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DNC Chair Perez: Voter fraud probe a 'Trump-sponsored propaganda factory'

Source: The Hill

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez blasted President Trump’s signing of an executive order to create an “election integrity” commission, calling it a “Trump-sponsored propaganda factory.”

“Donald Trump shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the word ‘integrity,’” Perez said in a statement. “This commission is nothing but a Trump-sponsored propaganda factory for justifying the GOP’s broader voter suppression efforts and nursing the president’s wounded ego after the lost the popular vote.”

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday establishing a commission tasked with reviewing Trump’s allegations that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.


“Republicans like Kris Kobach, who Trump hand-picked to run this charade, have spent years lying about voter fraud in order to keep African American and Latino voters from the polls,” Perez said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332985-dnc-chairman-voter-fraud-commission-a-trump-sponsored-propaganda

Not to mention the fact that Ken Blackwell is on the commission.

With all the Comey news, this badass slipped under the radar (video tweet)


The QLINE: Everything you need to know to ride Detroits new streetcar


I am excited to take the trek into the D to experience the Q-Line. The rates are really, really reasonable: "$1.50— Walk-up rate. It’s good for three hours. Riders can get on and off the QLINE as many times as they want in that three-hour period."

36 Hours in Detroit

In the ever-evolving city of motors and Motown, a weekend of art, food and exploration, with a side of history.

Source: NYT

Detroit might be one of the most misunderstood cities in America. Founded in 1701, the Motor City has grappled with an ever-evolving automotive industry and well-publicized budgetary problems, exacerbated by years of population losses. Yet it remains defiantly proud. The Motown sound, embraced around the world, still resonates. Downtown, and in the Midtown and New Center neighborhoods, economic and residential growth has been exponential. The QLine streetcar on Woodward Avenue and MoGo, the city’s first public bike share program, are to begin operating this month. Later this year, the Detroit Pistons (N.B.A.) and Detroit Red Wings (N.H.L.) will move into the new Little Caesars Arena on Woodward. And at its core, residents old and new are injecting a remarkable vibrancy into the city.


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/11/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-detroit-michigan.html

Read Donald Trump's Interview With TIME on Being President

Source: Time

President Trump hosted correspondents from TIME for a nearly 100-minute wide-ranging discussion on Monday, May 8 over a four-course dinner in the Blue Room of the White House. Joined by Vice President Mike Pence and two senior Administration officials, Trump weaved between topics and frequently went off the record. Excerpts from his conversation with TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs, Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer and White House Correspondent Zeke Miller are below:

On the job

I find the job very natural for me. I find–it’s a very big job obviously, there’s no job big like this. No job is important like this. But I think some of the–I just think it’s something that works for me, it feels very natural to me.

And all I said, the job, it is, it’s a difficult job but it’s a job that I find to be–I love doing it. I love helping people. Mike is doing a fantastic job. He fits it so well. I mean we have a great team, he and I guess, they say we’re somewhat opposite and that works to be a very good combination.

On deal making in business vs. deal making in Washington

It’s never different. I think it’s never different. It’s always the same. You have to know your subject. And that would be the misconception of misconceptions for that. I mean, it’s not that I–look, I always had health care for my company. But it’s not that I–it was just something that wasn’t high on my list. I had people that negotiated for my company.

But in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care. And we did the right negotiating, and actually it’s a very interesting subject.

Read more: http://time.com/4775040/donald-trump-time-interview-being-president/


Former Dep. CIA Director: It was not a good idea for Trump to let Russians bring cameras into Oval O

Source: Raw Story

A tweet thread by former Deputy Director of the CIA David S. Cohen reveals the former intelligence official’s thoughts on news that Russian ambassadors met in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump.

The first tweet was written by former national security advisor Colin Kahl, which begged the “deadly serious” question of whether it was “a good idea to let a Russian gov photographer & all their equipment into the Oval Office?”

Former Dep. Director Cohen responded, on Twitter: “no, it was not.”

In subsequent tweets, Kahl went on to say that when he worked for Barack Obama’s administration, he “couldn’t let foreign delegations bring phones/cameras” into his own office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and that he had to leave his own phone and camera outside the Oval Office when he worked there.



Betsy DeVos Speaks at Bethune-Cookman University Commencement

The front page of The New York Times for Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Humane Society: USDA records on puppy mills missing from website

Source: The Hill

An animal rights group claims important animal welfare records are missing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website.

The Humane Society of the United States on Tuesday said it struggled to produce its annual report on puppy mills because of missing data from the agency on pet breeders.

USDA removed all of its animal welfare inspection reports and most enforcement records from its website on Feb. 3.

The agency claimed it removed the records during litigation in an “abundance of caution” to “protect individual privacy."


Australian baby becomes first to be breastfed in parliament

Source: Mashable

It's about time employers everywhere take the child care needs of their employees more seriously, but it looks like the Australian parliament is light years ahead of the game.

Alia Joy Waters, the weeks-old daughter of Senator Larissa Waters, has made political history by becoming the first baby to be breastfed in the Australian parliament.

According to The Telegraph, Senator Waters returned to parliament today for the first time since giving birth to her second daughter, and brought Alia with her while she voted. When Alia Joy was hungry, Waters didn't hesitate to do what she needed to do and breastfed her daughter in the Senate Chamber.

Waters celebrated the moment later on Twitter:


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