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Caltrek:

I suppose proves that Democrats are human too.  This is small comfort to women who must put up with this nonsense. 

Bill Clinton is surely the most prominent proof that democrats can be just as guilty of this sort of thing.



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Here is another story that belongs in my Future of the Wurfs thread.  Especially the headline.  Unbelievable and funny.

 

Roy Moore's wife: Trump should thank us for taking the focus off of Russia

 

http://thehill.com/h...s-off-of-russia

 

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(The Hill) Kayla Moore, the wife of embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, said at an emotional press conference on Friday that President Trump owes a debt of gratitude to her and her husband for absorbing a barrage of attacks from the press and politicians in Washington.

 

Surrounded by women who support Roy Moore for Senate, Kayla Moore ripped the news media and the Washington "establishment” and argued that the people attacking her husband over allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers are the same people who tried to undermine Trump’s outsider campaign.

“I personally think [Trump] owes us a thank you,” Moore said. “Have you noticed you are not hearing too much about Russia? To the president I would say, 'now is a good time to get things done in Congress.'”
 

The White House has tried to walk a fine line with Roy Moore, who has been accused of pursuing relationships with teenage girls and initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old while he was in his 30s and working as a district attorney in the early 1980s. A woman also came forward this week to accuse Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.

The Republican National Committee has abandoned Moore, and GOP leaders in Congress are calling on him to drop out of the race. But the White House has stopped short of calling on Moore to leave the race.

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Alabama media company to Roy Moore: Go ahead, sue us wed love to air your dirty laundry in court
Source: Raw Story

DAVID FERGUSON
19 NOV 2017 AT 18:12 ET

 

Alabama Media Group (AMG) — which operates three newspapers and the AL.com website — came out swinging against a lawsuit threat from ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore by rejecting a cease and desist order and all but daring the U.S. Senate candidate and accused child sex predator to sue them.

The Washington Post said Sunday night that Alabama Media Group (AMG) is rejecting a cease and desist letter from Moore and his attorneys.

“You have accused AL.com of making ‘false reports and/or careless reporting’ about multiple subjects related to your clients,” said a letter from AMG’s attorney John Thompson of Lightfoot Franklin White LLC. “Your letter demands that AL.com retract and recant its prior stories and that it ‘cease and desist’ from any further reporting about your clients.”

“AL.com hereby rejects your demand,” the letter said. “You have not explained how anything that AL.com has reported is untrue, inaccurate or erroneous, nor do you provide any support for your position.

 

Read more: https://www.rawstory...undry-in-court/


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Franken spokesman: Senator won't resign, doing a lot of 'reflecting'
Source: The Hill

 


BY BRETT SAMUELS - 11/19/17 11:43 AM EST

A spokesman for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said the senator would not resign in the wake of an accusation he kissed and groped a woman without her consent, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Sunday.

“He is spending time with his family in Washington, D.C., and will be through the Thanksgiving holiday, and he’s doing a lot of reflecting,” the spokesperson told the newspaper.

Leeann Tweeden, a broadcaster in Los Angeles, published a story on Friday alleging that Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006. Franken had not yet entered politics at the time, and was working as a comedian.

 

 

Read more: http://thehill.com/h...t-of-reflecting

 

Good for Franklin. It was a spoof and the damn women agreed to it going in so I don't understand the big deal.


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FORBES: GOP Tax Bill Is The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington
 

. . . If it's enacted, the GOP tax cut now working its way through Congress will be the start of a decades-long economic policy disaster unlike any other that has occurred in American history.

There's no economic justification whatsoever for a tax cut at this time. U.S. GDP is growing, unemployment is close to 4 percent (below what is commonly considered "full employment", corporate profits are at record levels and stock markets are soaring. It makes no sense to add any federal government-induced stimulus to all this private sector-caused economic activity, let alone a tax cut as big as this one.


This is actually the ideal time for Washington to be doing the opposite. But by damning the economic torpedoes and moving full-speed ahead, House and Senate Republicans and the Trump White House are setting up the U.S. for the modern-day analog of the inflation-producing guns-and-butter economic policy of the Vietnam era. The GOP tax bill will increase the federal deficit by $2 trillion or more over the next decade (the official estimates of $1.5 trillion hide the real amount with a witches brew of gimmicks and outright lies) that, unless all the rules have changed, is virtually certain to result in inflation and much higher interest rates than would otherwise occur.

The GOP's insanity is compounded by its moving ahead without having any idea of what this policy will actually do to the economy. The debates in the Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees and on the House floor all took place before the Congressional Budget Office's analysis and, if it really exists, the constantly-promised-but-never-seen report from the Treasury on the economics of this tax bill. . . .

 

https://www.forbes.c...n/#4a2f709977ef


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Yellen Resigns From Federal Reserve Board of Governors

 

https://www.courthou...d-of-governors/

 

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(Courthouse News) – Outgoing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Monday submitted her resignation from the Federal Reserve board to President Donald Trump, announcing that she will leave the board when her successor is sworn in as Fed chairman.

 

Yellen, 71, was appointed to the board by President Barack Obama for a term ending on Jan. 31, 2024. Her term as chair expires on Feb, 3, 2018.

 

President Trump settled on Powell after a selection process seen as the most public in the Fed’s 104-year history.  The White House said he considered re-nominating Yellen, the first woman to lead the central bank, for a second four-year term, but in the end, he opted for Powell, a Republican, over Yellen, a Democrat.

 

The Senate Banking Committee has scheduled its confirmation hearing for Powell’s nomination for Nov. 28.  He is widely seen as a safe choice, and he has been a solid supporter of Yellen’s policies.

 

Because of that, it was initially unclear if Yellen would leave or stay on to complete her term on the board.

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen listens to introductions as she is awarded the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)


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It is good to see that there are people in Alabama willing to stand up against Roy Moore and his bullying ways.

 

Roy Moore's Preposterous Threat Against an Alabama News Publisher Backfires Spectacularly
 

https://www.alternet...isher-backfires

 

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(Alternet) Embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexually assaulting minors, sent a cease-and-desist to Alabama Media Group (AMG) over AL.com's allegedly defamatory coverage of him.

 

AL.com, which endorsed Moore's Democratic opponent Doug Jones, was ready with a blistering response: "AL.com hereby rejects your demand.”

 

A lawyer for AMG wrote that not only would it continue publishing stories about Roy Moore, but Moore's poor image is "self-inflicted" and any litigation brought by Moore & Co. would result in "important information" being revealed about its clients.

 

The letter told Moore's company to maintain available records of "Mr. Moore's history of romantic relationships or physical encounters (whether consensual or not)." 

 

In plain English, AMG told Moore his attacks are meaningless because AMG isn't breaking the law and stands ready to embarrass him in court by forcing him to provide further details about his personal history.

 


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A guy who thinks competitive elections are bad for America might be picked as head of US Census
The 2020 count might be put in the hands of an inexperienced professor who wrote that 'Competitive Elections are Bad for America.'
By DANNY VINIK and ANDREW RESTUCCIA 11/21/2017 05:06 AM EST

 

The Trump administration is leaning toward naming Thomas Brunell, a Texas professor with no government experience, to the top operational job at the U.S. Census Bureau, according to two people who have been briefed on the Bureau’s plans.

Brunell, a political science professor, has testified more than half a dozen times on behalf of Republican efforts to redraw congressional districts, and is the author of a 2008 book titled “Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America.”

The fate of the Census under Trump has been closely watched by voting-rights advocates worried that the administration — which has already made unsupported claims about voter fraud — might nudge it in directions that over- or under-count some Americans. Subtle bureaucratic choices in the wording and administration of the Census can have huge consequences for who is counted, and how it shifts American voting districts.

The pick would break with the long-standing precedent of choosing a nonpolitical government official as deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau. The job has typically been held by a career civil servant with a background in statistics. It does not require Senate confirmation, so Congress would have no power to block the hire.

 

https://www.politico...es-alarm-252571

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"...on current trends, it would take 200 years to ensure that everyone receives $5 a day.

By this point, average per capita income will have reached $1m a year, and the economy

will be 175 times bigger than it is today."

 

https://www.theguard...g-planet-growth

 



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Republicans Are Sneaking Right-Wing Social Policies Into Their Corporate Tax Cut

Fetuses and undocumented kids are targeted in the GOP tax bill.
NOAH LANARDNOV. 24, 2017 6:00 AM
 

Fetuses don’t file 1040s in April, but they still appear in both Republican tax bills. The reason is simple: giving corporations a massive tax cut is great; doing that while advancing the culture war is even better.

“Unborn children” are not the only ones who are singled out in one, or both, of the House and Senate tax bills. Tucked in amid changes to tax rates are provisions that target undocumented immigrants, preachers, and graduate students. It doesn’t take too much familiarity with Republicans’ priorities to guess whether each of those groups wins or loses.

Overall, the provisions are largely incidental to saving or spending money in the Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax cut, though they do manage to add significant complexity to the tax code. Taken together, the changes show how Republicans are using tax reform to push through long-standing priorities that would be difficult to pass as standalone bills. Below is how four groups would be helped or hurt by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

 

http://www.motherjon...porate-tax-cut/

 

The party of you do as i say or I'll throw you in prison is yet again being idiots.


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In final act, Cordray blocks Trump from naming his successor at consumer protection bureau
Source: Politico

 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray on Friday appointed the agency’s chief of staff, Leandra English, as the CFPB’s deputy director, establishing her as his successor when he steps down at the end of the day.

The move appears designed to thwart any move by President Donald Trump to name another temporary official to head the controversial agency. Trump has been reported to be considering White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for the role.

The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which created the CFPB, explicitly says the consumer bureau’s deputy director shall “serve as acting Director in the absence or unavailability of the Director.”

Trump will likely now have to nominate someone who must be confirmed by the Senate before he can oust English.

 

 

Read more: https://www.politico...-english-259612


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Bitcoin leaves skeptics behind as it blasts to record $10,000

Bitcoin surpassed $10,000 for the first time this week, bringing this year’s price surge to more than 10-fold even as warnings multiply that the largest digital currency is an asset bubble.

The euphoria is bringing to the mainstream what was once considered the providence of computer developers, futurists and libertarians seeking to create an alternative to central bank-controlled monetary systems. While the actual volume of transactions conducted in cryptocurrencies is relatively small, the optimism surrounding the technology continues to drive it to new highs.

Bitcoin has risen by more than 50 percent since October alone, taking off after developers agreed to cancel a technology update that threatened to split the digital currency. Even as analysts disagree on whether the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization is truly an asset, its $167 billion value already exceeds that of about 95 percent of the S&P 500 Index members.

“This is a bubble and there is a lot of froth. This is going to be the biggest bubble of our lifetimes,” hedge-fund manager Mike Novogratz said at a cryptocurrency conference Tuesday in New York. Novogratz, who says he began investing in bitcoin when it was at $90, is starting a $500 million fund because of the potential for the technology to eventually transform financial markets.

 

Read more: https://www.seattlet...o-record-10000/


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Bitcoin leaves skeptics behind as it blasts to record $10,000

Bitcoin surpassed $10,000 for the first time this week, bringing this year’s price surge to more than 10-fold even as warnings multiply that the largest digital currency is an asset bubble.

The euphoria is bringing to the mainstream what was once considered the providence of computer developers, futurists and libertarians seeking to create an alternative to central bank-controlled monetary systems. While the actual volume of transactions conducted in cryptocurrencies is relatively small, the optimism surrounding the technology continues to drive it to new highs.

Bitcoin has risen by more than 50 percent since October alone, taking off after developers agreed to cancel a technology update that threatened to split the digital currency. Even as analysts disagree on whether the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization is truly an asset, its $167 billion value already exceeds that of about 95 percent of the S&P 500 Index members.

“This is a bubble and there is a lot of froth. This is going to be the biggest bubble of our lifetimes,” hedge-fund manager Mike Novogratz said at a cryptocurrency conference Tuesday in New York. Novogratz, who says he began investing in bitcoin when it was at $90, is starting a $500 million fund because of the potential for the technology to eventually transform financial markets.

 

Read more: https://www.seattlet...o-record-10000/

 

I'd concur that it is probably a bubble. You know what they say: buy low, sell high. I'd argue that when it starts receiving mainstream publicity and your average joe sixpack is getting in on it, is when it is likely at it's peak.


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US tax bill: Democrats attack exemption for college linked to Betsy DeVos
Source: The Guardian

US tax bill: Democrats attack exemption for college linked to Betsy DeVos

Education secretary and her brother are alumni of Hillsdale College, which is being exempted from an excise because it refuses federal funding

Lauren Gambino
Saturday 2 December 2017 03.56 GMT

Democrats are attacking a proposed amendment to the Republican tax plan that would carve out an exception to a small Christian college in southern Michigan with ties to education secretary Betsy DeVos.

In a tense exchange with Democrats on the Senate floor, Pennsylvania Republican senator Pat Toomey defended the provision, which would exempt Hillsdale College from an excise tax on universities and colleges with large endowments.

“I do understand that my colleagues on the far left do not have fond opinion of Hillsdale – but I do,” Toomey said. “I actually think it’s a wonderful institution.” He added that the university saves taxpayers a “tremendous amount of money” by refusing federal aid.

“We don’t have a fond opinion of discrimination and of giving a tax provision for just one college that happens to be funded by one of the wealthiest families in America because they happen to be a Republican donor,” senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, shot back.

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Read more: https://www.theguard...-to-betsy-devos

 

wow, this is fucking stupid


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Senate passes the Republican tax cut scam that will pilfer the middle-class (VIDEO)

The Senate in a marathon session effected one of the most massive thefts on the middle-class and the poor. The tax cut scam is at least a $1.5 trillion transfer of wealth from the masses to a wealthy few. But we can still stymie it as it goes into the conference between the Senate and the House.

Republicans continue to lie in Press Conference after passing tax cut scam

 

https://egbertowilli...n-tax-cut-scam/

 

Down with the republican party! It sucks


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CNN: Trump judicial picks lack decades-long diversity drive
Trump voters got what they wanted. It was not health care or benefits or even employment. It was a white male America.http://www.cnn.com/2...race/index.html

 

    Overall, Trump judicial candidates so far are whiter and more consistently male than past presidents' choices.

    Only 8% of Trump's nominees are not white to this point, the lowest share for a president in three decades. It's less than a quarter of Barack Obama's 36% nonwhite appointees, and less than the 22% of George W. Bush's, 24% of Bill Clinton's and 10% of George H.W. Bush's. Only 7% of Ronald Reagan's appointees were nonwhite. Trump has nominated fewer blacks and Hispanics than Reagan but he has named three Asian-Americans, which raises his percentage of racial minorities to slightly higher than Reagan's record.

    Nineteen percent of Trump's nominees are women so far, less than half of Obama's 42% women appointees. It's also less than the 22% for George W. Bush and 28% for Clinton. George H.W. Bush's appointees were 19% women, and Reagan appointees 8%.

    Trump's choices have drawn more "not qualified" ratings from the American Bar Association than appointees of past presidents. A full 8% of Trump's candidates have been rated not-qualified, compared with either 1% or 0% going back to the early 1960s.

 


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The GOP Plan Is the Biggest Tax Increase in American History, By Far

The tax bill moving its way through Congress is routinely referred to as a $1.5 trillion tax cut. And, in some ways, that’s true: on net, it would reduce the amount of taxes collected by the federal treasury by about $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

But that figure masks the eye-popping scale and audacity of the GOP’s rushed restructuring of the economy. Most immediately, the plan will take a large chunk out of state and local revenue that isn’t factored into that total. But more broadly, the bill cuts taxes by a full $6 trillion over a decade.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Friday afternoon Senate Republicans have the votes to pass the plan, which gets referred to as only a $1.5 trillion cut because it raises $4.5 trillion in taxes elsewhere. But the key question is who gets a tax hike and who gets a tax cut. Put simply, the bulk of the tax cut is going toward the rich, while the tax increases go to everybody else.

And so the bill, properly described, is two things: the largest tax cut — and also the biggest tax increase — in American history.

 

https://theintercept...history-by-far/


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Proposed rule would protect employers who steal workers hard-earned tips

By Heidi Shierholz • December 4, 2017

 

Today the Trump administration took their first major step towards allowing employers to legally take tips earned by the workers they employ.

The Department of Labor released a proposed rule rescinding portions of its tip regulations, including current restrictions on “tip pooling”—which would mean that, for example, restaurants would be able to pool the tips servers receive and share them with untipped employees such as cooks and dishwashers.

But, crucially, the rule doesn’t actually require that employers distribute pooled tips to workers. Under the administration’s proposed rule, as long as the tipped workers earn minimum wage, the employer can legally pocket those tips.

And what we know for sure is that, often, they will do just that. Recent research suggests that the total wages stolen from workers due to minimum wage violations exceeds $15 billion each year, and workers in restaurants and bars are much more likely to suffer minimum wage violations than workers in other industries. With that much illegal wage theft currently taking place, it seems obvious that when employers can legally pocket the tips earned by their employees, many will do so.

 

http://www.epi.org/p...rd-earned-tips/


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GOP bill would eliminate student loan forgiveness for public service
Source: The Hill
BY JACQUELINE THOMSEN - 12/04/17 03:55 PM EST

 

A bill from House Republicans would end a program that forgives student loans for graduates who enter public service, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The GOP bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) on Friday, would eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which erases student debt for those who work for qualifying employers after making payments for 10 years.

The qualifying employers include government organizations and nonprofits, according to the federal student aid website. Those who volunteer for the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps are also eligible.

The Department of Education proposed eliminating the debt forgiveness program in its budget earlier this year.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has overseen the elimination or rescinding of several guidances or programs within her department.

 

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Daily Kos-endorsed Democrat Jen Jordan wins special election for GOP-held #GASD06, officially breaking Republican supermajority in state Senate! https://www.dailykos...e-supermajority


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