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Obama Takes Unexpected Setback On Trade Agenda As Fast Track Passes Senate

Obama Takes Unexpected Setback On Trade Agenda As Fast Track Passes Senate

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While the upper chamber eventually passed a bill that would help Obama streamline a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations, the final product threw a wrench into the president's plans.

The Senate approved a bill to "fast-track" trade agreements negotiated by the president. The agreement will prevent Congress from amending or filibustering Obama's controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The TPP deal would have a hard time surviving without fast-track authority.

But a key crackdown on human trafficking survived the legislative jujitsu. The White House considers the provision a deal-breaker, as it would force one of the nations involved in the TPP talks -- Malaysia -- out of the agreement. An immigration-related amendment authored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) never got a vote, making it far more difficult for Obama to win over skeptical tea party Republicans in the House.

The slavery provision's survival means that the House will either need to amend the bill and send it back to the Senate, which would cause a delay and complicate the House debate, or pass a bill and go to conference with the Senate, also causing a delay. It also potentially could be fixed in separate legislation otherwise moving through Congress.


Emphasis added.

I don't curse a lot in my posts but -- What the fuck?

America's first African-American President -- supposedly a Progressive -- is working to allow slavery to go unchallenged in the name of corporate profits? Human trafficking? Sex slavery, i.e. RAPE-FOR-PROFIT!

Mr. President, you have lost your soul.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Sun May 24, 2015, 08:17 AM (98 replies)

Posters Go Up Around Columbia Calling Mattress Rape Protester A "Pretty Little Liar"

Posters Go Up Around Columbia Calling Mattress Rape Protester A "Pretty Little Liar"

Early this morning, an anonymous person or persons put up posters around Columbia University—in the 116th Street subway station, outside of Tom's Restaurant, on stoplights and construction walls—emblazoned with the image of student Emma Sulkowicz and her now-iconic mattress. Since September 2014, Sulkowicz has been dragging the mattress around campus as a protest against the school's handling of her rape allegations against another student. (That student, Paul Nungesser, has since sued the university.) This morning's posters accuse Sulkowicz of making it all up, dismissing her as "Pretty Little Liar" with the caption "Emma Sulkowitz" and "RapeHoax."

A new Twitter account, @FakeRape, has been tweeting pictures of the posters for the last five hours. Another poster, picturing Lena Dunham sticking her tongue out, is clearly part of the series, emblazoned "Big Fat Liar," with the same #RapeHoax hashtag.

Today's stunt coincides with Columbia's commencement ceremony, and follows on the heels of yesterday's College Class Day ceremony, during which Sulkowicz carried her dorm room mattress across the stage. The NY Times reports that President Lee C. Bollinger refused to shake her hand when she passed, as he had done with all the other students—including Nungesser, who crossed the stage minutes before her.


I dread the thought that this might be a hoax ala Rolling Stone's UVa story because of the harm it would do combatting sexual assault (of course I also dread the thought of the story being true, as well). However, even if the story turns out to be a hoax I'm really uncomfortable with this article. Between the posters and being snubbed by the university president I feel things could descend from ugly to positively horrid.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed May 20, 2015, 03:26 PM (2 replies)

A few years ago on DU, I opined that 3-D printing would decentralize the means of production

allowing for a more democratized market economy. I continue to see it as a profoundly positive evolution for society.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue May 19, 2015, 07:03 AM (0 replies)

What, if any, consequence should be born by Pamela Gellar if she holds another such event?

I'm guessing her or a supporter are planning such a thing so what should be the "consequence"?

A) no consequence. Let them hold their event but let the criticisms flow

B) arrested and charged with a misdemeanor

C) arrested and charged with a felony

D) denied access to public venues

E) citations issued to any private venues making themselves available to her

F) denied security / protection

G) other
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Mon May 11, 2015, 09:47 PM (104 replies)

And this is why I love him.

Lover Boy and I went to lunch together with someone from his company and his wife. The husband asked what I did for a living and I responded that I'm mostly a homemaker while taking care of my school-aged SIL during the day.

"Oh, so you don't work," he said absently.

Lover Boy responded rather testily, "She said she's a homemaker and takes care of a kid. How much more f---ing work do you think there is?"

The gentleman apologized profusely for his insensitive remark.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed May 6, 2015, 07:48 PM (21 replies)

She had to know her actions were provocative against their deeply held beliefs.

Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Mon May 4, 2015, 10:30 AM (52 replies)

No one should be killed for drawing unflattering cartoons of Mohammed...

that is as far as I'm going in that statement.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Mon May 4, 2015, 08:26 AM (24 replies)

To those malcontents who say they can't see any daylight between the parties, I say --

-- malcontent on.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Apr 21, 2015, 10:04 PM (5 replies)

Would you want the Dem candidate for president to be pro-gun control if it costs them the election?

A) Yes. It's that important to stand on principle even if the election is lost

B) Obfuscate, then come out for gun control once elected

C) No. I suppose we have more public outreach to do before risking the presidency

D) Gun control is totally a winning issue!

E) I'm pro-RKBA so this is an easy choice for me

F) Other
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Fri Apr 17, 2015, 08:04 AM (37 replies)

Report: Clinton changed stance on trade deal after donations to foundation

Report: Clinton changed stance on trade deal after donations to foundation

The Clinton Foundation reportedly accepted millions of dollars from a Colombian oil company head before then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to support a trade deal with Colombia despite worries of human rights violations.

The report in the International Business Times comes as Clinton readies an expected run for president. She’s been dogged by questions about whether foreign donations to her foundations could have influenced her official decisions.

The report centers on donations from Frank Giustra and the oil company that he founded, Pacific Rubiales. In a Wall Street Journal story from 2008, Giustra is described as a “friend and traveling companion” of former President Clinton who donated more than $130 million to Clinton’s philanthropies. He’s also a Clinton Foundation board member and has participated in projects and benefits for the foundation.

When workers at Pacific Rubiales decided to strike in 2011, the Columbian military reportedly used force to stop the strikes and compel them to return to work, IBT reports, citing the Washington office of Latin America, a human rights group. Those accusations of human rights violations were part of the criticism of the United States-Colombia Free Trade Promotion Agreement, which was passed by Congress later that year. Pacific Rubiales has repeatedly denied charges that it infringed on workers’ rights.

Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Thu Apr 9, 2015, 04:45 PM (28 replies)
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