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re: Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall ( submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 152 days ago

The Trump admin really has lost it. If you get a chance and have the time, watch the entire press conference. Trump basically just spewed...the totally weird, like really weird.

Fortunately this move will definitely be challenged in court.

re: Trump to Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Stop Mueller probe 'right now' ( submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 350 days ago

Here's the latest...

White house says Trump did not order attorney general to end Mueller probe

Here's a snippet from the reuters story:

“It’s not an order. It’s the president’s opinion,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a news briefing when asked about the president’s Twitter posts.

She denied that Trump was obstructing the probe. “He’s fighting back,” she said. Sessions recused himself from the investigation and his deputy Rod Rosenstein is the person with the authority to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

And here's Trump's original tweet:

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now," the president wrote in a post on Twitter. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!"

re: Lewandowski on Girl With Down Syndrome Separated From Mother: ‘Womp Womp’ ( submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 393 days ago

Just when I think it can't get does.

re: Mueller, several team members gave up million-dollar jobs to work on special counsel investigation ( submitted by djfrodo
eugene's reply 708 days ago

Donald Trump didn't release his taxes, yet those investigating him have basically released their entire portfolios.

This isn't going to be pretty at all. But I hope this team is so by the book, that when they finally bring charges there's no question that they're right.

re: Clinton’s misplaced criticism of the DNC as a cause of her defeat ( submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 776 days ago

As a follow up, the former DNC data director Andrew Therriault had some choice words for Clinton and here's more about him and his work at the DNC.

re: Greg Gianforte, Montana G.O.P. Candidate, Is Charged in Attack on Reporter ( submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 784 days ago

After a little looking around here's a great blog entry from the Montana Cowgirl Blog about Gianforte - turns out he's a young earth creationist and his wife is...interesting.

From the Montana Cowgirl Blog:

Gianforte’s wife was also invited to give the speech with him, in a kind of duet. But she has her own problems–she’s a big player in the “christian shop-owners must have a right to discriminate against LGBT people” movement. She recently testified against Bozeman’s proposed non-discrimination ordinance, and Gianforte bankrolls the non-discrimination ordinance opposition. His wife is chair of the pro-discrimination bunch’s board of directors.

And here's a description of the event from the local Fox News team

re: FCC Votes To Begin Rollback Of Net Neutrality Regulations : The Two-Way ( submitted by hal9000
eugene's reply 790 days ago

Here's Ars Technica's take on the story, which is a bit more over the top than NPR's - but this is pretty much what everyone thought was going to happen and it's not good.

The final vote is in 90 days.

From the Ars article:

"This is the beginning of the process, not the end," Pai said. After taking public comment for 90 days, the FCC "will follow the facts and law where they take us," Pai said. He also said the FCC will conduct a "credible cost-benefit analysis" before making final policy decisions.

The FCC "will not rely on hyperbolic statements about the end of the Internet as we know it, and 140-character argle-bargle, but rather on the data," Pai said.

Remind me to avoid "argle-bargle" in the future while paying $6.99 a month for the package.

re: After 61 Years, Detroit Gets A Streetcar Once More ( submitted by kermit
eugene's reply 795 days ago

Here's the reason why it went away in the first place - General Motors streetcar conspiracy

re: Justice Department was told to come up with reasons to fire Comey, reports say ( submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 799 days ago

Apparently Comey found out he was fired from televisions in the room where he was waiting to make an address in an FBI field office.

re: FBI Director James Comey has been fired ( submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 799 days ago

Chuck Schumer just called all democratic Senators to be in their seats at 9:30am tomorrow.

Trump just tweeted this:

Cryin' Chuck Schumer stated recently, "I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer." Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp

re: Net Neutrality II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver ( submitted by hal9000
eugene's reply 800 days ago

This segment actually crashed the Fcc site for the second time.

re: Macron and Le Pen in French election run-off ( submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 801 days ago

Macron wins!

re: GOP’s “Internet Freedom Act” permanently guts net neutrality authority ( submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 806 days ago

I think we really have hit News Speak time from 1984.

We have. We've also hit the point at which we really get to test out this cool toy called democracy, and if, in the complexities of modern life (basically tech) it can withstand a totally unengaged populace.

re: Georgia 6th District: Jon Ossoff in runoff vs. Karen Handel ( submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 819 days ago

Unfortunately I think it's going to be incredibly hard for Ossoff in the head to head in June, but it's going to be very close. The Republicans will coalesce around Handel, Ossoff will probably pick up a few votes that went to other candidates and independents, but not as many as Handel.

Unless Trump does something to turn off R voters I can't see the Dems winning this one.

re: We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter's THEY LIVE ( submitted by bogey
eugene's reply 819 days ago

Thought I was in for a rehash of the flick with a slightly moralistic bent, got a really good 13 minute rundown of $ and the haves vs the have nots in the US instead.

Much better than expected.

re: It's White-Knuckle Time in Georgia's Special Election ( submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 820 days ago

Here's the AP live results page

Currently it's pretty sparse. According to 538 Ossoff needs the following percentages of the vote in the three counties to win:

Cobb 43%
DeKalb 60%
Fulton 49%

--edit spelling

re: Supreme court blocks Arkansas from flurry of executions ( submitted by djpsql
eugene's reply 820 days ago

And despite being shutdown by both the states and the Supreme Court - Despite Rulings, Arkansas Governor And AG Vow To Pursue Executions

From the article:

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said she will continue to seek justice for the families of victims and pursue two executions scheduled for Thursday, a pair set for April 24 and one planned for April 27.

“I will continue to respond to any and all legal challenges brought by the prisoners,” she said in a statement late on Monday. “The families have waited far too long to see justice, and I will continue to make that a priority.”

re: Arkansas wants to execute 8 men in 10 days ( submitted by djpsql
eugene's reply 823 days ago

A certain spectrum of those who follow politics seem to be pretty pissed about the Judge who denied the executions marching in a death penalty protest on the same day he ruled on the case (check the comments to the story).

re: ‘Right weapon for right target’: Top US commander defends use of ‘mother of all bombs’ ( submitted by djpsql
eugene's reply 824 days ago

Here's a mention about this from The Hill

I'm sure the clip will get some play in the media but not enough and I'll bet more than a few viewers were nodding their heads in agreement when it aired.


re: Neil Gorsuch Confirmed by Senate as Supreme Court Justice ( submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 831 days ago

Good explanation for those who don't follow politics like sports - Vote count: How the Senate changed its rules and confirmed Gorsuch

re: In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails - The New York Times ( submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 845 days ago

I think around 1:30 or 2pm est.

It's weird that politics isn't a default headcycle so if you're logged out you wouldn't see anything about this.

I thought someone would certainly beat me to it.

re: Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era - The New York Times ( submitted by hal9000
eugene's reply 845 days ago

Ha. Yeah, there needs to be some basic ground rules of things to avoid - reaction gifs being one (memes as well).

re: Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era - The New York Times ( submitted by hal9000
eugene's reply 846 days ago

Here's another article about the same issue from The Hill Senate votes to block internet privacy regulations

And here are a couple quotes from the article itself:

The rules, which the FCC passed in a party-line vote in October, require internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon to obtain customers’ permission before using their personal information for advertising purposes.

If passed by the House and signed by President Trump, the bill would use an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to eliminate the rules before they go into effect. The CRA would also prevent the FCC from passing “substantially similar” regulations in the future, though no court has ruled on what agencies can pass under those standards.

Here's the real kicker:

Before Trump took office, the CRA had only been used once before, during the early days of President George W. Bush’s administration. But in February alone, Trump signed three more CRA bills, overturning rules that would have prevented some mentally ill people from buying guns, protected waterways from coal pollution and required mining and drilling companies to disclose certain financial information to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The CRA was used once before by Bush. Since then nada. In February it was used to overturn rules that attempted to:

  • prevent some mentally ill people from buying guns
  • prevent waterways from coal pollution
  • required mining and drilling companies to disclose certain financial information to the SEC

I don't know what anyone's political persuasion is, but I think everyone could agree that overturning the 3 bullet points listed above are kinda...not good for anyone.

I hate reaction gifs/videos but in this case, I'll make an exception