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Republicans Are So Corrupt That They're Celebrating Mitch McConnell Obstructing Anti-Corruption Bill

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/03/08/mitch-mcconnell-corrupt-republicans.html

Posted on Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 by Jason Easley
Republicans Are So Corrupt That They’re Celebrating Mitch McConnell Obstructing Anti-Corruption Bill


Republican corruption has reached the point where they are actively celebrating the fact that Mitch McConnell will obstruct an anti-corruption bill.

Check out this video released by the NRCC:
https://twitter.com/NRCC/status/1104127525645680641
To Republicans, being anti-corruption is not the same as socialism, even though corruption is the common enemy of both capitalism and democracy, which are two systems that Republicans used to believe in.

The Republican Party has become so corrupt that they are celebrating the obstruction of the anti-corruption bill. H.R. 1 also gets rid of dark money, which is the lifeblood of the Republican Party and protects voting rights at a time when Republicans can only win elections in some parts of the country by making it more difficult to vote.

Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party believed in democracy and were dedicated fighters against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Donald Trump’s Republican Party is potentially infiltrated by Russia, and actively undermines democracy at home and abroad.

The Republican Party has been remade in the image of Donald Trump, where anyone enforces the law is bad, and corruption is good.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:56 PM (3 replies)

'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts by grand jury

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/empire-actor-jussie-smollett-indicted-16-felony-counts-grand-jury-n981236?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_ma&fbclid=IwAR1KFxnb1lC_LVwoSjzLRmAAt-IR86fb4YeHlNI1xdWVuWeZKm3PudgMN7s


'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts by grand jury
Smollett was charged last month with felony disorderly conduct for the allegedly false report he made with Chicago police in January.
March 8, 2019, 4:49 PM EST
By Doha Madani


"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 16 felony counts after allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime.

Smollett was charged last month with felony disorderly conduct for the allegedly false report he made with Chicago police on Jan. 29, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. In it, he claimed he was assaulted by two masked men who hurled racist and homophobic slurs.

The actor, 36, who is black and gay, also said his attackers poured what he believed was bleach over him and put a noose around his neck.

Smollett and his attorneys have denied the allegations against him.

This is a developing story.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 06:37 PM (10 replies)

Starting in 2021, Americans will need a visa to travel to EU


Starting in 2021, Americans will need a visa to travel to EU
By Rafael Bernal - 03/08/19 12:54 PM EST



The European Union announced Friday it will require a visa for Americans traveling to Europe as of 2021.

U.S. nationals crossing the pond will need a passport and a credit or debit card to apply for a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) permit that will allow them to visit Europe for less than 90 days.

Previously, Americans had been exempt from visa requirements when traveling to EU nations.

The ETIAS system is similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system the United States uses for countries in the Visa Waiver Program, which covers all EU countries except for Cyprus, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.

ETIAS and ESTA don't require consular interviews nor the same degree of background checks as regular visas, but do require a payment and registration prior to travel.

more...

https://thehill.com/policy/international/433237-starting-in-2021-americans-will-need-a-visa-to-travel-to-eu?fbclid=IwAR2zslxw1s0hlSMX_rNDMBAr9XlYi3caFyZJjRjr0e-bn74rbFd1P0y7wtg
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 05:53 PM (4 replies)

Warren Is Going to Keep Dumping Big and Interesting Ideas on You Friggin' Dolts Until You Pay Attent

I'm just the messenger.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/03/elizabeth-warren-tech-antitrust-listen-up-jerks.html

Elizabeth Warren Is Going to Keep Dumping Big and Interesting Ideas on You Friggin’ Dolts Until You Pay Attention
By Ben Mathis-Lilley
March 08, 2019
2:56 PM


On Friday, Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren introduced a plan to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google on the grounds that they are monopolies. It’s only the latest detailed policy proposal (detailed by early-stages-of-a-presidential-primary standards, at least) that she’s released or reintroduced since announcing in January that she was considering a run. Others:

• The creation of a U.S. Office of Public Integrity to enforce new rules against the corrupt lobbying practices that essentially function as a way to bribe members of Congress and the executive branch.

• The creation of a federal system for funding locally run child care providers that would guarantee that no one in the U.S. has to spend more than 7 percent of their household income on child care.

• An annual 2 or 3 percent “wealth tax” on fortunes larger than $50 million.


While obviously not everyone on the left thinks these proposals are perfect, Warren’s plans have generally gotten good reviews from advocates and wonks. She’s also become the first 2020 candidate to declare that, in addition to not accepting corporate donations, she won’t do big-donor fundraisers or private donor-fundraising calls. Unfortunately for her, none of this has helped her position in the polls that much. She’s averaging 7 percent in early surveys, which is good in the sense that it puts her fourth (behind Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris) in a field of like a billion people, but not good in the sense that 7 percent is not a high number of percents, especially for someone who is already fairly well-known as a national figure. Warren has done some well-received events on the ground in Iowa, but she’ll have to continue to work to translate her wonk energy into emotional/narrative/personality-oriented appeal if she’s going to have a chance to win.

In other words, maybe all you slack-jawed dopes could look up from your Instagram Stories about Pete Davidson to listen to Elizabeth Warren for a second, eh?


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 05:47 PM (9 replies)

Pentagon To Tap Military Pensions Fund For Border Wall

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/03/pentagon-to-tap-military-pensions-fund-for-border-wall/?fbclid=IwAR1yrSR2wJ9WN5PkzqpLUPz_4YtcDeH2jt0xh6RkRgOXpt9QAU8LSTsDdk8

Pentagon To Tap Military Pensions Fund For Border Wall
March 7, 2019 Immigration, Military

The Associated Press reports:

The Pentagon is planning to tap $1 billion in leftover funds from military pay and pension accounts to help President Donald Trump pay for his long-sought border wall, a top Senate Democrat said Thursday.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told The Associated Press, “It’s coming out of military pay and pensions. $1 billion. That’s the plan.” Durbin said, “Imagine the Democrats making that proposal — that for whatever our project is, we’re going to cut military pay and pensions.”

Durbin, the top Democrat on the Appropriations panel for the Pentagon, was among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who met with Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday morning.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 7, 2019, 06:41 PM (36 replies)

Conservative Columnist Wants to Boycott Girl Scout Cookies Because AOC Won't Tagalog

https://www.theroot.com/thin-skin-mints-conservative-columnist-wants-to-boycot-1833135517?utm_medium=socialflow&utm_source=theroot_facebook&fbclid=IwAR3bXxt2_k_N5bzpbi_9qdEGWJczC8Yj0lpuMew_BjDKtGjOXvGcE1WOD4s

Thin Skin Mints: Conservative Columnist Wants to Boycott Girl Scout Cookies Because Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won’t Tagalong
Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
44 minutes ago


Snowflakes on the right have reached a new low after a conservative columnist called for a boycott of Girl Scout Cookies because freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) used to be a Girl Scout.

I. Wish. I. Was. Kidding.

According to the Hill, conservative Do-si-do, Jane Chastain published her boo-boo ass article on the World Net Daily, calling for a boycott of the popular cookies because the Girl Scouts today “are a far cry from those of my youth, which trained us to put God and country before everything else.

“Today, God in the Girl Scout promise has an asterisk, meaning the great I AM and His moral absolutes can be replaced by anything, including oneself,” Chastain wrote, the Hill reports.

She then went on to shame the organization whose motto is “building girls of courage, confidence, and character” for promoting Ocasio-Cortez as a successful alum of the group.

“Before you decide to embrace an International Women’s Day celebration or buy the cookies, ask yourself, ‘Will the country be better off with more representatives like the young socialist Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez?’,” Chastain said.


I would just like to note here that Ocasio-Cortez did the impossible, going from bartender to congresswoman and seems to incite a level of annoyance on the right not seen since a black senator from Chicago ran for president.

Even Ocasio-Cortez found the absurd article humorous.

In a post on Twitter Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez included a screenshot of Chastain’s article, writing, “Boycotting cookies that teach little girls leadership skills to own the libs, nice job,” with a thumbs up emoji, the Hill reports.
https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1103713942424219648
Ocasio-Cortez added in a follow-up tweet that she’s “extraordinarily proud of the role my constituents have played in helping to establish + support Troop 6000, the first-ever @girlscouts troop for girls experiencing homelessness.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 7, 2019, 05:57 PM (4 replies)

University dean resigns after school denies Chick-fil-A a location on campus

Such christian tolerance!

https://boingboing.net/2019/03/07/university-dean-resigns-after.html?fbclid=IwAR0_GLrKtzWFALwE_F6NLcdPXQq1MhA74dwtg_K0RtfLmwunYEmGiT58Qyg


/ David Pescovitz / 10:02 am Thu Mar 7, 2019
University dean resigns after school denies Chick-fil-A a location on campus
FROM THE BOING BOING SHOP


Cynthia Newman, dean of the college of business administration at Rider University in New Jersey, has resigned from that position after her school denied Chick-fil-A a campus location "based on the company's record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community." (Newman will continue as a tenured professor though.) According to the university administrators, Chick-fil-A's "corporate values have not sufficiently progressed enough to align with those of Rider."

I first suspected Newman stepped down because she loves Chick-fil-A's waffle fries so much, but she says she actually has "a problem with University leadership passing judgement on Chick-fil-A’s values which are reflective with the values of the Christian as well as other faiths.”

“I endeavor every day to do exactly what Chick-fil-A puts forward as its overarching corporate value: to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to me and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with me," Newman said in her resignation speech.

From CNN:

Newman wrote that she asked administrators to apologize for offending Christians, but ultimately decided to step down after the university stuck to its original stance.

"While we respect Dr. Newman's personal decision, we maintain that the decision about choosing an on-campus restaurant franchise was in no way a judgment on religious values," Kristine Brown, a spokeswoman for Rider University, said in a statement to CNN.

"Rather, our intention was to foster a sense of respect and belonging of all members of the campus community, including those who identify as LGBTQ+."


More in the Rider University newspaper: "Dean steps down from position due to religious beliefs" (The Rider News)
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 7, 2019, 05:50 PM (2 replies)

Jeffrey Epstein, Alan Dershowitz, and Pals Accused of Sex-Trafficking Ring



Jeffrey Epstein, Alan Dershowitz, and Pals Accused of Sex-Trafficking Ring
A lawyer for one of Epstein’s victims claims he was part of sex-trafficking ring with Dershowitz and others—but the Harvard attorney says sealed documents will prove his innocence.
Kate Briquelet
03.06.19 8:23 PM ET


Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz was accused of involvement in billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking ring by an attorney for one of Epstein’s victims, who claimed in federal court on Wednesday that the release of sealed documents will prove it.

Paul Cassell, who represents Virginia Roberts Giuffre, told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the testimony of other witnesses will show Dershowitz’s involvement in the alleged trafficking of “his close friend Jeffrey Epstein.”

“When all the records come out it will show that Epstein and [Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine] Maxwell were trafficking girls to the benefit of his friends, including Mr. Dershowitz,” Cassell said in oral arguments for a case filed by the Miami Herald to unseal a collection of court documents relating to Giuffre’s now settled lawsuit against Maxwell.

The hearing came nearly two weeks after a Florida judge ruled federal prosecutors violated the law when they inked a non-prosecution deal with Epstein in 2007—and concealed that agreement from more than 30 of Epstein’s victims. The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the secret deal, which was handled by Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, who was U.S. Attorney in Miami at the time.

Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor, was one member of Epstein’s legal team that helped broker the unusual non-prosecution agreement.

For his part, Dershowitz and his lawyers are also requesting the court release the trove of documents to the public—but they say it’s in order to prove his innocence.

more...

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-alan-dershowitz-and-pals-accused-of-sex-trafficking-ring?ref=home
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 7, 2019, 08:58 AM (7 replies)

Democrats Worry Targeting Trump Kids Could Backfire

Ugh. They're breaking and have broken the law, are part of his business and administration. This is a no-brainer imo. They are not underage children who don't know what they're doing.

https://politicalwire.com/2019/03/07/democrats-worry-targeting-trump-kids-could-backfire/

Democrats Worry Targeting Trump Kids Could Backfire
March 7, 2019 at 6:58 am EST By Taegan Goddard


“House Democrats have already gone to war with President Donald Trump. But there’s one target they’re skittish of hitting too hard: his children,” Politico reports.

“In public and private, Democrats see potential pitfalls in dragging Trump’s adult children into their political squabbles with the president. So even as they ramp up their investigations into Trump, senior Democrats are reluctant to scrutinize Trump’s adult children too much as part of their sprawling probes into Trump’s administration, campaign and business empire.”

“Democrats, in fact, would prefer to let federal prosecutors handle the family while they take on the president themselves. Yet Trump’s family members — including Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner — are so deeply involved in his business and presidency that it likely would be impossible to take a completely hands-off approach.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 7, 2019, 08:19 AM (68 replies)

Embassy Staffers Say Jared Kushner Shut Them Out of Saudi Meetings

WTF are they cooking up? No legit security clearance, he should be grounded.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/embassy-staffers-say-jared-kushner-shut-them-out-of-saudi-meetings?ref=home

Embassy Staffers Say Jared Kushner Shut Them Out of Saudi Meetings
When a member of the administration travels overseas, the embassy often helps coordinate the trip. Not when Jared Kushner meets his buddy MBS.
Erin Banco
03.07.19 4:49 AM ET


Officials and staffers in the U.S. embassy in Riyadh said they were not read in on the details of Jared Kushner’s trip to Saudi Arabia or the meetings he held with members of the country’s Royal Court last week. And that’s causing concern not only in the embassy but also among members of Congress, according to three individuals with direct knowledge of the matter.

On his trip to the Middle East, Kushner stopped in Riyadh. While there, he met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and King Salman to discuss U.S.-Saudi cooperation, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and economic investment in the region, according to the White House.

But no one from the embassy in Riyadh was in the meetings, according to two sources. The State Department did have a senior official in attendance, but he was not part of the State Department team in Saudi. He is a senior member of the department focused on Iran, according to a source with direct knowledge of the official’s presence in Riyadh.

snip//

Lawmakers said they were concerned that the embassy in Riyadh did not have knowledge of what was discussed between Kushner, MBS and King Salman, pointing to the increasingly fragile relationship between the two countries following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Lawmakers are particularly interested in understanding the back and forth between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia regarding a potential nuclear deal.

The Daily Beast reported last week that the Trump administration is still actively working to make a deal to send U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia
and that American energy businesses are still hoping to cash in on Riyadh’s push for energy diversification.

Professional staff and officials in the administration said they are interested in the possible connection between efforts by private businesses to engage with Saudi Arabia on nuclear energy and the quiet, ongoing discussions between senior U.S. officials and Riyadh about a deal.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:14 AM (32 replies)
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