Saturday midday open thread: 1000s show for D.C. Poor Peoples Campaign rally; ExxonMobil stonewalls
What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …
Tragedy and resiliency: It's been nine months since Maria hit Puerto Rico, by Denise Oliver Velez
My answers as an atheist to apologetics questions from a religious friend, by David Akadjian
GOP Holocaust analogists furious over Nazi border policy comparisons, by Jon Perr
New Jersey's complete Democratic takeover point out the cancer within, by Egberto Willies
Trumpism is a cult, by Mark E Andersen
Will Trump's bald-faced lies and reversal on family separation 'law' open the media's eyes? Finally, by Ian Reifowitz
A kidnapped Maryland man called 911 for help. Police charged him with a crime instead, by Rebecca Pilar Buckwalter Poza
International Elections Digest, by Daily Kos Elections
• Poor People’s Campaign wraps up six weeks of peaceful actions with rally in D.C.: Thousands of participants showed up Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to end the first phase of a campaign reflecting the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who spawned the original 1967-68 Poor People’s Campaign to address poverty, war and income inequality. Almost 50 years ago to the day, King and other organizers joined tens of thousands of people in D.C. for a Solidarity Day Rally for Jobs, Peace, and Freedom. But this Saturday’s rally, coordinated by the Rev. William Barber II and Liz Theoharis, is far from the end of the modern campaign’s efforts. Participants will now return to their home states for what Kasia Anderson at TruthDig calls a “Freedom Summer-style campaign to educate, register and mobilize voters and build power in their communities from the bottom up.” Freedom Summer was organized in 1964 by the Congress on Racial Equality and the Student NonViolent Coordinating Committee to register black people in Mississippi to register to vote in violation of the state’s Jim Crow segregation laws denying African Americans their constitutional right to cast ballots.
• Percentage of Americans who want Trump impeached reaches Nixon levels: Americans are less and less happy with the way Special Counsel Robert Mueller is handling the Trump-Russia investigation, according to a CNN/SSRS poll released Friday. The percentage of Americans whose perceptions of the investigationhas dropped from 48 percent favorability in March to 44 percent in May to just 41 percent now. That’s the lowest point of CNN's polling in the matter. Mueller's own favorable rating is 32 percent; former FBI director James Comey's is 28 percent, and Rudy Giuliani’s 31 percent. Meanwhile, 42 percent of Americans want Donald Trump impeached. That’s 77 percent of Democrats and 9 percent of Republicans. This is higher than support for impeaching Bill Clinton, which was 29 percent during the bulk of 1998, when he was impeached by the House of Representatives but acquitted by the Senate. The percentage of supporters for impeaching Barack Obama and George W. Bush hovered around 29-30 percent. In March 1974, just five months before he resigned his office because of the coverup of the Watergate Hotel break-in, support for impeaching Richard Nixon hit 43 percent.
• Federal lawsuit hits Warner Bros. for allegedly ripping off video game to make the mobile version of “Westworld”: The complaint said the steal went so far as to include the bugs of the popular game “Fallout Shelter.”
xThe present has not been plausible in the present at least since I was 19 & Richard Nixon was elected based on a «secret plan» to end the Vietnam War. https://t.co/UqmaLDfCuK— Paul Rosenberg (@PaulHRosenberg) June 23, 2018
• Trump regime looking for venues to turn into family detention centers for 15,000 people: Such centers are not new. They began with the George W. Bush administration and continued under the Barack Obama administration. Currently, they can hold some 2,500 people, and at the beginning of this month were at 70 percent of their 3,650 maximum occupancy. Under the Flores agreement, the U.S. can only hold migrant children in such facilities for 20 days. The White House seeks to change that. The cost of such facilities is immense—$300 day per detainee—a good deal more expensive than adult-only facilities.
• ExxonMobil is stonewalling on financial records in N.Y. climate fraud probe: Those records were subpoenaed more than a year ago, according to New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood. In a filing Friday, she asked Judge Barry Ostrager to order the world’s 10th largest company by revenue to obey the subpoenas. State investigators think ExxonMobil may have used two sets of numbers, one to show the risks to company investors from the impact of greenhouse gas regulations, and another secret set used internally to calculate those risks. ExxonMobil officials claim it’s too great a burden to search through hundreds of thousands of records for these spreadsheets. Investigators argue that unnamed insiders at the company say the records are readily accessible.
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