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Algernon Moncrieff

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A sports story that is not really a sports story: Stanford @ Cal postponed to 12/1

Air quality issues due to the Camp Fires.

Sporting News

"First and foremost our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the tragic California wildfires," Cal coach Justin Wilcox said in a release. "While we realize the importance of the Big Game, right now our thoughts are centered around so many who have been so deeply affected. Our primary factors in making the decision to postpone the game were centered around the health and safety of our student-athletes, fans and everyone involved in putting on the game. We look forward to seeing you in Berkeley on December 1."

The Air Quality Index on Thursday afternoon in Berkeley surpassed 200 — into the "very unhealthy" range.

Cal canceled Thursday night's men's basketball game against Detroit Mercy because it was determined a significant amount of smoke had seeped into Haas Pavilion. Following NCAA and Pac-12 guidelines, Cal's outdoor athletic team practices Thursday also were moved indoors or canceled out of safety concerns.

Stay safe, Nor Cals!
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Nov 16, 2018, 06:05 PM (0 replies)

Brexit: Gove and Fox back May as PM seeks to quell Tory revolt

Source: BBC

Michael Gove said he "absolutely" had confidence in Mrs May as he confirmed he would not be following several other ministers out of the door.

And Liam Fox urged MPs to support the PM's draft Brexit agreement, saying a "deal was better than no deal".


The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said about 20 Tories have, so far, publicly stated they have submitted letters of no confidence in the PM over her handling of Brexit.

This is some way short of the 48 needed to trigger a vote under Conservative Party rules.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-46230281
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Nov 16, 2018, 11:05 AM (1 replies)

Jacob Rees-Mogg sends letter of no confidence in May

Source: The Guardian

The leading Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg called for a vote of no confidence in Theresa May on the most perilous day of her premiership, after claiming she had broken her own red lines on Brexit.

The outspoken chair of the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory Brexiters, who rejected the prime minister’s plan moments after it was published on Wednesday night, announced he was submitting a letter to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.

Up to a dozen other Tory backbenchers have confirmed they have submitted letters calling for May to step down over her Brexit proposal, including the former Brexit minister Steve Baker and fellow leavers Nadine Dorries and Andrew Bridgen.

Rees-Mogg’s decision came while May was continuing to face a barrage of questions from MPs about her Brexit deal, and while Downing Street was still reeling from a string of resignations, most damagingly that of the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/15/jacob-rees-mogg-to-send-letter-of-no-confidence-in-may
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Nov 16, 2018, 03:38 AM (3 replies)

Calling out some hypocrisy

So, remember when Bill Clinton out Hillary in charge of getting healthcare passed? Remember when a bunch of old white guys said, "I didn't vote for this broad to do anything." So fast forward - the President's wife ( foreign born - just sayin') is telling her husband to fire Mira Ricardel - a security advisor. Songbird are silent.

So remember when GOPers lost their damn minds when Barack saluted a Marine while holding a cup of coffee? The current President can't get off his ads to go to the tomb of the unknowns. I'd Hannity treating this like a national crisis, because he sure as He'll would have if Clinton or Obama had done this.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Nov 14, 2018, 12:20 PM (3 replies)

Question: Is the White House required to do press conferences?

For example: Could the White House simply say that, "media outlets can submit written questions by 10 AM Eastern every morning and we will issue written responses where we choose to by 5 PM Eastern?"

Also, I remember when the answer "no comment" was made at press conferences. When did that end?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Nov 14, 2018, 12:11 AM (6 replies)

Small-cap index perilously close to death cross -- and that's bad news for the broader stock market


A closely followed gauge of small-capitalization stocks was a hair’s breadth from realizing a bearish pattern.

On Tuesday, the small-cap Russell 2000 index RUT, -0.26% was less than a point of seeing its short-term 50-day moving average fall beneath its long-term 200-day moving average, a formation in an asset that many chart watchers believe marks the point that a short-term decline morphs into a longer-term downtrend (see chart attached).

According to FactSet data, as of Tuesday’s close, the Russell’s 50-day moving average is at 1,615.66, while the 200-day stands at 1,615.47. Last Friday, MarketWatch reported that the death cross could play out as earlier as this week, given a steady decline in the index. Monday’s sharp, broad-market selloff certainly contributed to the downtrend.

Shares of smaller companies had climbed more than their larger counterparts because they were viewed as more resilient amid growing concerns about the U.S.’s trade spat with China. Small-cap companies derive the lion’s share of their revenues domestically.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Nov 13, 2018, 11:57 PM (1 replies)

Trump is preparing to remove Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary, aides say


President Trump has told advisers he has decided to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and her departure from the administration is likely to occur in the coming weeks, if not sooner, according to five current and former White House officials.

Trump canceled a planned trip with Nielsen this week to visit U.S. troops at the border in South Texas and told aides over the weekend that he wants her out as soon as possible, these officials said. The president has grumbled for months about what he views as Nielsen’s lackluster performance on immigration enforcement and is believed to be looking for a replacement who will implement his policy ideas with more alacrity.

The announcement could come as soon as this week, three of these officials said.

Trump has changed his mind on key personnel decisions before, and Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is fighting Nielsen’s pending dismissal and attempting to postpone it, aides say. But Kelly’s future in the administration also is shaky, according to three White House officials.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Nov 13, 2018, 12:13 PM (4 replies)

Is there anything - anything at all - that you can see the House Dems working with this President?

Other than impeachment.

Tip O'Neil worked with Reagan.

Gingrich worked some with Clinton.

I think Pelosi even worked with W on some issues.

But somehow, this seems different. Maybe it's just me.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Nov 12, 2018, 02:32 AM (22 replies)

Florida Recount Finally Wraps Up, Al Gore Declared President


FLORIDA—As Florida finally wrapped up its contentious recount of the votes tallied in the recent midterm elections, a winner was finally declared: Al Gore is now the president of the United States.

The recount process at long last found the "missing votes" that would have handed Gore the presidency back in 2000, making him the official president of the country.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Nov 10, 2018, 07:44 PM (9 replies)

Latino voter surge holds lessons for 2020

UC Berkeley

Why couldn’t Latinos hand wins to Democrats Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Andrew Gillum of Florida?

I study Latino civic engagement. In my assessment, congressional redistricting intended to suppress minority votes and high Republican turnout were the primary reasons — not low Latino support.

In Texas, Latinos requested 365 percent more early and absentee ballots than in 2014, Catalist data show. Florida saw a 129 percent increase. In contrast, in California — which this year had a handful of highly competitive congressional races but no competitive statewide races — early and absentee ballots requested by Latinos still were up almost 50 percent over 2014.

Those numbers show that when candidates and campaigns engage Latinos and focus on the issues they care about, Latinos will show up at the polls — an opportunity Democrats and Republicans alike missed in the 2014 and 2016 elections.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Nov 8, 2018, 01:09 AM (1 replies)
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