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Leading Off ● North Carolina: In an astonishing ruling released late on Friday afternoon, a North Carolina state court struck down two constitutional amendments passed by voters last fall, saying that because the Republican-run legislature had been elected under an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, it had «lost its claim to popular sovereignty» and therefore was not empowered to place those amendments on the ballot. Campaign Action Those amendments concerned very different topics: One established a new voter ID requirement while another lowered the cap on the state's maximum allowed income tax rate. Both, noted the court, harm black and Latino voters (the case was brought by the NAACP), with the latter doing so because it «tends to favor white households» and would «reinforc[e] the accumulation of wealth for white taxpayers.» Voters approved both measures by double-digit margins last fall. This ruling is highly unusual but not unique: In 1964, a federal court in Connecticut enjoined the state legislature, which had been elected using unconstitutional districts, from passing any laws until it had reconstituted itself under new maps. In the North Carolina case, the court limited its holding solely to efforts to amend the state constitution, saying the requirements for the legislature to do so «are unique and distinct from the requirements to enact other legislation.» There's no question, though, that Republicans will vociferously challenge this decision on appeal, and it could very well get overturned: Election law expert Rick Hasen opined that it's «not at all clear that this ruling will stand.» But if it does survive, it would finally force Republicans to pay a price for their relentless gerrymandering and potentially open up an entire new avenue of challenges to the actions of tainted legislatures elsewhere.
Greg Sargent/waPo: Pelosi just challenged Trump’s corruption and lies. Here’s what should come next. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and her fellow House Democrats just introduced a resolution to terminate President Trump’s national emergency. In coming days, the resolution will likely pass the House, setting in motion a process that will force a Senate vote on it. Either Senate Republicans will side with Trump, or they’ll pass the measure, after which Trump will veto it. This represents a small challenge to Trump’s corruption and lies — to his corruption of our institutions and political system with autocratic and authoritarian conduct, and to the deep rot of bad faith at the core of his willingness to declare a national emergency to build his wall based on false pretenses and invented metrics. The move probably won’t succeed in terminating the emergency. But it points to something we need to see a lot more of: discussion of concrete proposals and actions designed to fortify our institutions and democracy against Trump’s ongoing degradations of them, and to restore confidence in them once Trump is gone. Julie K.Brown wrote the Miami Herald story about Jeffrey Epstein getting away with a slap on the wrist for child sex trafficking. xBottom line is Acosta, who heads an agency with oversight over human trafficking and child labor Ã¢ÂÂ has never explained why he sealed this deal with an accused child sex trafficker. https://t.co/TNFozz0Zlh— julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) February 22, 2019 Relevant re the Robert Kraft (NE Patriots owner) charges about sex trafficking and solicitation/prostitution.
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Steve Vladeck and Tess Bridgeman at Just Security write—About that Trial Balloon on Using the 9/11 AUMF to Authorize U.S. Strikes on Iran: Monday’s Washington Times included a breathless “Exclusive” report titled “Iran-al Qaeda Alliance May Provide Legal Rationale for U.S. Military Strikes.” In the piece, the Times strings together a series of paraphrased comments from unidentified “Trump administration officials” and “congressional and legal sources” to suggest that the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force—the AUMF—“may now provide a legal rationale for striking Iranian territory or proxies.” Pause on that for a moment; the Times piece basically suggests that, if President Trump wanted to, he could invoke the AUMF to start a war with Iran—and he could do it tomorrow. The main claim behind the Times story, it seems, is that Iran is increasingly “harboring” al Qaeda by providing sanctuary to certain al Qaeda officials in Iran and through indirect financial support. As the Times writes, “Behind the scenes in Washington, there is increasing speculation that the White House could make a case for military strikes [against Iran] using the existing AUMF, which authorizes the president to use all ‘appropriate force’ to target those who ‘planned, authorized, committed or aided’ the 9/11 attacks on America.” (The AUMF also authorized force against those who “harbored” the “organizations or persons” that committed the 9/11 attacks, long understood to refer to the Taliban government in Afghanistan before 9/11.) [...] Although the Times piece asserts that “legal analysts say the administration likely would have a strong argument,” it only quotes one such individual (retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap), who said only that the AUMF might apply “if the facts show Iran or any other nation is harboring al Qaeda” (emphasis added). As Tess’s piece points out, it’s not remotely clear as a matter of facts or as a matter of law that such a claim holds water. Insofar as the Dunlap quote was answering a hypothetical, it seems deeply irresponsible for the Times to assert that the “administration likely would have a strong argument.” [...] First, it seems crystal clear that the story is nothing more than a trial balloon—something that someone in the Trump administration is publicly planting to see what reaction, if any, it provokes. Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with government officials floating trial balloons. But it seems to us that the media has an obligation, when presented with such an obvious plant, to do more than simply repackage it as an exclusive news story—and in particular to be clearer about the nature of the factual and legal claims that are offered to it without attribution or sourcing. If the Times story is intended to plant a seed that there could potentially be a set of facts under which the 2001 AUMF could arguably be extended to encompass Iran on a “harboring” theory, nothing in the piece comes within a country mile of convincing us that those facts exist—or might soon. Nor does it come close to grappling with the obvious legal questions raised by its hugely consequential premise. Second, and at a more basic level, the fact that we’re even having this conversation is yet further proof, alongside years of previous examples, of the desperate need for Congress to revisit the 2001 AUMF—a statute that is now older than some of the soldiers we’re sending into harm’s way under its open-ended but not limitless terms. [...] Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “In every treaty, insert a clause which can easily be violated, so that the entire agreement can be broken in the case the interests of the state make it expedient to do so.” ~~Louis XIV, Mémoires et instructions de Louis XIV pour le Dauphin (1661-1665) TWEET OF THE DAY xThings the GOP says we canÃ¢ÂÂt afford:-Medicare-for-All-A Green New Deal-A living wage for workers-Universal childcareThings the GOP has deemed affordable:-Giving the big banks another massive tax break https://t.co/jCR765JsOW— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) February 22, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2016—Vulnerable Senate Republicans decide blocking Obama's nominee is safest bet: Endangered Senate Republicans have received their marching orders: block President Obama's Supreme Court nominee no matter what. Even at the expense of their own re-election. Confusion over whether to do the job they were elected—and bound by the constitution—to do or to keep the base happy still reins, and some of them are trying to have it both ways, couching their obstruction as somehow doing their duty. [...] So much for that 2014 pledge by Republicans that they'd show they are capable of governing. The only thing Republicans are proving they're good at is doing the bidding of extremists. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: The big story of the day was Trump Labor Sec. Acosta letting Trump buddy Epstein off the hook for his child sex trafficking. The minute we were done, Trump buddy Kraft got busted in a sex trafficking ring in the very same jurisdiction. Gee whiz! x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Donald Trump retweeted his own video claiming that “the wall is under construction right now,” but the whole thing is about as ridiculous as the national emergency he declared last week before setting off for a long weekend of golfing. Oh, there was some construction all right, but it certainly wasn’t the big fat concrete wall he promised, but rather fencing replacement, and not from “right now,” but rather from last September. “The money for the steel-slatted barrier came from a congressional appropriation in 2017,” the New York Times reported, “not from newly authorized spending in the recent deal that averted a government shutdown, or from money the president is seeking to take from other federal projects under his national emergency declaration from last week.” Congressional Democrats—and perhaps some Republicans—are set to challenge Trump’s fake emergency next week, in an effort being spearheaded in the House by Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro. "This is a historic power grab,” the Congressional Hispanic Caucus chair said, “and it will require historic unity by members of Congress—Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative—to counteract the president’s parasitic movement.” Trump will surely moan and complain and demand to know why he can’t treat the U.S. government like his own personal charity, while continuing to ignore actual threats and crises facing our nation, like deadly white supremacists, asylum-seekers dying in U.S. custody, and the fact that his administration kidnapped thousands of children at the southern border and now says it’s just too darn hard to return them to their families. There’s your national emergency, Donald.
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Karl Lagerfeld was an institution in himself. He gave the world a fashion forward push and had designed many iconic clothes for many influential people. His designs sold like hot cakes but were there any takers for his own personal style, which was impeccable?Lagerfeld was quoted as saying that he hated fashion designers who did not dress up properly while they themselves sold fashion. He condemned the act. This is also one of the reasons why he paid so much attention to dressing up, and it was difficult to find one flaw in his dressing sense. He himself was quite a style icon. Though he had some kind of fetish for monochrome suits, he often played with the elements that he could.Lagerfeld believed that he was a caricature of himself, and his signature style was actually a mask. He described his standard old fashioned suited look to be like that of an aristocrat from 18th century.He loved his crisped high collared shirt which was always white, with occasional stripes and prints on it. He liked his matching wide ties and also wore Dior jackets with tails. He only wore Hilditch & Key shirts. It was always clubbed with black jeans and jackets. The tie was always in place, so were the shades along with the fingerless gloves by Causse. Crisp shirt, high collars, and bow tie were his favourites since his childhood. He wore Massaro crocodile boots in black. Unlike most men from his generations, Lagerfeld preferred to accessories his look with ornamental brooches and bespoke rings like that of Henry VIII.His ring designs were sometimes chunky silver Chrome Hearts, while on other times they were exquisite vintage Gothic rings and also Art Deco designed rings from Paris jeweller, Lydia Courteille.His powdered ponytail made him stand out. He carried the same hairstyle since the late seventies. Reportedly, he whitened them with clouds of Klorane dry shampoo.Lagerfeld who was often seen to be blunt and forthright in his comments, and did not even spare himself when it came to mockery. He had stated in an interview that his personal style had originated from his shortcomings. He had been quoted as calling his natural hair, “a bit pee pee yellow.” As per him, his sunglasses were his “burka.”He did not like men showing off hairy legs wearing short socks and vouched for gloves that had arm-lengthening appeal in them.He preferred designers like Haider Ackermann and Sacai, and mostly wore their creations; but occasionally, he went in for a gold Dior baseball jacket or a duffel coat as well.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at Karl Lagerfeld’s flawless style https://www.blouinartinfo.com/ Founder: Louise Blouin
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What: Interiors of the XXth Century: Art Deco & DesignWhere: Artcurial, 7 Rond-Point of the Champs-Elysees Marcel-Dassault, 75008 Paris, FranceWhen: March 13, 02.30 PMTop lots of the sale:- Eric Schmitt (born in 1955): Important console called «Gilbert W» – 1995. Structure in beaten iron and bronze, tray in travertine, Realization Atelier Eric Schmitt, Single piece, Monogrammed, Height: 91 Width: 200 Depth: 42 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 € ($11,343 – 17,015)- Felix Agostini (1910 - 1980): Important wall lamp «Halberd. In patinated bronze gilded and silk screen. Signed »F.Agostini« on the back. 135 x 50 x 16 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 12,000 € ($11,343 – 13,612)- Felix Agostini (1910 - 1980): Applique »Archeopteryx« – 1960. Patinated bronze gilded and screen parchment. Signed »F.Agostini« on the back. 131 x 60 x 14 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 12,000 € ($11,343 – 13,612)- Eric Schmitt (Born in 1955): Impressive »Gilbert W« dining room table – 1995. Cast iron and bronze base, travertine top, Realization Atelier Eric Schmitt, Unique piece, Monogrammed. Height: 77 Width: 150 cm. Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 € ($9,075 - 13,612)- Jean Lurcat (1892 - 1966): »Phoebus and the wings« - model created in 1962. Aubusson tapestry, Atelier Raymond Picaud, Weaving hand of low smooth wool, Signed in the frame at the bottom left and mark of the weaver at the bottom right, Copy woven in 1984, With its bold, 231 x 231 cm. Estimate: 8,000 - 10,000 € ($9,075 - 11,343)- Alexandre Calder (1898 - 1976): »Alphabet« - model of 1960, our copy woven in 1985. Aubusson tapestry, Atelier Raymond Picaud, Weaving hand of low smooth wool, copy n ° 2/5, Monogrammed bottom right, With his bolduc, 55 x 75 cm. Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 € ($6,806 - 9,075)- Preben Fabricius & Jorgen Kastholm (1931 - 1984 & 1931 - 2007): Suite of six armchairs mod. 810 – 1968. Metal frame, fiberglass shell, seat covered with cognac leather, Kill International Edition, Height: 86 Width: 78 Depth: 58 cm. Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 € ($6,806 - 9,075)- Rene Lalique (1860 - 1945): Vase »Senlis« also known as »Anses bronze sheets« – 1925. Proof in black opal glass molded-pressed with two side handles in bronze. Pierced posteriorly, accident and cracks. Signed at the point under the base. H .: 27 cm. Estimate: 5,000 - 6,000 € ($5,672 - 6,806)- Alexandre Calder (1898 - 1976): »Spider". Wool carpets. Editions Marie Cuttoli and Galerie Lucie Weill, Signed on the reverse in the frame, 153 x 198 cm. Estimate: 5,000 - 6,000 € ($5,672 - 6,806)- Jules Leleu (1883 - 1961): Pair of pedestal tables. Frame in rosewood veneer underlined with a metal ring. Circular tray in mirror. Each pedestal signed on a cartouche. 50 x 40 cm. Estimate: 5,000 - 6,000 € ($5,672 - 6,806)For details, visit: https://www.artcurial.com/frClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
What: The George Michael Collection Evening AuctionWhere: Christie’s; 8 King Street, St. James 's London, UKWhen: March 14; 07.00 pmPublic Viewing: 9 Mar, 2pm - 8pm; 10 Mar, 12pm - 8pm; 11 Mar, 9am - 4:30pm; 12 Mar, 9am - 4:30pm; 13 Mar, 9am - 8pmTop lots of the sale:- Damien Hirst (b. 1965): The Incomplete Truth. Glass, painted aluminium, silicone, acrylic, stainless steel, dove and formaldehyde solution, 87 ⅜ x 69 ¼ x 29 ⅛ in. (222 x 176 x 74cm.) Executed in 2006, this work is number two from an edition of three plus one artist’s proof and one Hors de Commerce. Estimate: GBP 1,000,000 - GBP 1,500,000 (USD 1,304,000 - USD 1,956,000)- Damien Hirst (b. 1965): Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain. Glass, painted stainless steel, silicone, arrows, crossbow bolts, stainless steel cable and clamps, stainless steel carabiner, bullock and formaldehyde solution, 126 ⅝ x 61 ⅜ x 61 ⅜in. (321.6 x 155.8 x 155.8cm.) Executed in 2007. Estimate: GBP 1,000,000 - GBP 1,500,000 (USD 1,304,000 - USD 1,956,000)- Bridget Riley (b. 1931): Songbird. Signed and dated 'Riley 82' (on the right turnover edge); signed again, titled and dated again 'Songbird 1982 Riley' (on the reverse), oil on linen, 42 x 36 ⅝in. (106.7 x 93cm.) Painted in 1982. Estimate: GBP 400,000 - GBP 600,000 (USD 521,600 - USD 782,400)- Cecily Brown (b. 1969): Yet to be titled. Signed and dated 'Cecily Brown 2008' (on the reverse), oil on linen, 31 x 43in. (78.7 x 109.2cm.) Painted in 2008. Estimate: GBP 350,000 - GBP 550,000 (USD 456,400 - USD 717,200)- Damien Hirst (b. 1965): Incorruptible Crown. Signed twice, titled and dated ‘D Hirst “Incorruptable Crown” Damien Hirst 2006’ (on the reverse); butterflies and household gloss on canvas; 48 x 60in. (121.9 x 152.4cm.) Executed in 2006. Estimate: GBP 300,000 - GBP 400,000 (USD 391,200 - USD 521,600)- Damien Hirst (b. 1965): Saint Bartholomew. Glass, painted MDF, aluminium, acrylic, fish and formaldehyde solution, 24 x 36 x 6 ½in. (61.1 x 91.5 x 16.5cm.) Executed in 2006. Estimate: GBP 250,000 - GBP 350,000 (USD 326,000 - USD 456,400)- Antony Gormley (b. 1950): Another Time III. Cast iron, 75 ¼ x 23 ¼ x 14 ⅛in. (191 x 59 x 36cm.) Executed in 2007, this work is number two from an edition of five. Estimate: GBP 180,000 - GBP 250,000 (USD 234,720 - USD 326,000)- Tracey Emin (b. 1963): Drunk to the Bottom of My Soul. signed, titled and dated ‘Drunk To The Bottom Of My Soul Tracey Emin 2002’ (on a label sewn in the lower right), applique blanket, 76 ⅜ x 63in. (194 x 160cm.) Executed in 2002. Estimate: GBP 180,000 - GBP 250,000 (USD 234,720 - USD 326,000)For details, visit: https://www.christies.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
What: Fine Art & Op-Art AuctionWhere: Helmuth Stone Gallery, 1991 Main Street, Suite 112, Sarasota, FL 34236, United StatesWhen: Mar 3, 6:00 PM GMTPublic Viewing: Feb 28 - Thursday (12:00 - 4:00 pm); March 1 - Friday (12:00 - 4:00 pm); March 2 - Saturday (10:00 - 1:00 pm)Top Lots of the Sale:- «Breaking Waves and Distant Steamer - 1912» - Thomas Moran (Pennsylvania, California, 1837 - 1926). Monogrammed and dated (1912) lower right. Oil on Canvas. Artwork has been professionally cleaned and area around signature was left untouched. Measured at Sight Size: 11.5x23.5 in. Overall Size: 18x30 in. Estimated Price: $80,000 - $120,000- «Boats Moored in a Port» - Apollinari Mikhailovic Vasnetsov (Russian, 1856-1933); Signed in Cyrillic lower right. Oil on Wood Panel. Measured at Sight Size: 21x25 in. Overall Size: 33x36 in. (C1857). Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000- «Aquamarine & Diamond Gold Necklace» - This beautiful statement piece of a necklace has a fancy cut 35ct Aquamarine surrounded by many round cut diamonds, all set in 18K gold. Stamped on clasp. Approx. Aquamarine Weight: 35ct. Approx. Total Diamond Weight: 7.5 ct. Total Necklace Weight: 126.2 g. / 4.06 ozt. Total Length: 17 in. Estimated Price: $18,000 - $24,000- «Hublot Big Bang 18kt Rose Gold Men's Watch» - Original box. 18kt rose gold case with a black rubber strap. Fixed black ceramic bezel. Black carbon fiber dial with luminous hands and alternating Arabic numeral and index hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Estimated Price: $16,000 - $24,000- «Emerald & Diamond Platinum Ring» - Beautifully cut center emerald flanked on both sides by triangular cut diamonds combine to make this gorgeous platinum ring. Stamped «Plat» inside band. Approx. Emerald Weight: 2.14ct. Approx. Total Diamond Weight: 1.5ct. Ring Size: 7.25 Overall Weight: 5.6 g. / 0.18 ozt. Estimated Price: $12,500 - $17,500- «Jose Hess 18K & Diamond Choker Necklace» - Stamped on clasp. Tongue in groove clasp with a safety bar - clasp is signed and also inscribed with serial number. Approx. Total Diamond Weight: 8ct. Total Necklace Weight: 107.6 g. / 3.46 ozt. Closed Diameter: 4.5 in. Estimated Price: $12,500 - $17,500- «Landscape with River at Duck» - Robert Ward van Boskerck (New York, New Jersey, 1855-1932). Oil on Canvas. Signed lower right. Measured at Sight Size: 13.5x19.25 in. Overall Size: 21.2x27 in. Estimated Price: $9,000 - $12,000- «Depicting a still life of colorful blooms in a vase» - Abraham Manievich (Russian, 1881/83-1942); artist signed 'Manievich' at lower left and stamped 'a. Manievich,' inscribed with title and '34/D+R/1954' en verso, with label inscribed 'AS-13' and '#242, 1932, Flowers,' affixed en verso. Signed lower left. Oil on Board. Measured at Sight Size: 25.75x19 in. Overall Size: 33x26 in. Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
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