Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is On a rampage: What you may have missed on Sunday Kos: How the Brett Kavanaugh fight strengthens the case for the Democratic House to impeach, by David Adkajian Rising Arctic temperatures triggering alarms about climate change, by Sher Watts Spooner We must not be complicit in Trump's distortion of the huge Democratic Midterm 2018 win, by Egberto Willies The first House investigation should be into the voting problems of the midterm election, by Frank Vyan Walton A reminder. Now that we control the House, Democrats must aid Puerto Rico, by Denise Oliver Velez The legacy of Greg Orman's independent campaign for Kansas, by Chris Reeves Doughboys, Devil Dogs, and Hellfighters, by Mark E Andersen Doctored White House video shows Republicans believe in unlimited gov't power—when they wield it, by Ian Reifowitz • Two gun-control groups spent more than the National Rifle Association in the midterm elections: Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords—a group founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was gravely wounded by an assailant who killed six people and wounded 19 in 2011—spent $11 million. The NRA, which spent $55 million in 2016, $31 million of it to help elect Donald Trump, and $25 million in 2014, spent only $10 million this year, • Indiana ranks 7th in the U.S. in coal production, 3rd in coal consumption, but a utility says replacing two coal-fired plants with renewables will save Indiana customers $4 billion: In its latest Integrated Resource Plan, a blueprint for future electricity generation, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. proposes to mix solar, wind, energy storage, demand management, and increased efficiency as the most cost-effective approach going forward for two of its coal-fired power plants. Bottom line: NIPSCO customers will save more than $4 billion by 2050. Coal use at the plants will shrink from 65 percent today to 15 percent in 2023 and zero in 2028. The company’s 1900-megawatt Schahfer plant in Wheatfield is one of the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation, emitting 8 million tons of CO2 each year. MIDDAY TWEET xÃ¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm sorry for the ones that died right away (at Iwo Jima), but I still feel sorry for the ones that havenÃ¢ÂÂt finished the battle in their mind,« said former Navy corpsman Escolastico Griego, 94. »IÃ¢ÂÂm sure glad I finished my battle.Ã¢ÂÂ https://t.co/mMd9uDDz8e— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) November 11, 2018 • Indivisible leaders look at the Democratic future. They’re not all that happy to hear Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi talking about bipartisan cooperation in the wake of the midterm election: A healthy democratic body would’ve rejected Trump the same way a healthy body rejects a virus,” [Ezra] Levin said. “That didn’t happen. And it didn’t happen because of a conscious effort by conservatives that is decades old to undermine democracy—disenfranchising young people and communities of color in order to entrench their power. And the way that we get all the nice things we want, whether it’s environment or taxes or immigration or reproductive rights, is by fixing the system so it actually responds to the will of the people.” Of course, none of this will happen under Trump. But Levin and [Leah] Greenberg say that Democrats should start building support for these ideas and crafting a long-term policy agenda now. “This is the time when you have those conversations within the Party,” Greenberg said. “So that, when you’re actually in power, you’re ready to go and you have a consensus solidified around the approach.” She added, “You’re going to have to move beyond ‘We’re the party that cares about preëxisting conditions.’ ‘We’re the party that doesn’t want things to get worse’ is not an acceptable message for 2020.” • Court: No immunity for cop who shot truck driver: The two got into a brawl, but ultimately the man threw up his hands and twice said he surrendered. Up to 15 seconds elapsed before the cop shot him in the stomach. The driver survived and was later convicted of battery on a police officer. The three-judge panel of the Seven Circuit Court said there was no reason that the officer should be accorded immunity for his use of deadly force in the 2013 incident. • How big business tool Ryan Zinke at the Department of Interior displayed his affinity private interests seeking to extract resources from public land: “All the new administration was interested in was their checklist for dismantling regulations and weakening environmental and land use protections,” said the former staffer. “Instead of asking why a senator or lobbyist or CEO was asking for a special favor and whether or not it was allowed under the law, this administration wanted to know why the special favor wasn’t already done and which deep state employee was standing in the way.” • Meanwhile, Interior is squeezing out scientists and the public when it comes to designated endangered species: In a lawsuit, the Center for Biological Diversity argues that on Zinke’s watch the department has violated the law by not letting the public give input on changes made to “species status assessment” guidelines. Those guidelines, established under President Barack Obama in 2012, affect “nearly all” decisions the department makes regarding the protection of species under the Endangered Species Act, according to Ryan Shannon, the center’s attorney. x x YouTube Video On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin helps round up the weekend. Trump toddles through another disaster abroad. Gop desperately telling «fraud» tales to stop the bleeding at the ballot box. NRA picks a fight with docs. Trump dumps on military morale. The Game of Gavels. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Last year Donald Trump signed a bill to improve GI Bill benefits for American veterans. Because there has been little progress in moving the Veterans Administrations off their antiquated record-keeping systems, in which all benefits promised to American veterans depend on the structural equivalent of coaxing seven squirrels to simultaneously spin bowling balls on their noses, it set off a chain reaction of technical incompetence that has resulted in housing allowances being cut off to the veterans that were supposed to be getting them. And really now, at some point this ceases to be a scandal and becomes ... well, what? At the end of August, Veterans Benefits Administration had nearly 239,000 pending claims — 100,000 more than at the same point in 2017. As school began, thousands of students faced dire circumstances and some faced eviction, getting kicked out of school or taking on loan or credit card debt. It is an ongoing catastrophe. The new bill calculates a veteran student's housing allowance based on the location of the school, not the home address of the veteran attending it; this change in zip code processing was enough to cripple the whole system, creating a backlog of claims that has meant tens of thousands of veterans haven't received those housing stipends even now, near the close of the current semester. It's a wreck. While the VA's technical problems are hardly new, the Trump administration has treated the agency with active contempt, these past two years. Prior head David Shulkin was fired by Trump after, Shulkin says, Shulkin resisted the Trump team's efforts to privatize veterans' medical care. After booting him, Trump initially named his own White House doctor as replacement, despite no apparent management experience that would prepare him for such a daunting task; the current head is Robert Wilkie, who got the job after «Trump's favorite White House doctor» was shot down. Complicating matters somewhat, between the passing of the new bill and its implementation the Trump administration shuttered the VA's Office of Economic Opportunity entirely, part of their long-running effort to close down any agency or department Trump's team of arch-conservative Republican saboteurs don't personally understand and approve of. The Chief Information Officer's post has been a revolving door this year; the current CIO was confirmed for the job less than two months ago. In the meantime, the soldiers who fought in our most recent wars aren't getting their promised benefits, are facing «dire circumstances» as they try to wait out the bungling, and are generally being treated, yet again, like dirt. There will be a House committee hearing on the fiasco next Wednesday, but as of yet there seems to be no confidence the situation will be speedily fixed—either right now, or in January when the next semester starts.
Donald Trump is once again trying to punish Puerto Rico. Nearly fourteen months since Hurricane Maria hit the island and became one of the deadliest storms in US history, the island continues to recover. Nearly 3,000 people have died so far and there are residents who remain without power. But Trump could care less. He’s apparently gone back to the racist lies and conspiracy theories he touted last year about Puerto Rico’s government mishandling recovery funds. And that’s why he wants to end disaster relief funds to the island, according to a recent Axios report. It’s no secret that Puerto Rico is mired in debt—$73 billion to be exact. The island has been in the midst of a financial crisis for the better part of the last decade and finally declared bankruptcy in May 2017. There have been some complicated and messy court battles that have taken place as bondholders try to get their money and the federal government attempts to figure out a way to deal with this problem. The government has even established a federal financial oversight and management board that is supposed to address the island’s problems. But there are no easy answers. Puerto Rico faces billions of dollars of debt, high unemployment, crumbling infrastructure and a mass exodus of residents of working age, leaving a rapidly aging and elderly population and further erosion of the island’s tax base. Then Hurricane Maria happened last September. And the local and federal government botched the response which has only worsened conditions on an already beleaguered island. Let’s recap how Donald Trump, our joke of a leader, couldn’t even be bothered to do the bare minimum to get the response to this disaster right. From the beginning, he pretty much ignored what was happening—instead spending his days and nights obsessing over NFL players who were kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence against black and brown bodies. He then attacked San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz every chance he got while she desperately pleaded for help to any media outlet that would listen. He finally went to Puerto Rico and threw paper towels at hurricane survivors, all the while praising his administration for their response and lied about the death toll. He tweeted about how Puerto Ricans wanted “everything done for them” and said in a press conference that they’d “thrown his budget out of whack.” He’s done everything he can to insult the Puerto Rican people, minimize, and ignore this tragedy. And now, he’s back to lying, this time claiming that Puerto Rico’s government is using the federal money for disaster recovery to pay off its debts.
A Florida judge on Monday morning denied Florida Governor and Senate candidate Rick Scott's request to impound Broward County voting machines and ballots when they were not in use, a move that appeared to be a nakedly partisan effort to cast doubt on the integrity of Broward's recount process. «I don’t think I have any evidence to enter a mandatory injunction right now,” said state court Judge Jack Tuter, and Jeb Bush appointee, in denying Scott's request. Tuter also urged both sides to »ramp down the rhetoric« and said anyone who actually had evidence of fraud should come forward. »Transparency is imperative in this case,« he added. Florida is currently a tangled web of recounts and lawyers that's likely to get much worse before it gets better. Monday’s hearing included four cases and 17 lawyers according to Buzzfeed's Dominic Holden. “Everyone wants to intervene in every case, basically,” Tuter said at the outset. Ultimately, Tuter tasked all the parties with coming up with some monitoring agreement amongst themselves and suggested having three sheriff's deputies monitor the election headquarters. Lawyers for the parties in the case are supposed to provide their proposal to the judge by 1 PM EST. “I am not casting any dispersions on any officials right now. I am going to leave it to you and see if you can reach an agreement,» Tuter said before recessing. All 67 counties are racing to meet a Thursday deadline for their recounts. Scott's team has put most of the emphasis on two heavily Democratic counties, Broward and Palm Beach, both of which have been central to recount dramas in the past. Scott has taken aim in particular at Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, a Democrat who was appointed to the post in 2003 by then-Republican Gov. Jeb Bush. Snipes has been re-elected to the position every four years since: 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. Scott has good reason for trying to both curtail and cast doubt on the recount process in Florida, and a lawyer for Sen. Bill Nelson thinks he knows what it is. xThis is why Rick Scott is trying to shut down the recount and prevent all lawful votes from being counted. We have filed two federal court cases to ensure Floridian's votes are counted. #CountEveryVote pic.twitter.com/ZBMLiSH10u— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) November 12, 2018
In the last session of Congress, the Republican House made House Resolution 1 their budget and reconciliation bill created to allow them to jam Obamacare repeal through the Senate on a simple majority vote. Which failed. In contrast, the incoming House Democrats have reserved that special designation, H.R. 1 for reclaiming our democratic republic, starting with establishing automatic voter registration and restoring the Voting Rights Act. «It's three very basic things that I think the public wants to see,» said Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), making voting easier, closing government ethics loopholes, and reducing the influence of money in politics. Sarbanes, who leads campaign finance and government ethics efforts for the House Democratic Caucus, says the bill «demonstrate that we hear that message loud and clear.» In addition to automatic voter registration, it would take redistricting power away from state legislatures in favor of independent commissions. It would include provisions to require more campaign finance disclosure and create a public financing match to encourage small contributions. It would close the loophole that exempts the president from the ban on conflicts of interest and require presidential candidates release their tax returns to public scrutiny. «The path back to having the public trust government and politics is a long one, but we have to start someplace,» Sarbanes said. This is a very good start. We’ve got the most unethical president in recent memory (yes, worse than Nixon) and a Senate Majority Leader in Mitch McConnell who is intent on destroying the institution. This is a smart place for Democrats to attack.
Throughout the duration of the 2018 campaign, health care was the key issue for voters and the key issue for Democrats. It gave them the House of Representatives with a net gain of 33 seats and the chance of even more gains with eight races still uncalled. They are going to take that healthcare mandate and run with it through 2020. One of the first orders of business will be to determine how to intervene in the challenge 20 states have brought against the Affordable Care Act. With the Trump administration not only refusing to defend the law but actually joining in the suit arguing that the law's protections for patients should be struck down, the House Democrats are considering the best way to join the Democratic states' attorneys general in defending it. They're also looking at means of shoring up the law, «stabilizing the Affordable Care Act marketplace, controlling prescription drug prices and investigating Trump administration actions that undermine the health care law.» Along with providing a legal defense for the law, they're looking at early legislation to ensure people with pre-existing conditions will keep the protections in the ACA, the number one issue of 2018, and put Republicans who joined that bandwagon during the campaign on the spot. Given the number of seats the Senate Republicans have to defend in 2020, that's a smart move. They saw the bloodbath that was the House in addition to three very red states voting to expand Medicaid, so many will want to try to erase the Democratic advantage on the issue. At the same time, there will always be the handful of extremists—Ted Cruz who is returning, Tom Cotton, Ron Johnson, et al.—clamoring for repeal. That's the kind of pressure Democrats need to put on Mitch McConnell. The Trump administration isn't likely to be doing Republicans any favors here. At this point, it intends to keep up Trump's efforts at undermining the law and kicking people off of Medicaid. Senate Republicans are going to be trapped between the House Democrats pushing to save people's health care and Trump trying to take it away. It could be enough to force McConnell into compromise with the House.
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Stan Lee, likely the best-known and most beloved comics writer of all time, has died at the age of 95. “Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger in a statement. “A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power […]
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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics’ legendary editor, writer, and producer, has died at the age of 95. Lee, who took part in the creation and co-creation of famous Marvel superheroes including Black Panther, Iron […] The post Stan Lee, Legendary Marvel Comics Co-Creator, Dies at 95 appeared first on Geek.com.
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Fall is in full swing, and in Japan, people are celebrating the season with a creative medium: fallen leaf art. The Twitter community recently shared pictures of fallen leaf art, demonstrating how autumn […] The post Japanese Leaf Art Gives All the Fall Feels on Twitter appeared first on Geek.com.
DENVER (AP) - Frontier Airlines pilots could be close to reaching a new contract after over two years of talks. The union representing pilots for the Denver-based discount carrier announced Monday it reached an «agreement in principle» on a deal including improvements to pay, work rules and benefits. A statement ...
KENAI, Alaska (AP) - Workers have begun the remodel of the 52-year-old terminal at the Kenai Municipal Airport. Construction to modernize the terminal began in mid-October, the Peninsula Clarion reported . «There's only going to be a small amount of work done before winter comes,» said city manager Paul Ostrander. ...
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - The Reno-Tahoe area will not be making a play to host the Winter Olympics. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported Monday that the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition announced it was declining a bid invitation from the U.S. Olympic Committee. According to the coalition's board chairman, ...
While much of the attention of the MLB offseason has been given to the next destinations for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, there are plenty of other moves that could be made that would feature some of the game’s most exciting talents — who are still under contract. Headline trades can ultimately shape the direction of an offseason as much, if not more, than free agency does. Plenty of big names could be on the move this winter, some of whom could change the course of not only next summer but also years to come. What is to follow is a series of connect the dots: educated guesses on what it would take to complete blockbuster trades. Some of these players could be traded, while some may not be much more than subjects of rumors at best. Either way, here’s a bit of fuel for the hot stove. 1. Miami Marlins trade C J.T. Realmuto to the Boston Red Sox for 3B Michael Chavis, C/INF Blake Swihart, RHP Tanner Houck and OF Tyler Esplin The most talked about — and inevitable — trade chip of the winter is Realmuto, who h
It’s been another dreary year for football in New York. With seven weeks remaining in the regular season, both the Jets and Giants already know they’re playing for draft position and future jobs. But while Big Blue has been a washout from the start in 2018, the Jets at least began the season with a spark of hope. The Jets opened with a lopsided prime-time win in Detroit in which rookie quarterback Sam Darnold looked sharp, minus a pick-six on his first career passing attempt. Consecutive wins in Weeks 5 and 6 got New York to 3-3 and a shot at respectability. Unfortunately, the bright spots in 2018 have been separated by long stretches of losing, and the Jets have dropped four in a row, including Sunday’s laugher of a loss at home to lowly Buffalo. Handing the Browns their first victory since 2016 (Week 3) would certainly be a sore spot for any team, yet it can’t even be counted as the worst Jets setback of this season. The 41-10 defeat to the Bills on Sunday is easily the nadir to date. Facing a journeyman q
You could make the case that Week One is the best time of the college football season. You could make the case that the Playoffs are the best time of the college football season. But there’s something about these final weeks of the regular-season slate — the weeks in which stakes reach their highest peak and when postseason hopes are dashed or realized — that feels more exciting than any other time. So buckle up because we’ve rounded up the games with the most on the line as the regular season comes to a close. Week 12 No. 13 Syracuse vs No. 3 Notre Dame There’s no postseason prize more coveted than a Playoff berth (national title notwithstanding), and this is as close as the Irish have come in the Playoff era. With just two games remaining and one of them against a troubled USC squad, surging Syracuse is the only real threat to Notre Dame’s Playoff hopes. And the Orange are a real threat, indeed. At 8-2, Syracuse has already matched the program’s best season since 1998. Those two losses are “good” ones: a
The 27-year-old from San Diego, CA, had warned TriStar Motorsport preseason that he wanted to throttle back on his commitments, resulting in him making just 13 starts this year in the #72 car he shared with Corey LaJoie. Last Sunday’s event at ISM Raceway in Phoenix was the last of these. After winning the 2006 Hoosier Sprint Car Rookie of the Year award aged 15, Whitt became the youngest ... Keep reading
Verstappen was ordered to carry out two days of “public service” with the FIA as punishment for the incident, where he shoved Ocon as they disputed their collision that cost the Red Bull driver the victory at Interlagos. In his regular post-race media debrief, Brawn said Verstappen’s behaviour could not be justified. “Max vented his anger in parc ferme, making physical contact with ... Keep reading