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Oregon governor Kate Brown signed 5 year fracking ban into law today!

Food and Water Watch was very involved with this. Just got an email from them today.

California State Capitol Flies LGBT Pride Flag for First Time Ever

Happy to have some GOOD news!


California raised the LGBT pride flag over its capitol building in Sacramento on Monday for the first time ever in the state’s history. “In California, we celebrate and support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community’s right to live out loud—during Pride month and every month,” Governor Gavin Newsom (D) said in a press release. “By flying the pride flag over the State Capitol, we send a clear message that California is welcoming and inclusive to all, regardless of how you identify or who you love.”

California joins Colorado and Wisconsin this year in raising the pride flag for the first time. The decision came after several U.S. embassies flew the flag in defiance of a new State Department policy requiring diplomats to get top-level permission to put them up. The flag will remain raised at the California capitol for the remainder of LGBTQ Pride Month, until July 1.

Lawrence just reported on Kevin McCarthy saying Putin paid Trump! And Chris Hayes said it earlier.

Finally they are giving it air time. I have been waiting a long time for this. I could never understand why even people like Rachel didn't give it more attention. Now if they would just report the part of the tape where Paul Ryan said let's keep that in the family after McCarthy said he thought Putin was paying Trump.

Adam Schiff on Rachel: "I'm losing patience." RE subpeona Chris Wray.

Maybe Trump's comments today about FBI/Russia will push this over the edge. I can hope...

Oregon legislature passed National Popular Vote today! This makes 14 states + Wash. D.C.

Today the Oregon legislature passed National Popular Vote legislation -- an agreement between states to ensure that the national popular vote decides who wins in U.S. presidential elections.

The bill will now head to Governor Brown's desk for her signature.

Oregon will join 14 other states (and Washington, D.C.) that have already signed this agreement, representing a combined total of 189 Electoral College votes -- nearly 3/4ths of the Electoral College votes needed to put this reform into effect.
Americans generally assume that majority rules in choosing U.S. presidents, but as we’ve seen in multiple presidential elections -- including the most recent one -- it's possible to win the Electoral College vote without an actual majority of votes.

The National Popular Vote interstate compact provides a simple solution. States agree to allocate their electoral votes differently -- casting them for the winner of the national popular vote rather than state by state, winner-take-all. The compact will only take effect when enough states who together control a majority of Electoral College votes sign on.

The Oregon legislature passed the National Popular Vote bill through the House chamber today, having already passed it through the Senate chamber. It now goes to the governor for her signature.

From a Common Cause email today.

For anyone who would like some background, thanks to Pat k: https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/

Very sweet video of OUR President. Caution: it will make you both happy and sad.

I'd seen many of these photos already, but there are also many I have never seen, even in Pete Souza's book.

No need to explain why it will make you both happy and sad.

Robert Mueller appreciation thread.

Whatever you may think about everything he's done and may wish he'd done differently, I believe he has always acted with the greatest integrity and with the intent of serving the best interests of the country. He has been in a very difficult position. He looked weary to me today when he was speaking. It's been a long and very intense road he's travelled.

And what he did today took a great deal of courage; essentially challenging the AG. I also believe he is strategically brilliant.

And this was extremely important, especially given Congressional Rs obstruction on doing anything about election attacks: "I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments — that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. That allegation deserves the attention of every American." This puts it in the face of the entire country. He made it clear it was vastly more than "meddling."

Justin Amash kept saying READ THE REPORT!

And that few members of Congress had. WHich is basically what Mueller said today. It's all in the report. WAsn't it #1 on Amazon when it first came out?

Someone today on DU said people who won't read the book will watch the movie.
I hope Mueller at least will testify to House Intel about the counterterrorism aspect.

Howard Stern to Anderson Cooper: Trump was traumatized in childhood & needs therapy

Radio host Howard Stern told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview this week that President Donald Trump experienced a traumatic childhood and probably needed psychotherapy to recover.

Stern has known Trump for decades and frequently interviewed him on his show before he entered politics. In his new book, Howard Stern Comes Again, he details some of his experiences with Trump.

“From what I know of Donald and his relationship with his father, it sounds traumatic. It sounds like the father was very domineering. The father expected a lot of him. And the father, I don’t know, there was military school. You know, you read these drips and drabs and you go wow,” Stern explained.

“I can assure you he’s been traumatized. Because, you know, Donald, you know, his level of narcissism is so strong. He has troubled with empathy. We know that. And I wish he’d go into psychotherapy. I’d be so proud of him if he did, and he would flourish.”

But Stern said there was “no way” that Trump would actually ever attend psychotherapy sessions.

He also told Cooper that he doesn’t believe Trump enjoys being president.

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What does it take to remove a U.S. president from office?

Excellent article on details about impeachment I haven't seen before, by a law professor who has a book coming out on the history of impeachment. From a month ago but worth reading.

U.S. Legal News
April 26, 2019 / 7:11 AM / a month ago

Explainer - What does it take to remove a U.S. president from office?


"Frank Bowman, a University of Missouri law professor and author of a forthcoming book on the history of impeachment, said Congress could look beyond criminal laws in defining “high crimes and misdemeanours.” Historically, it can encompass corruption and other abuses, including trying to obstruct judicial proceedings.


The term impeachment is often interpreted as simply removing a president from office, but that is not strictly accurate.

Impeachment technically refers to the 435-member House of Representatives approving formal charges against a president.

The House effectively acts as accuser - voting on whether to bring specific charges. An impeachment resolution, known as “articles of impeachment,” is like an indictment in a criminal case. A simple majority vote is needed in the House to impeach.

The Senate then conducts a trial. House members act as the prosecutors, with senators as the jurors. The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court presides over the trial. A two-thirds majority vote is required in the 100-member Senate to convict and remove a president from office."

And SCOTUS can't overturn. “So when Trump suggests there is any judicial remedy for impeachment, he is just wrong.”

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