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January 31, 2018

Appeals court rules consumer bureau's structure is constitutional

Source: The Hill

Language in the Dodd-Frank Act that establishes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s independence from Congress is constitutional, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit ruled Wednesday, overturning a 2016 ruling by three of the court's judges.

In a review of the court’s previous decision in PHH vs. CFPB, the full panel held that the CFPB can exist as an independent agency with a sole director only fireable by the president for “inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance” without violating the Constitution's limits on executive power.

Judge Nina Pillard, who wrote the court’s opinion, cited the precedent set by Humphrey’s Executor v. United States, a 1935 case reaffirming the legality of the Federal Trade Commission’s independent, sole-director structure.

We follow that precedent here to hold that the parallel provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall
Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act shielding the Director of the CFPB from removal without cause is consistent with Article II.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/371603-dc-circuit-consumer-bureaus-structure-is-constiutional?rnd=1517414045/?userid=216387

January 24, 2018

Pompeo interviewed in Mueller's Russia probe, Yates cooperating: report

Source: The HILL

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, NBC News reported.

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates has also cooperated with the special counsel, the network reported.

Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who has also spoken with Mueller's team, are "peripheral witnesses" to the firing of former FBI director James Comey, one person familiar with the matter told NBC News.

Read more: https://thehill-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/thehill.com/homenews/administration/370432-pompeo-interviewed-in-muellers-russia-probe-yates-cooperating-report?amp

January 23, 2018

Trump Nominates Crony Corrupt Prosecutor for DE Federal Bench

Back in 2008, GWB nominated Delaware United States Attorney, Colm Connolly, for District Court Federal Justice, in Delaware.

Fortunately, we were able to convince then Senator Joe Biden of how bad a notion, Colm Connolly's nomination was.

Joe Biden Blocked Colm Connolly's nomination.

As noted by "Roll Call" Donald Trump is trying his darndest to rearrange the federal bench.

This Republican tsunami takeover of Federal Judgeship includes the Donald renewing Colm Connolly's chances to become a Delaware District Court Judge; but we don't have Joe Biden to block Colm - this time.

Thing is, Colm Connolly was a MNAT law firm partner; and MNAT represents Bain Capital & Goldman Sachs. Colm betrayed the public's trust in the refusing to investigate & prosecute Goldman Sachs & Bain Capital racketeering crimes; which makes Connolly a Racketeer!

Activist Post just published a detailed story, today, with many links to document the facts. It is a lengthy read; because Colm Connolly covered up many crimes - including homicides needing an independent investigation. https://www.activistpost.com/2018/01/trump-nominates-racketeer-for-federal-bench.html


January 22, 2018

ICE detains a Polish doctor and green-card holder who has lived in the U.S. for nearly 40 years

Source: WaPo

Lukasz Niec was 5 years old when his parents brought him and his sister to the United States from Poland. With two suitcases in tow, his parents — both doctors — left behind a country on the verge of social turmoil. It was 1979, about two years before the country’s authoritarian communist government declared martial law.

Niec received a temporary green card and, in 1989, became a lawful permanent resident. He grew up in Michigan, went to medical school, became a doctor, and raised a daughter and stepdaughter.

Niec, now 43, never fathomed that his legal status in the United States would become an issue. With a renewed green card, and nearly 40 years in the country, his Polish nationality was an afterthought for Niec, his sister told The Washington Post. He doesn’t even speak Polish.

But on Tuesday morning, immigration authorities arrested Niec at his home, just after he had sent his 12-year-old stepdaughter off to school. Niec, a physician specializing in internal medicine at Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo, Mich., has been detained in a county jail ever since, awaiting a bond hearing and possible deportation.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/22/ice-detains-a-polish-doctor-and-green-card-holder-who-has-lived-in-the-u-s-for-nearly-40-years/?utm_term=.b832c42c7dcd

Must have pissed off a member of the Romney family.

January 22, 2018

Romney 2020? Republicans speculate Romney's likely Senate run is start of something much more

Source: Business Insider

It's no secret that Mitt Romney is, in all likelihood, going to run for a Senate seat in Utah.

What's less clear, however, is why the man who was the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and is now retired and occupying an elder-statesman role in a party torn into warring factions would want to serve as a junior senator.

As Herbert noted, first thing's first: Romney needs to announce. But he's dropped breadcrumbs pointing to an upcoming run. On the day Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch announced he would not seek reelection, Romney changed the location on his Twitter account from Massachusetts to Holladay, Utah. And as The New York Times reported earlier this month, Romney recently texted a close friend and said "I'm running."

Still, there are others who surmise that Romney's aspirations are grander even than becoming party leader.

Romney 2020?

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/will-romney-run-for-president-in-2020-2018-1?r=UK&IR=T

I can't stop him in Utah.

But I've helped end his run for POTUS - thrice.

Could 24th time be the charm?

The end of Mitt - or me!
January 19, 2018

Times journalists vote 248-44 to unionize

Source: L.A. Times

Journalists at the Los Angeles Times have overwhelmingly elected to form a union, a first for the 136-year-old news organization that for much of its history was known for its opposition to organized labor.

The union drive was launched publicly in October and culminated in an election earlier this month. Results, tallied Friday by the National Labor Relations Board, show workers voted 248 to 44 to be represented by the Washington, D.C.-based NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America.

Read more: https://www-latimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-times-guild-vote-20180119-story,amp.html

A lot is gone on at L.A. Times
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Law firm hired concerning sex abuse allegations

L.A. Times publisher Ross Levinsohn to take unpaid leave of absence


January 19, 2018

Eric Garners mom says NYPD blocking civilian board charges against cop who killed her son

Source: NY Daily News

A civilian police misconduct board is prepared to move forward with charges against the cop who killed Eric Garner — but the NYPD is blocking the move, his mother charged.

Gwen Carr said officials at the Civilian Complaint Review Board told her in a meeting that the department has used an administrative maneuver to block the case from proceeding against Daniel Pantaleo, by refusing to issue a case number.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/amp/new-york/eric-garner-mom-nypd-blocking-charges-pantaleo-article-1.3764405?cid=bitly&__twitter_impression=true

January 19, 2018

9 UK Women's Rights Organizations, to Watch, in 2018

If, but for no other reason than the sign in this Tweet, I just had to post this.

From reading through all 9 organizations, I learned of the "Fawcett" Organization (not Fatah); which a statue is being placed in Parliment Square to commemorate 150 years of the "Fawcett" efforts.

Eherecare the American statues commemorating women?


This is from ELLE Magazine

Nine Incredible Women's Organisations To Get Involved With In 2018



We may only be a few weeks into 2018 but, so far, this year feels like things are going to be different for women. They have to.

The first day of January came with the announcement of Times UP, spearheaded by some of Hollywood's biggest names. Shortly afterwards, the usually glitzy and tongue-in-cheek Golden Globes came around but this time women wore black in protest of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. Instead of the usual 'Who are you wearing?', showbiz reporters asked about their thoughts on the movement.

Just a week later, one of the BBC's most respected reporters resigned over being paid much less than her male counterparts. As well as this, more brave women and men have come forward with allegations in fields from gymnastics to fashion.

In the UK, all this is going on against the backdrop of an important milestone: 100 years since women were given the right to vote. Well some women, it was 1928 before the right was rolled out to all women over 18, whether they were married or not.

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