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The Senate Is About To Confirm A Frenzy Of Conservative Judges | HuffPost
All four nominees are young (in their late 40s and early 50s), conservative and up for a lifetime post on a U.S. circuit court ― one level below the Supreme Court. None got a single Democratic vote when they were reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Two were recommended to Trump directly by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, both right-wing think tanks.
2017-10 
november 2017 by Weaverbird
Puerto Rico's Government Just Admitted 911 People Died After The Hurricane — Of "Natural Causes"
The 911 bodies were never physically examined by a medical examiner to determine if they should be included in the official death toll.
2017-10 
november 2017 by Weaverbird
The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Is Missing A Ton Of Info | FiveThirtyEight
Every year, the FBI releases a report that is considered the gold standard for tracking crime statistics in the United States: the Crime in the United States report, a collection of crime statistics gathered from over 18,000 law-enforcement agencies in cities around the country. But according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight, the 2016 Crime in the United States report — the first released under President Trump’s administration — contains close to 70 percent fewer data tables1 than the 2015 version did, a removal that could affect analysts’ understanding of crime trends in the country. The removal comes after consecutive years in which violent crime rose nationally, and it limits access to high-quality crime data that could help inform solutions.
2017-10 
november 2017 by Weaverbird
Puerto Rico gov requests audit into contract awarded to tiny energy company | TheHill
The governor of Puerto Rico is requesting an audit into how a small energy company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Montana hometown won a multimillion-dollar contract to restore power to Puerto Rico.

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló sent a letter Wednesday to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general’s office requesting that the office audit how the Whitefish Energy company earned the contract.
2017-10 
november 2017 by Weaverbird
State Department Scraps Sanctions Office – Foreign Policy
The Trump administration was three weeks late on a Russia sanctions deadline. But it’s killed the office that coordinates them.
2017-10 
november 2017 by Weaverbird
Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, and John McCain need to start acting like senators, not pundits - Vox
Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, and John McCain are all smart, experienced politicians who have in the past demonstrated knowledge of how to use the powers of the office they hold in order to seek, obtain, and use leverage. Back in 2012, for example, all three joined Republican colleagues in blocking a proposed tax cut Democrats favored as part of a partially successful campaign to force Democrats to agree to an even larger tax cut.
2017-10 
november 2017 by Weaverbird
APNewsBreak: Georgia election server wiped after suit filed
A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned.

The server’s data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs the state’s election system. The data wipe was revealed in an email sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case that was later obtained by the AP. More emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe.
2017-10  campaign2016  corruption  shenanigans  gop  law  election 
november 2017 by Weaverbird
Consumer Bureau Loses Fight to Allow More Class-Action Suits - The New York Times
Senate Republicans voted on Tuesday to strike down a sweeping new rule that would have allowed millions of Americans to band together in class-action lawsuits against financial institutions.

The overturning of the rule, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-to-50 tie, will further loosen regulation of Wall Street as the Trump administration and Republicans move to roll back Obama-era policies enacted in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. By defeating the rule, Republicans are dismantling a major effort of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the watchdog created by Congress in the aftermath of the mortgage mess.
2017-10 
november 2017 by Weaverbird
Jeff Flake’s Rousing Speech Illustrates Trump’s Hold on GOP
In recent days, and with varying degrees of euphemism, President Trump has been publicly denounced by John McCain, George W. Bush, Bob Corker, and Jeff Flake. These men share different convictions, but have converged on a common critique of the president: He is a bigot, a liar, a bully, and personally unstable. They all share a far more salient quality: none of them plans to run for office soon, or ever.

They are trying to navigate a political world in which direct criticism of Trump within the Republican Party is no longer possible. It is better that they are speaking out against Trump than if they didn’t. But the fact that they can do so only from retirement indicates how thoroughly Trump has captured the party, and how little resistance the Constitutional separation of powers has put up against his takeover.
2017-10 
november 2017 by Weaverbird
Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico’s biggest contract to get the power back on - The Washington Post
For the sprawling effort to restore Puerto Rico’s crippled electrical grid, the territory’s state-owned utility has turned to a two-year-old company from Montana that had just two full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria made landfall.
2017-10 
november 2017 by Weaverbird
The Church Of the SubGenius Finally Plays It Straight
After nearly forty years as one of the most charming put-ons to hit the counterculture, SubGenius founder Ivan Stang and filmmaker Sandy K. Boone reveal the true story of the long con.
texasmonthly  on:texasmonthly.com  subgenius  2017-10 
november 2017 by xr
How President Trump Has Ruined Comedy
On the day that I started writing this article, I count seven pieces of content on the front page of Cracked which are explicitly political, and two which directly mention President Trump in the title and feature him in the thumbnail. In 2017, under my leadership as the Creative Director of Video, Content Development, and Espionage, we launched two new shows to cover the current administration: the short-lived After The Trump and the still-living Some News. We have always (always) talked about politics on this site, but we did not have equivalent content during either the Obama or Bush administrations. That is definitely true. On that score, we have changed.
2017-10  cracked  on:cracked.com  politics  trump 
october 2017 by xr

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