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  • A House of Representatives Sit-In? Whatever.

    democrat-protest.jpg.size.custom.crop.867x650Today Dems are staging a sit in in the House. Regular readers can probably guess my position on the matter. I don't want to denigrate other people's actions for change, but since the story is being so widely reported and commented on, I feel like I would be remiss in not sharing an opinion.   A sit-in is not legislating.… Read more…  

  • This Is Why Democrats Don’t Win

    murphySo Dems are conducting a filibuster in the Senate. I have to tell you this is another major fail, and exactly why Dems prove so ineffective so often.   We all know that with a Democratic president the Republicans main objective in the Senate is to do nothing. So far from making an impact on Republicans, a Dem filibuster actually… Read more…  

  • Tamron Hall Interview with Nina Turner on the Nevada Dem Convention

    TamronHallYouTubeThis is a fantastic interview. Ms. Hall is one of the best there is. She really gets to the heart of some of the issues with the Sanders campaign. Turner is clearly a very competent surrogate and she holds her ground very well, but in my opinion her entire premise in this discussion is flawed. Turner's position, and seemingly that… Read more…  

  • Dear Berners: There’s No Getting Around Process

    web_3  One thing that has really been bothering me during the Democratic primary and about Bernie Sanders specifically is the severity of his ignorance and detachment from reality. Bear with me - I honestly believe that is an objective assessment, not an insult. At the root of it is a complete ignorance of process and any understanding of how to… Read more…  


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Democrats’ War on Due Process and Terrorist Fearmongering Long Predate Orlando

Even worse was the messaging that came from an operative with CAP, who has become a little Twitter star among the Democratic faithful for his endless Cheneyite exploitation of terrorism fears to attack Republicans and justify gun watchlists. This is how he described Feinstein’s bill:

It’s hard to put into words how appalling that is. This CAP official is not only outright lying about Feinstein’s bill: pretending that it bars “terrorists” — rather than people placed on a suspicion watchlist — from buying guns. Worse than rank dishonesty, he is literally, explicitly equating people who will be deemed suspicious by the U.S. government — overwhelmingly Muslim, needless to say — with “terrorists.” As Sam Adler-Bell put it about this tweet, “Referring to all people on the DOJ’s watchlist as ‘terrorists’ is legally incorrect and ethically ugly.” In Volsky’s mind, or at least in his propaganda, anyone deemed by the government to be suspicious is now a “terrorist” — no evidence needed, no trial held, no due process accorded.

For eight years, this mentality was the driving force behind the worst Bush/Cheney war-on-terror abuses. No matter what the extremist policy was — indefinite detention, warrantless eavesdropping, torture, no-fly lists, Guantánamo, rendition, CIA black sites — Republicans would justify it by saying it was merely being done to “terrorists” and would accuse their due process-advocating critics of wanting to “protect terrorists.” What they actually meant was that all of this was being done to people accused by the U.S. government of involvement in terrorism. But in their mind, “government accusations of terrorism” were synonymous with “proof of guilt.”

That is exactly the warped, Orwellian formulation Democrats embrace: As is extremely obvious, the Democrats’ definition of “terrorist” is “anyone whom the U.S. government suspects of being a terrorist.” Just as was true of all those GOP abuses, what makes these Democratic proposals so dangerous is that they constitute a war on the most basic right of due process. As Vox’s Dara Lind explained, “If you give the government more power to ban terrorists from having guns, you’re reinforcing the power it has to define who counts as a terrorist.” That’s why the ACLU yesterday wrote to the Senate and denounced Feinstein’s bill:

Source: Democrats’ War on Due Process and Terrorist Fearmongering Long Predate Orlando


 

Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has proposed revising limits on toxic chemicals that can be released into surface waters, something it’s supposed to do from time to time under the Clean Water Act but hasn’t since the early 1990s.

The agency is updating human-health criteria for 43 dangerous chemical compounds it currently regulates and adopting standards for the first time for another 39.

| Continue reading >> Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water

Where Does the Islamic State Get Its Weapons?

The new data were collected by a three-year-old, London-based group called Conflict Armament Research, which sends investigators to conflict zones to identify the types and origins of weaponry. Its latest report, financed by the European Union, lists the origins of more than 1,700 cartridges collected in July and August in northern Iraq and northern Syria by investigators working alongside Kurdish forces that had fought

| Continue reading >> Where Does the Islamic State Get Its Weapons?

House Democrats Stage a Sit-in on the House Floor on Gun Control

But members of Congress are among the most powerful political actors in the country, and they are acting on an issue that is endlessly discussed and debated, not one that requires unusual tactics, like subverting order in the national legislature, to air all sides of the matter. When Republicans respond to not getting their way by undermining legislative norms, the press objects.

It should

| Continue reading >> House Democrats Stage a Sit-in on the House Floor on Gun Control

A House of Representatives Sit-In? Whatever.

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Today Dems are staging a sit in in the House. Regular readers can probably guess my position on the matter. I don’t want to denigrate other people’s actions for change, but since the story is being so widely reported and commented on, I feel like I would be remiss in not sharing an opinion. A sit-in is not legislating. This is not 1960. Any

| Continue reading >> A House of Representatives Sit-In? Whatever.

Iraqi forces seize most of Fallujah from ISIS

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Iraqi special forces swept into Fallujah on Friday, recapturing most of the city as the Islamic State terror group’s grip crumbled after weeks of fighting.

Thousands of trapped residents took advantage of the militants’ retreat to flee, some swimming across the Euphrates River to safety.

Iraqi security forces advance their positions during heavy fighting against Islamic State group militants in Fallujah on Tuesday. (AP

| Continue reading >> Iraqi forces seize most of Fallujah from ISIS

This Is Why Democrats Don’t Win

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So Dems are conducting a filibuster in the Senate. I have to tell you this is another major fail, and exactly why Dems prove so ineffective so often. We all know that with a Democratic president the Republicans main objective in the Senate is to do nothing. So far from making an impact on Republicans, a Dem filibuster actually HELPS Republicans. Secondly, once again

| Continue reading >> This Is Why Democrats Don’t Win

How Bernie Sanders Exposed the Democrats’ Racial Rift

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This puts a good point on it. But not only did the Sanders campaign downplay the historic accomplishments of the first Black president, hey downplayed all the accomplishments of the millions of Black voters that supported him and other Democrats in their efforts. Sanders may as well have pointed at Blacks and said “You ran twice as fast and got half as far. Not

| Continue reading >> How Bernie Sanders Exposed the Democrats’ Racial Rift

Poll: 61% Percent Concerned about Trump’s Experience

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Asked in the new survey about Trump’s experience, only five percent of registered voters said they were enthusiastic about his unconventional professional history, while another 15 percent said they were comfortable with it.

But a combined 61 percent say they have reservations (19 percent) or are outright uncomfortable (42 percent) with Trump’s lack of experience in the kinds of positions traditionally held by American

| Continue reading >> Poll: 61% Percent Concerned about Trump’s Experience

Hillary Clinton full CNN interview

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Hillary Clinton discusses EgyptAir, the war on terror, and Donald Trump with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

 

Las Vegas police investigating death threats to Nevada Democrats

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The Las Vegas Police Department has opened an investigation into death threats directed at top officials of the Nevada State Democratic Party, a spokesman tells Newsweek.

“We are investigating that at this time,” a department spokesman, Larry Hadfield said in a brief interview. He called the probe “an open investigation into some of the death threats made to Democratic office holders that reside in

| Continue reading >> Las Vegas police investigating death threats to Nevada Democrats

Failing Central States Pension Fund is out of options

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The Central States Pension Fund has no new plan to avoid insolvency, fund director Thomas Nyhan said this week. Without government funding, the fund will run out of money in 10 years, he said.

At that time, pension benefits for about 407,000 people could be reduced to “virtually nothing,” he told workers and retirees in a letter sent Friday.

In a last-ditch effort, the

| Continue reading >> Failing Central States Pension Fund is out of options

Number of pregnant women with Zika in U.S. triples, CDC says

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Dr. Margaret Honein, chief of the CDC’s birth defects branch, said the agency is aware of “less than a dozen” babies or fetuses who have suffered the consequences of Zika infection, which can include devastating neurological birth defects. However, she emphasized that most of the 157 pregnancies are ongoing, so it’s not known how many babies will suffer. “The CDC’s top priority in the

| Continue reading >> Number of pregnant women with Zika in U.S. triples, CDC says

Tamron Hall Interview with Nina Turner on the Nevada Dem Convention

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This is a fantastic interview. Ms. Hall is one of the best there is. She really gets to the heart of some of the issues with the Sanders campaign. Turner is clearly a very competent surrogate and she holds her ground very well, but in my opinion her entire premise in this discussion is flawed. Turner’s position, and seemingly that of the Sanders campaign,

| Continue reading >> Tamron Hall Interview with Nina Turner on the Nevada Dem Convention

How Senate Democrats are trying to deal with Sanders

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The lawmakers met in a closed-door session days after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was shouted down at the Nevada Democratic convention, an incident that shook Democrats and raised fears about a chaotic fight at the party’s upcoming national convention that might cost the party the White House.

Democrats in the room decided the best course would be to let Senate Democratic Leader Harry

| Continue reading >> How Senate Democrats are trying to deal with Sanders

Allegations of fraud and misconduct at Nevada Democratic convention unfounded

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Nevada’s delegate allocation process is complex, but Sanders supporters have accused the state Democratic Party of various crimes including ignoring attempts to change the rules, rigging the process in favor of Clinton and disqualifying several dozen delegates that supported Sanders.

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver reiterated those concerns during a May 18 interview on CNN with John Vause.

“There was a horrendous breakdown, where

| Continue reading >> Allegations of fraud and misconduct at Nevada Democratic convention unfounded

Obamacare Cut The Uninsured Rate To Single Digits Last Year

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Obamacare’s health coverage programs remain works in progress, with 19 states continuing to refuse the law’s Medicaid expansion for the poorest uninsured and financial difficulties facing some major insurance companies participating in the exchange marketplaces where low- and middle-income households buy subsidized private insurance.

But when it comes to covering the uninsured, the law has been a clear success.

The CDC data demonstrate that

| Continue reading >> Obamacare Cut The Uninsured Rate To Single Digits Last Year

Bernie Sanders Refuses To Admit There’s a Problem With His Fanatical Supporters 

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Finally, after a year, it’s not just me that’s saying it. -JA

He’s still on track to lose; taking Oregon didn’t change that at all, as none of his victories have since March 15th. Yet his speech was as insanely mutinous as his earlier statement on Nevada, with a fiery Sanders painting the Democratic Party as corrupt if it wasn’t willing to

| Continue reading >> Bernie Sanders Refuses To Admit There’s a Problem With His Fanatical Supporters 

Once an organizational army, Team Sanders now skeleton crew

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While the campaign had exhibited coherence through the first few states, flawed decisions and deep frustrations have marked the second half of the calendar.

The most public sign of discontent and disagreement in the campaign came April 26. It was a key turning point.

Sanders had just lost four of the five states that had voted — a week after a

| Continue reading >> Once an organizational army, Team Sanders now skeleton crew

Seattle aims to clear out The Jungle homeless camp 

 

State and city officials Tuesday announced plans to move people out of Seattle’s homeless encampment known as The Jungle.

The plan blends a combination of outreach to connect the encampment’s residents with shelter and social services, with a cleanup of health hazards like garbage and human waste.

Then, state and city agencies will improve access to the area for maintenance workers and first

| Continue reading >> Seattle aims to clear out The Jungle homeless camp