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  • Senate Dems relent, vote to end shutdown; House to follow

    01/22/2018 2:51:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 22, 2018 | by Zeke Miller
    Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday as Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. But by relenting, the Democrats prompted a backlash from immigration activists and liberal base supporters who wanted them to fight longer and harder for legislation to protect from deportation the 700,0090 or so younger immigrants who were brought to the country as children and now are here illegally. Immigration activists and other groups harshly criticized the deal reached by the Democratic leadership. Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream, said the members of the group are “outraged.” She added that senators who...
  • Mexican Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 rapes

    01/22/2018 1:53:26 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 22, 2018 | by Christopher Weber
    A Mexican Uber driver living in the U.S. illegally was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing young women in California, prosecutors said. Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez's four alleged victims are between 19 and 22 years old and three were intoxicated when they were assaulted, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow told reporters. Officials said Alarcon-Nunez was not always driving for Uber when he picked up those women but said the alleged crimes show that the company should improve its driver screening process, Dow said.
  • Here’s what we learned from the government shutdown

    01/22/2018 1:43:54 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 22, 2018 | by Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann
    WASHINGTON - The Great 60-Hour Government Shutdown of 2018 appears to be over - at least for now - with Senate Democrats agreeing to fund the government through Feb. 8. And here are the lessons we learned, especially since it’s possible (if not likely) that another shutdown could occur after that next deadline in early February. 1. Democrats had less leverage than many of them believed. 2. That weaker hand for Democrats was particularly true once Republicans Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake said they’d vote to keep the government open. 3. Democrats preserved their ability to do this again after...
  • Democrats caved on the shutdown, and they’re admitting it

    01/22/2018 11:56:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 82 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 22, 2018 | By Aaron Blake
    You don't need me to tell you that Democrats just caved when it comes to ending the government shutdown; even some of their leading senators are admitting it. Here's Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate: “I don’t believe he made any commitment whatsoever and I think it would be foolhardy to believe he made a commitment.” Cc: Democratic leadership. Here's another critic, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she’s “very disappointed” in deal because there’s no guarantee House will pass fix to help Dreamers.
  • The quietest endorsers of misogyny and white supremacy are the most dangerous [BARF]

    01/22/2018 11:47:10 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 22, 2018 | by David Dante Troutt
    For years, Harvey Weinstein’s and Donald Trump’s private audiences could be divided into two types of (often) men: his vocal supporters and his silent endorsers. The outspoken supporters — whether casual misogynists or white supremacists — are henchmen who helped take down women’s careers or allies in Congress who are themselves proponents of a white nationalist agenda. Most critics of both Weinstein and Trump consider this “base” group the real problem. For they are the fringe who have somehow become the norm. But the people who really sustain misogyny and white supremacy are the quiet endorsers. Because they have the...
  • Bernie Sanders: US would never recover from 'stain' of deporting 'Dreamers'

    01/22/2018 9:11:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 21, 2018 | BY MALLORY SHELBOURNE
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that the United States would never recover from the “stain” of deporting young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, who are often called "Dreamers." During a Sunday show interview, Sanders said their deportations would be “one of the ugliest stains” in American history. “If we allow Trump to get away with what he did, and that is repeal the executive order on DACA, and if these 800,000 people, young people, are subjected to deportation, this will be one of the ugliest stains in the history of the United States,” Sanders told CNN’s...
  • Report: Over 500 criminal 'dreamers' ordered deported are still in U.S.

    01/22/2018 9:07:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 22, 2018 | by Paul Bedard
    In the latest blow to the pure image portrayed by their supporters in Congress, newly released statistics show that over 500 illegals stripped of their “dreamer” status due to crime and gang charges remain on the streets. A new analysis of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics found that 2,127 individuals had their amnesty status terminated for criminal activity and/or gang activity as of November 22, 2017. Of those booted from the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival amnesty program, 562 were deported. But, said the analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies, a near equal amount — 535...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg shares her #MeToo moment, praises movement: ‘It’s about time’

    01/22/2018 8:19:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 22, 2018 | by ELIZABETH CHUCK
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg has never shied away from speaking out about gender inequality — even back when she was a college student and an instructor acted inappropriately with her, she revealed on Sunday. "It's about time. For so long women were silent, thinking there was nothing you could do about it, but now the law is on the side of women, or men, who encounter harassment, and that's a good thing," Ginsburg told NPR's Nina Totenberg. She then recalled a #MeToo moment of her own during the 1950s with a Cornell chemistry instructor from whom she had sought help before...
  • Switching to electric cars is key to fixing America's 'critically insufficient' climate policies

    01/22/2018 7:33:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 114 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 22, 2018 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    In order to meet its share of the carbon pollution cuts needed to achieve the 2°C Paris international climate target, America’s policies are rated as “critically insufficient” by the Climate Action Tracker. The Trump Administration has taken every possible step to undo the Obama Administration’s climate policies. In 2020, the next American president will have to make up the lost ground and come up with a plan to rapidly accelerate the country’s transition away from fossil fuels. Currently, transportation and power generation each account for about 30% of US greenhouse gas emissions, so those sectors represent the prime targets for...
  • U.S. federal workers worry about government shutdown

    01/22/2018 7:27:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 22, 2018 | by Chris Kenning
    Thousands of federal workers faced uncertainty about the status of their jobs and paychecks after U.S. Senate leaders failed to reach an agreement to end a government shutdown before the work week begins on Monday. “This is incredibly stressful,” said Jessica Klement, vice president at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, which represents more than 20,000 workers. “Essential employees must report to work without knowing when they’ll be paid next,” she said. “Non-essential employees will be forced to stay home without pay, not knowing if back pay will be provided.” Some employees may not have received notice of...
  • Fired FBI director James Comey to teach ethics at Virginia college

    01/20/2018 7:32:12 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2018 | Reuters Staff
    James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who was fired last year by U.S. President Donald Trump, will teach a course on ethical leadership at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, the school said on Friday. “Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly the truth,” Comey said in a statement released by the college, the country’s second oldest. Comey graduated from William & Mary in 1984 with a double major in chemistry and religion, and will teach for...
  • ANALYSIS: Trump had a rough 1st year. That’s where his similarity to Lincoln ends

    01/20/2018 7:13:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | January 20, 2018 | By COKIE ROBERTS
    It often looked like Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t survive his first year as president. The mere fact of his election so infuriated seven southern states that they seceded from the Union before he was sworn into office. Rumors of an assassination plot caused him to sneak ignominiously into Washington for his inauguration, disguised in a cap and cloak that for weeks became objects of derision by cartoonists. A horrible first year for one of the nation’s greatest presidents might serve as a source of inspiration for Donald Trump who’s had his own rocky start —except. Except just about everything. Lincoln constantly...
  • LA Times chief Ross Levinsohn on leave after claims of "frat-boy" conduct

    01/20/2018 7:04:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | January 19, 2018 | CBS/AP
    Los Angeles Times Publisher and Chief Executive Ross Levinsohn has been given an unpaid leave of absence amid allegations that he engaged in improper "frat-boy" behavior while working for other companies. National Public Radio reported the allegations of crude conduct and said Levinsohn was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits before he joined the Times as publisher in August. The story also said Levinsohn admitted to rating the physical attractiveness of female colleagues at a digital media company where he worked prior to joining the Los Angeles paper. Some Times employees had called for Levinsohn to be fired. News...
  • Trump’s second year starts with the government sputtering to a stop

    01/20/2018 6:35:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 20, 2018 | by JONATHAN ALLEN
    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump campaigned as the master deal-maker, a guy who could come to Washington, knock a few heads and get the government working again. But on the anniversary of his inauguration, America awoke to a government shutdown — a dramatic testament to dysfunction, partisan gridlock and failed leadership. There was a lot at stake: for the public, for House Republicans who fear losing their majority, for Senate Democrats whose incumbents will now have to defend their votes and the shutdown to constituents, and for Trump, whose approval ratings have languished below 40 percent. Rodell Mollineau, a Democratic strategist...
  • British tourists warned to 'stay in resorts' in Jamaica security emergency

    01/20/2018 6:28:53 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 20, 2018 | Staff
    British tourists are being warned they should stay inside their resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Jamaican government has declared a state of emergency in the St James parish, after a number of "shooting incidents". The Foreign Office has told British tourists to stay in the confines of their hotels as a "major military operation" takes place. About 200,000 British tourists visit Jamaica every year. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "[Tourists] should follow local advice including restrictions in selected areas, and exercise particular care if travelling at night. "[They] should stay in their resorts and limit travel beyond...
  • A government shutdown will interrupt critical climate change research

    01/20/2018 6:21:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Vox ^ | January 19, 2018 | By Umair Irfan
    What will happen to the federal government’s environmental protection work if Congress can’t pass a funding bill on time? Right now, it’s hard to say. [snip] Agencies conducting research on climate change will feel the effects of a shutdown. During the 17-day government shutdown in 2013, research on melting ice, rising seas, and global weather ground to a halt. Much of climate field research requires extensive careful planning, and research sites like the polar ice caps are only accessible at certain times of the year. Stopping work in these areas proved especially disruptive for data collection: It created gaps in...
  • Pancakes: In Battle of Maple Syrup Versus Climate Change, the Sweetener May Lose, Study Shows

    01/20/2018 6:12:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 20, 2018 | By Sydney Pereira
    Climate change could threaten breakfast. According to a new study, sugar maples that provide sap for syrup may not survive the hot and dry climate caused by global warming. Sugar maples in the northern hardwood forests across eastern North America are particularly drought-sensitive. As global temperatures rise, the lack of enough water could stunt their growth, a new, decades-long study found. The number of sugar maple trees will decrease, diminishing the amount of maple syrup available and eliminating the stunning colors of these forests during autumn. "This is probably the most striking species in these forests," Inés Ibáñez, forest ecology...
  • Monarch butterfly migration was off this year and researchers are worried

    01/20/2018 6:05:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2018 | By Joe Trezza
    Thanksgiving was right around the corner, and a sizable number of one of America’s most famous migrants could be seen still sputtering south. Not across the Texas-Mexico border, where most monarch butterflies should be by that time of year. These fluttered tardily through the migratory funnel that is Cape May, N.J., their iconic orange-and-black patterns splashing against the muted green of pines frosted by the season’s first chill. This delayed migration is not normal, and it alarmed monarch researchers across the country. Scientists fear that climate change is behind what they’re calling the latest monarch migration ev er recorded in...
  • Government shuts down as Trump feuds with Democrats

    01/20/2018 5:54:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2018 | by Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON - The world’s most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting America’s deep political divisions. For the first time since October 2013 - when a similar standoff that lasted 16 days kept only essential agency operations intact - federal workers were being told to stay at home or in some cases to work without pay until new funding is approved. The shutdown began a year to the day after Trump was sworn in as president. His inability to cut a deal...
  • Secret House Republican memo causes new rifts over Russia investigation

    01/19/2018 2:10:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 19, 2018 | by Chris Megerian
    Conservative Republicans are pushing to release a memo containing classified information about the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, sparking new controversy in a case that has already caused deep partisan rifts. The contents of the four-page memo, which was written by staff working with Rep. Devin Nunes have not been publicly revealed. But President Trump’s allies in Congress say that they are explosive. Democrats on the committee have dismissed the memo as a dishonest attempt to undermine the Russia investigation, and Rep. Jackie Speier called it a “pack of lies.” Rep. Matt Gaetz said the information...