”</p><br><p> The president also complained that the Mueller investigation has dragged down his poll numbers, which he suggested should be much higher given the strength of the U.S. economy to date under his administration. Trump predicted on Twitter that without the Russia probe, his poll numbers would be at 65 percent. </p><p>Trump’s tweets come as the question of impeachment reaches an inflection point on the Hill, following former White House counsel Don McGahn’s refusal, at the Trump administration's request, to comply with a subpoena for his testimony. McGahn’s no-show, coupled with GOP Rep. Justin Amash’s calls over the weekend to begin impeachment proceedings, appeared to be a breaking point for rank-and-file Democrats to call for the same. </p><p>Some have argued that impeaching the president is one way to force the White House to turn over documents — though Democrats scored a legal victory Monday when a judge upheld a subpoena for Trump’s financial records from his accounting firm. </p><p>Pelosi on Wednesday is expected to reiterate to her members that an impeachment inquiry without broad bipartisan support would likely backfire on Democrats, and to urge them to stay the course with their investigations into Trump. Her firm opposition thus far led to a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/20/nancy-pelosi-impeachment-1336587" target="_blank">closed-door clash</a> earlier this week between the speaker and progressive members who have called for impeachment proceedings to move forward. For now, the speaker's leadership team and the relevant committee chairmen have remained in line with Pelosi's stance.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> coprysko@politico.com (Caitlin Oprysko) Opinion: British industry needs its own moon shot https://www.ft.com/content/c1a00e0e-7be3-11e9-8b5c-33d0560f039c 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:86d5245b-d902-4430-2858-5914567ab726 Wed, 22 May 2019 07:09:10 -0400 Government has a role to play in fostering innovation and encouraging investment<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion How Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would address maternal and child health https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/kirsten-gillibrand-maternal-child-health-2020-1338124 Top Stories urn:uuid:3b70581b-fbd0-903c-c1c5-6cfe88bb3c4c Wed, 22 May 2019 07:00:02 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/68/1d/f786daa64ab5bb52d6e8f138612a/19521-kirsten-gillibrand-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has built her presidential campaign around protecting women and families, and she's filling out specifics with a new &quot;<a href="http://kirstengillibrand.com/FamilyBillOfRights" target="_blank">Family Bill of Rights</a>&quot; policy, a set of proposals to improve maternal and children’s health care and broaden access to child care. </p><p>Some of the programs included in Gillibrand's new policy rollout are ones she has already supported in the past, like a national paid family leave program. But Gillibrand is adding new elements as well, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoXfDUGD_Is&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">saying</a> she’d require health insurance companies to cover in vitro fertilization, an expensive procedure that’s not often covered. </p><h2>What would the plan do?</h2><p>The New York Democrat called for a slew of policy proposals that address the struggles faced by young families, from expanding health care access for mothers in rural communities to a universal pre-kindergarten program. The proposal also reiterates her support for a national paid family leave program. </p><p>One of the most expensive proposals would require health insurance companies to cover IVF treatments — a procedure that’s not often included in insurance plans because of its <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/insurance-coverage-for-infertility-laws.aspx" target="_blank">price tag</a> of $17,000 or more. </p><p>Gillibrand's pledge to improve rural women's maternal heath care access is modeled after a plan put forward by former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to collect data, to develop training programs and to expand grants for rural facilities. She also highlighted the disproportionately high maternal mortality rate faced by African-American women, but did not detail specific policy proposals to address it beyond calling for “new resources to develop and implement standardized best practices” in hospitals. (Gillibrand has already <a href="https://www.amny.com/news/gillibrand-maternal-mortality-1.25913563" target="_blank">introduced legislation</a> focused specifically on maternal mortality.)</p><p>Gillibrand also pledged to establish the “Equal Adoption Rights,” which would require taxpayer-funded adoption and child welfare agencies to not discriminate against foster or adoptive parents on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. She would also create tax credits for adoption, as well as expanding the Child and Dependent Care tax credit.</p><br><p>For infants, Gillibrand said she would automatically enroll all children into the state-federal Children's Health Insurance Program, with an option for parents to opt their kids out of the universal program. She would also implement a national “Baby Bundle” program to provide new families with diapers, swaddle blankets, baby clothes and a safe infant mattress. Similar programs already exist in Ohio, Alabama, New Jersey and Texas. </p><h2>How would it work?</h2><p>Gillibrand has yet to detail exactly how she would accomplish some of her plans, through either through legislation or executive action. For example, Gillibrand pledged to address the shortage of OB-GYNs in rural areas, but didn’t specify how she’d increase their numbers, nor did she specify how much money she’d funnel to this effort. </p><p>On tax credits, Gillibrand gave more specifics, saying she would expand the Child and Dependent Care tax credit to cover up to 50 percent of $12,000 in qualifying care. She would also offer adoption tax credits, but did not specify the amount. </p><p>On universal pre-K and a paid family leave, Gillibrand called for establishing national paid leave programs, but did not detail specifics. Both ideas are popular — but expensive.</p><h2>How much would it cost?</h2><p>Gillibrand’s plan does not put exact pricing details on her various programs. But she suggested that she’d pay for her proposal by passing a “financial transaction tax,” which would “provide $777 billion over the next decade,” according to the plan. It’s not clear, however, whether that would actually cover all the costs associated with such an expansive policy proposal. </p><h2>What have other Democrats proposed?</h2><br><p>Elements of Gillibrand’s plan overlaps with proposals from other 2020 presidential contenders. Much of the Democratic field supports a national paid family leave program, as well as universal pre-kindergarten. Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed a universal childcare program, paid for by a new tax on multimillionaires. Julian Castro also called for universal pre-kindergarten in his education plan, after he championed universal pre-K in San Antonio when he was mayor. </p><h2>Who would it help?</h2><p>Gillibrand’s plan focuses on women, children and families. She emphasizes in her proposal that it aims to put all children on the same footing, regardless of their socio-economic status. </p><h2>Who opposes it?</h2><p>So far, no Democrats have expressed opposition to this kind of a plan.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> eschneider@politico.com (Elena Schneider) Opinions: Rethinking the implications of complex interdependence https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/rethinking-the-implications-of-complex-interdependence/2019/05/22/3bd58718-4c31-41c8-a504-e3194b534a98_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:589feadb-2067-cfc8-2b04-bc586cee3364 Wed, 22 May 2019 07:00:00 -0400 A different way of looking at international political economy.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/AKMXG5D4D4I6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/AKMXG5D4D4I6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/AKMXG5D4D4I6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Daniel W. Drezner NYT > Opinion: The Stone: ‘Feminine Weakness’ Is a Scam https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/power-misogyny.html?partner=rss&#38;emc=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a54f58f4-2ac6-e565-6391-c276f80796f8 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:42:55 -0400 Power is in the body. It is the strength necessary to live in a world rife with misogyny.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/16/opinion/16power1/merlin_154836123_78e3123c-81be-46fd-a7c2-ea0045badc3f-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion women and girls philosophy #metoo movement SOPHIE MACKINTOSH Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: "#RaufArashukov Vs #Gazprom" - #Google #News - 5:08 AM 5/22/2019 - #Recent #Prosecutions of #Corrupt and #Criminal #Russian #Officials russia-news.org/2019/05/22/203… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131147383788769281 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a7087534-69a9-7e6a-a1b1-cb67ad054757 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:38:46 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>"#RaufArashukov Vs #Gazprom" - #Google #News - 5:08 AM 5/22/2019 - #Recent #Prosecutions of #Corrupt and #Criminal #Russian #Officials <a href="http://russia-news.org/2019/05/22/20382/">russia-news.org/2019/05/22/203…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 10:38am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinion: Emerging markets suffer collateral damage from trade war https://www.ft.com/content/da45d9b6-7c74-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:04b22ba4-d814-2d28-a41d-9b408cee87e0 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:27:26 -0400 Falling trade and investment hit developing countries especially hard<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Russian MP arrested for double murder after he tried to flee senate scmp.com/news/world/rus… via @scmpnews https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131143470087901188 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fc445be0-ec37-1c45-90dc-f3eb50e37a54 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:23:13 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Russian MP arrested for double murder after he tried to flee senate <a href="https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2184416/russian-mp-rauf-arashukov-arrested-parliament-double">scmp.com/news/world/rus…</a> via @scmpnews</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 10:23am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinion: Macron’s privatisation blow is bad news for French business https://www.ft.com/content/ba703d3e-7bed-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:a6c8d153-ea26-0eb0-7786-0e2af3f0015b Wed, 22 May 2019 06:18:38 -0400 Opposition manoeuvre to delay sale of airport operator ADP threatens president’s reforms<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Gazprom's Involvement in Arashukov Case warsawinstitute.org/gazproms-invol… via @WarsawInstitute https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131141834993016832 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:906e043f-2724-a204-287d-1e9628d25e06 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:16:43 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Gazprom's Involvement in Arashukov Case <a href="https://warsawinstitute.org/gazproms-involvement-arashukov-case/">warsawinstitute.org/gazproms-invol…</a> via @WarsawInstitute</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 10:16am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov FOX News: Tucker Carlson: Our leaders will never defend our borders - and world knows it and is coming for our wealth http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/gzXO1x9eBwE/tucker-carlson-our-leaders-will-never-defend-our-borders-and-world-knows-it-and-is-coming-for-our-wealth 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f2889e07-549f-cf3f-168a-059317383718 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:11:50 -0400 Tucker Carlson: Congress doesn't want to fix our immigration system<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/gzXO1x9eBwE" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/05/22/694940094001_6039709410001_6039706215001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6039709410001_6039706215001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 89907ce0-f953-5f5c-9775-768bfc7313d7 fox-news shows tucker-carlson-tonight transcript tuckers-monologue fox-news opinion fox-news us immigration fox-news Tucker Carlson Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #Russian #Lawmaker #Arrested During #Parliament #Session In #Murder #Probe rferl.org/a/russian-lawm… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131138215249887234 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4888bb01-c62f-0681-37b0-c55d64fbfe1e Wed, 22 May 2019 06:02:20 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#Russian #Lawmaker #Arrested During #Parliament #Session In #Murder #Probe <a href="https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-lawmaker-arrested-during-parliament-session-in-murder-probe/29741519.html">rferl.org/a/russian-lawm…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 10:02am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Opinions: How dare she dash in for muffins? https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-dare-she-dash-in-for-muffins/2019/05/22/379d30b4-e61b-4bb0-90df-1a4f80f134a4_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:259693e9-5abc-8243-00bf-402e5a7eaec2 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:41 -0400 A family's nightmare after a mom lets the kids wait a few minutes in the car.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/FVFC4PT34II6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/FVFC4PT34II6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/FVFC4PT34II6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Lenore Skenazy Opinions: Five legal principles for the Green New Deal https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-legal-principles-for-the-green-new-deal/2019/05/22/a9fd0cd0-01e5-42a7-9a28-742667acf81f_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:975319ed-c1f7-97d9-185c-498b70dc4bcb Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:40 -0400 It's hard to know what, exactly, the law might look like, but here are a few general guidelines that it should follow if it's going to meet its ambitious goals.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/6XMSZJDWNQI6TJ57ZCSDXBHOGE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/6XMSZJDWNQI6TJ57ZCSDXBHOGE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/6XMSZJDWNQI6TJ57ZCSDXBHOGE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Michael Burger Booker proposes 'Office of Reproductive Freedom' https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/cory-booker-abortion-proposal-1338130 Top Stories urn:uuid:d8c16f46-c524-c4a3-9d63-6d228f24797c Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:29 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/83/4f/0ee4c3ff477bb61b9c7592074b70/190521-cory-booker-2-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Sen. Cory Booker says he would create a “White House Office of Reproductive Freedom” if he were elected president and promised a series of executive actions he’d take to protect abortion rights.</p><p>Under an outline of a proposal made public by the 2020 aspirant on Wednesday, the office would be based in the White House and would focus on coordinating reproductive health issues across all federal agencies, including access to abortion, paid leave, maternal health care and education for employees in his administration. That office’s duties could range from identifying opportunities for executive orders addressing different agencies to finding discretionary funding for targeted purposes, according to the campaign.</p><p>Booker also promised to reverse Trump-era actions that cut off funding to the United Nations Population Fund and restrictions placed on some health care providers. And he said he would pursue legislation to protect abortion rights, including to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law. He vowed to restore federal funding under the Affordable Care Act for family planning and contraceptive coverage.</p><p>The promises from the New Jersey Democrat come in the wake of a rash of laws restricting abortions, including an Alabama law signed last week that would ban almost all abortions, with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Booker’s elevated the issue of abortion rights in his presidential campaign in recent days, including rallying on the steps of the Supreme Court and <a href="https://www.gq.com/story/cory-booker-open-letter-to-men-on-abortion" target="_blank">writing an open letter </a>calling on men to engage on the issue. He also plans to make women’s health care central to the issues he discusses in an upcoming swing through Iowa this week.</p><p>“Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country are mounting a coordinated attack on abortion access and reproductive rights,” Booker said in a prepared statement. “A coordinated attack requires a coordinated response.”<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> nkorecki@politico.com (Natasha Korecki) FOX News: John Stossel: In money we trust? http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/u1WmfPdosmM/john-stossel-in-money-we-trust 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e304c3be-7db1-7208-6782-1331f420ab1b Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:27 -0400 The bills in your wallet say they are legal tender for all debts. But are they?<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/u1WmfPdosmM" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/04/MONEY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/MONEY.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News f6575e64-2ad8-51be-a513-b9c5c5be3848 fox-news opinion fox-news us economy fox-news politics finance fnc fnc opinion John Stossel Opinions: Globalism is under siege. Here’s how to save it — and why. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/globalism-is-under-siege-heres-how-to-save-it--and-why/2019/05/22/2772f311-be55-48e8-8352-85ac8a4f9af8_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:435d5393-3149-2034-710f-3bb4a12d9d11 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:17 -0400 These nongovernmental organizations can help protect economic integration when governments can’t.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/5SLU3YD3EMI6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/5SLU3YD3EMI6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/5SLU3YD3EMI6TMPTWIZ74WAR54.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions JoAnne Yates Opinion | The Guardian: Capitalism used to promise a better future. Can it still do that? | Richard Reeves https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/22/capitalism-broken-better-future-can-it-do-that 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e61d8294-3e5c-a7e0-4ded-1654dfad24b2 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:09 -0400 <p>The greatest challenges to capitalism come when that promise begins to be questioned</p><p>Capitalism is intrinsically futuristic. The ideas that underpin market economies – growth, accumulation, investment – express an unspoken assumption, that tomorrow will be different, and probably better, than today. The question that murmurs through markets is not “What is good?” or “What is fair”, but: “What’s new?”</p><p>This future orientation is one of the most striking hallmarks of modernity. Pre-capitalist societies looked to the past – to founding myths, old religions and ancestral lines. Capitalist societies look to the future – to new inventions, broader horizons and greater abundance. “Oh, the places you’ll go!” is an urtext of market capitalism.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/22/capitalism-broken-better-future-can-it-do-that">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian Richard Reeves Opinion | The Guardian: What if we covered the climate crisis like we did the start of World War II? | Bill Moyers https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/22/climate-crisis-ed-murrow-bill-moyers 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4503485a-5a74-1639-222d-fddfeacd6e2f Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:08 -0400 <p>In the war, the purpose of journalism was to awaken the world to the catastrophe looming ahead of it. We must approach our climate crisis the same way</p><p><em>Today marks the official launch of Covering Climate Now, a project co-sponsored by The Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation. Joined by The Guardian and others partners to be announced, Covering Climate Now will bring journalists and news outlets together to dramatically improve how the media as a whole covers the climate crisis and its solutions. </em></p><p><em>The following is an abridged version of the conference keynote speech by iconic TV newsman Bill Moyers, as prepared for delivery. A video version of the speech is available <a href="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2-Ey0unxTvU%22">here</a>. See <a href="https://www.cjr.org/watchdog/climate-crisis-media.php">here</a> for more about the Covering Climate Now project. </em></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/22/climate-crisis-ed-murrow-bill-moyers">Continue reading...</a><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/5506" width="16" height="16"> Opinion | The Guardian climate change environment Bill Moyers NYT > Opinion: It’s Not Always the End of the World https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/trump-lincoln-political-prudence.html?partner=rss&#38;emc=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7dcbb183-cf59-f079-c856-f785ef7bf635 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:04 -0400 Political prudence isn’t in vogue, but it should be.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/22/opinion/22Weiner-2/22Weiner-2-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion united states politics and government democratic party lincoln abraham trump donald j GREG WEINER NYT > Opinion: In Health Care, Too Much Privacy Is a Bad Thing https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/health-care-privacy-hipaa.html?partner=rss&#38;emc=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:086a345e-2076-d2f5-76de-176d794ebcb0 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:04 -0400 It’s standing in the way of artificial-intelligence programs that could diagnose cancers and screen for genetic disorders.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/15/opinion/sunday/15privacy-Miner/15privacy-Miner-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion privacy artificial intelligence hospitals electronic health records LUKE MINER Opinions: What the loss of the New York police museum means for criminal-justice reform https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/what-the-loss-of-the-new-york-police-museum-means-for-criminal-justice-reform/2019/05/22/b35ef48b-5b18-4f04-8319-b92cbfc63371_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:28688f6c-b4f2-0b63-77db-fa580ee69e22 Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:00 -0400 Without historical records, we lose key insights into how law enforcement works — and how it fails.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/S3X25VV5ZEI6RASD6OXJZGLFRI.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/S3X25VV5ZEI6RASD6OXJZGLFRI.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/22/Outlook/Images/S3X25VV5ZEI6RASD6OXJZGLFRI.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Matthew Guariglia Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #Putin's #art of #the #purge | The #JapanTimes japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2019/0… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131137145631125504 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9473c0da-a4f2-7f21-7634-d3e23ff9d440 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:58:05 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#Putin's #art of #the #purge | The #JapanTimes <a href="https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2019/04/24/commentary/world-commentary/putins-art-purge/#.XOUcUchKhPY">japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2019/0…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:58am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Don Jr. to pen book … Inside Pelosi’s impeachment battle plan https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2019/05/22/scoop-don-jr-to-pen-book-inside-pelosis-impeachment-battle-plan-438897 Top Stories urn:uuid:108d3a78-98b6-f6de-824b-e58acca7998e Wed, 22 May 2019 05:55:10 -0400 And a big infrastructure deal looks doomed. daniel@politico.com (Daniel Lippman) Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #Contempt or #impeachment?: #Trump and #Democrats #locked in #ultimate #congressional #battle | #US #news | #TheGuardian theguardian.com/us-news/2019/m… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131134603090116609 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9f77af2d-9ad6-1fbd-b0a1-0e607d6ccc16 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:47:59 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#Contempt or #impeachment?: #Trump and #Democrats #locked in #ultimate #congressional #battle | #US #news | #TheGuardian <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/21/contempt-or-impeachment-trump-and-democrats-locked-in-ultimate-congressional-battle">theguardian.com/us-news/2019/m…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:47am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @Franklin_E_T: Now that we know the FBI is corrupt and treasonous, it’s time to revisit the “official narrative” of 9/11 in search of th… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131130838492549120 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:90eedbf2-6784-dbd3-2566-937131968bc6 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:33:01 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Now that we know the FBI is corrupt and treasonous, it’s time to revisit the “official narrative” of 9/11 in search of the real truth <a href="https://www.newstarget.com/2019-05-19-fbi-is-corrupt-and-treasonous-revisit-official-narrative-911.html">newstarget.com/2019-05-19-fbi…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/Franklin_E_T"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/954862233879683072/boncjLqn_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Franklin_E_T">Franklin_E_T</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 8:45am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:33am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>1</b> retweet</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet Franklin_E_T Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Taking a #newlook at #9/11 now that we know the #FBIiscorrupt and #lawless fbireform.com/2019/05/22/tak… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131130748864483328 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:926bc1e6-ada2-f5e4-a85d-92d12e349592 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:32:40 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Taking a #newlook at #9/11 now that we know the #FBIiscorrupt and #lawless <a href="http://fbireform.com/2019/05/22/taking-a-new-look-at-9-11-now-that-we-know-the-fbi-is-corrupt-and-lawless/">fbireform.com/2019/05/22/tak…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:32am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Fuck Facebook!!! fbireform.com/2019/05/22/tak… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131130393422434305 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:06ad4bdc-59eb-a710-42ac-07b95b52cd5b Wed, 22 May 2019 05:31:15 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Fuck Facebook!!! <a href="http://fbireform.com/2019/05/22/taking-a-new-look-at-9-11-now-that-we-know-the-fbi-is-corrupt-and-lawless/">fbireform.com/2019/05/22/tak…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:31am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: 5:08 AM 5/22/2019 - #Recent #Prosecutions of #Corrupt and #Criminal #Russian #Officials russia-news.org/2019/05/22/203… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131125843835670528 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:57ac6d13-3662-2ba8-2f8a-dfe10ba55fa3 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:13:11 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>5:08 AM 5/22/2019 - #Recent #Prosecutions of #Corrupt and #Criminal #Russian #Officials <a href="http://russia-news.org/2019/05/22/20382/">russia-news.org/2019/05/22/203…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:13am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Fuck Facebook!!! russia-news.org/2019/05/22/203… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131125809614381062 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4e9350ee-d283-70f0-30f0-a3d4b517e067 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:13:02 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Fuck Facebook!!! <a href="http://russia-news.org/2019/05/22/20382/">russia-news.org/2019/05/22/203…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:13am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Project Syndicate: Has Austerity Been Vindicated? https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/budget-deficits-austerity-growth-alesina-keynes-by-robert-skidelsky-2019-05 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0bf1b934-9aae-04ba-9aa5-ea88185cab4f Wed, 22 May 2019 05:10:40 -0400 <p>A correlation between fiscal retrenchment and economic growth tells us nothing about the underlying relationship between the two. This should be borne in mind in light of new research suggesting that austerity may well be the right policy in a recession.</p><br><br><img src="https://webapi.project-syndicate.org/library/b22954d82f785681ec25f4e71cccd048.16-9-xlarge.1.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/1494642" width="16" height="16"> Project Syndicate Robert Skidelsky Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #Recent #Prosecutions of #Corrupt and #Crimonal #Russian #Officials vk.com/video-19976640… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131123828351012864 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1a914170-f9db-1127-1672-5b7e9998b1e1 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:05:10 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#Recent #Prosecutions of #Corrupt and #Crimonal #Russian #Officials<br /><a href="https://vk.com/video-19976640_456239150">vk.com/video-19976640…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 9:05am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov How Kamala Harris would address the maternal mortality crisis https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/kamala-harris-2020-election-maternal-mortality-1338119 Top Stories urn:uuid:d033f829-5258-1fe9-c65c-7142d301bdca Wed, 22 May 2019 05:04:24 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/d3/12/2ea5adf745b1a6edb21519ef3249/190417-kamala-harris-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday unveiled her proposal to tackle the worsening maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. and address deep racial disparities in care across the country. Harris' proposal highlights the fact that African American women are three times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications compared to their white counterparts — and not just among poor women, according to the CDC.</p><h2><b>What would the plan do?</b></h2><p>The California Democrat attempts to address gaps and racial bias in maternal care and identify women at risk of pregnancy-related complications. It would invest new money for training at medical and nursing schools and provide new moms with resources and increase access to care. The plan updates her legislation that stalled last year in Congress and was released by her Senate office, not her presidential campaign.</p><h2><b>How would it work?</b></h2><p>Harris proposes to create a new $25 million program aimed at fighting racial bias in maternal care by directing grants<b> </b>to medical schools, nursing schools and other training programs intended to improve care for African American women. The proposal also calls for $125 million to create demonstration projects that will create incentives for providers to deliver integrated health services to pregnant women and new mothers and reduce maternal deaths, pregnancy-related complications and racial health disparities in care. Harris’s plan would also ask the National Academy of Medicine to study and make recommendations on how to incorporate bias recognition into clinical skills testing.</p><h2><b>What are the flaws in the proposal?</b></h2><p>The proposal focuses specifically on health disparities among black women and doesn’t address disparities among other minority populations like American Indians who are also at a significantly higher risk of pregnancy-related deaths than white women.</p><h2><b>What does it cost?</b></h2><p><b> </b><i>$150 million</i></p><h2><b>What have other Democrats proposed?</b></h2><br><p>Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sponsored a bill that extends Medicaid coverage to new mothers for up to a year postpartum. Currently, Medicaid covers new moms up to 60 days. Booker’s plan also encourages Medicaid to cover community-based doula services for underserved communities.</p><p>Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y) along with Booker and Harris also have a bill that would direct funding to states and hospitals to develop standardized best practices to prevent and respond to pregnancy-related complications.</p><h2><b>Who would it help?</b></h2><p>Maternal mortality rates are on the rise in the United States. Harris's plan specifically benefits African American women who have significantly higher maternal mortality rates than white women. The CDC recently estimated about 700 women die every year in the U.S. from pregnancy-related complications — and about 60 percent of them were preventable.</p><h2><b>Who opposes it?</b></h2><p>No Democrat has opposed this proposal so far.<br /></p><br><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> behley@politico.com (Brianna Ehley) Pelosi preaches caution on impeachment as pressure builds https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/pelosi-house-democrats-impeachment-trump-1338115 Top Stories urn:uuid:97538d57-b89e-33c5-abd2-47ce042149ab Wed, 22 May 2019 05:02:47 -0400 House Democrats hold a closed-door meeting, with the speaker eager to tamp down calls for Trump’s removal. <img src="https://static.politico.com/1b/45/3db3a8e64b3a96ce8e6bd66d697d/190521-nancy-pelosi-am-gty-773.jpg"/><br> <br><p>Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to hold the line — no impeachment. At least not yet.</p> <p> It’s a familiar message for Pelosi, who will deliver it once again at a closed-door meeting of House Democrats on Wednesday morning. But the gathering, which is members-only with no aides allowed, comes at a critical moment as a growing number of Democrats are ready to consider impeaching President Donald Trump.</p> <p> Pelosi has long sought to dissuade her colleagues from trying to remove the president without winning bipartisan support. And as she repeatedly reminds Democrats, that isn’t happening. Only one GOP lawmaker — the libertarian gadfly Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) — has called for Trump’s impeachment following special counsel Robert Mueller’s evidence of obstruction of justice.</p> <p> So Pelosi will implore Democrats to stick with her plan of continuing to investigate Trump on multiple fronts, with legal action as the backup when necessary. Pelosi will argue, as she has repeatedly in public and private, that Democrats should gather information that could be used for impeaching Trump, if the threshold for Republican support can be reached, according to Democratic aides and lawmakers.</p> <p> Of course, it seems unlikely that will ever happen; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has repeatedly said that the Mueller probe is over and Democrats should move on.</p> <br><p> The six committee leaders investigating Trump, his administration and personal finances — including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) — will give updates at Wednesday’s meeting, according to a source familiar with Pelosi’s plans.</p> <p>House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) will also speak.</p> <p> The senior lawmakers will discuss Monday’s victory for Democrats upholding a subpoena for Trump’s financial records from his accounting firm — which Pelosi will point to as proof that her plan is working — and a court hearing on Wednesday focused on the president’s effort to stop the Democratic investigation into his dealings with Deutsche Bank.</p> <p> The court hearing comes one day after Senate Democrats berated a top Treasury Department official over reports that Deutsche Bank blocked employees from reporting suspicious activity tied to accounts linked to Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.</p> <p> Democrats will also receive updates on their effort to sue Trump over violations of the emoluments clause and the House Judiciary Committee decision to subpoena two former top administration aides on Tuesday: Trump confidante Hope Hicks and White House deputy counsel Annie Donaldson.</p> <p> Pelosi remains firm that trying to remove Trump from office without any GOP backing is pointless and could backfire on Democrats. They’re mindful of what happened to former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) when he impeached President Bill Clinton in 1998 — Clinton was acquitted by the Senate, Republicans lost seats in the midterm election, and Gingrich lost his job. (Though others note the GOP did win the presidency two years later.)</p> <p> “In reality, I don’t think you ought to start something if you’re not prepared to finish it,” said House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), a key Pelosi ally. “I don’t think we’re at the point now that we can finish the way we want to finish it, so we ought not start it until we get to that point.”</p> <p> And while more than 20 Democrats are now calling for Trump’s impeachment or at least the start of an impeachment inquiry to help bolster their legal case against the president, Pelosi’s hold on her caucus remains rock solid. Even impeachment advocates say they aren’t going to go against her decision.</p> <br><p> “I don’t think anything happens without the speaker,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and co-chief of the progressive caucus, who came out in favor of opening an impeachment inquiry this week.</p> <p> “We really want to keep people united. We’re not going to take action if the speaker is not there. I think the speaker is very strategic, very smart. We’ve got to show her where the caucus is,” added Jayapal. Asked about Pelosi's belief that the caucus doesn't support impeachment, Jayapal said, “I think that’s what she thinks. We want to see if that’s true, so we’re working on that.”</p> <p> Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), one of the first Judiciary Committee Democrats to support an impeachment inquiry, said her conviction has only grown on that front, but said she doesn't anticipate trying to work around Pelosi's opposition to impeachment.</p> <p> “I think a lot of times with leadership, it’s not what you do, it’s when you do it,” Demings said. “In the last two weeks, the president has continued to obstruct justice by not respecting subpoenas for people in his administration and people outside his administration. So we’re running out of options.&quot;</p> <p> Some Democrats — including members of Pelosi’s leadership team — reached a breaking point Monday after Trump officially blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn, a central figure in the Mueller probe, from testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.</p> <p> The White House move roiled the Democratic Caucus and sparked a closed-door clash between Pelosi and other top Democrats, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who argued it’s time to open an impeachment inquiry into Trump.</p> <p> Pelosi and her top deputies, including Clyburn, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) pushed back forcefully. The leadership group later held an emergency meeting with Nadler on Monday night to shut down the brewing revolt within the panel. Nadler followed Pelosi's order on Tuesday — the topic of impeachment was never raised during a quick committee hearing bashing McGahn and the White House.</p> <p> Several other Democrats said Tuesday while they were angered over McGahn's no-show but were not ready to join calls for impeachment. However, these lawmakers said the final straw for them would be if Mueller is blocked from testifying about his two-year probe.</p> <br><p> House Democrats are still struggling to secure a public appearance by Mueller after weeks of negotiations. Mueller and his staff <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/robert-mueller-testimony-dems-1337672" target="_blank">are concerned</a> about what public insight he can share, according to several sources.</p> <p> And even some of Pelosi’s most loyal chairmen, antsy about the ceaseless stonewalling from Trump, are starting to talk more openly about impeachment. Schiff said the case for impeachment is getting “stronger,&quot; while Cummings said he is “getting there” on Tuesday. </p> <p> &quot;I think what the president has done has put us in a position where we cannot get any information to do the oversight that we need to do. And that basically ties our hands and makes us, with regard to oversight, powerless,” Cummings said on CNN.</p> <p> “The question now becomes: Do we allow this to continue? And where do we end up if we do that? That is the question,” Cummings added. “And I'm still mulling it over and talking to my colleagues when I get on the floor in a few minutes. But I'm getting there.”</p> <p> But for Pelosi and other top Democrats, the upcoming Memorial Day recess can’t come soon enough. If Democratic leaders can successfully navigate Wednesday’s meeting and get members out the door on Thursday for a 10-day break, they hope that could help break the impeachment fever spreading within the caucus.</p> <p> Once lawmakers return from recess, they’re only in the Capitol for three days before dozens of members depart for a trip to Normandy, France, in honor of the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the D-Day invasion in World War II.</p> <p> And the longer Democratic leaders can delay impeachment, the less likely it may become as Washington shifts its focus to the 2020 election, according to multiple members and aides.</p> <p> “I think if [impeachment] happens this summer, that’s fine,” said House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), a supporter of impeachment. “I think if it goes into the fall or next year, I think that’s probably too late.”</p><p><i>Sarah Ferris and Kyle Cheney contributed to this report.</i><br /></p> <br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> hcaygle@politico.com (Heather Caygle) Fox News town halls divide 2020 field, but Dem voters say OK https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/democratic-town-hall-fox-poll-1338127 Top Stories urn:uuid:68e7d7eb-8fcc-097f-fed2-279fcd784c32 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:02:29 -0400 A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found that just 17 percent of Democrats said it’s inappropriate for the White House hopefuls to agree to the primetime events. <img src="https://static.politico.com/b2/56/a41f76304570b1fe8442f5078a2e/190521-buttigieg-townhall-ap-773.jpg"/><br><br><p>Fox News’ presidential town halls have the Democratic primary field at odds over whether it’s permissible to appear on conservatives’ preferred network, but most voters say they’re fine with it. </p><p>More than 60 percent of Democrats said they think it’s acceptable for candidates from their party to appear at the town halls, a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found. Just 17 percent of Democrats said it’s inappropriate for the White House hopefuls to agree to the primetime events.</p><p>The results could reassure 2020 Democratic hopefuls who want to use Fox News appearances to reach out to conservative-leaning voters — particularly after South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg received days of media attention and stirred up tension at the network with his<a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/19/pete-buttigieg-trump-attacks-grotesque-things-1334093" target="_blank"> on-air critique</a><u style="color: rgb(32, 31, 30); font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, &quot;Segoe UI Web (West European)&quot;, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> </u>of Fox’s opinion hosts during Sunday’s town hall.</p><p>“Democratic presidential hopefuls who hold Fox News town halls can expect their primary voters to approve of the forums on the hot-button network,” said Morning Consult vice president Tyler Sinclair. “Notably, 64 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of self-identified liberals say it’s appropriate for 2020 candidates to appear on Fox News town hall programs, compared with 17 percent of Democrats and 18 percent of liberals who say it’s inappropriate.”</p><p>The town halls have caused some sniping among the Democratic ranks. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called the network a “hate-for-profit racket” last week, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has also said she would decline an invitation to appear. New data isn't going to make Warren budge on the issue. </p><br><p>&quot;Elizabeth doesn't base her positions or values on polling,&quot; a spokesperson told POLITICO. &quot;And we're not giving Fox News an hour town hall so they can raise money and raise their credibility off of it.&quot;</p><p>But four 2020 contenders have taken Fox News up on its offers of air time so far, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand, who appears on June 2. And others have made clear they’d go on if asked, regardless of the drama. </p><p>“A lot of people in my party were critical of me doing this, and I get where that’s coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some of the opinion hosts on this network,” Buttigieg said, citing Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham by name. “There is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem.”</p><p>The events have also caused some strain with President Donald Trump, who told supporters at a rally in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, Monday that “something strange is going on at Fox. Something very strange.” Trump described Buttigieg as “knocking the hell out of Fox” on air.</p><p>People close to the network said the town halls are generally good for Fox News, both in terms of ratings and giving the network access to top presidential candidates. But the events have also highlighted the tension between the news and opinion sides of the network in uncomfortable ways. </p><p>One Fox News employee said Buttigieg should have gone on Carlson’s and Ingraham’s shows if he wanted to criticize them for, respectively, implying that immigration makes America “dirtier” and comparing detention facilities for immigrant children to “summer camps.” The employee also noted that Chris Wallace, who was moderating the session, didn’t push back.</p><p>“If Buttigieg has a problem with primetime hosts,” the employee said, “he should be willing to say it on their shows.”</p><br><p>A person close to Fox News also noted that hosts like Carlson &quot;have people all the time that disagree with him, and he debates them and challenges them, and they say things to his face that are less than positive.&quot;</p><p>Eric Bolling, a former Fox News host, said he “would have expected at least some pushback from Wallace.”</p><p>“It’s not what Mayor Buttigieg may have said about me if I were still a host there. And it’s not what President Trump tweeted afterwards about giving airtime to Democrats,” Bolling, who left the network following harassment allegations and now hosts Sinclair’s “America This Week,” told POLITICO in an email. “It’s what moderator Chris Wallace didn’t say that would piss me off if it were me.”</p><p>“Fox News’ extraordinary success is due to dedicated news journalists, dynamic opinion hosts, diverse contributors and our tremendous staff behind the scenes on every platform,&quot; a network spokesperson said in a statement. &quot;We support and are proud of this great team who has kept us No. 1 in cable for many years.” </p><p>Fox News’ opinion hosts didn’t take kindly to Buttigieg’s appearance. Carlson called Buttigieg a “slippery demagogue” on Monday night’s show when discussing the candidate’s views on abortion. Ingraham, alongside an on-screen graphic reading “Reboot-I-Gieg,” accused the candidate of passing off “political pablum as some type of high-minded oratory” in his appearance on the network. </p><p>Buttigieg’s comments didn’t go over well on the president’s favorite morning show, either. “If you feel that negative about it, don’t come,” said “Fox &amp; Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade. “Because for him to go out there and take shots at our primetime lineup without going on our primetime lineup shows, to me, absolutely no courage.”</p><p>Another person who works on one of Fox’s opinion shows brushed off Buttigieg’s appearance. “To be honest, I don’t care what the candidates do. We invite them on our show, and they don’t want to come,” this person said, later adding: &quot;Is there a rub between opinion and news at Fox? Yeah, of course there is.&quot;</p><br><p>&quot;I don’t really give a shit about what everyone else [at Fox] is doing,&quot; this person also said when asked about the relationship between Fox News opinion hosts and the news anchors.</p><p>Senior political analyst Brit Hume, who argued in response to Trump that the news network has to cover both political parties, <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/politics/buttigieg-impressive-candidate-obama-hume" target="_blank">said</a> Monday on Fox News that Buttigieg not only stood out from the current Democratic field but is the “most impressive candidate I’ve seen since the emergence of Barack Obama.”</p><p>“I’m quite confident that an awful lot of Democrats tuned in,” Hume said.</p><p>“It doesn’t ever make sense for a politician to shun a whole segment of an audience, a potential audience,” he added. “Politics is about addition, not subtraction.” </p><p>A former Fox News commentator agreed, pointing out that Buttigieg got a huge platform to bash the network: &quot;For Democratic candidates, it’s their clickbait to attack Fox hosts.”</p><p>The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,995 registered voters from May 17-19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.</p><p><i>Morning Consult is a nonpartisan media and technology company that provides data-driven research and insights on politics, policy and business strategy.</i></p><p><i>More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents: Toplines: <a href="https://politi.co/2VTyhqJ" target="_blank">https://politi.co/2VTyhqJ</a> | Crosstabs: <a href="https://politi.co/2VHMKB4" target="_blank">https://politi.co/2VHMKB4</a></i><br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> daniel@politico.com (Daniel Lippman) Small-dollar Bernie sidles up to big money https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/bernie-sanders-money-1337897 Top Stories urn:uuid:1a0937e6-118f-c6df-d5a7-df8991627d2f Wed, 22 May 2019 05:01:33 -0400 The candidate with a natural aversion to fundraising has hired a fundraiser and plans to hold 'grass-roots' money events, sources told POLITICO. <img src="https://static.politico.com/21/47/e36545df4349a8de07438484f361/190521-bernie-sanders-gty-773.jpg"/><br><br><p>Bernie Sanders — who swore off big-money fundraisers and criticized Hillary Clinton’s fundraising as “obscene” during the 2016 campaign<b> </b>— is changing his approach as the scramble for Democratic campaign cash heats up.</p><p>The Vermont senator has decided to hold in-person fundraising events where donors of all means will be invited and the media will be allowed. He has also hired a<b> </b>fundraiser to oversee the effort, a position he did not have in his 2016 bid.</p><p>The moves,<b> </b>described by campaign sources to POLITICO, amount to an acknowledgment by Sanders that his online-only approach to raising money was leaving significant amounts of money on the table. That cash could be decisive in a primary with nearly two dozen candidates competing fiercely for money: Sanders’ top rival, Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, is raking in huge sums from major Democratic donors in the early weeks of the race with a slew of fundraisers.</p><p>The altered strategy is a sign that Sanders is running a different kind of campaign in 2020, shedding some of his resistance to a side of politics he’s instinctively repelled by.</p><p>Still, this is far from a full embrace of big money by the candidate who loved to boast that his average donation in 2016 was $27. His campaign has dubbed the events he plans to hold “grass-roots fundraisers.” They’re expected to have a relatively low ticket price, but larger donors will be able to attend and could potentially get face time with the candidate. </p><p>The Sanders campaign did not answer further questions about the events, such as how much tickets would typically cost.</p><br><p>“These open-press events are opportunities for engaging with our supporters on the ground and grass-roots organizing,” said Arianna Jones, Sanders’ communications director. “Anything supporters decide to give beyond the ticket price, while appreciated, is up to them.”</p><p>Running the campaign’s new fundraising arm will be Malea Stenzel Gilligan, the former senior director of governance for the National Wildlife Federation and past executive director of the progressive political organization VoteVets. Her title on the campaign is director of development. The campaign did not say how many additional finance hires, if any, it plans to make.</p><p>Gilligan will be charged with growing Sanders’ presence among donors from an online-only operation that powered his 2016 bid into a somewhat more traditional fundraising apparatus that includes face-to-face events. Sanders raised $238 million in 2016, while organizing few fundraisers — a feat that set him apart from Clinton, whose long ties to the Democratic establishment raised her millions of dollars but became a political liability.</p><p>Sanders raked in $18 million during the first three months of this year, more than any other declared candidate at the time. But the massive size of the 2020 field is breeding intense competition for campaign dollars big and small, making it necessary for all the candidates, even a fundraising star like Sanders, to try everything, said Taryn Rosenkranz, founder and CEO of the digital firm New Blue Interactive.</p><p>“Fundraising and in-person events are how people get to know you better,” said Rosenkranz. “With a crowded field like this, candidates are going to have to do both digital and in-person fundraising: People want to know you, they want to meet you. It’s an additional thrill for them.”</p><br><p>The Sanders campaign appears to be trying to both collect money in new ways, and push its online donors for more cash as it tries to keep up in the escalating 2020 money war. Sanders' campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said in a recent email to small-dollar donors that the average contribution so far this month was only $16 — not the typical $27 — and pushed them to give more.</p><p>&quot;Our average contribution has been steadily in decline,&quot; he wrote, encouraging supporters to chip in an extra $10. &quot;Here's why this is a hurdle for our campaign: For each $2,800 max-out check one of our opponents receives from a wealthy campaign contributor, we must receive 175 donations to keep up.&quot;</p><p>As they vie to engage voters thirsty for campaign finance reform — while still raising large sums of money — candidates are providing more transparency around their fundraisers. They're experimenting with everything from live-streaming otherwise private parties to holding “grass-roots” events, which the Sanders campaign is now embracing. </p><p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced in February she was swearing off closed-door fundraisers, but left open the possibility of in-person events with fees. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttegieg also holds such fundraisers with a lower ticket price in addition to big-donor events. It’s an approach that Barack Obama used at the start of his 2008 run, as he tried to convert the energy at his in-person events into fundraising success by asking crowds to donate money.</p><p>“It’s a smart way to have some face time with people and feel like you’re getting something out of it,” said Ami Copeland, deputy national finance director for Obama’s 2008 campaign. </p><br><p>Sanders will continue his pledge to reject money from corporations, pharmaceutical companies and Wall Street. But there are other unanswered questions about how Sanders is structuring his new fundraising approach, like whether bigger donors might get extra attention from Sanders or his staff, or other added perks. Earlier this year, Warren also vowed to not give wealthy donors any special access to her during the primary.</p><p>Copeland said there's no reason to think Sanders will start selling access to Wall Street types, &quot;but does someone who gives $250 or $2,000 — do they get anything different from someone who gets $25?” Copeland said. “Who knows, maybe they’ll get a free pint of Ben &amp; Jerry’s or something.”</p><p>While most candidates have a dedicated finance team to help them court donors and throw fundraisers, Sanders rejected having such a staff in 2016. He held a small number of fundraising events, including a concert headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a meet-and-greet at a Chicago theater.</p><p>At the time, a handful of wealthy progressive donors eager to support Sanders complained he was stiff-arming them, and some in the Sanders campaign pushed him to hire a finance director. He never did. </p><p>“We left millions on the table,” said one 2016 Sanders aide.</p><p>Sanders had relatively few well-heeled backers compared with Clinton, but a handful of Hollywood and business donors did give him money. He collected $5,400 from television host Bill Maher; $5,000 from actor Shia LaBeouf; $5,000 from Jake Burton Carpenter, founder of Burton snowboard company; $2,700 from studio executive David Geffen; $2,700 from actress Susan Sarandon; and $2,700 from Bay Area attorney and Democratic donor Guy Saperstein.</p><p>“I would be happy to do something for Bernie,” Saperstein said in a recent interview. “I‘m going to support both [Sanders and Warren] as much as I can and we’ll see which one does better in the initial primaries.” </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mseverns@politico.com (Maggie Severns) ‘Wrong on most everything’: GOP smacks down Biden’s bipartisanship https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/republicans-biden-bipartisan-1338090 Top Stories urn:uuid:51f8a97b-5a14-bd64-e7ad-000598d17ed4 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:01:05 -0400 The former vice president’s vow to find common ground with Republicans likely needs a reality check. <img src="https://static.politico.com/12/28/be20f3e24a2189724bd92837f366/190521-joe-biden-amlede-gty-773.jpg"/><br> <br><p>Joe Biden is making his bipartisan bona fides a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, boasting recently that he persuaded three Republican senators to support the economic stimulus that helped save the country from catastrophe.</p> <p>“It was my job to find them. To persuade them to vote for it. And I did,” he said in Philadelphia this weekend.</p> <p>The only problem: Olympia Snowe is retired, Arlen Specter is dead and Susan Collins will be defeated if Democrats get their way next year.</p> <p>So when the former vice president talks about the GOP having an “epiphany” and working with him if and when he beats President Donald Trump, lawmakers in both parties are skeptical.</p> <p>“If anyone can do it, it would be Joe Biden,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). “But a lot of those people are gone. States have changed. Washington’s changed.”</p> <p>The centrist wing of the GOP has been hollowed out not just by retirements and death but by the party’s sharp turn right in recent years. The number of Republicans eager to collaborate with a Democratic president might be relegated to Collins and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on some days, and it would take more than them to build the 60-vote coalition Biden would need to advance his agenda.</p> <br><p>And the Senate Republicans that remain in the relative middle of the GOP say that while their party may have changed, so has Biden as he runs as a standard progressive.</p> <p>“He does have relationships, that’s true. But he doesn’t sound like the old Joe Biden that most of us knew when he was here in the Senate,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said.</p> <p>“I love Joe Biden,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the few GOP dealmakers who once worked with Biden. “I think he’s been wrong on most everything.”</p> <p>Biden’s approach is in stark contrast to that of other leading Democratic candidates, who are advertising ways that they can steamroll or make end runs around Republicans rather than cooperate with them. Kamala Harris is looking at executive actions, Elizabeth Warren is threatening to end the filibuster and Bernie Sanders hopes to use arcane parliamentary maneuvers to jam &quot;Medicare for All&quot; through budget reconciliation.</p> <p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led the GOP blockade against Obama’s entire agenda while in the Senate minority. And in the majority, he’s sidelined Democrats as he’s sought to repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes and confirm conservative judges under Trump.</p> <p>Warren chuckled when asked about Biden’s view of the Republican Party.</p> <p> “I will not support a world where there’s one set of rules when the Republicans are in power and a different set of rules when the Democrats have the majority,” she said on Tuesday.</p> <p> McConnell enjoyed a working relationship with Biden during President Barack Obama’s first term, but liberals say that there’s little reason to believe the Kentucky Republican would be in a mood to cut deals with a President Biden. Exacerbating the tension is the increasing extinction of Democratic and Republican moderates.</p> <p> “I don’t know how anyone could live through the past 10 years of American politics thinking the fever in the Republican Party is going to break,” said Ezra Levin, co-executive director of progressive organization Indivisible. He said Biden’s view is “dangerous” because it might force the next president to squander time trying to work with a recalcitrant McConnell.</p> <p> “I think Mitch McConnell has invested his life in obstruction and he'll invest whatever time he has left here in obstruction,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said.</p> <br><p>Biden’s campaign did not comment for this story.</p> <p>Some senators in both parties are holding out hope that partisan tensions will thaw after 2020. Sen. Tim Kaine said his motto is “high hopes and low expectations” and pointed out that he and McConnell sponsored legislation together this week.</p> <p>Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) emphasized his support of Trump but was complimentary of Biden’s message and credited the former vice president’s lead in the polls to his bipartisan approach.</p> <p>&quot;I don't know about an epiphany but Joe Biden, to his credit, he's got a history of working well with Republicans,” Cramer said.</p> <p>Some of Biden’s staunchest allies think it would be wrong not to approach his campaign with a message of restoring bipartisanship.</p> <p>Biden knows “exactly how hard it is to make progress in the face of Republican obstruction,” said Sen. Chris Coons, who has endorsed his fellow Delaware Democrat. “But he’s willing to step forward, give it his best and make progress on our behalf.”</p> <p>Obama predicted in 2012 that the GOP’s “fever” would break if he could win reelection. And his victory did lead the Republican Party to conduct a lengthy autopsy, with 14 Republican senators soon working on comprehensive immigration reform with Democrats.</p> <p>But that bill died in the GOP-led House and Republicans soon pushed a government shutdown in a failed bid to repeal Obamacare. Senate Democrats killed the filibuster on most nominations amid a Republican blockade and the rest of Obama’s legislative agenda never got off the ground after the GOP took the Senate in 2014.</p> <p>By the time 2021 rolls around, a full nine of the 14 pro-immigration GOP senators will be gone, though some newcomers, like Mitt Romney of Utah and Cory Gardner of Colorado, have some centrist sensibilities on the issue.</p> <p>Though Biden is portraying Trump as an aberration, the decision to stifle Obama’s priorities was made by Republicans long before the reality-show businessman entered politics.</p> <p> “It’s a different environment, different atmosphere. Obviously, when he was here he was one of those guys who had relationships on the other side and tried to work with folks,” said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). “But if you look at the more recent evolution of the Senate and the dynamics? It would be a bit of reach to say it will be real easy to come in and get a lot of stuff done.”</p> <br><p>Biden acknowledges the criticism his throwback view receives: In Philadelphia, he said his critics are claiming his view is “not the way it works anymore.” He vowed to sometimes forge ahead without Republicans.</p> <p>Yet even if Democrats keep the House and take back the Senate, they are unlikely to have a filibuster proof majority or anything close to it ahead of a pitched battle for Senate control in 2020. That means passing something like landmark Obama-era bills such as the Recovery Act, Obamacare or the Dodd-Frank financial reforms, would require the help of perhaps a half-dozen or more Republicans.</p> <p>Even senators supporting Biden in the presidential primary said that the task of getting the GOP to work with Democrats could prove impossible.</p> <p>“Every year it gets harder and harder. I understand that sentiment because it is really hard to work with ideologues and many of them are,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said. “But you also can’t eliminate or foreclose the possibility that there’s a way to get some consensus.”</p> <p>Republicans say they are skeptical Democrats have any interest working across the aisle anyway after fighting Trump for years. </p> <p>“Today’s Democratic Party is consumed with rage and hatred for President Trump,” Sen. Ted Cruz said. The Texas Republican ran against Trump and led the fight to shut down the government over Obamacare in 2013. “It’s hard to see how Democrats prevailing at the polls would cause them to step back from the anger.”</p> <p>Even if the reality is that gridlock will reign no matter who wins the presidency, polls show that Biden’s hopeful message is popular among Democratic voters. In a recent CNN <a href="http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2019/images/04/29/rel6a.-.2020.democrats.pdf" target="_blank">poll</a>, 77 percent of respondents said working with Republicans was important to them; only beating Trump was listed as a higher priority.</p><p> “I think people want this place to come together,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said. “So it’s a smart political message.”<br /></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: Wilfred McClay: The genius of American patriotism http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/ypsP6MOyLGY/wilfred-mcclay-american-patriotism 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:cbdb23de-5c84-4aa8-e99a-75090750993d Wed, 22 May 2019 05:00:50 -0400 We should acknowledge that there is something natural about patriotism, as an expression of love for what is one’s own, gratitude for what one has been given, and reverence for the sources of one’s being.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/ypsP6MOyLGY" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/02/13/694940094001_6001598814001_6001594866001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6001598814001_6001594866001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 64c758d0-78f2-507e-9e64-fe0860938d67 fox-news opinion fox-news us education patriotism fox-news us personal-freedoms proud-american fnc Wilfred McClay How New York Democrats plan to unlock Trump's taxes https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2019/05/22/how-new-york-democrats-plan-to-unlock-trumps-taxes-1025564 Top Stories urn:uuid:7a9f8826-4b05-792c-cd27-cca566b29933 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:00:48 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/1b/e5/e8d8ad1d47b989871e32e80f4a12/cash-getty.jpg"/><br><p>ALBANY — A tax attorney from White Plains and a state senator whose <a href="https://latfor.state.ny.us/maps/2012s/SD_map_rep_27.pdf" target="_blank">district</a> is across the street from Trump Tower may have figured out a way to achieve a goal Democrats have had their eyes on for nearly four years: getting a glimpse at President Donald Trump’s taxes.</p><p>The New York Assembly is poised to pass legislation on Wednesday to allow the release of the president’s state tax returns to three congressional committees. The documents could show some of the figures that have been elusive for years as Trump has refused to follow presidential convention and publicly release his tax returns. Since the state Senate already has passed the measure and Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports it, U.S. House Democrats could theoretically ask for and receive Trump’s state tax returns in a matter of weeks.</p><p>The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman David Buchwald, the tax attorney, and state Sen. Brad Hoylman, the president's virtual neighbor, would let New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance share the tax returns of state residents with three congressional committees — House Ways and Means, Senate Finance and the Joint Committee on Taxation — if they are requested.</p><p>“New York state could play a unique role with regards to transparency of tax returns in connection with the president,” said Buchwald (D-White Plains). “That’s because he’s a New York state resident and his state tax returns would have his worldwide income.”</p> <p>These returns would be similar to the federal returns that national Democrats have focused on. They would not be exactly the same, however. Federal rules mandate that states keep information that the IRS shares with them confidential. In an attempt to to avoid running afoul of this requirement, the bill carves out information that is directly transferred onto the state forms, such as itemized income.</p><p>New York's move could checkmate the Trump administration's latest effort to keep the president's federal returns private. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week said the administration wouldn't comply with a subpoena for the returns issued by a leading U.S. House Democrat and the dispute appears headed for court, where it could take months to resolve.</p><p>The New York returns would presumably contain a number of new details about the president’s financial situation. And they could provide some major clues about the big picture, said University of Chicago Law School professor Daniel Hemel. </p><p>“One of the big concerns about Trump’s tax returns is that he just hasn’t been paying taxes for the last several decades … that he’s been reporting a federal [adjusted gross income] of zero, while all the while holding himself out as a billionaire, which suggests that he’s either a liar or a tax cheat,” Hemel said. </p><p>&quot;What New York is doing here is providing information that would be useful to [House committees],&quot; Hemel added. </p><p>Both Hoylman and Buchwald have spent years attempting to find a state-level solution to obtaining Trump’s taxes. Hoylman began the fight a month after the 2016 election, when he introduced the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public, or T.R.U.M.P. Act. It would prohibit presidential candidates from appearing on the ballot in New York if they haven't made their returns public. </p><p>His idea has since spread nationally, with similar bills introduced in about half of the states and several of them beginning to move. </p><p>But it’s run into roadblocks, including the reality that Trump could remain off the ballot in blue states like New York and not hurt his chances at reelection. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown, hardly a Trump apologist, <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/16/jerry-brown-trump-tax-returns-bill-243799" target="_blank">raised constitutional concerns</a> about a state keeping a presidential contender off the ballot when he vetoed a similar measure in 2017. </p><p>Buchwald proposed a different approach. A physics major as an undergraduate and a tax lawyer by trade, he has gained a reputation for taking on important but wonky questions — the most significant bill he previously introduced was a constitutional amendment that enacted a decades-old proposal to strip elected officials convicted of felonies of their public pensions. </p><p>In 2017, he came across articles from Hemel arguing that the tax returns submitted to New York were worth seeking. </p><p>“He and his colleagues had outlined some approaches, but they were in an academic setting, and it was my path with others to put that into an actual bill format,” Buchwald said. “And once we did that, the idea took off.” </p><p><a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2017/04/26/democrats-announce-legislation-to-release-trumps-state-taxes-111536" target="_blank">Buchwald’s bill</a> would have had the state simply release the returns of any state residents serving as president who hadn’t voluntarily made them public. And that idea did indeed take off, obtaining the support of most of Albany’s Democrats. Republicans, however, controlled the state Senate at the time, meaning the bill didn’t go anywhere. </p><p>But that changed after November, and legislators and their staffs began to reimagine the existing proposals in an attempt to craft a bill that accomplished the goal of obtaining Trump’s taxes without running afoul of privacy concerns and the constitutional prohibition on bills of attainder.</p><p>Even when the bill is passed and presumably signed, it won’t necessarily guarantee the returns will be immediately delivered to Washington. For one, the president could try to block the law through the courts, although the sponsors are confident it would withstand judicial scrutiny. </p><p>“We have strived to ensure that New York state is on firm legal footing,” Buchwald said. “And I recognize that the president’s very fond of litigation, but ultimately New York is in charge of New York state tax returns.” </p><p>And House Democrats would actually have to to request the documents. </p><p>House Judiciary Chairman <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51541">Jerry Nadler</a> (D-N.Y.) has praised the measure. “This legislation would make the work of a federal committee a little easier. If confronted with inability to receive the federal tax return, we can turn to New York State,&quot; he said.</p><p>But Nadler’s committee isn’t one of the three that would have the power to request the returns. And the chairman of one the committees named in the bill, House Ways and Means Chairman <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51543">Richard Neal</a>, has not embraced the bill as strongly as Nadler has, saying he’s still focused on the federal returns. </p><p>“This wouldn’t matter for our purposes,” his spokesperson <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-14/new-york-is-offering-trump-s-taxes-but-democrats-may-not-bite" target="_blank">recently told Bloomberg,</a> referring to the New York legislation. “The committee is investigating the mandatory presidential audit program at the IRS to determine whether or not the program needs to be codified into federal law.”</p><p>Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie argued that even if Neal isn’t enthusiastic about the bill yet, he might eventually be. </p><p>“The chair of Ways and Means said he isn't happy about this legislation because he still wants the federal government to do their job, but this could be ‘in case of emergency, break glass’ type legislation,” Heastie said. </p><p>“Even if the Congress never requests the information or if perhaps they obtain the taxes through the federal channel,” Hoylman said, “we will have done our part to shine a spotlight on Congress’ role and support the concept of presidential tax transparency.” </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> billmahoney@politico.com (Bill Mahoney) FOX News: Jason Chaffetz: Democrats claim they want election security – They really want to secure election victories http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/5rrtq_d7np8/jason-chaffetz-democrats-claim-they-want-election-security-they-really-want-to-secure-election-victories 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:69ca6fa7-e590-2085-8838-3aaee967fc11 Wed, 22 May 2019 05:00:42 -0400 House Democrats are cynically using the fear of Russian election interference as a pretext to pass legislation designed to help Democrats win elections.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/5rrtq_d7np8" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/04/AP19094583990857-e1556565313649.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/AP19094583990857-e1556565313649.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News df151abd-7d1e-5326-b6ca-445bd9154255 fox-news opinion fox-news politics house-of-representatives democrats fox-news politics 2020-presidential-election fox-news politics Jason Chaffetz FOX News: Marc Thiessen: Trump does not want war with Iran -- Here are the three things he does want http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/LzZRqNNeVzQ/marc-thiessen-trump-iran-war-sanctions 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3dec3af7-d522-7e2f-9898-4d2c40dda751 Wed, 22 May 2019 04:00:17 -0400 Certainly, the world will be better if Iran is focused on survival rather than expansion and terror. But it will take more than sanctions to leave the Iranian regime on the ash heap of history.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/LzZRqNNeVzQ" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/05/ContentBroker_contentid-267eba51dc7f46d3bc5f36ccf4bae6c8.png" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/ContentBroker_contentid-267eba51dc7f46d3bc5f36ccf4bae6c8.png" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 35c301f8-0d4c-5893-acba-b4dda7366ba2 fox-news opinion fox-news world conflicts iran fox-news politics executive national-security fox-news Marc Thiessen NYT > Opinion: Want to Save Europe? 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Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:194a6561-4f38-c972-baba-f5b77515ca1b Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 With the Trump administration threatening a new attack on Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons, Democrats signed a letter urging an even more aggressive 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): Swedish hearing to extradite Julian Assange delayed until June 3 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/assa-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9c985cf7-fcef-bd4a-8992-e6d66642a94d Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The Swedish allegations, first issued in 2010, are aimed at blackening the WikiLeaks founder’s name and devising a mechanism to have him dragged off to the US.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): Looming collapse of British Steel threatens 25,000 jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/stee-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1377d599-84de-1d85-6802-923ca36cbddf Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The trade unions and Labour Party have responded to the threat to jobs at British Steel with a predictable outburst of nationalist demagogy.<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): Banks and multinationals announce mass layoffs in Spain http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/spai-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f1fa18b2-3304-4fde-e035-eadd5ff8a0ed Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The ability of companies to impose redundancies is dependent on the collaboration of Spanish unions.<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): Former White House counsel refuses to testify before House committee http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/trum-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9b31de14-b1fe-dc26-b704-a2198d316a6b Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The Democrats are warning about a “constitutional crisis” and the threat of dictatorship, but their own fecklessness is bound up with the reactionary basis of their opposition to Trump.<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): Thousands rally across the US to defend abortion rights http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/abor-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:5fec385e-50cf-e62a-3e53-086aac85e5ea Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The number of demonstrations reflect the broad popular support for the right of women to choose and in defense of democratic rights more generally.<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): Ford workers in Michigan respond to job cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/ford-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f7a4494c-b8ed-0a1f-5bbc-8200eba51047 Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Hundreds of white-collar workers at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan received notice Tuesday that their jobs were being eliminated.<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): Teachers strike in New Haven School District, Northern California http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/ctas-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:50b34d45-365a-8adf-181a-fc22c902b419 Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The California Teachers Association is sponsoring a #RedForEd “Day of Action” at the state capital of Sacramento on Wednesday.<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): Over 240,000 people back Chinese tech worker protest http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/tech-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8bb84a30-2c88-33c7-494d-000d736052ec Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Chinese tech workers protesting inhumane working conditions have received massive international support.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): Australian Labor Party in crisis after election debacle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/labo-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e1840255-eef2-ae73-8af6-2e1e1643af5d Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The election result demonstrated a deep-going rupture between the working class and the big business Labor Party.<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): Stalinist CPM faces debacle in its West Bengal “bastion” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/wbst-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:0164be0f-316c-4eb5-ee62-c1382c714778 Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Much of the CPM’s apparatus has defected either to the right-wing Trinamool Congress or the Hindu supremacist BJP of Narendra Modi.<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): Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate against nationalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/natl-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:6f6fbb65-3be9-f12c-3a47-acd37d973979 Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 While many came to demonstrate against nationalism and racism, the organisers sought to mobilise support for pro-EU parties—the SPD, Greens and Left Party—a week before the European elections.<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): Canada’s Conservative leader lays out right-wing economic and foreign policy agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/sche-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:62273410-e69b-a417-22dc-ca3d88a0c588 Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Scheer pledged to step up military-security cooperation with the US, intensify Canada’s aggressive stance against China and Russia, and gut social spending.<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): Australia: Tasmanian paramedic protests ambulance ramping http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/ambo-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e4dbbd85-47e1-cd1b-b210-b746dd494d9d Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The high incidence of ramping is product of the wider crisis of the hospital system which has been chronically underfunded by Labor and Liberal governments alike.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): The global socialist strategy to fight auto layoffs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/pers-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:1e0e3e7c-2108-22af-4852-1386d899f69f Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The global integration of capitalist production has created the practical and technological means to unite workers in an internationally coordinated campaign to defend jobs and living standards.<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): Ten years after civil war ends, Sri Lankan ruling elites prepare for class war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/wars-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:afa4b512-dcb4-c90c-b89f-a9856805d5e3 Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The entire political establishment is preparing another bogus “war on terror” which is targeting the island’s Muslims, but will also be used to suppress the opposition 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): Socialist Equality Group to hold public meeting in Turkey to demand freedom for Assange and Manning http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/turk-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:86cba704-f724-1d03-3835-784dcab19275 Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 The meeting is part of the ICFI’s ongoing international campaign to defend Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site (en): The author asks: Is America unredeemable? Rachel Kushner’s novel The Mars Room http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/mars-m22.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:90575f33-f6a1-df2a-7659-3812be302998 Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400 Rachel Kushner’s new novel centers on the grim conditions in a women’s prison and draws connections between them and the general state of American society.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/10759" width="16" height="16"> World Socialist Web Site (en) Opinion: Further reading http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2019/05/22/1558499418000/Further-reading/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:93357a35-3589-5f4f-e955-4d2e3169411f Wed, 22 May 2019 00:30:18 -0400 Robo-apocalypse; a new Cold War; the Sackler family, and much more.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Beto busts out at CNN town hall https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/22/beto-orourke-cnn-town-hall-1338134 Top Stories urn:uuid:9d34976d-7294-c39b-c3b8-554515c5114d Wed, 22 May 2019 00:25:03 -0400 Lagging in the polls, the Texan delivers a strong performance onstage in Iowa. <img src="https://static.politico.com/b5/1e/e574ff7048a4a6c33aad2021616c/190521-beto-orourke-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>DES MOINES – Beto O’Rourke has held more than 150 town halls since announcing his presidential campaign.</p><p>On Tuesday, it showed.</p><p>Appearing on CNN for the first televised town hall of his campaign, O’Rourke enlivened an audience at Drake University with a presence that he has practiced for two months — sometimes in front of hundreds of supporters, sometimes only a few.</p><p>Though he's slumped in polls, his performance served as a reminder of why O’Rourke was able to galvanize Democrats in his near-upset of Sen. Ted Cruz last year. He has an uncommon command of a stage — and an increasingly precise policy platform.</p><p>For 70 minutes, O’Rourke interacted with voters and projected the same varied ideological profile that has allowed him to appeal to both moderate and progressive Democrats — but also invite criticism from across the political spectrum.</p><p>He called, as he has before, for legalizing marijuana and expunging the records of people arrested for possessing it. He said he would impose an abortion litmus test on judicial nominees to ensure that “every nominee to every federal bench, including the Supreme Court, understands and believes the 1973 decision Roe versus Wade is the settled law of the land.”</p><br><p>But O’Rourke stopped short of supporting efforts to boycott spending money in states that pass restrictive abortion measures, saying his “alternative solution” is to encourage more women to run for office to “change the composition of these state legislatures.”</p><p>He called for universal background checks for people who buy guns and a ban on the sale of “weapons of war.” But he sidestepped a question about whether he supported Sen. Cory Booker’s proposal to require licenses for all gun owners, saying, “I think that’s something that we need to look at.”</p><p>“We should have a full hearing on that, and if it makes sense to the American public, then let’s move forward.” </p><p>But it was Trump, more than any rival Democrat, that O’Rourke took on Tuesday, seeking to present himself as a credible challenger to him. He called for Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against the president. And when asked if pursuing impeachment could help Trump solidify his base — a concern of many Democrats — O’Rourke said, “I understand the political implications of this.”</p><p>“But I think this moment calls for us to look beyond the politics and the polling, and even the next election,” he said. “It’s the very sanctity of the ballot box, and the very future of the world’s greatest democracy. And if this is important to us, and I think it is, then we need to look past those short-term consequences to the consequences to the future of this country.”</p><p>He said, “It’s the only way that we’re going to get to the facts necessary to have that accountability and justice.”</p><p>It was fitting that O’Rourke sought to jump-start his presidential campaign at a town hall moderated by CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash. She also moderated the CNN town hall last year at which O’Rourke, then a candidate for Senate in Texas, insisted he had no plans to run for president, even if his Senate run fell short.</p><br><p>In the seven months since, O’Rourke changed his mind, became an instant front-runner, fell behind in public opinion polls and finally — seated beside Bash on Tuesday — sought to reboot his campaign.</p><p>Before the debate, O'Rourke insisted he wasn't troubled by polls or the possibility that he could be competing for support with the Democratic frontrunner, Joe Biden, or South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg.</p><p>“In terms of the assessment, who the hell knows this far out from the first caucuses or elections,” O’Rourke told reporters on Tuesday. “There’s so much time, so many people to meet. So many highs and lows that every single candidate is going to experience. So, I really am not concerned about that.”</p><p>Bash and the audience at Drake University was largely accommodating, focusing heavily on policy and allowing O’Rourke to ask his questioners themselves the kind of follow-up questions that he often asks in smaller venues.</p><p>The night started, however, with a tease.</p><p>“Nice haircut,” Bash said when O’Rourke came on stage, a reference to O’Rourke’s livestreaming recently of a visit to his barber shop in El Paso, Texas. “So, if you make it to the White House, what else will you be livestreaming?”</p><p>O’Rourke’s intent, he said, was to showcase his hometown and his immigrant barber — “to help tell the American story.”</p><p>“This is a country of immigrants and asylum seekers and refugees from the world over,” he said. “Nothing to be afraid of, everything to celebrate.”</p><p>The crowd regularly applauded O'Rourke, and by the end of the town hall, O'Rourke was left wanting more. He invited supporters to go to his website to &quot;ask me any question that you want to, and I will do my best to answer each and every single one of those.&quot;</p><p>&quot;That level of accountability will make me a better candidate, and I hope a better president for you and others.&quot;</p><br><p>The CNN town hall has become a fixture of the 2020 campaign, providing candidates a national platform ahead of the first Democratic primary debate next month. It is viewed as significant by presidential campaigns not only for the viewership, but for the moments of video, captured on a presidential-looking stage, that a candidate can repackage for use on social media and in fundraising appeals.</p><p>O’Rourke was raising money off of the appearance even before he arrived in Des Moines, urging supporters to help him reach a goal of 25,000 new donations by the end of the month. O’Rourke, who raised $9.4 million in the first quarter of the year, declined to provide an update on his more recent fundraising prior to the town hall.</p><p>The former Texas congressman said he had prepared for the event by thinking “about some of the questions that will come up.” </p><p>For the most part, the answers O'Rourke gave were similar to ones he has shared before. And it could be unclear for several days how significant a benefit he will derive.</p><p>His campaign, however, was elated.</p><p>“THIS is the @betoorourke that voters have seen at 154 and counting town halls in this campaign; and many more in Texas: listening, thoughtful, detailed, and focussed on bringing people together,” his campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said on Twitter. “So glad America is getting to see for themselves tonight.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> dsiders@politico.com (David Siders) Inside Amazon’s German AI research program https://www.politico.com/www.politico.eu/article/amazon-germany-artificial-intelligence-inside-secretive-research-program/ Top Stories urn:uuid:6ecea826-bd2e-87a6-50f6-1d0e66c86a58 Wed, 22 May 2019 00:01:56 -0400 Janosch Delcker Opinion: Is your Airbnb host watching you? https://www.ft.com/content/beb4e934-7b58-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:e0403af9-f1af-3373-af1f-2518c1a329ed Wed, 22 May 2019 00:01:03 -0400 Recent tales of voyeurism will unnerve holidaymakers everywhere<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: Technology platforms are facing a loss of control https://www.ft.com/content/02d8c2d4-7b9f-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f08cb847-c060-2a1f-2211-40d19e5e3b11 Wed, 22 May 2019 00:00:59 -0400 The land grab for assets across media and food delivery shows their power is under threat<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: We should be stirred by Nigel Farage’s milkshake https://www.ft.com/content/31b6c7b0-7be8-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:4d498ea2-e6f8-58b8-f0e9-f2854dac8478 Wed, 22 May 2019 00:00:52 -0400 Milkshaking is intended to humiliate rather than hurt, but violence against politicians is a serious concern<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: Chelsea Flower Show: ‘So much to enjoy’ https://www.ft.com/content/d56b408a-7bb0-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3c3062e7-7aa9-2acc-bfbb-b73ba74f33f7 Wed, 22 May 2019 00:00:48 -0400 The FT’s gardening columnist on the horticultural event of the year<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: Financial groups in the van of fight against climate change https://www.ft.com/content/ed036756-854f-3668-a9a9-6d00881cf13d 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c249f681-270a-3690-836e-ead82bbb4795 Wed, 22 May 2019 00:00:19 -0400 ‘Policymakers essentially leverage the sector to help push for action’<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: How do I network with bad managers who favour male colleagues? https://www.ft.com/content/aae23804-7323-11e9-bf5c-6eeb837566c5 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8e65b340-98cc-3755-9fa6-533183d1b559 Tue, 21 May 2019 23:00:25 -0400 Your questions for our expert — and readers advice<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Opinion: EU’s bond markets underprice the risk of populism https://www.ft.com/content/f925ee44-7bb0-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:02b0f019-831f-b94d-352f-4ec3b3995543 Tue, 21 May 2019 23:00:25 -0400 Politicians in northern Europe need to get to grips with a flawed monetary union<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion Republican Keller wins Pennsylvania special election https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/republican-keller-wins-pennsylvania-special-election-1338128 Top Stories urn:uuid:9fd9c78f-1f32-ba03-4aa5-cfc7144cda04 Tue, 21 May 2019 22:02:47 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/a5/f2/76efe87049558176ff6463d84973/190521-fred-keller-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Republican Fred Keller won a special election on Tuesday to fill a vacant congressional seat in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Keller, a state representative backed by President Donald Trump, easily defeated Democrat Marc Friedenberg, a Penn State professor, to win in the solidly Republican district.</p><p>Former GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigned from Congress in January, just weeks into his term and after he won reelection last November by 32 percentage points. The district, which covers northeastern and central parts of the state, voted for Trump overwhelmingly in the 2016 election, 66 percent to 30 percent, over Hillary Clinton.</p><p>The race drew little attention from national Democrats, but Trump traveled to the district on Monday for a campaign rally that also reinforced the president's reelection message in a critical Electoral College battleground.</p><p>“Our support for you was as strong today as it ever was,” Keller said standing alongside Trump in Montoursville. “In 2016, Pennsylvania put Donald Trump over the top. And in 2020, we’re going to do it again.”</p><p>Trump tweeted his support of Keller, who was long expected to win, as voters went to the polls Tuesday. “Fred is Strong on Crime, Second Amendment, Military, Vets, and Healthcare. He has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1130875567493009410" target="_blank">tweeted</a>.</p><p>Trump also made a last-minute push for Keller by recording a robocall.</p><p>Keller’s win fills one of the three vacant seats in the House. The other two are in North Carolina, which will fill both the 3rd and 9th district seats in elections on Sept. 10.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Laura Barrón-López FOX News: Jessica M. Vaughan: Carson is right to favor U.S. citizens in public housing http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/luhKL-9wayU/jessica-m-vaughan-carson-is-right-to-favor-u-s-citizens-in-public-housing 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:efde9984-f84c-3814-2c72-d49ccfb2c92a Tue, 21 May 2019 21:50:28 -0400 American citizens shouldn't be denied public housing that goes to illegal immigrants instead. HUD Secretary Ben Carson has a proposal to benefit US citizens.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/luhKL-9wayU" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/05/21/694940094001_6039388575001_6039372757001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6039388575001_6039372757001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 30949ae7-272b-5b69-a9e7-ffbcb3aeb084 fox-news opinion fox-news us economy housing fnc fnc opinion article fox news Jessica Vaughan Stone aide denied stay in Mueller grand jury subpoena fight https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/andrew-miller-roger-stone-mueller-grand-jury-subpoena-fight-1338126 Top Stories urn:uuid:97229f4b-b069-ff5e-1adc-27851f856bf9 Tue, 21 May 2019 21:48:06 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/46/a5/f6d717854bff801df82fd136d883/190521-dc-courthouse-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>The legal options for former Roger Stone aide Andrew Miller narrowed further Tuesday as a federal appeals court denied a stay that could have made it easier for Miller to take his fight against a grand jury subpoena to the Supreme Court.</p><p>Without comment, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down a request from Miller’s attorney to put off its formal release of the case to allow him to try to interest the Supreme Court in the challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller’s authority. Having turned down a series of pleas from Miller, the appeals court said it plans to issue its final disposition of the case next Tuesday.</p><p>At this point, the cost to Miller of pressing the issue further could be high — he’d likely be sent to the D.C. jail while the high court considers whether to take the case.</p><p>Miller attorney Paul Kamenar said Tuesday that the D.C. Circuit’s move means a Supreme Court petition is unlikely at this point.</p><p>“We’re disappointed,” Kamenar told POLITICO. “The case will return back to district court a week from now, and we’ll be considering what other legal options we might have to challenge the old subpoena.”</p><br><p>Asked about going to the high court, Kamenar said it would be “almost impossible” to seek and win relief from the justices in the seven days before the D.C. Circuit ruling kicks in.</p><p>Miller was subpoenaed last year to testify before a Mueller-run grand jury investigating Stone. Miller fought the subpoena, framing his case as a broad challenge to Mueller’s authority and the legality of his appointment.</p><p>Last August, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/02/robert-mueller-russia-probe-challenge-rejected-760454" target="_blank">rejected those arguments</a> and ordered Miller to testify, but that order was put on hold while Miller took an appeal to the D.C. Circuit. In April, the appeals court issued <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/29/robert-mueller-roger-stone-associate-court-ruling-1292498" target="_blank">a decision</a> upholding Mueller’s authority.</p><p>Miller’s arguments shifted somewhat in recent months. In January, Stone was indicted by the same grand jury on seven counts of making false statements to Congress and obstructing justice in connection with investigations of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.</p><p>Following the indictment, Kamenar pressed prosecutors to drop the subpoena altogether. He argued that with Mueller’s probe winding down, there was no need for his client’s testimony. However, prosecutors have insisted that the matters under investigation have been handed off to others in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington.</p><br><p>Kamenar suggested Tuesday that he plans to make a last-ditch effort to persuade Howell to nix the subpoena, painting it as an improper attempt to gather more evidence against Stone. Several legal authorities suggest that a grand jury should not be used to buttress an existing criminal case.<br />However, it is lawful to use a grand jury to investigate new charges or consider charges against a new potential defendant.</p><p>In March, a prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, David Goodhand, told Howell that the grand jury used by Mueller was <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/27/mueller-grand-jury-1238861" target="_blank">“robustly” continuing</a> its work. Goodhand did not detail exactly what the panel is probing.</p><p>Just last week, prosecutors said in a court filing that the grand jury has a “continued need” for Miller’s testimony. </p><p>Miller served as an assistant to Stone around the time of the Republican National Convention in 2016. At that time, Stone was engaged in public and private discussions about the possibility WikiLeaks would release hacked emails from a top adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Stone has said Miller’s duties were minor and that he has no information about the matters prosecutors are investigating.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> jgerstein@politico.com (Josh Gerstein) Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Modern Songs - YouTube youtube.com/attribution_li… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131005455998881792 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ca199063-94f2-8c4d-a10d-0e22937e1e4e Tue, 21 May 2019 21:14:48 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Modern Songs - YouTube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=2IWXwFIXx7U&amp;u=%2Fplaylist%3Flist%3DPLppHqt7CIm6iEv3zcAsz9v0V7Vl2FYihJ">youtube.com/attribution_li…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 1:14am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Modern Songs youtube.com/playlist?list=… via @YouTube https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131005024031715329 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9f948c8b-a16a-004b-dcd5-b55f5cc81d0b Tue, 21 May 2019 21:13:05 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Modern Songs <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLppHqt7CIm6iEv3zcAsz9v0V7Vl2FYihJ">youtube.com/playlist?list=…</a> via @YouTube</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 1:13am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: PBS NewsHour full episode May 21, 2019 youtu.be/_Ot223RSHeE via @YouTube https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1131004291764949000 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3b4edcec-23c1-1ecf-1707-b0424233565e Tue, 21 May 2019 21:10:10 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>PBS NewsHour full episode May 21, 2019 <a href="https://youtu.be/_Ot223RSHeE">youtu.be/_Ot223RSHeE</a> via @YouTube</p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 1:10am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov Beshear to face Bevin in Kentucky governor’s race https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/beshear-to-face-bevin-in-kentucky-governors-race-1338125 Top Stories urn:uuid:77287ee7-74b0-b6a0-8826-e22d8e905adb Tue, 21 May 2019 20:49:28 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/e4/2a/4f24d0ec480cb02b9c7068a17fc6/19521-andy-beshear-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Kentucky Democrats have nominated state Attorney General Andy Beshear to face Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in November’s general election.</p><p>Beshear, the son of former Gov. Steve Beshear, won Tuesday’s Democratic primary, defeating two main rivals for the nomination: state House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and former state Auditor Adam Edelen.</p><p>While Republicans have dominated Kentucky elections in recent years, Bevin enters the general election following a closer-than-expected GOP primary victory on Tuesday — and with low approval ratings in opinion polls that suggest a competitive race in the fall.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> POLITICO Staff editorial | New York Post: Welcome the fleet! https://nypost.com/2019/05/21/welcome-the-fleet/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:197d93b9-29a1-e29b-5dda-8d78cf30ec21 Tue, 21 May 2019 20:26:31 -0400 Fleet Week 2019 starts Wednesday morning as 11 American and two Canadian vessels reach New York Harbor in the annual Parade of Ships down the Hudson. Most will dock and open for free public tours during the week. For exact times in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island, and for a host of events across the...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/afp_fleet-week-2017.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 to Democrats: No infrastructure without trade deal https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/trump-infrastructure-deal-1464437 Top Stories urn:uuid:89640c12-3a3b-1772-c959-121e5dad3381 Tue, 21 May 2019 20:23:05 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/61/4c/f07e7ec046be8959a4853ccb63f7/190521-donald-trump1-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>On the eve of a highly anticipated meeting with Democrats at which President Donald Trump was expected to unveil a way to fund a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, Trump instead put Congress on notice that it will have to take a backseat to a trade deal.</p><p>“Before we get to infrastructure, it is my strong view that Congress should first pass the important and popular USMCA trade deal,” Trump wrote in a <u>letter</u> to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening. </p><p>The White House has been working feverishly behind the scenes for months to try to pass the USMCA by the end of this summer, but Democrats still have a number of concerns about various provisions of the trade deal. There is no guarantee USMCA will pass, despite the administration’s ground work.</p><p>He also stipulated that his preference is to meld any infrastructure package with a recurring reauthorization for highway and transit programs, all but assuring a less ambitious package dedicated to traditional transportation uses, instead of a broad-spectrum vision of funding everything from veterans hospitals to broadband.</p><br><p>Leaders from both parties have insisted that leadership from Trump was an essential ingredient for passing an infrastructure bill, with Democrats hoping that Republicans would support a gas tax increase or other revenue source if Trump did. They have been clear since their April 30 meeting, at which Trump and Democrats agreed to pursue a $2 trillion plan, that Trump needed to be the one to propose a funding source.</p><p>However, in his letter released Tuesday night, Trump laid out his own expectations, suggesting it was Democrats' own vision that had gotten muddled and urging that they pare down their wish list.</p><p>&quot;It would be helpful if you came to tomorrow’s meeting with your infrastructure priorities and specifics regarding how much funding you would dedicate to each. Your caucus has expressed a wide range of priorities, and it is unclear which ones have your support,&quot; he wrote.</p><p>He also accused the Democrats of canceling a scheduled meeting of their staff members, “preventing them from advancing our discussions.” </p><p>The administration has been eyeing spending cuts from the last budget proposal, as well as the potential sale of assets as possible ways to pay for any infrastructure package. Still it remains unclear if that would be enough to fund any major rebuilding of roads and bridges — and even the amount of federal money the White House would consider putting toward a hypothetical package remained unclear.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> ncook@politico.com (Nancy Cook) editorial | New York Post: Jerry Nadler’s cynical, cowardly show https://nypost.com/2019/05/21/jerry-nadlers-cynical-cowardly-show/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:43ebf38c-f711-7af7-bc01-2eb448e59fb3 Tue, 21 May 2019 20:19:57 -0400 Jerry Nadler was at it again Tuesday, waxing indignant about former White House counsel Don McGahn’s refusal to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. It’s all a show, meant to keep old news in the headlines, and to appease the large “Impeach Now!” wing of the Democratic Party without actually doing anything. Everyone on Judiciary...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/don_mcgaahn-jerrold-nadler.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 Former Trump opponent Cuccinelli may land key immigration post https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/ken-cuccinelli-immigration-trump-1338118 Top Stories urn:uuid:49b39541-4c32-b1b4-0484-2737f6e36d79 Tue, 21 May 2019 20:16:50 -0400 Some Trump allies have not forgotten the former Virginia attorney general's memorable 2016 GOP convention protest. <img src="https://static.politico.com/e6/0d/6a8bf5364634bd429eb2a1a846a0/19521-ken-cuccinelli-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>It was a defining image of the 2016 Republican National Convention: Ken Cuccinelli throwing down his credentials in disgust after failing to secure a rules vote that could have complicated Donald Trump’s nomination.</p><p>Cucinelli had led the delegate operation for Trump’s chief GOP rival, Sen. Ted Cruz. Three months earlier, Trump’s convention manager, Paul Manafort, had <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/gestapo-trump-cruz-manafort-221775" target="_blank">accused</a> the Cruz team of engaging in “Gestapo tactics” to win over delegates. “This is disgusting,” Cuccinelli <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/cuccinelli-convention-rules-225727" target="_blank">said</a> after his call for a vote was rebuffed.</p><p>Many Trump allies have never forgotten the chaos on the 2016 convention’s first day. So some of them were surprised to learn that a president notorious for holding grudges is likely to tap Cuccinelli to help oversee the administration’s immigration policy, a core issue of Trump’s presidency.</p><p>But White House officials and other allies of the president said Tuesday that Trump is aware of Cuccinelli’s past, and has nonetheless come to admire him.</p><p>“Trump doesn’t dwell on stuff like that,” said a Republican close to the White House. “That’s what he has supporters for.” A White House spokesman did not respond to requests for comment about how the president views Cuccinelli’s actions at the convention and his role on the Cruz campaign. </p><p>White House officials said Trump was planning to tap Cuccinelli for a senior position at the Department of Homeland Security, though his exact responsibilities and title remain unclear, raising questions about how he’ll fit into the White House’s decision-making process on immigration policy.</p><br><p>The 50-year-old Cuccinelli had previously been mentioned as a candidate for an immigration “czar” position the White House has considered to help coordinate border policy across federal departments and agencies. Another candidate for that job, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, fell out of favor after The New York Times <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/us/politics/kris-kobach-trump.html" target="_blank">reported</a> he had issued a list of demands that would need to be met before he’d accept the job.</p><p>Whatever the precise role, tapping Cuccinelli would seem to underscore Trump’s continued impatience with his administration’s progress on implementing hardline immigration policies that led to the recent ouster of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other senior DHS officials.</p><p>Despite his theatrical convention <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10154583413050579" target="_blank">protest</a> before the television cameras, Cuccinelli distanced himself from the “Never Trumpers” at the convention, insisting his call for a vote on the rules was not about bringing down. Unlike the Trump critics who hoped to free up delegates to vote for other candidates, Cuccinelli said he was simply trying to change the rules for future Republican primaries so that only registered Republicans could vote. </p><p>“As I said when Ted Cruz got out, I’m going to vote for Donald Trump. I am Never Hillary,” he told Fox Business Network shortly after the spectacle on the convention floor. Cuccinelli did not respond to a request for comment. </p><p>Trump has long obsessed over the loyalty of his advisers, keeping track of perceived slights. He has rejected job candidates who have publicly criticized him, and blocked or complained about “Bushies” in his administration — shorthand for people who worked for the George W. Bush administration, of which he has been highly critical.</p><p>But there’s no better way to redeem oneself in Trump’s eyes than through public flattery, and Cuccinelli is a cable news regular who defends the president at every turn. </p><p>“He’s said positive things about Trump on CNN for two years, so I don’t really think it’s an issue,” former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg said when asked about Cuccinelli’s past.</p><p>A White House official downplayed reports that Cuccinelli would serve as an immigration “czar,” signaling that he’s being considered for a more narrow position. Policy czars are typically based out of the White House, where they oversee issues across multiple departments.</p><p>How much influence Cuccinelli would have over the administration’s immigration agenda remained to be seen — particularly given that two of Trump’s most senior White House advisers, Stephen Miller and his son-in-law Jared Kushner already play major roles on the issue.</p><p>Two people familiar with the matter said Miller, known as a fierce bureaucratic infighter, supports the decision to hire Cuccinelli.</p><p>Cuccinelli’s pending hiring is intended in part to reassure White House and DHS officials concerned that acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan isn't aggressive enough to address an ongoing border migration crisis, according to another person familiar with the situation. McAleenan, who took over for Nielsen after her April resignation, has brought in several officials from Customs and Border Protection that his critics believe are not ideologically aligned with Trump’s hard-nosed approach to immigration. </p><p>“What is unclear is what kind of authority Cuccinelli will have,&quot; the person said.</p><br><p>Thomas Homan, the tough-talking former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Fox News regular, admitted in an interview to being “a little confused” by Cuccinelli’s job. But he stressed that he thinks he’s a good choice. “I like Ken Cuccinelli,” he said. “I think he was a good attorney general. He’s pro-immigrant enforcement.”</p><p>Cuccinelli has spoken to Trump and other administration officials about the role in recent days, one of the White House officials said.</p><p>Though Trump has long weighed hiring an immigration czar, administration officials have wrestled with exactly how much power the person should have and whether the person should be based at the White House or within a federal agency. “The debate was where the position would sit,” a person close to DHS said. “There needs to be better coordination with the agencies.”</p><p>Cuccinelli served as Virginia’s attorney general from 2010 to 2014, gaining national attention for suing the Obama administration over the constitutionality of its federal health care overhaul. After losing Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial race to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, he subsequently became a cable news regular.</p><p>As attorney general, Cuccinelli took a series of controversial actions, including advising public colleges that they didn't have to adopt nondiscrimination policies protecting gay people and accusing a climate science of fraud.</p><br><p>As a member of the Virginia legislature previously, Cuccinelli <a href="http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?081+ful+SJ131" target="_blank">pushed</a> to revoke citizenship rights for children of illegal immigrants who are born in the U.S. and protected employers who fire employees for not speaking English.</p><p>Cuccinelli’s new role is unlikely to require Senate confirmation — something he might have trouble winning. A political action committee he led, the Senate Conservatives Fund, backed primary challenges to several prominent Republican Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. </p><p>The president has spoken to a number of associates in recent weeks about joining the administration to help coordinate immigration policy. </p><p>He recently offered the job to Homan, two people familiar with the situation said. But Homan turned down the position because it didn’t come with enough authority, two people familiar with the situation said. Homan has also told associates that he’s reluctant to rejoin the administration because of threats to his family he received when he was at ICE.</p><p>Homan, who had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Nielsen, declined to confirm the job offer, saying his conversation was merely about his advice for structuring the immigration position.</p><p>Michael Neifach, who worked for former President George W. Bush, was also approached about the job last year, a former administration official said.</p><p>It’s unclear whether the White House is still searching for somebody to fill the immigration czar role. But some people close to the administration say Trump still needs one.</p><p>“You need a point of contact for all government’s response — not just a policy person but someone who will coordinate the response,” Homan said.</p><p><i>Gabby Orr contributed to this story.</i></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Anita Kumar Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #Austria's #Kurz to #face no-#confidence #vote politico.eu/article/austri… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1130987770686713859 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fd17025b-c20d-c239-e672-c9f78e557756 Tue, 21 May 2019 20:04:31 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#Austria's #Kurz to #face no-#confidence #vote <a href="https://www.politico.eu/article/austria-sebastian-kurz-to-face-no-confidence-vote-government-collapse-video-scandal/">politico.eu/article/austri…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 12:04am</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) tweet link mikenov editorial | New York Post: This ‘white-supremacy culture’ training is far worse than nonsense https://nypost.com/2019/05/21/this-white-supremacy-culture-training-is-far-worse-than-nonsense/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b32a4229-a1e1-aaab-c7a9-023870d468db Tue, 21 May 2019 19:57:02 -0400 Is Chancellor Richard Carranza trying to fight school bias — or standards of any kind? Judging from the seminars he has forced on top Department of Education officials, it’s the latter. It’s not just the slide shown in Tuesday’s Post, which outlines how “white-supremacy culture” includes such concepts as “objectivity” and “worship of the written...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/052019schools_carranza.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 The Post's View: We have the technology to customize our babies. It needs regulation. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/we-have-the-technology-to-customize-our-babies-it-needs-regulation/2019/05/21/ce6c554c-50b0-11e9-88a1-ed346f0ec94f_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:64d2aafe-3475-6f12-7f7a-09cbfe88002d Tue, 21 May 2019 19:49:08 -0400 A global consensus is badly needed on clinical use of manipulating genetic material.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2016/03/11/Interactivity/Images/iStock_000038646668_Large1457722570.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2016/03/11/Interactivity/Images/iStock_000038646668_Large1457722570.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2016/03/11/Interactivity/Images/iStock_000038646668_Large1457722570.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/22754" width="16" height="16"> The Post's View Editorial Board Opinions: Jeff McKay for Fairfax board chair https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jeff-mckay-for-fairfax-board-chair/2019/05/21/5a2833d4-78f3-11e9-b7ae-390de4259661_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9e3a0b51-adb4-9066-3653-bdd155cb167e Tue, 21 May 2019 19:46:58 -0400 A measured problem-solver, he’s the best bet to lead Virginia’s most populous locality.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/15/Local-Politics/Images/FCBS-chair-candidates.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/15/Local-Politics/Images/FCBS-chair-candidates.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/15/Local-Politics/Images/FCBS-chair-candidates.JPG?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Editorial Board Vulnerable Democrats split as impeachment pressure mounts https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/battlegrounds-democrats-impeachment-1338084 Top Stories urn:uuid:9e1ff169-0ec5-6b83-eeb8-87669d824e83 Tue, 21 May 2019 19:45:38 -0400 The rift demonstrates the near-impossible balance for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies as they try to keep focus on their legislative agenda. <img src="https://static.politico.com/5a/ed/0198da744bfea1c18b25a85fb2c1/190521-katie-hill-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Freshman Democrats who delivered the House majority are starting to split under impeachment pressure, as a number of those in competitive districts are now warming to the idea of launching proceedings against President Donald Trump.</p><p>As the administration continues to stonewall requests for documents — not just surrounding special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, but oversight probes into other agencies and Trump’s finances — Democrats are growing frustrated. Some freshmen are questioning what recourse can be taken other than an impeachment inquiry — a tactic presented by a number of veteran Democratic leaders to strengthen their hand in court. </p><p>“We’re just getting closer and closer to a point where we have to do something,” said Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.), a freshman member of leadership who beat a GOP incumbent last fall. “Each of us is personally struggling because we see on so many levels ... where he’s committed impeachable offenses.”</p><p>The shift by some creates a divide among the class of vulnerable members into two camps: those who see a moral and constitutional obligation to say Trump’s conduct is unfit for the presidency despite potential political risks, and those who believe impeaching Trump won't result in his removal — and will only hurt Democrats like them.</p><p>Until recently, the majority of Democrats in competitive districts have stayed away from calling for impeachment or even commenting on current investigations. But the growing interest in impeachment among several key battleground members could be a sign that the Democratic caucus as a whole is inching toward taking more drastic action to rebuke Trump — over the objections of their leadership. Multiple vulnerable Democrats privately say that refusing to pursue impeachment could actually hurt their reelection chances by depressing enthusiasm among the party's base.</p><br><p>The rift demonstrates the near-impossible balance for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies as they attempt to expose what they see as unprecedented misconduct by Trump, without distracting from an ambitious legislative agenda that delivered them the majority.</p><p>“The public wants us to do our job, which we are, but it also includes continuing our investigation and the more the Trump administration and the president defies Congress's Constitutional law the more we're seeing increasing demand for Congress to take action,” said Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) who flipped a longtime Republican seat in Orange County in 2018, told POLITICO. </p><p>Days later, Rouda went further during an interview on MSNBC, saying he thinks Democrats should “draw a line in the sand.” </p><p>“Either honor the subpoenas and the request for documentation by this date, or we will move towards impeachment proceedings,” Rouda said Sunday.</p><p>And the administration's<b> </b>move this week to block former White House<b> </b>counsel Don McGahn from testifying, coupled with the unproductive negotiations over Mueller’s public testimony, have pushed more frontline Democrats to consider an impeachment inquiry, which they argue wouldn’t necessarily lead to an actual vote on the floor.</p><p>New Jersey Democrat Tom Malinowski, who is a top Republican target in 2020, plans to decide whether he supports an impeachment inquiry in the coming days. </p><p>“I’m going to be cautious, but I think the administration's actions are pushing us to a point where that may be the only option,” Malinowski said. “The hard question that we’ve been forced to confront is: How do we fulfill our constitutional and moral obligation at a time when Congress is broken by partisanship, and we know that the Senate will not remove him if he shoots a man on 5th Avenue. That’s what a lot of us have been struggling with.”</p><p>But while some of the party's most vulnerable freshmen are warming to the idea,<b> </b>many of the caucus’ moderates, especially those in districts Trump carried in 2016, are privately grateful<b> </b>for Pelosi’s efforts to stamp out talk of impeachment.</p><br><p>Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), who flipped a Staten Island-based<b> </b>seat that went for Trump by nearly 10 points in 2016, expressed frustration with his fellow battleground-district freshman who are inching toward impeachment. </p><p>If Democrats go down that path, Rose said, “then they should warm to the idea of going back to the minority.”</p><p>“Right now we’re in this incredibly childish game of impeachment chicken, and everyone has to start acting like adults,&quot; Rose added. &quot;The president needs to listen to Congress. Congress needs to act responsibly — I believe that for the most part it is — and then let’s go back to actually doing the work of the American people that they sent us here to do.” </p><p>Several freshmen moderates say they’re anxious that it could drown out all talk of the caucus’s legislative agenda, particularly issues like health care and infrastructure.</p><p>“I think impeachment is probably the last decision that we would ever want to make,” said Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.). “If there really isn’t something significant enough there to impeach — which I don’t think there is at this point — then let’s move on and get the work of the people done.” </p><p>“The thing that I’m concerned about is that we constantly risk losing focus on the legislation that affirmatively helps people’s lives,” added Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), who also acknowledged that the White House’s response is “not going in the right direction right now.” </p><p>Even Democrats from safe districts privately worry that mounting talk of impeachment will carry the same political costs today as it did two decades ago for Republicans. They point to<b> </b>1998, when Democrats defied history in Bill Clinton's second midterm election and actually gained seats amid a fierce impeachment battle with congressional Republicans.</p><br><p>Pelosi and her top deputies have repeatedly said that the caucus’s decision on how to proceed on impeachment will not be based on the party’s chances in 2020. But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that the caucus does have to consider political factors.</p><p>“To say there’s no political calculus would not be honest for any of us in the Congress,” Hoyer (Md.) said. “The political calculus is, what is the reaction of the American people? What do the American people think we ought to be doing?” </p><p>The loudest calls for impeachment, so far, have been mostly confined to members of the House Judiciary Committee — few of whom are expected to face competitive elections back home.</p><p>One exception is Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), who sits on the committee and is also among the caucus’s most vulnerable Democrats. McBath said she talks to her colleagues daily about the political pressures she faces at home on matters like impeachment.</p><p>“Specifically, for people like me that are in the kinds of districts that I’m in, impeachment is not something that a lot of people in my district want to talk about,” she said. “But at the same time, I’m tasked with being on this committee to make sure no one is above the law.”</p><p>Another Democrat on Judiciary, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.), who is a GOP target, took a different tack, though she<b> </b>dodged questions about her support for launching an inquiry. </p><p>“[Trump is]<b> </b>acting as an authoritarian leader, which I have seen many times in Latin America, and it is very dangerous,” Mucarsel-Powell said. “I want the people living in South Florida, people living in my community, to understand what is written in that report, and we can’t do that unless we have these hearings.”</p><p><i>Heather Caygle and Kyle Cheney contributed reporting. </i></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> sferris@politico.com (Sarah Ferris) Mississippi abortion law ‘smacks of defiance,’ judge says https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/mississippi-abortion-law-defiance-1338123 Top Stories urn:uuid:b6fb1af4-f79e-0926-ca4e-fb657c1907bf Tue, 21 May 2019 19:44:28 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/cc/12/3ca55651454ba1accfa1486bb77f/19521-abortion-activist-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge indicated Tuesday that he is likely to block a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.</p><p>The <a href="https://apnews.com/fdce54d41bb74d6a974f7b39bcb83cf7" target="_blank">new law</a> puts a cutoff point for abortion at about six weeks, when many women may not yet know they’re pregnant.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves heard arguments about a request from the state’s only abortion clinic, which wants him to block the law from taking effect July 1, as scheduled. Reeves is the same judge who ruled last year that Mississippi’s 15-week ban is unconstitutional because it would prohibit access to abortion before a fetus could survive outside the pregnant woman’s body. Viability is generally considered to be about 23 or 24 weeks.</p><p>In an indication of which way he is leaning on the request to block the new law, Reeves asked attorneys: “Doesn’t it boil down to: Six is less than 15?”</p><p>Mississippi is one of several states enacting abortion restrictions this year in hopes that the U.S. Supreme Court, with new conservative justices, will reevaluate and maybe overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.</p><p>Reeves criticized Mississippi lawmakers for passing an earlier ban after he struck down the one at 15 weeks.</p><p>“It sure smacks of defiance to this court,” he said.</p><br><p>The state is appealing Reeves’ ruling on the 15-week ban, and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the new law in March. The state’s only abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, quickly sued the state.</p><p>Reeves said he would decide soon on the request to block the law, but did not indicate when he would issue a ruling.</p><p>Governors in Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia have signed bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Alabama’s governor signed a measure making abortion a felony in nearly all cases.</p><p>The Mississippi law says physicians who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected could face revocation of their state medical licenses. It also says abortions could be allowed after a fetal heartbeat is found if a pregnancy endangers a woman’s life or one of her major bodily functions. Senators <a href="http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2019/pdf/votes/senate/0370015.pdf" target="_blank">rejected an amendment</a> that would have allowed exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.</p><p>Hillary Schneller, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said the Mississippi law is “clearly unconstitutional” because it bans abortion before viability.</p><p>If the law were to take effect, “Women will be forced to leave the state to obtain legal abortions ... or will be forced to remain pregnant against their will,” Schneller said.</p><p>Mississippi Special Assistant Attorney General Paul Barnes said the new law is not an outright ban on abortion but a limitation on when the procedure can be done.</p><br><p>“When a fetal heartbeat is detected, our position is it is constitutional” to prohibit abortion, Barnes said. He also said the state respectfully disagrees with Reeves’ ruling on the 15-week ban.</p><p>If Reeves temporarily blocks the new Mississippi law, he would hear arguments later on the larger question of constitutionality.</p><p>Reeves asked Barnes whether a 10- or 11-year-old girl who is impregnated by rape would have to carry the pregnancy to full term if she waited too long to tell anyone what had happened to her. Barnes said he did not know whether a family court judge would allow the child to have an abortion after the fetal heartbeat is found. Barnes said the man who impregnated the girl could be charged with capital rape.</p><p>Reeves said legislators were aware the law did not allow exceptions for rape or incest. Barnes said he did not know if they knew, and Reeves responded: “Well, they speak through their statute.”</p><p>After the court hearing, more than 100 abortion-rights supporters rallied outside the state Capitol in downtown Jackson less than a mile from the federal courthouse. They chanted: “We won’t go back” and “My body, my choice.”</p><p>Zakiya Summers of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi said outlawing abortion will not get rid of the procedure but will make it more dangerous.</p><p>“The decision whether to become a parent is in the hands of those who are involved. It is not the politicians’ decision to make,” Summers said. “Bodies do not belong to the government.”</p><p>After the rally, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves held a news conference at a church in the Jackson suburb of Byram with pastors and others who oppose abortion. Tate Reeves, no relation to the federal judge, said he will continue to try to restrict abortion if he is elected governor this year.</p><p>“Mississippi is overwhelmingly pro-life,” Tate Reeves said. “And we need a governor that will be overwhelmingly pro-life.” </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> (Associated Press) Knight, DeStefano leaving Trump White House https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/knight-destefano-leaving-trump-white-house-1338121 Top Stories urn:uuid:5ee4018c-070a-2f1a-ca29-c5f35f17d045 Tue, 21 May 2019 19:28:22 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/b1/8b/03f2d821486fb0105d1e77ce56f1/19521-johnny-destefano-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Two top White House officials, Shahira Knight and Johnny DeStefano, announced their long-anticipated departures from the West Wing on Tuesday, leaving huge holes in an already thinly staffed administration.</p><p><a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/22/shahira-knight-leaving-trump-administration-1119878" target="_blank">Knight</a> is expected to leave in early June to return to the private sector in Washington D.C., while DeStefano plans to exit the White House this Friday to do consulting work for companies such as Juul, the e-cigarette manufacturer. </p><p>Unlike a bevy of other top aides, both Knight and DeStefano are leaving on their own terms with their relationships with the president intact. </p><p>“Shahira has done a wonderful job as my Legislative Affairs Director. She was outstanding for us and for our country and will be a tremendous success in the private sector,” President Donald Trump said in a statement.</p><p>In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump similarly praised DeStefano: “Johnny, we will miss you — you did a great job!”</p><p>Knight’s departure will set off a turf battle among top White House officials as to who gets to fill the slot of the top White House liaison to Capitol Hill, said one former senior administration official. Officials expected to have input into any new hire include acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Jared Kushner, and Stephen Miller, said a second former administration official.</p><br><p>She joined the Trump White House in its early days as a top policy staffer for the White House National Economic Council, for which she played a key role in the passage of the Republicans’ 2017 tax bill. Knight was promoted to the deputy director of the council before taking on her current role as legislative affairs director, which had previously been held by Marc Short, the current chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.</p><p>DeStefano served as an assistant to the president and oversaw a handful of key offices inside the White House including the Office of Presidential Personnel and Office of Public Liaison. He joined the administration immediately after the inauguration and was charged with hiring hundreds of political appointees to fill key agency jobs.</p><p>CNN first reported Knight’s official departure, while the Washington Post reported DeStefano’s. </p><p>Other White House comings-and-goings are being discussed. </p><p>Trump is expected to tap former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for a senior position at the Homeland Security Department, even if the exact title is still under discussion.<br /> </p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> ncook@politico.com (Nancy Cook) Opinions: Slow-walking impeachment may look weak. But restraint is Democrats’ greatest strength. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/slow-walking-impeachment-may-look-weak-but-restraint-is-democrats-greatest-strength/2019/05/21/f6f17416-7c0c-11e9-8ede-f4abf521ef17_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:59c02bab-f02a-7bc9-c314-a55f8cd62373 Tue, 21 May 2019 19:19:00 -0400 Americans crave a return to stability.Can Democrats deliver?<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2019-05-21T175448Z_1362706971_RC15AE3C8860_RTRMADP_5_USA-TRUMP-MCGAHN-6279.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2019-05-21T175448Z_1362706971_RC15AE3C8860_RTRMADP_5_USA-TRUMP-MCGAHN-6279.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2019-05-21T175448Z_1362706971_RC15AE3C8860_RTRMADP_5_USA-TRUMP-MCGAHN-6279.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Dana Milbank Opinions: Trump loves walls. But he should be careful about a digital barrier with China. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trump-loves-walls-but-he-should-be-careful-about-a-digital-barrier-with-china/2019/05/21/7280a146-7c13-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:7dd01eeb-2fce-261c-e6bd-911ada9b5f0b Tue, 21 May 2019 19:08:37 -0400 Working with allies — never Trump’s strong suit — will be crucial.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2019-05-21T131428Z_1830147271_RC1DBA467A70_RTRMADP_5_HUAWEI-USA-5G-6283.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2019-05-21T131428Z_1830147271_RC1DBA467A70_RTRMADP_5_HUAWEI-USA-5G-6283.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2019-05-21T131428Z_1830147271_RC1DBA467A70_RTRMADP_5_HUAWEI-USA-5G-6283.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions David Ignatius Opinions: Leave billboards out of the abortion debate https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/leave-billboards-out-of-the-abortion-debate/2019/05/21/0b65de0c-7c10-11e9-8bb7-0fc796cf2ec0_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:61b9896b-d07c-f604-a7df-4f86da1f0b43 Tue, 21 May 2019 19:07:45 -0400 Road travelers are involuntary witnesses to a debate many would prefer not to have, especially behind the wheel.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/Abortion_Protests_99301.jpg-65f17.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/Abortion_Protests_99301.jpg-65f17.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/Abortion_Protests_99301.jpg-65f17.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Kathleen Parker NYT > Opinion: In Austria, a Tawdry Tale of the Far-Right’s Dalliance With Russia https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/opinion/austria-russia-vice-chancellor.html?partner=rss&#38;emc=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:45a81e82-0d80-89b9-cde1-2a21c12af548 Tue, 21 May 2019 19:07:44 -0400 A secretly videotaped meeting between Austria’s right-wing vice chancellor and a purported Russian agent threw Austria’s government into chaos.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/22/opinion/21sergeAustriaWeb/merlin_155032170_f9099230-47a8-4c5a-97e6-5c2eee8c9594-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion austria russia strache heinz-christian THE EDITORIAL BOARD Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @SenSchumer: Republicans are playing a cynical long game here: They refuse to comment on extreme anti-abortion bills, but are content t… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1130971682288656385 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:beebc0ed-4971-1196-d6f9-26ae6fd6fecc Tue, 21 May 2019 19:00:36 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>Republicans are playing a cynical long game here:</p> <p>They refuse to comment on extreme anti-abortion bills, but are content to install anti-choice judges across the federal bench who may ultimately be responsible for upholding those very same laws. <a href="https://twitter.com/SenSchumer/status/1130858928055697410/video/1">pic.twitter.com/wk9gA3RAVw</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" muted="muted" playsinline="playsinline" src="https://video.twimg.com/amplify_video/1130851992060829699/vid/1280x720/wQpJDUVP3RdpvIn5.mp4?tag=12"> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/SenSchumer"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/978655909198036993/Gpnx2Os2_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SenSchumer">SenSchumer</a> on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 3:32pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 11:00pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>1296</b> likes, <b>496</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) video retweeted retweet SenSchumer Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: RT @20committee: So, it turns out that creating a coalition government with far-right weirdos in bed with the Kremlin was not actually a gr… https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1130971508539633665 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:ff547500-c08c-3415-edf1-3f9e07c6e080 Tue, 21 May 2019 18:59:54 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>So, it turns out that creating a coalition government with far-right weirdos in bed with the Kremlin was not actually a great long-term political plan.</p> <p>Who could have guessed?</p> <p><a href="https://www.politico.eu/article/austria-sebastian-kurz-to-face-no-confidence-vote-government-collapse-video-scandal/">politico.eu/article/austri…</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/20committee"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/908525669533016064/xYKyNpnW_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/20committee">20committee</a> on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 3:30pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet">Retweeted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 20px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 10:59pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"><br /><br /> <b>605</b> likes, <b>210</b> retweets</div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) retweeted retweet 20committee NYT > Opinion: China Deserves Donald Trump https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/opinion/china-trump-trade.html?partner=rss&#38;emc=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9ef5a3f8-d852-4cb3-74f6-854ac883caf1 Tue, 21 May 2019 18:59:06 -0400 President Trump insists that his tough approach to China will benefit the United States.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/21/opinion/21tomfriedman1/21tomfriedman1-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion 5g (wireless communications) economic conditions and trends computers and the internet intellectual property world trade organization huawei technologies co ltd qualcomm inc telefonaktiebolaget l m ericsson trump donald j xi jinping THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Thomas L. Friedman: China Deserves Donald Trump https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/opinion/china-trump-trade.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:8ecdae56-bf90-060a-7f15-282d4cf2010c Tue, 21 May 2019 18:59:06 -0400 It took a human wrecking ball to get China’s attention.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/109266" width="16" height="16"> Thomas L. Friedman By Thomas L. Friedman Rex Tillerson meets with members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/rex-tillerson-house-foreign-affairs-committee-1338116 Top Stories urn:uuid:82b51e13-f004-372b-ad8a-1314f92c3917 Tue, 21 May 2019 18:57:39 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/da/96/fcc51fe543baac6c04c22648113a/19521-rex-tillerson-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with a handful of House members and staffers for seven hours Tuesday, holding talks reportedly on his rocky, aborted tenure as President Donald Trump’s chief diplomat.</p><p>A congressional aide confirmed that Tillerson met with New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, the panel’s top Republican. House staffers also joined the conversations. </p><p>No immediate details were available about the substance of the discussions with Tillerson, whose visit with lawmakers was first reported by The Daily Beast. But various media reports said it focused on his tenure in the Trump administration and foreign policy issues. </p><p>Trump fired Tillerson in March 2018 after the two clashed on several fronts, including how to handle the Iran nuclear deal. Tillerson is reported to have once called Trump a “moron” behind his back.</p><p>Since leaving the State Department, Tillerson has largely avoided the spotlight. But in one appearance, he said Trump had at times wanted to take actions that Tillerson had to explain to him were against the law,</p><p>Tillerson previously served as the chief executive officer for energy giant ExxonMobil. He was a deeply unpopular figure at the State Department, where many diplomats felt he was too isolated and unwilling to listen to their advice.</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Nahal Toosi Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: 6:48 PM 5/21/2019 trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2019/05/2… #PalmerReport: The #real #story #behind #the #controversy that #erupted over #RobertMueller’s #public #testimony #Tr https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1130970633943343105 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9f9999ab-773d-f00a-5b9a-5a47b27550d0 Tue, 21 May 2019 18:56:26 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>6:48 PM 5/21/2019 <a href="http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2019/05/21/648-pm-5-21-2019/">trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2019/05/2…</a><br />#PalmerReport: The #real #story #behind #the #controversy that #erupted over #RobertMueller’s #public #testimony<br />#Trump rejects #NewYorkTimes #report on #DeutscheBank #transactions – #Reuters<br />#Specialistsflagged #Trump, #Kushner<br />#FBI #CIA <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1130970633943343105/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/2wzI9lzpiw</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7IDx_SXkAQNWsb.jpg" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 10:56pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) photo tweet link mikenov Global Opinions: Canada’s oil-loving Conservatives bet on climate change indifference https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/canadas-oil-loving-conservatives-bet-on-climate-change-indifference/2019/05/21/424aed46-0dae-4887-9a04-7bb05906fcdd_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:694c5cf0-c43b-3a3b-66d9-307e29a7cf53 Tue, 21 May 2019 18:56:04 -0400 Even if climate change becomes closer to a moral cause than an economic issue, it doesn’t necessarily follow that the Tories will suffer for it.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/AOOSBCTWPMI6TJ57ZCSDXBHOGE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/AOOSBCTWPMI6TJ57ZCSDXBHOGE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/AOOSBCTWPMI6TJ57ZCSDXBHOGE.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6451777" width="16" height="16"> Global Opinions J.J. McCullough FOX News: Gutfeld on socialism’s deadly appeal http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~3/9Z8HnG-hs8s/gutfeld-on-socialisms-deadly-appeal 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:3cf79696-d211-390d-199e-9751697eb870 Tue, 21 May 2019 18:51:32 -0400 A new Gallup Poll says four in 10 Americans embrace some form of socialism. We should gasp at this, but I'm surprised it’s not higher.<img alt="" height="1" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/foxnews/opinion/~4/9Z8HnG-hs8s" width="1" /><br><br><img src="https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/05/21/694940094001_6039530948001_6039517106001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com60/60/694940094001_6039530948001_6039517106001-vs.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/4453879" width="16" height="16"> FOX News 647ec53f-4219-5a57-8da7-1c28dc6758c8 fox-news opinion fox-news shows the-five transcript gregs-monologue fox-news politics socialism fnc Greg Gutfeld Senate GOP trade hopes renewed after Trump lifts steel tariffs https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/senate-republican-trade-tariff-1463802 Top Stories urn:uuid:8a189a8c-d265-9479-f8ae-b14e0be9af46 Tue, 21 May 2019 18:29:42 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/f9/19/7a9aeb2847aab1304f882b91d69b/190521-robert-lighthizer-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>President Donald Trump’s trade chief on Tuesday praised an unlikely figure on the other side of the Capitol: Speaker Nancy Pelosi. </p><p>In a closed-door lunch with GOP senators on Tuesday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that he was optimistic about the prospects of getting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement passed<b> </b>and said that Pelosi was focusing on it.</p><p>“He was very complimentary of Speaker Pelosi, I’ll be honest,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said in an interview with POLITICO. “He said he felt that Speaker Pelosi was going to be working hard on that.”</p><p>Senate Republicans left the lunch with renewed hope about the prospects of the new trade pact with Mexico and Canada, which only weeks ago was on life support. </p><p>The fortunes of Trump’s signature legislative priority were revived after the U.S. <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/17/us-mexico-canada-trade-agreeement-1330214" target="_blank">reached a deal</a> on Friday to lift onerous tariffs the president had placed on steel and aluminum with the two partner nations. In turn, Canada and Mexico removed the counter-tariffs they had slapped on more than $15 billion in U.S. exports, including many agricultural products important to Midwestern states.</p><br><p>GOP senators say they believe that the new pact will easily get through the Senate now that those duties are gone. The real work now is getting Pelosi and House Democrats to approve the deal and send it to the upper chamber. </p><p>Lighthizer is “still negotiating with Speaker Pelosi and he thinks there is a sincere interest in the House on trying to get this done and so hopefully they can find a way to get it passed by the House,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune. </p><p>Lighthizer’s praise of Pelosi is not one sided. Earlier this month, the California lawmaker called the curmudgeonly trade chief “fabulous” in terms of working with Democrats.</p><p>House Democrats, however, have raised a host of other problems they have with the revised deal and have called for large-scale changes to the pact’s provisions on labor, environment and pharmaceuticals. Most pressing is the need for Democrats to see an agreement that can be effectively enforced to improve conditions in Mexico and prevent jobs from moving south.</p><p>“It’s very clear that the litmus test for moving this bill is enforcement that has real teeth,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.),<b> </b>the top Democrat of the Senate Finance Committee told POLITICO. </p><p>Wyden and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have been discussing enforcement demands with House Democrats to help secure votes for the deal. Both senators have proposed a mechanism that would require Mexico to conduct inspections of factories accused of poor working conditions. However, Mexico has <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/03/mexico-nafta-labor-enforcement-1410806" target="_blank">shut down</a> that proposal. </p><p>Trump administration officials “know what they have to do to get people like me to support it,” Brown said. </p> <p>Vice President Mike Pence on Monday <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/20/pence-calls-for-usmca-approval-this-summer-1335072" target="_blank">called on Congress</a> to approve the agreement this summer. Another factor that could help the recent momentum is the fact that neither Canada nor Mexico favor reopening the pact to address Democrats‘ remaining concerns. </p><br><p>There are some recent signs that Pelosi is working in good faith to reach a deal. Among those is the formation of four working groups that will try to negotiate improvements in the areas of labor, environment and medicines. The fourth group will cover miscellaneous issues that Democrats wants resolved, said a House aide familiar with the plan.</p><p>The White House had planned to submit paperwork to Congress this week that would have started the process for getting the deal approved. Lighthizer ultimately held back after Pelosi and House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal said sending up the documents without any path toward resolving Democratic concerns would have made it more difficult to maintain a constructive process, the aide said.</p><p>Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a former U.S. trade representative himself, said it remains up to Pelosi when the deal will be considered in Congress. </p><p>Asked whether Lighthizer indicated when he'd submit the final text of the deal, Portman said: &quot;There's no decision made yet. It depends on the House leadership.&quot;</p><p>Portman is still optimistic that the deal could be ratified this summer. He explained that the trade promotion authority legislation, which allows for Congress to put trade deals for a vote with an up-or-down vote with no amendments, makes it possible for lawmakers to act swiftly once the bill is sent. </p><p>&quot;It really becomes up to the speaker at first on timing and then up to the majority leader, and it can move pretty quickly,&quot; Portman said. &quot;It doesn't need to take the 120 days provided in the statute.&quot;</p><p>Senate Republicans also know the clock is ticking. With the coming presidential election, they share a goal with the administration to see the deal ratified before the end of the summer. That would mean a big trade win that both Senate Republicans up in 2020 and the president can run on.</p><p>“Giving Donald Trump a victory is their biggest concern and let’s do it sooner rather than later,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), adding “I would like to help them with that.”</p><p><i>Alex Panetta contributed to this report.</i></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> srodriguez@politico.com (Sabrina Rodriguez) editorial | New York Post: Cheer Trump for saying ‘no’ to Big Tech and other commentary https://nypost.com/2019/05/21/cheer-trump-for-saying-no-to-big-tech-and-other-commentary/ 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:55440cdb-bf86-e96c-332e-4a4546df126a Tue, 21 May 2019 18:26:33 -0400 Tech critic: Three Cheers for Trump’s Slap at Huawei President Trump’s “decision to blacklist Huawei,” which prompted Google to partly end its collaboration with the company, “may have the worst of motives,” says The Guardian’s Simon Jenkins. But “it could have the best of consequences.” The Chinese tech giant’s “eagerness to dominate the 5G networks”...<br><br><img src="https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/donald-trump-takes-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 Biden caps cash dash with big Florida haul https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/biden-florida-fundraising-blitz-1338088 Top Stories urn:uuid:ca5ef139-7c23-95dc-d8ac-2405733c7d47 Tue, 21 May 2019 18:21:29 -0400 Miami and Orlando were the latest stops on the former vice president's nationwide high-dollar fundraising tour. <img src="https://static.politico.com/9b/56/24dbc0eb4d7fa336d3efd6de2479/190521-joe-biden-sanscloche-gty-773.jpg"/><br><p>Joe Biden collected at least $1.7 million this week from two Florida fundraisers, underscoring the former vice president’s pull with big-dollar Democratic donors and his front-runner status in a crowded presidential primary.</p><p>The twin fundraisers in the Miami and Orlando areas capped a month-long coast-to-coast cash dash by Biden, who spent the eve of his campaign announcement <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/24/biden-fundraising-conference-call-1289644" target="_blank">fretting</a> about whether he could raise the money to prove he was the real deal. Biden then went on to <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/26/biden-fundraising-numbers-2020-1291180" target="_blank">shatter</a> first-day fundraising records, as his campaign built an online small-dollar fundraising machine to complement his pursuit of traditional donors who can write max-out checks of $2,800 per election.</p><p>Biden’s huge two-day financial haul in Florida highlights the still-ample power of big donors in a Democratic primary field that has put more emphasis on digital dollars. The fundraising schedule and courting of donors by Biden used to be as common for a presidential campaign as printing mailers, but it now stands out as an increasingly vocal progressive wing and its favored candidates — Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — have cast Biden’s fundraising in a negative light, which his donors resent.</p><p>“It’s sour grapes, like saying they wouldn’t join a club that wouldn’t have them as a member anyway,” said John Morgan, the Orlando-area trial lawyer who hosted a Biden fundraiser at his home on Tuesday<b> </b>and said days before the event that he had $1.3 million in donations already committed to Biden.</p><p>“What they [Sanders and Warren] are doing is playing a game to try to block him from taking low-hanging fruit that, in some cases, they can’t get. But in other cases, they haven’t even tried. Joe has,” Morgan said. </p><br><p>Morgan said that donors are turned off by the type of “socialism” that Warren and Sanders espouse and many personally like Biden anyway because “Biden is in the middle, and that’s where the majority of the country is and where the donors are.”</p><p>Sanders and Warren’s campaigns didn’t respond to requests for comment.</p><p>Before Morgan’s $1.3 million fundraiser on Tuesday, Miami developer and longtime Biden supporter Michael Adler hosted a fundraiser Monday evening in Coral Gables that brought in as much as $400,000, according to two people familiar with the preliminary numbers.</p><p>In contrast, in nearby Miami Beach and at the same time as Biden’s Monday fundraiser, Democratic primary rival Pete Buttigieg had a fundraiser that pulled more than $100,000, according to one organizer. Buttigieg also hosted a small-dollar event in Miami that drew hundreds of attendees, but his campaign wouldn’t say how much he raised total.</p><p>In Hollywood, Biden <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/09/joe-biden-brings-in-700000-at-hollywood-fundraiser.html" target="_blank">reportedly</a> raised $700,000 earlier this month. And in his first day as an announced candidate on April 25, $700,000 of the $6.3 million Biden raised in the first 24 hours of launching his campaign came from an event at the Philadelphia home of a Comcast executive, which Warren and Sanders criticized.</p><p>“How did Joe Biden raise so much money in one day?” Warren wrote in an email to supporters when the news of Biden’s record-setting one-day haul was reported. “Well, it helps that he hosted a swanky private fund-raiser for wealthy donors at the home of the guy who runs Comcast’s lobbying shop.”</p><br><p>But while Warren bashed “fancy private fundraising events where only big donors are invited,” the <a href="https://www.philly.com/news/elizabeth-warren-joe-biden-presidential-fund-raisers-philadelphia-20190507.html/" target="_blank">Philadelphia Inquirer</a> noted that Warren had raised money in similar settings in Philadelphia from some of the same donors — but for her Senate race.</p><p>Sensitive to the criticism that he’s doing the bidding of special interests in secret, Biden made a novel move for a front-running presidential candidate, <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/03/joe-biden-donors-2020-1301504" target="_blank">opening up the fundraisers to the press</a> to ensure a measure of transparency — and free media coverage. The result is that Biden often gives a condensed 15-minute version of his standard stump speech.</p><p>“For some people it’s like, ‘What am I paying for?’ Because it’s not like they’re getting anything extra,” said one donor who didn’t want to be identified speaking critically of the campaign. “But most people just want to support the candidate and get their picture taken, so it’s not that big of a deal.”</p><p>Biden’s campaign said in a press release Tuesday that his momentum is increasing.</p><p>“Our fundraising has been driven by rapid, massive growth over the last month,” Brandon English, a Biden adviser, said in a written statement. “We're grateful for the overwhelming grassroots support we're seeing through our digital outreach, the majority of which comes from donors brand new to our list. We're continuing to build a robust digital operation that brings new voters to Team Joe and puts our campaign in a position of strength to take on Donald Trump.” </p><br><p>According to the campaign, 97 percent of all donations to Biden are under $200 and almost two-thirds of campaign donors have contributed $25 of less. Biden’s campaign added that its “largest hour of grassroots fundraising since the campaign launch came on Saturday during the Philly kickoff rally, raising more than $1,000 per minute.”</p><p>Heading into the race, Biden knew fundraising was a key to his candidacy.</p><p>&quot;People think Iowa and New Hampshire are the first test. It’s not. The first 24 hours. That’s the first test,” he <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/24/biden-fundraising-conference-call-1289644" target="_blank">said</a> of posting a big fundraising total. “Those [early states] are way down the road. We’ve got to get through this first.”</p><p>For Rufus Gifford, finance director for President Obama’s reelection campaign and a former ambassador to Denmark, the Biden campaign has skillfully managed expectations and balanced the need for raising big sums with the knowledge that it might cost him some voters in a primary. But the rewards outweigh the risks, he said.</p><p>“One of the biggest issues for Democrats to who can beat Trump, who’s more electable,” Gifford said. “You know what makes you more electable? Money.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> mcaputo@politico.com (Marc Caputo) Trump campaign and Senate GOP clash over president's pollster https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/thom-tillis-north-carolina-election-1337544 Top Stories urn:uuid:5ab8bc78-5189-ef27-d446-0105c1756c0b Tue, 21 May 2019 18:17:48 -0400 Pollster John McLaughlin's work for a Republican aiming to unseat GOP Sen. Thom Tillis angered Senate GOP officials. On Tuesday, he cut ties. <img src="https://static.politico.com/ed/11/373777524fa88e44721f9760a52f/190225-trump-tillis-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>A top strategist on President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has withdrawn from an effort to unseat North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis in 2020 — an arrangement that sparked tensions at the highest levels of the Republican Party.</p><p>Pollster John McLaughlin’s work for a Tillis primary challenger had angered leading Senate Republican campaign officials, who said the president’s team should be unified in the effort to reelect both Trump and incumbent Republican senators.</p><p>Aides at the Senate GOP campaign arm reached out to multiple Trump 2020 officials and separately to the Republican National Committee in recent weeks to express their displeasure over McLaughlin’s work. The pollster had signed on to help Garland Tucker, a former investment company executive who’s pledged to spend at least $1 million of his own money against Tillis. </p><br><p>The Senate Republican officials argued that a disruptive primary could wreak havoc on the party’s prospects in the battleground state and ultimately hurt Republicans up-and-down the ballot, including Trump.</p><p>Contacted by POLITICO on Sunday, McLaughlin said he hadn't decided whether to keep working for Tucker. But by Tuesday, he and his firm had cut ties with the candidate, two people familiar with his decision said. </p><p>The run-in was the first major rift this year between the Trump campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, threatening to drive a wedge between the two organizations at a time of unease about the party’s prospects. With Trump trailing Joe Biden in internal GOP polling and Senate Republicans defending at least a half-dozen endangered incumbents, there is widespread agreement within the party hierarchy that its array of committees, groups, and campaigns need to get along.</p><p>The president is establishing a sprawling political apparatus and Republicans from across the party ecosystem have praised the reelection campaign for embracing a collaborative approach and for establishing clear lines of communication.</p><p>But in some corners of the party, the North Carolina episode has reignited long-held concerns that the Trump political machine at times operates on its own with little regard for other Republicans. The first-term Tillis is one of the most endangered senators up for reelection, and senior Republicans worry that the primary challenge could further complicate his prospects.</p><p>Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who wields vast control over the Senate campaign arm, is fiercely protective of incumbents, particularly those facing primaries. During the 2014 midterms, the NRSC took the unusual step of blacklisting consulting firms that worked for primary challengers to sitting lawmakers.</p><br><p>“Clearly for party committees, they want to avoid anything that could cause turmoil for their incumbent members, especially in states that are critical to both Senate majorities and winning the White House,” said Doug Heye, a former RNC official who has worked on multiple North Carolina statewide campaigns.</p><p>Spokespersons for the Trump campaign and NRSC declined to comment.</p><p>McLaughlin, a veteran GOP pollster who also worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign, has downplayed the extent of his role with Tucker. During a May 10 phone call, he told NRSC executive director Kevin McLaughlin (no relation) that his work on the Tucker campaign was limited to a November 2018 poll and to a recent media buy that his firm had placed, two people familiar with the conversation said.</p><p>McLaughlin, meanwhile, has told Trump campaign officials that he’s turned down other candidates looking to wage anti-incumbent campaigns who’d asked him for help. He has also said that his work for Tucker began before the Trump campaign spoke to him about coming on board.</p><p>Still, the arrangement has caused considerable angst among those in the tight-knit world of Senate GOP operatives, many of whom view McLaughlin as an important figure in Trump’s orbit. McLaughlin, who recently worked on a <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/20/trump-2020-rust-belt-joe-biden-1332973" target="_blank">17-state polling project</a> for the Trump campaign, had been expected to attend a summit last weekend at Camp David focused on 2020 that was to include the president, McConnell, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. (The summit ended up being canceled.)</p><br><p>McLaughlin was brought into the Tucker campaign by Carter Wrenn, a veteran North Carolina political hand with whom he's long worked. The arrangement put the pollster opposite Tillis strategist Paul Shumaker, a prominent strategist in the state who is regarded as a fierce Wrenn rival. </p><p>The North Carolina flare-up is not the first disagreement between the Trump 2020 campaign and the Senate GOP campaign arm. Trump aides have vigorously pushed back on Senate Republican efforts to recruit Iraq war veteran and rising GOP star John James into the Michigan Senate race. </p><p>In a private memo and in face-to-face meetings, Trump aides have told Senate GOP officials that a statewide campaign by James would cause Democrats to spend more money in the battleground state — thereby diminishing the president’s prospects. </p><p>Senate Republicans strongly disagree with the assessment, maintaining that James would give the party a formidable statewide ticket.</p><p>Those involved describe the Michigan debate as the kind of strategic difference that frequently arises in campaigns. The North Carolina clash, by contrast, has stoked fears that the fiercely anti-establishment president could be receptive to primary challenges against GOP incumbents, they say.</p><p>Some of them said McLaughlin’s work could give the false impression that Tucker has the president’s backing, which the Tillis campaign is trying to head off. Late last year, as word circulated that Tucker was interested in running, Shumaker sent the White House an op-ed Tucker wrote in 2016 campaign in which he called Trump &quot;a twice-divorced, self-acknowledged adulterer&quot; and expressed regret about supporting him in the general election.</p><p>There are early indications, however, that the president is aligning himself with Tillis. Trump met with the senator last week, and on Wednesday Tillis is expected to attend a Trump 2020 fundraiser in Greensboro, N.C. headlined by Vice President Mike Pence.<br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> aisenstadt@politico.com (Alex Isenstadt) Opinions: We need action on infrastructure, not more talk https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-need-action-on-infrastructure-not-more-talk/2019/05/21/c1a3d580-d462-4732-9aba-74e8df0e7c5c_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:c5301f5a-ba53-dc33-10c6-ab463f2e334d Tue, 21 May 2019 18:00:59 -0400 Infrastructure is not a partisan issue. It should be an American priority.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/XPR73NTUCUI6TEZRGC6FQNXURY.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/XPR73NTUCUI6TEZRGC6FQNXURY.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/XPR73NTUCUI6TEZRGC6FQNXURY.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions Thomas J. Donohoe and Richard Trumka Opinion: Corporate India has no time to waste on debts https://www.ft.com/content/0334f664-7b89-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:b64ecff2-489a-d941-6609-0f44a36d96f4 Tue, 21 May 2019 18:00:24 -0400 Companies may find pressure to trim borrowings will increase as competition for capital grows<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/224793" width="16" height="16"> Opinion NYT > Opinion: Utah Continues Its Assault on Federal Lands https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/opinion/utah-continues-its-assault-on-federal-lands.html?partner=rss&#38;emc=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:fddb7eb2-f69d-7ac0-10ed-8767e6c38bc5 Tue, 21 May 2019 17:51:36 -0400 The state wants to roll back protections on millions of acres of forest land owned by U.S. taxpayers.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/21/opinion/21dombeck/21dombeck-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion wildfires forests and forestry politics and government federal lands wilderness areas land use policies environment logging industry forest service interior department national fire protection assn wilderness society MIKE DOMBECK Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #FBIonaCouch - #Session 4:23 PM 5/21/2019: #PurgePurgePurge! #TillSqueakyClean! #I #take #laxatives, #wash #my #hands #every #hour, #and #still #feel #dirty #und #gazzy #like https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1130953791455596550 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:711546f4-2a3b-5295-b29a-ad5a926d8673 Tue, 21 May 2019 17:49:30 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#FBIonaCouch - #Session 4:23 PM 5/21/2019: #PurgePurgePurge! #TillSqueakyClean! #I #take #laxatives, #wash #my #hands #every #hour, #and #still #feel #dirty #und #gazzy #like #an #old #balloon. #Do #you zink ziz iz PremenZtrual?<br />#Freud: #Hm.<br />#FBI: Me'z gonna to exZplode! #MeZick! <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1130953791455596550/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/C9TWRGdSnL</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7H0dPIXkAIMoR0.jpg" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 9:49pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) photo tweet link mikenov rss: The Age of Artificial Intelligence Is Here http://www.thenewamerican.com/print-magazine/item/32202-the-age-of-artificial-intelligence-is-here 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:61c81c78-57c6-3058-5856-8ac4d7ba6a05 Tue, 21 May 2019 17:47:00 -0400 <a href="https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=32202:the-age-of-artificial-intelligence-is-here&amp;Itemid=1026"><img align="right" alt="the-age-of-artificial-intelligence-is-here" border="0" src="https://www.thenewamerican.com/media/k2/items/cache/3e86f7e036a8aebbe5b8d2829f5091ef_S.jpg" /></a><p>Artificial intelligence has long been thought of in terms similar to that of fusion power — it’s always 20 years away. But now, that’s no longer true. AI has arrived.</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2085195" width="16" height="16"> rss Dennis Behreandt Biden parries Trump’s Pennsylvania jab https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/biden-trump-pennsylvania-1338018 Top Stories urn:uuid:bb0a7871-1f60-891b-cffd-1803685532d5 Tue, 21 May 2019 17:43:56 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/55/54/a441bbd84d50b14f67500c325f53/190521-joe-biden-ap-773.jpg"/><br><p>Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday responded to President Donald Trump’s attempts to undermine the Democratic primary front-runner’s ties to Pennsylvania by playing up his connection to another key voting bloc — the working class.</p><p>“Yesterday, Trump tried to attack me at his campaign rally by saying I abandoned Pennsylvania. I’ve never forgotten where I came from,” Biden <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1130931539833950208" target="_blank">wrote</a> on Twitter. “My family did have to leave Pennsylvania when I was 10 — we moved to Delaware where my Dad found a job that could provide for our family.”</p><p>Already, Trump’s campaign team is ratcheting up its efforts to win over voters in Pennsylvania, as well as in Wisconsin and Michigan — states that were key to the president’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016.</p><p>Trump on Monday told an audience of thousands at an airport hangar in Montoursville, Pa., that Biden abandoned the state and never looked back.</p><p>“He's not from Pennsylvania,” the president <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/20/donald-trump-pennsylvania-1336598" target="_blank">said</a> of Biden. “I guess he was born here, but he left you folks. He left you for another state. Remember that, please.”</p><br><p>“He left you for another state, and he didn't take care of you, because he didn't take care of your jobs,” Trump continued. “He let other countries come in and rip off America. That doesn't happen anymore.”</p><p>Biden was born in Scranton in 1942, but his family in 1953 moved to Delaware, where Biden would eventually serve six terms as senator.</p><p>Trump’s jabs would seem to reflect deep-seated concerns about Biden’s candidacy, which the president <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/25/donald-trump-joe-biden-2020-1290338" target="_blank">reportedly</a> views as his biggest threat in 2020. Trump has repeatedly lobbed a wide range of insults at the former vice president, often presenting himself as more youthful and energetic than Biden, who at 76 is four years older than the president.</p><p>The white male septuagenarians, however, appeal to overlapping constituencies that could prove to be crucial to winning in 2020, should the pair face off in the general election. As former President Barack Obama’s running mate, Biden helped win over blue-collar and Rust Belt voters — the same groups that helped propel Trump to the White House in 2016.</p><p>Biden’s tweet highlighted the contrast between his background and that of the president, a billionaire businessman from New York.</p><br><p>The Trump campaign recently completed a polling project that shows the president trailing Biden in Pennsylvania, two people briefed on the results told POLITICO. Those close to Trump, however, said they think the former vice president’s popularity will decline once the honeymoon stage of his campaign — which he launched last month at a union hall in Pittsburgh — dies down.</p><p>Both candidates seem to have honed in on Pennsylvania in particular as the key to the White House in 2020, dedicating attention and resources to the state. Biden on Saturday railed against the president at an event in Philadelphia, where his campaign headquarters is located.</p><p>Trump, on the other hand, has already made <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/24/trump-pennsylvania-2020-1288797" target="_blank">moves</a> to ramp up GOP forces in the state, which he won by less than 1 percent in 2016. During his appearance Monday, the president told the Montoursville crowd: Their state is one he’s “got to win.”</p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> Katie Galioto NYT > Opinion: Infecting People Isn’t a Religious Right https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/opinion/measles-vaccines-new-york.html?emc=rss&#38;partner=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:9934cde1-fbbe-1dba-52c9-1009b7f533f6 Tue, 21 May 2019 17:37:10 -0400 The measles outbreak makes it vital for New York lawmakers to end religious exemptions for vaccination.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/21/opinion/21antivaxWeb/21antivaxWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion vaccination and immunization measles religion and belief new york legislature anti-vaxxers The Editorial Board NYT > Opinion: Infecting People Isn’t a Religious Right https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/opinion/measles-vaccines-new-york.html?partner=rss&#38;emc=rss 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:f27769ab-8fe7-9e2b-8083-07e7d3bbecbf Tue, 21 May 2019 17:37:10 -0400 The measles outbreak makes it vital for New York lawmakers to end religious exemptions for vaccination.<br><br><img src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/05/21/opinion/21antivaxWeb/21antivaxWeb-moth.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/18677" width="16" height="16"> NYT > Opinion vaccination and immunization measles religion and belief new york legislature anti-vaxxers THE EDITORIAL BOARD Dems struggle to secure testimony from a wary Mueller https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/21/robert-mueller-testimony-dems-1337672 Top Stories urn:uuid:02a07904-b9dc-970e-ad11-30bfcc4df691 Tue, 21 May 2019 17:31:14 -0400 <img src="https://static.politico.com/51/72/b9b0dcf449ec84714ca734e0268c/190119-sheila-jackson-lee-gty-773.Jpg"/><br><p>House Democrats are scrambling to secure Robert Mueller’s public testimony amid concerns from the special counsel and his staff about what he can share publicly related to his Russia investigation, according to key lawmakers and sources familiar with the talks.</p><p>Negotiations between Mueller’s team and staff on the Democrat-led Judiciary and Intelligence Committees have faltered in recent weeks over the best arrangement for open hearings involving the former FBI director. The sources say Mueller has been reluctant to set a firm date for hearings until he gets more clarity from his Justice Department supervisors about the boundaries for what exactly he can publicly discuss that goes beyond what’s in the redacted 448-page report released last month.</p><p>“Mueller appears to be a by-the-book guy,” said a source familiar with the negotiations between the special counsel’s team and the Democrats. “As such, he needs clarity about what he can and cannot talk about and under what conditions, public or private, he can talk about that.”</p><p>“The Justice Department seems attuned to that, and Democrats think DOJ is fucking with him,” the source added.</p><p>Democrats have been eager to get Mueller on the record in a public setting — with the gavel-to-gavel live television coverage that comes with it — discussing his work over nearly two years examining Russian interference in the 2016 election and his offshoot probe into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice to stymie that work.</p><br><p>But those efforts to land Mueller have stalled amid a broader fight between Democrats and the Trump administration over access to documents and testimony tied to the special counsel’s efforts. Some Democrats now say that despite their preference for a blockbuster public hearing, they should at least consider allowing some portion of the hearing to be behind closed doors.</p><p>&quot;I'll note that testimony given in private can be used in impeachment proceedings,&quot; said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.). &quot;I think we have to consider the unique circumstances of each witness as we move forward. So all possibilities in my mind are on the table.&quot;</p><p>Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said she thinks it's important for Americans to hear directly from Mueller, but that there may be room to negotiate.</p><p>&quot;It is also worthy of considering aspects that would be classified,&quot; she said.</p><p>Jackson Lee confirmed in an interview on CNN Tuesday that Democrats are trying to accommodate the special counsel and remain open to both public and private testimony with Mueller if that makes it easier for the Russia investigator.</p><p>The Texas congresswoman added that Democratic committee attorneys have been in direct talks with the special counsel’s office, rather than his DOJ supervisors.</p><p>“I think what is important is to make Mr. Mueller comfortable in the open setting,” Jackson Lee said. “Obviously, there should be many options. There may be an option of doing both an open setting and a closed setting.”</p><p>“We want not Mr. Mueller’s very attractive presence, but we want the truth and the facts and the basis of volume two, which is that he left many of these issues of obstruction of justice to the Congress,” she added. “That means we have to do our job, and to do our job it’s important to have him as a witness.”</p><br><p>Not all members of the Judiciary Committee are open to private testimony from Mueller though.</p><p>“I think it’s important that Mr. Mueller come before the committee, but I also think it’s important to come before the committee and testify in public,&quot; said Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) &quot;The American people have a right to hear Mr. Mueller walk through the Mueller report — the findings he made, the conclusions he came to, the evidence he collected.&quot;</p><p>&quot;They have a right to see the results of this investigation and to really hear from the individual who led it,&quot; Cicilline said.</p><p>Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler last week said there’d be no Mueller hearing before the Memorial Day recess, meaning that testimony from the special counsel would need to wait until June at the earliest.</p><p>The New York Democrat had previously set a tentative May 23 deadline for Mueller to publicly testify in a <a href="https://judiciary.house.gov/sites/democrats.judiciary.house.gov/files/documents/4.18.2019%20Letter%20to%20Mueller.pdf" target="_blank">letter</a> last month after the release of a redacted version of the special counsel’s <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5955379-Redacted-Mueller-Report.html#document/" target="_blank">448-page report</a>.</p><p>But Nadler conceded that a delay would be necessary for his panel, which has been stuck in a broader fight with the Trump White House over access to documents and testimony tied to the Russia investigation.</p><p>Among the issues that have prompted the breakdown in talks between Mueller and the Democratic committees: Trump earlier this month <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1125098704560689157" target="_blank">wrote</a> on Twitter that Mueller “should not testify” and his administration has invoked or threatened to invoke executive privilege on a range of outstanding congressional requests, including for access to a full unredacted version of the special counsel’s report and its underlying evidence.</p><p>In an<a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/barr-says-he-isnt-blocking-muellers-testimony-to-congress-11557983315" target="_blank"> interview</a> last week with the Wall Street Journal, Attorney General William Barr said it’s up to Mueller to decide whether to appear before lawmakers. “It’s Bob’s call whether he wants to testify,” said Barr, who Nadler’s Judiciary Committee earlier this month <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/08/trump-invokes-executive-privilege-to-block-release-of-unredacted-mueller-report-1311738" target="_blank">voted</a> to hold in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over a copy of the full Mueller report.</p><br><p>So far, Democrats and Mueller have yet to reach an agreement on the details or timing for a hearing with the special counsel. Peter Carr, a Mueller spokesman, declined comment when asked Tuesday about the special counsel making a public appearance before lawmakers.</p><p>Mueller remains a government employee and still has a small staff assisting him with closing down his office. But that designation, according to Greg Brower, the former head of the FBI congressional affairs office, may be part of the holdup in securing the special counsel’s testimony.</p><p>“I’m beginning to think that Mueller should resign from DOJ and simply decide what he wants to say,” Brower said. </p><p> He noted that Mueller’s work is already public except for the redacted materials in the report – which covers classified information, grand jury testimony, materials related to ongoing investigations and details that shield “peripheral third parties” from reputational damage. All of that should be off the table during a public hearing. </p><p> “If he waits for DOJ guidance, I’m afraid he will never get it,” Brower said. <br /></p><br><p>Article originally published on <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/">POLITICO Magazine</a></p> kcheney@politico.com (Kyle Cheney) Opinions: Judges are not politicians in robes. The Supreme Court has a chance to prove that. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/judges-are-not-politicians-in-robes-the-supreme-court-has-a-chance-to-prove-that/2019/05/21/cd03e946-7bf7-11e9-8ede-f4abf521ef17_story.html 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:51760be6-51ab-8d17-7090-6123c5f4097c Tue, 21 May 2019 17:24:23 -0400 Controversies, such as abortion and affirmative action, allow justices opportunities to rise above the fray.<br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_90w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/Supreme_Court_Clarence_Thomas_78530.jpg-122a4-6263.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/Supreme_Court_Clarence_Thomas_78530.jpg-122a4-6263.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2019/05/21/Editorial-Opinion/Images/Supreme_Court_Clarence_Thomas_78530.jpg-122a4-6263.jpg?t=20170517" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/3129909" width="16" height="16"> Opinions David Von Drehle Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #Specialists at #DeutscheBank #flagged #Trump, #Kushner... | The #Words '#MoneyLaundering' and '#President' Should #Never #Be in the #Same #Sentence - #Esquire | Trump #Attac https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1130946499175690240 1. Opinions from mikenova (31 sites) urn:uuid:35e996ce-c491-c69c-0d8d-f517d1ffa687 Tue, 21 May 2019 17:20:32 -0400 <div class="NB-twitter-rss"> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-tweet"><p>#Specialists at #DeutscheBank #flagged #Trump, #Kushner... | The #Words '#MoneyLaundering' and '#President' Should #Never #Be in the #Same #Sentence - #Esquire | Trump #Attacks #Report on #Concerns #About #His #and Kushner’s #DeutscheBankAccounts<br />#FBI #CIA<br /><a href="http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2019/05/21/trump-news-review-saved-stories-511-pm-5-21-2019/">trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2019/05/2…</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1130946499175690240/photo/1">pic.twitter.com/1gb1jsv7Q4</a></p></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-quote-tweet"></div> <hr /> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-entities"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7Ht1uUXsAA7Tsu.jpg" /> <hr /></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-author"> Posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/920700121347588096/JKTgtWyf_normal.jpg" style="height: 32px;" /></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mikenov">mikenov</a> on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 9:20pm</div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-retweet"></div> <div class="NB-twitter-rss-stats"> </div> </div><br /><br /><img height="16" src="https://www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6455151" width="16" /> mikenov on Twitter<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/7442838" width="16" height="16"> Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites) photo tweet link mikenov