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Chelsea Clinton gets award, everyone completely goes apeshit

https://twitter.com/Max_Fisher/status/844641993246552064

Remember when this country used to give a shit about e-mails?

Exxon says it lost emails from Tillerson’s alias account


Exxon Mobil admitted in Manhattan Supreme Court Wednesday that it lost a year’s worth of emails from the alias account used by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he was the company’s CEO. Tillerson — whose middle name is Wayne and went by the alias “Wayne Tracker” in the sensitive emails to company board members — is among those being investigated by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly deceiving investors about Exxon’s XOM, -0.07% scientific research on climate-change impact.

Exxon lawyers blamed the email loss on computer issues, but state senior enforcement counsel John Oleske called Exxon’s revelation a “bombshell.” Tillerson sent the emails between 2008 and 2015. Although Exxon lawyers admit initially being unable to recover the “Wayne Tracker” emails from September 5, 2014 to September 16, 2015, they claimed in a court filing that nine-months-worth of the lost emails have subsequently been recovered.

Judge Barry Ostrager ordered Exxon to deliver sworn statements and records from its staffers responsible for monitoring the “Wayne Tracker” emails, so state investigators could determine how they were lost.

He suggested both sides try to work out their differences about the missing emails, but also ordered the energy giant to comply by March 31 with Schneiderman’s 16-month old subpoena for records.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/exxon-says-it-lost-emails-from-tillersons-alias-account-2017-03-22

Your secretary of state, ladies and gentlemen:

https://twitter.com/JesseLehrich/status/844373099814555648

"Anti-Establishment" is Just Code for Irresponsible for Governing

Donald Trump is struggling a bit with the governing thing. Quick exits for high level staffers like his National Security Adviser, having his executive orders knocked down as unconstitutional in the courts and even having his health care law panned on all sides of the political spectrum, Trump has a track record now of being ineffective at governing in the way he promised to do so during his campaign. This should not shock anyone- he ran his entire campaign on knocking the way we govern our country. Clearly his style and ideas weren’t going to work within the government that actually exists.

You see it from the “DemExit” crowd- calling Democrats “neoliberals” for supporting Dodd-Frank, the ACA and a $12 minimum wage over their preferred Glass-Steagall, Medicare for All and a $15 minimum wage. You see it from the Tea Party and White Nationalists on the right- calling Republicans “cucks” for being unwilling to bankrupt the government or default on the debt during the Obama years. There is a brand of people that not only wants their way, but the most pure manifestation of their way, and will take no negotiation, no compromise. They would rather lose elections than moderate a hair on any policy, and they’d rather candidates who would compromise to pass things lose. They want their chosen elected officials to behave as though they have 60+ Senate seats and 275 U.S. House seats, even when they don’t. They want to demand their way, and that the other side’s way should be crushed- even when the electoral results suggest that’s not what the public want. They are liberals who want to pretend that the public really wouldn’t care about higher taxes for the pet projects they want to pass, or conservatives who want to pretend that the people hurt in the name of their “small government” fetish aren’t really people at all.

To be clear, these folks live in a very special bubble, one without any glimmer of reality. When they lose an election, on either side, they say that the nominee was too moderate, that they didn’t really embrace the values of their cause, and that is why they lost. They pretend that if their candidates embraced their most extreme positions, they would convince Congress and all the interest groups in Washington to follow them. It is, at best, a fantasy land, and at worst a recipe for hopeless gridlock and destruction.

This is not to say that there are not authentic critiques from the left of Hillary Clinton, or the right of Mitt Romney. Maybe if Clinton had embraced some more progressive, Elizabeth Warren-esque positions in an authentic manner, before Bernie Sanders became a semi-viable candidate, she would be President today. Perhaps if Romney were a human being and not a malfunctioning robot, he would be President today. There are good reasons to believe that Hillary Clinton could have turned out 75,000 more voters in three states with a slightly different campaign. I said slightly though, and did so for a very specific reason- because the real problem that some of her most ardent left-wing critics have with her is that she has governed, and made the impure deals, took the meetings with people they don’t like and along the way, taken some votes they can’t accept. This is because Hillary Clinton governed, and people who govern have to talk to each other, even when they disagree, and this by default makes them all “the establishment.” “The establishment” are the people actually responsible for passing budgets, appropriating money, carrying out foreign diplomacy, carrying out justice and doing all the other things a government that works does every day.

https://medium.com/@richardwilkins_51183/anti-establishment-is-just-code-for-irresponsible-for-governing-a5c76532618#.883h97pbn

Filed under: "But NFL players shouldn't get involved with BLM or anything political!!"

https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/status/843895706888933376

On the official team letterhead, no less... Between this and the Patriots being in bed with Trump, pro football is dead to me

That time when one week in Moscow as a student almost cost Bill Clinton the election:

Bush challenges Clinton over 1969 week in Moscow

President Bush and Governor Bill Clinton each grappled with a different political threat yesterday, as the CIA admitted it had been covering up the Saddamgate affair and Mr Bush joined in the furore over Mr Clinton 's tourist trip to Moscow as a student in 1969.

The CIA's announcement that it was launching a formal investigation into its provision of 'incorrect and misleading information' to federal prosecutors in the Saddamgate inquiry is by far the more serious. The CIA is now, in effect, admitting it knew that United States food trade credits to Iraq were being spent on building up Saddam Hussein's military arsenal until the last weeks before the Gulf war.

But the strange case of Mr Clinton 's trip to Moscow looks to have a greater impact on this weekend's first presidential television debate, and on the election, now little more than three weeks away. Mr Clinton should 'level with the American people on the draft, on whether he went to Moscow, how many demonstrations he led against his own country from foreign soil,' Mr Bush declared on the Larry King television show.

'I don't have the facts, but to go to Moscow one year after Russia crushed Czechoslovakia, and not remember who you saw - I think the answer is, level with the American people,' Mr Bush repeated.

Mr Clinton 's week-long visit to the Soviet capital, 23 years ago, had been part of a 40-day winter holiday touring Germany and Scandinavia while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. But Mr Clinton 's entire student experience, evading the Vietnam draft, taking part in anti-war demonstrations in Britain, and now the Moscow tour, are being conflated by the Republicans as something far more sinister.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/1992/oct/09/usa.martinwalker

Trump wants to defund PBS. Sesame Street brutally parodied him for decades.

You should know a couple of things before we embark on a recap of “Sesame Street’s” surprisingly vicious takedowns of Donald Trump, which span three decades leading up to his political rise.

First: Trump is most often depicted as a grouch — unpleasant monsters who base their culture and economy around garbage. So when “Donald Grump” appears in a 2005 episode as a badly toupeed muppet “whose name equals trash,” that’s not necessarily an insult.

The other thing is that Trump, as president of the United States, wants to end public television funding that created “Sesame Street” — more often known for lessons on counting and sharing than biting satire.

There are only three known episodes in which the character “Grump” appears, each time playing the villain in a moral allegory. Whenever Grump visits Sesame Street, chaos is not far behind.

We know of nothing to suggest any link between these skits and Trump’s budget proposal. He is not the first president to desire the elimination of public broadcasting funds. And because the show now airs on HBO, Trump’s plan is unlikely to destroy Sesame Street, as Grump tried so hard to do.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/03/20/trump-wants-to-defund-pbs-sesame-street-brutally-parodied-him-for-decades/?utm_term=.35945eff8bf1

Sesame Street now airs on HBO??? I don't recognize this country anymore

Africa Trade Meeting Has No Africans After US Visa Denials

LOS ANGELES —
Each year, the University of Southern California brings delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas.

Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees at the African Global Economic and Development Summit, unable to attain visas.

"Usually we get 40 percent that get rejected but the others come," said Flowers, chair of the African Global Economic and Development Summit. "This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened."

Flowers estimated that she lost about 100 attendees, including speakers and government officials. The countries affected included Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa.

'A discrimination issue'

"I have to say that most of us feel it's a discrimination issue with the African nations," said Flowers. "We experience it over and over and over, and the people being rejected are legitimate business people with ties to the continent."

A request for comment from the State Department was not immediately returned.

http://www.voanews.com/a/african-trade-conference-canceled-after-visas-denied-african-delegates/3770907.html

https://www.indy100.com/article/africa-trade-meeting-african-visa-denied-us-travel-ban-global-economic-development-summit-7637666

MEANWHILE, the Alt-Left will have a LOT of spinning to do:

https://twitter.com/Wilson__Valdez/status/843855146157326340

https://twitter.com/Wilson__Valdez/status/843853419299426304

https://twitter.com/JordanChariton/status/843842945308614656

https://twitter.com/Rschooley/status/843581048021692416

https://twitter.com/Wilson__Valdez/status/843834498647232513

https://twitter.com/Wilson__Valdez/status/843851176458227712

https://twitter.com/Wilson__Valdez/status/843852324728688642

https://twitter.com/Wilson__Valdez/status/843852794595622913

https://twitter.com/Wilson__Valdez/status/843855574282522624


Georgia Middle School Teacher Arrested in Massive $6.2 Million Cocaine and Heroin Bust

The Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad has arrested a 28-year-old middle school teacher in conjunction with a raid earlier this week that produced more than $6 million worth of cocaine and heroin. Karla Alvarez, a teacher at Chestatee Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, was arrested along with Monica Pascual Brito on charges of trafficking and possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine and heroin. Both women, along with a third suspect, are also facing two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Hall County authorities seized 61 kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of heroin and two semi-automatic assault rifles from an Oakwood home. The street value of the sized narcotics was estimated at $6,209,280.

According to information obtained from The Times, Alvarez has worked as a teacher and girl’s soccer team coach since August of 2015. The third missing suspect, Ricardo Pascual Brito, is believed to be the brother of Monica Pascual Brito and faces the same trafficking and possession charges.

For what it’s worth, a 2016 study by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution determined the average schoolteacher in Hall County earns approximately $54,701 annually. That figure isn’t among the top ten highest-paying school systems in Georgia.


http://www.complex.com/life/2017/03/georgia-teacher-arrested-in-drug-bust
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/122475/


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Extra credit for the author lampshading a justification by saying they *only* make $55k living in the Atlanta exurbs... Shit, that's 60% more than what I've fucking made the past 10 years...
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