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    WASHINGTON - Newly seated Justice Brett Kavanaugh spoke up Wednesday in defense of the Trump administration's view that legal immigrants with criminal records must be arrested and held for deportation, even years after they were convicted and completed their sentences.

    At issue is a federal law that calls for mandatory detention and possible deportation for "criminal aliens," including legal immigrants convicted of crimes ranging from violent felonies to simple drug possession. The law says the Homeland Security secretary "shall take into custody any alien" with a criminal record that could lead to deportation "when the alien is released."

    Inhumane and evil.

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    Of course Kavanaugh is going to agree with Trump's policies. He owes his seat on the Supreme Court to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    Of course Kavanaugh is going to agree with Trump's policies. He owes his seat on the Supreme Court to him.
    Yeah. It's not surprising. Meanwhile, deported parents are having their children adopted out to US families but something something both parties are just as bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastieRunner View Post
    I take back about 60% of the bad things I said about W.

    Trump is a stooge.
    These gentlemen would vehemently disagree:



    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    Of course Kavanaugh is going to agree with Trump's policies. He owes his seat on the Supreme Court to him.
    Bingo! Something everyone NOT in the Republican Party feared from jump street. Meanwhile....

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    Trump mocks the #MeToo movement at a rally, again

    President Donald Trump mocked the #MeToo movement again at his rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, citing the "rules of MeToo" as the reason he wasn't "allowed" to use an expression.

    When talking about winning the state in the 2016 presidential election Trump said, "Pennsylvania hasn't been won for many years by Republicans, but every Republican thinks they're going to win Pennsylvania. ... I used an expression -- you know, there's an expression but under the rules of MeToo I'm not allowed to use that expression anymore. I can't do it."

    "It's the person that got away," Trump continued. "See, in the old days, it was a little different," the President added, laughing as a rally attendee told him from the crowd to "do it anyway."

    "I would do it, except for these people up there," Trump said, pointing at the cameras and press at the rally. "They would say, did you hear what President Trump said?"

    He continued, "So there is an expression, but we'll change the expression: Pennsylvania was always the person who got away, that's pretty good, right, the person that got away?"

    It's another shot at the movement that began following the publication of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October 2017. The revelation of the allegations against the powerful Weinstein inspired many women to reveal their own stories of sexual assault, but Trump has recently taken shots at the #MeToo movement by expressing concern for men who are accused of sexual assault or harassment and saying, "Women are doing great."
    I for one would love to know what Melania thinks about her husband mocking #MeToo which, in turns, mocks women standing up to sexual abuse. But, she's too busy playing Bwana Colonialist over in Africa.

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    Ted Lieu, Democrat Fighting for Future of American West, on November Stakes

    California will play an outsized role in Democratic efforts to recapture the House in November. And the man accountable for delivering a blue wave in the Golden State — and across the West — is Rep. Ted Lieu, a rising star in the Democratic party.

    In a strategic shift for 2018, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee decentralized power from Washington D.C. — delegating authority to regional generals. Lieu, who represents Santa Monica in Congress, commands DCCC West. “We moved the entire western region out to California because there’s so many seats in California that Hillary won,” he says, referring to seven seats that Clinton carried in 2016, but which narrowly elected GOP Representatives.

    Lieu’s purview is broader than just California, including, he recites, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska, “and importantly, Guam. Can’t forget Guam.” (Guam has no congressional representation.)

    Anyone who follows Lieu on Twitter knows he has a dry sense of humor — but also a killer instinct. You can see it in Lieu’s management of congressional races: To keep Democrats candidates from getting shut out in California’s “jungle primary” system — in which the top two vote getters advance regardless of party — the DCCC deployed Rovian tactics, including sandbagging a star GOP candidate by running ads promoting an also-ran Republican rival — who later groused the DCCC had brought “tricks from the swamp in Washington to the shores of Orange County.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post

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    Trump mocks the #MeToo movement at a rally, again



    I for one would love to know what Melania thinks about her husband mocking #MeToo which, in turns, mocks women standing up to sexual abuse. But, she's too busy playing Bwana Colonialist over in Africa.

    I saw that...the word he's talking about is "gal". #MeToo is about sexual harrassment. Not policing old words. No one would care if he said "gal". And if he had a problem with cameras, why is he holding a public rally in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed2962 View Post
    I saw that...the word he's talking about is "gal". #MeToo is about sexual harrassment. Not policing old words. No one would care if he said "gal". And if he had a problem with cameras, why is he holding a public rally in the first place?

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    McConnell urges Dems not to investigate Trump after midterms

    Congress’ Republican majority has shown no interest in conducting oversight of Donald Trump’s presidency, despite its many scandals and controversies. GOP leaders realize that if Democrats gain any power at all on Capitol Hill after next month’s midterm elections, the White House will face the kind of scrutiny it’s been able to avoid for two years.

    And Republicans aren’t making much of an effort to hide their fears about the possible consequences.

    In May, for example, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) warned that Democrats might try to hold the president accountable, complete with hearings and subpoenas. In August, Axios published a list “that’s circulated through Republican circles,” which meticulously previewed “the investigations Democrats will likely launch if they flip the House.” It included, among other things, scrutiny of Trump’s tax returns.

    Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) added his voice to the chorus during a lengthy interview with Associated Press reporters. When a reporter asked about possible Democratic scrutiny of the president’s controversial finances, and whether that’s “a legitimate line of inquiry,” the GOP leader responded:

    “I think it’ll help the president get re-elected…. This business of presidential harassment may or may not quite be the winner they think it is.”

    It’s an important look into the Senate majority leader’s perspective. A fair amount of evidence recently emerged suggesting Trump committed tax fraud and spent much of his life benefiting from illegal handouts. If Congress were to explore the president’s alleged misdeeds, however, Mitch McConnell would characterize it as “harassment.”

    When another reporter at the same event asked if there’s anything that McConnell would consider a “legitimate” investigation into the Trump administration,” the senator didn’t answer directly, but he did say, “I do think as a matter of political tactics … it would not be smart.”

    Or put another way, as far as the Senate’s top Republican is concerned, the “smart” thing for lawmakers to do is to continue to look the other way when confronted with possible evidence of corruption.

    The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent explained yesterday, “The basic bargain Republicans have made with the president is that he will keep delivering them right-wing judges and signing bills slashing taxes on the rich and eviscerating the social safety net, so long as Republicans maintain fortress-like protection of Trump from oversight and accountability…. McConnell is once again confirming that if voters keep Republicans in charge of Congress, they’ll continue delivering on their side of this bargain.”

    Quite right. The amusing aspect to this, of course, is that McConnell isn’t just eager to maintain an accountability-free bubble around the White House, he’s also begun offering Democrats strategic advice on the matter – as if the Kentucky Republican has sincere concerns about what’s best for the opposition party.

    Oversight, McConnell said yesterday, will “help the president get re-elected.” It would “not be smart,” he added, for a Democratic-led chamber to exercise its oversight authority.
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    Another article I'm reading this morning

    Why are U.S. media companies partnering with a Saudi conference?

    he headline on a recent story in The Post confirms the enormity of the ongoing international crisis for Saudi Arabia: “Saudis are said to have lain in wait for Jamal Khashoggi.” The allegations chill one’s blood: On Oct. 2, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and hasn’t been seen since. Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a contributor to The Post, was killed inside the consulate. A “squad of men” flew into Istanbul that morning, The Post reported, and a 15-member crew departed the country later that day. “Saudi Arabia must immediately answer: Who were these 15 officials? What happened, precisely, inside the consulate?” The Post’s editorial board wrote.

    Meanwhile, several U.S. media outlets — Bloomberg, New York Times, CNBC, Fox Business Network and CNN — are listed as “media partners” in an investment conference in Saudi Arabia. The Future Investment Initiative (FII), which is in its second year, is slated to take place in Riyadh from Oct. 23-25. Per its website, the Future Investment Initiative is “powered” by the Public Investment Fund, established in 1971 by royal decree. It finances “key projects” and provides support for “projects of strategic importance to the national economy.”
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    Trump’s “Rule of the Mob” Panic

    Conservative supporters of Brett Kavanaugh have a new talking point: Those who fought against his nomination to the Supreme Court are nothing more than an angry “mob.”

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee members Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch all used the word in recent days to refer to peaceful protesters who organized to block Kavanaugh amid credible allegations of sexual assault against him. A vote for Kavanaugh, Grassley, the committee chair, said Friday, is a vote to “say no to mob rule.”

    President Trump, as so often, went further, using the term to tar the entire opposing party. “In their quest for power, the radical Democrats have turned into an angry mob,” he told a rally on Saturday in Kansas. “Republicans believe in the rule of law, not the rule of the mob.”

    It’s not hard to see the political strategy here: Ahead of the midterms, gin up fears among conservative voters about vengeful progressives hungering to send every white male who ever told a dirty joke to the guillotine. But the right’s sudden embrace of the “mob” epithet is much more dangerous than politics as usual.

    In fact, the fear of the mob reflects a strain of antidemocratic thinking that, since the Founding, has helped thwart efforts to ensure political equality among all Americans. It’s fitting that today it’s being reinserted into the public debate by a political movement that’s fighting across the board to restrict democracy and the First Amendment and to hold back majority rule.

    Many of the Founders openly expressed alarm about the prospect of extremist mob rule — which they often conflated with popular rule itself. “Democracies,” James Madison wrote in 1787, “have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention.” Alexander Hamilton, speaking at the Constitutional Convention the same year, pushed for a system that would resist radical change pushed by “the many,” and thereby “check the imprudence of democracy.” As the Heritage Foundation, the most powerful conservative think tank in Washington, has explained: “The Framers founded a republic [not a pure democracy] because they recognized that mob rule could be just as great a threat to liberty as the rule of a king.” No surprise, then, that the Constitution that emerged contained several antidemocratic features — the Electoral College, no right to vote — that continue to cause problems to this day.
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    In terms of corruption and dirty dealings, Trump tops Nixon a dozen times over, and yet Republicans are not only looking the other way, they're bending over backwards to protect Caramel Caligula as long as he gives them what they want----money and power. But if a Democrat was in the Oval Office and was accused of committing so much as a fraction of the sneaky shit Trump has done, those very same Republicans would be screaming bloody murder for impeachment 24/7. The GOP made Bill Clinton's ill-conceived and foolish dalliance with Monica Lewinsky look like high crimes and treason, and yet, Trump's endless grifting and fraud doesn't get so much as a rise out of those unscrupulous bastards. Hypocrisy, yo.
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    Pretty rich coming from McConnell. I doubt he would advocate for this were the positions be reversed and the GOP was the minority during the administration of a President that is a Democrat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    Pretty rich coming from McConnell. I doubt he would advocate for this were the positions be reversed and the GOP was the minority during the administration of a President that is a Democrat
    Not Advocate? He wouldn't even give warning, he'd just jump right in...'emails', 'Bengazi'

    If roles were reversed and *god forbid* Trump was a Democrat, they would investigate the incident with the toilet paper on his shoe.....nothing is above them if it brings down their opponents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    In terms of corruption and dirty dealings, Trump tops Nixon a dozen times over, and yet Republicans are not only looking the other way, they're bending over backwards to protect Caramel Caligula as long as he gives them what they want----money and power. But if a Democrat was in the Oval Office and was accused of committing so much as a fraction of the sneaky shit Trump has done, those very same Republicans would be screaming bloody murder for impeachment 24/7. The GOP made Bill Clinton's ill-conceived and foolish dalliance with Monica Lewinsky look like high crimes and treason, and yet, Trump's endless grifting and fraud doesn't get so much as a rise out of those unscrupulous bastards. Hypocrisy, yo.
    I need to strongly urge you to stop insulting caramel. Caramel is delicious flavor that is great on top of ice cream and is fantastic ingredient in other treats. In addition, I don’t think Caligula is too happy about this either. He’s been dead for awhile, let him rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KNIGHT OF THE LAKE View Post
    I need to strongly urge you to stop insulting caramel. Caramel is delicious flavor that is great on top of ice cream and is fantastic ingredient in other treats. In addition, I don’t think Caligula is too happy about this either. He’s been dead for awhile, let him rest.
    Also, Caligula was actually popular when he assumed the throne, until he got incredibly ill and was like a different person when he recovered. Giving him 2 things Trump will never have - a period of real popularity as a leader and a legitimate excuse for why he acted so terribly.

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