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Posted by Tactical Peek | Tue Jun 18, 2019, 11:50 PM (0 replies)

ABC board rules against Trump -- he may lose his liquor license for Trump DC Hotel

June 13, 2019

By Bob Brigham

. . . The renewal of the license was challenged over whether Trump was fit to be owner. The Trump Organization sought to have the complaint dismissed, but the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Control board denied the request.

The board allowed the group contesting the license to protest on the grounds of character, as the law requires the owner to be “of good character and generally fit for the responsibilities of the licensure.”


Posted by Tactical Peek | Fri Jun 14, 2019, 10:30 AM (17 replies)

How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort -- and Cashed In

At the Trump Doral outside Miami, payday lenders celebrated the potential death of a rule intended to protect their customers. They couldn’t have done it without President Donald Trump and his latest deregulator, Kathleen Kraninger.

by Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, and Alice Wilder, WNYC June 5, 4 a.m. EDT

In mid-March, the payday lending industry held its annual convention at the Trump National Doral hotel outside Miami. Payday lenders offer loans on the order of a few hundred dollars, typically to low-income borrowers, who have to pay them back in a matter of weeks. The industry has long been reviled by critics for charging stratospheric interest rates — typically 400% on an annual basis — that leave customers trapped in cycles of debt.

The industry had felt under siege during the Obama administration, as the federal government moved to clamp down. A government study found that a majority of payday loans are made to people who pay more in interest and fees than they initially borrow. Google and Facebook refuse to take the industry’s ads.

On the edge of the Doral’s grounds, as the payday convention began, a group of ministers held a protest “pray-in,” denouncing the lenders for having a “feast” while their borrowers “suffer and starve.”

But inside the hotel, in a wood-paneled bar under golden chandeliers, the mood was celebratory. Payday lenders, many dressed in golf shirts and khakis, enjoyed an open bar and mingled over bites of steak and coconut shrimp.



Posted by Tactical Peek | Wed Jun 5, 2019, 10:50 AM (4 replies)

Mood music for these days of our republic.

More Dylan music more available is a good thing.


Posted by Tactical Peek | Thu May 30, 2019, 12:09 AM (0 replies)

Nadler says Mueller will not testify next week

Source: The Hill

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y) said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller will not be testifying before his panel next week.

Nadler told reporters that the committee is still negotiating over his testimony with the Justice Department and Mueller but expects him to appear.

“He will come at some point. If it’s necessary, we will subpoena him,” Nadler said.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/443128-nadler-says-mueller-will-not-be-testifying-next-week
Posted by Tactical Peek | Fri May 10, 2019, 11:58 AM (44 replies)

Mississippi Judge Carlton Reeves likens Trump attack on judiciary to KKK, Citizens Council

Source: Clarion Ledger

Mississippi federal Judge Carlton Reeves in a speech in Virginia assailed the Trump administration for lack of diversity in judicial appointments and likened President Trump's attacks on the judiciary to tactics used by the Ku Klux Klan and segregationists in the Jim Crow era.

Reeves, who has ruled on some of the state’s biggest legal cases, spoke Thursday at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he accepted this year's Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law award from his alma mater.

. . . BuzzFeed News reports Reeves, an African American, quoted President Donald Trump's tweets and public comments about judges and the courts (the written version obtained by BuzzFeed includes footnotes making clear Reeves is referring to Trump tweets) and blasted the lack of diversity among Trump's judicial nominees.

"When politicians attack courts as 'dangerous,' 'political,' and guilty of 'egregious overreach,' you can hear the Klan’s lawyers, assailing officers of the court across the South. When leaders chastise people for merely 'using the courts,' you can hear the Citizens Council, hammering up the names of black petitioners in Yazoo City," Reeves said, quoting Trump.

Read more: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/12/mississippi-judge-carlton-reeves-trump-judiciary-attacks-like-kkk/3448438002/

Right on.

Video of speech


Posted by Tactical Peek | Fri Apr 12, 2019, 03:45 PM (7 replies)

Senator Warren joins striking Stop & Shop workers

SOMERVILLE — US Senator Elizabeth Warren brought a box of doughnuts with her as she joined dozens of workers outside a Stop & Shop here as the strike against New England’s largest supermarket chain entered its first full day Friday.

Warren greeted the workers on the sidewalk a short distance from the chain’s McGrath Highway store shortly after 11 a.m. She shook hands with some, posed for selfies with others, and then grabbed a bullhorn.

“What do you fight for? You fight for the dignity of working people,’’ Warren told an appreciative crowd. “Unions built America’s middle class — unions will be rebuilding American’s middle class.”


Posted by Tactical Peek | Fri Apr 12, 2019, 12:39 PM (6 replies)

Know what endangers journalists?


Laura Rozen@lrozen

know what endangers journalists? Assange working with Russian intelligence to elect a US president who calls journalists enemy of the people

Matt Bradley@MattMcBradley

#Assange lawyer Jennifer Robinson: “This sets a dangerous precedent for all media organizations and journalists around the world.”
8:10 AM - 11 Apr 2019

Posted by Tactical Peek | Fri Apr 12, 2019, 09:23 AM (2 replies)

Trump administration sabotages major conservation effort, defying Congress

Source: The Guardian

Trump administration sabotages major conservation effort, defying Congress

Revealed: federal support to research centers cut off as scientists fear years of successful work will go ‘down the drain’

Mon 8 Apr 2019 06.00 EDT

Scientists and officials around the US have told the Guardian that the Trump administration has withdrawn funding for a large, successful conservation program – in direct contradiction of instructions from Congress.

Unique in scale and ambition, the program comprises 22 research centers that tackle big-picture issues affecting huge swaths of the US, such as climate change, flooding and species extinction. They are known as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives – or were, because 16 of them are now on indefinite hiatus or have dissolved.

“I just haven’t seen anything like this in my almost 30 years of working with the federal government,” said a scientist at the Fish and Wildlife Service who worked for one of the LCCs and wished to remain anonymous, because federal employees were instructed not to speak with the Guardian for this story. “There is this lack of accountability.”

“Congress approved $12.5m for the existing 22 landscape conservation cooperatives,” said Betty McCollum, chair of the House interior-environment appropriations subcommittee, at a recent hearing with an interior department official. “[But] we are hearing disturbing reports from outside groups and concerned citizens that the LCC program is being altered and may not receive any federal funding.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/08/trump-administration-sabotages-major-conservation-effort-defying-congress


Posted by Tactical Peek | Mon Apr 8, 2019, 10:24 AM (17 replies)

Camp Lejeune is still a mess 6 months after Hurricane Florence. Where's the money for repairs?

Source: NBC

Camp Lejeune is still a mess 6 months after Hurricane Florence. Where's the money for repairs?

The Marine Corps' top general says one "negative factor" delaying repairs is the diversion of resources to the military mission at the U.S.-Mexico border.

March 30, 2019, 1:10 PM CDT
By Courtney Kube and Mosheh Gains

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — More than six months after Hurricane Florence ravaged North Carolina, hundreds of buildings at Camp Lejeune and two other nearby Marine Corps installations remain frozen in time, with walls still caved in and roofs missing.

The Marines say they need $3.6 billion to repair the damage to more than 900 buildings at Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point caused by the storm and catastrophic flooding in its aftermath. And while they have torn down soggy, moldy walls, put tarps on roofs and moved Marines into trailers, so far they have not received a penny from the federal government to fix the damage.

Now the Marine Corps' top officer is warning that readiness at Camp Lejeune — home to one third of the Corps' total combat power — is degraded and "will continue to degrade given current conditions." In a recent memo to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Commandant Gen. Robert Neller cited, among other "negative factors," the diversion of resources to the border, where the Trump administration has sent active-duty troops to patrol and plans to use military funding to pay for a wall.

"Mister Secretary, I am asking for your assistance," wrote Neller in his memo, his second this year requesting that Spencer push Congress to provide more funds. "The hurricane season is only three months away, and we have Marines, Sailors, and civilians working in compromised structures."

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/camp-lejeune-still-mess-6-months-after-hurricane-florence-where-n986456?cid=public-rss_20190330


Posted by Tactical Peek | Sat Mar 30, 2019, 05:26 PM (22 replies)
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