The surprising ways voter suppression particularly hurts women
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Campaign Action The U.S. military and national security officials are scrambling to figure out what Russian asset Donald Trump agreed to do for Vladimir Putin in that two hour and 10 minute private meeting they had on Monday. The Russian ambassador says «Important verbal agreements» were made between the two. The Russia Defense Ministry is champing at the bit to get going on whatever Trump capitulated to, «ready for practical implementation of the agreements in the sphere of international security reached by Russian and U.S. Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.» What that might be, no one knows for sure. Though we've got some glimmers of it, mostly in the form of Trump possibly agreeing to hand over a former U.S. ambassador to Putin for questioning, a proposal that current and former American diplomats are «at a fucking loss» to comprehend. So, presumably, are Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake. Rubio blusters in a tweet that «Under no circumstances should #Putin officials ever be allowed to come into the U.S. & 'question' Americans on their list.» Then he loses steam with this pathetic rejoinder: «I don't believe this will ever be allowed to happen which is why the @WhiteHouse should publicly & unequivocally rule it out.» Who precisely is preventing it from happening isn't clear, because right now there's nobody around keeping Trump from being Trump. Then there's Flake, who tweets: «The Russian ambassador says that 'important verbal agreements' were reached at the Helsinki summit. What are those commitments, Mr. President? Congress needs to know.» As if that'll work, demanding answers from the Russian asset himself. Yes, Congress and the American people need to know and somebody needs to step in and stop Trump. There aren't a lot of options for that, short of a military coup. So guess who the job is going to have to fall on? The Senate! It's time that this coequal branch of government start acting like one and, again, it's going to have to be the Senate that does it because the House is a fucking mess. And it's going to have to be Republican senators willing to stand up to their Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make it happen. They can start with the committee Flake and Rubio's both sit on—Foreign Relations Committee—and demand that the committee subpoena the interpreter that was in that room with Trump and Putin to find out precisely what was said.
Donald Trump tweeted out his endorsement for Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Wednesday, a move that comes less than a week before the GOP's July 24 primary runoff for governor of Georgia. There was little indication before this that Trump preferred Kemp over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who has the support of termed-out Gov. Nathan Deal, and Trump's tweet only offered the usual «tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration» platitudes that he gives out to pretty much all his endorsed candidates. However, it's possible the White House has decided that Kemp is likely to win next week, and they want to take credit for his victory. And while a recent independent poll from the University of Georgia gave Kemp only a small 44-41 lead, there's a good reason to think he had the edge even before he got Trump's help. Even though Cagle led Kemp 39-25 in the first round of the primary in May, the lieutenant governor has struggled to pick up more support despite decisively outspending his opponent. Trump may also simply prefer Kemp, who used one ad to brag about his «big truck, just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take 'em home myself,» to the more establishment-friendly Cagle. On Wednesday, Kemp also earned an endorsement from Clay Tippins, who took fourth place in May with 12 percent of the vote. This move was very unsurprising, since Tippins released a recorded conversation with Cagle last month where the lieutenant governor admitted to supporting a bad bill solely to stop a super PAC from backing another candidate, former state Sen. Hunter Hill. Tippins later provided Kemp with more audio of that conversation where Cagle was heard saying that primary voters were too extreme and driven by identity politics. Earlier this week, Kemp also picked up the support of Hill, who took 18 percent of the vote. Cagle is also out with what his campaign has labeled his closing ad, and let's just say he's not ending the extremely nasty campaign on a warm and fuzzy note. The narrator details what he says are Kemp's victims after 20 years in politics, beginning with, «26 women sexually assaulted during massages.» The commercial does not go into any detail about this very explosive charge, but Cagle's allies recently launched a different ad (you know, that spot that resembled a 1970s softcore porn video) arguing that the secretary of state failed to revoke licenses of a business with a «series of sexual assault complaints,» and declaring that they and other companies like them contributed heavily to his campaign. The spot continues by saying that Kemp's legacy also includes «57 farmers stiffed for millions, hundreds of seniors hurt by abusive nurses, [and] 6 million Georgians exposed to identify theft.» The narrator then asks what Kemp has to say about «20 years of failures,» and it shows a clip from his last ad where Kemp says, «I say merry Christmas.» The rest of the ad declares that NRA head Oliver North, Trump's state chair, and Deal support Cagle. Let's make sure Stacey Abrams has the resources to beat whichever Republican emerges next week. Please chip in $3 today!
On Wednesday evening, Donald Trump sat down for an interview with CBS anchor Jeff Glor, and while accounts of that interview have indicated that Trump expressed faith in US intelligence, the actual contents don’t agree. Throughout the interview, Trump shows that he’s unable to call Vladimir Putin a liar, as he savages a long list of U.S. intelligence figures and indicates he only has faith in “his people.” Trump’s statements also include an open claim that there is a secret plot within the U.S. government—a mysterious “they”—working against Trump from somewhere in the deepest deep state to take him down. Far from walking back anything Trump said in Helsinki, his CBS interview did just what could be expected from Trump: It doubled down on his attack on intelligence officials, criticized reporters for reporting, and put forward again the idea that only someone who is a partisan for Trump can be trusted. Glor: But he denies it, so if you believe US intelligence agencies, is Putin lying to you? Trump: I don't want to get into whether or not he's lying. I can only say that I do have confidence in our intelligence agencies as currently constituted. It’s the “as currently configured” part of this that renders everything else moot. Because what Trump is actually saying is that he likes Dan Coats and Gina Haspel—though obviously not enough to say that Putin is lying. But his “belief” in U.S. intelligence agencies stops as soon as it passes the people he personally put in place. And that includes disregarding everything he was told by everyone up until … Tuesday? Wednesday? That part isn’t quite clear. What is clear is that Trump doesn’t trust anyone except Coats, because he rattles off a long list of people including James Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, and of course Peter Strzok and Lisa Page who get labeled as untrustworthy. And that’s before Trump divulges his belief in a secret cabal within the intelligence community that is out to get him. Trump: You know, Clapper wrote me a beautiful letter when I first went to office, and it was really nice. And then, all of a sudden, he's gone haywire because they got to him and they probably got him to say things that maybe he doesn't even mean. They got to Clapper. They got him to ‘say things’ he doesn’t mean. Only … who is they?
The Lower House Committee for Information Policy has backed a motion banning advertisers from promoting alcohol, pharmaceuticals, gambling and weapons on kids’ radio and TV programs. Read Full Article at RT.com
In an interview with CBS on Wednesday, Donald Trump complained that all the coverage of his meeting with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin had not been “fair.” All the networks and papers had focused on his fumbling, fawning appearance at the press conference, his inability to stand up to Putin, and “a few statements” he made throwing his own country under the bus. When it was suggested to Trump that the media had provided wall to wall, accurate coverage of everything said at the conference, his response was telling. TRUMP: I don't care what they covered. They don't, they didn't cover my meeting. The important thing, frankly, was the meeting that lasted for two and a half hours, or almost two and a half hours. And in that meeting, we discussed many, many things that were very, very positive for both countries. But of course there’s a reason why the press hasn’t covered the contents of the meeting. We don’t know the contents of the meeting. Trump has provided only shifting, and vague claims about what was said. The press conference was supposed to tell the world what had happened in the meeting, but it turned into a showcase of Donald Trump showing his preference for Putin over America. Which, for all anyone knows, is exactly what happened in the discussion we didn’t see. Only, as the Washington Post reports, someone is coming forward to talk about that private meeting. It’s not Trump. It’s the Russian ambassador making claims about what Trump promised his country when no one was looking. “Important verbal agreements” were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements, major bilateral arms control treaties whose futures have been in question. Antonov also said that Putin had made “specific and interesting proposals to Washington” on how the two countries could cooperate on Syria. Preserving the arms limits under New START would seem to be a good thing, only … we don’t know if that’s true. We don’t know anything. Except that the US military should not be scrambling to discover what happened in this meeting by listing to the Russian ambassador speak in Moscow.
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On the heels of Google getting served a $5 billion fine by the EU over monopolistic practices related to its Android operating system, the European Commission today resurfaced another ongoing case in the world of large U.S. tech companies. The EC said that it has added to its investigation into Qualcomm and its predatory pricing […]
The European Southern Observatory’s latest telescope technology works like a pair of contacts to make cosmic images clearer. A new adaptive-optics module on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile means scientists can capture […] The post Telescope’s Optic Upgrade Produces Super Sharp Images appeared first on Geek.com.
Glass artist Kim KototamaLune creates ethereal sculptures that resemble abstracted organic shapes and faces. She builds delicate glass grids without molds, which she then works into sculptural form and displays in darkened rooms. This presentation allows light to permeate, which both illuminates the sculptures from within and casts dramatic shadows on the surrounding walls. The artist was born in Vietnam and now lives and works in France, and has studied multiple languages. Cultural identity, the origins of life, and in-between spaces play into her inspirations. More
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippine immigration bureau on Thursday ordered the deportation of an Australian nun who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies, but her lawyers called the move «persecution» and said they would appeal. The Bureau of Immigration also wants to prohibit Sister Patricia Anne Fox ...
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ZURICH (AP) Clubs from Russia and Qatar are among six fined by FIFA and warned they risk one-year transfer bans for failing to settle debts to players.
The trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers will be the first of many for the Orioles, as executive vice president/general manager Dan Duquette told reporters in a conference call Wednesday night that the Orioles are set to embark on a rebuild of both their on-field product and their baseball operations and scouting staffs (links via Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com and Rich Dubroff of Baltimore Baseball.com).Duquette plainly used the word “rebuild” five times over a 20-minute conference call, Meoli notes — something which he’d previously been reluctant to do. The veteran GM called rebuilding a “grueling process” but also made clear that there’s a consensus among the front office on the need to do so, as well as support from owner Peter Angelos and his sons, John and Lou.Critically, Duquette acknowledged that the team’s complete lack of a presence in Latin America has served as a roadblock to maintaining a competitive organization and declared that the Orioles will “become more act
The contract negotiations between Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics did not get off to the best start this offseason, but in the end the two sides were able to come to an agreement.Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that Smart will sign a four-year, $52 million deal with Boston. The contract seems like a good one for both sides. In an offseason where not many teams have salary cap space, Smart was able to secure a long-term deal as a restricted free agent. The Celtics also avoid having to pay an important role player like a starter.Smart, 24, averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 assists per game last season, but his numbers hardly tell the entire story. He’s a scrappy defender who gives full effort every time he’s on the court, and those are the types of players teams need to compete for championships come playoff time. Despite his offensive inconsistencies, he is incredibly important to Boston’s success.At one point, there were reports that seemed to indicate the relationship between Smart and the Celtics was
The Toronto Raptors are holding out hope of somehow convincing Kawhi Leonard to remain with the team instead of leaving as a free agent after the 2018-19 NBA season. And while reports suggest Leonard may be “warming to the idea” of playing in Toronto, the superstar’s dislike of the region’s weather may prove to be a meteorological stumbling block.According to an anonymous NBA GM, Leonard’s experience at the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto made it clear he’s no fan of wintry weather. And harboring such a distaste for Toronto’s climate could be a non-starter for Leonard. “No chance,” the GM said, via Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. “He was in the All-Star Game there. Never left his room. He hates the cold.”The narrative since Leonard was dealt to the Raptors from the Spurs in Wednesday’s blockbuster trade is that Leonard has no desire whatsoever to play in Toronto. While the report of Leonard warming up to the concept sounds encouraging, the odds of the superstar signing a long-term deal with the Raptors seems slim
ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio.