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Bernie Sanders Politely Asks Supporters Not to Harass His Opponents


February 24, 2019 3:53PM ET
Bernie Sanders Politely Asks Supporters Not to Harass His Opponents
“Let us do our very best to engage respectfully with our Democratic opponents,” the candidate said in an email
By Peter Wade

During the 2016 elections, many Hillary Clinton supporters felt harassed by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Sanders is trying to get in front of that before the 2020 race heats up by sending an email urging his fans to “engage respectfully” with his Democratic opponents.

“As we engage with our opponents in the Democratic primary, we will forcefully present our views and defend ourselves against misrepresentations,” Sanders wrote. “But, let us do our very best to engage respectfully with our Democratic opponents―talking about the issues we are fighting for, not about personalities or past grievances. I want to be clear that I condemn bullying and harassment of any kind and in any space.”

Sanders emphasized that he plans to take the opposite tact to President Donald Trump, who revels in name-calling and specious attacks. “The president we are running against is a pathological liar, a racist, a xenophobe, a sexist, a bully and a religious bigot. His goal is to win political points by dividing up the American people. That is why we need to do exactly the opposite―brings our people together. Men and women, black and white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native-born and immigrant,” Sanders said in the email.

Sanders sent a similar message to his delegates ahead of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, urging them not to protest on the convention floor. But his supporters did not heed his calls and the convention was interrupted numerous times by followers of Sanders, at times booing at Clinton delegates and chanting “Bernie.”

In his email about 2020, Sanders emphasized that only a united front will have a chance to beat Trump. “Our number one priority is defeating Donald Trump. To do so, we will ultimately have to unite with those who today are our opponents for the Democratic nomination. We won’t always agree with them, but I expect those who speak on behalf of my campaign to always engage respectfully. I am committed to making this nominating process a fair, issues-focused campaign and am asking you for the same,” he concluded.

Marco Rubio Is So Pumped Up About Venezuela He Just Tweeted a Snuff Film


Marco Rubio Is So Pumped Up About Venezuela He Just Tweeted a Snuff Film
Never tweet.
Tim Murphy
February 24, 2019 3:12 PM

If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press. And also, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio tweeting out a still from a snuff film:

On the left, that’s former Libyan dictator Moammar Qadaffi, and on the right…that’s a captured Qadaffi after the 2011 revolution (and US intervention), shortly before he died. Qadaffi’s death was gruesome. Videos taken after his capture showed Qadaffi covered in blood; in one clip, he appeared to be sodomized—possibly by a bayonet. He was shot twice.

The context, such as it is, is that Rubio’s previous tweet was a condemnation of Venezuela leader Nicolás Maduro—sic temper tyrannis, in other words. But what happened to Qadaffi—tortured and killed after being taken prisoner—was a possible war crime, according to Human Rights Watch, and the Libya intervention was hardly a shining moment in American foreign policy. It’s a weird look for a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and particularly one who has taken an active role in shaping the Trump administration’s policy in Venezuela.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Feb 24, 2019, 07:44 PM (3 replies)

This is an emergency, damn it

This is an emergency, damn it
Green New Deal critics are missing the bigger picture.
By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com Feb 23, 2019, 11:50am EST

Earlier this month, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced a Green New Deal resolution laying out an ambitious set of goals and principles aimed at transforming and decarbonizing the US economy.

The release prompted a great deal of smart, insightful writing, but also a lot of knee-jerk and predictable cant. Conservatives called it socialist. Moderates called it extreme. Pundits called it unrealistic. Wonks scolded it over this or that omission. Political gossip columnists obsessed over missteps in the rollout.

What ties the latter reactions together, from my perspective, is that they seem oblivious to the historical moment, like thespians acting out an old, familiar play even as the theater goes up in flames around them.

To put it bluntly: this is not normal. We are not in an era of normal politics. There is no precedent for the climate crisis, its dangers or its opportunities. Above all, it calls for courage and fresh thinking.

Rather than jumping into individual responses, I want to take a step back and try to situate the Green New Deal in our current historical context, at least as I see it. Then it will be clearer why I think so many critics have missed the mark.

The earth’s climate has already warmed 1 degree Celsius from preindustrial levels, unleashing a cascade of super-charged heat waves, wildfires, hurricanes, storms, water shortages, migrations, and conflicts. Climate change is not a threat; it’s here. The climate has changed.

And it is changing more rapidly than at any time in millions of years. The human race is leaving behind the climatic conditions in which all of advanced civilization developed, going back to the beginning of agriculture. We have no certainty about what will happen next, mainly because we have no certainty about what we will do, but we know the changes are bad and going to get much worse, even with concerted global action.

Without concerted global action — and with a few bad breaks on climate sensitivity, population, and fossil fuel projections — the worst-case scenarios include civilization-threatening consequences that will be utterly disastrous for most of the planet’s species.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Feb 24, 2019, 12:27 PM (23 replies)

Donald Trump Jr hints he could run for president in 2024

Donald Trump Jr hints he could run for president in 2024
Eldest son may be next in line for the White House

Peter Stubley
10 hours ago

Donald Trump Jr has hinted he could run for president in 2024.

The incumbent US leader’s eldest son posted an Instagram story showing another user mentioning his name in answer to a question about potential Republican candidates in five years’ time.

Mr Trump made no additional comment indicating his opinion, but it follows increasing speculation that he is planning to follow in his father's footsteps by entering US politics.

His relationship with Donald Trump has already seen him join the family business and appear as an adviser and judge on The Apprentice reality TV show.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Feb 24, 2019, 06:57 AM (16 replies)

Bill McKibben, Environmentalist

"Scientists have told us what we must do and by when, and so legislators must do all they can to match those targets. The beauty of the Green New Deal legislation is not that it’s shiny or progressive or a poke in the eye to the oil companies. Its beauty is that it actually tries to meet the target that science has given us.

"The irony is that, when Senator Dianne Feinstein said she’s been 'doing this for thirty years,' she described the precise time period during which we could have acted."

—Bill McKibben

Posted by babylonsister | Sun Feb 24, 2019, 06:49 AM (1 replies)

Damning Mueller Sentencing Doc Shows Trump Had A Career Criminal Running His Campaign


Posted on Sat, Feb 23rd, 2019 by Jason Easley
Damning Mueller Sentencing Doc Shows Trump Had A Career Criminal Running His Campaign
The Manafort sentencing document from Robert Mueller paints a picture of a career criminal that Trump picked to chair his campaign.

The Sentencing Doc Contained No Russia Bombshells But Painted a Damning Picture

Read the sentencing document @ link~


It is possible that Mueller is just keeping his powder dry and he doesn’t need to show any of his evidence of Russia collusion with this filing, but people who were breathlessly hyping this sentencing document might be a little disappointed.

Trump had a career criminal working for him because he worked for free

Donald Trump doesn’t hire the best people. He hires the cheapest, and the takeaway from this sentencing document is that the no character president hired the worst of the worst.

Robert Mueller has been a great poker player. He hasn’t tipped his hand yet, and he didn’t show his cards today.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Feb 23, 2019, 06:27 PM (15 replies)

Americans Don't Need the Mueller Report to Judge Trump


Americans Don’t Need the Mueller Report to Judge Trump
The fevered speculation about when the special counsel will conclude his work overshadows how much the public already knows about the president and Russia.
David A. Graham
6:00 AM ET


Whether Trump formally committed the crime of obstruction of justice remains unlitigated, but he has fought relentlessly to undermine and block the Russia investigation, mostly recently in a tweet Friday morning saying, “The Witch Hunt, so bad for our Country, must end!” According to contemporaneous quotes from James Comey, Trump pressured the then–FBI director to drop an investigation into Flynn. He fired Comey after he declined to do so. He lambasted former Attorney General Jeff Sessions both publicly and privately for recusing himself from Russia-related matters and refusing to end the probe. He has threatened Mueller publicly and reportedly attempted to fire him. According to a recent Times story, Trump tried to have his handpicked U.S. attorney take over an investigation from the Southern District of New York. His cries of “witch hunt” have become so frequent that they barely penetrate the consciousness. By any plain-English definition, he has worked strenuously to obstruct a full accounting of his actions.

Taken together, these incidents paint a vivid and consistent portrait of a president who is chronically dishonest, does not respect the rule of law, is frantic to avoid being investigated, hires people without strong ethical bearings, and placed himself in a position to be compromised by Russia during the campaign. (This doesn’t even get into the chaos and mismanagement of his presidency, the many scandals of his Cabinet members, his boasting about sexual assault, his encouragement of attacks on the press, and any number of other offenses.)

Whether one believes that this merits impeachment, should simply guarantee that Trump is not reelected in 2020, or is entirely acceptable is largely a matter of personal taste and political allegiance. But if one is not already convinced that the president’s behavior is unacceptable, it would require an immense revelation to change one’s mind—if that’s even possible. Conversely, if one looks at these facts and believes they merit impeachment (or another sanction), then standing sentry for a nebulously timed, nebulously structured report hardly seems worth the effort.

One possible reason for the anticipation is the expectation that Mueller’s report will vindicate Trump—which the president is likely to claim no matter what it says. But as the preceding recitation of facts shows, it’s already far too late for vindication. Another reason for anticipation is the hope among Trump critics that a final smoking gun might emerge that will cause a substantial group of Republican members of Congress to break from Trump. There may well be bombshells in Mueller’s report, or in indictments between now and then; the special counsel has repeatedly shocked even close observers with new revelations and details. But the number of smoking guns already in plain sight make it hard to believe that a new one will have an effect on Trump’s GOP allies that the earlier ones haven’t.

Mueller’s report, or whatever version of it the public sees, will be an important document, whenever it emerges. But it needn’t, and probably won’t, radically change anything about the basic story. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, and you don’t need a special counsel’s report to know what kind of president Trump is.

Posted by babylonsister | Sat Feb 23, 2019, 06:04 PM (3 replies)

Pete Buttigieg...


Bonus Quote of the Day
February 22, 2019 at 5:02 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

“Look, you could be a senior senator and have never managed more than a hundred people in your life. I not only have more years of government experience than the president of the United States, but I have more years of executive experience than the vice president of the United States, and more wartime experience than anybody who arrived in the office since George H.W. Bush.”

— South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, quoted by the Washington Post, on his experience to be president despite being 37 years old.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Feb 23, 2019, 07:48 AM (34 replies)

Judge Appears Set to Demand Full "Accounting" of Thousands More Separated Kids

Judge Appears Set to Demand Full “Accounting” of Thousands More Separated Kids

By Jeremy Stahl
Feb 22, 2019
3:04 PM

On Thursday, Judge Dana Sabraw held what could be the most consequential hearing in months in the family separation case Ms. L v. ICE, which has resulted in the identification and reunification of more than 2,000 separated children with their parents. The new developments could lead to the identification of thousands more separated children, or a bitter court fight over whether the Trump administration has the responsibility to account for them.

An inspector general’s report last month revealed that potentially thousands more children were separated from their families than previously acknowledged by the government. The American Civil Liberties Union, which is leading the lawsuit, quickly asked for the government to identify those separated children for possible reunification. The court’s initial reunification order has been applied only to children who were in Office of Refugee Resettlement care at the time Sabraw’s preliminary injunction was sent down on June 26, 2018. The government filed a response to the ACLU’s motion saying that it would be too difficult to find the additional kids it separated, and that reunification would be potentially traumatic because it would involve ICE raiding homes where these children have been placed.

The government seems to have dropped that latest argument, acceding to the fact that reuniting children could be done—as it has been throughout the course of the lawsuit—with the help of NGOs.

Lawyers for the Department of Justice, though, continued on Thursday to press their case that the government does not have an obligation to identify those families and that the task would be too onerous. They even seemed to indicate that, should Judge Sabraw find a government obligation to account for all illegally separated children, as he seemed inclined to do, they would drop their previous cooperation and fight the ruling.

“It’s a real change of course, respectfully your honor, to do all that [work to reunite families], to put all that commitment in, to hold a potential appeal in abeyance, to grant all sorts of things that we wouldn’t normally grant,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Scott Stewart. “I’m just not sure that we can keep going that way.”

During Thursday’s hearing, Sabraw seemed poised to accept the ACLU’s motion. As the ACLU argued in its filings in the case, the government’s position is illogical. The DOJ argues that the government only has a responsibility to identify separated children who were in ORR custody on the date of Sabraw’s court ruling, June 26, because the remedy the court ordered—reunification—would present different challenges for the other group. The ACLU argued in its own filings that “this confuses the question of relief with the question of liability. The pre-June 26 children suffered the same harm from the same illegal government policy.”


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 22, 2019, 05:25 PM (0 replies)

Trump Admin To Stop Giving Permits To Spouses Of High-Skilled Immigrants

Mean just to be mean. Oh, and Obama.


Trump Admin To Stop Giving Permits To Spouses Of High-Skilled Immigrants
By Kate Riga
February 22, 2019 8:39 am

The Trump administration is putting into effect its plan to stop giving work permits to spouses of high-skilled visa holders, likely to be a tremendous blow to the tech industry.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this would affect about 100,000 workers, most of whom live in California.

The Obama administration originally set up the H-4 permit program to help attract high-skilled workers from places like India, and to help their families stay in America with them while waiting to get their green cards.

Repealing the program will split apart families already settled in the U.S. and likely deter highly educated immigrants from coming and doing critical work in the tech industry.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 22, 2019, 01:10 PM (12 replies)
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