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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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Republican congressman Justin Amash's twitter thread in full
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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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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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Post by annemarie on Fri 24 May 2019, 20:21

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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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Post by annemarie on Sat 25 May 2019, 11:22

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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Post by annemarie on Sat 25 May 2019, 11:29

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 on Sat 25 May 2019, 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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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7070155/Mike-Pence-address-diverse-graduating-West-Point-cadets.html

[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 academy graduated its 5,000th woman on Saturday. The 110 African Americans who graduated were double the number from 2013
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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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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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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 26 May 2019, 21:36

Huge mistake for West Point to invite Pence to speak. Pure hypocrisy. Pence’s claim that Trump will have their back is a sick joke considering that the draft dodger lied to avoid the Vietnam War and continues to lie about it today. He has no respect for the military and would throw them into the line of fire without hesitation if it served his ego. It was also the wrong message to send these graduates that they will at some point be on the battlefield in their lifetime. It would have been inspiring and hopeful to lead with a message that the U.S. should never fight in senseless wars again.

It still rattles me how the military continues to support Trump. I guess big military budgets and power ‘trump’ values, morals and character.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7072605/Republican-congressman-slams-Trump-taking-shot-Biden-praising-Kim.html

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  • Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger blasted President Trump for taking a shot at former Vice President Joe Biden while praising North Korean leader Kim Jong-un 

  • 'It's Memorial Day Weekend and you're taking a shot at Biden while praising a dictator. This is just plain wrong,' Kinzinger tweeted

  • He was criticizing a tweet from the president where Trump called Biden a 'swampman' with a 'low IQ' 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:35 EDT, 26 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:46 EDT, 26 May 2019





Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump for taking a shot at former Vice President Joe Biden while praising North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq twice and remains in the Illinois National Guard, complained about a tweet the president posted on Memorial Day weekend. 
'It's Memorial Day Weekend and you're taking a shot at Biden while praising a dictator. This is just plain wrong,' Kinzinger wrote on Twitter.
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Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger blasted President Trump for taking a shot at former Vice President Joe Biden while praising North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
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Kinzinger, who also served in Afghanistan, frequently speaks on military matters and serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

He was one of the few Republicans to criticize their party's leader for his tweet.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of the party's leadership on Capitol Hill, side stepped the question when asked about it on ABC's 'This Week.'
'I think that what we have seen so far with this president with respect to North Korea is that he’s doing the right thing in terms of the policy,' she said.
And she didn't bite when pressed on the issue.
'I would say you’ve got to judge based on actions, you’ve got to look where we are today and where we are today is the president walked away, he was not willing to accept a phony deal, which too many of his predecessors have been,' Cheney said. 






Kinzinger, a Republican lawmaker from Illinois retweeted Trump's tweet from Saturday calling Biden a 'swampman' with a 'low IQ.' 
'North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that's sending me a signal?,' Trump wrote.  
Trump was referring to a recent piece published by state-run media in North Korea.
The editorial was full of insults hurled at Biden, who was labeled a 'fool of low IQ' and an 'imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being.'
Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, frequently slams Trump's relationships with 'dictators and tyrants' like Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  
Andrew Bates, director of rapid response for Biden's campaign, hit back at the president. 
'Given Vice President Biden's record of standing up for American values and interests, it's no surprise that North Korea would prefer that Donald Trump remain in the White House,' he said. 
Kinzinger did not endorse Trump in the 2016 election.
'I'm an American before I'm a Republican,' he told CNN at the time.
But Kinzinger has also defended the president.
He told MSNBC earlier this month he did not agree with fellow Republican Rep. Justin Amash that Trump should be impeached.
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Kinzinger, in the middle, when he was in the Air Force
'I do disagree with him,' Kinzinger told MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.'
He argued special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's role in the 2016 election exonerated the president. 
'There's no evidence of collusion and when it comes to the obstruction issue there's no final thing mentioned on that,' he noted. 
Kinzinger was also asked about Trump's tough talk on Iran. 
The president threatened the Islamic nation last weekend, writing on Twitter: 'If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!'
Kinzinger said he may not like Trump's words all the time but agreed Iran is a threat. 
'I don't necessarily agree with how the president puts everything all the time but I think in case I think it's a legitimate threat from Iran,' he said. 
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Post by annemarie on Tue 28 May 2019, 22:01

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7079633/Sole-Republican-demand-Trump-impeachment-attacks-AG-Bill-Barr.html

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  • Rep. Justin Amash claimed Attorney General William Barr 'deliberately misrepresented key aspects' of special counsel Robert Mueller's report

  • Amash argues Barr did this to help President Donald Trump

  • Amash is the only Republican lawmaker to call for Trump's impeachment

  • He went after Barr in a 25-tweet storm on Tuesday 

  • 'Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented key aspects of Mueller’s report and decisions in the investigation, which has helped further the president’s false narrative about the investigation,' he charged 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:46 EDT, 28 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:10 EDT, 28 May 2019

     


Rep. Justin Amash, the sole Republican to call for President Donald Trump's impeachment, attacked Attorney General William Barr and claimed he 'deliberately misrepresented key aspects' of special counsel Robert Mueller's report in order to help the president.
In a lengthy thread of 25 tweets, Amash went through Barr's handling of Mueller's report, including the attorney general's original four-page letter summarizing the investigation and his decision not to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. 
'Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented key aspects of Mueller’s report and decisions in the investigation, which has helped further the president’s false narrative about the investigation,' Amash charged.
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Rep. Justin Amash claimed Attorney General William Barr 'deliberately misrepresented key aspects' of special counsel Robert Mueller's report
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Amash went after Attorney General William Barr in a lengthy, 25-tweet storm
Democrats have made similar accusations against the attorney general.  

'Barr’s letter doesn’t mention those issues when explaining why Mueller chose not to make a prosecutorial decision. He instead selectively quotes Mueller in a way that makes it sound - falsely - as if Mueller’s decision stemmed from legal/factual issues specific to Trump’s actions,' Amash noted.
'But, in fact, Mueller finds considerable evidence that several of Trump’s actions detailed in the report meet the elements of obstruction, and Mueller’s constitutional and prudential issues with indicting a sitting president would preclude indictment regardless of what he found,' the Republican from Michigan continued.
Other Trump critics retweeted Amash's argument, including George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. 
Amash accused Barr of 'selectively' quoting Mueller's report to make it sound as if the analysis from the special counsel jives with his reasoning. 


'In noting why Barr thought the president’s intent in impeding the investigation was insufficient to establish obstruction, Barr selectively quotes Mueller to make it sound as if his analysis was much closer to Barr’s analysis than it actually was,' he wrote. 
'Barr quotes Mueller saying the evidence didn’t establish that Trump was personally involved in crimes related to Russian election interference, and Barr then claims that Mueller found that fact relevant to whether the president had the intent to obstruct justice,' he noted.
But, he adds, 'Mueller’s quote is taken from a section in which he describes other improper motives Trump could have had and notes: “The injury to the integrity of the justice system is the same regardless of whether a person committed an underlying wrong.” None of that is in Barr’s letter.'
Then Amash accused the attorney general of misleading Congress and the public - an argument Democrats have also made.
'As a result of Barr’s March 24 letter, the public and Congress were misled. Mueller himself notes this in a March 27 letter to Barr, saying that Barr’s letter “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions,"' he tweeted.
He goes on to note Mueller himself requested Barr release the report's introduction and executive summary, which the attorney general declined to do.
Amash also charged Barr with sewing more seeds of confusion with his congressional testimony.  
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'He allowed the confusion to fester and only released the materials three weeks later with the full redacted report. In the interim, Barr testified before a House committee and was misleading about his knowledge of Mueller’s concerns,' he noted.
'Mueller’s report describes concerning contacts between members of Trump’s campaign and people in or connected to the Russian government,' Amash stated.
He specifically cites the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting where Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and then Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton.
'It’s wrong to suggest that the fact that Mueller did not choose to indict anyone for this means there wasn’t a basis to investigate whether it amounted to a crime or “collusion,” or whether it was in fact part of Russia’s efforts to help Trump’s candidacy,' he wrote.
Amash also pushes back against Barr's assertion that 'Mueller “never sought” or “pushed” to get more from the president,' noting that 'the report says Mueller unsuccessfully sought an interview with the president for over a year.'
'The president instead gave written answers to questions submitted by the special counsel. Those answers are often incomplete or unresponsive. Mueller found them “inadequate” and again sought to interview the president,' Amash tweeted.
The lawmaker ended his lengthy Twitter rant with a call for the 'truth.'
'Barr has so far successfully used his position to sell the president’s false narrative to the American people. This will continue if those who have read the report do not start pushing back on his misrepresentations and share the truth,' he wrote. 
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President Donald Trump said earlier this month that Rep. Justin Amash has been 'a loser for a long time'
Amash's tirade comes ahead of a town hall meeting he'll hold in Grand Rapids on Tuesday evening - the first time he's faced voters in his district since he called for Trump's impeachment.
It's also a move that earned him the fury of the president and a primary opponent. 
'I've known him and he's been against Trump from the beginning,' Trump told reporters on the South Lawn earlier this month before he left for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. 
'He probably wants to run for some other office. I don't think he'll do well. He's been a loser for a long time. Rarely votes for Republicans and, you know, personally I think he's not much,' he added.
Now Amash faces a Republican primary bid from Jim Lower, a Michigan state legislator who described himself as a 'pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-Second Amendment, pro-family values Republican.'

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Post by annemarie on Wed 29 May 2019, 11:03

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7080807/Ruth-Bader-Ginsburg-Clarence-Thomas-clash-abortion-law.html

[size=34]Supreme showdown: Justices Thomas and Bader Ginsburg clash over abortion law in Indiana as they concede the SCOTUS will have to confront the pivotal issue after several states approve extreme restrictions[/size]


  • Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas engaged in a battle of dueling footnotes on Tuesday over Indiana abortion law

  • Their differing opinions came to a head when the Supreme Court appeared to send mixed messages on abortion 

  • The court refused to consider reinstating Indiana's ban on abortions performed because of fetal disability or the sex or race of the fetus

  • But it upheld the state's requirement that fetal remains be buried or cremated after the procedure is done 

  • Ginsburg said she disagreed with the decision to reinstate Indiana's fetal remains provision, which Thomas said made little sense 


By REUTERS and EMILY CRANE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 00:17 EDT, 29 May 2019 | UPDATED: 03:34 EDT, 29 May 2019

     


U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas have engaged in a battle of dueling footnotes as they clashed over abortion law in Indiana.
Thomas and Ginsburg's differing opinions came to a head on Tuesday when the Supreme Court appeared to send mixed messages on abortion. 
The court refused to consider reinstating Indiana's ban on abortions performed because of fetal disability or the sex or race of the fetus, but on the other hand upheld the state's requirement that fetal remains be buried or cremated after the procedure is done. 
Both provisions were part of a Republican-backed 2016 law signed by Vice President Mike Pence when he was Indiana's governor. 

The action by the justices comes at a time when numerous Republican-governed states including Alabama are approving restrictive abortion laws that the Supreme Court may be called upon to rule on in the future. 
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U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas have engaged in a battle of dueling footnotes as they clashed over abortion law in Indiana on Tuesday
Ginsburg said she disagreed with the decision to reinstate Indiana's fetal remains provision. 
She said in a short solo opinion that she believes the issue does implicate a woman's right to have an abortion 'without undue interference from the state'. 
Thomas, who supports overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that first declared abortion rights, wrote a 20-page opinion that sought to link birth control and abortion to eugenics, the now-discredited movement to improve the human race through selective reproduction. 
He wrote that the court will need to weigh in on whether states can ban abortions based on disability, race and gender.
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The Indiana provision promotes 'a state's compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics,' Thomas wrote.
'Although the court declines to wade into these issues today, we cannot avoid them forever.'
No other justice joined Thomas' opinion. 
Their differing opinions resulted in the battle of dueling footnotes in which Thomas said Ginsburg's dissent 'makes little sense.'  
Ginsburg wrote that Thomas' footnote 'displays more heat than light,' including his calling a woman who has an abortion a mother. 
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The action by the justices comes at a time when numerous Republican-governed states including Alabama are approving restrictive abortion laws that the Supreme Court may be called upon to rule on in the future


WILL REPUBLICANS GET TO CHALLENGE ROE V. WADE AT SUPREME COURT?


The growing list of 'heartbeat' abortion bans are designed openly to get the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade, with many Republicans gambling that a 5-4 conservative bench would overturn it.
But is that the case? Here is how the case may - or may not - reach the Supreme Court.
ROUND ONE: LITIGATE IN STATE COURTS
The outcome does not matter too much in legal terms because the aim is to get to: 
ROUND TWO: PRO-CHOICE CHALLENGE
Each of the laws passed by the states is going to be challenged in the local federal court by pro-choice groups, with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU litigating some already and getting ready for more. The heartbeat bills are fairly clearly incompatible with Roe v. Wade so it is likely a federal judge would first grant an injunction against them to keep them from being enacted, and order a full-scale hearing. This could be the pro-life movement's first chance to ask for a Supreme Court hearing, by appealing the injunction rather than waiting for a full trial in a federal court. Or they could wait for a trial - but either way the next stage is:
ROUND TWO: FEDERAL APPEALS COURT
All federal cases can be appealed to the next level - a federal appeals court. The country is divided into 12 geographical circuits and some swing liberal, some conservative. The best bet for the pro-life group to force a Supreme Court hearing is to get an appeal into a liberal circuit, where judges are likely to vote down a heartbeat bill. Cases are heard by three judges and can be appealed to the entire bench of the circuit. Missouri is in the liberal-leaning Eighth Circuit, so if its bill becomes law, look here for a challenge which would come from the state or its pro-life supporters going to the next stage:
ROUND THREE: PETITION THE SUPREME COURT - AND GET JOHN ROBERTS ON SIDE
Anyone involved in a federal appeals case can petition the Supreme Court to ask for review of the outcome. But the tricky part for the pro-life movement is that the Supreme Court is not compelled to take up a petition. So assuming a heartbeat bill has been blocked by an appeals court, the pro-life petitioners have to find a way to get a majority of the justices to agree to hear their appeal. That means getting Chief Justice John Roberts - the swing vote - to agree to hear the case. But he has made clear since his confirmation hearing that he wants a court respected by all sides and seen as above politics. So it is an uphill task to persuade him not to do the simple thing: keep the hypothetical block on the heartbeat bill in place without a hearing, ending the process without a public and divisive airing of the issues. Exactly that scenario has already happened in North Dakota, whose restrictive laws got struck down by the liberal Eighth Circuit. The Roberts court simply declined to intervene. But assuming a pro-life lobbyist or state, or group of states, succeeds in getting Roberts to agree to a hearing, the next challenge is:
ROUND FOUR: WHAT EXACTLY WILL THE JUSTICES REVIEW?
Just because the justices have taken up the case a pro-life lobby group want to push doesn't mean their dream of a full-scale Roe v. Wade challenge is anywhere near complete. The justices can look as widely or narrowly at the issue as they want, so could consider a detail in the case rather than looking at abortion in full. Roberts has been a 'gradualist' before, on issues such as gay marriage, so he might guide the court to consider far narrower issues. Examples could include allowing states to make licensing of abortion clinics more difficult, or restricting reasons for having an abortion, such as banning Down Syndrome diagnosis as a reason for termination. Pro-choice groups fear the most likely outcome of the heartbeat bills is not sweeping new abortion bans, but Roberts leading the conservatives to allow more restrictions to stay in place state-by-state without Roe v. Wade being overturned.




'A woman who exercises her constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy is a not a 'mother'.' she wrote.
In the unsigned ruling on Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided that a lower court was wrong to conclude that Indiana's fetal burial provision, which imposed new requirements on abortion clinics, had no legitimate purpose.
The court has a 5-4 conservative majority. Both Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. 
While that provision was not a direct challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, the ruling gave anti-abortion proponents a victory at the Supreme Court, which soon may have to decide whether various state laws violate the rights recognized in that landmark ruling.
But the court also indicated a reluctance to directly tackle the abortion issue at least for now, rejecting Indiana's separate attempt to reinstate its ban on abortions performed because of fetal disability or the sex or race of the fetus. The court left in place the part of an appeals court ruling that struck down the provision.
Alyssa Farah, a Pence spokeswoman, said he 'commends the Supreme Court for upholding a portion of Indiana law that safeguards the sanctity of human life by requiring that remains of aborted babies be treated with respect and dignity.'
'We remain hopeful that at a later date the Supreme Court will review one of numerous state laws across the U.S. that bar abortion based on sex, race or disability,' Farah added.
The court's ruling on the fetal burial issue noted that in challenging the measure the American Civil Liberties Union and women's healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood did not allege that the provision implicated the right of women to obtain an abortion.
'This case, as litigated, therefore does not implicate our cases applying the undue burden test to abortion regulations,' the ruling said.
Planned Parenthood said in a statement the fetal burial provision was an abortion restriction 'intended to shame and stigmatize women and families.'
'While this ruling is limited, the law is part of a larger trend of state laws designed to stigmatize and drive abortion care out of reach. Whether it's a total ban or a law designed to shut down clinics, politicians are lining up to decimate access to abortion,' added Jennifer Dalven, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer.
The case was one of the court's first major tests in the abortion context following last year's retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was pivotal in defending abortion rights.
Anti-abortion activists hope the high court will greatly narrow or even overturn the Roe ruling following Kennedy's departure. President Donald Trump replaced Kennedy with conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 
Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi and other states have passed restrictive abortion laws in recent months.
The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2017 permanent injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt against both provisions of Indiana's law. She found the measure violated the constitutional privacy rights recognized in the 1973 abortion ruling.
The law forbade women from obtaining an abortion if the decision to terminate the pregnancy was based on a diagnosis or "potential diagnosis" of fetal abnormality such as Down syndrome or "any other disability" or due to the race, color, national origin ancestry or sex of the fetus. Indiana said the state has an interest in barring discrimination against fetuses and in protecting the "dignity of fetal remains."
"The highest court in the land has now affirmed that nothing in the Constitution prohibits states from requiring abortion clinics to provide an element of basic human dignity in disposing of the fetuses they abort. These tiny bodies are, after all, human remains," Indiana's Republican Attorney General, Curtis Hill, said.
A similar fetal burial law from Minnesota was upheld by a federal appeals court in 1990 but the Indiana law and another like it in Texas, enacted in 2016, have been struck down by the courts.
Several other abortion cases are heading toward the high court, including Indiana's appeal seeking to revive another law that requires women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before they undergo an abortion.


[size=34]Landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, 1973[/size]


In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a woman's constitutional right to an abortion in Roe v. Wade. The landmark ruling legalized abortion nationwide but divided public opinion and has been under attack ever since. 
The case was filed in 1971 by Norma McCorvey, a 22-year-old living in Texas who was unmarried and seeking a termination of her unwanted pregnancy. 
Because of state legislation preventing abortions unless the mother's life is at risk, she was unable to undergo the procedure in a safe and legal environment.
So McCorvey sued Henry Wade, the Dallas county district attorney, in 1970. The case went on to the Supreme Court, under the filing Roe vs Wade, to protect McCorvey's privacy.
Supreme Court Decision
The Supreme Court handed down the watershed 7-2 decision that a woman's right to make her own medical decisions, including the choice to have an abortion, is protected under the 14th Amendment. 
In particular, that the Due Process Clause of the the 14th Amendment provides a fundamental 'right to privacy' that protects a woman's liberty to choose whether or not to have an abortion.
 …nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law
The landmark ruling saw abortions decriminalized in 46 states, but under certain specific conditions which individual states could decide on. For example, states could decide whether abortions were allowed only during the first and second trimester but not the third (typically beyond 28 weeks). 
Impact 
Among pro-choice campaigners, the decision was hailed as a victory which would mean fewer women would become seriously - or even fatally - ill from abortions carried out by unqualified or unlicensed practitioners. Moreover, the freedom of choice was considered a significant step in the equality fight for women in the country. Victims of rape or incest would be able to have the pregnancy terminated and not feel coerced into motherhood.
However, pro-lifers contended it was tantamount to murder and that every life, no matter how it was conceived, is precious. Though the decision has never been overturned, anti-abortionists have prompted hundreds of states laws since then narrowing the scope of the ruling.
One such was the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act signed by President George W. Bush in 2003, which banned a procedure used to perform second-trimester abortions.   
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McCorvey lived a quiet life until the 1980s when she revealed herself to be Jane Roe

Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe)
Following the ruling, McCorvey lived a quiet life until the 1980s when she revealed herself to be Jane Roe. McCorvey became a leading, outspoken pro-abortion voice in American discourse, even working at a women's clinic where abortions were performed.
However,  she performed an unlikely U-turn in 1995, becoming a born again Christian and began traveling the country speaking out against the procedure.
In 2003, a she filed a motion to overturn her original 1973 ruling with the U.S. district court in Dallas. The motion moved through the courts until it was ultimately denied by the Supreme Court in 2005.
McCorvey died at an assisted living home in Texas in February 2017, aged 69. 
'The Heartbeat bill'
Georgia's Republican governor signed legislation outlawing abortion if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, part of a concerted effort to restrict abortion rights in states across the country.
Under the ban, introduced in 15 states in recent months, doctors will be prosecuted for flouting the rules.
Abortion-rights supporters see the heartbeat bills as virtual bans because fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks, when women may not be aware they are pregnant.
Anti-abortion campaigners have intensified their efforts since Donald Trump was elected president and appointed two conservative justices to the US Supreme Court, hopeful they can convince the right-leaning court to re-examine Roe v. Wade.
Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio have enacted heartbeat laws recently, and Iowa passed one last year.
Courts have blocked the Iowa and Kentucky laws, and the others face legal challenges.

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Post by annemarie on Sat 01 Jun 2019, 01:24

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7092593/Shooting-municipal-center-Virginia-beach-leaves-multiple-people-injured.html

[size=34]At least eleven dead and six injured in shooting at Virginia Beach municipal center: 'Disgruntled' city worker opens fire 'at random' near his office before cops return fire and kill him[/size]


  • Virginia Beach police say the shooter died after police returned fire Friday 

  • Gunman was 'longterm, current' city of Virginia Beach public utilities employee 

  • The shooter opened fire in Building 2 of the municipal center, close to City Hall 

  • 'The most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach',  Mayor Dyer said

  • An officer was injured in the shooting and was saved by his bulletproof vest  


By LAUREN FRUEN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:06 EDT, 31 May 2019 | UPDATED: 20:15 EDT, 31 May 2019


         
  •  after a long time, disgruntled city worker opened fire near his office in a devastating shooting at Virginia Beach municipal center that has also injured six others, including a police officer before cops fatally shot the gunman.  

Five patients were being treated at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and a sixth was being transferred to the Trauma Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Healthcare tweeted. 
Sources had told WAVY the injured officer is expected to survive and police chief Jim Cevera confirmed he was saved by his bulletproof vest. 
An emotional Cevera said the shooter was a 'longterm, current' city of Virginia Beach public utilities employee. He did not reveal the gunman's identity. 

He added: 'There's no way to describe an incident such as this.' 
Mayor Bobby Dyer said: 'This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach. The people involved are our friends, coworkers, neighbors and colleagues.' 
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At least two of those injured are currently being treated at hospital, according to reports 
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Images from the scene show a heavy police presence and workers crying and comforting one another as they are evacuated from the building
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The shooter opened fire in Building 2 of the municipal center, which is adjacent to City Hall. The building houses the city's public works, public utilities and planning departments, according to City Councilwoman Barbara Henley, who arrived at City Hall building about 4 p.m. Friday just after the shooting. 
Virginia Beach PD had tweeted: 'ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION-municipal center, building 2. Multiple injuries. At this time it is believed that only 1 shooter, and they have been taken into custody. More to follow.
'Please avoid the municipal center area. PAO staging area is being set up at the ECCS center reference the Active Shooter incident.' 
Images from the scene show a heavy police presence and workers crying and comforting one another as they are evacuated from the building.  
The officer shot is reported to be a a sergeant with department for more than ten years.  
Governor Ralph Northam is said to be 'actively monitoring the situation' and has arrived at the scene.


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Police chief Jim Cevera, left, confirmed 11 people plus the gunman died in the shooting Friday. Virginia Beach Police Officers huddle near the intersection of Princess Anne Road and Nimmo Parkway, right, following the shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center
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Virginia Beach Police respond to an active shooter after the incident at Building 2 in the 2400 block of Courthouse Drive
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The shooter opened fire in Building 2 of the municipal center, which is adjacent to City Hall
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Police tweeted there had been multiple injuries and the suspect has been taken into custody 
Administrative assistant Megan Banton was in Building 2 and said workers barricaded themselves in offices and were told 'this is not a drill'. 
She works in the building where the shooting happened and said called 911 when she heard gunshots.
Megan said: 'I have an 11-month old baby at home and all I could think about was him and trying to make it home to him.
'We tried to do everything we could to keep everybody safe. We were all just terrified. It felt like it wasn't real, like we were in a dream. You are just terrified because all you can hear is the gunshots.'
She said she texted her mom, telling her that there was an active shooter in the building and she and others were waiting for police. Banton works in an office of about 20 people that is part of the public works department.
'Thank God my baby is OK,' Banton's mother, Dana Showers, said.



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The building houses the city's public works, public utilities and planning departments

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Post by annemarie on Sat 01 Jun 2019, 12:18

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7092719/Trumps-children-getting-TWO-dinners-British-royal-family.html

[size=34]Trump's children are getting TWO dinners with the British royal family: Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric and Tiffany are all expected at Queen's state banquet and dinner for Prince Charles held by U.S. ambassador to London[/size]


  • President Donald Trump's adult children will get two dinners with the British royal family next week during the three-day visit to Britain

  • Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Don Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Tiffany Trump will all participate in what a source is calling the 'family events' 

  • That includes the State Dinner at Buckingham Palace Monday night and a dinner at the U.S. ambassador's residence on Tuesday evening 

  • The source described much of the trip as a 'family thing' and said 'the whole [Trump] family is going over' 

  • Ivanka Trump will be participating in official and ceremonial events in London

  • he Trump children will also join the president and first lady Melania in France on the D-Day landing anniversary on June 6 

  • Both UK and U.S. officials emphasize details for the trip are still being finalized 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S POLITICAL REPORTER and DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 18:43 EDT, 31 May 2019 | UPDATED: 20:08 EDT, 31 May 2019

     


President Donald Trump's adult children will get two dinners with the British royal family next week when they join the president and first lady Melania Trump on their five-day trip to Britain, France and Ireland. 
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Don Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Tiffany Trump will all participate in what a source close to the administration is calling the 'family events' during the trip.
That will include a lavish State Banquet at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II and a dinner at the U.S. ambassador's home hosted by the president and first lady where Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will represent the queen.
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President Donald Trump's children - Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and Tiffany (seen with Melania Trump - will have two opportunities to meet members of the royal family during next week's state visit
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Full details of Trump's state visit to Britain
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Flags and flowers are installed along the Mall and outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the visit
The source described much of the trip as a 'family thing' and said 'the whole [Trump] family is going over.' 

The trip will give the opportunity for the younger Trumps to meet some of the younger members of the British royal family.
William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expected to attend Monday night's glamorous white-tie dinner at Buckingham Palace.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will miss the visit as she is on maternity leave after giving birth to baby Archie about three weeks ago. 
Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is expected to attend a luncheon with the first couple and the Queen on Monday.
The young Trumps will be a part of the most elegant events of the visit - particularly the state dinner, which will feature men in white tie, women in ball gowns, the Queen and other royals decked out in tiaras and state jewels. 
Buckingham Palace staff will spend three days laying the table for Monday's state banquet - as napkins are folded like dutch bonnets, six glasses are set out per guest and a special cushion is placed on the Prince of Wales' chair. 
Their plates will be placed exactly 18 inches apart - precisely measured by staff - and glasses and chairs will all be the same distance away from the table edge.
Each guest will have six glasses - for water, a champagne toast, red and white wines, dessert wine and port.  
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Workers erect a fence a Winfield House in Regent's Park, London, as the UK prepares to welcome President Trump
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Road blocks are assembled around Winfield House in Regent's Park, London, were security measures are being enforced ahead of Donald Trump's arrival 
Overshadowing the glamour will be the thousands of protesters expected to come out in London, including the baby blimp figure of the president, which was present on his working visit to the UK last July.
The owners of the blimp were given permission by the Greater London Authority, headed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, to fly the blimp over London during the state visit.  
Organizers plan to fly the blimp - which depicts Trump wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone - over Parliament Square on Tuesday, the second day of the state visit.
UK officials, meanwhile, have expressed delight the Trump children will be joining the president. 
'It's rather a nice thing that he's coming with all of his family and rather flattering they all want to come,' a UK official said.  
All the president's children but 13-year-old Barron Trump will in attendance.   
The president's children won't participate in any of the government-related events on his itinerary, which will occupy most of the daytime hours, with the exception of Ivanka, who works in the West Wing as an adviser to the president.
The first daughter 'will be participating in official and ceremonial events in London,' a White House official told DailyMail.com.
A UK official said Ivanka Trump could attend a Tuesday morning breakfast with the president; Prime Minister Theresa May; Andrew, the Duke of York; and UK business leaders. 
Ivanka Trump could also meet with some UK cabinet officials who work on women's issues - part of her portfolio at the White House.   
But both UK and American sources stress the details for the visit are still being finalized and nothing official has been announced. 
The source close to the administration said the Trump children will also join the president and first lady Melania in France on the D-Day landing anniversary on June 6.
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The 6m tall baby blimp of Donald Trump was flown as a protest against his visit last year
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The President and First Lady will host a dinner at Winfield House (pictured), the official residence of the US ambassador, on Tuesday evening
Some - but not all - of the Trump gaggle are expected to spend time at Trump Doonbeg, the president's golf course in Ireland that Eric Trump oversees.
And Ivanka Trump will peel off on Wednesday to lead the closing session of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague, The Netherlands, the State Department announced last week.
Senior administration officials declined to comment on the Trump family schedule when speaking to reporters on Thursday ahead of the visit.
President Trump and Melania Trump arrive in London on Monday, where they will spend three days in Britain before heading to Ireland. 
They will also travel to France on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day - the day during World War II on which Allied forces invaded northern France via beach landings in Normandy.
'The dates for D-day are pretty fixed. This is the 75th commemoration, and we felt - all of us - that is extremely important. The President has said this over and over again about the unshakeable bond between the two countries,' a senior administration official said Thursday of the trip. 
Kicking off the visit on Monday will the ceremonial welcome being staged in Buckingham Palace's garden. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will join the Queen for the event. 
That will replace the usual Horse Guards Parade venue in Whitehall - a decision likely due to security concerns. 
There will also be a state banquet for the president that evening - a lavish white-tie dinner staged in Buckingham Palace's ballroom.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join the Queen and Charles and Camilla for the event, which will feature leading figures from UK national life and prominent Americans in Britain.  
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The Trumps will arrive in London on Monday
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The Duke of Sussex will join a luncheon with the Trumps but his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex will remain on maternity leave with baby Archie
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President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in May 2011 during his presidency
Buckingham Palace released the itinerary for the president's three-day visit to the UK earlier this week.
After the official welcome on Monday, the Trumps will have a private lunch with the Queen.
Prince Harry meet the president, but the Duchess of Sussex, American actress Meghan Markle, will avoid a potentially awkward meeting with the leader, who she vocally campaigned against in the 2016 U.S. election. 
During President Trump's private lunch with the Queen and Prince Harry, Her Majesty will invite him and the first lady to view a special exhibition in the Picture Gallery, which will showcase items of historical significance to the United States from the Royal Collection.
After this, the first couple, accompanied by Prince Andrew, will visit Westminster Abbey, where the President will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
They will then be taken on a short tour of the Abbey.
The first couple will also have tea with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House. 
It will be the first meeting of the president and the prince since Trump entered the White House. 
On Tuesday, Trump and out-going Prime Minister Theresa May will co-host a business breakfast meeting, attended by The Duke of York, at St James's Palace, with senior UK and US business leaders.  
The visit comes as May announced she is stepping down after three years in power amid the nation's Brexit crisis. 
And it comes amid a power shift in the UK. Nigel Farage's new populist Brexit party trounced the Tory and Labour parties in Sunday's election, securing an extraordinary 29 members of parliament. 
Farage was them main campaigner for British withdrawal from the European Union.
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The Trumps will tour Westminster Abbey, where the president will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior
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President Trump with the Queen during last July's working visit to the UK 
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Arriving on June 3, President Trump will be welcomed by the Queen at Buckingham Palace (left). The president will also have tea with the the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (right) at Clarence House
In the evening, the Trumps will host a return dinner at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America. 
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend the dinner on behalf of The Queen. 
On Wednesday, the final day of the visit, the Queen, accompanied by Prince Charles, will join the Trumps and will attend the National Commemorative Event for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth, alongside more than 300 D-Day veterans.   
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Trump will meet with outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May during his trip
Previously, Queen Elizabeth II has also hosted two other U.S. presidents – George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush in November 2003 and President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in May 2011.
Additionally Trump will attend a ceremony in Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
And the president's scheduled a stop in Ireland to golf at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg Ireland.
While there, Trump will also meet with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Shannon, Ireland, which is just a few dozen mile trip by air to his resort on the eastern coast of the European country. 






[size=34]Full itinerary of Donald Trump's three-day state visit to the UK[/size]


MONDAY, JUNE 3


  • Arrive in the morning and receive Ceremonial Welcome in the Buckingham Palace Garden, hosted by the Queen and joined by Prince Charles and Camilla.
  • President Trump, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, will inspect the Guard of Honour, formed of Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards.
  • Private lunch with the Queen followed by a special exhibition in the Picture Gallery, which will showcase items of historical significance to the United States from the Royal Collection.
  • Mr and Mrs Trump, accompanied by The Duke of York, will visit Westminster Abbey, where the President will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. They will also be given a tour of the Abbey.
  • They will then join The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House.
  • In the evening, The Queen will hold a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace and both the Queen and the President will both make speeches at the start of the Banquet.  


TUESDAY, JUNE 4


  • On Tuesday morning, the president and Prime Minister Theresa May will co-host a business breakfast meeting, attended by The Duke of York, at St James's Palace, with senior UK and US business leaders.
  • The president and Mrs Trump will then visit 10 Downing Street to hold talks with the Prime Minister. 
  • Following lunch together, President Trump and the Prime Minister will attend a press conference.
  • In the evening, the president and Mrs Trump will host a return dinner at Winfield House, the Residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America. Prince Charles and Camilla will attend the dinner on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. 


 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 


  • On Wednesday, the Queen, accompanied by Prince Charles, President Trump and Melania will attend the National Commemorative Event for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth, alongside over 300 D-Day veterans.
  • The Queen will formally bid farewell to The President and Mrs Trump in Portsmouth.
  • President Trump and Mrs Trump will depart privately later in the day. 


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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 01 Jun 2019, 14:25

This is normal practice for a State Visit - but a bit more so given his children are adults.

Of course, just the visuals of every move he makes will make a difference - he didn't seem to have a clue last time - and many people have refused to go to the State Dinner (unheard of with previous presidents!).

Many protests are planned including the giant blimp!

It's all about trade and diplomacy with an ally....done the British way...

He has already blotted his copy book by calling the Duchess of Sussex 'nasty'. Nice...and very diplomatic!!?

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He is just an embarrassment no matter where he goes.

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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 02 Jun 2019, 00:06

If it’s one thing Trump isn’t it’s diplomatic. Just look at every visit he has had overseas. He always makes some gaffe. But his base relishes his behavior. He IS an embarrassment. In some ways it seems antithetical for him to be at any D-Day ceremony...for the obvious reasons that we have discussed here many, many times. He’s a disgrace, not only to the Presidency but to humankind.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 03 Jun 2019, 21:06

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7099557/Woman-escorted-five-people-coat-head-enter-abortion-clinic-Kentucky.html

[size=34]The reality for women seeking an abortion in Kentucky: Woman covers her head with a coat and is escorted by FIVE people as she enters the only clinic that performs the procedure in the state while being harassed by pro-life protesters[/size]


  • Women in Kentucky continue to face hostility as they enter the only clinic in the state which performs legal abortions

  • A video posted on Facebook by John Williams, who calls himself a 'street preacher,' shows a woman entering EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville

  • The woman has her head covered by a coat and is flanked by volunteer escorts as protesters shout at her, 'Don't kill your baby!'

  • Amber Duke, communications director for the ACLU of Kentucky, told DailyMail.com, 'This is a pretty typical of Saturday' for the clinic

  • The ACLU of Kentucky represents EMW Women's Surgical Center in its various legal challenges against the state, which presently includes five active lawsuits

  • Kentucky is just one of many states which has recently passed or is considering some of the strictest bans regarding abortion access since 1973


By STEPHANIE HANEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 12:46 EDT, 3 June 2019 UPDATED: 14:48 EDT, 3 June 2019



     

     

     

     

     
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As the American Civi Liberties Union (ACLU) continues to battle some of the strictest abortion bans the United States has seen in decades being passed around the country, the reality of women attempting to seek lawful abortions in Kentucky remains hostile.
A video posted on Facebook by John Williams, who calls himself a 'street preacher,' shows a woman entering EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville as protesters shout at her, 'Don't kill your baby!'
The loud crowd is seen lining the walkway leading up to the only clinic in the state which performs abortion procedures, coming close to the woman as she walks with her head covered and with volunteer escorts surrounding her on all sides.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin recently signed into law both a so-called 'heartbeat bill' abortion ban and a ban on abortions for specific reasons, which have now been blocked from taking effect while litigation over the bills continues. 

Amber Duke, communications director for the ACLU of Kentucky which represents EMW Women's Surgical Center in its various legal challenges against the state, told DailyMail.com of the scene in the video, 'This is a pretty typical of Saturday. Any time that clinic is open there are protesters out front.'
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In the minute-long clip, multiple protesters can be seen walking alongside a woman as she's escorted by Every Saturday Morning volunteers to the front entrance of EMW Women's Surgical Center.
The protesters right by her side appear to be saying things to her, but their actual words can't be heard over voice of a man talking through a loudspeaker.
To the left, a large sign reads, 'Abortion is murder,' and as the woman walks past it, a woman's voice can be heard shouting, 'Don't kill your baby!'
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A video posted on Facebook shows a woman entering EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, Kentucky, the state's only abortion clinic, as protesters shout at her, 'Don't kill your baby!' (scenes from the video shown)
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To the left, a large sign reads, 'Abortion is murder,' and as the woman walks past it, a woman's voice can be heard shouting, 'Don't kill your baby!'
As the woman nears the clinic's front door, a man says over the loudspeaker, 'Young lady, you don't have to be a murderer this morning, young lady.'
He goes on, 'Don't listen to the wicked counsel of these orange-vested people, these orange-vested people who are rubbing you on the back and telling you that it's gonna be OK. It's not gonna be OK for your baby. It's not gonna be OK.'
The man then continues to talk after the woman has entered the clinic, saying things that are medically inaccurate.
'Your baby is gonna be torn limb from limb,' he says. 'Your baby's head is gonna be crushed.'
He continues, 'Your baby's gonna be destroyed with chemicals. It's not gonna be OK this morning, and it's not gonna be OK for you unless you repent.'
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As the woman nears the clinic's front door, a man says over the loudspeaker, 'Young lady, you don't have to be a murderer this morning, young lady'
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The man then continues to talk after the woman has entered the clinic, saying things that are medically inaccurate. 'Your baby is gonna be torn limb from limb,' he says. 'Your baby's head is gonna be crushed'
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Williams, who posted the video, is pictured on social media holding a sign that reads, 'Mom, please don't kill me. I love you Mom,' showing a developing fetus in utero
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In a separate photo, he's pictured wearing a tee shirt that reads, 'Homo sex leads to Hell. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10'

THE 'HEARTBEAT BILL' MOVEMENT: WHICH STATES ARE BRINGING THE MEASURES

STATES THAT NOW HAVE 'FETAL HEARTBEAT' LAWS
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  • Georgia (signed into law May 7, 2019)
  • Ohio (signed into law April 11, 2019, though it is being challenged
  • Alabama (on May 14, passed ban with no exceptions for rape or incest 25-6, from the moment of conception) 
  • Missouri (signed into law May 24)
  • Louisiana has passed a bill that Gov. John Bel Edwards has said he will sign

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STATES WHOSE BILLS HAVE BEEN BLOCKED BY COURTS
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  • Arkansas (passed March 2014, blocked March 2015)
  • Mississippi (signed into law March 21, 2019, blocked May 2019)
  • North Dakota (passed July 2015, blocked January 2016) 
  • Iowa (passed May 2018, blocked January 2019)
  • Kentucky (passed March 2019, blocked April 2019)

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STATES THAT ARE CONSIDERING IT
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[*]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 
[*]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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As the video nears its end, a man can be seen walking with a sign that reads, 'babies are murdered here,' with a child in tow.
Williams, who posted the video, is pictured on social media holding a sign that reads, 'Mom, please don't kill me. I love you Mom,' showing a developing fetus in utero.
In a separate photo, he's pictured wearing a tee shirt that reads, 'Homo sex leads to Hell. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.'
'This is the status quo that's been going on for years outside the clinic,' Duke told DailyMail.com, referring to Williams' video.
'That video was taken on a Saturday, I believe. Those are usually the heaviest days of protest at the clinic.'
Kentucky is just one of many states within recent months which has passed or is considering some of the strictest bans regarding abortion access that the country has seen since the United States Supreme Court decided Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
Alabama recently passed what is widely considered to be the most restrictive of such laws, amounting to a near total ban on abortion from the moment of conception, with no exceptions for incest or rape, regardless of the age of the victim. 
While many have asked the ACLU about the possibility of these kinds of laws resulting in today's court revisiting that landmark decision, Duke said abortion access in Kentucky has been under attack for a number of years, even with Roe firmly in place.  
'There is certainly a lot that's happening now with some of the most extreme pieces of legislation ever being passed and considered,' Duke said.
'But we have our situation here in Kentucky which we've been in for a while. We have five active lawsuits now against the state.
'Roe vs. Wade is in place right now, and we're still down to one clinic here in Kentucky and we're fighting all sorts of attempts to shut down this last clinic.'  

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Amber Duke, communications director for the ACLU of Kentucky which represents EMW Women's Surgical Center (shown) in its various legal challenges against the state, told DailyMail.com of the scene in the video, 'This is a pretty typical of Saturday. Any time that clinic is open there are protesters out front'

[size=34]Landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, 1973[/size]

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a woman's constitutional right to an abortion in Roe v. Wade. The landmark ruling legalized abortion nationwide but divided public opinion and has been under attack ever since. 
The case was filed in 1971 by Norma McCorvey, a 22-year-old living in Texas who was unmarried and seeking a termination of her unwanted pregnancy. 
Because of state legislation preventing abortions unless the mother's life is at risk, she was unable to undergo the procedure in a safe and legal environment.
So McCorvey sued Henry Wade, the Dallas county district attorney, in 1970. The case went on to the Supreme Court, under the filing Roe vs Wade, to protect McCorvey's privacy.
Supreme Court Decision
The Supreme Court handed down the watershed 7-2 decision that a woman's right to make her own medical decisions, including the choice to have an abortion, is protected under the 14th Amendment. 
In particular, that the Due Process Clause of the the 14th Amendment provides a fundamental 'right to privacy' that protects a woman's liberty to choose whether or not to have an abortion.
 …nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law
The landmark ruling saw abortions decriminalized in 46 states, but under certain specific conditions which individual states could decide on. For example, states could decide whether abortions were allowed only during the first and second trimester but not the third (typically beyond 28 weeks). 
Impact 
Among pro-choice campaigners, the decision was hailed as a victory which would mean fewer women would become seriously - or even fatally - ill from abortions carried out by unqualified or unlicensed practitioners. Moreover, the freedom of choice was considered a significant step in the equality fight for women in the country. Victims of rape or incest would be able to have the pregnancy terminated and not feel coerced into motherhood.
However, pro-lifers contended it was tantamount to murder and that every life, no matter how it was conceived, is precious. Though the decision has never been overturned, anti-abortionists have prompted hundreds of states laws since then narrowing the scope of the ruling.
One such was the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act signed by President George W. Bush in 2003, which banned a procedure used to perform second-trimester abortions.   
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Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe)
Following the ruling, McCorvey lived a quiet life until the 1980s when she revealed herself to be Jane Roe. McCorvey became a leading, outspoken pro-abortion voice in American discourse, even working at a women's clinic where abortions were performed.
However,  she performed an unlikely U-turn in 1995, becoming a born again Christian and began traveling the country speaking out against the procedure.
In 2003, a she filed a motion to overturn her original 1973 ruling with the U.S. district court in Dallas. The motion moved through the courts until it was ultimately denied by the Supreme Court in 2005.
McCorvey died at an assisted living home in Texas in February 2017, aged 69. 
'The Heartbeat bill'
Multiple governors have signed legislation outlawing abortion if a doctor can detect a so-called 'fetal heartbeat,' part of a concerted effort to restrict abortion rights in states across the country.
Under the ban doctors will be prosecuted for flouting the rules.
Abortion-rights supporters see the 'heartbeat bills' as virtual bans because 'fetal heartbeats' can be detected as early as six weeks, when women may not be aware they are pregnant.
Anti-abortion campaigners have intensified their efforts since Donald Trump was elected president and appointed two conservative justices to the US Supreme Court, hopeful they can convince the right-leaning court to re-examine Roe v. Wade.
Georgia, Ohio, Missouri, and Louisiana have enacted 'heartbeat laws' recently, and Alabama passed an even more restrictive version in May, amounting to a near total ban on abortion from the moment of conception. Other states have similar legislation pending.
Similar laws has also been passed in Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, Iowa and Kentucky, though they have been blocked by courts from going into effect as legal challenges have been brought against them.




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The growing list of 'heartbeat' abortion bans are designed openly to get the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade, with many Republicans gambling that a 5-4 conservative bench would overturn it.
But is that the case? Here is how the case may - or may not - reach the Supreme Court.
ROUND ONE: LITIGATE IN STATE COURTS
The outcome does not matter too much in legal terms because the aim is to get to: 
ROUND TWO: PRO-CHOICE CHALLENGE
Each of the laws passed by the states is going to be challenged in the local federal court by pro-choice groups, with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU litigating some already and getting ready for more. The heartbeat bills are fairly clearly incompatible with Roe v. Wade so it is likely a federal judge would first grant an injunction against them to keep them from being enacted, and order a full-scale hearing. This could be the pro-life movement's first chance to ask for a Supreme Court hearing, by appealing the injunction rather than waiting for a full trial in a federal court. Or they could wait for a trial - but either way the next stage is:
ROUND TWO: FEDERAL APPEALS COURT
All federal cases can be appealed to the next level - a federal appeals court. The country is divided into 12 geographical circuits and some swing liberal, some conservative. The best bet for the pro-life group to force a Supreme Court hearing is to get an appeal into a liberal circuit, where judges are likely to vote down a heartbeat bill. Cases are heard by three judges and can be appealed to the entire bench of the circuit. Missouri is in the liberal-leaning Eighth Circuit, so if its bill becomes law, look here for a challenge which would come from the state or its pro-life supporters going to the next stage:
ROUND THREE: PETITION THE SUPREME COURT - AND GET JOHN ROBERTS ON SIDE
Anyone involved in a federal appeals case can petition the Supreme Court to ask for review of the outcome. But the tricky part for the pro-life movement is that the Supreme Court is not compelled to take up a petition. So assuming a heartbeat bill has been blocked by an appeals court, the pro-life petitioners have to find a way to get a majority of the justices to agree to hear their appeal. That means getting Chief Justice John Roberts - the swing vote - to agree to hear the case. But he has made clear since his confirmation hearing that he wants a court respected by all sides and seen as above politics. So it is an uphill task to persuade him not to do the simple thing: keep the hypothetical block on the heartbeat bill in place without a hearing, ending the process without a public and divisive airing of the issues. Exactly that scenario has already happened in North Dakota, whose restrictive laws got struck down by the liberal Eighth Circuit. The Roberts court simply declined to intervene. But assuming a pro-life lobbyist or state, or group of states, succeeds in getting Roberts to agree to a hearing, the next challenge is:
ROUND FOUR: WHAT EXACTLY WILL THE JUSTICES REVIEW?
Just because the justices have taken up the case a pro-life lobby group want to push doesn't mean their dream of a full-scale Roe v. Wade challenge is anywhere near complete. The justices can look as widely or narrowly at the issue as they want, so could consider a detail in the case rather than looking at abortion in full. Roberts has been a 'gradualist' before, on issues such as gay marriage, so he might guide the court to consider far narrower issues. Examples could include allowing states to make licensing of abortion clinics more difficult, or restricting reasons for having an abortion, such as banning Down Syndrome diagnosis as a reason for termination. Pro-choice groups fear the most likely outcome of the heartbeat bills is not sweeping new abortion bans, but Roberts leading the conservatives to allow more restrictions to stay in place state-by-state without Roe v. Wade being overturned.
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Post by carolhathaway on Mon 03 Jun 2019, 22:06

This must just be horrible for women.
I don't think it's an easy decision, they feel they've got no choice, and now they have to be escorted through protesters telling them what to do - althoughthey have no clue why they aren't able tk havd a child. It's not the protesters who have to give birth, have to feed the babies, have to change their lives.
As we've said several times before: that's nor pro-life, it's pro-birth because otherwise they would improve the conditions for single moms, families and children. .
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