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Pete Buttigieg's plan to use immigration to revitalize shrinking communities, explained


Pete Buttigieg’s plan to use immigration to revitalize shrinking communities, explained
Place-based visas could help America’s declining cities.
By Matthew Yglesias@mattyglesiasmatt@vox.com Aug 15, 2019, 9:00am EDT


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg outside of a detention center for migrant children on June 28, 2019, in Homestead, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Many struggling American communities are, among other things, losing people. Meanwhile, many millions more people would like to move to the United States of America than the country is prepared to allow in.

Three economists have called for leveraging the latter into a solution for the former, allowing both communities and immigrants to opt into a special program that would allow communities experiencing population loss to issue temporary visas to skilled foreigners that would allow them to live and work in places that want more workers.

The economists, John Lettieri, Kenan Fikri, and Adam Ozimek, call them “heartland visas” or “place-based visas” in their original policy proposal for the Economic Innovation Group think tank. The idea has spread: South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s larger plan for rural America included them under the name Community Renewal Visas, and the US Conference of Mayors endorsed the concept in a resolution passed on a bipartisan basis earlier this summer.

This proposal is a significant departure from the way the American immigration system has traditionally operated. And there are a lot of questions about exactly how it would work.

But if it catches on, it could be a powerful tool to help address regional economic development issues without making unrealistic asks of thriving places. The visas could also make immigration a less toxic issue in national politics, reframing migration as a source of national strength that should be strategically deployed rather than as a burden to be avoided.


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https://www.vox.com/2019/8/15/20804284/place-based-visa-heartland-visa-community-revitalization
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Aug 15, 2019, 11:38 AM (1 replies)

Buttigieg reportedly helped create a phone tree to alert families about ICE raids



Buttigieg reportedly helped create a phone tree to alert families about ICE raids
By Sam Dorman | Fox News


South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg reportedly helped create an alert system that would notify families if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided his residents' homes or businesses.

The "phone tree," according to The Daily Beast on Wednesday, was one of several actions Buttigieg took to protect illegal immigrants in his town. Phone trees consist of an automated calling system that helps spread messages quickly and efficiently.

more (of this!, and pardon the source)...

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/buttigieg-phone-tree-ice-raids
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Aug 15, 2019, 11:35 AM (2 replies)

The Rude Pundit: Trump Administration: The Huddled Masses Can Go Fuck Themselves

http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2019/08/trump-administration-huddled-masses-can.html


The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
8/14/2019
Trump Administration: The Huddled Masses Can Go Fuck Themselves


Let's get one thing straight here right off: If you are a legal immigrant in nearly every other country in the world, you are allowed to participate in that country's national health system. You're paying for the benefit through your taxes and other fees, and, goddamnit, just like everyone else legally in the country, you don't have to worry about paying much of anything else for your medical care. Nothing will be held against you. Nothing will turn you into a "public charge" or whatever fuckin' term for "undesirable" you want to use. And that's because most every other country in the world is not filled with ignorant savages who think that calling health care a "right" is akin to mass enslavement by socialists.

We in the United States happen to live in a country that is, in fact, filled with brutish idiots who would rather die in a ditch of a treatable disease than have a government-run health insurance system for everyone. So that means that only the poorest of the poor get to be on Medicaid, and then you're considered on welfare and a burden to the state. And that means that, unlike every other civilized nation, if you're a legal immigrant, the American government wants to hold it against you if you have a shitty job that doesn't provide health insurance (like, say, in a chicken processing plant) and need help so the flu doesn't financially ruin you.

We are a nation run by sadists who get off on hurting the poor.
So, in the new rule, "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds," published yesterday in the Federal Register, taking advantage of a whole bunch of government programs meant to, you know, help you survive could result in you getting booted from the country.

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Of course, the demented dullards of the Trump administration are all on board. Acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, that verminous cockscab Ken Cuccinelli, couldn't even fake it when he completely undercut the Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty, ignoring the "huddled masses" and "wretched refuse" part. And then he insisted that the poem was about Europeans, which, really, just sodomize your ass with a burning cross at that point.

As for President Ignoramus Q. Shiteater, when asked about the rule and Cuccinelli yesterday, he said, " I don’t think it’s fair to have the American taxpayer paying for people to come into the United States...I am tired of seeing our taxpayer paying for people to come into the country and immediately go onto welfare and various other things. So I think we’re doing it right." We should point out that not only are the taxpayers of the country paying for the months and months of vacation he has taken, but a good chunk of that taxpayer money is going straight into his business coffers and his own pockets.

Frankly, it's pretty fucking clear who should be booted from the country for being a public charge.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Aug 15, 2019, 08:24 AM (1 replies)

Jaws Drop-Rachel Maddow Lays Out Mitch McConnell's Economic Treason

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/08/14/rachel-maddow-mitch-mcconnell-russia.html
Posted on Wed, Aug 14th, 2019 by Jason Easley
Jaws Drop Rachel Maddow Lays Out Mitch McConnell’s Economic Treason
Rachel Maddow explained how Mitch McConnell has allowed Russia to gain an economic foothold in the US so that they can influence US politics from within.

Mitch McConnell committed economic treason

Maddow said:

The short story here about Mitch McConnell is that he, more than anybody else in Washington, has blocked U.S. efforts to constrain or respond to Russia’s recent attacks. That’s why they’re calling him Moscow Mitch now. But in this particular instance, his state, an economically disadvantaged part of his state, got a $200 million investment from a kremlin-connected oligarch immediately after McConnell personally stepped in to make sure sanctions on that oligarch were dropped, despite his role in what happened to our election in 2016 and despite bipartisan support even from his own party for those sanctions. But don’t just look back at this. Look forward. Right? I mean, the FBI says Russia’s going to do to our election in

2020 what they did to it in 2016. No reason to expect 2020 is going to be any different. If Oleg Deripaska is one of the two or three oligarchs Putin looks to get his work done around the world, given what we know he did in 2016, should we expect Deripaska is going to be involved in Russia’s 2020 operations as well? You have to say the odds of that are better now than they were before Mitch Mcconnell sold off this corner of his state in his I mean, after all, before Mcconnell did what he did, Oleg Deripaska might have felt worried about participating in any Russian attack on us in 2020, right? He might have worried about those crippling sanctions that the U.S. Government put on him at least for a while after 2016. I mean, Mcconnell made sure those were gone, but maybe he’d worry if he did more in 2020, he would get those sanctions back or he’d be further sanctioned in his business activities. He might have had to worry about that before Mitch Mcconnell did what he did. But now, Oleg Deripaska’s business activities, the health of his business empire, that’s part and parcel of the hard-scrabble economy in one of Kentucky’s neediest economies.

This is a plant that’s over a billion dollars. 40% owned by the company of this kremlin-connect bed oligarch. You’re not going to be able to sanction him no matter what he does to our 2020 election or whatever else he does at all. It would strangle Kentucky in the process. There would be hundreds, if not thousands of American jobs riding on anything you did to that Russian guy’s company or, frankly, anything you did to bother him. He now holds all of those American jobs in his hand. The U.S. Government does anything to bother him, he can take them away at will. You can’t do anything to his company, not without him exerting that leverage over Kentucky in response. And that damage has already been done.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1161820065836294151


McConnell did this to cement the relationship between Russia and the Republican Party. Republicans can now claim that Russian business interests, like the one in Kentucky, can’t be sanctioned, because if they are, it will hurt American jobs.

If a future Democratic Congress and president would sanction a Russian oligarch with a business interest in the US, Republicans can use that to claim that Democrats are killing jobs. Moscow Mitch has gone beyond leaving the backdoor unlocked for Russia to interfere in US elections. He has rolled out the red carpet and given Putin a seat at the political table by inviting Russia in through the front door of the US economy.

McConnell’s actions are nothing less than economic treason.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Aug 14, 2019, 10:21 PM (53 replies)

Is Sen. Richard Burr Investigating Trump's Russia Ties--or Helping to Cover Them Up?


September/October 2019 Issue
Is Sen. Richard Burr Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties—or Helping to Cover Them Up?
In his role as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr walks the line between probing the Trump-Russia scandal and providing cover for the president.
Dan Friedman


Richard Burr was contrite. It was late February 2017, and the Washington Post had just exposed the North Carolina Republican and chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee for running damage control for the Trump administration over its mounting Russia scandal. Along with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), his counterpart on the House Intelligence Committee, Burr had spoken to reporters at the behest of the White House to rebut reports that the Trump campaign had repeated contact with Russian intelligence operatives.

The combative Nunes made no apologies for his efforts to shield the new president from scrutiny. But Burr was different. He immediately moved to address the criticism. At a closed-door meeting with intelligence committee members days after the story broke, Burr acknowledged he had made a mistake. He pledged to avoid future missteps that could raise questions about the independence of his committee’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

That message quelled complaints by Democrats and some Republicans on the panel. Since then, Burr has kept Democrats on board, in particular the committee’s vice chair, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), making the intelligence committee the lone congressional panel conducting a bipartisan investigation into Trump’s Russia ties. That is no small accomplishment, given the opposing pressures Burr faces: Trump’s aggressive opposition to any probe, and Democratic demands for a more intensive investigation. Burr has “handled it very well,” says Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the committee.

Others differ. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), an intelligence committee member, says the panel should hold more public hearings—something Burr has declined to do—and is moving too hastily to finish up the probe. “There’s a lot of work to do before the Senate Intelligence Committee proclaims mission accomplished on its Russia report,” he notes. Burr has led an investigation credible enough to draw attacks from the right. But an examination of his time running it suggests he hasn’t tried all that hard to expose wrongdoing by Trump and his minions. And as the committee’s probe nears its conclusion—the panel could issue its report on the Trump campaign’s Russia contacts as soon as this fall—it’s worth considering whether Burr is just playing a longer game than Nunes and company.

more...

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/08/burr-russia-mueller-investigation/



Posted by babylonsister | Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:01 PM (0 replies)

Steve King: Without Rape and Incest, "Would There Be Any Population in the World Left?"



https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/08/steve-king-defends-abortion-bans-by-speculating-that-he-may-be-the-product-of-rape-or-incest/

33 mins ago
Steve King: Without Rape and Incest, “Would There Be Any Population in the World Left?”
The incendiary Iowa Republican says he can’t rule out that he isn’t the product of rape or incest.
Abigail Weinberg


The twisted logic of the most extreme elements of the anti-abortion movement just got even more absurd. Laws restricting abortion access should not have exceptions for rape and incest, says Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), because throughout history, many people have been born as a result of rape and incest—including, perhaps, himself.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest, would there be any population in the world left if we did that?” King said at a Westside Conservative Club meeting in Urbandale, Iowa, on Wednesday, according to the Des Moines Register. “Considering all the wars and all the rape and pillage that’s taken place…I know I can’t certify that I’m not part of the product of that.”


King has a history of making offensive statements about immigrants, Muslims, and transgender people. In January, he was removed from the House Judiciary and Agriculture committees for telling the New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested he resign.

On Wednesday, he asserted that women who conceive as a result of rape and incest should be forced to carry the pregnancy to term, “because it’s not the baby’s fault.”

“I’d like to think every one of the lives of us are as precious as any other life,” he said. “And that’s our measure. Human life cannot be measured. It is the measure itself against which all things are weighed.”

Watch King’s comments below:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1161707261573529601
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:53 PM (9 replies)

The 2020 Democratic Candidates' Iowa Food Diaries Are Works of Art


The 2020 Democratic Candidates' Iowa Food Diaries Are Works of Art
By R. Eric Thomas
Aug 14, 2019
Presidential Candidates Hit The Soapbox At The Iowa State Fair


The thing I like the most about our current way of running elections is that when someone decides they want to be president, we say “Okay, sounds good. Just, if you please, before we vote for you, you have to go to a squarish state in the middle and walk around in the heat eating roughly 9,000 calories of state fair food.”

And the candidates just do it! Can you believe?
Other times we say, "Hey, can you just give us a straight answer from the debate stage?" or "Hey, can you drop out because you're polling at zero percent and all of the second-hand cringe is giving me hives." The candidates do not listen to this; the candidates go "La la la; can't hear you. What's that you want? More merch?!" But when we say, "To ascend to the highest office in the land, you must fly to Iowa on the hottest day of the year and furiously stuff your face" they hop on a bus and floor it. The presidency is an eating contest and I have never been prouder to be an American and someone who definitely gets their money's worth at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Photos have been coming in all week of 2020 Democratic candidates walking around the Iowa State Fair holding large fried things on sticks and warily looking at the ravenous crowd as the crowd chants things like "GOBBLE IT UP!" and "FOOD FOOD TEETH TEETH YUM!" Let me tell you, this is what makes this country great. Frankly, the only reason I would run for president is to eat a fried Oreo in Iowa. I know that I can eat a fried Oreo in Iowa any time I want but I would feel better about it if it was compulsory. "Oh, I must eat this fried Oreo? To defeat Trump, you say? Well, I am a patriot so down the hatch! To freedom!"

Of all the 9,000 candidates currently running for president and eating their way out of the Midwest, I think Mayor Pete's food diary is the most inspirational (and by inspirational, I mean concerning).

According to Adam Wren, who is covering the South Bend, Indiana mayor on the trail, Buttigieg consumed a root beer float, a pork chop on a stick, a gizmo, a bacon ball BLT, fried Oreos, chocolate milk, slushy. BLESS and I cannot stress this enough THIS MESS!

more!

https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a28698064/2020-presidential-candidates-iowa-food/
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:26 AM (6 replies)

Jennifer Araoz Sues Ghislaine Maxwell for Alleged 'Brutal Rape' by Epstein

NOT OVER
Jennifer Araoz Sues Ghislaine Maxwell for Alleged ‘Brutal Rape’ by Epstein
The deceased sex offender’s alleged madam and three employees are accused of turning a 14-year-old girl into his prey.
Barbie Latza Nadeau
Correspondent-At-Large
Updated 08.14.19 10:48AM ET / Published 08.14.19 8:17AM ET


One of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers sued his estate and girlfriend on Wednesday, alleging the sex offender’s employees facilitated her “brutal rape” at age 14 inside his Manhattan mansion.

Jennifer Araoz’s lawsuit names Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime girlfriend and alleged madam, as well as three unnamed staffers referred to as the “Recruiter,” the “Secretary,” and the “Maid.”

Araoz is the first to file a lawsuit against Epstein’s estate after the financier died of apparent suicide on Saturday in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges. The lawsuit filed in a New York court came hours after the state’s new Child Victim Act took effect, which extends the statue of limitations to file civil cases for alleged sexual abuse of minors. (NBC News was first to report the filing.)

Araoz, 32, alleges that Epstein sexually assaulted with increasing violence beginning in 2001.

She alleges that Maxwell and Epstein’s employees were the facilitators of the abuse, from recruiting Araoz outside of her high school blocks away from Epstein’s home to summoning her there when he wanted to abuse her.

Araoz paints a disturbing picture of the intricate grooming process Epstein and his cohorts are alleged to have engaged in to first gain her trust and then eventually carry out a brutal sexual assault.

more...

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jennifer-araoz-sues-epstein-estate-ghislaine-maxwell-for-brutal-rape-at-14?ref=home
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:15 AM (2 replies)

Climate Activist Bill McKibben Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/bill-mckibben-arrested-at-ice-protest-869666/amp/?fbclid=IwAR0ZA-8uHGp-zM_dq93rg39-7VUAZaKmxvz7OtNhG2lRDa06GQfdDWTL_ok

Climate Activist Bill McKibben Arrested Protesting Trump’s Immigration Policies
“The climate crisis and the immigration crisis are tightly linked,” McKibben said
Peter Wade
August 9, 2019 9:59AM EDT


Bill McKibben is no stranger to getting arrested for protesting. Usually it’s when he’s protesting fossil fuel companies in response climate change, but on Thursday, the climate activist was arrested along with six others who refused to leave Rep. Elise Stefanik’s (R-N.Y.) Glen Falls office in a protest of President Trump’s immigration policies.

“It’s one of these moments in history with the horrible shootings last week and racist tantrums that our president’s throwing, it’s obviously time for people to stand up,” McKibben told videographer Austen Halpern-Graser, who was filming on the scene.

McKibben was one of the first to publicize the dangers of climate change 30 years ago in his 1989 book, The End of Nature, that is often touted as the first book on global warming written for a general audience. He is also president and co-founder of 350.org, an organization and movement that pushes for the end of dependence on fossil fuels and a transition to community-led renewable energy. (He has also been a Rolling Stone contributor.)

Stefanik called the protesters “socialists” in a tweeted statement. McKibben said on Twitter that he was released from jail after “a few hours” and was charged with criminal trespass.

In an email to Rolling Stone, McKibben spoke of the intimate connection between climate change and immigration, saying, “The climate crisis and the immigration crisis are tightly linked. Through no fault of their own, increasing numbers of people around the world find themselves unable to raise food — it’s now too hot or too wet or too dry. Their numbers will grow, staggeringly in the course of this century. So we should probably think about how to justly deal with that fact, instead of erecting walls and building cages.”

The World Bank estimated in 2018 that climate change will displace 143 million climate refugees by 2050, mostly from Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Aug 14, 2019, 08:44 AM (1 replies)

Another Blue Wave Is Brewing As Trump's Numbers Collapse In 10 Swing States

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/08/13/blue-wave-brewing-trump-numbers-collapse-swing-states.html

Posted on Tue, Aug 13th, 2019 by Sean Colarossi
Another Blue Wave Is Brewing As Trump’s Numbers Collapse In 10 Swing States


Donald Trump has done nothing to reach out to swing voters during his presidency, and he appears to be suffering in key battleground states as a result.

As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pointed out on Tuesday, Trump is underwater in 10 swing states – including Utah (!) – ahead of next year’s election, and it should have his reelection team deeply concerned.

Rachel Maddow MSNBC
@maddow
Trump underwater in...
- Wisconsin (by 10)
- North Carolina (by 9)
- Virginia (by 17)
- Utah (by 3)
- Pennsylvania (by 12)
- Texas (by 1)
- New Hampshire (by 26) (not a typo)
- Michigan (by 11)
- Iowa (by 4)
- Arizona (by 9)

Wait... Utah?



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The suburbs are abandoning Trump

Donald Trump is banking on his enthusiastic base to give him another four years in the White House, but suburban voters are abandoning him. It might not matter if the MAGA base is riled up come 2020.

As The Hill noted on Tuesday, Trump is “performing poorly with some of the key voting blocs that populate the nation’s suburbs, notably white women and white college graduates.”

His unpopularity among these groups could be enough to push the swing states he barely won in 2016 back into the blue column.

As The Hill added, “The margins were so narrow that any shift in the suburbs could swing those states back into the Democratic column, even if Trump were to retain the enthusiasm of his base.”


With the help of Russian interference, former FBI director James Comey’s ill-timed letter and an unpopular Democratic nominee, Donald Trump was able to thread the needle in 2016.

As of today, the numbers indicate that he will have a difficult time replicating his 2016 victory next year.

Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:52 PM (79 replies)
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