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Cuomo’s Office Hobbled State Ethics Inquiries

Source: New York Times

With Albany rocked by a seemingly endless barrage of scandals and arrests, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics. It was barely two months old when its investigators, hunting for violations of campaign-finance laws, issued a subpoena to a media-buying firm that had placed millions of dollars’ worth of advertisements for the New York State Democratic Party.

The investigators did not realize that the firm, Buying Time, also counted Mr. Cuomo among its clients, having bought the airtime for his campaign when he ran for governor in 2010.

Word that the subpoena had been served quickly reached Mr. Cuomo’s most senior aide, Lawrence S. Schwartz. He called one of the commission’s three co-chairs, William J. Fitzpatrick, the district attorney in Syracuse.

“This is wrong,” Mr. Schwartz said, according to Mr. Fitzpatrick, whose account was corroborated by three other people told about the call at the time. He said the firm worked for the governor, and issued a simple directive:

“Pull it back.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/nyregion/governor-andrew-cuomo-and-the-short-life-of-the-moreland-commission.html?&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSum&module=first-column-region%C2%AEion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

"I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying."


"I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying."

-- Sarah Palin, quoted by TMZ, after being caught speeding while blaming Sammy Hagar's, "I Can't Drive 55" which was playing on the oldies station she was listening to.



http://www.tmz.com/2014/07/22/sarah-palin-speeding-ticket-wasilla-alaska/

It's no secret that Democrats have a turnout problem. It's bad.

When conservatives don't get what they want, they tend to double down at the ballot box. When progressives don't get what they want, many of us tend to storm away and fantasize about engaging the system outside of electoral politics somehow. This is part of why conservatives have been successful in moving the country to right



The study, from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, shows turnout in the 25 states that have held statewide primaries for both parties is down by nearly one-fifth from the last midterm, in 2010. While 18.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots back then, it has been just 14.8 percent so far this year. Similarly, 15 of the 25 states that have held statewide primaries so far have recorded record-low turnout.

Ouch.

This is all the more depressing when you realize that, less than 50 years ago, primary turnout was twice as high.

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What's perhaps most notable, though, is the partisan difference. Republican primary turnout overtook Democratic turnout for the first time in 2010, and that difference is even bigger this primary season.


From:
Americans hate Congress. They will totally teach it a lesson by not voting.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/07/21/americans-hate-congress-they-will-totally-teach-it-a-lesson-by-not-voting/?tid=rssfeed
via:
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/turnout-problems-by-davidoatkins.html

USA! Keeping kids in kennels

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Two refugee girls sleep in a holding cell, as the children are separated by age group and gender, as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Fucking animals -- the border enforcement people, literally putting kids in kennels, conservatives foaming at the mouth at the presence of desperate children, and the Obama Administration, trying to make it easier to deport these kids.

Just think how desperate you have to be to send your children off on this dangerous journey north -- it's a Sophie's Choice between near-guaranteed death at home at the hand of criminal gangs or drug cartels, or some chance of survival in the United States (or Costa Rica or Panama, which are also facing a refugee influx). These kids aren't looking for better economic opportunities or a better life, they are looking for life itself.

And then, after their harrowing journey north, they get placed in kennels.

Update: TexMex in the comments links to the Amazon wish-list from the Texas Young Democrats, who are sending basic supplies to these refugee children. I've just bought $100 worth of stuff.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/38SPBUV1P3Y16/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o?page=1&filter=all&layout=standard&sort=date-added&reveal=unpurchased&id=38SPBUV1P3Y16&type=wishlist&itemPerPage=24



MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/22/1315753/-Keeping-kids-in-kennels

Government agents 'directly involved' in "NEARLY-ALL" high-profile US terror plots

Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots
• Human Rights Watch documents 'sting' operations
• Report raises questions about post-9/11 civil rights

Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says

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"In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report alleges.

Out of the 494 cases related to terrorism the US has tried since 9/11, the plurality of convictions – 18% overall – are not for thwarted plots but for "material support" charges, a broad category expanded further by the 2001 Patriot Act that permits prosecutors to pursue charges with tenuous connections to a terrorist act or group.

In one such incident, the initial basis for a material-support case alleging a man provided "military gear" to al-Qaida turned out to be waterproof socks in his luggage.

Several cases featured years-long solitary confinement for accused terrorists before their trials. Some defendants displayed signs of mental incapacity. Jurors for the 2007 plot to attack the Fort Dix army base, itself influenced by government informants, were anonymous, limiting defense counsel's ability to screen out bias.



the disgusting rest:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/21/government-agents-directly-involved-us-terror-plots-report

Goodbye to the Republican Wave?


Still No Signs of a GOP Wave

Nate Cohn: "This year seemed poised to turn into another so-called wave election, like in 2006 or 2010, when a rising tide of dissatisfaction with the incumbent party swept the opposition into power. Given a favorable midterm map, with so many Democratic Senate seats in play, some analysts suggested that Republicans could win a dozen of them, perhaps even picking up seats in states like Virginia, New Hampshire and Oregon."

"The anti-Democratic wave might still arrive. But with three and a half months to go until November's elections, the promised Republican momentum has yet to materialize."


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/upshot/goodbye-to-the-republican-wave.html?ref=politics&_r=0
http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/07/22/still_no_signs_of_a_gop_wave.html

BREAKING: Federals Appeals Court Delivers Serious Setback To Obama Health Care Law

Source: USA Today

UPDATE: 9:38 pst:
Whipsaw: 4th Circuit upholds Obamacare federal exchange subsidy after D.C. Circuit rejects
Split in Circuits virtually guarantees Supreme Court will take case.

MUCH MORE:
http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/whipsaw-4th-circuit-upholds-obamacare-federal-exchange-subsidy-after-d-c-circuit-rejects/


WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal appeals court delivers serious setback to Obama health care law .

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court dealt a potentially major blow to President Obama's health care law Tuesday, ruling that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for tax subsidies.

The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is sure to be appealed by the government, threatens the framework of the health care system for about 5 million Americans without employer-provided health plans.

The case, filed by a coalition of states, employers and individuals, had been considered a long shot effort to derail the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Federal district judges in the District of Columbia and Virginia previously had ruled for the government. Three similar cases remain pending.

The appeals panel ruled that as written, the health care law allows tax credits to be offered to qualified participants only in state-run exchanges. The administration had expected most if not all states to create their own, but only 16 states did so.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/21/obama-health-care-court-ruling/12482127/



MORE:
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Federal-appeals-court-delivers-serious-setback-to-5638115.php
http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/22/politics/obamacare-subsidy-ruling/index.html
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/obamacare-subsidies-dc-appeals-court-ruling-109223.html?hp=t1_3

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Affordable Care Act does not permit the IRS to distribute premium subsidies in the federal ObamaCare exchange, meaning those consumers must bear the full cost of their insurance.

The 2-1 decision by the three-judge panel in Halbig v. Burwell sets up a major legal showdown that conservatives believe could deal a fatal blow to President Obama’s healthcare law.

The government is expected to appeal the ruling to the full D.C. Circuit, but even if the administration triumphs there, the case appears destined for the Supreme Court.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/22/1315745/-D-C-appeals-court-strikes-down-IRS-exchange-subsidies

Under the Affordable Care Act, the court said, subsidies are available only to people who obtained insurance through exchanges established by states.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/us/court-rules-against-obamacare-exchange-subsidies.html?_r=0



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Here is the link to the full finding.
http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/10125254D91F8BAC85257D1D004E6176/$file/14-5018-1503850.pdf




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UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

Very important: Obama admin official says that while appeals are pending Obamacare's "premium tax credits will continue, unchanged."

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— @sahilkapur

"You Stay, You Die"

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Grieving Father Writes Open Letter To Putin: 'Thank You For Murdering My Child'


Hans de Borst
July 20 near Monster, Netherlands
English version - made by Lennart Peeters.





Thank you very much mister Putin, leaders of the separatists or the Ukraine government!

For murdering my loved and only child, Elsemiek de Borst!

She was 17 years old, 5th "gymnasium" student at the "Segbroek College" in Den Haag.
And she was on her way to her holiday in Maleisië together with her little brother, her mom (my ex-wife) and her stepfather.

Elsemiek would have done her final school exams next year, together with her best friend Julia and Marina, she did so good in school!

After that she wanted to go to the "Technical University Delft" to study engineering, she was looking forward to it!

But suddenly she is not here anymore! She has been shot out of the sky, in an unknown country, where there is a war going on!

Aforementioned misters, I hope you're proud to have shot her, amongst other, young life and future.
And that you will be able to look at yourself in the mirror tomorrow morning.

I hope you will receive this message, maybe translated in English (what you as a intelligent gentleman could read just fine)

Thanks again!

Regards, Elsemieks father Hans de Borst from Monster, The Netherlands, whose life is ruined!!

PS mister Putin, I hope that your intense conversation with our prime-minster Rutte opened your eyes!
I know you are impressed by this and I would find it impressive if you took the initiative to guard the crash-sight with the Russian military, so the Dutch investigators can do their job.

Thanks in advance.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=669048123174935&set=a.220335614712857.54070.100002092590638&type=1
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/21/malaysia-airlines-flight-father-letter_n_5607856.html

Jon Stewart exposes GOP lies about Reagan's response to downed airliner

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CRITICIZE ISRAEL:

On Monday night's "Daily Show," just about the entire roster of correspondents popped up to scream at him any time he uttered the word "Israel."

"Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this," Stewart said when the shouting subsided. "But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel's policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas."


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/22/jon-stewart-israel_n_5608436.html

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Last night, Jon Stewart ripped into how the GOP is attacking Obama for his response to Russia over the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 by invoking a mythical version of Ronald Reagan.

Yes, Reagan was in deep mourning for losing the final 12% of his vacation. In fact, in 1988, when the U.S. accidentally shot down an Iranian airliner, also under Reagan's watch, Reagan refused to end that vacation early.

And by the way, America was so torn up about shooting down that plane, that the commander of the ship who did it later received a medal for his service. I believe it was called the silver....


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.......Plane crashes, they go to tell Reagan about it, and they're like, "Wha....?" He's already gone! The scent of aftershave and jelly beans, the only thing lingering in the air. (audience laughter) How did he spring into action so fast? To this day, nobody knows, but we know what happened next. Reagan took all of Russia's missiles, twirled them up single-handedly and threw them into the Sun.



Video and full transcript below:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/22/1315721/-Jon-Stewart-exposes-GOP-lies-about-Reagan-s-response-to-downed-airliner
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