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Algernon Moncrieff

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What is the Best Brat Pack movie? (Bonus Question: Who the Hell constitutes the Brat Pack?)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brat_Pack_(actors)

Per Wikipedia, this is the consensus Brat Pack membership

Emilio Estevez
Anthony Michael Hall
Rob Lowe
Andrew McCarthy
Demi Moore
Judd Nelson
Molly Ringwald
Ally Sheedy

I'm not sure why Mare Winningham, James Spader and Robert Downy, Jr. don't make that cut, or why "Weird Science" doesn't appear on their list of Brat Pack movies, but there it is.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Sep 18, 2018, 12:50 AM (7 replies)

Donald Trump's swipe at Ben Jealous hands Democrat a chance to link Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to pre

Baltimore Sun

“In Maryland, the Democrat candidate for governor wants to give illegal aliens free college tuition courtesy of the American taxpayer,” Trump said. “Come on in, free college.”

The crowd booed. But the Jealous campaign on Friday cheered, seizing on the spotlight by issuing a statement and holding a conference call with fellow Democrats to try to tie Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to Trump.

Trump’s words were an apparent swipe at Jealous' proposal to offer free tuition to community college students, without excluding Maryland residents who were brought to the United States without authorization to stay as young children — a group known as Dreamers. Jealous is not proposing free tuition for more recent arrivals.

For Jealous, whose weak fundraising has stymied his ability to counter a barrage of ads from Hogan and the Republican Governors Association, Trump’s attack came as free advertising. While Trump’s line went over with the crowd in red Montana, polls show the Republican president is deeply unpopular in Maryland.


My opinion: The party establishment in Maryland has offered a shameful lack of support to Ben Jealous.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Sep 10, 2018, 02:00 PM (2 replies)

From John K Delaney's Facebook Page

"Better is good. I used to have to tell my young staff this all the time in the White House. Better is good. That’s the history of progress in this country. Not perfect, better. The civil rights act didn’t end racism, but it made things better. Social security didn’t eliminate all poverty for seniors, but it made things better for millions of people. Do not let people tell you the fight’s not worth it because you won’t get everything that you want."

Obama's speech on Friday was inspirational in many ways but what really stuck out was his defense of principled compromise. We must work together to get things done for the American people, it's the only way to put lasting change into action.


https://www.johnkdelaney.com/
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Sep 9, 2018, 03:48 PM (3 replies)

Your favorite Burt Reynolds movie is

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Sep 6, 2018, 06:25 PM (14 replies)

Trump demands NYT turn anonymous source over to government 'for National Security purposes'

The Hill

President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at The New York Times in a tweet over the paper’s publishing an op-ed by an anonymous Trump administration official.

Hours after the piece was published, Trump questioned whether the official exists and demanded that the paper turn the author over to the government, saying it is a national security issue.

“Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?” he tweeted. “If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”

Trump also appeared to question earlier Wednesday whether the official had committed “treason” by writing the piece.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Sep 6, 2018, 02:23 AM (12 replies)

How climate gentrification is changing coastal real estate

CNBC


A modern glass home sits on the edge of the water in Miami Beach. The ground-level master suite has a soaking tub that looks out to the ocean, and the bedroom's glass doors allow the owner to roll out of the sheets and onto the yacht. It is listed for sale at $25 million.

Another Miami home sits on a garbage-strewn street in Little Havana, about five miles inland. Its owner can walk out the front door and see a dead chicken in the street. It is listed for sale at $559,000, but some experts claim it is a better investment than $25 million mansion.

The mansion, while highly desirable and exquisitely appointed, is paradise at a price, because rising tides and increasingly extreme storms may already be lowering its value. On the other hand, the home in Little Havana, which sits on high ground with little risk of flooding, is appreciating at a fast clip. It has nearly doubled in value in just the past two years, according to Zillow.

"What we see here is a theory of climate gentrification that suggest that in Miami, higher elevation land will be worth more," said Harvard University's Jesse Keenan, who co-authored the first peer-reviewed study offering evidence of the existence of a climate change signal in the real estate market.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Aug 29, 2018, 06:35 PM (3 replies)

538 What John McCain's Death Means For The Senate

John McCain’s political legacy is likely to be the subject of conversation and reflection for quite a while after his death on Saturday. But his Arizona Senate seat probably won’t stay vacant for long. Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona will appoint McCain’s replacement, and the Republican can select someone as soon as he wants. I expect him to land on a replacement within the next two weeks, maybe even sooner (it has been clear for months that McCain was close to death and might need to be replaced). Ducey’s choice is likely to be sworn into the Senate within a few days of being chosen — and then become a fairly reliable vote for initiatives backed by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

So what kind of politician should we expect Ducey to land on for McCain’s replacement, and what will that choice mean for the future of the Senate, President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination and national politics in general?

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Some (journalists and pundit types) have floated the idea of Ducey picking McCain’s widow, Cindy McCain, for the seat. According to the Arizona Republic, the past few months, Cindy McCain, 64, has been speaking on behalf of the senator at events he could not attend because of his health. We don’t know much about Cindy McCain’s political views. And that uncertainty is why I don’t expect Ducey to choose her. I think Ducey is likely to pick someone who is a reliable Republican vote — picking someone without a clear record on many issues is an inherent risk.

Ducey is not a McCain-style Republican himself and has no incentive to appoint someone who occasionally breaks with the GOP’s priorities, as McCain did. To sum up the governor’s politics briefly: Ducey is a fairly traditional Republican on policy (he is a strong backer of cutting taxes, limiting abortion rights and expanding gun rights), doesn’t have a record of bucking his party on major issues and has built some fairly strong ties to President Trump and the White House. He seems to have presidential aspirations, so choosing a replacement for McCain who is liked by key party activists and donors could help him there.


https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-john-mccains-death-means-for-the-senate/
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Aug 26, 2018, 11:55 AM (6 replies)

A word from Tom Perez

Today, the DNC held its quarterly meeting in Chicago, where we reaffirmed one of our core beliefs as Democrats: That our democracy works best when every person's voice is heard.

We passed the strongest reforms to our party in decades, and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you:

• Our North Star from the beginning of this process has been to grow our party, unite our party, and earn the trust of committed Democrats like you. That's why we've taken the historic step of dramatically reducing the influence that superdelegates have over our presidential nominating process. Now superdelegates will refrain from voting on the first presidential nominating ballot, unless a candidate has already passed the threshold to secure the nomination. This change empowers the grassroots and respects the will of voters.

• To make the presidential nominating process more inclusive, transparent, and accessible to participants of all backgrounds, the DNC voted to expand the use of primaries so that more people could participate in the process. Primaries are more accessible for many voters, including seniors, shift-workers, students, members of the military, parents of young children, and people with disabilities. And we know our democracy works best when more people can participate, not fewer.

• For states with caucuses, our reforms recommend that those states take steps to make their caucuses as accessible as possible, including offering absentee voting for voters who can't make the caucus in person and implementing better processes for tracking ballots in case a recount is needed.

• Democrats are doing all we can to make sure that every eligible voter can exercise their constitutional right at the ballot box. That's why we're encouraging all states to offer same-day voter registration and the ability to register as a Democrat to vote in Democratic primaries.

I say this a lot, but I'll say it again because it's true: The new DNC is doing things differently.

These changes are all about the future. They're about growing our party, increasing participation in our democracy, and putting Democrats in the best possible position to win in November and beyond. I'm proud of the steps we've taken this year to rebuild our infrastructure from the ground up. We've made unprecedented investments in technology, state parties, grassroots organizers, and voter protection efforts. We're building the infrastructure Democrats will need to succeed in 2018, take back our democracy from Donald Trump in 2020, and win elections up and down the ballot for years to come. You should be proud too, because we're building this party together.

Thanks for standing with Democrats,

Tom

Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


https://www.democrats.org/
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Aug 25, 2018, 02:19 PM (12 replies)

The midterms are as much a referendum on Muller as Trump

Yesterday, DUer Brooklynite posted Graham Says He Expects Trump to Oust Sessions After Election. It was based on an article from Bloomberg

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said it’s “very likely” President Donald Trump will replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions but warned against doing so before the midterm elections.

“The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice,” said Graham of South Carolina, who may be in line to head the Judiciary Committee next year. “Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the president.”

Graham however warned against acting before the election, calling that possibility “a nonstarter.” That “would create havoc” with Senate efforts to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and with the midterm elections in November, he said.


The meaning is clear: Republicans are telling the President that he can fire Sessions and install an AG. The new AG, who will not have to recuse himself from the investigation, will have the power and the incentive to end the Russia investigation immediately. Firing the AG now would lead to having to prioritize replacing sessions over replacing Kavanaugh - especially since the interim AG would be Rosenstein, whom he'd also want to fire. The ensuing political firestorm could cost them their Senate, as well as their House majority -- assuming we will go through the formality of holding free and fair elections in November.

A Blue House and/or Senate assures that the investigation continues in some form - most probably with loud public hearings. Hearings don't get derailed by pardons; if anything, pardons make the hearings simpler -- no grants of immunity are necessary and the witnesses can't claim the protection of the Fifth. Lying witnesses can still be prosecuted for perjury. But I digress - whether Dem candidates actually run on "impeachment" or not, this election is now really about whether we will continue to investigate the real possibility that members of this administration colluded with a not-exactly-friendly foreign power to meddle in a Presidential election, and whether the SDNY should continue to investigate what appears to be the misuse of campaign funds to pay off mistresses and quash damaging stories. Or we can vote that we are really tired of republican democracy, and want to give gangsterism a try for a generation and see how that works.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Aug 24, 2018, 12:00 PM (2 replies)

You might want to brush up on your Watergate

For those of you who don't remember a time when dinosaurs ruled the planet, and couldn't watch cartoons because their mothers were watching Sam Ervin lead the Senate Watergate Committee on the one family TV (which was B & W, by the way) you might want to brush up on your Watergate. This is a scandal that included highlights such as: detaining and drugging the wife of the AG to silence her; meddling in the Democratic primary through a series of dirty tricks on Edmund Muskie; slush funds; a botched break in at Democratic HQ; an attempted cover-up; and (expletive deleted) unbelievable tapes.

By studying Watergate, you'll recognize themes that sound very familiar today coming out of the Nixon White House. While the words "fake news" are never used, the thought is there.

If you have a long-ass drive coming up, or you have rain all weekend, or just have some time, I highly recommend Season 1 of Slate's Slow Burn. The episodes are available on other sites/platforms (I was able to click subscribe and have all of the episodes download to the Google Music app on my phone - and I'm slightly younger than dirt)

https://megaphone.link/PPY3387217654
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Aug 24, 2018, 01:37 AM (18 replies)
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