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CNN: Republican anger at Trump grows as Turkey launches 'sickening' attack on US allies
Washington (CNN)Turkey launched its military operation to flush Kurds allied with the US out of northeastern Syria Wednesday, sparking outrage in Congress and creating rare bipartisan unity about the risks to Kurds, US national security interests, regional stability and the fight against ISIS.

The attack has highlighted a rare Republican willingness to directly criticize President Donald Trump, who apparently gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the go-ahead on Sunday to proceed with his long-planned move against Kurdish fighters who make up part of the Syrian Defense Forces who had fought against ISIS with the US.

The White House announced that US troops would move out the way and would not support or be involved in the operation.

"News from Syria is sickening," Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking Republican in the House, tweeted Wednesday, echoing lawmakers across the spectrum. "Turkish troops preparing to invade Syria from the north, Russian-backed forces from the south, ISIS fighters attacking Raqqa. Impossible to understand why @realDonaldTrump is leaving America's allies to be slaughtered and enabling the return of ISIS."

 

 



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https://www.washingt...hairdo-last-ta/


The self-declared socialist, who regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway, spent nearly $300 on her hairdo at a pricey salon she frequents in downtown Washington, The Washington Times has learned.


Well, I don't blame her. If you are a member of Congress, looking good is important. One of the unfortunate facts of life: the more telegenic you are, the more people trust you and will vote for you.

About haircuts: I sometimes go to chain barber shops, like Supercuts, pay under $20, and sometimes it turns out really bad. The barbers are underpaid, and really not that qualified. Sometimes they don't pay close enough attention to how I tell them to cut it (once, the woman tried to cut my hair really short, like a buzz cut; I stopped her short; can't remember what she heard to think I wanted THAT); sometimes it turns out not very symmetrical; sometimes it just looks ugly -- so sense of style. And if I have them trim my beard, it never works out, if cut by a woman. Men know how annoying those long hairs left untouched can be, and are extra-careful about trimming them down; but women don't have that experience, so don't notice.

So, mostly I now try to get my hair cut at places that charge in the neighborhood of $70 per cut. You pay more, but it's worth it -- because those really know their stuff, and know how to make the cut look professional.

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The latest outrage from Glenn Greenwald:
 
https://mobile.twitt...309703562518528
 

Amazing: this new Fox poll shows the groups that most trust the CIA - THE CIA! - are liberals, Democrats & Clinton voters. 77% of Dems trust the CIA; only 22% don't. 64% of liberals trust CIA; 22% don't. This is the enduring sickness of Russiagate/MSNBC:


Those numbers rise and fall with the tines.

If you did a word-cloud to express how he, Taibbi, Max Blumenthal and others view the CIA, it would include: killers, liars, coups, war, torture, WMD, Russiagate, and so on.

But, like any large organization, it looks different from a more granular level of detail. People love to blame Greenwald for hypocrisy, for instance, when The Intercept publishes something at variance with his tweets or his own Intercept pieces; and he rightly verbally rebukes them (usually very nastily), by saying that he isn't the Intercept, and that there are other writers with other opinions. Likewise, an organization like the CIA has many different types of people, with many different opinions and actions. Valerie Plame is one example that doesn't fit in the word cloud of the far-Left.

The same is true of other U.S. government organizations like the NSA. I've known lots of people who went to work for the government, who would not so neatly fit in the far-Left word cloud. Most were math geeks who just wanted a job; some thought they could use their analytical skills to combat terrorism. And I can't imagine any of them doing the kinds of things that you see in the press -- like torture and attempting to subvert foreign countries for evil and petty reasons.

I think evil probably mostly comes from political appointees in these agencies; but I could be wrong.

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Texas Judge rules against Trump on his border wall
https://lawprofessor...new-ruling.html


EL PASO, TX - Today, a Texas federal court ruled that President Trump’s proclamation of a national emergency along the Southern border violated federal law. The court declared that the president’s proclamation is invalid because it illegally sought to override Congress’s decision to not fund further border wall construction. The court invited the plaintiffs, El Paso County, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Right to propose terms for an injunction that would prevent the government from using funds to build border barriers that Congress specifically refused to authorize.

This lawsuit, which is unrelated to one brought in California challenging the president’s shuffling of Department of Defense funding streams to pay for his border wall, was brought on behalf of El Paso County, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights—an El Paso-based nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the participation of marginalized border communities and defending human and civil rights.

 

 


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Kevin McAleenan Is Out as Acting Homeland Security Secretary

Source: NYT

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Maggie Haberman and Michael D. Shear
Oct. 11, 2019, 7:49 p.m. ET



WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Friday the departure of Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security who spent his six-month tenure trying to curb a surge of asylum seekers at the southwestern border while managing a turbulent relationship with a president intent on restricting immigration.

Mr. McAleenan’s exit from the White House came after he tried publicly to embrace the president's increasingly aggressive assault on legal and illegal immigration even as he privately resisted some of Mr. Trump’s most extreme ideas.

In an interview last week with The Washington Post, Mr. McAleenan complained about what he called the “tone, the message, the public face and approach” of immigration policy — a not-so-subtle reproach of the president’s own language about the border.

The comments enraged some of the president’s staunch allies, who called it an unforgivable public statement about his boss.

 


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Questions swirl after ABC airs video from Kentucky gun range, labeled as Syria

https://www.cnn.com/...ideo/index.html

At least when U.S. media makes an error like this, they get caught (by someone) and feel embarrassed, and immediately retract and/or someone gets fired.

The far-Left, including Taibbi, Greenwald, etc. would probably point out that it's a common occurrence, and the mistakes are intentional. For example, concerning the use of "anonymous sources" and passing off what they said as the truth. The problem with this theory, though, is that most articles are careful to say things like, "an anonymous source with access to the White House states that"; and are careful to repeat that all they've got are anonymous sources.

This now presents a problem, as the far-Left believe that the public interpret "anonymous sources" as truth; that they can't think for themselves, and won't ask to see the "original sources" when something is quoted. Either "the people" are wise, and make good decisions, on average, or they aren't. If you assume they aren't, then you will have a cynical attitude towards democracy. That is what the far-Left believes -- that the people need to be coddled.

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America's National Parks could be one week away from handing campgrounds over to private companies
 
October 12, 2019
 
A reminder—if the hundreds of thousands of people now fleeing for their lives in Syria had not already made it clear—that even as he slides toward the gulf of impeachment, Donald Trump is still doing his best to destroy everything good on his way down. That includes continuing his efforts to gift every square inch of public land to someone who dropped seven figures or more into one of his slush funds. And as Yahoo News reports, that includes an ongoing scheme to turn the National Park system, also known as “America’s best idea,” into a series of greasy theme parks.
 
On September 24, the Department of the Interior’s skull-achingly named “Subcommittee on Recreation Enhancement” (SORE) produced the latest missive in its plan to flood parks with the requisite number of four-wheelers, roller coasters, and pancake pantries. This particular plan would call for selling off the 130 campgrounds operated by the Park Service to private companies who would provide more “services.” In the form of four-wheelers, pancakes, etc. And they have a great approach. They intend to start with the parks that are most pristine, most unspoiled, most like the genuine preserves of natural beauty they were created to be. Or, as SORE would have it, the parks “with low levels of visitor services.”
 
 
 
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Far-Leftist Glenn Greenwald surprised me, as he retweeted this:
 
https://mobile.twitt...087102838988801
 

The
@NBA
had a tough week?

The million+ Uyghurs Communist China has in re-education camps had a tough week. The people of HK fighting for human rights & autonomy had a tough week.

You’re right,
@KingJames
. People need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others.


I was expecting him to ignore the issue, or side with China -- unlike the scold-treatment last week the far-Left directed at Ellen.

Lebron is just an entertainer and Ellen is just an entertainer. People need to stop taking entertainers so seriously.

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'South Park' Scrubbed From Chinese Internet After Critical Episode:

https://www.hollywoo...episode-1245783

 

'Apology' to China from Trey Parker and Matt Stone:

 

https://twitter.com/...273539799736320

 

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Toxic levels of lead, arsenic and other heavy metals found in baby food!
 

Tests of 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the US found 95% contained lead, 73% contained arsenic, 75% contained cadmium and 32% contained mercury. One fourth of the foods contained all four heavy metals.

 


[link:https://www.cnn.com/...ness/index.html|



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Trump: "Still too much regulation from Big Government -- for every heavy metal removed, we are going to add two."



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far-Leftist Aaron Mate tweets:

https://mobile.twitt...302534845583361
 

I'm hoping those who rightly denounce Trump's vile attacks on Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib & other WOC but who tolerate, or even applaud, HRC's vile attacks on Tulsi Gabbard will think about this point.


For once, I agree with him. It's stupid to accuse Gabbard of being a Russian asset without evidence. And it seems pretty clear she doesn't need much coaching from Putin. She just happens to have bought into the far-Left rhetoric, that happens to coincide with Russia's interests (anti-imperialist means anti-US-interests, which is what Russia is after).

Gabbard's attacks on Kamela Harris were great. Her sloppy and dumb Syria material, not so much.

I view Gabbard as being like Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films and books:

https://harrypotter....i/Luna_Lovegood
 

During her years at Hogwarts, she was often teased by many of the other students due to her strange behaviour and odd beliefs. Some time during her early years at Hogwarts students had also taken to calling her "Loony Lovegood".


At the same time, Gabbard's -- and others' on the far-Left -- attack on Clinton were uncalled for and false. Clinton is not a monster.

What, because she voted for the Iraq war? Lots of people did that, and believed what the Bush administration told them.

That she accepted campaign contributions from Wall Street? Again, that's how the political system operates. She didn't invent it; and is no different from Nancy Pelosi, say. Bernie is one of the few candidates who can operate without it; but that's rare.

Virtually everything else she did is not that bad, when you consider the context and her options.

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Federal Judge Declares GOP ‘Poll Tax’ Unconstitutional, Says State Can’t Restrict Right to Vote Based on Ability to Pay

by Colin Kalmbacher | 11:16 am, October 19th, 2019

https://lawandcrime....ability-to-pay/

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A federal court in Florida has ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny individuals with prior felony convictions the right to vote based on their inability to pay fees and fines. Friday’s decision restores the right to vote for plaintiffs who otherwise would be eligible to vote in Florida but who simply cannot afford to pay off their outstanding fines, fees and restitution.

The 55-page opinion by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle is a victory for voting rights advocates and Civil Rights advocates who argued that Florida Republicans had essentially re-instituted a poll tax on the right to vote in the Sunshine State.

The mood among pro-democracy advocates was jubilant just after the 2018 midterm elections when Florida’s electorate overwhelmingly chose to allow formerly incarcerated individuals their right to vote. Some 65 percent of Floridians voted in favor of re-extending the franchise. The passage of Amendment 4 would have allowed 1.5 million previously disenfranchised Floridians the right to vote.

In sum, the popular measure affected roughly seven percent of Florida’s entire population–but disproportionately impacted the state’s African-American community for the better. Under the prior, 150-year-old system of disenfranchisement, nearly 20 percent of Florida’s black population was denied the right to vote.

 



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Trump tweets that his Doral golf resort in Miami will no longer host next year's G-7 summit after cr

Source: Washington Post


Trump tweets that his Doral golf resort in Miami will no longer host next year’s G-7 summit after criticism

President Trump’s decision to award the Group of Seven summit of world leaders to his own struggling Florida resort brought a flood of pushback from Democrats and members of his own party.

Other U.S. sites will be considered, including Camp David, Trump tweeted.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.

 



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Scientific integrity bill advances in U.S. House with bipartisan support

 

https://www.sciencem...artisan-support

 

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(Science) Despite their failure to attract a single Republican co-sponsor, Democrats in Congress have long insisted that a bill to strengthen scientific integrity across U.S. government agencies takes a bipartisan stance and is not a veiled attack on the Trump administration’s attitude toward science. That claim of bipartisanship took a big step forward today as the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives tweaked the bill to satisfy key Republicans on the panel.

 

By a vote of 25 to six, the committee voted to advance the legislation (H.R. 1709), which would require some two dozen federal research agencies to develop and follow clear principles designed to protect scientists and the research they carry out from political influence. Several agencies have adopted such policies following a 2010 executive order from then-President Barack Obama. The bill, if enacted, would transform that presidential directive into a law that would also require training on the topic and direct agencies on how to monitor any alleged violations.

 

Nobody opposes the idea of allowing federal scientists to pursue important research, publish the results, and discuss their findings at scientific conferences and with the public. But politics enters into the equation when defending scientific integrity is seen as interfering with the legitimate right of any administration to carry out its policies.


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls


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2019 deficit nears $1 trillion, highest since 2012: Treasury
 
The federal deficit for fiscal 2019 reached close to $1 trillion for the first time since 2012, according to final Treasury Department figures released Friday.

In the final accounting, the deficit came in at $984 billion, more than $200 billion higher than last year and the same figure the Congressional Budget Office projected earlier in the month.

The deficit, which is projected to grow in 2020, has only surpassed $1 trillion four times in the nation's history, during the four-year stretch following the 2008 global financial crisis.

While President Trump as a candidate had promised to wipe out the nation's debt altogether, it now stands above $22 trillion. The annual deficit, which adds to the nation's overall debt burden, was $587 billion in the last full fiscal year before Trump took office.

 



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Federal Reserve cuts rates again amid trade and growth fears

The US central bank has cut interest rates again, hoping to shield the economy from the impact of trade wars and a global slowdown.

The Federal Reserve lowered the target for its benchmark rate by a quarter point, to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%. The move was the third cut in four months.

The decision comes as US economic growth slowed to an annual rate of 1.9% in the most recent quarter.

 

https://www.bbc.co.u...siness-50225030



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A new study reveals that Trump’s tax cuts for the rich provided no positive impact on jobs in the United States.

BY JASON EASLEY

Study Shows Trump’s Tax Cut For The Rich Had No Positive Impact On Jobs

https://www.politicu...-cuts-jobs.html

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In a post for the Columbia Law School blog, the authors of a study titled Corporate Behavior and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act summed up their findings that Trump’s tax cuts did not create jobs:

Our analysis examined how the change in effective tax rate affected measurable corporate behavior, as reported in the first set of post-TCJA 10-K filings, which covered the 2018 corporate fiscal year. We considered the top 100 companies in the S&P 500, excluding financial companies and firms that had not filed 2018 annual results at the time of the study. To represent the period before the passage of the TCJA, we considered the change in both the effective tax rate from 2017 to 2018 and the effective tax rate calculated as an average from 2015, 2016, and 2017 to 2018. We then compared these changes with several dependent variables to determine the effect, if any, on corporate behavior. The 12 dependent variables against which the change in effective tax rate were tested are (1) number of employees; (2) dividends paid; (3) capital expenditures; (4) cash flow from operations; (5) market value; (6) capital expenditure ratio; (7) research and development ratio; (8) EBIT; (9) EBITDA; (10) total executive compensation; (11) CEO compensation; and (12) total value of shares repurchased.

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Our analysis reveals that few corporate behaviors were significantly affected by change in effective tax rate. This includes two specific corporate behaviors – number of employees and capital expenditure ratio – which TCJA proponents indicated would change due to decreased corporate tax rates. The only dependent variables showing any statistical significance were CEO compensation, using the single base year of 2017, and total value of shares repurchased, using the 2015-2017 average. This implies that the decrease in effective corporate tax rate bears little if any relationship to the indicia predicted by the law’s proponents, but may bear some relationship to both increased CEO compensation and total value of shares repurchased.

 



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A new study reveals that Trump’s tax cuts for the rich provided no positive impact on jobs in the United States.

Surprise!

 

Trickle down economics: No matter how much is spent marketing the idea, it still isn't real!



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Trump says Homeland Security official Chad Wolf will be new acting DHS secretary

Source: Reuters



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chad Wolf, a little-known policy staffer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will be the agency’s new acting secretary, said President Donald Trump, whose hard-line immigration policies are spearheaded by the DHS.

There have been a spate of departures at the DHS in recent months that have depleted its leadership ranks. The vacancies left the Trump administration with no confirmed successor to outgoing acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, whose resignation was announced last month.

“I put in a very good man who’s highly respected, and he’s acting right now. We’ll see where that goes,” Trump said in remarks to reporters at the White House on Friday when asked if Wolf would be the next DHS secretary.

A DHS spokeswoman said on Friday evening that McAleenan remained acting secretary and that Wolf continued in his role as acting undersecretary for policy.

 


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