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Paul Ryan Wishes You Luck With This Whole Trump Thing But He's Got to Get Going


His "longtime dream" of codifying the budding plutocracy in the tax code now fulfilled, Ryan can retire in peace—or, you know, take an insanely lucrative lobbying job. What the report doesn't mention is that Ryan also faces a challenge from perceived Democratic supercandidate Randy Bryce, a career union ironworker who makes a damn good campaign ad and says all the right things. Bryce has an uphill battle in Ryan's red district, but he’s making noise.

(Ryan also faced a primary challenge from Paul Nehlen, a former goofball on a motorcycle who, in a true sign of our times, has recently taken a hard right turn into anti-Semitism—to the point he was suspended from Twitter. This raises the question of whether Ryan's replacement on the Republican ballot in his district will be a white nationalist.)

Politico already reported Monday on The Race to Replace, apparently a decathlon featuring House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise. (McCarthy was in the running when Ryan got the Speaker job in 2015. The Californian was eliminated when he gave away the game on national TV on how the Benghazi investigation was just a way to undermine Hillary Clinton's electoral prospects.) Whoever wins, we can only hope they'll show more courage than Ryan did in providing a check on the president as a co-equal branch of government. It is Ryan, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who bears the brunt of the responsibility for allowing Trump to run roughshod over our democratic norms and bring the nation as close to authoritarianism as it's been in at least decades.

Wednesday also brought an indication of why Ryan might be eager to get out of the game. The Speaker he replaced, John Boehner, has been visibly enjoying himself, mowing his lawn and driving his RV and smoking. Apparently, he's now open to the idea of smoking more than cigarettes and cigars

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A Peaceful World Requires More Women Politicians, Says Former US President

Discrimination against women and girls is a more pressing global challenge than disparities in income between the rich and the poor, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said on Tuesday.

The 93-year-old, who established the Carter Center in 1982 to prevent and resolve conflicts and push for human rights, also backed women to bring about a more politically stable world.

"There's no doubt in my mind that a woman is more inclined to peace than a man is, so I think we can move towards peace if women get more and more positions in parliament and more and more positions as president," he said.

Carter was speaking at the annual Skoll World Forum, a gathering of 1,200 social entrepreneurs. He previously cited disparity in income as the world's greatest challenge when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.



European Commission raids Murdoch's Fox offices in London

Source: Telegraph UK

The British offices of the Murdoch entertainment empire 21st Century Fox have been raided by investigators from the European Commission, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

It is understood that competition watchdogs gained access to the company’s offices in Hammersmith, west London, early today to seize documents and computer records.

The precise nature of the confidential investigation, which is believed to be in its early stages, is unclear. The building is home to Fox Networks, the company’s channels business.

The European Commission has powers to raid businesses suspected of abusing their dominance of a market or being involved in a price fixing cartel. Investigators are able to take copies of documents and computer records, and ask for explanations from executives.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/04/10/european-commission-raids-murdochs-fox-hq-london/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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