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Katie Hill - Announcement

You all deserve to hear from me about why I made this devastating decision and where things go from here. I said the fight continues. I mean it, and I hope you’re with me.

GOP incumbent whom Katie Hill defeated is considering run for her seat


Former Rep. Steve Knight confirmed speculation Sunday that he would be considering a run in the expected special election for Rep. Katie Hill’s soon-to-be vacated seat. Knight, a Republican, said he met with several people this afternoon, shortly after it was announced that Hill was planning to resign.

“These are unchartered waters, what’s happened these last 12 months,” Knight said when reached by phone Sunday evening, “especially what’s happened these last two to three weeks.” When asked if he was considering a run, he replied:

“Yes, I’m absolutely considering that. Let’s say I’m more than considering that,” adding that a formal announcement would be made “very quickly.” “We’re trying to get our ducks in a row and see what our support level is,” he said, adding that there were some “fine candidates” still in the race.

“It’s a very interesting situation and we need representation here,” Knight said. “It looks like there’s going to be that special election, and we need to have a representative there so we can have our voice in Congress.”


this is on top of

months before any scandal, a centrist PAC w/ Dems was already backing a Rethug against Katie Hill

Democrat-backed Centrist PAC Is Supporting a Republican Against a Vulnerable Swing-District Incumbent


NYT : How Europeans See America

We asked young, ordinary Europeans to take a look at U.S. policies on everything from food to guns. As they discover facts about America, they’re not impressed.

Video at the link


Sometimes it’s useful to get an outside perspective. In the Video Op-Ed above, Europeans are shocked to learn that the American government does not guarantee social protections that citizens in other advanced economies take for granted.

Their reactions reflect how European governments prioritize citizen welfare, offering national assurances like universal health care and affordable education. Americans have grown accustomed to the exorbitant costs of basic human services, the absence of parental leave protection and the unregulated presence of chemicals in food — things that would “cause riots” in Europe.

It’s true that the United States grapples with a larger and more diverse population than that of any European country. But with the resources of the world’s largest economy and as keepers of the American dream, can’t policymakers find solutions?

Breaking NYT : Shifting Course, Democrats Plan First Floor Vote on Impeachment Inquiry

House Democrats, who have said they do not need a formal floor vote to authorize the impeachment inquiry, are planning to hold one this week, to lay out rules for the investigation.


Breaking News Update: The House plans to take its first formal vote Thursday on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Democratic leaders said Monday, ushering in a new phase as they prepare to go public with their investigation into his dealings with Ukraine. Democrats described the vote, in which they plan to “affirm” the inquiry, as a necessary next step to be able to push it forward, rather than a response to sustained criticism from Republicans and the White House, who have accused them of throwing out past impeachment precedents and denying the president due process rights.

But it will mark the first time that the full House has gone on record with regard to an inquiry that has been underway since late September. And it comes after Democrats have insisted for weeks that they did not need a formal vote of the full House to authorize the proceedings. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the vote in a letter to colleagues Monday afternoon.

“This resolution establishes the procedure for hearings that are open to the American people, authorizes the disclosure of deposition transcripts, outlines procedures to transfer evidence to the Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and sets forth due process rights for the president and his counsel,” Ms. Pelosi said in a statement.

Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts and chairman of the House Rules Committee, said he would introduce the resolution, which has not yet been finalized, on Tuesday. His panel plans to consider it on Wednesday, followed by a vote of the full House on Thursday. “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives,” Ms. Pelosi wrote.


Oregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden won't seek reelection


Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced Monday he will not run for another term in Congress.

“I will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, nor election to any other office, but instead I will close the public service chapter of my life,” Walden said in a statement.

The announcement makes Walden the latest House GOP lawmaker to retire from Congress, a sign of the increasing challenges facing Republicans as they try to win back the majority in 2020. Walden is the 20th Republican in the House to say he will not seek another term.

Walden is also the fifth Republican in a top committee post to announce retirement plans this year. He joins Rep. Mac Thornberry (Texas) from the Armed Services Committee, Rep. Rob Bishop (Utah) on the Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas) on the Agriculture Committee and Rep. Susan Brooks (Ind.) on from the Ethics Committee. But unlike other ranking members, Walden was eligible for another two-year term as the top Republican on the committee.


another rat fleeing a sinking ship

Former senator Kay Hagan has died at age 66. She served one term representing North Carolina.


The Democrat lost to Thom Tillis in the GOP wave of 2014 as the Republicans seized the Senate majority.

Hagan had beaten GOP incumbent Elizabeth Dole in 2008.

She had contracted a brain inflammation from a tick-borne virus.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.


Dem senator shuns 'lock him up' chants aimed at Trump during World Series (Coons)

video at the link


Washington (CNN) Democratic Sen. Chris Coons on Monday shunned chants of "lock him up" aimed at President Donald Trump by the crowd at World Series Game 5. "I have a hard time with the idea of a crowd on a globally televised sporting event chanting 'lock him up' about our President. I frankly think the office of the President deserves respect, even when the actions of our President at times don't," Coons told CNN's John Berman on "New Day."

He continued: "I certainly hope that we won't hear 'lock him up' chants at Democratic rallies or at our convention. I think that's one of the most regrettable, even at times despicable, actions by candidate Trump when he was running for president in 2016."

On Sunday night, Trump received cheers, boos and chants of "lock him up" as he was displayed on Nationals Park's video screen during the game. Some attendees pointed angrily at the suite Trump was sitting in and chanted "lock him up," and in the outfield seats, the boos and chants of "lock him up" rang loud. The chant referenced a call made by Trump supporters regarding Hillary Clinton that first began during the 2016 campaign.

Coons said the chant is reminiscent of "of things that happen in countries where rule of law is unknown or unestablished," adding that he doesn't think it's "constructive or helpful."


excellent rebuttal by Charles Pierce posted here (h/t to DUer mcar)


Pete Buttigieg responded to homophobic comments made by a local Tennessee official, advocating for

an 'approach with compassion'


Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a Democratic 2020 hopeful, responded to homophobic comments from a local Tennessee official that went viral after a recorded meeting on Monday.

In a widely-spread video, county commissioner Warren Hurst can be seen giving a minutes-long speech against what he sees as an America changing towards liberal values, arguing to make his jurisdiction a "gun sanctuary," meaning that resources would be diverted away from enforcing certain gun laws.

In the speech, Hurst lamented "what we got running for president in the Democratic party," saying that better candidates could be found in jail. He continued, "We got a queer running for president, if that ain't about as ugly as you can get," referring to Buttigieg, who is openly gay.

On Thursday, Buttigieg responded in an interview with local New Hampshire TV station WHDH.


UN treaty on business and human rights vital for economic and social justice

How can transnational corporations be held to account in a world of nation states? A binding UN treaty would be an important step. The global economic model has failed working people. The power and greed of huge corporations have captured governments, which are acting against the rights and interests of their own workers.


The current model of trade—the bulk of it tied to global supply chains, in highly-competitive, low-cost markets—means that jobs created by transnational companies are too often based on exploitation without decent working standards. Ninety-four per cent of the global workforce of the top 50 corporations is hidden in supply chains, where the obscurity of business contracts facilitates this exploitation and too often a dehumanising oppression—even inclusive of modern slavery, along with low wages, short-term or precarious contracts and unsafe work environments.

In addition, new frontiers have emerged with the monopoly dominance of giant technology companies—with the power they exercise by controlling data—and platforms, whose business models have little or no connection to national laws, taxation systems or employment responsibility.

Decent work

Transnational business cannot and will not be sustainable unless it is based on the principles of decent work. Yet international law is not well equipped to address cross-border corporate abuses of human and labour rights. The traditional approach of obliging states to hold solely to account perpetrators of abuses within their own borders no longer corresponds to the realities of a global economy.

Companies are operating as vast de facto networks of nominally national-level entities, each protected by the corporate veil shielding them from being held accountable. Even when it comes to the subsidiaries of transnational companies, which are either directly or indirectly controlled by their parents, there is often no avenue for access to justice. When it comes to seeking remedies locally, workers continue to face enormous legal and practical barriers—not least because local companies are often deliberately under-capitalised, essentially making them judgment-proof.


NYT : Trump's Syria Troop Withdrawal Complicated Plans for al-Baghdadi Raid

President Trump’s abrupt decision to pull forces from northern Syria forced the Pentagon to press ahead with a risky night operation that killed the ISIS leader, military officials said.


WASHINGTON — President Trump knew the Central Intelligence Agency and Special Operations commandos were zeroing in on the location for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader, when he ordered American troops to withdraw from northern Syria earlier this month, intelligence, military and counterterrorism officials said on Sunday. For months, intelligence officials had kept Mr. Trump apprised of what he had set as a top priority, the hunt for Mr. al-Baghdadi, the world’s most wanted terrorist.

But Mr. Trump’s abrupt withdrawal order three weeks ago disrupted the meticulous planning underway and forced Pentagon officials to speed up the plan for the risky night raid before their ability to control troops, spies and reconnaissance aircraft disappeared with the pullout, the officials said. Mr. al-Baghdadi’s death in the raid on Saturday, they said, occurred largely in spite of, and not because of, Mr. Trump’s actions.

It is unclear how much Mr. Trump considered the intelligence on Mr. al-Baghdadi’s location when he made the surprise decision to withdraw the American troops during a telephone call on Oct. 6 with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. What is clear, military officials said, is that it put commanders on the ground under even more pressure to carry out the complicated operation. More than a half-dozen Pentagon, military, intelligence and counterterrorism officials — along with Mr. Trump, who gave an account during a White House news conference on Sunday — provided a chronology of the raid.

The planning for the raid began this past summer, when the C.I.A. first got surprising information about Mr. al-Baghdadi’s general location in a village deep inside a part of northwestern Syria controlled by rival Qaeda groups. The information came after the arrest and interrogation of one of Mr. al-Baghdadi’s wives and a courier, two American officials said. Armed with that initial tip, the C.I.A. worked closely with Iraqi and Kurdish intelligence officials in Iraq and Syria to identify more precisely Mr. al-Baghdadi’s whereabouts and to put spies in place to monitor his periodic movements. American officials said the Kurds continued to provide information to the C.I.A. on Mr. al-Baghdadi’s location even after Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw the American troops left the Syrian Kurds to confront a Turkish offensive alone.

The Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, one official said, provided more intelligence for the raid than any single country.


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