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Robert Reich: Odds are against Dem takeover of House

https://news.berkeley.edu/2018/10/31/robert-reich-odds-are-against-dem-takeover-of-house/

Rampant voter suppression and years of political gerrymandering make it unlikely Democrats will win enough seats to take control of the House of Representatives, said Robert Reich, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and former secretary of labor to President Bill Clinton.

Reich, speaking at a Tuesday evening panel about the midterm elections, said that he doubts Democratic voters are enthusiastic enough to outvote pro-Trump voters in districts engineered to favor Republican incumbents.

“I want to make sure we face the reality,” he said in his opening remarks. “State after state after state is engaged in a degree of voting suppression that in unprecedented in the modern era. I’m talking about the last 20 to 30 years. It is going to be very hard for Democrats in this election.”

Thirty years of falling wages have left white Americans frustrated, angry and susceptible to the kind of demagoguery President Donald Trump offers, he said.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Oct 31, 2018, 05:16 PM (19 replies)

Want some insight into Trump? Listen to Maddow's podcast on Spiro Agnew - Bag Man



Is it possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember? To have one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history play out before the country while nobody’s paying attention? In her first original podcast, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow goes back 45 years to dig into a story that got overshadowed in its day.


MSNBC
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Oct 31, 2018, 12:23 AM (0 replies)

The wingnut media explanation for Robert Bowers will be:

Trump on synagogue shooting: "We should stiffen up" death penalty laws

He also said "we should stiffen up our laws in terms of the death penalty."

"When people do this they should get the death penalty," he said. "And they shouldn't have to wait years and years. ... And, I think they should very much bring the death penalty into vogue."

Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters at Andrews Air Force Base, said the violence "has to stop."

It's a "terrible thing what's going on with hate in our country," he said.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Oct 27, 2018, 04:21 PM (10 replies)

Rochelle Ritchie blames Trump for Cesar Sayoc threats, Twitter for not taking them down

Rochelle Ritchie blames Trump for Cesar Sayoc threats, Twitter for not taking them down

SAN FRANCISCO –Two weeks before Cesar Sayoc allegedly mailed pipe bombs to political figures across the country, political commentator Rochelle Ritchie says she complained to Twitter about threats he made against her, including menacing messages and disturbing images such as alligators and human body parts, following one of her appearances on Fox News.

One of the tweets from Sayoc's account read: "We will see you 4 sure. Hug your loved ones real close every time you leave you home." Ritchie says Twitter informed her that Sayoc's tweets did not violate the company's rules.

So Ritchie, 36, a former press secretary for House Democrats, says she was stunned Friday when she learned that the man she reported for threatening her was suspected of mailing pipe bombs to at least a dozen Democrats and other critics of President Trump. And then, she said, she got "really, really mad."

"I had reported this to Twitter and they did absolutely nothing about it," she told USA TODAY. "What's abusive behavior? Do I have to be found floating in the Everglades in order for this to be taken seriously? Does a bomb have to go off in order for this to be taken seriously?"

Source: USA Today
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Oct 27, 2018, 04:02 PM (0 replies)

For accused pipe bomber Cesar Sayoc, life was a stage where the truth was a bit player

For accused pipe bomber Cesar Sayoc, life was a stage where the truth was a bit player

While his sticker-strewn white van and frequent social media posts proclaimed a fierce allegiance to Trump and a disdain for the president’s critics, Sayoc’s personal life was anchored to his jobs working at strip clubs, and a slew of financial troubles that resulted in him living in his vehicle.

It was during a 2014 deposition in a lawsuit filed by a DJ at Stir Crazy Showgirls, an adult entertainment club and restaurant in Pinecrest, Florida, over back pay that Sayoc’s penchant for exaggeration shined.

Sayoc, who was there to discuss the payment structure at the club, said his mother was mayor of Aventura, Florida. However Enid Weisman, the current mayor of the suburb in Miami-Dade county, confirmed to USA TODAY that Giardiello was never the mayor of the town.

Sayoc said, “I have had road shows, Chippendales, we are the world famous, number one Chippendales,” a reference to perhaps managing a troupe of male strippers. But Chippendales spokesman Michael Caprio Friday said Sayoc, “has never been affiliated in any way with Chippendales.”


Source: USA Today
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Oct 27, 2018, 03:57 PM (6 replies)

'All Jews must die'

'All Jews must die': Accused Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers made anti-semitic comments during attack

The man accused in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning screamed anti-Semitic epithets, including "All Jews must die," as he fired at random, a law enforcement official told USA TODAY.

Bowers, 46, was armed with at least one rifle during the alleged attack inside the Tree of Life synagogue, the official said.

The official said the suspect left a trail of anti-Semitic rants on social media accounts, prompting authorities to designate the FBI as the lead agency to investigate the attack as an alleged hate crime.

Bowers was injured in a shootout with officers. He was taken to the hospital after the shooting, law enforcement officials in Pittsburgh said. He is the only suspect thus far in the investigation.


Source: USA Today
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Oct 27, 2018, 03:55 PM (0 replies)

Meanwhile, unexpectedly, Tesla turned a 3Q Profit.

Tesla surprises with $312M profit for Q3 as Model 3 margins soar past 20%

Tesla’s third-quarter earnings for 2018 saw the California-based carmaker beat Wall Street revenue estimates after posting $6.8 billion in revenue and beating earnings estimates with a GAAP profit of $312 million.

The results, which were posted in an Update Letter to investors after the closing bell on Wednesday, October 24, showed third-quarter earnings of $1.75 per share on a GAAP-basis, shattering analyst estimates of -$.19 per share. Revenue was $6.82 billion versus an estimate of $6.33 billion. The company reported an adjusted non-GAAP profit of $512M or $2.90 per share.

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Tesla posted a profit of $312 million, attaining the ambitious target set by CEO Elon Musk earlier this year. The electric car maker went through great lengths to reach profitability, from a 9% layoff across the company back in June to a massive delivery blitz in the third quarter that was augmented by volunteer owners who helped deliver vehicles to reservation holders.

“With average weekly Model 3 production through the quarter (excluding planned shutdowns) of roughly 4,300 units per week, we achieved GAAP net income of $312 million. We also delivered on our internal cost efficiency targets, leading to GAAP Model 3 gross margin of more than 20%, which exceeded our guidance,” Tesla stated in the update letter.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Oct 24, 2018, 11:16 PM (4 replies)

If we win the House on Nov 6th, should we ask Skinner to make the banner "AngryMob Underground"?

Underneath, we can write "Powered by Nasty Women"

Hey, if IHOP can be IHOb for 6 weeks, why not us?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Oct 21, 2018, 05:51 PM (4 replies)

Question: What does "winning" look like in Afghanistan??

W started the war based on the Taliban harboring Bin Laden and being accessories before the fact to 9-11.

Obama continued the war.

Trump inherited the war.

It is now Fall 2018. We are 17 years into this.

What next? Is there a winning scenario? What is It?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Oct 18, 2018, 01:08 PM (6 replies)

Dow drops more than 250 points on fears about rising rates, slowing China economy

CNBC

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 273 points, led by declined in Caterpillar and Apple. The S&P 500 fell 1.1 percent as the communications and tech sectors lagged. The Nasdaq Composite pulled back 1.6 percent. Overseas, the Shanghai Composite dropped fell sharply.

The short-term two-year yield hit its highest level since June 2008 before slipping. The benchmark 10-year note yield climbed to 3.205 percent.

Housing stocks fell as rates rose. The iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) dropped 0.9 percent. They also fell after Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded shares of Toll Brothers and PulteGroup, along with NVR, as it reduced its forecast for housing starts.

The rise in bond yields come a day after the Federal Reserve released the minutes from its September meeting. The minutes showed the central bank is still convinced tighter monetary policy is the best course of action for the economy to remain steady.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Oct 18, 2018, 11:42 AM (2 replies)
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