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Four Gunned Down At Tennessee Waffle House By Man Armed With An 'Assault Style Rifle'

Another day, another mass shooting in America. This time, it happened at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. The shooter has been identified as a White man named Travis Reinking, age 29. He was wearing nothing but a green jacket with an AR-15 and started shooting in the parking lot, killing two and then walked into the restaurant, killing two more and injuring several others.
Police put out an APB report shortly after he went on the run:
“Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open. If you see this individual — if you see a nude guy walking around this […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Kellyanne Conway: ‘Comey Has Some Kind Of Weird Problem With Powerful African American Women'

Queen of “alternative facts” Kellyanne Conway came up with another whopper Friday night, this one designed to be a gotcha about James Comey’s supposed bigotry. Maybe her microwave wasn’t watching but the Fox camera was!
Apparently, Conway thinks that if she accuses Comey of racism, people will somehow forget that she serves as adviser to the bigot in chief, Donald Trump. Maybe she also figured we’d forget that his firing of Comey smacked so much of obstruction of justice that it led to the appointment of a special counsel in the Russia probe.
On Watters World tonight, Conway delighted host […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Say hello to Agadez:
Agadez is 4,000 miles from Aghanistan, where the Global War on Terrorism began. It’s 2,500 miles from Iraq, our next destination in the war. It’s 2,000 miles from Syria and 1,500 miles from Benghazi. This is where we’re building a $110 million drone base there that will host nearly a thousand American troops, double the number of a few years ago. Here is Eric Schmitt:
Taken together, these parallel missions reflect a largely undeclared American military buildup outside the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, often with murky authorities and little public attention, unfolding in remote places like Yemen, […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

It’s just adorable how Brian Stelter assumes Donald Trump’s base uses sound judgment or critical thinking skills to evaluate Donald Trump’s tweets. Geesh!
BRIAN STELTER: But first today, slippery slime-ball liars and third-rate reporter flunkies. Is there no end to the commander in chief’s name-calling? President Trump is putting the bully in bully pulpit. He’s on the attack this weekend, seemingly supporting calls for a Justice Department probe into his opponent, but of all the tweets, I want to hone in on just one of the many attacks.
This is his bald-faced lie about New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The mainstream media has two common themes when discussing politics: When Republicans do something awful, it’s “great news for John McCain”; and when Democrats punch back, inevitably the framing is “Democrats in disarray!” “Wasting money!” and “They can’t win this.””
So now that the Democratic Party is suing the Trump campaign, Wikileaks and Russia, based on the THEFT of the Clinton campaign emails and the COLLUSION to get those emails into the hands of the Trump campaign, it’s time for Chuck Todd to worry aloud that this is a fool’s errand.
TRANSCRIPT via NBC h/t Heather:

CHUCK TODD: […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images)

Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images)
A year after the Santa Fe City Council adopted in February 2017 a resolution strengthening its welcoming and non-discrimination policies toward immigrants, the federal government launched a series of audits demanding verification from local small businesses that their employees were eligible to work in the country. In response to this blitz, advocates and city officials held a press conference in early March calling out an attempt to disrupt business, wreak havoc, and create a culture of fear and panic.
“Today, children […]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

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That’s it, we’re storming the castle. On April 23, thousands of New Yorkers are showing up at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s front door in Albany to demand genuine action on climate change. We’re not going to bus up just to go “rah-rah-rah” on the steps of the statehouse for the press and going home. We have three specific demands: halt of all fracking infrastructure now, a just transition to 100 percent renewables, and make corporate polluters pay into […]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

A JetBlue passenger jet (Embraer 190) taxis at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York. (Photo: Robert Alexander / Getty Images)

A JetBlue passenger jet (Embraer 190) taxis at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York. (Photo: Robert Alexander / Getty Images)
On April 18, nearly 5,000 JetBlue Airways flight attendants voted to form a union, notching a major victory for organized labor. The employees voted 2,661 to 1,387 to join the Transport Workers Union (TWU), a labor group that represents rail and airline workers, among others, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
Sean Doyle, Assistant Director of Organizing for the TWU, tells In These Times that the vote to unionize JetBlue is “probably one of the largest and most successful union campaigns […]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico — As the cry of a rooster heralded the dawn, Joe Garcia, 41, pulled a vial of insulin from the fridge. He filled a syringe and wrapped it in aluminum foil in preparation for the long day ahead.
“I tell him that from here to there, that’ll spoil,” said his mother, Martina Collazo de Jesus, 63, watching the preparations under the fluorescent bulb lighting the family kitchen.
It is a gamble Garcia, who has both diabetes and kidney failure, has taken since Hurricane Maria slammed this Puerto Rican island just east of the main island. More than six months […]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

How much has the cost of housing gone up over the last few decades? There are several different ways of measuring this, but here are five:
The Case-Shiller index since 1960. This is a national index of home prices only, not apartment rentals.
The CPI for shelter since 1990, deflated by the overall CPI. This measure accounts for both housing prices and rentals.
HUD’s affordability index for both homeownership and renting.
The 10-City Case-Shiller index since 1990. This provides an idea of how much housing costs have gone up in our largest cities.
An interpolated estimate from StreetEasy and Miller Samuel of average rents in […]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum