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(Reuters) – Two former associates of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday for their roles in the “Bridgegate” lane closure scandal that eventually torpedoed the Republican’s White House ambitions.

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Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

The first time I saw Tom Perriello, he was walking slowly down a light-soaked hall at Reagan National Airport, hands stuffed in his pockets, head bent in a textbook example of an attentive listening posture. He was talking with two airport workers about their efforts to unionize, and a broad purple “Fight for $15” scarf was draped over his shirtsleeved shoulders, lending Perriello a passing resemblance to both an English soccer hooligan and a priest who’d hastily thrown on his sacramental stole.
Perriello is running for governor of Virginia. And what in the close shot looked like an intimate conversation was […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

With his bizarre antics and partisan-driven decisions the past week and a half, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the under-siege chairman of the House intelligence committee, has not only triggered a breakdown in the congressional oversight process; he has nearly sparked a constitutional crisis. This may sound hyperbolic, yet Nunes is undermining one of the core principles of the American republic: checks and balances. And there perhaps is no area of government where counterbalance is more needed than national security.

At the heart of the US political system is a bargain. The fundamental notion of the Constitution is that the government serves […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Politics

As House and Senate Intelligence Committees investigate Russian meddling in the U.S. election, commentator Cokie Roberts answers listener questions about the history of intelligence hearings. […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called on his fellow Democrats to filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, setting up a showdown that could undo Senate tradition. […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

Rachel Martin talks with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who is testifying before a Senate committee on the impact a border wall would have on cross-border trade in his state. […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

Rachel Martin speaks with conservative commentator and radio host Hugh Hewitt about how the Trump White House and congressional Republicans plan to move their agenda forward. […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

Tuesday was not a good day for America’s hard-charging white men. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly began his day on the set of Fox & Friends, where he was asked about remarks that Representative Maxine Waters made Monday evening on the floor of Congress about Trump supporters and patriotism. Instead of responding to Waters’s comments, O’Reilly opted to focus on something else. “I didn’t hear a word she said,” O’Reilly said, interrupting his hosts. “I was looking at the James Brown wig.”In response, there were loud barks of (male) laughter on the set.O’Reilly continued: “If we have a picture of […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

The major news out of Moore v. Texas, the Supreme Court’s death-penalty decision announced Tuesday, is that all eight of the current justices rejected a crude list of “factors” the Texas courts had evolved to tell when a criminal defendant can be executed despite evidence that he or she is intellectually disabled. (“Intellectual disability,” or “ID,” is the condition courts until recently called “mental retardation.”)These factors include questions like “Did those who know the person best during the developmental stage—his family friends, teachers, employers, authorities—think he was mentally retarded at that time and if so, act in accordance with that […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Now that the Affordable Care Act has survived its most serious threat in Congress, the law’s footprint across the country might grow even larger in the months ahead.Several states that initially opted out of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion are now reconsidering their decision as a result of last year’s elections and as Republicans come under new pressure to accept the billions in federal dollars available under the law. The most aggressive push is coming in deep-red Kansas, where the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday sent Governor Sam Brownback legislation that could expand the state’s version of Medicaid to as many as 150,000 […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

Remember the undercover Planned Parenthood videos that caused such a fuss last year? Their creators, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, are back in the news:

Two antiabortion activists whose controversial undercover videos accused Planned Parenthood doctors of selling fetal tissue were charged Tuesday with more than a dozen felonies by California prosecutors.

….Prosecutors contend Daleiden and Merritt used fake identities and a fabricated medical research company, BioMax Procurement Services, to secure the meetings with healthcare providers, according to court papers filed in San Francisco Superior Court. Prosecutors also contend they made secret recordings of attendees and speakers at the National Abortion Federation’s […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Those spies are tricky. He may have an X-Ray camera but makes no mention of a microwave oven.
Though Luther Ingram and the G-Men’s version of “I Spy (For The FBI)” came out a few months before Jamo Thomas & His Party Brothers Orchestra take did in 1966, it is the latter that is better known to most to get a party moving.
What are you listening to tonight?

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Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Rep. Maxine Waters made an appearance on Chris Hayes’ show to discuss Bill O’Reilly’s racist comments toward her, but she made it clear she did not care what he thought or said about her.
And then she turned to the larger picture. I’ll just leave the transcript here, but I recommend watching her. She was magnificent.
We have a president of the United States who does not deserve to be president.
We have a president of the United States who has wrapped his arms around Putin and Russia and the Kremlin and I believe that if we do a credible investigation, particularly if […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

This may be one of the more popular and well-known protest songs from 2016. It was performed on “Saturday Night Live” by Sturgill Simpson. The brass part for the song packs quite a punch and has a lot to do with why this antiwar song is such a rousing tune.
Simpson’s song, “Call To Arms,” starts with the sounds of seagulls and waves, like someone is stranded at sea. It picks up tempo and never eases up.
“I done Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran/North Korea tell me where does it end/Well the bodies keep piling up with every day/How many more of […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

House GOP Votes To Allow ISPs To Sell Personal Browsing Information

On a close vote, the House of Representatives just voted to let ISPs sell your data to whomever they please. Also? They no longer have to inform customers of hacker activity that might affect their accounts.
New Civil Rights Movement:
The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule that required internet providers to get customers’ permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. The rules also required internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.
The resolution was first passed by the Senate last week and now heads to the president, […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Not satisfied with proposing $54 billion in domestic spending cuts for next year, today President Trump asked Congress to cut $18 billion in what’s left of the current fiscal year:

The White House is asking Congress to cut $18 billion from discretionary spending bills for the current fiscal year that have been long settled — a move that could threaten a major showdown just a month ahead of the deadline to keep the government funded….The $17.94 billion cut would help pay for Trump’s military supplemental request, which was sent to Congress earlier this month. About $2 billion would also go towards […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

A student group hosting an event at Oregon State University on Palestine, Syria, and Yemen, has received requests to disinvite two Arab journalists scheduled to speak. However, the student group immediately took a stand and refuses to cancel the event scheduled for April 11.
The event is called “Independent Journalism: Perspectives On Palestine, Syria, and Yemen.” It will feature three journalists: Abby Martin, Rania Khalek, and Mnar Muhawesh of Mintpressnews.com.
“We want to make it clear that this event will not be canceled, and we advise that everyone who has these concerns show up or address their questions on the live feed […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

A dog striking a cool-guy pose in a bike basket. A horse gliding carelessly a few feet above the grass. A cat taking a #nofilter Instagram selfie. A panel of experts is currently debating the funniest pet photos on Earth — and some of the early favorites are in.Submissions for the Comedy Pet Photography Awards have been open since January, and the entries so far have not disappointed.”We wanted to see the funniest photos of pets from across the globe, and to our delight, the entries we’ve received so far have gone over and above our expectations,” said contest co-founder […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Upworthy – Blog

While speaking to an ABC reporter, Rep. Devin Nunes reiterated that he had no intention of recusing himself and then offered an engraved invitation for his removal.
When asked if he would reveal his sources to fellow members of the House Intelligence Committee, his answer was a firm “no.”
“We will never reveal those sources and methods,” Nunes declared.
Wait, what? This investigation is a committee effort, not the crusade of one man. It’s one thing not to reveal his sources to the public and something yet again to conceal them from his own fellow committee members.
What does it mean? Well, to me […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

President Donald Trump, flanked by coal miners, signs an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to start the process of rewriting the Clean Power Plan, during a ceremony at the agency's headquarters in Washington, March 28, 2017. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is at left. The executive order was intended to roll back most of President Barack Obama's climate-change legacy. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times)

Today President Donald Trump signed an executive order rolling back scores of Obama-era regulations aimed at mitigating anthropogenic climate disruption. The executive order constitutes an assault on the environment that will annihilate Obama’s environment record and completely redraw key rules that were set in place to curb US carbon emissions.President Trump, flanked by coal miners, signs an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start the process of rewriting the Clean Power Plan, during a ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, March 28, 2017. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is at left. The executive order was intended to […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

Elections News

A plurality of the public thinks the Senate should vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice, according to a newly released HuffPost/You…
Read more: Supreme Court, Political Opinion Polls, Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court Nominee, Yougov, Pollster Analysis, Huffpost Yougov Poll, Politics News

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Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today’s campaign news.

Please note: This is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free zone […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off

• MN-Gov: On Monday, Democratic Rep. Tim Walz announced that he would enter the race to succeed retiring Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in 2018. Walz has represented southern Minnesota’s 1st District since ousting a GOP incumbent in the 2006 wave, and he leaves behind a House seat that lurched so hard to the right in 2016 that Walz nearly lost to a challenger who was on no one’s radar. The ancestrally Republican 1st had backed Barack Obama by 50-48 in 2012, but Donald Trump won the overwhelmingly white and heavily rural seat by a punishing 53-38 margin, meaning Democrats […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Most of the public isn’t shedding many tears over AHCA. President Trump’s approval ratings may be headed even further underwater. And more America…
Read more: Donald Trump, u.s. News , Republican Politics, u.s. Presidential Elections, Political Science, Democratic Politics, U.S. Congressional Elections, Economics, Political Opinion Polls, Demography, Pollster Analysis, Politics News

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Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

After Republicans’ attempt to repeal Obamacare failed, a narrow plurality of Americans wants to see the party move on to other issues, according to …
Read more: Donald Trump, Republican Politics, Obamacare, Health Care Reform, Yougov, American Health Care Act, Pollster Analysis, Huffpost Yougov Poll, Politics News

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Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has been negative virtually since he first took office. Now, it may be heading even further underwater.
In …
Read more: Donald Trump, Republican Politics, u.s. Presidential Elections, Economics, Political Opinion Polls, Sociology, Pollster Analysis, Politics News

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Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today’s campaign news.

Please note: This is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free zone […]

Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off

● GA-06: On behalf of Fox 5 Atlanta, independent pollster Opinion Savvy gives Democrat Jon Ossoff two good pieces of news in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. The poll shows Ossoff easily advancing past the April 18 top two primary, but more importantly, Ossoff is competitive against each Republican they tested him against in the June 20 runoff; in fact, Ossoff posts small leads in three of the four matchups.

We’ll take a look first at the April primary, which pits all the candidates on one ballot:

Investigative documentary maker Jon Ossoff (D): 40

Ex-Secretary of State Karen Handel (R): 20

Businessman Bob Gray […]

Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

The Central European University is embroiled in a row between the tycoon and Prime Minister Orban. […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

EU regulators block London Stock Exchange’s £21bn merger with German stock exchange Deutsche Boerse. […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

Family of anti-apartheid activist requests South Africa’s president not to attend his funeral. […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

Instead of backing his Socialist party’s candidate, Manuel Valls says he will support a centrist. […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea remains in hospital after falling into river in Westminster attack. […]

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

Flights were temporarily halted on Tuesday evening after protestors locked themselves in an aircraft. […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

A truce is agreed to allow the evacuation from four besieged villages in Syria, reports say. […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

Video footage shows Endurance Amalawa being attacked by a mob in India. […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

A general says there is a “fair chance” US air strikes may have killed civilians in Mosul. […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

Crimes against humanity charges relate to the deadly violence after the 2010 presidential elections. […]

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

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