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Name: Miles Archer
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Hometown: Hamilton Massachusetts
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Current location: Nevada
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GOP Rep: Ethics complaints "need to be aired in public" after secret, anonymous, closed-doors vote

WASHINGTON ― As one of their first actions in the new Congress, House Republicans are planning to significantly change the Office of Congressional Ethics, removing the entity’s independence, barring it from investigating anonymous complaints and even changing the group’s name.

The vote took place in secret, by anonymous ballot and behind closed doors, so it’s not possible to know which representatives approved of the measure. But a number of Republicans take issue with OCE investigating anonymous tips and have been looking for a way to ensure that accusers of wrongdoing must attach their name to a complaint.

“It needs to be aired in the public,” Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) said.

Asked if that would deter people from making complaints, Rice agreed it was a “double-edged sword,” but said it was “too easy to put forth baseless claims with no responsibility.”

Posted by Miles Archer | Tue Jan 3, 2017, 08:30 AM (0 replies)

Trump's victory lap tour is over, but the end of his victory laps is nowhere in sight


Donald J. Trump Verified account
I thought and felt I would win big, easily over the fabled 270 (306). When they cancelled fireworks, they knew, and so did I.

11:44 AM - 2 Jan 2017
Posted by Miles Archer | Mon Jan 2, 2017, 09:16 PM (3 replies)

Sean Spicer: Focus on the "action" Trump's getting, not his tweets, and stop mocking him

Spicer was talking about Trump trying to take credit for jobs that were already announced when he claimed that the American people are mocking and undermining the president-elect:

So the idea is everyone wants to talk about the tweets he sent. But I would actually focus on the action he’s getting. Donald Trump is not president yet and he’s getting action, successes and wins, both abroad and here at home.

Everything he does right now, he gets — he speaks for the head of Sprint, gets 5,000 jobs moved from abroad. And everyone starts to mock him. Oh, those jobs were already announced. They weren’t. The sales jobs have been a previous announce. These jobs were coming from abroad to America.

And instead of trying to mock him or undermine him, it’s time that people started to give him credit for actually getting things done.

Posted by Miles Archer | Mon Jan 2, 2017, 09:54 AM (9 replies)

WSJ Editor: Calling Trump's lies "lies" implies "a deliberate intent to mislead"

WASHINGTON ― Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker said his newspaper would not refer to false statements from the Trump administration as “lies,” because doing so would ascribe a “moral intent” to the statements.

Baker appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday, where he described some of President-elect Donald Trump’s falsehoods as “questionable” and “challengeable.” But, he said, “I’d be careful about using the word ‘lie.’ ‘Lie’ implies much more than just saying something that’s false. It implies a deliberate intent to mislead.”

He said reporters should state the facts, but leave classifying them to readers, citing the example of Trump’s claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey were celebrating on 9/11 (which is false).

“I think it’s then up to the reader to make up their own mind to say, ‘This is what Donald Trump says. This is what a reliable, trustworthy news organization reports. And you know what? I don’t think that’s true.’”

The New York Times editorial board has used “lie” to describe Trump’s rampant abuse of facts. And Washington Post conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin has taken the media to task for not using the word. Other outlets ― including MSNBC, New York Magazine and HuffPost ― will use the word when it’s merited.

Posted by Miles Archer | Sun Jan 1, 2017, 07:27 PM (9 replies)

"Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski from MSNBCs Morning Joe were also there."

Since Mr. Trump’s victory in November, Mar-a-Lago has been stuffed with guests attracted by an amenity unique to this club: the chance to rub shoulders with the next president.

“It’s like going to Disneyland and knowing Mickey Mouse will be there all day long,” said Jeff Greene, a developer and unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the Senate from Florida in 2010, who is a Mar-a-Lago member and was a Hillary Clinton supporter.

Instead of hosting major corporate executives and potential Cabinet secretaries for interviews inside a boxy transition office at Trump Tower in New York, Mr. Trump has been seated at an ornately designed couch, upholstered in pale fabric laced with gold, beneath a chandelier hanging from the ceiling, a scene resembling a mansion in “Sunset Boulevard” or “Citizen Kane,” two of Mr. Trump’s favorite movies.

Howie Carr, a conservative radio host who was supportive of Mr. Trump, roamed the crowd, with Mr. Carr posting on Twitter that his daughter asked Mr. Trump if she could be an intern in the White House. Mr. Trump’s two adult sons, Eric and Don Jr., posed for photographs. Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” were also there.


Almost 1 year since we lost David Bowie, and this is how I choose to remember him

I own most of his music...everything from "Space Oddity" to "Blackstar."

And because many of his concepts / personas were so wild and complex, it's hard to remember sometimes that he had a simple, charming, biting wit about him.

This clip with Ricky Gervais may very well be the single greatest "rock star cameo" performance I've ever seen.

Here's to you, Mr. Jones.

Posted by Miles Archer | Sun Jan 1, 2017, 03:05 PM (0 replies)

Sean Spicer: Let's stop talking about Russia and punish Hillary instead

LITMUS TEST: Don Jr's NYE pick will either make you feel America is getting great again, or...

...it will make your skin crawl.


Donald Trump Jr.Verified account
Happy new year everyone. #newyear #family #vacation #familytime

Posted by Miles Archer | Sun Jan 1, 2017, 10:34 AM (5 replies)

Ray Davies of The Kinks to be Knighted

Queen Elizabeth II’s annual New Year Honours list was released today. Of the nearly 1,200 people who will be rewarded for their contributions to British society, one classic rocker made the cut: Ray Davies of the Kinks. Davies had been named a CBE — Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire — by the Queen in 2004.

“Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it,” he said. “I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”

Davies joins Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones and Rod Stewart, who received his knighthood this summer, as other rock musicians to be so honored by the House of Windsor. Knighthoods were also awarded this year to tennis star Andy Murray, opera singer Bryn Terfel and Academy Award-winning actor Mark Rylance. Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls was awarded an OBE — Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire — albeit for her work as a fashion designer.


Hope Hicks: "The president cannot and does not have a conflict" at tonight's Mar-a-Lago bash

Mar-a-Lago sold tickets to New Year’s Eve party with Trump
The private club owned by the president-elect sold hundreds of tickets to the party the Trump family will attend.
By MADELINE CONWAY and KENNETH P. VOGEL 12/30/16 03:46 PM EST Updated 12/30/16 06:14 PM EST

Spicer, on a Friday morning conference call with reporters, said the party is already “sold out” with more than 800 people scheduled to attend, including actor Sylvester Stallone and music producer Quincy Jones, in addition to Trump, his wife, incoming first lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron Trump.

A person who travels in Palm Beach society circles said that tickets to the party were being sold for $525 each for members and $575 each for guests.

Incoming White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks rejected criticisms that Mar-a-Lago was selling access to the president-elect.

“The transition is not concerned about the appearance of a conflict,” she said. “This is an annual celebratory event at the private club, like others that have continued to occur since the election. Additionally, the president cannot and does not have a conflict.”


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