The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. LEADING OFF ● UT-Gov: On Tuesday, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert hosted a fundraiserfor Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who is considering running to succeed him in 2020. However, while Herbert, who has served since 2009, has long signaled that this will be his final term, it seems the political world may have been too hasty in listing him as retiring. When the local Fox affiliate asked the governor if he was interested in running again, he replied «Never say never,» though he added that he wouldn't be hosting a fundraiser for Cox if he didn't want him in the race. Campaign Action This isn't even the first time that Herbert has left the door open to running again. In April of 2017, Herbert was asked if he would seek a third full term in 2020 but begged off, saying it was too early to make a decision. The governor then proceeded to joke about running for Congress in 2018 (which he didn't do). When he was asked to clarify his comments, Herbert laughed and snarked, «Politicians are always clear,» and declined to comment further. The following January, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the governor was still holding major fundraisers for his campaign, despite the apparent fact that he wasn't running again. Salt Lake Chamber head Derek Miller, a former Herbert chief of staff and current advisor, said at the time that Herbert was just raising money to support other candidates and paying for things he cared about, like flying veterans to D.C., and that he wasn't seeking re-election. However, in June, Miller was a whole lot less sure when asked if the governor would run again, saying, «I would say maybe, a definitive maybe,» and adding, «The reason I say that is I don't think he's reconsidering it, but I can tell you there are a lot of people who are asking him to reconsider.» Herbert's spokesperson also didn't rule out a 2020 bid on his boss's behalf, saying, «While it is true that many of Gov. Herbert's supporters have encouraged him to consider another run, there are no plans in place to seek an additional term.» For the moment at least, it looks like Herbert is sincere about wanting Cox to replace him. At Tuesday's fundraiser, despite his «never say never» remarks, Hebert opined that his lieutenant governor «needs to look into the possibility» of running for governor himself. Still, it feels like Herbert is at least giving some consideration towards running if Cox stays out.
Despite sending a pair of snarly, snarky letters hinting that he intended to march into the House chamber with or without an invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday evening that he would hold off on delivering a State of the Union address until his shutdown of the government was over. Since this delay is exactly what Pelosi demanded from the beginning, it’s hard to see Trump’s statement as anything but a complete surrender. On Wednesday, Trump sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi in which he continued to play at ignoring her earlier request that he delay his speech until the crisis that he created in rejecting bipartisan legislation was resolved. In response Pelosi made her position clear: She would not introduce the legislation necessary to invite Trump to address a joint session of Congress. The immediate response from Republicans included a considerable amount of flying spittle, and suggestions of alternatives. Mitch McConnell could invite Trump to address the Senate. Trump could hold a rally. Maybe he could just drop in on the House and happen to start talking. But hours later, Trump agreed to exactly what Pelosi has said at the beginning of the exchange—no government funding, no speech. The Washington Post called Trump’s move a “retreat.” The same right wing sites that were in high moral outrage over Pelosi’s refusal to invite Trump to get his moment in the spotlights, suddenly decided that the State of the Union speech was never that important anyway. The face off with Pelosi is a stark symbol of the year ahead for Trump. Having started a shutdown under a compliant Republican House after blowing off a legislation that passed the Senate 100-0, Trump has now encountered something he hasn’t seen since he entered the GOP primaries, if ever—someone willing to stand up to his childish demands and not back down. Pelosi’s actions set the tone for a 2019 in which Trump can no longer take arbitrary action and expect no opposition. Mitch McConnell may still be willing to subject the nation to any damage in order to gain more Republican judges, but on the House side of the aisle Trump’s agenda, such as it is, can expect to face constant demands for reason and fairness, factors that were nonissues in Trump’s first two years. Score this one Trump zero, Pelosi all your base. And now … round two.
At The New Republic, Marcy Wheeler, known for a decade and a half to her many readers as emptywheel, writes—How Trump Suborns Perjury: Even without BuzzFeed’s explosive report about Michael Cohen, the evidence shows that the president has persuaded his associates to lie to Congress and the feds: BuzzFeed set off a cascading series of controversies last week when it reported that President Donald Trump had “directed” his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Trump Tower deal in Moscow that was being negotiated during the 2016 election. The immediate takeaway was that, if the report were true, then Trump had committed a straightforwardly impeachable offense. The allegation was “so cut-and-dried that even Republicans would be hard-pressed not to consider impeachment,” wrote Aaron Blake in The Washington Post. Democrats in Congress raised the alarm. “If the President directed Cohen to lie to Congress, that is obstruction of justice. Period. Full stop,” Rhode Island’s David Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted. But then, as happens so often in this presidency, the story quickly became clouded by uncertainty and accusations of media bias. The office of the special counsel issued its first public response to a specific story since Robert Mueller began investigating Russia’s involvement in the election. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” the statement read. You could practically hear the sighs of relief in the Oval Office. Trump even went so far as to express gratitude to Mueller, his most implacable enemy: “I appreciate the special counsel coming out with a statement last night,” he said. “I think it was very appropriate that they did so, I very much appreciate that.” But there’s no reason to doubt that Trump has, in fact, repeatedly instructed subordinates to tell lies to Congress and law enforcement authorities, including lies that amount to crimes. The difference is that the media outlets that reported those other cases didn’t say, explicitly, that the president “directed” his aides to lie. Another important difference is the way in which Trump gets his subordinates to lie, which has served to delay the moment when we all admit that he is quite clearly suborning perjury. xFive people where killed today in Florida and our government continues to send their thoughts and prayers. #Enough— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) January 24, 2019
Okay, it’s a little delayed given that the Harper’s Index regularly comes out around the 15th of the month previous to the publication date, but better late than …. you know. It was the fault of my vacation, which was 50 percent dedicated to serious vegging and 50 percent catching up on reading books (remember those?). I didn’t actually catch up, but I did shorten the stack somewhat: Portion of Americans who believe another world war is likely: 2/3 Percentage of Americans who say they would be “not at all” willing to volunteer to fight in another world war: 42 Who say they would be “very” or “somewhat” willing: 31 Estimated percentage chance that the UN’s “worst-case scenario” for global warming is too optimistic: 35 Year by which a Norwegian company aims to use dead fish to help power cruise ships: 2021 Percentage of US college graduates whose first jobs do not typically require a college degree: 43 Of college graduates whose jobs five years after graduation do not typically require a college degree: 35 Average value of labor that US employees annually donate to their employers by not taking vacation days: $561 Time at which Arkansas shuts down the website on which Medicaid recipients must report their work hours: 9:00 pm Number of states with lower rates of internet access than Arkansas: 0 Percentage of 18- to 29-year-old social-media users who say it’s acceptable for their data to be used to personalize ads: 54 Who say it’s acceptable for their data to be used to show them messages from political campaigns: 35 Number of degrees since 1999 by which the Leaning Tower of Pisa has straightened: 0.55 TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “The feminists had destroyed the old image of woman, but they could not erase the hostility, the prejudice, the discrimination that still remained.” ~~Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, 1963 TWEET OF THE DAY xThis shutdown put in place by @realDonaldTrump violates treaties between the federal government and tribal nations. #HonorTribes and end the shutdown today! https://t.co/lZhBql8egZ— Utah DinÃÂ© BikÃÂ©yah (@UtahDineBikeyah) January 23, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2006—Extend Debate on Alito: It seems clear to me that the significance of Alito's views on executive power, access to the courts, civil liberties, the right to privacy, the federal Commerce power, and a myriad of other issues, is only now coming into proper focus. More time is needed for the Senate to properly carry out its Constitutional function of advice and consent. An appointment to the Supreme Court is for a lifetime. Samuel Alito is 55 years old and, like Justice O'Connor, is likely to sit on the Court for a quarter century if confirmed. Given the stakes, an additional period of consideration and debate seems appropriate. The length of this additional period need not necessarily be long nor the debate protracted. It seems to me that with a fairly brief period of consideration, the members of the Senate can chart a course for appropriate action regarding Judge Alito. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: The shutdown drags on. It’s anybody's guess how the Senate votes on it tomorrow. Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter frame the (in)action. Ivanka bags bizarre new Chinese trademarks. Trump photoshops himself some weight loss & longer fingers. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)
After months of speculation, the Trump administration has used the cover of a shut-down government to greenlight the kind of discrimination that recalls policies of Nazi Germany. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar signed a waiver on Wednesday that allows Miracle Hill Ministries, a federally funded Protestant foster care agency in South Carolina, to break federal law. The law that Miracle Hill Ministries has been given the right to break is one that usually protects people of faith from being discriminated against. In this case, Jewish families are being discriminated against by Miracle Hill Ministries, by being denied the chance to foster children in Miracle Hill’s network—under the foster agency’s “strict religious requirements.” The waiver argues that HHS nondiscrimination regulations are broader than those outlined in the specific Foster Care Program Statute, which specifies that agencies receiving federal funding can’t deny foster parents based on race, color, or national origin — but not religion. As the Intercept points out, multiply indicted Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued a request for a similar waiver, but in his case he hopes to get federal waivers allowing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation as well as religion. It’s relatively hackneyed at this point to mention how the “religious freedom” that conservatives speak of seems to refer to all of the things religions want to discriminate against others for. And yet, here we are again.
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Leveraging years of building out white-labeled fitness applications for the health and wellness spokesmodels made Instagram famous, wellness startup, Plankk, is now launching a digital app called The Plankk Studio where fans can take lessons from their favorite Instagram stars. The company spent years building apps for the Instagram set, putting up 37 white-labeled applications which contained […]
A year ago, Facebook-owned WhatsApp officially introduced its standalone app aimed at small business customers. Today, the WhatsApp Business app has grown to reach 5 million business customers, the company says. And now it’s making the app easier to use on the desktop and the web by porting over several of the most popular features […]
Blue Prism helped coin the term robotic process automation (RPA) when the company was founded back in 2001 to help companies understand the notion of automating mundane business processes. Today, it’s releasing updates to that platform including an updated marketplace for exchanging connectors to extend the main product, and in some cases, adding a layer of […]
Apple’s secretive efforts to develop a self-driving car — its so-called ‘Project Titan’ — have taken a hard turn in 2019 after it emerged that the iPhone-maker has reassigned 200 employees previously involved in its development. That’s according to CNBC which, citing sources, reported that a portion of the 200 staff were moved to other […]
All life on Earth is probably made possible by a planetary collision that created the Moon more than 4.4 billion years ago. A new study by Rice University petrologists reveals that most of […] The post Planetary Collision That Formed Moon Left Elements For Life on Earth appeared first on Geek.com.
All your dresses are belong to us. Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (known as Viktor&Rolf) made the Internet fashionable with their latest couture dress collection. Highlighted in a Paris runway show […] The post Dutch Designers Make ‘Fashion Statement’ With Meme-Covered Couture appeared first on Geek.com.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Transportation officials are advising against travel in northeast South Dakota because of a blizzard warning. The Department of Transportation says high winds are reducing visibility on some roads to near zero because of the blowing snow. The travel advisory includes Interstate 29 from Watertown to ...
What: Asian Art & AntiquesWhere: Altair Auctions; 151 Carnegie Row, Norwood, MA 02062, United StatesWhen: February 6; 11.30 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- China, Sung dynasty, Junyao brush washer. Width 9 in., Height 2 7/8 in. Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 90,000- China, Yuan Dynasty, blue and white Meiping vase, small mouth with rounded lip, wide shoulders, sides tapering to flat base, Phoenix and floral border with scenes of figures together, with repair. Height 17 in. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- China, Song dynasty, Cizhou Yao Meiping vase, small mouth, wide shoulders, sides tapering to flat base, decorated with mythical birds and flowers design against creamy ground. Height 18 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 40,000- China, Ming period, large blue and white dragon Meiping vase, lipped small mouth, wide shoulders, tapering sides to flat base, dense decoration of blue dragons against white ground. Height 17 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 40,000- China, antique bronze cow, Height 7 in., Width 13 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- China, Yuan Dynasty, Lung Quan Yao Guanyin Boulder. Height 15 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- Rome, antique stone mask, on stand. Height 5 in, Width 4 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- Cartier Gold Bracelet with Diamond, new design. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000- China, gilt Buddha, free standing statue featuring eight armed Buddha, with halo of flames, high headdress and flowing robes, standing on lotus blossom base, mark stamped base. Height 42 in. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 18,000- China, Ming period, blue and white charger, deep potted dish, flared rim, geometric design of floral patterns and swirls within center and exterior sides with unglazed base. Diameter 16 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000- China, Qing dynasty, blue and white gourd vase, small mouth, double gourd body, flat base, bright blue floral designs throughout against white ground, Qianlong mark and of period. Height 12 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000- China, 19th C., Doucai Vase, low bulbous body on footed and flared base, painted scene of wise man seated on the ground in a natural landscape with Yongzheng mark on base. Height 4 3/4 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000- China, Qing dynasty, Ge Yao moon flask vase with a circular body, and the three necks protruding from the top, with small decorations. Pale green in color, with five Chinese characters on either side. Yong Zhang mark on base. Height 2 1/4 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
Dorian Stefano Tarantini, the multidisciplinary artist and designer behind M1992, teamed up with Swarovski to inject signature sparkle into his Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, marking a third season of collaboration with the brand, as per the Swarovski website.Over 466,000 crystals glitzed up five looks from the Nineties Britpop-inspired range, including a black suit and white leather separates, as well as various hoodies emblazoned with the Union Jack, and “Suburra” and “I’m Common” in crystals, according to the website.As per the website, Tarantini commented: “Using Swarovski crystals as a total surface for college-style menswear garments has been a way to reverse the rules and experiment through the sparkle and three-dimensional glare that only Swarovski radiates with such intensity.”Tarantini’s label M1992 presented its Italian style and quality collection. The use of fine fabric that draped the towering personalities of the models looked impressive. The sharply defined look was based on the 1990s fashion sensibilities and tailored styles.Not many know that Tarantini was once a DJ who later entered the world of fashion with his M1992 label. The 1990s Britpop culture highly influenced his Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collection.The perfectly shaped silhouettes and fine cuts did not fail to impress. A bit flared cropped trousers, monochromes, jersey suits, oversized jackets, white turtleneck sweaters and knitwear polos were some of the highlights of his collection.The designer picked clues from his own teens when he frequented London and picked up the British fashion prevalent in the 90s. He fondly relives those memories through the collection.M1992’s womenswear collection had a wider range this season. The '60s-style mini dresses, cool pop prints, and geometric patterns ruled the collection. Again the highlight included the white jacket-and-trousers studded with signature Swarovski crystals.For the uninitiated, Swarovski is an Austrian producer of lead glass (commonly called crystal) headquartered in Wattens, Austria. The company is split into three major industry areas: the Swarovski Crystal Business, that primarily produces lead glass jewelry (commonly called crystal jewelry) and accessories; Swarovski Optik, which produces optical instruments such as telescopes, telescopic sights for rifles, and binoculars; and Tyrolit, a manufacturer of grinding, sawing, drilling, and dressing tools, as well as a supplier of tools and machines, as per Wikipedia.According to the website, Swarovski Crystal Business is one of the highest grossing business units with a global reach of approximately 2,800 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and a revenue of about 2.6 billion euros (in 2016).Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/ Founder: Louise Blouin
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