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Bust of José Martí, Cuban poet and patriot

1975 sculpture by Sergio Lopes Mesa in Echo Park between Sunset and the Hollywood freeway.

Senate breaks without vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Source: CBS

11:07 p.m. EST December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (CBS) -- It will be Monday at the earliest before the Senate votes on a $1.1 trillion government funding bill passed by the House on Thursday night.

The Senate was expected to hold a voice vote Friday night to pass a short-term bill, approved by the House earlier in the day, which funds the government through Wednesday night, December 17.

Senators will return to work Monday with a cloture vote expected on the larger spending package, which would end debate and move the legislation to a vote by the full Senate, perhaps Monday night.

Democrats object to several items in the bill, although the one raising the biggest outcry is a banking provision that rolls back a Dodd-Frank rule requiring the separation of most derivatives trading from traditional banking.

Read more: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/12/senate-breaks-without-vote-on-11-trillion-spending-bill/20341977/

Reid's comment:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who will soon be giving up that title, said he wouldn't have added the provision, but added, "I didn't write this bill. The Senate Democrats didn't write this bill alone. It's a compromise. That is what legislation is all about."

Dodd-Frank push-out provision: Volcker rule already makes it unnecessary

The Dodd-Frank push-out rule rolled back in the current spending bills says banks can't invest in derivatives and similar risky funds and have to "push out" such investments to non-federally insured affiliates. But removing it doesn't permit banks to invest in such funds again, because the "Volcker rule" -- requested by President Obama -- already says banks can't use their proprietary (FDIC) funds to make such investments:



Per NPR, Barney Frank, one of Dodd-Frank's authors, supported elimination of the push-out rule:


Long and short: removing this provision won't cause the sky to fall.

edit to fix subject line.

Obama Nominates Ashton Carter For Defense Secretary


12/05/2014 10:33 am EST

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Obama said Carter is regarded "as one of our nation's foremost national security leaders."

"He knows the Department of Defense inside and out," Obama said. "On Day One, he's going to hit the ground running."

Carter said he "discussed the challenges and opportunities" of the role with Obama before accepting the nomination. He said he accepted the role in part because of the respect he and his wife Stephanie have for the troops.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/05/ashton-carter-nominated_n_6275524.html

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Ashton Carter, his nominee for defense secretary, on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, during the announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.


It isn't over: DOJ still has two investigations into Michael Brown shooting open,

including one into Wilson and another into the conduct of the Ferguson police, and other civil rights groups are also investigating possible civil actions:

Ferguson Indictment: Officer Darren Wilson, Ferguson Police Department Could Still Face Civil Charges
By Alessandria Masi@alessandriamasia.masi@ibtimes.com on November 24 2014 10:42 PM

Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury Monday, but the battle for justice in the fatal Ferguson shooting is far from over. The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting its own investigation, the state could revoke Wilson's law enforcement license and several civil rights groups could file civil suits against both Wilson and the Ferguson Police Department.


There are currently two open Department of Justice investigations related to Brown’s death: One probe into Wilson and the other into the Ferguson Police Department’s practices, according to McClatchy. The first could find Wilson guilty of violating Brown’s civil rights. The DOJ must prove “without a reasonable doubt” that Wilson knowingly and intentionally “deprived” Brown of “a right or privilege protected by the Constitution of laws of the United States,” according to federal law via McClatchy. However, experts don’t believe this is a likely outcome.

“Criminal enforcement of constitutional rights is not something that is easily pursued, Samuel Bagenstos, a University of Michigan law professor, recently told the Associated Press. It really requires building a case very carefully, very painstakingly.”

The DOJ and several civil rights organizations are investigating a possible case against the Ferguson Police Department for mistreatment of protesters who have been almost daily fixtures on Ferguson's streets since August. The DOJ is also investigating the department's practices and relationship with constituents prior to Brown’s death. When protests began, some police officers were seen wearing “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets.


Obama announces immigration overhaul shielding 4 million from deportation

Source: Washington Post

By David Nakamura, Robert Costa and David A. Fahrenthold November 20 at 6:17 PM

The Obama administration will begin accepting applications this spring from illegal immigrants who are seeking deferred deportations under President Obama’s new executive action program, and those who qualify will be granted protections for three years, administration officials said.

The officials unveiled new details of Obama’s plans ahead of his prime-time address on Thursday evening as the White House sought to portray his actions as an effort to ensure that the U.S. immigration system focuses on deporting the highest-priority immigrants, such as felons, gang members and recent border-crossers.

Obama is expected to say he will stop deportations for a certain group of illegal immigrants: parents whose children are already U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. The protection would apply only to parents who have lived in the United States for five years or more.

There are about 3.7 million illegal immigrants who meet those criteria, according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute. Under Obama’s plan, some of them would also be able to apply for work permits, which now are available only to immigrants with legal status.


According to prepared excerpts, Obama plans to say that mass deportation of the nation’s more than 11 million illegal immigrants “would be both impossible and contrary to our character.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-immigration-plan-will-shield-37-million-from-deportation/2014/11/20/3345d672-70dd-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html

ETA: Updating title to reflect WaPo's edits. Original article title: "Illegal immigrants can start applying for delayed deportations this spring"

Nixon lost to JFK in 1960. Two Kennedy murders later, in 1968, he won.

Hmm. Nixon started out in California as a red-baiting GOP attack rat à la Atwater-Rove, and as Eisenhower's veep, ran the military industrial complex Ike warned us about in his hand-off to Kennedy. As president Nixon ran one dirty operation after another while he and Kissinger carpet-bombed Laos and Cambodia to atoms. And when he finally pulled the plug on Vietnam as he'd promised to repeatedly to get elected and reelected in 1972, an FBI agent ratted him out and that was the end of Tricky Dick.

Watch Nixon lie -- Nixon vs. Kennedy 11/8/1960

Nixon didn't have a liberal bone in his crooked body and doesn't deserve the time of day on DU. He is certainly not to the left of any Democratic president and that nonsense holds about as much water as an Alex Jones podcast.

Just an F.Y.I.

Here are the Third Way elected officials, identified by Third Way:

OUR TEAM - honorary co-chairs:

Sen. Thomas Carper, Senator
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Senator
Sen. Mark Udall, Senator
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Senator
Sen. Kay Hagan, Senator
Sen. Chris Coons, Senator

Rep. James Clyburn, Member of Congress
Rep. John Dingell, Member of Congress
Rep. Ron Kind, Member of Congress
Rep. Joseph Crowley, Member of Congress
Rep. Jared Polis, Member of Congress

emeritus co-chairs:

Gabrielle Giffords, Former Member of Congress
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Ken Salazar, Former Secretary of the Interior
Jane Harman, Former Member of Congress
Ellen Tauscher, Special Envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense
Blanche Lincoln, Former U.S. Senator
Evan Bayh, Former U.S. Senator
Melissa Bean, Former Member of Congress

link: http://www.thirdway.org/about#

If there are others, by all means add them to the list. But as far as I can tell, other than the Clintons who are supported by Third Way, this is it. Barack Obama is not on this list and there does not seem to be any link between Obama and the DLC or Third Way.

Booker wins 6 more years in NJ, yay.

Every seat counts!


Rhode Island apparently just returned a Dem senator too per NPR.

Cory Booker beats Jeff Bell to win re-election in N.J.'s U.S. Senate race

Source: New Jersey On-Line

WOODBRIDGE — Cory Booker, the celebrity Newark mayor-turned U.S. Senator, has won another six years in the Senate.

The Associated Press projects that Booker, a Democrat who took office just one year ago after winning a special election, has defeated his Republican challenger, Jeff Bell, to win a full six-year term.

Booker’s win extends Democrats’ winning streak in New Jersey U.S. Senate races to 38 years.

Booker, 45, served as Newark mayor for seven years before winning last year’s election to replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). A high-profile politician before winning the office with deep relationships with Holllywood actors, tech gurus and Wall Street financiers, Booker kept a low profile for the last year as he sought to learn the ropes in the U.S. Senate.

Bell, 70, was New Jersey’s Republican U.S. Senate nominee in 1978 and ran unsuccessfully for the party’s nomination in 1982. In 1983, he moved to northern Virginia, and worked as a political consultant and conservative policy wonk in Washington. Bell moved back to New Jersey in February to challenge Booker.

Read more: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/11/cory_booker_beats_jeff_bell_to_win_re-election_in_njs_us_senate_race.html

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