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Post by annemarie on Thu 16 May 2019, 14:14

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7031159/World-leaders-tech-bosses-work-stemming-online-violence.html

[size=34]US cites 'freedom of expression' as it abstains from global pledge to curb online violence agreed by world leaders and tech giants in the wake of Christchurch massacre broadcast[/size]


  • World leaders and tech bosses gathered in Paris to compile internet guidelines

  • The 'Christchurch Call' it is designed to stop platforms being used by terrorists

  • French President Emmanuel Macron New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern led the call

  • But US will not endorse the the moved citing 'freedom of speech and the press'


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 03:52 EDT, 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 04:48 EDT, 16 May 2019

     


The White House is not endorsing a global pledge to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks, citing respect for 'freedom of expression and freedom of the press'.
World leaders led by French President Emmanuel Macron and executives from Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies gathered in Paris to compile a set of guidelines dubbed the 'Christchurch Call,' named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were killed in a March attack on mosques. 
Much of the attack was broadcast live on Facebook, drawing public outrage and fueling debate on how to better regulate social media. Facebook said before the meeting that it was tightening rules for livestream users.
But in a statement on Wednesday, the White House said it will 'continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online' while also protecting free speech.

The Christchurch Call 'is a global response to a tragedy that occurred on the shores of my country but was ultimately felt around the world,' said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has played a leading role pushing for globally coordinated efforts to eliminate online extremism.
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French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attend a meeting at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday
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Delegates gather during a 'Tech For Good' summit in Paris on Wednesday. Several world leaders and tech bosses are meeting in Paris to find ways to stop acts of violent extremism from being shown online
'Fundamentally it ultimately commits us all to build a more humane internet, which cannot be misused by terrorists for their hateful purposes,' she said at a joint news conference with Macron.
The French and New Zealand governments drafted the agreement - a roadmap that aims to prevent similar abuses of the internet while insisting that any actions must preserve 'the principles of a free, open and secure internet, without compromising human rights and fundamental freedoms.'
The call was adopted by US tech companies that also included Amazon, Microsoft and YouTube, along with France's Qwant and DailyMotion, and the Wikimedia Foundation. Countries backing France and New Zealand were Britain, Canada, Ireland, Jordan, Norway, Senegal, Indonesia and the European Union's executive body. Several other countries not present at the meeting added their endorsement.
The meeting in Paris comes at a pivotal moment for tech companies, which critics accuse of being too powerful and resistant to regulation. Some have called for giants like Facebook to be broken up. Europe is leading a global push for more regulation of how the companies handle user data and copyrighted material. The tech companies, meanwhile, are offering their own ideas in a bid to shape the policy response.
Unlike previous official attempts to regulate the internet, 'the Christchurch Call is different in that it associates all actors of the internet' including the tech companies themselves, Macron said.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (center left) is greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron (center right) as she arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday
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French President Emmanuel Macron greeting British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Elysee Palace, in Paris on Wednesday
He said he hopes to get broader support for the agreement in coming months, with technical questions to be discussed by June.
In Wednesday's agreement, which is not legally binding, the tech companies committed to measures to prevent the spread of terrorist or violent extremist content. That may include cooperating on developing technology or expanding the use of shared digital signatures.
They also promised to take measures to reduce the risk that such content is livestreamed, including flagging it up for real-time review.


And they pledged to study how algorithms sometimes promote extremist content. That would help find ways to intervene more quickly and redirect users to 'credible positive alternatives or counter-narratives.'
Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter issued a joint supporting statement, outlining in further detail actions they would take individually or together to combat abuse of technology to spread extremist content. They include making it easier for users to flag up inappropriate content, using enhanced vetting for livestreaming and publishing transparency reports on material that's removed.
Facebook, which dominates social media and has faced the harshest criticism for overlooking the misuse of consumer data and not blocking live broadcasts of violent actions, said separately it is toughening its livestreaming policies.
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Founder of Alibaba group Jack Ma arrives for the Tech for Good summit on Wednesday. World leaders and tech bosses meet Wednesday in Paris to discuss ways to prevent social media from spreading deadly ideas
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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi as he arrives for the Tech for Good summit in Paris
It's tightening the rules for its livestreaming service with a 'one strike' policy applied to a broader range of offenses. Activity on the social network that violates its policies, such as sharing an extremist group's statement without providing context, will result in the user immediately being temporarily blocked. The most serious offenses will result in a permanent ban.
Previously, the company took down posts that breached its community standards but only blocked users after repeated offenses.
The tougher restrictions will be gradually extended to other areas of the platform, starting with preventing users from creating Facebook ads.
Facebook, which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, said it's investing $7.5 million to improve technology aimed at finding videos and photos that have been manipulated to avoid detection - a problem the company encountered with the Christchurch shooting, where the attacker streamed the killing live on Facebook.
'Tackling these threats also requires technical innovation to stay ahead of the type of adversarial media manipulation we saw after Christchurch,' Facebook's vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, said in a blog post.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses reporters after visiting Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Wednesday
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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty (right) and French cosmetics giant L'Oreal CEO Jean-Paul Agon arrive for the Tech for Good summit
The Christchurch Call was drafted as 80 CEOs and executives from technology companies gathered in Paris for a 'Tech for Good' conference meant to address how they can use their global influence for public good - for example by promoting gender equality, diversity in hiring and greater access to technology for lower income users.
Ardern and Macron have insisted that the Christchurch guidelines must involve joint efforts between governments and tech giants. France has been hit by repeated Islamic extremist attacks by groups who recruited and shared violent images on social networks.
Free speech advocates and some in the tech industry bristle at new restrictions and argue that violent extremism is a societal problem that the tech world can't solve.
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that while 'a higher level of responsibility is demanded from all of the platforms,' it is necessary to find a way to not censor legitimate discussion.
'It's a hard line to draw sometimes,' he said.

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Post by annemarie on Fri 17 May 2019, 21:43

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7039735/House-set-approve-sweeping-bill-expand-gay-rights.html

[size=34]Democrats vote through ban on gay and transgender discrimination - but bill is doomed and Republicans claim it is an attack on religious freedom[/size]


  •  Democrats in the House and eight Republicans back Equality Act which would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

  •  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it will bring the nation 'closer to equal liberty and justice for all' after 236-173 vote

  • But most Republicans oppose it and Trump is widely expected to veto the legislation if it reaches his desk

  • Republicans said the bill would jeopardize religious freedom by requiring acceptance of a particular ideology about sexuality and sexual identity 


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 00:17 EDT, 17 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:31 EDT, 17 May 2019









Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas.
Called the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation 'closer to equal liberty and justice for all.'
Sexual orientation and gender identity 'deserve full civil rights protections - in the workplace and in every place, education, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations,' Pelosi said.
The vote was 236-173, with every Democrat voting in favor, along with eight Republicans. Cheers and applause broke out on the House floor as the bill crossed the threshold for passage.

The legislation's chief sponsor, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said it affirms fairness and equality as core American values 'and ensures members of the LGBTQ community can live their lives free from the fear of legal discrimination of any kind.'
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Celebration: Nancy Pelosi, who oversaw the 236-173 vote, said the Equality Act will bring the nation 'closer to equal liberty and justice for all.'
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Dead on arrival: Trump is expected to veto the bill in the almost impossible scenario that it got through the Senate 
Cicilline, who is gay, called equal treatment under the law a founding principle of the United States, adding 'It's absurd that, in 2019, members of the LGBTQ community can be fired from their jobs, denied service in a restaurant or get thrown out of their apartment because of their sexual orientation or gender identify.'
Most Republicans oppose the bill and call it another example of government overreach. Several GOP lawmakers spoke against it Friday on the House floor. 
President Donald Trump is widely expected to veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.
At a news conference Thursday, the Republicans said the bill would jeopardize religious freedom by requiring acceptance of a particular ideology about sexuality and sexual identity.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., called the legislation 'grossly misnamed' and said it is 'anything but equalizing.'
The bill 'hijacks' the 1964 Civil Rights Act to create 'a brave new world of 'discrimination' based on undefined terms of sexual orientation and gender identity,' Hartzler said. 
The legislation threatens women's sports, shelters and schools, and could silence female athletes, domestic abuse survivors and other women, she said.
A similar bill in the Senate has been co-sponsored by all but one Senate Democrat, but faces long odds in the Republican-controlled chamber.
A Trump administration official who asked not be identified, because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the president's intentions, said the White House 'opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all. 


'However, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.'
Some critics also said the bill could jeopardize Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. 
Former tennis star Martina Navratilova co-wrote an opinion piece in The Washington Post urging lawmakers not to 'make the unnecessary and ironic mistake of sacrificing the enormously valuable social good that is female sports in their effort to secure the rights of transgender women and girls.'
Ahead of the vote, Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., called the House bill 'horrifying' and said it could cause Catholic schools to lose federal grants for school lunches or require faith-based adoption agencies to place children with same-sex couples.
Neena Chaudhry, a lawyer for the National Women's Law Center, said the bill does not undermine Title IX, because courts have already found that Title IX protects against gender-identity discrimination.
'It is way past time to fully open the doors of opportunity for every American,' said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., one of the Senate bill's lead sponsors. 'Let's pass the Equality Act, and let us rejoice in the bells of freedom ringing for every American.'
In the Senate, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine also supports the bill, while Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the sole Democrat who is not a co-sponsor.
The eight House Republicans who voted for the bill Friday were Reps. Susan Brooks of Indiana, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas, Greg Walden of Oregon and New York lawmakers John Katko, Tom Reed and Elise Stefanik.
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Post by annemarie on Sat 18 May 2019, 01:34

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7042839/Missouri-lawmaker-says-rapes-date-rapes-consensual-rapes-defending-abortion-ban.html

[size=34]GOP lawmaker says most rapes are 'date rapes or consensual rapes' while defending Missouri bill that bans abortion after 8 weeks[/size]


  • Representative Barry Hovis, a former police officer who took office earlier this year, made the comments while discussing his experience handling rape cases

  • He said that 'most of the rapes' he encountered in law enforcement didn't involve 'gentlemen jumping out of the bushes' - but were cases of acquaintance rape

  • His comments drew swift criticism from women and Democrats in the chamber

  • Hovis later amended his statement, telling The Kansas City Star that he misspoke and agreeing repeatedly that 'there is no such thing as consensual rape' 

  • The remarks drew comparisons to Todd Akin who infamously said that a woman's body can 'shut that whole (pregnancy) thing down' in cases of 'legitimate rape'


By VALERIE BAUMAN SOCIAL AFFAIRS REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:37 EDT, 17 May 2019 | UPDATED: 20:17 EDT, 17 May 2019

     


A Republican state lawmaker in Missouri said on Friday that most sexual assaults are either 'date rapes or consensual rapes' as he sought to defend a proposal that would ban abortions when a woman is eight weeks pregnant.
Representative Barry Hovis, a former police officer who took office earlier this year, made the comments while discussing his experience in that role handling rape cases, according to The Kansas City Star.
He said that 'most of the rapes' he encountered in law enforcement didn't involve 'gentlemen jumping out of the bushes.'
'Most of them were date rapes or consensual rapes,' Hovis said. 'Which were all terrible, but I'd sit in court when juries would struggle with those situations, where it was a 'he-said-she-said,' which was unfortunate if it really happened.'
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Republican state lawmaker Barry Hovis said on Friday that most sexual assaults are either 'date rapes or consensual rapes'
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His comments drew swift criticism from women and Democrats in the chamber
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Post-it notes with messages calling for a veto are seen outside Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office 
His comments drew swift criticism from women and Democrats in the chamber.

'There is no such thing – no such thing – as consensual rape,' Representative Raychel Proudie said moments after his remarks.
Hovis, who represents the city of Jackson in the Southeastern region of the state, later amended his comments, telling The Kansas City Star that he misspoke and agreeing that 'there is no such thing as consensual rape.'
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The Republican-led House passed the abortion ban soon after Hovis' original comments.
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Former U.S. Representative Todd Akin, a Republican from Missouri is shown here in a 2012 file photo
'Let's say someone is sexually assaulted, they have eight weeks to make a decision,' he said before the vote. 'I've heard of the morning-after pill ... it gives ample time in those eight weeks to make those exclusions, which I may not be comfortable with, but it does give people those exclusions.'
His remarks drew comparisons to former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a Republican and anti-abortion activist whose career in American politics ended shortly after he used the phrase 'legitimate rape' with a local news reporter.
'If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,' Akin said in 2012.
The bill will now go to Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican who has said he will sign the abortion ban.
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This file photo shows Missouri State Representative Barry Hovich in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in March 2019

[size=34]THE 'HEARTBEAT BILL' MOVEMENT: WHICH STATES ARE BRINGING THE MEASURES [/size]


STATES THAT NOW HAVE 'FETAL HEARTBEAT' LAWS
Georgia (signed into law May 7, 2019)
Ohio (signed into law April 11, 2019)
Mississippi (signed into law March 21, 2019) – though it is being challenged
Alabama (on May 14, passed ban with no exceptions for rape or incest 25-6) 
STATES WHOSE BILLS HAVE BEEN BLOCKED BY COURTS
Arkansas (passed March 2014, blocked March 2015)
North Dakota (passed July 2015, blocked January 2016) 
Iowa (passed May 2018, blocked January 2019)
Kentucky (passed March 2019, blocked April 2019)
STATES THAT ARE CONSIDERING IT

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[*]Louisiana has a bill in the senate with strong bipartisan support 
[*]Tennessee has a bill but the Republican AG warned it will be hard to pass, driving many to vote against
[*]South Carolina gave near-final approval to the bill last month
[*]Missouri's bill also advanced last month
[*]Texas wanted to bring the death penalty for women who undergo abortions
[*]West Virginia introduced a bill in February 2019
[*]Florida's bill failed yesterday, but anti-abortion lawmakers are expected to try again
[*]Minnesota proposed the bill in January 2019
[*]Maryland's failed to pass in April 
[*]Kansas Republican lawmakers are trying and failing to override a veto that blocks a fetal heartbeat bill
[*]Illinois's bill was proposed in February
[*]New York's bill was proposed in February 

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Post by annemarie on Sat 18 May 2019, 01:44

They are crazy as hell , anything to justify their actions

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Post by annemarie on Sun 19 May 2019, 08:01

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7045799/GOP-congressman-Republican-call-Trumps-removal-office.html

[size=34]'Trump engaged in actions that meet the threshold for impeachment': GOP congressman is the first Republican to call for Trump's removal from office[/size]


  • Michigan GOP member Justin Amash has become the first Republican to publicly call for President Trump's impeachment 

  • Amash accused Trump of engaging in 'impeachable conduct' stemming from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election

  • The Mueller report found no criminal conspiracy between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia

  • But it but left open the question of whether Trump acted in ways that were meant to obstruct the investigation

  • Amash said he reached four conclusions after reading the redacted version of the report, including that 'Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct'


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 22:26 EDT, 18 May 2019 | UPDATED: 01:47 EDT, 19 May 2019

     




Michigan GOP member Justin Amash has become the first Republican to publicly call for President Trump's impeachment. 
The congressman accused Trump of engaging in 'impeachable conduct' stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller found no criminal conspiracy between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, but left open the question of whether Trump acted in ways that were meant to obstruct the investigation. 
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 The congressman accused Trump of engaging in 'impeachable conduct' stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election
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Republican lawmaker Justin Amash's comments about President Donald Trump's alleged 'impeachable conduct' went even further than those by most Democrats
Amash said he reached four conclusions after carefully reading the redacted version of Mueller's report, including that 'President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.'

'Contrary to Barr's portrayal, Mueller's report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,' the congressman tweeted. 
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Robert Mueller  (pictured) found no criminal conspiracy between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia 
He said the report 'identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.'
The Justice Department, which Barr leads, operates under guidelines that discourage the indictment of a sitting president. 
Trump and Republican lawmakers generally view the matter as 'case closed,' as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recently declared on the floor of the Senate.
On the other hand, Democrats who control the House are locked in a bitter standoff with the White House as it ignores lawmakers' requests for the more complete version of Mueller's report, the underlying evidence and witness testimony. 









Some Democrats wants the House to open impeachment hearings, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi resisted, saying impeachment must be bipartisan.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., a freshman who opened her term by profanely calling for Trump to be impeached, applauded Amash.
'You are putting country first, and that is to be commended,' Tlaib tweeted. 
Tlaib is seeking support for a resolution she's circulating calling on the House to start impeachment proceedings.
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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 19 May 2019, 12:38

Stunning! An honest congressman! Too bad they aren't all like him. And too bad that this is probably his last term in Congress. I doubt his party will support him in his next election.
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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 19 May 2019, 22:11

The grounds for impeachment are obvious.  They have been even before the Mueller report.  The report confirms it and it asked Congress to follow through. The Dems are being far too timid or cautious about waiting for the unredacted report and testimony from witnesses.  Trump is ignoring all the subpoenas.

Good on Rep. Amash.  Sadly he stands alone in his party for speaking up.  I have a lot of admiration for Nancy Pelosi.  I like the way she has handled herself with Trump and has tried to keep the House united.  But it’s time to be bold and do the right thing.  The Dems need to stop being afraid of Trump’s base of supporters.

It’s Congress’ job to prove to the public, through public hearings and testimony, their case for impeachment.  It doesn’t matter if the Senate won’t actually impeach. Trump has obstructed multiple times and the public has to realize it and know that this man has to be held to account.  The Dems and the House of Reps have to set the narrative in a clear and forthright way so the public can see for themselves.
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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 19 May 2019, 23:14

Donnamarie - I see two problems with impeachment.
First, the Senate won't go along with it and the chaos that causes will only hurt the chances for Democrats to be elected. Republicans - not just the base - will get mad and circle the wagons to protect their party.

Second, and this has bothered me from the beginning, we'd end up with Pence as President. IMO, the only difference between the two is that Pence is smart. Just imagine if donald drumpf had a brain! That's scary.
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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 20 May 2019, 01:53

Well done, Amesh....

As I understand it, impeachment takes for ever - is that right? And in which case this may be a good time to start...?

And as the Administration declines to denounce online violence, the only thing you could possibly say is that they're consistent - they did exactly the same to the UN decision on rape in war....

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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 20 May 2019, 11:54

Impeachment is a long process. It would be wrong not to impeach Trump. I understand that the Senate won’t support it but it is wrong for the Congress not to hold a President accountable for his corrupt actions which are undeniable. The Congress is setting a precedent for future Presidents and what they can get away with. Do not think for a moment that the Republicans wouldn’t impeach a future Dem President for far less!
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Post by annemarie on Mon 20 May 2019, 12:42

Your right Donnamarie they would impeach a Dem, the republicans aren't gonna kill the goose that is making them rich.
Everyone is looking at the clown no one is paying attention to what they are up to. The Republicans sold what ever souls they
had a long time ago.

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 20 May 2019, 13:29

Donnamarie - Of course the Republicans would impeach a Democrat at the drop of a hat. I'm just not sure the process of impeachment at this time is the right way to go.

Question: If the incumbent loses the election, is he still President until the new guy takes the oath of office? What would happen if something happened to the new President before he took the oath? Would the incumbent stay in office?
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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 20 May 2019, 13:37

I’m just guessing Lizzy but I would think the newly elected’s Vice President would take over. Trump stays in power through the transition until Inauguration Day.

I don’t think I’m going out on a limb to say that when the Dem nominee is elected President (my rare optimism showing here :/) Trump will NOT concede. I think he will create even more chaos and stoke his base to come out and reject the election results.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 20 May 2019, 13:50

Nancy Pelosi has said the same thing Donnamarie Trump will not go without causing chaos.

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 20 May 2019, 14:01

By that time I hope all the states that are putting cases together against him are ready to indict. He might go straight from the oval office to jail. Fingers crossed.

PS - Just heard on the news that there were people at DeutschBank who were concerned about Trump and Kushner possibly being involved in money laundering but didn't notify US authorities because they were overruled by their superiors at the bank. This could get really interesting.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 20 May 2019, 18:22

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7050253/Border-Patrol-agent-sent-alarming-texts-calling-migrants-disgusting-subhuman-sh-t.html

[size=34]Border Patrol agent accused of knocking down a Guatemalan man with his patrol car sent texts calling migrants 'savages' and 'disgusting subhuman s***' and begged 'PLEASE let us take the gloves off Trump'[/size]


  • Nogales Agent Matthew Bowen, 39, sent texts calling migrants 'disgusting subhuman s***' and 'murdering savages'

  • In one text he wrote: 'PLEASE let us take the gloves off Trump'

  • He's accused of running over a 23-year-old Guatemalan migrant with his patrol car before arresting him on December 3, 2017, in Arizona

  • The 10-year Border Patrol veteran allegedly lied in his report about hitting him

  • Bowen was indicted by a federal grand jury last May on charges of depriving the man of his civil rights under color of law and falsifying records 

  • Text messages the suspect sent slandering migrants have been unearthed by prosecutors who want to use them as evidence of his 'disdain' 


By MARLENE LENTHANG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 12:43 EDT, 20 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:07 EDT, 20 May 2019

     


A U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of hitting a migrant with his patrol car in Arizona also sent offensive text messages calling immigrants at the border 'disgusting', 'subhuman s***' and 'mindless murdering savages'. 
The messages sent by Nogales Agent Matthew Bowen, 39, have been unearthed by federal prosecutors that suggest a disdain towards immigrants. 
In one text he calls the migrants he apprehends 'disgusting subhuman s*** unworthy of being kindling for a fire' and asks the president 'PLEASE let us take the gloves off Trump'. 
Two weeks after sending those messages to another agent, who was accused of murdering an unarmed Mexican teenager through the border fence, Bowen hit a Guatemalan migrant with his truck on December 3, 2017.
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Shocking text messages sent by Nogales Agent Matthew Bowen, 39, have been unearthed by federal prosecutors, revealing his disdain towards migrants. He's accused of running over a Guatemalan migrant in 2017 then lying about hit the victim in his report. File image above
The suspect nearly ran over 23-year-old Antolin Lopez Aguilar then lied about the incident in his report, according to Arizona Daily Star. 

Bowen, a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol Agency, was indicted by a federal grand jury last May on charges of depriving the man of his civil rights under color of law and falsifying records. His trial will begin in August.
In his report he claimed he hit Lopez with his truck giving 'just a little push with a ford bumper' when in reality he hit Lopez twice and accelerated the truck 'directly into the back of Lopez Aguilar's body', knocking him to the ground. 
The tires of the truck 'came to a full stop within inches of running Lopez-Aguilar over where he lay on the ground,' an agent wrote in a report. 
Lopez was hospitalized with abrasions to his right hand and his knees and sentenced to 30 days in federal prison for crossing the border illegally.
Bowen's offensive texts then came to light in filings last month in U.S. District Court in Tuscon. 
Prosecutors are asking a judge to allow some of Bowen's text messages to be used as evidence of his 'great disdain' for the people he apprehends - which could shed light on his state of mind when he hit the migrant.


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Bowen, a 10-year Border Patrol veteran is accused of running over a 23-year-old Guatemalan migrant with his patrol car before arresting him on December 3, 2017. He's sent shocking messages calling migrants 'subhuman s***' and 'murdering savages'
Defense lawyer Sean Chapman argues that certain terms are 'commonplace throughout the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, that it is part of the agency's culture, and therefore says nothing about Mr. Bowen's mind-set'. 
He argued that those text messages could be perceived as 'racist or offensive' and wouldn't help a jury determine 'whether he, on this occasion, set out to use excessive force to apprehend the alleged victim.' 
In one text exchange sent on December 18, 2017 with an unidentified person Bowen talks about cooking migrants.
'Did you gas hiscorpse (sic) or just use regular peanut oil while tazing?? For a frying effect,' someone texted Bowen.
He replied: 'Guats are best made crispy with an olive oil from their native pais.'
Guat is an offensive, derogatory term for a Guatemalan citizen and pais is the Spanish word for country.
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Some of Bowen's offensive texts were sent to fellow Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz (left in 2018) who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for shooting dead a migrant through the border fence 
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Swartz was accused of killing unarmed 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in Mexico by shooting him through the border fence at Nogales during an alleged rock-throwing incident in 2012. Jose pictured in the back, his grieving mother Arceli Rodriguez pictured in front
Bowen sent several text messages to agent Lonnie Ray Swartz who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. 
Swartz was accused of killing unarmed 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in Mexico by shooting him through the border fence at Nogales during an alleged rock-throwing incident in 2012. 
After another rock throwing incident in November 2017, Bowen sent Swartz  a message calling the throwers 'mindless murdering savages'. 
In other messages he calls migrants 'tonks' a derogatory term for those that cross the border.
It's not clear where this word comes from but it's connected to the sound of a flashlight hitting the back of someone's head.  Others say it's an acronym for 'temporarily outside native country'. 
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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 20 May 2019, 20:32

Well this is a perfectly disgusting story. I also heard this morning that there are even more migrant children who were separated at the border than has been reported. A number close to 1,200 I believe. There must be so many unreported stories of illegal or abusive activity by ICE and other federal officials at the border. It may take congressional investigations but the truth will eventually come out. And it will all be shocking and shameful for our country.
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 20 May 2019, 20:55

I really hope there is such a thing as karma because these "people" need a dose of their own medicine. What has gone so wrong in this country that we can produce so many sick bastards?
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 21 May 2019, 00:07

Some things really surprise me and this is shocking....sometimes I've wondered if it's to do with being such an enormous country....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jblGNTtF1s

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 21 May 2019, 13:39

PAN - I honestly don't know. You would think that such a huge space would let us keep out of each others' way, but it seems a lot of us can't just live and let live.

States rights vs federal control has always been an issue, with each state having its own concerns, but since the Civil War we've always managed to keep it together - until drumpf unleashed all the stupid. God knows where we go from here.
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 21 May 2019, 16:13

Well, I honestly think that there are signs of hope - who would have thought Gorsuch would have been siding with the Liberals? And Mayor Pete would have shone on Fox News at a townhall?

I think it's stuff that I never knew that knocks me - like the John Oliver programme on death investigations - who knew that a coroner in the States did not need to have any medical qualifications?

By the way, don't know if you've seen Vice about Dick Cheney? He's the guy who created the laws which have made the Republicans so powerful - whilst starting the Iraq war of course - with the help of John Bolton....

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 21 May 2019, 18:18

PAN - I haven't seen it, but to be honest I probably won't give it a look. I know Cheney did much to set us up for the mess  we have today, but I'm just fed up. Every day I open my computer to a frantic litany of doom and gloom from every political and environmental group - not to mention straight-up charities - all screaming that the world is ending.  I'm tired of being shrieked at and I'm tired of reading about all these disgusting people and the horrible things they've done.

At this point, the only political news I want to hear is that a Democrat is elected president and has cleaned out the government from top to bottom. Since that's probably a fairy tale, I'll settle for drumpf's obituary.
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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 22 May 2019, 00:43

LOL Lizzy. You sound like you’re at your wits end. Just like me. I watched the political news this morning (I’m a masochist right?) and I was so angry by 9 am. What a way to start the day. My husband tells me don’t watch these shows. As much as I hate the news because most of it is so bad I feel like it’s my responsibility.

PAN, I’ve been shocked by so much going on in our country. There are lots of good people here but there are a fair number who are not. We clearly are not a united country any longer. It started before Trump and it’s getting worse. Even if we get a Dem in the White House we still will be fighting with each other. Maybe it was inevitable. There has been a huge split over the years in where people stand on social issues and race. Our political parties reflect this divide. These issues are extremely emotional and polarizing and I don’t know when that is going to change.
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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 22 May 2019, 01:23

Well, if we don't start taking climate change seriously it really won't matter much. We won't be around to worry about any of it.

Check out Bill Nye's bit on John Oliver's show. Really funny and really true.
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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 22 May 2019, 02:11

So true. Plant trees everybody!!

Latest update is that the Polar Ice Cap will be gone in three years - and the positive if you could call it that is that with any luck certain bits of Florida will be under water


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Post by annemarie on Wed 22 May 2019, 12:14

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7056753/Nancy-Pelosi-facing-pressure-begin-impeachment-proceedings-against-Trump.html

[size=34]Nancy Pelosi is facing pressure to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump as Democrats including AOC and Beto O'Rourke call for action[/size]


  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing mounting pressure from Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump

  • The calls for impeachment stem from Trump's latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer, Don McGahn, from testifying Tuesday

  • Pelosi summoned some Dems to a meeting of investigators to assess a strategy

  • Beto O'Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are among those pushing her to act


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 00:37 EDT, 22 May 2019 | UPDATED: 01:48 EDT, 22 May 2019

     


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing mounting pressure from Democrats, including Beto O'Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
Democrats are calling for Trump's impeachment after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying on Tuesday. 
A growing number of rank-and-file House Democrats, incensed by former counsel Don McGahn's empty chair in the Judiciary Committee hearing room, are confronting Pelosi and pushing her and other leaders to act. 
Their impatience is running up against the speaker's preference for a more methodical approach, including already-unfolding court battles.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) is facing pressure from Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump
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Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke and New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are two Democrats who believe the president should be impeached
[size=10][size=18]Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it's the time to impeach Trump




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Pelosi summoned some of them - still a small fraction of the House Democratic caucus - to a meeting of investigators Wednesday to assess strategy.
Some other Democratic leaders, while backing Pelosi, signaled that a march to impeachment may at some point become inevitable.
O'Rourke, the former congressman from Texas, said during a town hall in Iowa Tuesday night that impeachment is 'not something that I take lightly'.
'If we do nothing because we are afraid of the polls or the politics, or the repercussions in the next election, we will set a precedent that, in fact, some people, because of the position of power and public trust that they hold, are above the law,' he said. 
Rep Ocasio-Cortez told CNN that she knows 'being the speaker is hard, but I think we know what we need to do. We have to move forward'. 
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters that 'we are confronting what might be the largest, broadest cover-up in American history'.
If a House inquiry 'leads to other avenues including impeachment,' the Maryland Democrat said, 'so be it'.
Reps Joaquin Castro of Texas and Diana DeGette of Colorado added their voices to the impeachment inquiry chorus.
'There is political risk in doing so, but there's a greater risk to our country in doing nothing,' Castro said on Twitter. 'This is a fight for our democracy.'
DeGette tweeted: 'The facts laid out in the Mueller report, coupled with this administration's ongoing attempts to stonewall Congress, leave us no other choice.'
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A growing number of rank-and-file House Democrats, incensed by former counsel Don McGahn's empty chair (pictured) in the Judiciary Committee hearing room, are confronting Pelosi and pushing her and other leaders to act
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Democrats are calling for Trump's impeachment after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking McGahn (left) from testifying on Tuesday 
One Republican congressman, Justin Amash of Michigan, has called for impeachment proceedings. 
He said Tuesday he thinks other GOP lawmakers should join him - but only after reading special counsel Robert Mueller's report carefully.
Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy dismissed Amash as out of step with House Republicans and 'out of step with America.' 
And Sen Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said wryly of Amash's position: 'I don't think it's going to be a trend-setting move.'
As Democrats weigh their options, Trump is almost taunting them by testing the bounds of executive power in ways few other administrations have. 
The White House contends that even former employees like McGahn do not have to abide by subpoenas from Congress.


A short time later House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler issued subpoenas for more Trump administration officials - former White House communications director Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson, a former aide in the White House counsel's office - for documents and testimony.
Trump's former White House counsel is the most-cited witness in Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation report, recounting the president's attempts to interfere with the probe. And that makes his silence all the more infuriating for Democrats.
Nadler gaveled open Tuesday's hearing with a stern warning that McGahn will be held in contempt for failing to appear.
'Our subpoenas are not optional,' Nadler said. 'We will not allow the president to stop this investigation.'
However, Rep Doug Collins, the ranking Republican on the committee, spoke scornfully of Nadler's position, calling the session a 'circus' and saying the chairman preferred a public 'fight over fact-finding'.
Democrats are 'trying desperately to make something out of nothing,' Collins said, in the aftermath of Mueller's report. 
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House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (pictured) issued subpoenas for more Trump administration officials - former White House communications director Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson, a former aide in the White House counsel's office - for documents and testimony
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However, Rep Doug Collins (pictured), the ranking Republican on the committee, spoke scornfully of Nadler's position, calling the session a 'circus' and saying the chairman preferred a public 'fight over fact-finding'
A lawyer for McGahn had said he would follow the president's directive and skip Tuesday's hearing, leaving the Democrats without yet another witness - and a growing debate within the party about how to respond.
Nadler said the committee would vote to hold McGahn in contempt, though that's not expected until June, after lawmakers return from the Memorial Day recess.
Democrats are encouraged by an early success in the legal battles , a Monday ruling by a federal judge against Trump on in a financial records dispute with Congress. Trump's team filed notice of appeal on Tuesday.
But Pelosi's strategy hasn't been swift enough for some lawmakers. In particular, several members of the Judiciary panel feel they must take the lead in at least launching impeachment proceedings.
They say a formal impeachment inquiry could give Democrats more standing in court, even if they stop short of a vote to remove the president.
'I think that's something a lot of members of the committee - and more and more members of the caucus - think is necessary,' said Rep Steve Cohen of Tennessee. 
'I think an inquiry, as the Senate Watergate hearings were, would lead the public to see the misdeeds of this administration.'
Others, though, including some from more conservative districts, said they prefer the step-by-step approach.
'We want to make sure that we're following all the legal processes, everything we've been given, to truly make the best decisions,' said Rep. Lucy McBath of Georgia, a freshman on the Judiciary panel.
Pelosi scheduled Wednesday's meeting with lawmakers from the Judiciary and Oversight committees after some members confronted her during a meeting among top Democrats Monday evening.
At that time, Rep Jamie Raskin of Maryland led others in arguing that an impeachment inquiry would consolidate the Trump investigations and allow Democrats to keep more focus on their other legislative work, according to people familiar with the private conversation who requested anonymity to discuss it.
Pelosi pushed back, saying that several committees are doing investigations already and noting that Rep Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the chairman of the Oversight Committee, already had won the early court battle over Trump's financial documents.
With a 235-197 Democratic majority, Pelosi would likely find support for starting impeachment proceedings, but it could be a tighter vote than that margin suggests.
Some lawmakers say voters back home are more interested in health care and the economy. 
Many come from more conservative districts where they need to run for re-election in communities where Trump also has support.
For Pelosi, it's a push-pull exercise as she tries to raise awareness about Trump's behavior without moving toward impeachment unless she knows the public is with Congress.
'We've been in this thing for almost five months and now we're getting some results,' Pelosi told lawmakers Monday night. 'We've always said one thing will lead to another as we get information.'
But other Democrats in the meeting, several of whom have spoken publicly about a need to be more aggressive with Trump, are increasingly impatient. 
They include Reps David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Ted Lieu of California and freshman Joe Neguse of Colorado.
'We're in a very grave moment,' said Rep Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, and 'probably right now are left, with nothing but that we must open an inquiry'.
Rep Veronica Escobar of Texas tweeted that Congress has made 'accommodation after accommodation. I don't think we should wait any longer'.

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Post by carolhathaway on Wed 22 May 2019, 14:31

Austria just realizes what happens when accepting right-wing politicians in your government:

:https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/05/21/austria-shows-risks-dealing-with-far-right/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.086d83f34d8c


Austria shows the risks of dealing with the far right

By Iahaan Tharoor

May 21

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is widely seen as the conservative golden boy of Europe. Suave and disarmingly young — he turns 33 in August — Kurz has been cast as the savior of Europe’s center-right establishment, a fresh face in a continent weary of the stoic centrism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a plausible bridge between the liberal west and more nationalist governments in Central and Eastern Europe.

Kurz came to power at the end of 2017 through a coalition between his center-right People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party. Rather than take Merkel’s well-hewn path (and that of the previous Austrian government) — a grand alliance with center-left Social Democrats — he opted for a more ideologically proximate ally. It was a pact that shocked liberal onlookers in Europe and offered the latest indication of how far-right politics were drifting into the West’s mainstream. Richard Grenell, President Trump’s outspoken envoy in Germany, hailed Kurz as a “rock star.”

But on Saturday, Kurz’s partnership with the Freedom Party — a faction founded by neo-Nazis — and its leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, dramatically ended after leaked videos showed Strachepromising government contracts in return for donations from a woman posing as a wealthy scion of a Russian oligarch family. Strache announced his resignation both as the country’s vice chancellor, as well as leader of his party.

“The videos, secretly recorded in a villa on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza in 2017 before the Austrian elections, included Strache telling the woman he could arrange lucrative government contracts if she acquired controlling stakes in Austria’s largest tabloid, Kronen Zeitung, and supported the anti-immigrant Freedom Party,” my colleagues reported. “But the meeting appears to have been a political sting. The woman was not the niece of a prominent Russian businessman, as she claimed. The daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and the weekly Der Spiegel published clips of the video on Friday but did not say how they were obtained or how the video was made.”

Austria: If the APA information about a snap election is correct, PM and 'wunderkind' Sebastian Kurz's (ÖVP-EPP) (first) coalition was the second shortest in post-war Austria. 

Source: Flooh Perlot on Twitter#StracheVideo #Ibizagate #IbizaAffaere#Neuwahlen #SebastianKurz pic.twitter.com/7o7EM0bQlM

— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) May 18, 2019

The intrigues into the provenance of the videos and how they reached German media will continue. In a statement, Strache insisted that no crime was committed and that he was the victim of a “political assassination.” He also said that the incident itself was “stupid, irresponsible and a mistake.” But for Kurz, it was the last straw. “The Freedom Party has damaged the country’s image,” Kurz said to reporters. Later, he told the German newspaper Bild that investigations would determine whether Strache faces criminal liability.

Not surprisingly, Kurz and Strache shared an uneasy alliance. Before the past week’s scandal, Strache’s party courted a range of controversies. Last month, Kurz was compelled to denounce a “horrible and racist poem” penned by a Freedom Party official that likened immigrants to “rats” and suggested that cultures destroy themselves when they mix. A party campaign poster, which depicted a fair-haired white couple surrounded by a sea of swarthy, sinister-looking foreigners, drew comparisons to Nazi propaganda.

The Freedom Party’s control of the portfolio for Austria’s interior ministry led to fears of ultranationalists exploiting the country’s security apparatus; the ministry ordered raids on top Austrian intelligence operatives, measures that were seen as bids to shield the Freedom Party and its extremist contacts, and which had a chilling effect on the country’s security services. The party’s close links with the Kremlin meant the United States and European partners had started to exclude Vienna from certain intelligence sharing. Strache’s revealed willingness to sell himself to a Russian bidder reinforced the apprehensions many already had about the country’s ascendant far right.

“The images show a disturbing picture, a picture that does not represent our country. This is not who we are. This isn’t what Austria is like,” Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen told reporters. He called for fresh elections to rebuild Austrians’ trust in their government. Those elections are expected in September.

Neuwahlen waren kein Wunsch, sie sind eine Notwendigkeit. Nach der Veröffentlichung des Videos können wir nicht zur Tagesordnung übergehen. Mit Bundespräsident @vanderbellen habe ich die weitere Vorgehensweise besprochen. pic.twitter.com/Klrlym1jvl

— Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) May 19, 2019

Austria is a small nation of almost 9 million people, but its current political turmoil has far wider lessons. Kurz’s gambit was once seen as a sign of things to come, a blueprint for center-right parties across the continent to seize or maintain power by co-opting the populist parties to their right through a shared hard-line approach on immigration and identity. Earlier this month, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the continent’s most infamous illiberal leader, urged other center-right parties to take Kurz’s path.

But nowhere has that tactic seemed to work. In France, the once-dominant center right hopelessly plays second fiddle to the far-right National Rally led by Marine Le Pen. In Spain’s recent elections, the center right attempted to take a more nationalist, conservative line — and, instead, saw large segments of its supporters cast their ballot with an insurgent far-right party. Populist, far-right parties are expected to win significant gains in the European parliamentary elections — voting for which starts this Thursday — and often at the expense of traditional center-right factions.

“A firmly rightwing, anti-immigration stance coupled with a modern image made Kurz the darling of the Conservative wing of Germany’s Christian Democrats, exasperated by grand coalition compromises and Angela Merkel’s centrism,” noted the Financial Times. “He inspired other young mainstream right leaders, such as Pablo Casado in Spain and Laurent Wauquiez in France. But Casado tried the Kurz approach in last month’s Spanish election, with disastrous consequences. Wauquiez has recently taken to emphasizing that he is the leader of the right and of the center. Kurzism as a conservative philosophy, if it ever really existed, is finished.”

The apparent venality displayed by Strache bolstered the arguments of many critics who see Europe’s populists as cynical grifters who gladly collaborate with Russian proxies and other dubious actors. “Other mainstream European politicians facing threats from a growing far right should take heed: pandering to them doesn’t work,” wrote Alina Polyakova of the Brookings Institution. “For all the rhetoric of national sovereignty routinely espoused by Marine Le Pen, [Italy’s] Matteo Salvini and other populist leaders, Strache’s fall shows how these supposedly lofty ideas are a cover for opportunism and hypocrisy.”

But the current revelations may not dent their electoral fortunes, at least for now. “Austria is a small country and the other far-right parties can claim that this is not their problem,” Wolfgang Müller, the head of the University of Vienna’s government department, told Vox. “The Freedom Party’s image might suffer, but I expect national concerns in other countries will be overwhelming for foreign voters.”
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Post by carolhathaway on Wed 22 May 2019, 14:47

I just wanted to show you that we have to deal with different and difficult politicians in Europe as well.

I just read comments about this in the German news magazine Der Spiegel which launched the story with another, more conservative news magazine. And the most interesting issue for me was how harsh this magazine was attacked for publishing this story
a) just now since it might influence voters on the European elections which start tomorrow
b) as German magazines they should focus on German politics rather than publishing a story about Austrian politicians
c) without naming their sources and the people who offered them the video.
All these issues seemed to be more interesting than thinking about the content of this video which showed the leader of a party who was also his party's front-runner at the upcoming parliamental elections (and became Austria's vice chancellor afterwards) and offered a completely foreigner new businesses in exchange for their supporting him and his party at the elections.

A lot whataboutism - Hillary's emails were a keyword in these comments...
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Post by annemarie on Wed 22 May 2019, 18:32

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7059133/Trump-cuts-short-infrastructure-meeting-Pelosi-Schumer-vents-press-instead.html

[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: Trump storms out of White House infrastructure meeting with Pelosi and Schumer to hold free-wheeling Rose Garden presser slamming Democrats for investigating him and says: 'I don't do cover-ups'[/size]


  • President tells Democratic congressional leaders that he won't work with them on legislation while they keep him under investigation

  • Trump abruptly ended a planned meeting on infrastructure funding with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

  • Instead he spoke to a hastily assembled press corps in the Rose Garden

  • 'We're doing excellent work without them,' Trump said of Democrats, saying that he is now facing the fourth or fifth repetitive investigation

  • Responding to a claim Pelosi had made to poison the well, he insisted 'I don't do cover-ups' 

  • Schumer claimed dismissing him and Pelosi was a planned stunt; Pelosi announced dramatically that she's praying for the president

  • President predicted all-out war with Democrats in November, saying he wouldn't work with them if they were in 'a warlike posture' with investigations 


By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR  and EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:58 EDT, 22 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:25 EDT, 22 May 2019

     



President Donald Trump showed Democratic congressional leaders the back of his hand on Wednesday, ending a planned meeting on infrastructure legislation before it began and venting publicly instead about their vows to investigate him and possibly impeach him.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had accused him hours earlier of presiding over a 'cover-up.' 
'I don't do cover-ups,' Trump told reporters standing in the White House Rose Garden. 'You people probably know that better than anybody.'
He said wouldn't work with Pelosi or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer until they stood down.

'When they get everything done, I'm all set to – let's get infrastructure, let's get drug prices down. In the meantime we're doing excellent work without them,' Trump said. 
As Washington reeled from what amounted to a formal declaration of war, Trump tweeted a brushoff. 
'You can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously – it just doesn’t work that way. You can’t go down two tracks at the same time,' he wrote,' adding: 'Democrat leadership is tearing the United States apart, but I will continue to set records for the American People.'
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President Donald Trump spoke to reporters in the Rose Garden on Wednesday after cutting short a planned meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer; he said he won't work with them as long as they're pursuing a carefully crafted plan to investigate and impeach him
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she's praying for Trump and was amazed at the way the president ended the scheduled sit-down
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Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer claimed the president's storm-out was a setup and he never intended to negotiate over infrasctructure spending in the first place
The president hasn't budged from the position he took last November, one day after Democrats won control of half of Congress in an election that was seen as a referendum on his brand of Washington chaos. 


TRUMP PREDICTED ALL-OUT WAR WITH DEMOCRATS


Donald Trump spoke with reporters on November 7, 2018, the day after Democrats won control of the House of Representatives: 
QUESTION: The real question is, you just said up here, and said from this podium, that it's -- are you offering a my-way-or-highway scenario to the Democrats? You're saying ...
TRUMP: No. Negotiation. Not at all.
QUESTION: ... that if -- if they start investigating you, that you can play that game and investigate them.
TRUMP: Oh, yeah. Better than them.
QUESTION: Can you compartmentalize that --
TRUMP: And I think I know more -- and I think I know more than they know.
QUESTION: Can you compartmentalize that and still continue to work with them for the benefit of the rest of the country? Or are you --
TRUMP: No.
QUESTION: Are all bets off?
TRUMP: No. If they do that, then it's just -- all it is, is a warlike posture.




Asked if he would be able to 'compartmentalize' legislative work if the new Democratic majority 'start[s] investigating you,' he responded: 'No. ... If they do that, then it's just – all it is, is a warlike posture.'
On Wednesday Trump tried his best to escalate the fight. 
'It's sad. This meeting was set up a number of days ago at 11 o'clock. All of a sudden I hear last night they'll have a meeting, right before this meeting, to talk about "The I-word," he said, referring to impeachment over claims that he obstructed justice. 
Special Counsel Robert Mueller dismissed Democrats' claims that his campaign colluded with Russians in 2016, but left it to Trump's own Justice Department to determine whether to charge him with obstruction for allegedly trying to impede the Russia probe.
'The I-word! Can you imagine? Idon't speak to Russians about campaigns,' Trump said. 'When I went to Wisconsin and Michigan and Pennsylvania, I don't say, "Let's call Russia." ... It's a hoax. The greatest hoax in history.'
Trump told hte press that he had entered his meeting with Pelosi and Schumer saying he wanted a deal to fund refurbishment and replacement of infrastructure like roads, tunnels, bridges and airports. 
'But you know what?' he said he told them. 'You can't do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with.'
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Trump tweeted a mouthful after the White House blowup, ending with a jab at Nancy Pelosi for piously saying she would be praying for him
Moments after Trump concluded speaking, Pelosi and Schumer rebutted him on Capitol Hill. 
'He just took a pass,' Pelosi told reporters, 'and it just makes me wonder why he did that. In any event I pray for the President of the United States.' 
'He came in the room and made the statement he made – well, I won't even characterize it,' she said.
'It's clear this was not a spontaneous move on the president's part,' Schumer claimed. 'It was planned.'
'When we got in the room the curtains were closed. There was a place for the president to stand … and then of course he went into the Rose Garden.'
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In his mini tweet-storm during the lunch hour, Trump wrote: 'Nancy, thank you so much for your prayers, I know you truly mean it!' 
Reporters at the White House were summoned with mere minutes' notice to hear Trump speak and field two questions.
By then the president's podium was already set up with a placard declaring that the Mueller probe found 'NO collusion' and 'NO obstruction,' suggesting the public remarks weren't completely impromptu. 
Trump quoted from a Wall Street Journal editorial that called for Democrats to move on from their investigations.
'There was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign,' he said. 'That's it. But they want to make this a big deal. Whether or not they carry the big "I-word" out.' 
'There is a danger here,' he claimed. 'If someday a Democrat becomes president and you have a Republican House, they can impeach him for any reason, or her. Any reason. We can't allow that to happen.' 
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 The president vented about Democrats' plan of attack, re-launching investigations on which he believes the Mueller probe was the final word
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Trump's clash with congressional Democrats is just the latest in a series of head-on collisions since Democrats took over the House of Representatives in January. 
'I respect the courts. I respect Congress. I respect right here where we're standing,' he said Wednesday, referring to the White House. 'But what they've done is abuse. This is investigation number four on the same thing, probably five, and it really started, Ithink, pretty much from the time we came down the escalator in Trump Tower.'
'We're doing a lot without them,' Trump added. 'Let them play their games. We're going to go down one track at a time.'
Pelosi took a parting shot at the president as her own hastily scheduled press conference ended, speculating with an acid tongue about why he had decided to storm out of their meeting.
'Maybe it was lack of confidence on his part, that he really couldn't match the greatness of the challenge that we have,' she said.

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Post by annemarie on Fri 24 May 2019, 10:57

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7066101/PM-summons-inner-circle-Downing-Street-gets-ready-quit.html



[size=34]'It's been the honour of my life to serve the country I love': Theresa May breaks down as she announces she will stand down on June 7 in emotional announcement and pleads for politicians to find Brexit compromise that eluded her[/size]


  • PM spent the night at home in Berkshire with her husband Philip before returning to Downing Street today

  • Mrs May announce plans this morning to step aside as Tory leader on June 7 and leave No10 over the summer

  • Mrs May began the day with a meeting with the Tories' backbench 1922 shop steward Sir Graham Brady

  • She then address the nation from Downing Street to explain why she has decided to leave 'the job I love'



By JAMES TAPSFIELD, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR and MARTIN ROBINSON, CHIEF REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 03:39 EDT, 24 May 2019 | UPDATED: 05:47 EDT, 24 May 2019

     


Theresa May broke down in tears today as she read the last rites on her troubled premiership after bowing to a massive Tory mutiny over her Brexit plans.
The Prime Minister announced her departure in an emotional statement on the steps of Downing Street after meeting Tory backbench chief Sir Graham Brady and giving the news to her staff behind closed doors.
'I've done my best,' she said. 'I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal ... sadly I have not been able to do so.
'It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.'

Watched by husband Philip, Mrs May was almost unable to continue as she was overtaken by tears while voicing her pride at having served the country.
She declared she will resign as Conservative leader on June 7, triggering a contest that should be complete by the end of July - admitting it was time for someone else to try and deliver Brexit. 
Mrs May said it had been the 'honour of my life' to be PM, and she hoped she would not be the last woman to lead the country. And she urged warring MPs from all parties to remember that 'compromise is not a dirty word'.
The dramatic move comes after Mrs May's last-ditch effort to get her EU deal through the Commons backfired spectacularly. Tories were up in arms and the Cabinet mounted an open revolt after she offered MPs a vote on holding a second referendum and joining a temporary customs union with the EU.
The PM humiliatingly pulled her Withdrawal Agreement Bill - known as WAB - yesterday after seemingly accepting the inevitable.  
Sir Graham had been charged by Tory backbenchers to enforce an exit date if she refused, with MPs threatening to change party rules to allow a no-confidence vote.
But despite the brutal assault on her position, there was an outpouring of sympathy today after she finally fell on her sword.
Andrea Leadsom, whose resignation as Commons Leader put the final nail in Mrs May's political coffin, tweeted: 'A very dignified speech by @theresa_may. An illustration of her total commitment to country and duty. She did her utmost, and I wish her all the very best.' 
Prominent Tory Brexiteer Steve Baker, who strongly opposed the PM's Brexit deal, tweeted: 'Very dignified statement from Theresa May, beginning to set out the many things which she has achieved in office. This is a sad but necessary day.' 
Environment Secretary Michael Gove tweeted: 'A moving speech from a Prime Minister who deserves our respect and gratitude. Thank you @theresa_may.'  
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The Prime Minister announced her departure in an emotional statement on the steps of Downing Street today
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Last night the PM chose to stay at her constituency home in Berkshire mulling her exit strategy with her husband Philip, who was yesterday urged by Brexiteers to tell his wife her time is up. 
This morning's bombshell development, which plunges the future of Brexit into further doubt, comes as:


  • An exclusive Mail poll showed that Boris Johnson has raced into a big early lead in the battle to succeed Mrs May, and that Nigel Farage's Brexit Party was on course for a landslide victory in yesterday's European Parliament elections;



  • Mr Farage warned MPs that his fledgling party was ready to fight 'a general election that would cost them all their jobs' if they failed to deliver on the 2016 EU referendum result;  
  • Former chancellor Ken Clarke suggested the majority of Tory MPs did not support their own party in the European election.



  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who rejected Mrs May's compromise offer on Brexit, told supporters to 'get ready for a general election';



  • Former defence secretary Gavin Williamson and rising Tory star Johnny Mercer both announced they would be backing Mr Johnson's campaign for the Tory crown;
  • Tory vice-chair Helen Grant quit before Mrs May confirmed her resignation, saying she wants to support a candidate in the leadership contest; 



  • Mrs May spent the afternoon campaigning in her Maidenhead constituency for the European elections she never wanted to take place;



  • Downing Street dismissed reports that the political turbulence could lead to the cancellation of Donald Trump's visit.


Mrs May's decision to announce her plans to step aside came after senior Cabinet ministers warned her they were on the brink of withdrawing their support over her decision to open the door to a second Brexit referendum in a last-ditch bid to get her deal approved by MPs.
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Mrs May walked out into Downing Street to draw a line under her time in office after meeting Tory chief Sir Graham Brady 
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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Mrs May to abandon plans to put her Withdrawal Agreement Bill to a vote by MPs next month.
Mr Hunt, one of more than a dozen Tory MPs hoping to succeed her, said it was not fair to ask loyal MPs to vote for a toxic compromise that had no chance of succeeding. Home Secretary Sajid Javid, another potential leadership candidate, warned her he could not back the legislation unless she dropped the option of a second referendum.
Their interventions followed the resignation of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, who quit on Wednesday night in protest at the scale of the concessions to Labour.
Sir Graham arrived for today's meeting armed with the results of a secret ballot of senior Tories which is thought to authorise him to call an immediate vote of no confidence in her leadership if she refuses to go. 
Mrs May told MPs on Wednesday that her 'new deal' Brexit – which was designed to win over Labour MPs – would be published today and voted on in the week beginning June 3.
But the move was dropped after Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay, who would have to oversee the legislation, said he could not support it in its current form.
The Mail revealed yesterday that Mrs May had accepted her time was up and was ready to announce plans for a 'dignified' departure.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said if Mrs May refused to heed the message from her MPs and Cabinet it was up to her husband to tell her that her time was up.
He told Talk Radio: 'The person closest to her is clearly her husband, and I think somebody has to say look, nobody likes this... Politics is a nasty, sometimes brutal, ghastly business.
'But the reality is that she has no confidence any longer, not just in her party but in the Cabinet as well. So the best thing for her and the best thing for everybody else is to break away and say it's time to find a new leader.'
Allies of Mrs May last night dismissed suggestions that she had been forced out by the line of ministers beating a path to her door. 
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Government Chief Whip Julian Smith arrives at No 10 Downing Street, where the PM has announced her resignation after just three years, and was followed in by May's chief of staff Gavin Barwell
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Prime Minister Theresa May returned to Downing Street by the back entrance earlier as she prepared to quit after an ill-fated three years in power
One said: 'It is funny – and slightly pathetic – to see Sajid and Jeremy suddenly saying the deal is unacceptable after sitting through the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that approved it. Leadsom stole a march on them – they are scrabbling to catch up.'
It comes as a Survation poll for the Daily Mail shows Mr Farage's Brexit Party well ahead in the European electionson 31 per cent, trailed by Labour on 23, the Conservatives on 14 and the Lib Dems on 12.
Nearly seven out of ten Tory voters said the reason they did not intend to vote for Mrs May yesterday was because of her failure to deliver Brexit. Calls for her to step down were backed by 57 per cent of Conservatives with 25 per cent against.
With the Tory leadership contest about to begin, most of the party's supporters appear to have already decided that former Foreign Secretary Johnson is the best person to revive their dismal ratings and sort out the Brexit chaos.
A total of 36 per cent of Conservatives said he should be next leader, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid a distant second on nine per cent, followed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove on seven and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on five.
The highest placed women candidates are Andrea Leadsom, who resigned from the Cabinet on Wednesday, and fellow Brexiteer, former TV presenter Esther McVey. 
Both are on three per cent. Mr Johnson has almost as big a lead over his Conservative rivals among voters as a whole. With the Tories expected to choose a new leader by the end of July, his fellow leadership contenders will have their work cut out to close the gap.

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Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as Prime Minister, I have striven to make the United Kingdom a country that works not just for a privileged few, but for everyone.
And to honour the result of the EU referendum.
Back in 2016, we gave the British people a choice.
Against all predictions, the British people voted to leave the European Union.
I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice you have a duty to implement what they decide.
I have done my best to do that.
I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours that protects jobs, our security and our Union.
I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal.
Sadly, I have not been able to do so.
I tried three times.
I believe it was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high.
But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort.
So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7 June so that a successor can be chosen.
I have agreed with the Party Chairman and with the Chairman of the 1922 Committee that the process for electing a new leader should begin in the following week.
I have kept Her Majesty the Queen fully informed of my intentions, and I will continue to serve as her Prime Minister until the process has concluded.
It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.
It will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honours the result of the referendum.
To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in Parliament where I have not.
Such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise.
For many years the great humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton – who saved the lives of hundreds of children by arranging their evacuation from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia through the Kindertransport – was my constituent in Maidenhead.
At another time of political controversy, a few years before his death, he took me to one side at a local event and gave me a piece of advice.
He said, 'Never forget that compromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise.'
He was right.
As we strive to find the compromises we need in our politics – whether to deliver Brexit, or to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland – we must remember what brought us here.
Because the referendum was not just a call to leave the EU but for profound change in our country.
A call to make the United Kingdom a country that truly works for everyone. I am proud of the progress we have made over the last three years.
We have completed the work that David Cameron and George Osborne started: the deficit is almost eliminated, our national debt is falling and we are bringing an end to austerity.
My focus has been on ensuring that the good jobs of the future will be created in communities across the whole country, not just in London and the South East, through our Modern Industrial Strategy.
We have helped more people than ever enjoy the security of a job.
We are building more homes and helping first-time buyers onto the housing ladder - so young people can enjoy the opportunities their parents did.
And we are protecting the environment, eliminating plastic waste, tackling climate change and improving air quality.
This is what a decent, moderate and patriotic Conservative Government, on the common ground of British politics, can achieve - even as we tackle the biggest peacetime challenge any government has faced.
I know that the Conservative Party can renew itself in the years ahead.
That we can deliver Brexit and serve the British people with policies inspired by our values.
Security; freedom; opportunity.
Those values have guided me throughout my career.
But the unique privilege of this office is to use this platform to give a voice to the voiceless, to fight the burning injustices that still scar our society.
That is why I put proper funding for mental health at the heart of our NHS long-term plan.
It is why I am ending the postcode lottery for survivors of domestic abuse.
It is why the Race Disparity Audit and gender pay reporting are shining a light on inequality, so it has nowhere to hide.
And that is why I set up the independent public inquiry into the tragedy at Grenfell Tower – to search for the truth, so nothing like it can ever happen again, and so the people who lost their lives that night are never forgotten.
Because this country is a Union.
Not just a family of four nations.
But a union of people – all of us.
Whatever our background, the colour of our skin, or who we love.
We stand together.
And together we have a great future.
Our politics may be under strain, but there is so much that is good about this country. So much to be proud of. So much to be optimistic about.
I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold – the second female Prime Minister but certainly not the last.
I do so with no ill-will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.


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Post by annemarie on Fri 24 May 2019, 11:03

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7064797/Trumps-financial-records-Wells-Fargo-TD-Bank-turned-House-Democrats.html

[size=34]Wells Fargo and TD Bank have already handed over Trump's financial records to the Maxine Waters-led House Financial Services committee[/size]


  • Trumps records from Wells Fargo and TD Bank will be turned over to House Dems

  • Records will be given to Maxine Waters-led House Financial Services Committee

  • The banks are two of nine banks with which Democrats are seeking cooperation

  • Lawyers for the committee say they need access banks documents to investigate possible 'foreign influence in US political process'


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 18:14 EDT, 23 May 2019 | UPDATED: 20:41 EDT, 23 May 2019

     





President Donald Trump's financial records from Wells Fargo and TD Bank have been turned over to House Democrats. 
According to Fox News, the documents are now in the hands of the Maxine Waters-led House Financial Services Committee.
Wells Fargo and TD Bank are two of the nine banks with which Democrats are seeking cooperation.
Lawyers for the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees say they need access to documents from the banks to investigate possible 'foreign influence in the US political process' and possible money laundering from abroad. 

On Wednesday, the president, Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka and the Trump Organization lost their bid to block Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp from providing financial records to Democratic lawmakers investigating Trump's businesses.
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President Donald Trump's financial records from Wells Fargo and TD Bank have been turned over to House Democrats. The documents are now in the hands of the Maxine Waters-led House Financial Services Committee
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Lawyers for the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees say they need access to documents from the banks (file image) to investigate possible 'foreign influence in the US political process' and possible money laundering from abroad
In a decision read from the bench after hearing arguments, US District Judge Edgardo Ramos in New York said Congress has the legal authority to demand the records, clearing the way for the banks to comply with subpoenas issued to them by two US House of Representatives committees last month.
The committees have agreed not to enforce the subpoenas for seven days, the judge said. 
It was the second time in three days that a judge had ruled against the Republican president in his fight with Democrats and Trump's lawyers were expected to appeal both decisions.
Ramos said he would not suspend his decision pending appeal.
Some Democratic lawmakers welcomed the decision.
'So far, I think the president would be wise to come to the realization that our legitimate areas of inquiry are going to be supported by the courts,' Representative Dan Kildee, a Michigan Democrat and member of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Reuters in an interview.
Representative Brad Sherman, a Democratic member of the financial services committee, was more cautious, saying that he expected the decision would be appealed.
Asked if lawmakers should be satisfied that they will get the information they seek, Sherman said: 'I'll believe it when I see it out of the US Supreme Court.'
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 
Deutsche Bank said it would abide by the court's decision. Capital One did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, has aggressively sought to defy congressional oversight of his administration since Democrats took control of the House in January.
Ramos said that the committees had the power to issue the subpoenas under Congress' 'broad' power to conduct investigations to further legislation.
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On Wednesday, the president, Ivanka (pictured) and the Trump Organization lost their bid to block Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp from providing financial records to Democratic lawmakers investigating Trump's businesses
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Donald Jr and Eric also lost their bid to block the banks from providing their financial records to the Democrats 
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He also rejected Trump's argument that they were barred by a federal financial privacy law, the Right to Financial Privacy Act, saying the law does not apply to congressional investigations.
Trump said last month that the administration was 'fighting all the subpoenas' issued by the House, hardening his position after the release of a redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on how Russia interfered in the 2016 US election to help Trump and on the president's attempts to impede the investigation.
'We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations,' Deutsche Bank spokeswoman Kerrie McHugh said in an emailed statement after the ruling.
Lawyers for the Trump family members and the Trump Organization declined to comment on the decision. 


Some parts of the subpoenas have been included in court filings. The subpoena on Deutsche Bank seeks extensive records of accounts, transactions and investments linked to Trump, his three oldest children, their immediate family members and several Trump Organization entities, as well as records of ties they might have to foreign entities.
Deutsche Bank has long been a principal lender for Trump's real estate business and a 2017 disclosure form showed that Trump had at least $130million of liabilities to the bank.
The subpoena on Capital One seeks records related to multiple entities tied to the Trump Organization's hotel business. 
In March, before issuing their subpoena, Democratic lawmakers asked Capital One for documents concerning potential conflicts of interest tied to Trump's Washington hotel and other business interests since he became president in January 2017.
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Trump, his adult children, Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka, and the Trump Organization had sought a preliminary injunction to prevent Deutsche Bank complying with the subpoenas from the House Financial Services Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, and Capital One from complying with a subpoena from the Financial Services Committee. 
In a lawsuit filed on April 29, lawyers for the Trumps argued that the subpoenas were too broad, and that Democrats are hoping they will 'stumble upon something' that could be used for political attacks on the president.
Patrick Strawbridge, a lawyer for Trump, said at Wednesday's hearing that the subpoenas were 'the epitome of an inquiry into private or personal matters,' and that the House committees were reaching beyond their role as legislators.
Douglas Letter, a lawyer for the committees, said the subpoenas were part of a 'very serious investigation on behalf of the American people' that could lead to legislation aimed at reducing foreign influence in US politics. He denied that it was intended to target Trump personally.
'He clearly sees us as some sort of nuisance,' Letter said.
The banks are the only defendants in the case, but the House committees intervened to oppose Trump's effort to block the subpoenas.
Representative Maxine Waters told reporters after the lawsuit was filed that Trump had 'cast a gauntlet'.
'We will fight him,' she said.
On Monday, a federal judge in Washington ruled against the president in a similar case, finding that Trump's accounting firm, Mazars LLP, must comply with a congressional subpoena for Trump's financial records.
US District Judge Amit Mehta found that Congress was 'not engaged in a fishing expedition' for the President's financial records when it subpoenaed Mazars and said that documents obtained might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions.
Trump called Mehta's decision 'crazy' and vowed to appeal.
On Wednesday, the House committee involved in that case, the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement it had reached an agreement with Trump's lawyers to seek an expedited appeal.
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Post by Donnamarie on Fri 24 May 2019, 14:32

Carolhathaway, regarding your post a couple of days ago about the state of Austria’s politics Rachel Maddow spent part of her show last night reviewing exactly what you recounted to us. What a mess. And scary to think that the far right and Russia are bearing down on Europe in a way we haven’t seen before.

Then PM May is resigning and the UK is no closer to a workable plan for leaving the EU. Does Boris Johnson really have a legit chance of becoming the next PM? Can things get any worse?!

Then there’s Trump, his corruption, his lies and with way too much power and no one in real time holding him to account. The courts to some extent are keeping him in check. But now with the help of his hand picked ‘personal’ lawyer at the Department of Justice he can actually go after his political enemies.

These are really scary times. It will takes years to reverse this absolute mess we are all in. affraid
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[size=34]Trump administration proposes new rules that would weaken protections for transgender people seeking out healthcare and homeless shelters[/size]


  • The Department of Health and Human Services wants to eliminate a policy that prohibits health care providers from discriminating against transgender patients

  • It follows a proposal by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to allow homeless shelters to discriminate in how they house transgender people 

  • HHS officials say the change will make regulations 'more consistent' with other agencies and save money from reduced paperwork related to transgender care

  • HUD says its proposal would offer federally funded 'homeless shelter providers the flexibility to determine under their own policy what a person's sex is'

  • Critics say the policies are discriminatory and damaging to transgender people 


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The Trump administration this week proposed rolling back protections for transgender people seeking health care and housing in homeless shelters.
The Department of Health and Human Services proposed its change on Friday, which would eliminate an Obama-era policy that prohibited health care providers from discriminating against transgender patients.
Specifically, the change repeals a prior definition that included transgender people in the language protecting against discrimination based on sex.
In its proposal, HHS said that the change makes regulations 'more consistent' with other agencies and save money from reduced paperwork.

'The American people are tired of unnecessary regulations getting in the way of access to affordable healthcare, and today's proposal would remove $3.6 billion in regulatory burdens that are ultimately being passed down to patients,' said Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
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HHS Office of Civil Rights Director Roger Severino (shown here in a file photo) said that changes that will weaken protections for transgender people seeking health care will make policy more consistent with other agencies and save money from reduced paperwork
Critics say that the change will undo protections that guarantee transgender people access to doctors and insurance coverage, including for transition-related care.
'Predicated on little more than prejudice, this proposal will abandon two million Americans who already face significant barriers to accessing adequate and life-saving health care,' said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
'This is not about free health care or special treatment,' she added. 'It's about the right of every American to be treated with dignity when they walk into an emergency room, meet a new doctor, or find the right insurance plan.'
The announcement follows a separate rule change proposal this week from the Department of Housing and Urban Development that would allow federally funded homeless shelters to make decisions about how to house transgender people – allowing for them to be turned away or placed them in areas designated for the wrong gender.

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The change would allow single-sex facilities, and shelters with separate sections and bathrooms for each gender to consider 'privacy, safety, practical concerns, religious beliefs,' and would offer 'local homeless shelter providers the flexibility to determine under their own policy what a person's sex is,' according to an agency fact sheet on the issue.
In a summary of the proposed change, HUD said the switch was consistent with the agency's 'policy of ensuring that its programs are open to all eligible individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.'
Supporters of transgender rights have condemned the proposal as legalizing discrimination.
'This is a heartless attack on some of the most vulnerable people in our society,' Keisling said. 'The programs impacted by this rule are life-saving for transgender people, particularly youth rejected by their families, and a lack of stable housing fuels the violence and abuse that takes the lives of many transgender people of color across the country.'
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson (left) testifies at a House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Representative Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat from Virginia, said she will introduce a bill today that would block HUD from going through with the rule change – and called for Carson's resignation. 
The proposal came one day after HUD Secretary Ben Carson told Congress he is 'not currently anticipating' changes to an Equal Access Rule established under the Obama administration that required shelters to house homeless people of all gender identities.
Carson said HUD's 'responsibility is to make sure everybody is treated fairly,' on Tuesday during a House Financial Services hearing.
Representative Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat from Virginia, said she will introduce a bill today that would block HUD from going through with the rule change – and called for Carson's resignation.
'This week, in his testimony before Congress, Secretary Ben Carson lied to me and the American people about his plans to allow discrimination against transgender Americans seeking access to life-saving shelter,' she said in a statement.
Carson said Tuesday before Congress that the current protections were unnecessary because Equal Access Rules introduced in 2012 and 2016 'adequately provide for fairness for all communities.'
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[size=60]New Poll: Majority of Americans Open to Voting for Trump in 2020[/size]

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The positive Trump spin on a new HarrisX poll conducted for The Hill is that a slim majority over voters say they're open to re-electing the president next year.  The negative interpretation is that nearly half say there's no chance they'd ever vote for him.  If these numbers are approximately of the electorate's mood next fall, Trump will need to pull in a disproportionate share of potentially persuadable Americans in order to secure a second term.  Here are the top line results, followed by some analysis:

A majority of registered voters in a new poll say they would consider voting President Trump into a second term. Fifty-four percent in the Hill-HarrisX survey released Monday said they would think about voting for Trump, though 46 percent of registered voters said they would not even consider casting a ballot for the president. The polling was conducted before a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusions was released on Sunday by Attorney General William Barr...People who said they backed Trump in 2016 are likely to back him again. Ninety-five percent of respondents who said they had picked Trump in his first run for office said they could find a reason vote for him again in 2020...Seventy-six percent of former Clinton voters said they would "never" vote for Trump but 24 percent said they would at least consider it. Among people who did not vote in 2016, 65 percent said they would never vote for Trump while 35 percent said they could do so.

This isn't great news for Team Trump, but they've clearly got some room to expand his appeal and support, which is a vital necessity.  And as the story notes, this polling was in the field prior to the Attorney General revealing Robert Mueller's big-picture finding that the Trump campaign and its allies did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election.  Recent surveys had indicated that the public was growing restless over the Special Counsel's probe, increasingly edging toward the president's "witch hunt" framing (Trump now says the investigation was conducted with honor).  Could the apparent clean bill of health for POTUS on the central controversy upon which Democrats and the media have fixated throughout his presidency boost Trump's public opinion standing?  Allahpundit speculates:

The guy’s not headed towards 60 percent or anything. He probably won’t touch 50 percent. But if he were to inch up to where his new standard job approval is, say, 47 percent or so, that would be a big deal for electoral purposes. The highest rating he’s ever had in the RCP poll of polls is 44.7 percent. That’s his ceiling to date, and a president with a ceiling like that is in deep trouble against any strong-ish Democratic nominee. But a president who’s a few points closer to 50 and suddenly out from under the political thundercloud that’s been following him around since he was inaugurated is a solid favorite to win...Simple question: How much has Russiagate colored public perceptions of Trump? Now that the investigation has put to rest some of the most sinister doubts about him, does he get a fresh look from some “soft” skeptics?...How big is this win? Big enough to give him a bounce of a few points for a few weeks? Big enough to establish a “new normal” in his public approval? Big enough, certainly, to become a campaign rallying cry next year.

Trump should make "no collusion" a rallying cry. He's been shouting it from the rooftops for two years, and the press laughed at him, eagerly spreading stories and rumors that the exact opposite was true. They can pretend they were just 'following facts' all they want; their rooting interest was abundantly clear, which is why virtually all of the "mistakes" cut in the same, anti-Trump direction.  Now that he's been cleared by Mueller on collusion, Trump can fire up his supporters by endlessly and rightly claiming vindication over a biased media, making sure that independent-minded voters don't lose sight of the ostensibly massive scandal that never was.  The Special Counsel's conclusion on this front is 2020 gold for Trump, as it also hands him a ready-made defense against other accusations of wrongdoing.  For what it's worth, an initial Morning Consult survey found no post-Mueller bounce for Trump, but I'm interested in seeing more data.



Back to AP's analysis: "Mueller’s findings not only take impeachment over Russiagate off the table, they make it that much harder for Democrats to sell the public on impeachment should any other serious grounds arise down the road. Trump spent two years assuring people that Mueller’s probe was a witch hunt aimed at delegitimizing him by finding collusion with Russia where none existed; he was wrong to accuse Mueller of being part of that hunt but right that Mueller’s many Democratic cheerleaders were eager participants. The next time they start hollering about witches, how seriously will swing voters take them? The smell of sour grapes will be overpowering."  Meanwhile, in the very early going, the (fairly unpopular) incumbent opens the 2020 cycle in an approximate statistical tie with a number of potential challengers, according to a new Fox News poll:

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Congressional Democratic leaders appear to be quite hopeful to be able to pivot away from Russia, Russia, Russia as soon as possible, sprinting away from their base's years-long obsession.  But some of the rank-and-file Kremlin obsessives aren't going to walk away from the impeachment dream so easily.  But this is the party's 'official' new approach:


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[ltr]JUST NOW: @WhipClyburn tells me that he sees the Mueller investigation as a "chapter closed."

He sees health care as the "new chapter."

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They want to close the book on the collusion panic, and focus instead on healthcare -- a subject on which half of their members want to outlaw 177 million Americans' private coverage, while massively spiking everyone's taxes.  Be careful what you wish for, Madam Speaker.  Alas, moving forward with a 'positive agenda,' or whatever, may be difficult when the party refuses to vote for the very agenda they claim is crucial and urgent, as proposed by their own colleagues (or even themselves):


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Ahead of the Senate vote on the Green New Deal @SenMarkey and others are holding a presser promoting "bold climate action"

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"Sabotage!"  Finally, if I were on Team Trump, I'd be looking carefully at data pointing to a GDP growth slowdown, and wondering if that might impact the strong unemployment numbers.  You know what might help?  A deal with China and an end to anti-growth tariffs.  


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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7069205/The-Latest-Judge-halts-plan-build-parts-border-wall.html

[size=34]Federal judge blocks Trump from building sections of his border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency[/size]


  • US District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr halted administration's efforts on Friday  

  • His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas 

  • Sections were to be built with funds secured under Trump's national emergency

  • Trump declared emergency in February after losing fight over fully funding wall 


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 21:42 EDT, 24 May 2019 | UPDATED: 00:52 EDT, 25 May 2019



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US District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr (pictured) halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the border on Friday
A federal judge in California has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency.
US District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border on Friday. 
His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

Gilliam issued the ruling after hearing arguments last week in two cases. 
California and 19 other states brought one lawsuit; the Sierra Club and a coalition of communities along the border brought the other.
At stake is billions of dollars that would allow Trump to make progress on his signature campaign promise heading into his campaign for a second term.
He declared the emergency in February after losing a fight over fully paying for the wall. 
That led to a 35-day government shutdown. 
On Wednesday, the US Customs and Border Protect agency updated its accounting of progress on Trump's border wall project, concluding that 42 miles of border barriers have been completed since he took office.
That's more than double the 20 miles of finished walls that the agency reported in an internal document DailyMail.com obtained Monday. 
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Trump declared the emergency in February after losing a fight over fully paying for the wall. That led to a 35-day government shutdown
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The judge's order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas (file image)
But that 'Border Wall Status' summary contradicted itself in two places, raising questions that CBP corrected three days later.
The totals in the new report dated Thursday still fall short of what the president pledged hours later, on a day when he agreed to omit new wall funding from a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill in order to get it to his desk.
'We will soon have hundreds of miles under construction,' he told reporters at the White House, 'and we'll have way over 400 miles completed by the end of next year'.
That self-imposed deadline is supposed to arrive in time to help with his re-election effort.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that between 100 and 115 miles of the president's long-promised wall are finished. 
On Monday Trump said the end of 2020 would see 500 miles brought to completion.


The new CBP report also downgrades from 255 to 205 the number of miles for which the administration has secured funding outside a Pentagon financing channel that Trump activated when he declared a national emergency in February.  
Both versions suggest 336 miles are funded overall, including the Defense Department's role during Trump's presidency. 
Thursday's report concludes that 12.5 per cent of it is done so far. 
'Since January 2017, approximately 205 miles of new and replacement border barriers have been funded through the traditional appropriations process and via Treasury Forfeiture Funding, of which approximately 42 miles have been completed to date,' Thursday's report reads.
Throughout, CBP changed how it refers to sections of wall erected along sections of the US-Mexico border where weaker barriers existed before Trump's inauguration.
Where Monday's report referred to 'updated' walls, Thursday's describes 'replacements'.   
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On Wednesday, the US Customs and Border Protect agency updated its accounting of progress on Trump's border wall project (file image), concluding that 42 miles of border barriers have been completed since he took office
Overall, just 110 miles of walls reflected in CBP's report consist of 'new' barriers where the US-Mexico border has previously been open to vehicle and foot traffic. 
The rest are 'replacement' wall sections.
When a 'Fox & Friends' host asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday how much of the wall is finished, she replied: 'There's over 100 miles. I think it's close to 115 miles.'
Trump downplayed the news about Thursday's disaster funding bill, saying at the White House that 'we’re going to get the immigration money later, according to everybody'.
Sen Richard Shelby, the Alabama Republican who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, told The Wall Street Journal that 'I’m sure he wanted the border, it’s humanitarian money, but we took it all out'. 
'We’re going to try and push that separately when we come back.' 
According to a chart in the report, the sections of the wall that are funded and in varying stages of contracting and completion include 86 miles of 'new primary wall' and 24 miles of 'new levee wall'.
Also included are 68 miles of 'replacement primary wall,' 144 miles of 'replacement vehicle wall' and 14 miles of 'replacement secondary wall'.
CBP breaks down the sources of funding that the US Army Corps of Engineers is using for construction contracts into three buckets.
The first two, adding up to '205 miles of new and updated border barriers,' are regular congressional appropriations and money shifted over from a Treasury Department fund that's flush with cash from the sale of forfeited assets like cars and real estate.
A separate Defense Department program that will build walls to block narcotics traffickers, according to CBP, will contribute another 131 miles of barriers.
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7067907/Utah-judge-suspended-making-anti-Trump-comments.html

[size=34]Judge is suspended for social media posts bashing President Trump's 'inability to govern and political incompetence' and for writing 'welcome to the fascist takeover' after the inauguration[/size]


  • Longtime Utah judge Michael Kwan has been suspended for six months 

  • He criticized the president in Facebook and LinkedIn posts in 2016 and 2017 

  • Kwan has been a justice court judge in  Taylorsville since 1998

  • Kwan argued the suspension was inappropriate and an unlawful attempt to regulate his constitutionally protected speech 


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PUBLISHED: 12:47 EDT, 24 May 2019 | UPDATED: 23:40 EDT, 24 May 2019



A longtime Utah judge has been suspended without pay for six months after making critical comments online and in court about President Donald Trump, including a post bashing his 'inability to govern and political incompetence.'
Judge Michael Kwan's posts on Facebook and LinkedIn in 2016-2017 violated the judicial code of conduct and diminished 'the reputation of our entire judiciary,' wrote Utah State Supreme Court Justice John A. Pearce in an opinion posted Wednesday.
Kwan's Facebook account was private but could have been shared by friends, Pearce wrote.
'Judge Kwan's behavior denigrates his reputation as an impartial, independent, dignified, and courteous jurist who takes no advantage of the office in which he serves,' Pearce said.
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Utah judge Michael Kwan has been suspended without pay for six months after making critical comments online and in court about President Donald Trump, including a post bashing his 'inability to govern and political incompetence' 
Kwan has been a justice court judge in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville since 1998. He deals with misdemeanor cases, violations of ordinances and small claims.

He was first appointed by elected city officials to a six-year term and was retained in the position by voters.
Kwan argued the suspension was inappropriate and an unlawful attempt to regulate his constitutionally protected speech, Pearce wrote in the opinion.
Kwan's attorney, Greg Skordas, said the judge is disappointed with the severity of the suspension but accepted that he would get some reprimand.
Like many people after the 2016 election, Kwan felt strongly about the results and said some things 'in haste,' Skordas said.
He knows judges are held to a higher standard and must be careful, the lawyer said.


'He certainly regrets making those statements and is committed to not doing anything like that again,' Skordas said.
It's unknown what Kwan's political affiliation is because he chooses to keep his voter registration private, an option available to any state voter, said Justin Lee, Utah director of elections.
Skordas said he doesn't know Kwan's political party but noted the judge has been reprimanded previously during his career for comments critical of politicians from both major parties.
Pearce referred to those past reprimands while justifying the severity of the suspension.
Taylorsville city officials agree with the punishment and expect Kwan to return to his position when his suspension ends, city spokeswoman Kim Horiuchi said.
Kwan's online posts about Trump started during the 2016 election.
On Inauguration Day, he posted: 'Welcome to governing. Will you dig your heels in and spend the next four years undermining our country's reputation and standing in the world? . . . Will you continue to demonstrate your inability to govern and political incompetence?'
The next month, he posted: 'Welcome to the beginning of the fascist takeover. . . We need to be diligent in questioning Congressional Republicans if they are going to be the American Reichstag and refuse to stand up for the Constitution.'
The ruling suspending Kwan also cited an interaction in court with a defendant in 2017 in which Kwan criticized Trump after the defendant said he would use his tax refund to pay fines.
'You do realize that we have a new president, and you think we are getting any money back?' Kwan said.
'I hope,' the defendant replied.
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A month after Trump's inauguration, he posted: 'Welcome to the beginning of the fascist takeover. . . We need to be diligent in questioning Congressional Republicans if they are going to be the American Reichstag and refuse to stand up for the Constitution.' 
'You hope?' Kwan said.
'I pray and I cross my fingers,' the defendant said.
'OK. Prayer might be the answer cause he just signed an order to start building the wall and he has no money to do that,' Kwan said. 'But don't worry, there is a tax cut for the wealthy so if you make over $500,000 you're getting a tax cut.'
Kwan created a DUI and drug court, which won a governor's award for reducing drug and alcohol abuse and served on the Utah Judicial Council, according to his biography . 
He is also the president of the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association, which worked to earn their ancestors proper credit during the recent celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad.
He is not the first judge to come under scrutiny or be reprimanded for political stances. A federal magistrate judge in San Antonio was suspended from leading citizenship swearing-in ceremonies in 2016 after he told new U.S. citizens that they 'need to go to another country' if they objected to Donald Trump's presidency.
That same year, a municipal judge in Akron, Ohio, came under fire after she attended a rally for Trump and stood behind him while holding one of his campaign signs.

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Post by LizzyNY Yesterday at 14:27

Very Happy I agree with everything he said, but he really should have known better. His position as a judge kind of requires that he put his personal opinions aside and at least appear to be impartial. Still, he was absolutely right!
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[size=34]'It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield at some point in your life': Mike Pence tells most diverse group of West Point grads they should expect to see combat since world is a 'dangerous place'[/size]


  • Vice President Mike Pence gave the commencement address at West Point Military Academy on Saturday

  • Pence spoke to some 980 cadets who became U.S. Army second lieutenants 

  • Class of 2019, which included 34 Black women and 223 women, is the most diverse ever to finish the academy

  • 'Some of you will fight radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq,' Pence said, adding that military action could be called for in Venezuela 

  • It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield at some point in your life', the VP said 


By ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 10:17 EDT, 25 May 2019 | UPDATED: 20:45 EDT, 25 May 2019

     


Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is 'a dangerous place' and they should expect to see combat.
'Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq,' he said.
Pence congratulated the West Point graduates on behalf of Donald Trump, and told them: 'As you accept the mantle of leadership I promise you, your commander in chief will always have your back. President Donald Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have.'
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Pence (during his commencement speech at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York on Saturday) told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is 'a dangerous place' and they should expect to see combat 
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Graduating cadets embrace each other at the conclusion of the ceremony on Saturday
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The vice president is seen above arriving for the Class of 2019 graduation ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point on Saturday
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More than 980 cadets became U.S. Army second lieutenants in the ceremony at West Point's football stadium.
Pence noted that Trump has proposed a $750billion defense budget for 2020 and said the United States 'is once again embracing our role as the leader of the free world.'


'It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life,' Pence said. 
'You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen. Some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere.'
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West Point cadets are seen above listening to Pence's commencement address on Saturday
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Pence places his hand on his heart while the academy superintendent, Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, gives a salute as the national anthem is played on Saturday
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The vice president salutes a graduating cadet before handing him his diploma on Saturday
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More than 980 cadets became U.S. Army second lieutenants in the ceremony at West Point's football stadium
Pence spoke as the U.S. plans to send another 1,500 troops to the Middle East to counter what the Trump administration describes as threats from Iran; as the longest war in U.S. history churns on in Afghanistan; and as Washington considers its options amid political upheaval in Venezuela. 
The administration is also depending more heavily on the military to deter migrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
The class was the most diverse in West Point's history, and Pence said he wanted to acknowledge 'the historic milestones that we're marking today.'
The 2019 cadets included 34 black women and 223 women, both all-time highs since the first female cadets graduated in 1980. 
The academy graduated its 5,000th woman Saturday.
The 110 African Americans who graduated were double the number from 2013.
Pence said the graduates also included the academy's 1,000th Jewish cadet.
Pence did not serve in the military but noted that his late father served with the Army in the Korean War.
'And as I stand before you today here at West Point I can't help but think that First Lt. Edward J. Pence, looking down from glory, is finally impressed with his third son,' Pence said. 
'So thank you for the honor.'
The ceremony was Pence's second visit to West Point and his first as commencement speaker.
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West Point graduates toss their hats in the air at the conclusion of the Class of 2019 graduation ceremony
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The 2019 cadets included 34 black women and 223 women, both all-time highs since the first female cadets graduated in 1980
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The academy graduated its 5,000th woman on Saturday. The 110 African Americans who graduated were double the number from 2013
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Pence spoke as the U.S. plans to send another 1,500 troops to the Middle East to counter what the Trump administration describes as threats from Iran
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Two young girls search for cadet hats of graduates at the end of the ceremony on Saturday
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Graduating cadets embrace a the conclusion of the commencement ceremony on Saturday
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Pence said the graduates also included the academy's 1,000th Jewish cadet. A number of cadets are seen above

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Dozens of Indiana college students walked out and protested Vice President Mike Pence's commencement speech at Taylor University's graduation ceremony in Upland, Indiana last Saturday 

Dozens of Indiana college students walked out of Vice President Mike Pence's commencement speech at Taylor University's graduation ceremony last weekend.  
Moments before Pence took to the podium at the Christian school's graduation ceremony in his home state of Indiana on Saturday, dozens of students walked out in protest. 
While a majority of the faculty and class of 494 students remained seated for the speech, many wore stickers on their caps saying 'We are Taylor too', as their form of silent protest and to support marginalized people hurt by the Trump administration. 
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Majority of students and staff remained, many wearing stickers saying 'We are Taylor too' (pictured left) to support marginalized people hurt by the Trump administration

'I think his presence makes it difficult for everyone at Taylor to feel welcomed, ' student Laura Rathburn, who walked out during Pence's speech and decorated her cap in rainbow colors with the message 'Ally Visible for Those Who Can't Be', said to the Indy Star
'For me personally, I think we should identify as Christians first before we have political ties,' student Katie Tupper said on wearing the sticker. 
'That might not be a good choice for everyone but I think that we struggle a lot at Taylor in trying not to raise our political views... The purpose of this is to recognize that we're all a part of Taylor.' 
The 59-year-old conservative urged the graduates to hold on to their religious resolve, praised Trump's administration and touted the promising job market and low unemployment rate.
'Throughout most of our American history it’s been pretty easy to call yourself a Christian, but things are different now,' Pence said in his speech. 
'Lately, it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs. So as you prepare to leave this place and build your life on a Christ-centered, world-engaging foundation poured here at Taylor University, be prepared to stand up,' he added.
He also praised the Trump administration for its views on abortion - but notably did not touch on Alabama's newly approved anti-abortion law. 
'I couldn’t be more proud to be part of an administration that stood strong on the timeless values that have made this nation great, stood without apology for the sanctity of human life,' he said.  
Bringing Pence to campus to deliver the graduation speech was a controversial move. 
Some faculty and staff thought he was an inappropriate speaker because the school is nondenominational and Pence is known for his staunch conservative views. 
Still most of the class remained seated for Pence's speech and he received a standing ovation.  
Thousands of students signed competing online petitions asking the university o rescind Pence's invitation to speak and others supporting the school for electing Pence to deliver the address. 
Last weekend Pence spoke at Taylor University and Liberty University, another Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia.    
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The 59-year-old conservative urged the graduates to hold on to Christian values, praised Trump's administration and touted the promising job market and low unemployment rate
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