Sexual harassment in Congress is a scandal—and it would probably be a lot more of one if Congress hadn’t written its own rules for dealing with allegations in secret. But since the #MeToo movement has shined a light on sexual harassment, the House of Representatives has managed to pass a decent bill. The Senate … hasn’t, and the bill it has coming up for a vote is not the answer. The American Civil Liberties Union, Equal Pay Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Women’s Law Center, and Public Citizen are calling on the Senate to strengthen its bill. Their letter points to serious weaknesses in the Senate bill, including that it doesn’t call for an independent investigator, instead putting approval of settlements in the hands of the ethics committees of both the House and the Senate to sign off on if the settlement is because of a member of Congress’s own actions: “This provision appears to provide an opportunity for a Member who has settled a claim to avoid personal accountability and to be absolved from reimbursing the taxpayers,” the groups wrote in the letter. Additionally, the Senate bill fails to hold members liable for discrimination settlements: “A Member who has committed wrongdoing should be liable for all damages negotiated in a settlement or awarded by a court; they should not be shielded from the consequences of their actions,” they wrote. Seriously. Time for Congress to be held accountable—and the way for that to happen is for Congress to write its own rules to demand accountability.
Tr*mp is the most corrupt President we have ever seen, and he is enriching himself every day by renting hotel rooms to foreign state representatives seeking favor, and by nations showering his business interests with mega loans. He has the nerve to call anybody, especially immigrants, “animals”. Emoluments laws are now meaningless.
Happy graduation season! As the youths say goodbye to various educational institutions and prepare to embark on even more schooling, gainful employment, or soul-crushing job hunts, it feels right and proper to check in on the state lawmakers who craft so many of the policies that affect grads’ ability to afford more school, succeed in their chosen field, or endure a period of time with little or no income. Campaign Action So cheerful! Screw it, let’s party. Live Like We’re Dying: Last week in this space, I talked about a “nuclear option” that Virginia Senate Democratic leadership might use this week to force a floor vote on expanding Medicaid through the state’s budget. Yeah, the finger’s still hovering over the launch button. On Tuesday, the state Senate reconvened in Richmond so Republicans could drag their feet some more over expanding healthcare access to over 300,000 Virginians, basically. Despite the fact that a key Republican on the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee had worked out a Medicaid expansion provision with his GOP counterpart in the state House (which has already voted to expand Medicaid), Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment demanded that senators come back again next week to debate and—hopefully—vote on the final budget. Democratic Senate Leader Dick Saslaw backed off—temporarily—of his threat to force the budget to the floor for a vote via an extraordinarily rare discharge motion. He’s vowed to pull the discharge maneuver next week if GOP leadership remains obstinate. … and by GOP leadership, I mostly mean Norment, whose frustration with his (likely) inevitable legislative defeat (he’s ardently opposed Medicaid expansion from the get-go) revealed itself as he ranted on the Senate floor about rumors that he’d retire if he lost this battle. He swore to “be here in 2019 and 2020 to kick your ass.” Okay! Tune in next week, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel, to see if Virginia has a Medicaid-expanding budget yet!
The Wall Street Journal has reviewed emails revealing that Donald Trump’s longtime ally and former campaign adviser Roger Stone personally sought out dirt on Hillary Clinton from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange through an intermediary. In a Sept. 18, 2016, message, Mr. Stone urged an acquaintance who knew Mr. Assange to ask the WikiLeaks founder for emails related to Mrs. Clinton’s alleged role in disrupting a purported Libyan peace deal in 2011 when she was secretary of state, referring to her by her initials. “Please ask Assange for any State or HRC e-mail from August 10 to August 30--particularly on August 20, 2011,” Mr. Stone wrote to Randy Credico, a New York radio personality who had interviewed Mr. Assange several weeks earlier. Credico wrote back suggesting that whatever information WikiLeaks had was likely already posted to the site, but Stone was persistent. “Why do we assume WikiLeaks has released everything they have ???” Stone replied. In another email, Mr. Credico then asked Mr. Stone to give him a “little bit of time,” saying he thought Mr. Assange might appear on his radio show the next day. A few hours later, Mr. Credico wrote: “That batch probably coming out in the next drop...I can’t ask them favors every other day .I asked one of his lawyers...they have major legal headaches riggt now..relax.” Collusion. It's not even a matter of eagerly accepting «dirt» from a hostile foreign agent à la Don Jr., it's a matter of seeking it out. Stone had claimed in testimony to the House Intelligence Committee that he “merely wanted confirmation” that Assange had dirt on Clinton. Keep in mind that current Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo branded WikiLeaks a «hostile intelligence service» while he was serving as Trump's CIA director last year. Thursday, May 24, 2018 · 9:45:45 PM +00:00 · Kerry Eleveld UPDATE: First came collusion, then the cover up: “Per Schiff, these emails between Stone and Credico were not provided to congressional investigators.”
Internal government documents dating back to 2009 and obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago School of Law, detail horror stories of child abuse, physical and sexual assault, verbal abuse and medical negligence at the hands of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents. The details should be a national security concern, because border agents were already “monstrous” under Barack Obama, and under Donald Trump they have been unleashed and stand to endanger untold numbers: In one complaint we obtained, a Border Patrol agent grabbed a girl he claimed was running away, handcuffed her to someone else and dragged them together along the ground, causing “two bruises on her neck, scratches to her shoulders and arms, and thorns in her head.” A 16-year-old recounted that a Border Patrol agent threw him down before he used his boot to smash his head into the ground. Other children allege that agents assaulted them with their feet, fists, flashlights, and Tasers. In one case, an agent ran over a 17-year-old with a patrol vehicle and then got out and punched the child in the head and body. Often, children noted that other agents witnessed the abuse or saw the injuries but refused them medical attention. In one case, agents accused a pregnant minor of lying about the pain — which turned out to be labor contractions preceding a stillbirth. The records, from the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, a DHS oversight agency, “show that the leadership at Customs and Border Protection were well aware of the allegations of unlawful child abuse—including people still now directing the agency—yet there is no indication that any individual official was ever held accountable for abuse,” the ACLU continues. Yet, this could be just a sliver of the abuse at the hands of government officials—the ACLU has yet to issue a report on the rest of the 30,000 documents spreading over three other agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Jose “Ivan” Nuñez, arrested in Philadelphia by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during an routine interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is now approaching his fifth month of detention. Nuñez, an undocumented immigrant originally from Mexico, had gone to the January 31 interview as part of a process to gain legal status through his U.S. citizen husband, Paul Frame. It was supposed to be a routine interview. “It was anything but routine”: Since Jan. 31, Ivan has been locked up by ICE at a prison facility in York, Pennsylvania. He has been given no opportunity to explain to an immigration judge why his confinement is unnecessary. Ivan doesn't understand why ICE is imprisoning him. Neither does Paul or anyone else who knows Ivan. “In the meantime,” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reports, “detention is taking a heavy toll. Ivan has been losing weight, losing sleep, at times fearing for his safety in ICE custody. Paul has been suffering, too,” worrying about what could happen to his husband in detention—and what could happen to him if he’s torn from him and deported. “He thought he would be safer here in the U.S.,” said the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s Reggie Shuford. “His detention is cruel and unjust, and it discourages people who have a legal path to staying here from pursuing it.” According to research, “the horrific abuse that LGBTQ immigrants face in detention facilities is well-documented. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nonheterosexual people are more than twice as likely as the general population to be sexually assaulted while in confinement”: From 2009 to 2013, 1 in 5 substantiated allegations of sexual assault in ICE detention facilities had a transgender victim. In addition to sexual assault, LGBTQ people in detention face verbal and physical abuse; prolonged solitary confinement; and the withholding of critical health care needs, such as hormone therapy or HIV medication.
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Russia and France have signed six contracts for direct investment into Russia worth about €1 billion as part of the ongoing business forum in St Petersburg and the coinciding visit of the French president. Read Full Article at RT.com
The US is interested in force-feeding its liquefied natural gas on the European gas market so it seeks to stop Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Thilo Wieland, a board member of German energy company Wintershall, said at SPIEF. Read Full Article at RT.com
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Thursday’s signing of Space Policy Directive-2 by President Donald Trump:
Essential, the smartphone company helmed by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, is trying to sell itself and has cancelled development of its next phone, Bloomberg reports. The report states that Essential has hired Credit Suisse Group AG to advise them on potentially selling itself. The company raised $330 million from investors, including Rubin’s own Playground Global, […]
NOAA's GOES-17 was supposed to watch for deadly storms and dust clouds in the Western Hemisphere. Instead, it's spending half the day blind.
OpenStack is one of the most important and complex open-source projects you’ve never heard of. It’s a set of tools that allows large enterprises ranging from Comcast and PayPal to stock exchanges and telecom providers to run their own AWS-like cloud services inside their data centers. Only a few years ago, there was a lot of […]
Following the unrelenting wave of controversy around Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Twitter announced new guidelines today for political advertisements on the social networking site. The policy, which will go into effect this summer ahead of midterm elections, will look towards preventing foreign election interference by requiring organizations to self-identify and certify that […]
HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Ash has continued to spew out from the summit of a Hawaii volcano amid intermittent explosions. Scientists said Thursday that ash emissions from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island reached ...
Many moons ago, browser makers started letting you surf off the record. Chrome has Incognito, Edge and IE have InPrivate, Opera and Firefox go with private browsing. Mostly, however, it’s referred to as […] The post Pornhub Now Has a Free VPN to Help You Hide Your Tracks appeared first on Geek.com.
Things are pretty great these days if you’re a Rick and Morty fan. You can rewatch the excellent third season on Blu-ray. McDonald’s is bringing back that damn sauce you all rioted over. […] The post GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Rick & Morty Portal Gun appeared first on Geek.com.
DENVER (AP) - The Latest on the opening of Colorado mountain roads for the summer (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Some of Colorado's highest elevation roads are open in time for Memorial Day weekend. Independence Pass to Aspen and Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park opened for the ...
Each year the project 36 Days of Type invites graphic designers, illustrators, typographers, and artists from around the world to submit their own alphabet-based designs during a 36-day typographical marathon. Designer Ben Huynh submitted animated letters for each day of the open call which he combined into a short film. The video presents his three-dimensional type in the form of Mephis-style office supplies, modern furniture, and abstract neon light installations, all set to the song “Sunshine” by Gym and Swim. More
The video game industry is not one where originality reigns supreme. Sure, there are definitely Big Ideas that change the landscape of gaming, but for the most part publishers are content to slowly […] The post The History Of Video Game Fads From Pong To Fortnite appeared first on Geek.com.
Nissan is set to walk away from Supercars at the end of this season, leaving the four-car Kelly Racing squad to run its Altimas as privateer entries in 2019.The Nissan decision means it will be one in, one out for Supercars in terms of manufacturers for next season, with Ford set to revive its factory ... Keep reading
“We just have to be solid first practice, qualifying practice, I feel pretty good about it. My team feels pretty good about it, too,” Suarez said Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.“Charlotte has been a good place to me. I feel good mentally and physically, so why not?”Suarez, in a his sophomore season in the Cup series, came close last weekend in earning his first win in the Cup ... Keep reading
The Team Penske-Chevrolet driver is the only driver to have reached the Fast Nine shootout every year since its inception in 2010, and will start this year’s race from the outside of the front row on the 3x3 grid.He said: “The cars slide around which is fantastic. I’ve been watching some of the old Indy 500s – like when Rick Mears won in 1984 – on ESPN Classic, and those guys were ... Keep reading
Karl-Anthony Towns may now have a couple hundred million reasons or so to stay with the Minnesota Timberwolves.After a season where he averaged a stellar 21.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, Towns was named to the 2017-18 All-NBA Third Team on Thursday. This is Towns’ first career All-NBA selection, and it could potentially have a big impact on his future. Bobby Marks of Yahoo! Sports promptly noted that the star center’s All-NBA nod now makes him eligible for an extension with the Wolves this summer that could be worth up to $188 million. Rumors have abounded in recent weeks that the 22-year-old is unhappy in Minnesota, and one prominent opposing player caused something of a stir by appearing to recruit Towns on Twitter. However, that $188 milion extension would be far more lucrative than any deal Towns could get as a restricted free agent in 2019 — only the Wolves can offer Towns a guaranteed fifth year on his next contract, meaning he could be looking at roughly $37.6 million a year.Granted, Towns could
Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani is not only versatile as a baseball player, he is also bilingual and able to communicate with teammates in different languages. Teammate and catcher Martin Maldonado shared in a post-game interview after the team’s most-recent win, that he is able to communicate in Ohtani in Spanish. This is especially beneficial for Maldonado given Spanish is his first language.The veteran shared with the Angels’ broadcast that the 23-year-old rookie is actually more fluent and familiar with Spanish than he is English.Ohtani grew up in Japan and played in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, a league that draws professional baseball players from all around the globe.At such a young age, his ability to communicate in a language that is more familiar with his catcher just further adds to the allure of Ohtani for baseball fans all over the world.It should only be a matter of time before he starts to pick up the English language more fluently, then he will become a two-way play
In the last three seasons, there has been a quarterback that has broken out for an MVP-caliber season few envisioned. Cam Newton had a surprise MVP season in 2015, then it was Matt Ryan in 2016 and Carson Wentz was putting on a show before having injury end his 2017 campaign.Wentz, despite not earning the hardware, has the other two beat because his team was the only one out of the three to win the Super Bowl. As for the upcoming 2018 NFL season, there are five QBs who have the right amount of talent and good weapons around them to enjoy a breakout season.Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs Pat Mahomes will be one of the most hyped QBs heading into the NFL season. In last year’s NFL Draft, Kansas City traded up to select Mahomes out of Texas Tech because of of his high ceiling. It was only a matter of time until Alex Smith was shipped out so Mahomes could take over the starting job. Mahomes will be in a unique NFL offense under Andy Reid that ought to tailor to his skills perfectly.The Chiefs run a West Coast