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"Does this mean that Trump had people on the payroll of the Russian mob working on his defense?"

Michelle Goldberg ✔ @michelleinbklyn

Does this mean that Trump had people on the payroll of the Russian mob working on his defense against charges of Russian collusion?

Matthew Miller ✔ @matthewamiller

It really hasn't gotten enough attention that Parnas and Fruman were members of Trump's legal team, according to their attorney John Dowd.

10:50 AM - Oct 21, 2019

Yes it does...
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:09 AM (17 replies)

Federal land employees were threatened or assaulted 360 times in recent years, GAO says


Cliven Bundy walks out of Las Vegas federal court with his wife, Carol, in January 2018, after a judge dismissed criminal charges against him and his sons, who were accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in 2014. (K.M. Cannon/AP)

By Joe Davidson Columnist

Oct. 21, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

The federal government is known for having secure employment.

That doesn’t necessarily mean safe employment — especially for federal land management employees.

A report scheduled for release Monday indicates at least 360 threats and assaults against employees of four agencies from fiscal 2013 through 2017. The FBI investigated “under 100” of these as domestic terrorism cases, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report said, using a vague, unexplained number that could be anything from zero to 99.

The range of intimidation against federal employees included attempted murder. The count of 360 is probably an underestimate and does not fully convey the severity of the problem. Incidents reported to state and local authorities are not included in the tally.

More troubling, employees told GAO they don’t always report threats, because they are “part of the job,” or a “common occurrence” even while off-duty, shopping or at home. Many cases were motivated by “anti-government ideologies,” according to GAO.

Despite this, none of the four agencies — the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service — have completed all required facility security assessments, and three have no plans to do so. The House Natural Resources oversight and investigations subcommittee will discuss the report at a hearing Tuesday on “Protecting Federal Employees and Ending the Culture of Anti-Government Attacks and Abuse.”

President Trump demonstrated his position last year on those anti-government ideologues who violate federal facilities, and it is not a comforting one for feds.


More destruction by Trump...
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:55 AM (3 replies)

BREAKING: UK Parliament speaker rules government can't ask lawmakers to vote again on Brexit deal

The Associated Press ✔ @AP
BREAKING: UK Parliament speaker rules government can't ask lawmakers to vote again on Brexit deal, in new blow to Boris Johnson's plan. Click for complete Brexit coverage:

News from The Associated Press, the definitive source for independent journalism from every corner of the globe.

10:42 AM - Oct 21, 2019

Boris loses again...
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:51 AM (2 replies)

Richard Engel: US officials tell me Trump wants to wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds.

Richard Engel ✔ @RichardEngel

US officials tell me Trump wants to wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds. The US mil/gov gave Kurds REPEATED assurances of protection. US even asked Kurds to REMOVE defenses BEFORE the Turkish offensive. Kurds complied and now being displaced. WH says not our problem.

10:36 AM - Oct 21, 2019

How many decades will it take for the US to ever be trusted again?
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:43 AM (7 replies)

Trump claims Saudis paying for 2-3k US troops: White House would not explain what Trump meant...

Laura Rozen @lrozen

On Trump claims Saudis paying for 2-3k US troops: White House would not explain what Trump meant...
Officials at the Defense Dept deflected our inquiry...State: will not comment on specific bilateral defense agreements.., encourage burden-sharing among partners....

Alan Sipress ✔ @AlanSipress

Fact Checker: Trump’s claim the Saudis will pay ‘100 percent of the cost’ from @GlennKesslerWP https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/10/21/trumps-claim-saudis-will-pay-percent-cost/

10:31 AM - Oct 21, 2019
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:36 AM (4 replies)

ISIS Reaps Gains of U.S. Pullout From Syria


The troop withdrawal ends American operations against the terrorist group conducted jointly with a Kurdish-led militia.

By David D. Kirkpatrick and Eric Schmitt
Oct. 21, 2019, 9:33 a.m. ET

American forces and their Kurdish-led partners in Syria had been conducting as many as a dozen counterterrorism missions a day against Islamic State militants, officials said. That has stopped.

Those same partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, had also been quietly releasing some Islamic State prisoners and incorporating them into their ranks, in part as a way to keep them under watch. That, too, is now in jeopardy.

And across Syria’s porous border with Iraq, Islamic State fighters are conducting a campaign of assassination against local village headmen, in part to intimidate government informants.

When President Trump announced this month that he would pull American troops out of northern Syria and make way for a Turkish attack on the Kurds, Washington’s onetime allies, many warned that he was removing the spearhead of the campaign to defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Now, analysts say that Mr. Trump’s pullout has handed the Islamic State its biggest win in more than four years and greatly improved its prospects. With American forces rushing for the exits, in fact, American officials said last week that they were already losing their ability to collect critical intelligence about the group’s operations on the ground.

“There is no question that ISIS is one of the big winners in what is happening in Syria,” said Lina Khatib, director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Chatham House, a research center in London.


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:12 AM (2 replies)

TPM: How We Ended Up With The Myth Of The Evil Labor Union


Much of antipathy toward labor unions in the U.S. can be traced to an economic myth: the "wage-price spiral."

Pres. of Teamsters Union James R. Hoffa saying the pledge of allegiance to the union. (Photo by Hank Walker/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

By Robert J. Shiller

October 21, 2019 9:29 am

This piece is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. It is an excerpt from “Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events,” out this month.

The wage-price spiral narrative took hold in the United States and many other countries around the middle of the twentieth century. It described a labor movement, led by strong labor unions, demanding higher wages for themselves, which management accommodates without losing profits by pushing up the prices of final goods sold to consumers. Labor then uses the higher prices to justify even higher wage demands, and the process repeats itself again and again, leading to out-of-control inflation. The blame for inflation thus falls on both labor and management, and some may blame the monetary authority, which tolerates the inflation. This narrative is associated with the term cost-push inflation, where cost refers to the cost of labor and inputs to production. It contrasts with a different popular narrative, demand-pull inflation, a theory that blames inflation on consumers who demand more goods than can be produced.

As the figure below shows, the two epidemics, wage-price spiral and cost-push inflation, are roughly parallel. Both epidemics were especially strong sometime between 1950 and 1990. These epidemics reflected changes in moral values, indicating deep concerns about being cheated and a sense of fundamental corruption in society. According to the narratives, labor unions were deceitfully claiming to represent labor as a whole, when in fact they were representing only certain insiders. Meanwhile, politicians and central banks were selfishly perpetuating the upward spiral of inflation, which impoverished real working people not represented by powerful unions. There has been a long downtrend in public support in the United States for labor unions, from 72% in 1936 to 48% in 2009, as documented by the Gallup Poll.

Frequency of Appearance of Wage-Price Spiral and Cost-Push Inflation in Books, 1900–2008. These two related epidemics helped bring about major changes in labor relations and government regulation of business.


Good read!
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:43 AM (21 replies)

Bulletproof memorial to Mississippi civil rights icon Emmett Till replaces vandalized sign


N'dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAYPublished 12:44 p.m. ET Oct. 20, 2019 | Updated 4:44 a.m. ET Oct. 21, 2019

A new bulletproof memorial to slain civil rights icon Emmett Till was unveiled Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized.

The new 500-pound reinforced steel sign, placed at the spot where the 14-year-old's body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, has a bulletproof-glass front, according to Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center. The sign will be open to the public but also protected by a gate and surveillance cameras, according to the memorial’s commission.

About 100 people, including members of Till's family, attended the rededication ceremony, Weems said.

"Our community for 50 years was silent around what happened to Emmett Till, both the murder and later the injustice," Weems said. "It was just a really powerful day to have our community leaders, both black and white, from Tallahatchie County, along with the Till family, to kind of put a stake in the ground and say: 'We’re going to be resilient and continue to tell this story despite the vandalism.' "

A 500-pound, bulletproof sign was unveiled Saturday at the site where civil rights icon Emmett Till was pulled from the Tallahatchie River. (Photo: The Emmett Till Interpretative Center)

Emmett Till sign vandalized: Till memorial will be made bulletproof after photo of gun-toting students surfaces

The 14-year-old black youth was abducted, tortured and murdered in 1955. Carolyn Bryant Donham, a white 21-year-old shopkeeper in the town of Money, Mississippi, had said Till grabbed and wolf-whistled at her. An all-white, all-male jury in Mississippi acquitted two white men accused of the slaying.

Since the first memorial was erected at the site in 2008, Till signs have been vandalized multiple times, including with spray paint and acid.


Nearly 65 years after his murder, they were forced to create a bulletproof marker.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:35 AM (14 replies)

Toobin, re: HRC emails- "As a journalist, I regret my role in blowing this story out of proportion."

Jeffrey Toobin ✔ @JeffreyToobin

Note the mostly buried news that State Dept closed @HillaryClinton email probe with this verdict: no big deal. As a journalist, I regret my role in blowing this story out of proportion.

8:58 AM - Oct 21, 2019

There's a lot more behind him that should also fess up...
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:07 AM (63 replies)

Man in MAGA cap arrested for attacking anti-Trump protesters with bear repellent


David Nicholas Dempsey was arrested after video showed him spraying a crowd of anti-Trump protesters with bear repellent. (KTLA)

By Katie Shepherd

Oct. 21, 2019 at 6:11 a.m. EDT

As anti-Trump protesters crowded between the marker for Route 66′s westernmost point and the bright blue police station on Santa Monica Pier on Saturday afternoon, the latest violent political attack unfolded steps from the beach.

About a dozen right-wing demonstrators carrying American flags and wearing shirts supporting President Trump’s reelection bid shoved their way into the leftist protest. The anti-Trump crowd, arms linked, stood their ground and pushed back. Then, a man wearing a backward “Make America Great Again” cap over his blond man-bun pulled a canister of bear repellent out of his jeans and sprayed the Southern California crowd with a mist of peppery aerosol.

Police announced Sunday that they arrested David Nicholas Dempsey, 32, on a felony charges for allegedly violating his parole, using a prohibited tear gas weapon and assaulting the crowd with a caustic chemical, KTLA reported.

“It was these f------ libtards over here, man,” the California man, in a short-sleeve button-down shirt with a marijuana-leaf print, told police in video captured at the protest. “These commies — I didn’t do anything.”

Saturday’s march was planned by an anti-Trump group called Refuse Fascism, which has partnered with the Revolutionary Communist Party and other left-leaning organizations to plan nonviolent protests since the 2016 election. Refuse Fascism advocates for the removal of the Trump administration, including Vice President Pence and the president’s Cabinet, and launched a pro-impeachment campaign called “Out Now” on Saturday.

The group said dozens of activists gathered on the beach in the early afternoon holding multicolored fabric to spell out “Trump-Pence #OutNow!” Then, the group marched along the boardwalk and onto the Santa Monica Pier to hold a rally.


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 21, 2019, 08:28 AM (10 replies)
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